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Magickal Musings From Infinite Flame

April 28, 2009
Define "wicked".....

 

Spring has Sprung

Welcome to the season of Mud! My lawn has gone from frozen to squishy. The rain is making everything turn green and creating little ponds everywhere. Oh, that reminds me, if anyone has a good use for dandelions, leaves or flowers, please send it to me. My boyfriend hates them but I have not used any lawn treatments because I had heard they have many uses. And I love their bright yellow faces!

Ok, this is not what I was going to write about but this just popped into my head. A couple of years ago when my last cat died, I was, of course, very sad. This happened late in the summer, almost fall. One morning while getting ready for work, I happened to look out at the front yard and saw a lone dandelion facing the house. Now some people would think I’m crazy but you all know what I mean when I say...I know it was her way of telling me she was ok, the dandelion was a message from her. I felt a little better as I went off to work, but did not say anything to my boyfriend as he would have thought I was nuts. He was attached to my cat too but I didn’t think he would "get" it. I came home to find that lone dandelion in a small vase on my table. I guess he did get her message too.

Chakras, Wheels of Light in your body

Sorry I got off track there, when I write these I tend to go with the flow of thoughts in my head. Back to the subject on hand. To go along with my new Chakra Stone Set , I thought I would write a newsletter about chakras. Big subject, and not so big. There are many books telling you about them and how to work with them, but they are mostly the same. I am fairly new to chakras, having only heard about them 5 or 6 years ago. We did a meditation in my sister's Spiritual Goddess Group that was awesome. I "saw" and felt each of the 7 main chakras in my body and an associated Goddess with each. Then about a year ago I received a book when a friend was downsizing that has three sections: stones & crystals, colors, and chakras. When I read the chakra stuff, I was fascinated. I can in no way cover all there is to know about chakras so if you are interested in learning more then you should get a book on the subject or consult a chakra therapist.

The basics are that there are 7 main chakras, which means "wheels of light" in Sanskrit. Throughout history, people have been aware of the chakras. They were known to ancient Egyptians, Chinese, Hindus, Sufis, Greeks, Mayans, Native Americans, and Incas. Yoga and meditation are central to the ancient teachings about chakras. Both of these practices help you to "just be" and in that state you can "feel" your chakras. There are also 21 minor or secondary chakras and yes, animals have chakras too.

We start with the Root or Base Chakra, called Muladhara. It is located at the base of the spine, between the anus and genitals (alright, stop that giggling). Next is the Spleen or Sacral Chakra, called Svadhisthana, and it is located in the lower abdomen, between the navel and genitals. The Solar Plexus, Manipura, is located between the navel and the base of sternum. Anahata, the Heart Chakra, is easy to find as it is in the center of chest. Next is the Throat Chakra, Vishuddha, found centered at the base of the neck. The Brow or Third Eye Chakra, Ajna, is above and between the eyebrows. And the Crown Chakra, Sahasrara, is at the top, or crown, of the head.

Each of these has a color, symbol, planet, and much more associated with them. Way too many to list here. If I get ambitious I might get a chart on the website (don’t hold your breath). Since I just did a Chakra Stone Set, I’ll talk about how I chose the stones/crystals associated with each.

To create my set, I first researched what stones/crystals are associated with each chakra. I then checked my stock to see what matched. I did not have carnelian or citrine. I felt very strongly that I needed citrine for the solar plexus but was going to use garnets in place of carnelian for the sacral chakra. When I found the citrine at Mystical Resources right before she closed the store, I also started looking through the carnelian she had. I decided to take both stones.

One evening I pulled out the stones I had and, starting with the base chakra, I put the sets together. First I picked through each container of stones to find the stones that wanted to be in the sets. The color for the base chakra is red, so ok, a red stone. The only red stone I had was garnets, and before I found the carnelian, I was going to use garnet for the second chakra. The base chakra is grounding and there were some black stones listed so I thought "what do I have that is grounding and black?". Hematite, of course. So there is the first chakra. On to the sacral chakra, I now have carnelian so that was easy. My instinct was very strong that I needed citrine for the solar plexus, so that too was easy.

Next came the heart chakra. Most references listed aventurine, which I had. But as I picked through them something didn’t seem right. I opened the container of jade and these stones just felt "right". I went with my feelings and used jade. For the throat chakra, I really wanted blue lace agate but I didn’t have any. I did have sodalite and was planning to use those but once again, something didn’t feel right. The lapis lazuli wanted to be the throat chakra stone, so I let them.

Now we come the brow and crown chakras. Colorwise, these should be indigo for the brow and purple for the crown. Most of my references put a purple crystal for the brow and a clear crystal for the crown. I had some really nice amethysts for one of these. I also had some crystal clear quartz, some call it ice quartz. Again I let my instinct direct me and used these clear quartz stones for the crown and the amethyst for the brow.

The above refers to the first set I created. Based on the popularity of the colors associated with each chakra, I created my second set with those colors in mind, following a similiar process as described above.
*2013: my sets change a bit depending on availablity of stones. I still go through the same process for each stone.

I decided to add a bloodstone to each set as they are used for strengthening and stimulating all the chakras. They also help align and balance the chakras. *2013: I now put kyanite with each set as it is the best stone, based on personal experience, that relates to all the chakras.

Then I cleansed these stones under running water to clear them of any energies they may have picked up. I laid them out on a white towel, row by row, going up the chakras. I had 8 carnelian so I made 8 sets. I cleansed my personal set and put them on the end. I then added bloodstones, but I only had 7 bloodstones so one set became the "display" set. Once the stones were cleansed and laid out, I lit some incense to clear the energy - both in the room and mine. I then held my hands over each row in turn and aligned the stones with the chakras by voicing the sound associated with each chakra over each row of corresponding stones. I went from the base to the crown, and then from the crown to the base.

The stones were then put into small plastic bags and then into a velvet bag - to keep other energies from the stones. And now they are ready for your chakra work. I created a card to go with the sets that has the name of the stones and the sounds that I used. I do not know the source of these sounds, Alicia found them in a book. I will get the name of the source and put it in when I add this to the archive.

From Alicia: "This is the book I found the info on the chakra sounds that we have used, the ones you used to empower your sets. The Magician's Companion by Bill Whitcomb. The sounds are actually called the Bija (or "seed") mantra, which as you know, activates each chakra with the vibration of the sound."

Chakra Oils

One thing my book didn’t cover, and I hadn’t see before, was what herbs/oils went with each chakra. The two books I borrowed contained this info, altho they did not always match. So here are the oils associated with each chakra, the first set from The Book of Chakra Healing and then the oil from Chakras, separated by a semi-colon.

Sahasrara - Crown Chakra = lavender, frankincense, rosewood ; ylang ylang

Ajna - Brow or Third Eye Chakra = hyacinth, violet, rose geranium ; frankincense

Vishuddha - Throat Chakra = chamomile, myrrh ; lavender

Anahata - Heart Chakra = rose, bergamot, melissa ; rose

Manipura - Solar Plexus Chakra = vetivert, rose, bergamot, ylang ylang, cinnamon, carnation ; sage

Svadhisthana - Spleen or Sacral Chakra = jasmine, rose, sandalwood ; sandalwood

Muladhara - Root or Base Chakra = cedarwood, patchouli, myrrh, musk, lavender ; patchouli

So, what to do with this info? First decide if you want to use one oil or create a blend. Then you can anoint the chakra location with the oil or blend, you could sniff the oil or blend while concentrating on the chakra, anoint the crystal you are using for that chakra or even put the blend in an oil burner. I’m sure there are other uses you can come up with but remember never ingest any essential oil unless prescribed by a professional herbalist. Also, some oils will irritate the skin, like cinnamon and bergamot, so if anointing yourself please use a carrier oil like sweet almond or even olive oil if that’s all you have.

This has inspired me to create chakra oils, however when they will be available I cannot say. Once I create blends I always self-test to be sure they won’t irritate (I have very sensitive skin so if they don’t irritate me, they most likely won’t irritate another). Also I do not have all the oils listed so I need to aquire them, and some oils are hard to find. I need hyacinth, violet, chamomile, melissa, and carnation. If you know of a good source of any of these essential oils (not fragrance oils) please let me know.

Until next time,
~~~~Rhiannon Rose

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Llewellyn's Witches Datebook for all moon phases

The Book of Chakra Healing by Liz Simpson (I really like this book, it is available online from Borders but not in their stores)

Chakras, Balance Your Body’s Energy for Health and Harmony by Patricia Mercier

A special thanks to Alicia for letting me borrow the above two chakra books : )

Healing with Crystals and Chakra Energies by Sue and Simon Lilly (I highly recommend this book)

A special thanks to Storm for giving me the above book : )

 

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