Sunday, February 27, 2011

Balancing the Chakras

I may have posted this information sometime ago, but someone needs it, and I'm going to re-post...This is actually faster than looking it up.  For more information on the chakras, click  Here


             


Balancing the Chakras is very simple, although it will require a few stones, a pendulum, and a healing crystal.

 Balancing the Chakras

 

 
The stones I prefer to use for this process includes:

 Hematiteroot chakra

Carneliansacral chakra

Citrinesolar plexis

Rose quartzheart chakra

Blue lace agatethroat chakra

Sodalitethird eye

Amethystcrown chakra

 Make sure the recipient of this charka balancing session is reclining comfortably.  Place a small pillow under their head and one beneath their knees if they wish, to relieve back strain.

Before I begin, I explain to the recipient what I’m going to do, and I use this opportunity to assure them they can place the stones for the root chakra and the breast chakra (if the client is female) themselves.

To lay the stones, begin at the feet with a smoky quartz, if you choose to use this stone in this position.  This is a good practice to facilitate grounding.  Otherwise begin at the root chakra, placing the hematite stone, or having the client place the stone, on the pubic bone.

Everyone’s body shape is different, and it may be awkward or impossible to get a stone to lie in this spot for some people.  If that is the case—the body, in this position, forms a ‘Y’; place the stone at the base of the ‘v’ formed by the crease of the legs, at the top of the thighs, and at the base of the genital area.

Place the carnelian stone over the sacral chakra, the lower abdomen.  In women, this would be where the womb and ovaries are located. 

Next, is the solar plexus, located approximately three inches above the naval.  Here, place the citrine crystal. 

At the heart chakra, between the breasts, you’ll lay a stone of rose quartz.  If your client is a female, she may be more comfortable placing this stone herself.

To lay a stone for the throat chakra, place the blue lace agate at the base of the throat, in the hollow that you will generally find here.

The third eye chakra can be found between the eyebrows and just slightly above them.  Gently lay the sodalite stone in this spot.  Occasionally you will have a client who feels the weight of this stone, no matter how small, very acutely.  Be careful in placing the stone in this very sensitive spot, and reassure the recipient that sensations she/he may feel are not unusual. 

For the crown chakra, you will want to take your amethyst crystal and lay it gently on the pillow just above the client’s head.  Tuck it up close so that it’s in contact with the body.

There, you have your crystals and stones in place.  Allow the client to remain laying in this position for 15-20 minutes.  It helps to set the tone if you have some soft ambient music in the background, perhaps a subtle incense, and low lighting or candlelight.  It also helps the client to relax if they feel secure, that their privacy will not be violated, and that they will not be interrupted.

Make sure your client knows that if any of the stones happen to slip from their position during this process, they should leave them lay and not try to replace them.  This often means that the stone’s work is done.

After 15 or 20 minutes, we’ll now check the chakras for inconsistencies in their energy. 

I personally prefer a pendulum for this process, and you may find that this works well too.   

   

Checking the Chakras:

Beginning at the root chakra and working your way up hold the pendulum a few inches above the body and give it a few moments to work.  If it swings back & forth, side-to-side to the body, it means that this chakra is blocked.  If the pendulum swings back and forth head-to-toe, in line with the body, it means that the chakra needs to be re-energized but is not blocking the passage of energies from the other chakras.  A positive movement of the pendulum, which for me is a circle, means that this chakra is just fine.You can proceed two ways– either by automatically re-energizing all the chakras, regardless of your pendulum findings; or simply by re-energizing and unblocking the problem chakras.  When you work on any of the problem chakras, remember to check them again with your pendulum once you’ve cleared and re-energized them.  If you’re really thorough, and your client hasn’t been laying flat for an uncomfortable length of time, you can recheck all of the chakras at the end of this process.

To clear and re-energize the chakras, I use a three inch clear quartz crystal point. 

First, remove the negative energy and etheric trash from the chakra:  Lay the quartz crystal in your receiving hand with the point away from you; place your projective hand, facing downward, at your side, aimed towards the ground to harmlessly disperse this negative energy back to the earth.  Hold your receiving hand just above the chakra you’re working on and slowly begin to move this hand with the crystal in it in small counter-clockwise rotations, lifting it higher and higher from the body as you do.

You may or may not notice strange physical sensations with the actual movement of energy.  Some people do and some don’t.  Just because you may not feel any physical sensation, it does not mean that what you’re doing isn’t working—the energy just may be very subtle and you're not picking it up. 

Once you’ve ‘pulled’ the negative energy out of the chakra, and you feel that it’s as cleared as you can get it, you are going to re-charge it with positive energy:   Take the clear quartz crystal and place it in your projective hand with the point facing towards you.  Hold your receiving hand out to your side, palm up to draw positive energy inward.  Holding your projective hand containing the crystal a ways above the chakra that you’re working on, begin to move this hand in small ever-widening clockwise circles, moving closer and closer to your client’s body and the chakra.  Stop just above it.

Circle the area as often as you feel you need to, and at slower or faster speeds, until you feel that enough positive energy has moved through your receiving hand, along your arms, and exited through your projective hand and the crystal into the client’s body.

Now you can use your pendulum to check the energy of this chakra.  Hopefully all is well and you’ll be able to move on to the next chakra; if not, repeat the process until you get a positive reading from your pendulum letting you know that the chakra has been properly cleared and reenergized.

Make sure that throughout this process you remember to ask your client from time to time if they’re comfortable, and don’t make anyone lay on their back for too extended a period.  Some people with blocked energy and unbalanced chakras may need more than one session to clear things up.

Once you are finished and have reached the end of this session with your client, remove the stones that have been placed upon the chakras at the beginning of the session, do so starting with the crown chakra and work your way down.  Removing the stones in this progression, ending with the hematite stone at the root chakra, or the smoky quartz if you’ve placed one at their feet, facilitates grounding.

 
©  Amythyst Raine 2010
(All Rights Reserved)

 

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Tarot Mysteries: Ghost Reading

I decided, one snowy afternoon in February, to try something new with my tarot cards. I set myself up with The Goddess tarot deck and a ouija board as my table and invited a spirit who had passed over to come forward and communicate with me through the cards. The idea of doing this had come to me after I used a pendulum earlier that day to ask if there was a spirit in the room with me...the pendulum had said 'yes'; and I wanted to know more.

Ghost Reading

Prince/swords 7/cups ® Oppression

The first card, the Prince, gives the impression of sharp objects-- perhaps someone who worked with knives or some other sharp cutting tools, or machinery of this nature; a difficult life-- a string of bad luck; a series of unfortunate events/messages/relationships. Also…something that is held close to the heart-- whatever this might be, this individual, even in death, feels affection or love for someone or something that is intense. Whatever this bond was in life, it is so strong that death can’t break it.

Decisions to make, several of them, leading to a period of confusion, possible mental overload, or an individual suffering from mental issues. This person may have been in an unconscious state, a coma, or a state of mental dementia for some time before they passed.

Death for this individual came as a welcome release from mental anguish. At death, this individual experienced the sensation of ‘awakening’ upon passing over, finding themselves in a totally unfamiliar place on the other side, although initially confusing, I don’t feel it was a negative experience.

I’m also picking up a ‘mirror image’. A double-- perhaps a twin. The energy of this spirit feels male, and I don't believe that this person was into their elderly years when they passed. I feel that they were probably middle-aged when they crossed over.

Do you recognize this spirit?



(This is a photo of my ouija board, pendulum, and tarot deck.)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tea Time with the Witch: A Little of This and a Little of That

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So much going on, where to begin?...First, there are issues with the webhost of my website, The Witch's Corner.  Some people have uninterrupted access to my site and others do not, including me.  First they said it had something to do with the ISP, then it was the DNS, and since I have no access to Webs at all, I can't get into the support forums to figure it all out.  It wasn't that long ago that we experienced similar problems, which knocked my site out for a week.  This has spooked me sufficiently enough that I've been moving the contents of my site (from a cached page) over to Yola-- mostly to use as a backup url, just in case this should happen again.  But if this occurs too often, I may have to make Yola my permanent home.

If your access to The Witch's Corner is uninterrupted-- good for you!...The url is:  http://ladyamythyst.webs.com/

If you are one of the unfortunate few, like me, who can't bring this site up using the url above, here's the links to the Yola sites I'm in the process of creating-- remember, this is a project that's under construction.  Because of the massive amount of material I'm transferring, I'm actually setting up two websites at Yola that are interconnected.  One contains my tarot reading page, along with wytchy merchandise from Wytchy Wares; the other site contains information on witchcraft, cyrstals & stones, metaphyscial laws, rituals, spells, all the "other stuff'':

http://cauldronmagick.yolasite.com/

http://thewitchscorner.yolasite.com   (This site is not published yet, but hopefully it will be very soon, hang onto this url)




My Newsletters:

Because of other writing obligations, my newsletter will be going out quarterly in 2011.   That means I'll be putting a newsletter out for March, June, September, & December.

Thank you so much for your support & your enthusiasm. Below are links to last year's newsletters and my newsletter archives: 

March 2010

April 2010

May 2010

June 2010

July 2010

August 2010

October 2010

December 2010

March 2011

Newsletter Archives:

Newsletter Archives 1

Newsletter Archives 2





This Thursday I'll be having Ladies over to the house for a little Wytchy Mischief.  That's about all I can say on the topic, other than it rightfully deserves to be capitalized.  The girls and I will probably be tidying up the house on Wednesday, the day before-- when company comes I like candles lit, incense going, and soft ambient music in the backgroud...Let the fun begin.  :)





As some of you might know, the oldsest cat we have in the house passed away last Friday-- Tatters.  Dr. Kent estimated that he must have been around 13 years old, and he was positive for feline AIDS.  That cat spent most of his life roaming this neighborhood as a feral cat, until one very cold winter night, he decided to gird up his loins and come in to sit for a spell.  He stayed.  We saw him through his last month of life, most of which he was actually enjoying, lolling around on my daughter's bed pretending to be a house cat.  His health decline and death was very fast and unexpected.  I believe he found us for a reason...when we were needed.






Tuesday-- what a day!...Mars; red or orange candles; in your face aggressive energy; herbs:  basil, pepper, onion, cayenne pepper, allspice, cloves, cinnamon; number 9.  Warrior energy is on the rampage today-- I feel it more strongly than usual.  Light a red candle and flex your muscles...both magickal and mundane.





Tarot Card for the day:  The High Priestess (R)



You're not listening to that little voice in your head-- it's trying to tell you something, but you may be trying to drown it out with common sense and reasonable explanations...and these things don't always work in certain circumstances.  Shhh...listen, what is it telling you to do?

The High Priestess today has a sense of calmness about her, almost an arrogance-- the good kind-- in being solid about who she is, what path she wishes to tread, and where she's headed in the future.  Under certain conditions, she has the knack for being in control without giving the impression that she is-- very clever!

Blessings,
Amythyst Raine

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Poppets: What do I do with it?


Poppets are popular. I sell a lot of them from my website at The Witch’s Corner. Some, I know for a fact, are going to be used for the intentions for which they were created, others are bought as a novelty item. A wide variety of people purchase my poppets for magickal use, both experienced practitioners and the novice. The most popular poppet question I get is from the novice buying a poppet for the first time for actual magickal use. They have their intentions down pat, they’re running on a good amount of emotional energy, but once they have the dollie, the questions is: "What do I do with it?"

Well, I’ll tell ya’…You can do a lot of things with a poppet and, depending on your intentions, it can be good things, or it can get pretty nitty-gritty.


Since the energy for magick is fueled by emotions, you can start with the obvious. I’ve been asked if it’s okay to hit the poppet– Sweetheart, you can not only hit it, you can stomp on it, burn it, bury it, tie it up, smother it in the substance of your choice, perform bodily functions upon it, stab it with a knife or stick it full of straight pins. You can sew the mouth shut; tape the mouth shut, blindfold it; or stick pins through the eyes. You can scream at it; yell at it; cry at it; you can talk to you it; lecture it; stroke it; embrace it; or throw it against the wall.

Whatever the purpose of your poppet is, whether for love, healing, hexing/cursing…remember that it is your emotions, and the strength of those feelings that are going to propel the magick forward.


There is a ritual for ‘breathing a poppet to life’. This is not an absolute demanded requirement, especially for those who are inexperienced in the performance of magickal rituals, but it makes a lot of sense– and it’s really very simple. I posted this ritual in my October 2010 Newsletter, and I’ll re-post it here:

Assemble those items that correspond to the four elements– a bowl of water, a lit candle, an incense of your choice, and a bowl of salt.

1. Cast your circle & call the quarters.

2. Have your altar prepared, the color of your altar cloth, the herbs and stones present all corresponding to your intentions.

3. Upon this altar place the items belonging to the elements.

4. Take a few moments to ground yourself, to gather your energy, to fill your mind and this magical space with your intentions for this poppet.

5. Lay the doll upon the altar.

For the element of Earth:

Take a handful of salt and sprinkle it across the figure, saying, "I infuse you with Earth, that you feel physical touch."

For the element of Air:

Take the doll in your hands and hold it in the smoke of the incense, turning it, moving it, that it is consumed with the smoke, saying, "I infuse you with Air, that you think."

For the element of Fire:

Lay the doll upon the altar once more and hold the burning candle above it, saying, "I infuse you with Fire, that your passion be unquenchable and you feel the heat of my fury (or love, hate, desire, etc.)"

For the element of Water:

Dip your right hand into the bowl of water and sprinkle the water upon the poppet as it lay on your altar, saying, "I infuse you with Water, that your emotions be overwhelming."

6. Leave the poppet lay on the altar. Take a deep breath and slowly lean over it, until you hover above it’s mouth, your own lips almost touching it. Exhale now, allow your breath to escape from your body in one long warm draught of air. And this breath shall enter the poppet and give it life.

7. Open your circle, dismiss the quarters. Do with the poppet what you must, according to your intentions.


Personalize your poppet…This means that you are going to do something to this dollie to imbue it with the energy and essence of the individual that it represents. You can open it up and insert personal effects from your target; this could include– hair, fingernails, a small photo, a signature, a name-paper (their name which you’ve written on a small strip of paper), a kleenex they’ve used, a scrap of material from a piece of their clothing, a piece of jewelry–such as an earring, or a bead from a necklace or bracelet. You can pin a small photo of their face over the face of the poppet; you can tie the poppet up with strip of material taken from a piece of their clothing…The ideas are endless. The more personal the item belonging to the target, the better.


When you’ve performed your rituals, vented your emotions, worked your magick– then what?

What you do with this poppet at the end of it all depends on what this poppet was intended for– love, healing, health, or revenge.

Healing Poppets…You’ve created this poppet with tenderness and the desire for a loved one’s recovery from illness or injury. Treat this poppet with as much love and respect as you would the individual you created it for, because– in essence– it is them. Keep it safe. When all is said and done, their recovery complete– or their passing eased with magickal assistance– dismantle this poppet carefully, lovingly, and burn the items in a bonfire to which you’ve added a handful of sage and rosemary. Scatter the ashes to the winds.

Love Poppets…If you’ve created this poppet to bring romantic love into your life, you’ll want to keep it close, preferably in your bedroom, near your bed. Keep it safe and secure, possibly wrapped in red satin and kept in luxurious circumstances– spoil it, lure it…seduce it. Bring it out on the evening of a full moon, amongst soft candlelight and a glass of wine, to reinstate your intentions. When the poppet has fulfilled it’s duty, destiny has knocked, and a lover has entered your life, hang onto this dolly– you might need it one day.

Personally, I don’t believe in the unrealistic world of ‘happy ever after’ fairytale endings. Mr. Right might seem like the cat’s meow right now, but along the way you may discover that this individual is not quite what you had in mind. Fortunately, if you’ve saved this poppet, you can bring it out of it’s hiding place, dismantle it, take a nice long drive to some secluded area, and bury it– Mr. Right will be taking a nice long drive right out of your life shortly afterwards.

Hexing/Cursing Poppets…Poppets created and worked for the darker aspects of magick should be disposed of carefully, and definitely ‘off’ your property. When retribution has been accomplished, the results are in, and you’ve made your point– dismantle this dolly carefully, leaving not a crumb of ingredients laying about. Take it outside and burn it in a fireproof receptacle that you don’t mind disposing of. When the container and ashes have cooled down, take the whole thing as far away from your home as is reasonable, and bury it .

However, with the dark dollies, there is also an alternative, one I personally find intriguing and useful…If this poppet was created for a target who may be contained temporarily with dark magick, but a target who is not going to be going away permanently– hang onto this poppet. You might find it useful in the future. You will keep this poppet under very careful conditions. Personally, I prefer to bind it before I pack it away– literally– with wide red ribbon. You will keep this poppet in a secure and secret place, knowing that you still hold the cards, knowing that you maintain control and can defend yourself should the need ever arise.


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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Magick for the Day

Saturday...Planet/Saturn: ambition, structure, realism, self-preservation (this can get sticky, falling within gray magick), business, self-control, the dark side, retribution/revenge, the untamed spiritual side; Colors/black, gray, deep navy blue; Herbs/black poppy seeds, myrrh, pepper, wormwood, henbane, hellebore, hemlock, witch grass; Number/8; Letters/H, Q, Z; Stones/apache tear, obsidian, onyx, tourmaline (black), hematite, jet

Save Saturday as the day to pull magickal punches where they're needed, whether someone or something needs banishing or just a hard slap on the wrist. Straighten out the gossip, zip the liar's lips, knock jealousy out the window, get the bad guy-- track him down with your magickal guns. Protection magick is a highpoint for this day and these correspondences. For me the magickal cry for Saturday is, "Batten down the hatches and get out of my way if you're smart." Saturday wreaks of no nonsense magick, isn't for the sissies, and inspires good behavior by using some magickal muscle.

Tarot card of the day:
Knight of Cups



This knight heralds romantic activities and, with the influence of Saturn, this will be more like Heathcliffe and Catherine-- without the pristine happy endings of a Disney fairytale. The sex will be wild, unbridled, and somewhat dangerous; the fights will be rampaging with make-up sex that will take your breath away. Romantic relationships begun at this point will be so up and down, so tumultuous, that it may not be intended to last forever-- the intensity would be too much. Take what you will from this encounter, learn and grow, enjoy the good parts, survive the bad...and move on to calmer waters, smoother encounters.

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