The Magic of Halloween.

Halloween is a festive event. Handing out candy to all of the children in the neighborhood allows Me the chance to admire the adorable costumes. I make a point of preparing a pumpkin soup  to add to the splendor and excitement of the season. Neighbors decorate their  front windows, doors and porches with witches, pumpkins, ghosts, and skeletons. I’ve always felt a crisp and wonderful energy – Halloween is a time of magic.

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Have You ever wondered about the ancient roots of Halloween. Often Our traditions predate Christianity. The ancient festival of Samhain  was observed through out the  Celtic lands , in Ireland, Scotland and Isle of Man, from October 31 until November 1st. The date  falls at midpoint between the Autumn Equinox and the Winter solstice. For this reason, Samhain is  classified as a cross quarter date on the Wheel of the Year of The Celtic Calendar.  On this day the veil between our world  and other dimensions blur, as energy surges . It is said at this time Souls return through this veil to visit. Many  important events  recorded in Irish  Literature and Mythology are set during Samhain.   Feasts were prepared, with place settings and food set aside for departed souls. Ritual bonfires were lit for protection of homes, livestock and farms. Divination rituals were important at this time. People went door to door in costumes, or disguises, reciting verses in exchange for food. Samhain officially marked the conclusion of the harvest season, and signaled  the beginning of winter. In an agrarian society this involved preparing for the cold weather ahead. November 1st marked the beginning of the Celtic New Year.  Samhain evolved into All Hallow’s Eve. Many other European cultures developed similar traditions. The Ukrainian people celebrate Malanka, the second week of January. People dress up in costumes, and visit friends and neighbors door to door, singing and caroling. The event involves dressing in masks and costumes.

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By the 9th century, The Catholic Church  proclaimed  All Saint’s Day on November 1st, and All Souls Day on November 2.  Eventually Samhain, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day evolved  into the current observance of Halloween. In Mexico and Europe All Saints Day is observed on November 1st. Today, Celtic Neopagans and Wiccans observe Samhain. It is celebrated as a spiritual event incorporating the many of the original traditions and rituals  of the season.

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No discussion of Halloween would be complete with out the mention of  black cats.  During the middle ages,  cats were believed to have evil powers. Cats across the European Continent were killed in large numbers. Black Cats were thought to be exceptionally evil.  As soldiers and knights returned from the Crusades, rodents also boarded  the ships carrying the deadly Bubonic Plague. Because the cat population was almost exterminated, the Plague spread faster and faster, through out Europe. Often people who dared to own a cat would avoid death. The extermination of cats was halted. Cats were brought back in to the farms, villages, towns, and cities. Cats played an important roll in eliminating the Plague in Europe.

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The Benefits of Reflexology

Thank you for taking the time to stop by – I always look forward to connecting with readers  on My Blog.  At the Quartz Path, My priority and focus is  holistic wellness.  Today,  there are many different holistic modalities available. My intention is to discuss a variety of these options.
What is Reflexology ? There are 7200 reflex points located on both of the feet. Each individual reflex has a correspondence to an area of the human body.  During a full traditional reflexology session, a light pressure is applied using specific hand, thumb and finger techniques. Three to five pounds of pressure is typically  applied. Reflexology is a versatile and mobile therapy. It may be used on both the very young or the elderly. A full length session usually lasts about an hour.
At The Quartz Path, I am able to offer custom protocols, after reviewing My Client’s health history record. Here is a list of areas where a professional foot reflexology session may benefit.
  • Digestive Problems
  • Allergies
  • Back Discomfort
  • Natural Thyroid Balance
  • Diabetes
  • Premenstrual Tension
  • Menopause

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For best results, I recommend a series of six sessions. For the first session, more time may be needed to record and review a Client’s health history.  When a Client has health issues,  emotional trauma or distress  may be a factor for the Client as well. I focus on the full traditional foot reflexology session. All health and personal information given to Me is in the strictest confidence. Each person is totally unique, and responses to a session are individual.  However, Reflexology may stimulate the body’s systems to detoxify.  As a part of My protocol I check in with a Client to document responses to a treatment.  The Client may report  a runny nose, a mild increase in urination, sleepiness, itchiness, or vivid dreams. It is always  fascinating to participate in the healing process.

The benefits of Reflexology include improved circulation and immune system function, detoxification, improved glandular function, and increased stamina and vitality. If an area of the body is diseased, the body will heal in the worst area first, in the order of priority.The body has a brilliant internal control system – the central nervous system. It is sensitive to everything around us. Healing is a process unique in each individual.

Listen to the signals Your body sends You. These signals often provide clues to overall health, and well being. Take action when these messages are sent.   Are You feeling sleepy ?  Take a nap. If You are hungry, make sure observe a proper meal schedule. If You suffer from pain, talk to Your Doctor. Too often people ignore the most obvious indicators, neglecting the need for rest or ignoring regular healthy meals. Plan Your routines to include time for healthy meals. Instead of working extra long hours,  learn to delegate and to take breaks. Spend time on a hobby, or, visit family and friends. Learn to say no to activities when You are overbooked and overwhelmed. Learn to focus on one project at a time, instead of taking on too many responsibilities.