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Sage

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Sage is known as one of many herbs that are regularly used by the Native Americans for the purpose of cleansing. Although sage can be ingested directly or made into a tea, its most common usage is by burning to expel negative energies. Sage can be found almost everywhere; it’s not recommended to use sage from your garden, local grocery store or kitchen since sage that is used for smudging (burning) is sold in bundles as shown in the picture.

According to Native American beliefs, sage has various healing properties — the most important of which is to rid a person, place or object of any negative energy. The herb’s Latin name Salvia means savior, or to be saved, since sage can clean out negative or old energy from a space. You might wish to perform a sage burning when you move into a new house when someone you don’t like has visited, to cleanse the space spiritually after you’ve been sick or unhappy and even when cleansing your crystals.

The simple method of cleansing with sage involves lighting the sage stick and walking around the room in a counterclockwise direction. Have a heatproof container to hold the sage stick and fan the smoke with your hand into the room’s corners or whatever object or person you wish to cleanse. Leaving the windows in the room open to allow the negative energy to exit is very important. Also, you can re-use the sage stick many times, so make sure you carefully extinguish it when you are finished using.

Sage has been one of my primary methods of cleansing for quite some time. I’ve personally used sage to cleanse myself, my room and all my crystals. I do want to warn that the excessive use of sage can be harmful since overusing it in your surroundings, on objects or on yourself can cause your energy to be in a daze. So I recommend you smudge only once or twice a month and do not forget to keep your windows open.

  • Neil Omacharan –
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Absence of an Ancient Mariner

Sea Fevers- Agnes Wathall

No ancient mariner I,
   Hawker of public crosses,
Snaring the passersby
   With my necklace of albatrosses.

I blink no glittering eye
   Between tufts of gray sea mosses
Nor in the high road ply
   My trade of guilts and glosses.

But a dark and inward sky
   Tracks the flotsam of my losses.
No more becalmed to lie,
   The skeleton ship tosses.

In the above poem, Wathall brilliantly channels Samuel Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” to provide a response to the idea of guilt presented in Coleridge’s poem. The mention of the albatross is symbolic of guilt as the mariner in Coleridge’s poem hung the albatross around his neck to display his immense guilt in killing the bird. Unlike in Coleridge’s poem, the speaker in Wathall’s poems seems to ironically wear her guilt around her neck without the burden held by the ancient mariner. 

The speaker of the poem both seems to display her guilt while also concealing emotions. This can be inferred in the lines “but a dark and inward sky/ tracks the flotsam of my losses.” The dark and inward sky can be symbolic of the dreary tone presented in the poem. Only inside the darkness can the wreckage caused been understood. Finally, the speaker tosses away the “skeleton ship” when it becomes evident she can no move forward. 

The eerily feeling prevalent through the poem signifies the idea of someone who has given up and no longer believes in redemption. The speaker wears her guilt both externally and internally. Through the connection to Coleridge’s poem, it can be inferred that unlike the guilty and sympathetic mariner, this speaker does not seem to feel remorse for their actions.

The supernatural undertone of the poem evokes an emotional response in readers as they try to piece together an understanding of the poem through Wathall’s poem itself and through the connections prevalent to Samuel Coleridge’s poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” It is always interesting to stumble across a writer that has been inspired by another poet or writer of the past. While John Keats once stated that “a poet is the most unpoetical of anything in existence because he has no identity- he is continually infirming and filling some other body, ” Agnes Wathall’s “Sea Fever” poetically creates an original twist on a Coleridge’s poem and by doing so provides the reader with a outlook on guilt. It also conveys to readers that we are all able to provide inspiration to others just as Coleridge’s poem provided inspiration to Agnes Wathall.

 

~Arlinda Mulosmanaj

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Aero-Draconian Tsunami

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I recently got into a phone game called Brave Frontier. And while playing it I remembered all the visually appealing characters that have elemental spirits and projections. I’ve always loved those kind of designs, and I wondered how I could make myself look like I’m projecting an animal/spirit shape. I then decided to simply download the images of my favorite characters, and take them out of the projections they have behind them. It was pretty easy to do since the entire image itself was transparent. The only difficulty was taking the characters out, because many of them have the most complicated designs. After carefully removing the characters off the aquatic projections, I then positioned it on my original photo and used the screen blend filter to make the projections transparent like actual water. I also carefully removed the injector blade of one character, and put two of them where my hands form a fist. I made these edits because I love how visually appealing the hydro dragons and birds are. The Aero part of “Aero-Draconian” is given because of the hydro birds, and the Draconian part is to address the hydro dragons.

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Diamonds

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We all know Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but what we didn’t know was that for men, they have been thought to provide magical protection in battle since the 11th century. Being the hardest of all crystals, diamonds are associated with invincibility.

In many places, such as Egypt, Rome, and India, diamonds have been considered as a useful protection against insanity, failure, weakness, and cowardice. A diamond received as a gift is said to be more effective than one that is purchased (which is presumably another way of saying that you can’t buy sanity, success, strength or courage). Diamonds can also be used to improve faith, inspiration, endurance, and concentration. If these are not enough, they also protect the wearer from other mystical objects such as the Evil Eye, poison, the plague, nightmares, anger, loss of friendship and being manipulated by others.

Have you ever wondered why, in numerous countries, the engagement ring finger is traditionally located on the left hand? Diamonds are known as the King of Crystals and are popular in engagement rings because it is said to have the power to increase love between a man and a woman. To be at its most effective a diamond should always be worn on the left side of the body and should be set in gold rather than other metals. Because diamonds are so valuable, it would seem logical that the bigger they were, the greater would be their protective power. Strangely, this is not the case. According to popular legend, very large diamonds should never be worn as an amulet because they bring bad luck (thieves), and some of the largest ones are thought to carry a curse.

Personally, I’m not a big fan of diamonds or gold, even though diamonds are considered to be a crystal and I do love crystals. What I love, however, is the transparency of its crystalline structure, which allows light to pass through very easily. Diamonds are considered to be very beautiful to many and are one of the many reasons why they’re so expensive to obtain.

-Neil Omacharan-

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Twinkling Starlight

While New York weather has been unpredictable at best, I have been taking the time to enjoy starlit skies on the nights when the sky is actually clear enough to see stars. We are so accustomed to hoping for good weather during the day that sometimes—this may just be me—we take for granted the beauty of the night sky as we attempt to predict what weather we will experience tomorrow. As I was driving home a few nights ago, I realized the sky was remarkably clear, and the stars shone beautifully across the night sky. I even spotted a shooting star, and while I didn’t remember to make a wish, I did remember a poem I once heard.

Alfred Edward Housman- “Stars, I have Seen them Fall”

Stars, I have seen them fall,
    But when they drop and die
No star is lost at all
    From all the star-sown sky.
The toil of all that be
    Helps not the primal fault;
It rains into the sea,
    And still the sea is salt.

Sometimes we neglect the stars because we assume they are always going to be there, much as we assume our daily lives while remain the same from day to day, but that isn’t always the case. Unlike the speaker in Housman’s poem, I believe that one star falling and dying makes a difference. When we look up at the night sky we don’t know if the stars we see are still shining bright or if they have stopped existing ages ago and their last flicker of light is still traveling through light years to reach us. One star does make a difference. One star falling is one less twinkling light to brighten up the skies at dusk. It is one less star to make a wish on.

For decades, stories like J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, and various adaptations, have relied on the magical twinkle of the stars to explain the entrance to a whole new world. Neverland exists within the realm of the second star to the right, or so the story goes. As children, we appreciated the stars because they spoke to us of stories, as do the names and legends behind different constellations. Stars are not futile, they are mystical and beautiful, and inspiring.

The seemingly insignificant details we notice from day to day make appear to be little and unimportant, but they aren’t. The little things matter; they are what make a difference in such a subtle way that people rarely notice. The stars, while they might not make a huge difference in our artificially lit New York sky, are natural nightlights to someone walking down a dark street in a city in which we may be unfamiliar, and they are reminders of the stories we loved as children.. The moral of this blog post…don’t take nature for granted; it is not futile, instead it has the ability to provide us with feelings of safety, peace, inspiration, and maybe even a nightlight.

 

~Arlinda Mulosmanaj