Summer sites

Words from ladyteawitch

Well, Memorial weekend is the official opening of the Petrified Wood Park in Lemmon SD. It consists of a park that was constructed in the 1930s and opened in ’32 It has a museum, gift shop and the park itself which boasts a waterfall, wishing well, Castle, fort and trees which were all made from Petrified wood and grass materials which came from nearby farms.  In July the town hold their Boss Cowman celebration which honors the founder GE Lemmon. The town has a second museum on Highway 12. I hope those who travel or are near the Dakotas can stop by and visit. Fair warning that you may have to spend hours in the museums to see everything in them. Lots to see, lots to see…

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What’s New with Aura Quartz? New Varieties & New Mineral Auras

By Ashley Leavy
Published on Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Today I wanted to talk to you a little bit about some of the new varieties of aura quartz that are hitting the market. I’ve seen one company kind of brand this whole new collection as “ultra aura” because they are so vibrant that they’re a SUPER aurified quartz crystal, and the color range that you see on these stones is really quite intense.  It’s a little bit different than the traditional aura crystals tat have been out in the market for years now.

So the traditional aura quartz are usually limited to:

  • Aqua Aura (which is that nice blue)
  • Rainbow Aura (which is also called Flame Aura)
  • Cobalt Aura (which looks similar to the Rainbow Aura, but is more blue)
  • Tangerine or Melon Aura (which is that nice kind of peachy gold color, it’s also sometimes called Imperial Gold Aura)
  • Opal Aura (which is also known as Angel Aura Quartz)

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SunRay’s Memes- Memorial Day


Eugene Fredrick Stutz
U.S. Navy WW2

Today we all are thinking of how gratefully indebted we are for the sacrifice our love one’s gave so that we can be a free nation.
To dad, it wasn’t anything like that at all, to him it was just something you did.
“You protect and you work to provide for your family.”
To me that is the depth of honor.
I woke this morning from a dream.. In this dream,  My dad and his new wife moved into a new house and my sister and I were living with them. (Dad was much younger, about 45ish.) In my dream, I left for a night and when I came back the next day my sister and my dad’s wife tell me that dad had died during the night. One minute he was young, healthy and there, then the next he was gone. I felt gut wrenching pain and heartache. Than I woke up. I’m not completely sure why I dreamt that. But today I can say how very grateful I am that I  got to spend the moments I did with him.
Blessings To You And Your Love One’s,
SunRay Sorceress

Healing with the Power of Aura Quartz

By Ashley Leavy
Published on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Although Aura Quartzes are a relatively new item in the world of crystals, they have already started quite a controversy because they are created through an artificial process. It is my goal in sharing the following information to educate, entertain, inform, and intrigue you in regard to the alluring world of Aura crystals.

Because the exact processes and metal combinations of creating the various types of Aura Quartzes are not openly shared (due to fear of trade secrets being given to other manufacturers), it is often difficult to get accurate information about these crystals. There are only a handful of manufacturers worldwide that have the equipment necessary to produce them. Additionally, the cost of the precious metals involved in the process is constantly rising. These high costs of production, coupled with the fact that there is a large percentage of breakage during the process (due to the extreme heat involved – up to 1600 degrees F), makes these somewhat rare stones a desirable addition to any crystal collection.

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A search for the true inner Witch, Healer and Shaman.

Written By Priestess Hypatia

For Coven Life


I woke up this morning and decided to use my Masonic Tarot….

I have had these cards for a while, mainly learning to read them through deciphering their masonic symbols and meanings. They are in the style of the conventional Raider Wait tarot so following their general symbolism is somewhat achievable.
Today I pulled out the priestess card. Ow Yeah, who doesn’t want that card? But the more I looked into its meaning the more I realized it was what I was currently studying on my path. I have started to look deep within myself. Attempting to enter a place within the self that is not reserved for the faint hearted. A place where searching takes you into a vast space of nothingness that is often arid and hostile.

So why do so many of us searching to find our inner being continue to do so?

Here is my version of why

On the masonic high priestess card there is the letter V.I.T.R.I.O.L. Conventionally vitriol is sulfuric acid and generic conversation can lead it to mean caustic or hostile. In masonic tradition the letters stand for “visita interiora terrae, rectificandoque, invenies occultum lapidem”. This translates as “visit the interior of the earth, and purifying it, you will find the hidden stone.” The inner earth is the inner self, a hidden stone that symbolizes the Philosophers stone, the Holy Grail. How long has man searched to find this without, and only if they knew from the beginning it lies within? So the high priestess has in not only Masonic interpretation but conventional interpretation come to mean to look within. But what do we look for? Where do we start looking? How do we start looking? And when we are there, how do we come out of it? These are not only questions that I ask but many before me and I’m sure many after me will continue the infamous quest.

The masonic order talks about the chamber of reflection, a point that triggers inner reflection. It represents duality, as well as the presence of the Inner Master from whom we can never hide, lie, nor deceive. A thought that stems from the ancient Greek Pythia at Delphi, “Know thy self”. The only way one can truly know one’s self is by inner journeying through inner reflection. It’s what lies within that shows us what lies without. Another thought of the old religion is that, what is above is what is below. It all means the same, it all comes back to that one point of know thy self. Incidentally some of the modern well known Witches such as Gardner and Saunders were know Freemasons.
The Mayan civilization believed that the inner world is hollow, the hollow earth is a portal to the underground or the underworld. In ancient times it is thought many underworld Gods came through caves and crevices to the middle earth. Interesting comparison to the alchemical thought process where it has a metaphysical meaning rather than a physical one where the inner world is the inner self.
The ancient Greeks had Kore daughter of Zeus and Dimitra, where Kore (Persephone) entered the underworld and only to rise as Persephone. Her name in some translations means bringer of death. It all sounds so familiar to the elemental thought of metamorphosis. Where one must die in order to arise only to become more enlightened and much wiser.
In Shamanic traditions they have what is called the death initiation where if one does not have the power to pass through it correctly then permanent death may result. The link below is a colorful interpretation of a shamanic journey.

Shamanic Journey

Also in the link below is a wonderful interpretation of a shamans experience in the process of life and death. Great read!

Shamanic Death Initiation

So once again here I am standing on the shoulders of giants who before me also thought of how to attain enlightenment through inner knowledge. I am just starting to realize that this is not something that you learn in one sitting or even reading several hundred books on the topic. This is a lifelong process and in some cases through different life processes. This is what life is interpreted as. We are not static, we are living in motion. An energy that is part of the universe. The same energy that created us also created the very earth we stand on, the universe and many other universes. Once we take a glimpse of knowing thy self I guess we have taken a glimpse into what the creator looks like. I believe only then can we see and know the true path of the Witch, healer and Shaman.

On my journey I will keep on searching for that little spark in the abyss. One that will hopefully guide me like a bright star in the night sky to the creation that lies within. Everyone has this ability it’s just a matter of whether we want to see it and then learn to use it.

Happy journeying.

many Blessings
Priestess Hypatia

Witch by Fayt-Storm

A witch is someone attuned to nature, and the gentle flow of life, the passing seasons, and the phases of the moon. She senses the constant flow of energy and seeks to understand and shape it. She sees life and nature as sacred and beautiful, and so she strives to heal and nourish both. A witch is ruled by her heart and intuition, she holds nothing back as she faces the world with courage and a lust for adventure and life. She discovers the mysteries, the magick that lies within her, reclaiming them for women everywhere. She is the embodiment of love and compassion, always giving of herself to those in need. She will be aggressive in defending those who can not defend themselves, the oppressed and abused. Seeking justice for all the wrongs. A witch is independent and free, sexually liberated, and untamed. A witch is one who is inlove with the Goddess as well as herself.

I embrace the word witch wearing it proudly for all the world to see. It is a sacred word between those who seek wisdom from nature, the healers, the servants of the cummunity, and the priestesses of the Goddess. Witches were nonconformists, courageous, and intelligent women. They were sexually liberated and took charge of their own bodies as midwives, the first birth control practitioners and abortionists, they bowed to no man!! And for this they were labeled evil, shunned, persecuted, tortured, and murdered. These women did not call themselves witches. They were not evil and had no pact with any devil. They just chose to be free, to express themselves differently, and refused to let anyone tell them how they should act.

I embrace this word witch, reclaiming it and changing its image. I accept it as a sacred title, as an independent free woman on her own path. In doing so I strive to give back to my sisters this beauty, this power, this acknowdleged freedom. As I claim this sacred word, I show the world I am a woman, free and beautiful, joyous and untamed, a Goddess and a witch!

or more to the point magick.

I believe magick is life. It is the flow. Every breath I take, every heart beat, its all magick. Spells and charms, formal rituals, and prayers, all of this is just a way to bind yourself to this flow and shape it. It may seem all supernatural and scary but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. It is as natural as the gentle breeze. I do not hex anyone or send curses turning people into frogs. I can not get a million dollars or somehow control someone to do my bidding. If witches could, many many more people would be witches. It is about honoring the sacred. And taking control and responsibility for your own life.

It is a sacred craft, mixing new expierences with old traditions, ancient rites (well the best we can piece together of them) with, folk lore and myth. Its centered around nature, and the 4 elements- earth, air, fire, water combined with the 5th spirit (the divine, you, fae, etc..) No two witches practice the same way. You can be any religion and still be a witch, as it is a craft, a practice.

(No corrections made by me to spelling or otherwise)

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Pagans with Disabilities Face Unseen Challenges

TWH –In the collective Pagan communities, it is not at all unusual to encounter people with disabilities. There are no studies to suggest that there are more Pagans and polytheists with disabilities than in any other cultural and religious subgroup. However, the fact that such people are so visible might indicate a level of accommodation and acceptance that may not be present within other communities Whether or not being under the Pagan umbrella provides more support, many people with disabilities still yearn for better accessibility on festival grounds and in ritual spaces, and can still often feel isolated from their community of choice when unable to fully participate. – See more at:

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The Headdresses of Star Carr

Claire Dixon —  May 26, 2016

NORTH YORKSHIRE, England — Researchers have completed the first scientific study on the techniques used to create the oldest shamanic or ritual headdresses discovered in Europe. The red deer skull and antler artefacts were unearthed at Star Carr in North Yorkshire, England, and date to some 11,000 years ago in the Mesolithic era. When the site was discovered in the 1940s it yielded the largest haul of ritual items from the period ever found in Europe, and it is considered the most important area for Mesolithic study on the continent. – See more at:

Now, 24 headdresses have been analysed under a five-year project led by the University of York. Twenty-one of them were from the original trove and three were discovered by the team during fresh excavations at Star Carr. The University of York’s Professor Nicky Milner, co-director of excavations at Star Carr, said, “These headdresses are incredibly rare finds in the archaeological record.”  She added, “This is the only site in Britain where they are found and there are only a few other headdresses known from Germany. This work into how they might have been made has given us an important glimpse into what life was like 11,000 years ago.” – See more at:

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