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I love reading about other people's rituals.
One of my favorite scenes in Susan Elizabeth Phillips' book It Had To Be You, is where Phoebe finds out about all of the things she is supposed to do to keep the player's luck in place.
We all have our superstitions and rituals designed to maintain or improve our luck.
I have a new one.
In July I went to Abadania in Brazil with a group of friends to visit the Casa of Dom de Loyola where thousands of healings are performed through John of God. The town and the Casa are built on a crystal mine and the energy there is . . .well. . . relaxing and energizing at the same time.
The tiny town of Abadania has a variety of crystal shops. I love semi precious stones and polished rocks and there were quite inexpensive. I read the labels and decided to buy several to take home for friends. Hematite for Back pain, Rose Quartz for healing and Citrine.
Citrine is reputed to promote self esteem and motivation, attract the ability to earn money and inspire professional success. Sounded good to me.
So I come home with my stones and pass them out. I gave my son, Chris, three pieces of citrine as he is a struggling actor.
What has happened?
InDtale Magazine for Time and Forever.
After a year of no auditions. I've had one a week.
I got money in the mail. Unexpected but wonderful.
I read from the mid grade novel I have been struggling with for YEARS before two editors and two agents at the SCBWI Working Writers Retreat and all four said they would be interested in reading more.
Beginning to believe in the heart.
She got the job plus three more.
Last Thursday Kelly reluctantly loaned me back the necklace because I wanted to get an audition to play Barry Corbin's ex-wife on an episode of Anger Management. (I feel well qualified and Barry said he would recommend me to the producers) Since then I got an audition for a Sony Commercial and more money in the mail. I promised Kelly she could borrow the heart again next week.
As for Chris and his Citrine:
He booked a recurring role on the new CW Series, Jane the Virgin and got his SAG card. He's booked several more acting jobs and a couple of student films.
Yesterday I went to Chris and asked for one of the pieces of Citrine back. I'd given him three. Chris gave me one. He has a whole medicine back full of magic rocks. So when Kelly borrows back the heart, I will still have a piece of Citrine blessed at the Casa. May the luck roll on for all of us.
What's your favorite lucky charm?
Next week I have Kristan Higgins on my blog. And that's another lucky thing.