Originally Posted By christowitch

christowitch:


July: The Full Buck Moon
July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. It is known as the Hay Moon or the Meadow Moon because the meadows are at their greatest point of growth in this month, and it is a time for hay-cutting.Other names for this month’s Moon include: Blood Moon, Grain Moon, Green Corn Moon, Herb Moon, Hungry Ghost Moon, Wort Moon.
Native American fishing tribes called it the Sturgeon Moon because sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month. A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon because, as the Moon rises, it appears reddish through any sultry haze.
The energies surrounding this full moon are ones of success, happiness, and fulfilment. We are blessed with the first harvest of the season - a reward for all our hard work. For this reason, July’s full moon is also known as the Blessing Moon. Energy moves into creation. Opportunities for self-reliance and confidence, unity and balance abound.
The Moon at this time brings us feelings of being connected. Connection to Spirit encourages us to first recognize blessings in our own lives, and then pay them forward - thus continuing the cycle of positive energy.
Correspondences:
Colors: Green, silver, blue-gray
Gemstones: Moonstone, white agate, opals or pearls
Trees: Ash and oak
Gods: Juno, Venus, Cerridwen, Athena, Nephthys, Lugh
Herbs: Mugwort, hyssop, lemon balm
Element: Water
This is a great time to do divination and dreamwork. Find a way to incorporate the watery energy of the Blessing Moon into your spell crafting and ritual. Enjoy the relaxing feeling of July’s full moon and use it in your personal meditation.
Celebrating the Full Meadow Moon (Full Buck Moon):
Wear shades of green to honour the herb harvest
Adorn your hair and altar with herbs and greenery
Burn sage, lavender or rosemary incense
Prepare herbal tea and lavender or lemon balm cookies
Bless your herb garden

christowitch:

July: The Full Buck Moon

July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. It is known as the Hay Moon or the Meadow Moon because the meadows are at their greatest point of growth in this month, and it is a time for hay-cutting.Other names for this month’s Moon include: Blood Moon, Grain Moon, Green Corn Moon, Herb Moon, Hungry Ghost Moon, Wort Moon.

Native American fishing tribes called it the Sturgeon Moon because sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month. A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon because, as the Moon rises, it appears reddish through any sultry haze.

The energies surrounding this full moon are ones of success, happiness, and fulfilment. We are blessed with the first harvest of the season - a reward for all our hard work. For this reason, July’s full moon is also known as the Blessing Moon. Energy moves into creation. Opportunities for self-reliance and confidence, unity and balance abound.

The Moon at this time brings us feelings of being connected. Connection to Spirit encourages us to first recognize blessings in our own lives, and then pay them forward - thus continuing the cycle of positive energy.

Correspondences:

  • Colors: Green, silver, blue-gray
  • Gemstones: Moonstone, white agate, opals or pearls
  • Trees: Ash and oak
  • Gods: Juno, Venus, Cerridwen, Athena, Nephthys, Lugh
  • Herbs: Mugwort, hyssop, lemon balm
  • Element: Water

This is a great time to do divination and dreamwork. Find a way to incorporate the watery energy of the Blessing Moon into your spell crafting and ritual. Enjoy the relaxing feeling of July’s full moon and use it in your personal meditation.

Celebrating the Full Meadow Moon (Full Buck Moon):

  • Wear shades of green to honour the herb harvest
  • Adorn your hair and altar with herbs and greenery
  • Burn sage, lavender or rosemary incense
  • Prepare herbal tea and lavender or lemon balm cookies
  • Bless your herb garden
Originally Posted By christowitch

christowitch:


June: The Honey Moon / The Lovers Moon
In pre-historic times, summer was a joyous time of the year for those Aboriginal people who lived in the northern latitudes. The snow had disappeared; the ground had thawed out; warm temperatures had returned; flowers were blooming; leaves had returned to the deciduous trees. Some herbs could be harvested, for medicinal and other uses. Food was easier to find. The crops had already been planted and would be harvested in the months to come. 
Although many months of warm/hot weather remained before the fall, they noticed that the days were beginning to shorten, so that the return of the cold season was inevitable.
The first (or only) full moon in June is called the Honey Moon. Tradition holds that this is the best time to harvest honey from the hives.
This time of year, between the planting and harvesting of the crops, was the traditional month for weddings. This is because many ancient peoples believed that the “grand [sexual] union” of the Goddess and God occurred in early May at Beltaine. Since it was unlucky to compete with the deities, many couples delayed their weddings until June. June remains a favorite month for marriage today. In some traditions, “newly wed couples were fed dishes and beverages that featured honey for the first month of their married life to encourage love and fertility. The surviving vestige of this tradition lives on in the name given to the holiday immediately after the ceremony: The Honeymoon.”
In June, we’re beginning to see some early summer fruits and vegetables (a great time for strawberry crops!), and the days are getting longer and longer. It’s a far cry from the darkness of winter, and we typically try to spend as much time outside as possible. Also known as Lover’s Moon, Long Sun Moon, it’s a time for bonding with friends and family, and forging what connections we can. Nurture your relationships, your garden, your career, and your soul this month.
Correspondences:
Colors: Sun colors — gold, yellow, orange
Gemstones: Topaz, agate
Trees: Oak, maple
Gods: Isis, Cerridwen, Persephone
Herbs: Parsley, mosses, skullcap, mugwort
Element: Earth
This is the month where magical workings are well suited to maintaining and enhancing things you already have. Weed your garden, prune the bushes, give your lawn all the tender loving care it needs. Take time to let your personal life blossom as well - focus on things that improve your job or education, as well as your relationships with family and friends.

christowitch:

June: The Honey Moon / The Lovers Moon

In pre-historic times, summer was a joyous time of the year for those Aboriginal people who lived in the northern latitudes. The snow had disappeared; the ground had thawed out; warm temperatures had returned; flowers were blooming; leaves had returned to the deciduous trees. Some herbs could be harvested, for medicinal and other uses. Food was easier to find. The crops had already been planted and would be harvested in the months to come. 

Although many months of warm/hot weather remained before the fall, they noticed that the days were beginning to shorten, so that the return of the cold season was inevitable.

The first (or only) full moon in June is called the Honey Moon. Tradition holds that this is the best time to harvest honey from the hives.

This time of year, between the planting and harvesting of the crops, was the traditional month for weddings. This is because many ancient peoples believed that the “grand [sexual] union” of the Goddess and God occurred in early May at Beltaine. Since it was unlucky to compete with the deities, many couples delayed their weddings until June. June remains a favorite month for marriage today. In some traditions, “newly wed couples were fed dishes and beverages that featured honey for the first month of their married life to encourage love and fertility. The surviving vestige of this tradition lives on in the name given to the holiday immediately after the ceremony: The Honeymoon.”

In June, we’re beginning to see some early summer fruits and vegetables (a great time for strawberry crops!), and the days are getting longer and longer. It’s a far cry from the darkness of winter, and we typically try to spend as much time outside as possible. Also known as Lover’s Moon, Long Sun Moon, it’s a time for bonding with friends and family, and forging what connections we can. Nurture your relationships, your garden, your career, and your soul this month.

Correspondences:

  • Colors: Sun colors — gold, yellow, orange
  • Gemstones: Topaz, agate
  • Trees: Oak, maple
  • Gods: Isis, Cerridwen, Persephone
  • Herbs: Parsley, mosses, skullcap, mugwort
  • Element: Earth

This is the month where magical workings are well suited to maintaining and enhancing things you already have. Weed your garden, prune the bushes, give your lawn all the tender loving care it needs. Take time to let your personal life blossom as well - focus on things that improve your job or education, as well as your relationships with family and friends.

Originally Posted By christowitch

christowitch:


April: Wind Moon
In April, the thunderstorms of March are beginning to subside, and the wind picks up. Seeds are being blown about on the breezes, spreading life all around from one place to the next. In fact, this month’s full moon is the aptly named Wind Moon, although in some traditions this lunar cycle is often known as the Seed Moon. Trees have buds on them, spring daffodils and tulips abound, and the birds are nesting once more. Spring is well underway now that the soggy chill of March is past, and while it’s still soggy in a lot of places, there’s hope yet, because as the saying goes, those April showers will bring us flowers in May.
Now that April’s here, It’s a time to welcome new beginnings, and do magic related to conceiving new ideas and projects. Much like March, this is a time of conception and fertility and new growth. What do you want to see taking root and growing in your life?
Correspondences: 
Colors: Bright primary colors — red, yellow, blue — and their combinations
Gemstones: Quartz, selenite, angelite
Trees: Hazel, forsythia, lilac, willow
Gods: Ishtar, Tawaret, Venus, Herne, Cernunnos
Herbs: Dandelion, milkweed, dogwood, fennel, dill
Element: Air
It’s the time to stop planning, and start doing. Take all those ideas you’ve had brewing for the past couple of months, and make them come to fruition. This is an excellent time to work on magic related to new beginnings. Looking to bring new love into your life, or conceive or adopt a child? This is the time to do those workings.

christowitch:

April: Wind Moon

In April, the thunderstorms of March are beginning to subside, and the wind picks up. Seeds are being blown about on the breezes, spreading life all around from one place to the next. In fact, this month’s full moon is the aptly named Wind Moon, although in some traditions this lunar cycle is often known as the Seed Moon. Trees have buds on them, spring daffodils and tulips abound, and the birds are nesting once more. Spring is well underway now that the soggy chill of March is past, and while it’s still soggy in a lot of places, there’s hope yet, because as the saying goes, those April showers will bring us flowers in May.

Now that April’s here, It’s a time to welcome new beginnings, and do magic related to conceiving new ideas and projects. Much like March, this is a time of conception and fertility and new growth. What do you want to see taking root and growing in your life?

Correspondences: 

  • Colors: Bright primary colors — red, yellow, blue — and their combinations
  • Gemstones: Quartz, selenite, angelite
  • Trees: Hazel, forsythia, lilac, willow
  • Gods: Ishtar, Tawaret, Venus, Herne, Cernunnos
  • Herbs: Dandelion, milkweed, dogwood, fennel, dill
  • Element: Air

It’s the time to stop planning, and start doing. Take all those ideas you’ve had brewing for the past couple of months, and make them come to fruition. This is an excellent time to work on magic related to new beginnings. Looking to bring new love into your life, or conceive or adopt a child? This is the time to do those workings.

Originally Posted By moonlightkingdom

moonlightkingdom:

Stones of all kinds are living beings. They have vibrations and can be influenced by other vibrations or thoughts. Most stones can be cleaned of influences that have touched them before they came into your hands. When the stones are cleaned they have only their own energy until they are used in a ritual. It is best to clean stones after using them in any ritual. It is important to clean, wash and purify your gemstones and crystals before using them. Stones and crystals carry the vibrations of those people who have handled the stone before it came into your possession.
There are several methods of cleaning gemstones. They are all good. Clean your gemstones by the method that you feel most comfortable with.
✯Running Water MethodStones can be held in running water. (I don’t like using tap water because most cities have many chemicals in the water). The stones can be left in the rain or held in a creek or water can be poured over them. Use only bottled spring water, rain water or boiled water unless it is a natural spring, creek or river.
**Be careful with water though.. Some crystals will actually dissolve
✯Smoke MethodStones can be passed in the smoke of sandalwood incense or the smoke of a sage smudge stick.
✯Fire MethodStones can be passed over the flame of a white candle.
✯Burying MethodStones can be buried in sea salt or in the earth overnight.
✯Moon MethodStones can be placed on sea salt and put where the moonlight of the full moon will fall on them. This is especially good for moon based rituals. It is best for the stones to be outside, as glass will deflect some light, but the stones may be placed in a window.
✯Sun MethodFor sun based rituals place the stone on sea salt and put it where the sunlight will fall on it for a day. It is best for the stones to be outside, as glass will deflect some light, but the stones may be placed in a window.
** I tend to not use this method with crystals that are of a lighter color as I find it discolors them more so.
✯Crystal MethodStones can be place on a crystal cluster and put in the sunlight. This must be done outside. This is a safe way for most stones
✯Purifying with sea salt waterThe list of stones that should not be cleaned in the salt and water method are listed below. Please read carefully.Amber, Turquoise, Imperial Topaz, Red Coral, Fire Opal, Moonstone, Opal, all Calcites including Blue Calcite, Green Calcite, Orange Calcite, Angelite, Azurite, Kyanite and Kunzite or any raw or rough stone should not be cleaned with the salt and water soaking method. Any stone with a hardness under 7 should not be cleaned in salt water. If you are not sure of the hardness of the stone use another method of cleaning
Malachite should be cleaned by putting it in running water (do not use salt) and dried in the sun. Never have salt close to Malachite.
For each stone use one (1) cup of boiled water, add one (1) teaspoon of salt (Kosher or sea salt is best) for each cup to the hot water. Let the water cool so that you can put your hand in it. Pour the water into a glass bowl. Place all the stones in the salt water for at least 3 hours. You may leave them in the salt water longer, but not less than 3 hours.
After the stones are cleansed and dry, they are ready for use. If the stones are for ritual use, wrap them in a clean cloth of natural material, such as cotton, silk or wool. Keep them in a safe place where they will not be handled or touched by other people.

moonlightkingdom:

Stones of all kinds are living beings. They have vibrations and can be influenced by other vibrations or thoughts. Most stones can be cleaned of influences that have touched them before they came into your hands. When the stones are cleaned they have only their own energy until they are used in a ritual. It is best to clean stones after using them in any ritual. It is important to clean, wash and purify your gemstones and crystals before using them. Stones and crystals carry the vibrations of those people who have handled the stone before it came into your possession.

There are several methods of cleaning gemstones. They are all good. Clean your gemstones by the method that you feel most comfortable with.

Running Water Method
Stones can be held in running water. (I don’t like using tap water because most cities have many chemicals in the water). The stones can be left in the rain or held in a creek or water can be poured over them. Use only bottled spring water, rain water or boiled water unless it is a natural spring, creek or river.

**Be careful with water though.. Some crystals will actually dissolve


Smoke Method
Stones can be passed in the smoke of sandalwood incense or the smoke of a sage smudge stick.


Fire Method
Stones can be passed over the flame of a white candle.


Burying Method
Stones can be buried in sea salt or in the earth overnight.


Moon Method
Stones can be placed on sea salt and put where the moonlight of the full moon will fall on them. This is especially good for moon based rituals. It is best for the stones to be outside, as glass will deflect some light, but the stones may be placed in a window.


Sun Method
For sun based rituals place the stone on sea salt and put it where the sunlight will fall on it for a day. It is best for the stones to be outside, as glass will deflect some light, but the stones may be placed in a window.

** I tend to not use this method with crystals that are of a lighter color as I find it discolors them more so.


Crystal Method
Stones can be place on a crystal cluster and put in the sunlight. This must be done outside. This is a safe way for most stones


Purifying with sea salt water
The list of stones that should not be cleaned in the salt and water method are listed below. Please read carefully.
Amber, Turquoise, Imperial Topaz, Red Coral, Fire Opal, Moonstone, Opal, all Calcites including Blue Calcite, Green Calcite, Orange Calcite, Angelite, Azurite, Kyanite and Kunzite or any raw or rough stone should not be cleaned with the salt and water soaking method. Any stone with a hardness under 7 should not be cleaned in salt water. If you are not sure of the hardness of the stone use another method of cleaning

Malachite should be cleaned by putting it in running water (do not use salt) and dried in the sun. Never have salt close to Malachite.

For each stone use one (1) cup of boiled water, add one (1) teaspoon of salt (Kosher or sea salt is best) for each cup to the hot water. Let the water cool so that you can put your hand in it. Pour the water into a glass bowl. Place all the stones in the salt water for at least 3 hours. You may leave them in the salt water longer, but not less than 3 hours.

After the stones are cleansed and dry, they are ready for use. If the stones are for ritual use, wrap them in a clean cloth of natural material, such as cotton, silk or wool. Keep them in a safe place where they will not be handled or touched by other people.

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Originally Posted By silverwitch
Originally Posted By christowitch

christowitch:


March: Storm Moon
 Storm moon is, according to weather folklore, the moon which occurs in March during shifting weather patterns in the northern hemisphere. It is also called seed moon, moon of winds, crow moon, moon of the snow-blind, and Full Worm Moon.
As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. The more northern Native American tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.
This is the month when Spring finally arrives, around the time of the Equinox, and we see new life begin to spring forth. As the Wheel of the Year turns once more, heavy rains and gray skies abound — the earth is being showered with the life-giving water it needs to have a fertile and healthy growing season. This is also a time of equal parts light and darkness, and so a time of balance.
Correspondences:
Colors: Green, yellow, light purple
Gemstones: Bloodstone, aquamarine
Trees: Dogwood, honeysuckle
Gods: Isis, the Morrighan, Artemis, Cybele
Herbs: High John, pennyroyal, wood betony, apple blossom
Element: Water
Use this month for magical workings related to rebirth and regrowth. New life is blooming during this phase of the moon, as is prosperity and fertility.

christowitch:

March: Storm Moon

 Storm moon is, according to weather folklore, the moon which occurs in March during shifting weather patterns in the northern hemisphere. It is also called seed moon, moon of winds, crow moon, moon of the snow-blind, and Full Worm Moon.

As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. The more northern Native American tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.

This is the month when Spring finally arrives, around the time of the Equinox, and we see new life begin to spring forth. As the Wheel of the Year turns once more, heavy rains and gray skies abound — the earth is being showered with the life-giving water it needs to have a fertile and healthy growing season. This is also a time of equal parts light and darkness, and so a time of balance.

Correspondences:

  • Colors: Green, yellow, light purple
  • Gemstones: Bloodstone, aquamarine
  • Trees: Dogwood, honeysuckle
  • Gods: Isis, the Morrighan, Artemis, Cybele
  • Herbs: High John, pennyroyal, wood betony, apple blossom
  • Element: Water

Use this month for magical workings related to rebirth and regrowth. New life is blooming during this phase of the moon, as is prosperity and fertility.

Originally Posted By christowitch

christowitch:


February: The Quickening Moon
The full moon in February is known as the Quickening moon, it marks the official end of winter, and the quickening, the renewal of all things. While the skies are still gray, and the weather is cold, beneath the surface life begins to secretly stir. 
This moon phase is a time of abundance, ripening and completeness, heavy with fertility and female divinity. It is a time when the potential of all things begins to stir towards birth in spring, a time to work on our own inner power and confront personal truths in preparation for birth. This moon sheds enough light to help us see into our darkness, so that our energy can make its way to the surface to prepare for growth and healing.
This is the season of Imbolc, the days when we know that if we can just hold on for a few more weeks, we might get lucky and see little green shoots peeking out through the snow and slush.
Correspondences:
Colors: Purple and blue
Gemstones: Rose quartz, amethyst, jasper
Trees: Rowan, Myrtle
Gods: Brighid, Aphrodite, Juno, Mars
Herbs: Hyssop, sage, myrrh
Element: Fire
The word Quickening is also used to describe the first moment in pregnancy when a woman feels the movements of her baby. So too, this a time when new life is beginning, but still lies dormant. Pregnant animals, due in the spring, begin to feel the quickening of their unborn young. The earth itself is quickening, as seeds and bulbs far beneath the soil begin their journey towards the light. We know these things are coming — and we know also that this is a good month to make plans for the future. We can dream and hope, and set goals for ourselves. Accept responsibility for mistakes you’ve made in the past, and move on.
Magical workings this month should focus on personal achievements and advancement. This is an excellent time for fertility and childbirth spells
 

christowitch:

February: The Quickening Moon

The full moon in February is known as the Quickening moon, it marks the official end of winter, and the quickening, the renewal of all things. While the skies are still gray, and the weather is cold, beneath the surface life begins to secretly stir. 

This moon phase is a time of abundance, ripening and completeness, heavy with fertility and female divinity. It is a time when the potential of all things begins to stir towards birth in spring, a time to work on our own inner power and confront personal truths in preparation for birth. This moon sheds enough light to help us see into our darkness, so that our energy can make its way to the surface to prepare for growth and healing.

This is the season of Imbolc, the days when we know that if we can just hold on for a few more weeks, we might get lucky and see little green shoots peeking out through the snow and slush.

Correspondences:

  • Colors: Purple and blue
  • Gemstones: Rose quartz, amethyst, jasper
  • Trees: Rowan, Myrtle
  • Gods: Brighid, Aphrodite, Juno, Mars
  • Herbs: Hyssop, sage, myrrh
  • Element: Fire

The word Quickening is also used to describe the first moment in pregnancy when a woman feels the movements of her baby. So too, this a time when new life is beginning, but still lies dormant. Pregnant animals, due in the spring, begin to feel the quickening of their unborn young. The earth itself is quickening, as seeds and bulbs far beneath the soil begin their journey towards the light. We know these things are coming — and we know also that this is a good month to make plans for the future. We can dream and hope, and set goals for ourselves. Accept responsibility for mistakes you’ve made in the past, and move on.

Magical workings this month should focus on personal achievements and advancement. This is an excellent time for fertility and childbirth spells

 

Originally Posted By christowitch

christowitch:

January: Wolf Moon
This first full moon of the new year is a time of silence and sitting by the home fire. As the wild winter howls, appreciate the warmth of home and family. 
Now is the time to go within and plan the changes you will make in the spring. Consider now what you will plant. Start a moon journal to record your lunar tides and write down your spring dreams.
Correspondences:
Colors: Black and white, silver
Gemstones: Hematite
Trees: Birch, Hazel
Gods: Inanna, Freyja
Herbs: Thistle, nuts and seeds, marjoram
Element: Air
Full Moon names started with Native Americans as tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon. The names actually applied to the entire month in which each occurred. There was some variation in the names based on tribes. European settlers followed that custom and created some of their own names. 
Sometimes it is also referred to as the Cold Moon, Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but Wolf Moon seems most appropriate, in native cultures, because amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside their small villages, huts, and teepees. Since the lunar month is only 29 days long on the average, the full Moon dates shift from year to year.
This is a good time to work on magic related to protection, both physical and spiritual. Use this time to develop your inner self, and advance spiritually, becoming closer to the higher aspects of your deities.

christowitch:

January: Wolf Moon

This first full moon of the new year is a time of silence and sitting by the home fire. As the wild winter howls, appreciate the warmth of home and family. 

Now is the time to go within and plan the changes you will make in the spring. Consider now what you will plant. Start a moon journal to record your lunar tides and write down your spring dreams.

Correspondences:

  • Colors: Black and white, silver
  • Gemstones: Hematite
  • Trees: Birch, Hazel
  • Gods: Inanna, Freyja
  • Herbs: Thistle, nuts and seeds, marjoram
  • Element: Air

Full Moon names started with Native Americans as tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon. The names actually applied to the entire month in which each occurred. There was some variation in the names based on tribes. European settlers followed that custom and created some of their own names. 

Sometimes it is also referred to as the Cold Moon, Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but Wolf Moon seems most appropriate, in native cultures, because amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside their small villages, huts, and teepees. Since the lunar month is only 29 days long on the average, the full Moon dates shift from year to year.

This is a good time to work on magic related to protection, both physical and spiritual. Use this time to develop your inner self, and advance spiritually, becoming closer to the higher aspects of your deities.

Originally Posted By fuckyeahvikingsandcelts

fuckyeahvikingsandcelts:

Anglo-saxon runes

fuckyeahvikingsandcelts:

Anglo-saxon runes

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Vishuddha, the Throat Chakra:

Our fifth chakra is located in the region of the neck and shoulders and is the center of communication and creativity. Its colour is a bright turquoise blue, mixing with the deep indigo of the sixth chakra and the green of the fifth. Its lotus has 16 petals, upon which are inscribed all the vowels of the Sanskrit language. Vowels are generally thought to represent spirit, while consonants give the edges and definitions which define matter. As we enter the throat chakra, we are crossing deeper into the realms of mind and spirit. This lotus is called Visuddha, which means “purification.” To successfully reach and open the fifth chakra, the body must attain a certain level of purification, which helps to achieve the sensitivity needed for the subtler levels of the upper chakra. Classically, the element associated with this level is ether, or akasha, meaning “spirit,” as well as the element of sound. Sound is a rhythmic vibration of air molecules as they are impacted by matter in movement. If someone claps their hands, the sound that reaches you is in the form of the air they have displaced. All sound is a vibration, and all things, living and nonliving, have a unique vibration. At this level, we do not see the world as individual things or their activities, but as complex interwoven net of energies with characteristic vibrational rhythms.

The Hindus believe that the universe itself is made of sound. Mother Kali, the destroyer, is said to have the power to remove the letters of the alphabet from the petals of the chakras when she chooses to destroy the world. WIthout sound and language, there is no form. Sound waves are subject to a principle called resonance, also known as “rhythm entrainment” or “sympathetic vibration.” Resonance is what occurs when sound waves of similar frequency meet - they lock into phase, with their vibrations oscillating at the same time. That which is in phase tends to remain in phase; hence, the interlocking of vibrational waves creates the ongoing harmony and substance that we experience in the world. Our breathing, heart rate, brain waves, and sleeping and eating patterns are all rhythmic activities that “entrain” or connect us with the world around us. When we are feeling harmonious with our surroundings, then our internal rhythms are resonating within ourselves. This resonance will, in turn, call other wave forms into harmony with it, bringing strength and integrity to the organism.

From sound we get communication. Communication is the activity and function of the throat chakra. Here we have language, a complex pattern of sound and rhythm, through which we symbolize the physical world around us. Through symbol, we have a more efficient way of dealing with the world. Someone can describe a car, but cannot bring it into the through with them. You can call someone in New York and speak to them without actually going there. Our minds work with symbols. We think in words, as well as image and sensory memory. The world of the upper chakras is symbolic of the world below. Communication is a rhythmic activity. THe more resonant our own internal rhythms, the more easily and pleasantly we will communicate. Studies have shown that regardless of the content of words used, listeners and speakers enter into a rhythm entrainment as they converse. It is believed that understanding occurs only when entrainment can take place.

The sense of this chakra is hearing, and the note at which it vibrates at is F.

The glands and organs influenced by the fifth chakra include the thyroid gland, parathyroid gland, throat, mouth and teeth. Because of this association, when one keeps this chakra imbalanced for a prolonged period of time, experienced illnesses include communication and/or speech problems, using knowledge unwisely, ignorance, lack of discernment, or thyroid and immune system problems.

When one keeps this chakra well-balanced, they tend to be contented, centered, can live in the present, have a good sense of timing, are a good speaker, artistic, can meditate and experience Divine energy, and they can seek bliss through meditation (their sexual energy).

However, this chakra can be over-active and contain excessive energy, and when it is one will be arrogant, self-righteous, talk too much, dogmatic, addictive, have macho sexual energy, and prefers partners who can be dominated. If this chakra is too open, one will be so busy expressing that they will forget to listen, or their voice is dissonant, and they are unable to enter into resonance with those around them.

If this chakra is neither balanced or over-active, one will have deficient energy in the heart chakra, (or, otherwise, a closed or blocked chakra,) and with that they tend to be scared, timid, hold back, are quiet, inconsistent, unreliable, weak, devious, manipulative, can’t express own thoughts, can’t relax (their sexual energy), feel conflict with your religious upbringing, and may be afraid of sex. Communication involves both listening and speaking. If one’s fifth chakra is closed down, then there is a fear of expressing oneself, fear of speaking one’s truth, or excessive shyness. The voice itself is timid and the words are few.

Gems and minerals associated with the throat chakra that can be used in stone meditation for clearing blockades in the chakra are blue topaz (and sometimes even yellow), sapphire (and sometimes even emerald), quartz, turquoise, gem silica, chrysocolla, aquamarine, chalcedony, and tourmaline.

To balance this chakra, sing, chant, hum. Listen to music that you really like. Take a walk and look at the beautiful blue sky and breathe consciously. Practicing prana (also known as the breath of life) can help with this chakra. Taking turns talking to a friend, and actively listening as well. Ideally, the fifth chakra should be connected to the self - to all the other chakras above and below - to visions of the mind and the feelings from body with equal ease. Chanting is an activity that increases the overall resonance of our being, allowing all our internal systems to enter into a rhythmic harmony. When chanting is practiced as a group activity, it enhances resonance and communication with the group as a whole. From Zen monasteries to rock concerts, this is a powerful tool for enhancing collective consciousness. The fifth chakra is also a center of creativity, another form of symbolic communication. As we open up this center, we open up our creative potential. The greater our resonance within, the greater the power within our creations.

Oils associated with Vishuddha include lavender, chamomile, rosemary, thyme, or sage. These oils can be used in aromatherapy with a diffuser, or in the form of essence. It can also be used in an aromatic bath or during meditation to help with the opening and balancing of this chakra.

Yoga positions associated with this chakra include dhanurasana or (bow pose), simhasana 1 (lion pose), and paschimottanasana (sitting forward bend).

When two people mix the energies from their throat chakras, without the desire for dominating each other, then the most beautiful colour blue appears, and within this colour symbols for strength and solidarity, like e.g. a beautiful sword which protects the two against the dark forces, may appear.
Also humorous figures, like laughing fairies, can be seen, for when there are no dark manifestations of power in the contact with another persons throat chakra, then there is humour.
Humour is one of the most important of God’s qualities; humour can to some degree protect against the kind of darkness, which tries to gain power through the contact with human beings’ throat chakras.
Therefore: a good joke, when the conversation becomes a bit unpleasant, is a very good idea. This is what is meant when we say that humour is disarming. 

View the information post for: the Heart chakrathe Solar Plexus chakrathe Sacral chakra, or the Root chakra.

Originally Posted By christowitch
Originally Posted By lil-neko-deactivated20111022

lil-neko:

Charm to help when your love is away
I know I posted this on my old account, but I suppose I’ll post it here too.
This is actually a very-mini-spell-altar that developed from a very simple spell I started doing when Chris left for bootcamp.
All you really need is a candle, and the lovers and strength cards form a tarot deck (or something to represent them).
Face the cards together and light the candle when you feel you need to. You can either talk to the person or pray, whichever you feel most comfortable with.
For the altar, I added a photograph, roses, two tea-lights, and a few stones for that extra oomph. I also had a small prayer to Athena (his patron goddess) up there until mum made me take it all down.
It really does help. On both sides. Chris says he can tell when I do it randomly during the day cuz he can hear me and feels a lot better.

lil-neko:

Charm to help when your love is away

I know I posted this on my old account, but I suppose I’ll post it here too.

This is actually a very-mini-spell-altar that developed from a very simple spell I started doing when Chris left for bootcamp.

All you really need is a candle, and the lovers and strength cards form a tarot deck (or something to represent them).

Face the cards together and light the candle when you feel you need to. You can either talk to the person or pray, whichever you feel most comfortable with.

For the altar, I added a photograph, roses, two tea-lights, and a few stones for that extra oomph. I also had a small prayer to Athena (his patron goddess) up there until mum made me take it all down.

It really does help. On both sides. Chris says he can tell when I do it randomly during the day cuz he can hear me and feels a lot better.

(via christowitch)

Originally Posted By christowitch
Originally Posted By herbalhealing

herbalhealing:

Cold and Flu Tea
When you’re huddled at home nursing a cold  or flu, a warm cup of herb tea is comfort in itself. An advantage to  drinking tea is that the liquid thins congestion and flushes out toxins.  Drinking two to three cups of the following tea, nice and hot, will  make you sweat and lower a fever. If possible, tuck yourself into a warm  bed afterward!
1/2 teaspoon yarrow flowers (Achillea millefolium) 1/2 teaspoon elder flowers (Sambucus canadensis) 1/2 teaspoon peppermint leaves 1/2 teaspoon echinacea root 1/2 teaspoon schisandra berries 3 cups boiling water 
Combine the herbs in a teapot and pour the  boiling water over them. Steep for at least 20 minutes.  Strain and  drink throughout the day. You can make a double batch and keep it in the  refrigerator, just be sure to warm it before drinking.

herbalhealing:

Cold and Flu Tea

When you’re huddled at home nursing a cold or flu, a warm cup of herb tea is comfort in itself. An advantage to drinking tea is that the liquid thins congestion and flushes out toxins. Drinking two to three cups of the following tea, nice and hot, will make you sweat and lower a fever. If possible, tuck yourself into a warm bed afterward!

1/2 teaspoon yarrow flowers (Achillea millefolium)
1/2 teaspoon elder flowers (Sambucus canadensis)
1/2 teaspoon peppermint leaves
1/2 teaspoon echinacea root
1/2 teaspoon schisandra berries
3 cups boiling water 

Combine the herbs in a teapot and pour the boiling water over them. Steep for at least 20 minutes.  Strain and drink throughout the day. You can make a double batch and keep it in the refrigerator, just be sure to warm it before drinking.

(via hippiewitch)

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