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Quest for the Third Eye

August 20, 2012

My quest for the previous part of the Wheel of the Year (Solstice to Lammas) was to open my Third Eye. This was quite a hefty challenge, I felt, and Kal had said to me several times (with blowing of cheeks, and shrugging of shoulders) that it would be a lot to attempt in the few weeks between “spokes” of The Wheel. So it turned out to be. The Third Eye opening quest turns out to be something that I need to work on for the whole of the remainder of the year. It’s a “half year” quest that will take me up to Yule.

The quest began to take full effect in July. I felt that July was a “good time” to try opening my Third Eye. I took this process to mean that I would be attempting to find ways to enhance my spirituality, to increase my psychic awareness, divinatory capabilities, and to enhance my visions. As I ventured into the month of July the first thing I noticed was this news article about the increase in solar activity forecasted for the month of July:-

“Electromagnetic activity from the sun affects our electronic devices and human electromagnetic field. We are physically, mentally, and emotionally altered by electromagnetic charges from the sun, our body can feel sleepy but also become highly energized.

Psychological effects of CMEs (coronal mass ejections) are typically short lived and include headache, palpitations, mood swings, and feeling generally unwell. Chaotic or confused thinking, and erratic behaviors also increase. Solar storms can drive our emotions and maximize it to both good and bad side – the point here is to be aware of it.

The pineal gland in our brain is also affected by the electromagnetic activity which causes the gland to produce excess melatonin, a hormone which can cause sleepiness but it’s also known that some people have opposite side effects, usually those that are aware of the effects.” (source: thewatchers.adorraeli.com)

Now, I know a thing or two about the pineal gland. Our old friend Dr Serena Roney-Dougal gives a good account of the pineal gland in her book “Where Science and Magic Meet“. If there was a time in the year when I could benefit from increased pineal gland activity then it would seem that it would be when the sun was particularly active too. And that was July (and into August, it turned out). The coincidence seemed … fortuitous at least, pre-ordained at best.

The Pineal Gland’s location (c) Oddly Even blog

I began to think about what things would help me enhance my third-eye opening. I had already discovered a number of techniques that I think would enhance such work:-

  1. Chanting the “i” vowel sound to tune and open the third-eye chakra point
  2. Facing a source of light (sunlight) with your eyes closed but looking at the point where the Third Eye is located
  3. Imagining a spiralling bridge connection to whatever the focus is (the Open Portal technique)

In practise, here are the things I have found that are useful specifically to promote the activity of remote viewing, which is an activity that I have concentrated on most as a means to open the Third Eye:-

  1. Being in a altered state of consciousness, grounding and centering
  2. Having either strong sun or full moon energy available
  3. Transferring my vision into an imaginary hawk that is flying over the place that I want to remotely view

Here are some examples of how my third-eye powers have been increasing whilst using these techniques:-

  1. Seeing the aura of a gnome, and of the Spirit of Place at Penmaenmawr
  2. Sensing the location of spirit forms even when i can’t see them visually – Moel Ty Uchaf’s spirit of place, and the dog spirit in Sherwood Forest (via sense of smell)
  3. Getting stronger and clearer visualisations, and being able to see the location of the object being shown to me via an energy bridge/connection path or as an aerial view of a hawk

Third-Eye Quest Tarot Reading

As I often do when I am at a major decision point, or facing a quest that needs the kind of enquiry that cannot be reduced to a simple binary “Yes” or “No” answer, I turned to the tarot cards to explain some aspects of the quest I was facing. Here are the cards that I drew in response to specific questions held in mind as I drew:-

  1. WHAT DO I NEED TO TAKE INTO THE PROCESS? –  The Great Bear (Arthur – leadership, power of the land)
  2. WHAT DO I NEED TO CHANGE? –  6 of Vessels (Reunion) and Page of Stones (Lynx)
  3. WHAT WILL HELP ME MAKE THE CHANGE? – 4 of Bows (Celebration), 8 of Stones (Skill), 2 of Stones (Challenge)
  4. WHAT WILL THE OUTCOME BE? – Ace of Arrows (Breath of Life), Queen of Vessels (Salmon)

Some recurring cards there, as previous draws recorded on this blog will attest. From this reading I drew several important pieces of information:-

  1. I need to go somewhere where I can connect to the land in order to begin this process – somewhere connected to King Arthur.
  2. 6 of Vessels is talking about re-uniting with old memories and resolving them. Like Kal has done – to go into the past to absolve an old memory of energy.
  3. Something physical at a mound is suggested,
  4. I will overcome a challenge using skill at a time of celebration (or the effects of celebration – joy -will be the key to unlocking the ability).
  5. Wisdom and the Breath of Life are the rewards of opening the Third Eye

Armed with this useful information I felt empowered to take the quest further when it came to the Lammas Festival date – August 1st. In my forthcoming post about that you will see how the tarot card interpretations fitted into that day’s places and events.


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  1. Hi Gwas,
    I’ve just been reading about the pineal gland and fluoride. Apparently fluoride collects in the pineal gland when over dosing and reduces its ability to function and can cause drowsiness. A combination of water and toothpaste can cause a problem.


    1. Hi Serpenteer,

      Yes, there are many web sites that talk about the calcification of the pineal gland. One even suggests that it could have been the original “mark of the beast”! Some sites claim a decrease in spiritual awareness/depression/mental illness due to serotonin or melotonin reduction, some a loss of sense of direction, and some say it leads to cancer! No-one, as far as I can see, is able to prove any reason why this occurs. Fluoride is merely one of the ‘toxins’ listed as a possible source.

      Thing is – are we any worse than we ever were in this respect? And where is the good evidence about the true effects of this calcification, if it is happening more than it should? I can’t find any reliable sources other than the usual “web chatter” about such subjects, most of the advice also containing the word “dude” somewhere in the sentence and tagged with smileys.

      I just continue to work at increasing the usage of this gland through awareness techniques and being in places of strong subtle energies in the hope that this improves the situation, but I don’t have any form of measurement about the success of that other than my experiences of increasing awareness through ‘exercising the gland’, so to speak!!

      1. Of course we also heard this at the 2009(?) BSOD (British Soc of Dowsing) conference, when the parapsychologist Serena Dougal claimed that calcification actually helped the pineal glands sensitivity to magnetic (Earth) radiation. I have different notions as to “spirit”, however I don’t believe it is a coincidence that the 3rd eye (or energy perception) is positioned in line with the Pineal Gland.

        Perhaps one should examine the Pineal Glands of energy perceivers (post mortem of course) to see whether they are calcified? Chances???

        To calcify or not to calcify be the question…

        Kal Malik

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