Crystal of the Week – Howlite

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

Many people I have spoken with about Howlite is how the stone doesn’t calm them in the way many stones do.  They report the feeling that the anger or anxiety they have been feeling has been “pulled” out of them by the stone.  Regardless of how Howlite calms you, because it does absorb bad feelings we may be experiencing, the result is that we feel more self-assured, a higher mental awareness, and the ability to communicate on a calmer level.  It can even help with those sleepless nights we experience from time to time by placing your Howlite on your bedside table.

Howlite

My Howlite ~ photo by i.macy

Talking of absorbing quickly, Howlite is a very soft stone.  When you talk about Blue Howlite, it didn’t just come up out of the ground that way.  Because of its softness, people learned they could dye the stone all kinds of colours.  Some people are confused by Blue Howlite and Turquoise quite often.  Turquoise is a much harder stone and when polished, it is quite shiny.  Even after polishing, Howlite still feels a bit chalky and doesn’t look quite so shiny.  If you ever have doubts when in a crystals shop, either ask to see a piece of Turquoise or find one in the many bins and baskets set about in the shop, then compare it to the Blue Howlite.  The differences are very clear.  And, whilst I’m not a huge fan of buying crystals online, if you do enjoy doing so, be sure to take close note of photos and descriptions…. There are some not very trustworthy sellers [mostly on eBay] who will try to sell you a Blue Howlite as a Turquoise – for more money!  And they don’t stop there.  Howlite has been dyed to resemble Lapis Lazuli and Red Coral as well.

Please keep in mind that whatever the colour of your Howlite that the magickal, healing, and all other properties remain the same.  If you just like assorted colours, that is fine, enjoy them, but don’t expect that they will have more, or less, attributes than the white Howlite. You will probably find many writings online about them having this trait or another, but in all sincerity, they are all equal.

Magickal

Howlite is a very good stone to use for past life regression work.  Focusing on a piece of Howlite can assist in journeying outside the body and gaining insight from past lives.  Placed on the third eye, it opens memories of previous times and lifetimes.  Howlite is also a fabulous stone for protection.  You can carry it with you or wear it as jewellery.

Brings me to mind about our Magnolia Witches Stang in our shop. I made it for all witches but primarily for the practising hedge witch. The hedge witch uses the stang for bridging the “worlds”.  And, I added thirteen Howlite skulls to the handle grip because of Howlite’s ability to assist in both past life regression and astral projection/hedge riding plus for added protection.  I apologise for the shameless plug, however, it is a very magickal way to utilise Howlite.

Howlite has a positive affect on all chakras, mainly the Crown chakra.  It helps to easily align all chakras.

Healing

Howlite stones have a lovely soothing energy that will help to alleviate stress and may help to calm fits of anger and bad temper.   I have heard people report that in a state of heightened stress that Howlite “rushes in and vacuums out” the high stress they are feeling.  I don’t know this for myself; perhaps I’ve never had one near when stressed to that degree.  I believe it, however, because Howlite works quickly to de-stress the person holding it. Why do I mention this in healing?  Because when our stress levels are through the roof, our blood pressure rises as well.  Howlite can help relieve the heightened blood pressure caused by stress.

For anyone having sleeping difficulties, place a piece under your pillow as it is known to alleviate insomnia.  You can also make a gem elixir from Howlite to help you sleep.  I would not use a dyed piece of Howlite, however.  And do be certain to wash the Howlite before putting it into your water bottle.

Howlite balances calcium levels in the body.  It aids teeth, bones and soft tissue. Helpful in cases of osteoporosis. This kind of healing work would most likely be carried out by Pranic healers.

Correspondences

Planetary:  Moon

Zodiac:  Gemini

Gender:  Female

Element:  Earth

Powers:  Past Life Regressions, Patience, Peace, Insomnia

Chakra[s]:  Primary, Crown Chakra.  Can be used for any of the seven.

Deity:  Quan Yin

Other Names:  Depends on colour it has been “dyed” such as “blue Howlite”

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Sources

The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall, 2003

Crystal, Gem and Metal Magic by Scott Cunningham, 2002

Chakra Healing & Karmic Awareness by Keith Sherwood, 2005

The Illustrated Directory of Crystal Healing by Cassandra Eason, 2003

Gemstone Energy Medicine Healing Body, Mind and Spirit by Michael Katz, 2005

Experience

 

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Am I a Witch?

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

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A penny for every time I have been asked this! I can’t tell anyone whether they are a witch or not just by looking at them.  Nor can I tell them if they are a witch because “their grandmother was one”, or “my very first spell worked!”, or “I feel drawn to the occult”.  It is something you will just know is all I can really tell you.  I do think all people have the propensity to be magickal.  I do believe if we all let down all the old notions what hold us back we can truly work great magick.  But can I tell you if you are a witch? Not really. However, don’t despair…. There may be ways round that!

One of the things I have studied in my very long “witchy career” is a bit of palmistry.  I am not a master of palmistry by no means, but I do enjoy learning about what all those lines in our hands mean.  It’s like reading tea leaves… I have dabbled in that as well but no Master of It.  I’m more about tarot readings and dream readings.  Still, I have picked up enough knowledge that I may be able to help you realise the answer to your query by just looking at your own hand!

Witch’s Mark / Secret Cross

witches crosses on palm

witches marks ~ photo by i.macy

Firstly, there is the Witch’s Mark, or the “Secret Cross”.  Simply put, it is an “X” mark on either or both hands, located between your head and heart lines on your palms.  In the photo I took of my left hand, you may struggle to see, but there are three Witch’s Marks there.  And on my right hand, there are three as well. What this means is, according to palmists, that the bearer of one or more of these have known about their magickal powers from a very young age.  For me, this is true, for I knew – instinctively – at the age of 5.  Those of us bearing this cross or crosses have a natural inclination toward the occult.  And, according to studies, only 3% of people have the Secret Cross on their palm[s].  I’m still wondering how I got three of them!   I have also read somewhere, although I haven’t found this information as I write, that the number of crosses you have relate to how many times you have been on the earth as a witch.  I might be inclined to think this a possibility as I have always felt I have been here as a witch before… but not only that, whilst doing a past life regression once, I had the vision of myself being buried in a very shallow grave near a roadside inn where I think I may have lived,  in a wooded area in Essex. I wasn’t completely dead; I remember looking up through slitted eyes and seeing the late afternoon sun beaming down through the tall trees and smelling the tannin in the leaves being shovelled over me. I felt at peace, no longer being hunted and tortured for something I did to help others… as if I were a healer of sorts.  There are other past life regressions in which I have felt it possible that I was, or was at the very least, accused of witchcraft.  But do not take this as actual proof of how many times you’ve lived as a witch.  I could be wrong because I don’t know everything about this.

Psychic Crosses

Moving along to other marks on your palms that might prove you are a witch.  You may also find other small crosses on the mounds of your inner knuckles at the base of each finger.  These are called “Psychic Crosses”.  Now, if you look at either hand, palm facing you, your little finger is ruled by Mercury, your ring finger is ruled by Sun, your middle finger is ruled by Saturn, and your index finger is ruled by Jupiter [your thumb is ruled by Venus, but the Psychic Crosses, to my knowledge, are only found on the four mounds at the base of each finger]. Roughly speaking, having a cross imprinted on one of these mounds means that that planet blessed your birth.  Now, here is a table of what finding a cross below whichever finger[s] means:

Index Finger This is the finger of Jupiter. Therefore, the psychic cross on this finger means that good luck of the Jupiter is by your side. The magical opportunities will arise which are going to help you reach for success. It also means that you have an uncanny capacity for magical wisdom. You can become very powerful as you can absorb powerful knowledge. Wise Teachers are attracted by you. Later in your life you are destined to become a magical teacher.

Middle Finger This is the finger of Saturn. Thus, if a psychic cross is found there you are blessed by Saturn – the planet of Witches. You can learn through both the easy and the tough way. Moreover, you have been blessed by a hard and strict teacher, but you learn Magic through your experiences. You will discover your extremely great power capacity once you’ve found some quality time for yourself. Meditation works miracles for you as well as Dream Magic!

Ring Finger This is the finger of the Sun. Therefore, if you spot a cross there, you are blessed by Sun and Apollo, the God of Magic and Prophecy. You have the power to attract what you need in your life. You are an enchanter / enchantress. This means that your love life can become an inspiration in your magical activities. When you are sexually active you find enlightenment – through the pleasure. Tap into the Solar Power.

Little Finger This is the finger of Mercury. Mind, this changes everything. Mercury is the planet associated with all magical works and divination. Since early age, you’ve met the magical world.  Therefore, if you are blessed with this sign you are born to love magic and be good at it. It means, my darlings, that Mercury – Hermes, the wise god, has blessed your birth making you a powerful mage / witch. Use your brain and your heart to develop your magical abilities.

In case you are curious, my Psychic Cross is under Saturn… which makes sense in light of my knowing I’ve been a witch since an early age 😊 And, it is amazing how spot on it is!

Psychic Triangle

Next, in the palm, you may find you have a small triangle located below your ring finger.  This is called “The Psychic Triangle”.  This is neither a good or a bad thing, depending upon how you wish to view it.  Look closer, this sign may not be that obvious. The palm signs might be pale and hard to notice.  This means that for some reason you have – intentionally or unintentionally blocked your powers. Sometimes, we – our higher selves to be exact – block our magickal powers when we have committed “magickal crimes” in our past lives, or we used our magick for dark purposes. This is a defence mechanism so that we don’t hurt ourselves more.  The key to unlock our powers is love and acceptance of ourselves and others. We can easily become powerful witches once again when we forgive the others and ourselves. Of course, a spell breaking ritual, cleansing, and a power awakening spell will help!

The Healer’s Mark

If you have four or more parallel lines underneath your little finger [on the mound just underneath the finger] this is an indication that the bearer of these marks is a powerful healer. In many cases doctors, nurses, and life coaches have these marks, then so do successful Reiki and Pranic healers as well as witches whom heal. The bearer of the Healer’s Mark has the great ability to touch the hearts of people and find ways to heal their scars, both emotional and physical and can heal through most any method they choose.  As one who bears these marks, my method of healing is generally through candle magick.

Astral Travel Lines

Under the Mount of the Moon, these palm signs indicate a natural ability to transcend time and space.  The Mount of the Moon is located, with your right or left-hand palm facing you, a fingertip in from the outside of your palm inward between the ends of your head and heart lines. Hold your fingertip there and let your eyes follow down your palm and see if you have several thin lines running horizontally below.  If so, you are an Astral traveller! You can Astral travel without knowing it.  Some say that every dream is a trip to the Astral plane but that isn’t necessarily true.  I’m sure you, like most of us have had a very strange dream and your mother or friend tells you it “must have been something you ate”.  Well, that can be true sometimes.  If you already practise Astral travel, then you know when you have been to the Astral plane in a “dream”.  You can even plan to go where you wish in a “dream” – or Astral plane.  A very good friend of mine and her husband would plan where they wanted to meet up and spend time together before falling asleep at night and be able to do so through Astral travel. It was a wonderful thing to be able to do because, you see, he was dying, and he could no longer take her on dates, but this way they could meet in the Astral plane and he was whole and healthy there, so they could fully enjoy their “nights out”.  It is a beautiful way to use this wonderful technique.

This is only one of many reasons to use Astral travel or as some call it, Astral projection.  I call it “riding the hedge” because I am a hedge witch.  I use riding the hedge to correspond with my ancestors and others.  It doesn’t matter what you prefer to call it, nor does it matter if you have a lot of lines on your palm to say you are an Astral traveller, because, anybody can practise Astral travel.  Just learn how to safely and responsibly.  Perhaps I’ll blog about that soon!

So… are you a witch?  Probably 😊

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Crystal of the Week – Carnelian

By Isabella @TheWandCarver
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When you hold a Carnelian, you feel you have held the ages in your hand. It is a warm and knowledgeable crystal and it gives you the feeling that it knows you very well. And there is no wonder as to why – Carnelian is known as a stone of motivation and endurance, leadership, and courage; it gives a rush of warmth and joy that lingers.

Carnelian

My Carnelian ~ photo by i.macy

Carnelian is an orange-coloured variety of Chalcedony, a mineral of the Quartz family. Although Its name comes from a Latin word meaning “flesh”, it reminds one more of beautiful sunsets in its reddest hue. The ancient Egyptians called Carnelian “the setting sun” and they considered it the active male energy stone, recognised by its glowing vibrant colour. Whilst Carnelian is mainly a reddish to orange hue, it also comes in pinkish-orange colouration to a deep rusty brown.
Ancient warriors wore Carnelian around their necks for courage and physical power to conquer their enemies. Alchemists of the Middle Ages used it as a boiling stone to activate the energy of other Chalcedonies to transform their energy into useful form. In ancient Egypt, Carnelian was thought to be the stone of form and design worn by master architects, to show their rank of builder. The 29th chapter of the Book of the Dead was engraved on Carnelian, as were many of the body amulets, asking for Isis and other Gods to assure safe passage in their afterlife. Carnelian is said to be the first stone in the breastplate of the High Priest, engraved with the name Reuben; it also garnished the sixth foundation wall for the New Jerusalem.

Magickal:
Carnelian is said to attract prosperity, untapped resources and good luck. It is a talisman for success in any money-making venture. If you have read my blog Free Business and Money Spells. Really you may already know the best day and hour of the week to do a business spell is on a Sunday during the hour of the Sun. In the spell you must create a talisman for drawing wealth to your business. What better crystal for the job than Carnelian? Apart from perhaps Sunstone. But I suggest Carnelian as it has money, wealth, and luck drawing powers.

Carnelian is also a fierce protection stone. It is traditionally known to guard against falling masonry and accidents with tools. And, it guards the home from theft, fire, storm or accident. If you have a friend / loved one working in any kind of building of homes or businesses, gift them with a piece of Carnelian jewellery or just a few tumblestones to carry in their pockets. I would also suggest for home protection to have a small glass bowl filled with some small, inexpensive pieces of Carnelian to set in your Health and Well-being area of your home, which in Feng Shui is the centre of your home. These will offer over-all protection for your family, pets, and home. If needs must and you can’t set the bowl in centre of house, perhaps you can attach a tumblestone to a short cord to suspend from ceiling.

Orange and red Carnelian are important crystals to use for love, and for the consummation of love. Orange crystals, particularly, are fertility and potency symbols and are linked with conceiving a child. Carnelian of either colour may help in rekindling passions that might have faded in an otherwise loving relationship.

In ancient times, Carnelian was believed to give the wearer courage in battle and to help timid speakers become both eloquent and bold. Today the same holds true for Carnelian is also called the Stone of Courage and the Singer’s Stone. Carnelian clarifies the voice and gives confidence to the person on stage, whether they are there to sing or to give a speech.

Healing:
Carnelian is full of the life force, stimulating metabolism and a good supply of blood to the organs and tissues. It influences the reproductive organs of both sexes, and increases fertility, overcoming frigidity and impotence. It aids in menstrual and menopausal symptoms and may aid in vitro and artificial insemination.

It benefits in the absorption of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals in the small intestine, and improves blood viscosity and circulation. It helps reduce congestion, phlebitis, varicose veins and haemorrhoids, as well as boils and skin irritations. Carnelian accelerates scarification and heals nosebleeds. However, if these recur, consult a doctor.
It helps heal lower back problems, rheumatism, arthritis, neuralgia, and accelerates healing in bones and ligaments. It aids the relief of depression, especially in those of advanced years.

It provides excellent support for detoxifying from alcohol or other drugs, breaking bad physical habits, and for improving overall health in general.

Please never use information from this blog or anywhere online to self-diagnose or treat your symptoms without seeing a doctor first. Many symptoms can be the same for many different diseases – some may not be serious whilst others are very serious and may need serious medical treatment.

Carnelian is a stabilising crystal, perfect for anchoring in the present. Its high energy helps restore lost vitality and motivation and stimulates creativity for new pursuits. It improves concentration and removes extraneous thoughts in daydreamers, and during meditation. This stone also protects against envy, rage, and resentment – yours, or from others, and encourages a love of life. It is useful for overcoming abuse of any kind, helping you to trust yourself and your perceptions.

Carnelian alleviates jealousy and possessiveness in relationships, and is helpful in overcoming sexual anxieties, and eating disorders. It is also beneficial with male mid-life crisis.

The reddish-orange Carnelian is the stone of the Sacral Chakra. Gut feelings, intuition, and other “non-linear” communication comes from this chakra. When it 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. When it is in balance you have grace, feel pleasure in life, find you are flexible and can “go with the flow” and do so in good spirit. Darker shades of Carnelian are helpful to the Base Chakra and the pink shades resonate with the Heart Chakra.

Carnelian Ball

Our Carnelian dowsing pendulum ~ photo by i.macy

We always try to choose crystals for our divination tools, such as our pendulums, that will work well with divination – the intuitive side. In our shop we have a stunning Carnelian pendulum with a Sun charm [as I thought this fitting with the ancient’s perception of the Carnelian]. Carnelian is always a good crystal to have near when you read Tarot or cast runes…or even pendulum dowsing.


 

Correspondences:
Planet: Mars
Zodiac: Aries
Element: Fire
Gender: Masculine
Powers: Healing, Courage, Intuition, Protection, Money, Luck, Love, Fertility
Chakras: Sacral [Base and Heart depending on stone colour]
Deity: Isis, Ra
Other Names: The Singer’s Stone, the Stone of Courage

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Sources:
Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian, The Book of Stones (Berkley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2007
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
George Frederick Kunz, The Curious Lore of Precious Stones, New York: Dover Publications, 1971

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The Magickal Hackberry Tree

By Isabella @TheWandCarver
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I would like to dedicate this blog to my best friend, Liss, who was born under the sign of the Hackberry tree… whether she realises it or not, she has the traits bang on 😊

A what tree?? I can almost hear many of you say. Hackberry. It is a tree of the Druids horoscope / Gallic horoscope according to the Druidic calendar. The Hackberry is from 9th February – 18th February and 14th August – 23rd August. I don’t know why… yet. Trees and calendars are all still a work in progress for me. Many of both to learn about! However, do not confuse the Druidic Calendar/horoscope with the Celtic Tree Calendar / Birth tree horoscope I have previously written about.

 

Hackberry tree

Hackberry Tree ~ courtesy of Google

Hackberry [Celtis occidentalis] is a member of the Elm family. Hackberry is native to North America but is grown all over southern Europe and UK. It, unlike its other Elm cousins, is immune to Dutch Elm Disease and as the Elm population in the UK has dwindled so much due to this horrific tree disease, it is good to know the Hackberry goes unharmed by it. All related species are known to be associated with the Underworld.
Curiously enough, in the UK the Hackberry tree rarely grows beyond around 12 to 15 metres high, making it a fab little tree for gardens, however, in the Americas there are Hackberry trees which grow up to over 50 metres high! They are the same genus – it is just the soil difference, I suppose. But even more curiously, the everyday Elm tree grows to over 50 metres in the UK. Well, it’s a fact not all brothers and sisters are the same height in a family…there is always one at least whom is shorter!

 

As mentioned above, the Hackberry tree is the Druidic birth tree for those born between both 9th February – 18th February and 14th August – 23rd August. Traits of those who were born under the sign of Hackberry: impulsiveness, optimism, intelligence, ability to deduction. These people were born under the sign of Hackberry: Galileo Galilei, Darwin, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Brecht. It is a tree of nobility, pride, and dedication. A tree sign such as this one will not settle for less than what they obtain to achieve in their lifetime. Their strict dedication and vision is what inevitably makes them feel proud and great. – Druidry.org This, I believe, is a good segue into…

Magickal

Abigail, the Hackberry Tree, Written by Joe H. Slate PhD

“Soon after joining Athens State College (now University) as Professor of Psychology, I introduced into the curriculum an eight-week remediation program called “Summer Start” designed for college applicants whose entrance exams did not qualify them for admission to a regular college program. The specially designed program included instruction in certain core subjects, along with counselling and tutoring.

As a part of the program’s counselling component, I introduced what was then an innovative strategy called Tree Power Infusion designed specifically to improve student academic performance. The strategy is based on the premise that our interactions with trees can provide a direct link to totally new sources of untapped potential, both within ourselves and beyond. For use in the procedure, I selected a large hackberry tree situated on campus near the stage entrance of McCandless Auditorium. The tree seemed particularly appropriate for use in the program because of its magnificence as well as the legend associated with it. According to the legend, the tree was planted around the turn of the last century in honour of the talented actress, Abigail Burns, who had performed in McCandless Auditorium and then met with tragic death enroot to her next engagement. Soon after her death, the bright image of Abigail appeared at a third-floor window of the building, where she is still often seen, particularly around midnight on November 12, the anniversary of her death.

Here’s the Tree Power Infusion procedure as used by our Summer Start students who named the hackberry tree Abigail:

Formulate your goals, and with your hands resting upon the selected tree, invite it in your own words to be your partner in achieving your stated goals.

Gently stroke the tree as you experience your connection to it and the responsiveness of the tree as your energies interact with it. Sense the vibrations of that interaction as the tree’s powerful energies permeate your total being.

With your hands still resting upon the tree, envision it as a powerful antenna piercing the unlimited powers of the universe. Again, state your goals and express your gratitude to the tree as your partner in achieving them.

Conclude the exercise with the affirmation: The energies of my being are balanced and attuned. I am endowed with limitless growth potential. Mentally, physically, and spiritually, I am fully empowered to achieve my highest goals.

Incredibly, all thirty students enrolled in Summer Start qualified at the end of the term for entrance into the college’s regular four-year degree program. As further testament of Summer Start’s success, all participants successfully completed the baccalaureate degree, with eleven of the thirty students graduating with honours. That initial Summer Start program was so successful that the college continued it for several years, with Tree Power Infusion remaining an essential component.

Although Tree Power Infusion was originally designed to improve student academic performance, it can be used with various trees for a wide range of personal empowerment goals, including losing weight, smoking cessation, building self-esteem, and rejuvenation, to mention but a few.”

As with all Elm-related trees, many of the powers of help can be utilised from one tree to the next. The Hackberry tree is a powerful grounding tree and persuades one to not only be at their personal best but to have strength in doing so. For a tree many have heard little about, it is a tree to be learned much from.

Healing/Medicinal:
Medicinal use of Hackberry: An extract obtained from the wood has been used in the treatment of jaundice. A decoction of the bark has been used in the treatment of sore throats. When combined with powdered shells it has been used to treat VD.

hackberry with berries

Hackberry leaves and berries ~ Courtesy of Google

Edible parts of Hackberry: Fruit – raw. Very sweet and pleasant tasting, they can be eaten out of hand or can be used for making jellies, preserves etc. The fruit is often produced abundantly in Britain, it is about the size of a blackcurrant, but there is very little flesh surrounding a large seed and it is therefore a very fiddly crop. The flesh is dry and mealy but with a pleasant sweet taste. The fruit and seed can be ground up finely together and used as a flavouring. The Native Americans ate them with parched corn.
Other uses of the herb: A dye is obtained from the roots. Fairly wind-tolerant, it can be planted as part of a shelterbelt. Wood – rather soft, weak, coarse-grained, heavy. It is sometimes used commercially for cheap furniture, veneer, fencing fuel etc. It is a valuable tree for both honey bees and butterflies.

 

Known hazards of Celtis occidentalis: None known

Correspondences:
Planetary: Moon
Zodiac: Saturn
Element: Water
Powers: Protection, Strength, Courage, Grounding, Personal Empowerment
Deity: Artemis, Saturn, Rhiannon
Other Names: Common Hackberry, Nettletree, Sugarberry, Beaverwood, Northern Hackberry, American Hackberry

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Sources:
Druidry.org
Wikipedia.org
http://www.llewellyn.com/journal/article/748

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Crystal of the Week – Amethyst

By Isabella @TheWandCarver
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The name Amethyst is derived from the Greek word ametusthos, meaning “not intoxicated,” and is explained by an ancient legend. The wine God Bacchus, angry over an insult and determined to avenge himself decreed the first person he should meet would be devoured by his tigers. The unfortunate mortal happened to be a beautiful maiden called Amethyst on her way to worship at the shrine of Diana. As the ferocious beasts sprang, she sought the protection of the Goddess and was saved by being turned into a clear, white crystal. Bacchus, regretting his cruelty, poured the juice of his grapes over the stone as an offering, giving the gem its lovely purple hue.

Since then, Amethyst has been connected to the Divine in many ways. One way we use today is as the jewel connecting our Crown Chakra to the Divine realm. To the Hebrews, it was Ahlamah, the ninth stone in the breastplate of the High Priest, engraved with the tribe of Dan, as well as the twelfth foundation stone for the New Jerusalem. To the Egyptians, it was Hemag, listed in the Book of the Dead to be carved into heart-shaped amulets for burial. Amethyst has always been a popular choice in rosaries and prayer beads, credited with creating an atmosphere of pious calm. Maybe just because Amethyst is so close to the Divine!

We still use Amethyst in meditation, and other ways to calm ourselves; to reach out to our Divine Parents/Gods/Goddesses, to purify auras. We use it in healing, and preventative medicine. Amethyst is a go-to crystal for so many things, you really must include it in your crystals collections if you have not already.

Magickal:

Amethyst

My Amethyst bed and dragon egg ~ photo by i.macy

Amethyst has been believed for ages to prevent evil thoughts and increase intelligence. Travellers wear it for protection from all kinds of treachery on the open road, sea, or air. In the olden days, Amethyst was considered to be a powerful psychic stone of protection against witchcraft and black magic. Nowadays witches use it to also protect but not necessarily against witches but definitely against evil, psychic attack, and any kind of harm that could befall them. Amethyst not only protects against psychic attack, paranormal harm or ill-wishing, but then it returns the energy back to the Universe after being transformed into positive, loving energy. To increase this power and attract good luck, draw an image of the sun and the crescent moon over an Amethyst in lavender incense smoke. We also use the Amethyst to expand the higher mind and help to provide with psychic development. It is an excellent crystal have near when dowsing, casting runes, and/or tarot readings. Amethyst helps in the assimilation of ideas, putting thought into action, and brings projects to fruition. It is a talisman of focus and success. Darker shades of Amethyst are best for those working with creative arts. Because of this, it is often called the Artist’s Stone, the Composer’s Stone, the Inventor’s, Poet’s and Painter’s Stones.

 

Amethyst is the stone of St Valentine and of faithful lovers because St. Valentine was thought to have worn an Amethyst ring engraved with the image of Cupid. It is also referred to as the “couple’s stone” and gives meaning to relationships that over time, transcends the carnal union and gives way to deeper connection and a more soulful communion. Wear as an engagement or eternity ring for fidelity, or as a locket to call back lost love.

Healing:
Called the “All-healer,” Amethyst is one of the most effective crystals for healing people, plants and animals. Natural unpolished Amethysts or geodes are particularly helpful placed where plants will not grow, or animals refuse to sit. It also counteracts negative earth energies beneath buildings or anywhere that feels hostile. It is useful in spells to help let go of addictions. Amethyst is connected to the Temperance card in the tarot, representing balance. It is a stone dedicated to curbing overindulgence and unhealthy habits, and is an excellent aid to quitting smoking, drinking and drug use, as well as unhealthy physical passion. It also provides the strength needed to obtain freedom from addictive personalities, one’s own or another’s

Worn or placed over a patient, it helps to cleanse, purify and heal the mind, body and spirit. It helps to balance emotions and prevents nightmares and irrational fears. Referred to as “nature’s tranquiliser,” Amethyst calms and soothes, assisting the transmission of neural signals through the brain. It relieves obsessive compulsive disorder and hyperactivity in children and animals. Place under the pillow or mattress or rub the centre of the forehead in and anti-clockwise motion to cure insomnia and stimulate pleasant dreams. It is especially effective for children’s recurring nightmares and fears of the dark and may help alleviate homesickness.

Correspondences:
Planetary: Jupiter
Zodiac: Aquarius and Pisces
Element: Air
Gender: Feminine
Powers: Celibacy, piety, sobriety, luck, marital fidelity, protection from baneful spells, prevention of home-sickness
Chakras: Third Eye, Crown and Etheric Chakras
Deity: Buddha, Dionysus, Bacchus, Diana, Artemis

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Sources:
Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible, Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2003
Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible 2, Cincinnati, OH: Walking Stick Press, 2009
Cassandra Eason, The New Crystal Bible, London: Carlton Books Ltd., 2010
Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian, The Book of Stones Berkley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2007
Witchipedia.com
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From the Wortcunner’s Cabinet – Feverfew

By Isabella @TheWandCarver
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feverfew rhs org uk

Feverfew ~ rhs.org.uk

Feverfew [Tanacetum parthenium], to the untrained eye, looks a lot like Chamomile, except its flowers are not conical but rather flat-topped and its leaves resemble those of Coriander. They have a peculiar, strongly aromatic but not exactly pleasant smell, which is why bees avoid it and it is generally very useful as an insect repellent. It was thought to improve upon many ills suffered by all, particularly women. It was used to put off the pains and maladies of PMT/PMS and up til recently was believed to ward off migraines. There is no factual evidence that Feverfew can do this, however, if it works for some, it will still be used as such.

 

Magickal and Folklore
Together with Red Nettle and Waybroad [Plantain], Feverfew was a traditional remedy for elf-shot in late Anglo-Saxon culture.

It is considered to be invaluable for general protection work, especially when magical attack is involved.

Feverfew is excellent for warding off binding love magick and for healing those suffering from dejection due to love problems.

Some witches make a decoction of Feverfew and after straining, spray magical tools with it to purify them.

Feverfew is planted around the house for purification and protection.

In ancient folklore Feverfew was believed to grow from leftovers that had been ritually set aside at the Christmas dinner table and had been thrown out into the garden a few days later.

An amulet of feverfew can be worn to prevent all afflictions to the head and to keep one’s bearings straight.

Healing

feverfew dried

My dried Feverfew ~ photo by i.macy

Apart from preventing migraines [for which fresh feverfew leaves are better], the ancients also recommend it for melancholy and depression. It can help in cases of dizziness and vertigo, and may allay nerve pain, offering cooling, analgesic relief to affected areas. The ancients also praise it highly as a woman’s herb, effective to regulate menstruation, bring on delayed periods, expel the afterbirth, and cure inward and outward inflammations of the female reproductive organs, especially a hardened or prolapsed uterus. It also used to be used for coughs and fevers. Externally it was applied as a cosmetic agent to remove spots. Do not use during pregnancy.

 

Correspondences:
Zodiac: Sagittarius
Gender: Male
Planet: Venus
Element: Fire
Powers: Protection and Banishing
Deities: Danu
Other Names: Midsummer daisy, featherfoil, featherfowl, and parthenium

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Crystal of the Week – Preseli Bluestone

By Isabella @TheWandCarver
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The-Bluestone-portal by garyllewellyn.com Judy Hall

The Bluestone Porthole by garyllewellyn.com for Judy Hall

What were the builders of Stonehenge so attracted to, to choose Preseli Bluestone as the stones for the inner circle of the henge? What about it resonated with them so intensely to drag these stones 150+ miles to the henge to add to its creation? Well, I think most of you may be able to answer that by holding one. For me, without thinking, I felt the word “ancestor” come to mind. I felt history and time and people all at one go. You might think I would be very familiar with the stone already but not really. There are so many thousands of different crystals and stones in this world and although I’ve spent many years studying them and working with them, I really haven’t touched the sides yet. You can only really learn by spending a goodly amount of time with and reading about and working with, a stone or crystal…so yes, I always feel “behind” in my studies. And the very first thing I do with any stone is to hold it and record my very first, virgin reactions. It’s almost scary how I’m right almost every time. This is not bragging…anyone can do this and I’m betting most of my readers know what I mean.

 

The Preseli Bluestone, according to Judy Hall, authoress of The Crystal Bible and all its descendants, says “Bluestone is unique. It has high paramagnetic resonance and a distinctive appearance. Bluestone reconnects to your ancient knowing, helping you to live in harmony with the earth and everything on it. It expands your senses, taking you beyond the everyday and into the metaphysical realms where perception is sharper. You see the world with different eyes when you connect to Bluestone and its sacred sites. Carrying immense healing energy and forming a doorway to other dimensions, Preseli Bluestone helps you connect to earth energies and the wisdom of the Celtic Druidic peoples.” In a much better way, Judy tied together my usual one-word understanding of a stone.

So, when the people from over thousands of years ago travelled to the Preseli Mountains in Wales and found the iconic stone, the huge Saracen shards jutting here and there, then touched them…can you imagine the massive resonating force they must have felt? It’s no wonder they brought all they could back to the henge site. Compasses are said to go bonkers in the Preseli Mountains particularly at the Carn Menyn outcrop from which the bluestones of Stonehenge were sourced. The entire site is riddled with geomagnetic anomalies and powerful telluric earth currents which add power to the stones. And, in case you didn’t know, the Preseli Bluestone originally formed the outer circle but eventually became the inner circle,

Judy Hall also says, “Preseli Bluestone activates the Soma Chakra, located at the hairline above the third eye. A higher resonance of the third eye, when activated the soma chakra opens metaphysical awareness and visionary ability. The chakra also links to the angelic realms and spirit guides. It has to do with perception of the cycles of time and awareness of the workings of synchronicity.”  Got to love a bit of time travel!

So, let’s explore the magickal meanings of this fabulous stone!

Magickal:
The first and foremost feeling from Preseli Bluestone is a powerful feeling of needing to tell you about the past. It can assist you greatly in the development of psychic gifts and aid you in discovering abilities such as dowsing and geomancy. Although primarily a throat and heart chakra, placing the Preseli Bluestone on your solar plexus chakra can stimulate your willpower and inspire courage, and in doing so they help to connect the throat, heart, and thymus [higher heart] chakras.

Preseli Bluestone is one of the best stones ever for past life regressions. These stones have all the knowledge of the ages and when used in meditation to travel back in time, you can easily learn about past lives you’ve possibly had in ancient Celtic Britain and in ancient Egypt. Preseli Bluestone may help you to discover aspects of past lives that may be holding you back in your current life.

The Preseli Bluestone is remarkable for grounding oneself before a ritual or just because you’re feeling a bit scattered. It can truly bring you back to Earth and keep you firmly planted during a tough emotional time. Keep one as a talisman for this purpose with you always if you are given to anxiety attacks.

Keeping one by your bed can possibly create dreams that may help you to remember past lives in ancient Atlantis or if you spent time in the past as part of any Druidic culture.

It is also said that the Preseli Bluestone can help one discern the truth from listening to another speak.

Healing:

 

Preseli Bluestone

Mu Preseli Bluestone ~ photo by i.macy

The vibrations are very high in Preseli Bluestone. Many of you may know that when a cat purrs, it is not always purring from the joy of being with its favourite human but may be purring to heal itself. They know that the frequency of their purr can indeed heal many ills. The vibrational frequency of Preseli Bluestone works in much the same way and the Ancient Ones found that bones would heal much more quickly when these stones were near. An amazing healing device used by some Pranic healers is the Preseli Bluestone wand.

 

 

Correspondences:
Planetary: Moon
Zodiac: Taurus
Element: Earth
Powers: Healing [broken bones], Psychic Awareness [of all kinds], Courage, Communication, Grounding, Preventing Jet Lag, Ancestral Workings
Chakras: Throat, Heart, Higher Heart
Deity: Gaia, Hecate, Cerridwen
Other Names: Dolerite, Spotted Dolerite, Preseli Dolerite

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Sources:
Crystals and Sacred Sites, by Judy Hall
Crystal Prescriptions 4: the chakras and kundalini, by Judy Hall
The Crystal Bible, by Judy Hall

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