Birthstones by Zodiac Signs – Birthstone Chart

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Birthstones by zodiac signs are more than fashion or symbols of your astrological signs. These stones are believed to enhance each zodiac’s sun sign’s energy vibration, which can elevate the wearer’s mood.

As such, zodiac birthstones are considered charms or lucky stones that influence your sun’s strength, giving you the energy to feel more vibrant, refreshed, and alive.

Zodiac signs are the 12 in number and represent the total division of the astrological year. The division is slightly different from the 12 months of the year, and as such, some people may find their zodiac birthstone slightly different from their birth month’s recommended stone.

Many experts recommend that a user can use up to two or more stones to help with mood influences and energize your motivational spirit to live a more fulfilled life. Follow this brief guide to find the birthstone for your zodiac sign, and the recommended alternative stone for your birth month.

Birthstones for each zodiac sign

Aries

Month/Date: March 21 – April 19

Birthstone: Diamond

Alternative: Emerald or bloodstone

Aries is dynamic and energic people. They are quite proactive, and the stone for this zodiac sign provides the needed stabilizing force for their vigorous lifestyle.

Taurus

Month/Date: April 20 – May 20

Birthstone: Emerald

Alternative: Rhodonite or Rose Quartz

Taurus are known to be clever and very hardworking people. These people are grounded in the material world, and Venus, the goddess of love, rules the sign. The choice stones infuse emotional wellbeing to help protect the heart of Taurus and, at the same time, provide luck and abundance of material wealth.

Gemini

Month/Date: May 21 – June 20

Birthstone: Pearl

Alternative: Sapphire or Agate

The ancients regarded pearls as a sacred stone because it represented nature’s duality – death, and life. It represents death just as much as it shows the beauty of life. This stone is the choice stone for Gemini because of their often jovial, friendly, and articulate nature.

Cancer

Month/Date: June 21 – July 22

Birthstone: Moonstone

Alternative: Emerald, Ruby

Cancers are gentle and caring people. They are extremely sensitive to the plight of those around them and care deeply for them. Moonstone is the choice birthstone for security because it reflects the ever gentle yet conquering rays of the moon and helps to protect them.

Leo

Month/Date: July 23 – August 22

Birthstone: Black Onyx

Alternative: Peridot or Ruby

People born under the Leo sign are the strongest willed and have the fiercest personality. The astrological stone for this birth sign helps to keep their mighty strength in check.

Virgo

Month/Date: August 23 – September 22

Birthstone: Carnelian

Alternative: Amazonite, Citrine, or Zircon

People born under the Virgo sign tends to be very analytical, smart, and pay attention to details. Their choice of birthstone helps with both emotional and spiritual strength to cope with the enormity of their ever roaming mind.

Libra

Month/Date: September 23 – October 22

Birthstone: Peridot

Alternative: Pink Tourmaline, Bloodstone or Sapphire

Libra are intellectuals and peace-loving people. Their mission in life is to create love and harmony. Peridot, which is their choice birthstone, helps to reflect the sun’s light’s beams to light their way and life.

Scorpio

Month/Date: October 23 – November 21

Birthstone: Apache Tears

Alternative: Turquoise, Malachite or Ruby

Scorpios are psychic people and are deeply intense; they tend to absorb energy from their surroundings. The choice of birthstone helps to absorb negative energy and leave only the positive for Scorpios to absorb.

Sagittarius

Month/Date: November 22 – December 22

Birthstone: Turquoise

Alternative: Lapis Lazuli, Blue Topaz, or Amethyst

People born under the Sagittarius signs are often very spiritual and can easily gravitate to the next level regarding the spiritual realms. Turquoise helps provide the necessary mental and spiritual clarity needed by the people born under this sign to explore the unknown.

Capricorn

Month/Date: December 23 – January 19

Birthstone: Garnet

Alternative: Agate, Garnet

Capricorns are often regarded as cold and standoffish people. This can make people stay away from them. Their choice of birthstone helps with depression and corrupt thoughts.

Aquarius

Month/Date: January 20 – February 18

Birthstone: Amethyst

Alternative: Garnet

The air sign represents Aquarius, and this shows their often fluid-like nature. They can easily become complacent when engaged in activities they are not interested in. Their birthstone provides the necessary stabilizing force to keep their minds motivated and focused since they tend to come up with ideas quicker than they can execute.

Pisces

Month/Date: February 19 – March 20

Birthstone: Aquamarine

Alternative: Amethyst

Pisces tend to be overly sensitive and often have trouble communicating their feelings to other people. Their birthstone includes the Aquamarine, which is well-known for its incredible ability to ease anxiety and boost self-confidence.

While there are many different belief systems in choosing a birthstone, having one which you feel connected with is the most important aspect of choosing a birthstone. You might want to keep an open mind when shopping for your birthstone because it is only when you feel a deeper connection with your stone that it can help protect and heal you both mentally, emotionally, and physically.

Spells and Magic Part 2: Wicca and the Wiccan Rule

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Since its inception in the mid 20th century, the religion of Wicca has continued to witness increasing acceptance from people all over the globe.

Wicca is unlike most religion. It has no higher authority, prophet, leader or even a bible to guide its followers. Instead, individuals are free to choose how they follow this religion and grow themselves as they deem fit.

This freedom and ability to chose what to believe and act on may strange to most people, but in every essence, it is the strength of the Wicca religion and one of the profound qualities of the faith.

Wicca is a complex religion that most people often associate with witchcraft, paganism and the devil. This usually is not far from the truth but not in the way most people seem to understand it. For a Wiccan, religion is about bending or redirecting spiritual forces in nature to affect the world and their lives.

A Wiccan belief that the world we see and all of its elements – rocks, trees, crystals, rivers etc. all have special forces in them which can be channelled and controlled to affect our lives in extraordinary ways. To most Wiccans, there isn’t anything magical about magic – it is just another toolset in a Wiccan’s arsenal.

Since the Wiccan religion deals with believers attuning themselves to the natural rhythm of life forces within the natural elements, it makes perfect sense to have minimal rules or orders to guide the process – after all, we are all different, and our experiences and ability to channel these natural forces will differ significantly.

This, of course, does not mean that there are no rules in the Wiccan religion. There are two core rules a Wiccan should adhere to when they are practising their crafts: The Wiccan Rede and Rule of Three.

Wiccan Rede

The Wiccan Rede is a part of 26-line poetry that outlines how a Wicca should behave. It is one of the most critical moral compasses for practising Wiccans and helps to ensure they do only that which is good not only to them but to others as well.

The Wiccan rede reads “An it harms none, do what ye will”. This can be translated to means that whatever energy you will be channelling or whatever sacrifice or spell you will be casting, if it does not harm anyone, then you are free to do it. If the magic, on the other hand, is contrary to the law, then the rule of three will apply.

The Rule of Three

The rule of three is one of the most popular law in the Wiccan community. This law is also known as Three-fold Law or Law of Return. It states that whatever energy a Wiccan puts out whether good or bad will return to the Wiccan in three-fold. This means that whatever a person does, whether physically or spiritually, there will be a return three times the initial result of the action. This is often called karma – though a good comparison but the rule of three is quite different from the concept of karma – it manifests in this present life.

There are many other rules which are generally accepted by Wiccans all over the world, such as personal responsibility for every action, belief in ancestry, belief in the afterlife, special holidays and so many others. These laws, however, are not as widely accepted and adhered to as much as the rule of three and the Wicca rede.

Pendulum Dowsing

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Dowsing with a pendulum is one of the quickest ways to answer your uncertainty especially when such uncertainty requires either a yes/no answer.

The technique itself is quite straightforward and does not require much in terms of learning curve or paraphernalia. In fact, most times all you’ll need to dowse with a pendulum is the pendulum itself and your faith.

A pendulum is a weighted string. When you tie a weight such as a metal, bead, stone or wood chip etc. at the end of a string then you’ll have a pendulum.  The sole aim of a pendulum is to swing in a ‘to and fro’ direction to help you make the right decision when you’re at a crossroad.

A crystal dowsing pendulum, however, is often made with a crystal attached to the end of a chain. There are several types of crystals and each of these is suited for different individuals. As such, when looking for a dowsing pendulum, you should seek out the pendulum with your type of crystal stone or better still only go for a pendulum that you are irresistibly drawn to.

How does dowsing with a pendulum work?

The working principle of a pendulum is very simple and straightforward. Once you understand the various forces that are at work in you and how these forces are interconnected with one another and with the higher power or soul of the universe, then you will begin to understand and appreciate the truth behind pendulum divination.

One of the forces at work in us humans is our conscious mind. The conscious mind is the part of us which helps us to make decisions and take rational actions. This mind is just a tip of the iceberg of our subconscious.

The subconscious is where everything you have ever known, felt or imagined is stored. This aspect of our lives can only be reached through deep meditation and focus. The subconscious is also connected to your higher self which is your soul in its purest state.

The soul is in turn connected to the source of all things; the wisdom of the universe also known as the almighty. Since we cannot draw thoughts directly from the soul of the universe through our conscious mind, we must strive to connect with it through our subconscious.

The pendulum in itself does not possess any special magical power to answer your diving questions accurately. Rather it is a tool that helps your conscious mind reads and interpret the answers your subconscious gains from your higher intelligence.

When you hold your pendulum in a meditative state waiting for it to vibrate to answer your question, your subconscious connects with your higher self which in turn is connected with the wisdom of the universe. It draws its answers from this all-knowing force and the response causes a vibration in your hand.

This vibration is usually attributed to ideomotor by scientists but we understand that it is our subconscious passing a message through our conscious mind by stimulating the muscles in the hand to answer our questions in a very specific way.

Does the length of the pendulum matter?

The length of the sting of your pendulum matters to some extent. Remember the pendulum does not answer your questions but only act as a tool for the subconscious to communicate with your conscious mind. As such the length of the pendulum will have no effect on your answer.

The problem of length, however, arises as a result of the kind of weight you will be using at the end of the string. If you are using a very lightweight about an ounce, then its best you make use of a short string. This will help the pendulum to oscillate into a definite vibratory pattern to help you answer your question faster and if you are making use of a heavyweight about two to three ounces at the end of your string then you should make use of a longer string.

The problem of length often disappears by itself once you become conversant with the pendulum and understand it enough to vary it as you wish.

How to use the pendulum to dowse for answers

Dowsing with a pendulum is quite easy. One of the first things you should have in mind is the straightforwardness of the answer a pendulum can provide.

Like the Urim and Thummin. The pendulum is best for answering questions that require either a yes or no answer.

When you have narrowed down your options to these two possibilities then you can make use of your dowsing pendulum to answer the question. While holding the string of your pendulum with the other fingers pointing downward, you’ll want to establish the movements that are for ‘yes’, ‘no’ and ‘maybe’.

Ask your pendulum to show you a movement that is for ‘yes’. When it moves, note the movement. Also, ask it for a movement for ‘no’ and ‘maybe’ and note these movements down. After noting the various movements, then proceeding with asking you questions and watching the movement of the pendulum in response to each question. Compare this with the yes, no and maybe movement and you’ll have your answer.

Introduction to spells and magic

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Is magic any good? Are spells evil? Do spells really work, and can we use them to make things happen?

And more importantly, is magic an innate ability – one that you need to be born with to access the supernatural or just about anyone can learn and master the art of casting spells?

As a newbie to the world of magic, the supernatural, and witchcraft, it is understandable and useful to ask questions, get to understand how it all began and how these things work in other to grow and master the craft.

A lot of beginners get sidelined easily after trying their hands on a few potions and spells and see no result. They give up easily, forgetting that power comes from knowing – knowing the very things that happen when you cast a spell, prepare a potion, or make your incantation.

Knowledge is power. This is true even when it comes to exploring magic and spells, just as it is in the physical world. As such, in this brief guide on spells and magic, we are going to walk you through the basics of the origin and whys of magic. The aim of this is enlightenment. To open your eyes on how magic works so that you can understand the changes that go on from the very moment you make your magic or cast a spell.

On the origin of magic

Magic is the most potent weapon in the world. For the ancient, magic is, first and foremost, a technology, a powerful tool for accessing the power of the invisible world that is all around them.

As such, they see magic as a powerful tool for making their wishes, intents, and heart desires come to pass. Magic was their source of comforts in the rather cruel and cold world they find themselves in. The idea of magic came to them when times are really bad, and when there is chaos all around their lives – bad weather, harvest, drought, famines, epidemics, etc.

When such bad times occur, people summon shamans, spiritual healers, witches, etc. to harness the power of the supernatural (gods and goddesses) to restore the balance and comfort to their lives.

Magic, more accurately denoted as magick today, is the practice of harnessing the connective forces of nature to bring about changes that otherwise would not be possible by any natural means.

To bring about these changes, spiritual healers, shamans, witches, etc. must use a vehicle, a driving force. The driving force most times is either a spell in combination with a physical tool such as an amulet or a potion.

Spells are the driving force of magic. Words are used in casting spells because words are powerful, communicate our intentions, and, most importantly, gathers the power that brings about such intentions.

We often take for granted the actions that our words can perform. But the truth is, our words are far more powerful than we can ever imagine. A simple “I now pronounce you husband and wife” transforms the legal status of people almost daily and instantly. These are simple yet powerful words and a demonstration of how powerful our words can be. Words can transfer ownerships, mitigate personal injury, cause wars, and so on.

A spell

Spells are not just words per se. They are carefully chosen phrases that help communicate our intents to the invisible forces, and gather such forces to do our biddings.

As such, spells often have two sides: the phrase that contains our intentions and the phrase that contains the forces we are calling upon to do our biddings. The one part of any spell often involves gathering the forces needed to perform an action and a second part, which directs these forces on the intent and degree of such actions.

How does magic work?

In the late middle ages, witches who perform magic were seen as evil and worshippers of the devil who held black masses, hex people, and causes havoc and death in their community and who flew on brooms at night.

As such, witches and generally, anyone who performs magic is seen as a devil worshipper and one who gets magical powers from the devil. As such, witches were often hunted down and murdered for their supposed roles in any natural disaster or seemingly unnatural epidemics. This has almost become a mainstream belief except for the few faithful who still held onto their beliefs that magic is a force for good and not of the devil.

But where does the power of magic come from? Where does the power to make rain, heal the sick, cause love, or attract fortune come from?

On 5 July 1687, sir Isaac Newton published his book, Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica. This book contains a very important law, which is still held as true today, even in classical mechanics.

In his book, Isaac Newton proposed that all things in the universe are held together or connected by a force which is proportional to the products of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them.

Consequently, we are bonded to everything in the universe by an invisible force, and this same invisible force binds everything to us.

Magic is the practice of harnessing this invisible force using our desires and intentions to attract to us those things that we want. Spells tend to vibrate the very energy and atoms of the connecting force to cause an action.

When you understand how everything else is connected to you and how you are connected to them, you begin to see the infinite opportunity to change reality and make it conform to your bidding. This is the very essence and power of magic and spells.

Using crystals for holistic healing

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If you are plugged into the world of alternative medicine, you probably are considering crystal healing a run for the money. Crystal healing has been around for quite some time. Since ancient time, men have harnessed the power of these healing stone to align, transform and clear their mind, body and soul energy from the often harmful negative energy to a pure and fulfilling positive energy.

The Egyptians, Sumerians and even the Mayans who regularly adorn themselves with these crystals understood the positive impact of these stones on their mind which in turn keeps their physical body healthy and free from stress.

Even though our modern culture will choose rather forget or deny the healing capabilities of crystals, we cannot, for the most part, erase them totally. There are still many who have witnessed and will continue to believe in the healing powers of crystals. The followership is growing globally and we are seeing a renewed interest in this ancient holistic healing method.

How healing crystals work

Healing crystals work by aligning the various energy centres of the body to promote wellness, happiness and stress-free life.

Energy healers believe the human body is surrounded by a field of energy called chakra. This energy field is very much like a magnetic field which can push or attract other objects. Our thoughts produce vibrations which affect these fields and in turn, the field attracts to us what we are thinking. As such, the energy field helps in the manifestation of our thoughts and can bring to pass whatever we are thinking about; whether good or evil.

Healing crystals have the ability to align this life force and cleanse our chakra of evil or bad energy. This gives them a holistic healing power since they are the only thing apart from our mind which can influence the energy surrounding our body. As such, having a particular crystal on helps to vibrate the energy to a particular frequency giving rise to a manifestation of these thoughts.

This is why healers use different crystals to solve different problems. To effectively harness the healing power of crystals, you’ll need to select the crystal type that matches the frequency of your problem so it can lead to better manifestation.

How to choose a crystal

Choosing a crystal depends entirely on what you want and your connections with the healing crystal. Crystal experts often say the crystals choose you and not the other way around. As such, it is often recommended that you move around the crystal chop and look around until you can feel an almost physical connection with a particular healing crystal.

The connection can come in the form of a physical vibration, a tingling sensation or just a knowing feeling when you come in contact with your healing crystal in the crystal shop. If you feel drawn to a particular feeling or fall in love with a crystal; that’s often a sign that the crystal has chosen you.

It’ll also help to identify your particular problem and find a stone whose healing vibrations matches your problem. Below we have discussed some of the most popular healing crystals and what they stand for; you can use that as a guide for finding your healing crystal.

When it comes to healing with crystals, your intentions matter a lot because crystals work by sending your thoughts which most often are your intentions into the soul of the universe to bring such intentions into physical manifestations. As such, it important for you to be specific about what you want, when you want it and how you want.

Different types of crystals and what they do

White (crystal) quartz

White crystals are some of the most popular crystals used by energy healers in different parts of the world. The white crystal quartz has a pure and powerful energy source. It is used mainly to stimulate the brain to increase creativity and boosts the immune system. It has other important applications such as increased perception and deeper relaxation. Go for a white crystal if you are looking for clarity, healing and cleansing.

Rose quartz

The rose quartz is also known as the love crystal. The crystal is commonly used to attract love and protect a romantic relationship from negative energy. Go with rose quartz if you are after love, forgiveness and enhanced self-esteem.

Amethyst

This crystal has been used from time immemorial to cure hangovers and drunkenness. It provides a powerful point for opening one’s eyes and connecting them to the soul of the universe. As such, the amethyst aids meditation enhances intuition and stability. Go with an amethyst if you are looking for peace, healing and enhanced intuition.

Emerald

Emerald is another stone that is connected with successful love. Go with this stone if you are looking for seeking for a relationship that will succeed as the stone promotes loyalty, sensitivity and diminishes negativity.

Citrine

Citrine comes with a warm colour which signifies the crystal’s optimistic and warm energy. It is great for warding off negative energy or people and it doesn’t need regular cleansing as most healing crystals.

What to do after getting your crystal

After getting your crystal, one of the very first thing you might want to do is to cleanse the crystals. Crystals can easily get infected with negative energy, as such, cleansing them before using them is highly advisable.

Cleansing a crystal is very easy. Simply wash the crystal under a running natural source of water or a tap. Most times, you’ll need the water to be pure, clean and cold. Do not use hot or warm water.

After washing it, you can leave it to dry under the morning sun.

After cleansing your crystal, you’ll need to ‘program’ it with your intention. This involves giving the crystal a purpose by telling it your intention.

Hold the crystal in front of you with your eyes close, either aloud or in your head, tell the crystal your intention and what you want it to do for you. Acknowledge this with thanksgiving to the universe.

How to use your healing crystal

The more you touch your healing crystals, the more you can get out of them. So it makes perfect sense to always keep the crystal in contact with your body.

One of the best ways to do this is to wear them. You can make a necklace out of your crystal, a hand band, earrings or even ring.