Native American Books: Reading List

Books about indigenous culture, religion and history. These are definitely worth checking out, for natives and non-natives. This will be an ongoing list, because I am always sniffing out new books and I read a lot.

If You Only Read a Few, Read These

  • Do All Indians Live in Tipis? Questions and Answers from the National Museum of the American Indian by the Smithsonian
  • An Indigenous People’s History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
  • Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder by Kent Nerburn
  • Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto by Vine Deloria Jr.

 

Generally Awesome-Religion, Culture and History of Indigenous Peoples

(Not specific to any one tribe)

  • 100 Native Americans Who Shaped History by Bonnie Juettner
  • God is Red: A Native View on Religion by Vine Deloria Jr.
  • The Wolf at Twilight: An Indian Elder’s Journey Through a Land of Ghosts and Shadows by Kent Nerburn
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown
  • The World We Used to Live In: Remembering the Powers of the Medicine Men by Vine Deloria Jr.
  • Original Instructions: Indigenous Teachings for a Sustainable Future by Melissa K. Nelson
  • 100+ Native American Women Who Changed the World by K.B. Schaller
  • The Circle is Sacred: A Medicine Book for Women by Scout Cloud Lee
  • The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions by Paula Gunn Allen
  • Grandmothers of the Light: A Medicine Woman’s Sourcebook by Paula Gunn Allen
  • Two Spirit People: American Indian Lesbian Women and Gay Men by Lester Brown
  • American Indians in WWI: At Home and at War by Thomas Britton
  • Uneven Ground: American Indian Sovereignty and Federal Law by David Wilkins
  • National Geographic on Indians of the Americas by Matthew Stirling
  • First Peoples: A Documentary Survey of American Indian History by Colin Calloway
  • Indian Herbology of North America by Alma Hutchens
  • Sacred Plant Medicine: The Wisdom in Native American Herbalism by Stephen Harrod Buhner
  • How Indians Use Wild Plants for Food, Medicine and Crafts by Frances Densmore
  • Myths and Tales of the Southeastern Indians by John Swanton
  • Native American Stories by Michael Caduto and Joseph Bruchac

Specifically Awesome

(Focuses on a Particular Tribe)

  • A Sacred Path: The Way of the Muscogee Creeks by Jean and Joyotpaul Chaudhuri (Mvskoke)
  • Creation Myths and Legends of the Creek Indians by Bill Grantham (Mvskoke)
  • Creek Religion and Medicine by John Swanton (Mvskoke)
  • Creek Indian Medicine Ways: The Enduring Power of Mvskoke Religion by David Lewis Jr. (Mvskoke)
  • The Wind is My Mother: The Life and Teachings of a Native American Shaman by Bear Heart (Mvskoke)
  • Native Plants Native Healing: Traditional Muskogee Way by Tis Mal Crow (Mvskoke)
  • Totkv Mocvse/New Fire: Creek Folktales by Earnest Gouge (Mvskoke)
  • The Creeks by Michael Green (Mvskoke)
  • The Cherokee Herbal: Native Plant Medicine from the Four Directions by J. T. Garrett (Tsalagi)
  • The Scalpel and the Silver Bear: The First Navajo Woman Surgeon Combines Western Medicine and Traditional Healing by Lori Arviso Alvord (Dine)
  • Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People by Elizabeth Fenn (Nueta)
  • Dreams and Thunder: Stories, Poems and the Sun Dance Opera by Zitkala-Sa (Yankton Sioux)
  • Uprising: The Pueblo Indians and the First American War for Religious Freedom by Jake Pace (Pueblo)
  • Black Elk Speaks: The Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux (Oglala Sioux)

She Who Turns to Love: All About Aphrodite

She Who Turns to Love

I’ve been fairly neglectful towards this website in the last few months due to personal misevents. I got a divorce, ran through two different jobs, but now I find myself again with a purpose. I got accepted and re-enrolled in school (which I start in a few days), and I have a new lover who appreciates me for who I am—mental illnesses and all. About four months ago I formally devoted myself to the Goddess, Aphrodite. I had felt a pull towards her in the last year and finally decided to do something about it. And boy, am I glad I did. I can’t begin to describe what a wonderful experience it is to know and be known by such a divine being.

Anyway, to the real point of this post. I wanted to share all the information I’ve gleaned thus far in my adventure with the Mistress of Honey. I hope this can be of use to fellow devotees and love priestesses alike.

 

The Names of ΑΦΡΟΔΙΤΗ / Aphrodite:

  • Αντηεια (ANTHEIA): the blooming, or the friend of flowers
  • Αποτροπηια (APOTRO′PHIA): “the expeller,” the goddess who expelled from the hearts of men the desire after sinful pleasure and lust.
  • Γενετψλλισ (GENETYLLIS): the protectress of births
  • Πειτηο (PEITHO): The personification of Persuasion
  • Ουρανια (Urania): Heavenly, Divine
  • Πανδημος (Pandemos): Common to All People
  • Μαχανιτις (Machanitis): Skilled at Inventing, Deviser, Contriver
  • Επιστροφια (Epistrophia) She who Turns to Love
  • Αποστροφια (Apostrophia): Averter of Unlawful Desires
  • Νικηφορος (Nicephorus): Bringer of Victory
  • Αρεια (Areia): Warelike, Of Ares
  • Μορφω (Morpho) Of Shapely Form, the fair shaped
  • Πυρηναια (Acraea): Of the Heights
  • Ακραια (Cepois): Of the Gardens
  • Ποντια (Pontia): Of the Sea
  • Λιμενια (Limenia) Of the Harbour
  • Κηποις (Anadyomene): Risen from the Sea, Goddess Rising from the Sea
  • Φιλομμειδης (Philommides): Laughter-Loving
  • Αφρογενεια (Aphrogeneia): Foam Born
  • Χρυσεη (Chrysea): Golden
  • Ποθων Μητηρ (Pothon Mater): Mother of Desire

My Personal Titles for Aphrodite:

  • Η κυρία των περιστεριών (I kyria ton peristerion): The Lady of Doves
  • Χρυσή Θεά (Chrysi Thea): Golden Goddess
  • Φύλακας των γυναικών (Fylakas ton gynaikon): Guardian of Women
  • Βασίλισσα της ευχαρίστησης (Vasilissa tis efcharistisis): Queen of Pleasure
  • Φύλακας των μελισσών (Fylakas ton melisson): Keeper of Bees
  • Αυτή που είναι επενδυμένη με τριαντάφυλλα (Afti pou einai ependymeni me triantafylla): She that is clad in roses
  • Αυτή που ηρεμεί τις παλίρροιες (afti pou iremei tis palirroies): She who calms the tides

 

The Symbols of Aphrodite:

  • Eros/Cupids
  • Doves
  • Mirrors
  • Girdle/Belt
  • Apples
  • Scallop Shells
  • Myrtle Wreath
  • Flowers

Aphrodite, Patron of:

  • Attraction
  • Sexual Desire
  • Sex
  • Procreation
  • Romantic Love
  • Seduction
  • Sweet Talk
  • Flirtation
  • Love Poetry
  • Grace
  • Beauty
  • Lovers
  • Relationships
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Happiness
  • Laughter
  • Pleasure
  • Women
  • Sailors
  • Sexuality
  • Lesbians
  • LGBT People

That Which is Holy to Aphrodite:

  • Holiest Shrine: Paphos, Island of Kypros (Cyprus)
  • Holy Number: 5
  • Holy Days: Friday, 4th Day of the Month
  • Holy Celestial Body: The Planet Venus
  • Holy Festivals: Valentine’s Day (2/14), Aphrodisia (7/20), Adonia (8/4)
  • Sacred Animals: Doves, Bees, Hares, Sparrows, Geese
  • Sacred Plants: Red Rose, Apple, Pomegranate, Narcissus, Myrtle, Myrrh, Lettuce, Cherries, Strawberries, Lime, Anemone, Seaweed, Kelp
  • Sacred Stones: Rose Quartz, Amethyst, Kunzite, Rhodonite, Rhodochrosite, Ruby, Lepidolite, Pink Opal, Amazonite, Aquamarine, Sunstone, Blue Lace Agate, Sodalite, Lapis Lazuli, Opalite
  • Sacred Metals: Gold, Bronze
  • Sacred Shells: Abalone, Conch, Scallop, Clam
  • Sacred Magics: Sea, Storm, Love, Curses, Sex, Feminine, Glamours, Green

 

The 12 Virtues of Aphrodite:

  • Beauty
  • Flirtation
  • Brazenness
  • Timing
  • Grace
  • Charm
  • Gaiety
  • Sensuality
  • Seduction
  • Rapture
  • Discernment
  • Brilliance

The Favours of Aphrodite:

  • Sexual Attraction
  • Love Reciprocated
  • Beauty
  • Pleasure
  • Happiness
  • Luck in both Love and War

The Curses of Aphrodite:

  • Sexual Repulsion
  • Unnatural Desires (Incest, Bestiality)
  • Unrequited Love
  • Ugliness
  • Loneliness
  • Misery

Offerings to Aphrodite:

(My personal ideas)

  • Learn a musical instrument to play in her honor
  • Paint or draw portraits of her
  • Write Love Poetry
  • Self Love and Self Care
  • Makeup/ Beauty Routine
  • Buy New Clothing
  • Bathing / Spa Treatments
  • Erect an Altar for Her
  • Love Others
  • Sexual Pleasure
  • Masturbation
  • Traveling
  • Photography
  • Make a Monthly Donation to Planned Parenthood or RAINN
  • Practice Love Magic
  • Make a Pilgrimage to Paphos, Cyprus (a pretty far out suggestion, I know. But its something I personally would love to do someday)
  • Support Cruelty free beauty products like LUSH
  • Support Ocean Charities, like the Adopt an Orca program through the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor, WA
  • Plan dates for people
  • Give gifts to loved ones

 

Sappho’s Hymn to Aphrodite

(In the original Greek and translated into Modern English)

Ποικιλόθρον᾽ ὰθάνατ᾽ ᾽Αφροδιτα,
παῖ Δίοσ, δολόπλοκε, λίσσομαί σε
μή μ᾽ ἄσαισι μήτ᾽ ὀνίαισι δάμνα,
πότνια, θῦμον.

ἀλλά τυίδ᾽ ἔλθ᾽, αἴποτα κἀτέρωτα
τᾶσ ἔμασ αύδωσ αἴοισα πήλγι
ἔκλυεσ πάτροσ δὲ δόμον λίποισα
χρύσιον ἦλθεσ

ἄρμ᾽ ὐποζεύξαια, κάλοι δέ σ᾽ ἆγον
ὤκεεσ στροῦθοι περὶ γᾶσ μελαίνασ
πύκνα δινεῦντεσ πτέῤ ἀπ᾽ ὠράνω
αἴθεροσ διὰ μέσσω.

αῖψα δ᾽ ἐχίκοντο, σὺ δ᾽, ὦ μάσαιρα
μειδιάσαισ᾽ ἀθάνατῳ προσώπῳ,
ἤρἐ ὄττι δηὖτε πέπονθα κὤττι
δἦγτε κάλημι

κὤττι μοι μάλιστα θέλω γένεσθαι
μαινόλᾳ θύμῳ, τίνα δηὖτε πείθω
μαῖσ ἄγην ἐσ σὰν φιλότατα τίσ τ, ὦ
Πσάπφ᾽, ἀδίκηει;

καὶ γάρ αἰ φεύγει, ταχέωσ διώξει,
αἰ δὲ δῶρα μὴ δέκετ ἀλλά δώσει,
αἰ δὲ μὴ φίλει ταχέωσ φιλήσει,
κωὐκ ἐθέλοισα.

ἔλθε μοι καὶ νῦν, χαλεπᾶν δὲ λῦσον
ἐκ μερίμναν ὄσσα δέ μοι τέλεσσαι
θῦμοσ ἰμμέρρει τέλεσον, σὐ δ᾽ αὔτα
σύμμαχοσ ἔσσο.

 

Shimmering-throned immortal Aphrodite,
Daughter of Zeus, Enchantress, I implore thee,
Spare me, O queen, this agony and anguish,
Crush not my spirit

 

Whenever before thou has hearkened to me–
To my voice calling to thee in the distance,
And heeding, thou hast come, leaving thy father’s
Golden dominions,

 

With chariot yoked to thy fleet-winged coursers,
Fluttering swift pinions over earth’s darkness,
And bringing thee through the infinite, gliding
Downwards from heaven,

 

Then, soon they arrived and thou, blessed goddess,
With divine contenance smiling, didst ask me
What new woe had befallen me now and why,
Thus I had called the.

 

What in my mad heart was my greatest desire,
Who was it now that must feel my allurements,
Who was the fair one that must be persuaded,
Who wronged thee Sappho?

 

For if now she flees, quickly she shall follow
And if she spurns gifts, soon shall she offer them
Yea, if she knows not love, soon shall she feel it
Even reluctant.

 

Come then, I pray, grant me surcease from sorrow,
Drive away care, I beseech thee, O goddess
Fulfil for me what I yearn to accomplish,
Be thou my ally.

 

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Pink

I used to have a complicated relationship with the color Pink. As a child, I resented it. I hated it. I thought that wearing it or owning anything that looked like it made me seem ‘girly’, which translated at the time to being ‘weak, sensitive, vain and selfish’. The misogyny that was embedded via society’s gender roles and ideas about gender at the time in the color Pink caused me 22  years of bitter disdain towards the color.

Last year, probably around March, I began to rethink my whole outlook on gender-based colors. Why was pink associated with girls? And why was being girly such a bad thing in the first place? Why are we seen as weak? Why is wearing makeup or liking flowers or skirts such a negative thing? Why is it that every girl I ever knew in high school and college had to proclaim to all her male peers, ‘I’m not like other girls! I like sports and hiking!, etc’

Because our society hates women. Because they know that women are powerful and strong, and women shape the future. Before colonization, Mvskoke culture was strictly matriarchal. Clans and lineage is traced through your mother’s family. When a man would marry a woman, he would leave his family and join hers. Women decided when the town would go to war. Women, in my culture, have always been strong and powerful.

And as soon as I realized that, I began to find pink a comforting color. I try to surround myself with it. Valentines Day is now a beloved holiday for me, because of all the pink.

So, this post will be an ongoing appreciation of all the pink things I own. The photos belong to me.

How to Survive the Coming Apocalypse

Well, now that we can be somewhat sure that nuclear winter is probably inevitable, its time to brush up on survival skills. I wish I could be happy and chipper about this but as an LGBT POC, the recent developments not only fill me with dread but also for a moment, fear for my own survival. But I realized I don’t have a lot of time for fear. I just have time to prepare. So, here’s a guide (with links!) on how to survive whatever gets thrown at us. I’ll be adding on to this as I think of things.

Survival Skills You Should Probably Learn//

 

Bug Out Bag//

A bug out bag is basically a bag you have labeled ‘in case of the end of the world as we know it’ and should be filled with survival supplies. The following is just a pretty basic list.

My Personal Crystal Collection and Their Uses

I just thought I would make this post to catalogue my personal collection. I’ve been collecting crystals for a while now, but most of these I got within the last year. Current count is 148 crystals in the primary collection, and 13 in the secondary collection. My Primary collection is for smaller specimens that I work with, while the secondary collection is for larger specimens of different shapes that are usually larger in size for display purposes. Crystals are the only thing I really collect and many of them were given to me as gifts, so I really treasure them. At some point in the future I will be adding photographs of each individual crystal, as well as my secondary collection.

//Primary Collection//

148 Specimens

  • Agates//
    • Blue Lace Agate: Stability, Communication, Calming, Ocean Magic, Good for Polyamorous Relationships.
    • Botswana Agate: Emotional Healing, Creativity, Universal Love, Pan Empowerment.
    • Dendritic Agate (Tree Agate): Balance, Abundance, Calming, Gardening, Growth.
    • Fire Agate: Vitality, Protection, Courage to Come Out, Trans Empowerment.
    • Lake Superior Agate: Brings Forth One’s True Talent, Grounding, Courage, Calming, Protection.
    • Moss Agate: New Beginnings, Growth, Nurturing, Gardening, Self Acceptance.
    • Turritella Agate: Protection, Record Keeping, Alleviates Fears and Worries, Self Confidence
    • Yellow Ash Agate: Success, Creativity, Mood Lifting.

  • Amazonite: Balance, Inspiration, Expression, Lesbian Empowerment.
  • Amber: Purification, Protection, Healing, Trans Empowerment.
  • Amblygonite: Creativity, Peace, Relieves Stress, Self Awareness.
  • Amethyst: Peace, Purification, Protection, Helps with Depression, Bi Empowerment.
  • Ametrine: Balance, Soothing, Purification, Intuition, Non Binary Empowerment.
  • Andalusite (Chiastolite): Protection, Harmony, Health, Helps with Bipolar.
  • Angelite (Anhydrite): Peace, Reduces Stress, Astral Travel, Psychic Abilities.
  • Apatite: Guidance, Intuition, Clarity, Self Acceptance, Helps with Dysphoria.
  • Apophyllite: Visions, Intuition, Mental Clarity, Self Acceptance. 
  • Aquamarine: Ocean Magic, Protection, Communication, Calming, Helps with Dysphoria.
  • Aragonite, Blue: Hope, Compassion, Psychic Abilities, Optimism, Joy.
  • Aragonite, Orange: Grounding, Centering, Stability, Helps with Dissociation.
  • Aventurine, Green: Good Luck, Abundance, Growth, Attracts New Friendships.
  • Azurite: Communication, Intuition, Guidance, Accepting your Identity.
  • Baryte (Barite/Rose Rock): Dreams, Purification, Self Awareness, Meditation, Memories.
  • Bismuth: Positive Change, Self Awareness, LGBT Empowerment, Eases a Transition.
  • Bloodstone: Detoxifying, Grounding, Healing, Helps with Dissociation.
  • Bornite (Chalcopyrite/Peacock Ore): Happiness, Protection, Removes Blockages, Overcoming Obstacles.
  • Calcites//
    • Blue Calcite: Emotional Release, Communication, Soothing, Helps with Anxiety.
    • Clear Calcite: Cleanses and Aligns Energy Points, Detoxes Body, New Beginnings, Major Changes.
    • Fairy Stone Calcite: Little Helper, Helps Connect to Earth, Helps us Trust Again after an Emotional Wound.
    • Green Calcite: Emotional Balance, Letting Go, Healing, Moving On, Eases Male to Female Transition.
    • Orange Calcite: Creativity, Joy, Energy, Vitality, Gay Empowerment.
    • Red Calcite: Uplifts Emotions, Willpower, Energy, Dissolves Blockages, Cleanses stagnant energy.
  • Carborundum: Balances Energy Points, Calming, Grounding, Protection.
  • Carnelian: Creativity, Vitality, Grounding, Self Cleansing, Eases Female to Male Transition.
  • Celestite (Celestine): Protects Aura, Aids Depression, Reduces Stress, Clarity, Psychic Abilities, Purification.
  • Chalcedony: Emotional Balance, Vitality, Endurance, Charity, Generosity, Nurturing.
  • Chariote: Transformation, Insight, Self Awareness, Genderfluid Empowerment.
  • Chrysocolla: Cleanses and Supports the Aura, Soothing, Calming, Helps with Anxiety.
  • Chrysoprase: Hope, Compassion, Love, Attracts Queerplatonic Relationships.
  • Cinnabar (Dragon’s Blood): Transformation, Wealth, Aligns and Clears Energy Points, Letting Go.
  • Citrine: Self Cleansing, Purification, Protection, Abundance, Emotional Balance, Ace Empowerment.
  • Citrine, Smoky: Removes Blockages, Self Cleansing, Prosperity, Banishes Negative Thoughts.
  • Copper: Energy Amplifier, Balance, Grounding, Queer Empowerment.
  • Coral, Dragon Tooth: Intuition, Heals Emotions, Peace, Relieves Stress.
  • Coral, Red: Fertility, Intuition, Heals Emotions.
  • Covelitte: Expression through Writing, Psychic Abilities, Intuition, Transition, Visions.
  • Diopside: Healing, Balance, Opens the Mind, Learning New Things, Love.
  • Dolomite: Emotional Balance, Calming, Self Realization, Dispels Negative Emotions, Stabilize Health.
  • Dumortierite: Patience, Diagnosing Problems, Strength in a Crisis, Communication, Stand your Ground.
  • Emerald: Hope, Prosperity, Healing, Attracts Platonic Relationships.
  • Epidote: Healing, Growth, Energy Enhancer, Self Acceptance, Helps with Dysphoria.
  • Flint: Grounding, Clarity, Cut Unwanted Emotional Ties, Honor Ancestors.
  • Fluorite: Protection, Purification, Balance, Healing, Peace, Amplifier, Ace Empowerment.
  • Fuchsite: Renewal, Healing, Love, Rejuvenation, Attracts Romantic Relationships.
  • Galena: Harmony, Balance, Grounding, Mental Health, Good for Polyamorous Relationships.
  • Garnet: Loyalty, Love, Commitment, Fidelity in Monogamous Relationships.
  • Garnet, Pyrope: Support, Relieves Anxiety, Courage, Endurance, Gentleness, Creativity.
  • Gaspeite: Assurance, Relieves Distress, Reduces Emotional Ignorance, Good Fortune, Visions, Success.
  • Goldstone: Strengthens inner self, ambition, helps to stay calm in a crisis.
  • Goldstone, Blue: Self acceptance, honesty, new beginnings, balance.
  • Goldstone, Green: Deflects unwanted energies, protection, abundance.
  • Grossularite: Health, Grounding, Calming, Withdraw Negative Energy and Redistribute it as Positive Energy.
  • Healer’s Gold (Magnetite+Hematite): Energy, Balance, Grounding, Healing.
  • Hematite: Grounding, Balance, Detoxification, Genderfluid Empowerment.
  • Hematite, Specular
  • Hemimorphite (Calamine): Communication, Creativity, Peace, Psychic Abilities, Non Binary Empowerment.
  • Howlite: Calming, Self Awareness, Harmony, Protection when Coming Out, Dispels Nightmares.
  • Iolite: Intuition, Self Awareness, Connections, Helps with Dissociation, Attracts Platonic Relationships.
  • Iron Pyrite: Power, Protection, Good Luck, Blocks Out Negativity, Energizes Surrounding Area.
  • Jade: Stability, Longevity, Good Luck, Love.
  • Jaspers//
    • Brecciated Jasper: Grounding, Emotional Stability, Mental Clarity.
    • Elephantskin Jasper: Protection, Endurance, Connecting with Animals.
    • Leopardskin Jasper: Protection, Harmony, Connecting with Wild Animals and Pets.
    • Mookaite Jasper: Intuition, Healing, Self Awareness, Balance, Pursue New Adventures.
    • Ocean Jasper: Renewal, Wisdom, Healing, Peace, Relieves Stress.
    • Picasso Jasper: Helps us Enjoy Life, Make New Friends, Grounding, Calming, Self Discipline.
    • Rainforest Jasper (Rhyolite): Stability, Peace, Clarity, Imagination, Creativity, Connects us to Nature.
    • Red Jasper: Grounding, Justice, Insight, Calms Emotions, Dream Recollection, Cleans and Stabilizes Aura.
    • Shiva Lingham Jasper: Helps us Connect to Our Past, Honoring Ancestors, Astral Travel.
    • Skagway Jasper: Peace, Calming, Wisdom, Healing, Cold, Ice, Cooling, Soothing.
    • Yellow Jasper: Protection, Channeling Positive Energy, Overall Health.
  • Jet: Purification, Support, Removes Negativity.
  • Kunzite, Pink: Unconditional Love, Cleansing, Self Love, Pan Empowerment.
  • Kunzite, Green (Hiddenite): Hope, Mends Relationships, Soothes the Heart, Gets Rid of Negative Energy.
  • Kyanite, Black: Meditation, Manifestation, Aligns and Repairs Aura, Ace Empowerment.
  • Kyanite, Blue: Communication, Dreams, Awareness, Accepting your Identity and True Self.
  • Kyanite, Green: Dreams, Communication, Personal Growth, Eases Transition.
  • Labradorite (Spectrolite): Intuition, Strength, Positive Transformation, Psychic Abilities, Dreams, Bi Empowerment.
  • Lapis Lazuli: Communication, Storm Calling, Ocean Magic, Intuition, Inner Power, Lesbian Empowerment.
  • Larimar (Dolphin Stone): Peace, Nurturing, Communication, Ocean Magic, Helps with Anxiety, Ace Empowerment.
  • Lepidolite: Balance, Peace, Awareness, Transition, Transformation, Trans Empowerment.
  • Linarite: Calming, Meditation, Communication of Deep Emotions, Astral Travel.
  • Llanite: Opens, Cleanses, Aligns and Stabilizes all Energy Points, Soothing, Awareness.
  • Lodestone (Magnetite): Power, Healing, Love, Balance, Attraction, Intuition.
  • Magnesite: Peace, Meditation, Visualization, Mental Health.
  • Malachite: Amplifies, Protection, Healing, Repairing Emotional Wounds, Attracts Platonic Relationship.
  • Merlinite: Intuition, Power, Magic, Personal Energy, Eases Communication with the Dead, Storm Magic.
  • Mica (Muscovite): Visions, Clarity, Eliminates Negative Personality Traits, Releases Blockages, Aligns Energy Points.
  • Moldavite: Visions, Power, Love, Clears Blockages, Makes Dreams More Vivid and Meaningful, Space Magic.
  • Moonstone, Peach: Intuition, Inspiration, Guidance, Dispels Nightmares.
  • Moonstone, Rainbow: Feminine Energy, Balance, Psychic Abilities, Self Acceptance.
  • Morganite: Unconditional Love, Joy, Connection, Psychic Abilities, Calming, Attracting Relationships.
  • Nebula Stone: Removes Fears, Letting Go, Vitality, Grounding, Meditation, Astral Travel, Memories.
  • Onyx: Grounding, Energy Manipulation, Protection from Energy Drainage.
  • Opal, Boulder: Clarity, Purity of Thought, Calming, Centering, Meditation, Reveals Inner Truth.
  • Opal, Fire: Healing, Protection, Abundance, Spontaneity, New Ideas, Enthusiasm, Relieves Energy Deficiencies.
  • Opalite: Communication, Removes Energy Blockages, Eases Transitions, Persistence, Strength.
  •  Obsidian, Apache Tear: Grounding, Protection, Clears Negative Emotions, Heals Grief, NDN Empowerment.
  • Obsidian, Mahogany: Eliminates Blockages, Overcoming Obstacles, Protection, Grounding.
  • Obsidian, Snowflake: Balance, Centering, Support, LGBT Empowerment.
  • Pearl, Freshwater: Calming, Centering, Love, Feminine Energy.
  • Peridot: Healing, Protection, Comforting, Lesbian Empowerment.
  • Petalite: Love, Communication, Balance, Ace Empowerment.
  • Pietersite (Tempest Stone): Storm Magic, Intuition, Removes Emotional Blockages, Growth.
  • Prehnite: Dreams, Knowledge, Forgiveness, Moving On, Letting Go.
  • Quartz//
    • Angel Aura Quartz: Protects, Balances and Energizes Aura, Meditation.
    • Clear Quartz: Healing, Amplification, Enhancing, Aura Caretaker.
    • Rose Quartz: Self Love, Universal Love, Peace, Soothing, Compassion, Pan Empowerment.
    • Smokey Quartz: Centering, Grounding, Removes Negativity, Protection.
  • Rhodochrosite: Deep Love, Compassion, Comfort, Ace Empowerment.
  • Rhodonite: Self Love, Vitality, Support, Abundance.
  • Ruby: Abundance, Love, Passion, Attracts Sexual Relationships, Lesbian Empowerment.
  • Sapphire: Peace, Serenity, Intuition, Attracts Queerplatonic Relationships, Ace Empowerment.
  • Sardonyx: Protection, Happiness, Optimism, Confidence, Self Control, Motivation, Will Power.
  • Scolecite: Communication, Inner Peace, Spiritual Transformation, Calming, Relaxing.
  • Selenite: Peace, Dispels Nightmares, Removes Energy Blockages, Connection.
  • Septarian (Dragon Stone/Dragon Egg): Confidence, Dragon Magic, Patience, Strength, Gay Empowerment.
  • Seraphinite: Astral Travel, Self Awareness, Peace, Joy, Meditation.
  • Serpentine: Emotional Cleansing, Psychic Abilities, Love, Wealth, Protection Against Venom.
  • Shattuckite: Renewal, Reconciliation, Calms Mind, Harmony, Communication, Channeling Information.
  • Sodalite: Intuition, Focus, Guidance, Self Awareness.
  • Spinel: Attracts Wealth and Prosperity, Vitality, Raising Energy, Energizes, Improves Memory.
  • Staurolite (Fairy Cross): Grounding, Soothing, Relieves Stress, Fae Magic, Encourage you to help Heal the Environment.
  • Stilbite: Acceptance, Letting Go, Psychic Abilities, Intuition, Guidance, Manifestation.
  • Sugilite: Releases Negative Emotions, Understanding, Forgiving Yourself, Attracts Same Gender/Sex Relationships.
  • Sunstone: Joy, Vitality, LGBTQA Empowerment.
  • Tektite: Wisdom, Knowledge, Overcome Challenges, Astral Travel, Lucid Dreaming, Strengthens Aura.
  • Tiger Eye, Blue (Hawk’s Eye): Communication, Willpower, Ideas, Insight.
  • Tiger Eye, Golden: Good Luck, Vitality, Creativity, Balance, Motivation.
  • Tiger Eye, Red (Dragon’s Eye): Grounding, Integrity, Vitality, Survival.
  • Tiger Iron (Mugglestone/Hematite+Jasper+Tiger Eye): Clarity, Protection, Wishing, Good Luck.
  • Topaz, Clear: Calming, Balances Emotions, Love, Peace, Hope.
  • Tourmaline, Black: Protection, Encourages Positive Attitudes, Good Luck, Happiness.
  • Tourmaline, Brown (Dravite): Tolerance, Understanding, Protection, Calm, Hope, Relieves Anxiety and Stress.
  • Turquoise; Wisdom, Power, Protection, Psychic Sensitivity, NDN Empowerment.
  • Ulexite (TV Stone): Inner Vision, Intuition, Balance, Clarity
  • Unakite: Lifts Spirits, Confidence, Power, Enhances Magic, Draws Off Negative Energy.
  • Verdite (Bud Stone): Vitality, Love, Growth, Gardening, Energy.
  • Vesuvianite (Idocrase): Release Negative Attachments, Helps us find Purpose, Releases Fears, Courage, Power, Truth.
  • Voegesite: Harmony, Dreams, Creativity, Guidance, Wisdom, Happiness, Innocence.
  • Wavellite: Decision Making, Balances Energy Flow, Overall Health.
  • Zircon: Balance, Grounding, Healing, Self Love, Compassion.

 

//Secondary Collection//

13 Display Crystals

  • Amethyst Tower
  • Amethyst Point
  • Amethyst Seeing Stone
  • Fluorite Sphere
  • Fluorite Point
  • Fluorite Octohedron
  • Citrine Cluster
  • Quartz Point
  • Tiger Eye Block
  • Selenite Tower
  • Gypsum Selenite Rose
  • Baryte Sphere
  • Himalayan Salt Crystal Candle Holder

 


Breathe: A Ghost Story by Cliff McNish

Teen Picks: Breathe by Cliff McNish

You know those book fairs that your school hosted back when you were a kid? That’s where my little sister and I stumbled upon a book called Breathe. We were suckers for ghost stories like books by Mary Downing Hahn, and this seemed like it was right up our alley. We stole it away into our bedrooms and read it under the blankets late, late into the night using flashlights. I still have the original copy we shared. I can honestly say that it is one of my favorite ghost stories. Not only is it easy to read, it is fantastically vivid and well written.

It follows the story of Jack and his mother, Sarah, a mother and son who move into a haunted farmhouse where the souls of four children are being held hostage by what is known as the Ghost Mother, a spirit that feeds off of other souls to prevent being taken away by the Nightmare Passage. The Nightmare Passage is an Inferno-esque plain of ice where a constant wind beats and batters its residents. It is where the souls of those who refuse to go (or are kept from going) to the Other Side eventually are taken.

The book is full of metaphors for abusive behavior, rape and sacrifice. The Ghost Mother tortures these poor children’s souls, feeds off of them, and even forces one of them to try to behave like a daughter. It is disgusting. Disturbing. And it’s not hard at all to hate her. The children, who are put through so much pain and suffering, do eventually find redemption and get a happy ending, thank goodness. As does Jack and Sarah. For most of the book the Ghost Mother possesses Sarah and actively abuses Jack, emotionally and physically. It’s gut wrenching to read as Jack desperately tries to save his own mother.

All in all, it is an incredible story about loyalty, fighting for the one’s we love, about the acceptance of death, and how death is not the end. I reread this book every once and a while, because boy-howdy is it a doozy. Talk about heavy. And reading it as a twelve year old? You can bet that my sister and I had some nightmares after the first time. Sheesh. But we still love it, and in fact, it still comes up in conversations sometimes. The deep and complex issues of abuse and consent, as well as life after death, the different afterlife planes, the inspiration from Dante’s nine circles of Hell inspiring the landscape for the Nightmare Passage. It is a really fascinating read. I highly recommend it. I give it a 4/5, just because it does have some pretty sensitive topics it covers.

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

Book Review: The Woman in Black by Susan Hill | The Book SmugglersThe ...

I first saw The Woman in Black in theaters, when it first came out. I own it and watch it on a regular (at least once or twice a year) now. It is a very, very, very creepy movie. And I purchased the book not long after I saw the movie for the first time. Say what you will about the movie OR the book, but one thing is very true about both: they are very, very creepy. There is just such an eerie way that the story is told and presented. Its just anxiety-inducing and frankly, a little jarring. I reread the book for what I think is the third of fourth time to do this review, so it would be fresh in my memory, and I had forgotten how many differences there were to the movie.

First of all, Arthur Kipps is a VERY different man in the book than he is in the movie. He isn’t struggling, and hasn’t lost his wife. In fact, he is not even married yet and he’s practically a partner at the law firm he works at. He starts the book off telling the story from his perspective as an older man, not ‘old’ persay, but older than the events of the movie. Before the whole ordeal at the Eel Marsh House, he is a cheerful and happy person. Another key difference is that the innkeeper, the coach driver and Mr. Jerome are all very kind and polite to him in the book, whereas in the movie they are all…well…rude and cold. I think this made a pretty big difference. And while Mr. Jerome’s attitude towards Arthur does change, the others don’t. Also, Mr. Daily is actually kind of distant and cold in the beginning and then they slowly become friends.

One of the biggest things that is downplayed in the movie that is actually really important in the book is Spider, Mr. Daily’s dog that becomes Arthur’s companion in surviving the horrors of the Eel Marsh house. He becomes very, very attached to her (not in a weird way. like in a cute loyal way) and actually risks his life to save her. In fact, Mr. Daily says that he will give Arthur one of her puppies as soon as she has a litter. It is not until after Arthur leaves Crythin Grifford that he gets married and has a son (and makes Samuel Daily the godfather. Awwwww.) that tragedy strikes and his wife and son are killed due to the Woman in Black returning for revenge. Arthur, however, lives to remarry and be a father to several step children. Unlike in the movie, where Arthur dies with his son.

So, yeah, in short the movie is really good, AND the book is really good but there are definitely some huge differences between the two, to the point to where the kind of paint a different story. I think that the book had more of a slow-creepy-eerie-unsettling feeling to it, while the movie was definitely more jump-scary. I definitely recommend the book to any horror fans out there, however, especially those who like British Period Horror pieces. It’s very well written, and while it does have some slow parts, its still a fairly enjoyable and easy read. Overall, I give it a 4/5.

Radiance by Alyson Noel

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A few months ago I had the privilege of reading Alyson Noel’s masterpiece Evermore, a book following the life of Ever, the sole survivor of a family car crash. Radiance, on the other hand, focuses on Riley, Ever’s twelve year old sister as she tries to figure out how un-living works in the Here & Now. In Evermore, Riley stays on the ‘earth plane’ as a ghost to help Ever move on from her grief involving the loss of their family, and to also come to terms with her own recent death.

The events of Radiance take place after Riley has crossed the bridge into the afterlife, and her and her dog, Buttercup, are assigned as Soul Catchers, which is kind of like a Grim Reaper. Her guide, Bodhi, is a ‘dorky’ older boy who is a rank ahead of her and is assigned to be her teacher. She, however, has no respect for him and only does what he says out of spite for him saying ‘I told you so’ if she fails. The book follows their first mission and is kind of her ‘coming of age’ as she learns to convince souls to cross over, respect Bodhi, to fly and how to teach Buttercup to fly.

Noel’s writing is easy to read and flows nicely. Her characters are complex, relatable and very well written, and her descriptions of her setting are vivid and realistic. It’s not hard to find yourself pulled into the story and emotionally involved in Riley’s situation. I give it a 4/5 and recommend it to anyone who likes YA and Fantasy.

Son of Rosemary by Ira Levin

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I am such a huge fan of the first book, Rosemary’s Baby, that when I stumbled upon a copy of the sequel, my curiosity forced me to buy it and read it straight away. Judging from the first chapter, I thought that I would be really disappointed, as it starts out with Rosemary waking up from a coma in 1999, about 28 years after the events of the first book. But, that’s only really the first chapter, and you should never judge a book just by the first chapter, and the writing was fantastic, so I continued on.

Son of Rosemary focuses on Rosemary Reilly (yes, she divorced Guy back in 1966) as she wakes up from the coma and reunites with her son, Andy, who is now running for president. Throughout the book, we really get into Rosemary’s head, and she still thinks like a 31 year old. There’s a wonderful sense of  ‘something isn’t right’ over the course of the middle of the book and in the end, we find out why. The last two pages have a gigantic twist that I honestly did not see coming at all, and it was oddly satisfying. I really liked that it ended the way it did.

Ira Levin, as always, is an amazing writer and his depiction of Rosemary’s charming inner dialogue in the first book carries over flawlessly into the sequel. She is such a good, well written, relatable character that I had no problems whatsoever becoming emotionally invested in her and her story. The book, overall, is amazing. I don’t think it’s quite as good as the first one because Minnie and Roman and Guy were such wonderful characters and they are dead in the second book, but I would still give it an overall rating of 4/5.

The Murmurings by Carly Anne West

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After reading Carly Anne West’s incredibly unnerving novel, The Bargaining, I decided that I definitely wanted to read the book she had released prior to that one, which is The Murmurings. The back of the book summarizes it as the main character’s sister is institutionalized for hearing voices and then is later found dead, presumably from suicide, but then the main character starts to hear the voices herself. I honestly wasn’t sure I was going to like the book from this summary, just because I have a lot of history with suicide and such and it’s kind of a touchy subject. However, after finishing the book I realized that that summary is incredibly misleading. It makes the book out to be kind of like a  psychological thriller, when it reality it falls more into the same category as Stranger Things, as a Sci Fi Horror.

The main character is Sophie, a girl grieving for the loss of her sister, Nell. She begins to hear and see the same things that her sister did and ends up being hunted and tormented throughout the whole book, and eventually checked into the same mental institution as her sister was. That’s probably about the time that I realized that the back of the book did not do justice to just how incredibly tense and nail-biting this novel was. I chew my nails chronically, but nothing could prepare my more fingers for this book. Ouch. I was so anxious through the second half of the book that I found myself having to take breaks just to give myself a breather. That’s how well it is written. You get very attached to Sophie as she goes on this amazing and terrifying adventure to unravel the conspiracy around her sister’s, and many others like her and her sister, wrongful death.

This book is chock full to the brim of twists and surprises, as well as lovable characters and well written dialogue. That’s one thing I really loved in The Bargaining and noticed was also present in The Murmurings, is that West has a very fluid and whimsical writing style. All of her dialogue and descriptions flow so naturally, so realistically, so vividly, that you feel as if you are actually present for the events taking place. If I had to rate it, I think I would give it a 4/5 or a 5/5. The only reason I would give it a 4/5 would be because I, personally, can’t reread more often than once every few months just because it does send my anxiety through the roof, hah. I like my books to have reread value. But other than that, this book is amazing and I can’t find a single thing wrong with it. A+ story telling!

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