Must be the season of the Witch*

Being an Empath means more than just being empathetic. An Empath is someone who is highly attuned to the energy and emotions around them, whether that energy is coming from individuals, groups, or even physical spaces. I would add energy emanting from other living things such as animals and plants. Since there are varying degrees of sensitivity, I suspect that many people may be an Empath and don’t even know it. (Do you find yourself absolutely DRAINED after being surrounded by large groups of people for a long time – such as at a concert? If so, you’re probably an Empath.)

I’m currently reading The Secret Life of Water by Masaru Emoto (Hidden Messages in Water). In the book Emoto discusses Hado: The intrinsic vibrational pattern at the atomic level in all matter. Everything around us has its own unique vibration – even water, soil, and rocks. Sounds. Voices. Humans. Animals. Plants. The Earth Herself generates vibrations, as do crystals. This is something I’ve always instinctively known to be true, even as a child.

I’ve also been noticing a resurging interest in the metaphysical world. Many books I want to read I find are already checked out at the library. The owner of the metaphysical shop I frequent in Boulder Creek also remarked that she’s seen a marked increase in both customers and sales these past two years. Even Whole Foods is selling books on crystals and small gift boxes of crystal sets – something I’ve never seen before in all the years we’ve been going there. In light of the current war being waged between light and dark, with the prize being the soul of our planet, this does not surprise me.

So what does all this have to do with Witches? So glad you asked. Having the ability to FEEL everything around you and comprehending the all-encompassing, electric energy of it is to acknowlege the Divine Feminine within you. For She is everywhere.

Witchcraft was hung, in History,
But History and I
Find all the Witchcraft that we need
Around us, every Day.

– Emily Dickinson

To burn the Witch is to admit that Magick exists.
– Erin Anastasia

Did you know that at one time a woman who could read was labeled a witch? Or that long hair was considered a source of power for a woman – especially if she allowed her tresses to cascade naturally? (Which is why their hair was shorn before they were executed/burned/hanged.) It was not so long ago that married women were not legally allowed to own property. Single women could, but married women were little but chattle. In fact, it wasn’t until the 1970s that women were able to get a credit card WITHOUT their husband’s signature. (I remember this one occasion when I wanted to join a gym. This gym was part of a very large chain. Before I was allowed to join, I was informed that my then-husband was required to co-sign for me. Mind you, I had a well-paying job and good credit and considered myself to be an independent woman. Needless to say, I told them to stuff it.)

Spells are just prayers with more steps and a name that scares people.
– Lily Anderson

Back in December of 2020 I wrote about the end of the 200-year era of Juputer and Saturn uniting in Earth signs. Which not only explains humankind’s obsession with material things, conquering land/people, and greed but also the oppressive, negative energies and their stranglehold on Life. This destructive force is intrinsically masculine in nature. But it is being threatened by the dawning of a new age being ushered in by the Divine Feminine. Why do you think there’s such a push right now to promote transgenderism and pervert the feminine spirit? (Such debasement serves neither gender – it mocks both male and female.) Many know something’s not quite right. War. Famine. Greed. Genocide. Eugenics. Organized Religions. Western medicine. Governments. World leaders. The list goes on. They have failed all Life on this Planet. Indeed, their goal is to destroy it. Frightened men are dangerous and there are many men (and women) who are scared to death right now; scared of losing their power and control. This world is too beautiful and Life on it too precious to allow it to be destroyed. What’s drawing “sensitive souls” into the magickal world is a passion to fight against this Great Evil.

Magick is what happens when the blueprint of who you are comes into the alignment with the expanding energy of the universe.
– Sasha Graham

Halloween may be the “season of the Witch” but I think the next few years will prove to be the TIME of the Witch.

Remember: “There’s a little Witch in all of us.” (Practical Magic)

A Magickal Samhain to all.

What it means to be an empath
Hado
Winter Solstice, the Great Conjunction and a Christmas Star
A Short History of Women’s Property Rights in the United States

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Metaphysical Index::Tourmaline

Tourmaline is found all over the world. Its name comes from the Sinhalese word turamali (“a mixed color precious stone”). Indeed, this stone comes in every color that can be found on the rainbow and each color resonates with a different chakra.

Watermelon tourmaline (Heart chakra) – Known as “the gateway to the inner self”, this crystal is found in Africa and Brazil. Properties include: Balance (male/female energies), clarity, removes insecurities, and strengthens friendships. It is known to boost the immune system, helps calm hyperactivity, and can be beneficial for those with heart disorders. Astrologically connected to Gemini & Virgo.

Rainbow tourmaline (all chakras) – Formed when a combination of tourmaline colors is created and can be found worldwide. Properties include: Clear and align chakras. Once referred to as a “Ceylonese magnet” for its electrical properties. Astrologically connected to Libra.

Red tourmaline (Root & Heart chakras) – The majority come from Brazil, Africa, and the USA. Properties include: Promotes tactfulness, flexibility, sociability and extroversion; helps with physical energy levels. Stimulates blood circulation. Astrologically connected to Sagittarius & Scorpio.

Blue tourmaline (Throat & Third Eye chakras) – Usually found in the USA, Africa, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and Brazil. This particular crystal is rare compared to other kinds of tourmaline. Properties include: Truthfulness/honesty, stimulates clarity of self-expression, and increases communication ability. Helpful with migraines and headaches. Astrologically connected to Libra & Taurus.

Brown (Root chakra) – Also known as Dravite, it’s found in Brazil, Austria, Slovenia, and Australia. Dravite has a strong connection to the Earth. Properties include: Grounding, emotional healing, heals dysfunctional family relationships and strengthens empathy. It has been used to stimulate the growth of plants. Astrologically connected to Aries.

Purple (Third Eye & Crown chakras) – The finest purple tourmaline comes from Mozambique. Also called Siberite, its color can vary from pink-purple to red-purple. Properties include: Releases harmful patterns/habits, stimulates creativity, and combats self-imposed fear/insecurity. Reduces depression and obsessional thoughts. Astrologically connected to Libra & Scorpio.

Green (Heart chakra) – Found in Brazil, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Africa. Properties include: Attracts luck & prosperity, increases visualization skills, creativity. It’s especially useful when working with herbs, flowers, and plants in spellcrafting. Astrologically connected to Capricorn.

Yellow (Solar Plexus chakra) – From Afghanistan and Pakistan, but the finest usually are found in Africa. Properties include: Attracting wealth & luck, boosts personal power/spiritual growth. Aids in problems surrounding the stomach, liver, spleen, kidneys and gall bladder. Astrologically connected to Leo.

Pink (Heart & Root chakras) – Pink tourmaline can be found around the world. Properties include: Promotes happiness, love, joy, and peace; relieves stress, depression, and anxiety. Helps calm and soothe the heart, assisting with angina, irregular heartbeat and recovery from heart attack. Astrologically connected to Libra.

Orange (Sacral chakra) – Found around the world, its properties include: Increases a person’s drive, balances emotions & (sexual) desire. Related to intestine and reproductive problems. Astrologically connected to Leo & Scorpio.

Black Tourmaline
(Root chakra)

Today the majority of black tourmaline production occurs in Brazil and the USA, but it can also be found in Afghanistan, India, Indonesia, Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the United Kingdom.

Black tourmaline offers protection from the electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) that are emitted from cell phones, computers and other electronic devices – absorbing toxic electromagnetic radiation before it reaches the body. Place a piece near your charging station(s), especially those in the bedroom. (We have one in each of the bedrooms.)

It protects the emotions of sensitive people and prevents empaths from becoming overwhelmed by the energy of others. Known as the “Stone of Purification” many energy healers claim it is the best protection stone around! To guard against outside negative energies, place a piece in the window of the room you’d like to protect. Wear black tourmaline jewelry for spiritual protection. Black tourmaline benefits anyone who feels encumbered by negative thoughts. The crystal can absorb the negativity for you, emitting positive vibrations back.

Physically, black tourmaline strengthens, protects, and rejuvenates. The stone can enhance our immune system and cleanse toxins from the body, along with boosting energy. Astrologically connected to Capricorn.

Related: Black Tourmaline: Meanings, Properties, Benefits and More

Keep tourmaline away from water. Cleanse/charge them by passing through incense smoke, moonlight, or by burying them in brown rice for 24-48 hours.

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My Medieval Corn Dolly

‘Kayso, yesterday I celebrated Lammas/Lughnasadh which (witch?) is the first of three Wiccan harvest festivals. I finally got off my butt and made my FIRST corn dolly!!

Corn dollies can be made from any kind of grain – this IS a harvest, after all – including corn.

The word corn (as we know it today), is the name of a particular plant that bares food. In ancient times, the word “corn” really stood for the English equivalent of “grain.” Even the word “dolly” had a different meaning in ancient times: we’re not referring to the Raggedy-Ann or Barbie connotation of the word. The word “dolly” is most likely a slang for “idol,” which stems from the Greek word eidolon, which means “apparition,” or “spirit.” Hence, corn dolly really means “spirit of the grain.” Ancient cultures believed that this “spirit” would be homeless when the fields were harvested and barren, so the corn dolly was a way to give the spirit a comfortable home until the following spring. [source]

Since I was roasting fresh corn I decided to use the entire outer casing of the ear – with stem attached and all. My corn dolly has a decidedly medieval air to her, don’t you think?

Since I don’t have a dedicated altar, I’ve hung her in the kitchen where she will bestow abundance blessings on this home until next August 1st.

Blessed Be.

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Metaphysical Index::Lapis Lazuli

A couple of weeks ago I had a dream in which I was shown a beautiful blue stone…right before I woke up. That stone was Lapis lazuli. I had NEVER dreamed of a stone or crystal in my entire life. So needless to say, I opened my book on crystals to look it up – noticing that it suggested wearing the stone as a pair of earrings. I needed no more encouragement than that! After my morning routines and rituals I hopped on Etsy and found the perfect pair of sterling silver and lapis lazuli earrings – which I immediately ordered. (See above)

Since they were coming from India, it would take a couple of weeks before I received the earrings. So…we took another day trip to Boulder Creek to visit my new favorite metaphysical store, Air and Fire, where I picked-up a small piece of lapis lazuli to tide me over. (Also above)

The ancient Egyptians crushed lapis lazuli into a fine powder to use as eyeshadow; and rumor has it that Michelangelo used it (also in powder form) to color frescoes in the Sistine Chapel where the color blue was needed.

Lapis lazuli is a stone of protection, recognizing a psychic attack and neutralizing any harmful energies directed at you. Since it is the “Stone of Truth”, having it near you can assist in recognizing other people’s lies and deceptions. (Which can be very helpful these days.) When placed close to amethyst or clear quartz, it’s great at dispelling psychic “debris” (negative energies). All stones need to be cleansed from time to time, and since this particular one must be kept from water AND salt I’ll cleanse it the way I do my Tarot deck: pass it through copal or dragon’s blood smoke.

Charge lapis lazuli by holding in your dominant hand and sending your intention (such as to attract love or wealth) directly into the stone.

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Calling Down the Sun*

May 3rd is World Sun Day. (First designated as Sun Day by Jimmy Carter in 1978.) We all know The Sun is the center of our Universe, but in reality it is much, much more.

The Sun gives Life to all living things here on Earth. Without it nothing would survive. Not only does it keep our planet from becoming one big iceberg, it provides LIGHT – something plants and other organisms require in order to covert light energy into fuel for their metabolism (a process called photosynthesis). Not only does this “fuel” provide necessary nutrients to animals who consume plants, the nutritional benefits are also passed along to animals that eat the herbivores – including we humans.

After I brought Ramses home I found a small patch of ringworm on his chest. It was easily treated and caused no further problems for either of us, but in researching this fungus I discovered that sunlight kills it. Outbreaks of ringworm can be quite common in shelter cats – a consequence of stress and lack of sunlight. Being the highly intelligent creatures they are cats instinctively know that bathing in sunlight not only feels good, it’s good for them, too!

The Sun’s radiant energy is beneficial to people, as well. Such as:

  1. Better Sleep Cycle. Studies show that getting out in the sun could connect your body to its natural circadian rhythm.
  2. Increased Vitamin D. Vitamin D is a major component of building a strong immune system and spending at least 15-30 minutes in the sun a day can give you all the Vitamin D that you need.
  3. Increased Mood. Groups that were more exposed to the sun had more energy, increased mood, and a more positive outlook on life.
  4. Lower Blood Pressure. The sun helps release nitric oxide into the blood which aids in lowering blood pressure and increased heart health.
  5. It just plain feels good!

When thinking of flowers one’s mind naturally turns to the Sunflower (Helianthus). Did you know that young sunflower heads track the sun’s movement? Before blooming, they tilt during the day to face the Sun in order to gain more sunlight for photosynthesis. This is thought to help attract pollinators, as many are more attracted to warm flowers.

Magickally, use the properties of the Sun to help lend energy to the following intents: Eenlightenment, generosity, spirituality, health, vitality, joy, positivity, creativity, and friendship. Metaphysically, its color is yellow and its stone is the sunstone, which is a stone of ABUNDANCE.

Sunstone creates an inner fire that vanquishes any unwanted power others hold over you.
It is a stone of self-love and confidence.

Goddesses associated with the Sun: Brigid (Celtic), Hathor (Egyptian), Medusa (Greek), Sekhmet (Egyptian), Sól/Sunna (Nordic), and Bast (Egyptian).

Tarot of Vampyres

Lord of the Fire of the World
Planetary Trump of the Sun; ruled by Leo
Father Archetype
Vitality, Joy, Creativity, Spirituality, Pride, Self-confidence, Personal power, Abundance

Resources:
Amazing Facts About the Sun
Daily Tarot::The Sun
Health Benefits of Being in the Sun
Helianthus
Midsummer Ritual: Calling Down the Sun
Sun Goddesses
4.20.2022: The Sun is Vibrating!
What on Earth is a Sunstone?
Wikipedia

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*A ritual celebrated on June 21st (Litha on the Wiccan Wheel of the Year).