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New Year, New Moon

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New Year, New Moon

by Payton Udo

The New Moon is known as a time of new beginnings and letting go. While some of us may wait until the New Year to make a change or start anew, the moon kindly reminds us each month that we are capable of starting fresh whenever we please. As a cycle comes to an end and a new one begins, it is important for us to continue to set new goals and intentions so we are able to keep growing and learning. May we correct our mistakes and learn by them, or learn something new and keep bettering ourselves, so we are steps closer to the person we desire to be.

While we may have pondered certain goals that we could make, and briefly told ourselves we are going to make a change, did we consciously set an intention to make that change? Are we making reachable goals that we can be proud of? Did we make room in our hearts to move on and grow?

Luckily, each new moon is an opportunity for use the energies of the universe to set and solidify intentions.Try spending this day with a New Moon meditation around your intention for the month. Craft yourself a ritual or a ceremony for the promise you intend to make yourself, or for rebirth and new beginnings. Spend time to reflect on your past month and figure what it is you can shed from the past that no longer serves you.

The Universe has granted us with a plethora of tools to help us cleanse, strengthen intentions, and keep us motivated. We suggest the following tools to help you make the most of this New Moon.

Palo SantoPalo Santo for the New Moon - Mimosa Books & Gifts (translated to “holy wood”) is a great smudging tool that has been used for thousands of years. Known as the bark of the frankincense tree, it has traditionally been used by the Incas and Shamans for energy cleansing and healing. Cleanse your energies by burning a piece of this wood before setting your intention, so that they may be fresh and vitalized.



Clear Quartz for the New Moon - Mimosa Books & Gifts


Clear Quartz is one of the highest vibrational crystals that the earth has given us. It’s crystalline structure is so special that it is known to amplify your electromagnetic field. This crystal is an amplifier of all other crystals and intentions. Create yourself a grid full of clear quartz to draw in even more of the New Moon/Eclipse energy and strengthen your ritual or intentions.


Garnet for the New Moon - Mimosa Books & Gifts


Garnet is a great stone for setting intentions due to its properties of motivation and vitality. Try including this in a crystal grid with quartz and any other crystal that may represent what it is you are striving for this month. Garnet will help you stay motivated, feel revitalized, and draw in prosperity and abundance.


Mini Taper Altar Candles for New Moon Ritual - Mimosa Books & Gifts



Candles:  Light a white or black candle to help evoke positive manifestation in order to make a positive change in your life.  White candles are known to drawn in positive energy, while black candles help dispel negative energy and call in protective energy.

Elements of Ritual by Mari Powers - Mimosa Books & Gifts

Ritual: The Elements of Creating Ceremony

Ritual: The Elements of Creating Ceremony

By Mari Powers

The handout I share when I am teaching ritual and ceremony is an outline, and a sort of shopping list. I have learned from many expert teachers who know how to make a ritual rock. So this is a distillation of what I learned and what came from within or through me. It is meant to be passed on in the context of a class, yet I felt was useful to a greater audience. If you would like me to help you craft a ceremony or to facilitate a special ritual for you, I am available through Mimosa several times a week to consult. (I am interchanging the words ceremony and ritual in this brief article.)

Elements of Ritual by Mari Powers - Mimosa Books & Gifts

There are lots of choices on this crib sheet. What is selected and how it varies is a matter of the type of ritual, the audience, size of location and whether it is a solitary, small group or large group ritual. (And yes, even solitary rituals have an audience: the non-humans we invite.) A wedding, a child blessing and a memorial service are ceremonies. There are seasonal rituals, ceremonies honoring beloved ones, initiations and other rites of passage — and many more. Yet they all follow the same pattern for me.

Ritual is ceremonial and custom. When something called a ritual is codified, stagnant, I think it becomes more of a rigid practice than it is a true ritual or ceremony at all. Yet, many true new ceremony weavings can contain elements of regular practice and share traditions for their type. A wedding includes vows. A memorial includes memories shared. A seasonal ritual works with elements of time, location and is generally communal. It is a paradox.

The esoteric elements of ceremony are generally experienced and handed down orally. It is also important to note that a spiritual daily, weekly, monthly practice is not ritual or ceremony. It may follow a similar form yet the intention is much different. The intention is to improve the quality of your spiritual life. Rituals also do that, yet the intentions are much more narrowly focused and reap transformational benefits of a different type. Improving on something that anchors, nurtures and sustains is a practice. Ceremonies are one of a kind, even mixed with some traditional or repeatable elements as a part of the whole. And of course you can use some things from your spiritual practice in ritual or ceremony. Especially when you share practices with kindred.

The lines blurry some, and I wanted to be specific in language to distinguish the two. Not all people who can facilitate ritual have a regular practice, though it may be rare. Not all people who have a regular practice can, or choose not to, do ritual and ceremony.

Essential Elements of Ritual and Ceremony

Intention: It’s best to focus on one, or two at the most. State your intention clearly.

  1. Create sacred space
    1. Cast a circle
    2. Call in deities
    3. Call in Elements
    4. Drum with intention
    5. Welcome and Greeting
    6. Create an ambiance
    7. Meditate
    8. Chant communion into being
  2. Focus energy
    1. Chant
    2. Focus on talisman
    3. Repeat affirmations
    4. Read a poem
    5. Listen to a song
    6. Invoke or Evoke, Aspect
    7. Guided meditation
    8. Visualize, speak and will
  3. Become magically active; raise energy
    1. Like waves
    2. Like a peak
    3. Drumming
    4. Singing
    5. Sharing from the heart
    6. Dancing
    7. Guided Visualization
    8. Charging objects
  4. Direct energy
    1. Use Feri Flame
    2. Reiki
    3. Will and visualization
    4. Shout it out
    5. Blow it out
    6. Hum
    7. Chant
    8. Stop drumming
    9. Crystal bowl
  5. Open sacred space, ground and center
    1. Poem
    2. Music
    3. Touch the Earth
    4. Guided visualization
    5. Alignment
    6. Tree and Root
    7. Devoke, Hail and Fare Thee Well
    8. Give thanks
    9. Share
    10. Open Circle
    11. Blessings
    12. Feast
    13. Praise
    14. Hugs

* State intention(s) clearly upfront.

* Use as many sensory elements as possible.

* Preparation of space and tools is simply a pre-ceremony task, after Intention and adding or changing after outline is complete.

* The first rituals were Sacred Theater to connect with / honor the ancestors and mark important individual and communal life events.

The physical properties of various metals

Many of us wear gemstones for their beauty and healing properties. But what about the setting the gemstone goes in, or the chain we wear with it? Often that’s the part closest to your body, and these parts are usually made of metal. And metals have their own individual characteristics and properties. Since it’s a complicated topic, this article will be a two-parter. This week we’ll talk about the physical properties of metals and alloys, and in a few weeks we’ll talk about the metaphysical properties of metals.

Metals may be either one pure element or an alloy, which is a mixture of metals. In jewelry, the latter is far more common. Elemental copper, silver and gold are quite beautiful, but they’re all soft on their own, which means they won’t hold their shape well as jewelry. So an alloying metal is added to make them more workable and stable. Even the types of metal we think of as “pure” may have something else in them; Sterling silver, for example, is actually 7.5% copper. And sometimes even Sterling may contain traces of other metals as well, including nickel.

That can be a problem, because by far the most common metal allergy is to nickel. While some people do suffer from all types of allergies, it’s likely that many allergic reactions to metal are due not to a separate allergy, but to the fact that so many alloys actually contain nickel. So if you have sensitivities to nickel or any other metal, you’ll want to avoid problems by knowing what jewelry is made of before you buy it. Hopefully the charts below will be a start, but there are some other things it’s important to know.

One is that metals are sometimes given confusing names. Metals called German Silver, Tibetan Silver, Inca Silver and other such things usually contain no silver at all. And items that look like they’re made of one metal may actually have only a coating of that metal. For example, often something that looks like copper will turn out to stick to a magnet. Copper isn’t attracted to magnets, so this shows the item is really steel with just a coating of copper. The same often holds true for “silver-look” and “gold-look” chains and other items. And some terms, like “white metal,” are simply a catch-all, and can mean just about anything.

Another problem metal is lead, a toxic element that can especially cause problems in children. Since lead makes a very good alloying material, in the past it was often used to make pewter and other mixed metals. Antique pewter jewelry is very likely to contain lead. Nowadays pewter produced in the U.S. is lead-free, but laboratory tests have shown that many inexpensive items currently imported from China — including cheap jewelry — do in fact contain lead. This should be safe enough for adults to wear; still, many of us would rather avoid it. And over-the-counter lead testing kits don’t always work well to test jewelry, since they may give a false positive to non-lead metals used to make safe pewter alloys.

Those of us who staff stores where jewelry is sold will do our best to let you know what kind of metal is in the items we sell. We can be pretty sure about items made of silver stamped 925, American-made pewter, brass and bronze. But in other cases, the truth is that we don’t always know, especially when it comes to lower-priced imported items. A lot of people enjoy wearing these things and have no problems whatsoever. But if you’re sensitive to certain metals (or have a baby that likes to suck on your chains) you’ll probably want to stick to metals whose content is known.

Another thing people ask is, “Will this metal turn my skin green?” Various metals may do this, the most common being copper and nickel — even if they’re coated with something else. For example, a lot of silver-plated chains are really copper with a thin silver plating, and for some people this will turn the skin green every time. But it’s not the same for everyone, and a lot depends of body chemistry. If you find a lot of metal jewelry turns your skin green, your body chemistry may be more sensitive than other peoples’. In that case, your best choices of metal may be things like stainless steel, titanium, an rhodium-coated silver. But there also are plenty of other handsome-looking options that don’t involve metal at all, such as cotton cord, leather, and ribbon. When you do wear metal, try taking off your jewelry when you exercise, or in other situations where the metal may get wet. Sweat causes even pure sterling silver to tarnish, and that tarnish may also stain your skin.

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.

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



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



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



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



Gentle strength & joy



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

Apple green


Healing, new beginnings, cleansing



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

Light Blue


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

Med/Dark Blue


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



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



Intuition, dreams



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


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



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


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


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


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
(Photo credit: Linden Tea)

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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