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Cool Rocks

So, I don’t think I’ve talked about this yet, but I’ve gotten a few new stones!

First is my Nebula Stone:

It’s beautiful and has such a strong and beautiful energy to it. It is an ideal healing stone by promoting connection with Divine energy. This is an unpolished palm stone – exactly as it was found in the earth.

Next is this baby, an Oklahoma Rose Rock:

This is a totally natural formation! It is a Barite and sand combo, with lots of iron oxide – making it reddish.

They are both on my altar, just being beautiful

More on Perfect Trust

I’ve talked about “perfect trust” before on this blog, but I’d forgotten that I had made a video a while before that on the topic of trust.

In this video I also talk a little bit about how “perfect love” is important to understanding “perfect trust” which I still think is true. Something I didn’t mention in the last post but did in the video is the issue of being trustworthy and to me that mean not lying or being dishonest to others in my life. This is another way in which I try to live in perfect trust, I trust myself to be honest and I trust others to be honest with me in turn.

The Witch’s Pyramid

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the Witch’s Pyramid. To me, the Pyramid is another way of understanding the Elements and their realms. It also is a guide on how to live – it’s not a strict code, rather an optional guideline. I choose to incorporate the Pyramid into my day to day life, because it feels right – it’s also nice to have a “something” to use as a base. It’s a common criticism of Wicca and Witchcraft that there’s no set outline or guide as many other religions have for how to live or what to do on a day to day basis. I think that’s terribly untrue – there are many different outlines for a practitioner to choose from – and this is what makes it appear as though there were no outline at all. I think the ability to choose is very important.

Here’s my take on the Witch’s Pyramid, right out of my Book of Shadows; the format is like this: the corner – the Latin verb that corresponds to the corner (and a literal translation) followed by my personal interpretation.

A visual interpretation of the Witch's Pyramid

To Know – NOSCERE (lit. to become acquainted with, investigate)

This is the power of air, the power to know and to learn and to grow from the knowledge we gain. This is the witch’s obligation to strive to know the world – intellectually and otherwise. This isn’t striving to always be correct, but rather attempting to correct yourself.

To Dare – AUDERE (lit. to be daring, venture; to bring oneself to)

This is the power of water, the power to dare and venture forth boldly and let fear flow away from you. This is with witch’s obligation to be courageous and firm, but flexible. This is not ignoring fear or trepidation, but finding a way to transform emotions to give you strength.

To Will – VELLE (lit. to be willing; to wish, want; to will, ordain)

This is the power of fire, the power to will and wish and manifest that which is desired. This the the witch’s obligation to always be aware of the will and the power of desire. This is striving towards goals and not letting setbacks hold you down or erode your will

To Keep Silent – TACERE (lit. to be silent; to keep still, quiet)

This is the power of earth, the power to keep silent and still and listen to the universe. This is the witch’s obligation to understand when to keep silent, when to go within and listen rather then share and speak. This is striving to be comfortable in the silence and within the self.

To Go – IRE (lit. to go; to proceed)

This is the power of spirit, the power to go and transform and connect with the Divine. This is the witch’s obligation to seek the Divine in everything and to understand the elements as they present themselves. This is striving to be fully human and fully spiritual and finding the balance between these realms.

I’ll link you to the first in my video “miniseries”, which is a little more in depth.

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

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