Birth Place Elements On Your Altar

The Witch & Walnut

birth-placeearthelements.pngNot everyone represents the elements on their altars, just like not everyone represents Gods on their altars. But if the Elements are your thing, I hope you enjoy this insight and take it into consideration.

There are so many ways to represent the Earth Element and there is no rule on how many displays or items you have that represent this element. We take time to gather dirt, rocks, fallen leaves, bark, roots and flowers…… we honor them, leave offerings for them and charge them.

How can we take this a step further and make it more personal? A little more background story to explain…..

My grandmothers altar was a do not touch anything zone. Even though it was my job as a child to collect different items for her that represent all the elements, once I handed them over that was it. Not mine anymore, I understand the lesson…

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Crystals are Not for Everybody

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain –Although beautiful and very pretty, not everyone should have Crystals around them nor work with them or work on others with them. Crystals are detrimental for 1.  Empaths 2. Dreamers, 3. Emotional Sensitives (emos) and 4. the Soul Body (astral body) and mental astral body traveler types. If you’re sensitive to large crowds and too much energy that these places cause, then crystals are not for you. Crystals tend to be good (or doesn’t bother their energy bodies) for very grounded people, those who are the less emotional or not the dreamer types. If you can go to a rock concert after 30 years old or spend a weekend in Las Vegas and not be completely drained, then you are the type that can probably handle crystals just fine.

For the “sensitive” types of the three listed, I suggest letting go of your crystals…

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Decorating with Crystals for Memorial Day

By Tara Mideaker

In the late 1800’s, “Decoration Day” was established to commemorate those soldiers who had given their lives during the Civil War.  The name derives from flowers and other decorative items that were placed on the gravesites.  As we moved into the 20th Century, May 30th was set aside to memorialize all service men and women who had died while in the armed forces and Memorial Day was adopted as a National Holiday.  This day has continued to evolve and today it serves as a remembrance of all those loved ones who have passed on.  Celebrated on the last Monday of May, it also serves as the unofficial start of the summer season and is best known for parades, fireworks and, of course, barbecues.

There are many religions and cultures who believe that when we pass on from this life we move into the “Summerland”, a place of endless beauty and peace. It is interesting that, perhaps subconsciously, we have adopted a day where we remember those we have lost while at the same time welcoming the summer season.  Throughout its many evolutions, Memorial Day has always been a time to enjoy food and activities with our family and friends.  Maybe the intent of this day was always about finding the joy in each of our lives – even while we mourn our losses.

Here are a few suggestions on how to use crystals to honor someone with your own “Decoration Day” tradition.  Decoration means “to beautify or embellish” and crystals are one of nature’s most beautiful decorations.  The perfect crystal will remind you of the happy times while at the same time helping to you heal from your loss.

ALTAR:  Creating an altar is a traditional and practical way to remember your loved one.  Be sure to find a quiet place and insure that the focus of the space will be respected.   Include items that remind you of your loved one – photos, flowers, statues or knick-knacks, candles, and even jewelry.  Just be sure that the items you choose remind you of joyful times and how that person lived their life.  You want this altar to celebrate their life more than a reminder that they are gone.   Amber has a very strong life-affirming energy that will be a very positive addition to your memorial.  It is a powerful healer and will enable you to manifest the happiest of thoughts and memories.  Snowflake Obsidian is a very calming & supportive crystal that is particularly helpful when you are grieving.  Its very appearance of black and white reminds us that there is a balance to life and that while it is okay to feel sad, it is just as important to remember how to be happy.

CEMETERY:  While visiting a cemetery or final resting place of your loved one, a Rhodochrosite will offer comfort and compassion and remind you of the love that you shared.  It will help to release any old, damaging emotions and enable you to move on in a positive light. Aqua Aura is a natural attractor for positive energy and promotes communications at all levels.  You might want to leave a small Aqua Aura by the site to add beauty and enhance the energy of the area.

TAKE A TRIP:  This is my favorite way to remember a loved one.  My Mom passed away several years ago and recently we remembered her by going to one of her favorite places.  It not only reminded me of the love and fun that we shared but also helped me to share the kind of person that she was with my son.  It was a positive, life-affirming activity that left me smiling at the end of the day.  I think that is how all of us really want to be remembered.  So go out and have some fun!  Go to the beach or the park or wherever you will have the best possible memories of the times that you shared with those that have passed.  Carnelian is a powerful stone for really feeling the life that is all around you.  It increases your personal power and physical energy while reminding you it’s great to be alive.  Amethyst will enhance your spirituality and help you to see the higher beauty and purpose in all things.

Taurus New Moon Crystals ~ What Would You Build in Your Dream House?

By Krista Mitchell

Taurus New Moon Tuesday May 15th at 7:48am ET

Have you ever had that dream where you’re in a house that’s yours, but it’s much bigger than the one in your waking life? It has more floors and extra rooms, and each room is a pleasant discovery.

In dream analysis, the house is considered to be symbolic of your own self, of parts of you that are yet to be discovered, developed, expanded. Hidden aspects of your own psyche.

When I wake up I try to cling to the memory of that house, but its blueprint slowly fades as the reality of my waking life, waking self, and waking home sets in.

But what if that dream house could become a reality for you? What inner part of you could you pleasantly explore? What renovations or extensions could you build into your life?

And if we’re being literal, what would your dream house look like? What would be in it?

And do you believe achieving it is possible?

This Taurus new moon, happening Tuesday May 15th at 7:48am ET, is considered a positive one because it’s ushering in a chance for us to build our homes based on a foundation that’s been set by our true, authentic, soul-level values and desires.

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Manifesting with Crystals: Sacred Geometry, Crystal Grids, and Feng Shui

Dear all,
If you live in Hampton Roads, Williamsburg, or Richmond, this is an announcement for the local workshop that I’m offering:
Manifesting with Crystals:
Sacred Geometry, Crystal Grids, and Feng Shui
Saturday, May 19th – 2:30pm to 4:30pm
$75
Space: Renaissance Integrative Therapy, 3356 Ironbound Road, Building # 3, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Sacred Geometry is a term used for specific shapes that have been found through research and history to organize energy in particular ways.
If we know how to organize energy in ways that creates those specific shapes, we can attract a particular vibration affecting our mind, body, and environment in ways that brings greater amount of “luck” or synchronistic effects to us.
Come to learn how to structure and use this energy with some of the most powerful crystals for manifestation of any goal that you have in mind.
This is a fun, hands-on, quick-paced class where you get to do a lot of your own guided crystal grid building, in a relaxed atmosphere, and take home all your designs to recreate with your crystals in the specific parts of your home.
Your inner child will love this!
Crystals are not included in the price of the class, but will be available to play with and buy, if you so wish, at the end of the workshop. You can also bring your own crystals . . .
You will receive diagrams for specific types of crystal grids and the Crystal Energy Feng Shui Map.
On the day of the class Uranus makes a sextile to Venus – which translates into a perfect day to learn (Uranus) something beautiful (Venus) to bring more joy (Venus) and re-invigorate (Uranus) your environment (Venus).
Space is very limited, so please reply directly to this email as soon as you know you can make it, to get a PayPal payment link and secure your spot in this one of a kind workshop.
Stay happy and healthy,
Brana Mijatovic. Ph.D.

Slavic “Washing with Flowers” Spring Ritual

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain –Washing your self or your sacred items, special stones and tools for healing on your spiritual journey: “Washing with Flowers” is a Slavic Spring Ritual which includes washing the self to purify in the spring season. Its also about washing with your sacred symbols and is most popular is in central Bosnia and Northern Slovakia (closer to the Czech border).
 
Ritual flower baths and purifications are very ancient and the Slavic people were no different in their appreciation of the natural abundance and flowers of earth. To do your ritual bath or to cleanse your spiritual toos:

Early in the morning to out and collect many different types of flowers, take a large decorated or sacred bowl filling it with water (spring water is best). But the flowers inthe large bowl and let them sit overnight. You shouldn’t bring the flowers into the…

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Healing Properties of Labradorite

By Ashley Leavy

A Crystal Message about the Healing Properties of Labradorite: “You have the ability to achieve (or exceed!) your life goals by following your soul path and listening to your inner guidance.”

Common Healing Properties of Labradorite:

  • Enhances protection
  • Dispels negative energies
  • Helps you to form personal boundaries
  • Facilitates past life ascension or regression
  • Assists astral travel
  • Aids you in accessing the Akashic records and other esoteric knowledge
  • Balances the energy of the physical body with the etheric body
  • Increases conscious awareness
  • Facilitates intuitive development and psychic powers
  • Dispels fears
  • Increases faith
  • Strengthens trust
  • Facilitates mystical experiences
  • Stimulates the imagination and creativity
  • Removes illusion
  • Aids in acts of magic
  • Reveals the truth in any situation
  • Connects you with the Divine energy of the universe
  • Brings companionship
  • Treats symptoms of the common cold
  • Relieves arthritis pain
  • Regulates hormones
  • Can lower blood pressure by assisting with stress reduction

Colors: Light or dark gray with flashes of blue, yellow, green, gold, orange, pink, or purple

Associated Chakras: Third Eye (6th), Crown (7th)

Zodiac Signs: Scorpio, Gemini, Aquarius

Elements: Water, Air

Companion Flowers: Hemerocallis (Daylily)

Companion Essential Oil: Neroli (Orange Blossom)

Companion StoneRainbow Moonstone

Common Origins: Madagascar, Canada, Finland

Notes: The flash of color displayed in this stone is known as Labradoresence.

Wanna’ Get Science-yClick Here to get information about the chemical composition, hardness, streak, etc. of this crystal from one of my favorite sites!

Mimosa Manager Cathy Douglas had this to share:

Labradorite has a lot in common with Moonstone: both are feldspars sharing the same basic makeup (Ca, Na)(Al, Si)4O8), and both show a distinctive, often-bluish inner shine that results when light reflects back from the inner planes of feldspar. But its darker color gives Labradorite a highly spiritual quality, so that people going through spiritual awakening or development often find themselves irresistibly attracted to it.

Safety note: Please don’t use Labradorite to make elixirs, since it contains aluminum.

Ashley Leavy is the founder & Educational Director at Love & Light School of Crystal Therapy

Crystals For Kids

By Nicole Piper

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On a recent trip to one of my favorite crystal shops, I had my boys in tow, ages 7 and 9. I did my usual thing where I grab a basket and start ransacking the crystals bins, and my kids asked if they could get something. That’s when it occurred to me that my house was full of crystals, like, I have crystals spread out on all flat surfaces of my home – but they were all mine. None of them were technically chosen or cared for by my kids, and I thought, why not? I preach the benefits of crystals all the time; I’m missing this huge opportunity to get my kids involved in this from a young age so that it’s second nature to them as they are growing up. So, I told them, yes, they could each choose one thing. It was sort of an experiment for me to see what they would choose and to figure out why they were drawn to that particular crystal, and the result was, as I expected and much to my delight, they both chose crystals that had properties pertaining to problems/issues they were currently experiencing.

My youngest suffers from night terrors, and he chose a Brown Striped Jasper sphere. Brown Striped Jasper happens to be known as “the supreme nurturer” stone, promoting tranquility and support during stressful times. It’s also effective at banishing nightmares.  My oldest chose a huge chunk of Snowflake Obsidian, which helps keep you centered and focused and is a very effective grounding stone. He happens to suffer from flightiness and has difficulty maintaining attention and focus, especially in regard to school work.

It was so amazing to see them drawn to these stones that could help them, with no prompting on my part. I really believe that most kids are very “in tune” with themselves and with the energies of these stones. A lot of them haven’t been blocked by stress or anxiety or worry like us adults, therefore they can easily pick up the energy of crystals and have a sense of what to use them for. If you are thinking of getting your kids into crystals, maybe let them choose for themselves and then see which properties of those crystals may have called to them!

Pisces New Moon Crystals

By Krista Mitchell

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We entered the Pisces new moon phase this morning at 9:12am ET, and I’ve been feeling the energy all day: dreamy, contemplative, quiet

This moon is said to be one of deep healing, guiding us to face our inner darkness, acknowledge our truth, and what we’re willing to let go so that we can move forward in a positive way

This is a time when new projects started will be blessed with beneficence, provided the intentions and goals you set are done so with mindfulness and consciousness about what you’re seeking to (co-) create.

At this time, you may be feeling moody, blue, insightful, drawn inward, or guided to make some healing decisions in your life. It’s best to honor those feelings.

Take time to journal, dream, or deep-dive into issues you’ve been afraid or unwilling to face.

Shadow self healing, acknowledging and addressing your wounded self and psyche, can seem like a daunting task, but it offers the ultimate reward: FREEDOM. Freedom from the same old patterns and mistakes, the negative opinion of yourself, the fear that holds you back, the resentment that keeps you tied down, and the thing that blocks your happiness.

It’s worth it, and the energy of this new moon in Pisces is supporting you in doing that work so that you’re prepared for a massive new change and fresh start coming your way.

THE QUALITY OF PISCES + CURRENT PLANETARY INFLUENCES:

  • Pisces: intuition + psychic abilities, liberty, artistic + creative pursuits, sensitivity, empathy, healing, introversion.
  • Chiron: the wounded healer, the gift
  • Mars: initiation, action
  • Jupiter: beneficence, auspiciousness, abundance

PISCES NEW MOON THEMES:

  • setting new intentions that feel more in alignment with your true self
  • auspicious timing for new projects
  • becoming more conscious about what you’re cultivating or creating in your life
  • deciding on what you’re ready to let go, so that you can start or receive something better
  • putting firm boundaries in place with yourself and others
  • recognizing what needs to be healed within on a deep level
  • cultivating a greater sense of compassion for yourself and others
  • surrendering the choices or behaviors that are holding you back
  • having the courage to face things that are difficult for you
  • acknowledging your own truth or owning your inner darkness
  • completion
  • taking time out for silence and introspection

PISCES NEW MOON CRYSTALS:

Hold and meditate, sleep with, or wear one or more of the following crystals for emotional support, inner guidance, to increase your intuition, deepen your insight, or to generate even more auspicious energy for a new project:

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Virgo Full Moon Crystals: Manifesting Goodness in Your Life

By Krista Mitchell

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I recently read an article Oprah wrote for her “O” magazine in which she discussed her aversion to small talk, asking how someone could make small talk when “our world is burning”. I was struck by the power and direness of that statement.

If our world is burning, how do we, as lightworkers, respond? Healing each other one person at a time, raising our voices collectively in favor of consciousness, practicing tolerance, compassion and forgiveness, helping where we can, and owning our sh**.

We must face the darkness in the world, but we must also hold space for the light. We have to embrace our own inner shadows, but we must also claim and celebrate our radiance. How or what that looks like depends on you.

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