My fictional story about a midwife/herbalist in 17th century France accused of witchcraft is in this new pagan anthology called “Beyond The Pillars” available on Amazon:
This past Sunday I attended the Australian ADF’s local Beltaine celebration run by the Silver Birch Grove (https://www.adf.org/core/index.html). It was my first druidic ritual run by Shazbeth and her grove and I was so impressed. The attendees were friendly as were the facilitators who were organised, open and explained the ritual with handouts provided, which made me feel safe and welcome.
The sounds of the local wildlife and the natural landscape provided a beautiful backdrop score as we gathered in reverence within a liminal place, underneath a natural canopy of native trees and flanked by a stream.
Shazbeith had written the rite and her eloquent words, songs and actions along with some other members of the grove, connected me to the energies of the natural flow of the festival, as well as the environmental surroundings.
The rite itself consisted of honour and veneration to the to the Gods/Goddesses (Manannan mac Lir & Danu), Ancestors and Spirits of Place as well as libations, singing of prayers/chants/hymns, divination, offerings and partaking of the oblation.
I felt and saw the devas of the land surrounding me and I experienced the power raised as it resonated through the sacred space. I sensed some of my own ancestors watching from just beyond the clearing in the north west as well as one of my own patrons (Hekate).
Throughout the celebratory rite it felt familiar – true there were similarities with the way the prayers and libations were performed with my personal Hellenic practise but it was something more than that…it was the reverence and connection to nature whilst also acknowledging those who came before us and the gods who are ever watchful and present in our lives.
After the rite, we all enjoyed a picnic where we shared what we had brought with one another surrounded by wild herbs, flowers, grasses and trees which was uniquely Australian and picturesque.
Thank you Shaz and members of the Silver Birch Grove!
I first became enamored with vortexes when I was a child and would assist my father in dowsing for underground water. On our expeditions, I would stray from honing in on the veins of underground water as I was constantly being pulled towards what I perceived to be power spots instead. That is when I was told earth spirits resided in these areas and it was not appropriate to disturb the place as it was their home and was sacred. With childlike reverence I would leave offerings of flowers, twigs and rocks before I sat or played on these power spots as they brought me comfort and joy. I could feel the downward spirals into the very heart of the earth itself, which would make me feel connected to something larger and very content.
Fast forward to years later when as a young initiate and I was circling with my sisters during one particular Spring Equinox. As I was feeling the universal ecstasy, I looked up in breathless awe at the vortex which significantly showed itself in the pattern of the spiraling clouds directly above us.
Those two memories stayed with me over the years as I had remembered the feel of the two very different types of energies and yearned to learn more about them. Therefore when the opportunity presented itself I completed a workshop on Divining the Deva Spirit. This workshop in turn unlocked my infatuation to learn and work with Vortexes and Earth Devas which I took on as a personal quest.
What is a Vortex?
Vortexes manifest as alternating polarities in rings until you reach the eye of the vortex in the centre which consists of neutral energy. Vortexes consisting of 7 or 8 rings are quite powerful and are ideal to use for meditation. The rings in vortexes can spiral upwards or downwards. If the vortex spirals upwards its perfect for magickal workings, whilst vortexes which spiral downwards are perfect for power towers (towers set up to channel the energy downwards into the earth to assist in the growth of plants and trees).
How to find a Vortex?
The most simple way to find a vortex is using a dowsing tool such as dowsing rods, pendulums, your hands and fingers if you are naturally inclined as well as clairvoyant abilities. I would recommend any guided writings from Tom Graves if you are unsure about dowsing.
What is an Earth Deva?
An Earth Deva is a nature spirit which lives on a different plane of existence. Earth Deva’s (nature spirits) tend to dwell in some vortexes. They don’t like being walked upon as they deserve respect; therefore please ensure you get permission to work within a vortex if you feel/see a Deva within.
How to find an Earth Deva?
Like dowsing to find a vortex you can similarly dowse to find an Earth Deva. You can also use meditation or guided visualization. Utilizing crystals also work such as smokey quartz or a phantom crystal which allows you to open up your mind’s eye and perceive the Earth Deva in their own plane of existence, making them much easier to perceive in the physical world.
Why connect to a Vortex or Earth Deva?
In this modern day more and more people are disconnecting from the earth energies. Considering we can find all that we need in nature to be cantered and healthy a re-connection to these earth energies could open up the endless potential of healing and balance. Start by connecting to the Vortexes and Earth Devas in your own garden and unlock the limitless potential that these natural energies can bring into your life.
(C) T. Georgitsis, 2011 (this article first appeared in Goddess Guru 2012, Issue 6)
Earlier in the month a group of us went wholesale crystal shopping at my favourite place – Crystal Universe:
I was so impressed with their new location and as always the staff were so friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.
Having noticed much of the crystal points that my friends and I picked up were Isis crystals I wanted to share the following information which I gathered in my past profession as a crystologist:
Isis Crystal is named aptly after the Goddess Isis because it assists in triggering self healing with inner power and strength. Isis Crystals have a five (5) sided tear drop shape on the dominant side of the crystal face and look like this:
If you look at the design of the crystal the base line symbolizes the physical plane. The two lines which come from the base line and rise upwards symbolize balance and must always be of equal length. Lastly the two lines which connect to the two balance lines, join together and form an apex which symbolizes rising from the physical plane into a higher realm of being.
Isis Crystals are mainly used to help access the qualities of the Great Goddess Isis and can therefore amplify the energies of the divine feminine. Like in the story of when Isis searches for the Body of Osiris, it facilitates the focus of inner strength, persistence and perseverance as it helps to move and get on with things for those who have suffered loss in an unjust way.
Isis Crystals can heal things which are misplaced or damaged – body, mind, spirit, emotion and higher self. They can assimilate the spiritual into the emotional, causing balance and can allow you to separate yourself and step back from the suffering of others. This crystal can be also used to access and activate self healing and awareness with acceptance.
Men can use this crystal to focus and connect to their feminine side as well as their deep seated emotions. For children it can be used for those sensitive such as the indigos, to balance out their emotions in the mundane world.
The Isis crystal is extremely useful as a transitionary crystal when one is moving from one place to the next, or one world to the next and can be safely used to help people cross the rainbow bridge.
A good method of using this crystal whilst in meditation is to place the crystal with the tear dropped side upon your third eye. A useful method of using this crystal on others for healing and assistance is to place the crystal with the tear dropped side on their heart or crown chakra.
Although sometimes difficult to find if you come across one it is indeed the Goddess Isis manifesting in your life and you should consider it sacred.
Here is some more information on Isis Crystals if they have slight variations:
*Pyramids or glyphs on crystal face = record keeper of Atlantis.
*Striations on crystal face and it being cloudy on the outside whilst being clear on the inside = Lumerian seed crystal
*Phantom crystal which appears ghostlike within the body of the crystal = allows the past to be placed into reflective perspective which assists in overcoming blocks and moving forward.
*Occlusion within the crystal = focuses the energy of the crystal and amplifies it.
© T. Georgitsis (first appeared in Mirror of Isis, Volume V, Issue 3, Samhain 2010)
Last month I attended the 17th Annual Kismet Bazaar which fell during southern hemisphere spring equinox. In the past I have only attended the market and performances but this time I decided to also indulge in a workshop on Egyptian Elegance which included classical Egyptian choreography. I felt so good afterwards I was reminded of the short piece I wrote on the benefits of Bellydance…..
Bellydance is one of the oldest types of dance in existence which focuses on isolated yet flowing movements through various parts of the body. This results in the sensual current of energetic emotion being moulded into a work of artistic expression physically.
Bellydance has given me the confidence to accept myself and my body and connect with it in a loving and honourable way. It’s taught me that every woman is a reflection of the Goddess and that we have the confidence and drive within to move forward and tackle any obstacle before us.
After suffering an injury recently which healed twice as fast as normal due to the fact I regularly Bellydance, I realised that this wonderful dance works on balancing your body, mind, spirit and emotions and therefore is quite a wholistic modality which allows healing, learning and growing.
Bellydance contains naturally fluid movements which work with the female body’s regular dispositions. Due to this, Bellydance strengthens the core, joints and ligaments, tones the muscles, straightens the spine, leads to better developed balance and co-ordination, improves flexibility in a painless and safe manner and improves the digestive system. Repetitive movements found within Bellydance can improve circulation and breath and corrects stiffness which occurs with a predominate sedentary lifestyle. Even if you only dance for an hour a week, it can severely enhance your cardiovascular capacity and when practiced more often can increase lung capacity. Your body changes after continued practice of Bellydance and this is due to the fact it’s a weight baring exercise which assists in weight loss, strengthens your bones and shapes your body into its natural graceful state of shape. Bellydance also strengthens the pelvic floor muscle since its predominately used, therefore it can assist with pms, sexual relations and childbirth. This style of dance can also be useful as a rehabilitative exercise as it’s a gentle way of working through an injury when you have received the go ahead to get back into physical workouts.
Bellydance contains alternating movements, routines and music which regularly allows a change in scenery. Mixing things up in this way has many mental health benefits as it allows you to enjoy yourself in a pressure free environment. Bellydance is fun and learning it with a within a group environment can not only can elevate you but opens you up to making connections with others. The rhythmic and accompanying movements in Bellydance can also calm and centre you which allows relaxation. Bellydance also causes stress reduction through stimulating yet soothing the mind as well as the increase of happiness and joy due to being involved in something uplifting. Building your self esteem through the feeling of being liberated through Bellydance is attained as well as connecting to yourself through thoughtful and loving self-discovery.
Bellydance is a creative outlet which allows a woman to connect to her feminine nature and her natural cycles of her body which is a manifestation of the Goddess within her. Since Bellydance is a ritualised physical and emotional expression it opens one’s ability to honour and connect with deity in a most profound and beautiful way. This connection has been used for millennia as performances of Bellydance have occurred throughout the ages during various celebrations which includes faith/religious ceremonies, coming of age ceremonies, weddings and fertility rites.
Bellydance allows you to express your emotions through dance and dancing out your stressors is a great way to work through them. It also helps you forget about your problems and allows you to let things go due to being in the moment with the dance, as quite frankly you just don’t have the time to worry about anything else. Bellydance can help alleviate the symptoms of depression and anxiety and can enable the sensation of feeling sexy in one’s skin. This style of dance also helps improve body confidence and assurance of one self and accompanying abilities which inspire freedom of expression through a sense of inner strength.
Bellydance has brought me many personal benefits and I am grateful for the body, mind, spirit and emotional benefits I have harvested over the years of dancing this path. As always please see your GP before embarking on a new exercise regime and remember that inside every woman is a Goddess and Bellydance is a great way to honour the Goddess inside and outside of yourself.
© T. Georgitsis 2013 (article which appeared in Goddess Guru, 2013, Issue 11)