5 Ordinary Objects for Practical Everyday Magic
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the witchy stuff out there. Between all the crystals, Tarot decks, moon journals (plus having an astrologer on speed-dial), there are so many sexy spiritual accessories that sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin. What do you really need—and which items are more of an unnecessary luxury?
While a fully decked-out altar looks lovely on Instagram, it won’t necessarily make you happy. And she who dies with the most crystals still, well, dies. So, as much as I love “stuff,” I’m happiest spending my money on experiences, or things that connect me to something greater. Scroll below to see the ordinary objects that I find the most magical, but also most practical.
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A bunch of roses or tulips is not a luxury! They cost about the same as an oversized drink from your favorite caffeine corporation, and they will give you much more joy. I always have pink roses on my altar, a purple orchid on my coffee table, and—often—a bunch of tulips in my living room. They remind me of the beauty that is all around us (if we will just open our eyes and look), connect me to the earth, and bring a beautiful spark to my home. They are worth every penny and more.
An Aura Photo
If you don’t know what your aura looks like, how can you live with yourself? Get thee to an aura photographer stat! If you’re in New York City, get down to Chinatown and visit Magic Jewelry for a quick photo and a reading that will blow your mind.
The shot, which shows your aura—a rainbow of colors that can help decode what you’re projecting in your everyday interactions—is a great visual example of how there’s so much more to you than meets the eye. Not in NYC? One of my dear friends Christina runs a traveling aura photography studio called Radiant Human, and her photos are to die for. Beloved by the fashion set, her aura portraits are so beautiful they’re worth framing.
A Magical Manicure
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Our hands are the very tips of our body: They are what we use to create, to touch, and to receive information. They are the primary way we send energy from our body into the universe. We communicate with our hands all day—typing messages on our phones and computers, gesticulating, and adding flourishes to our body language.
So here’s the deal: A sparkly, gem-encrusted, or otherwise fabulous manicure actually emphasizes the energy you’re putting out. When you honor your hands, you are honoring yourself and your expression. A magical manicure makes you more mindful of what you’re about to make manifest. And I am convinced that I am a better writer when my manicure is on point!
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A Bright Wallet
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Your wallet is your ultimate symbol of abundance. So what is it saying? If your wallet is old, ripped, overstuffed, or (even worse) nonexistent, how does that vibe translate to your life? And in what way is that manifesting in your finances? Yeah, I see you there, gulping nervously as you think about the stained wallet you’ve been using for the last five years! It’s time to clear it out and get a swift upgrade. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to cost your weekly paycheck, like the gorgeous GG Blooms number below. I have an iridescent pink faux-reptile skin wallet from Georgia Mae that I adore. In addition to bringing me untold amounts of happiness, it also send out great money vibes!
A Self-Love Routine That Works
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~ It is hard to improve on silence ~ . Might seem to you that I always had this thing down, but the reality is that meditation was not a dance on roses in the beginning for me, in fact I had this conditioned idea what it was and a very judgmental one too, to be honest. I believed that it was some weird thing that very religious people did or people that are truly “out there”, granola wise (whatever that means) performed. . I found it odd to have a specific spot in my home to dedicate to meditation. And why did I need to sit on the floor, light a candle, clear the energy with incense??? . Again and again I was thinking to myself BUT I AM NOT RELIGIOUS, why am I doing this?! . Well I have come to found out that there is nothing religious about this practice, unless you want to make it that. It is however a spiritual practice that I have come to adopt. One that lifts me up, a cheerleader to my own capabilities, a best friend in myself that I never knew I had in me. . It’s a practice that keeps me grounded in everything that I do, present in every interaction I have and most of all I have shed so many judgments I had prior to starting this practice. . What I want to say here is that we live in such a conditioned world where we get exposed to other people’s ideas what’s right or not, from family, friends, media, and society as a whole. If we all could just for a second remove ourselves from that prefixed thought behavior and explore outside the box we so nicely constructed for ourselves we would wake up to a new reality, free of judgement. Put yourself out there, have an open mind and do something that challenges your beliefs and makes you uncomfortable – that’s where most of personal growth takes place ?♀️ . . . . . . . . . . . #womenwhoexplore #personalgrowth #innerjourney #meditation #meditationstation #mountainmeditation #consciousness #naturemeditation #silence #yogini #healthcoach #healthylifestyle #naturelovers #mountaingirls #mountainlife #spirituality #livingmybestlife #wellnessretreat #yogaretreat #holistichealth #mindbodysoul #anotherdayadk #whitefacemountain #lakeplacid #adirondacks #newyork #upstateny #iloveny #fjallraven #tuesdaytransformation
I left the most important one for last. It’s essential to figure out what you need to make you happy. If I skip my meditation practice, don’t work out (or at least stretch), ignore calls from my friends, and refuse to do something creative, I’ll sink into a deep slump. We need to top up our emotional tank every single day: The effect is cumulative.
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