Angels are quite mystical in themselves, much has been written about them and there are many different opinions about their origins and purpose. Despite a diverse attitude a few theories have become accepted, such as one popularised by Dionysius the Areopagite who was a Greek mystic of the 6th century CE. He wrote the Celestial Hierarchy where he divided the angelic realm into nine orders, made up of three choirs. This theory was further developed in the 13th century by an Italian theologian named St Thomas Aquinas.
The First Choir
The first choir was made up of three groups of angels who were supposed to be closest to God, and who were given face-to face-worship with him.
Seraphim: They include Uriel and Michael who were aflame with love and devotion for God and were therefore known as the ‘burning ones’. (more…)
Easter has just passed – but maybe you still have a house full of chocolate? If so, you may not need to feel so guilty about indulging in your favourite treats, as chocolate has some surprising health benefits.
I’m not suggesting that you eat 100g of chocolate in one go, although it wouldn’t be difficult to do with an Easter Egg! But the average size block bar of chocolate contains 100g and with that quite a few nutrients needed for every day health: (more…)
The Good Place is essentially a comedy about the afterlife, which sounds like a bit of an oxymoron, but it has been a surprising hit. The show is a Netflix Original, and as I write this season 1 is available in full and the second half of season two is being delivered week by week. Season 3 has already been commissioned and is likely to air in autumn this year.
In broad terms there is ‘The Good Place’, as you might conceptualise heaven and there is an opposite ‘The Bad Place’ (Hell). The series was created by Michael Schur, who you might recognise for other quirky programmes such as Parks and Recreation, The Office and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. (more…)
1st – St David’s Day
St David is of course the patron saint of Wales, the 1st celebrates both the life of the saint and Welsh culture, but interestingly the saint is also celebrated in Canada and the USA. Not that much is known about St David, it is thought he lived to be 100, but texts about him only appeared 500 years later. So, some of his story may be true, others may just be legends. He was known to have founded several churches and a monastery, and he went on to become an archbishop, eventually he was canonised.
2nd – Full Moon – Worm Moon
At this time of year, a full moon is known as a worm moon, as a result of early Native American tribes seeing this as the time of year that earthworms would appear due to the ground softening. But it also has other names: Full Crow Moon, Full Crust Moon, Full Sap Moon and Lenten Moon. (more…)
Some people are messy by nature, but beyond the clutter they can fall into a number of different categories. There are those that appear messy, but if you asked them to find an important document such as a birth certificate or a passport they could tell you exactly where it is and then there are those that wouldn’t have a clue!
The next question really is are you messy, or do you just have too much stuff? Do you find it hard to let go of anything, or do you continually buy the same things over and over because you can’t find what you are looking for…?
So, taking into account everyone’s idea of clutter, stuff, sacred possessions (call it what you will), when does mess matter?
Well, whilst you may not be a hoarder, having too much stuff or living in disarray on a daily basis can have a negative impact on the quality of your life. You may be much less focussed, feel stressed, have a lessened sense of peace of mind, feel a sense of embarrassment (when people visit), often be late (trying to find things and as such feel rushed). (more…)
When you have been with your partner for a long time a fun relationship quiz over a date night dinner can be a great way to reconnect. It is easy to let the hum-drum of everyday life overtake your early dreams and desires for your partnership and life. But equally some of the questions could be used in a fledging relationship to get to know each other better on a deeper level.
Start with some fun questions
If you could have any superpower – what would it be and why? This might shine a light on the things they find hard, people often pick powers that would help them overcome something they find difficult.
Is there another historical period that you would have liked to live in? This can reveal problems with everyday lives, for example technology overload, someone might choose a period where work was more outdoors, or when life was simpler). (more…)
My name is Sepherenia, my friends all call me Seph. My family come from Argyll but originate in Orkney in the Highlands of Scotland, I am a direct descendant of the Brahan Seer MacKenzie. My father was a medium and was frequently asked to do platform work, he had worked during the second world war as a remote viewer, it was when I was seven years old that I realised that I could have the same gift as he did. As he was doing his platform work, I noticed a group of children down at the bottom of the stage, they were calling me and shouting my name, I kept telling them to be quiet or they would be put out of the hall, it was the noise that I was making that drew my father to look at me, no one could see the kids but me, there were nine of them and I was the only one who could see them! As my dad looked, eventually he saw them too. They were the spirits of children who had parents in the room, I got a little scared then because I could see them and touch them and they just seemed like some of my friends from school. So, that was how my journey as a medium began. (more…)
You may be growing Lemon Balm in your garden, it is readily available in garden centres and is part of the mint family. Like mint it grows in abundance and spreads, so if you want to limit its potential it is better grown in pots.
If you rub a leaf between your fingers you will likely be taken back to a childhood smell – lemon sherbet. But what you may not know is the healing properties that this scented herb has to offer:
Studies have shown that Lemon Balm is an effective treatment for remedying anxiety, it’s active properties: rosmarinic acid and triterpenoids are thought to be why it is effective, when given a Lemon Balm extract those in studies reported an improvement in their anxiety levels. (more…)
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He was looked upon as one sent from God. Here we have people looking for relief of the sacrifices, and the oppressions of the former administration. They see the goodness with the man, and say this cannot be man, for men are not like that, it must be a god, so a God is born. There appears to be a truth in the old saying, because of the ignorance of man, “first came man then man created his own Gods.”
The mistletoe became sacred, and we can trace many of our Christmas customs, back to those times.
After Rama became established in his own land, his spirit teachers told him to spread his truths. He then led a group of his followers to Asia. In a very short time he became revered in those countries. He was then led to Africa, where he conquered the black race in a seven-year war. It was said that the war was not a conquest for Poi, only to bring peace and spiritual understanding to an ignorant people. The war reasoning appears not to have achieved anything, for they are still at war with each other. (more…)
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The second historical reference to a prophet is one of the male sex. His name was RAMA. The exact date of his birth is unknown, what is known, is that, he became a threat to Voulspa when her intuition and power was waning. He was educated in the arts and sciences and believed that science, philosophy, and religion were part of life. He stated that to know life, one must study all three.
It was many years later that other less advanced, within the spiritual concepts of life, decided as in politics, that 3 kings of diverse opinions would be better to confuse life, so no one would understand. This is called empire building.
Rama was most concerned over the human sacrifices demanded by Voluspa and her followers. While his concern about the sacrifices was taking up much of his attention, a devastating plague began to infect and kill the people. Rama believed it was a visitation of TUET-TAD or God, and it was happening to punish them, because of the sacrificial destruction of lives. (more…)