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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

Calming Poppet

In a chat I’m part of I had @the-fangirl-of-your-dreams​ say she had a very angry professor with a lot of that anger aimed at her. She wanted a spell to help calm down the professor and after giving me a list of herbs and stones she had at her disposal, this is what I came up with.

Ingredients

Herbs

  • Rosemary (happiness)
  • Chamomile (calm)
  • Rose Petals (love)

Candle

  • Purple (calm)
  • White (clarity)

Stones

  • Amethyst (stress relief/calm)
  • Rose Quartz (love)

Other

  • Poppet w/ taglock or energy signature

Spell

Before beginning do your pre-spell ritual. For this you want to remain calm, collected, and full of the energies you want to put into this poppet and nothing else. Ground yourself, keep a clear head, and begin.
Make your poppet. Take your charged herbs and add them to the poppet. Also, add your taglock. Due to the subject at hand I suggest a piece of the professors handwriting as a taglock. At the heart of the poppet add your stones. The heart is important, because the energy center there can help with healing, forgiveness, and surrender. Then melt the corresponding colors of wax onto your poppet. 


The rest of the spell was up to her. Above is the poppet she made. I enjoyed making this very much and I’ve decided I will be taking commissions for spells.

If you need a spell written up for you message me! A full spell like you see above, message me. A spell like this will cost $5. Let me know if you have any questions!

Hag Stones

Holey stones (also known as Odin Stones or Hag Stones) are literally stones with natural holes in them. 

Holey stones have been used for thousands of years for 3 reasons:

Healing: When someone wears a Hag Stone they are less likely to contract disease, and rubbing one over an affected area will help to ease the pain. 

Protection: They are used to protect anyone against negative forces. They are commonly placed above doors and windows, but they can also protect against nightmares. Hanging one above your bed if nightmares are a prevelant occurance in your life would be a good idea.

True Sight: If you hold the Hag Stone up to your eye you can see the fae folk, and it can assist you in finding what you’re longing for or what you’ve lost. 

Neo-Assyrian Glazed Terracotta Tile from Nimrud (Kalhu), Iraq, c. 883-859 BC

A clue to the colour scheme of an ancient palace:

This glazed tile was found by the excavator Henry Layard at the Assyrian city of Nimrud. Along with the stone reliefs, it was part of the decorative scheme of the royal palace, although few examples survived Nimrud’s destruction in the seventh century BC.

This example depicts an Assyrian king, possibly Ashurnasirpal II (reigned 883-859 BC), accompanied by his bodyguard and attendants. It was probably part of a sequence showing the king as triumphant warrior and hunter. Such tiles provide a clue to the kind of colour scheme used for the relief panels. The decoration was executed in yellow, black and green (perhaps originally red) paint. These were made from natural materials.

It is likely that most major Assyrian buildings had paintwork at least in the reception rooms. Ashurnasirpal recorded that he had represented his triumphs in paintings. There were murals on the walls above the carved stone panels and the ceilings were also painted.

Glazed bricks are mentioned first in the second half of the second millennium BC when the mastery of the mechanical properties of glass had become known.

Ancient Roman amethyst intaglio of Fortuna, dated to the 1st century BCE to the 1st century CE. Found in the Hermitage Museum, though the image has been edited by me.

From the source:

Goddess of happiness, chance and good luck, Fortune was one of the most revered gods in ancient Rome. Her permanent attribute was a cornucopia, or a horn of plenty, with which it was represented on this amethyst intaglio (stone with incised relief carving) by the famous carver Hyllos. Being the son of the renowned carver Dioskourides, the founder of the school of Roman carvers in the Early Roman Empire, Hyllos was well acquainted with the ancient traditions of glyptic art (miniature carving on coloured minerals). Of all the variety of styles he preferred the generalized and laconic manner of Greek Classical art of the 5th century BC. This bust of the goddess is cut harmoniously into the oval form, filling it entirely. Depicted in full face, Fortune has regular features and bears a calm expression. This marvellously executed intaglio is all the more valuable in that it has the name of the artist inscribed in Greek.

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Serie of patches taken from elements of the Hilton of Cadboll Pictish stone, one of the most remarkable shallow relief stones of the Pictish culture. The original stone, found at Hilton, Easter Ross (Ros an Ear), is now housed in the Museum of Edinburgh.

From top to bottom, the Hilton of Cadboll stone shows the typical Pictish Z Rod with discs, a V Rod and a couple of circles with an extremely interlaced knotwork. Below this iconography, the original stone also shows a scene, often called a ‘narrative scene’, depicting a hunting and a lady on horse, alongside incredibly precise and harmonic floreal interlaces.

Available here!

Artwork by our very talented friend @sfitzgerald-art

Relief of an Assyrian eagle-headed protective spirit from the Temple of Ninurta in Nimrud. Across the body runs Ashurnasirpal’s “Standard Inscription”, which records some of the king’s titles and achievements and is repeated on many of his stone reliefs. The cuneiform inscription was cut after the figure was carved, as some of the details of decoration on the dress have been chiselled through.

Anxiety relief spells are in abundance on my dash, so here’s mine. This is my worry stone. It is smooth, round, and about two inches in diameter.

When to use a worry stone:

  • When you are feeling anxious
  • Before beginning work that requires concentration
  • When your energy level is low but you still need to get things done

How to use a worry stone:

  1. Make yourself comfortable. Sit with your feet flat on the ground or floor, barefoot if possible. Light some candles, incense, whatever helps you relax.
  2. Pick up the stone. Feel its weight in your hand. Close your eyes or focus on a relaxing image or the flame of a candle.
  3. Concentrate on what you are feeling. Describe your state of being out loud. For example, “I am feeling anxious. Physically, my shoulders are tense and my stomach is upset. Emotionally, I feel as if I am balancing on a tightrope with no net underneath.”
  4. Add a dollop of lotion to your hands and coat the stone. Close your eyes. Picture the stone as a ball of clay, and squeeze, roll, or play with the stone however your hands want.
  5. Take deep breaths for at least two minutes. Inhale for a count of six, hold for a count of six, exhale for a count of nine.
  6. Roll the stone from hand to hand a few times, maintaining focus on the way you are feeling.
  7. Begin a full-body relaxation, starting at the top of the head. Unknit your brow. Relax your jaw. Spend a few minutes going through the throat, the shoulders and arms, the spine, the abdomen, and on down until you have consciously relaxed all of your body.
  8. Now you can shift your focus to future action. State your intent out loud, and be specific. For example, “When this spell is done I will do a load of laundry,” or “when I am finished, I will confront the task that makes me anxious.”
  9. Continue to breathe deeply. Check in with your body again: is your stomach still upset? Are your shoulders still tense? Repeat steps 5-9 until you are feeling better.
  10. Close the spell by kissing or thanking your worry stone for helping you to relax. Blow out candles, and go about your business.
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The megalithic passage tomb called the Mound of the Hostages (Duma na nGiall) is the oldest monument on the Hill of Tara, Ireland, dating back to between 2500 BCE and 3000 BCE. The mound splits into three passageways, each of which contain cremated remains. In fact, evidence of over 200 separate bodies have been found. The second image, the stone with a relief carved into it, is the doorway and protected the dead entombed there.

Neo-Assyrian Stone Relief from the North-West Palace of Ashurnasirpal II, Nimrud (Kalhu), Iraq, c. 883-859 BC

A Protective Spirit:

This relief, carved on alabaster, was one of a pair which guarded an entrance into the private apartments of Ashurnasirpal II (reigned 883-859 BC), at his palace in Kalhu, the capital of Assyria. The protection of the entrance to a building using magic was a long-standing tradition in Mesopotamia. Images of supernatural creatures were sometimes buried under doorways or set up at the entrances of palaces and temples. Their magical strength was intended to frighten away evil demons.

The figure of a man with wings may be the supernatural creature called an apkallu in cuneiform texts. He wears a tasseled kilt and a fringed and embroidered robe. His curled mustache, long hair and beard are typical of figures of this date. Across the body runs Ashurbanipal ‘Standard Inscription’, which records some of the king’s titles and achievements and is repeated on many of his stone reliefs. The inscription was cut after the figure was carved, as some of the details of decoration on the dress have been chiseled through. The significance of the goat and giant ear of corn that the figure carries is not known.

This relief is currently safe and sound in the British Museum.

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The Tomb of Wang Chuzhi

1. Stone relief of a Warrior

2. Marble relief of a Women’s orchestra

The tomb was excavated in Xiyanchuan village in Hebei province, China.

Wang Chuzhi (王處直) (862-922), formally the Prince of Beiping (北平王), was a warlord late in the Tang Dynasty and early in the subsequent Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period. He ruled the Yiwu Circuit (headquartered in modern Baoding, Hebei) as its military governor from 900 onwards. He became its de jure sovereign from 910 onwards,when he, along with his neighbouring warlord Wang Rong, the Prince of Zhao, broke away from Later Liang. He was overthrown by his adoptive son Wang Du in 921.