Your Home a Magical Tool
by Tess Whitehurst
Whether you live in a dorm room, a mansion, a houseboat, a studio
apartment, a trailer, or anything else, your home is a potent magical
tool. Even small changes in your home can create powerful energetic
shifts, setting in motion great waves of positive change on all levels
and in all life areas.
How, you ask? Let me explain. Hermes Trismegistus gave
us the famous magical maxim, “as above, so below.” One way to interpret
this is that the realm of form is inextricably connected to the realm
of spirit, and that each reflects, interacts with, and defines the
other. Quantum science seems to agree, teaching that we dwell in a sea
of energy and that everything is connected to everything else, whether
it’s a thought, a butterfly, an atom, a flower, an emotion, or a brick
And these intricately woven connections are constantly
present, literally defining and creating reality in every situation and
on every level of our consciousness, including the most everyday
settings and occurrences. For example, even the least metaphysically
minded among us knows that something as simple as the lighting in a
restaurant can mean the difference between a breathtakingly romantic
evening and an embarrassingly awkward first date.
How magical, then, are our homes! It is impossible to describe the
scope of their power. Whether we realize it or not, they define us by
simultaneously reflecting and reinforcing who we are and how we relate
to the world. For example, every time your freshly showered feet step
onto your gorgeous green bathmat, on some subconscious level you might
say to yourself something to the effect of, “I am lucky and I am
surrounded in luxury.” This belief then becomes reinforced, and begins
to shape your reality to match it. It’s no wonder then that even things
that seem small—like a leaking faucet or a lovely little picture on the
bathroom wall—can have a profound effect on our psyche (and therefore
every aspect of our existence) when encountered every single day.
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with Tess Whitehurst, Author of
1. Your new book, Magical
Housekeeping, is about making your home’s energy work for you.
inspired you to write such a book?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been
interested in magic and metaphysics. When I discovered feng shui and
space clearing years ago, I realized that they’re branches of magic,
and draw upon the exact same energy. It wasn’t long before every former
“mundane” tasks (e.g. sweeping, changing light bulbs, washing windows),
as well as every aspect of at-home self-care (e.g. aromatherapy,
gardening, crystal therapy), revealed its true nature as a magical act
and an aspect of one comprehensive spiritual path and magical system
that I now call “Magical Housekeeping.” It’s honestly transformed my
life into an utter joy! So of course I had to write a book about it!
2. Why do we need to be in tune with our
Our homes are so intrinsic to our
everyday lives, and how we interact with them and feel about them both
reflects and reinforces the ways we interact with and feel about
ourselves and our life conditions. To illustrate, imagine you’re
watching a movie and you see the home of a character before you’re
introduced to the character: there are some basic, highly accurate
assumptions you will probably make about the character based on the
condition and appearance of his or her home. If it’s warm and artsy,
the character will be fun and open-minded; if it’s dark and in
disarray, the character might be experiencing grief or depression.
We’re able to make these assumptions because the same is true in real
life. Our external environments always reflect our internal
environments and vice versa. When we get in tune with our homes, we are
able to utilize their full potential to heal, bless, and fine-tune
every aspect of our lives.
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Your Intuitive Connection to Love
by Sherrie Dillard
Love and intuition seem to go together
like peanut butter and jelly, the sun and the moon and…well, like two
people in love. Who at one time or another has not felt a shiver move
up their spine or their stomach leap in joy when looking into another’s
eyes? Have you ever met someone and instantly felt a connection with
them or somehow knew what they were thinking or feeling, without
knowing how you knew? We all have innate intuitive ability, and Sherrie
Dillard, author of Love and Intuition and Discover Your Psychic Type, explains how we
can enhance our relationships by enhancing our intuition.
The Purpose and Function of Reincarnation
by J. Allan Danelek
Reincarnation is an idea that may seem strange, exotic,
or even a little nonsensical to the western mind, but in fact it plays
a vital role in understanding our purpose in the universe and why we
spend time on this planet at all. In fact, it is almost impossible to
understand how spirituality works in any practical sense without
touching upon the subject, for it is the mechanism that not only drives
spiritual growth but makes it possible in the first place. J. Allan
Danelek, author of The Case for Reincarnation, discusses why
reincarnation is necessary—regardless of your spiritual beliefs—for our
understanding of the divine and of our lives in the present.
Play with Your Cards
by Barbara Moore
Tarot decks were originally used to play a trick-taking card came
called Tarrochi. While the game is still played, particularly in
Europe, tarot cards are more often used for readings, with readers
approaching tarot more seriously and understanding the wisdom, advice,
and guidance that the cards provide. But that close connection between
cards (even tarot cards) and games cannot be overlooked, and can
actually be used to liven up your tarot practice. Here, tarot expert
Barbara Moore provides some fun ideas to play with your cards—and
experience the tarot anew.