TIPS | TRICKS | TOOLS
Yeah, I know. Maybe not the tool you expected, but it seriously is the foundation of everything we do and deeply affects how we think, feel, and navigate our lives. I am definitely speaking from my own lived experience and from watching the experience of others. If you are putting unhealthy, heavy, chemically food into your body, you are going to have an unhealthy, heavy, distorted experience of life.* It really is as simple as that. Emotions are deeply affected by diet; gluten, dairy, and other grains very seriously alter mental health, contributing to depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, sluggishness and lack of clarity. Chemicals found in many foods contribute to very serious health issues in the body, the list of which is simply too long to get into here. In order to have a healthy energy body, a healthy spiritual and/or magickal practice, good mental health, and a healthy experience of the world around you, working with your diet is essential. You are what you eat. You really are!
I love and see people thrive on gluten-free, dairy free, plant-based diets - or minimal meat intake at best, so long as it is consciously raised with no antibiotics, no GMOs and is consciously slaughtered.* There are many ways to work consciously with your food intake and choices. I appreciate that many people are deeply attached to certain foods (I am too!) and the thought of giving them up feels too overwhelming. Challenge yourself to one month though - give up gluten for one month, just as an experiment - knowing you can always go back when the month is up. Just see what happens. I double-dog dare you! Try to approach diet as a science experiment and simply see what happens. It doesn't have to be an end-all-be-all deal! Play around. The results could be life-changing for you at best - at worst, you've gone a month without a specific food item and you now know you can do it! It is a win/win!
Whew - this section turns out to be the longest and that speaks to how important I know this one to be. There is a reason why so many spiritual practitioners and traditions emphasize the importance of diet. Nothing else matters much if you don't have your health - and you certainly can't make much spiritual progress if your body is weighted down with the effects of unhealthy diet! I am happy to share more should you have any questions or would like to hear more about what has worked for me.* I feel super passionately about this one!
PROTECT YOUR ENERGY!
Powerful Stones | Crystals | Essential Oils for Protection
I have a whole list of amazing resources to protect and strengthen your energy field and your environment.
Check them out!
ORACLE CARDS | MEDITATION DECKS
I have found a great deal of wisdom and guidance from utilizing oracle cards. There are many different types of decks out there that have been inspired by a wide range of traditions, topics, and interests. Druid cards, Wicca cards, nature cards, fairy cards – you name it. There are many ways to use these cards, including various spreads and layouts, but a favorite way is to simply pull a card when I feel called to it and see what wisdom it offers up. They have an uncanny way of being right on point and stirring something deep in our subconscious that is ready to be reflected on. I consider these cards to be another tool that our angels and spirit guides use to communicate with us. A favorite deck I like is call Spirit of the Wheel by Linda Ewashina and Jody Bergsma. These beautiful cards have a Native American motif and the messages are inspired by different animals, the elements of our world, and other powerful symbolism. The wisdom is powerful and always so welcome and helpful. I highly recommend finding a deck that speaks to you and see what wisdom your guides have in store for you!
Part of being in our energetic power means learning how to work with the energies in our environment. For this, I absolutely adore candle magick rituals. A number of different colors of candles are available and each color corresponds with different powerful elements and qualities that I am working with and calling in for any given number of reasons – to increase access to powers of creativity, open to greater success in an endeavor, call in abundance and prosperity, release negative patterns of thought and action, etc. The colors correspond with different planetary and astrological energies I want to work with, as well as with different archangels, different elements, different lunar cycles, and the list goes on and on! To further enhance my magick, I love anointing my candles with essential oils that correspond with the qualities and desired effects that I am working towards, bringing in the energies and wisdom of our amazing plant allies. These are simple, yet profound rituals that support our working directly with a number of different energies to support our spiritual growth and being in alignment with our True Will and with our hearts. They have brought about extremely powerful results for me. Highly recommended! You can find colored candles at your local metaphysical shop or online. I have found this website to be the most thorough resource for explaining the various candle colors and their corresponding planetary and astrological energies. If you have any questions, do feel free to reach out – always happy to help!
CRYSTALS | MINERALS | GEMSTONES
For Chakra Cleansing, Healing and Healthy Functioning*
Some favorites by chakra. We use many of these in our sessions. Extremely powerful allies.
Root (Muladhara) | To support our sense of safety, our foundation, survival issues, fears | Bloodstone, Hematite, Shungite, Black Tourmaline, Smoky Quartz, Red Jasper
Sacral (Swadhisthana) | To support creativity, healthy sexuality, pleasure, passion, playfulness | Carnelian, Citrine, Orange Calcite, Fire Agate, Cinnebar
Solar Plexus (Manipura) | To support self-worth, self-confidence, empowerment, self-esteem | Amber, Citrine, Sun Stone, Honey Calcite, Tiger's Eye
Heart (Anahata) | Opening to love, compassion, forgiveness, empathy | Rose Quartz, Jade, Morganite, Emerald, Malachite
Throat (Vishuddha) | Speaking your truth, communication, self-expression | Angelite, Lapis Lazuli, Sodalite, Blue Lace Agate, Blue Kyanite
Third-Eye (Ajna) | To support intuition, spiritual enlightenment, wisdom | Amethyst, Flourite, Lapis Lazuli, Azurite
Crown (Sahasrara) | To support spiritual connection | Clear Quartz, Selenite, Serpentine, Spirit Quartz, Amethyst
ESSENTIAL OILS | RESINS | INCENSE
I use essential oils for support with all sorts of things - to aid in magickal rituals, to enhance creativity, to promote abundance, for health support, for protection and purification, for harmony, balance and success.* The list goes on and on. Plants are our allies and their wisdom and healing properties are seriously endless! If you are interested in learning more, Mixing Essential Oils for Magic by Sandra Kynes is a great place to start.
I use resins, such as Frankincense and Dragon's Blood, to dispel negativity, aid in protection and purify space. Copal and Myrrh are also great for purification, as well consecration of altar items. Myrrh is especially powerful for opening up the throat chakra and connecting you to your voice. The smoke of White Sage is a very useful in removing bacteria from the air, improving intuition, purifying objects, spaces and dispelling negative energies, while improving mood and reducing stress and anxiety. I also love burning incense to promote a calm and inviting atmosphere, which is extremely helpful when performing magick and ritual.
New Renaissance is a great resource for all of these!
I love drawing a card per day to see what wisdom and guidance my guides have to offer. I believe the cards are a tool that they use to communicate directly with me and to support my spiritual growth. It is amazing how insightful and thought-provoking these cards are - and how absolutely spot-on accurate they are for helping me pinpoint issues I am working with - both at the conscious and subconscious levels. I really cannot recommend these enough. There are now many decks available, but I would highly recommend starting with the Rider-Waite deck to learn the more traditional symbolism and archetypes of the cards, then branch out after you have a good solid foundation. But hey, most importantly - if you find a deck that speaks to you, go for it! They will definitely work. Always follow your heart!
I work with many, many different stones and crystals, but the three I consider the most powerful for doing magick are Labradorite, Amber, and Cinnebar. All three are considered “magician’s stones” due to their ability to harness and transform energies, protect from outside forces, and bring about powerful results for the user. These are excellent crystals to start out with if you are interested in getting much more intentional about working with your energy.