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The Magic of Trees – Part 2

The Magic of TreesAutumn is the perfect time to explore the magic around trees, if you missed the first part of this post then click here first…

That will allow you to explore the Alder (Fearn), Ash (Nuinn), Birch (Beith), Elder (Ruis), Hawthorn (Huathe) and Hazel (Coll) trees.

Holly, Oak, Rowan and Yew:

Holly (Tinne); according to Welsh legend, the Oak and Holly King fought on the 1st May for supremacy. Of course, the Holly King rules the waning period from midsummer to midwinter solstice. Many of us will associate holly with the symbol of Christ, and it is also a popular decoration for Christmas. But originally holly was sacred to the Celts and Celtic God Taranis who would have carried a club made of holly, representing his power as a Thunder Giant.

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The Magic of Trees – Part 1

The Magic of TreesSacred trees are found in most cultures, just think about bringing in evergreens into our homes for Christmas each year.

So, below we explore some of the trees with their Ogham name, alongside their magical associations.

Alder (Fearn) is known as the ‘tree of fire’, but also as ‘Bran the Blessed’, named for the eldest son of Llyr – the Oak Father. Its magical abilities are tied up in controlling the elements, specifically the four winds. Traditionally wooden whistles were carved from its wood, and were used to summon its security and control against the weather.

Ash (Nuinn) is associated with seafaring and deities of the sea, and was even used as a charm to guard against drowning. Staves of the tree have been used to keep snakes away, as well as to treat sick farm animals. But the tree has also been used for protection on the land, with Irish immigrants taking it with them to America to offer protection, following the potato famine.

Birch (Beith); this tree is sacred to Mother Goddess, symbolising spring, new beginnings and re-birth. It is believed that this is the first tree to grow again after the Ice Age, so is long revered. In some countries like Russia at times of the year such as Whitsun a birch tree will be dressed in female clothing, to pay homage to the Goddess and the coming of summer.

Elder (Ruis) is connected to ‘other dimensions’ and the seeing of other-worldly, ghosts and magical creatures, especially around May eve, and if wearing a crown of elder twigs. If fact the tree has long been used as a guise by witches! But for others like Native North American Indians the elder is simply a tree of music.

Hawthorn (Huathe) is associated with Mars, Thor and Thunder Gods! It was planted around sacred boundaries to act as a shield from both psychic and physical harm. That said it is considered to bring very bad luck, if you bring Hawthorn blossoms into a home other than on May morning. But the twigs are thought to have exceptional healing powers, but only if gathered on Ascension Day.

Hazel (Coll); hazel rods have been used for many reasons – the Druids believed they were symbolic of wise judgement and authority. But Irishmen that had settled in America used them to keep snakes away. Staves were used in Viking courts to mark the perimeter. In Wales a hazel cap was fashioned, when worn it was said to bring about wishes. The nuts have long been considered a sign of fertility and traditionally brides were given a bag, and it was not unheard of for people to use them almost like confetti.

Come back next week to explore the remaining trees.

Ref: Encyclopedia of Magic & Ancient Wisdom

 

Puzzle

PUZZLE“Life is random, but when you finish a puzzle you know you’ve made all the right choices.”

The film PUZZLE is actually adapted from an Argentine film called ‘Rompecabezas’ the tile means puzzle in Spanish.

Agnes (played by our cover star Kelly Macdonald), has never ventured far from home or family, she was raised in a tight-nit immigrant community by her widowed father. Now in her early 40’s she finds herself somewhat adrift with a husband and children after focusing solely on their wants and needs.

As a birthday present Agnes receives a jigsaw puzzle, and finds that she is very good at it, and it gives her a heady thrill that she has not experienced in a long time. This is the beginning of a quiet but dramatic transformation of her life.

Robert is a wealthy inventor, and somewhat of a recluse, and Agnes meets him as a ‘puzzle partner’, recognising her talent for puzzles, he recruits her for a world jigsaw tournament. This is something that Agnes wants to pursue, but it means stepping away from her domestic bubble to go after a new hobby. Not everyone in the family embraces the change so enthusiastically. (more…)

Silence is Golden

Silence is GoldenWhen you were growing up were you told ‘silence is golden’, I didn’t really appreciate the sentiment as a youngster, thinking it was over-rated, along with ‘children should be seen and not heard’… But as it turns out, our very modern busy lives are filled with distraction and noise, and actually finding periods of peace and quiet can be our salvation!

Noise pollution is actually quite a threat to health, and it’s a difficult one to manage – you don’t physically see that noise is having an impact on the quality of your life, but in fact constantly living with noise can increase your blood pressure, reduce your concentration levels and productivity and disturb sleep to name a few.

Some noise comes externally, like building works, aeroplanes, traffic and so on, but other noise can be brought on by ourselves, by not switching off from modern technology. (more…)

Feather Magic

Feather MagicBirds and their feathers have been used for centuries as both talismans and as predictors of the future.

In its simplest form a feather crossing your path can be read as a message trying to reach you. The way that you see a feather could be far and wide, one might fall from the sky, you might be gifted a present or jewellery that has a feather design, or in this day and age you could see something in a gift shop or printed on a t-shirt… The symbolism might be in you repeatedly seeing and noticing feathers in all of their forms.

Different colours help with the mystical meanings:

Black –  Interpreted as spiritual wisdom. You can use a black feather to disperse pessimism, negativity and disapproval. It can also be used as an amulet for the home providing protection from unwanted visitors.

Blue – These colour feathers stimulate intelligence and enhance psychic cognizance. Use this colour when you need to tune in to your intuition. (more…)

Ch’i

Ch'iCh’i is sometimes referred to as ‘Qi’ or ‘Positive Ch’i’ or as ‘Dragon’s Breath’ and simply put is an invisible life-force.

The ideal, is to create positive energy, where everything flows properly for humans, the animal kingdom, nature and even buildings…

When the flow of ch’i is properly regulated health, vitality and growth will all be promoted, but when the opposite happens and energy is blocked problems occur in health and in life. Ch’i needs to be balanced just right, when it runs too intensely and fast it can lead to all sorts of things like hyperactivity, anger, lack of relaxation and more which in turn takes away good well-being and prosperity. (more…)

March Calendar

March 20181st – 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…)

RAMA – Part 2

Medium Reader JohnIf you missed part 1 of this article, then click here first.

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…)

Why not try Interpreting Flames this Bonfire Night?

Bonfire FlamesThe 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

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…)

Connect our Hearts and Minds in Love, by Robbie, PIN: 3443 – Part 1

LoveWe 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…)