In modern Paganism, many traditions use symbols as part of ritual, or in magic. Some symbols are used to represent elements, others to represent ideas. These are a few of the more commonly used symbols in Wicca and other forms of Paganism today.
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Festivals are a large part of the Pagan year. There isn’t a time of year that you can’t find some Pagan event going on somewhere in the country. Some parts of the country are known for their large festivals, which are attended by hundreds of people within the diverse Pagan and magical community of North America. There are thriving Pagan communities within the heartland of America living in places that on the surface are seen as largely Christian and conservative. These are the places where Paganism thrives in its wild state. Many practitioners in these areas are solitary practitioners for lack of a large enough community that gathers at regular times since many of us are spread across a wide area. Pagan Pride Festivals in these areas are often the only time of the year that the Pagan community comes together, unless you want to travel to one of the larger festivals. For some people who live in small towns far off the beaten path this is a special time of coming together. If there is a place to gather and an event to attend the Pagan community seems to materialize from the many individual practitioners who come together for such occasions.
Amazonite also known as Amazonstone is a green tectosilicate mineral made from microcline. It has the chemical formulaK(AlSi3O8).
Its name is taken from that of the Amazon River, from which certain green stones were formerly obtained, but it is doubtful whether green feldspar occurs in the Amazon area.
Because of its bright green color when polished, amazonite is sometimes cut and used as a cheap gemstone, although it is easily fractured, and loses its gloss due to its softness.
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Chrysocolla Ajoite and Shattuckite crystal combines the metaphysical properties to rid a lot of negative emotions and brings spirituality, communication and harmony into ones life. It is a powerful combination of three stones for healing chakras and yourself.
Chrysocolla is a stone of harmony, both on a universal level and a very specific level. It can be used to purify a place or remove negativity from a person. It is a very gentle stone and its energy works in a gentle, harmonious way. It can help ease fear, anxiety, and guilt. It is also used to communicate with the spiritual forces of the Earth. Physically, it is good for treating asthma, emphysema, TB, pneumonia, muscle cramps, spasms, arthritis, headaches, particularly tension headaches, and is used for protection during pregnancy and childbirth.
In August 1941 Harry Berman of Harvard University was collecting at Ajo, in Pima County, Arizona, USA. He found specimens of dark blue shattuckite, together with a bluish green mineral which he suspected was a new species. Berman and W T Schaller had planned to collaborate on the investigation of this mineral, together with other known copper silicate minerals, but Berman died in a plane crash in 1944, aged 42, before this study was done. It was not until 1958 that Schaller, together with Angelina Vlisidis (both of the US Geological Survey) studied the greenish mineral and determined that it was indeed a new species. They named it “ajoite” (pronounced ah-hoe-ite) after the place where it had been found.
Agate, Banded: is considered a stone that brings good luck and is a stone with strong protection properties, especially for children, and is very calming and soothing. It creates a sense of safety and security. Agate can harmonize positive and negative forces, alleviate bad dreams and can give courage, energy, strength, and dispel fears, all of which increase self-confidence. It can also lessen feelings of envy by grounding the emotions. It is a stone of harmony, and by bringing the elements of one being into harmony. It greatly enhances healing. Agate also enhances creativity and stimulates the intellect. Agate is an excellent crystal for balancing Yin Yang energy and for balancing the physical, emotional and intellectual bodies with your Etheric energies. It stabilizes your aura, cleansing and smoothing dysfunctional energies, and both transforming and eliminating negativity. It further assists in the precise examination of yourself and of circumstances relevant to your well being. Agate can be used to stimulate analytical capabilities and precision, it provides for perceptiveness in stressful situations. It is also used to produce inspiration from and connectedness with, the entities residing in the spiritual worlds. It has been reported to strengthen the sight, to diminish thirst and to promote marital fidelity. Agate is excellent as a healer for respiratory issues and issues of the teeth and gums. It works with chakras according to stone color. Associated Chakras are Base, Heart, Navel, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Throat and Thymus
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Agate is a rock consisting primarily of cryptocrystalline silica, chiefly chalcedony, alternating with microgranular quartz. It is characterized by its fineness of grain and variety of color. Although agates may be found in various kinds of host rock, they are classically associated with volcanic rocks and can be common in certain metamorphic rocks.
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Irish myths and legends are often so romanticised that, by the time many of us read them, the original stories are unrecognisably altered. In some cases, the reinterpretations are excellent, offering a fresh take on old tales. In other cases, the original myths have been sprinkled so liberally with good-natured stage-Irishness that they’re more confusing than anything else. Sadly, many rewrites end up glossing over some of the most interesting and engaging elements of those Celtic stories altogether.
For those of us who grew up in Ireland, Saint Patrick’s Day is an excellent way to see quite what the rest of the world makes of Irish culture, and particularly in places with large Irish populations, like Canada and the US. The result can often can be a disappointingly one-dimensional take on Celtic myth and legend. With that in mind, we’ve put together a collection of some of the stories that we’ve read over the years that we felt should be considered essential reading for anyone trying to get a handle on the history of Irish mythology.