The Other Realms: The World of the Fae.

OtherRealmsAs someone who believes in other realms, it’s not hard for me to comprehend the existence of fairies. They are the embodiment of whimsical fantasy; of a time when things were simpler and more magical. Legends of Fae have been around for centuries, and like many other mythical creatures, there  must be something to these stories otherwise they would not continue. As  a matter of fact, some of the oldest civilizations and beliefs have mention of the Fae, but we are mostly aware of the legends and stories of Western European countries, especially Great Britain. While there are many stories as to what they are, the history of fairies is long with some believing they were once Gods and Goddess of a pre-Christian world.

The Origin of Fairies

A mythical creature, it’s said there are many different kinds of fairies and that they can be either ‘dark’ or ‘light’.  Some folklore describes them as various “natural but hidden species, as spirits of the dead, or as descendants of either fallen angels or demons.” http://www.mythicalcreaturesguide.com/page/Fae

It’s also thought that with the rise of Christianity, the Fae were demonized and belief in them was banished into the realms of lore. In either case, Fae do not show themselves to just anyone, and like any other mythical creature, gaining their trust can be a long path.

While most associate Fae with European culture, creatures similar to them can be found in the folklore of most aboriginal tribes on all continents. In Mayan culture the Alux are said to be creatures “only about knee-high, and in appearance resembling miniature traditionally dressed Maya people.”, while in Hawaiian culture the Menehune were another race of small beings said to be superb craftsmen.

I cannot help but find it fascinating that legends of small beings are found from one end of this planet to the other. It leads me to think that there has to be some kind of truth to these legends, and while I’m sure all fairies don’t resemble Tinkerbell, their character and attributes, as well as knowledge and skills could very well be staked in a history we are only now remembering.

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The Crystal Realm: The Three Categories of Crystal Energy.

crystalsFor some time now, while studying crystals for friends and for blog posts, I’ve begun to notice that the metaphysical properties of crystals all fall into three very distinct categories. Now I’m not an expert on crystals, but I do know a thing or two about them so I found it very interesting that while there are pages upon pages of how their energy works on our bodies, no one has really categorised that energy. When people discuss categorising crystals, they mean their physical or lattice construct, maybe by colour or by attribute, but I’m looking more at how they perform and what their energy vibrations does or could do for our well-being.

I’ve created three simple categories; physical, emotional, and spiritual. Every crystal could be considered one of these three. For example, a Rose Quarts is well known for healing and attracting all forms of love, therefore it could be categorised as an emotional crystal, while Blue Kyanite, known as a high-vibration stone, would be considered a spiritual crystal. Black Tourmaline, a well-known protection stone, wards off physical danger and negative energy and that could be considered physical.

We are more than just a physical form; we have emotions and a spiritual side. The same can be said for the energy that vibrates from crystals. While the majority of these stones overlap properties, generally all crystals have one main function (for lack of a better word). We attach Chakra and Astrological symbols to crystals to better utilize their healing energy, why not focus that just a bit more?

I’m not saying this idea is ground-breaking and probably someone with a better understanding of crystals and how they work has already seen this, I just thought it was interesting that in all the books I’ve read, all the pages I’ve researched online I haven’t come across this idea. Maybe it’s a given; people who work with crystals understand this or maybe because stone properties overlap no-one cares. I just thought it was an interesting connection and it will make me look more closely into the metaphysical properties of all crystals a little deeper from now on.

A Wiccan Journey: Sigils

symbols-of-the-four-elements-800pxAs a Wiccan, you learn there are many ways to cast a spell. All involve raising energy, direction/focus and intent, but simpler ways such as herbalism and crystals can introduce a beginner to a larger world.  Another simple way to create magic is with the use of sigils.

(https://www.howtopronounce.com/sigil/)

I’d heard of sigils a while back, but as I was too caught up in crystal work, I didn’t want to split my focus on two separate projects. Simply put, a sigil by definition is “a sign or image supposedly having magical power” [Dictionary.com, http://www.dictionary.com/browse/sigil]. It can be as small as a two letter word or a rudimentary drawing; the power with sigils lies in the focus and intent in which it was made.

Sigils are a very personal and are unique to the person who creates them. The image represents the goal and/or desire of its creator and is infused with the user’s personal energy.  Some use it in place of incantations or phrases. Because sigils are so personal there is no one way to create them, but the one thing they all have in common is the resulting image is unique to the creator. I have found a couple sites where you can ‘borrow’ an already made image but I feel this detracts from the intent. These pre-made sigils are however, good to use for examples if you are new to learning and creating them.

You can etch your sigil onto anything you wish to infuse with power; a candle, on paper, or if you are very creative, you could create an amulet and keep the sigil on you at all time. Infuse protection herbs with the power of a sigil by placing a small quantity of herbs on one drawn on parchment (this would be a good spell with moon magic).

Creating a sigil is simple. Focus on your intent and write that intent down. You’re your statement or word strong; no wishes or hopes. It must be focused. Cross out the vowels and then remove any duplicate consonants. Here the creation of sigils can vary. Traditionally, you would combine the letters unto an icon (see examples in the links below), but there are several techniques for the final step, including an online site that uses vector charts. A sigil can be as detailed or as simple as you want. There is no wrong way to create one.

This site uses a vector chart and numbers.

http://sigilscribe.me/

The Rose Cross Sigil creator

https://wisdomsdoor.com/wb/hwb-sigil.php

For more information, I’ve included several links that will give you more insight into the practise and creation of sigils.

https://sacredhandscoven.wordpress.com/2014/08/05/witches-tools-sigil-magick-in-witchcraft/

https://www.paganspath.com/magik/sigil.htm

This link contains colour coordination with sigils.

https://goddesshasyourback.com/2014/04/13/how-to-make-your-own-personal-sigils/

The Crystal Realm – Protection; Back Tourmaline.

crystalsOne of the more powerful stones for protection and one I use most, Black Tourmaline is well known for its protective and metaphysical properties. For those who are new to crystals, it’s one I recommend all beginners to own.

Black Tourmaline has been used for centuries as a powerful amulet for protection. It’s used as a psychic shield, deflecting and dispelling negative energies, entities and negative forces. Because I deal with the public, I carry one on me when I work to ward off negative energy that can attach itself or rub off in passing. Black Tourmaline is an excellent crystal to carry to deter ‘psychic vampires’ from feeding on your energy.

As well as protection, because of its colour and nature, this stone is excellent for grounding, meditation and will help keep you calm in times of high stress or anxiety.

https://www.crystalvaults.com/crystal-encyclopedia/black-tourmaline

Black Tourmaline will also aid in the removal of ‘electromagnetic fog’; a term used to describe the influx of energy vibrations omitted by cellular, computer devices and televisions. Add a few crystals to your bedroom or any place you would like cleansed of these vibrations (along with keeping all electronic devices out of the room) and they will aid in creating a peaceful atmosphere. Along with removing negative energy, it is believed that Black Tourmaline changes negative to positive and keeping one under your pillow will cleanse the etheric energy field around your body.

Physically, Black Tourmaline is thought to strengthen the immune system and assist in the relief of pain caused by arthritis and spinal or muscular problems. Place a Black Tourmaline on the Root Chakra at the base of the spine to help balance and cleanse this energy point.

You can utilize Black Tourmaline in many ways; either by itself or as jewelry. Having a Black Tourmaline crystal on you for long periods of time helps your body and your personal energy field.

The Other Realms: Psychic Vampires

Picture this; you’re invited to a party at a friend’s house. There are people at the party you’ve never met before, and that’s cool, you like meeting new people. One person in particular stands out to you.  You begin to feel ill or tired around this one person. You stay away, but the feeling continues to the point you have to leave. By the time you get home you’re exhausted. Falling into bed, you sleep soundly until the next morning.

What the hell happened? From all the symptoms I’d say you came in contact with what is known as a ‘psychic vampire’; someone who unconsciously drains the energy from other people. Some of you may laugh, but if you’ve experienced this type of scenario before then you know understand how deeply it affects you and how debilitating it can be, especially if the person in question is a close friend or relative.

First of all, don’t laugh, they exists. My use of the phrase ‘psychic vampire’ is flamboyant but accurate. For these people ‘feeding’ off others is an unconscious act. For whatever reason (illness, emotional immaturity, trapped in a negative situation to name a few) they are unable to sustain their own levels of personal energy and the only way they can survive is by draining others. We are creatures of energy and we need more than just food to survive. Like balancing your chakras; if one is off you will feel it physically.

These are two excellent articles on energy drainers. Llewellyn Article. https://www.llewellyn.com/journal/article/513

Understanding How Psychic Vampires Work

https://www.thoughtco.com/how-a-psychic-vampire-attack-happens-1724677

There are ways to protect yourself from the effects of these energy drainers. The best solution would be to stay away from them, but that’s not always possible. When dealing with people close to you (family or co-workers) try to understand the situation. How are you drawing these people to you? Are they physically ill? In a negative situation? There are techniques at the end of the linked article that will help you.

For myself, I wear a black tourmaline when I go to work or any place I’ll be interacting with people. I also put up a personal shield. Instructions for that can be found HERE.

Have you come across a psychic vampire before? How did you respond?

Crystal’s effects on the human brain.

One question I hear whenever I talk about using crystals is, “Do crystals work?” It’s an honest question so after I read the following article I decided to do some research into the topic.

http://www.livescience.com/40347-crystal-healing.html

Being in the right state of mind is crucial for any healing process; ask anyone who works with terminally or seriously ill patients, and they will be the first to state that part of the healing process involves thinking positive, but how does that relate to crystals and the human body?

There has been some preliminary research done on the penal gland with researchers learning that this small part of the brain creates micro crystals, in particular, calcite. Scientists believe these calcite microcrystals could create a ‘second harmonic generation’ within the pineal tissue sections. In laymen’s terms, they could resonate and affect the surrounding tissue in the same way the micro crystals in the inner ear canal allow us to hear. A process called otoconia.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12224052

We all know that sound waves can penetrate tissue. It’s why a newborn child will turn toward the sound of his mother’s voice. The article below suggests that the small calcite crystals within the pineal gland‘…have their own Piezoelectric effect that is responsive to electromagnetic energies outside the physical body, and can also produce its own electromagnetic energy.

https://physics.knoji.com/the-piezoelectric-effect-and-the-pineal-gland-in-the-human-brain/

This opens the possibility that energy waves, whether electromagnetic or sound could stimulate these tiny crystals, and affect the surrounding tissue (brain) in the process. When given the proper stimulation, the Penal Gland could produce psychic abilities depending on the frequency a person used. Example, the Third Eye chakra, which is located in the middle of the forehead, can be stimulated by the keynote A or by a frequency of 426.7 Hz. This sound wave could be amplified by either a quartz stone or another specific stone designated for the Third Eye Chakra.

If crystals can affect the brain, then what’s to say that they don’t have an effect on the rest of the body? As we don’t truly understand our place within the natural world, this is an interesting subject. The questions posed in the comment section of the second article is also interesting. We are now just beginning to understand our connection to nature. We need to explore it even more.

The Other Realms: Are we alone?

symbols-of-the-four-elements-800pxThis question has been posed to scientists for decades, but only in reference to the physical universe, or the universe we can see.  As a Wiccan, one of the things that fascinate me is the different planes of existence, parallel worlds and their inhabitants; the invisible creatures that tend to nature and that man have written about for centuries. This includes elementals, spirts, Fae, and the list goes on and on.

Now I know the majority of the public don’t believe in such things, and that’s fine but answer this, if they didn’t exists why do we keep referring to them? Why do they still, after all this time stay in the minds of humans? Even with all our technological advances and science, we still do not know the extent of our world or all its secrets, so why is it so hard to believe that these other realms do exist? And with them, creatures that we only know from myth and lore?

I believe in an afterlife, so it’s not a hard leap to believe in creatures such as elementals or Fae. When I set out to explore this topic, I found that there is so much more to the unseen world than I originally thought. What started out as a short blog post has turned into something much more and I am thrilled at the amount of information I’ve gathered so far.

I understand the five basic elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Ether (spirit) and the idea that there are creatures that are so connected with their representing element that they hold sway over it.  If you’re interested, this link is to a list of elementals and an explanation to what they do.

http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/mapas_ocultotierra/esp_mapa_ocultotierra_6a.htm

I need to research this more; learn how to connect and possibly communicate with them. This will be an interesting experience and I hope to pass on what I have learned.

 

Have you had any experience with Elementals? What happened?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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