Suggested Magickal Resins, Herbs and Essential Oils

  • Resins / Gums ( A selection of resins to give some metaphysical properties to our ink)
    • Benzoin – Masculine, Sun, Air. Use for purification and prosperity.
    • HARD TO WORK WITH (Golden) Copal – Masculine, Sun, Fire. Considered a purification resin swappable with Frankincense. Associated with protection, exorcism, vitality, and health.
    • (Negro) Copal – Masculine, Sun Fire. Associated with the ancestors and a favorite to use in Mexico for the Day of the Dead.
    • (White) Copal – Masculine, Sun, Fire. Use for enhancing, drawing in, and all metaphysical practices.
    • Dragon’s Blood – Masculine, Mars, and Fire. Used for exorcism, love, protection, and raising the potency of magic.
    • Frankincense – Associated with protection, exorcism, vitality, and spirituality. Associated with Ra and Baal.
    • Gum Arabic  – Masculine, Air, and Aquarius. Used to communicate with the dead, but also expel negative energies not associated with positive support.
    • Palo Santo Resin – Masculine, Sun, Fire. Used to cleansing, resetting a space, and spirituality. 
    • Peruvian Myrrh – Feminine, Moon, Water.  It increases the power of all incense it is burned with. Associated with Isis, Adonis, Ra, and Marian. Use for protection, exorcism, and general spirituality.
    • Storax (Sweet Myrrh) – Feminine, Moon, Water.  It increases the power of all incense it is burned with. Associated with Isis, Adonis, Ra, and Marian. Use for protection, exorcism, and general spirituality.
  • Essential Oils (A selection of essential oils to give some plant energy to our ink)

This is just a small list of some of the essential oils that can be used. For this class we will be sticking with some of the basics. Any special essential oil that mixes with alcohol will work in this recipe, although not all oils mix well:

  • Patchouli or Cinnamon – Earth Elements, money spells, grounding and protective
  • Sandalwood – Venus and Jupiter, trancework, meditation, third eye stimulation
  • Clove – Jupiter and the sun, prosperity, protection, exorcism, magical space and intention
  • Vetiver – Earth, sensuality, uplifting, processing grief and negative feelings, also for money charms
  • Peppermint – Venus and associated with Air and Water, healing, love mental powers and physic gifts
  • Lavender – Mercury, used for visions, fertility/chastity, also used to attract Fae energies
  • Lemon – Moon and elements of water with any lunar deity
  • Eucalyptus – Purifies negative energies, ritual tools and spaces, helps with regret worries and mental exhaustion
  • Clary Sage – Mercury and the moon, protective, grounding and good for the home, attracting the opposite sex
  • Rosemary – Aphrodite, fire, Leo and masculine energy, Purification, cleansing, sanctifying, and  memory
  • Hyssop – Masculine, Jupiter, Fire. Used for protection and purification.
  • Bay Laurel – Masculine, Sun, Fire. Use it for protection, psychic powers, purification, or setting intentions for spells. It is aligned with the deities Apollo, Pythia, and Eros.
  • Pine – Feminine, Venus, Moon, and Water. Use for power, love, protection, and divination. Associated with Aphrodite, Isis, Osiris, and Hera.

The Base Recipe and Ingredients before Making the Ink

*The original recipe I referenced  is made from plant matter, alcohol, pigments, and resins. It used either lamp black (charcoal made from burning carbon materials) or Gall ink made from a chemical reaction with tannins and rust/salts. It included a form of the following.

  • Tannic Acid (comes from galls (nut) from trees, like oak galls) 
  • Iron (from leftover nails) 
  • Some type of Liquid Base (water, alcohol, vinegar) 
  • Some type of Binder (Gum of Arabic, Glair, Fish Glue, or honey)

 We can look at materials and the metaphysical connections with these materials. Some of these are optional for your recipe, but also know that how you make your ink  helps fuel the purpose behind making it and thus how it works with a magickal practice. What we will use for your recipe is a bit more modern and instead of a 3 day process we can do in a couple of hours.

  • Gum Arabic (Resin in water, pre-crushed and dissolved solution). This is a ratio of 10 grams of ground Gum Arabic per 100 ml of distilled water. The traditional measurements are closer to 1 tsp per 1 cup of water. I also added a few drops of high proof alcohol to help preserve the solution. Gums are water soluble while resin means it is alcohol soluble.
    • The metaphysical properties of gum arabic: It has connections with ancestors and the dead, especially when combined with dragonsblood.  When combined with something like frankincense it excels at protection magic.
  • Pigments (Some pigments are easier than others to use. Some can be hydrophobic and some are oil phobic)
    • Metaphysical properties of charcoal:  It is both Earth and Fire. With water, and intention it becomes all 4 elements. Other pigments can have other properties but we will stick with charcoal and beetroot as options.

Common Resin’s and their Magickal Properties

Amber (Composite Resin)– India Amber, Himalayan Amber, Omber, Ambergris (pseudo)

Energy: FemininePlanet: SunElement: FirePower: Thought, Wisdom, Clarity, Balance, Protection, Healing, Shielding, Calmness, Love, Patience, Sensuality, LovePart: Resin / Essential oil

Benzoin of Sumatra (Styrax benzoin)–  gum benzoin or gum benjamin

Energy: MasculinePlanet: Sun Element: AirPower: Purification, Love, ProsperityPart: Resin / Essential oil
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Copal – Golden (Protium copal)–  South American Frankincense

Energy: MasculinePlanet: Sun Element: FirePower: Purification, considered swappable with Frankincense. Protection, Exorcism, Vitality, Health. Opens the Soul, Sacred in South America.Part: Resin
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Copal – Negro (Protium Grandifolium-)–  Black Copal

Energy: MasculinePlanet: Sun Element: FirePower: Protection, Exorcism, used for Dia de Los Muertos, Ancestral Work. Sacred in South America.Part: Resin
https://queenmeb.com/products/copal-negro-peru-resin?_pos=2&_sid=6553228f4&_ss=r

Copal – White (Shorea javanica)–  

Energy: MasculinePlanet: Sun Element: FirePower: Enhancing, Drawing In, Used for All Metaphysical Practices and Energetic Support.Part: Resin
https://queenmeb.com/products/white-copal-mexico-resin?_pos=46&_sid=6553228f4&_ss=r

Dragon’s Blood (Combination Resin)–  

Energy: MasculinePlanet: Mars Element: FirePower: Exorcism, Love, Protection, Increasing the Potency of Magick.Part: Resin
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Frankincense (Boswellia carteri)–  Ethiopian Tears

Energy: MasculinePlanet: SunElement: FirePower: Protection, Exorcism, Vitality, Spirituality, Commonly used in Catholicism, Associated with Ra and Baal.Part: Resin
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Gum Arabic ( Acacia senegal) gum sudani, acacia gum, arabic gum, gum acacia, acacia, Senegal gum and Indian gum

Energy: MasculinePlanet: MercuryElement: AirPower: Used to communicate with the dead, but also to expel negative energies not associated with positive support. Aligns with Aquarius.Part: Resin
https://queenmeb.com/products/gum-arabic-resin?_pos=1&_sid=6553228f4&_ss=r

Palo Santo (Bursera Graveolens)–  

Energy: MasculinePlanet: SunElement: FirePower: Cleansing, Resetting Space, Spirituality. Sacred to Some South American Cultures.Part: Resin
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Pinion Pine (Pinus Cembroides)–  Piñon Pine, Trementina

Energy: MasculinePlanet: SunElement: FirePower:Fertility, Protection, Money, and General Cleansing. It is associated with Pan, Cybele, Venus, Attis, Dionysus, and Astarte. It is sacred to many Southwest Natives.Part: Resin
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Peruvian Myrrh (Commiphora Myrrha)–  

Energy: FemininePlanet: MoonElement: WaterPower: Protection, Exorcism, General Spirituality. It increases the power of all incense it is burned with. Associated with Isis, Adonis, Ra, and Marion. Part: Resin
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Storax (Sweet Myrrh)

Energy: FemininePlanet: MoonElement: WaterPower: Protection, Exorcism, Vitality, Commonly used in Catholicism, Associated with Ra and Baal.Part: Resin
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*Brown Sugar ()–  Common Brown Sugar w/ Molassas NOT A RESIN

Energy: MasculinePlanet: Venus, JupiterElement: Air, EarthPower: Enhances or Multiplies the Metaphysical Properties of Ingredients, Sweetens Intention. Love Magic, Attraction Spells, Luck, Lusty, Sympathy, Wisdom, Grace.Part: Sugar Crystals

*Brown Sugar – It is common in Mediterranean and Hoodoo cultures to add some brown sugar or honey to spells or incense. it is not a resin, but burns like one, so use it in a ratio as if it were resin.

Carving a Free-Standing Candle with no Container – Tapers, Votives, and Pillars

Intentional Candle Carving (For beeswax, or any free-standing candle not in a container). This section is dedicated to working with free standing candles you have poured into a mold, or purchased pre-made. Remember that you will need a special wax for making votives if you are using something other than beeswax. Basically, it needs to have a different blend of solids and fats so it won’t liquify on your counter when it is burned.

Engraving a candle is a good way to cast a spell by adding a letter of the magical alphabet or rune to your candle. You don’t need artistic skill or even representation for creating this type of candle magick. One could simply use their fingernail and make marks or notches to represent an intention. For hexing, this is my personal favorite method.

i.e. Simply think of something you are upset, angry, happy, or desiring. Really feel those feelings as you carve or imprint into the candle. Allow that energy to flow into the candle and be released from yourself. In a sense, you are allowing the candle to take on the burden of the energy and releasing it into the ether when it is burned. Know that any energy can be put into a candle this way.

Positive or negative.

Know that when the candle is burned, and it gets to the intentional mark-making, there is a feeling in the air of something shifting. It can be very noticeable to sensitive people and can shift as it burns down the candle throughout the different marks and intentions.

You could use something you have around the house or a special tool like a Witches Needle, which is a tool intended for candle and poppet magick.

Cunning Crow Witches Needles by Lady Àine of the Witching Veil

If the wax is too hard, or the room is too cool, you could warm the back on an open flame. Be cautious not to heat up the utensil too much, as it will conduct heat quickly. It should be a quick heating 3-5 seconds with a quick use of the back of the utensil. In this video we warm the candle instead of a tool. Either way, continue to use your intention to carve your candle.

Other ways you can add to your carved candle is to add a label that is safe to burn, or place it in a candle safe glass holder. I like to get creative with my designs as you can see with the 7 day candles I make.

In conclusion of this class, I hope this give you ideas of how you can re-work candles you have or make, with intention. I hope they help your magickal practice as much as my own.

Making a Container Candle

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There is quite a bit of complexity when it comes to candle making. It really isn’t hard, but it’s good to know a few basics. You will need a heat safe candle jar (not all glass is safe!), a wic and a way to stick the wic on, some candle wax, candle color, and (optional) essential oils, herbs, flowers, resins, or crystals. You can use fancy equipment, but many at-home tools can also work like a double boiler and a mason jar.

Paraffin is a byproduct of the oil industry so I suggest using “natural waxes”, soy and beeswax. There are other options out there but I haven’t found them to be great choices for the environment. Typically, filtered and bleached beeswax may also be used but the raw ones are said to be the most powerful for magick candle work. Feel free to try using different candles in your practice and see how you resonate with each one. 

Some waxes have a higher melting point or need a special wic. Some do best when poured at a certain temperature and larger candles can get complicated when it holds too much heat or cools to quick. Some waxes can frost and get “ugly” while others can melt inconsistently if the blend isn’t correct. Containers should be heat safe, but especially important with glass containers. If they are not designated safe for candle making, the glass can explode. Because of our time restraints and concerns over all of these technical issues, we will be making 1 candle and intentionally putting our magic into another – One soy and one beeswax. The glass containers can be re-used. 

Energetically I feel totally fine with re-using my container. I make sure to energetically clean my container with intention before using it for another ritual. I believe being an eco-conscious witch is better than being a superstitious one.  We even have a re-filling program at our shop for 7 day candles. We put your name on it and instead of you recycling the glass, we give you a discount so we don’t have to purchase the glass new.

Type of WaxPouring Temps+ / –
Soy (container)90 – 175 degrees Ffrosts, opaque white color (extra color required for dark), semi-expensive, smells slightly odd unscented. notice the rage of pouring temp which has to do with the manufacture of soy and blend!
Paraffin (container) 175 -185 degrees Fmade from petroleum (aka the oil industry), easy to color, the cheapest wax, looks cheap
Beeswax (container)155-160 degrees Fsmells amazing, always has that smell, no white unless bleached, the most expensive, no additives, a natural product
Palm Wax
(container)
185-190 degrees Fcontainer usually has to be warmed, looks strange and frosts, can have a poor impact on the environment, a natural product

*Make sure to check the manufacture suggestions for the best temps to heat your wax to as well as the best pouring temps. This can make all the difference in the finished look of your candle. Larger candles like pillars and 7 day candles require “breathing holes”, and topping them off, because they retain too much heat and cool at different rates. If you have ever poured a candle and had a big hole or crack appear in it you could have this scenario happening or you are pouring your wax too hot. Refer to those suggested temps and try again!

*The soy wax used in our Candle Crafting and Magick demonstration video using prefers to be heated higher (180-185 degrees F) and poured cooler than other waxes. This isn’t exactly the same for each wax, because every wax is different. If it isn’t heated high enough the scent won’t blend properly. Pour it too hot and it can crack or frost… or have other issues. This wax is poured between 135-55 degrees F, but depending on your geographic location you may find you have to get to know the personality of your wax. This wax also prefers to cool slowly. Some waxes suggest using warmed containers or putting them in a water bath to cool faster. Soy wax should mature for 24-48 hours before burning to get the best scent (if any essential oils are being used). It also is an opaque white and needs more candle coloring to become a bold color. If you want black, consider your ratio to increase by 4%.

If you purchased a candle kit from us it comes with:

  • A 4.5 oz Candle safe glass apothecary style jar
  • 4.3 oz of soy wax. This is more than will fit in the jar and there is a bit left, just in case.
  • Two wic sticker tabs, just in case.
  • One cotton braided wic (lead free)
  • Candle color (we are using a solid for of this because it is easier to ship)
  • 2 packets of herbs to choose from
  • 1 vial of pure essential oil – 5 drops (best for container candle unless you mix this with a carrier oil)
  • 1 vial of conjure/ or anoint oil – 6 drops (which is a blend of extracted herbs and essential oils / or essential oils in a carrier oil)
  • 1 hand-dipped natural honey beeswax chime candle

Mason Jar vs Aluminium Pouring method: Temperatures for using the mason jar method should be reached a bit slower than when using a non glass container. I usually start my heat on it’s highest, getting the water to boil for the double boiler, and then lowering it to a medium-high. For the aluminium pouring method, I use the highest head, and a small amount of water in the bottom pan and it will cut about 15 minutes off the melting time.

Expected Time: Time can vary based on the melting technique you use and the tools you have available. I usually host this class with a group of 10-20 people and we finish everyone’s candles within 2 hrs. I would make sure to set aside at least 30-40 minutes to melt the wax from start to finish, pour it, let it begin to cool, and top with your herbs or crystal choices.

Glitter: PLEASE NEVER USE GLITTER. It is very bad for the animals and environment and it is plastic. Burning plastic is toxic and does nothing magically to your candle. There is such thing as eco glitter which is a seaweed base. It is difficult to find, messy, and expensive so we don’t use it.

Crystals: Please refer to what you know about crystals. Remember, after you finish burning a candle, retrieve your crystal as it can be used again and again. Intentional energetic cleansing, resting, or re-charging may be needed depending on the type of candle magick you used with the stone. Use your intuition to guide you on what is best for each instance. You can add a crystal to the jar before pouring your wax, or wait until it begins to harden and carefully place it on the cooling wax. If the wax is too hot, you will know. It will sink to the bottom.


Now that you have all your magickal materials and tools ready… Let’s make the candle. If you are designing your own candle, make sure to write down your recipe as you go so you can re-make it, refill it, or change it to suit your intention better.

There are a series of videos that will play, giving you a chance to catch up or pause where you need to. Once you finish a short video it will pause, and you can push play to resume.

Magickal Properties of Common Herbs, Flowers, and Essential Oils

Herbs: Not all herbs are safe for burning. It is important to consider that when dried herbs and flowers are added to a candle, they may warm or actually light on fire.

Balm of Gilead (Populus candicans)– aka Poplar buds, Balsam Poplar, Balessan, Basalm Tree, Bechan, Mecca Basalm

Energy: Feminine
Planet: VenusElement: WaterPower: Love, Manifestation, Protection, Healing, Broken Heart, Part: Buds
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Bayberry Bark (Myrica cerifera)– aka Wax myrtle, Myrica, Candle Berry, Arbre a suif, Myricae Cortex, Tallow Shrub, Wachsgagle, Tallowberry, Candleberry Myrtle, Northern Bayberry, Southern Bayberry, Small Waxberry, Yang-mei, Vegetable Wax

Energy: FemininePlanet: JupiterElement: EarthPower: Money, Fortune, Luck, Protection.Part: Root
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Bay (Laurus nobilis)– Bay Laurel, Bay Tree, Daphne, Grecian Laurel, Sweet Bay

Energy: MasculinePlanet: SunElement: FirePower: Protection, Psychic Powers, Healing, PurificationPart: Leaf / Essential Oil
Warning: Not to be used by pregnant women, it can cause spotting or abortion if eaten, Use caution if adding to incense. Burning too much can cause mild hallucination.
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Black Thorn Bark (Prunus spinosa)– Blackthorn, Lin-Mu, Sloe, Wild Plum, Wishing Thorn, Faery Tree

Energy: MasculinePlanet: Mars, SaturnElement: Fire, EarthPower: Associated with Samhain and the Morrigan, Wounding, Exorcism, Protection, Fae, Death, Revenge, Balance of Light vs. Dark, Setting Boundaries, and Hexing.Part: Fruit, Leaves, Flower and Wood / Bark
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Boneset aka Abre Camino (Eupatorium perfoliatum)– aka Road Opener, Agueweed, Crosswort, Feverwort, Indian Sage, Sweating Plant, Teasel, Thoroughwort, Wood Boneset

Energy: FemininePlanet: SaturnElement: WaterPower: Protection, Exorcism, Road OpenerPart: Leaf
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Calamus Root (Acorus calamus)– Acorus, sweet calamus, sweetflag, vacha, myrtle grass, sweet cane, sweet grass, sweet rush, sweet sedge, wild iris

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Energy: MasculinePlanet: Venus, JupiterElement: Water, FirePower: Power, Control, Protection, Aphrodisiac, Uncrossing / Jinxes, Money and LuckPart: Root
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Cedar (Thuja plicata)– aka Western Red Cedar, Pacific Red Cedar, Giant Arborvitae, Giant Cedar,  or Shinglewood

Energy: MasculinePlanet: SunElement: FirePower: Protection, Endurance, Summoning of Spirits, General Cleansing, Money, Psychic PowerPart: Leaf / Essential Oil

Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) –  German Chamomile) Wild Chamomile, Scented Mayweed, Hungarian Chamomile

Energy: FemininePlanet: SunElement: WaterPower: Money, Peace, Love, Purification. Loved by Ra and Cernnunos.Part: Flowers / Essential Oil
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Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)   Salvia sclarea

Energy: FemininePlanet: Mercury, MoonElement: WaterPower: Grounding, Lightens Energy, Attracts the Opposite Sex, Love.Part: Flowers / Essential Oil

Clove Bud (Myrica cerifera)– Clavos

Energy: MasculinePlanet: JupiterElement: SunPower: Money, Fortune, Luck, Protection, Exorcism, Magickal Space and IntentionPart: Bud / Essential Oil

Copaiba (Copaifera officinalis) –  Balsam of copaiba, Brazilian Copal, Balsam, Copaiba Oleoresin, Copaïer, Copaifera langsdorffii, Copaifera reticulata, Copaiva, Copayer, Jesuit’s Balsam

Energy: MasculinePlanet: JupiterElement: AirPower: Heals old wounds, calms the mind, balances the mental state, aids with mercury retrograde, direction and purpse.Part: Resin / Essential Oil

Cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus) –  Bluebottle, Bluebow, Hurtsickle, Blue Cap

Energy: FemininePlanet: Venus & SaturnElement: Air & EarthPower: Psychic Awareness, Wisdom, Ritual Work, Fertility, Divination. Aligns with Cancer & VirgoPart: Flowers
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Damiana (Turnera diffuse or T. aphrodisiaca)– aka Mexican Damiana

Energy: MasculinePlanet: MarsElement: FirePower: Lust, Love, Visions, DivinationPart: Leaf & Stem
Warning: It is illegal in some states to buy/sell because it is a component to a street drug, Spice.
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Elderflower (Sambucus nigra) – Elderberry, Elderberries, Black-berried European elder, European elder, German Elder, Aeld (Fire), Elder Mother, Devil’s Eye, Countryman’s Medicine Chest.

Energy: FemininePlanet: JupiterElement: Fire & WaterPower: Prosperity, Protection, Health, Part: Flowers
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Elecampane– Alantwurzel, Elf Dock, Aunee, Elfwort, Horseheal, Nurse Heal, Scabwort, Velvet Dock, Wild Sunflower

Energy: MasculinePlanet: MercuryElement: AirPower: Love, Protection, Psychic Powers, Working with Fae, Divination and ScryingPart: Leaves, Flowers, or Roots
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Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)– Blue Gum Tree, Stringy Bark Tree, Fever Tree, Woolly Butt

Energy: FemininePlanet: MoonElement: WaterPower: Healing, Protection, Purifies negative energies, Ritual Tools and Spaces, Helps with Regret, Worries and Mental Exhaustion, Old MagickPart: Leaves / Essential Oil
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Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)– Isopo Ysopo, Yssop

Energy: MasculinePlanet: JupiterElement: FirePower: Purification, ProtectionPart: Leaf / Essential Oil
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Jasmine (Jasminum odoratissimum)– Jessamin, Moonlight on the Grove, Poet’s Jessamine, Anbar, Yasmin

Energy: FemininePlanet: MoonElement: WaterPower: Love, Money, Prophetic Dreams, It is said to align with VishnuPart: Flowers
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Juniper (Juniperus communes)– Enebro, Geminer Wachholder, Geneva, Gin Berry, Gin Plant

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Energy: MasculinePlanet: SunElement: FirePower: Protection, Anti-theft, Love, Exorcism, Health, MoneyPart: Leaves, Berries / Essential Oil

Lavender (Lavendula officinale)– Elf Leaf, Nard, Nardus, Spike

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Energy: MasculinePlanet: MercuryElement: AirPower: Love, Protection, Sleep, Chastity, Purification, Happiness, Peace, Visions, Fertility, Fae EnergiesPart: Flowers / Essential Oil
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Lemon (Citrus limon)citrone

Energy: FemininePlanet: MoonElement: WaterPower: Uplifting, Shadow Work, Associated with any Lunar DeitiesPart: Peel / Essential Oil

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) balm, bee balm, cure-all, dropsy plant, honey plant, Melissa, Melissa folium, Melissa officinalis, sweet balm, and sweet Mary

Energy: FemininePlanet: Venus, Jupiter, MoonElement: WaterPower: Lust, Love, Libido, Throat Chakra, Relationship Boredom, Attraction. Sacred use in temples of Artemis and Diana. Aligns with the sign of Cancer. Part: Leaf
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Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)– Lacris (Welsh) Lycorys, Sweet Root

Energy: FemininePlanet: VenusElement: WaterPower: Lust, Love, FidelityPart: Root
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Mullein (Verbascum thapus) – Aaron’s Rod, Blanket Leaf, Candlewick Plant, Clot, Doffle, Feltwort, Flannel Plant, Graveyard Dust, Hag’s Tapers, Hedge Taper, Jupiter’s Staff, Lady’s Foxglove, Old Man’s Fennel, Peter’s Staff, Shepherd’s Club, Shepherd’s Herb Torches, Velvetback, Velvet Plant

Energy: FemininePlanet: SaturnElement: FirePower: Courage, Protection, Health, Love, Divination, Exorcism. Favored by Jupiter.Part: Flower
https://queenmeb.com/products/mullein-verbascum-thapus-witching-herbs?_pos=4&_sid=110b18097&_ss=r

Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris, and many other variations)– aka Artemesia, Felon Herb, Naughty Man, Old Uncle Henry, Sailor’s Tobacco, St Johns Plant, Black Sage, Witches Sage

Energy: FemininePlanet: VenusElement: EarthPower: Strength, Psychic Powers, Protection, Prophetic Dreams, Healing, Astral ProjectionPart: Leaves / Essential Oil
https://queenmeb.com/products/mugwort-artemesia-vulgaris-witching-herbs?_pos=6&_sid=1fb815d98&_ss=r

Patchouli (Pogostemon patchouli) – aka mint, deadnettle (not actual deadnettle)

Energy: FemininePlanet: Saturn / ScorpioElement: EarthPower: Protection, Love, Money, FertilityPart: Leaf / Essential Oil
https://queenmeb.com/products/patchouli-leaves-pogostemon-cablin-witching-herbs?_pos=1&_sid=bf9719370&_ss=r

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) – Mentha balsamea Wild 

Energy: FemininePlanet: VenusElement: Air and WaterPower: Healing, Love, Mental Powers, Psychic GiftsPart: Leaf / Essential Oil

Pinion Pine (Pinus edulis / cembroides)The Two-Needle Pine, New Mexico or Colorado Pinyon Pine.

Energy: MasculinePlanet: MarsElement: AirPower: Fertility, Protection, Money, and General Cleansing. It is associated with Pan, Cybele, Venus, Attis, Dionysus, and Astarte. It is sacred to many Southwest Natives.Part: Leaves / Essential Oil

Rose Petals (Rosa centrifolia) – Rose

Energy: FemininePlanet: VenusElement: WaterPower: Dreamwork, Love, Psychic Powers, Healing, Divination, Luck, Protection. Deities – Hathor, Hulda, Eros, Cupid, Demeter, Isis, Adonis, Harpocrates, Aurora, Santa Muerte, Aphrodite, VenusPart: Flowers
https://queenmeb.com/products/rose-petals-rosa-centrifolia-witching-flowers?_pos=1&_sid=8682c11b3&_ss=r

Rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus) – Anthos

Energy: MasculinePlanet: VenusElement: FirePower: Purification, Cleansing, Sanctifying, Memory. Aligns with LeoPart: Leaves / Flowers / Essential Oil

Sandalwood (Santalum album)– 

Energy: FemininePlanet: Venus, JupiterElement: WaterPower: Trancework, Meditation, Third-Eye Stimulation, VisionsPart: Wood / Essential Oil
This is a threatened species of Sandalwood and it has become increasingly hard to get in powder or wood form, but some diluted oils are still available. Other more ethically sourced options are available all over the world.

Scullcap (Scutellatia lateriflora)– Greater Skullcap, Helmet Flower, Hoodwort, Madweed, Quaker Bonnet

Energy: FemininePlanet: SaturnElement: WaterPower: Love, Fidelity, Peace, Relaxation, Nervine, Increases Power and InsightPart: Leaves
https://queenmeb.com/products/scullcap-scutellatia-lateriflora-witching-herbs?_pos=1&_sid=fb1cc881e&_ss=r

Star Anise (Illicium verum)– aka Chinese anise

Energy: MasculinePlanet: JupiterElement: AirPower: Psychic Powers, Good Luck, Money, Increasing Power, DivinationPart: Flower Pod / Essential Oil
https://queenmeb.com/products/star-anise-illicium-verum-witching-herbs?_pos=1&_sid=22dd763c6&_ss=r

Vetiver (Chrysopogon zizanioides,)

Energy: MasculinePlanet: VenusElement: EarthPower: Sensuality, Uplifting, Processing Grief and Negativity, Transformation, Money Charms. Heart Chakra.Part: Roots / Essential Oil

White Sage (Salvia apiana) The white sage, bee sage, or sacred sage

Energy: MasculinePlanet: JupiterElement: AirPower: Use for expansiveness, protection, and aspects with the moon. Sacred to indigenous native communities.Part: Leaves / Essential Oil
https://queenmeb.com/products/cedar-white-blue-sage-smudge-sticks?_pos=1&_sid=dfc7899b4&_ss=r

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)– Arrowroot (not the white powder root), Bad Man’s Plaything, Carpenter’s Weed, Death Flower, Devil’s Nettle, Eerie, Field Hops, Hundred Leaved Grass, Knight;s Millfoil, Military Herb, Old Man’s Mustard, Old Man’s Pepper, Seven Year’s Love, Soldier’s Woundwort, Stanch Weed, Tansy, Wound Wort, Yarroway

Energy: FemininePlanet: Venus, Jupiter Element: Water, AirPower: Courage, Love, Psychic Powers, Exorcism. It holds a special meaning of both war or healing.Part: Leaves/ Flowers, Roots
https://queenmeb.com/products/yarrow-achillea-millefolium-witching-flowers?_pos=5&_sid=8252f5b99&_ss=r

For a larger selection of herbs, refer to your magickal herbalism books, or take my Hedgewitchery, Brews, and Potions class.

Planning your Candle and Working with Elements

the house of twigs candle making macik class the house of twigs

What you energetically and physically put into your candles determines what it does. 

As you make your candles allow your body to feel what it is you want it to create. 

Feel deep in your soul, bringing balance, or well-deserved prosperity. Honor the energy or deity you are working with. Use practices that align with your beliefs. Don’t just follow someone’s recipe or spell. It means nothing if it has no personal intention put it. You are the magick. The candle is the tool.

What I like to do is hold my internal energy in a specific place whilst doing other things with my hands. It is like a form of working meditation and energetic intent, even on a time-budget. Try doing this silently, or whilst holding that intention and having small conversation or working with your hands. It is about being energetically present when creating magick and those magickal items will in turn support your magick when you use them.

If you would like to plan on making your candle aligned with specific elements, deities or intentions there is a brief guide below. Feel free to get creative with this planning. For the example video I provide, I am using the Transformation Candle Kit we are selling. I saw this transformation candle something on the earth plane, and created it to have that transformation properties, but also something that increases luck, prosperity, road opening, manifesting, and re-directing energy. This can be used in any aspect of life: relationships, career, housing, health, creativity, etc.

General Days of the Week

SundaySun : for success, wealth, fame, happiness, or starting something new.

  • Apollo, Brigid, Helios, Ra
  • Fire / Masculine

Monday Moon : for intuition, shadow work, subconscious, astral travel, dreamwork.

  • Artemis, Diana, Luna, Selene, Thoth
  • Water / Feminine

Tuesday – Mars : for strength, challenges, and passion

  • Aries, Lilith, Morrighan, Tyr
  • Fire / Masculine

WednesdayMercury : for communication, art, poetry, inspiration, and creativity.

  • Athena, Hermes, Lugh, Odin
  • Air / Masculine

ThursdayJupiter : for luck, enchantments, charms, and of course prosperity work.

  • Juno, Thor, Zeus
  • Earth / Masculine

FridayVenus : for love, romance, fertility, and self-care.

  • Aphrodite, Eros, Freya, Venus
  • Water / Feminine

SaturdaySaturn : for banishing, protection magick, defense magick, and ending a cycle, or energetic resets.

  • Cronos, Fates, Hecate, Loki
  • Earth & Fire / Feminine

Candle Crafting and Magick Beeswax tapers chime candles by The House of Twigs Keven Craft Rtiuals
Beeswax chime canldes I make in-house.

Candle colors and their meaning can vary depending on your culture, magickal practice, location, and personal opinion. They are commonly seen with the following properties.:

Red:Sexual issues, passion, lust, aggression, anger, courage, danger, sensuality, fire element, root chakra, the direction of South, Aries ruled by mars for energizing or lifting, the element of fire

Orange: Confidence, agitation, Emotional Issues, Sacral Chakra, the direction of South, Leo ruled by the sun for passion and sexual energy.

Yellow: Abundance, clarity, personal purpose, cowardice, some prefer this as their air element, Solar Plexus Chakra, Gemini ruled by intelligence and movement, the direction of East

Green: Prosperity, growth, money, earth element, body, conception, fertility, healing, jealousy, heart chakra, the direction of North, Taurus ruled by Venus use for growth in wealth and fortune, the element of earth.

Blue: Peace, angelic, personal voice, bliss, sadness. trust, water element, throat chakra, Aquarius ruled by Uranus for detachment ritual, organization or independence, the direction of West. Pale blue is associated with Virgo, who is ruled Mercury spells used for healing and communication.

Purple: Royalty, intuition, violet flame, psychic protection, third eye chakra, Sagittarius ruled by Jupiter spells used for confidence, happiness and travel, the element of spirit

Pink/ Violet: Love, kindness, beauty, flirtation, idealistic love, sensitivity, the direction of South, Libra ruled by Venus spells for balance, romance and peace

Black: protection, death and rebirth, power, ancestors, shadow work, mystery, all chakras, Scorpio ruled by Pluto spells for transformation, sex and self-empowerment, the direction of North.

White: hope, cleanliness, death, higher guides, crown chakra, inspiration, learning. light, winter, wisdom, Pisces ruled by Neptune spells used for inspiration, divination, or dreamwork, the element of air. (White candles are also commonly symbolic of purity and can be used in place of any color of candle)

Brown: home, family, stability, Capricorn ruled by Saturn for ambition and loyalty

Silver/grey: divination, intuition, magic, moon-time rites, occult, secrets, Cancer ruled by water for love and friendship

Yule featuring Cernunnos

Some God and Goddess Associations: Remember not all of these are burn safe, but you could place your candle in a fire safe, burning container near a bed of flowers or oak leaves, holly, poppies, etc.

Aphrodite – apples, linden tree, myrtle tree, pomegranate, poppies, prickly lettuce, roses, star of bethlehem

Artemis – artemisia (mugwort, southernwood, tarragon, wormwood), bay laurel, cedar, chase tree, fir, myrtle, oak, walnut, wild fig, willow

Baba Yaga – black sunflowers, medicinal herbs, poppies, rye, tobacco

Bast (Bastet) – catnip

Brighid – blackberries, oak, rushes

Demeter – barley, chaste tree, fig, oak, mint, poppies, pomegranate, pennyroyal, wheat

Diana – apple, grain, oak

Freya – apples, barley, flowers

Hathor – blue lotus

Hecate – asphodel, black poplar, date palm, garlic, henna, lavender, mandrake, medicinal herbs (various), pomegranate

Isis – flowers, myrrh, sycamore fig, vervain

Kali – red hibiscus, red rhododendron, poinsettia

Kuan Yin – lotus, oolong tea leaves, orange, pomegranate, willow

Morgan Le Fay – apple, blackthorn, herbs, lily of the valley, oak, willow

The Morrigan – blackthorn,, Juniper berries, Nightshade, Dragon’s blood, Mugwort, Yew

Buddha – rice, lotus

Cernunnos – oak, ivy, grain, conifer trees

Jupiter – acorn, agrimony, almond, aloe, aspen, beech, cassia, carnation, cedar, cypress, daisy, fig, gorse, hyssop, leek, mullein, oak, olive, orange, palm, pine, sage, vervain, violate

Krishna – acacia, bay, frankincense, vine

Loki – beech, blackthorn, elder, elm, ivy, juniper, mullein, thistle, willow, yew

Mars – bay laurel, dogwood, fig, oak

Odin – amanita muscaria, elecampane, juniper, Wotan’s Herb

Osiris – acacia, benzoin, cedar, clove, dittany of crete, grains, ivy, orris, palm date, tamarisk, vine, willow

Pan – grapes, pine, reeds

Ra – acacia, bay, cinnamon, frankincense, heliotrope, myrrh, olive, sunflower, vine

Set – myrrh, patchouli, thistle

Thor – acorns, avens, dragon’s blood, juniper, oak, oak moss, pine, thistle

Thoth – bamboo, papyrus

How to use this course with almost any deck.

It’s important to remember that although tarot has a rich history, card interpretations can still be disagreed upon or vary from deck to deck. The symbolism of each card comes from the style of deck that is being used, be that a Marseilles, Rider-Waite, or the Liguria-Piedmontese Italian deck. 

Gender Representations in Tarot

In this class, he, she,  they, and them are all interchangeable. Gender is represented in the cards, but they NEVER mean gender. With current social trajectories of gender and representation it is important to look at how tarot has been used since the 15th century and how we can include and shift this to fit with this century. I do however enjoy seeing diversity and representations of duality, androgyny, and hermaphroditism when looking at how gender in tarot has been expressed as a symbolic representation of people and personalities, and not their gender. The identity expressions represent aspects of left brain, right brain, intuition, intellectualism, directness, transformative, and so on. Many modern decks have shifted this old representation by removing male aspects of decks, choose to not use people at all, or make sure to include all types of people with different cultural backgrounds, body types, abilities, ages, etc. I thisk representation and this conversation is important so I sell non-binary and trans decks in my store. What is important for me in this class, is that you finish it feeling comfortable reading any deck and using the symbolism to interpret the meaning in a way that is both correct, and fitting to YOUR social expressions and experiences. I have read books on and had many conversations with various gender expressions on being inclusive with tarot and using decks that have a non-binary expression.

What I have found is that each situation for each person is unique, and understading the historical symbolism and making sure to express that these are not social expectations. I myself identify as female, but also feel like I probably was supposed to have been born male. I am quite masculine but also feel comfortable using she and her, althgouh I also indetify as queer. I love all forms of people and expression and I encourage you to change pronouns or character symbolism as you deem fit. In fact, if you don’t identify with your deck in this way, know there are options in making sure you have the best symolism that aligns with you and your values.

What to do during this course.

Keep in mind during this course that it is your job to have your card out and in-hand while going though this course. Please participate in finding your own symbolism and have a moment with each card. It really helps!

If you have multiple decks, you may want to do this course with each style of deck you own or journal on the symbols and differences of the variations of.

This course is informative and a guide of how to commit the cards to memory, and in a new way. By using mutliple types of learning techniques, it is easier to commit the information to your short-term and long-term memory. Plus, it is more fun that just reading it from a book.

Seperate your cards out of the deck each time you begin a lesson. As the video tutorials proceed, it is advised to look at the card references I have provided.

We will begin working with only the major arcana, and will go over one card at a time. Each time you begin a lesson, make sure you have these cards out so you can compare the content you have learned. Notice the naming convention your deck uses and it is also fun to pay attention to what the traditional playing card suit and number is. It is also important to notice naming conventions, symbolic patterns, and things you never saw before. Follow along and find your own stories here that relate to things in your life or symbols you recognize.

As stated in the course overview, we use lots of different examples of decks. For me, this really seems to help understand the types of information that is happening. The actual description of the elements, is taken from the most commonly used deck style, which is the Rider-Waite, but this is a collection of interpretations from many different decks as well as some of my own personal experiences when reading with the cards.

**Do not be alarmed if you do not see all these symbols in your cards. The story is still there and these are just keys to help you remeber what each card represents!

The Recipe: w/ Instructional Video

Recipe Design

When considering the ingredients, you have chosen for your incense, you want to separate and take an inventory of the resin vs. herb/flower content. Resins usually require a higher heat and would normally have a chemical additive or be burned onto a charcoal to reach a high enough temperature to melt it. Often you may see dry and loose incense laid into a sand or ash and burned without the shaping of a stick or cone. This is a dryless procedure, but also requires something like cow dung, makko, or saltpeter.  Saltpeter is toxic and unhealthy to work with. In India, most incense blanks and stick you find are made here, and they use cow dung as their burning accelerant. Normally when you hear about custom incense making, it is one of these blanks from India, which is then dipped into fragrance perfumes and oils. We will also not be using any of these because they contain many toxins and allergen contaminants and not always made from real organic plant materials.

Just like making a dough, or some sort of cookie, we need a certain amount of glue, to hold this together, but we also want this to be easily burnable to make this incense burn on it’s own and remain hot enough to melt resins. What is important to remember is that is is easier to add water than it is to remove it.  We will grind our ingredients, mix them together dry, and then slowly add water to have our reaction of the makko, a traditional Japanese incense “glue” and (think similar to chia seeds), and it will absorb water and become sticky and gelatinous. Depending on your ratio of resin vs. herb, this determines both the makko amount and the water amount. I have weighed out about 10g of makko . 28 g is equal to a 1 oz bag, so that gives you a good idea on how many you can make.

From this amount, I often see people with a few sticks, or 5-8 cones.

Proportions to Reference for Your Own Recipes

Resin 20% / Herb & Flower 60% / Makko 20%

Herb Ratio: Resin 30 % / Herb & Flower 40% / Makko 30%

Herb Ratio: Resin 40% / Herb & Flower 20% / Makko 40%

Common Burnable Ingredients, Essential Oils, and their Magickal Properties

Angelica (Angelica archangelica)– aka Archangel, Masterwort, Holy Ghost Plant

Energy: MasculinePlanet: SunElement: FirePower: Protection, Exorcism, Healing, VisionsPart: Root
Warning: This tea has been drunk regularly as a forced abortive or can even cause such when burned as an incense.

Basil (Ocimum basilicum)– aka American Dittany, “Our Herb”, St. Joseph’s Wort, Sweet Basil, Witches Herb

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Energy: MasculinePlanet: MarsElement: FirePower: Love, Exorcism, Wealth, Flying, ProtectionPart: Leaf
Warning: Too much basil can be an abortive. This would go above and beyond a normal eating of the herb.

Bayberry Bark (Myrica cerifera)– aka Wax myrtle, Myrica, Candle Berry, Arbre a suif, Myricae Cortex, Tallow Shrub, Wachsgagle, Tallowberry, Candleberry Myrtle, Northern Bayberry, Southern Bayberry, Small Waxberry, Yang-mei, Vegetable Wax

Energy: FemininePlanet: JupiterElement: EarthPower: Money, Fortune, Luck, Protection.Part: Root

Bay (Laurus nobilis)– Bay Laurel, Bay Tree, Daphne, Grecian Laurel, Sweet Bay

Energy: MasculinePlanet: SunElement: FirePower: Protection, Psychic Powers, Healing, PurificationPart: Leaf / Essential Oil
Warning: Not to be used by pregnant women, it can cause spotting or abortion if eaten, Use caution if adding to incense. Burning too much can cause mild hallucination.

Black Thorn Bark (Prunus spinosa)– Blackthorn, Lin-Mu, Sloe, Wild Plum, Wishing Thorn, Faery Tree

Energy: MasculinePlanet: Mars, SaturnElement: Fire, EarthPower: Associated with Samhain and the Morrigan, Wounding, Exorcism, Protection, Fae, Death, Revenge, Balance of Light vs. Dark, Setting Boundaries, and Hexing.Part: Fruit, Leaves, Flower and Wood / Bark

Boneset aka Abre Camino (Eupatorium perfoliatum)– aka Road Opener, Agueweed, Crosswort, Feverwort, Indian Sage, Sweating Plant, Teasel, Thoroughwort, Wood Boneset

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Energy: FemininePlanet: SaturnElement: WaterPower: Protection, Exorcism, Road OpenerPart: Leaf

Calamus Root (Acorus calamus)– Acorus, sweet calamus, sweetflag, vacha, myrtle grass, sweet cane, sweet grass, sweet rush, sweet sedge, wild iris

Calamus Eseential oil root candle making class the house of twigs
Energy: MasculinePlanet: Venus, JupiterElement: Water, FirePower: Power, Control, Protection, Aphrodisiac, Uncrossing / Jinxes, Money and LuckPart: Root

Cedar (Thuja plicata)– aka Western Red Cedar, Pacific Red Cedar, Giant Arborvitae, Giant Cedar,  or Shinglewood

Energy: MasculinePlanet: SunElement: FirePower: Protection, Endurance, Summoning of Spirits, General Cleansing, Money, Psychic PowerPart: Leaf / Essential Oil

Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) –  German Chamomile) Wild Chamomile, Scented Mayweed, Hungarian Chamomile

Energy: FemininePlanet: SunElement: WaterPower: Money, Peace, Love, Purification. Loved by Ra and Cernnunos.Part: Flowers / Essential Oil

Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)   Salvia sclarea

Energy: FemininePlanet: Mercury, MoonElement: WaterPower: Grounding, Lightens Energy, Attracts the Opposite Sex, Love.Part: Flowers / Essential Oil

Clove Bud (Myrica cerifera)– Clavos

Energy: MasculinePlanet: JupiterElement: SunPower: Money, Fortune, Luck, Protection, Exorcism, Magickal Space and Intention, To Stop GossipPart: Bud / Essential Oil

Cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus) –  Bluebottle, Bluebow, Hurtsickle, Blue Cap

Energy: FemininePlanet: Venus & SaturnElement: Air & EarthPower: Psychic Awareness, Wisdom, Ritual Work, Fertility, Divination. Aligns with Cancer & VirgoPart: Flowers

Damiana (Turnera diffuse or T. aphrodisiaca)– aka Mexican Damiana

Energy: MasculinePlanet: MarsElement: FirePower: Lust, Love, Visions, DivinationPart: Leaf & Stem
Warning:It is illegal in some states to buy/sell because it is a component to a street drug, Spice.

Elderflower (Sambucus nigra) – Elderberry, Elderberries, Black-berried European elder, European elder, German Elder, Aeld (Fire), Elder Mother, Devil’s Eye, Countryman’s Medicine Chest.

Energy: FemininePlanet: JupiterElement: Fire & WaterPower: Prosperity, Protection, Health, Part: Flowers

Elecampane– Alantwurzel, Elf Dock, Aunee, Elfwort, Horseheal, Nurse Heal, Scabwort, Velvet Dock, Wild Sunflower

Energy: MasculinePlanet: MercuryElement: AirPower: Love, Protection, Psychic Powers, Working with Fae, Divination and ScryingPart: Leaves, Flowers, or Roots

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)– Blue Gum Tree, Stringy Bark Tree, Fever Tree, Woolly Butt

Energy: FemininePlanet: MoonElement: WaterPower: Healing, Protection, Purifies negative energies, Ritual Tools and Spaces, Helps with Regret, Worries and Mental Exhaustion, Old MagickPart: Leaves / Essential Oil

Hawthorn (Crataegus oxacantha)– Bread and Cheese Tree, Gaxels, Hagthorn, Halves, Hazels, Ladie’s Meat, Mayblossom, Thorn, Tree of Chastity

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Energy: MasculinePlanet: MarsElement: FirePower: Fertility, Chastity, Fishing Magic, HappinessPart: Leaves, Flowers,  or Berries

Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)– Isopo Ysopo, Yssop

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Energy: MasculinePlanet: JupiterElement: FirePower: Purification, ProtectionPart: Leaf / Essential Oil

Jasmine (Jasminum odoratissimum)– Jessamin, Moonlight on the Grove, Poet’s Jessamine, Anbar, Yasmin

Energy: FemininePlanet: MoonElement: WaterPower: Love, Money, Prophetic Dreams, It is said to align with VishnuPart: Flowers

Juniper (Juniperus communes)– Enebro, Geminer Wachholder, Geneva, Gin Berry, Gin Plant

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Energy: MasculinePlanet: SunElement: FirePower: Protection, Anti-theft, Love, Exorcism, Health, MoneyPart: Leaves, Berries / Essential Oil

Lavender (Lavendula officinale)– Elf Leaf, Nard, Nardus, Spike

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Energy: MasculinePlanet: MercuryElement: AirPower: Love, Protection, Sleep, Chastity, Purification, Happiness, Peace, Visions, Fertility, Fae EnergiesPart: Flowers / Essential Oil

Lemon (Citrus limon)

Energy: FemininePlanet: MoonElement: WaterPower: Uplifting, Shadow Work, Associated with any Lunar DeitiesPart: Peel / Essential Oil

Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)– Lacris (Welsh) Lycorys, Sweet Root

Energy: FemininePlanet: VenusElement: WaterPower: Lust, Love, FidelityPart: Root

Mullein (Verbascum thapus) – Aaron’s Rod, Blanket Leaf, Candlewick Plant, Clot, Doffle, Feltwort, Flannel Plant, Graveyard Dust, Hag’s Tapers, Hedge Taper, Jupiter’s Staff, Lady’s Foxglove, Old Man’s Fennel, Peter’s Staff, Shepherd’s Club, Shepherd’s Herb Torches, Velvetback, Velvet Plant

Energy: FemininePlanet: SaturnElement: FirePower: Courage, Protection, Health, Love, Divination, Excorcism. Favored by Jupiter.Part: Flower

Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris, and many other variations)– aka Artemesia, Felon Herb, Naughty Man, Old Uncle Henry, Sailor’s Tobacco, St Johns Plant, Black Sage, Witches Sage

Energy: FemininePlanet: VenusElement: EarthPower: Strength, Psychic Powers, Protection, Prophetic Dreams, Healing, Astral ProjectionPart: Leaves / Essential Oil

Orris Root (Iris germanica)– Florentine Irish, Queen Elizabeth Root

Energy: FemininePlanet: Venus, MoonElement: WaterPower: Love, Protection, DivinationPart: Root (Powder)

Patchouli (Pogostemon patchouli) – aka mint, deadnettle (not actual deadnettle)

Energy: FemininePlanet: Saturn / ScorpioElement: EarthPower: Protection, Love, Money, FertilityPart: Leaf / Essential Oil

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) – Mentha balsamea Wild 

Energy: FemininePlanet: VenusElement: Air and WaterPower: Healing, Love, Mental Powers, Psychic GiftsPart: Leaf / Essential Oil

Pinion Pine (Pinus edulis / cembroides)The Two-Needle Pine, New Mexico or Colorado Pinyon Pine.

Energy: MasculinePlanet: MarsElement: AirPower: Fertility, Protection, Money, and General Cleansing. It is associated with Pan, Cybele, Venus, Attis, Dionysus, and Astarte. It is sacred to many Southwest Natives.Part: Leaves / Essential Oil

Rose Petals (Rosa centrifolia) – Rose

Energy: FemininePlanet: VenusElement: WaterPower: Dreamwork, Love, Psychic Powers, Healing, Divination, Luck, Protection. Deities – Hathor, Hulda, Eros, Cupid, Demeter, Isis, Adonis, Harpocrates, Aurora, Santa Muerte, Aphrodite, VenusPart: Flowers

Rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus) – Anthos

Energy: MasculinePlanet: VenusElement: FirePower: Purification, Cleansing, Sanctifying, Memory. Aligns with LeoPart: Leaves / Flowers / Essential Oil

Sandalwood (Santalum album)– 

Energy: FemininePlanet: Venus, JupiterElement: WaterPower: Trancework, Meditation, Third-Eye Stimulation, VisionsPart: Wood / Essential Oil
This is a threatened species of Sandalwood and it has become increasingly hard to get in powder or wood form, but some diluted oils are still available. Other more ethically sourced options are available all over the world.

Scullcap (Scutellatia lateriflora)– Greater Skullcap, Helmet Flower, Hoodwort, Madweed, Quaker Bonnet

Energy: FemininePlanet: SaturnElement: WaterPower: Love, Fidelity, Peace, Relaxation, Nervine, Increases Power and InsightPart: Leaves

Spearmint (Mentha spicata) garden mint, common mint, lamb mint and mackerel mint

Energy: MasculinePlanet: MarsElement: FirePower: Healing, Love, Mental Powers, Psychic GiftsPart: Leaves

Star Anise (Illicium verum)– aka Chinese anise

Energy: MasculinePlanet: JupiterElement: AirPower: Psychic Powers, Good Luck, Money, Increasing Power, DivinationPart: Flower Pod / Essential Oil

Vetiver (Chrysopogon zizanioides,)

Energy: MasculinePlanet: VenusElement: EarthPower: Sensuality, Uplifting, Processing Grief and Negativity, Transformation, Money Charms. Heart Chakra.Part: Roots / Essential Oil

White Sage (Salvia apiana) The white sage, bee sage, or sacred sage

Energy: MasculinePlanet: JupiterElement: AirPower:Use for expansiveness, protection, and aspects with the moon. Sacred to indigenous native communities.Part: Leaves / Essential Oil

Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)– Absinthe, Old Woman, Crown for a King, Madderwort, Wormot

Energy: MasculinePlanet: MarsElement: FirePower: Psychic Powers, protection, Love, Calling Spirits. It has associations with Diana, Artemis, and Iris. It is toxic in close quarters and should be burned outside. Not to be used around pregnant women.Part: Leaves

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)– Arrowroot (not the white powder root), Bad Man’s Plaything, Carpenter’s Weed, Death Flower, Devil’s Nettle, Eerie, Field Hops, Hundred Leaved Grass, Knight;s Millfoil, Military Herb, Old Man’s Mustard, Old Man’s Pepper, Seven Year’s Love, Soldier’s Woundwort, Stanch Weed, Tansy, Wound Wort, Yarroway

Energy: FemininePlanet: Venus, Jupiter Element: Water, AirPower: Courage, Love, Psychic Powers, Exorcism. It holds a special meaning of both war or healing.Part: Leaves/ Flowers, Roots

Yerba Santa (Eriodictyon californicum)– mountain balm, bear’s weed, gum bush, gum plant, and consumptive weed. Less common names include Herbe des Montagnes, Herbe à Ourse, Herbe Sacrée, Herbe Sainte, Hierba Santa, Holy Herb, and Tarweed.

Energy: FemininePlanet: Venus Element: WaterPower: Charms, Protection, Divination, Exorcism, Journeying, Beauty and Glamour, Dispelling of Hostile Energies.Part: Leaves

Crystal Break-Downs H-Z

  1. Hematite: (1st Chakra – Element Earth) Hematite is the most effective stone for grounding oneself in the body and physical world. It can counteract confusion and ‘spaciness’. It can help to balance the auric field and align the chakras pulling stray energies down through the meridian system to the root chakra. Hematite teaches the resolution of polarities- because it encompasses both the yin and the yang and the balance of light. It is a strong grounding stone, yet assists in carrying higher energies while remaining grounded in the physical realm. It lends strength courage and fortitude to move forward. Physically, it is an excellent support for recovery from ailment of the blood and blood production within bone marrow; especially in relation to the liver and detoxification.
  2. Herkimer Quartz “Diamond”: (6th, 7th Chakras – Element Storm) These crystals, beyond almost all others are manifestations of put solidified spiritual light. These emanate a high-harmonious energy. They work great for body layouts, dream work, meditation, jewelry, or any type of healing work. They also pick up and magnify the frequency of other stones. One can use these in the process of vibrational ascension while still remaining connected with the earth. Dreamwork  or astral travel with herkimer diamonds can be a great experience. Simply sleep with one in a pillowcase and ask the stone to integrate high energy dreams. Larger herkimer’s are great and cleansing spaces by bringing high frequency energy into the home or office. These stones are also excellent for maintaining dimensional doorways, healing grids and vortex grids. Water and carbon ‘inclusion’ herkimers can assists in the removal of energetic cords, arrows or patterns from the emotional body.
  3. Kunzite (Pink): (4th Chakra – Element Water) The energies of kunzite teaches the value of joy and celebration through the heart chakra. It promotes self-love, interpersonal love, love for humanity/plants/animals/ and minerals. It is a conduit from one’s heart to the vibration of the divine love. Meditating with kunzite can facilitate profound experiences of the universal love. Carrying the stone helps one move through the day with kindness gentleness and serenity. It is a powerful healer of the emotional body, particularly those who have closed themselves off from the full experience of life to protect themselves. It encourages one to release fear and move into life with exuberance. Kunzite helps ease stress in the physical world and supports the nervous system and helps heal any physical blockages.
  4. Kyanite (Black): (All, especially the 6th and 7th Chakra – Element Storm)Black Kyanite has a high vibration and transfers energy quickly. It is shaped as a small broom and is known as en auric and energetic broom. It helps one accentuate and open psychic channels to activate the mind center and download information from higher sources. It can help communication between people, especially if both people are working with this stone. It can help remove energetic patterning and bridge energy gaps in the physical body to help speed healing and the moving of energy.
  5. Kyanite (Blue): (All, especially the 6th and 7th Chakra – Element Storm) Blue Kyanite is focused more on the psychic and shadow aspect and is perfect for lucid dreaming. It is linked with the physical and astral bodies helping to bring consciousness into walking, dreaming and the psychic world. 
  6. Labradorite: (All Chakras – Element Wind) Labradorite is a gemstone of magic, and it awakens in those who carry or wear it the awareness of one’s innate magical gifts. The mirror like qualities of labradorite allow one to move through the unseen realms while purifying one’s energies in the light. For shamans, magicians and ‘witches’ it is a protective and powerful stone that aids in recalling experiences one has had in other realms, times, and past lives. It serves as psychic protection for those who energetically travel. Emotionally this stone helps uncover unconscious belief patterns that generate unpleasant emotional states. Physically, this stone helps reveal the nature of ‘mystery illnesses’ by showing the patterns that have created disease.
  7. Lapis Lazuli: (5th, 6th Chakras – Element Wind) Lapis is one of the best known minerals for activating the higher mind and psychic abilities. It was traditionally used to assist one in connecting with the gods and invoking divine inspiration. It is also known to be one of the best stones for past life exploration. Above all it is a stone of self-knowledge and reflection. It identifies ones gifts and limitations while awakening the third eye. During meditation it facilitates past life viewing. It emotionally helps one identify blockages that are preventing spiritual growth. Physically it helps one identify habitual patterns and emotions that are sabotaging one’s physical health.
  8. Larimar: (5th Chakra – Element Water + Fire) Larimar is one of the cardinal water element stones, yet it is born from volcanic activity. It act as a balancer of water and fire energies in both the physical and emotional bodies. It is one of the few stones that can embody these polarities. It is a stone of powerful balance, healing, nurturing, and to facilitate moving beyond egoic experience. It both helps with excessive fear and anger, and releases energetic ‘knots’ that stress can cause in the aura. It reduces muscle spasms, tension, inflammation, infection, fever, and other symptoms of excessive fire elements. It can also be used to help treat hives, rashes, eczema, psoriasis and other skin disorder aggravated by stress. It is a powerful energy cleanser and healer as well as a valuable stone to use during pregnancy, birth, and post-partum. It benefits those during cold and flu season by regulating mucus production, sore throat and fever. 
  9. Morganite: (4th Chakra – Element Water) This is a more advanced and divine love and compassion stone in comparison to rose quartz. Rose quartz focuses on the self but Morganite focuses on opening up your path and having connections with others. It is excellent for releasing old pain, sorrow, and grief. It transmutes trauma into consciousness in a way that they can be released, once and for all. It can help one with the emotional pattern of fear-based patterns and manipulations. In the emotional realm, it brings a sense of abundance, love and peaceful acceptance which in turn allows deeper connections with others. It can help strengthen the energy field bringing vitality and protection to the physical body. 
  10. Nuummite: (All, 4th Chakra – Element Water) Nuummite is said to be the sorcerer’s stone. The best Nuummite originates in Greenland and it is said to be one of the oldest stones and linked with the extinction of the dinosaurs. It is one of my favorite stones and they have a lovely effect on the entire body and energy body. Often mistaken with Astrophyllite, it is a stone of personal magic, enhancing psychic abilities, attunement to the elements and self mastery. Nuummite helps one overcome powerlessness of the self and confusion. It honors the creator and the self. I meditation is helps on pass through time into the time of creation and forward into the future. It is the perfect stone for seeing how one has used power in the wrong way. 
  11. Obsidian: (4th Chakra – Element Water) Obsidian helps with psychic protection by helping one remove negative attachments, astral plane entities, personal anger, fear and resentment. It is also a stone of spiritual communication, thus it’s use as a scrying mirror. It can help cleanse negative emotional patterns, remove energetic hooks, and chords. It is also excellent in clearing and supporting the meridian systems and break free from the past of abusive relationships or patterns within the self.
  12. Obsidian (Snowflake)Pietersite: (3rd, 6th Chakras – Element Storm) Pietersite manifests the storm element by deeply cleansing the auric field. It is also referred to as the ‘Tempest Stone’ because its energy feels like the charged atmosphere of a thunderstorm. This stone is a shaman stone that churns hidden corners of one’s energy field and reveals new direction in life. It helps clear stagnant energies and encourages one to take actions towards their life dreams. It is a spiritual activation stone that gives momentum to move forward when one feels stuck. It can ‘light a fire under’ your base chakra pushing one to resolve and take action in one’s life. It stimulates the physical body lending energy and strength, while also strengthening the nerves and brain. This is a great stone for shamanic meditation and journeying. Using during dreamwork can be an intense experience.
  13. Opal (Black): (1st ,7th ,Chakras – Element Storm) This semi-precious stone helps one connect with their highest spiritual aspirations. It is a magnifier of magick and intention and helps one direct increased emotions into intentional work. This stone is not for the faint of heart and is said to come with a bit of caution, as the energy increases the emotional state so much, one must make sure their intention is balanced and set or the user can manifest into their darkest fears. However, it also can assist one in releasing psychic wounds. It is a stone for the spiritual warrior, excellent when used in counseling or therapy, and is a stone that battles anxiety and worry. It is known to assist the reduction of tumors and cysts, perhaps because of the energetic ties to the metaphysical plane and these physical symptoms.
  14. Opal (Banded/Fire): (2nd Chakra – Element Fire) Most Opals associate with the element of water but both Fire Opal and Oregon Opal align with the element of fire. It is a stone that awakens passion, ecstasy by awakening both the root and solar plexus chakras. It’s initial energy with be that of sexual and creative energy of kundalini which will in-turn allow the user to reflect on the energy center of each chakra. This in turn stimulates the endocrine system as well as chi. It promotes creativity, fertility and sexual energies. On the emotional plane it will help to overcome shyness and defeatist thinking patterns. This is also why it is an excellent stone for fertility issues, by removing blockages and allowing that energy to flow within the self. 
  15. Prehnite: (3rd , 4th Chakras – Element Earth and Water) Prehnite is one of my personal favorite stones. It helps bring inner peace, communication with divine beings, and quiets the difficult mind. It can help release the ego and connection with negative experiences of the past. It’s and excellent stone for those who talk too much, bringing intuition and magick in its place. It is known as an “emotional soap” with a cleansing ability for the aura. It is known as the healers, healing stone and facilitates a nourishing and repair to those who give too much. It helps remove toxins from the body, lymphatic and urinary systems.
  16. Pyrite: (3rd Chakra – Element Earth) Pyrite is one of the main three stones of the earth that represents the male aspect of ‘Mother Earth’. It helps one integrate high-frequency energy into the physical body as well as abundance in one’s life. Its frequency is useful in stimulating creative energy as well as male sexual dysfunction. Pyrite encourages one to overcome fears while it physically helps to purify the body of infection. The iron content helps the blood and tissues in the body and fights cellular invasion. It is also one of the known dispellers of negative energy and when having stone to skin contact, this negates all other ‘invading’ energies and will only allow positive higher energies to pass to the wearer. 
  17. Quartz: (All Chakras – Element Storm) These are the most versatile stone to work with. It amplifies energies of any other stone and can be used to make the energies of smaller stones more easily felt. Because of this, it is an excellent aid to healing and prayer work. It is very active on the nervous system as well as enhancing psychic abilities. It is a great all around cleanser of space and works as a cleanser for other crystals or perhaps in a home or office. Because they are a natural enhancer and cleanser they must be cleaned regularly. The interesting part about quartz is also the properties of the formation of growth have other properties as well. * A rainbow quartz is known to work with higher guides and is an excellent tool for healers and channelers. *A dogtooth, dragonstooth or trollstooth is a very efficient energy transmitter that is used for balancing and centering. It is often used as a personal talisman when a compromise or agreement is desired. They help negotiate success. They allow you to be ready for a successful negotiations.*Crystal clusters are excellent for cleaning other stones or to energetically clean a physical space. There are tons of growth patterns of quartz as well as “markers” that help you sort out what type of quartz you have. 
  18. Que Sera:  (7th, 8-14th Chakras – Element Wind) Also known as Vulcanite, this stone creates an effect on all of the different planes, physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and psychic. It is an excellent stone to help you when you are stressed as it brings through calmness and serenity. They have a very friendly and attractive vibration that reaches out to you. It’s a perfect stone for healers, creatives and empaths..
  19. Red Jasper: (1st, 2nd Chakras – Element Earth) Red Jasper can help enhance one’s endurance and stamina, helping overtime it increase the amount of chi, or life force in one’s energetic field. It enhances memory, especially of dreams or other inner experiences. It has a stable energy pattern that tends to stabilize one’s energy if one simply carries it. So much, that this stone can lead to better health, balanced emotions, truthful expression. It has a kind nobility that ‘rubs off’ onto the owner .It also stimulates kundalini energy at the base of the spine and balances one’s own sexual energies. It helps to release guilt and shame around sexual issues and physically helps one to generate healthy muscle tissue. It can be used to enhance the effects of exercise and support the circulatory and respiratory system or stabilize pregnancy.
  20. Rose Quartz: (4th Chakra – Element Water) Rose quartz is a humble but powerful stone. It carries the “christ consciousness” and helps calm the mind, assisting to release fear and worry. It is a lovely protective stone for children as it helps teach and facilitate compassion. it can calm the mind and make one more open to receiving and sharing love. It is excellent for physical heart health and stress related. It is gentle and is easy to work with so it’s great for those who have also just experienced trauma. 
  21. Rutilated Quartz: (All Chakras – Element Storm) Rutilated Quartz activates the higher mind helping one to download knowledge of a spiritual nature. The intensity and color of the rutile in the quartz dictates how it will direct its light energies. Orange and gold work on creative energies while silver enhances intuitive abilities. Red to brown colors assist the body to higher frequencies by assisting in removing blockages. This stone is great to enhance creativity in general and brings joyful vibrations to the energetic field. It can help those who find themselves with ‘phantom pain’, promotes hair growth and wounds to heal quicker.
  22. Selenite: (6th, 7th, Etheric to the 14th Chakras – Element Wind) Selenite is the key that unlocks the doorway to the etheric chakras. Once this doorway has been consciously opened, the higher self is free to empower itself with other light beings. It opens, clears, and activates the crown chakra while selenite shape wands direct energy through the body. Emotionally it aids one to move forward with one’s life overcoming stagnation and does not allow succumbing to illusions of security and comfort. It is an excellent stone to use during healings. Because selenite does not ever have to be cleaned it helps cleanse other crystals and makes a great grid to keep the house ‘cleansed’. Other stones work for this house grid but I personally prefer Selenite because it is low maintenance and prevents negative energies from entering the home. Selenite is a gypsum base, so never attempt t clean selenite with water. It will dissolve.
  23. Smoky Quartz: (1st Chakra – Element Earth) Smoky Quartz is one of the most powerful grounding and clearing stones available. Like sage smudging, the energy of smoky quartz cleanses and clears the aura and energetic systems. It assists in connecting to the earth by completing the circuit from one’s physical body to the planet. In healing work, it draws densities out of the aura and grounds their energy for reprocessing by the earth. It can also effectively be used to help dispel effects from radiation sunburn, post radiation therapy treatment, and helping electromagnetic fields. Because of its cleansing abilities, this stone must be cleansed often to negate and shift old stale energies out of the stone and back into the earth. It is one of the best stones to have around the home or carry in your pocket as a simple tool. It is a member of the quartz family and also enhances other stones and works well with others. 
  24. Spiralite Gemshell Agate (Vishnu): (4th Chakra – Element Water)
  25. Sugilite: (4th Chakra – Element Water)
  26. Tibetan Quartz: (4th Chakra – Element Water)
  27. Topaz (Golden): (3rd Chakra – Element Fire) This stone is of great value for creative enhancement, personal will and ability to manifest one’s desires. It activates and clears the second and third chakras simulating one to direct their own energy into form. Intention is very important for topaz. This stone helps us to learn emotional boundaries and honoring sacred space. It can be used to help urinary and kidney imbalances as well.
  28. Tourmalinated Quartz: (4th Chakra – Element Water)
  29. Black Tourmaline: (1st Chakra – Element Earth) This stone has the ability to purify and transmute  negative energies by turning it into usable energy. It helps protect ones energy field from attachments and other entities and debris while opening ones psychic abilities. It helps promote and regulate the energetic systems of the body and is a very effective grounding stone. It is an all around negative energy banishing stone. However, most people do not clean their tourmaline and it is a must! Every time I touch someone’s it is ready to drop all that negativity it has soaked up. No sun cleaning for this stone. Water, moon, or energetic cleansing is best.

Wives Tales:  Many believe all crystals are created equal. It is fascinating to be drawn to a specific crystal when there is a whole bowl of them. Obviously this means they are not all the same. I believe they choose the person and not the other way around.. Some of the common wives tales of crystals are associated with cleansing, breaking, and losing crystals are:

  • Crystals have to be charged in moonlight – X not true
  • Crystals don’t need maintenance – X not true
  • If a crystal breaks it no longer works – X not true. Perhaps instead the energy has shifted or you have used the crystal to its fullest potential. 
  • If i lost a crystal it is no longer for me. X not true. Crystals disappear sometimes. Many have them disappear to be found at just the right time. If a stone goes missing you can feel it out and see if it needs to be replaced, or perhaps it is just taking a break.
  • Some believe more stones are better. X not ture. 
  • Some believe the bigger the stone the better the energy. X not true.
  • Some also believe the polished or tumbled stones, or enhanced stones with alchemizing or heat treating changes the energy of the stone. X not always true. 

Combining Crystals: To me, this feels like a very personal thing. If you are new at working with crystals it is best to start out small and with one or two and increase as time goes on. Some crystals have intense, high-energy and can overstimulate chakras or make a person feel anxiety. Overstimulated chakras can manifest in things like headaches, feeling out of your body, feeling too grounded and cut off from your intuition, etc. Sometimes this anxiety can be confused with feeling the intensity of your own energy and potential which is not the same. However, the idea is not to make yourself uncomfortable but instead create and go with the pace that you set for yourself. 

Crystal Grids: There are a few books out there on crystal grids but from what I have seen but I haven’t been impressed by any of them. You can do this on a wooden tile, free form, or in a large shape encompassing your room or home. This space is gridded with selenite crystals and we move the pieces throughout the store according to the event, day, and light in the space.

I suggest starting with some of your favorite crystals in combination according to their purpose and your intention. An easy way to start is with stones like a quartz or selenite and work a few crystal into it at a time and feel it out. You can also work on programming them during the gridding of the crystals. (We discuss this further down.)

Cleansing stones with – Smudging, Moon Cleansing, Sun cleansing, Water Cleansing or Energetic/Reiki Cleansing, and cleansing with other stones.

Programming: Working with crystals can be as simple as holding them. However, we can really tap into their potential by sitting down or moving about our day with these crystals in-tow. *We know who you are you bra toting crystal lover! But seriously, this is a form of meditation, intention setting, and putting it out into the world as a spell (aka a prayer). Let’s sit for a moment with a crystal of our choice and have an impromptu meditation on what you are asking the crystal to do and also allow it to take us on a journey in a sense. Much information has been borrowed from my favorite crystal book, and my personal practice over the last 24 years- “The Book of Stones (Who They Are & What They Teach” by Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian

Crystal Break-Downs A – G

  1. Amazonite: (4th, 5th Chakras – Element Water) This is a stone of truth and harmony that stimulates and awakens the heart chakra. It also helps us manifest our dreams and desires. It magnifies our intentions, but since it works through the throat chakra these intentions must be spoken out loud. It helps one focus on what one wants and nudges one towards their gifts and knowledge. On an emotional level, is helps one set appropriate boundaries with oneself (discipline) and externally. On a physical level amazonite assists in physical healing for cell regeneration and after trauma or injury. It helps prevent hair loss and balances the thyroid and adrenals. This stone is known to be great for those who suffer with PTSD
  2. Amber: (3rd Chakra – Element Earth) Amber is said to be a form of solidified sunlight. Unlike other stones it is created by the synthesis of light and trees instead of the depths of the earth. Because of this, it has been known to help those who get depressed in the winter. Amber helps us to connect with Light beings who are on earth to help the shift. It also is a great support for energetic healing and helps those who don’t have a handle on their intuitive gifts, blocking negative energies. Physically, amber helps sluggish organs, digestions, and glands. It is great to draw out infection and helps on to stop negative patterns.
  3. Amethyst: (6th, 7th, and Etheric Chakras – Element Wind) Amethyst is a member of the quartz family, and is usually one of the first stones people are attracted to when starting with stones. It is an ideal stone for physical enhancement in one’s environment. Placing amethyst clusters or crystals in your home, meditation room, car, etc. can bring the feeling that one is surrounded and protected by a bubble of light. This stone is also associated with “St. Germain’s/Archangel Michael” violet flame. It is a great cleansing stone, but because of this must be cleansed occasionally. Do not use sun cleansing for amethyst because the colors will fade. /amethyst is also great to help one find root behavior and emotional patterns that create imbalance or disease. It is often used by recovering addicts and the ancient Greeks believed that wearing amethyst would render them immune to getting drunk. In fact, it helps to prevent substance from altering one’s mood. It also helps oxygenate the blood, nerve disorders, or brain imbalances. 
  4. Angelite: (5th, 6th, 7th, Chakras – Element Wind) Angelite gently stimulates the third eye and crown chakra while soothing an overactive or unaligned throat chakra. It promotes balanced communication and cooperation. Physically Angelite helps with bone density and skeletal issues such as arthritis or osteoporosis. It is energetically connected with the angelic realm and brings a calmness and serenity to the individual while allowing a cleansing of your energetic fields. It can help on the physical plane with easing movement and regulating emotional issues that contribute to eating disorders.
  5. Apatite (Blue): (6th Chakras – Element Wind) This stone stinumats the 3rd eye chakra bringing inner vision and enhancing one’s abilities. It is used in past-life work as well as the dream state. It has an uplifting emotional energy, known to also be great for those who have a fear of heights or falling from past life trauma. It can assist in soothing headaches in the physical realm, those with straining eyesight and those that suffer from vertigo, dizziness, or inner ear issues. 
  6. Aquamarine: (4th, 5th Chakras – Element Water) Aquamarine is a cooling, soothing cardinal water element stone. It is a powerful cleansing agent for the emotional body and helps one clearing communication issues. It is possibly one of the strongest stones for clearing and activating the throat chakra. It stimulates both energy and communication from the heart to the throat allowing one to speak their own truth. It is also a stone of release; freeing oneself from emotional patterns, relationships, and ways of being (ego roles). It calms anger, hysteria, and vengeful thoughts. On a physical level, aqua counters infection and is especially helpful for strep throat or a sore throat. It helps fight inflammatory diseases, eczema, hives, rosacea and psoriasis and allergies.
  7. Astrophyllite: (All Chakras – Element Wind) Astrophyllite (often confused with Nuummite) is also known as a fireworks stone. I lovingly refer to it as the Wizard’s Stone. It allows the chakras to channel high-frequency energy and open up to your higher-self. It reminds us the Light spectrum is low and high-frequency and it is necessary on all levels to have spiritual growth. Light can then be directed into one’s physical body through this activation. It strengthens the energy field and is a natural protection stone against negative energies. It is the perfect stone to do shadow work and dream work, helping you bring light to your darkest areas. It is a stone that allows you to embrace your full power and will awaken new aspects of yourself that vibrate on the highest level. 
  8. Bloodstone: (1st Chakra – Element Earth) Bloodstone is a great purifier, a healing tool for dispelling negative influences from the auric field and bringing one’s own energies into balance. It helps one overcome adversity during change and spiritual awakening. As the name states, it is known to be great for any blood ailments. It works within the bone marrow blood, strengthening and fortifying against blood issues or female hormone imbalance issues and menopause.
  9. Blue Calcite: (5th, 6th Chakra – Element Fire + Air) Blue Calcite is one of the most soothing stones to the emotional body. It softens the impact of physic stimuli, allowing the energy sensitive types to relax and not be bombarded from other people’s thoughts and energies. It promotes inner vision,, clairvoyance, and telepathy. It helps calm the emotions by allowing one to take more responsibility for creating one’s reality. It helps clear congestion in the lungs and respiratory system, great as well to fight headaches and cataracts.
  10. Blue Tiger’s Eye (aka Hawk Eye): (4th and 5th Chakras – Element Water) Hawk Eye helps one speak from a place of integrity, helps one see through issues quickly, and provide insight into emotional or thought process issues. It relaxes the throat and helps one during public speaking as well as aides in intuition. Physically, Blue Tiger’s Eye helps bring emotional balance, aids in fatigue and depression and cools an overactive sex drive. 
  11. Carnelian: (1st, 2nd, 3rd Chakras – Element Fire) Carnelian is a powerful ally to work with when one’s needs to take major action. It helps one to take “the leap” and dedicate to a new path in life. When used in meditation, it can help one understand how to bring action into a stagnant situation. It also lends vitality and energy to the physical body. It helps support detoxifying from alcohol or drugs, breaking negative habits, and those who struggle with eating disorders.
  12. Charoite: (6th, 7th, 8th ,5th, 1st , Earthstar Chakras – Element Wind) Charoite is an amazing stone. It is a rare stone with Violet Flame immediacy. One need just imagine the Violent Flame and this stone will activate the third eye an allow the energetic aura to be cleansed. This makes it both an excellent protection and cleansing stone. Aegirine is the black part of this stone. It allows one to be a better psychic, healer, and allow for walking your path in a more aligned light. Because of this, it is an awakening stone, a stone for all metaphysical practitioners, and those seeking enlightenment. 
  13. Citrine: (1st, 2nd, 3rd Chakras – Element Fire) Citrine opens the inner doors that lead to clarity of thought, enhanced creativity, and magnified powers of will and manifestation.The lower chakras are where many of our blockages occur and citrine moves these blocks and furthers manifestation of change. This stone encourages on to take steps to resolve situations according to your highest good, even when obstacles appear in one’s path. This stone enhances physical stamina and energy, by supporting the endocrine system and proper metabolism.
  14. Copper: (All Chakras – Element Earth) Copper is the metal for channeling energies. It is versatile for both metaphysical and physical healing purposes. It helps teach ways of walking in balance with the planet and all of its beings. This works well as a conductor with other stones, except for Tektites and Meteorites. Copper carries energies of thoughts and emotions quite easily. It can help one become more aware of unconscious inner dialog. Physically it helps support the formation of red blood cells and is an excellent all around healing and recovery work. It is great to benefit the female reproductive system and with men increases vitality.
  15. Emerald: (4th Chakra – Element Water) Emerald is a stone of compassion, healing and abundance. As most heart centered stones, it helps one connect with the frequency of divine love. It can help one shift learned thinking of scarcity into prosperity consciousness. It helps one participate in compassion without the fear of vulnerability. One will find themselves trusting the divine more while using this stone. This is also why that scarcity mentally will no longer resonate. It also shifts out the views of judgement, and abandonment. 
  16. Golden Silk Jade: (1st, 2nd, 3rd Chakras – Element Fire) This stone is known to soothe the nerves and help balance cardiac rhythm. It’s believed to protect on from evil energies and attract love and joy. It is unique in the sense that no stone looks the same and it’s uniqueness makes it extremely hard to make fake copies of and sell to unknowing buyers. 
  17. Jade (Nephrite): (4th Chakra – Element Earth) Nephrite Jade is known to bring luck and prosperity into one’s life as well as speed up healing of all types. Reminder you to stop and smell the flowers, experience joy, and remove any scarcity mindset, allowing for true abundance to enter one’s life. It is said to bring balance to underlying issues in the body, and brings calm for any level crystal user.
  18. Peacock Ore: (4th Chakra – Element Earth) Peacock ore is a stone of happiness, and helps one with their self-esteem. It also helps grounding excess nervous energy.
  19. Fluorite (Purple + Green): (4th, 6th Chakras – Element Wind) Fluorite can act as a ‘psychic vacuum cleaner’, by clearing the atmosphere of confusion, cluttered thoughts, negativity and any sort of astral ‘hangers’ who are making mischief in your environment. It balances the third eye chakra and can assist in clarity of thinking. Purple fluorite is ideal for purification and access of the mind, while green fluorite can cleanse and heal the heart chakra; all the while making sure the plans of the mind are approved by the heart. 

Crystals and Chakras

learn about crystals, their properties and how to work with them to awaken your inner witch. This class comes with a hand-out of references to crystals and their metaphysical properties. We will go over cleaning, charging, and breaking the “wive’s tales” of working with crystals.

How you can work with stones? 

1) The easiest is to place stones which you feel an affinity to, around your home or where you work. *Examples of simple cleansing stones that are easy to maintain and clean space, crystal grids – Selenite, Smokey Quartz, Amethyst, Clear Quartz

2) Carry small stones in your pocket that can be used when you feel the need throughout the day.

3) Wearing them in pouches or on jewelry

4) Meditation with stones – work with one crystal at a time until you get to know the stones. They can enhance energy which can mimic a sense of anxiety. This is actually your own energy.

5) Dreamwork (tucked under your pillow or very close on a bedside table)

6)Crystals directly relate to the chakra system and many times their color and feeling indicate which chakra they help calm or stimulate. 

7) Crystal tonics – Not recommended until advanced knowledge. Some minerals are not safe to ingest.

*From the top down, the chakras will be referred to with 7th being at the top and 1st at the bottom.

There are also elements, physical assistance to symptoms and disease as well as metaphysical properties that each stone has.  Depending on the stone and mineral make-up of the stone, there is also a preferred way to “cleanse” each stone”.

0 Chakra – Earthstar Chakra

1st Chakra – Root Chakra

2nd Chakra – Sacral Chakra

3rd Chakra- Solar Plexus

4th Chakra- Heart Chakra

5th Chakra-Throat Chakra

6th Chakra- Third Eye Chakra

7th Chakra – Crown Chakra

8-14th Etheric Chakras and above