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Crystals: Chiastolite, Unakite & Thulite

Crystals – Unusual Gems for Healing

Crystals

Chiastolite

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…)

10 Reasons to Be Happy this Autumn!

AutumnLet’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!

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Autumn Equinox: Embrace the Season

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.

Harvest Moon

Autumn EquinoxThis 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.

Aurora Borealis

The Autumn Equinox increases the chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis in northern hemisphere latitudes, otherwise known as the ‘Northern Lights’.

Pagan Rituals

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…)

A few steps to a more mindful you…

MindfulRecent 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…)

Anxiety: Worrying about Worrying

AnxietyFeelings 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…)

Hope

Having Hope

HopeIn 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…)

Honey: Liquid Gold – the Healing Powers

HoneyFor 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.

Nectar

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…)

Nourishment for Spiritual Growth

Spiritual GrowthIt’s natural at the moment that folk want to focus on their health and wellbeing. However, it’s easy for enthusiasm to wane after a while. So, it may help to have a fresh take on things. For example, thinking about the way you nourish your body, with plenty of fresh and unprocessed foods not only helps you become a healthier you, but it also assists in awakening your spirituality.

Certain foods enhance your intuition while helping you focus your energy so you are on the right spiritual path. Without these foods you may feel unstable, stressed, shaky and even start to experience vivid dreams.

Why not read through the foods and drinks that will support you on your spiritual path below, and see what you can introduce into your lifestyle (more…)

Journaling: Why now might be the perfect time to start …

JournalingDid you keep a diary as a child? Or do you consider writing down the day-to-day activities of life slightly cringeworthy, aka – Bridget Jones?

Well, either way – now might be the perfect time to consider writing a journal. Life has changed for many of us recently, and a journal can be one way of getting our thoughts on paper. But journals can also be so much more than that:

Of course, a journal can act like a diary – as a record of the events of any given day, along with your emotions.

But they can also act as a reminder of your goals and ways you want to self-improve, as well as mark successes on your journey. (more…)

Crystals: 5 Stress Busting Gems to Relieve Anxiety

CrystalsThere is no doubt that the unprecedented times that we find ourselves in recently, will have increased our stress levels and in many cases caused feelings of anxiety.

Why not take this time to embrace some crystals, focusing on gems that can provide healing and aid in relaxation/boosting mood?

Amethyst

Using Amethyst crystals as part of your daily exercise, especially yoga and meditation will help calm any mental stress you are experiencing. You can also try sleeping with the stone under your pillow if anxieties are keeping you awake at night time. The crystal will promote mindfulness, and let feelings of peace radiate your body. (more…)