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I was always told that mistletoe berries were poisonous as a child. How does this square with the idea that mistletoe is a general cure-all plant? For example, in ancient times amongst the druidic myths that we have inherited and beyond that we have come to know mistletoes as ”All Heal”.
“The answer is: it depends on the type of mistletoe and what part you eat. There are several species of mistletoe. The Phoradendron species contain a toxin called phoratoxin, which can cause blurred vision, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, blood pressure changes, and even death. The Viscum species of mistletoe contain a slightly different cocktail of chemicals, including the poisonous alkaloid tyramine, which produce essential the same symptoms.
Although mistletoe has therapeutic uses, eating any part of the plant (particularly the leaves or berries) or drinking a tea from the plant can result in sickness and possibly death. Unlike the holiday poinsettia, which has a bad reputation yet probably won’t do more than make you feel sick if you eat it, mistletoe ingestion warrants a call to Poison Control and immediate medical attention.” (source: About.com)
The healthy side of mistletoe
It seems that extracted parts of the mistle plant can have some beneficial effects:-
Extracts of mistletoe have been shown to kill cancer cells in the laboratory and to boost the immune system (the complex group of organs and cells that defends the body against infection or disease). For this reason, mistletoe has been classified as a type of biological response modifier (a substance that stimulates the body’s response to infection and disease). Extracts of mistletoe have also been shown in the laboratory to prevent the growth of new blood vessels needed for tumors to grow.
Ingredients in mistletoe that have been studied for their usefulness in treating cancer include:
(source: National Cancer Institute)
Seems as though there are good reasons to re-evaluate the medicinal knowledge contained within ancient herbal practises.
- If no one lives in a haunted house, is the house still haunted?
This question has perplexed physicists (in a way) and a paranormal investigator (me) for many moons. To add another piece of cheese to the pile of crumbs.
- If a light starts to flicker in the bathroom (for no electronic reason) would it still flicker if there was no one there to see it? What if you put light recording equipment into the bathroom and left the house?
Those of you familiar with the observer effect from the realms of quantum physics will know that this is a dilemma that puzzles us still. As the joke goes…how many observers did it take for the universe to be created?
I digress slightly. This post is about a failure, as to whose failure it was, well you judge…
There is something in the house
Before I continue, I just want to point out that when people hear that I investigate sick houses there is the immediate statement that…”There is something wrong in my house” It’s inevitable. I have come to call this the Doctor in the house effect, since I recall from years previous when I used to hang with a doctor or two. Whenever someone found out that they were a doctor, ailments would appear from every corner. As the immortal axiom says…
- As with Dr’s thus with Paranormal Investigators (I am loathed to say P.I.s)
Most of the time, there is nothing wrong with your house (certainly not in a way to drastically affect your life). In my experience there are more often more important concerns e.g. from a mental, emotional, physical and energetic perspective. After all GIGO (Garbage In Garbage Out). Again I digress slightly.
Thus here I was investigating another house. My first assumption is that there is nothing wrong with the house. So that is the first question I ask.
- Is there nothing energetically significantly wrong with this house?
I have been questioned as to the importance of “the dowsing question”? i.e. does the phrasing of the question matter? Yes and no. Yes if you are trying to determine a cause or solution. No in general cases. What I mean here is that sometimes you know what you want to ask but can’t find an exact question that fits the bill. So you go for a close approximate. I have a theory about this (in another post). For Gwas’s theories see note at end. Anyway, the above question was fair to me as it kind of got to the crux of the matter. Also note that I can’t get the scientist out of me and like to mix up my methods a bit. Normally I would have asked “Is there anything wrong with this house?” Hmmm…the plumbing, the decor, the noise levels from neighbours…
Obviously the answer was yes.
- What power centers where there: 9 and 7 black
- 4 and 6 white
- Was there an entity involved – yes.
O darn! Here we go again!. For illustration purposes I have created the video below so that you can see the layout of the room which contained the power centers.
The flickering energy on the left is the entity, the energy ball that is generated on the right is the level 7 power center. The energy then does a bit of loop and flows out of the room into the remainder of the apartment.
- I have to say that the occupants of the apartment rarely if ever entered or stayed in that room, even though it was the main room of the house and that it had a big screen tv in it too.
Investigating the houses energies some more and the entity too I found that the seat that it was sitting on was a place that had seen some heavy emotional out-pourings. I queried the daughter (the occupants were a mother and daughter) and after some reluctance she told me that she had gone through a really bad emotional period some 8 years ago (the bad period was 3/4 years long). Most of this time she had spent in that room, on that sofa!
It was at this time that the entity had attached to her to gain a lift into the apartment and had settled on the place that had the most negative (depressive) energy.
Whose house is it anyway?
I have been studying thresholds increasingly over the last 8 months and have found it to be a significant factor when examining the dynamics of house energies. This case was no different, indeed what I found was that the entity had taken complete ownership of the house. It was its home! Again, questioning the owners confirmed that they didn’t feel at home in the apartment.
As I have learned, houses have thresholds. These thresholds can be owned (belong to). The person or persons who own the threshold have a much greater power in the house than someone who doesn’t. An interesting point is that thresholds can contain other thresholds to. For instance a house has a threshold, then within it a room can have a threshold too.
- Have you or perhaps a family member that you know lived almost entirely in their room? Turning it into a sanctuary of a kind, even placing a sign on the door “My Room”.
This can create a threshold within the homes threshold. This is what happened in this case too. The daughter’s room had a threshold of its own. She owned it. Indeed, from the way the energies bounced of the door, it was besieged. Also the two positive power centers were in her room (the 6 was a place that the daughter regularly meditated).
Several questions revealed that this energy solution wasn’t going to be solved by the placing of crystals and burning of incense. Why? I don’t know. I do have a theory (but I’ve digressed enough times in this post). Anyway the solution for this problem came to this.
It was approaching Christmas and the shift in energy that would be needed to eject the entity was to have a family party in that room. Love, family, connection and the flavour of energy that only a Christmas type celebration can bring would give them ownership of the threshold. Once this was done, I could instigate a kicking of ass via energetic items (yes, crystals, plants, candles etc.).
For several days, running up to Christmas, I tried to persuade the family to hold a celebration in that room, it failed. Christmas came and I asked them to move the dinning table into the offending room. They had invited me to celebrate Christmas with them and when I arrived I noted that the table had moved from another room. Alas though it had only moved to half-way into the room and half out.
- In the video above, the table is just where the camera is positioned.
So, alas the saga remains the same. The daughter and mother, remain uncomfortable with the room in particular (and the house in general). Occasionally they ask me to look into it again and help them (I wonder how they overcome the s.e.p. field to do that, perhaps they have a higher energy state at that time. Worth investigating).
What is an energy worker to do?
Thanks for your time,
ps: just to leave you with a mystery…the other power center in the daughter’s room has a whole avenue of investigation, remember it because I’ll be coming back to it.
pps: here is Gwas’s note on the dowsing question
I believe that whatever we are interacting with (higher self, helpful entities) is cleverer than we are in our everyday waking consciousness. When we are often unable to use language to specify our requirements that is not the end of our ability to ask questions. Our thought patterns may be quite clear about what we are asking, it is just that we have no language to express it.
When our thoughts are clear then our dowsing responses are more certain. There is no harm in asking an indistinct question, but don’t expect a clear response, that’s all! Sometimes, a stupid or indistinct question will lead you to formulate a better one when the answer comes back as unclear as well. It’s a process.
Often I find that where we make mistakes is in the interpretation of the response, not in the asking of the questions. In my experience, the clearer and more precise the question then the easier it is to understand and interpret the response.
Both Kal and I wish you the fondest of Yuletide wishes, and the hope that the next year will see you fulfil the tasks on your own spiritual path.
We also have to say a big ‘Thank you’ to everyone who has found us this year, and a special thanks to those who have regularly returned to read our humble blog. The viewing figures have gone up to SIX TIMES what they were last year, which has served to make us feel that we must be doing something right, and that you are hopefully finding the inspiration to pursue your own quests as we make progress with our own. Sincerely – thanks for your interest.
A special thanks to all of you who have added your comments. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and many have added wonderfully insightful additional information to help us further on our way.
We hope there is plenty more to come next year as we aim to discover whether the coming year has any similarities with the previous wheel of the year. We will measure each turn and report on the findings, of course. That’s what we do.
We wonder, too, whether 2011 a special year for energies? We will be watching out for changes, and planning accordingly to take advantage of energetic times to change our consciousness. Come along with us for the ride – who knows what we will find?
Soon we will be posting our reviews of the year, so look out for those.
Throughout this year there has been a single overriding concern that has permeated everything that I do regarding dowsing or druidry: there must be a purpose to it. By that I don’t mean that I haven’t had fun, or avoided doing frivolous things. Not at all. However, each visit that I have embarked upon has been characterised by my having a purpose to go there with. This was the message that I got out of the consolidation period at the end of 2009, that period between Samhain and Yule when one should bring all things learned in the year together, sort through them, and resolve them into a unified approach for the next year’s work. Like some kind of meta-idea, the concept emerged that for 2010 my task would be to determine the purpose of each eighth part of the year – to understand the eight-fold year.
There seems to be a common acceptance of what is considered to be the revived concept of the eight-fold year amongst Neo-Pagan and Wiccan circles. This has all the dates that are close to what may be the ‘original’ divisions of the year. Truth is, no-one really knows how the divisions of the year were named, or upon which dates these divisions actually fell. What has been reconstructed has come to us through a combination of modern research into old customs, or through the collective acceptance of dates that feel familiar and proper. It has largely been a process of re-appropriation of existing festivals such as Christmas, Easter and Hallowe’en, wresting them from the clutches of the Christian sovereignty.
Whilst there is a certain concensus as to what those specific division dates mean, what is not clear is what the time in between those divisions means. I have been following the year’s divisions closely since Winter and have communed and divined for myself what those in-between days (cf. The Cure) mean to me.
There is a certain difficulty with being precise about these division dates too. Nature does not appear as being very precise to us humans because we cannot comrpehend all of the factors involved in what makes The Great Clock tick! The combination of influences from stars, planets, conjunctions, and who knows how many other influences is simply beyond our comprehension. Therefore, we can only “best guess” when these times arise besed on previous experience, and then we need to be flexible about it all, because we probably won’t guess entirely correctly. Does precision matter in working out these division times? I don’t think so, becuase most of the divisions are largely dependent upon the Moon, and the Moon’s influence occurs over several days, and this gives us a certain amount of lee-way.
One final caveat: the information I have discovered is, I believe, probably quite personal to me. I am not, therefore, espousing a new system to explain the Eight-Fold Year as a replacement for other systems that are out there or that you may be using already. Nor am I trying to back up my claims with astological, scientific or any other form of knowledge system. These explanations may be entirely my own – I don’t know until I have had perhaps several years worth of data to analyse. This is my first year of gaining this knowledge, so please bear that in mind when you read this. It is for your edification and information only, and it is merely presented so that it may suggest things for you to try out for yourself.
So, that said, here goes. So far I have discovered the following stages:-
YULE to IMBOLC
The division line may actually be Twelfth Night rather than Christmas Day. I will have to check that when it comes around again this year to get the precise cut-over, not that any of these divisions are precise, because they’re not. However, I think it’s worthwhile me finding out whether it’s Christmas or Twelfth Night.
- To be still and quiet.
- To engage in no activity of a magickal nature at all.
- To cleanse the mind of the information from the previous year.
Anything that has not sunk in already after the period immediately prior to this one (which I think is about consolidating information) should not be brought forward into the new year. The purpose of this period is to cleanse oneself of all that “baggage” and to leave the mind in a state whereby new knowledge, new seeds, can be planted upon a well-prepared but settled soil. As with meditation, achieving stillness is the key to appreciating this time of the year. The “season of peace” indeed!
IMBOLC to SPRING EQUINOX
- To awaken the energies of ancient sacred sites.
- To awaken, pay homage to, or recall the guardian spirits of such places.
- To prepare the ground for the year’s energy work, by preparing self and place.
This is an interactive stage of the year, and is the first involvement by the participant (the seeker) with the land and its spirits and energies. I found that I was asked to visit many of the places that I had found the be especially find of (read – ‘connected to’, or ‘aligned to’) and that when I was there I would go through a process of firstly finding out what state the place was in, then I would connect to the site, and finally, if necessary, I would invoke the spirit of the place – that guardian spirit – to ask that it return if I found it to be absent. Of course, I could only make a request of the spirit to return, and only if I had prepared the ground appropriately, so to speak.
All of this work, of visiting sites, connecting to them and contacting or invoking the spirit of place, it was all a form of preparation for the work that was to come. A sort of re-introduction, a gentle re-awakening to energies and spirits.
SPRING EQUINOX to BELTANE
- To connect to the earth’s energy grid.
- To understand the nature of Neutral earth energy forms.
- To extract and utilise Neutral energy.
I think there is a general principle at work during this period, and that is for the seeker to learn to connect into the land. As the earth energies begin to be enlivened by the radiant energy of the sun, and together with the moon this draws life from the land. That signals the time for the seeker to spend time connecting with this upsurge of energy. In some mystical systems the human is the mid-point between the Sky and the Earth, and I think this is a symbolic memory of our ability to actually be the conduit and focal point for the two forms of energy – earth and radiant. We are the combiners.
As for myself this year, I have found that there was an additional task which was to learn in a theoretical and a practical way how I could extract the neutral energy form and store it within me. I learned how to re-charge myself with this energy using my navel chakra point as a storehouse for the neutral energy form – in exactly the same way as in chinese qigong meditation.
In addition to simply drawing out and collecting this energy I learned how to use neutral energy to ‘coat’ objects in order to preserve their energetic imprint. This was a means of creating so-called “power objects” I realised. In other words, it was a way of retaining those special qualities that people had invested into an object – whether that be a memory, a feeling, or some other form of energetic input. I learned how that energy could be retained within the object by using raw neutral energy to preserve it like a coat of varnish.
BELTANE to SUMMER SOLSTICE
- To understand the nature of the neutral or white light energy form and how it is composed
- To practise diffracting and re-combining the seven coloured frequencies of light
- To make practical use of these energies to elevate consciousness
I believe this part of the year’s cycle concerns the effort to raise one’s level of consciousness to an opportunity point in the middle of the year when the energies are at their strongest, and one stands the greatest chance of elevating into an enlightened state, or achieving a blissful and revelatory state of mind.
So far I have found that for me this will involve me learning about how to bring together the two inner energy centres – the neutral energy store of the lower dan-tian or navel chakra point, and to combine that with the influx of light energy through the third-eye chakra point in order to diffract the energy into any of the seven frequencies of subtle energy that I require to be able to perform whatever task I need (for example, to heal an imbalance, or to utilise a particular frequency for a specific task). At this moment I don’t know what tasks those frequencies can perform, but that is learning that I still have to go through.
I suspect that there may be some esoteric benefit to being able to draw in each of the frequencies of this spectrum of light individually and to recombine them somehow to form a white light frequency, and that this may be the “light at the end of the tunnel” or the blinding inspiration that is described as accompanying an enlightenment process. My quest, however, is to understand the purpose of being able to do that, not just the mechanics of making it possible!
So, not much to do then in the next few months!
That is my current understanding and recap of the year’s inspirations and the paths along which I have travelled during this year. I feel that much of that information is general enough for most people to get some correspondence with, or for it to resonate with most people. Much of it is also personal and relates to my own quest for knowledge, understanding and wisdom in working with the energies of Nature. You decide where that take you. I will, as ever, go my own way.
Related post: My Eight Fold Year – the final four folds