Day 874 of 1001 Days of Faces, One Hundred and Twenty-Seven to Go

Day 874 of 1001 Days of Faces, One Hundred and Twenty-Seven to Go.
This morning, Vesta and I met Eric, who came walking toward us with a cup of Starbucks in his hand and a cigarette in his ear. He was on his way to court and I suppose we’d meet more people who were heading toward the courthouse for one reason or another is
f we waited till 7:30 or so to take our photograph, but we’re usually well into our morning walk by then.
However, we were a little late taking our photo this morning, cuz right after we parked on our bridge, three Sheriff’s SUVs came speeding down Sierra, lights blazing, but no sirens. Two of them slammed to a stop by the curb opposite the courthouse. The third, slid sideways to a stop, stopping traffic.
And quick as a witch’s wink, deputies with assault rifles at the ready pouted out of the SUVs, all charging toward the area between The Eddy and the Second District Courthouse.
“Again,” Vesta said.
“Last time they weren’t running and they didn’t have drawn guns.”
“I think we should go.”
“I think we should see could we get one of them to be our face of the day.”
“I think you’re nuts.”
And she was probably right. Photographing peace officers is one thing. But photographing them, gun in hand is another. Besides, they might not have appreciated me asking.
A K9 car showed up. The officer got out with his dog.
We stayed on our bridge and watched, till it was over. I don’t know what it was all about, but right after all the action was stopped, Eric came along and we took his picture.
And, you know, well you probably don’t if you don’t know my friend Brett. But Eric looks a whole lot like him. But that’s not that unusual, I suppose, cuz we all got two eyes, two ears, a mouth and a nose, so I guess there’s only so many combinations you can have before someone winds up looking like someone else.
PS. Last time, which was only a couple days ago, we thought maybe it had been a bomb threat. This time, obviously, it was about something else.

Dear ladies and gentlemen

Dear ladies and gentlemen.
I wrote poems since I was a little child.
I like this. Please take this: Hollar
As a passion inspired by my father which teach me the rudimentary poetry technique and introduced me into the world of arts.
It was for us a way to put behind the atrocity he experienced at the WW2 as a combat soldier by the Italian army.
I am musician, but I also write verses and translate poems in six different languages, from the great names of the international literature to the new generations of poets.
This is my way to bring to the world a message of love, peace, and friendship.
Due my limited knowledge in social media and some other personal circumstances, I don’t have much chances to publish my work in the way I want.
That is the reason why I prefere Facebook instead to show myself in a personal website.
Here I’ve the choice to associate my poems with the appropriated music which I chose from the great composers such Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Bach, Verdi or from few actual Rumanian, Russian and solo players, here, present in my timeline.
Never less, sometime I like to post other writers as well, such the young American poet Jessica Hoover.
Now, it could be that with some of my presentations, I offended the moral common sense, by showing some great names of art and culture, associated with my texts, and with some picture which I choosed from few internet collection, or from my past by the time I worked as fashion-model or at this present time as musician.
For many years, I work in this way, with intention to represent intimate moments of human kindness in the way I experienced, according to my life style and my sexuality, (which it may not reflect the reality of the most of you, but it will give you a clear idea about my being.)
Anyway !
– Because our diversity, I became interested in your friendship and I still do with regard to your openminded generosity in the way you accept my presency in your timeline and for which I feel honored and privileged.
Here, you grant me the chance to exchange experiences and opinions about my arts and your arts which I enjoy every time you publish something of your works and about your greatness and talents.
Nerveless it improves my knowledge about your culture and traditions, about the beauty of your country and your politics view that open my mind and my heart with love and pride to be your friend.
I am always in search of quality, therefore I don’t have many names in my timeline but those I have are the best and I am very proud to share with them what we can.
Quantity it’s a relative issue because it will never give a concrete chance to communicate in a equal level and to know each others in a sufficient way.
Despite my will, I have to make some choices according to my stronger interests which variate between leterature and philosophy, music, fashion, arts and photography, equestrian and athletic sports, politics and justice.
Therefore I’m use to have the same amount of people that I know from the past with those I chose at this present time between musicians, poets, athlets, police oficers, militaire and veterans all around the world.
It may sound as I am too selective, but as you know, not everybody can like everybody entirely, and nobody is obliged to follow eternally my ideas or my arts anyway.
So with a certain boldness and despite my privacy, I published my profile in all details, with hope to capture your intrest and to invite you to be friend of mine.
On the meanwhile I delete who show impolitely aggressive or macho behaviour, and I refuse friendship with who do not show any personal reliable information on his profile.
I also avoid any riquest of contact from who introduce himself arrogantly, as the best religion in earth or who is affiliated to whatever oppressive ideology, to the detriment of the others human beings.
Let me be very clear about that:
I am immune from any form of intimidation !!!
However; I will not expose any friend of mine to be molested or be follow by doubtful, sneakily infiltrated individuals.
Indeed, I will never let anyone use my hospitality as a vehicle for whatever ambiguous or coward purpose !!!
Therefore, I will delete every possible access to everyone who do not reflect my criteria.
In the same way I will raport immediately every fake profile to R. L. Heinemann; From the FB page (LOVE and ROMANCE SCAMMING).
On the other hand;
If you don’t like my poems, my pictures or my music, you are always free to delete or block me from your list of friends.
So you do not have to deal with me anymore.
I promise, I will always forget you as I’ve never meet you,
and I will do with respect of your privacy and your taste.
I will only ask you kindly to don’t report the nudity of my pictures in such negative way like someone did for some times by presenting my art as to be compared with vulgar pornography.
In the island of Sardinia (where originaly I come from) we are used to say:
– You see things in the way you are !!!
Unfortunately, by such actions I lost many of my poems which can never be restored.
So, if you don’t like the way I express myself and my sincere interests on you in the meaning of exchange principles, values and personal emotions; just let me know in time without humiliate my good intentions.
I am not here to find a partner !!!
As I will always respect you, according to the fundamental ingredients of my Italian culture and education, I will like to be treated with the same respect and kindness.
Lastly, I guarantee you that my lifestyle and the way I am it’s not contagious at all.!!
So, if you are ashamed or if it’s too embarrassing to you to be my friend because my sexual diversity as Lesbian; please do not hesitate to delete me from your list.
I will appreciate much more such clarity than to hold on in a poor indifferent relation which will lead in a very sterile useless friendship.
Thank you very much
Always yours
Georgia.

The water element is responsible for our fluidity which directly influences how we move in and out of our emotions with grace

The water element is responsible for our fluidity which directly influences how we move in and out of our emotions with grace. The water element is the most present 75% of what we are made of. The sea resides in us – it can be calm – it can be rough, it is always there to be settled. Cool, heavy and deeply nourishing to the minds irritations or the bodies inflammations – go to the great ocean, bring all your worries and doubts and let it wash your own.
Sohini Live Well 2017
www.sohinilivewell.com

Good Morning FB

Good Morning FB!!! Darlene is BACK!!!
Are we content with ourselves? We are never satisfied. There is no end.
When we accept and love ourselves and live with a grateful attitude there is nothing that can stop us.
Ancient wisdom from many different cultures all converge on this life truth that is so difficult for us to accept.
Our happiness comes from within. It is not derived by any THING or PERSON.
Before we can truly love, we need to love ourselves. Love that person that you are today.
Seize the day!
#weightliftinbossbabe

Just turned into a national hospital tip line

Just turned into a national hospital tip line.
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SubmittedPHOENIX AREA BARIATRIC SURGERY ALERT-Arizona Medical Board Failure ———- The OR Director at Phoenix St. Luke’s Hospital has ordered that there be no talk about cases in the aftermath of a coverup where a surgeon (H. Juarez) who has already had problems left objects in patients accidentally, necessitating going back to the OR with THREE separate patients to remove everything from the tip of a stapler, a large section of stomach that had been stapled off and resected laparoscopically and something called a surgical ‘fish.’ This coverup now involves multiple doctors and administrators and was the talk of the OR for months beginning end Jan 2017 and ending during April 2017. (If these events had been properly reported a major investigation by the accreditation agency would have been triggered.) This talk has been shut down with investigators poking around. (Even the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the hospital was informed and kept quiet … the Arizona Medical Board didn’t ask him questions.) This case has been on the desk of the Executive Director of the Arizona Medical Board Patricia McSorley, and has been brought to the attention of AZ State Sen. Nancy Barto, AZ Ombudsman Dennis Wells, AZ Auditor General Debbie Davenport and the CEO of the hospital group (St Luke’s Phoenix and Tempe, Jim Flinn). They have not done their jobs and the surgeon is still operating. Names have been provided now for specific staff at St Luke’s. Basically, the AMB requires that the complainant do the work to get the investigation done right. I am trained in (Harvard) and practice legal, investigative psychiatry. The Arizona Medical Board is conducting a negligent, amateurish investigation. A chart review won’t do it. The public is at risk. There is also problem with, it just so happens, another group of bariatric surgeons that the Board is timidly and insufficiently examining. It is complex. They have set up almost 20 LLC’s to obfuscate. It’s a pattern. The public is at extreme risk in this case as well. One of the biggest cases of systematic fraud and deception and unnecessary surgeries I have ever seen. The Executive Director (McSorley) has been aware of this for MONTHS, and rejected the case once because of a demand for patient names. Several surgeons are in this ring. There is a fundamental problem with the Arizona Medical Board’s ability to handle complex cases especially when there is any coordinated coverup by a hospital. It seems like the Board investigators don’t want big cases that involve entities with plentiful resources to fight back. I was told as much by one of their (now suddenly departed) investigators. It’s like a homicide detective taking the word of the crazy stalking boyfriend without any background check on the alibi. Silly to call what I’ve witnessed an investigation. More like a brief perusal. IASIS is the hospital chain that the CEO Flinn works for. They own St Luke’s Phoenix and St Luke’s Tempe. BOTH of these bariatric groups contribute substantial income to the IASIS bottom line.
Ken Alltucker, Phil Boas, Brahm Resnik

“While the report recommends tightened oversight of prescribing

“While the report recommends tightened oversight of prescribing, Borowsky said it’s important to realize that many patients function well on opioids. The key is to find the right mix of responsible prescribing while ensuring people get proper help.
“Because the medical community has caused the problem, along with pharmaceutical companies, the pendulum has swung the other way,” Borowsky said. “There are patients out there who qualify for opiates and are doing well. There’s a place for it.”” –Pain Medicine Specialist Stephen Borowsky
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Scientific American: “Both the FDA and the CDC have recently taken steps to address an epidemic of opioid overdose and addiction, which is now killing some 29,000 Americans each year. But these regulatory efforts will fail unless we acknowledge that the problem is actually driven by illicit—not medical—drug use.
You’ve probably read that 80 percent of heroin users started with prescription medications—and you may have seen billboards that compare giving pain medication to children to giving them heroin. You have probably also heard and seen media stories of people with addiction who blame their problem on medical use.
But the simple reality is this: According to the large, annually repeated and representative National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 75 percent of all opioid misuse starts with people using medication that wasn’t prescribed for them—obtained from a friend, family member or dealer.
And 90 percent of all addictions—no matter what the drug—start in the adolescent and young adult years. Typically, young people who misuse prescription opioids are heavy users of alcohol and other drugs. This type of drug use, not medical treatment with opioids, is by far the greatest risk factor for opioid addiction, according to a study by Richard Miech of the University of Michigan and his colleagues. For this research, the authors analyzed data from the nationally representative Monitoring the Future survey, which includes thousands of students.
While medical use of opioids among students who were strongly opposed to alcohol and other drugs did raise later risk for misuse, the overall risk for this group remained small and their actual misuse occurred less than five times a year. In other words, it wasn’t actually addiction. Given that these teens had generally rejected experimenting with drugs, an increased risk of misuse associated with medical care makes sense since they’d otherwise have no source of exposure.
But for the majority of students, who weren’t morally opposed to recreational chemicals, medical use made no difference. Here, heavy recreational drug use was what mattered, and that was probably a sign that this group was was at highest risk of addiction in the first place.
In general, new addictions are uncommon among people who take opioids for pain in general. A Cochrane review of opioid prescribing for chronic pain found that less than one percent of those who were well-screened for drug problems developed new addictions during pain care; a less rigorous, but more recent review put the rate of addiction among people taking opioids for chronic pain at 8-12 percent.
Moreover, a study of nearly 136,000 opioid overdose victims treated in the emergency room in 2010, which was published in JAMA Internal Medicine in 2014 found that just 13 percent had a chronic pain condition.
All of this this means that steps to limit prescribing opioids for chronic pain run a great risk of harming pain patients without doing much to stop addiction. The vast majority of people who are prescribed opioids use them responsibly—recent research on roughly one million insurance claims for opioid prescriptions showed that just less than five percent of patients misused the drugs by getting prescriptions for them from multiple doctors.
If we want to reduce opioid addiction, we have to target the real risk factors for it: child trauma, mental illness and unemployment. Two thirds of people with opioid addictions have had at least one severely traumatic childhood experience, and the greater your exposure to different types of trauma, the higher the risk becomes. We need to help abused, neglected and otherwise traumatized children before they turn to drugs for self-medicatation when they hit their teens.
Further, at least half of people with opioid addictions also have a mental illness or personality disorder. The precursors to these problems are often evident in childhood, too. For example, children who are extremely impulsive are at high risk—but on the opposite end of the scale, so, too are children who are highly cautious and anxious. To reach these kids, we don’t need to label them, but we do need to provide tools that are tailored to their specific issues to prevent them from using drugs to manage those issues.

My father used to say this to me “bad health is a function of an unhealthy spirit or mind

My father used to say this to me “bad health is a function of an unhealthy spirit or mind.” He still holds this strong belief that every sickness can be traced to some fault in the mind. I also believe it because now I hardly fall ill when I am truly aligned with my purpose, at peace with people and love is intact.
Your mind is a major asset, it is the chord that links your spirit with your body – my own science.
Is it possible to always be healthy in spirit? What about heartbreak? What about anger? What about those friends that stab you in the back? Those things that make you cry in your sleep. The world we are born into constantly dishes you a plateful of trouble, from when you step out of bed in the morning till when you cover yourself up to sleep.
So there is a continuous decay and deterioration happening to your body but your spirit struggles to pump strength back through your mind.
Why then should you guard you mind? Why should you feed the mind? Because it is the eye of your spirit, it is the bridge that gives your spirit a chance to keep your body alive.
If your mind is filled with anger and fear or shame and pain, it becomes like the eye with a cataract. Your body begins to fail and you see yourself reacting wrong to every situation, you lose control of who you are, depression creeps in and your body also takes on illness without a will to fight.
A broken mind is the agent of death. Eventually we die but don’t die while you live. Make a conscious decision to cultivate a healthy mind and you will begin to experience health and wellness.
Honestly vengeance is sweet. But do you know how much energy you spend waiting for that person to call so you can cut their call? Or how much sleepless night you give yourself wondering if they are also broke and hungry so that “50:50 no cheating” or do you think of how you sound when you ask God to bless you so you can have a secretary that will not let them enter your office until they book appointment?
Its not a secret why God is not answering your prayer, you want him to answer so you can be an hindrance to another person’s prayer.
Hurting too is a sweet feeling, it makes you aware that someone owes you. Even if there is a magic potion for repairing broken hearts, some people will still want to remember the name of that their first love, his phone number, the date of birth, the address of the restaurant he used to break up with you and his father’s middle name just in case you visit IFA.
Its not village forces chasing you in your dream; giving you insomnia, it is your own hand that is opening the door for sickness and pain. Stop wasting economic resources in prayer houses, holy spirit is not a civil servant.
PS. I don’t know the meaning of that last line too.

September 7th is the birthday of Elizabeth I (7 September 1533 – 24 March 1603) who was Queen of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death

September 7th is the birthday of Elizabeth I (7 September 1533 – 24 March 1603) who was Queen of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death. Sometimes called The Virgin Queen, Gloriana, or Good Queen Bess, the childless Elizabeth was the last monarch of the House of Tudor. Elizabeth I also wrote poetry.
Here are nine poems by Elizabeth I Regina.
AH SILLY PUG, WERT THOU SO SORE AFRAID?
Ah, silly Pug, wert thou so sore afraid?
Mourn not, my Wat, nor be thou so dismayed.
It passeth fickle Fortune’s power and skill
To force my heart to think thee any ill.
No Fortune base, thou sayest, shall alter thee?
And may so blind a witch so conquer me?
No, no, my Pug, though Fortune were not blind,
Assure thyself she could not rule my mind.
Fortune, I know, sometimes doth conquer kings,
And rules and reigns on earth and earthly things,
But never think Fortune can bear the sway
If virtue watch, and will her not obey.
Ne chose I thee by fickle Fortune’s rede,
Ne she shall force me alter with such speed
But if to try this mistress’ jest with thee.
Pull up thy heart, suppress thy brackish tears,
Torment thee not, but put away thy fears.
Dead to all joys and living unto woe,
Slain quite by her that ne’er gave wise men blow,
Revive again and live without all dread,
The less afraid, the better thou shalt speed.
THE DOUBT OF FUTURE FOES
The doubt of future foes exiles my present joy,
And wit me warns to shun such snares as threaten mine annoy;
For falsehood now doth flow, and subjects’ faith doth ebb,
Which should not be if reason ruled or wisdom weaved the web.
But clouds of joys untried do cloak aspiring minds,
Which turn to rain of late repent by changed course of winds.
The top of hope supposed the root upreared shall be,
And fruitless all their grafted guile, as shortly ye shall see.
The dazzled eyes with pride, which great ambition blinds,
Shall be unsealed by worthy wights whose foresight falsehood finds.
The daughter of debate that discord aye doth sow
Shall reap no gain where former rule still peace hath taught to know.
No foreign banished wight shall anchor in this port;
Our realm brooks not seditious sects, let them elsewhere resort.
My rusty sword through rest shall first his edge employ
To poll their tops that seek such change or gape for future joy.
IN DEFIANCE OF FORTUNE
Never think you fortune can bear the sway
Where virtue’s force can cause her to obey.
ON MONSIEUR’S DEPARTURE
I grieve and dare not show my discontent,
I love and yet am forced to seem to hate,
I do, yet dare not say I ever meant,
I seem stark mute but inwardly do prate.
I am and not, I freeze and yet am burned,
Since from myself another self I turned.
My care is like my shadow in the sun,
Follows me flying, flies when I pursue it,
Stands and lies by me, doth what I have done.
His too familiar care doth make me rue it.
No means I find to rid him from my breast,
Till by the end of things it be supprest.
Some gentler passion slide into my mind,
For I am soft and made of melting snow;
Or be more cruel, love, and so be kind.
Let me or float or sink, be high or low.
Or let me live with some more sweet content,
Or die and so forget what love ere meant.
WHEN I WAS FAIR AND YOUNG
When I was fair and young, then favor graced me.
Of many was I sought their mistress for to be.
But I did scorn them all and answered them therefore:
Go, go, go, seek some other where; importune me no more.
How many weeping eyes I made to pine in woe,
How many sighing hearts I have not skill to show,
But I the prouder grew and still this spake therefore:
Go, go, go, seek some other where, importune me no more.
Then spake fair Venus’ son, that proud victorious boy,
Saying: You dainty dame, for that you be so coy,
I will so pluck your plumes as you shall say no more:
Go, go, go, seek some other where, importune me no more.
As soon as he had said, such change grew in my breast
That neither night nor day I could take any rest.
Wherefore I did repent that I had said before:
Go, go, go, seek some other where, importune me no more.
WRITTEN IN HER FRENCH PSALTER
No crooked leg, no bleared eye,
No part deformed out of kind,
Nor yet so ugly half can be
As is the inward suspicious mind.
WRITTEN ON A WALL AT WOODSTOCK
Oh Fortune, thy wresting wavering state
Hath fraught with cares my troubled wit,
Whose witness this present prison late
Could bear, where once was joy’s loan quit.
Thou causedst the guilty to be loosed
From bands where innocents were inclosed,
And caused the guiltless to be reserved,
And freed those that death had well deserved.
But all herein can be nothing wrought,
So God send to my foes all they have thought.
WRITTEN WITH A DIAMOND ON HER WINDOW AT WOODSTOCK
Much suspected by me,
Nothing proved can be,
Quoth Elizabeth prisoner.
OH FORTUNE!
Oh, Fortune! how thy restlesse wavering state
Hath fraught with cares my troubled witt!
Witnes this present prisonn, whither fate
Could beare me, and the joys I quitt.
Thou causedest the guiltie to be losed
From bandes, wherein are innocents inclosed:
Causing the guiltles to be straite reserved,
And freeing those that death had well deserved.
But by her envie can be nothing wroughte,
So God send to my foes all they have thoughte.
Although the influence of Queen Elizabeth I on the literature of the period that bears her name has been much discussed, her own status as an author has been less recognized. Critics have traced her role as subject of or inspiration for such works as Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene (1590-1596), William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1600), and some Petrarchan sonnets but have generally considered her as the author of only a few mediocre poems and translations. A full sense of Elizabeth’s literary role in the Elizabethan period, however, must include not just the works by men who shaped and were shaped by her image but also the speeches and letters that she carefully crafted with great rhetorical skill and, in some cases, revised for publication. In a period when the oration and the epistle were highly valued literary genres, her command of those forms—through which she established her image and wielded her power—provides the basis for considering Elizabeth I as a significant author in her own right.
Elizabeth’s early years were marked by constant fluctuations of fortune. Her birth at Greenwich Palace on 7 September 1533 to King Henry VIII and his new queen, Anne Boleyn, was a grave disappointment, since she was not the longed-for male heir. Although she was at first treated as a princess and given precedence over her older half sister Mary—Henry’s daughter by his first wife, Catherine of Aragon—her status fell with the execution of her mother on charges of adultery and treason on 19 May 1536 and, to a lesser extent, with the birth of a male heir, Edward, to Henry and his third wife, Jane Seymour, in 1537. Although Mary and Elizabeth were both officially declared illegitimate, they nevertheless continued to appear at court and were placed after Edward in the line of succession.
Her education provided perhaps the one constant in her early life. Princess Elizabeth was one of the few Englishwomen to benefit from humanist support for the education of females: she received a complete education in Latin, Greek, French, Italian, and rhetoric from the prominent humanists John Cheke, William Grindal, and Roger Ascham; Ascham applied to her his program of double translation from Latin or Greek to English and back again. She continued to translate classical works throughout her life, completing translations of Psalm 13 and the meditations of Margaret of Navarre as a New Year’s gift for her stepmother, Queen Catherine Parr (Henry’s sixth wife), in 1545—the latter work was published in 1548 as A Godly Meditation of the Christian Soul—and later rendering the first ninety lines of Petrarch’s “Trionfo dell’ Eternita” (Triumph of Eternity), the second chorus of Seneca’s Hercules Oetaeus, some sections of Boethius’s De Consolatione philosophiae (The Consolation of Philosophy), lines 1 to 178 of Horace’s Ars Poetica, and Plutarch’s “On Curiosity.” The translations from Boethius and Horace survive in her own hand, and the handwriting, awkward English, and many errors reveal that they were done quickly. She also delivered brief and rather conventional speeches in Latin at Cambridge University on 7 August 1564 and at Oxford in August 1566 and September 1592, daring to address learned men in the preeminent language of male authority. Such manifestations of her education played an important role in establishing her image as an effective monarch, as did the mastery of English rhetoric displayed in her speeches.
Some of her earliest letters resemble school exercises in their rather stilted and convoluted style, but they respond quite subtly to various political crises during the reign of her brother, Edward VI. These letters demonstrate her growing ability to use language to conceal as much as it reveals and to tread a fine line between self-assertion and self-abnegation. An early but undated letter to her brother subtly reminds him of their shared humanist and Protestant background, citing commonplaces and using the techniques of parallelism and copious variation that both had been taught: “For though from the grace of the picture [a portrait of herself enclosed with the letter] the colors may fade by time, may give by weather, may be spotted by chance; yet the other [her mind] nor time with her swift wings shall overtake, nor the misty clouds with their lowerings may darken, nor chance with her slippery foot may overthrow.”
In 1548 she was forced to defend herself in a more serious situation. Thomas Seymour, brother of the child king’s protector, Edward Seymour, had married Henry’s widow, Catherine Parr, in whose household Princess Elizabeth lived. Thomas Seymour evidently made some sort of sexual advances to the princess, and she was sent away. A letter of June 1548 to Parr is, on one level, a conventional thank-you note, but it also subtly pleads the writer’s innocence and seeks to enlist Parr as an ally. Elizabeth assures Parr that she is “replete with sorrow to depart from your Highness, especially seeing you undoubtful of health; and albeit I answered little, I weighed it more deeper when you said you would warn me of all evilness that you should hear of me; for if your Grace had not a good opinion of me, you would not have offered friendship to me that way at all, meaning the contrary.” After Parr’s death in 1548 Thomas Seymour, with his eye on the throne, sought to marry Elizabeth. He was arrested in the midst of these schemes and was beheaded. Elizabeth and her servants were questioned, but no evidence of her complicity could be established. Two letters to Edward Seymour on 28 January and 6 February 1549 use conventional protestations of innocence and expressions of gratitude to place her accusers in the wrong.
In 1553 Edward VI was succeeded by Mary. As a Protestant, Elizabeth was a popular alternative to the Roman Catholic Mary and a focal point for Protestant rebellion. Although, as far as is known, Elizabeth never took part in any treasonous plots, Mary suspected her of involvement in the rebellion of Sir Thomas Wyatt the Younger on 25 January 1554. Elizabeth’s letters to her sister during this period protest her own innocence and gently complain about the queen’s unfairness to her; nevertheless, Elizabeth was placed under house arrest at Woodstock. Two poems probably date from her confinement. One of them, a distich scratched on a window, succinctly states her position: “Much suspected by me, / Nothing proved can be.” Typically, the poem fails to address the issue of her actual guilt or innocence. The other poem, “On Fortune and Injustice,” was supposedly written on the wall of the house. In this iambic tetrameter stanza, which expresses anticourt sentiments using the frequent alliteration common to moralizing poems in the period, she blames her troubles on fortune, whose “wresting wavering state / Hath fraught with cares my troubled wit.”
On Mary’s death on 17 November 1558 the twenty-five-year-old Elizabeth moved from incarceration to the throne of England. Her speeches and other writings reflect her deeply felt sense of the tenuousness of her position. The dangers of proximity to power had been all too apparent to her during the violent and chaotic years of Mary’s reign. Many of her subjects agreed with John Knox, whose First Blast of the Trumpet against the Monstrous Regiment of Women was published in 1558: in an age when women had few rights and little power, the idea of a reigning queen was difficult for some to accept. Also, as a committed, if moderate, Protestant, Elizabeth was the object of Catholic hatred and distrust both at home and abroad. Critics have emphasized that the Petrarchan language of love was used by Elizabeth and her courtiers to make a woman’s power tolerable. It is true that male courtiers celebrated her beauty and professed their love for her in poems that praise her as Gloriana, Cynthia, or the Fairy Queen; in her own writings, however, Elizabeth’s language is complex and multilayered. She represents herself both as loving mother and brave prince, as bride and stern counselor, as decisive and ambivalent, as clear and ambiguous. Her sophisticated political rhetoric in speeches, letters, and poems played a crucial role in maintaining her power and her popularity.
A central issue through most of her reign centered on her refusal either to marry or, more important, to name an heir. Whether or not she intended from the beginning of her reign to remain celibate has been much debated. Certainly, she used the image of herself as the Virgin Queen to provide a Protestant replacement for worship of the Virgin Mary, and she frequently repeated that she was either in love with or the mother of her people: “though after my death you may have many stepdames, yet shall you never have a more natural mother than I mean to be unto you all.” It seems clear that she realized early on that marriage presented special problems for a reigning queen. Were she to marry one of her own subjects–such as her close friend and favorite Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester–she would upset the delicate balance of power among competing factions of the nobility at her court. And if she chose a foreign husband–if one of appropriate religious affiliation could be found–she would upset the equally delicate balance of alliances among European states and probably precipitate a war. As it was, she used the prospect of marriage to manipulate her nobles at home and foreign princes abroad. On several occasions she managed to forestall a war by seeming to contemplate marriage with a relative of some particularly belligerent prince. Probably she realized that she could rule more effectively if she could offer herself perpetually as a rich but never quite attainable prize. She also may have feared the loss of independence that would come with marriage, even to a queen. She is said to have remarked that she would have but one mistress and no master.
Parliament repeatedly petitioned her either to marry or name a successor, and the queen wrote a series of speeches in response to those demands. She revised several of the speeches after delivering them and had printed copies disseminated to make her position more widely known; no copies of these printed versions survive, however. In a 1559 speech to the House of Commons she says unequivocally that she has decided to remain single. She does not seem particularly angry at receiving advice to marry, although she warns Parliament not to try to tell her whom to marry. She concludes with a prediction: “and in the end, this shall be for me sufficient, that a marble stone shall declare that a queen, having reigned such a time, lived and died a virgin.”
Nevertheless, in the first several years of her reign many of her subjects felt that she intended to marry the earl of Leicester–even though he was already married. Despite the disapproval of William Cecil, her chief adviser, she made Leicester her master of the horse and spent much time with him. Rumors spread that she had either married him secretly or given birth to an illegitimate child by him. In September 1560 Leicester’s wife was found dead under suspicious circumstances, and Elizabeth seems to have realized that the scandal prohibited marriage to him–if, in fact, she had ever seriously considered it. She also, around the same time, either contemplated or seemed to contemplate marriage to the Hapsburg archduke Charles of Austria, but the negotiations were inconclusive. In October 1562 Elizabeth almost died of smallpox, and Parliament felt justified in renewing its demands. Her two speeches to Parliament in 1563 are perhaps her most tentative and are couched in the most ambiguous language of all her speeches on the issue of marriage. In the first she says that she will “touch, but not presently … answer” Parliament’s demands. She alludes to her recent illness, assuring Parliament that “there needs no boding of my bane. I know now as well as I did before that I am mortal.” In the second speech she yields so far as to admit that celibacy is “best for a private woman” but “not meet for a prince.” Although her speeches often employ long, complex sentences and a convoluted syntax–using passive voice to make it appear that events simply happen rather than being actively carried out by her–she can, especially when angry, be extremely direct, using short declarative sentences and homely metaphors. When in 1566 Parliament again pressed her to marry, she delivered a much stronger reply, concluding with an affirmation of her ability to rule: “And though I be a woman, yet I have as good a courage, answerable to my place, as ever my father had. I am your anointed queen. I will never be by violence constrained to do anything. I thank God I am endued with such qualities that if I were turned out of the realm in my petticoat, I were able to live in any place in Christendom.”
In the early 1570s Queen Catherine de Médicis of France was eager for an alliance with England against Spain and offered François of Valois, Duke of Alençon, as a potential husband for Elizabeth (despite his being short, ugly, and twenty years younger than Elizabeth). Nothing came of the proposal at this point, and in 1576 Parliament was again harping on Elizabeth’s unmarried state. She replied, in a speech that she proudly copied for her godson Sir John Harrington, that “if I were a milkmaid with a pail on my arm, whereby my private person might be little set by, I would not forsake that poor and single state to match with the greatest monarch.” Nevertheless, the possibility of a match with the duke was revived in 1579, when Elizabeth was forty-five. Alençon came to England, and despite strong Protestant opposition and the vehement protestations of some of her advisers, Elizabeth seemed for a time to consider the match seriously. In 1582 she decided against it, precluding the possibility of bearing an heir.
A poem, “On Monsieur’s Departure,” perhaps written about this time, uses conventional Petrarchan language to express sorrow at disappointed love. The poem, in three rhyme-royal stanzas, complains that “I grieve and dare not show my discontent … I am and not, I freeze and yet am burned,” concluding: “or let me live with some more sweet content, / Or die and so forget what love ere meant.”
Most of Elizabeth’s speeches center on the issues of marriage and succession, perhaps because they seemed most suited for a personal response. Also, marriage and succession were powerfully emotional topics, so it was important for her to shape public opinion on them if she could. But some of her letters, speeches, and poems touch on other pressing issues of her reign: the long crisis involving Mary, Queen of Scots; Elizabeth’s attempts to forge and enforce an Anglican middle way between Roman Catholicism and extreme Protestantism; and, in foreign policy, efforts to play off opposing European factions against each other and to champion Protestantism abroad without engaging in expensive wars.
Mary Stuart, the queen of Scotland and a Roman Catholic, was the granddaughter of Margaret Tudor, the sister of Henry VIII; as such, she was next in the Tudor line of succession to the English throne, although some factions in England championed an English and Protestant line of succession through Lady Catherine Grey. When Elizabeth became queen, Mary was married to the French dauphin, who became King Francis II of France in 1559 but died in 1560. Catholic powers in Europe hoped that Mary would become queen of England, either at Elizabeth’s death or through a Catholic rebellion. Mary’s hopes of gaining the English throne were hampered, however, by Elizabeth’s refusal to name either her or her son James as heir, and also by domestic problems in Scotland, where the power of a strong Protestant faction was strengthened by a series of scandals involving Mary’s private life. She had married her cousin, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, in 1565, but by 1566 she had grown to dislike her husband and was enjoying the company of her French secretary, David Rizzio. Darnley and a group of Protestant lords murdered Rizzio. In turn, Mary and her new lover, James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell, had Darnley killed in 1567; that same year Mary and Bothwell were married. Mary was imprisoned in 1568 but soon escaped and fled to England, where she plotted Elizabeth’s overthrow with Catholic factions both within and outside of England. Despite the urging of her advisers and Parliament, Elizabeth was reluctant to set the dangerous precedent of executing an anointed queen. Although she realized the threat that Mary posed both to her own safety and to the stability of the realm, she did not want to act directly to bring about her death. She vacillated, equivocated, and procrastinated until the execution could be carried out without seeming to be ordered by her. Several speeches seek to explain–or perhaps to conceal and confuse–her attitude toward Mary and her failure to act decisively against her. In a well-known phrase she assures Parliament that “your judgment [that she should execute Mary] I condemn not, neither do I mistake your reasons, but pray you to accept my thankfulness, excuse my doubtfulness, and take in good part my answer-answerless.” A poem in fourteeners, “Doubt of Future Foes,” comments on Mary’s conspiracies using commonplaces and alliteration familiar from collections such as Tottel’s Miscellany (1557): “For falsehood now doth flow, and subjects’ faith doth ebb / Which should not be, if reason ruled or wisdom weaved the web.” It concludes with more certainty and boldness than she expresses in her speeches on this subject: “My rusty sword through rest shall first his edge employ / To poll their tops that seek such change or gape for future joy.” In a speech Elizabeth argued against Parliament’s demand that Mary be “arraigned at the bar” and “tried by a jury” because her position as queen prohibited it: “we princes, I tell you, are set on stages, in the sight and view of all the world duly observed.” A second speech, delivered on 24 November 1586, argued against Mary’s execution: “neither hath my care been so much bent how to prolong [my life], as how to preserve both.” This speech was published after the execution, which was carried out on 7 February 1587, evidently to publicize Elizabeth’s reluctance to take such a step.
Religion was an important factor in all of the issues of Elizabeth’s reign, including marriage, succession, the crisis over Mary, and foreign policy. The nature of Elizabeth’s personal religious beliefs is impossible to determine with certainty, although she seems to have leaned more toward Rome than her public policies would indicate. Two guiding principles shaped her stance on religion throughout her reign: to establish the Church of England as a mean between the extremes of Catholic and Puritan belief; and to eliminate, as far as possible, persecution for private belief. She had herself experienced religious persecution under Mary Tudor and perhaps for that reason decided to allow a certain amount of private nonconformity if a show of outward orthodoxy were maintained. She is supposed to have said that she intended to make no windows into men’s souls.
Thus, despite the hopes of her strongly Protestant counselors and Parliament that she would complete the reformation of the English church, she held a middle course and assured Parliament in a speech of 1585 that “if I were not persuaded that mine were the true way of God’s will, God forbid I should live to prescribe it to you.” Using parallel construction to emphasize her point, she assures Parliament that she will neither “animate Romanists” nor “tolerate new-fangleness” but means instead “to guide them both by God’s holy true rule.”
In foreign affairs her policy was similarly cautious. In contrast to her male predecessors she sought to avoid foreign wars. Such wars were expensive, and her frugality was legendary; then, too, whenever she sent an army out of the country its leaders tended to act on their own initiative and ignore her moderating orders. Although she was persuaded to send troops to help Scottish Protestant rebels in 1560, she refused to send similar help to the Netherlands in the mid 1570s. When she did send Leicester there with an army in 1585, he immediately disobeyed her orders and accepted the governorship of the region. Incensed, Elizabeth wrote a letter that is typical of her forceful and plain style when she was angry: “Jesus! what availeth wit when it fails the owner at greatest need…. I am utterly at squares with this childish dealing.” In a speech to Parliament in 1593 she summed up her policy of nonintervention abroad using the Latinate diction, parallel constructions, and frequent subordination that characterize her more formal and considered style: “for in ambition of glory I have never sought to enlarge the territories of my land, nor thereby to advance you. If I have used my forces to keep the enemy far from you, I have thereby thought your safety the greater, and your danger the less.”
Her greatest triumph in warding off danger was the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588. Spain, as the most powerful Catholic country in Europe, was the chief threat to England for most of her reign. She sought to forestall that threat by supporting European Protestant movements–indirectly, for the most part–and by using the promise of marriage to prevent an alliance of France and Spain against England. She eventually precipitated war with Spain, however, by sending Leicester and his army to aid the rebellion against Spanish rule in the Netherlands and by sending Sir Francis Drake to capture and rob Spanish ships and ports. Spain sent a fleet–the great Armada–to attack England, but it was defeated by the English navy and destroyed on the way home by bad weather.
Elizabeth has traditionally been credited with a stirring speech to troops gathered at Tilbury to repel the expected Spanish invasion. Although the text is not as certain as those of the parliamentary speeches, it has long been famous for its defiant language: “I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too, and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any prince of Europe should dare to invade the borders of my realm.” The speech effectively applies the legal theory of “the king’s two bodies”–the mortal “body natural” and the immortal “body politic”–to the queen’s female body and suggests that the realm itself is another version of her body, vulnerable to rape by foreign powers unless she protects it. In addition to these ringing phrases, the speech includes a more practical assurance to the troops that they will be paid for their services.
The defeat of the Armada marked the high point of Elizabeth’s popularity and power. As she grew older, still unmarried and still without a designated heir, there was growing fear and discontent in England. Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, was the great favorite of her later years. She sent him on an expedition against Cadiz in 1595 and against the Irish rebel Hugh O’Neill, Earl of Tyrone, in 1598. In Ireland he ignored Elizabeth’s orders, and he returned to England in defiance of her. He plotted to overthrow her in 1600 and was executed in 1601. That year she delivered her famous “Golden Speech” to Parliament, defending her practice of granting monopolies to favorites such as Essex but mostly reiterating, in that language of love and gratitude and in a style shaped by careful use of balance and antithesis that had served so well to maintain her popularity in earlier years, that her people may have had princes who were “more mighty and wise” but never “more careful and loving” than she. One can also hear a hint of weariness in this speech when she says that “to be a king and wear a crown is a thing more glorious to them that see it, than to them that bear it.” She died on 24 March 1603 and was succeeded by James VI of Scotland, who became James I of England.
The unpopularity of the Stuart monarchs who succeeded Elizabeth and the civil and political upheavals during their reigns quickly caused English subjects to look back with nostalgia to the days of “good Queen Bess.” The remarkable literary flowering that took place during her rule, when Shakespeare, Spenser, Sir Philip Sidney, and Christopher Marlowe were all writing, has kept alive the idea that Elizabethan England enjoyed a golden age. Certainly Elizabeth was successful at maintaining peace at home and abroad and also at establishing her own image as a loving and able ruler. Although her own writings do not begin to equal the greatest of her age, they were nevertheless important in creating and sustaining that age.

Harvest Moon Crystal Grid

Harvest Moon Crystal Grid
September 5-7, 2017
Crystal grid with peppermint flowers and leaves, hydrangea flowers, amethyst, chrysocolla, clear quartz points and rose quartz
Process:
The design of the grid and the choice of materials was not planned but a result of creative flow in the moment. I like working this way because in the end, things always fall together more beautifully than I can ever plan for. I started with going out into the garden and picking some flowers. Feeling drawn to mint, I cut some of the flower/seed heads and leaves. Then I carefully cut a small piece of a light blue (almost white) Hydrangea flower head. The grid was built on inspiration, choosing from a range of crystals that just felt good to use. It was only after activating the grid with the desired intent that I went onto the internet to search for the correspondences of the plants and the crystals. I started the creation of the grid with the centrepiece: a large rose quartz candle holder. The candle was lit and the candle holder was decorated with peppermint leaves and three hydrangea flowers. Then four peppermint flowers for the four directions and each based and topped with a hydrangea flower. Next came four flowers in-between the direction flowers, so that now we have 8 radials (N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW). I felt inspired to create an amethyst circle between these flowers, connecting them. Then the NE, SE, SW and NW radials were each made with 2 chrysocollas and 1 amethyst (again the 3 symbolism). The pointed clear quartz crystals where then put in-between every radial to enhance the core’s outward energy, flowing through the ‘window’ of amethysts. Then each direction flower got a clear quartz point as well but this time I felt the tip needing placing facing inward, towards the centre, as to attract the energy that is sent outwards, back in. Harvest theme. Lastly, the rose quartz crystals wanted to form the outer circle, connecting the outer ‘harvest’ crystal points. It felt like a energetic barrier of higher love so that what is attracted, is filtered by the quality of rose quartz before entering. Likewise, what is sent outwards from the centre will be filtered by the quality of the amethysts before leaving the grid boundary. The intention from the rose quartz centre would be strengthened by the quality of clear quartz, chrysocolla and amethyst.
Maybe nice to mention that the rose quartz candle holder was a gift from participants that went on the last Sacred Journey (just before pausing those journeys to be with Skye in her last years) and the table was an inheritance from my late dear friend Marie Collette, both items hold special memories.
Dowsing the crystal grid’s energy field (aura):
The diameter of the crystal grid was 30 paces wide before grid activation and 80 paces wide after activation, which is an almost threefold increase.
After the grid was activated, I found this information about the plants and crystals used:
*Peppermint*
Planetary Association: Venus
Element: Air
Gender: Masculine
Main magical uses: cleansing, dreams, happiness, healing, love, purification, release, renewal, rest, transformation. Fresh mint laid on the altar will call good spirits to be present and aid you in magic.
*Hydrangea*
Gender: Feminine
Planet: Moon
Element: Water
Magical Uses: Used in attracting love, promotion of fidelity, used in moon magic, to attract whatever you desire. It is also used to bring blessings. It also stands for friendship, devotion, and understanding.
Plant meanings sourced via: http://herbalriot.tumblr.com
*Chrysocolla*
Stone of Communication
Chyrsocolla is first and foremost a Stone of Communication. Its very essence is devoted to expression, empowerment and teaching. The serenity of its turquoise-blue colour discharges negative energies, calms, and allows truth and inner wisdom to surface and be heard. A peaceful stone, it emphasizes the power our words and actions have on those around us, and encourages compassion and strengthening of character.
Chrysocolla is a stone of empowerment of the feminine energies, teaching that genuine power is best expressed through gentleness. It is a stone of the Goddess, and those who resonate with it will likely feel her ancient and enduring energies rising within themselves. It is the stone of forgiveness, peace, and the strengthening of emotional bonds. It encourages compassion, and helps us recover our natural spontaneity.
Chrysocolla is a teaching stone, encouraging us to reveal our highest knowledge so that others may benefit from our experiences. This may come in the form of speaking lovingly to a friend and offering insights, a teacher to a student, or by simply modelling the power of words, chosen wisely with knowledge of their impact in the world.
Chrysocolla is a talisman of musicians. It is an excellent charm for learning new musical instruments or joining a choir, orchestra or theatre group, and to have the confidence to play in public. The highest form of Chrysocolla is Gem Silica, a crystallized form in which the Chrysocolla is infused in Quartz, offering a magnified version of all the Chrysocolla energies, and is the best for producing and/or experiencing sacred sound. Those who chant, sing or speak mantras will benefit most from Gem Silica. (You’re on my wish list, Gem Silica!)
This stone’s calming effect helps with nervous disorders, such as anxiety and depression.
On an emotional level, Chrysocolla teaches the value of both expression and the virtue of keeping silent. Chrysocolla opens bottled emotions that block the mind from thinking clearly, and stimulates balance and wholeness.
Chrysocolla is powerful for opening and stimulating the Throat Chakra, allowing one to channel the loving knowledge of the heart to others. It allows for clear communication of one’s innate inner wisdom, even discerning what that wisdom may be. The Throat Chakra is the voice of the body, a pressure valve that allows the energy from the other chakras to be expressed. If it is blocked or out of balance, it can affect the health of the other chakras.
Also aligning with the Heart Chakra, Chrysocolla calms and helps ease emotional heartache, providing strength and balance. It further increases the capacity to love. The Heart Chakra regulates our interaction with the external world and controls what we embrace and what we resist. We can deal with the ebbs and flows of emotional relationships, understand their cyclic nature, and accept the changes.
Chrysocolla stimulates the initiative qualities of one’s character to release the distress of negative emotions and further the understanding of others. By accepting the perfection of the universe, it provides insights necessary to help re-align the physical body, intellect and emotions. This self-awareness and inner balance imparts confidence and enhances personal power. It helps one attune to the Earth and communicate with its spiritual forces, providing direction to do what is required to help the Earth heal itself.
*Rose Quartz*
Crystal of Unconditional Love
The fair and lovely Rose Quartz, with its gentle pink essence, is a stone of the heart, a Crystal of Unconditional Love. It carries a soft feminine energy of compassion and peace, tenderness and healing, nourishment and comfort. It speaks directly to the Heart Chakra, dissolving emotional wounds, fears and resentments, and circulates a Divine loving energy throughout the entire aura. Reawakening the heart to its own innate love, it provides a deep sense of personal fulfilment and contentment, allowing one the capacity to truly give and receive love from others.
Called the Heart Stone, Rose Quartz may have been used as a love token as early as 600 B.C. and is still an important talisman of relationships. It is quite effective in attracting new love, romance and intimacy, or in developing a closer bond with family or friends. It supports connection within groups and community, and carries a high spiritual attunement to the Earth, Universe, and the Divine.
Rose Quartz also inspires the love of beauty, in oneself and others, in nature, and especially that which stimulates the imagination – art, music and the written word.
To call in love or strengthen a romantic relationship. As a stone of love, tenderness and sensuality, Rose Quartz is a powerful aphrodisiac, stimulating sensual imagination.
Rose Quartz is a calming and reassuring crystal, excellent for use in trauma or crisis, including the emotional upheaval of mid-life crisis. It strengthens empathy, sensitivity, and aids in the acceptance of necessary change. It is also an excellent stone for comforting grief.
Rose Quartz stimulates the proper functioning of the heart and circulatory system. It aids in relieving tension and stress, palpitations or skipped beats, and may stabilize irregular heart rhythm. It is ideal for premature babies or young children with heart weakness or disease, or anyone who needs a stronger, more stable heart.
The soft pink emanations of Rose Quartz comforts and heals any wounds the heart has suffered, penetrating the inner chambers of the Heart Chakra where emotional experiences are recorded and stored. It dissolves the sorrows, worries, fears and resentments suppressing the heart’s ability to give and receive love, and replaces it with healing, comfort and inner nourishment. A deep sense of personal fulfilment and energy forms a new foundation where inner peace and contentment can become a personal reality.
Rose Quartz is the healer for these internal wounds, erasing the primal imprints and reprogramming the heart to accept the infinite source of love that comes from within the self. Only after learning to give love to the self is it possible to truly love others.
Pink Rose Quartz is the most important crystal of the heart and the Heart Chakra, teaching the true essence of love, and purifying and opening the heart at all levels.
Rose Quartz also balances the yin-yang energy, and can bring all the other chakras into harmony and unity with the Heart. With the power of its light red rays, Rose Quartz gently stimulates the Base Chakra to help rejuvenate the physical body. Located at the base of the spine, the Base Chakra controls the energy for kinaesthetic feeling and movement. It is the foundation of physical and spiritual energy for the body. When it is in balance, the physical body gains strength and spiritual energy is rekindled in the form of security and sense of one’s own power.
Rose Quartz is feminine in tone and one of the stones of the Great Mother. It not only activates the human Heart Chakra, it also links with the heart of the Earth and the heart of the Universe. Its vibrations can penetrate down to the cellular level and reprogram cells for joy and longevity rather than despair and death. It encourages the dissolution of anger and resentment, fear and suspicion, and brings the Light of healing, the rebirth of hope and faith in the benevolence of the Universe.
*Quartz*
The Perfect Jewel
Rock Crystal (Clear Quartz), the six-sided prisms of pure light and energy known as the Perfect Jewel. In its sparkling light is contained the entire colour spectrum.
In the metaphysical world, Clear Quartz crystals are the supreme gift of Mother Earth. Even the smallest is imbued with the properties of a master healer teacher. Ancients believed these stones to be alive, taking a breath once every hundred years or so, and many cultures thought them to be incarnations of the Divine.
Today’s healers agree, believing crystals are living beings, incredibly old and wise, and willing to communicate when an individual is open and ready to receive. Wearing, carrying or meditating with a Clear Quartz crystal opens the mind and heart to higher guidance, allowing the realm of Spirit to be transmitted and translated into the world of physical form.
Resonating at the level of an individual’s needs, Clear Quartz also amplifies whatever energy or intent is programmed into it, and continues to broadcast that energy throughout the world and into the etheric realms. This may accelerate the fulfilment of one’s prayers, intensify healing or spiritual growth, or simply allow the crystal to hold a pattern of energy long enough and strongly enough for the manifestation of a goal to occur.
Throughout history, Clear Quartz has been valued by nearly every civilization as far back as Atlantis and Lemuria, where the sun’s power was believed to be harnessed through a crystal as a source of solar energy refraction. They, along with Native American Indians, African tribes, ancient Egyptians, Aztecs, Romans, Scots and countless other cultures used Clear Quartz in diagnostic healing, meditations and spiritual development, as religious objects and in funerary rites, and to dispel evil and magical enchantments.
Quartz crystal is valued for its piezoelectric and pyroelectric properties, by which it can transform mechanical pressure or heat into electromagnetic energy, and vice versa. It has the ability to focus, amplify, store and transform energy. The same properties of energy amplification, programmability and memory also make Clear Quartz the most versatile and multidimensional stone in the mineral kingdom.
Clear Quartz is excellent for amplifying the energies of other stones or to enhance groups of stones, and is ideal for gridding. It is the perfect base material for wands, staffs, templates, etc.
Clear Quartz produces a force field of healing negative ions while clearing the surroundings of positive ions, protecting the aura. It dispels static electricity, and cancels out the harmful effects of radiation and radioactivity.
Clear Quartz brings strength and clarity to the intellect, aiding concentration and memory retention, and filtering out distractions. Its hypnotic quality is conducive to sleep, helping one to understand the messages and lessons conveyed during the dream state.
Clear Quartz acts as a deep soul cleanser, purifying and enhancing the body’s internal structure and surrounding subtle bodies to connect the physical dimension with the mind. It focuses on inner negativity and stimulates positive thoughts and feelings in its place. With a better perception of the world, Quartz increases awareness and clarity in thinking, and provides enhanced energy, perseverance and patience, teaching one to live, laugh and love with all of humanity.
Because Clear Quartz has the prismatic ability to vibrate its energy at all of the colour frequencies, it not only harmonizes all of the chakras, but can teach us how to vibrate our seven chakra centers simultaneously while maintaining perfect alignment with the light. Clear Quartz is particularly useful for stimulating the Crown Chakra.
As a connection between the physical dimension and the spiritual, Clear Quartz enhances communication with plants, animals, minerals, and in speaking with and receiving information from the Divine and other-worldly masters, teachers and healers. Its natural tendency is for harmony and brings a sense of purpose to those who resonate with it.
*Amethyst*
The Artist’s Stone
Purple Amethyst has been highly esteemed throughout the ages for its stunning beauty and legendary powers to stimulate, and soothe, the mind and emotions. It carries the energy of fire and passion, creativity and spirituality, yet bears the logic of temperance and sobriety.
In the spiritual world, Amethyst provided a connection to the Divine. To the Hebrews, it was Ahlamah, the ninth stone in the breastplate of the High Priest, engraved with the tribe of Dan, as well as the twelfth foundation stone for the New Jerusalem. To the Egyptians, it was Hemag, listed in the Book of the Dead to be carved into heart-shaped amulets for burial. In Eastern cultures, it was listed in descriptions of sacred “gem-cities,” “trees of life,” and used in temple offerings for worship, and to align planetary and astrological influences.
Its inherent high frequency purifies the aura of any negative energy or attachments.Amethyst’s ability to expand the higher mind also enhances one’s creativity and passion. It strengthens the imagination and intuition, and refines the thinking processes. It helps in the assimilation of new ideas, putting thought into action, and brings projects to fruition. It is a talisman of focus and success.
Amethyst is a wonderful talisman for use in the creative arts, especially in darker shades. It assists endeavours where new, original results need to be created using tools and methods of the past. It is often used as the Artist’s Stone, the Composer’s Stone, the Inventor’s, Poet’s and Painter’s Stones. Keep an Amethyst crystal or cluster in the area to focus and amplify the creative elements of the Universal Life Force.
Called the “All-healer,” Amethyst is one of the most effective crystals for healing people, plants and animals. Natural unpolished Amethysts or geodes are particularly helpful placed where plants will not grow or animals refuse to sit. It also counteracts negative earth energies beneath buildings or anywhere that feels hostile.
Amethyst protects against psychic attack, paranormal harm or ill-wishing, and returns the energy back to the universe after being transformed into positive, loving energy.
Amethyst is connected to the Temperance card in the tarot, representing balance.
Amethyst is the stone of St. Valentine and of faithful lovers. It is also referred to as the “couple’s stone” and gives meaning to relationships that over time, transcends the carnal union and gives way to deeper connection and a more soulful communion.
Amethyst is especially supportive of the emotional body, bringing those who are overworked, overstressed, or overwhelmed back to center.
Amethyst helps in identifying the root causes behind one’s negative behaviours, habits and emotional patterns that create imbalance and disease. It also helps one understand the reality of cause and effect in behaviour, and assists in better decision making.
Called “the soul stone,” Amethyst assists in understanding and connecting to the eternal existence of the soul and initiates one’s own deep soul experiences.
Amethyst carries a high, sweet energy, particularly stimulating to the Third Eye, Crown and Etheric Chakras. We are open to new ideas, dreams, and visions, and can control the flow of energy within all the chakras. The dark blue/purple crystals of indigo are used to treat imbalances of the Brow Chakra. It is a quiet colour, one of mystery and wisdom and judgement.
Imbalances of the Crown Chakra are treated with Light Violet crystals. Their violet rays have the universal life force of magic, dreams, inspiration, and destiny.
Amethyst carries a high spiritual vibration of humility and devotion to the Divine. It is highly conducive to stilling one’s thoughts in prayer and meditation, and surrendering to that which is greater than the self. Amethyst also stimulates the higher mind to receive one’s spiritual power as a creation of the Divine being and to open to the insights, wisdom and guidance that is offered.
Amethyst is a stone of spiritual protection and purification, cleansing one’s energy field of negative influences and attachments, and creating a resonant shield of spiritual Light around the body. It acts as a barrier against lower energies, psychic attack, geopathic stress and unhealthy environments. It is a valuable protection for those doing psychic or intuitive work, and enhances personal environments with a healing and protective circle of Light.
Crystal meanings sourced via: https://www.crystalvaults.com/crystal-encyclo…/crystal-guide

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