Practical Magick

Understanding the Throat Chakra

Understanding the Throat Chakra
The main functions of the Throat Chakra are self expression and communication.  Only by expressing ourselves are we able to tell the outer world about our inner workings, and declare what we need for our mental, physical, and spiritual  survival. As the second chakra gives us insight to who we are and what we want, the fifth chakra allows us to express those things and bring them into  existence. 

Understanding the Heart Chakra

Understanding the Heart Chakra
The Heart Chakra is the space of Divine love, unconditional love. This is a feeling and a depth of emotion that is given and received without motive or expectations; the nonjudgmental energy we use to heal ourselves and others; the foundation of compassion and forgiveness. The Anahata holds the space of human kindness, gratitude, and forgiveness, and is the center of our love for others, our love for ourselves, and the Universal love of all.

Understanding the Solar Plexus Chakra

Understanding the Solar Plexus Chakra
One of the main benefits of a healthy Third Chakra is a sense of equanimity: being so content and secure within your Self that no matter what arises in your life, you can meet the situation with grace and confidence in your abilities. When the Manipura is balanced, you are centered within your personal power, proud and accepting of being who you are – instead of stressing about what you are not.

Understanding the Sacral Chakra

Understanding the Sacral Chakra
The key to understanding the Sacral Chakra is understanding that the energy it houses is all creative, emotional energy. It’s just being channeled in different directions. The force you feel to paint a masterpiece is the same passion expressed in a luscious sexual encounter – it’s all sweetness. 

Understanding the Root Chakra

Understanding the Root Chakra
The Root Chakra is considered the foundation of the entire chakra system, supporting the energy centers above it and helping to maintain their balance. It establishes the connection between your physical body and the spiritual Earth. This chakra holds our survival instinct, our need for nourishment, and our sense of safety and security on the physical plane. This energy is our primal nature, our animal instinct to exist and endure.

Living 'Face-First'

Living 'Face-First'
Like most of us, when I was in my mid-teens to early twenties I didn’t understand much about myself. What’s worse, in my case, is that I have always been overly empathetic. It comes easy to me to assess the emotional state of others, and to not only know how they feel but able to understand why. This was an issue because as it got easier to share other people’s feelings, it became harder to understand mine. I could relate to others better than to myself.

Oya, Queen of the Cemetery

Oya, Queen of the Cemetery
As Queen of the Cemetery, Oya guards the gate between the living and the dead. She does not live in the cemetery; think of her role here as a kind of ‘day job’. She stands at the gates, ensuring the boundaries between birth, death, and rebirth are respected, and that every soul is accounted for. As she is the Goddess of Wind, it is said the first breath of life we take and the last breath we give belong to Oya. 

The Sensual Splendor of the Goddess Aphrodite

The Sensual Splendor of the Goddess Aphrodite
Her influence isn’t just about the carnal acts, but the entire experience. The romance of holding another’s hand, of couch cuddling and hot chocolate; the sweet taste of another’s mouth, the smell of perfume and pheromones. The feeling that swells in us when we are inspired by art, our infatuation with a beautiful song or affecting novel, the light and shadow playing across your skin as you watch the sun set… All these experiences are Aphrodite’s gifts.

Yemaya, Mother Goddess of All

Yemaya, Mother Goddess of All
Yemaya is the personification of a mother’s love, and represents the ideal of divine motherhood. Gentle, nurturing, and protective, she is the unconditional, all-encompassing love that a parent has for their child.  She appears in our lives as the loving, nurturing mother who listens to our troubles, soothes our sorrows, and guides us to becoming whole and complete.