Mermaid Tree

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Crystal of the Week – Mahogany Obsidian September 22, 2009

I chose this Crystal of the Week with Mabon in mind – Blessed Mabon to you all!!! (For information about Mabon, please see the entry Mabon 2009 (The Autumnal Equinox) which was posted on 9-18-09.)

Mahogany Obsidian is an interesting stone that lends a variety of properties when used.  Even during periods when I am not actively working with it, I enjoy picking up my piece of Mahogany Obsidian to feel what energy is coming from it that day.  Mahogany Obsidian always gives off the aspect of its energy that the user most needs (or perhaps we unconsciously draw the aspect we most need from the stone?)

There are really three main components that I feel make Mahogany Obsidian such a diverse stone.

Fire – Like all obsidian, mahogany obsidian was formed from lava.  The Fire component of this stone gives it energy, vitality, inspiration and passion.  It also engenders courage and confidence in the user.

Iron – This form of obsidian gets its red-brown mahogany coloring from iron particles that were trapped as the lava cooled.  The iron enables this stone to give the user strength, determination and conviction.  As the fire aspect helps the user have inspiration and courage, the iron aspect then helps in maintaining that courage and ensures the user’s strength of will.

Earth – Although the iron technically makes up the “earth” part, I wanted to talk about the rock aspect itself.  Mahogany obsidian can just give off a very earthy vibe!  It’s great.  Really grounding and stabilizing.  It’s like the last part of this amazing triple action team!  After the fire sparks inspiration/courage/passion the iron maintains/strengthens it, and then the earth ground and stabilizes everything.  How awesome is that!?!  The earth properties also give mahogany obsidian excellent protection energy.

I realized one day that I had been overlooking other really obvious elemental connections:

WATER and AIR – There is always a certain amount of water content included.  Sometimes the water bubbles are visible to the naked eye in certain forms of obsidian.  But even if they aren’t, they can usually be spotted easily with a microscope.  Water lends the mahogany obsidian emotional balance.

And of course the lava is cooled by air.  Air gives the stone the properties of communication and clear thinking.

So overall this is a great stone!  Fire and Earth are the strongest energies in Mahogany obsidian, but all the elements harmonize together to help the user in multiple ways.

I encourage you to use Mahogany Obsidian as a way to do a daily “Self-reflection.”  Sit quietly with your mahogany obsidian and see what aspect/element reaches out to you most strongly.  Write down your observations and see how it changes over the course of about two weeks (or whatever length of time works for you.  You can also try doing it once a week and just make sure you do it for about 8 weeks, if you don’t have time to do it daily).  Did the obsidian share more of its Iron aspect with you?  Or perhaps you received grounding energy?  Or a boost of energy?  Make a note of any messages, thoughts and energy shifts that happen when working with mahogany obsidian.  Going back and reading your daily reflections will help you see patterns that might point out areas you need to work on.

Properties:  Strength, Courage, Grounding, Protection, Willpower, Self-reflection

I enjoy posting this as the Crystal of the Week on Mabon since it has such a balance of elements within itself, and Mabon is a time of balance.  It also reflects the “harvesting” idea in a nice way.  After the action of the lava bubbling up and cooling (which reflects the summer months of growth), the rock is harvested with all its wonderful properties solidified (which resonates with the completion of goals and reaping of blessings that occurs at the end of harvest time).  Plus, the stone itself is a pretty autumn color!

Enjoy!  And again, Blessed Mabon!


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Water: Meditation, Protection, Manifestation September 15, 2009

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Along the path of alternative spirituality, I have often remarked to Tree, “It is so expensive to be enlightened!”  I am always joking, of course, because true magick doesn’t need any tools to happen (though they can be very helpful in channeling energy), but it can sometimes feel that way when you are out shopping in the metaphysical stores and all of a sudden your intuition insists on you buying something that is a little out of your price range.  Or, maybe you find the perfect book to explain what has been going on with your meditations and dreams lately, but it seems a bit pricey and you still haven’t paid rent yet…

There is something to be said about working with the basics, though.  As I said, true magick need not all the funds in the world to manifest itself in your life.  It just needs your energy and intention.  Maybe a little bit of focus.  So, here are a few uses for a resource we all have, either flowing nearby or straight from the faucet:  Water!

Meditation     Water can be very useful in meditation, and not just for hydration!  When clearing out the negative energy from your aura, try placing a bowl of water at your feet or simply in front of you.  You can place different crystals in it as well to help in transmuting any energy that you place in the bowl.  Then, starting at your head, slowly work your way down your energetic systems and visualize the negative energy flowing into the bowl.  When you are finished, make sure you transmute the negativity with love energy if did not put any crystals in the bowl and then use it to water some plants. 

Another way to use water in meditation is to mix it with your favorite herbs.  They all have different meanings that can be found in several books and on many websites.  Alternatively, you can mix in the loose leaves from your favorite tea.  Allow the herbs to mix with the bowl of water completely and then use your fingers to “smudge” different energy points on your body with the mixture.  For example, putting some on your third eye could highten your awareness during the meditation.  Or, you could place some on your palms and the bottoms of your feet to open those chakras.  During your meditation, try to feel the herbs at work.  Connect with their energy and try to pull from their individual uses to gain the insight you are seeking in your meditative practice.  This can also be used simply to clear out your energy by using sage in the water (this technique is especially helpful if you are not in a place where you can burn something).

Protection     Water is a great way to transmute negative energy, and what better time to take advantage of that then when we are at our most vulnerable?  If you are having trouble with sleeping due to bad dreams, placing a bowl or water on your bedside table can really help!  I used this technique when I was going through a tough time a few years ago and was just getting frustrated because I wasn’t waking up feeling rested.  It worked really well for me.  I suggest dumping the water down the drain or clearing it of negativity and using it to water plants in the morning. 

Manifestation     As an alternative to all the ways in which words can be used for manifestation, water can also be used to bring things into your life.  I came up with this method during a meditation one night and have since then passed it on to friends in need of some spiritual help.  Once again, start with a bowl of water and clear it of any negative energy.  Then meditate on what you are trying to manifest while holding the bowl with both hands.  Feel the intention flow through your palms and into the water.  If you like, you can even write it down on a piece of paper and place it in the bowl for more help.  Water is great for amplifying energy so by using this method, you will be adding some oomph to your menifestation. Place the bowl by a window.  Now, I connect more with the moon and water is generally very connected to the moon (ocean tides, feminine energy etc.) so I did this at night and allowed the moon’s energy to carry my intentions to the Universe, but if you are more connected to the sun, I say go with that and do it during the day.  If you are giong to use the moon, I suggest doing this during the time leading up to or of the full moon.  I would recommend concentrating on whichever energy you are going to use during your initial intention meditation as well.  You can leave it there for as long as you want or put a new bowl out every day/night.  What is important is that the intention is set and you have sent out into the Universe what you would like the manifest.  Sometimes it may seem pointless, but trust me, the Universe is listening!  I cannot even count how many times this has been proven to me over and over again in my life.

 

Do you have any other spiritual uses for water?  Are there any techniques that use basic tools you would like to share with other readers?  Comment below!