I am happy to announce that this month’s winner of a free reading is June Neiworthy! June will have a free intermediate reading just for entering the drawing and for finding the squawking Haven “Free Reading” icon somewhere in my Etsy Shop!
Stay tuned for this month’s drawing, the announcement will appear here on my blog sometime this month. While you are at my Etsy Shop, check out the new masks there, and more are yet to come! Staying safe has never looked so good!
Face masks. I want to let everyone know that I am still making and donating my face masks and offering them both locally and on my Etsy Shop. There aren’t many face masks that can be work comfortably all day. For those of you who have to be in the world all day, I am introducing a new mask design, more comfortable than ever.
I discovered last Saturday while doing my psychic readings at Cosmic Delights that wearing a mask for an extended time, even as short as 2 hours, can be a real pain in the neck. And ears, and nose….face masks can be restrictive for people like me who are extremely uncomfortable having their mouth and nose covered, and for everyone, they are hot to wear and take away from our concentration.
I am also going to a “One Size Fits Most” mask pattern. Based on my sales and conversations with my clients, the large size mask I make is a good fit for virtually everyone. This will streamline my work and enable me to donate even more masks to local charities.
I just bought a huge batch of fabric, including some sexy and subtle fabrics that are suitable for face masks to be worn in a work environment. I still have my signature face masks in patterns like tacky giraffes and Unicorns, Cupcakes and brand new face masks with:
I have some new styles to offer, including some with filter pockets and some even made with a layer of PELLON filter material in addition to the beautiful fabrics That give the masks their style.
I am branching out, and using a very thin, almost not-there elastic for the ear loops, and also some flat thin elastics in addition to my customary black elastic loops.
I will be listing a bunch of brand new masks, in all different designs, fabrics, and styles beginning on Monday, June 1st!
The last thing I need to tell you about my wonderful, Reiki cleansed and charged, fashionable and COMFY masks is that I know there are many, less comfy, and cheaper made masks available in many places. I need you to know that many of those masks, even those offered by local business are MADE IN CHINA!
When buying from businesses in the USA, please verify that the products you are buying are really MADE IN AMERICA!
My masks are made in America, Blessed, cleansed, Reiki charged for spiritual comfort and safety right here in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin!
For every mask you purchase from me, I donate a mask to a local charity.
All your mask purchases help me to afford mask-making materials, so do some good for you, a loved one, and pay it forward by supplying a mask to someone in need!
To help facilitate all this goodness, I am reducing my mask prices!
It’s that time again! I will be giving away a free psychic reading to one lucky reader because I love you guys! The reading will be my intermediate reading which is very popular but believe it or not, there is absolutely no purchase required to enter! The entry requirements are simple:
You must be at least 18-years old.
You must comment with your first name and one word, describing your questions.
Winner agrees to send a brief list of your questions (up to 3) and the ages & names of those involved.
The winner must include an email address where the Reading Results should be emailed to.
Find the “Squawking Free Readings” cartoon somewhere on my Etsy Shop. Say where you found it.
Entries must be received by June first. Winners will be announced in the first week of June, and the winner notified via email and announced so everyone can see our lucky winner’s name right here on my Blog.
As a result of you taking a moment to enter, you will also be entered for a random drawing sometime in June to receive a free crystal specimen, just because!
I look forward to reading for all of you, and especially one of you, absolutely free of charge!
Rember, the winner’s first name will be posted in the first week of June. You have until June to enter, so the reading can take place right away.
Reading given away will not be posted publicly, this is a private and confidential reading.
Psychic readings fans, I just got good news! The COVID-19 virus restrictions on businesses in Madison have been lifted! Okay, not unrestricted, but more on the cautious side, which is as it should be. My psychic readings are being done in the classroom, which allows for a lot more room, and the client is six feet away from me at all times. Masks must be worn by everyone and there may be no more than 5 clients in the store at one time, in accordance with current restrictions. Other than that, my psychic readings will be helpful and accurate, as they have been for over 40 years!
Now, more than ever, we need to find strength in ourselves and each other. Rather than complain about all the negative things, let’s all look for the good, the blessings in our lives and be thankful for that, and keep a positive attitude to manifest the positive! I cannot express how much I have missed all my psychic reading clients! I love being able to help people having the privilege to meet so many amazing people at Cosmic Delights, the fantastic store where I do psychic readings locally. Check them out for gems, incense, oils, great gifts, CBDs of all kinds, gorgeous jewelry and more! Also at Cosmic Delights is Luna Lynn Frey, who is a Sacred Sound Oracle. She regularly holds classes, events and sound sessions in Cosmic’s spacious classroom. Ask about getting one of Luna Lynn’s Sound Healing Sessions. It is a most profound experience which I highly recommend!
I look forward to seeing you all again soon, and also, please have a look around my Etsy shop, I’ve added so many things, including hand-sewn face masks, New and Improved Smokeless Smudge, and some of the most beautiful wire wrapped gemstones and Swarovski Crystal pieces that you will find today. Please visit soon and don’t hesitate to ask for something if you can’t find it, I love a challenge!
I apologize for not updating sooner, it’s been a little crazy around here, as I’m sure it probably is wherever you live these days.
As we all try to adjust to this new reality, I am trying to make sure that all shop items and all services are still available to you and that you can always order in confidence that tangible products will always be packed with care and thought toward your safety.
In my new practice, I will be disinfecting all items prior to packaging and disinfecting the box or bags used to ship them. Everything is handled with gloves, and since I am an independent seller, I can guarantee the items all ship from my smoke=free and more importantly virus-free home in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin!
I will be marking sales this week on Psychic Readings, via email, which we all need right now to try and navigate our way to the future. Plus, I will be creating discounts on many other items throughout the store, including my spell candles and coming soon, a Special Protection Amulet to help keep you and your family safe and healthy. Made with Crystal Elixr, Magical and Organic Herbs, Essential Oils and other elements to repel disease and sickness, and powered with Reiki energy, Prayer and Spellwork, these amulets are unlike anything I’ve ever made before and far more powerful. They only need to be placed in the home, office, car or in pocket or purse to do their work.
Please use common sense, my magic amulets can only augment real medical care and human common sense. Do NOT discontinue or refuse medical help in favor of these items. These items are Reiki charged and Blessed to help draw safety and strengthen immune systems and invite positive energy into your life. You have your part to do as well.
All that being said, I personally believe in the power of my amulets or I would not offer them to you. I hope you will enjoy the lightness of spirit they bring, as well as the good health they foster. Especially good for immuno-compromised persons such as myself and many of my friends, these have taken a while to complete but I know they are worth it, and honestly I already feel much better, just having mine to hang in a sunny window, doing its thing.
Due to high demand, you may message me in advance of the sale if you like, and reserve yours. These are soft cloth pillow-style amulets, each with a powerful enchanted charm attached and a satin ribbon for hanging. They retail for 30.00 but for a limited time, if you want to reserve yours, I will ship them free of charge for a total of 25.00. Message me with any questions.
You may expect new items in the store for the next two weeks at least since I finally have a bit of spare tie now to make more beautiful treasures for you.
Take good care of yourselves and each other, and together we will see this time through and make the future better than ever with the lessons we are learning now.
Hello everyone. Today I feel like venting a bit so I figured I’d just throw caution to the winds and deliver my thoughts, unfiltered.
I’m in the midst of the coronavirus restriction, which means most stores are closed, and my Saturday office at Cosmic Delights is closed as well, due to the store closing. I am missing my psychic reading clients so badly, and my soul hurts not to be reading. I’ve been looking on the bright side or at least pretending to ever since this thing began, but today, my bipolar has drifted to the bottom of the sad/happy scale.
I was very happy when I was able to get out of the house earlier today, so we could put some air in the tires of our car and get a pan to cook a turkey the pantry gave us. While we were out, we went to Tenney Park by Lake Mendota and spent some time out there, in the cold, windy day, watching the rough waves out on the lake. I hugged several trees, photographed absolutely everything, and at the end, I photographed the beautiful clouds overhead in a heavenly blue sky and felt better. I even snapped a picture of two crazy, happy people riding a tandem bike, who stopped by the park for a break.
But then it comes home to me just how tight things are. Without my readings, almost half of y monthly income is gone, not to mention the positive interactions I have with people. Some folks seem to think that I’m some sort of guru or selfless role model, doing readings and counseling folks as I do, but what the truth is this: I get as much from doing the readings as any of my clients do. I get back all the positive energy I give away and then some. And to tell the truth, without it, I feel lost and alone. I truly love my people and I miss them all so much! Facebook is nice, but it’s not the same as speaking to someone face to face, looking into their eyes and souls and sharing a mystical bond that strengthens us both.
And you know what else? I never used to be a “huggy” person. I was raised in a very cold environment. Never got “I love you”s or hugs and all that stuff. I never thought I needed it. But once I set myself free from the restrictive environment where I grew up and the judgmental people therein, I realized that even a simple hug, a show of camaraderie, or friendship or that ever so rare meeting between two souls who have a shared past life history is something that not only do I need, I crave that and I don’t do well without it.
I can see that others are making good decisions during this time by marketing their readings, crystals and other such online, on live feeds and other venues, and in a way, I very much admire that, but it makes me sad and sort of disgruntled that I am camera shy and not at all good with online face to face things. As a strong empath, I am used to being able to “read” people when I am with them, at least to the extent of feeling a bit of what they feel, and without that, I feel like I’m working blindfolded. Now I know some folks (you know who you are) would say that that is a crutch, but dammit, I am an old dog now and new tricks don’t come easy. Working through manic depression is hard enough, and now this virus has the world in a weird kind of stasis, all of us holding out breaths, waiting to see how this plays out, that all that, combined with my anxiety makes me just want to dig a big hole and bury myself until such time as I can rise from my grave, reborn into a healthy world once again.
So there are my cheerful self and thoughts for today. I am, on the other hand, collecting a series of photos I’ve taken, showing people out walking and bicycling, carrying on with their happy lives despite everything. I really admire those people who are doing so while still “social distancing” as a good citizen should. Rock on people. Those of us who feel as if literally everything in our lives has changed need to see you out playing in the sun. Rock on, crazy, happy people.
Pain Relief. It is a serious subject. Today I am writing about this because I want to help people like me, who suffer chronic pain and for whom pain relief is one of the most important things in their lives.
For many years, I’ve been experiencing my body’s traitorous degeneration. I have many conditions that cause pain, all of them un-reversible, all of them constantly getting worse and with them, my need for pain relief.
From Painful Diabetic Neuropathy to Fibromyalgia to Chronic Arthritis, I have lots of pain.
I spent over ten years with opioid therapy as my only option for pain relief, to help keep my mobility because my physical health had gotten so bad that I had pretty much resigned myself to the idea of spending my golden years in a wheelchair., with little pain relief.
Enter, “The Opioid Crisis”. The criminalization of opioid products such as the Hydrocodone that my doctors prescribed for me began to get on my nerves right away. It made me angry that it seemed like every medical professional and quack blogger had jumped on the bandwagon to battle the evil opioids!
While I do understand that some people have abused it and that this is a serious problem, I was angry because it just seemed like the press was on an opioid witch hunt, and no one acknowledged that some people, like me, truly needed the pain relief. Let me tell you when my pain was at a constant level 8 or greater, opioids did not give me a high of any kind! It seems like the drugs are so busy trying to counteract painful nerves gone rogue that there is no chemical left to stimulate any kind of bliss!
But I am an ornery old crone and I got tired of hearing about it all over the place, so one day I just said to heck with it and decided to quit
using them altogether. I increased my intake of Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen and slowly, over a 2-week period, decreased my intake of Hydrocodone to nothing at all.
I do NOT recommend that method to anyone, because it is true that some people have a very tough time getting off opioids. I guess I’m just not one of them because my “weaning off” was far more rapid than recommended by doctors (I found out later). Also, for me, it was not a big deal at all. No withdrawals or anything and I was, in the end, up to six Vicodin a day. All this was prescribed medicine of course, but still, six is rather a lot.
After I went to see my doctors and got a new Pain Management doctor, it was suggested to me that I might want to try LDN or Low Dose Naltrexone. My insurance wouldn’t cover it, because the on-label use for Naltrexone was to help heroin users to wean off, and for some insane reason, my insurance thought that wasn’t worth covering! But that is a rant for another day. Suffice it to say that I bit the bullet and asked for the prescription. It turns out to be very affordable, even on my limited budget, when you order 3 months supply at a time. And it’s well worth the cost.
I was directed to a local compounding pharmacy, Hoey Apothecary. These are the experts and it is a truly amazing place where you can talk to the pharmacists, get all kinds of natural health products in addition to compounded medicines for people and animals alike.
When I say compounding, I mean that the amount of Naltrexone that is used to combat pain is significantly lower than the anti-heroin addiction dose. For instance, a typical dose for a recovering heroin addict is 50 mg. daily. For other purposes, including pain relief, psych help and more, the starting dose is 4.5 mg, titrating up from 1mg. What compounding is, in my non-expert description is just taking that tiny amount of medicine (picture enough to cover the head of a pin and you’re close) and pitting that into a capsule along with some natural filler material, thus facilitating easy dosing of minute amounts.
Hoey is a place that cares. I love these people and never have I felt a more personal interest in my well being from a pharmacy. They have classes that help people explore the possibilities of alternative therapies such as Low Dose Naltrexone and CBDs, which I also find helpful. You can check out their LDN classes here.
Anyway, to make a long story longer, I started on the LDN on a Monday and by the following Monday, I had already gained back some of my mobility! I had become almost cripple when I went off opioids, but honestly, the Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen did help more than I thought they would, so I was on my cane and walker, not a wheelchair yet.
By the third week on LDN, I felt more energetic, had a significant reduction of my pain and even my depression seemed lighter! I found out later that LDN is also used to combat Major Depressive Disorder and Anxiety, both of which I suffer from.
Moving forward, two months out from my starting on LDN, I felt better, friskier and more energetic than I had in YEARS! Now I’m not on commission or anything like that, I just want this article to be out here so that when I meet someone who might benefit from LDN, I have a page and some resources to refer them to, relating my story.
There are many ways to combat pain, depression, and anxiety, and LDN is only one tool to help us achieve our goal, but a fine tool it is, the best I’ve discovered since I started doing Positivity Meditations following my attack 3 years ago, of acute pancreatitis. I will be writing a post on those methods very soon because I want to share as many helpful things as possible so that others like me will not lose hope as I did. I want people to know that there are many ways to help and heal the human body that are not yet completely embraced by traditionalist physicians.
Naltrexone is by no means a new medicine. Low-dose naltrexone has lurked for years on the fringes of medicine, and its zealous advocates worry it may be stuck there. Naltrexone, which can be produced generically, is not even manufactured at the low doses that seem best for pain patients.
Instead, patients go to compounding pharmacies or resort to DIY methods — YouTube videos and online support groups show people how to turn 50 mg pills into a low-dose liquid. Since Naltrexone is now cheaply produced in 50 mg or more generics, there is simply no incentive for major manufacturers to produce the capsules of LDN at the minute doses needed for pain relief and other purposes. Unfortunately, compounding is not an inexpensive process.
Some doctors prescribe Naltrexone off label even though it’s not FDA-approved for pain. Lucky for me, my amazing pain management doctor has seen fit to do this for me, and I will be eternally grateful because LDN has been nothing shy of a miracle in my life. These days, I am feeling younger and stronger than I did even 5 years ago. I seldom even use my cane anymore, and my walker is now in storage. As far as my pain goes, it is still a rollercoaster with the various maladies acting up at different times, and on bad days, all at once, but in general, I am better and even happier than I’ve ever been!
If you would like to know more, ask your doctors, or check for seminars or meetup groups near you. There may be a network of LDN providers or patients, I honestly don’t know, but it’s worth a Google or two to get the facts on whether LDN may be right for you. Please, if you know someone who might be able to use this information, feel free to reprint or share in any way you like, this post. I am not affiliated with Hoey Apothecary, I just highly recommend them. I am not a medical professional, only a healer and psychic, but, as a sufferer of chronic pain, I want to share my experiences and this amazing therapy that I have discovered with the world. There are many compounding pharmacies now available and if you check, I’m sure you will find one near you. I hope this post has been helpful and as always, I wish you love, happiness and all the best health in the world.
Mine has gotten off to a good start, I have more beautiful things to list than I have time to work on! Hubby Stephen has been cranking out the simple, elegant “One Drop Gemstone” earrings, and of course, I had to sneak myself one of each, and I can’t wait to show them to you, probably Sunday, if not this evening.
In the meantime, if you are looking for a gemstone that hasn’t been listed yet in the Jewelry section of my Etsy Shop, just send me a message and I’ll list them next.
I’ve added a few new loose gems in my Gems, Crystals and Fossils section, with many more soon to follow. My large size Enchanted Spell Candle is now 20% off the normal price, so get your love candles before Valentine’s day!
But the purpose of this post, other than shameless self-promotion, is to remind you of some stones that can be hard working partners which will help enhance your creativity, calm, grounding, love and success in 2020. To make your new year it’s best, I here are my recommendations for some of my favorite healing and helpful stone companions:
Healing Properties of Natural Citrine
Spiritual: Natural Citrine has one of the most powerful energies of all crystals. It purifies the energy of everything around it, and is one of the few “self-cleansing crystals” capable of maintaining its own brilliant energy field. Natural Citrine is a potent tool for manifestation, helping us to know our desires and ask the Divine to guide our actions and lead us to success. When the road is difficult, Natural Citrine lends us strength and banishes feelings of heaviness and darkness from our spirit, replacing it with vibrant golden Light. Citrine is attuned to the Solar Plexus Chakra and linked to the astrological signs of Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra. It is connected to the element of Fire and vibrates to the number 6.
Emotional: Natural Citrine’s energy is exceptionally joyful and happy, making it one of the most useful stones to use to treat depression and anxiety. Its purifying energy helps protect us from being drained by difficult situations or people. Furthermore, it can help us to set and maintain clear emotional boundaries so that we don’t need to rely on its protection. It helps us to see that it is ok to say “no” and also to be clear about what we WANT rather than merely focused on the minimum we NEED to survive. Natural Citrine encourages us to think and feel clearly about what is necessary for our happiness and to confidently do the work necessary to bring that about. It teaches us that when we do the work, we are properly entitled to enjoy the result.
Natural Citrine’s purifying energy helps us to keep our thoughts clear and clean, so we can make good decisions and put them into action immediately. It helps us to rapidly digest complex information, particularly as related to power, boundaries, and manifestation. Citrine helps us to organize our thoughts into those which serve us, and those which do not, and to quickly discard those that do not. It is particularly helpful for helping us to understand and move past any mental blocks dealing with money. It helps us to let go of feelings of being “undeserving” or the erroneous belief that money is “evil.” Instead, Citrine shows us that money buys marshmallows and builds hospitals, and can therefore be considered a “good thing” worthy of being gathered, saved, spent, and enjoyed.
Physical: Natural Citrine has been used to treat the stomach, spleen and pancreas and is said to promote digestion. It is commonly used by metaphysical healers to speed up metabolism and heal the endocrine system. Natural Citrine is particularly useful for helping us to make the practical lifestyle changes that are necessary after being diagnosed with early diabetes.
Spiritual: Apricot Agate has a very nurturing and warm grounding energy which makes us feel safe and loved. It gently releases fear and helps us to understand, or at least make peace with, death and other great unknowns. Apricot Agate helps us to become more spiritually mature and provides us with a deep internal sense of stability and peace. It is useful for self-reflection, contemplation of the world and meditation and can help us have a keener sense of reality. Apricot Agate cleanses the energy of everything that it comes in contact with, leaving us feeling refreshed and accepting of the abundance the universe has to offer us. Apricot Agate is attuned to the Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, and Heart Chakras and linked to the astrological signs of Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, and Leo. It is connected to the Element of Fire and vibrates to the numbers 5, 6 and 7.
Emotional: Apricot Agate evokes the essence of “home” – a place where we are loved, accepted and very much wanted. It is especially good for promoting love and understanding between parents and children and helps dissolve tension. Apricot Agate helps us to create good relationships especially within our family unit or close friend groups. Apricot Agate reminds us that we all have important gifts to share with others. Moreover, it teaches us that the key to a happy life is to find those people who have the gifts we need and who need the gifts we have. Apricot Agate helps us to let go of anger and bitterness, and if necessary, find the courage to begin anew. Apricot Agate helps us feel safe, but equally important, Apricot Agate encourages us to create and maintain healthy boundaries so that we actually are safe. It is particularly useful for anyone who suffers from codependent relationships. It helps us to explore and understand the difference and healthy progression between dependence, independence, and interdependence.
Mental: Apricot Agate has a very soft and loving energy, but is also very logical, rational, and no-nonsense. It helps us to properly analyze and solve our problems and encourages us to take action. It reminds us that our best chance for making our dreams come true is by working hard, working smart, and working well with others. Apricot Agate helps us to make decisions swiftly and for the best, and to be truly open to change. It is also a wonderful stone for self-analysis since it’s energy is gentle yet also very honest, a combination which can help us to build self-confidence and self-acceptance. Apricot Agate stimulates our creativity and combines it with pragmatic common sense. It helps us to find the pathway forward that will bring us the most joy and serve the Highest Good.
Physical: Apricot Agate is most commonly used by metaphysical healers to treat the eyes and uterus, as well as problems with the bladder/intestines/pancreas/stomach, circulatory system, lymphatic system, and various skin disorders. It is also commonly used to treat physical and emotional wounds caused by abuse or addiction. Apricot Agate is believed to be a general energy booster and is often used to revitalize the physical body or to provide support during detoxes. It has been used to stanch the flow of blood, from cuts as well as heavy menstrual flow. Apricot Agate is also useful for helping bring attention to any physical ailment which is interfering with our well-being and to resolve the matter as swiftly as possible.
Blue Lace Agate:
This stone will boost your ability to communicate, especially the thoughts and feelings that you receive from your higher self and spirit guides or even angels. This is a soothing and nurturing stone, that will bring you calmness and peace of mind, and helps bring sweet dreams, reducing nightmares or night terrors. An excellent emotional healing stone, Blue Lace Agate energy resonates in the throat chakra bringing tranquility, as it alleviates anger and nervous tension. Blue Lace Agate will help you to clarify your thoughts so that the person you are communicating with will clearly understand your point of view. It will assist you to speak freely and release any feelings associated with the opinions of others. Emotionally it aids you to express your feelings, so it encourages you to let go of old emotions, and retained pain from childhood trauma. It is excellent to help you to release anger that may have been stored in the body from past experiences. If you like using positive affirmations, this crystal helps to amplify the energy. It is great to use if you do any healing using sound, like crystal bowls.
Quartz is the most powerful healing stone of the mineral kingdom, able to work on any condition. Clear Quartz is known as the stone of power and amplifies any energy or intention. Clear Quartz protects against negativity, attunes to your higher self, and relieves pain. Laser Quartz Wand crystals focus energy into a concentrated beam, which can be used for precision healing. Caution should be observed when working with Laser Quartz Wands due to the intensity of the energy.
Howlite strengthens memory and stimulates a desire for knowledge. It teaches patience and helps to eliminate rage, pain, and stress. A calming stone, Howlite calms communication, facilitates awareness and encourages emotional expression. Howlite balances calcium levels in the body and is very good for teeth, bones and can help end headaches caused by stress or holding too much energy inside, especially after working with magic or psychic energy.
Rose Quartz :
Rose Quartz is the stone of universal love. It restores trust and harmony in relationships, encouraging unconditional love. Rose Quartz purifies and opens the heart at all levels to promote love, self-love, friendship, deep inner healing and feelings of peace. This stone helps people to love themselves more and helps develop self-esteem.
As spiritual tokens, pearls are said to assist in calming and centering, as well as nurture your faith, loyalty, integrity and purity. They are also strong symbols of femininity, helping women connect with their “inner goddesses” and obtain the ultimate “feminine energy.” Perhaps most importantly, it is said that pearls have specific frequencies of energy vibrations which can re-balance deficiencies in the human body when they are worn, just like gemstones
Well, that’s about it for the moment, my friends, but keep visiting my Etsy Shop to see more goodies every week!
Hello everyone! I hope you all are enjoying a happy winter holiday! Just to let you know, it doesn’t have to be a holiday to treat yourself to some pretty sparkly and healing jewelry, or perhaps a psychic reading to help you navigate the new year! For the entire month of January, I am sending a free gift along with every order!
I want 2020 to be RCO’s greatest year yet and I’m using positive energy to achieve that, so I’m making some great surprises for you! I will be adding more new items every week, and I do love a challenge so if you don’t find the gems you want, just ask me! Have a happy and safe holiday and new year! Love from Ravenbird
Here’s some pix of all the beautiful and helpful things you can find in my Etsy shop, locater here: https://www.ets