Happy Litha – Midsummer 2018!

By Isabella @TheWandCarver 

Litha. Summer Solstice. Midsummer’s. However you choose to say it, it is a special time of year. It is, for starters, the longest day of the year. And, as many countries change their clocks forward in Spring, the days seem to go on endlessly… in the UK it won’t become dark until almost 9:30 pm! Loads of daylight and warmer days – a veritable recipe for fun!

So, what does all this mean for the Pagan/Wiccan/Witch folk? Many solitaries, like myself, hold very private and spiritual “rituals”, if you like. Some groups, or covens, may have a Midsummer’s Night Bonfire where much merriment may be made. No matter whether you are alone or with a group of friends, the day is in honour of the Sun, for it is part of why our crops…or small gardens…or just our little pot plants are growing well this time of year. It is why our world is so much warmer than it had only been a few short weeks earlier and we were gasping for warmth and tired of layers of clothing and frozen breath.

Litha 2018

Blessed Litha ~ Tymber Dalton

One of the first things many of us do, if we have one, is to decorate our altars to reflect the summer Sun and to add fresh flowers as proof that things can bloom again after a harsh winter. You can dress it up any way you wish, just theme it around the Sun and your favourite Sun God or Goddess and you can have a gorgeous altar setting for your Litha rituals. I often make a Litha loose incense to burn on a charcoal disc, put a vase of freshly foraged wildflowers mixed with some freshly cut herbs for more greenery and a shooshed up scent. Because Litha falls near Father’s Day I generally place a picture I have of my dad sitting on a blanket on the beach at the seaside before I was born. He very much loved the Sun, and nothing made him happier than to have a warm, sunny day to work in his gardens. It only seems fitting to honour him at the same time.
If you want to add a statue or picture of a Sun honouring deity, a few good ones come to mind: Amaterasu [Shinto], a solar goddess who was sister to the Moon deity whom is known as the goddess “from which all light comes”. Aten [Egypt] who was represented by the disc of the sun, with rays of light emanating outward. Horus [Egypt] was one of the solar deities of the ancient Egyptians. He rose and set every day. Sulis Minerva [Celtic, Roman: When the Romans occupied the British Isles, they took the aspects of the Celtic Sun goddess, Sulis, and blended her with their own goddess of wisdom, Minerva. The resulting combination was Sulis Minerva, who watched over the hot springs and sacred waters in the town of Bath.

 

Mind, there are many others to choose from so with a little research you’ll find one you resonate with and it is easy and inexpensive to find artists on Etsy and other places who paint gorgeous cards of Gods and Goddesses you can purchase very inexpensively to set on your altar. One of my favourite artists from Etsy is Emily Balivet if you care to have a look at hers.

If you have young children, find the story of the Holly King and the Oak King and help them come up with a little pantomime to tell the story. Have them give you a hand in the kitchen getting the witchy victuals ready for feasting. Let them draw and colour in pictures of their favourite things about summer to make a bunting of to hang between a pair of trees in your garden to add to the summery ambience of the festivities. I’m sure you can come up with loads more things to make the day special for them and the entire family!

No matter how you are planning to celebrate, I know you will make it special. Enjoy the day and with that, I shall leave you with a list of important Pagan happenings which occurred in June over the years and now – I see they didn’t add my Mum’s birthday but I think it’s pretty important as I wouldn’t be here without her 😊 Happy birthday, Mum, wherever you are!

Magickal Happenings in June: [past and present]
• 1: England’s Witchcraft Act of 1563 goes into effect
• 7–15: Roman Festival of Vestalia, honoring the vestal virgins
• 9: Celtic Tree Month of Hawthorn ends
• 10: Celtic Tree Month of Oak begins
• 10: Hanging of Bridget Bishop, first of twenty victims to be executed in the Salem Witch Trials.
• 13: Birthday of Gerald Gardner, founder of modern Wiccan, in 1884
• 17: Birthday of Wiccan author Starhawk
• 17: Father’s Day
• 21: Litha, the summer solstice
• 21: Yule (Southern Hemisphere), the winter solstice
• 22: England’s last Witchcraft Law is repealed in 1951
• 27: Birthday of author Scott Cunningham in 1956
• 28: Full moon–Strong Sun Moon at 12:53 am. June is full of long, light-filled days, and the nights are short and warm. This month’s magical workings are perfect for maintaining and enhancing things you already have.

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The Magick of Heather

By Isabella @TheWandCarver
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Heather ogham Ura

The Ogham Alphabet ~ Google.co.uk

Ah, Heather! It was very nearly my name as my Mum very much loved the plant but in the southeast, it did not grow as well, and certainly not as prolifically, as it does in the north country. Heather is the 3rd vowel of the Ogham alphabet – Ura – and it is for Summer Solstice, 21 June. It is not a Celtic Birth Tree Ogham, however, if you are born on this day there is no reason not to claim it for your birth tree! As Summer Solstice / Litha is the coming Thursday, I thought Heather should be celebrated.

 

Heather [Calluna vulgaris] is called the “Flower of Passion”. One of its energies in magick is passion – pure, raw, unbridled passion to be exact. And not just passion, but its consequences and all. This may be down to the time of year and that the flowering of Heather heralded a time of rejoicing and self-indulgence for our ancient Celtic ancestors. Mind, you would think they had enough of this during Beltane, but if you think of Beltane as passionate, think of Litha as the after party! I love this excerpt from The Wisdom of Trees by Jane Gifford:

LESSON OF THE HEATHER

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Heather hills ~ countrylife.co.uk

Heather is a symbol of passionate love, of sacrifice, and self-control. In the first place, heather represents enthusiasm and sensual pleasure, and the benefits that can be enjoyed from spontaneous self-expression. But within this lust for life and exhilaration lies a deeper lesson of the consequences that may arise out of unbridled passion. The Celts believed that you are always totally responsible and accountable for the outcome of your actions, so you were wise to be sure of your own true nature before totally abandoning yourself to the potent delights of heather ale and the pleasures that it could bring. Unchecked, heather is short-lived and unproductive but if burned yearly to the ground, it re-grows with fresh vigour. The lesson of the heather is that a necessary balance must exist between self-expression and self-control for both to be enjoyable and effective.”

 

Magickal:

Heather dried

My dried Heather ~ photo by i.macy

Heather can be used for magick involving maturity, consummation, general luck, love, ritual power, conjuring ghosts, healing, protection, rain-making and water magick. Heather is often worn or carried as a good luck charm. It is said that a sprig of white Heather placed in a special place of silence and meditation has the power to conjure ghosts or spirits. To do this, pick a sprig of white Heather at midnight, place it in a glass of river water in the darkest corner of your home. Sit and think of a departed loved one and it is said that the loved ones’ shadow will visit you.

 

In the language of flowers and the gifting of them, Heather means “admiration”. Heather can be used at Midsummer /Summer Solstice to promote love – carry red Heather for passion or white Heather for cooling the passion of unwanted suitors.

Heather is useful in Faery magick and is said to ignite faery passions and open portals between their world and our own. The fae honouring Heather are attracted to shy people.

As a water herb, Heather is very useful in weather magick. When burned outdoors with Fern, the herbal smoke of Heather attracts rain. Bouquets of Heather and Fern can also be dipped in water to call rain.

Healing:
Heather has been and is used for antiseptic, diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, and sedative purposes. It has a long history of medicinal use. It is a good urinary antiseptic and diuretic, disinfecting the urinary tract and mildly increasing urine production. The flowering shoots are antiseptic, astringent, chloragogen, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, and mildly sedative. The plant is often macerated and made into a liniment for treating rheumatism and arthritis, whilst a hot poultice is a traditional remedy for chilblains. An infusion of the flowering shoots is used in the treatment of coughs, colds, bladder and kidney disorders, cystitis etc. A cleansing and detoxifying plant, it has been used in the treatment of rheumatism, arthritis and gout. The flowering stems are harvested in the autumn and dried for later use.

Correspondences:
Planetary: Venus
Zodiac: Gemini
Element(s): Water
Energies: Passion, Protection, Luck
Stone: Red Garnet
Bird: Grouse
Deity: Uroica, Venus, Erycina, Cybele, Nechtan Mac Labraid, the Cupbearer of the Tuatha De Dannan, guardian of the sacred well of Segais and husband of Boane, after whom the river Boyne in Ireland is named. Also, Osiris and Aphrodite.
Other Names: Common Heather, Heath, Lyng, Scottish Heather

The king in the red moorland
Rode on a summer’s day;
And the bees hummed, and the curlews
Cried beside the way.
The king rode and was angry,
Black was his brow and pale,
To rule in a land of heather;
And lack the heather ale.
~R.L. Stevenson

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Sources:
The Wisdom of the Trees, by Jane Gifford

 

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Crystal of the Week – Unakite

By Isabella @TheWandCarver
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Not surprisingly, Unakite is a form of Jasper. The elements of Red Jasper and Epidote blend stunningly in Unakite and because of its colouration it is a very strong Heart Chakra stone. The green of the Epidote brings abundance whilst the pinkish-red of the red Jasper compassion, love, and kindness. This is a go-to crystal to lift ones’ spirits; it is an all-round emotional healer.

Unakite Jasper is also called Epidote, for its main component deriving its name from the Greek epidosis meaning “growing together.” An amalgamation of Red Jasper, pink Feldspar and green Epidote, Unakite is solidly bound together and is said to symbolise “what comes together belongs together.”

Unakite is a gentle crystal. It is a good one to use to help children open up when having problems with school, bullying, or other things going on in their lives. You can virtually feel the compassion it has radiating from it. If ever you are feeling overly sensitive and overwhelmed, Unakite will support you kindly and help you to re-focus your thoughts on the here and now.

Magickal:

Unakite

My Unakite ~ i.macy

According to authoress Catherine Eason: For lasting love, Unakite is traditionally sprinkled with dried yarrow and placed in a sealed bag as a marriage or commitment symbol. It should be replaced on anniversaries and the old crystal and yarrow cast into running water. To help two become three, place Unakite under the pillow to aid in conception. During pregnancy a piece of Unakite on the womb helps parents-to-be make spiritual connection with their unborn baby; it is marvellous for use during labour to ease the transition.
A large specimen or bowl of Unakite tumblestones in the environment brings a calm, gentle energy and negates the effects of electromagnetic pollution from televisions, computers and other technological devices.

 

Placed on the Third Eye, Unakite Jasper promotes visualisation and encourages psychic vision. It may also be used as a casting crystal for scrying, signifying where compromise and integration are needed. It is very useful to keep near whilst reading tarot cards, casting runes, and pendulum dowsing.

Dreaming of Jasper signifies love returned. Unakite Jasper is a talisman for those who have trouble finding things [like me!]. It is also a good luck charm, especially when taking a risk. It helps one sustain their power in situations where they would more likely be the victim and is also believed to impart confident control to the user in magic spell casting.

Healing:
Unakite supports the physical structure of the heart, but gently gets to the root cause of disease or health issues caused by the emotional heart, particularly deep-seated feelings that have been repressed, such as anger and resentment. Habitual internalisation of these emotions creates standing patterns of energy within the body. Unakite brings these wounds to the surface in a way that avoids any new trauma and ameliorates their release slowly and gently, consistently over time, along with the negative thoughts and toxic behaviours that perpetuate them.

Unakite Jasper helps promote the growth of healthy tissue in general and is particularly useful in support of the heart and lungs, assisting function, circulation, balance of bodily fluids and metabolism. It is also considered highly restorative in cases of tissue deterioration and in treating diseases or cancers of these areas.

Unakite Jasper aids the reproductive system, promoting healthy pregnancy and stimulating weight gain where required. It is believed to be good for breathing irregularities and hyperventilation and helps ease the transition in labour.

Correspondences:
Planetary: Venus
Zodiac: Is not specific to a zodiac sign
Element: Water
Chakras: Heart chakra and Third Eye [touch to Third Eye to activate]
Energies: Healing, Love, Fertility, Compassion
Deity: Chirakan-Ixmucane, Callisto, Bona Dea, Persephone, Clota, and Gaia

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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 Encyclopedia of Crystals, (Beverly, MA: Fair Winds Press, 2013)
Margaret Lembo, The Essential Guide to Crystals, Minerals, & Stones (Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Worldwide, 2013)

 

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From the Wortcunner’s Cabinet – Hawthorn Leaf

By Isabella @TheWandCarver
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Of course, I have written about the wonderful Hawthorn tree in the past, but were you aware of how magickal the leaves are? Many of you have probably used the berries and spines / thorns in your magickal workings as well. But, today I would like to take you on a little journey through what the leaves can do for you.

Magickal

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Hawthorn Leaf ~ woodlands.co.uk

Leaves can be harvested any time. Be sure to ask permission and leave an offering.
The leaves, curiously enough, are also used to enforce or maintain chastity or celibacy. The leaves are placed beneath the mattress or around the bedroom for this purpose.
Worn or carried, the leaves promote happiness in the troubled, depressed, or sad. Call on the Goddess Grian to bring some sunshine and happiness into your life.
Use Hawthorn leaves for protection, love, and marriage spells by using them in poppets, sachets, and witch bottles. We use Hawthorn leaf in our Protection Witch Bottle which we sell in our shop. You can also use the leaves in loose incense but if you are using the Hawthorn wood in the incense there really is no need to use the leaves. As with any part of the Hawthorn tree, faeries are very attracted to Hawthorn, so you may spy one whilst burning an incense with Hawthorn in it!

 

“Hawthorn is burned to purify,
And draw a faerie to your eye.”

And talking of marriage, a beautiful headdress can be woven of the leaves and flowers of the Hawthorn for a bride!

Healing

Hawthorn Leaf Dry

My dried Hawthorn leaf ~ photo by i.macy

Like the berries and flowers, Hawthorn leaves have properties to reduce high blood pressure. Use the leaves in a tea to not only reduce blood pressure but is also said to help ease a broken heart after a break up. All of a Hawthorn tree is very good for ones’ health and the leaves are definitely as good for your health as any other part of the tree. The leaves can be used to make a tincture for use on your face after washing it, much the same as using witch hazel or a toner. The tincture is great for reducing the small broken vessels on your face and if you have flushes of the skin or reddish outbreaks, the tincture can reduce this as well. If you boil the leaves down to make a paste, try this on heavier areas of small broken vessels or red areas of skin, by leaving it on for a bit longer. Hawthorn leaf tea is excellent for a sore throat.

 

Fun Folklore
Hawthorn leaves can be eaten and were once referred to as bread-and-cheese.

During World War I, young Hawthorn leaves were used as substitutes for tea and tobacco

All correspondences for the Hawthorn leaves are the same as for the entire tree. Read our blog on The Magickal Hawthorn Tree: The Mayflower Tree to find out.

“Green grow the leaves on the Hawthorn tree.
We jangle and we wrangle
And we never can agree.”
~old English carol

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Crystal of the Week – Bloodstone

By Isabella @TheWandCarver
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Bloodstones

Nearest Bloodstone has Quartz mixed in and farthest one has very small flecks of red ~ photo by i.macy

Bloodstone, or Heliotrope, is one of the most gorgeous Jaspers, ever. Of course, it gets its name from the oft-repeated legends where the blood from Jesus’ wound from the spear in His side whilst on the cross fell upon a green Jasper and the other story is of when, during the crucifixion, His blood fell to the Earth and formed the stone that way. Either way, I’m sure perhaps some Christian readers may be annoyed with my surmisel but that was true alchemy, real magick. No matter how Bloodstone came to be born, I’m glad it was. It is regarded as a gem of noble sacrifice and can offer courage and solace to all who are called to give of themselves for the good of others. It elicits the highest, most altruistic character of those who wear or carry it.
Of course, Bloodstone existed much earlier in time than Christ’s death… or even His birth, for that matter. The ancient Mesopotamians used the crystal as a healer for detoxifying the blood and organs some five-thousand years previous. Apparently, it was also used to draw out snake venom, staunch wounds, and to cure tumours. Ever since, Bloodstone has been carried by many as a preventative to disease.

 

Magickal:
Bloodstone is thought more of as a healer, not most readily thought of for magick. However, it does have many magickal qualities. It is a crystal of protection but most importantly, its protection qualities benefit those whom are being bullied, teased, and victims of both physical and verbal abuse. It is recommended to sew a bloodstone into the lining of a coat or jacket of a child or teenager whom is being bullied. This may partially be because the Bloodstone is amazing for helping give courage to and to soothe anxiety for anyone at the end of their tether.

Bloodstone heightens ones’ intuition and therefore a good crystal to have with you if you read tarot, cast runes, ogham, or do pendulum dowsing. It is an excellent crystal to have with you if you engage in lucid dreaming.

Bloodstone’s magickal properties allow one to draw upon the power of the weather for personal healing, such as tapping into the winds to bring change or the rain to wash away sorrow.

Known as “the rain bringer,” Jasper has been revered since ancient and medieval times as a divining stone of “tempestaries,” magickal masters of the wind and rain, called upon in secret to save harvests in periods of drought, or to save ships from violent storms. Bloodstone, Green and Brown Jaspers were considered the most powerful for this purpose. Jasper was also used by the Native Americans for dowsing the land for water, and Red Jasper was especially helpful in increasing the searcher’s sensitivity to the Earth.

If you are having a baby, Bloodstone may come in useful to help bond after the baby’s birth, particularly if mother and child can’t be together right after birth. Most amazingly, this crystal also works with all animals this way.

Healing:
Associated with birth and birthing processes, Bloodstone is a great crystal for women during the childbearing years. It stimulates nutrient-rich blood and hormonal balance and is thought to help prevent miscarriages. It assists in easing the birthing process, providing strength during labour and supportive vibrations so the baby travels easily through the birth canal. It is also believed to alleviate symptoms of PMT/PMS and menstrual disorders, and to stabilise hormones through menopause.

Bloodstone dipped in cold water and applied to an afflicted area is highly beneficial in staunching blood flow, particularly nosebleeds. Keep the stone wet and re-dip as necessary.

Carry a Bloodstone to be used to boost the immune system and to purify the blood, spleen, liver, kidneys, bladder, and intestines, neutralising and eliminating toxins from the body. It benefits blood-rich organs, regulates and stimulates blood flow, and aids circulation. It is conducive to healthy bone marrow and may be used in the treatments of blood disorders such as anaemia, leukaemia, tumours, acute infections, and over acidification.

Correspondences:
Planetary: Mars
Zodiac: Aries
Element: Earth
Natural Birthstone: Taurus
Gender: Masculine
Chakras: Base/Root chakra, and Heart chakra
Energies: Healing, Protection, Longevity, Courage
Deity: Brigit, Dione, Bona Dea, Gaia, Callisto, Clota, and Persephone
Other Names: Sun Stone, Christ’s Stone, Heliotrope

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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, 101 Power Crystals (Beverly, MA: Fair Winds Press, 2011)
George Frederick Kunz, The Curious Lore of Precious Stones (New York: Dover Publications, 1971)

 

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The Magickal Vine…or Blackberry Bramble?

By Isabella @TheWandCarver
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Muin OghamThis is going to be a tricky write, I have a feeling! For most of us who go by Robert Grave’s Ogham trees from the Celtic Birth Trees list, we all know that the tenth lunar “month” is Vine and its Ogham “Muin”, the 10th letter. However, as I noted in my travels to research this “tree” or lack thereof, I find that the Vine is not necessarily meant to be a vine of the grapevine type after all! The Druids classified anything with a woody stalk as a tree, and so therefore it is listed vines amongst the sacred Ogham ranks. Furthermore, grapevines typically come to mind when discussing vines, but it was more likely the Blackberry vines that captured the hearts of the ancient Celts. In my findings, Muin does not mean “vine” but according to Robert Graves means any thicket of thorny, winding bramble of plant and which further supports the idea that Blackberry, which is a prolific plant in most of Europe and the British Isles, is the likeliest for Muin. And, as the Ogham alphabet originated in Ireland, it is also less likely that it means vine – such as in grapevine – because grapes had never, at that time at least, been successfully grown in Ireland. However, as we can use Vine or Blackberry interchangeably for Muin, we shall stick to Vine for the writing of this blog. Also, before I move on and forget to mention, Vine is the Celtic Birth Tree for those born between 2nd September and 29th September.

Grapevine Groves Nursery

Grapvines, grovesnurseries.co.uk

It is widely thought by some that Vine is the correct source of wood for Muin because of the grape and wine. Wine has been used for centuries for both Pagan and Christian ritual. Writer Erynn Rowan Laurie, Authoress of Ogam: Weaving Word Wisdom, reckons Muin pertains to communication whilst Liz and Colin Murray, The Celtic Tree Oracle, say Muin is about prophecy. John Michael Greer, a neo-pagan American author, writer of The Celtic Golden Dawn: An Original & Complete Curriculum of Druidical Study, agrees all round but also believes Muin is a stave [or few as some call it] of not only insight but intoxication, as well. Not to put too fine a point on it but if you drink enough wine, you will have some great insights from your intoxication…and most of us are very communicative at the time! Mind you, I don’t think this is what they have in mind…Although, Robert Graves does say that the grape is indicative of “joy, exhilaration, and wrath”. He also says that wine is the “poet’s drink” of “poetic inspiration” and may send one “spiralling towards immortality”.

 

I think you may now understand why I thought this may be a difficult write. There is little, if any agreement upon the meaning of Muin, not even the wood can be agreed upon!

Magickal Properties:
The Celtic meaning of the Vine in Druid lore is rife with symbolism. The Vine is a theme repeated over and over in Celtic art. Interconnections and winding vines are commonly seen on tapestries, writings, knot work and carvings. This indicates the symbolism of connection, eternity, and diversity. – Rebirth and Reincarnation
In the Druid perspective, the Vine earned its symbolism from its growth patterns. They recognised the Vine grows opportunistically and would dig in wherever feasible to gain a strong foothold to assure its own growth – Protection
This is a powerful metaphor of “going with the flow” or “start as you mean to go on”. In other words, it is a message that when we observe the best of our environment/situation and stay in a relaxed, flowing state of mind, we can most likely gain our highest advantage. – Spirituality
The ever-watchful Celts also recognised the Vine’s predominant growth formation is in the shape of a spiral which is symbolic of consciousness, development, renewal, and growth. – Regeneration

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grapevine twigs – Google images

You can use Vine in protection poppets, incenses, and witch bottles like any other wood as well as to make amulets from. We shall have a Vine Ogham Birth Tree Pendant in our shop within a day or two, if you care to have a look.

 

And, of course, Vine makes a great wand 😊 Just ask Hermoine Granger!

 

 

Correspondences:
Planetary: Moon
Zodiac: unknown
Energies: rebirth, reincarnation, regeneration, spirituality, and protection
Gender: Masculine and Feminine
Deity: Considered sacred by the Tuatha De Danaan Gods of Irish Mythology
Animal: White Swan

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Sources:

Wikipedia.com
Ogam: Weaving Word Wisdom, by Erynn Rowan Laurie
The Celtic Tree Oracle, by Liz and Colin Murray

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Crystal of the Week – Bronzite

By Isabella @TheWandCarver
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Bronzite

My Bronzite ~ photo by i.macy

I chose Bronzite for this week because of my own problems. My biggest problem is fear, believe it or not. I realise that most of my other problems are simply symptoms of my biggest problem, so I finally decided it was what I needed to deal with first then all the other problems would be small potatoes in relationship. I thought that perhaps this is something many of my readers might relate to because if we all look at ourselves honestly, isn’t fear just about the number one peace of mind destroyer for us all? So, how do we get rid of it?

 

We don’t.

I’m sorry to tell you but we will always have fear. But that isn’t always a terrible thing because a healthy amount of fear keeps us from trying to fly off cliffs and such. But what about the people who literally do fly off cliffs? Ah, those are the ones whom have embraced their fear and use it to their advantage and with safety features, ha ha! Seriously, though, we do need to embrace our fear. Make it a part of us. Look it in the eye and when we can, we accept it and move on. It is a part of us the same as our minds, our arms and legs. Could you learn to rejoice in your fear? Probably. And when you do, you will see miracles.

How does Bronzite help?

Bronzite is one of the most self-confidence boosting crystals you’ll ever own! It does dispel negativity but in my personal use it does not necessarily reduce my fear levels… what it does do is teach me how to reduce fear myself! I like this because should I not have it with me and having a scary moment, I will know what to do. So, enough about me, we’ll get on with the Magick!

Magickal:
Used mainly for grounding and protection, and to help one follow their intuition to make the proper decisions. You can find many beautiful pieces of jewellery online made with Bronzite which can be helpful amulets for protection purposes as well as helping you to face fears, real or imagined. Bronzite is especially helpful when planning important physical moves whether that be to another home or another occupation, especially when great distance is involved.

Bronzite is a crystal that will not only dispel the curse someone has placed on you, but it will return to sender. It also seems to completely eradicate the problem caused by the spell or ill-wishing.

Bronzite is also said to be a great comfort and cure for a broken heart.

Meditation with Bronzite can leave you feeling completely rejuvenated and rested. It will help you to discern the real fears from the irrational fears and teaches you how to focus on and accept the real fears. It helps you to acknowledge those fears and create a place of acceptance in your life for them but at the same time, Bronzite helps provide you with the peace of mind to be happy with your decision to do so. You will find yourself learning from your fear and becoming a better person for it. It’s true alchemy!

Healing:
Bronzite is used in healing efforts associated with imbalances in the energy associated with the Solar Plexus and Sacral. The Solar Plexus is the energy distribution centre, the first of the chakras of relationships. This chakra is located between the ribcage and navel. It controls the immune system and digestive systems. When in balance physically you have strength to fight infections, are free of allergic reactions, and can use the nutrients you ingest. When the Sacral is out of balance the symptoms will manifest themselves as confusion, over dependency on others, repression of feelings, inability to feel joy, fear of sensuality or sex, and frustration and bitterness.

Correspondences:
Energy: Projective
Element: Earth
Zodiac: Leo
Birthstone: Natural birthstone of August
Planet: Venus
Deities: Sjofn [Norse], Vishnu [India]
Powers: Courage, Grounding, Harmony, Power, Protection
Chakras: Root, Sacral, and Heart
Candle Colour: Brown or Gold

Many thanks for reading my little offering today! I truly hope you find something useful from this… fear is an ugly feeling, I know. But I believe we can turn it into a beautiful feeling and if Bronzite is helpful to you in doing so, so much the better. Please be sure to share via the social media buttons, perhaps give us a 5-star rating, and/or a like. Warmest blessings to all x

Sources:
Experience
The Crystals Bible by Judy Hall
The Crystal Bible 2 by Judy Hall

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