Gemstones of the Moon

(A 17th century engraving of Diana the Moon goddess, with an angel above her, by the French artist Nicolas Dorigny.  The crab on her head signifies the zodiac sign Cancer, which is ruled by the Moon.  Image Source: Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons.) THE PLANETARY GEMSTONES OF THE MOON Although mostly forgotten today, there are traditional […]

Sacred Geometry: The Seed of Life, Vesica Piscis, and the Merkaba

What is the “Seed of Life”? The “Seed of Life” is a contemporary name for an ancient geometric figure.  It consists of seven overlapping circles with the same diameter.  Six of them are regularly spaced within the seventh, producing a rosette with eighteen lens shaped petals: six smaller ones inside and twelve larger ones outside. This figure can be […]

The Metaphysical Properties of Ocean Jasper ®

 Deciphering the Meaning of Ocean Jasper By Christopher Lee Matthews (Rough and polished examples of Ocean Jasper.   Center:  Its orbs can resemble bull’s eyes, starbursts, or dots when polished.  Right: They may be spherical, botryoidal, or druzy.  Left:  They can even produce more geometric shapes when they touch one another.)  (Small Ocean Jasper spheres in a quartz […]

Fooling with the Deck: Week 14: The Empress (3)

This blog is part of a series on the historical and metaphysical tarot, Fooling with the Deck:  A DIY Journey through the Tarot. (An early 18th century Empress card, from the Jean Dodal version of the “Tarot de Marseille”.  Most 19th century esoteric decks were based on this older pattern.) The Empress is typically the […]

Fooling with the Deck: Tarot Week 13: Judgment (20, 2+0 = 2)

This blog is part of a series on the historical and metaphysical tarot, Fooling with the Deck: A DIY Journey through the Tarot. (An early 18th century Judgment card, from the Jean Dodal version of the Tarot de Marseille, after which most 19th century esoteric decks were based.) Judgment, also spelled Judgement, is typically the […]

Fooling with the Deck: Week 12: Justice (11, 1+1 = 2)

This blog is part of a series on the historical and metaphysical tarot, Fooling with the Deck:  A DIY Journey through the Tarot. (An early 18th century Justice card, from the Jean Dodal version of the Tarot de Marseille, after which most 19th century esoteric decks were based.) Numerology focuses primarily on numbers between 1 […]

Fooling with the Deck: Week 8 to 11: The Four Two’s (2)

This blog is part of a series on the historical and metaphysical tarot, Fooling with the Deck:  A DIY Journey through the Tarot. What do the two’s represent in playing cards? The two of each suit is also known as the “deuce”. The word derives from the Latin duo, meaning two. Deuce itself comes from […]

Fooling with the Deck: Week 7: The High Priestess (2)

This blog is part of a series on the historical and metaphysical tarot, Fooling with the Deck:  A DIY Journey through the Tarot. (An early 18th century Popess card, from the Jean Dodal version of the Tarot de Marseille, after which most 19th century esoteric decks were based.) The High Priestess was formerly known as […]

Stones for Psychic Development, Intuition, and Divination

(Intuitive development workshop crystal grid: lapis lazuli, Moldavite, azurite, iolite, scolecite, Spectralite, precious opal, moonstone, Ocean Jasper, apatite, and amethyst.) What is an energy “signature”? Most of the metaphysical properties of stones are derived from their “energy signatures”, insights said to be encoded in their physical qualities, geology, or symbolism. Although the concept is found […]