Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Music Choice for June

Mathias Duplessy et al in 'Crazy Horse' is my music choice for this month! Fabulous! A fusion with Mongolian influences!

Friday, 26 May 2017

Land of Mystics, Scholars and Poets

Ireland was once known as “the land of mystics, scholars and poets” and County Mayo, on Ireland’s West coast, is highly charged with spiritual energies. It’s a wild, rugged and desolate landscape has attractions for the holiday visitor with coastal and countryside walking, mountain climbing, golfing and bird watching. The Atlantic coast is atmospheric, there is also sea, lake and river fishing for those who enjoy the great outdoors. It is an area rich in wonderful, historical sites, such as stone circles and cairns, round towers and monastic ruins. Throughout the summer there are many festivals of food, music, art and song. 

This area is steeped in Ireland’s famous connections to the spiritual world. For instance, this is a well documented event. On the evening of August 21, 1879, Margaret Beirne was

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Cornwall - A Visit

St Just Well
Wild moorlands and magnificent coastlines of Cornwall have inspired artists and writers to visit this beautiful rural county but there is further wonder and magic that makes it ideal for channelling energies of angels and ascended masters. 

When hordes of invaders, Angles, Saxons, Vikings, Jutes, and others, arrived from the Continent, the indigenous Celtic people were driven to outlying lands, to Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Cornwall. In these Celtic places we have traditions handed down the generations by the Druids, famed throughout the ancient world for poetry and storytelling, their love of family ties and their knowledge of the law.


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Dowsing at Bradwell

Our small UK group investigated whether a ley-line could be detected from dowsing rods in the vicinity of St Peter's Chapel, Bradwell on Sea, which was built from stone recovered from a Roman fort which defended Essex from invasion from Europe. 

When the Romans left (early 400s AD) their fortress fell into dilapidation. In the mid seventh century, the Celtic Bishop, Cedd, sailed down the coast from the Holy Island of Lindisfarne to preach Christianity to the pagans of the East Saxon shore and decided to use the spare stone he found on the beach at Bradwell to build a chapel dedicated to St Peter. Peter was a fisherman and here, where sea and river meet, was rich in all varieties of fish and was therefore a suitable site for monastic life (which required fish meals on Fridays). Peter was the leader of the early Christian movement after the crucifixion of Jesus and stands at the gate of heaven, a suitable saint to protect this early Christian church which is thought also to have housed a scriptorium, where valuable manuscripts were created.


Thursday, 18 May 2017

Getting to Know the Goddess Course 2:1

I think I have felt connected to the Virgin Goddesses who have more of an independent life, greater power of decision making. Ariadne: I include a video of a song to this Goddess of the Labyrinth, who gave the hero a thread so he could kill the beast that had its lair in the centre of the dark caves of dread and pain. I felt her pull on a thread that brought me to safety when I was in a dark warren of depression. Though I travelled to Chartres to walk the Knights Templar labyrinth there, it was closed on that day, so to went to the beach and made one myself in the sand. There is a marvellous 1 mile to the centre labyrinth at Saffron Walden, which was created in the 12th century and I have walked it on a full moon and on Earth day, and in the rain! I honour the Goddess of the Labyrinth, she is my savour!
In Part 2 of the course 'Getting to Know the Goddess', we enter another interesting part of the course on learning about Virgin Goddesses. Mary is known as a Christian mother and also virgin. Perhaps virgin means pure, innocent or young rather than the more modern meaning of not having had sexual intercourse. 

I did visit Lourdes, due to illness. I didn't think it would mean much as I was not expecting a cure, but I was touched immensely by the care of those who are unwell. I was with a rather destructive personality who ruined my trip, but it meant a great deal to me and I felt a healing in other ways. I read a great deal about Bernadette Soubirous and her sad life, and how her vision revealed the source of the water which cured the cholera epidemic that she and her community fell victim to.
Brigid: Fifteen years ago, when I was in a dead end job, I wanted to become a writer. I saw that Brigid was the Patron Goddess of writers, and so I dedicated myself to Her in a candle lit ceremony. I wrote a poem to her which I have lost and I coloured in a drawing of Her. Well, would you believe it! I left my job and became a full time writer. It is hard to make money through writing, but I can due to hard work and help from the Goddess! I write for Spirit & Destiny Magazine and other mind, body and spirit publications! How lucky I am! 
I have felt drawn to visit her sanctuary in Kildare where the flame newly burns. I have Irish ancestry and was sent to Roman Catholic schools so I think I could enjoy the honouring of this ancient Goddess by way of modern Irish Christianity. 
I have wondered often about the keeping of the flame alive and whether it dates back as far as Zoroaster. Of course, when there were timber houses, there was a curfew at about eight in the evening when bells would be rung. Everyone had to pull the embers from the fire to ensure a fire did not break out. Come the morning, all the village or town would need a flame for heating, cooking, etc., so I presume would go to the women and they would supply it. This would give the women great power, to ask for bread, cloth, etc.
I have a great love of St Bride's church in Fleet Street, where all the journalists from the newspapers got married. It has a wonderful atmosphere and its famous layered steeple has inspired layered wedding cakes throughout the world. It is said that St Bridget came from Ireland to set up her convent just outside the city gate, where there was a well, Bride's Well which would have been needed for many things, including putting out a fire. I have a deep feeling that many of these places of pilgrimage and sanctity have earth energies that need to be fed with goodness or the energy becomes corrupted. I think this happened. The area has had many different uses, including as a famous prison where there was great suffering and pain.
I loved the supplied story and had Bridget's tears in my eyes and I was very moved by the poem.
I did not know the Lancashire connection. I enjoyed the interview with Sr May. 
The Pope is also a bridge, and Her name might imply this as a female spiritual power between this world and the next.  
She had a fire on the beach and gave me a shell and she had hair of kelp. She sang a haunting song about a journey. I asked her to tell me her name but she asked me to listen to the waves and the sea birds. I dont think of her as a Goddess of the coast. 

Artemis: I have problems relating to the primitive, immoral, the ambiguous, not sure what there is to learn. I understand life often depended on hunting for food for survival. She, a bear Goddess, is a hunter, and often, sadly, hunted. The crescent moon is her bow, I wonder how anyone managed to kill anything with such a weapon. Carnal stories and violence, a lone maiden, would soon be in trouble!
I think we can move on now, in times of plenty, to avoiding hurting other species, upon which the balance of nature depends. The modern Artemis hunts something else now, wealth, power, influence, popularity, etc. 
I have always wondered about Her apendages. I have always wanted to visit Her temple at Ephesus! Maybe the meteorite at Mecca belongs to one of these Goddesses!  
I enjoyed the article provided about Artemis. 
I have artemesia growing in my garden, not a cullinary but a medicinal herb from the days when people ate a lot of things that gave them bellyache. Artemesia is an emetic. Like many medicinal herbs, it causes sickness. Just the smell is good for bellyaches and purgation!


Athena: She is my chosen Goddess, the Wise One. When I visited Corfu, my very first morning, early, I went to the marketplace in the town, and I sensed Her! Suddenly, out of the blue, I thought, wow! Athena, She is here. I felt Her energy! At the last part of my holiday, I was passing a shop and saw this wonderful statue of Her, so I had to have it and have loved it ever since. I love that she holds on the outside of her shield the image of Medusa, you can see the snake on the inside of the shield. She holds the image of Nike, Goddess of Victory in her right hand. There are lots of beautiful statues of Her, but I have never seen one I liked more than this. I did not know the Minoan Cretan connection with Atana. 

For information about 'Getting to Know the Goddess Course', with its extra links to interesting and insightful sites, book suggestions and other assistance with learning, including input from the tutor when required. visit www.goddess-pages.co.uk 

I found a fascinating database that I would like to share with my readers: http://iconographic.warburg.sas.ac.uk/vpc/VPC_search/subcats.php?cat_1=5

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Getting to Know the Goddess Course 1:2

The Goddess Remembers: I feel uncomfortable about the word 'universe', used when other words would be more appropriate. I especially dislike the expression 'the Universe will provide', because the universe might be unlimited, but our beleagured, unique and self supportive planet is finite and in extreme danger due to overpopulation by human beings. The more humans, the fewer of every other species, bar the ones that human beings use for their own ends. Some people have chosen to re-write the English language to manipulate and exploit and I resent it! The universe is full of dark matter. It has a black hole at the centre of our solar system. None of this will provide anything that we can currently use. 


So, I return to the Goddess, and the 35,000 year old statuettes, and how fabulously full and luscious they are, like women seen across the world - big and bountiful!
I think on Homer's story of Kore/Persephone and her mother Demeter; here Demeter is shown with her torch. She also holds a snake, symbol of the earth, and of death and resurrection as it sheds its skin (image from The Goddess Oracle by Amy Sophia Marashinsky). Here Her name is described as 'doorway to the mysterious feminine'. Mother and daughter are so closely connected, almost one, as many of us are, so much like our mothers. Demeter holds the pomegranate, that she caused to grow, the same pomegranate that her daughter will devour and be punished for eating each tiny seed? I missed the link to this myth but I know it well. Kore is collecting flowers on the hillside, just like a hillside full of flowers I once saw in springtime on the Greek island of Crete. The young girl is abducted by Hades and raped and taken into the Underworld, the place of death. How must she feel that this is her lot I need life? Her mother, Demeter, the corn Goddess, searches for her with her torch, for 9 days and nights and, as she gives up, the land is in drought, and famine ensues. The girl eats of pomegranate seeds, so tiny, and for each one she tastes, she must spend a month in the Underworld with the Dark Lord. So harsh a punishment for one so young, so thirsty, so alone and in need of refreshment. Meanwhile, her mother is desperate with grief, alone and inert, She is unable to make the crops grow until her daughter returns and the flowers will flood the hillside once more. Can we accept women who are depressed? Do women always need to smile, be upbeat and happy? We all have beravements in our life. This week is Mental Health Awareness Week! What irony we have for this section of the course. 

How interesting that Kore's name could mean 'sprout', I am always thrilled to see my plants sprouting. And interesting that death is a return to Mother Earth. Was the Underworld a place of death, peace or punishment? It sounds very punishing to me! As Persephone, Kore is 'she who shines in the dark', yes, I am getting clearer! Demeter's blessing is required at sowing and harvest. She is Inanna, the Green One, and the Bountiful Bringer of Abundance once more and her daughter has returned for a wonderful reunion each year. And what of Demeter, the Avenger, Demeter Erinyes? She sounds here like a Goddess of Justice! Black Demeter, Demeter Chthlonic, both have connotations of a grieving mother. In Ancient Greece, She had a rite for all people, as the Greeks spoke a great deal about equality. But there was also a festival just for married women. She is the Full Moon, and Kore is the New Moon on one side. The other side is death. )O(

The story for me is one of great bereavement for Demeter and for Kore. Demeter was the great Goddess upon which all people depended for their life. How serious was this rape! Rape is always very serious, and the story might have been one to draw attention to this terrible crime meted out on this young, innocent girl. Could she marry after, who would want her? Would she get pregnant there alone, have a disease? Yes, rape was - and still is - horrific and damaging. The land and people were punished by the Goddess of Plenty with famine because of the injustice and hurt caused through the evil of this God. I will say grace before my meal to remind me of my good fortune being born in the rich west, and remember the sad plight of a young girl taken from a beautiful place with her loving mother to be in the place of death with a man who abused her.   
I have created a photo using a statue of a naked African girl, with her breasts exposed, and her hands covering her pubic region as if in protection. I have used the green ground and buried her in dark red flowers and placed beside her a white quartz stone to remind her of life and hope.
My favourite food is chocolate, a dark substance that comes from the dark earth. It is so easy to forget the seed planting, the knowledge and energy that goes in to the production, transporting, selling and eating of this wonderful substance. Food from the Goddess definitely! Tonight is the night of the Flower Moon, Full and rounded like the Venue statuettes. This course is available from www.goddess-pages.co.uk

Erica Longdon interview

Erica Longdon is an author, multi-disciplinary therapist, healer and metaphysician.
Her toolbox of qualifications contains: massage, reiki mastership, ear candling, psychology, sound healing,  meditation instruction, angel oracle card and tarot reading.
Erica's career began in television and radio in the nineteen seventies and took her all over the world to witness international events and eye-opening scenes behind the headlines. Erica says:  "it taught me to look beyond the obvious and to seek authenticity and to question." During the nineties, a serious car accident jolted her onto a path of personal growth and healing which, ultimately, lead to a release of her media career and embracing a path as a therapist. A major, life changing part of this journey was becoming an Angel Therapy Practitioner after training in Hawaii with Doreen Virtue. 

Erica now works internationally online for 12Listen.com as an angelic counsellor and card reader. As part of the 12Family, she also hosts a weekly radio show on 12Radio.com, Breakfast With Erica. She published her first metaphysical romance novel, In Pursuit Of Perfect Timing, in 2015, has a new metaphysical mystery novel in mind, and is currently working on a comprehensive non-fiction work on sound healing.
Erica has long been a champion of ecology and sustainability, being a member of Greenpeace from her teenage years, and having celebrated her sixtieth by walking twenty-six miles from Avebury to Stonehenge to raise funds for the new Rainbow Warrior. She supports the Dr. Hadwen Trust for ethic research and having been vegetarian since the seventies, became vegan in the noughties.



Erica says: "a metaphysician is never off duty - it is a way of life" but when I am not officially working, I love to walk in nature and I also play flute with Invicta Jazz Orchestra.

 Twitter:  @angelhandsheal

Erica Longdon is the author of In Pursuit of Perfect Timing
Available on Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk & Kindle.
www.angelhandsheal.com

Interview with Heather Kropf

I would like to introduce my readers to Heather Kropf who is a singer/songwriter who has self-produced 4 full-length albums, spanning over 17 years: Sky (2000), What Else is Love (2005), Hestia (2008), and Chrysalis (2014) and her latest, Lights (2017). I enjoy Heather’s music. Her voice is gentle, her words meaningful, and the music warming, light and melodic.







Heather was trained in classical piano but she approach songwriting from an intuitive, unschooled perspective and tends to get her ideas from something she hears or learns in her environment and then she plays with it until a song emerges. 

Sunday, 7 May 2017

What is Alchemy?

Alchemy is known as the 'royal art' and was the earliest form of chemistry which was considered to be extremely expensive, bestowed great power, therefore its process was kept very secret. Wealthy patrons were promised marvellous things in return for their patronage. We are told they were promised the ability to turn cheap metal into gold, and of an elixir which would give them eternal life. When I was young, I was fascinated by mediaeval alchemy. It was a burdensome and secretive work over stills and furnaces which involved strange sequences of mystical arts and included a science project featuring possible serious illness and or death and dreadful explosions! How could any adventurous young girl no to have her imagination stimulated? I visited the British Library to read ancient texts pertaining to the Philosopher’s Stone and the Elixir of Life, and I saw illustrations of extraordinary monsters, crowned kings, wolves, lepers, strange marriages, peacocks, the slaughter of children, dragons, and other wonderful and amazing matters. Could base metals ever be turned into pure gold? It is said in occult circles that Albertus Magnus in 1280, could change lead into gold but this, of course, is impossible, - though the British Museum has a medallion that belonged to the alchemist and magician John Dee that was said to have been created from alchemical gold. 

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Questions and Answers

Dear Wendy: Can you translate this distressing dream for me please? My father is elderly and in poor health. I had a dream that he wanted me to take him to work in my car. We were in the car park and unable to leave due to an exit barrier. Though it was difficult, I lifted the barrier and eventually managed to take him to work, even though it made me late for work myself. Later, I could not find where I had parked the car. KP



Dear KP: This dream expresses your loving devotion towards your father. You have helped him to function and keep independent, even though it has been inconvenient at times. As his dependency increases, it will become more difficult for you to find ways to continue to get somewhere with him. Do not be confused or upset but find some extra assistance for yourself. You might need to put some aspects of your life on hold. This is a decision only you can make.
Meditate on his gratitude for your efforts to ensure his wellbeing and welfare.

Use the affirmation: There is an answer to every problem.



Dear Wendy: Can you provide a reading for me please? I’m taking a gap year from Uni and will be doing voluntary work in Guatemala with a youth organisation. I am a 23 year old Gemini. L



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