Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Green Aventurine Healing Properties

green aventurine
Green aventurine; by Mauro Cateb (Own work) CC BY-SA 3.0,
via Wikimedia Commons

Green Aventurine and its Metaphysical Properties

Emotions and the Mind 

Green is the most common color for aventurine; it is primarily fuschite inclusions that provide its hue. Green aventurine is an all around healer that resonates with the heart chakra. It is beneficial in love and relationships, as it allows one to act from a place of compassion and empathy. As it calms and balances the mind, it benefits those afflicted with neurosis, irritation, and anxiety. In balancing the emotions, it lowers blood pressure and negative thinking can be improved.

Disclaimer: You should consult your health and/or mental health professional before using any alternative healing methods. This article does not suggest otherwise.

In Physical Healing

In the body, beyond blood pressure as already mentioned, green aventurine targets the stomach, kidneys, gallbladder, the immune system, muscle and bone, and it combats bacteria and viruses. Additionally it has anti inflammatory properties, provides relief from allergies, enhances fertility, balances hormones, and improves lung health, heart health, and eye health.

Elementals, Luck, and Prosperity

Green aventurine in meditation opens the way for contact with elemental beings; attracted to the vibration of a garden and greenery, they’re here to encourage us to live life in the best way possible. This stone is said to be amongst the luckiest of all crystals, as green is the color of prosperity, and its properties are mirrored by shiny inclusions and amplified by it being quartz.

This powerful stone urges you to move forward with a balanced perspective, calmness, and perseverance, as you manifest affluence in your life. Beyond all the above attributes, green aventurine provides protection from EMF pollutants and balances yin and yang energies.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Aventurine Healing, Metaphysical Properties and Uses

aventurine quartz
Aventurine; by Ra'ike (see also: de:Benutzer:Ra'ike) (Own work) 
GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Aventurine Properties and Information

Aventurine (aka Indian jade) is generally a translucent mineral, but when possessing higher amounts of inclusions, it can be opaque. Its name comes from an Italian word meaning ‘by chance.’ The term originally came about when an Italian fellow spilt metal shavings into a tub of molten glass, and the finished product turned out to be attractive. But with that said, the same title in recent times being applied to this stone doesn't change the fact that it is a bonafide mineral, not glass. It is commonly found in Italy, India, China, Tibet, Brazil, Nepal, and Russia.

For all colors and generally speaking, aventurine's properties are as follows: It balances yin and yang, increases life force energies, strengthens leadership skills, and increases the ability to succeed. As well it draws prosperity, protects against EMF emissions, promotes decisiveness, and encourages empathy and compassion.

In General Well Being

It can help when we're facing difficulty in completing projects to a logical point of closure, it eases stuttering, and it creates stability within various mental issues. This stone enhances creativity, heightens accuracy in perception, and encourages one to adopt a solution-seeking mentality. It soothes us when we're experiencing anger or frayed nerves. It provides a sense of well being, and encourages healing within all levels of heart chakra issues. It also targets the higher heart chakra and related blockages.

Disclaimer: You should consult your health and/or mental health professional before using any alternative healing methods. This article does not suggest otherwise.

In Physical Healing

It improves blood pressure, enhances the metabolism, and lowers cholesterol. It serves as an anti inflammatory, relieves various skin issues, and helps with allergies and migraines. It benefits the heart, sore eyes, the sinus cavities, the respiratory system, the urinary system, sex organs, the nervous system, and the muscular system.

In the case of specific colors of aventurine, the properties of the stone's color are added to those of quartz crystal. Here is more information on the specifics of each color:

Blue Aventurine
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Orange Aventurine
Peach Aventurine
Pink Aventurine
Purple Aventurine
Red Aventurine
White Aventurine
Yellow Aventurine

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Enlightenment and the Dark Age of Metaphysics



The following article provides a fleeting look at the Age of Enlightenment. Spanning from the 1650s into the 1780s, it is also referred to as simply, 'the Enlightenment' or 'the Age of Reason'; Western Europe was the hub of it all. During the period, concerned thinkers, intellectuals and philosophes, urged all to scrutinize what had commonly been accepted with little question 'til then. Intellectuals analyzed virtually every facet of society, including government, science, and religion, from the inside out. The motive behind posing new concepts in thinking was to spur improvement based upon new ideals.

The Enlightenment was not one consolidated effort; various nations had their own approaches, the specific timing of their respective enlightenments varied somewhat as well. Involved nations included France, Scotland, England, Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, and America.

The above concerns the very basics of the era; and with it under belt, let's move on to Race's article on how the period related to metaphysics, primarily astrology.

Metaphysics Suppressed During the Age of Enlightenment

By Race MoChridhe  In the 1700s, European intellectuals spoke of their time as an “Age of Enlightenment”. Enlightenment philosophers proposed many of the ideas that would become foundations of Western civilization today, including: government by consent of the governed, property rights, freedom of speech and religion, and the scientific method.

To most of us in the liberal democratic societies that were built on their ideas, they seem enlightened indeed, but to the occultist and the metaphysician, the Enlightenment might otherwise look like a dark age. After centuries in which alchemy, divination, and magick were respected pursuits and prized knowledge, these same disciplines were dismissed as pseudoscience or mocked as superstition, and abandoned by their patrons and their students. Many (such as the chiromancy of my last post) became moribund and some nearly went extinct until the late nineteenth century. Why?

The reasons are many and complex, but perhaps the greatest was simple ignorance. In reviving the legacy of the classical world, the scholars of the Renaissance often read the ancients by their own cultural norms and interests, rendering ludicrous what was once profound. The rise and fall of the so-called “science” of astrology may illustrate the point.

The ancient Greeks credited the Babylonians with developing astrology, and we have detailed accounts from these ancient pioneers. What startles the modern reader is how very scientific they seem. Babylonian stargazers noted the positions of stars and planets, noted events in the world, and watched to see if those same celestial conditions would correlate to those same events in the future. Crops grow better when the sun is in certain constellations that mark the growing season; do they also grow better when Mercury is in those constellations? These are the questions the Babylonians asked. In time, most of their hypotheses didn't work out, and they found the stars were poor predictors of anything more than the seasons.


The Greeks took this Babylonian science and refashioned it as an art that suited their philosophical and mystical interests. They associated each planet to a god and endowed it with the god's attributes, powers, and domains. They finalized the signs of the zodiac, using each to modify the nature of the planets in it. They defined the astrological houses and connected them with different areas of human life. They named the possible angles between planets and made each one symbolic of a relationship.

Unlike the Babylonians, the Greeks and Romans left almost no records of specific observations. All of classical history has left only a couple of horoscopes, both as examples in manuals. Why? Because, unlike the Babylonians, the Greeks and Romans were not interested in checking predictions. They were using the language of stars and planets as symbolic representations of psychological forces and arenas of human endeavor. Their planets, signs, and houses were symbols onto which the varied aspects of the psyche could be mapped to make their relationships clearer.

Vettius Valens, for example, considered the reasons one would learn astrology in his textbook, including fame and fortune, but declared that, far more importantly, astrology had taught him “to overcome fear and desire”. Instead of written horoscopes, classical astrologers set colored markers on a board. Once the client had realized his true motivations, or been led to admit what she knew unconsciously but could not previously bring to her conscious mind, the board could be wiped clean. In our own time, the great psychologist Carl Jung used astrology in just this way with his clients.

Renaissance thinkers, however, had little interest in such mysticism, and took an approach based upon the perspective of their times. Being scientifically minded, they read Greek and Roman textbooks as if they were the naive, incipient science of the Babylonians. Astrologers of the period left thousands of horoscopes meticulously noted to track accuracy, and their fortunes rose and fell on predicting the future in minute detail from the subtlest calculations.

As the Babylonians had already discovered, the positions of Rigel and Betelgeuse cannot predict the manner of your death or the name of your true love, and so the Renaissance “science” of astrology became the rightfully scorned “pseudoscience” dismissed by the Enlightenment as a barbaric relic. It would not be until the Occult Revival in the nineteenth century—the time when modern psychology and comparative mythology would be born—that astrology, and many occult arts like it, would be recognized again as powerful tools for the guidance of lost hearts and the healing of broken minds.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Rachel Pollack's Concept of Gate Cards

Gate Cards One

A Deeply Fascinating Concept, the Gate Cards

By Viv Dulac

Amongst Tarot aficionados, Rachel Pollack hardly requires introduction. She has written many books with us as her target audience, and her monumental Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom, published for the first time in 1980, has become a significant milestone.

Much can be said about that book; but I am only going to touch upon one rather fascinating concept that she introduces in it... it's a concept that in my opinion has seen far too little attention; perhaps that's because it is scattered throughout many chapters. I am talking about the concept of Gate cards. It perplexes me that such an illuminating concept is not referred to in the table of contents. It is, thankfully, in the Index.

Pollack begins by asserting that "joining ourselves meditatively to particular cards in the four suits will bring experiences reaching beyond the cards’ specific meanings." "I call these cards Gates," continues Pollack, "because of the way in which they open a path from the ordinary world to the inner level of archetypal experiences. […] They all share certain characteristics: complex, often contradictory meanings, and a myth-like strangeness which no allegorical interpretation can completely penetrate."

Gate Cards Two

These are the nine minor arcana cards that Pollack identifies as Gate cards:

Three of Wands
Eight of Cups
Five of Cups
Eight of Swords
Six of Swords
Ten of Pentacles
Six of Pentacles
Five of Pentacles
Ace of Pentacles

Upon first reading the book, I took these cards out and arranged them side by side to meditate on them as she says - first in the order in which she talks about them, and later inverting that order. Either way, I felt there was a narrative there, like another Fool’s Journey (the passage through life that can be traced throughout the major arcana) hidden away inside the minors: the journey of the person in the Three of Wands until reaching his/her Ithaca, the Ace of Pentacles - or, conversely, the passage from the walled garden in the Ace of Pentacles to the solitary, Hermit-like figure in the Three of Wands.

Gate Cards Two

In either case, as a starting point we end up gazing into the distance. There's the sea, that according to Pollack evokes "a sense of the vastness and mystery of the universe," or the mountain range espied through the arbor of the Ace, which encourages us to go beyond the walled garden - to in essence traverse from "that wild vibrant universe existing in the very center of the ordinary," to the higher knowledge symbolized by those faraway mountains. In this sense, they are the same mountains being climbed by the also Hermit-like figure in the Eight of Cups.

It bears mentioning that Pollack’s concept of Gate cards is specifically tied to the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, and therefore to A.E. Waite’s vision. Such a caveat may be implied when she says: "By choosing certain cards to fulfill this function I do not mean to imply that no others will do so, but only that in my experience these cards in particular do act in this way" (italics mine).

However, it too stands to reason that every Tarot deck worth its salt should contain its share of such cards. One way or another, treating every single card laid before you as if it were a gate - open to infinite meanings - is probably the key to a deeper and fuller understanding of Tarot.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Is God a Man Made Fabrication, or What is He or It?

Wings of Spirit Two basic concepts are broached upon in this straight-out opinion piece by the site author:

'What is God?' And 'Wouldn't More Tolerance be Nice?'

By Joodhe

The other day on a forum, someone posed a query much as offered in this post's title. So today's blog post addresses the question 'is God a man made fabrication, or isn't he?' I'll be the first to admit that everyone is entitled to choose their own beliefs in matters of faith, and in virtually everything else too as a matter of fact. And with that said, here's the paraphrased answer I posed to that thought evoking question. The staring possibility that God could be female or dual aspected has been ignored, because that's another matter entirely.

Please, if you read any of this read right to the very end, as at first it may come across as overly opinionated and closed minded. In actuality it isn't, no one has the right to push beliefs onto anyone... however, sharing thoughts can be a good thing.

I'd like to point out that the commonality between the two topics 'what is God?' and 'wouldn't more tolerance be nice?', is primarily that at the moment I responded to that forum query, both came to mind and ran together.

Question: Is God a man made concept? If not, please explain your point of view.

My response: "I strongly believe that it's most likely that God is a man made creation. As a matter of fact, one existing theory proposes that many spiritual beings are brought to be as the result of numerous people having placed faith in their existence.

Quantum physics recognizes the fact that thought energy can do some remarkable things, and as well it doesn't know the full breadth of what said energies can achieve. Well there's a theory (apart from quantum physics) proposing that through millions of individuals holding a particular belief, the being they believe(d) in comes into existence elsewhere in our universe on a parallel plane, and as well, that said being will possess traits in line with what believers understood them to have.

Naturally this means that God, Jesus, the Archangels, Zeus, faeries, possibly gnomes, and even man fabricated-Satan, theoretically exist somewhere within our universe. And what we believe in as well as what we don't is so powerful that those beings exist to those that believe, and do not exist to those that do not. This means that while one person can believe that there is a God and be absolutely correct, someone else can believe there is no God and be just as correct. Yet others will choose to believe in other gods or mythological figures, and they will be correct as well.

So to consider this theory for a moment, then God would be a name applied to a cluster of benevolent energies. To me this raises a matter of curiosity. You see, all of the Christians in my family want to 'crucify' me because I am a Reiki practitioner, and Reiki accesses and feeds off of that group of benevolent energies that they call God. So as my Reiki treatments use those divine energies to heal, they frown on me because I engage in a practice that stands against their narrowed down beliefs of all that God could be. Well I beg to differ, my 'God' opens to us as an energy, and that energy allows for healing to occur for those that seek it. My 'God' is one and the same as theirs; and I'd not use the word God to describe that energy if I could choose only one word.

It seems peculiar that my Christian relatives anger at me for using 'divine universal energies' to heal, they have chosen to believe that it's wrong. And what does that mean, that because they have specific concepts within their chosen belief system of all that God is and isn't and have applied the name God to those energies (accessed in healing), that anyone else outside of their belief system is wrong? How does that work? My spirituality even embraces them to believe as they will, provided that they don't badger me with their beliefs.

I am not saying that each and every Christian thinks as they do though, I know that's not the case."

In Closure

Understand that this piece is to present what's on my mind, it is certainly not to flame, bait, badger or taunt Christians; it's more to offer a wake-up call to all no matter what their faith, that don't have enough tolerance for the beliefs of others. With more love, compassion and understanding, perhaps we could allow for true healing and peace to begin.

Feel free to leave comments on this, I'd love to hear what you have to say.

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