I have a natural vast of energy and cannot use or touch crystals without my energy going crazy. Is this a clash of energies with the crystals or something else?

“I’ve found that I absolutely cannot use crystals or even touch/look at them without my energy and spirit freaking out and going haywire. I’ve always had a naturally vast store of energy, both spiritual and mundane, and I can call upon natural energy easily. In many ways I’ve always felt like a living battery, so I’m wondering if I’m having an energy clash with the crystal? I get this mild pain in my fingers and begin to feel queasy if I even look at a crystal. So, is this common/rare, and what are your thoughts? Thank you.

-Gareth”

With crystals and stones being a common piece of pagan practicies, I can understand your curiosity about your energetic reaction. I personally have a similar issue. When I pick up crystals in the store, I get a painful tingle up my arm until I set them back down. On the other hand, I can pick up rocks by the creek without an issue.

This can be seen a few ways. First, many crystals we find in stores are harvested in less-than-positive ways. Perhaps the negative energies caused by ripping them from the earth leave some of us more sensitive to their residue? Second, sometimes an element or type of energy “bites” us as a hint that we’re ignoring something important. Have you worked with the energies of earth in particular, or use a stone in energy work? Lastly, all items pick up energy from whoever they contact. Crystals are notoriously fondled and admired by a large number of strangers; you may be finding yourself sensitive to their residual energies, rather than those of the crystals themselves.

The best way to determine which is the case would be through controlled experimentation. Try working with your birthstone, or ask someone to cleanse a crystal for you before you touch it. As I said, I’ve found that “free range” stones and crystals cause me no discomfort. See if you can find your personal trigger and ways to work with (or around) it.

 

Larissa Lee
Guest Writer

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Do you know any spells to help kids sleep and feel safe? I’ve tried a simple consecration ritual but it didn’t feel strong enough…HELP!

“Do you know any spells to help kids sleep and feel safe? I’ve tried a simple consecration ritual but it didn’t feel strong enough…HELP!”

Blessings,

There are a few ways that I like to do to help me sleep and feel safe. Drinking chamomile tea during my nightly getting-ready-for-bed ritual is usually always a must. Though kids might not like the sometimes potent taste of chamomile, adding mint or peppermint to it with some honey or sugar makes the taste a little more tolerable.

To help keep my mind calm and stop racing ideas a thousand miles a minute, I chant the Goddess Chant: “Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hekate, Demeter, Kali, Inanna.” It’ll both help induce sleep and call upon the goddesses to watch over you.

Tying crystals on some string and hanging them on each corner of the bed will create a protected space. Charge these crystals to banish all evil and negativity. Or you can just place them on the floor behind each corner leg.

Finally, sachets. Sachets are a wonderful tool that can be worn or placed under the pillow. Creating a sachet with beneficial herbs for sleep and insomnia can really help ease and calm the self and mind. Creating a sachets with herbs like chamomile, lavender, hops, valerian, kava kava, st. john’s wort, and linden can truly and natural help anyone sleep soundly.

A sachet for protection might include herbs like sage, bay leaf, angelica, basil, cinnamon, dragonsblood, lavender, rosemary, garlic, st. john’s wort, comfrey, and a handful of other herbs that you might even have in your kitchen cabinet.

 

Blessed Be
Sage

I lost my quartz crystal. Would a glass crystal be just as effective as a quartz crystal?

“I lost my quartz crystal recently, and I have no other quartz crystals. I do, however, have some old glass crystals (like the kind that go on chandeliers). Would those be just as effective as quartz if I used them to replace my lost quartz?”

Blessings,

Unfortunately, those glass chandelier crystals are just that: glass. Unlike quartz crystals, they don’t harnas any natural power or energy. Quartz crystals release and have a natural energy source to them. Those chandelier crystals are even sometimes plastic and not even real glass. However, it’s not all bad news. Though glass doesn’t have any natural energy in them, you can empower and charge them for a purpose to “act” as a natural crystal.

Even though empowering and charging glass crystals won’t ever have the same real effect of quart crystals and will be much weaker, it can still be used as a temporary substitute. Especially for short-term protection or healing.

Quart crystals are fairly cheap anyway. eBay has a huge selection of crystals for a steal! 90% of my crystals have come from eBay… Ssshhh, don’t tell anyone! Also, some natural stones are also substitues for crystals. You’ll just have to do some research to cross-match what you’re looking for.

 

Blessed Be
Sage

I have been wondering if it is possible to have more than one psychic talent or ability?

“I have been wondering if it is possible to have more than one psychic talent or ability? I am asking this because I think I have several abilities instead of one. I know that one ability is suppose to be the strongest and for me it is my empathy which I had since I was born and my mother has told me that my great great grandmother has this ability among others. I know I can’t stand being in large crowds and I hate going outside because as soon as I do, I am overwhelm by everyone’s else emotions. I only go out if I absolutely have to.  I am most happy being in my room where the emotions aren’t as bad but I can still feel someone’s emotion if they are living below or above me. Also I know I don’t have to be near someone to sense their emotion as along as I have form a bond with them.  I have recently being learning how to block it out which I thought was going to be hard to do but it isn’t. I can now tell when it is my emotion and when it is someone’s else by noticing that if I was happy and relax as soon as someone else comes near me or is living above or below I am suddenly absorbing their emotion. Anything that you could up with will be well received. Blessed be!

-Zen”

Dear Zen,

Many psychics have more than one psychic ability, but there’s usually one that’s always the strongest. Everyone has some sort of psychic ability, it’s just a matter of opening up your mind to it and exercising it to get it up to par. Empathy is a rare and powerful ability, but it’s also a dangerous one and one of the worse to live with because of all the overwhelming emotions and voices, it may cause suicidal tendencies sometimes.

But yes, you can have more than one power – however, if empathy is one of them, or the most active, it’s usually hard to develop your other powers (like telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition (seeing the future)). Because empathy takes so much power to control on its own, sometimes it can be impossible to be able to block the empathy out in order to develop the other abilities or concentrate on them.

The best way to safely block out empathy for a short period of time is to sedate the mind with herbs and meditation. Common herbs like basil, cinnamon, lemon balm/grass and lavender are helpful herbs. A few not-s0-commons herbs include Poria, kava and valerian. Adding some chamomile flowers to these tonics or teas can also give it an extra boost. However, if you consume any of these, it’s best to do so before bed or when you know you won’t be driving – some of these herbs may induce sleep.

Meditation and crystals can also help with enhancing psychic abilities. Most people have some sort of unknown psychic ability, whether they realize it or not. The most common is Clairaudience – the ability to hear messages. These messages come upon as thoughts in our heads like an actual spoken message. It’s that inner voice that we always hear, but rarely listen to. Clairsentience, the ability to feel things that are going to happen, is another common ability some people have. That gut feeling, that “I just know this is what’s going to happen” feeling. With practice, meditation and “exercise,” these abilities can turn into full-blown psychic powers.

 

Blessed Be
Sage

Can you recommend any guides to the usage/meaning of different herbs, scents, colors, crystals, and other things like that?

“Can you recommend any guides to the usage/meaning of different herbs, scents, colors, crystals, and other things like that?”

That’s a very, very large list to provide. However, I recommend Scott Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, and Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem and Metal Magic. They are great references and a big help to trying to find the right things for specific doings.

Here is a simple colors reference list:

White: protection, peace, purity, truth
Green: healing, money, prosperity, luck, fertility
Brown: physical objects, healing for animals, houses and homes
Pink: emotional love, friendships
Red: sexual love, passion, energy, enthusiasm, courage
Yellow: clairvoyance, divination, studying, learning, the mind
Purple: power, healing deadly diseases
Blue: healing, meditation, tranquility
Orange: strength, authority, attraction, luck
Black: absorption of negativity, destruction of negativity

Blessed Be,
Sage

I’ve been reading about candles, inscences, crystals, etc. and their symbolism. I’m a Christian but I do want go get into the energies around on earth. I just didn’t know if you could just dive in or had to be a wiccan/witch?

“Hello! Currently I’m focusing on feng shui. I want more balance & positivity in my life. I believe that there are energies we as people can tap into. I’ve been reading about candles, inscences, crystals, etc. and their symbolism. Even at our local pagan store everything intrigues me. I want to learn more but do you have to be a wiccan/witch to use these things? I’m a Christian but I do want go get into the energies around on earth. I just didn’t know if you could just dive in or had to be a wiccan/witch?

-Taylor”

Dear Taylor,

A simple answer to your question: No, you don’t have to be Wiccan. The natural energy and powers of the Universe and Earth has no religion, faith, or specific guidelines or rules. Anyone and everyone can access and connect to these energies. You can be a faithful and devote Christian, Catholic, Muslim, or lock yourself in some sacred temple worshiping your God, and still be able to work with the most natural connection anyone could ever have.

Crystals, herbs, stones, and anything that is natural and of the Earth has its own properties like healing, clarity, protection, etc. There’s nothing really witchy about it. Wicca just happens to use them in its practice. Using crystals is as natural to use as drinking water to stay hydrated. But just like with religion, it’s your faith in them that lets them do what you believe in them to do – to bring peace, clarity, protection, etc.

Blessed Be
Sage

Energy work vs. Magick

“I am a massage therapist. When learning massage in school we learned energy work as well. How to use and feel energy, and that intent played a large role in giving massage.I was taught that when giving a massage the therapist should focus on the massage and the client as much as possible with the intent of healing, and helping the client to feel better. That some times even when everything you know isn’t making the problem better, a stubborn muscle for instance, your intent and touch can improve how the client feels. So my question is this. What then is the difference between what massage therapists do as energy work, and what some pagans call magick? I admit to not knowing much on the subject but I have been curiously looking into it recently as I have begun to really feel clients energies during massages.

Thank You!”

Dear massage therapist,

I was actually a certified massage therapist when I was doing my undergrad to make extra money, so I know all about client energies, healing, etc. What I did was place crystals around my client to absorb any negative energy coming from them during the massage and would always place small crystals on top of stones whenever I did a hot stone massage.

Anyway. Healing is done in myriad of ways, obviously. Massaging being one of them. Pagans use a series of crystals and energy work to “heal.” It’s not so much magick, than it is just simply transferring energy; getting rid of the bad and flowing in the good and new. Healing spells are also considered “energy work,” for the most part because you’re sending healing energy to the recipient to be healed.

Healing magick, as in using herbs, potions, etc. is different. That’s using physical properties and techniques to heal. Herb sachets, home remedies and medicines, amulets, etc. are considered “magick.”

When working with someone’s energy, it’s important to somewhat know what kind of energy you’re dealing with. Some people’s energies are stronger than others. Some are darker. Some are radient, while other’s are dimmer. You need to feel, connect, and “see” the energy you’re working with in order to heal it and replace it with positive, healthy energy.

Some people’s energies are stubborn. It doesn’t want to change, leave, or be replaced. In that case, it’s the person that’s going to need to change. Some people’s lifestyle is just filled with so much worry, stress, frustration, etc. that their energies has become part of those qualities. Our energies change and is different, because our day-to-day lives are usually different, changing, and many different things happen to change our mood. But sometimes, one’s routine, feelings and moods might be so consistent that the energy had adapted to it and won’t be able to “heal” with simple energy work.

Carrying a stone or crystal will always help keep one’s energy stable and positive. Whither the stone or crystal is to absorb negative energy, or keep your current energy positive and content – it’s always helpful to have or have around your house and/or workplace.

Blessed Be,
Sage

I’m new to the Craft, I still live with my parents and I’m still “in the broom closet.” A lot of the spells and rituals I want to do need magickal tools, but I can’t get any without making it obvious or explain them.

“Hello. I’m new to Witchcraft and Wicca. I’ve only been practicing for almost five months. I still live with my parents and I haven’t told them yet, and I probably won’t for a while or ever. I like learning and doing new spells, but a lot of the spells I read say they need magickal tools. I don’t have any and can’t get any. I really want to do spells – can I do them without tools and everything the spells says it needs?

– Misty”

Dear Misty,

Welcome to the Craft! Let me tell you about when I first started practicing. I first learned and “got into” Witchcraft when I was about 14 years old. I learned about it and started practicing in a country where is was forbidden and punishable by death (that should narrow down what country!). I bought my first book about Witchcraft and Wicca when I came to the U.S. to visit family in the summer. “Wicca: A guide for the solitary practitioner, by Cunnigham.” An excellent book to own and to read!

Among other books I read, many spells and rituals required many things I didn’t have, or couldn’t have for obvious reasons. So I refrained from doing spells the “traditional” way and tried it my own way; without the tools, without the incense and special herbs. This way of practicing still continues to my practice today. Though I don’t live where I used to and I’m no longer in fear of execution because of religious differences – I have all the access my heart desires to everything Witchcraft. The only “traditional” tools my practice today includes are the candles, crystals and herbs. On my altar, on the other hand, I do have a couple of statues, incense, candles, crystals and herbs.

Anyway… Point is. Tools aren’t a necessity in your practice. They are simply tools to help you “guide” your magick and energy – this is mostly for the wand/athame. Incense doesn’t really “power up” your magick. It simply helps you relax and put you in a state of clear consciousness and comfort. Herbs and crystals are ancient tools that have been used for thousands of years in many different religions. Herbs are believed to have specific properties that could help enhance the type of magick, spells, ritual you are doing. Crystals believe to contain and hold energy to enhance your magick. Crystals are used for both personal reasons and magick.

It’s not the tools that are making your magick happen or work. It’s you. Your energy. Your own self. Not external, mundane objects. Yes, some of these objects CAN help, but they are NOT the sole “magickal object” that will make your spells work or your ritual complete. It’s all about your own energy. The way you raise it, store it, use it and send it out. For example, I raise energy from within myself and from the Earth and create this sphere, or ball, of energy between my hands (as if you were holding a basketball). Visualize and see this energy that you are conjuring. See the sphere form, move and grow. Visualize it as a glowing light, an electric ball, or simply anything you feel strong about/attracted to. This is your energy. Tense your muscles. Push and feel this energy release from your body, down your arms, and out of your hands to create this sphere. Once you feel you have like there’s enough energy for your spell, begin your spell, or whatever you want to do with this energy. Concentrate on it and concentrate it and see it within this sphere. See it happening and working. Once this is done, release your sphere over your and send it out to the Universe to works its magick.

As for as wanting tools. You can have tools. Lots of tools are very mundane. Use a dagger or an old knife as an athame. Feathers, crystals, small candles, arrow heads, etc. can be simple things around the house, but to you, used for magickal purposes. Make a pentagram or any other symbol from twigs or tree branches to place on your altar or use during spellwork, etc. Smal figurines, doll, statues can be used to represent your deities – it’s not about if it’s really them or not, it’s about you KNOWING it’s them and there to represent them. You can also use tree branches with leafs still on them and flowers for spells.

Remember. Magick is within you. YOU have the energy, NOT the tools. I hope I have helped you understand and learn, and wish you luck and blessings in your practice.

 

Blessed Be,

Sage