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August Native Moon: Excerpt from the Forthcoming Book ‘Cosmic Crystals: Rituals and Meditations for Connecting with Lunar Energy’ by Ashley Leavy

August, 2019

August Native Moon

From ‘Cosmic Crystals: Rituals and Meditations for Connecting with Lunar Energy’ by Ashley Leavy
Available August 20 from Fair Winds Press, an imprint of The Quarto Group

The thirteen Native Moons in Cosmic Crystals are by far the most difficult to describe. With so many different Native tribes, cultural traditions, and important stories, finding common threads is not always easy. In most instances, the main moon name given is the most commonly used name among the Algonquin tribes, and the listed alternative names come from other well-known tribal peoples from North America, Central America, and South America.

As
you read about the Native Moons, put yourself in the shoes of those
who lived in harmony with the natural cycles. Consider the lessons
from the deities and totem animals that can be applied to present day
life. What are the commonalities between yourself and the tribal
people who were some of the first in the world to name the moons each
month? What is different in your own life compared to the lives of
those who gave these moons their names? What wisdom can you take away
from recognizing those differences?

When
working with the lunar rituals for the Native Moons, push yourself to
find new ways to incorporate the corresponding totem animals and
healing herbs into your ritual. Remember, your ritual may be as
simple or as complex as you like. The point is to create a moment of
sacredness between you and the moon, so listen to your inner guidance
for how to customize each ritual to meet your needs.

AUGUST

The Grain Moon

The
Grain Moon is named for grains, such as corn and barley, which can
now be harvested. Fishing tribes know this as the Sturgeon Moon,
named after the fish that are abundant at this time. Other tribes
know the August full moon as the Red Moon because it often takes on a
reddish color. Still others call this the Lightning Moon due to
frequent late-summer thunderstorms.

To
connect with the energy of the Grain Moon, place a small bowl of dry
grains (e.g., corn, barley, or rice) in your sacred space or on your
altar. Surround the bowl with Ruby Fuchsite stones to represent the
sharing of this abundance with those you love. You may even choose to
have one stone to represent each specific person in your circle of
close friends and family.

ALTERNATE
NAMES
Barley Moon, Lightning Moon, Red Moon, Sturgeon Moon, Swan
Flight Moon, Women’s Moon

ANIMALS
squirrel, sturgeon, swan

COLORS
gold, green, yellow

CRYSTALS
Green Grossular Garnet, Heliodor, Ruby Fuchsite

DEITIES
Laqan Kachina, Mashe-Namak, Mikew, Nisk-Na Peu – the Goose
Master, Urubutsin

ESSENTIAL
OILS
rosewood, tangerine, tea tree

HERBS
eucalyptus, lemongrass, rose petal

KEYWORDS
abundance, connection, magic

GREEN
GROSSULAR GARNET
This abundance stone connects to the Grain Moon
by reminding you that with hard work, there will be plenty to harvest
down the road. Green Grossular Garnet enhances your connection to the
plants and animals of the earth. Work with this stone if you’d like
to find balance between modern life and more traditional ways of
living.

HELIODOR
A yellow variety of Beryl, Heliodor shines with the color of
golden grain. This crystal helps you recognize abundance all around
you and connects you to all that is. The more connected and grateful
you feel, the more you have to be thankful for, because things are
drawn to you like a magnet. Helidor is also a stone of magic and
facilitates mystical experiences.

RUBY FUCHSITE This rock, also called Anyolite, is a combination of two minerals, red Ruby and Green Fuchsite. This crystal corresponds to the heart center and instills empathy and compassion. Wear Ruby Fuchsite in a medicine bag over your heart to facilitate a connection with others. This energy is perfectly suited to the Grain Moon, a time of celebration and sharing the abundant harvest.

About the author of ‘Cosmic Crystals: Rituals and Meditations for Connecting with Lunar Energy’:

Ashley Leavy (Madison, WI) is the Founder & Educational Director of the Love & Light School of Crystal Therapy. Teaching others about crystals is Ashley’s passion and her purpose. Ashley’s experience is based on almost a decade, and 100+ classes, of professional crystal healing training. Because of her expertise, Ashley has been a featured guest on NBC, has been interviewed about crystal healing for dozens of radio shows, has had articles published in many newspapers and magazines, and has been featured as a guest blogger on hundreds of energy healing and wellness blogs. She is also the author of Crystals for Energy Healing.

Learn more at quartokno.ws/CosmicCrystals.

Cosmic Crystals: Rituals and Meditations for Connecting With Lunar Energy on Amazon

Retha’s Crystal Reflections

July, 2019

All About Crystal Gridding

I’ve
had a lot of customers & friends inquire about gridding recently.
It can seem overwhelming or mysterious at first, but I promise you
that gridding can be a very satisfying, enjoyable and effective tool
& it can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. I
will go over the way I do crystal gridding and I hope it helps you to
give it a whirl if you haven’t yet tried it!

Crystal gridding is at its most basic, placing multiple crystals in a pattern. You can make any pattern or design you like, color or draw a grid pattern on paper or you can use a purchased grid pattern as well. You can find amazing pre-made grid patterns in fabric, wood, copper, acrylic and even light up grids! I have reviewed a few if you want suggestions.

Sacred geometry patterns are common but you can literally make any design you prefer. The one thing it needs to have is a center point to place a piece of quartz. This should ideally be a generator or pyramid (something with a point facing skyward) but you could also use a tumble or even a chip-stone in a pinch. Quartz is the highest vibration crystal, that is why a type of quartz is preferred here. After all, the point of your grid is to raise energy. Having quartz in the center point of the grid will maximize the effectiveness of the entire grid as well as all the other crystals you include.

After
you select both a center crystal and a design, you then need to
gather the other crystals & stones you wish to include. If you
are wanting a grid to draw love into your life for example, you would
want stones that correspond to that. If you need some help or
suggestions for which crystals to use for your grids purpose I highly
recommend you read my past columns, I have covered many topics and
give my favorite crystals for each one. You can use as little or as
many crystals in your grid that you prefer. Get creative here and
above all remember to have fun & follow your intuition. Sometimes
you may feel drawn to a certain crystal & you don’t know why, I
truly believe it’s because our intuition is telling us to work with
it for a reason. So go ahead and include it. Even if you don’t think
it goes with the theme. If you listen your crystals will start to
communicate with you. They wont lead you wrong I promise!

OK,
now you have gathered your grid or have a pattern in mind, and you
have your crystals that support your intentions…now its time to
find a spot where your grid won’t be disturbed (I have 4 cats so this
is always important if I want my grid to stay intact). One other
important tool you will need is a double terminated quartz wand to
activate your grid. Double terminated simply means it has points on
both ends. This is a tool to send & direct energy so is perfect
for gridding. If you don’t have a double terminated wand, you can use
your finger in a pinch. You can incorporate other materials into your
grid as well. Flowers, sticks, bones, pine cones, etc. This brings
another layer of correspondences you can incorporate as well. Plus,
it looks very aesthetically pleasing. If you have a spinning table
(lazy Susan) that is a genius way to do your grid, but any stable
surface will suffice.

Now,
you want to set your grid up.

First,
it’s a great practice to get into saging all your crystals and the
grid itself before you begin.

Next
place the quartz generator or pyramid in the center point.

Then
place your supporting crystals all around in the pattern you chose.
This is all your preference where you place your different crystals.
There is no wrong way to do this. So just give it a try. One thing I
do want to point out is if you are using crystal points I would point
them inward to the center of the grid if the grid is to draw
something to you, and place the points facing outward if your grids
purpose is to send energy outward to either the earth or another
person.

Now
you will say aloud your intention or dedication to this grid. If it’s
for health, speak that into the universe.

Then
you want to use the double terminated wand to first touch the center
quartz piece, then touch a crystal on the outer part of the grid.

Working
your way around or in any order that feels right you want to touch
the wand to each crystal on your grid, while touching that center
crystal between each crystal. So touch center, touch another, touch
center, touch another and so on. You can use this process as a time
to concentrate on your intention, pray, or to drop into a meditation.
This process can be done once or you can continue it over & over
as many times as you feel effective. I personally like to go around
to each stone 3 times.

Now
you are done and you can leave your grid up and activated for as long
as you choose. If you leave it up for a long time I recommend
recharging it or reactivating it every so often. If you decide you no
longer need the grid you can un-dedicate it by thanking it for its
service and say simply “I release these crystals from service”.
Then your crystals can be used for another purpose or in another
grid.

Grids
are a great way to start working with your crystals. It can become a
very relaxing and fulfilling hobby. I encourage you to try one, even
if you only have a few crystals you can do a mini grid. Work with
what you have to start, or if you think gridding is something you
want to do often you can invest in more crystals and a nice generator
& wand to use. Just don’t let not having all the things keep you
from doing it. Your intention is the most important piece of this
process. You can work with what you have.

I’d love to see your grids if you are wiling to share! I have a crystal group on Facebook called “Retha’s Crystal Circle” and if you haven’t yet you should join us! I always take pics of my grids & love seeing others grids as well! Thanks for reading & happy gridding!!

Love
& Crystal Blessings

***

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 [email protected]
or on her business
page on FB
: www.facebook.com/Rethas-Crystals-197411227666484/

Or
in her
FB group

Her
Sage
Goddess
affiliate link is:

www.sagegoddess.com/ref/84/

Or
follow her on Instagram at @spookygirl16

Retha’s Crystal Reflections

April, 2019

I Bought Crystals…Now How Do I Work With Them?

This month instead of focusing on specific stones I thought it would be helpful to some to have a rundown of how to work with & maximize the properties of your crystals once you get them in your hands.

There are many ways to use your crystal friends and I hope this will inspire you to try working with your stones in a new way! Read on to learn more!

Wear Them:

I have a particular fondness for this method of use. I mostly sell jewelry because I truly think it’s the easiest way to work with crystals. Having them on your skin and keeping them on for long stretches of time is such a potent dose of their medicine.

Furthermore, you can chose the pieces you want based on where on your body they will touch. If you wanted a heart chakra stone for example, wearing it as a pendant would be most effective, and having the length of chain that would make it lay closest to your actually heart chakra is the best placement of all.

Make sure when shopping for crystal jewelry that the back of the setting is open to allow contact with your skin. If you are new to crystals, starting with jewelry is an easy and beautiful place to start your crystal journey. 

Meditation:

If
you are already meditating, adding crystals to the experience can
really enhance your practice & take you to new levels. You can
use crystals before (using a third eye or crown chakra stone to tap
into the higher realms), during (held in your hands, or placed
around/on your body if you are laying down) or after meditation
(holding a grounding stone to help calm and center yourself). I like
to use them in all three ways just mentioned. I always use crystals
when I meditate. I find it helps me to connect to the earth and to
the divine. I highly recommend you give it a try!

Crystal Healing: 

This can sound intimidating, or like you need a certification to do this, but that is not the case. You can most definitely practice self-healing on yourself at home. It is definitely an art and will take some research to determine which crystals are best suited to your needs, but it can be as simple as laying quietly with the crystal placed strategically where you need the medicine. This is crystal healing in its simplest form. Of course if you want to experience crystal healing at its most advanced, seeking a professional is recommended. There are many types of professional crystal healers. Some work with just stones, others incorporate singing bowls or Reiki as well. Whether you want to try healing on yourself or work with someone with experience, I hope you will give it a try. Being an all natural remedy it can only help! You have nothing to lose by trying it. 

Sleeping With Your Crystals:

We spend about a third of our lives in our beds asleep (hopefully), so utilizing this time by getting some crystal exposure is a great practice to get into. You have multiple options here, you could place your crystal under your pillow, you could place them on your nightstand, or all around your bedroom. You could also place them underneath your bed.

The way I prefer most is to fall asleep holding my crystal in my hand. Just be careful not to drop it off the bed if you have hardwood floors like I do! You don’t want to break your tools. I recommend choosing calming stones for sleeping with. Some quartz (esp. clear quartz) can be over stimulating in the bedroom. 

Gridding:

Gridding is taking your crystals and making a grid or pattern either on a table or a pre-made grid (you can find them in wood, fabric, acrylic, glass, etc) and programming the crystals for a specific intention.

Most grids have sacred geometry patterns on them (flower of life, seed of life), but you can use any design or pattern that you prefer. It’s good to place the grids in an area of your home that correlates with the theme of the grid. A love grid would be great in your bedroom. A protection grid would be great inside your front door.

When gridding it’s best to use quartz in the center (I prefer a generator or pyramid). The process of setting up and charging your grid can be very relaxing and even a type of meditation. Gridding is a big topic so if you are interested in gridding it’s great to watch a video (you can find lots on YouTube) or get a book about gridding. 

Medicine Bag:

This is something I enjoy immensely. I like to have a good selection of different crystals on hand if I need or want a crystal while I’m away from home. I have many cute bags and pouches and I will fill them with my crystal needs. I have one I keep in my car with my everyday essentials and then I have a bag that I switch out the crystals daily. Each morning I will look through my stones and just grab the ones I feel drawn to. This is a great way to get to know your crystals. Travel medicine bags are also a great idea. Fill your bag with stones for safe travel, protection, etc for when you are going on a trip. You can also add crystals to any mojo or gris gris bags to add extra energy and medicine to them.

I also like to make an intention box each new year to set my yearly theme and intentions. Adding my crystals to the box is my favorite part. Select and charge the stones that will support your goals and dreams for the year. 

In Potions, Oils, and the Bath:

There are many ways to use stones in your perfumes or beauty products. You can add small chipstones into essential oil blends by placing them in the jar you store them. You can add small tumbles in sugar or salt scrubs, bath salts, etc. You can also place chip stones or tumbles in any premade products like face cream, lotions, etc to infuse the crystals properties into the product. Mookaite is a perfect stone to add to any beauty products as it is the youthfulness & beauty stone. Another thing you can do is add your crystals directly into the bathtub with you. Be cautious when choosing stones for any of these uses as certain crystals can disintegrate in water or liquids. Quartz is your best bet as it’s water safe. Another great addition to the bath is a nice hunk of Himalayan salt. It will dissolve as you run your bath. Salt baths are so cleansing & purifying. One other thing I want to mention since it’s used in the bathroom are jade face rollers to reduce water retention and puffiness. You just roll it across your face outward toward your hairline and I like to do this after I apply face serums or moisturizers. I also like jade facial stones that are flat and you use in the same way. 

Gemstone Powders:

You can also add powdered gems that you either purchase powdered or you can use a mortar and pestle to grind yourself. Ground mica is a common ingredient in eye shadow & even nail polish. You can use powdered gems in paint to infuse the crystals properties into your artwork, craft projects or even house paint! Ground selenite is a great one for clearing. Use caution and do your research when grinding any gemstone as some can be toxic when inhaled. 

Gemstone Charged Drinking Water or Elixers:

This is done in two very different ways. You can use the direct method, or the indirect method. The direct method requires extreme caution as it involves putting crystals directly into the water you drink. Quartz and shungite are the most popular for this method. You MUST do your research when using the direct method as some crystals are toxic when ingested and some will disintegrate in liquid. Please use caution if interested in this. The safer way is the indirect method and this can be done by simply placing crystals all around the outside of the container holding your drinking water, or you can even purchase special made containers that have an inner chamber to hold the crystals. The crystals charge the water through the glass without needing to come in contact with the actual liquid. This gives you many more options of what stones you can use and eliminates the safety concerns. The direct method is of course more potent but you can get the same results by using the indirect method and letting the water charge for a longer period before consumption. You can also use gem water to water your plants, wash your face or make beauty products!

Feng Shui:

Feng shui utilizes crystals in the home and Feng Shui uses something called the bagua map, which basically maps out your home and shows you where to place things for specific parts of your life. (Financial, love, etc) You can follow the bagua map for guidance in where to place your crystals for whatever your intentions are. This will bring in good chi energy to your home & all areas of your life. 

I hope this helps you to explore some new ways of connecting and working with your crystals. Any and all of these practices will allow you the chance to get to know what works best for you and you can then tailor it to fit your needs. Crystals get stronger the more you work with them, so if nothing else just hold them when you’re sitting around watching tv or reading. Having your energy mix and mingle with your crystals energy is going to help build a connection and the crystal can then better serve you. Crystals are working tools and can be used in magical work as well. If you are interested in learning more about that I recommend my article from June 2018 about the different crystal shapes and how to work with them. I hope you all have a fabulous April and thank you for taking the time to read! 

Crystal Blessings!!

***

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 [email protected]
or on her business
page on FB
: www.facebook.com/Rethas-Crystals-197411227666484/

Or
in her
FB group

Her
Sage
Goddess
affiliate link is:

www.sagegoddess.com/ref/84/

Or
follow her on Instagram at @spookygirl16

Retha’s Crystal Reflections

February, 2019

Crystals
For Self Love & Drawing Love Into Your Life

Well
its February & we know what that means….love, hearts,
chocolates and…..crystals!! Crystals are an amazing tool to use
yourself if you are focusing on self love, and great for gifting to
loved ones as well. There are crystals for drawing love of all kinds
into your life. I feel its important to not get caught up in just
relationships & partnerships on Valentine’s day. Not everyone is
currently in a relationship, and some are not able to spend the
holiday with their partners. None of these people should  be
left out. Love is for the self first & foremost so lets celebrate
that. And if you are blessed enough to have a partner to celebrate
with, then share the love by gifting them a love crystal. Read on to
find out my top picks for crystals to bring love of all kinds into
your life.

Morganite
is a stone that just oozes love in my opinion. Its gentle, soothing
and feels like a warm embrace. This is a stone of divine love in fact
and therefore vibrates strongly with a beautiful love energy. This
stone is a heart and higher heart (thymus) chakra crystal. Its potent
for helping romantic partnerships. It helps you to respect both
yourself and others. It enhances patience. Its a great crystal for
women as it helps them to see and appreciate both their inner beauty
and their strength from within. It also helps to connect with divine
feminine energies. Morganite assists in connecting with the angelic
realm. This crystal holds the vibration of divine love. It doesn’t
get any better than that!

Pink Danburite is one of my very favorite crystals. So I may be a bit biased here. Danburite is amazing in so many ways, but pink Danburite has all the properties of Danburite but with a good dose of heart opening added in. Pink Danburite gently, but powerfully, opens the crown chakra and then links and attunes it to the heart chakra. It activates higher consciousness from a heart based perspective. The pink variety of Danburite is a heart chakra and higher heart chakra stone. It increases acceptance of ones self and others. It brings emotional healing and releases fear, grief and anxiety. Brings in the energies of serenity and peace. It resonates with angelic realms and brings harmony from that realm down into your heart….um yes please!  This stone helps the heart to resonate with divine love, which also promotes self-love. We can all use more self-love in my opinion.

Ruby.
Say the word and it makes one think of love. And passion. Ruby is a
very powerful love stone that opens and activates the heart chakra.
It actually protects the loss of heart energy. It helps us to connect
to others and helps us to be more emotionally aware. It dissolves any
emotional congestion and balances the emotions. Ruby has an intense
energy that stimulates loving emotions and passion. It amplifies
energy, drive and success. It helps you see and open yourself up to
divine love. It makes you see the true nature of love. Ruby helps you
to become a vehicle for divine love to flow through to others. Ruby
brings bliss and love. 

Green
apophyllite. I have a real thing for this crystal. When I hold this I
immediately feel so comforted and loved. Green apophyllite cleanses
and balances the heart chakra. In fact it is said that all one needs
to do is be in the presence of this crystal to cleanse and balance
your heart. This crystal helps you to connect to mama Gaia. It
balances the emotions with gentle, loving energy. Its a very healing
stone. It helps you to let go of harbored resentments and heals a
jaded hurt heart. It brings clarity to situations and decisions of
the heart. Green apophyllite helps you to forgive and to release
emotions that no longer serve you. It helps you to reach a meditative
state and enhances spiritual growth. It infuses you with spiritual
love and light and opens you to beings from the higher realms. Most
importantly, this crystal opens your heart to joy and love and
enhances your ability to receive all the good things in life;
friendship, marriage, children, abundance of all things, and love.
Sounds like heaven.

Pink/purple Lepidolite is such a workhorse and should be a staple in everyone’s collection in my view. Usually when you think of Lepidolite, you think of an anxiety or stress relieving stone. It contains lithium in it so it is for sure a great stone for this. But for me it is much more than just that. Before we can invite all the things we seek into our lives, we first need to learn how to cope with and treat our discomforts. We must be healthy mentally and spiritually in order to both love our self and to love others. This stone is your new best friend. This stone opens and releases pain and suffering layer by layer. It helps you overcome emotions that keep you from doing what you want in life. Wow….that is the real deal. That cuts right to the chase doesn’t it? Its our fears and limiting beliefs that hold us back from our hopes and dreams. Start releasing it! What are we holding onto it for? Holding onto a fear becomes a self-fulfillling prophecy. We make the very things we fear come true by sending so much energy to them! Crystals are tools, our allies in becoming more happy and complete beings. I truly believe that. My life has been so enriched by working with crystals, meditating and getting in touch with my heart space. Lepidolite helps you find your emotional center. It balances emotions and mood swings. This stone opens up your heart to love and a nurturing vibration. It helps remove the worries and fears. It dissolves energy blocks in all the chakras, making way for happiness and love to dwell. Calm, tranquility and bliss….yes I’ll take that please!

Rhodochrosite
is a stone that really screams heart to me. Its such a gorgeous shade
of pink one can’t help but think of love when gazing upon it. And
rightly so, this stone encourages you to reach a state of joy,
happiness and love. It aids in emotional healing and encourages you
to love yourself. It can stimulate your inner child and promote a
childlike joy in your life. It can bring forgotten memories to the
surface in order for healing to occur. Rhodochrosite is a powerful
heart chakra stone. It vibrates to the energy of love. In this case
it focuses on the energy of love directed at the self. Its a very
active stone that helps you to heal especially if you suffer from low
self-esteem. Self-love is what it’s all about friends. 

Ahhh
rose quartz. Probably the one love stone most people are familiar
with above all others. Its easily accessible and inexpensive and
therefore the first recommended stone when wanting to draw love into
your heart or life. And just because its such a common crystal, that
by no means makes it any less powerful or special. Its a perfect
stone for someone new to working with crystals and those very
experienced alike. Rose quartz is a very high vibration stone. It is
a heart chakra and higher heart chakra stone. It’s a stone of
unconditional love and infinite peace. It helps you to open your
heart so you become receptive to love. It teaches you how to love
yourself and encourages self-forgiveness and acceptance. It invokes
self-trust and self-worth. Rose quartz is an emotional healer. It
draws love to you and supports love in an existing relationship, by
restoring harmony and trust. It promotes receptivity to love and
beauty of all types. If you need some love, call on Rose quartz. 

I
hope this sparked some interest in working with some of these love
crystals. Whatever type of love you want to attract, I’m sure one of
these will be more than up to the task. I hope whether you celebrate
Valentine’s day or not that you make bringing more love into your
life a priority. And if you do celebrate V-day, crystals are the
perfect way to spread the love. 

Crystal Blessings

Sources:

“The Encyclopedia of Crystals” by Judy Hall

Encyclopedia of Crystals, Revised and Expanded on Amazon

www.healingcrystals.com

www.crystaldictionary.com

www.healingwithcrystals.net.au

***

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
[email protected]
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
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Notes from the Apothecary

February, 2019

Notes from the Apothecary: Cumin

Cumin
is a fragrant spice in the apiaceae family, meaning it’s related to
carrots, parsley, and the similar looking caraway. We use the seed of
the plant in both cooking and magic.

Cumin
has been used for thousands of years, and most likely originated near
Syria, based on evidence from nearby excavation sites. Cumin was a
table spice in Ancient Greece, a tradition which continues today in
Morocco. The Romans adopted the use of cumin, and Spanish and
Portuguese colonists eventually brought the spice to the Americas,
where it is enjoyed in a range of cuisines.

The
Kitchen Garden

Cumin
is one of those mesmerising flavours that simply doesn’t taste like
anything else. When I was first learning about cooking Indian food, I
had not realised that cumin was such a commonly used ingredient.
Adding it to my store cupboard changed my life. Most curries I cook
now have whole cumin seeds fried until they pop and release their
smoky, earthy goodness into the hot oil. Every chilli con carne is
blessed with my kitchen’s holy triumvirate of cumin, coriander and
turmeric, making the house smell simply divine.

Whole
seeds and ground cumin are both readily available in grocery stores
and supermarkets. I’ve found that the best value way to buy cumin
is to visit an Indian or Mexican store or wholesaler, as shops that
don’t specialise tend to bump the price up.

The
Apothecary

Cumin
seeds are used as a natural medicine all over the world. Alleged
cumin medical properties include being an anti-inflammatory,
diuretic, antispasmodic, carminative, aromatic, digestive, and an
emmenagogue. In their book about healthy seeds, Danny Sarmiento
writes that cumin helps prevent the harmful effects of stress on the
body. That must be why I love a cumin heavy curry on a weekend after
a hard week!

Sarmiento
also states that cumin can offer relief for asthma sufferers as it
may dilate the airways. There’s also some indication that the seeds
may be effective for treating diabetes.

The
seeds are filled with nutritious vitamins and minerals including iron
and manganese, so they’re a great addition to just about anyone’s
diet.

The
Witch’s Kitchen

Cunningham
lists cumin in his encyclopaedia of magical herbs. He states the
spice is masculine, associated with Mars and fire, which makes sense
when you think of how this spice is often used in hot curries and
Mexican food! Heat is definitely linked to cumin. But I also find it
earthy, and grounding.

According
to Cunningham, the spice is used for protection magic, to ensure
fidelity, for exorcism and to prevent theft. Bread baked with cumin
seeds won’t be stolen by spirits, so if you follow this
superstition, don’t leave cumin-spiced bread out for the fair folk!
Cumin can be burnt with frankincense to create a powerful protective
incense. Scatter cumin and salt to create a protective boundary.
Carry in a pouch at handfastings to drive negative thoughts or
energies away from the happy couple. Or add some to the wine later
on, for an exciting wedding night!

Home
and Hearth

Mix
cumin seeds with fine salt. Walk the boundary of your home at Imbolc
or the Spring Equinox. Sprinkle the protective mix while you
visualise your home as a safe and special place. Imagine the sun’s
returning light suffusing your home with a warm, comforting glow. The
salt and spice mix will keep negativity at bay, whilst allowing love
entry, and encouraging loyalty.

I
Never Knew…

There’s
an old superstition that you should curse and shout as you sow cumin
seeds, to ensure a good crop.

All images via
Wikipedia or Wikimedia commons.

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About the Author:

Mabh Savage is
a Pagan author, poet and musician, as well as a freelance journalist.

She is the author of A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestorsand Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways.

A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors on Amazon

Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways on Amazon

Mojo Bag of the Month

July, 2018

Raising Your Vibration

Your mojo bag for this month is one that will help to raise your vibration! With the many shifts and changes that are coming, we need to raise our vibration to ride out the wave. If we fall below the surface, we will get caught in the undertow!

The first stone shown here is Polychrome Jasper! One of my all-time favorite stones as it is called the “happy energy“ stone and it is said to bring good fortune and a happy outlook on life. All jaspers are protective and nurturing, however, polychrome brings emotional balance, is a stress reliever and increases stamina and the ability to adjust to change. This beautiful stone aids quick thinking, promotes organizational abilities and seeing projects through to completion. It stimulates the imagination and helps to manifest ideas into action. Polychrome Jasper is useful for those starting new business pursuits and it also assists in a tuning to and communicating with animals! Also, it just feels really good to hold! *grins*

Mugglestone is the next stone to the right of the Polychrome in this photo. Mugglestone is a cross between Tiger’s Eye, Hematite and Red Jasper. Mugglestone incorporates the traits of all three of these stones. Together they provide strength, stamina, focused will, physical energy, grounding, balance and confidence. They strengthen first second and third chakras. It is important to keep your balance as you are raising your physical and energetic vibration. 

Rutilated Quartz is in this mix because it is a vibrational healer. This type of clear quartz contains fine strands of real gold. It promotes spiritual growth, draws of negative energy, cleanses and energizes the aura, aids astral travel and channeling, facilitates contact with the highest spiritual guidance and protects against psychic attacks. The alleviates dark moods and acts as an antidepressant as it relieves fears, phobias, and anxieties, releasing destructive thoughts and counters self-hatred. Excellent for all chakras!

In the photo, below the Rutilated Quartz, you will see Hematite. An extra boost of hematite helps to manifest light, making the spiritual physical, and the balancing of opposites. Also helps to move through adversity and helps us to see the silver lining behind every dark cloud. Enhances first chakra. 

And lastly, Tourminalated Quartz is clear or white quartz with rods of Black Tourmaline shooting through it! As we know, most black stones work well for grounding and protection. Quartz works as an amplifier! So, Tourminalated Quartz helps with purification, recovery and protection from negative influences. It clears out bad vibes and helps to remove blockages. Allows one to receive the full spectrum of light necessary for proper energetic and physical health.  It assists in purifying on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level, so further growth can be undertaken. It “washes“ the aura, clearing energy patterns that have created stagnation. It helps to identify emotional patterns that need to be purified and cleansed. It is excellent for healing and clearing rooms, as well. It can also be used to aid in purifying the physical body after substance-abuse and those are attempting to improve their diet. The stone also resonates with our chakras.

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About the Author:

Tala is a healer of multi-cultural decent and influence. Her heritage is a mixture of Celtic, African, Native American and European decent. However, her spiritual journey began when she and her mother were living throughout Mexico. While exploring one of our world’s ‘Sacred Power Spots’, Chichen Itza in the Yucatan, Tala was struck by a bus and was pronounced dead. She was revived when three indigenous Mayan Shamans appeared from the jungle and proceeded to pass her body between them and chant. They brought her to their hidden jungle village on the mountain to recover and heal for three days. When Tala emerged from the jungle on the fourth day, she told her mother’s companion that she had been “given the light of god by the Mayan people”. She was five years old when she experienced this N.D.E. (near death experience). This opened the door to her receiving messages and visitations from spirits to this day.

At age 23, Tala was the recipient of Shaktipat, in person directly from Shri Anandi Ma. This is a transmission of energy/ god force through (in her case) physical touch which awakens the Kundalini. It often sets the person on their true spiritual path. Many who receive Shaktipat become healers and teachers.

Over the years, combined with her continuing formal education, she has maintained a balance between the physical sciences and the metaphysical. She was one of the first 60 people in the U.S. to be sent to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX to be trained by NASA to educate local teachers about the International Space Station in its beginning stages. She became an R.C. Counselor, Peer Counselor, and an Ordained Minister for the Universal Life Church. She is a Certified Holographic Sound Healer and is a Reiki Practitioner. This year she has become an ordained Minister and Reverend of Our Lord & Lady of the Trinacrian Rose Church and has completed her 2 year apprenticeship in the Pachakuti Mesa Cross-cultural Shamanism and is now a Paco-Shaman. She has made her living for the past years as a powerful energy worker/healer of individuals and groups and a master craftsman of ritual, ceremonial and energetic tools. Her dream is to travel the world and continue her formal and spiritual education with scholars, locals and indigenous peoples.

Tala is a Spiritual Practitioner of the Shamanic arts, she studies Ancient Spiritualities from all over the world and she is a Sacred Toolsmith making tools for Shamans, Pagans and Energy Workers. You can find her at ‘A New Page’ at 1060 Newfield St., Middletown, CT

You can find the shop’s Facebook page at:

Www.facebook.com/anewpagestore For updates and upcoming events, meditations, classes, talks, Fire & Drum Circles and Fairs!

Retha’s Crystal Reflections

July, 2018

The Power of Quartz

Ah quartz…my very favorite crystal type. I get excited about every single piece of quartz I own. Hopefully after reading this you will get excited about your quartz too, despite how small or humble your piece, it is a powerful tool! The variations are endless, each piece is unique in its exact formation, it’s colors and it’s inclusions. I wear & work with quartz every single day. I hope you will too after learning more about this treasure!

Quartz is silicon dioxide. It is a mineral that is composed of silicon & oxygen atoms. It has a hardness of 7 on the MOHS hardness scale. Quartz is the second most abundant mineral in the earths continental crust, behind feldspar. Quartz belongs to the trigonal crystal system. The ideal crystal shape is a 6 sided prism terminating with 6 sided pyramids at each end. In quartz crystals silicon and oxygen atoms are joined in a tetrahedron (4 sided triangular pyramid). Linked in spirals, they can be left or right handed. This structure accounts for quartz piezoelectricity. Pressure on a quartz crystal causes positive and negative charges across it (piezoelectricity). It was discovered that alternating electrical charges cause a piezoelectric crystal to vibrate, the basis for quartz use as oscillators to control radio waves or keep time. 

Quartz crystals have many commercial uses in fact. Quartz is used in watches and clocks and in a wristwatch vibrates more than 30,000 times per second! They are also used in computers, microwaves, TV, radios, medicine, credit cards, and industrial tools. In electronics they can change a mechanical force, such as a blow from a hammer, into electrical energy. 

Quartz crystals are valued for their beauty. They are often used in jewelry. Clear quartz is often called rock crystal.  The Quartz family includes many many varieties. By color, some are Amethyst (purple), Citrine (yellow), smoky (brown/black), rose (pink) and tangerine quartz (orange).

Beyond these, there are varieties named for their growth patterns or their mineral inclusions/occlusions. An inclusion is a deposit of another mineral within a quartz crystal. It radiates the energy of the mineral, focused and amplified by the quartz surrounding it. Some named for their growth patterns include sceptor quartz, faden quartz, nirvana quartz, elestial quartz, skeletal quartz, and cathedral quartz. 

Some examples of ones named for their inclusions are lithium quartz, rutilated quartz, golden healer quartz, hematoid quartz, mosaic quartz, harlequin quartz, shamans dreamstone, and phantom quartz. Phew….just to name some!! Then there are also many types that are named for their location of origin, such as Tibetan quartz, Vera Cruz amethyst, Congo citrine, Lemurians and herkimer diamonds! 

 

Properties of Clear Quartz

These are the properties of clear quartz. Keep in mind even within clear quartz the properties vary depending on the formations and inclusions mentioned above. Since quartz is a magnifier, it will magnify the properties of whatever the other mineral is, whether its within the quartz or growing with the quartz on the matrix. Clear quartz is the most powerful energy amplifier the earth due to its helical spiral crystalline form. It can absorb, store, release, and regulate energy. It raises energy to the absolute best state possible and is an amazing healing crystal because it goes back to your pre disease state. It acts as a soul and body cleanser as it cleanses the organs and the soul and connects the physical 3-D with the mind and soul. It can be used for any condition and is a master healer. 

Clear quartz stores info like a natural computer program. You can program quartz to take on the properties of any other crystal, and it acts as that crystal until you deconsecrate it for that purpose. Quartz is the ultimate crystal to keep in your arsenal. While I definitely enjoy having crystals at hand in all varieties, and I appreciate working with every minerals unique energy, if I could only have access to one crystal, it would 100%  be a nice piece of clear quartz. Hands down. 

Quartz can also be used to enhance psychic abilities and can attune you to your spiritual purpose. It also aids concentration, and unlocks memories. It helps to harmonize all the chakras in the body too.

Crystal healing is an ancient practice. It is thought that as light reflects off crystals the electromagnetic field of the body (the aura) then absorbs that energy. Then areas of dis-ease can be pinpointed and then healed. If you have a nice clear piece of quartz, you can use it as a scanner, running it down over the body while looking through the quartz to see areas that need healing. 

Wearing clear quartz daily is an excellent way to raise your overall vibration, as well as to amplify the other crystal jewelry you are wearing. You can also program your quartz jewelry to support specific intentions or energy streams. Doing this at the new moon is a great practice to incorporate into your routine. Having a lot of clear quartz in your home is an effective way to raise vibrations in your space. Spheres, generators and clusters are great choices. Not to mention they make beautiful additions to any decor. One place I would not recommend putting clear quartz is in the bedroom. Clear quartz can be disruptive to your sleep. Amethyst on the other hand is a great option within the quartz family to place in your sleep space.

It fascinates me that while quartz is widely available on every continent, there are some types that only grow in one place on the entire earth! Such as herkimer diamonds. Isn’t that incredible? I am lucky enough to be going to the Herkimer Diamond Gem Show this month as well as going mining in herkimer, NY while I’m there. Its been on my bucket list for awhile and I’m so excited! I will be writing an article all about my experiences in Herkimer. It will be in September’s column. I hope you will come back and check it out! In the meantime, I hope you learned something new about how truly magical clear quartz is and I hope this inspires you to get your quartz out and work with it! 

Crystal of the Month: Lemurians

First, a little background information. Lemuria was an ancient advanced society that pre-dates even Atlantis. It was also known as “Mu”. Lemuria was lost and sank to the bottom of the sea in a natural disaster long long ago. The Lemurians were wise energy workers. Lemuria was a civilization celebrating oneness, unconditional love, cosmic connection, humanity as a whole and healing. It was a matriarchal culture. Toward the end of the lemurian civilization, the physical beings were aware that a great change was coming. They set about to find a way to store their precious, vast knowledge on earth for later discovery. Its believed during the last 300 years or so, they were preparing for a cataclysm. Record storage was downloaded into seed crystals. They were then placed into the earth for later discovery. In these crystals, there are bar code like lines that are said to help you to download these important messages that were laser imprinted by this advanced race of beings. The key is in being able to touch these situations. 

Lemurian crystals are clear quartz points that are easily identified by the horizontal line patterns, or striations, that are present on some of the point faces. They resemble bar codes and are sometimes referred to as the “stairway to heaven”. These striations can be seen but more importantly FELT. If its a lemurian seed crystal, it will have the striations on alternating faces, or on 3 of the 6 faces. If its a lemurian, it can vary which faces the striations appear. Striations usually end in a triangular face, forming the apex of the crystal. Some are frosted or matte in appearance, while others are very clear. There are also lemurian root crystals, which grow beneath the seed crystals and are the rarest of the lemurian types available to us. They are covered in sacred markings such as shamans portals and are exceptionally clear. 

Lemurians can come in clear, smoky, pink, tangerine, and golden in color. They come in all sizes but should be in a wand shape tapering from a thicker base to a thinner point.

The first mention of Lemurian crystals was in the early 90’s and they were coined in a newsletter by Katrina Raphaell. She claimed that true Lemurians only came from one location, the Diamantina mine in Minas Gervias, Brazil. Others now believe that they can come from multiple places in the world. Hawaii for example is said to have a very strong Lemuria connection. I invite you to research this topic further and decide for yourself which school of thought resonates with you. 

Its believed that these crystals will find the right “keeper”, and when that keeper connects with it and starts working with it, the messages of ancient higher wisdom are then downloaded into our subconscious. The information can then be accessed by us when we are ready for their wisdom. I like to ask my new lemurian crystal prior to working with her for the first time, to please bless me with their guidance for my highest good and the highest good of mama Gaia. 

Lemurians are excellent tools for many purposes. They are perfect for energy workers, crystal healers, lightworkers and Reiki practitioners. Lemurians are believed to carry care or healing instructions for mother earth, and so of course are master healers for humans as well. They can’t be beat for personal healing tools. 

Another use is to use it during meditation. You can put the striations against your third eye, or by running your index finger on your left hand against the lines. They are considered to be a communication tool between us and the cosmos. These crystals are attracted to the people who will aid the planet in these times. 

Yet another use is in dreamwork. For greater access and recall to our dream state. Investigating your dreams aids in discovering your souls journey. 

You can use Lemurians to form a protective circle by holding the crystal in your right hand and encircling the person, room or location. 

Whichever way you choose to work with your lemurian know that the more you work with it the more powerful it will become. I could talk about Lemurians all day, but I hope this overview sparked your interest and you get a lemurian crystal to try!

Thanks for spending time with me this month and I wish you all many crystal blessings!!

XO Retha

Resources

The crystal bible-a definitive guide to crystals by Judy hall

Eyewitness crystal and gem by Dr. R F Symes and Dr. R R Harding

Sage Goddess blog “how to work with lemurian quartz crystals”

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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. 

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Crystal Connections

April, 2018

Septarian

In my opinion this stone is truly fascinating. I have on many occasions gotten lost in the patterns that occur naturally in this mineral. Septarian consists of a combination of Calcite, Aragonite and Limestone along with other minerals depending on the particular stones origins. It’s also known as a Dragon Stone because it’s thought to contain all four elements, but doesn’t it look like a dragon’s egg? Especially when it’s in the form of an egg! It brings to mind what I imagine a dragon’s egg would possibly look like, or at the very least a prehistoric egg of some sort. It really is a striking stone.

It’s said that this stone is millions of years old, made from molten lava melting the perfect combination of minerals to create this earthly gem. With that being said, I was surprised to find that Septarian’s weren’t listed in many of my crystal books. Not that I believe what’s written is always correct, or that its the only way to define a crystals purpose, but it is nice to have a starting point or additional information when you purchase or receive a new crystal. I’m hoping the authors will someday write a revised edition to their books to include this lovely gem.

This stone is said to be used by Shamans for grounding during their journey work. My personal experience with this crystalline structure is when once held, I felt immediately grounded and in sync with the rhythm of the Earth’s energies. On occasion when I have to go to a party or social gathering and I’m feeling a little self conscious or unsure, I will add a Septarian to the stones that I already carry for security and protection. Another reason to carry this crystal is to help boost your self confidence. Whether you’re at a social gathering where many of the attendees are unknown to you, or you’re at school or work and have to speak in front of your peers, this stone will be an asset to help you gain the confidence and conviction to do just that. Septarian’s are really just an all around fantastic stone to have and I hope to add many more to my collection very soon.

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About the Author:

Shiron (Shi) Eddy hails from the Pacific Northwest and shares a home with her husband, a Great Dane and a cat. Her love for crystals and minerals came from her dad who was an avid rock hound in his younger years. Shi happily shares her knowledge of crystals with anyone who is drawn to them, but especially loves to help people connect with minerals that involves their metaphysical properties. When she’s not networking with other crystal and mineral lovers, Shi can be found making jewelry, painting, crocheting Goddess dolls, selling her wares at shows or spending time with family and friends. You can find her jewelry in her shop ShiJewels or follow her on Instagram.

Crystal Connections

August, 2017

Cleansing and Charging

 

Crystals absorb and hold the energy from their surroundings. Each time you or someone else comes in contact with your crystals they retain some of the energy from that interaction. After each use you should take time to clear away the energy that they’ve taken on as well as recharging to make sure that your minerals intent is restored. This ensures that your crystals are ready to use when needed.

 

There are a few different ways to cleanse and recharge your crystals and minerals. Below are some of the different techniques that I’ve used.

 

Smudging – I use white sage and palo santo wood. I will either hold the stones in the smoke or using my feather I will wave the smoke over them.

 

 

Full Moon – I normally set them on my window sill during the three day/night cycle of the full moon.

 

Sun – As with the moon, you can place them on your window sill or in front of a window. Just be aware that some minerals may fade if exposed to the sunlight for extended periods of time.

 

 

Water – I’ve only used this a handful of times but you can bathe them in lukewarm water. Make sure that your crystal isn’t water soluble like Selenite!

 

Earth – You can bury them in soil whether it be in your garden or a potted plant in your home, again I would make sure that the crystals you have aren’t water soluble.

 

 

Energy – I’ve also used visual cleansing, while holding the stones or crystals I will ground myself then visualize golden light entering my crown chakra and as it runs its course through my body, I visualize it washing over the crystal as well.

 

Crystals – Some minerals naturally cleanse so I have a lot of small pieces of hematite just for this purpose. There are also a few crystals that never need to be cleansed or recharged and hematite is one of them.

 

My preferred method of cleansing and recharging is the Energy method. I really like being touchy feely with my minerals and I feel that having a physical and visual connectedness with them strengthens our bond so to speak. That isn’t to say that it’s the best method, it’s just what works for me. Which method or technique speaks to you? Do you have one that you use or prefer over the others? Or do you do something completely different? If so, let me know I’d love to hear what works or doesn’t work for you.

Crystal Connections

September, 2016

Creating Sacred Space In Your Home

In my previous article I spoke about creating sacred space in the work place. Since then my boss has had to close her business, so I was left trying to figure out what I was going to do with all of my crystals that were in my work space. I have crystals scattered throughout my home, but I don’t have a dedicated crystal room per se. My twin boys are grown and have moved out, which has left me with two rooms that have remained untouched since they’ve left. That’s when I had an ‘aha’ moment, why not turn one of their rooms into my own personal sacred space?

So I set myself to packing up my sons things (with my sons approval) and cleared the walls of all the posters and tacks (tacks are now my nemesis). After a lot of sweat and I have to admit some tears (so many memories packed into one little room), it has now been transformed.

 

Sacred1

 

 

As a thank you gift my boss gave me the antique dresser that’s pictured, it’s the most beautiful piece of furniture with the perfect amount of space to hold my little pretties. The drawers are filled with tarot decks, incense, books, pretty much any of my magical accoutrements that I didn’t have surface space for.

I turned my sons bed into my reading nook, topped with the softest pillows and my Goddess dolls. The bookcase headboard was also another wonderful addition to hold some of my larger crystals like the 26 lb. cathedral Amethyst my husband bought me for Mother’s Day.

 

Sacred2

 

My friend asked me how I decided where each stone was going to go? Honestly I feel as though the stones just go where they want to. I unwrapped them all and laid them out all willy nilly, and seriously thought, where in the world am I going to put all of these? I felt a bit of panic creep in as I imagined that I wouldn’t have the space for all of them in the room, so I closed my eyes, took a deep breath and just let it work out as it should. When I was done I kept looking around to see what I had forgotten but sure enough each stone found a nook and cranny to call home.

I’m still lacking some wall adornments but it’s a space that I can meditate in, drum, pull my daily tarot`s, greet and touch my crystals and really just be. Of course when you create sacred space in your own home it doesn’t have to be as involved as this, just use whatever space you have available, then close your eyes, let the energy of your space surround you and just be.

 

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