Cats!

By Isabella @TheWandCarver
Instagram: @thewandcarver

Today’s blog is coming to you directly from Cat and Kitten Care Covenstead! Cats are a subject close to my heart and many of you already know I have been midwife and matron for my own haphazard kind of “home for unwed mothers” recently, ha ha…. And oh, what fun!

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Isobel, the All Mother ~ photo by i.macy

First, we have Mother of All, Isobel. She has given birth to three litters within a year. Her first litter was born in March 2017 next door to us under the house belonging to a woman who had to leave it to live with her daughter because of illness. We watched those kittens grow and frolic in the back garden for quite some time til after a bit, Isobel began taking up on our patch. Of course, I began feeding her and she began allowing me to pet her… something I never really expected as she was so feral. Occasionally some of her kittens would pitch up as well but they were not so keen for human touch.
One day, Isobel began behaving in a most peculiar way. She began miaowing! Not peculiar you may be thinking but for her, it was. She never miaows! And she was seeming to struggle a bit and then I realised…. She was in labour!! Off she popped, and I did not see her for two days, not knowing at the time she had had her new litter under MY house!

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Albert, darling ~ photo by i.macy

Then, indeed, when she came round for breakfast two days later she was a much lighter girl. And her seemingly favourite from her previous litter, Albert [whom we called Victoria in the beginning thinking he was a girl!] was with her. As we later learned, Albert was his mother’s nanny for the babies and he still cared for them long after they were old enough to take care of themselves.
There were, I believe, five in that litter and unfortunately two died due to conjunctivitis that I could do nothing for as it was too late. The last three, Chloe, Penny, and Victoria now live happily across from us and visit every so often, thanks to Albert.

And here we are now, thirteen months later, getting our first look at the third new litter born on 22 March 2018!! If you think this is nice, there is more…

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Taxi ~ photo by i.macy

Pippa, Isobel’s daughter from the March 2017 litter, became a first-time mummy on 11 April, only just over a fortnight after her mother giving birth! But there is more! Another kitty whom we are not sure whether she belongs to the immediate feral family but has taken up here named Taxi, gave birth to two lovely babies on 9 April! Taxi [so-called because she is a Tuxedo/Tabby mix] had two large and lovely kittens in the corner of my dis-used garden shed so we did not have to wait to see them!We named the white one [David] “Bowie” and the wee Calico one is “Annie” [Lennox].

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Bowie and Annie, Taxi’s Twins ~ photo by i.macy

Pippa’s babies have not been seen as of yet, however, as a first-time mum, she may keep them a secret for a long while yet. Isobel’s March 2017 litter weren’t seen until they were at least 5 or 6 months old. But because she trusts me, Isobel brought her first born up and plopped her right at my feet! She must have known how much I love Tabby cats because this is the one she brought to me first! Afterwards, it’s been a feral feline fiasco to get out the kitchen door because they are always there, haha! Mum has taught them the art of begging cutely and it always works with me. As it happens, since I know Isobel wants to wean them, I have kitten formula which I can mix and feed them directly from the bowl for now and in a couple of weeks they shall be receiving their first solid kitten food! And so far, we have eight known kittens.

 

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Isobel and new brood ~ photo by i.macy

Now you get the idea why I don’t stop around Twitter longer than 5 minutes anymore. I’m juggling kittens and mothers and feedings, writing blogs and tweets, [and no making!] and all on my own. Haven’t carved a stick of wood in days. But what a sweet little distraction is our babies and their beautiful mums. They are very much worth all the time and effort! And  most of them will find good homes along the way! They would indeed be missed but I want them to have good lives and trying to care for these many kitties pretty much on my own for keeps is not at all possible. But I am positive they will be taken by good people. We will be pinning a notice at my Chili’s veterinarian’s in a week or two where I feel certain these little angels will be snapped up in a hurry!

 

Many thanks for reading and remember to adopt, not shop! Warmest blessings xx *Scroll down for more pics!

 

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Isobel’s first born, a tabby ~photo by i.macy

 

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Isobel’s tuxie, Morrigan ~ photo by i.macy

 

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Isobel’s little tortie, Freya ~ i.macy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Crystal of the Week – Mookaite Jasper

By Isabella @TheWandCarver
Instagram: @thewandcarver

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My Mookaite Jasper ~ photo by i.macy

Before I began researching this gorgeous crystal, I held the larger of the two in my hand to “feel” what I could from it before reading. I always like to do this with every crystal I write about just to see if my feelings are validated by whatever Ms Hall or Eason or many other crystals writers have found to be true. And, 99% of the time what I am feeling the crystal tells me matches their findings and this time is no different. As I held the Mookaite Jasper in my hand I felt grounded and peaceful; I felt as if I could do whatever I needed to do if I tried but a bit harder. I felt the shackles of worry lift from my mind and soul. This is exactly what Mookaite Jasper does for you. According to both Eason and Simmons, its positive energies increase one’s will and focuses one’s personal power. Mookaite promotes an ageless spirit willing to accept change and seek new experiences and awakens one’s natural instincts in knowing the right direction to take.

 

Mookaite Jasper is found only in the Kennedy Range of Western Australia in outcroppings near Mooka Creek, the area for which it is named. The Aboriginal term “Mooka” means “running waters” and refers to the numerous springs that feed into this area. Most have the gorgeous rings and sparks of yellows, purples, browns, and reds, however, like my larger Mookaite, they can also be somewhat duller in appearance although this one does have a bit of yellow in it. There are many spelling variations and terms for this stone, including Mookite, Moakite, Moukite, Mookalite, Mookerite, Mook or Mook Jasper, but according to the locals of Mooka Creek who coined the name, only “Mookaite” is correct.

Magickal
Mookaite Jasper is a crystal used in shamanic animal speaking. Holding the crystal allows the shaman to hear and understand what the animal wishes to say. Likewise, it can be used in speaking with your spirit guide/guardian. It is a fabulous stone for pre-ritual grounding and the bonus is that it frees your mind and soul to perform your ritual with no burdens weighing you down. If you tend to procrastinate, carry a Mookaite Jasper round with you. When you feel that you don’t want to do something but know you must just hold it and you will feel the way clear to perform your duties. It works equally as well when faced with indecision.

According to authoress, Judy Hall, an amulet of Mookaite was believed to protect its wearer from drowning, and kept spiders and scorpions at bay.  Mookaite has also been known to warn travellers of dangers ahead.

Healing
Mookaite Jasper physically stabilises us and is believed to not only boost the immune system but also reduces the effects of aging [wish I had know this 40 years ago!]. It is useful in treating cystitis, high blood sugar, and disorders of the kidneys and bladder and restores damaged tissue. Mookaite is an excellent gem elixir – just wash well and keep in drinking water overnight – it then becomes a more direct approach to healing bodily functions by balancing minerals in the body and purifying the blood. It is also believed to be helpful in all reproductive matters and the elixir can be consumed during pregnancy as well.

Emotional Healing
Mookaite Jasper is a wonderful chakra cleansing stone. Although its primary use is for the base and sacral chakras, it is extremely useful with the solar plexus chakra and even the heart chakra. When I place it on my solar plexus chakra I feel the lifting of worries and concerns and it seems to help me feel like forging ahead. Mookaite also acts to stimulate your intuitive abilities, via the vibration within the third eye chakra. It is a wonderfully supportive stone for going beneath the surface of emotions to find core issues that are creating emotional upset. It allows for a calm and stable frame of mind in which to examine and release these negative experiences and inspires confidence and the desire for new experiences. Mookaite makes it easier to accept change and to take a chance without fear. It encourages flexibility by prompting one to envision many possibilities in a situation and assists in choosing the right one.

Correspondences:
Planetary: Mercury

Zodiac: Gemini and Virgo

Element:  Air

Birthstone: not a traditional birthstone but historically a birthstone of March

Powers: Healing, Protection, Transformation, Knowing – particularly animal

Chakras: Base/Root and Sacral

Deity: Cerridwen

Thank you for reading today! My hope is that I’ve brought to light for you some very good reasons for owning a Mookaite Jasper. If you have enjoyed this blog, please give us a 5-star rating, a like, and share to the various social medias via the buttons below. And, we always welcome comments! Warmest blessings x

Sources:

Cassandra Eason, The New Crystal Bible [London: Carlton Books Ltd., 2010]

Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible [Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2003]

Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible 2 [Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2009]

Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible 3 [Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2013]

Judy Hall, Crystals to Empower You [Blue Ash, OH, Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2013]

Experience

 

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Twitter – It Doesn’t Bear Repeating…

By Isabella @TheWandCarver
Instagram: @thewandcarver

Oh, hold up! Where are the trees? The worts? The crystals?? Sorry, my friends, it is time to revisit Twitter. I’m only here to update you on something you really need to know about if you are a business tweeting your wares on Twitter. If you only use Twitter to have a good natter with friends or to find bargains, don’t worry. If you are a bot farmer or the follow train lot, then you need to worry…just leave would be for best. But this is a serious business for myself and other small business owners I have had the pleasure of getting to know in Twitterland. So, heads up, kids, and follow along.

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via Google Images

You may, or may not know, that Twitter has changed the rules a bit recently…I suppose “changing the rules” is a bit over stating… they have “tarted up” the rules that were already in place. Apparently, this change had taken effect 23rd March 2018 [whilst I were playing moggy midwife] and I did not know until Thursday night last, 12th April, when I were scheduling Friday’s tweets on my Buffer account. I had gone to “re-buffer” a tweet from several weeks ago and it tells me:

Twitter does not allow posting multiple tweets that are “substantially similar”. Please make sure to modify your tweet before scheduling to avoid risking account suspension! Learn more…”

I clicked the link, as you do, and read all about the changes as per Buffer. I’m a lot vexed with them as it took them until 12 April 2018 to notify its users? Anyway, if you have clicked the link and read this you will see that this has been in the works a while, still, the one line that blazed out at me was:

“…. are no longer permitted to enable users to share the same post to Twitter, either on multiple Twitter accounts, or multiple times on one account.

Wot?

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Courtesy Google Images

This is what caused me a huge knee-jerk reaction and I have lost valuable time flogging my goods on Twitter since because – I am guilty. I have several hundred pre-written tweets for all my shop’s items so that I can copy and paste into my Buffer scheduler a week in advance if I like. This gives me the time to do what I need to do to sell – by making new items. I simply don’t have the time to make up new tweets and new pictures on a day-to-day basis. I know it would be better if I could. I mean, although I get a lot of compliments on my tweets I am sure that eventually my followers would like to see something new and different. And, because of that, I do take the time now and then to do a nice collage and re-word a tweet or put additional information onto an old tweet. But to do so everyday will be the end of my business because I simply can’t do everything. Nor can I afford to hire someone to do it for me, as nice as that would be. I am pretty much a one woman show apart from my youngest daughter who does make a few things. So, what do we do?
First, we don’t give up. Next, we must look at the situation as a “gift horse”, in a sense. My point being is this: Before I even knew about the changes being implemented, I had re-written several tweets and had made new collages for my wares. Wednesday last, I sent out all my bright, new tweets. Guess what happened? My links on those tweets received the best click-throughs they ever have! I was getting 60 – over 100 click-throughs on every one! Most days, I am lucky to get 2 or 3!

 

I think you may get the idea that for once in my life I agree with Twitter. Well, yes and no. I agree with Twitter about doing what they must to rid social media of bots, follow trains, and other dodgy sorts, i.e., dubious interest by other countries, no names mentioned here but you know the ones. I also agree in part with the idea of having fresh tweets so as not to bore to tears our followers. But, I do have a problem with not being able to re-use these tweets. Now, I have not exactly found anything yet that says you can never, ever, ever re-use a tweet. I have long known that trying to send the same tweet out within 24 hours is a huge no-no. Fair do’s that. Although…if you are selling internationally and let’s say, live in UK but want people in another time zone such as US or Australia to see this tweet during their waking hours, you can’t repeat it in 24 hours. What I have tried to do is space out about 7 tweets per day during good hours everywhere. Truthfully, I wish I could get away with scheduling tweets every hour, however, that would be a scheduling nightmare for me not to mention I would probably get done by Twitter very quickly. Back a few years ago I did send out tweets every two hours and had much more traffic to my online shop, but it was causing trouble, so I stopped.

There are ways to find out the best hours in your time zone to get retweets. I found mine through Buffer, however, there are apps which can do it as well. Some offer a free one-off chance to try it out, but I imagine in the long term, all must be paid for. Whether you pay an app or figure it out for yourself, it is highly recommended that you do. Next of all, believe this or not, it is best to tweet less these days than a lot. If you do a search for posting on social media, you will find most authors of blogs and tech-related writings will say “less is more”. It is, after all, quality in place of quantity what will give you the best results.

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Courtesy Google Images

Now that I narrow it down this way, I find I just may have the time to come up with new tweets. Still, I am going to journal and save them all for future use. It may be months down the line, but I see no good reason for not doing so.

 

With this I am going to leave you with several helpful links, so you can swot up on the rules and some other useful information. I wish all my small business friends the best of luck in this new venture and happy tweeting!

 

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Links to Twitter Rules and Other Articles About Recent Changes:

Buffer:  https://faq.buffer.com/article/937-publish-twitter-limitations

Excellent blog by Christopher Mendla:  https://www.chrismendlatech.com/2018/03/new-rules-for-duplicate-twitter-posts/

Twitter Rules:  https://help.twitter.com/en/rules-and-policies/twitter-rules

Developer Blog by Yoel Roth:  https://blog.twitter.com/developer/en_us/topics/tips/2018/automation-and-the-use-of-multiple-accounts.html

Mashable [no matter how “big” you get, you can fall]:  https://mashable.com/2018/03/10/twitter-suspends-tweetdeckers/#lXHiKE4P4Pql

 

 

 

 

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From the Wortcunner’s Cabinet: Dittany of Crete

By Isabella @TheWandCarver
Instagram: @thewandcarver

So, last week we wrote about how Elm was very much a love tree so keeping along those lines whilst Spring-time still has many thinking of love, what do you know about Dittany of Crete? Most would probably say “astral projection” and you would be quite right! But, it is also a love herb!

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Dittany of Crete ~ Courtesy of Google Images

Dittany of Crete hails from the Mediterranean and which grows wild only on the Aegean isle of Crete. It is a small and fuzzy perennial, with beautiful pink flowers that appear in the summer. In Cretan tradition, it symbolises love and is thought to be an aphrodisiac. The local name for Dittany is “Erontas,” referencing Eros. It grows only in the most inconvenient places— on the sides of cliffs and gorges. If a young man wished to truly prove his love to a young woman, he would “climb any mountain” [wondering now if that is where that line from the song came from?] to gather a bouquet of the fragrant herb to present to her. As the legend goes, these young men were known as “Erondades” [love-seekers]. To obtain a bouquet of Dittany, it was said, you had to truly be in love. I only hope they were met with satisfactory results!

Warnings come with many of my writings, therefore, I feel this one must come early on – Beware the sellers of Dittany of Crete. It is best to buy directly, however, there are a few reliable re-sellers. It is a very, very expensive herb. I have seen some unreliable types on certain venues selling everyday Oregano for Dittany. Yes, they are technically cousins, but they are far from being the same. Do your research before buying.

Magickal

It is said if you burn Dittany on a charcoal disc along with Dragon’s Blood resin and stare at the rising smoke, you will see the face of your intended love. This same incense can be used to spice up a stale love life in the bedroom. You can make love poppets or sachets with the herb along with lavender and other herbs which encourage love. In European folk magick, Dittany is regarded as a consummate love herb. Feeding it to your intended is supposed to cause them to fall irretrievably in love with you.

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My dried Dittany of Crete ~ photo by i.macy

Dittany is perfect for manifestations of spirits when burned as an incense. It can be mixed with equal parts of vanilla, benzoin and sandalwood to make an astral projection incense. It is believed to produce spirit manifestations in its smoke. Soon we will be offering a Samhain Hedge Rider Incense in our Etsy Shop for this purpose. All I can say now is that it won’t be as simple a recipe as the one above and will have not only the ability to travel through the veil but to be protected whilst there as well.
The leaves can not only be burned as incense but can also be burned in the All Hallow’s Eve fire when seeking communication for wisdom from the other side. Dittany is associated with the Underworld, and is related to Persephone, Orris and other deities whom assist with transport into that realm.

 

For divination, Dittany can help with the activation of your Third Eye, and it has a traditional use in its ability to help manifest our psychic vision. You can make a poultice of the leaves to rub on your Third Eye or use a Dittany of Crete Oil. Fresh Dittany can be used to make an infusion with a basic oil such as olive oil or sunflower oil.

According to Scott Cunningham, the “juice of Dittany will drive away venomous beasts, so rub it on your body before entering their domains.” I’m guessing that applies to mossies or any kind of biting or stinging pest. And, as far as I know perhaps it extends to snakes and the like as well. Personally, I just prefer to stay far and away from the realm of venomous beasties!

Healing

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Dittany of Crete ~ HerbalGreece.com

Dittany of Crete has been used in times past as an external poultice for wounds and bruises. It has antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial properties due to the phenol carvacrol. Nowadays it is used for digestive tract disorders including cramps, stomach problems, and worms in the intestines. It is also used for urinary tract and genital tract disorders. A beverage of this herb relieves headaches and neuralgia. Other uses include treatment of epilepsy, spasms, fluid retention, and liver diseases. Please consult with your GP before attempting to diagnose and heal yourself at home. There may be more serious illness at hand than you would know of.

 

Correspondences:

Planetary: Mercury and Venus
Zodiac: Libra and Gemini
Gender: Masculine and Feminine
Element: Air and Water
Powers: Divination, Manifestation, Love, Astral Projection, Protection
Sabbat: Samhain
Deity: Eros, Venus, Mercury, Artemis, Persephone, Zeus
Other Names: Hop Marjoram, Erontas, Hop Plant

“A branch of healing dittany she brought,
Which in the Cretan fields with care she sought:
Rough is the stem, which woolly leafs surround;
The leafs with flow’rs, the flow’rs with purple crown’d”
From Virgil’s Aeneid

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Sources:
Experience
Cunningham’s Encyclopaedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham
Wikipedia.org
Herbalgreece.com

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Crystal of the Week: Arfvedsonite

By Isabella @TheWandCarver
Instagram: @thewandcarver

When choosing this week’s crystal, I didn’t know which one I would write about. I had kicked around the idea of writing about Obsidian – and I will in due time – but not today. As it happens, my Arfvedsonite chose me today and after refreshing my memory of its abilities, I am pretty sure I know why. How clever are the spirits who reside in our crystals?

 

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My Arfvedsonite ~ photo by i.macy

Arfvedsonite was christened so after its namesake Swedish chemist Johann Arfvedson. It has been found in the USA, Canada, Russia, Germany, South Africa, Norway, and Greenland. Arfvedsonite looks a lot like Nuummite, and it is sometimes confused with Astrophyllite. Its vibration is very different, and it is sometimes physically combined with Sugilite which of course will give you the attributes of both.

Why did my Arfvedsonite choose me? “If you have been feeling depressed, this crystal is a powerful aid to lift your vibration, so that you are able to see hope in the coming future.” The first thing I read whilst swotting up on my lovely stone. Not to worry, I don’t normally allow depression to hang about long, but we have had a more ruthless than normal Mercury in Retrograde, haven’t we? I’m sure many of you will agree with me on this. So, let’s get on with the magick, shall we?

Magickal

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Arfvedsonite ~ photo by MyRockHound.com [because it shows the flecks better than mine does!]

In meditation, Arfvedsonite helps bring about brilliant manifestations that will help you on your spiritual journey. It helps you to create a clear path ahead, as it assists you to awaken to the Divine Light, and to anchor it into matter, within your reality. It grounds you whilst you are in astral realms and not only assists you there but in the earthly plane at same time, so to speak.

Arfvedsonite is not merely for manifestations of Divine enlightenment – although many of us would say that is good enough for us! – it is also for manifestation of whatever you need in your life. Do you need more money? If you own a bricks and mortar business with a cash till, place an Arfvedsonite and a Citrine inside your cash till to manifest more money in your business. If you have an online business place this crystal combination by your computer on your desk or keep it near by wherever you work. If you simply need more money, full stop, just put an Arfvedsonite and a Citrine in your billfold, wallet, handbag, piggy bank…wherever you keep your money.

What about love? If you wish to manifest love, use Arfvedsonite and Rose Quartz together. There are many ways in which you can use them – integrate them into your love spells, wear them together in jewellery, make them into love talismans to carry. But! I have a warning. Of course, I do.

The warning:
When using Arfvedsonite in spell work, be CERTAIN you know what you want. Think about everything very clearly before doing your spell. Put everything together beforehand and have your plan of action and all your bits needed for the spell together. Next, do consult the Seven Keys of Solomon for the correct day in which to work your magick, then also find the correct planetary hour of that day to do your spell work. Make sure there is no Moon Void of Course in your time zone during the time you wish to work your spell. And, I reiterate – be certain you know what you want. To a T. Because Arfvedsonite works super-fast! It doesn’t mess about, it gets the job done provided you have put clear intention into your working, of course. Therefore, I am adamant about being certain of what you want. Arfvedsonite doesn’t stop to ask if you’re sure so you must be sure beforehand.

Arfvedsonite is a strong stone for assisting you in developing psychic visions. It has a very high vibration, so you will want to begin slowly with it at first. As you work with Arfvedsonite, you will realise the powerful changes taking effect in you. If you place the crystal on your Third Eye during meditation its action is very strong and powerful. Wearing Arfvedsonite is highly recommended once you’ve become accustomed to its energy. As it helps you develop your psychic abilities, it will tend to replace your negative behaviours with positive ones as this crystal is excellent for rooting out the bad and replacing with good. It helps with re-birthing and assists you to re-organise and restructure your life.

Arfvedsonite is also excellent for helping one get a good night’s sleep. Just place it within a foot of your bed and not only will you sleep well, you will be nightmare-free.

Healing

Arfvedsonite is more healing of the mind and spirit than of the body, still, if your mind and spirit are in good nick, your body, unless ravaged by disease, can generally follow long in decent enough health. I know my own pain is much less horrid when my mind and spirit are feeling well and healthy. Clearing the negativity out of ourselves can generally do a power of good for our health. So, for this section, I pass along this story by Amy about her Arfvedsonite Sphere.

Correspondences
Gender: Masculine and Feminine
Planetary: Mercury
Element: Air
Birthstone: Gemini
Powers: Manifestation, Psychic Awareness, Prosperity, Love
Chakras: All [particularly the Throat and Third Eye]
Deity: All [particularly the Divine Parents]
Works Well With: Blue Lace Agate, Aragonite, and Amazonite for communication. Black Tourmaline for transmuting negativity into positivity.  White Magnesite, Amethyst, Kammererite, Quantum Quattro, Shattuckite, Dumortierite, and Sugilite for psychic awareness. Rose Quartz for love, and Citrine for prosperity.

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Warmest blessings x

Sources
LOVE IS IN THE EARTH: The Crystal & Mineral Encyclopaedia – The LITE Fantastic, The Last Testament by Melody and Julianne Guilbault (Jan 1, 2008)

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The Magick of Elm

By Isabella @TheWandCarver
Instagram: @thewandcarver

With the blooming of new daffs and bluebells trying valiantly to peek through patches of snow in some parts; Ostara having just brought us the hope of Spring and sunnier days, it makes me wonder why I would want to write about Elm. Because Elm’s and Yew’s mythology are twinly bound to Death and the Underworld…Elm has been used for many years to build coffins and Yew is a staple tree in most graveyards. It was found in the Underworld and at the crossroads leading to the faery world. Elm is very popular with the Elves. So, why would I bring such a downer into the Spring forecast? Well…

Magickal

Elm at Blackness by MJ Richardson

Elm at Blackness ~ photo by MJ Richardson

Elm is carried to bring love. Isn’t Spring about love? Right you are! Elm energises and balances the mind and heart. It not only attracts love, it protects love and all. Elm is also used in fertility spells and rebirth. You can use the wood and flowers in love spells. The wood is best used ground up finely and used in your loose incense for love. The flowers are used in poppets or sachets.

 

A wood of femininity, Elm draws from the element of earth and is a strong, neutral wood that can be used for protection or hexes. It seeks a companion of strength and is excellent for destructive spells, protection, and defensive magick.

“Because of its rich foliage and sap, the Elm is sacred to Saturn, Roman god of agriculture. Representing fertility, it foretells that your wish will meet with success. Its other meaning is their need to give way and let nature run its course, to sacrifice what you have for what could be. Elm wood is flexible and durable and does not rot when wet. You probably know in your heart that your wish will be granted. A hopeful sign is that Elm twigs are used as divining rods. The Elm tree stands at the entrance to the underworld as a living connection between the living and the dead. What comes to you is blessed by heaven. It may be that all you need do is wait and have faith in nature.” By Gillian Kemp, Tree Magick

Other spell work to use Elm: Dark Moon and initiation rituals, grounding after ritual, seeking comfort.

Healing

Elm’s legendary associations are of death and the Underworld, but funnily enough, people looked to Elm for medicinal cures. The inner bark was particularly effective when chewed or boiled into a syrupy liquor to treat colds and sore throats, coughs, diarrhoea, internal bleeding, and fever whilst the boiled bark was also used to treat burns. Can be applied to external wounds for healing or drink to ease menstrual problems.

A medical manuscript from 1509 [in the library of the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin] mentions cures that included hitting an afflicted person with a rod marked with the Ogham. It was believed that this action would release the illness from the person’s body. The type of wood depended on the cure needed, for example, Elm for impotence. The Ogham inscription on the rod consisted of the person’s name or, according to sources, a spell.

Here is where I might mention that Elm is a secondary Ogham tree, associated with the Ogham “ailm” and Fir is the first and mainly used. I suppose if you can’t have Fir, Elm will suit. It is not a Celtic Birth Tree.

Correspondences
Gender: Feminine
Planet: Mercury, Saturn
Zodiac: Capricorn
Element: Air, Water, Earth
Powers: Compassion, Empathy, Intuition, and Love
Symbolism: Communication and Relationships
Colour: Turquoise
Gemstone: Moss Agate
Birds: Lapwing, Ruffled Grouse
Deity: Dionysus, Odin, Loki, Hecate, Cerridwen, Danu, Gaia, Hel / Holle, Ran
Folk Names: Sweet Elm, Elven, English Elm, European Elm

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Sources
Tree Magick, by Gillian Kemp
Whispers from the Woods, by Sandra Kynes

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Crystal of the Week: Lapis Lazuli

By Isabella @TheWandCarver
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This crystal may be a challenge for me this week. Oh, not because I’m afraid I won’t find enough information, but because Lapis Lazuli, being the great beauty it is, has been written about so much! Still, it isn’t like me to back away from a challenge so let’s see what we can find!

The facts: Lapis Lazuli has been used as a semi-precious stone that has been prized since antiquity for its intense colour. As early as the 7th millennium BC, lapis lazuli was mined in the Sar-i Sang mines in Shortugai, and in other mines in Badakhshan province in northeast Afghanistan. Lapis was highly valued by the Indus Valley Civilisation (3300–1900 BC). Lapis beads have been found at Neolithic burials in Mehrgarh, the Caucasus, and even as far from Afghanistan as Mauritania. It was used in the funeral mask of Tutankhamun (1341–1323 BC). ~ Wikipedia.org

Lapis Lazuli

One of my Lapis Lazuli tumble stones ~ photo by i.macy

I can only imagine how in awe of this stunningly blue stone the early Egyptians were. It is a most striking colour and it isn’t any wonder King Tutankhamun himself would have loads of Lapis in his funerary mask. In ancient Egypt, lapis lazuli was a favourite stone for amulets and ornaments such as scarabs. Lapis jewellery has been found at excavations of the Predynastic Egyptian site Naqada [3300–3100 BC]. At Karnak, the relief carvings of Thutmose III [1479-1429 BC] show fragments and barrel-shaped pieces of lapis lazuli being delivered to him as tribute. Powdered lapis was used as eyeshadow by Cleopatra. I, myself, have used powdered lapis to make dye in tiny amounts where needed. In later years, most notably, Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer [1632 – 1675] used Lapis Lazuli to create Ultramarine, a natural pigment he used to paint his famous Girl With a Pearl Earring, 1665. Its name comes from the Latin Lapis, “stone,” and the Persian lazhuward, “blue.” Is it any wonder this stone is so magickal?

 

Magickal:

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A Lapis Lazuli Pendulum for sale in our shop ~ photo by i.macy

The energy of Lapis Lazuli may intensify the growth of intuition, channelling, and psychic abilities, and may aid you to contact your guardian angels. When using a Lapis Lazuli pendulum, touch the pendulum to your Third Eye until you feel the pineal gland activated. I can’t tell you how you’ll know this, you will just know. If your pendulum is of another material, Lapis is still favourable to have amongst your crystals when divining with pendulum, runes, tarot, or any other method of divination that you use. By opening the Third Eye it, Lapis commonly brings through enhanced visionary abilities. It may aid you to use psychic gifts and abilities, in alignment with Divine Will. Lapis is such a prominent third eye chakra stone, that it will help you to develop your intuition as well as amplifying and expanding psychic visions and clairvoyant abilities. I may be repetitive, but I can’t put too fine a point on this.

 

Lapis Lazuli is also a very strong Throat Chakra crystal and it is very powerful in creating depth and clarity in your thinking and in your communications. It is also called The Crystal of Truth as it also ensures that the words you speak are in alignment with your personal truth.

In protection, Lapis may be worn to guard against psychic attacks. It quickly releases stress, bringing deep peace and brings harmony and deep inner self-knowledge. Lapis encourages self-awareness, allows self-expression and reveals inner truth, providing qualities of honesty, compassion and morality to the personality. It stimulates objectivity, clarity and encourages creativity. Lapis Lazuli assists one to confront and speak one’s truth and inspires confidence. It bonds relationships, aiding in expression of feelings and emotions. It helps those already in a relationship, in love, to talk freely about any problems they may be having and to tell each other how they feel. In budding romances, Lapis encourages the couple to be honest in their feelings about one another. It will also assist in clearing out any part of the past, in this life or others, that one is still carrying but needs to let go of.

Healing:

Lapis Lazuli allows one to find the cause of and help to balance the function of the thyroid and hormones to help stave off depression. It assists in the proper health and function of the head and neck, vocal cords, sore throats, headaches, eye ailments, or inflammation in this area of any kind.

Benefiting the immune system, Lapis overcomes hearing loss, eye issue, purifies the blood, relieves insomnia, and vertigo, as well as lowering the blood pressure.

Lapis makes quite a powerful elixir to align the etheric, emotional, and spiritual bodies all at once.

Lapis Lazuli benefits the respiratory and nervous systems and the throat, vocal chords, and cleanses organs, bone marrow and thymus.

Correspondences:
Chakras: Throat Chakra, Third Eye Chakra
Birthstone: December, October
Planet: Venus [Also has a connection to Jupiter]
Zodiac: Taurus, Sagittarius [Pisces has been also said to be a Lapis zodiac]
Element: Water
Powers: Protection [most notably against psychic attack], Manifestation, Creativity, Honesty, Healing, Love, and Inner Harmony
Typical colours: deep blue flecked with gold [Pyrite]
Deity: Bastet [Bast], Isis, Venus, Nuit, Maat

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Sources:
Crystal Bible Volume 1: A Definitive Guide to Crystals, by Judy Hall
Wikipedia.org
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