Exploring Your Crystals

Exploring Your Crystals

For this visualisation exercise, choose one of your favourite crystals, one you already know quite well. A good place to hold the crystal for this exercise is at the solar plexus.

1. Sit in a relaxed comfortable position, holding the stone in both hands. Take a few moments just to relax and focus on the crystal in your hands.

2. Slowly let your awareness float down into the crystal until you reach a point where you seem to come to rest.

3. In your minds eye, identify how the crystal feels to you. is it warm or damp, cool or dry, smooth or rough? Take a minute or two to explore the energy of the crystal through your inner touch.

4. Now relax again and turn your attention to any quality of sound within the crystal, whether it appears to be a tone, a pulse or a tune. Is it high or low? Simple or complex? Listen to the sound of the crystal for a few moments, then relax again.

5. Take a few deep breaths, then imagine you are breathing in the crystal’s energy through your nostrils. What smell, what taste does the crystal have? Can you identify it?

6. Relax once more, then open your inner eyes. Imagine what the structure and the energy of your crystal looks like: the quality of light, the images, the landscapes, scenes and figures that may be related to you. Don’t attempt to analyze what you see. Just let the imagery play before your eyes.

7. Now become aware once more of the crystals taste, its smell, its sounds and its touch. Very gradually bring your awareness out of the crystal and become more aware of your body and the world around you. Record notes in your journal so that you may remember your experiences.

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Crystal Purification Incense

Crystal Purification Incense

2 parts Frankincense

2 parts Copal

1 part Sandalwood

1 part Rosemary

1 pinch finely powdered Salt

1 sm. purified Quartz Crystal point

To use, pour a bit of the incense (leaving the crystal in the jar) onto charcoal. Smolder, and pass the crystals to be purified through the smoke, visualizing the smoke wafting away the stone’s impurities. This incense can be used in conjunction with other recommended purifying rituals, or in place of them.

Incense To Cleanse Crystal Jewelry

Incense To Cleanse Crystal Jewelry

2 parts wood aloe

1 part mace (the outside covering of nutmeg)

1 part gum arabic

1 part benzoin

Grind the ingredients together and burn in a censer or an earthenware saucer. Pass crystals and jewellery through the smoke several times visualising the fumes purifying the object. Best performed outside for the practical fact of smoke alarms.

Crystals

Crystals

A crystal is a body that is formed by the solidification of a chemical element, a compound, or a mixture of them, and has a regularly repeating internal arrangement of its atoms and often external plane faces. But it’s more than that. A crystal is one of the many bounties of the Earth’s crust. They are a powerful tool and correspond directly to the element of Earth, but also the Air, Fire and Water. Each crystal has it’s own vibration and thus each vibration corresponds to a correspondences such as healing, protection, relaxation etc. Because each crystal does have a vibration, a larger crystal is not any more powerful than a smaller one. A larger one might look better, but not everyone has the means for such a thing.

Several crystals have the same correspondences, but, to chose which one you want you must first have a look at all those crystals without touching them. See which one has an effect on you. Now, when the crystal has been chosen, or when the crystal has chosen you, you must individually have a look at the crystals, Separate the ones which you like from the ones you don’t like just by having a look at them. Then, pick up each crystal in you receptive hand, opposite to the power hand, so if you are right handed it’s your left hand, and close your hand into a gentle fist. Feel the crystals pulse, it should be like a gentle drum rhythm, it could be very fast, or slow. You will feel whether the crystal is right for you, or not. The crystals vibration will complement yours and act like a ‘lock and key’ to your aura in the sense that they will blend. The crystal will let you know if it is not for you.

A newly bought crystal should be cleansed. This could be as long as a whole moon phase, with elemental cleansings, or just a simple mental cleansing. Before buying that particular crystal, it would have been touched my many people, and been next to many people who might have been upset, angry, sad etc. So this may effect you. To cleanse, it could simply be a dip in salty water, being buried over night in the ground, gone through crystal cleansing incense (or frankincense, sandalwood or just about anything for that matter, maybe even a herbal blend for the crystals purpose), being placed on a bed of quartz crystal, being passed through a flame, fairly quickly, being brushed with a feather, being placed overnight in moon light, or sunlight. Be careful because some crystals fade or lose color from being held in the sun, some even disolve in water, or may react with the candle flame, so be careful.

Magickal Correspondence for Thursday, August 8th

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Magickal Correspondence for Thursday, August 8th

Magickal Intentions: Luck, Happiness, Health, Legal Matters, Male Fertility, Treasure and Wealth, Honor, Riches, Clothing Desires, Leadership, Public Activity, Power and Success

Incense: Cinnamon, Must, Nutmeg and Sage

Planet: Jupiter

Sign: Sagittarius and Pisces

Angel: Sachiel

Colors: Purple, Royal Blue and Indigo

Herbs/Plants: Cinnamon, Beech, Buttercup, Coltsfoot, Oak

Stones: Sugilite, Amethyst, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli and Sapphire

Oil: (Jupiter) Clove, Lemon Balm, Oak moss, Star Anise

Jupiter presides over Thursday. The vibrations of this day attune well to all matters involving material gain. Use them for working rituals that entail general success, accomplishment, honors and awards, or legal issues. These energies are also helpful in matters of luck, gambling, and prosperity.

THURSDAY, The Day of Strength
 The Day of Jupiter

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THURSDAY

The Day of Strength
 The Day of Jupiter

thursdaeg (Anglo-Saxon) donnerstag (Germanic) dies jovis (Latin) vrihaspat-var or guru-var (Hindu) jumerat (Islamic) jeudi (French) moku youbi (Japanese)

Traditionally seen as the fifth day of the week. Originally associated with two gods, ‘Jove’ and ‘Thor’. Thor was the God of Thunder hence the day also being known a ‘Thunderday’. Jove was also known to be associated with thunder, with the French renaming the day ‘Jeudi’ which means ‘Jove’s Day’. ‘Maundy Thursday’ is the Thursday before Good Friday when in the Roman Catholic faith, the preparation of washing the feet begins. Traditionally those of high office within the church, including royalty would wash the feet of the poor on this day. In John, xiii, 34, the ceremony is outlined with ‘Mandatum novum do vobis’ meaning ‘a new commandment I give unto you’. The washing of the feet is associated with Jesus washing the feet of the poor, and also too of Mary of Magdala washing the feet of Jesus. In Germany (Europe) Thursday was believed traditionally to be the most unluckiest of the week. As a result the practice grew of ensuring that no important business should be carried out, no marriages and even that no child should be sent to school for their first time on this day. ‘Black Thursday’ was the name given to February 6 1851 in Australia when a powerful fire swept in from the bush to blaze a trail across Victoria. According to the English historian Richard Grafton certain dates of the month were unlucky as published in the ‘Manual’ in 1565. Days throughout the year were identified and of course could have related to any day of the week. The date was the most important point to consider. The work was reputed to have some credence with support given by astronomers of the day. (For more information see Mystical WWW Mystical Time : Mystical Months). Columba, or Columcille is associated with this day, as it is known that he was born on a Thursday in 521, on the 7 December. The Celtic church notes his heast day as 7 June, revered across the British Isles and Brittany as a truely sacred man of God hence the association in ancient times of this being a holy day.

(Mystical WWW)

Live and learn, learn to live

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Live and learn, learn to live

I strive to get what life can give

Send to me the lessons true

And help me know just what to do

Amid the mess and chaos fierce

Shine a light to darkness pierce

Show the way to knowledge deep

Which to let go and which to keep

Clear the way so I might heed

The lessons that I truly need

Show me what I need to learn

As life’s pages I do turn.

Tantric Sex for Beginners: 4 Easy Tips!

Tantric Sex for Beginners: 4 Easy Tips!

My friend Sean recently wowed me by casually mentioning that he had just  attended a three-day tantric sex workshop where the end goal was, well, for no  end goal.  “The point,” he said, “is to channel all the sexual energy that would  normally leave during an orgasm, back into your body.  It gives you so much  energy!”

Sure enough, achieving the big “O” is not Tantra’s main objective. Instead, you  attempt to prolong the act, increasing potent sexual energy and intimacy with  your partner. If you focus solely on the grand finale, you’ll miss the amazing  range of feeling the rest of the show offers.  “Sexual energy is one of our most  powerful energies for creating health,” says Christiane Northrup, M.D., author  of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom.  “Through the intimate connection  with another, our stress hormones lower and our serotonin shoots through the  roof.”

Hmmm, I’ve certainly heard of Tantra but besides the Bible-length Kama Sutra,  wacky-sounding positions like “lotus” and “jumping spider” and tales of Sting  engaging in 36-hour lovemaking sessions, I didn’t know much, let alone that the  intimacy is great for our health.  “Even without an exhaustive education,” says  Wendy  Strgar, Care2 columnist and CEO of Good, Clean Love, “the principles behind  tantric practice can go a long way in deepening the connection you share with  your partner.”

Design an “intimacy space”

This should be a comfortable area that is playful and relaxed. First, clear  the room of any attention-grabbing clutter. Next, decorate with flowers, candles  and cozy fabrics. Scent is really important to our sensuality, so try natural  oils like jasmine, ylang-ylang, or rose. Make sure your bed is as comfortable as  possible with soft sheets and a number of pillows. Lastly, chose a soundtrack of  music that you both like. Play it softly in the background to enhance your  mood.

Breathe Each Other’s Breath

Harmonizing your breath is one of the easiest ways to  sync with your partner. Straddle your partner’s lap (called the yab-yom  position) and inhale while they exhale and vice versa. As your partner breathes  out, you’ll find yourself taking their breath into and down through your entire  body.  As you exhale, consciously attempt to energize the breath.  In this way,  you’re sharing all of yourself with your partner.  “Becoming conscious about  your breath is central to all yogic practices and is foundational in Tantra,”  says Strgar.

Keep Your Eyes Open

“The idea of making love with your eyes open is one of the fundamentals of  deep connection in intimacy,” says Strgar.  “It is surprisingly harder to do  than you might expect.   Move toward this idea as an intention rather than a  rule and be amazed as the collection of glimpses that will reshape how you think  about your partner and yourself.  It is not easy to be seen, even by the people  we love.  Truly witnessing the act of love is profoundly transformative.”

Take it Slow

Sorry guys, foreplay is essential in Tantra. A leisurely, slow build helps  men control longevity and piques women’s arousal. The longer you linger in this  process of building energy, the longer your session will last and the more  energy you will build. Use this time to fully focus on each other. As in  meditation, when your thoughts wander, gently guide your attention back to your  partner and the magic of the moment at hand.

The Truth About Tantric Sex

The Truth About Tantric Sex

There’s a scene in my women’s novel where the main character, Lorna, has an  amazing sexual experience. It’s not because her partner has any special  abilities in bed, but rather that Lorna, on a new quest to live spiritually in  her everyday life, opens herself to the energy of source during the encounter.  “The expression ‘best sex I’ve ever had’ seems a massive understatement,” Lorna  marvels afterward. “This feeling of expansiveness, of being at one with the  world, is the best anything I’ve ever had.”

I didn’t know until I recently spoke with Miranda Shaw, author of the book  Passionate Enlightenment: Women in Tantric Buddhism,  that what Lorna had glimpsed was a Tantric sexual experience. Shaw, an associate professor of  religion at the University of Richmond, says Tantric sex is not so much about  sex as many of us think. Instead, the intimate act is merely one of many  vehicles practitioners use to connect with the cosmic flow. Western teachers who  focus on boosting your sex life through Tantra have it wrong, she claims–the  emphasis is more appropriately placed on boosting your enlightenment.

That’s not to say sex doesn’t enter the picture. Read on for more about this  fascinating practice–and some of Shaw’s tips for bringing a piece of it to your own bedroom.

Can you describe what “Tantra” is?

Tantra emerged in India in the seventh century as a way to weave (that’s what  the word Tantra means) every aspect of daily life, including intimate  relationships and erotic experience, into the spiritual path. Strands of Tantra  exist in the Hindu, Jain and Buddhist traditions, although my study is Buddhist  Tantra.

So Tantra involves much more than  sex?

Yes, there are many practices: methods for working with energy, images to  contemplate, sacred sounds (mantra) to chant. The central goal is to realize the  inherent beauty and perfection of the world and sacredness of all beings,  including oneself. Romantic partnerships are a focus of Tantric practice because  they are fertile ground for revealing the beliefs and emotions–the  illusions–that cause us to suffer and act in ways that harm others. The goal is  to see reality as it is and respond appropriately, with clarity and compassion,  in a way that contributes to the evolution of the planet toward greater  well-being and happiness for all living beings.

But sex is also a major part? Why?

Rather than something that detracts from religious life, sexual experience is  a prime opportunity for spiritual cultivation if approached meditatively and as  a yogic practice. The central purpose is to tap the cosmic energy that flows  through the human body, heighten and concentrate the energy through sexual  union, and then use the energy as fuel for spiritual transformation.

Tell me a little about a full-blown Tantric sex ritual as practiced  by a serious practitioner?

I prefer the term “sexual yoga” to “Tantric sex.”  The practice is  advanced and rather technical–a kind of inner “rocket science”–that incorporates  mindfulness meditation, emptiness philosophy, yogic breathing, mantra  recitation, visualization of deities and symbols, and movement of energy and  inner fire (called kundalini) through the subtle yogic anatomy of channels and  energy centers (chakras) along the spine. My book, Passionate  Enlightenment, describes some practices–-ways to meditate and images to  envision–to direct sexual union to spiritual ends.

Is it true that Tantric sex was created primarily for  men?

That is a common misconception that appeared in virtually all popular and  scholarly writings on Tantra before I undertook my research. But I discovered  extensive evidence to the contrary. First, mutuality is a core principle of  Tantric relationship. From the first meeting onward, there are protocols to  ensure that the man doesn’t manipulate or exploit the woman–she holds the right  of choice. Second, Tantric texts emphasize what a man has to do to appeal to,  please and merit the companionship of a woman, but there are no corresponding  requirements for a woman. In fact, he has to do anything she requests and assure  that she is satisfied. The practice is described as his offering of pleasure to  her for the sake of her inner yogic practice.

Are there aspects of this “sexual yoga” that the uninitiated can  practice?

Sexual yoga is an advanced practice, but anyone can adopt a Tantric, or  spiritual, approach to sexual experience. At the core is seeing the experience  as an energy event–that is, a merging of two energy fields–and being attentive  to how the interplay of energies ignites a dynamic inner landscape of vitality,  light and imagery. Allow the light, heat and however that energy manifests to  illuminate and replenish your psyche, generate positive mind-states and  emotions, and nourish your creativity and life journey.

Contrary to popular belief, the intended benefits of Tantra do not include  enhanced sexual pleasure. For that, India has other practices, known as the  “arts of love,” as taught in the Kama Sutra. The purpose of this branch  of knowledge is to bring a more sophisticated artistry to the stages and skills  of lovemaking in order to devote the sexual experience to spiritual  cultivation.

Here are a few specific practices:

Gaze into your partner’s eyes. Sit facing your partner for  at least 20 minutes, gazing into one another’s eyes. The idea is to strive to  glimpse the pure essence of your partner–the divine, sacred core.  You can  boost the level of engagement by joining palms, left hands facing upward and  right hands downward. Envision sending energy through the right hands and  receiving through the left, circulating the current of energy that flows through  both bodies, counterclockwise. This practice can be done on its own or as a  prelude to union.

• See yourself as radiant light. In the middle of your  lovemaking, envision yourself as an enlightened being floating through space in  a sphere of light. The powerful energy available during lovemaking enhances your  ability to do this. Radiate the joy and harmony of your union throughout the  entire universe in the form of light rays or drops of nectar that spread  happiness, illumination and healing to all beings everywhere.

Offer pleasure to the goddess. One sexual ritual anyone  can do is called “stri-puja,” which means “worship of the woman.” The man  creates an altar-like setting with candles, incense and other symbols of  sacredness. He then makes offerings (such as flowers and other gifts), feeds her  delicacies, strokes her body with a moistened flower, massages her feet with  scented oil, kneels and bows before her, and praises her. The erotic union that  follows is his offering of pleasure to her, his goddess. This practice  challenges the woman to embrace her sacredness, while, for the man, it is an  opportunity to cultivate and express his appreciation and adoration. Surrounding  the experience with sacred intent, making it a ritual, can lead to a deeper  level of communion and open the way for positive emotions to infuse the  relationship, such as greater harmony and gratitude for one another. The  experience can go in surprising directions. (Do know that Tantra is not  heterosexist. Gay and lesbian couples can adapt this practice however it suits  them.)

Feng Shui Tip for August 8th – 'Power of Eight'

Today’s energies make it the perfect day to activate the ‘power of eight’ inside your living space. Download an infinity symbol and trace over it eight times with a gold ink marker or pen. Place this image upright (never lying on its side) in the ‘Wealth’ area of your office, living room or even in the upper left hand side of your desk. It is believed that when placed with intention on this day, this symbol will bring great abundance, good health, wonderful relationships and protection from things that go bump in the night.

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com