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The Magick + Alchemy of Jewelry

The Magick + Alchemy of Jewelry


One of my favorite ways to think about the Magick of jewelry + body adornment is through the Alchemical lens.  Alchemy lends itself quite well when talking about jewelry within a spiritual context because Alchemy refers to many of the materials that we jewelers' use in our studios everyday.  The alchemists were famous for trying to transmute lead into gold, but I believe that this was actually a metaphor for transforming the density of the human experience (lead) into the gold of spiritual awakening. They had a famous saying, "As above, so below. As within, so without." In other words, what is reflected in the microcosm is reflected in the macrocosm + vise versa. The cosmos lies within us + we...

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Summer Solstice Magick + Ritual

Summer Solstice Magick + Ritual


Ah Summer Solstice... the longest day of the year!  This pagan holiday, also known as Litha, is all about celebrating the light in our lives!  It's a time of being fully illuminated + in full expression of our Divine essence!  We can easily observe this in nature; all of the flowers + trees are blooming, the baby animals are romping around + growing up quickly!  There's a lot of magic in the air this time of year!  You can feel it in the Air when the summer days seem to hang in the sky almost forever! Summer is also the season of Fire... an element of transformation + illumination.  It's a captivating element that dances + radiates with beauty while demanding a lot of respect!...

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Dreaming of Crystals?  What do Crystal Dreams Mean?!

Dreaming of Crystals? What do Crystal Dreams Mean?!


Are you dreaming of crystals?  What does it mean when a crystal shows up in your dreams?  Have you ever wondered if a crystal has a specific message for you?  If you are dreaming of crystals you may want to pay attention! If a specific crystal shows up in your dream, then chances are very likely that the spirit of this particular stone is calling to work with you.  Of course, this can be for a multitude of reasons!  Our dreams are as complex + unique as we are as individuals!  But if a stone has made its way into your dreams, than it has either permeated deep into your subconscious or you are experiencing a spiritual visitation from a stone being...

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The Evolution of a Magical Talisman Maker

The Evolution of a Magical Talisman Maker


If you are a lover of jewels, have you ever wondered about the captivating + transformative power of jewelry?!  Have you ever asked yourself.... How does handmade jewelry go from accessory to Magical talisman?!  Can jewelry help people to reveal the essence of who they are on a deep soul level?!  Do stones have magical healing powers?!  How one becomes a Magical Talisman Maker?!   My name is Alex Lozier.  I am formally trained as a silversmith + jewelry artist.  I am here to share my story with you of how working with stones + organic found objects in my jewelry work was a catalyst for a profound life changing experience!  Creating this work helped me to learn about who I...

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What is a Magical Talisman?

What is a Magical Talisman?


First of all.... what is Magick?!   To put it very simply... Magic is the skilled ability to create a desired result.  There are many ways that the spark of magic can be ignited, but the magician must unite 2 paths for the Magic to work: the Will + the Way.  Our Will, is our ability to taken inspired action that is in alignment with our desired result.  Our Way is the method of Magick that we choose to inspire our actions along the way.  (Examples of Magical methods we can implement as the "Way" to our desired result include: astrology, numerology, geomancy, the Tarot, herbalism, ritual, mantra, etc.  The list goes on!  It is up to the Magician to decide the "Way"...

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Friday the 13th + Day of the Divine Feminine

Friday the 13th + Day of the Divine Feminine


Happy Friday the 13th!  Today is the day of the Divine Feminine!  Contrary to popular belief, today is a sacred day to be celebrated, not feared! Friday is ruled by Venus, the planet + goddess of Love, Abundance, Fertility, Art, Beauty, Luxury + Affection.  Friday is named after "Freya's Day," the Norse goddess of this archetypal energy. The other Divine Feminine celestial body in the sky is the Moon.  She is the cosmic Mother + Nurturer.  She represents our emotions + is the ruler of women.  As women, our menstrual cycles parallel the Lunar cycles.  Just as there are 13 lunations in a year, women have 13 menstrual cycles each year as well.  The Moon also travels 13 degrees across the...

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(Un)Lucky Charms: Gemstone Legends + Curses

(Un)Lucky Charms: Gemstone Legends + Curses


It’s almost Halloween, and what better way to get the jewelry scene into the spooky mood than diving into gemstone legends and lore!  Are opals really bad luck? Why did people once believe wearing zircon could prevent you from getting struck by lightning? In her latest webinar for National Jeweler’s “My Next Question” series, Associate Editor Lenore Fedow, interviewed jewelry designer Alex Lozier about the gemstones long associated with bad luck, like opals and the Hope Diamond. They also looked at the other side of the coin—the gemstones and minerals thought to be protective or bring good energy.  Watch the interview below!  

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Spiritual Jewelry: How to Adorn Yourself with Meaning

Spiritual Jewelry: How to Adorn Yourself with Meaning


Have you ever wondered how you can use jewelry in your spiritual practice to create deeper meaning + empowerment through personal importance?  If you have ever wanted to adorn yourself with a sense of purpose and use jewelry as a modality for healing, self expression + empowerment, then you have come to the right place!  Here are some of my top tips for using jewelry in your spiritual practice!

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8/8 The Lion's Gate Portal: Gateway to Heaven

8/8 The Lion's Gate Portal: Gateway to Heaven


The Lion’s Gate Portal opens each year when the brightest star in our sky, Sirius, begins to rise.  The ancients saw this star as the gateway to Heaven.  It is our spiritual sun, burning 26x brighter than our actual sun. On Earth, the ancient Egyptians viewed this time as a great blessing of abundance + prosperity, as it signified the flooding of the Nile which brought with it fertile soil for the next years harvest to be planted.   Named after the sign of Leo that houses the Sun when this astrological event occurs, the Lion’s Gate Portal peaks on the 8th day of the 8th month of the year.  On this sacred day, Sirius aligns with the pyramids of Giza and is considered to be...

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EVERYDAY is Earth Day

EVERYDAY is Earth Day


Earth Day is one of my FAVORITE DAYS OF THE YEAR!!! I LOVE celebrating the beauty of our blue-green planet, and I LOVE seeing everyone making a contributing effort to protect the environment.  But... what about all of the other days of the year? We have reached a point in human history where our actions have had such a severe impacted on Earth that we have tipped the scales off balance.  We have thrown Mother Earth out of harmony.  As a consequence, we have put the survival of every single living being on the planet in jeopardy.  Many are already extinct!  Ooofff.... that is a big responsibility to shoulder, and many have chosen to ignore the facts regarding the critical state that our planet is in. We are at a...

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SHADOW WORK: A Ritual of Boiling the Bones

SHADOW WORK: A Ritual of Boiling the Bones


Shadow work is a boiling of the bones… it is taking all of the scraps, everything labeled as “waste,” everything that would be banished and thrown in the trash, and turning it into to medicine.  The real chicken soup for the soul isn’t warm fuzzy stories with happy fucking endings.  It is making medicine from the poison.  It is transmuting that which has made us sick into that which nourishes our strength.  This transformative alchemical process is otherwise known as “healing.” Shadow work calls for going into the darkness to have a meeting with our Self.  There is a reason why are afraid of THE DARK… it is where our deepest fears, most disgusting perversions, and festering wounds live, but...

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Crystal Grid Ritual for Intention Setting

Crystal Grid Ritual for Intention Setting


    WHAT THE HECK IS A CRYSTAL GRID?! And why would you want to build one?! Crystal grids are site specific installations made of stone + other organic found objects arranged in circular or geometric patterns that are constructed in alignment with the directions + celestial bodies.  Stone circle building is an ancient art that harnesses the power of Earth intelligence + sacred geometry.  By implementing crystal grids in our personal or professional spaces, we can manifest our intentions with laser focus by using the crystal grid as a “broadcasting system.” Quartz crystals in particular are excellent at being programmed, storing information as well as transmitting frequencies.  Industrially, they have been used in radios, watches and computers for these...

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Tucson Gem Show Shopping Tips!

Tucson Gem Show Shopping Tips!


The Tucson Gem Show is my happy place!  I took my first trip out West to attend the gem show back in 2008.  Since then, I’ve built my jewelry business from the inspiration fueled by this amazing event!  Here are some of my top tips for attending the Tucson Gem Show:   1) Be prepared for extreme temperature swings.    Since Tucson is in the desert, it is usually warm and sunny during the day while your shopping and cold at night.  The temperature can really drop once the sun goes down! 2) Wear comfy shoes!!!  This is an absolute must!  The Gem Show is comprised of many shows that are scattered through out the city, and you’ll want to cover A...

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A Ritual to Welcome in the NEW DECADE!

A Ritual to Welcome in the NEW DECADE!


Happy New Year!  And happy NEW DECADE! Isn't it amazing how the New Year inspires us to create better versions of ourselves?!  Then why, with all this new found inspiration do most of us lose traction on our progress towards our New Years Resolutions?!  I have a proposal....   Instead of making a New Years Resolution this year, try this Ritual instead!

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Happy Harvest Season!  Grounding + Gratitude + The Practice of Letting Go

Happy Harvest Season! Grounding + Gratitude + The Practice of Letting Go


Fall is my FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR!  It is a magical time of great change and great harvests.  You can feel it in the air as soon as you walk outside... the air is a little bit cooler and crisper.  You can see it when you look around.  All of the leaves on the trees start changing colors because the trees are sending their energy back into the roots in preparation for winter.  As the Autumn winds of change blow the leaves off of the trees, the trees teach us that it is a time of letting go to prepare for the darker more internal time of year.   As the days continue get shorter and we descend into the darkness, we also get...

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How to Use Crystals to Activate Change

How to Use Crystals to Activate Change


What does it mean if you are being called forth to work with crystals? It means you’re being called forth to work the Earth.  It’s no surprise that so many people are being turned on to the mineral kingdom these days.  It’s almost becoming trendy.  And in my opinion, that’s a good thing!  I’m all for being estoteric and I'm a big fan of the underground scene, but let’s face it, our world is fucked up!  And that is being reflected in the state of our health, the environment, and our country. All of these things are intimately interconnected.  This is not about politics.  This is about conscious awareness.  Our planet and its inhabitants need our attention and more importantly our...

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CONNECTING WITH NATURE IN AN URBAN ENVIRONMENT

CONNECTING WITH NATURE IN AN URBAN ENVIRONMENT


  I am celebrating my 1 year anniversary of moving out of NYC and into the Hudson Valley.  Man, does it feel good!  Truth be told, I have always been an outdoors enthusiast!  I grew up in a small antique farm town in rural NJ.  However, in high school, I felt the city calling me so I packed my bags and moved to Center City Philadelphia.  I lived in Philly for 4 years while studying jewelry making and glassblowing at the University of the Arts.  Graduation set me in motion again.  This time, I packed my bags and headed for NYC!!!  I had always wanted to live in New York!  I was manifesting my dream of being an artist in the big...

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