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Palo Santo

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As you might already know, there are all kinds of ways to deal with negativity, from using crystals to burning sage. But one of the oldest and most revered tools for spiritual cleansing is using the Palo Santo wood. The Palo Santo is a mystical tree that grows on the coast of South America. In Spanish, the name literally means “Holy Wood”.  It is part of the citrus family and has sweet notes of pine, mint, and lemon. It is enjoyed by many for its energetically cleansing and healing properties similar to Sage.  It is a strong medicine that has been popularized for its heavenly presence in keeping energies grounded and clear.  It creates a pleasant, fresh smoke that works well in keeping away mosquitoes and other flying insects which is one of the prime uses for the people who live in Ecuador and Peru. Its smoke is so powerful that its aroma is proving to be one of the most fragrant woods in the world.

The smoke from Palo Santo is believed to have both medicinal and therapeutic healing powers. Traditionally, it is burned for spiritual purifying, energy cleansing and healing. Some of the most well-known Palo Santo uses include inspiring creativity, evoking protection, infusing blessings and bringing both love and good fortune. It is a wonderful tool to use before and during your meditation. Its uplifting scent helps to raise your vibration to bring a deeper connection to the Earth and your divine source. The Palo Santo uses will provide energetic protection, remove any bad energy, uplift your spirit and fill your home with blessings.

For physical healing, Palo Santo benefits include relieving symptoms of common colds, stress, headaches, anxiety, inflammation, emotional trauma and more. It is also wonderful for setting and sealing in your intentions with. It is also used while clearing crystals and jewelry.

Using Palo Santo is very easy. Below is a step by step process on how to go about doing so:

  1. Light your Palo Santo stick.
  2. Let the stick catch fire, and allow it to burn for about 30 seconds. Then, gently blow out the flame.
  3. To fill your space with blessings, start at the front door and walk clockwise through it with your Palo Santo. To bless yourself, your space or crystals, simply allow the smoke and the rich smell of the Palo Santo to fill the room.
  4. When you are finished, place your Palo Santo stick in a fireproof container. The glow at the end of the stick will eventually go out on its own. Unlike conventional incense, which burns out completely after lighting it, your Palo Santo wood may be relit many, many times.

I personally use Palo Santo to cleanse my crystals, jewelry, and space. Because the smoke from the wood is so light and smells amazing, it leaves a beautiful and peaceful atmosphere behind.

 

-Neil Omacharan-

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Believe in Magic

I Believe In Magic

By Cassidy F. Chate

I believe in magic.
I believe in stories,
In strange beauty and wonder,
In dreams and glories.

I believe in magic.
I believe in tales,
In Alice, and a white rabbit,
In a land that ever never fails.

I believe in magic.
I believe in Pan,
In Tinker Bell and lost boys
To fly me off to Neverland.

I believe.
I really, really do,
But the thing with magic,
Some endings are tragic,

And I ended up with you.
We look for the good in the world and in doing so we sometimes overlook the bad. We become enthralled in the notion of endless possibilities and happily ever afters that sometimes we neglect to realize what is occurring in our present. It is important to not only keep an open mind full of hope and adventure, but to also take the time to worry about today as we keep hope for our future.

In Cassidy F. Chate’s poem “I believe in magic,” the speaker states that sometimes magic is not as beautiful as we would hope. Magic does not always provide us with the happy endings seen in Disney’s Cinderella, Peter Pan, or Snow White. Sometimes, the magic in the world is meant to teach us a lesson, to show us something about ourselves we hadn’t realized before. The world is filled with magic, and it is those who appreciate the beauty and simplicity in life that can see the magic occurring all around them. From a blooming flower to a rainbow after the storm, there is magic all around us. But flowers cannot survive a New York winter, and rainbows disappear shortly after they are seen. Neither fact makes them less beautiful, if anything, it makes us appreciate their beauty all the more.

As Chate’s poem suggests, I too am a believer in magic. I believe in the beauty of possibility. I believe in the magic of adventure and discovering something or somewhere you hadn’t realized existed. I believe in hope for the future and in the existence of a beauty in the world and in people that we have yet to discover. I believe that happily ever after is not a creation of magic, but instead a product of hard work, determination, and hope for a better future than our past.

 

~Arlinda Mulosmanaj

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Ocean’s Posession

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My obsession with elemental projections of animals/spirits hasn’t ended! I went to central park one day with two of my coworkers  because one of them (Jojo) wanted to explore NYC (she’s from Texas). We were enjoying the scenery when I realized that Aneesa (my other coworker) had a professional camera. I instantly lit up and told her that we should take photos. She agreed, and before you know it we took pictures in various parts of the park, including the Metropolitan Museum of  Art (which this photo was taken at). I noticed a water fountain nearby and became inspired. I struck various poses before finally using this photo for my next manipulation. I originally had my friend take this photo because I noticed the sun’s reflection in the water, and how it was reflecting off my eyes. When she sent me the photos, it wasn’t as clear; we could only see the white dot that was caused by the sun’s reflection. But because I liked my entranced facial expression, I chose to use this as my next piece. The concept of this photo is the idea of being controlled by a mystical force that takes the form of water, and can possess a certain race of aliens when an extremely bright light reflects off it. This causes the mystical water to hypnotize the being, allowing it to take over as it’s host. I wish I had a different outfit on at the time because I would’ve looked more badass, but sometimes you gotta live in the moment (in this case, the captured moment). I added the aqua dragon projections because it puts a face to what is “possessing” me. My blank face makes it look like i’m being used as a vessel by a hydra. I was originally going to use a different dragon, but the current one suited the photo better, since it could be more transparent than the other image without completely disappearing. I also turned my eyes blue with pupils because I was inspired by the eyes of the Jasper and Amethyst soldiers from Steven Universe. I found them to be aesthetically pleasing, so I made my own blue version from their purple (Amethyst) and yellow (Jasper).

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The Flames of our Future

 

“It was haunted; but real hauntings have nothing to do with ghosts finally; they have to do with the menace of memory.” 

We all have memories to contend with, some that leave us with the faint feeling of nostalgia of days long gone.  While I still have not had the opportunity to read The Vampire Chronicles written by Anne Rice, I have seen the movie based on her book The Queen of the Damned. The movie is titled with the same name as the book and is directed by Michael Rymer; it was released in 2002. The story states that the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt has been asleep for a century and only awakes to become a rock star. For 100 years Lestat lay in rest as the burden of living forever rested heavily on his conscience. It was only at the prospect of being able to interact with society and form new moments to remember that he decided to awaken and risk his life for a future that held more value to him than the past.

Throughout the movie, Lestat reminisces about his past. In the movie Lestat appears to be pleased when being given one of his old journals, which leads him to remember old friends and places that he has not seen in centuries. The above quote was conveyed in Rice’s book, and although it is not stated in movie, it applies to a flashback scene as Jessie reads Lestat’s journal. Lestat is a vampire that has lived for hundreds of years, however he still appears to be haunted by the past even with the reality of immortality ahead of him.

Regardless of how old we get, the past still holds meaning for us. Even vampires that live for centuries remember the people they have known and lost and the places they have visited and deserted. In Rice’s book, Lestat states “ it’s an awful truth that suffering can deepen us, give us a greater luster to our colors, a richer resonance to our words. That is, if it doesn’t destroy us, if it doesn’t burn away the optimism and the spirit, the capacity for visions, and the respect for simple, yet indispensable things.” It is our memories that give greater value to our present and future. It is the struggles we remember facing that make all of our future joy worthwhile. We strive for our dreams and our goals, and our determination is sparked by the flames of what we have undergone throughout our lives and what we hope to accomplish in the future. Like Lestat, our past may define who we are, but it does not predict where we are going.

~Arlinda Mulosmanaj

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Bursting Aura

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Electricity, in my eyes, represents the feeling of being energetic and intimidating. It’s fast movements and terrifying effects when dealing damage inspired me to strike a mainly intimidating pose to fit the electrical bursts. The transparent electricity was taken off another brave frontier character I liked. I took her original appearance’s electrical wings and positioned it on my body, and took the electro-dragon in her evolved form to add a face to the aura i’m emitting. This was inspired by phoenix’s flames when it forms the actual mythical creature. I always wondered what would a phoenix made from an element other than fire would look like, which lead me to go for electricity. It’s equally as intimidating as a flaming phoenix, and much faster in movement (flash like movements can be overwhelming, which can be scary). I also made this edit because I love how the shape of my afro came out in it and because I love my outfit.