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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Guest Post: How to Incorporate Numerology into Your Crystal Practice by Sara Angel

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Incorporating numerology into your crystal practice is a great way to add more depth and meaning to your practice. Through these powerful metaphysical tools, you can attune to the vibrational frequencies of the universe and open yourself to the limitless possibilities for personal growth, healing, and manifestation.

Numerology studies the meanings of numbers and their influence on your life. By analyzing the numbers in your birth date, the numeric values of the letters in your name, and the numbers that keep appearing in your life like 1111, 222, 333, or 444, numerology offers you a powerful insight into your character, strengths, weaknesses, talents, and abilities, similar to finding your personality and soul card in tarot. 
 
Like numerology, crystals hold special powers as each crystal has its meaning and significance that can help harmonize the energies you were born with and help you to better understand and make choices about your life path.

If you have decided to start using numerology in your crystal practice but are unsure how to begin? Keep reading as we’ve got you covered!

4 Simple and Effective Ways to use Numerology in Your Crystal Practice

There are many ways to incorporate numerology into your crystal practice. Below are some ideas to help you get started.

1- Your core numbers and crystals
In numerology, there are at least 5 core numbers. These are life path number, birthday number, expression number, personality number, and soul urge number. Numerology core numbers describe the fundamental aspects of who you are. These numbers are calculated by a person's date of birth and name.
Once you know your personal numbers, you can begin to use crystals that correspond to those numbers.
 
2- Crystals as per Day, Month, and Year
Another way is to use crystals that correspond to the energy of the current day, month, or year. For example, if you’re working with crystals on January 1st, you might choose to use crystals that correspond to the number 1, like garnet, because that’s the energy of the current day.
 
3- For manifesting your goals, desires, and intentions
As mentioned above, numerology studies the vibrational frequencies of numbers and their significance in our lives. Each number has its energy, and when we work with numerology and crystals, we can harness that energy to support our intentions. When incorporating numerology into your crystal practice, you can use the vibration of numbers to choose crystals that will help your specific goals and intentions. To use numerology with crystals, first, find the number that corresponds to the intention or goal you wish to work on. Then, select crystals that have a high vibration rate for that number. For example, if you want to work on attracting more love into your life, you would use the number 2, which vibrates at a high rate for love. Other best crystals to manifest love and romance are Rose quartz, Morganite, Malachite, Kunzite, Carnelian, and Rhodonite. These crystals all have a high vibration rate for the number 2 and will help attract more love into your life. Similarly, the number 8 is known for its abundant energy. So, if you want to raise your money vibes, choose crystals with a high vibration rate for the number 8. Some of the best crystals for money and abundance include Citrine, Pyrite, Green Jade, Green Aventurine, Clear Quartz, and Tigers Eye.
 
4- Your life path number and crystals
A life path number is one of the most significant numbers in numerology that tells what path you'll walk in this lifetime. In other words, your life path number represents who you are and what you will become. You can also use crystals to help align with your life purpose or mission. To do this, you need to know your life path number and what it means. To calculate your life path number, you will need to add up all of the digits in your birth date and reduce the number to a single digit. But there's one exception to this rule. If you calculate your life path number and get an 11, 22, or 33, these numbers are not reduced because these are Master Numbers in numerology. Once you have your life path number, After you have discovered your Life Path Number, you can choose crystals that correspond to that number and use them to align with your life purpose.

Crystal Life Path 1
The gemstone that corresponds to the number 1 is Garnet, which symbolizes courage and strength.

Crystal for Life Path 2
Rutilated Quartz is a great option for people whose life path is ruled by the number 2. This stone provides security and self-confidence.

Crystal for Life Path 3
If you're a number 3, you should boost your communication and creativity. Amazonite can help you with this.

Crystal for Life Path 4
The number 4 Life Path is most compatible with Jade, a crystal that brings balance, security, and a sense of abundance.

Crystal for Life path 5
Aquamarine is the perfect crystal for life path 5 as it represents the energy of curiosity, adaptability, and kindness. This crystal will help you be brave and patient while still being able to focus when it matters most.

Crystal for Life Path 6
Life path number 6 is all about details, so it's no surprise that this is the number you want to call when you need an honest opinion. Sixes can sometimes struggle with being too analytical, but wearing Peridot can help with relaxation while still maintaining focus and responsibility.

Crystal for Life Path 7
A great choice of crystal for life path number 7 is Amethyst. Amethyst is a versatile stone that can help with intuition, spiritual awareness, and promoting faith in oneself.

Crystal for Life Path 8
Citrine is a great crystal for people with Life path 8. Citrine can help you manifest financial abundance, fortune, and success. This crystal also increases your self-confidence and mental clarity. Citrine is also known as a stone of positivity and joy.
 
Crystal for Life Path 9
If you're a number 9, the most harmonious crystal for you is Rose Quartz. Rose quartz is a crystal of love that can help you with worldly ideals and personal life. The soft, pink color of this crystal aligns with your mission of sharing love with everyone. Rose quartz opens the heart, inspires unconditional love for yourself and others, and restores harmony in relationships.
 

Conclusion

Numerology can help you understand the hidden meaning behind your crystal collection and how to use them to their fullest potential. Moreover, you can use numerology to choose crystals for specific purposes, identify your personal power numbers and calculate the vibrational energy of your crystals, and work more effectively with them. Together numbers and crystals can offer guidance, help you to understand yourself better, and promote healing and harmony with the world around you.


Sara is an intuitive empath, creator, and writer behind Angelnumber.me. Numbers have always been a big part of her life.


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Monday, June 27, 2022

Book Review: The Witch's Guild to Wellness by Krystle L. Jordan

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Wellness is a pretty hot topic at the moment and with the news coming out of DC this past week, I think we could all use some self-care before getting out there and fighting the good fight. Remember, you can't help others if you are not taking care of yourself in the process. The Witch's Guide to Wellness: Natural, Magaical Ways to Treat, Heal, and Honor Your Body, Mind, and Spirit by Krystle L. Jordan is a short guide to taking care of your whole self.

Unlike a lot of other wellness books, I felt this one was rather accessible, uniting principles of witchcraft with those of wellness. However, the book largely centers Western ideas of wellness. Its not wrong, as Jordan is writing from her perspective as a witch and certified holistic nutritionist, but I felt it needed mentioning early on to give a better idea of what to expect from the 135 recipes, spells, rituals, and remedies found throughout the book.

The book is divided up into chapters that focus on different aspects of wellness: Home, Body, Mind, and Spirit. Within each chapter is an array of information and practical practices you can engage in to take care of yourself and you family. I loved the layout of this book and the bits of valuable information spread throughout. You can jump around in this book based on your needs, but I encourage you to read it cover to cover at least once so you don't miss out on this information hidden in unlikely places. Each of the recipes includes a short introduction, materials to gather and their magical properties, and clear concise steps. The majority of these spells, rituals, remedies, and recipes contain accessible ingredients, meaning that even those on a budget can practice wellness. However, there are many recipes that contain essential oils, which can be expensive, but a crafty witch knows how to make due with what they have. Jordan also offers some general guidelines for some of the recipes in her books, encouraging her reader to make their own magic. I appreciate this and I am sure other readers will fill the same. With 135 recipes and spells throughout the book, Jordan offers a wide variety of ways to care for yourself. There really is something for everyone in this book, and the spells are very unique. I hadn't seen such creativity in a while.

Of course with every book there are some things I didn't like. First, Jordan promotes this idea of detoxing your body as if you body can't do it on its own. The whole detox campaign is not based on science and is a marketing ploy to steal your money. With that being said, there are things you can do to help your body in its natural detoxing, and certainly things you can do to rid yourself of spiritual negativity. While I love the colors of the book, the text is dark purple and dark green, which may make it difficult for some readers to see. I know this was not Jordan, but her editors and designers that made this decision, but it needs to be said anyway. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. At first I wasn't entirely sure I was going to, knowing how I feel about the wellness and diet industry, but Jordan does a great job avoiding some of the pit falls other authors and creators make. She promotes treating the whole person, living sustainably, and connecting to your witchy roots, which is always a plus in my book. If you are looking on upping your wellness game or aren't sure where to start, The Witch's Guide to Wellness: Natural, Magaical Ways to Treat, Heal, and Honor Your Body, Mind, and Spirit by Krystle L. Jordan is the book for you. You can pick up your copy now, wherever books are sold.



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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Litha/Midsummer Solstice Altar 2022

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The Midsummer Solstice or Litha is a time of celebrating the Sun in all His glory. Being the longest day of the year, this is the time full of strength and power of the Sun, which will begin to wane from this night forward. The Summer Solstice has long been celebrated by our ancestors with bonfires, feasts, festivals, and more. It's a time of reds, oranges, and yellows, as well as a time of fertility, bountiful harvests, marriages, and births. At this point, many of the first crops are coming in strong. Here in Georgia, we get the first of the summer squash, blackberries, watermelons, tomatoes, and even corn. My wild blackberry bushes are full of juicy, ripe berries. My chicken, Jane, and I have been enjoying the heck out of them. I find so much joy in watching her stand at the edge of the yard, jumping to reach the juiciest of berries. With these themes in mind, I put together this year's altar, honoring the Sun and the life He brings to the fields, especially my little garden in my backyard.

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1. Sun Wheel- I put this sun wheel on my Midsummer Solstice altar every year. It's one of my favorite crafts I've done over the years and it was so simple and easy to make. It represents the Sun, which is most prominent on the Summer Solstice, masculine energy, light, and fertility. Being that the summer solstice is the longest day of the year, it is only fitting to represent the Sun in all his strength. Sun Wheels were commonly created by our ancestors as a form of sympathetic magic by helping the Sun remain strong through the rest of the growing season, which was needed to ensure a bountiful crop to make it through the darkest and coldest months of the year. (Where did I get it: I made it; Cost: Under $5)

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2. Candles in Holders- I went with white candles this year, representing purity and light, a nod to both the feminine energies of the season and the Sun, the ultimate bringer of light. The flame is a sympathetic form of magic to encourage the Sun's strength while also representing His energies on this altar. I chose the golden or yellow candle holders to further represent the Sun, his strength, light, etc. (Where did I get it: Dollar Tree 2019; Cost: $3)

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3. Carnelian and Citrine- The two crystals I picked correspond with the energy of the sabbat, representing the Sun, strength, courage, vitality, health, and happiness. (Where did I get it: Metaphysical Stores; Cost: ~$3)

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4. Sun Plaque- Being the longest day of the year and a celebration of the Sun, it only makes sense to include my sun plaque. I think the representation here is pretty obvious, that this plaque is on my altar to honor the Sun on the solstice. It also works sympathetically to strengthen the Sun and bring continued fertility of the land so our crops may finish growing. (Where did I get it: Dollar Tree 2017; Cost: $1)

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5. Ivy- The silk ivy represents wealth, abundance, and fertility, as well as the Sun or Horned God who peaks at the Summer Solstice. After today, He will begin to slowly wane in power until He ultimately dies at Samhain. (Where did I get it: Dollar Tree; Cost: $1)

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5. Blackberries and Blackberry Briars- Blackberries are a symbol of fertility, health, abundance, prosperity, and protection, representing the feminine energies associated with the Summer Solstice. Seeing as this is the peak season for blackberries at my house, it felt fitting that I should place them on my altar to symbolize the season and as an offering to the spirits I work with. (Where did I get it:  Found; Cost: Free)

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TOTAL COST: ~$13


Like my other altars, most of the items I use are found, made, or purchased for around $1, although if the items must be purchased by you, then the cost will be higher. I hope you find this sort of breakdown helpful, especially for those of you looking to create Instagram-perfect altars on a budget!

I hope each and every one of you have a fantastic Summer Solstice. May it be filled with friends, family, and good food. 



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Thursday, June 16, 2022

Guest Post: Secular Summer Solstice by Lizzie Burgess

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The summer solstice is a time of celebration and magick. It's a time to honor the sun and all that it brings to our lives. There are many ways to celebrate the summer solstice, and we're going to share some of our favorite ideas with you! In this blog post, you'll find recipes for Summer Solstice cocktails, easy spell ideas, and fun ways to mark the occasion. We hope you enjoy these ideas!
 

What is the Summer Solstice?

The solstice usually happens in summer around June 21st in the northern hemisphere (and around December 21st in the southern hemisphere). It's the longest day of the year, and after this point, the days start getting shorter again. The word 'solstice' comes from the Latin solstitium, which means 'sun-standing'.

The summer solstice has been celebrated throughout history. It's a time to give thanks for the sun and all that it brings to our lives. The sun is a source of light, warmth, and life itself. It's no wonder that so many cultures have celebrated the summer solstice throughout the ages!

Modern witches and modern pagans refer to this solstice as a sabbat called 'Litha'. This is a time they celebrate the Sun God(s), and to give thanks for all that they bring to our lives. Litha is a time of fire and light, a time to celebrate life itself!

Why do Witches Love this Sabbat?

The solstices represent the two points in the year when the sun is at its most powerful. The summer solstice is a time of growth, fertility, and abundance. This makes it a perfect time to work some magick! It's a great way to connect with the energy of the universe, connect with nature, and connect with your power. Being with others too, there is usually a sense of community and support, as we all celebrate the same thing together.

A List of Ideas and Ways to Celebrate

Secular ways we can honour the solstice can be very easily done. You do not have to be Wiccan, Pagan, or Druid to celebrate the solstice. The key is to get outside, be with friends and family (or even your pets), and have fun! None of these ideas force you to pay respects to Gods, Spirits or Deities but they do suggest celebrating love, progress, and abundance with your loved ones and with nature.

  • have a picnic in your backyard or at a park with loved ones
  • have a safe bonfire in your backyard or at a beach with loved ones
  • go for a hike in nature
  • decorate your home with summery colors like yellow, orange, and green
  • make a sun tea
  • make a nature mandala with flowers, petals, grass, and leaves
  • get up with the sunrise or stay up until the sun sets
  • infuse honey and vodkas or make fruit preserves ready for the harvest season
  • create a sun catcher using macrame, dried summery flowers, upcycled materials, and your favorite crystals
  • utilize summer solstice or Litha tarot spreads and read for yourself
  • celebrate the progress you've been making in projects, your goals, and your career

A Summer Solstice Spell for Good Luck

Sometimes we would enjoy some security in knowing that these light, summery days offer continue throughout the year. This spell is designed to give you a little extra reassurance that good luck will come your way. It's an easy spell to do, and it only requires a few items that you probably already have in your home.

What You'll Need
- A yellow candle
- Three days around the Solstice
- A piece of citrine or lemon quartz
- A small bowl of water
- A pen and paper

Instructions
Sit down at your altar or workspace, and light the candle. Hold the citrine or lemon quartz in your hand, and think about what area in your life you would like to manifest more good luck. It could be anything from a new job opportunity coming up to more money suddenly coming your way to a new relationship that encourages new passions or more vitality into your life.

Once you have focused on what it is you would like to bring more good luck into, hold the citrine or lemon quartz in your non-dominant hand over the bowl of water. Visualize your desire being fulfilled as you say out loud:

"I grant myself permission for (desire), I am open and willing to receive all the good luck that is coming my way."

Repeat this three times, then put the citrine or lemon quartz in the bowl of water. Allow it to charge overnight by a window to capture the sunrise and sunset energy if possible.

In the morning, take the citrine or lemon quartz out of the water and hold it in your hand. Visualize your desire being fulfilled as you say out loud:

"I am grateful for all the good luck that is coming my way."

Put the citrine or lemon quartz back in the bowl of water. Allow it to again charge overnight. Repeat this the next two nights and mornings.

On the third day of the Solstice, take the citrine or lemon quartz out of the water. Draw a pentacle on the piece of paper with the pen, and then place the citrine or lemon quartz in the center of the pentacle. Fold up the paper, and carry it with you throughout the day.

This is a spell that can be done annually to attract more good luck into your life.

How to Make a Summer Solstice Cocktail

Whether you choose to celebrate alone or with others, an easy little potion to create for yourself honoring the light and airy energies of summer is a Summer Solstice cocktail. This particular recipe features some of my favorite herbs for the season: lavender, mint, and lemon balm.

What You'll Need
- A sprig of lavender
- A sprig of mint
- A sprig of lemon balm
- Chopped strawberries sprinkled in sugar, honey, or agave of your choice
- A glass of champagne, sparkling wine, or fresh lemonade

Instructions
Place a citrine or crystal quartz at the bottom of your glass to charge the space where the fluids will flow. Take out the stone, then pop in the strawberries at the bottom of your glass. Add the lavender, mint, and lemon balm to the glass of champagne or sparkling wine. Allow it to sit for a few minutes so that the herbs can infuse their energies into the drink. Sit in the sun (with a lid if possible to prevent bugs) and drink at sunset to feel the summery magickal energy.

A Simple Solstice Meditation

This is a meditation for you if you can't get outside into the sun, if it is a particularly cloudy day, or if life gets in the way of your solstice plans. This particular meditation is designed to bring extra happiness and light into your life.

What You'll Need
- A comfortable place to sit or lie down
- A piece of citrine or crystal quartz

Instructions
Sit or lie down in a comfortable position. Hold the citrine or crystal quartz in your hand, and close your eyes. Visualize a warm, sunny day. Focus on your surroundings, where you are on this sunny day, and if you are alone or with others. What are your senses describing to you? See yourself surrounded by sunlight, and feel the warmth on your skin. Sit and enjoy the warmth. Take a few deep breaths in and out, and let the sunshine fill you up with happiness and light. Feel the citrine or crystal quartz getting warmer as it absorbs the solar energy. Stay here for as long as you like, then open your eyes and take a few deep breaths. When you are ready, sit up slowly and begin your day.

I hope you have enjoyed this article on how to celebrate the summer solstice without religion, and that you have found some useful tips and tricks to add to your own solstice celebration! Whether you are a solitary witch or part of a coven, I hope you have a happy, magickal solstice! 

Until next time xox

Lizzie Burgess, a secular divination Bosswitch, runs BackyardBanshee.com/Bosswitch where you can learn more about divination methods, rituals, and resources that help you with your growth professionally and spiritually. 




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