So, What Is It You Do Exactly? A Recent Visitor Wanted To Know…

One thing magical practitioners have in common throughout history and around the world today is curiosity – the quest for knowledge. We are the original inquiring minds who want to know. There is a reason that so many of the first books printed were grimoires – books of magic – on the whole, magical practitioners are great readers.

There is only one thing better than learning from a book, and that is learning from one another. I have created this space in keeping with the inquiring, questing minds and spirits of magical practitioners. I hope you come away with ideas and information that intrigue and inspire you, and that you find useful.

The Nature of Magic

Magic, at its most basic, is the science of Earth’s hidden powers. Its practice is also an art. Magic is a science in that performing a spell requires research and awareness of the methods of magic. It is an art in the sense that you must follow your intuition and be creative. In the practice of magic, you will blend art and science to bend the natural forces to your will and bring about your desired outcomes.

While there is a host of schools, philosophies, methods, and traditions related to the practice of magic – folk magic, natural magic, ceremonial magic and sympathetic magic for example – all share a fundamental metaphysical wisdom. This wisdom, which is common to all magical tradition and knowledge, is that there is an inherent energy radiating from Earth and from all living things. This magical power, this capacity for magic, radiates from people, animals, plants, and stones. It is the existence of this power that defines what, in magical terms, is considered “alive.”

To be in the presence of life’s radiant energy is to receive blessings. Although some, throughout time, have learned to manipulate magic powers for malevolent purposes, magic is intrinsically a positive, sacred energy. The goal of magic is to tap into an energy so generous and powerful that all aspects of life improve. The power can be transferred, transmitted, increased and amplified.

Power is contained within a book, plant or crystal regardless of whether human taps into it. The most potent magical books, crystals, and tools retain and radiate their power and energy forever. So, magic is a partnership between human and other Earth energies. Whether magic is used for good or ill depends upon your intent, not the inherent nature of power.

Everyone and everything that exist naturally on Earth, and whatever is constructed from naturally occurring parts, possess the capacity for power. This power expresses itself simultaneously on all planes – physical, mental, spiritual, emotional and sexual. So claim and affirm your birthright! Declare your spells in the present tense. Speak your charms as if your intention is already achieved – and so it is.

Types of Magic

There are different types of magic, some common ones are:

  • Folk Magic. Includes old superstitions and folk practices and continues to have power today. Examples include tossing salt over your shoulder or burying a statue of St. Joseph upside down in your yard to speed the sale of your house.
  • Ceremonial Magic. Entails performing rituals using specific props and speaking elaborate words. This is also known as High Magic.
  • Sympathetic Magic. The use of objects that represent your desired outcome. As part of a spell casting, you might, for example, turn on your shower to make it rain.
  • Natural Magic. The use of herbs, crystals, and candles to direct energy. This type of magic incorporates the Sun, Moon, and planets.

Fundamental to the philosophy of these types of magic is the concept that anything occurring naturally on Earth – human, plant, animal, stone, metal or element – is alive according to the magical definition. Anything that radiates magical power in any degree is perceived to be alive.

The manner in which different entities are alive, however, is not identical. A stone, for example, is alive in a different way than an animal. Those things that lack life – plastic bottles and mass-produced goods, for example – contain no power, and are of little value in the practice of magic.

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It’s Official: Pets Benefit Our Mental Health

A new meta-analysis of 17 academic papers finds evidence that having a pet benefits people with mental health problems. The research also reviews the pet owners’ testimonials, laying out the various ways that pets offer them much-needed solace.

Pets provide invaluable support for people with mental health problems.

An increasing amount of research is pointing to the benefits of pets for people with mental health issues.

For instance, a large study interviewed people living with conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder.

The findings revealed that having a pet offers people a deep sense of “ontological security” — that is, the feeling of stability, continuity, and meaning in one’s life.

Another study that we reported on described the findings of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which encouraged parents to get their children a pet; having a dog staved off anxiety and was linked to a lower body mass index (BMI).

Now, a systematic review of these studies — and more — analyzes the evidence suggesting that pets benefit people with serious mental health problems.

The review was led by Dr. Helen Louise Brooks, from the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom, and the findings were published in the journal BMC Psychiatry.

Studying pets and mental health problems

Dr. Brooks and her colleagues searched nine medical databases and screened more than 8,000 articles before narrowing down their review to 17 papers.

The papers looked at the effect of having cats, dogs, hamsters, finches, and even goldfish on the mental well-being of people living with a mental illness.

Specifically, participants included in the studies had either been diagnosed with a serious mental health condition or a mental health condition that was linked to a physical health problem or developmental disorder. The review also included self-reported mental illness.

Overall, the review found that pets helped these participants to manage their emotions and offered a distraction from the symptoms of their mental health condition.

How pets benefit our mental health

The pets were perceived as providing unconditional love and support and helping to ease feelings of worry, distress, and loneliness.

“Pets provided acceptance without judgment, giving unconditional support, which [participants] were often not receiving from other family or social relationships,” adds Dr. Brooks.

Additionally, some owners said that their pet forced them to stay connected with the outside world and engage in physical activity. Some pets — such as dogs — were found to encourage social interaction and strengthen community ties.

Having a pet also helped the people to keep a strong sense of “identity, self-worth, and existential meaning.”

One participant said, “[W]hen I was so depressed, I was kind of suicidal. […] The thing that made me stop was wondering what the rabbits would do. That was the first thing I thought of and I thought, oh yeah, I can’t leave because the rabbits need me.”

“My best quality is that I love animals and I take care of animals,” said another participant. “Other than that, I can’t think of anything really outstanding.”

“When he comes and sits up beside you on a night,” said another pet owner, “it’s different, you know, it’s just, like, he needs me as much as I need him, sort of thing.”

Pets should be included in patient care plans

Study co-author Dr. Kelly Rushton comments on the significance of the findings, saying, “We feel that pet ownership has a valuable contribution to mental health, so should be incorporated into individual care plans of patients.”

This sort of intervention also offers an opportunity to involve patients in their own mental health service provision through open discussion of what works best for them.”

Dr. Kelly Rushton

Dr. Brooks agrees with this, adding, “This review suggests that pets can provide benefits to those with mental health conditions.”

“However,” she says, “further research is required to test the nature and extent of this relationship and the range of roles and types of support pets confer in relation to mental health.”

February 15th eclipse at the Aquarius New Moon

Although the eclipse on February 15th is a partial one, it still packs a strong astrological punch. There is a powerful compression of energies in the chart of the New Moon with six planets falling within a 30-degree arc, plus the North Node of fate, plus Juno, the asteroid of marriage and spiritual union.  You can see what a driver this New Moon will be to push us out of a deep sleep or unconsciousness into an awakened state.  A strong Jupiter aspect at the New Moon adds a grace card but also suggests that we may overreact to these energies and exhaust ourselves.  Care should be taken to stay grounded during the period around the New Moon because Aquarius (and Uranus, a strong influence here) are electromagnetic in nature and can burn out the nervous system if we aren’t careful. Loved ones will play an important part in the transitions during this lunar event.

Jupiter is in a tight square to the New Moon, showering us with hope and a longing to be more, have more and do more than ever before.  We are also filled with new ideas thanks to a strong Uranus influence which helps us to see past the boundaries of the past into ways to find innovative new experiences.  Uranus rules Aquarius (modern ruler) so it rules this New Moon as well and accentuates the power of this New Moon to break us out of any ruts we have fallen into and move into a more authentic mode of being. Like any New Moon, this is a time of new beginnings – a time to set new intentions for new blessings to bring into our life.  But this New Moon carries with it an additional push to help us to clarify and intensify those intentions into reality – to write our own story and see it unfold. 

The potential for mental exhaustion is strong between the New Moon and the 17th of February so if you can schedule some rest time after the effervescence of the New Moon has subsided, it will help you to find greater integration.

February Heart Month

February is American Heart Month. Globally, heart disease and stroke remain the number one cause of death. The American Heart Association and other organizations have spent the month reminding us to be physically active, eat a healthy diet, stop smoking, lose weight, and manage our cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure. All very sound advice.

But I’d like to talk about another risk factor that doesn’t get near enough air time: the impact of social isolation and loneliness on the heart.

Studies repeatedly show that people who feel lonely or socially isolated are at an increased risk for coronary heart disease and stroke, and have a greater risk of dying prematurely. Good friends can do more for our health than exercising or smoking cessation. That’s right. The science shows that the increased risk of heart disease from social isolation is essentially the same as for smoking, being obese or not exercising.

Since 1972, General Social Surveys have been conducted annually to gather data on how Americans think and feel about a wide range of topics. Shockingly, the survey data show that, compared to 1985, we are three times more likely to report having no friends, with almost 25% of people reporting that they have zero confidants. Wow. That literally makes my heart hurt.

Most of us have felt lonely at some point in our lives. That feeling of separation, of yearning for deeper social connections. That feeling can be short-lived or linger for months or years.  We work long hours. We bring our work home. The news is 24/7, with stories that often make us feel anxious or upset. We are constantly checking emails and text messages, which can be helpful for staying connected, but let’s face it, it also removes us from interacting with the people around us. How many times have you been with someone who was texting over dinner? Talk about feeling separated.

I don’t think social media and digital communication are bad. I love the little touch points I get from a text sent by my family or friends.  I don’t think watching television is all that harmful. Who doesn’t like watching an old Star Trek rerun or a great football game? But when not used smartly, these technologies can take away from the time and energy we could be putting into real human relationships. Is the television playing in the background because no one in the family is talking? Are we spending hours online so we don’t notice that we feel alone and isolated?

Human beings are relational; we need companionship, we need people to share with, and those we can turn to for support. This requires us to be vulnerable, to be willing to risk and trust. It means making time to cultivate and nurture our relationships with people that matter to us. In a society hardwired for independence, not interdependence, this can sometimes be hard.

Take the American Heart Association’s counsel when it comes to reducing the risk of heart disease. And add friendship, social connections, shared meals, and family bonds to the list. Put down the cell phone and be present. Turn off the television and ask your kids or partner to tell you about their day. And if you are feeling lonely, remember the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The only way to have a friend is to be one.” 

A recent study by Brigham Young University shows that a surprising epidemic is lurking in our everyday modern lives; loneliness (defined as being socially isolated) has now been proven to be extremely dangerous to your long-term health. After looking at more than a 140 studies, researchers found that being socially isolated is linked to premature death and can be just as harmful as the effects of smoking or obesity. We now know that feeling lonely is so much more than just an unpleasant experience.

But how does loneliness–a natural human feeling we all experience sometimes–become such a serious threat to one’s health? The answer seems to be connected to another major health concern: depression., Humans may be more connected than ever through screens and social networks but we are becoming less and less physically connected. Many extended families no longer share homes; making elder care and parenting responsibilities more and more independent. We take care of many of our needs through the magic of being connected online but may be lacking in the social connection department.

There is more than a kernel of truth in the old saying “no man is an island.” We need each other, and that goes beyond the physical to the emotional self too. Another wise adage is “a problem shared is a problem halved.” Think of the relief you feel when after a long trying day, you tell a trusted loved one your troubles. They listen intently and you feel the validation and understanding of another who shares in the human experience. It’s the very essence of social healing.

So how then, do we combat the health dangers of loneliness? One surprising answer is learning to love solitude. We’re so often directed to “learn to love ourselves” when faced with a personal crisis or extended periods of alone time. But what, really, does that mean? Learning to be your own best friend and companion sounds lovely on paper but what is solitude really?

It is a state of being that is very much removed from the pain of loneliness.

Solitude may be defined as cultivating (and enjoying) your relationship with yourself. Counterintuitively, when you know yourself well, you can form stronger, more meaningful bonds with others. And when you spend time alone in a positive way, being alone with your thoughts, you can reflect on issues big and small. Give your brain and body space to be its real self and through knowing yourself, you can more easily build healthy bonds with others.

One way to explore solitude is to get in touch with nature. Leave the technology behind and let the rhythm of your steps and breath come into sync in a natural setting. Nature makes it easy, but you need not plan a trip to an exotic locale to reconnect. Time spent on your porch, or sitting in a comfortable chair by the window simply being with yourself, is as worthy as any other moment of solitude. The point is to listen to your own needs, let the noise of everyday demands (no matter how loving they may be) quiet down for a spell as you open your awareness. Cultivating solitude means also cultivating mindfulness.

You may be surprised to find peace. You may notice you have been empathetically mirroring the speeds of others and the sweetness of solitude is a chance to dance again to the rhythm of your own drum. You may find yourself finally “seeing the forest for the trees” and have a revelation of a personal need you’d set aside. You may see your relationships to others much more clearly with some space. You may remember how much you loved something, like photography, or reading, and you can choose to spend more time letting your passions be fruitful.

When the noise of life is reduced, your thoughts have a little more room for much needed quiet. Solitude can give the amazing gift of perspective, along with a much-needed dose of relaxation.

Learning to enjoy solitude can be an antidote to loneliness (especially when you are forced to be alone). Teach others to learn to love solitude and give the gift of solitude to others when they need it. It can be a great pleasure, and keeping yourself company is a skill many people truly cherish. It’s a tool you can use to reconnect and rekindle your relationships, especially the one with yourself.

Loneliness can have severe detriments to your health, but it is not the same as solitude. I often find solitude to hold many joys and comforts.

— Tieraona Low Dog, M.D.

Meditation and Heart Health

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Practitioners of meditation have long known that training the mind can profoundly benefit the body. The American Heart Association agrees. In 2017, the AHA released its first-ever scientific guidelines on meditation, stating that regular sitting meditation practice may help reduce the risk of heart disease. They encourage learning to meditate alongside other heart-healthy lifestyle changes like diet and exercise. Whether practiced as part of a larger spiritual tradition, or simply as a relaxation technique, meditation has a powerful ability to calm down the body’s stress response. This can lead to better sleep, less anxiety, less depression, and lower blood pressure – all good for cardiovascular health. The AHA also points out some studies that suggest meditation can help people who are trying to quit smoking. Once again, this a powerful reminder of just how closely our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being are all intertwined.

Crocus Lore

COMMON NAME:  Crocus
GENUS:  Crocus
Species, Hybrids, Cultivars:
Blue; C. biflorus, C. imperati, C. siebert, C. tomasinianus, C. versicolor; yellow: C. aureus, C. chrysanthus, C. korolkowii, C. sulphureus concolor, C. susianus; white: C. fleischeri, C. laevigatus, C. speciosus {fall}. Dutch crocus cultivars-blue: Enchantress, Pickwick, Queen of the Blues, Remembrance, Striped Beauty; white: Jeanne d’Arc, Peter Pan, Snowstorm; yellow: Golden Yellow, Yellow Mammoth.
FAMILY: Iridaceae
BLOOMS: Winter, spring, fall
TYPE: Perennial
DESCRIPTION: A multitude of crocuses are available today in colors ranging from white to blue, purple, and yellow, and with blooming seasons in late winter, early spring, and autumn. The leaves are linear and grasslike; the blossoms cup-shaped and proportionally large. Winter-blooming varieties generally grow to a height of 3 inches. Spring-and fall-blooming species are usually a bit taller, 4 to 5 inches.
CULTIVATION: Crocuses grow from corms, which should be planted 3 to 4 inches deep in early fall. Crocuses prefer soil that is light, sandy, and not too rich, and they will perform best in full sun or light shade. Do not cut the leaves, but let them die down naturally.

Crocuses are native to Spain, North Africa, and Mediterranean regions and have been known and used for centuries. According to Claire Shaver Haughton’s book  Green Immigrants, a jug decorated with crocuses and dating back to 1500 B.C. was found in Crete. The English Gardener, by Leonard Maeger, reported a scroll from 1552 B.C. listing the medicinal uses of crocus.
Because crocus has been well known and loved by many civilizations, there are many stories about the origin of the plant. According to Greek mythology, Mercury created the flower from Crocus, Europa’s son whom Mercury accidentally killed. In another Greek legend, Crocus was a youth who fell in love with Smilax, who rejected him. Crocus was distraught and begged the gods to help him. The gods, taking pity on him, changed him into the lovely crocus plant. At this point, Crocus turned fickle, for he won the love of Smilax but then rejected her, and the gods turned her into a yew.
The oldest cultivated crocus is C, sativus, which is the source of the herb saffron. The Mongols are said to have carried this plant to China. The first record of crocus coming to England was in the sixteenth century when it arrived in the Elizabethan court from the Mideast. It became quite popular there and was mentioned by Shakespeare, Francis Bacon, and the herbalist John Gerard.

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A dye made from the stigmas of crocus was quite valuable, and golden cloth dyed with crocus was worn by wealthy aristocrats in both Europe and the Orient. King Henry VIII of England outlawed sheets dyed with saffron. His reasoning was that dyed sheets were not washed as often as white ones, and thus presented a health hazard.
The genus name, Crocus, is from the Greek word krokos, which means “thread” and refers to the stigmas {the tips of the pistils on which pollen is deposited during pollination}, particularly those of the saffron crocus. Saffron, which is collected from the stigmas of C. sativa, has been, and still is, quite valuable product. In 1983, the price of saffron was $4.59 for 1/40 of an ounce. This works out to be a little less than $3,000 per pound. It has been estimated, however, that it takes over 4,000 crocus blossoms to make up an ounce of saffron.
In addition to being used as a cooking herb, saffron has been used in perfumes, as medicine, and as a magical herb in certain religious rites. Many of the medicinal uses of saffron are somewhat questionable. Take, for example, the English custom of eating crocus seeds to help rheumatism on the right side of the body only. If drunk in beer, saffron was thought to strengthen teeth. The Roman statesman and writer Pliny suggested that if saffron was worn around the neck, it would dispel the odors of wine and prevent drunkenness. Because the Greek poet Homer wrote that crocus was used to make the marriage bed of Zeus and Hera, Greeks used crocus petals to decorate their own marriage beds and to strew throughout banquet halls and in fountains.
Saffron tea is still listed in some herbals as being useful in breaking a fever and is sometimes recommended for treating measles victims.
According to the Victorian language of flowers, crocus was a symbol of youthful gladness. Crocus has also been considered a symbol of mirth, perhaps because of the superstition that crocus creates merriment and causes much laughter. Crocus was also thought to inspire love and was often sent to lovers.

Winter Jasmine Lore

Common Name: Winter Jasmine
Genus: Jasminum
Species, Hybrids, Cultivators:
J. nudiflorum. J.polyanthuvigorous
vine; grown indoors; sprays of white blossoms.
J. mesnyi-primrose jasmine; evergreen vine with long, arching branches; lemon yellow flowers, February-April.
J. officinale-poet’s jasmine; small, white fragrant flowers in summer; not suitable for extremely cold climates; glossy, semi-evergreen leaves
Family: OLEACEAE
Blooms: Winter
Type: Perennial
Description: Bright yellow flowers on some species of this vine brighten up the winter garden. It can also be grown as a shrub. The flowers are 3/4 to 1-inch across and generally appear before the leaves, which are deciduous. The vines are graceful, green, and slender.

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Cultivation: Winter jasmine needs full sun or partial shade but is adaptable to a wide range of conditions. It is considered hardy and easy to grow, and most species withstand cold particularly well. Selective pruning of dead branches will improve the health and appearance of the plant.
Of the 200 species of jasmine known, only 15 are grown in gardens. The white jasmine was introduced to England from India by Vasco da Gama in the sixteenth century. It was particularly cherished for its scent and was often used in perfumes. The Chinese name for this plant is yeh-hsi-ming, which is probably from the Persian name ysmis, meaning “white flower.” An Italian legend says that the first person to grow jasmine in Italy was the Duke Cosimo de Medici. The Duke was inordinately proud of this plant and jealously forbade even a leaf of it to leave his garden. One of his young gardeners disobeyed this order and presented his fiancee with a branch of this beautiful plant. Together they planted this branch and were able to raise many more plants from it. These they sold at a very high price, making a tidy sum start housekeeping with. Since that time, Italian brides have worn a sprig of this jasmine on their wedding day as a token of good luck. In the Victorian language of flowers, white jasmine means amiability. Winter jasmine was introduced by English botanist Robert Fortune in 1844. It is the emblem of grace and elegance. The Carolina jessamine, the state flower of South Carolina, is not a true jasmine, The botanical name is  Gelsemium sempervirens, and it is in the Loganiaceae family. It blooms from early to late spring and has a sweet fragrance. Carolina jasmine is extremely poisonous, and consuming any part of the plant is said to result in paralysis or even death. It was used as medicine during the nineteenth century but was dropped for this purpose when its extremely poisonous properties were discovered.

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Benefits of Amethyst Gemstone

Amethyst gemstone offers certain benefits for body detoxification and health. This gem provides benefits similar to tourmalines, such as far-infrared radiation and negative ion emission. While the benefits of the amethyst gemstone are controversial, many applications of this stone are beginning to regain popularity. If you’re wondering how amethyst can improve your health, then please read on!

What Is Amethyst Gemstone?

Amethyst is a popular and relatively rare form of quartz. It’s a fairly hard gem and can be found within geodes all across the globe. Amethyst is usually available in crystal form or as a mass. Its lovely purple color may come from trace amounts of iron or manganese in its crystal lattice. Many stones on the market are not naturally colored; they are often heat treated to produce a darker shade of purple.

Throughout history, the purple, lilac, and lavender amethyst crystal have been associated with royalty. The crystals have also been used for a variety of health conditions throughout the ages, ranging from alcohol addiction and sleep disorders to pain and mental dysfunction. While research has yet to conclude that amethyst actually helps decrease symptoms associated with these health issues, emerging data displays amethyst as a powerful compound possibly helpful for detoxification.

How Can Amethyst Help You?

Amethyst produces small but detectable of magnetic fields. While high levels of magnetic fields are dangerous (particularly from electronics), the naturally-occurring magnetic fields from amethyst may actually produce favorable results in the body. Since the human body has its own magnetic field, proponents believe that amethyst interacts and exchanges energy with the body. The stone also absorbs and reflects far-infrared radiation, a type of long-wavelength radiation. Although controversial, far-infrared radiation is currently being studied for a variety of health benefits for the human body. Eight of these health benefits include:

1. Cell Regeneration

Far-infrared radiation is known to support healthy cell growth and regeneration. Scientific studies have shown that increasing infrared radiation may correspondingly increase energy levels in the body. This increase in energy is designed to promote the growth of healthy cells, possibly aiding in whole body growth. Currently, the majority of experiments that verify these findings have been conducted with animals; however, results indicate that similar activity may occur in humans.

2. Sleep Support

We also know from experiments with animals and humans that far-infrared regulation may modulate sleep patterns. The low level of heat emitted by amethyst crystals may help provide a sense of calm for the body, possibly providing favorable effects for supporting a healthy sleep cycle.

3. Blood Circulation

Far-infrared radiation has been shown to aid blood circulation, particularly microcirculation among the capillaries in the skin. For a time, scientists believed that the circulation benefit from far-infrared radiation was related to infrared heat. A recent study, however, showed that it actually wasn’t heat but the radiation itself that contributed to improved circulation.

4. Fluid Motility

Blood is not the only bodily fluid that improves in circulation ability in response to far-infrared radiation. The radiation increases the motility of lymph fluid and may support normal fluid balance in tissues.

5. Mood Support

In one recent study, far infrared radiation-emitting discs were placed under the pillows of subjects during sleep. Subjects with the radiation-emitting discs hidden underneath their pillows reported a statistically significant increase in overall life satisfaction. This was in direct comparison with those who had a placebo disc.

6. Antioxidant Activity

Almost everyone has heard the buzz about antioxidants, and most of the population is aware of the general health benefits associated with these natural compounds. Research indicates that exposure to far-infrared radiation may increase antioxidant activity within certain foods.

7. Wound Support

Far-infrared radiation may also promote repair mechanisms in skin tissue, especially for patients with diabetes-induced skin damage. Skin damage related to chronic and acute conditions and reconstructive surgeries may also benefit.

8. Bacteria Fighter

Last but not least, science shows that far-infrared radiation may aid in inhibiting bacterial growth by hindering the actions of certain growth-promoting enzymes. Scientists have found that it is far-infrared radiation specifically, and not merely the heat, which inhibits the growth of some bacteria in the body. Regular heat therapy doesn’t seem to offer the same effect.

These are only a few of the many possible benefits of far-infrared radiation via amethyst gemstone. Now, let’s turn our attention to the negative ions found in amethyst. While the term “negative” might indicate harm, these ions are actually essential for promoting our health.

3 Benefits of Amethyst-Generated Negative Ion Emission

Ions are atoms or molecules with an unequal number of protons and electrons. As electrons have a negative charge, an ion with more electrons than protons is called a negative ion. Because of this imbalance, they naturally seek out other molecules and compounds with which they can combine. According to some theories, negative ion emission could draw certain free radicals out of the body. Many people believe that amethyst crystals emit negative ions and can bring about the benefits of negative ion emission. Here are three benefits of negative ions:

1. Removing Toxic Particles from the Body

Negative ions appear to attract toxic particles. Studies have indicated that the size of the particles doesn’t matter.

2. Respiratory Support

If negative ions have the power to draw out toxic particles from the body, it may aid in respiration by removing these particles from the lungs. This could aid those with occasional congestion or other respiratory concerns. More research is needed, especially on humans, to find conclusive evidence for this benefit.

3. Removing Aerosol

Negative ion emission can remove dangerous chemicals like aerosol from the air and your body. Protecting your body from the potentially hazardous compounds is crucial for supporting health.

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Amethyst has many other benefits, including:

  • Assists in meditation and dream work
  • Enhances psychic abilities and intuition
  • Helps in breaking free from bad habits and limiting behaviors
  • Protects the physical environment from negative energies
  • Blocks geopathic stress
  • Brings peace and tranquility in the home
  • Calms the mind
  • Helps bring clarity in decision making
  • Reduces stress, anxiety, fear, and grief
  • Works with the third eye, crown, and upper chakras

Who can benefit from wearing amethyst?

Virtually everyone can benefit from wearing amethyst. We are in constant contact with other people and their energies, especially in the workplace, and the protective properties of amethyst do wonders in keeping you in harmony and free from picking up negative or unwanted energies from the environment.

Amethyst is a must-have for anyone working in healing professions. Those working with sick or mentally ill people will benefit as these people literally “suck” energy from you if you are not protected. The high vibration of amethyst will protect your energy field.

Amethyst is great to have in the home; it brings harmony and protection from outside influences into the environment. One of the best ways to work with amethyst is having it touch the skin by wearing jewelry.

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