December Reflections

UNDERSTANDING DECEMBER

In Numerology, December represents (12) THREE

December is a month for anything and everything self-improvement related.

STOP HERE. 

What is going on behind those smoke screens?

Explaining yourself can be a struggle, especially when it comes to your feelings. 

Understand that this can be a month where you’ll be challenged to work on expressing your emotions clearly and effectively, so you’ll be offered plenty of opportunities to practice this feat. You might wrestle with some unexpected emotional highs and lows, so take it as it comes and know you can’t go wrong when you tap into your authentic feelings.

This is a quiet pause, in your life. Spend time thinking, learning to see things as they are, not as they appear. If your world is in disharmony, realise it is your thoughts that have created the problems and that a change of view is in order. 

Your affairs will take care of themselves now, without effort on your part. Some situations may come to a head and many will be settled, but you should suspend all decision making. 

Rather than fight forces, flow with them. 

You can obtain what you want by remaining passive, sympathetic and tactful. 

December Mantra: : “Happiness is a choice” 

Image: Palvras & Reflections. @Jean Claude Sanchez

Word Switch

 
 WORD SWITCH
 No, 
 I’m not an astrologer, but the message is clear,
 stop before you reply, to those you hold dear. 
 When you see through another’s eyes,
 you’ll understand, there is a compromise.  
 

 Should you stay or should you walk?
 should you shut up, or should you talk?
 Words are a powerful spelling, 
 hexed into a kindness or yelling. 
 
 
Your mouth is akin to a magic cauldron,
 heed those spells, before performing. 
 To answer or not? is an essential question,
 as Gemini full moon shares its chatty lesson.
 

 Everything we say and do,
 affects another's attitude. 
 Strive to listen and be nice,  
 is Gemini’s cosmic eclipse advice. 
 Victoria Healing ~ 27.11.2020
 WORD SWITCH

Are you ready for the Gemini full moon eclipse on November 30th?

Because this lunation will take place in chatty air sign Gemini’s territory, we’ll want to lean on our communication skills when it comes to processing our emotions. Virtually connect with friends and talk through each other’s emotions and try to make sense of the effects of the eclipse in real time. Not feeling social? Write out your feelings in a journal to give yourself a little perspective.

Practice active listening.

Clever Gemini is the wordsmith of the zodiac 

https://astrostyle.com/2020-gemini-full-moon/

Discussion is a an exchange of knowledge, argument is an exchange of ignorance ~ Robert Quillen 

Witch Crafting

 
 WITCH CRAFTING
 Some preferred a dog to a cat,
 china teapot lids, as pointy hats.
 Cupcakes, candy, perle cottons,
 silk threads wound on bobbins.
 

 Red, blue, pink, yellow and green,
 vibrant images of cheerful scenes.  
 Immersed on the edges of infinity,
 embroidering stitches into divinity.  
 

 Sewing is the women’s work of yore,
 X stitch counting and keeping score.
 Grids, charts, holes and squares, 
 multicoloured pictures sewn with care.
 

 Thousand times crossing each stitch,
 in days of old, accused as a 'so called' witch. 
 Victoria Healing ~ 28.11.2020
 WITCH  CRAFTING 

Bodkin — There is a long historical connection between women and sewing, as sewing is women’s work of yore. With this in mind, it probably makes some sort of sick sense than a sewing instrument would be used to torture so-called witches.

Some cross-stitchers have commented on the way that the practice of embroidery makes them feel connected to the women who practised it before them.[24] There is a push for all embroidery, including cross-stitch, to be respected as a significant art form.[25]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pricking

Cross-stitch is a form of sewing and a popular form of counted-thread embroidery  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross-stitch

Image: The Art of Brian Kesinger

Witch Tree

 “Elder tree, witch tree, 
 what have you there?
 Blessing, or curse,
 you’re not being fair. 
 

 Elder tree, death tree, 
 Mother of life, end and birth.
 Share your secrets with me,
 dear magical tree of the earth. 
 

 Elder Tree, medicine tree,
 charming, powerful and wise.
 wine berries and flower tea, 
 healing tonic, quiets demise. 
 

 Elder Tree, grandmother tree,
 what do you know?
 Burden, or safety,
 what fate will you bestow”? 
 Victoria Healing ~ 23.11.2020
 WITCH TREE  

CELTIC TREE MONTH

From November 25 – December 22nd

Elder Tree.Protection. Judgement. Transformation. Death. 

Celtic Tree Alphabet: Ruis. 

Meaning: Elder presents us with a mirror in which we must see ourselves truly reflected. Regret is healthy, and has a purpose in life when used to create a learning opportunity for ourselves. No one on this earth is perfect, and with every mistake comes the chance to learn valuable life lessons.

Beloved for its ability to protect one from witches, they’re also believed to be witches in disguise. Some of the lore praises and celebrates this beautiful tree. Other superstitions see it cast into a cursed role.

http://www.thegoddesstree.com/trees/Elder.htm

Medicine. Protection. Witches. 

That Grimoire

 
THAT GRIMOIRE
 She’d found a key to bolted padlock,
 a mysterious latch, long ago forgot.
 Buried in cobwebs, smothered in dust,
 an olde book, infused of stale musk.
 

 Grimoire of incantations and spells,
 huge and black, where spirits dwelled. 
 It was almost as if he’d left his mark,
 rituals, metaphysics, hidden in dark.
 

 Parchment pages were brittle and torn,
 sketches penned before she was born.
 He’d been capable of difficult deeds,
 a kindly man, assisting in others needs. 
 

 He’d tell where your planets aligned,
 a learned gent in 19th century times.
 Dr John Harries, was a ‘cunning man’
 wizard, leading edge, or slight of hand?
 

 Incorporating medicine with astrology,
 some of these wonders are an anomaly.  
 Hmm.. she’d sighed, turning the pages;
 “Is this how witch craft has been fabled?”
 
Victoria Healing ~ 21.11.2020
 THAT GRIMOIRE 

John Harries was a 19th century Welsh ‘cunning man’ well known for medicine, surgery, astrology, and magic. His note book remains intact, and is available from the National Library of Wales.  Dr John ( a Harley Street practitioner) combined medicine with astrology (which must have seemed like magic to the ignorant) and a natural ability of second sight.  

https://www.library.wales/discover/digital-gallery/manuscripts/modern-period/john-harries-book-of-incantations#?

The term “cunning man” or “cunning woman” was most widely used in southern England and the Midlands, as well as in Wales

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cunning_folk#Britain

https://www.grimoire.org/person/john-harries/

Grimoire. Book of Spells

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grimoire

Image: Beatrix The Art of Brian Kesinger

The Bone Setters

 THE BONE SETTERS
 One  stormy, murderous night in 1740’s,
 a ship wrecked, on the coast of Anglesey.
 Waves pummelled onto jagged shores,
 young boys tumbled in Skerries furore. 
 

 The local Doctor Thomas took them home,
 teaching of his great skills in setting bones.
 Young Evan Thomas, took a keen interest,
 for setting fractures, he had been blessed.
 

 Fast forward, over the next 250 years,
 new descendants have perfected his work. 
 HUGH OWEN THOMAS, Evan’s great grandson,
 specialised setting bones, as forefather’s begun. 
 

 Famous for his founding of the ‘THOMAS SPLINT’
 First world war Soldiers, owed their lives to him.
 The ‘FATHER OF MODERN ORTHOPAEDICS” prestige,
 many today, haven’t heard of their expertise.
 

 These pioneers of splinters and tractions,
 have perfected the art of healing fractures. 
 Valued for their conception of setting bones, 
 but of them, not many people have known. 
 

 Thank God for Dr Thomas on that savage night, 
 saving and taking interest in young Evan’s life.
 Now, if you have a misfortune to break a bone,
 Hugh Owen Thomas; founder of the ‘Thomas Splint’ — you will know. 

 
 Victoria Healing ~ 20.11.2020
 THE BONE SETTERS
 

Top Image: Adrian Smith, Oil Painting 2020.  The Skerries in distance. (Islands of the Seals)

Second Image: Hugh Evan Thomas 

A Medical Legacy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Owen_Thomas

Interesting reading:
“69-year-old Dafydd Evans will take ramblers on a journey around the rugged Anglesey coastline and into his own amazing family history”
http://www.abroadintheyard.com/descendant-of-bone-setter-boy-shipwrecked-off-anglesey-1740s-leads-journey-of-discovery-about-his-origins/?

“DNA mapping has shed light on a 260-year-old mystery of the origins of a child shipwrecked on Anglesey, who helped shape medical history”  https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-19012179  

Evan’s great-great-grandson, Sir Robert Jones, became the first doctor in the world to use X-Ray photography to diagnose a fracture in 1896 and was the co-founder of the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Gobowen, Shropshire. The Welsh name for these islands, ‘Ynysoedd y Moelrhoniaid’, means “Islands of the Seals”.[2]  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Skerries,_Isle_of_Anglesey 

WildCraft

WILDCRAFT
 He smelled of earth, grass and moss,
 ‘ordinary things’ of miracles we've forgot. 
 He spoke in spirit, of flowers and trees,
 magickal elixirs and poultice for disease. 
 

 Herbal tonics, for poor, common folk,
 super natural wild potions he composed. 
 Of hedgerow medicine, he was the best,
 a legacy gifted, in pharmaceutical quest. 
 

 Apothecary of roots, leaves and plants,
 wizard to all, in healths circumstance.
 Apple water and sweet rose hip teas,
 honey, wild clary, if you had a disease. 
 

 Rhiwallon’ legend is continued to this day,
 the first PHYSICIAN OF MYDDFAI, Wales.
 Trusted naturopath to Prince Rhys Gryg,
 he, wild crafter of herbage, berries and twig.  
 

 His wife, the mysterious, fae Lady of Lake,
 marital vows unwittingly, he’d forsake.
 Other world holistic secrets, she had left,
 to Rhiwallon and sons, a legacy manifest.  
 

 Place names in this legend are still seen, 
 natural cures, teaching modern medicine.
 I find it odd and a most bizarre twist of fate, 
 Merlin aka Myrddin was from the same place. 
 Victoria Healing ~ 17.11.2020
 WILDCRAFT 

“For every human illness there exists a natural cure”

“Take marigold, pound well with good wine, vinegar, strong mead or strong ale. It is a good preservative against the foreign pestilence called the plague”

~ Rhiwallon ~ Physicians of Myddfai 

PHYSICIANS OF MYDDFAI

Myddfai is a village in South Wales.  It was here that the first of the physicians practiced. His name was Rhiwallon and  his descendants are said to have continued his work, in an unbroken hereditary line, until the eighteenth century. The birth of modern medicine can be traced back to these Physicians of Myddfai.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physicians_of_Myddfai

Physicians of Myddfai and the Birth of Modern Medicine

The words are mine, the image chosen for its artistic impact.

Image: Merlin aka Myrddin  ~

‘Myrddin’ is also a name that was created, in accordance with early traditions, to explain the place name ‘Caer-fyrddin’ (Carmarthen)

Supurrstition’s

 
SUPURRSTITION'S
It is a terrible thing, 
an omen of bad luck brings. 
Abused, reviled and hated;
from the deceptions created. 
 
Black fur, deep green eyes,
how could they be despised?
A reminder of propaganda,
mistruths and slander. 
 
How did this come to be?
this being their tragic story. 
Ghastly, crazy superstitions,
over evil witch inquisitions. 
 
 What the devil’s fib is that?
 about harmless, kitty cats.
 would it come as any surprise,
 another concoction of porky pies.
 
 Pope Gregory IX, was a weird man, 
 ordering the kill of cats on land. 
 Konrad von Marburg, inquisitor,
 decided black cats were sinister. 
 
Cats accused as witches assistants,
more Marburg’s hocus pocus victims.
Is a black cat, fortunate or bad luck?
these hate crimes; all Marburg’s bluff. 
 
He being Infamous, for macabre deeds,
of which ‘luck’ sign, will YOU believe?
Victoria Healing ~ 14.11.2020
SUPURRSTITION'S  
Image: Cats 101 

The simple truth is that cats make the world a better place.

As Welsh folklore tells us: “It is very fortunate to have a thoroughly black cat on the premises” (Marie Trevelyan, 1909)

People passed down tales with the intent of dissuading people from being near black cats, as doing so would get you tortured and killed by the Inquisition. These stories then evolved into today’s superstitions.

https://medium.com/history-of-yesterday/the-satanic-ritual-behind-the-unlucky-black-cat-d8ef2575328b

https://www.thevintagenews.com/2019/04/02/the-vatican-and-cats/

Konrad von Marburg became a byword for sadism and the dark side of Catholicism. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konrad_von_Marburg

Your Lucky Day

 YOUR LUCKY DAY
 Do broken mirrors, 
 give you the jitters?
 Avoid a ladder hanging? 
 as you are in passing. 
 

 It’s a reasonable bet,
 that today you may fret. 
 What are the odds?
 fingers will be crossed. 
 

 Old superstitions abound,
 as Friday 13th comes around.
 Ironically, in all laws of probability,
 this day, is an expected possibility. 
 

 There is no logic or scientific fact,
 why you should avoid a black cat.
 Before the patriarchal revolution,
 Friday ’13’ be a sacred institution.
 

 Great females, healers and queens,
 held this day, in sacred high esteem. 
 Have no foreboding, doubt or fears,
 on this day, good fortune is here.
 

 Friday 13th, is financially auspicious, 
 this be a twisted, ignorant superstition. 
 Victoria Healing ~ 13.11.2020
 YOUR LUCKY DAY  

In 1487, Heinrich Kramer, inquisitor and right hand man of The Archbishop of Salzburg, published works which vilified women who were healers, and seers around this time, both Friday and the number 13 became demonised. 13 also represents change and transition, which many fear, this is another reason why the focus changed in our society.

https://souldiscoveryacademy.com/reclaiming-friday-the-13th-day-of-blessings-and-good-luck/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinrich_Kramer

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/friday-13th_b_1418812

Image: Heart of a Witch, Soul of an Empath 

Mine Faeries

Image: Coblynau _ keepers of the Cavern Scrolls.
MINE FAERIES 
  
 "Come tiny dwarves, give me a hand,
 in these treacherous dark cold lands”
 “Look behind you” they would call,
 "follow our thumping on tunnel walls.
 

 Don’t be fooled by our grim, ugly looks,
 or the misleading fairy tales in books.
 We may only be, one foot, 6 inches tall,
 but we hide down here, to assist you all.
 

 Loading buckets, flitting about shafts,
 finding rich veins, when we are tasked"
 Deep in the bowels of middle earth,
 men and boys slogged, treacherous world.
 

 Dark, dusty and a grave, kind of place,
 unpredictable, the perils, at coal face.
 Colliers gouged at shafts with hammers,
 in unsafe and unhealthy sort of manner.
 

 Multitudes, had lost their lives over time,
 in black abysses of murderous coal mines.
 Coblynau were pitmans guides, back then,
 is this fairytale or wink from dwarf friends?
 Victoria Healing ~ 10.11.2020
 MINE FAERIES  
Image: South Wales Museum
Image: South Wales Museum

Coblynau are mine faeries, mythical gnome-like creatures that are said to haunt the mines and quarries of Wales and areas of Welsh settlement in America.[1] In Wales, they are called Coblynau (or coblyn) The sound of their knocking brings good luck, a sign that a rich vein is near. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coblynau

https://miningfolklore.blogspot.com/search/label/Swansea