2017 Crone Moon Cycle Energy Report — Spirit de la Lune

Welcome to the Crone Moon……A moon cycle filled with magick, deep wisdom, and a cycle which asks you to stay receptive and open as the seasons wane. The Crone stirs you into her cauldron to be alchemized and transformed. This cycle is not for the faint of heart, and as it lands in the s

Source: 2017 Crone Moon Cycle Energy Report — Spirit de la Lune

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The Dance at Earthbone Forest

The History of Herbal Medicine and Essential Oils

The history of essential oils is intertwined with the history of herbal medicine, which in turn has been an integral part of magical practices. Herbal medicine has been used for more than treating minor ailments and disease; it has been instrumental in providing life-enhancing benefits. In most ancient cultures, people believed plants to be magical, and for thousands of years, herbs were used as much for ritual as they were for medicine and food. According to medical herbalist and healer Andrew Chevallier, the presence of herbs in burial tombs attests to their powers beyond medicine. In addition, fourth-century BCE Greek philosopher Aristotle noted his belief that plants had psyches.

Aromatic plants in the form of oil and incense were elements of religious and therapeutic practices in early cultures worldwide. In addition, anointment with perfumes and fragrant oils was an almost universal practice. Burning incense in rituals provided a connection between the physical and spiritual—between the mundane and the divine. The word perfume comes from the Latin per, meaning “through,” and fume, meaning “smoke.” It was a common belief that contact with the divine could be achieved through the smoke of incense.

The ancient Egyptians believed that deities were embodied in the smoke and fragrance of temple incense. In addition, aromatics were used to deepen meditation and purify the spirit as well as to add subtlety to their sophisticated system of magic. Dating to approximately 1500 BCE, the Ebers papyrus is the oldest written record of Egyptian use of medicinal plants. Along with the physical details of plants, the manuscript contains related spells and incantations. It also mentions fine oils for perfumery and incense. Made from healing herbs, many of the perfumed oils doubled as medicines. Likewise, Egyptian priests often doubled as physicians and perfumers. Those who specialized in embalming the dead also used their expertise for the living by creating mixtures to beautify skin and protect it from the harsh, damaging desert climate.

Always a valuable commodity, frankincense was considered the perfume of the gods and was used in temple rites as well as a base for perfumes. Because perfumed oils were highly prized, the use of them remained in the province of royalty and the upper classes. These oils were often kept in exquisite bottles made of alabaster, jade, and other precious materials that were functional as well as beautiful. Some of these flasks retained scent until they were opened by archaeologists thousands of years after being sealed.

When the Hebrews left Egypt around 1240 BCE, they took the knowledge and practice of perfumery with them to Israel. Their temples contained two types of altars, one for burnt offerings and the other for incense. The Babylonians also employed the use of aromatic plants and became a major supplier of plant materials to other countries. Both the Babylonians and Sumerians prized cedarwood, cypress, myrtle, and pine for their deities. The Assyrians were fond of aromatics for religious rituals as well as personal use, and the Mesopotamians used ceremonies and special incantations when gathering herbs. In the thirteenth century BCE, the Mycenaeans used scented oils to honor deities as well as for grave goods. Throughout the ancient world, information flowed from one culture to another, and by the second century BCE there was a thriving trade in herbs, spices, and oils among Europe, the Middle East, India, and Asia.

Some of the earliest writings from India, known as the Vedas (circa 1500 BCE), contain praises to the natural world along with information about aromatics including cinnamon, coriander, ginger, myrrh, sandalwood, and spikenard. Working with herbs was, and still is to a certain degree, considered a sacred task in India. This eventually evolved into Ayurvedic medicine, which is believed to be the oldest system of healing. Its name comes from the sacred Sanskrit language, with ayur meaning “life” and veda, “knowledge.” Written by the physician Charaka in 700 BCE, the Charaka Samhita details approximately 350 plants and is still widely consulted today. In addition to healing, oils play an important role in the religious rites of India. Anointing with perfumed oils is used to purge worshippers of spiritual impurities. In preparation for the funeral pyre, bodies are cleansed with sandalwood and turmeric. Although the tenth-century Middle Eastern physician Avicenna (980–1037) is often credited with discovering the distillation process, archaeological evidence from the Indus Valley in northern India indicates that distilling aromatic plants into oils was achieved there around 3000 BCE.

Herbs are also integral to traditional Chinese medicine, which dates to approximately 200 BCE in a text called the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine. This system of healing is separate from Chinese folk medicine, which included the use of aromatics in religious rituals. Herbs were also important for maintaining beauty and hygiene. Chinese herbalists influenced the practices of Japan and Korea, as fifth-century Buddhist monks transported spiritual and medicinal information with them on their travels. There was also movement westward as Phoenician merchants traded scented oils around the Mediterranean region, bringing aromatic treasures from the East to Europe—most notably to the Greeks and Romans.

Greek historian Herodotus (circa 484–425 BCE) and Pythagorean philosopher Democrates (born circa 460 BCE) visited Egypt and then distributed the wisdom of perfumery they found there to a wider world. As the popularity of perfumes increased among the Greeks, the medicinal properties of herbs and oils became common knowledge. Unlike Egyptians, Greeks at all levels of society used perfumed oils. The Greeks used aromatics to honor deities at feasts and used perfumed oils on themselves to please the gods because they believed that anything extracted from plants held spiritual qualities. Greek physician and botanist Pedanius Dioscorides (circa 40–90 CE) compiled the first herbal manuscript in Europe, De Materia Medica, which served as a major reference well into the seventeenth century. The ancient Romans carried on the Greek use of botanicals for medicinal and perfumery purposes. In addition, they scented their entire surroundings, from their bodies, clothes, and homes to public baths and fountains.

Elsewhere in the world, the aboriginal people of Australia closely integrated their culture with their medicine and developed a sophisticated understanding of native plants. Their eucalyptus and tea-tree remedies are now used worldwide. In South and Central America the ancient Maya, Inca, and Aztec had herbal traditions that were intertwined with religious rites. Some of the practices from the Aztec, Mayan, and Spanish cultures evolved into modern Mexican herbal medicine. North of the Rio Grande, plants were also employed for both healing and ritual by Native American peoples. European settlers in the New World adapted some of these herbal practices into theirs, and African slaves brought their herbal and religious traditions, adding to the melange. The influence of the Yoruba from West Africa created a rich Afro-Caribbean culture and herbal medicine that still maintains a separate identity.

After the fall of the Roman Empire, the use of perfumery waned as Europe was plunged backwards into the Dark Ages. To escape the upheaval, many physicians and other learned people relocated to Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey, today), and along with them went a storehouse of knowledge. As European civilization foundered, the works of Hippocrates, Dioscorides, and others were translated and widely distributed in the Middle East. Experimentation with plants continued and the tenth-century physician Avicenna extracted plant essence, producing otto (or attar), the oil of flowers—in this case, roses. As European culture slowly recovered, the practice of perfumery was spread by the Moors from the Middle East into Spain, where it became popular. After the Crusades, the perfumes of Arabia were in great demand throughout the Continent, and by the thirteenth century, a booming trade between the Middle East and Europe had been established once again.

By the mid-sixteenth century, perfumery had made a strong comeback in Europe. In France fragrance was used as in ancient Rome: on the person, in the home, and in public fountains. Experimenting with local plants, Europeans began distilling lavender, rosemary, and sage oils. While essential-oil blends were popular for masking body odor, they were also used medicinally. Juniper, Laurel, and pine were widely used for combating illness, including the plague. In England, physician and master herbalist Nicholas Culpeper (1616–1654) published his great herbal treatise The English Physitian. An edition of this book was the first herbal published in the American colonies in 1700.

For a time the use of herbs and perfumery were stifled with a double whammy: universities and the emerging medical establishment fought to take herbs out of the hands of the so-called uneducated, and the Christian church steered people away from personal adornment in their bid to hold power over people’s lives. As a result, the use of aromatics, even possessing oils and unguents, became a way to identify Witches, and culture again took a backward step. Under Great Britain’s King George III, who ruled from 1760 to 1820, a woman’s use of scents or potions was equated with seduction and betrayal, and was met with “the same penalties in force against Witchcraft.”

Eventually, herbal practices and perfumery made a comeback as attitudes shifted, but by the mid-nineteenth century, essential oils were being replaced by chemicals in medicine. By the twentieth century, perfumes and cosmetics contained mostly synthetic fragrance, which was cheaper and easier to produce. Ironically, a French chemist, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, was responsible for resurrecting the use of essential oils during the 1920s. After burning his hand in his laboratory, he grabbed the nearest bottle of liquid, which turned out to be lavender oil. Intrigued by the rapid healing effect of the oil, he devoted the remainder of his career to studying essential oils and named his discovery aromatherapy.

DIY Succulent Pumpkin Centerpiece – Sand and Sisal

Ease into fall with a gorgeous DIY Succulent Pumpkin Centerpiece. This easy fall craft requires no glue, is reusable, and makes a great hostess gift!

Source: DIY Succulent Pumpkin Centerpiece – Sand and Sisal

How to Open, Clear, and Balance the Chakras with Crystals

If you want to be healthy, happy, and spiritually connected, it all starts with your chakras and bio-energetic system. Your chakras are power points or gateways into the human energy system. They receive energy from the environment, which is circulated through the entire energy system via the meridians. The seven major chakras are located in a centerline at the core of your body. Each one has physical, emotional, and mental correspondences, and they each resonate with a specific color frequency.

If you are experiencing an imbalance or challenge in some area of your life, it might indicate that one or more of your chakras could use a tune-up. Chakras can become blocked due to unprocessed emotional energy, unhealthy mental patterns, toxins, negative energy, stress, past life and genetic line patterns, and other causes. An energy blockage in a chakra creates a deficiency in energy, which can eventually lead to dis-ease on a physical, emotional, or mental level. When certain chakras are blocked, it can cause the other chakras to become overactive to compensate. An overactive chakra can also create imbalances in your behavior and body.

chakra balance

Luckily, it is easy to open, clear, and balance all seven major chakras simultaneously with the right crystals. Each crystal holds and radiates specific frequencies of light and color. When applied to the right chakra, a crystal can open the chakra, regulate the vibrational rate, and bring its functioning into balance. Crystals can also help to clear and transmute blockages, promoting energy flow through the bio-system.

  • Smoky Quartz (Root): Smoky Quartz balances and clears the root chakra, helping you to function optimally on the physical plane. It is a top-level clearing stone that can transmute negative energy into positive and pure light. Smoky Quartz is perfect for people who feel spaced out or ungrounded, as it anchors you into your body and into the present moment. It also offers energetic protection–providing energetic shielding and a greater sense of safety. Smoky Quartz relieves depression and is calming to the emotional body. It also relieves pain, stress, and tension. If you want to feel more at home in your body and in this world, Smoky Quartz is for you.
  • Carnelian (Sacral): Carnelian is the perfect stone for activating the sacral chakra and its domains of creativity, vitality, and sexuality. Its energy is like fire–it can clear away the old and energize areas of depletion. Carnelian is a happy stone of optimism and inspiration that can get all of your juices flowing. A stone of action, it helps you to overcome resistance and to make positive changes. It has a relaxing effect on your mental body and on all of your cells while boosting the reproductive, immune, endocrine, and lymphatic systems.
  • Citrine (Solar Plexus): Citrine is the quintessential solar plexus stone, which is your center of manifestation and personal power. Citrine enhances your ability to manifest anything you truly want—love, health, prosperity, a new car, etc. Citrine clears lower emotions, patterns, and thoughts that would block your connection to abundance and to your personal power. It also cleanses your subtle bodies and aligns them with your physical body. Its radiant energy is like the sun: life-giving, warm, happy, powerful, and positive. Citrine gives you a confident, can-do attitude that helps you shine in all endeavors.
  • Rose Quartz (Heart): Rose Quartz is the premier heart chakra stone, perfect for treating all issues of the emotional body. First and foremost, it helps you to develop greater levels of self-love. If you are still carrying wounds in the heart from past experiences, Rose Quartz can help to clear and heal them. It fills your heart with its loving presence, comforting you and reminding you that you are precious and worthy. If your heart is closed as a protective mechanism, Rose Quartz can encourage a gentle opening and greater receptivity to love. It enhances your sensitivity and empathy, and it is also known to help attract loving relationships.
  • Aquamarine (Throat): Aquamarine is the best gemstone I have found for clearing, balancing, and activating the throat chakra. It helps your communication to flow and encourages you to speak your truth in the highest, most loving way. Aquamarine has a strong connection with water and is a top-level clearing stone. Known as “the stone of release,” it helps you to let go of old attachments, patterns, relationships, grief, and other emotional states. It stimulates the endocrine system and glands, which can awaken your psychic senses, balance your body, and promote rejuvenation.
  • Amethyst (Third Eye): Amethyst is a must-have crystal for raising your vibration and activating your third eye, intuition, and psychic senses. In meditation, it can expand your consciousness so that you can receive clear guidance from your soul and spirit team. Amethyst serves the mental body by calming the mind and elevating your thoughts. It can also assist with memory, synthesize intuitive information with logical reasoning, and decision-making. Amethyst has a balancing effect on the emotions, and it is a top-level clearing and protection crystal. It can help you release addictions, negative thoughts and energy, and unhealthy behaviors.
  • Clear Quartz (Crown): Clear Quartz radiates pure white light and contains the entire color spectrum—making it the most versatile crystal for healing, clearing, activation, and higher attunement. It can absorb, hold, clear, radiate, and regulate energy. It connects you to higher dimensions and raises your consciousness and energy. Clear Quartz adjusts to your immediate needs and brings in whatever frequencies are most aligned with your highest good. It restores your blueprint of perfection while clearing and healing your physical, spiritual, and subtle bodies. Clarity is what Clear Quartz brings to you so it can help you to discover and align with your highest spiritual path.
  • Black Tourmaline (Root): Black Tourmaline is a powerful root chakra stone that anchors you to the Earth. Known as the etheric vacuum cleaner, it can transmute many forms of unhealthy energy: lower thought-forms, negative emotions, psychic attack, entities, and EMF’s from your technology. It is also known to help release toxins, heavy metals, and pollution from the body. Black Tourmaline is also a perfect stone for grounding and protection. It helps you to remain present and focused, and it can increase your vitality and energy levels. Black Tourmaline can also assist you in releasing stress, tension, anxiety, and other uncomfortable emotional states resulting from challenging life situations.
  • Carnelian (Sacral): Carnelian is the perfect stone for activating the sacral chakra and its domains of creativity, vitality, and sexuality. Its energy is like fire–it can clear away the old and energize areas of depletion. Carnelian is a happy stone of optimism and inspiration that can get all of your juices flowing. A stone of action, it helps you to overcome resistance and to make positive changes. It has a relaxing effect on your mental body and on all of your cells while boosting the reproductive, immune, endocrine, and lymphatic systems.
  • Yellow Fluorite (Solar Plexus): Yellow Fluorite is a highly structured and geometric stone that clears, stabilizes, and balances the solar plexus—as well as multiple levels of the being. It activates the solar plexus and connects it with your mental body and Divine will. This helps you to more quickly bring your divinely inspired ideas into physical manifestation. Fluorite benefits all of your subtle bodies. On the mental level, it clears old thoughts patterns and brings order, focus, and clarity to your thought processes. On a spiritual level, it awakens psychic ability and expands your consciousness. On a physical level, it is supportive in healing multiple diseases and physical issues; and on an emotional level, it has a clearing and stabilizing effect.
  • Danburite (Heart): Known as one of the 12 synergy stones for ascension, Danburite activates the etheric chakras and connects them to the heart. A stone of angelic attunement, it helps you to express higher levels of love in your daily life. It opens you to receive the highest possible frequencies of love from the Divine realms, and it removes blockages and fears around intimacy and love. It brings a sense of peace and well-being to your subconscious and is calming and soothing to the emotional body. It clears anxiety, anger, grief, fear, and other lower emotional states.
  • Aquamarine (Throat): Aquamarine is the best gemstone I have found for clearing, balancing, and activating the throat chakra. It helps your communication to flow and encourages you to speak your truth in the highest, most loving way. Aquamarine has a strong connection with water and is a top-level clearing stone. Known as “the stone of release,” it helps you to let go of old attachments, patterns, relationships, grief, and other emotional states. It stimulates the endocrine system and glands, which can awaken your psychic senses, balance your body, and promote rejuvenation.
  • Super 7 (Third Eye): Super 7 is supercharged third eye crystal that is a combination of seven powerful minerals: Amethyst, Cacoxenite, Goethite, Lepidocrocite, Clear Quartz, Rutile, and Smoky Quartz. It can awaken and enhance multiple psychic gifts, such as telepathy, clairvoyance, clairaudience, telekinesis, channeling, healing abilities, and more. Super 7 can facilitate deep past-life and karmic healing, and it has a purifying effect on all chakras and subtle bodies. It is a stone of connection and transformation that can increase awareness and alignment with your highest spiritual mission. If you are ready to take it to the next level, Super 7 is for you.
  • Apophyllite (Crown): Apophyllite is a sparking, high vibration crown chakra stone that commonly forms in cubes or pyramids. It has a high water content, making it an ideal conductor and transmitter of energies. It can channel and infuse higher energies and light codes into the crown chakra while producing a clearing and stabilizing effect. Apophyllite can activate the pineal gland and psychic senses, and it helps to form a connection between the spiritual and physical realms. It assists you to clearly communicate with your higher self and guides and to access and bring back useful insights during meditative journeying and dream work. It is a stone of clarity, purity, and peace.
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    Step By Step Instructions

    Here are the step-by-step instructions for performing a chakra clearing and balancing treatment. You can easily do this chakra treatment on yourself, and you can also perform this as a basic crystal healing session for friends, family, and clients.

     

    • Gather and cleanse the seven stones you will use. You could use running water, sage, salt, sound, violet flame, or any crystal cleansing method you like.

     

    • Create a comfortable and clear space for the treatment. Crystal healing works best if you or your client can feel safe and relaxed. This treatment is done lying down so it will work great on a bed, a massage table, a couch, or even on a blanket placed on the floor. You might want to diffuse some relaxing essential oils, dim the lights, and play soft, meditative music. I also like to smudge the room with sage to clear the energy.

     

    • Call in help from your soul and spirit team, and set positive healing intentions. I always get better healing results when I remember to formally invite in my own soul and healing guides to assist. I ask them to help me in creating the highest healing outcome.

     

    • Place each stone on its corresponding chakra. I like to start at the crown and work my way down. Place the Clear Quartz or Apophyllite at the crown chakra (right behind the head and touching the crown chakra). Place the Amethyst or Super 7 at the third eye chakra (in the center of the forehead). Place the Aquamarine at the throat chakra (at the base of the neck). Place the Rose Quartz or Danburite at the heart chakra (at the center of the chest). Place the Citrine or Yellow Fluorite at the solar plexus chakra (a few inches above the belly button). Place the Carnelian at the sacral chakra (a few inches below the belly button). Finally, place the Smoky Quartz or Black Tourmaline at the root chakra (on the pubic bone area if you are working on yourself, or between the inner thighs or on the hip if working on somebody else—to be respectful of his or her personal space). Don’t worry too much about getting each crystal in the exact perfect location. As long as it is close, it will work beautifully.

     

    • Relax, breathe, and meditate. Optional: you can do Reiki, energy work, and visualization while the crystals are working. You could start at the root chakra and place your hands on or above the stone. Imagine pure white light flowing into the stone and chakra, and hold the intention that the perfect healing, clearing, and balancing energies are being infused into the area. Stick with this for a few minutes, or for as long as you feel guided to stay there. Then move to the sacral, followed by the solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, and crown. Doing this is optional and might enhance the healing, but know that the treatment will still work wonderfully even if you skip this part.

     

    • Leave the stones in place for a minimum of fifteen minutes. It normally takes about eleven minutes for crystal energy to fully integrate into the chakras and bio-system so fifteen minutes will ensure that they have had plenty of time to work. You are welcome to leave them in place for a longer amount of time if that feels right.

     

    • Seal the aura, and then remove and cleanse the stones. When you feel complete, imagine a bubble of pure white light that surrounds and seals the entire auric field. Take the stones off of the chakras, and be sure to cleanse them when you are done.

    I hope you enjoy this chakra treatment, and that it benefits you in beautiful ways! It is a wonderful way to give yourself and your loved ones some energy, balance, healing, and a good dose of TLC.

     

Super Seven Healing Quartz Stone

“Super seven” stone, also referred to as “Sacred seven” or “Melody stone”, is a quartz stone that contains seven materials; goethite, cacoxenite, rutile, lepidocrocite, amethyst, clear quartz and smoky quartz. Super seven stone is not much to look at; in fact, it looks like a dirty quartz gem with some purple amethyst zoning. However, those who believe in the power of crystal healing claim that the combination of the seven materials is extremely beneficial. Let’s learn a little more about the parts that make up this special stone.

Goethite is a brown-black or yellow-brown mineral that occurs mainly as fibrous crystals. It is made up of oxyhydroxide iron. Though it can be made into gemstones, it is rarely seen. Goethite is said by crystal healers to be a stone of communication, both physical and spiritual. Cacoxenite is a yellow, orange, green or brownish hydrous iron phosphate mineral that grows in fibrous bundles. Therefore, it is not suitable as a gemstone material in itself but is usually seen as an inclusion within clear quartz. Cacoxenite is thought to raise spiritual awareness and a sense of divine purpose.

Rutile is a mineral made up of mainly titanium dioxide. It is another material that is mainly seen as inclusions within quartz and also topaz. Additionally, rutile gives some sapphires and rubies the “silk” that is highly regarded by gemologists, and causes some gems to have asterism (the star effect) or chatoyancy (the cat’s eye effect). Rutile appears as golden, reddish, black or other colored inclusions in rutile quartz. Rutile inclusions within gemstones are often seen. Rutile is said to be an energizer and harmonizer. It is also considered to be helpful in easing negative energy such as worry and anxiety. Additionally, some say that rutile amplifies both the powers of other quartz crystals and the thoughts of the wearer.

Lepidocrocite is also known as esmeraldite or hydrohematite. It is a deep red or red-brown mineral which has the same chemical formula as goethite, but a different crystal structure. Often, reddish quartz inclusions that are assumed to be lepidocrocite are actually hematite. Lepidocrocite is believed to aid communication and understanding, especially between lovers. Additionally, it is thought to calm hyperactivity and block negative energy.

amethyst-meaning

Amethyst Geode Gemstone

Amethyst is a beautiful gemstone and one of the most prized members of the quartz family. The purple color of amethyst comes from traces of iron and aluminium. Amethyst can be pale or deep purple and may be translucent to transparent, and also occurs as geodes. Geodes are crystal structures inside rock cavities. Amethyst geodes are sometimes extremely large, but small sections are sold as gemstones. For those born in the month of February or under the sign of Pisces, amethyst is their birthstone. Amethyst gems have been worn for many years in the belief that they provide protection from intoxication and the name “amethyst” comes from a Greek word in connection with this. With regard to crystal healing, amethyst is thought to enhance cognitive ability and is recommended for creativity and focus.

Clear quartz, also known as “white quartz” or “rock crystal” is the purest form of quartz, which is made up of silicon dioxide. Clear quartz can contain inclusions of goethite, rutile or other materials. Quartz with rutile inclusions is traded as “rutile quartz”. The rutile appears as needle-like inclusions that are usually golden, reddish or black. Clear quartz is believed to amplify existing energy and open the mind and heart of the wearer. Smoky quartz is brown to black or smoky gray quartz. It can be translucent or transparent. The color comes from natural radiation that occurs over time within the earth. The chocolate color of smoky quartz makes it a popular jewelry gemstone. Smoky quartz is associated with magic since it is thought to ground its wearer, protect against negative energy and assist healing.

The Nine Sacred Gems Believed to have Beneficial Properties

The Nine Sacred Gems Believed to Have Beneficial Properties

Super seven stone appears to contain an amazing combination of crystal healing properties. Another type of jewelry known as navaratna or “nine gems” jewelry is also believed to pack a mighty punch when it comes to metaphysical properties. However, where super seven stone is not always the prettiest jewel in the box, navaratna jewelry, containing nine sacred Jyotish beneficial gems is extremely pleasing to the eye. This is because the nine gems are diamond, pearl, red coral, orange hessonite garnet, blue sapphire, chrysoberyl cat’s eye, yellow sapphire, emerald and ruby. With navaratna gems, the wearer not only has nine beneficial gemstones but also a stunning piece of jewelry.

melody stone super 7Super Seven Gemstone meaning

Super Seven also is known as “Melody’s Stone” or “Sacred Seven” is a rare crystal found in only one place in the world, the Espiritu Santo region of Brazil, just north of Rio De Janeiro. Ranging in color from deep Purple, to smokey, almost black, to crystal clear with amazing inclusions of gold and pink, Super Seven is comprised of seven very powerful minerals. Super Seven contains elements of Amethyst, Cacoxenite, Goethite, Crystal Quartz, Lepidocrocite, Rutile and Smokey Quartz. Considered by crystal healers and metaphysical collectors to be a very special, powerful stone, Super Seven is one of the rare crystals that never needs cleansing, re-charging or energizing. Even the smallest piece of this wonderful crystal retains the full power of each of its seven mineral varieties. The list of metaphysical and healing uses of this stone is extensive and continues to evolve as enthusiasts unlock its secrets. Super Seven is known to enhance the power of psychic abilities such as clairvoyance, telepathy, telekinesis, channeling, and coming in contact with your spirit guide.

Healing properties of Super Seven

Super Seven has the remarkable trait of combining and intensifying the healing properties of each of its seven minerals!

  • Amethyst – Helps with sleep and dreaming issues, breathing problems, blood purification, energy focus work and overcoming stress and anxiety.
  • Cacoxenite – Known to alleviate stomach or digestive problems, and support the thyroid. Assists in situations of emotional upheaval. Cleanses one of the negative attachments and allows progression on one’s spiritual path.
  • Goethite – Goethite is often used by counsellors to assist in getting in touch with one’s repressed grief in order to begin healing emotionally. A powerful stone of the Sacral Hara Chakra, it is useful in clearing blockages of creativity and spiritual progression.
  • Crystal Quartz – Crystal Quartz is almost always used in healing as amplification for the energies of the other working stones. In Super Seven, is serves to amplify and purify the immense healing power of its minerals.
  • Lepidocrocite – Known to calm symptoms of ADHD and hyperactivity. Having a calming, soothing vibration, Lepidocrocite has been used by healers to assist in the rehabilitation of the inner child. Strengthens one’s ability to let go of fear and anxiety.
  • Rutile – Extremely useful to energy healers, Rutile, or Rutilated Quartz is helpful with illuminating the soul, cleansing and energizing, removing barriers to spiritual growth, and filtering negative energy. Healers use this stone to aid respiratory difficulties, regeneration of cells, the flow of energy throughout the body. It is considered an excellent balancing stone for a sad or weak heart.
  • Smokey Quartz – A soothing, well-rooted protection stone, Smokey Quartz helps relieve depression. Some of the healing properties of Smokey Quartz help the kidneys, pancreas, abdomen, soothing menstrual cramps, adding vitality to reproductive organs, and can aid with fertility issues. Smoky quartz is a powerful purifier and can be used to remove toxins from the body, helping the adrenal glands.

2017 has 2 Friday the 13ths

When a common year of 365 days starts on a Sunday, as it does this year, 2 Friday the 13ths are inevitable. The 1st one is in January and the 2nd in October.

October 13, 2017 is a Friday, ushering the second of two Friday the 13ths in 2017. Any calendar year has at least one Friday the 13th, but no more than three Friday the 13ths. The last time we had only one Friday the 13th in a calendar year was in May 2016 and the next time won’t be until August 2021. Three Friday the 13ths last took place in 2015 (February, March, November), and will next happen in 2026. This year, in 2017, there are two Friday the 13ths (January and October).

Not that we at EarthSky suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia – an irrational fear of Friday the 13th – but, gosh darn, this year’s second Friday the 13th on October 13, 2017, happens exactly 39 weeks (3 x 13 weeks) after the last Friday the 13th in January 2017. But that’s hardly the end of it. Next year, in 2018 (which also has two Friday the 13ths), the first of the two comes on April 13, 2018, exactly 26 weeks (2 x 13 weeks) after the Friday the 13th in October 2017. Then the second Friday the 13th of 2018 falls on July 13, 2018, exactly 13 weeks after the first Friday the 13th in April 2018.

Yikes, that’s quite a few of coincidences involving the number 13 … though we could cite many more!

Follow the links below to learn more about why some people fear this day and about the intriguing mathematics of Friday the 13th and the calendar.

Scary coincidence or super unlucky?

In 2017, blame a common year starting on Sunday

How often do January-October Friday the 13ths happen?

Rhyme and reason for the 400-year Friday the 13th cycle

Gregoriana cycle of 372 years

Can a leap year start on Sunday?

Scary coincidence or super unlucky? Neither. It’s just a quirk of our calendar, as you’ll see as you keep reading.

The fact is that, according to folklorists, there’s no written evidence that Friday the 13th was considered unlucky before the 19th century. The earliest known documented reference in English appears to be in Henry Sutherland Edwards’ 1869 biography of Gioachino Rossini. His portrait is on this page. He doesn’t look scary.

Friday has always gotten a bad rap. In the Middle Ages, people would not marry – or set out on a journey – on a Friday.

There are also some links between Christianity and an ill association with either Fridays or the number 13. Jesus was said to be crucified on a Friday. Seating 13 people at a table was seen as bad luck because Judas Iscariot, the disciple who betrayed Jesus, is said to have been the 13th guest at the Last Supper. Meanwhile, our word for Friday comes from Frigga, an ancient Scandinavian fertility and love goddess. Christians called Frigga a witch and Friday the witches’ Sabbath.

In modern times, the slasher-movie franchise Friday the 13th has helped keep friggatriskaidekaphobia alive.

In 2017, blame a common year starting on Sunday. Whenever a common year of 365 days starts on a Sunday, it’s inevitable that the months of January and October will start on a Sunday. And any month starting on a Sunday always has a Friday the 13th. So this year, in 2017, we’ll have a Friday the 13th in January and October.

The last time a common year started on a Sunday was 11 years ago, in the year 2006. The next time will be six years from 2017, in 2023. Some of you may wonder if there’s some formula that governs how this twofold Friday the 13th drama repeats itself. The answer is a definite yes. Keep in mind that this January-October Friday the 13th year can only happen in a common year of 365 days, and when January 1 falls on a Sunday.

Any calendar year that happens one year after a leap year will recur in 6, 17 and 28 years. Therefore, if our twofold Friday the 13th year comes one year after a leap year, as it does in 2017, the days and dates will match up again in 6, 17 and 28 years. Therefore, the years 2023, 2034 and 2045 will all harbor January and October Friday the 13ths:

2017 + 6 = 2023

2017 + 17 = 2034

2017 + 28 = 2045

Calendar for 2017

How often do January-October Friday the 13ths happen? More often than you might imagine! The first January-October Friday the 13th year in the 21st century (2001 to 2100) occurred in 2006, which is two years after a leap year. Any calendar year happening two years after a leap year will have days and dates matching up again in periods of 11, 17 and 28 years:

2006 + 11 = 2017

2006 + 17 = 2023

2006 + 28 = 2034

We continue the cycle onward to find a grand total of 10 January-October Friday the 13th years for the 21st century (2001 to 2100):

2006, 2017, 2023, 2034, 2045, 2051, 2062, 2073, 2079 and 2090

Because the year 2090 is two years after a leap year, we might be tempted to project the next January-October Friday the 13th to the year 2101:

2090 + 11 = 2101

Alas, here’s where the Gregorian calendar throws a monkey wrench at us. By Gregorian calendar rules, century years not equally divisible by 400 (e.g. 2100, 2200, 2300) are not leap years of 366 days – but rather, common years of 365 days. So the suppression of the leap year in 2100 perturbs the cycle, bringing about the first January-October Friday the 13th year of the 22nd century (2101 to 2200) in the year 2102, instead of 2101.

By good fortune, we can pretend that the year 2102 comes two years after a leap year, to project the recurrence of January-October Friday the 13th years in periods of 11, 17 and 28 years.

2102 + 11 = 2113

2102 + 17 = 2119

2102 + 28 = 2130

We continue the cycle onward to find a total of 11 January-October Friday the 13th years for the 22nd century (2100 to 2200):

2102, 2113, 2119, 2130, 2141, 2147, 2158, 2169, 2175, 2186 and 2192

In the 23rd century (2201 to 2300), the cycle is perturbed again. The first January-October Friday the 13th year does not fall in 2203 – but rather in 2209, which is one year after a leap year. Any calendar year happening one year after a leap year recurs in 6, 17 and 28 years.

Thus, we find 11 January-October Friday the 13th years for the 23rd century (2201 to 2300):

2209, 2215, 2226, 2237, 2243, 2254, 2265, 2271, 2282, 2293 and 2299

In the 24th century (2301 to 2400), the cycle is again perturbed. The first January-October Friday the 13th year does not come in 2310 – but rather in 2305, or one year after a leap year. That gives 11 January-October Friday the 13th years for the 24th century (2301 to 2400):

2305, 2311, 2322, 2333, 2239, 2350, 2361, 2367, 2378, 2389 and 2395

Because the year 2400 IS a leap year of 366 days, the cycle is NOT perturbed in the following 25th century (2401 to 2500). So we can keep on going to find 10 January-October Friday the 13th years for the 25th century (2401 to 2500).

2406, 2417, 2423, 2434, 2445, 2451, 2462, 2473, 2479 and 2490

Rhyme and reason for the 400-year Friday the 13th cycle.

Because the Gregorian calendar has a 400-year cycle, the January-October Friday the 13th years recur in cycles of 400 years. For example, respective January-October Friday the 13th calendar years are exactly 400 years apart in the 21st and 25th centuries:

21st century (2001 to 2100):

2006, 2017, 2023, 2034, 2045, 2051, 2062, 2073, 2079 and 2090

25th century (2401 to 2500):

2406, 2417, 2423, 2434, 2445, 2451, 2462, 2473, 2479 and 2490

Gregoriana cycle of 372 years.

It appears as though cycles of 372 and 400 years (372 + 28) prevail over the long course of centuries. Take the year 2017, for instance:

2017 + 372 = 2389

2017 + 400 = 2417

The 372-year period is known as the Gregoriana eclipse cycle, which we elaborate about in our post: How often does a solar eclipse happen on the March equinox?

As magical as all of this Friday the 13th calendar intrigue appears to be, it’s not supernatural. It’s entertaining number play, even if it may haunt our uncomprehending minds.

Can a leap year start on Sunday?

Yes, a leap year of 366 days can start on a Sunday. It last occurred in the year 2012 and will next happen in 2040. Any leap year starting on a Sunday has three Friday the 13ths which fall in January, April and July. The days and dates of any leap year match up again in periods of 28 years. So we have only four January-April-July Friday the 13th years in the 21st century (2001 to 2100):

2012, 2040, 2068 and 2096

Bottom line: Scared of Friday the 13th? It’s just a feature of our Gregorian calendar, and a pretty common one at that. From what we’ve been able to gather, the 400-year cycle displayed by the Gregorian calendar features 688 Friday the 13ths. We find that 43 of these 400 years harbor January-October Friday the 13ths, accounting for 86 of the 688 Friday the 13ths in one 400-year cycle.

2015 had 3 Friday the 13ths. What are the odds?

When does Friday the 13th have a full moon?

Reference:

http://earthsky.org/?p=253373

Fragrances for Fall {DIY}

Without question, people adore the cozy smells of fall that brings pumpkin spice, tart apples, crisp leaves and spicy cinnamon. Bring those scents into your own home to celebrate fall without using harsh artificial chemical scents by making your own natural home fragrance on your stove. All you need to do is bring a pot of water to a simmer and add in spices with other fresh ingredients, such as apple peels, cinnamon, and cloves.

Combined together, these ingredients will send an autumn aroma throughout your home. As an added benefit, not only will your home smell like you have been baking (without all the effort) but the simmering water will help to humidify your home, which often suffers from dry air in the fall and winter.

Pumpkin Spice Simmering Pot

Ingredients

  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 pieces of candied ginger
  • 1 clove of nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil, add the candied ginger, and spices into the water.
  2. Reduce temperature to a low simmer.
  3. Make sure to check the pot of simmering water every half an hour to make sure the pot does not run out of the water. Add additional water to the pot as needed.

Apple Cider Simmering Pot

Ingredients

  • 2 apple peels
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 whole cloves

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil, add the apple peels, and spices into the water.
  2. Reduce temperature to a low simmer.
  3. Make sure to check the pot of simmering water every half an hour to make sure the pot does not run out of the water. Add additional water to the pot as needed.

Gingerbread Simmering Pot

Ingredients

  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 pieces of ginger
  • 1 tablespoon of pure almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil, add almond extract, and spices into the water.
  2. Reduce temperature to a low simmer.
  3. Make sure to check the pot of simmering water every half an hour to make sure the pot does not run out of the water. Add additional water to the pot as needed.

Mulled Wine Simmering Pot

Ingredients

  • 1 orange rind
  • 1 apple peel
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 2-star anise

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil, add orange rind, apple peel, and spices into the water.
  2. Reduce temperature to a low simmer.
  3. Make sure to check the pot of simmering water every half an hour to make sure the pot does not run out of the water. Add additional water to the pot as needed.

Pine & Juniper Simmering Pot

Ingredients

  • 5 juniper berries
  • 4 small pine branches
  • 1 lemon peel

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil, add the lemon peel, and spices into the water.
  2. Reduce temperature to a low simmer.
  3. Make sure to check the pot of simmering water every half an hour to make sure the pot does not run out of the water. Add additional water to the pot as needed.

Bay Wreath Simmering Pot

Ingredients

  • 5 bay leaves
  • 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 1 sliced lemon

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil, add cut the fruit, and spices into the water.
  2. Reduce temperature to a low simmer.
  3. Make sure to check the pot of simmering water every half an hour to make sure the pot does not run out of the water. Add additional water to the pot as needed.

Herbal Astrology

Our ancestors were deeply attuned to the phases of the Moon and the stations of the Sun. Farmers once farmed by the Moon; the idea was that the “waxing” or growing Moon pulled plant energies upward, while the “waning” or decreasing Moon meant energy was moving back down towards the Earth and soil. When you consider that plants are filled with water and that the Moon’s gravity is strong enough to pull the tides of the ocean, there is a strong logic to this practice.

The “waxing” phase, from the New Moon to the Full Moon was the time to plant leafy plants and plants from which aerial portions were to be harvested such as berries, stems, leaves, flowers and barks. The “waning” phase, from the Full Moon to the dark of the Moon, was the time to plant root crops and also a good time to transplant, weed, prune, and treat for pests.
It was said that slaughtering animals under the waxing Moon resulted in moister and more flavorful meat.

Woodcut under a waxing Moon would have more sap and thus would make a ship more seaworthy. Woodcut under the waning Moon would be drier and more suitable for bridge building, to make furniture, for house construction, and for firewood, because at the waning Moon the sap would sink and be concentrated in the tree’s roots.
Herbal astrology went far beyond the phases of the Moon, to encompass all the planets by incorporating both medicinal and spiritual lore.

Solar Herbs (Leo) were said to reflect the positive ego strength of the Sun, our largest heavenly neighbor and our closest star. Power of will and generosity would be fostered by these herbs.
On the physical plane these plants would help the heart, back, spine, thymus gland, circulation, heat and vital force of the body, the cerebrum and the pons Varolii.

Some herbs of the Sun:

For the heart: European mistletoe, borage, and motherwort
To increase vitality: grapes

Lunar Herbs (Cancer) were said to promote the memory of past lives and the channeling of Spirits. These plants helped one to be in harmony with others and would also foster imagination. On the physical plane, they would benefit fluid secretions of the body such as menstruation, blood, the bladder, the pancreas, the eyes, glands, stomach, ovaries, womb, breasts and the cerebellum.

Some herbs of the Moon:

For the blood: adder’s tongue, wintergreen, loosestrife, white roses, cleavers, and lettuce
For the lymph: cleavers, chickweed, wild poppy
For the hormones: saxifrage
For the stomach: clary, wild poppy, cucumber, orpine, white roses, dog rose

Mercury Ruled Plants (Gemini, Virgo) were said to promote mental acuity and foster better communication with others. These herbs were said to be very helpful for writers and speakers.
On the physical plane, they were oriented to the nervous system and its fluids, the ears, tongue and vocal chords, lungs, the bronchi and the thyroid, as well as the sight and the pons of the brain.

Some herbs of Mercury:

For the nerves: marjoram, valerian, summer savory
For the brain: dill, lavender, lily of the valley
For the lungs: elecampane, fennel, horehound, licorice, maidenhair, pellitory-of-the-wall, flax seed oil, fenugreek, summer savory, valerian
For the sight: caraway, white horehound, lily of the valley, upright water parsnip

Venus Ruled Plants (Taurus) was used to increase sexual magnetism and personal beauty. They bestowed affection and style and were particularly helpful for musicians, actors and artists. On the physical plane, these herbs ruled the sexual organs and the umbilical cord, the abdomen generally, the kidneys, parathyroid, thymus and breasts. These plants were said to rule internal bodily secretions, to foster harmony between all bodily systems, to improve the complexion, and were helpful to curb excesses of appetite that could lead to disease.

Some herbs of Venus:

For the kidneys: eryngo, kidneywort, French beans, feverfew, mint, yarrow, burdock, plantain, sorrel, strawberries
For the bladder: beans, elderberries, eryngo, marshmallow, peach tree leaves, violets, plantain, and wood sorrel
For the testicles: marshmallow, beans, thyme
For the ovaries: lady’s mantle, mint, thyme, mugwort, and pennyroyal
For the veins: lady’s mantle, damask rose, self-heal, wood sorrel

Mars Ruled Herbs (Aries) were said to be stimulating and would help to promote passionate action in the world. Their energy was said to be catalytic and dynamic when used wisely, helping a person to manifest projects and desires. With a hot nature and a bitter taste, these plants would help with head injuries, inflammations, the diaphragm and purgation. Hot illnesses such as smallpox, scarlet fever, typhus, high blood pressure, fevers, hemorrhages and intense pain all fell under the sphere of Mars.

Some Mars ruled plants:

For the blood: nettles, all-heal, garlic, hops, cayenne, radish, rhubarb, and sanicle
For the sexual organs: sarsaparilla, garlic, onions, hops, basil
For the eyes: anemone, Crowfoot
For the muscles: hawthorn berries

Herbs of Jupiter (Sagittarius) bestowed a jovial and expansive mental outlook. They helped foster a feeling of deep spirituality and aided in the performance of ritual. These plants would help a person increase their prosperity and were especially beneficial aids for clergy, healers and lawyers. On the physical plane, these herbs were for the liver, arteries, fat cells, spleen, kidneys, sugar metabolism and disease resistance. The pituitary gland which regulates growth was also under Jupiter’s sphere. When badly aspected, hyper-expansive Jupiter could produce a stroke, abscesses, convulsions and even Cancer.

Some herbs of Jupiter:

For the liver: agrimony, balm, costmary, endive, hart’s tongue fern, hedge hyssop, maple bark and leaf, oak, sage, wild succory and dandelion root
For the pituitary: wood betony

Saturn Ruled Herbs (Capricorn) fostered sobriety and were steadying and solidifying to a person’s nature. They would help a person to mentally ground and to finish projects. On the physical plane, these plants ruled chronic processes such as ageing, the bones, teeth, knees, joints and cartilage, hardenings in the body, and the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland.

Some herbs of Saturn:

For the skeleton: comfrey, horsetail, Solomon’s seal
For the cartilage: black poplar, Solomon’s seal

Neptune Ruled Plants (Pisces) were the dream enhancers and also helped with manifestation. They ruled the feet and the lymph glands, helped with psychosis and tuberculosis, and with addiction and immune system disorders such as AIDS.

Some herbs of Neptune:

Sedative: poppy
To aid the immune system: Echinacea
For tuberculosis: Irish moss, Iceland moss
To enhance dreaming: mugwort, cannabis

Uranus Ruled Plants (Aquarius) were the hybrids. The planet of sudden change, Uranus was said to bestow energizing, stimulating and inspiring impulses. These plants would help a person to jump-start projects. On the physical plane, these herbs were said to relieve tension and nervous exhaustion, aid the circulation and the lower legs.

Some herbs of Uranus:

For the nerves: skullcap, lemon balm, lavender,

Herbs of Pluto (Scorpio) promoted sexual energies and brought harmony between the spiritual and physical planes. These plants dealt with the reproductive tract and any condition of stagnation within the body. They ruled catabolic and anabolic conditions (death and regeneration of tissues), toxic states that led to cancer, and toxic states of mind such as anger and jealousy.

Some herbs of Pluto:

To detoxify the body: ginseng, aloe, wormwood, and southernwood

Herbal Alchemy

For herbal alchemy to cause a change in your psyche and emotions, use these plants in baths, as incense, in elixirs, teas, flower essences and potions. Enhance their inherent powers by projecting a color into the brew (by visualization or with colored lights) for example; red to enhance sexuality and vital forces, violet to transmute mental negativity and bad karma (past, present and future) , blue to clear away discarnate entities, for forgiveness, tranquility and peace, and to calm an inflamed situation, pink for unconditional love and to mend a broken heart, green for balance and equilibrium, purple for self-mastery, and white to enhance a protective shield around the body and to strengthen your self-healing powers.

Room on a Broom

An instant classic in our home. Myself, my daughter and little Miss Vivian watched this the other day and it has become a daily movie to watch.

I hope you enjoy this as well. Happy Autumn!


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Did You Know?

During the period beginning on the first Friday in October until the second day of November, the veils separating spiritual realms are extremely sheer.

History of Spirit Keeping

Spirit Keeping, in the sense of how you keep spirits today, is nothing as it was even 120 years ago. Modern-Day Spirit Keeping is the by-product of the marriage between spirit conjuration and para-technology. Spirit Keeping, in its origin, is quite different. While those who were considered sages, psychics, or medicine men, would contact spirits for information, they were often sought for counsel through specific rituals performed to gain information for a specific person, or for personal awareness. Often times the person who had the ability to conjure the spirit was the only one allowed to converse with the spirit. The person coming forward to ask for guidance, or to ask for a service from the spirit, would not be allowed to speak to them.

The act of keeping spirits was shared amongst the civilized and non-civilized countries and cultures. The very core & beginning of spirit keeping was keeping one’s own ancestors. The act of conjuration and binding to a vessel as a permanent channel between the Keeper and the spirit was not in practice at this time.

In ancient times well into the early 20th century, there was little time for frivolity. The main focus of any human life was survival. Spare time was something not known to many as you only had daylight hours to effectively work in, and it took hard work to keep alive, and keep your family alive. There were no grocery stores, you had to work your own land for food, hunt for your food, or be able to trade something you do of value for food. The only time you could claim as your own, typically, was at night, before sleep. Or, if your religion allotted for it, certain days of the week were yours to have a day of rest. Suffice to say, in modern time the ability to allow one’s mind to wander due to lack of immediate survival needs has created what is now, Modern-Day Spirit Keeping.

There was a clear progression as humans developed technology to help them live a better life, and live an easier life, the more time they had for hobby & self-interest the more spirituality blossomed and took on new forms. This is a light outline of the key aspects and core actions of Spirit Keeping during various ages, and how the presence of more time allotted for greater exploration of the existence of the physical and spiritual worlds in harmony.

Ancient Spirit Keeping

The act of calling, conjuring, or summoning spirits has been around as long as human have been dying. There are many ancient practices related to death, of which many include calling upon the spirit of the recently departed. By nature, when someone you love is lost, you want to keep them around you, in any form. This idea was no different in ancient times, and calling upon the spirit of the lost loved ones to have them guide you and help you from “the beyond” was part of many funerals, and post-funeral, practices.

While they did not keep their spirits bound to a vessel, people would make amulets, charms, small statues, and other physical objects that were attributed to, or were in memory of, the person lost and used the object as a physical focus to communicate with their ancestor. The belief being, that the object itself, having been made in the honor of the lost person, would serve as a natural portal to that person. There was no conjuration involved, simply the act of summoning their presence by request.

Spirits of those passed would be called upon for guidance, to help in decision-making, to ease pain & suffering, and to help other family members they knew were dying to cross over peacefully. The spirits were not thought to live, day-to-day, with the person, but to come and go as needed and called upon.

The act of calling or summoning, verbally, was something passed, by mouth, from generation-to-generation as the vast majority of the people in the world could not read or write. Schooling for the average person, and not only for the select, chosen few, is something new to the civilized world in the last 75 years. Prior to the 20th century, the ability for the majority of the world to read or write was non-existent. Therefore, written conjurations for spirits were typically religious/spiritual in nature, were kept by the leaders of their respective religions, and only used by those select few for religious purposes. The average person who called out for a spirit did so verbally or through telepathy.

As with all the subsequent ages of humanity, in ancient times many were known to call upon the spirits for guidance, wisdom, decision-making, victory, and personal gains. Even those like Cleopatra were known to call for the help of not only ancestral & Immortal guides, but other entities as well in times when important decisions, personal development, or protection were needed.

Middle Ages Keeping

The largest development became the possibility of asking the spirits to guide people in times of healing, victory in battle, and utilizing the commanding power of spirits to exact immediate & direct results to a specific situation. The world has begun to expand in ways it had not previously. Though occupation and wars existed for as long as people created small civilizations & populations, the technology of human warfare grew, and as the thirst for occupation by various governments expanded, so did the rallying cry for all possible participants to tip the scales one way or another. Seeking the counsel of dead heroes, ancestral warriors, and undead armies saw an influx amongst the already standing requests to Immortals (gods/goddesses). As did the request of spirits to provide healing powers from across the beyond, as the spreading of fatal, or disfiguring, diseases began to plague civilizations of a large population where physical cleanliness and hygiene did not exist. Therefore diseases mutated into proportions never matched before. The need for spirits to come and offer healing power, or to help those dying to pass over more mercifully became increasingly apparent.

In all cases, spirits would be summoned to the aid of the person, and were given tokens or offerings in exchange for their assistance, but were not considered a day-to-day friend.

Renaissance Era Keeping

An awakening of knowing the connection between the spiritual body and the physical body came to light during this period. Those who worked with spirits of ancestors began to work with them in a way of understanding their own selves. Even though you live in your own body, most people felt (and still feel this way even today) that they do not know themselves, they do not why they are here, why they have to die, what is after death, what they can do in this life, and other life-spirit curiosities. It was an age of awakening to the possibilities that the spirits of those we ask guidance from in dire & life-impacting situations, could also provide us more insight into the world that exists beyond this one, and is there an overlap to be discovered? During this time many spirit requests became to be about the possibilities of knowing themselves. A beginning interest in the possibility of past life exploration started during this time as well, on a greater scale than it had been introduced previously, and people wanted to know what existed within themselves and beyond themselves.

Early versions of modern-day seances began to take place, and though they were crude and non-standard in action, they were the first steps to a group of curious persons desiring enlightenment to take action to learn more about what existed beyond. This was the first time you saw people summoning spirits, not for a specific purpose, other than to learn more from the spirits, and though they did not keep them, they were calling on them to learn more about what existed beyond this life, to receive general thoughts & guidance, and in some cases would try to contact the same spirit again at a later interaction for further clarification or information. Seances would not be fully developed into what you see today until the late 17th & early 18th centuries.

This era’s largest development became those who would call upon the now extinct, or nearly extinct, spirits of creatures who had powers & abilities that were sought after when they were alive. Such as, calling upon the healing power of the Phoenix for those sick or dying, or the moral fortitude of a Unicorn for those who needed help with temptation, or the protection of a Gargoyle in times of dire needs. However, this summons were limited to the person’s knowledge of those beings from their own culture or their own education. There was no internet, there was no widely-spread newspaper or Encyclopedia to educate the masses. The majority could not read or write, and most never strayed further than 20 miles from where they were born. Therefore, the ability to summon the aid of a spirit of an extinct or nearly extinct race of being was limited to their local knowledge. The breadth of conjurations would not be known for hundreds of years in the future.

Victorian Era Keeping

With the revival of the spiritual embodiment, the Victorian Era saw a new level of divination, and spirit communication. Seances became the secret pleasure of many middle-to-high income families, and as they would host secret parties to call upon the spirits of ancestors, historical figures, celebrities of the day, and spirits they believed to be in the home. Even in a strong, religious world, during the Victorian Era, the curiosity of knowing what spirits from beyond had to say was too great a curiosity to be stifled by religious rhetoric. The vast majority of spiritual literature in the act of summoning spirits during this time was to summon humans; ancestors, and historical figures. The spiritual world had become entranced in contacting the great historical figures of their eras; Cleopatra, Caesar, Caligula, Charlemagne, da Vinci, Henry VIII, Plato, Shakespeare, Socrates, especially Napoleon and Marie Antoinette as their most recent, and very controversial lives were scandalous and exciting. The possibility of connecting to these people, and learning about them, became the new, forbidden & fun thing to do. It was the first time human preoccupation with learning about a spirit for the sake of fun & personal enjoyment really took root in the spiritual community. They were not contacting spirits for a specific task or need, but simply to find out more about them.

Towards the end of the 19th century, the greatest development was the beginnings of magick & spirit conjuration taking shape. It was a small step, but it was a step that would take hold towards the mid-to-end of the 20th century for Spirit Keeping. As the magickal community merged with the spiritual community in a common goal, both sides explored the possibilities, and while some on both sides stood true to the core of their own communities and did not pursue the marriage of magick & spirits, some experimented with the possibilities of the two co-existing in a newly developed, non-religious format.

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Modern-Day Keeping

What you participate in now is something new in the last 20 years. The breadth of the race of spirits which can be called upon for day-to-day enjoyment as a companion, and friend, developed from conjurations that were used, previously, for specific needs and reasons. Those conjurations range from Ancient to Victorian eras, spanning various religions and cultural beliefs, and were re-designed to be more fitting to the needs of having a spirit that is open & willing to a lifelong friend. As well as newly developed conjurations based on the core principles of previously written conjurations, but are written with the act of Spirit Keeping as a lifestyle in mind. Whereas custom conjurations are written specifically by Magnolia & Ash, for specific entities, and for the purpose of matching a spirit to the potential Keeper based on the similarity & closeness of the spirit and Keeper’s energy signatures.

From the Victorian period up until the last 20 years, the conjurations developed were often for specific tasks, as well as interviews for research, and for those in the magick world, the replacement of living Familiars for spirit Familiars who could more greatly educate them on the wisdom of the past. Those conjured as companions were not bound in the way you see today, most of them were attached, not bound, and those who were bound did not have the type of binding you see today which offers the ability of cloaking, Bridging, charging, security, etc. As stated before, not all who conjured spirits practised magick, as many were restricted from practising magick at all, or where restricted to practising magick that existed within their own belief system.

The development of conjurations for different races of spirits developed in various regions, and there was not one, set council of conjurers through which conjurations could be shared, as later began to develop in the late-20th century. Most worked with a specific race of spirit, or a few races of spirits, and developed their skills with one before progressing to another. The expansion of the collective spirit conjurations, specifically for spirit companions as friends & daily living participants would not happen until the end of the 20th century when the ability to share information quickly & efficiently was introduced. Prior to the Information Age, the only way to communicate was through the written word or telegraph, and the response times were months, even years, sometimes, and therefore the ability to achieve a collective repertoire was not only impossible but daunting to even attempt.

With the introduction of the Information Age, and the ability to share information with greater success in actual receipt of the requested, or sent, items the ability to grow a personal library were the foundation of Modern-Day Keeping.

The Spirit Keeping community has also never been in the great number it is today. The numbers of those who participated in Spirit Keeping as day-to-day friends and companions in the capacity it is at this point with the wide range of races of spirits, crossing cultures and religions together, were less than 500 people worldwide 15 years ago. The community embracing a non-religious standard, open to multiple cultures and multiple religious sources, with the clear intent of keeping spirits as friends for daily life exchanged and mutual enjoyment is something unprecedented in the history of the world.

Keeping spirit of creatures

Calling upon the spirit of a powerful creature has been attributed largely in beginning the Renaissance era, though isolated cases could very well have existed prior. As in Ancient times, these beings still existed, roamed the Earth, and their participation & contribution to the populace at that time were in living form. They were not called upon to act in spirit but were sought after and called upon to impart wisdom, power, justice, etc in living form. The act of calling upon Fae, Dragons, Elves, Gargoyles, and such were largely only after mass dwindling of numbers or extinction as the stories of the contributions of these entities when alive were still being passed from generation-to-generation, and people wanted the spirits of these entities to come and help them when they were in need of something they could provide. However, they were not considered day-to-day friends, they were considered to be guides, and support, during specific times. Typically a suitable offering would be made, and then one would make the request to the spirit desired, and the interaction between person & spirit would be on a case-by-case basis. Again, as the luxury of spare time and hobby were not known to those in ancient times in the great volume it is known to all of us today.

As with most of the history of spirit summoning, the act of calling upon the spirits of these races of beings was done so by speaking, and not written, word. In large part, the act of summoning the spirits were short, small conjurations which simply requested the presence of a specific type of spirit, for a specific act. It was not to call the spirit to be a part of daily life but to assist in a specific task related to that spirit‘s specific range of powers or influences in the Earthen Realm. In much of the recorded history of spirit summoning, spirit‘s are called for a specific purpose, with the exception largely being spiritual Guides, though some historians argue the Guides were not spirits, but actual, living entities. However, the result of using specific, recorded writings, pre-dating the Victorian era, for calling upon a Guide has produced spirits for some; which includes writings of ancient times.

Binding a spirit to a vessel

Jewelry is now a popular vessel, as the plentiful manufacturing of many little amulets, pendants, rings, charms, etc are readily available in a post-Industrial Age, modern world. However, it was not always plentiful as the ability to buy jewelry was largely a wealthy, or affluent, person’s luxury. Charms and jewelry made by an ancient world consisted of clay, wood, seeds, sturdy beans, stones, gemstones, sturdy foliage, hemp, and other natural materials that would be fashioned, and possibly dyed, by the wearer or someone they knew.

In Spirit Keeping, up until the Victorian Era, the spirit would be attached to a hand-made vessel out of clay, wood, and the aforementioned natural elements, or directly to the person themselves. During the beginning of the 20th-century photography was all the rage, and for those who could afford it, they would have a photograph taken of the deceased person and use the photograph as the vessel through which they would attempt to contact the spirit of the deceased.

Most people did not have a lot of money for decorative pieces like jewelry, or have a lifestyle where they could wear jewelry without possible risk of loss or damage. They would use something they already had or was readily found in nature around them. The most common, natural vessels being wood or stone.

This history is NOT to be confused with the history of summoning living entities, that is a completely different history, this is the history of spirit keeping.