The 5th of November is associated with Guy Fawkes and his gunpowder plot, and up and down the country celebrations will take place on the weekend of the 4th/5th November, many of which will have fires as part of their display.
The historical significance of Bonfire Night has been somewhat lost against modern celebrating with large organised bonfire and big firework displays, so if you are looking at ways of celebrating the evening with a more spiritual twist then why not turn your hand to Pyromancy?
Pyromancy describes an ancient form of divination using fire to predict future events, search for good and bad omens, as well as foretell good and bad health. Using fire as a form of foresight is probably one of the earliest forms of divining.
- If a fire burned vigorously and crackled then the future was considered promising
- If a fire was clear (transparent – non-yellow/red flames), that would be a good omen (more…)
It’s a modern phenomenon that many of us will now find it easier to talk to strangers online than in person. Often through social media we will have built up a network of ‘friends’, some perhaps we know on a personal level and many others at a distance or we have never met, but often we will share our most intimate thoughts and details of our daily lives with them.
But whilst all of this activity has been going on, have we forgotten how to forge new relationships in the real world…
Essentially the question is – can you talk to a stranger?
You may be thinking to yourself at my age I’ve got enough friends, but you never know when the situation may arise that you need to befriend someone – if you move job, or move house, are settling your children into a new school, are attending a wedding or other event or you simply want to broaden your horizons with a new hobby that may involve meeting and needing to communicate with new people. (more…)
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- Start with relaxation and an opening prayer, just a thought sent to spirit, to come close and help and for your guides to protect this session while you work; find a quiet time in a quiet place where you will not be disturbed.
- Ask for a loved one, so you know who your communicator is. Give yourself about an hour if you can, I say this because sometimes it can take time to let the energy build and a good connection to establish, for beginners.
- The key is complete relaxation, not necessarily of the body, but of the mind. Our brains are wired to yap at us constantly, throwing random thoughts and images up, the key ability here is to turn off the chattering mind, and get into a mental space where there is silence and stillness, and that is when we are in the best place to see, hear, feel, and know that there is an energy with us, which is outside of ourselves, connecting to us.
It’s a mind-boggling fact that all life on earth was created in the furnace of now long dead stars, it’s a scientific fact that we ARE stardust. We are made of the same atoms as the stars, and because of that fact, we are all connected. All life in the universe is connected, atomically. We are not IN the universe, we ARE the universe. And nothing leaves the universe, it only changes form. This is scientific fact. It is not a matter of belief.
Opening to Spirit
Opening to spirit also does not need to be a matter of belief, born mediums do not need belief to experience spirit; it is perception which is the real gateway. Some of us are born with the kind of perception and the kind of senses which pick things up, phenomena which are not immediately apparent to the general population. People who are born this way experience spirit very early in their lives, and belief will be determined by the environment and influences around them. In an environment where they are not supported, denying that they are experiencing spirit will not stop the experiences. I can testify to this from personal experience.
For those not born with heightened senses, the joys and gifts of communicating with spirit can be learned, anyone can open to spirit – if they open their doors of perception. (more…)
You probably don’t give salt that much thought – something that you cook with, put on food and find in the sea… But in fact, salt rituals have been used for centuries as one of the oldest forms of magic, often providing psychic protection, for money-making and as part of healing rituals.
The word salt derives from Salus the Roman Goddess of Health (the Greeks called Hygeia). Both Romans and Greeks used salt for sacrificial purposes, and later Jews adopted the process during their ceremonies, and Christians also believed that both water and salt were potent and could both heal the body and exorcise evil spirits. (more…)
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No Religion Needed
You do not need to be particularly religious or spiritual to benefit from this understanding. Mainstream science has verified now what Sages and Holy men have been saying for millennia. Energy is eternal, we are energy, and our focussed intention on something changes the way that it reacts. When we choose to focus on positive outcomes and don’t spend unnecessary time in worry, we tend to have a better experience. This is not to suggest that we ignore what is going on. It just means that we have much more power over the way we feel than anyone else when we first connect to our divine core. And the way we feel alters the way that things turn out. There are so many people that are focussing on positive intention and unconditional love right now that it is uplifting everyone that makes the conscious choice to join in. (more…)
We are a funny bunch, us humans, always complicating things and making them much harder than they have to be. According to my guides, we are almost on the precipice of the great epiphany. A collective, telepathic moment in the experience of mankind that helps us let go of the heaviness and pain of the past, and to appreciate the present moment as the gift that it really is. When awful things happen on a personal level or on an international scale it can either cause us to shrink in fear and worry, or inspire us to rise up and only accept that which we deserve – which is love. Each time we make that more positive choice, our actions become softer, kinder and stronger. The love that we open up to within us overflows and we are able to share more authentically with others. The great epiphany will help us make that choice more effectively and consistently. (more…)
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With the colour green there is the possibility of mixed messages, on the one hand it is tied to negative emotions like envy, greed and jealousy, but on the other hand it is seen as a balancing natural colour that invokes positive mental energy. No retina adjustment is needed to see the colour green so it is a completely restful colour for the eyes. It is a colour associated with nature and the environment and there are positive connotations in ‘being green’. In time gone by green was seen as a poisonous colour, but today much of our great nutrition is derived from leafy green foods. On a psychological level humans are programmed to react in two ways to the colour – to both embrace it and to retract from it, so when using the colour the shade should be selected with care. (more…)
Colour is capable of impacting our mood, affecting our behaviour and altering our thinking both on an unconscious and conscious level. From choosing the colour you paint your walls, to what colour fabrics you choose to dress in, to the colour of your dinnerware can either enhance your life in a positive way or have a negative impact on your emotions and how you perceive an environment.
On a day to day basis we probably don’t give colour much thought, but the reality is that we are surrounded by it. So why not make it work for you?
You are probably already familiar with the emotions associated with ‘red’: love, passion, lust, rage and anger to name a few. But it is also a dynamic colour that can be energising and stimulating. It might be seen as bold, but also warm and safe. It is especially helpful when it comes to asserting oneself. Interestingly children are very attracted to the colour red – picking red toys over other colours, but when they are placed in a red painted environment it has a habit of making them irritable and agitated. This is a lesson for our own décor, a certain amount of red will invite a cosy feel especially in a lounge – a throwback to Victoria times when plush red colours were seen as very grand, but too much of the colour and we are likely to feel unsettled. (more…)
Cases of hay fever are on the rise, the reason is up for debate, it could be climate change, the pollen season is now longer, and possibly we have lower levels of the right type of bacteria’s to stop our immune systems overreacting. But what can we do? Choose sunglasses that wrap around, to prevent pollen entering your eyes. Try a barrier in your nostrils such as Vaseline or a specially made product to trap pollen. Pollen rises during the day and then descends in the evening, making night-time symptoms worse, avoid going outside at these trigger times if possible. Think twice about drying clothes/bedlinen outside or at least in the evening, to avoid bringing trapped pollen into your home. Discuss with your GP if antihistamines and/or intranasal corticosteroids are the right treatment for you. (more…)