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From the Dalai Lama’s Facebook page,

“Harmony among our different religious traditions is essential for world peace. Genuine harmony should be founded on mutual respect. And respect should be based on a recognition that all the world’s major religious traditions are similar in having the potential to help human beings live at peace with themselves, with each other and with the environment.”

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Thanksgiving is in a couple of days, so to all who celebrate, Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

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Quartz is a very versatile stone. It is both receptive and projective. It is of the Sun and the Moon, Fire and Water.

It has been used throughout ancient civilizations all over the world. It has been used in the Eleusinian mysteries, Native American rites, in the Renaissance and European magic of the 1800’s, throughout Britain, and in the Yucatan.

Quartz has been used for healing, scrying, protection, divination, enhancing psychic powers, peaceful sleep, lactation, and to amplify magic.

It comes in different colors that correspond to different uses. While receptive and projective stones all share some of the same uses, certain stones work better for certain things, even though they may overlap that use with others.

Clear or White Quartz

This stone is both receptive and projective. It is, perhaps, the most versatile of the colors of quartz. It can be used for healing, legal issues, sleep, prophetic dreams, protection, success, magical and physical energy, gardening, love, peace, compassion, fertility, spirituality,defensive magic, courage, willpower, purification, friendship, psychism, dreams, removing stress, and astral projection.

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Blue Quartz

This is a receptive quartz good for peace, removing stress, compassion, love, wisdom, spirituality, psychism, fertility, growth, prosperity, friendship, sleep, dreams, and eloquence.

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Green Quartz

Green quartz is a receptive stone that can be used for prosperity spells. Also wear it to stimulate creativity. Just like blue quartz, green quartz is also used for peace, removing stress, compassion, love, wisdom, spirituality, psychism, fertility, growth, friendship, sleep, dreams, and eloquence.

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Herkimer Diamonds

These are projective stones. They can be used as a substitute for diamonds in spell work. They are energizing stones and good to use for protection, exorcism, healing, luck, success, intellect, will power, courage, and self confidence.

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Rose Quartz

Used for love and to open the heart chakra, this quartz is receptive. Wear it to attract love and use it in magic for peace, fidelity, and happiness. As a receptive stone, it can be used for the same things as blue and green quartz: peace, removing stress, compassion, love, wisdom, spirituality, psychism, fertility, growth, prosperity, friendship, sleep, dreams, and eloquence.

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Rutilated Quartz

This is an energy stone, so it is no surprise that it is projective. Wear during rituals or put it on the altar to increase the effectiveness of the ritual. It is also good to use for protection, exorcism, healing, luck, success, intellect, will power, courage, and self confidence.

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Smoky Quartz

This is a receptive stone. Use it to ground and protect as well as to get rid of negativity and depression. As a receptive stone, it can also be used for peace, removing stress, compassion, love, wisdom, spirituality, psychism, fertility, growth, prosperity, friendship, sleep, dreams, and eloquence like the other receptive stones above.

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Tourmalated Quartz

This is worn to aid in astral projection and is a projective stone. As a projective stone, it can also be used for protection, exorcism, healing, luck, success, intellect, will power, courage, and self confidence.

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LeVar Burton was a big part of my childhood with Reading Rainbow. So glad he’s doing it again. This is a lovely seasonal story and a retelling of Aesop’s fable set in China. Great for kids of all ages!

 

 

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If only my knitting skills were better! These would be so cool for Yule decorations!

 

Click the pic for the free pattern from Knitting Daily!

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With Thanksgiving coming at the end of this month in the United States, I thought I would look into the symbolism of the most popular animal during this time of the year: the turkey.

Whether by serendipity or on purpose, the turkey is an excellent animal to represent the holiday of Thanksgiving. As a totem animal, it represents shared blessings and harvest with its cycle of power being the season of Autumn.

Also known as the earth eagle, the turkey has long been associated with honoring the Earth Mother. It symbolizes not only all of the blessings of the earth, but also the ability to use these blessings to their best advantage.

In Native American mythology, Turkey helped to create the world and taught humans how to raise corn.

The turkey is an incredibly adaptable bird. Turkeys can adapt to most environments, though they prefer the woods. Their diet is varied, as well, but they have been known to eat up to a pound of acorns a day. This is significant in that animals and birds that eat acorns and nuts are associated with hidden wisdom and new seeds of growth.

The male turkey will keep multiple females as mates. These females may share one nest, laying all of their eggs together. This again ties into the idea of shared blessings and harvest. Turkeys will also roost together for the night, finding strength in numbers and again exemplifying the ideas of shared energy.

This year, if you plan to eat a turkey for your Thanksgiving meal, perhaps take a moment either during the preparation of the bird or before serving to reflect on the concepts of sharing blessings. This could be sharing blessings with family, friends, or the world around you. As you eat the turkey, take into yourself the connection with the Earth Mother and share the blessings that She gives to us all.

If you don’t plan to eat turkey this year, maybe create a turkey collage or statue, or find a cute one at the store and use it as a centerpiece. Talk about the way blessings have been shared throughout the year, either from you or given to you from others. Feel your connection to the Earth Mother and to all those around you and know that all blessings from Her are shared amongst you all.

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