#30DaysMagicalRoots Challenge Day 28

Day 28: Magical Podcasts
Find a witchy or Pagan podcast online and download one episode. Magic isn’t always stuffy or serious, sometimes you have to enjoy the fun things in life. Relax and enjoy learning something new today.

Since I’ve listened to quite a few pagan podcasts over the last 8 years or so, I’m just going to share the ones I’ve listened to and love ❤

Firstly, of course, is The Wigglian Way! This was my first witchy podcast ❤ Even before I met Sparrow and Mojo in person, I adored listening to them. They’re silly, and real, and share some wonderful information as well as interviews, digging into how people come to their own paths and works. I also really enjoyed the retelling of myths, set upon fabulous music in the background, in the Mythic Voices segments, though it’s been a while since last they had that. *hint, hint 🙂 * You can join in on all the love on their FB group The Wigglian Way

Next up is New World Witchery. This is a wonderful show with great discussions on American-styled witchcraft. Cory & Laine talk about their own magical experiences practicing witchcraft, as well as encountering Otherworldly beings. Cory adores folk tales and so the episodes are peppered here and there with them, along with a Halloween special full of excellent stories for the witching season. It’s a great, well researched show! Check out their FB page New World Witchery.

Paige hosts the fabulous and real show The Fat Feminist Witch podcast. Her opinions are refreshing, and honest, which I’ve adored; and she knows her shit when it comes to any magical tool she talks about.  She’s kind and also sassy, hilarious at times, and that all shines through the podcast as well as interactions in her FB groups The Fat Feminist Witch Podcast and the Patreon supporters private group The Fat Feminist Witch n Bitch. I love that she brings witchcraft down to earth a bit when she talks about the use of weed in magical practice, or the fact that not every goddess should be reduced to a sacred womb, (along with every human woman). So much feminist, witchy goodness here!

Witch’s BrewHaHa! Velma Nightshade is frigging awesome, and though she hasn’t released an episode in a while, you can still find her and Firelyte doing the occasional Inciting a BrewHaHa podcast together. She’s discussed a lot of great ways to be a modern-day witch, how to use the tools that we have in our everyday lives, Sharpies anyone? I can’t currently find where to listen to them anymore, but I’m hoping Velma comes back or re-releases the previous episodes!

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#30DaysMagicalRoots Challenge Day 27

Well, I’m back from a vacation to check on my grandparents! They’re doing well, and we stocked their freezer full of homemade food for a good while! It was very busy indeed making chili, butternut squash soup, pumpkin and date muffins, oatmeal raisin muffins. My mom and sister made tuna casserole, Chinese Laundry casserole, chicken for lunch meat or dinner, pork chops in cream of mushroom soup with onions, peanut butter cookies. We were quite occupied!

So back to the challenge already!

Day 26: Healing
Focus on some self-care today. What are you doing in your life to bring health and vitality to your physical and emotional body? Do you practice magical healing, or energy healing like reiki? If so, practice some healing magic today! If not, take some time today to learn a little bit about different kinds magical healing.

A very recent and good example of healing for me came when we were in New Brunswick last week. I was getting a bit overwhelmed with being tired from the drive as well as all the socializing. I was getting cranky. Very cranky.

So I went for a walk. That’s it. That’s all there was to it… well, on the surface of course! What kind of magick-maker would I be if there wasn’t something going on?

First was the acknowledgment that I needed to remove myself from what was ailing me. Then was the utilizing what I know of myself, the things that help me mellow out and rebalance when I get far too negative. The biggest help for my moods and emotions has always been to get outside for a walk, or when available, a swim. That lake isn’t for swimming, but there is a beautiful trail around it, and the weather was perfect.

Like I do with grounding, I pull up the energy of the earth and the lake into me, helping clear out the negativity that pooled up in me all day. When I got back to my grandparent’s house, things were much better. I wasn’t being short with my family, and remained fairly quiet and kept myself from becoming upset again.

I don’t tend to suffer from many physical illnesses often, so healing for me never really goes into that. Knock on wood. When I am ill, I rest a lot, and try not to work at all. I will ground a lot, when I have the mental capacity to, and let the earth’s energies clear out any energetic stagnancies that aren’t helping the physical. In the end though, it’s mostly just being very gentle on myself, lots of comforting things such as hot Toddys, good books, movies and shows that are easy to watch, comfy blankets, and a warm kitty.

Like most ideas, I feel balance is at the base of all things, and healing is no different. When our bodies are physically out of balance, we can become ill. If our emotions are out of balance and not being taken care of, we become extreme in our reactions. Healing is a wonderful tool that can help put the balance back into place.

#30DaysMagicalRoots Challenge Day 26

Day 26: Craft a Sigil
Craft a sigil that represents the path you are on or the path you want to follow. This is a deeply personal creation so put some thought into it. (Recommended Resource: Practical Sigil Magic by Frater U.D.)

This is my most important sigil, and yes, it is also my shop’s logo! Of course it is, what kind of witch would I be if everything wasn’t meaningful and full of intent? 😉

When I was designing it, I was tempted to go the usual route of runes, or simple symbols incorporated into the sigil. However, as I am always pulled to do, I decided to go with what appealed to me the most, the thing that resonated with me the most, and of course, not necessarily the easiest thing to recreate off hand.

To me, this sigil looks very Elven, which evokes a sense of magick, especially magick in everything. The flowing lines in themselves represent something that begins as a small point, a small idea, at the bottom, and grows upwards. Like a seed rooting down, supported by the earth’s nutrients, waters, and the plants that grew and died to provide new life.

The small plant in the center has three leaves. For me, that initially represents an idea growing stronger. The two leaves that always pop out first for any seedling to provide a wide and strong foundation for receiving the sun’s rays. The third leaf, a sign of growing and reaching higher towards full potential.

The surrounding lines/vines also represent the flow and protection of magick, the things that nourish the plant in the center, physically, spiritually. Then near the top of the vines, they create a crescent moon shape. The moon has always been important in my own practice, the energy that I’ve pulled down and worked with, that has been woven through my life and actions. I love the imagery of the magick of the vines flowing up through the moon and up into the expanse above. That my magick flows out into the universe, nourished by it, and supplying nourishment for others.

 

So while I do very much enjoy sigils made with bits of established symbols, and the idea of sharing magick and symbolism with my fellow witches, I think this sigil for me is so very personal, incredibly representative of my own energy, my own views, and sends that energy out, of wanting to connect and create happiness and growth in the world.

 

Just go do this challenge already! You can find it at Plentiful Earth ❤

#30DaysMagicalRoots Challenge Days 24 & 25

Day 24: Sabbats
What holidays from the wheel of the year do you celebrate? Create your own wheel of the year! You are only limited by your imagination.

The basic Sabbats you learn when you’re a baby witch have kind of stayed with me all this time later. I may not perform ritual or magick at all of them, but I certainly am always aware of the turn of the seasons, and think on how the energies affect myself, others, and the world around me.

I couldn’t tell you my favourites because as with the seasons, everything is my favourite in its turn. I love when the world is sleepy and blanketed with snow, when it is waking up in the spring, and flowers can be seen ushering a green and colourful carpet over the land, I love when summer is here, hot and hazy days filled with delicious barbecues and fruits for days, and I adore when fall arrives, hiking in the cooler temperatures, the spiced smell of fallen leaves and wet earth, and of course all the pumpkin desserts!
So as the seasons are tied into the Sabbats, I love each 40ish day period surrounding the any particular one, the way the land has changed, the seasonal foods, activities. I think in writing about this, I celebrate the Sabbats more in the awareness of the things that I do in each season, and the energies I call upon from each season.

Day 25: Esbat
Create a ritual to honor the moon every month. Do you only celebrate the full moon? Try honoring the dark moon this month and see how it changes your practice.

My usual ritual on full or dark moons is to acknowledge the energies of the moon at those times. I will sometimes light a candle, or incense, and pull the energies down into myself, placing the energies within the candle if I want to work some personal magick. I feel like that is what a lot of my moon magick has been, is working on my own self.

In recent years, the dark moon has been more at the forefront for me, and I bet it has a lot to do with shedding old ideas, old emotions, old ways of being. The second half of my twenties was very much a time of breaking down who I though I had to be to become who I am now, so the dark moon, with its letting go of things has been incredibly powerful.

However, I am sensing more balance coming into play lately, so both dark and full are of equal importance now.

 

Go check out Plentiful Earth’s post for this fabulous challenge!

#30DaysMagicalRoots Challenge Days 22 & 23

Day 22: Self-Purification
Take a purifying bath (with sea salt for added purification if you like), smudge yourself with sage/rosemary/Palo Santo/, sprinkle with Florida Water/Holy water/Salt water, or hold a purifying stone like selenite. Take some time today to cleanse your auric field, rid yourself of any energetic ick that may be lingering, and see how much better it makes you feel.

Aaaah, purifying, this might be a favourite thing of mine to do. I love the feeling after bathing, of washing away all the dirt of the day. Of course I often envision the water washing all the spiritual dirt of the day too, though sometimes I forget. You know, now that I think of it, it seems like I visualize the water washing away spiritual/non-physical dirt when I’ve had a crappy day, or a stressful day. Hmmm… subconscious self-care! 🙂

Before ritual, if I don’t have the opportunity to bathe, I will smudge myself with the incense I’m burning for the rite. I will cup the smoke, bring it up and over my head, then down, flicking the jumbled energies away.

Purification can also happen when I ground and center, as I’ll pull the earth’s energy into myself, allowing my spirit to be cleansed.

I really enjoy being physically clean, so that runs over into the spiritual as well. In fact, that’s likely why I always hated sports or working out in a gym like setting! Give me swimming, where I don’t sweat at all, or give me yoga and dance, where the heat and sweat is seated in my own body’s power and energy. I’m bizarre 😛

Practical Magic’s BOS is to die for!

Day 23: Book of Shadows/Grimoire
Do you have one? If not, create a sacred journal to document your recipes, spells, practices, invocations. This can be a handwritten journal, printed pages in a binder, or even a file on your computer (though if it’s the latter, always back it up!). Make it as simple or complex as you want it to be–it’s YOURS and should make you happy.

I have had a few BOSs, however, I’ve never felt they were quite what I want them to be. This is why my journalling/diary has become a combination of what’s going on in my life as well as spiritually. Mostly spiritually. I think the best BOS for me at this point would simply be a reference book, citing all the things I’d want to know and where to find them in my books. But mostly, I just look in the books that I own, because I already know what I’m looking for anyway.

I don’t usually write spells, as a lot of my magick is done on the fly, as my emotions and passions dictate. So as much as I’d love a BOS/Grimoire, right now, it’s just not practical for me, and wouldn’t get used enough. I would likely fill a few pages, and it would lay empty and collecting dust! Perhaps one day, I’d like to collect the things that are important to my path in a fancy book. One day 🙂

 

Start your own #30daysmagicalroots challenge by checking out Plentiful Earth’s post about it!

#30DaysMagicalRoots Challenge Days 20 & 21

Lighthouse and sunset over Lake Huron. By Tom Freda

Day 20: Ethics
What are magical ethics? Write down a core list of ethics for your own practice. No judgement here-this is for you and you alone!

Magickal ethics are the moral rules that guide the actions we take when we perform magick. These are always subjective, so vary from person to person. A lot of this depends on a person’s background, history, and experiences; much the same as the day to day ethics we live by.

As much as one person is different in any given situation, or at different points in their life, their ethics can change.

Here are some of the ethics that guide my own magickal practice:

  • Do no harm to the innocent
  • Do not mess with free will
  • Before contemplating a curse, employ all other tools to persuade or solve the problem (this usually involves encouraging karma to speed up)
  • Protect those who need it
  • Work in love when you can

For the most part, I prefer to work through love, to allow my love to fuel my magick. Whether it’s to wish someone peace and health or to defend someone from any kind of harm. Even when I am enraged at the horrid actions of a person, I am enraged because no one deserves to be made to endure those actions, to be made to feel that they don’t mean anything, that they are undeserving of kindness and respect. When I hear a story of some cruelty or injustice, all I can feel is the energy of my heart wrap around them, whether I know them or not. And lately, my heart is just wrapped around the world, wanting to protect everyone.

As I said in my last post, I believe that magick is a connection, and that connection is love, to people, to all living and even inanimate things. The universe. And when anything happens that affects me, positive, or negative, I just feel love reaching out from me, radiating, protecting, connecting, creating magick.

Day 21: Symbols
What symbols do you use in your practice and why? Are there any that you are drawn to? Try carving the symbol into a candle and burning it while you meditate on that sacred symbol. You can also draw it on a piece of paper and carry it with you every day. Or find a piece of jewelry with the symbol to wear when you need a magical boost.

I use the star a lot in my practice. There are so many reasons to, the first is probably because the star was the first witchy symbol you kind of learn about when you first begin walking on a pagan path. I love the elemental connection to each of the points, and after reading T. Thorn Coyle’s Evolutionary Witchcraft, I’ve been enjoying working with the Feri pentacles, Iron, Pearl, Rust, Gilded. Thinking on what they mean in my own actions and magick.

As an aside, I’ve read up on Feri before, and have been aware of their pentacles, but it’s not until now that I’ve actually been thinking on them and working with them.

Another symbol I often find working its way into my magic is a tree of some sort. Sometimes, any sort of sigil I create will resemble a tree; and for a long time, when I would travel to the astral, I would travel within or flying along the trunk of the world tree. Trees have always been places of magic for me, a liminal space, with their branches reaching up towards the universe, and their roots hidden beneath the earth.

The moon is another important symbol for me. Not only because of the feminine connection to my my cycle, but that the moon has such a wonderful magickal energy that witches, priestesses, and those connected to spirit have worked with.

Finally, at least for this post, my last symbol is a lighthouse. For some reason, a lighthouse to me is always a nod to home, that it is the place I am meant to be. Doesn’t matter where I am, where there’s a lighthouse, this feeling washes over me. Clearly I am drawn to bodies of water… sometimes I wonder if I was a selkie, or a siren in a past life ❤

 

Go check out Plentiful Earth’s post about this fantastic magickal challenge!

#30DaysMagicalRoots Challenge Days 18 & 19

Day 18: Elemental Magic
Spend some time today working with and acknowledging the elements of your practice. Do you honor the Land/Sea/Sky elements, or the elements of water, fire, air, and earth, or something else? WHY do you work with those elements and what have they brought to your life?

If you couldn’t tell by now, my two favourites as far as elemental work and magic goes are water and earth. I have, however, certainly been working with a lot of fire since starting my tea shop, and air of course for inspiration. I very much like balance, so even though I am most comfortable with earth and water, at least for myself, I know I need to work with air and fire as well. In fact, the last couple of years have been very air and fire-intensive.

The other element that I feel strongly connected to is spirit, or what I like to think of as love. The thing that connects us all, that’s in us all, that we are all a part of. Every thing. I’ve also been thinking of spirit as simply connection.

I feel spirit most when I allow myself to be authentic with another person, when I allow myself to speak straight from the heart, to emit an openness and truth that we are often not taught to share. I feel this when I am overwhelmed with emotion when interacting with not only people, but animals, or even a place.
I know that pleasantries help us avoid conflict, but to always wade in the shallow end doesn’t allow us to really connect to each other and see our higher selves, who are connected by this human experience, connected by our very existence in this universe.

This idea of spirit and connection has allowed me to be much more compassionate and understanding with people. And with myself.

Day 19: Sacred Space/Circle Casting
How do you create sacred space for yourself? Do you cast a circle every time you work a spell? Or do you have a dedicated space that you practice in? Take some time today to settle into that space and enjoy its sacredness.

How I create sacred space changes a lot for me each time I do it, though it usually involves one of or more of a few simple actions. The first is to clear a space with incense. I will walk around the room I am going to be in whilst performing

The first is to clear a space with incense. I will walk around the room I am going to be in whilst performing magick or just connecting with my gods, or meditating.

The second thing would be asking the four corners of the earth to aid and protect me. This is something I do when I want to do some serious ritual or magick. This can also be asking the elements to aid and protect me. This would involve the incensing of the room, as well as salting, asperging, and carrying a flame around the room to not only help in cleansing, but infuse the room with each element’s energy.

For serious work, I will formally invite my gods in. It may be all of them, or it could be just one, depending on the work to be done.

Finally, I will create an astral boundary around the room, though I usually like to do the whole house. This comes from a combination of my own energy, as well as earth energy, and if I’m working with my gods, a bit of theirs as well.

 

Sitting in sacred space feels similar to sitting in spiritually cleansed space, in that it’s warm, and seems to flow easily. However, there is something more to a sacred space, something tingly, something that feels like home. Perhaps it is that we are more in tune with who we are outside of this body, this human life. I’m not sure, but it’s certainly different and lovely!

 

Why not give this #30daysmagicalroots challenge a whirl? You can find it on Plentiful Earth

#30DaysMagicalRoots Days 16 & 17

Day 16: Connect with Mother Earth
Go outside! Find a tree to sit with for a while. Maybe clean up if there is garbage around it. Let today be a day of service to Mother Earth.

Today was not a day for being outside. With the quick weather changes that happen in the summer, and the rains come, it brings headaches and fatigue. I still very much enjoyed the rain though, the smell of petrichor before the rain especially.

I think on a nearly daily basis, whether or not I can go outside, I either look out the window, or go hang outside on the deck or near my garden bed to just feel the earthy energies.  I really love feeling the grass and springy soil beneath bare feet when the weather is warm, knowing that that soil provides so much for not only me, but every living thing that walks upon it and makes its home there.

One of the things I would love having one day is some sort of all-seasons sun room, so many windows, so that even in the coldest parts of winter, I can go out, sit with the plants that live in there, and connect to the earth without worrying about weather. Thunderstorms would be even more magical in a room like that.

 

Day 17: Raise Some Energy
Try chanting, singing, drumming, or dancing! Turn some tunes on and work on that Stevie Nicks spin. When you’re feeling complete throw your arms up and send it shooting out through your hands into the Universe.

Oh, this is one of my favourites! I don’t believe I’ve mentioned very much on the blog here about dancing, so I’ll fill you in.

The past year or so, as I inched towards 30, not that it’s that big of a deal, I’ve been really feeling the need to take care of my body, to move it, to really be seated within it. To enjoy it. So I off and on would do yoga. I discovered Kundalini yoga, which is amazing, and works very well spiritually for me, however, it still wasn’t quite right. In February, I stumbled upon Rachel Brice dancing in a Stellamara performance video. Belly dancing. It just immediately connected with something in me that was super grabby hands about the whole idea.

I Googled her, of course, and found the site, Datura Online, that she runs with other amazing dancers. I’m especially inspired/moved by Colleena Shakti’s teachings in traditional Indian Dance, and her performances of Temple style dance (she has an amazing temple dance for Durga that is so emotionally moving and pure, I must share it, so take a look below).

There’s just something so pure about moving the body, not using words. I even feel this way about words when it comes to music sometimes, as some of the most powerful songs for me are wordless, just this instinctual song that can be understood regardless. We can speak to each other, tell stories, be intimate, be passionate, and understand each other, all just using the movement of our limbs.

I used to dance quite a bit as a kid and young teenager, but like many entering the “adult” world (seriously, what the hell is that anyway?), we feel we need to not play anymore, to not be so overtly joyful or expressive. To keep all of our feelings, no matter the intensity, inside. We feel we must only do these serious exercises to keep our bodies in working order, to not have any fun in them. Dance can be serious business, of course, especially if you’re a performer. But please, show me any performer, of dance, of music, of acting, who doesn’t go out on stage and enjoy themselves, who doesn’t have that energy build up and express itself in the joy of the act? This is why we love performers of all arts, their expression and use of the energies of passion, of inspiration, of joy, of the emotion they pull upon.

So for me, right now, and hopefully for a long time, I’m dancing. I’m being in the moment in my body, and feeling the power of the dance and my body. Feeling the energy that creates, and sometimes after a dance session, I put that energy into a candle, or simply send that energy out with a purpose.

It’s so freeing, and highly recommended ❤

#30DaysMagicalRoots Days 14 & 15

 

Day 14: Incense
Create an incense recipe to help you focus on your daily practice. Here is an article on making herbal incense from Mother Earth Living (Bonus points if you make it and use it for the rest of the month.)

I have never made loose incense, however, I do use an oil burner. My recipe would be the following:

  • Lavender for clarity of mind, and purification of sacred space
  • Frankincense for banishing any negativity, purification of sacred space, offering to spirit
  • Sandalwood for better connection to my spirituality, and therefore the realm of spirit
  • Vanilla for a strong mind, as well as that homey, comfortable feeling within the practice of my spirituality

These are all scents I really enjoy outside of any meaning, which makes them perfect to connect to their magical uses in my practice! I have a firm belief of not using what you don’t like, even if it’s hugely common. There are always equally as good, or better, options out there.

One form of incense I’d love to make at some point is Kyphi. You can essentially make a variation with the ingredients you like, but the original recipe from ancient Egypt calls for sixteen specific ingredients.

  • honey
  • wine
  • raisins
  • myrrh
  • juniper berries
  • cyperus
  • turpentine
  • aspalathus
  • calamus
  • rush
  • cassia
  • cinnamon
  • mastic
  • mint
  • henna
  • mimosa

The ingredients would be ground down into a fine powder, blended with the honey and wine, then rolled into little pellets. Depending on your climate, and the size you make the Kyphi pellets, it can take between 2-4 weeks for them to dry. Then you simply place on a burning coal, and voila! Not only is that a connection to ancient peoples who used it long ago all along the Med, it is also an easy way to offer something to the gods and spirits, or just cleanse your house of negativity and set the energies aright.

 

Day 15: Kitchen Witchery

How can you make your meal a magical one? Here are three simple acts of kitchen witchery you can do today: Kitchen Witchery Magic.

I already talked about how I stir love and luck into the food I make for my family in my days 8 & 9 post, which you can check out here.

Other things I will sometimes do in my kitchen witchery is add in certain herbs for certain purposes, though this is more for myself than anything else. When I need to cleanse out some negative emotions, I grab rosemary and add it to chicken or potatoes.
Sometimes I will trace out a rune or other symbol into my food for something I feel I need to bring inside of me.
When I feel called to, I will thank each food on my plate, and connect to the greater spirits of those things I am eating while I ingest them. It’s fairly grounding as these things come from the earth.
And a classic is to bake someone a sweet dessert to sweeten them up to you. I’ve done this after arguments, though a few days after everyone has cooled down, otherwise I’d be putting in some not so nice energy in there.

 

If you’d like to check out the #30DaysMagicalRoots challenge, head over to Plentiful Earth! ❤

#30DaysMagicalRoots Days 12 & 13

 

Day 12: Deity
Do you work with deities? Why or why not? Are you a monotheist, dualist, polytheist, animist, etc.? Write a poem or prayer dedicated to a deity and give it to Them as an offering. (Bonus: share a poem or prayer you’ve written for one of your deities.)

Yes, yes I do work with deities 🙂 I had always been attracted to deities since finding Wicca way back in the day and learning about the duo of the Lord and Lady. You could call upon Whomever from any pantheon that called to you, which was also so very refreshing for me after wanting so badly to connect with the Christian God (mostly Jesus), and not feeling it, and therefore feeling like there was no other option to experience God.
When I found Wicca, I had this vague notion of what the God and Goddess were, even outside of choosing ancient deities to match my intent for whatever ritual, I knew that They were something bigger, and something else as well. I think I hold a lot of beliefs about what Gods are all at once, some of them a cognitive dissonance.

Though I primarily have a relationship with Baldr, I also work with Freyja, Odinn, and Queen Maeve. So in this way, I am polytheist. I see them as their own separate persons, separate personalities, and not usually part of a “whole”, or as an archetype. I see the Gods as people who exist outside of time, and perhaps even of a different universe.

And yet… I can see how everything is connected. Even I am connected to Them, They are me, and I am Them, we are all everything, which makes me a bit of a panentheist as well. This means that I do see Them in other deities, that there’s some overlap, that perhaps there’s even an over-spirit that encompasses all qualities. Makes me a bit of a pantheist as well. Recently there’s been an overlap with Baldr/Apollon/a story character who shall remain nameless.

I am certainly an animist. Every creature, every living thing, the earth, the water, it’s all alive and holds spirit. I have become so much more attuned to the fact that though an animal cannot hold a verbal conversation with me, does not mean they are not a person or have sense of self. Does not mean that I cannot connect with them on a spiritual level, an emotional level: we are all connected.

The theme here is connection, it seems! Though we like to think of ourselves as separate, individual, ultimately, I think we are all just a huge cuddle pile with the universe ❤

A Thousand Lives
A thousand lives I have lived with You
Each a thread that yet pulls me to You
Each a forgotten flash of a life
Each, but for a single beam of light

Our hearts call out over eons
Through tragedy
Through joy
Through absence

But always you will find me
Or I shall find you
Your radiant light outlasting all stars
All time

 

Day 13: Stone/Crystal
Find a stone or crystal to work with. Learn about its energies and/or magical properties and find ways to incorporate it into your life over the next month. (Recommended Resource: Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic or The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall)

I’m choosing simple clear quartz as my stone this month.

Over the past few years, I’ve had a lot of emotional numbing that I recognize has stemmed from not being creative with music anymore, especially since it’s a performance art. That as well as a big bout of depression that still has its repercussions even 3 years later.

I would like to work with clear quartz to balance my emotions, to turn up the joy I allow myself to feel instead of pretending to not be impressed; then to equalize the negative ones that are valid, but not necessarily useful.

I’m thinking now perhaps in more than the ways I’ve already noticed, the whole half of my late twenties was a good stopping point to sort of cut me off from caring about what this weird society thinks, and forge my own path forward spiritually as well as just everyday life. So I would like clear quartz to help me begin really caring about the things that are actually important to me again.

And again, you can find the challenge over at Plentiful Earth