Heart Chakra

The next chakra of the seven main is the heart. A unique aspect of this chakra is that it has two different colors that correlate with it, both green and pink. As such we will look at a green stone aventurine, and a pink stone rose quartz. They are both commonly used with the heart chakra, each with interesting healing characteristics.

First there is rose quartz, the stone of unconditional love and infinite peace. It is considered by many to be the most important stone for the heart chakra. It purifies and opens the heart as well as attracts romantic love. Aids in acceptance of necessary change, and enhances positive affirmations. It’s a beneficial stone emotionally because it releases unexpressed emotions and heart ache. Also encourages self-forgiveness and acceptance while invoking self-love and self-trust. Physically rose quartz strengthens the physical heart and circulatory system. Heals kidneys and adrenals and alleviates vertigo.

The other stone we are discussing is aventurine. Most of the time when people bring up this stone they are referring to green aventurine as we are now. It is a very positive stone of prosperity. Has ability to protect against environmental pollution. Also defuses negative situations and turns them around. Psychologically it reinforces leadership qualities and decisiveness. Promotes compassion and empathy while encouraging perseverance. It can stimulate perception, allowing ability to see possibilities and alternatives. Calms anger and irritation, and promotes a feeling of well-being. Physically it assists the thymus gland, connective tissue, and nervous system. Helps prevent heart attacks and migraines.

Both of these heart stones are beneficial and unique in their own right. The heart chakra is the bridge between the upper and lower chakras needing awareness and healing to best aid you on your life’s journey. These stones can help you live a happy, healthy, life full of love and compassion.

-Lily, Magus Reader

An Edge on Meditation

Let me tell you a secret, I’ve been meditating for many years, but I was never good at staying completely still.  I always found that when I sat down to meditate, I got very itchy. When I tried to resist the urge to scratch, the itch got worse and worse until I could not take it anymore. Eventually, I decided that if a quick scratch was all it took to make the itch go away, then it was quicker and easier just to scratch, relieve the itch, and then refocus on my meditation. I felt guilty about it, though. Meditation is supposed to help one sharpen the mind and overcome desire, and yet I could not overcome the most basic of cravings and bodily sensations.

 

Then a few months ago something changed. I sat down to meditate and immediately felt an itch at my temple. I was annoyed at the power that my body had over me and I decided that just this once, I would overcome it. The itch got worse and worse, as usual, but I actively worked to transform the discomfort into resolve to overcome the desire. The sensation increased, but I was no longer associating it with a desire to scratch; the itch instead became a sort of mounting ecstasy. Then I noticed that for some time my mind had been calm and centered and that the itch had faded away. Without realizing it, I had overcome it. Since then, when I have sat down to meditate, itchiness has still arisen, and it is still annoying, but I have been able to transform the sensation and wait for it to pass. It only took overcoming it once to learn that it was a surmountable obstacle. Now, finally after years of failing I can sit still and quietly for extended periods. It is a small victory, but a significant one.

I remember learning about a study in school where a heterosexual male subject would walk across either a suspension bridge, or something sturdier, to talk with a female. The men who were experiencing a fear response from crossing the suspension bridge were more attracted to the female researcher than those who did not. This is called misattribution of arousal. Humans are not good at identifying the source of physical arousal, and so the physical effects of fear can easily be mistaken for attraction. This also means that it is relatively easy to trick the brain into misidentifying a sensation. I believe this is why I was able to convince myself that the itch was not an itch at all, but rather an ecstatic resolve. All it took was a conscious renaming of the sensation.  Next time you are experiencing an unpleasant feeling or sensation try renaming it and see if you can transform it into something useful. Sensation is power and power can be redirected. Use it wisely.

-Adam, Arch Minon

An Immortal Series

When I first arrived at Magus and saw Tamora Pierce’s Immortals series on our fiction shelves, I couldn’t help but smile. Throughout my teenage years I was obsessed with Pierce’s books. After receiving Squire, the third book in the Lady Protector series as a gift, I tore through her catalogue, reading pretty much everything she’d written up until that point.

 

Though I loved all her series, the Immortals quartet was definitely one of my favorites. It follows

Veralidaine (called Diane), an orphan bastard, who discovers she has the ability to communicate with animals when she’s in her early teens. Set in Pierce’s world of Tortall, the series takes us through Diane’s adventures as her powers evolve and she grows up. It is a rollicking good time with great coming-of-age themes and an intriguing bit of sweet romance. Diane is a smart, strong heroine supported by a fun cast of characters. Recommended for fantasy readers in middle school and up.

-Katta Hules, Magus Minion

Santa Muerte

Mexico has long been a country of superstition, power struggles and blood. Today most of the population is staunchly Catholic. Faith an important aspect of daily life as any day may be your last. Mexicans have had a long working relationship with death, this is well depicted in La Santa Muerte. Tomas Prower walks the reader through the political landscape and Mexican history that has impacted the drug war. Santa Muerte is the patron saint of lost causes. A patron mother to a flock of black sheep.Mostly widely associated with the various drug cartels, though her following continues to grow. She is the saint to all those marginalized the LGBTQ community, addicts, drug dealers and all those who respect Death as a figure to be known. This book gently guides of tools that are used in the rites with the Dark Lady. Prower gives detailed descriptions of spells, rites, and goes deeper into Mexico’s deep conscious of Death. I recommend this book for any person curious about the topic of Santa Muerte and about her spiritual workings. As a relationship with a lady is to be earned and cultivated.

-Xochitl Ramirez, Magus Minion

Crowley and Waite

When I was preparing to teach my Tarot 101 class at Magus last week I decided to do a bit of research and the creators of two of the most common Tarot decks; the Rider/Waite and the Thoth.   I’ve always recommend that students start with the Waite deck or one that follows his symbolism.  I’ve never been a fan of the Thoth deck myself, but many people are drawn to it.  I could list all the things I don’t like about Thoth and what I do like about the Waite deck, but I’ll save that for another time.  What drew my attention was the similarities and differences between the two men.  

I knew they were both involved in a Victorian occult group called The Order of the Golden Dawn.  So I was curious about how they might have interacted.  Well, they didn’t like each other much!  In fact Crowley referred to Waite as “dead Waite”.  

Waite was born in the US in 1857, his father died when he was quite young and his mother returned to England.  He grew up in fairly humble circumstances.  In contrast Crowley was born to well to do fundamentalist Christians (Plymouth Brethern) in 1875.  

Waite’s biographer said that Waite was the first person to undertake a systematic study of Western mysticism as a spiritual tradition.  Crowley on the other hand was influenced by Eastern philosophies including Hinduism, Buddhism and Egyptian practices.  Early on Crowley created his own religion and declared himself its prophet.  

They most certainly knew each other.  Waite joined the Golden Dawn in 1893. He left in 1896 and re-joined in 1899. Crowley, who was 18 years younger joined in 1898.  Waite was also a Freemason and at one point  Rosicrucian.  

Waite created his Tarot publishing it in 1910.  Much of the symbolism was based on a complete deck that dated back to 1491.  Crowley first envisioned his deck as a six month project, but it ended up taking five years!  He completed the deck in 1943, but both he and the artist died before it was published by the OTO in 1969.  Oh one more thing of interest!  Crowley is widely believed to have been a spy!

-Carol, Magus Minion

Holistic Skin Care

As someone who has suffered through cystic acne,I know all too importance of taking care of your skin. I’ve seen multiple doctors and have tried to multiple remedies for my skin. Unfortunately I can only do so much as much of skin issues stem from hormones. However,I have found that our Blending Babes Rose hydrosil has been crucial in maintaining my oily/acne prone skin. It’s a common misconception that just washing your face will prevent acne. Oily skin requires extra maintenance because our skin tends to be problematic.Using a toner will close up the skin, to keep more dirt from getting into your pores. Moisturizing keeps your skin  from producing extra sebum from being produced. In summer it’s common to produce more oil, it’s the body’s defense against the harsh sun.
It is crucial to tone your face and to use moisturizer especially with oily skin. I prefer to use our rose hydrosol for my toner because it is so gentle and calming to my inflamed acne. It has been nothing short of miraculous for me. I find that it’s refreshing and calming. As an extra measure I even apply it before putting on my make up. It’s a staple in my personal care and might be excellent for yours.
 -Xochitl, Magus Minion

Flower Essences

If you are like me, you probably have tried using essential oils, tinctures, herbs, and teas for health and wellness. I have been using these types of remedies for over four years now and have found success with them.

While these remedies work well for some people, I often hear people say they have trouble finding the time to make tea multiple times a day, or that they haven’t found and tinctures or oils that help them. Many people, including me, have recently turned to flower essences for their ease and effectiveness.

Flower essences are mysterious mixtures that have been used primarily for pain management and for emotional and psychological maladies and traumas. They are very simple to use and can even be made at home. They seem to defy science since, while all across the world people have been finding success using them, no one has of yet figured out how they work.

There are hundreds of different flowers in use and each flower aids in a different way. Some help you with lower back pain, others help you make sense of your dreams. With the help of a knowledgeable practitioner you can create your own personalized mixture to suit your needs.

At Magus Books, we recognize the need for easily available flower essence information. Clare Nieto is our flower essence practitioner and is dedicated to the advancement of flower essence use in the modern world. Clare is funny, witty, and most importantly, knows her stuff when it comes to flower essences. Clare teaches classes monthly here at our very own Magus Academy. Whether this is your first time hearing about them, or you just want a little more information on them, Clare can help you progress toward becoming the best version of yourself you can achieve.

If you would like to be added to the list to get notifications of upcoming classes you can check out www.magusbooks.com or email Clare at clare@claregarndernieto.com and check out her site at www.claregardnernieto.com

-Ryan Stewart, Magus Minion

Minion Profile

Ryan Stewart

 

I am a new Magus Minion and UMN student. I am not only new to the school and store, but also new to Minnesota. I moved from Los Angeles in the middle of winter to pursue an education in Psychology. I plan study human behavior and how body language can be observed to detect deceit and how to differentiate it from general stress. I originally came to work for Magus because of my side interests in various religions, specifically Taoism and Qabalah, and to learn more about herbalism. Since joining, I have also become fascinated with tarot, chakras, flower essences, and pretty much everything at Magus.

 

Every time I walk into the front door and descend into the store I feel as if I have walked into another dimension. From classes on various esoteric topics nearly every day, to hundreds of books on everything from Astrology to Chaos Magic, Magus is a refuge for anyone interested in learning more about history, life, and even themselves. While there are ample examples of excellent items, the one I would like to share is a simple, yet underrated one. Magus carries excellent reusable tea bags made from muslin. They are definitely a steal at 95 cents. I have nice tea infusers in my home as well but I end up using these more often since they are so useful. They fit in any cup, have long drawstrings for ease of use, and can hold 1-3 tablespoons of herbs.

Chakra Stones: Sacral Chakra

As we continue to move up the Kundalini to the sacral chakra, the second chakra of the main seven. This chakra correlates with inner child work, sexual organs, life’s purpose, and addiction.

 

A classic stone that is commonly associated with the sacral chakra is carnelian. It is readily available at most holistic or crystal shops. This stone grounds and anchors you to present reality. It stimulates creativity and motivation, removes fear of death and promotes positive life choices. It also restores vitality. Carnelian is used to overcome abuse of any kind, the inner child, who holds trauma lives in the sacral chakra. Protects against rage, envy and resentment. Improves analytical abilities, it is a stone full of life force. The physical benefits are extensive, ranging from increasing fertility, helping with lower back pain and arthritis especially in the elderly. Carnelian has the ability to regulate bodily fluids and kidneys.

 

Another stone useful for the health of the sacral chakra is orange calcite. Calcite naturally comes in several colors, that share common healing characteristics, orange resonates most with the second chakra. It is known to be highly energizing and cleansing. It can balance emotions and remove fear, helpful in overcoming depression. This stone maximized potential while letting problems dissipate. Physically it helps to heal the reproductive system, gall bladder and intestinal disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

-Lily, Magus Reader

The Magus Arcane Academy

You might be aware that Magus is more than a place to get your Chamomile (or other herbal medicines). You might even know that we have the largest selection of occult books in the Midwest. Magus is so much more than just a book and herb shop. Magus Healing Center is where we offer a number of services, including Massage, Herbal Consults, Cupping, Reiki, and Flower Essence therapy. We also offer a wide range of classes presented every night of the week, through The Magus Arcane Academy.

Magus’s Arcane Academy is a space where those of us who work at Magus Books and Herbs or in the healing center, are able to teach on any number of esoteric and occult topics. Each teacher has 10 or more years of experience working in their field. Many of us have studied these topics at the university level and I’m more than proud have them on the staff. As the Manager of the Academy, I’d love to tell you a little bit about the different classes we offer.

Liz Johnson teaches all of the herb classes. With over 25 years of experience working in herbal medicine, hosts classes like Herbs for Stress, and Minerals for the Bath, and Herbal Home Remedy Chest and Fun with Fungi. If you even have the slightest interest in herbal medicine  or want to know more about the herbs you see every day (and those you might have seen on our wall) I couldn’t recommend any of Liz’s classes enough.

We also offer a number of classes on more esoteric topics. Adam  teaches classes on western concepts of demons and other such spirits in his Introduction to Demonology and Summing Basics classes. With his Masters in Western Esotericism he is well versed in the historical concepts of what demons are going back thousands of years. Kyle Ford, with her degree in Anthropology, offers classes on Alchemy and Esotericism in Art History. If you’re a history buff or interested in the strange, curious, or darker sides of western mystery traditions, check these classes out and learn for our most esteemed occultists.

Our readers Carol Watson and Cameron Williams teach their respective classes once a month. Carol has a series of classes on the basics of tarot as well as Using Tarot In Ritual. These classes are always full and so I suggest signing up for them as soon as possible to ensure a seat in this month’s class. Cameron  is just now teaching with us at the Academy and has already received high praise from his students . I had a group of young ladies saying how much they enjoyed the Introduction to Chiromancy a.k.a. Palmistry class when they came in for my class Introduction Astrology: Houses, Signs, and Planets.

I can’t express how excited I am at seeing the Academy grow as it has over the past year. Every day there is something new and exciting happening in our little classroom. Even with studying various occult and magical topics for over fifteen years, I’m supposed just how little I know when I sit in on one of my colleges classes.

If you’re looking for something new to do on a weekday night, or want something different to do with your friends or family, I couldn’t suggest a more entertaining , and enlightening, activity than taking any one of the classes Magus Arcane Academy offers. I very much look forward to seeing you in class.

Sincerely,
-Markus K. Ironwood, Magus Arcane Academy Manager