Category Archives: Crystals, Stones, Minerals
Which Witch Are You?
Throughout history, witches have practiced magic and called upon ethereal beings and all worldly offerings to help bring about positive change for all. Although many Witches and Pagans were feared as keepers of the Devil’s ways, in reality, we were simply natural healers, the “Wise Women” (and men) of our collective times, who only sought to bring the forth the powerful natural gifts provided by Our Mother, even to those who would rudicule and fear us.
Today, we find a greater acceptance of our beliefs and abilities, as natural extensions of ourselves. Witches, Wizards, Soothsayers, Mediums, Apothecaries and those like us are sought for our problem-solving skills and knowledge of all things natural. We are called upon for healing, cleansing, blessing, enlightenment, and all around good works.
Many of us join with covens, official or more relaxed, and many of us practice in solitary, each as we desire. Either way, we all strive to make all life here and in the hereafter, the best it can be.
Some of us use specific tools and symbols to gather insight and direct intention. Wands, candles, oils and incense, herbs, pendulums, sigils, scrying mirrors, tea leaves, runes, gifted feathers, sacred woods, botanicals and more, can all be powerful allies in our practice.
We may classify ourselves as Green Witches, Garden Witches, Kitchen Witches, Hedge Witches, White Witches, Healers, Apothecaries, Wiccan, Pagan, Neo-Celtic or Neo-Pagan, Druid, Mediums, Ceremonial, Elemental, Lewellen and so many more. Some choose to delve into magical studies. Many prefer not to select a particular path at all. Only you know who you are.
Specific tools and symbols may be employed to assist with gathering insight and directing intention. Wands, candles, oils and incense, herbs, pendulums, sigils, scrying mirrors, tea leaves, runes, gifted feathers, fire, water, crystals, sacred woods, botanicals and more, can all be powerful allies in our practice.
I consider myself to be an Eclectic Hereditary, as I draw from the knowledge of the many Ancients as well as bring born into a long line of humble, yet strong-willed Celtic Wise-Women, Herbal Healers, schooled by Jesuits and Druids, Mothers, Grandmothers and Great Aunts.
We are “The Knowers”, born with an innate ability to sense and feel others, a gift that sometimes needs to be reigned in for our own well-being. Fortunate to have been encouraged to gather knowledge and to explore all things known and unknown, big and small, felt and sensed, even as a child I knew that there was much more to life than meets the eye.
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Which Witch Are You?
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Wand at the Ready
I shaped this powerful wand with naturally felled wood from Lehigh County, PA. Hand-Carved with love, it’s intentions grew evident. Bejeweled with a kaleidoscope of Mother Earth’s crystals, and blessed, saged, anointed with frankensence, amber and rose oil, imbued with positivity, this work of love calls forth all the magic that awaits.
Energy in unexpected places
This is a really nice article on Crystal and Personal Energy that I found on Akneadedescape’s Blog. Sure to Enjoy 🙂
When you are reading, be sure to try out the “hands” test that she describes. It could just change the direction of your life.
One of the perks of being a Soloprenuer is being able to shift gears and priorities on a dime. What was deemed super important at the start of the day can be moved to anywhere else on the list of to do items when need be. Interestingly enough, it has taken me quite some time to be able to: 1. realize this as a perk 2. start to be comfortable with open spaces in the “work” schedule. 3. realize that the open spaces can provide the “down time” that was wished for and coveted while engaged in a traditional 9-5. 4. provide an opening for creative juice aka energy to show up and allowed to flow freely.
Free flowing energy is also a concept that plays an important part during coaching sessions, bodywork sessions, meditations, aroma therapy, writing, energy sessions (are we starting to see a pattern yet?) 🙂 Energy…
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How To Cleanse and Charge Crystals
Cleansing and Charging Your Crystals
There are many and varied methods for cleansing and charging crystals, some are simple and some very elaborate.
The method described here is relatively simple and very effective.
Relax and Enjoy.
Crystal energy can be used for emotional, physical, and spiritual healing by balancing and stimulating positive energy in the mind/body. Crystals pull positive energies to you, and the more you use them, the more of a bond you form. Oddly, this same frequent use of your crystals can weaken their energy and effectiveness. To prevent this from happening, charge your crystals regularly. The process is an easy one, but I suggest you wait for the Full Moon and for a time when you can be calm and relaxed to more easily direct your most positive energies.
When you take your crystals home its time to do your part. First, make sure the crystals remain clean and free of earth and dirt. Should they be soiled, simply rub them down with a soft organic cloth. As a last resort you may use a soft bristle brush, as you want to disturb them as little as possible. Once this is done, you are ready to cleanse your crystals. Cleansing is the first step in readying your crystals to accept your best energies and intentions.
Choose the crystals that you want to work with based on the outcome that you are looking for. Clear Quartz Crystal absorbs negativity and allows you to instill a most positive and energetic atmosphere in yourself and your sacred space. Clear Quartz Crystals can take the place of other crystals that are unavailable to you at any given time. Clear Quartz and Rose Quartz Crystal are among the easiest to start out with. Rose Quartz is excellent for enhancing your intentions and filling your space with love and positivity. Amethyst also easily accepts positive energy and will ease stress and instill calmness in yourself and all around you.
On the evening of the Full Moon, cleanse each crystal by running cool water over it as you hold it in your hand. Place them in an earthen or glass bowl and cover with well water or purified water. Gently mix in a small amount of natural sea salt. Now place the bowl of water and crystals on the ground under the moonlight, preferably a Full Moon. Let it remain there for at least 24 hours, and even better, from one Full Moon to the next . Take care to either end the cleansing at this Full Moon or in the Waxing-to-Full Moon phase of the next. I do not advise ending cleansing in any other moon phase other than the Waxing or Full Moon. When your crystals have absorbed the Full Moon energy, rinse them under cool running water, being sure to gently handle them as you do. When a connection is made, you will “feel” that the cleansing process has been completed. When you have reached that stage, allow your crystals to air dry.
After cleansing, you may want to charge your crystal with a specific power. Charging crystals is an essential part of working with them as tools. Again, crystals are charged with your personal energy during the Full Moon. Before charging your crystal, carry it around in your pocket or wear it around your neck for a few days, being sure not to carry it with metallic or magnetic objects, such as your keys or phone. Keeping the crystal close to you helps strengthen the bond between your crystal and your own personal energy.
Charging your crystals during the Waxing or Full Moon will ready them to aid you in a fresh start and in seeking out your desires . Charging your crystal under the waxing moon aids in positivity and in the intention of gaining something that you want or need. Working in the waning or new moon is a bit more tricky, as some may use this in a negative manner. But as you gain more experience, charging under a waning or new moon could help you to achieve a lessening effect on something, such as debts or illness. Until you gain more knowledge, it is best to work in the Waxing to Full Moon with all of your crystals.
As important as cleansing is imparting them with your intent for their work, using the elements of air, fire, water, and earth. Charging your crystals with a specific energy is a moving and powerful experience. Find a place of peace and quiet within your home and space. Sit still and relax, concentrating on your intent and focusing your energies. Decide what you wish to impart to your crystals.
Unwanted feelings may surface when working with crystals. That’s OK. You may choose to protect yourself with meditation or a prayer of your choosing. Ask for guidance, allowing all your feelings to flow, acknowledging them and creating an aura of pure love.
Picking up a single stone in your dominant hand as you visualize your intent and what you would like to gain from your crystals. Relax. Direct these energies into the stone that you are holding. Try to actually visualize the energy going out from your body and into the stone. You might try seeing it as a line of light flowing from you to the stone. As you charge the crystal, visualize it glowing with the light of your energy. When the stone has received your energy and intent, you will feel it within the crystal, and as with the cleansing, and you will then know that the process has been completed. When you have finished charging the stones, wrap them individually in a soft, unbleached organic cloth such as a natural cotton or silk. Thank the spirits for the guidance they have provided you.
Some may choose to perform a more elaborate charging ritual. The basics are the same, the feelings are the same, only the tools are different. To do this you will need an incense stick, natural essential oil such as sandalwood, amber, lavender or frankincense, a red candle, well-or-purified water, a small earthen bowl or other natural receptacle, and a small plot of soil such as in a flower pot. Light a stick of incense and the red candle to represent the elements, air and fire. Pass the crystal through the smoke to charge with the energies of air. Pass the crystal through the candle flame to charge with fire energy. Sprinkle purified water from the bowl onto the stone, charging it with the energy of water. Place the crystal in the soil and visualize the earth’s energy charging your crystal. Finally, rub the essential oil over the stone to charge it with your very own energy. Give thanks to the elements and to Mother Earth for aiding you in your endeavor. Again, wrap your crystal in a small piece of organic silk or cotton.
Keep your crystals clean by polishing gently with a soft cloth, and keep the energy pure by wrapping them or keeping them in a soft organic cotton or silk bag. This will keep impurities from changing or weakening the energy and intentions you have placed within your crystal. Keep it with you, in your pocket, wear it around your neck, or simply hold it in your hand to guide you clearly and purely in all your endeavors. You may choose to gently rub essential oil of lavender onto your crystal to aid in calming and soothing. Have fun and experiment with essential oils for their metaphysical and healing properties.
Thanks for stopping by,
The Healing Witch
The Healing Witch
Artist, Alchemist, Apothecary, Wise Woman, Soothsayer, Witch
Call it what you will. It’s all good.
If you find sickness, heal.
If you find despair, hope.
If you find a broken heart, mend it.
If you find silence, lend an ear.
If you cannot imagine, dream.
If you cannot speak, just sing.