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Crystal Herbalism – A Kind Reminder

We are constantly growing, blossoming, shedding, being reborn each and every day.We are nature, strong and sensitive, deeply rooted to always find what feels good, what makes us flourish. There are days where shadows cloud our source, but it is in that inky darkness that we discover our light.Like wildflowers we ebb and flow with the tides of our existence, sprouting in the places we thought unknown.Under the sun and moon we grow, blossom, and shed. Welcoming the rebirth each and every day.

Crystal Herbalism – A Kind Reminder

We are constantly growing, blossoming, shedding, being reborn each and every day.We are nature, strong and sensitive, deeply rooted to always find what feels good, what makes us flourish. There are days where shadows cloud our source, but it is in that inky darkness that we discover our light.Like wildflowers we ebb and flow with the tides of our existence, sprouting in the places we thought unknown.Under the sun and moon we grow, blossom, and shed. Welcoming the rebirth each and every day.

Illuminated Being Mandala

Citrine is a crystal that embodies solar energy. Rooting deep into courage, manifestation, and prosperity. Shining light onto the center of the body, our inner fire is comforted by the golden hues of Citrine. Like a dreamy summer, this mini mandala honors the earth’s gentle shifting into autumn. Crowning us in the watery sunlight of the divine, we bow to the reign of goddess. 

“The sun, the darkness… They are all listening to what we have to say.”

~ Geronimo

I’ve been trying to bring more Fire and Earth elements into my life, and this qigong really helps with that! It’s not very long or difficult, but it really makes me feel uplifted and at peace. Make sure that when the instructor tells you to put the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth, you put it on the ridge behind your front teeth!

Every morning I walk to work, along the towers of glass and iron. But today I took a detour the moment I walked out my front door. I walked a block and came into contact with the rising sun. My lunar soul and solar being aligned. 

The blue hues of water were still, it’s ripples held its breath, weaving its way into calmness. Rays of soft sunlight blanketed the lake in gold. The clouds sketched themselves around the the sun, creating a third eye. I breathed in deep. Held onto the silence. And exhaled gratitude into the fluid breeze. 

I could have took my normal route to work but I chose to honor that intuitive pull, a divine guidance. I am the choices I make, I am a creation of the actions I take. And today I became the universe, nature, and love. Because I chose to lead with my heart.

An incredibly hard and incredibly popular stone, the diamond is an expensive, but potentially very useful crystal for a witch to own. Though the clear variety is the most famous, there are diamonds tinted blue, pink, or yellow, as well as smoky, low-quality diamonds called bort which are normally used in various industries, such as to make drill bits.

Energy: Projective

Element: Fire

Planet: Venus, Mars, and the Sun

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius, Leo, Scorpio, Libra

Deities: Frigg

Chakra: Crown

Known to the ancient Greeks as adamas (”unbreakable, unchanging”). the ancient texts tell of various different magical applications in the diamond’s repertoire. Worn as jewelry for protection and used during meditation and shamanic rituals to access higher states of consciousness, this stone is also ideal for spells to boost physical strength. A six-sided faceted cut is said to bring lifelong luck to the owner!

Among other uses, Pliny stated that wearing a diamond will protect against insanity, unreasonable fear, and poison. In Medieval Italy, the diamond was known as the stone of reconciliation and was believed to prevent and resolve marital disputes. A diamond worn on the left hand is said to protect one from bad luck and attract good luck, whilst a diamond set in gold and worn on the left arm is said to protect one in battle and to stave off the forces of darkness.

One should neither clear nor charge a diamond’s energies, and a diamond can be used with other stones in order to give them a boost! Looking at a diamond for too long is believed to dazzle and confuse the mind, while a diamond used by an untrustworthy person is said to be less powerful. Additionally, a diamond is believed to be most powerful when it was given freely as a gift to the user.

Often compared to “liquid sunshine” — yellow for the midday sun and orange for when it sets — amber is a gemstone that is truly alive. Made of crystallized tree resin and often containing insects that might be millions of years old, amber is warm to the touch and has a very distinctive living energy. Due in part to this quality, amber is uniquely helpful for every aspect of magick!

Energy: Projective

Element: Fire, Akasha

Planet: Sun

Astrological Sign: Leo, Aquarius

Chakra: Solar plexus

With its soothing, protective quality and the unique power it lends to Manifestation, amber is useful for any witch to have. Placed on the altar, it provides a boon of strength and prosperity to any magical act you undertake! What’s more, amber is also a powerful protector against negative sorcery and bad luck. In ancient times Amber was burned as an incense to fumigate and clear the environment of negativity. Amber also has a powerful connection to Akasha, the mysterious “extra” element that binds all things together.

Different colors of amber also have their own unique uses! Ambroid, a dark red-gold that has been pressed into forms, is useful for abating fear and helps one to keep an intellectual outlook. A clear dark red helps to tame negative emotions and calms the spirit, while a clear light brown sharpens intellectual focus, clears confusion, and balances the Third Eye chakra. Milky golden is much the same as clear amber, but with a very inspirational energy, whilst the solid dark golden brown sea amber or burnite helps one to stay neutral and realistic in difficult situations.

Powerful at cleansing and healing the chakras, amber is also held by some to have anti-microbial properties and to speed cellular regeneration. It can also be used to alleviate depression, some say. Witches use amber for protection, for fertility spells, and to attract good luck! Just keep in mind that when amber takes in too much negative energy, it may grow cloudy and warmer than usual, and need to be cleansed under warm water. Also take care to not leave amber in the sun too long, else it will grow dry and crack!

Hmmmumu, I know it’s more conventional for a witch to draw power from the Moon, but I think the Sun also has its merits. Particularly since I’m more of an early bird when it comes to my sleep cycle, I find it’s easier to work with the Sun’s energy for certain spells. 

Still, I really want to draw on the Moon more, so I’m going to ask my darling for a lunar calendar for Christmas! I’m going to look for a calendar that has the phases of the moon for each date, and I’m also going to mark it with important holidays, like Imbolc and Samhain.

This will be delightful!

Also known as European angelica, holy ghost, and masterwort, angelica archangelica is a biennial (or short-lived perennial) member of the celery and parsley family. The entirety of the Angelica plant can be used for medicine and cooking. The plant can grow up to around six feet or 180 centimeters tall, has a thick, fleshy root, and possesses green leaves each split into three serrated and lobed leaflets.

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Angelica prefers moist, rich soil and partial shade, like one would find in a swamp. If it is impossible to sufficiently protect the plant from the sun, mulch can help. This plant grows best in northern climates with relatively cool summers, and will reseed itself; the seeds are only viable for a few months, so it’s best to let the plant handle this. Keep in mind that Angelica has a long taproot, and that it is a poor companion to dill.

Long a valuable food source to northern tribes like the Lapps and Inuit, this plant was well known to Vikings, and was protected by law from over-harvesting until the 1000′s. In Norway it was grown in special gardens, and would become the first medicinal plant imported from Nordic countries to the rest of Europe. The plant has many medicinal uses, including stimulating appetite, aiding digestion, and soothing colic. Angelica tea can also help with hepatitis and heartburn, whilst a tonic made from the plant can aid with the health of the liver and promote general well-being and mental harmony. It can also aid with blood flow and sees use as an expectorant. When applied to the skin, Angelica can even help with rheumatism!

Aligned with the Sun and sacred to Venus, Angelica is associated with the element of Fire and the Archangels Michael and Gabriel. Commonly used for general protection, this herb also has use in breaking hexes and is particularly potent at keeping women safe. It can be grown on one’s property to protect their home, and can be carried alone or added to an amulet to increase longevity and protect from illness or spirits. Angelica can be added to potions or baths to break curses, and can be burned as incense for healing, protection, and exorcism. Uses for Angelica abound, as it is a very versatile magickal herb!

In flower language, Angelica’s downy white blossoms are associated with royalty and pure intentions.