Obelisks
Published on October 24, 2016 by L.A. Hilden | Views: 945

Ancient Egypt is one of my favorite eras to study, which is one of the many reasons I love writing my Witches of Griffin series.  In book three, Higher Resonance, the sisters must travel back to 31 B.C. to meet their many Great’s-Grandmother Cleopatra, pharaoh of Egypt.  Since obelisks were predominant in the architecture of ancient Egypt I decided to delve further into the symbolism and possible use behind these huge stone columns.

Obelisks are usually made of stone, have a square or rectangular cross section, and four sides that narrow toward the pyramidal top. The ancient Egyptians called them tekhenu, but this word was translated to Greek, then Latin, and eventually English to become obelisk. The prototype obelisks were called benben stones.

Benben Stone

Ancient obelisks are monolithic, meaning they consist of a single stone. This of course made them extremely heavy as the stones often weighed hundred of tons. The technology the ancients used to lift these stones into place and how they were able to shape the hard substance of granite with rudimentary tools that were made from softer metals like copper, remains a mystery.  It’s hard to imagine people moving a hundred foot stone column that weighs 400 tons from a quarry to a temple entrance usually located miles away.  Modern obelisks are usually made with several stones, these are not considered true obelisks, but they are shaped the same.

For the Egyptians, the obelisk symbolized the sun god Ra, the creator of humanity. Some ancients believed that gods existed within the stone monolith itself. The Egyptians placed the obelisks in pairs at the entrances of their temples. These obelisks were often topped with gold or a natural gold and silver alloy called electrum. This substance was used to capture the rays of the sun god.  The obelisk symbolized a ray of the sun’s light that disperses negative energy.  Hieroglyphs often cover these mammoth columns celebrating the lives and wars of the pharaoh who commissioned them.

The Luxor 

The Luxor obelisk stands over 75 feet high at the center of Place de la Concorde in Paris, France. This yellow granite obelisk is 3300 years old and had at one time marked the entrance to the Temple of Thebes in Egypt. The hieroglyphs exalt the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II. The matching obelisk still stands in its original place in front of the Luxor Temple.

Cleopatra’s Needle

Cleopatra’s Needle is one of a pair of red granite obelisks believed to have been built upon the banks of the Nile in 1450 B.C. and moved to Alexandria in 18 A.D.  One was moved to London in 1878, while the other was re-erected in Central Park in New York City in 1880. The Central Park monument was not named after the well-known Ptolemaic Pharaoh Cleopatra VII, as the obelisks were already 1000 years old by the time she reigned. These obelisks are believed to have been constructed during the reign of another female pharaoh, Hatshepsut; they stand 69 feet tall, weigh about 224 tons, and are inscribed with hieroglyphs commemorating Ramses II’s military victories.


Vatican Obelisk

In front of the Vatican is a 4000-year-old obelisk that once stood at the entrance of a pagan temple. It is the largest non-inscribed obelisk to leave Egypt. There were a number of Egyptian obelisks brought to Rome by various emperors throughout history, and yet this is the only one to remain standing since Roman times. This particular red granite obelisk stands 83 feet high, weighs 320 tons, and was brought to Rome in 37 A.D. by Gaius Caligula who originally re-erected the obelisk in his garden.  In 1586, Pope Sixtus V took on the painstaking task of having the obelisk moved to stand in Saint Peter’s Square, which took 13 months to accomplish.

Washington Obelisk

The Washington Monument is an example of a modern obelisk made from several stones and is considered the tallest in the world.  It was built in Washington D.C. to honor the first United States President, George Washington.  The obelisk is made of marble, granite, and bluestone gneiss. The work on this 555 feet towering obelisk began in 1848 when the Freemasons, an organization to which Washington belonged, (Washington was a Master Mason) laid the first cornerstone. The monument was completed in two construction phases and was not finished until 1884.

Like the Ancient Egyptians, Washington believed in the use of sacred geometry.  All pillars were considered sacred as they symbolize death and rebirth.  To attribute them to Satan is sheer silliness in my opinion.  Nevertheless, there are many who see the obelisk as a Freemason occult symbol.  While others view the obelisk as a phallic symbol representing the Egyptian god Osiris, god of the dead, ruler of the underworld, and father of Horus who was restored of his body by his wife/sister Isis.  I tend to view the obelisk as a symbol of enlightenment as we continue to try and reach the pinnacle of ascension to reunite with the Creator.

According to archeologists and Ancient Alien theorists around the world, the technology the ancients used to build and place the obelisks, as well as build the pyramids, is not known to us. How did the ancients manage to move and transport the Temple of Jupiter in Baalbek, Lebanon, which weighs over 4.5 million pounds? Ancient Alien Theorists point to beings of higher consciousness and vibrational energy as the constructors of these mammoth structures.  Using superior technology or even mind thought control to build and position the obelisks and pyramids construction.  Archeologists continue to search for signs of diamond circular saw cutting capabilities, but diamonds shards have yet to be found in Egypt.  Some modern archeologists claim the Great Pyramid looks to be built from the top down.  How in the world is that done?  To this day archeologists and engineers insist we cannot, even with our current technology, rebuild the Great Pyramid, let alone build it with the same precise geometric accuracy to reach the golden ratio of Phi.  Perhaps the ancients had machines not known to us and their amazing technology completely disappeared from record and the planet, or perhaps the space ship hieroglyphs found on the walls in ancient Egypt are just what they appear to be and the humans had help from otherworldly beings since the beginning of life on Earth.

Many believe that the granite obelisks, like the pyramids, may have been a part of some integral power system as the stones contain a quartz crystalline structure.  According to the physicist at Aleph Healing, “a crystal lattice is balanced and orderly, the energy it emits is consistent and when dissonant energy is inputted, it is balanced and transformed into harmonic energy.”  Thus the obelisks could have served to rid areas of negative energy and perhaps were even strategically placed around the Earth to balance and restore the atmosphere. Silicon is used in all computer and cell phone processors, while liquid crystals make up the display screens on our modern day gadgets.  Quartz is a silicon type material and is also used in watches and clocks to help them maintain time, the quartz helps stabilize and regulate the flow of energy.  When thinking about the energy that could have been derived from the crystalline structures in the stones, the ancient Egyptian Dendera Bulb comes to mind.



Dendera Bulb

In the hieroglyph above, this odd looking bulb looks to be plugged into some kind of power source.  It is possible our ancestors knew how to generate power and to receive knowledge and technology from otherworldly sources using crystalline energy?  For now this remains a mystery.  Egyptian obelisks were a common gift to other countries.  Today, ancient obelisks are found in Egypt, France, England, Turkey, Argentina, Italy, Vatican City, the United States, and more.

 

A special thank you to: http://mentalfloss.com/article/73935/7-fascinating-facts-about-obelisks, https://per-storemyr.net/2010/12/12/cleopatra’s-needle-tracing-obelisk-weathering-with-old-photos/ , http://archaeology-travel.com/street/vatican-obelisk-in-st-peters-square/ , http://www.collective-evolution.com/2015/06/18/the-surprising-hidden-meaning-of-the-washington-monument/ , http://www.ancient-code.com/ancient-power-sources-of-the-gods-advanced-technology-and-our-ancestors/ , http://www.aleph-healing.com/Research_papers/ch_research_papers_3.html



Merkaba
Published on September 26, 2016 by L.A. Hilden | Views: 1296


I have put the final touches to Divine Legacy, book one in my Witches of Griffin series.  The triplet Griffin sisters carry a higher energy vibration and consciousness when compared to normal humans and are on this planet to transmute negative energy to positive.  They carry the ability to travel to other time periods and dimensions, fighting demons from the astral world and aliens from other universes.  While researching this book I was looking for a vehicle of transport, a spiritual connection and link to travel to other places in the universe.  This is where the Merkaba comes into play.



According to the Hebrews and esoteric teachings, the Merkaba is a divine light vehicle allegedly used by ascended masters to connect to those in the higher realms.  Legends claim that the aliens who destroyed their planet of Mars came to Earth and lived with the Atlantean Naacals. (Naacals are considered one of the first alien beings to be human, they were at one with the Creator, allowing them the ability of telekinesis, extra sensory perception, an open third eye, immortality, and the ability to create whatever they wanted by thought.) The Martians, with their need for power and greed, tried to create a synthetic Merkaba for traveling the universe and instead created an inter-dimensional tear.  It is said that the Naacals fixed the tear by creating an energy grid of protection around the Earth, thus enabling humans to find the path back to Christ Consciousness.

The ancient Egyptians referred to the Mer-Ka-Ba as three words. This ancient wisdom was taught for thousands of years.



References to this light chariot or chariot of fire are found in the Book of Ezekiel in the Old Testament of the Bible, and in literature mostly composed in Israel between 200-700 A.D., although there is also literature from the Middle Ages mentioning the chariot. The Torah references the Merkaba with two meanings, one of the chariot and the other the Throne of God.  The Merkaba is mentioned in the Book of Enoch, Torah, Korana, and Course of Miracles.

A Merkaba is a star tetrahedron.  It is a three-dimensional 8 pointed star made from two triangular pyramids, one pointing up and the other down.  It is extremely complex and carries five platonic solids and other sacred polyhedrons.  It is believed to allow the soul to travel in different dimensions, parallel universes, and astral planes, and can change from electro magnetic to whatever is needed. Mer means light, the Ka represents the spirit, while the Ba represents the body.  The word means the spirit/body surrounded by counter-rotating fields of light, described as wheels inside of wheels of spiraling energy.  Technically the Merkaba is an electro magnetic field that is geometric in nature holding true to sacred geometry, which is the creation pattern found in all things. It is believed that everyone has a Merkaba around the human body that lays dormant until the person undergoes an awakening and remembers that the Merkaba is there.  The Merkaba sits outside the aura.  The human aura usually expands 6-36 inches from the body.  Our etheric field sits beyond that, while we have another immense energy field that can reach out to 55 feet and is shaped like a saucer when fully energized.  This is the Merkaba.  If you don’t have a high enough energy vibration to use the vehicle it remains nonfunctional until the time is right.  Many believe it can be activated through meditation.  Amazingly when the Merkaba is activated an electro magnetic change happens, creating a light disc of energy near the base of the spine that expands to a 27-30 feet radius around the person.  I have read that this disc can be seen by modern day science and seen on computer screens via satellite by the U.S Air force, but I’ve yet to find sufficient evidence to back up the Air Force claim. It is said millions have activated their Merkaba as more are becoming aware of its existence.

According to esoteric scientists, when you are linked to your Merkaba you tap into Source energy and become locked into the Earth’s matrix.  It is said your DNA is fully turned on and you now carry the ability for immortality, time travel, and expanding your awareness. You then carry the ability to heal yourself, which of course would be beyond amazing.  Many in the spiritual community claim that the Merkaba is being remembered because it is time for it to be remembered.

According to scientists who study the Schumann frequency, the Earth is shifting vibration, it was vibrating steadily around 7.8 hertz for thousands of years (the frequency of OM) and around the 1980’s it began to speed up. In 2014, the vibrations were at 8.5 hertz, with days vibrating at an acceleration rate of 16.5 hertz. Many scientists believe at some point the Earth will stop rotating on its axis and will remain that way for about three days until it begins to spin in the opposite direction, which will reverse the magnetic field. Scientists are unclear what will happen at that point.

NASA claims Schumann resonances are global electromagnetic resonances, excited by lightning discharges in the cavity formed by the Earth’s surface and the ionosphere.  They are considered the heartbeat of Earth.  Schumann’s frequency is said to be in tune with the human brain’s alpha and theta states.  The 16.5 hertz is harmonic to the Solfeggio tone 528, which is the exact frequency used by genetic biochemists to repair broken DNA. (It is also the frequency used to activate the 3rd eye.)  Perhaps the resonance of the 528 harmonic means our DNA is repairing itself with the help from Earth’s raising vibrations. Many believe consciousness has begun to grow to transport the human awareness from the 3rd dimension into a higher dimensional Earth.  Perhaps like Mother Earth we are also shifting our vibrations into a state of Awakening. The energy grid many believed was placed around the Earth by the Ancient Ones to block our primordial memories is said to be fading.  Scientists are reporting that the magnetic field of protection that shields the Earth from space radiation has been weakening for the past 2000 years, and even faster within recent years, and yet no one knows why. Many are experiencing symptoms as our bodies align with Earth’s shift, these symptoms include tiredness, depression, and dizziness, which is why it’s important to try and raise your own vibrational frequencies with positive thoughts and actions and spending time in nature. There are special meditations you can do to activate the Merkaba, but with everything in life intent is key to opening yourself to this energy.

A special thank you to: http://edenisnow.com/what-is-your-merkaba-and-how-do-you-activate-it/ , http://www.spiritofmaat.com/archive/sep2/merkaba.htm , http://www.old-earth.com/merkaba.html , http://www.absoluteempowerment.com/the-merkaba.php , http://www.theeventchronicle.com/metaphysics/metascience/earth-ascending-schumann-frequency-resonance-of-the-earth-has-doubled/# , and http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/news/gallery/schumann-resonance.html


The Seven Hermetic Principles of Truth
Published on August 20, 2016 by lahilden | Views: 1333

The seven Hermetic Principles are the basis for Hermetic philosophy and are defined in The Kybalion, which is a study of the famous sacred Hermetic texts done by the “Three Initiates.” Hermes Trismegistus, also known as Thoth, is said to have lived in Atlantis and Ancient Kemet (Egypt). He was considered otherworldly and had a longer lifespan compared to the humans he taught. Thoth brought science, geometry, architecture, and hieroglyphs to the people. Impressed by his abilities the Egyptians revered him so highly he became one of their gods. It was the Greeks who gave Thoth the name Hermes as he was considered a God of Wisdom and a messenger from the Creator. Hermes is often shown with the caduceus, a symbol of medical knowledge, while the wings symbolize the higher plane of knowing. These seven hermetic laws are said to govern mankind and the universe. Many believe that understanding these principles can lead to a new understanding of life and world around you.


These Hermetic teachings are found around the world and in all religions. The seven principles have universal appeal. The first three laws are immutable, meaning they are absolute and can never be changed. They have always been in existence and will continue to be. The other four laws are mutable, meaning they can be transcended or used to create your ideal reality.

Principle of Mentalism - is an understanding that everything in the universe is created by the thought mind. The universe was created by thought done by the Creator. As God’s children we create our physical and mental reality with the power of thought.  All is energy.

Principle of Correspondence –This is where the Hermetic expression “as above so below” comes from. Our outer world is a mirror of our inner world. We attract and manifest what we hold in our conscious and subconscious minds, which can be good or bad. Simply put, if you don’t believe you will succeed then you won’t. Energy follows thought. Believe in yourself.

Principle of Vibration
– Everything is in constant movement with varying degrees of vibration. Every molecule and atom vibrates in certain motion, speed, frequency, and vibration. These varying frequencies give objects, physical or metaphysical, their form. Nothing is at rest. Work to control your mental vibrations. Focus your intentions and dream big.

Principle of Polarity – everything has a duality. This is the principle and natural law of opposites. Light and dark, hot and cold, good and bad, they are identical in nature but vary in degrees. From this principle we are to understand that the lower self can transform to the higher self.

Principle of Rhythm – there is an ebb and flow in the universe. Our lives are often filled with emotional ups and downs. The key is to reach a state of consciousness that brings about inner peace, happiness, divine indifference, and balance regardless of circumstances. You won’t get caught up in the swinging pendulum if you project objectivity and neutrality. Detach from the chaos and embrace the knowing.  Your happiness is determined by you.

Principle of Cause and Effect - for every action there is a reaction.  Everything happens according to the Laws of Nature (physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual laws).  There are no accidents in the universe. The objective is to understand this law to avoid accumulating karma while on this plane. There are seven dimensions of reality where causations can occur. To avoid karma you must rise to a higher plane of consciousness. Become the master of your mind and master your emotions.  Yes, thinking happy thoughts as the lost boys told Peter Pan to do in Hook works to raise your vibration levels. Ignore the ego and hold God, love, and peace in our thoughts.

Principle of Gender – everything has masculine and feminine principles. The yin and yang of life. We are born a certain sex but psychologically each person is androgynous and carries qualities from each sex. Spirituality is a path to balance all things in life. Too much of a good thing is not always good for you. The path to God is not one of self-indulgence. You have to balance the masculine and feminine within yourself, balance the ego and balance the body’s energy chakras.

The more a person puts these laws into practice the more natural it becomes, in turn making it easier to retain balance in life.  To know the Creator, we must understand the Divine’s laws. These 7 principles are believed to open your insight to a deeper spiritual meaning of reality.

I decided to write about these laws as I continue to delve deeper into my research of Ancient Egypt and Thoth.  In my Witches of Griffin series, the three sister travel back in time to visit with their many greats grandmother Cleopatra, Egyptian pharaoh and daughter of Isis.  The Griffin sisters have to prepare others for the New Earth that resides in the 5th dimension and who better to give them advice than the Ancient Atlantean Priest Thoth.

 

Further reading on the Rod of Hermes http://www.lahilden.com/index.php?categoryid=6&p2_articleid=164

Reincarnation and the Griffin Sisters Beliefs http://www.lahilden.com/index.php?categoryid=6&p2_articleid=144

 

A special thank you to: http://thirdmonk.net/knowledge/seven-great-hermetic-principles-teachings-thoth.html Thoth The Holiest of Holies “Last Testament” by Joseph Emmanuel http://www.ancientegyptonline.co.uk/thoth.html http://www.mind-your-reality.com/seven_universal_laws.html


Axis Mundi
Published on July 21, 2016 by lahilden | Views: 1180

The axis mundi is found in various religious beliefs and philosophies around the world and refers to the center of the world where Heaven and Earth connect.  It is Latin for “the Axis of the Universe.”  This axis serves as a celestial and geographic pole; the connection between sky and earth where the four compass directions meet.

The symbols used to represent the axis mundi vary by culture, but some of its forms are natural objects like trees and mountains, while others are manmade like the totem pole, a staff, or a church steeple.  When examining the iconography of the cosmic tree, the branches represent the sky, the earth is the trunk, and the roots the underworld, which depicts all the dimensions.  The Sioux Indians considered the Black Hills to be the axis (the world’s center), while the Tibetan and Hinduism religions have Mount Kailash.  There can be several axis mundi locations within the same belief system.  The Chakra system recognized by the religions of Buddhism and Hinduism, merged the concept of the human body as the pillar between heaven and earth. Yoga and Tai Chi originated from the concept of the human body serving as the axis mundi.



Jerusalem serves as an axis mundi for Christianity and Judaism, although the temple has been gone for 2000 years.  The Pyramid of the Sun in Mexico served as the axis mundi for the ancient Teotihuacan culture.

A practice used by Shamans is to traverse the axis mundi to access the knowledge needed for healing others.  The axis mundi is said to be the central pathway connecting the upper, middle, and lower world, along with the four dimensions, allowing the healer to travel to other realms. The axis mundi connects universal consciousness.  The shamans are said to release themselves from ego and enter the hypnotic state necessary to astral travel to another realm.  According to H.S. Webb in Exploring Shamanism: Using Ancient Rites to Discover the Unlimited Healing Powers of Cosmos and Consciousness, “In this space, a cancerous tumor can shrink and disappear in moments.  In this space, the shaman can see the location of a missing child.”  I have had personal experiences with shamans and admire their healing gifts and amazing insights.

The Buddha also represents the axis mundi, along with the Bodhi Tree under which he sat to gain his knowledge.  The tree is considered to be a reconciliation of macrocosm and microcosm.



The locations where axis mundi’s are present were called Omphalos by the ancient Greek, which means navel. The ancient Greeks had several axis mundi sites, perhaps the most notable is the Oracle at Delphi. Since ancient times people have spoken of coming into contact with these cosmic poles where they were transported to a different realm and returned with knowledge.  An axis mundi is said to be the place where communication can take place.

Here is the citadel of Machu Picchu in Cuzco, the capital of the Inca Empire and the “World’s Navel” (axis mundi) for its people.



A special thank you to: http://www.crystalinks.com/axismundi.html , http://solarlunar.com/axis-mundi-center/ , http://fractalenlightenment.com/35796/spirituality/axis-mundi-understanding-the-connection-between-heaven-hell


Pineal Gland
Published on July 5, 2016 by L.A. Hilden | Views: 1905

In Securing Sanctuary, book two in my Witches of Griffin series, the sisters not only carry the ability to travel through time, they also project themselves into the astral plane.  Since I was delving deeper into my ancient Egyptian studies I thought to do a blog on the pineal gland.

The pineal gland is a dime size conical endocrine gland located between the hemispheres of the brain that produces melatonin.  Melatonin is a serotonin hormone that affects sleep patterns and photoperiodic (seasonal) functions.  The pineal gland resembles a small pinecone and is an important part of the nervous system.  Nearly all vertebrates have a pineal gland as the organ regulates your sleep-wake patterns, which determines your hormone and stress levels as well as your physical performance.  Unlike the rest of the brain, the pineal gland is not isolated from the body by the blood-brain barrier system.  It receives a higher percentage of blood flow than any other area in the body aside from the kidneys.  The gland appears in literature of the history of anatomy in the 2nd century.  The pineal gland is often represented as a pinecone, the pinecone’s spine spiral connecting it with the perfect Fibonacci sequence.  (See Blog on Sacred Geometry http://www.lahilden.com/index.php?categoryid=6&p2_articleid=141)

The pinecone is from a conifer tree, the most ancient trees on the planet, and has served as a symbol for higher enlightenment and eternal life since ancient times.  The pinecone-pineal gland is a sacred symbol seen throughout history in cultures around the world.  It was even called the “seat of the soul” by the famous 17th century French philosopher Descartes.  Pinecones in art and architecture represented the highest degree of spiritual illumination possible while in the human body.  The third eye is said to act as a spiritual antenna; a vestigial eye that serves as a gateway to all realms and dimensions.  The pineal gland is seen by many as a doorway into the unconscious mind that brings your 6th sense in tune, making you more aware of your surroundings and things not seen by the human eye.

The pineal gland serving as your third eye has been depicted from ancient times.  The pinecone symbol is seen in ancient Indonesia, Babylonia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and more.  They appear in drawings of esoteric traditions like the Freemasonry, Gnostism, Theosophy, Qabalistic, and esoteric Christianity.  The Shiva and the Cyclops are depicted with three-eyes.  The Greeks and Romans claimed the pineal gland the spiritual engine of our evolution into beings of consciousness and matter.  The ancient Egyptians were master alchemists, scientists, and Gnostics who used the Eye of Horus to represent the importance of this gland that connected to the soul.  The cobra headdress often found in ancient Egypt has the snake serving as the third eye.

The Buddha is often depicted with the top of his head as a pinecone and shown with the third eye dot on the forehead.  Jesus said in Matthew 6:22 “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.”  Jesus taught that God was found within.  It’s important to note that awakening the third eye was banned by the church, and yet safeguarded by secret societies.  The forefathers and freemasons of the United States knew enough about the third eye to add the “all seeing eye” to the dollar bill.  Of course the eye is placed atop of the great pyramid on the dollar, taking the place of the missing capstone.

The pope carries the pinecone staff, while the Vatican is filled with symbols of the pinecone.  The abundance of this symbol perhaps signals the importance of this type of spiritual awakening.

The Staff of Osiris from ancient Egypt depicts two intertwining serpents, (kundalini energy) rising up to meet the pinecone (third eye) and dates back to 1224 B.C.


Famous Greek Philosopher Plato referred to the pineal gland as the “eye of wisdom.”  The third eye will remain dormant until it reaches a certain vibration level and can be activated by the Light of your Higher self, which signals the divine energy of the kundalini to rise from the root chakra and activate the chakra system.  It is through this gland that sensory perception and spiritual wisdom are said to be found.  It is considered the most powerful and highest source of ethereal energy available to humans.

What helps to awaken this tiny gland to aid your energy is sunlight.  When light enters the retina of the eyes, this is sent through the optic nerve to a region in the hypothalamus called the suprachiasmatic nucleus.  From this nerve system, signals are sent to the pineal gland to produce melatonin.  Any type of light directly or indirectly will activate the pineal gland to produce serotonin.  This means a dark room for sleep helps the gland to assure you a restful sleep.  Meditation is great for reducing stress and connecting with your higher self, it also activates bioelectric energy within the pineal gland.  Unfortunately, calcification of the pineal gland does occur with age, but the main culprit of calcification is fluoride, which is found in 90% of U.S. water supply, toothpaste, some sodas, and mouthwash.  Fluoride was also used by the Nazi’s and the Russians at concentration camps; the fluoride made those captured more docile so they wouldn’t question authority.  The pineal gland is a magnet to sodium fluoride.

The light-transducing ability of the pineal gland has led many to refer to it as a third eye.  Like the eye, the pineal gland contains rods and cones and serves as a receiver, converting universal energy into imagery your brain will comprehend. The melatonin the gland produces aids sleep, but melatonin is also used during meditation to help your physical body connect to the spirit world.  The average person’s third eye usually remains relatively dormant as a spiritual center unless activated.  Once the third eye is open it varies in regards to what people experience, but it is said to aid learning retention, intuition, creativity, psychic gifts, aura reading of others, clairvoyance, clairaudience, and clairsentience.  According to U of M professor of Physiology and neurology Jimo Borjigin, “We still lack a complete understanding of the pineal gland.  Numerous molecules are found in the pineal, many of which are uniquely found at night, and we do not have a good idea of what their functions are.”

The third eye was seen as the light and known to the Atlanteans (these beings were believed to have had a higher level of consciousness) who harnessed great paranormal power with their use of it.  Nevertheless, this power began to be used for negative purposes before their continent sank beneath the sea.  Meditation music and tones can also help aid your vibrational frequencies and activate this gland, allowing you to connect to the universal energies easier.  As people are all interlinked and part of a mass consciousness, you can connect with this oneness through activating the third eye.  Revelations 22:4-5 says this about our knowing of God, “They will see His face, and His name will be in their foreheads. There will be no more night in the city, and they will have no need for the light of the lamp or sun.  For the Lord God will shine on them and they will reign forever and ever.”

The pineal gland is still shrouded in mystery, as the scientific community cannot explain the spiritual happenings that occur once the 3rd eye is open.  The ancients as well as many spiritual cultures throughout the world have credited the pineal gland with spiritual experiences.  The pineal gland takes 49 days to form in a human embryo and according to Tibetan Buddhists this is the same amount of time that it takes the soul to incarnate into their next physical body.

To read more on Astral Travel: http://www.lahilden.com/index.php?categoryid=6&p2_articleid=143

 

A special thank you to: http://www.wakingtimes.com/2012/06/19/pineal-gland-our-third-eye-the-biggest-cover-up-in-human-history/ http://www.mysticbanana.com/pineal-gland-our-third-eye-the-biggest-cover-up-in-human-history.html https://thirdeyepinecones.com/history-symbolism http://www.endocrinesurgeon.co.uk/index.php/history-of-the-pineal-gland


Lodestones
Published on May 17, 2016 by L.A. Hilden | Views: 1727


In my Witches of Griffin series that I am working on, the triplet sisters use crystals and stones to aid in their energy work.  My focus today is on the lodestone, which is a piece of magnetite or naturally magnetized mineral that can be used as a magnet.  Lodestones occur naturally and attract iron.  Magnetite is common in nature, while lodestones are more rare.  The magnetite of the stone must hold a certain composition and crystalline structure to be considered a lodestone.  If you suspend a lodestone by a string it will rotate until its magnetic field is aligned with the earth’s magnetic field.  Lodestones were discovered during ancient times and were used to create the first magnetic compasses.  The stones importance to navigation gave it the name lodestone, which means ‘leading stone.’  The stones are black or brownish-black in color with a metallic sheen, and a hardness level of 5.5-6.5.  Geologists question the process in which lodestones are created, since only a small amount of magnetite on earth is magnetized as lodestone.


The lodestone was mentioned in China and in the West in the first millennium B.C.  It was the Chinese who used the stone to create the first magnetic needle compass.  Although the stones were initially used for divination purposes, in the 11th century, during the Song Dynasty, they were used for navigation.  The compass needle was magnetized by rubbing it against the lodestone, thus giving it the ability to show direction.  Lodestones were used before the compass.  The lodestone was suspended by a string, allowing it to turn and point north, which enabled the sailors to also learn the direction of the wind.  Another navigation method was to float the lodestone on a piece of wood in a bowl of water.  The stone will drift towards the north.  I remember reading that Chief Tecumseh of the Native American Shawnee used lodestones for direction.  Viking explorers were also said to make use of these stones.  Lodestones can be found all over the world and without their early discovery there is no telling how far the great explorers would have traveled.


Above is the first model of a known Chinese compass.  The spoon shaped compass was made of lodestone and placed on a cast bronze plate called a diviners board.  This board carried symbols referring to the constellations, with the circular center being heaven, and the square plate representing earth.  The handle of the lodestone spoon pointed south.  This divining board eventually became the first compass.

Magnetic lodestones were used for navigation, but they were also used in magical systems.  The lodestone is often used as a powerful amulet and believed to attract what you desire, whether this is a person or situation.  In Hoodoo and folk magic, the lodestone was used to attract money, and feeding the stone bits of iron shavings was believed to draw prosperity to you.  In love magic, two lodestones are used, one stone male and the other female. You gradually move the stones closer to each other while imagining them being the two people you want together.



Lodestones are also used in energy healing and can be placed on the body in various positions to align chakras and balance ying/yang energies.  Lodestones are said to have the ability to balance the hemispheres in the brain, by holding a lodestone in each hand.  They are believed to help a person enter a deep meditative state and can lesson grief, fear, confusion, and attachment.  It is considered a powerful psychic protection stone.  Lodestones carry a strong attracting and repelling ability on the spiritual and physical plane.  They hold a powerful vibration and connect the person using the stone to the earth, which is why it is considered an excellent tool for healers.  The stones aid to develop intuition, while carrying the potential to aid in helping asthma, liver problems, and anemia.  Lodestones have been used for navigation, amulets, and healing since ancient times.


A special thank you to: http://theinstitute.ieee.org/technology-focus/technology-history/a-history-of-the-magnetic-compass , https://www.originalbotanica.com/blog/bring-luck-and-prosperity-with-magnetic-lodestones/ , http://www.healing-crystals-for-you.com/magnetite.html , http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/othermagicspells/ss/What-Is-Lodestone.htm

The River Thames and Frost Fairs
Published on April 5, 2016 by LA Hilden | Views: 1056

A Frost Fair was a celebration that took place on the River Thames.  Every so often the Regency people would suffer through a harsh winter that left the river frozen over.  When the tideway section of the Thames froze, people took to the ice to slide with skeetes (ice skate), sled, perform puppet plays, race horses and coaches, play football, and any other activity that they could think of to do on the frozen water.  Many likely looked forward to the winter being cold enough that an impromtu fair would be held, but in actuality the Frost Fairs were a rare occurrence.

Between the 17-19th centuries, the Thames River froze about once every ten years, although it froze for four winters between 1649-1666.  The Thames is recorded to have frozen over in London for 23 winters, the closest ones during Regency times were in 1795 and 1814.  The last time the higher Thames froze was in 1962-63.  The first recorded Frost Fair was held in 1608 and the last main freeze occurred in 1814.  There is also a Frost Fair mentioned as early as 695 AD.  The Frost Fairs were often cut short by the change in weather and melting ice. Celebrations on the frozen river did have its share of dangers; reports of people falling through thin spots on the ice and drowning were known to occur.

So how did these Frost Fairs come about?  The watermen who transported people along the Thames, along with the lightmen, who moved goods up and down the river, lost their ability to make money when the river was inaccessible.  Following the traditions of their forebears they organized Frost Fairs when the river froze and charged traders and customers for access to the ice.


The fair goers relished walking upon the ice and visiting the tented booths.  Parents enjoyed shows and dancing with food, drink, and friends, while watching their children skate and frolic upon the ice.  Between 1607-1814, there were seven major fairs and countless smaller ones.

The last Frost Fair began on February 1, 1814 and lasted four days.  Thousands of people turned up everyday, making it one of the largest fairs on record.  During this freeze some of the Thames was several feet thick and strong enough to support the weight of an elephant as they purposely marched an elephant across the river alongside Blackfriars Bridge.  Even a heavy printing press was brought out onto the ice to print souvenirs.  These souvenir cards were sold for a sixpence.


There was dancing, games, and merriment to be found at the fair.  Fiddlers played so people could dance the reel, and drinking tents were filled with ladies and their companions.  There were many campfires with revelers sitting around them.  Alcohol was happily sold and purchased by many who wished to partake in drams of mead and cups of gin and rum.  Lewd behavior was also noted and looked down upon at the fairs, but of course those kinds of shenanigans continued.  Tea and coffee were also sold.  Food vendors sold gingerbread and mince pies, while fires roasting oxen, geese, sheep, and rabbits turned on numerous spits on the ice.  Tradesmen sold books, toys, and other trinkets.

Through the years, changes were made to the River Thames regarding embankments and wider archways to allow the tide to flow more freely.  These saltier waterways decreased the chances of the River Thames freezing.



A special thank you to: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-25862141 , http://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofEngland/The-Thames-Frost-Fairs/ , http://www.ultimatehistoryproject.com/frost-fairs-of-london.html


Books and Goodreads
Published on March 7, 2016 by L.A. Hilden | Views: 704

Many of you may already know that Amazon supports two online reading communities, Shelfari and Goodreads.  Amazon has decided to merge the two into Goodreads and do away with Shelfari by March 16, 2016. Here is a link with directions on how to move your books from one site to another.  http://www.shelfari.com/moveToGoodreads/ExportInvitation You can also go to Goodreads and import all the books you purchased through Amazon to rate them.

I like to use Goodreads to keep track of what books I have read, although there is far more to explore on the site.  I have my own way of applying star ratings to books and I rarely leave a written review unless asked.  If you visit my Goodreads bookshelf anything with 1-2 stars means I did not like it and I will not read the author again.  Three stars means the book was alright, but I’m not sure if I will buy another from that author.  If I give a book four stars, I will likely read another book by this author.  If I leave a five star review it means I loved the book and will definitely be looking for more stories by that author.

If you are looking for something to read, here are some of the books I have given five star reviews. I read so much that I cannot tell you what I loved about the stories, merely that I loved them and maybe you will too.  I tend to read historical, time travel, and books about spirituality and the afterlife.

If you like comedy, I find Katie MacAlister often makes me laugh.

Blow Me Down and Noble Intentions were great! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HFDVONC?keywords=noble%20intentions&qid=1456424600&ref_=sr_1_6&sr=8-6

As far as Regency Historicals I find I am becoming very picky on what I choose to read.  Some of the authors I used to love, I no longer really like, but I guess that happens over time.  I have too many five stars to list all the authors, but here are a few Historicals.

I really enjoyed Eloisa James Fairy Tales series, which begins with the book A Kiss at Midnight. Sabrina Jeffries School for Heiresses series, which begins with Never Seduce a Scoundrel.  And Claire Delacroix Jewels of Kinfairlie series, which begins with The Beauty Bride. http://www.amazon.com/Beauty-Bride-Jewels-Kinfairlie-Book-ebook/dp/B00PE940A8/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1456424642&sr=8-4&keywords=jewels+of+kinfairlie

Time Travel is another category I love, as I tend to enjoy reading about modern day characters adjusting to the past or the faraway future.  I like the stories that travel into the past better than those set in the future.  The Time Traveler series by J.B. McGee, which begins with Destination to be Determined is great.

I loved April White’s Descendants series, which was funny because when I first began to read this series I was looking for a time travel.  When I noticed there were vampires in the time travel story, I was tempted to stop reading it.  This was because I have read the Sookie Stackhouse series, watched HBO’s True Blood, as well as many other vampire movies through the years and thus I was sick of reading about the undead.  Nevertheless, I am very glad I gave the first book a chance as I enjoyed the story so much that I went on to read the entire series.  The first book in the series is called Marking Time. http://www.amazon.com/Marking-Time-Immortal-Descendants-Book-ebook/dp/B009ZC6666/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1456424678&sr=8-1

My spiritual reading is vast as I use much of what I read as research for my Witches of Griffin series and for my own spiritual growth.  I do not always put these books on my virtual bookshelf as I find some of them hold biases.  I love Brian Weiss, and have read everything he has published.  This leaves me searching for more authors who record past life regressions, which is difficult to find.  One of my favorites by Brian Weiss is Messages from the Masters: Tapping into the Power of Love.  I also enjoyed Squire Rushnell’s Divine Alignment and Michael Newton’s Destiny of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002EBDOZ6/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?ie=UTF8&btkr=1

I have over a hundred books on my Goodreads bookshelf under L.A. Hilden that you can access.  Currently, I am still working on the Wintergale Orchard series.  Book one is ready to go to the editor. I have been reading and editing book two until my eyes cross.  Once book one is with the editor, I plan to tackle my Witches of Griffin series again.  I have pages and pages of notes to go through that I have taken over the past months for this series.  I need to incorporate them into books one through three, so I have a lot of work and organizing to do, especially since book three is not written.  If you have yet to do so, read my most recent release The Wallflower’s Godmotherhttp://www.amazon.com/Wallflowers-Godmother-Surrounded-Angels-Book-ebook/dp/B00YVG89T8/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1456424789&sr=1-1&keywords=the+wallflower%27s+godmother


Candles in Regency England
Published on February 20, 2016 by lahilden | Views: 1092

The most common forms of lighting in Regency England were rushlights, candles, firelight, and oil lamps.  Candles have been used for illumination for over 5,000 years.  They are believed to have first been created by the Ancient Egyptians, who made torches by soaking plant reeds in melted animal fat.  Unlike a true candle, these rushlights contained no wick.  The wicked candle is attributed to the Romans beginning about 500 BC, who dipped rolled papyrus in melted tallow or beeswax.  Early civilizations used wax from plants or insects to make candles.  The Early Chinese candles were molded in paper tubes, with a rolled rice paper wick.  The wax for this type of candle was a mix of seeds and wax taken from an indigenous insect. The Chinese also used whale fat as early as the Qin Dynasty.  Candles lit the way for travelers and allowed you to see in the dark.  They are still used in ceremonies around the world.

In the Middle Ages, Candle makers (chandlers) went from house to house collecting the animal fats from kitchens to make candles to sell.  In England, candles were largely made from animal fat (tallow) but beeswax was also introduced in the Middle Ages to Europe.  The candlewicks were made from flax or a piece of cotton. Beeswax burned pure and clean and did not hold the acrid odor of the tallow candles.  Beeswax candles held a pleasant odor and did not have a smoky flame.  As you can imagine, buying candles that smelled and burned better cost far more and only the wealthy could afford burning beeswax in their homes.  The churches often used beeswax.  It is said that you must use three or four tallow candles to reach the brightness of one beeswax candle.  Beeswax candles did not attract rodents like the tallow and they could withstand being placed next to a fire. Beeswax also didn’t drip as much down from the chandeliers onto your guests’ heads, which is always a plus.  Candlelight and people filled ballrooms could become stuffy over time and ceilings were often covered in a black film from all the candle smoke.  Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoes, which I love, had to undergo the painstaking removal from centuries of black smoke covering the work of art.  The colors are now far more vibrant since the removal of candle soot.


As often comes along with a growing product, in 1709 the English Parliament levied a tax on candles and banned the making of them at home, unless the maker obtained a special license.  Of course the special license came with a hefty price tag and more taxes.  Candles made and sold by licensed chandlers were also heavily taxed, which encouraged clandestine manufacturing.  This law didn’t affect most of the city dwellers that usually purchased their candles, but it angered greatly the rural areas of the country where people had been making their own candles for centuries.  Some of the rural farmers made their candles anyway as one bull could provide enough tallow for three years worth of candles. The tallow candles burned at a low temperature and produced a lot of hot fat that ran down the sides of the candle, this is called guttering.  Candles in rural areas were often made from pork fat, which stunk and gave off a thick, black smoke.  The middle classes often had tallow candles made from mutton, which smelled less rancid than the pork or beef ones.  The more freshly made the candle, the less it would stink.  But all tallow candles demanded constant attention as the wick had to be trimmed to prevent guttering. Guttering wasted the candle wax and increased smoke.  These candles also needed to be snuffed.  Tallow candles had to be kept in a box as their stench had a tendency to call forth rodents.  The candle tax was removed in 1831.


The whaling industry flourished in the 18th century, in turn making whale oil available in large quantities.  The Spermaceti wax derived from whale oil held no odor, while producing a brighter light.  Spermaceti wax was harder than tallow or beeswax so it could hold its shape in the summer heat. In the 1820’s, the French Chemist, Michel Eugene Chevereul, developed stearin wax, which was harder and more durable and thus it burned longer.  In the mid 19th century, candles were manufactured and became a part of an industrialized mass market.  It was due to Englishman, Joseph Morgan, who in 1834 patented a machine that revolutionized candle making.  His molding machine could make 1500 candles in an hour.  His machine made beeswax candles affordable to all classes.


As many of us realize when our power goes out, candles are not nearly illuminating enough.  It is frustrating to try to read by candlelight, but many Regency families sat in front of their fireplaces, reading, talking, and doing needlepoint while I assume, squinting to see.  The people throughout history often retired early to bed after sunset and arose with the dawn to take advantage of light.  The higher classes who could afford the expense of constantly burning candles could afford to stay up later and place numerous candles around them.  The wealthy homes also carried more windows and mirrors to reflect this light through their homes.  Of course when the wealthy were not entertaining, they used the least amount of candles possible. Candles were available in different sizes and lengths and one could gage the length of how long a ball would last by looking at the candles.  Some candles had four to six hour burn times, or even longer.  Candles were a symbol of your wealth so to impress your guests you would have hundreds upon hundreds lighting your home for the grand event, burning through your money with every hour of conversation that passed.






A special thank you to: http://candles.org/history/ , http://www.candlewic.com/service/about-candlewic/the-history-of-candles-and-candlemaking/page.aspx?id=2216 , https://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com/tag/candles-in-the-regency-era/ , and Jane Austen’s England, by Roy and Lesley Adkins


The Royal Academy of Arts
Published on February 1, 2016 by L.A. Hilden | Views: 723

As a lover of the arts I thought to do an article about The Royal Academy, which was a teaching school in London for the visual arts in Regency England.  This school aimed to teach the student to draw, paint, and sculpt.  Originally located in Pall Mall, the school was founded on December 10, 1768 by 40 prominent artists during a time when there were almost no art schools or galleries.  The group was headed by portrait painter, Joshua Reynolds, who was regarded as one of the most successful painters in Britain, and thus considered the obvious choice to lead the Academy.  The Royal Academy was officially under the patronage of King George III, which is why the word “royal” is in the title, but no funding aside from the initial grant was given to the Academy.  In 1771, the Academy moved to Somerset House, a dilapidated royal palace, but when those premises were eventually required for use by the government, The Royal Academy moved to Trafalgar Square, sharing a space with the National Gallery.  In 1868, The Royal Academy set up at Burlington House on Piccadilly in London, where it has remained.  Burlington House is owned by the British Government and is used rent-free by the Academy.  It is said the king loathed Reynolds, but knighted him for giving gravitas to his aims toward the visual arts.  Sir Reynolds was commissioned to paint portraits of the king and Queen Charlotte.


The classes at The Royal Academy were offered for free and scholarships helped the needy students with opportunities to travel abroad.  The Academy made money by charging attendance fees for public exhibitions.  It was at the exhibitions where artists would try to get their name out in the public.  The annual Summer Exhibition was first held in 1769, beginning April 25 and ending May 27.  This initial exhibit held over 130 works of art.  The Summer Exhibition continues today and is held every summer.  The Royal Academy makes its income through the exhibitions, trusts and endowment funds, loaning art to other exhibitions, subscriptions of its Friends and corporate members, and sponsorships from commercial and industrial companies.

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition was considered a highlight of the London Season.  Sir Joshua Reynolds first introduced the invitations to The Royal Academy dinner in April 1771, which included a private viewing of the exhibition.  The dinner was a very sought after invitation.  Every year the number of paintings on display increased as paintings were hung from floor to ceiling.  Artists competed for the best placement for their pieces.  The most sought after placement was along a molding that ran around the room at eye level.


The purpose of The Royal Academy was to gain an appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions, education, and debate.  In the courtyard of The Royal Academy stands a 20th century statue of the founding member and president of the Academy, Sir Joshua Reynolds.  The school was shaped by Sir Reynolds who gave fifteen lectures to students known as the Discourses.  In his lectures he stressed the importance of copying the Old Masters. (I happen to love the old Renaissance artists, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, then later in history, Caravaggio and Titian, and Dutch painters like Rubens and Vermeer.  My art history classes in college were definitely my favorites.)  In 1769, the first year of The Royal Academy being opened, they enrolled 77 students.  By 1830, the enrollment reached 1500 students.  The Royal Academy was a six-year term, which increased to seven years in 1792, and to ten years in 1800, where it remained until 1853.  It is likely that many students did not complete their full terms as attendance and termination records were not kept.  The first female student enrolled in 1860.  Today, around sixty students study at the school for a three-year postgraduate course.

I am currently working on book two in the Wintergale Orchard series Love With Purpose. In this Regency Historical, the hero’s friend visits The Royal Academy to call upon the president at the time, Henry Perronet Briggs, who was a well-known portrait painter.  The hero in this story, Giles Vanhorn is embroiled in a scandal with a known courtesan, and yet he finds love in the form of the heroine, Lady Avis Dabney.  Lady Avis has no interest in courting scandal or marrying anyone who associates with lightskirts.  But Giles sets himself on course with the great Greek mythical hero Hercules and sets out to win the heart of his ladylove.

A special thank you to: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/about-the-ra http://www.regencyhistory.net/2014/03/the-royal-academy-of-arts.html http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2013/jan/04/royal-academy-sulks-and-squabbles