"Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world." -George Bernard Shaw
Many of you have asked me about simple ways that you can infuse your lives with a little more magic and intention. I thought I would round up a list of some supplies and items you can collect and use to charge your energy and become a little more mindful about your homes!
I'm a huge book lover and I find that most books are accompanied by a very warm, cozy energy. I think they are one of my favorite ways to learn about all things esoteric, and I highly recommend books as an intro to many of the interesting topics within the occult world. There is a ton of info on the internet, but sometimes it's nice to read straight from the page. Plus-- books are free at the library! I definitely encourage finding books with past lives at used bookstores, garage sales, flea markets, and thrift stores! Or just borrow & photocopy books from the library! One of my favorite astrology books is Spiritual Astrology by Jen Spiller and Karen McCoy. It has influenced my views of astrology greatly.
Tarot Cards & Oracle Decks
Many people use tarot cards and oracle decks in their spiritual practices. There are many ways to read, use, and interpret tarot and oracle cards, but I tend to use them as inspiration. I like to lay out a three-card spread for something like SITUATION/ACTION/RESULT and interpret how I'm feeling in each area based on the meaning of the card I pull. Tarot and oracle decks are a great way to clarify your thinking and explore different ways of looking at certain scenarios. Here's a great list of three-card spreads from Biddy Tarot.
Though I am a novice in this area, I have three or four crystals that I absolutely love and use regularly. I started out with Rose Quartz and Jade crystals and recently expanded to include a small quartz wand. Each crystal has a different meaning, energy, and "power," and there are tons of useful guides online to help you get started. Cleanse any new crystals you bring in under a full moon or using sage or rose water. If you are a crystal skeptic, I'd advise finding your first one based on how it feels in your hand. Someone once told me that the right crystal will feel good in your hand - weighing just the right amount and with just the right shape. Lay down and place one on your chest or forehead and wait for the good vibes to flow.
More info on crystals: HipLatina's Guide to Healing Crystals
You may have heard of smudging, which is the practice of burning herbs to rid a space of negative energy. Herbs have been used for thousands of years for healing and cleansing, so the practice is nothing new. You can use plants and herbs like sage and palo santo to cleanse each room in your home. You can also create herbal blends, potions, and elixirs that can serve a variety of health and wellness purposes (just make sure everything you use is edible and non-toxic first). You'll find that there are herbs that serve all sorts of purposes like astral travel, dream work, creativity, and more (again just make sure to triple check anything you are planning on inhaling or ingesting).
Incense & Candles
One of my favorite ways to focus my energy and soothe my space is to burn a candle or incense stick. There are an infinite number of candle and incense varieties and you can find them just about anywhere. In terms of incense, I love Nag Champa as well as the Shamanwood Incense from Escential Essences. I will use pretty much any old candle, but you can buy candles that serve specific purposes from many a metaphysical shop. Enchantments in New York City will actually carve and decorate custom spell candles for you.
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So there you have it! A few things that you can add into your space to give it that magical oomph. You can use all or none of these things. You can find cheap candles, twine, and other supplies at the dollar store. You can find herbs & items to put on an altar in the woods or on nature walks (just make sure to double check any herb you pick- we're not trying to get poisoned over here). Information about all of the above topics can be found in books at your local library and online. Creating a spiritual practice for yourself doesn't have to be expensive. Collect items over time and do your research before shelling out the big bucks on these items.