Birthstone Magic

Each month of the year is associated with a specific stone – in some cases, two stones. From January’s bold red garnets to the speckled blue bands of December’s turquoise stones, there are any number of magical uses for the traditional birthstones. If you have any of these on hand – whether it’s your birth month or not – why not incorporate them into spellwork and rituals? Let’s get started!


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Magical Crystals and Gemstones

Are you interested in using crystals and gemstones in your magical workings? There are literally hundreds of stones out there to choose from, but which ones you opt to use will depend on your intent. Select crystals and gemstones for use based upon their correspondences, or attributes, and you won’t go wrong. Here are a list of some of the most popular crystals and gemstones used in magical workings and rituals, as well as ideas for how you can incorporate them into practice.


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Cleansing Your Crystals

Many people believe that you should cleanse a new magical crystal or stone as soon as you get it, and certainly before you try to use it in any workings. There are a number of reasons for this – first, you may want to clear out any residual energies that the crystal has picked up along its way before it got to you. Just like with any other magical tool, you can’t go wrong with a fresh clean slate. Also, if you feel a little off-kilter after handling a particular stone, go ahead and do a cleansing. It could be you, it could be the crystal, or it could be a combination of the two.

It’s important to note that there are different types of cleansing methods, and those will vary depending on the type of crystal you’re working with. Let’s look at some of the most popular methods, as well as which one you may wish to avoid.

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Negative Reactions to Magical Crystals

Many Pagans and other people in the metaphysical community use crystals and gemstones in their magical and spiritual practice. There’s practically an endless list of stones you can use, for just about any need, and many of these stones actually make us feel good. They bring about calm, tranquility, restfulness, positive energy, and so on.

But is it possible for us to have a negative reaction to a crystal or gemstone?

Because this question comes up occasionally, we decided to ask a few people in the metaphysical community about their experiences with gemstones and crystals. Although in general, this is a pretty uncommon and rare occurrence, a few of the individuals we asked actually had, at one point, a negative reaction to a specific stone.

Marla is a Reiki practitioner in Indiana. She says, …

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Higher Level of Light

The Cosmic Cookie trail has led me to the following blog posts today….I read the first one in my email and thought I should share this one. I ran some errands, did the normal day to day stuff and then came upon the second blog post….I think I am being shown a message and wanted to share.

I found it interesting that BOTH blog posts were discussing ways to increase Light or raise vibration.  It is so easy in our day to day lives to forget to take care of ourselves in these very basic ways.  You can read both blog posts at the following links:

The first is by Hibiscus Moon:

This one is by Julia Griffen:

May the Cosmic Cookie Trail lead you on your journey of discovery!

©09142016 Wolf Woman Ways

The Symbolism of the Skull


A beautiful blood stone skull is in my guardianship that I have lovingly named Prometheus. Being with him during a meditation the other day invoked a thoughtful process of the meaning of the human skull throughout the ages.

You often find it in ghoulish pictures of Gothic inspired imagery created to invoke mystery, but the human skull has held a far greater meaning one that is held in both reverence and fear.

One of the classical meanings of the human skull is that of “memento mori” that which means to remember your mortality. This expression is directed to remember your death or literally to die. The ancient Greek philosophers that practiced Stoicism, Neoplatonism and Epicurean philosophy often pondered on the meaning of death, a subject that has not been diluted over time. One that was most probably taken from the ancient Sanskrit of the Verdict system.

The idea of philosophy as the “Practice of Death” is central to the western philosophical tradition and the meditation of death is the meditation of life.

“The exercise of living well

And the exercise of dying well

Are one and the same”

-Epicurus- (340BC)

It is through this practice that philosophers maintain tranquillity in the midst’s of the tumultuous circumstances of life therefore inward concentration can be thought of dying before you die. This will assist in living in the present and making the most of your life, it will assist you to live in whatever Nirvana you choose. It will encourage you to seize the day or “Carp Diem” usually represented as a skull with a red rose wreath.

Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and even Christianity all hold similar concepts, even in the macabre meaning of the Knights Templar that is associated with the Holy Grail all of which create a state of enlightenment akin to that spoken of by the Gnostics, alchemists and mystics.

For some, skulls can also symbolise protection, strength, power, fearlessness, wisdom, guidance, surviving through difficult times and immortality all of which lean towards the mysteries of dying before you die.

A beautiful poem by Rumi invokes feelings of the ancient translation of death one that reverberates till this day.

“Die! Die! Die in this love! If you die in this love, your soul will be renewed. Die! Die! Don’t fear the death of that which is known if you die to the temporal, you will become timeless.”


Halloween, All saints day, All souls day, The Day of the Dead in Mexico (Dia De Mouertos) all have similar meaning. These festivals are popular with the symbolism of the skull that is identified with death. This is the time where the veil between the worlds is thin and therefore a good time to communicate with those from the spirit world. They will hear your prayers, they will give you guidance, and they will even offer you protection. These festivals span thousands of years and in Mesoamerica were dedicated to the Lady of the dead.

Another image that you may be familiar is the serpent crawling through the eye sockets of the skull. The serpent is considered a Chthonic God of Knowledge and Immortality (God of the Underworld). The serpent is always making its way thought the skull, representing knowledge that persists beyond death. As the Serpent guards the tree in the Garden of Hesperides and in a familiar story thousands of years later in the Garden of Eden it holds the secrets to the cosmos. The eternal knowledge within, the Holy Grail, the Kapala (in Sanskrit) and all of infinity.

Feeling Stuck?

The Cosmic Cookie Trail led me to the following blog post today:

The blog post tells how the crystal Dioptase can help when you are feeling stuck…it brings up whether it is a past life karmic issue that is stopping your forward movement.  Here is some of the information from the blog post:

“It helps you to live in the moment and at the same time activates past life memories. By using this awareness of the past, you can release the karma from past lives that is holding you back.”

If you have pain in your feet, legs, or hips (all related to moving forward) you may want to check out this crystal to help you in your spiritual journey!

May the Cosmic Cookie Trail help you with your own spiritual journey of discovery!

© 08302016 Wolf Woman Ways


Witches Bottles

With this Full Moon coming up I got to thinking: what kinds of witchy things would I like to do?  The Cosmic Cookie Trail steps in and starts drawing my attention to Witches Bottles!  At Yule a few years ago I made one with some friends but haven’t done so since.  Time to look over my inventory of herbs and start planning.  You can read the article The Cosmic Cookie Trail led me to at the following link:

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Five Cosmic Crystals for Starseeds

The Cosmic Cookie Trail led me to this interesting article about Starseeds and five crystals that: “If you are a Starseed who needs a little help in that department, there are five crystals that can awaken your stellar memories and gifts–helping you execute your mission.”

You can read the rest of the article and learn about the cosmic crystals at the following link:

May the Cosmic Cookie Trail lead you to where you need to go!

©08032016 Wolf Woman Ways