Snowflake Obsidian: The Warrior Stone

Are you a Paranormal Investigator, or a parent with young children to protect? Do you have a competitive profession,  or feel as though negativity has taken over your workplace or home? At some point in our lives we will be faced with adversity, negativity, or evil of some form. In any case, be sure you are prepared with the right protection talisman. My number one suggestion is Snowflake Obsidian.

Snowflake Obsidian is a Black Obsidian stone with inclusions of Phenocryst, a white-gray mineral. This mineral resembles a snowflake pattern when the stone is polished, hence the name Snowflake Obsidian. Obsidian is formed volcanically when lava rich in silicic acid rapidly cools. The lava hardens so quickly that no crystalline structures are able to form. The result is an amorphous molten mass containing large amounts of solidified minerals, water, and gas inclusions. This explains why Obsidian is also known as Volcanic Glass.

Because of its volcanic origins, Obsidian is often associated with the Hawaiian volcano goddess, Pele. Pele is a fierce, wrathful warrior who is believed to have the power of turning her enemies to stone. It is the warrior aspect of Pele that concerns us with respect to Snowflake Obsidian and its protective powers. Like Pele, Snowflake Obsidian has the strong energy of a warrior prepared to ward off all evil and negative influences from the wearer. Simply holding a piece of Snowflake Obsidian in your auric field wil create a powerful shield between you and any undesirable energies or negative forces. However, a powerful warrior needs more than just a protective shield. To that end, Snowflake Obsidian aids in maintaining clear mental focus, and emotional well-being. It is a stone of pure intention as a good warrior always has a pure heart and works for the highest good of the universe. Snowflake Obsidian is also an excellent grounding stone, aiding the wearer in maintaining balance and moderation at all times.

Natural Body Powders

Body Powder

Body Powder

Body powders have been used for ages to smooth and perfume the skin. Use of herbs in conjunction with absorbent powders help to remove odors by not allowing the formation of bacteria. Body odor is impacted by many outside influences including stress, tension, diet, and even wardrobe.   Meat, in addition to the processed “improved”, or “enriched” foods most Americans eat contribute to bad bacteria build up, aka odor.  Alcohol and vitamin deficiencies also will affect body odor.  Several findings indicate a concern over usage of talc in commercial deodorants and baby powders. Talc, or magnesium silicate,  is a proven lung irritant and often contains arsenic.  Several studies have linked the use of talc in cosmetic preparations to  skin cancer, lung cancer, and ovarian cancer. Particles of talc have even been found in tumors!  This aside, talc is still “generally recognized as safe” by the FDA.

In addition to trying to eat less processed foods and processed meat, try drinking teas with peppermint or sage leaves.  Buy clothing made with fibers that breathe, such as cotton.  An easy, effective body powder can be made with a few simple ingredients.  Here’s the recipes, be creative and substitute different dried herbs, dried fruits and flowers if there is a particular scent you’d like to achieve.  With any herbal preparation, do a patch test on skin. Always use sanitary containers and tools while making recipes.

Lavender is gentle and used externally for skin irritation, making it perfect for babies or sensitive skin types.  Instead of using talc as a base, use arrowroot starch, baking soda, and/or corn starch.  Being a skeptical, and a commercial deodorant user, I was shocked to discover that arrowroot starch alone worked great.  Here are some preparations to try at home:

#1.

  • 1 part Arrowroot
  • 1 part powdered Blue cornflowers
  • 1 part Lavender powder
  • 1 part Violet Leaf

Now, when i say part, it can be any amount, just keep in mind herbal preparations don’t keep fresh forever. I’d suggest making no more than two weeks worth at a time.

#2.

  • 1 part orange peel powder
  • 1 part lemon peel powder
  • 1 part sandalwood powder
  • 1 part orris root powder

#3.

  • 1 part lavender powder
  • 1 part orris root
  • 2 parts arrowroot powder, or corn starch, or one part each

#4. “Sweet Powder”

  • 10 parts orris root
  • 4 parts powdered calamus root
  • 4 parts benzoin
  • 3 parts lavender
  • 1 part clove powder
  • 2 oz parts powder

#5.

Equal powdered parts orris root, orange peel powder, lemon peel powder, and your choice of calamus root or licorice root powder. Sift through and place in a jar or powder canister.

Another fun recipe to try goes like this:

Add flowers or herbs, such as gardenia, sage leaf, etc to an empty pint container, add arrowroot powder and/or cornstarch to fill.  Shake 3-5 times daily and replace the flowers with fresh every other day as well.

Harvest the last herbs from your garden and make some of these fragrant powders to remember summer’s warmth during the cold months.

Un-Crossing

Un-Crossing

Un-Crossing

Do you feel stuck and unable to move forward in your career, love life, or finances? If so, you are not alone. There are many people experiencing this “stuck” feeling, to varying degrees.  Whether you believe it’s a karmic debt you are paying off, a past-life issue, a spell cast upon you, or plain old bad judgment and poor planning on your part…the feeling of being stuck in a rut is the same: You feel tired, hopeless, frustrated with yourself and others, and angry with yourself and others. The feeling is there when you wake up in the morning, it hangs around all day, and is with you when you go to sleep (if you can sleep). For those of you struggling to regain your power and confidence to move forward, I humbly offer this “Un-Crossing Oil” recipe as one small step you can take on your path to freedom.

What is an “Un-Crossing” Oil?

Un-Crossing Oil is a powerful blend of natural herbs and essential oils that promote positive energy and protection, aid in manifesting one’s desires, enhance self-confidence, and help one be the “master” of one’s own destiny. If you are looking to change your luck or break a “spell”, this is the oil to use! This oil can be used as a daily personal fragrance, or burned in an aroma diffuser. You may also add some fragrance to a spray bottle filled with water and use it as a daily ritual mist.

Un-Crossing Oil Recipe

In a 1/2  oz. vial mix the following:

5 drops Bergamot Oil

10 drops Geranium Oil

5 drops Rosemary Oil

5 drops Vetivert Oil

(Note: Essential Oils work best for this blend.)

A pinch of Myrrh Resin

A pinch of dried Rue Herb

One tiny piece of Clear Quartz Crystal

Directions: Clear yourself and space of negative energy by burning a few leaves of White Sage.  Burn one white candle for purification and one black candle for protection. Focus on your intentions for making this oil blend. Slowly put the ingredients above into your glass vial.  Fill the remaining part of the vial with a Grapeseed or Jojoba base oil. Shake well. Write your full name on the bottle with a permanent marker. Put a small drop of oil on your 3rd Eye Chakra and say a prayer/affirmation of freedom and abundance of your choosing. Your oil is now charged and ready for daily use.

(Recommendation: This is now your personal Un-Crossing Oil with your name on it, infused with YOUR energy and intentions. I do not recommend using it on friends and family. Even if they are experiencing the same feelings and issues as you, I highly recommend they make their own personal oil and infuse it with their own energy for better results.)


Break the chains! Many blessings on your path to freedom, and thank you for sharing our Earth lore newsletter.

Chinese Health Balls

Chinese Health Balls

Chinese Health Balls

HISTORY: Chinese Health Balls are a great (and easy) way to add dexterity and fitness to your current health regimen.  These small metal balls come in pairs and go by many names, including  Therapy Balls, Stress Balls, Harmony or Baoding Balls. (They are believed to have originated in Baoding, China approximately 500 years ago in during the Ming Dynasty.) While they were originally made of solid iron, modern Chinese Health Balls are hollowed out making them easier to use and transport. In fact these days, they contain small chimes which is why they sometimes are referred to as Harmony Balls.

USES: Chinese Health Balls are often used during exercise and meditation. While there are many exercises possible the most common way use them is to place two balls in the palm of one hand. Using balance and gravity, rotate the balls in one hand clockwise and once mastered, work on counter-clockwise. One method suggests not to let the balls touch or chime. More advanced users can work up to larger diameter balls. They then can work up to  exercises involving 3 or more balls. These seemingly easy exercises actually do a great deal to work the muscles in your hands, forearms and shoulders! They provide great benefits to those who desire better muscle control and dexterity, such as musicians, artist and athletes.

OTHER HEALTH BENEFITS: If the benefits for the physical exercise alone aren’t enough to convince you to start practicing your hand cordination, traditional Chinese medicine practitioners  believe that all bodily systems are linked to one another. With regular use, these balls are believed to boost the circulation of the blood while acting to relax joints and muscles. Disorders such as hypertension, arthritis of the fingers and wrists, as well as numbness and trembling of the hands can be prevented and improved through the use of Chinese Health balls. These practices have been around in tradition Chinese culture for hundreds of years, where preventative medicine is considered the key to a long and healthy life.

Prasiolite – Light the Fuse!

by Grant

Prasiolite (aka ‘green amethyst’, ‘amegreen’, and ‘vermarine’) is a fibrous inclusion of magnesium and iron aluminosilicates in quartz.  In simpler terms, it’s very similar to amethyst except that it’s green.  It’s generally found in Brazil, though other deposits have been known to come from Canada and Poland.

This is a stone of prosperity, though not in the sense of winning money or coming upon it unexpectedly.  Prasiolite’s energy is geared strongly toward what really brings us success – wise decision-making, attraction of people and situations that further your goals, and strength to begin new ventures.  If you’re more inclined to work for what you want than to wait or gamble for it, prasiolite’s energy could be for you!

A Practice for Prosperity with Pennies and Prasiolite

  • 1 Piece of prasiolite
  • 1 Small object that symbolizes a new goal or venture
  • 1 Pouch or square of fabric in gold or purple
  • 1 Small dish or bowl
  • Enough pennies to fill the bowl

This simple practice creates building momentum toward your goal, and allows the exchange of prosperous energy between you and the universe around you.

As with all practices, it is recommended that you first cleanse your materials by passing them through white sage smoke (or with any cleansing method you are familiar with).

  1. Take a piece of prasiolite and place it in a gold or purple pouch with the small symbolic object.
  2. Place the pouch in the bowl, laying it as flat as possible against the bottom.
  3. Visualize your goals, and the vast network of people, money and situations that will be necessary to realize them.  With this image firmly fixed in your mind, pour pennies into the dish until they completely cover the pouch.
  4. Place this dish by your bedside.  Each day, re-visualize your goal and take a penny from the dish.  Over the course of the day, spend or donate the penny somewhere.  It doesn’t matter where.  If you lose the penny, or fail to spend it, place three in the dish to replace it at the end of the day.
  5. When all pennies are spent, give the stone away to someone who needs it.  Keep the symbolic object near where you do business.

Earth Lore carries the tumbled prasiolite, pouches, and white sage for this practice.

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