Daily Om ~ Moonstone

moonswtone1It is said moonstones have been imbued with mystical properties that extend the fabled powers of the moon into daytime. Moonstones, gems named for their resemblance to the familiar glowing orb in the night sky, offer us more than mere beauty. Their association with moon goddesses throughout the world may explain why moonstones’ qualities seem to reach out to assist all those who find themselves under the moon’s light, from travelers and those at sea to lovers and dreamers. Throughout the world, moonstones have been imbued with mystical properties that extend the fabled powers of the moon into daylight hours.

In India, they are thought to give sweet, beautiful dreams by night but have gained a reputation for enhancing intuitive sensitivity and spiritual vision of the “third eye” at any time of the day. This connection to the subconscious was also recognized in the Middle Ages in Europe, where it was believed that gazing into a moonstone would cause you to fall into a deep sleep that allowed you to see the future. This extends to the power of fertility, where in Arabia, women sew moonstones into their garments to enhance their fertility. This association with fertility even extends to the fertility of crops, which is why moonstone amulets have been seen hanging in fruit trees before harvest. To further enhance the power of your moonstone, try putting them outside in the light of the full moon.

Moonstones, sometimes likened to a raindrop or tear, have long reminded people in Asia that the moon cannot be seen during the rain, just as it is difficult to see through our tears. By bringing love and abundance into our lives today and helping us to see the future, moonstones allow us to bring the hope of all good things into our lives.

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Source: Daily Om

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From little acorns mighty oaks will grow

DSCF1501I have two baby oaks growing in my garden – what a sweet blessing! Have no idea how they got there but I have my suspicions. About three years ago I cast a handful of acorns around my garden as part of a ritual I was doing. Well I did forget I’d done this until now. Or maybe they are the children of the oaks that stand behind the boundary fence at the very back of the garden. Who knows but for the fact they are here. One is much small than the other and I’m not sure if they will both survive but I’m going to try to keep them safe. I’ve already cut away the tall grasses and thistle plants surrounding them so they both get access to sunlight.

So what is the meaning for me? Well the oak tree has been a symbol of strength, power and sacredness in a great many cultures and indigenous tribes across Europe. The Celts especially, and the Teutonic tribes, venerated oaks and considered them chieftain amongst trees. Oaks were associated with a great number of deities – Zeus, Jupiter, The Dagda and Thor amongst others. The Green Man is always most often seen surrounded by a partial mask of oak leaves. Because they live a long time (it takes an oak a very long time to grow so I won’t see these at their full glory during my present incarnation) they embody endurance too. And of course wisdom from the Gods.

The oak also stands for great protection, justice, honesty and bravery. Apparently its associated stone is Aventurine so I will lay one of these at each stone as a blessing for it – a gift! It’s position on the Wheel of the Year is at the Summer Solstice, when once again the Oak King will battle with his brother the Holly King. But this time it’s the Holly King that will win the bout and the waning year begins once more.

The medicinal park of the Oak is its bark, because of the strong astringent properties. Internally as a tea it helps fight diarrhoea and dysentery. Externally it can be used to treat haemorrhoids, inflamed gums, wounds, and eczema. The tannin found in oak can help reduce minor blistering by boiling a piece of the bark in a small amount of water until a strong solution is reached, and applying to the affected area.

It is tradition for the Litha fire to be oak wood representing the God, since this is the time of year when oak reaches its Zenith power.

The Oak trees essence helps boost energy levels and the ability to manifest our goals. The tree’s roots mirror its branches and stretch as far below ground as the branches do above  – this reminds me of the saying ‘As Above So Below’, which usually refers to the astral plane and the physical but I think it can also refer to the physical and the underground realms, the land of the dead.

Oak twigs bound together with red thread into a solar cross or a pentagram will make a greatly protective talisman for the home, car, or in your desk or at work.

LESSON OF THE Oak from The Wisdom of Trees by Jane Gifford

The oak represents courage and endurance and the protective power of faith. The tree’s noble presence and nurturing habit reassured ancient people that, with the good will of their gods, their leader, and their warriors, they could prevail against all odds. As the Tree of the Dagda, the oak offers protection and hospitality without question, although its true rewards are only apparent to the honest and brave. The ancient Celts deplored lies and cowardice. To be judged mean-spirited could result in exclusion from the clan, which was one of the most shameful and most feared of all possible punishments. Like the oak, we would do well to receive without prejudice all those who seek our help, sharing what we have without resentment or reservation. The oak reminds us all that the strength to prevail, come what may, lies in an open mind and a generous spirit. Inflexibility, however, is the oak’s one weakness and the tree is prone to lose limbs in storms. The oak therefore carries the warning that stubborn strength that resists will not endure and may break under strain.

I honour the energy of oak, the doorway to the mysteries. I will call upon the strength of the Horned One when I feel in need of protection. So mote it be

Making Full Moon Water

Something I do every Full Moon is to make moon water. I use this for all kinds of things – enhancing spells, watering my plants, blessings, consecration rituals, in divination…all kinds of things actually. Sometimes I drink a little bit of it, or make my morning tea with it, if I need a boost of Full Moon energy, or I might add it to my bath water. In fact you can use moon water in any way you like.

So how do you make moon water? Well obviously you’ll need some water but it is best to use clear running natural water, say from a stream or spring. However, if this is not available then you can use still bottle spring water as I do. Please do NOT use tap water as this has been chemically treated. A bottle of still spring water from the supermarket doesn’t cost much and is much better to use if you do not have access to clear running streams or natural springs as I don’t. You could actually use rain water as long as it hasn’t been standing too long and you might have to filter it through a sieve to remove bits and pieces first.

Next you’ll need a receptical to put the water in – I use a clean, clear glass bowl that I keep especially for the job but you can use any glass or earthenware container, even plastic at a pinch – as long as it has a wide circumference so it can absorb as much of the moon’s power and energy as possible. I don’t use metal containers because I believe the metal in saucepans etc. taint the purity of the water.

Then, on the night of the Full Moon stand your water on a windowsill, or even better outside, where it can absorb the moon’s energy. If standing your bowl of water outside you might like to cover it with some light material (muslin is great) so moths and things don’t fall into it. If placing on a windowsill don’t worry, the moon’s energy will still be absorbed. also, Even if the sky is cloudy and the moon isn’t visible the water still absorbs the moon’s energy – after all we can all see the effects of the strong energy of the moon in the tides can’t we. They still occur even if the moon is hidden by clouds. It is the moon’s energy we are harnessing, not its light.

Once I’ve placed my bowl where I want it, either on the windowsill or outside, I usually say a blessing over it, and then I leave it. How long do we leave the bowl of water for? Well that depends, some people like to leave the bowl out over night, as I do, and bring it in the next morning. Other’s just leave it for a couple of hours. It really depends on you and how strong you want your water to be. Some even leave their water for three nights utilising the Full Moon’s power on the night before the zenith of the complete fullness, the actual night of the Full Moon, and the night after. From my own experience I would say to put the bowl of water out on the night of the Full Moon and bring it in the next morning at least.

One other thing I do is to place a cleansed and charged Herkimer Diamond into the bowl of water as I bless the water. I do this to amplify the water’s power and energy. See below for the properties of Herkimer Diamonds. However, you don’t have to do this. Other people add a few drops of rose water, or other essential oils depending on the properties they want to give to the water and this will probably depend on what they want to use the water for later.

The next morning bring your moon water in (if it’s outside) and filter it through muslin to remove any ‘bits’ that have gotten in it over night. If the water has been standing on the windowsill you won’t have to do this. I transfer my moon water into a green glass bottle but you can transfer it into anything you like really. I use a clean plastic funnel for transferring the water easily from the bowl into the bottle and then I add the Herkimer Diamond into the bottle as I keep it there all the time. And that’s really all there is to it. now you can use your Moon charged and energised water how you wish.

Full ‘Blue’ Moon Water I made last night, standing on my outside altar with my symbolic sacred well (the cauldron, also containing some of the water) and my gifts to the garden nature spirits – hand painted stone, moss agate and obsidian arrow head (for the ancestors)

Herkimer Diamonds

No, they are not real diamonds but rather they are a variety of double terminated quartz that embody a high crystal energy. They’re called Herkimers because they were first found at Herkimer, New York, USA. They boost psychic abilities big time because they enable the highest spiritual vibrations possible whilst still being in your physical body, and they also embody pure energy. So they stimulate all psychic powers including clairvoyance, clairaudience etc. They are usually a beautiful clear stone but often have little black inclusions (which do not diminish the power of the stone). Being a variety of quartz they amplify energies as well as boosting the energy of other stones they are used with. Herkimers relate to and work with the Third Eye, Crown and soul Star Chakras and are useful when working with these chakras in particular. They are especially good for use in meditation, healing, enhancing our spiritual state, drawing the energy of angelic beings, retaining information and so are really wonderful to use when working with positive affirmations. Herkimers help us to let go of unconscious fears and expand our overall being. They enhance spontaneity, increase psychic ability, promote better channelling and clearer communication with spirit guides. They are also said to boost the immune system and aid in the healing of eyesight problems. You can combine Herkimers with other stones too, especially Moldavite, Tibetan Tektite, Apophylite, Tanzanite, Angel Phantom Quartz, Danburite, Seraphinite and Lithium Quartz. However, be aware that all these stones have high vibrational energy also, so with the addition of Herkimer one is in for a power house experience and you will probably have to really ground well after using them.

Crystal of the Week ~ Fulgurite

Fulgurite ~ Manifestation for one’s highest good and prayer enhancement

Fulgurite is the name given to the ‘tubes’ that are formed when lightening strikes sand or other silica-rich soils. During a lightening strike static electricity is discharged onto a small area, this releases vast amounts of energy including heat. The extremely high temperature vapourizes the sand at the centre of the strike and melts the remaining sand at the edges, thus forming the ‘tube’. The colour of Fulgurite varies from grey/black, beige/brown to off white depending on the area where they are formed.

The frequency of Fulgurite connects to all the Chakras. Its high vibrational energy cleanses and purifies the energy within one’s chakric system and energy fields. It opens and activates the crown and upper transpersonal chakras so that one is open and receptive to the energy of the ‘Divine’. It allows one to express the ‘Divine’ in one’s thoughts, intentions and actions, and manifest that which is in one’s highest good. The energy of Fulgurite can help one to clear negative emotional and karmic patterns connected to relationships. Shamans consider Fulgurite as a sacred stone. They use the ‘hole’ within Fulgurite to ‘blow’ their prayers up to the ‘Divine’.

Associated Chakras ~ All Chakras
Physical Ailment ~ Blockages
Emotional Issue ~ Release of negative emotional patterns and negative karmic energy
Spiritual Connections ~ Meditation, prayer

Source: Crystal Reflections

Preseli Blue Stone

In Britain, ‘Blue Stone’ is the name used to refer to the Preseli Blue Stone that mainly occurs in the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire, Wales. It is best known for its use in the construction of Stonehenge (1st or 3rd phase of building – around 2300BC?). It is probably this connection that has made it so popular in recent years.

The proper scientific name for this stone is Spotted Dolerite, which appears blue when wet or polished. Dolerite is a subvolcanic rock similar to volcanic basalt. It also contains clusters of Plagioclase Feldspar, which crystalises from magma. It is a dark, heavy rock that is harder than granite. Many Blue Stone tools, such as axes. have been found (mainly in Preseli and the Stonehenge area). Nowadays it is used for making jewellery (at a price!).

In ancient times certain stones were considered magical and were used as talismans. In local Welsh folklore it is said that the Preseli Blue Stone has healing and magical powers. Indeed, recent archaeology has found this stone in Bronze and early Iron age burials.

Map of Wales showing the Preseli area in light green

According to the Lillys (Essential Crystal Handbook, 2006), Preseli Blue Stone has a powerful vibration, giving focus, stability and anchors one to the Earth’s energy. It is helpful for past life work and acts as a door way to different realms (very useful for working with one’s ancestors!). Its healing functions are that it relaxes, energises and focuses healing on the ears, nose and throat (a useful throat chakra stone). It helps you to gather your thoughts and is an excellent grounding stone.

Polished pieces of Preseli Blue Stone

The Blue Stone also is a powerful connector with the Earth Star Chakra, helping to connect you with the Earth. It resonates with Ley Lines and can aid in alignment with Earth’s energy grid. Crystal Reflection

Snow today…YAY!!!

Here in the South East of England it is snowing, or rather it has snowed and we have about 3 inches. Now I know that doesn’t seem a lot but for us to have snow BEFORE Yule/Xmas is a BIG thing. We haven’t had snow before Xmas for years…at least 12 years or so I can remember.

I took a couple of pictures of the trees at the bottom of my garden. They look so pretty covered in snow but these pictures don’t really do them justice. I also was inspired to write a little poem too.

A Snowy Day

Frozen softly on the ground
The glamour of snow
All around pristine white abounds
Glistens on trees
Bare branches coated
Sunlit sparkles, irridescent rainbows
Burns the eyes with cold
Snow excites, envigorates
The blanket hushes all sound
Even childrens’ joyous cries muffled
No bird sings today
Fluffed in their feathers

 

Now the story of the little wiccan birds is this. When my friend was a little boy he used to call the tiny birds like robins and sparrows ‘little wiccan birds’. I don’t know why but he did. And I was thinking of him for some reason today as he is now passed over. So here’s to you Paul!

We are going to Heathrow to pick Meadowhawk up tomorrow and it’s going to be a laugh with all this snow as the trains ALWAYS get delayed severely in this kind of weather…they say it’s the wrong kind of snow on the lines. Laughable I know…LOL But I do expect delays of some kind. Nevermind, as Thunder says, my Spirits will look after me and us and we’ll get there and back…eventually. At least it will be a laugh.

And I AM excited about Meadowhawk coming. I know I haven’t written much about it but I’ve really had so much on my mind lately. I don’t think I’ve allowed myself to get excited yet but it’s brewing inside me, I can feel it. I still have heaps to do. My practical work for Unit 6 of my Shamanic course, which is to interview a plant/herb Spirit Helper. I do wish I could interview my Stone Spirit Helper instead. I have a big chunk of natural Heliotrope (Bloodstone) and this stone is REALLY helping me right now. Helping me stay centered and grounded. I sleep with it at night and also use it to help me align my chakras and it really is a wonderful Spirit Helper. But I know my instructor won’t allow me to interview that instead. I will have to do the herb or plant.

I also have still to do all the food shopping, pay rent and bills etc and that’s where I’m going soon. I’m dreading it actually – all those people rushing about. Oh well, needs must I guess.

Next time I write in here Meadowhawk will be here….yes! I am very excited!

Bright Blessings
Deep~Glade

Saturday 5th December 2009 ~ Waning Gibbous Moon in Cancer

Not feeling brilliant today as my moontime seems to have come back with a vengeance. Probably all due to the operation. However, everything else seems ok. The nurse came out yesterday to check my ‘holes’ and said everything looked fine. I’m also being able to eat a little more now, and without all that horrid discomfort I used to have. So that is wonderful.

Yesterday I thought it high time I attempted doing one of those creative projects I set myself to do for the 100 Day Challenge. This project is also required for my current lesson in the 2nd Degree. So I decided on making my charm for hope and joy. For this I used a twin Angel Aura Quartz point crystal.

Angel Aura Quartz, also known as Opal Aura, is Quartz bonded with platinum. It is a crystal of joy, hope and optimism. It purifies and balances all the Chakras and integrates the light body in to the physical dimensions. Angel aura opens to a deep state of meditative awareness, grounding information received through the physical body. It brings about a state of total union with the divine through cosmic consciousness.

I used 0.6mm gauge copper wire to wrap the crystal. Copper increases self esteem and self awareness and helps establish emotional boundaries. It also conducts energy and hastens healing.

I’ve never wrapped a crystal before so did a little research on the Internet about crystal wrapping. I found quite a simple method called the Hippy Wrap, which I used. After a few attempts I was satisfied. The first time I used 1mm gauge wire but this was too thick and made bending and twisting quite difficult. So I took it all off and used the 0.6mm wire instead. This was much better.

To finish I threaded black silk ribbon onto the loop so I could tie it around my neck.

This photo doesn’t really do it justice but you can see the idea. I’m amazed at just how calm I remained. I was so fearful of failing and it all turning out crap but even though I had a couple of false starts and had to work at it a little while I remained calm and was eventually blessed. Of course this is my first attempt and I’m sure my next will be even better now I understand how to do it. The nice thing about wrapping crystals in this way is that if you do it wrong, or don’t like the finished piece you can easily snip the wire off and begin again. It’s really very easy. The only additional equipment you need apart from the crystal and copper wire is a pair of jewellers wire cutters and a pair of round nosed jewellers pliers, both of which do not cost a lot and are easily obtainable from craft stores.

So, now all I have to do is consecrate the item. I’m thinking of anointing it with my own zodiac oil to attune it to me specifically.

Blessings
Deep~Glade