3 Benefits of Working with Animal Energy

Benefits of Working with Animal Energy

There are so many benefits to working with animal energy, but today, I want to share with you three of those benefits…

  1. Animals are deeply connected to the energy of the earth, even animals who haven’t lived a physical life on earth. Working with animal energy helps to awaken and strengthen that earth connection with us. We feel more stable, supported, grounded, and aware.
  2. Working with animal energy helps us to have more compassion for ourselves, our earth, our fellow humans, and our fellow animals. Similar to the strengthening and awakening of the earth energy, working with the animals seems to tap into a special place within our heart-center.
  3. When we work with the animals it awakens a special type of intuition within us. This intuition feels very natural and fluid, while also feeling very grounded and secure. We can then use this intuition to help us an other areas of our lives.

As I said, there are lots of benefits to welcoming animal guides and energy into our lives, as well as many ways to connect to and work with that energy.

In my new course, Animal Guides, we delve even deeper into this special bond. You’ll learn about the different types of guides you can work with, ways to connect, how to decipher their messages, and more.

Much love,
Cherise


Repel Vampires & Heal Your Energy

Vampires are real. Maybe not the Anne Rice or True Blood vampires, but vampires nonetheless.

The vampires I’m talking about are psychic vampires, or energy vampires. These are people or spirits who intentionally or unintentionally siphon energy from others in order to feed their own energy.

When a psychic vampire is taking our energy we may find ourselves exceptionally tired, worn down, and irritable. We may even have weird dreams and physical symptoms.

But not to worry! There are some things we can do to strengthen ourselves and repel these energy vampires.

  1. A strong aura or energy field is our first defense. By maintaining our own energy and keeping a strong aura, we can more easily prevent our energy from being drained.
  2. Repairing or healing our aura and energy. Many things can cause “tears” in our energy field, including draining from vampires. This is why it’s important to patch up our auras and heal any spots that energy could be leaked from.
  3. Regularly “shave off” unwanted energy and cut energetic cords.
  4. Repel energy vampires with essential oils and herbs.

I recently felt like my energy was being depleted. I felt like my aura wasn’t as strong as it could be and that not only was my energy sort of leaking out of me, but I was leaving myself vulnerable to energy vampires.

I decided to create this spell/ritual to help strengthen and repair my aura while also repelling any potential vampires.

Check out the YouTube video below for a walk-through of this spell/ritual.

Items for your spell/ritual:

  • A white or black candle
  • Protection herbs
  • Athame or ritual blade
  • Selenite wand
  • Black tourmaline
  • Sage or other cleansing tool
  • Vampire spray (water, peppermint oil, rosemary oil)

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Much Love!
xxoo
Cherise

21 Spiritual & Magickal Uses of Rainwater

Rainwater is such a beneficial thing to incorporate into your spiritual and magickal practices. The uses for it are almost endless. Today I want to share with you why and how to collect rain water, how to properly store and label your water, and share 21 ways you can use this water in your practice.

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Why Would You Want to Collect Rainwater?

Rain water has some serious energetic benefits to it. Depending on where and when we gather the rain, it can have different energetic properties. Water is a big energy conductor, so it only makes sense that it absorbs various energies around it that we can then utilize in our spiritual and magickal practices.

For instance, if you collect rain water from a lightning storm, not only does that water contain the element of water but it also contains the element of fire (from the lightning).

Depending on other factors, like the current moon phase or day of the week, can also contribute to the different energetic properties within the water.

So, by collecting the rain water and working with it’s energies, we can add more elements and properties to our daily life.

Not only can you collect rain water, but you can also collect water from streams, rivers, lakes, oceans, etc.

I do always suggest when collecting water, even the rain from your back yard, that you take a moment to offer a prayer of thanks to Mother Earth and Spirit. If collecting water from a body or source of water, you might even choose to leave an offering like a small crystal or stone.

Is Rain Water Safe?

There are some misconceptions to the safety of rain water. Really, rain water is pretty safe to consume or bathe in. There are some things to keep in mind though.

I suggest not collecting water that is falling off a building or roof as this will contaminate the water. Whatever is on that roof or building will enter into the water.

Do not collect your water from puddles or other areas that could be dirty or contaminated. This is also something to keep in mind if you’re collecting your water from a water source in nature.

If you gather your water off of trees or plant life, please be mindful of the plant. Not all plants are safe for us to ingest or put on our skin. If you’re gathering water from a plant, that plant matter could enter into the water.

I would suggest not gathering rain water (or any water for that matter) from highly polluted areas or areas of radiation (like Chernobyl).

And finally, some folks are concerned about the acidity of rain water. When they talk about the acidity of a liquid, they’re referring to anything lower than a ph of 7. Rain water typically has a ph level of 5.6 or 6. For comparison, orange juice has a ph level of 4. So in regards to acidity levels, you should be good.

How to Collect The Rain Water

The easiest way to collect rain water is to set your container out in the rain. I recommend using only glass, ceramic or wooden containers to collect your water and to store it. Metal has a lot of it’s own energetic properties and I personally feel that this interferes with the energies within the water. Plastic is pretty much just no good, and a lot of the chemicals in the plastic can seep into the rain water. Yuck.

How to Label and Store Your Water

We talked about how everything from the type of rain to location to moon phase can contribute to the unique energetic properties of the water. This is why it’s really important to label your container of rain water. Here are the things that I find helpful to include on the lable:

  • Time of day, date and day of the week
  • Moon phase and current moon sign
  • Location the rain was collected from
  • Type of rain (just rain, thunder storm, hurricane, etc)
  • The feelings the rain invoked within you (peace, clarity, self love, intuition, etc)

As for storing your water, you can keep it on your altar or in a cabinet. You may also choose to store it in the refrigerator. For longer storage, you can freeze the water.

The length of time that you can store the water before it loses it’s energetic properties varies on who you ask. I always say to use your intuition with this. If you go to use your water and it just doesn’t feel the same to you anymore, then don’t use it. Simply dispose of it outside.

The longest I hold onto rain or blessed water is roughly 30 days. Typically I try to use my water within the first week of collecting it.

21 Spiritual and Magickal Uses

And now, on to some ways to use your rain water. Really, the ways to use your water are almost endless. There are many more ways you can use this water that I haven’t included on this list. But here are 21 ways that I personally use the water or ways that I would use it.

21 Spiritual & Magickal Uses of Rain Water

You can also check out the YouTube video or listen on The Goddess Life Podcast (on iTunes and most podcasting apps) for more detailed info.

Many blessings!
XXOO
Cherise

Magickal Correspondences: Prosperity

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There comes a time in our lives when we all want to attract a little more prosperity into our lives. Times when we could use a little more money. Whether you’re using visualization, setting up a crystal grid or working a spell, it helps to use things that correspond to the energy frequency of prosperity. In this post I’ll share an easy to reference list of prosperity Correspondences.

Crystals:

  • Citrine
  • Pyrite
  • Green aventurine
  • Clear quartz
  • Green jade
  • Lodestone

Herbs and essential oils:

  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Ginger
  • Peppermint
  • Patchouli

Planet:

  • Jupiter

Day:

  • Thursday

Goddesses:

  • Lakshmi
  • Abundantia

Chakra:

  • Root chakra
  • Solar plexus

Colors:

  • Gold
  • Green
  • Yellow

Moon Phase:

  • Full moon
  • Waxing moon

Many blessings!

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Magickal Correspondences: Days of the Week

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When creating an oil blend, crystal grid or doing a spell, it helps to use the energy of specific days to amplify your workings. Each day of the week has specific energy that corresponds to various topics, planets, color and more.

For instance, when creating an oil blend for love, you may choose to create this blend on a Friday, which is the day of love (energetically).

Perhaps you want to do a spell for protection, Sunday would be your day.

Having legal issues? You could set up a crystal grid on a Thursday for best results.

Check out the handy list below to see which day may work best for your particular goal.


Monday: 

  • Planet: the moon
  • Colors: silver, light purple and white
  • Good for: healing, psychic gifts and peace
  • Crystals: selenite, amethyst and moonstone
  • Essential Oils: jasmine, lemon
  • Goddesses: Diana and Selene

Tuesday:

  • Planet: Mars
  • Colors: red, black and orange
  • Good for: passion, strength, victory and courage
  • Crystals: bloodstone, garner and black tourmaline
  • Essential Oils: basil, patchouli and ginger
  • Goddesses: Kali and Athena

Wednesday:

  • Planet: Mercury
  • Colors: yellow and white
  • Good for: communication, study, travel
  • Crystals: blue lace agate, sodalite and fluorite
  • Essential Oils: peppermint and eucalyptus
  • Goddesses: Freyja and Seshat

Thursday:

  • Planet: Jupiter
  • Colors: green and purple
  • Good for: careers, prosperity, abundance, legal matters and expansion
  • Crystals: citrine, pyrite and lepidolite
  • Essential Oils: clove, patchouli and cinnamon
  • Goddesses: Abundantia and Lakshmi

Friday:

  • Planet: Venus
  • Colors: white and pink
  • Good for: love, friendship, beauty, romance and fertility
  • Crystals: rose quartz, clear quartz, amethyst
  • Essential Oils: rose, rosemary, sandalwood
  • Goddesses: Venus, Aphrodite and Kuan Yin

Saturday:

  • Planet: Saturn
  • Colors: dark blue, black and brown
  • Good for: banishing, endings, home, cleansing
  • Crystals: black obsidian, hematite, labradorite and salt
  • Essential Oils: clove, sage, cedarwood
  • Goddesses: Hekate and Arianrhod

Sunday:

  • Planet: the sun
  • Colors: yellow and gold
  • Good for: healing, success, individuality and happiness
  • Crystals: citrine, sunstone and gold
  • Essential Oils: orange, petitgrain and lime
  • Goddesses: Brigid and Sif

Many Blessings!

How To: Protection Powder

I love protection powders. You can use them in many different ways. My favorite, and one of the most common ways, is to sprinkle the powder along the entryways to your  home. 

Here is a quick and easy way to make your own protection powder. 


You will need:

  • Egg shells
  • Herbs with energetic protective properties 
  • Essential oils with energetic protective properties
  • A container to store your powder

How to:

  1. First, make sure the egg shells you’re using have been cleaned well, rinsed and thoroughly dried. I rinse and clean mine immediately after cracking them and set them in a container in my windowsill to dry out. Once your egg shells are totally dried out, you can grind them to a powder. Some people use an electric coffee grinder. I used my trusty mortar and pestle. 
  2. Choose your herb or herbs and grind those as well. I chose rosemary and sage as they are both very powerful protective herbs. 
  3. Mix the herbs and egg shells together in your container. I used a small mason jar. 
  4. At this point you can add a couple drops of essential oils if you wish. I used my own Protective Oil blend. It’s infused with oils, herbs and crystals. I sell it in my shop
  5. And voila! Your protection powder is complete!

I call this a powder, but because I ground the herbs and shells by hand, it was a little more chunky than a soft powder (like baby powder for example). Whether your powder is fine or a little thicker is okay. 

Take your powder and sprinkle a line of it across your entryway and even windowsills if you desire. As you do so, you can envision a barrier being put up. You can even say a few words or blessings as you sprinkle it. 

How do you like to use your protection powder?

Witchy Tip: Birthday Candles

Quick Witchy Tip! In a pinch? Need a candle spell to work quick? Use birthday candles to work your magick!

Birthday candle are easily accessible and come in all sorts of colors. Perfect for candle spells!

Simply choose the color you want to work with (green for prosperity, blue for healing, red for love, etc) and start your spell!

You can even dress (anoint) the candle with oils and herbs as well. 

Have fun!

What Does It Mean To Be A Witch?

What is a witch? This is a question I’ve been asked a lot. You’d think in this day and age, the scary old hag eating children stigma attached to witches would be gone by now. But sadly, that image is still around. On the plus side though, more and more people are speaking out about what it truly means to be a witch. More and more people are learning the true meaning behind something that is honestly quite beautiful. In fact, you yourself may be a witch and not even realize it!

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In order to spare you from having to read a giant long blog post, I made a video discussing my opinion of what it means to be a witch. This is by no means the absolute definition, as people have varying opinions of their own. This is my own personal thoughts on the matter. I love answering questions! If you have any questions, please ask away!

Side note: In the video I say multiple times that the full moon is all about setting intentions. I was so excited about what I was talking about, I didn’t realize what I was saying haha. Although intentions can be set at the full moon, typically we set intentions at the new moon.

Many Blessings!

Halloween Tarot Spread

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I’m so excited to be part of the Fall Tarot Blog Hop! I hope you enjoy my post! Please check the bottom of this post to find the next blog in the hop.

Whenever I think of fall, I immediately think of Halloween (or Samhain). The cool air, crispy fall leaves, pumpkins, spices, long nights and fires. As Halloween approaches, it’s the perfect time to introduce a Halloween themed tarot spread! The spread I created is meant for fun, but it’s also very in-depth as well. The position and question of each card is based on a popular Halloween symbol. For this spread I chose:

Bats
Jack ’o’ lanterns
Ghosts
Black cats
Skeletons

Now, most of us may be familiar with those symbols, but not everyone is familiar with why those are popular images associated with Halloween. Before I get into the spread, let’s talk a little about the origin of Halloween and the significance of each symbol.

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Halloween as we know it today has its roots in the Celtic celebration of Samhain (pronounced sah-win).  This was a celebration of the harvest as well as the nights getting longer and the days getting shorter. Some historians also say that the ancient Celts believed at this time, the veil between the living and the dead was at its thinnest and the spirits could roam the earth.

Many years later, the Catholic Church declared November first as All Saint’s Day (Day of the Dead in Mexican cultures) and October 31 as All Hallows Eve. This was a time to honor our deceased loved ones.

The history of Halloween has much more detail than what I’ve mentioned, but that’s a good summary of it. The present day Halloween is a mixture of lots of traditions and history.

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So what about those symbols? Let’s talk about them!

Bats: During the Samhain celebrations, the Celts would have huge bonfires. Bonfires attract moths and bugs which in turn attract bats. Bats are nocturnal animals and are typically associated with night. Bats are also a symbol of intuition.

Jack ’o’ lanterns: The Irish used to put a candle inside a hollowed out turnip. They believed the light would ward off evil spirits. Once in the United States, pumpkins were switched out for turnips. The scary faces carved into the pumpkins adds to the idea of keeping away evil spirits.

Ghosts: This one only makes sense to include as Halloween is a holiday all about the thinning veil and connecting to spirits.

Black Cat: When the Catholic church tried to demonize old pagan traditions (like Samhain), they started hunting for witches. Basically, anyone who wasn’t following the church was deemed a witch. Cats were commonly thought to be a witches familiar, or even the witch themselves. So the connection of black cats to witches to Halloween occurred. Black itself is associated with night and the dark. Cats are known for being mysterious.

Skeletons: As Halloween is a holiday to honor those who have passed on, the skeleton is a physical reminder of the cycle of life and death. A reminder to let us know that when something ends, it’s making way for a new beginning.

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Now, the moment you’ve been waiting for. The Halloween spread!

Click here for a PDF of the Halloween Tarot Spread

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Halloween: What message do my ancestors have for me?

Bats: How can I better connect to my intuition?

Jack ‘o’ lantern: What issue in my life do I need to shed light on?

Ghosts: What issue from my past am I ready let go of?

Black Cat: What mysterious side of myself should I embrace?

Skeleton: What in my life is ending to make way for something new?

 

Did you enjoy this spread? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!


 

The Autumn Equinox marks the balance between light and dark and is also known as Mabon by Pagans and Wiccans. To celebrate Autumn, several of us have banded together to support YOUR Equinox Journey, offering tarot and oracle card spreads; information on how to work with the Colours of Autumn; tips on working with your Inner Cauldron; new additions for your Art Journal; creative writing tips; working with Lilith; the journey of Persephone, Demeter and Hades, and much much more. To read the next article in the Fall Tarot Blog Hop, “click here.”

 

Many Blessings,
Cherise

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Crystals For House Plants

Using crystals to benefit humans physically, mentally and emotionally is pretty common and well known. But our house plants can benefit from crystal energy too! Using crystals to benefit your plants is easy!

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  • Place crystals in your potted plants or next to them. Not only will the plants benefit from the energy, but so will the energy of the room! Plus, crystals make beautiful decorations 😉
  • Use crystal or gem water to water your plants. Easiest way to do this is place a tumbled crystal in a mason jar filled with water. You can leave the jar on a windowsill next to your plants. That way, the water is always absorbing the crystals energy (which is then transferred to your plants when watering) but when the sun hits the jar, it’s getting an extra boost of solar energy!


My personal favorite crystal to use for house plants is tree agate. But there are many crystals that are beneficial such as:

  • Tree agate
  • Moss agate
  • Green tourmaline
  • Clear Quartz
  • Malachite
  • Amethyst
  • Rose Quartz