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All about smudging

With so much doom and gloom around, the idea of cleansing our spaces, objects, and ourselves of negative energy sounds quite enticing. Hence the rise in popularity of  smudging.

Smudging is an ancient tradition common across the world to Indigenous people. Today, typically, people use an abalone shell to hold something like sage which is set alight with a flame and then use a feather to fan and spread the smoke around the space once the sage is burning.

Sage belongs to the Salvia plant family and its name is derived from the Latin word salvere, which means “be well/in good health. In traditional Native American culture, burning sage is also believed to cleanse people of negativity and promote healing, wisdom, and longevity. Alternatives to sage are other dried plants such as juniper, rosemary, and cedar.

A number of medical studies have shown that medicinal smokes such as sage have powerful antimicrobial, antibacterial qualities that can improve mood and cognition. It can serve as an insect repellent and can even help with sleep quality by easing insomnia.

Smudging has helped cleanse people of negativity and promote healing, wisdom, and longevity. It has also been shown to benefit a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

How to smudge your house to clear negative energy

Gather all the items you need. Ensure that you have opened a door or window before lighting up to allow all that negativity (and smoke) to have a way out.

Set your intention and say a mantra. Intentions are central to the practice of smudging, so decide on a mantra or prayer to repeat while saging.

Once you are ready, hold the sage at a 45-degree angle. light it with a match, candle, lighter etc. Now let it burn for about 20 seconds before gently blowing out the flames. You should see orange embers on one end and the smoke start to rise.

Slowly walk around your spaces and allow the smoke to waft around. Guide the smoke with the feather and hence the negative energy, towards open windows or doors, so it can escape.

To ensure cleansing is as effective as possible, concentrate on areas near mirrors, in corners hallways, and doorways.

You are playing with fire, so be very careful. Never leave any smudge stick unattended. If embers fall on the ground, make sure they are extinguished. Do not breathe in too much smoke!

Once you have finished your cleansing and ready to extinguish a sage smudge stick, press the burning tip firmly into your fireproof vessel until the smoke stops. Never place in water as may be more difficult to use the next time. Which would be when you next you feel down or lack energy.

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Agate aura

Agate aura specimen
Agate aura specimen

Agate aura is a new twist on something that has been around literally for millions of years. Traditional Agate nodules have been sliced and polished to a high sheen and then molecularly bonded with pure silver and other precious metals. This gives the geodes a strong rainbow iridescence.

Many lightworkers and healers are drawn to this crystal of the new age because Agate provides a gentle stability, grounding us and connecting us to the Earth. Agate’s balancing energy is highly compatible with crystals of all kinds.

Naturally the original properties of the base Geode nodule being mainly quartz still releases positive energy. It can clear, balance and strengthen all chakras and your entire body. Its presence encourages mental clarity and wellbeing and boosts the immune system.

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Blue Aragonite

Blue aragonite star
Blue aragonite star

Blue Aragonite is the more colourful version of the traditional brown / red aragonite. Indeed, it shares the same transformative and chakra balancing properties as regular Aragonite. However, the blue version unsurprisingly like all blue stones adds the ability to calm and soothe an emotional body. Just holding a piece of blue aragonite will transfer a sense of relief and relaxation.
Blue Aragonite releases deep felt hurt or loss of a loved one and not being able to cope with the grief or break up of a relationship.

Caribbean calcite and Blue Aragonite are often mistaken for each other with only the specialist being able to tell them apart. Blue Aragonite is a very, close cousin to Caribbean calcite which is a blend of blue calcite and aragonite. Blue aragonite is pure aragonite. They are so, close that they both consist of calcium carbonate and they have the same chemical formula (CaCO3). The colours are similar with mainly blues, banding of brown and or white and sometimes inclusions. The main difference are the internal structures:

Caribbean Calcite has a trigonal crystal structure where the crystal lattice is symmetrical with three axes of equal length and intersect at 120-degree angles. This gives it unique properties, allowing light through the stone, splitting into as it goes Blue Aragonite, on the other hand, has an orthorhombic crystal structure, which means the crystal lattice is asymmetrical. It will have three axes of unequal lengths that intersect at 90 degree angles.

Whilst the red aragonite is works across the entire chakra column, Blue Aragonite works especially well with the throat chakra. It helps communicate emotional pain and feelings.

This natural blue gem is considered one of the best for sound healing and breath work.

Blue Aragonite is a rare stone and only a few ardent collectors and afficionados know of its existence. Most often it is only available as small specimens or tumble stones. When it does become available it is usually snapped up quickly.

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Azurite malachite Shattuckite

This mineral was first reported in 1915 by W.T. Schaller and was named after the mine in Arizona in which it was discovered, Shattuck Mine. Its commonly found near other stones: Malachite, Chrysocolla, Turquoise, and Ajoite. It’s colour ranges from a light sky blue, to a dark, deep blue.

Meaning & Energy

Shattuckite is a stone of intuition, mediumship, and psychic abilities. Copper silicate offers up clarity of the mind, heart, and throat, creating an ever strong connection that allows one speak the highest truths. Our thoughts and ideas become easily translated to others, as well as being able to talk directly from the heart without the fear of hurting certain people with hurtful words. When working with this mineral, one will become very in touch with their mind, body, and soul, almost feeling as though they are one complete being.

Your senses will become enhanced and you’ll begin to notice how much more you can feel.

Shattuckite is an excellent stone for anyone who is constantly talking in front of an audience or is in some line of work with large amounts of public speaking. It pushes us to not only speak the truth, but in a way that comforts the audience in which you may be speaking in front of. For example,

Crystal Pairings

Shattuckite works well with stones such as Sodalite, Chrysocolla, and Turquoise when wanting to increase communication skills. For stimulating the third eye and working towards unlocking psychic abilities, its recommend to use Shattuckite in conjunction with Lapis Lazuli, Blue Kyanite, Blue Calcite, or Herkimer Diamond. If your primary interest is activating and unlocking the heart, Moldavite is the primary stone we recommend to use with Shattuckite. Its powerful extraterrestrial rays aid in the complete transformation of oneself in alignment with a newly rejuvenated heart. Both these stones together truly push us to live, communicate, and love on the highest levels.

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Picture Sandstone

picture sandstone 1.3
picture sandstone 1.3

Picture Sandstone is a magical stone coming from the Southwest United States. This warm and mesmerising stone will provide excellent grounding and Root Chakra recharging, and will be a strong companion through change or turmoil. This warm solar energy is also useful in stimulating libido and passion in your projects.

Picture Jasper is used for inner journeying to sacred sites and for connecting with Earth’s consciousness. An excellent stone for creative vision, initiative and boosting confidence. Picture Jasper brings hidden thoughts, grief, fears, and hopes to the surface for examination. A great stone to use for grounding energy during meditation.

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Picture Jasper

Picture Jasper
Picture Jas[er

Picture Jasper is an opaque, microcrystalline variety of Quartz with extraordinary colour banding, veining and flow patterns due to high iron content and other minerals. Because of this some people can see images or scenes with the stone.

Picture Jasper is very popular with enthusiasts or those that what to inspire creativity or ease writer’s or artist’s block.  This creativity is particularly helpful in all business pursuits.

All Jaspers are believed to increase fertility and are create happy pregnancies. Picture Jasper is especially protective during childbirth

All Jaspers relate to the Earth and work with the Root Chakra to stabilise the physical body. The Root Chakra controls the energy for movement and is the foundation of physical and spiritual energy for the body. As a visionary stone it naturally works well with the Third Eye.

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Picasso Stone

Picasso stone
Picasso stone

Picasso jasper, also sometimes called Picasso stone, is actually a metamorphic limestone and not jasper. The beautiful layers and colours of Picasso jasper results from iron oxide inside the stone and heat and pressure from within the Earth.

t can have lined patterns in a mix of of black, brown, tan, cream, yellow, and shades of grey. Resembling like a modern art paint slash, Jasper stone has lined patterns of beautiful layers, making it look like a beautiful painting. Hence being named after the artist Picasso

For this reason it is often considered to be a stone for creativity and artists. It calms and settles a busy mind, enabling thoughts to be organised. From this place, selected ideas can be brought into manifestation with focus and determination.

Picasso Stone is typically associated with the higher chakras, such as the third eye or crown, but has also resonated with the root and solar plexus chakras.

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Orchid Calcite

Orchid Calcite
Orchid Calcite

Orchid Calcite, a type of calcium carbonate mineral, is a relatively recent addition to the mineral world. It has quickly gained popularity for its striking orange and black coloration, a result of Black Tourmaline traces within it. The shades of orange in Orchid Calcite can vary from light to dark, with about 25% of its surface typically adorned with small to large Black Tourmaline formations. While detailed geological information is scarce, it’s believed that most Orchid Calcite comes from Brazil.

As a creative stone, Orchid Calcite breathes life into your deepest, most passionate ideas. This vivid, blood-orange calcite variant is a powerful tool for manifesting desires and maintaining a path of enlightenment. To fully harness its influence, place Orchid Calcite in your creative space, where your inspiration naturally flows. The dynamic and invigorating energy of Orchid Calcite not only fuels passion but also enlivens the spirit and sparks intellectual curiosity.

The presence of Black Tourmaline in Orchid Calcite adds a layer of protection, enveloping your aura and physical energy. This makes it an ideal companion for exploring your most creative ideas without the fear of failure or judgment from others. History shows us that some of the greatest ideas and inventions emerged from adversity and discomfort. Orchid Calcite serves as a reminder of the importance of following your spirit and staying true to your life’s path. It nudges us to remember our purpose and the ways we can make a positive impact on the world, reminding us of what truly matters.

Creativity, Manifestation, Power, Passion, Creating Your Own Reality, Strength, Courage, Confidence, Self-Discipline, Consciousness, Sense of Purpose, Personal Will, Longevity, Self Discovery, Life Path.

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Chakra Pendant
Chakra Pendant

The seven chakras are the main energy points in your body, which run down the spine.

Chakra (cakra in Sanskrit) means “wheel” and refers to energy points in your body. They are thought to be spinning disks of energy that should stay “open” and aligned, as they correspond to bundles of nerves, major organs, and areas of our energetic body that affect our emotional and physical well-being.

The root chakra- located at the base of the spine, a blocked root chakra can manifest as physical issues like arthritis, constipation, and bladder or colon problems, or emotionally through feeling insecure about finances or our basic needs and well-being. When it’s in alignment and open, we will feel grounded and secure, both physically and emotionally. Red crystals are linked to the root chakra.

Sacral Chakra-  located just below the belly button, and just above your pelvic bone. If this chakra is blocked then you will have problems with the associated organs, like urinary tract infections, lower back pain, and impotency. Emotionally, this chakra is connected to our feelings of self-worth, and even more specifically, our self-worth around pleasure, sexuality, and creativity. orange coloured crystals linked to this chakra.

Solar plexus Chakra located in our upper abdomen in the stomach area. Blockages in this chakra are often experienced through digestive issues, these can be in the form of  ulcers, heartburn, eating disorders, and indigestion. It’s the chakra of our personal power. This means it’s related to our self-esteem and self-confidence. yellow crystals are associated with these chakras

heart chakra-  located in our centre of the chest, just above our heart. If our heart chakras are blocked then issues can manifest in our physical health through heart problems, asthma, and weight issues. But blocks are often seen even more clearly through people’s actions.

People with heart chakra blocks often put others first, to their own detriment. It’s the middle of the seven chakras, so it bridges the gap between our upper and lower chakras, and it also represents our ability to love and connect to others. When out of alignment, it can make us feel lonely, insecure, and isolated. Green coloured crystals are associated with this chakra.

Throat chakra- this chakra is connected to our ability to communicate verbally. Voice and throat problems as well as any problems with everything surrounding that area, such as the teeth, gums, and mouth, can indicate a blockage. Blocks or misalignment can also be seen through dominating conversations, gossiping, speaking without thinking, and having trouble speaking your mind. When in alignment, you will speak and listen with compassion and feel confident when you speak because you know you are being true to yourself with your words. blue crystals are associated with this.

Third eye chakra- located between the eyes on the forehead, this is also known as the “brow chakra”. If this is  blocked issues can manifest as headaches, issues with sight or concentration, and hearing problems. People who have trouble listening to reality or who are not in touch with their intuition may also have a block. When open and in alignment, it’s thought that people will follow their intuition and be able to see the big picture. indigo coloured crystals are associated with this chakra.

Crown Chakra – located at the very top of our head. The crown chakra is linked to every other chakra (and therefore every organ in this system), and so it affects not just all of those organs, but also our brain and nervous system. It is considered the chakra of enlightenment and represents our connection to our life’s purpose and spirituality. Those with a blocked crown chakra may seem narrow-minded, skeptical, or stubborn. When this chakra is open, it is thought to help keep all the other chakras open and to bring the person bliss and enlightenment. violet or white crystals are associated with this chakra.

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10 cm cauldron
10 cm cauldron

A cauldron (or caldron) is a large pot for cooking or boiling over an open fire. Sometimes with a lid and usually with a handle to suspend over a fire or feet. The word cauldron is first recorded in Middle English as caudroun from the Latin caldārium “hot bath”.

Cauldrons can be found from the late Bronze Age period; these include vast ones with a volume of 60–70 litres. Cauldrons have fallen out of use in the developed world as cooking pots. However, in Western culture the primary image is the cauldron’s use in witchcraft, a cliché popularized by various works of fiction, such as William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth where witches prepare their potions in a cauldron. In Irish folklore, a cauldron is where leprechauns keep their gold and treasure.

In Celtic mythology, the cauldron is associated with the goddess Cerridwen. In Welsh mythology and literature, the Pair Dadeni (Cauldron of Rebirth) is a magical cauldron able to resurrect the dead. It plays a key role in Branwen ferch Llŷr, the second branch of the Mabinogi. Pair Dadeni was destroyed by Efnysien in a battle with the Irish. Seeing that the Irish were using the cauldron to revive their dead, he hid among the Irish corpses and was thrown into the cauldron by the Irish. He destroyed the cauldron from within, sacrificing himself in the process.

It is one of several magic cauldrons in Welsh legend and folklore, including the cauldron of Diwrnach the Irishman in Culhwch and Olwen, the cauldron of the Head of Annwn in Preiddeu Annwfn and the cauldron of Cerridwen in the tale of Taliesin.

The Holy Grail of Arthurian legend is sometimes referred to as a “cauldron”, although traditionally the grail is thought of as a hand-held cup rather than the large pot that the word “cauldron” usually is used to mean. This may have resulted from the combination of the grail legend with earlier Celtic myths of magical cauldrons.

In Chinese history a cauldron is a “ding” and possession of one or more ancient dings is often associated with power and dominion over the land. Therefore, the ding is often used as an implicit symbolism for power.

In Wicca and other forms of neopagan or pagan belief systems, the cauldron is still used in magical practices. A cauldron is used to burn loose incense on a charcoal disc to make black salt (used in banishing rituals). Cauldrons are also used for mixing herbs, or to burn petitions (paper with words of power or wishes written on them).

Cauldrons symbolize not only the Goddess but also represent the womb (because it holds something) and on an altar, it represents earth because it is a working tool.

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Ocean Jasper

Ocean jasper
Ocean jasper

Ocean Jasper (Aka Orbicular Jasper or Cellular Jasper) is an exceedingly rare variety of Jasper and a member of the Quartz family. It is recognised by its circular “orb” like patterns that can be green, brown, blue, yellow, grey, white, pink or red. Only found in one location on the northeastern coast of Madagascar. It was first recorded in 1922 on a remote beach on the island. Then a few years later the location was forgotten about until it was rediscovered just before the year 2000. There are the 3 varieties, Ocean Jasper which all ran in sequence in the same rock vein as ran towards land, the stone changed from Ocean Jasper to Kambamby to Kambaba Jasper. However, by 2006 the veins had been depleted leaving what is on the market today to be either back stock or has been hoarded by collectors and sellers for years.

Ocean Jasper activates and aligns our solar plexus, heart, and throat chakras making a person use their determination and channelling their emotions to push forward to joy, happiness and emotional stability. Ocean Jasper is believed to help you release the emotional baggage and encourages you to move forward and “go with the flow”.

It is believed that Ocean Jasper can provide feelings of stability and safety that can help you get through periods of self-doubt. Ocean Jasper is a stone of great fortune, and it is said to help bring people with common goals together. It allows for better communication between people and helps people understand one another. It can also help those who wish to become better writers, as it enhances creativity and intellect.