Archive | November 2010

Healing: Chakra Stones

Recently I’ve started using stones for healing – this is a learning process and is sure to change as I go. My first attempt has been with chakra stones. Within our bodies are energy pools (chakras) that act upon both the physical and spiritual bodies. This system can be thrown out of balance for many reasons, but this is something able to be “corrected” for lack of a better word. Just as there are many ways our energy system can become unbalanced, there are just as many ways to bring that balance back. In this method, each stone corresponds to one of the seven chakras. The stones are placed on the body, where the chakras manifest.

The location of the chakras on the physical body

The stones and their energies help the energy in your system to flow and heal itself. I find this to be a very gentle form of healing as it allows the energy system to work in its own way and at its own pace. Now, the stones I use are in no way a definitive list – just stones that I have found to correlate to the chakras. Here’s a video where I show all the stones and give a little info about them:

Base chakra: Snowflake Obsidian
Sacral chakra: Carnelian
Solar plexus chakra: Yellow Opal
Heart chakra: Green Adventurine
Throat chakra: Sodalite
3rd eye chakra: Purple/Blue Flourite
Crown chakra: Amethyst

I’ll tell you how it works out as I continue to experiment with this form of healing.

~Take care and Blessed be

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Working Skyclad

The question was posed::

I feel like the media, in its many forms, makes a much bigger deal about working skyclad then Wiccans/Pagans actually do. First and foremost,  ritual work should be comfortable and if you are at a stage in your life where you are not comfortable being naked with yourself, then no one is going to make you. Personally, I think everyone should try a ritual skyclad, if for no reason other then the experience – but I’m getting ahead of my self.

So, what’s the point of working skyclad? The simple answer is that it’s natural. We’re born naked, and our bodies are actually quite adapted to function amazingly well in that state. The more complex answer is that being naked is a deep symbol. Being skyclad makes us vulnerable, and not just in a physical sense. You cannot hide behind your clothes or other adornments; the masks that we wear throughout our lives are stripped away (no pun intended) and we are left only with ourselves. No veils, no illusion – just self.

Here’s a response from owlsandankhs::

She makes a wonderful point about being able to accept yourself for who you are. Not only that, but accepting your body in its natural state. The American culture tells us that nakedness is always sexual,  sordid, and immoral as if something is inherently wrong with it. Not to mention that society tells us that only a few select body types can be “pretty” enough for nakedness. This really sickens me to the core. Yes, I’m a bigger woman, and yes, my body is just fine the way it is. That doesn’t mean I don’t care about my health or that I’m totally happy with my body. Are there things I’d like to change, sure, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t accept myself anyway.

And, of course, here’s my response in video form:

As I said, I really enjoy working skyclad and I think it’s something you can’t knock before trying. But in all honesty, it’s not for everyone, and that’s okay.

~Take care and Blessed be

Crow

As a practitioner of core shamanism (which pulls together common elements from various indigenous cultures), I try to always be aware of signs, symbols, and messages from Spirit. In various cultures around the world, the spirits of animals are said to have great meaning and knowledge to teach us. Today, as I was driving, a crow landed near me – without fear or hesitation – and followed me for almost a block. This is very unusual behavior for crows in my area, so I see it as a message. Crow clearly has something to tell me.

Crow is a keeper of knowledge and often signals a time of shift or change. With one eye in the physical word and the other in the spirit world, Crow teaches us how to use our psychic vision and see between the worlds. Crow also aids in healing and creating wellness from the void. Why exactly Crow is here, I’m not sure of yet, but I cannot wait to find out.

~Take care and Blessed be

From You I Receive…

From you I receive and to you I give,
Together we share and from this we live.

For those of you in the US, the final Friday in November (today) is a national day of thanksgiving. Some interpret it in a religious sense, but growing up my family didn’t. I do, however, make that connection now. The way I see it – there are countless things to be thankful for in my life, including my family, friends, and community. Before I start cooking with my mother, I’d like to leave you with a few prayers I’ve come across.

: Prayers for thanks before meals :

Corn and grain, meat and milk,
upon this table before me.
Gifts of life, bringing sustenance and strength,
I am grateful for all I have.

Thanks to the Lord for the food we eat,
Thanks to the Lady for her gifts so sweet,
Thanks to the farmers who labored long,
Thanks to the animals for their bodies strong,
Thanks to the hands that prepared our meal,
Thanks to all who turn the wheel.

~Take care and Blessed be

Healing

Today I went down to my local “New-Age” shop and offered free Reiki – granted, I didn’t have many takers today. Ever since I’ve started learning about various forms of healing, I feel it is an obligation to offer healing – in many forms – to my community. Today was an offering of Reiki, perhaps next time drums or crystals.

I believe that our world is in need of all the healing it can get. If I can provide even a little bit of that, I believe I owe it to myself, my family, and my community. I’ve met a lot of healers who feel the same actually, and what warms my heart.

~Take care and Blessed be

Full Frosty Moon

I call the full moon in November the full Frosty moon, because where I live the cold of winter is really setting in right about now.  This is a time for reflection on past choices. This is a time for thankfulness too, in a sense – being thankful for being able to be comfortable about the onset of winter.  Where I live, winter is generally cold, long, and ruthless. On this moon, I take the time to realize that winter is now here; it’s no longer something I can plan for or pretend isn’t creeping up on me – it’s here.

~Take care and Blessedbe

Hello world!

Hello, Gypsie here. I suppose an introduction is in order. This blog will primarily deal with religion and spirituality. I follow the path of a Solitary Eclectic Wiccan, and have for over ten years. I enjoy experimenting in my path and finding new recipes, rituals, and readings. Here’s a place where I will share anything I feel relates, inspires, or simply educates.
Aside from this blog, you can find me on YouTube.

~Take care and Blessed be