For thousands of years, crystals have been used as a source of healing, as amulets for protection, and as a tool to help connect to the vibrations of The Universe.
These minerals have been growing within the Earth, formed over millions of years, shaped by volcanic heat and waters, and charged with natural elemental powers.
In many cultures it is believed these natural wonders each contain a specific healing, personal empowerment or protection vibration that when tapped can have a profound effect on our physical and mental wellbeing; the crystal’s energy balancing and realigning atoms within our own bodily makeup.
It is said that whatever you need - whether you’re aware of the need or not - the right crystal guide will have a way of finding you.
Take 30 to 60 seconds to look over the six images of crystals. Then close your eyes and relax. One image will stand out for you, emerge in your mind’s eye. This is the one that has a special meaning for you, a message from your crystal guides. Read and take note of what they have to say.
Rose Quartz (Top row left)
If Rose Quartz has drawn you to its vibration today you are being reminded to be as kind to yourself as you are to others. Forgive yourself for past mistakes and let go of old hang-ups and feelings of anger, jealousy and resentment. Accept and love who you are and remember if others cannot embrace this it’s their own inadequacies, not yours. This crystal wants to empower you, to help you find your mojo. It magnifies creativity and imagination so if you’re wanting to write that book, start that new business venture, or even create that new life this vibration is saying this is a great time to do so. Step into this period of harmony and watch the magic happen.
Blue Lace Agate (Top row middle)
What are you not saying to someone that they need to hear? This is the question being asked of you by Blue Lace Agate. Your intuition, gut instinct, is telling you what you need to do and what you need to say, but something is stopping you. Is it a fear of being judged? Maybe, you’re frightened that you might upset someone dear? The gentle vibration of Blue Lace Agate urges you to express the feelings that are in your heart honestly. No matter how hard the situation may seem, this vibration is saying if you speak the truth with kindness, you will receive a favourable outcome. Peace can only come when you allow yourself to freely express what is within.
Carnelian (Top row right)
This is not a time to back down or to settle for second best. If Carnelian has spoken to you, drawn you to its vibration, life is about to get very interesting indeed. This bad boy means business. He’ll shake you up and kick in to touch any feelings of apathy or insecurities that may have recently crept into your world. He’s like your very own Mr Motivator, arming you with courage, drive, ambition, heaps of vitality, and a “get real and focused” attitude to push you to achieve not just what you need but what you want. With this highly-charged vibration driving you forward towards new opportunities that Porsche Spyder 218 you’ve been secretly Googling might just turn from a dream into a reality.
Amethyst (Bottom row left)
Are you partying a little too hard? Spending more with the turf accountant? Has the one glass of wine after work turned into a bottle? Another Krispy Kreme won’t hurt, will it? There is something that you are doing to excess that has drawn you to Amethyst’s soothing vibration. In Ancient Greek Amethystos means not to be intoxicated and Amethyst is in your world right now to help guide you away from any form of addiction or extreme behaviour. This purple crystal is here to remind you that you do not need to reward yourself with excesses of any kind to feel good. Embrace this beautiful vibration and you’ll start to find more physical, mental and emotional balance – and a newfound confidence to say “no”.
Tiger’s Eye (Bottom row middle)
If you have been challenged to look into Tiger’s Eye then you are being warned there is somebody in your orbit that is causing problems behind your back. To your face this person is your friend but Tiger’s Eye vibration is calling them out as false and untrue. They are not to be trusted and they mean to bring you down. Don’t worry though to be forewarned is to be forearmed. Tiger’s Eye is offering you protection from malice or unseen threats. To know whether a person is the real deal and is reliable Tiger’s Eye is asking you to tap into his protective vibration and trust your feelings. It will soon become clear just who or what is the unknown enemy.
Sunstone (Bottom row right)
You are being given permission to enjoy yourself, to do something for pleasure not business if Sunstone has caught your eye. This sparkling vibration is encouraging you to live in the present, to seize the day and to remind you that this life is no dress rehearsal. When is the last time you actually did something for yourself without feeling guilty? Sunstone wants to see you having a little more fun, add a dash more pizazz to your life. Book a random day off work and take yourself off to a spa or play a round of golf. Read that book you’ve been meaning to for the past six months, or visit that Tate Modern exhibition. You’ve always wanted to travel on the Orient Express so, Sunstone is saying, go on and treat yourself.
Holy Kapow! It’s Comic Book Day on Saturday (May 6), a global event to help bring new readers into the world of superheroes and villains, Manga and the graphic novel. Every comic book character, be they good or bad, is on a journey in which he, she or it is confronted with challenges, both internal and external, to test their strength and resolve. They have lessons to learn, duties to perform and codes to live by. Sound familiar? We thought we’d take a closer look at some of these super characters and see what messages they had to share with we mere mortals...
Take 30 to 60 seconds to look over the six images above of our chosen DC and Marvel comic book heroes. Then close your eyes and relax. One character will stand out for you, emerge in your mind’s eye. It could be male or female. This is the one that has a special meaning for you, the one whose qualities you share, need to develop or confront or who simply has a message to help you better understand your own Universe. Read and take note of what they have to say.
If the Man of Steel has drawn you to his vibration today you are being reminded you have the inner strength to take on any problem, confront any situation no matter how difficult it would appear. What or whom is challenging you at the moment? You have a strong moral core; you are a person of your word. On the one hand you feel you should step into assist, on the other you are tired of always being called upon, always putting others' needs before your own. Everyone in your sphere knows this, too. It’s your kryptonite. You’ll always go the extra mile, pick up the cheque, stand aside to let others step in the spotlight. What if you didn’t? What if it was all about you? Perhaps, this time, it will be…
You don’t need a super power to be a superhero. This is the message being sent to you if The Dark Knight’s batarang has whizzed by to blur your vision. What are you afraid of? What truly lies within? There is much you keep shrouded from the world. If this takes the form of a talent, a secret, an idea, a creative project that you’re musing on in your cowl-covered head then Gotham’s finest is saying perhaps it’s now time to bring it to the attention to those in your universe. Don’t let doubt, insecurity, fear of failure or rejection prevent you from being true to yourself – to revealing your true self. The message is loud and clear: Stop hiding, start living.
Strength comes in different guises. If Wonder Woman aka Diana Prince has pulled you in with her lasso of truth you are being asked to look carefully at the image you are projecting to the world. How you see yourself is not the way that others see you. The message from this Princess of Themyscira is stay strong and avoid getting caught up in your own insecurities or self-doubts as this can easily lead you to spin out of control. You don’t have to be a ball-buster to get ahead. A cool, considered approach is better than a hot, huffy one so, the advice here is, don’t let your emotions get the better of you.
There is something or someone that has you caught in a web of paralysis. If Spiderman has swung into your eye line today, you are being urged to look at a relationship or work situation that has run its course or that no longer is bringing you joy. Who or what is making your heart sink? You don’t have to think too hard about the answer because you already know. What are you clinging to? What are you frightened to release? And, perhaps more pertinently, why? Tap into your Spidey-senses to find the courage to move on. It’s not easy to let go but the message here is the sooner you swing into action the sooner your life will be filled with more meaning. Go on, you might not have wings but you’ll soon be flying.
When it comes to playing games, you are a master tactician. This is a precious life skill and, when used wisely, can bring great rewards. If Black Widow has lured you into her orbit today, ask yourself what game you are playing or if you are being played. Are you simply a pawn or are you living up to your potential as the made piece? Perhaps, it’s time to switch tactics or even sides. You’re smart enough to recognise when the odds are not in your favour. Fortunately, you have the power of attraction, drawing people into your orbit with ease, so it will take no time and little effort to get back into winning ways.
If you have been challenged to look into the eye of Storm then you are being reminded that time and tide waits for no man. What have you been avoiding doing or saying? There’s a shift in weather patterns coming, the outcome of which will be determined by how – or if - you address your current circumstances. Sunshine or rain? Blizzards or blue skies? Act now and the choice will be yours. Stick your head in the sand and the message from Storm is loud and clear you’ll be caught up in a maelstrom which will leave you not just battered and bruised but reeling directionless for the next couple of years. Still think it’s easier to close your eyes to what you know you need to do?
The Universe is always finding ways to communicate with us but we very often don’t recognise or understand what is being said. It is constantly sending us messages through signs, warnings, our own intuition in order to help us navigate smoothly through life. To tap into this energy, we need to be open to receiving it and willing to hear it. We need to take note of recurring patterns and accept there is no such thing as coincidence. The more we tune into our intuition and inner world, the more clearly our dialogue with the universe becomes. Our Witch Twitch has worked with our guides to help get you started.
Take 30 to 60 seconds to look over the six images (above). Then close your eyes and relax. One image will stand out for you, emerge in your mind’s eye. This is the one that has a special meaning for you, a message from your guides. Read and take note of what they have to say. Seek and ye shall find...
Boots (top row left)
Now is not the time to bow to pressure. You are being urged to stick to your guns, to fight for what is right, even if it means upsetting your partner, boss, or work colleague. There will be times when you feel beleaguered, that you are climbing a mountain that has no summit. Don’t worry this will eventually pass and those very people who have been non-supportive will come around and listen to your reasoning.
Your integrity will be handsomely rewarded. However, be warned about getting all smug and I-told-you-so as this will backfire and send you back to square one. There’s only so many mountains that someone can climb.
Bottles (top row middle)
You may be feeling that you need to escape from it all. Questioning your very existence and life purpose. You are being urged to open yourself up to new possibilities and experiences, especially any that involve travel.
This is a good time to consider what it is you truly want in your world. Anything is possible right now and your guides will be working with you show the way. Look out for signs from them maybe a popped champagne cork, a forgotten old photo falling from a book, a feather in a strange place, a chance meeting. These will have meaning when they appear so take note of the time, the day, the location. A new path is calling.
Technology (top row right)
You may be feeling you are living a lie or that someone close to you is not revealing their true self. Maybe a relationship is suffering through a lack of trust and truth. It’s time to face up to what is really happening around you, to stop ignoring the niggling feelings that are signalling things are not all they appear.
The universe is giving you permission to snoop. If you think someone is hiding something from you get to work on finding out what it is. Hack their emails, their phone messages, hire a PI to follow them. You’ll either be proved right or wrong. Either way you’ll feel a whole lot better knowing that you know.
Paints (bottom row left)
You are being urged to bring new creativity into your life. This may be through taking up a new pursuit like drawing or painting, joining a writers’ group or signing up for a dance class. Rumba, anyone? Let your imagination be your guide and allow your creative juices to flow. By unlocking that secret space within you will find that your life runs more smoothly. You will feel more alive, more enriched and less bothered by the trivial things that so often nag you.
A sexy, more confident you will emerge, attracting a host of new opportunities, both in business and in love. Who knows you’ll feel that good about yourself you may even decide to become a life model. Nothing venture, nothing gained.
Forest (bottom row middle)
Hanging on to the past is severely damaging the gift that is the present. You are being asked to get out into nature to let these anchoring feelings go. Take a walk in the park, run along a beach, cycle through a woodland - anything to free yourself from urban constraints. The natural elements are waiting to cleanse your thoughts, enabling you to dream a brighter future into being.
Shake off old habits, ditch negative patterns of behaviour and, if needs be, kick to the curb anyone now surplus to your new requirements. There’s a fresh start to be explored. Do not let your own fear or that of others prevent you from moving on.
Theatre (bottom row right)
You may be experiencing plenty of drama in your world to which you may or may not have contributed. The problem is your energy is taking a bashing as a result of it and it could all end in tears, yours. You are being advised to step away from the situation, to release yourself from the conflict. An argument needs at least two players. Take your bow and exit stage left. You’ll feel a whole lot better once you’re in the wings, observing like a pro rather than performing as a diva.
You have a new role to play, one which may not be as dramatic but will certainly win you plaudits. Rise above the rabble and become the true star of the show.
The Witch of the Wharf is a published writer, regular columnist for The Wharf newspaper and blogger