If a woman wanted to know who her future spouse would be, there were a number of rituals she could carry out:
On St. Valentine’s Eve she could visit a graveyard at midnight, chanting special charms she knew whilst running around the church twelve times! She should then go to sleep with a sprig of rosemary under her pillow, and the face of her husband-to-be would appear…
On Valentine’s Day itself a woman should let her eyes gaze to the sky, until she saw a bird or animal flying over, the type of bird would indicate certain things about the union:
There are many crystals traditionally associated with love, like Rose Quartz – but today I thought we would explore some of the more unusual gems that you might not immediately think of, that can support you in your romantic life.
Use this if your love life is in need of a boost of passion and romance; it can be used both by those in a relationship that are going through a rough patch or those seeking to find a partner. It will help you to let go of the past, it is thought of as a transformative gem, letting you embrace your feminine wiles and seductive abilities! (more…)
Many of us will look at the New Year as a way to make changes, and in some cases that even means taking a long hard look at your relationship! In relationships it is easy to get to a place where you think you know what your partner is thinking or feeling, so much so that we forget to ask and just make assumptions. Of course this can lead us to feel neglected, taken for granted or just misunderstood.
In the New Year why not make a point of having more productive conversations, the ‘conversation map’ outlines an approach that is based on ‘mindfulness techniques’. Rather than falling back into familiar patterns – one of you shouts, one of you goes on the defensive…, this approach allows you to talk in an open way whilst being truthful, without the situation becoming tense and quarrelsome.
Let you partner feel how they feel. Even if you think it is irrational – don’t go out of your way to prove to them that it is. Accept their feelings and ask questions so that you can better understand their position. (more…)
Have you heard of ‘Hygge’, pronounced ‘heurgha’ – well, it is a Danish concept, it doesn’t really have a direct translation but is about taking pleasure in the small things in life – gentle soothing things. It is the difference between a so so day and a special day. It could be as simple as burning a candle, having freshly brewed coffee, or spending time with those you love.
It is easy to dismiss this idea as just another lifestyle fad, but the Danes have actually been embracing hygge since the 18th century, it is only now with a wave of new books that they are trying to spread the word on what it means to a wider audience.
Hygge in essence is enjoying life’s simple pleasures. Studies do show links between feeling gratitude and our overall wellbeing. Perhaps Denmark being voted the happiest country in the world on a regular basis has a lot to do with how they integrate hygge into their everyday lives… (more…)
The Book of Enoch says that phoenixes are bird-like angels, in terms of rank they would sit alongside cherubim (these angels keep records of God’s work; they establish how to carry out the Divine plan) and seraphim (these angels are sometimes referred to as the ‘burning ones’, they are thought to be the closest to God, and their red colour represents their burning love for him).
The mythical Phoenix is often associated with the sun.
Around every five hundred years the phoenix will feel death upon him; he will build a funeral pyre in which to immolate himself. But shortly after he will rise from the ashes (hence the phoenix rising), fully restored!
As such the phoenix is the perfect symbol for New Year, as he represents immortality, resurrection and regeneration. But the phoenixes message should not just be of a rebirth in the hereafter, but a message of fresh starts and life beginning anew in the here and now. (more…)
If you missed the first part of Martyn’s journey, then please click here.
But how can we connect with our inner soul voice without the need to meditate for hours on end or go to a spiritual retreat for six months? The answer is so easy and straightforward; try this method at home yourself:
Take 5 or 10 minutes to be still, calm and meditate, at a time to suit you, pick your favourite room and make sure you are not disturbed.
I guess most people throughout the ages since well before the pyramids, and the very first human life walked the Earth have asked these questions:
Why am I here?
Why are we here?
What is the purpose of my life?
What’s it all for?
What’s it all about?
Many people ask these questions, some seek to give their life purpose by obtaining material wealth and possessions, things that make them feel artificially happy, this is often the glue that holds their lives together. (more…)
If you didn’t see the first part of our post on November important dates, then click here first.
24th – Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is a holiday many of us will be familiar with, but won’t actually celebrate, but there is a connection to England. In 1620 a ship called the ‘Mayflower’ set sail from Plymouth England with 102 passengers. Those passengers, who later became known as Pilgrims, left England as they had been persecuted for their religious beliefs. They landed in what is now known as Provincetown on Cape Cod in New England. They were able to follow maps of an English Captain called John Smith who explored the coast several years earlier. The Pilgrims really battled with winter, and nearly half the people were lost. But in springtime friendly Indians arrived and showed them how to plant corn, and the following autumn they were able to successfully harvest the crop and survive the winter months. So now the event is a celebration of that help received and of harvest festival. Americans take the holiday very seriously (in some cases more than Christmas) and cross the states to get home to celebrate with loved ones. (more…)
All Saints’ Day is sometimes referred to as All Hallows’ Day and it celebrates all faithful souls that have not been elevated to sainthood; they are prayed for and remembered. Halloween occurs the night before on the 31st October, and is seen as the last day that evil spirits have the chance to do their work, before good spirits take over on All Saints’ Day. All Souls’ Day honours those that have passed over; they pray and remember those souls who are in purgatory, so that they can be cleansed of their less grave sins and be granted vision of God in Heaven.
5th – Bonfire Night
Remember, remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot,
We see no reason,
Why gunpowder treason,
Should ever be forgot! (more…)