The way through the woods

 

They shut the road through the woods seventy years ago.

Weather and rain have undone it again, and now you would never know

There was a road through the woods before they planted the trees.

It is underneath the coppice and heath and the thin anemones.

Only the keeper sees that, where the ring dove broods. And the badgers roll at ease, there was once a road through the woods.

 

Yet, if you enter the woods of a summer evening late, when the night air cools on the trout ringed pools where the otter whistles his mate.

They fear not men in the woods, because the see so few. You will hear the beat of a horse’s feet, and a swish of the skirt in the dew, steadily cantering through the musty solitudes, as though they perfectly knew the long lost road through the woods…. But there is no road through the woods.

 

Rudyard Kipling

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Crystals

 

Crystals are now, more than ever widely available and have a multitude of uses, from looking decorative to helping with the healing of many common ailments. Although they are becoming increasingly popular their medicinal uses have been around for a very long time. Take a look below at some of the many different crystals and their uses.

 

   

 

 

 

 

amazonite Amazonite (blue-green): Calms mental and emotional chaos by helping one to blend facts with intuitive wisdom. Assists in courage of personal expression.

amber  Amber: The "Happy" stone. Relieves depression.

amethyst Amethyst: Opens intuitive and psychic abilities. For overstress, overwork, overwhelm; helpful for addictions and nightmares; calms the mind, enabling us to know the peace which lies beyond constant mental activity; helps one accept the passage of death.

aquamarine Aquamarine: (light blue-green) Meaning sea water, this stone allows us to safely navigate the sea of infinite wisdom, and to land safely and communicate what we've learned.

aragonite Aragonite (honey): Helps to stabilize the emotions, especially good when one feels overwhelmed by responsibilities. Also helpful in calming the mind for meditation.

aventurine Aventurine (green): Considered by many to be the best all-purpose healing stone, it is especially good for soothing the heart and emotions and for creating a feeling of balance and well-being.

bloodstone Bloodstone (green and red): Calms the mind in tense or threatening situations. Physically, is believed to detoxify the blood.

blue lace agate Blue Lace Agate (light blue with white streaks): Helps us to express our views in a peaceful, loving manner.

blue topaz Blue Topaz (light blue-green): it enables us to communicate powerfully what we are feeling. It is considered to be especially valuable for artists.

Calcite

Clear Calcite: Brings spiritual understanding to problems on the earth plane.

green calcite Green Calcite Eases old, limiting beliefs (especially those based on fear) from the mind so that new ideas can flourish.

golden calcite Golden Calcite Its particular role is integrate new energies and beliefs into one's physical reality, i.e., daily life, relationships, business.

pink calcite Pink Calcite Combines the attributes of rose quartz and pink tourmaline, blending unconditional self-love with the ability to love others.

carnelian Carnelian (orange-red): Grounds energy and attention into the present, thus teaching us to focus and manifest personal power. Assists in decision making.

celestite Celestite(sky-blue): Helps us to experience peace and serenity, especially in our communications.

charoite Charoite (dark purple): Helps us to handle known fears and brings unknown fears to the surface for healing.

chrysocolla Chrysocolla (blue and green pattern): Creates a feeling of peace and balance; gives comfort to the heart and mind, and self-confidence in personal expression.

chrysoprase Chrysoprase: Helps to lift the emotions, and release tension and stress. It can also help with success in new enterprises.

citrine Citrine (yellow): Helps one to manifest personal power, strengthens will, aids us in processing life's experiences and discarding that which is only hindering progress.

Clear Quartz: Mirror of the soul, representing our uniqueness and our journey towards clarity; an excellent stone for meditation. In combination with other stones, enhances their energy. Stores, amplifies, transforms, and focuses energy. Natural crystal point.

fluorite Fluorite (Green): Fluorite is a mental stone which helps to release persistent and unwanted patterns of thought. Green fluorite is particularly helpful with thought patterns which have lodged in the emotional body, such as anxiety and worry.

garnet Garnet (red): Calms anger by teaching us to know ourselves and others. Teaches patience and perseverance in the pursuit of goals.

hematite Hematite (silver-gray): Helps us to separate our emotions from those of others. A grounding stone which helps with self-esteem.

jasper Jasper (red): Helps to stabilize all aspects of the being; a stress-reliever which connects us to our inner strength and flow.

kyanite Kyanite (denim blue color): A mentally and emotionally calming stone which helps to release worry. It also brings beliefs previously accepted as fact to the surface for release.

labradorite Labradorite/Spectrolite (iridescent blue-green-silver): Teaches the wise use of psychic powers.

lapis Lapis: Penetrates through pyschic blockages to reveal inner truth.

lepidolite Lepidolite (silvery lavender with flecks of mica) This stone helps cushion one against conditions which have been known to fray many nerves. If you don't live in New York, but are undergoing severe stress for any reason this is a stone to consider.

malachite Malachite: (green with black patterns) Helps to clear repressed emotions; balances left/right brains; for creativity and change.

Malachite/Azurite: Calms the anxiety which may accompany physical disease so that healing can take place (jewelry only).

malachite-chrysocolla Malachite-Chrysocolla: Blends the energies of earth, sky and water. Malachite's ability to stimulate creativity harmonizes with chrysocolla's calming and peaceful energy.

moldavite Moldavite (translucent bottle green): E.T., call home. This is the crystal from outer space, which helps to release beliefs, habits, and other unneeded early luggage.

moonstone Moonstone (ranges from cream to peach): For those who feel overwhelmed by their emotions, it helps to create emotional balance by harmonizing feelings with the higher self; for those out of touch with their feelings it brings them into awareness.

moss agateMoss Agate (clear with green pattern): Assists in creating peace of mind so that reason and intuition can be blended.

obsidian Obsidian (black): A stern taskmaster which makes its users face responsibility, the close friend who tells us the truth we may not want to hear.

onyxOnyx Helps in emotional stability and determination; helps to release old relationships.

Opal (white with iridescent rainbow flashes): Magnifies and clarifies emotional states; brings suppressed feelings to the surface.

peridot Peridot (chartreuse): Heals hurt feelings and bruised egos; releases emotional tension when placed on the solar plexus. Rough stone unpolished.

pyrite Pyrite (gold): A mental stone which opens the mind to new ideas by balancing the ability to think intuitively with the ability to bring a dream to realization.

rhodochrosite Rhodochrosite (coral-pink): Relieves anxiety; assists us in correct (diaphragmatic breathing) when placed on the solar plexus.

rhodonite Rhodonite (deep pink with black pattern): For being patient and loving with those you encounter in your day-to-day life without allowing yourself to be pushed around.

rose quartz Rose Quartz: Teaches us to love ourselves, thus opening us up to universal love; heals emotional wounds and gives comfort; helps us to overcome grief.

ruby Ruby: (pink-red/silver) Traditionally associated with passion, both sexually and emotionally; brings negative feelings to the surface; teaches us to be realistic about goals.

ruby in zoisite Ruby in Zoisite: (dark green-red) This crystal puts ruby's passionate energy into the stabilizing ground of zoisite. It helps us to manifest our dreams.

rutilated quartz Rutilated Quartz (smoky or clear quartz with golden needles of rutile): Helps to activate the will to the highest purpose, and to release energy blockages, especially those due to low self-esteem or to the excessive use of personal power.

selenite rosette Selenite rosettes (tan): These rose-shaped crystals help us to ground the energies of truth and love.

snowflake obsidian Snowflake Obsidian (black-and-white snowflake pattern) Snowflake obsidian, like black obsidian, is a truth-telling stone, but transmits the truth in a more gentle manner.

sodalite Sodalite (dark blue with black and white pattern): Clears the mind of emotional confusion so that rational thinking can occur; very good for people who tend to be reactive and oversensitive.

sugilite Sugilite (magenta): Helps release anger, guilt, and resentment; puts us in touch with our inner source of strength and light

smoky quartz Smoky Quartz (transparent light brown): For discouragement and depression; helps to process our negative beliefs and gives the courage and confidence to make the changes we need. When rutilated, accelerates rate of change.

tiger eye Tiger's Eye (brown with gold flash): Teaches patience, focus, and concentration; helps us develop the will to materialize our dreams.

Topaz

blue topaz Blue Topaz (light blue-green): it enables us to communicate powerfully what we are feeling. It is considered to be especially valuable for artists.

golden topaz Golden Topaz (golden): This crystal helps us to balance our energies and also lends a quality of inspiration and confidence to our lives.

Tourmaline In general, helps to relieve stress.

black tourmalineBlack tourmaline's particular function is to repel negative energy, whether from external or internal sources.It is a very good stone to carry when you're experiencing any kind of stress.

green tourmalineGreen tourmaline is believed to be a healer on all level. It is also believed to be particularly helpful for creativity and abundance.

pink tourmalinePink tourmaline helps to transform unconditional self-love into love for others.

turquoise Turquoise: Helps to make our desires clear to us, and assists us in expressing them to others who may be able to help us materialize them.

unakite Unakite (olive green/coral): Has a balancing and stabilizing effect. Helps us to discover the roots of illness.