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Properties of 14 common crystals

Many practitioners of magic (including myself) enjoy using the energies of crystals in their practice. The energies of crystals can strengthen the effects of magical working. Crystals can be used in spellwork, meditation, ritual, divination, etc. Or you can carry them around with you throughout your day to achieve a certain result, or just to help you get through life more smoothly. I hope this list helps you find a crystal to suit your individual needs.

Quartz - A multi-purpose crystal, can be programmed for nearly anything. Enhances and strengthens the energies of any magical working. Offers protection from negativity. Can act as a substitute for any other crystal in spell work.

Amethyst - Excellent for all types of healing, both physical and emotional. Has very soothing and calming energies and is great for meditation. Protects against negativity, especially spiritual and psychic attack.

Rose Quartz - A stone of love and relationships. Wonderful for promoting self-love and for allowing one to open up to receiving love from others. Has calming and reassuring energies and is great for emotional healing. Promotes sleep and good dreams.

Citrine - Does not accumulate negative energy. A great stone for manifestation and abundance. Attracts wealth, prosperity, and success. Promotes love and happiness and soothes problems in relationships.

Tiger’s Eye - An excellent stone for protection, especially against curses and ill-wishing. Good for boosting confidence and self-worth. Helps with accomplishing goals. Enhances good luck and brings prosperity.

Agate - Promotes inner stability, self-esteem, and composure. Improves concentration and mental clarity. A protective stone, especially during travel. Enhances feelings of security and safety.

Selenite - A good stone for promoting spiritual growth. Increases awareness and intuition. Good for meditation, dispelling negativity, and promoting harmony. Increases feelings of love and inner peace.

Obsidian - Helps protect against depression, negativity, and psychic attacks. A very grounding and protective stone, especially for sensitives. Good for breaking attachments and releasing. Also good for manifestation and abundance.

Fluorite - A highly protective and stabilizing stone. Strengthens the intuition, increases insight, and heightens mental abilities. Absorbs negative energies.  Protects against psychic manipulation and organizes chaotic situations. Creates calm feelings and mental clarity in chaotic situations.

Labradorite - Promotes innate magical abilities to come to the surface. Tempers negative personality aspects and brings out the best in a person. Calms an overactive mind and awakens new ideas and energies.

Bloodstone - Protects against threats and bullying, and brings strength for coping with new situations. Increases creativity and heightens the intuition. Encourages blessings and prosperity. Boosts the immune system and balances hormones.

Onyx - Absorbs negative energy and removes negativity from a person’s life. Prevents the draining of personal energy and aids in the release of negative emotions. Promotes good fortune, relaxation, and strength. Increases courage to face challenges in life.

Hematite - A good stone for grounding, stabilizing, and protecting oneself. Promotes mental organization, memory, and calming energies. Decreases emotional negativity and feelings of anxiety. Enhances willpower, confidence, and strength.

Moonstone - A protective stone, especially during travel by night. Aids in the acceptance of love and opens the heart to nurturing qualities. Increases fidelity, fertility, self-expression, and self-confidence. Soothes and calms the emotions and enhances the intuition and happiness.

Note: Crystals are not a substitute or alternative for medical attention.

-theowloracle

Time of Day for Spellcrafting

•Morning: awakening, new beginning, fertility, life direction.
•Daytime: growth, financial gains, good life, generosity.
•Midday: willpower, strength, sustenance, perseverance, overcoming obstacles.
•Twilight: change, receptiveness, parenting, moving between the worlds.
• Evening: camaraderie, spirituality, joy, pleasure, family gatherings, children, play.
•Late Night: occult learning: increase knowledge/wisdom, enlightenment, creativity.
•Midnight: releasing, recuperation, recovery, closings, endings.

Exciting news!

@princessdan and I have decided to work together to create a new blog dedicated to appreciation and unity within the Phandom!

How it works:

Every day we make a post that shines a spotlight on a different Phan-blog.
The post includes a summary of what content they post, and personal reviews written by each of us.
Requests for certain blogs are always welcome - that way, more blogs can get the attention they deserve!

What are the requirements to have a shot in the spotlight?

You need to feature Phan on your blog (obviously!).
That’s pretty much it!
We plan to feature all kinds of content creators - whether you make phanart, write phanfictions, produce gifs or even just reblog stuff, each and every one of you deserves a shot!
It doesn’t matter how many or how few followers you have, every blog deserves some love!
It is preferable that the main focus of your blog is DnP or Phan, but of course this isn’t necessary.

Why are we doing this?

There are so many creators out there who pour their hearts and souls into their blogs, but don’t necessarily get all the attention they deserve.
The main purpose of this blog is to support those creators and help them get their content noticed!
In general, this blog is a way of celebrating creativity and unity throughout the entire Phandom!
It is dedicated to each and every blog out there who shares the common interest - DnP/Phan - and feels like they have something to contribute!
This is so that a stronger sense of integrity, appreciation and harmony can be created. 

The Phandom is a wonderful place, filled with brilliant and diverse and creative minds, and that fact should be celebrated! We are our own society, in many ways, and that is quite a remarkable feat. Sure, not all of us get along and sometimes it can be tiring or unrewarding, but we believe that this doesn’t have to be the case.

More details to come soon! Contact us if you have any more questions:

Mo: @princessdan
Emily: @kiwicheekychica

Our new blog: @phandomblogappreciation

Here’s to a period of increased unity, publicity and creativity! Remember: every blog has something different to offer, whether it be content or personality or anything really, and that is a wonderful thing that should not be ignored.

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Botswana agate is sometimes called the “change stone” because of its mystical property of helping one handle change in a positive way. It’s said to gently help one make transitions of any kind in a way that change is not as difficult or painful as could be without it; it is a comforting stone. Relief from depression and/or grief is another metaphysical energy it. It is said to help us focus on solutions instead of problems, and thereby increases creativity, and increasing the power of intuition.

The Wiccan’s Glossary

anonymous asked:

what kind of gems do you think victor and yuuri would be?

I’m a sucker for gemAUs OK +_+

DEFFO VICTOR WOULD BE A MOONSTONE AND YUURI A CITRINE <3

Citrine: “In the mental arena, citrine enhances mental clarity, confidence, and will power. The mental clarity and confidence support bringing increased creativity and honesty.Since citrine brings self-confidence as well as positive energy, it can also help eliminate fears of being judged or of others’ ideas. It is also used to dissipate fear of being alone or unworthy of love.”-http://meanings.crystalsandjewelry.com/citrine/

AND Alternate Names & Name Spellings: Success Stone (BORN TO MAKE HISTORY PLAYS IN THE BACKGROUND)

Moonstone: “Is said in crystal healing to help calm responses and stress, and avoid overreaction. It brings hope, enhances  feminine energies, sensitivity, intuition, and psychic abilities. It is also said to bring strong energies of abundance to one’s life.”

AND it is also a stone of protection, especially during pregnancy. (Referring to that one episode where Yuuri almost got pregnant from Viktor’s Eros xD )

YEP they both sound like VICTUURI TO ME ALRIGHT +_+

How your dominant sign affects your sun sign
  • Aries: Speeds things up; takes away patience; adds more youthful features.
  • Taurus: Slows things down; makes one more fixed; calms people down.
  • Gemini: Increases ability to socialize; more curiosity; lightens up traits.
  • Cancer: Adds emotional depth; gives a nurturing ability; adds sensitivity.
  • Leo: More confident; makes one more warm; brings an expressive side.
  • Virgo: Increases critical behavior; more attention to detail; more detachment.
  • Libra: More social balance; less of an ability to make decisions; beauty is added.
  • Scorpio: Intensifies the person; needs more privacy; more secretive.
  • Sagittarius: More of a need for freedom; adaptability increases; more fun.
  • Capricorn: Adds seriousness; hides some things; adds maturity.
  • Aquarius: Becomes more progressive; creativity increased; very unique.
  • Pisces: Creates a sense of dreaminess; more faithful; adds compassion.
Divination: Symbolism

A

Acorn: youth; strength; man; small start for a large accomplishment
Airplane: travel; new projects
Anchor: voyage; rest; problem solved
Arrow: news; disagreements; direct action

B

Baby: new interests; security; new beginnings
Basket: gift; security; comfort
Bees [hive, comb]: fertility; industry; community; self-sacrifice
Bell: celebrations; news (good or bad depending on other indicators)
Bird: psychic power; flight; luck; friendship end; communication
Boat: discoveries; travel; companionship
Book: wisdom; learning
Bottle: celebration; success
Bridge: crossing to new endeavors; transition; partnership; travel
Broom: Goddess; purification; healing; end of a problem; changes
Butterfly: the soul; spiritual contact; frivolity; insincerity

C

Cage: isolation; restriction; imprisonment; containment
Camel: long journey; need to conserve energy or goods; relocation
Car: local travel; movement in business affairs; overcome obstacles
Castle: financial gain; security; inheritance; life of bounty
Cat: wisdom; spiritual access; female friend; domestic strife
Cauldron: Goddess; transformation; endings/new beginnings; vitality
Candle: illumination; innovation; inspiration
Chair: relaxation; pause; comfort; entertainment
Clock: time indicated for a spell’s completion; change
Clouds: mental activity; thoughtfulness; problems; hidden obstacles
Clover: good fortune; success; rural location
Coffin: end of a matter; lengthy but not serious illness
Cornucopia: Goddess; abundance; fertility; prosperity; protection
Cow: money; property; comfort; tranquility
Cradle: newcomers; beginning of a new idea or project
Crescent: Goddess; wish granted; newness; freshness
Cross: [Solar] God; nature works with power [Roman]; suffering; conflict
Cup: love; harmony; close friendship; gift

D

Dagger: complications, dangers, power, skill
Death / Dying: birth; marriage; long life; prosperity
Distaff: creativity; changes; sexuality
Dog: fidelity; friendship; companionship; faithfulness
Duck: plenty; wealth; success

E

Egg: increase; fertility; luck; creativity; new start; hoarding
Elephant: advice needed; obstacles overcome; good luck
Eye: introspection; awareness; evaluation; spirit

F

Fan: indiscretion; disloyalty; things hidden; inflammations
Fish: riches; luck; sexuality; productivity
Flag:  warning; defensiveness; identification w/ group / ideals
Flame / Fire: purification; change; domination of the will
Flower: marriage; unhappy love affair; passing joy

G

Gate: opportunity; advancements; change; new directions
Glove: protection; luck; aloofness; nobility; challenge
Gun [any type]: power to gain goals; discord; slander; infidelity

H

Hammer: hard work rewarded; building; creativity; fortitude
Hat: honors; rivalry; independence; self-assertion
Harp: contentment; spirituality
Heart: love; pleasure; confidence; strength of will
Horns: God; fertility; spirituality; forces of nature
Horse: travel; strength; work; grace; power; success; prosperity
Horseshoe: protection; luck; start of a new enterprise
Hound: advice; help given; companionship; trust
Hourglass: caution; passage of time
House: security; authority; success; comfort

K

Key: understanding; mysteries; opportunity; gain; security
Kite: warning for caution; new ideas; plans made public
Knife: duplicity; misunderstanding; direct action
Knot: restrictions; marriage; bindings

L

Ladder: initiation; rise or fall in status; connections
Lion: power; strength; influence; ferocity; pride; domination
Lock: protection; concealment; security; obstacles; sealed

M

Man: visitor; helpful stranger
Mirror: reversal; knowledge; Karma
Moon: Goddess; intuitive wisdom; guidance
Mountain: hindrance; challenge; obstacle; journey; steadfastness
Mouse: poverty; theft; frugality; inconspicuousness
Mushroom: shelter; food; business complications; Fairy contact

N

Nail: labor; construction; pain; unity

O

Owl: wisdom; spiritual communication

P

Palm Tree: respite; relief; security; protection; blessings
Parrot: gossip; ostentatiousness
Peacock: [all with little foundation] luxury; vanity; arrogance
Pineapple: hospitality; good things hidden by harsh exterior
Pipe: truth obscured; concentration; comfort; ease
Purse: monetary gain; possessions kept close

R

Ring: eternity; containment; wheel of life / year; wedding
Rose: love; lost or past love; fullness of life; healing; caring

S

Salt: purity; stability; cleansing; grounding
Scales: balance; justice; careful evaluation
Scissors: duplicity; arguments; separation; division; strife
Shell: Goddess; emotional stability; luck; artistic ability
Ship: travel; news; material gains; romance
Skull: consolation; comfort; personal hurts; endings and a new life
Snake: God and Goddess; wisdom; immortality; knowledge; prophecy
Spider: good luck; industry; entrapment; secrecy; cunning
Spoon: luck; sustenance; the basic needs of life secured
Star: good luck; divine protection; opportunity; success; destiny
Sun: God; success; energy; power
Swan: good luck; love; evolving beauty; noble spirit
Sword: power; strife; conflict; overcoming adversity

T

Tree: blessings of Nature; good fortune; stability; power; security
Turtle: fertility; security; defense against obstacles; slow gains

U

Umbrella: temporary shelter; limited protection
Unicorn: purity; nature; Fairy blessings; Otherworld intervention

W

Well: blessing from the Goddess; inspiration; spirituality; health
Wheel: completion; eternity; season / life cycles; rebirth; gains
Windmill: business dealings; factors workings together for one goal

Let me know if I miss anything or there are any errors!

Discreet spell jar for prosperity

As a college student, financial and creative prosperity is very important to me. I’m also trying to not freak out my roommate by doing discreet magic, so this is a way to keep your craft secret. It’s also compact, so you can take it wherever you need it. I like to have mine nearby when I’m working on scholarships or when I’m painting.  


You will need: 

A small jar to put the spell in- I like empty pill bottles, cleaned with the label removed, but whatever works for you. 

Rice- for growth and abundance. Rice is from the earth, it’s a symbol of sustainable resources and wealth. 

Salt- for purification and prosperity. Salt was used to pay Roman soldiers, it’s a symbol of abundance. It also purifies the spell, to ensure that the wealth gained is used for good purposes and gives back to others. 

From there, you can other items depending on your intent. I added a few hairs from my paintbrush to increase creative prosperity, but you could add whatever you wanted. Intent is the most important. 

As for assembling, I like to ground myself, cast a circle, and layer the different items on top of each other, focusing on the individual intent. Unlike some spell jars, I don’t seal these with wax in case I need to rebuild or recharge the spell. I thank the spirits and close the circle.  

And that’s basically it. If you have any suggestions, feel free to add them. 

Hard Aspects Between Uranus and the Moon

Those with hard aspects between Uranus and the Moon are likely to have chosen them to aid their life task, for they add uniqueness and originality. If, instead, they reflect a pattern of impetuousness, inconsistency, or rudeness developed in former lifetimes, then the individual is likely to be thwarted until patience, steadfastness, and courtesy prevail over this pattern.

Hard aspects between Uranus and an Aries Moon aggravate its potential to be impatient, impulsive, and headstrong. On the other hand, they add to its inventiveness, independence, and energy.

Hard aspects between Uranus and a Taurus Moon enhance this fixed Moon’s ability to make changes, and bring a more progressive and creative outlook to this Moon sign. The difficulty with these aspects may be in reconciling the inner conflict between the need for change and the need for stability. If other chart factors indicate a similar conflict, this aspect may be reflecting that theme. Otherwise, it was probably chosen to balance a lack of spontaneity and originality.

Hard aspects between Uranus and a Gemini Moon enhance this Moon sign’s restlessness, which may be disadvantageous unless there is a need for frequent change. However, these aspects can be highly inventive and inspirational, increasing the individual’s creativity and unique vision.

Hard aspects between Uranus and a Cancer Moon add uniqueness and originality to the nurturing style and emotional expression. This is true with every Uranus/Moon aspect, but especially with this Moon sign, since Cancer is the Moon’s own sign. These individuals may find themselves torn between security and change, however; they need both.

Hard aspects between Uranus and a Leo Moon enhance the drive to stand out as unique and have one’s way, which may overwhelm others and make maintaining a relationship difficult. These aspects are often chosen to aid the work or the life task. If this is the case, relationships will not be highlighted in the rest of the chart, since they may interfere with that goal.

Hard aspects between Uranus and a Virgo Moon add brilliance and originality to the individual’s intellect, since Virgo Moons function emotionally through their intellects. These aspects also add quickness and friendliness to this otherwise cautious and reserved Moon.

Hard aspects between Uranus and a Libra Moon reflect an inner conflict between the desire for relationship and the desire for independence if other chart factors confirm this. Otherwise, the individual probably has chosen this to balance dependency, while still learning important lessons pertaining to relationships.

Hard aspects between Uranus and a Scorpio Moon are intuitive and iconoclastic. These individuals may be revolutionaries and visionaries if other chart factors support this and if the development is there. These aspects increase this Moon sign’s willfulness, which may pose a problem in relationships.

Hard aspects between Uranus and a Sagittarius Moon are usually beneficial, although they may manifest in overblown ideas and ideals. These aspects are only a problem if the individual is undeveloped or if practicality is lacking. They are usually chosen to aid the life task, but if the individual is unrealistic and impractical, they probably indicate a negative pattern of this from previous lifetimes.

Hard aspects between Uranus and a Capricorn Moon may have been chosen to accomplish a specific goal or add a more progressive and humanitarian attitude to the Capricorn Moon. These aspects are useful for those working in areas pertaining to social reform, such as lawyers, judges, and politicians. The drawback is a possible internal conflict between conventionality and unconventionality.

Hard aspects between Uranus and an Aquarius Moon either enhance inventiveness and humanitarianism or eccentricity and rebelliousness. In either case, these individuals may go about implementing their ideas or ideals in ways that are distasteful and aggravating to others. When it comes to dealing with others, they lack sensitivity and finesse.

Hard aspects between Uranus and a Pisces Moon increase intuition, creativity, and inspiration. However, if development and grounding are lacking, there is a risk of dissociating from reality or retreating into the spiritual realm or the realm of ideas.

daizydoe  asked:

What's the best advice you have for writers/ what inspires you to write?

Awwww. I’m not sure if I’m the best writer to give these pieces of advice. But, as my sister by heart entrusted me this question, I can’t disappoint, right? I’ll write about what works for me.


I think we can’t write without a base. So, find something that you want to talk about, that makes you happy. If it’s not your first language, don’t be afraid. I started learning English a little more than a year ago. In January of 2016. I’m so lucky and grateful that I only found gentle and supportive people here on Tumblr.

Looking right at you @zoesongs, @laure-demontety, @daizydoe. My first friends here. It would be unfair not to mention my sisters from Ivar’s heathen army. I will tag some of you, but we all know this army is huge, and always increasing. If I forget someone, don’t be upset. Please. @pokeasleepingsmaug, @whenimaunicorn, @mizzvengenz6661, @shesafreesoul, @underthenorthstar, @anniemar, @pagan-raider, @ivartheboneme, @ivartheheathen, @lottak, @devilrydaily, @rosepetaldream-blog, @thenorns-themoirai.


I was never bullied by my spelling, grammar or punctuation mistakes. And I can assure you all, that I have made, and still make, a lot of them. If someone is putting you down for your flaws, insecurities or mistakes, instead of helping you gently, stay away. It’s better to avoid toxic people.


I love researching almost as much as I love writing. So, when I feel like I’m running out of ideas, I start reading articles, searching for pictures and historical curiosities.


Reading - Reading books, fanfics and writing material of others might be a way to trigger your own ideas.


Watch something related to your theme. It’s another way to increase your creativity and overcome writer’s block. As I’m writing about Vikings, I usually rewatch my favorite episodes from the show, or the ones that the character I want to write about appears the most. Another movies with the theme help me as well.


Music - Some people prefer silence. But, I have a playlist that makes me think about my characters. Sometimes, a whole chapter can be inspired by one word or sentence.


And finally, write. If it’s not in your first language, and you are not sure about some words, write some of them in your own language, then search for the appropriate word later. I keep a notebook with notes and ideas for chapters, or I type them on my cell phone. If you have an idea, write it down as soon as possible, even if it’s not for your next chapter. You can fill the gaps later on. I have three chapters “in the future” of The Fox and The Maiden Fair.


I think that’s all. Anyone else has a piece of advice? Sisters?

Third Eye Open Wide Spell

Opening the Third Eye is directly related to the 6th chakra; the psychic chakra, located on the middle of the forehead above the brows. It is closely associated with the “pineal” gland. The pineal gland id dormant in most people,as is the true 3rd eye. French Philosopher Rene Descartes believed the pineal gland to be “the seat of the soul” where mind and body met.

In the average person, the pineal gland is atrophied and dormant. The following exercise will change that. Please read this thoroughly, as much of the exercises I write of are very advanced and can cause problems if one does not do them correctly.

The pineal gland is like a grape in size; like a raisin in most people where it remains dormant.

Opening the third eye/pineal gland:

This is done with a specific tone and chant. You only need to do this exercise for 3 days, afterwards, it is permanent.

The mantra to be used is “Thoh,” pronounced “TOE.” It must be within the correct vibration. Not deep, not high pitched, in-between, like alto range. You will feel it when you hit the correct tone.

  1. Sit with your back straight.
  2. Breathe in through your nose and hold your breath as long as is comfortable- open your jaws so there is a small space between your top and bottom teeth, place the tip of your tongue between the space of your slightly parted teeth.
  3.  Put a very light pressure onto the tongue with your teeth. This is like the same process of saying the “TH” part of the English word “the.” Once your tongue is in position, release your breath slowly through your mouth saying T-H-H-O-H-H in one long exhale (say the word one time pre exhale) Your tongue will be vibrating between your teeth. You should feel the air moving past your tongue and teeth. If this technique is done properly, you will feel a pressure or sensation in your jaw and cheeks. The tone will also vibrate in your 3rd eye. It may take a few seconds to adjust this, don’t worry, just keep going.
  4. Do the above 5 times in a row.
  5.  It is very important the above exercise be done for 3 consecutive days, 24 hours apart. Then it is a done deal.


WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT:

  1. One of the first experiences is a headache or pressure in the center of the forehead. This sensation may also feel like it is originating from within, usually an inch or more beneath the surface of the forehead. This is a positive indication the pineal gland is awakening and beginning to function in a healthy manner. *Some people can experience a migrane lasting several hours. The severity of the side effects will depend on how atrophied your pineal gland is to begin with.
  2. After the occurence of headache or pressure in the forehead, you may wake up one morning with a throbbing or tingling sensation in your forehead; it may feel like a goose-bump. The feeling may be very intense like something is there. The sensation of pulsing or throbbing will continue throughout the day. This is the final physiological event you will experience after opening the third eye. It indicates your pineal gland is awakened, functioning and alive.


PSYCHIC EFFECTS:

Faster, easier learning and retention Marked increase in intuition Increased creativity Psychic gifts develop and become remarkably stronger and more intense ability to see human auras Clairaudience (psychic hearing) opens up

Note: This is a very powerful exercise and as with all powerful practices, your body will go through discomfort in order to adapt.

Joe Keaton … Buster Keaton.

Father … son.

It’s complicated.

Who can know the truth of a relationship one hundred years after the fact, but the subject has been on my mind for a while now. The following is an attempt to scratch below the surface of memoir, points-of-view, and cherished chestnuts.

“I think Buster truly disliked him [Joe], but he would never admit it because he thought it was un-American to dislike your father.”

— James Karen, “Buster Keaton: Cut to the Chase” Meade

“… that’s where the abused child accusation comes in which has been made against the father–absolutely untrue, absolutely untrue! Buster told me over and over again how much he enjoyed and how he loved the act and the roughhouse.”

— “A Hard Act to Follow” Brownlow

“My parents were my first bit of great luck.”

— Buster Keaton “My Wonderful World of Slapstick” Keaton

Yes, they were.

Without the formative years as a vaudeville headliner, Buster Keaton would never have achieved his fearless stunt work, comic timing, and deadpan persona. Many child stars reach adulthood without suffering ill effect. Others, famously, do. Where is Buster’s place on this spectrum? MGM fired the thirty-seven-year-old because he was no longer capable of working. Loss of creative control and a bad marriage were the main contributors, no doubt, but was there a third rail to the dark years of struggle and alcoholism?

Buster was born Joseph Keaton–the namesake of his father and four previous grandfathers. Before he could walk, Little Joseph crawled out from the darkened wings of a vaudeville theater during his father’s blackface monologue, plopped down between Joe’s legs, and earned his inaugural laugh in show business. This is how stars are born: They find the spotlight and center themselves in it. It doesn’t matter that someone else was standing there first.

At a year-and-a-half (or six months, depending on the source), a fall down a flight of stairs left Little Joseph unhurt, but it changed his name forever. Now he was Buster. The nickname transformed father and son. Without “Little” Joe, the inferred label of “Old” Joe disappeared. An expiration date no longer threatened Joe Keaton. Buster’s miraculous tumble was also a pivot point, a skewed line away from a parent-child relationship.

Children are dependent, vulnerable, anxiety-inducing creatures who end up injured at the bottom of a staircase. By shaking off his fall, Buster became an extension of Joe: rough and ready, cocky … taking his bruises like a man. At least, this was how his father began to view him. The rather cold, Victorian child-rearing practices of the late 1800s made the transition even easier.

“Neither Mom nor Pop was demonstrative, but not many children expected that of their parents in those days. You were supposed to please them.”

— Buster Keaton “My Wonderful World of Slapstick” Keaton

Parents were to be obeyed—the disobedient received a good hard clout when this requirement was not met. Too much affection made children clingy and weak.

Buster Keaton was never weak.

At the tender age of five, Buster became his father’s business partner, a salaried member of the troupe. “The Man With The Table” added “The Boy Who Could Not Be Damaged” to his act. With this novelty came better bookings, more money, and celebrity. The theme of the frolic was Joe’s idea: A father giving advice on how to raise children. Father and son dressed identically, the same baggy clothes and painted clown faces, even whiskers! Tiny Buster mimicked his father’s movements and expressions perfectly. Joe pitched, threw, and cleaned up the stage floor using his son as projectile and mop, cavorting with his mini-me to the audience’s shock and delight. All of Joe Keaton’s ambitions were fulfilled.

How could he have predicted an eclipse.

In his autobiography, and through the kaleidoscope of time, Buster relates numerous anecdotes of working with his father in vaudeville: the fun of it, the spontaneity between them, the beautiful timing they had, what he learned about the craft of making people laugh. Though there is obvious respect for Joe and his talent, Buster never mentions love for the man. After all the bashing and crashing on stage, Joe would kiss him, but this was for the audience. Off stage, life was boarding houses and train stations with Buster responsible for arrangements and recordkeeping. When his siblings came along, he was also expected, as most children were in those days, to share in childcare duties.

“… from the time I was ten both they [Buster’s parents] and the other actors on the bill treated me not as a little boy, but as an adult and full-fledged performer. Isn’t that what most children want: to be accepted, to be allowed to share in their parents’ concerns and problems?”

— Buster Keaton “My Wonderful World of Slapstick” Keaton

Though children wish for acceptance, involvement in their parents’ troubles usually causes insecurity and fear. In the passages that touch on his emotional connection to his parents, Buster hedges and equivocates.

It is difficult, of course, for a man of my age to say with certainty what he felt and thought and wanted as a little kid. But it seems to me that I enjoyed both the freedom and privileges of childhood, certainly most of them, and also the thrill of being treated as full grown years before other boys and girls.”

— Buster Keaton “My Wonderful World of Slapstick” Keaton

It seems to me, with wording like this, Buster is smoothing over the past for his readers. Reluctant, as always, to engage in pathos.

Until the Keatons acquired their summer home in Muskegon, Buster was the eternal new-kid-in-town searching for a baseball game. Sports are an easy way of getting to know people without having to really know them. Or they you. The stage was his comfort zone. Here, he was in control, communicating with movement. It was also a barrier. A place where the world could not get to him. Throughout his life, Buster was shy with strangers, unnerved in the midst of a crowd, and reserved with his words; an introvert leading an extrovert’s life–his father’s life.

Joe was the master promoter with Buster the centerpiece of his creation. He knew everyone was keeping their eyes on the kid, and it made him proud … as long as it was Joe telling them where to look. As Buster aged, Joe’s pride began to lose ground. 

Buster acknowledged his father took most of the beating in the early years of the “The Roughest Act in Show Business” but as Joe’s love of drinking increased, and Buster’s creativity emerged, the dynamic between them changed. Reviews from the time outline Joe’s descent. At first, they were acknowledged as a family with Joe at the head. Later on, Buster received the greater share of the notice. It was not Joe’s inspiration, but Buster’s acrobatic ability that made them unique. Buster eventually developed his own gags and ad-libs. He was indeed the draw that packed ’em in. Newspaper articles declared Buster the Keaton’s meal-ticket; he alone carried the team. His parents were supporting characters.

Critiques like this must have had a devastating effect on Joe. And an injured pride coupled with a bombastic personality can be hazardous. Joe indulged in the manly response to life slipping off course: his bluster and boozing intensified. After all, where were Joe’s accolades? Who was Buster without Joe? Why wasn’t a grateful son praising his gifted father?

That boy didn’t exist. He didn’t have the skill set to express his feelings.

Balm for tender wounds can’t spring from someone raised in a landscape of sparse affection. Pratfalls come naturally; soft words stick in the throat. The only response to painful emotions is to swallow them (they go down good with whisky), or mask them (a deadpan is great for that). Ignoring uncomfortable feelings is not the best solution–it causes the insides to suffer constipation–but it does allow one to marshal on … at least for a while.

And no military band could have marshaled on better than the Keatons.

As Buster grew into his teens, the performance turned from comic ballet to battleground, father and son squaring off against each other. One determined to inflict punishment, the other to escape, while still keeping it funny. With his son taller and stronger now, Joe took to wearing a pad on his back. The one night he forgot it, the crowd laughed at Joe’s situation, and his plea for mercy, but Buster decided the show must go on and beat his father “black and blue.” In knockabout comedy, you must be prepared to get as good as you give.

 ‘The act had to change. But Joe was changing too. Not like the old man any more. Mad most of the time, and could look at you as if he don’t know you. But he could become the father quick enough—those lickings onstage for things that happened before. No more private spankings. In front of a thousand people. Finally I’d get sore, and we’d start trading … People should have felt the wallops we were handing out.’ ”

— Buster Keaton, “Keaton” Blesh

Two men whacking each other with household implements is not funny … unless, of course, it’s timed to the Anvil Chorus.

When Buster complained about the abuse to his mother she attributed it to Joe’s anger at losing his youth. She was not wrong in that estimation. How hard it must have been to have his son surpass him, to realize his son was better.

By the end of the Vaudeville years, their relationship devolved into a tough man contest: which one could endure the most blows without a whimper. By age twenty-one, Buster was through trying to win. He left the act. But not the work.

Whatever second-thoughts he may have harbored over an alternative life, a life where he grew up in the confines of a small town, went to school, college, and became a civil engineer–these reflections were kept at bay. The busyness and business of filmmaking was the perfect distraction and outlet for a man of Keaton’s energy and intellect.

If not his temperament.

The basis for this observation comes not from Keaton talking about himself, but about his newborn son in 1923. When asked if he wished his son’s future to be in comedy or drama, he replied …

“ ‘Neither one, I hope.’ Buster twisted his feet around the legs of the bookkeeper’s stool and regarded the picture [of his son] fondly. ‘This kid is going to be his own boss, and whatever profession appeals to him when he grows up, well, that’s the profession he’s going to ornament. President or plumber, it’s what little Buster chooses.’ ”

— Buster Keaton, “How Buster Keaton Got That Way” Werner

This poignant statement is a revelation into Buster’s feelings toward his own childhood.

A person's sense of self-worth evolves through unconditional love, from a parent to a child. This bond was not fully realized between Buster and his father. The business partnership was primary and this is what Buster based his self-esteem on. Buster’s friend, William Collier, Jr., remarked that, as an adult, Buster had a deep need for affection–the missing piece of his childhood. Though Keaton enjoyed making comedy, was brilliant at it, and felt himself a fabulously lucky man, when his work was diminished and finally ripped away by MGM, he fell to pieces. The life selected for him was gone.

Who was he without his vocation? Did the specter of the other life he might have led, the alternate life, the "normal” life rise up to inflict confusion and regret in his lost years? Did it add another layer of sadness to his burden? Maybe. But Buster Keaton knew how to combat regret. He marshaled on.

For his father, Joe, victory in the tough man contest lost him his career and his identity. Unlike his talented son, there is no nitrate evidence that testifies to Joe Keaton’s vintage prowess and success. The sum of all those years added up to one thing: he was Buster Keaton’s father. Period. He depended on Buster for room and board. The son made space in his films for his father to earn pocket money and stay connected to show business. But the people in the audience would forever continue to keep their eyes on the kid.

— Tracy Wolfe, September 25, 2015

chapter 2: correspondences.

Although correspondences can be more of a Wiccan tradition (though I’ve seen correspondences in other witchcraft traditions), I personally feel they are important as each correspondence holds a specific energy having to do with what you’re using it for. Several correspondences in witchcraft are: moon phases, colors, crystals, and herbs.

☽ Moon Phases ☾

There are nine phases of the moon: new moon, waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full moon, waning gibbous, last quarter, waning crescent, and dark moon.

The new moon is the period after the dark moon, which will eventually grow into the waxing moon. It’s magickal correspondences are: new beginnings, growth, renewal, beauty, love, jobs, networking and creativity.
The waxing crescent moon is the period after the new moon, which will eventually grow into the first quarter moon. It’s magickal correspondences are: animals, business, change, choice, freedom, initiations, individualization, new ideas, challenge to status quo, rebellions, and warrior aspect.

The first quarter moon is the period after the waxing crescent moon, which will eventually grow into the waxing gibbous moon. It’s magickal correspondences are: balance, beginnings, health, healing, courage, elemental magick, friends, love, luck, wealth, fertility, and psychic powers.

The waxing gibbous moon is the period after the first quarter moon, which will eventually grow into the full moon. It’s magickal correspondences are: increase, analysis, evaluation, courage, patience, peace, harmony, fruition, and completion.

The full moon is the period after the waxing moon, which will eventually diminish into the waning moon. It’s magickal correspondences are: fruition, protection, divination, love, children, decisions, dreams, legal matters, ovulation, fertilization, pregnancy, lust, and life.

The waning gibbous moon is the period after the full moon, which will eventually diminish into the last quarter moon. It’s magickal correspondences are: to remove bad habits or addictions, divorce, protection, banishing, knowledge and teaching.

The last quarter moon is the period after the waning gibbous moon, which will eventually diminish into the waning crescent moon. It’s magickal correspondences are: banishing, removing illnesses, destruction, releasing, wisdom, and the underworld.

The waning crescent moon is the period after the last quarter moon, which will eventually diminish into the dark moon. It’s magickal correspondences are: releasing addictions and obsessions, change, justice, quarrels, death, reincarnation, and destiny.

The dark moon is the period after the waning crescent moon, which will eventually grow into the new moon. It’s magickal correspondences are: rest, meditation, dreams, divination, sleep, visions, and magick.

Keep reading

list of stones and crystals

In relation to my second blog: The School of Magick. ⛥

stones and crystals masterlist
  • Amber (yellow, orange, brown): Helps clear the mind. Gives mental clarity and inner peace.
  • Amethyst (purple): Amethyst is the perfect stone for any spiritual seekers, as it is the stone of spiritual awakening and spiritual growth. It purifies and protects by placing a shield around the physical body and the energy field. It is said that it enhances mental acuity and focus. The most common use of Amethyst is for the purpose of increasing one’s intuition and psychic abilities, along with enhancing one’s connection with their Higher Self, their Spirit-Guides and the Angelic Realms. It offers psychic, mental, negative and self protection and balances the nervous system and both hemispheres of the brain. Amethyst is the perfect stone for anyone whom is just now venturing off down the path of their spiritual journey. However, it is recommended for anyone, as it metaphysical and healing properties are beneficial to all.
  • Ametrine (purple and golden brown): Ametrine, rare and powerful stone, combines the energies of Amethyst and Citrine to embody, both, the Violet Ray and Golden Ray. This combination elevates your spiritual nature and enhances peace and tranquility. Ametrine offers healing qualities of purification and encourages creativity through expression. Ametrine has this extraordinarily high vibration able to strip away old prejudices and beliefs.  Ametrine draws out negative energies from your body and replaces them with energy of Divine light. It brings harmony into the body with the aid of quieting the mind with the calm sound of nothingness.
  • Apache Tears (gray-black): Apache Tears is best known for it’s ability to help one overcome depression. It’s vibration is soft and gentle to allow one to come to a state of self-realization. The energy within it grounds and protects, which aids its already powerful healing abilities.
  • Aquamarine (light blue): Aquamarine enhances the connection with Higher Self. Aquamarine, evokes the sea in both its name and its color and embody energetically healing properties. It aligns all of the chakras and enhances the aura. The energy emitting from this stone is very soft and feminine, which enhances our intuitive knowing. Use this stone to open up to spiritual energies and increase your awareness. Aquamarine is an excellent stone for public speakers and teachers, as it helps one overcome the fear of speaking. For artist, it aids creation from the heart.
  • Aragonite (orange red): Aragonite is a crystal with this peaceful and calming energy. It is known to transmute stressful energy into a more uplifting and positive energy. Having this stone around the energy body is highly beneficial to one dealing with anxiety, as it aids in soothing the nerves. Aragonite has the potential to infuse the entire body with an easy going energy. It is definitely a mellow stone, which makes it a great stone to assist during meditation.
  • Aventurine (green): Draws money and prosperity.
  • Azurite (bright blue): Azurite is best known as a sacred stone that brings greater insight with amazing visionary powers. It speeds the vibration of one’s energy towards the spiritual realm and  activates the opening of the Third-Eye Chakra. It resonates with the Crown Chakra to help connect one with higher realms for spiritual guidance. Azurite, also,  aids one to get in touch with their spirit guides.
  • Bloodstone (green with red flecks): Promotes creativity, self-expression, and artistry. Also aids healing, especially from surgeries or blood-related diseases.
  • Blue Lace Agate (light blue): Healing and overcoming obstacles. Can be used as a “wish stone”.
  • Blue Stalactite (blue): Personal power and direction. Helps with finding and staying on the right personal path. Promotes self-knowledge, centering, and connecting to the Higher Self.
  • Carnelian (red-orange): Promotes personal power, strengthened magick, increased fertility or creativity and a happy home. Also helps combat jealous of others.
  • Celestite (light blue): Celestite comes from the Latin word “Heaven”. The energy of this stone vibrates at such a high level. It has become the New-Age teacher stone, as it provides one with hope and faith, while connecting one to the wisdom of the divine realms. Aids one in developing a sense of knowing who they are, physically and spiritually.
  • Chrysocolla (blue, green): Promotes balance and inner peace.
  • Chrysophrase (green): Clears blockages in communication and promotes eloquence and persuasiveness.
  • Citrine (golden brown): Strengthens self-esteem and promotes balance and good cheer.
  • Crazy Lace Agate (brown/reddish stripes): Awakens hidden talents and abilities and promotes success in career situations.
  • Clear Quartz (clear): Amplifies and directs energy. Builds energy pathways. Strengthens the energies of anything it is put with.
  • Diamond (clear): Earth’s hardest stone. Promotes personal growth, spiritual lessons, and perfecting of self. Also resilience, perseverance and permanence.
  • Dravite (dark brown): Dravite, also known as Brown Tourmaline, is a stone not most know about, but need to be informed of. Especially those whom venture off and start their spiritual journey. The main reason is because Dravite helps us understand our shadow self, that which is the unconsciousness. It does this by bringing the shadow self to full consciousness.
  • Emerald (light to dark green): Protection, success, and prosperity. Also promotes memory and learning.
  • Fluorite (comes in many colors): Promotes healing. The focus of the healing may be emotional, physical, spiritual and so forth, depending on the color of the fluorite. Fluorite is also known as the ‘fairy stone’ as it helps it’s owner communicate and see fairies as long as their intention is of light.
  • Garnet (dark red, wine): Personal power, focus, and protection. Also aids in healing, especially with blood-related diseases.
  • Goldstone (brown with gold flecks or blue with silver flecks): Used to draw money, especially through commerce or the collection of monies owed. Blue goldstone enhances magickal power of the wearer or spells and helps enhance anything in the metaphysical realm such as psychic work, healing, clairvoyance, etc.
  • Hematite (silvery black): Gives protection, absorbs negativity, and helps relieve grief or pain. A healing stone.
  • Jade (comes in many colors, but most common in green): Serenity, inner peace and balance, and good fortune. Promotes the perfection of self and connection to Spirit.
  • Jasper (red, brown): Helps promote openness to new ideas and influences, flexibility.
  • Jet (black): Sacred to Hekate. Jet gives protection, promotes mental and emotional clarity, deflects negativity and helps to overcome sorrow or sadness. Traditional stone of mourning.
  • Kyanite (dark to light blue): Kyanite is a very powerful energy conductor. It is best known for its ability to align all of the Chakras without conscious effort. It doesn’t absorb negative energy. Therefore, Kyanite will never need to be cleansed. The vibration of this stone is so powerful that someone with a lower vibration may feel horrible side-effects from Kyanite. This is due to its ability to raise the vibrations of the wearer to reach a higher state of consciousness. Blue Kyanite has a very strong vibration that creates very rapid transfers of energy. It can bridge emotional blocks between people to assist in the sending of telepathic information. It can also create pathways of energy. It helps restore energy balance and it an effective energy conduit that can balance most systems of the body.
  • Lapis Lazuli (dark blue): Promotes psychic opening and clairvoyance. Now grown rare.
  • Malachite (green and black): Malachite promotes success, whether in business or love. Prosperity, creativity and fertility. Malachite has been called the “mirror of the soul”, as it reaches the inner feelings of the person and reflects what is there, negative or positive. It is a powerful protection stone that aids intuition, creativity and imagination.
  • Marlenite (red, red and yellow): Also called “Philosopher’s Stone.” A very strong money stone, this synthetic stone is named for Marlena Berndt, famous metaphysical historian of gems and stones.
  • Moonstone (milky white): Protection and psychic opening. Absorbs negativity and promotes confidence.
  • Morganite (light pink): Morganite embodies the first pale rays of sunrise and vibrates an essence of purity, love and innocence. When it comes to love, it may attract love to one’s life or even rekindle love from the past. It encourages us to vibrate with the power of the Divine feminine energies. Morganite has a receptive, attracting energy that attracts love and power.
  • Mother of Pearl (iridescent white): Deepens emotional commitment, draws marriage, long-term love. 
  • Opal (iridescent greenish white with orange, red): Promotes psychic opening and development, sensitivity to spirits. Once considered unlucky by those who feared psychic phenomena.
  • Pearl (white): Peace, compassion, love. Pearls are said to retain positive emotions incomparably well. 
  • Rhodochrosite (pink and gray): Promotes sexual adventure, fertility, pregnancy.
  • Rhodonite (pink and black): Helps healing of emotional pain, especially from loss of love or loss of a loved one. Helps requite grief, draw new love. Promotes reconciliations of parted lovers or friends.
  • Rose Quartz (pink): Love, happiness, self esteem.
  • Sodalite (blue): Sodalite is very similar to Lapis Lazuli and is often used in place of it. Promotes psychic development, clairvoyance.
  • Tanzine Aura (iridescent indigo): Tanzine Aura, aka Indigo Aura, is a beautiful stone of the Indigo Ray with energy vibrations of a very high level of spiritual awareness. It is actually one of the most powerful crystals to aid development of one’s latent psychic abilities. It enhances the connection for conscious communication to Spirit. This is an incredibly beneficial aid for intuitive people, such as mediums, shamans, card readers, channelers, energy healers, along with anyone wishing to become more perceptive to the subtle dimensions.
  • Tiger’s Eye (gold and brown stripes): Promotes popularity, eloquence, persuasiveness. Helps improve communications. Also used for protection in traveling, and for protecting mechanical vehicles.
  • Titanium (Flame) Aura (multicolored quartz): With most crystals the vibrations do the healing. However, the healing properties are a little different with this crystal. Even though it shares the same properties as the Clear Quartz, it is the colors of this crystal that actually grant it enhanced healing powers. The vibrational energy, along with the color of this crystal has the ability to heal the human energy field. Together they merge with the aura to release any energy blocks and patch up holes in the aura by its color. It enhances ones physical vitality and brings more energy into the auric field. It is stimulating to the auric field and meridians, acting as a prism for soul-level energy, infusing the aura with a rainbow spectrum of light. Titanium (Flame) Aura allows for one to go deep into meditation to receive spiritual attunement. Overall this crystal is one that brings insight, compassion, energy, excitement and joy into life’s experiences. It is capable of carrying higher frequency range, excellent for trance channels, mediums, psychics and maintains grounding while in a higher state of consciousness.
  • Turquoise (teal-blue): Protection, good fortune, psychic opening. Considered very sacred.
Astrological Birthstones and Their Metaphysical Properties

Zodiac Birthstones not only balance negative aspects of the signs but brings out their best characteristics. All of this information comes from Love is in the Earth by Melody. These are just a few of many; if you are interested in learning more feel free to ask!

Aries: Bloodstone - “Stone of Courage”, a variety of quartz, this stone can be red or green and has intense healing properties, it is associated with the Heart or Anahata Chakra; it helps center and ground the heart, re-align the body’s energy, and overcome anxiety. This is Aries’ stone as it balances their raw energy and fire, bringing them adaptability, decisiveness, and aids them in overcoming the selfishness that Aries, the first sign, ruler of the House of Self, may feel.

Taurus: Rose Quartz - “Stone of Gentle Love”, its color can vary from a soft pink to a golden-white, it has a very gentle energy and is associated with the Heart Chakra, Anahata, and Crown Chakra, Sahasrana; it promotes feelings of love, especially self-love, and emits a soft, calm energy, providing anyone who holds or wears it with patience and a clear and open mind. The stone of love will help Taurus, ruled by the planet of love, with their obstinate nature, insensitivity, and feelings of insecurity while bringing out their good characteristics: patience, loyalty, and calm.

Gemini: Agate - “Stone of Balance”, can be many different colors: red, green, yellow, etc; it has a stabilizing and cleansing effect on the wearer, balancing yin-yang energy as well as the physical, emotional, and intellectual states of the body. Agate also helps the wearer develop decisiveness, which is important for vacillating Gemini, as well as other analytical capabilities and eloquence, tied to Gemini’s ruler: Mercury, planet of the mind.

Cancer: Moonstone - “Stone of Beginnings and Ends”, a white, milky color, Moonstone is balancing and gentle, the wearer will feel calm, introspective, and reflective - qualities typical to Cancer; it opens the wearer to what they need from the universe, assisting in handling change, cycles, beginnings and ends. It also cleanses the chakras. Cancer, known for intense emotions, will be able to sort through their feelings with the assistance of this stone, even experiencing moments of intuition due to its strength and feeling composed though emotions are running high.

Leo: Carnelian - “Stone of Familial Love”, red or orange, it is a protective stone that dispels apathy, indolence, envy, fear, rage, and sorrow from around the holder and within them. Carnelian enhances the wearer’s perceptions, opening their eyes to their own emotional state, the self, and how others perceive them which is important for self-centered Leo. Its powers center around the home, a key part of any Leo’s life: it balances the energies within the home and promotes love within it. Carnelian drives the holder to act, to take initiative, Leo’s strong suit, and increases their creativity and compassion.

Virgo: Zircon - “Stone of Virtue”, it may be clear, red, green, yellow, and grey; it intensifies properties of the first, third, and fourth chakras. This stone truly promotes qualities tied with Virgo: it strengthens unions of all forms (physical, mental, emotional, etc), increases perseverance in all endeavors, constancy, and purity. Zircon will help Virgo recognize that it is alright to be imperfect, to see the beauty of it, and ease their nerves as well as remind them of the bigger picture, as they can become so caught up in the details.

Libra: Lepidolite - “Stone of Transition”, colored pink, purple, yellow, grey, and white; it can activate the Throat, Heart, Third-Eye, and Crown chakras. Lepidolite heightens awareness, reduces stress, and alleviates despondency. This stone can evolve lesser energy into positive, fully-fledged energy. Its title helps through situations of change and variability in life and can assist one change their old habits by allowing for smooth transitions. Lepidolite enhances Libra’s already strong diplomatic and balancing abilities. It can ease their indecisiveness and indolence.

Scorpio: Ruby - “Stone of Nobility”, red or pink, this stone stimulates the Heart chakra, Anahata. Ruby is truly Scorpios stone, protecting those of this intuitive, almost psychic, Sign from psychic attack. It stimulates the loving, emotional side toward nurturing, which is good for Scorpios who can sometimes be insulting or intolerant, as well as encouraging gentleness when arguing, an issue for hotheaded and vindictive Scorpio. It also enables the wearer to rise above negative feelings such as anguish, distress, and other forms of suffering and recognize that these are not innate aspects of life.

Sagittarius: Topaz - “Stone of Success”, the color range includes pink, yellow, red, and green; it is also called the “Stone of True Love”. It promotes Sagittarian qualities such as individuality, creativity, and confidence. It inspires the holder to trust in their own decisions, replaces negative energy and emotions with positive ones, and enables the release of annoyances and doubts. Its energy acts through the powers of attraction and manifestation. Sagittarians can blunder along in life but this stone will help them see the big picture while still seeing even the smallest connections and details.

Capricorn: Garnet - “Stone of Health”, red, green, yellow, pink, purple, black, extracts negative energy from the chakras and transmutes that energy to a beneficial state. It helps one change the world around them by bringing the creative powers to the stage of implementation, what hardworking and realistic Capricorn may need. It allows one to recognize their responsibilities and approach them with patience. It is also called the “Stone of Commitment”, referring to commitments to purposes, others, and to oneself. It empowers the wearer to express warmth and understanding, which may be hard for Capricorn.

Aquarius: Amethyst - “Stone of Spirituality”, purple or lavender, stimulates Throat and Heart chakras while also calming them. It is also called the “Stone of Contentment” and “Stone of Metamorphosis”, Amethyst facilitates the transmutation of lower energy to higher, as well as stabilizing and transmuting dysfunctional energies within the body. It balances the intellectual, emotional, and physical bodies which can give airy Aquarius a solid and supportive base. It enhances cooperation, flexibility, and soothes the temperament, much like an Aquarian. It also assists in the formation of new thoughts and ideas.

Pisces: Aquamarine - “Stone of Valor”, light blue to green, stimulates and cleanses the Throat chakra. It enhances one’s ability for rapid intellectual response and accelerates intellectual reasoning process, which is fantastic for deep-feeling Pisces who may feel and subsequently act before thinking. It also shields and protects the wearer, also important for this sensitive Sign. This stone emits a gentle and passionate energy, promoting tolerance, and inspires humanitarian feelings, all very Piscean qualities.