Crystal grid part 2 and preparing for our sacred journey

Well, dear Ones, it’s time for the next installment in the creation of a crystal grid to hold the energy for our sacred journey next week. (Scroll down for part 1.)

Last week inspiration came and the work was started. The crystal grid spent the weekend gathering energy in the Crystal Barn while we went off, with the crystal stall, to the Healing Light Festival.


I’ll tell you a little about waiting for inspiration for crystal grids. Even when we have been holding an intention for months, sometimes it doesn’t come until the last minute. This can be quite testing, but I have learned to trust. In the past, there have been times when Marcus has kept reminding me that time is getting short. I often get inspiration in the shower and once it was the very morning of the event. The thing is, until I know what’s needed, I don’t know! I once said that we had two choices - wait until I know or make something up. He doesn’t ask any more. This time it has been very slow and easy, with the whole energy building for months. You can read about the coming of the Horse Drum and beater in earlier blogs.

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A short recap - the Crystal Grid has a large Chrysoprase flame in the centre. It is surrounded by Citrine skulls and Golden Labradorite for the Sun; Fluorite octahedra for Mercury; Rose Quartz hearts and Emerald for Venus; Jade hearts for Earth and Preseli Bluestone for our land/bit of Earth; Garnets for Mars.

Moon energy needed to be woven in with Earth, and yesterday I chose Moonstones in white, peach and silver grey. You can see them between the Jade hearts and Preseli Bluestone tumblestones.

After a few hours it was time to add the Asteroids - Ceres, Vesta, Pallas Athene and Juno. For these, the following stepped forward: Peridot for Ceres, Pink Petalite for Vesta, Herkimer Diamonds for Pallas Athene and Iolite for Juno.

It was then time for a rest to allow the energies to settle before adding Jupiter and Saturn.

For Jupiter I added Amethyst crystals and Sodalite tumblestones. The crystals, with points facing outwards, help to create the expansive energy of Jupiter. As they were placed, the grid certainly felt huge!


And finally, for this crystal grid and this Sacred Journey, Mookite was added for Saturn.

The grid will remain in the Crystal Barn until Friday morning, with the Horse Drum and beater. I had planned to make a beautiful bag for the drum, but he doesn’t want anything elaborate or at all ’frilly’ so I’ve ordered a very basic black drum bag.

On Friday, all will be carefully wrapped and taken to Pewsey where we will be based for a week. When there is time, we’ll post some information on our Heaven & Earth Community Facebook page so you can follow us, and join us in spirit if you are called to do so.

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Life unfolding; earth’s bounty, sisterhood, horse drum, the birthing of a crystal grid

September! The harvest time has now passed and though we still have beautiful, sunny days the mornings have a misty chill. It’s time to look back with gratitude over a beautiful and very productive summer and to look forward to what is to come. It’s been an exciting time and there is much to come.

The chickens we brought home in the spring (seen in a large pen on the day they arrived, so they get used to their new home) are now 100% free range - escaping any boundaries we place for their protection and wandering far and wide. They are complete characters that give us such joy - and the most delicious eggs. Seren completely ignores them as they wander around!

I’ve never seen such a bounty of flowers before. It has been utterly beautiful. We’ve grown the biggest tomatoes and a glut of beans and taken our very first jars of honey. I’ve experimented with Dandelion Syrup and beautiful St John’s Wort oil for the first time, made delicious Elderflower cordial as usual, Calendula oil, lots of natural cleaning products and dried lots of herbs.

At the end of August we held a Sisterhood Gathering here. The intent was to take time out from a crazy world to nurture ourselves and each other - and we did!


Ten women from spent four days together and a further eleven joined us at the weekend. We sat in sharing circles, sang, drummed, laughed, cried, sewed, crafted, cooked and shared food, helped and cared for one another, held a craftmarket and a shaman’s market that raised over £200 for XR, and carried ash from our much-loved-and-much-used ceremony circle in the woods to the new, more accessible circle in the garden.

Just over half a year ago I wrote my first ever blog post - inspired by the beautiful Horse Drum that had called to me so strongly. He will join us on our Sacred Journey that begins soon.
The second blog post was about smudging and, after a very long wait, I heard from customs yesterday and a new batch of beautiful White Sage will be delivered tomorrow. Export regulations mean that I am no longer able to source abalone shells as before, but I’m happy to have found a new ethical supplier, so all will be added to my shop soon.
The third blog post was about the earlier stages of seeding the new Ceremony Circle, in August 2018 and Spring 2019, that was fully awakened this August. It all takes time to unfold, involving many stages and many hands. If you didn’t see that blog post, do have a look to see the children planting crystals.
And the last blog was about crystals and new directions for crystal training.

Back to the Horse Drum. He’s been sitting quietly in the house since the end of January. He’s definitely a ’he’ and has a rather gruff personality. When we bought him from Ros Simons we discussed the beater that was still to be made. Since the work that he will be a part of involves the planets and asteroids, the plan was to include tiny gemstone chips that resonate with each of the planetary energies.

We chose Rubies for the Sun, Blue Topaz for Mercury, Emeralds for Venus, Moss Agate for Earth
Moonstone for the Moon, Red Garnet for Mars, Green Tourmaline for Ceres, Pink Tourmaline for Vesta
Citrine for Pallas Athene, Iolite for Juno, Fluorite for Jupiter, Mookite for Saturn, Golden
Labradorite for Chiron, Herkimer Diamonds for Uranus, Larimar for Neptune, Obsidian for Pluto . . .

And back came a very, very beautiful drum beater/rattle.


Drum and beater have been getting to know one another.

It is now less than 2 weeks before we leave for the first Sacred Journey in a series of four. You can read more here:

Along with complicated itineraries, accommodation and transport planning, food ordering and many more practical tasks, we need a crystal grid that will form the basis of our altar and focus our work on the land.

We always set up our altar on the first evening and it builds energy throughout the journey. Once in ceremony our altar is sacred and we don’t share images. But I know that lots of you are very interested in Crystal Grids and I can share the process of the growth of this one.

On Sunday I had the feeling that it was time to begin. This was a real blessing as there have been many occasions when inspiration doesn’t come until the very last moment and trust is really tested.

Holding the purpose of the Sacred Journey in mind, I started to consider the base cloth. Green seemed right. In my altar cloths box in the garage were two green cloths in different shades. I chose one and took it to the Crystal Barn to meet the Horse Drum and Beater. Look at the colour match!

I had the feeling that we should use my magical grid base. (Good news! I’ve found someone local to make these - coming soon!) Then I thought we should use my beautiful Citrine sphere in the centre. I placed it and sat in quiet stillness. Almost immediately it was very clear that, although this sphere is very beautiful, it wasn’t what was needed for this work.


Gently holding the question of how to begin, I looked round the barn and saw the beautiful Chrysoprase Flame that had drawn me so powerfully in spring. I placed it in the centre of the grid and it was perfect. That was enough and I left them to ‘cook’.

Later that evening I felt that it was time to add some Sun energy. We’d chosen Ruby chips for the Sun energy in the beater. I have a lot of Rubies at present, but felt that wasn’t what was needed for the grid. Citrine seemed right, and while I was considering whether it should be crystals or tumblestones my eyes fell on 6 tiny skulls! I placed them and they were just perfect. Between the skulls I added Golden Labradorite for the Spirit of the Sun/Sun behind the Sun rather than the physical Sun.

I knew I wanted Fluorite octahedra for Mercury, but it wasn’t yet time. What was needed was something to ’hold’ the energy. Some time ago, on an adventure with sisters, I bought Preseli Bluestone Sarcen Stone skulls and dragons and they have been on my altar - waiting. It was their time! The final placement for Sunday was two Quartz Angels.

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Gathering energy in the Crystal Barn with early evening sun

On Monday I added Fluorite octahedra, in different colours, from my own healing crystals; Emerald and Rose Quartz for Venus; Jade hearts for Earth. More was needed for Mercury and Earth, but first another period of resting, waiting, gathering energy.

On Wednesday it was time to add more crystals. I really wanted Aqua Aura for Mercury but I couldn’t find any. I knew I wanted to add Preseli Bluestone but not until ‘Mercury’ was complete. I sat with the grid and realised that the Jade hearts needed to change position. As I moved them I spotted some tiny Blue Chalcedony tumblestones and laid them between the Fluorites. The Preseli Bluestones sat beautifully beside the Rose Quartz hearts and Garnets came in for Mars. We still need some Moon Crystals to weave between the Earth Crystals. This will come when the time is right.

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The crystal grid will continue to grow as each layer is added - all in perfect timing. This weekend we are at the Healing Light Festival at Heartlands, Pool, Redruth, so from now we’ll be busy with preparation. Although the crystal grid will grow, I will not have time to take photographs and there may be a little wait for the next installment.

Until then, Crystal Blessings xxx

New Crystal Healing Courses (after a break)

Crystals called me many years ago. Although it was totally unexpected, once it had happened there was no question in my mind that this would be my future path. At the time it was really hard to find a teacher, or even much information. (I’ll write about my early crystal journey one day, if there is interest.)

Crystal Healing was definitely very, very Woo Woo! In the past 30 years this situation has changed completely.

Crystals and Crystal Healing have become mainstream, with articles in just about every women’s magazine and even some in national newspapers. Celebrities promote them on television, and some sell them within their own product ranges.

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When I first started doing fairs and festivals, they were the only place to meet people who were excited to share healing knowledge and experience, and the only place to buy crystals, aromatherapy oils and all ‘new age products’.

Nowadays you can buy homeopathic remedies in chemist shops; essential oils is big business; everything is available on eBay with endless ‘facts’ about ‘what the crystal does’; and China is churning out millions of crystal carvings from spheres, eggs, pyramids, angels and pendulums to wonky wands and badly shaped dogs and dolphins.

In some ways this is excellent. More and more people are finding ways to take charge of their wellbeing.

What isn’t so great is that real, powerful information is being completely lost in the ocean of quick soundbites and pretty instagram pictures.

It is a tale of our times, and not just related to crystals and crystal healing. We live in a world where image and marketing is all and truth doesn’t really matter.

I had decided that it was time to take a break from teaching - for lots of reasons. I’d recently come through a very challenging time in my life, I’d become a granny and I’d been teaching the same course for a very long time. It was time for a review of everything - to decide what was important to me. I’d finished teaching what had become my favourite Diploma course in 18 years, with wonderful group that had truly fed my soul, and I wondered if I should stop ‘on a high’. I’d also been very sad about the direction that crystal healing teaching has taken, with endless courses promising the impossible or sharing nonsense packaged as something worthwhile. It’s an unpleasant symptom of a greedy world.

Also, though I understand so much more than I did 30 years ago, and have so much more wisdom to share, I definitely don’t have the energy I used to have!

If I were to continue teaching, I needed to find a way that enabled me to continue to work within the field, with integrity, truly serving students and not just my own pocket or ego, within the energy available to me.

I meet lots of people who are newly excited about crystals. They tell me that, in the face of an avalanche of conflicting information, they simply don’t know where to begin. I also meet people who say that there are so many things they wish they had found out earlier on their crystal journey - both real, grounded, useful information and also what to avoid. It would have saved them a lot of money!

So I decided to offer some Introductory Day Workshops - something I haven’t done for a very long time.

I taught the first one in April and I enjoyed it so much that I decided to do others.

These words are from someone who attended the April Workshop:

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‘I want to say how much I enjoyed the crystal workshop in the crystal barn. It was such a surprising day. Everything I ever wanted to know about crystals you touched on and answered all our questions. There was lots of time to talk and learn.

Most surprising was the two hands on treatments we gave each other, they showed us how powerful the energy of crystals are.

I have taken so many things away with me. I love the idea that crystals chose us and we give them legs so they can do their work. There is so much more to learn.

Thank you for sharing your knowledge with others in your beautiful crystal barn.’


Introductory workshops 2019

Lots of people from further down in Cornwall have asked, so!
Perranporth - Saturday 20th July

And on home ground, Sue’s Crystal Barn, near Callington - Saturday 14th September.

Please go to the Diary for more information.


I decided that what was really needed, for the highest good, was an old style apprentice, who could assist and support me while learning in order to teach in the future. I’ve had volunteers for this post in the past – before there was a vacancy! But what I wanted was someone who has been truly called by the Crystals, as I was.

As always, I was guided by the Crystal Spirits, and Joanna May is now working with me.

Joanna was a student on the last Diploma course and now has her own healing practice in Bude – Lavender Rose Healing.

She will also be assisting on the upcoming Crystal Healing Diploma Course.



Diploma Course in Crystal Healing

Part One/Basic Certificate - a 5 day course

Friday 25th, Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th October


Saturday 23rd, Sunday 24th November

We have started to take applications. If you are interested, please apply soon.
To find out more, please go to the Cornwall School of Crystal Healing page.
You can also email for more information. Or come and have a chat at an Open Day.



If the Crystals are calling to you,

and you’d like to learn more,

please join us.

Or pop in to an Open Day for a chat.

Check the Diary for dates.

Or email with questions.

Crystal Blessings, Sue xxx

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The joys of Spring

Spring is my favourite season. Since working consciously with the Wheel of the Year, I’ve learned to love the special qualities of all the seasons, but Spring remains the best for me.

My absolute favourite time of year is the lush fertility of May. To me, there is nowhere on Earth more beautiful than the Tamar Valley in May - but this early spring brings the exciting gift of emerging growth and the promise of things to come.

On Wednesday evening, a small group of us meditated together to mark Spring Equinox and the Full Moon. Because the Equinox was in the week, we had decided to hold a Spring Ceremony at the weekend and following the absolutely lovely Children’s Ceremony we held at Winter Solstice we decided to invite the young ones in our community once more. What a delight it was!

We gathered in the Crystal Barn to open our circle. The altar had been created that morning and the children had been invited to bring two items – one that holds the energy of spring and one personal item. I love the joy of these altars. We had teddies and dolls and dragons and all manner of precious treasure joining daisies, bluebells, bulbs and seeds. We passed the talking stick, sang, drummed and rattled.

It is so very special to see children who, only a short time ago were too shy to speak in the circle, now confidently holding the talking stick and sharing their thoughts. Two girls, one of whom was just two when she first came to ceremony with her mother, are now among the older ones and they took responsibility for smudging everyone before we began.

In the winds last month, the lovely bunting that was made last year by Linda, Annie and myself blew away. Instead of making more bunting, I’d had the idea of painting prayer flags and so invited the children to do this. Each time we have had a children’s event, we’ve worked with the Elements, and this was the theme of their creations. They also made a flag to take home, enabling the recently pruned willow to be put to good use.

I had thought that Spring Equinox would be the time we made felt for the Horse Drum bag, but clearly that wasn’t to be since events unfolded that prevented it happening. He was, however, insistent on being on the Altar along with his lovely drum bag strap.

At the New Moon ceremony on 6th May, dear Dee arrived with a Peruvian belt. She’d been going through some possessions and had had the strong feeling that she needed to bring it and give it to me. As yet I have no idea why the Horse Drum that is part of the work with our land should have a Peruvian belt . . .

From New to Full Moon I had been intent on making the drum bag. With Full Moon/Eclipse I realised that what we actually needed to do was more work with our new Ceremony Circle.

In 2017 my lovely vegetable and herb garden was completely destroyed as it was necessary to dig out the leat that runs by my house. 25 years ago the National Trust did a typical penny pinching botch job that had led to quite a serious problems, so although the mess and noise and disruption was pretty appalling in this normally peaceful spot, it was good that the situation was being addressed at last! And there has been something very cleansing and healing about opening the space/water flow ‘right down to the bottom’.  

At the same time, a new, flat, south facing patch of land had become available to us – a much better spot for vegetable growing. Also, it had become clear that quite a few of our community members were finding it increasingly difficult to make the trek up to the sacred circle in the woods. So we decided that when the holes were filled and the grass growing once more, we’d create an additional, more easily accessible, ceremony circle.

The very first step came when I was offered the 4 Directions poles following a beautiful women’s moon gathering I attended. They were stored, with the intention of placing them to hold the Directions in our new circle.

From May to August they rested in the barn. In August we shared some very special and powerful ceremonies in Stonehenge and at the Hurlers, and I woke up the morning after the New Moon with the feeling that it was time for the next step!

Helen, Linda, Sheila, Marcus and I meditated together in the Crystal Barn to discern the way ahead. We chose 5 Preseli Bluestones from the crystal grids and altars we’d been working with, and an extra stone for Fire, Earth, Air, Water and Spirit. Marcus measured the circle and we planted the crystal seeds. Throughout this time we had been blessed to have the ‘loan’ of dear Paddy’s magnificent Preseli Bluestone bowl – a very special Being who has now been part of many ceremonies on the land. With seeds planted, we left the circle to ‘bed in’ through the autumn and winter.

As ‘my plans’ for creating the bag for Horse Drum faded, the thought came that it would be wonderful to take the next step of creating the Circle with the children – Spring energy and the beautiful energy of the children. I created small bags of crystals with each containing a Preseli Bluestone, a Rose Quartz and a tiny Herkimer Diamond. With a small fire in the middle of the Circle, the children planted their seed crystals in the ground. (They also got to choose one to keep!) Anwen started in the East – because she’d just had a birthday – and when the circle was complete, we joined hands and sang together.

It feels so special to be involving the young ones in community events. They bring such a beautiful, joyous, curious, playful energy. In the evening, a small group of adults sat in the Crystal Barn to connect with Spring energy in a quiet way. As we sat in silence, the whole place seemed to hold the echo of the bright energy from earlier.

We wish you a happy Spring and Summer to come, and hope your dreamseeds become manifest.

If you would like to see more ceremony photographs, including some from last summer’s events - mentioned above - please go to our Heaven & Earth Community Facebook page

Awakening energy & spring cleaning


Between grey rainy days there have been some days of complete delight lately – with clear blue skies, snowdrops in the hedge, catkins dancing in the breeze, the trees just beginning that gorgeous pre-growth shimmer and the first daffodils.

With this energy, last Wednesday I felt spurred to action and started thinning my books! The sitting room got a complete clean. All the crystals got a nice bath. Then it was time to smudge.

I’ve written about smudging before, but since following spring cleaning is such a perfect time to smudge your home, I thought I’d share once more.

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Many cultures consider certain plants to be sacred, and to have special properties that can help us. For centuries, various plants such a sage, cedar, lavender, frankincense have been burned to create a fragrant cleansing smoke or smudge. Cleansing with sacred herbs is both a practical and sacred ritual.

There are many plants to choose from and you can choose a herb, or a mix of herbs, that you like and that feels good and appropriate to you. I like to grow and dry my own herbs to make special smudging mixtures.

The photograph below shows Sweet Woodruff - an absolutely beautiful plant with leaves in little star whorls. It loves my garden and grows prolifically. When dried it has the most beautiful sweet scent, but is an absolute labour of love to burn.

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While I do use my own mixes for special ceremonies and events, the smoke that I find has the most effective general cleansing properties, and which I use most often, is White Sage (Salvia Apiana). This is imported from USA - as loose leaves, clusters of leaves, or wound into smudge bundles. I really wish I could grow it. I’ve tried, but this damp valley in Cornwall is not a good environment for the plant.

A longtime ago I made shamanic journeys to the Spirits of lots of plants used in smudging and asked if I could be shown how each works.

Apart from my preference for the smell of White Sage over lots of other plants, and the fact that it feels energetically lighter, what I was shown taught me that it is really, really good at clearing, cleansing and lightening the energy of people and spaces.

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When I smudge myself, I often use my hand to direct the smoke. When smudging a person or a place, I often use a feather.

One thing you definitely need is a fireproof container. One of the true rules of smudging is that however hard it is to light the herbs in the beginning, when it is time to go out they will probably be burning well! The container can be anything that prevents fire from spreading and doesn’t burn your hand, so metal is out unless it is on a cord!

A strong ceramic bowl is good, and I have often used bowls with a little soil or sand in the bottom. Often a shell isused.

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Smudging with shell and feather is particularly lovely since it brings in the 4 Daughters of Beauty or the 4 Elements. The plant represents the Earth element and the shell represents Water. They are burned and transformed by Fire into cleansing smoke. The smoke itself, and the feather, represent the element Air.

There are many ways of smudging - many traditions and rituals. You may well find that people are attached to ‘the right way’ of smudging. I’ve certainly been told off more than once for ‘doing it wrong’, yet I’ve watched several Grandmothers in ceremony, and they each have their own way. I have my own way to smudge my home, so I’ll share it with you.

I begin with cleaning on the physical level – a good tidy, dust, sweep, ‘spit and polish’, and a good crystal cleanse. I like to do this with windows and door open, whenever possible, and it is good to keep them open while you smudge if you can.  I set a clear, strong intent to clear any energies that do not belong in my home.

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I start upstairs, in the corner of the bathroom. I move around the room, using the feather to wave the smoke into nooks and crannies, paying particular attention to corners, all the time focusing on clearing and cleansing. I then move to my bedroom and repeat, to the other bedrooms and then down the stairs. I move through the rooms downstairs, ending at the door.

Having completed the smudging, I sometimes go round again with sweetgrass. This herb smells divine and brings blessings into your home. It does not burn like sage, and you need to be patient and persevere. I will need lighting several times, but it really is worth it. 

You can light a stick of your favourite incense or diffuse an essential oil or a combination of oils. Put your cleansed and sparkling crystals back in place and add some vases of flowers.

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There are some situations where it doesn’t work to create smoke, and indeed some people just don’t like it, so you could use my special Cleanse Aura Spray. This is made from my personal tried and tested recipe which includes a blend of 5 essential oils, my own Quartz Crystal essence, pure focussed intent and lots of love. It is so hard to find the perfect White Sage oil and it is pretty expensive. I’ve had many expensive disappointments along the way. Every bottle is made as part of a small batch at special times, such a Full Moon or Equinox, and each batch has its own energy. This Aura Spray is also very useful when you need a quick ‘clear and lift’ of energy – yourself or in a room.

You can buy Cleanse Aura Spray, White Sage - loose or in bundles, Abalone Shells in various sizes, Sweetgrass Braids and Feathers in my Facebook group sale tomorrow evening.
Sue’s Crystal Barn Online
Tuesday 12th February at 7pm.

I also have 2 lovely Home Blessing Kits available and can create ‘Mini Kits’ from a selection of items.

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For those of you who are wondering about the Horse Drum, he is pretty quiet at the moment. He has found a spot to rest for now and seems quite happy there.


Happy Spring Cleaning! May your hearth be clear and bright, and filled with many blessings.

Smudging Supplies - Crystal Barn Online tomorrow at 7pm
Home Blessing Kit: £19
Loose White Sage 25g: £3
Loose White Sage 50g: £5
Sweetgrass Braids: £5
Small White Sage Bundles: £3
Abalone Shells 4 to 5 inch: £5
Cleanse Aura Spray: £10

I appear to be writing a blog!

I can’t quite believe that I am actually writing a blog post, but it appears that I am! For years now, people have kept telling me that I should write more. It has never been something that I feel particularly drawn to but over the past few days I’ve had several nudges from Spirit. Apparently it is about weaving in more energies, so here goes . . .

Marcus and I and a group of fellow travellers will be making the first of a series of Sacred Journeys in September. These journeys are all about our Sacred Land - Britain. You can read about why we are doing this:

In all our work there is an initial spark which is usually related to Marcus’ work with astrology and/or earth energies. The seed is then sown, but how the process will unfold is a complete mystery until each part is revealed. Very often we do not understand the significance of particular events or experiences at the time until more pieces of the jigsaw reveal a clearer picture. There is always a gathering and a weaving. Sometimes pieces aren’t revealed until the very last moments – frequently in dreams the night before a significant event or even in the shower that morning. We have learned to trust!

At the weekend we were at the Healing Light Festival – a small, friendly, heart-centred, Cornish event that takes place 3 times a year. It was very busy and I didn’t move from the stall except to make necessary loo trips. These took me past Ros Simons’ display of gorgeous drums. Every time I passed by, I was drawn very powerfully to one drum, so much so that I was finding it hard to keep from being distracted by its presence. I really don’t need another drum. I have my precious drum that I made about 15 years ago. This was long before people spoke of ‘birthing’ drums, but the following day I remember saying that it felt like I had a new baby. I’ve spent much time with that drum, learning together, and we are now old friends.

Also, in the past year I have been focussing strongly on releasing and clearing, and I absolutely do not want to buy anything just from personal desire.

By Sunday I needed to touch the drum. He – definitely he – felt good, but I still didn’t understand the connection. He is from horse skin, with a deer bone handle and woven onto a green wooden circle. I read the label. Tales of the Chalk. Could this be something to do with our journey to come? I started to feel the beginnings of the inner vibration that alerts me to something of significance. Jon asked if I’d seen the paintings inside. White Horse! Moon! Stonehenge! The vibration increased and the room began to shimmer.

The drum is not for me; it is for the journey! We need it for the journey. I showed Marcus and he agreed.

Ros came back to find that we had decided to buy the drum. I told her what we needed it for and she started to tell the tale of bringing him into being. There had been many knowings and unknowings – knowing that things were right but not knowing why – trusting and following the threads. She also said that she was very uncomfortable painting or drawing, and usually didn’t do this unless people had specifically asked for this in a commission. She was happy that she had followed her dreaming.We agreed that she should keep the drumstick for a while, since more work was needed now that we knew the path it would take.

Ros asked if we needed a drum bag. I feel that the creation of the drum bag will involve many hands and be part of the unfolding journey, so when it came time to leave I had to find a temporary wrapping. The only item that could give suitable physical protection, in the van with all the crystal boxes and stall, was a soft pink blanket that we had taken for the healing couch. As I lay it down and picked up the drum, I heard the words, ‘You aren’t seriously planning to wrap me in that, are you?’ He reminds me very strongly of Ezekiel, my special personal crystal, who ‘speaks’ in a similar voice and tone. I’m afraid I did wrap him in it, with a promise that I’d unwrap him as soon as we were home, and that I’d start dreaming in an appropriate bag right away. This is in process.

He is already calling strongly. I feel that even without yet being played, he has begun to draw the work in - pulling the threads of our Journey closer. He is now in the Earth corner of the Crystal Barn. I await the next instructions.

Meanwhile . . . we came home ready to prepare for Imbolc, which we will celebrate with a Crystal Labyrinth and Sound Healing Ceremony. We last held this ceremony at Samhain 2016 and I wanted to hold another at Samhain last year, but it became clear that the time wasn’t yet right so we postponed until now.

Imbolc is the time of the returning Light and the Reawakening of Earth and is dedicated to Brigid (Bride, Breed, Brigantia, Britannia). She is the Sun/Fire Goddess of inspiration and creation, associated with both the hearth fire and also blacksmiths and their creative work with earth and fire. She is also a Water Goddess who is honoured at many sacred wells; goddess of fertility and birth, protector of mothers and children; She is a mediator, a goddess of vision and harmony and of strength and healing. The name of our land - Britain - is derived from her name.

We like to use Preseli Bluestone in our crystal labyrinths, to link with the ancestors of our island. Last week I realised that I was quite low on stocks of this stone, so ordered more. As I was unpacking today in preparation for our Imbolc Ceremony, the shimmering began. I remembered our seed bundles from the Winter Solstice Ceremony that hold our dreamseeds for this year, including those for the Sacred Journey to come. They will be physically planted at Imbolc (or when Winter Goddess retreats a bit more!) and energetically planted in the Imbolc Ceremony. It is all being woven. Some of the Labyrinth Stones will stay with us to come to future ceremonies and eventually travel with us on our Journey; some will go with the people who join us this weekend; all will unfold in time as we begin to understand more. And the new Drum will be present at our Imbolc Ceremony as the story unfolds and the energy gathers and weaves.

Finally, as I was taking photographs of the Preseli Bluestone, I noticed that there was one tiny stone that was different. As I looked closer, I saw that it was a little piece of Charoite.
To me, Charoite is a powerful healer that works at deep karmic levels, thus enabling us to work for the highest good of all. I’m going to pop it in the Drum’s little medicine pouch.


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To read about Preseli Bluestone:
Preseli Bluestone: Healing Stone of the Ancestors by Sue and Simon Lilly
ISBN 978 1905454082