I love October! It’s such a beautiful liminal space. One foot is still in summer, one foot is tiptoeing towards winter. The light! I love the golden afternoons when the sun is sitting just so in the sky and everything looks like it has a golden aura. I truly miss that about living in the Northern Hemisphere. Here in Costa Rica, the sun rises and sets at basically the same time every day year round. There is no magical autumn air. No crisp cool breeze on a sunny but cold day. No golden and red leaves on the ground and definitely no jack o’ lanterns, corn mazes, haunted houses or caramel apples. Can you tell I might be a teensy bit homesick? If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, take a moment to pause and enjoy the changing of the seasons for all of us expats along the equator. Seriously. Please do! If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, take a moment to pause and enjoy the changing of the season for all of us expats along the equator 🙂 And this equator-living expat will in turn send some palm tree vibes your way.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, on to my favorite things!
YOU HAVE GOT to check out these devotional candles! I think I need one of each. This is one of my favorites:
Our Lady of Social Media
Beloved Lady, I humbly request that you keep my feeds flowing, my character count in check and my likes and shares abundant.
Shine your favor upon me so that I have Wi-Fi wherever I am and that all my devices are fully charged at all times.
I implore you that my online communities always feel the digital love, my photos and posts are always responded to and that everything on my social media is always perceived as perfect, including me. Amen.
We Tried Medieval Divination– And It Worked (need I say more?)
I LOVE THIS idea! You can also do it with sugar for a different effect: Purify, Protect and Bless: How (and why) To Make A Salt Jar
OCTOBER IS ALSO the month cultures everywhere celebrate and honor their dead and their ancestors. From the archives: Dreaming with the Dead: How to Contact a Departed Loved One Through Dreams
Books and Audiobooks
THE BOUDICA SERIES by Manda Scott is divine. It’s hardly new, the first was published about 15 years ago, but it is new to Kindle. These books are the best historical fantasy books about the legendary Boudica that I have ever read (and I’ve read many about her!). These books also bring dreaming, and the importance of collective dreaming, to the forefront. Strategy, initiation, guidance, ancestral wisdom and even counter terrorism are all performed through and with dreaming in this series and I have a major girl crush on Manda. There are four books in the series, start with Dreaming the Eagle. Manda’s personal website is a great resource on shamanic dreaming as well.
I LOVE LISTENING to Audible while doing the dishes, cooking, or other household chores. If the book is good enough I’ll even look for reasons to clean! This month I’m listening to The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity and it’s epic. The book is written by a scholar and Episcopal priest . . . and a woman. She isn’t quite on The Da Vinci Code end of the spectrum but she isn’t on the “Magdalene was a prostitute and tag-a-long” end of the spectrum either. Her analysis of the gospels, including Mary Magdalene’s gospel, is smart and takes cultural and political motivations into consideration. Spoiler: she DOES believe that Mary and Jesus were lovers. And she has an excellent argument for it.
IT WAS RECENTLY suggested to me to wear a piece of red jewelry while menstruating. I love this idea! So you would reserve a special piece of jewelry– earrings, a bracelet or a ring– and wear it only when you’re on your period. This is a fantastic way to honor your cycle and the innate power it holds. I’ll be writing more on this soon, including how to charge a piece of jewelry for this purpose. In the meantime, hunt down a piece of special jewelry! Red tourmaline and rubylite are excellent budget options: I like these earrings. Or search for a “ruby engagement ring” and see what comes up! I’ll be posting a complete “how to shop for jewelry online and not get bamboozled” guide to go hand-in-hand with this idea soon! No longer menstruating? All the more reason to splurge on an extra special piece of red jewelry and wear it all day, erryday!
ARE YOU TIRED of PSLs already? (It can happen!) Never liked them in the first place? Have you ever had a London Fog? Ever tried to make one? It’s so simple. I’ve even been replacing a daily cup of coffee with the dark vanilla-y drink!
ONE OF MY favorite things to prescribe for my clients right now is a Nine White Flower spiritual bath. It’s perfect for removing unwanted energies, thought forms and behaviors that originated with the self. It can also be done to help bring self-love, self-care, and self-awareness to the forefront of your life. I think this is perfect for this liminal time, whether you are approaching autumn or spring.
You will need: Nine white flowers (any kind, make sure they have NOT been treated with chemicals. If you can get flowers from your own garden or local versus imported flowers, all the better)
First, ask the flowers permission to pick them. If you feel that it is okay, begin to pick nine white flowers, taking care not to touch the white part or to touch it as little as possible (keep the flowers pure). Add the flowers to your bath or Put them in a large bucket or container and fill with warm water for your shower.
If taking a bath:
Put the flowers in your bath water. Dunk yourself under the water three times and then use your hands to make gentle swiping motions, all the way down to your feet, asking that any energy that is not yours and all negative self-thoughts and behaviors be removed. Drain the tub and get out. Air dry as long as possible.
If taking a shower:
Put the flowers in a large container or bucket and stand in it as you scoop the water over your head and down your body a number of times that is significant to you (3, 4, 7, 9 are all common). Hold your cleansing intention while you do this. On the last round, step out of the bucket and pour the entire bucket over your head. Step out of the shower and air dry as long as possible.
I HAD THE pleasure of meeting (and falling in love with) Tarryne West this summer. She is a fierce and compassionate coach for entrepreneurs with a knack for drawing out your blind spots and bringing creative solutions to light. And? She absolutely loves what she’s doing. She just opened up her previously by-invitation-only Entrepreneur Lady Gang coaching program and it is aces! She puts you in a small group of other women for 8 weeks and together you help one another out, hold each other accountable, and she provides coaching and direction along the way. It’s PERFECT for us entrepreneurs who feel isolated behind a screen. Learn more here (no affiliation, just love).
FINALLY, DO YOU have an Amazon Prime Membership? I am in love with our Amazon Echo. I use it (her?) to listen to my audiobooks, and I stream music that’s included for free with my Prime Membership. I’ve found that when my boys are in a mood and just want to fuss and fight, putting on some music is a great way to bust up that energy and get them wiggling and happy again. We’ve been using it for close to 4 months now and no complaints. It works just fine even though I am not in the States!
Annnnnd, just for fun:
images by Bella Kotak via Bleaq
His sandals made a soft clipping sound as he rushed into the shrine, pushing past the gawkers and the gossips. Dust clung to the sweat on his face and his odor clung to his tunic; he’d risen with the sun and already walked half the day just to whisper into the god’s ear.
He stopped only to make a quick offering of fresh lavender and rosemary, herbs from his sister’s garden. He paused, took a few deep breaths to collect himself, and removed the pungent grasses from his satchel, murmuring a quick but sincere prayer before gently offering the herbs to the fire.
Please hear me. Please answer.
Cupping the fragrant smoke and washing it over his head in purification, he already felt more at ease although he’d never had more urgency than he had today.
He approached the statue of Hermes, messenger of the gods, and waited for his turn before standing on tiptoe to reach the god’s ear. When he was done whispering his secret worry he swiftly covered both ears with his hands and ran back into the bright sunlight. He glanced around at the gawkers and gossips he had so crudely pushed aside a few moments before. He wondered from which tourist or which gossiper his deliverance would come. He unplugged his ears and listened– waiting for the first snatch of conversation, and the answer to his prayer, to come to his ears.
Cledonomancy is the practice of divination through bits of overheard conversation. Many of us have had moment of cledonomancy– you know when you’re lost in deep thought about something and suddenly your attention is brought back to the present moment just in time to hear someone nearby say something that feels like it was said just for you in just this moment? Or when you turn on the car and the line of the song on the radio at that moment is just perfect? That’s cledonomancy.
You don’t need to visit the shrine of Hermes in ancient Greece to play along (although the shrine still exists to this day). The next time you’re in need of a message from the gods, find a quiet spot in a crowded place and say your prayer. You could be in the restroom of a restaurant or shopping mall, in a church or even in your car, about to turn on the oracle of radio. Say your prayer and walk back out into the crowds or turn on your car– plugging your ears is optional and dependent on your willingness to attract attention. What is the first clear snippet of conversation you hear? What is the song playing on the radio?
I’d love to hear about it!
Hey everyone! My first intuitive mentor, Anna Sayce, has interviewed me on her blog. In the interview we talk about how I developed my intuition and some of my more extraordinary dream experiences– experiences I haven’t shared anywhere else!
Head on over here to read the interview and to check out Anna’s incredible work.
image of Hermes by Anonymous
image of Anna Sayce and Darla Antoine created by Anna
It is my pleasure to welcome my dear friend and editor, Whitney, as a guest author on this blog! Whitney was one of the first woo-woo babes I ever met who seemed so . . . normal. She didn’t know it, but befriending me unlocked my inner woo-woo and gave me a sort of permission, or example, of exploring all this ” weird spiritual stuff” without becoming, well, a weirdo. She also taught me how to walk a labyrinth during a time in my life that I really needed that kind of magic, so I have a lot of admiration and respect for her. Without further ado– here’s Whitney!
Hello DIVINA Babes! I’m super excited to be a guest blogger today! Darla asked me to write a little bit about crystal divination. I’ve been into rocks, stones, minerals, you name it, since I was very young. I used to collect rocks out of the gravel in our driveway, and today I have a large collection of rocks and crystals. Recently I went to a rock show with my family, and came home with two (!) amethyst geodes. (Because clearly, one just isn’t enough!) For the sake of this article, I’ll be using the terms crystal, stone and rock interchangeably.
If you’re interested in crystals and what their purposes are, divination is a great way to jump in. Each crystal has its own meaning and purpose, and this can give us insight into our own life path. The first step in crystal divination is to collect several stones/crystals, start with 10 or so.
I use crystals for many reasons: confidence, healing, anxiety, direction, decoration and feng shui. If the day is going to be a tough one, I’ll pocket a crystal on the way out the door as a reminder to seek clarity in trying situations. If I know I’ll need some assistance, I’ll wear a carnelian stone. If I need protection or feeling threatened, I’ll wear my turquoise ring. I keep amethyst in my wealth corner of the house, and rose quartz in the love corner of my home, and I use a Himalayan salt lamp for dispelling negative energy.
Now, stones come in several categories so we’re about to go back to fifth grade for a sec, here – surely you remember your friends igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary? These are the main types of stones, crystals, minerals and rocks we’ll be working with.
Igneous rock is formed when molten magma or lava cools and hardens. Examples include rhyolite, basalt and obsidian. Metamorphic rocks and minerals are transformed earth materials which have been subjected to heat and pressure over time, deep beneath the Earth’s surface. Types of metamorphic rock include slate, marble, schist, calcite and garnet. Sedimentary rock is formed when material collects in bodies of water or at the Earth’s surface. Types include quartz and feldspar.
So, you can see that all rocks, minerals and gemstones are formulated differently – this gives them different attributes physically, but also in use with the mind and body. Each one is unique. Further treatments such as heat, carving or chemicals can also change the composition of these stones – this is why natural stones, raw or tumbled, are best.
Next, I’ll go over the crystals I personally keep on hand for divination and then I’ll walk you through the steps of crystal divination. The following metaphysical definitions are based on information from The Crystal Bible, by Judy Hall;and www.crystalage.com — resources I highly recommend for crystal enthusiasts!
Crystals I Personally Use For Divination– An Evolving List
Lapis lazuli – This is a metamorphic rock, and was used in earlier times to create ultramarine pigment. Not sure if you have lapis or sodalite? Look for the tiny veins of gold and you’ve got lapis! This is a protective stone, but also encourages inner truth, honesty, clarity and creativity, and helps remove emotional bondage.
Quartz crystal – Listed as a prime factor in igneous rock, it is the product of such rock that cools over eons of time. It is also found in sedimentary rocks. Clear crystal quartz, as I am using, has a slew of uses. The main idea is that it is the most powerful healing and connection stone you can use. If this comes up in your draw, get grounded and connected, stat!
Hematite – A sedimentary mineral, it is mined out of iron ore. This is a stone that “supports timid women” and enhances confidence. It also signals and helps balance the body and inclinations to overindulge. Other areas this stone helps with – legal situations, mathematical and tactical subjects and the blood.
Aventurine – A form of quartz, this metamorphic rock often displays a shimmer of mica within its pale green color. There are several colors of this stone, but the green in particular helps with harmony and health in the heart, dissolving negative emotions and settling nausea. Also good for attracting wealth!
Jade (Jadeite) – This is a metamorphic rock, which can come in a number of colors. Mine happens to be lavender, and the meaning of that particular color helps heal emotional trauma and bring inner peace. Also good for setting boundaries.
Tiger’s Eye – A metamorphic rock, this one has fun gold and brown stripes in its tumbled form, and is generally found in jewelry as a cabochon. This stone assists with integrity, grounding, clarity of intention and distinguishing thoughts of want vs. need. Generally a stone of upholding one’s true abilities and faults.
Turquoise – This stone occurs in sedimentary and metamorphic rock, and is a stone of protection and strength. This stone also provides for inner calm, connecting the mind, body and spirit, and shields against electromagnetic smog and pollutants.
Snowflake obsidian – An igneous rock, I have had this stone for a very long time, since I was in grade school. Black with specks of white, this stone is helpful in becoming centered, recognizing negative mental thought patterns and regain mental balance and understanding.
Jasper – This amber-red stone was given to me long ago, so it has special meaning. This particular stone, an aggregate of sedimentary chalcedony and quartz, helps clear electromagnetic and environmental pollution, and absorbs negative energy. It also is a healing stone and encourages healing of one another. The red jasper I have is used specifically for bringing problems to light and providing insights, and also for dream recall.
Amethyst – A type of quartz, this stone is formed in basalt as a geode. Amethyst is a super useful stone, almost on the level of clear crystal quartz in its abilities. Generally, this is a stone for calm and focus, in addition to healing the body of imbalance. Another good stone for dream recall, this also helps fine-tune thinking, decisions, thought processes and insights.
If you need stones, look around your house, or go to a bead or rock store in your area. Once you acquire or find stones you like or that speak to you, rinse in cold water to cleanse and recharge them, or you can dredge in salt or leave them in the full moon light. Then store them in a box or bag for divination. I keep mine in a fabric drawstring bag.
Reading The Stones:
So, you have all the stones you need, everything is clean and ready to go, and now you want some divination, am I right?
Much of crystal divination works like other types – it’s all in how you ask the question. The stones can’t tell you what you should do – they can only shed light on the situation at hand. I usually ask the following: “What should I know about ____?” I place that question firmly in my mind, and then draw one or more stones.
You can also do a past, present and future draw, and ask, “What should I know about the events of yesterday, today and tomorrow?” Recently I did a pull on this, and drew the following, pulling the answer to my question from the metaphysical meaning of the stones:
“What should I know about the events of yesterday, today and tomorrow?”
Past: Turquoise – This was interesting, because I had been struggling with a few things and this stone talks about releasing old vows or inhibitions – namely, fear. This reminded me of the old question I used to ask myself – if you weren’t scared, what would you do?
Present: Quartz crystal – This sent me the message that I needed to conserve energy, and think more about my spiritual purpose, instead of just the daily grind. I was tired for a reason, and it was because I was out of balance. This was a reminder to ground myself and be in the present moment.
Future: Amethyst – Focus, new ideas, decision-making, setting realistic goals. I’ve been working on financial and project goals, and this was a reminder to make these goals doable with other commitments, as well as time for rest.
Remember to bring the question firmly into your mind before you pull your stones. Because each crystal has its own meaning and purpose, the insight you find in each will be unique to your situation. Remember to keep your daily divination notes in your DIVINA journal to reflect on later!
Whitney Carnahan is a writer, reader and crystals enthusiast who collects typewriters in her spare time. She blogs at tinycountercooking.blogspot.com.