Smudging: White Sage & Palo Santo

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Smudging is the act of cleansing yourself and your sacred space, your home, or even your workplace. Think of it as spiritual house cleaning.

 

While there are many different ways to smudge, most people tend to lean towards either sage (white sage) or Palo Santo to keep the good vibes going.

 

White Sage

 

Ancient Romans called sage a salvation plant (literally, salvare, meaning ‘to heal’); sage was also used in ancient Egyptian, Roman, and Greek medicines for its natural healing properties.

 

White sage has been used over the years by Indigenous peoples for cleansing, purification, warding off evil spirits, and dispelling negative energies. Often, burning white sage can bring forth wisdom and clarity as it increases your spiritual awareness.

 

Palo Santo

 

palo santo goddess elite north olmstedPalo Santo (Bursera Graveolens) translated from Spanish, Palo Santo means ‘Wood of the Saints’ or ‘Sacred Wood.’ is a sacred tree and grows in select parts of South America.

 

It has been used for many centuries by shamans for sanctification in ritual prayer, ceremonies, and healing. Palo Santo offers a grounded and clear energy while also enhancing creativity and bringing forth good fortune.

 

 

White Sage properties and benefits include:

 

  • Clearing and rebooting energy in a room
  • Restores intuition
  • Offers protection
  • Alleviates stress
  • Increases mindfulness
  • Can kill some airborne bacteria and viruses, like the common cold

 

 

 

Palo Santo properties and benefits include:

 

  • Clears bad energy
  • Helps with meditation
  • Raises your vibration
  • Increases spiritual awareness
  • Sanctifies your space
  • Can repel some insects

 

 

Intentions

 

sage smudging intentionsMerely burning either of these will not ensure the utilization of their magical and transforming properties.

 

Sage and Palo Santo are both smudging tools to be used with intention. You’ll only get out of it what you put into it. The intentions you concentrate on are everything.

 

At Goddess Elite, we carry both white sage and Palo Santo, as well as other smudging tools and room sprays. Feel free to ask us if you are confused as to what type of cleansing your space or ritual needs.

 

 

As with any fire or smoke-related practice, be sure you don’t leave any of your burning sage or Palo Santo sticks unattended.

 

Protection Stones

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Did you know that certain precious stones can protect you against hostile energies and spirits, psychic attacks and curses, and negative energies, including psychic vampires?

 

Learn all about protection stones in this post.

 

We’ve compiled a list of 13 stones (in alphabetical order) for you to choose from and combine for the ultimate in protection stones.

 

amethyst protection stoneAmethyst

This stone can be worn to prevent psychic attacks and to protect the wearer from all types of harm and negativity. Keeping an amethyst cluster in a room will clear out negative or blocked energies. One of the most available, affordable, and popular protection stones.

 

amber stoneAmber

A tree resin rather than a stone, amber has been worn for thousands of years to bring luck and protection to the wearer. It works wonders when warding off negative energy or attacks from others, and also works very well to relieve depression and lift spirits, especially during gloomy weather.

 

black onyxBlack Onyx

Blocks negative energies from entering and can help prevent psychic drainage from the aura. A very strong protection stone that assists with personal grounding and centering.

 

black tourmalineBlack Tourmaline

One of the most powerful protection stones against the negative energy from others in both the earth and the spirit plane, and so it is a good stone to keep next to your bed at night. Keep a piece at your place of work, in a drawer. It is said to reflect negative energy back to the sender. It is also good for deflecting away radiation from electrical equipment, so maybe you want to keep in on your desk if using a computer.

 

clear quartzClear Quartz

Another popular and readily available protection stone. Clear quartz can transform negative energy into positive. It enhances the aura significantly and amplifies any healing coming from it. It can raise the vibration of personal energy. Clear quartz may even provide protection for the home.

 

fire agateFire Agate

This stone offers a strong shield of protection. It is a stone that transmutes energy and is excellent for dispelling fear. In fact, all types of agate are useful for protection.

 

hematite stonesHematite

Hematite aligns with the base chakra and is therefore grounding. It is a potent protection stone and can prevent the wearer from absorbing the negativity projected from others.

 

kunzite stoneKunzite

A protective stone that can ward away negative energies. This stone is so useful as it also works with the heart and is a powerful stone of love and higher vibrations.

 

laboradorite stoneLabradorite

One of the best stones for protecting against (negative) energy coming from other people. It efficiently deflects undesirable energies, prevents psychic vampirism as well as spirit possession and/or influence. It creates a shield within the aura.

 

lapis lazuli stoneLapis Lazuli

Among the most highly prized tribute paid to Egypt, obtained from the oldest mines in the world, worked from around 4000 B.C. and still in use today. This stone is said to guard the wearer or carrier against negative psychic while it helps us to speak our minds.

 

obsidian stoneObsidian

One of the strongest protection stones and can shield us from psychic attacks and is also said to be a shield from emotional and physical attack. It will seek to purify negative energy in its vicinity, also within the aura, making this a very useful stone. This stone can bring out dark energy from within to heal, and as such is also a healing stone that can even work to remove shock or trauma from a person. It could also be used to protect against negative entities and energies.

 

tiger eye stoneTigers Eye

The Tigers Eye stone gets its healing properties from a combination of the Sun and Earth elements. This is what gives it both grounding and inspiring vibrations. This is a stone of protection and also abundance. It is said to be able to ward off the evil eye.

 

yellow jasper stoneYellow Jasper

This protection stone can be worn during travel as a shield, known as a travel stone. May also be used to block nuisance energy and create a quiet shield around oneself.

 

Tarot and Oracle Cards: What’s the Difference?

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With the growing number of new Tarot and Oracle cards coming out, we thought we delve into a simple guide as to the differences between these two different divination tools

 

Tarot

tarot cards goddess eliteTarot mainly covers the emotions and why we do things – motivations, psychological reasoning, and feelings/moods. The art of Tarot reading has ancient roots in divination. It is the most common “fortune telling” tool out there.

 

Tarot has 78 cards – Major Arcana 22 cards and Minor Arcana 56 cards. The Minor cards are divided into 4 elemental suits: Pentacles (Earth), Swords (Air), Wands (Fire), and Cups (Water), with the ace through 10 being the pip cards and Page, Knight, Queen, and King being the court cards.

 

Structure and Reading Styles

Structure of the Tarot is predictable, while cards may vary depending on which deck you use – example, in some decks Cups will be Chalices, and Swords will be Arrows, and some decks have Prince, Princess, Queen and King as the court cards.

 

An accomplished and talented Tarot reader can read into the cards how you will respond. Traditionally, Tarot are read as singular cards, although it is always the job of a reader to see how the cards surrounding will affect each position in a reading.

 

It is a reader’s choice as to how they read and interpret the cards. Some may only use Major Arcana while others use the Major cards to see a karmic path in a full deck reading, and still other readers may take into consideration reversal meanings of the cards.

 

Oracle

oracle cards goddess eliteOracle decks offer guidance, clarity into a situation, and even a new perspective.

 

This style of cards can have a variety of themes from anything like the Law of Attraction and affirmations to the dark night of the soul and shadow self. The number of cards in a deck also varies as this isn’t a set-in-stone style like the Tarot.

 

Structure and Reading Styles

There are a variety of ways to read Oracle cards from single card draws to full life readings. Some readers use Oracle cards to enhance and visualize more into a Tarot reading, as interpretations are vastly different from a typical Tarot deck.

 

Oracle decks tend to be more open and flowing in their interpretations. They are much easier to learn and interpret, even with the specialty decks. Again, some readers may use an Oracle deck in addition to Tarot and other divination to give a deep perspective into a reading.

 

Is one deck better than the other?

No, it all depends on what feels best for the reader. Some people may feel a call to a certain deck, whether it is Tarot or Oracle.

 

Always go with your gut feeling when choosing a deck to learn and read with, as that will most likely work best for you. Try to incorporate both styles into your readings and see what happens!

 

5 Questions About The Afterlife

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Whether you are going to see a psychic medium to get answers to questions in your life or to connect with a loved one who has crossed over into the afterlife, there are many questions that revolve around this phenomenon.

 

 

In this article, we’ve compiled a list of the 5 most wondered or asked questions about psychic mediums and the afterlife.

 

 


Is it evil to talk to someone who has passed away?

 

No!

 

Religious dogmas have unfortunately taught that talking to a loved one who is on the other side in the afterlife is somehow evil. 

 

Jesus spoke to the dead, like Moses, in the Bible. If Jesus could, and with God’s permission, why couldn’t you?

 

Never feel guilty for wanting to talk to your deceased loved ones. Love and spirit are eternal.

 

 

Are my loved ones hurting on the other side?

 

No, your loved ones are not hurting, because there is no physical pain as we know it in the afterlife.

 

Your loved ones are very much alive and well on the other side – some may even refer to the other side as heaven. While their physical bodies have died, their souls, like everyone’s, are eternal.

 

 

Do my loved ones miss me?

 

Spiritually speaking, no, they don’t. But do not despair!

 

Your loved ones don’t “miss” you because they have ascended to a higher level of being and consciousness. There is no loss or feelings of missing anything because, in the spirit realm, the soul is all that exists and to want, need, or miss something is a physical human feeling.

 

Your loved ones are always near, love never dies.

 

Which brings us to the next question…

 

 

Can my loved ones hear me when I talk to them?

 

Yes! Because your loved ones are in spirit form and on a higher plane of consciousness, they can most definitely hear you when you talk to them.

 

In fact, you do not even need a psychic medium to tell your deceased loved ones you miss and love them. They know. They can hear you. So, take a moment right now to let your loved ones know you are thinking about them and that you love and miss them.

 

 

Do people on the other side ever send signs or am I just crazy?

 

Your loved ones on the other side are always sending you signs to let them know they hear you and that they are still around, loving you.

 

The signs they try to convey to you might not be every single time you open up and talk to them, but yes, they love to send you signs – you just need to be open enough to receive them.

 

This is where going to see a psychic medium can help you decipher these signs and open yourself up to spotting them when they happen.

 


 

Because speaking with a medium can be such an emotional experience, it is good that after your session, the best things you can do are to write down everything you can remember from the reading and think about ways you can stay connected to your loved one.

 

Talk out loud to them, write letters and stories, gather photos that remind you of them and place them around your home – anything that helps you to remain connected to them.

 

It is a good thing to remember that while speaking with a psychic medium will never avert the pain of losing your loved ones or take away the sadness of not having them physically in your life anymore, they can help you to establish a spiritual connection with your loved ones and help you move through your grieving process.