Labradorite: a flash of inspiration

The Hazel Tree

I’ve raided my crystal cabinet again!   Labradorite is a stone that needs to be held in the hand, and it will enchant you with its spectacular flashes of colour…  

Labradorite 3At first glance, Labradorite appears to be a dark brownish grey, slightly translucent, like smoky glass;   but turn it to and fro in the light and you’ll be astonished at its hidden depths.   Layers and fractures within the rock flash with iridescence:  peacock blue, turquoise, green, gold, orange and even pink.  It’s almost as if a rainbow has been petrified.

If I were a geologist, I would tell you that labradorite is a plagioclase feldspar, composed of a sodium calcium aluminium silicate.   It rarely forms into crystals, occurring more widely in ‘massive’ form, and the cut fragments are then polished.

Labradorite 4 Showing the stone’s translucence

The secret of labradorite lies in its molecular structure, which consists of…

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Lapis lazuli: a piece of heaven on earth

The Hazel Tree

If the ancient gods had a favourite gemstone, it’s likely to have been lapis lazuli.  Few precious stones have a history that goes back so far, with so many exquisite carvings and artefacts to show for it.

Lapis 1Lapis lazuli takes its name from ‘lapis’ (in Latin, ‘stone’) and the Old French ‘azur’ which is derived from ‘Lajward’, a place in Turkestan where the stone was mined.   It was so prized by ancient peoples of the Middle East that it was known as ‘blue gold’.  The city of Ur in Mesopotamia is said to have traded in lapis, and excavations of nearby royal tombs revealed thousands of statuettes of animals, all carved from beautiful blue lapis.

The Egyptians loved lapis lazuli because it was the colour of the heavens, and they believed that it offered protection from evil.  They imported it from Syria and Palestine, and carved…

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Three-Card Spreads: The Essentials

Mary K. Greer's Tarot Blog

The three-card spread is one of the most basic formats for quick-and-easy tarot readings. Yet, it can be surprisingly deep and insightful. It is perfect for a daily journal or when friends or people at parties want you to demonstrate what you do. Furthermore, the three-card spread is amazingly flexible as I hope to demonstrate. Most of these spreads are laid out in a row, left to right, although any pattern is fine.
Updated!!Check out some new spreads at the end.

Probably everyone is familiar with the basic timeline spread:

  • PAST

Most of you will have used the following inner trinity for a quick diagnostic as it shows what’s going on at  three levels of experience:

  • BODY
  • MIND

An interesting variation on this is:

  • HEAD – What does my Head want?
  • HEART – What does my Heart want?
  • SOUL – What does my Soul want?


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What does it mean to be a priestess or priest of Isis?


In the earlier days of the NeoPagan community, there was often a general assumption that “we are all priestesses or priests of the Deities.” It was meant to combat “high priestess disease,” assert our equality before the Divine, and empower the individual.

All worthy goals, indeed.

While I have always been sympathetic to that position, I don’t fully agree with it. I believe we all have the potential to be priestesses or priests. I believe we can all have a deeply meaningful personal relationship with the Deity or Deities of our choice. But being a priestess or priest is a particular kind of relationship; a particularly worthwhile one if you find yourself attracted to Isis.

If you are already a priestess or priest of a particular Deity or in a particular tradition, you have, no doubt, done some thinking on this topic. If you are not, then you may decide, sometime in the…

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Gemstone of the Day: Turquoise


Turquoise is known as a master healer; it is worn for protection, health and
good fortune.

Turquoise lifts depression and gives self-confidence while promoting endurance.


Turquoise represents the sky, according to the American Indians, and brings blessings from above.

Turquoise is an effective treatment for throat and lung infections, and it alleviates pain from stomach aches.

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Isis Fire

Brilliant as always!


It is deep winter. For many of us, it is an extremely cold winter this year. So our topic for the day is an antidote to butt freezing. Let us warm ourselves beside the Holy Fire of Isis. For Isis is a fiery Goddess indeed.

In Egypt, fire could represent life and renewal—very Isiac concepts as you well know. During his rejuvenating Sed festival, the king kindled a “new” fire that symbolized his magically renewed life. The Sun was known to be a living fire Whose birthplace and home is the Isle of Fire. The protective uraeus serpent Who coils on the brow of Re, as well as other Deities and royals, spits poisonous fire and fiery light comes forth from Her throat. Many Goddesses took the form of this fire-spitting serpent, among Them, from an early period, Isis.

The Egyptians also considered fire to be purifying and protective. In Late…

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Early Feminist Margaret Fuller & Isis

Phenomenal post!


Almost from the moment I began to think about my own spirituality, I intuited that I needed the Divine Feminine, the Goddess—a Deity in Whose image I, a woman, could be considered to have been created.

I joyfully credit feminism with offering not only me, but our society as a whole, the freedom to consider that Deity not only could be feminine, but had been for a very long time. Like maybe forever. With this freedom, in time, I found what my soul and spirit needed in Isis.

Indeed, I have always considered Isis’ myth to be a pretty strongly feminist tale, especially for its day. I’ve written about that here.

As it turns out, Isis has been inspiring feminists for quite a long time. Only recently I discovered that Margaret Fuller, a journalist and prominent early women’s rights advocate, also had a thing for Isis. More on that in…

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