Tomorrow is 11/11: Here’s Why You Need to Make a Wish!
On November 10, 2021
In Aspect, Couple, Spirit
Tomorrow, Saturday November 11, is one of the most auspicious dates on the calendar this year. The number 11 is a powerful one in numerology—it signifies sensitivity, intuition, empathy, and alignment with the universe. And when you have two elevens in a row? Those are the twin flames, signs of a soul mate connection. A twin flame is more than just a relationship, it’s a cosmic connection that binds two souls together, and the numbers 11/11 represent this type of intense, beyond-this-earth connection.
Not only that, but right now, we’re gearing up toward a Scorpio new moon next week, a time when new opportunities, experiences, and paths can present themselves. A Scorpio new moon tends to portend mystery, passion, and unbridled energy, and is a moon of transformation, helping you become who you want to be. And 11/11 can help you get there, by giving you the extra insight, empathy, and intuition to manifest the life you want—and the person you want in it.
Want to go even deeper into numerology? This article offers a primer (as well as shares how to find your life path number.) For this Saturday, here are some strategies for getting even deeper into your mysterious self—and potentially finding your match.
Pay Attention to Coincidences Your intuition is at an all-time high, so what may seem like coincidences are really the universe gently pushing you in certain directions. See a person who you thought about seconds before? Meet someone with the same name as your beloved grandma? All these count. Pay attention to the deeper messages that the coincidence might be sending.
Write Down Your Dreams Your soulmate may not come along IRL just yet. But he or she may come across in a dream, and that’s why it’s important to pay attention to the ones you have in the days surrounding 11/11. You know how sometimes you meet someone and feel certain you’ve met them before? Chances are, it’s because you first became acquainted with each other in a dream, which is sometimes the universe’s way of first introducing a soul mate, so the initial introduction IRL won’t be so over-the-top intense!
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Make a Wish This isn’t just exclusive to November 11, but whenever you spot two 11’s—on your phone, on a clock, whatever—it’s a great time to close your eyes and make a wish? Why? Just you noticing them means you’re pretty tuned into the universe at that moment, which means it’s prime time to manifest some magic.
Call Your Soulmate In Attached? You may be lucky enough to be with your soulmate right now, even though that connection is covered up by to-do lists and obligations. Spend some time focusing on what attracted you to that person in the first place. Single? Today is a good day to imagine your soul mate, right down to what type of job they would do, and even cast a love spell.
Get Out There! Coincidences, chance encounters, and meetings can happen, but you’ve got to get out there and find them! Use this auspicious date to live more intensely than you normally do. Say yes to an invite, head to a party, and make small talk with a cute stranger—especially if they seem like someone you may have met in a dream. Most of all, enjoy. When you flow with the universe, it’s energy flows back to you!
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Jamie Richardson specializes in tarot decks and readings. Find her @EmberandAura
Every morning you prepare to meet a new day. The Earth has completed another rotation; the moon falls into deeper shadow; the seasons change.
Are your days slipping into a lackluster pattern? Monotony can be both comforting and mundane. But how do we know that our lives matter? How do we connect with our individual purpose? How do prevent ourselves from fading into complacency? The answer is by crafting personal rituals that evoke our highest self.
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Ritual is often disguised in the most ordinary of activities: brewing your coffee, making your bed, and brushing your teeth. Each of these daily exercises is performed to bring forth a desired result—to make you feel secure, revived, orderly, and refreshed. Just as you maintain your outer world through these familiar routines, you can likewise cultivate inner balance through a daily Tarot reading.
The art of Tarot reading is an illuminating and grounding way to begin each day. With the help of its steadfast characters and suits, Tarot cuts through the preconceived notions of our overly rational minds and illustrates our life’s path in the ancient language of symbols. Whether a deck is used purely on its own, or as a supplemental tool with one’s own dreams or journaling, over time tarot becomes a trusted guide and companion.
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There are numerous ways to allow a Tarot reading to become a daily spiritual practice. Study various Tarot spreads and take note of which ones most resonate with you. Always conduct your ritual in a special space you have reserved for quiet reflection and invoking sacred energy. This can simply be a windowsill or corner with a few special objects that hold special meaning to you—a crystal, a stone, a feather, an image of a deity, photos of lost loved ones, or even a dried flower from a memorable day.
Once you are ready to begin, your personal ritual might look something like this: Light a candle and request the presence of the Divine. Acknowledge with gratitude the rising sun and the chance to start anew. Ask for protection around yourself and those you love. If you journal (which I highly recommend), take a few minutes to let your thoughts and dreams flow onto your pages. Now, open yourself to Divine presence and shuffle your deck. As you shuffle the cards, ask to be shown two cards: One card that depicts any obstacle you might face today and one card to show what solution may be used to overcome it. This is your lesson from above; this is today’s theme. Meditate on the images and let them rest on your altar throughout your day, if you wish. Continue to journal your first impressions from the cards and possible ways they may guide you today. Thank the Divine for Her guidance and also pray for wisdom and intuition to accompany you as you face your day. Close the practice with gratitude and blow out the candle.
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Observing this simple rite on a regular basis will establish a beautiful rhythm to your days. Don’t be surprised if the Tarot cards repeat themselves until you have mastered a particular lesson, or if they seem to take on a lifelike energy of their own. You will find that the wisdom of the cards is just a reflection of your own, always ready to assist you on your journey, always making magic out of the mundane. —Jamie Richardson
Jamie Richardson is a tarot reader, mom, and online boutique owner in Denver, CO, specializing in ethical fashion, vintage goods, and tarot decks and readings. Find her @EmberandAura.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the witchy stuff out there. Between all the crystals, Tarot decks, moon journals (plus having an astrologer on speed-dial), there are so many sexy spiritual accessories that sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin. What do you really need—and which items are more of an unnecessary luxury?
While a fully decked-out altar looks lovely on Instagram, it won’t necessarily make you happy. And she who dies with the most crystals still, well, dies. So, as much as I love “stuff,” I’m happiest spending my money on experiences, or things that connect me to something greater. Scroll below to see the ordinary objects that I find the most magical, but also most practical.
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A bunch of roses or tulips is not a luxury! They cost about the same as an oversized drink from your favorite caffeine corporation, and they will give you much more joy. I always have pink roses on my altar, a purple orchid on my coffee table, and—often—a bunch of tulips in my living room. They remind me of the beauty that is all around us (if we will just open our eyes and look), connect me to the earth, andbring a beautiful spark to my home. They are worth every penny and more.
An Aura Photo
If you don’t know what your aura looks like, how can you live with yourself? Get thee to an aura photographer stat! If you’re in New York City, get down to Chinatown and visit Magic Jewelry for a quick photo and a reading that will blow your mind.
The shot, which shows your aura—a rainbow of colors that can help decode what you’re projecting in your everyday interactions—is a great visual example of how there’ssomuch more to you than meets the eye. Not in NYC? One of my dear friends Christina runs a traveling aura photography studio called Radiant Human, and her photos are to die for. Beloved by the fashion set, her aura portraits are so beautiful they’re worth framing.
A Magical Manicure
Our hands are the very tips of our body: They are what we use to create, to touch, and to receive information. They are the primary way we send energyfrom our body into the universe. We communicate with our hands all day—typing messages on our phones and computers, gesticulating, and adding flourishes to our body language.
So here’s the deal: A sparkly, gem-encrusted, or otherwise fabulous manicure actually emphasizes the energy you’re putting out. When you honor your hands, you are honoring yourself and your expression. A magical manicure makes you more mindful of what you’re about to make manifest. And I am convinced that I am a better writer when my manicure is on point!
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A Bright Wallet
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Comme Des Garçons Women’s Leather Pink Wallet, $137
Your wallet is yourultimate symbol of abundance. So what is it saying? If your wallet is old, ripped, overstuffed, or (even worse) nonexistent, how does that vibe translate to your life? And in what way is that manifesting in your finances? Yeah, I see you there, gulping nervously as you think about the stained wallet you’ve been using for the last five years! It’s time to clear it out and get a swift upgrade. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to cost your weekly paycheck, like the gorgeous GG Blooms number below. I have an iridescent pink faux-reptile skin wallet from Georgia Mae that I adore. In addition to bringing me untold amounts of happiness, it also send out great money vibes!
A Self-Love Routine That Works
I left the most important one for last. It’s essential to figure outwhat you need to make you happy. If I skip my meditation practice, don’t work out (or at least stretch), ignore calls from my friends, and refuse to do something creative, I’ll sink into a deep slump. We need to top up our emotional tank every single day: The effect is cumulative.
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8 Mind-Clearing and Productive Crystals to Keep at Your Work Desk
By Amanda Lauren
On January 25, 2021
In Crystals, Spirit, Success
Whether you’re an entrepreneur starting up your dream business or have been continually successful, keeping crystals at your desk can make sure both your mind and to-do lists are clear.
Many of us are aware that crystals can help with productivity and cleansing one’s thoughts. But crystals are masters at a variety of work challenges from self-doubt, feelings of failure, lack of inspiration—even the foibles of unpleasant coworkers can be fixed with a little crystal guidance!
Here are eight crystals for your best work life yet.
Best for: Self-confidence
For those who never seem to feel good enough, rose quartz is a perfect answer for your problem with negative talk. Feeling nervous about a presentation? Can’t seem to shake self-doubt when preparing to ask something of your boss? This gentle, reassuring, self-love crystal will open up your heart chakra in order to give you the confidence you need to take on anything.
Is negative self-talk an issue for you? Did a conversation with your manger leave you with feelings of self-doubt that you’re just unable to shake? Take a short break with a quick rose quartz ritual. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and try a metta (loving kindness) meditation, if possible. The crystal of love and self-love will help open up your heart chakra to heal you.
How to use it: When you’re feeling antsy, take a short break with a quick rose quartz ritual. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and try a metta meditation (loving kindness meditation). In your head or out loud, repeat phrases you would like to instill in your heart such as, “May I be confident. May I be strong. May I be happy. May I be peaceful and at ease.” Repeat until you feel calmer (and ready to take on anything!).
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Best for: Protection against EMF exposure; protection against negative coworkers
If you only keep one crystal at your desk, let it be black tourmaline: the black shining armor of the crystal world. This crystal shields against electromagnetic radiation fields (EMFs) that are emitted from devices such as computers and cell phones. Though the health risks posed by EMFs is inconclusive, a few theories suggest these rays can cause you to feel stress, fatigue, and anxiety—all the feelings that can hinder your productivity at work.
Black tourmaline also protects you from the negative energy of other people—like that coworker who won’t stop coming up to your desk, or that family member who doesn’t understand why you can’t answer their mid-day texts.
How to use it: Keep it close when a particularly aggravating situation comes up. For instance, if your coworker approaches your desk (once again), take hold of the tourmaline in your hand. If your mom texts you for the third time in a row, turn your phone face down and place the tourmaline on top.
Best for: a creativity boost; inspiration
You don’t have to keep banging your head against the wall when faced with an issue or dead-end project. Citrine can help open your third eye and give your imagination an open channel to receive out-of-the-box thoughts. For that reason, this crystal is especially useful for people who work in creative fields.
How to use it: Hold the crystal and set your intentions. Take a deep breath. Journal your goals or write out a quick to-do list. Then, get ready for it all to come to fruition. Do this daily or weekly—it really depends on how fast you want things to happen!
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Best for: Concentration
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Is there too much going on in your head? Is your productivity waning? Feeling overwhelmed or distracted by life at home? A smoky quartz can help you to focus on the task at hand. By decreasing stress, anxiety, and other toxic cloud that can take over your thoughts, it can help your mind restore itself to a more grounded state.
How to use it: When you’re feeling overwhelmed, hold your smoky quartz, close your eyes, and breathe deeply until you feel settled once again.
Best for: Energy cleanse; positivity; charging other crystals
As one of the most powerful crystals out there, selenite can be used to cleanse energy and provide positive vibes. It’s particularly useful in a large office or coworking space where there are a lot of energies around.
This crystal is also especially important for entrepreneurs, as it keeps the good juju going when you’re starting something new. Pro tip: Combine it with citrine to clear any blockages related to finance.
How to use it: A selenite charging plate is also a useful tool to keep your other crystals charged.
Best for: Money; promotions; success at work
Green aventurine is a beautiful stone that helps manifest abundance of all kinds. While it is often advertised as a money stone, it doesn’t just help in the cash department (although it’s perfect for money abundance if that’s what you’re looking for!). Green aventurine can also help bring many types of abundance into your work life. For instance, it could help you receive a promotion, create new partnerships, or see to it that you get acknowledgement at work.
How to use it: Write down a goal around abundance on a piece of paper. What do you want to see happen? Fold that piece of paper up and place your aventurine on top. On your desk it’ll serve as a daily reminder to quietly meditate no receiving your goal.
Best for: Calming those jitters
Are you nervous for a presentation? Wondering how you are going to get up there and do your best in front of everyone? Channeling the “eye of the tiger” has never been easier with this stone. Think of tiger’s eye as the crystal version of your own personal cheerleader.
How to use it: While you can keep a larger stone on your desk for everyday nerves, a small tumble stone for your pocket is perfect for you to take into meetings. in your pocket can also get the job done.
Best for: Healing; communication with others
Connected to the heart and throat chakras, it’s no wonder why this crystal touches our most personal and communicative issues. For days when you’re simply maxed out and you desperately need to soothe your body, mind, and spirit, amazonite is your solution. For days when you need to have sensitive discussions with coworkers, amazonite is the best to have by your side.
How to use it: Hold it close a couple minutes before a meeting or when you’re feeling overwhelmed. You should find that your energy re-balances, leaving you open and free to new possibilities.
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Embrace Your Power—5 Types of Witches and Witchcraft
By Ellen Ricks
On January 6, 2021
In Astrology, Magic, Spirit
Witchcraft seems like a particularly buzzy topic these days, with books, blogs, and more delivering ancient magic to a modern audience. But while stylized Tarot cards and light-catching crystals have their place, the shift from intrigued observer to practicing pagan can be a daunting one. So why not start the process by determining which brand of witchery resonates with you?
Read on to learn about five specialized takes on witchcraft, where the variants came from, and which type of witchcraft resonates most with you.
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What is an astrologer? An astrologer, or cosmic witch, is a witch who uses planetary and celestial energy in their practice. They study and feel a personal and spiritual connection with not only the main planets in our solar system, but with asteroids, meteors, supernovas, stars, constellations, galaxies, and black holes. Cosmic witches pay particular attention to astrology, horoscopes, and zodiac signs—but that only gives us a picture of how the cosmic forces influence the individual. Cosmic witches are focused on how celestial energy influences the inner self, but also the world.
History: Cosmic witches have been around since the study of planets. According to the American Federation of Astrologers, the Babylonians are credited with the birth of astrology. They used their astrological charts to predict the “recurrence of seasons and certain celestial events.” Around 2000 B.C., Babylonian astrologers believed that the sun, moon, and the five known planets (Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto had yet to be discovered) all had distinct character traits (Mercury representing communication, Venus representing affection, and so on). Cosmic witches use these planetary traits to call upon their energy. For example, many witches choose to perform spells on a full moon because the full illumination can create an extra magical boost and enchantment—and the rock itself is said to align with emotions and the soul.
Modern cosmic witches: A present-day cosmic witch may not be using astrology to predict the weather, but rather to predict future events or influences. For example, it’s beneficial for a cosmic witch to know when Mercury is in retrograde, and in which sign, because it will allow them to determine where communication breakdowns will occur, and in what guise. If a cosmic which was planning to perform a love spell, their best chance of having it being successful during a new moon which corresponds with new beginnings and relationships.
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What is a divination witch? A divination witch uses their magic to try to predict the future, often employing a variety of tools—or one that resonates. There are so many mediums with which to connect into the magic of the world: think Tarot cards, oracle cards, a pendulum, the I Ching, palmistry, and tasseography, and more.
History: Divination and divination witches have existed in just about every time period in history. In ancient Greece, divination witches were known as Oracles, and it was believed that deities spoke through them. A famous oracle was high priestess Pythia—known as the Oracle of Delphi—who was thought to be the mouthpiece of the god, Apollo. Every culture has its own form of divination. In ancient China, the diviner would carve out their question onto an ox bone until it cracked, and then the cracks were analyzed.
Modern divination witches: Today, divination witches don’t claim to be the mouthpiece of the gods; instead they use divination to predict likely answers to simple queries like, “Am I on the right career path?” or “Does this relationship stand a chance?” And in true modern fashion, divination methods like Tarot can even be found on our phones.
What is a green witch? A green witch works with magical properties found in the natural world. Their craft is based on respecting nature and all living things. Green witches focus on the magical correspondence of herbs, plants, and flowers. This incorporates herbalism, which is the study of botany and use of plants intended for medicinal purposes.
History: Herbalism is found in many cultures, but Chinese herbal medicine is one of the ancient variations still practiced today. Chinese herbology is based on the concepts of yin, yang, and Qi energy, where the herbs can either cool (yin) or stimulate (yang) certain parts of the body, the concept used for ritual and spiritual practices as well as medicinal. In parts of Africa, an herb known as purslane was used for purification during and after ritual ceremonies, while in some Scandinavian countries, clover was once used to ward off evils spirits and help develop psychic ability. In folk magic tradition, chamomile is said known to bring luck.
Modern green witches: Today, green witches still take herbal magic very seriously, using essential oils and creating small physic gardens in their own apartment. (You can find plenty of green witches on Instagram for inspo!) Be aware that this is a learned art: it’s extremely important to know the health effects of the herbs you plan to use or ingest as well as the magical benefits.
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What is a kitchen witch? A kitchen witch practices magic within their own home. Their magic is not based on any divine power or spiritual guidance, but that magic that can be found in the everyday routine. Their craft comes out while cooking, baking, and nesting while tapping into the power of their own intention.
History: Witchcraft and cooking have always gone hand-in-hand. During the late 15th and mid-18th century many of the 200,000 witches (mostly women) were tortured, hanged, or burned at the stake were accused of poisoning food. Even now, our classic image of a witch persists as a woman stirring her cauldron. There has always been a magical and ritualistic nature surrounding food. Like green witchcraft, kitchen witches use herbalism in their food-based magic—but kitchen witchery isn’t just about food. It can also be making a homemade offering to a deity, cleansing and protection your home, and so on.
What is a water witch? A sea witch, also known as a water witch, works with the element water in order to tap into their magic. They feel a deep, powerful connection to the water—whether it is the ocean, sea, or lake. This powerful pull leads them to be more aware of their own mystical energies.
History: Sea witches have been found in many cultures throughout history. From the sea nymph Calypso of The Odyssey; Sycorax of Shakespeare’s play The Tempest; even Ursula in Disney’s The Little Mermaid. However, sea witches have a deeper history in mythology. In Norse mythology, sea witches were magical, malevolent feminine spirits who often took the form of mermaids. These witches believed that their power and bond over the sea and tides was born of their worship for the moon. The triple goddess symbol holds particularly deep meaning for sea witches, as it represents the three phases of the monthly lunar cycle: waxing, full, and waning.
Along with praying to the moon, sea witches have had a long history with practicing dowsing, a method of divination for finding water, metals, even gravesites underground by using a Y-shaped stick made of hazel. Dowsing has been around since the Middle Ages, used frequently in Europe until its association with witchcraft caused the practice to be shunned; its legitimacy as a science is still up for debate.
Modern sea witches: Contemporary sea witches may not be luring sailors to their deaths, but they are still incorporating water, weather, and the moon into their practices, finding their own magical connection with the sea.
Once every 29.4 years, you experience a Saturn return. When Saturn makes a complete trip around the zodiac and finally enters the same sign it was in when you were born, that’s when your Saturn return begins. This happens around ages 27, 57, and 87 and lasts for two and a half to three years. And during this time, you’ll feel a whole lot like a gigantic storm is ripping through your entire life. (Exciting, right?)
The planet Saturn—the planet that rules Capricorn—governs over law, order, time, and structure. It encompasses all the stable things in our lives. So in terms of what it can affect, Saturn can cause incredible upheaval in many areas of your life from work to relationships to family.
So as you enter a Saturn return, the experience is both deeply painful and beautifully empowering. The lessons you learn during a return are designed to protect you by keeping you on your karmic path.
That said, there’s also no escaping Saturn’s lessons! If you spend your return hiding under your covers and crossing your fingers, Saturn will just come back and kick your ass even harder on the next go ‘round.
So to make the most of every return, follow these steps, and Saturn will reward you for your hard work.
1) Take stock of your life
Slow down and reflect. Ask yourself the hard questions because they’re coming either way. Are you where you want to be? Are you with the person you want to be with? Are you spending your days how you want to spend your days? It’s okay to not have the answers. Saturn will help you find them, but by asking the questions, you’ll be working with Saturn and nudging its lessons along.
2) Ask for help
Saturn can leave you feeling like you have nothing left to give. It can also isolate you from your relationships and support system. If this happens, know that it’s working to connect you with the support you truly need and the relationships that will benefit you in the long run. When you feel lost, depressed, and helpless, go find the people who can help you. Go to healers. Go to counseling. Go get a massage. Whatever happens, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
3) Don’t skip your checkup
Saturn hits you on every level—both psychological and physical. You are not invincible. Take care of your body with a nourishing diet. Keep your body moving with whatever activity excites you. Monitor your health carefully, and check in with your health care providers at the recommended intervals. If a health scare happens – breathe. It is all part of the growth Saturn is pushing. Reach out to your support system, and remember, stress can make the heart stronger if you let it.
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4) Celebrate yourself
It’s easy to beat yourself up when it feels like life isn’t going your way. And that’s exactly how Saturn can make you feel, but if you pay attention, you’ll begin to see the ways that all of the chaos is actually helping you. So don’t lose sight of the wonderful things about you and the wonderful things happening in your life. Keep a gratitude journal and write down something you’re grateful for every day. And pat yourself on the back for all that you’re doing, how strong you’re being, and for every little accomplishment.
5) Stay open to complete and total change
At the end of your Saturn return, you’ll likely find yourself looking back at the old you—the you from three years ago —and thinking, “Wow! I don’t even recognize that person!” Your return puts personal evolution on hyperspeed. At the start, you may feel like you’re walking a plank toward eternal doom, but by the end, you’ll realize there was a much happier existence waiting for you at the bottom. So stay open and let yourself fall into the unknown and into a stronger, more powerful version of yourself.
6) Use intention jewelry to manifest what you want
During your return, you can keep yourself on track by practicing this Saturn return ritual once every three months. By remembering the advice above and regularly practicing this ritual, you can easily find your way through Saturn’s storm, so you’re able to welcome all its disguised blessings.
A piece of jewelry or a small crystal
An orange-colored candle
A pen or pencil
Turn off all your electronics and find a quiet, clean space where you can be alone. Place your intention piece (jewelry or crystal) next to your orange candle.
Settle into position and close your eyes. Then place your left hand on your heart and your right hand on your stomach. Take three, deep, slow breaths. Keep your eyes closed as you say the following aloud: Please grant me the clarity to live my highest purpose.
Slowly open your eyes and light your candle. Then pick up your notebook and write (for at least 10 minutes) about your life, your deepest desires, and what you need to do to satisfy them. When you’re finished, write at least one thing you are grateful for from the last three months.
Close your notebook and place it to the side. Pick up your jewelry or crystal and hold it in your hands. Face the candle, close your eyes, and say the following out loud: I am unique. I am powerful. I have the strength to live my highest purpose.
Blow out the candle, and open your eyes. Thank the universe. Carry your jewelry or crystal with you until the next ritual.
Welcome to “What’s in Your Spiritual Tool Kit,” a new series where we talk to notable lovers of all things ~mystical~ to find out the tools they use to stay grounded. First up: The Hills’ star, famed crystal lover Spencer Pratt!
You know Spencer Pratt as the iconic “villain” ofThe Hills.Or perhaps you’ve seen him onCelebrity Big Brother. OrI’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here. Or one of the other multitudes of shows that he and his wife—Heidi Pratt (nee Montag)—have appeared on.
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Here are some more things you should know about Spencer: He’s a devoted father, a huge fan of all things hummingbirds, and crystals have changed his life. That’s right: The guy who brought you all the drama on reality TV now swears by the healing power of precious gems—he even sells his own collection!
We caught up with Spencer to talk about how he got into crystals, how he uses them in the bedroom, and which crystals he carried with him as he was shooting MTV’s current reboot ofThe Hills.
How’d you get into crystals?
I got into crystals a few years back when Heidi had a surgical procedure or two…maybe more. The pain killers were not working, and it was horrible watching her be in pain all night long, so I started researching alternative healing methods.
I came upon crystals, and I read about Sugilite, which people can hold while they sleep to get rid of nightmares and have really good sleep. I went and bought like a 15 thousand dollar chunk of it, because at the time I thought I was Tom Cruise. I certainly spent like I was.
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She held it all through the night, finally slept, and said it was the most magical thing ever. I don’t think it’s physically possible to fake your brain out of that much pain. I don’t know if it was the placebo effect, but it helped the person I loved most so I was all in. I turned into dang Harry Potter for a good couple years. I went a little too deep. Crystals have really changed my life, though.
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How do you get too deep into crystals?
When you take a crystal wand everywhere you go and you build portals before you enter a room, and you block people’s energy with your wand, yeah, you’re a little deep.
It’s a little better now. Obviously, I still believe crystals have energy levels, especially because I have my own crystal collection, but to me the brand is this: Beauty is energy and I find so much beauty in the crystals. And that creates energy and healing regardless of whether you can tune into the crystal’s actual energy. They’re for everyone.
What crystals do you always carry with you?
I try to always have Moldavite on me. Recently I’ve been carrying aquamarine, and I always try to have Kunzite on me.
Moldavite has proven to work in psychic protection. When I did Celebrity Big Brother, I didn’t wear any Moldavite and I was attacked by the housemates in all of my dreams, crazy dark stories. When I came back to do All-Stars, I made sure to wear Moldavite on a chain 24/7. I slept like a freaking angelic little baby.
Kunzite helps with self-love and reminds me to just always be aware of being a loving entity and energy. Aquamarine makes you feel calm, gives you courage, and helps you with self-expression. I need a lot of that when I’m shooting.
What crystal would you take into a crisis?
If it’s a crisis where I need protection, Black Tourmaline. But if it’s a crisis where I’m supposed to be a positive force in the situation—Amethyst or Ametrine. Ametrine is Amethyst with citrine so that could bring in more support and a feeling of abundance to the situation.
Do you use any crystals ~*~ in the bedroom ~*~?
Next to the bed we have two Hawaiian Amethysts. I have 14 Ametrine floaters on my bedside table. And we don’t use any of those crystal eggs in Heidi’s vagina or whatever. She just looked at me weird, but it’s a thing. And it’s actually very bad for you, so you shouldn’t do it. I don’t care what Gwyneth says.
I’ve been told not to have anything but Rose Quartz by my bed, because it’s pure love. I know I’m breaking the rules here, but I think Amethyst is more helpful with healing and balancing. We had Rose Quartz by our bed for eight years and we just recently switched it to the bathtub. Heidi says we should probably switch back.
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Which crystal makes you happiest?
Whichever is my newest. Right now it’s smoky Amethyst Elestial Scepter from Zimbabwe, from the Shangaan tribe. It makes me feel like I’m on the right path. Actually, I also love Smoky Elestial Quartz, I have one that looks like a tiger shark in the way it’s striped — and I just feel like a tiger shark moving through the water. It makes me feel strong.
What crystal are you taking back on The Hills with you?
It’s Moldavite all the way. Gotta stop those psychic attacks before they start.
Does your son (Gunner) wear any crystals yet?
Gunner’s mommy doesn’t let him wear too many crystals because she’s worried that he’ll swallow them but I would say he loves to play with citrine the most since he loves wealth.
You know what? Gunner’s just a big crystal himself. Can I say what’s my favorite crystal? it’s Gunner. He keeps me grounded, he keeps me protected, he’s a miracle.
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Pretty and powerful, crystals arekey accessoriesto help you tap and harness your intuition, as well as tune into your soul. And while different crystals have different properties—rose quartz can help dissolve painful romantic memories, for instance, and citrine can help attract positive thoughts—some crystals are especially attuned to certain astrological signs.
Heather Askinosie and Timmi Jandro, crystal experts and co-founders of Energy Muse and co-authors of Crystal Muse, Everyday Rituals to Tune into the Real You, break down the best crystals for your zodiac sign. For the maximum benefit, read for both your sun and rising sign, suggest Askinosie.Whether you wear them, keep one by your bed, or have a few in your purse, these gems will certainly help your soul sparkle.
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Best Crystals for Aries
Some of the best crystals for Aries to connect with are carnelian, citrine, and garnet. Carnelian is known to complement your inner voice and give you the confidence to counteract self-doubt. Citrine is useful for manifesting your dreams and securely promoting your intentions. Garnet enhances your energy, sending high vibrations throughout your body, which increases your endurance and ensures you reach your highest potential during any type of performance.
Carnelian Crystal Bracelet, $15
Best Crystals for Taurus
Peridot instills positive power for Taurus and will lead you to be more courageous and trust your instincts. Carnelian also energizes you to move forward when you’re caught up in a sticky situation. And pyrite, another wonderful stone for Taurus, is said to bestow an abundance of blessings in favor of your hard work and perseverance.
Pyrite Cube, $14
Best Crystals for Gemini
Jade removes negativity and replaces it with peace and restores balance into your physical, emotional, and intellectual body dear Gemini. Rutilated quartz is unique in its ability to connect you to your highest spiritual state, while carnelian promotes joy and personal power. Together, these crystals work in tandem to enrich your life with new knowledge and everlasting wisdom.
Rutilated Quartz Prism, $15
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Best Crystals for Cancer
Moonstone, as the name suggests, is connected directly to the moon and harnesses its energy. When Cancer connects to moonstone, you call upon your free spirit to carry you through your journey. Red jasper is very beneficial for building your stamina, helping you overcome adversity and to be a stable support system for your loved ones. Abalone shell connects you to the changing tides and emotions of the sea, which makes you more perceptive to what others are feeling.
Moonstone Dowser Pendulum, $10
Best Crystals for Leo
Garnet can ignite your inner fire and fuel your passions Leo. Tiger’s eye, charged by the sun, can support your soul’s evolution as you grow older and wiser each day. Any project you take on can be supported with carnelian, which strengthens your personal power and stimulates your creative thinking.
Tiger’s Eye Gemstone Ball, $23
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Best Crystals for Virgo
A negative characteristics for Virgo? You tend to be less inclined to open your heart to others. Connecting to a supreme nurturer, like red jasper, grounds you and keeps you centered. Another way to balance your chakras is through kyanite, which is believed to bring energetic protection to help you go beyond your comfort zone. Once you gain enough courage to open your heart to something or someone new, jade is said to bring abundance and prosperity, while simultaneously getting you back in touch with nature and keeping you down to earth.
Red Jasper Obelisk Tower, $14
Best Crystals for Libra
You can be guilty of indecisiveness, dear Libra, since you tend to weigh and consider all factors of a situation, which stalls your decision-making process. To counteract this weakness, connect with lapis lazuli for confident decision making. Additionally, citrine can promote your optimism and balance your yin and yang energies. It will help you feel confident in the choices you make. For even more security in your decision making, labradorite can help clear and protect your entire aura.
Lapis Lazuli Tumbled Rock, $6
Best Crystals for Scorpio
In times of anger, citrine, malachite, and amethyst can restore your peaceful tranquility Scorpio. Citrine is powerful at invoking feelings of happiness, joy, and serenity, by infusing you with its light. Malachite, a powerful Scorpio birthstone, transforms negative energy into positive vibrations to facilitate emotional healing. For the ultimate aura clearing treatment, amethyst can open your crown chakra to bring you peace of mind.
Citrine Healing Crystal, $6
Best Crystals for Sagittarius
You are constantly searching for new adventures to take you for another ride Sagittarius; therefore, bronzite can act as a powerful catalyst for change in your life. Citrine can help reconnect you with your inner self, enabling you to stay true to who you are deep down inside your soul. No matter what challenge you face next, turquoise can help enhance your natural intuition, providing you with just the right amount of guidance to see you through to the end.
Bronzite Necklace, $11
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Best Crystals for Capricorn
If you are interested in working toward your heavenly self, azurite can help stimulate your divinity Capricorn. Another way to practice what you preach is through an energetic cleanse, which can open your heart and encourage acceptance of others. You can perform an energetic cleanse with peridot, which helps remove envious feelings to ultimately aid your relationships. Finally, when interested in extracting energy blockages throughout your chakras, garnet, your birthstone, is known to rejuvenate your spirit, implementing serene vibrations.
Azurite Palm Stone, $22
Best Crystals for Aquarius
When conflicts arise, Aquarius, aquamarine can be used to strengthen your ideals of community and help enable you to practice forgiveness. At times when you feel hurt or betrayed by those close to you, yellow jasper can heal wounds that still burden your mind. Connect to your birthstone, amethyst,at the end of this healing process to bring your mind, body, and spirit back into balance.
Aquamarine Crystal Point, $35
Best Crystals for Pisces
Aquamarine, your Pisces birthstone, can bring you insight, especially when you are questioning your own intuition. It can also unveil underlying emotions you may be harboring toward others, or even yourself. Connect to chrysocolla to help soothe a broken heart as well as help you work through your feelings and express them clearly in each of your relationships. When you are in need of a spiritual revival, amethyst can calm you down and bring a pleasurable sense of relaxation.
Chrysocolla Crystal Egg, $14
Lead photo courtesy of @luminosity_crystals; Article photos courtesy of Twenty20
3 Rituals That Immediately Send Good Vibes Your Way
By Gala Darling
On December 7, 2020
In Astrology, Magic, Spirit
One of the most wonderful things about magic is that it can bedone anywhere, at any time. You don’t need to be wearing a special cloak, dancing around a bubbling cauldron … even though that imageisvery evocative! You can harness your power with your back pressed against a bathroom stall, as you rock gently within a subway car, or before you drift off to sleep.
While we all want tomanifest big love,plenty of cash,and a life full of adventure, sometimes we just need a little hit of magic: Something to make us feel better on a day-to-day basis. Here are three simple rituals that I practice every week to stay positive, confident, and centered. Try them, and watch magic happen inyourlife!
Energy Protection Ritual
How to do it:It’s all about creating a vision!There are many variations, but here are two of my favorite ways to do it. The first technique is calling “zipping up,” where you imagine a huge zipper that starts at your pelvis and runs all the way up to the top of your head. All you need to do is visualize closing that zipper, and thereby sealing in all your goodness!
What it does:Protecting your energy is a way of keeping other people’s psychic gunk off you. You know how sometimes you walk into a room and feel like you’re absorbing someone else’s bad vibes? You’re not imagining that! When you protect your energy, it means you get to contain all positivity… and you won’t pick up anyone else’s unhappy mood.
When to do it:It’s best before you leave the house for the day, although you can repeat it throughout the day, whenever you’re feeling drained.
The second technique involves seeing yourself inside a sphere. Some people like to visualize themselves inside a big pink bubble, but I like to see myself in a huge disco ball, through which only positive energy can penetrate (and all negativity, jealousy, and bad vibes get bounced back out!).
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Howto do it:Take a piece of carnelianand charge it under the light of the full moon. As you place it on your windowsill, set the intention that this stone reawakens your power to move confidently in any situation, fires up your vitality, and fills you with positive energy. After you let it charge up for a night, you can use it whenever you want to! Keep it in your pocket during interviews, place it on your desk, and rub it whenever you need a little extra boost!
What it does:Infusing the crystal carnelian with intentionwill keep you focused and confident, no matter who you come up against. It’s so easy to lose your nerve when you’re in a high-stakes moment, but with the help of this stone, you can move ahead confidently, no matter what.
When to do it:Initially on a full moon.Then, any time you’re heading into a situation where you want to be your best self.
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How to do it:Go outside! If you can find a grassy area and take your shoes off, so much the better, but this isn’t essential. Find a quiet spot and stand with your feet apart, tip your head back and close your eyes. Imagine a huge cord dropping down from yourroot chakraand going into the ground, going down so deeply that it hits the core of the earth. I like to envision my cord wrapping around the core a few times so I know it’s really secure. Then, visualize expanding the cord and widening it so that it becomes like a beautiful cosmic garbage chute, and watch as all the anger, sadness, rage, and confused energy flows down it and into the core of the earth. When you feel like you’ve let it go, you can blow up the cord (in your mind, of course!) and then visualize the sun filling your body with golden light. You can take as long as you want to do this—sometimes it’s lovely to take a couple of minutes, but it can also be done in a pinch if you’ve got somewhere to be!
What it does:This super-simple meditation technique is one of the best ways I know to truly chill out. Instead of stewing in your own head or feeling gripped by anxiety, you instead, choose to connect with the earth and allow your negative energy to drain down into it.
When to do it:Any time you’re feeling stressed, overworked, frustrated, angry, or overwhelmed.
What Is a Sound Bath? What You Need to Know About Sound Healing and Therapy
By Jennifer Billock
On November 27, 2020
In Spirit, Wellness
When I was younger, my uncle gifted me a Tibetan singing bowl. At first, I had no idea what it was. (I thought it was a mortar and pestle!) But I soon discovered that with just a flick of my wrist, I could make the most calming, vibrational tone, thanks to the seven metals used to create the bowl. And with that same flick, I could sit in the sound and feel all my stress melt away with its fulfilling vibrations.
I didn’t know it at the time, but I was essentially giving myself a sound bath—a meditation technique used throughout history to enhance wellness.
Sound Bath: What Is It?
Essentially, it’s a guided meditation enhanced by sounds from sacred instruments. Participants relax, fall into a meditative state via the deep vibrations elicited from the bowls, and this is said to bring healing on multiple emotional and physical levels.
At least, that’s what healers like Lee Ann Dzelzkalns, owner of Syinthesis Sound Healing Center in Glendale, Wisconsin, hope to bring to every person through sound baths. “[We try to] elicit sacred sounds to encourage one to relax the physical body, calm the emotional body, and get the mind to a more serene state,” she said. “We’re trying to offer people an experience that guides them to open what’s been closed and balance what’s been imbalanced, to bring them back into a place of inner harmony.”
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But it’s not just healers who love sound baths. The practice has recently become so popular that even celebrities like Robert Downey Jr., Charlize Theron, Kendall Jenner, and Gwyneth Paltrow participate in them regularly.
Science backs up the practice, too; among others, a 2017 study in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine specifically explored the effects of Tibetan singing bowls, crystal singing bowls, gongs, Ting-shas (tiny cymbals), dorges (bells), and other small bells on mood, tension, and wellbeing. Of 62 participants, every single one of them benefited from an hour of meditation with the instruments. All of them felt significantly less depressed, fatigued, angry, and tense than before the meditation. In fact, participants who went into the study blind—meaning they didn’t know what sound baths were—had even more powerful results than those who knew about it already.
The History of Sound Healing
Sound baths may seem like a relatively new fad, but they’ve actually been used as a healing method for centuries. Since the beginning of recorded history, each culture has had its own sacred sound—be it a drum, a gong, a didgeridoo, a singing bowl, or something else. But Dzelzkalns says the origin of sound bathing as we know it dates back to Greek philosopher, Pythagoras.
“He was working with his patients using sound, and he discovered there was something happening more than physical healing and relaxation in the body,” she said. “His patients were actually feeling their entire wellbeing shifting physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.”
He noted that when patients were bathed in sound, they had a sort of “soul adjustment” which brought them more in tune with the earth and themselves. The vibrations from sound were then used for everything from curing indigestion to helping people sleep.
Moving forward thousands of years later, scientists in the 1800s set out to prove correlation between music and health by producing a bevy of studies showing a positive relationship between the two. Since then, sound baths languished in the background as a new age, hippy practice—until the past few years when it started to gain steam again. Modern practitioners surmise the rise in popularity is thanks to a desire to disconnect from everything. It’s essentially a way to check out of our technology-fueled lives and relax (and even experience something transformational) for a short time.
The Different Types of Sound Therapy and Why It Works
When we listen to sound, like a big prolonged bang of a gong, we can feel the vibrations—like being at a concert and feeling the bass pulse through your body. What happens is that those vibrations commingle with the vibrations of our own bodies, which then helps bring us back to center.
“We each have our own healthy frequency, but when our frequency becomes altered, that part of our body vibrates out of harmony,” Dzelzkalns said. “As a result, dis-ease, or disease, is initiated.”
Sound bathing brings our bodies back into alignment. The sound waves from each instrument played penetrate our auras and enter the chakra points (by the way, are your chakras balanced?), from there further refining their path into our nervous system, bloodstream, and cellular structure. And that’s where the real magic happens.
Every instrument used in sound bathing serves a different purpose. Crystal and Tibetan singing bowls, for example, are grounding and good for meditation. Depending on the bowl, they resonate with the heart chakra down to the lower parts of the body. Tibetan bells resonate up in head centers and can help ease congestion. For a deeper, primal sound, gongs and Durga-style drums have that guttural feeling and help break up deep-seated energy that may be weighing you down.
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Gongs in particular come in all sorts of styles for different purposes—Jupiter gongs are expansive and leave you feeling lighter; Venus and Moon gongs are gentle and soft to help you drift into meditation. Tubular chimes are similar; all different sizes are used in sound bathing.
So, in essence, for each situation, a specific instrument is needed. For instance, there are specific times (such as treating a person dealing with grief) that Dzelzkalns will use her Pythagorean monochord table—a flat surface for someone to lay on with guitar-like strings underneath.
What Are the Benefits of a Sound Bath?
The main goal of a sound bath is a return to a harmonic state with inner balance and peace of mind. But people who regularly sound bathe report all sorts of other benefits as well: slower heart rate, lower blood pressure, lessened anxiety, decreased stress, heightened mental clarity, increased energy, heightened awareness, and more.
“People come in here feeling stressed and discombobulated,” Dzelzkalns said. “After just an hour of a sound healing journey, they feel a sense of recalibration, reharmonization, and restabilization of self.”
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In fact, the meditation can get so deep and intense sometimes that people will physically jump or shout without knowing it. These small body jerks and emotional vocalizations are completely normal, though. It happens when you’ve been so tense and suddenly relax, to the point that all your emotional attachments just start to drift away.
Most people leave a sound bathing session feeling relaxed, or shifted in some way. Some do get nauseous or dizzy afterwards, though, or feel like they should confront some emotional trauma that unearthed itself through the process. If that happens, it’s good to seek out a therapist and fully resolve the issue. Any physical discomfort will fade soon after the soundbath—and will likely become less frequent if the practice is kept up.
“If you can maintain a regularity with coming to a sound bath, a sound journey, or going on the sound table, that’s going to help you keep your energetic body, your subtle body, harmonically happy and humming,” Dzelzkalns said.
How Much Does a Sound Bath Cost? And Where Do You Get One?
The cost to bathe yourself in sound varies wildly based on the experience. While Dzelzkalns charges $150 for her 90-minute, private sound healing journeys, her group journeys start at just $25. Other sound bath sessions can start as low as $10 for a half hour with a gong, or up to $250 for a one-hour session at the super deluxe Integratron in the Mojave Desert.
If you can’t afford a session or don’t have the time, even 15 minutes of a sacred sound from one of the instruments will help ground you. In a pinch, you can watch a sound healing video on YouTube, or you can purchase your own meditation bowl! If you’re looking to buy, here are a couple great options to start with:
Perfect Pitch Quartz Singing Bowl
Perfect Pitch Frosted Quartz Singing Bowl, $99.99
Reehut Tibetan Meditation Singing Bowl
Reehut Tibetan Meditation Singing Bowl, $16.99
TOPFUND Singing Bowls, Set of 7, 8-12 inch
TOPFUND Singing Bowls, Set of 7, 8-12 inch, $629.99