Tiger’s Eye – I have found some interesting facts and uses for this wonderful crystal.

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Tiger’s Eye is a most ancient talisman, mysterious and powerful, revered and feared – an “all-seeing all-knowing eye,” thought to grant a wearer the ability to observe everything, even through closed doors. It was chosen by the Egyptians for the eyes in their deity statues to express divine vision, and was believed to provide the protection of the sun and earth combined, of Ra, the sun god and Geb, god of the growing land. Linked to the magical tiger, the king of beasts in Eastern mythology, Tiger’s Eye portrayed courage, integrity and right use of power. Roman soldiers carried it to deflect weapons and to be brave in battle. It has been highly regarded throughout history as a stone of prosperity and good fortune, protecting one’s resources and reflecting back malice or threats from others

One of the most effective of the eye formation stones, Tiger’s Eye is ever vigilant, bringing sharpness to one’s inner vision and better understanding of the cause and effect of each situation. It encourages one to use their powers wisely, and allows scattered information to be brought together to a cohesive whole. Tiger’s Eye supports necessary change in all aspects of one’s life, strengthening the will and clarity of intention in order to manifest at the highest level. It inspires creativity and utilizing one’s talents and abilities, and is superb for stimulating wealth and the good judgement needed to maintain it.

Keep Tiger’s Eye as a stone of luck and good fortune to attract a steady flow of money to the home. It is ideal for entrepreneurs and those setting out in business for the first time; also for those building up skills and a knowledge base for major career changes in the future.

Tiger’s Eye warns against complacency and emboldens one to “step out of the box” in order to grow and challenge one’s artistic and creative talents, physical abilities and trying something new. Use as a support stone for determination and to overcome fear during exams, competitions, public performances, selling one’s creations in the market place, or presenting ideas in important meetings.

Wear or carry Tiger’s Eye for increasing insight and perception in unfamiliar places or circumstances, and for protection from the negative intentions of others. Tiger’s Eye sharpens the senses, helping one pay attention to details and prepare for positive action. It reflects an overview of situations and assists when things are happening too fast. It is one of the best aids for resolving a crisis, and provides perfect support when one is afraid of making a wrong decision. Use for quick thinking, sizing up someone’s character, and for realizing the consequences of one’s own actions.

Draw on Tiger’s Eye to boost will power, emotional stability and energy levels when working through lifestyle changes and health improvement routines. It reduces cravings for the wrong kind of foods and helps decrease the need for binges, excessive cigarettes, prescription drugs or alcohol. It also reduces anxiety caused by feelings of isolation or inadequacy, and helps overcome discouragement to persevere through the long haul.

Tiger’s Eye is a stone of practicality and balance, remarkable for soothing tensions in families and relationships where differences of opinion or expression are causing discord. It promotes harmony between people with diverse viewpoints, religious beliefs or approaches to life to see both sides of an issue and find common ground. It is a marvellous talisman for professional mediators, as well as anyone going through difficult negotiations.

Tiger’s Eye is a blood fortifier, increasing vitality and strength, and restoring balance to the body on all levels. It is thought to boost the endocrine system, bringing one’s hormones and biochemistry back to level, and placed on the reproductive organs, may stimulate fertility and resolve issues arising from past experiences. Tiger’s Eye placed on either side of the head energetically rebalances the brain’s hemispheres, and as this stone holds energy of the sun, may relieve seasonal affective disorder and depression. It is effective for alleviating nightmares, and is reputed to relieve asthma attacks and angina, and help lower blood pressure.

Tiger’s Eye is traditionally used to heal disorders of the eyes and throat, and to improve night vision. It eases issues of the stomach and gall bladder, and dissolves constrictions. It may also be used to strengthen alignment of the spine and stimulate the repair of broken bones.

Tiger’s Eye is a remarkable ally for the mind, balancing emotional extremes and allowing scattered thoughts, feelings and information to come together in a way that makes sense. It brings focus and stability, enabling one to make decisions from a place of reason rather than emotion. Tiger’s Eye is ideal for those who are spaced out and uncommitted to find purpose; for those who find it difficult to remain optimistic, it stimulates hope and confidence for the future.

Tiger’s Eye is highly beneficial for resolving dilemmas and internal battles, especially those caused by jealousy, wilfulness and pride. It teaches integrity and right use of power, bringing an awareness of one’s needs, as opposed to mere “wants,” as well as understanding the needs of others. It is excellent for healing issues of self-criticism and worth, and unblocks creativity so one may recognize one’s talents and abilities, as well as one’s faults that need to be overcome. It is highly supportive for an addictive personality, increasing personal will to affect positive change, and anchors that change into the physical body.

Tiger’s Eye grounds the energy of the Solar Ray into the Earth, stimulating the First through the Third Chakras. It supports physical vitality, practicality, and maintaining balance between extremes.

The root is located at the base of the spine, and controls the energy for kinesthetic feeling and movement. It is the foundation of physical and spiritual energy for the body. When physically out of balance the symptoms manifest themselves as lethargy, low levels of activity, low enthusiasm, and a need for constant stimulation. When spiritual energies are out of balance, one may feel flighty, disconnected from reality or distant. When the Base Chakra is in balance, the physical body regains its strength and stamina, and the spiritual energy is rekindled in the form of security and sense of one’s own power. It often leads to independence and spontaneous leadership.

The sacral chakra located below the naval and above the pubic bone at the front of the pelvis, controls the flow of energy and is the centre of gravity of the body. It is the centre of the Life Force of the body, and controls the flow of information from the body to the mind and from the mind to the body. Gut feelings, intuition, and other “non-linear” communication comes from this chakra. When it is out of balance symptoms manifest themselves as confusion, over dependency on others, repression of feelings, inability to feel joy, fear of sensuality or sex, and frustration. When the Sacral Chakra is in balance one has grace, feels pleasure in life, and experiences the flexibility to “go with the flow” and do so in good spirit.

The solar plexus chakra   is the energy distribution centre and the chakra of relationships. This chakra is located between the ribcage and navel, and controls the immune and digestive systems. When balanced physically, we have strength to fight infections, are free of allergic reactions, and are able to use the nutrients we ingest. When the Solar Plexus is out of balance spiritually, we feel fear – of the disappointment or displeasure of others, or to subordinating our life and pleasures to the will of others. Spiritually, when the solar plexus is in balance we are free to interpret the world through our own thoughts and emotions and not live in fear of violating the dictums of others.

Tiger’s Eye resonates with the frequencies of the Earth and provides a warm, stable energy for prayers and meditation, and stimulating contact with the vibrational realm of Christ consciousness. It engenders peacefulness and beauty, and connects with the spiritual power of the sun as nourishment for the soul. Tiger’s Eye enables the ability to remember dreams and to use dreamtime for spiritual advancement, sparking imagination, intuition, and opening up psychic talents in earthy people through Third Eye activity. It is remarkable for balancing yin and yang energies, stimulating the rise of the kundalini energy, and bringing a joyful enthusiasm for flowing with “the river of humanity” toward the “One.”

The Gold rays of Tiger’s Eye bring success, enthusiasm, happiness, and power. It is traditionally the colour of kings, riches, and the sun. Gold touches a deep part of our minds, conjuring up images of mystical places and adventure. Light Gold crystals provide us with the simple pleasures of life – cheerfulness and contentment. Dark Gold crystals have a deeper, more pronounced sense of devotion and commitment, providing us with a mature enthusiasm and ability to share a lifelong commitment of care and love.

The Brown rays within Tiger’s Eye brings connection with the natural world. It is the colour influence of home, hearth, and nature. It helps us relax, reconnect, and regain our composure. It is a grounding stone, promoting security and stability.

Meditating with Tiger’s Eye initiates a wonderful, high-vibrational state that is well-grounded, peaceful, and highly conducive for encounters with others through remote viewing, out-of-body travel or mind travel. It allows one to move into a state of bliss, experiencing a single point of awareness within an atmosphere of warm compassion and unconditional love. Upon return, it inspires one to take actions led by that consciousness to bring its energy more fully into the physical world.

The Divinatory meaning of Tiger’s Eye: Money-making ventures and new prospects will succeed even better than anticipated if you persist and keep focused when you hit an obstacle.

The Marra Mamba Tiger Eye mined from the Mt. Brockman mine in Australia is a “gazing” stone, used by female shamans to provide powers of the “far-seeing eye,” beneficial in the open country where “seeing” could have an effect on one’s well-being as well as the entire community. This locality stone can also be used to “mirror” oneself in order to understand one’s behaviour, thoughts, and reasoning, or to “read” the energies of others.

Gold Tiger’s Eye is wonderful for connecting with Archangels Jophiel and Sabrael.

Tiger’s Eye may have been known in ancient history as Wolf stone, and possibly as oculus belus, dedicated to the Mesopotamian god Belus. Deemed to be all-seeing, it was regarded as a stone of protection and good luck, used to heal eye diseases and help one see in the dark. In Chinese medicine, it restored yin and yang energies.

Tiger’s Eye was linked with the magical tiger, the king of beasts, in Eastern mythology, and Roman soldiers wore it in battle for bravery and to deflect weapons. To the ancient Egyptians, it offered the protection of the sun and earth combined, of Ra, the sun god, and Geb, god of the growing land. They also placed the glittering stone in the eyes of their god image statues to express divine vision.

A popular good luck stone, Tiger’s Eye/Cat’s Eye was used to ward off the evil eye, and to reflect back any malice or threats without absorbing any negative energy. It was used a great deal in voodoo rituals. Holding a Tiger’s Eye was also used to discern if someone else was reliable or not. Traditionally it was believed by the end of the day, any deception would be revealed.

Tiger’s Eye utilizes fire energy the energy of enthusiasm, warmth, brightness, illumination and activity. It is Yang in nature. It is the energy of heat, action, emotion and passion – of ideas, of concepts, and sex. It is traditionally associated with the south area of a home or room, and with the fame and reputation area of your dwelling. Use its energy to give your life the boost it needs to enhance your standing in the community and within your family.

Tiger’s Eye has long been used as an amulet against the evil eye, curses and bad luck, and as a talisman for bringing wealth and good fortune.

Tiger’s Eye is a seeker transformer crystal. Seekers contain a crystal energy structure that aligns the natural energy of the crystal to the natural power of the human mind in finding the way to new horizons and new capabilities. They’re pointers, directors, and compasses; the fresh start crystals. These are talismans of the scientist, the adventurer, the hunter, wanderer, and explorer. They’re also crystals of the student and the researcher.

Transformer crystals enhance efforts to change our situations, prospects, health, outlook or relationships. By transforming ourselves we transform our lives. We learn to dance, speak a new language, grow stronger, or become a better spouse or child. Seeker crystals with the earth power of the Transformer are excellent talismans to aid our efforts to grow, develop new capabilities and change our lives.

Tiger’s Eye is a great zodiac stone for those born under the sign Gemini between May 21 and June 20, when the Earth is approaching summer. The constellation Gemini is known as the Sign of the Inventor and is seen as twins side by side in the sky. It is closely associated with the planet Mercury. Those born under this sign can see both sides of an issue. They’re flexible and can go with the flow, and can be lively and talkative, or restless and nervous depending on their setting. Those born when the Sun is in Gemini are quick thinkers, quick-witted, and quick on their feet.

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Owl Spirit Guide, Meanings, Symbolism and Messages

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Symbolic meanings for the owl are: – Intuition, ability to see what others do not see.

The presence of the owl announces change, capacity to see beyond deceit and masks & Wisdom.

These birds love to sit quiet and still so that they can observe their surroundings. Therefore, this birds’ message to you is that you may need to remove yourself from the noise of life. Become still and silently observe your surroundings.  Moreover, slowing down and becoming stable will allow you to access the wealth of information and Owl meaning that surrounds you. Whenever this bird is present, it will share its ability to see what others may miss. In other words, owl meaning prompts you to open your eyes and truly examine how things are. You will be surprised by what you can suddenly see. As an example, other people’s motives may now become clear to you. External appearances will give way to the truth and meaning hidden beneath.

Alternatively, the Owl symbolism is often thought to come to those who need to let go of some part of their life that is no longer needed. With this in mind, owl symbolism cues you to listen carefully to your inner voice and allow yourself to be guided to recapture the knowledge of your correct path in life. This bird’s senses can pierce through shadows, beyond fear and darkness, through to the other side that promises light, happiness, and knowledge.

Owl Totem, Spirit Animal

Those of you who have Owl Totem as your totem animal will find yourself drawn to the dark and prefer to work during the night hours. For this reason, you have no fear of the occult, darkness or magic and often have the gift of prophecy. Also, your wisdom gives you the power to extract secrets from those around you when you listen to its voice inside of you. As a result, you will hear not what others are saying, but what they are thinking and feeling by detecting the subtleties of voice that others cannot understand.

People are unable to deceive you because you can see into the darkness of others souls. Most people with Owl totem are also clairvoyant because of this ability to observe and empathize. Since it can be terrifying at times, you have to learn to trust your instincts about people.

The owl is associated with witchcraft in a number of European and some American Indian traditions. Witches would often take the owl as an animal spirit guide.

In Greek mythology, the Goddess Athena, goddess of the wisdom and war, was represented as an owl. It is said that the Romans believed that someone would reveal all their secrets during their sleep if an owl feather was placed near their pillow.

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The Lynx Spirit Animal

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Recently I did a shamanic journey to see what would come up for me; I do them every now and again for guidance. I popped on one of my shamanic drumming CD’s and it wasn’t long before I was in the jungle, it was brilliant!

Along my jouney I could hear the sounds, smell the earthy tones and see all the sights around me, while walking along with my one of my guides I noticed a large cat, it turned and looked right at me with large green eyes, I wasn’t sure what type it was, upon returning from my meditation I looked up the types of large cats, it was the Lynx that resonated with me.

I thought it was interesting and that you might like to read the meanings and lessons of having a Lynx as a spirit messenger.

Here are some of the meanings I found while doing some research on the internet.

The lynx spirit animal is known to be a very excellent hunter, and is considered the master seer because of its gift of second sight. The lynx symbolism can teach you so many things that will help you understand the spiritual mysteries of the world, and how you can best apply this knowledge and wisdom to your daily life.

The meaning of the lynx points to your gift of ‘hearing’ other people’s thoughts and seeing into their souls, as well as their intentions and thoughts. You can pick up on vibrational energies and use them to determine your actions and responses.

The lynx symbolism also speaks about instinct and the powers of observation. You can always rely on these things, especially when you are feeling confused or disconnected.

The lynx totem represents your vision and foresight, and your ability to see through lies and deceptions and find the unseen. This helps you develop awareness to the world around you.

The lynx meaning also has something to do with valuing your promises and taking care of people’s confidence in you. When you give someone your word, you must honour it.

You are being encouraged to trust your instincts. You should also awaken your abilities if you want to advance in life.

The lynx meaning will help you determine what’s real and practical from what’s superstitious and imaginary. It will help you become more watchful about the people around you and the events that are unfolding before you.

When the lynx spirit animal comes walking into your life, know that not everything is exactly what it appears to be. You need to use your abilities if you want to see things or people for what they truly are.

Doing so will help you avoid disappointment, hurt, and betrayal. Seeing the truth in matters will guide you to make the best choice that will benefit you today and in the future.

Seeing the lynx spirit animal means that you should stop and smell the roses, for love will soon manifest in your life. You may need to open your eyes first to the deception that some people are playing on you, but once you get this out of the way, you will be able to see all the romantic possibilities clearly.

The lynx meaning will encourage you to understand your life truths, and even reconsider the values that they hold. This is a good time to be more flexible, adventurous, and light-hearted when it comes to love.

Positive Traits of the Lynx Spirit Animal

You have the most fun and creativity when you’re solitary, but you also unleash your playful and less serious side when you’re in the mood. You know how to have fun, and you get things done.

You value your alone time because this allows you to discover truths about yourself and others. Knowing the truth gives you purpose, understanding, and connection.

Having the lynx totem makes you comfortable with who you are. You don’t need anyone’s approval or validation.

You have a very calm and quiet nature. But when you speak, everybody listens.

You are a very patient person. You wait for the perfect timing.

People like to share their secrets with you because they can trust you to keep them. At the same time, they don’t want to be around you because they know you can see through their facades.

Even if you don’t look it, you know how to play and have fun, and you can be very passionate about things. Most of all, you give importance to the people in your life, even if you don’t show it all the time.

You also don’t like to discuss your feelings because you know that you’re quite weak when arguing about them. You don’t like being wrong, being taught a lesson, or losing, and you will just choose to shut up when you’re in an uncomfortable confrontation.

People have a hard time getting you to communicate at command because you will just do so when you feel like it. When you don’t like a person, you will remain completely shut off.

Call on your Lynx Spirit Animal when:

  • You are feeling challenged spiritually or emotionally.
  • Listen to your heart, because there you will find the truth and wisdom that you need. Life will not always make sense, but you can always figure it out by tuning in to what your heart is telling you.
  • You are going through a tough life lesson.
  • There will always be ups and downs, but they don’t last forever. Be strong and do what you can to survive this challenging period!
  • You need to be more focused when it comes to achieving your goals.

Stop talking and start doing. Work quietly and determinedly, and don’t focus on the noise that aims to distract you.

The lynx spirit animal is reminding you that everything that is hidden will be revealed one day. The meaning of the lynx is also asking you to pause before you respond to avoid putting yourself in awkward social situations. Sometimes being silent is the best response.

The lynx symbolism wants you to address insecurities that you have so that you can grow and progress to the next level. If you will not do anything positive about them, you will be stuck with this version of yourself, and you will have a hard time achieving the life that you desire.

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Spirit Guides

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We are all blessed with spirit guides who surround us and support us. We usually have around four sometimes more. Our main spirit guide is with us from birth. The rest of the guides tend to join us throughout our life. Their assistance can be both practical and spiritual in nature.

Most of us forget who we were before we reincarnate and where we’ve come from and what our reason is for being here. Spirit guides know that it is challenging to be incarnated here on earth and keep a connection to your higher self and your soul’s purpose.

The role of your guides is to gently but consistently guide you by intuitive nudges to stay on track with your soul’s purpose. If something is in your purpose to accomplish, you will find the support from your spirit guides they will hook you up with resources, people, and money, books to help you reach your goals, sometimes they offer insight and comfort when you feel lost.

You don’t need to have really well developed psychic abilities to begin working with your spirit guides. You may not be able to perceive them at all times but your guides can certainly perceive you. You only need to set an intention and they will pick up on it. Or you can speak to them out loud and they will hear you.

Your spirit guides work to help you manifest your desires into the physical, often in unexpected ways! I recently realized that I have a particular guide who hooks me up with the clients who could benefit from a session with me.

Be open-minded and the Universe will send you the resources you need in ingenious and creative ways. If you expect to receive help through one particular channel, you may miss or discard the help that shows up in other ways.

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The Raven, The Magic & The Journey

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Through out time, the Raven has carried the medicine of magic. This has been the case in many cultures. We honour the Raven as the bringer of magic, it is sacred, in the medicine ways. Those who fear Raven may do so because they have been dabbling in areas in which they had no knowledge, Shamanic journeying, magical workings or a spell that may have backfired on them. Rather than analysing the dark side of sorcery, one should realize that you will only fear the Raven if you need to learn about your inner fears or your own created demons.

Raven magic is a powerful medicine that can give you the courage to enter the darkness of the unknown or the void, which is the home of all that is not yet in form. Some call it the Great Mystery. The Great Mystery existed before all other things came into being, spirit lives inside the void and the Raven is the messenger of the void.

If a Raven appears in your spread, dream or journey you are about to experience a change in consciousness. This may involve walking a spiritual path or doing something new if you are already learning the ways of spirit. It would be a signal brought to you by the Raven that says, ” You have earned the right to see and experience a little more of life’s magic.”

In Native teachings the colour black means many things, but it does not mean bad or evil. Black can mean the seeking of answers, the void, or spiritual. The blue-black of the Raven contains an iridescence that speaks of the magic of darkness a changeability of shape and form that brings an awakening in the process.

Raven is the guardian of ceremonial magic and in absent healing. In many healing circles, the Raven guides the magic of healing and the change in consciousness that will bring about a new reality and dispel disease or illness, the Raven brings in wellness.

It is the messenger that carries all energy flows of ceremonial magic between the ceremony itself and the intended destination. For instance, if a ceremony is being performed to send energy to a disaster area where people need courage and strength, the Raven would be the courier for that energy flow. The intention could be to allow the people of the devastated area to feel the concern and support of the participants in the ceremony.

If you have chosen a Raven, and then magic is in the air, don’t bother trying to figure it out, you can’t. It is the power of the unknown at work, and something special is about to happen. The deeper mystery, however, is how you will respond to the synchronicity of this alchemical moment. You can recognize it and use it to further enhance your growth, you can accept it as a gift from spirit, try not to limit the power given by trying to explain it away.

It may be time to call upon a Raven as a courier to carry an intention this may be some healing energy, a thought or a message. The Raven is the patron of smoke signals or spirit messages represented by smoke. So if you want to send a message to spirit, in order to contact your ancestors call a Raven or possibly, the ancients may be calling you to give you the answers that you seek.

Remember, this magic came from the void of darkness, and the challenge is to bring it to light and in doing so you will honour the magic within.

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Shamanic Meditation Classes

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Shamanism for thousands of years has helped with personal intuitive development and divination. It is effective in working to heal the self. Shamanism can support and sustain positive personal growth and enhance your spiritual connection. Journeying is a powerful meditative state. It takes us into a very special level of consciousness that helps us work more deeply with our intuition with spiritual guidance.

Prolonged hypnotic drumming is used to promote relaxation and the experience of a trance like visionary awareness. Through journeying, we can find alternative realms during our visions and dreams through spirit travel we can open the door to an awareness to other worlds. These other worlds are sources of the energy, creativity and passion, finding our way there can be a blessing that brings us wisdom and self-empowerment in a positive, healing way.

Journeying is often done lying down, with our eyes closed, while in meditation we travel to other realms. There are generally three types of journeys that can be undertaken.

Lower World can be a dimension of healing and self- empowerment. Upper World can be a place of wisdom and teaching. In Middle World, where spirit is present and ready to work with us.

Lie down and get comfortable, breathe deeply, close your eyes, allow yourself to be carried by the rhythm of the drum. Focus on a specific intent such as “I want to meet and ask advice of my Spirit Helpers” or “I want to talk with my Guardian Angel” or “I want to work on healing for myself.

We begin by focusing and going to a safe place. Many people choose a beautiful garden or beach, and then look for an entryway into the earth, maybe through a hollow in a tree, you are carried by the sound of the drumming as you let yourself explore this wonderful place, seeking out your Spirit Helpers. The Lower World often has a loving, earthy feel. It is frequently inhabited by Spirit Guides who are deeply connected to Mother Earth, mythical animals and elfin creatures.

When you encounter a being in your traveling, whether its human, animal, angel or spirit , ask it if it is in fact your Spirit Guide, Helper, Teacher or Power Animal. You can ask its name, what wisdom or message it has for you, why is it in your life, what you can or should work on together. Then, let your Journey proceed, doing as your Helper directs. At the end of the journey you hear the callback rhythm of the drum a sound like four insistent rapping on a door, or when you feel you have completed your Journey’s you can tell your Helpers that you wish return to ordinary reality.

Remember to thank them for their assistance, lastly you will hear a series of light, rapid drumbeats, during this rhythm, allow yourself to drift gently back into your body. Reverse the path you took during your spirit travel. There will then be a second series of the four rapping’s on the door. That’s the time to let yourself properly reconnect with your body. Slowly, gently open your eyes. Come back to realty.

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The Raven and the Crow

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Although they come from the same Corvinus family, these two different birds each bring about their own meanings and lore, although many are similar.  Typically, ravens are quite a bit bigger than crows, and they tend to be a bit shaggier looking. Both birds have an impressive repertoire of calls and noises they make, the raven’s call is usually a bit deeper and more guttural sounding than that of the crow.

Native Americans had great respect for ravens. Black, being the color of magical powers, and only to be feared if misused. Native Americans and in many other tribal traditions, the raven is the guardian of both ceremonial magic and healing circles and is also the patron of smoke signals. Of course, the context of the bird’s meaning can change from culture to culture.

Ravens are also thought to be the guardians of graveyards and of the dead. Both crows and ravens have appeared in a number of different mythologies throughout the ages. In some cases these birds are considered an omen of bad tidings, such as in Welsh folklore, the raven is an omen of death. If the raven makes a choking sound, it is a portent of the death rattle.  A raven could smell death and would hover over the area where its next victim is usually animals. In other cultures and traditions they represent a message from the Gods or from Death or the Spirit World itself. Several south western tribes heralded the Raven as the bringer of light that escaped from the darkness of the cosmos. They associate this bird with creation because it brought light where there was none. Other tribes looked upon this bird as a trickster or even a shape shifter because of its high intelligence and ability to adapt to different situations.

Even today Native Americans say they are good signs and counter the effects of bad spirits, they are a sign that danger has passed and will bring good luck.

To invoke the Raven as a bird of prophecy, you can use the old English rhyme used to interpret omens by the number of ravens, crows, or rooks seen in a flock:

One for bad news

Two for mirth

Three is a wedding

Four is a birth

Five is for riches

Six is a thief

Seven, a journey

Eight is for grief

Nine is a secret

Ten is for sorrow

Eleven is for love

Twelve is joy for tomorrow

In most parts of the world the raven is considered a prophet and a bad omen. In Ireland it was once domesticated for use in divination practices and the term “Raven’s Knowledge” was applied to the human gift of second sight.

The raven symbolizes gratitude and affection, wisdom, hope, longevity, death, and fertility. In alchemy, it represents change and the advanced soul dying to this world. If the bird appears to you through your visions or dreams could be what are presently going on in your life or that a change may soon happen.

Like the larger raven, the symbolic crow is associated with the sun, longevity, beginnings, death, change, bad luck and prophecy. The crow is associated with motherly love and spiritual strength. It was believed that fairies turned into crows in order to cause trouble.

Raven’s element is air, and she is a messenger spirit, which Native American shamans use to project their magic over great distances. Because they fly high toward the heavens, they can take prayers from the people to the heavens and, in turn, bring back messages from the spiritual realm.

In Earth Magic, these birds’ feathers are used in spells, ceremonies and rituals to promote change. They are often used as a catalyst to help focus concentration while carrying out spells and wishes. Since these birds’ element is air, as are their feathers. Depending upon which bird the feather came, as well as its place of discovery is a determining factor in how you would use its feather in magic. I often use them in my spells, I do not buy feathers, in case the bird who gave them paid for them with their life by a horrible death. Instead, I wait patiently until I happen upon one usually in the park I pick them up and save them for when they are needed.

Keep a raven feather or artefact with your divination tools. Ravens especially preside over dark tools such as dark mirrors and onyx scrying balls, but can be used with any tool.
In dream work the raven is an excellent dream guide you can attach a raven feather to your dream catcher and hang it over your bed powerful and prophetic dreams it’s said will come your way. Adding raven feathers to your tools for instance attaching the black feathers to your wand, staff, athame, shield, drum, pentacle or crafting your tools in the shape of ravens is a powerful way to use Raven Magic. You can use the raven to guide you into trance. There are many poems and songs dedicated to the raven that you can use to guide you.

As a spirit guide, the crow will guide you in getting in touch with life mysteries and develop your ability to perceive subtle shifts in energy within yourself and in your environment. It has the ability to go beyond the illusions, especially duality of right and wrong, inner and outer.

Myself, I like both birds and can often sense a strong energy when near one and I see them as messengers, when I find black feathers nearby I often take it that a change is coming. I think the fact that they are black makes them seem daunting, they are in fact highly intelligent and fascinating creatures.

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Basic Concepts and Techniques of Grounding.

 

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Feel the earth beneath your feet

Grounding is one of the first things that we are taught when beginning our practices of energy work and magic. Some people say that it doesn’t work, others abandon the practice of consciously grounding after a time, and some of us leave it behind because it is a basic technique, because we think that more complicated practices are more important. I do stress the importance of grounding, especially when out and around a lot of people, like shopping centres, bars even the gym.

Grounding is a technique that helps keep you in the present. Grounding skills can be helpful in managing over helming feelings or intense anxiety. It helps some people to regain their mental focus from an often intensely emotional state.

Just take a few minutes each day to do your grounding, rather than just visualizing, use all of your senses. During grounding, see the energetic roots growing out from your feet, pushing through the layers going down until it taps into the earth’s energy core. For some people using colour can also be quite helpful, deep earthy colours such as red and browns are always good.

Or just imagine a bright white light drawing upwards from the roots that totally surrounds you. Use the earth energy to protect and support you, imagine it as either a light a cloak or bubble, whatever is easier for you.

Be aware of how your body feels to be grounded. Think about how all your other senses feel with feeling of being grounded. What does everything smell like, taste like, sound like when you are grounded. How do you react to the various environments and people around you, when you are grounded, remember the triggers and feelings that come about when you’re not grounded. I know many of you have at least one time just walked out of a shopping centre or a really busy place because you found it too over whelming, that’s what it feels like to not be grounded.

Crystals can be very helpful in the grounding process. It is best to carry them in a trouser or skirt pocket. You must remember to cleanse and dedicate your chosen crystal for this purpose before using it. A small piece of tumbled stone will be sufficient to carry with you. Here are a few that are easy to obtain that could be used for this purpose.

Red jasper, Hematite, Gold tigers eye, Carnelian, Garnet, Pyrite, Copper, Amber, Unakite.

Here are some of the more common symptoms of being ungrounded.

  • Dizziness
  • Daydreaming
  • A feeling of being ‘Spaced Out’
  • Feeling sick
  • Heart palpitations
  • Eyes flickering
  • Weight gain
  • Clumsiness
  • Static shocks
  • Falling asleep when meditating
  • Noise and light sensitive
  • Forgetful
  • Having brilliant ideas that never happen
  • Arguing and unable to get your point across

Here are some things you can do that will help you.

  • Eating (hence sometimes the weight gain) – healthy & balanced.
  • Drinking water
  • Walking, especially in natural surroundings
  • Sports, yoga, running etc.
  • Gardening
  • Animals – walking the dog
  • Being purposeful
  • Visualization of roots & colour
  • Carrying or working with crystals

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Crystals that help with Fear and Anxiety.

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Fear is defined as an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain, or harm! But in reality it is a lot more than that. In scientific terms, Fear is a chain reaction in the brain that starts with a stressful stimulus and ends with the release of chemicals that cause a racing heart, fast breathing and energized muscles, among other things, also known as the fight-or-flight response. Sometimes we can expect fear or anxiety, say before a big job interview, but other times it can appear seemingly out of nowhere. But whenever it appears, it can be crippling and hard to cope with. There are times that it becomes so overwhelming that we can’t even complete the task at hand. We should never have to live our lives in fear. Often times getting over that fear just takes some focus, dedication, and a little bit of help. You can find that help in the power of crystals.

The Following is a short list of common easily available stones that can help.

Amethyst – a very calming stone and an extremely protective and a powerful healing crystal.
• Guards against psychic attack, transmuting the energy into love
• Blocks Geo-pathic stress and negative environment energies
• Strong healing and cleansing powers
• Has Sobering effect on overindulgence and physical passions, supporting sobriety
• Overcomes addictions and blockages of all kinds
• Extremely calming for the mind
• Helpful for insomnia by calming an overactive mind and bringing restful sleep
• Protects against recurring nightmares

Aquamarine – Calming, Stress reducing stone
• Calming, Reduces Stress and quiets the mind
• Clarifies perception and sharpens the intellect
• Has an affinity with sensitive people and invokes tolerance of others
• Good for closure on all levels
• Helps provide support when feeling overwhelmed by responsibility and encourages one to take responsibility for oneself
• Wonderful for meditation

Clear Quartz – Amplifies the energy of other stones, balances your emotions and helps you change negative thoughts into positive ones.
• Stores, transmits and amplifies energy
• Helps raise your spiritual energy to the highest possible level
• Help balance your emotions
• Stimulates thinking
• Helps with memory and concentration
• Helps to change negative thoughts or conditions into positive ones, especially if you’re correctly motivated and centred

Fluorite – Draws off negative energies and stress of all kinds
• Helps you to know when outside influences are at work
• Blocks psychic manipulation
• Extremely effective against computer and electromagnetic stress
• Helps you to be impartial, unbiased and objective
• Helps you to focus and concentrate
• increases your self-confidence
• Excellent learning aid, helping you to absorb new information
• promotes quick thinking
• has a stabilizing effect on emotions

Labradorite – Calms an overactive mind- a highly mystical and protective stone, a bringer of light.
• Deflects unwanted energies from your aura
• Forms a barrier to negative energies shed during therapy
• Helps you to find your spiritual purpose
• Banishes your fears and Insecurities
• Relieves stress and calms an overactive mind
• Dispels illusions and helps get to the root of the matter
• Helps reveal the real intention behind thoughts and actions
• Useful for change – imparts strength and perseverance

Moonstone – Relieves Stress and calms Over-reactions to situations and Emotional triggers
• Reminds you that everything is part of a cycle of change
• Calms & stabilizes the emotions
• Enhances your psychic abilities and helps develop clairvoyance
• Calms over-reactions to situations as well as emotional triggers
• Balances male/female energies and helps men who want to get in touch with their feminine side
• Improves emotional intelligence
• An excellent aid for PMS

Rose Quartz – a Stone of Unconditional Love and Infinite Peace
• Purifies and opens your heart at all levels
• Helps you to love yourself so that you can love others
• Helps you to be open to love including self, especially if you feel you are unlovable
• Calming and reassuring – excellent for use in trauma or crisis situations
• Restores trust and harmony in relationships
• Gently draws off negative energy and replaces it with loving vibrations
• Helps you accept necessary change
• Excellent stone for mid-life crisis
• Comforts grief

Smokey Quartz – Superb antidote to stress – one of the most efficient grounding and anchoring stones.
• Helps you in difficult times and strengthens your resolve
• Grounds spiritual energy / gently neutralizes negative vibrations
• Blocks Geo-pathic stress / absorbs electromagnetic smog.
• Teaches how to leave things behind that don’t serve you well anymore
• Relieves Fear, lifts depression and brings emotional calmness
• Helps alleviate suicidal tendencies & nightmares
• Neutralizes fear of failure
• Promotes concentration and clear insight
• Helps with communication

All crystals that you use or carry, particularly those that we use for protection, need to be cleansed and recharged on a regular basis.

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What is Mindfulness?

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I have heard a lot about this subject recently so I decided to take a look at what it means to be mindful.
‘Mindfulness’ is increasingly recognised as an effective way to reduce stress, increase self-awareness, enhance emotional intelligence, and effectively handle painful thoughts and feelings.
Although mindfulness has only recently been embraced by Western psychology, it is an ancient practice found in a wide range of Eastern philosophies, including Buddhism, Taoism and Yoga.
Mindfulness is about waking up, connecting with ourselves, and appreciating the fullness of each moment of life.
Practising mindfulness helps you:
• to be fully present, here and now
• to experience unpleasant thoughts and feelings safely
• to become aware of what you’re avoiding
• to become more connected to yourself, to others and to the world around you
• to increase self-awareness
• to become less disturbed by and less reactive to unpleasant experiences
• to learn the distinction between you and your thoughts
• to have more direct contact with the world, rather than living through your thoughts
• to learn that everything changes; that thoughts and feelings come and go like the weather
• to have more balance, less emotional volatility
• to experience more calm and peacefulness
• to develop self-acceptance and self-compassion
Mindfulness training has emerged as a powerful, evidence-based tool for enhancing psychological health. It has been clinically proven in a wide range of clinical disorders, including chronic pain, anxiety disorders, depression, PTSD, OCD, substance abuse, and borderline personality disorder.
The practise of mindfulness enables you to:
• improve focus and concentration
• increase self-awareness
• reduce the impact and influence of stressful thoughts and feelings
• facilitate better relationships
• catch self-defeating behaviours, and substitute more effective ones
• become aware of self-defeating thought processes, and ‘let them go’
Mindfulness can help you with your spiritual work.
• Facilitates empathy, compassion, and unconditional positive regard.
• Allows you to stay focused and present, even when your client is not.
• Helps you stay grounded, centred and composed, even in the midst of clients’ emotional turmoil
• Enables a healthy attitude to therapeutic outcomes: neither complacent nor overly-attached.
• Helps you maintain direction and focus for readings or healing
• Increases your skills at observing your clients’ responses.

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