May 10, 2020
It goes without saying that these are difficult times. The world has changed in the last few months, and most of our daily lives have been affected in one way or another by the pandemic.
Now more than ever, it’s important that your home is a space full of creature comforts and calming energy. Here are a few ways that you can create a home sanctuary for yourself and add a touch of magic to everyday life.
Candles, Incense and Essential Oils
Aromatherapy is a powerful tool for bringing a sense of calm and relaxation into your home. A beautiful candle or oil burner serves a dual purpose of helping make a space look snug and cosy while filling the air with therapeutic aromas.
We have a number of lovely candles in stock, in both votive and chime designs. Our scents range from traditional calming fragrances like lavender and vanilla, to special symbolic blends for happiness or protection.
Essential oils are one of the most versatile aromatherapy tools. They can be burnt in lamps or diffusers, added to your evening bath, or even utilised in beauty products. From cinnamon to bergamot, rosemary to peppermint, you’ll hopefully find your favorite scent in our selection.
Lighting incense is another powerful way of bringing the magic of scent into your home. The heady, smoky scent of incense is used in cultures the world over to heal, cleanse and open spiritual faculties. We’ve got a variety of incense sticks, cones, resins and even our new unique backflow incense to suit your needs.
Sage Smudges and Palo Santo
If you’re looking to create a space free of negative energies, sage smudges and Palo Santo wood are ideal tools for cleansing. Sage is well known for its cleansing properties, while mystical Palo Santo wood from South America is widely believed to calm and heal both the mind and body. Burning sage or Palo Santo sticks will help purify your home and keep bad energies at bay.
Tibetan or Himalayan singing bowls are commonly used throughout Asia in Buddhist ceremonial and spiritual practices. They work similarly to a bell, emitting a rich tone and deep vibration when played correctly. The sound and vibration have been known to abet feelings of stress and to balance the body’s energy.
The harmonising effect of singing bowls can be useful during meditation, yoga, and other home rituals to summon clarity and calm. The singing bowls we currently have in our collection here are made of brass and come with a wooden mallet for use.
Our hanging crystal prisms are a beautiful way of projecting light and colour into your sanctuary. When hung in a window, they capture light from outside and cast the room in a splendid spectrum of rainbow colours—perfect for bringing the outside world in! Prisms are also powerful symbols of spiritual energy, creativity and mysticism.
We have several different sizes of crystals in our collection, with diametres ranging from 20mm to 50mm. All crystals come complete with a brace and string for ease of hanging.
We also have a gorgeous Chakra 'Flower of Life' glass crystal set - a stunning centrepiece, adding light, colour and chakra energy to your home.
And lastly...we can’t forget our glorious puzzles! Puzzles have had a resurgence lately, with families and friends all gathered at home looking for a relaxing, mindful way to pass the hours. Puzzles help to gently work your mind while easing away your worries. They also give you a sense of quiet triumph when you’re finished, and you end up with a beautiful piece of art to brighten the room.
In typical Dragonspace fashion, the puzzles in our collection are all fantasy, mythology, spirituality and nature themed, from dragons to goddesses. We’ve even got some fun pop culture sets, with Harry Potter and Game of Thrones themes.
A Guide to Pagan Altars
January 11, 2020
Whether or not you believe in New Year resolutions, January always brings with it a feeling of promise and transformation. The frenzy of the festive season is over, and there are twelve pages of the calendar ahead to fill with magic and memories.
This is a time where many people set goals or resolutions for the New Year. But the problem with concrete goals and resolutions is that they can be restrictive, and leave us feeling disheartened if we stray or don’t achieve what we set out to.
Intention setting is a more holistic way of mapping out the year you want to have. While similar, intentions are different than goals. For example, a goal might be “I want to lose x amount of weight.” While an intention would be, “I want to be healthier in mind, body and spirit.” A goal is focused on doing, while an intention is focused on being.
Intention setting can be explored through ritual, divination and creativity. Below, we explore some ways you can set your intentions for the year ahead.
Types of Intentions
Firstly, here are some example intentions you might want to work with:
I intend to practice kindness, forgiveness and empathy
I intend to be more present, conscious and mindful
I intend to focus on and nurture the important relationships in my life
I intend to open myself more to creativity and playfulness
I intend to be kind to myself and practice self-care
I intend to be strong and healthy in my body, mind and spirit
I intend to be bold and explore new horizons
You can make your intentions briefer or more expansive than this. An intention could even be one word: kindness, positivity, focus, gratitude, courage.
Rituals can be a nice way to activate, record and explore your intentions. Here are a few ritual ideas to think about:
With its cleansing and transformative energy, fire is an important element in intention-setting rituals. Candles are great summoner of fire, and are a key tool in most magical altars or just everyday homes.
To use candles in your intention-setting ritual, light a candle with a particular scent or colour that corresponds with your intention. For example, rose is a scent of self-love and relationships, while green is a colour of new life and fresh beginnings. Focus on the energy that the candle and its flame are emanating. You may wish to close your eyes, meditate or repeat your intention in your head. Next, write down your intention/s on a piece of paper, and then burn the paper in a fire-proof vessel using the candle flame.
Burning the intention doesn’t destroy it. It imbues the fire’s transformative energy onto the intention and sends it out into the universe. It’s a powerful way of bringing your intentions to life.
Crystals are some of the most powerful tools you can use in your spiritual practice. They have a variety of properties and energies - healing, spiritual, protective and otherwise. Do some research and figure out what crystals best correspond with your intentions. We have a number of books on the subject in our Reference collection here.
For your simple crystal ritual, you can choose to hold the crystals in your hand, arrange them in a circle around you, or create a crystal grid. Make sure you’re in a quiet place and that your actions are deliberate. As you work with your crystals, focus on your intention/s - you might like to speak them out loud like a mantra, or recite them inside your head. Use the crystal energy to set and strengthen your intentions.
As intention setting is all about the state of being, meditation is a perfect way to connect with your intentions. You might have your own preferred way or meditating, or it might be something new you’re exploring in 2020. Meditation for Beginners is a good book on the subject if you're new to the practice.
Once you settle into your meditation and find your inner space to focus, call on your intention like a mantra. You might hear it in your head, see it written in words, or even imagine future scenes related to your intention unfolding in your mind. Once you figure out what works for you, you can use meditation throughout the year to reconnect with your intention and refocus your energy to stay on the right path.
Divination and Intention Setting
Divination can help you refine and set your intentions if you're not sure yet what your focus will be for the year. By taking a look at future possibilities, you'll gain a better idea of what intentions will help get you there. Here are a few divinatory methods you might want to try:
Tarot readings help give us a holistic view of our past, present and future. There are various tarot spreads you can do, which we outlined in a previous blog post here. In particular, a Celtic Cross or Past-Present-Future spread can work well for intention setting. These spreads help illuminate future pathways and possibilities, and you can use the results of these readings to set your intention for the year ahead.
Using oracle cards is a way of calling on the universe to help set your intentions. Simply sit quietly with your cards and think about the year ahead - perhaps envision the things you’d like to see happen, or the way you’d like to feel at the end of the year. Pull a card, and the message on that card can be your intention for 2020.
Similar to oracle cards, runestones can be used quite simply for intention setting. While focusing on the year ahead, pull a runestone out of your collection. The symbolic meaning behind the rune will help light the path for your year.
Lastly, creative activities are another great way to explore and set your intentions for 2020. Transferring your intentions into words or images is a beautiful way to manifest them into the physical world.
If you have a journal or Book of Shadows, write down your intentions in there. You could also write them on a piece of paper and place them on your altar, another special place in your home, or carry them with you in your bag or wallet.
If you’re more visually inclined, you might choose to draw or sketch scenes that relate to your intention. Vision boards are also extremely popular - create a collage from magazines, newspapers, postcards, craft materials and more that visually encapsulates your vision and intentions for 2020. Keep this in a special place, so that you can refer to it throughout the year and draw on its energy.
Whichever way you choose to set your intentions for 2020, we hope your year ahead is one of magic, exploration, fulfilment and joy. Always feel free to drop us a line if you want to know more about a topic related to myth, magic or spirituality, or come visit us to see what we've got in store. Happy New Year!
September 04, 2018 1 Comment
Have you ever heard someone say that you’ve got a specific ‘aura’ about you? Perhaps you have a peaceful aura, or a creative aura, or a wise one. More specifically, you might have been told that your aura is a particular colour - purple, yellow, orange, blue? It’s certainly fascinating to think about coloured halos hanging around our heads, visible to only a select few - but what exactly does it all mean?
Like the idea of 'chakra energy', auras are related to the invisible energy in and around our physical bodies. While chakras are focal points contained in our inner bodies, auras are the energy field surrounding our outer bodies. Some people with psychic abilities can visibly see these auras in different colours. Other people can feel them. But most people, regardless of psychic capacities, can sense a person’s energy in some way or another, even if they can’t fully understand how or why. This is aura energy at work.
While your aura can change and shift depending on many factors - such as your mood, health, or even time of day - most people have one predominant aura that they radiate.
So, in saying that, what colour do you think your aura is? We’ve summarised the common types of auras below, followed by an aura quiz for you to take to find out what colour your aura is!
Energetic, logical, alert, enthusiastic
People with yellow auras are analytical, intelligent and driven by action. They tend to have a lot of physical and mental energy, and will approach tasks with diligence and enthusiasm. Their brain is always working, and they are extremely observant of what’s going on around them. They’re confident and fantastic communicators, normally with an active social life.
Passionate, robust, intense, direct
Red is the colour of both passion and anger, and people with red auras will be prone to both. They approach everything in life to the fullest degree, and are always seeking new adventures and knowledge. They’re extremely robust and resilient, and will easily bounce back from health issues or difficult situations. Their directness can rub people the wrong way, but they’re steadfast and loyal to those they love.
Romantic, sensitive, empathetic, moralistic
People with pink auras have a soft and kind energy about them. They are romantics at heart, both in their relationships and they way they see the world around them. They’re highly empathetic, so will gravitate towards social issues and charitable causes. Their sensitivity to the world around them makes them poetic individuals who care about the arts and culture.
Creative, nature-loving, amiable, healer
Green energy is deeply connected to nature and the earth, and people with green auras will reflect this. They’ll often be nature and animal lovers, and will demonstrate the same growth and hardiness as the plants they love. They’ll be creative in a practical sense, enjoying pursuits such as cooking and crafts. They tend to be popular in social circles for their relatable and generous natures, and are well-suited to ‘healing’ pursuits or occupations.
Generous, honest, happy, courageous
Those with an orange energy bring the image of ‘lions’ to mind. They’re brave and adventurous, never shying away from the difficulties in life. They’re generous with their time, energy and money, and likely have a large group of friends. They zoom through life with zeal, and normally lead happy and successful lives in their chosen pursuits.
Psychic, philosophical, imaginative, introverted
People with a purple aura are known for being psychic or having intuitive spiritual abilities. They feel things on a different level, and will be drawn to magic and mysticism. They likely won’t have a large group of friends, but will form deep relationships with a chosen few. They’re highly imaginative, and may choose to express this in the form of creative arts. They’ll also connect quickly and easily with animals.
Great communicator, peaceful, diplomatic, measured
People with blue personalities are cool, calm and collected, and help to balance out any room they walk into. They’re fantastic communicators and diplomats, and can easily dissolve conflicts or tensions, whether at work or in relationships. They’re not afraid of taking on large responsibilities and navigating treacherous waters, and find it easy to make big decisions that might seem difficult to others.
Charismatic, lavish, independent, divine
Like gold jewellry, people with a gold aura are attractive, rare and connected to luxury. Gold aura people exude charm and charisma, and have a taste for the beautiful things in life. But while they can mistakenly come across as materialistic, gold is also the colour of spiritual protection and enlightenment. People with gold auras will be generous and protective of those that they love, and have a divine presence about them.
Intuitive, adaptable, fluid, discerning
People with silver auras are highly intuitive and very receptive to new ideas. Their brain is always switched on, and they’re able to easily adapt to new situations and new ways of thinking. People with silver auras will attract abundance into their lives, whether that’s in the form of physical money or success, or spiritual enlightenment. They will rarely want for anything; fortune comes naturally to them.
So, now that you've had a read, do you have an idea what colour your aura might be? We've crafted a quiz below to help you find out - let us know what you think of your results!
If you're interested in finding out more about your spiritual energy, colour symbolism, and understanding your inner self, you might be interested in some of our book titles below: