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Everything Is Magick

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Not many people know that I handled my late father’s communications agency for six years starting in 2002 when I was 22 years of age as the MD and dealing directly with top corporate heads far older and experienced, training and leading employees older than me …. even teaching as guest faculty at a management institute. Spiritual service always felt much better. Eight years ago I started Magick store. Before that I had already started Tarot India Network and trained many people in meditation, tarot and healing. I juggled the two sides of my life for years…but to start a spiritual store and Wiccan temple in Mumbai meant I had to dedicate time and be there for people personally and full time in the spiritual world. At the peak of my corporate career, I suddenly decided to let go in 2008. I literally left the old me behind and started all over again, financially, mentally and spiritually creating something out of nothing.

Letting go is easy when you are spiritual, whatever be the temptation, whatever be the attachment to the past you, its a spiritual calling that takes over. Its true that I took almost nothing with me except myself when I began Magick because I wanted to begin totally afresh…and it worked out within a month returning to me much more than what I expected. It added much to my career, whether it was fame or prosperity, the universe just handed over everything to me as usual, and I am grateful as ever. Whether it was my own radio show or TV show, numerous features in leading newspapers or profiling in top magazines, the response of India to this tiny store was amazingly positive and divine.

Within year of Magick I had made so many new friends and had served so many new people that starting Global Wicca Tradition and teaching its courses was just natural. People simply demanded that I initiate them into my own spiritual tradition. Global Wicca is founded on Wiccan values, even though it is not just any other Wiccan tradition. The values of this spiritual tradition are the inner Self and not just outer nature, self-realization and not just religious rituals, enlightenment and not just the craft. Its a fusion of global spirituality and not just western paganism or eastern spirituality.

Evolving continually as usual, I am now in London…beginning a new phase and focusing on the next stage of my life, one of motherhood and meditation, writing and passing on my experiences and knowledge to the new generation through Global Wicca which is now shifting base to London. Writing books is perhaps the best way to allow the sacred knowledge to reach out to all those who deserve it. My focus has shifted and so has my location.

What I am most grateful for is that Magick in Mumbai was the first but not the only Wiccan spiritual store in India…many more were inspired to start new stores and begin temples. The rituals and healing energy sent to earth from Magick was felt and experienced by many more people than I can think of. People learnt and began new stores and temples all around me. Magick was revolutionary and it started a new era of Wiccan awareness in India.

I do understand that a store like Magick at 16th road Bandra west, Mumbai, which still miraculously runs amazingly well with me far away in London for the last over three years, would at this point need someone local to own it and manage it with full dedication. Someone who has the knowledge, the wisdom, the sincerity and love for Magick. Everything is smooth and easy for the right person. Its an opportunity for me to pass on the baton to someone who can do even better and achieve even more. We now also have an amazon.in storefront of Magick. Serving people is a blessing and if spirituality is your calling you need to put both your feet into it…not worry about how you will run it…how you will manifest the money or success without the safety and security of corporate income…you know someone did it before you and so can you!

The advise I will give to to my successors is:

  1. You deserve to be happy, healthy, secure and well off. Spirituality is not about sacrifice. Spirituality means there is always enough for you and everyone else.
  2. No-one loses and everyone wins. There is no room for competition, negativity, jealousy, envy, hatred, superiority, anger or malice in spirituality.
  3. Harm none and do as you will. Spiritual power = spiritual responsibility. Anyone who attempts using power harmfully loses power instantly.
  4. Do not be in fear …regarding how will you make money in the spiritual field…regarding how you will find balance between family and spirituality. Everything is possible and you have it in you.
  5. Do not be ashamed to be in a spiritual business. The world needs more spiritual people who are successful…those who can show that it is possible to have peace, love, health, wealth, fame and power…all while remaining loving, compassionate, positive and honest.
  6. Do not be afraid of your inner power. The world needs powerful people who know that real power is within.
  7. Money is not everything. If money was the goal then starting a fast food store would be a better idea in the world of consumerism….yet people like us choose to focus on spiritual work because self-realization is the most important objective.
  8. Do not hide. We need to unite our material and spiritual world as one, without hiding or obscuring our spiritual truth any further. We need to show how to use everything in a spiritual way, whether it is the energy of your home or workplace, fashion or romance, everything can be infused with spiritual awareness. Magick means that spiritual peace can be felt in everything and everyone right now.
  9. Spiritual work is the best way to heal and improve everything and to bring the world together into a new light of self-realization. Love what you do!

Blessed Be!

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She Has No End

She is the spider, She is the web

She is the weaving of the thread

She is the God and Universe

She is creation, Om-niverse

She is the dreamer and the dream

She is each ripple and the stream

She is the dancer and the dance

Dancing in her endless trance

 

She is the beginning in each ending

Light forever flowing bending

She is the matrix you cannot escape

She is your Self beyond each shape

She was not born, she will not die

For she is the mother of ‘you’ and ‘i’

The tree of life and the life of tree

She is the Only energy

The is the space, she is the sound

She is the lost, the seeking, the found

She is the part and the sum and the whole

She is the actor, the play and each role

She is the story you cannot tell

She is the treasure you cannot sell

The nothing hiding in everything

The silent song we always sing

She is the truth in every lie

The laughter in every tear and cry

The sun shining through the stormy rains

The happiness within the pain

The love that masquerades as hate

She is your Will revealed as fate

She is freedom in each cage

The peace and calm within each rage

She is the Self you realize

Once you see through your Real Eyes

She has no end, yet is complete

In everything you always meet

You walk with Her in every step

She is the spider and the web

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Crystal Magick: The Power to Energize, Protect and Heal

Who does not remember the crystal cave of Superman, his fortress of solitude where he learnt who he is, spoke to his otherworldly parents and received his amazing powers. Such a cave was discovered a thousand feet below earth in south Mexico with giant  crystals in the year 2000.

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We all have used quartz clocks and watches including our computers that regulate time using the precise frequency oscillations of the mineral. Yet the spiritual powers of crystals have been noted since ages across earth by those who meditate and feel the peace, power and positive energy in nature, especially in crystals.

The most popular spiritual application of natural stones and crystals is in the form of jewelry. Wearing crystal jewelry can be both fashionable and therapeutic at the same time. Whether a rare and precious diamond or a common rock quartz, you can experience healing and positive energy in merely keeping these stones close to you on a regular basis over a period of time. Contrary to the fears spread by Indian Vedic astrologers relating to the ‘adverse’ effects of stones if worn without their consultation, in truth stones only take away negative energy and bestow positive vibrations upon the bearers. The ‘adverse’ effect some people feel are actually part of their fears and blockages being released and healed.

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Not only does wearing these stones help in multiple ways, holding and meditating with crystals can bring great peace, clear the mind, reduce stress and pain, amplify positive thoughts and stimulate intuition.

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For instance gazing into a clear quartz crystal ball is something you would expect a clairvoyant to do when he or she is trying to see your future. This is because gazing into the clear surface of the stone, in combination with the meditative function of the natural crystal will help open the third-eye chakra or the psychic center in each person’s mind.

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Crystals with naturally pointed tips are believed to be helpful in directing the mental vibrations towards amplification. In other words you can manifest your wishes just like a magic wand that points and projects your dreams at your will.A variety of crystal points are used for a plethora of healing purposes, whether to find a soulmate or twin-flame, or to record memories, access past lives, or charge and energize other objects with an intention.

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Also contrary to the false beliefs spread by some astrologers and jewelers, if you notice any natural inclusions or minerals within your stones or crystals, they are most likely adding power to the stone, or giving it an additional energy. It does not actually reduce the spiritual value of the stone although jewelers would price clearer stones much higher. Crystals with natural rainbows, phantoms, fossils, angels or buddhas inside are not unheard of. A  metaphysical store is your best bet in finding natural crystals and stones of power.

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Another important thing of keep in mind is whether the stone is artificially cut and polished or natural and raw. While a jeweler would charge you more for brilliant cuts and shine in stones, for spiritual purposes, raw and natural rocks are often considered very positive as they directly ground and connect your with nature in its purest form. The natural shapes and colors of many stones can be truly beautiful and worth appreciating. Steer clear of artificially colored or laboratory made stones if you wish to access the healing of nature.

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You can also place stones of appropriate sizes in various areas of your home or office to improve feng-shui or energize your spaces. For instance a bowl of mixed tumbled stones, or large geodes, rocks and clusters or pyramids, obelisks or various structures made of these stones.

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Various minerals give natural stones an array of wonderful colors that can connect with each chakra and heal each chakra thereby creating positive effects in various areas of life. You can choose the stone that you need at any point of time, by either following your intuition and letting your heart decide what pulls you, or by following the simple code below:

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Black to dark brown stones: Cleanse away negative energy and protect from harm. Planet Ketu for liberation. Examples: Shungite, Tourmaline, Hematite, Black Onyx, Black Agate, Hawk’s eye, Tiger’s eye, Camel agate, leopard Jasper, Dalmitian Jasper

Brown to reddish-brown stones: Ground and energize root chakra to strengthen and nourish. Planet Rahu for energy. Examples: Garnet, Hessonite, brown to red Jasper, Smokey Quartz

Pink to orange stones: Stimulate creativity, sensuality and romance with the sacral chakra. Planet Mars for passion. Examples: Coral, Carnelian, Fire Opal, Fire agate, orange Chalcedony, orange Selenite, Rhodonite, Rose Quartz

Yellow to golden stones: Attract success, luck and prosperity through the solar chakra. Planet Sun for power. Examples: Citrine,  yellow Topaz, yellow Sapphire, Calcite, gold Pyrite, gold Lodestone

Green stones: Open heart chakra and encourage kindness, generosity and love. Planet Venus for compassion. Examples: green Jade, green Aventurine, Peridot, green Tourmaline, Amazonite, green Turquoise, green Aquamarine, green Flurite, Chrysocolla

Blue stones: Help in positive self expression through career and communication with throat chakra healing. Planet Mercury for mental expression. Examples: blue Topaz, blue Agate, blue Turquoise, blue Aquamarine

Indigo stones: Open the third eye and improve psychic and intuitive faculties as well as ability to concentrate and manifest. Planet Saturn for focus. Examples: Lapiz Lazuli, Sodalite, Blue Sapphire, Kyanite, Iolite, Tanzanite

Purple or violet stones: Connect with our crown chakra or spiritual center to help experience peace, awakening and self-realization. Planet Jupiter for wisdom. Examples: Amethyst, Lepidolite, Kunzite, purple Jasper, purple Flurite, Sugilite, Charoite

White to clear stones: Help in amplifying mental vibrations, clear the mind, soothe and calm, heal all chakras and project intentions. Planet Moon for wish fulfillment. Examples: Selenite, Clear Quartz, Pearl, Moonstone, Opal, Mother of pearl, Snow quartz, Optical Calcite

NOTE: Remember that the planetary and chakra correspondences of the stones are for knowing the basic power of the stone. Do not let astrological fears dominate you or prevent you from using healing crystals. It is not planets or stones that cause adverse effects in your life but your own blockages regarding those areas of your life that they represent, and which the stones are actually healing over time and in combination with your intention. Meditation and energy healing techniques will be the right ways to crystal magick.

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Swati Prakash is a spiritual author and can be followed on www.amazon.com/author/swatiprakash

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How to Move Upwards In the Spiritual Food Pyramid

As our awareness levels rise all over the globe, we see that people are regaining interest in healthy and spiritually positive lifestyle, especially food and diet. Not all foods are at the same spiritual level. We need to incorporate in our lifestyle more spiritually positive foods in order to have a healthy and positive life. To understand this better we can divide our food choices into three categories. Satvic, Rajasic and Tamasic.

Satvic is the most positive type of energy where it does the maximum good and is free of harm. Rajasic is a lower level of energy where there is power but not harmless. Tamasic is the energy of death, decay and negativity. In the times of Kaliyuga or negative age of the world, we saw a proliferation of negative diet. Food became laden with harmful chemicals, GMOs and pesticides, while non-vegetarian and processed food industries prospered leading to ill health, dangerous diseases and higher medical costs.

Level 1: In the spiritual pyramid at the lowest spiritual level are foods that harm us the most. Animal products carry energy of death and pain. They are most unsuitable for the human body as they cannot be consumed by us in their raw and live state and require killing and cooking. Similarly non-organic vegetables that are treated with pesticides carry death energy and are unsuitable for our consumption. These foods will have the maximum Tamasic energy and are best avoided. They also increase dependency on medical drugs and increase cravings and addictions on smoking, narcotics or alcohol. Not only do Tamasic foods erode health, they can also bring negative karmic effects by way of unhappy life situations as they involve harming others and self.

Level 2: The next level we have foods that are processed in factories, tinned, canned or frozen foods that carry stale energy. Fast foods, candies, foods with added sugars, artificial preservatives and chemical flavors are also in this category. These foods lack nutritional value although they are high in calories. As these are not fresh, natural and wholesome, they also have a Tamasic vibrations and can lead to ill health and suffering and also make one sluggish and dull both physically and mentally. Negative news and violent images are also part of Tamasic diet and brings the spiritual quality of our life down.

Level 3: The next level is of foods that are cooked with spicy flavors and fat. Even if we cook such foods at home and even if they are vegetarian they would at best be Rajasic foods. Caffeine rich beverages also come in this category. Though such foods provide vitality, energy and nutrition, because they are acidic and hot they can harm our health leading to digestive complaints and lifestyle related diseases. Rajasic foods although stimulating and invigorating, can also increase anger, desire, lust and stress while reducing relaxation, contentment and peace of mind. Not only Rajasic foods but useless gossip and mindless entertainment also are part of Rajasic diet as they increase unhealthy cravings.

Level 4: At a somewhat higher level are wholesome meals that provide a balanced diet consisting of carbohydrates, fats as well as vegetables. Cooked meals even if homemade and vegan, reduce the natural raw energy of nature and therefore have limited healing vibrations. Yet they are a lot better than Tamasic and Rajasic foods, being slightly more Satvic in their energy value. Vegetables retain life energy when freshly harvested as the entire living being is not killed and merely their fruits and regenerative parts are taken. Cooked vegetarian meals can be a part of a spiritually positive lifestyle as long as you avoid overeating. Positive news, useful information, constructive hobbies and spiritual knowledge are also a part of Satvic diet and so is learning and spending time with spiritually positive people (Satsang).

Level 5: At the higher level of the spiritual pyramid we have organic, vegan and raw diet comprising fresh fruits, herbs, nuts and vegetables that are not treated with any chemicals or pesticides. These Satvic foods provide the maximum calming and soothing effect and are great healers when they are consumed in their naturally ripened state without much cooking. They are packed with healthy vitamins, enriching minerals and moderate amounts of good fat, protein, carbohydrates and natural sugars. Increasing the percentage of such foods in our diet ensures good longevity, fit body and sharper mind. They are also great for cleansing and purification as large amounts of toxins and in some cases even tumors and stones can be cleansed away through raw organic plants and natural juices. As far as arguments regarding need for animal fats and animal proteins the human body can produce them within while Vitamin B12 can be produced naturally by healthy bacteria in our gut. A raw vegan diet can fulfill most of our nutritional needs very well and is spiritually the most positive diet. Meditation and self-realization also is a supremely positive activity and therefore part of a Satvic diet.

Level 6: While animals including humans consume secondary sources of energy such as other animals and vegetables, plants process the elemental energies directly in the form of water, sunlight, air and minerals from earth. These four elements of the physical world can create all manner of life on earth through their interplay. Almost all humans require secondary foods and are unable to process the primary energy of the elements directly except while fasting on a diet primarily composed of water, minerals and vitamins for a limited period of time for the purpose of detoxification and cleansing. Living in a positive natural environment where you receive clean air, clean fresh water and sunshine everyday is necessary for spiritual growth. Combined with meditation and eco-friendly, mindful living it will bring tremendous benefit in every aspect of life.

Level 7: The fifth element beyond earth, fire, air and water is the Spirit element which is the pure energy that creates all the lower four elements. This is the primordial energy of the cosmos that shapes the universe. Those who meditate and reach thought-free consciousness are able to channel pure Spirit energy through them during meditation. By meditating for long periods of time one can increase spiritual nourishment and depend lesser on the lower four elements of nature by accessing more and more energy directly from Spirit. Through increased peace, love and self-contentment one reduces physical greed and hunger. Meditation also lowers our rate of metabolism because in a thought-free state we burn fewer calories unlike during mental and physical work. However it is quite rare to survive for many days on Spirit energy alone in human form even if you meditate constantly and very few have claimed to reach this state while still being alive in a human body.

NOTE: Claims of those who profess that they live for years on ‘prana ‘ or spiritual energy alone have been disputed in many cases although there maybe notable exceptions. Kindly do not force any diet on yourself and follow own intuition. You can enhance the spiritual quality of your diet gradually and this is meant to naturally happen as you meditate for longer periods of time progressively. You will find that you are intuitively attracted to the right diet to suit your unique needs when you meditate everyday.

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Swati Prakash is a spiritual author and can be followed on www.amazon.com/author/swatiprakash

Focus Right on Success as Mars Goes Direct

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Mars the planet of initiative, ambition, passion and will power was retrograde since 17th April and goes direct again on 29 June 2016 bringing more focus and dynamism back where it belongs.

Retrograde of a planet is when it seems to be going reverse on its path as seen from earth. Symbolically retrogrades imply a reversal in the ‘effects’ of the planet for a temporary period until the planet goes direct again. Mars was retrograde in the zodiacs Libra and Scorpio and if you look at which houses these zodiacs represent in your Vedic birth-chart, you can get a quick idea of what areas of your life were impacted specifically during the period of Mars retrograde. Here are some general pointers that apply to all.

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GET CRACKING IN YOUR CAREER: Mars being an intense planet can be especially difficult in its retrograde time when it comes to career and ambition as its maximum positive effects are focused on these areas of life. Thanks to Mars direct, now you can see things progressing once again in the right way forward! Entrepreneurship and start-ups will see a boom. New projects can take off as planned and more excitement will brighten up your weekdays soon.

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FEAR-LESS:  Retrograde Mars might have symbolized fears blocking you from going ahead with making any major changes that were necessary. Well, fear no more for Mars direct makes you be bold and assertive once again, to take the risk where required and get things going on as per your will. You will see yourself as more courageous, not someone who keeps thinking but someone who does it right on.

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CREATE YOUR PATH: Mars retrograde might have blunted the daredevil streak in some of us for a while but now with it going direct, let your ships sail to newer shores where you might learn and transform the way you should. As long as you are careful to the right degree you can make your moves now whether in matters of money, friendship, love or travel. You may win or lose, yet at least you would have tried. Do not wait for roads to open, create your own path now!

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RELATIONSHIP CHANGES: Mars in relationships can often have a very strong effect, especially when it comes to getting rid of the negative or unwanted things in our life and making way for something better. Sometimes its energy can be too direct and straightforward with less room for diplomacy and niceness making relationships seem to suffer at times. Be careful of hurting, yet do what is right for the sake of your future!

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Swati Prakash is a spiritual author and can be followed on www.amazon.com/author/swatiprakash

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Midsummer Night’s Dream

When the sun is so high and the moon is so full

When you feel the strong veil of a mystery’s pull

Dance to the rhythm and sing to the tune

This midsummer night’s dream is about to end soon

For ages and aeons you wandered aside

Searching for signs in the dark of midnight

You spoke to the faerie and talked to the gods

You built walls of magick against all the odds

As you cast every spell and you brewed every potion

With cards and your runes faced the glimpse of intuition

You made up your life and its every adventure

Its crests and its falls in your fountain of splendour

Reveling in moments with joy and delight

You danced in the shadows and took astral flight

You marveled and praised the creations of mind

While the truth everywhere and threadbare you could find

To know and to will and to dare are the keys

But you won’t find the door till you just silent be

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God is a Fool

I’ve got the feeling there’s nothing to feel

All I know for real is that nothing is real

I woke up again to find myself asleep

The world was a hollow-gram in a void deep

I was dreaming the dream that they called universe

Both seen and unseen, the heard and unheard

The people, and places, all creatures and things

Subconscious and conscious, my mind’s own off-springs

All mere characters in this dream that I see

Yes, all of you people, including this me

All playing their roles in this great pantomime

Not knowing the meaning of life, space or time

Searching for reasons and great explanations

Through science and religion, both myths of creation

For the end of knowledge and the point of beginning

The right ways of dying, the right ways of living

Yet just the same being in each incarnation

In every person, each planet, each nation

Was dreaming these dreams in each dream of one night

Still waiting and sleeping until morning light

As I try to wake up from this grand illusion

This Fool is no longer in love with delusion

The hero was zero and always will be

 

Twisting and dancing as loop infinity

Awake and asleep at the very same time

A Fool merely dreaming that she is Divine!

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Swati Prakash is a spiritual author and can be followed on www.amazon.com/author/swatiprakash