lammas blessings to you!

happy lammas, everyone!

today, i hope you take the time to reflect on the changes and blessings that you have received this year and set intentions for the remaining times we have this year.

i know, even with the struggles i’ve gone through, i have much to be thankful for.

a great way to give thanks and honor the universe for the gifts you’ve been given is to set up an altar and offering for whoever or whatever you feel has given you the things you have.

if you don’t honor or worship a deity, simply set up an altar and offering to honor yourself and your achievements.

may the next few months be plentiful and full and vibrant!

xx

of crystals and children

oh, to be inclosed in the innocent wonder of a child again.

it was the best, least complicated time of my life, full of magic (lol), fun, and learning so many new things a day that i went to bed absolutely exhausted every single night, dreaming dreams of dragons and grand adventures.

i sometimes forget what it’s like to be a child though, what with all the adult responsibilities and all the issues that go along with those responsibilities demanding my attention.

today, i was reminded.

my best friend and her two step children came over for the early afternoon to relax and hang out and just be for a while.

the thing about her step daughter, however, tickles me to no end.

this little girl is a witch-in-the-making, i just know it.

that isn’t to say that my best friend (who is the witch in the family) is forcing the idea on her (in fact, she goes out of her way not to to avoid friction between herself and her hubby), but this little girl sometimes always finds her way into conversations and curiosities unlike any other child i’ve ever seen.

just the other day, my friend was telling me that she and her stepdaughter, aurora, were out in the yard, digging, and she dug up multiple, gorgeous quartz crystals, just from the backyard while my friend found none.

and then there’s the matter of what we have taken to calling The Book ™.

its an old, dog-eared, scribbled in, well loved copy of judika illes’ ‘encyclopedia of 5000 spells’ and it is our go-to whenever we have a problem that needs to be solved by witchy means.

my friend once found aurora pouring over the book, even if she couldn’t read yet.

which brings us to today.

aurora is obsessed with crystals and she knows that i have a plethora and she wanted to see them.

so, i showed her.

i also showed her how to use a pendulum to choose which crystal to take home and how to cleanse said crystal. it was an enjoyable experience and just reaffirmed (to me, anyway) that there’s something special about this little girl.

she ended up with a piece of gorgeous montana agate and she was so excited, and by extension, i was excited to have a hand in the whole thing,

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it was super humbling, considering any conversations i have about my path or anything remotely witchy is with my best friend and not a small, curious child who doesn’t know anything about anything yet.

it set me back a peg and made me re-evaluate how i process and handle things.

it made me appreciate my craft so much more.

i wanted also to share the small, simple cleansing ritual with everyone, in case you have some small, curious children in your life as well.

perhaps you can share this with them as well.

simple crystal cleanse

an easy cleanse to share with children

suggested items

  • a crystal
  • essential oils (i use teatree or frankincense)

the process

start by anointing your pulse points with a few drops of the essential oil and rub it in, inhaling the scent and letting it calm you.

hold the gemstone cupped in your hands and hold them up to your heart in atmanjali murda as though you’re praying and focus all of your energy on pushing good energy and thoughts into the gemstone while letting the bad flow out.

(i also explain it as “wishing for good things” if the child is too young to understand.)

sit there as long as you feel, there’s no rush and there’s no hurry. it’s all about intuition and doing whatever feels right to you at the time.

i try to make a point to cleanse my gemstones when i remember to do so (which, honestly, isn’t all that often), but you can do so as frequently or sporadically ass you choose.

a time for release

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happy full moon in saggitarius, friends!

as you go through your day, work on releasing all the negative energy of the last cycle to begin anew tomorrow.

let the moonlight cleanse and rejuvenate you and wash all that gross ickiness away, leaving you feeling fresh and clean and ready for another day.

if it’s your jam, do a simple tarot reading to find out what this upcoming cycle has in store for you and let the excitement of what’s to come give you motivation to see your intentions through.

be kind to yourself and take it easy today, letting your body and mind rest.

treat yourself to a cleansing bath or meditation.

forget the bad, remember the good.

life is way too short to be focused on the bad anyway.

xx

on labeling oneself

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like every new practitioner, i once found myself inundated with so much information i didn’t know what to do with it all.

where do i start? what do i need to know? how will i know this is the right path?

stop. breathe.

it’s going to be okay.

i’m going to let you in on a secret:

you don’t need a label.

wild, i know, but bear with me.

i myself have gone through many different phases along many different paths and let me tell you, none of the labels i gave myself ever stuck for long.

why? because i was and still am evolving into my true self.

and maybe “witch” doesn’t even apply to you.

that’s perfectly okay. there’s no rule book when it comes to your personal journey, except the one you write for yourself.

embrace it.

embrace the uncertainty and be willing to push those boundaries. that’s where you learn the most and obtain what it is you truly, truly need.

maybe even that something that you didn’t even know you needed in the first place.

that’s all part of the fun anyway.

enjoy it and let the ebb and flow of it guide you.

by opening yourself up to the chaos of taking everything in, you open up your mind to endless possibility and achieving of things you never dreamed yourself capable of doing.

live. be free. grow.

there may be time for labels as you learn your craft, whatever that craft might be, but in my experience, limiting oneself is detrimental and damaging to the creative and discovery process.

as a young practitioner, i ran into the struggle of labeling myself a kitchen witch.

not only was this not true (i am not, nor will i ever be a “kitchen witch”), but i also found myself not studying things i was interested in because it went against what I thought my lot in life was, simply because it “wasn’t what kitchen witches did”.

sure, i could have went against the grain and did my own thing, but in my case, I had to completely do away with the labels and constraints I’d given myself and start fresh.

i could have saved myself so much stress and drama.

in the end, save the labeling for an established practice and allow yourself absolute freedom to explore and change.

you may find it’s just the sort of spontaneity you need.

xx