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Meet the family: Here be dragons – by the score!

  “I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?” ― John Lennon On ancient maps wherever there was unknown territory it would be marked…

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  “I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now?” ― John Lennon On ancient maps wherever there was unknown territory it would be marked ‘here be dragons’, or in the case of ancient Egypt Apep (Apophis), the ‘evil’ serpent of chaos and the trials of the night, would be shown. It was somewhere that only those fortunate proportion of people with the ‘explorer gene’ (thank you Levison Wood for alerting me to that fascinating piece of info*) ventured. [caption id="attachment_4596" align="alignright" width="300"] Ra (the sun god) slaying Apep, chaos. Note that the Tree of Life springs from the serpent of the night.[/caption] And here you can see the resemblance to a dragon more clearly but is Ra dragon-slaying or being conveyed safely through the starry night? This is the image from which the caduceus, the winged serpent of healing arises.   [caption id="attachment_4586" align="aligncenter" width="650"] Apep carrying Ra, the sun god, flanked by the lions of yesterday and tomorrow.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4592" align="alignleft" width="194"] Fabulous dragon image![/caption] Dragons have always fascinated me. I loved reading Anne McCaffery’s sci-fi dragon series when I was so much younger. I had a dragon guide during my psychosynthesis work in the late seventies and he’s stayed with me ever since, evolving as I expanded my awareness and delved ever deeper into my psyche. I never found them scary, sad sometimes at how their image had been portrayed over the centuries. But they always kept their sense of humour. “You can't map a sense of humor. Anyway, what is a fantasy map but a space beyond which There Be Dragons? On the Discworld we know that There Be Dragons Everywhere. They might not all have scales and forked tongues, but they Be Here all right, grinning and jostling and trying to sell you souvenirs. ” ― Terry Pratchett, The Color of Magic When I sent some baby dragons over to Ireland to Gillian McBriar ready for our exploring the dragon within workshop she said: “Yes I can see these are going to be a challenge. Having 7 of them in the house will certainly prepare me for the course!” I knew exactly what she meant. I once had to banish 27 baby dragons to my storage unit because their chattering kept me awake at night. But their bigger brothers are hard at work. These particular ones, tucked away in a quiet corner of my house, are working on healing devastated forests around the world. Dragons have something deeply insightful to teach us about our inner selves and unlocking our innate potential, hence the Belfast workshop. More on that later. “How should we be able to forget those ancient myths that are at the beginning of all peoples, the myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us. So you must not be frightened if a sadness rises up before you larger than any you have ever seen; if a restiveness, like light and cloudshadows, passes over your hands and over all you do. You must think that something is happening with you, that life has not forgotten you, that it holds you in its hand; it will not let you fall. Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any miseries, or any depressions? For after all, you do not know what work these conditions are doing inside you.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet Elemental beings But the dragons are also elemental beings. I’ve written about them in previous blogs and our trip up the crystal dragon mountain. There’ll be a meeting with the dragons meditation in a future member’s community monthly post. They need tending and nurturing and in turn will nurture us. I had to rescue Pendragon, my natural Celtic Golden Healer dragon from a glass case where he’d been placed to ‘keep him safe’. You wouldn’t believe that a crystal dragon could shrink, but he was wasting away. So much smaller now than he was. I’ve brought him home and he’s perking up, but his protective fire had gone out. It’s easy to forget that these are living beings and they need to interact with us.   Here’s what I wrote about the elemental dragons for my Crystal Skulls book:   ‘A powerful representation of transmutation and change, and carriers of timeless wisdom dragons embody auspicious powers, although these differ in eastern and western symbolism. Despite the hostile legends that have attached to them, they are guardian beings. With the exception of the cosmic dragons, dragons tend to have an earthier perspective than the ‘humanoid’ skulls. The cosmic dragons are moving closer to Earth once more and anchoring their consciousness in the skulls. The elemental dragons In the western view, the elemental dragons represent the four directions and the five elements, as do different colors of dragon. The creative fire dragon of the East symbolizes energy, transmutation and mastery of power. As with the colors red and orange, a fire dragon imbues you with vitality and enthusiasm, lending you the courage to overcome obstacles. The nurturing earth dragon of the West symbolizes your riches and your potential, inner and outer. As with the green, grey, brown and speckled crystals, earth dragons are helpful when you need grounding and stabilizing. They pull together scattered energies and reintegrate them when you need to call on your deepest resources. The inspirational air dragon of the North offers you insight and illumination. Call on it when you need clarity or to connect to your intuition and inner guidance. Pale color crystals such as yellow, blue and silvery-grey connect to its wisdom. The empathetic water dragon of the South offers you a deeper connection – to your own past and to ancestral memories. It links to your suppressed emotions and to the hidden desires that motivate you. Compassionate blue and blue-green as well as translucent crystals quickly access the water dragon and help you to come to terms with, and release, the past. The assertive metal dragons facilitate the flow around and within the planet of the energizing properties of metallic elements especially those bound up within crystal beds. These dragons regulate the passage of lifeforce within the Earth’s meridians and can be called on to assist with earth-healing. Metal dragon skulls formed from Iron Pyrite, Hematite and so on carry the same qualities. Their steely resolve is helpful if you need to stand up for yourself or take on a challenge. According to Alphedia Arara, the metal dragons also work with metals that have been smelted and used in constructions and for flight. One of her dragons communicated: ‘Now that humanity has evolved to create massive metal structures on top of Gaia’s skin, some of us are dwelling in the earth’s atmosphere as guardians of these great metallic structures. Some skyscrapers and buildings we are guardians of, and each aeroplane has a guardian Dragon due to the high aluminium content and other metals used to transport people around the globe.’ ( Their stated purpose is to create a greater connection with the metallic kingdom and speed up humanity’s spiritual development. Isn’t that a comforting idea, each plane in the sky having a dragon looking after it? It makes me look forward to my next flight. The cosmic dragons are vast interstellar beings wise beyond the range of human perception. Mythical and mystical, these dragons have been represented throughout time but remained in other dimensions. These dragons are now drawing closer to Earth to share their wisdom and assist with human evolution. Dragons Air dragons dance lightly and clepe, Earth dragons weave through tunnels groined deep, Fire dragons prance never to sleep, Water dragons gurgle between banks foredeep, Metal dragons commingle earth’s structure to leap, Cosmic dragons the stars in their places keep, Encircling space. So here’s a few of my current dragon family: [gallery link="file" ids="4589,4594,4595"] *…the inherent urge to travel can be traced back to one gene, which is a genetic derivative of the gene DRD4, which is associated with the dopamine levels in the brain. The gene itself, which is identified as DRD4-7R, has been dubbed the “wanderlust gene,” because of its correlation with increased levels of curiosity and restlessness, for the most part… The gene is not all too common; in fact, it’s only possessed by about 20 percent of the population. Having said that, there is a much higher prevalence of this gene in regions of the globe where travel has been encouraged in its past. Morganna, my Preseli Bluestone dragon skull, carved by Raven. Such a wonderful connection to the natural earth magic of the Preseli hills and the powerful dragon that underlies them. He is awakening. I stood on his eye so I should know! [caption id="attachment_4585" align="aligncenter" width="673"] How do you like the eyeliner? This air dragon is a powerful feminine presence and a source of inspiration. I’ll put her story up one day.[/caption] And then there’s Lulubelle, a white Labradorite dragon who is busy working with the Earth’s higher crown chakras with her friend whose picture appears under the title at the top. That’s quite enough dragons for now although I can hear a loud clamouring from downstairs as those who’ve been left out strive to be included. Another time perhaps. You can learn how to work with dragons in Crystal Skulls or join us in Belfast to meet your own inner dragons and take home one of the babies with you. Crystal skulls are human-skull hardstone carvings often made of clear or milky white quartz known as rock crystal. They are allegedly pre-Columbian Mesoamerican artifacts and can be found in the permanent collections of a number of world-class museums, including the Smithsonian and the British Museum. In occult and metaphysical circles, the skulls have magical and healing qualities: Anna Mitchell-Hedges (owner of a particularly famous skull) claimed that the skull could cause visions and cure cancer and that its magical properties could be used to kill.Drunvalo Melchizedek claims in "Serpent of Light that" he stumbled upon descendants of the ancient Mayans who possess crystal skulls for use in religious ceremonies in Yucatan temples.Jamie Sams writes of the skulls association with Native American mythology. In this book, best-selling occultist and crystal expert Judy Hall provides a basic primer on crystal skulls: What they are, Where they are found, Their role in legend and lore around the world, Their uses for physical and psychic healing Also included here in this stunning introductory text is an examination of the prominent skull keepers of the past 100 years and how to use and communicate with a crystal skull. This is a terrific book for those interested in occult and ancient mysteries and/or the power of gems and crystals." Buy yours now: Buy from Amazon (UK) Buy from Amazon (US)

Meet the Family

Horace’s extraordinary story is told in my book Crystal Skulls so do read that to know more.   Barak and Barama: the karma clearers c. Jeni Hall  Again the story is in one of my blogs but these guys don’t mess about! Merit Aten is more than a little camera shy, but we managed…

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[caption id="attachment_4319" align="alignright" width="380"] Meet the gang. Several of the skulls above have now moved onto new homes to continue the good work but there are a few I would never part with. c. Jeni Campbell[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4320" align="alignleft" width="400"] At home with the skulls. c. Michael Illas. Pendragon, a natural Celtic Golden Healer dragon, centre back, now lives at the College of Psychic Studies in London and many of the others have since found new homes. But there are some, like Horace, who will always stay with me.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4326" align="alignright" width="380"] Morganna[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4310" align="alignleft" width="300"] Dragon homeland. On the Dragon’s Eye. The Bluestone outcrop is in the far background.[/caption] Horace’s [caption id="attachment_4318" align="alignleft" width="215"] Horace: Earth healer extraordinaire. c. Terrie Birch[/caption] extraordinary story is told in my book Crystal Skulls so do read that to know more.   [caption id="attachment_4317" align="alignleft" width="220"] Horace in rainbow mode. c. Terrie Birch[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4324" align="alignleft" width="450"] Ancient magic. Merlin, my natural Celtic White Quartz head, with his dragon. c. Judy Hall[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4314" align="alignleft" width="300"] ‘Fred’, my ancestral clearer Lakelandite skull. c. Judy Hall. His story is told in one of my blogs so do read that. He’s a powerful link to my ancestors.[/caption] Barak and Barama: the karma clearers c. Jeni Hall  Again the story is in one of my blogs but these guys don’t mess about! [caption id="attachment_4322" align="alignleft" width="400"] Merit Aten, Smenkare and the Star Beings c. Judy Hall[/caption] Merit Aten is more than a little camera shy, but we managed to match her smiling. And her she is with her partner Smenkare, the cause of the smile! Smaller he may be, but he complements and powers her presence. [caption id="attachment_4307" align="alignleft" width="330"] Charlie-boy’s mission in life is to make us all less pretentious about spirituality – and to have a good laugh. He’s got a very empty head but a lot of lightness to share. C. Judy Hall.[/caption]     [caption id="attachment_4311" align="aligncenter" width="715"] How do you like the eyeliner? This air dragon is a powerful feminine presence and a source of inspiration. I’ll put her story up one day.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4315" align="alignleft" width="320"] Gwenda was gifted to me by Marjorie Lague from Canada. She’s a Lemurian Quartz skull with much wisdom. She makes the perfect partner for Horace, bringing in extremely high vibrations from ‘above’, which Horace then translates into healing for the Earth. The healing is grounded by my latest acquisition:[/caption]   Finty. Just when you think you’ve got them all, along comes another one! Finty has a grail cup in her head that is perfect for collecting rainwater to make a grounding essence and, as you can see, it gathers energy around itself. She works with Horace and Gwenda to ground the earth healing and stabilise the new vibrations. Life wouldn’t be complete without the Old Hag, a natural flint crone. She holds the Wise Feminine of the Earth for me, connecting to Gaia and Mother Earth.   [caption id="attachment_4309" align="alignright" width="360"] And the Cosmic Crone, her Celtic Golden Healer Quartz partner, holds the Feminine Wisdom of the Universe. What could be more perfect?[/caption]     But she doubles as a dragon too. After all, she is from the top of the crystal dragon mountain. You can read the story of the Mohawkites and healing the tears of a nation on my blog and no doubt there will be more new arrivals to introduce you to soon.