The I Ching is sometimes referred to as the Chinese Book of Changes. It is an ancient oracle that was first used around 2852 B.C. and it remains popular as a way of divining the future even now.
The concept is that Yin & Yang and Male & Female energies can be interpreted through 64 Hexagrams. You have probably seen the Hexagrams – a series of broken and unbroken lines, often depicted on coins with a whole in the centre.
The 64 Hexagrams are derived from different combinations using eight Trigrams as a starting point. It is the Trigrams that we are going to explore today.
You may see various names and initial interpretations for the eight Trigrams, so I have tried to list below several variations: (more…)
Are you thinking of buying a real Christmas tree this year? There is something very festive about going out and picking a real tree, spinning it around to check that it has a nice shape, with lots of lovely pine smelling branches!
A Real Tree
You can buy a real tree in a number of ways, cut off to place in a stand at home. Cut and attached to a wooden base, or fresh in a pot. Whichever you choose, you want to ensure you have a fresh tree.
It should look a lovely bright green colour.
If you give it a gentle shake, no excess of pine needles should drop off.
It shouldn’t have a bare trunk or branches.
If it is potted, inspect the root ball – to make sure it is not too dry or compacted. (more…)
Many of us struggle to let go of the past. We seem destined to make the same mistakes, spend a lot of time looking backwards instead of forwards and never find a sense of peace.
There are many different reasons why we cannot let go. For some, an event or hurt caused is too much to forgive. For others what was said or not said is a source of much regret. Sometimes it is easier to idealise the past, than face the present.
If we spend a lifetime reliving past events, and focusing only on what has gone before, then our emotional and spiritual health suffers and our future happiness becomes jeopardised.
It is better to face up to the reality of the past, and anything that is blocking you in your current life. Whether it is an unrealised dream, a health problem, a failed relationship… Acknowledging the past, and seeing it for what it really was, reduces its power over your current situation.
This process can be easier said than done, so creating an Angel Healing Ritual can be helpful. (more…)
Crystals – Unusual Gems for Healing
Chiastolite is sometimes referred to as Andalusite and comes in a number of colours from green, brown, rose or even grey. Another name for this crystal is ‘Cross Stone’, which you understand when you see a picture of it close-up, as it appears to have a cross design running through it.
This is a great gem stone for autumn, as it offers balance to the immune system – highly needed as we go into flu season.
In the past the crystal has been used to protect against curses and ill-wishes. Today it is more likely to be used as a stone of change. If you are experiencing negative feelings like guilt and fear, then this crystal is calming. It will assist in a journey of problem-solving, rather than one of repeating old habits. You will feel more able to look at any problems from an analytical position, rather than one of an emotional standpoint.
This stone is particularly good at attuning with your life-purpose, so you can feel sure in your soul that the decisions you are making are right for your life and path forward. (more…)
Let’s be honest it’s been a pretty difficult 6-months, whilst completely normal still seems a way off into the future, each of us is now beginning to settle into a new sort of normal.
Autumn is traditionally a period of reflection, so we can take some time to appreciate what we have learnt, gained and valued this year.
I’m sure everyone’s list of reasons to be happy this autumn will be different, but here are 10 things to get us started…
- It’s time for winter-cosy clothes, layers, jumpers, scarfs, hats and boots – yeah!
- Skills that you practised during lockdown, can keep you occupied during wet and windy days. From knitting, star-gazing, to jig-saws, to the perfect banana bread/sour dough loaf.
- It’s perfectly acceptable to binge-watch TV, and slouch around in pyjamas when it’s a dark and dull Sunday – enjoy!
In the UK this years Autumn Equinox takes place on Tuesday 22nd September at 2.31pm. Of course, as you know in the northern hemisphere it marks the official end of summer and the beginning of autumn. It marks the point at which the sun illuminates the northern and southern hemispheres equally.
This autumnal period is also associated with harvest, and harvest festivals. The Harvest Moon is a full moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox period. The light this moon provided was used by farmers to work long into the night to bring in crops from the fields.
The Autumn Equinox increases the chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis in northern hemisphere latitudes, otherwise known as the ‘Northern Lights’.
Pagans have three harvest festivals throughout the year, Lammas, Samhain and Mabon (which is the second). Mabon celebrates a plentiful harvest and a need to give thanks for abundance. It remembers that the bounty of Mother Earth should be celebrated and shared both literally and spiritually. (more…)
Recent events have created a slower world for many of us. For a while we couldn’t make plans, couldn’t say yes to every invitation – we had to learn to ‘be’.
If part of you has enjoyed not having an endlessly full diary, and a to-do list that never gets smaller. Then you might enjoy these practises as a way of being more mindful on a day-to-day basis.
Remember the small pleasures in life
Take a moment to make a list of 10-20 little things that bring you joy.
It could be putting some bird food in the garden for little friends that visit and sing.
Taking a bubble bath.
A hot drink and a biscuit.
Baking a treat.
A cheeky glass of wine a little earlier than normal.
You’ll know what makes you happy… Then when you are having a bit of a day, and need a welcome lift. Pull out your list and do one of the things – it’s as simple as that! (more…)
Feelings of anxiety have been a feature of many of our lives in recent months, we have all struggled with the impact of lock-down. The problem is, that even though the world is coming out of its restrictions. Many of us are still feeling anxious, this time about how to re-enter this new state of normal.
Living in a state of anxiety, limits our ability to be happy and eventually takes a toll on our body and mind and total well-being. Some people do seem to have more of a genetic tendency to having anxious feelings. Past traumas and being under stress for long periods can also make anxiety more likely.
But when you have reached the stage – that you are even worrying about worrying – then its time to take action!
Feelings of fear, are closely related to anxiety. Very often a person feeling anxious will do a number of things: (more…)
In recent weeks and months, there have been heart-breaking scenes across the world, of different origins. Most of us will have experienced a whole cacophony of emotions, as we have navigated these difficult waters.
Throughout this time, I have returned again and again to some simple things. One is a saying: ‘this too shall pass’, and the other is simply to have ‘hope’.
In a sea of uncertainty, it can be helpful to be reminded by the constancy’s in all of our lives. The sun will rise and fall each day, the seasons will turn before our eyes, the tides will ebb in and out… (more…)
For centuries honey has been discussed for its magical healing powers. Science has been slow to catch on, but now various institutions are researching the medicinal benefits. For example, everything from IBS, to wound healing to hay fever symptom relief.
Of course, we all know that Bees make honey, using nectar – a secretion from plants that has a sugary fluid texture. Therefore, honey is classified by region, depending on where the Bees have collected the plant nectar. (more…)