Crystals Energy- All forms of energy have similar characteristics. A color, a vibration which in turn generates a frequency or sound. Because different types of crystals have different densities, each type of crystal will vibrate at different frequencies, thus creating different energy signatures.
You can keep a crystal in your pocket, or wear it as a charm to help stimulate that particular energy needed. For instance, someone who is healing from a loss, may want to carry a Rose Quartz crystal with them to help stimulate healing of the heart.
Crystals can also be used in spiritual rituals or healing in a similar manner. You can also place them around your meditation space to promote inner peace, and stimulate connection to spirit. Or to amplify Divine energy coming into your space or being sent out from your space; such as during a healing circle.
Imbolc or Imbolg is the first of the Spring holidays that ring in the festivals for fertility. Not just fertility of self and body as many non-believers belief. But fertility of the earth for an abundant crop, and garden, a fertile mind for imagining new ideas and concepts; perhaps for work or home. Imbolg is the celebration of setting things in fruitful motion and preparing for a wonderful year.
In general terms it is the celebration of things yet to be born for the new year. Those things that are hidden under winters last snows. It is a time for preparation and readiness. A time to look over your supplies for the coming year and make a list of what you might need. It is a time to take stock of your magik cabinet, you pantry and even your plans or goals for the year.
In traditional ceremony Imbolc/Imbolg is the festival of the Goddess aspect of the divine spirits. The Goddess Brid or Bridget, the bride who is waiting for the return of her groom, the sun God. In original Celtic traditions, it is the preparation for the rebirth of the sun God. Today the Irish know this festival as St. Bridget’s Day.
Ostara / Eostre / Spring Equinox Sun enters Aries | Color: White | Planting Day | Waxing Moon
As Spring reaches its midpoint, night and day stand in perfect balance, with light on the increase. The young Sun God now celebrates a hierogamy (sacred marriage) with the young Maiden Goddess, who conceives. In nine months, she will again become the Great Mother. It is a time of great fertility, new growth, and newborn animals.
The next full moon (a time of increased births) is called the Ostara and is sacred to Eostre the Saxon Lunar Goddess of fertility (from whence we get the word estrogen, whose two symbols were the egg and the rabbit.
The Christian religion adopted these emblems for Easter which is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox. The theme of the conception of the Goddess was adapted as the Feast of the Annunciation, occurring on the alternative fixed calendar date of March 25 Old Lady Day, the earlier date of the equinox. Lady Day may also refer to other goddesses (such as Venus and Aphrodite), many of whom have festivals celebrated at this time.
Traditional Foods: Leafy green vegetables, Dairy foods, Nuts such as Pumpkin, Sunflower and Pine. Flower Dishes and Sprouts.
Herbs and Flowers: Daffodil, Jonquils, Woodruff, Violet, Gorse, Olive, Peony, Iris, Narcissus and all spring flowers.
Incense: Jasmine, Rose, Strawberry, Floral of any type.
Sacred Gemstone: Jasper
Special Activities: Planting seeds or starting a Magickal Herb Garden. Taking a long walk in nature with no intent other than reflecting on the Magick of nature and our Great Mother and her bounty.
In Greek mythology, Charon or Kharon (/ˈkɛərɒn/ or /ˈkɛərən/; Greek Χάρων)is the ferryman of Hades who carries souls of the newly deceased across the rivers Styx and Acheron that divided the world of the living from the world of the dead. A coin to pay Charon for passage, usually an obolus or danake, was sometimes placed in or on the mouth of a dead person. Some authors say that those who could not pay the fee, or those whose bodies were left unburied, had to wander the shores for one hundred years. In the catabasis mytheme, heroes — such as Heracles, Orpheus, Aeneas, Dante, Dionysus and Psyche — journey to the underworld and return, still alive, conveyed by the boat of Charon.
Genealogy- He was the son of Nyx and Erebus.
Etymology of name- The name Charon is most often explained as a proper noun from χάρων (charon), a poetic form of χαρωπός (charopós), “of keen gaze”, referring either to fierce, flashing, or feverish eyes, or to eyes of a bluish-gray color. The word may be a euphemism for death. Flashing eyes may indicate the anger or irascibility of Charon as he is often characterized in literature, but the etymology is not certain. The ancient historian Diodorus Siculus thought that the ferryman and his name had been imported from Egypt.
Appearance and demeanor- Charon is depicted frequently in the art of ancient Greece. Attic funerary vases of the 5th and 4th centuries BC. are often decorated with scenes of the dead boarding Charon’s boat. On the earlier such vases, he looks like a rough, unkempt Athenian seaman dressed in reddish-brown, holding his ferryman’s pole in his right hand and using his left hand to receive the deceased. Hermes sometimes stands by in his role as psychopomp. On later vases, Charon is given a more “kindly and refined” demeanor. In the 1st century BC., the Roman poet Virgil describes Charon in the course of Aeneas’s descent to the underworld (Aeneid, Book 6), after the Cumaean Sibyl has directed the hero to the golden bough that will allow him to return to the world of the living:
There Chairon stands, who rules the dreary coast - A sordid god: down from his hairy chin A length of beard descends, uncombed, unclean; His eyes, like hollow furnaces on fire; A girdle, foul with grease, binds his obscene attire.
Other Latin authors also describe Charon, among them Seneca in his tragedy Hercules Furens, where Charon is described in verses 762-777 as an old man clad in foul garb, with haggard cheeks and an unkempt beard, a fierce ferryman who guides his craft with a long pole. When the boatman tells Hercules to halt, the Greek hero uses his strength to gain passage, overpowering Charon with the boatman’s own pole. In the second century, Lucian employed Charon as a figure in his Dialogues of the Dead, most notably in Parts 4 and 10 (“Hermes and Charon” and “Charon and Hermes”).
In the Divine Comedy, Charon forces reluctant sinners onto his boat by beating them with his oar. (Gustave Doré, 1857) In the 14th century, Dante Alighieri described Charon in his Divine Comedy, drawing from Virgil’s depiction in Aeneid 6. Charon is the first named mythological character Dante meets in the underworld, in the third canto of Inferno. Elsewhere, Charon appears as a cranky, skinny old man or as a winged demon wielding a double hammer, although Michelangelo’s interpretation, influenced by Dante’s depiction in Inferno, canto 3, shows him with an oar over his shoulder, ready to beat those who delay (“batte col remo qualunque s'adagia”, Inferno 3, verse 111). In modern times, he is commonly depicted as a living skeleton in a cowl, much like the Grim Reaper.
“Haros” and modern usage- “Haros” is the modern Greek equivalent of Charon, and usage includes the curse “you will be eaten (i.e. taken) by Haros”, or “I was in the teeth of Haros” (i.e. “ I was near death/very sick/badly injured.”) During the Korean War, the Greek Expeditionary Force defended an outpost called Outpost Harry. The Greek soldiers who witnessed what was going on between the 10 and 16 June 1953, before they were due to go on to the hill on the 16th, referred to it as “Outpost Haros”.
Beltaine is an anglicization of the Irish “Bealtaine” or the Scottish “Bealtuinn.” While “tene” clearly means “fire,” nobody really knows whether Bel refers to Belenus, a pastoral god of the Gauls, or is from “bel,” simply meaning “brilliant.” It might even derive from “bil tene” or “lucky fire” because to jump between two Beltane fires was sure to bring good fortune, health to your livestock, and prosperity.
When the Druids and their successors raised the Beltaine fires on hilltops throughout the British Isles on May Eve, they were performing a real act of magic, for the fires were lit in order to bring the sun’s light down to earth. In Scotland, every fire in the household was extinguished, and the great fires were lit from the need-fire which was kindled by 3 times 3 men using wood from the nine sacred trees. When the wood burst into flames, it proclaimed the triumph of the light over the dark half of the year.
Then the whole hillside came alive as people thrust brands into the newly roaring flames and whirled them about their heads in imitation of the circling of the sun. If any man there was planning a long journey or dangerous undertaking, he leaped backwards and forwards three times through the fire for luck. As the fire sunk low, the girls jumped across it to procure good husbands; pregnant women stepped through it to ensure an easy birth, and children were also carried across the smoldering ashes. When the fire died down, the embers were thrown among the sprouting crops to protect them, while each household carried some back to kindle a new fire in their hearth. When the sun rose that dawn, those who had stayed up to watch it might see it whirl three times upon the horizon before leaping up in all its summer glory.
The Rites of Spring Beltaine was a time of fertility and unbridled merrymaking, when young and old would spend the night making love in the Greenwood. In the morning, they would return to the village bearing huge budding boughs of hawthorn (the may-tree) and other spring flowers with which to bedeck themselves, their families, and their houses. They would process back home, stopping at each house to leave flowers, and enjoy the best of food and drink that the home had to offer. In every village, the maypole—usually a birch or ash pole—was raised, and dancing and feasting began. Festivities were led by the May Queen and her consort, the King who was sometimes Jack-in-the-Green, or the Green Man, the old god of the wildwood. They were borne in state through the village in a cart covered with flowers and enthroned in a leafy arbor as the divine couple whose unity symbolized the sacred marriage of earth and sun.
To Celebrate Beltaine Today Arise at dawn and wash in the morning dew: the woman who washes her face in it will be beautiful; the man who washes his hands will be skilled with knots and nets.
If you live near water, make a garland or posy of spring flowers and cast it into stream, lake or river to bless the water spirits.
Prepare a May basket by filling it with flowers and goodwill, then give it to one in need of caring, such as an elderly friend.
Beltaine is one of the three “spirit-nights” of the year when the faeries can be seen. At dusk, twist a rowan sprig into a ring and look through it, and you may see them.
Make a wish as you jump a bonfire or candle flame for good luck—but make sure you tie up long skirts first!
Make a May bowl —wine or punch in which the flowers of sweet woodruff or other fragrant blossoms are soaked—and drink with the one you love.
Among the various celebrations linked with Saturnalia and Yuletide, December 16, known as Fairy Queen Eve, attracts curiosity. Fairy Queen Eve can be celebrated on many levels. There is a Celtic tradition with a tie to Queen Maeve (or Medb). The days leading up to the winter solstice mark a cycle when the gates to fairyland, the Other World, can be more accessible to mortals. Maeve presides over her court, overseeing the preparations for the cross quarter day of Yule, the longest of nights.
December 16 specifically marks the beginning of a nine day period of grace and waiting in the early Catholic rituals of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of the Universe. A time of reverie, of sacred anticipation, begins at 4:00 AM on December 16. For nine successive mornings, until Christmas Day, the enigmatic energies of a predawn Mass are dedicated to The Fairy Queen. Sometimes she is portrayed as a wretched old crone, an elderly fairy. On other occasions, she is royal, a beautiful and a radiant being, glowing with the Dew of Heaven. One of the most holy times of joy and penance, Fairy Queen Eve is most familiar today in the traditional Catholic cultures of the Philippines and Puerto Rico. December 16 is the start of the Mass or Misa de Aguinado. Aquinado is a Spanish word meaning a unique holiday gift. In Puerto Rico the Mass is a completely musical one. There the Aguinado becomes the gift of holiday songs.
To call in The Fairy Queen, whether you see her as Maeve or Mary, withered or youthful, obtain a bell and a snow white or silver gilt candle. During the dark hours on December 16 ring the bell nine times and light the candle. Ask for her blessing. Be observant, for either the old woman or the lovely lady will likely appear to you. Most likely this will be briefly and from a distance, as you round a corner, during an outing before midwinters day has passed.