The Crystal Realm: When the negativity of the world starts to mess with you . . .

(This is kind of a continuation from my Wiccan post)

Recently, I’ve integrated more crystals to my life. You know how much I LOVE them, and with the ongoing negativity in the world, it was taking a tole on my well-being, so, what’s a better way to counter-act that nastiness, but with banishing, negative-clearing crystals!

I already own a hematite ring, a black tourmaline crystal and an onyx ring (needs to be fixed), but before the holidays I bought a second black tourmaline that I can hand on a chain and a black obsidian bracelet. You can see them HERE.

I know this looks like overkill but considering what each of these stones can do and the fact I work retail, I don’t go to work without them. 

 

A Wiccan Journey: Onto a new year!

Over the last few months, I’ve worked on reiterating my beliefs back into my life. It’s been difficult. With stress from work and the holiday season, the last thing I wanted to do was come home and do anything ‘witchy’, and once again I’ve lapsed into not doing anything at all. I started doing three card tarot spreads every day for myself, but once the holidays season really ramped up, I forgot, or was too distracted to do one.

I liked doing these little readings every day because it helped me to mindful on the moment and they would show me what I had to focus on for the day. It was a simple three card spread; what the day would bring, what I need to focus on, and what I need to let go of. I used both the normal and reverse interpretations as well. It’ll take me longer to learn them all, but the cards mean things when they’re reversed, and I don’t want to miss out on that knowledge.

The easiest part for me to remember of the Tarot is the four aspects of the Minor Arcana. Spades-mental, Cups-emotions, Wands-physical, and Pentacles-energy, but I tend to get confused when it comes to the Court cards. I know they can represent a real person and represent that part of our personality us as well, only I keep thinking it’s about a person and the few times I’ve had one come up, I sat there and tried to figure out who this person could be.

I have several Tarot decks, but I like the Ryder-Waite deck the most. Maybe because it’s the traditional deck and I want to learn that first before venturing on to the others. I have one deck, it’s very nice, but the interpretation of the cards is much different than a traditional and I need to have a good understand what the original represents before I venture into new representations.

I think this, along with using more crystals, will help me ease back into my practicing my spiritual side again.

The Crystal Realm: Crystals for Soween.

As the end of October is the celebration of Soween, I thought I would post this list of crystals that may be useful to you. A few of these stones I use all year long, so they can be utilized for any time you need their energy. If you plan on doing any metaphysical work on the 31st, you might look into using a few of these, depending on what you wish to do.

Soween is the time to communicate with spirits, divination, to honour the ancestors, and to reflect on the past year. There are many crystals whose energy can help, but the list below are ones that I have either used or have a strong connection to the Soween activities.

I’m not sure if I’ll be doing anything extra for this celebration. I just may sit outside and listen to the night with a candle and a few crystals. At this time of year, I find that sometimes, the simpler rites are easier. Especially if I’ve had to work that day as somedays, it can take a few hours to decompress.

Fluorite – Connected to the energies of Neptune, Fluorite is useful in developing psychic abilities. Soween is the perfect time for as this is one of two dates on the wheel where the veil between worlds is at its thinnest.

Obsidian – Obsidian is one of three crystals I use to protect my personal energy. Not only is it a protective stone (actually, its volcanic glass, not a stone), but it also absorbs negative energy.

Smokey Quartz – This crystal is helpful with grounding and meditation. You will need a calm mind for whatever work you plan to do.

Hematite – Another stone is good for focus and grounding.

Labradorite – This crystal is useful for Full moon magic, intuition, divination and help with communicating with the spirit world.

Howlite – This stone is very particular with what it can do. It is connected to and helps with connection to past lives.

Some of the other stones that I researched were:

Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli, and Azurite are all helpful with when asking for psychic insights.

I suggest some meditation prior to attempting any spiritual work. You need to be in the right mindset to understand any information that may be given you.

Citrine can help with enhancing concentration and can help cleanse the negative aspects and doubt of the mind. This is very useful for focusing or with meditation.

Don’t forget to include scents with your work. It will enhance and help you focus on your task. Good luck and have a Blessed Soween!

A Wiccan Journey: Soween

The moment October started; it became Spooky Season. There’s something about this month, and maybe it’s because Halloween is at the end of the month, or maybe it’s because Halloween is at the end of the month, but everything feels different. Like we’re descending into some unknown place, and we have to be ready.

Soween ( saw-win, saw-vane, or sahven, and not pronounced sam-hayne) or Halloween is one of two points in the year when the veil between this world and the next is at it’s thinnest. Think of it as the waxing and waning of spiritual energy, but the atmosphere this time of year drips of spookiness. Maybe it’s the longer nights, the cooler evenings, the sight of colourful leaves and the expectation of winter, that lends itself to this interpretation. I know I am always grateful when October arrives. I am, and always will be an autumn person.

Traditionally, Soween marked the end of growing season and the festivals and celebrations reflected that. HERE is a great article written by Selena Fox on the subject. There are websites dedicated to all the different celebrations and how they were done, but for me, because I am a solitary, I like to do a simple celebration.

Two things about this time of year stand out for me: food and reflection. I love cooking for this season with so many simple comfort foods I’m surprised if I don’t gain weight. The other part is more personal; reflecting not only on the past year but remembering friends and family that are no longer with us. These last few years has been hard on the CatPack, and I miss them dearly. When I set up my altar this year, I think I’ll have pictures of them and remember the fun times.

When remembering those who have crossed over, it’s hard not to be sad, but remember that they can see us, and do visit us. You can feel their presence if you are open to them. It can be a very spiritual time, personally, but that doesn’t mean it has to be somber. I love the decorations and seeing kids dressed up, not to mention the candy, and I think that it’s a wonderful tradition to keep going.

In recent years, there’s been controversy about holding Halloween celebrations on a Sunday. Which, ironically enough, happens to be this year. Keep in mind that those of us who celebrate Soween see it as a completely different event from Halloween, so cancelling Halloween has nothing to do with our celebrations, and they’re just stripping a night of fun from kids, and who wants to be that person?

So, when the end of October finally arrives, remember to honour the dead, reflect on the past year, have some candy, and keep an eye on the shadows. After all the veil between this world and the spirit world is at it’s thinnest, and you never know who or what might cross your path.

The Crystal Realm: When you need some balance in your life.

September is a wild month, in more ways than one. Back to school flurry, gardens are going dormant and the season is noticeably changing. The hot summer days are mixing with cooler weather, and that can bring all sorts of atmospheric energy that can play havoc with your body. The energy of an approaching storm front can mess with me to the point I feel scattered, hyper, and seriously disoriented.

During the fall and spring I like to wear balancing and grounding stones. With everything in such flux, these stones help to keep me focus, especially when the energy level is high. Most of the stones I use are black; black tourmaline and hematite. I wear a hematite ring every day (especially when I go to work), to protect against negative energy. As a bonus, this stone helps combat energy from electronics that can affect one’s aura and physical wellbeing.

I carry a piece of black tourmaline to alleviate stress, think positive, and help with physical ailments. Many of the characteristics of this stone deals with bringing positivity into one’s life, and I find it a great companion stone to the ring.

I found a few web site that lists, in great detail, quite a few stones that can help with just about every calm and balance issue. You can read it them HERE and HERE.

Finding the right stone may take some time as each crystal can help with more than one problem, so it’s nice to have seveal to cover your needs. Also, some stones are more expensive than others and if you’re just starting to collect, try to purchase a less expensive stone, and don’t worry, you’re still recieving the same amount of protection no matter how big or small the stone.

I try to cleanse my more used stones once a month during the full moon. All stones need to be rid of the toxic energy they collect, and all stones should be cleansed once they’re brought home before you use them. Good luck and happy collecting!

A Wiccan Journey: Mabon Ritual.

It’s been almost ten years since I posted anything about Mabon. There are so many other sites that have much more detail information that I haven’t bothered. Not to mention that in the last few years, between work, school, and the stress from the pandemic, I haven’t done very many rites, and I want to change that.

Mabon ( Autumn Equinox) is September 22, a week from tomorrow, and I’ve put together a whole day of doing things. I asked for the day off too. I’ll start in the morning and hopefully, go all day, culminating in a Mabon dinner and maybe meditation outside afterward as the sun sets.

[NOTE: this is what I have planned. Whether or not I end up doing everything is a whole other matter.]

So, first thing in the morning, I’ll have my tea outside (weather permitting). I’ll have breakfast of ginger pancakes and fried apples. Recipe found HERE.

During the morning, I plan on smudging several rooms in the house. I asked a Native friend of mine for permission to use her custom, as smudging DID NOT originate from any Pagan tradition. I’d like to do the whole house, because it’s never been done, but we’ll see. I may even smudge the property. I had planned on doing a crystal protection spell on the house and property, but I may leave that for another time.

After lunch I will start putting together a Mabon meal for the evening. I’m having chicken and corn chowder with corn bread. I’ll set up my altar to be ready for 3:21. That is the official time Autumn will arrive.

After supper, I will sit and meditate outside, in front of my small cauldron with a fire going and listen to the crickets, burn some incense and just take in the night. I created this poem to say as well.

The night draws near,

The land begins it’s yearly rest,

I honour the balance of night and day,

and cherish the memories of the long summer

The earth grows cooler.
Gardens and fields are plowed.
The leaves of orange, gold and brown

nourishing the land for the coming spring
From this day on, the darkness grows,

I bid farewell to summer, and welcome Mabon.

It’s a work in progress.

Most of this is weather depending, and they are predicting rain for that day, but it’s still a way off and that might change. I have the day off too, but I’m wondering if I’ve planned too much and won’t have time to do everything. Some things I want to do I’ve decided against so I could have a full Samhain ritual.

Bring on the pumpkin spice!

September’s Birthstone – Sapphire

Those born in the month of September have the sapphire for a birthstone. Available in many colours other than red (then it would be called a ruby), the sapphire represents dignity, loyalty, serenity, fait purity and wisdom. The word sapphire comes from the Persian word ‘safir’, which means ‘beloved of Saturn’.

Energy: Receptive

Planet: Moon, Saturn

Element: Water

Deities: Apollo

Chakra: Fifth Chakra, the Throat Chakra

Associated Metals: N/A

Lore: The sapphire was thought to guard against evil and poisoning, and venomous snakes would die if place in a container made of sapphire. It is the traditional favourite stone of priests and kings as it symbolises purity and wisdom. It was thought to make a stupid man wise and make a bad tempered man calm. Ancient Persians thought the earth rested on a giant sapphire and the blue of the sky was the reflection of the stone. It was thought to protect the wearer from poverty and promote spiritual enlightenment.

*Additional information provided by Scott Cunningham’s Crystal, Gem, and Metal Magic*

August Birthstone – Peridot

Those born in the month of August have the peridot for their birthstone. The vivid green of the peridot has hints of gold is a perfect match for summer outfits. The peridot is an old gemstone, used since ancient times in Egypt. The peridot is the only gemstone that comes in only one colour which varies between shades of yellowish green and olive, to a brownish green, depending on the amount of iron within the stone.

Energy: Receptive

Planet: Venus

Element: Earth

Deities: N/A

Chakra: Fourth Chakra – Heart.

Associated Metals: Gold

Lore: The peridot is a symbol of strength and said to successfully ward off evil, enchantments and depression if you wear or carry the stone. It is also said that it protects the wearer from nightmares.

*Additional information provided by Scott Cunningham’s Crystal, Gem, and Metal Magic*

July Birthstone – Ruby

Those born in the month of July have the ruby for their birthstone. One of the most highly prized gemstones, large rubies are harder to find than large diamonds, emeralds and sapphires. Because of this a rubies value increases with size more than any other gemstone. The ruby is only second to the diamond when it comes to hardness. the ruby, was regarded by ancient Hindus as the ‘king of gems’. It was believed to protect its wearer from evil. Today, the ruby’s deep-red color signifies love and passion.

Energy: Projective

Planet: Mars, Saturn

Element: Fire

Deities: Buddha

Chakra: Fourth Chakra – Heart

Associated Metals: N/A

Lore: Rubies are considered tokens of harmony and peace. It said that the wearer attracts both good luck and good friends. It is thought that rubies are effective for health problems relating to the blood and infections and increasing positive thought patterns. It’s also thought that they enhance energy, generosity and bring prosperity and success. Because of its qualities, a ruby is perfect for an engagement ring and a popular alternative to a diamond in either an engagement ring or wedding band. Some believe a ruby will turn a darker colour when danger is close and return to its original colour when the danger has passed.

*Additional information provided by Scott Cunningham’s Crystal, Gem, and Metal Magic*

May Birthstone – Emerald

Those born in the month of May have the beautiful green stone of Emerald. The name emerald comes from the Latin word ‘smaragdus‘ which means green gem. Legend claims that Nero wore eyeglasses made from emeralds to enhance and protect his eyesight while watching the gladiator games, and was thought to be one of Cleopatra’s favourite gems. Romans dedicated the stone to the goddess Venus

The emeralds represents loyalty, faithfulness and friendship.

Energy: Receptive

Planet: Venus

Element: Earth

Deities: Isis, Venus, Ceres, Vishnu

Chakra: Fourth Chakra – Heart

Associated Metals: Copper, Silver

Lore: Emeralds are said to enhance eyesight or aid in the healing of ailments of the eye, and mental clarity, which is probably why they are a popular stone for earrings. If carried or worn during a long journeys it’s said to keep the traveler safe. Powers include fertility and clairvoyance.

*Additional information provided by Scott Cunningham’s Crystal, Gem, and Metal Magic*

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