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Thoughts on a book

I just finished book 1 of “The Book of God, The Apocalypse of Adam-Oannes” by E. V. Kenealy, published in 1872.  An interesting read, definitely lets you peer through the lens of another era of thought. The crux of this book was the argument for an ancient world religion and culture from which we can trace all of modern culture.  The central theme is that of the Naros, or cycle of 600 years, which can be found throughout ancient symbolism and myth.  This 600 years cycle began with Adam, the first divine messenger to a humanity falling from a golden age, followed by Enoch 600 years later.  Enoch was followed by Fo-hi (China), Brighou (Hindu), Zoroaster (Persia), Thoth (Egypt), Moses(Jewish), Lau Tsu (China), Jesus (Jewish), Mohamed (Persia), and Ghengis Khan.  By this cycle there should have been another messenger around 1800, but none was named.  You’re guess is as good as mine as to who it could be, if the cycle is to be believed.

I am fascinated by the study of ancient culture, and having read a lot of Graham Hancock, I tend to believe that there was an ancient golden age with a highly advanced world culture rivaling our own.  Approximately 12,000 years ago there was a cataclysmic event that destroyed this civilization.  The remnants spread out to teach the surviving humanity and try to rebuild civilization.  It is a story that resonates with me, and that is all it is.  A story.  Looking that far back in time there can be no definite truth, no final interpretation of fact, the final draft of our history.  It is all just the weaving together of disparate facts with our imagination filling in the blanks.

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Interesting blend of physics, kabbalah, and sacred geometry.

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Excerpts from the preface of ENOCH—The Book of God by Dr E. V. Kenealy

I wanted to share this as it is amazingly relevant to the state of our world today, which by the way has me cringing in disgust and wanting to hide from everything other than Widders and my four walls. These are excerpts from a letter by Dr. E. V. Kenealy written in 1872  in response to a criticism of his understanding of St. Paul’s influence of and intent toward modern Christianity.  I have edited and cherry picked for the sake of brevity, for like most Hermeticists, Dr. Kenealy can be quite verbose.

…But even if it were true that Paul wrote some few things that were good, how can this justify, or excuse, the great mass that is bad? And is not the soul-destroying doctrine of Faith without works and the blood-atonement which peoples earth with so many criminals, and hell with so many millions, attributable in a great measure to the dogmas which this man has laid down? To me it is perfectly clear that Paul wilfully and wickedly – a very Antichrist – set himself up against Jesus, and laboured in every way he could to destroy the creed which the Ninth Messenger came from heaven to beautify and renew. And in this object Paul has been too successful. For one preacher who takes his text and his doctrine from Jesus on the Sunday, there are twenty who take their text and their follies from Paul; and for one man who models his life upon the teachings of the Ninth Messenger there are a thousand who put their faith absolutely in the blood-stained homicide of the first Martyr.

…I know Europe, and I believe it to be impossible to overstate the amount of sin and hypocrisy, and misery, which it contains. In England, more especially, instead of Seven Trumpet-bearing Angels, we have seventy-seven thousand who daily proclaim from the house tops that we are the most virtuous and happy of mankind, while all around us gives the lie to the false pretence. I believe that there is more vice, wretchedness, poverty, and ignorance, in the “happy land,” with Paul for its teacher, and the Bible Society for its guardian, than in any other land of which we have record whether in the Present, or the Past; and that our political system, which accumulates all the wealth in the coffers of the rich, while it makes the poor every day poorer, will end one day in a volcano of fire, of blood, and ruin. Were I asked to point out a picture of hell in miniature I need but lead my inquirer into some of the frightful slums of this and other great European cities where, amid dirt and filth, vermin and disease, and poisoned air, and squalid raggery, and rotten food, and reeking cesspools, the poverty-stricken wretches, whom we count by thousand, and call our brethren, pass their days in blasphemy, drunkenness, and the vilest moral and physical degradation, cursing God and the blessed light, execrating the day they were born, and filled with the most malignant hatred of each other, and envy of all who are more fortunate.

Since the time of the writing it seems that the condition he ascribes to Europe is now pretty much endemic to the entire world civilization.

…And, when I go into an European Church, I find all this set down to an ordinance and institution of God, who has arbitrarily made these ranks and distinctions in society, because it is His Will; and those who pass their hideous lives in this most sad condition are meekly told that it is “that state of life to which it pleased God to call them.”

…In Europe we are taught all this, and many of us act upon it; for if God, their Father, has made these wretches so, why should we interfere, or interpose between the Tempter and the Tempted? for is not every misfortune sent to man only sent as a trial by a merciful Creator? and ought not the tempted mortal to withstand it bravely like holy Job of old?

…Hence we shut our eyes to the fact that our political and wealth-worshipping system has produced it all, and that the earth is wide enough to feed all men well, if only our rulers recognized the truth and acted upon its sacred dictates. Were it not for the holy well spring of private charity which seems to flow without cessation under the Auspice of the Holy Spirit herself, I know not what would be the condition of the poor in England; but God surely never meant that our brave and industrious people should be dependent on personal benevolence and not on their own right hands. But so it is.

This describes our current political climate very well, with our leaders saying with no remorse that the poor should be left to suffer what they will.

I have read a great deal about foreign peoples, and the result is this, that I find that they are almost always the worse for intercourse with Europeans, whether they go in the guise of merchants or missionaries. Beyond this I need not advance. I have done all I could, as far as inquiry and research can do it, to make myself well acquainted with the moral condition of each quarter, and I find with sorrow that petro-paulites (there are but few Christians), are as a rule, worse than the followers of Buddha, Brahm, or Mohammed; while, to give the crowning point to all their wickedness, they hypocritically pretend that they are the best and purest of mankind, and affect to weep over the condition of those lands from which all true Light originally came, and still belongs.

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The Renaissance of Pagan Parenting – by Zaeli Kane

By the time we have kids of our own, most of us have reflected on how much, if at all, we want to pass on the worldview in which we were raised. Agnostics sometimes gravitate toward religious formality or vice versa. Others don’t want to reproduce the dogmas of their youth, yet long to maintain the spiritual hygiene church provided.

Now many of these in-betweeners are deciding to walk a middle path, raising their children within a pagan framework. While even a decade ago this may have sounded laughable or scandalous, the Internet has done much to clarify stigmas and smear campaigns about so-called heathens. Closeted “witches” and other practitioners of indigenous faiths have found each other on social media, building community.

What’s the appeal? Why do these folks believe a pagan upbringing best benefits their kids?

It’s ecological

Global warming, privatized water, deforestation: The urgency of environmental crises can weigh heavily on parents looking down the long road. Paganism (which comes from the Latin word pagus, meaning “country district”) is all about learning and developing reverence for patterns of nature so we can fit into them harmoniously. It’s basically a spiritual, non-anthropocentric approach to good citizenship.

Pagan parents raise their kids to know their local habitat intimately, seeing it not just as a collection of resources, but as a home for interdependent life forms. With this attitude, pagan kids internalize respect for nature by recognizing it as an extension of their own body. For them, environmental stewardship is not just a scientific obligation, but a sacred quest.

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MILITARY ADDS HUMANISM, DRUID, REFORM JUDAISM, 200+ TO RECOGNIZED RELIGION LIST

THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE’S LIST OF RECOGNIZED RELIGIONS HAS NOW DOUBLED. The United States Department of Defense, in its quest for diversity in military chaplaincy, has announced an increase in the recognized religions list. In addition to a number of other religions, it has officially recognized Humanism.
The United States military previously recognized only about 100 religions. The brand new list recognizes 221 religions. The list of new beliefs includes earth-centric faiths, like Asatru, Druid, and Heathenism. Eight Protestant groups have been recognized as well. Thanks to the new order, Jewish servicewomen and servicemen could now select among Reform, Orthodox, and Conservative and not forced to tick only “Jewish.” According to Josh Heath, a co-director of Open Halls Project, an organization that supports earth-centric faiths and heathens in the military, the newly recognized entities will find it much easier to apply for holidays and keep their own unique religious items inside the barracks.

This move means those servicemen and servicewomen who identify themselves as adherents of minority faith groups can now enjoy the same protections, privileges, and rights which were earlier granted to members of bigger faith groups. The move came after Armed Forces Chaplains Board or AFCB made a thorough review of the faith groups recognized by the department. It then recommended that the faith groups’ list should be expanded to better mirror the intent and language pertaining to section 533. It was then recommended by the AFCB to add new belief groups and faith to standardize and also better identify the religious preferences as recognized by military services. The AFCB believes these changes will help religious support planning of the military services through better tracking of more belief and also faith systems. They will also offer a more accurate demographic data pertaining to religious groups. It will also help the military to plan better when it comes to religious support within the armed forces.

The changes will also offer a better quality assessment of the requirements and capabilities of the Chaplain Corps of the Military Service.Humanist organizations have applauded the move. They were pushing for such a recognition for ten years. According to Jason Torpy, the president of Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers, the new listing goes beyond humanism and is a victory for diversity. He said his Military Association is all set to help in “chaplain outreach” so that existing and future military chaplains could be trained in humanist needs and beliefs.

Full article here:http://www.worldreligionnews.com/religion-news/military-adds-humanism-druid-reform-judaism-200-recognized-religion-list#.WP-vcDhws_Y.facebook

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Dirt

When we are talking about graveyard dirt the first thing you need to know is that the cemetery in which you are gathering is the property of the dead, with this in mind it is a good idea to ask permission from the keepers of the dead. In voodoo their are 2 families of spirits that are known to frequent the cemetery the Barons who are the spirits of death and the Gedes who are spirits of the dead, if you are not ready for the spirits of voodoo quite yet then a petition to gran pays may be done literally meaning “great country”, in this you are asking the entire community of the graveyard to give you permission to enter their domain. If you are given welcome to their country then remember the golden rule in spirit work, don’t take if you are not prepared to give. Most of these spirits will enjoy an offering of rum, coffee, cigars, and sweets give these after you have politely and clearly stated your intentions in the graveyard.

There are many uses for graveyard dirt, the main being goofer dust, everything from ridding yourself of a person to the other end of the spectrum love me or die types of work. Different graves may also come into play for example one might ask an unknown solider to do their work as they are good at following orders or the grave of a gambler to have more luck. Graveyard dirt is not the only type of dirt that may be used;

Dirt from 4 corners -to open up the roads of success. (correlates with ellegua,keeper of
the crossroads.)

Dirt from the mountains -used in cleansing spells as well as in communicating with the
spirits that reside specifically in a mountain region.

Dirt from the forest -used in spells of protection.

Dirt from 4 jails -used in spells to either release or keep an individual incarcerated.

Dirt from 4 police stations -to bring the police to a persons home or business.

Dirt from 4 banks -for prosperty spells.

Dirt from an indian cemetery -for spells of protection. (can also be used to help summon
your indian guide.)

Dirt from 4 churches -for use in cleansing spells.

Dirt from a hospital -can be used for both cleansing and harm.

Dirt from the home of a witch -spells of domination and harm.

Dirt from the home of a santero(priest of santeria) – in spells of protection.

Dirt from the home of a palero(priest of palo mayombe) -in spells of harm or
conflict.

Dirt from a courthouse – for victory in court cases.

Dirt from 12 noon -for spells of protection.

Dirt from a race track – for gambling spells.

Dirt from a seashore -for fertility and cleansing spells.(Correlates With
yemaya,goddess of the seas)

Dirt from the rivers edge -for love and marriage spells.(correlates with oshun,goddess of love and marriage)

Dirt from the bottom of (ones own) shoes -spells of domination and harm.

Dirt from where two dogs have fought -spells of conflict.

Dirt from a casino -for money spells

Dirt from a soldiers grave -spells of protection and domination. (also of courage)

Dirt from a law library -for legal matters.

Dirt from a library – for knowledge and wisdom.

Dirt from a doctors office -for spells of healing.

Sources; Harry M. Hayatt
Judika Illes

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Gems, Crystals and Stones: Quart

I remember as a child, I would always dog through the rocks in the playground at school just so I could find these shiny quartz. I had a huge collection as a child. (not sure what happened to it). I was fascinated with this gem. They are the most common of gems. I have 2 rose quartz and three clear quartz on my altar. Below I did not include any pcitures of these gems since they will all be/have been covered in future/older blogs.

 

HISTORY:

Quartz has been around since pre-historic times. The most ancient of quartz is said to have been around since 300-325 B.C.E, Rose quartz beads date back to 7000 B.C. Rose quartz jewelry was crafted by the Assyrians  around 800-600 B.C. The Assyrians and the Romans are said to be the first people to use this gem. Ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians often used rose quartz as potent talismans. People in the middle ages would use quartz in love potions. Early Americans also used quartz. They often used them for amulets. It is believed by ancient people and healers today that the quartz crystal is actually a living thing. Its said it takes a breath every hundred years. Ancients also believe its a crystal closest to the creator. The quartz has been of value since possibly Atlantis times.

 

COLOURS: 

Due to there being so many types of quartz it can come in a variety of colours. It can be clear, pink, purple, orange, green, purple and orange. It can also be black, blue, green and brown.

 

SPECIAL PROPERTIES: 

As mentioned before they used to be used in love potions. They still often are. Quartz is known to have healing properties. The quartz has the ability to open your mind and heart more during meditation for higher guidance It helps with spiritual growth. It helps to translate a spirit form into a physical one.

 

TYPES OF QUARTZ:

  • Rock Crystal is pure, clear Quartz, often with a milky base. Its properties are listed on this page.
  • Amtheyst is pale purple to deep violet; known as the Bishop’s Stone, it represents royalty and spirituality, and is a crystal of creativity.
  • Ametrine is a combination of Amethyst and Citrine in the same stone; a “stone of the muses,” it connects spirituality, action and overcoming fear.
  • Aventurine may be green, blue or reddish-brown with a metallic iridescence; it is a stone of optimism, leadership and prosperity.
  • Blue Quartz is clear Quartz with tiny blue inclusions that create a pale to mid-blue color; it brings harmony and order, mental clarity and eases fear.
  • Citerin is transparent and pale to golden yellow; it promotes imagination and magnifies the powers of personal will and manifestation.
  • Milky or Snow Quartz, also known as Quartzite, is opaque white quartz; it is supportive for lesson learning, realizing limitations and utilizing tact.
  • Pink Quartz forms in rare clusters of small, well-formed crystals, pale to deep reddish-pink, translucent to transparent; a “stone of innocence and discovery,” it nurtures self-love and respect of others.
  • Rose Quartz is a massive form of Quartz, pale to deep reddish-pink, opaque to translucent; a “stone of beauty and love,” it promotes compassion, appreciation and soothing calm.
  • Prase is a leek-green Quartzite (rock rather than a mineral) with actinolite inclusions; an “earth mother” stone, it resolve conflicts and calms nerves.
  • Prasiolite is Green Amethyst; leek-green and rare naturally, it is often heat-treated; it provides a bridge between the body, mind and spirit.
  • Smokey Quartz s transparent smoky brown to dark gray; it is a premiere grounding stone, dissipating emotional and environmental negativity.
  • Tiger’s, Hawk’s, and Cat’s Eye is Quartz layered with chatoyant strips of asbestos and hornblende; Tiger’s Eye is golden brown, Hawk’s or Falcon’s Eye is blue-black, and Cat’s Eye is green to greenish-gray. These are stones of action, pride, protection, and reflecting back negative energies.

Fibrous varieties:

  • Agate is usually banded in layers and forms in every color; it is a stabilizing and strengthening stone, facilitating acceptance of one’s self.
  • Carnelian is translucent pale orange to deep red-orange; it is a stone of motivation and endurance, leadership and courage.
  • Chalcedony varies in color and pattern, blue is a favorite; the “speaker’s stone,” it encourages peace-making and carefully choosing one’s words.
  • Chrysoprase is green, usually opaque, and one of Chalcedony’s rarest; it is a stone of the heart and promotes love of truth, hope and fidelity.
  • Onyx is opaque layers of black, brown, gray, black/white or red/white, and is often carved in cameos; it provides inner strength, stability and fortitude.
  • Sard is brown Chalcedony with a reddish hue; it is a protective stone, dispelling negative influences and providing inner strength.

Grainy Varieties:

  • Chert is brown, gray or black and resembles Flint, but is more brittle; it aids memory, and is a stone of stability and daily productivity.
  • Flint is brown, gray or black, solid or layered, and very hard; a stone of grounding, it promotes understanding, communication and integrity.
  • Jasper is opaque, large-grained and found in all colors, most always layered or patterned; a “supreme nurturer,” it is revered as sacred, protective, and encourages humility and compassion.
  • Heliotrope or Bloodstone is dark green with red spots; a stone of the sun and legendary bearer of Christ’s blood, it promotes healing, selflessness and idealism.

WHERE TO FIND THEM: 

All types of quartz can be found in almost every continent. Clear Quartz is very common in North America, Australia and Madagascar. It can also be found in Israel, Russia, Brazil, Uruguay, Namibia, Morcoo, Switzerland, Scotland and France.

 

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MODERN WITCHCRAFT IN A WICKED WORLD-BY SEAN RANDALL

WICCA SHOULD BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY BECAUSE IT INCREASES SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT AND INSTILLS GREAT APPRECIATION AND CONCERN FOR THE PLANET AND ITS RESOURCES. “Witchcraft is a spiritual system that fosters the free thought and will of the individual, encourages learning and an understanding of the earth and nature thereby affirming the divinity in all living things.” Witchcraft involves the belief that the divine is present in nature, and everything from animals, plants, trees, and stones should be honored and respected. Wicca, or practitioners of witchcraft whom sometimes refer to themselves as witches, are very tolerant of other religious views. Wiccans are commonly misjudged by others due to a lack of understanding, therefore Wiccans do not typically involve themselves in criticizing the beliefs of others. Wicca should be taken seriously and respected because although its nature is severely misconstrued, it increases spiritual development and instills great appreciation and concern for the planet and its resources.

Due to a history of misunderstood information, a considerable number of people deny acceptance of Wicca and witchcraft. Although it is predominantly peaceful, it has fallen victim to ignorance. People commonly tend to judge the religion based off fictional assumptions or false information. The typical representation of witchcraft portrays a witch having a villainous role. From the seventeenth-century Salem witch trials, to modern media, the truth about Wicca remains incognito. As a result, witchcraft is generally seen as evil or for devil-worshipers. Another huge factor in why Wicca is seen in such a sinful way is due to conflicting religious views. There are many individuals that are extremely faithful to their own beliefs.

The views of Christianity, for instance, have a predetermination set in stone that steer Christians away from associating with Wiccans: There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you.(New King James Bible, Deuteronomy 18 10-12)

Disregarding other religious reasons, common misconceptions about Wicca can be understood after looking at a survey conducted at Macomb Community College, in Clinton Township, Michigan. As seen in the figure above, the evidence concluded that of the twenty students who participated, 85 percent of them were not familiar with Wicca. Although the religion may be heard of by many, it is understood by few….

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5 Reasons All Feminists Should Try Witchcraft -Jasmine Garnsworthy

It’s Thursday night, and I’ve just arrived at my second event for the evening: the launch of a new health- and tech-focused mattress brand. After the publicist excitedly spells out the features of the mattress (Wi-Fi–enabled, impressive), she takes me to try a “sleep cocktail” and then to have my palm read. This is my second occult-ish experience of the night—I just left an activewear launch in Tribeca where a tarot card reader counseled me on stress and my “grounding chakras.” Yesterday, I received an invitation to a lipstick launch complete with a witch-led workshop on casting love spells. Next Tuesday I have a Victoria’s Secret event during which the invitation promises attendees will have the opportunity to “shop the latest Dream Angels collection” and “have [their] auras read.”

I’m not telling you this because I like to overshare my agenda. As an editor, I’ve always found health and beauty media launches to be a breeding ground for the next big wellness trend. I remember coconut water and chia bowls being served at fitness studio openings long before both landed on hip and healthy cafe menus. Smoothie bowls were eaten at just about every launch throughout the final months of 2015 before they really blew up on Instagram. Now, it seems witchcraft—and in fact, everything occult—is infiltrating the mainstream wellness space.

Women, wellness, and witchcraft have been intertwined for ages—since before the Bible. There’s a long and troubled history here: Witches were essentially herbalists, midwives, and healers until the patriarchy and Christianity brutally spun witchcraft as evil. Violent witch hunts convulsed Europe throughout the 15th to 17th centuries, killing millions of women—some feminists even question whether witch hunts were really just women hunts—until the 1700s.

Fast-forward to the 21st century and a political climate in which threats to women’s reproductive health rights are a major talking point, and we also see witchcraft gearing up for a resurgence. Self-proclaimed modern witch, and owner of home and healing store says this timing is no coincidence: While a politically motivated feminist movement grows and also becomes increasingly inclusive, she says, “the witch is a good archetype of that strong, powerful, gives-zero-f*cks attitude that women are trying to channel right now.”

More insiders I spoke with expand the concept of modern witchcraft to not just include traditional ideas of herbal healing and holistic medicine but also other less tangible ways to spiritually and physically recharge in times of political uncertainty crystal healing, energy healing, tarot card chakra work, meditation, spell casting, smudging, lunar rituals, and astrology. Essentially, it’s all about self-care—something even the most cynical person can get behind.

Ahead, we break down five ways to integrate a little witchcraft into your wellness routine.

1. CAST A SPELL:

Emily Thomas, witch and founder of a space for magic, crystals, and alternative medicine, wants you to rethink spell casting. There will be no cauldrons; expect no cackling. Instead, this modern breed of magic centers around mindfulness and being intentional about how you spend your time. “The wellness community is becoming a spell-friendly place because we’re more and more interested in attaching mindfulness and meaning behind what we do,” she told me over email. “Why take a regular bath when you can infuse it with sea salt and herbs for energetic purification after a bad day? Why not channel a meditation toward the well-being of your friend who is sick?”

An easy thing to do at home that Thomas says can bring a little magic into your life and open yourself up to love and romance is to blend a few drops of rose, ylang-ylang, and jasmine into a base oil like or sweet almond oil. “If you can get your hands on some crystal chips put some charged emerald and rhodochrosite into your mixture,” she suggested. Use it to massage your body or to make candles.

“The essences of rose, ylang-ylang and jasmine all work toward opening us up to feel love. They’re connected to the element of water, which supports connections, beauty, and healing,” Thomas explained, adding that emerald is a favorite for “releasing our fear of being vulnerable to others” and is a “potent unblocker for good vibes coming in and out.”

2. GET WITCH-FIT:

It’s 2017, and “Fitcraft” is an actual thing that exists—only in Brooklyn, admittedly, but I bet it starts to catch on in other major cities. Led by self-titled “fitness witches” Shanda Woods and Russ Marshalek of New Jack Witch, the class combines yoga, rituals, personal training, “ecstatic dance,” meditation, and “f*cking great music” for a workout Russ says will make you “sweat, connect with yourself, [and] be empowered.”

So why the need to mix fitness with witchcraft? It’s all about empowerment through exercising the body and mind. Russ explains, “In the current sociopolitical climate, empowering others to live their best lives through self-actualization and self-improvement—witchcraft and fitness—[is] incredibly important and, well, empowering. Also, exercise is a ritual; it’s a spell; it’s an actualization of self,” he told me.

If you can’t make it to BK for a class, Russ says you can integrate the basic concept into your own workout regimen by “[setting] an intention at the start of the workout that you draw on to push yourself. Focus on breath and repetition, as that mindfulness is what grounds the practice in ritual, and be grateful for your body.”

3. PROTECT YOUR ENERGY:

In case you haven’t realized by now, modern witches are very into sending out and receiving good vibes. And one way to do that, says Feldmann, is to spray a crystal-infused concoction of essential oils around you. “The first product I ever stocked in the Hauswitch store and one of my personal favorites is called Boundaries in a Bottle ” she told me. The spray is witch-crafted on the full moon eclipse to “purify and protect you and your surroundings” with essences of black tourmaline, smoky quartz, yarrow, devil’s club, echinacea, and other “magical gem and plant essences.” Basically, you spray it whenever you’re coming into contact with other people and don’t want to absorb their bad juju.

Before you roll your eyes—and yes, I know it’s tempting—even if you don’t buy into energy healing and the power of good vibes, remember that the very act of being intentional about your own positive energy can go a long way toward making you feel good. And hey, it’s also scented, so at the very least, you’ll smell great.

4. TRY TAROT CARD CHAKRA WORK

Is there anything more achingly millennial than having a healer use tarot cards to unblock your chakras? Melinda Lee Holm is a tarot reader, jeweler, and crystal guru with 25 years of experience in the metaphysical arts and, unsurprisingly, is also mega fan of using tarot to bust stress, achieve your goals, make good decisions, and bring positive energy into your life. “Calling on tarot archetypes to light up energy centers can be extremely effective, especially in combination with candle work and crystal therapies,” she told me.

Specifically, if you are feeling confused or unable to make a decision about something important, tarot readers will focus on your sixth chakra (third eye) and third chakra (solar plexus). “The third eye is where our intuition comes in, our inner knowing. The solar plexus is where our confidence and sense of self lives. If there are issues here, then even with a keen intuition, we’ll have trouble trusting the intuitive answers,” she told me.

If you want a DIY fix, Holm suggests taking the “High Priestess” card and the “Sun” tarot cards, placing them somewhere in your home or office where you would regularly look, and also taking a few moments to meditate on the images each day. Together, they are connected with intuition and the center of the body.

5. INFUSE CRYSTALS INTO EVERYTHING:

Crystal healing has been slowly working its way into mainstream wellness circles for a couple of years now. The concept itself is simple: Each shiny stone carries different properties that can work to heal the mind, body, and spirit. They also happen to look great in a flat lay, which is probably also why so many wellness bloggers are integrating crystals into their #aesthetic.

Seeress and shaman Deborah Hanekamp of Mama Medicine told me that rose quartz is one of her favorites for anyone new to the practice “because it opens us to our love, and love is always a wonderful place to begin.” Feldman, on the other hand, suggests meditating while holding dark crystals like tourmaline or garnet to “align your body and energy centers” and feel more grounded.

Crystal therapy isn’t just limited to meditation. Hanekamp suggests a bunch of ways to incorporate crystals into your life: “Put them in your drinking water, hold them, place them on your heart, sleep with them under your pillow, and put them in your bath.”

Beauty brands are also embracing the healing properties of crystals, infusing their cremes and serums with gemstones. Take Gemstone Organic Rose Quartz Skin Créme, for example, which claims to bring the user “loving energy” while also hydrating skin, or Glow by Dr. Brandt Ruby Crystal Retinol Hydracrème that incorporates “micronized ruby crystals” to revitalize skin and “blur imperfections.” Of course, if you would like to save yourself $60, you could just style a geode on your desk, ‘gram it, and call it a day.

What’s your take on witchcraft wellness? Are you for or against it? Tell us in the comments!

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The Origin of the Witches Hat

The exact origin of the witches hat is unclear to us. In images of witches drawn by artists, especially in those aimed at a younger audience, we often see witches depicted as wearing cone shaped hats. While these may seem to be comical attire, which are part of artist designed costumes for the intent of entertaining the viewer of the image, there is actually a deeper symbolism behind them. One of the earliest images of the witch wearing a pointed, cone shaped hat can be seen in 13th century artwork in the form of woodcuts in which the witches are depicted as being naked with nothing covering their heads. Other clothed images with other various head-wear such a head scarves were much more common than that of the cone shaped hat.

Bronze age ceremonial headdresses have been found in Central Europe, one of which was found in Switzerland and was studied in the Berlin Museum. Their appearance is of a hollow cone made from gold. Historians have made the conclusion that they are indeed headdresses due to the remaining material left inside the hats, which include what looks to be a chin strap to make wearing the hat more comfortable. Before this discovery it was thought that these artefacts were vases of sorts. The golden headdresses were thought to have been worn by king-priests, or oracles, who were priests who were believed by the people of the time to have magical powers, including the power of prophecy and divination.

There is some speculation that the pointed hat holds its origins in the peaked caps that were worn by Jews in the 13th century. Pope Innocent III decreed that all Jews must wear this pointed hat in 1215. This anti-Semitic ruling, among other anti-Semitic sentiments, lead the people to associate this particular pointed hat with many things the church taught them to fear and to view as evil or against God. This did not stop wealthy noblewomen of the 15th century wearing tall peaked hats called hennins in the name of fashion, who wore these hats despite protestation from the Christian Church who greatly disliked the conical hats, possibly due to its horn like shape, which in turn may have reminded them of the Christian devil. While both of these hats were pointed or conical, they were quite different in appearance which is likely why they were not associated with anti Semitism by 15th century ladies. Pointed hats were still in fashion among commoners until 1600’s.

These pointed hats were also associated with the dunces hat in this century. However the dunces cap dates back as early as the 13th century and was devised by John Duns Scottus, a Scottish scholar of theology, philosophy and the metaphysical. The original purpose of which was not as a humiliating punishment to children, as it was used in the 19th century but rather to help children who had difficulty in learning to read to focus. This was done by asking them to focus on the point, which was situation behind the head in an elevated position. This was meditative and allowed the children to focus long enough to grasp the reading material. The halo with which saints are painted wearing is situated in the same position as the point. When working with magic, or the energies of the universe, it is important to be able to focus in order to direct those energies successfully. While it is unclear whether witches of earlier centuries did indeed wear pointed hats, it is clear that they would have understood the importance of focus. This also links in with the dunces hats previous association with scholars of the highest quality. The knowledge needed to practice witchcraft needed equal, if not more dedication to study that scholars gave to their pursuit of knowledge in various fields which may have influenced. There is also some speculation that the wearing of the conical hat not only helps the person to focus, but traps the metaphysical energy in the hat, near the head, making it easier to draw upon in ritual.

It was not until the 18th century, that artists, which the increased popularity among the population, of the dark and mysterious, began to create art showing witches wearing cone shaped hats. Often these images were part of chapbooks aimed at children and other literature in later years, most of which were illustrated fairy tale books in the Victorian era.

The cone of power is also linked the witches hat. This is a visualisation, and energy raising technique used by pagans in ritual. This energy is drawn from their surroundings. The energy, as the name of the rite suggest, is directed from the middle of the circle into a cone shape. The witches hat is thought by some to be a physical symbol of the direction in which this energy is raised. Using the cone of power in ritual can greatly improve the working that is done, which makes the witches hat a tangible symbol of successful work achieved by employing effective techniques. The cone of power and witches hat also symbolises masculine and feminine energy in equal parts. When in an upright position it becomes a phallic symbol, taking on the masculine and when in an upturned position it can represent the womb, giving it feminine energy. It is theorised by some that the witches hat can be seen in parallel with the Lingam- Yoni, a sacred object in Hinduism. It consists of a basin which resembles a vagina and another conical object set inside it. This is symbolic of fertility and creation between the God Shiva and the Goddess Parvati. It is a rite that is very like the Great rite in Wicca. Overall, the witches hat represents balance, which is important in ritual work. This however is very likley to be a concept devised by modern witches due to the more intense hostility witchcraft faced in previous centuries. Going back to masculine symbology, there is also some resemblance in the shape of the conical hat, to horns of the horned god, which are a symbol of power. While there is little evidence that the witches hat was used in ritual by witches of the past, there is more solid evidence that horned helmets, which were made materials too soft to be used in battle were worn in ritual in the 12th century BC, a practice which continued into the first century BC

Wherever the witches hat holds it origins, and whether or not it holds symbolism for the majority of pagans, it certainly has become an iconic image of the witch flying high in the sky, shrouded in mystery and magic.

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