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The World Tarot card meaning. An illustration from the Major Arcana with the Rider Waite Tarot deck. Post by divination and fortune-telling with Tarot for love, romance and relationships. Ideal for readers who are just learning the interpretations.



Metaphysical Information for Abalone Shell

Hawk’s Eye or Blue Tigers Eye is a very soothing stone. It aids in reducing stress and anxiety while increasing a calm, peaceful feeling.  A gleaming Tigers Eye in shades of blues and grays, Hawk’s Eye can help illuminate issues that may have been difficult for us to see.   It connects us to our Third Eye, increasing our intuition and empowering our understanding of the internal conflicts that consistently distract us from achieving our desires.  Blue Tigers Eye also instills a go with the flow attitude, reminding us that balance and harmony is essential.  Clarity is bestowed upon us when we work with it and the aspects of our own yin/yang imbalances are able to be aligned in harmony.


Metaphysical Information for Abalone Shell

Red Tigers Eye is sometimes referred to as Dragon’s Eye.  It enhances our confidence and self-esteem by encouraging vitality and strength.  A motivational stone, Red Tigers Eye wants us to get to the bottom of the emotions that are holding us back and lowering our vibration.  Red Tigers Eye inspires us to approach our goals with passion and excitement no matter how daunting the task enabling us to do our best in all that we endeavor.  It is connected to our Root Chakra helping to keep us focused, balanced and grounded.

Celebrating Yule

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Many covens meet just before dawn on the day of the Solstice to hold their Yule rituals, and then watch the rebirth of the God enacted as the Sun rises. In some traditions, the fires and/or candles are lit in encouragement of the Sun God’s emergence, welcoming his returning light. Themes of ritual may include regeneration, light in the darkness, and setting intentions for the new year. In some Wiccan traditions, this is the time to ritually reenact the battle between the Oak King and the Holly King. These twin brothers represent the opposing poles of the Sun’s annual journey through the seasons. The Holly King, representing the dark half of the year, reigns until the Winter Solstice, when he is cut down by the Oak King, who heralds in the beginning of the waxing daylight. This cyclical story serves as a reminder that light and dark are both essential parts of existence in Nature—neither can exist without the other.

For solitary Wiccans who live “double lives” as far as mainstream society is concerned, Yule can be a challenging Sabbat to make time for, swamped as so many are with the obligations of the Christmas season. However, since plenty of the traditions associated with both holidays overlap, it’s easy enough to infuse more conventional practices with a little Yule magic.

For example, hang a sprig of holly above your door to ensure protection and good fortune for your family and your guests. Magically charge your Christmas tree ornaments before placing them on the branches. Whisper an incantation to the Goddess over any cookies, spiced cider, or any other holiday goods you make for your friends, family or coworkers. You can spread the blessings of your own
personal holiday throughout your community without anyone even knowing it! For those without indoor hearths, a Yule log can be fashioned from a small tree branch—flatten it on one side so it will sit evenly on the altar and drill small holes to place candles into. Go outside and gather boughs of fir, juniper or cedar, as well as pinecones, holly berries, and any other “natural decor” to bring the energies of protection, prosperity, and renewal into your home.

Use mistletoe to bring peace and healing to your life by placing leaves in a sachet or hanging it over your door. Honor the rebirth of the Sun by inscribing discs, pinwheels, or other solar symbols into a large red, orange or yellow pillar candle. Light it at dawn on the day of the Winter Solstice to welcome the Sun and the new beginning of the Wheel of the Year.


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When cut into facets, this unique crystal changes color from bluish green or green to purple, depending on the position of the stone and how it is lit. The color change makes the stone highly desirable, but also quite scarce. Much of the alexandrite you will find available may be manufactured from Austrian crystal – beautiful in its own right, but without any of the healing properties. The mineral got its name from its use in Czarist Russia and is named after Czar Alexander 2nd.

Colors: Green to bluish green, changing to purpleto raspberry

Chakra: Heart, third eye, crown

Primary Uses: Boosts self-esteem, intensifies positive emotions, enhances confidence, promotes optimism, increases joy, brings luck, facilitates connection to higher self, improves intuition