Nazar and the Evil Eye

Nazars

Nazars (evil eye talismans)

Sounds like a chapter from Harry Potter, doesn’t it?  Well, it’s nothing so fantastical… but much more interesting.  Today we’re going to explore what is likely the most popular protective talisman Americans are not familiar with.  I am speaking of the nazar, or ‘Evil Eye Stone‘.

First, though, a brief overview of what these talismans are created to protect against.  In the Mediterranean (Greece, Iran, Turkey, etc) there is a widespread belief that certain people with particularly piercing gazes can give you bad fortune just by looking at you.  It is also believed that ordinary people can (unintentionally) bring bad luck to one another by looking at something (a person, an object, anything) with envy or jealousy.  Both of these describe the effects of the ‘evil eye’, and it is this which the nazar is made to ward off.

The nazar (aka Lucky Eye, Evil Eye Stone) is usually a flat circle of glass or a bead with circular markings, which looks like a wide-open, gazing eye.  Eye symbols are considered to be protective all over the world, and it’s said that the evil eye talisman moved to the Mediterranean from Egypt, where it invoked the ever-watchful eye of the god Horus, who would watch over the wearer and protect them form thieves and dishonest people.

The use is very easy – simply wear one as jewelry, or put one on anything that might draw anyone’s envy.  Traditionally common objects protected by a nazar are people, cars, houses, businesses, babies, and even cellphones.

Earth Lore, of course, carries nazar bracelets, charms, and other items!

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Discover Your Animal Totems

Totem Animals

Totem Animals

There is much that can be learned from our companions in the animal kingdom. Every animal has strengths and weaknesses, talents and habits that help us to learn more about ourselves by studying their example. You’ll be happy to know that just as every person has a multitude of personality traits, they also have many animal totems. There are those animals that stay with us for just a short time, while we overcome an obstacle in our lives. There are also who will walk (fly, crawl or swim) with us through life. How do you know which animals are calling to you? This article is just a short description on how to discover some of  your totems. There are not only many, many books written on this subject but also oral traditions that vary from tribe to tribe across the world. Most of the information I’ve compiled comes from Ted Andrews book, “Animal Speak.” It is a great resource for anyone interested in learning more on the subject of Animal Totems.

Totem Discovery Meditation

Enter a space where you will not be interrupted, a secluded spot somewhere in nature would be best but is not mandatory. Relax by taking several deep breaths. Clear your mind.  Begin by lighting a white “Spirit” votive or pillar with the focus of finding one of your animal totems in the forethought of your mind. You may even want to ask Great Spirit or God to bless you and oversee the meditation with divine guidance.

Sitting comfortably, begin to visualize a landscape. Some people will see themselves in a forest; others the desert or sea. It’s okay. Don’t worry that you are “making things up.” Imagination is a gift and a tool. Whatever comes to you is has entered your mind for a reason. Trust this guidance. However it is important to not have any preconceived totems in mind. Let your animal choose you. As you wander your landscape, note the time of day or night. Is it chilly or  can you feel the warm sun shining on you? What do you smell? What do you hear? As you continue your  walk  allow yourself to be open to whatever creatures come to you. Don’t discount the tiny creatures like ants and spiders. Don’t forget to look in the trees or sky. If you feel compelled to turn over a leaf or crawl in a cave, do so.

You will come upon an living creature. This is one of your totems.  Introduce yourself. Do not force interaction, simply let the moment settle in. Thank this totem for making its self known to you. When you are ready begin to come back to a state of consciousness and open your eyes.

Now that you know one of your animal totems, begin your research! Animals can teach us so much about ourselves and how we react to others if we would simply listen. Some things to ponder: Where does this animal live, what does it eat, what eats it? What kind of shelter does it seek? The more you learn about your animal the better. It is important to establish a link to your totem not just through learning about its habits but also learning about its place in mythological lore. To gain a stronger link to this animal you should also have small talismans (like a found feather or bone… however if that isn’t possible at the time being, hanging pictures of it or small carved stones work too). You can keep these on your person or in the areas of your home or work that seem most appropriate. Earth Lore carries small carved stones of many different animals starting at $3.95. We also have a selection of larger statues available for altar use. Having reminders of your totems will greatly increase your connection to these animals. Also, be sure to check out our new and used books about totems, shamanism and animal lore.

Lughnasadh

by Larissa

Lughnasadh, also called Lammas, is the first of three harvest festivals celebrated on August 1st. It marks the sun’s mid-point of leo in the tropical zodiac. Symbolically, this Sabbat is a time of gain, or ripening of fruits. The promise of Spring planting is realized.

Also called Loaf Mass, this is a time for baking bread and harvesting wheat, berries, crab apples, and grain. As summer passes, remember with happiness its warmth and bounty in the food we eat. Be reminded that nothing in the universe in constant. Everything goes through a cycle of seed beginning, followed by established growth, corruption and decay, death, and often in a wiser more integrated form; eventual rebirth.

This holiday, synonymous with burial, birth, and bread  is not a somber time. Now the sun fades and dies, the crops will be cut down. He is life itself, his spirit has been passed into every kind of harvest. Changed, he is reborn for life itself can never finally die. Bread is baked to symbolize the sun’s life energy reborn, this is the bread of life which arises from the sun’s sacrifice.

Think of this time as a harvest of your own life. Perhaps you made resolutions at new year or Candlemas, are you reaping rewards or still stagnant in growth? Lammas is a time to really think about any long-term harvest you may hope for. Think and visualize your “harvest” and what results you’d like to reap. This could be love, wisdom, prosperity, earth healing, children, etc. Whatever your goal, Lammas meditation removes obstacles and replaces them with long-term ideals. Here is a little blessing to recite with your intentions:

“now as the sun pours out his strength upon the earth, that the crops may ripen and the harvest may be great, I too offer my strength to Mother Earth. I bring forth….. (your intention to protect earth from further harm, where and when you can, or whatever goal or intention you wish to manifest).

Gather with family and friends and give thanks for the first signs of harvest in your life as well as in the field. What you do in fun and celebration on Lammas will enhance creativity in life.
Bright Blessings!!!!

Saints: Healers and Helpers

by Kate

Saints

Catholic Saints

The healing power of saints has existed for two millennia and is still a time honored tradition today. Saints are not worshiped but rather are looked at as those who can interceded on our behalf because of their own faithfulness. In the same way one might ask a friend or relative to pray or light a candle for them, many people of all religious backgrounds turn to saints and angels for help and divine guidance.  Doreen Virtue, author and creator of Saints and Angels Oracle Cards, explains  that, “Since Christianity’s roots are found in more ancient belief systems of Judaism and  pantheism, I strongly believe that these… will benefit people of every religious and spiritual background. I’ve found the saints to be angelic, loving and powerful allies to anyone who calls on them, regardless of that person’s faith.”

Often times saints are designated as a patron saint of a particular cause or profession, or invoked against a specific illness or harm. It is customary to carry medallions, place statues or burn incense for the saints that one prays with for intercession. For example, many people in real estate are familiar with St. Joseph, the patron saint of homes. Burying a St. Joseph statue in the yard is a fast way to sell a home! (We have St. Joseph Home Seller Kits for only $5.95!)

Earth Lore carries a wide variety saints and angels products. We have saint medallions on beautiful prayer cards for $4.95.  Including:

  • Venerable Matt Talbot: Patron of those suffering for Alcoholism
  • Saint Charles Borromeo: Patron of those with Stomach Ailments
  • St. Jude: Patron Saint of Lost Causes and Desperate Situations
  • St. Rita: Patron of those who suffer Physical Abuse
  • St. Maximilian Kolbe: Patron of those who suffer from Addiction & Drugs
  • St. Catherine of Sweden: Patron of those who’ve suffered Miscarriage
  • St. Alphonsus Liguori: Patron of those with Arthritis
  • St. Agatha: Patron of those who have Breast Cancer
  • St. Peregrine: Patron of those with Cancer
  • St. Dymphna: Patron of those with Mental Illnesses
  • St. Nickolas: Patron of Sick Children

Earth Lore also carries a wide variety of Doreen Virtue’s Angel Card Decks ($15.95)  including the Saints & Angels Deck mention earlier. This deck is a highly recommended favorite by our staff for its loving accuracy and guidance. Earth Lore also keeps a regular stock of Saint Incense(only $.95 /box!) including: Archangel Michael for Physical and Spiritual Protection (myrrh scented), St. Joseph for Home Protection and Family Harmony (lavender scented), St Jude for Desperate Causes (musk scented) and Our Lady of Guadalupe for Health (rose scented).

A Brief Exploration of The Merkaba

by Kate

Merkaba Image

The subject of the Merkaba (Merkabah and also Merkava) is very deep and way beyond the scope of this short description. There are people that devote a life time of study to the Merkaba. However I will do my best to give you a brief overview on what they are and how they may be used .

The word Merkaba has its roots in Hebrew, meaning ‘Chariot’ and is used in the Bible (Ezekiel 1:4-26) to refer to the throne-chariot of God. Jewish biblical scholars say that the imagery of the Merkaba is not meant to be taken literally; rather the chariot and its accompanying angels are analogies for the various ways that God reveals Himself in this world. Some philosophies explain that Merkaba is a multi-layered analogy that offers insight into the nature of man and the world around him to teach us how to become better people.

While Merkabas have ancient biblical roots, they are most commonly known as a very special shape in Sacred Geometry. Merkaba is a star tetrahedron consisting of two inter-penetrating three-sided pyramids. If you can imagine it more simply, a three-dimensional Star of David.

Merkaba Stones for Healing

“Mer” means Light. “Ka” means Spirit. “Ba” means Body. It links the mind, spirit, and body to produce the Merkaba effect, an energy field that allows for enlightenment. It is said that it is the divine light path used by ascended masters to connect with and reach those in tune with the higher realms.

Stones are sometimes cut into the shape of the Merkaba for healing practices. It is a  powerful balancing and protection tool. It is often used during meditation and with Prana breathing techniques.

The Merkaba balances and revives the activities between the two sides of our brain. Such training strengthens our sensitivities and mental abilities. The Merkaba assists us in our spiritual growth by connecting us with our higher self. When used in meditation, it more closely connects us to the Divine. You can either do that by focusing your energies into a physical Merkaba shaped stone or through intense visualization techniques.

The Merkaba enables us to feel unconditional love thus healing ourselves as well as others. It gives us the possibility to create the kind of harmonious life we desire. The Merkaba can be “programmed” to do anything (the only hindrance being our own disbelief.) The Merkaba is also a tool that can be used to transcend and activates the protective love of the universe and awakens, heals, and transforms on the spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional levels.

People who are drawn to Merkabas often aren’t really sure why. Unfortunately, no one (except you) can tell you why exactly that is. It is just generally accepted as being called to become closer with the Divine. Experimenting with Merkaba stones through meditation, visualizations and prayer will enhance that Divine connection and put you one step closer to finding the answers you seek.

The Sound of Peace

by Angela

Om

Om

In Sanskrit calligraphy, the mystic symbol Om is the symbolic representation of Brahman (the Hindu creator of the Universe). It is described in the Upanishads (one of the most sacred of Hindu texts) as the sound that creates and sustains the cosmos. It is said that the entire Universe (past, present, and future) is encompassed by its utterance. The Om is comprised of the three sounds of A, U, and M. These sounds are thought to represent the three prominent Hindu gods who control the wheel of life: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. These three gods also symbolize the three human states of dreaming, sleeping, and waking, and the three human capacities of desire, knowledge, and action.

Om is used as a mantra in meditation and alternative healing practices such as Crystal Therapy, Sound Healing, Reiki, and Healing Touch. It is the pinnacle sound in sacred ceremonies and practices of various religions such as: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sufism.

The Om is a Universal sound and symbol of peace. You can use its utterance and symbolic presence to enhance all areas of your life! Here are some examples of ways you can incorporate this masterful symbol/sound into your life now:

  • Meditate using The Eternal Om, a CD available at Earth Lore!
  • Place an Om symbol on the front door of your home or office. It will bring peace to all who enter! It will also radiate peace to all who pass by!
  • Chant the Om as a mantra along with Diaphragmic Breathing to enhance focus, reduce mental clutter, and raise your physical energy to tackle any difficult endeavor!
  • Use the Om to deepen meditation. The vibration from its utterance will bring you instant tranquility!
  • Draw or put a sticker of the Om symbol on anything in your life that occurs as “stressful” for you: car, checkbook, computer, scale, mirror, etc. The Om will be a constant reminder that Universal peace is available to you in every moment of every day!
  • Visit Earth Lore for Om music, pendants, stickers, journals, books, rings, t-shirts, mantra cards, and much more!

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