October is here, and it’s a big one!! This month is bookended by Full Moons, making it a powerful portal for visioning new worlds, creating huge shifts, and watching mysteries unfold. With the election right around the corner, we need to use this Full Moon magic to its full potential to create radical transformation, close old portals, and open new ones. This is known as a “liminal” time and we are, indeed, at the threshold. We are deep in the void…can you see the magic you are being asked to work? Finding wisdom in the void requires courage, strength, stamina, and a hell-of-a-lot of grounding. For this reason (and because OCTOBER), this will be an all-black-everything edition of crystalscopes. When it comes to color magic, black stones are often associated with grounding, purification, strength, and protection…all things I anticipate we’ll need plenty of this month (and in the months to come). I also find that dark or black stones are often helpful in navigating liminal or “void”-like spaces.
I have used tarot + oracle cards to take a peek at the dominant energies at work for each sign this month and recommended crystals accordingly. Work with your crystal recommendation however feels best! You can carry your crystal with you throughout the month, meditate with it, or put the crystal or an image of it on your altar, desk, nightstand, wherever! Enjoy the season of the witch, and work your magic. Remember that witchcraft has always been political, and that witches have ALWAYS had a place caring and fighting for and among the oppressed, the outcast, and the abused. Witches have always been radicals. This Full Moon portal is Our Time…witches are the future. Build wisely and build fiercely. xoxoxoxo
This month you’re experiencing transformation around personal power. It’s time to start taking yourself more seriously, Libra! This isn’t necessarily about toning down your playful attitude, but it IS about recognizing that you are a person of worth, skill, and power. You have wisdom. You have drive. Now actually own that and direct it in a meaningful way. Get serious about creating the kind of life and world you really crave. It’s time to close the door on limiting your own power, giving your authority away, and basing every decision on the advice of others. There’s a strong inner voice dying to break through this month if you’ll let it and then RUN WITH IT.
Onyx will make the perfect companion this month because of the way it amplifies self-mastery and brings our own actions to our attention. This crystal will help you see with clarity the ways that you have been selling yourself short and lacking commitment to your own vision and values. Onyx can also help teach us about the appropriate use of power (a theme that came up over and over again in the crystals this month). Onyx can help you come into your own power by helping us see the ways in which power can be for the good of all vs. corrupt and oppressive…think powerful like a deeply moving piece of artwork or a gigantic tree—not powerful like a tyrant.
MAGIC WORDS: THIS IS THE END OF MAKING MYSELF SMALL. I OPEN PORTALS OF DEVOTION TO MY TRUEST VISION.
SCORPIO//TITANIUM AURA QUARTZ
You’ve undergone an initiation into heart-opening this year, Scorpio. This month,
that initiation is more-or-less complete and now it’s time to begin you’re life as “the initiated”. Yes, that means putting what you’ve uncovered conceptually about opening your heart into practical action. This is going to require a whole new level of vulnerability for you, but that’s the point. It’s going to be important that much of this practice happens in relationship to other people, whatever that relationship may be. What’s important is that the softening is no longer a solo practice. Past experiences will bring up resistance to this kind of openness, but find new ways to relate. Believe there are new ways to relate and that things can be different this time around, because you are different this time around.
Titanium Aura Quartz is Clear Quartz that has been heat treated with Titanium (among other metals) to create a dark rainbow sheen on the crystal. This stone combines all the strength, fortitude, and courage that comes with titanium with the hope, enthusiasm, and creativity of rainbow color magic to get you through the radical softening you’re being asked to really live out. This doesn’t mean living totally without boundaries, and Titanium Aura Quartz respects that and protects healthy boundaries, while helping you to receive and radiate warmth, compassion, and creativity. This crystal is like armor that knows how to let the joy in…use it like training wheels for this new, more vulnerable way of being.
MAGIC WORDS: THIS IS THE END OF THE SOLITUDE OF INITIATION. I OPEN THE PORTAL TO LETTING MY HEART LEAD IN ACTION.
You’re a tricky one, Sagittarius, but you’ve been playing tricks on yourself this time. You’ve been pulling the wool over your own eyes, seeing with how much (or how little) you can get away with and ultimately cheating yourself. Whether that means telling yourself lies, not honoring your commitments to yourself, or simply squandering your potential: it’s not going to fly anymore. You’re experiencing an awakening this month, and it’s going to require you to stay still for a moment. I know, you hate to hear it, but a huge part of the portal you’re entering this October is about recognizing that change isn’t at the next location, it’s not about changing where you are to change your perspective. It’s about changing your perspective where you are now. This is an INTERNAL shift that can only come into bloom WITHOUT external distractions everywhere you turn. You have absolutely dazzling potential, if you will just sit and listen to your intuition long enough to see it!
Black Amethyst is Amethyst with Hematite inclusions/high Iron content. Like Amethyst, it will help to boost your intuition/dreams and promotes relaxation and peace of mind. Black Amethyst feels extra grounding, so it can help you ground into your intuition in the present moment so you can give soulful, deep attention to your thoughts and emotions. This crystal also feels like it has an extra balancing + revitalizing effect because of the Iron + Hematite within, so it can help you to renew and reset if you’ve been stuck in a self-sabotaging rut.
MAGIC WORDS: THIS IS THE END OF CHEATING MY SELF. I OPEN THE PORTAL TO EXPLORING MY SELF WITH DEEP ATTENTION.
This month’s transformation is all about abundance for you, Capricorn. It’s time to
hone in on the areas of your life where you fear there’s not enough and may be holding onto your resources too tightly. There may also be places where you’re handing over resources to the wrong people/things. Either way, your attention is being called to the ways you create scarcity where there is none. Very real scarcity exists in this world (thanks in large part to oppression), but we all have ways that we conjure up scarcity where there is actually abundance in our own lives: by not trusting others enough to ask for help, by not believing in ourselves enough to try the thing, by not accepting the sweetness shown to us by others…the list goes on. You could be on the precipice of creating some totally magical realities for yourself, but it’s going to require that you believe you have the resources you need to build them. You’re usually all about plans, not fantasy…but why not both? Set your sights on a clear vision, but not necessarily a set route to get there. Instead, take each decision as it comes and adjust your creation as you go.
Black Jade will help to “clean house” energetically and clear out lingering fear, doubt, and false scarcity. It gives us the courage to see where we may be acting against our own best interest or harming others, and can help us see how to face and integrate the parts of ourselves we feel shame or fear around. While you work on changing your mindset around your resources so that you can really get going on making fantasy a reality (and having a flexible + fun time while you do it), Black Jade acts as a sort of energetic bodyguard, keeping other people’s negative projections and your own old bad habits from creeping into your present and future. Let this crystal bolster and protect you as you focus on dreaming, visioning, and cultivating.
MAGIC WORDS: THIS IS THE END OF PERCEIVED SCARCITY. I OPEN PORTALS OF ABUNDANCE AND EASE.
October is asking you to deepen into your critical thinking skills and love for
questioning authority, Aquarius. The transformation is all about questioning authority for you this month…including your own inner “authorities”. It’s time to take a long, hard look at the ways that you, too, grapple for control and superiority in order to feel secure. This will definitely be a month of shifting perspectives, uncomfortable unveilings, and shedding old narratives. It won’t necessarily be easy, but the reward on the other side is a more authentic understanding of yourself, the ways you hold your power, and where you seek out stability and control to a fault. This is a month for surrender when it comes to the insights that will come through. Death to the way things used to be. This month, you’re creating expansiveness.
Smoky Quartz is the comforting but tough bff you need to help you call yourself on your own bullshit. This moody beauty is grounding and protective (which could help you loosen your grip on some of that need for security without feeling too vulnerable), but it’s also especially helpful for helping us to see personal patterns that have gone unnoticed. With October asking you to seriously evaluate your ideas around resources, security, tradition, and power, you’ll want to keep this one close by. Smoky Quartz can also help you embrace mystery and embrace the liminal, helping you to cultivate patience in the midst of transformation.
MAGIC WORDS: THIS IS THE END OF MY INNER TYRANT. I OPEN PORTALS OF TRUST AND TRANSFORMATION.
You’ve experienced profound healing and guidance along the way this year. Whatever you believe in, something or someone has been looking out for you, helping you return to your feet after personal devastation of some kind. That doesn’t vanish this month, but October does ask that you begin to carry more of the weight of your own healing. Some kinds of healing feel sparkly and shiny: bubble baths, face masks, miraculous solutions, reassuring synchronicities show up everywhere, maybe you meet a friend/partner/associate who totally turns things around…but there’s also “ugly” healing. Letting tears come. Setting up a meeting with someone who can help you take control of your debt. Setting alarms in your phone so you remember to eat, or take your medicine, or drink water. None of these things are actually “ugly” of course, but they are mostly boring. Mundane. They’re labor—and you’re being asked to start doing some ugly healing of your own. You don’t need to leave the sparkly side of healing behind…after all, pleasure has a purpose!! But this month, get real about what YOU really need to do to continue this healing process in a way that is sustainable. Look to what you’ve been avoiding or waiting for someone else to fix…that’s where you need to focus your attention.
Black Labradorite is excellent for helping you to shed old skins this month so you can have real clarity around your own growth and healing. “Ugly” healing can definitely push you out of your comfort zone, but the clearing, anxiety-easing, and balancing energy of this crystal will help you move through it with courage and centeredness. Descending into the darkness of our own shadow is daunting, and Black Labradorite helps us to welcome that descent, allowing us to see the glimmers of hope, light, and wisdom in the darkness of the unknown. Labradorite has always had an especially “magical” quality about it to me. This will serve you well as you become your own healer, guide, and guardian.
MAGIC WORDS: THIS IS THE END OF SPIRITUAL TRAINING WHEELS. I OPEN PORTALS OF SELF-DETERMINATION.
ARIES//GOLD SHEEN OBSIDIAN
Ignorance is no longer bliss this month, Aries. You’ve had your rose-tinted glasses
so firmly fixated on the past that you’re missing the ways you’re putting your own present and future at risk. October is going to ask you to put a lot of illusions to rest. To sacrifice certain parts of innocence for the sake of the truth, which isn’t always nice to look at. You could go about the process of putting the past to bed screaming and crying, or you could burn the relics of what was and revel in the flames. Be done. Let the fire light your way forward and warm you in the present. You’ll see there’s a lot of work to be done once your gaze returns to what is here and now…but you have more than enough fire, passion, and optimism to see you through. It’s simply a matter of turning your vision in the right direction.
Gold Sheen Obsidian is a stunning form of Obsidian that gets its shimmery halo from air bubbles formed during the cooling process of the lava. This stone is known to help us use lessons from the past to empower ourselves (rather than holding us back). If you’ve been stuck in a cycle of nostalgia, Gold Sheen Obsidian can help to remove mental blocks that keep you in old patterns. Not only that, the golden flecks of light within reflect your own golden light, bringing optimism and encouraging you to let your talents shine their brightest. It’s the perfect one-two-punch of clearing and encouraging to help you face your present circumstances with boldness and dream of your future with enthusiasm.
MAGIC WORDS: THIS IS THE END OF IGNORANT BLISS. I OPEN PORTALS OF PRESENCE AND EMPOWERMENT.
In the past, you’ve been so stubborn that it’s taken total wreckage to get you to let go of what’s no longer good for you, Taurus. You’re capable of profound evolution, but it’s rarely come without some serious chaos forcing you towards it. That ends here for you. You no longer need to be “in the void” in order to evolve and find purpose. You can welcome the stability you so desperately crave without fearing that it means the end of your own growth. In fact, October is calling you to rebalance and find that stable point from which to grow. So many of the things you’ve qualified as “flaws” in your makeup are simply the result of an energy out of balance. You can change the way you feel, the way you respond, the way you communicate and relate by noticing when you feel an imbalance (too much solar energy vs. lunar energy, for instance) and making adjustments (like incorporating a lunar activity such as dream journaling) to create more alignment and ease. THIS is how you choose evolution, rather than being forced to it. Whenever you feel a polarity pulling you too far in one direction this month, take a deep breath and think about what you can add or take away from the situation in order to create more balance.
Magnetite is naturally magnetic, so it makes sense that it would be known as one of the most balancing crystals out there. It’s often recommended to sit with a piece of Magnetite in each hand in meditation in order to totally rebalance and recalibrate your energy. Because the energy of this crystal also directly connects us to the magnetic frequency of Earth, it brings feelings of grounding and security. The revitalizing nature of Magnetite can also help us to “sort out” tasks, emotions, or next steps in order to avoid becoming paralyzed by overwhelm when faced with a problem. With October asking you to seek clarity and make small adjustments over time in order to create balance (rather than being pushed out of one extreme and retreating into the opposite), Magnetite will make a helpful ally!
MAGIC WORDS: THIS IS THE END OF HOLDING ON TOO TIGHT. I OPEN PORTALS OF CHOOSING GROWTH DAY BY DAY.
You know better than anyone that everything is a mirror, Gemini…but in a house
of mirrors, it can be easy to lose track of yourself. You’ve got a keen and critical mind, but when your mental powers are spent passing judgement on yourself and others, comparing yourself and others, and generally watching and waiting for others to act so you can respond, those mental powers are wasted!! It’s time to keep your eyes on your own paper and just GET TO WORK. Don’t worry about what other people are doing. Unless they’re in your immediate sphere, you don’t have time to be worrying about what they’re doing or HOW they compare to you. You have important work to do for YOU, and to be honest, you know exactly how to do it! But you’re going to find yourself completely overwhelmed if you’re still spilling energy every which way. In October, get clear about what the real work that lights your fire is. Then put your focus on that work. Not on how it will look to do it. Not on how it will be perceived to do it. Not on how other people are doing it. Just do it fearlessly and for yourself, and see what happens.
Shungite is known as a “stone of truth” and I read somewhere once that it can help align you with truth in such a way that you feel discomfort when faced with a falsehood. Since most judgements/comparisons we make are assumptions, this stone will help you see when you are building your own narrative to either build yourself up or cut yourself down rather than simply sticking to what is ACTUALLY known about the situation. It’s also a deeply clarifying and clearing stone that can help you to release long-held feelings of fear, built, and shame (which could help get to the root of some of that comparison/judgement as well). Shungite also offers psychic protection, shielding you from unfair judgement or comparison from those around you, as well!
MAGIC WORDS: THIS IS THE END OF JUDGEMENT AND COMPARISON. I OPEN PORTALS OF PASSIONATE, AUTHENTIC PURPOSE.
You’re known for your defensive crab shell, but your inner defender could use a power-check this month, Cancer. There’s a choice you need to make that you have been avoiding…or perhaps you haven’t even realized the choice needs to be made yet. Either way, the only way to get closer to what needs to be done is to allow yourself to be vulnerable. You have to put down your weapons in order to take off your blindfold and see things clearly. Your fear is what is keeping you trapped, not whatever imagined foe you believe has you cornered. This is a month of powerful transformation for all of us, and your transformation will require that you soften in order to become stronger. Find the balance between holding your own power hostage in a tower like an untouchable princess and giving it away to whoever is around. You’ll see new roads open ahead of you, and the choices ahead of you will become impossibly clear. You’ve been “protecting” yourself from your own vision and direction. Enough is enough.
Rainbow Obsidian is the ultimate reminder that you also contain stunning and unique rays of color and light, and it would be a shame to keep them completely concealed. The rainbow of colors you see in this stone is a result of layers of lava cooling at different times and temperatures, and it also helps us to transmute our past experiences and pain into wisdom so that we can move on. It helps us to recover from emotional wounds, which could help give you the courage to let down some of your defenses. This crystal makes an excellent guide when moving in the darkness of the unknown towards the light of inner truth and clarity. Meditate with this stone over your heart and feel the way that shadow and light are companions…they play beautifully together.
MAGIC WORDS: THIS IS THE END OF SELF-IMPRISONMENT. I OPEN PORTALS OF SOFTNESS AND STRENGTH INTERTWINED.
October has you moving away from co-dependency and into emotional self-sovereignty, Leo. It’s ok to lean on your loved ones for validation, support, and soothing, but it’s also really important that you explore ways to offer those things to your SELF. The whole world is your stage, and you may love an audience, but playing off the energy of the crowd really only works if you’re ACTUALLY in a performance. It’s not a sustainable way to live. If your comfort, your self-love, your confidence, or your opinions are dependent on what other people give you, you will always be limiting yourself. You will sell yourself short, play small, not hold boundaries, and avoid conflict because you are afraid to lose the very vital affirmation others provide you. This holds you back, but it doesn’t have to be this way! Explore ways that you can affirm and regulate yourself—not so that you no longer need others for support—so that you’re CAPABLE of offering yourself love and support as well. The security you’ll feel once you know you can depend on yourself will be priceless.
Hematite is ultimately going to help you FOCUS and GET CLEAR on what it is YOU think, feel, and desire. This crystal helps remove scattered thoughts and quiet the mind so that you can call all your energy back to your self. When you hold Hematite in your palm you can feel the density of it. It has a very real and very physical grounding sensation. Let yourself feel the weight of Hematite in the palm of your hand when you’re feeling the urge to outsource emotions or decisions onto others. Come home to yourself, feel the comfort, and find what you need.
MAGIC WORDS: THIS IS THE END OF OUTSOURCING MY EMOTIONS. I OPEN PORTALS OF EMOTIONAL SELF-SOVEREIGNTY.
Out of the chaos, new and beautiful worlds are born for you this month, Virgo.
You’ve had your fair share of turmoil this year and your foundations have gotten a total overhaul. It’s not in vain, though. You’ve been tearing down everything keeping you away from your most authentic self in this moment. (Or you’ve been having it ripped away from you, depending on your level of resistance.) What has fallen away has cleared more room for expansion, and you should feel optimistic about the opportunities that are going to begin presenting themselves to you. It’s normal to be waiting for the other shoe to drop after you’ve experienced some major upset, but have confidence that the truths that were revealed to you and the power you came into during your struggle have set you up for more alignment (and therefore more success, joy, fulfillment, expression…) than you ever could have dreamed up before this initiation by fire.
Black Kyanite looks just like the bristles of a witch’s black broom, and it works just like one too! Kyanite is great for clearing, so use this crystal to sweep away the rubble of what’s fallen away and head towards your future with renewed faith in your own strength and self-knowing. Black Kyanite has both a grounding and an energizing effect, making it perfect for anyone on the mend from some serious strife who feels ready to start moving ahead with their newly gained perspective. You deserve to feel excited about what’s ahead after all the hard work behind you, and this stone will help remind you.
MAGIC WORDS: THIS IS THE END OF MY PERSONAL UNDOING. I OPEN PORTALS OF OPTIMISM AND EXPANSION.
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