The Importance of Salt (Earth Magick)

The Importance of Salt

(Earth Magick)

 

Salt is a primary tool of any Witch, regardless of the personal path. It is a representation of earth in a mineral form. Salt is used in traditional magical practices for blessing, grounding, protection and cleansing. It is frequently used as a base for other ingredients in powders, floor washes, bathing spells, and charm bags. Salt is seen as a feminine, nurturing mineral, whereas sulphur is thought to be the male, destructive mineral. Salt works in banishing spells for breaking up or splitting apart any negative influences, due to is purity. It is used in holy water and is a staple on most altars.

The Importance of Salt (Earth Magick)

The Importance of Salt

(Earth Magick)

 

Salt is a primary tool of any Witch, regardless of the personal path. It is a representation of earth in a mineral form. Salt is used in traditional magical practices for blessing, grounding, protection and cleansing. It is frequently used as a base for other ingredients in powders, floor washes, bathing spells, and charm bags. Salt is seen as a feminine, nurturing mineral, whereas sulphur is thought to be the male, destructive mineral. Salt works in banishing spells for breaking up or splitting apart any negative influences, due to is purity. It is used in holy water and is a staple on most altars.

Selecting Crystals

There are three simple ways to select the crystals you need, whether for yourself or for others.

  • Look them up in a book. Decide why you need a crystal and search for the appropriate ones to help the condition or symptoms.

  • Follow your intuition. Feeling drawn in any way to a crystal suggests that you need it. It will stand out from the crowd, possibly sparkle and shine, and virtually shout at you, wave, jump up and down, or leap off the shelf. Of course, it may just be interesting or look pretty. However you are drawn to them, theses crystals will help you, sometimes in unexpected or amazing ways. If you are selecting crystals for  other people, perhaps as a gift, then keep that person in your mind when choosing. Sometimes it’s helpful to look at a photo of the person, have a personal object that belongs to them, or even just write their name on a piece of paper.

  • Employ a pendulum and dowse for the crystals you need.

If you are selecting crystals intuitively or with a pendulum you can always look up their healing properties in a book. Conversely if you have chosen crystals from a book, you  can decide how best to apply them with the aid of a pendulum. The most important thing when choosing a crystal is to trust yourself.

Gemstone of the Day for August 4th is Azurite

Azurite

A popular crystal for its beautiful deep blue colour; this stone has a startling blue edge, which is the key to its healing powers. Azurite forms when copper ones oxidize. It is associated with the green mineral malachite, with which it shares a similar chemical structure. In the Middle Ages, powdered azurite was used as a blue pigment in paints and dyes. As it absorbed atmospheric moisture, it used to oxidize to malachite, which explains why the sky is green in some early Renaissance paintings. The two minerals can be found in a form called azurite-malachite, which is excellent, for “cleaning out” deep-rooted emotions. The finest large azurite crystals come from Namibia.

Identification and care

  • Small crystals appear a powdery blue and are often small, round nodules.
  • Large crystals are often very dark and shiny, with an electric blue edge.
  • Crystals are soft, so need careful handling.
  • Do not clean nodules in water.

Magick

  • Helps you to achieve swift, results
  • Reveals mysteries
  • Transmits messages from the unknown

Healing functions

  • Accesses deep levels of body-consciousness
  • Draws out memories or old stress, allowing them to be released in healing
  • Improves communication and creative flow

Practical ideas

  • To encourage expansion of consciousness, place four pieces of azurite on and around the body; one above the crown, one either side of the head and one at the solar plexus.

 

Crystal Systems

Crystals can remain unchanged for millions of years because their constituent atoms are arranged in a stable, regular pattern, called a lattice. This lattice repeats throughout the crystal and ensures that every crystal of the same mineral will show the same geometrical characteristics, with the same number of flat faces always meeting at the same angles. This precise repetition is the same no matter what size the crystal or whether it is a faceted gem or a dull, rough piece. A crystal’s external form is simply a reflection of its internal atomic structure. These shapes have a significant influence over the magickal and healing properties of a crystal.

The lattices fall into seven major types. Different minerals that share the same core pattern will have similar basic shapes. Unfortunately, these simple forms are seldom obvious from the external appearance of crystals owing to the variable conditions in which they form. However, careful scrutiny will allow you to recognize certain identifying traits (for example, the hexagonal cross-section of quartz or emerald).

Crystal of the Day for June 10th is Agates

Crystal of the Day

AGATE

Moss Agates considered to be most powerful. Aid in restoration of energy,
used in healing, and believed to bring wearer happiness, wealth, health, and
long life. Increases ability to ward off self-induced anger and inner
bitterness. Carnelian- gives protection and energy. Moss green-balances
emotional energy. Moss red-balances physical energy. Blue lace-gives
tranquility.

Your Horoscope Gems and Minerals

Your Horoscope Gems and Minerals

posted by Annie B. Bond

Adapted from Astroshamanism: Book 2, by Franco Santoro (Findhorn Press, 2003).

Our sun sign can tell us which minerals and gemstones have a soul-connection with us, enhancing our natural energies and serving as allies for greater health, wholeness, and wellbeing. When we wear or carry one of our special stones, it can lend us the confidence, strength, or other attributes we need.

Find out which gems and minerals are right for your sign, here:

Aries, March 21-April 19: All reddish stones, bloodstone, brimstone, carnelian, diamond, fire agate, flint, garnet, iron, magnetite, malachite, pink tourmaline, red coral, red jasper, red opal, ruby, steel, topaz

Taurus, April 20-May 21: Agate, alabaster, aquamarine, chrysocolla, clay, emerald, jade, jasper, kunzite, lapis lazuli, magnetite, rose quartz, sapphire

Gemini, May 22-June 20: Chrysocolla, chrysoprase, marble, moss agate, pyrite, tiger’s eye

Cancer, June 21-July 22: Aquamarine, carnelian, emerald, moonstone, opal, pearl, rhodochrosite, selenite, silver, all soft stones

Leo, July 23- Aug 22: Amber, carnelian, cat’s eye, chrysocolla, chrysolite, citrine, diamond, fire agate, garnet, pink tourmaline, rhodochrosite, ruby, sardonic, topaz

Virgo, Aug 23-Sept 22: Agate, amazonite, amber, aquamarine, carnelian, citrine, chrysocolla, crystals in general, flint, jasper, marble, sapphire, topaz, turquoise, zircon

Libra, Sept 23-Oct 22: Alabaster, aquamarine, beryl, blue sapphire, bronze, brass, carnelian, chrysolite, chrysoporase, copper, coral, daimond, emerald, jade, kunzite, lapis lazuli, moss-agate, pink tourmaline, turquoise

Scorpio, Oct 23-Nov 21: Agate, albite, aquamarine, bloodstone, hematite, emerald, garnet, green tourmaline, malachite, moonstone, obsidian, ruby, smoky quartz, topaz

Sagittarius, Nov 22-Dec 21: Amethyst, azutire, carbuncle, emerald, hyacinth, lapis lazuli, marble, moonstone, pink tourmaline, ruby, sapphire, sodalite

Capricorn, Dec 22-Jan 19: Amber, amethyst, beryl, carnelian, coal, fire agate, garnet, green tourmaline, jet, laboratories, lapis lazuli, lead, onyx, peridot, ruby, sapphire, black stones, sand and grey-colored, rough stones and minerals in general

Aquarius, Jan 20-Feb 18: Aluminum, amber, aquamarine, black pearl, blue sapphire, electrum, garnet, jacinth, laboratories, lapis lazuli, larimar, obsidian, opal, platinum

Pisces, Feb 19-March 20: Amethyst, aquamarine, beryl, coral, diamond, flourite, green tourmaline, jade, laboratories, moonstone, opal, platinum