The Evil Eye. A sincere form of admiration?

29th November, 2017 Miscellaneous

  I know him by the evil eye That aids his envious treachery; I know him by his jet-black barb           The Giaour, Lord Byron I’ve just been reading Victoria Hislop’s Cartes Postales from Greece. I thought I’d join her on a nostalgic pilgrimage through unexpected places in Greece that I’ve enjoyed in the past. Her affection for the country and its people brings the places to life so vividly. I travel with her, seeing afresh through her eyes. I never...

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‘Cursed be he who moves my bones’

20th November, 2017 Members Community

Shakespeare’s gravestone (Image c. Staffordshire University blogs) Good friend for Jesus sake forbeare, To dig the dust enclosed here. Blessed be the man that spares these stones, And cursed be he that moves my bones.                    William Shakespeare’s grave epitaph. It seems that Shakespeare wasn’t the only person to warn against moving his bones. It was an ancient Egyptian practice. Tombs were sacred space, homes for the...

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Moving On

15th November, 2017 Miscellaneous

I bring thee a casket of jewels fair… Gather them all for your spirit’s shrine… They are gems from the boundless mine of thought!           The Language of Gems Miss H.J. Woodman c. Judy Hall In the 1970s I used to buy my crystals in Southend-on-sea. It was an extraordinarily tiny shop. Sawdust on the floor like an old-fashioned butchers, oil drums of unwashed crystals stuffed in anywhere and everywhere. No order to it. Nothing carved or shaped. A few tumble stones...

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The grave of giants or a megalithic time portal?

5th November, 2017 Miscellaneous

One of the attractions of going to the Netherlands to facilitate crystal workshops was the promise of visiting ‘the hunebeds, our local sacred sites.’ We were two hours north of Amsterdam in Drenthe, an area I’d never thought of in connection with passage-grave constructions. But there they were, all 54 of them although we only had time to visit a few. The hunebeds were constructed over 5000 years old ago by Neolithic farmers, before Stonehenge or the pyramids were thought of....

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Inclusivity. Exclusivity. Where do we belong?

1st November, 2017 Miscellaneous

I received a questionnaire that made me ponder, once again, where do I belong? The writers’ organisation of which I’ve been a member for a quarter of a century holds lunch meetings four times a year. But attendances have been dwindling while the number of writers expands exponentially. Why? Well, a name change had meant that the lunches were perceived as exclusively for one county only, not the six previously circulated. The most recent venue is exclusive. The snooty dress code excludes...

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Crystal spirit release in ancient times

30th November, 2016 Miscellaneous

Crystal spirit release in ancient times People tend to regard crystal spirit release as comparatively new, but the earliest spirit releases I have researched occur in Egypt and Mesopotamia where troublesome spirits were believed to interfere in people’s lives, causing havoc. Crystals were part of the tool box for dealing with them. People commonly wrote letters to a deceased person asking them to desist and wore crystal amulets to support that call and to protect themselves. A...

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