Updated: Jan 12
Every new year is an opportunity for everyone to start fresh.
Hello, my name is Yana. Founder and owner of ShaNaMetcis.
Welcome to my 4th blog post and the 1st one of 2021!!
New Year - New You but I prefer to say New Year - better you 😊
On the first day of the new year I like to write down a to do list for me to complete over the next 365 days. I believe it is good practice to start manifesting my goals on the first day of the new year.
One of my goals is to continue to educate myself.
“Knowledge is power” is a famous quote from Sir Francis Bacon, I like to live by this and learn something new every day. This can be by reading educational and fictional books or reading something from the internet.
For me books are not only a way to expand my knowledge but also a distraction from my daily tasks.
There are few areas that I find interesting and I would like to explore further in 2021: numerology, astrology, crystals and aromatherapy.
Why Numerology? I first heard about numerology from a wonderful lady by the name of Trisha Gelder.
Trisha’s knowledge about numerology inspired me to include this subject in this month’s blog.
According to Trisha ‘Numerology is a sphere of knowledge that explores numbers, their mystical meaning and influence on human life. In order to reveal your personality and life destination, Numerology takes into account your date of birth and name, as well as Astrology.’
To find out more about Trisha visit her web site https://www.trishagelder.co.uk/.
Numerology is the study of the numbers you see in our life. We find out a lot of information about the world and the people around you by simply practising numerology. As maths and numbers are the language of the universe, numerology is the medium which interprets these numbers for us.
Numerology can provide knowledge of the inner self. Numerology recognises that numbers are vibrations, each vibration is different from the next due to the number of cycles it oscillates per second. Numbers can provide us with a simple and accurate meaning of our life.
The Pythagorean system is the most popular in Western numerology. Pythagoras was an academic and philosopher who believed that there is a link between numbers and letters. He believed that you could learn much about a person through calculating the numerology of their name. Pythagoras wanted to free the human mind from political and religious confinement.
Pythagoras founded his own university at Crotona, a Greek colony in Southern Italy. He focused on teaching self-development which was broken down into three parts:
Preparation – intensive training in the mathematical discipline, designed to provide the students with ‘empire over self’
Purification – understanding of life; purpose of life, how to work in harmony with that purpose, as taught through the science of numbers, also known as numerology.
Perfection – integration of the physical, mental and spiritual components of each person and of life.
In conclusion I would add that numerology is the idea that the universe is a system and once broken down we are left with the basic elements, which is numbers. These numbers can be used to help us to better understand the world and ourselves as individuals.
I have always been fascinated by astrology. I like staring at the starts and the moon. I find this therapeutical. But there is more to astrology than the beautiful moon and stars.
Astrology is an all-inclusive study of human experience. Astrology offers profound insight into our personal motivation and behaviour as well as helping us to understand our relationship with others. Astrology teaches us that everything is part of an interconnected reality. Understanding how the ancient symbolism of the stars and planets can relate to events in our lives is an evolving process. When modern science discovered that the galaxies in the cosmos and the microbes in the earth were all made of atoms, we recognised the truth in the ancient saying, ‘As above, so below’- in other words, we are all made of stars. There are different types of astrology and there are ways to use it.
Some of the most popular types of astrology are: Psychological or modern astrology - this is the most popular type practised in the West today; Horary – the astrologer tries to answer a question by creating a horoscope for the exact time the question is asked and understood by the astrologer; Mundane – mundane astrology is the study of the planets’ effects on groups of people or countries; Elective – an astrologer decides the best time for something to occur, based on the favourable conditions of the planet; Relationship – relationship astrology is where two or more birth charts are compared to see how people get along; Traditional – where psychological astrology focuses on explanation and concentrates on prediction and only uses the seven planets; Locational astrology – this technique uses the time of birth to calculate compatible places or zones around the globe that work best the person’s own personal planets; Medical astrology – ancient astrological techniques also known as iastromathematics, uses the person’s birth chart to determine where or what may causes health problems.
Different cultures have developed their own astrological traditions and systems: Western astrology – most commonly used in the West is a continuation of an ancient form of astrology based on the 12 signs of the zodiac; Chinese – this system uses Chinese philosophy yin and yang and is based on Chinese lunar cycles and five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water; Verdic – also known as Jyotish, is one of the oldest and most popular Eastern astrological traditions. The system uses the sidereal zodiac - the fixed, observable positions of the constellations as we see them in the sky; Mayan – The Mayan astrological tradition is practised mainly in the West and South America and uses the ancient and complex calendar system known as Tzolk'in and consists of 20 day signs and 13 galactic numbers, making 260 day calendar ‘year’.
It is known that Mayans had used astrology in their architecture. My partner and I have had the opportunity to visit three of the Mayan areological places - Chichen Itza, Coba and Tulum. It was an amazing experience and one that I highly recommend.
When I was a child, my family and I used to spend summer holidays in the mountains, we went for long walks and one of my favourite activities was to look for interesting rocks. My mum was a shoemaker and she was always looking for a flat rock to sharpen her tools with. It was fascinating to observe the sun light reflecting in the rocks and the mountain stream. I had no idea back then that some of the rocks were crystals.
Nowadays, crystals have become very popular. Some use them for healing and guidance. Others, like me, only admire their beauty. Throughout the ages people have noticed that minerals and precious stones have different shapes and forms in their naturally grown state. In 1669 the Danish naturalist Nils Stensen, known as Nicolas Steno, published a research paper about the mathematical regulatory of crystals. Stenson had discovered that the angles between the surfaces of a mineral, independently of their size, appearance or location, are always the same. From these observations he formed the ‘law of constant interfacial angles. From this time on, it became clear that it was not random influences from the place of origin that gave a mineral its shape, but it was some inherent property that would allow the mineral to take on certain shapes. It was then discovered that a typical shape could often be a more reliable feature of a certain mineral than, the example, its rather variable colour. This presented the science of crystals with the presently accepted definition: A crystal is a solid body with a geometrically regular shape. The name ‘crystal’ had originally been given to rock crystals which the Greeks had called krystallos, ‘ice’, as they believed rock crystals were deep frozen water that could never melt again. This belief was still widespread at the time of Neil Stensen. In 1673, the British scientist Robert Boyle first cast doubts on the belief. Nevertheless, scientist began to search laws governing the phenomenon of the crystal. It was to take another 100 years until a French schoolmaster, Rene-Just Hauy, published his theory on the structure of crystals in 1784. A ‘coincidence’ has come to his aid. While handling a calcite crystal, Hauy dropped the crystal by accident and it split into several pieces. This helped him to discover that the fragments of the shattered crystal displayed similar appearance. Hauy concluded that crystals already have certain geometric shapes.
Crystal healing has become a popular alternative treatment in the modern world. During treatment, practitioners choose their crystals by their metaphysical properties, as well as colour. It is believed that each crystal has its distinctive properties that can help assist in healing physical, emotional, mental and spiritual issues, balancing up all layers of being. Different crystals have different energies and properties, and between them can affect our mental, physical, spiritual and emotional aspects. Holding crystals at the right time can bring about a change in our attitude and well-being. The right crystal can affect the energy of an environment, the energy it holds can influence us whether we are to hold it in our hand or place it by our bed. Crystal healers use their knowledge of the stones and of the patient in the healing process. There are various methods of healing with crystals, such as placing crystals on or around a person while they’re lying down.
Jewellery is one way to be closer to crystals. I recently purchased beautiful bracelets made with crystals from a lovely by the name of Rose Cook. To find out more visit Rose’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/gemsjewelsandcharms/.
I have saved my favourite part of this post for last-Aromatherapy. I have been using essential oils for about a couple of years now. My yoga teacher-Blanka (http://www.gracefully-yoga.co.uk/) introduced me to these precious gifts from nature. Essential oils inspired me to make skin care products. As I have mentioned in my previous posts, I use essential oils daily. I believe in their healing power and I use them on various occasions. Essential oils have been used for thousands of years due to their numerous versatile ways in which they can be used. Essential oils have been used in wellness practices for almost the last five thousand years.
The term Aromatherapy was first created in 1928 by the French chemist Rene Maurice Gattefosse. Gattefosse was working in the laboratories of a cosmetics firm owned and named after his family. He badly burned his hand during an experiment and plunged his hand into the nearest tub of liquid which just happened to be lavender essential oil. He was later amazed at how quickly his burn healed and with very little scarring. This started a fascination with essential oils and inspired him to experiment with them during the First World War on soldiers in military hospitals. He used lavender, thyme, lemon and clove for their antiseptic properties. Gattefosse noted an increase in the rate of healing in wounds treated with essential oils and that the oils seemed to be free from the disadvantages present with other antiseptic agents in use at that time.
As early as 2000 BC, the ancient Egyptians were using essential oils for medicinal benefits, beauty care and spiritual enhancement. The Egyptians were passionate about beauty; they took beauty care very seriously and were considered highly accomplished in specialized beauty care treatments. In fact, Cleopatra’s legendary beauty is attributed to her extensive use of the customary Egyptian essential oils, fatty oils, clays and salts from the spa on the edge of the Dead Sea – gifted her by Marc Antony, and other naturally occurring treatments. They employed the vast variety of aromatic balms, resins and powders in many ways for both religious and medicinal purposes. Formulas and recipes for the ancient remedies are still considered highly prized in our world today.
Aromatic oils were used in China during the reign of the Yellow Emperor, Huna Ti. Several refences can be found in his book, The Yellow Emperor’s book of Internal Medicine. This book is still used as a guide for Eastern medicine.
The traditional medicine of India is known as Ayua Veda goes back almost three thousand years. This form of medicine makes use of different types of essential oils. When the Bubonic Plague broke out, this traditional medicine was used to replace antibiotics that did little to save lives and proved to be successful.
The Greeks soldiers carried small containers with ointment of myrrh when they went to fight, so that they would be able to beat their infections.
Hippocrates documented the impact of around three hundred plants, such as marjoram, thyme, cumin, saffron and peppermint. According to Hippocrates, the best way to gain good health was to have scented massage and a perfumed bath regularly. Another Greek Galen contributed to the field of botanical plants and their uses he was a well-known physician and not a one gladiator died under his care.
Aromatherapy played big part in Roman Life. The Romans used to apply generous amount of perfumed oils to their clothes, bedding and bodies. Roman physicians were influenced by the work of Hippocrates and Galen.
In Persia, Ali-lbn Sana, also known as Avicenna, was writing about the properties of almost eight hundred plants and the effects they had on the human body. Avicenna was the first person who discovered and recorded the exact method of distillation for essential oils. The methods are still used to this day.
There is a lot of history behind these four subjects which I find fascinating. I think this is what attracted me to explore the above topics even more. I like essential oils so much that I started studying Aromatherapy.
Numerology, Astrology, Crystals and Aromatherapy are unique in their own way and they have been with us for many years. They all have power and that it’s worth exploring, power that could be beneficial to us.
Everything I have talked about so far is based on my own research and personal experience.
I hope you enjoyed my fourth blog post and you find it informative. This post was challenging for me and got me out of my comfort zone. But, facing challenges make us stronger and leaving our comfort zone makes us happier.
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Lots of love,