Sunday, 18 March 2018

Atlantasite by Autumn Ravenflower

Atlantasite by Autumn Ravenflower

I was very blessed a couple of months back to be gifted a bag of crystals from a very dear friend of mine. I have a rather large collection already but its lovely to receive more - especially ones that I don’t have or indeed, ones that I haven’t heard of before.

I managed to name most of them - with the help of google and The Crystal Bible - but one I just couldn’t put a name to.

A little further digging and then asking my friend if she could remember what it was, the name Atlantasite came up.

Not a crystal that I'm familiar with, but it’s a lovely shade of what I would call 'sea-green' with some speckles of deepest purple/black over it.

As I usually do, I hold the crystal in my hands and feel the energies from it. I felt a calm energy from it and 'solar plexus' came to mind a lot.

It was interesting to discover that Atlantasite is a mixture of Serpentine and Stichtite - neither of which I have heard of either, so they may need some investigating. The good thing about having two crystals in one is that you get the energies of both together.

Serpentine is a crystal that helps you feel in control of your life, balancing your emotions and promoting inner peace, whereas Stichtite is a calming crystal, bringing you peace and tranquillity. Together, as Atlantasite, it is said to lower stress levels and bring on a feeling of wellbeing and contentment.

This crystal originates in Australia but can also be found in South Africa and Canada.

I read that Atlantasite is useful for work with the crown and heart chakras, but also read that it can be used for third eye too. I also read that it can be used for kundalini awakening - Kundalini, in the concept of Dharma, refers to a form of primal energy that is said to be located at the base of the spine. This is probably connected to the Serpentine part of the crystal as the form of energy is said to be likened to a coiled female serpent.

Atlantasite is also useful in encouraging the user to think before acting or speaking. In turn, breaking away from poor, ill-thought choices and decisions. It instils a more positive approach to thought patterns and actions, therefore being an effective harmoniser of disputes.

In healing, Atlantasite is worked with for stress, blood disorders and diabetes.
It is also a 'guardian bonder' crystal, meaning it is useful as a talisman for protection - both for yourself, your loved ones and your home and possessions.

Also, it can be carried by travellers or adventurers as an 'insurance', if you like, against harm. 

In the spiritual word, Atlantasite can protect your beliefs from doubt. Sometimes, a person can feel a little lost on their spiritual path, this guardian crystal can help dispel your doubts and promote belief and ideals.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Goddess Kuan Yin by StormloverWolf

Goddess Kuan Yin by StormloverWolf

Kuan Yin, she is the Goddess of compassion. Of all the Goddesses, she is the most beloved and respected of all in the world.

There are several stories of Kuan Yin, so I will tell you one of them that I like to remember her with.

The Princess who became the Goddess Kuan Yin.

The villagers knew at once that something phenomenal had occurred. At the very moment that the Queen had given birth the earth literally trembled beneath their feet as fragrant blossoms sprang up through the winter snow that covered the hillsides. The King and Queen, however, were not impressed.
They had asked for a boy, wanting a son badly, who then could combine their power and their wealth. What use could another daughter be then. Especially like Miao-Shan who was so incredibly kind and pure?

Eventually the King and Queen decided to marry Miao-Shan off to a wealthy man. But Miao-Shan refused this telling her parents that she would do so only on three conditions. She would comply only if the marriage would...relieve all suffering to those of old age; ease the pain of all those who are ill and; comfort the dying and all those bereaved. Seeing nothing positive from her parents regarding these demands, she begged her parents to let her become a nun instead.

Ignoring her request to become a nun her father was so enraged with her that he forced her do every menial task around their home. To make matters even worse her mother and her two sisters continually taunted her unmercifully as she slaved away at her chores. At night while the others slept Miao-Shan stoked the fires, swept all the floors and chopped all the vegetables that would be needed for the next day’s meals without any complaints to anyone. The animals living around the palace felt bad for the princess who was so kind to everyone, so they began to help her with all her chores so that she could take some breaks and nap to restore her energy.

Her father, so angry that she could finish all her many chores every night and still be fresh and ready for the next day finally decided that he would let her go to the temple to become a nun. However, her father still being mad that she still insisted on helping all those that were unfortunate, he ordered the nuns to treat her so badly that she would become discouraged and return home willing then to succumb to his authority.

The nun's put Miao-Shan in charge of the food supply...managing the garden and collecting water from the distant springs. Her father and the nun's thought that surely this would discourage her seeing as it was winter time. To everyone's surprise crops appeared in the garden and a spring appeared right at the back door!

When her father received word of these miracles happening, he felt his only option was to end her life and sent his henchman to kill her. As Miao-Shan then bent her head to receive the terrible blow, she looked up into the henchman's eyes and said, “You must not worry for what you have to have been forgiven”.

Terribly upset, the henchman threw his weapon onto a nearby stone and the axe shattered into a million pieces. Suddenly, the beautiful clouds in the sky came down and carried the young nun to safety on a nearby island where she continued her religious studies, prayer and meditations while living peacefully on her own. A few years later, the King fell gravely ill, the doctor's saying he would soon die. As his conditioned worsened, a traveling monk arrived and told the King he knew of a cure that would help him. A medicine made from the ground-up eyes and arms of one who was full of love and forgiveness.

So, in hopes of finding one willing, the King called his two other daughters to his side asking them to provide this gift of life to him. Of course, they both refused. Then the monk told him that he knew of someone that would surely make the sacrifice for him, so the King then sent his envoy to make the request. Miao-Shan immediately pulled out both of her eyes and had both of her arms severed telling the envoy to take them to the King so that he might be quickly healed.

The monk then prepared the medicine and gave it to the King who was quickly cured. The King tried to thank the monk, but the monk refused him saying instead “It is the one who made the sacrifice that you should thank”.

So, the King accompanied by the Queen made the trip to the island, and when they realized that it was in fact their daughter who had given up so much for her father, Miao-Shan told them “Knowing my father's love, I was honoured to be able to repay him with my arms and eye's”, and just at that moment, the clouds descended once again.

When the fog cleared away, Moao-Shan was no longer there. The earth again began to tremble, and thousands of blossoms floated down from the sky upon her parents. The royal family looked up and saw the Goddess Kuan Yin in the sky manifesting her thousand arms and eyes.

To honour their daughter, who was now known as the Goddess Kuan Yin, they built a shrine on the place of her ascension and named it “Fragrant Mountain”.

For centuries Kuan Yin has epitomized the ideal of being a Bodhi, or enlightenment who is destined to become a Budda, but instead of choosing the beauty of Nirvana, instead with a vow to save all the children of God.

Kuan Yin carried the Goddess and Divine Mother aspect of Buddhism. The same as Goddess and Diving Energy carried by the Virgin Mary in Christianity. In the Egyptian mysteries it is carried by Isis. In Hinduism it is carried by Shakti, wife of Vishnu, by Parvati, wife of Sheeba, by Radha wife of
Krishna, and by Sita, wife of Rama.

Other names are: Quan-Am (Vietnam); Kannon (Japan)); Kanin (Bali) and many others.

Symbols of Kuan Yin are a willow branch with which she sprinkles the divine nectar of life;
a beautiful vase symbolizing the nectar of compassion and wisdom; a dove representing the ability to produce live offspring; a book or scroll of prayers which she holds in her hand, which represents the dharma (teaching) or the Budda or Sutra which Miao-Shan is said to have constantly recited and a rosary around her neck with which she calls upon the Budda's for assistance in times of stress.

Kuan Yin, as a true Enlightened One vowed to remain in the earthly realms and not enter the heavenly worlds until all other living things have completed their own enlightenment and thus become liberated from the pain-filled cycle of birth, death and rebirth.

I hope you enjoyed meeting Kuan Yin, and I encourage you to read about her and perhaps call on her yourself sometime.


Image copyright KitchenWitchUK (c)

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Gorse by Unity

Gorse by Unity

Ulex euraeus

Other names: Furze, Whin, Broom, Prickly Broom, Ruffet, Frey, Goss
Ruling Planet: Sun
Element: Fire
Ogham: Onn
Sabbat: Spring Equinox
Associated Deities: Jupiter, Onniona, Spring Goddesses, Sun Gods, Thor
Magical Properties: Money, Protection, Luck, Positivity, Romance

This spiny, woody shrub is found growing on heathland, grassland, open woodland and Motorway embankments. It is covered in what seems to be spines but are actually older leaves. Its bright yellow flowers are rich in pollen and nectar, providing a valuable food for insects and its dense impenetrable branches make it a safe shelter for birds and other wildlife.

Gorse is a member of the Fabaceae family, it blooms from Spring until Autumn and often later in the year, hence the saying:

' When gorse is out of bloom
Kissing's out of season.'

The common name comes from the Anglo Saxon 'gorst' meaning a wasteland or uncultivated area. Gorse is classed as an invasive plant. On hot sunny days, when the seed pods are ripe, they explode, releasing thousands of tiny seeds. It can quickly displace other native plants.

Gorse burns easily and was used in the past as a valuable fuel, especially by bakers in their ovens. The young shoots in Spring were used as a nutritious food for grazing livestock. The golden flowers produce a beautiful dye and the leaf buds have been used as a substitute for tea.

Gorse does not have many medicinal uses, but the Bach flower remedy can be used by those who have given up hope or feel that they are beyond help. The Greenman essence of Gorse is used to ease frustration, restlessness and jealousy, promoting emotional security and feelings of deep inner joy.

Gorse is Onn in the Ogham and Glennie Kindred states in' The Tree Ogham' that it is the epitome of a good harvest in your life, linking fulfilment and fruitfulness in the inner and outer worlds.

Gorse flowers can be used for decorations at the Spring Equinox. They can also be used to make a flower wine or tea which can be drank in the ritual cup or added to the ritual bath.
The flowers are high in protein and can be eaten raw in salads and the buds can be pickled in vinegar and eaten like capers.

In late 19th century Cornwall it was the custom to hang Gorse over your door on May morning. The member of the house who did this claimed bread and cream and a bowl of rich milk for breakfast. The objective was to get the flowers in place before the farmer rose from his bed.

On the Isle of Man, people believed that witches and dragons hid in Gorse and after sunset on May Day they would set fire to it to drive them out.

There is an old custom in some parts of the UK to add gorse flowers to the bridal bouquet to help keep the romance alive. It would be a lovely herb to be used in Handfastings and any magical workings for love and romance.

The flowers can be carried as a luck talisman, but in some areas it was said to bring bad luck if brought into the house. They are also said to attract gold which makes them an excellent ingredient for money spells and workings.

In the book 'Discovering the folklore of plants by Margaret Baker', it states that a Mrs W.D. Stanley, wife of a member of parliament visited an old woman in Anglesey in about 1810 and found her in bed enclosed in a mound of gorse, which she said, 'kept the fairies from plaguing her, spilling her tea and souring her milk'. Another victim of such pranks feared the chimney as an entry point and when there was no fire in the Summer she 'stuffed a bundle of gorse up it, 'to keep the powers out'.

Hang a bunch of gorse above your front door for protection or add to protective pouches.

Gorse Flower Tea

4 tbsp fresh gorse flowers
1 pint boiling water
Honey to taste

Crush the flowers slightly and add to a teapot. Add the boiling water and infuse for 10 minutes. Strain and sweeten if desired.