The Health Benefits of Himalayan Salt Lamps

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I absolutely love my new Himalayan Salt Lamp. Not only does it look beautiful, its gentle warming glow feels so calming and uplifting. In fact Himalayan Salt has many beneficial properties. As an asthma sufferer I found using a salt pipe inhaler very helpful. I also add Pink Himalayan crystals to my bah water to detox my body and cleanse my auric field.

Salt lamps work by cleansing and deodorising the air around us, this is great if you are shut up in an office most of the day as so many of us are. They work on the principle of Hygroscopy; meaning that they attract molecules of water from the very air around us. As the lamp heats up the water then evaporates back into the air but this time with the trapped particles of pollen, mould spores, dust, smoke etc trapped within them.

As the salt heats up this changes the charge of the molecules. In our positively ion charged modern homes that are filled with all manner of electrical gadgets this is detrimental to our health and well being on many levels. Once the lamp absorbs all of these positively charged pollutants, it then releases the cleansed water molecules back into the air this time only this time they have become negatively charged (yes the only time that something negative is actually good for us)

When we have spent time by the sea we come away feeling invigorated and recharged. We are in fact been recharged by the very same negative ions found in Himalayan Salt Lamps. Over time it is said that energy levels will improve the more we are exposed to the energy of these lamps. I have only received mine today and have had it plugged in for about an hour and I can feel the waves of calming energy flowing through me already. I even feel that I can breathe more easily too, which as it is a very mild, damp, misty day here today is pretty amazing.

I have put mine on my desk as it is said to be extra helpful for neutralising electronic smog as I spend many hours at my computer each day, so it will be interesting to see the benefits of this over time. It is also reported to improve concentration and boost serotonin levels which is great for anyone suffering from the “Winter Blues” (S.A.D)

If you find that your main problem is insomnia it is advised to either sleep with one on or have it running for a few hours before you go to sleep. This will help to improve your sleep by boosting the oxygen supply in your blood to the brain.

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The face in the fire and the art of Pyromancy

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Throughout childhood our imagination was frequently captivated by all things Fey, dreaming of fairy castles, naughty Elves and Goblins, or majestic fairy queens ruling over their magical lands.

Sadly as we grow up that sense of wonderment vanishes from our lives and is put firmly to one side along with much loved toys and other childhood pastimes.

However in many cultures the Fey kingdom is still believed in and also very much respected. Even today places such as Iceland will still not build on Fey land until permission has been sought. Fairies are frequently called upon for help, advice or to witness rituals, festivals and celebrations. Wherever you look fairies appear in art work, sculptures, books and movies, and even though nowadays many may decline to show themselves physically to humans their presence is still firmly stamped on our world.

Fairies are often identified as relating to the four elements. They come in many shapes, sizes and guises and are far from the cute Victorian images many are familiar with. Their names often change from one culture to another but the most commonly known ones are;

Earth fairies; known as; Elves, Brownies, Gnomes, Goblins, Kobolds and Dryads.

Water fairies; known as; Mermaids and Mermen, (known as Merfolk) Water Nymphs, Selkies/Selchies (known as seal people). Pixies, Lamias, Undine sirens (male & Female)

Fire fairies; known as Salamanders, Draks, Fire Fey, and Fire Drakes

Air fairies; known as Sylphs, Silkies, Devas, Storm Spirits and Paries

I for one never stopped believing and have had numerous occasions where proof of their continued existence has been shown to me.  I have respectfully photographed many fey spirits and orbs over time. The face in the fire shown above was one that crept up on me as I was curled up around the fire reading a book. I have enlarged it so you can see the face clearly in profile. I believe this one to be a great example of a fire fairy. Others that I have shown this photo to have said they can see other Fire Fairies running across the flames.

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Pyromancy – How to see fire fairies

Pyromancy is the art of fire scrying used for divination and foretelling the future. Fire gazing is best done with a calm, detached state of mind, allowing the subconscious mind to flow freely while the conscious mind is distracted by the random shapes in the fire. Some people see actual images, symbols or scenes in the flames, while others gain their knowledge clairvoyantly as images in the mind.

In ancient times those known as ‘having the sight’ would make a study of the flames and how it was affected by objects cast into it during sacrifices and rituals. If the flames were clear and bright with no smoke or sound it was determined to be a good omen. Even how the smoke rose was considered important. I know I grew up with the knowledge that if chimney smoke rose straight up the weather would be fine and if it drifted the weather would be wet.

One method of fire scrying is to sit and mediate before fire, allowing it to die down until just the coals are glowing and then cast a handful of salt onto the coals. This will encourage the flames to flare up, once they have settled, relax and detach your mind from the physical world; allow no thoughts to creep in. Your focus should only be on the shapes projected from the glowing coals. You should be open to any images, thoughts or ideas, as the knowledge you seek can come to you in many ways. Do not force anything to happen, if you are meant to see something you will, if not try again another time.

 

 

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September Full Corn Moon

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4b34277f8b465047acf3fabc83f271cfAccording to the Farmer’s Almanac the September Full Moon, Sept. 6, is called the Full Corn Moon by many Native American tribes because it traditionally corresponds with the time of the harvesting moon. Other tribes call it the Barley Moon for the same reason. Living in the mountains of North Carolina, however, the corn harvest is long gone but there are many things that are being harvested including apples, squash, gourds and pumpkins.

No matter where you live the energy of this moon corresponds to harvesting. It’s a good time to reflect on what is ready to be harvested in our lives. What project can be completed with just a little effort? What relationship can be nurtured with a little more time and attention? What idea has been rolling around in our brains that come to fruition if we focus our energies on it?

These are the kinds of questions…

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Working With Moqui Marbles

Moqui Marbles, Shaman Stones, Boji Stones, Raine Hilton

I had heard of Moqui Marbles many times over the years and had always meant to buy some to work with. Finally I found the perfect ones, my pair arrived yesterday and I eagerly tried them for the first time last night.

I held the marbles in my left hand (female marble – smooth one) and right hand (male marble – bumpy with ridges around it) and closed my eyes. I first felt a tugging sensation across my stomach and hips and the one in my left hand started vibrating very quickly and quite firmly. I felt my whole body beginning to shake with it and then the energy levelled out and the right side energy began to filter through and this stabilised my energy field.

As I allowed myself to drift deeper into meditation I saw a Kingfisher, it hopped around me, flying a little way and then circling back to me, urging me to follow it. I shapeshifted and spread my wings, we soared high into the sky together. We flew through some clouds and as they cleared I found myself landing on hard rocky ground in front of a wizened old lady dressed in a dark yellow robe. She looked at me curiously and repealed “Ethiopia” several times and pointed at me I said “England” in response. She said “I asked for rain”. I told her I was Raine and she laughed out loud.

We chatted for a while and I discovered that this month had been a dry one and they were in need of rain so she had been performing a ritual to bring it through. I told her it was pouring with rain where I was from and she asked me to picture it, every aspect of it, what it smelled like, felt like, looked like, the temperature, everything. She told me to become rain, and then she connected to me and helped to draw it through. This took quite a long time and to begin with I could not see difference. The sun felt so hot on my back, the air felt dry and dusty. Then all of a sudden she raised her head and sniffed the air and said she could smell water vapour in the air.

We chatted some more and she told me that she had two daughters, like I also have, but hers had sadly passed over. She was sad that although she had extended family she had no one to pass on the old ways too, she was afraid they would die out with her.

I showed her my Moqui Marbles that I had used to journey to her and she told me to crossover my arms with my palms facing outwards and she did the same so her left and right hands were clasping the stones held in my left and right hands forming the Infinity symbol between us. I then felt as if we were shooting upwards very quickly. Before I knew it we were floating through space, she told me that by flying the path of each constellation that they carry their own individual music. These harmonic resonances vibrate through the light body encouraging deeper spiritual awakening. I was amazed at how each one felt.

We then returned back to where we met and she told me to look up once again and I could just see the faintest of wispy clouds drifting by. She said she worked primarily with weather and could sense I had the touch also. She said I naturally carried storm energy, and that she would have to be careful how to settle that into their environment as lightening could be particular hazardous where she was. We then said goodbye to one another and she told me her name before I returned.

As I came around and grounded myself I began to look on the internet to see how much I could corroborate of my experience. After some Google searches I discovered that the Kingfisher is not only a native bird to England but also to Ethiopia which really surprised me. I believe that the Kingfisher that I saw was her Totem Guide that she sent out in search of rain for her.

Kingfisher indicates a period of increased mental and spiritual activity. He will show how to manifest your destiny by listening to your intuition. Since psychic perceptions are increasing, he will instruct how to remain grounded in the earth and be comfortable in doing so. Take time for yourself in quite solitude connecting to Mother Earth. Kingfisher demonstrates excellent visionary skills he directs attention to feelings and what is unseen. Watch carefully what is going around you. Listen to your dreams and visions. He shows it is time for forward movement, letting go, forgiving the past. Kingfisher’s medicine guides in seeing into the depths of emotions and into the un/subconscious. His lesson goes much deeper than what is on the surface. This is another opportunity to balance masculine and feminine energies. He aids communication and reaching higher spiritual energies along with the ability to express ideas with coherence. Kingfisher presents a time of prosperity, love, warmth, and a new found peace of mind.

I checked the weather for Ethiopia, that particular day was forecast to be dry and sunny but the following 2 days were predicting rain and the day after lightening! I did a further search and discovered that it had indeed been a mostly dry month for them up until this point.

I looked at some landscape images of Ethiopia and one hilly one in particular looked very much as I saw. One last thing I did another search for was her name and found that it was an Ethiopian.

I have had many amazing spiritual experiences over the years, but this one I feel will always stay with me.

Raine Hilton – GVHT – Good Vibes Holistic Therapies – www.goodvibesgirl.co.uk

* Moquii Marbles are also known as Shaman Stones, Mochi Marbles, or Moqui Balls, they can be found in two places in the western areas of the United States, although more commonly at the Navajo Sandstone Formations. Here is a link to a great info site about them

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Meeting The Knaresborough Ravens

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At the beginning of the month we visited Knaresborough Castle and had the amazing fortune of meeting the Knaresborough Ravens with their Raven Master. We had an interesting chat with her and found out all about the history of the castle and how the Ravens got to be there. She told us that:

“Not many people realise that Knaresborough Castle is actually a royal castle, King John to King Edward’s the 2nd and 3rd have stayed here, to this very day the castle still belongs to the English monarchy as part of the Duchy of Lancaster. This confuses a lot of our visitors. Why is a Lancastrian castle in Yorkshire? It has nothing to do with counties. The Duchy of Lancaster refers to the House of Lancaster, to the Tudor dynasty.

In 1999, I acquired a raven who was named after the main character in a children’s book I had written, at the time I knew the then raven master Mr Cope at the Tower of London.  He was very helpful.  I love history, and Knaresborough has so much, but many local children are not interested, I wanted to change all that, so made my story revolve around several historical places in Knaresborough, the castle, The House in the Rock, The Chapel of the Lady of the Crag, and of course Saint Roberts Cave where my story starts. My idea was to go into local schools to encourage children to read this story, and then learn the true history of the various places. I also wanted to take Ravenelf with me, but was unable to get the necessary public liability insurance.

He suggested I approach the Duchy of Lancaster, and the local borough council to see if I could take Ravenelf into the castle grounds, because then I could use the insurance that Birds of Prey displays use , only my cover would be for a raven. Not only did I get the relevant insurance, but I got permission from both the Duchy and the council.

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Then the following year again with advice from Ravenmaster Cope, I put forward the idea of being a Northern version of the Tower of London to celebrate the millennium, as the castle was part of the crown estate. This was well received and not only that but we got a royal raven chick from the Tower of London. So was born Knaresborough castle ravens. We were only going to be at the castle for a year, but the ravens went down so well we have been there for 15 years, we had a collection of 13 ravens but sadly that now stands at seven ravens.”

To read more go to http://knaresboroughcastleravens.webs.com/

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We got to meet some of the Ravens and learn about their individual characters, one of which, an African one, instead of being all black has a white neck and breast and is often mistaken as a Magpie. Best of all we even got to hold one of them! The majesty and power of these birds made it a truly magical experience. I have always felt drawn to Raven energy so for me it really made my dreams come true to meet and hold one. Interestingly as they are still only young birds they are only  1/3 of their adult size. I look forward to visiting them again and seeing them as grow to full size.

If you are in the area and would like to meet her she is there Wednesdays and Saturdays through the Summer.

Raven Medicine

Raven medicine teaches us about the magical act of creation, internal magic and transformation along with miracle of a rebirth. Raven tells us to be aware of omens that become a harbinger of the mystical and exotic. He can show how to stir life without fear and teach to balance life’s playful aspects. Raven also brings in the light of awareness and knowledge with opportunities of great changes that are in store for you. Raven will teach how to usher in these new energies. He shows how to dive into the depths of the inner being to illuminate the true self. Are you ready to uncover past conflicts and long forgotten emotional issues? Raven will teach how to transform your spirit. From the deepest part of you healing begins. What has been in darkness will now emerge into the light.

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Walking With My Ancestors

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As a unique way of celebrating our wedding anniversary Phil and I decided to have our DNA ethnicity tested. It is something which has fascinated us for a long time and with our interests in different cultures, spiritual paths and belief systems it would be interesting to see which ones we were linked to through our DNA

Once we returned our DNA kit we spent 6 weeks speculating where we may have come from. We received our results yesterday and much of it was a huge surprise, but there were also a few “Aha” moments too, and I guess more will follow in time as we explore more deeply. Interestingly for me was discovering that my main DNA was firmly rooted in Western Europe, with Ireland the second largest data base, while my British roots were incredibly shallow. Being born, and other than a few holidays aboard, living my whole life in one country it is incredible to think that the blood which runs through my veins is the result of so many of my ancestors all around the world, many places I never thought about yet alone visited. However, now with hindsight I have been able to see some parallels in my life.

I visited France very briefly many years ago, and although I have experienced past lives there and know my connection, in this lifetime, there was certainly a familiarity with it.

Spain, however, was another thing altogether, the first time I visited was a huge experience for me. I made a powerful connection to the place. In truth I was drawn to it even before I went, reading and watching everything I could about it beforehand. Once I arrived, even though I knew little Spanish, I quickly somehow seemed to understand the language. It all just felt so familiar to me, like I had come home. There was a familiarity with the people, the way of life, the whole energy of the country. When I returned to England I felt bereft, more than the usually post holiday blues, I felt as if I had left a part of myself there. I began to have powerful out of body experiences each night where I would find myself back there walking through the hills. I returned to Spain several times physically over the years and although it will always have a special place in my heart, I never had that kind of overwhelming experience again.

At school I found learning the German language very easy, perhaps this is a result of my DNA. I have never seriously pursued learning other languages but after this I might have another go.

I have always felt very drawn to Ireland, also a large part of my DNA. I look forward to visiting one day; I have some wonderful friends from there. I was born in England, my father is English with Scottish roots. My mother is half Welsh so the Celtic energies and ways have always been an influential part of my spiritual path.

I know religion, both Catholic and Protestant, is a recurring theme through my family tree, the church has formed the foundation of many of my ancestors lives. I was brought up a Christian and this is important to me, although I can’t say I agree with many of the ways of the church. I prefer to connect and worship in my own personal way.

The Fey has also been an important aspect of my spirituality since I was a small child; I really was the little girl who played with the fairies at the bottom of the garden, something which is close to the hearts of many Celts. I find there is something deep and timeless when I connect in my spiritual work, as if it has always been a part of me and now I know why. I studied Druidry with OBOD (Order of Bards, Druids and Ovates) for many years and this helped to strengthen my connection to my Fey path and also how taught me how to integrate different belief systems into my spirituality. Like many on a similar path to mine I consider myself a Celtic Shaman and by embracing my Christian roots I have an interest in Celtic Christianity. For me this provides the perfect blend of my two sides.

The Scandinavia connection is an interesting one for me as I feel drawn to Nordic energies and legends and often work with Freyja in my spiritual practice. Many of the countries I am connected to are part of the “Elen Ways” of how I work. Elen as an antlered woman is often called a deer woman, though there is only one deer species where the female has antlers and that is reindeer. Elen is The Reindeer Goddess of the tracks, these being the migratory ways of old; before the seas cut Europe off from Britain some eight thousand years ago there was a great forest and this connected one huge land mass. Along this stretched the great tracks and trails, where beasts and men moved with nature, rather than against her. These then were her Ways. She is also associated with Ley lines.

The Sami people are an indigenous Finno-Ugric people inhabiting the Arctic area ofSápmi, which today encompasses parts of far northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Kola Peninsula of Russia, and the border area between south and middle Sweden and Norway. The Sami are the only indigenous people of Scandinavia recognized and protected under the international conventions of indigenous peoples, and are hence the northernmost indigenous people of Europe

One day I would love to visit these places and see how each affects me energetically now I am more advanced along my spiritual path. I think learning about our roots can really enhance all aspects of our life. There is something comforting knowing that we are result of the love of generations of people from all over the world. We often hear the terms we are all One and for me this really brings it home in a heartfelt way. We are all citizens of the world connected to one another. I am proud of who I am and below is the DNA which flows through my veins.

51% Europe West

Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein

32% Ireland

9% Great Britain

England, Scotland, Wales.

2% Europe East

Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Russia, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Lithuania, Latvia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Croatia

2% Iberian Peninsula

Spain, Portugal

1% Finland/ Russia (northwest)

1% Scandinavia

Sweden, Norway, Denmark

1% West Asia: Caucasus

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey

1% Asia Central

Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

 

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The Devil’s Arrows

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On a beautiful sunny summer morning while on a trip to the Yorkshire Dales we stopped by a field in Boroughbridge and found ourselves in the presence of 3 magnificent standing stones known as the Devil’s Arrows. Originally believed to be either four of five in total, the other two removed either in the belief that treasure was buried beneath them or simply to be used as building materials many years ago.

The stones are believed to date back to either the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age period. The tallest standing stone is greater in height than those at Stonehenge and stands by the roadside among trees immediately on the west side of Roecliffe Lane, the other two are across the road in a field which is flanked by the lane which leads to Boddy’s timber yard and the Boroughbridge Marina. The lightest of the Arrows weighs over 25 tons.  These are all made of millstone grit which over time has worn away leaving various lines and indentations in the surface making them look as if they did indeed once streak through the air.

Also known as The Devil’s Bolts, The Three Greyhounds and The Three Sisters, legend says that up until the 8th century the fair of St. Barnabas was held near the stones on Midsummer’s Day each year. The standing stone became known as the Devil’s Arrows from an account of the Devil firing arrows of stone on a nearby Christian settlement at Aldborough. The area powerfully protected by the prayers of the faithful prevented any damage, and causing the “arrows” to fall harmlessly into a nearby field.  It was also claimed that walking 12 times around the stones anti-clockwise will raise the Devil.

It has also been suggested that the stones were erected by the Romans to commemorate some great victory and there certainly was a Roman fort immediately to the west of the stones. Others have attempted, without much success, to connect them to Ley lines. More feasible is the theory that the line was built in prehistoric times to align with the southernmost summer moonrise. Inevitably a religious purpose is ascribed to the stones more than any other. But it has also been suggested that they are monuments to the power or prestige of a local chief, that they are an avenue leading to a henge, or ford, or burial area. (http://www.boroughbridge.org.uk/Devils_Arrows_3069.aspx)

There are many other stone circles and henges in this area forming a large fascinating prehistoric area of great importance in the valley of the River Ure. I look forward to returning one day and spending more time in this area exploring the other stone circles and henges. Whatever the true story behind these stones the spiritual energy radiating from them was just incredible, forming a fascinating link between the past and the present.

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