Crystal spiral for healing

Burgemeester van der WerffToday is October 3rd! In Leiden, where I live, that is a major holiday, perhaps even bigger than the national Queen’s Day (which is King’s day as from this year). It started out in 1574, during the 80-year long war (I don’t know what that is called in English). The Spaniards tried to take over control over most of the Netherlands and the troops of Valdez were laying siege on the city of Leiden. Food was scarce, even so scarce that a legend states the mayor offered his body to serve as food…

The prince, as a desperate measure, decided to bring down the dykes of Holland, hoping the water would drive Valdez away. But it took until October for the water to rise and actually reach Leiden. In the night of 2 to 3 October, a small boy called Cornelis Joppenszoon climbs the wall and finds the Spaniards have actually fled, leaving behind the cooking pots with a hearty meal of carrots, onions and meat. The ‘hutspot’, as it is called, stills the first hunger of the citizens from Leiden, and when the prince arrives with herring and white bread, they know they have made it.

This defeat of the Spaniards was one of the key moments in the fight for independence of the Republic. Even during the world wars, the accomplishment was commemorated in church, and the University of Leiden, which was given to the city by the prince, is a remaining tribute and remembrance of those days. Ever since, the 3rd of October is celebrated in Leiden. Perhaps in the first days, the freedom was really commemorated, but now… I only know it as the carnival in town with bands performing, people drinking beer and eating ‘hutspot’ and herring with white bread. Yes, weird traditions, but oh such fun!

One of the children my husband trains, however, wasn’t able to celebrate and go into town this year. She has had an operation to correct the scoliosis in her back a few weeks ago and is now recovering. Her body will have to get used to the new alignment of her back, which is expected to take another nine months of small steps forward. The entire korfball club is feeling for her and her family, emotionally supporting them in every possible way. Wanting to do something a bit more tangible for myself, I decided to send her some healing magic, as I will continue to do for the period she is recovering.

On my altar, I made a spiral of crystals. I think there is moonstone there, perhaps some citrine and other quartz varieties, and in the center I have placed a rose quartz. The many stones symbolize the steps in her recovery process, going to the full recovery at the rose quartz. When I was empowering this spiral, with my third eye I saw lines of gold connecting the stones (I hadn’t planned this, so it was kind of cool), and coming closer to the rose quartz, I placed the image of a healthy, healed girl in the center of the spiral. The crystals will stay put, and when I look at my altar and see the spiral, my mind immediately projects the golden lines and the image of a healed girl onto it. So every time I look at it, healing energy will be sent to her, and I’m sure she can celebrate October 3rd next year!
Crystal spiral

Easing the passing to the next world

Today was supposed to be a happy and fun day. I would join my cousin to view coffins of the Amun priests at the museum of antiquities, and blog about that. Unfortunately, she had to work unexpectedly, filling in for an ill collegue. We’ll go next week, but I’ve been looking forward to it for weeks.

On a more serious note, the mother of one of our closest friends was hospitalized today. She has been fighting cancer for some time now and is about to lose the fight. The doctors estimate she has days, weeks at the most. Our friend, my husband’s best man at our wedding, has dealt with cancer before, but a compatible donor saved him. He has been clean for over 10 years, but has to face a far more likely, negative outcome with his mom.

I feel deeply for them. As you might know, I lost my mother to cancer as well, which means I have some idea of what they’re going through. Nothing, however, can be done to cure her now. I wanted to do something anyway. So I turned on some soothing music, lit a candle and prayed for her. Then I made something to put on my altar for her. I did not have many conscious thoughts about what the picture should look like, but this is the end result. I chose the runes not for healing per sé, but more to ease her passing into the next world, which seems inevitable.

imageUr for the strength to face what is coming, both for her and her family.
Berkana for reincarnation, or afterlife as she is Christian and believes she’ll go to heaven (which is undoubtedly a soothing thought), and for easing of her pain as well.
Dagaz for the light of the days she still has left, enabling her to make the most of them.
Eihwaz for life and death, as she is now on the edge.

I will not tell that I have done this, though obviously I’ll be there for them whenever they need me and they know I feel for them. They would probably not feel very comfortable if they did know. But I just hope it helps, if only to ease her pain.

What would you do in a situation like this?