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Days of the week with their correspondences

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The days of the week were originally named for the sun, the moon, and the five known planets.  These planets were associated with particular gods depending upon the culture.  For example, the Greeks, the Romans, and Germanic peoples each had their own gods associated with the different days of the week.

To invoke the energy of the planets or deities listed below, wear or carry one of the listed stones on the corresponding day of the week.  Wearing crystal jewelry (or keeping a stone in your pocket) in this way is also considered a talisman of good luck and protection.

These stones can also help you ease into your day and more easily work through whatever the day may bring.  To go deeper into the day’s energy vibration, try meditating with your chosen stone on your third eye chakra, create a crystal grid, or place the stone in a prominent position on your altar or in your sacred space.

Another interesting way to use these stones is to find out what day of the week you were born on and use the corresponding stone as a personal talisman.  For example, I was born on a Friday, Freya’s Day.  There’s something fascinating that happens when we are born into this world…and the cosmos imprints that energy onto our spirit from the exact moment we are born.  If you embrace that energy and tap into the strength it can give you, you can create and do amazing things.

So, if I wanted to strengthen my understanding of the archetypal energy of love and beauty, enhance my connection to Venus (or Aphrodite or Freya), or utilize the positive aspects of the planet Venus, I would carry or wear an Emerald, Copper, Chrysoprase, Rose Quartz, or Pink Tourmaline at all times as a personal talisman.  Wearing and carrying these stones as personal talismans will strengthen the positive attributes of this archetype and balance its negative attributes.


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pendulum dowsing to find lost items, pets or people.

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Pendulums and copper rods are used by many people all over the world for divination, answering simple questions, and all sorts of things in between. Perhaps you have worked with a pendulum to answer yes or no questions or to select one thing over another – those are the most common reasons for dowsing. Did you know, though, that dowsing tools can be incredibly helpful when it comes to finding lost objects or even missing loved ones and animal companions? If you’d like to know how you can work with a pendulum to find something that is nowhere to be found, read on. Here are some simple tips and tricks to get you started.

Believe You Can: Before a pendulum will be of any use to you for finding lost objects, stolen items, or missing people and animals, you must have confidence in your dowsing abilities as well as the higher forces that you might be channeling to assist you (the Universe, God, Goddess, etc,). There are many opinions about where the answers come from and unfortunately there’s no way to scientifically prove any of the popular theories. This is where faith comes in! If you don’t believe your pendulum can help you, it can’t. It’s that simple. You need a positive attitude to be a successful dowser no matter what you’re using your pendulum for.

Locating Household Items: Keys, wallets, and eyeglasses are easy to misplace around your home, so when you can’t find them – get your pendulum out! The best way to locate a lost object in your home is to start in one room and ask your pendulum if the item you are searching for is somewhere in that room. Once you get a positive response, you can begin to narrow it down by dowsing particular areas of the room. If you’re looking for something that you haven’t seen for quite some time (for example something that might be stored in a box), suspend your pendulum over boxes or storage bins that you believe the item might be safely packed away in. The more you practice doing this, the easier it will be to find things with your pendulum. I’ve even known former dowsing students of mine to ask their family members to hide items for them so that they could practice locating them with their pendulums.

Recovering Stolen Items: Many people have asked whether or not a pendulum can help you find something that was stolen from you. While a pendulum can be useful in finding out where stolen items disappeared to or perhaps who the culprit is, getting them back may be another story unfortunately. Let’s say, for example, that your bike was stolen. There are a couple of ways you can search for it with a pendulum. If you have a hunch about who may have stolen it, I recommend asking your pendulum very clearly about the person you are questioning and whether or not they took your bike. What do you do with that information? Dowse a very zoomed in map of where the suspect lives if that information is known and ask if your bike is there. Now in most cases, you won’t know who would’ve taken your bike, and the possibilities where it would have ended up could be endless. That’s where a map is necessary. Dowse a map like you would a chart, starting broad and narrowing the area down as you go. If you don’t know where to start, dowse the area from which your bike was stolen and then branch out from there. You may get a positive hit on a location. Now how to recover that stolen item – that’s the tricky part and will depend on the situation or who you can get to help you get it back.

Searching for a Missing Person or Animal: Believe it or not, psychics have helped law enforcement on several occasions solve missing persons cases with a pendulum in hand. I believe dowsing in these cases can be helpful, and why not use every possible means to find someone who has disappeared? The main reason why dowsing can be challenging in a missing person or animal case in my opinion is that emotions are typically running wild. Strong emotions can run interference with the dowsing process, and that can give false results. It is easier to dowse for missing people and animals when you are not personally involved, so keep this in mind if you ever decide to try it. Dowsing for missing people or pets is done similarly to dowsing for lost or stolen objects. Maps are particularly useful, and if possible, going to locations where you get positive hits is helpful as well. Obviously the more information or leads that you have will make this process less tedious, but sometimes no information is available and you may feel like you’re looking for a needle in a haystack. That’s where faith, prayer, and a strong belief that you can and will find your loved one will help.

*When searching for a missing person or animal, I suggest using a chambered pendulum. A chambered pendulum opens up and you can put tiny things inside it. Anything that contains their DNA (a few strands of hair from their hairbrush) or something that reminds you of them (teeny tiny crystal chips or a few drops of their favorite essential oil) can be placed inside the chamber in order to help you truly focus and connect with their energy in particular.

Locating Treasure: Yes! You can dowse for all sorts of things that lie buried in the ground including natural resources and treasure. City water utility workers still use copper rods to this day to help them locate water! This is pretty exciting when you think about it. Dowse areas by actually going to them, or use a map. Either method works. I suggest taking your pendulum with you on nature walks so that you can practice.

As you can see, if you’re looking for something that is missing outside of your home, a map is a very useful tool to have. These days most people use maps on their phones to get where they need to go, but when you’re using a map for dowsing purposes I suggest printing one out or using an old-fashioned paper one that you’d keep in the glove compartment of your car. Maps are extremely helpful and they will save you time and energy. Also, be sure you are working with a pendulum that you feel comfortable with and that you really connect with. The right tools are essential for successful dowsing.

Interview with Candle Crafter Brittany Gibson

Mimosa has recently added a new line of natural votives, made by local crafter Brittany Gibson. To give our customers a better idea of what makes these candles so special, we decided to interview Brittany about her work and about her new business, Magick and Malarkey. Enjoy!

What’s the story behind Magick and Malarkey, and where do you see your new company going? So I was rolling out to California to bum around Venice and Santa Monica. I was in the middle of the desert, thinking about how cool it would be to open a metaphysical store AND a tavern. All of a sudden, it hit me: Magick and Malarkey, a partnership between two completely different businesses!  I can’t guarantee the tavern will ever happen, but I’m very glad the magick pulled through! I am eventually wanting a brick and mortar store, though I still plan to sell in other shops. While I may expand through Wisconsin, I’m glad I get to call it home, and would like to stay local.

Are votive candles the only thing you make? Thankfully, no. As far as candles go, I make pillars, tall tapers, votives, and small tapers for altar use (approximately a few hours of burn time.) When I get my order of tealight molds in, we will be in business for that, too! Soaps are also available. When I find a reliable source of materials, I will add in lotions and cosmetics as well. I’m even getting busy with some bone knives crafting wands for those looking for a quick start.

Where can someone go to buy your soaps? Do you do custom orders? I do custom orders on candles and soaps! Since the online store has run into a few hold-ups, the best way to order is to email me at [email protected], or order through our Facebook page via personal message. Soon, we will have an online store and downloadable order form available on Facebook. I ship flat rate when available, US only (at least temporarily!) All fragrances are available in candles or soaps. Because they are made from essential oils, the oils can be used for both!

What kinds of ingredients do you use, and where do they come from? I’m really into trying to keep things as natural as possible. I love working with beeswax and goat milk as bases for my products, as well as essential oils. Goat milk is strictly purchased locally, but beeswax is harder to get my hands on. I source locally whenever possible, but I have had to import some from some nice beekeepers in Pennsylvania. With bees dying off, wax is getting pricier and harder to come by. Essential oils are also purchased at The Soap Opera when available, though I have had to source in a blend from Ohio. I plan to be 100% locally sourced by Samhain of this year! I am already scouting farmers.

How do you craft a candle to work with a particular intention? I have always done it the same as putting intention into my work. I go through the whole process meditating and keeping the candles and room charged with energy. I focus on what I want the candle to do and call to a deity and ask for his or her blessing. Sometimes I take the candle turn out as an indication on how pleased with my offerings they are (if my beeswax sticks too much, it’s time to put more mead in the offering bowl!) Crafting with intention varies per craftsperson. I allow the energy to flow through me and into my work. I would say I channel the energy rather than pull it out of nowhere!

What are some ways people can use a blessing votive? Specialized spells are excellent options! I would also recommend the votives for work with particular deities. Even if someone isn’t working with Aphrodite, the intention and blessings of the candle can greatly assist in working with a deity of similar function or association. Generic ritual use, especially on high days. You can never have too many candles on high days! Let’s not forget meditation and hypnosis. Maybe you’re a practicing hypnotherapist trying to inspire an active drive in an otherwise submissive person. Strength or Energy blessing votives could definitely add to your practice!

Do you follow any particular spiritual path? If I picked up a label, it would be neo-Druid. I am a member of Ár nDraíocht Féin, currently doing work on my dedicant path. While I believe in all deities from all religions and believe they all have equal power, my rituals tend to lean toward Welsh tradition. I’ve even had several dreams where Arianrhod revealed herself as my matron.

What can you tell us about working with beeswax? It’s very hot and super sticky! But my house always smells a bit of honey. Sometimes I can’t tell if it’s the mead or the beeswax! It is very fun to play with though, and very versatile. I’m going to start playing with it to see what cosmetic purposes it has. I’m betting I can find some things. But craftspeople beware: Beeswax is sticky in the extreme. Stock up on mold release, or use some oil, unless you want your candle to stay in the mold forever!

Metaphysical Properties of Incense

by Cathy Douglas

Incense smells good, and there’s nothing wrong with enjoying it for that reason alone. But as with crystals, incense — in all its different styles and fragrances — has metaphysical properties based on a long history of use. In fact, if you’re used to working with crystals, the nature of many incenses can to some extent be compared to the properties of specific stones: sandalwood to quartz, lavender to amethyst, rose to rose quartz, etc. Using a crystal with a complementary incense amplifies the power of both.

Most modern incenses are built around a sandalwood stick or cone, overlaid with perfumes, essential oils, resins or other sources of fragrance. (For more on the general types of incense and how they are made, please see our previous article, Incense Basics.)

As always, please remember that the healing properties of the incenses below are complementary to regular treatment, not a substitute. Use common sense and seek your doctor’s advice, especially if you are pregnant or suffer from respiratory conditions.

Common Incense Blends:

Nag champa: While there is a flowering plant called nag champa, the incense that goes by that name is actually a blend of sandalwood with floral scents that include the champa flower, ylang ylang, and others.Traditional nag champa formulations also rely on resin from the halmaddi tree (Ailanthus, or tree of heaven). It creates a soothing, relaxing mood. Uses: purification, creating sacred space, spiritual matters, meditation, enlightenment.

Aastha: Very much like Nag Champa, but a little sweeter. The name means “faith.” Uses: relaxation, meditation, religious occasions.

Aqua: A light floral scent with cyclamen and primrose. Uses: any kind of cooling, whether of temper, physical fever, or excess emotion of any kind.

Darshan: This traditional blend combines sandalwood, jasmine and vanilla. The word can mean “pilgrimage,” or may imply having a vision of a deity or holy person. Uses: concentration, freedom from negativity, reviving a tired mind or spirit.

India Temple: Since this is a brand name, the ingredients are proprietary information. The manufacturer will only say that they use “the finest fragrant woods, herbs, essential oils, and other ingredients of the highest quality,” and that it is designed to smell “just like temples in India.” Uses: connecting with Hindu traditions, ritual

Opium: This incense does not contain any parts of the opium poppy. It’s a blend formulated to resemble Yves St. Laurent’s Opium perfume, which is a blend of many typical incense ingredients, including sandalwood, cedarwood, jasmine, rose, cinnamon, and many more. Unsurprisingly, it turns out smelling somewhat like a store that sells incense. Uses: sleep, lucid dreaming, developing psychic skills, contacting deities and guides in dreams.

Plum blossom: This Japanese incense is actually a combination of floral and spicy ingredients, blended to evoke spring. As far as I’ve been able to discover, it doesn’t actually use plum. Uses: meditation, connecting with Zen Buddhist or other Japanese traditions, purity, feeling young

Individual Scents

The following are properties for single incense ingredients. Remember, though, that in in the real world most stick and cone incenses contain more than one ingredient, usually including a sandalwood base.

Amber: love, comfort, happiness, healing, past life discovery, connecting with the past

Benzoin: purification, clearing negative energy, balance, prosperity, dealing with negative emotions (especially anger, anxiety and depression), working through grief

Cedar: purification, clarity, enhancing psychic skills, love, preventing nightmares, respiratory infections *

Cedarwood: purification, protection, abundance, grounding, clarity, male virility, strength (including strength during a healing process)

Cinnamon: prosperity, success, healing (especially during winter), love and romance, amplifying the energy of spells or rituals, strength, cultivating power (especially for people who feel otherwise powerless, or as if they are in a hopeless situation)

Copal: Purification, protection, exorcism, finding true love, separating from toxic relationships

Cypress (including Hinoki): Strength, comfort, stress relief, confidence, will power, concentration

Dragon’s blood (resin from dracena plant): removing negativity, banishing unclean entities, protection (especially during magical work), enhancing power, male energies

Frankincense: Purification, consecration, meditation, resolving conflicts, speaking up for oneself or others, transforming a chaotic environment to one of peace. Often used in religious rituals, sometimes with myrrh.

Gardenia: Love, healing or maintaining good health, peace

Geranium / Rose geranium: courage, protection

Ginger: love & romance

Jasmine: attracting love or money, cultivating beauty (especially inner beauty), creativity (especially creating something that will touch other people), connecting with others emotionally, wisdom, dreaming (including prophetic dreaming)

Juniper: psychic skills, psychic protection & protection from the evil eye, breaking a string of bad luck

Lavender: relaxation & sleep, protection & purification, romance, cleansing (especially after a period of health issues), healing (especially from addictions), serenity

Lemon: healing, purification, love. An especially good scent to use during fasting.

Lemongrass: mental clarity, relief of respiratory conditions *

Lotus: peace & harmony, improving mood, concentration, focus. Very good for meditation, or to burn while studying.

Mesquite: disinfecting, digestive problems, enhancing the energy of spells or rituals

Musk: love & romance, courage, facing one’s limits (especially one’s mortality), connecting with departed loved ones

Myrrh: purification, consecration, exorcism, banishing negative influences, connecting with solar deities & powers. Traditionally burned during funerals.

Patchouli: attracting love ** & money, connecting with fae, sensuality, fertility, finding happiness

Pine: purification, banishing negative energy, removing curses, moving beyond outgrown habits and circumstances, strength & healing, finding a job

Rose: love & romance, fertility, emotional healing, enhancing beauty (including inner beauty), divination, house blessing

Sage: protection, purification, wisdom, balancing mind / body / soul, cleansing, creating & purifying sacred space.

Sandalwood: Protection, purification, sanctification, offering to any god, good luck.

Sweetgrass: Purification, space clearing, calls up beneficial spirits.

Vanilla: love & romance, decision making, study, power

Ylang ylang: Love, harmony, peace, euphoria

* If you use incense as a complementary treatment for a respiratory condition, be sure to use a very pure blend, and stop use immediately if the smoke causes any discomfort. If the condition is a serious one, consult your doctor before burning any incense.

** If you use patchouli to attract love, it might be a good idea to make sure the object of your desires doesn’t hate the stuff. Many people have a visceral, negative reaction to patchouli, in part because in the past it’s been used to mask the smell of pot or BO.

One star to rule them all: The meaning behind pentagrams and pentacles

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by Cathy Douglas

We don’t often see product recalls at a metaphysical shop, but recently we had to pull some mini candle holders from the shelf — not because they were broken, but because the pentacle symbol on them was printed upside-down. It wasn’t a case of physical safety, but one of taking symbols seriously.

Pentagrams and pentacles are two different things. A basic pentagram is a five-pointed star, whereas the word “pentacle” can refer to a number of things. It used to simply mean a plate bearing a magical symbol, and was part of the occult tradition of the Renaissance. In our day it’s come to mean one special symbol: a pentagram enclosed within a circle of protection and synthesis.

Both the pentagram and pentacle are positive symbols in which the top point of the star, representing Spirit, rules the other elements (earth, water, air and fire). In combining the four physical elements with Spirit, this sigil implies a connection between the material world and the spirit world — our wills connected with the four elements. This synthesis goes both ways: the human spirit has the potency to affect the material world, while at the same time humanity is part of the natural world and of Gaia. In this way, the pentacle symbolizes both magic and protection.

So, what’s so bad about turning the five-pointed star upside-down? Metaphysically, this would represent allowing the natural elements to “bury” Spirit, or worse, could imply using magic while disregarding the greater good. A pentagram turned point-downward has also been used as a sigil of the goat-like demon Baphomet. Most of us would just as soon stay away from such symbolism, or at most relegate it to t-shirts advertising heavy metal bands.

Though pentacles and pentagrams symbolize good things, that doesn’t mean they’re without controversy. As recently as 2007, the U.S. Veteran’s Administration refused soldiers and their families the right to select a pentacle as one of the official symbols that could be displayed on a tombstone at Arlington Cemetery and other U.S. military burial ground. Overturning this prohibition was a big win for religious freedom.

Pentacles are also one of the suits of the tarot. Originally this was the suite of coins; recasting it as “pentacles” was an innovation of the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck. Arthur Waite and Pamela Colman Smith came across the pentacle as Golden Dawn initiates. In the Golden Dawn, the four elemental weapons of the adept correspond to what have become the four tarot suits: the wand of fire, the cup of water, the sword of air, and the pentacle of earth. These in turn may have evolved from the four weapons of the Tuatha dé Danann, reportedly of druidic origin: the spear of Lugh, the cauldron of Dagda, sword of Nuada, and stone of Fál.

In modern Wicca (and similar neopagan traditions), the pentacle is an important symbol, representing both earth and the synthesis of elements. Patterns of five are rare in inanimate nature, but common in living things: the five senses, five fingers, five flower petals, etc. A natural pentagram form is visible in an apple, which when sliced through the center reveals its seeds in a perfect, five-pointed form. The seed itself is, of course, symbolic of mystery and rebirth.

As a religious symbol, the five-pointed star dates back to followers of Kore, an earth goddess worshipped from Europe through northern Africa since ancient times. (The word “kore” is ancient Greek for “young woman or maiden,” which was how they addressed Persephone.)  Later Roman followers, who worshipped the goddess Ceres, called this shape the Star of Knowledge. Christians adopted the Korein, her feast day, as the feast of Epiphany, and borrowed the five-pointed star to represent the Star of Bethlehem and the five wounds of Christ.

A pentacle, often in the form of a plate, is also one of the basic tools of a Wiccan altar. The current form is shaped a lot like those of the Renaissance, but now usually features a pentagram as its central symbol. People also personalize it with astrological symbols, runes, or really any symbol that has personal meaning.


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color magic correspondences for candles, crystals, etc.

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Color Chakra Correspondences

Red

1st

Love, passion, courage, strength, success in times of conflict or danger, sexuality, vigorous health

Pink

4th

Happiness, self-love & esteem, romance, nurturing, peace, friendship, emotional healing, youth

Orange

2nd

Strength, success, attraction, good fortune, feasting & celebration, optimism, encouragement

Peach

2nd

Gentle strength & joy

Yellow

3rd

Clairvoyance, communication, air element, confidence, joy, banishing depression

Apple green

4th

Healing, new beginnings, cleansing

Green

4th

Healing, prosperity, growth, nature connection, fertility, rejuvenation, balance, happy home

Light Blue

5th

Clear communication, balance, intellectual & intuitive insight, creativity, adapting to change

Med/Dark Blue

5th

Meditation, tranquility, peace, truth, wisdom, devotion, healing, remembering dreams

Purple

6th

Spirituality, wisdom, intuition, divination, psychic skill, protection from “psychic vampires”

Lavender

7th

Intuition, dreams

White

7th

Clarity, protection, contact with elemental beings, consecration, cleansing, breaking curses

Gray

Balance, judgment, counteracting negative forces, stopping something already in progress

Black

1st

Absorbs negative energy, protection, Earth energy, deep meditation, power of the unconscious

Brown

Earth, animals, grounding, stability, physical healing, decisiveness & concentration, finances

Gold

Solar energy, yang force, developing aura, overcoming habits & addictions, luxury , generosity

Silver

Lunar energy, yin force, working with hidden energies, introspection, confidence, intuition, gratitude


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“The Magic in the Wand” by Cathy Douglas

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Magic is a subtle matter. It’s about what is inside of us as much as any external tools, words or rituals. We form a strong internal image of what we want to happen, and transform this image into some part of the external world, using both mind and physical items. One traditional tool for transformation is the magic wand.

Handmade wand by Solitaire Wolf

Handmade wand by Solitaire Wolf

In Greek myth, the god Hermes created the first wand from a simple wooden walking stick. One day he came across two snakes fighting in the road, and threw his wand/stick between them. Not only did they immediately stop fighting, the two of them twined their way up the stick in a double helix pattern, forming a special kind of wand we call a caduceus. This wand harmonized opposing forces, so that Hermes was able to use both types of power in tandem for the greater good of mankind.

Not that wands are limited to any one culture. The zen master has his walking stick, the Welsh bard carries his staff, and the early American goodwife had the stick she used for stirring her pot. Even the magic wands we see as toys symbolize transformation; the star at the tip of the storybook “Fairy Godmother Ward” can represent astral travel and magic, perhaps through the “magic” of a shooting star connecting us with the heavens.

Although the form of a ward is less important than the user’s ability to direct energy and conduct healing power, the form of the wand enhances the user’s power by harmonizing with tradition. The materials wands are made of–whether wood, stone, clay, metal, or bone–all have historical meanings and associations. Some users–healers, for example–may to use several wands they associate with different purposes. On the other hand, someone who works with only one wand will choose one that fits their overall personality and purpose.

Wood wands represent the magic of biology. A living tree performs a wand-like transformation when it brings the shadow energy of the earth up through its roots and trunk, while pulling solar energy down through its leaves and branches. In terms of energy, the wood is doing the same thing Hermes did with the snakes–taking two opposite energies and harmonizing them so that they work together. For wand-making, beech, birch and olive wood have the longest tradition, followed by oak and willow. Other woods, like elm, have become popular more recently. Each type of wood has its own associations: ash for journeying, maple for change, elm for containing, walnut for illumination, oak for wisdom, birch for purity, and willow for uniting.

  • Metals are famous for their powers to transmit. It’s possible to represent their different energies through symbols:
  • Gold as the sun, a strong and sustaining source of energy, good for practical uses such as abundance and healing;
  • Silver as a river, fast-moving and transient, a good association for psychic and dreaming abilities;
  • Copper as a bridge, a way of crossing barriers, a strong conductor of energy, including healing energy.

Crystal wands range from natural mineral formations to hand-carved works of art. Crystal healers may use small wands in grids for healing and magic, or in energy work such as aura cleansing. Selenite and Quartz wands are excellent for this. Round-ended massage wands can be useful for body work.

Because it’s so great for directing energy, quartz often forms at least a part of a magic wand. A wand may feature a quartz point at the tip and a ball of it at the pommel end. If crystal also forms the main shaft of the wand, another type of stone may be used as well; the properties of this crystal will give the wand its essential character and unique magical properties. Wands designed for chakra work also have a series of chakra stones running the length of the shaft.

Wands made of clay or bone are rarer. Clay is an easy material to work into intricate carvings or to hold inset stones, but the clay itself is a fairly neutral material. Bone in infused with the spirit of the animal the material comes from. It’s hard to find real bone wands, probably because of popular culture “evil” associations. (Traces of Voldemort, eh-hah-heh!)

Mimosa carries wands of the other types, though, including beautiful wooden wands handmade by Solitaire Wolf like the one pictured above. If you want to make your own wand, we also carry the very informative book Wandlore by Alferion Gwydion MacLir (which I relied on heavily for this article). And once your wand is ready, don’t be surprised when your wishes start to come true!


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“A Little Bit of Luck: Choosing, Preparing & Using a Talisman” by Cathy Douglas

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Amulets and talismans are not the same thing, but they’re closely related. An amulet is protective, whereas a talisman mainly brings good fortune–though of course it may dispel negative energy as part of the package. A talisman may be a piece of jewelry, a stone carried in your pocket, a lucky coin, or anything else that carries personal significance.

Rune Pendant : FEHU (Photo credit: Linden Tea)

Rune Pendant : FEHU
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While many things make fine talismans, lots of people choose crystals, runes, or a totem animals. A small totem or religious symbol carved from stone combines luck from two sources. Crafting your own talisman is especially lucky, but buying one is also fine, as long as you fill the item with your intention.

What is intention? Simply the purpose you have in mind for the talisman. For example, if you want to attract love, it’s not enough to purchase a rose quartz heart and throw it in a drawer. You will need to focus your will on the specific thing you want your talisman to do. This may be a one-time purpose–say, finding your true love–or may be some general purpose, like developing a more loving attitude within yourself. Think of each talisman as an individual; it has a personality, and the two of you are going to have a relationship.

Here’s one of the many ways to prepare and use a talisman:

1. Cleanse the talisman: Once you get your talisman home, set it either outside or in a moonlit windowsill overnight. In the morning, sprinkle a little salt over it, then hold it under running water.

2. Charge the talisman: Hold the talisman with cupped hands, focusing your concentration on it. Allow energy to flow in from the Universe, while at the same time directing your intention through your touch. You may also call on deities or spirit guides to help.

3. Knowing when the talisman is ready: You may be able to feel this directly as you work with the talisman. If you sit half an hour and still don’t feel an energetic change, it could mean you need more than one session to charge the talisman. Or if you have one, a pendulum can help you know when the talisman is charged; simply hold your pendulum over the talisman and ask if you’ve fully communicated your intention.

4. Using the talisman: Whether you carry the talisman or keep it in one place depends on its purpose. A talisman to attract money might stay on your desk if its main purpose is to help your business; however, if you wish to attract abundance to yourself more generally, you’d want to wear the talisman or carry it in your pocket. For most purposes, consistency is important–keep the talisman either with you or in its honored place as much of the time as possible.

5. Saying goodbye: If the talisman is for one specific purpose, you will no longer carry it when that purpose is achieved. Once you’ve found the love of your life, you don’t need another one! At that point, you will thank the talisman for helping you, as well as any other powers you’ve called on. Then find a “place of honor” for it. You may bury it in the Earth or put it in a quiet part of your garden–anywhere suitable for your talisman to “retire.”

Traditional Talismans

Here’s a chart to help anyone interested in choosing a talisman. Please keep in mind that this is simply a brief listing; most of these items have more than one purpose, and most of the purposes could have more than one charm in each category.

What you wish to attract
(in a worldly or spiritual sense)
Animal Stone Rune
Evil eye (protection from) rabbit malachite isa
Happiness butterfly garnet sowilo
Health beetle amethyst, kyanite berkana
Intelligence snake citrine ansuz
Life energy bird clear quartz ehwaz
Longevity turtle, tortoise or snake ruby mannaz
Luck (general) bee jade, turquoise dagaz
Love, Relationships frog or toad rose quartz gebo
New starts phoenix carnelian perthro
Prosperity ladybug citrine fehu
Protection dog black tourmaline algiz
Purity dove amethyst berkana
Sensing the invisible cat opal laguz
Strength horse bloodstone tiwaz
Success pig ruby wunjo
Travel elephant moonstone raidho
Unexpected blessings spider diamond gebo
Vision lizard emerald ansuz
Wealth fish aventurine fehu
Wisdom owl lapis lazuli kenaz

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