Z. Smith

Smith is a cookie connoisseur, moonlight meanderer, and aesthete at large. His work has appeared in 13 Experiments, Folio, Stone Soup Review, SLUG Magazine, Salt Lake City Weekly, and CATALYST Magazine. He earned his BA in English from The University of Utah and currently writes from a room with many plants.


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Alternative Therapies, Heal, Spirituality & Mysticism

The Novice’s Grimoire: Rose Quartz

Novices, I come to you at a crossroads in my life. I will be stepping away from the world of writing and journalism, at least for a time, and venturing out into other worlds, known …

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The Novice’s Grimoire: Lavender

Good morning, evening, or wherever the day and this post find you. This week we are discussing the many abilities of the lavender plant, flower and—to a lesser degree—oil. By some …

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The Novice’s Grimoire: Scrying

Today, Novices, we are exploring the art of divination, specifically the wonders of scrying. Divination, whether that be through use of the tarot, astrology, or other means, is a m …

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The Novice’s Grimoire: Frankincense Oil

  Welcome back Novices to the great Grimoire. This week we are diving into the stuff of kings, an oil/herb steeped in millennia worth of lore, use and medicinal value; I am, o …

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The Novice’s Grimoire: Citrine

  This week, Novices, we are tackling another quartz crystal, citrine. This crystal, ranging in color from a light yellow to a deep gold, has often been confused for its cryst …

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The Novice’s Grimoire: Saffron

  Welcome back Novices! The topic of our discussion today is saffron; yes, that mystic, magic, exceedingly pricey herb. Saffron, deep yellow in color and pleasantly sweet in f …

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The Novice’s Grimoire: The Symbolism of Baphomet

Baphomet, or the Goat of Mendes, is a symbol that throughout history has played a mysterious and often misunderstood role. And though symbols and their meanings alter with time and …

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The Novice’s Grimoire: Tea Tree Oil

  Contrary to what its name may suggest, tea tree oil has no connection to the tea tree, Camellia sinensis, from which varieties of white, green and black tea are produced, ex …

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The Novice’s Grimoire: Amethyst

Amethyst, a purple, often transparent stone with short and softly angled spikes is the focus of our studies this week, Novices. The name, amethyst, is derived from the ancient Gree …

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The Novice’s Grimoire: Anise

  Anise, not to be confused with the similar tasting star anise, is a member of the carrot family. With winding roots, the grooved stems and leather-like leaves can, at their …

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Spirituality & Mysticism

The Novice’s Grimoire: A Little about Ouija* Boards

  Often used by Hollywood as an impetus for catastrophic and horrific events, the Ouija board has become as much feared as misunderstood. In 1973’s The Exorcist, a young girl …

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Spirituality & Mysticism

The Novice’s Grimoire: Bergamot Oil

Hello Novices! I’ve been absent for a long time, and I hope you have been keeping up with your studies! No, I haven’t been on vacation for this long. Instead, I’ve been working beh …

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Culture, Entertainment

A Night Well-Spent with Motown: the Musical

  Broadway’s smash-hit, Motown: the Musical, has come to the Capitol Theatre (running June 28-July 3), and I, along with CATALYST’s Editor, Greta deJong, was lucky enough to a …

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The Novice’s Grimoire: May 19 – 26

This week our Mystery Topic is the crystal labradorite—specially requested by CATALYST’s editor, Greta deJong. Labradorite is an iridescent stone that can be found in shades of gra …

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Home, Live, Nature

The Novice’s Grimoire: May 12 – 19: Pine Oil

Welcome back Novices! This week we are talking about pine oil. Besides being a holiday favorite and a prickly friend, the pine tree and its parts have many various uses. It is beli …

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