Mental Illness Ritual Bath

Hi everyone. Today I wanted to talk about something that affects me. I want to talk about mental illness. However I want to make some disclaimers before I start. Firstly I want to talk about what I am referring to when I say I am affected by mental illness. When it comes to physical sickness there are certain things you go to the hospital for and some things your don’t. A regular cold or a little flu are not hospital worthy. Despite that though you are still sick. When I think of how mental illness affects me I think of it as I have the cold (and occasionally flu) equivalent of mental illness. Do I need meds and a therapist for it? No. Do I still feel unwell? Yes. So I just wanted to put that out there before anyone questions me on just how severe my mental illness is or whatever. My second disclaimer is this: Nothing I say in this post is going to cure your mental illness. May it help you cope? sure. Could it potentially alleviate some symptoms or at least make them slightly more bearable? Maybe, but no promises. Everyone’s journey is different. And I just hope that maybe you can get something out of this.

When it comes to me I always (especially in the mornings) have a higher than average anxiety level, for no good reason at all. And every once in a while I’ll experience symptoms of depression. Usually I’ll be very irritable and very low energy. Last week and the week before I was experiencing this. And by the end of last week I decided enough was enough and that I was going to try and do something to get out of this funk. So I made a ritual self love/happiness bath. I would like to share it with you. I feel that this is a mix of both a spell and a ritual so I will leave this in both of those sections in our BoS.

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Ingredients:

  • Epsom salt
  • Lavender
  • Rose quartz
  • Green Kyanite
  • Green Obsidian
  • Amythest
  • Some seashells
  • Yellow Candle
  • Incense (I used one that’s for the heart chakra)

 

Steps to making the ritual bath:

  1. Sage your crystals and yourself
  2. In some sort of container (I used my big cauldron) mix together the lavender, the epsom salt, the crystals, and the shells while thinking about the intention of your bath
  3. With the bathroom lights off start running your bath and add the ingredients to the water
  4. Have your candle and incense on the bathtub ledge or nearby.
  5. Once in the tub light the candle and the incense
  6. Call upon whoever you wish and ask them to help you find the joy you’ve been lacking and to give you the strength to get through the rough time you’re experiencing. I called upon Gaia and Aphrodite.
  7. Enjoy your bath, you could meditate, do a face mask, watch your favourite show, read a book, whatever brings you joy.
  8. Thank whoever you called upon when you are done.

If you desire to have a sacred circle feel free, you can also make the water sacred by adding rosemary. I don’t always feel the need to do sacred circles especially when I am doing impromptu rituals/spells (like I was in this situation). Please feel free to share your journey with us, or any spells/rituals that you do to aid in your mental health down below, along with any other thoughts or questions you may have. Make sure you follow me here and on twitter so you get notifications when I post and when I upload videos to youtube. Until next time, Blessed Be!

 

Tarot Series~Minor Arcana: Page of Cups

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When pulled upright this card is about how you need to be open to new ideas, especially ones that come to you through your own intuition. Even though these intuitive ideas may have come unexpected it it important that you embrace them. These ideas can lead you on a new journey and open many doors for you. This card really puts an emphasis on creative doings. So if your new idea is music/art related really grab on to it and don’t let go. This card also suggests that you if you are struggling with something you should try looking at it from a different angle. This card is also about being persistent as persistence is the only way to achieve all that you desire. Always make sure you follow your intuition, fulfill your calling in life, and always believe anything and everything is possible. If you are someone who struggles with showing their emotions the page of cups is telling you now is the time. Both your creative and emotional side need to be expressed regardless of how unimportant they seem to you. A big reason many people struggle showing their emotions is because their ego won’t allow it. Take this card as a sign saying that it is okay to let those walls down and start a new beginning so you can become the real you.

When pulled in reverse this card is about being in a creative block. There are projects in your life that you started due to the joy it brought you but as of late you have been doing it for other reasons; be it money, fame, obligation, what have you. This card is telling you to remember why you started this and to bring the joy back into your project. Doing this will remove your creative block that you’re dealing with. This card could also be referring to a troubled person. This person is afraid of their reality right now. This fear could be due to emotions, finances, illnesses or something else entirely. Due to this fear you may find them trying to escape their reality through the abuse of drugs, alcohol, sex, etc. This person could be you or it could be a loved one who is struggling with self-acceptance. This card can be about someone having a lack of inspiration, self-worth, and/or someone who is depressed.

Here is a tarot spread for those of you who struggle to understand their emotions. The first step of expressing them is to understand them. First I would take the page of cups out of the deck and meditate on it thinking about how you have been feeling lately. Then shuffle and pull the cards using your preferred method.

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Thank you for checking out today’s post. I hope you enjoyed. What has the page of cups been telling you lately? Let me know in the comments along with any other thoughts or questions you have. I know just creating this blog post, page of cups had a message for me and I’m grateful for it. Also, make sure you follow me here and on twitter so you get notifications when I post here and when I upload videos to youtube. And until next time, Blessed Be.

Lavender

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Lavender has numerous associations; some of which are listed below.

Planet: Mercury

Element: Air

Astrological sign: Virgo

Macgick: Sleep, long life, peace, wishes, protection, love, purification, visions, attracting men, clarity of thought.

There are various uses for lavender in a magickal sense. For example, lavender can be used as an herb to infuse water that is being used to purify objects and spaces. Dried lavender sticks can be burned for smudging and as incense. It is used in spells for sharpening the mind, to encourage and strengthen pure love, and to encourage fertility. You can also use lavender in diffusers or in a bath to help with stress or depression. It can be used as well in spells or by stuffing it in a pillow to aid in sleep and sooth headaches. Lavender is an herb often used by people who do necromancy. It is a good herb to use to get in touch with spirits, to send them messages, and it is said carrying lavender, on your person, can improve your ability to see them.

Hope you guys enjoyed this addition to our book of shadows. What do you use lavender for? Let me know in the comments along with any other thoughts or comments you have. Make sure to follow me here and on twitter so you get notifications when I post and when I upload videos to youtube. And until next time, Blessed Be!

11 Signs You’re an Earth Angel/Angel Incarnate

Hi everyone! Sorry about the little hiatus for the holidays. I was spending a lot of time with my friends and family. I hope you enjoyed the holidays and are excited for the new year. While I was seeing family I started talking to my dad about my brother, my half-sister, and I all potentially being starseeds and how I think he might be one too. However he told me about how he has had 3 different peoples on separate occasions refer to him as an earth angel or an angel incarnate. So we did a little research and this is what we found.

So, what is an earth angel/angel incarnate? First lets start with saying some sources say they are the same and some say they aren’t. I am going to be assuming they are the same. They are similar to starseeds in the sense that it is a person who’s soul originates from someone who is not human. These beings souls are that of an angel and they have reincarnated into a human form in order to complete their purpose here on earth. When reincarnated into a human form they have to forget their angelic origins. Living on earth is so different compared to how angels would normally live that in order to not be completely miserable they have to forget the way of life they’re used to. Picture knowing you can fly but not actually being able to. Below are some signs that you may be an earth angel/angel incarnate with some examples to how these signs show up in my dad.

#1 You’ve always been connected to nature, mythical creatures, and the meaning of life.

I obviously can’t vouch for how my dad felt about all these things as a child but since I’ve been alive he’s always enjoyed going out on nature walks and camping. Since he was a teenager at least he has always been interested in fantasy books and dungeons and dragons which all have to do with mythical creatures. As for whether or not he is interested in exploring the meaning of life, I would say he is. We talk about our purposes here and origin together often.

#2 You are interested in philosophy, alternative methods of healing, and the metaphysical.

We have not discussed it much because it goes over my head but my dad is quite interested in philosophy. He has taken quite a few classes in Reiki and uses it frequently, if not on a daily basis. As for the metaphysical, I think this topic I am writing about alone is considered metaphysical in itself.

#3 Relationships may be difficult due to being attracted to abusive partners or partners with deep-emotional issues.

My dad has been struggling with finding a long lasting relationship for a while. Every time he thinks things are going well they’ll break up because she’s going through some emotional baggage.

#4 You may often space out, have lucid dreams, vivid dreams, daydreams, or astral projections.

My dad has told me as a kid he would have lucid dreams every night and he could do whatever he wanted in them. If a dream became to overwhelming he could just tell himself to wake up. However, he has told me that as an adult he has stopped remembering his dreams when he wakes up.

#5 You have a hard time with communication so you do so through art, music, writing, and healing.

I don’t know about my dad’s art skills but I do know he enjoys and is great at singing and writing. And, as said above, he does a lot of reiki.

#6 You are not comfortable with your physical body especially your feet, due to being used to flying.

This one gives me a chuckle, because it’s so specific and relevant, as my dad has always had an issue with his feet.

#7 People tell you you look way younger than you are.

As a teenager people always thought my dad was my age. I think this was a mix of him looking young, due to being an earth angel, and me being more mature for my age, due to being a crystal child.

#8 You are in a job where you care for others in one way or another.

When I was a child my dad helped care for people with additional needs. For the last 10ish years my dad has been working as a CCA, which is someone who cares for the elderly, in long-term care facilities or in the clients home.

#9 They are often incarnated in a family that has some sort of dysfunctionality to it. That could be through addictions, mental illness, abuse, etc. They do this to bring light to the family.

Due to privacy I will not go into detail but I will say it is relevant for my dad.

#10 Although they do not keep their wings physically they keep them etherically.

When my dad was getting reiki done, the woman, who was doing the healing, said she saw angel wings coming from my dad. He has also had angels come in the rooms he was getting reiki done in before.

#11 You have a tendency to feel different and alienated from others

My dad has had a hard time making and keeping friendships which could be linked to this.

Something else that I have learned about earth angels/incarnated angels is that they tend to only live until they have completed their purpose. Many actually die as infants. However some do live to adulthood and settle down and have kids, if their purpose is to be done as an adult. Something I wondered is if his purpose was to bring 3 starseeds (each of a different type) together. Therefore he would have had my brother and I (an indigo and a crystal) and then divorced my mum. Then my mom would remarry and create a stable family for my sister the rainbow child who was attracted to our family due to there already being two other starseeds in the home. His purpose not being over could be explained by him still teaching and helping my brother and I (which would allow me to teach and help my half sister). Just a thought and I would love to hear you opinion about it in the comments along with any other thoughts or questions. Make sure you follow me here and on twitter so you get notification on when I make posts and when I upload videos to youtube. Until next time, Blessed Be.

 

11 Signs You’re an Indigo Child

While I was researching about being an empath, I came across information about starseeds. As you know, if you’ve read my post about starseeds, starseeds are people whose soul originate from a different planet. There are different types of starseeds but in general there are 3 main types. There are the indigo, the crystal, and the rainbow children. While doing my research I found I realized that myself, my brother, and my sister all have characteristics of each type of starseed. My brother matches the general description of an indigo. I match the crystal and my little sister matches the rainbow. Today I am going to talk about the indigo children. Do remember though that this is a general description and you may not fit with all of these signs. That’s okay, every soul is different. When I get to the signs of being an indigo child, I will give examples about my brother and how I see each trait in him.

So what exactly is an indigo child? An indigo child is a soul that originates from a different planet. That soul comes to earth to help improve it. An indigo tends to be the person tearing down the institutions. They seek the truth and are quite good at telling when they are being deceived, even at a young age. Another thing to note is a lot of indigo children are diagnosed with ADD/ADHD or other mood disorders. Indigos tend to be headstrong and freethinking which to the medical field can look like these types of disorders. (This is not to say that all children with ADD/ADHD are Indigo children.)

#1 You are strong willed.

My brother is a very strong willed person. Our parents are divorced and as a kid he always did whatever he wanted. I would let myself feel guilty for wanting to spend time with one parent over the other, and would never have the will to ask permission to be with that parent. My brother though had no issues. He would demand what he wanted. Now as a young adult my brother has moved to the city I live in. It is 3 hours away from our family. Everyone tried to tell him to stay in our hometown. No one thought he would be able to make it. Now he’s living in an apartment, working, and reaching his goals.

#2 You’re a freethinker

So this means you don’t just follow with whatever society says. You think for yourself and you make your own decisions. My brother is definitely a freethinker. I tend to side with society and so when it comes to me making decisions it happens rather quickly because I don’t think freely. My brother though he thinks for himself and makes choices for himself. This often results in me not agreeing because it is often the opposite of what I would do. But at the end of the day he does what he wants without the worry of society and I think he is better for it.

#3 You’re a nonconformist

When you’re a child this probably looks like disobedience, and being a troublesome kid. As an adult it probably shows itself in not liking to be controlled by others. My brother has always taken the harder road. He could never just do what was told of him and listen to authority. He always had to do the exact opposite and learn everything the hard way. He learns best from mistakes rather than reflecting on the things he’s done right. This is neither bad or good. It just is.

#4 . You’re a truth seeker

The truth is important to you. You are quite good at being about to tell when you are being lied to or if someone is hiding something from you. I think this is a very personal trait and is something I can’t really give examples of for my brother. I feel he is the only one who really knows how he feels about this.

#5 You are highly intuitive

For my brother I feel this comes up in him being an empath. He is very good at picking up others emotions. I believe he draws a lot of low energy people, a lot of energy vampires. He has always attracted a lot of people with depression and other mental illnesses. He has such a nurturing personality that these energy vampires take advantage of him and use up all his energy. This is physically harmful for him because he is literally always sleeping. He’s always so drained. So while being intuitive can be a blessing, make sure the indigo in your life is not being taken advantage of for it. 

#6 You want to change the world

This could be in big things or smaller things. Maybe some people will want to be a president, or a scientist, or a humanitarian. My brother he has all these aspirations to work in various selfless fields. Next fall he is going to be going into human services. He is currently working on getting all the needed credits to become a paramedic and he also wants to get a certificate in early childhood education. He is currently a lifeguard. He loves working with children with additional needs. He wants to change the world a little at a time.

#7 You’re empathetic and compassionate.

I kind of already covered this in sign #5. But ya even if you aren’t an empath you will likely be an empathetic and compassionate person. You feel things so intensely that sometimes it even hurts. This high level of empathy can also cause depression and anxiety. I don’t know if it still affects him to this day but these were definitely issues he was dealing with when he was younger.

#8 You’re a leader

You may find you have a hard time working in teams or for other people. My brother has always been someone who questions authority. He never just gives respect to someone simply because they are of authority. You have to earn that from him and it isn’t easy. He definitely enjoys being in charge of himself.

#9 You have a loner personality

You find it difficult to be around too many people at once and often prefer to spend your time alone. My brother growing up was always alone in his room. He never wanted to be around any of us and was always much happier doing his own thing.

#10 You struggle with boredom

You tend to struggle with routine and structure. Because of this and your inability to stay focused you may have been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. My brother has been diagnosed since he was in about grade 2. Boredom is definitely something he struggles with. It has been more obviously since he has moved from our hometown.

#11 You are fiery tempered

You are likely quick to anger. There is likely a mix of reasons to this. Your empathy, being strong willed, being a truth seeker, and not conforming to society or authority. Anger issues is something my brother has struggled with all his life. I’ve never really understood why but maybe this is the reason.

Thanks for reading! Are you an indigo child? Let me know in the comments along with any other thoughts or questions you have. Also remember the deadline for the giveaway I’m doing is on October 21. Make sure to enter here. Lastly, make sure to follow me here and on twitter to get notifications on when I post. Until next time, Merry Meet and Blessed Be.

 

Tarot Series~Major Acrana Card 8: Strength

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When pulled upright this card is about inner strength and fortitude during danger and distress. Even when everything seems to be going wrong you seem to remain calm and strong. It also talks of compassion and how you always make times for others even when if it means pushing your own needs to the side. You are patient and can accomplish anything you set your mind to. You are resilient and fearless which will help you in the long run and will help you speak your mind when you need to. As a reward for your compassion you will be given stability either presently or in the near future.

When pulled in reverse this card is about experiencing an intense anger or fear in your life (if not presently then in the near future). You are lacking the characteristics this card is normally about and therefore may be experiencing fear, along with a lack of conviction and confidence in yourself. You may have forgotten your passions and what you love. This card may also say you are experiencing depression and that you may end up withdrawing yourself because of it. You need to gain confidence in order to get your inner-strength.

Here is a tarot spread that focuses on the strength card. First I would remove the strength card and meditate with it asking yourself what your strengths are. Then I would shuffle and pull the cards in the method you see fit.

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Card 1: This card represents your greatest strength, which can be something of which you are quite conscious.

Cards 2 and 3: These cards are other strengths you have, that maybe you are not taking into account. All of the first three cards represent strong roots, things you can draw on, that will nourish and support you and form a good base.

Card 4: This represents a possible weakness, an area that perhaps needs some shoring up, that could be strengthened.

Card 5: This card represents an area where flexibility is needed, an issue or attitude or situation where you need to bend and let things flow, where a different kind of strength is needed.

Thanks for reading today’s post. If you have any thoughts or questions please leave them in the comments. Also, make sure to follow me here and on Twitter to get notifications on when I post. If you like the Crystal Visions Tarot deck that I use you can find it here on amazon for purchase.  Crystal Vision Tarot Cards Until next time, Merry Meet and Blessed Be.