new book is The Book of Crystal Spells: Magical Uses for
Crystals, Minerals…And Even Sand.
What inspired this book?
This book was inspired by my
love of working with stones. I wanted to write a different kind of
crystal book—not a book of healing or a reference book, but a way to
use stones for magic in creative ways. In addition, I enjoy writing
spells and working with a variety of materials, so I wanted to include
spells that utilize glass and sand as well.
previous book was Magical Candle Crafting;
crafts of some sort in your magical Craft?
Yes, I try to use personal crafts in my
magical practice whenever possible. I always use hand-crafted candles,
and often handmade jewelry as well. I believe the personal touch is
essential—it makes the magic stronger. In crystal magic sometimes it's
harder to include a handcrafted item, and that's why I enjoy creating
grids. The act of placing stones or drawing in sand is an act of
creating something, which helps the mind focus on the spell's intent.
crystals, stones, and gems need to be imbued with magic prior to use,
or does each have its own, inherent magical properties?
the full interview.
Seven Flower Magic Rituals
by Tess Whitehurst
While it may sound like a contradiction, flower magic is
both highly subtle and highly potent. It's subtle in that floral energy
patterns lie beneath the concrete, everyday realm of awareness. It's
potent in that a flower's vibratory patterns can merge with our
personal patterns in ways that infiltrate and shift every aspect of our
awareness and life experience, all the way down to molecules, thought
waves, and emotional states. Like water dripping on a stone, the
subtlety of a flower's vibrational signature—especially when combined
with a clear-as-crystal intention—can steadily and relentlessly bring
about lasting change. Tess Whitehurst, author of The Magic of Flowers, provides seven rituals for
lasting and powerful flower magic.
Discovering Our Many Past Lives
by Douglas De Long
What really happens when we die? What becomes of the
soul? There are many of us who wonder about death, and perhaps even
fear it. However, if we dig into our past incarnations here on earth,
we can discover more about ourselves, healing and transforming in the
process. Douglas De Long, author of Past Lives for Beginners, explains.
The Gold Within You: Seven Alchemical Stages to
Attain Spiritual Wholeness
by Nanci Shanderá, Ph.D.
Alchemists put various base metals, such as lead,
through a series of processes that refine them until they become gold,
and these alchemical processes in a laboratory are symbolic for the
transformation of our inner "lead" into our "Gold," or True Self, our
Soul. Dr. Nanci Shanderá, author of Your Inner Gold, discusses the seven stages
of alchemy and how they apply to our personal transformative process.