Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Personal Protection and Cleansing Rituals


Personal protection and the cleansing of destructive energies can be gained by various means...depending on the person and the situation. Some techniques I agree with...and a few others I have less confidence in. Let's look over a comprehensive list of the basic self-help methods:

Herb & Incense

Purifying refers to a process of burning herbs and incense to cleanse unwanted / negative energy. Some people prefer the act of smudging, which is a relatively simple process, whereby you waft ‘smoke’ into the areas that you wish to cleanse. If you are performing a cleanse for yourself or another person, or an object you will need them to pass through the smoke. Personally, I feel smudging with bound herbs also requires the use of affirmation and intuitive awareness in order to be successful.

The purifying process is a magical endeavor. You are performing a ritual...the presence of some smoke and your intent is what is required. My Guardian Angel and Celestial Beings are always an integral part of my sanctification process. Herbs such as sage, lavender, pine and cedar can all be used for cleansing. Incense is exceptional for cleansing...try using frankincense & myrrh resin, white copal resin, dragon's blood resin, hyssop leaf, pinon resin and sandalwood chips. Place the required incense in a vessel (with starter charcoal). Refer to the lists I posted previously - Basic Magical Uses For Incense, Herbs and Essential Oils

Sea Salt

Washing yourself with sea salt is a method of cleansing the physical body of psychic energy that has accumulated around you. Salt neutralizes harmful energies and is a very effective tool.

I like to use sea salt for protection and cleansing during adverse conditions...but there are specific rituals for its use (which I may describe at a later time). Holy water in a spray bottle is always good to keep on hand as well.

Crystals

Crystals and some other stones are very helpful when used for protection. They create strong energy environments...for grounding, healing and have many other useful qualities also. I prefer yttrium fluorite, black tourmaline, smoky quartz, fire agate, dragon's vein agate, purple amethyst, sugilite and charoite. Please refer to my previous posts ---> Basic Crystal / Stone Selection

Amulets & Talisman

Wearing a symbol (sigil) or a charm is a method of protection that has its roots in antiquity. In almost every culture, there is a tradition of wearing or carrying a particular amulet, talisman, charm, or token. Usually this has been blessed or created in a ritual process through which the powers of divine protection have been placed unto it.

Please contact someone who is experienced in working with this type of protection before you start wearing or carrying an amulet or talisman. Those who practice spiritual alchemy, folk magic & rootwork can help you achieve the desired effect.

Meditation

Meditation strengthens your extended energy field or aura, and provides a barrier between you and other unwanted negative energies. Regular meditation will leave you focused, energized, attuned and clear. The empowering mental state meditation creates allows you to respond to potential threats consciously and actively...rather than unconsciously reacting when challenged. Learning how to open, close and balance your chakras...the energy centers of the body. An excellent guide for learning about working with your chakras is The Chakra Bible: The Definitive Guide to Chakra Energy

Regular meditation is the key to effectiveness. You will not get the long term psychic protection unless you meditate on a regular basis...which I recommend you do every other day at a minimum.

Help Yourself

Up until this point, I've listed 'tools' for helping you obtain psychic protection and cleansing. But honestly, these 'tools' will achieve little if you don't keep a positive attitude, use common sense and be true to your being. When I explain my remote clearing protocols to clients, the first thing I tell them is that I ask that they have an open mind, be willing to follow my directions and be dedicated to resolving their problem. Providing protection for yourself and your family requires the same commitment and awareness.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Djinn & Fire


In late 2012 there had been a series of small fires in Turkey households said to have been caused by Djinn. In Muslim tradition, a djinn is a spirit often capable of assuming human or animal form and exercising supernatural influence over people. It is similar to a poltergeist as far as the activity...though a poltergeist is generally developed from a 'thoughtform manifestion' that may or may not be associated with an existing earthbound entity. I have posted a few of the known incidents in Turkey as well as a major case in Malaysia in 2010. Please excuse the translation.

12/4/2012 - Siirt Province, Turkey: Mysterious fires that have broken out seemingly for no apparent reason in the house of the Toprak family in Siirt province over the last four months have aroused great curiosity in the region. The Toprak family is distraught over the mysterious fires, as between 300-400 fires incidents have occurred in the last four months. Almost all of the family's belongings and furniture have been reduced to ashes for no known cause. The Toprak family's household items apparently catch fire spontaneously, with some people believing that the fires have been caused by supernatural forces. The father of the family, Zeki Toprak, told the Anatolia news agency that between 300-400 fires have erupted in four months. Stating that they had to move house four times in as many months, Toprak said such mysterious events have continued to happen in each house they have moved to. Similar mysterious fires have also broken out in the classroom of fifth-grade-student M. Toprak.

The coat, notebooks, books and several other items belonging to M. Toprak have caught fire spontaneously in front of the students and teacher's eyes in the classroom. The teacher of M. Toprak told Anatolia that they searched M. Toprak for any material or substance which could have caused the fires, but did not find anything. The Siirt Governor's Office, the Siirt Provincial Mufti's Office and Siirt University have all taken an interest in the family. Siirt Governor Ahmet Aydın, who also spoke to the agency, defined the incidents as supernatural and said it was impossible to understand having seen the many items that apparently spontaneously combusted. Aydın also said the governor's office is giving food to the family three times a day as they could not cook any meals in their house. Siirt University Rector Murat Erman said the university is extremely interested in the incidents and has established a team to investigate the possible reasons for such mysterious fires. Siirt Province Mufti Faruk Arvas pointed out that the fires might be due to the djinn. In Islam, the djinn are spirit beings that can be good or evil. Arvas stated: "According to our faith, there are beings called djinn. The fires might have been started by such beings." (Cihan/Today's Zaman) CİHAN - The Poltergeist File

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(NOTE: Please excuse the translation) 1/3/2013 - Ankara, Turkey: Anne Bu Knight, daughter of Nur İleyda unable to sense where the fire is unknown due to the recounting her daughter's' bad 'directed by jinn' claiming, said:"Yesterday afternoon, at least 10 since the fire broke out in our house. Bed, bathroom bulkhead, the work table , towels, clothes was a fire. Featured fires, We turned off on my daughter shouting Notification. daughter upstairs neighbor, while the fire was going to sink. went to a relatives house, there was a fire. I realized that my daughter has an uncanny situation. This situation, Siirt, mysterious fires, but we keep a school and home. demons believe that these fires çıkarttığına."Cevat Knight operates in the county of coffee did not fall sleep at all in the eyes of the house, they had to collect a large part of goods and ready-holding containers filled with water, he said. Knight,"District Governor and asked for help by going mufti, told us to take our daughter a doctor. Mufti, also suggested us to read the Quran. Beer and the environment met some of the professors. Quran imam read from it in our house, but 10 minutes after the fire broke out again. Himself talked to a few people dedicated to this work . daughter demons believe tarafndan routed. I can not find any other explanation for," he said.

Knight family s that never sleep, slept Bediha relatives Aktas, if söndürülmediği of the building in the event of a fire yanabileceğini describing Kemal Aktas the "Alternate wait, trying to stay awake. İleyda'yı not leave you alone. alone when fire breaks out strong. anxiety in waiting, fearing," he said. habermonitor.com

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(NOTE: Please excuse the translation) 1/4/2013 - Ankara, Turkey: After news of the mysterious fire that occurred recently in Siirt urban district of Ankara there was a similar case.

Ankara 's Knight persons aged Bahcelievler family house in the neighborhood of merchandise at various intervals burn 10 times a day has led to fear and anxiety. Indicating that they were helpless in the face of this situation the family with 4 children in their homes permanently fire due to the release noted that they were keeping guard day and night.

mother Ayşe Knight, daughter of Nur İleyda unable to sense where the mysterious fire, said:"The bed, bathroom bulkhead, work desk, towels, robes was a fire in many places, such as. Featured fires Notification shouting at my daughter do we put on. daughter went upstairs neigbhour the fire broke out in the sink. Again, we went to a relatives house, there was a fire. then we realized that my daughter has an uncanny situation. This situation came up last week in Siirt, a school and We keep the same mysterious fires in the home. demons believe çıkarttığına these fires,"he said. The father, Jawad Knight kahvecilik face of this situation in the district were keeping constant guard, his eyes did not fall sleep at all that they had to collect a large part of the house and belongings, he said. İleyda family's youngest daughter Nur, the"fire walls and doors at a time When the lights are striking. Is very short. Then he leaves traces. I'm so scared because of continuous,"he said.

Knight family, relatives, indicating no sleep slept Bediha Aktas,"as well as maybe the building will burn the house put out a fire broke out. would lead to greater dangers. This is a big problem, do not know how to be solved,"he said. Ventilation, fire brigade was called to the fire in the same way that space Kemal Aktas relatives, the"wait and turns, trying to stay awake. İleyda'yı not leave you alone. Alone when fire breaks out strong. Worried and scared look,"he said. habermonitor.com

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A Fire Djinn in Malaysia

Between May and December 2010 a series of strange incidents occurred in the home of a seventy-three-year-old widow, Zainab Sulaiman, in a village near Kota Bharu, Malaysia. Objects disappeared and reappeared, clothes were found cut to shreds, food scraps were strewn across beds and large quantities of salt and smelly fish sauce were dumped into cooking pots.

It was all decidedly annoying, but Zainab and her family – a widowed daughter-in-law and two granddaughters – didn’t find it particularly frightening. They were merely being pestered, they assumed, by a mildly mischievous spirit. Even when a pair of pants, missing for three days, reappeared inside the refrigerator, they remained calm, hoping the imp would tire of its tricks.

But in mid-December the weirdness escalated dangerously: over the next ten weeks dozens of small fires broke out on clothes, rugs, linoleum and mattresses throughout the residence. Sometimes several occurred within a few minutes; on one hectic day there were no fewer than 78.

Although all were quickly extinguished and surprisingly little damage was done, Zainab didn’t get a lot of sleep during those weird weeks. Her flimsy wooden dwelling, elevated on stumps and packed with clothes and bolts of cloth, was a veritable tinder box. She didn’t dare leave it unattended.

News of the activity spread quickly, and on January 4 a group of Muslim holy men arrived and declared the house was infested by invisible entities known as djinn. (Djinn is the plural; the masculine singular is djinni – or genie)

Djinn have featured prominently in Middle Eastern folklore since time immemorial and Mohammed, under the direction of the angel Gabriel, incorporated them into Muslim theology. Many of the tricks they reputedly play are highly reminiscent of those often attributed, in other cultures, to poltergeists.

Over several months, a plethora of holy men conducted exorcisms until the djinn weakened and left the location...actually scrawling a message on a banknote “Goodbye, everyone”.

Some aspects of the case strongly suggest the episode was genuinely paranormal:

* Zainab never sought to profit from the episode. It had, in fact, cost her dearly. Many of her possessions were destroyed, and she’d paid the Muslim priests 1000 Ringgits for their failed exorcism.

* She seemed completely honest, and it would have been virtually impossible for any of the family to start the fires without her noticing. No outsider could have hoaxed them.

* No family member had an obvious motive to hoax the affair.

* Independent witnesses saw objects move and disappear.

* The steady escalation of weirdness: beginning with objects moving and disappearing, progressing to the slashing of clothes, then to the weird message, and finally to the fires – conforms to patterns of polt behaviour noted elsewhere.

* The very fact that more than 200 fires occurred without at least one of them doing serious damage – or for that matter completely consuming the flimsy dwelling - does seem almost miraculous. Uncannily localised fires have been noted at other polt sites.

* The surges in weird activity that occurred when strangers arrived corresponds with known poltergeist behaviour.

* The presence of adolescent girls is sometimes seen as a veritable hallmark of a genuine poltergeist case.

* The djinn’s rather pointless message was reminiscent of others found at poltergeist sites.

* After the holy men failed to “cleanse” the house, the rate of fire-starting sharply increased. Similar sudden escalations of activity after attempted exorcisms have been noted at many other poltergeist sites.

On the other hand, a few things suggest the episode was bogus:

* Although none had occurred for ten days, two fires broke out on the very day I visited. Some might see that as a little too fortuitous.

* The family seemed strangely unexcited by the fires.

* At one stage so many of the girl’s uniforms were damaged that they had to stay home from school. Could that have been a motive for hoaxing?

* Most suspicious of all was the similarity of Wan’s handwriting to that on the 10-Ringgit note.

But regardless of whether or not they were genuinely supernatural, the djinn, or the hoaxer(s), have called it quits, and Zainab can sleep soundly once again. - Excerpts from poltergeistfile.com

The Djinn Connection: The Hidden Links Between Djinn, Shadow People, ETs, Nephilim, Archons, Reptilians and Other Entities

The Vengeful Djinn: Unveiling the Hidden Agenda of Genies

Legends of the Fire Spirits: Jinn and Genies from Arabia to Zanzibar

The Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Useful Properties of Selected Essential Oils


Essential oils are derived from various plants...and can be used to enhance your environment, raise your vibration and heighten your psychic experiences.

You can add essential oils to your bath, rub them on candles, use them in a diffuser, or anoint yourself with them. The most traditional areas to anoint are the center of the forehead and the crown. But you can also benefit from anointing your psychic centers...the chakras, your wrists, throat, ankles and the back of your neck. If you enjoy foot massages, may I suggest you add your favorite essential oils. Always use a base oil when using essential oils on the body. I recommend sweet almond and grape seed oils...3-4 drops of essential oil per 10 ML of base oil.

The following list includes a few essential oils that I find to be the most useful...in particular, for psychic and spiritual properties:


Frankincense: Uplifting, balancing, purifying, protective. Good for meditation and connecting with guides. Promotes enlightenment, multidimensional awareness, transcendence. Dispels negativity. Soothes and calms the mind, slowing down and deepening breathing. It also helps to calm anxiety and obsessive states linked to the past.

Jasmine: Balancing, inspiring, sensual. Attracts love, romance and sex. Stimulates psychic dreams, astral projection, creativity and visions. Encourages compassion and transcendence. Aids meditation. An excellent remedy in cases of severe depression and soothes the nerves, producing a feeling of confidence, optimism and euphoria, while revitalizing and restoring energy.

Lavender: My absolute favorite essential oil. Integrating, balancing, healing, protective, purifying. Aids meditation, stimulates dream recall and clairvoyance. Opens third-eye chakra. It has a soothing and calming effect on the nerves, relieving tension, depression, panic, hysteria and nervous exhaustion in general and is effective for headaches, migraines and insomnia.

Myrrh: Grounding, healing, protective, purifying. Clears mental blockages. Encourages enlightenment, transcendence. Good for meditation and blessings. Very effective against excessive mucus in the lungs and helps to clear ailments such as colds, catarrh, coughs, sore throats and bronchitis.

Patchouli: Attracts money, love and sex. Dispels negativity, stimulates spiritual growth. Great for divination and self-hypnosis. It has a grounding and balancing effect on the emotions and banishes lethargy, while sharpening the wits, fighting depression and anxiety. Creates an amorous atmosphere.

Rose: Cleansing, healing, balancing, protective. Opens heart chakra, attracts love. Stimulates creativity, assists in letting go. Use for divination and blessings. Soothes and harmonizes the mind and helps with depression, anger, grief, fear, nervous tension and stress and at the same time addresses sexuality, self-nurturing, self esteem and dealing with emotional problems.

Rosemary: Protective, cleansing, psychic stimulant. Opens heart chakra and third-eye chakra. Promotes visions, creativity and past life-recall. Dispels negativity. It has a pronounced action on the brain and the central nervous system. Wonderful for clearing the mind and creating mental awareness, as well as improving memory.

Sandalwood: Purifying, protective, healing. Opens sacral chakra. Good for meditation, astral projection, manifesting, blessings, house cleansing and releasing the past. Dispels negativity. It has a harmonizing and calming effect which reduces tension and confusion. Ideal for use in depression, hectic daily lifestyles and states of fear, stress, nervous exhaustion, chronic illness and anxiety.

Here are a few additional essential oils I keep in my private stock for blending and therapeutic use:

Basil: Crisp smelling essential oil is often used in aromatherapy, as it awakens the mind to clarity of thought, steadies the nerves, while easing sinus congestion and cooling down fevers. Analgesic, antidepressant, antispasmodic, anti-venomous, carminative, cephalic, diaphoretic, digestive, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, insecticide, nervine, stomachic, sudorific, tonic and stimulant.

Bergamot: Fresh smelling essential oil is a favorite in aromatherapy and is great for creating a more relaxed and happy feeling, while fighting oily skin, acne, psoriasis, eczema, as well as cold sores. Analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibiotic, anti-spasmodic, stomachic, calmative, cicatrisant, deodorant, digestive, febrifuge, vermifuge and vulnerary.

Clary Sage: Clary Sage oil has great benefits - not only for easing depression, stress and nervous burn-out, but for relieving congested complexions. Promotes restful sleep. Antidepressant, anticonvulsive, antispasmodic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, digestive, emmenagogue, euphoric, hypotensive, nervine, sedative, stomachic, uterine and nerve tonic.

Eucalyptus: This essential oil helps to clear the mind and focus concentration, while reducing swelling in the mucus membranes. It is very valuable in fighting respiratory problems, fighting inflammation and sore muscles, rheumatism, headaches and nervous exhaustion. Analgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-neuralgic, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, astringent, balsamic, cicatrisant, decongestant, deodorant, depurative, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, hypoglycaemic, rubefacient, stimulant, vermifuge and vulnerary.

Geranium: Helps to balance the mind and emotions, while stimulating the adrenal cortex and balancing the hormonal system and stimulating the lymphatic system. Used for healing of wounds. Astringent, haemostatic, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, diuretic, deodorant, haemostatic, styptic, tonic, vermifuge and vulnerary.

Juniper Berry: Help to stimulate and strengthen the nerves and bolster the spirits in challenging situations. It is used for treating rheumatism, arthritis and gout, as well as acne, dermatitis, blocked pores, psoriasis and weeping eczemas. Antiseptic, anti-rheumatic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, depurative, diuretic, rubefacient, stimulating, stomachic, sudorific, vulnerary and tonic.

Neroli: Has a greatly relaxing effect on the body and mind, relieving muscle spasms, calming heart palpitations and has a wonderful rejuvenating and regenerative effect on the skin, helping to prevent ugly scarring and fighting stretch marks. Antidepressant, antiseptic, anti-infectious, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, bactericidal, carminative, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, cordial, deodorant, digestive, emollient, sedative and tonic.

Orange (sweet): Creates the feeling of happiness and warmth, while calming nervous digestive problems. It deals very well with colds and flu, eliminates toxins and stimulates the lymphatic system, while supporting collagen formation in the skin. Antiseptic, anti-depressant, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, carminative, diuretic, cholagogue, sedative and tonic.

Peppermint: Stimulates the mind, increases mental agility and focus, while cooling the skin, reducing redness and calming irritation and itchiness. It furthermore helps to ease migraine, headaches, sinus and chest congestion. Analgesic, anesthetic, antiseptic, antigalactagogue, antiphlogistic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, cephalic, cholagogue, cordial, decongestant, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, hepatic, nervine, stimulant, stomachic, sudorific, vasoconstrictor and vermifuge.

Tea Tree: One of the most powerful immune system stimulants and sorts out most viral, bacterial and fungal infections in a snap, while it is great to clean wounds and also relieves muscle aches and pains. Antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, balsamic, bactericide, cicatrisant, expectorant, fungicide, insecticide, stimulant and sudorific.

NOTE: Please be advise of all precautions that accompanies any particular essential oil.

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Over 600 Natural, Non-Toxic and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health - Beauty - a Safe Home Environment

500 Formulas For Aromatherapy: Mixing Essential Oils for Every Use

Surviving When Modern Medicine Fails: A definitive guide to essential oils that could save your life during a crisis

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Basic Magical Uses For Incense, Herbs and Essential Oils


Since ancient times, incense in the form of resin and herbs has been enjoyed throughout the world. The fragrant smoke was used as a way to carry messages and hope to the Gods and to create a pleasant environment for humans to connect with the spiritual world. Incense resins and botanicals are still used today in various Native American and metaphysical ceremonies to promote ritual consciousness, the state of mind necessary to rouse and direct personal energy. The powders and raw herbs are also used in talisman and gris-gris conjuring. The fragrant smoke purifies a room and surrounding area of negative and disturbing vibrations, and can be used for meditation or for simply scenting a room. Essential oils can also be used by diffusing, or on the body if combined with a natural base oil. Here are a few of my recommendations for those not familiar with the usage:

ALMOND:
Used in prosperity and wisdom spells. Sweet almond oil is an excellent base for essential oils.

AMBER POWDER:
A sacred temple powder often referred to as "Nectar of the Gods" or "Ambrosia" because of it's divine fragrance. Used in healing and meditation. Intoxicating aroma that blends well with everything. Also available as an essential oil.

ANISE, STAR:
A sacred Japanese temple incense used to drive away negativity and to bring good luck. Can be placed in charms and gris-gris amulets.

BALSAM FIR:
Used for respiratory work and for grounding.

BENZOIN GUM RESIN:
Used for purification and prosperity. Often used as a base for incense blends. An antiseptic, cleanses the lungs, strengthens the mind, burned for knowledge, peace, and psychic protection. A fine "clearing" resin.

CEDAR LEAF:
Used for purifying, protection and to banish bad dreams. Used by Native Americans in sweat lodges to release heavy emotional energies.

CINNAMON POWDER:
Raises high spiritual and protective vibrations. Used for healing and money rituals. A stimulant, aphrodisiac, draws money, stimulates psychic powers. Holy anointing oil used by ancient Hebrews.

COPAL, BLACK RESIN:
Used in immunity and heart rituals. An earthy, spicy Copal. Burned during "Day of the Dead" celebrations.

COPAL, WHITE RESIN:
Considered to be a sacred "Food of the Gods". Used in immunity and heart rituals. Burned for love and purification. It is the cleanest and purest of the Copals.

CLOVE POWDER:
Used to drive away hostile, negative forces. An aphrodisiac and psychic enhancer. It is also used to produce spiritual vibrations and to purify the area. Also available as an essential oil.

DESERT SAGE:
Traditionally used to drive out bad spirits, feelings and influences. An important, strong, herbaceous Native American plant. Burned for wealth, wisdom, knowledge, protection, and purification.

DRAGON'S BLOOD RESIN:
Red resin from a palm tree. It is used in rituals involving love, protection and exorcism. Burned for consecration, protection, good luck and strengthens spells. Increases potency of other resins. An essential resin used during divination and conjure.

EUCALYPTUS LEAF:
Used in healing and sickness rituals. Also used to maintain good health and for protection. Also available as an essential oil.

FRANGIPANI:
Burned for psychic work to restore peace and harmony with it's soothing vibrations.

FRANKINCENSE RESIN:
Releases powerful positive vibrations and drives away evil and negativity. Still burned in the Catholic churches. Used as an incense for purification, spiritual growth, knowledge and meditation. Also available as an essential oil.

FRANKINCENSE & MYRRH RESIN:
Two most popular blessed resins of the kings. A powerful combination that is used for spirituality, healing, protection and exorcism. Used as an incense for purification, spiritual growth, knowledge and meditation. A powerful combination for conjure and root work.

GARDENIA:
Used in love spells and to attract good, peaceful spirits during rituals. Possesses very high spiritual vibrations. Used especially for moon rituals.

GERANIUM LEAF:
Used for luck , prosperity, fidelity, love and fertility. Also available as an essential oil.

GERANIUM LEAF, ORANGE:
Citrus Geranium scent burned for luck, love, fidelity and money. Also available as an essential oil.

GINGER ROOT:
Used in money and success rituals. Burned for psychic growth and success.

HYSSOP LEAF:
Considered a very important purification and protection herb. Powerful, healing scent is also great for respiratory work. Burned for wealth and psychic protection. Can be placed in charms and gris-gris amulets.

JASMINE FLOWERS:
Used in love and wealth rituals. An aphrodisiac. Will cause prophetic dreams if burned in the bedroom and is used to induce sleep. Also available as an essential oil.

JUNIPER BERRY:
Helps promote psychic powers and guards against evil, sickness and hexes. Used in sick rooms throughout Europe. Also available as an essential oil.

JUNIPER LEAF:
Used throughout Europe as a protective herb. Helps promote psychic powers and guards against evil, sickness and hexes.

LAVENDER FLOWERS:
Has long been used in love and healing rituals. Used to attract and protect relationships. Promotes sleep and peacefulness. Also available as an essential oil.

LEMONGRASS:
Burned as a psychic enhancer. Also available as an essential oil.

MYRRH RESIN:
Was used in the temple of Isis. Great meditation and contemplation incense. Burned for banishing negativity, protection and release. Increases the power of other incenses it's added to. Also available as an essential oil.

NAG CHAMPA POWDER:
A blend of costly, highly fragrant rare gums, resins & powders for meditation and for creating your sacred space. It brings one's energies into harmonious balance.

OSHA ROOT:
A plant revered by all Native American healers for it's powerful healing abilities. Used to treat respiratory and rheumatic complaints. Incredible butterscotch and celery scent permeates the room with magic.

ORANGE PEEL:
Burned for luck, love and money. Also available as an essential oil.

ORANGE BLOSSOM (Neroli):
Burned for burned for beauty, luck, fidelity and love. Attracts love, romance and increases sexual magnetism. Also available as an essential oil.

PATCHOULI POWDER:
Used in love, money and prosperity rituals. Used in fertility talismans due to it's rich, earthy smell. Also available as an essential oil.

PEPPERMINT LEAF:
Used for healing, protection, prosperity, growth and renewal. Also available as an essential oil.

PINON RESIN:
Gathered in the Taos mountains and produces the classic sweet forest essence of Northern New Mexico. It's cleansing, comforting scent is said to be helpful for fertility, compassion, and purification. Used by Navajos in war dances.

ROSE PETALS:
Used in love, luck, grief and healing rituals. Induces thoughts of loving affection and peaceful harmonious vibrations. Used for prophetic dreams.

ROSEMARY LEAF:
When burned emits powerful cleansing and purifying vibrations. One of the oldest incenses. Used in love, healing and mental rituals. Stimulates memory and clarification.

SAFFRON:
Burned for love, healing, happiness, lust, strength and clairvoyance.

SANDALWOOD:
One of the most valuable woods in the world. Burned for spiritual awareness, meditation and psychic development. It's deep, rich, mysterious scent is also a great incense base. Also available as an essential oil.

TEA, GREEN:
Burned for money, courage and strength.

VERBENA (Vervain):
Burned or carried for protection and love. Can be placed in charms and gris-gris amulets. Lemon Verbena is an essential oil.

VETIVERT POWDER:
Used in love, luck and money rituals. Smokey, earthy scent blends well with Patchouli and Sandalwood. Also available as an essential oil.

WHITE SAGE:
Most popular for the sweet fragrance of it's burning leaf. U.S. grown Sage sacred to Native American cultures. Used to purify and protect objects, places and people. Also available as an essential oil.


The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews (Llewellyn's Practical Magick)

The Conjure Cookbook: Making Magic with Oils, Incense, Powders and Baths

Wylundt's Book of Incense

Herbal Alchemist's Handbook, The: A Grimoire of Philtres. Elixirs, Oils, Incense, and Formulas for Ritual Use


Monday, February 3, 2014

The Thornton Heath Poltergeist


The Thornton Heath poltergeist case is not to be confused with the 1938 case of the same name, which was investigated by Dr Nandor Fodor.

This later case started one night in late August 1972 in the south London district of Thornton Heath, Croydon. A family first experienced the poltergeist activity when they were woken in the middle of the night by a blaring bedside radio that had somehow turned itself on...tuned to a foreign-language station. This was the beginning of a string of events that lasted nearly four years.

A particular lampshade repeatedly fell to the floor by some unseen force. During the Christmas season of 1972, an ornament was hurled across the room, smashing into the husband's forehead. "As he flopped into an armchair, the Christmas tree began to shake violently. Come the New Year and there were footsteps in the bedroom when there was no one there, and one night the couple's son awoke to find a man in old fashioned dress staring threateningly at him. The family's fear grew when, as they entertained friends one night, there was a loud knocking at the front door, the living room door was then flung open and all the house's lights came on."

They contacted the local Church who in turn sent a priest to bless their home. Sadly this did little good as the phenomena continued unabated. "Objects flew through the air, loud noises were heard and the family would sometimes hear a noise which suggested some large piece of furniture...had crashed to floor. When they went to investigate, nothing would be disturbed."

A medium who was consulted told the family that the house was haunted by a farmer of the name Chatterton, who considered the family trespassers on his property. An investigation bore out the fact that had indeed lived in the house in the mid-18th century. "Chatterton's wife now joined in in causing mayhem, and often the tenant's wife would be followed up the stairs at night by an elderly gray-haired woman wearing a pinafore and with her hair tied back in a bun. If looked at, she would disappear back into the shadows. The family even reported seeing the farmer appear on their television screens, wearing a black jacket with wide, pointed lapels, high-necked shirt and black cravat."

After the family moved out of the house, the poltergeist activity ceased, and none have been reported by subsequent residents.

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Croydon's Ghostly Past Diminishes

Whether or not the overall strange past had anything to do with this particular poltergeist, the Croydon area is known for it's macabre history.

Croydon is an ancient town and people have settled here since the 6th century. As such, the borough has a past rich in spooks.

Frances Stewart, who researched Croydon’s ghostly past in the late 1980s, wrote in her book Around Haunted Croydon: “So many of Croydon’s original buildings have been demolished that it is hardly surprising to find the centre becoming devoid of ghosts.

“An office block that scrapes the sky or an exhaust-filled multi-storey car park are not fitting habitats for self-respecting spirits.”

Twenty years later the town centre is almost unrecognisable from what it once was and Croydon’s spirits have been forced to haunt the borough’s more rural outskirts.

One of the centre’s lost ghosts was a distressed woman who used to appear at the top of a staircase in the Old Palace, originally the manor house of the Archbishop of Canterbury and now an exclusive girls’ school.

The ghost appeared crying and wringing her hands in despair.

It has been suggested she was one of Elizabeth I’s maids-in-waiting who committed suicide in the house when she had a baby out of wedlock.

According to Mrs Stewart, there have been many exorcisms in the building in the past.

More recent additions to the borough’s ghostly population were the spooks that haunted the site of the Croydon Airport. Open from 1915 to 1959, this early icon to aviation was the site of many accidents and was also heavily bombed during the war.

The first spirit sighted there was a Dutch pilot in the 1930s.

His aircraft crashed in a fog that descended upon him suddenly, after he took off in favourable weather.

About a fortnight later, a pilot who was plotting his course when a voice behind him said: “You can’t take off, the weather is just the same as when I did.”

The pilot spun around to see a figure of the dead pilot standing behind him. Despite the clear day, he was in too much of a shock to take off and just a few hours later, a thick fog descended on the airfield as predicted.

The number of people killed during the war meant many ghosts were sighted in the borough in the 1940s and 50s. One sighting was in Thornton Heath.

A Scottish lady moved into a maisonette built on one of the old bomb sites in Princess Road. One evening she saw two strange children sitting at the top of the stairs in her house. They vanished and when the puzzled woman asked her own children if they had any friends over, they said that they had not.

The sightings continued and the woman soon discovered a brother and a sister had been killed when a bomb had fallen on their house in that exact same spot.

A haunting can take many forms and usually occur in places where there has been a violent or unusual death.

Whether violent, benign and helpful or merely sad, it would appear that Croydon’s ghosts are vanishing along with much of Croydon’s past. - croydonguardian.co.uk

Sources:
paranormal.about.com
Quotes from rwhit.dsl.pipex.com - Haunted Croydon
weirdcroydon.co.uk
croydonguardian.co.uk
"Around Haunted Croydon" - Frances D. Stewart



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