Saturday, May 31, 2014

Rune of the Day: Mannaz
Today is a day to focus on yourself, on where you've been and where you want your life to go next.  Try to pay attention to the big picture, not just on what you want to accomplish today or next week.  Remember to include those people important to you in your decisions.  After all, they are affected by you and you by them. 
Tarot Card of the Day: Strength Reversed
You may feel like there is just too much to do, that you simply can't handle everything on your plate.  Reach deep inside yourself, you have all the strength you need, you just have to find a way to tap into it.  Have some faith in yourself and take things as they come.  Stop worrying about what you can't control, and you'll be amazed at how good you are at handling the rest. 
The Two Together
This is a day to start making changes, to start shaping our lives into what we want them to be.  It won't be easy, no one promised us that, but we can do it.  We just have to have faith in ourselves, our loved ones and our vision. 

Friday, May 30, 2014

Pagan Blog Project G is for Garnet
Garnet is a crystal associated with the planet Mars, the element Fire, and the goddess Sekhmet.

It has a primarily energizing and regenerating energy, and is very good at calming tempers and otherwise balancing emotions.  It's a great grounding stone to have when life gets chaotic or you are going through a crisis. 
Garnet is known to extract negativity from the chakras and turn it into positive energy, all while cleansing and re-energizing the chakras.  Likewise it cleanses, purifies, revitalizes, and balances any energy it comes into contact with. It also helps to ground spirit forces within the body. 
Meditating with garnet on your second chakra gives you motivation and confidence to reach your goals.  
It also increases positivity and self esteem, likely due to its energy cleansing and balancing properties.   This, in turn, leads to more serenity and popularity, and even an increased survival instinct. 
The crystal also has a protective influence with black garnet known to be especially helpful in psychic protection.  
Garnet also helps to get rid of outdated ideas, taboos, and inhibitions, while sharpening your perspective so that these ideas are seen clearly.  It also helps remove ingrained ideas and behaviors that are no longer serving you.
 Magickally garnet is known for healing, protection, and strength, and helps tap into extra energy when worn during ritual.  
It's used in love spells to attract a lover, rekindle an old flame, and to keep a lover faithful.  Somewhat of an all-around love spell stone. 
Its also useful in promoting good business relationships, leading to success, and provides luck in general. 
Keeping a piece of garnet under your pillow helps to prevent bad dreams, while carrying or wearing the stone strengthens the aura and helps to repel negativity by creating positive vibrations. 
Garnet is particularly effective in repelling thieves and should be kept around the house for this purpose. 
The healing properties of the crystal are multiple but seem to be mainly associated with its ability to cleanse and regenerate energy.  As always, any information given here is not intended to be or to replace medical advice.  Please see a medical professional with any health concerns.
Garnet helps to heal depression and other emotional problems and imbalances. 
It helps to regenerate the body and the DNA, reducing toxins while purifying the blood and internal organs. 
Garnet also helps stimulate the metabolism while helping the body process and utilize vitamins and minerals.  
Wearing the crystal is said to enhance strength and endurance.  
It is helpful in treating spinal and cellular disorders, and helps to lessen rheumatic and arthritic pain. 
Garnet also helps to relieve acne and other skin conditions, especially those characterized by inflammation. 
Rune of the Day: Lagaz
Listen to your inner voice today, you really need to hear what it is trying to tell you.  Use your imagination, and your creativity-just let the ideas flow through you.  They've been bubbling right beneath the surface, go ahead and let them out. 
Tarot Card of the Day: 3 of Cups Reversed
You've been so caught up in your own problems lately that you may have been ignoring those around you.  Take some time to play today, to spend some time enjoying your loved ones.  Whether its a game of chess, or one of tag, you will both cherish the memory and be better off for it. 
The Two Together
The reversed 3 of Cups paired with Lagaz is telling us its okay to let our inner child out today; to listen to our instincts and to follow them.  Sometimes we have to put the trappings of the modern world aside and just live in the moment and in our hearts.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Pagan Blog Project F is for Fuchsite

Fuchsite is a crystal associated with the planet Mercury, the element of Air, and the goddess Gaia.  It's also known for its strong connection to natural earth energies. 

Although it is used in prosperity and abundance spells, fuchsite is known more for its abilities to help one connect with other energies: the angelic realm, elementals, nature spirits, spirit guides, and faeries.  It is also very helpful as a focus for astral projection.

Fuchsite's main use though is as a healing stone.  As always any information given here is not intended as a substitute for medical advice.  Please see your medical professional if you have any health concerns.

The crystal is known to focus and amplify any healing energy while also being very calming.  It also helps to release the blockages caused by excess energy.

It is very helpful for any problems with the larynx or throat; however, do not use the stone in an elixir. 

Problems with one's arteries and carpal tunnel and/or tendonitis issues are also helped by the proximity of fuchsite. 

It is also useful in the treatment of blood sugar problems, dehydration, and in spinal alignment. 


Fuchsite is also a great healing aid as it helps with channeling herbal remedies and holistic healing methods; helping to speed healing and even identify illnesses.

Fuchsite is known as a healer's stone due to its ability to help healers keep self-protective boundaries in place while they are working.  The crystal encourages understanding and compassion while at the same time it reinforces healthy boundaries between healer and patient.  It helps to prevent healers from giving too much to those who need healing, and helps them remember to take care of themselves also.

This is also a great stone to carry if one is prone to codependence or stress issues as it helps to heal both.  

For those embarking on any kind of self-improvement routine the presence of fuchsite can be a huge help.  It helps one stick to personal routines; especially those that help us connect to ourselves, such as meditation.  

In fact, meditating with a piece of fuchsite sitting on one's heart chakra helps to release emotions and heal emotional wounds.  It also helps to release stress and tension, and to make it easier to see the big picture of any situation as opposed to focusing merely on one's part of it. 

Carrying and/or wearing fuchsite even helps promote positive character traits such as sincerity and integrity.  It helps bring one peace and balance, which in turn helps on have more fun in life, with much less stress. 

Considering my frequent 90+ hour work weeks I should probably be wearing clothes and sleeping on sheets made of fuchsite!  LOL 


Rune of the Day: Othala
Focus on the long term today, both financially and in family relationships.  Take a look at any long term investments or commitments.  Make sure that they are still serving you, that they haven't grown stagnant or started dragging you down.

Tarot Card of the Day: Ace of Cups
Today is a day of new beginnings and new understandings with others.  You may meet someone new, or just get to know someone you haven't really interacted much with.  Either way, the new relationship in whatever form it takes, will help you grow.

The Two Together
Othala paired with the Ace of Cups is telling us to spend some time with family today, especially the older members of the family.  They often help us reconnect with what's truly important in life, and its so easy to lose touch with them.  Try to reopen those lines of communication.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Rune of the Day: Thurisaz Reversed
Take your time making decision today, the consequences of your choices today will be with you for a while.  Ask for help if you need it, better a little humility than a ton of regret.
Tarot Card of the Day: 6 of Pentacles
Pay attention to what is going on around you.  The help you are offering people may not be what they need, but rather what it is easy for you to give.  Your time or experience may be more needed than your castoffs.  

The Two Together
Both Thurisaz reversed and the 6 of Pentacles are telling us to turn to others, to have some humility.  We need to really pay attention to what others have to give us today, as well as to what they need from usOften, what we want to receive or give isn't what's really needed; look below the surface today.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Rune of the Day: Ing
This is a great time to make a new start at something.  With the weather warming up for many of us, it is time to start outside new projects and maybe just some new things in general. Ing's energy is very potent for new beginnings, for coming out of one's shell so to speak.  Take advantage of having this energy in your corner today.
Tarot Card of the Day: 9 of Cups
Appreciate what you have today, and don't be afraid to share the wealth a little.  Things will be going your way, why not help them go someone else's way too.  The more we appreciate and share our blessings, the more blessings we receive.
The Two Together
The combination of Ing and the 9 of Cups is saying to go for what you want today.  Try something new, create something that speaks to you.  There is a ton of positive energy in your corner so take advantage of it.  Just remember to spread the good energy and blessings around.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Rune of the Day: Eolh
Be careful what you wish for today, you just may get it.  Trying new things and meeting new people is how we grow; whether its a good experience or a not so good one.  Use some caution with the new experiences and people today, they may not be all that they seem.
Tarot Card of the Day: Hanged Man

Make sure your actions are consistent with who you really want to be today.  Its almost always easier to take the easy way out, to avoid unpleasantness; but sometimes, facing up to things is what shows our true character.  You know the person you want to be, act like that person today. 
The Two Together:
The pairing of the Hanged Man and Eolh is urging us to use caution in our actions and dealing with others today.  Sometimes it is easier to go along to get along, but is that the person we really want to be?  Trying new things sometimes just teaches us that those things aren't really for us.  Walking away from something that doesn't serve you is not a failure, its a victory.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Rune of the Day: Daeg
Go ahead and start making some of the changes you've been thinking about, especially any concerned with self-improvement.  Whether spiritual, emotional, or physical you are bound to make real progress today; to start feeling a new sense of clarity and security.
Tarot Card of the Day: World
You will feel a real sense of accomplishment today, a feeling of being one with everything.  You know what you can do and revel in your abilities.  Enjoy today, because as always, tomorrow brings new challenges for you to conquer.
The Two Together
The World paired with Daeg is letting us know that we can change ourselves for the better, in any area we try to.  Whether its learning something new, starting a healthier regimen for ourselves, or expanding our spiritual horizons, we can do it.  That's what life is all about, growing, and expanding, and bettering ourselves and the world around us. 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Rune of the Day: Gifu

For everything that goes right today, something will go wrong.  Of course, the reverse is also true: for everything that goes wrong, something else will go right.  Today is all about keeping the balance in your life.  Just go with it, in the long run the good almost always outweighs the bad. 
Tarot Card of the Day: 8 of Cups

Sometimes we have to leave things behind, no matter how much we love them.  They may be holding us back, or dragging us down, or maybe we just can't watch them hurt themselves any longer.  Its time to look at some of those situations today, and decide which ones we just have to put behind us for our own good.  These are rarely decisions, but we have to put our own well-being first.
The Two Together

The 8 of Cups paired with Gifu is telling us we have to look at the whole picture when we are looking at relationships or situations we are thinking of ending.  We have to look at the good as well as the bad and then decide who and what is worth keeping in our lives: and, conversely, who and what has to go.  Be careful not to end something just because its been a difficult patch, we need to look at how likely things are to improve also.