Thursday, 18 January 2018

Clear Quartz by Unity

Clear Quartz by Unity

There is an enormous variety of quartz crystals in many assorted colours, and each one has its own properties and uses.
Clear Quartz is a pure form of the mineral Silicon dioxide. It originates in volcanic rock and has a hexagonal crystal system.

Clear quartz is found all over the world and is sometimes called Rock crystal. quartz exhibits piezoelectric properties by which it can transform mechanical energy into electromagnetic energy. This makes it useful in such devices as crystal radios, microphones, watches and radio transmitters etc.

Some ancient civilisations believed that quartz was made from ice that had been frozen so solidly that it would never thaw. The word quartz comes from the German word 'Quarz' and the word crystal comes from the Greek word 'Krystallos' which means ice.

There is evidence that clear quartz was used by our ancient ancestors from many different cultures. White quartz stones were included in the building of the passage tomb Newgrange in Ireland; and quartz fragments have been found in another Irish passage tomb Carrowmore, suggesting that quartz had a ritual significance.

Clear quartz is the most versatile crystal in the world, it can be used in place of any other crystal and for any metaphysical or healing purpose. Among its many properties it is a powerful amplifier and will increase the energy of other crystals nearby, which makes it a perfect addition to a crystal grid.

Clear quartz will raise energy to the highest level possible and works on all levels of being. It enhances spiritual growth and psychic abilities, increases inspiration and creativity, helps with concentration and brings clarity of the mind. As a stone of harmony and purification it will quickly remove energetic blocks from all Chakras.

Unlike other crystals that have fixed properties, clear quartz can be 'programmed' to help you with any goal you have in mind. This can be done by meditating with a piece of clear quartz while visualising the desired outcome or intention.

Because clear quartz is such a powerful amplifier, it can pick up a huge amount of psychic debris and needs regular cleansing. This can be done in several ways including holding the crystal under running water, smudging with sage, leaving out under a full moon or sunshine, burying it in earth or salt, Reiki.

Place a quartz crystal on your desk to focus your energy and bring clarity of mind.

Holding a clear quartz crystal while meditating will help to filter out any distractions.

Hold a small clear quartz crystal in each hand for a powerful energy boost.

Add a quartz crystal to your bath water to help with pain relief and to infuse you with energy.

Keep a clear quartz crystal on or near you while studying to help with concentration and to retain what you are learning.

Adding clear quartz crystal to any kind of magical working will give your intention a huge energy boost.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Kitchen Witch - Medical Advice Online

 Medical Advice Online

We at Kitchen Witch have been pondering the amount of medical related questions we receive each week. Whether big or small, we’ve noticed folks love to take their ponderings and perplexities to social media to gather advice.

Sure, all of us find asking online easier than going to the doctor or pharmacy, with a click of a button and a few words the folk we have here in our community will offer a variety of opinions and personal experiences out of the goodness of their hearts.

What we want to make sure is happening is that the seekers of advice understand that none of the Admins of Kitchen Witch are medically trained specialist and we cannot presume our members are either.

We fear the scenario where a natural remedy is suggested but the advisor has no idea about the interactions with other medications or the seekers medical history and something goes wrong. As witches, pagans, and believers in “harm none” we cannot stand the idea of harming people, medically or emotionally.

Kitchen Witch School of Natural Witchery offers the following for the protection of all that come here:-

For advisors… There’s nothing wrong with your opinion or your personal experience, we welcome conversation after all but please be mindful. Without intending to, even the best and most well-intentioned advice can be really harmful if you don’t have all the details. Offer your opinion and personal experience by all means but also please if you want to help someone whose is suffering from a medical condition, advise them to go to the medical professionals, their local pharmacy and/or physician. These people are the best, most qualified people to give them the help they need and prescribe or administer appropriate medication. This could save them and you a lot of heartache!

To those seeking… please visit your pharmacy and/or physician to seek medical advice before making a decision on natural remedies.

We’ve turned to the NHS website for our British community

Herbal medicines are those with active ingredients made from plant parts, such as leaves, roots and flowers. But being “natural” doesn’t necessarily mean they’re safe to take.

Herbal medicines, just like conventional medicines, will have an effect on the body and can be potentially harmful if not used correctly. They should therefore be used with the same care and respect as conventional medicines.

Please be aware of the following:

  • They may cause problems if you’re taking other medicines. They could result in reduced or enhanced effects of the medicine(s), including potential side effects.
  • You may experience a bad reaction of side effects after taking a herbal medicine.
  • Not all herbal medicines are regulated. Remedies specially prepared for individuals do not need a license and those manufactured outside of your country of residence may not be subject to regulation.
  • Evidence for the effectiveness of herbal medicines is generally limited. Although some people find them helpful, in many cases their use tends to based on traditional use rather than scientific research.

Some groups of people should be particularly wary about herbal medicines and should consult a GP or pharmacist before hand. These groups include:

  • People taking other medicines
  • People with serious health conditions, such as heart, liver or kidney disease
  • People due to have surgery
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women
  • The elderly
  • Children

If you’ve gathered some advice online, checked with your pharmacist or GP and still fancy the herbal medicine avenue, look about for a traditional herbal registration (THR) on the product packaging.

This means the medicine complies with quality standards relating to safety and manufacturing, and it provides information about how and when to use it.

But you should be aware that:

  • THR products are intended for conditions that can be self-medicated and don’t require medical supervision, such as coughs, colds, or general aches and pains.
  • Using THR products for more serious conditions could be harmful, especially if it means you’re delaying seeking medical advice.
  • Claims made for THR products are based on traditional usage and not on evidence of the product’s effectiveness.
  • A THR mark doesn’t mean the product is completely safe for everyone to take.

You often find the THR registered products in local health shops, pharmacies and supermarkets.

The risk of going online and buying medicines or creating your own from the herbs in your back garden is that you could be ingesting things that could be substandard and contaminated. The ones online may be copies of licensed medicines, but made in unlicensed factories with no quality control. They may contain banned ingredients and toxic substances. For those of us in the UK you can find a list of banned and restricted herbal ingredients on the GOV.UK website.

For our friends across the pond, we would like to offer you some sources online to check out and find out more about supplements, pharmaceuticals and the latest research.
Herbs for Health magazine
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
(For drug information)

Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
(For dietary supplement information)

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

NSF International
NIH Office of Dietary Supplements

United States Pharmacopeia

Information gathered together by Starlitenergies.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

White Horses by Autumn Ravenflower

White Horses by Autumn Ravenflower

December 6th, 2017 was a blustery, bleak and cold day here in the UK. I decided to take my dog for one of his favourite walks down to the shore which is about a 10-minute walk from my home. It’s a beautiful place to walk, whatever the season, as you can walk as far as you want and is separated from the main road by miles of stunning fields and home to some of our beautiful wildlife.

We hadn’t gone very far along the shoreline and I was looking at my surroundings, taking in the smells, sights and sounds and looking out at the horizon. The tide was coming in fast and the wind was blowing hard. Some of the spray caught up in the incoming wind and blew in my face. I looked at the sea and watched as the waves crashed onto the sea defence rocks. "white horses" I thought...and then I began to wonder what was the origin behind the term
'white horses". I felt that there had to be something magical behind it so decided to do some research to see what I could find out...

It transpired that white horses are well known in stories of mythology in one form or another. The ‘white horse’ of the sea is just one of them.

Poseidon is a Greek God and is a God of many things - the sea, floods, earthquakes, droughts, water, sea creatures and horses. He looks to me a powerful God, fearless and sometimes aggressive. When I look out to the sea on a windy and chilly day, like I did the other day, you can almost feel his presence - the deep sea is something that has always terrified me - the cold dark deep blackness and the power behind those waves. Even on warm, still days when the waves are gentle, there is still that power.

I wondered why Poseidon relates to the white horse and why we see them on our shorelines...

It is said that Poseidon had a bit of a thing for Demeter, Goddess of grain and the harvest. Demeter was not really impressed by Poseidon and in order to prove his love, she asked him to make her the most beautiful animal in the world. 

Apparently, he made several other animals first, such as the camel, zebra and hippo, but Demeter was not impressed, when at last he made her the most beautiful white horse with long flowing main and tail, sculpting it from the turbulent waves of the sea. Whether that won her heart or not was neither here nor there, as Poseidon’s interest in Demeter had waned. Maybe he felt that the first horse wasn’t as it should be, making many more until he was happy with it. The white horses we see today as we walk along our shores and beaches are perhaps all those other horses that I made first and they are free to roam the seas, chasing each other, galloping to the sands and back out to the sea.

While I was researching white horses and their connection to the sea, I mentioned earlier that there are lots of other connections with white horses in ancient cultures and it was interesting to find out what they were, so I thought I would share them with you. You may have heard of some or all of them...

Rhiannon, a Welsh Goddess, rides upon a white horse. which links her to the fertility Goddess Epona, protector of horses and who is said to escort the souls of the dead to the otherworld upon a team of white horses.

We can’t forget Pegasus - son of Poseidon. Pegasus was a white winged horse god. He is one of the most recognised figures in Greek stories - he was the creator of a fountain on Mount Helicon. He resided there and was, one day, caught and ridden by Bellerophon, a Greek hero, slayer of monsters! This particular time, Bellerophon was on a mission to kill Chimera, a monster with a head of a lion, a goat’s body and a serpent’s tail. Pegasus went on to be companion in many other exploits before Zeus transformed him into a constellation and placed him in the sky.

White horses are mentioned in Hindu mythology too. Many times in fact. In ancient writings, one of them is called Puranas, it is mentioned that while the devas and demons were churning the milky oceans - Samundra Manthan as it was known - a precious animal appeared from the waters. A snow-white horse with seven heads.

The chariot of the sun deity Surya is drawn by seven white horses, although it is also thought that each horse is each colour of the rainbow.

White horses are mentioned in Korean mythology as well as stories from the Philippines, Vietnam and from the Native Americans.

Why horses? and in particularly, white horses?

Although they can mean different things in different cultures, the symbol of the horse always comes across as one of freedom and power. White signifying wisdom. Riding horses gives the rider a feeling of unbridled freedom, free to go wherever they want with the wind in their hair and the power of the horse beneath them. Horses were our first means of transport - goods and with carrying heavy items as well as ourselves.

The horse represents spirit, similar to freedom which is perhaps they resonate with so many cultures. They represent inner strength, physical strength and vitality and our desires.