Friday, October 16, 2015

Who Can't Use a Little More Strength?

Crystals Associated with Strength

The power behind Earth's minerals can be felt the minute you put a crystal in your hands or near your physical body. Crystals are the treasures of the earth. These stones are filled with energy to be used. Any crystal can give you strength as they are all sources of life energy! Some of the best crystals for both inner and out strength include Azurite, Chrysoprase, Citrine, Garnet, Lapis Lazuli, Rhodonite, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Selenite, Smoky Quartz, Tiger Iron, and Green Tourmaline. They can be used for awareness, inner strength, grounding, enlightenment, power, outer strength, better understanding, and transitions.

Azurite Flowers

These stones are approximately 3/4 inch each. They activate the brow and throat Chakra bring more assertive communication and alertness, quite, deep access to subconscious and other times/places/lives. Psychicness, creativity, decisiveness, deeper insight, seeing truth, reduces depression, anger, abnormal cell growth. Referred to as the jewel of wisdom. It is said to increase psychic abilities. The deep blue stone helps you release the past and gracefully anticipate and accept the future simultaneously. Cultivates the ability to reach into the subconscious and examines states of mind. This cleanses the mind and makes one more capable of insight and pure thought. Helps one recognize the resources within themselves. An integral part of many crystal and gemstone-healing layouts. Also enhances meditation.


This stone allows greater flexibility, wisdom, generosity, and self-confidence. Heals depression, excess self-focus, emotions/sexual imbalance. Placed on heart, neck, or on brown for meditation. This stone uplifts the Heart Chakra. It soothes the energy of the heart when you are heart heavy. It therefore brings internal peace, harmony and contentment. This stone symbolizes clarity of thought. It soothes the central nervous system and creates calm. It is a stone that leads its user to new and intellectual approaches. When working with Chrysoprase as a healing stone, it must be laid on the body for a long time. Helps one achieve greater personal insight, feel more calm, become less egotistical, and more open to new surroundings and situations. Stimulates creativity and draws out unknown talents. This stone provides balance between the conscious and the unconscious.


This stone is very versatile and is used for mental and emotional clarity, problem solving, memory issues, will power, optimism, confidence and self-discipline. . An energizing and highly beneficial crystal, citrine absorbs, transmutes, grounds and dissolves negative energy, which makes it a very protective stone. Citrine crystals are invigorating and positive. They can surround and fill anyone with its brilliant color, energizing every aspect of life. Increases motivation and Persons involved with education or business will especially benefit. Can guide you to harness and utilize your creative energy. Helps us analyze events and steer them in a positive direction. Develops inner calm and security, and makes us less sensitive and more open to constructive criticism. Can dispel negative feelings and help us to accept the flow of events. This stone is great with help in achieving goals. Because of its matrix of iron and quartz, it is most effective on the Sacral/Sexual/Navel Ch akra, the Solar plexus Chakra and Crown Chakra. Citrine energizes every level of the aura, cleansing and balancing the subtle bodies as it aligns it with the physical body. Citrine is the stone of abundance. It teaches us the lessons of achieving wealth and prosperity. Not just on a monetary level, but in all aspects of our lives.


This stone symbolizes faith, love, devotion and trust. Garnet is most famous for balancing our emotional states. Therefore, garnet is one of the best stones for soothing emotional stress and balancing out anger that is held in and not expressed. Therefore, garnet is good for those who have anger issues directed to themselves, NOT for those who spew anger like venom or attack others with their anger (think orange or yellow stones for this condition)! Garnet is a good stone to have around for emotional drama, traumatic crisis or when you feel backed into a corner with no way out. Garnet will show you the way out. It is the perfect stone for clearing the Emotional Layer of the Aura. Garnet encourages feelings of joy, hope and will power. Its fiery color drives away fatigue and stimulates the imagination.

Lapis Lazuli:

In meditation, opens Brow Chakra: higher guidance, intuition, connection to higher self, overview, decisions for good of all. Organizes, quiets mind. Opens Throat/Thyroid Chakra: Self-expression, writing, creativity, dream insight, allows total awareness...Anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, shyness, depression, serenity, self-acceptance; pain (especially head), protection stone. Shelters the wearer like a shield. A powerful thought-amplifier and is helpful in aligning all the elements of the body and mind. Can increase psychic abilities and will open the third eye. Can guide you in the direction of mental and spiritual purity.


Rhodonite is the "Stone of Love"! This stone symbolizes "self realization". Rhodonite works with the Heart Chakra by soothing the heart center as well as the Root Chakra for grounding and balancing, due to the presence of black oxides in this stone. This balance of colors allows for a powerful and vibration for caring for one's self. Rhodonite allows for confidence and self worth. Helps us express confidence and lovingness on physical plane in day-to-day ways. Calms and feeds the soul through the heart; love and service. It helps us with confusion and allows us to focus. This stone helps to strengthen mantras, chanting, affirmations, singing and toning.

Rose Quartz:

Rose Quartz represents love, beauty, peacefulness, forgiving, lovingness, self-love and emotional balance! Rose Quartz works with the Heart Chakra. It is a soft, gentle, soothing stone that warms the heart center. Its value as a nurturing friend cannot be overstated. Neither can it's soothing influence. Helps diffuse negative stimuli and uncomfortable memories. Helps us discover the ability to love ourselves and makes us more open to other people. It is of particular value in helping us to forgive ourselves, hastening self-acceptance. Helps us realize that all change is important, even difficult change. Stimulates love and tender appreciation of all things.


Wealth, Joy, Love, Sexual Energy and Power. Warms, energizes after exhaustion. Strengthens physical and emotional heart (4th chakra), love, courage, confidence, vitality, stamina, strength, leadership, success over challenges. Intensifies all emotions (passion, jealousy, impatience, love...) Attempted use for pressure/control (for love) backfires onto user. Used for reproductive/root Chakra; infections, cholesterol, clots, blood detox (alcohol, caffeine), sexual blocks. A powerful stone whose stimulating energy can bring startling things to light. An amplifier of energy-both positive and negative. Can bring anger or negativity to the surface quickly. Should be used with a knowledge of how to gain from the experience. Otherwise you are likely to be overcome by the passion it stirs up. Can also amplify positive energy. Helps us in all matters of love, including love of ourselves. Stimulates motivation and visualization.


A Gypsum. White/clear striated crystals. Has been used to work against cancer and is known to stabalize epileptic disorders. Mental focus, growth, luck, immunity, kundalini. Centuries-old recordkeepers of events/information. Smoothes emotions. Holding crystal,visualize it bringing white light/energy (higher ideas/consciousness) from transpersonal point above head down through body, out through feet into earth/physical plane. Place on 3rd eye for stored info. May help physical and emotional letting go. Repro; spine and nerve system, emotional and athletic flexibility. Sends healing to the earth. Expands sensitivity, field of awareness.

Smoky Quartz:

Smoky Quartz is a grounding stone. It is used most often to overcome depression, nightmares and stress. Quartz stimulates the natural crystal in body tissues and fluids to resonate at the highest healing frequency. The clearest smoky quartz are the most intense, powerfully opening the Crown Chakra emanating light down to the Root Chakra, therefore, inducing Alpha/deep meditation. Because of this situation, it's benefits also include channeling higher guidance, deep relaxation and helping with unconditional love. Heightens your understanding of nature and concerns for the environment. Smoky Quartz helps store information well for easier recall. Because it is associated with the Root Chakra, it helps to alleviate fear, anxiety and associated emotional depression. When placed opposite other smokies in a crystal grid these stone vibrate at a high energy level. It is the perfect stone for strength and grounding the Etheric Layer of the Aura. 

Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Projecting vs. Receiving Crystals

This balance between yin and yang is yielding, neutralizing and
discharging, as it all happens simultaneously. When there is balance
between the two, everything happens spontaneously and naturally.
There may be times when we feel that all we do is give or all we do
is receive. Remember, you cannot have one without the other. It is
simply the ability of recognizing that the opposite is happening as
well. So when you are in a situation, which may seem to be not
balanced, look closer at the situations and circumstances around you.
It is nature's innate way to find balance automatically, a state of
absolute central equilibrium.


Understanding energy demand is essential for projecting energy.
Projecting positive energy is an easily learnable skill.

1. Have positive expectations. If you believe that it's going to be
fun, positive and to your benefit, it will be.

2. Energy follows thought. Positive energy draws positive results.
Negativity is the root that undermines our happiness. The negative
ideas we think can manifest in the words we speak. The minute the
words leave your lips, is the minute they manifest. Change your
thoughts to positive, uplifting ones. Think hope not hopelessness.
Think goodness, not evil. Think joy not despair. Energy follows
thought. Program thought to be positive and your energy will reflect

3. Let the energy flow. This doesn't mean you can't also control the
its flow – This means allow give and take. You can sense when it is
time to project energy outward in order to bring results or pull back
and allow the flow to take over. How many times have you had things
seem to go wrong in succession and then try to force the outcome?
The river analogy is a great example. Yes we can stop the water from
flowing with a dam to manipulate it to where we want it to go... but
as we also know, sometimes this is not the best path.

Nutshell: Projecting stones: destroy disease, strengthen conscious,
courage, strength, physical energy, luck, and success. Dense, heavy,
and/or opaque. Red, orange, yellow, gold. Ruby, diamond, lava, topaz
and rhodochrosite are some projecting stones.


Is actually about allowing. Allowing ourselves to receive freely,
without resistance, judgement or the need to understand/control this

1. Accept with thanks. Be grateful for what you receive. It may or
may not be exactly what YOU want at the time, but it is what can
handle and, of course, what you need.

2. Receiving should be humble. Humility is the beginning of
knowledge. A humble person will be grateful for all he receives.

3. Be open and accepting. As we are freely given energy: through
thought, words or actions, it is up to us to be available to receive
it in a good light (way) and accept good energy like a wave passing
through us. It is often brief and fleeting, but those who benefit are
those who pay attention.

Nutshell: Receiving stones: calming, soothing, inward or magnetic.
Meditation, spirituality, wisdom, mysticism and peace. Translucent,
green, blue, blue-green, purple, grey, silver, black, pink and white.
Some good examples are moonstone, aquamarine, emerald, stones, rose
quartz, pink tourmaline, kunzite, lapis lazuli, sugilite, sodalite
and sapphire.

Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit

Monday, October 5, 2015

Healing Remedies with Sea Salt

Salt Water

The healing abilities of salt water are profound and well documented. Salt water is an astringent and speeds wound healing. Floating in sea water is an extreme release of tension and stress of the day. Allow yourself to float weightlessly in the water. You deserve it.

Sea Air

Deep breathing of ocean air helps us to relax and let go. The faint smell of salt in the air can take us to a place of pure joy. Sea air has a certain aliveness found no where else. This deep breathing can help release tension and the problems associated with it.

Thalassotherapy (from the Greek word thalassos, meaning "sea") is the medical use of seawater. The properties of seawater are believed to have beneficial effects upon the pores of the skin. Thalassotherapy was developed in seaside towns in France during the 19th century. Trace elements of magnesium, potassium, calcium sulphates and sodium, found in seawater, are believed to be absorbed through the skin. The therapy is applied in various forms, as either showers of warmed seawater, application of marine mud or of algae paste, or the inhalation of sea fog. Spas make hot seawater and provide mud- and seaweed wrapping services available.

Healing Salt Remedies


Chronic sinusitis refers to inflammation of the sinuses that continues for weeks, months, or even years. Allergies are the most common cause of chronic sinusitis. Chronic sinusitis can persist even after antibiotics are given. It's the most frequently reported chronic disease.

Acute sinusitis occurs when bacteria invade the sinus cavities and impair proper drainage of mucus from the sinuses to the nose. Chronic inflammation of the nasal passages or rhinitis also can lead to sinusitis. Allergic rhinitis or hay fever is the most common cause of chronic sinusitis and is a frequent cause of acute sinusitis.

The common cold is the most prevalent predisposing factor to sinusitis. Acute sinusitis typically causes symptoms of nasal congestion and a thick yellow or green discharge. Other symptoms include tenderness and pain over the sinuses, frontal headaches, and sometimes chills, fever, and pressure in the area of the sinuses.

Entering bacteria gets trapped and filtered out by mucus and minute nasal hairs called cilia. This air-flow system can sometimes slow down when something impedes the cilia, if a cold clogs the sinus openings, or if an allergen swells the sinus linings. Then air gets trapped, pressure builds, the mucus stagnates, and bacteria breed. Infection sets in and you have sinusitis. When you get clogged up, you may end up with a permanent thickening of the sinus membranes and chronic congestion.

Sinus Wash

Flush out nasal secretions. Mix 1 teaspoon of non-iodized salt or sea salt with 2 cups of warm water and a pinch of baking soda. Pour it into a shot glass, tilt your head back, close one nostril with your thumb, and sniff the solution with the open nostril. Then blow your nose gently. Repeat on the other side.

An Ayurvedic solution, similar to this is done in the same manner with a Neti Pot. It looks similar to a tea pot, but with a longer, narrower spout for the nostrils. These can be found in most health food stores.

A cup or handful of water in your hand or neti pot is a wonderful cleansing therapy. Slowly inhale the salt water into your nose to cleanse your sinus and open up the air passages. Over the counter nasal washes (not nasal sprays) are available. The simplest form is a non iodized salt water spray.

Mouth Care

The tissues in the mouth can benefit greatly from sea salt.

For bleeding gums - make a paste of 1 tsp. baking soda to 1/2 tsp. sea salt...brush with this mixture 3 times per day instead of the toothpaste. You can also add a few drops of tea tree oil.

Gargle with warm salt water a few times a day to relieve a sore throat, mouth sores or canker sores.

Sea Salt Baths and Scrubs

Sea Salt Scrubs

1. Take a handful of Sea Salt
2. Moisten it into the bath water.. and
3. Gently scrub whole body in circular motion until all the body is scrubbed.
4. Pay extra attention to your feet
5. Rinse with cool clear water

Sea Salt Bath

Dead Sea Salt - 1 cups
Sea Salt - 2 1/2 cups
2 TBSP of Ground Sea Weed
1 TBSP cup of Oatmeal
1 TBSP of Kelp
2 TBSP cup of Baking Soda
1 TBSP - Vegetable Glycerin
1-2 tsp of EO Blend of Choice

Thoroughly Mix all dry ingredients, then drizzle Glycerin and EO's over them. Mix them well and store in an air tight container for several days prior to use. Mix well.

Add 1/4 cup or more under running water. Light a candle or incense and Enjoy.

Detox Bath

Fill the tub with water
1/2 cup sea salt
1/2 cup of baking soda
1/2 cup of Epsom salt
1/2 cup of peroxide
1 cup of apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon of oregano oil

Add to bath water, stir until dissolved. Bath in water for at least 20 minutes

Feng Shui Detoxification Bath

2 Cups Sea Salt
2 Cups Baking Soda
4 Tbsp. Ginger Powder

Place all ingredients in a hot bath and bathe for 20 Minutes Drink plenty of water. This bath withdraws impurities from your body and helps you to feel better. This bath can be done 2 to 3 times in a week or as needed.

Sea Salt Foot Scrub

1/2 Cup Sea Salt
1/2 Cup Epsom Salt
1/2 Cup baking soda
1 Cup Oil of grape seed oil
15 drops Peppermint Oil

Homemade Exfoliator

Mix 1/8 cup of olive oil
1 heaping tablespoon of sea salt

Use on knees and elbows in the shower and rinse off. Pat dry with a soft towel.

Negative Energy and Sea Salt

Cleansing with sea salt is a safe and effective way to clear any space of negative energy. Sea salt is obtained by evaporating seawater. Salt occurs naturally in many parts of the world as the mineral halite and as mixed evaporates in salt lakes. Underground salt deposits are found in both bedded sedimentary layers and domal deposits.

Energy in itself, is the vital source, which radiates from everything and everyone around us. When we are ill, emotionally upset, angered or imbalanced, our moods and of course, our energy is altered. Coming in contact with energy that is negative can often be sensed, even felt. The result is often a feeling of uneasiness, confusion or an opposed feeling to our current state of mind.

Cleansing with sea salt or rock salt is preferred over iodized, processed table salt.

Cleansing a room with salt can be done by placing salt in small bowls and placing them in the 4 corners for 24 hours. Take two teaspoons of sea salt and dissolve it into some warm water. Pour it into a mister or spray bottle and spray it where ever you need cleansing.

Cleansing yourself of negative vibs can be done by misting yourself for an overall clearing. Draw a bath. As the hot water is filling the tube, add two or more tablespoons of sea salt to the running water and stir it so it dissolves in the tube. Relax in your bath for 15-20 minutes.

Cleansing your crystals can be done by placing a teaspoon of sea salt into a bowl of luke warm water. Make sure the salt is dissolved, then place your crystals in the water for twenty four hours.

Adding herbs or essential oils to sea salt can give an added bonus to cleansing. Herbs such as lavender, sandalwood, tea tree, thyme, rosemary are all good compliments. When using herbs, place them in the salt and shake the salt in a closed container. This bruises the herbs and allows its essential oils to incorporate into the salt matrix. When using essential oils, add a few drops to salt and then stir or shake the salt in order to mix them well.

Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac

Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Magick of the Oak

OAK is the ogam Duir or Dair, the door. It holds the center place in the ogam of the thirteen moons. The words Druid and dairy are derived from the same root as Duir.
Oaks (Quercus) are one of the most common trees of the temperature regions. I’ve been told that North America was so densely covered with oak forest five hundred years ago that a squirrel could travel from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River without ever setting foot on the ground. Oak forests also covered Europe several thousand years ago.
One might say civilization was possible due to oak. It provides heat, tans hides, heals wounds and infections, and can easily be fashioned into bows, spears, oars, boats, and houses. When green it bends well. Once dry, it becomes as hard as steel, and is exceptionally durable. (If the second little piggy had built his house of oak, no wolf would have been able to blow it down.)
Oak is not the hardest wood. (That’s ebony.) Nor is it the toughest. (That would be ash.) But it is the hardest tough wood. Oak logs submerged for more than a thousand years have been used in modern buildings. Oak was once valued due to its ability to be worked into rot resistant ships, barrels, and wagon wheels. We rarely use those things today, but oak is still prized: for furniture, musical instruments, firewood, and floors. It burns for a long time, puts out a lot of heat ,and leaves a bed of coals that lingers.
To the botanist, oak is Quercus, which means, literally, “a fine tree.” Oaks are roughly divided into red oaks and white oaks. The leaves of the red oaks are pointed; the leaves of white oaks are rounded. The acorns of the white oaks are the best to eat.
Acorn meal was a staple food of the Native Americans of the west coast of North America. I prepared it once; once. Not only is the labor of picking up acorns literally back-breaking, the process of leaching them, drying them, and grinding them – before they can be cooked, which is a tricky business itself – is more than my modern self wants to endure. Acorns are still important food for livestock. My goats love to (over) eat them. In Spain, I was introduced to “black leg ham” from pigs fed only on acorns. Delicious.
Magically, the oak wand is used to maintain a strong center under adverse conditions. Or, in beneficial circumstances, oak wands are used for help in creating openings to new realms of understanding. Acorns are magical, of course, and are featured in many European fairy tales.
Oak bark is used medicinally as an antiseptic, astringent, and tonic. The tea – four tablespoons of bark per half-gallon of water simmered for ten minutes, and taken half a cup at a time – is said to shrink goiter, reduce glandular inflammation, stop diarrhea, restore loss of voice and ease coughs, dry up mouth sores, and bring down fever.
The Iroquois considered oak an aid for “when your woman goes off and won’t come back.” To cure sinus problems and infections, they smoked the leaves and exhaled the healing smoke through the nose. A strong infusion of the bark or leaves is used as a sitz bath to ease hemorrhoids, fistulas, vaginal discharges, and chronic pelvic pain. Poultices of the leaves are applied to heal stings, bruises, ulcers, broken bones, swellings, and painful joints. Oak is also of value as a wash to remove dandruff and encourage hair growth, and to heal varicose veins, sore eyes, umbilical stumps, burns, and oozing sores.
Oak trees are sacred to Taranis, Indra, Jupiter, Yahweh, Ukho, Rhea, Cybele, Thor, Artemis, Brigid, Balder, the Erinyes, and the Kikonian Maenads.
“My roots touch the Earth’s heart.
My leaves touch the Bear’s heart.
I am the Queen, I am the oracle,
I am the center of the whirling Universe,
I am the door of the year.
I am the mill shaft; I am the axle.
Around my stillness all is motion.
I am fullness and promises fulfilled.
I am love’s memory; I am love’s grandchild.”
- Susun Weed

The Elements & Correspondence

  The Elements have been apart of man's ancient and arcane lore since its inception in pre-historic times. Different traditions associate them with various things. From Starhawk's "Spiral Dance" this list of Correspondences.

AIR -Direction: East.
Rules: The mind - all mental, intuitive and psychic work, knowledge, abstract learning,theory, windswept hills, plains, windy beaches, high mountain peaks, high towers, wind and breath.
Time: Dawn.
Season: Spring.
Colors: White, bright yellow, crimson, blue-white.
Signs of the Zodiac: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius.
Tools: Athame, sword, censer.
Spirits: Sylphs, ruled by King Paralda.
Angel: Michael.
Name of the East Wind: Eurus.
Sense: Smell.
Jewel: Topaz.
Incense: Galbanum.
Plants:Frankencense,myrrh,pansy, primrose,vervain,violet, yarrow.
Tree: Aspen.
Animals: Birds.
Goddesses: Aradia, Arianrhod, Cardea, Nuit, Urania.
Gods: Enlil, Khephera, Mercury, Shu, Thoth.

FIRE - Direction: South.
Rules: Energy, spirit,heat,flame,blood, sap,life, will, healing and destroying, purification, bonfires,
hearth fires, candle flames, sun, deserts, volcanoes, eruptions, explosions.
Time: Noon.
Season: Summer.
Colors:Red, gold, crimson,orange, white(the sun's noon light).
Signs of the Zodiac: Aries, Leo, Saggitarius.
Tools: Censer, wand.
Spirits: Salamanders, ruled by King Djin.
Angel: Ariel.
Name of the South Wind: Notus.
Sense: Sight.
Jewel: Fire Opal.
Incense: Olibanum.
Plants:Garlic,hibiscus, mustard, nettle, onion, red peppers, red poppies.
Tree: Almond in flower.
Animals: Fire-breathing dragons, lions, horses (when their hooves strike sparks).
Goddesses: Brigit, Hestia, Pele, Vesta.
Gods: Agni, Hephaestus, Horus, Vulcan.

WATER: Direction: West.
Rules: Emotions,feelings, love,courage, daring,sorrow, the ocean, the tides, lakes, pools, streams, and
rivers, springs and wells, intuition, the unconscious mind, the womb, generation, fertility.
Time: Twilight.
Season: Autumn.
Colors: Blue, blue-green, green, gray, indigo, black.
Signs of the Zodiac: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces.
Tools: Cup.
Spirits: Undines, ruled by King Niksa.
Angel: Raphael.
Name of the West Wind: Zephyrus.
Sense: Taste.
Jewel: Aquamarine.
Incense: Myrrh.
Plants: Ferns,lotus,mosses,rushes, seaweed,water, lillies, and all water plants.
Tree: Willow.
Animals: Dragons (as serpents), dolphins and porpoises,
fish, seals and sea mammals, water-dwelling snakes, all water creatures and sea birds.
Goddesses: Aphrodite, Isis, Mariamne, Mari, Tiamat.
Gods: Dylan, Ea, Llyr, Manannan, Osiris, Neptune, Poseidon.

EARTH: Direction: North.
Rules:The body, growth, nature, sustenance, material gain, money, creativity, birth, death, silence,
chasms, caves, caverns, groves, fields, rocks, standing stones, mountains, crystal, jewels, metal.
Time: Midnight.
Season: Winter.
Colors: Black, brown, green, white.
Signs of the Zodiac: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn.
Tools: Pentacle.
Spirits: Gnomes, ruled by King Ghob.
Angel: Gabriel.
Name of the North Wind: Boreas, Ophion.
Sense: Touch.
Jewel: Rock crystal, salt.
Incense: Storax.
Plants: Comfrey, ivy, grains: barley, oats, corn, rice, rye, wheat.
Tree: Oak.
Animals: Cow or  bull, bison,snakes (earth-dwelling), stag.
Goddesses: Ceres, Demeter, Geae, Mah, Nephthys, Persephone, Prithivi, Rhea, Rhiannon.
Gods: Adonis,Athos,Arawn, Cernunnos,Dionysus,Marduk, Pan, Tammuz.

ETHER: Direction: Center and circumference, throughout and about.
Rules: Transcendence, tranformation, change, everywhere and nowhere, within and without, the void, immanence.
Time: Beyond time, all time is one.
Season: The turning wheel.
Colors: Clear, white, black.
Tools: Cauldron.
Sense: Hearing.
Plant: Mistletoe.
Tree: The flowering almond.
Animal: Sphinx.
Goddesses: Isis, the Secret Name of the Goddess, Shekinah.
Gods: Akasha, IAO, JHVH.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Blue Moon, Lammas and Crystals

Full Blue Moon, Crystals and Lammas July 31, 2015 

This year comes a very unique pairing and that is the blue moon at the time of Lammas or what is considered the first harvest. 

The term "Blue Moon" seems to have been attached to a familiar and common event in only the last 30 years. It does not even involve the color blue. When we can view a full moon two times in one calendar month, this is referred to as a "blue moon." Some individuals claim that the second calendar Full Moon was based on the phrase "once in a blue moon." Yet, in truth, that seems strange since the "two full moons" in a calendar month happens about once every 2.5 years. 

Metaphysically, the Blue Moon represents our rare opportunity to fully express ourselves through communication and clarity of expression. The symbolic blue energy represents our Throat Chakra. Use this rare occasion to open up, relay your inner thoughts and creativiy. What are you yearning to express? What's the motivation behind your communication? What kind of signals are you sending? Utilize this blue-moon-moment in time to contemplate your spoken and unspoken articulations 


This ancient festival is celebrated as the beginning of the harvest season that was historically observed throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. It is named after the Celtic god, Lugh, "The Shining One", skilled in many arts including smith craft, a champion warrior, hero, even harpist and poet. 

In mythology, Lugh overpowered a primitive Earth god to conquer the harvest time for his people. It is honored by religious ceremonies, athletic contests, feasting on foods from the first harvest, matchmaking couples and trading goods. Homage and respects would be paid by climbing to tops of hills and mountains, visiting wells and springs and offering the first corn, bilberries and baskets of wheat in thanks. 

When the Christians adopted this holiday and called it Lammas, the festival shifted slightly to align with the harvesting of potatoes. This is typically around the last Sunday of July (Garlic Sunday). By the early Middle Ages, the Christians essentially replaced the god Lugh, with the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. 

Even now, on the last Sunday in July, a mass pilgrimage climb Croagh Patrick in County Mayo. This 2 mile walk up the rocky mount (many with bare and bleeding feet) is a testament to the power of this holiday. 

Celebrated all over the world and in different cultures including the festival of Lleu, Calan Awst (Wales), Lugudunum (Lyons), Lammas (Christians), Garlic Sunday (Ireland), Lughnasadh (Ireland, Scotland) 

Crystal Associations with the Blue Moon 

Embracing the energies of the moon can be a great tool when you are doing any kind of empowerment work. The moon has a powerful relationship to our lives. The moon's influence can be seen by its connection to the Earth's tides. There is a connection to the moon and the intuitive aspect of one's nature. The phases of the moon relate to seasons, color, menstrual cycles, life cycles and along with the sun, the moon's energy is a higher conductor and amplifier of our moods and emotions. 


This is a precious blue stone (great for the blue moon) which promotes self discipline, tidiness, courage, trust, accomplishments, harmony, positive attitude, patience and tolerance. It highly reduces disorganization, scattered thinking and distractions. 

In addition, other stones to represent a blue moon can include: 

Angelite (Blue Anhydrite): 

This stone is excellent at balancing, polarizing and aligning the physical body with the Aura or ethereal network. It is very calming and its shade of blue refreshes the eyes and spirit. This crystal helps us to be in touch with angels and animal guides, as well as assisting in distant communication with other humans. It is most associated with the Angelic Realm. Most effective on the Throat Chakra, Angelite helps in self expression, communication and allows us to speak our mind, helping us to become more assertive. Its soothing effects on the Throat Chakra works beautifully in calming and soothing anxiety or overactive children. Use this stone to call your Angels for guidance and support. Angelite is often used for psychic connection to oneness with the Universe, the angelic realm and for spiritual guidance. Angelite is utilized for heightened sensory awareness, which also makes it great for Astral travel. 

Aqua Aura: 

Clear quartz with metallic light blue tint from electrical infusion of gold (amplifies quartz conductivity). Created by treating crystals of natural quartz with an infusion of pure gold. Quartz is placed in a pressurized chamber at high temperature and exposed to pure vaporized gold. The resulting bond creates the rich blue color called Aqua Aura. This is truly a `master' vibrational crystal, as with all energies the conscious use of this energy towards enlightenment is always the prime goal. Aqua Aura Quartz has an energy that can enhance one's intuition and communication, calm one's nerves, and energize one's mental abilities. It is also said to help one's inner beauty to shine, and to attract wealth and success. 


This stone has the calming, soothing energy of the sea. This is the stone of courage. Tranquilizing, uplifting, openness, innocence, lightheartedness, creativity, communication, self-awareness, confidence, purpose. Throat, Spleen, Heart Chakra. Used for protection on journeys, especially those who travel on water. Affects etheric and mental levels. Helps stabilize and harmonize unsettled surroundings. Helps reduce fears. Has an affinity with sensitive and mystical people. Increases creativity and sharpens intuition. Excellent stone for meditation. Helps one attune to nature. Quiets the mind and reduces stress. Helps bring about a tolerance toward others. Recommended as a purifier of the throat and helps sore throats. Clears blocked communication and aids the user in verbal expression. 

Blue Band Agate: 

This stone represents the spiritual aspects of our life. The sky and the ocean give us the feeling that life is an endless process. Blue is the greatest healing power in the world. Blue is the color of purity and those who carry this stone with them can obtain a sense of calmness, peace, serenity, and beauty. The Throat Chakra is energized by blue. Through the throat, we express ourselves, connecting with sound and voice, carrying power with our words. Blue banded agate helps with this task. This crystal energy is peaceful and soothing. Calms tired nerves, alleviating agony and pain we suffer from physical stress. It has a pacifying effect over our nervous system and brings us great relaxation. Blue banded agate reveals the layers of a cool, soothing and sedative sense of self. 

Blue Lace Agate: 

Helps to focus on the inner source of love within you that transforms and heals all wounds. Contains the qualities of flight, air, movement, and grace. Highly inspirational when working with the inner self. Works well with not only the Throat Chakra, but the Heart, Third Eye and Crown Chakra. Strengthens hereditary skeletal structure, outward manifested growths, such as arthritis. 

Blue Calcite: 

Eases pain (especially back)This stone works well at the Throat Chakra and has been used to help with degenerative issues such as arthritis. Blue Calcite relieves depression, lowers blood pressure and dissolves pain. This gentle stone coddles and calms its user as it helps absorb negative energy and thought patterns that work against you. A wonderful stone for anxiety, it works great for soothing raw nerves. 


White, clear and cool blue, celestite gets its name from the sky. It's gentle nature soothes nerves, reduces stress and quiets the mind. It allows us to find serenity, harmony and easiness. It creates stillness for receiving, therefore allowing us connection to spirit, life overview and creativity. Celestite increases self-expression, artistic creativity and healing. This stone helps the Throat Chakra by allowing for honesty, openness and listening. The celestial blue color helps reduce stress, worry and anxiety. 

Blue Chalcedony: 

Properties: Known as a nurturing stone, it encourages the harmony, benevolence, generosity and humility of its owner. It absorbs negative energy and dissipates it, therefore, decreasing hostility, easing self-doubt and transforming sadness and melancholy into joy! It has been known to make one more reflective. It can be used to assist one in thought transmission through telepathy, helping you to remain open, enthusiastic and positive. A wondeful stone for enhancing good will, brotherhood and group stability. It is one of the best stone for easing bad dreams. Different varieties of this stone also have the following added benefits: benefits the Throat Chakra, therefore it is a wonderful stone for improving communications and listening skills. It improves mental and verbal flexibility, dexterity, learning and memory. It helps one accept new situations, assimilate new ideas and stimulates creativity. One of the best stones for encouraging optimism, lightheartedness and self-perc eption. 

Lapis Lazuli: 

Lapis Lazuli is the stone of ancient knowledge and wisdom. Lapis resonates on a very high, harmonious level as it brings peace and deeper understanding when looking inward. It therefore, encourages inner self-knowledge, encourages self-awareness and will show you inner truth, when you really choose to look. A wonderful stone to work with for self-acceptance. It's deep blue color is like looking deep into an ocean of possibilities providing qualities of honesty, compassion and morality to the personality seeking balance. Lapis encourages creativity. It opens one up to self-expression. 


This stone is most recognized for healing, meditation and wisdom. This a good stone for general communication for self and writing. It is used for expressing logic and ideas due to its connection with the Throat Chakra. It is also used at the Brow Chakradue to the fact that it can access fine levels of intuitive information and promote the understanding of these concepts. It is also known to enhance community relationships. Considered a stone that is still evolving, sodalite can strongly affect changes in your attitude about yourself. It helps you be more objective and less critical about ways of dealing with existence. It is a stone associated with studying. This stone should be worn or carried around as a touch stone for a long period of time in order to reap its full benefits. 


This stone is most famous as an amazing over all healer for illnesses in the physical body and mental/emotional issues. Turquoise is known as a stone of protection and communication on every level. It is a stone most attune to the thymus gland. The thymus is located in the upper part of the chest between the heart and the throat and produces T-lymphocytes (white blood cells that fight infections and destroy abnormal cells). It is an important organ of the immune system. This is exactly why turquoise has an effect on the entire body. Use turquoise at the Throat Chakra, to encouraging communication between heart and mind as well as expressing your desires and dreams. It opens the Throat Chakra, for clear communication, creativity, serenity, spiritual bonding and uplifting through verbal expression. Turquoise can be placed at the Heart Chakra to energize the thymus, heart and immune system. Opens this Chakra for giving and receiving. Symbolizes our source (spirit/sky) and spirit ual love for healing and helping. It is known as the stone which connects heaven and earth.

Andrew Pacholyk, MS L.Ac 

Monday, June 15, 2015

If Dove has flown into your life:
She may be reminding you that in order to soar, you must know when to move your wings and when to allow the wind to take you to new heights. If you were to sit on a branch looking to the sky and hoping the wind will simply pick you up, you would never move. You must surrender and allow the wind to support your wings. Get moving and experience the exhilaration of flying higher and higher. 
Alternatively Dove could be letting you know that you need to simply stop and take a few deep breaths. Let go of the turmoil that is currently surrounding you and find peace within you. Know that what you see right now is reality shifting in ways you never thought possible and that what you are truly looking for is just around the corner. The most chaos happens just before your dreams come true.

In the past week my life has indeed become stressful. And not because of important matters. Oh no...minutae, molehills becoming mountains, personal attacks on my character that are not only unkind but unwarranted. Yesterday, as I was walking from my car to pick up a custom manifestation oil my friend Sabrina had created for me a dove perched on a wire above started talking to me. I spoke back and gave her lots of love. She ducked her head and watched me as I spoke kindly to her. When I stopped speaking she called back. It took me until today to look up her message. Timely and so very comforting.