Nov 302011
 

 QuartzCrystal1 Crystals   December Cauldron Chat

December Caldron Chat Topic: CRYSTALS – Do you use crystals for spells, rituals, around the house, or in other ways?   What is your favorite crystal and-or semi precious stones?  What experiences have you had with crystals?

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My favorite crystal is Amethyst – it is purple and that is my favorite color.  But besides the color, it is the stone I am most drawn too and just “feels” right for me.   I also like the combination – amethyst, smoky quartz, and moonstone; and of course amber and jet is a favorite too (I have one necklace made from amber and jet beads that I cherish).

I use crystals for healing work, meditation and all around the house.  I have several spheres, eggs, heart shaped stones and clusters of various stones and crystals in various rooms throughout the house (too many to list).  I recently acquired a lovely “record keeper” crystal and I’m looking forward to exploring and learning more about this crystal.  I am also in the process of gathering the crystals needed for a House Blessing With Crystals ritual that I am planning in the near future.

Most of time I find that I pick out a stone or crystal by my intuition (does the stone “call to me” or how does it “feel”), if I do acquire it then I look up the symbology and what the various uses are.  I always find the information interesting and useful, and is especially helpful when selecting a stone as a gift for someone else or when trying to decide which stones for a medicine bag or healing amulet bag.    For me I think the “magic” in the stones and crystals are how they “speak” to the individual that chose it.  I have a few large, expensive pieces, but I don’t think size or cost is a factor for how magical or powerful a stone is.  Simple, untumbled crystals are wonderful too.   Plain river rocks or stones found on the beach or in the forest can also be very powerful allies for strength, grounding and protection. 

I love learning about crystals and stones.  I invite you to share your experiences, knowledge, questions about crystals and stones.

Bright Blessings, Lady Rose

Nov 262011
 

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I got my first tattoos to celebrate my 50th birthday – the pentacle on my ankle and the dragon heart area (front of the chest). The following year I got the triquetta on the other ankle, and the year after that the yin-yang on the back of the neck (the rose in the center represents my middle name and also my “pen name”). The tattoo artist designed the yin-yang especially for me, he said he had never done a rose that small before. The photos don’t do them justice. I will eventually get two more tattoo – one on the inside of each wrist. These will be small and simple designs (because that is a very tender area to get a tattoo in) – the triple moon and a few stars (in purple of course).

The symbology for the tattoos is based on a simple ritual poem I wrote many, many years ago.

My feet rest upon the earth (two ankle tatoos),
My spirit soars among the stars, (arms raised with two moon tattos on wrist),
My heart resides between. (dragon and yin-yang)
Healing, powerful, loving I am.
So mote it be.

It took a long time to decide whether I wanted tattoos, but when I did I knew they would have to be meaningful and symbolic to my spiritual path and to be an expression of the sacredness of the divine residing in the phsyical body.

Do you have tattoos? What designs are they and what meaning do they have for you? If you have photos of your tattoos, feel free to leave a link and I’ll pop over to take a look.

Namaste, Lady Rose

Nov 092011
 

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We Are Spiritual Beings Having A Human Experience
~Teilhard de Chardin

The other day I had a wonderful online discussion about a variety spiritual experiences.  I thought it was interesting and wanted to share some of what was discussed here.  Please, feel free to comment and share your thoughts and experiences and we can keep the discussion going.

We are all spiritual beings living inside a physical human body – how that spirit is expressed is unique to each person, we all have “special talents” – but life, culture, family circumstances, etc. all seem to teach us to close our senses and awareness and most of us “sleep walk” through life never fully expressing the spirit within. After many lifetimes I think individually we begin to get the hang of “living” and those who have “mastered” it a bit can teach others and help them remember who they truly are. These teachers come in many forms, from every culture and country around the world. Actually each person can teach us something and true teachers are always students of life as well – but that is getting off the track a bit. All religions and spiritual paths are ways that humans try to “explain” the unexplainable, to answer the unanswerable questions – each has a grain of truth to it – but no words, books, or path (or religion) has all the answers. I believe each person has to discover their own truth and their way of expressing their spirit in the phsycial world. Books, teachers, mentors, etc. help us find the words to express what we “feel and sense” and to put into perspective experiences that are hard to explain – as my teacher says “words have power” they are seeds and will grow (in depth of understanding, wisdom, awakening, etc.) – each “teacher” we meet along the way provides us with an opportunity for growth and deeper wisdom.

All “magic,” “healing” and other alternative spiritual paths I feel have a grain of truth about how the universe works and eventually I think science will catch up and be able to “prove” a lot of what we call superstitution now. They all have different ways of expressing that truth and some get more bogged down in “ritual” than others, and of course there are always humans who either through ignorance or malice use what little knowledge and special talent they have to exploit others – therefore fakes and con artists are all too plentiful. For me the essence of our spirit is “energy” (frequencies) and everything in the universe vibrates with this energy (it goes by many names, but I usually refer to it using the term qi (or chi). If we are still and quiet it can be sensed with our senses and sometimes seen with our eyes (usually referrered to as the “aura”).

Drugs are not a safe way to experience the non-physical realm. Drugs bring down the barriers we have in our minds and can open one’s senses to the “spirit” realm of energy and frequencies and thus our perspective can be changed dramatically in how we see, hear, etc. what is going on around us. Because it is done in such a harsh, rapid way without a teacher (guide or master) all too often a person can be harmed by such experiences – plus drugs do horrible things to the physical body. Too often people are so in awe of the experience of what happens when they do drugs they become addicted to it and want to repeat it over and over – either to avoid the phsycial world because life is too painful for them or because they become lost in the fascination of the “out of body” like experiences of being open to the energy – but it is not a safe way to pursue spiritual experiences (sure there are cultures where under certain circumstances mind alternating substances are used – but it is also done with the presence of a shaman or other type of spiritual teacher and is only done on special occasions – without the proper preparation and guidance for most people any type of drug experience can be potentially dangerous)

There are safe ways to open up to spirit and energy realms, meditation for example, qi gong also has a “spiritual” element to it, and many others practices bring mind-body-spirit in balance and open the connection so that we can become more and more aware of the energy realm of spirit. In this realm we can see the web of life and how all things are interconnected, and feel the unlimited source of a all life, Love.

By what ever means one comes to experience the “spirit” realm – dreams, visions, seeing auras, hearing things, seeing ghosts, etc. etc. etc. – it can be very unsettling and confusing if there is no one around to help a person process and understand what it is going on – and too often the person is “labeled crazy or weird” and some even lose the ability to function in the phsycial world because they become lost in wandering the “spriit” (energy) realm within their mind. There are many many many people who once they begin to experience the spirit manfesting and their special talent awakening become “lost” in the experience – placing to much emphasis on the experience and simply seeking to have more and more and more of these experiences rather than using the experiences they do have to bring the benefits into the phsycial realm and improve the quality of their of life here and now (which is the purpose of life in my opinion – for each person to bring forth their unique spirit in physical form and live the life they have been given to their full potential).

Each person has their own unique experiences and special talents that can be developed. I find practiing qi gong, keeping a journal, paying attention to my dreams and writing them down, meditation (daily when possible) all help me to stay in touch with the spirit within and “hear” or “sense” the wisdom within.

A wise woman remembers and gently reminds others – We are all divine beings, we are interconnected, we have the unlimited capacity to give love and receive love, and we are all wise in our own way yet still have much to learn from each other.

Namaste, Lady Rose

Photo: added text to a cropped photo of a tshirt I bought from a vendor at Womon Gathering June 2008

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