Sunday, 26 September 2010

Learn this from water: loud splashes the brook but the oceans depth are calm. The Buddha.

Feeding the swans

Feeding the swans at the river Wey.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Peace Day

“May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day. May songbirds serenade you every step along the way. May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue. And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.”
(Irish blessings quote)

Let peace and love prevail around the world.
From The Angels of Awakening cards.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Angel Day - Taggs Island

A day filled to the brim with love, magic, warmth and laughter.

Incredible Angelic soundwork, rose petal ceremonies, angel readings, guitars and songs, beautiful people, peaceful serene surroundings.. truly a day to be remembered.
Thank you to Sally and Brian for all the hard work that went into making the day so
special and to everyone there for the warmth and love.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Copal Resin Incense

Drawn to burn copal incense today. Never used it before, will have to order some.

Latin Name: Bursera microphylla
Origin: South and Central America
Planet: Sun Element: Fire

Copal incense is as golden, black, or white resin whose sacred
smoke carries messages to the spirit world. The spirit of this plant
and it's medicine allows us to see life more clearly and inspires divine insights.

"I create a smoking mirror that reveals
all things."

Copal resin incense comes from the sturdy Bursera tree in the regions of southern Mexico. The resin is formed when the tree is cut and a thick milky liquid seeps out. It is dark in colour but changes colour as it dries. The Mayan Indians hold copal as very sacred and have used it in ceremonies since before the invasion of the Spanish conquests to the Americas. The name for copal is pom in Mayan
tongue. Especially sacred is the resin that comes from a tree that has been struck by lighting or "Thunderbeings.", which holds the most beautiful spirit.
The Mayan creation story, Popul Vah, it is described as a "seeing instrument." The copal of the Guatemalan Chorti Mayans that is used for censing is called uhtz'ubte' in Chorti and copal, copal de santo, or palo de santo in Spanish. The gum [resin] is boiled, shaped into hard pellets, burned with live coals in
incense burners, and the fumes allowed to pass over the body to cure various illnesses, to protect oneself against sorcery, sickness, and misfortune, and to cleanse the body.

Copal resin is said to reveal invisible energies that appear like rays of sunlight filtering through an early morning mist. Healers may use it as a diagnostic tool to help them see the deeper dimensions of a client's energy field.
Gazing through the smoke to detect illness and energy blocks. It may be used for clearing and clarifying the mind since it holds the influence of purification and protection. The dried natural resin, when burned, emits an odor akin to frankincense but with a lighter, citrusy tone.

Monday, 13 September 2010

The Abalone Shell

Who couldn't be inspired by the beauty of the abalone shell?


The beautiful rainbow iridescence is formed as a coating on the inside of the shell of the Abalone.
The Abalone / Paua shells are also called sea opal.
Abalone generally describes the shell of the Paua mussel (source of Mother ofPearl) with a sheen on the inside of the shell.
The unique colourings of the paua shell are produced by the rich sediments (mostly of a volcanic origin) within pollution free local New Zealand waters. It is only found along the coast of New Zealand.


Paua helps access the subconscious for emotional & artistic inspiration. It has long been believed that the many shimmering colours of the Paua shell balance and align the chakras
It also aids in creativity and strengthens the heart chakra
Paua shell stimulates intuition, imagination and sensitivity.


Although not a gemstone, it does have healing properties.
It strengthens the heart, aligns all the chakras, bestows tranquility, abundance and spirit.
It brings the serenity of the sea to the mind, body & spirit.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

I love to go out walking in nature with my camera. The play of light through the trees, the sparkles of sun upon the water, the beauty of nature is limitless. Did anyone spot the pink love heart in this photo? Archangel Chamuel beams out unconditional love to all.

Rune of the Week - Wunjo - Joy

Wunjo – “Won-joe” – Literally: “Joy” – Esoteric: Hope, Harmony, Perfection

Key Concepts: joy, perfection, the art of correct wishing, correct application of the will, well-being, contentment, hope, expectation, relationship, family, bonding, trusted kinsfolk, shared ideals or aims, group harmony, symbols of shared identity, optimism, cooperative effort, like-mindedness, friendship

Psi: contentment, optimism, like-mindedness, shared identity

Energy: harmony of like forces, effortless ease, fellowship, fulfillment, wishing, genuine friendship,

Mundane: parties, friendship, family, community

Divinations: Joy, harmony, fellowship, accomplishment, prosperity; or stultification, sorrow, strife, alienation, warns of caution, blindness to danger, deception, betrayal.

Strengthens links and bonds
Invocation of fellowship and harmony.
Banishes alienation and other inharmonious impediments to trust
Creating joy through the use of true will
Realization of the link and multiplicity of relationship of all things
The art of correct wishing, ‘law of attraction

Wunjo is the inner urge for realization of your soul’s true will to achieve perfection of consciousness and the drive to this realization in this life-time. It wards off woe and sorrow so that the abundant gifts of the multiverse have no trouble bestowing themselves. In Wunjo we find harmonious energies characteristic in functional families, group affiliations, healthy societies and nations and ultimately, the world.

It is here we find the force of Love curing the warrior. Because the Northern tradition was abruptly cut short in its evolution of conceptualizing Love as a cosmic force, we have to search for ideas in the Elder tradition that would indicate its latent potential. We find this idea especially in the rune meaning of Wunjo, for Wunjo carries all the elements of Love between and among human beings. Wunjo is the rune that guides harmonizing human energies into a whole. It is the alignment of individual will with the will of the community and ultimately with the divine will. The rune of Love and Unity between all life is LAGUZ, and it’s interesting to me that they have similar shapes.

Alienation and failing community is a severe problem in our society now, which can be deeply troubling to almost every human exchange we engage in. Alienation presents itself as mistrust. In a social group with no overriding objective, it’s only a nuisance. In a community service group, the project fails. In a family, it can lead to disaster. Wunjo can reduce alienation by broadcasting love into the chaotic human energy field. Yet rather than being performed abstractly with no conscious awareness of the intervening energies, the invocation of Wunjo is focused by the magical will of the operator for specific results. This is a technique paralleled (and complimented by) modern Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

The art of correct ‘wishing’ is perfected by seeking your unique purpose in life and aligning your thought and action with it. It is the motivation to act upon your true will which opens the path to completing your personal purpose in this lifetime. Step by step, life by life, we fulfill our cosmic destiny. This is the essence of the Law of Attraction, and a core magic of the Nothern tradition

Friday, 10 September 2010

Ancient Sanskrit Poem

Look to this day
For it is life
The very life of life
In its brief course lie all
The realities and truths of existence
The joy of growth
The splendour of action
The glory of power
For yesterday is but a memory
And tomorrow is only a vision
But today well lived
Makes every yesterday a memory of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope
Look well, therefore to this day!

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Gaia Star Codex Cards - Ease (excerpt)

Feeling transmutational stress?

Take refuge in the power of ease and the nurturing nature of plants. Feel the life giving energy of things growing around you. Absorb nourishment and help from the green world.

Take a clue from the plant folk, slow down and take it all in. Feel your roots in the earth and your light catching limbs spread to the sky.

Relax into the web of life and let it soothe your soul.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

The Silver Birch

The Silver Birch called out today whilst wondering how best I could thank the trees. Been thinking a lot about magic of the woods today, the oneness and communicating with nature. Found some lovely mythology on the Birch to Share.

Silver Birch - Betula pendula
The Lady of the Wood.

Birch was the first tree to colonize Europe and North America after the last Ice Age so it is fitting that it should be the first consonant of the Tree Alphabet. Besides being one of the daintiest trees it is also one of the hardiest. One of the first trees to leaf, it is easily recognized by the tracery of its delicate green leaves, twigs, branches and white trunk. It is fast growing and acts as a nurse tree by offering protection to slower growing trees like oak and pine. Because its leaves are small and cast a light shadow other plants are easily able to grow in its shelter and this in turn encourages insects, birds and animals into the woods.
The first ogham inscription made in Ireland was said to have been written on a switch of birch. Birch bark makes exceptionally potent magical parchment. For the Celts the birch was the 'Tree of Inception' of new beginnings, birth, springtime. Associated with the pioneer spirit, birch implies the breaking of new ground and survival under extreme circumstances. As a bringer of strength and protection in adversity, the tree nurtures new life and its wood is believed to help ward off evil. Hence the tradition of making babies cradles from birch. Carrying a birch talisman is likewise said to protect you from harm.

The birch tree plays an important part in many of the year's oldest celebrations. It is the traditional Yule log that was burned during the midwinter ceremonies to drive out the old year while welcoming in the new. This old festival falls at the same time as the later Christian celebrations of the birth of Christ. A birch trunk is also traditionally used as the maypole because of its associations with fertility, birth and springtime. It is the tree most associated with the youthful aspect of the White Goddess, particularly in her role as bringer and protector of new life. The triple goddess appears in cultures throughout the world in 3 guises, maiden. mother and crone. The white bark is the goddess's mark and this colour is also said to denote close links with the fairies.

For the Welsh Celts it is the tree of Arianrhod, who is in charge of the Silver Wheel of the Heavens and who presides over birth & initiation, and of the virginal goddess Blodeuwedd, who was created from 9 types of flowers as a consort for the Welsh sky god, Lew. The Anglo-Saxons used the birch to create Eostre, goddess of fertility and springtime. For the Nordic people the birch was the tree of Frigga, the Babylonians called her Ishtar and the ancient Egyptians, Isis. The birch is the Cosmic Tree of Celtic shamanism. Druids visualized its white trunk when climbing up through the different planetary spheres to communicate with the World Spirit. Various origins of the word 'beith or beth', variations of the Gaelic name for birch, are given the meaning 'existence, enduring, world and shining one'. It symbolizes a fresh start, giving us courage and determination.

Sweet bird of the meadow, soft be thy nest
Thy mother will wake thee at morn from thy rest,
She has made a soft nest, little redbreast, for thee,
Of the leaves of the birch, and the moss of the tree.

Colour White, Planet Venus, Stone Crystal, Polarity Feminine, Elements Air/water
Deities Arianrhod, Blodeuwedd, Frigga, Frigga, Freya, Eostre
Inception, Purity + Cleanliness, Love + Friendship, Birth + Initiation

In German folklore, the birch is regarded as a tree of life and was traditionally used to make maypoles, around which lovers danced. Welsh folklore associates the birch tree with love, lovers met under a birch tree.

Celtic Astrology information on Birch birth sign associations.

To the Druids, the Birch (often referred to as the "Lady of the Woods" represented renewal, rebirth and inception, since it was the first tree to come into leaf after the Winter Season. The Birch along with the Elder were said to stand on either side of the one "Nameless Day" (December 23). This slender but determined tree, which represented the seed potential of all growth, is hardier than even the mighty Oak and will thrive in places where the Oak will fail to flourish. It also signifies cleanliness and purity. The Birch once fulfilled many purposes...from providing handles for brooms and axes to the manufacture of cloth and childrens' cradles. It is particularly well-known for its use in making writing parchment and oil from the bark was often used to treat skin conditions and depression. People were once "birched" in order to drive out evil spirits, while twigs were given to newlyweds to ensure fertility. Witches would use Birch twigs bound with Ash for their broomsticks or "besoms." Birch has been known to cure muscular pains and the sap used in the manufacture of wine, beer and vinegar. It is the rod of a Birch that Robin Red Breast used to slay the Wren in a furze or gorse bush.

Gemstone: The Birch gemstone is Rock Crystal, a naturally-occuring substance with the ability to render invisible light visible through the means of refraction. It is formed from clear, lustrous quartz and was first discovered in the Alps, at which time it was believed to be a kind of ice or "krystallos." Rock Crystal has been valued since ancient times as a magical stone of divination and was formed into spheres for the art of crystal-gazing. Sometimes, shadows would materialize within the Crystal as it cooled...shadows which resembled mountains or pyramids, usually indistinct and barely discernable. These shadows were known as "phantoms" or "ghosts" and though considered imperfect for divination, such ethereal inner shapes lent a certain unique enchantment to the particular sphere. In Medieval Europe, alchemists believed that if Rock Crystal were cut in a certain manner and then placed in sunlight, it would have the power to make any solid thing invisible. To the Japanese, it was the "perfect jewel," being a symbol of purity, patience and perseverance, and in Ancient Rome, noblewomen carried Crystal balls in their hands during the heat of Summer, believing they had been formed from ice and thus, possessed cooling properties. American Indians treasured the Crystal as a sacred stone, believing it to possess a life and energy which was treated as a sacred trust. Some tribes would "feed" their Crystals with sacrificial blood whenever a Deer or Caribou was slain, believing this would keep the spirits within the stones aware of their reverence. The Druids are said to have used Rock Crystal to make themselves invisible so that they might travel undetected. If held in both hands, it was believed to induce serenity and peace of mind, as well as sharpening the mental processes. An aura of mysticism and magic continues to surround the Crystal and it may be many centuries before all its secrets are truly revealed.

Flower: The flower of the Birch is the Common Daisy, which blooms from the earliest days of Spring until late in the Autumn and covers the ground with its flat leaves so closely that nothing can grow beneath them. It is said that the Daisy awakens with the Sun and sleeps with the Moon. As a symbol of innocence and fidelity, some authorities claim that the lineage of the Daisy may be traced to "Belenos," a Celtic God of Light and a Solar deity. Others maintain that the name is derived from the Latin bellus (meaning "pretty" or "charming") while yet others believe its name is taken from a dryad named "Belidis." The healing powers of the Daisy were often employed by the Druids, particularly on the battlefield. Under such circumstances, those who could counteract the debilitating shock of injuries accompanied by the immense loss of blood, were considered to be great wound-healers. Knights of old would wear a chain of Daisies on their persons to protect them in battle. If such a knight wore a double band, then he was recognized as being betrothed. Worn as a charm, the Daisy was said to protect the wearer and afford a cure for ulcers and warts. The Daisy grows profusely over wide areas throughout the world and is an evergreen plant of hardiness which complements the durability of the Birch. There is an old English proverb which states that Spring has not arrived until one's foot can be set upon twelve Daisies. To dream of Daises in the Spring or Summer is associated with good luck, but the same dream in the Autumn or Winter is considered to be bad luck. The tears of Mary Magdalene, as they fell upon the ground, are said to have created the first Daisies and, according to Celtic legend, the spirits of infants who had died in childbirth scattered Daisies on the Earth to cheer their sorrowing parents.

Celestial Body: The celestial body associated with the Birch is the Sun ("Sul"). In terms of Celtic mythology, the Sun was a powerful deity whom the Welsh Bards called "Taliesin" and whose brilliance was referenced in many romantic and intellectual deeds which are the subject of numerous poems. In similar fashion, the Irish Celts also have many tales recounting the great deeds of their greatest of all Warrior Gods...their Sun-King named "Lugh." Lugh had many titles, one of which was "Lugh of the Long Arm," since he was believed to be guardian of two Great Gifts of the Ancient Irish...the Magical Sword and Spear. This belief in Lugh would eventually evolve over time into the beliefs surrounding Christianity and Jesus Christ...the "sun" or "son" of God who, coincidentally, may have belonged to an ancient Jewish order known as the "Essenes" or "Brotherhood of Light." Lugh is also credited with being the inventor of all arts and crafts.

Deity: The Birch deity is Lugh, also known as the "Shining One." Lugh was a Hero God whose symbol in Wales was a White Stag and whose sacred symbol was a spear. Always accompanied by two Ravens, Lugh is sometimes depicted as having only one eye. He was a deity of many skills, a diverse God whose jurisdiction included the Sun, light, grain harvest, fire, metallurgy and weaving. He was also know to be a protector of the weak. Lugh, whose destiny it was to kill his grandfather, was Chief Lord of the Tuatha De Danaan and may have originally been a King of the Fomorians who was adopted by the Tuatha De Danaan and then by the Celts. Though divine, Lugh is thought to have possibly been sired by an earthly father and, because of this association, is perceived as a "bridge" between the mortal and immortal worlds. More statues and holy sites were erected to Lugh than to any other Celtic deity and he is often equated with the Greek God, Apollo. Lugh's final claim to fame is that his name became part of the term used to describe a certain fairy common in Irish folklore...over time, "Little Stooping Lugh" or "Luchorpain," evolved into the word "Leprechaun," the tiny expert cobbler and guardian of hidden treasure.


The Golden Eagle - The Golden Eagle once symbolized the soul...signifying resurrection and rebirth...the power of life over death. It also represented a metamorphosis or change of spirituality on all levels. Now almost extinct in Britain, this magnificent Bird is seldom seen except in the North of Scotland. Scottish Highland Chieftains still wear three golden-eagle feathers in their bonnets to proclaim their high rank. The Druids were believed to have the ability to change into the form of all birds and beasts, but among their favored choices was the Eagle, as well as the Raven and the Crow.

The White Stag - The Stag of ancient times was considered a beast of royal lineage and, as a horned deity called "Cernunnos," became an important intermediary for the Celts between the animal kingdom and man, being guardian of the gateway connecting these two worlds. The Stag figures prominently in Celtic myths and legends. Antlers have been unearthed in Newgrange (Ireland), as well as at various sites in Britain, including Stonehenge and Glastonbury. It was a symbol of the metamorphic process of spiritual growth, high ideals and aspirations.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Hawk Totem -

Hawk Medicine: Visionary Power and Guardianship
Cycle of Power: Spring and Fall Equinoxes; New Moon

Hawk is the Messenger, the Protector and the Visionary of the air. Along with Owl, it has the keenest eyes of the raptors. This powerful bird can awaken the Visionary within you, and lead to your life purpose. It is the Messenger, and when it shows up pay attention: there is always a message coming. Once Hawk shows up, it will stay with you permanently. This powerful bird can awaken your visionary power, open your higher chakras to hear the messages of the Universe and lead you to your life purpose. Also look for Raven to precede or accompany Hawk when it presents itself to you.

There are many types of hawks found throughout the world, and each has medicine specific to their individual types. However, there are characteristics that apply to all hawks that will be addressed here. Red-tail Hawks are the most numerous of the hawk family. The color red symbolizes the “kundalini,” the seat of the primal life force, the root chakra (sexuality). Once activated the Hawk may enter and start to show you how to move toward your soul/life purpose more dynamically by empowering and fulfilling your visions.

Hawk teaches you how to soar to great heights while keeping your feet firmly on the ground, to grow spiritually, to live in this earth plane but not be a part of it but to expand to much greater dimensions. As smaller birds occasionally attack hawks, you are likely to be attacked by smaller people who do not understand your lofty beliefs or gifts. These people may try to impede your great ability to soar, to keep you grounded in their version of reality.

Because of this strong Hawk energy, this intensified life force activated by this totem, you must be careful how you express yourself. As the Hawk, you will develop the ability to use your words as he uses his beak and talons to rip the heads off snakes; i.e.,the enemies or disbelievers in your life. Be mindful of your words so as not to shred those who oppose you, but take the higher road and fly above them and their way of thinking. Deliver your messages with tact and patience.

The average life span of a hawk is up to 14 years. This is significant. The Temperance Card is Trumps 14 in the Major Arcana of the Tarot. This card represents balance and flow, a good mix or combination, and the teaching of higher expression of psychic abilities and vision. It is also tied to archetypal forces that teach beauty, harmony and moderation that hold the keys to a higher level of consciousness; to access the Christ within yourself and develop its energies in order to fulfill your soul purpose in this life time.

The sky is Hawk’s realm, and through its flight it communicates with Heaven and the Great Creator Spirit, and conveys that knowledge to Earth: Hawk medicine unites Heaven and Earth.

Sparrowhawk - Awareness that opportunities that seem small on the surface have the potential for great growth and expansion over time. This Hawk helps us to see through to the heart of events and synchronicities that are trying to lead us to our greater goals and higher good. So often we ignore the smaller things in life because we can't see how they could possibly be of much use to us or help us to resolve a problem. Yet when we soar high above to see where they fit in the larger scheme of things, we see how they are a jumping off point that if it were not presented to us and pursued, we could not reach that we are truly seeking.
Archangel Haniel ~

Haniel's name means 'Glory of God'. Haniel helps us to recover lost secrets of natural healing remedies. Haniel also helps us enjoy and accept more grace into our lives. Call upon Haniel to add beauty and harmony to your life. Haniel is involved with the Moon energy, clairvoyance and grace. The Angel of Feminine Support.

Archaeon Haniel is Chief of the Virtues and Chief of the Principalities. He may also be known as Aniel, Hamiel, Anafiel or Anael. His name means "He who sees God". Haniel is a master of the lessons of polarity and duality and of synchronicity, who brings together friends and lovers and then supports them in their relationships. He also rules all matters of peace, beauty, grace and art and brings harmony and inspiration to our lives. He is ruler of the month of December, the astrological sign of Capricorn, and thus may be associated with Saturn. He is closely connected with the planet Venus from where he and his twin flame originate, which is illustrated by their luminescent white skin and hair. They came to Earth long ago with a large team of Ascended Beings and Angels to serve with Sanat Kumara and Lady Venus Kumara in their endeavours to return Earth to the Path of Light. Gautama Buddha and Sananda (Jesus) both also originate from Venus and it is said too that Venusians were early Earth settlers in the times of Lemuria. Depicted by some as wearing an emerald green robe and carrying a lantern, he showed himself to us wearing a ceremonial cloak of feathers in the Aztec style. This brings out his associations with the Aztec ruler and God, Quetzalcoatl, as whom he incarnated many years ago in what we know as South America. He has had other incarnations, another one of which was as one of Gautama Buddha's first pupils and his affinity with the principles of Buddhism remain an important aspect of his teachings now. Haniel also works closely with Sanat Kumara, the Maha Chohan, Hilarion, Uriel and Metatron. He helps us utilise star energies, especially when we use them to make or charge healing remedies or energise crystals. His Archeia, the Lady Radiance, is known as Maryllisa for the flower "Amaryllis Belladonna" - a play on the words meaning "a Mary lily: beautiful lady". They have a retreat on Earth called ETAE, which means "and always". This is situated both on the surface and in the ethers of the highest of the mountain ranges of Puno, north / north-east of Lake Titicaca in Peru.
Haniel works with the White ray of Purity and the Orange Ray of Logic, Reason and Knowledge. This ray has the depth and thrust to get right to the "heart of the matter" and is the ray to move us away from living life solely through our emotional body where we are constantly reacting to events that have already happened in our lives, to a life where we are taking the initiative and actively shaping the life we want to have. It is the ray of the researcher and the scientist, but on a personal level it encourages new ways of thinking, supports expansion of all our senses and challenges us to extend our boundaries or change our perceptions. Haniel is also a teacher of the theme of illusion and expectations - he shows us what our expectations are (of ourselves, others or situations we find ourselves in) and then shows us which expectations are justified and appropriate and which are not. He thus teaches us to have realistic expectations of ourselves and others. This guidance may help us recognise our inner feelings and identify patterns of behaviour more clearly. Haniel said: "In order to stand for your truth and speak your truth, you need to know your truth. And to know your truth you need to know yourself. And that means looking within, to examine and question each and every part of your existence - to truly understand your own feelings. Many peoples’ issues are clouded with the beliefs they have about themselves that they hold to be true, but which simply are not! Those beliefs may have been given to them through others’ opinions or words; or from their own emotional reactions to things that have happened in their life; or the belief systems that have been an integral part of their lives - past and present. Few people have the ability to see through to their very core: to see themselves as they truly are. Find yourself first - and then find your truths." Haniel also helps us to live in the present - to be consciously living each and every waking minute, without wasting time and energy over what has happened / is going to happen. Living in the present helps us flow through life, with faith and trust.
Haniel helps us accept our true Light and know that we function on many levels of consciousness, even those we may not yet be aware of. He can accordingly help strengthen our perceptions on the etheric (psychic) levels. By truly knowing ourselves, our talents and abilities and seeing and understanding our true Light we are encouraged to live our lives fully, trusting in ourselves and what we can accomplish. His pure and clarifying light falls on us to help us see the truth and reality at the heart of ourselves, showing us without artifice or illusions so that we know who we truly are. His energy puts us into the spotlight, enabling us to see what our true abilities and talents are. Once we accept our qualities and value ourselves and our capabilities Haniel then gives us the courage to live them and walk our path in the Light of Truth. He gives us the self-belief and strength to show others what we do, how we live, and what our ideals are - and to be proud of it. He will help us dissolve any feelings we may have of not being worthy and give us the confidence to "walk our walk" and "talk our talk". This frees us up to show ourselves and others exactly what we can do and not be embarrassed by it, ashamed of it or be troubled about others reactions to it. By living our truths openly and by being seen to do so, we may hopefully encourage others to do the same. Haniel had this to say: "In these days there is a need for people who are prepared to stand up and say “This is what I believe in: This is what I find works”, even at the risk of feeling foolish, and even if what you say goes against what is regarded as conventional truths or wisdom. Throughout history there are always forerunners; those who have perhaps brought ridicule upon themselves for their strange concepts and new ideas. But in the end those new ideas have been accepted as truth, and believed, understood and accepted by others as a consequence. And that is also what we need today - more people prepared to stand up for their truths and to be counted and who are prepared to make a difference in the world as she moves forwards toward the end-times

~ Archangel Jeremiel ~

Jeremiel's name means 'Mercy of God'. Archangel of prophetic vision's and helps newly-crossed over souls to review their lives. He helps those still living to take an inventory of their life, to be able to make positive changes. The Angel of Emotional Healing.

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Wand Making, the Hazel tree

Taking a walk last night, the Autumn sun lighting up a blaze of colours in the trees, hitting the water creating sparkles of golden light, I paused on a bridge over the river to look at a Hazel tree that was just starting to bear fruit with the idea of seeking a hazel branch to make a couple of wands with.

Just researched the folklore and properties on the Hazel and for anyone else tempted to have a go at wand making or just interested in tree lore in general, here's what I found on the Hazel.

9th Moon of the Celtic Year - (Aug 5 - Sept 1)
Latin name: European hazel - corylus avellana; American Filbert - corylus americana.
Celtic name: Coll (pronounced: Cull). Coll means "life force within you".
Folk or Common names: tree of Wisdom, Lamb's Tails Tree, Collo or Coslo (Gailic), The tree's name shares a common root with the walnut tree and its nut, or cnu and hnot in Europe and Nux in latin.
Parts Used: Nut, leaves, branches, wood.

Herbal usage: Hazel can be used as a drainage remedy and can help restore elasticity to the lungs. Hazelnuts, of course, can be eaten, and are a good source of phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, copper, protein and fatty acids. The nuts can be powdered and be mixed with mead or honeyed water to help a cough.

Magical History & Associations: The Hazel, a masculine herb, is associated with the element of air, the planet of Mercury, the day of Wednesday, and is sacred to Mercury, Thor, Artemis, Fionn, Diana and Lazdona (the Lithuanian Hazelnut Tree Goddess). Hazel wood is one of the nine traditional firewoods that is part of the Belfire that the Druid's burned at Beltane - it was added to the fire to gain wisdom. In fact, in ancient times the Hazel was known as The Tree of Wisdom. It is often associated with sacred springs and wells and salmon. Celtic legend tell of a grove of Hazel trees below which was a well, a pool, where salmon swam. These trees contained all knowledge, and their fruit contained that knowledge and wisdom in a nutshell. As the hazelnuts ripened, they would fall into the well where they were eaten by the salmon. With each nut eaten, the salmon would gain another spot. In order to gain the wisdom of the Hazel, the Druids caught and prepared the salmon. But Fionn, the young man stirring the pot in which the salmon were cooking, accidentally burned his thumb with the boiling stew. By reflex, he put his thumb into his mouth and thus ingested the essence of the sacred feast; he instantly gained the wisdom of the universe.

Magickal usage: The Hazel has applications in magick done for manifestation, spirit contact, protection, prosperity, wisdom, divination-dowsing, dreams, wisdom-knowledge, marriage, reconciliation, fertility., intelligence, inspiration, and wrath. Hazel is a good herb to use to do magick associated with asking for wisdom and poetic inspiration since the Hazel is known as the Tree of Immortal Wisdom. In England, all the knowledge of the arts and sciences was thought to be bound to the eating of Hazel nuts. Hazel also has protective uses as anti-lightning charms. A sprig of Hazel or a talisman of two Hazel twigs tied together with red or gold thread to make a solar cross can be carried as a protective good luck charm. The mistletoe that grows on hazel protects against bewitching. A cap of Hazel leaves and twigs ensures good luck and safety at sea, and protects against shipwrecks.

Rune of the week - ING/Ingwaz

Ing/Ingwaz (Good outcome)

Good results are expected. Good fortune is yours at this time.The name of the rune Ing is also the name of the Norse god Frey. Therefore the rune Ing is a rune of fertility, peace, and plenty. Ing is the rune of the start of new life. Ing was protector of the frith, the peace that surrounded a community along with the prosperity that kept it safe. Frith guilds in Anglo-Saxon England kept the peace, and Ing is a good rune for policemen and other "officers of the peace."

In spell work, it can be used to promote fertility and peacefulness.

This rune symbolizes a beacon, successful conclusions, inner harmony, and relief. The rune’s image represents a sprouted seed or more modernly, a string of DNA.The Ing-Rune is associated with the Genetic Code and the DNA Spiral (Mystery of the Blood); Ing is the eight irreversible rune; the image and meaning is the same when it falls reversed in a reading.

On a grander level, Ingwaz can represent the wholeness of the Earth or of humanity. Overall human conditions, or global issues.

Friday, 3 September 2010

Autumn sun

Breathe in the autumn sunshine
For blessed each day we rise
To wake with peace within our hearts
And beauty in our eyes

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Angel message for the day

Archangel Ariel

Ariel is a Celestial Angelic Being within the Angelic Order known as the Archangels. Archangels are responsible for ministering to humans, considered somewhat like “manager angels”, Archangels oversee the responsibilities of Guardian Angels and the other Celestial Light Beings that act as our guardians and guides.
Each Archangel has specific qualities that distinguish their characteristics and their specific angelic responsibilities. Archangel Ariel is an Angelic Ambassador of Nature, Animals, Elementals, Divine Magic, and Manifestation
Ariel is experienced as a feminine angelic presence with a beautiful pale pink energy. Her name means Lioness of God and she is described within books and literature involving Judaic mysticism and cabalistic magic.

Archangel Ariel is aligned with the Natural World, with Animals and with Elementals (i.e. Fairies, Elves, Sprites, Gnomes etc.) In this capacity Ariel is a Guardian and healer of Animals and is an ally toward conservation of our natural world. Ariel will work autonomously and/or alongside Archangel Raphael for healing both wild and domestic animals. She invites us to call upon her for angelic assistance regarding any issues relating to animals and/or with conservation.

Ariel is aligned with air/wind and with water, and although she is a guardian of all animals, she is especially aligned with birds and the Lion would be considered her “animal totem.”

Archangel Ariel will act as an Angelic Liaison for those interested in connecting with the Elemental Kingdoms. Call upon Ariel to provide platforms for positive interactions with the Fairies, Nature Spirits, Sprites and others within the Elemental Kingdom.

Ariel invites us to go outside and encourages us to spend time within the Natural World. She reminds us that there is a magical healing energy found in Nature that is restorative and rejuvenating to our body, mind and spirit. Soothing, refreshing and inspiring, simply spending time in nature has the ability to clear our perspective, providing a new and positive outlook on life.

As an Angelic Ambassador of Divine Magic and Miraculous Manifestation, Ariel is devoted to helping us transcend the illusions of separateness and limitation. She is dedicated to our remembering the Divine Truth that we are ONE with the Infinite Divine Universal Source, we are ONE with the Miraculous. Remembering that we each are aligned with Miraculous Consciousness, we are miraculous.

Ariel reminds us that we each wield the creative power of miraculous manifestation, through the power we project through our thoughts, through our words, through our beliefs and emotions and through our intentions. The power of miraculous manifestation is wielded through what we visualize and through the power of our imagination.

Upon our request and invitation, Archangel Ariel will assist us in releasing, healing and transcending fear based beliefs and fear related thought patterns and cycles. She offers to help us consciously focus and direct the creative power of our thoughts, words, emotions, beliefs, intentions, etc. with that which we actually desire to create and experience.

By transcending the illusions of separateness and limitation, we transcend poverty and lack consciousness, ascending within our natural and true state of Miraculous Consciousness. Ariel reminds us that maintaining Miraculous Consciousness is a choice we make with every thought, with every word, with each expression of our creative power. She reminds us that the more we practice Miraculous Consciousness, the more naturally we will maintain this ascended vibration of our Being. The more vigilant we are, the quicker we will realize if/when we have slipped back into the fear based illusions of separateness and limitation and then the quicker we will be able to realign our awareness with Miraculous Consciousness.

As an important aspect of Miraculous Manifestation, Ariel will encourages us to transcend the perceived safety of our comfort zone. Archangel Ariel brings a beautiful blend of loving, nurturing energy with empowered grace, strength and courage. She lovingly encourages, inspires and motivates while stimulating our natural inner strength and confidence. Ariel assists us in rediscovering the courage and confidence to step out of the perceived safety of our comfort zone and to realize a miraculous existence.

Archangel Ariel will help us to remember that all things are possible and will assist those who call upon her to utilize the power of their steadfast belief to propel their manifestations into miraculous results. She guides and encourages us to follow our bliss, reminding us that when we do what we love, when we do what brings us joy and what is personally fulfilling, we will indeed experience a miraculous existence, we will experience our efforts unfolding magically

Like the Lioness, Ariel has a protective presence and is aligned with courage, strength and confidence. She naturally expresses the infinite love of the Divine Source and demonstrates the immeasurable compassion and purity of purpose associated with the angelic realm. Archangel Ariel is an Angelic Ally devoted to our Remembrance and dedicated to assisting us in realizing and experiencing a miraculous existence.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Plants, medicinal uses/ folklore -primrose by Ali Clarke

Primrose – Primula vulgaris

By Ali Clarke (excerpt)

Primrose is the symbol of safety and protection, in ancient times it was placed on the doorstep to encourage the fairy folk to bless the house and anyone living in it, and it was also said that if you ate the blooms of the primrose you would see a fairy.

Primrose - The symbol of safety and protection, in ancient times it was placed on the doorstep to encourage the fairy folk to bless the house and anyone living in it, and it was also said that if you ate the blooms of the primrose you would see a fairy. 
Both the cowslip and the primrose were thought to hold the keys to heaven and so were considered to be very sacred by the Celtic people.

It was the flower of Love and bringer of good luck, and was the symbol of the first day of spring and so was laid across thresholds to welcome ''May Day''. 
Also considered to be a bringer of great inspiration for poets, the flower of youth, birth, sweetness and tenderness. The flower was often used in medicine throughout the ages as it has similar properties to aspirin, it has always been known as a ''healing'' plant, and so was often used extensively 
in foods. Even today it is known for its healing properties and is used as a healing tea, while in the world of the flower essence, it is said to help heal those who have experienced the loss of a mother figure as a child.

During my research of this beautiful flower, I also found out that "Cowslips" are closely related to the Primrose, [both being from the Primula genus family], so much so in fact, that their symbolic meanings often cross over, depending which book you read. The original wild primrose has a smaller and paler coloured flower than the brightly coloured hybrids you see in garden centres today. 
If you want to find the wild primrose, ancient woodlands or very old churchyards are the place to find them. The Virgin Mary, was associated with the cowslip, hence the cowslip was also known as "Our Lady's Keys". 


Primula veris: N.O. Primulaceae

Herb Peter. Paigle. Peggle. Key Flower. Key of Heaven. Fairy Cups.Petty Mulleins. Crewel. Buckles. Palsywort. Plumrocks. Mayflower. Password.Artetyke. Drelip. Our Lady's Keys. Arthritica. (Anglo-Saxon) Cuy lippe(Greek} Paralysio

Many of the Primrose tribe possess active medicinal properties. Besides the Cowslip and the Primrose, this family includes the little Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis), as truly a herald of warm summer weather as the Primrose is of spring.

The botanical name of the order, Primulacece, is based on that of the genus Primula, to which belong not only those favourite spring flowers of the country-side, the Primrose, Cowslip, and their less common relative the Oxlip, but also the delicately-tinted greenhouse species that are such welcome pot plants for our rooms in mid-winter.

Linnaeus considered the Primrose, Cowslip and Oxiip to be but varieties of one species, but in this opinion later botanists have not followed him, though in all essential points they are identical.

Part Used Medicinally. The yellow corolla is alone needed, no green part whatever is required, only the yellow part, plucked out of the green calyx.

Constituents:. The roots and the flowers have somewhat of the odour of Anise, due to their containing some volatile oil identical with Mannite. Their acrid principle is Saponin.

Medicinal Action and Uses. Sedative, anti-spasmodic.
In olden days, Cowslip flowers were in great request for homelv remedies, their special value lying in insomnia, strengthening the nerves and relieving restlessness

Cowslip Wine made from the flowers is an excellent sedative.