Quartz is a clear or white form of silicone dioxide found throughout the world. Indeed it is the second most common mineral found in the Earth’s continental crust, with feldspar taking first place. Quartz is often found embedded in sedimentary rocks, including sandstone and shale and as part of igneous rocks, like granite.
History and Folklore
Pliny the Elder believed quartz to be ice, permanently frozen after very long exposure to freezing temperatures.
Also called the Witch’s mirror and the Star Stone.
Hercules dropped the Crystal of Truth from Mount Olympus shattering it into all the pieces we find today. Since clear crystals come from the Crystal of Truth, it is said that anyone using a clear crystal while divining can never lie.
In parts of Asia, crystal is thought to be pure dragon essence.
Angel: Michael; Gods/Goddesses: the Great Mother, Daramulun, the Great Rainbow Snake, Hecate, Yemaya, Olokun, Klehanoui; chakra: crown; Element: water, fire; Astrological Sign: Cancer, Leo; Planet: Moon, Sun; Sabbat: imbolc, Midsummer, samhain; Tree of Life Path: Yesod; Tarot: The Magician.
Has been used in many parts of the Pacific to call rain.
Has been used by shamans and healers for thousands of years.
May have been used during the Eleusinian mysteries to produce sacred fire.
Clear quartz crystal absorbs energy from the Sun and the life force in the trees and plant life. It also draws down Divine light. It stores all this energy to be released as needed. This energy is released as white light that can be absorbed by any chakra. It also raises the vibrational level of its surroundings.
Healing and Magickal Uses
Body: Boosts the immune system. Clears negative debris causing disease from the aura. Relieves pain and fevers. Relieves vertigo. Aids healing and tissue regeneration.
Mind: Fuels memory. Aids concentration. Gives creative insight. Balances emotions.
Magick: Facilitates clairvoyance and divinatory abilities. Aids in meditation. Induces prophetic dreams. Protects against psychic attack. Receives, amplifies, and transmits energy. Purifies the aura and the soul.
Care and Cleansing
Cleanse frequently by smudging or in sunlight, or saltwater. If you wish to use a singing bowl, use the bowl near it. Do not put the stone in the bowl as the vibrations against the bowl may damage the points. Recharge under a plant under either the sun or the moon.
I grew up in a religious home, where everything around me was about Catholicsm (traditions, books, frameworks, speeches, etc..), my mother was also a cathechist and though she made sure I went to church every Sunday, she taught me how to be an independent thinker and how to follow whatever I truly believe is right for me, no matter what. I will always be so grateful for that.
When I was young I was always fascinated by magic and myths. I always hoped and believed in my deepest of hearts that magic was real. Maybe because it’s more fun for kids to believe in the existence of fairies and goblins rather than go to church on Sunday, perhaps because I was tired of Catholic religiosity that surrounded me everyday but also and definitely, because when I was little I lived with my grandmother, in the countryside, and I was always surrounded by nature and its magic powers.
In short, I couldn’t explain why, but I believed in magic and in its existence.
I remember watching a Charmed episode where the culprits were actually Wiccans. I thought to myself “witches are real? Are they around today?” But, as I grew up, I let that revelation slip to the back of my mind. I was still very nature based, I loved to go camping (thanks to scoutism) and I learned about natural healing, at least to a small extent (thanks to my grandma).
Three and a half years ago I discover a wonderful book: “The physick book of Deliverance Dane” and an amazing blog “Il Libro delle Ombre”, who helped me to uncover the layers that I had built up around the true me and to rediscover my innocence and wonder that were part of me when I was a child.
The tradition I follow now is one of solitary green practice. My craft is completely nature based and informal: I don’t have a need to cast a circle every time I cast a spell, or go through elaborate rituals. You could also call me a “Green Witch” because I rely so much on herbs and plants to accomplish the things I need done. I also delve into the divination aspects of witchcraft (the Tarot) and practice energy healing.
Rediscovering the old craft and grounding myself in nature and the metaphysical have completely changed my life, and I am so grateful that I have been put on this path. My wish is that I will be able to help others with the knowledge I have gained and will gain.
Moonstone is a type of Feldspar that diffracts light giving it a luminous look. The ancient Romans considered moonstone to be solidified moonlight. The most valued moonstone is pale blue or gray, but it comes in many colors including pink, brown and yellow.
Other names for moonstone: Hecatolit, Chandrakanta, Selenite, Feldspath Nacré
Moonstone in Magick
Moonstone can be worn to attract true love and arouse passion. If you give your lover a moonstone necklace under the light of the full moon, there will always be passion between you. It is also useful to help settle disagreements between lovers and return the relationship to a peaceful status.
Sewn into garments, moonstone is said to enhance fertility.
Wearing moonstone can help protect sensitive emotions
It can also be worn to enhance divination and encourage prophetic dreams and pleasant dreams and to prevent nightmares. It is an excellent focal point for meditation and can also be used for scrying.
Moonstone represents the yin, attracts peaceful energy and brings about a calm, balanced state.
Moonstone is protective of travelers, particularly at night and/or by sea.
Moonstone is considered generally lucky.
Astrological Sign: Cancer Element: Water Chakra: brow Planet: Moon Gender: feminine Gods/Goddesses: All Lunar Deities, Diana, Selene, Artemis, Isis, Chandra
Healing with Moonstone
Moonstone cleanses and strengthens the aura helping the wearer feel more energetic and positive. It cleanses the lymphatic system and strengthens the immune system and helps fight signs of aging giving the wearer a youthful glow.
Moonstone is also said to help stabilize emotions, prevent mood swings and hormonal imbalances as well as relieve PMS symptoms. It is helpful for women of all ages and stages of life. It can be worn to reduce pregnancy discomfort and problems associated with menopause and is said to enhance female intuition.
Caring for Moonstone
Moonstone is relatively soft stone, 6 on the Mohs scale, so it should be handled with care as it can be easily scratched or crushed. Moonstone should be stored separate from other jewelry in its own soft bag or lined box and should not be worn while performing strenuous tasks that could result in it getting bumped or scratched. It can be cleaned with plain water and a soft cloth. If it gets scratched, take it to a jeweler to have it polished out.
Charge your moonstone in the light of of the waxing moon and keep it out of direct sunlight.
Feldspars like moonstone contain aluminum which should not be ingested. However, tumbled moonstone is safe to wear as jewelry and hold in the hand, even for long periods. It is also safe to use to make gemstone elixirs using an entire tumbled stone that will be removed. It should not be crushed and added to elixers, however. Always wear a mask and take care not to inhale the dust when grinding and engraving moonstone.
The Northmen do not think it in keeping with the divine majesty to confine gods within walls or portray them in the likeness of any human countenance. Their holy places are woods and groves, and they apply the names of deities to that hidden presence which is seen only by the eye of reverence.
Apple butter is a delicious treat all year long, and if you make it in the fall with fresh apple sauce, you can preserve it to eat later on. Enjoy this tasty spread on warm bread, or just straight from the jar! You’ll need basic canning supplies like Mason jars with lids, a pair of tongs, and a big pot to get started. This recipe should yield you about ten pints of apple butter.
9 quarts of applesauce
2 C. apple cider
3 Tbs. ground cinnamon
1 Tbs, ground cloves
1 Tbs. nutmeg
3 C. sugar (more if you like really sweet apple butter)
You can make this recipe with homemade or store-bought applesauce.
Fill a crock pot with as much applesauce as it takes to bring you about an inch from the top — this will NOT hold all of the applesauce, unless you have a REALLY big crock pot, but that’s okay. It should take about half the applesauce if you use a 5-quart crock.
Add 1 C. of the cider, half the cinnamon, half the cloves and nutmeg, and 1 1/2 C. of the sugar. Set the crock pot on Low, and cover. Allow the applesauce to cook on low setting for about 8 - 12 hours.
Around the 10-hour point, check the amount of applesauce in the pot. It should have reduced significantly by now, so add in the remaining quarts of applesauce, spices, cider and sugar. Mix thoroughly to blend with the applesauce that’s already in the pot, and allow to simmer for a few more hours, until the applesauce has reduced to a nice, thick brown apple butter.
Optional - use a hand-held mixer to blend the apple butter into a creamy, smooth texture.
Serve your apple butter with a loaf of warm, soft bread, or eat it straight from the jar!
At Mabon, we celebrate the goddess in her aspect as the crone, or the Dark Mother. She is Demeter, she is Hecate, she is the wise old woman wielding a scythe rather than a basket of blooming flowers. This honey wheat blend is a delicious way to celebrate the end of the harvest and say farewell to the fertile months of summer. Serve warm with herbed oils for dipping, or with a big scoop of Apple Butter.
2 C. warm water
1 Tbs. active dry yeast
1/3 C. honey
3 C. whole wheat flour
1 tsp. salt
1/4 C. vegetable oil
2 Tbs. butter
4 C. all purpose baking flour
Dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Add honey and mix well.
Stir in the whole wheat flour, salt, vegetable oil, and butter and mix until a stiff dough has formed. Gradually work the all-purpose flour into the mix, one cup at a time.
Turn the dough onto a lightly floured countertop, and knead for about fifteen minutes. When it reaches the point where it’s sort of elastic, shape it into a ball and place it into an oiled bowl. Cover with a warm, damp cloth, and allow to sit and rise until it’s doubled in size — usually about 45 minutes.
Punch the dough down and cut in half, so you can make two loaves of bread. Place each half in a greased loaf pan, and allow to rise. Once the dough has risen an inch or two above the top of the loaf pan, pop them in the oven. Bake at 375 for half an hour, or until golden brown at the top.
When you remove the loaves from the oven, allow to cool for about fifteen minutes before removing from the pan. If you like, brush some melted butter over the top of the hot loaves, to add a pretty golden glaze to them.
Note – If you’re doing this in a bread machine, remember, the recipes makes two loaves. Halve everything if you’re allowing the machine to do the mixing. If you hand mix it, you can still drop the single-loaf balls of dough into the machine to bake.
Amethyst is clear quartz with iron inside that makes it appear purple. It is the most common quartz you will see in fine jewelry. The color ranges from pale lavender to deep purple. Amethyst is mined in Canada, the US, Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia, Argentina, Zambia, Namibia and Australia. Australian amethyst tends to be darkest and rarest, while South American amethyst is available in much larger numbers.
History and Folklore
According to Greek lore, Dionysus was angry one day and swore that he would exact his revenge on the next mortal that came by. He created several tigers, informed him of their mission and went his way. As it would happen, a lovely young girl named Amethyst was the next to come by, on her way to pay homage to Artemis and was attacked. Artemis quickly changed the girl into a statue of solid quartz. When Dionysus returned to see what he had wrought, he was overcome with remorse and wept tears of purple wine which flowed over the statue, staining it permanently.
The Greek word “amethystos” means “not drunk”. Wine goblets were often carved from this stone to prevent drunkenness.
Amethyst’s purple color has resulted in much demand for it for jewelry making throughout history. It was worn by royalty throughout Europe and Egypt.
Leonardo Da Vinci believed that amethyst had the power to drive away evil thoughts and quicken the intelligence.
Celibacy, piety, sobriety, luck, marital fidelity, protection from baneful spells, prevention of home-sickness,
Sacred to Buddha, Dionysus, Bacchus, Diana, Artemis
Stone of Pisces
Catholic Bishops once wore (some still wear) amethyst rings to symbolize their piety and celibacy. Rosaries are also often fashioned from this stone.
Spiritual and Magical Uses
Amethyst is an excellent focal point for meditation or as a scrying tool. It can be used for mysteries and meditations regarding any spiritual matter, especially death and rebirth.
Worn or placed over a patient, it helps to cleanse, purify and heal the mind, body and spirit. It helps to balance emotions and prevents nightmares and irrational fears.
It is useful in spells to help let go of addictions.
It is often used to tip wands used for healing and amethyst spheres are excellent for scrying.