Magickal Blessings Box

Way back when I lived in Woodenbong, on the far north border of New South Wales, I ordered a wooden box for my essential oils. It was well-made, heavy and great for my oils until we moved to North Cyprus. I pulled out the partitions and packed all my jewellery inside as it was so sturdy, and used a plastic box to hold my oils.

And then a couple of weeks ago I saw someone decorating woodwork and though it was time to cheer up my wooden box which was very plain indeed. I had been using it for jewellery but, as with the essential oils, my jewellery decamped to a plastic box.

I painted my box purple (what else????) but found a brush didn’t provide proper cover so used a sponge which really did the trick. Then I dabbed on some pink glittery paint blobs. I had just received in the post some sew-one patches to hide holes and stains on clothes I love and really can’t throw away, but missed putting away a white butterfly patch which one of my dogs chewed. I managed to salvage the remnants and they went on top of my box along with bits of jewellery I’ve collected over the years and various stick-on decorations.

The catch on the box has been decorated with a pendant by my artist friend, Tammy Vitale. I thought having something with “Live, Laugh, Love” on it, blessed the intent of my box and also re-affirmed for me the power of friendship with so many lovely people around the world.

So now I have a Magickal Blessings Box in which I put all sorts of odds and sods which have personal meanings for me, or remind me of grace in my life.

This is the top
And this is the front.

Crystal Crazies (Continued)

I may have been absent for a while but it didn’t stop my passion for crystals. So here are some new additions to my crystal collection.

Necklaces first: Amethyst, Citrine and Rose Quartz. My friend, Dawn, who also lives in North Cyprus, regularly visits Turkey and comes back with lovely crystal jewellery. The Rose Quartz helps me take care of myself; the Amethyst nurtures me spiritually and helps me relax; the citrine helps me with access to abundance and creativity.

Amethyst Necklace
Citrine Necklace
Rose Quartz necklace

 

I also bought some crystals to add to my collection:

Angel Aura/Amphibole Quartz – reverse side
Top side of Angel Aura/Amphibole Quartz – I love these quartz creations, have quite a few of these stones and I reckon they enable me to access the spiritual side of my nature. I have a lot of air signs so am very logical, but also have a strong spiritual connection through Neptune in the First House of my natal chart.
Mahagony Obsidian – a grounding stone which also brings all the chakra/energy centres into alignment.
Melody Stone – named after the crystal writer and expert, Melody, who started publicising crystal healing in the 1960s. It contains amethyst; smoky quartz; lepidocrosite, goethite, rutile and cacoxenite. This is a clearing stone – I once had a tumbled stone of this mix, slept with it under my pillow, had violent migraines for a couple of days which gradually died down, and I realised the stone had helped me release a lot of tension and stress from our move from Australia to the UK.

 

The Rise of Goodness

I created this image to celebrate all those who are standing up for decency and condemning the fascists in the US and their endorsement by the despicable, utterly corrupt Donald Trump.

The events since last weekend have indeed been awful but from bad has come good – so many people have been galvanised to stand up, organise and resist the neo-fascists, while Trump has cooked his goose well and truly with his disgusting endorsement of white supremacy.

So the image above has certain symbology: below are the waters of emotional turmoil but also emotional support for each other. Above are the stars which shower us with grace, love, compassion and optimism. Running through the centre is a river of light, illuminating hope and right action against the forces of evil.

And central is an image of Ganesh, the Indian god. I had intended to use a photo I’d taken in Australia of a spider and its web, to represent Spider Woman spinning a new society. But then I came across the image of Ganesh and it was so apt I decided on that instead.

Ganesh is the destroyer of vanity, selfishness and pride. He is the remover of obstacles and also the symbol of abundance but right abundance – sourced from love and compassion and not profane worship of money. Interestingly, he also places obstacles in the path of those who need to be checked. I thought this was most appropriate in current circumstances.

 

 

Love – the Healing Fire of the Heart

I sat and worked on this on my Lenovo tablet this afternoon.  I had no idea how much you can create with apps on a tablet, like a whole new creative door has opened for me. My favourite app is Toolwiz, an amazing app with so many functions that I still keep finding new ways to create art with this app.

I’m also rather indebted to President Trump because the awfulness of him and the swamp around him is inspiring me to work on creating images of beauty and colour rather than the turgid grey and black of the billionaire bloodsuckers.

One more post to finalise and then I’m off to sit with my foster dog, Rolo, who – after seven months with us – is off to the UK early Thursday morning to his new family.  I shall miss him immensely but I’m so glad we were able to provide him with a holding space until a new family became available to offer him a loving home, complete with garden, cats (he loves our cat) and someone who works from home each day. So he’ll be a complete lap dog with company so he can loll around as he does here – he would have to be the most bone idle dog we’ve ever come across but so affectionate and good-natured.

Life – On Your Feet, Not Your Knees

life

I had fun last night with the kaleidoscope function on Toolwiz, plus I discovered a whole heap of symbols I’d missed completely. This is the result: Life. Too often we’re encouraged to play small, but living up to our potential is part of the road of life.  We have one life and it needs to be lived to the full!

Abundance and Resilience

abundance-and-resilienceI’ve been absent for a while due to health challenges which have now sort of sorted themselves out, as much as they’re able, I guess.

I came across an image of a bison and, as I mentioned in an earlier post, it reminded me of a dream I had where I was in my grandmother’s kitchen (I always felt well nurtured and loved at my maternal grandmother’s house), looked out the window and saw a huge, magnificent bison peacefully grazing on the grass in the garden.

I have never forgotten this image as it was so clear and striking, so I’m accepting that Bison is one of my spirit beings. My other constant spirit being companion is a spider.