Autumn Equinox Ritual Doll

The Witch & Walnut

autumn equinox ritual dollHere we are approaching the weekend of the equinox and I have really slowed down and taken time to enjoying the changing seasons.

I have been working on my Autumn ritual doll for a couple weeks now and this weekend she will become part of me and live on my altar until the spring equinox.

These dolls can be made of any material that feels right for you and represents you the best as you head into the last chapter. She is meant to give you comfort and be with you during a time when naturally we start to look inwards and prepare to be more still and take solace in the quiet time.

doll2Think about what the doll means for you? Are you looking to gain something, shed something or maybe you are not sure yet? That is absolutely okay, you can start constructing your doll and add to…

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Full Moon in Aries ~ Challenges to Moving Forward and What to Do

 

Dear all,
This Full Moon is going to be challenging. But before we go on, just a couple of quick notes:

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The Golden Ecliptic, Pluto conjuncts her own South Node

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The Plant Spirit Oracle Project

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Spirit of the Oak! Spirit of the Oak from the Plant Spirit oracle!

As we’ve been exploring over the last few weeks, plant spirit communication can take many forms.  The rustle of leaves outside of your window, the inner knowing, or the song a plant sings to you as you honor it for the harvest. These simple messages weave a complex landscape beyond what we can sense with our fives senses, and invite us deeper into the mysteries of the earth and all living beings. And as we’ve explored, the voices of the plants, the spirits of the plants, take a number of forms and can appear to each of us uniquely. What is clear is that the more that we open ourselves up to understanding them, honoring them, and working with them, the more connection we have with the living earth in her many forms.

Part of the reason I’ve been sharing so…

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New Moon in Virgo ~ Opportunities for Advancement

Dear all,
I have some really great news for you — After a challenging summer, we are finally reaching calm astrological waters!
In addition to an excellent positioning of the New Moon in Virgo, we will also have the support and stability provided by Mercury and Saturn — two big players when it comes to movement, studying, learning, teaching, organization, long-term planning and communication. You may notice this as being able to do anything related to these areas with greater ease and precision.
The New Moon in Virgo on the 9th has only one challenging aspect with a planet that often brings confusion, deception, fears, and disillusionment.
However, this New Moon has many more positive aspects with several other planets whose influence can help us overcome this quite easily.
Just remember that based on your personal chart you may experience this in a variety of ways.
Generally, the atmosphere that all these planetary interactions create will be one of generosity, focus, self-confidence, optimism, increased spiritual growth, and many opportunities for positive changes . . .
The key change that you may want to focus on this month is your health, specifically how to arrange your schedule to include more wellness/energy/spiritual activities that support your well-being.
To maximize this astro-spiritual opening for change, actively focus on making new connections, expanding your circle, learning new things and growing spiritually.
Crystals to assist you with this are Labradorite, Amazonite, Turquoise, and Imperial Topaz.
For those of you who are local (Hampton Roads, VA), here are some news — send me an email back if you are interested:
1) Early Morning Beach Meditation, Saturday, September 15, $10
2) Early Morning Equinox Meditation, Saturday, September 22, $10
3) There are just a couple of spots left for my Crystals for Women Workshop, on Saturday, September 22, 4pm to 6pm, Williamsburg, VA, so if you are interested, please go here and register right away!
4) Brand new workshop — Crystals for Vitality, Energy Protection, and Boundaries, on Saturday, September 29, 4pm to 6pm , Williamsburg, VA. Registration and more details here
Till next time,
Stay happy and healthy!
Brana Mijatovic, Ph.D.

Crystal Mastery Conference

by the Love and Light School of Crystal Therapy

Crystal Mastery Conference with The Love and Light School of Crystal Therapy

Want to learn from the world’s leading crystal experts (for free)?

The Crystal Mastery Conference is starting super soon, hosted by the Love & Light School of Crystal Therapy. There are 7 wonderful presenters and it’s a fantastic opportunity for you to study with some of the world’s leading crystal experts, all for FREEBe sure to grab your spot here.

Here’s a sneak peak at the presenters and topics…

  • Ashley Leavy – Conference Welcome & Crystal Basics
  • Emma Mildon – Crystals for Invoking the Divine Feminin
  • Sarah Balmer – Using Crystals in your Yoga Practice
  • Brigit Esselmont – Enhancing Intuition with Crystals & Tarot
  • Devi Brown – Manifesting with Crystals
  • Natalie Walstein – Using Crystals + Astrology to Align with Your Soul’s Purpose
  • Evangeline Summerville – Giving Crystals Back to the Earth

Crystal Prizes will be given away each day of the conference! All you have to do is tune in to each interview for a chance to win 🙂 Join the Crystal Lovers Community Group on Facebook where you can share about what you’re learning and get inspired by others who are on the same journey as you.

Crystals for Autumn Equinox

by Hibiscus Moon

I REALLY LOVE this time of year! But I think I say that every time the seasons change. I get such a charge from the seasonal cycles.

The Autumn Equinox (or Spring Equinox for those in the Southern Hemi) is now upon us and for the purposes of this blog post I’m going to stick to the Autumn aspects, but if you’re from Down Under or just plain interested, you can read my classic blog post on Spring Equinox here.

Some Science, Of Course!

So, before I get to the crystals, a bit o’ science on the Equinox stuffs for a sec. I can’t help myself! This year’s Autumn (or Fall) Equinox lands on Friday, September 22.

There are 2 equinoxes each year; in September and March. Because of the tilt of our planet on our axis, we’re usually getting more sun on one hemisphere than on the other, but there are 2 times/year (Spring and Autumn Equinox) when we get pretty much equal amounts of sunlight on both hemi’s, so our night and day are of equal length everywhere on Mama Earth. So cool!

IMAGE BY PRZEMYSLAW “BLUESHADE” IDZKIEWICZ.

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The Druid’s Prayer for Peace: Shifting from Exploitation to Nurturing as a Spiritual Practice

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Working with the land, in harmony and peace Working with the land, in harmony and peace

One of the things I’m hoping to do on this blog, in addition to my usual “how to” posts, permaculture, and tree work, is give us a set of working tools and philosophical lenses through which to see and interact in the world.  Today’s post does just this–explores two concepts underlying much of industrial civilization and various reactions to it, and does so with a distinctly druidic lens.

In The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture, Wendell Berry discusses two approaches to living and inhabiting the world–the practice of exploitation and the practice of nurturing. Berry wrote The Unsettling of America in the 1970’s as a small family farmer’s response to the rise of “Big Ag” and industrialized food systems. The book was truly visionary, and, if read today in 2015, rings even more true than it did in the 1970’s. Berry…

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Plant Spirit Communication Part III: Spirit Journeying

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Plants have been teachers and guides to humans for millenia. Deeply woven into our own DNA are receptors for certain plants and plant compounds. Our ancestors understood this, and in different parts of the world, cultivated thousands of medicinal plants, healing plants, teacher plants, for use on mind, body, and spirit. While the physical plant can offer much to our bodies in terms of healing, strengthening, and support (which is the basis of herbalism practice), plant spirits can offer the same thing to our hearts and spirits.  While there are lots of ways you might go about doing this, one useful tool is to enage in plant spirit journeys.  This is the third post in my plant spirit communication series; if you haven’t yet read the first two posts, go here and here.

Journeying is a catch all term that describes “inner” experiences that people have where they go…

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Loneliness

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Loneliness is the number one reason people decide Magic is not for them.  They think that being around people is the cure for loneliness.  There are so many people today who have not even heard of real Magic and they are lonely.  With Seven billion people on the planet today, why do people feel so damn lonely?  The last thing you need is the company of a bunch of walking zombies.  Loneliness is from on inner emptiness.  You have not met your true self yet.  

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