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Crystal Spotlight: Ruby

Now this isn’t your typical healing crystal, because we all know rubies are instead a gem mainly used for jewelry and pretty things. However, the July birthstone ruby and other associated stones have many interesting healing properties.


Ruby is a stone that protects the home, including possessions and family members. It is also a stone useful in dream work and divination, particularly divination for decisions and goal setting. It enhances positivity, passion, and inner strength.


Ruby in Zoisite

Ruby inclusions in zoisite provide the synergistic energy of these stones together, different from the energy of either of these stones on their own. Ruby in zoisite is a stone of amplification, amplifying personal energy and spellwork. It is good for raising psychic awareness and power.

Ruby in Fuschite

Ruby in fuschite is particularly powerful for psychic work, balancing and enhancing intuition. It helps bring awareness to problems in all aspects of life, and can be used in working to balance those problems. These are the keywords of this stone: balance and awareness. Any place that you could use either, this stone is useful.


Sapphire and Ruby have the same chemical composition and structure. The inclusion of high levels of chronium is what makes a ruby red. Sapphires are their fraternal twin, with properties all their own. Sapphire is a stone to enhance intuition and creativity. It is a great stone for artists of any kind, with it’s powerful ability to enhance creative expression. It is also useful for general protection against evil, as well as protection particularly during psychic work.

These many forms of the July birthstone are each unique with their own properties, and I always encourage experimenting with different stones and their uses! We carry this bracelet, composed of ruby-colored jade, including the color therapy properties that aid the root chakra, and ruby in zoisite jade, complimenting the grounding of ruby jade with amplification of personal power and energy.

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4 Ways to Tell Your Root Chakra is Out of Whack

Chakras are energies that spiral inside of us, each supporting and developing a different aspect of ourselves, our bodies, and our souls. When one of these chakras is over or under active, sometimes it can be hard for the layperson to see what is going on. Here, we are going to review some of the symptoms of a misaligned root chakra. If you recognize yourself here a lot, you likely need to do some work on your root chakra!

1. You feel spacey, out of it, light-headed, or “dreamy” frequently.

Our root chakra keeps us grounded, to the Earth and to our physical reality. Feeling mentally or physically light-headed or in another world can mean we are lacking grounding; our root chakra may be not be acting as it should. Grounding exercises are great quick fixes for any of these symptoms.

2. You have an unhealthy relationship with food.

The root chakra deals with our material needs as humans, and our survival instincts. This means that it is deeply intertwined with food; how we eat, why we eat, and what we eat. If you have an unhealthy relationship to food, including overeating, under-eating, guilt around it, using it for comfort, and other issues, this could be a problem with your root chakra or you could be doing damage to your root chakra. Working on balancing your root chakra may aid you in developing a better relationship with food, and vice-versa.

3. You feel unsafe, anxious, or otherwise worried without a good reason frequently.

As our survival base, this also deals with issues of fight or flight. If you feel frequently anxious, on edge, or otherwise nervous and unsafe, this may indicate that your root chakra is overactive and reacting to everything. Grounding exercises, and breathing routines can help to relax this chakra.

4. You feel frequently undeserving of material things.

This one is a little bit harder to notice. However, the root chakra deals with our being, our human reality, and our existence. It also deal with our relationship, therefore, to material things, including objects that we want and need. If you frequently find it hard to spend money on yourself, on things that you might buy for other people, and feel guilt when you do make personal purchases or otherwise indulge your desires, you may be suffering from an unhealthy root chakra. Someone with a healthy root chakra makes responsible decisions, but can also indulge themselves.

Do you think your root chakra is unhealthy? Check out our course in totally overhauling your root chakra and rebalancing!

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Weekly Tarot – Week of June 19, 2017

Today’s card is…

Justice in reverse.

Keep an eye out this week; there may be some dishonest people lurking in your life.

Keep an eye on yourself too; the dishonest one could be you.

This week you may struggle with remaining accountable to yourself and yours around. It is especially important now to gather up the willpower to remain in check.

This is the time, if you have let anyone take action against, use you, walk all over you, to hold them responsible for their actions. Re-balance the lack of justice in your life.

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Weekly Tarot Reading – Week of June 12th

Today’s card is….

The Four of Swords

The man’s face is restful, eyes closed, at peace. Swords are laid down. The struggle is over. It is time to recuperate, to rest, and to consider all that has occurred.

The Four of Swords tells us that we have come through much. Take this time of peace to recover, mentally and physically. Take the time to think about what you have experienced before you take more action.

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Midsummer Candle Spell

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Use our LUCKY candle with rose petals, orange, and gardenia, or use either a green candle to focus on luck and abundance or a pink candle to focus on love. If you use your own candle, anoint it from the tips to the center with orange oil.

After this, light the candle.

Stare into the light of the candle. Breathe into the scent and let it fill your lungs. Imagine the fire filling you and spilling out light from inside your heart.

When you can feel and visualize this light, say this, in your head or out loud:

Sun shine bright

In candle light

Transform this flame

Into luck (or love) the same.

Continue to say this as you visualize what you desire in the flame. Do this for as long as you can feel the energy burning, or until the candle runs out.

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Midsummer Tarot Reading

Hey all! I know we haven’t been doing weekly tarots, but this week I wanted to do it with a special twist; this will be using the spread for my MIDSUMMER tarot readings. The reading is focused on the holiday of Midsummer, as the sun and energy peaks and we prepare for the coming harvests.

This reading focuses on personal power and growth.

When I drew this reading the first thing I noticed was how heavy it was on Major Arcana. I guess the Midsummer season is going to be important to me this year; I should pay a lot of attention to this reading, and to the messages that come with the Midsummer holiday.

I. Self – The Lovers in Reverse

This is the center card. It symbolizes me as we approach the Midsummer holiday, the peak of energy, and the last stretch of work before the harvest. The Lovers normally symbolize, well, love, as well as balance, especially of masculine and feminine energies. We see to the forbidden fruit and the serpent, reminding us of the temptation and choices of life.

The Lovers in reverse represents forces coming in imbalance, and the danger of our temptations. This likely symbolizes for me a need for stronger balance, in my relationships and in my life.

II. Power – The Hierophant

This is the personal power and strength that is growing in you, rising as the sun grows in strength, and ready to aid you to the harvests that come. The Hierophant is a religious symbol, as well as a symbol of any group one strongly associates with, and all traditions and beliefs. He is a very straight-forward message to me at this point; look to religion and my communities for strength, let my beliefs, all of them, keep me strong.

III. Revelation – The Emperor

This is the shift of mind that we must undergo as we shift from the season of growth to the season of decline. The Emperor is a masculine figure, bringing traditional masculine traits of firmness and authority to mind. This suggests, perhaps, that I must make a mental shift toward stability and structure. This is a serious shift for me, especially in my currently unstructured position with no schedule, no day job, and currently on the way to moving. This unstructured situation is stressful for me; self-imposed structure may be a mindset I need to switch to.

IV. Release – The Six of Swords in Reverse

This symbolizes the things that we need to let go of or prune away. These are the things we cannot carry with us to the harvest; they are either hurting our growth, or are things that we are trying to grow that we cannot grow right now.

This is what I want to call a bit of an “hello, idiot” card. Sometimes the answers the deck give are so simple and obvious you feel a bit like you’re being called out. Six of Swords in reverse deals with baggage and not moving on. Meaning, I need to let go of baggage and…move on. While seeming very straightforward to the point of maybe not being helpful, it is an important message to remember, that to grow I need to let go of certain issues and insecurities that may have (ie. have) risen again. Otherwise, it can choke out growth.

This is my first swords card, but not my last, indicating to me that issues of ambition and action are important to me in the coming days.

V. Strength – The Empress

This card symbolizes the area you have been successful in during this season. It is a reminder of how you can enact the personal power mentioned, embrace your revelation, release what you need to, nurture what you should, and ultimately grow.

The Empress is a feminine symbol, pair to the Emperor card. It deals with nurturing and motherhood. In this case, it is likely telling my to focus on my strength of nurturing others, my own personal ability to be a positive emotional presence. This seems, at first glance, unrelated to some of my other cards, but as we aid others and help them grow, and move, we see ourselves how we might and enact that positive energy in our own lives.

VI. Nurture – The Ace of Swords in Reverse

This is what you ought to nurture and focus on as the harvest season comes. This will be the thing that you can greatly grow from Midsummer to the first harvest if you give it attention.

The Ace of Swords normally symbolizes victory, triumph, and the focus of energy. In reverse, it represents a lack of clarity and chaos. This is the second time in my reading that focus has been an issue for me, but as the nurture category is a symbol of what you can nurture and grow, it shows hope. The deck, here, tells me that I need to take the time to clarify goals and work through the chaos, but also tells me that is something I can do.

VII. Growth – The Seven of Swords in Reverse

This is the area that you, on the path you are currently on, should grow the most in as the solar energy increases. This is the thing that is already growing, improving, flourishing, and will continue to do so.

This is one of those cards you want to see in reverse. It represents the desire to change, to turn the next page, turn over a new leaf, to grow and take charge of the differences you want to see in your life. As the rest of my reading tells me to adjust my life, to make life changes to the chaos and to my focus, this card tells me that I am already making changes, that I have the desire it takes to grow.

And that’s all!

I hope you enjoyed going through this reading with me. I certainly found it helpful. If you are interested in a reading yourself, you can check it out here.

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June Birthstones


One of the most well known of the June birthstones is pearls. Who doesn’t love pearls? They are simple, classic, and elegant. They are also available in an amazing range of colors beyond the basic white pearls.

Pearls have healing properties just like many crystals. Pearl can be used for eye and skin conditions. It is a great beauty enhancer.

If you are looking for pearls for someone with a June birthday, you can find this fancy jasper and freshwater pearl bracelet on my website.


Alexandrite is the second traditional birthstone for June. It is a beautiful stone that shifts in color between greens and reds. It’s properties include purifying, renewing, and emotional support.


Moonstone is a less conventional stone for June, if you are looking for something a little more original. Moonstone shines brightly in the light and comes in a variety of colors like rainbow, peach, and grey for a few. Moonstone is a stone of self support, good for inner strength. Peach moonstone is also a good stone for the heart chakra.

You can get specimens of peach moonstone from me here. Keep an eye out for wire wrapped moonstone, or contact me to reserve one of the pieces I am working on.