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Nick Jonas, Darren Criss Help Raise $400,000 for GLAAD
Nick Jonas and Imagine Dragon frontman Dan Reynolds don’t just give lip service to the LGBTQ community. The singers each donated $50,000 to GLAAD during songwriter Justin Tranter’s second annual Sp…
By Marc Malkin

Nick Jonas and Imagine Dragon frontman Dan Reynolds don’t just give lip service to the LGBTQ community.

The singers each donated $50,000 to GLAADduring songwriter Justin Tranter’s second annual Spirit Day fundraiser on Wednesday night at Hollywood’s Sayers Club.

Jonas and Reynolds reached into their wallets during Tranter’s live pledge drive. Ariadne Getty and her fashion designer son August Getty donated a total of $13,000, while Darren Criss and Derek Hough each pledged $5,000.

The night kicked off with a VIP cocktail party followed by a musical revue starting with Tranter singing Halsey’s “Bad at Love,” which he co-wrote.

Reynolds hit the stage to praise Tranter for always living his truth, even when he was urged to stop wearing high heels when he was a member of Semi Precious Weapons. “There are people in the world that are a stone in the water and their ripples continue outward,” Reynolds said. “Justin has a been a stone in this industry.”

The night’s surprise performer was Criss, who joined Tranter on stage for a duet of Julia Michaels’ “Issues.” “We didn’t even rehearse,” Tranter said.

Songwriter Sarah Aarons performed “Middle,” which she co-wrote for Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey. Tranter also joked that the night was Aarons’ unofficial coming out party because many people apparently aren’t aware that she’s a lesbian. “They do now,” Tranter said.

Spirit Day is an anti-bullying campaign that was started in 2010 and takes place on the third Thursday of October. LGBTQ people and their allies are encouraged to wear purple on the day to show their support.

“I am lucky enough and fortunate enough to be on the board of GLAAD and when I was trying to figure out what I could really do with my skill set and my connections, I was like I should do a concert that not only focuses on the work that I do as an LGBTQ person in this business, but what other LGBTQ people are doing in this business,” Tranter told Variety. “What they have done for years and years and years is make this business a gazillion dollars. So we have this fabulous private night of music and celebration to shine a light on all the good things GLAAD does. I call people and I also ask them [to participate] in sessions when they can’t say no.”

The guest list also included Julianne Hough, “13 Reasons Why” stars Katherine Langfordand Tommy Dorfman, Warner Bros. Records head Aaron Bay-Schuck and “Transparent’s” Trace Lysette.

Crystals

~ What are Crystals and what are they used for?

   Most crystals ( in this case including gems, rocks, precious stones, semi-precious stones, and simple stones) are of mineral origin. Crystals, like amethyst, come out of the ground naturally faceted and don’t need to be changed in anyway. Diamonds, for example, come out of the ground equally as rough, but are usually polished and cut into intricate styles.

 For many years, crystal have been used as a tool to aid spiritual healing, psychic development, and meditation.

~ How can I incorporate Crystals into my everyday life?

   You can carry around your crystals. This way you can feel your crystals energy when needed. Place them in a little sachet or pouch and they are ready to go!

    Infuse your water with your clean crystals. This is a fast way to feel your crystals energy.

    Decorate your magickal space and/or surroundings with crystals.

    Meditate with your crystals. Just spend a minimum of 30 seconds with each crystal. Hold it in your hands, close your eyes, and feel its energy soaking into your skin.


How Crystals Can Help You

Agate

  ~Banded: help you feel grounded, remain focused, and banishes fears.

  ~Blue Lace: helps you adjust and adapt.

  ~Moss: refreshes spirit, brings peace of mind, helps to develop intuition.

  ~Tree: aids meditation and clear thinking, reduces stress.

Amazonite ~ soothes the nervous system, increases self-esteem and confidence.

Amber ~ relieves depression and lifts your spirits.

Amethyst ~ the great healer of mind, body, and spirit. helps the development of psychic abilities and intuition.

Apache Tears ~ brings good fortune and positive energy.

Apatite ~ aids in motivation and communicative powers.

Aquamarine ~ helps you during hard decisions and times. promotes compassion and empathy.

Azurite ~ relinquishes harmful beliefs.

Bloodstone (aka Heliotrope) ~ calms fears, and dispels confusion and obsessive ideas.

Calcite ~ boosts energy and provides amazing psychic protection.

Carnelian (aka Sard) ~ banishes jealousy and inspires courage. aids perception.

Celestine ~ helps with communication and good thoughts.

Chalcedony ~ balances emotions and lifts your spirits.

Chrysocolla ~ eases stress and promotes self-confidence.

Citrine ~ helps steady emotions and give inspiration.

Coral ~ strengthens and protects emotions.

Desert Rose ~ promotes love and stability in relationships.

Diamond ~ assists in your connection with the universe.

Emerald ~ strong healer with both physical and mental problems.

Fluorite ~ helps with rationality and combats anxiety and worries.

Garnet ~ protects against melancholy and depression. encourages perseverance and patience.

Hematite ~ helps with psychic development and building self-esteem.

Jade ~ a very useful healing stone for both the body and spirit.

Jasper ~ aids with stress relief and grounding. promotes tranquility.

Jet ~ keeps evil spirits at bay and strengthens character.

Kunzite ~ helps align emotions. provides security.

Kyanite ~ helps to align and heal chakras.

Labradorite ~ aids with strong development of psychic powers.

Lapis Lazuli ~ helps develop your sixth sense. stimulates intuition. promotes creativity.

Lepidolite ~ great for relieving stress and dispelling negative emotions.

Malachite ~ used for healing when dealing with negative emotions.

Moonstone ~ restores harmony and emotion balance.

Obsidian ~ helps you to focus on the paranormal, used for protection and a scrying tool.

Onyx ~ instills a protective psychic shield. 

Opal ~ helps with rationalizing emotional states.

Pearl ~ aids self-respect, stability, and self-esteem.

Pyrite ~ opens the mind to new ideas.

Quartz ~ channels and aids in meditation. a powerful healing stone.

Rose Quartz ~ aids in anything love-related. instills comfort, relieves grief, and promotes harmonious relationships.

Rutilated Quartz ~ releases energy blockers.

Rhodonite ~ helps with assurance and confidence.

Ruby ~ purifies love, promotes spiritual knowledge and to be realistic about situations.

Sapphire ~ aids in mental clarity, clearing your inner eye, and bringing good fortune.

Smoky Quartz ~ filters out negative thoughts and emotions. helps with telepathy.

Sodalite ~ heals damaged emotions, and aids in restful sleep.

Tanzanite ~ helps you to accept change.

TIger’s Eye ~ a powerful aid in those seeking knowledge about past or future lives. promotes persistence and protection.

Topaz ~ allows you to transmit your visualizations as universal messages. an aid in telepathy.

Tourmaline ~ repels all negative energy and is a powerful stone for protection.

Turquoise ~ an aid in luck, love, money, and protection.

Unakite ~ heals the psyche, helps you realize your higher self.


Crystal Care Tips

  Some crystals shouldn’t be left in direct sunlight. These include: Amethyst, Ametrine, Aquamarine, Celestite, Citrine, Fluorite, Kunzite, Opal, Rose Quartz, Smoky Quartz, Topaz, and Turquoise.

  Some crystals shouldn’t get wet. These include: Celestine, Desert Rose, Lapis Lazuli, Lepidolite, Malachite, Selenite, and Sodalite.

Click here to learn about Crystal Shapes.

source: Crystals by Cass & Janie Jackson

* If there is anything we missed or you’d like to add, just let us know! *

I hope this is useful! xx ~ @chlovoyant

Not sure why I feel such a strong need to say this NOW but:

Magic doesn’t come from herbs or symbols. It doesn’t come from semi-precious stones or funky colored candles.

Non-witches use those things all the time, sometimes on a daily basis, and never really do magic using them.

Someone who doesn’t BELIEVE in the healing properties of Rose Quartz won’t benefit from them. Someone who doesn’t believe that burning a green candle can bring luck and money won’t draw those things to themselves by burning a green candle.

The magic comes from YOU. Your belief in those things is what allows them to work. Herbs, fancy candles, stones – those are all conduits and boosts for your own, innate magical power.

Do certain herbs and stones have innate power? Yes, I believe that they do. Certain days have power, certain phases of the moon have power. Not necessarily because I believe those things (aside from the astronomical/cosmological stuff like eclipses, solstices etc.,) have innate power, but because many people, over a long period of time, have believed that those things have that specific power.

However, I also feel that YOUR personal associations with a plant, stone, color etc., can override those because YOU are the one doing the magic. It is YOUR ENERGY being channeled through that particular conduit, after all. How could it NOT have some effect on the way the magic works?

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raw gemstone birthstone necklaces by hawkhouse

a nontraditional and bohemian birthday gift idea is my latest fave listing from hawkhouse — raw gemstone birthstones :) how gorgeous are these varied, faceted necklaces?! swoon.

Houses Bedrooms

Hufflepuff:

The plant thing is kinda true / they need pictures of their friends and family / a corkboard with memories of good days, photographs, tickets / lots of knick-knacks on every surface / they need plenty of blankets and pillows to make it cosy

Ravenclaw: 

They have their CDs arranged in alphabetical order / books are ordered by colour / they like to have their favourite films on display / probably looks like chaos, but they know where everything is / definitely have had glow-in-the-dark stars on their ceiling at some point

Gryffindor:

Feel low if their walls aren’t painted their favourite colour / no colour scheme, but it looks fun / posters of their favourite bands on the walls / the original floordrobe pioneers / messy, but unlike Ravenclaw they don’t know where their stuff is

Slytherin:

Their room is their sanctuary / black-out curtains / candles for aesthetic, but probably never light them / probably have some semi-precious stones somewhere / still have their childhood stuffed toys

Silver Bracelets of Queen Hetepheres I

Some of the earliest silver objects unearthed in Egypt are this rare pair of silver bracelets, belong to Queen Hetepheres I, inlaid with semi-precious stones in the form of a butterfly (silver, turquoise, lapis lazuli, and carnelian). Old Kingdom, 4th Dynasty, ca. 2575-2550 BC. From the Tomb of Hetepheres I, G 7000X near the Great Pyramid of Giza. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.