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The Welsh Dragon

There was a time when dragons roamed the land. These great dragons would often settle near the villages of people, offering the villages protection and guidance.

Now, dragons are creatures which need the heat of spring and summer, and so they go into deep caves to sleep the cold months away.

In the land of Wales, a great red dragon had protected the greatest city for many years. The fierceness of his flame and the wisdom of his years of living made him a fine guardian, and he was much loved by those under his care.

One year, the ice and snow of winter did not retreat when the days grew longer. The air was chill, and the people of the city grew sick and the weakest of them died. When the red dragon emerged from his winter sleep, the land was bare, the cold killing even the hardiest of seeds.

The red dragon knew the cause of this lingering ice instantly, and he took to the sky, roaring out a challenge which echoed through the mountains.

It was a challenge that was answered with a roar filled with the grating of shifting ice, and the people stared in astonishment as another dragon flew from the east to meet their protector. The new dragon was pure white, and his scales shone in the sunlight.

They met above the city, and the shock of that meeting rang like a bell throughout the land. The red dragon’s flame scorched across the white dragon’s chest, making him bellow in pain. In retaliation, the white dragon whipped his tail across the red dragon’s head. The sharp, hardened scales of the tail cut across the red dragon’s eye. The blood which fell from this wound was gold, and where it landed, beautiful golden flowers sprang up. Today, we call these flowers daffodils.

The red dragon responded by grasping the white tightly in his claws, and driving him down onto the sharp rocks of the cliffs above the city. The rocks pierced the white dragon’s heart, killing it.

The crowd which had gathered to watch this fight cheered in delight as the red dragon landed in front of his cave. The king declared that the land would henceforth always fly a flag with the Red Dragon on it. The flag’s background would be green and white. The green to show the land the Red Dragon had saved, and the white to show the colour of the dragon the Red Dragon had saved them all for. In this way, the fight would always be remembered.

But the battle was not won without a great loss, for the Red Dragon was sorely injured. He returned to his cave to rest, and has never yet woken from his slumber. From that day to this, it rains in the rich, green land of Wales through sorrow at the Red Dragon’s loss.

Healing with Lavender

Lavender is one of the most widely used and versatile herbs known today. Lavender flowers have been used for centuries to treat digestive problems, insomnia, anxiety, and restlessness. Until World War I, lavender was used to treat and disinfect wounds. English farmers have placed lavender flowers in their hats in order to prevent headaches and sunstroke for years. In more domestic uses, women still place sachets of lavender in their wardrobes for fragrance, and it is a common element in potpourri.

Today, lavender is most commonly used to help to treat anxiety, depression, mental exhaustion, insomnia, scrapes and wounds, digestive problems, headaches, skin problems and women’s health problems. In addition to this wealth of uses, lavender can be used to help treat exhaustion, heat exposure, fevers, aches and pains, over-exertion, jet lag, rashes, sprains, sunburn, sunstroke, bruises and burns. It is a good mild disinfectant and insect repellent, along with being antiseptic, a natural antibiotic, a mild sedative and a detoxifier.

Anxiety

Lavender essential oil has a calming, sedative and anti-convulsive effect. When used in combination with other relaxants, it can also help to boost their effectiveness.

Insomnia

This is likely the most common use of lavender. Studies conducted at the University of Leicester have shown that using lavender essential oil is just as effective in promoting a healthy sleep pattern as traditional medication, and many hospitals offer lavender pillows in order to help their patients get a good nights’ sleep.

Scrapes and Wounds

Lavender essential oil has antiseptic properties. Applying it to wounds can not only increase cell growth and so help the wound to heal faster, it also helps to decrease the appearance of scars. The oil is anti-microbial, helping to protect scrapes and wounds from becoming infected, while allowing them to heal effectively.

Digestive Problems

Lavender helps to sooth the lining of the digestive tract and promotes the secretion of bile, which helps the body to digest fats and helps to reduce the instances of heartburn. In addition to this, lavender can also help ease bloating and constipation.

Headaches

Massaging lavender oil onto the temples, neck and forehead can relieve neck and head tension and promote relaxation, thus helping to relieve a variety of headaches. Those included are gastric headaches, nervous headaches, sinus pain and tension headaches.

Skin Problems

Massaging lavender oil into the skin can help to treat a number of skin problems including acne, dry skin, eczema, itchy skin, sunburn and burns.

Conclusion

Lavender is a must-have for all homes, and is an essential part of every herbal medicine cupboard. Few herbs can truly claim to have the sheer number of uses offered by lavender. It is as close to an all-round treatment as there is to be found anywhere.

Healing with Honey

Honey has been a medicinal substance for centuries. In Ancient Egypt it was used as a wound dressing, embalming fluid, and was often included in offerings to the gods.I know. Honey is not a herb. But it is such a great healer that when I started thinking of plants to concentrate on, I just kept returning to it. So here is a run-down of what makes honey so great. Don’t worry – I’ll do similar overviews of various herbs over the next few weeks.

Today, honey is often used for its antibacterial properties. Even some hospitals use manuka honey as a wound dressing, because it helps to keep bacteria out of the wounds. It is also an anti-inflammatory, and is a general all-round remedy. Not to mention, it tastes great.

Finally, for those who want to try and live a more natural life and eat fewer processed foods, honey makes an excellent sweetener for a wide range of foods and drinks.

What to look for

There is such a bewildering array of honeys available in supermarkets now that it can be difficult to work out what to buy. You also need to be very careful, because fake honey is easily and cheaply produced.

As a general rule of thumb, you need to look for the darker honeys, as these have a greater antioxidant level and are better at fighting off bacteria.

Unfortunately, most honey that you can find on supermarket shelves is pasteurized. This is meant to help increase its shelf-life, but I struggle to believe that it is necessary. Honey has been found in Egyptian tombs which was perfectly edible. What this process certainly does do, however, is to get rid of the heat-sensitive properties of honey, severely curtailing its use as anything other than a sweetener.

Ideally, you need to find somewhere which sells raw honey. This is precisely what it sounds like. It is untreated, unpasteurized honey. It crystalises very easily, and therefore cannot be poured as easily as commercial honey, but it is delicious, and very good for you.

Uses of Honey

Coughs and Colds

I have already mentioned the fact that honey is very useful in helping to treat colds and ‘flu. It helps to soothe inflamed membranes and eases coughs. It has been proved to be as effective – or more – than certain over-the-counter medications in both easing a cough and helping to promote restful sleep.

Improve Digestion

Any sort of nausea or digestive distress can be helped with a tablespoon of honey. If mixed with other ingredients, this can make a highly effective digestive syrup.

Lower cholesterol

As a natural sweetener, raw honey can help to control cholesterol levels when introduced as a way to help diets taste better.

Improves SleepHoney is a relaxant. It helps to produce melatonin, which is the hormone which helps to encourage natural, restful sleep.

Heal Wounds

I have already mentioned that honey can be used topically as an aid to promote swift healing of wounds, mild burns, rashes and grazes.

Shampoo

Raw honey can be added to home shampoo recipes very easily. When used in this way, it can help to cleanse and restore the health of your hair and scalp.

Moisturiser and Skin Care

If mixed into a lotion with lemon and olive oil, raw honey makes for a great moisturiser. Leave it on the skin for a minute or two and then rinse thoroughly.

As you can see, there are many uses to honey. This list really does only scratch the surface of its many and varied uses. It makes it a necessary part of the medicine cupboard for anyone who happens to be remotely interested in adding natural health to their daily life.

 

 

A Look At Reiki

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a gentle, non-intrusive healing technique, in which the practitioner brings universal healing energy through their hands and uses that energy to heal and restore the body at all levels – physical, emotional and spiritual. During the treatment, any blocked or stagnant energy can be released, allowing the energy within the body to flow freely, which in turn allows the body’s natural healing processes to kick in.

Where does Reiki energy come from?

Reiki energy is a subtle energy. It comes directly from the Song, and thus exists at a higher frequency than the energies of the physical world that we are more familiar with. When viewed clairvoyantly, Reiki energy appears to come down from above and to enter the top of the practitioner’s head, after which it flows through the body and out of the hands. A practitioner never uses their personal energy during a Reiki session, and is instead connecting to the infinite supply of energy offered by the Song.

Calm woman receiving reiki treatment

What does it feel like?

Reiki is usually given to you when you are either lying on a massage couch or seated, and you remain fully clothed, with only your shoes occasionally removed – and even this is done to ensure your comfort, rather than out of any degree of necessity. Depending on your personal preference, the treatment can either be ‘hands on’, where there is a gentle touch to the body, or ‘hands off’, which is the more usual form and where the practitioner’s hands are held a short distance away from your body. You are usually asked to close your eyes and to relax whilst the treatment is carried out.

The specific sensations experienced during a session vary from person to person. Some report feeling nothing, but the vast majority feel either a warmth or a tingling sensation, and this is often accompanied by an awareness of changes within your physical, mental and/or emotional state.

What are the benefits of a Reiki treatment?

Reiki treatments can help to release blocked energies and to restore physical, mental and emotional balance. The healing energy always goes to wherever you need it most. Reiki can also help you take a step back from any worries and problems, and help you reframe them from a more relaxed state of mind.

It is important to bear in mind, however, that while Reiki is certainly a powerful tool and can help to bring comfort and improve the quality of life of those who seek out treatments, it is a complementary therapy, and should never be used as an alternative to conventional medical care.

Aura Colours and Meanings

The aura is part of the electromagnetic field that surrounds the human body – and every other organism and object in creation. When speaking specifically of humans, it is sometimes referred to as the Human Energy Field, or HEF, in order to avoid the mystical associations of the word ‘aura’.

The aura of a healthy person surrounds their body in an oval shaped field, or ‘auric egg’, which extends approximately 1 metre on average from the skin on all sides of the body, including above the head and into the ground.

Auric Variations

Once you have learned to perceive your own aura and those of other people, you need to start recognising the information packed in to each shade the aura can display. By recognising the significance of this and adjusting your own aura in turn, you can achieve truly spectacular effects throughout your life.

Red

This is a very creative, life-enhancing auric colour which can vary from brilliant scarlet to deep ruby. It is also the colour of the instincts for basic survival and when the shade is harsh or murky, it can reflect anger, a desire to dominate, or a strong desire to change.

A paler red can suggest buried anger or resentment and repressed guilt at these feelings and needs a particularly careful response. Pale red can reveal the truth behind a seemingly calm, reasonable exterior and you ignore the underlying negativity at your peril.

Orange

This often appears as the predominant auric colour when a question of identity is at stake. In its clearest shades it represents optimism, joy, and good health. However, in a close relationship too much orange can suggest a lack of commitment.

Pale orange over any length of time in your own aura can suggest that your identity is perhaps being eroded by your desire to please others, and when seen in others it can suggest that they rely on you more than they admit.

Yellow

This is the auric colour of communication and when it is a lovely, golden yellow, communication is clear and creative. The sun positively shines from every enthusiastic fibre. It can warm and enrich the auras of others. It is also the colour of a sharp intellect, so do not underestimate your opponent if their aura flares bright yellow.

However, when the yellow is a dull shade, it can suggest that there may be something being concealed, or some less than honest intent.

Green

This is the auric colour of the heart and emotions and is especially dominant when relationships are the main issue. In matters of love, a clear green aura is a good sign of a faithful heart and in friendship it indicates trustworthiness. Often a bright green aura may be the first sign of an emotional commitment, and can be encouraging if you are unsure whether to reveal your own feelings.

A paler green can suggest emotional dependency. That is fine in children, and also in love and friendship when it alternates with a stronger shade. A dull, muddy green can conceal conflicting emotions or an emotional leech, and yellow-green is often a sign of possessiveness and unwarranted jealousy.

Blue

This is an aura colour concerned with principles and ideals. Bright blue is altruistic and the person will put principles before personal gain. The softer blues, often associated with healing, soften that idealism with compassion. Navy blue has an unworldliness about it which can be frustrating when financial or business matters must be resolved.

When the aura is ice blue, it can suggest a touch of heartlessness. A dull blue can suggest that concern for conventions and traditions is leading to rigidity.

Purple

This is the auric colour that deals with the spiritual and psychic side of human nature that can so easily get swamped by everyday living. Because it is a colour related to intuition, it can often provide an answer when logic and emotion fail. Deep, rich purple talks of deeply spiritual areas and a strong intuitive nature.

Paler purple relates to the inner world and suggests that its wearer considers inner happiness more vital than material success. Only when the auric purple is muddy or blurred does it imply that its owner is spending too long on daydreams and illusions.

Pink

In an aura pink is a good sign as those who display this colour are natural peacemakers or are in a re-conciliatory mood. If the pink is bright and clear, you know that the person in question will be open to your suggestions, feelings and fears.

A pale but clear pink reveals inner harmony and means that the person you are dealing with is likely to take a balanced view of whatever matter is at hand. If the pink is misty, it can mean that you are dealing with someone who sees other people’s points of view to such an extent that they are unlikely to reach any decisions without firm direction.

Brown

Some people assume that brown is a sign that something is wrong, but this is not instantly the case. A clear, shining brown, like fresh-ploughed fields in the sunlight, is a healthy sign that the person in question is practical, reliable, with a good sense of humour and a great deal of common sense. Pale, clear brown shows that practicality is tempered with enthusiasm and versatility.

Problems only arise if the shade of brown is constant and unvarying. Then, it suggests someone who is too focused on utter practicality and who may need to consider adding some fun into their life. A very dark brown can suggest feeling overloaded by responsibilities that may be masked as a lack of enthusiasm or inability.

White

This is the synthesis of all the other colours and suggests creativity, energy, and focused aims in an everyday context. It is a very exciting aura to develop on a personal level. Because it includes all of the other colours, it can help to clear stagnation  in any area and promote one of those inspirational leaps that take us from an unfulfilling but secure situation to the thrilling unknown.

However, a dirty whit aura or one with streaks of black hints at unfinished or unresolved issues which must be resolved before progress can be made.

Black

This is the ultimate receptive colour of the aura and is not necessarily a negative colour. Black at its clearest represents the receptive, nurturing, accepting side of human nature. It is a very stabilising auric shade as long as it is not so heavy that the person seems to vanish beneath its weight.

Black also has a second aspect; in its softer or denser shades it can represent a natural fluidity that accepts people for what they are and not what they ‘should’ be. A dense, heavy black can suggest depression, a poor self-image and a low sense of personal worth.

Autism ‘Cure’ Hoax

Autistic people see, hear and feel the world differently to other people. It is not an illness or disease, and therefore cannot be ‘cured’. Unfortunately, this does not prevent people from suggesting otherwise.

The Claims

The ‘Miracle Mineral Solution’ is a solution of sodium chlorite in distilled water. It was first suggested by Jim Humble in a self-published book, first released in 2006. There is also a more diluted version of the same solution marketed as Chlorine Dioxide Solution, or CDS.

Jim Humble’s book claims that his Miracle Mineral Solution can act as a preventative against malaria, cancer, the hepatitis viruses, and – most damaging of all, autism. It was not until Kerri Rivera became a promoter that it really began to be sold as a cure for autism, however.

Kerri Rivera has claimed that treating children with Miracle Mineral Solution has removed 170 children from the autistic spectrum. She believes that the cure purges the body of a range of parasites that cause autism. In spite of the fact that her support of this ‘treatment’ has forced her to move to Mexico in order for her to be able to continue to offer it, she is still as vocal a supporter of it as ever.

The Truth

Sodium chlorite is a toxic chemical. It can cause acute renal failure if ingested, and has caused fatalities in adults who have ingested it. This has caused the supporters of it to change the method of administering it to an enema, and say that it needs to be ‘activated’ by adding citric acid.

Adding citric acid to sodium chlorite produces an aqueous solution containing chlorine dioxide – a toxin commonly used in bleach. It should be obvious that giving a child an enema of bleach is a damaging process which will do nothing to combat the symptoms of autism.

In spite of the claims that the vomiting, nausea and diarrhea the product causes are proof that it is working, this is not the case. It is simply due to the fact that the solution is toxic, and the body is programmed to attempt to purge toxins as best it can. Chronic exposure to even small doses of chlorine dioxide can cause reproductive and neurodevelopmental damage. It has been shown to impair thyroid functions and reduce red blood cell counts when tested on animals.

Conclusion

Please do not give your children MMS ‘cures’. They do not work, and use of them is abuse, no matter how well-meaning your intentions might be. If you need help and support in dealing with autism, I encourage you to visit the National Autistic Society website – they offer a wide range of services, and should be able to point you in the right direction to find the help you need.

Why You Should Avoid Ear-Candles

Ear-candling involves placing a tube of cloth into your ear canal and getting a trusted friend to set the top of it alight. Exactly where this started is cited as many places, but most commonly it is referred to as Hopi Ear Candling, a fact which the Hopi tribe of Native Americans dispute strongly.

Wherever they originated, the claim is that the process creates a low-level suction force which draws wax and other debris out of the ear canal. Some people claim that this process claim that impurities are also drawn from the sinuses or even the brain itself, although exactly how this works is vauge at best.

Products

Most ear candles are relatively cheap, ranging between £5 to £10 in the UK. They can be made of either linen or cotton, which is usually left unbleached because practitioners of ear-candling claim that chlorine is bad for the ears. These cloth tubes are soaked in wax or paraffin and allowed to harden – although some manufacturers only use pure beeswax because they claim that paraffin is a carcinogenic. Some waxes contain herbs or other substances, included sage, chamomile, rose, rosemary, burdock, and many others.

Method

Most instruction direct the person undergoing the procedure to lie on their side. A collecting plate is placed above the ear, and the candle is inserted through a hole in the plate and into the ear canal. The candle is lit, and usually trimmed as the wick burns down. Some practitioners use a toothpick to maintain a hole in the top of the hollow candle so that it maintains its ‘chimney-like’ appearance. Once the candle is blown out and removed, a cotton swab is used to gently remove visible earwax from the ear.

Why This Does Not Work

Since earwax is naturally sticky, the negative pressure needed to pull wax from the canal would have to be so powerful that it would rupture the eardrum in the process. Ear-candling has been tested, and it does not produce any form of suction whatsoever. Researchers who measured the pressure during candling have found that no negative pressure is created.

The notion that the ear canal is in any way connected to structures beyond the eardrum is also false. Anyone with a basic knowledge of anatomy – or access to a local library – should be able to realise this very quickly. The external ear canal, with an intact eardrum, is not connected to the brain or the sinuses.

Dangers

Candling poses several very real dangers. The most serious of which are caused by the hot wax or paraffin from the candle dripping into the ear. There have been cases where this has actually punctured the eardrum, requiring surgery in order to reverse the damage. Even when this does not puncture the eardrum, the added wax can cause ear canal blockages which require minor surgery in order to remove.

There have also been cases where people have been burned or fires have been started by the use of ear candles.

Given that adding things to the ear can bring with it the chance of infection, and ear candles go reasonably deeply into the ear canal, they also bring with them a serious risk of secondary ear canal infections of various kinds.

In short, ear candling is a dangerous and useless procedure, and places those who use it at significant risk without offering any documented benefits whatsoever.

Crystals to Help Promote a Good Night’s Sleep

Everyone’s been there at one time or another. You find yourself tossing and turning, or staring at the ceiling all night because you cannot get to sleep. Thankfully, there are crystals which help to ease your way to a good, restful night’s sleep, meaning that you can face the day with a clear mind and boundless energy.

There are many crystals which are good for sleeping, and which ones you use will largely depend on what your individual problems are. If you are having bad dreams, using black tourmaline might be good to help to protect and ground yourself, for example.

Some Things to Consider

The condition of your crystals matters. Crystals need to be cleansed regularly and programmed for use. They transmit and store energy and information – it’s what makes them so useful as a compliment to any healing therapy. The simplest way to cleanse your crystals is to put them on a sunny windowsill for 24 hours every month to restore and revitalise them.

Garnet

Garnet brings order to chaos and helps to regenerate energy. It helps to neutralise nervous energy and enhance personal security, and so if your issues with sleep stem from stress or anxiety, it is a useful crystal to have around.

Jade

Jade is a physically and mentally relaxing stone and provides a soothing vibration and sense of well-being, especially when there have been health concerns. If you are struggling to resume sleep patterns after an illness, jade is a good way to help you kick-start your normal sleep patterns.

Amethyst

Amethyst is a key stone when fighting serious bouts of insomnia. It helps to reduce headaches and other mild pains, and can offer clarity in order to break the day-to-day issues we all face into manageable pieces.

Lepidolite

Lepidolite is an anti-stress crystal. It helps to dissolve accumulated tension and to encourage acceptance of change. It also helps to promote feelings of well-being and trust, and to alleviate digestive issues.

Clear Quartz

Clear Quartz has the ability to calm and re-pattern energy into a positive pattern, making it an excellent balm for a troubled mind.

The Runic Calendar

What Are Runes?

The runes form the basis of the Nordic writing system, but as with all early writing systems, they carry an element of mystery with them. This is largely due to the fact that writing is, in itself, a magical profession – a fact which many people forget in today’s literate society.

The word rune means secret or hidden, and stems from the word ru, meaning a mystery or secret, in the language of the people of ancient Northern Europe. As well as having an alphabetical value, each rune also symbolises a concept, and is inherently magical, in much the same way as the individual tarot cards are. To speak or carve a rune was believed to call up the power of the deity or spirit who commanded the rune.

The Runic Year

January – Snow Moon – Is

The key rune for January is Is, pronounced eess. This is the rune of Ice, and refers to the fifth element in the Nordic tradition. Several poems from the Nordic and Anglo-Saxon traditions see ice as a bridge between worlds – a bridge which must be negotiated carefully. This has led the rune to be associated with potential fears of moving forward.

During January, or at any time you feel a fear of going forward, use the Is rune to help you to prepare wisely for change and to use the waiting time to grow strong. If your birthday falls in January, you have inner resources of patience and wisdom and when the time is right, success and happiness will follow.

February – Horn Moon – Ur

The key rune for February is Ur, pronounced err, the rune of primordial strength. Ur represented the mighty aurochs – huge, wild, horned cattle which roamed the plains of Northern Europe until 1627. Their horns were often used as drinking vessels, and engraved with the Ur rune as a symbol of boundless strength.

Ur speaks of the strength and courage to overcome obstacles to success. If you need sheer might and single-mindedness to overcome seemingly insurmountable objects, it will give you courage of heart and mind, as well as physical endurance. If you were born during February, your path may be filled with obstacles, but you have the will and power to succeed.

March – Mother Moon – Beorc

The key rune for March is Beorc, pronounced bay-ork. Beorc, the beech tree, is the rune of rebirth and regeneration. It is associated with the Earth Mother and is an apt rune for the season of spring when new life comes forth.

If you are in need of a new beginning, particularly in family matters, the power of Beorc promises fertility and new hope for a spontaneous return of enthusiasm and feeling. Those born in March with Beorc as their rune are naturally creative and loving. They are constant optimists as they know that even if the present is unhappy, the future promises new hope.

April – Cuckoo Moon – Rad

The key rune of April is Rad, the rune of change, pronounced rard. Rad is the rune of the wheel. It stresses that it is necessary to go out into the world and make life what you want it to be by your own efforts, rather than dreaming or waiting for change to come.

If you need to make a change in direction, the rune Rad promises that even if the journey ahead may be difficult, it will be exciting. If you were born in April, you have a natural thirst for exploration and achievement and can – when you are prepared to act – make your dreams come true.

May – Merry Moon – Peorth

The key rune of May is Peorth, pronounced pay-orth. This is the rune of unique identity and destiny. It speaks of the role that only you can fill, and is the symbol of the Norns, the three Fates.

If you feel like your identity or principles are under threat, you can use Peorth to strengthen your resolve and your faith in your unique abilities. If you were born in May, you have high principles and a strong identity and should not be afraid to stand out from the crowd.

June – Sun Moon – Sigil

The key rune for June is Sigil, pronounced see-gul. This is the rune of the sun. Because the sun reaches its full potential in this month (at least in the northern hemisphere), before beginning the slow decline towards winter, Sigil represents making the most of the moment without demanding permanence. It also encourages making a supreme effort to reach any goals, whether personal or public.

If you need to make a great leap or effort to succeed, Sigil can give you energy and boundless potential. If you were born in June, you have boundless creativity and energy and you thrive on action. You should not worry about tomorrow, but take each day as it comes.

July – Hay Moon – Daeg

The key rune for July is Daeg, pronounced darg, the rune of the day, or awakening. Light is important, even today, and the ancient people lived with the certainty that the sun was absolutely essential for life. Because of this, Daeg is a symbol of spiritual, as well as physical illumination.

If you need some light to shine into your life, use Daeg to brighten up your gloomy patches. Daeg can promise that, given faith and optimism, enlightenment is not far off.

August – Harvest Moon – Ger

The key rune for August is Ger, pronounced gair. This is the rune of the harvest, and offers a reminder that man is dependent on the benevolence of the Earth and seasons to survive. Also, inherent in the meanings of this rune is the idea that ‘as you sow, so shall you reap’, a reminder that past efforts affect the present and future harvests.

If you are anxious about the success of long-term projects or relationships, Ger is a reminder that the effort you put in now will bring rewards in the future. If you were born in August, you are a natural planner and hard-worker and can be confident your efforts will be rewarded.

September – Wood Moon – Feoh

The key rune for September is Feoh, pronounced fey-och. It signifies cattle, the mobile wealth of ancient Europe. This wealth can offer both comfort and strife, and so the meaning of Feoh encompasses the price that must be paid to reach a goal, whether that goal is success, change, or keeping life as it is.

If you are counting the cost of making a change or commitment in your life, Feoh can help you to assess the true price, including the hidden costs. If you were born in September, you are rooted in the real, practical world but you use your heart as well as your head. This ensures that any success will enrich you emotionally as well as materially.

October – Hunting Moon – Eh

The key rune for October is Eh, pronounced em. Eh is the rune of the horse, especially the warhorse which carries its rider into battle. It talks of the harmony between the horse and its rider.

When you need harmony and balance in your life, Eh can assist in reconciling the demands of different aspects of your life or opposing people who each claim your loyalty. If you were born in October, you are naturally fair-minded and see both sides of any question. Your own inner harmony will protect you from the conflicts of others.

November – Fog Moon – Odal

The key rune for November is Odal, pronounced owed-al. Odal is the homestead, the rune of the practical organisation of our lives. Because Odal refers to land passed down through a family over generations rather than leased from an overlord, it represents clan and family values. It is also a reminder that effort on a practical level must be put in if the fruits of a secure lifestyle are to be enjoyed.

If you feel the need for security and the comforts of home, Odal offers you a gentle reminder of the value of stable relationships and shared experiences, however mundane they may see. If you were born in November, you are a home-maker in the most creative sense and you have the gift of putting others at ease wherever you are.

December – Wolf Moon – Haegl

The key rune for December is Haegl, pronounced hargul. Haegl is the rune of hail and is the cosmic seed or egg. Haegl carries with it the idea of creative potential waiting to come into fruition.

If you are feeling exhausted or defeated, Haegl offers you a reminder that the dark days will come to an end and our personal sun will shine again. It will not be immediate, but Haegl offers the promise of real happiness after the winter. If you were born in December, you are a creature of dreams and vision and sometimes the inner world seems richer than the outer. Trust your instincts, and bring your creations into the outside world only when they are ready.

Looking At Auras

Living things emanate light around their forms which can be detected by Kirlian photography. Plant auras fade when they are cut or when they are deprived of water. Humans, too, have auras. Around the heads and bodies of everyone you meet can be perceived a white energy source, several inches from and following our outlines. This white field of light is diffused into rainbow colours of varying brightness and intensity. The colours and clarity change according to the state of our health, our inner harmony and our current preoccupations.

In Your True Colours

Auras can be seen in the mind’s eye, although some people see them physically. Neither method is better than the other, and absolutely anyone can learn to tune in to their own and other people’s auric energies. Non-verbal signals are a useful clue in any interaction, but auras show the deeper emotions that can be masked on even a non-verbal level by someone who is very controlled.

Generally there are one or two predominant colours in the aura at any given time and if these are clear and bright, you know communication is going to be easy and you can be open. If the aura of the person you are with is dark or murky, you know it is not a time for confrontation or making demands. What is more, the predominant colour/colours can tell you their dominant concerns or insecurities

Studying Your Aura

It can be tricky to get into the right frame of mind to be able to see your aura, because we are trained to only ‘see’ the physical level of things from a very young age.

Look in the mirror in sunlight or with a candle or soft lighting behind you. Don’t worry if you don’t see anything except your reflection to begin with. Close your eyes and let the picture of the rainbow emerge around your head, as this is the easiest place to see it. Now open your eyes and see what colours are left in the after-image. That is your predominant aura at present.

Try at regular intervals and in different emotional states, such as after an argument, after a major success, when you are tired, happy, sad, etc. Note down the colours each time you do this. Try this for a few weeks to get an idea of your personal pattern.

We all tend to have a root aura colour that reflects how we deal with the world on a day-to-day basis. However, most people also have a secondary colour, and the relationships between these two can give a very clear overview of personality and outlook.