Another Amazing Gem and Mineral Show

This years Gem and Mineral show in Massachusetts was fabulous. I had committed to buy some beautiful stones from one of my dealers while he was in Brazil. ( He sent photos while he was down there. I love that I got the first look at everything). The Smokey Quartz Points are from the same Mine as my huge Smokey Quartz Point from last year’s show. Absolutely stunning. The biggest one is half Smokey Quartz, and half golden Citrine. The others are dark Morion Smokey. Unreal. The other insane piece from Brazil is a two foot long polished Smokey Quartz Point, which is a third sparkling clear Quartz, with a huge Lithium Phantom on the end. I couldn’t leave it there. It’s spectacular.

I was sold out of big Obsidian Spheres, so I contacted my dealer in Mexico, and let him know I needed more of those. I bought twenty. They are five, six, and seven inches. I bought ten more pendants. I came close to wiping him out.I bought a thirty pound Rose Quartz Sphere, and a ten pound one, loaded with stars. I bought Carnelian Flames, and killer Labradorite with great flash.

I found some unusual things, a Quartz Cluster with crimson Hübnerite growing on it, from Peru. Very rare. Some Amphibole Quartz, an Amethyst with Smokey Quartz from Madagascar. More Citrine. Bumblebee Jasper. Emerald from Brazil. Ruby in Kyanite Shiva Lingams. I’ll be listing all of them for weeks.

I was blown away by what I found. There’s so much. Time to start typing. Blessings, Judith

The Monthly Forecast For August

It’s hard to believe it’s August already. The Sun is in Leo for most of the month. Leo is a Fixed sign of the zodiac, Fixed Fire. The Fixed signs grant fixity of purpose and tenacity. Some might say stubbornness, but I like tenacity, myself. It is ruled by the Sun. The key words for Leo are “ I will”. The symbol is the lion, representing nobility and courage. The stone is Ruby, the colors are scarlet and gold. Let’s take a look at some of the important planetary aspects this month.

The Moon in Aries on 8/2 makes a Trine to the Sun, Fire sign to Fire sign. This brings zeal and enthusiasm, and a desire to have fun. At the same time, the Moon squares Pluto, the alchemist. This can bring up old issues that need to be released. The Moon moves into Taurus on 8/3, where it conjuncts to Uranus and Trines Saturn. This is powerful. Uranus is the planet of sudden and unexpected changes, freedom, and new beginnings. Saturn is the planet of wisdom and patience. This combination encourages movement forward along with the patience required to sustain growth in the new direction. Excellent.

August 11th brings the New Moon, which is a Solar Eclipse. The Sun and Moon are conjunct in Leo, at about 6 AM Eastern time. This is a good time for intention work.

Mercury finally goes direct on 8/19. Whee! We have a repeat of that wonderful combination of the Moon aspecting Uranus and Saturn on 8/21, this time it Trines Uranus and conjuncts Saturn. Lovely.

The Sun moves into Virgo on 8/23, an Earth sign. 8/25 is very good, with a Grand Trine in the Earth signs, the Sun in Virgo forming a Trine to Uranus in Taurus and Saturn in Capricorn. This is fabulous. It’s a combination of ambition, motivation, liberation, and wisdom. Reach for the stars today.

The Full Moon on 8/26 is actually a good one. It carries over some of the beautiful energy of the previous day, except that the Moon has moved into visionary Pisces. Dream big. The 27th is also good. The month ends on 8/31 with more wonderful aspects. We have another Grand Trine in Earth, with the Sun in Virgo, the Moon in Taurus again, conjuncting Uranus and Trining Saturn, as we had earlier. What a beautiful way to say goodbye to August.

Let this month light your fire. Give yourself permission to laugh, love, play, and grow. In Chinese medicine, the Fire Element inspires us. Fire spreads. This month invites us to be the light the world so desperately needs right now. Let your light shine. Have a beautiful month. Blessings, Judith

Warrior Priestess

I took the word “Shaman “ out of my bio a long time ago, primarily due to the New Age movement’s appropriation of it. Everywhere you look, there’s someone calling themselves that, without having the slightest idea of what it really means.

A Shaman is a priest, trained to be a warrior of Light, trained to navigate the Void, trained in dealing with other realms and the supernatural, including dealing with ghosts and demonic entities, trained to be a tracker. A true Shaman is able to perform exorcisms, extractions, is able to work on the level of the Ethereal soul. ( The Hun in Chinese medicine.) This includes what is called “ Soul retrieval “, bringing back split off pieces of the soul, split off from trauma. The ability to do this includes bringing someone back from a coma, ( with that souls permission) since a coma is a state of massive soul loss. One should be able to speak with animals, trees, the stones, the elements, the dead, anything with a soul. The ability to do these things is a part of the job description. An inability to do any of them denies one the right to the title, but that’s never stopped anyone from using it. In most cases, it’s laughable.

No one forced me to choose this path. No one is ever forced. Being a Priestess or a Priest is a 24/7 job. It is not part-time. There are no vacations from this path of service. This path is not for everyone, clearly. One must be fearless, fierce, compassionate and kind, all at the same time. The training is intense, usually beginning in early childhood. Severe traumas or health issues are not uncommon, including near-death experiences.

I much prefer referring to myself as a warrior Priestess, walking the spiritual path Merlin calls “ The Path Of The Sword”. The sword is used to break the chains that bind us; chains of fear, chains of ego, chains of judgement. It is the sword of radical truth and radical love. It cuts through denial, it cuts through illusions, most importantly, it cuts through darkness, by illuminating it.

The spiritual commitment to this path is absolute. There are many types of Healers in the world, all have their gifts. Some are Awakeners, some, like myself, are Alchemists. Some are doctors, nurses, chiropractors, massage therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, acupuncturists, and herbalists. None of those are necessarily priests. A priest is a willing intermediary between the earthly and the other realms.

There has never been a time in my life that I regretted my choice to incarnate once again as a warrior Priestess, especially now. I have always been honored that people trust me, and choose to share their deepest and most painful experiences with me. I am humbled that they feel safe processing abuse of all kinds with me, embarking on a journey of the restoration of their divine blueprint. This moment in time, where the world is under assault, in a way many of us have never seen before, accentuates the need for the warrior Priests and Priestesses. We stand on the front lines of the battle. The darkness will not prevail. We have Master Teachers guiding us. Each of us have our own guides. We know who they are.

We have chosen this path out of our love for humanity, the planet, and all living things. As intense as it is, it is a beautiful path. I have never, and will never regret choosing it. It is my honor as a warrior Priestess to serve. Blessings, Judith