The Broken Crown – Ego in the Magical and Healing Arts

The Broken Crown – Ego in the Magical and Healing Arts

During my spiritual path I have dealt with my own inflated ego from time to time, and luckily have loving people around me who have made me aware of it and that I needed to take it down a notch (or two.) Ego is part of being human. The Universe often steps in and knocks that crown off your head by presenting you with setbacks until you recognize it, demonstrate humility, and work to get yourself back on track. For those in the healing and magical arts, ego can be especially detrimental because it makes you forget why you have been placed in this position of power in the first place — to be in service to others. So, what are some of the signs that ego is taking over your practice?

  • Jealousy over another’s success. Do you feel that someone else doing well in their practice is a reflection on yours?
  • Smack-talking other practitioners. While what you’re saying may very well be true (because we all know wackos and incompetents in every field), does your negative talk about them help to advance you in your eyes?
  • Are you a certificate hussy? Do you throw around your certifications by asking others in your field “are you certified?”, “where were you certified?” or the cringe-worthy “But I AM certified,” – usually thrown into those conversations when you wonder why the other guy got the gig that you didn’t.
  • Do you compare yourself to others in the Spiritual community? Do you imply (or say outright) that you are more gifted than others, therefor deserve special attention or more respect?
  • Do you forget the people that helped to get you where you are or dismiss their contributions?
  • Are you more concerned about promotion than actually being present for the client in need?

Jealousy holds you back from excelling because you are not focused on your own task at hand – to constantly improve and evolve. We must all use our own talents to reach the level we want to achieve. And, perhaps, the other practitioner actually IS more talented at something you are not from web design, to public speaking, to dealing with clients on a very personal level. Recognizing your weakness and tackling it will serve you much better in the big picture.

Smack-Talking can damage your own reputation because it can be uncomfortable or negative for another to hear. It makes you the villain. Does this mean you shouldn’t warn clients away from unethical practitioners or scam artists? Certainly not. But choose your words wisely and come from a place of concern in those situations. Just like jealousy, bad-mouthing others is taking up valuable time that could be spent improving your own practice. Also, it brings down your vibration to a negative place — which actually drives away potential clients.

Certificates in the magical and healing community are pieces of paper showing that you passed a course laid out by another person or institution. First of all, Bravo for a job well done! But, I can tell you that there will be plenty of people out there who will be more gifted than you who have had no certification at all. Their gift may be natural, or perhaps they are better at retaining knowledge than you, or maybe they ….. etc. etc. Today we live in an instant gratification world, and the certification process in the healing arts can reflect this, often forcing teachers to take students to the next level faster than they would have in the past. When I was in my 30’s, certifications in the healing arts were usually spread out at least a year apart, giving the student time to practice their skills fully before moving on to the next level. A certificate does not make you more psychic. A certificate does not make you a better healer. The only things that can truly give you mastery is by doing the work, practicing, and dedicating yourself as a constantly-learning apprentice to your chosen art.

Comparing yourself to others will never serve you — on any level. In case you hadn’t noticed, as humans, each and every one of us is completely different. Some may take the comparison route at different angles. Talking down other practitioners is one (see smack-talking above.) Others may think they deserve the best time-slots for services in the local metaphysical store, or should be considered first “above the competition.” Or perhaps they only compare themselves to others on an internal level, which is akin to issues of self-esteem. On comparing yourself to others — just don’t do it. Embrace your unique gifts and work on the ones that need improvement.

Remember those who helped you along the way because our teachers and mentors help mold part of who we are. They taught us things we didn’t know before. Sometimes, they showed by example a better way to conduct ourselves in our chosen field. Denying their contributions can be a way of putting yourself above them. The student does not become a master in every case. We should honor our mentors instead of focusing on trying to replace them. Putting in the hard work to become their equal will be much more rewarding and make you a better practitioner in the long run.

Promotion over compassion– doesn’t sound good in black and white, does it? Sometimes the runaway ego makes us want to push to the front of the line. Do you spend too much time talking about yourself vs. listening to the client that came to you for help? After all, that is why we are here in this field – to fully listen to and assist others in need. During a session, the most promotion anyone should probably ever do is to hand them a business card at the end of the meeting in case they need you in the future. Or, have you ever been guilty of promoting only yourself in a collective setting where there are other practitioners alongside you? This comes down to simple manners. Let’s say you are one of several tarot readers in a shop. Someone asks for a reading (not from a specific person), but you aren’t on the schedule until the weekend. Telling them to come back then when your colleague is in the next room taking appointments at that moment? Not only is that bad form, but it’s also ego talking. It is that need to push to the front of the line. What should you do? Let them know about your colleagues, and then give them your card and tell them that you’re also available this coming weekend. Share the love. Because, I can promise you this — when your fellow practitioners witness you leaving them out in public, it is almost guaranteed that they won’t be recommending you in private. 

The very act of writing this blog post has brought some of my own ego issues to the foreground for me, reminding me again to work on humility. It’s a constant struggle for us human beings. If any of this sounds familiar, ask yourself why you are having a problem with the ego. Does it come from fear? From self-confidence issues? Admitting it is the hardest part. Once you get past that and consciously choose to work on the problem, you will find yourself walking on the path that leads to the best possible version of yourself. And when you get there, be aware that there is always more work to do — every day.

Papa Gee (Greg)

Lenormand Cards – White Mojo

The third edition of my White Mojo Lenormand Oracle Cards was just released.  When I noticed that there were less than 20 decks in stock at the store I knew it was, of course, time to order more. But I also knew that the cards were never exactly as I had envisioned them so I decide to tackle the cards again and give them a complete redesign.

Editions 1 and 2 both had the name of the card on the surface was well as the divinatory meaning. As a seasoned Lenormand card reader, I found that I wasn’t using my own deck to read cards. Instead, I was reaching for the traditional deck — the one with simply the picture, the card number, and the playing card association.  So, that is how I decided to go forward with the third edition. I had to make it more …… “Lenormandish.”

The images I use for the deck are old images found in the public domain, some of them as old as 400 years.  They came from a variety of unusual sources: old fairy tale books, medical journals, old paintings by unknown artists, vintage advertisements, and the list goes on. With the original deck, I was never able to find anything to represent the SCYTHE card or the COFFIN card and decided to rename them “Swords” and “Death” instead.  With a long and tedious search, I uncovered the proper imagery to restore their original Lenormand names in the third edition, bringing back SCYTHE and COFFIN.  For the WHIP & BROOM card, the first two editions focused on the broom, depicting a witch. The third edition focuses on the whip, showing Christ being tormented by a scourge.

I did, however, keep the six extra cards I added to the deck. I find them helpful in completing a reading, bringing up subjects that Lenormand doesn’t always fully address. Also, many people have written to tell me how much the enjoy the addition of the six new cards. I did, however, give the cards a facelift with new king and queen images. The extra cards are numbered  but show no playing card association, as they are not a traditional addition to Lenormand cards.

I do like the new backings for the cards. The previous editions had a collage of faded stars on the back.  The first edition, including the companion book, was dark blue. The second edition was the “red edition.” This third edition brings back the original blue theme, leaning more towards indigo. The new back has shades of this blue by using an old, out of print playing card back.

My WHITE MOJO LENORMAND CARDS are available for sale on our aromagregory.com website for $22.95 by clicking here.  

How to Read Lenormand Cards Class

lenormandbackredpromoAfter too long a wait, I’ve finally decide to teach a “How to Read Lenormand Cards” class. I was waiting for the second edition of the White Mojo Lenormand deck to come out. With this newer edition, I have added back in the player card associations that most Lenormand cards have along with the numbering of the cards. The numbering is also the standard Lenormand numbering, bringing my deck closer to a true Lenormand oracle. Besides, it also makes it easier for newbies to find the cards in the book once they’ve shuffled them! The second edition is now red – both book and back of cards – to distinguish between the first (blue) edition.

wmlenormandpics2Class Description: There has recently been a rediscovered interest in reading Lenormand cards, launching a variety of decks and the rediscovery of older sets of the oracle cards made famous by Mlle Lenormand, the fortune teller to Napoleon and Josephine Bonaparte.

class limited to 12 participants. Prepayment is required to reserve your space. Pay online HERE (chose “workshop” option) or call the store to reserve your spot at 615-884-9021.

The Lenormand cards are a 36-card deck of oracle cards that are read much differently than the Tarot and their popularity is booming across the United States. Much of this interest lies in one’s ability to quickly learn and answer specific questions about everyday life using simple and recognizable images. Lenormand readings can be far more to-the-point, accurate, and practical than Tarot. Learn how to anticipate problems and opportunities, describe people and events, compare alternatives, predict outcomes, and even answer yes-and-no questions.

We will cover:
– brief history of Lenormand cards
– the meaning of each card
– approaching the cards by subject (money, love, people, profession, which are the positive and negative cards)
– how to pair the cards to interpret their meaning.
– the nouns and adjectives of a Lenormand reading
– card layouts, including the 3-card, the 9-card layout, and the Grand Tableau

No deck of cards is needed to learn and take the class, but feel free to bring your own Lenormand deck if you have one. Our store carries a wide variety of Lenormand decks, catering to many tastes and paths if you would like to purchase a deck. Beginners to experienced welcome.

$20 for class only
$30 for class and deck of White Mojo Lenormand cards. (card value is $19.95)

facilitated by Gregory White, professional reader and creator of the White Mojo Lenormand Oracle.

class limited to 12 participants. Prepayment is required to reserve your space. Pay online HERE (chose “workshop” option) or call the store to reserve your spot at 615-884-9021.

Saturday, November 21, 2015. 4:00pm to 6:45pm at aromagregory soap & tea co. / Conjure Shop
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Spell Candles in Nashville – Chime Candles for spellwork, wicca, witchcraft

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Spell candles, also known as chime candles, are getting harder and harder to find here in Nashville, TN. Gone are the days when we would all traipse down to Magical Journey and pick up handfuls of little candles for our spellwork. Some refer to these as spirit candles.

The type of spell candles we sell in our Nashville shop are the ones most practitioners of magick are accustomed to – they are 4″ long and burn around 2.5 hours leaving behind no visible wax. Our spell candles are 40 cents each and we stock the following colors: black, green, blue, light blue, purple, lavender, pink, red, orange, gray, white, yellow, and brown. We also carry the glass candle holders in the ConjureShop section of the aromagregory store – 223 Donelson Pike, Nashville, TN 37214.

We also carry larger, 6 inch taper candles in: black, blue, brown, green, pink, purple, red, orange, and yellow. For reversal spells, we carry 9 inch reversing candles in two styles – red and black, and green and black.candle-reverse-redblack

In candle magic, color plays a large part. Below is a simple chart explaining the basics of the spell candle colors we carry along with their day of the week association below that.

Black Absorbing Negativity
Green Wealth, fertility, prosperity
Blue Success, Healing
Purple Protection – Success in legal matters
Lavender Meditation
Pink True Love, friendship
Red Sexual potency, passion, love
Orange Control, legal matters, attraction
Gray Uncrossing, neutralize
White Purity, truth, sincerity
Yellow Creativity, confidence
Brown Protection against Psychic Attack & Earth Magic

Sunday – Yellowspell candles nashville
Monday – White
Tuesday – Red
Wednesday – Purple
Thursday – Blue
Friday – Green
Saturday – Black

Seven Day Candles in the Shop

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Just a quick note to say that we have finally added seven-day candles to our retail shop.

So many clients ask what to do with the condition oils (other than anointing) and whenever we talked about dressing candles with them, I would have to direct them to a shop that carried them.

We started out with a small collection, but hope to add to it as time goes by. In this first batch we have: solid white, solid blue, solid red, solid green, St. Jude, Seven African Powers, Virgin de Guadalupe, St. Barbara, and St. Michael.

Papa Gee

retail store:
223 Donelson Pike
Nashville, TN 37214

Connecting with Michael

St-Michael-statueConnecting with Michael

Over the past weekend we set up at the Galactic Expo (a “new age” fair) here in Nashville. Sunday was a little slower than Saturday so Roy and I both had time to get readings and energy work done.  Which is pretty rare since we are usually performing the work on others instead of treating ourselves to it.

So, I had a Vibrational Energy Attunement session with a well-known energy worker, Reverend Barb, for general balancing, adjusting the aura, and to further open my connections to Guides. Tuning forks, crystals, and hands-on work was used.  During the session she told me I was surrounded by two Angels and another guiding force that didn’t want to reveal their name / source during the session.

I was told I needed basic quartz crystals to place on either side of my bed to help with my sleep patterns and to help me receive information and downloads from my Guides.

That night, with the stones on either side of the bed, I slept better than I had in months. In the moments of waking, a Guide presented himself to me telling me his name was Michael and showed me his face.  I was also told to buy a chalkboard to keep beside me to use during my readings. I didn’t need to know why just now but to get one and keep it handy.

Now, I am not saying that my Guide is a Archangel (although, you never know), but I found myself attracted to the statue of Saint Michael when we visited Saint Mary’s bookstore this morning after a trip to Whole Foods. So, home he came and was blessed and placed on my altar along with a new Mary statue. Whether or not this is the Michael that came to me, the statue will give me focus and intent to connect with this new Michael (whoever he may be).

This is a surprising thing since I have not had Christian connections in a very long time. Furthermore, I was raised Baptist so we certainly didn’t have any dealing with Saints. But, allowing these elements of Christianity into my life and work is finally an okay thing with me now that I understand that I can let them in on my own terms – without needing to have a pastor, a church, or another person tell me how/when/where/why I should or shouldn’t let them in.

Psychic Vision Oils finished

Psychic Vision Oil

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Conjured up my first batch of Psychic Vision oil this morning.  I’ve been holding off on this particular oil for the past couple of weeks because my Guides were holding out on me (I’m sure they have their good reasons, though).  Wanted to create this blend back in middle April but the ingredients just weren’t coming to me.

Of course, I knew all of the historical ingredients that are used for such work but that is not my total method.  First I have my list of which herbs, roots and oils were used to create condition oil blends. Then, my Guides tell me which ones to include (and sometimes introduce me to one or two new ingredients).

This morning was the day.  As usual, I never tell everything that is in my oils but I will say that some of the psychic vision blend ingredients include: calendula, wormwood, frankincense, ylang-ylang essential oil, and bitter almond (along with several others).

I love the way the label turned out. Perfect for Psychic Vision. But it is pretty ironic that I couldn’t get a psychic connection to my Guides to create the oil before now. But, they always know best.

Money Drawing Altar

Money Drawing Altar

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There is finally a good space for a money drawing altar.  Now that Roy has his own space in the healing cottage, and I have revamped my reading room, it was time to pull out this little table that has been waiting patiently for over a year for us to find it a purpose. This was set up at the end of April so you have my apologies for not posting about it before now.

On the back left you will see the little three-legged pig, which was given to me by a friend. The Chanchitos pig originates from a little village near Pomaire, Chili where the land is fertile and prosperous. It is given as a token of good fortune, luck, and good will.

To the right you will see the happy pink piggy bank I found at the flea market, just four days after setting up the money altar. In his hand, he is holding a money bag with the $ symbol on it. I paid six dollars for this cute fella. I have nothing to back it up, but his style and coloring leads me to believe that he may be more than a few years old – the style reminds me of figurines that were created in the 70’s.  Of course, we offered up coins for his belly!

In the front are mine and Roy’s honey jars filled with cinnamon sticks, fenugreek, gold dollars coins and silver dimes along with some pyrite and our business cards (which we’ve written our financial intentions on).  Green candles are burned on top of the jars when they need a boost but I keep a green seven-day candle behind and light it daily for a constant boost.

Towards the back left is my White Mojo Money-Drawing oil along with Lucky Mojo Money Drawing oil.  And, of course, cash and coins laid out among cinnamon sticks. On one of the dollars is a large piece of lodestone – on the other, a piece of pyrite.  So there you have it – our money drawing altar.

Money Drawing Oil

As we are getting ready for the Galactic Expo here in Nashville in May, I’ve been working on the oils I am going to have there in our booth. Before moving on to making the money drawing oils, I filled 105 bottles of my chakra balancing oils.
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Here in the pic you will see the batch of money drawing oils on my altar. Tomorrow I will move on to working on the love attracting oils for the event.

Our money drawing oil is found here

Healing Modalities

abstract painting Gregory WhiteThe Nature of Healing

Healing can occur on many different levels: physically, emotionally, spiritually. Each of us knows intuitively the things that we desire and need the most.  Sometimes, it just takes a little help, a tiny push of healing energy to break free that glowing, happy, creative person that is inside you.

Most healing methods are focused on the physical, mental and emotional levels of life, without an awareness of the energy that lies beneath. Energy healing works with the energetic level of our being. Since everything is made up of patterns of energy, working directly with energy influences the physical, mental and emotional, as well as the spiritual level.

Energy healing complements and enhances other methods of healing, because it addresses the energy of which the body, mind and emotions are composed which is where most illness is located – in these three areas.

Below you will find the modalities I use to help bring about healing.  Gregory.

Aromatherapy Treatments

First, we sit down and discuss the problem or ailment you are having as well as any allergies you might have.  Next, I create a blend of oils specifically for you and your condition.  We drop them (sometimes along with herbs) into a steaming bowl of water.  From there, with a towel over the head, the client breathes in the fumes of the aromatic oils, receiving a facial steam at the same time. During the treatment, relaxing and meditative music is played …..

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Tarot and Intuitive Readings

The method I use for reading the tarot cards is simple – it is a combination of the “official” meaning of each card and the intuitive story that is playing in my head as we go over them. In others words, the cards become a personal form of divination for me, just the same as some people may use a bowl of water or a crystal ball (both are forms of scrying).

It is not unusual for images to emerge outside of what the cards are telling us. Sometimes, answers to several questions arise, despite the fact that the questioner (you) only asked one.

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