8 magickal uses of labradorite

Labradorite is often referred to as the ’empath’s stone’ as it can help to filter emotions and many empaths like me find that it aids them in this.

Labradorite and the Aura

Part of the reason why labradorite aids in filtering emotional energy is that it is an aura-balancing stone and has protective properties. If you are particularly sensitive to emotional (or psychic) energy, keep a piece of labradorite around and program it to filter out only that which you want to receive.

Labradorite and Chakras

This is an excellent crystal to work with the higher chakras (throat, third eye, and crown). It can help to develop and use psychic abilities and can be used while meditating or doing chakra opening exercises if you are trying to enhance or clarify any clairs (clairvoyance, clairsentience, etc) you possess.

Labradorite and Empaths

Labradorite is also known as the ’empath’s stone’ by some, because it has a number of properties that aid empaths in protection, filtering, and strengthening emotional reading. Often carried near or on the body or worn as jewelry, it can protect one’s aura from emotional or energetic turbulence or imbalances coming your way.

Labradorite and Grounding

I’ve written briefly before about the importance of centering and grounding, and it just can’t be overstated that every witch, energy worker, or person meditating/traveling the astral should master centering and grounding before attempting deeper states of consciousness or spiritual communication. Grounding acts as a connection to the physical for our spirit and astral body, and can help to protect us (or help us protect ourselves) from low or negative energetic states or entities. Labradorite can be used for grounding before any of those activities.

Labradorite and Personal Power

This crystal also helps us find and step into our personal power by encouraging or inspiring us to trust our own abilities and power. This is a critical component of any energy or magickal working. If you need a little boost of self-confidence, consider bringing some labradorite into your life!

Labradorite and Inspiration

If you’re feeling stuck or uninspired, labradorite is also an excellent crystal with which to work to open up new ideas, new avenues, new ways of thinking, and find new paths you hadn’t seen before. Consider keeping a piece on your desk or wearing labradorite jewelry when journaling, writing, being creative, or other activities you want to stimulate creativity.

Labradorite and Dreams

You can use labradorite to enhance or strengthen psychic dreams or connect with higher consciousness while dreaming. Place it next to your bed or even under your pillow to stimulate the third eye and crown chakras.

Labradorite and Negative Energy or Thoughts

Similar to its ability to bolster your self trust or personal power, labradorite is a powerful crystal for blocking negative energy or even negative thoughts. Its a great stone for keeping a positive attitude, keeping your personal energy field clear and positive, and finding strong light energy wherever you bring it.

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.

book review: Spiritual Protection by Sophie Reicher

Spiritual Protection by Sophie Reicher is not a new book (it was published originally in 2010), but I felt like it deserved a review because it really dives into a topic that many modern authors do not devote much time to, just as the author of this book points out.

I tried extremely hard to find an official author website or social media for the author and couldn’t locate anything, but if anyone reading happens to know if she has an official page or something somewhere, I would love to link to it to further give her credit.

So, I’ll start by saying that you can probably find thousands of articles and posts online, let alone chapters or short passages in books, that discuss the concepts covered in this book, which are primarily:

  • types of gifts and how they can leave us too open (psychic, empath, telekinetic, medium, etc)
  • centering
  • grounding
  • shielding
  • warding
  • working with energy
  • protection from magickal or psychic attack
  • plus so much more

But, you will be hard-pressed to find all of those in one neat little package, as they are in this book.

Now, before you’re like, ‘Oh, boring, I thought this was going to be about the good fancy shit,’ listen, witch, hear me out. If you have that attitude about those foundational basics, you’re probably a really chaotic and unpleasant energy to be around for energy sensitive folks.

The subject of creating effective protection for not just yourself, but your home and any space you work in, whether you are an energy worker, a tarot reader, a psychic, or any other magickal practitioner or spiritualism enthusiast cannot be understated.

I don’t care if you think you’re just reading cards or swinging a pendulum. You are actually opening yourself up to energies that are usually mostly beneficent, but can be occasionally, harmful, or at least irritating or draining, if not outright malevolent, depending on the type of person you are, and your own energy being projected and what it attracts.

You can also bring home sticky energies from being out in public and around other people, and it can be difficult to keep yourself and your home or other sacred space clean and clear of those.

Not to mention if you are a spiritual or magickal practitioner of any kind, its almost like you’re sending out a beacon to let other beings, not all of which are human, know you’re there. Which can be both good and bad.

This is really elementary but suuuuuuper necessary stuff for anyone working with energy or magick, so, again, check it out if you notice that you go through spells of feeling drained, fatigued, unfocused, or even dragged down. It could be just physical, but could also be that you’re accumulating ‘metaphysical goo,’ so to speak by all the contact you’re making with energies outside your own (including other people).

Which brings me to my next really really important take away here.

If you are an empath, I highly recommend you get this book now and even if you don’t read past the first 4 chapters, it will probably radically change your life.

As an empath who didn’t really understand what I was until sometime into my late 20s, but even then, I think I didn’t actually grasp the full spiritual or energetic implications of being an empath, I took away so much from reading this, despite having it mostly what I thought was ‘under control’ for some years now.

I found myself underlining or nodding along with a LOT of the first part of the book, but also realizing that I have been doing some of the recommended things (just not all of them, and not consistently enough) without realizing. I just intuitively figured some of it out.

How I wish I could hand this book to my 15 year old self and warn her to avoid certain people! lol

I also want to add here that this was the first book I’ve read from a magickal perspective that made me understand that my gift of empathy (because that is what it is, even if you don’t think so) is not the same as others’ gifts of natural psychic inclination, and that. is. okay.

Sometimes in the magickal or witchcraft community, we see people we look up to and they have these great well-developed skills such as psychic abilities, for instance, or the ability to easily see and communicate with spirits and we think that if we can’t also do those things, we can’t be a good or powerful practitioner.

Well, let me reassure you that not everyone needs to have those skills, and its quite possible that you could have them latent and just need to coax them out, but the point is, you undoubtedly have other skills that they don’t have, and if you recognize them and work to develop them, you’ll also see that you are equally as skilled and powerful in your own right.

This book is chock full of recipes for cleansing rituals, witch jars, protective charms/talismans, creating wards on things or places, energetically protecting yourself and your home, and on and on.

I’ve written before on the importance and physically and energetically cleaning your home, and there’s plenty more detail in this book for ways to manage, block, or improve energy in your living space.

I think we tend to be impatient to get to the spells and fancy rituals in magickal or spiritual practice sometimes, but we forget that the work that goes into cleansing/purifying, protecting, and preparing (centering/grounding) probably has a lot more to do with our magick working than the actual spell workings.

I don’t care how mad that makes someone to hear it, but if you’re not centering and grounding before workings, you’re likely getting little to no results from your practice, and its highly likely you could be attracting the wrong energies.

Another thing that jumped out at me while reading this book (which, incidentally I sat down and read cover to cover in the course of a day, it was that good), was how I had intuitively been balancing my elements without realizing it.

This book focuses in some ways on using elemental associations or energies in some of the centering, grounding, and shielding, and I came to notice I had been intuitively picking up on this, again, without realizing it.

I have a LOT of water, a good deal of fire and air, and almost no earth (basically just Chiron in Taurus, that’s literally it) in my chart. Which makes for a flighty, unfocused, yet passionately deep-feeling life of constantly being excited about the next amazing idea I just had, daydreaming all day, and pouring my emotions into everything I do. I sometimes need to take a lot naps to handle this.

Its a seriously great mix, but I can see how it leaves me open to imbalance in various ways, one of which is not being able to center and ground as easily OR more aptly put, needing to center and ground myself more frequently, but also more consistently before any spiritual or magick working.

I actually started carrying a green opal palm stone with me in my pocket or keeping it at my desk because it just makes me feel so much more balanced. Its vibes are really soothing and calming, and I feel like it takes the edge off the turbulence of my otherwise heavily elemental mix.

If you look at your chart and notice you’re seriously heavy on some elements but almost completely lacking in one or more others, consider how you can incorporate that missing element into your daily activity to balance yourself out and see if it doesn’t help. I will write a more in depth article on this later this week with actual suggestions.

One other thing I discovered while reading this, and not because its something in the book but because of the way the exercises are described, is that I visualize with my eyes open more easily than with them closed.

In fact, I had lately been really feeling down on myself and getting discouraged that in meditation and visualization sessions I had a hard time visualizing things when closing my eyes. However, when I read a passage in a book, I can visualize extremely easily as I’m reading exactly what I’m doing and with great effect.

I don’t know why this is, and even though its not specifically covered in the subject matter of the book, I want to throw it out there in case there are others in the same boat like me, and I suspect this may have at least a little bit to do with being an empath and having strengths centered around ‘feeling’ rather than ‘seeing’ things.

I think the nature of empathic communication described in the book turned that light bulb on for me in a stark moment of realization of what I had been intuitively doing all this time, thinking it was wrong because other books said ‘this is the only way to do this thing.’

Anyway, I hope you go check out this book and put into regular practice the basics, if you’re not doing them.

One of the solid points made by Reicher is that too many practitioners are drawn to magick and various spiritual practices without doing the foundation work needed to be prepared to handle things that both turn out how we want and don’t turn out how we want.

The old saying ‘don’t summon anything you can’t banish’ goes along well here, but, also, ‘don’t play with energies you can’t control’ would be one I would personally add to this.

Whether its because you’re uncontrolled yourself and attracting a chaotic and draining energetic force, or whether you’re simply just advertising a little too loudly how powerful you are without taking the proper precautions to protect yourself when someone or something comes to investigate you, the concepts in this book should be required reading for all.

magickal properties of jade

Jade comes in a fairly broad variety of colors. It is most well-known for its green hues, but it can also be virtually every other color of the spectrum.

Another crystal, nephrite, has similar green hues, similar hardness, but is a different type of mineral. It typically can only be found in white, olive greens, browns, and black.

Jade can be found in many ancient religions and cultures across the globe. It was especially prized for making tools and weapons, because of how hard it is, which makes it resistant to chipping or wear.

Properties

Magickal properties attributed to (green) jade include:

  • dreaming and psychic dreams
  • accessing the spiritual world, especially during dreams
  • wealth and prosperity
  • longevity (living a long, healthy life)
  • courage
  • good luck
  • used to treat and cure kidney ailments
  • calm and soothing
  • soothes frazzled nerves
  • promotes tranquility

Other Jade Colors

In addition to the properties listed above, other colors of jade have further, more specific magickal or metaphysical qualities:

  • red jade is an action stone and promotes bravery
  • orange jade is stimulating, but less so than red, and brings joy and celebration
  • yellow jade is cheer and joy
  • blue jade has many of the same qualities as green jade as far as promoting calm and psychic dreams
  • purple jade helps to keep your aura clean and clear
  • black jade is protective

Other properties

Jade is a rational crystal. It helps us make informed decisions and promotes clarity of thought, as well as reasoning through a problem, rather than rash decision-making.

It is also said to be a very strong cleansing crystal for the body, promoting improved detoxification and clearance of waste and free radicals, hence its connection to the kidneys, where the majority of toxic byproducts are excreted.

Jade is often used in crystal facial rollers for its powers of youthfulness and health.

Because of its connection to the spiritual world during dreams, it is considered a crystal for spiritual growth and self-realization.

Being green, obviously, it has really powerful connections to the heart chakra, and can aid in healing blockages of that chakra, which often leave us overly critical of others and wanting to control other people around us.

It can also be used as a protective crystal from negative energy and harmful entities during magickal practices.

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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