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She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

December, 2018

AGISCHANAK

 

As I sit here looking out at the world outside my window, covered with the first snowfall of the season, wrapped in a shawl due to the cold. My thoughts turn to Alaska and what Goddess I may find there.

 

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My search brings me to Agischanak.

Goddess of the

Mountains.

Goddess of the

Earth.

Protector of Her

people.

Agischanak is a Goddess in Southeastern Alaska. She lives on top of Mt. Edgecumbe, near Sitka.

 

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She is kindly and protects Her people and all of the peoples of the Earth. However, She is also forceful and powerful, as She must be as it is She

who supports the pillar on which the Earth rests.

For visitors, She has her brother, who comes but once a year to bring her the news of the world. The trickster, Raven, also comes to visit, always attempting to woo Her away, thereby abandoning Her post. Of course, it is a post She does not abandon. Raven provokes and annoys her at his own peril, as she responds with earthquakes.

It is cold where Agischanak is holding up the Earth, and Her people come to Her and light roaring fires, as an offering, to keep Her warm.

Remember, were it not for Agischanak, the Earth would sink into the powerful depths of the ocean.

 

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About the Author:

Susan Morgaine is a Daughter of the Goddess, Witch, Writer, Teacher, Healer, and Yogini. She is a monthly columnist with PaganPages.org Her writings can be found in The Girl God Anthologies, “Whatever Works: Feminists of Faith Speak” and “Jesus, Mohammed and the Goddess”, as well as Mago Publications “She Rises, Volume 2, and “Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess”. She has also been published in Jareeda and SageWoman magazines. She is a Certified Women’s Empowerment Coach/Facilitator through She is the author of “My Name is Isis”, one in the series of the “My Name Is………” children’s books published by The Girl God Publications. A Woman International, founded by Patricia Lynn Reilly. She has long been involved in Goddess Spirituality and Feminism, teaching classes and workshops, including Priestessing Red Tents within MA and RI. She is entering her 20th year teaching Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, being a Certified instructor through the Kundalini Research Institute, as well as being a Reiki Master. She is a member of the Sisterhood of Avalon. She can be found at https://mysticalshores.wordpress.com/ and her email is MysticalShores@gmail.com

My Name is Isis (Volume 4) on Amazon

Calendar Review A Year of Crystal Healing 2019 Learn About the Chakras and Healing Powers of 13 Powerful Crystals

November, 2018

Calendar Review

A Year of Crystal Healing 2019

Learn About the Chakras and Healing Powers of 13 Powerful Crystals

16 Month Calendar

 

 

This 16 month calendar (Sept 18-Dec 19) is designed by Phil Buchanan, photographed by Exquisite Crystals and published by Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc. It retails for $14.99 in USA. It is a standard wall calendar size. It features 13 beautiful crystals in full page photographs and explains under each crystal both that crystal’s healing powers and it’s chakra powers.

The crystals featured are a nice mix, and include: clear quartz, fluorite, ajoite, amethyst, aura quartz, amazonite, moonstone, blue sapphire, brandberg quartz (amethyst), aquamarine, smoky quartz, turquoise, and celestite. All the crystals chosen are either clear, blue, green or purple in color. Not sure if this was intentional or not. But worth mentioning. It also has the moon phase dates at the top under each month.

If you enjoy looking at beautiful photos of crystals, and learning a bit about them as well, then this is a very nice calendar for you. The pictures are gorgeous, especially if you like blues, greens & purples, or if that color scheme fits your decor, this will look beautiful on your wall.

I love that is has the moon phases clearly marked right up top under the month for easy reference. I love that it includes a little bit of information each month on the featured crystal. Great for beginners to crystals to learn as they admire the pictures. I personally love that they made this calendar as a crystal enthusiast myself! Crystals are becoming more popular and many are now starting to get interested in them for both their aesthetic value as well as their properties. I love seeing products featuring crystals!

I highly recommend this gorgeous calendar. Bring some crystal magic into your space by hanging this calendar and getting familiar with their essence.

A Year of Crystal Healing 2019: 16-Month Calendar – September 2018 through December 2019 on Amazon

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About the Author:

Retha N. Lent has been married for 17 years to her husband Mark & they have four cats that are their life. She lives in Norristown, Pa. Retha has her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Behavioral Counseling Sciences from Drexel University. She is the owner of “Retha’s Crystals” & sells sterling silver unique crystal jewelry & specimens on her FB business page. She has a FB group for her customers and those interested in learning more about crystals & all things magical called “Retha’s Crystal Circle“. She is also an advisor in the Sage Goddess Affiliate Program. She has her Holistic Healing Certificate and Pillars of Priestessing certificates from Sage Goddess. She is also an Ordained Pagan Minister from the Universal Life Church. Retha has a passion for crystals, nature, astrology, working with moon cycles, ritual practices, tarot and oracle cards, runes, essential oils, herbs, manifestation work, ancient cultures, magic & music. Her favorite place is New Orleans, La. Retha has an extensive personal crystal collection and loves sharing her love of crystals with the world. She has been a practicing pagan since she was 16 years old. 

You can reach her at rethalent@hotmail.com or on her business page on FB: https://www.facebook.com/Rethas-Crystals-197411227666484/

Or in her FB group:

https://m.facebook.com/groups/1960619300929876

Her Sage Goddess affiliate link is:

www.sagegoddess.com/ref/84/

Or follow her on Instagram at @spookygirl16

Retha’s Crystal Reflections

September, 2018

Herkimer Diamonds, a Girls Best Friend

Last month I finally got to cross a long held dream of mine off my bucket list….going to Herkimer NY to dig for herkimer diamonds!! It was a bonus that they have a fabulous annual gem show there and I was able to go while it was happening! First I will give you an overview of herkimers and what makes them so special, then I will tell you about my experience there!!

Herkimer diamonds are a very unique and distinct type of quartz. They are composed of silicon dioxide and have a hexagonal structure. They are found in only one place in the world, in Herkimer, NY (hence their name). Dolomite limestone is the rock formation in which they are found. Surface water seeped down into the ground and got trapped in pockets. From intense heat and pressure these beauties were formed. 

They are special because they are the highest vibration quartz there is! If you read my article from July “The Power of Quartz“, you already know that quartz as a group is the highest vibration mineral there is….and within the quartz family, herkimers vibrate highest of all! The other thing that sets herkimers apart and makes them easy to spot from regular clear quartz, is that they grow with double terminations (points on both ends). This is not only aesthetically pleasing, it makes them in effect wands, because you can use them to send energy in two directions, or can make a circle (or loop) of energy around you or a space. While regular clear quartz does sometimes naturally grow with double terminations, its few and far between. ALL herkimers grow this way, some may have breakage and you might not see both terminations, but they all grow this way. They also have a shorter more squat appearance compared to double terminated regular quartz. Once you are familiar with herkimers they’re very easy to spot.

Herkimers are called “diamonds” because they are known for their crystal clear clarity and stunning rainbows. They are every bit as beautiful as genuine diamonds in my opinion. (Though I do love my diamonds as well!) Herkimer specimens can be quite pricey due to their beauty, as well as herkimer jewelry. The best of the best quality is used for faceted jewelry, and that’s hard to find and very expensive. You can find reasonably priced natural herkimers set in sterling silver (I try to always have some in stock for customers).

Remember, quartz magnifies, so wearing it with your other crystals will turbo boost the other stones metaphysical properties! I love wearing all quartz, but herks are my definite favorite of all!

Within herks, some have black carbon inclusions, some are smoky, some are skeletal, some have clay inclusions, some are enhydros (water bubble trapped inside) some are golden healers (yellow or golden in color) and some are huge clusters with multiple herkimers connected to one another. There is a herkimer for every taste and budget. If you dont have any yet I highly recommend adding one to your collection!

Herkimers are known to magnify or boost the properties of any other crystal. They are especially great to pair with the synergy 12 crystals we discussed last month. I, personally, love herkimer and moldavite together. Talk about a power combo!! 

Herkimers are ascension stones. Herkimers are great for helping with dream recall and lucid dreams, simply place under your pillow at night. Herks are amazing meditation tools. They help you to astral travel, to connect the astral plane to the physical plane. They help to purify your energy field. They promote creativity and insights. Herks boost your psychic powers, clairvoyant and clairaudient abilities, telepathic abilities, channeling, and enhances communication with your spirit guides. Herkimers activate the third eye, crown and soul star chakras. And if all that wasn’t impressive enough, it also boosts your immune system and helps you to heal both physically and emotionally! Wow this is one impressive crystal! And since they are quartz you can even program them!! 

Ok, now that you are familiar with herkimers, lets talk about my trip!

Saturday was the first day of the gem show (it is two days long). We went the first day and got there early. It was herkimer heaven! Two huge buildings filled with vendors, and a bunch set up outside as well. They had crystals of every type, color and size. Just a total feast for the eyes! Of course I was mostly there for the herks but I love all crystals so I enjoyed looking at everything! We spent the day there and I found a few herks to add to my collection as well as a few for customers. The prices were decent. Not a steal by any means but reasonable and definitely less expensive than purchasing online or at crystal shops. It was a total blast going to the gem show!

The next day I was ready to go to a mine! There are a few mines you can choose from, but after speaking to a few sellers at the show, the Ace of Diamonds mine seemed to be the most recommended. So that’s where we went! You want to go prepared in old clothes and shoes, gloves, hat, eye wear and sunscreen. You can bring some garden tools, hammer, bucket, shovel and a pick. If you don’t have tools you can rent them in the gift shop. We got lucky with an overcast mildly rainy morning. We found a spot we liked and got started! If you look close in spots you can see little tiny sparkles in the dirt and rocks. The dirt is packed very hard with huge chunks of rock/matrix. It is quite a workout to get the stuff apart. About an hour in, we had quite a few tiny herks and some broken pieces of herkimers. Then a huge dump truck came and dumped a load of new rocks and dirt. I got on top (it was about 12 ft tall) and started digging around. I found some just lying there under a rock! It was so exciting when I found one! I also found a bunch of huge pieces of matrix with herks safely tucked inside, slightly peeking out enough for us to see it….but not enough to get it out! So we ended up loading my car up with a ton and a half of rocks to work on later at home lol. 

This trip was so much fun, and if you are ever able to go herkimer mining you should give it a try! You get to keep anything you find. Its only $10 to mine all day long and its so exciting digging for buried treasure! These are staying in my collection forever. I will always remember when I got to mine my own crystal babies! Thanks for reading and I hope you will come back next month! I also did a grid review this month that I hope you will check out too. 

Love and crystal blessings,

xoxo Retha

Sources:

healingcrystalsforyou.com

crystalvaults.com

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About the Author:

Retha N. Lent has been married for 17 years to her husband Mark & they have four cats that are their life. She lives in Norristown, Pa. Retha has her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Behavioral Counseling Sciences from Drexel University. She is the owner of “Retha’s Crystals” & sells sterling silver unique crystal jewelry & specimens on her FB business page. She has a FB group for her customers and those interested in learning more about crystals & all things magical called “Retha’s Crystal Circle“. She is also an advisor in the Sage Goddess Affiliate Program. She has her Holistic Healing Certificate and Pillars of Priestessing certificates from Sage Goddess. She is also an Ordained Pagan Minister from the Universal Life Church. Retha has a passion for crystals, nature, astrology, working with moon cycles, ritual practices, tarot and oracle cards, runes, essential oils, herbs, manifestation work, ancient cultures, magic & music. Her favorite place is New Orleans, La. Retha has an extensive personal crystal collection and loves sharing her love of crystals with the world. She has been a practicing pagan since she was 16 years old. 

You can reach her at rethalent@hotmail.com or on her business page on FB: https://www.facebook.com/Rethas-Crystals-197411227666484/

Or in her FB group:

https://m.facebook.com/groups/1960619300929876

Her Sage Goddess affiliate link is:

www.sagegoddess.com/ref/84/

Or follow her on Instagram at @spookygirl16

SpellCrafting: Spells & Rituals

September, 2018

Balance

Merry meet.

Celebrations are often planned for the sabbats, but don’t overlook the power these times add to magical workings. As the world hangs in balance, day equal to the night, we can use its balanced energy to regain our own balance before heading into the dark half of the year.

Gather the materials you’ll use: a marker of any kind and a round disk. These can be the wooden ones found at craft stores, a jar or bottle lid, or the top of a deli container.

This spell can be done as part of a ritual in sacred space, or in any area in which you feel comfortable, perhaps adding incense and candles to set the stage.

Sitting in that space, let yourself relax and let go. Give yourself time to begin to feel the balance of this day and breathe it in, absorb it into every cell. If you cannot “feel” it, know that it is there and imagine its vibration. See a sign that, to you, represents this state. It might be the yin yang or an infinity symbol, a line, an equal sign, a representation of scales, or anything else that can trigger the balance you are experiencing. Othello pieces are white on one side and black on the other, and I have used them in the past.

Channel that vision and energy into the sigil as you draw it on your disk.

Sit with it as you think about where you and your life things are out of balance. Does it involve discipline? Nutrition? Boundaries? Is there something you are missing? Something for which you have an overabundance? A situation that lacks its polar opposite for stability? Take the time to visualize each of them balanced.


Feel yourself come into balance on all levels, filled with peace and harmony.

You can choose to add these words Mackenzie Sage Wright included in a Mabon spell she wrote that can be found on exemplore.com:

As yin is to yang, as dark is to light,

As male is to female, as day is to night,

Find Nature’s perfect balance within me

So I may live my life in harmony…
by the powers of three times three,

this is my will, so mote it be!”

Carry the sigil anytime balance is needed – be it spiritual, physical, emotional or mental – and tap into the powerful energy put into the spell it on the equinox.

Although most powerful when done on the equinox, there is no reason this spell can’t be done anytime of year.

Merry part. And merry meet again.

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About the Author:

Lynn Woike was 50 – divorced and living on her own for the first time – before she consciously began practicing as a self-taught solitary witch. She draws on an eclectic mix of old ways she has studied – from her Sicilian and Germanic heritage to Zen and astrology, the fae, Buddhism, Celtic, the Kabbalah, Norse and Native American – pulling from each as she is guided. She practices yoga, reads Tarot and uses Reiki. From the time she was little, she has loved stories, making her job as the editor of two monthly newspapers seem less than the work it is because of the stories she gets to tell. She lives with her large white cat, Pyewacket, in central Connecticut. You can follow her boards on Pinterest, and write to her at woikelynn at gmail dot com.

 

Retha’s Crystal Reflections

August, 2018

Synergy 12 Crystals, Explained

The synergy 12 crystals are a group of 12 extremely powerful stones that are believed to work together to aid you in inner awakening, lightbody activation, and to enhance spiritual evolution and ascension. They were first described by Robert Simmons and Naisha Ahsian in “The Book of Stones, Who They are and What they Teach” in 2005.

Many are easy to find and inexpensive, while a few are much rarer and more costly (such as phenacite, brookite, satyaloka quartz and herderite). Azeztulite is trademarked and is quite expensive. You can find the entire synergy 12 available to purchase together, or you can start acquiring them one by one. For not much money you can get half of the synergy 12 to work with. I want to give you a brief description of each of the synergy 12 stones. If you have the opportunity to start building a synergy 12 collection I highly recommend it. Read about each to see which you feel drawn to explore. All are next level tools on their own, but all together are the ultimate meditation aids. 

Petalite

Ah, I love petalite. Petalite is lithium sodium aluminum silicate. Its hardness is 6-6.5. It has a monoclinic crystal structure. It can be white, colorless, gray, pinkish or yellow. Colorless can be faceted into stunning jewelry. It’s found in Brazil, Australia, Sweden, Namibia and Afghanistan. This is a stone of peace and tranquility, which provides a deep connection to the spirit realm. It’s a visioning stone. It enhances all psychic gifts. It also helps you to attune to your path of highest destiny, or dharma. Wonderful manifestation stone. With its unique grounding aspect it allows you to stay tethered to earth while exploring inner dimensions and higher realms. Petalite is associated with the wind element and the astrology sign Pisces. 

Moldavite

This is one you may have heard a lot of buzz about and rightly so. Moldavite is a glassy mixture of silicon dioxide, aluminum oxide and other metal oxides. Its hardness is 5.5-6. It has an amorphous crystal system. Most are a deep forest green, but some are a pale green and some even a brownish green. It is a member of the tektite group. 14.8 million yrs ago a large meteorite crashed into what is now the bohemian plateau of the Czech republic. The moldavite fields have become depleted, so the stones are increasingly rare and more expensive. There is some debate as to exactly how the moldavite formed, but one thing is clear, it indeed fell from the sky. We can tell by the aerodynamic shapes of certain pieces. It has been a spiritual talisman going all the way back to the neolithic peoples of eastern Europe. Today it is a most prized tool in the metaphysical community. Its effects vary from mild to very intense for some. The main use of this stone is to accelerate the path of ones evolution. It’s an amazing aid in meditation, dreamwork and to discern messages from the higher realms. It also offers spiritual protection. It is associated with the storm element and the astrological sign Taurus.

Danburite

I adore danburite. It’s one of my very favorite crystals. It is a calcium borosilicate crystal. It has a hardness of 7-7.5. It was discovered in Danbury, Connecticut. The crystals are usually 4 sided and their terminations are generally chisel shaped. They are orthorhombic and prismatic with linear striations. Most are colorless or white, but some are pale pink or light yellow. They have been found in Russia, Madagascar, Bolivia, Burma, Japan and most abundantly in Mexico. Fewer good specimens are being found and they are becoming increasingly rare. Danburite is an aid to lift awareness to higher spiritual vibrations. It has a special connection to the angelic realm. This stone expresses powerful unconditional love. It helps you to release worry and stress. It soothes and helps you get a good night’s sleep. It is associated with the wind element and the astrological sign aquarius. 

Phenacite (or phenakite)

Phenacite is a beryllium silicate. It has a hardness of 7.5-8. It has a hexagonal (trigonal) crystal system and often crystallizes in short prisms. It is very rare, especially in transparent well formed crystals. It varies greatly depending on the location its found. It’s found in Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Norway, Russia, Tanzania, Switzerland and the USA. This is the ultimate 3rd eye chakra stone. It’s so strong that even those that aren’t sensitive to crystal energies can feel it when placed on the 3rd eye. It has one of the highest frequencies in the mineral kingdom. It can be used to awaken the latent special capacities of the brain, which can bring about spontaneous telepathy, prophetic visions or remote viewing. It’s associated with the storm element and astrological sign Leo.

Brookite

Brookite is a titanium oxide crystal. Its hardness is 5.5-6. It has an orthorhombic crystal system. Its color is usually dark gray or black, but can also be yellow-brown or reddish-brown. It’s found in England, the French alps, and Arkansas, USA. It’s a crystal that’s inspirational and energizing. It can assist in overcoming old patterns and move to greater inner development. It’s a powerstone for expansion of awareness beyond the physical body. It can align all the upper chakras with the rest of ones energy body. It expands consciousness into higher dimensions of light. It is associated with the storm element and the astrological sign Capricorn. 

Natrolite

Natrolite is a sodium aluminum silicate mineral. Its hardness is 5-5.5. It has an orthorhombic crystal system. They can be colorless, white, yellowish or gray. They have been found in the Czech republic, New Jersey, USA, India and Russia. It’s one of the most powerful stones to stimulate the 3rd eye and crown chakras. Natrolites energy moves beyond the physical body and activates ones conscious link with the 8th-14th chakras (above the head). This stone can help you to develop communication with your angelic helpers. It can bring light to any part of the body where there are slow-moving or blocked energies. This stone brings optimism and hope. It’s associated with the storm element and the astrological sign Libra.

Herderite

Herderite is a calcium beryllium phosphate. It has a hardness of 5-5.5. It has a monoclinic crystal system. It can be colorless, pale yellow, green, brownish-gray or even lavender. They are very rare. Most come from Brazil, but have also been found in Africa and Afghanistan. Herderite aids in communication with spirit guides and light beings, and with interdimensional travel. It helps us to experience ourselves as an energy field that exists way beyond our physical body. We realize there is a sphere of awareness way larger than our physical self. It enhances our senses as we meditate. This stone can be quite intense, so extra time to ground after working with it is wise. Herderite is associated with the storm element and astrological sign Gemini. 

Tanzanite

Tanzanite is a calcium aluminium silicate mineral. It is a member of the zoisite family. It has an orthorhombic crystal system. It has a hardness of 6.5-7. Color ranges from blue to blue-violet, though some can be golden to brownish yellow. It was first discovered in 1967 in Tanzania, Africa. Tiffany & Co., the NY jewelers, introduced it as Tanzanite and it became the accepted name, though technically it is blue zoisite. Tanzanite can integrate the energies of the heart and the mind through the linkage and attunement of the heart and 3rd eye chakras. It also makes it hard to deny what one knows in the heart, and helps you to speak your truth. It helps with verbal and written expression. It provides a strong anchoring in the heart. It enhances our intuitive vision. And it opens us up to deep intimacy with others. It is associated with the wind element and the astrological sign cancer. 

Tibetan Tektite

Tektites are glassy masses created from meteoric impacts. They have a hardness of 5.5-6. They have an amorphous crystal structure. They are rich in silica, with their silicon dioxide content between 68% and 82%. Tibetan tektite specifically refers to the family of brown-black or black tektites found in Tibet and southern China. The metaphysical information following is for Tibetan tektite, not tektite from other locales. Tibetan tektite is a synergy 12 stone, whereas the other tektites are not. Tibetan tektites are used for lucid dreaming and it’s advised to sleep with two, one by the head and one by the feet. You can also use seven pieces to stimulate and activate the light body by placing one on each chakra point. It will open the chakra column/spinal energy channel. Tibetan tektite is associated with the storm element and the astrological sign Scorpio.

Scolecite

I am a huge fan of scolecite. Scolecite is a hydrous calcium aluminum silicate, a zeolite mineral. It has a hardness of 5-5.5. It has a monoclinic crystal structure. It has thin, vertically striated prismatic crystals and also grows out in radiating fibrous masses. It can be colorless, white or yellowish. It has been found in Teigarhorn, Iceland and Poona, India. It is the stone of true inner peace and tranquility. It’s ideal for use in healing, meditation, restful sleep, lucid dreaming and journeying. It enhances the heart chakra energies and helps you to spontaneously express love more freely. It also protects your auric field and cleanses it with its healing radiance and charges it with its pure white light. It’s associated with the wind and water elements and the astrological sign Virgo. 

Azeztulite

This is a very special variety of quartz. It has a hexagonal (trigonal) crystal system. As all quartz it has a hardness of 7. The original Azeztulite came from a single find in North Carolina, USA around 1970. Over 30 yrs later a second deposit was found in Vermont. Since, Azeztulites have been found in multiple locales. Each are different and carry their own properties. Here we are strictly talking about the azeztulites from north Carolina and Vermont. It’s referred to as white Azeztulite or original Azeztulite. This is a very powerful stone. It is said that when you open up to Azeztulite it feels like being in the presence of something holy. The liquid crystal body matrix probably resonates more strongly with Azeztulite than any other stone. It carries the current of the central sun. If you hold this stone over your 3rd eye chakra, its said that you will see light in the interior of the skull, its one of the hallmarks of Azeztulite, as is pleasurable sensations that are hard to compare to any others. Azeztulite is associated with the storm element and astrological sign Aries. 

Satyaloka Quartz (Satyaloka Azeztulite)

This is a variety of quartz, with a hardness of 7. It has a hexagonal (trigonal) crystal system. Satyaloka forms as small prismatic crystals, translucent or white, sometimes with inclusions of reddish-brown or gray. It comes from the Satya Loka mountains of southern India. It was originally gathered by monks of the Satya Loka Monastery, who sent it out into the world as a way of spreading the energy of spiritual enlightenment. South India is said to be the crown chakra of the world, so it makes perfect sense that satyaloka quartz opens the crown chakra with an immense flow of energy. It vibrates to the frequency of enlightenment. It might be called the most “hard core” of all the Azeztulites, maybe even of all stones. This stone is a stone of powerful spiritual dedication. It aids in traveling thru the realms of light to higher planes of reality. It’s associated with the storm element and astrological sign Sagittarius. 

I hope this overview of the synergy 12 will inspire you to try working with one if you haven’t yet, or to encourage you to add another to your collection if you’ve already worked with some. The ultimate is to have them all and then you can build a synergy 12 grid and use sacred geometry to amplify these intense crystals even more. Another amazing way to work with these stones is to wear them. You can choose the one you connect to the strongest or you can even find vial pendants that have chipstones of all 12 stones. 

Thank you for reading and I hope you will come back next month when I tell all about my trip to Herkimer, NY this past month for the gem show and to go mining for herkimer diamonds! 

Crystal blessings!

XOX0- Retha

 

The Book of Stones, Revised Edition: Who They Are and What They Teach

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About the Author:

Retha N. Lent has been married for 17 years to her husband Mark & they have four cats that are their life. She lives in Norristown, Pa. Retha has her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Behavioral Counseling Sciences from Drexel University. She is the owner of “Retha’s Crystals” & sells sterling silver unique crystal jewelry & specimens on her FB business page. She has a FB group for her customers and those interested in learning more about crystals & all things magical called “Retha’s Crystal Circle“. She is also an advisor in the Sage Goddess Affiliate Program. She has her Holistic Healing Certificate and Pillars of Priestessing certificates from Sage Goddess. She is also an Ordained Pagan Minister from the Universal Life Church. Retha has a passion for crystals, nature, astrology, working with moon cycles, ritual practices, tarot and oracle cards, runes, essential oils, herbs, manifestation work, ancient cultures, magic & music. Her favorite place is New Orleans, La. Retha has an extensive personal crystal collection and loves sharing her love of crystals with the world. She has been a practicing pagan since she was 16 years old. 

You can reach her at rethalent@hotmail.com or on her business page on FB: https://www.facebook.com/Rethas-Crystals-197411227666484/

Or in her FB group:

https://m.facebook.com/groups/1960619300929876

Her Sage Goddess affiliate link is:

www.sagegoddess.com/ref/84/

Or follow her on Instagram at @spookygirl16

Gael Song

August, 2018

Lughnasa


Lughnasa is my very favorite spirit time of year. The solstice/equinox and cross-quarter days mark the cosmic openings of the eight basic aspects of spirit in all things, shifts that are quite powerful. If you are into feeling energy or spirit, these can easily be felt. The masculine openings occur at sunrise, the feminine at sunset on the eve of each holy day. Early in each year, at Imbolc, this spirit opening feels like a baby, a little Girl. Then comes the Boy of the Vernal Equinox, the Virgin Girl and Boy of Bealtaine and Midsummer, the mother and father of Lughnasa and the Autumnal Equinox, the Grandmother at Samhein, until finally, the Grandfather opens on Midwinter. And all these cosmic aspects of spirit are quite different, with very varied directives in life, plus they open the six-week phase of growth for that inner aspect of the self until the next solstice/equinox portal for everyone. All of us, men and women alike, the cosmos and the earth, too, have these eight parts of our spirits, for this sacred structure interfaces all things. We are not so different after all.

So, on the evening before Aug. 5th, the cosmic Mother spirit opens; within each person, across the globe, and in all the planes of existence. And it is a dramatic change from the world server, strong-willed, action oriented Virgin Male of the preceding six weeks. Everything suddenly slows down. There is a nurturing, comforting presence billowing through the wind and clouds. I often feel the impulse to lie down and rest on the earth’s body, a mother herself. This is Lughnasa. Divine Mother can be particularly felt in the first fruits of the harvest. For this holy day also marks the opening of the action ethers within, which means manifestation into the physical, the specialty of the harvest father, Lugh, for whom even this feminine festival is named. This cosmic mother loves to nourish all her children with foods that delight, manifesting the tastiest blueberries or corn or cucumbers from her soil. The fruits of all the inner work of the previous nine moons of walking one’s path begin to appear at this time as well (the Apple moon is the tenth of the druid year), not just the outer harvest of grains and fruits, for the cosmic Mother wants to manifest all our dreams as well! (Though I have the distinct feeling that foods and recipes that simply cannot be resisted might be her personal favorite.) In my meditations into past lives as a Celt in Scotland over 2,000 years ago, I recalled large tribal celebrations at Lughnasa in honor of the earth mother, with extravagant expressions of gratitude for all the natural resources the earth mother had provided over the passing year, each tribe trying to outdo the others. I saw all priestesses who were mothers circled inside the groves in my visions, too, priestesses in divination meditations, calling out anything they saw that might lay ahead for the tribes, blessings and challenges both. And there were always swans on the lochs, too, the mother totem.

But more than this, Lughnasa falls during the Apple Moon, moon of the Goddess, the White Tara, July 27th-Aug. 19th. And when I do my own Lughnasa ceremony at my altar, calling in my druid guides to facilitate the opening of the mother part of my spirit, I always feel the gentle Presence of the White Tara come in around me as well. “Let Me come very close”,” She says, “I miss you so much, child of My Heart!” And I can sense spirit arms around my shoulders or a gentle head laid, very lightly, on my own with that strong eternal Mother Love pouring into me. And I remember the same thing happening in those ancient lifetimes, too, a personal encounter with the Goddess around the time of Lughnasa in those great tribal crowds, a sweet message of mother love to each and every person there. For myself, I need a space of silence for this intimate interface, not the loud, talking on and on, ceremonies that many prefer. And it’s when I fall asleep later that evening when I often feel Her most closely, spirit fingertips brushing across my temples. Oh, She can become very insistent about learning distressing wisdom lesson of the mother aspect at times across the next six weeks, I’ll grant you that, but not on this one holy day. It brings mother comfort and sweet abiding love, stronger in ways than any other. And then on Aug. 8th, three days past Lughnasa, there is always another personal Goddess message, but this time not a visitation, no, a physical gift of some sort that signifies what else will soon be manifesting during the harvest season. Lughnasa, mother comfort, peace, sweet rest, delicious things to eat, and the hint of fulfillment soon to come. No wonder I love it more than all the rest!

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About the Author:

Jill Rose Frew, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, energy healer, workshop leader, and author. She will be opening a school teaching light healing and the Celtic path of enlightenment in 2019. For information, please see www.CelticHeaven.com

She is author of Guardians of the Celtic Way: The Path to arthurian Fulfillment (her name was Jill Kelly then), and Alba RebornAlba Reborn, Book One, RevisedAlba Reborn, Book Two, and Alba Reborn, Book Three.

Guardians of the Celtic Way: The Path to hurian Fulfillment

Going Shamanic Radio

June, 2018

 

Going Shamanic” is hosted by Jennifer Engracio on P.A.G.E.  Media Project’s blogtalk radio each month. The show focuses on how to integrate shamanism into every day life. Instead of relegating the spiritual aspect of ourselves to Sundays at church or weekend workshops, this show will support listeners in weaving ritual, prayer, magic, alignment with the Spiritworld and the Earth into their lives to enrich their experience of living.

This Month: Body Wisdom with Michaela Otto

Michaela Thunder Owl, certified shamanic coach and practitioner, guides and empowers seekers who are stuck, in transition or simply wanting more through the powerful knowledge and techniques of contemporary shamanism.

Today Jen welcomes Michaela Thunder Owl for the theme “Body Wisdom“.

 

 

Going Shamanic is hosted by Jennifer Engracio, about how to integrate shamanism into everyday life.

 

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About the Author:

Jennifer Engrácio has been a student of shamanism since 2005. Jennifer is a certified teacher who has worked with children in many different education settings since 2001. She is a certified shamanic practitioner, Reiki Master, and lomilomi practitioner; in addition, she runs Spiral Dance Shamanics. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, she now lives in Calgary, Canada with her life partner.

Engrácio participated in self-publishing three books that are now available:

The Magic Circle: Shamanic Ceremonies for the Child and the Child Within”

Women’s Power Stories: Honouring the Feminine Principle of Life”

Dreaming of Cupcakes: A Food Addict’S Shamanic Journey into Healing

For more information go to: www.spiraldanceshamanics.com

Book Review – The Magic Circle: Shamanic Ceremonies for the Child and the Child Within

March, 2018

THE MAGIC CIRCLE

Shamanic Ceremonies for the Child and the Child Within

A year ago I wrote a brief review of this book on Amazon but in this review I will expand on what I wrote in February 2017:

This is an amazing source book for families, schools, grandparents and youth leaders in different capacities. It offers a breath-taking range of ideas and ceremonies – ranging from fast and simple to more complex. These ceremonies can help children and young people navigate life transitions and events. From losing a loved one, taking courage, the magic of our own body, the weather, animals, ancestral sleuthing and so forth the possibilities are endless and very inspiring! The future of our Earth depends on young people staying attuned to the Web of Life and honoring all different life forms. This book is a must have for anyone raising such children or hoping to raise such children one day! It has given me ideas for the children and teenagers I myself work with!”

This book was co-authored by a team of three people: Ann Dickie, Jennifer Engracio and Katherine Inksetter. As parent, shamanic teacher and author of a book about shamanic parenting it always makes my heart sing to find high quality resources about shamanism for families, teachers and youth leaders!

Essentially this book provides ceremonies for every conceivable occasion, following the Medicine Wheel (starting in the Center: the Land of Void and from there moving South, than West and so forth).

All this material has been tried and tested extensively and a lot of reflection has gone into the way that activities are introduced and structured. This is important because it reduces the risk of misunderstandings or things “going wrong”. – Having said that: when proper preparations are made, things going “wrong” usually means that the spirits are playing with us and getting creative. In a sense you cannot go “wrong” in ceremony when you work from the heart! – Still, some people feel a little nervous about using shamanism with children, which is understandable, so using properly tested material takes some of that anxiety away.

The authors also point out – very correctly! – that any deep spiritual work or personal growth work will flush out issues needing attention. As a shamanic teacher just want to echo how true this is but, I will also say how those things are ultimately the ingredients of life-changing adventures, they open portals and rewire us on the level of soul. Don’t let that put you off.

Working your way through the whole book can certainly be done but it is a big commitment. It might be better to use the book intuitively – do what calls out to you or what resonates with an issue your child (or grandchild, or youth group etc.) is facing right now.

The Medicine Wheel is a wheel in a very literal sense: one could start anywhere and a journey will unfold. Wheels per definition do not have a beginning or end.

Another good thing about this book is that it includes a suggested age range for every activity. If you are going to be working with younger or older children – no problem, but you may need to simplify things a little or add some complexity. Any parent or teacher (or person who spends time around children) will do this very naturally.

Ceremony is a key-concept in shamanism because it opens the door to our soul and allows us to step outside time. Powerful work is done in the place where the spirits, ancestors and sacred dreams of our collective reside. Healing occurs naturally when we perform ceremonies.

This book gives families tools and high quality activities. Following those encourages children to stay tuned and – most importantly – to keep the connection to their own spirit allies alive and strong as they grow older and face the challenges life will throw at human beings. I truly believe that this is one of the greatest gifts we can give a child.

This book encourages creativity, time spent outdoors, connecting to ancestors, knowing that (as my eldest son once put it when he was just four years old) that “everything is medicine” – or can be, when used or embraced the right way.

I invite you to take this journey around the Medicine Wheel and discover what your own calling and unique medicine is – so you can fully embody and birth this in our world. – Our world in great turmoil and transition (paradigm shift) needs every person alive right now to activate their divinely granted talents and medicine. If we all do that – our world can change overnight!

Thank you Ann, Jennifer and Katherine for this magical book!

Essentially a book like this is spiritual dynamite (and the authors may quote me on that!)

Imelda Almqvist, 22 February 2018, London UK

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About the Author:

Imelda Almqvist is an international teacher of shamanism and SACRED ART. Her book Natural Born Shamans: A Spiritual Toolkit For Life (Using shamanism creatively with young people of all ages) was published by Moon in 2016.  She is a presenter on the Shamanism Global Summit  2017 as well as on Year of Ceremony with Sounds True. She divides her time between the UK, Sweden and the US. Her second book SACRED ART, A Hollow Bone for Spirit : Where ART Meets Shamanism will be published in the Autumn of 2018.

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www.shaman-healer-painter.co.uk  (website)

https://imeldaalmqvist.wordpress.com/  (blog)

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=imelda+almqvist  (Youtube channel: interviews, presentations and art videos)

http://affiliate.soundstrue.com/aff_c?offer_id=124&aff_id=2260&url_id=86  (Year of Ceremony)

 

Book Review: Tree Medicine, Tree Magic by Ellen Evert Hopman

January, 2018

Tree Medicine, Tree Magic”

by Ellen Evert Hopman

Published by Pendraig Publishing Inc.

Published: 2017

Pages: 245

This second edition is updated and revised from the original published in 1992 by Ellen Evert Hopman, a master herbalist, lay homeopath and founding member of The Order of the White Oak. She is currently archdruid of the Tribe of the Oak, a teaching grove for Druids. She holds an M.Ed. in mental health counseling.

For each of the 19 trees, she includes an illustration; describes their physical characteristics; gives their practical, herbal and magical uses; and provides Druid insights and recipes. Information for each tree takes up about 10 pages; quotes and poems about trees are sprinkled throughout.

Some of the common trees of North America and Europe that get a chapter in the book are ash, apple, birch, elm, holly, maple, oak, pine, poplar and willow.

Hopman treats each sacred tree reverently, sharing its powerful magic and how its legends are woven into various cultures. The traditions she shares are those of “our ancestors, the celebrants of the trees.”

 

 

At the beginning of the book, she explains the many forms which use flowers, leaves, bark, roots and seeds to treat conditions. She tells you what parts of the tree to use, and how to collect and use them. The back of the book contains such useful information as the Celtic tree alphabet and a tree meditation, along with indexes of herbal uses, magical uses, practical uses and illustrations.

Tree Medicine, Tree Magic” is a useful guidebook to work with trees on multiple levels.

 

Susun Weed, author of the Wise Woman Series, praised it, saying, “Trees are the Ancient Ones. They hold a vast wisdom that can heal all ills of body, mind, and spirit. Open this book and open a door to the details of that wisdom, brought to you by one of my favorite herbal authors, Ellen Evert Hopman. Ellen is actually a tree, ‘disguised’ as a person, so she speaks to us directly from the heart of the Ancient Mysteries. There is something for everyone here, whether you seek food for your psyche or physic for your woes.”

 

 

As I read about tree after tree and learned about the old ways, I was inspired to make more connections with them. I harvested white pine needles to make tea; I became aware that a branch of apple with both flowers and fruits is an indication the otherworld is paying a visit, and will now be on the lookout; and I now know to thank maple trees for being among those most tolerant of people.

I cross-referenced it with the Celtic tree moons – nine of the thirteen are in the book – and will be drawing information from the book when planning rituals.

 

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Hopman’s other 10 non-fiction books include “A Druid’s for the Sacred Earth Year,” “Walking the World in Wonder: A Children’s ,” “Scottish Herbs and Fairy Lore” and “The Secret Medicines of Your Kitchen: A Practical Guide.” She also wrote three novels including “The Druid Isle” and “Priestess of the Fire Temple: A Druid’s Tale.”

Visit Ellen Evert Hopman online at www.elleneverthopman.com.

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About the Author:

Lynn Woike was 50 – divorced and living on her own for the first time – before she consciously began practicing as a self taught solitary witch. She draws on an eclectic mix of old ways she has studied – from her Sicilian and Germanic heritage to Zen and astrology, the fae, Buddhism, Celtic, the Kabbalah, Norse and Native American – pulling from each as she is guided. She practices yoga, reads Tarot and uses Reiki. From the time she was little, she has loved stories, making her job as the editor of two monthly newspapers seem less than the work it is because of the stories she gets to tell. She lives with her large white cat, Pyewacket, in central Connecticut. You can follow her boards on Pinterest, and write to her at woikelynn at gmail dot com.