Monday, March 12, 2018

Representing the Elements with Crystals

Generally when people think of crystals they associate them with the element Earth. This isn't incorrect by any means as crystals come straight from Mother Earth, and, therefore, they have a strong Earthly connection, but this isn't the only way to think about crystals. In fact, many crystals are born of Fire, Air, and Water, depending on how the crystal was formed. If you are looking at a new way to represent the elements on your altar, especially if you can't have candles or incense or don't have a lot of space, crystals are a great, smoke-free, flame-free, inconspicuous way to represent all the elements.

Some of these crystals are harder to find than others, so I have made sure to list easy to find alternatives as well. Remember, if a crystal speaks Water to you, but I have it listed under Air, go with your gut. Your associations and correspondences are more important and will make your altar and magic more personal and therefore strong. 


Earth represents grounding, stability, protection, prosperity, strength, and success. Really any crystal can be used to represent Earth, but if you are looking for specifics feel free to use any of the crystals below.
Black Tourmaline
Moss Agate
Petrified Wood
Representing the Elements with Crystals: Earth


Water is the basis of all life on Earth, and with water comes healing, purification, peace, intuition, divination, and emotions. Look for blue and white stones to represent water.
Blue Agate
Lapis lazuli
Representing the Elements with Crystals: Water


Air is associated with thought, reason, intellect, memory, and knowledge. Being associated with yellow, many yellow stones are perfect for representing Air.
Tiger's Eye
Representing the Elements with Crystals: Air


Finally Fire represents passion, courage, lust, romance, desire, and force. It can both create and destroy. Brightly colored red crystals are prefect to represent fire.
Sun Stone
Red Calcite
Fire Agate
Red Jasper

Representing the Elements with Crystals: Fire

Don't worry if you don't have any of the crystals listed above to represent the elements. There are several crystals that can be used to represent all four, including clear quartz. Clear quartz is am amplifier of all energies and can be used for just about anything. A crystal you may be unfamiliar with, Zeolite crystals, also represents all four elements. Zeolite crystals is crystallized sea water and lava. When it forms it combines lava (Fire and Earth) with sea water (Water) and ash (Air) to form a beautiful crystal. Zeolites include Apophyllite, Scolecite, and Heulandite. If you are limited on space, try using quartz or zeolite to represent the elements.

Representing the Elements with Crystals: All Elements

How do you represent the Elements on your altar?

Monday, February 26, 2018

Book Review: Crystals for Beginners by Corrine Kenner

Book Review: Crystals for Beginners by Corrine Kenner

Back in January I finished reading Crystals for Beginners: A Guide for Enhancing Your Health, Intuition, and Creativity Using Crystals and Stones by Corrine Kenner. I originally purchased the book during Amazon Prime Day. I have to say, I got the book for next to nothing, and I am thankful I ordered it. Thus far Llwellyn's "For Beginners" books have been well worth the read, for beginners, novices, and advanced witches alike.

I honestly I do not have much I didn't like about this book. It is comprehensive, easy to read, and full of excellent, reliable information with much of the content being rooted in science. However, I would have liked some pictures. Being able to see the different crystal forms and types of crystals would be nice for referencing. There are, however, a couple of drawings regarding some of the more uncommon and abstract crystal formations, which helped a little, but there were many others I was unfamiliar with and had a hard time visualizing.

Book Review: Crystals for Beginners by Corrine Kenner
At the beginning of the book, Kenner gives a list of 20 crystals she thinks beginners should have. It was fun to read this section as my top 10 crystals were found on her list as well. Furthermore, I liked that she included the science of the crystals, from how they are made, to their hardness, and even how they work on a metaphysical level. Kenner talks briefly about uses of crystals in modern science and technology, mentioning that their energetic properties can be harnessed in spell work as well. She also makes sure to include extensive correspondence lists, that only only include crystals, but how to use different crystal colors and shapes to aid in your magical workings as well. I loved her guide to cleansing crystals as well, as it is comprehensive and describes how each method works to cleanse the crystal. Other books simply say to do it, without describing why the different methods work and when they should be used.

Overall I rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars as I was disappointed there weren't any pictures. However, I believe this book is a must have for beginner witches and any witch interested in using crystals in their magical practice.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Hedge Riding Series: Realms of the Otherworld

Hedge Riding Series: Realms of the Otherworld

Now that you have some sense of what hedge riding is, it is time to discuss the realms of the Otherworld. When hedgewitches hedge ride, they travel to the Otherworld to communicate with spirits, animal guides, and/or ancestral and spirit guides, or simply as a form of relaxation. To be honest, sometimes I travel to my Garden to get away from the stresses of day-to-day life. It is incredibly beautiful and relaxing there.

While not all hedgewitches will enter the Otherworld the same way, many believe it contains three realms that can be accessed through the World Tree, known in Norse mythology as Yggdrasil. Why the World Tree? Well, most of us can easily envision a tree, making travel easier. Second, the World Tree connects to all three realms. It reaches deep into the Earth, allowing access to the Lower Realms, is present within the Middle Realm with its trunk, and reaches into the sky allowing access to the Upper Realms. The World Tree is typically considered to be an Ash that stands close to the hedgerow, the thin veil between our world and the next, making it easily accessible to those who know where to look.

Hedge Riding Series: Realms of the Otherworld
"The Ash Yggdrasil" (1886) by Friedrich Wilhelm Heine
In Norse mythology, there are nine total realms: three Lower, three Middle, and three Upper. If you would like to incorporate all of the realms into your practice, go right ahead. I prefer to use a simpler model, focusing on one of each: Lower, Middle, and Upper. However, if you would like to learn more about Yggdrasil, check out the following links:

The Lower Realm

The Lower Realm is where I visit most often, existing close to our own realm. The Lower Realm is wild, with unsullied terrain and life. I have, however, found a house once on a cliff side overlooking an ocean. The house resembled that of the mansion in Practical Magic, but it did not feel safe and inviting. In fact, it felt forced and out-of-place. I have avoided that area ever since. Other than that, the Lower Realm is a beautiful, rustic land that can be every season at once or none at all. I have encountered high mountains, vast deserts, lakes and rivers, dense forests, open plains, and frozen tundra while visiting the Lower Realm and encountered a number of animals while there.

Hedge Riding Series: Realms of the Otherworld

The Lower Realm is where I have met both of my animal guides, Meka and Rocar. If you are looking to meet and communicate with your animal guides, the Lower Realm is where you should travel. It is uncommon to meet them else where, especially in the Middle Realm. You can also meet ancestors, spirit guides, wise women and men, nature spirits, and faeries in this realm.

The Lower Realm is sometimes referred to as the collective unconscious, a reservoir of accumulated knowledge that has been passed down from generation to generation. This is where I travel to seek advice, look for archetypes, seek hidden messages, and ask questions of those who live there. Furthermore, it is easy to access and relatively safe in comparison to other realms.

Below the Lower Realm is the Underworld, a place I have not visited as of yet. It isn't that this realm is dangerous per say, but more because I have no desire to go there. Shamans, who tend to do psychopomp work, are more likely to travel to the Underworld in Shamanic Journeying than hedgewitches are during hedge riding.

The Middle Realm

The Middle Realm is located at the trunk of the World Tree and is our world with a spiritual overlay. This is where your Garden exists, a spiritual safe haven if you will. However, I almost never travel outside of my Garden when visiting the Middle Realm. This is by far the most dangerous realm to visit as it is essentially our realm, but with spirits roaming the streets as well. Be careful of anyone you meet while in the Middle Realm. They are often deceitful. If you meet an animal while visiting, do not let it convince you it is an animal guide, unless it finds you in your Garden. Ask for it to visit you in the Lower Realm. If it truly is an animal guide, it will meet you there without hesitation. Despite this, the Middle Realm is a great place to travel forward and backwards in time regarding your own life and that of your ancestors. If you are looking to evaluate your past choices or contact your ancestors, this is the realm to do it in.

Hedge Riding Series: Realms of the Otherworld

If you are inexperienced, I do not suggest travel into the Middle Realm in current time. However, traveling forward and backwards tends to be relatively safe, especially when meeting ancestors because they have your best interest at heart. When traveling back and forth through time, make sure your intent is well stated, so you don't end up getting lost, or worse, running into some less-than-savory characters. If you do, make sure you stay calm and follow some simple etiquette tips to be discussed in a later post.

The Upper Realm

Honestly, I don't spend a lot of time in the Upper Realm either. I prefer the Lower Realm or my Garden because they are where I feel most at home. However, you may find the Upper Realm the most inviting. This is a magical realm, where the Sun is always brightly shining and the landscape is perpetually in bloom. There are blue-green waters, lush tropical forests, and cloud forests aplenty in the Upper Realm. Honestly, the golden-glow is a little too bright for my tastes. It is in the Upper Realm that the "higher" spiritual beings dwell; think angels, goddesses and gods, and other spirit-like beings (ancestors, guides, etc). Your animal guides can easily follow you here. I have seen lots of birds in this realm as well, including golden eagles and hawks. I have also seen griffins soaring overhead in the Upper Realm.

Hedge Riding Series: Realms of the Otherworld

If you are seeking divine knowledge or healing, the Upper Realm is the place to go. You can also meet your spirit guides in the Upper Realm, the wise women and men of the past sent to guide you through this life.

This is of course only a simple look into the realms of the Otherworld. Furthermore, each person experiences them slightly differently. That's the wonderful thing about our mind and the Otherworld. It tries to present itself to us in a way we can understand, making it accessible to all those wishing to travel.

Keep an eye out for upcoming posts, including:

Hedge Riding Series

What is Hedge Riding?
Realms of the Otherworld
Focusing the Mind: Getting Ready to Ride
Preparation + Hedge Riding Sachet
Hedge Riding Etiquette: Do's and Don't's of Interacting with Spirits
Hedge Riding Safety Tips: Staying Safe Outside Our Realm
How to Hedge Ride + Flying Ointments
Seeking Your Animal Guides + My Animal Guides
Developing a Relationship With Your Spirit Companions
After You Hedge Ride: Coming Back to Earth
My Hedge Riding Experiences

Looking for more information on hedge witches? Check out my posts on the topic:

Friday, February 16, 2018

DIY Self Love Witch Ball

DIY Self Love Witch Ball

Witch balls have a pretty long and rich history. Originally assumed to be less-than-friendly, modern witches use witch balls as a form of decorative magic. That's right, witch balls are usually prominently displayed in the witch's home or garden to bring about whatever magic they infuse the ball with. This is generally protection magic, but witch balls can be used for any magic you want.

With Valentine's Day under our belts, I decided to honor myself as well and put together a witch ball for self-love. After celebrating everyone else we love in our lives, why not celebrate ourselves as well? This simple witch ball is designed to be a constant reminder that you are enough, even when you do feel like it.

DIY Self Love Witch Ball

Clear, glass/plastic ornament
Small chip of rose quartz
Small pearl
Dried rose petals
Dried lavender
Heart-shaped charm
Small piece of paper

DIY Self Love Witch Ball


Begin by cleansing all the items and charging the crystals with your intent.

Next, gently place the rose petals and herbs into the witch ball. As you do, visualize your intent.

After adding the flowers, place your rose quartz and pearl into the witch ball. If you are using a glass ornament as I did, you may notice it is not a perfect opening, so test to make sure your crystals will fit prior to beginning. I brought the ball with me to the metaphysical store to ensure the rose quartz was small enough to fit through the opening. If you are using a plastic ball you may notice you can fit large sized items into it because it has some give to it. If you are able, place a heart charm inside the ball as well. I couldn't get my charm to fit, so I set it aside for another spell.

DIY Self Love Witch Ball

On the piece of paper, write an self-love affirmation. I went with " I am enough. I am loved. I am beautiful." These are things I struggle with daily, so I felt they were three of the best affirmations to include in my self-love witch ball.

DIY Self Love Witch Ball

Finally, seal the ball and wrap the top with twine. If you'd like, add a heart charm to the twine prior to wrapping. To secure the first end of the twine, slightly open the top of the witch ball and place a small bit inside. Secure the top and the twine should remain snug. When you are done wrapping the top, you can tie it off, tuck the twine, super glue it, or even seal it with wax. Finish it off with a piece of twine to hang it up or place it in a holder.

DIY Self Love Witch Ball

Place in an area where you will see it daily to remind yourself that you are enough.

DIY Self Love Witch Ball

While the magic seems rather simple, this is a very powerful tool, especially because you made the item and are displaying it as a constant reminder. Sometimes we cast a spell and forget about it because there is nothing left behind in the physical world to remind us of it. Not the case with the witch ball.

DIY Self Love Witch Ball

DIY Self Love Witch Ball

DIY Self Love Witch Ball

How do you show yourself some love?