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Breathe. Stay Present. Recharge.

Breathe. Stay Present. Recharge

I am writing this after just waking up from the most beautiful and recharging nap. Hence the inspiration for this post 😀

It is so easy to forget to look after yourself when you are running around, doing the biz hustle (whether it’s a side biz or full-time), and looking after others.

That’s a hella lot of things to do. And that list didn’t even include all the other jazz you get up to like looking after spirit or making time for hobbies.

I’m a busy bee by nature, I call it squirrel-brain which in my world is something like a cross between, “hey look a squirrel” and the actual squirrely brain as they hop around from tree to tree.

Essentially, I’m trying to say that it is damn important to rest up somewhere in there or you’ll burn out.

During this past weekend that largely took the form of trying to be mindful of thought patterns. I had a really lovely weekend visiting my mom and part of that is because I made the effort to actually be, ya know present.

Obviously, I was physically there but I wanted to give myself permission to be mentally there as well.

Part of the way that this ended up unfolding actually was visualising my thought process in terms of the Awkward Yeti’s Heart and Brain comics.

If you aren’t familiar with the heart and brain comics, they chronicle the adventures of spirited Heart full of passion and creativity, along with his friend Brain who is logical, sometimes stressed and a tad bit of a worry wort. I think most of us are a combination of the two. I know I am anyhow :p

This weekend I consciously made the effort to let Heart rule in simple ways. I stood outside and breathed in fresh air, surrounded by greenery without letting squirrel brain to take over.

Then I had the blessing to visit a beach along Lake Ontario and let my bare toes stand in the water (you can catch a vid of the waves over on Instagram).

And guess what? I was able to just be. I was able to focus on the feeling of the cool water on my toes and the sunshine on my shoulders and it was beautiful! ❤

Making the mindful decision to let my heart rule gave me a true opportunity to be in the present. Letting myself nap on the train home gave me a chance to recharge and write this post.

Make some time for you this week lovelies. Breathe. Stay Present. Recharge. And even have a wee nap if needed 😉

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The 5 Best Crystals For Writers

Best Crystals For Writers

As a writer and blogger, I spend a good deal of my time working with words. Words are wonderful. Whether you are a creative writer, copy writer, blogger, poet, journalist, you name it, words can have a huge impact.

If you’re struggling to find the words for your written project try working with some of the crystal friends below. Each imparts a unique attribute that is just perfect for those who love weaving words together.

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Without further ado, let’s begin!

Sodalite

Sodalite is generally considered to be a communication stone. Whether your drafting an essay, a book or a poem working with sodalite can help you find the words to share your message. It is also quite handy to have on hand when you need to sort through the million and one ideas floating around in your head.

Citrine

Citrine is widely regarded as the prosperity or merchant’s stone. This stone is a good pick if you are trying to get your work noticed by others. A little help never hurts when you’re trying to attract abundance your way 🙂

Rose Quartz

Rose quartz is known for its loving properties. So, it’s perfect if you are constantly judging yourself.

While setting goals and striving for the best is important, erasing every word you’ve written in a fit of self-judgement isn’t quite so helpful. So, pick up your rose quartz and take a moment to remind yourself that you’ve got this!

Black Onyx

Focus is one of the top things that every writer needs to succeed. If you can’t focus and you’re opening 15 social media tabs every five minutes, you simply won’t finish your work.

This is wear black onyx comes in. Black onyx is often worn to aid with concentration and focus. When I really need to crack down on a project, my black onyx bracelet is my personal go to.

Amethyst

Amethyst is a highly intuitive stone. This essentially means that it can help you learn how to trust your gut.

Put it this way, have you ever written a page only to erase it, rewrite it, erase it again and then decide the first prose you wrote was the best? Well, if you had trusted your gut right from the beginning you might have trusted your gut and saved both your time and energy.

What crystals do you work with when you’re writing? I’d love to hear your experiences 🙂

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Simple Ways to Work With Sun Energy

Simple Ways to Work With Sun Energy

Now that the sun has once again returned to us in the Northern hemisphere, it feels like a darn good time to celebrate. As much as I love the moon, and I truly do love the moon, there is nothing that makes me quite so happy as feeling the sun on my face. It’s all nice and warm, everything is bright, and quite simply it lifts your spirits.

So, inspired by all of this warmth I decided to share some simple ways that you can incorporate the sun’s energy into your practice. Please remember that if you are going to go outside for long periods of time to bring water and sunscreen as well. The sun’s rays are beautiful but also quite powerful. It is always important to be prepared ❤

Go Outside

Going outside is of course at the top of the list here. I’m not sure that there is anything which can beat going outside, feeling the grass beneath your feet and the sun warming your skin. You don’t have to be outside for ages, nor do you have to perform an elaborate ritual here. A little bit of gratitude for the warmth and life giving powers of the sun can go a long way.

Charge Your Magickal Tools

It is fairly commonly accepted that the full moon is an excellent time to leave our your magickal tools to charge. At the same time you rarely hear discussion about charging tarot or oracle cards, crystals or candles in the sunlight. Perhaps this is because there is such a large focus on lunar cycles in the pagan/witchy/new age community.

Yet, the sun is a powerful driving force in earth-based spirituality as well. The wheel of the year is essentially based on the seasonal cycle of the sun after all. It is just as magickal as the moon )O(

The sun is also full of fiery energy and vitality. So, if you have a deck, crystals or candles which you think could do with a hit of sunny energy then why not place them out in the sunlight for a bit. As they rest in the sun’s magickal beams they will soak up all of those magickal sparks!

Just be careful not to leave your cards out for days on end, you don’t want their artwork to fade over time ❤

Show gratitude

Showing your gratitude for the sun can be as simple as saying thank you and beaming out your gratitude for its vibrant energy.

For a simple ritual gather some or all of the following magickal supplies:

  • A yellow, orange or white candle
  • Incense that incorporates herbs with fiery energy
    • St. John’s wart
    • Cinnamon
    • Rosemary
    • Juniper
  • Citrus essential oils (lemon, orange, grapefruit)

When you have one or more of these things head outside (or near a window where you can see sunlight. Then dedicate the incense or candle you are burning to honouring the sun. Meditate on your gratitude for all of the ways the sunlight brings light into your life.

Sun salutations

If you’re into yoga then sun salutations are an excellent way to work with the sun’s energy. This series of yoga poses will get your heart beating and boost your energy.

For an extra magickal touch, perform your sun salutations while facing a window as sunlight floods in. If you are an early bird you could even perform your sun salutations as the sun rises ☀

Plant greenery

The sun brings us spring, summer and warm weather. It nourishes our plants and helps them to grow. Planting greenery, whether you have an entire garden or a few potted plants, will bring mindfulness of the season’s warmth which the sun has brought 🙂

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5 Magickal Activities For The Full Moon

5 Magickal Activities For The Full Moon

The full moon is a celebration that is commonly celebrate by pagans, new agers, witches, hippies and for good reason. It is simply brimming with magick!

You don’t have to go all out to celebrate the full moon either, there’s no need to break the bank to honour the beauty of lunar energy.

If you’ve never celebrated the full moon before or you’re just looking for a touch of inspiration take a peek at the magickal list below to find inspiration for your full moon ritual. Don’t forget, no one can tell you the right or wrong way to celebrate and honour the full moon – your heart, soul and spirit are the best guides out there! )O(

1. Manifest

Full moon energy is some of the best for manifesting. If you have any projects, goals or ideas you need a little extra oomph to get going, the full moon is the time to do it.

A simple way to manifest is through visualisation. Find yourself a quiet space on the eve of the full moon and visualise yourself achieving that goal. It is particularly helpful to visualise yourself completing each of the necessary steps. After all, the final goal will come as a result of a series of mini victories! ❤

2. Energise your crystals

The full moon is also a great time to charge your crystals. Place your crystals in a basket or on a special cloth (scarves work great for this!) and set them outside or on a windowsill to soak up some moonlight. Even if you can’t see the moon they will still soak up all the lovely lunar energy from the night sky. ☆

3. Pull a card

Pulling a tarot or oracle card is a great way to begin or end a full moon meditation. The messages on the card can help you focus your meditation or help you clarify a message you received while meditating.

You can also pull a card to find insight on how to approach the last half of the lunar cycle.

4. Sit out in the moonlight

Is there any better way to honour and enjoy the full moon then gazing upon it?!

Even if you can’t get outdoors, you can soak up just as much magick by taking a quiet moment to look out the window.

To steady your mind take a few deep breaths while looking at the full moon. Focusing on your breathing will help you refocus and slow down the furious cycle of throughts running through your mind. This will give your mind a break and allow you to beeter soak up that magickal lunar energy.

5. Light a full moon candle

There are countless full moon candles available on Etsy and in witchy shops. You can even make your own. I love working with the seasonal and lunar energies to create my own magickal candles for rituals.

However, if you aren’t feeling super crafty or don’t have any full moon candles on hand there’s no need to stress. Lighting a white, silver or grey candle on the eve of the full moon will stir up magick beautifully as well!

How do you celebrate the full moon? Share your thoughts below 🙂

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Golden Tarot Unboxing & Review

Golden Tarot Unboxing and Review

Hey lovelies!

I popped over to Indigo, a Canadian bookstore last night and came across this lovely gem – The Golden Tarot. So to share all the magick with you I recorded an unboxing video that features a mini walk through of the cards as well!

Take a peak here at my Unboxing Video of the Golden Tarot.

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Essentials For Your Altar or Sacred Space (Hint All You Need is You!)

Altar or Sacred Space Essentials

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When I first started learning about paganism and new age spirituality (or however you prefer to call it – I’m not huge on labels), I came across a tonne of resources on Wiccan altar tools.

These described or rather told exactly which tools that you had to use and how you had to arrange them. Being the free spirit that I am I was not so hot on all that business of being told what I ought to believe and how I ought to do things.

Don’t get me wrong, I think that Wicca like many specific pagan paths can be a beautiful way to connect with spirituality. It just isn’t who I am – not that all Wiccans strictly adhere to specified altar layouts either – that is the beauty of paganism, we all tread our own winding path.

But anyways, now I am getting a tad distracted and off topic here. My main point was, that a lot of the resources I came across were focused on a particular way of doing things – a way of doing things that didn’t fit me. So, I put together a collection of ideas on what I think is essential to an altar or sacred space.

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1. You

You are first and foremost the most important part of any altar or sacred space you create. If you don’t feel like setting up a space with particular things at the end of the day, all you need is you and your energy.

An altar is a way to connect with your spirit and you as a whole while also honouring the mother earth or any deities you worship. This means that the most important thing is you.

It is you who infuses an altar or sacred space with energy. So if all you’re feeling is some meditative me-time then infuse the space around you with positive energy and bam you are in a sacred space. Everything else in this list is extra 🙂

2. Earthy Things

I love me some time with mother earth and all of her beauties. It is easy to get caught up in thinking about furnishing an altar with the latest spiritual doo-dads but you don’t actually have to spend a dime to honour the earth.

Go for a walk and collect seashells, pebbles, leaves and feathers. Thank the earth spirits and animal spirits for sharing their energy then bring home these new treasures for your altar.

Some of the most beautiful elements of any altar are things that you can find during a walk in nature.

3. Crystals

Crystals also come from the earth but I’ve popped them in a different category here because you generally need to pay before you adopt these lovelies.

There are so many different crystals around and each one has its own unique and beautiful energy. Explore working with different crystals and setting different crystals on your altar as events in your life unfold.

Take a gander at this post for suggestions on crystals + herbs for stress

4. Candles + Incense

Candles and incense are another personal favourite and make a beautiful addition to any altar or sacred space. Placing a candle on your altar will help to introduce fire elemental energy into your sacred space. You can make your candles at home, pop over to a spirit focused store or even stop by Walmart or the dollar store.

You can make your candles at home, pop over to a spirit focused store or even stop by Walmart or the dollar store. It doesn’t matter where you buy your candles and incense what matters is the intention that you infuse into them.

Which brings us right back to my first point – you are the most essential aspect of your altar or sacred space. It is what you do and the intent and energy that you send out around you that creates a sacred altar for your spirit ❤


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Monthly Tarot Reading | March 2017

I’m popping by today to share the monthly intuitive tarot reading for March 2017 with you 🙂

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What is Intuitive Tarot Reading? 

What is Intuitive Tarot Reading

In a few words, intuitive tarot reading is a unique method of reading the cards rooted in intuition.

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So what is your intuition?

If we listen, we can all hear our intuition offering us guidance. It is commonly referred to as a gut feeling.

Think of all those times you had a difficult decision to make and someone asked you what your gut feeling was. Essentially they were asking if you had an intuitive sense about what the right decision was.

You have probably even sensed this gut feeling as well, even if its message seemed odd at the time.

If you did, that was your intuition saying hey! I’m here to offer you guidance, please listen.

Today our most common instinct is to ignore this gut feeling and these intuitive messages because they aren’t concrete facts.

You can’t put your intuition under a microscope to analyse its properties. You can’t open a book of facts to double check whether your intuition about a personal decision is corroborated by humanity’s historians, scientists, and researchers.

You simply gotta trust your gut and trusting yourself is difficult, to say the least.

So, instead of listening, our instinct is to push it off and ignore it even though we should really be paying attention to it.

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How Does Intuition Play Into Tarot Reading?

When you blend intuition with tarot reading you get a tarot reader who connects with this gut feeling to interpret the cards.

For me, as an intuitive tarot reader, I use my intuition to guide my interpretations of the cards.

My connection with intuition opens me up to messages from spirit and spirit guides. These messages then reveal themselves through the cards during a reading.

Then as a tarot reader, I share these messages from spirit during the reading by interpreting the cards.

Though these intuitive messages provide guidance, when reading the cards I don’t use them to predict the future. While their advice can provide insight, the fates do change and each of our decisions can take us on a different path.

So, I don’t personally offer predictions as a tarot reader. I believe that it is far more valuable in any case to equip yourself with tools on how to approach the future or even the present, rather than focusing on the potential for a particular outcome.

what is an intuitive tarot reading like

What is an intuitive tarot reading like?

How an intuitive tarot reading unfolds, differs among different readers. This is because, a reader’s style is unique to them, kind of like a fingerprint. So, each tarot reader adds their own special flavour to a reading.

When I read tarot intuitively for others, I record a video of the reading which I then send in an email.

I prefer to record a video of the reading that way the camera can capture everything from the flickers of the candlelight off the crystals to close ups of each card, as I discuss it.


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Top 4 Soothing Crystals and Essential Oils For Stress

Working with calming stones and crystals for stress is a magickal way to help soothe your spirit after a stressful day.

I also find that carrying crystals for stress relief with you when you expect a difficult day can bring comfort.

The same is certainly true for essential oils as well. Although I don’t usually carry wee essential oil bottles around with me 😋

Instead, I prefer to mist the air with an essential oil infused spray as a refreshing way to dissolve stress. Then after I’ve given the air a good couple sprays, I’ll twirl around in the misty spray to soak up all that good mojo.

I highly recommend a delightful misty twirl. Somewhere along the way in the twirl of soothing smells, the stress just starts to melt away, even if only for a moment.

So, if you are feeling stressed, consider befriending some of these calming crystals and essential oils for stress relief.

Top 4 Soothing Crystals and Essential Oils for Stress

1. Rose Quartz

Self-judgment often accompanies stress. You might even be feeling stressed because you are judging yourself for being stressed. Let’s be honest this is totally something that happens.

Rose quartz is the perfect crystal companion when you feel this kind of stress ick. It’s soft soothing energies send out self-love vibes.

These loving vibes can be a powerful reminder to give yourself a break instead of being so harsh on yourself.

2. Lavender

Lavender is certainly one of the most popularly known flowers for aromatherapy. You can often find little sachets of lavender scattered throughout small boutiques. Then, many dream pillows are filled with lavender buds as well.

It’s clean and soothing scent is a perfect companion for a stressful day.

Here are a few ways to use lavender essential oil for stress relief:

  • spritz a lavender spray in the air and the  twirl in it
  • Light a lavender scented candle
  • Have a bath with lavender Epsom salts
  • Add some lavender essential oil to a diffuser

3. Selenite

Selenite is a simply fabulous crystal to work with when you feel like you are twisted up in a knot. It’s crystal healing properties can cleanse and clear your aura. This is especially handy if you feel like any of those stressors are clinging to you like Ghostbuster’s goop.

If you’ve had a difficult day, take a moment to sit with a selenite crystal when you get home. Then visualise its shining white energies blasting the goop off like a ray of sunshine. Beat that Ghostbuster’s stress goop!

4. Sage

Where would we be without a little sage for smudging? Sage is a very powerful cleansing herb.

It is often used for cleansing as a bundle of dry sage leaves. These are then lit to smoulder and infuse the air with their purifying smoke. Yet, if you live in an appartment like me then building-wide smoke alarms often make smudging with smouldering sage leaves seem like it’s not quite the best idea.

Still, that doesn’t mean you have to give up on a good little sage smudging. Sage essential oil presents a perfect remedy to this conundrum.

To cleanse energy with sage essential oil just add a few drops to an essential oil diffuser or oil warmer. If you have a mist infused with sage essential then a couple sprays of this can also work wonders.

Lighting a candle scented with sage is another good option too! I often find that lighting a candle has a very calming effect in itself.

No matter how you choose to enjoy the cleansing benefits of sage it’s magick is sure to lift and soothe your spirit.

What crystals and essential oils do you use when you’re stressed? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below ❤

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December 2016 Favourites

December 2016 Favourites - Witchy Favourites Videos

The holiday season has once again wrapped up. Yule, Christmas and New Year’s have all passed.

So, in the spirit of sharing my December with you, I put together a December 2016 favourites video. 

It’s packed with witchy and spiritual favs like the tarot, oracle decks and crystals I used most often during December.

Plus there’s a few other favourite goodies, my favourite tv shows and what books I’ve been reading for the past month.

You can take a gander here at the video of my December 2016 Favourites.

Then if you want to check out anything that I mentioned in the video all that linky goodness is right below:

I hope you all had a lovely holiday season. If you didn’t and it was stressful or overwhelming that’s okay too and guess what you’re reading this now so you survived 😉

Many Blessings 🌙

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