365 Days of Crystal Magic by Sandra Kynes: REVIEW

365 Days of Crystal Magic takes you on a daily journey using crystals. Each day features a different ritual that uses crystals to invoke the energy of that particular day. Suggestions on how to use the stones to utilize their magical properties are included.

Astrology, Celtic Ogham, tree months, runic half months, ancient festivals, moon sabbats are also included.

Since different crystals are used each day, the author makes a point to not encourage the reader to purchase every single crystal mentioned. Rather, the book is written in such a way that encourages you to learn how to tap into the crystal for its different properties, and to also create your own rituals.

The rituals were simple and easy to follow and did not require many additional tools. I only wish that a brief explanation as to why certain rituals were chosen for specific days was included. Also, alternative crystals should have been included for each ritual.

This is a great “how to” book for anyone who wishes to enhance their crystal divination systems or for beginners. 365 Days of Crystal Magic will help you to familiarize yourself with many different crystals and their magical properties. A must read for any crystal lover!

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Saturn in Capricorn December 21 2017-2020: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough!

Saturn is about to transition into the sign of Capricorn on December 21 and will remain there until 2020. Many have already been feeling this transition as Saturn- planet of karma is a very dense energy.  You will feel a lightness in the house where Saturn has been during the past 2.5 years. It will be as though a weight has been lifted off your shoulders. You will also have restructured that area of your life.

Saturn in Capricorn

Since Saturn is Capricorn’s ruler, Saturn will be comfy and cozy in this sign. He will be able to easily manifest and work his magic because his energies are very compatible with Capricorn. They both love structure, responsibility, hard work, and success.

The area of your life ruled by Capricorn will be undergoing many changes. Saturn in Sagittarius was about over hauling your belief system regarding the Sagittarius ruled area of your life. Saturn in Capricorn will now force you to act practically with this new found direction. Some questions you might want to ponder are:

What steps can I take to achieve my desired success?

What is the biggest responsibility I have to myself?

How do I need to mature?

What should I keep doing and what should I be stopping?

 

The Occult Sun

Saturn’s responsibility is to empower you to manifest the gifts of the house it rules. Many associate this planet with restrictions and limitations, but this only comes about when you resist its power of change. Restructuring things are always uncomfortable at first but the more you are able to surrender to it’s energies, the more successful you will be.

In ancient Astrology Saturn was known as the occult sun. This is because Saturn brings to light everything that is not working in specific areas of your life. It is a source of illumination. How can we improve our lives if we are not willing to confront the issues and problems that are hindering our progress?

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Put a Ring On It.

Saturn transits are always times of great awakenings. His rings bind you to the energies of the house he is moving through. This is why Saturn rules contracts and business alongside Capricorn. When the energies of the house have come full circle, he naturally moves on to the next area of your life. He is a slow moving planet that helps us focus on the present which allows us to make better decisions without taking unnecessary risks.

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Conclusion

View Saturn in Capricorn as your time to mature and evolve your Capricorn area of life. You will reach the top of Capricorn’s mountain as long as you remember that slow and steady wins the race. Please keep in mind that we are entering a universal 11/2 year which is all about awakening and authenticity. Saturn in Capricorn will help you to recommit to YOU.

 

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New Moon in Scorpio- November 18- The Thief in the Night

The New Moon in Scorpio will feel quite dense compared to other New Moons. We have 4 planets in Scorpio- Sun, Moon, Venus, & Jupiter. We can see that a heaviness is present that is dragging us deep into the archetype of Scorpio. Scorpio is the sign of transformation and deep healing. Where ever Scorpio falls in your chart, is the area that will see these themes coming into play.

Uranus will be aspecting the New Moon forcing you to remove the thief in the night that is consuming you. What is draining your energy? The Scorpio waters will be nourishing those parts of your life that need a break through.

Mars square Pluto- don’t be too aggressive in your dealings with others

 

 

October Potpourri: Witchy Blend

Theme: Magic

Song: Angel by Joseph of Mercury

Crystals: Tiger’s Eye, Smoky Quartz, Shungite

Film: Practical Magic

Food: Chocolate

Biggest Lesson Learned: Don’t be a push over!

Biggest Regret: Saying “yes” when I should have said “no.”

Proudest Moment: Seamless Transition

Goal for November: Stand up for myself

 

My Favourite Witches

Sally & Gillian Owens- Practical Magic

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Practical Magic is one of my favourite stories/movies of all time. I loved the bond between Sally & Gillian and feel like I have the same type of relationship with my brother. They practiced domestic magic and were always looking out for each other. It hits close to home for me.

Gillian Holroyd- Bell Book & Candle

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Kim Novak played a sophisticated manipulative witch in this film. I absolutely loved her slinky performance.

Cassie Nightingale- Good Witch

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Cassie Nightingale is the witch from the Hallmark tv series/movies ‘Good Witch.’ Yes, she’s a little cheesy, but she uses her powers for good and not evil, and is probably one of the kindest witches of all time.

Eglantine Price- Bedknobs & Broomsticks

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I also could relate to Eglantine Price from ‘Bedknobs & Broomsticks.’ She was a closet witch who studied her craft at night…….something I can totally relate to.

Vianne Rocher- Chocolat

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Vianne Rocher plays the mother in the story ‘Chocolat.’ She adds spoonfuls of magic into her and her family’s life and always makes a home out of nothing. Chocolat and its sequel ‘The Lollipop Shoes’ by Joanne Harris are my favourite books of all time.

Winnie- Hocus Pocus

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Bette Midler slayed her performance as Winnie in Hocus Pocus.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch

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I grew up watching this tv show and loved how it was a coming of age story with a witchy twist. Melissa Joan Hart’s comedic spin was perfect.

Luna Lovegood

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As a fellow Ravenclaw, I have a soft spot for Luna Lovegood. She is quirky and weird and makes no apology for it. She is authentic and woo-woo even in the magical world. I think I’d be a lovegood if I wasn’t living in the Muggle world.

Glinda

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I dressed up as Glinda for a couple of Halloweens in a row and sometimes feel as though I  am living in one of her rose quartz bubbles. She is a good witch who should have had her own movie by now.

 

Astro-Witchery: Little Scorpion

If you are not familiar with the television series ‘Penny Dreadful,’ stop everything you’re doing, take a couple of days off, and binge-watch the entire series. “Many people are familiar with classic literary characters like Dr. Frankenstein and Dorian Gray. Penny Dreadful brings those and other characters into a new light by exploring their origin stories in this psychological thriller that takes place in the dark corners of Victorian London.”

One of the main characters is Vanessa Ives- played by the marvelously Gothic actress Eva Green. Vanessa Ives is a psychic medium, cartomancer, and witch, who’s nick name is Little Scorpion which was given to her by the very first witch she met. Throughout the series- Vanessa draws a scorpion symbol in blood which acts as her totem, talisman, and sigil. She draws the Scorpion symbol as a means to protect herself and to delve deeper within herself. The origins of this symbol are revealed later in the show, but it’s very obvious that Vanessa Ives is a Scorpio. She is seductive, dark, and has many emotional demons…….and some not so emotional demons residing inside her. She seems to know throughout her whole life that there is something dark within her that she does not dare release…….a common Scorpionic theme.

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Sigils

If Vanessa uses the Scorpion symbol as her protective talisman and as a means to connect to her inner demons without unleashing them, than that must mean that we can use our own symbols for the same purpose.

This is the sigil for Scorpio:

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The M of the sigil signifies Mother Earth and the planet Mars which is Scorpio’s traditional ruler. The tail represents the Scorpion’s tail and poison which is its ability to paralyze people using psychological techniques.

I created a ritual using the character Vanessa Ives as inspiration.

 

 

The Ritual- Ives (pronounced Iv-ez) Scorpionem

Find a quiet space.

Close all the lights.

Light a black candle.

Have a few blank pieces of paper ready along with a red pen or marker.

Begin by drawing the Scorpio sigil- size doesn’t matter.

Continue drawing the sigil, allowing your mind to wander.

The Scorpio sigil will activate your own Scorpionic energies within you.

What are you feeling that wants to be unleashed?

When you recognize what this feeling is, stop drawing the sigil.

Take a piece of smoky quartz in each hand- and recite these words:

“I am strong-willed and agile like the Scorpion.”

“I am most who I am unrestrained.”

Blow out the black candle.

Scatter sea salt on your Scorpion sigils.

Collect all of your sigils into one pile.

Place a piece of Aquamarine on the top page of the pile to wash away any negative energies.

The ritual is complete.

Perform the ritual every Tuesday during Scorpio season.

New Moon in Libra October 19, 2017: Astrowitchery

Glamour Witch

A Glamour Witch is a Libra Witch who uses glamours- to deceive and hide her true nature. This New Moon is culminating with a magic to do with projections. Here’s how to properly harness its power. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the actual spell.

Libra Mirror Spell

Sun in Libra- The life of the spell for this New Moon’s witchery is about mirroring.

Moon in Libra The emotional intention of this spell has to do with self-acceptance.

Uranus opposing this New Moon suggests we can break this spell through authenticity.

Mercury in Scorpio- The magic words of this spell are about speaking your truth.

Jupiter is letting us know that this spell will teach us about our personal power.

Venus- Contains the ingredient of this spell which is love

*The planets are providing us with the opportunity to break (Uranus) a powerful spell that has been cast upon ourselves.

 

Circe in Astrology represents the ultimate witch. She shows you the magical powers that you possess.

Saturn Square Circe in the 6th House

Shows us that we are allowing those who oppose us to manipulate us and force us to be who aren’t.

Chiron Opposite Circe- 6th House

Shows us that our magic lies in looking to nature for the answers we seek.

 

Hekate represents how and where we should trust our magic in our Astrology charts.

Mercury Square Hekate

Mercury squaring Hekate shows that we are over-analyzing every little thing which is blocking our magic. We must learn to trust our magic by expressing our true selves through creativity without analyzing it.

Jupiter Square Hekate

Jupiter squaring Hekate is teaching us the importance of self-trust. Trust that everything is happening the way it should be.

 

Magio Speculo

Perform this spell on October 21 at 9:11 UTC.

Light a black candle.

Take a piece of goldsheen obsidian and repeat this mantra 5 times while you gaze into its reflective surface.

“I am all of the things I am”

Let your mind wander and pay attention to any images you see in the obsidian.

Do not analyze the images you see.

Welcome them with an open mind and release them with love.

Blow out the Black Candle

Place the Goldsheen Obsidian on a window ledge or place outside.

Repeat the spell for 3 days in a row.