Divination: For the week ahead, November 4th

Hello everyone, I’m Mysty.

So on Monday’s from now on I would like to do a reading for us all focused around a question I meditated on, and the answer I got, just for some guidance this week.

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What frame of mind do we need to be in to be most productive in our everyday lives?

Lake – Stillness.

The lake is surrounded by trees and the water is completely still. The tree branches hang over into the lake and bush on the surface of the water.

We need to be like the lake today, taking in what we can, letting go what we don’t need. Being completely aware of what is around us and having awareness in our life not only to see our emotions, but to see where we could improve.

The Lake is gentle and calm, and through the struggles of life, we can get frazzled, torn up, torn apart. We need to be still, calm, and just accept things as they go.

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General Theme for this week?

Dawn – New Beginnings.

The Sun rays dance on the side of a forested mountain.

The dawn brings new hope and new life. We must be grateful for the opportunity that every dawn brings us. Every new day is a new opportunity, a new start, and we can make the most of it.

May be some of us are starting new projects or maybe finishing some. The new beginnings always come after completion.

May be some of us are starting new beginnings with family. Starting with their own or they are trying their best to reach out to their own families and start afresh.

We are the sun, when we are born, is the dawn, and when we die is the sun set of our life.

What a blessing it is to be alive.

Best Blessings,

Mysty.

Crystal Grid: For Growth

Hello everyone, Mysty here! Welcome to my blog.

So this is one of my crystal grids, I’ll be posting more of them in the coming months. Mostly to give as a tool for each of us to transition into 2020.

This crystal grid is one for love and acceptance of self, self esteem and personal growth.

It incorporates the energies of Serpentine, aventurine, blue agate, green calcite, black onyx, purple jadeite, and sodalite to bring all these aspects together.

Now for me, black onyx is a really good grounding stone, it keeps me in check but it also isn’t afraid to point out my flaws. Green Calcite is a warm, nurturing energy that is basically hugs hugs, hugs and more hugs.

My Blue agate over there is very translucent. I’ve tried researching what it really is but im just calling it a blue agate for now! I’ll keep researching that one.

Serpentine is pretty special. Do you know why? It’s actually the floor of the ocean, spitted out from volcanoes through processes which actually grab the sea floor, melt it down and shoot it out through the volcano and into the sky. Yep. That is the general story for every serpentine you see. It’s an amazing stone, and it is definitely for overcoming challenges, difficulties and past emotions. (It’s that big guy in the bottom left which looks lime-yellow).

I’m not sure why, but my idea of aventurine is always about going on an adventure! Going on a quest, maybe going on a shadow self quest to look deep inside.

This crystal grid is here to support you in combining all of these aspects to achieve personal realisation and growth.

How to activate the grid

You can use this grid anytime. Anywhere.

Start by either printing the picture out or having it on a computer screen or phone.

Get into a meditative state and ask yourself why do you need to use this grid at this time?

Set your intentions, and maintain a steady grasp on them throughout the ceremony.

Take a crystal which has a point and either:

a) tap the point on one of the edge stones in the crystal grid and visualise it becoming like an electrical circuit, getting wired up from where you are pointing towards the centre with white energy cords, feel the vibrations of the cords as the link each crystal up together, once all of them are linked up, the middle should burst into a colourful beam which sends the intention and energy of the grid out, up into the sky, or down into the earth, depending on what type of grid it is, and for what intension it is for.

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b) Point the crystals pointy end to one of the most outside crystals in the grid and blow onto the crystal, activating the grid all at once, and sending the energy column where it needs to go into the universe, similar to method (a)

You can use any activation technique.

Ground and Centre.

Important notes.

Remember, the crystal grid is a time stamp. It is a grid that you can use anytime, anywhere, and draws on your power and your intentions. Not my crystal babies. 🔮🔮

Grids are like sort of a digital spell. It’s already laid out for you, all you have to do is activate it, in your own creative way and your intention and power sends it off, shooting out into the universe, and you intention will be met with a response in due time.

The crystal grid uses energies from each crystaline parent spirit (E.g. the spirit of quartz, the spirit of calcite) not the individual spirits of the pieces that I have displayed.

Cheers guys. Happy Be- nah not going to say it. Happy Halloween guys. Happy May Day. Yep I’ll call it that for now.

Mysty.

My Magic Practice

Hello everyone, Mysty here. I’m going to share what I do on a regular basis.

I don’t have a set thing I do everyday, but I try to, every morning:

-Meditate between 10-30mins

-Read all your blog posts when they come out in the morning. (Normally posts you might have put on the previous day)

-Read with my oracle/tarot cards what I should be focusing on or what should I do in the coming months, personal questions.

I feel like my decks have a small spirit of their own. They feel a little like a tiny breath. A tiny whisper. They are adorable and I love them. I should draw them sometime for you. And the raindrop spirits that are just too cute!

I normally choose a crystal to go with me for the day. It’s always a different one everyday. I cleanse them every 3 months. And I have wards around my room, which are pebbles, and they make a sacred barrier that cannot be crossed, and that is charged with energy and cleansed from the inside by incense or by white-golden light about every week.

So the pebbles (wards) are about half the size of a womens hand, and I have one in every corner of the room & on the window-frame. I sometimes put out some crystals/stones on the window frame as well so overnight they can get recharged.

So this eliminates the need to cleanse my room every week. It’s more like every 3 months. Because I’m in the closet, it is only possible way. Being realistic here.

Every night I normally say a prayer to the universe, to assist me in my daily work, both spiritual and mundane.

I also ask my spirit guides to show me messages in my dreams for what I might be holding back, suppressing or overlooking in my life. That could be related to family, university, friends and old emotions. Sometimes I’ll ask my guides to help me progress on my path and maybe release old thought/action/feeling patterns that are weighing me down, and transform them into something positive.

My regular practices normally don’t involve spell work for the fun of it. Spell work to me is a sacred act and a sacred duty. If I see a need, as a witch I feel the honour and the privilege to provide for my community and the community around me. Just like my rain spells, some real change can come about from spell work and so I do it only where theres a need. Which is normally about once or twice every month.

I do sometimes do spells for myself, or if I feel like someone has put a hex on me I’ll do hex breaking, or if there’s a spirit vampire, I’ll pull them off like a leech and swing them into an astral-plane oblivion.

Again, if there’s an Earth bound spirit in my house (which I’ve only had the pleasure of once) then I’ll set aside time to work with them too.

There’s always something to do, working with local spirits, ancestors, the Earth and Mother, are apart of me and always will be a part of my practice.

Thank you all for reading my blog posts, I really appreciate it. I’ll probably draw some of my spirits pretty soon just to give you an idea about what they look like.

Cheers,

Mysty.

Divination: For the week ahead.

Hello everyone, Mysty here.

I would like to start doing a regular divination for us all for the week ahead.

For everyone who reads my posts, this is for you.

I would like, through these sessions, expand my intuition and hopefully give us some insight to our lives, no matter what we do or where we live. This is not for the matter of being right or wrong, but what could happen, what could unfold through the week.

This weeks card is given to us by the lovely Earth Magic Oracle Deck by Steven D Farmer.

Okay, I’ve pulled out a card, asking ‘What should we focus on this week?’

The card that wanted to give us a message this week is ‘Crystals – Focus’.

Very fitting.

The card illustrates a cave, full of amethyst crystals masking the walls and are framing the cave, looking out into the world towards a snowy mountain and blue sky.

This card to me means to focus on what is happening in your life right now. Your family, connections, work, friends, spirituality, practices. They are all equally important at this time and we need to show them some thought. But, sometimes this can become too much. We can become thinned out, spreading our focus on too many things at once. It becomes overwhelming, frustrating and trying to balance life is like walking on a tight-rope. One wrong foot and we could be slipping, falling down into the black net below.

There’s always a net though, and you can always get back up, and try your go again. Practice makes perfect. We need to focus our gaze ahead, to concentrate on where our feet are going and to trust in both ourselves and in our spirit guides to help us progress forward. If we are stuck we need to ask them for help and guidance.

What you put your focus and heart into, that is where you’re going. If you don’t like where you’re headed, you need to change your focus, change direction, and look towards a new dream and a new future.

Happy trails everyone,

Best Blessings.

Mysty.

Can you spot him?

Hello everyone, It’s Mysty.

Today I asked my Spirit Guides, tell me which path I should take on my walk today.

I’m not sure if you can see him, but theres a lizard and a friend right there on the rock. Yep, that’s a snake. Gotta love Australia.

There was people nearby too, but the snake was pretty calm.

What kind of wisdom does the snake offer us?

Snakes are highly intelligent, have good eye sight and sense of smell, are fast, agile, and live in a variety of climates. From rainforest to desert, thousands of species have adapted and climatized over millions of years.

This snake, I believe, as it was rearing its head towards me, waving its tongue in the air before I flashed a photo was telling me to look closely at my life right now, and that I should take the time out to reflect on the year before it closes and to listen to my inner self as I slither down my own path through the lies and misconceptions of the world.

What promptings, thoughts or feelings did you get when you saw the snake in the photo? What messages did you get when you saw the body of the snake chilling on the rock?

Either quietly contemplate or share with us all in the comments below.

Best Blessings,

Mysty.

Why I don’t celebrate ‘Neo-Pagan’ Holidays.

Hello everyone, Mysty is here!

Just in time for *cough* Beltane *cough*.

Well, with the title I gave to this post, you’re probably wondering what does Mysty have in store for me today.

Just as we might like to kid ourselves here in the pagan community, no offence meant, but we really love culturally appropriating things, and it really is not our place to do so.

Lughnasadh, Litha, ‘Mabon’ and Imbolc are Celtic or Welsh, Yule and ‘Ostara’ is Germanic, Samhain is Gaelic, and Beltane is just about Wiccan Deities getting funky in the bushes.

So where do we draw the line between appropriation and honestly practicing something?

I’ve just removed absolutely everything and anything from my practices that may or may not have been from an ancient practice. Why? Because even though no one is looking when I do my ceremonies and rituals, I can physically and spiritually feel these ancestors looking at me and frowning.

My ancestors are a heavty bunch. I have a mix of bloods in me and consists of German, Prussian, French, British, Scottish and probably more if I keep researching. But I’ve done some extensive research on my ancestors and they’re a lovely bunch.

But.

I can feel and see their disappointment everytime I open a safari page about what colours, plants scents etc are associated with __ ‘Pagan’ holiday.

So, I’ve stopped and to replace my ‘holidays’ I normally just follow inspiration about what I should work on, focus, enjoy or celebrate at different times of the year.

The physical changes of the seasons, eclipses, equinoxes and solstices I will still enjoy and celebrate because these you can physically witness and these to me are the raw, cycles or the Earth and I will celebrate them with my full heart. But I won’t be calling them weird and totally inappropriate names.

All these wondrous holidays were dreamed up by none other than Robert Graves and Gerald Gardener, with the ludicrous names as well. Accompanied by Doreen Valiente.

In the introductory paragraph I did put some quotation marks around some holidays there. Why I did this was to explain briefly that the names we give to such ‘important’ times of the year are highly specific, Gods/ Characters or Deities which the average Pagan has never heard of before.

Mabon is from the lovely Mabon Ap Modren, the Hercules type figure of the Welsh pantheon. Who, in essence, leads a hunt, which leads to an important marriage, and he is only mentioned a few times in Welsh mythology. (He has literally 2 lines).

Ostara, has barely any records at all. She’s the Deity who turns a bird into a rabbit to keep it alive and going, but the poor thing still lays eggs. Which is probably canon for the Easter Bunny today.

So, don’t you see. These ideas have been slapped together on a page, fed to us, and then we as Pagans can either leave behind these ideas or blindly adopt them. We have the choice.

Some of these names are appropriate, don’t get me wrong. In a sense, even Ostara is an appropriate name for Easter time celebrations and the Spring Equinox, but there’s a time and place, and I think the Gerald Gardener and crew didn’t quite hit the mark there. You can’t just slap a Deity name on a holiday that no one has barely any information about, and then make everyone call it that name. That’s the definition of retarded.

I would understand if it’s to bring light to these feint characters in our history to bring them to life again somehow, to name something in their honour, but where in the hell would we know them from a bar of soap? Yeah?

Why couldn’t you just call it Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Winter Solstice and Autumn Equinox. Is it really that difficult to pronounce? It took me forever to learn the proper way to pronounce Lughnasadh anyhow?

People on Lughnasadh are probably not worshiping Lugh! I mean come on, give the man a break, it’s His holiday, not for Pagans, unless they’re actually worshiping and celebrating Lugh’s victories and his life giving light.

So, I hope today, you can go and maybe consider what you call your holidays. Maybe even do some research about the different holidays and why they were practiced and for what purposes.

May our wisdom always shine through our words and actions so we may be a light to others and gift ourselves love and joy so we may bring compassion and peace to others.

Thank you for reading as always.

For Beltane, I’ll just be sitting under a tree, meditating, and not muttering the word Beltane.

Cheers.

Throwing a stick to bring back water

Hello everyone, Mysty here.

So I would like to thank everyone who supports me online. Thank you for reading my posts, especially when I’m in such a hole full of work to do.. in short I think this degree is killing me.

But I’m still here!

What I would like to share today, is an important step in any craft. How to actually achieve results, and for the most part, why do these results happen as they do, and how do we effectively control the outcome of our work?

Introduction

In witchcraft, there’s some substantial amount of behind the scenes work from spirit in general. Everything you see is either influenced by a larger spirit and/or has it’s own spirit. Even down to electronics.

Birds, trees, rain, leaves, you name it, if you just sit down in nature for a while and be still, nature around you is working. Ants are moving, birds are making their nests, trees are growing. They have their own agenda. How did they get that agenda? We don’t really know that answer, but what we could say is, the spirit of that animal is within each of the animals continuous. Each animal of the same species will likely have the same tendencies, same level of intelligence, same methods of obtaining food, no matter how bizarre and they live! They’re still here, despite all the recent changes to our planet, for the most part plant and animal life is continuing. But quite alot have become extinct and I’m pretty saddened by that.

How does this effect your craft?

Well, every one has local animals, plants, rocks, stones, trees. You have these sorts of spirits in your area. They provide you the air you breathe, the water you drink, unless you get it trucked in… The point is, is that spirit is part of your daily life.

Saying hello and talking to these spirits is a wonderful part of life. It truly is. I’ve been through alot of hardship this semester of university but I have been carried by my spirits more times than I can count.

They lift me out, pull me up to start again, to have best friends as spirit, is probably the best decision I’ve made. Within the last minutes of trying to finish an awfully lengthy assignment, an extension was given to everyone in the class. I was shocked. It was no short of a miracle.

I thanked my spirits and it just came down in rain. Gratitude is probably one of the most powerful magic you can ever do.

Spirit affects your life and your magic, if you don’t acknowledge the workings of life around you, even if you don’t believe them as spirit. Maybe just acknowledge them as nature, life, or another name.

How to achieve results

Theres a few things that magic needs for it to manifest into the world:

-Purpose of the spell: You need a purpose before you can continue and you need to have your intentions and motivation stuck to this purpose.

-Willpower: do you really want xyz to happen? Why do you want it to happen?

-Visualization: Imagine what would happen if this event did happen, what are you feeling, thinking, doing at this time. E.g. For a rain spell you would be jumping for joy, basking at the rain, looking up to the sky and smiling, finally thinking, rain is here! it’s finally here!

-A representation in the physical world: You need to tie your spell to something. For example, for the recent rain spell I did I tied the spell to the action of me picking up a dry stick and throwing it into a body of water. Why? Because I associated the communion of dry ground being made wet again with the stick splashing into the water and becoming saturated.

-Focusing your intentions to get your result: Throughout the spell, you need to constantly think about your purpose, your goal. Without adding in any negative feelings, thoughts or words into the spell which might counteract your willpower to change into xyz. It’s hard, I know its hard, I struggle with that sometimes, but you can do it!

-All things after this are secondary.

Why didn’t my spell work?

Probably because you didn’t do basic things like

-Talk to local spirits/Gods/Deities to help you. (If applicable) >Which all need some form of working relationship before being called upon

-Willpower: Do you really, really, really want this to happen? Is your heart in it. Inside the spell, radiating its energy. Please ask outside powers to help you in large spells (like changing the weather) because you will be utterly drained of, not ironically but the following :

—-Willpower, sense of purpose, energy fueling the spell.

— It’s kind of funny that I only noticed now that a spell is an equation, what you put in is actually taken from you directly if you don’t have other sources to fuel the spell. So please please ground your self, centre yourself. Afterwards go have fun! your work is over, go get a coffee, have some chocolate. Be kind to yourself because you might have some backlash.

-Not having the right mindset- Get into a slight trance to put of that logical part of your brain

-Not focused enough on the intention of the spell

-Whoops you might have said something negative in the spell about the purpose ‘my cat is wild and free -to- my cat is free to pee’ (thats just a rhyme gone wrong example) those sorts of peter piper sentences are really hard, especially if you’re like me who makes spell words on the fly. You might miss a rhyme somewhere then you’re like, well shit. Start over, Start over. Rewind!

Thank you guys for reading my posts! I truly appreciate it.

Being in the broom closet is hard, and I hope that I’ll be able to be free to live my own life soon, once i’m finished this shit degree.

See you guys!

Mysty.