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Welcome to The Crystal Man blog. This is where I share my knowledge of things that fascinate me.

All things Crystal, our living Earth and the Wisdom of the Old Ways.

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The Dreaming Experience...

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Our waking thoughts could be described as cars on a road network where there are clear and defined routes to take. From multilane highways to back country roads. A decision being marked by a turn off, a tee intersection or indeed a roundabout! Our brain and our thoughts don’t stop when we sleep. Sleep takes these defined road networks away. This means our thoughts turn into out of control all terrain 4x4’s that travel wherever they like. This is why you can be sunbathing on the French Riviera in one instance and the next be arriving at Primary School in your pyjamas!

No one has been able to definitively describe exactly what dreams are or why they occur. It could be as simple as our thoughts running unchecked or our minds unwinding. Our subconscious having a try at consciousness or just random neurons firing. Some say it is a gateway to the subconscious. That it opens doorways to other realms, a portal for communication from the other side, a place where the divine can connect with us and then there are those, like me, that believe it is a mix of all of the above and that different levels of dreaming are attained at different stages of the sleep cycle. From the twilight between wake and sleep through to deep REM and back.

One thing for certain is that in today’s society, we neglect the importance of dreaming. We hear time and time again of the importance of sleep. Of course, this is true. We need sleep to regenerate and to be able to function within the next lot of waking hours however, what happens when we sleep is just as important. Blacking out and shutting down for what is on average, one third of our lives is not all that occurs. We are transported to another world and if we can grasp it, it becomes a world of endless possibilities.

This is a world where the fantastic is normal, where we can explore our innermost joys and challenge our deepest fears. We can visit other realms, speak to those that dwell there, we can receive messages from the divine, guidance from loved ones passed or become a mighty eagle or a winged dragon and take flight to see as we never have before.

Is any of this real or is it just our minds making it up? Are we exploring another plane of existence, another dimension in the Universe or is our mind a whole Universe of its own? The definition of what is real can only be defined by each individual and the interpretation of their experience.

Whether you believe it real or not, one thing is certain and that is that our bodies believe it. Dreaming can charge our emotions just as if we are in the waking world and one sure way of enjoying your dreams is to realise that you are dreaming. I experience two levels of lucid dreaming. One where I know I am dreaming but am only along for the ride and the other where I take control of the dream. Sometimes I only have limited control and others, the really fun ones, are when I have full control. All levels of dreaming should be appreciated, explored and understood as best we can but lucid dreaming should be a goal we all strive for.

So many have spoken to me seeking advice claiming that they do not dream. If you are one of these people that think they don’t dream, don’t worry - You do dream! It’s just that you don’t recall the dream. Your brain has either forgotten or never learned how to recall. There is a quite simple method to improve your dreaming experience whether you have no recollection, have a limited recall or even for those that are well versed in playing in this ‘other world.


Keep a pen and paper by your bedside!

Do you wake to an alarm? If you do, make sure it’s gentle, not a noisy one that shocks you awake and if you wake by yourself, even better.

When you wake, stay still for a moment or two, take the time to reflect on either how you feel (for non-dreamers) or what you have just experienced in your dreams.

With as little movement as possible, write a word that describes how you feel, (tired, alert, normal, relaxed etc.), a few key words that tell the basics of your dream or the whole story if you can.

Throughout your morning routine, throughout the day and most importantly before going to sleep the next night, re-read what you have written and try to remember, then, before nodding off, tell yourself that you will remember more this time. Repeat daily if possible.

This is only the basic first steps to the wonderful experience of lucid dreaming, where you take control of your sleeping world but it does work!

I've had many success stories told to me by people using this simple method. For some, it takes time and effort, for others, it just clicks...we're all different!

We spend so much of our waking hours pushing and challenging ourselves, why not do the same in the space provided for us to counteract the rigours of the physical world? We spend a lot of time there so go and explore it, test your limits and grow them and above all, enjoy the ride!

Love to hear of your experiences and any tips and tricks from your dreaming experience…

 

Andrew - The Crystal Man

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World's largest cut Aquamarine

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My heart stops everytime I see this ~ not only because this piece is mindblowingly beautiful but also when he takes her out of the box and is only holding her by the pointy end! It scares me half to death!

 

 

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Metaphysical Bullshittery

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I am a qualified counsellor and have been a practitioner of magik for many years. The one thing that really gets my goat in this field is metaphysical bullshittery.
This picture shows what was handed to a couple by a marriage counsellor without them asking for any help of this kind and I know that at least one of the couple does not follow this path.
These poor quality stones are accompanied by what can only be described as metaphysical bullshittery and this choice of stones and the waffle cards that came with them have no bearing on issues the couple are seeking to address and in fact say more about the ‘counsellor’ than the couple.
Our crystalline friends are simple creatures and their use and description should be kept simple. There are many different combinations that could be used here and if asked I would look at Rose Quartz for love, Moonstone for feminine strength, Smokey Quartz for masculine, Sodalite for communication and a Clear Quartz point for direction and describe them as such.
We need to work with Crystals and different combinations to understand them before prescribing rather than seeking cheap low quality stones and the internet description that has the most adjectives and listed properties.
The stones here show that although the ‘counsellor’ has a small amount of good intent, their foresight is blurred giving a lack of direction, their intuition is blocked by issues outside of the counselling room giving lack of focus and these together with no outcome shown in the third stone say that the desired result of counselling may not be achieved with this practitioner.

 

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Why do the Winter Solstice and Christmas dates differ and why are there 12 days of Christmas?

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These questions were posed to me by one of my inquisitive daughters so here are the answers plus a little more!

I’ll try to keep it short and simple and I will refer to everything as though I was in the Northern Hemisphere.

 

Let’s tackle the Winter Solstice and Christmas Day first ~
 

What is a Solstice? ~ The Winter Solstice is marked when the Earth is at what is called 23.45° North Declination. Don’t let this confuse you too much. An easy way to picture this is that on the Equinox’s (12hrs day, 12hrs night), the Earth is at 0° Declination and Summer Solstice at 23.45° South Declination (Winter for us southern hemispherians).

 

 

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The Winter Solstice occurs between December 20 and 23 but usually on the 21st or 22nd. Of course, the powers that be like things nice and predictable so it seems they settled on the 22nd as the date to mark it.

Now back to the declination thing. The Earth stays at 23.45° North Declination for three days so it is three days before the Sun begins to return. In Pagan mythos, this is the time of the Sun’s death and rebirth. So, if the Solstice falls or the Sun dies on the 22nd, it begins its return or rebirth, on the 25th! An awesome time for gift giving in celebration of the turning of the seasonal wheel and fertile times ahead

 

Now the fun bit!

 

The Twelve Days of Christmas or Twelve Days of Yule ~

 

In Christianity, the Twelve days of Christmas begin on the 25th, Christ’s birth. For many Pagans, the Twelve days of Yule begin on the Solstice. It seems the Christians carried this one over a little bit better than many neo Pagans who seem to have forgotten something very important!
As with all of these types of celebrations, everything revolves around what’s happening in the sky and Earth’s position within the whole network.

Now we talk about something called Perihelion. (from the Greek peri – close and helios – Sun) As its name suggests, when the Earth is at Perihelion, it is at its closest point to the Sun within its orbit. The Earth has an elliptical (oval) orbit around the Sun and when farthest away, this is called Aphelion.

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As with Solstice, the dates for Perihelion vary and occur between the 3rd and 6th of January. It appears that, our friends, the powers that be settled on the 5th. Count the days between Christmas and Perihelion and boom, we have the Twelve Days of Christmas!

Of course we can never truly know but it makes perfect sense, at least to me, that our pre-Christian forefathers would have varied their Winter Solstice celebration from twelve to sixteen days depending on when both the Winter Solstice and Perihelion fell.

 

Now for that “plus a little more” I promised in the opening.

We all know that Christmas Carol that seems to go forever called The Twelve Days of Christmas yes?
From the mid 16th to early 19th centuries, Catholics in England were not allowed to practice their religion openly. Someone during that period wrote this song as a ‘secret’ celebration of their faith and here are the ‘hidden’ meanings behind what seem like senseless words!

 

“The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ. ​

Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments​

Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love. ​

The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John. ​

The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament. ​

The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation. ​

Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit - Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy. ​

The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes. ​

Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit-Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control. ​

The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments. ​

The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples. ​

The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles' Creed.”

 

I hope that all made sense and please feel free to comment or ask for further explanation.

 

Andrew
The Crystal Man

 

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Geminids Meteor Shower

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Here's hoping for Crystal clear skies!

“ON 14 DECEMBER, the Geminids meteor shower will light up the skies with one of the most spectacular displays of shooting stars to be viewed from Earth this year.

Professor Alan Duffy, an astronomer at Swinburne University in Mebourne and lead scientist of the Royal Institute of Australia, said the Geminids will be “one of the best meteor showers of the year”, due to the sheer number of possible meteor sightings throughout the event.

“At its peak, you will be able to see up to 120 shooting stars an hour – that’s two per minute!” Alan said.

The Geminids meteor shower occurs at a similar time each year, when Earth passes through a cloud of debris from a parent Asteroid, named the 3200 Phaethon. Alan explained that the Geminids meteor shower is particularly unusual as it is “formed from an asteroid and not a comet, as is more standard for meteor showers”.

Another factor that separates the Geminids from many other meteor showers – such as the Perseids and the Lyrids, which have been around for thousands of years – is that it is a relatively new phenomenon, observed for the first time only 150 years ago. This is because the orbit of the debris cloud (along with the parent asteroid, Phaethon) is rapidly shifting over time. As its trajectory wobbles around the Sun, the centre of the Geminids orbit is moving closer to Earth with each year, which is why it has become more visible in the last century and a half.

Fear not, however, as according to Alan “there is no real threat or chance of the meteor shower colliding with Earth”.

Emerging out of the constellation Gemini (hence the name), the Geminids are generally very bright, and travel at a medium speed – perfect for viewing. This year, the maximum point of the shower also conveniently falls a day before the Moon reaches the first quarter, so the best time to view the shower will be after the Moon has set (after midnight, wherever you are), when the moonlight will not interfere.

The prime viewing time favours star-gazers in Australia and the Americas, however the shower should last around 24 hours, allowing people from all around the globe to get a glimpse.

For Australians, the maximum is forecasted to occur on Friday, 14 December at 11:30pm AEST, 10:30pm in QLD, and 8pm in WA.”

*Article taken from Australian Geographic

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