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Look Into My Crystal Ball October 10, 2015 14:46

Here at PBHQ we are all about using tools to aid in self realization. While meditation can be a wonderful practice sometimes it can be difficult to quiet the voices in our head telling us to check our phones, remember to pick up xyz from the market, or to re-watch The Jinx on HBOnow for the ninth time. Enter: Crystal Ball. Having an object to put our attention on helps to focus and more importantly, makes us feel spooky AF.

If you're new to scrying, here's how to do it:

Prep 

  • Cleanse your crystal ball using warm water and mild soap. Bonus points: smudge with a sage wand.
  • Charge your crystal ball in the light of the full moon.
  • Create an environment conducive to deep reflection. A clean, dark room is ideal for this practice.
  • Place the ball on a dark surface to reduce outside reflections.

Get to gazing

  • Relax and clear your mind as best as possible. The images in the ball come from your subconscious mind so an uncluttered brain is important.
  • Take the crystal in your hands and meditate a moment on your intentions.
  • Place the ball back in the stand and begin to gaze into it, allowing your eyes to lose focus and your vision to blur.
  • In time images and symbols will appear before you, a reflection of your mind's eye. Do not try to make sense of them, just make a mental note and allow them to pass. 
  • Once you are done, gently put the ball away.

Post-gaze

  • Take time to write out thoughts on your scrying and make sense of the messages revealed.

Pick up a crystal ball right HERE.

 


Weekend Witch: Andrea of Keramika LA August 16, 2015 23:04

 
Last weekend we had the pleasure of catching up with one of our favorite witches, Andrea, supreme over at Keramika LA. Andrea was kind enough to let us sip tea on her porch while she threw some new pieces.. 
 
Pastel Black: We're obsessed with your planters and altar mugs, when did you start working in ceramics?
Andrea: I grew up in a creative household, constantly surrounded by art and design, so sculpture and working with my hands have been parts of my creative development from an early age. Play-doh was my jam until I graduated to more sophisticated media like plasticine and Fimo. I started sculpting with high fire clay when I was 14 and attempted pottery while studying ceramic mold-making in college. In the past few years, my recreational ceramic practice has become something I've been able to share with more and more people and focus on as a part-time gig.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PB: Where do you go/ what do you do when you need inspiration?
A: Main sources of inspiration for me are plants and flowers; the weirder, the better. Hidden residential Los Angeles streets are my favorite thing to explore...walking around the east side, creepin' on people's homes and taking photos of their gardening schemes has become somewhat of a hobby. Plants bring life to my ceramics...I consider a piece fully formed and finished when it has a plant growing inside of it and it is contributing to the environment as a living thing. My father was an architect in Serbia before we immigrated to Canada and I found that his craft has influenced my own passion for creating harmony through our belongings in functional living spaces.
PB: What are you listening to these days?
A: I've had Fuzz and Shannon and the Clams on loop lately to boost my energy when I'm feeling sluggish over the summer. When I work, I tend to choose more mellow tunes like Iron and Wine or Allah-Las.
PB: If we snooped around your altar, what would we find?
A: My altar typically consists of crystals like rose quartz, azurite, amethyst and citrine along with sea shells, succulents, homemade candles and palo santo. Luckily, I have lots of small family heirlooms passed down to me throughout my apartment which act as some sort of spiritual support. The crystals tend to be switched up depending on the intent I'm focusing on, but a conscious flow of clear energy, creativity and love is always promoted throughout my home and studio!
If you're interested in picking up some of Andrea's pieces check them all out here!
 

Take it Up a Notch: Using Anointing Oils with Spell Candles August 02, 2015 17:00

Our candles are great all on their own, but sometime it takes a little extra to get the job done. If you're looking to maximize your magical output, an anointing oil is a great way to kick a spell into high gear. 

Here's what you'll need:

- Candle, we're doing a protection spell using a blank intention candle, but feel free to use the candle that best suits your desire. Make sure you wipe down your candle to rid it of any dust or grime before using. 

- Anointing oil, we're using an all purpose anointing oil which is great for any spell, but if you have a more specific oil to use go for it!

- Metal pin. 

- Wooden match.

 

Step 1: 

Since we're using a blank candle, we're going to write in what we're intending to achieve. This helps us set an intention and also keeps us from getting our candles mixed up.  If you're using a specific spell candle, go ahead and skip this step. 

 

Step 2: 

Using the pin, scratch your desire into the surface of the candle. Taking time to meditate on your intention. 

 

 

Step 3:

Using the back end of your match, poke three deep holes in the surface of your candle.

 

Step 4:

Anoint! Pour your oil into the holes on top of your candle, still meditating on your intentions.

 

Step 5:

Light it up! Burn your candle as long as you can safely do so. Make sure to blow out your candles before leaving the house, going to bed or having a pillow fight. 

 

Step 6:

Profit. 

 

 


How to Use Smudge Sticks to Purify Your Home May 19, 2015 16:45

Smudging is the ritual of burning dried bundled herbs for clearing energy, dispersing negativity and purifying your space. Most common herbs used are sage, lavender, sweetgrass and cedar. For best practice, one should smudge their home upon moving in and several times a year. 

Start at your front door and move clockwise around your home "washing" the smoke around each room, paying special attention to corners and behind doors where stagnant energy accumulates.  

Once you have finished the ritual you should dispose of the ashes by returning them to the earth.