the cradle of humankind is a world heritage site made up of many limestone caves. these caves are home to a large number of hominin fossils, some dating back to 3.5 million years ago. for example, the rising star cave system contains the chamber of stars, in which were discovered fifteen fossil skeletons of an extinct species of hominin, homo naledi.
stones from the cradle of humankind site are rich in limestone. limestone is mostly made up of calcite or aragonite, but also contains dolomite, clay, iron carbonate, feldspar and quartz. this makes them multi-dimensional. as well as this, these ancient stones are extremely grounding and contain ancient knowledge, connecting us to the earth for physical and mental strength. they may also facilitate harmony and community.
precious opals like the boulder opal contain microscopic, tightly packed silica spheres that give the mineraloid its iridescent appearance. boulder opals are famous for their deep, strong ironstone matrix with stunning rainbow-like concretions.
it’s important to note that opals like the boulder opal have been important to indigenous northern queensland peoples for thousands of years.
opal is said to bring spontaneity and to strengthen your power of thought. when working with opal, choose your thoughts wisely. through interference and diffraction, the boulder opal is helpful for dealing with challenging people or situations that affect your emotions by deflecting feelings back to their sender. opals also encourage creativity, clarity and inner beauty. opal is also thought to bring good luck. it was even once said to grant invisibility if wrapped in a fresh bay leaf.
lepidolite is a beautiful lilac-rose coloured mineral. it’s the most abundant lithium-bearing mineral and its colour comes from traces of manganese, much like in sugilite. interestingly, it’s also one of the major sources of two rare alkali metals: rubidium and caesium. to date, lepidolite is found in brazil, russia, united states, canada and madagascar.
this is a stone of peaceful transitions. lepidolite assists in the release and organisation of old patterns, gently encouraging new changes. it aids in overcoming dependencies, encourages independence, and strengthens your self-love and trust. in addition, lepidolite brings deep emotional healing, dispells negativity and insists on being used for the highest level of good. its soothing qualities along with its high lithium content makes it perfect for those struggling with ptsd, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and panic attacks.
pietersite, also called the tempest stone, is made up of fractured or bracciated tiger’s eye/hawk’s eye, amphibole fibers and crocidolite. it’s characterised by its distinctive swirls and streaks of orange and gold which form due to crocidolite inclusions. the stone is also highly chatoyant, intensely shimmering in the light with an intense energy.
this intriguing stone carries a storm-like charge within it. it brings a cleansing energy that aids you to create change. it’s an excellent ally for those who are stuck and unable to make progress, as it helps to clear stagnant energies and patterns to reveal new directions. pietersite helps one to break free from feelings that they have been controlled. pietersite is a powerful protection stone, especially against the elements. it helps to calm nervous people and animals during storms and protects from storm damage.
sugilite is a rare and powerful pink-purple mineral that gets its colour from manganese. it’s found in japan, south africa, canada, italy, australia and india. other names for sugilite include purple turquoise, cybelene, lavulite, luvulite, royal azel, royal lavulite and royal lazelle.
this intense mineral invites in the violet flame energy of spiritual protection. sugilite is ideal for protection against spiritual and psychic attacks. it’s also a stone that enhances dreams and dream recall. sugilite is also known as the “premier love stone” because it encourages bonding with others as well as encouraging you to live more authentically. the manganese content within sugilite is said to help absorb negative energy and acts as a pain reliever, especially for headaches and joint pain. its lithium content is also said to be beneficial for those struggling with paranoia, schizophrenia and ptsd.
the isua stone is a stone from the isua greenstone belt in greenland. the greenstone belt contains metamorphosed volcanic and sedimentary rocks that are aged between 3.7 and 3.8 billion years old. isua stones like the one pictured are typically banded iron formations made up of inter-layered iron and chert with rare earth elements, most commonly europium and cerium. this mysterious and ancient stone activates past life experiences, provides ancient knowledge and wisdom, is powerful for grounding, and helps one to accept one’s physicality.
as the god of animal husbandry I figured he’d appreciate this. I’ve been picking wild dandelions (air element) and giving them as offerings on his altar, and then when the flowers dry out I give them to my hamster with his approval :> they’ve quickly become my hamsters favourite snack
fragaria is a genus of flowering plants in the rose family, commonly known as strawberries for their edible fruits. there are more than twenty described species and many hybrids and cultivars. strawberries are popular and rewarding plants to grow in a domestic environment, be it for consumption or exhibition purposes, widely grown in all temperate regions of the world.
lemon trees are native to asia. they have smooth, green oval leaves and produce fragrant blossoms in winter and spring. these are followed by small green fruits that can take 10 months or more to fully ripen and become yellow. lemon fruits can be stored at room temperature for several days and several weeks in a fridge. the peel can be dried with paper towels and stored in jars for up to a year for culinary use.
planets: primarily the moon and neptune, but also associates with sun energy
☼ element: water
chakra: solar plexus (third)
astrological signs: cancer and pisces
deities: hermes, luna, selene and oshun (who belongs to the
people of nigeria, benin & togo)
magical uses: longevity, purification, friendship, happiness, love, fidelity and aura cleansing. lemon peel in water can be used as wash for magical objects to remove negativity, which is especially useful for secondhand objects.
hey guys! hope you’re having a good day. just wanted to drop in to give my friend’s blog at witchy bird blogging (https://www.witchybirdblogging.co.uk) a shout out, she writes about different spells, how to care for crystals and the different types of witch. thank you for taking a moment to read this and take care today!
unakite is a semi-precious stone made up of pink orthoclase feldspar, green epidote and clear quartz. it can be found in south africa, sierra leone, brazil, china and some states of the USA. unakite combines the abundant, nurturing energy of green with the soft, caring shades of pink and resonates with the frequency of love and compassion. the stone balances the emotional body, then balances the emotional self with the spiritual and mental self. this allows for growth and releasing emotional blockages.
orbicular jasper is a variety of jasper which contains spherical inclusions. in highly solicited rhyolite, quartz and hematite crystallise to provide the basis for the orbicular structure of this jasper. poppy jasper promotes dynamic activity, joy, mental fortitude and vitality. the stone also provides a sense of security and comfort to those who hold it. it may also encourage attunement with faunas.
runes can be powerful allies when treated with care and respect. like crystals, runestones should be cleansed and charged, especially when they are new and may have been touched by other people. if your runes are not cleansed, they may give unreliable readings.
lay them under the light of the moon. the full moon is especially empowering for runes, so each full moon is a great opportunity for a deep cleansing session.
place a cleansing crystal on top of them or in their bag with them. such crystals include kyanite and selenite. you can pair these crystals with others that can absorb negative energy like smokey quartz or obsidian.
hold them under naturally flowing water from a river, stream, well etc. pouring moon water over them is another viable option if it feels right to you!
sea salt. whether you sprinkle sea salt on top of them, bury them in a bowl of salt, or use your own method, salt is a powerful cleanser. just make sure to dispose of it after use as any negative energy in the runes will be absorbed by it.
smoke cleansing can be done by burning aromatic herbs or incense and passing the runes through. if you are not native, you should practice smoke cleansing instead of smudging as smudging is a closed practice. smoke cleansing is often incorrectly called smudging so it’s important to differentiate between the two.
ametrine is a powerful combination of amethyst and citrine. the only known and confirmed location for naturally occurring ametrine is in bolivia, close to the brazilian border. the gem’s abrupt colour change reflects fluctuations in temperature and pressure during its formation. ametrine is highly soothing, relieves negativity, combines masculine and feminine energy and enhances creativity.
fehu - cattle. the rune of abundance, good fortune, prosperity and possessions. when starting new endeavours, fehu restores self-confidence and assists in goal-setting followed by immediate action. manifests wealth and material possessions.
gebo - gift. the rune of receiving and giving. gebo strengthens the positive aspects of luckand can point to an undiscovered skill or talent when cast in a reading. manifests relationships (romantic relationships, friendships and business partnerships) and good luck.
jera - year/harvest. the rune of reaping ones efforts. jera brings concepts gently into material manifestation, initiating gradual and lasting change to the flow of life if you so desire it. manifests rewards for your efforts and manifests dreams.
berkano - birch/birth. the rune of new beginnings, growth and recovery. berkano, also called berkanan, asks us to plant a seed and start a new journey. manifests successful new ventures.
uruz - ox. the rune of strength, power and endurance. this rune can be called upon to boost your confidence and remove self-doubt whilst you manifest your goals, whilst also providing stamina for goals that take more time to reach.
black: incense ashes, black pepper, sea salt. used for protection and as a component for several different spells.
fire: tobacco ashes, chilli powder, sea salt. can be used as an alternative to fire in a spell, which is especially useful if you’re out of candles or in a living situation where you’re unable to use any fire magic.
the full moon in january is known as the wolf moon, cold moon, snow moon or the moon after yule. this full moon brings opportunity for new beginnings, prosperity and protection. if you practice spellcasting or ritualistic magic, spells for personal protection in the year to come, personal development, higher spirituality, better connection to your deities, and perhaps even banishing negativity that may have followed you from the previous year are all viable options to look into. divination for insight into this year’s possibilities will also be especially as powerful.
super seven, also called the melody stone, is a powerful blend of amethyst, quartz, smokey quartz, rutilated quartz, clear quartz, lepidochosite, geothite and cocoxenite. these unique crystals retain all the properties of their combined components and do not need to be cleansed or charged, but it’s always best to do what you personally feel is right with your crystal and if you wish to charge and cleanse then that’s great too. super seven supports the awakening of spirituality and boosts the gifts you already have, provides protection and focus, amplifies, brings joy and stability, emotional grounding and dispels negativity. super seven has multiple levels of connection to its holder - the deeper the connection, the more guidance and gifts will be granted, making it a highly personal crystal whilst also representing humanity.
rutile is a titanium oxide mineral found in igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks throughout the world. natural rutile contains up to 10% iron, niobium and tantalum, and gems with more iron tend to take on a redder pigment than others. this unique kind of quartz is powerful in manifestation, motivation and willpower due to its golden inclusions, and the clear quartz base clears energy blockages and amplifies the energies of any other gemstones that touch it. the needle-like inclusions, crossing over and pointing in all directions, help to reach the root of problems and facilitates transition and change of direction. golden rutile quartz may also be called “the hairs of venus”
after the color of the goddess’s hair in botticelli’s famous renaissance painting and this particular variety of rutile quartz is said to carry an angelic vibration.
for those seeking huge transformation and strategic wisdom, the honeystone, aka nellite, neolite or storm stone is ideal. a striking combination of pietersite, golden tiger eye and
blue tiger eye, this mineral exhibits chatoyancy and pyroelectric qualities and is assumed to be formed from plant decomposition in association with brown coal. nellite offers the assistance to move forward and achieve great changes. it holds combined power of all the elements and represents the tempest of the storm, bringing a force of change and metamorphosis. it can help to comfort people during traumatic times and help to find new directions and ways when it seems the way forward is blocked. it also allows one to adapt to the problems of others by looking at the deeper meaning behind their behaviour.
Question: Hello!! I hope this winter season’s been kind to you. I’m interested in a tarot reading w/ your Witches tarot deck please? (If you think it’s fitting, otherwise you may choose yourself). My question is: “What signs might I see when I have met ‘the one’ for me?” Tysm for your time and energy. I also appreciate whatever you and the cards have in store for me. Sending love and light! 💓✨ - TMLM | Sag. ☀️, 🌙, ⬆️
thank you so much for your request!! my witches tarot deck has actually expressed that it feels isolated and would like to practice with me more, so your ask has come at the perfect time. ♡ the cards that the witches tarot deck offered were the three of wands, the star, and the eight of pentacles. this was with the help of thulite, rose quartz and selenite.
- three of wands: progress, expansion, foresight and potential overseas/international opportunities. regardless of how far away “the one” is, you find yourself wanting to make progress with them. anywhere is exciting for the two of you and, as the eight of pentacles tells us later on, there’s a strong sense of working together to progress things and to figure out your personal problems despite anything that might try to block your way. you feel like you can grow and don’t feel held back or restricted by this person. you can be you!
- xvii - the star: inspiration and contentment. with this card in a spread, you will find yourself feeling positive, free and motivated. when you are with “the one”, your feelings will embody that of what the star represents! the star also represents good luck and manifestation - you’ll feel like the luckiest person in the world with the one for you. the star can also represent spiritual connection - you’ll feel like you’ve known this person all your life already just by talking to them and the connection is undeniable.
- eight of pentacles: this card represents a time of focus and hard work to better a situation. you’re determined to make things as perfect as possible and making attempts to make your situation better. this should reflect how things are with the one - the two of you should work together to get through your harder times. the eight of pentacles may also symbolise a routine - one that nourishes you and makes your relationship shine. the amount of time you spend calling each other, how often you see each other, all fall into place in your schedule. there’s a sense of stability and reciprocity.
thank you again for your question and i hope this answer makes sense to you! love and light to you too! ☆✨
since i’ve interviewed all of my cards i thought i should share what they had to say on here. if anybody wishes to request a reading from a specific oneyou’re welcome to review the personality of each deck to choose which calls to you the most!answers recorded here were all expressed by the cards themselves.
stargazer playing cards 🌠 - fire element, feminine energy, happiest to answer questions about personal problems and friendships, would like to give advice. its most positive trait is success. this deck was bought from a playing card seller and was my first! had since september 2019.
the nature of wicca oracle ⛤ - earth element, masculine energy, happiest to answer past/present/future questions, would like to have more freedom. its most positive trait is optimism. this deck was bought in a store as it called out to me the most. had since october 2019.
angels of abundance oracle 🌟 - air element, feminine energy, happiest to answer questions about work and money, when asked what it wants it gave the answer “it is safe to receive.” its most positive trait is hope. this deck was gifted to me by a close friend. had since november 2019.
pagan tarot ⛤ - earth element, masculine energy, happiest to answer questions about gaining control over a situation or what one should do in a situation, would like to form a long-term partnership with me. its most positive trait is that it brings good messages. this deck was bought from a fellow witch. had since december 2019.
witches tarot ✨ - water element, masculine energy, happiest to answer any questions, wants to teach and advise and generally be given a chance. its most positive trait is persistence and courage. this deck was gifted to me by a family member. had since december 2019.
selenite is one of four crystal structure varieties of the mineral gypsum. this variety is often transparent or translucent and is composed of calcium sulfate dihydrate, meaning it contains two molecules of water. selenite is celebrated for its ethereal radiance, reflecting a pure beam of white light that inspires profound peace. this makes it ideal for meditation or spiritual work, but it also instills clarity, dispells confusion and aids in seeing the deeper picture. much like kyanite, selenite does not need to be cleansed and is often used to cleanse other crystals of negative energy.