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Crystals & Cards, A Perfect Pairing | How To Match Crystals with Tarot & Oracle Readings

I get asked all the time about how to pair crystals with tarot and oracle readings. They really are a perfect pairing! I love to use crystals in my readings to aid me in connecting more clearly to the energy of a reading as well as my client. They definitely help to set the mood and raise the vibration for a session!

The first step is to pairing crystals and cards is knowing what kind of reading you're working on. Here are some different types of readings and the crystals you might consider pairing with them. 

 

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Love Readings

Pink Opal, Rose Quartz 

The Lovers & Two of Cups

Why would you use these? 

These stones are attuned to the vibration of love, joy, and compassion. By helping to us to connect to the energy of the heart chakra, these crystals are perfect for awakening our sense of love and deepening your emotional awareness when it comes to matters of the heart.

Other stones: Opalite, Rhodonite

 

 

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Healing Readings

Emerald, Malachite 

Five of Cups & The Star

Why would you use these?

These stones connect to the heart chakra as well, but for the purposes of healing deep emotional wounds. When doing release work or healing through trauma and grief I pull out these babies. They're loving and pack a powerful punch!

Other stones: Apache Tear

 

 

 

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Spiritual, Angelic, High Vibrational Readings

Celestite, Amethyst, Selenite

The High Priestess & The Hermit

Why would you use these? 

These gems are in perfect alignment with the vibration of the crown chakra and aid us in connecting with the angels and ascended masters. They are great for finding clarity, guidance, and insight on your spiritual path. 

Other stones: Apophylite, Moldavite

 

 

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Career/Money Readings

Green Aventurine, Citrine 

Ace of Pentacles & King of Pentacles

Why would you use these?

These crystals vibrate to the energy of success, abundance, and manifesting which are perfect for career or financial readings. Citrine in particular corresponds to the solar plexus chakra which is where much of this energy is focused and expressed.

Other stones: Pyrite

 

 

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Health Readings  

Mookaite, Carnelian

Temperance & Four of Swords

Why would you use these?

These stones are connected to the physical body - our health, blood, bones, and organs. They are also attuned with the the energy of the root chakra and may help you intuitively connect to the physicality of your querent. 

Other stones: Red Jasper, Bloodstone

 

 

 

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Past Life Readings

Petrified Wood, Orthoceras

Judgement & The Moon

Why would you use these?

These stones are seemingly as old as time itself. They help to attune you to the energy to access the Akashic records thereby opening doors to the past, past lives, and ancestors. There is so much wisdom from days of old contained within these fossils. 

Other stones: Ammonite

 

 

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Amp it up! You can also use Clear Quartz with any reading to help amplify the energy!

For an extra boost, you can charge the crystal with your intent for the reading. Make sure you clear your crystals after each session. Be sure to thank your crystal helpers for their aid in your work! 

What are some of your favorite crystal companions to have by your side when performing readings?

 

xo Ariel

Featured deck: Everyday Witch Tarot

Dealing & Healing when a Loved One has a Serious Illness

It is a scary and sometimes lonely thing when someone who you love dearly is struggling with a life debilitating illness or who has a lot of health problems. I have written this blog post as I am currently going through this with a loved one and have for some time. I have been operating out of a place of fear and now it is time to operate with love. Here is what I have learned so far, as well as Spirit's outlook on dealing and healing when a loved one has a serious illness. 

Be loving & supportive

Give them your love, affection, and tenderness. Be there to clean up the mess, to shed tears with them, to hug them, to pick them up when they fall. Give of your heart. Return to them all of the love, care, and nurturing they showed you in your life. Don't moan and groan when they need your help. Did they do the same when you were sick and needed someone to care for you? 

Don't isolate yourself!

It can be a hard thing to watch as their health declines however, staying alone with your feelings is never a good thing. Also, don't be afraid of spending time with your ill loved one. Sometimes we distance ourselves to protect ourselves emotionally, so it doesn't hurt so bad, however this can often be the worst thing you could do. Spend as much time with them as you can. Spend time with your friends to de-stress. Spend time alone to recharge your batteries. 

Are you in it for the long hall?

The good days and the bad? Take things slowly. Progress is often slow. Take your time. No need to rush. Be steady and stable for them. Someone they can lean upon. Literally. Be a leader. Take their hand. Walk at their pace. Give them an extra boost of encouragement when they need it. Most of all, be patient with them in their journey. 

Cry if you need to however...

Don't cry over something you can't change or something that hasn't happened yet. Do what you can. No more woulda, coulda, shoulda. Focus on the time you do have with them! Make it as grand as possible. Embrace it. Let it wash over you. Enjoy every moment. 

Stay strong

For them and for you too. Don't let fear take over. Focus on the light that lies and lives within them. I can't stress this enough. 

Help them to keep their dignity

Don't shame or belittle them. Don't exclude them. Don't yell or roll your eyes. Don't be condescending or treat them as "less than" or like there is something wrong with them. Be supportive and encouraging. Helpful and loving in your words, actions, and the looks you give them. Remember, this is just as hard on them as it is on you. 

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Continue to make memories

Laugh. Hug. Kiss. Take out the photo album. Reminisce. Look back on the positive memories and gifts they've brought to your life. Also know that no matter how big or small, old or young, they have lived a full life in love. There are also beautiful blessings that can come from this situation, although these may be unclear to you now. 

Ramp up the self-care!

Don't turn to drugs, food, sex, or alcohol to help cope. Find a support group. See a counselor or a therapist. Meditate. Play a game. Read a book that you've been meaning to. Go see a movie. Exercise. Focus on your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. Take a bubble bath. Get a new haircut. Work on your Root & Heart Chakras, your centers of love and security. Anything that makes you feel good (that's for your best and highest) and refreshes your energy - do that. 

And most of all... 

Tell them you love them as much as you can, as often as you can. 

Sending you and your loved one so much love <3

xo Ariel

What to Do When You're Tired of Being the Bigger Person | Maven Mindset

We all have times where we get into arguments with those that we love. If you're like me, you have often found yourself in the position where you have to be the bigger person in the situation. But what do you do when you're the one who always has to be the responsible adult? The one who lets it go. When you don't want to shrink on your beliefs or feelings for the sake of a peaceful night, because you resent never being able to just speak your mind without ridicule. When you feel like you're forfeiting your dignity and intelligence to suffer in silence. When you're angry because that one person is just not listening to you, here is how you can hold sacred space for yourself.

The World

Connect with your guides and angels in meditation. What qualities does this person have that are bothering you so deeply and why? Try to form a deeper sense of understanding. Ask your guides to help you with this. If this is a family issue, ask your Ancestors to come in to help clear up any karma and to begin ancestral or bloodline healing. Extend love and forgiveness to the person. It's not as much for them as it is for you so that you're not allowing bitterness and resentment to take over your energy and harden your heart. Oh ya, and of course send them love and light like the high vibe lightworker you are!

The Devil

Avoid addictive behaviors resulting from an 'F - it' attitude. You won't hurt them by doing this, the only person you'll really be hurting is yourself. Resist the urge to lash out. Don't leave them lying in the dust after you stampede. Don't trample what is already a probably a very fragile ego. Yes, it may feel good in the moment to take out your agressions, frustrations, and disappointments on this person, however it doesn't heal the situation. Remember that it's their lesson too. It's not your problem if they're not ready to learn it.

Two of Cups

Talk with others about the situation. Find common ground with the offender, but don't be afraid of setting boundaries! Remember the good qualities they have however, don't romanticize them or the situation. Protect yourself. Why keep giving to a person who is not willing or open to receive? Don't cry over spilled milk whether it's wasted time or energy. Pick up your cup, wash it clean of their bs, and take it with you as you meet others who believe in kindness, compassion, and an even exchange of energy. Refill your cup with love, understanding, and appreciation.

Justice

Trust that the Universe will handle it. Karma will level the scales. Do not be unfair or unjust to this person even though the human part of you wants to snub them like they've snubbed you. Don't worry about wanting them to hurt as much as they've hurt you. Get rid of that low vibrational thinking. Take the high road!  The Universe has already laid a plan. This situation, this person, has come into your life to teach you a lesson. Perhaps it may even be a karmic relationship if this type of thing happens repeatedly or if you notice a pattern. How can you break the cycle?

Hope this helps you keep your power when you feel like someone you love is trying to take it away.

xo Ariel

Releasing the Remnants Ritual

This is a mini ritual that would be a follow up to a larger or more in depth releasing ritual and healing. This is about the remnants of releasing. What is left behind - the scars, the burns, the imprints on your energy that remain after traumatic events, difficult circumstances, heartbreak, trying relationships, etc. Even though you may have released this and let it go, every now and again it comes back up and you still have yet more releasing to do. This ritual, given to me by my spirit guides, is symbolic for releasing those energetic imprints. It's very simple, but you can make it as intricate or elaborate as you wish. Don't be afraid to add your own magical flair if you feel called. Watch the YouTube Video that goes along with this working for a more in depth explanation.

Tools - pencil, eraser, paper, a lighter or candle

Set the mood if you like. Call in your spirit team. You can incorporate lunar energy, candlelight, crystals, incense, music - you name it. Whatever gets you in the mood.

What have you released over and over, but you still feel a part of it is holding onto your spirit? Nagging and tugging. That just won't let go? Write this on your paper in pencil. Press hard enough as you write so that your writing will bleed through the paper, leaving an imprint. Allow any remaining feelings about this situation (anger, hurt, jealousy, sadness, etc.) to come back up as you're writing.

Once you've finished writing, begin to lightly erase your pencil marks. Feel free to use a releasing affirmation as you go through each one. You should see the remnants or impression of your handwriting still left upon the paper. The energetic imprint of these instances.

Take your lighter or candle and burn your paper, thereby releasing the remnants of these energetic strongholds. Give gratitude to your angels and guides for helping you with this working.

xo Ariel

 

Appreciation for the Journey on the Road to Awakening | Maven Mindset

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Looking back at your journey thus far, I'm sure you've learned a lot along the way. You may wish you were better prepared before you embarked on this expedition of self-discovery, but you wouldn't trade your unique experience for anything. Here are some things I've learned thus far in my own journey, as well as what I have come to appreciate about the journey of soul and self-discovery, the road of awakening, and the journey of being your most authentic self...

You're learning what is of heartfelt importance to you. You're better at bringing your focus back to the present. To look back and see how far you've come. Don't sweat the small stuff! Let it go. In the grand scheme go things, is it really that big of a deal? Don't stress about all that you have left to do, dream about, and accomplish. You know it will happen when it's meant to, so there is no need to attach to outcomes.

You have an appreciation for the process of letting go. You've gotten better at releasing! YES! Although it is never easy, the more you do it, the better you become at surrendering. You realize that releasing is vital to the health of not only your immortal soul, but also your human body. You can recognize a good release by the way you stand taller, your shoulders relax, your neck muscles aren't as tight. Everything about your energy is just lighter!

You understand the value of slow steady growth. Is a weed that sprouts up over night stronger than a great oak? You take time to stop and smell the flowers. To relish in the experience. To sink-in to the journey. To allow the road, your soul purpose, to become part of the way you walk and talk. You're not in any rush - where is the fun in that? You'd rather savor every moment, every lesson along the way. That way you really learn them- maybe even the first time around! Strong foundations are important to you. You want your knowledge and experience to have a backbone. Something to stand on that speaks all for itself.

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You've learned some warning signs - who and who not to trust. You have become a better judge of character (by getting to know yourself), but not judgmental - you just know who you would like to invite into your energy and who you'd rather keep at a bit of a distance. You know to pick your battles wisely. To not feed into another's negative behavior. To not get wrapped up in other people's drama - remember, not my circus, not my monkeys. You understand the insanely crazy value of setting boundaries and how it is a benefit to not only you, but also to others in your life as well.

You're getting better at that little thing called Self-Talk. You've been working on healing thoughts of a comparing nature. You understand that the grass really isn't always greener on the other side, but you are too busy focusing on pulling your own weeds, sowing seeds, and spreading fertilizer to notice your neighbor's lawn.  You've become better at freeing yourself from self-oppressing thoughts, self-sabotage, and lower vibrational patterns of behavior. You truly know the worth of thinking positively and the power of your own manifestation abilities!

You have a ton of excitement and hope for the future! You can over come anything and you know that now! You see all of the remnants of past challenges behind you - in a cloud of smoke, lying in the dust. You tore threw them like a hurricane (even though it may not have felt that way in the moment).  You are more sure of where you want to go, what you're looking for, and have a better idea of how to get it. You know where to look for opportunities. Understand the value and deep worth of self-expression. You're better able to determine when and when not to take action. You're more daring and ready for new adventures!

What have you learned on your journey of awakening thus far? What lessons are you currently grappling with? I'd love to hear your insights!

xo Ariel

Old Friends, New Circumstances | Maven Mindset

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Whether you grew apart, had an argument, or some unfortunate circumstances - your friendship with this person ended. You may have felt a sense of loss, grief, anger, resentment, betrayal, or any combination of these emotions, at the realization of this. Time has passed. Now you've moved on. You stuffed it down into a deep pocket of your soul, think you've forgiven the person, or the hurt has lessened with time. Then BAM! That very person sends you a friend request or a text message. You see them when out to breakfast with a significant other or at the doctors office. Past events race through your mind at lightening speed as well as the emotions associated with them. Do they remember? Maybe you don't want to look a them but you can't help it. Should you say hello and smile or should you two just continue to have a good 'ol cowboy movie stare down? Who will blink first?   First let me preface this blogpost by saying this: You are NOT the same person you were whenever this incident or disconnection occurred. Hopefully you've learned and grown from the experience. It may be exciting to see this person again -especially if you're lonely or they're someone you long for. You may hope for a rekindling. Seeing this person again may cause you nausea, anxiety, anger, fear, sadness, joy, even sexual attraction. The body reacts first, and sometimes it can feel sickening and you may not react in the way you were expecting. Take note of how you feel when your energies reconnect, even if that feeling only lasts a moment. Is there more that needs to be healed?

Growth + Change

Have they grown and changed? Is that change in alignment with your vibration and the new heights you'd like your vibration to go? Would their attitude and vibration help you both to ascend together or would they bring you down and be a distraction from your current destination? Maybe these 'visitors' as I'll call them, are a reminder of where you used to be, how far you've come, and where you're headed. A reminder to not look back, but to look forward. Maybe they are signposts for growth - phantoms of past lessons you've learned.

I've decided to use some tarot cards to help us take a look at the deeper lessons involved when a "ghost from your past" pops back up into your life.

6 of Cups - Memories Shared + Nostalgia

When first seeing this person after the passage of time, you may feel your stomach in knots and your heart flutter as your mind takes a saunter down memory lane. Your inner child may be jumping up and down from reconnecting with an old playmate or your high school self may be turning to mush after seeing an old flame across the way at the grocery store. These warm and fuzzy feelings invoked by the memories of our time spent with this person can sometimes bring us back to a simpler time. They can make us wish we were a more free and less inhibited version of ourselves again. They give us joy and laughter. They help us to see where we've grown and matured through the silly mistakes we made in the past. These may be the memories you fall asleep to at night. Reconnecting with this person may be an opportunity for you to let your hair down and have some fun again. Take a walk down memory lane together over ice cream and reminisce a while. It can be nice to take a break from daily stresses and relive nostalgic moments with this person by going to a park that you two used to frequently go to together or doing any activity that you both enjoyed. Taking this time with an old friend to catch up can refresh and reinvigorate you!

The Devil - Unhealthy Influences

Unfortunately there are times when someone from a darker part of our past stalks across our path. When seeing this person again, you may feel a pit in your stomach, start to perspire, and your heart may feel caught in your throat. You may instantly want to start crying or run from fear. This person may bring up feelings of personal insecurity within you and may reinforce the need for more healing work on the issue at hand - whether that be a drug addiction, abuse, rape, bullying, someone who took advantage of you, or anything that was not for your best and highest good. It is also a reminder that you (hopefully) are recovering or have recovered from the issue. You are not the same person you were then. You a stronger now. Don't let fear or someone outside of you make you quiver or steal your joy! You have overcome! You freed yourself from unhealthy influences and circumstances. You decided that your life and happiness was and is more important. Let this be a reminder to keep moving forward. Don't allow negative influences from your past to trap you there.

3 of Swords and 10 of Swords - Heartbreak + Betrayal

Did this person break your heart? It doesn't take a romantic relationship to have a broken heart. A friend, teacher, co-worker, sibling, or parent can give you one as well. Seeing someone who betrayed you in the past does 2 things:

  1. Gives you the opportunity to extend forgiveness.
  2. Let's you know that more inner healing work may need to be done on your part.

You don't have to walk up to the person who has hurt you and say "I forgive you for...", (however if your soul calls you to do it then I would, unless you are in a situation where it would be completely inappropriate, use your discretion), but you can extend a silent forgiveness, through love from your heart chakra, to that person. You could even go home and write a letter to that person, then take it outside, and burn it. Make a ritual of it. Wish them joy, love, and peace. Forgiveness is for you. Are you staying stuck in those feelings of hurt and betrayal? Why? What do you need to release it? I will say this - don't expect that person to tell you they are sorry. Don't have any attachment to outcomes. Sometimes what you need from someone, they are just incapable of giving it to you. Not necessarily that they don't want to, they just currently don't have the capacity to do so and may never. And that is okay! That's a part of their journey and definitely a teaching moment for you. That is a lesson I have learned over time and it has served me well. 

9 of wands - Defensiveness

You may notice that you are a bit on the defensive when you come in contact with this person. Maybe not in an active way, but in a passive (or passive aggressive) way. You want to boast and let them know what you're doing now. On the other hand, you could be very stand-offish to general good natured conversation. You may also be afraid that you're not up to par with where you could or should be due to what others or society believes you should be doing with your life at this point in time. You may compare yourself to their progress and deem yourself better or worse off than they are. You don't want to seem inadequate or like some type of slacker. This is definitely a lesson in Ego. You may also be defensive of past actions you took  or choices you made- maybe even actions that helped lead to the end of your friendship. One word (more like interjection lol) from Spirit guys:  "Let that -ish go! Agree to disagree or accept that yes, maybe you made a mistake beautiful soul. We all make mistakes! It's part of our learning and evolving as souls. Admit when you are wrong and be humble." 

5 of Cups vs 8 of Cups  - Something Left to Salvage or Time to Move On?

Is there anything about your relationship with this person that is worth reconnecting with? Have you both grown in healthy positive ways? Can you make amends and reform the bonds of companionship - even though it may never be the same, and if it's not, are you okay with that? If you do start over and try to rebuild a friendship with this person, do you believe there will always be a dark cloud in the background of what transpired between you? Listen to your intuition. Your soul will let you know if it is time to leave the past in the past. What does your body say? Try to connect with your guides if you're really troubled  about the issue. Ask for clarity. Truly evaluate the benefits of rekindling this friendship or relationship. Is it worth it? What would the lessons you learned about the situation say?  Can both of you get over the past and really make a change? You know the answer in your heart of hearts. If it is salvageable great! If it is not, don't be afraid to say your final good-bye's and to keep moving forward in a positive direction. Don't torture yourself with what might be. Listen to your gut and don't be afraid of the unknown. Don't reconnect with this person just because you're lonely, when you know deep down they bring you down or are not the kind of energy you need in your life.  

Judgement and The World - We Are All Teachers

Maybe this person you saw while on vacation with your family or at another table across the restaurant when out at dinner, did something scandalous or you just don't vibe with them for a particular reason. You pass judgement upon them, are envious of or stereotype them, or still see them for a mistake they made 10 years ago. Remember loves, we are all connected. We all love, we all grieve, we all laugh, we all have embarrassing moments or have been lied to. It is part of our human experience. What you dislike in someone else may truly be a part of yourself that you don't like or remind you of a mistake you made. Maybe where you went left, they went right. Everyone you come into contact with (including yourself) is a teacher. Each teacher has a lesson for us. These ghosts or visitors from your past may come up to remind you of the lessons learned, let you know that your knowledge and understanding of this lesson needs to be taken to a deeper level now, or it may just be a slap in the face to humble yourself. Take the lesson and remember that we are all equal. Think back over the experience and apply the knowledge gained from it into your life.

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Please comment below with any experiences you've had with old friends and new circumstances, as well as any lessons you've learned along the way. How did you feel? How did you deal?

xo Ariel

 

Rock Your Chakras!

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Show your Chakras some L.O.V.E.

Our chakras play a major role in our health, vitality, and well being. The health of our chakras affects our relationship with ourselves, others, and the world around us. Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning "wheel of life". There are 7 major chakras in our body. (I go into detail about all 7 Chakras on my YouTube channel. You can view my Rock Your Chakras! videos here). They are at points along our spine from the base of the spine all the way up to the crown of our head and each has its own color association. They all govern different areas of our life, body, and human experience. These whirling vortexes of energy are as follows:

  1. Root Chakra - Red
  2. Sacral Chakra - Orange
  3. Solar Plexus Chakra - Yellow
  4. Heart Chakra - Green
  5. Throat Chakra - Blue
  6. Third Eye Chakra - Indigo
  7. Crown Chakra - Purple

Each chakra has it’s own vibration or frequency. The lower chakras (root to solar plexus) have a more dense vibration and the higher chakras (heart to crown) have a higher vibration. Our lower chakras connect us with Mother Earth and nature. Our higher chakras connect us with our Higher Self, Spirit, Universe, and the Divine. The chakras work separately but they also work together as well. They support each other for the highest growth possible. Think of a tree - it needs to have strong roots and a steady foundation to flourish and stand tall!

We need to have a strong foundation before working too much with the higher chakras as their high vibration can sometimes be overwhelming or intense - especially when first starting to work with them. When I first started meditating I would feel sick afterwards because my body wasn't used to such a high vibration. I could feel my soul shaking inside of me - it was awesome and a bit scary at the same time. The more I worked with it and the more I worked with my lower chakras and grounding, the more enriching it became. So in my experience, a strong foundation - as it is with anything else - is very important.

What does it mean to have a blocked/unbalanced chakra?

Since chakras are spinning wheels of light, a wheel can get stuck (blocked chakra), move too slow (unbalanced - not open enough), or move too fast (unbalanced - too open). This can cause an unbalance in our physical bodies and can negatively affect how we interact with the world around us. If unbalanced, the color of that chakra may be dull or not as strong if you look at it clairvoyantly. Now why does this happen? The cause of an unbalanced chakra is often a response to emotional pain, trauma, regrets, fears, worries, etc. The energy is not flowing as it should be. Having a blocked chakra can manifest in our lives in different ways from insecurity and anger to depression and anxiety to hyper-sexuality and co-dependency.

Why should you care about the health of your chakras?

When your chakras are in alignment, here are some things you can experience:

  • Happiness
  • Having more energy
  • Improve how you interact with others
  • Be calmer in stressful situations
  • Helps you to live a more balanced and conscious life
  • An improved and deeper connection to Spirit
  • Most importantly - a deeper knowledge of yourself and your soul!

Rock your Salacious 7!

If you'd like to learn more about working with the individual chakras, how to tell when a certain chakra is unbalanced, how to balance it, and (my fave) crystals for each chakra and how to work with them, then definitely check out my YouTube series  Rock Your Chakras! for TONS of great info! 

Stay gorgeous beautiful soul!

xo Ariel