Mexican Mariposa Calcite: rock1 sideA – UVabc by Cran Cowan
From Mina Buena Tierra, located in the Santa Eulalia District, Aquiles Serdan, Chihuahua, Mexico comes this 6" wide specimen.
Calcite (FL Yellow,Pink/Orange >UVabc)
Shown under Uvabc light.
WL = White light (halogen + LED)
FL = Fluoresces
PHOS = Phosporescent
UVa = 368nm (LW), UVb = 311nm (MW), UVc = 254nm (SW)
’>’ = “stimulated by:”, ’!’ = “bright”, ’~’ = “dim”
Obtained at Obsidian Days 2013 – Earth’s Treasures
Rock2 side A
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18 Watt Triple Output UV lamp from Polman Minerals – Way Too Cool UV lamps
Protection & Connection
from the deepest part of the earth
to the highest point in the sky
protect my body, soul, and mind
till all that remains is dirt and stars
and goddess welcomes me home
A Witches Pentacle:
Water – Womb – fresh water
Fire – Bright Soul – candle
Earth – Body – salt
Air – Breath – smudge
Spirit – Alchemy – all the elements coming together
Ritual Notes: burn a black candle and pass the your amulet through the flame or smoke as you recite the prayer/spell with clarity, focus, and honest intention.
We have a connection to those who came before us. As women, we are all connected to witches who couldn’t burn, for the women who survived, the women who fought and reigned.
Each day we discover a new part of ourselves, the part that lies in our ancestral roots.
Each day is an awakening, a remembrance of who we are at the core.
May we rise like our sisters did and inspire generations to come.
I have been called a witch ever since I was a little girl. It was a way of people labeling me for my extrinsic beliefs and personality. I never was insulted by it because I found a sense of magic in knowing I was different.
Growing up I never felt a part of something, in regards to the spiritual community. There were always too many labels and groups that didn’t fully align with what I believed in. I never had a church to attend or a “bible” to read, instead I found myself collecting parts of cultures and religions that vibed with my soul.
I created my own sense of spirituality through nature, Buddhist verses, and fairytales. I spent my days in the library, reading about Hinduism, Buddhism, Wicca, Paganism, and Druidism. Like a vision board, I cut and pasted what resonated with me and that became my devotion.
Throughout my life I have met an array of people who have inspired me, from a Medicine Woman to a Gypsy, collecting their wisdom along the way. As I’ve gotten older I have grown into my beliefs, no longer seeking an institution rather knowledge. Books have continued to be my bible, like a gardener I harvest what ignites my being.
With a collage of spiritual insight, I have never felt the need to define myself. But when I read the book Witch by Lisa Lister, I felt an awakening to do just that. After years of research and practice, I declared myself as only spiritual, because I wasn’t fully a Buddhist, Wicca, Pagan, or Druid, they had certain systems that I didn’t agree with. But as I laid out all my beliefs I found that magic flowed through them. Everything was rooted in goddess and nature energy, from praying to the feminist Buddha Tara to moon magick, I was living a witchy life.
Witch. that word sparked something within me. Each time I said it out loud to myself, I felt my body rise with pride. I’ve always had a fascination with witchcraft but I ever took the step to declare myself as one, I felt like it was such a ancient practice that I didn’t know if I belonged. When I learned about the witch trials in grade school and I went home thinking, no wonder I cant have anything close to my neck, I was hung like them.
My child mind felt a deep connection with the witches that I studied in class. I remember walking home from school and pointing my index finger at the trees, imagining that I controlled the wind. It may have been the years of intense bulling that I endured, but I found a sense of power and solitude in all things magic.
The other night I called my father before I went to bed and he told me, “I always knew you were a witch. Ever since you were little you had powers.”
I’ve been blessed with a family that honored by witchiness. Any vision or dream I had, my parents would take them seriously, whether it was taking a different route to school or locking the back door, they respected my intuitive gifts. I never felt ashamed or embarrassed that I felt or saw things differently.
There have been countless times where my visions and intuition have saved my life and others. It is a part of myself that I cant imagine living without.In many ways my parents nurtured that side of me, allowing that sixth sense to grow and strength with me. To this day my parents still honor my visions. somethings they even ask me for intuitive advice.
I am at a point in my life where I feel unconditionally empowered and loved. I am grounded, abundant with knowledge, and secure with myself. I have waded through depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and bulling, to become the woman I am today. If it wasn’t for the darkness of my past, I wouldn’t be shining this bright.
Even as a four year old girl buying her first Buddha, I knew that magic resided within me. I just wasn’t ready to master it. So, over the years I continued to feed that alchemy with a spiritual practice of crystals, meditation, yoga, spells, grids, goddess mythology, prayer, herbalism, sound medicine, and astrology.
I have spent years learning the depth and feminine roots to that word, WITCH. I bow my head to the witchy women before me, listening to their kind whispers, Rise Sister.
I reclaim witchcraft as my path, understanding that it has been with me all along.
Selenite is fossilized salt water, giving it the cyclical energy of lunar and water. This crystal teaches us to ebb and flow, that the light always illuminates the darkness, like a starlight sky.
This self-clearing crystal is perfect for cleansing other spiritual tools. It also aligned and activates the chakras when moved along the body.
Selenite is closely connected with Arianrhod, a welsh moon and star goddess. She shape-shifts into a white owl, she is able to see into the depth of the darkness and seek out the light. The silver wheel is her symbol, the weaving of the moon phases with the Corona Borealis. Arianrhod rules fate, magic, reincarnation, and manifestation. She reigns in her castle (Caer Sidi) among the northern stars. The best time to connect with her is during a full moon for manifesting goals and during the new moon in order to welcome change.
Use the crystal on your alter for a center point of clarity and clairvoyance. Place near you bed to promote peaceful lucid dreams.
Do no run under water, this crystal will dissolve because it’s formed from sacred salt.
Honoring Our Womb Energy
What would happen if we reconnected with our womb? If we honored our cyclical energy? If we used our moon time to embrace our divinity?
Sometimes it takes a couple “what ifs” to spark a loving revolution.
As women, we have a magic within us. It’s in our bodies that we nourish the balance of life, from creation to bleeding, we are deeply rooted to Mother Nature – to Goddess.
Our monthly cycle is a way that we reclaim our womanhood, a crimson reminder of our power. Our womb is a portal, a temple in which we emerge from when we are born. Our relationship with the womb as women is sacred. It is in our root chakra that our soul to grounds to wisdom.
As we bleed, we awaken. We release in order to welcome the new, to shed and bloom.
There is a liberation in knowing that our cycle is a time of clear revelations and emotional healing. Our cycle syncs with the moon, an ancient dance that unfolds and grows with us. It is with the solitude of our cycle that we develop strength in the silence between our thoughts.
Our body ebbs and flows, harnessing the triple goddess each month. We become a passage of divine knowledge of the alchemy we bleed.
I chose to surround myself with rose quartz during my cycle, to bestow healing and loving energy. I blessed a rose quartz mala, bracelets, and palm stone with Palo Santo wood and a prayer to my goddess council. This is a start to a monthly practice to ground me into my divinity and the embrace of goddess love.
Find a crystal that you can use for only your moon time that embodies how you want to feel during your cycle. Once you find that crystal, meditate/pray/chant/bless that object with your kind intentions.
Your cycle doesn’t have to be a burden, it can be mystical, healing, and personalized. Change your perspective, honor the women before you, the goddesses who blessed you with this gift. Don’t shadow your cycle, reclaim your power as a woman.
You are a priestess of your temple, you choose your devotion.