Litha – The Summer Solstice – Northern Hemisphere, Monday June 24 2019

By Nicole Piper, from Sol Path Tarot and Crystal Magick

Litha - Summer Solstice by Nicole Piper

 

The summer solstice, known also as Litha, is celebrated by modern pagans as the longest day of the year.

There is some quibbling about whether Litha was ever practiced by the ancients, but there is plenty of evidence that ancient people from agricultural areas across the world and from various religious persuasions celebrated midsummer (perhaps not Litha in name) in a variety of ways, mainly for the same reasons.

This is a day to celebrate the sun. The crops are growing, nature is in its full splendor, and the days are warm and seemingly unending. This is a time to honor balance between fire and water.

You can spend the day swimming and end it with a bonfire at night, along with various other traditions like hosting a barbecue (as we Pagans are known to do), spend some time at the beach, hike in the woods – anything that has you out in nature and enjoying the energy and beauty of the sun. It is a wonderful time for love magic and getting married or engaged (handfasting).

If you worship deities, this is a time to honor Ra and Horus (Egyptian), Lugh (Celtic), Baldur (Norse), Apollo and Hestia (Greek), and Juno (Roman) among other solar deities. If you’re more into elementals, give an offering to the fairies or dragons!

You can incorporate crystals into your Litha celebration as well. Sunstone is an obvious choice, as well as CitrineTiger EyeCarnelian, and Garnet.

One way to do this would be to choose a crystal that aligns with something you need help with, for example, if you have been feeling timid or unmotivated, you might grab a Tiger Eye, stand under the sun (use proper sun safety precautions please), and speak your intent out loud to the universe. If you’re not one for theatrics, you might just wear a necklace or bracelet made from the appropriate crystal as you go about your day. Maybe there is a physical problem you could use help healing from or something you really, really want to make happen and need to use some manifestation magic – grab the appropriate crystal and head outside!

Another way to celebrate if the weather doesn’t cooperate or if you can’t spend as much time outside as you like, is to decorate like you would for any other holiday. Fresh flowers, baskets of fruit, ribbons and fabrics in reds, yellows, and oranges would all be appropriate, and you could burn some sandalwood or lavender incense. However you choose to celebrate this day, be sure to give thinks to the sun that brings us life and literally brightens our days.

Best Wishes,
Nicole Piper, from Sol Path Tarot and Crystal Magick

Crystals for the Garden

by Jenn Amptman from Feather Spirit Healing

Crystals for the Garden by Jenn Amptman

It’s planting time!

May brings the promise of spring, growth and blooms. What better way to honor the fertility of Mother Earth and provide for her creatures by planting a garden or placing potted plants in your home? Houseplants clean the air, put off good vibes and serve as a daily reminder of the beauty of nature. If you’re outdoorsy, a beautiful garden can provide food for your family, herbs for healing and a delicious buffet for butterflies, bees and birds. Whether you’re an avid gardener or someone that struggles with a green thumb, adding crystals to the mix can help your plants grow stronger, bigger and healthier!

Moss agate is a stone of abundance and encourages the healthy growth of plants and crops. Deeply connected to Mother Earth, moss agate can improve your green thumb and enhance the bond you share with your garden. The beautiful colors of this stone radiate a powerful Earthy vibe, calling in the nature spirits and devas.

Green aventurine has a strong connection with Mother Earth and nature spirits, bringing about a deeper understanding and appreciation of natural beauty. It protects against electromagnetic smog, environmental pollution and geopathic stress.

Tree Agate is another excellent crystal for healing geopathic stress. Associated with tree spirits, tree agate promotes healthy growth of plants and a deep connection to the Earth.

Clear Quartz is the “Master Healer,” with the ability to amplify the energies of other stones as well as intention. Program clear quartz for growth and vitality of your plants and if using a quartz point, bury it pointing up or down, depending on where you wish to direct the energy (roots or leaves/fruit).

Happy Gardening!
Jenn

5 Amazing Benefits of Crystals for Moms

by Jaime Pfeffer, MA, CCR from jaimepfeffer.com

5 Amazing Benefits of Crystals for Moms

Mothers are amazing.

From teacher and caregiver to advocate, chauffeur and referee, a mother’s ability to juggle multiple schedules, tasks, and personalities is no small feat.

Luckily, today’s moms have a variety of options when it comes to replenishing their needs, staying balanced, and growing with their families. One such resource, healing crystals, are at the top of that list.

Much like the multi-talented, incredible moms they assist, gems and crystals come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes – each with special benefits.

Here are five of my top crystal benefits for moms, along with some crystal recommendations for each:

Crystal Benefit for Moms #1: Love. There is perhaps no greater characteristic that a mother needs or gives than love. From baby’s first boo-boo to teen squabbles to everything in between, love’s potent, powerful energy serves mom’s needs, too. When it comes to tapping into crystals for loving energy, Rose QuartzKunzite, and Morganite are classic choices.

Crystal Benefit for Moms #2: More Peace. If mom suffers from a busy mind, a cluttered home, or occasional overwhelming feelings, there are several crystals available to lend her some peace. Blue Calcite and Howlite work to calm energies, while Aventurine clears the mind during chaos or upheaval. On a related front, Hematite and Smoky Quartz are effective at releasing stagnancy and protecting against negative energies.

Crystal Benefit for Moms #3: Better Balance. Most people know how much today’s moms have on their plates. Given that, what better benefit than a few crystals to help even things out? To bring more equilibrium into one’s life, reach for Shiva Lingham and Mahogany Obsidian to ground and balance yin and yang energies. If emotional stability is lacking, Lepidolite, Lithium Quartz, and Sunstone are great bets.

Crystal Benefit for Moms #4: Patience. Whoever said, “Patience is a Virtue”, was definitely on to something; just ask any mom. Fortunately, today’s matriarchs can receive a helping hand in this department from several members of the crystal family. Dumortierite and Black Onyx, for example, enhance tolerance and self-restraint, while Picture Jasper and Pietersite help Mom rise above pettiness and obstacles.

Crystal Benefit for Moms #5: Strength. Whether chasing down a toddler or watching her first-born get married, most moms can benefit from added physical and emotional strength. Top picks for staying physically fit and in shape include ApatiteTiger Iron, and Pyrite. For emotional strength and support, RubyTiger Eye, and Sapphire make the grade.

Like the women they assist, crystals are multi-talented and amazing. They serve mothers in a variety of ways, from boosting love and peace to achieving balance, and building patience and strength.

Crystal Blessings,
Jaime Pfeffer