Ascendant Books' Mother's Day Stones

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Motherly Energy

In honour of Mother’s Day, we have chosen stones that represent the kindness, unconditional love and understanding that mother’s bring.

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Blue Lace Agate

The soft, soothing beauty of blue lace agate has a positive effect on emotions. The gentle energy calms, uplifts and offers encouragement and support to the wearer. In stressful situations or where communication is a problem, this stone encourages the user to express matters of an emotional nature. 
 

Morganite

The clear, peach-pink colour of this stone opens the heart and embodies the innocence of Divine love. Bringing healing and compassion, it attunes to the energy of the heart chakra and relieves stress and anxiety. Encouraging peace and inner strength, it keeps the wearer connected to the energy of a Higher Power.
 

Pink Tourmaline

One of the most loving stones for children, pink tourmaline has a special connection to mothers. It is calming, centering and is a good stone to use for pregnancy and childbirth. Connected to the energy of the heart, it’s an extraordinary stone to use for cleansing the emotional body.

Mother of Pearl

The white, off white and pale pink tones of mother of pearl connects to the beauty of motherhood. It has a calming effect and reduces feelings of aggression. Resonating to the the energy of the solar plexus and throat chakras, this iridescent stone enhances communication skills and expression. It is said that placing a piece of mother of pearl on the belly of a newborn will ensure life long protection for the baby.
 

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To a Tea: Tea Leaf Reading Illuminated

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Exploring Tea Cup Reading

As part of our continuing exploration of divination techniques, this month we are focusing on tea cup reading, also known as tasseomancy. 

 

A story says that tea leaf reading originated when a group of tea drinkers were sitting around visiting and noticed symbols in the tea leaves left in their cups. The ensuing conversation was the beginning of the practice of tea leaf reading and this unique form of divination.

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How Does Tea Leaf Reading Work?

It is believed that the person drinking the tea influences the energy of the tea when they are drinking it. The symbols that are left in the cup pertain to that person’s life when an intention is set prior to drinking the tea. One thing is certain, intuition comes into play in this ancient art. 

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 Image credit:  www.teausa.com

Image credit: www.teausa.com

Interpreting the symbols in the tea leaves can be a skill that is honed through practice. As a general rule, the cup is divided into three parts; the rim represents the present, the side is for events that are not too distant and the bottom represents the distant future. The nearer the symbols appear to the handle, the closer the events that are foretold will come to pass. Examples of symbols that can be seen in tea leaves are birds, airplanes, butterflies, the moon, a heart, a ring, trees…..the list is as endless as the reader’s insight, imagination and intuition.

Which leaves should I use?

Plain, loose teas are better for reading tea leaves. Try Black Chinese, Jasmine, Earl Grey or Ceylon for the best results. Teas which have too many twigs, fruit or larger pieces should probably be avoided.

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Visit Ascendant Books to see our selection of teas and tea sets to start practicing your craft or add to your current practice! 


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Bustin' Out Crystal Bag For Spring

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Bustin' Out Bag for Spring

The bag we have put together for this month includes all of the stones of the month plus citrine and magnesite. These stones are meant to propel you into action! Harness the power of the Aries Ram and BUST OUT with these hand selected helpers: 


Tiger’s Eye

In ancient times, Tiger’s Eye was believed to imbue the wearer with the ability to observe everything; even that which was not visible to the naked eye. It was regarded as a stone of prosperity and good fortune and gave the wearer the ability to handle power wisely. It’s an ideal stone for entrepreneurs and business people because it encourages creative thinking.

Bronzite

A grounding and protective stone, bronzite is beneficial in alleviating indecision and doubt. It is known as a ‘stone of focused action’ and has the ability to promote loving and unprejudiced discernment.

It is said that in ancient Rome, ground Bronzite was used as an elixir to protect against mental confusion, illness and to strengthen the nerves.

Quartz

Quartz crystal amplifies whatever energy or intent is programmed into it. It is useful for meditation as well as healing because it is able to hold and maintain a pattern of energy for a long period of time.

When clear quartz crystals are placed with other stones, they enhance the energy of all the stones. For this reason, it is an ideal stone to use in creating grids. As a master healer crystal, clear quartz can stimulate energy flow as well as cleanse and purify negativity.

Citrine

A stone of manifestation and personal will, citrine assists in acquiring wealth and success. It is helpful in financial endeavours and promotes self confidence and self esteem. Love and happiness are attached to this stone therefore it is useful when dealing with difficult people.

Magnesite

Bringing deep peace and relaxation, magnesite is useful in meditation. It helps to bring unconscious thoughts to the surface and has the ability to bring the mind into a harmonious state.


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Tarot for Divination

Connect With Your Deck

Originally Tarot cards were used as playing cards, but by the 18th century, they began to be used as a divination tool. They are not simply cards with interesting pictures. They can lead us to the story of our lives and connect us to our inner wisdom. Each of the 78 cards in a deck of tarot cards represents a life lesson and defines the types of lessons we all experience.

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Cups relate to the element of Water, emotions and feelings, pentacles relate to Earth, money career, finances and the physical world, swords relate to Air, intellect, thoughts and rationality, wands represent Fire and relate to inspiration, ideas and passion. Each suit has 14 cards and all of the minor arcana are associated with the more practical aspects. In a spread, they usually refer to current issues.

Minor Arcana

There are 56 cards in the Minor Arcana and they are organized into suits. The suits are usually represented as cups, pentacles, swords and wands, but many modern decks have changed the symbols that are used. Pictures on the cards may vary, but the core meaning of each suit remains the same.

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Major Arcana

The Major Arcana has 21 cards that represent our journey towards self awareness. Each card is given a name and number and relates to a specific stage of inner growth. When Major Arcana cards appear in a spread, pay attention because they identify a life lesson that is coming to pass.

Picking a Deck

At one time, there was a thought that you should be given your first deck of tarot cards, but times have changed and choices have grown. Picking your own deck can be a fun experience. Let your intuition guide you into picking a deck you feel connected to.

 

Maybe you are drawn to the imagery or maybe you like what the deck represents...there are no wrong choices. Explore the imagery of traditional and modern decks and find out what speaks to you. Ascendant Books has a wide variety of tarot decks that are on display….look through our selection and find the one that is right for you.
 


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