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Tess Whitehurst

Tess Whitehurst

Tess Whitehurst is the author of a number of books, including Magical Housekeeping, the award-winning Magic of Flowers, and the brand new Every Witch Way (co-written with Ellen Dugan). She offers intuitive counseling and Akashic clearing sessions over the phone, and practices feng shui professionally in Los Angeles. Visit her at www.tesswhitehurst.com.
Are You a Faerie?--8 Signs That You're a Faerie-Person

A Midsummer Night's Dream is your favorite Shakespearean play. Tinkerbell is your favorite Disney character. And you always want to wear faerie wings, even when it isn't Halloween. Could you be a faerie-person? Chances are the answer is yes.

Before we look at the signs that you are, in fact, an incarnated member of the realm of the fae, let's discuss what exactly that may mean. It's true that it's a rather mysterious classification, but let's note for a moment that for the majority of time that humans have been here on planet earth, we have been much more closely aligned to her cycles and mysteries than we are now. Instead of watching TV or sitting under a roof, we gazed at the stars and were intimately familiar with their dance. We listened to the wind and noted its intensity and direction, and knew inherently what other factors went along with those conditions. We could communicate with animals, because we were awake to their wisdom and aliveness. In short, we knew ourselves to be one with Mother Earth; and, in the same way that one tiny bit of DNA contains the blueprint to the entire organism in all its glorious wholeness, we knew that we were not just on the earth, but rather that we contained its entire essence within our every cell.

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  • christine pardo-ketchen
    christine pardo-ketchen says #
    what if you have 4 of 8. and #7 while i don't know what they may be used for, i definitely attracted to certain herbs & crystals (
  • Dver
    Dver says #
    Oh yes, I'm aware of some other faerie qualities: http://forestdoor.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/are-you-a-faerie/ Of course, I may
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Dver, oh yes indeed!
  • Tess Whitehurst
    Tess Whitehurst says #
    Dver: HILARIOUS! Hahahaha. OMGoddess I love it.
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Yup! Nice to meetcha!! I advise use of glitter as a self-help tool in one of my books, which embodies not only your glitter com
Angels and Magick--the Perspectives of Two Very Different Witches

This is an excerpt from the brand new Kindle book I just co-wrote and released with Ellen Dugan, Every Witch Way: Spells and Advice from Two Very Different Witches. In it, we explore different sides of a number of issues, including Angels and Magick. The first piece is written by, and appears courtesy of, Ellen Dugan - the second is by me!

Go Carefully My Friend (by Ellen Dugan)

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Amulet to Ward Off Parking Tickets

Last week I got a parking ticket in the exact same place where I got a parking ticket last time Mercury was retrograde, but for a different reason. Last time, I fed the wrong meter. This time, I failed to read the street sweeping sign. It's said that Mercury retrograde periods will bring back the same lesson until you've learned from it and received the hidden blessing within. And, as I relaxed in the bathtub yesterday it popped into my mind that it might be very fun to create an amulet to ward off parking tickets and to hang it from my rear view mirror...Could that be the hidden blessing? It's certainly a way of making something magical out of something dreary, so why not?

You may have heard that Mercury goes direct tomorrow. Also, Wednesday is Mercury's day, so this Wednesday would be an excellent time to create this amulet, but really any Wednesday when Mercury is direct will do.

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Nemetona: Goddess of Sacred Space and Clearer of Electromagnetic Stress

Let's face it: our modern lifestyles are filled with frenetic energy. Between gadgets, appliances, wifi, sirens, car alarms, and the frantic pace that often defines the average day, many of us find that our everyday consciousness has strayed far from the silence and stillness of the sacred grove.

In the past, I did my best not to fret about the challenging effects of electronics in interior spaces (which include but are not limited to challenges to the immune system, brain wave interference, insomnia, increased anxiety, and radiation exposure), just because I felt that there was nothing to be done about them anyway, other than moving off the grid. Then, the other day, while dowsing, I discovered that I was actually able to significantly reduce the negative effects of electromagnetic stress simply by setting the intention to do so while clearing the space energetically. Afterwards, my city apartment felt notably more still, nourishing, and serene.

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  • April
    April says #
    This was a really neat piece! My favorite images if Nemetona includes one of Nemetona by Selina Fenech and a piece called "Mother
  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    Thank you!!!
Warm Weather Kitchen Witchery--The Magical Properties of Fresh Fruit

It's beginning to look a lot like summer (at least where I live). And when it's warm out, fresh fruit just feels right. In addition to cleansing, hydrating, and nourishing the body, it can also help align the spirit with sweetness, beauty, and the luxurious abundance of the earth. Plus, each fruit possesses its own unique magical properties. So I thought it'd be fun to explore the magical properties of various types of fruits, and to discuss some hints and tips about how we can effectively incorporate them into our edible enchantments.

So, without further ado, here are some of the fruits that seem to feel best this time of year, along with a sampling of their magical properties.

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Clear the Decks! -- 5 Ways to Release Old Programs

You might say that clearing old programs – from ourselves, our surroundings, and our shared cultural consciousness – is one of the primary aims of a magical practitioner. By “old program,” I mean, of course, a pattern that is imprinted in the ether, like a virus wreaking havoc on your computer, or an annoying song running through your head, distracting you from living your life to the fullest. Because in truth, we are one with All That Is. We are clear, sparkling water tumbling and dancing along with the cosmic wave of being. When we work magic from this truth, we are in full co-creation with the Universe. We are surfing the wave of our true, organic life force – of the Truth of Who We Are. On the other hand, old programs that no longer serve us are like confusing diversions that siphon off power from, and obstruct the path of, our fullest, most ideal magical flow.

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