Kyanite is an alumino-silicate mineral often found in metamorphic rocks, such as pegmatites. It forms thin blade-like crystals that often radiate from a common centre. The name kyanite comes from the Greek kuanos or kyanos, meaning ‘deep blue’, however not all kyanites are blue! Kyanite can be black, green, orange, with the white/grey variety called rhaeticite.
Jade is a beautiful green ornamental stone that has been used for centuries in many parts of the world. However gemstone jade can actually come from two metamorphic sources, both similar in texture, hardness, and appearance. Nephrite is a form of Actinolite (an amphibole-silicate mineral whose fibrous form is known as Asbestos), and the other source is Jadeite,Continue reading “Jade”
A Grimoire is a book of magic, often containing spells, conjurations, charms, divinations and other occult wisdom. Grimoires have ancient origins and are thought to have influenced many societies worldwide. The term grimoire is thought to come from the French word ‘grammaire’ (grammar), which historically was used to describe any book written in Latin orContinue reading “Grimoire”
Pagan Paths: A Guide to Wicca, Druidry, Asatru, Shamanism and Other Pagan Practices by Pete Jennings “Paganism, which has its roots in the ancient nature religions, is one of the fastest growing movements in the West today. As such, it is a collection of “spiritual paths” that express their beliefs in subtly different ways, exploredContinue reading “Pagan Paths: A Guide to Wicca, Druidry, Asatru, Shamanism and Other Pagan Practices”
Sabbats: A Witch’s Approach to Living the Old Ways Edain McCoy
Amber is not a stone in the traditional sense, as it is composed of fossilized tree resin. But its warm yellow tones and natural beauty makes it a great gemstone. Amber is also known for its healing properties.
“The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft” Denise Zimmermann , Katherine Gleason This guide offers a beginner’s look at the history of paganism, Wicca, and witchcraft, from the Druids and Celts to the witches of today who practice an earth-based religion, cast spells, and perform natural magic. The book, written by a practicing witch,Continue reading “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft”
While reading The Complete Idiots Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft, I came upon a chapter differentiating between the different ways to to call entities from other realms. Apparently there are big differences between summoning, stirring, calling, inviting, and requesting!
The element of Spirit, or Ether or Akasha (Sanskrit), represents the universal inner space, the material that fills the region of the universe above the terrestrial sphere. (Wiki) Spirit is thought to be the fifth element, with the other four classical elements being Earth, Air, Fire and Water. Together they form each point of the pentacle.Continue reading “Spirit, the Fifth Element”
Quartz is such an interesting mineral. Ancient Greeks called the clear crystal ‘crystalos’ (permanent ice) because they thought the ice was frozen so solid that it wouldn’t melt. Simply put, quartz is the most abundant mineral in the earth’s crust, and has been prized for centuries.