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“Magic is a method of talking to the universe in words that it cannot ignore.”

~ NEIL GAIMAN, The Books of Magic: The Invisible Labyrinth

Sandra’s seen a leprechaun,
Eddie touched a troll,
Laurie danced with witches once,
Charlie found some goblins gold.
Donald heard a mermaid sing,
Susy spied an elf,
But all the magic I have known
I’ve had to make myself.

~ SHEL SILVERSTEIN, “Magic”

When you’re touched by magic, nothing’s ever quite the same again. What really makes me sad is all those people who never have the chance to know that touch. They’re too busy, or they just don’t hold with make-believe, so they shut the door without really knowing it was there to be opened in the first place.

~ CHARLES DE LINT, What the Mouse Found and Other Stories

I would not want to live in a world without dragons, as I would not want to live in a world without magic, for that is a world without mystery, and that is a world without faith.

~ R. A. SALVATORE, Streams of Silver

Ritual Date Change.

Please note that the date for our Ancestor Ritual has been moved to November 2nd, 2019.  You can find more information on our 2019 Ritual Schedule Page.

Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.

~ ROALD DAHL, The Missing Golden Ticket and Other Splendiferous Secrets

Crystals To Help Combat Mercury In Retrograde

We’re almost a week into Mercury’s Current Retrograde (July 7 to August 2, 2019) and I admit that the communication problems in my house have included everything from the inability to find the right words in my brain,  to personal communication faux pas, and even my internet router crapping out on me.  Yes – Mercury is in retrograde and like many people I’m feeling the shift.

I’m not usually one to feel t he retrograde, but this time it seems to be particularly strong.  Fed up with the communication calamity, it’s time for me to make sure I’m grounded, calm and focused.  That means I’m switching up the crystals on my alter to help boost specific energies in my home that will help us all to make it through.  Here are four fabulous crystals I’m adding to my home to combat those crazy vibes.

  • Black Tourmalineassists in letting go of chaotic energy. This is one of my favorite stones for it’s ability to transmute the negative into positive.  It works with the root chakra, grounding you into the energy of the Earth.
  • Hematite – is another great piece for grounding, and it packs a punch especially when paired with black tourmaline and smokey quartz.
  • Blue Lace AgateNow that your space is grounded, get some great energy in to ease communications with this beautiful and gentle throat chakra stone.  It also promotes  promotes good decision-making, and organization.  Blue Lace Agate is all about finding your voice but in a very calm way.
  • Fluorite – a great overall promoter of peace and harmony.  EnergyMuse.com calls it an energetic vacuum cleaner, that sucks up and neutralizes negative energy to bring harmony and balance.

To sum it up you want stones that are going to help you stay grounded, promote peace within, and aid in clear communications. 

We’ve got another couple of weeks to get through this retrograde phase, and then we’ll be good until October 31, 2019 which is the next time that Mercury goes retrograde.

 

‘Shinto is essentially a religion of gratitude and love.’  

– W.G. Aston  Shinto, the Way of the Gods

“I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?” 
― John Lennon

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