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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- Back Discomfort
- Natural Thyroid Balance
- Premenstrual Tension
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.
Have You ever wondered what Reiki is all about ? Allow Me to share My experience with You. Reiki was instrumental in assisting Me to permanent changes in My life. As I navigated through premenopause, I developed uterine fibroids. My diagnosis was not dangerous or life threatening, however I suffered from many of the typical symptoms of estrogen dominance. This included heavy bleeding for at least five days a month, combined with volatile mood swings. I was overwhelmed with the choices at hand. The first Doctor I spoke with recommended a specialist. A hysterectomy was suggested. I felt this was an extreme course of action. I decided to seek a second opinion. This Doctor suggested a different, less invasive options of medication or surgery. Finally, I spoke with yet another Doctor. I had attended school with Her in My childhood. She explained that uterine fibroids often shrink at the onset of menopause. Because I was approaching this milestone, She suggested I wait to see what would happen, while continuing to check in with a medical doctor through out this process. This was the strategy I decided on. My next step was to visit the public library. I was determined to find an easier, safer way to balance My hormones. I signed out books related to My health dilemma . My selections focused on a holistic approach to healing and wellness. Many of the symptoms I had suffered from dissolved as I investigated and experimented with a few strategies I discovered in My library books.
One of the healing modalities I have used with great success is Connected Breathing, also known as Breath Work, or Rebirthing. When I began to experience menopause. I had mild hot flashes and and erratic mood swings, because of shifting hormone levels. When I scheduled an appointment for a Breath Work Session, I had never heard of Reiki. My first experience with Reiki was in a private session. The Practitioner I found was also a Reiki Master Teacher. The session was a wonderful success. My hot flashes were gone, never to return. Reiki is often used to balance the Chakras. What I discovered later was that many each of the Chakras corresponds to a glandular function of the body. Balancing the Chakras in the etheric fields affects the physical glandular function. Over time I discovered My hormones had balanced. shifted, and stabilized. Each woman’s situation is unique. Take the time to discover what will work for You. As time progresses hormone levels shift and change. Check in with Your Doctor, for a proper diagnosis. Holistic modalities may be used to balance hormone production. For Myself, I have accomplished this using Reflexology and Reiki.
One of the greatest surprises for Me was discovery of a fantastic new life was after menopause. As hormone production shifted, menstruation eventually stopped and cyclic mood swings stopped. New opportunities arose – I become a Reiki Practitioner and Professional Foot Reflexology Practitioner. Positive permanent changes were made inn My life. I established My holistic practice – The Quartz Path. Recently, I launch this Blog – The Quartz Path.