6 magickal properties of amethyst crystal

Amethyst is probably one of the most common crystals that people buy when they are first exploring things like crystal healing or magick. Its a great basic and well-rounded crystal for a handful of reasons.

Amethyst for third eye opening

One of the most well-known uses of amethyst is its connection to the third eye and psychic abilities. If this is an area you are currently working on developing skill in, using amethyst crystals during meditation or divination can help you tune in and be more open to messages.

Amethyst for dream enhancement

Because if its strong connection to psychic abilities and the spirit world, it also works as an excellent antennae to receive prophetic or psychic dreams, or even to help you develop lucid dreaming skills.

Try meditating with it just before bed, stating firm intentions such as ‘I will have psychic dreams tonight,’ ‘My spirit guides will send me important information while I sleep,’ or ‘I will have lucid dreams tonight.’

You can also place a small piece of amethyst under your pillow or on a bedside table to bring on dreaming.

Amethyst for calming

In addition to working on the third eye, amethyst also helps to soothe nerves and keep you calm when you’re nervous or feeling stressed out.

You can keep some amethyst on your desk at work to help you deal with typical workplace energies, or carry it with you when you travel to dispel nerves about your trip, as it is also said to protect travelers.

Amethyst for transforming

Not transforming yourself, but more like transforming an emotion or feeling that is unpleasant or negative into something positive or higher vibe.

Hold an amethyst palm stone or orb and visualize the emotion you want to transform and then what it is transforming into. All emotion is energy and all energy is constant. It cannot be destroyed, but it can be transformed (or transmuted) to another form.

Amethyst for intuition

To add to the effects it has on the third eye, amethyst also supports our own innate intuitive abilities, helping us better tune into that inner voice and its messages.

If you tend to struggle with opening up intuition, or even hearing/feeling it, trying holding an amethyst crystal and repeating an affirmation such as ‘I am intuitive and receive helpful information from my higher self.’

Amethyst for protection

This deep purple stone is also known for spiritual and psychic protection, particularly from curses, hexes, and the evil eye.

Should you find yourself the target of another magickal practitioner’s ire (because, while we all want to believe that the witchy community is one big welcoming family, there are those among us who can be petty about perceived slights, or even very real threats or insults from others), wearing amethyst jewelry that’s been charged with your intention or hanging protection wards around your home or vehicle that include amethyst can help to dispel those negative energies and repel them.

a meditation exercise for a chaotic mind

I will not claim to be an expert on meditation, however, I am someone that struggled mightily, and sometimes still do, to achieve that truly still mind when I first started doing a regular meditation practice.

I firmly believe, and I’m not alone, that any good witch or magickal practitioner, or just anyone who wants to be able to affect their life and world in a positive way, needs to be at least intermediately adept at meditation.

It is the deeper states of meditation that allow us to connect with our higher self, the spiritual plane, the astral plane, or other states of being outside just the physical.

But, even if none of those are your goal and you simply want to be able to calm down, disconnect from a stressful world, change yourself inside and out, and bring abundance to your life, you need to nail meditation.

Prepare for Meditation

I won’t spend a lot of time on this, as I don’t think this part is important for everyone. But, some of us need to lock the door to our bedroom, put on headphones, or cue up our favorite guided meditation (more on this in a minute).

Maybe you also need to find a more comfortable position to sit or lay in. Maybe you need to silence all devices or take off your smart watch so it doesn’t keep buzzing the whole time.

You might also prefer to listen to background noise, music, or binaural beats.

Or maybe you choose to meditate on the spot spontaneously and preparation is a distraction in itself.

Whatever you need to do to create a distraction-free setting for the time you plan to meditate is your preparation.

How Long to Meditate For?

When you’re newer to this, you might literally just set a goal for 1 minute of unbroken focus meditating. I had to start there at one point because an exposure to extremely toxic black mold left my brain in pieces for a while, which caused me to essentially lose most of my conscious control of focus.

You’ll read accounts from very adept or skilled magickal practitioners that use longer meditation to precede things like ascension to other planes. Generally, you should be able to hold a meditation focus for around 30 minutes minimum if you are attempting this.

Same for astral projection. Being able to deeply meditate for longer periods of time is required to dissociate the astral body from the physical.

But, don’t feel pressured. Those achievements can come in time and the only really important thing to start with is being able to get through that first minute. Once you can consistently achieve one whole minute of meditation, without your mind wandering, move on to 2 minutes, then 3, and so on.

This process can take days, weeks, or months, and there is nothing wrong with you if you don’t get it right away. We all have different strengths and weaknesses.

A tip I can provide here is that if you struggle to meditate on ‘nothing,’ try a guided meditation recording first.

Breathing is the Key to Meditation

This was a game changer for me. Of all the techniques I tried to get myself into longer meditations, breath work was the most effective and accessible.

Breath work has been used in all manner of spiritual, martial arts, and physical training practices throughout human history, and for good reason.

Conscious focus and control of the breath and its connection to the mind, the body, but also the external energy surrounding us, heightens our awareness of ourselves, our spirits, and our connection to that source.

When breathing in, you can feel and visualize the breath filling and expanding tissues, flowing through the body and its energetic pathways.

It also gives you a focal point for your mind, so that it is less likely to stray.

I’ve put together an exercise that helped me immensely, as it combines the physical act of breath work, with the mental exercise of counting and focus. This can be done anywhere and for any length of time.

The Basic Exercise

Once you are prepared and comfortable, decide how long you plan to meditate for and set a timer on a device not attached to your body. Place it near you, but not touching you, especially if it is a smart phone, or anything that will disrupt your focus with notifications.

The premise of this exercise is very simple, and can be expanded infinitely theoretically.

In one cycle of breathing, you have the following actions:

  • the drawing in of breath
  • the pause of held breath
  • the pushing out of breath
  • the pause before the next breath

You’re going to start with short breaths, then gradually lengthen the breath cycles by lengthening the ‘in’ and ‘out’ actions, and then also by lengthening the ‘pauses’ between them.

Draw in and out 10 breaths, each one being a 1:1:1:1 count for in, pause, out, pause. These will be shorter breaths than normal.

All you are focusing on is the count length of the breath. You might focus on the sensation of it pulling through your nostrils, or of it filling or deflating your lungs. Whatever you choose to focus on physically is associated with only the breath, and you’re counting the rhythm in your mind.

Once you reach the tenth breath cycle, start over at ‘1’ again, but this time, you will lengthen each ‘in’ and ‘out’ action to 2 counts, keeping the pauses in between the same. So it will be a 2:1:2:1 count for in, pause, out, pause.

You will repeat this sequence, each time adding one additional count to the drawing in and pushing out of breath until you reach the 10th cycle through.

The 10th cycle through this, you will start each breath cycle drawing in for 10 counts, pausing for one, releasing for 10 counts, and pausing for one before the next breath. The count will be 10:1:10:1.

Now, at this point, its important to reassure you that if you are actually only starting with 1 minute total meditative time, you might not even complete the 1st cycle, or maybe you get through that 1:1:1:1, but only half of the 2:1:2:1. That’s fine. When your timer goes off, bring your focus back to the real world and you can always pick back up later. Don’t force longer meditations if you’re not there yet.

Expanding the Exercise

Okay, so let’s say you get to where you can regularly do the 10:1:10:1 and it only takes you like 10 min or less. I don’t know how long it will really take you, I’m just making up an arbitrary number. But, for the sake of the argument, its less time than what you want to spend meditating, as you’re growing your skill and gradually increasing your time spent in meditative focus.

Now, you can easily begin lengthening of the pauses after each breath. This allows you to remain in that focused exercise and further enhances your breath work.

After completing your 10th cycle of 10:1:10:1, you’ll start back over with a 10 count in and out, but now the pauses will be 2 counts instead of 1. This will look like 10:2:10:2. You’ll continue with the 10s adding one additional count to the pauses until you reach 10:10:10:10.

An alternative to this would be to return to 1:1:1:1 and begin to add equal length to all actions, rather than only it the ‘in’ and ‘out’ actions. So that would look like 1:1:1:1, then 2:2:2:2, then 3:3:3:3, and so on until you reach 10:10:10:10.

Either one of these is acceptable.

And, at any point if you reach your 10:10:10:10, and still feel focused and want to continue in meditation, you can begin removing a count away from either the ins/outs or the pauses, or all of them by one count less each cycle, going backwards to 1.

So that might look like 10:10:10:10, 10:9:10:9, 10:8:10:8, and so on; or, it could look like 10:10:10:10, 9:9:9:9, 8:8:8:8, and so on.

Play around with which patterns produce the best results for you.

I find its best to end the meditation by letting your breath naturally return to a more normal cadence before returning to full consciousness. This might be somewhere around a 3:2:3:2, or 2:2:2:2, give or take.

I also recommend having a meditation journal or recording this in your own book of shadows with the length of time you meditated, what number sequence you started with and which one you ended. Also note any preparatory work you did beforehand, your positional posture, time of day, tools/focus objects used, and so on.

3 ways to unblock your intuitive abilities

many of us are drawn to witchy shit and the occult because it is a heavily intuitive practice. its built around that innate sense of ‘i just know’ that some people have.

i drive my husband crazy when we watch shows or movies and within 10 minutes of something starting i’ll say ‘he’s the bad guy’ even though there’s no way anyone knows that yet. i just know. (or its a poorly written plot with formulaic acting lol)

but others come into it not really knowing how to use intuition, how to even access it, or make it stronger, to enhance their magick or psychic abilities.

its my belief that all humans have a strong intuitive core within them. i don’t care how unmagickal you think you are, or how unintuitive you think you are, its there. the electricity is running to the house, but maybe you just turned the switch off and disconnected the power while you were out of town.

unblocking your intuition can take some time, and let me tell you, it can be hard. it can frustrate you. you can feel defeated when it doesn’t automatically work.

but never, ever, ever try to force it. it will come when it comes and when you are ready and open. it is in fact when you stop trying and just surrender that it tends to come on the strongest.

but, if you doubt yourself, then it will never come. self-doubt is a killer. so start believing that you’re super magickal and beautiful and wonderful and intuitive, ’cause you are!

all of the suggested techniques i’ll mention here are just suggestions, and you may find other ways that work better for you. run with those. we’re all different and we all require varying types and amounts of stimulation to our intuitive core.

meditation

i would be remiss if i wrote a post about unblocking intuition and didn’t start with meditation. in a way, all of these tips or tricks i’ll suggest involve varying degrees of meditative practice. but actual focused and concentrated meditation is really a prerequisite to being able to access your intuition whenever you want (or whenever it strikes you).

when i first started meditating as a young witch, i really struggled. i’ll be real – it was hard to focus, and that was before social media existed or cell phones with screens, even. i mean, there’s nothing distracting about a 90s verizon flip phone that only has ‘Snake’ on it, you know?

yet i still struggled to consciously control my thoughts because i was stuck in a cycle of feeling like a victim, holding grudges, insecurity, and other negative and self-limiting beliefs. these ruled my conscious and unconscious thoughts.

it wasn’t until i was much older (like maybe even last tuesday, jk) that i reached a point in life that i no longer held myself back that way.

and that is a super critical point i want to make about meditation. you will be largely unsuccessful at meditating if you are constantly thinking about everyone else and their opinions.

until you can separate yourself and take responsibility for 100% of your situation, thoughts, actions, behaviors, and path, you will struggle to reach a state of mental calm. once you are in control, however, it will be significantly easier for you.

the best tip i can give you for reaching a state of mental calm during meditation is to put on a background noise (i like forest sounds, or a bubbling brook, birds chirping, etc) to drown out life around you. then close your eyes, sit or lie down, and open your palms upward.

i like to hold a crystal – clear quartz, green calcite, or fluorite all work very well for me, but experiment to find what is particularly successful for you – in my dominant hand. i picture the energy of the crystal as a glowing orb. the orb grows larger and larger, and i picture its energy flowing up my arm.

at that point, i picture it shooting an arc of its energy into my other empty palm. i will focus on this visualization until i actually feel the energy hitting that palm (it will tingle and start to feel very warm).

during this entire process, i am constantly checking my wayward brain. as soon as my thoughts begin to drift to something else, i bring them right back to the glowing orb in my hand. this may happen every other second for you initially. its okay if that’s the case, you have to train your brain to do this and it could take many days, weeks, or months before you can consistently accomplish this visualization.

there is a delicate balance between being in control of your mind, but also relinquishing control to intuitive abilities that want to come through.

from there, usually by that point, i am relaxed, my mind is prepped and ready, and i can fall deeper, opening what we refer to as my third eye chakra, and let images, colors, shapes, and scenes flow in as they will.

sometimes i see only colors, but other times, i see full pictures of a location or object, an outline of a person, or a symbol.

here’s where intuition comes in: when you begin to see these things in your mind without provoking them, what is the first impression or thought that comes to mind? what just ‘pops into your mind’, even if it seems completely unrelated or irrelevant?

i’ll give you an example: last week during meditation, an image of a wall with pictures and knick nacks hung on it poppped up and, even though it wasn’t my parents exact wall in their house, or even anything that looked like their wall, my immediate thought was ‘mom and dad.’ i called them immediately to check on them after meditating, just to make sure everything was okay (i had been a negligent daughter and hadn’t spoken to them in weeks and i think this was nagging at my unconscious mind!).

the take away here is pick a visualization exercise and practice it frequently until you can regularly perform it with your mind in full control. this will help you unlock intuitive abilities easier than anything else i have found. the more you just let intuition happen, the more it will happen.

tarot or oracle card stories

this is actually a fun and interactive way to develop your intuition, particularly if you have a goal of getting better at tarot or oracle card readings.

so, if you’ve got a tarot deck or two, you’ve probably got a book or 7 about reading tarot cards. some of them are probably even very good. but the good ones will be up front about the fact that tarot needs to be interpreted in the context of the querant.

so no one interpretation will suffice for everyone using a particular deck, let alone a particular card.

grab your deck and randomly select 5-10 cards. you can do this by just pulling them out randomly, or by shuffling through and picking some that call to you for whatever reason. maybe its the image, the color, the feel, anything.

lay them out face up in front of you.

grab a notebook and something to write with and start writing the story told by the cards.

card one is the main character and where he/she begins their journey. describe where they are, who they are, how they feel, what is their challenge, etc all from looking at the card. you’ll do this by picking out details but also by what strikes you first.

when you look at that card, what is the first thing you think of? is there a dominant color that resonates with an emotion to you? what is in the background that you notice? is the character’s face expressing something? which way are they facing? are they in motion or still? write down every single thing you can about the scene – but do not look up the meaning in whatever book you have. this is irrelevant to this exercise.

once you have finished your character description and written down where the story begins, move on to the next card and continue the plot. you can choose if each new card represents a new character, or simply a new experience that the same main character goes through.

once you get through all the cards, you will find that you intuitively began to tap into another sense, rather than looking up definitions and meanings, you began to just interpret the images and symbols you saw based on how you felt and your own perspective. feels good, right?

you can also do a similar exercise with a daily card. draw a card and before you look up the meaning, write down what you think or feel it means. follow the same steps as above for identifying your initial reaction and thoughts, then picking apart symbols, background elements you hadn’t noticed, colors, and so forth.

compare your interpretation to the book interp. chances are, you’ll have some things in common, which is a sign that you’re tapping into intuition, but even the things you don’t have in common aren’t necessarily wrong. remember that tarot is interpreted in context, which is your context. not the context of whoever wrote the book.

ask yourself what you need

great, something vague. but wait, hear me out.

i recently had a convo about how i used to just grind and push, in life, in the gym, at work, etc. i was a machine. it was partly my job because i owned a gym at the time, so i kinda needed to walk the walk. but it was also the perfect way to burn out – both physically and mentally.

and then i got really sick for about a year because i got exposed to toxic mold. i knew how to heal myself because i’ve dealt with this as a clinician with patients who have gone through it, but made it no less hard.

during this time was when i began to find my intuition grow stronger. i started asking myself what i needed. so here are some questions to ask yourself daily or weekly and listen to the first answer that pops into your mind:

  • how do i need to move today?
  • what foods does my body want today?
  • what task can i clear off my list right now that would make me feel less stressed?
  • is there someone that is poking at the edges of my conscious? why? what is unresolved here?
  • what questions are constantly on my mind? (hint: write these down)
  • is my body or mind asking for something (an urge to spend time outdoors, get sunshine, go to the gym, play with your kids, clean out your overstuffed closet, etc)?
  • when i wake up, what is the first thing my mind goes to? (hint: write this down)
  • why am i drawn to a certain color in my wardrobe today?
  • what is my favorite song right now?
  • why do i like certain images on social media? (inspiration, desire, envy, etc)

and any other questions you can think of. start asking. write down or take note of immediate answers your mind provides. these are usually heavily intuitive, and, even if they’re painful to admit, they’re usually correct. there are no wrong answers, there are just intuitive answers.

have you found a particularly effective way of training and building intuition? share it!

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