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These are a few of the cool rocks I found at the rock shop located at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. Top left is a Tiger Iron table from Australia, 1.6 billion years old, top right is a Blue agate end table(my favorite color), middle is a fossil bed writing table, bottom left is a pyrite dollar in matrix, and finally bottom left is pyrite and quartz on a sphalerite matrix. All so cool and so expensive.

Added a little permanent setup (for now lol) to my bathroom and I really like it 💜

We haven’t decorated much since moving in because the wall colour is very uninspiring and I just haven’t had the time to paint. But now it’s spring and I have all this free time so, hello fresh white walls 🙊💗I’m so excited to decorate!

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southcoastgeo #travertine Tuesday! Travertine is formed when hot geothermal waters flow through layers of limestone, dissolving and then depositing the calcium carbonate in spectacular fountains. This example has been colored in oranges and browns by thermophilic algae and is from the Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park. 

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Yellowstone’s Mammoth Hot Springs is a neat site. Most of the geothermal/hydrothermal features in Yellowstone travel through silicic rocks - the volcanic rocks created during the eruptions - and since most volcanoes erupt siliceous rocks many hot springs create siliceous features like the park’s geysers. Mammoth Hot Springs is outside the area blasted apart in the last caldera forming eruption, so its waters instead travel through limestones of the surrounding mountains. The hot water dissolves the limestone and precipitates carbonate minerals like travertine, creating these terraces.

“Badab-e Surt (Persian: باداب سورت‎) is a natural site in the Mazandaran Province of northern Iran, 95 km (59 mi.) south of the city of Sari and 7 km (4.3 mi.) west of Orost village. It comprises a range of stepped travertine terrace formations that have been created over thousands of years as flowing water from two mineral hot springs cooled and deposited carbonate minerals on the mountainside.” – Fereydoon Gharaei, 2015

Petrified dragonfly

Ever since I read a book on fieldwork in Ethiopia’s volcanic regions that described insects turning into stone before the geologist’s eyes demonstrating a sort of instant fossilisation in a silica rich volcanic hot spring, I have been searching for a decent photo of the phenomenon to share this cool story with you.

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Astral Projection Oil

1 tsp. jasmine
1 tsp. woodruff
1 tsp. cinquefoil
2 tsp. mugwort
2 drops acacia oil
4 drops benzoin oil
3 drops rue oil
1 drop sandalwood oil
¼ base (can be oil [olive, sunflower, safflower or mineral] or spring water)

Dab on all pulse points, forehead and soles before entering the state in which you astral travel. Store remaining oil in a tight jar or bottle in a dark place.

Celtic Goddesses and Gods Part 2

Babd (Also Badhbh, Badb Catha)- A Gaelic Goddess of war, wisdom, death, and inspiration, she is the wife and sometimes granddaughter of Net, a war God. As an aspect of Morrigan, she is the Battle Raven, and her name means Scald-crow. She fills warriors with fury and helped defeat the Formorians in Ireland. Her father is Ernmas and her sisters are Macha, the Morrigu, and Anu. Her symbols are the cauldron, ravens, and crows.

Balor- He is a Sun God and king of the Formors, who were early giants, originally occupying Ireland. Son of Net and grandfather to Lugh, he has a baleful eye that, when opened, lays waste to his enemies. At the second Battle of Mag Tuired, Lugh puts out Balor’s evil eye with a sling-stone and kills him. 

Banba- An Irish Earth Goddess representing the sacred land, she is part of the triad of the three Goddesses of sovereignty that also includes Folta and Eriu. She is wife of MacCruill, and thought to be the first settler in Ireland. One of Ireland’s ancient names is “the island of Banba of the Women”. 

Belinus (Also Bel, Belanos, Belenus)- A God of life, truth, war, inspiration, and music. His mother is Corwenna and his brother Brennius. He represents fire of fire, and is said to have been buried in a golden urn in London. An active healing (dry heat) God, he drives away diseases. His symbols are the roadways, sun disc, a golden harp, and a golden curved sword and spear. 

Belisama- The Goddess of Fire and an aspect of Bridget, she is known as the “young Sun” and the “Sun maiden”. Her name means like unto flame or bright and shinning one. Her symbol is the rising Sun. 

Belisana- An aspect of Belisama with a similar appearance, but more earthly, she is a solar Goddess of healing, laughter and the forests. 

Blodenwedd (Also Blodewedd, Blodeuedd)- A sun and moon Goddess associated with the dawn and the May Queen, she is called “Flowerface” or “White Flower”. Created by Math and Gwydion from flowers, blossom, and nine elements, she is the most beautiful and the most treacherous Goddess and is associated with the Arthurian Guenevere. She is turned into a white owl by Gwydion. Her magickal symbols are he white owl, meadowsweet, oak, broom, primrose and cockle.

Borvo (Also Bormo, Bormanus)- A Celtic Apollo and a God of healing, he is also associated with wet heat, such as hot springs and mineral waters. He represents the elements of fire and water, and is God of unseen or concealed truth and inspiration through dreams. His symbols are a flute, a golden harp, a golden sword or spear, hot springs, and the sun disc. 

Brigantia- A powerful Celtic Briton nature Goddess of water and pastoral activities with distinct similarities to the Irish Sun Goddess Bridgit, her name is an ancient name for the rivers and the curves of the countryside. She us a titular Goddess of the Brigantes in Yorkshire.  

(Source: Exploring Celtic Druidism Ancient Magick and Rituals for Personal Empowerment by Sirona Knight)