Social Media- The New Witch’s Familiar

Black cats doing a witch’s bidding have been a long time association with witchcraft. The majestic black night sky fur of a cat with yellow eyes lurking in the shadows of magic is a cliche that has haunted witches for centuries. But how many modern day witches actually own a black cat anymore? Is it fair to say that cats have since been replaced? I’d like to present my thesis that witch’s familiars have been replaced for the modern day cell-phone- iphone, android, tablet, ipad. Think about it- a witch can weave spells on her twitter timeline, hex those on Facebook, cast glamors on Instagram, and hide behind a veil of anonymity and secrecy on social media, allowing her to hide her true intentions and identity.

Familiars come from the Latin term ‘familiaris’ meaning a household servant. They were mentioned in the bible referring to the spirit guides of sorcerers and necromancers. Modern day technology has since become servants to everyone, including magickal folk- transforming itself from a piece of glass and plastic- to an enchanted talisman. The internet has become the modern day version of a grimoire- Google is essentially an encyclopedia for any topic, and witches, wiccans, pagans you name it, are able to find their covens online. The internet has allowed mystical people all over the world come out of their broom closets.

Witches typically received familiars as an initiatory gift into their coven. Our society today is a coven of globalization- and as a result people all over the world own cell-phones and communicate with each other at any time and any place. Familiars over time have been portrayed as mischievous and cunning- not unlike social media today where bullying and hatred seems to take comfort.

Familiars would often appear as a black cat or other small creature as marginalized women who were often accused of being witches would have small pets. They would appear to be harmless, but because of their association with outcasted women- they took on a more supernatural guise. Online predators who hide on social media to pray on the vulnerable reminds me of this concept.

A familiar will use magic and intelligence to form a very special bond with its companion in order to better assist them, and to also feed off their energy. Think about those online who form relationships and friendships even though they have never met in person. Can you be sure the person on the other side of the computer has pure intentions? Maybe they’re parasitic entities feeding off your vibes? I don’t mean to scare anyone, but harmful magic does exist, even if you don’t identify as a witch, pagan, or new ager.  You can also see this special bond with social media. People are obsessed with taking selfies and photo editing apps to disguise and alter photos for the purpose of receiving more likes and follows. This shows the blind worship of superficiality, a.k.a glamors. We all know this can go too far, and it’s thanks to our familiars that deception is literally at our fingertips.

Ultimately, if you have a strong emotional bond to an animal or object that can be considered a familiar. Consecrating your pets or objects with love, and intent is all it takes to turn them into handy helpers to do your bidding. You don’t need a black cat named Salem to do your dirty work for you these days, all you need is a seemingly harmless device.

Why We Should Treat Our Crystals Like Pets

How many of us have brought home the most sparkly powerful crystal completely enamored with it for a few days or weeks and without even thinking about it, abandon it on a shelf or dusty corner of our bedroom, perhaps only using it for a much needed ritual, only to put it back to its forgotten hideaway? I am certainly guilty of doing this, even worse you could say, as I keep the majority of my crystals in a little shabby chic box I keep in a bedside table drawer. This reminds me of the feeling when  you bring home that new kitty or puppy where you just can’t stop playing with them, and then as the weeks go by you find yourself waning off the 24/7 attention, busying yourself with “other” more “important” things. 

Crystals are living things with feelings like plants, animals or trees. It is believed that if your crystal breaks or chips there is a powerful emotive energy that is being emitted from the crystal that usually is reflective of an inner fracturing of the person using the crystal. I can speak from my own experience of dropping a rose quartz pendant in a new age shop and of course had to buy it. I brought it home and dare I say, glued it back together again……which is somewhat of a taboo in the crystal community, as glue is not a natural occurring substance. I have always believed that my Rose Quartz broke because my heart at the time was suffering from a self love deficiency. When I held the Rose Quartz it could not withstand that type of energy because it was emitting extra strong self love vibrations. I never felt much from that pendant and kept it hidden away in my little box for a good year.

Occasionally I take out all of my crystals to cleanse them and it sometimes feels as though they are crying for attention. Some feel weak, others feel cold, and some feel turned off from me. I recently cleansed my Rose Quartz in my Tibetan singing bowl and felt it was waking up. It’s malnutrition of cobwebs, darkness, and neglect were disappearing as its frequencies awoke to the sound healing. Ever since I have felt a stronger connection to it, and have started working with it again. It’s like those people who keep their dogs locked up indoors all the time, and when they take them outside once or twice a year for a walk, they can’t contain themselves, they’re running all over the place, jumping on strangers, and chasing the squirrels…….it’s as though they have been resuscitated.

I’ve started noticing that crystals need our attention as much as our pets and plants do. When they’re ignored they can become dull in colour and weak in energy. I even know people who have thrown away or sold crystals and I can’t help but wonder if they know that they can’t provide the necessities it needs, much like a pet owner has to give up a cat or dog they can no longer look after?

Feeding our crystals with love polishes these little vessels into the soul jewelry they’re meant to be. We’re obviously not going to put a leash on them and take them for a walk, but we need to nurture their frequencies by using them, speaking to them, asking them for help, and cleansing them. I’ve also noticed that taking them outside freshens them up a bit as they are visiting Mother Gaia, who is their own personal jeweler.

So while it’s important to raise and nurture our pets, we can’t neglect the pets of Mother Earth, those pets of the cosmos, those pets of light and love we call crystals. It’s not so crazy to have a pet rock after all.

 

Capricorn the Unicorn

Like the Unicorn who points her horn at whatever she is facing, Capricorn season encourages us to ground our soul’s mission into reality. Capricornian energy can become quite complacent, because whatever environment Capricorn finds herself in, she will make it comfy cozy and stable, due to Saturn’s rulership. If you want to truly embrace Capricorn season, then you must master the famous Capricorn paradox, let go of control in order to obtain control. Funny right? This energy makes us want to find security and achieve success slowly and surely but on our own terms. Understanding that you are a co-creator of your reality, working in tandem with the universe through surrendering is actually control in its purest form.Just think of the unicorn who is a night dwelling creature, and yet so silvery white. The unicorn opted not to camouflage herself in the darkness, rather she decided to be bright in order to navigate her way through the dark night of the soul.

Completion is also associated with Capricornian energy as it does take place in December and late January, when we all embark on a new journey every year. While Cancer is known as the entrance, Capricorn is known as the exit as this is the period of integration before we enter the the airy sign of Aquarius. If Sagittarius was about finding our truths, Capricorn teaches us what to do with this newfound knowledge. Like the unicorn who seamlessly drifts between the visible and invisible worlds, you too can see that the infinite possibilities that made themselves known to you in Sagittarius, are in fact always around you.

Magical Christmas Wreath

 

Create a magical wreath during this Christmas season. Incorporate a snow owl, stars, suspend quartz crystal from ribbon, and attach angel wings to the back of the wreath for a lovely angelic flair!
Merry Christmas!

New Moon in Sagittarius November 29, 2016: A Light in the Doorway

Date: November 29, 2016

Moonbeams- expansion, happiness, looking into the future, surrendering, dreaming big

What lights your fire? This is the big question hugging this lunation, as we have left the murky waters of Scorpio, which left us with some personal crisis no doubt. If you found this past month in Scorpio challenging, view it more as a renewal rather than a crisis. Sagittarius finds the light in darkness, which fuels its flames. There is nothing more than a Centaur likes then adventure! Jupiter is opposite Uranus which is square to Pluto right now, meaning you must let go and forge ahead with your dreams and plans. Trust the process, as Jupiter’s opposition to Uranus encourages us move ahead which will require confronting some insecurities and shadows (Pluto). Get ready to have a grand heightened perspective of you and your visions. Nothing is impossible during this lunation.

There is also a triple 11 portal opening up with this moon as it is happening on November 29 which reduces to 11, in the 11th month, in a universal 11 month. 11 is the number of enlightenment and inspiration. Open your heart, mind and soul (doorways) to the light during this new moon, and with that, be divinely guided to a new boundless happy place….your future awaits!

Tips

Dream big

Be inspired to push yourself further than you ever have

Magic Mike from Astrolada has a great tip during this moon, ask yourself “What do I desire.” Why do I desire that?

Intention- what does life mean to you?

Look to see what house this new moon will be transiting.Your perspectives in this house will be dramatically changing your future.

 

Sagittarius: Archery & Mastery

As we come up from the descent of the murky waters of Scorpio, we find ourselves in the rebirthing fires of Sagittarius. This season is about having a conscious direction in our lives through the wisdom that higher knowledge is able to bestow upon us. Breaking free from the centaur- which are the animal instincts of human nature and finding your inner truth- the human part, are part of the lessons that Sagittarius teaches us. The more we are able to hone in on our purpose in life the better control we have over our animal instincts (ego, desires, temptations). During this season, it is not uncommon to download visions and have an intense motivation to get things done. There is a strong electricity in the air during this time to create what inspires you. Once it is created, Sagittarius creates yet another vision, and so on. It is now that Sagittarius is able to use the mind as the driving force, and not the animalistic nature of the Centaur. The ruling planet of Sagittarius is Jupiter- the planet of expansion and riches. The more you let go and surrender yourself to your divine plan, the more gifts the universe will bestow.

Using your arrow of wisdom this month, align yourself to your purpose by opening up your mind to knowledge in all its forms. Just be careful not to lose yourself in all the messages you receive during this time. Remember to look for synchronicities, and to trust your intuition during this next month. The sparks that ignite during this fiery season will ground your visions into reality once we enter the sign of Capricorn. Take time during this next month to master surrendering to divine will, and in doing so, have a laser sharp vision of where you need to go next!