July 2022 – Stone, Herb and Card Information

July has a metaphysical meaning of adventure, motion, radical change, unpredictability, travel, mind, body, spirit, activity, freedom, wildness, journey, vitality, healing invention, choice, courage, flair, actor, boldness, and spiritual growth. Dependent upon your hemisphere, it can imply joy of spirit (northern) and meditation and reflection (southern).

Ruby

Long associated with improved energy and concentration, creativity, loyalty, honor and compassion as well as a protective stone that can bring happiness and passion into the life of the wearer.

Rubys are also said to stimulate heart chakra and bring spiritual wisdom while shielding against psychic attacks.
Other metaphysical properties of the Ruby is to use it as a stone of good fortune (this includes fortune of the body, mind, and soul).

When it comes to physical healing, this gem can strengthen the heart, muscles, and ventricles. 

And, as the vibrant deep red hues suggest, it’s a bloodstone which means it can encourage everything from circulation to menstrual pain.

The name, ‘Ruby’ is from the Latin word for red, ruber; and is one of the four precious stones along with diamond, sapphire and emerald. 

It is the third hardest gemstone–with a Mohs rating of 9–after diamond and moissanite. 

For centuries, rubies have been mined, collected, traded, treasured and used in fashion, such as the breastplate of high priests and to adorn weapons and is known as the gemstone of the nobles. 

While in some ancient cultures, ruby gemstones were used to cast lots to predict the future as well.

Mint

Mint is an amazing plant due to both its metaphysical and healing properties. And it is a great herb to have on hand for the heat of the July summertime as it provides a cooling, refreshing and soothing addition to our summer drinks.

This little green plant comes in a variety of flavors, such as peppermint, spearmint, ginger, apple, pineapple, chocolate and many more – the possibilities of using this little plant can be endless!

The magickal properties of mint, when used in rituals and spells, are meant to draw wealth, lure love, keep out evil, and enhance overall wellbeing. Drinking mint tea can bring you good luck and protection throughout the day. Sometimes the herb will be placed under a pillow to induce a vision of the future in dreams and to protect against attacks of evil magic, nightmares, and evil spirits of the night. Keep it dry and near your workspace to promote prosperity and financial success. Mint is also kept over a sickbed to drive off negative energy during sickness.

The other uses are aroma and flavoring, so adding mint to flavor beverages and desserts can have the added benefit of assisting with digestion issues and aromatherapy for healing purposes. In its oil form, it can relieve sore and fatigued muscles when applied topically as well. 

The Chariot

Each zodiac sign is linked to one of the Tarot cards in the Major Arcana. Most of these powerful cards have images of archetypal figures that represent the essence of a type of person. As July is the zodiac sign of Cancer, the Tarot Card associated with this month is The Chariot.

The traditional Rider-Waite Tarot deck depicts an individual, a warrior, who is standing in a chariot. This warrior wields an armor which is studded with crescent moons which represent what is coming into being. The armor also has a tunic with a square (which represents willpower) and various alchemical symbols which indicate spiritual transformation.

Victory, success, and spiritual growth are all represented by the laurel and the star crown. The charioteer holds no reins although he appears to be driving the chariot. Just like the Magician, the charioteer holds a wand which represents his control over the chariot and the strength of his mind.

Due to this charioteer standing upright —this card is all about activity and moving forward. There are six stars circling the head, indicating that there  is a connection to the heavenly realm and the Divine purpose.

The vehicle is flanked on either side by a pair of sphinxes in black and white, signifying the existence of opposite but complementary energies. You can tell that the two charioteers are fighting each other, but they manage to maneuver the chariot in the direction they want. A large river rushes behind the chariot, symbolizing the necessity to be “in flow” with life’s rhythm while still pressing forward toward your objectives and intentions.

The meaning of this card is willpower, determination, and strength. When The Chariot appears in a Tarot reading, take it as a sign of encouragement. You have set your objectives and are now channeling your inner power with a fierce dedication to bring them to fruition. When you apply discipline, commitment and willpower to achieve your goals, you will succeed. But also be warned, as this card can also show you obstacles and challenges getting in your way, from yourself to others. 

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