The 'Stone of the Month' for March will be Unakite. Congratulations to Andrea, who won our facebook contest. She correctly guessed our next spotlight stone and has won a $20 gift certificate redeemable at either ravenheartdesigns.etsy.com or ravensmysticmoon.etsy.com.
Madame Z will tell you all about this special stone in her post next week.
The winner was selected by our CEO at random from all the correct answers.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
We took some time off this past week to start our seeds for this summer's garden. I decided to try planting by the moon phases this year to see if the plants do any better. We did not have enough peat pots to start the seeds in, so Grimmie and I carefully constructed some extra pots from toilet paper rolls.
While we were busy with that, Madame Z consulted the Llewellyn's Witches Calendar to determine which plants we should be starting now.
Jezzie quickly lost interest with this phase of the process and went to take a nap with the hubby. His contribution to the garden comes later, with the rototilling, planting, and weeding.
She wandered out later to oversee the operation once it was in full swing, and to give her final approval.
Here's hoping the plants survive Grimmie's curiosity!
Monday, February 10, 2014
This past week, I started changing some of the old photos in the shop to new ones. A while back, Aaron's lovely lady, who is trained in photography, took some professional pictures for me. They were kind enough to provide me with a couple models, and the hubby even posed for a few photos, too. Grimmie tried to get into the act, but there just were not any cat size scarves for him to model. None of the earrings were really his style, either. The pictures turned out great! I hope to have her take more for me in the future.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Madame Z provides monthly posts featuring a different healing stone each month. She gathers her info from many different sources including the books: The Pocket Book of Stones; The Way of the Green Witch; Healing Crystals and Gemstones; The Essential Guide to Crystals, Minerals, and Stones; and Grimoire for a Green Witch; the websites: That Crystal Site; Wings of Spirit; and Healing Crystals for You; as well as relying on personal experience. Healing stones are not a substitute for medical treatment. Anyone with serious medical or emotional issues should consult with a health care professional. When purchasing a healing stone, it is best to buy the stone you are drawn to. Healing stones should be cleansed and charged periodically. We cleanse our personal stones at least once a month, and sometimes more often if we feel they need it. Cleansing can be accomplished by holding the stone in a stream of water. A natural stream is best, but since most of us do not have access to one, filtered water is a good substitute. Stones that include metals should not be placed in water because of the risk of rust. These stones can be placed in dirt or smudged with white sage. To recharge the stones, place in a sunny window or in moonlight for a few hours.
February's featured stone is Rhodonite. Rhodonite is derived from the Greek word rhodon, which means "rose red". It has long been considered a protective stone for travelers, and is associated with the heart and root chakras. Rhodonite is believed to have a stimulating effect on sexuality and to promote the energy of love. With Valentine's Day right around the corner, those qualities have a lot to do with why we chose to spotlight it this month! The pink in Rhodonite is thought to enhance passionate love, while the black helps one to stay grounded. It is believed to help open one up to unconditional love, and to sharing ones gifts and talents with others. Rhodonite is thought to offer support during times of stress and sorrow, and to help in coping with change. It is considered to be a stone useful in calming anxieties and balancing emotions. Rhodonite is also believed to help one find and understand their life's purpose, and to build self esteem. Physically, Rhodonite is thought to help improve early stage cardiac deficiencies, to strengthen the immune system, and to protect against allergies. It is also believed to have a detoxifying and purifying effect on the body, and to support weight loss. Our personal experience is of a stone with very calming energy, that also brings a feeling of happiness. This wonderful stone can be cleansed in a stream of water and re-charged in a sunny window.