Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Malas (Buddhist Prayer Beads)- by Cindy Wong- terrific information and easy to compehend

The following is my own research, there are many different beliefs that use Malas, I have looked up information in regards to my own beliefs and the use of Malas. The following may conflict with other beliefs including other Buddhist beliefs. This is only for my own personal search for understanding.
Wearing a mala without knowing its significance is similar to when a woman adorns herself with a necklace, according to the Tibetan Bön sutra. The sutra specifies that one should hold the mala above the waist when praying, and that one should avoid:
  • stepping on a mala
  • passing one's mala to others while one is engaged in recitation
  • mixing different types of beads together in one mala
  • decorating one's mala to make it look more beautiful
  • using a mala that might have been used by impious person
  • using a mala that is not consecrated
  • hanging one's mala from one's belt
  • placing one's mala under contaminated things
  • throwing one's mala in a playful way
  • carrying one's mala while going to the toilet.
From information compiled by His Holiness Lungtok Tenpai Nyima, spiritual head of the Tibetan Bön Buddhist tradition.
Using bone Malas, Is this ethical? Are the animals killed for their bones? It is against buddhist teachings to take a life, any life but when a animal or human dies the body is but a empty shell and the pieces can be used - but if the animal is being killed for the making of a mala this is against the teachings of buddha.
Typically the bone from your average bone mala comes from Yak, Ox, and Water Buffalo.Many coming out of Napal or India is made from the bone is left over from the killing of the Yak for food. And since they do not believe in being wasteful they use every part of the animal that they can. It is also quite possible to obtain bone malas that are made from the human skull, though these are quite rare and I have only seen these coming from Nepal. The bone from these is supplied by monks that live up in the Himalayas that still perform sky burials. When they die they are cut up and fed to the Vultures and their bones are typically ground up and mixed with the meat so that there is nothing left. However there are a few monasteries that save the skulls to cut little disk from it to make malas.

One may also encounter (in some Tibetan temple shrines) human skulls. They are to remind the meditator of their mortality .No humans or animals are killed to obtain these items. In Tibet and parts of India there are things called charnel grounds where the dead are disposed of in one way or another (long story). Bones can be subsequently collected for use.
 Bone malas are generally used when doing wrathful practices, such as Mahakala or Vajrakilaya. That's because these deities wear bone ornaments as a reminder of our mortality and the shortness of life.
It is best to avoid bone malas unless one is in a temple or has a teacher for guidance in these matters.
If you don't have a teacher, you shouldn't be doing a practice that requires a bone mala.

A wrathful practice is a practice where the deity is visualized in wrathful form. This should be pretty obvious from the image: fangs, aura of flames, bone ornaments, tiger skin around the waist, trampling on a corpse, and so on. The wrathfulness indicates power to overcome obstacles and ego.
Specifically a bone mala. I don't want to sound scary or alarmist, but a bone mala can cause certain problems if it was not properly made or is not properly used. So you should ask a teacher for permission and help in selecting a bone mala.

Typically a mala is used to count mantra repetitions during a sadhana practice. You shouldn't do a sadhana practice without three things: an empowerment, reading transmission, and explanation. Sometimes this rule is relaxed, but it's necessary to get permission. If you want to use a mala for some other purpose, that's fine, it's tantric sadhanas that have the restriction, not malas. And it's okay to do meditation practices such as meditating on the breath or loving kindness, even without teacher or instruction. Though it's better to have a teacher.I also would recommend not buying or using a bone mala unless you have an empowerment to do a practice suited to a bone mala.

When speakin of a  "wrathful" practice, it is important not to confuse "wrathful" with "angry". Not the same thing. Anger implies ego involvement - you are angry because you are trying to protect yourself, you ego. Wrath is quite different. It comes from a place of love and compassion, like a loving parent spanking a young child so that he/she doesn't put their hands on a hot stove and injure themselves. A peaceful practice, on the other hand, would include such deities as Avalokiteshvara or Tara, who embody compassion.
 there is no danger in reciting the OM MANI PEPE HUNG mantra with whatever type of mala you have. It's a matter of being aware that, if the beads were of bones (human or animal), these were once sentient beings and must be treated with respect. I would NOT recommend idly procure a HUMAN mala.  
There is, however, the danger of doing wrathful practices if one is NOT empowered (needless to say, by a qualified lama) and not well-informed of the background of the practice involved. More danger still is reciting wrathful mantras by the non-initiate who would use beads carved from human bone. 
To me, using a human mala for wrathful practice is not the point. It's more of the symbolism of the bone beads for the wrathful deity tantra practitioner. 
Empowerment, in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, is a ritual performed only by a QUALIFIED lama from an UNBROKEN lineage to give one permission, blessing, or power (hence, empowerment) to practice of a particular Tantric path (such as Deity Yoga or Guru Yoga). Depending on the level of the tantra, the initiate takes vows of bodhichitta and life-long commitment to practice the empowered tantric practice. One is given permission to recite secret mantras (again, depending on the practice), prayers, rituals, and sadhanas that must be performed everyday for the rest of the initiate's life. The practice may also include certain visualizations, breathing techniques, deities and mandalas to meditate upon, and are permitted to go on retreats to enhance the tantric practitioner's commitments. It's a sacred bond between the student, the teacher and the tantric deity.Tantra practice is esoteric in nature. The initiate also takes a vow of secrecy. 
Empowerments aren't taken lightly. It isn't given to just anyone. These are serious practices and aren't exploited for selfish reasons. Empowerment are rare and are considered a blessing to receive one. They are cherished and treasured. Following a certain tantric path is practiced for the benefit not only for the initiate but for the benefit of ALL sentient beings.To break vows invalidates the empowerment.
**To sum it up, It is often advised that malas of bone- whether human or animal bone- should only be used by accomplished yogins, since ritual objects crafted of bone are believed to harbor karmic influences. 
Japa mala or mala (Sanskrit:माला; mālā, meaning garland[1]) (Tib. threngwa[2]) is a set of beads commonly used by Hindus and Buddhists, usually made from 108 beads, though other numbers, usually divisible by 9, are also used. Malas are used for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra or the name or names of a deity. This practice is known in Sanskrit as japa. Malas are typically made with 19, 21, 27, 54 or 108 beads.
by Polly Turner

Recite one mantra;
move your thumb and forefinger
along the next bead
of the strand; then repeat.
The Tibetan Buddhist mala, or beaded rosary, aids the practitioner in counting mantra recitations while also helping one to focus concentration and awareness. As one works the mala's beads with one's fingers, recites the mantra and visualizes the deity, one is at once involving the body, speech and mind.
The basic instructions for using a mala are quite simple. As with nearly any other form of ritual in Tibetan Buddhism and Bön, however, many specifics may vary from tradition to tradition, even within a given school of Buddhism. Always consult with a knowledgeable person in your tradition about matters of ritual.

Some Mala Basics
The mala is held with gentleness and respect, generally in the left hand. One bead is counted for each recitation of the mantra, beginning with the first bead after the "guru" bead- the larger, more decorative bead at the mala's end. The first bead is held between the index finger and thumb, and with each count the thumb pulls another bead in place over the index finger.
After completing a full circuit of the mala, the practitioner flips the mala around 180 degrees (this takes practice to accomplish) and continues as before, in reverse order. One aims to avoid passing over the "guru" bead, as doing so is symbolically like stepping over one's teacher.
According to the Office of Tibet, the official agency of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in London, the guru bead signifies the wisdom that cognizes emptiness. Surmounting it is another, cylindrical bead that symbolizes emptiness itself; together, these two beads symbolize having vanquished all opponents.
To aid in mantra counting, on many Tibetan malas there are divider beads of a different color, spaced equally along the mala's length. One also may attach a pair of counter strings to the mala as an additional counting aid- each string of the pair is a double-plaited cord threaded with 10 small ring beads, generally made of silver, gold or bronze, which are used to count the tens and hundreds of completed mala cycles.
A third counter also may be attached to the mala to keep track of the thousands of cycles completed. Often featuring the symbol of a wheel or jewel, this counter is attached to the thread between two beads, and then repositioned from bead to bead.

Choosing a Mala
A mala of 108 beads is used for general purposes by most practicing Tibetan Buddhists. Beads of bodhi seed generally are considered auspicious for any practice or mantra, and red sandalwood or lotus seeds also are widely recommended for universal use.
A variation of the standard 108-bead mala is the wrist mala of 27 beads- four circuits total 108 mantra repetitions. This number 108 is abundant in significance, according to Robert Beer:*
"The sacred number of 108 predates Buddhism, being the classical number of the Hindu names assigned to a deity or god. As a multiple of 12 and 9, it represents the nine planets in the 12 zodiac houses. As a multiple of 27 and 4, it also represents the four quarters of the moon in each of the 27 lunar mansions or constellations. Nine is also a 'magic' number. A number multiplied by 9 results in a number the sum of whose digits is also a multiple of 9. In Pranayana Yoga it is calculated that a human being takes 21,600 breaths in a 24-hour cycle consisting of 60 periods of 360 breaths; a 12-hour 'day' cycle therefore equals 10,800 breaths. The 108 beads also ensure that at least a hundred mantra recitations have been completed in a full rosary turning."
Besides the multi-purpose malas described above, there are other types of malas that are deemed auspicious for various purposes.
Mantras can be recited for four different purposes: to appease, to increase, to overcome, or to tame by forceful means, according to the Office of Tibet in London, which offers these additional guidelines for choosing the right malas for the purpose:
The beads used to count mantras intended to appease should be of crystal, pearl or mother of pearl, and should at least be clear or white in color. A rosary for this purpose should have 100 such beads. Mantras counted on these beads serve to clear away obstacles, such as illness and other calamities, and purify one of unwholesomeness.
The beads used with mantras intended to increase should be of gold, silver, copper or lotus seeds, and a rosary is made of 108 of them. The mantras counted on these serve to increase life span, knowledge and merit.
The beads used with mantras which are intended to overcome are made from a compound of ground sandal wood, saffron and other fragrant substances. There are 25 beads on this rosary. The mantras counted on them are meant to tame others, but the motivation for doing so should be a pure wish to help other sentient beings and not to benefit oneself.
The beads used to recite mantras aiming at subduing beings through forceful means should be made from raksha seeds or human bones in a string of 60. Again, as the purpose should be absolutely altruistic, the only person capable of performing such a feat is a Bodhisattva motivated by great compassion for a being who can be tamed through no other means, for example extremely malicious spirits, or general afflictions, visualized as a dense black ball.
Beads made of Bodhi seed or wood can be used for many purposes, for counting all kinds of mantras, as well as other prayers, prostrations, circumambulations and so forth.**
Different Tibetan spiritual traditions may offer variations on the above guidelines. For example, in the Bön tradition, a Bodhi seed mala is recommended for all four activities; and for pacifying activity, a mala with 100 beads of crystal, conch or lapis lazuli is recommended. For increasing activity, a mala of 108 beads of gold or silver is recommended; for power activity, a mala of 50 beads of coral, copper or red sandalwood is recommended; and for wrathful activity, a mala of 10 rudraksha seeds is recommended.*** Rudraksha seeds are the dried berries of the rudraksha tree, which grows in Indonesia, Nepal and India; they are round and pitted, with granular protuberances, and are sized between a quarter of an inch to more than an inch in diameter.
It is often advised that malas of bone- whether human or animal bone- should only be used by accomplished yogins, since ritual objects crafted of bone are believed to harbor karmic influences.
In Tibetan Buddhism, traditionally malas of 108 beads are used. Some practitioners use malas of 21 or 28 beads for doing prostrations. Doing one 108-bead mala counts as 100 mantra recitations {5}, the extra repetitions done to amend any mistakes in pronunciation or other faults of recitation.
Malas are mainly used to count mantras. These mantras can be recited for different purposes linked to working with mind. The material used to make the beads can vary according to the purpose of the mantras used. Some beads can be used for all purposes and all kinds of mantras. These beads can be made from the wood of the Bodhi tree (ficus religiosa), or from 'Bodhi' seeds, which is a misnomer as the seeds are from a tree related to the Rudraksha (Elaeocarpus ganitrus) and not the Bodhi tree (being a fig tree, its seeds are inside a tiny fig, and are minuscule). The scientific name of this tree, native to Nepal, is yet to be determined.[3] Another general-purpose mala is made from another unknown seed, the beads themselves called 'Moon and Stars' by Tibetans, and variously called 'lotus root', 'lotus seed' and 'linden nut' by various retailers. The bead itself is very hard and dense, ivory coloured (which gradually turns a deep golden brown with long use), and has small holes (moons) and tiny black dots (stars) covering its surface.
Pacifying mantras should be recited using white colored malas. Materials such as crystal, pearl, shell/conch or mother of pearl are preferable. These can serve to purify the mind and clear away obstacles like illness, bad karma and mental disturbances. Using pearls is not practical however, as repeated use will destroy their iridescent layer. Most often pearl malas are used for showing off or 'Dharma jewelry'.
Increasing mantras should be recited using malas of gold, silver, copper and amber. The mantras counted on these can "serve to increase life span, knowledge and merit."[3]
Mantras for magnetizing should be recited using malas made of saffron, lotus seed, sandalwood, or other forms of wood including elm wood, peach wood, and rosewood. However, it is said the most effective is made of Mediterranean oxblood coral, which, due to a ban on harvesting, is now very rare and expensive.
Mantras to tame by forceful means should be recited using malas made of Rudraksha beads or bone. Reciting mantras with this kind of mala serves to tame others, but with the motivation to unselfishly to help other sentient beings.[3] To tame by forceful means, means to subdue harmful energies, such as "extremely malicious spirits, or general afflictions"[3]. Malas for these mantras are made from Rudraksha seeds, or even human bones, with 108 beads on the string. Only a person that is motivated by great compassion for all beings, including those they try to tame, can do this.[3]
The mala string should be composed of three, five or nine threads, symbolizing the Three Jewels (Buddha, Dharma, Sangha), the five Dhyani Buddhas (Vairocana, Akshobhya, Ratnasambhava, Amitabha, Amoghasiddhi) and their wisdoms or the nine yanas or Buddha Vajradhara and eight Bodhisattvas. The large main bead, called the Guru bead, symbolizes the Guru, from whom one has received the mantra one is reciting. It is usually recommended that there be three vertical beads in decreasing size at this point: one white (Nirmanakaya) one red (Sambhogakaya) and one blue (Dharmakaya), or enlightened body, speech and mind.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Best Crystals to use for Breast Cancer

Emerald raises the vibrations of the physical body, releasing and neutralizing disharmonious energy, and providing support and healing for malignant conditions.

The best stone for chemotherapy (as well as radiation treatment) is Smokey Quartz.  A very grounding stone, Smokey Quartz also reduces stress and relieves pain.  Smokey Quartz dissolves negative energies and negative thought forms that cause disease.  Smokey Quartz is also very protective.

Sugilite is also a good stone for people with cancer.  Sugilite channels healing energy into the body, draws off negative energy, and calms emotional distress.  Sugilite also highlights the association between mind and body in the creation and resolution of disease.  Sugilite is also very emotionally calming and eases despair.


Selenite is another good stone to use when treating cancer.  Selenite helps repair damage done by "free radicals" to cell membranes as well as to the cellular structure itself.

Of course, I must give you the disclaimer that this is not to be taken as medical advice, but I believe crystals have energy vibrations that can help you feel better.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Sacred Animals - The COW

The Cow
The cow has often been revered as a symbol of the great mother, the source of all nourishment.
The cow is linked with many Goddesses throughout many cultures worldwide. It is easy to see why she is revered, for millennia the cow has given freely of her nourishment and has therefor been strongly linked with the life-force.
• Patience
• Nourishment
• Abudance
• Fertility
• Female Power
• Potential
• Possibility
• Calming
• Grounded
• Provision
• Beginning

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Gaia Stone- From Mount St. Helen's

Mount St.Helen's Green Obsidian

Gaia Stone is Green Obsidian from volcanic ash of Mt. St. Helen's, and carries strong Earth energy, even the 'Soul of the Earth'. Gaia Stone is especially good for self-healing emotional wounds and past traumas. It is a 'Stone of the Goddesses' enhancing Goddess connection, connection with Earth and Earth devas. It also brings prosperity, luck, abundance and wealth. Gaia Stone is primarily associated with the heart chakra, but can also be used to harmonize all the chakras.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Moon's Powers, Moods, and Healing

Some suspect that the flow of blood responds to the gravitational tug of the Moon.
Believers in the power of the Moon consider dental care and elective surgery unwise around the times of the full Moon because of the risk of increased bleeding. (Civil War doctors noted greater blood flow during a flood tide.)
Do you get the blues on Mondays? Maybe you're engaging in the wrong activities. Literally, the "Moon's day," Monday in legend and lore is auspicious for peace and happiness, raising spirits of the dead, and other activities. So if it's Monday, shoot for the Moon!

Mood Swings

Both men and women are subject to mood swings of varied degree. Some men are susceptible to high mood swings, while others experience low mood swings and still few others relatively mild or no mood swings:

1. A high degree of sexual arousal is experienced in women; in the case of men the sexuality could turn out to be fairly violent. Sometimes they tend to use force on sexual partners or masturbate. Making sex during this time does not give mutual satisfaction to partners

2. Generally the Moon influences the endocrine system; Pituitary, Hypothalamus, Thyroid, Adrenal, Thymus, Pineal , Prostrate, Pancreas glands together with Gonad, Sex and Sweat glands are all impacted by the Moon. Furthermore, vital organs, nerves, blood cells, and body cells are also affected by the Moon

3. The energy produced within the body system experiences see-saw pattern; consequently either you brim with vitality or complain about loss of concentration

4. The aspect of criminality raises its head; surprisingly more crimes take place during bright Moon than dark Moon

5. More people get into injury or cause injury on others; those who are prone to accidents and falls have tendency to suffer more

6. Emotional instability is yet another disturbance caused by the Moon especially in those who are engaged in stressful jobs and vocations or having competitive lifestyle

7. Mentally retarded children would experience fall in their cognitive ability, while those who are insane or on the borderline might engage in madder actions than ever. 

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Job’s Tears - help with great sadness and suffering


Book Of Job tells us that Job shed many tears when his faith was tested by the devil. 

Depression, Healing, - carry them to draw out sadness and cast them in a body of water.

You can also make Job’s Tears into a wish charm to carry until your wish comes true. Just state your wish over and over while stringing 13 of them together- use Green thread if possible.  You need a big needle, or a small nail to make the holes- as these are tough seeds to poke holes through.
Jobs Tears are found in EVERY voodoo shop.  

I've been told they can be used for luck, but I think they are more for keeping depression at bay while going through a time of suffering.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Basic Starter Kit for Gemstones/Magick

Black Tourmaline

Black Obsidian- Apache Tear 

Blue Sodalite

~or~ Blue Turquoise
(keep away from Heat and extreme light or color will change)

Brown Tiger's Eye » Malachite

Green Malachite 


Green Jade Foo Dogs (Chinese Guardian Lions)
Green Jade

Grey Hematite

Orange  Carnelian

Pink Rose Quartz 

Purple Amethyst

Red Garnet

Yellow Citrine

Clear Crystal Quartz

Egyptian Deities


Cat goddess of enrichment, love, healing, music, fertility, abundance, cunning, pleasure, dancing, protection, empowerment


Mother goddess of creativity, love, romance, beauty, abundance, prosperity, wealth, magical power, healing, protection, empowerment


Mother goddess of love, femininity, beauty, healing, abundance, prosperity, enrichment, empowerment

Norse Deities


God of innocence, beauty, love, devotion, loyalty, rebirth

Freyr Statue


God of abundance, wealth, enrichment, fertility, joy, peace, happiness, protection, empowerment

Freyja Statue


Goddess of beauty, love, romance, passion, sexuality, fertility, enrichment, empowerment, protection


Mother Goddess of enrichment, abundance, creative arts, protection, healing, magical power, sustenance, empowerment


Goddess of love, romance, fertility, abundance, enrichment, prosperity, wealth


Three sisters, Urd, Verdandi, and Sculd, who determine each person's fate

Wotan Statue


Father god of protection, ancestry, lore, love, passion, beauty, wisdom, knowledge, healing, abundance, enrichment, magical power, wealth, creativity, inspiration


Goddess of writing, literature, poetry, history, memory, knowledge, empowerment

Thor Statue


Thunder god of incredible protection, magical power, enrichment, inspiration, personal strength

Tyr Statue


God of justice, protection, strength, courage, astronomy, divination, empowerment

Hindu Deities


Mother goddess of prosperity, abundance, wealth, fortune, empowerment, and giver of plenty


God love, enrichment, delight, happiness, and bliss


Goddess of beauty, abundance, wealth, good luck, prosperity, fortune, enrichment, empowerment


Goddess of creativity, enrichment, empowerment


Mother goddess of love, romance, sexuality, fertility, femininity, enrichment, abundance, magical power


God of creation, love, sexuality, magical power, enrichment, masculinity, empowerment

Roman Deities


Goddess of harmony, calm, relaxation, agreements, tranquility, empowerment, peace


God of love, romance, passion


Goddess of flowers, plants, the Spring season, love, fertility, sexuality, abundance, growth, creativity, empowerment


Goddess of fortune, abundance, enrichment, wealth, prosperity, love, good luck, sexuality


Three goddesses named Thaleia (abundance), Aglaia (splenor and radiance), and Eurphrosyne (joy and happiness)


Mother goddess of love, romance, passion, fertility, matrimony, home, abundance, enrichment, prosperity


Father god of magical power, enrichment, abundance, travel, communication, protection, wisdom


God of creativity, communication, creative arts, inspiration, messages, enrichment, empowerment

Greek Deities


God of beauty, love, romance, sexualtiy, abundance, empowerment, healing, fertility, plants


Goddess of love, romance, passion, lovers, fertility, feminine beauty, flowers, empowerment


God of the sun, enrichment, magical power, creative arts, inspiration, wisdom, healing, protection, divination


The muse of history, writing, archives, ancestry, inspiration, enrichment, lore


Mother goddess of abundance, fertility, prosperity, rebirth, renewal, creativity, plants, protection, matrimony, empowerment


Mother goddess of the seasons, abundance, fertility, love, healing, empowerment, enrichment


Goddess of love, fertility, sexuality, matrimony, childbirth, motherhood, abundance, empowerment


God of communication, creative arts, business, travel, messages, inspiration, protection, enrichment, magical power


God of love, romance, passion, fertility, matrimony, enrichment, abundance, prosperity, wealth, healing, protection, knowledge, wisdom, empowerment, hospitality

Celtic Deities

Angus Og

God of love, youth, romance, beauty, dreaming, empowerment, healing, protection, divination


God of the sun, love, enrichment, abundance, magical power, protection, healing light


God of musicians, poets, singers, prophecy, divination, empowerment, protection, abundance


Goddess of the sun, fertility, hearth, home, healing, inspiration, medicine, protection, abundance, enrichment, empowerment


Goddess of the sacred well, fertility, childbirth, healing, protection, renewal, empowerment, abundance, new beginnings


God of wisdom, knowledge, abundance, wealth, love, pleasure, sexuality, celebrations and parties, protection, leadership, empowerment

Danu / Anu

Mother goddess of ancestry, healing, abundance, love, wisdom, creativity, protection, enrichment, empowerment, prosperity


Goddess of grace, love, romance, beauty, transmigration, shapeshifting, magical power, enrichment, empowerment


God of creativity, love, romance, eloquence, shapeshifting, knowledge, abundance, enrichmnet, prosperity, dreaming, magical power, protection, healing


God of the sun, champions, creative arts, creativity, inspiration, protection, love, romance, sexuality, beauty, strength, empowerment, abundance, prosperity, wealth, enrichment


God of nature, magical power, shapeshifting, healing, enrichment, wisdom, love, empowerment, knowledge


God of dreaming, sleep, empowerment


God of invention, writing, literature, empowerment, eloquence, knowledge, enrichment, creativity


Mother goddess of abundance, prosperity, wealth, enrichment, creativity, strength, nobility, travel


Forest god of nature, the seasons, enrichment, strength, renewal, empowerment


Goddess of love, romance, fertility, matrimony, abundance, prosperity, enrichment, beauty, flowers, empowerment


Goddess of the forest, nature, deer, magical power, creativity, ancestry


God of creativity, creative arts, inspiration, writing, music, poetry, enrichment, empowerment

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Larimar- helps calm fiery situations

Also known as Blue Pectolite or Dolphin Stone, Larimar is closely connected with the powers of elemental Water. Cooling, cleansing and calming this stone is particularly useful for people with a hot temper or fiery nature. A piece of Larimar in a bowl of consecrated water can be used to bring cleansing and healing power to the liquid which can then be used to wash objects or people during ritual. However, the simplest way to benefit from the energy of Larimar is to lie back and relax in the bath with a piece of the stone. A powerful healing stone, Larimar is very useful for fighting infections and other ‘hot’ conditions, or for cleansing the body of memories and old traumas that are preventing full health. Believed to correct chemical imbalances and help heal mental illnesses. Eases anger and turbulent emotions and brings peace and mental calm.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Crystals for the Zodiac

Crystals and Gems for Astrological Signs

Aries - Citrine, Aquamarine, Aventurine, jade and kyanite, clear quartz.

Taurus - Chrysocolla, carnelian, kyanite, jade, rose quartz, clear quartz.

Gemini - Chrysocolla, celestite, Citrine, aquamarine, howlite, jade, clear quartz.

Cancer - Chalcedony, carnelian, calcite, moonstone, clear quartz.

Leo - Citrine, amber, carnelian, garnet, jasper, peridot, pyrite, clear quartz.

Virgo - Chrysocolla, amazonite, amethyst, garnet, peridot, clear quartz.

Libra - Chrysoprase, Citrine, Ametrine, tourmaline, kyanite, jade, lepidolite, rose quartz, clear quartz.

Scorpio - Labradorite, malachite, moonstone, peridot, turquoise, clear quartz.

Sagittarius - Chalcedony, azurite, turquoise, labradorite, lapis, peridot, sodalite, smoky quartz, clear quartz.

Capricorn - Amethyst, azurite, malachite, fluorite, garnet, smoky quartz, tiger-eye, clear quartz.

Aquarius - Amber, amethyst, garnet, clear quartz.

Pisces - Blue Lace Agate, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Fluorite, Turquoise, Clear Quartz.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Make your own Wishing Well

Take any large bowl.

Drip a few drops of different colored candle wax in the bottom of the bowl, then adhere a white candle to that spot.

The different colors represent diverse needs and goals, while the white binds this variety together in harmony. Each morning, light the candle when you get up and put a coin in the bowl. Make your wish for the day. Blow out the candle before you leave the house.

Whenever you desperately need to have a wish fulfilled, remove a coin from the bowl and either plant it in rich soil (houseplants will do) or throw it into moving water so that your message of need will be carried through the earth.

When the bowl is filled with coins, use all but a few (these "seeds" always remain in your bowl) for random acts of kindness, like getting treats for the neighborhood kids or helping a homeless person. Your generosity will return to you threefold to keep the magic of benevolence, both mundane and divine, with you always.

Always ask for things in your highest and best interest!