Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Crystal Healing

Crystal Healing

Humans have had an affinity for stones and crystals as far back as human history goes.  How early man used them exactly we don’t know but we do find archaeological evidence that they did in some way utilize them.  We know that the ancient Egyptians used them in talismans and amulets.  During the renaissance a number of medical treatises extol the healing virtues of crystals.  While these may form some of the basis of the crystal healing practice, it has come a long way since those times.

Modern day crystal healers believe that all stones vibrate with a certain energy field, this field gives the stone or crystal it’s healing properties.  The principal of crystal healing goes something like this…

When we have an ailment or injury or a chakra out of balance it causes a change or imbalance in our own energetic field.  To correct this unbalanced energy the practitioner places crystals with an energy field that will realign our own energy field on the client’s body.  Some practitioners take things further by combining crystal healing with practices such as reiki.  In this practice the appropriate crystals are placed, often on a corresponding chakra, and then the practitioner performs a reiki session while the crystals do their work.  This is a very powerful healing modality.  This describes a full body work session.  Alternately the corresponding crystals can be placed on a specific problem area of the body and the reiki can be focused there instead of doing a full body session.  This is an acceptable practice if you regularly maintain your energetic field though reiki or reiki with crystal healing. 

In my practice I always combine crystal healing with reiki.  The potential benefits/areas where reiki with crystal healing may aid the client are…

-accelerates healing (physical, emotional, and spiritual)
-promotes inner peace
-confidence and self-esteem
-pregnancy and child birth
-chronic pain
-chronic illnesses
-fears and phobias
-trauma and grief
-personal development
-and more

Monday, December 26, 2016

Tarotscopes for the Week of Dec. 26, 2016

Aquarius - Death - This week will bring about changes in your life.  Be willing to let go of the old so that you can embrace the things that are coming into your life.  This is a time to shed the old things that do not serve you in achieving your most authentic self.  Change can be uncomfortable but we must embrace that change is a necessary part of life.

Pisces - The Lovers - Make sure that those you value in your life know that you love them don't just assume they know.  Say, "I love you," more often.  Actions speak louder than words so make sure your actions are telling those around you how much you care for them.

Aries - Justice - This week you are preoccupied by what is right and what is wrong.  You find yourself very caught up in the idea of fairness.  Right wrongs where you can but choose your battles wisely.  Ask yourself if you'll really get the outcome you want if you pursue the issue.

Taurus - The Star - Sometimes you just have to take things on faith.  Everything may not seem like it's going your way but have faith that everything will work out just as it should.  Have faith in yourself as well as whatever higher power you believe in.

Gemini - Knight of Wands -  It's time for you to take a journey, though this is not a physical pursuit.  Journey into your soul.  Are you living a life that is true to who you really are?  Reflect on your true self and look for changes that may need to be made in your life so that you are living more in alignment with who you truly are.

Cancer - Queen of Wands - Confidence is you focus for this week.  Don't let the world dim your light.  Build yourself up this week.  Take stock of the things you're good at and find a way to make them a bigger part of your life.  It's okay to see yourself as above average at things.  You can acknowledge what you are good at and still stay humble.

Leo - Six of Swords - Obstacles will always come into our lives.  As the expression goes nothing worth doing is easy.  Try to see obstacles as opportunities.  Don't just give up, push on.  With persistence will come success in over coming the obstacles before you.

Virgo - Eight of Pentacles - It's okay to recognize what you are good at, but the key word for this week is modesty.  Acknowledge what you are good at but don't make grandiose claims about your skills.  Keep things grounded in reality and remain humble, this will server you best.

Libra - Three of Wands - This is a week for healing.  Take care of yourself physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  Focus on healing your wounds/ailments, whatever they may be.  Take steps to heal yourself and you may even want to reach out to a professional to help you.

Scorpio - Knight of Pentacles - It's hard to wait for the things you want, but your key word this week is patience.  Trust that things will happen in their right time.  Work towards your goals but don't have unrealistic expectations about things manifesting immediately.  All things in due time.

Sagittarius - The Moon - This week be on guard for things that can derail you from your path.  This could be in the form of someone trying to sway you to do things that are not in your best interest.  Be sure that your actions this week are in accordance with your true self.

Capricorn - Queen of Pentacles - Take the time to give thanks for all that you have in your life.  Don't focus on what you don't have, instead give gratitude for the blessings that are already in your life.  An attitude of gratitude will put you in alignment with abundance.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Herbs to Help with Negative Spirits

Herbs to Help with Negative Spirits

When you look around the web or ask those in the field the number one recommended herb prescribed for clearing negative energies and spirits is white sage.  What though if you can't find it or just can't stand it, like my husband who borders on allergic to it?  There are in fact several other options for you.  In this post you will find a list of herbs that have been used throughout history to help with negative spirits.  Most entries give instructions for their use but for those that don't you can burn them or get creative.  Just please don't ingest anything or ask anyone else to ingest anything.

Agrimony – used to banish spirits

Angelica – protection from evil spirits.  When put in the four corners of your home it creates a shield about the home.  The root is the most important part of the plant.  It can be candied and eaten for personal protection.  Or the root can be powdered to place in a protective amulet, placed in the bath, or used as an incense.

Asphodel – helps spirits cross over to the otherworld

Basil – not a strong herb but it can be sprinkled on the floor to keep away low level bad entities.

Blackberry – make a wreath of the plant for your front door to keep evil spirits away.

Cumin – mix with salt and sprinkle on window sills and doorways to keep evil spirits out.

Daffodil – boil the bulbs to banish unwanted spirits from the home.

Dandelion – bathe with the roots or flowers to create a white light shield around yourself to keep away evil spirits.

High John the Conqueror – the root will banish evil spirits.

Mullein – a very strong herb for driving away evil spirits.

Myrrh – when used as an incense it drives stubborn evil spirits away.

Rosemary – burn as an incense to get rid of hostile spirits.

St. John’s Wort – burn to drive away spirits.

Thyme – burn it to banish spirits.

Vinegar – not an herb but leave wine or apple cider vinegar in a bowl overnight to evaporate and it drives away spirits.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Mini Reading for the Week of Dec. 18, 2016

The Situation Spirit is trying to draw your attention to - The Lovers -  Spirit is trying to draw your attention to your relationships in your life.  Remind yourself why you love your family and friends.  Take any opportunities this season offers to spend quality time with those you love.

The advice Spirit has to offer - The Ten of Pentacles -  Strengthen family bonds, not just with your blood relatives but also with friends who you view as family.  Really make an effort to devote some time to these important people in your life.  This may also be a good time to mend relationships that have become a little strained.

The outcome Spirit sees - The Nine of Wands - Things are not always as they appear.  While working on your relationships with your loved ones this week you may learn things about them that you had no idea about.  Show family and friends that you'll be there with them through anything.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Choosing a Tarot Deck

Choosing a Tarot Deck

It is a myth that you must receive your tarot deck as a gift.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with purchasing your own deck and really if someone is going to give you a deck as a gift they should really purchase you one that you have expressed an interest in.  The main reason you should pick out your deck and not someone else is that each deck has its own energy and philosophy and your energy has to make a connection with the deck’s energy.  If that connection isn’t there, the deck just isn’t going to work for you.  So how do you go about choosing the right deck for you?

First ask yourself how much you are willing to spend on a deck.  The average deck goes for around $25 at the time of the writing of this blog, but there are pricier decks out there.  Do you need to find a deck on a budget or can you afford to buy whatever tickles your fancy?  Remember that just because a deck is more expensive does not mean it’s a better deck, and the other way around.  Just because a deck is on the more economical side doesn’t mean it won’t give you stellar results.

The next thing to consider is do you want a tarot deck or would an oracle deck be okay.  This post will focus on tarot decks but when you start off to find the right deck for you you need to know if you’re okay with purchasing an oracle deck if that’s what speaks to you.  There’s nothing wrong with an oracle deck and they aren’t lesser than tarot decks just different but some people have a preference.

Now that you have a price point and a know whether you want a tarot deck or are open to oracle decks as well it’s time to start shopping.  It’s best to support local businesses if you can.  If you are lucky enough to have a brick and mortar store near you that sells tarot decks start there.  One of the main things people look for in a deck is one whose energy feels good to them.  In an actual store front some shop keeps will actually let you handle the deck.  Remember though that if they let you handle it they also let everyone else handle them.  Meaning you’re not just sensing the deck’s energy but the energy of everyone else who’s handled it.  Keep that in mind because you may love the artwork of a deck but if someone with bad energy handled it you may be tempted to pass on it when it’s not the deck that isn’t vibing with you but that person’s energy.  This is a problem you can easily solve if you purchase the deck.

Let’s say you don’t have a local shop or just didn’t find the right deck there.  Now it’s time to start shopping online.  The easiest way to do that is through but if you do know what deck you are looking for you can find other online purchasing options.  If you have no clue where to start you can begin by typing in anything you’re into plus the words “tarot deck.”  You could type in things like: vampire tarot deck, gothic tarot deck, Celtic tarot deck, fairy tarot deck, steam punk tarot deck, or witch’s tarot deck.  Those are just to name a few options. 

The problem with online shopping is that they often, especially on Amazon, don’t show good pictures of the deck.  To remedy this when you find a deck you may be interested in do a quick Google image search for the deck and you’ll get lots of pictures of the actual cards.  Why is this important?  There are a couple of reasons.  The first thing to look for is to see if the minor arcana are pips or pictures.  Some readers don’t like pips and I find that clients often aren’t fond of getting a reading from decks whose minor arcana are pips.  The choice is yours though, if the deck has pips and you’re okay with that then that’s what’s right for you. 

Now take some time to examine the art work.  It needs to move you.  It needs to evoke emotion in you.  The tarot cards are really just triggers for our own natural psychic abilities.  Artwork that moves you and evokes emotion in you is going to serve as a good trigger for your abilities.  Also if you have the gift of picking up on energies through pictures you can feel the energy of the deck by viewing the photos.  You also get a feel for the philosophy of the deck through the artwork or how the deck portrays life.  Is it dark?  Is it vibrant?  Is it whimsical?  Does that philosophy jive with you?  Let’s face it, most of us don’t view the world just one way so it’s an excuse to buy more tarot decks that represent our different views on life.  When doing readings it’s nice if you have a choice of decks because you’ll find that different decks are better suited to answering different questions based on their philosophy and style.  You’ll also find that when you’re reading for a certain client that a certain deck works best for answering them specifically. 

Some tarot readers consider the size of the deck to be an important factor.  If this is something that matters to you be sure to check out the dimensions of the cards in the product description.  Not sure if size matters.  Check out the dimensions then cut out a piece of paper to that size and hold it in your hand.  Does it feel like it would be easy to shuffle and work with?

Read deck reviews.  This is a good idea even if you’re shopping in a brick and mortar location, before you make the purchase hop on your smartphone and check out some reviews before you buy.  This is even more helpful if you’re buying online.  See what others have to say about the deck.  Not only is it a good idea to read the written reviews on sites like Amazon but it can be worth it to search Youtube to see if anyone has done an “unboxing” video for the deck you’re interested in.

When you’re in the process of researching different decks pay attention for signs that a deck is right for you.  If you find yourself daydreaming about a certain deck or actually dreaming about it chances are the deck is calling to you.  Other signs might be coming across other people talking about or reviewing the deck even when you weren’t looking for that info.  If you just can’t stop thinking about a deck, chances are it would be a good one for you.

Now that we’ve talked about how to pick a deck let’s talk about two necessary steps after you get your deck.  Cleansing and Charging. You'll want to cleanse the deck no matter where it came from, even if it was gifted to you by a close friend whose energy you love.  There are an endless number of ways to do this but here are the two that I use.  The first is to pass the deck through the smoke of white sage and the second is to lay smoky quartz and obsidian on them.  In fact I keep a piece of smoky quartz in where I store my deck so that it’s always being cleaned.  After you've cleansed your deck you'll want to charge it, imbue it with your energy.  I start by leaving my deck out under the full moon.  Then I spend time handling the deck; shuffling it over and over, holding the cards while I examine the artwork, and holding the deck between the palms of my hands while sending my energy through them.  

Remember, tarot is a tool, the power is really in you but you need to select the right tool for the job.  You may be able to hammer a small nail with the backside of a screwdriver but your job will be a lot easier and more professional if you use a hammer.  The same concept applies to tarot reading, if you have the right deck your readings will be a lot better than if you pick the wrong one.  Others may suggest decks for you and you can take their suggestions under advisement but it is wiser to choose the deck yourself and not to just run out and buy one someone suggested without researching the deck first.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Mini Reading for the Week of Dec. 11, 2016

The situation Spirit is trying to draw your attention to – The Eight of Pentacles – Modesty is a good quality to have, this week it’s important to find a way to tout your talents without losing your modesty.  You’ve got skills and it’s time to use them to propel yourself forward.  Don’t get an over inflated head but do take credit for your good work.

The advice Spirit has for you – The Ten of Cups – Take pleasure in what you are good at.  The more love you put into your work the farther it will go and the more you will get out of it.  Spirit is telling you that now is the time to focus on the things you love and excel at.  Don’t be shy, celebrate your talents.

The outcome Spirit sees – The Ace of Pentacles – With your skills and your love of what you’re good at this week can really take you to a new level.  The way is paved for true happiness if you work on the right projects this week.  Not sure if you’re working on the right things, ask yourself how your project makes you feel.  If you’re filled with passion and a love for what you are doing then you’re on the right path.  If it doesn’t then it’s time to re-evaluate things and find a path that brings you closer to your bliss.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Reiki for Pets

Reiki for Pets

Reiki isn’t just for humans anymore, it’s for our furry, feathered, and scaled loved ones as well.  If you’re not familiar with reiki check out my blog post Usui Reiki to learn about this energy healing modality.  Pets, farm animals, and even the wildlife in your backyard can benefit from reiki sessions just like you can.  Just as with humans, pet reiki is not a one and done.  The number of sessions needed will depend on the type and severity of the ailment/reason for treatment.  Pet reiki is meant to be a supplement to regular veterinary care and not a substitute for it.   

Reiki sessions for your pets can help with…

1.Accelerate healing - Animals with health problems can benefit from reiki sessions to help them in the healing process.  Reiki should be offered in addition to any treatments your veterinarian has prescribed. 

2.Stress reduction – Animals can suffer from stress and anxiety just like humans, in particular reiki helps to relax nervous pets.

3.Trauma – Unfortunately sometimes pets suffer from trauma too.  Reiki is particularly good for rescue animals or pets that have returned from being lost.

4.Emotional issues – Your pet can have emotional issues, such as being fearful.  Reiki can help to sooth these emotional issues.

5.Chronic pain – It’s not uncommon as our pets age for them to suffer from painful conditions such as arthritis or hip dysplasia.  Regular reiki sessions can help to ease these pains.

To learn more about my pet reiki sessions visit my Work With Me page and to book a reiki session in your home for your pet/farm animal use the contact form to the right of this page or send me a message on my Facebook page.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Mini Reading for the Week of Dec. 4, 2016

The SituationThe 6 of Cups – Past influences feature heavily this week.  Don’t let this be a stumbling block.  No matter what happened in the past try to take a positive lesson away from what you have gone through before.  Apply those lessons to what is going on with you during this week.

The AdviceThe King of Wands – Don’t go it alone.  There is a knowledgeable person with a fatherly energy who can help you navigate your way.  You don’t want to give your power over to this person but take what they have to say under advisement as you choose your courses of action this week.  Getting an outside perspective on things can help you see angles of the situation you might not see on your own because of your emotional attachment to the situation.

The OutcomeDeath – This is an important week because it will either result with an important change taking place in your life or at the very least it will give you a jumpstart down your path toward making such a change.  Sometimes we resist change but it is a fact of life we can’t avoid and even though change can be uncomfortable those few moments of discomfort can bring us to a fabulous new place in our life.  Embrace the change that is coming.

Friday, December 2, 2016

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