Yesterday was the new moon in Aquarius. A super moon in fact; when the moon is closest to the earth and in direct alignment with the sun and earth at the time of the new moon. In other words, this is a super strength new moon. A perfect time to start fresh, let go and imitate the nature of mother moon herself. As the moon waxes and her light grows, grow along with it whatever it is you need this year; balance, happiness, love, letting go of angry thoughts, even money… But be warned. As of today, Mercury is in retrograde! Hold off on making big decisions or booking any travels, and instead use it as a time to “reflect and revise”.Mercury in retrograde means it looks as if Mercury is spinning backwards, although it’s not actually! Everything Mercury rules however, is sent spinning. If you want to know more about the supermoon check HERE, if you want to know more about Mercury being in retrograde, click HERE.
Yesterday was the new moon in Aquarius. A super moon in fact; when the moon is closest to the earth and in direct alignment with the sun and earth at the time of the new moon. In other words, this is a super strength new moon. A perfect time to start fresh, let go and imitate the nature of mother moon herself. As the moon waxes and her light grows, grow along with it whatever it is you need this year; balance, happiness, love, letting go of angry thoughts, even money… But be warned. As of today, Mercury is in retrograde! Hold off on making big decisions or booking any travels, and instead use it as a time to “reflect and revise”.Mercury in retrograde means it looks as if Mercury is spinning backwards, although it’s not actually! Everything Mercury rules however, is sent spinning. If you want to know more about the supermoon check HERE, if you want to know more about Mercury being in retrograde, click HERE. A couple of days ago I drew the five of cups as my card for the day. I asked what I needed to learn, what I needed to focus on, and this was the card I got. Sadness, grief, feeling the effects of your emotions. Not necessarily the happiest card, but it did make me think of some things, applicable to fresh starts and the emotional harvesting they entail. New, fresh starts mean letting go. Sometimes that’s easy, but a lot of the time it’s not easy at all. Sometimes the best thing we can do for ourselves is to let go, even when it’s hard and it makes us sad. If you’re logical and emotional like I am, you get angry at yourself for feeling sad or having a hard time letting go of that which you know logically is no longer serving you. This card was a reminder for me to learn from my sadness; to observe it, to watch it and not to get angry at myself for feeling sadness or grief at something ending. Have compassion with yourself; Don’t fixate and get angry at yourself for being sad. Letting go takes time. Perspective is everything. Choose to be the observer of your sadness, knowing that it’s a natural part of the process of healing and moving on to new and better things, and focus on those things instead. Don’t fixate. Breathe. Love and be compassionate.
Make a conscious effort everyday to let go of that which does not serve you. Imitate the moon and grow in whatever way will serve your spirit best, whether you’re choosing compassion, to go to yoga, to dress in your favorite color more…whatever it is your soul wants. You know what they say…
New Moon, new you.
Hello lovers, I hope everyone has had a fabulous holiday season! It’s absolutely insane to think that the new year is right around the corner, but it’s also quite a relief. 2015 sounds more concrete than 2014, at least to me, (I’m a fan of the number 5), and I’m excited for the fresh start the new year seems to bring. I think it’s important to find closure with what the past year has taught us, and I also think it’s important to think about what we want the next year to hold. I decided to share a little ritual that I practice at the end of the year, and whenever I feel the need for some closure.
My favorite ritual is pretty simple and it’s just three steps! It’s a simple way to release your baggage from the past year and a great way to really cultivate the idea of what you do want this next year. You’ll need a few things; some sage, or incense or salt ( I chose to use sage), whatever crystals you feel like represent what you want in the forthcoming year (ie rose quartz for love), some paper and a pen, fire, whether it’s a fireplace or a match and a sink (BE CAREFUL) and any tarot or oracle cards you want. Gather all your materials, find a sacred space and you’re ready to begin!
I chose to draw a card for 2014, Daughter of Wands, and one for 2015, The High Priestess. I burned some sage, gathered my stones, and grabbed my Kwan Yin, Ganesh and raven statue. I grabbed a pen and paper and found myself by my fireplace ready to contemplate and write. Grab whatever it is that makes you feel at peace, whatever it is that represents what you want to cultivate for this next year. Find a quite place where you can write and think and reflect. I wanted my god and goddesses and animals and crystals as physical reminder of my beliefs and what I want this next year to hold. Ganesh is the remover of obstacles, and Kwan Yin is the goddess of prayer, very appropriate in this situation! Sit and think about this past year and this next year, about what you want to hold onto and what you want to let go of, for as long as you need.
Here’s the fun part. I love writing, and I love writing letters. At the end of the year, I like to write two letters to the universe; one for the past year, one for the upcoming year I go through and reflect on what I’ve learned, and who’s come into my life (and left). I think about everything this past year’s taught me, and I thank the universe for it. Then, in a separate letter, I write what I want to do and learn in this upcoming year. Here’s the best part; nothing is too big for the universe. I love to go into detail about what I want, creating my own future from the inside out. There’s no need to be modest, no one else is seeing this letter after all! Think about what this past year has taught you and think of how you can use that in the next year. Reflect, take time to really think about what it is that you’ve learned and what exactly it is that you want and write it down.
Okay, maybe I spoke to soon. Burning your letter is the best part of this little ritual. Once you’re finished writing, burn your letter and release the energy into the universe. I love throwing my letters into the fire place and seeing them burn, there’s something so satisfying about seeing your words dissipate into nothingness, it feels so final and complete. It’s wonderful closure and a wonderful beginning, everything that makes the new year feel especially exciting. If you don’t have the luxury of a fireplace, a match and a toilet or sink are just as good. If you have no fire at your disposal, tearing up your letter is a perfect substitute. Take time to sit with the finality of burning or cutting your letters; and realizing that there’s a fresh new beginning right around the corner.
No matter what you plan on doing this new years, have fun, be safe and be thankful! There’s a wonderful, fresh start right around the corner. EMBRACE IT!
What’s your favorite new years ritual?.
Photos by Alexandra Yael
The archetypal witch conjures up an image of an old crone mixing herbs in a cauldron, most certainly for a spell or ritual. The word “witch” makes us think of an old hag, riding around a chilly October evening on her broom, casting curses at whoever is unlucky enough to be in her way. Witchcraft and witches exist in modern day, but definitely not in the way that most of the populations thinks. Every energetic worker, occultist, or witch will have a different definition of the word “witch”. Although some people tie working magick to witchcraft, not all witches work with magick, just like not all magick workers are witches. What does that mean? Not everyone who manipulates energy for a certain outcome is a witch, and not every witch works with energy. The history of witchcraft is long and winding, and cultures ranging from the Celts to the Ancient Mesopotamian’s had their own form of energy work or magick which could be considered Witchcraft. Witchcraft, and the use of healing through herbs and natural remedies, divination, magick and spells can be passed down from generation to generation in a practice called Hereditary Witchcraft. Witchcraft ranges widely from practitioner to practitioner and you don’t have to have a family that practices witchcraft to practice it yourself. Since Witchcraft is a practice and not a religion, you can follow almost any religious path and still be a witch.
Witchcraft can include anything from divination and crystal work to spells and herb and faerie lore and magick. It’s a personal practice, with an underlying idea that you have tools at your disposal to create and see parts of this life that you may have missed without the awareness or consciousness that comes with Witchcraft. It’s kind of difficult to understand in an objective light, so I’ll share a bit about my personal practice.
My practice of Witchcraft involves working with the tarot, faeries, crystals and and energy work. like spells. I work with the moon and I incorporate my yoga practice as a form of energy work as well. I practice magick, although I don’t believe in using that sort of energy to cause any negativity or harm to anyone. A lot of my practice is being positive, being aware of the power of my thoughts and actions and how I impact other people. In my opinion this is the basis of all energy work, how can you expect to manipulate energy if you’re not aware of the power of your own at all? Thoughts and intentions go a long way, after all.
I became involved with Witchcraft when I was 11 or 12. It started with a deck of Faerie oracle cards, called The Faerie’s Oracle, by Brian Froud. This led me to finding the book “A Witches Guide to Faery Folk” which began me on my journey. 8 or 9 years later and my path is still evolving. I saw this bag on Dolls Kill and had to have it. I love to incorporate fashion and spirituality so this was a match made in heaven. I paired it with some drop waist pants, a halter tank with a low back, some black boots and lots of gold details to finish off the outfit.Shirt: Forever 21/ Necklace: Topshop/ Pants: Zara/ Boots: H&M/ Bag: Dolls Kill
For me, witchcraft is a spiritual practice that means being aware of my energy and my place in the world. It means using my intuition and the tools I have to create the life I want to live, in a peaceful and loving way. I don’t condone hurting anyone or attempting to hurt anyone to get a desired outcome and I especially don’t condone any form of magick that hurts more than it helps. More than anything, this is my practice and my story and my own form of witchcraft.
Talk to me about what you think about witchcraft on twitter @gabyherstik.
All photos by Alexandra Herstik. @alexyael on Instagram
I love using crystals to help channel my energy; whether I need healing and relaxation, to love more or to be more receptive of love, to be more open to the universe.. There is always a crystal that has got your back. Think of a crystal like a magnifying glass of the universe’s energy; it helps you channel whatever intention you infuse it with. I have a few pouches I keep my crystals in and I always try to keep a few in my purse; I pick the stone depending on what I feel like I need. Another amazing trick is to grab some jewlery with whatever stone sings to you! A combination of both wearing and carrying your stones is extra powerful. Don’t know where to start with your collection? Here are five crystals to get you started. After purchasing your crystal, you need to make sure you clear it of any energies it may have accumulated (from other people touching it/from sitting…etc). Leave it under the full moon for the night, or leave it in salt for 24 hours. Salt is the smallest crystal and will absorb any energy left in your stone!
Clear Quartz is a great crystal that helps to purify your energy and cleanse you of negativity. It can easily be attuned to whatever intention you want to set it with, whether it’s to be more focused and centered or to connect more to your higher power. This crystal is perfect to carry around with you if you need some extra white light and positivity.
Rose quartz is connected to the crown and heart chakra; it encourages love and compassion of all kinds. Whether you need to love others or yourself more, this stone is the stone to help. I love carrying a piece of rose quartz to help me connect to the universe and all it’s love; I’m a firm believer you cannot love too much. This stone is perfect for all types of love; whether you need more compassion, healing, self love, or simply a connection to your heart chakra.
Amethyst is the ultimate stone for healing. It’s connected to the third eye and it’s a great stone for transformation. It’s a spiritual stone that’s easy to find and wonderful when you need to center, breathe and just take a moment to connect to your own intuition. I love having a piece of amethyst with me in my purse, and especially by my pillow for peaceful dreams.
Blue Lace Agate
I’m human; I get angry when I shouldn’t especially at the ones I love the most; my family. I can always use a little hand on getting that under control. Blue lace agate is a powerful stone that can help ground you and lessen your anger. Blue Lace Agate is seriously powerful in aiding with communication since it has strong ties to the throat chakra. Blue Lace Agate can aid you in easing your effort with communication, whether it’s verbal or written, and it’s a good stone in aiding astral travel. Like all agates, it’s also a protective stone.
Obsidian is pretty much the ultimate stone to protect you from negativity. If you’re constantly surrounded by negative people or situations (and you can’t control it), please PLEASE stock up on obsidian. Obsidian the equivalent to a bubble of white light, grounding you and helping you to embrace your whole self. This stone will not only keep negativity away but it will become a sort of shield for your own mind, body and soul; it helps protect you spiritually and metaphysically. Obsidian is a great stone with transformation too since it’s magma that cooled to quickly to form glass. Obsidian helps us understand that sometimes we need change to grow into our own power and strength.
What is it you want in a stone?!