Crystal Skulls

By Nikki Boatright

There are three types of crystal skulls: ancient crystal skulls (skulls that were created over 1500 years ago), old crystal skulls (skulls that were created less than 1500 years ago), and new or contemporary skulls, which are created by carvers today. Crystal skulls have been around for thousands, maybe even millions of years. The origin of the crystal skull is unknown. There are different theories as to where crystal skulls originated from.  Some people believe they’re relics of lost civilizations like Atlantis and Lemuria and some people believe they were placed on earth by aliens.

Crystal skulls have the basic shape of a human skull.  Most people believe the shape of the skull symbolizes death. However, to ancient civilizations, skulls represent not only death and destruction but also rebirth, knowledge and wisdom.  Ancient crystal skulls are believed to hold ancient knowledge, but only a small amount of this knowledge has been accessed.

Once a crystal is carved into the shape of a skull it takes on a different vibrational frequency.  Each crystal skull, whether ancient or contemporary, gives off its own unique energy.  Crystal skulls can be used for energy work and are powerful tools of spiritual awareness; they can be used for many different purposes. They can focus energy, reflect energy, refract energy, amplify energy, attune energy, transmit energy, transform energy, store energy and may also act as a witness.

Many times people will see a crystal skull and feel an uncontrollable urge to hold it or buy it. Crystal skulls can and will call out to people.  I personally have skulls in many different types of crystals and in many sizes, from one inch to six inches.  The skull I have the strongest connection to is a contemporary life-sized Madagascar petrified wood crystal skull.  I was drawn to it and felt a connection to it and had to have it from the moment I saw it. I recently had a psychic say to me, out of the blue, that she feels that I have projected my higher self onto it. Whether it is an ancient or contemporary skull, I recommend that everyone experience the energy from a crystal skull when given the opportunity.

Crystals for Halloween

By Tara Mideaker

Many holidays celebrated today are products of Celtic/Pagan traditions.  Perhaps none are as interesting as Halloween.  While other customs of the Pagan culture have been adopted and adapted by various religions, Halloween is unique in that it is celebrated worldwide as a non-denominational holiday.  So why does Halloween stand apart as such a popular and universal holiday?  Samhain, the traditional Pagan holiday, is the most sacred day of the year to Pagans.  It is a time of endings and beginnings that is naturally tied to the Earth’s cycle when the dark and cold of winter approaches and nature “dies”, only to be reborn in the spring.   It is a celebration of the life/death cycle and, more specifically, a time to remember and honor those ancestors who have passed into spirit.  This connection to the earth, to the cycle of life, and to the past is something that we all share despite any religious or cultural differences we may have.  Perhaps it is these roots that lie deep within each of us that encourage us to unite on Halloween Eve.  Halloween Eve is a night when the world comes together to recognize the dark while celebrating the light that constantly surrounds us, so carve your Jack-o-lanterns, choose your costume and gather around the bonfire for a very Happy Halloween! Here are some crystals to carry along with you to make the most of this special night.

Agate and Jasper

The many varieties of these crystals embody the energy of Halloween.  Jasper has a grounding/earthy quality that can help you feel connected to the earth and its endless cycles.  Red Jasper draws the nurturing energy of the Earth to you while Brown Striped Jasper encourages vitality.  Jasper can help you to reach for the sky while still keeping you grounded.  All members of the Jasper family offer immense comfort and protection which can sustain you during the colder days ahead.  Agates are immensely creative crystals that can help you to deal with any situation in the most positive manner possible.  These crystals provide stability and balance when everything seems too jumbled and confused.  Many Agates have a banded quality that promotes perspective and focus when clarity is needed.  Botswana Agate is a wonderful tool for bringing fun and joy into any situation.  White Agate makes an excellent meditative tool for the darker months ahead.  If you celebrate Samhain, Fire Agate will connect you to the past, while Moss Agate will welcome in the New Year.

Calcite and Quartz

Calcite is a powerful cleanser that is perfect for ridding yourself of old habits and situations.  Now is the time to “bury” those things that no longer serve to be transformed over the coming months into something more positive.  Orange Calcite will encourage happy transitions and Blue Calcite will offer comfort and reduce any fears.  Quartz is a powerful crystal that will amplify positive energy and reduce negative thoughts, while relieving any mental, spiritual or physical pain you may be experiencing.  Remembrances of the past can be difficult and any Quartz crystal will make it better.  Ametrinebrings balance to the elements of light and dark that are prominent during Halloween and is a valuable addition to a Samhain altar or table.

Obsidian and Carnelian

Obsidian and Carnelian are the two crystals that are most essential to your Halloween and/or Samhain celebrations, and not just because they are Black and Orange (although that does enhance their energy!).  Obsidian connects you to the deepest layers of Earth where true change can occur.  At the same time, it offers solace and protection and reminds you that everything has a season.  Obsidian can help you find meaning when you are feeling lost.  Mahogany Obsidian enhances the nighttime energy and Snowflake Obsidian calms any sadness you may be feeling.  Samhain rituals are enhanced by Black Obsidian.   Carnelian allows you to let go of the past and focus on the here and now.  It will boost your personal power, your energy, and your creativity as it harnesses the energy of the Earth and the Sun.  Carnelian is an excellent companion as you head towards a new cycle.  Its protective qualities were used to accompany those who had passed on from this life in Ancient Egypt, making it a true welcome guest for a Samhain Dumb Supper.

Other crystals that will enhance your festivities include Petrified Wood, Cuprite, Opal, and Sunstone.  Find the crystal that speaks to you and let it accompany you on your journeys this Halloween.  Most importantly have fun…be safe…and maybe you’ll get some rocks in your Trick or Treat bag!

Happy Halloween!

Unsocial Media

Journey through my Journal

Social media – “connecting” you to people on the other side of the world but not in the same room.

When did we start living through a screen? When did we start placing more importance on our social media “presence” than our actual presence? Our filterless, flawless and fabulous selves. Our lying on the couch in our sweatpants eating sour lollies loveable selves. The answer is irrelevant, what matters is where do we go from here? We weren’t taught how to cope with this devotion to self-promotion at school. There was no “how to survive without social media 101” or “how to love and accept yourself as a real person, not a profile 102”.

Do we continue to scroll through mindlessly judging, regretting, wishing and fantasising while staring blankly at a screen? With no external expression of emotion visible beside the occasional LOL from a good meme. We all do it…

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Lightning and Thunder

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Lightning and Thunder are symbols that have been mistakenly given a bad reputation. Most believe it has to do with a negative state of mind or the physical state of the world. I’ve seen researches say it symbolized chaos, trouble and difficult times. Religions will tell you it symbolizes the power of god. It was his power to strike fear into all and kill his enemies. Why the hell would an all-powerful god need to strike fear in people? Why would he have enemies? In truth, lighting and thunder symbolize the power in us. The hidden power in ourselves.

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The stage play of Self and the global mystery

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The stage-play of Self and the global mystery

By Jon Rappoport

Consider that everything happening on planet Earth is an enormous stage play.

The mystery is: what is the theme? What is the payoff? What is the climax?

And even more deeply, what is the role of Self, the individual, in this play?

The key phrase is “in this play.” Because most people are, indeed, inside the play. They have roles. They may not be aware of the parts they’re playing, but that doesn’t change the situation or the dilemma.

How unusual would it be if, in a theater, in a city, citizens were led on to a stage to audition for parts—and the director said, “Well, we want you in this production, but we can’t show you the script. We can’t tell you your role. You’ll just have to feel your way along. Trust us, we know what we’re…

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American Botanical Council Publishes Online Version of The Identification of Medicinal Plants Book

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Online access to identification book provides new quality control resource for herb industry

AUSTIN, Texas (October 19, 2017) — The American Botanical Council (ABC) announces a new benefit for its members around the world: the online publication of The Identification of Medicinal Plants: A Handbook of the Morphology of Botanicals in Commerce, a manual that addresses the macroscopic assessment of 124 medicinal plants used in North America and Europe.

The book was originally co-published in 2006 by ABC with the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. It was written by Wendy Applequist, PhD, associate curator at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s William L. Brown Center, and illustrated with botanically accurate black-and-white line drawings by artist Barbara Alongi.

Accurate identification of the correct genus and species of botanical raw materials is the first step in quality control of botanical preparations. While several methods of identification are addressed in the…

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Ozark Encyclopedia – M – Mirrors

Mountain Man Traditional Healing

Mirror used to divine a future husband – “A girl who looks obliquely into a mirror when she first wakes up on May Day will see the reflection, or at least initials or letters forming the name, of the man who is to be her mate.” ~Randolph OMF 175-176

Mirror and well used to divine a future husband – “A maiden lady who wants to see her future husband goes to a well at noon on May 1 and holds a mirror so as to reflect the light down into the darkness. Some girls say that they have actually seen their mates-to-be in the water. Others are afraid to try this stunt, because sometimes a girl doesn’t see any man, but an image of herself in a coffin, which means that she’ll die before another May Day. If a girl sees nothing at all in the water, she is very…

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Second New Moon of Autumn

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Happy New Moon dreamers, empaths, healers, artists, dancers, druids, witches and moon people! We begin our Second New Moon of Autumn (26°35′ Libra) on Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 12:12 pm (pdt). It is the traditional Scorpio New Moon and we enter the “fullness moon” of Autumn which is a celebration of the Harvest, our Abundance and of course Halloween, aka honoring our Ancestors.

This moon cycle we have the enlightenment and penetrating chaos influences of Uranus, who sits in opposition to our new moon; we also have Mercury which entered Scorpio on Oct. 17 (until Nov 5th) and Jupiter who also entered Scorpio this week (until Nov 9, 2018). I don’t know about you, but I could feel them all hovering over my 12th house cusp just waiting to stir up some storms.

Mercury this month keeps the flow of observation and our thoughts, ideas and…

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The Individual vs. the fake Collective

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The Individual vs. the Staged Collective

by Jon Rappoport

Trumpets blare. In the night sky, spotlights roam. A great confusion of smoke and dust and fog, and emerging banners, carrying the single message:

WE.

The great meltdown of all consciousness into a glob of utopian simplicity…//

There are denizens among us.

They present themselves as the Normals.

Beyond all political objectives, there is a simple fact: those group-mind addicts who have given up their souls will rage against the faintest appearance of one who tries to keep his. And in this rage, the soulless ones will try to pull the other down to where they live.

And somehow, it all looks normal and proper and rational.

In the 1950s, before television had numbed minds and turned them into jelly, there was a growing sense of: the Individual versus the Corporate State.

Something needed to be done. People were fitting into…

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Australia: jail young children without charges; they wouldn’t do that; oh yes they would

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Australia: jail young children without charges; they wouldn’t do that; oh yes they would

And it’s a perfect “bait and switch”

By Jon Rappoport

It’s still labeled a proposal, but it has widespread support among Australia’s political leaders.

The BBC: “…proposals that could see children as young as 10 held for two weeks without charge under new terror legislation.”

“State and territorial leaders approved the plans with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at a Coalition of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting…”

The public hasn’t seen any details of the plan.

It’s obviously aimed at children who are suspected of preparing to commit terrorist acts, or children who are suspected of already committing those acts. Evidence would be lacking, formal charges wouldn’t be filed, but the children would still be arrested and held.

Let’s cut to the bottom lines. There are already laws which cover arresting children-terrorists. Yes, there needs to be…

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