Autumn Equinox ~ Mabon

August 30, 2009 at 5:20 am (Mystical Things) (, , , , , )

Mabon
Autumn Equinox, 2nd Harvest, September 21st

Mabon, (pronounced MAY-bun, MAY-bone, MAH-boon, or MAH-bawn) is the Autumn Equinox. The Autumn Equinox divides the day and night equally, and we all take a moment to pay our respects to the impending dark. We also give thanks to the waning sunlight, as we store our harvest of this year’s crops. The Druids call this celebration, Mea’n Fo’mhair, and honor the The Green Man, the God of the Forest, by offering libations to trees. Offerings of ciders, wines, herbs and fertilizer are appropriate at this time. Wiccans celebrate the aging Goddess as she passes from Mother to Crone, and her consort the God as he prepares for death and re-birth.

Various other names for this Lesser Wiccan Sabbat are The Second Harvest Festival, Wine Harvest, Feast of Avalon, Equinozio di Autunno (Strega), Alben Elfed (Caledonii), or Cornucopia. The Teutonic name, Winter Finding, spans a period of time from the Sabbat to Oct. 15th, Winter’s Night, which is the Norse New Year.

At this festival it is appropriate to wear all of your finery and dine and celebrate in a lavish setting. It is the drawing to and of family as we prepare for the winding down of the year at Samhain. It is a time to finish old business as we ready for a period of rest, relaxation, and reflection.

Symbolism of Mabon:
Second Harvest, the Mysteries, Equality and Balance.

Symbols of Mabon:
wine, gourds, pine cones, acorns, grains, corn, apples, pomegranates, vines such as ivy, dried seeds, and horns of plenty.

Herbs of Maybon:
Acorn, benzoin, ferns, grains, honeysuckle, marigold, milkweed, myrrh, passionflower, rose, sage, solomon’s seal, tobacco, thistle, and vegetables.

Foods of Mabon:
Breads, nuts, apples, pomegranates, and vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, and onions.

Incense of Mabon:
Autumn Blend-benzoin, myrrh, and sage.

Colors of Mabon:
Red, orange, russet, maroon, brown, and gold.

Stones of Mabon:
Sapphire, lapis lazuli, and yellow agates.

Activities of Mabon:
Making wine, gathering dried herbs, plants, seeds and seed pods, walking in the woods, scattering offerings in harvested fields, offering libations to trees, adorning burial sites with leaves, acorns, and pine cones to honor those who have passed over.

Spellworkings of Mabon:
Protection, prosperity, security, and self-confidence. Also those of harmony and balance.

Deities of Mabon:
Goddesses-Modron, Morgan, Epona, Persephone, Pamona and the Muses. Gods-Mabon, Thoth, Thor, Hermes, and The Green Man.

Mabon is considered a time of the Mysteries. It is a time to honor Aging Deities and the Spirit World. Considered a time of balance, it is when we stop and relax and enjoy the fruits of our personal harvests, whether they be from toiling in our gardens, working at our jobs, raising our families, or just coping with the hussle-bussle of everyday life.

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Meditation to Heal Mother Earth

July 22, 2009 at 9:36 pm (Mystical Things) (, , , )

Imagine the pink energy of love surrounding the Earth and all who live on her. Call upon Amma, and let her hug all your hurts and pain away. Feel her oceans of love surrounding you. Now, imagine blue, peaceful energy surrounding the Earth and all who live on her. Call upon the dolphins,and let the dolphins heal and guide you throughout the day. Imagine an Earth filled with Love and Peace knowing that we create what we focus on.

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Attitude of Gratitude Award

April 21, 2009 at 10:01 pm (Blogs n Blogging, Contests & Giveaways, Mystical Things)

I received this award from Lisa @ Military Momz, what an honor from such a wonderful woman, thank you very much!

attitude

The Rules of Accepting and Sharing this Award
1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate at least 10 blogs that show an attitude of gratitude
3. Link to your nominees within your post
4. Comment on their blogs to let them know they’ve received this award
5. Share the love and link to this post and the person who nominated you for the award. Tell us how you’ve come to have an attitude of gratitude.

1.  Military Momz – http://militarymomz.blogspot.com/

2. Pancakes To Pearls – http://pancakestopearls.blogspot.com/

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7.  Stephanie Butler – http://mamasonlinecafe.blogspot.com/

8.  Delightfully Wed – http://delightfullywed.blogspot.com/

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10.  Janine/Fairy Princess Garden – http://thefairyprincessgarden.blogspot.com/

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~*~ I SAW THE GODDESS TODAY ~*~

March 11, 2009 at 6:36 am (Mystical Things)

A beautiful poem shared with a group I’m in and I wanted to share with all my readers here.

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~*~ I SAW THE GODDESS TODAY ~*~

I saw The Goddess today,

Not in some once in a lifetime miraculous event,
But in a thousand little miracles just as real.
Not in some spell binding message written across the sky
But in a still small voice within my heart And in Her finger paintings on
the canvas of my life.

I saw The Goddess today

In the hug a father gave his child, In the smiles exchanged between friends,
And in the bird that landed at my feeder.
I saw The Goddess in the man who stopped to help his neighbor, In the
recovery of a patient at the hospital, And in the sight of a newborn baby in
his mother’s arms.

I saw The Goddess today

In the face of a teenager member as she sang the words to her favorite song,
In the embrace of friends as we did a healing in the magickal circle.
I heard The Goddess in the 101 questions of my little girl, And I felt Her
in the 1001 pieces of a broken dream.
I saw The Goddess in the strength and energy of a young man, And in the
confidence and hope of an elderly shut-in.
I saw The Goddess in the darkness of the night When I could see nothing or
no one else, And I saw Her in the brightness of the dawn, Her gift to me,
not so much in the big things that happen once in a while But in the little
things that happen all the time,

I saw The Goddess today.

…..SunFeather March 23rd, 1993

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Shadowplay: Herbs for the Shady Garden

March 4, 2009 at 7:13 am (Mystical Things)

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Shadowplay: Herbs for the Shady Garden
New Worlds issue:

“Shadowplay: Herbs for the Shady Garden,” by Elizabeth Barrette from
Llewellyn’s 2008 Herbal Almanac

Too often, gardeners look at shade as a problem rather than an asset. This
happens often in herbalism because many well-known plants come from the
Mediterranean and grow in full sunlight. However, many herbs thrive in lower
light conditions, and some need protection from fierce sun, particularly in
hot climates.

Also, most yard and garden spaces have a mix of different light
availability. My two-acre yard runs the complete spectrum from sunny meadows
to dappled lawn under trees to a few corners that are quite dark. A small
yard may have a sunny patch, but almost always has sections overshadowed by
the house or some trees. When you want to grow herbs, you work with the
space you have and plant a diversity of species accordingly.

All shady gardens are not created equal. The density and duration of light
vs. darkness influence what kinds of plants can grow in a given place. The
amount of available water also plays a vital role: damp or wet shade is much
more hospitable than dry shade. Sometimes you can modify the type of shade
to make it a little darker by erecting an arbor, or a little brighter
through replacing a brick wall with a lattice fence. Use the guide below to
help determine what kind of light conditions you have available.

Full Sun—For comparison, this space receives direct sunlight for at least
six hours a day, usually including the brilliant midday sun. Unless the soil
is very heavy, it dries out fast after a rain. Plants that prefer full sun
tend to dwindle in the shade; plans that prefer shade often wilt in full
sun. Note that in heavily overcast climates, a garden right out in the open
may not get enough light to qualify for full sun! You may then do better
planting species that do well in partial or dappled shade.

Partial Shade—The area receives several hours of direct sun per day, and
shade at other times. For instance, a garden on the eastern side of a house
may get direct sun in the morning, but open or deep shade in the afternoon.
Other times, a garden may get morning and evening sun. If it lies under a
solitary tree, slanting light will reach the garden, but the canopy will
bock overhead rays. This is useful for plants that can’t tolerate the
intensity of noon sun, especially in hot or drought-prone environments.

Dappled Shade—This creates a pattern of equally mixed sun and shade, which
travels across the area over the course of the day. Fine-leaved trees such
as birch, honeylocust, or goldenrain create this type of shade under their
canopies.

Open Shade—Here we see fragmented direct sunlight, but bright indirect
light. Large trees with dense canopies, such as oak and maple, cast this
kind of shade when they are spaced some distance apart, as in parks and
yards. Their high branches block most of the direct light, but allow ambient
light to get underneath, reflected from the ground or other nearby objects.
A garden near a wall or building may also be in open shade. If not watered,
open shade gardens are often a bit dry.

Deep Shade—This space receives little or no direct sunlight, and has
moderate ambient light. The understory of a forest typically falls into this
category; the light is absorbed by successive layers of foliage so that only
an occasional sunbeam reaches the ground. Even in daylight it has a slightly
dusky tone. Woodland gardens tend to be moist. Certain wildflowers and herbs
belong to such habitats, and languish elsewhere. Few other plants do well
here. A walled garden, or the space near a building with an overhang, can
qualify as deep shade. These tend to be dry, and may need extra watering.

Full Shade—The area receives no direct sunlight and little ambient light. It
always looks rather dark. Rock overhangs, wall corners and crevasses, decks
and boardwalks, canyon bottoms, and the undersides of dense trees such as
pines and spruces can all create this type of shade. If the ground stays
dry, little or nothing will grow there. But in wet areas, such as a hidden
spring or a water garden, a thriving colony of mosses, lichens, liverworts,
and ferns may emerge: a miniature enchanted forest that will grow nowhere
else.

Shade-Loving Herbs

Angelica (Angelica archangelica) can grow in full sun in cool climates, but
requires protection from summer sun in warmer climates. This statuesque
plant reaches up to five feet tall and prefers rich, moist, well-drained
soil. It makes an ideal background for a woodland garden or shady border.
Candied, the stems make an excellent garnish for sweets.

Borage (Borago offinalis) prefers partial shade, growing about eighteen
inches high. It has large oval leaves covered in hairs, and star-shaped blue
flowers. Candy the flowers for a garnish or dry them for use in herbal
crafts. The leaves are rich in potassium and calcium.

Chameleon Plant (Houttuynia cordata, ‘Chameleon’), also known as ‘Hot Tuna,’
thrives in shady, wet areas. In fact, it will grow in water, at pond edges.
However, some of mine have run rampant along the partly shady and rather dry
eastern wall of hour house,a nd from there spread to the openly shady and
considerably dryer northern wall. This herb has a hot, spicy flavor. Its
heart-shaped leaves are a dramatic blend of green, yellow, cream, and hot
pink.

Chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium) prefers cool, partial, or dappled shade,
especially in summer or hot climates. It does better in spring or fall
plantings, and needs rich, moist soil. Chervil reaches up to twenty inches
in height. Its ferny leaves are rich in carotene, iron, and magnesium; use
them in salads.

Comfrey (Symphtum officinalis) thrives in shade but tolerates some sun, so
dappled, partial, or open shade all work. Large hairy leaves rise eighteen
inches from a central crown, and blue bell-shaped flowers appear on taller
stalks.

Corsican mint (Mentha requienii) is among the most delicate varieties of
mint. Its tiny, low-growing leaves exude a sweet and creamy mint odor. It
needs dappled to dense shade, and rich, moist soil. If protected from more
aggressive plants, it spreads to make a nice ground cover, especially in a
woodland garden or around a water garden.

Creeping thyme (Thymus serpyllum) likes partial shade, grows well in borders
and containers, and makes an excellent ground cover. This herb reaches three
to six inches tall, but will trail farther down if planted in a hanging
basket or by the edge of a wall. In coking, the tiny leaves go well with
robust meats such as beef, pork, and lamb.

Ferns (Matteucia struthiopteris, lady fern Ahyrium filixfemina, Pteridum
acquilinum, etc.) come in many varieties, which all require considerable
shade. Do not expose ferns to more than dappled sunlight. Some species live
in full shade, such as wet cave mouths. Amphibians love to seek shelter
under fern leaves.

Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) tolerates partial, dappled, or open shade in
cool areas, but this forest plant really prefers the deep shade and moist,
rich soil of its understory home. Oblong leaves form a low rosette
surmounted by a dramatic flower spike reaching three to six feet high.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) needs rich, moist soil and open or deep shade.
Indirect sunlight is okay. It does well in woodland gardens, but also in
containers.

Jupiter’s Beard (Centranthus rubber) grows in partial or dappled shade.
Bushy clumps of lance-shaped leaves reach up to three feet and produce
clusters of tiny pinkish to red flowers.

Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) tolerates partial, dappled, or open shade.
It grows well in borders and containers, reaching three feet in height. Its
leaves complement fish and chicken, and make a delicious tangy tea. Use them
fresh or frozen, as the oils dissipate when dried.

Lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis) prefers dappled or open shade. It
grows well under trees, in borders, and in pots. Magically, it promotes
peace, harmony, and love.

Lovage (Levisticum officinale) grows in partial, dappled, or open shade,
towering up to six feet tall. Plant in backgrounds or along walls; water
thoroughly to encourage deep root development. Its celery-like flavor makes
lovage popular in soups an stocks. In bath water, the leaves are deodorizing
and antiseptic.

Mandrake (Mandragora officinarum) prefers partial shade. It needs a light,
deeps soil. The leaves first grow upright to about a foot high, then spread
out to lie flat on the ground.

Moss (Thuidium, Leucobryum, Polytricum, Dicranum, etc.) may tolerate dappled
or open shade. It prefers acidic soil relatively poor in nutrients, and
abundant moisture. Northern or eastern wooded slopes are ideal.

Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) grows well in moist, shady sites, so it’s a
good choice for a woodland garden. The bushy plant reaches three to four
feet tall; this is a nice choice as a middle planting in front of foxglove
or angelica.

Peppermint (Mentha spp.) likes partial shade and rich, moist, well-drained
soil. It reaches up to two feet high. Grow in pots to prevent spreading, or
allow to ramble as a tall ground cover. It goes well with lamb, fruit, and
chocolate. Peppermint makes excellent jelly and the leaves can be candied
for garnishes.

Pineapple sage (Salvia elegans) requires protection from intense midday and
afternoon sun, making it ideal for partially shady gardens with an eastern
exposure. It also needs more water than most sage varieties. This herb has a
pineapple scent and its bright-red flowers attract hummingbirds.

Roman chamomile (Chamaemilum nobile) needs protection from midday sun; grow
it in partial or dappled shade. It makes an excellent ground cover, growing
only four to twelve inches high. Its feathery leaves and daisy-like flowers
cheer up a shady garden. Chamomile tea soothes digestion, relaxes the
nerves, and brings sleep. It also makes a brightening rinse for blond hair.

Salad burnet (Poterium sanguisorba) can tolerate full sun in spring or fall,
but tends to suffer sunburn in summer. Protect it from harsh afternoon sun.
This herb grows well under deciduous trees or in containers. It can reach up
to eighteen inches high, but is best harvested at about four inches because
the leaves get bitter with age. Its nutty, cucumber flavor makes it popular
in sandwiches, salads, and herbal vinegars.

Sweet woodruff (Gallium odoratum) enjoys dappled to deep shade, and a
variety of soil conditions. The leaves form rosettes along the stems, and
tiny white flowers appear at the stem ends. It often appears as a ground
cover in woodland gardens. Sweet woodruff is the crucial ingredient in May
Wine.

Violet (Viola pedata) enjoys partial to deep shade. Mine grow all over the
yard in a variety of conditions. The heart-shaped leaves reach two to five
inches high. The flowers may be candied as a garnish, or used to make floral
water, perfume, or potpourri.

Wild bergamot (Monarda fisulosa) likes partial shade in rich, well-drained
soil. The bushy plant reaches three to four feet tall. Its pink to red
trumpet-shaped flowers attract bees and hummingbirds. The leaves make
excellent hot or cold tea.

Designing a Shady Garden
Shady gardens perform best when planned primarily around the amount of light
available in a given location, as that has the strongest influence on what
types of plants will thrive. However, you can usually work in a secondary
theme, such as the intended use of the plants or their attraction for other
creatures.

One popular choice is the woodland garden, which thrives in op to deep shade
under trees. A small woodland garden could include angelica, comfrey,
foxglove, ginger, lily of the valley, patchouli, sweet woodruff, and violet.
A larger woodland garden might add a darker grotto with ferns and moss
around a tiny pool. These secluded gardens and their plants attract shy
creatures like frogs and snakes.

Another common feature is the shady border, which runs alongside a building
or fence. Typically in partial shade, this allows a wide choice of plants
that need just a little protection from the sun. Plant taller ones at the
back, shorter ones in front. Good choices include chervil, creeping thyme,
lemon balm, peppermint, salad burnet, and wild bergamot. This is ideal as a
kitchen garden for tea, salad, and seasoning.

Many yards have a spot between the trees that gets a mix of sun and shade,
direct and dappled light. This is a lovely place for flowers that attract
hummingbirds and butterflies, a way of brightening up the shadows. Plant
such flora as borage, chameleon plant, Jupiter’s beard, pineapple sage, and
Roman chamomile. Add a gazing ball, birdbath, or white statue to draw the
eye.

Shady gardens illustrate two important magical principles on a very
practical level. First, they balance light and darkness, thriving in a place
of moderation rather than extremes. Second, they make use of the available
resources, reminding us to cherish what we have and make the best of it.
Shade-loving herbs allow us to grow a garden even if we don’t have a bright,
sunny lawn. Shady places allow us to grow herbs that can’t survive hot sun.
They give us a serene refuge from the harsh light of day. Find a place to
create such a garden where you live, and you, too, can discover the joys of
shadowplay.

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Daily Connection With Nature

February 19, 2009 at 6:22 am (Mystical Things)

Everyday when you walk outside:
1) Smell the air, remembering what season and what the smell reminds you of (helps in predicting the weather).


2) Invite all of nature to greet you and watch. There may be many animal and bird signs or just one but you
should receive something everyday.

3)Pick out something new on your regular routine everyday. If you travel the same path to work; seek out
something new that you never noticed before.

4)Pick one thing to be thankful for just that day. The sunset, a flower, waking up to greet the rain,
your dogs’ cold nose, etc.

5)Journal any signs that stay in mind all day. We forget many signs when we get into our daily routines.

6)Remember the law of give and recieve. Pick up feathers, stones, and give something back like bread
for the crows, beads, tobacco, etc. It’s amazing how many gifts you’ll recieve from nature but this also
is reflected in your daily life.

7) Finally if you notice the same animal sign three times in a row meditate on it (crows are great reminders
of things we have forgotten).

And most of all this is FUN, at anytime this becomes work –stop, and remember that joy of smelling the rain
come before it even falls. Enjoy!

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How to Feel the Human Aura with your Hands

January 26, 2009 at 1:00 am (Mystical Things) (, , , , )

The Aura is an electromagnetic energy field that surrounds us. I used
to laugh at that idea. How could anybody believe something so
ridiculous? Simple! Using the correct technique the aura is easily
visible. I urge you to try this one. It will only take five minutes but
could very well change your life by opening you up to a whole new
dimension.

Preparation
Find a partner who wants to try this with you. Only one of you will
be able to feel the aura at a time so take turns. While doing this
make sure you can see a clock or watch with a second hand. Assuming
you are the one going to try it first here’s what to do. The pictures
correspond to the steps.

Join your hands in a praying position at chest height.
Have your partner place their hands over yours so as to keep your
hands together. For a period of at least one minute but not more than
90 seconds try to pull your hands apart while your partner applies
pressure to stop you. Make sure to put effort into pulling your hands
apart. This will hurt your arms but it’s immediately worth it.
When the time us up have your partner completely remove their hands
from yours and step back from you. Move your hands to just above
waist height and hold them parallel six to nine inches apart. Hold
this position.

What you will feel
You will feel like you are holding magnets in the palms of your hands
and that they are repelling each other. Ever so gently, moving just a
fraction of an inch at a time, move your hands closer together and
then further apart. Don’t let them get any closer than two inches.
While moving them together try to detect the point of strongest
pressure where your hands are repelling each other. Stop the movement
at this point and then gently move your hands further apart and then
back to this point. The pressure will increase as you ‘collect’ the
energy with your hands. This point of maximum pressure marks one
layer of the aura.

Now move your hands to just over hip distance apart. Let the energy
build up between your hands so you can feel it again. Now gently
bring your hands closer again remembering to keep them parallel. You
will feel another layer of the aura at a distance from between 24
inches to 14 inches. The distance varies from person to person. Once
you detect this point collect the energy again by gently moving your
hands further apart and then back to that point.

If you have difficulty
The most important step is where you try to pull your hands apart
while your partner stops you. This gets the blood and energy flowing
down your arms. To increase the flow push apart with your fingers as
well as your hands. If it doesn’t hurt you are not doing it hard
enough. If you cannot feel it let your partner take a turn. When they
feel it they can help describe to you how to feel it more easily.

How to improve your new ability
After resting for a while stand up and hold your hands as in step 3
above. Just allow the energy to build up and you will begin to feel
it within one minute. You’ll be glad to know that you never need to
doe steps 1 and 2 again. Repeat this the next day. You will now
always be able to feel the aura by just holding your hands parallel
and letting the energy build up. It’s that simple.

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Gemstones Throughout The House

January 25, 2009 at 7:47 am (Mystical Things)

The Kitchen

Kitchen windowsills are one of the best places to display your

stones. Clear stones aren’t really recommended for a kitchen, since

grease from cooking can muck them up pretty quick.

The best gem to have in the kitchen is salt. Keep a jar of sea salt

on display. It is a reminder of life, symbolizing purity,

cleanliness, and human worth. Green stones are also a nice sight in

the kitchen, and add a comforting atmosphere. Hang a piece of

watermelon tourmaline in the window to add colour when the sun

shines through. Other nice stones are moss agate and serpentine, as

well as pink stones such as rose quartz.

The Dining Room

Once again, the crystal mobile makes an appearance. Hanging one over

the dining table can help to circulate energy around the table.

Decorating with gemstones is dependent on the occasion. Rose red and

turquoise are good colours for a romantic setting, hematite and

serpentine are good for an informal lunch, tiger’s eye and citrine

are excellent for a business lunch. Each combination of stones adds

to the atmosphere of the meal. Keep a dish of crystals in the centre

of the table. Non-porous stones in a dish of water is a nice touch.

My suggestion is to take a deep glass bowl, stick a bunch of

translucent and transparent crystals in the bottom, fill with water

and add some floating candles. For a more romantic setting, you

could also float rose or jasmine petals in the water. Opal is a

beautiful stone to display at the dining table. It is wonderful to

look at, and adds richness to the setting.

The Bedroom

Gemstones and crystals can create a wonderful atmosphere in a room,

no matter what mood you’re looking for. You can opt for beautiful

colour and shape, or you can choose your stones based on

functionality. Keeping a display of gems on your bedside table that

promote sleep is one suggestion. These include such stones as

hematite, to aid in deep sleep, moss agate to ward off nightmares,

or amber to help you wake up in the morning.

To create an atmosphere of intimacy, keep darker purples, reds, and

blacks on display. Stones such as lapis lazuli, obsidian, sardonyx,

or amethyst. Spheres and egg shapes are ideal, since they symbolize

fertility and femininity.

Kids’ Bedrooms

A lot of kids are fascinated by stones. My 1-year old cousin learned

how to say “stone” because of my collection. There’s different

theories on buying stones for children. Some say you should buy

uncut, natural stones, so they learn to appreciate their natural

beauty. Unfortunately this doesn’t let them touch the stones and

physically experience them. I say a healthy mix of polished and

natural is good. You can keep the natural ones on display on a high

shelf, and let them play with good, solid, polished stones, like

onyx or quartz – stones that will hold their shape when bumped

together, or thrown down the stairs. Anyway, we’re talking about

decoration here, not childrens’ aesthetic pleasure in stones.

Naturally, you’d want to use pink stones for girls’ rooms and blue

stones for boys’ rooms. Ever wondered why? In feng shui, yin is

feminine – cool, dark, submissive, and receptive, which is

represented by the colour blue. Yang is male – hot, bright,

dominant, and active, represented by red. We use pink to warm the

cool energies of girls, and blue to cool the hot energies of boys.

Of course, you can always substitute oranges or purples for pinks

and blues. Gems like rose quartz and ruby for the pinks and reds,

blue howlite and lapis lazuli for the blues, amethysts for the

purples and citrines for the oranges would be beautiful displayed on

a shelf. I also suggest keeping a dish of reachable polished stones

for children to play with and enjoy.

The Bathroom

This is a private place of calm relaxation and fun. Not only can

stones in the bathroom be for display, but they can be functional

too. Keeping a few pumice stones around not only adds texture, but

they’re also healing, and they really take off those dead skin

cells. When decorating the bathroom, be sure to use stones that

won’t be affected by the steam and water. Rock crystal is ideal, as

it won’t be dulled by the heat and moisture. If you want more colour

and interest, you could display smaller gemstones in a water-tight

jar, perhaps mixed with some seashells. Another suggestion that also

adds atmosphere is to put waterproof stones in the bottom of a wide-

mouthed jar or bowl, and put some floating candles on top. Even bath

salts in a jar could count as gemstones, in a way. A lovely display

in the bathroom would be a shelf of bath oils, salts, and large

stones like rock crystals, perhaps with a few brightly coloured

candles. Let your imagination run wild – after all, it’s the most

relaxing room in the house next to the bedroom.

At any rate, let the world see your gemstone collection. Create a

mood in your house, and fill it with the energies of the gifts of

the earth. Even something as simple as the specks of rainbow from a

lead crystal prism adds its own simple beauty and comfort to a

room. Above all, don’t be afraid to be creative and imaginative.

~author unknown

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