Thursday, June 28, 2012

Prehnite: My Stone of Choice

I was browsing through "The Crystal Healer: crystal prescriptions that will change your life forever" looking for a stone that would compliment the energies I'm dealing with in my life at the moment, a stone that would enhance any natural gifts and give me a leg up on any health issues, a stone that would enhance any chances for opportunities coming my way, and a stone that I would feel a natural connection with. After browsing this book, my choice was "Prehnite".

Prehnite's energies include: the incredible energy of unconditional love; the enhancement of inner knowledge (intuition); it helps you with spiritual growth and the direction of your destiny; and helps you to recognize the truth. Physically, prehnite assists in finding the root cause of an illness. Healers use prehnite for issues of the kidneys and bladder, the thymus gland, shoulders, chest and lungs.

I managed to find a necklace (made with prehnite, jade, and hematite), a prehnite bracelet, and a prehnite ring on Ebay, each one from a different source, all three of them lovely and magickal. The necklace carries additional energies because it is crafted with additional stones:



Jade: just as prehnite enhances issues of the heart and unconditional love, so jade is another stone of the heart, traditionally used in the orient as an engagement stone; it's a stone that enhances fidelity. Physically, jade is used for healing lung and heart problems; the immune system; and nervous issues.

Hematite: this stone is very grounding, strongly connected with the element of Earth; it enhances mental organization and rationality; calms nervous or flighty tendencies; enhances original thinking and logical thought processes; banishes negative energy and helps balance the body, mind, and spirit. Physically, hematite is used to reduce fevers or treat heat exhaustion; to cure blood disorders, nervous issues, and insomnia; it helps to align the spine and minimize spinal issues.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Reminder: Book Signing/In-House Readings

I'll be at Next Millennium in Omaha, Nebraska, Saturday, June 16, noon-4pm, to do book signings for "The Gray Witch's Grimoire". I'll also be giving tarot readings.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Garden Magick @ Hedgewytch Hollow (photo blog)

I've about knocked myself out this year revamping our gardens and grounds.  It has been a lot of work, and I'm not finished yet, but it's also been a lot of fun, and it's turned out to be a wonderful creative outlet.

(Spirit Chimes in the "Old Garden")
"The Old Garden" is my main garden spot, though I'm not sure why I call it this anymore, except that this was the first garden I added to this place years ago, and it's this spot that I'm still working on yet.  I think I may have found someone interested in two saplings that I've (unwisely) allowed to grow in this flowerbed, simply because I dearly love trees and I couldn't bring myself to cut them down after watching them grow for two years. (A Russian Olive and a Maple)...I know, I'm an extraordinarily unconventional gardener.

The following two pictures are guardians at the north entrance of the Old Garden:



(South end of the Old Garden)

It's the middle of the Old Garden that I'm still working on-- the girls and I just picked up another large load of mulch and stones today.  I've purchased so much mulch and garden supplies from our local Menards this year that one employee asked me if I do landscaping.
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Below are some of the flowers and plants that grace our gardens and grounds:









(Our Large Rosebush)
(from underneath looking out)










(My neon hot pink geraniums, up close)

(My sixteen-year-old daughter took this photo right after I watered the geraniums.)
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We have tiki torches all over the yard in the various garden spots, and on Monday, June 4th, the night of the Full Moon, we lit all of them and wandered around the yard for a while enjoying the magickal night while I tried to take pictures of both the full moon and the gardens, just the gardens, and just the moon-- the moon photos being mostly unsuccessful, they really didn't give you the full effect (no pun intended). 

Following are pictures that I took: 


(The newest garden spot, which I just created this May,
slap-dab in the middle of the front lawn)


I've often noticed that so many people have very bare front yards and create their garden space only in the backyard, out of sight.  I didn't want to do that; I wanted to be able to see a garden from my front door, and I wanted everyone else passing by to see my garden as well.  I wanted to be different, and this is something I generally succeed at, just ask my family.

(Follow the Yellow Brick Road)

I've always wanted to create a "Magickal Threshold" into the backyard, and I decided to do just that this year with a grape arbhor and grapevines.  The plants are hard to see in the dark, but there are grapes planted on either side of the arbor, and the leaves are suppose to turn beautiful colors in the autumn.  We'll have to see just how much they grow this summer.

The Yellow Brick Road in daylight:












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(The Patio Court)

I posted one of the photos of the patio court at Facebook.  It was absolutely loaded with orbs.  The girls and I love to sit out here in the dark of the evening, with candles lit at the table, sometimes under moonlight, and sometimes by the glow of the tiki torches.

The Patio Court, daytime:















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The Chicken Corner:

This spot is just inside the backyard, at the end of the brick path, and this is where we have Cletus's kennel.











The Front Yard Garden in daylight: