Friday, September 11, 2020

13 Essential Gemstones Series: Rose Quartz


In this series, I will be exploring 13 common minerals and gemstones used in the Craft, dissecting their meaning from science, history, culture, and my own experiences.  

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Rose Quartz


Color: Pink
Appearance: A transparent to translucent quartz stone with a pink hue ranging from barely noticeable to an obvious light pink coloration.
Hardness: 7
Other Notable Qualities: Rose quartz is one of many variations of quartz defined by their inclusions and colors.


Scientific Correspondence:
Socializing - Community

True rose quartz is a pink cloudy stone that gets its coloration from inclusions of dumortierite.  Dumortierite is used in high-grade porcelain tiles typically used in high foot-traffic areas ranging from restaurants and stores to schools and hospitals.  As such, rose quartz of this variety is fantastic for social gatherings and community.


Historical Correspondence:
Love - Beauty

Ancient Greek lore contains two tales involving rose quartz.  The first states that Adonis was attacked by Ares while in the shape of a boar, causing him to bleed.  Aphrodite, his lover, was scratched by a briar bush while running to his aid.  Their blood together dripped onto clear quartz, causing it to turn pink.  Zeus, taking pity on the couple, brought Adonis back for six months every year.  The second story stated that Cupid and Eros gifted humanity with rose quartz, hoping that its pink color would inspire love and desire.  Thus rose quartz can definitely represent love in your work.

Ancient Egyptians associated rose quartz with the goddess Isis.  According to their lore, Isis used rose quartz as an aid for beauty and youth.  Because of this, facial masks made of rose quartz can be found in Egyptian tombs because they believed it would keep them wrinkle-free with clear complexions.  As such, rose quartz can also represent beauty as well.


Cultural Correspondence (USA/Midwest):
Gender Fluidity

In 2016, Pantone named rose quartz "Color of the Year."  They stated that color was a "warmer, embracing" color and paired it with the cooler, peaceful Serenity blue as a means of challenging traditional gender associations with the two colors.  Because of this modern association, rose quartz as a stone could be said to represent gender and gender fluidity.


Sigil to Invoke Rose Quartz


Utilize this sigil as a way of invoking the properties of rose quartz if you have none available to you.  You are welcome to print this sigil, place it in a grimoire, use it on a spell or put it in your blog with proper credit.  Do not claim this sigil as your own.

References
Mindat.org: Rose Quartz
Minerals.net: Rose Quartz
Gia.Edu: Rose Quartz
Origin Stones: Rose Quartz
Geology.com: Rose Quartz
Pantone: Introducing Rose Quartz and Serenity

**Images of the gemstone were found via a search labeled for reuse.
If you would like an image removed or credited, please let me know.**

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Previously
Clear Quartz
Amethyst
Amber

Bloodstone
Carnelian
Citrine
Hematite
Lapis Lazuli
Obsidian

Coming Soon
Selenite
Tiger's Eye
Turquoise

Friday, August 21, 2020

Meet the Familiars: Hermes


Name: Hermes
Nicknames: 'Ermy, Noisebox, Asscat.
Species: Cat
Breed: Domestic Shorthair (has to have some big cat in him - he's bigger than our Maine Coon mix)
Age: 9

Adoption Date: 11/10/11
Adoption Location: Mailroom of our apartment complex.
Reason for Name: Found in the mailroom, very talkative.

Pact Date: 12/10/11
Astral Voice Qualities: Piercing, loud, and fairly high pitch.
Element: Air
Favorite Witchcraft Activities: Reading, spirit talk, divination.
Five Key Qualities: Smart, talkative, mischevious.


The following interview has been edited for clarity.

What was your story before you were picked up by The Witch?
I ALWAYS TOOK CARE OF MY LITTERMATES.  WHEN ALL OF MY SIBLINGS WERE ADOPTED, I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE JUST ME AND MY SISTER AND MY OWNER.  BUT MY "OWNER" DECIDED NOT.  MY SISTER AND I WERE DUMPED IN THE MAIL ROOM OF AN APARTMENT COMPLEX.  WE WERE LOCKED IN THERE AND PEOPLE WOULD PET US BUT NO ONE WANTED TO TAKE US HOME.  EVERYONE IS AN ASSHOLE.

How did The Witch find you?
THE WITCH CAME TO CHECK THE MAIL WITH ARTEMIS AND FOUND US.  SHE CARRIED MY SISTER AND I FOLLOWED BY FOOT ALL THE WAY BACK TO HER APARTMENT.  SHE RECOGNIZED THAT MY SISTER WAS NOT FAMILIAR.
I EVEN CAME TO HER WITH AN H ON MY HEAD SO SHE WOULD KNOW WHAT TO CALL ME.  ONCE SHE FIGURED THAT OUT, THE H WENT AWAY.

When did you take up the mantle of domestic familiar? Why?
I WAS BORN INTUITIVE.  I WAS BORN INTELLIGENT.  I WAS BORN TO BE A FAMILIAR.  I NEEDED TO FIND SOMEONE WHO COULD HEAR ME AND THAT WAS THE WITCH.  AND SO I BECAME THE WITCH'S FAMILIAR.

What's your favorite witchy thing to do?
AGAIN, I AM VERY SMART.  WHEN THE WITCH WANTED TO EAT LUNCH FIRST BEFORE DOING A RITUAL, I INSISTED SHE DO THE RITUAL FIRST. I KNEW BETTER.  I ALSO KEEP THE WITCH ON TRACK. I SHOVE BOOKS AND TOOLS AT HER, AND INSIST SHE WORK EVEN WHEN SHE DOESN'T WANT TO. JUST BECAUSE YOU'RE LAZY DOESN'T MEAN YOU GET TO STOP BEING A WITCH. GET TO IT.  CHOP F*CKING CHOP.

What's the strangest request your witch has given you?
"STOP CLIMBING THE TV."  SHE SAID SHE'D GET ME A CAT TREE FOR YULE. THE YULE TREE WENT UP. THE YULE TREE WENT DOWN. THE CAT TREE NEVER CAME. SO WHAT ELSE WAS I SUPPOSED TO CLIMB?  YOU TELL ME.  THE WALL MOUNTED FLAT SCREEN WAS THE TALLEST THING.  IT GOT HER ATTENTION.  THE CAT TREE THEN CAME.  I WON.

What's your favorite sabbat or esbat?
SABBATS ARE WHATEVER. LET'S HEX A B*TCH.


Is it frustrating to be around non-magical humans who can’t “hear” you the way The Witch does?
OH THEY HEAR ME. THEY JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND ME. AND IF THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND ME, I HAVE WAYS OF MAKING THEM UNDERSTAND.  THE WITCH SAYS I AM MANIPULATIVE. ISN'T ALL MAGIC MANIPULATIVE?  AND I AM MOST DEFINITELY MAGIC.  AND ALSO CLAWS.

What is living in a multi-species household like?
I ALWAYS THINK I'M GOING TO HATE THE NEW ADDITION.  SOMEHOW THAT DOESN'T WORK OUT. IT HELPS THAT THEY ARE ALSO FAMILIARS. WELL, MOST OF THEM.  IT ALSO HELPS THAT NONE OF THEM ARE AS SMART AS I AM, SO I CAN RULE OVER THEIR PUNY BRAINS.  BESIDES.  I MUCH LIKE ZEUS.  HE IS MY MATE.  HE IS CHUNKY AND CUDDLY AND STUPID AND I LOVE HIM.   JUST DON'T TELL ANYONE THAT.  WHAT DO YOU MEAN THIS IS GOING ONLINE?


As a familiar, what is it like to be around animals who aren't familiars?
THE BIRD IS VERY LOUD.  AND SCARY.  AND STUPID. AND I REALLY CANNOT STAND IT.  I HAVE ASKED THE WITCH TO GET RID OF IT BUT SHE SAYS NO.  I KNOW IT'S THE RIGHT THING BUT SINCE WHEN HAVE I CARED ABOUT THAT.

What is your favorite non-witchy thing to do?
WHAT SHOULD I NOT BE DOING?  THEN PROBABLY THAT.

If you could pick a different type of animal to be, what would it be and why?
CAT BODY IS BEST BODY.  I AM BEAUTIFUL.  I AM SLEEK.  I AM CUTE.  IT IS MISLEADING AND MISLEADING IS... USEFUL.

Where is your favorite place to nap?
IN THE WITCH'S OFFICE CHAIR. THE MINUTE SHE GETS UP. EVEN IF SHE'S COMING BACK. MY CHAIR NOW.


Other Familiars