Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year's Eve: Ameristar Casino


This is a reminder that I'll be giving Live In-House Tarot Readings at the Ameristar Casino, Council Bluffs, Iowa
Saturday, December 31,
6:30pm-12:30am

These readings are *Free*...courtesy of Ameristar.

Happy New Year!

A Book Review/Author Interview: by Dana Wright

Dana Wright did a review of my book, "Tarot: A Witch's Journey", which includes a book give-away, and an author interview. Here's a link:

http://onthebroomstick.blogspot.com/2011/12/visit-with-amythyst-raine-giveaway.html

Book Cover 2

Monday, December 26, 2011

Salt Crystal Lamps



We had a fun holiday season at our house. Exchanging gifts is always interesting with a large family, and especially now that some of the kids are grown-up and everyone loves giving gifts to each other. The exchanges ranged from such mundane items as electric roasters and pots and pan sets, to 'fantasy' high heels and three DVD seasons of "Medium"...bathrobes, bubble baths, crazy caps, books, clothes and novelty items, including a giant can of chocolate pudding and a giant can of tapioca!

One of the items that I received was a "Salt Crystal Lamp" from one of my lovely daughters.

I'm blogging today with photos of this lamp and more information on salt crystal lamps:

[QUOTE]“Salt crystal lamps are air-cleansing, energizing, healing, luminizing, relaxing, soothing, beautiful and unique! They work as a dehumidifier absorbing dust, smoke, odors, pollution, allergies, computer radiation, and more…


For ages humans have known about the positive force of salt and its uses for cleansing as well as the neutralizing effect on our health. With salt crystal lamps you bring positive characteristics and a piece of nature into your living area. Natural crystal salt lamps give you energy with their warm luminating glow. These crystals are 250 million years old. Each crystal has a different form and color and give a health-promoting effect both by their ionization and with their color.


Ionization: Air is electrically charged, i.e. there is a certain relation of positive (+) and negative (-) particles. these particles become either plus ions or minus ions. Science indicates minus ions are beneficial for our health. We spend much of our lives in closed places where positive ions, such as air conditioners, computers, televisions, smoke, and insufficient ventilation, are prevalent. The imbalance of ions has an unfavorable effect on our health. In order to achieve a balanced ion relation, room air can be enriched with minus ions. Salt crystal lamps represent a source of free negative ions in the material composition. The effect is amplified by warming the crystal with the help of a bulb.


Color: The pleasant light from the natural color is good for our mental and emotional condition. The orange color promotes cheerfulness, creativity, relaxation, and joy for life. White light supports concentration by giving you a clear head. because of their blend of colors, salt crystal lamps are ideal for harmonizing living and work spaces. They are ideal as night lights and as meditation lamps.


Salt: Long ago our ancestors recognized the life-giving and healing properties of sea salt that provided the vital connective forces and elements of nature. Salt is one element of transmutation in all of nature’s substances that enables man to walk erect, gain intelligence, and remain free. Salt is gathered with great care every day. The cosmetic origin of salt , which connects us to our cradle of life– the ocean, has important significance and the custom was to give or exchange salt when meeting new people. The connection of salt and water represents a connection of Heaven and Earth.”




Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Mini Tarot Reading

Deck: Golden Tarot of Klimt

DEATH...KNAVE/CHALICES...7/PENTACLES

He (the Knave) looks on without emotions as her feelings play themselves out. Behind him, hidden, are all the treasures he longed to give her. Behind him lay the one that death took, yet he faces her; before him, at his back, stands the strong one.

10/PENTACLES...7/PENTACLES...KNIGHT/WANDS

She runs the gauntlet to keep what she has or to gain what she longs for. She thinks she's happy, but this is only an isolated moment, a surreal conclusion. Behind her is the man who will shake her from this illusion, either jarring her from her fantasy, or catapulting her into insanity.

9/SWORDS...10/CUPS...THE EMPORER

Unity has come with a price. On one side the anguish of doubt and emotional stress; upon the other side strong arm tactics of a man. And between them both lay the crumpled pile of wounded personalities and cliques that use to masquerade as a family.


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Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Brief: things I love & things I hate

*Note: I may be re-posting a re-post. Quite honestly, I've written so much that I don't remember what I've posted where anymore. However, I may have a few things to add to this-- yes, I believe I do. I re-read this while having coffee this morning, and there was just something about it that scratched the itch in my soul.


witchgirlbrm---Copy1.jpg picture by witch_of_endore

Things I like and why...maybe.

I love moonlight--- I remember laying on Grandma's couch in the bay windows of her large kitchen one summer night and raising up in the dark to hold my arms out in the moonlight that was spilling through the glass. My arms looked all puny, and white, and ghostly, and the moonlight felt good on my skin...the same way some people claim that the sun feels good on theirs.

Chocolate...this is a mandatory like for all females. It contributes to our feelings of well-being, our energy level, and our rear ends, but in a good way. ;) It's used to alleviate guilt, stress, anger, and jealousy. It soothes the soul and adds to the ambiance of our lives-- sort of like a gentle 'Ommmm', or one of Deuters CDs.

I love autumn. I love the beautiful and vibrant colors- golden hues, maize, browns, tans; the warm colors- shades of orange and red. The smell of dry autumn leaves in damp earth is one of my favorite scents. I love deep blue autumn skies as a backdrop for the trees. I love the sound of geese overhead, flying south; the influx of wild birds and squirrels at our feeders; the crisp mornings that are a balm from a hot summer; the bounty that comes with a garden harvest, pumpkins and gourds. I love the occasional foggy, chilly, mist-in-the-air, gray day. I love the primeval urge to bake spicy breads and pies; the smell of hot coffee; and the warm golden puddles of light from my candles, which were lit early to soften the growing darkness.



blackcat.jpg picture by witch_of_endoreCats...they wreak of mysticism, they know what they know, and they keep secrets. Cats don't pressure you for emotions you don't feel like showing. They know when to crawl into your lap and seek your attention and affection, and they know when to retreat into the shadows and leave your space open and clear. Cats walk with spirits and commune with fairies; they don't encompass magick, they are magick.

I love rain...I love the smell of it, the sight of it, the sound of it. I love the dark steel gray days that go with rain. I love the cozy solitude found indoors on rainy days- someone hunkered over a book in a pool of lamp light; a pretty teapot, full of jasmine tea, nestled on a trivet; cats curled into furry balls on the couch and kitchen chairs. I love the way drops of rain slide down the window-panes. I love the rumble of thunder in the distance and loud claps of thunder overhead. I love the way tree trunks look darker and more well-defined and sidewalks smell of damp forest pathways.


 



Things I hate-- and yes, it's perfectly okay to 'Hate' something. It's an honest human emotion, like love and lust, only no one wants to acknowledge it because we were raised in a mostly Christian society that attempts to pigeon hole human emotions and appetites as 'good' or 'bad'. Yep, you go right ahead and hate anything you feel a hankering to hate. Once in a while we hit on something to hate and we hate it so much it gives us enough gumption to change it.

I hate the dead of winter...it wreaks of hopelessness and the fact that there's no way out, because none can be seen at this point. It's not early enough winter to look pretty, and it's not near enough spring to look hopeful-- it's just plain dirty and cold, gray and dark.

I hate a liar...My grandmother told me that this is one of the most dangerous creatures walking the planet. The very nature of what they are makes them impossible to fight.

I hate the idea of legal marriage. It is absurd to think that you need to receive a sanction of approval from a judicial system to be seen by the world as a legitimate couple. Not only do you have to pay a fee to obtain a 'license' so that someone deemed 'legally qualified' can marry you. Should the marriage not work out, you have to pay a great deal of money to this same judicial system so that you can extricate yourself from what I consider a personal relationship. As far as I'm concerned, Wiccans finally got it right with 'Handfasting'...after all, if you know that the other party can end the contract with no fuss every year and a day, seems like everyone might work harder to keep the magic going. This sure beats the hell out of the Christian alternative-- you stay with someone forever, until you die, whether you're happy or not.

I hate "Mean Girl Mentality". This phenomena is usually sistered up with "Group Mentality", and when you put both of these disease ridden syndromes together, it becomes lethal...lethal to common sense, good manners, and courtesy.




Quote for the day:
 
People spend a lifetime searching for happiness, looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within.

~ Romana L. Anderson

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Ritual & Spell Remnants: What do I do with it?

After the spell is cast and the magick is set, what do you do with all the left over "stuff"-- the candle wax, herbs, ashes, pins, needles, dollies, spell bags, charms, talismans, personal effects, etc. etc.? Is how you dispose of the remnants left from magick spells or rituals important? You bet your sweet cauldron it is. I'm posting this because 1) I've just stumbled upon it in my great big ole' black Book of Shadows; 2) I've gotten a few emails filled with questions on this issue; and 3) I think it's important enough to review for anyone who hasn't thought about it for a while. I do believe that this information, or at least some of it, might have come from luckymojo.com, but this has been buried in my BOS for so long, I don't really remember anymore.

Note: One big difference in casting spells in the hoodoo tradition is the belief that the power attributed to certain items, herbs and such, is naturally a part of these things and it is not necessary to consecrate these items to charge them in order to activate the magick. I'm extraordinarily eclectic, and I love charging my spell candles, mojo bags, charms & talismans, jewelry, etc, in the Wiccan tradition, with the four elements-- by earth, by air, by fire, by water.

When all is said and done, the last spell candle has burned itself out, and the final "So Mote it Be" has been spoken, here's what you're going to do with all the leftover tidbits...

1. If you want to keep something close, bury it in your backyard.

2. If you want to attract something, bury it under the front door step.

3. If you want to destroy it's influence, burn it.

4. If you want it to move away and sink, throw it in running water.

5. If you want to disperse it far away from you, throw it to a crossroads.

6. If you want to fix its influence, bury the pieces in a a five spot pattern

7. If you want it to work by means of spirits, bury it in a graveyard.

8. If you want to hide its point of origin, conceal it in a tree.

9. If you want it to work in secret, give it food or drink.
(This is often an ongoing thing, done at regular intervals.)

10. If you want it to work in stealth, hide it in clothing or on objects.

11. If you want its influence to begin or strengthen, throw it to the East.

12. If you want its influence to weaken or end, throw it to the West.

13. Never bury the remains of a negative spell on your own property!


(This is a photo of my cauldron and spell candles in one of my favorite places to cast spells-- the large dresser in my bedroom, right ahead of the big ole' mirror.)

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Saturday's Magick


Saturday: the planet- Saturn; the element: fire and earth/Protective Energy: this is the get even, in your face, I-can-take-care- of-myself energy that so many people need and so many people are afraid or hesitant to seek and to use. Gird up your loins, set your boundaries, put your wagons in a circle, stand on a lone hill and howl your independence, show your strength– you might scare the hell out of yourself in the process; but you will also scare the hell out of your enemies/Herbs: morning glory (binding), skullcap, wolf’s bane, slippery elm (shut their mouth), belladonna, and boneset/Color: black (negative energy, negative influences, negative people– be gone)

Country Cottage Prints

 

I've had several inquiries into the photo that I posted on the blog just before this one-- the quaint garden shed (Posted on: "Psychics & Their Clients"). This is my own photograph which I took on an outing with a friend. These small garden sheds are wildly popular here in Nebraska, and they add a magickal space to your garden or yard. In lieu of how popular this photo has become, I created a canvas print of this country cottage at my Zazzle shop. Follow the link:

http://www.zazzle.com/country_cottage_canvas-192888021082081486


Country Cottage canvas prints

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Psychics & Their Clients

I receive a lot of email from a lot of people. Some of it is predictable and mundane, some of it is feedback from my clients, and some of it is completely unexpected and totally out in left field. And let's get one thing straight here before I continue...It's okay to be out in left field, everyone has to be somewhere.

The most troublesome messages for me come from people who admit to being under psychiatric care and on medications. Red flags go up, not because I feel anything negative or threatening from these individuals, but because I'm immediately aware of the fact that I may be dealing with a very fragile human being. This means that I should be very careful of what I say, very careful of the types of choices and actions that I present to them, and very cautious about any statements that could lead them to stop the mundane medical/psychological care they are receiving. However, this does not mean that I should not be truthful with them, while at the same time giving them as positive a reading as I can, and leaving them with something to go forward and to build on.

The most unusual messages and requests I receive are from transsexuals, almost always men, all of them wanting to know if there is some magic spell to make them a woman, or to give them the power to go back and forth between being male or female. First, no, I tell them that I've never heard of this type of spell; and if there was one, it would most likely involve some sort of 'shape-shifting', rather than any solid permanent 'in-the-real-world' physical change. I also encourage these individuals to seek counseling, to get in touch with clinics who specialize in surgery for transsexuals, and to spend time examining their inner feelings and motives about this issue.

The most difficult messages and clients to deal with are people having mundane problems in their life, usually involving love or money, and they expect that a reading from me will solve these problems. I try to emphasize that I can give them an idea, and usually an amazingly accurate idea, of what the future will hold, what the road blocks will include, and which routes will be to their advantage. In almost all of these types of readings, any self-imposed stumbling blocks are usually exposed as well, and it's very difficult to know when to reveal this information and just how much to emphasize it. It can be a very sensitive area for some people.

A woman hopelessly in love with the wrong man would rather have all her teeth pulled with no anesthetic than to be told that her true love is a scum bag and if she doesn't ditch him and heal from the negative contact and abuse she's suffered through his hands, she will continue to decline both physically and emotionally, and happiness will be something that everyone else gets to experience, but not her. Sometimes a reader can point out the obvious, but someone blinded by the strength of their emotions may not be willing to look at it. These people usually have to learn the hard way-- and many of them have drug me along as their psychic, giving me a front row seat to this process.

People caught up in financial difficulties can be heart wrenchingly desperate. And unless you have experienced this predicament in life, you will not understand the depth and gravity of it. Johnny Carson was speaking on his show one time about wealth. He said,"The only thing that being rich does is to alleviate the worry about not having enough money." Of course, what he was trying to emphasize is that all of the other usual human problems are still there. However, my thought was that he had been wealthy so long he had forgotten what a horrible burden it is to worry about money. All other human problems pale in comparison if you can't pay your rent or buy food.

In situations like this, as with any other, the ups and downs, the possibilities and the pitfalls, will come through a reading. What will not come through a reading is a magical and instant fix to your financial situation. The tarot cards give us a picture of what was, what is, and what may be coming for the future-- but we will still have to stumble along and live through this human condition one day at a time, and sometimes it's a damn long rough road.

I've met some incredible people through my work, often people who have no idea how frustrating-- or how inspiring-- they are. As I continue to use my gift to enlighten and to enrich lives; I whole-heartedly accept the gift of enlightenment and enrichment that I receive back.

Sunday, December 4, 2011