Face lights up … ‘Literally speaking’, it is the use of spelling.
Incorporate witchcraft into their writing and consider morning writing rituals as a form of magic. They usually research their own passions and interests. The Word Witch will very often have their own writing portal in their library, to practice their craft. They don’t always just use the library though. Many enjoy watching earthlings and taking long road trips in nature, as they scribble notes to take back to their sacred hub, to conjure word spells.
In general, the moon is connected to our emotional selves. Many of the full moon effects on human behaviour and emotions are hidden deep within our subconscious. So when the moon is full, it emits energy that greatly affects us all personally as well as collectively.
This Full Moon falls in the sign of Virgo, something which can ring alarm bells for some. While Earth Virgo offers warm and comforting energy, the more unconventional and emotional souls out there can tend to feel overwhelmed by Virgo’s notoriously critical nature. As the energetic peak of the current lunation, tensions will be running high and the undercurrents and themes since the last New Moon will come to the surface. As such, it’s important to be in charge of the energy you choose to invite in during this time. 27.2.2021
The moon’s effects date back to legends and mythology of ancient civilisations.
Top Image: Kevin Healing. The Staircase to the Moon is a natural phenomenon caused by the rising of a full moon reflecting off the exposed mudflats in Roebuck Bay, Broome, WA at extremely low tide, to create a beautiful optical illusion of a stairway reaching to the moon. This spectacular sight occurs from March through to November.
Image Below: Anglesey Druid Order – Urdd Derwyddon Man
Annika is a witchy, sacred girl,
who lives in a twilight world.
The sight of snow outside,
can ease her enquiring mind.
There is nothing she loves more,
than a field of fresh snowfall.
Laying gently on the ground,
flapping arms and legs around.
Her arms both form her wings,
legs cast her gown as she swings.
Staring blankly into space,
her face then falls into a daze.
In her euphoric twilight zone,
she never feels heat or cold.
There is silence in the air,
and she doesn’t have to care.
A stigma came before back in 1494,
when they penned olde witchy laws.
‘The Hammer of the Witches’
branded all, with evil glitches.
But, epilepsy is her blessing,
although some think it depressing.
Staying grounded is her thing,
keeping her emotions in the swing.
Back from her seizure she returns,
to process all that she has learned.
Victoria Healing ~ 1.2.2021
For all who struggle every day to succeed in a world that does not recognise their gifts and talents, and for those who are walking beside them, please let this be a gentle reminder to be kind and accepting of ALL people.
Bringing epilepsy out of the Shadows
The Sacred Disease
Epilepsy is not a psychological disorder. The brain is made up of billions of nerve cells that communicate through electrical and chemical signals. When there is a sudden excessive electrical discharge that disrupts the normal activity of the nerve cells, a seizure may result.
Seizures cause a change in function or behaviour. A seizure may take many different forms including a blank stare, muscle spasms, uncontrolled movements, altered awareness, odd sensations, or a convulsion.
People with epilepsy have excelled in every area. What follows is a list of people who are responsible for changing civilisation as we know it, all of whom are strongly suspected or known to have had epilepsy. It’s an impressive group.
Hammer of the Witches.
For centuries, it was believed that epilepsy was caused by evil spirits, goblins and demons. Epilepsy was also linked to witchcraft. A handbook from 1494, Malleus Maleficarum (The Hammer of Witches), claims that witches had special characteristics, including epileptic seizures.
A well-known neurologist has claimed that the history of epilepsy can be summarised as 4 000 years of ignorance, apprehension and stigma.
Otherwise known as “The Poets Trait” ~ Temporal Lobe Epilepsy spares essential functions like attention, concentration and critical judgement, all of which are necessary to sustain artistry, at the same time TLE predisposes people to such aspects of creativity and flexibility. The combination of these two factors, unique to this form of epilepsy, may even intensify the ability to see artistically and to transform that vision into art.” ~ Dr David Bear, (Research ~ “Seized” ~ Eve LaPlante)
Depression affects about 20 to 40 percent of people with temporal lobe epilepsy, compared to 3 to 7 percent in the general population. This depression often yields to the antidepressants.
The dance between epilepsy and depression is complex: People with epilepsy often can’t drive or hold a job, problems that can interfere with their quality of life and lead to depression. Still, the interplay suggests that a common underlying problem promotes both conditions. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) often shows that the hippocampus in the temporal lobe of a depressed person shrinks, along with areas farther forward in the brain. These changes are common in people with temporal lobe epilepsy as well.
“You see the same changes in people with primary mood disorders without temporal lobe epilepsy as you see in people with temporal lobe epilepsy,” says Andres M. Kanner, M.D., director of the electroencephalography (EEG) lab at the Rush Epilepsy Center in Chicago.
This means that some medications work for both. One link between temporal lobe epilepsy and mood disorders is the neurotransmitter serotonin. Seizures can be induced in animals by sending electricity into their brain; subsequent seizures then become much easier to induce due to a process known as “kindling.” But if these animals receive antidepressants that boost their level of serotonin, the kindling stops, and seizures become much more difficult to induce.
“This suggests there’s a SEROTONIN DYSFUNCTION in both temporal lobe epilepsy and in mood disorders,” says Kanner. ~ Tom Valeo ~ Neurology Now
NATURAL SEROTONIN BOOSTERS:
Sunshine, reduced sugar, Vitamin B, positive thinking, protein, nuts and seeds, massages, physical exercise and meditation ~ Mind Magic
Could epilepsy and depression have a common cause—and cure?
When you hear the word “epilepsy,” what comes to mind? Hollywood usually shows us the convulsions of the grand mal seizure, but the seizures caused by temporal lobe epilepsy are more common, if less obvious.
During a temporal lobe seizure, a person can be overcome by intense emotions, vivid memories—even sensory hallucinations. And accumulating evidence suggests that people with epilepsy are prone to developing depression and other mood disorders, while people with a history of depression develop epilepsy four to seven times more often than average.
Fortunately, the seizures caused by temporal lobe epilepsy can be controlled by an array of medications, many of which also improve mood. If the medications don’t work, and if the brain lesion causing the seizures can be located, it can be surgically removed, often leaving the patient both seizure- and depression-free.
Epilepsy has laid claim to so many brilliant people that there are some who believe epilepsy may be connected to genius. Journalist Eve LaPlante writes in her book Seized that the abnormal brain activity found in temporal lobe (complex partial) epilepsy might play a role in creativity. And she is not the only one. Temporal Lobe Epilepsy (TLE), is the most common form of epilepsy, and known to produce mystical experiences in some people.
Most contemporaries with epilepsy are afraid to come forward, fearing discrimination. Some who have include actor Danny Glover and rock star Neil Young . A few others no longer with us include Richard Burton and Margaux Hemingway.
Eve LaPlante, in her book ‘Seized’, observes that the overactivity of brain found e.g. in temporal lobe epilepsy plays a key role in creativity in art and abstract thinking.
Probably that is why, not only that people with seizures have excelled in every human aspect, many of the greatest minds in the world, who often changed the courses of civilizations, were epileptics. Epilepsy has apparently a power and symbolism, which have historically suggested its association with exceptional creativity and leadership abilities.
The people whose fear and prejudices about epilepsy help to keep it in the shadows and perhaps they could do with a little history lesson.
The luminaries believed to have had this condition is startling and include Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar, Mohammed and Socrates, Sir Isaac Newton and Pascal, Handel and Vincent Van Gogh.
Epilepsy has also laid claim to a great many writers – among them Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoevsly, Leo Tolstoy, Jonathan Swift, Lewis Carroll and even Danté. In fact, Dostoevsky describes no less than 17 accounts of epileptic seizures in his novels. Lewis Carroll seems to suggest the aura of a temporal lobe seizure in Alice in Wonderland.