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Magickal Musings From Infinite Flame

September 21, 2010
Define "wicked".....

 

Life Stuff

In the last episode of Magickal Musing: My Crazy Busy Life, I was preparing for the Purrs and Paws in the Park event. At this event I confirmed that I hate doing outside events. It was unbelievably hot. Seriously, at 10:00 AM while setting up it was already in the 80’s. The sun was beating down, and at an angle so the tent didn’t do much to keep the heating rays out. There was a breeze that came through every once in a while that pushed slightly less hot air around to give the illusion that for a few seconds you felt cooler. Of course that same breeze proceeded to knock over my displays. Did I mention that I hate doing outside events? The sun heated the jewelry and stones so when the few people who braved the heat to come to the event wanted to touch them...ouch! Moisture appeared in the incense packages and I had to open them to let some of it out. After the show I had to dry them again and repackage. Have I mentioned that I hate outside events? I love animals, but not when every dog that passed the tent wanted to pee on the tent legs. Then at about 2:30 my boyfriend called to say it was storming at my house and the storm was coming our way. So we started packing up. Some of the vendors had already left because of the heat. I had just, seriously, JUST packed the last of my stuff and was going to go get the car to load it when it started pouring. Not a gentle pitter patter, a downpour. I ran to get the car and loaded it in the downpour. The black table cloth hadn’t been packed and was soaked. I was soaked. Alicia hadn’t finished packing and some of her products got wet. We waited until the rain stopped and then took down the tents. When I got home, I had to set everything out (the tent, tables, containers of product, the table cloth) to dry. Did I mention I really hate doing outdoor events?

But it was for a good cause. Some animals did get adopted so it was worth the effort. And yes, I would do an outside event again if it is for a good cause. In fact, we were supposed to do the same outside event we did last September that is held in Brighton, again to benefit an animal rescue. That was canceled and I am really glad it was, the Saturday it was supposed to be held ended up raining all day.

So between the show that I did and the show that was canceled, I was working on updating my inventory. When I got to the hematite rings, I started trying them on. I am out of the largest sizes so I found one that fits my pinkie finger. I though "hey, I sell these and am always asked if they work, maybe I should wear one". So I put one on and went about my day. I kept it on except for taking a shower and when I was doing something like cleaning where I thought I might break it. Two days later I realized something was different. For some time I have been feeling depressed, its been hard to get motivated to do what needed to be done. All I felt like doing when I was home was watching TV, or reading, or eating ice cream, instead of working on furthering my web design career or working on my crafts. You may have noticed if you read my song quotes in the newsletters...."sick of this life, not that you care..." Well, I can honestly say I am over it. In the first two days I wore this hematite ring I re-organized my jewelry making supplies and finished some jewelry projects I had sitting around for months. I spent a day in my spare room, which is embarrassingly cluttered, clearing out some of the junk and reorganizing what is important. And I was more productive on the computer. I’ll put more about what hematite does later in this newsletter but I can honestly say for me it relieves depression and keeps negativity away. I have a lot of negative people in my life (my brother is the king of negativity) and since I have worn the ring I notice their negativity doesn’t effect me as much. I feel less negative, or at least when I feel or say something negative I don’t feel it as strongly and find it only makes me want to fix it. And I know it was the depression that kept me from doing not only things I needed to do but things I wanted to do.

I have been very productive the last few weeks. I have new jewelry for the upcoming Holistic Show. I finally cleaned the rocks I brought back from our trip in July (they have been siting in a bin in my living room since July, is that pathetic or what?). Of course, I was motivated to clean them as Alicia, my sister and I are doing a display for the upcoming MMS rock show. I have been clearing out my computer files to prepare for upgrading my computer and going though all the old favorites and emails from CompuSuck....um CompuServe. I have been working on our Infinite Flame FaceBook page and working on promoting us online. I have been working on my web design skills, it is never ending trying to keep up with changes in code which is both the most frustrating and fascinating part of web design. About the only thing I haven’t been productive in is sending this newsletter. Late again. Sorry.

Important Stuff

I will be at the Holistic Show at Gibraltar in Mt. Clemens this weekend. As always, I try to be there mid-afternoon on Fridays so lets say 4 to 9 PM on Friday, all day Saturday and Sunday. Alicia could not do this show so it is just me. I’ll have our candles and we are bringing back our Show Special. We used to put one candle on sale at each show and neither one of us can remember why we stopped! So at this event our Hecate’s Cauldron candle is $1 off (special price only for purchases made at the show). I will also have my Naked Soaps, with an end of year sale on the Watermelon Soap. The new jewelry I have made is not online yet so see it first at this show (although I will preview it on FaceBook so "like" us if you want a sneak peak). I only have small sizes in the hematite rings, hoping to have more by the November show. There will be other vendors with the rings so you should be able to find one that fits at the show. It works if you wear it on a chain around your neck, I do that when I’m at my housecleaning job so I won’t hit it against something and break it. I will also have the last of Storm Song incense.** the jewelry is now online!

While going through my rocks from the Keweenaw, I found some nice raw quartz and calcite that I will have available at this show. You can test which is which by using vinegar. Calcite will react when it comes in contact with vinegar, quartz will not. Its really quite cool to see the bubbles appear on the calcite, but don’t leave on too long cuz it is actually eating away at it. I have some pieces of copper in calcite that I have left in vinegar overnight to eat up some of the calcite to reveal the copper (personal pieces, not for sale at this show, altho I might have some in November once I decide which I want to keep). New for this show also I have lava and small geode slices. Both are drilled and I purchased them for jewelry making but since I haven’t done much with them I decided to offer them with my polished stones. I made a few of the lava pieces into keychains.

Some come on out to Gibraltar and see all the new goodies I have. I am also working on a way for us to take credit cards at the show, this weekend will be an experiment so I cannot guarantee it. There are many other vendors there with cool stuff and very talented readers and body workers. There is no other show scheduled this weekend so we get all the attention : )

We are offering Free Shipping on all online orders for the month of September! If you had your eye on something but didn’t want to add the shipping costs, now is the time to order it. Remember the jewelry, pendulums, wands, and stone sets are one of a kind so if it sells this weekend, its gone. I will hopefully update the site each night and check for orders. I will get the new jewelry up after the show so be sure to check the site next week before the free shipping ends.

Are you on FaceBook? Have you "liked" us yet? We are running a promotion on FaceBook: originally it was when we got to 100 fans we would raffle off a candle butif we can get 50 fans by the show this weekend, one of those 50 fans will win a Magickal Gel Candle! So find us on Facebook and like us for your chance to win. (winner will be picked at random from all fans whose names will be written on paper and drawn by someone other than me. You do not have to be at the show to win, we will mail the candle to the winner)

**For some unknown reason, FaceBook changed the "fan" button to "like". So instead of becoming a "fan" of Infinite Flame, you will now "like" us. (sniff, sniff) You like us....you really, really like us.....

Hematite Stuff

I love hematite. I love how the raw specular hematite glitters in the light. I love the way polished hematite is both black and silver at the same time. I love that it comes in many forms and have made it my mission to have a piece of every type of hematite. The only thing I don’t love about it is how heavy it is!

click for detail

Botryoidal Hematite

The chemical formula for hematite is Fe2,O3, it is an iron oxide. If you’ve ever lifted a piece of hematite then you probably could have guessed it was composed of iron. If you scrape a piece of raw hematite on the unglazed side of a white ceramic tile (called a streak test), it will leave a rust or blood colored streak on the surface. Crushed hematite can result in red dust and will turn water red. When hematite forms with quartz, it can turn the quartz a blood red color. This explains why hematite gets its name from the Greek word for blood, hema. Hematite dust has been used as pigment and as a colorant in red ochre. Check out my references if you want more technical info.

Needle Hematite click to enlarge

Needle Hematite,
Ishpening, MI

Here’s something I didn’t know....magnetic hematite is not hematite at all!. According to Mindat.org, and I quote "An artificially created magnetic material (this contains NO natural Hematite) widely sold as 'magnetic hematite' or simply 'hematite'. Please note that the name 'hematite' is quite misleading, as this is NOT a natural stone. Investigation of one item offered for sale as 'magnetic hematite' showed it was composed of a ceramic barium-strontium ferrite magnet: (Ba,Sr) Fe12,O19 that has the magnetoplumbite structure. The average grain size of the ceramic is 5-10 microns, and the porosity is 10-15%. In addition, the magnetic field strength of this material is much larger than that of any magnetite specimen. Other items were identified as SrFe12,O19 magnetoplumbite-type SrFe12,O19." I did know that an artificial hematite was sold as hemalyke, but found out it is also called hemalike, hematine, magnetic hematine.

Iridescent Hematite click to enlarge

Iridescent or Rainbow Hematite
AZ & MI

Hematite can be found in a few different forms. (I am not a rock-ologist (hee hee) so I’m not going to get technical about the crystalline structure and mineral composition, I’m just going to talk about how it looks and when this newsletter goes in the archives I will add pictures.) When we go to the U.P. we find it as specular hematite or specularite, which is extremely sparkly and can flake off leaving sparkles on your hand. Sometimes this type of hematite forms in bands with jasper (which is called jaspilite) or quartz (is it then called quartzatite?). Botryoidal hematite, also called kidney hematite, looks like a bunch of black bubbles on the surface. Iron needle hematite grows exactly as it sounds, in long needle-like pieces. Iridescent or rainbow hematite is awesome, showing rainbow colors on the surface when it hits the light just right. A hematite rose forms in blades.

Jaspilite click to enlarge

Jaspilite,
Jasper Knoll, MI

No matter what form, hematite shares the same metaphysical properties: Encourages optimism, great for stress and depression, dissolves negativity and prevents negative energy from entering the aura. A grounding stone. Good for the blood. Protection. Harmonizes mind, body and spirit, used during out of body journeying it protects the soul and grounds it back into the body. Strong yang element and balances the meridians, redressing yin imbalances. Beneficial for legal situations. Supports timid women, boosts self esteem and survivability, enhances willpower and reliability, confidence. Treats overeating, smoking and any form of overindulgence, helps to come to terms with mistakes and to accept them as learning experiences rather than disasters. Stimulates concentration and focus, enhances memory and original thought. Useful for studying mathematics and technical skills. Can be used to balance the auric field and align the chakras. Pulls stray energies down through the meridian system and the root chakra. Carrying or wearing can assist one in bringing one’s dreams and aspirations into reality and learning difference between true vision and fantasy. Manifestation. Teaches resolution of polarity, balancing of opposites, and manifestation of light. Strongly grounding stone, assisting one in carrying very high frequency energies while still remaining connected to the earth and one’s body. Fights the effects of electromagnetic energy from computers and such.

Blade Hematite

Blade Hematite

I also found this info specifically for specular hematite: Brings grounding and high energy at the same time. Allows one to see the operation of the Divine in the events of everyday life and aids in attaining the ability to comprehend multiple levels of reality simultaneously. Assists light workers in understanding how to bring their high aspirations into unity with physical life. Harmonizes with moldavite, azeztulite, dandurite, prophecy stone, and other high frequency stones, helping to ground their energies. Specular hematite is about transcending the mundane vision of “what is spiritual” and allows yourself to create your own unique expression of spirit here on Earth, using your personal gifts and dreams. Gives the ability to transcend what is currently “acceptable” as a spiritual expression and manifest what truly brings you joy. Allows to reach for the stars and pursue your own visions, without being limited by what you think is possible or allowed.

Hematite used to be known as bloodstone, if you find an old book of spells or rituals and it refers to bloodstone, it most likely is talking about hematite. It also used to be called volcano spit (according to Cunningham). Hematite can heal itself. If you make a small scratch on the surface of the stone then rub your fingers over it, it will heal. (This works with raw hematite, haven’t tried it with polished.) This makes it an excellent healing stone, especially for blood related illnesses.

Happy Mabon/ Autumn Equninox!
~~~~Rhiannon Rose @--^--

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Moon Phases
& Sign

Dark Moon in Virgo:
September 8 - 6:30am

1st Quarter in Sagittarius:
September 15 - 1:50am

Sun enters Libra
September 22 - 11:09pm
Mabon/Fall Equinox

Full in Aries:
September 23 - 5:17am

Last Quarter in Cancer:
September 30 - 11:52pm



Credit and
Butt-Kissing

Llewellyn's Witches Datebook for all moon phases

Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem, and Metal Magic Scott Cunningham

Wikipedia

Mindat.org

Once again my thanks to Storm, from whom I got the hematite rings.

And thanks to Alicia for my Iron Needle Hematite!


Song Quote

Shed a tear 'cause I'm missin' you
I'm still alright to smile
Girl, I think about you every day now
Was a time when I wasn't sure
But you set my mind at ease
There is no doubt
You're in my heart now

Said, woman, take it slow
It'll work itself out fine
All we need is just a little patience
Said, sugar, make it slow
And we come together fine
All we need is just a little patience
Ooh, oh, yeah

Sit here on the stairs
'Cause I'd rather be alone
If I can't have you right now
I'll wait, dear
Sometimes I get so tense
But I can't speed up the time
But you know, love
There's one more thing to consider
Said, woman, take it slow
And things will be just fine
You and I'll just use a little patience
Said, sugar, take the time
'Cause the lights are shining bright
You and I've got what it takes To make it,
We won't fake it,
Oh, never break it
'cause I can't take it

[whistle]
...little patience, mm yeah, mm yeah
need a little patience, yeah
just a little patience, yeah
some more patience, yeah
I've been walking these streets at night
Just trying to get it right
It's hard to see with so many around
You know I don't like being stuck in a crowd
And the streets don't change but maybe the name
I ain't got time for the game
'Cause I need you
Yeah, yeah well I need you
Oh, I need you
Whoa, I need you
Ooh, this ti- me....

Patience
Guns n' Roses
from the album Lies

 

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