Shaman Birds: long focus liminality

20th February, 2018 Members Community

Jimmy: ‘One day, when I'm no longer spending my days running a sweet-stall, I may write a book about us all. It's all here.’ (slapping his forehead) ‘Written in flames a mile high. And it won't be recollected in tranquillity either, picking daffodils with Auntie Wordsworth. It'll be recollected in fire, and blood. My blood.’ John Osborne, Look Back in Anger. John Osborne’s heron, dressed for all weathers. Image c. Judy Hall Sometimes we all need a nudge in the right direction....

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Valentine Stones

12th February, 2018 Miscellaneous

Yowah Nut c. Judy Hall Soul meets soul on lovers’ lips Percy Bysshe Shelley I was asked about suitable crystals for a pendant to commemorate an engagement. As it was for my last ‘crystal auntie’ column in Spirit & Destiny, I was strictly limited on the word count and I wanted to introduce newer stones. So I said: ‘Traditionally used for engagement rings, Opals bond a relationship. Even though sometimes considered unlucky as they are fragile and can easily break, an Opal would...

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A Black Moon Month

8th February, 2018 Miscellaneous

Black Moonstone c. Michael Illas, The Crystal Companion. A black moon month. Sounds depressing doesn’t it. But not so dire when tagged onto a message from a friend asking that as her birthday is in a ‘black moon month’ could we go out and have some reckless fun. Yes please! The blue supermoon just before the eclipse. A black moon month simply means that there will be no full moon in February. We are in a period of intense lunar activity, as we’ve just had one eclipse and two...

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Atlantean Lovestars (Candle Quartz/Celestial Quartz)

31st January, 2018 Miscellaneous

I was fascinated to discover that Madagascan Candle and Celestial Quartz have been renamed ‘Atlantean Lovestars’. What a brilliant name! Even though it may add to the ongoing confusion about crystal names. But there’s so much confusion about these two crystals already that it may actually clarify things. Bringing them into an energetic synergy. I have always experienced them as two identifiably different vibrations, similar but not quite the same (see below). The new name tallies with...

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The tyranny of excellence

20th January, 2018 Members Community

Celosia Red Velvet with thistledown, c. Judy Hall Self-development is the basis for magickal training. The process of self-actualisation is often slow and arduous, filled with dark nights of the soul, but also brings bright days as well. It tends to follow cycles wherein we think we know nothing, then something, then everything – then nothing again. Do not despair that the road seems long or allow yourself to be trapped in the tyranny of excellence. Ives Domingues, Casting Sacred...

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Presumptive Assumptions

4th January, 2018 Miscellaneous

What is this crystal? If you join my member’s community you can find out! The Members Community A retreat participant asked me if I’d have time to view a video. ‘Unlikely’, was my response. A reply that was taken very badly indeed and which had huge repercussions throughout the week, although all part of the ongoing process of living out the chart. ‘After all,’ she said when we worked through it later, ‘all you were doing was wandering about with a cup of coffee in your hand.’...

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