Magic Wand

Elder Mountain Dreaming

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Do you have a wand? How do you use it in your healing path, and what does it mean to you? I made a wand when Harry Potter came out and I used it when I do blessings (very rarely) as I am a folk healer and not a magician or magic practitioner. But… “I didn’t quit before the miracle” and the miracle has appeared now as I enter Elder.

There were never any shortcuts in our spiritual work, and nothing is free, not even free magic. I personally never wanted to take even one shortcut, because I didn’t want my later life to be heavy with burdens of misspent adulthood searching rather than seeking. 

I chose the long, enduring, difficult, hard, painfully honest, purity, humbled, poverty path because I had to in the beginning, but eventually to end the cycle of pain. I…

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What’s the Birthstone for May?

Good Witches Homestead

If you were born in May, your birthstone is the emerald, a type of beryl colored green by chromium. Perfect emeralds are among the rarest of gemstones.

The emerald belongs to the beryl family of minerals that include aquamarine (one of March’s birthstones), heliodor, and morganite. Beryl, or beryllium aluminum silicate in chemical jargon, is a six-sided symmetrical crystal. Beryl contains beryllium, aluminum, silicon, and oxygen.

Emeralds vary in color from light to deep green. It’s commonly thought that an emerald’s color derives from the presence of chromium and/or vanadium replacing some of the aluminum in the mineral’s structure. The stone can, however, lose its color when heated strongly.

Several famous historical artifacts were made of emeralds. Among them is the Crown of the Andes, said to be made from emeralds worn by Atahualpa, the last Inca (king) of Peru. The crown is set with about 450 emeralds, collectively weighing…

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