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Retha’s Crystal Reflections

May, 2019

Crystals
to Bring Abundance & Prosperity for May

Hi
all! If you weren’t aware, May is THE most important and
magical month for prosperity work. May is the 5th month and 5 in
numerology is the number representing abundance. Think of the herb
Cinquefoil (aka five finger grass)…this is one of the very best
herbs for prosperity because it has 5 blades or fingers. The number 5
also represents the four cardinal directions plus spirit. When
working with crystals (or any tool) it is always beneficial to layer
or stack correspondences.

Correspondences
are any material, tool, or theme you use in addition to your
practice. Some examples are using numerology, colors, herbs, symbols,
working with Gods or Goddesses, oils, etc. The more layers the more
potent the magic! I highly suggest adding some correspondences to
your prosperity or abundance work this month.

I
will get you started with the stones and crystals that will help draw
abundance to you, but the skies the limit to what else you want to
add to bump up your May prosperity work. May 5th is the day
considered the most powerful (5/5) and if you can set your intentions
and say a prayer at 5:55 either AM or PM on 5/5 that’s optimal. I set
up an abundance altar for the year every year on 5/5. This is a place
you can keep your prosperity crystals in a grid, some items to
represent the 4 directions, and maybe a statue or offering to lakshmi
or Ganesha.

I
encourage you to get creative and keep in mind the most important
component is your intention. So please don’t feel hindered if you
don’t have all the tools. You could create a drawing, write a poem,
create a sigil, etc. to add to your altar and honestly the things you
create yourself are the most powerful tools of all! That being said,
I highly believe that working with crystals are very important and
effective. Read on to see which are my go-to prosperity &
abundance bringing stones. Since I have written about many of these
crystals in past columns I will keep the descriptions short and to
the point. I encourage you to work with as many of these crystals as
you can.

Congo
Citrine/Citrine:

All
natural Citrine is amazing for prosperity work, but my very favorite
and the most effective in my opinion is Congo Citrine. It’s also more
likely to be the real deal….meaning not heat treated amethyst which
most Citrine you see is. When it has that unnatural orange tone it’s
usually heat treated amethyst. Nothing wrong with using heat treated
stones, but keep in mind you will be working with amethyst properties
rather than Citrine properties if you use it. Congo Citrine looks and
feels very different than treated Citrine. Citrine is the most common
& popular prosperity stone and for good reason. Citrine is
revered for ensuring prosperity of all kinds and attracting wealth to
you. Citrine can even release any energetic blockages to prosperity,
even from past lifetimes! It is known as “the merchants stone”
and “the success stone”. Working with Citrine will help you
to feel worthy of prosperity and open energy streams of abundance. If
you can only acquire one prosperity crystal, this would be a wise and
effective choice. I recommend for you to wear Citrine daily if
possible, and to place a small piece of it in your wallet.

Yellow
Apatite:

This
is my go-to favorite crystal for ANY type of manifesting. I pair this
with other stones to amplify the manifestation of the other stones
properties. If I can pair this powerhouse with all the prosperity
stones I can gather that would be optimal. Yellow apatite helps you
positively use your personal power to achieve your goals. It
stimulates the intellect and mental clarity. It also inspires passion
and hope. Yellow apatite aids in developing assertiveness and
courage. It also clears away confusion and apathy to help you expand.
It is great to use when starting new ventures as it increases your
drive to accomplish. Pretty amazing crystal right?

Pyrite:

Pyrite
is also known as “fool’s gold”, it literally looks like a
gemmy hunk of gold. The color gold represents prosperity, so
naturally pyrite is a perfect crystal to use in prosperity work. It’s
a stone of possibilities. It is the ultimate symbol of wealth and
good luck. It enhances motivation and increases your potential. It’s
a stone of action and stimulates the flow of ideas. It helps you to
follow things through to completion. Inspires creativity, clarity,
focus and determination. When used in its natural cubic formation it
also represents the four cardinal directions.

Green
Jade:

Green
Jade is the ultimate good luck charm. It’s been highly prized for
thousands of years. This stone helps you to discover negative
patterns that are holding you back from fulfilling your potential. It
represents vitality, physical growth, expansion and new beginnings.
Jade allows the divine to enhance circumstances of life to allow good
fortune to naturally flow into your life. Amazing stone.

Green
Aventurine:

This
is the stone of growth. Growth of everything you wish to grow,
including wealth & abundance. This is the “get it”
stone. Use this to help bring about your intentions. The “stone
of personal growth” will help you to grow into the best version
of yourself and achieve your dreams. This is a go-to stone for any
type of money magic and is commonly put in cash drawers or boxes to
draw money in. This is a good luck stone. Green aventurine attracts
luck, success and abundance of all kinds.

Tigers
Eye:

Tigers
Eye is a stone that helps you have the willpower and confidence to
achieve success and therefore the abundance that you seek. Its a very
multi-dimensional stone. It gives you the tools you need to shift
your outlook and gain a deeper understanding of yourself. It is a
stone of discernment. With a deeper awareness you will have the
confidence to explore and pursue new possibilities. Tigers eye
strengthens your motivation. It gives you courage. It is a stone of
physical action, giving you the momentum to take the necessary steps
to achieve your goals. It pushes you out of your comfort zone. In
order to gain the abundance we wish for, we need to get up and ACT.
This stone has your back!

Peridot:

This
beautiful green crystal is also known as the cornucopia stone. It’s
an increase or growth generator, helping to manifest and increase
abundance in all areas of life. It increases profits in trades and is
a talisman of good luck. It helps instill confidence in ones own
abilities and helps establish a sense of self-worth. It also removes
blockages that can hinder success or growth.

In
general, if you aren’t sure which crystals to use for abundance,
using crystals in the colors of green and gold is a great place to
start. I would like to mention a few other very important crystals
you might want to acquire at some point (these are more expensive &
harder to find- but wishlist worthy!). These honorable mentions are
cavansite, pentagonite, and hessonite garnet. There are many more
common and accessible honorable mentions as well, such as ruby,
emerald, and moss agate.

I
hope you will try working with some, or all of these very useful and
powerful stones, both this magic money month and throughout the year.
Using your crystals as aids to manifest your dreams and desires are
what your crystals are here to do. They want to be worked with and
used, so if you have some sitting in a drawer somewhere, go pull it
out and tap into the magic! Happy May!

Crystal Blessings

Sources:

www.energymuse.com

www.healingcrystalsforyou.com

www.sagegoddess.com

***

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

Tarot Talk

March, 2019

The
King of Pentacles

(The
King of Pentacles
card is from the
artist Ciro Marchetti http://www.ciromarchetti.com/)**

We
have one more King to talk about, the King of Pentacles. Let’s get
busy!

As
a reminder, the 78 cards of a Tarot deck consist of 22 Major Arcana
cards (dealing with broader and more far-reaching life experience
issues, and archetypes that are easy for us to identify with and
connect with at some point in our lives) and 56 Minor Arcana cards
(customarily grouped into four categories or suits that represent the
four elements and dealing with day-to-day issues).

The
Court Cards are a part of the Minor Arcana, acting as a
representation of the family unit (“families” of all kinds) and
individually representing particular personality traits of people,
places and events in our lives. These cards can also tell us about
our own personality and how it is perceived by others. Thinking of
Tarot cards as people, with each card having an individual
personality, is particularly appropriate for the Court Cards, as they
are the most human of all the cards in a Tarot deck. Even the
illustrations for the Court Cards show humans in the majority of
Tarot decks.

Instead
of numbers, Court Cards have rank. The lowest ranking Court Card is
usually called the Page, the messenger or intern or apprentice who is
still learning of life and living, but who is also good at dealing
with the unexpected. Next comes the Knight, the representation of
strong, focused and even excessive manifestations of his suit.

Both
the Queen and the King represent mature adults. The Queen manifests
her suit in a feminine or yin or inner way, and the King manifests
his suit in a masculine or yang or outer way. This manifestation does
not necessarily correspond to gender; a man can be represented by a
Tarot Queen if he has a strong inner focus, and a woman can be
represented by a Tarot King if she projects a strong sense of
authority. Some decks change the names around, but the meanings in
the hierarchy of the Tarot Court are pretty standard. Since we are
talking about the King of Pentacles today, we already know that our
King will manifest his suit in an outer yet mature manner. Our King
is concerned with results; he exhibits outer, public expertise in his
field, and he is an authority figure. In many ways, the Kings of the
Tarot Court can be seen as four facets of The Emperor of the Major
Arcana.

Our
King’s suit this month is Pentacles. The suit of Pentacles (or
Coins, Stones or Disks) corresponds with the element of Earth, and of
the physical body, physical manifestation, and wealth. Many Tarot
decks use images of pentagrams or coins or disks on their Minor
Arcana Pentacles cards as well as trees, flowers and green, verdant
growth, all of which will make it easy to connect with the symbolism
of this suit. A nice place to begin is with the element of Earth
itself.

In its natural state, Earth is cool and dry, and it binds or shapes the other elements. Earth is of the physical or physically formed or manifested world, and of nurturing, health, finances and security, and the wisdom associated with living simply and being well-grounded. Earth is the element of form and substance; it is connected to material world security (and even wealth), and to our physical bodies and physical senses, and the pleasures and pains they bring. Earth represents the nurturing and serene side of Nature, and it represents the tangible end result of our labors. Earth is about security and stillness, and knowing what to expect; it is about strength, discipline, and physical manifestation of all kinds, and about enjoying the fruits of our labors. Earthy energies are fertile, practical, and slow to change.

You
can see how easy it is to connect the element of Earth to our daily
lives, our physical bodies, our careers and our finances, our
families, and the natural world around us. These things are all the
main correspondences of the element of Earth, the suit of Pentacles,
and of course, are connected to the realm of our King of Pentacles.

In
the Tarot Court, the suit of the card has an elemental correspondence
(in this case, the element of Earth), and the rank of the card has an
elemental correspondence. Pages correspond with Earth, Knights
correspond with either Air or Fire (depending on the deck), Queens
correspond with Water, and Kings correspond with either Air or Fire
(depending on the deck). Since we are talking about a King today, we
are also talking about the element of Air, or the element of Fire,
depending on the deck. For our purposes today, we will see the King
of Pentacles as Air of Earth.

The
element of Air corresponds with truth, clarity, and our capacity to
analyze or apply logic. It is hot and wet, and separates and adapts.
Air also represents the intelligence that clears away the fog of
ignorance so we can clearly see and understand, and it supports
communications and sounds of all kinds. Air allows both expression
(out from within us) and hearing (in from outside of us) to happen.
If you see the rank of King as representing the element of Air, this
information applies to the Kings of your deck, including the King of
Pentacles. Elementally, the King of Pentacles would represent
resolute force, where intellect overrides the senses, and since Air
and Earth are unfriendly (they share no qualities), they weaken each
other.

Like
the other cards of the Tarot, Court Cards have astrological
correspondences. Our King of Wands corresponds with the cusp or
joining point of the signs of Aries and Taurus.

Aries
is a cardinal Fire sign that acts as a catalyst, a person that
inspires others by being totally committed to his or her own vision.
Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, the leader of the pack, first
in line to get things going. Those born under this sign prefer to
initiate, and they won’t shy away from anything new. Aries people
are action oriented, assertive, and competitive. Aries is ruled by
Mars, the god of war and passion, bold and aggressive, and able to
tap into the focus needed to take on any challenge. The symbol of
Aries is the Ram, blunt and to the point, and a sheer force of
nature. The great strength of those born under this sign is found in
their initiative, courage and determination.

Taurus,
the second sign of the zodiac, is all about reward. Physical
pleasures, material goods, and soothing surroundings are all
important to a Taurus. The good life in all its guises is heaven on
Earth to those born under this sign. Taurus is a fixed sign, and it
represents steady persistence sometimes seen as stubbornness. Taurus
is symbolized by the Bull, and Bulls are among the most practical and
reliable members of the zodiac, happy to plod along slowly but surely
toward a goal. Taurus is ruled by Venus, the Goddess of Love, Beauty
and Pleasure, which is why harmony and beauty are a huge part of this
sign’s personality. Taurus is a true-blue, loyal sign as well, and
slow to anger; like the element of Earth, Taurus is about strength of
body as well as strength of heart.

The
energies of Aries and Taurus together tend to mesh nicely because
what one sign is lacking, the other sign supplies. Aries keeps our
King from being boring, and Taurus keeps him from being too
independent. Aries is ruled by Mars and passion, and Taurus is ruled
by Venus and sensuality and love. Aries will push for growth,
progress and new developments, and Taurus will keep to the budget,
make sure the resources are in place, and keep everyone safe. While
there is always the danger of conflict within this King, he also has
the ability to lead and inspire all of his subjects, no matter who
they are.

Because
they are Minor Arcana cards, Court Cards also correspond with a
sephira on the Tree of Life. The Kings correspond with the sephira of
Chokmah, along with all of the Twos of the Minor Arcana and the
element of Fire. The Kings sit at the top of the Pillar of Force in
the sephira of Chokmah, representing the Sacred Masculine and the
Catalyst of Life. Chokmah is seen as dynamic thrust, the Ultimate
Positive, the Great Stimulator and the Great Fertilizer (one of the
symbols of Chokmah is the penis), and thus is connected to the Wheel
of the Year. The energies of this sephira represent dynamic male
energy and are the origin of vital force and polarity.

The
Shadowscapes Tarot King of Pentacles is shown as a strong tree laden
with ripe and juicy fruit. His roots grasp the earth with strength
as they reach and absorb the resources of the soil, allowing a
powerful trunk and wide-spreading branches to reach for the stars.
He holds a seed in the palm of one hand, and around the base of the
trunk a beautiful dragon is coiled, guarding all. This King is an
enterprising individual who has the Midas touch; he turns everything
he touches into brilliant success. His branches shield those around
him, his trunk offers sturdy support to lean upon, and his fruits are
shared with everyone. From the seed, new sprouts will grow,
spreading the wealth.

The
Tarot of Bones King of Pentacles is represented by a bison skull.
The bison was the ultimate provider for the natives living on the
American plains; from the bison they received meat for food, hides
for clothes, and bones and horns for art and tools. Non-humans
benefited from the bison as well, from wolves and other predators to
vultures and other scavengers, to insects and bacteria. The grazing
of the bison helped to keep the grasses in check, lessening the
impacts of wildfires, and their hooves churned and aerated the soil
and buried seeds, ensuring the continuation of the grasses in the
next season. This card reminds us to examine our resources and
prosperity, and to remember those upon whom we rely for sustenance
and well-being. It also reminds us that at times we must be the
backbone, and offer our own skills and resources to assist others.

The
Thoth Tarot Knight (King) of Disks stands next to his grazing horse,
gazing at the surrounding hills and fertile fields lit by the
afternoon sun. He seems to be contemplating a harvest rather than a
battle; he tends to keep his nose to the grindstone without indulging
in intellectual musings. He tells of being materially focused,
clever and patient regarding those material matters but can also be a
bit dull.

The
image on the Wild Unknown Tarot Father of Pentacles shows a Stag’s
head, regal and in his prime. The feeling evoked while looking at
the image on the Father of Pentacles is one of respect, honor, the
ability to protect, and prime masculine creativity. The Stag gets to
reach this stage of life because he is able to defeat all that
challenge him; he is in a sense the fittest of his species that has
survived to breed. This card is about having a mighty presence in
the physical world; it is about not only the thrill of competition,
but it is also about turning a win into both honor and status, and
the continuance of a fertile lineage, to the benefit of all.

The
Legacy of the Divine King of Coins stands on a richly appointed
balcony decorated with golden leafy vines, clothed in green and gold
robes and holding a large golden coin. He does not wear a crown,
showing his connection to the common man and indicating his purpose:
regulating the energies of heaven and earth and balancing the forces
of nature. He oversees growth, wealth and resources, and manages
them for the benefit of all.

The
King of Pentacles is the embodiment of his element. He is realistic,
dependable, values possessions and tangible things, and is a good
provider. He prefers steady progress and is loyal and honorable.
This King attracts opportunities and knows how to take advantage of
them. He is good at managing others because he inspires them to
succeed. He is a philanthropist who gives generously of his time and
attention because he knows that the more he gives, the more he
receives in return. Others rely on the King of Pentacles because he
is always there for them and he never fails to support them.

When
the King of Pentacles shows up, you can be confident that you have
the ability to recognize opportunities and the skill to take
advantage of them. He tells you that now is the time to manifest
your vision of success and translate your ideas into reality!

**
We Feature the art of Ciro
Marchetti 
as part of Tarot Talk. You can view his work and
Decks at http://www.ciromarchetti.com/.

The Gilded Tarot (Book and Tarot Deck Set) on Amazon

***

About
the Author:

Raushanna is a lifetime resident of New Jersey. As well as a professional Tarot Reader and Teacher, she is a practicing Wiccan (Third Degree, Sacred Mists Coven), a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, a certified Vedic Thai-Yoga Massage Bodyworker, a 500-hr RYT Yoga Teacher specializing in chair assisted Yoga for movement disorders, and a Middle Eastern dance performer, choreographer and teacher.  Raushanna bought her first Tarot deck in 2005, and was instantly captivated by the images on the cards and the vast, deep and textured messages to be gleaned from their symbols. She loves reading about, writing about, and talking about the Tarot, and anything occult, mystical, or spiritual, as well as anything connected to the human subtle body. She has published a book, “The Emerald Tablet: My 24-Day Journal to Understanding,” and is currently working on a book about the Tarot, pathworking and the Tree of Life. Raushanna documents her experiences and her daily card throws in her blog, DancingSparkles.blogspot.com, which has been in existence since 2009. She and her husband, her son and step son, and her numerous friends and large extended family can often be found on the beaches, bike paths and hiking trails of the Cape May, NJ area.

The Emerald Tablet: My 24-Day Journal to Understanding on Amazon

Book Review – The Magical Art of Crafting Charm Bags: 100 Mystical Formulas for Success, Love, Wealth, and Wellbeing by Elohim Leafar

October, 2017

The Magical Art of Crafting Charm Bags: 100 Mystical Formulas for Success, Love, Wealth, and Wellbeing”

 

 

by Elohim Leafar

Published by Weiser Books

Published: 2017

Pages: 235

 

We all have them – stones, botanicals, charms, claws and other objects that we consider precious and that we protect. Our ancestors in all cultures and magical traditions the world over had them, too.

 

These talismans go by many names: charm bag, mojo bag, medicine bag, conjure hand, gris-gris bag, trick bag. They come in all shapes and sizes, can be used for almost any purpose, are fairly easy to make and offer powerful magic.

 

Elohim Leafar – a shaman, diviner and traditional magician who lives in New York City – is descended from a Venezuelan family of spiritual and magical practitioners. His book goes into great depth about this practical magic that other books may cover in a few pages or perhaps a chapter.

 

The first portion of the book introduces readers to the basics of creating a magic circle in which to create talismans for specific purposes. The most important one you’ll make is to represent yourself, Leafar says. He then talks about how to charge, recharge and cancel a talisman’s powers.

 

Part two describes charm bags, how to make them and how to consecrate them. Many of the energies that can contribute to the power of these bags are presented, including phases of the moon, colors, plants and herbs, oils and essences, and gems and crystals from agate to zoisite. This information allows the user to gather up energies from multiple sources when crafting a custom bag. More information, including the magic of each weekday and incense magic, is given in the appendix.

 

Leafar states in his book, “Charm bags derive their power from the spells that are stored in them. All their energies are channeled through their different components.”

 

I’ve long made mojo bags both to use and to give. There’s something special about a little pouch full of intent and energy. This book gives me more ideas on how to use them in daily life.

 

There’s nothing supernatural about charm bags, Leafar writes, explaining, “You work directly with the forces of Nature to crate an entirely natural effect that arises from the combination of various elements, aspects, and moments linked fully with certain forces of Nature.”

 

The third part of the book gives 100 magical recipes for abundance, attraction, success, health, love, protection, power and more.

 

Magic exists everywhere around us, and Leafar draws on many cultures and traditions when showing how to tap into it. This manual can take readers from novice to expert. It provides references that can be used with any forms of the magical arts.

 

Leafar is also a palm reader and a dowser; he is dedicated to teaching the principles of spirituality and practical magic.

 

***

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.

 

Book Review: A Spell A Day: for Health, Wealth, Love, and More by Cassandra Eason

July, 2015

Spelladay

 

A Spell A Day: for health, wealth, love, and more

By: Cassandra Eason

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling Ethos (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English

 

I am a huge fan of Cassandra Eason’s books. They are always full of practical wisdom and enchanting insight. This little tome (and I mean little—if not for the thickness it would be pocket sized) is full of spells for most of your magical needs. There are 366 spells for you to choose from; that’s a lot of magic happening in this petite book. You won’t find curses or hexes in A Spell a Day, but you find spells to break them. Most of the ingredients needed are easy to find and cost little, if any, money. Most materials can be found in any aspiring witches home. There are plenty of spells for both the novice and adept alike; I know I have found many to be quite useful for my magical wishes.

Here you will find spells for health, wealth, and love as the title suggests, and in addition hidden throughout this gem of a book are spells for acceptance, self-love, loss, life development, and fertility. There also spells for sex (including libido), death, gambling, luck and success, protection, and many more.

A few of my favorites are:

A Sea Shell Spell For Acceptance Of A Love Who Is Not Accepted By Family And Friends (pg165)

A Full Moon Spell For Anything You Urgently Need Or Desire (pg95)

A Five herb Spell To Protect Your Home From Theft, Fire, Flood, Storm, Or Any Natural Disasters (pg99)

A Bay Leaf Spell To Ensure A Regular Inflow Of Money (pg258)

Cassandra Eason provides a list of ingredients, timing, and instructions for each spell. They are very straightforward and easy to follow. The spells are not divided into sections or put any particular sequence, but the index in the back of the book offers the page number for each type of spell.

I have been pleasantly pleased with this book of spells. It is adorable in its compact style which makes it easy to travel with. A Spell A Day will be a book I turn to often for quick and easy, yet very effective spells. I recommend this enchantingly fun book for any Witch or Wiccan who could use a little extra boost in their magical lives.