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What I seek to provide here are some episodes from my own journey in spirituality and healing that perhaps may help others who are struggling with similar issues. Also find articles on metaphysics in general, stone medicine and articles specific to intuitive health readings, including counsel for selecting an intuitive health reader. I hope the entries in this blog help you on your journey.

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The Stones Speak of Endless Time

by Alannah Hudis on 12/21/17

Spirit Stone

In Winter's deep on Solstice eve

The light so thin that shadows fade

Earth pauses, stops to rest

And the stones speak of endless time

 

Frozen land and trees and air

Belie the life left underground

Stillness has a presence here

Silence sighs in Winter's womb

 

The deep recess of longest nights

Teaches patience, limit, tender care

Measure every breath and step

Walk soft in Winter’s sere terrain

 

Wind and fire, rain and cold

Companions all in Winter’s reign

Awareness sinks to find the core

The seed of life encased in ice

 

In stone and earth the stories are told

The ancients knew the way of stars

At Newgrange, Dowth & Tara they prayed

Watched as sunlight pierced the stone

 

The promise of light in Solstice night

Becomes a prayer of heart and spirit

The endless turning, seasons move

And the stones speak of endless time

Stone Medicine - Sodalite

by Alannah Hudis on 11/20/17

Sodalite

Sodalite(Stone medicine interpretation by Alannah Hudis - Geological information https://en.wikipedia.org)

“Sodalite is a rich royal blue tectosilicate mineral widely used as an ornamental gemstone. Although massive sodalite samples are opaque, crystals are usually transparent to translucent.

A light, relatively hard yet fragile mineral, sodalite is named after its sodium content; in mineralogy it may be classed as a feldspathoid. Well known for its blue color, sodalite may also be grey, yellow, green, or pink and is often mottled with white veins or patches.

Although somewhat similar to lazurite and lapis lazuli, sodalite rarely contains pyrite (a common inclusion in lapis) and its blue color is more like traditional royal blue rather than ultramarine. It is further distinguished from similar minerals by its white (rather than blue) streak. Sodalite's six directions of poor cleavage may be seen as incipient cracks running through the stone. 

It is sometimes referred to as "poor man's lapis" due to its similar color and the fact that is much less expensive. Its name comes from its high sodium content. Most sodalite will fluoresce orange under ultraviolet light, and hackmanite exhibits tenebrescence.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodalite)

Sodalite is a stone of the mind and rational thought, a “thinkers” stone which can help to clarify and organize thoughts. With its affinity for the 5th chakra, sodalite also aids in clear communication. With its ability to calm thoughts, sodalite can help open the channels for messages from inner guidance and intuition.

Sodalite is a sky stone that resonates with the elements of both air and water and enjoys being refreshed in sunlight.

Physically, sodalite is a cooling stone and helps quell fevers. Placed on the throat chakra, sodalite can help clear excess mucus from the throat and respiratory system.

Stone Medicine - Black Tourmaline

by Alannah Hudis on 11/20/17

Black Tourmaline

(Stone medicine interpretation by Alannah Hudis - Geological information http://geology.com/)

“"Tourmaline" is the name of a large group of boron silicate minerals that share a common crystal structure and similar physical properties - but vary tremendously in chemical composition.

The wide range of compositions, along with trace elements and color centers, causes tourmalines to occur in more colors and color combinations than any other mineral group. Crystals of good color and clarity are often cut into beautiful gemstones. Tourmaline is such a popular gemstone that it is easy to find in jewelry stores. Nice tourmaline crystals are also valued by mineral specimen collectors. Specimens with attractive colors and habits can sell for thousands of dollars.

Tourmaline has a few properties that can aid in its identification. If you have a tourmaline crystal, identification should be easy. Tourmaline crystals are prismatic and often have obvious striations that parallel their long axis. They often have triangular or six-sided cross-sections with rounded edges. They are often color zoned through their cross-sections or along their length. And, tourmaline is pleochroic with the darkest color viewing down the C-axis and lighter color viewing perpendicular to the C-axis.” (http://geology.com/minerals/tourmaline.shtml)

Black tourmaline is a grounding stone with a peaceful energy. It is a mystery stone that is useful for scrying and seeing into other realms.

Black tourmaline is a calming stone that can also transmute negative energy in the environment.

Physically, black tourmaline is beneficial for the bodily organ systems and the immune system. It is a detoxifying stone and a blood purifier.

Black tourmaline refreshes best in moonlight.

Stone Medicine - Sunstone

by Alannah Hudis on 11/20/17

Sunstone

(Stone medicine interpretation by Alannah Hudis - Geological information http://geology.com/)

“The name "sunstone" is used for specimens of translucent to transparent feldspar that produce bright metallic flashes when light interacts with tiny plate-like mineral inclusions within the stone. These mineral inclusions usually have a common orientation, and light entering the stone reflects from them at a common angle. This produces a flash of light in the eye of the observer who views them at the proper angle. This optical phenomenon is known as "aventurescence."

The first materials to be called "sunstone" because of their aventurescence were specimens of oligoclase, a plagioclase feldspar. As other types of feldspar with a strong aventurescence were discovered, the name was also applied to them. Labradorite feldspar (another plagioclase) and orthoclase feldspar have both been found with strong aventurescence. [1]

The aventurescent flash of light produced by a sunstone can be observed by three different actions:

moving the stone in the light

moving the position of the light

moving the eye of the observer

Sunstone is also known as "heliolite" and more commonly "aventurescent feldspar." It is cut into cabochons, beads, and small sculptures. The most transparent pieces are used to produce faceted stones.” (http://geology.com/gemstones/sunstone/)

Sunstone has a cheery aspect and a light, gentle energy with is beneficial for animals and small children. It promotes an optimistic outlook and can lighten a sad mood.

Sunstone resonates with the Solar Plexus; is a stone of movement and encouragement and helps in getting projects accomplished.

Physically sunstone is good for head health and can aid in the alleviation of headaches.

Sunstone, unsurprisingly, enjoys being refreshed in bright sunlight.

Celebrating the Seasons: Samhain - the Ancient Celtic Festival

by Alannah Hudis on 11/01/17

Samhain

Photo by freestocks.org on Unsplash

Long before Jack-o'-lanterns, costume parties and trick or treating, the ancient Celts of Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man celebrated the coming of winter, the dark half of the year, with a fire festival known as Samhain, (pronounced SAH-win). Samhain marks the end of the harvest season and occurs at the end of October - beginning of November, about halfway between Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice.

Samhain is thought to be the ancient precursor to our Halloween or Hallowe'en, also known as All Hallows' Evening, All Hallows' Eve and All Saints' Eve. Depending on the source, it is believed that our Halloween is the Christianized version of Samhain; others think that it began solely as a Christian holiday.[i] Whatever the origin of Halloween, it is intriguing for us to take a look at the ancient seasonal celebration of Samhain from the standpoints of spirituality, alignment with nature and honoring of the ancestors' ways and practices.

Believed to have pagan Celtic origins, there is evidence that Samhain has been an important occasion since ancient times. There are Neolithic passage tombs in Ireland that are aligned to the Samhain sunrise, there is mention of it in early Irish literature and it figures prominently in Irish mythological tales.[ii]

"In Modern Irish the name is Samhain [?s?aun?], in Scottish Gaelic Samhainn/Samhuinn [?sa?.i?], and in Manx Gaelic Sauin. These are also the names of November in each language, shortened from Mí na Samhna (Irish), Mì na Samhna (Scottish Gaelic) and Mee Houney (Manx)."[iii]  

Today, while Samhain is traditionally celebrated on October 31-November 1, historically the celebration could last for a number of days, and there are those who choose to celebrate the occasion on the astronomical midpoint between Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice, which occurs on November 7th in the northern latitudes in 2017.

It is thought that at this liminal time of year around Samhain the veil between this world and the Otherworld is thinnest, allowing spirits to pass through[iv] and that it is possible to communicate with the spirits of the departed. In ancient times as today, ancestors were honored with mute or "dumb" suppers, an extra place being laid at the table for the departed. Spirits thought to be harmful were warded off with costumes and masks[v] and people in Ireland carved turnips with ofttimes grotesque faces that were then placed in their windows or outside their doors to keep malevolent spirits at bay. Both of these traditions paved the way for our modern day habit of dressing up as something other for Halloween, and the turnip carving tradition, brought to the United States in the Irish diaspora, started our practice of carved Jack-o'-lanterns. The immigrants found that our readily available pumpkins were much easier to carve than hard turnips!

The importance of Samhain in the Celts' time was very much rooted in their pastoral lifestyle and there is little question that Samhain "was the most important of the four Celtic Festivals. Samhain was a crucial time of year, loaded with symbolic significance..."[vi] Cattle were brought down from the highland pastures and preparations for winter sheltering began. It "was a time to take stock of the herds and food supplies."[vii] Bonfires were lit on hilltops and rituals were enacted in accordance with the custom. It is thought that the fires had protective and cleansing powers.[viii]

It was also a time when "a dissolution of the established order" made "way for re-creation and, as such, was a transition during which a degree of chaos and destructurizing reigned as realities merged." "The Druids employed both vision seeking and shamanic spirit-flight in their work as spiritual mediators, and these skills may have been used most easily at times such as Samhain. Fires were quenched, then relit from the sacred Samhain fire."[ix]

For people who lived very closely with the land and had none of the comforts and protections we take for granted in our modernized world, the coming of harsh winters and long, cold nights presented a challenge of body and spirit. "The perceptible, and apparent, decline in the strength of the sun at this time of year was a source of anxiety for early man and the lighting of the Winter Fires here symbolised man's attempt to assist the sun on its journey across the skies. Fire is the earthly counterpart of the sun and is a powerful and appropriate symbol to express mans helplessness in the face of the overwhelming sense of the decay of nature as the winter sets in."

"In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter."[x]

As we move in our round of seasonal celebrations, we can see that Samhain was an event of great import for the ancestors, and carried forward, it enhances our alignment with and understanding of the cycles of nature. Recognizing and celebrating this seminal time of year can be just as important for us in the 21st century as it was for the ancients, 2000 years and more ago. It is reconnection with the earth, with our basic selves, with the powers and elements that shape our world.

Samhain Blessings!



[i] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samhain. Retrieved October 25, 2017.

[ii] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samhain. Retrieved October 25, 2017.

[iii] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samhain. Retrieved October 25, 2017.

[iv] http://www.newgrange.com/samhain.htm. Retrieved October 25, 2017.

[v] http://www.newgrange.com/samhain.htm. Retrieved October 25, 2017.

[vi] Excerpt from Tlachtga: Celtic Fire Festival by John Gilroy

[vii] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samhain. Retrieved October 25, 2017.

[viii] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samhain. Retrieved October 25, 2017.

[ix] Loren Cruden, Walking the Maze (Rochester, Vermont: Destiny Books, 1998), 96.

[x] Excerpt from Tlachtga: Celtic Fire Festival by John Gilroy

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