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Was St Peter’s Church Built by Peasants?

In my last post, I researched the early history of Petersfield and St Peter’s church.  But there is a detail that has been niggling away at me which has caused me to start questioning the validity of what we are being told.

The ‘Conservation Area Character Appraisal and Management Plan‘ on the East Hampshire District Council website states that St Peter’s Church was built ‘In the 12th century, probably between 1125 and 1150, when the earliest part of St Peter’s Church was built’.

https://cdn.easthants.gov.uk/public/documents/Petersfield-Conservation-Area-Character-Appraisal-and-Management-Plan-ilovepdf-compressed.pdf

Yet, I find it very odd that this is the only website that will commit to a date for the building of the church. None of the other sites covering the early history of St Peter’s offer a specific date, they all gloss over it. Why would there not be official records giving the construction dates?

Having seen the detailed craftsmanship and the large amount of stone used to build the structure of St Peter’s, I wondered how this would be possible for people who at that time were peasants living in timber structures and surviving by working on the land.

The Anglo-Saxon period continued until 1066, which was the start of the Norman Conquest. BBC Bitesize confirms what our children are taught for GSE History about life in Anglo-Saxon times, which in contrast to this church building seems very primitive. 

Yet, our historians would have us believe that around fifty years after the Norman Conquest, these same peasants were building stone churches and castles.

But there is no mention that Anglo-Saxon men were master craftsmen capable of the detailed stonework as seen on what is known as the ‘Norman Chancel Arch’ as described by the Hampshire History website.  How did these farm peasants manage to find the time to focus on learning the craftsmanship and building skills required to build a church such as this? Who taught them those skills?  And how were there enough men to both tend the fields and carve ornate detail like this with a hammer and chisel? 

According to BBC Bitesize, our children are taught for GSE History that in Norman times everyone lived a short walk from a castle or church, which means there must have been a lot of castles and churches.  But who had the time to build such large-scale structures to such a high level of workmanship when everyone was busy working on the land?  What changed in the fifty years between the Norman Conquest and the building of Norman churches?

The answer is nothing, and BBC Bitesize confirms that the people were still living off the land during Norman times.

Then, we are told that approximately fifty years later the local peasants rebuilt and greatly enlarged the church, which does not make any sense. My feeling is that the church was already larger and because there were no records as evidence they made up the narrative that it was gradually extended over time to make it seem like it had been built by our civilisation.

Towards the end of the twelfth century, a second period of building added the north and south aisles, taking the walls out to the north and south ends of the transepts and building a west tower to replace the central one.’ https://stpeterspetersfield.org.uk/about_stpeters/the-history-of-st-peters-church/

It doesn’t make sense that farm workers built stone structures with detailed carving such as this when the housing at that time was of timber construction. I wonder if these castles and buildings that are said to have been built in Norman times were actually the remnants of a previous civilisation.

The History of St Peter’s Church in Petersfield: Anglo Saxons, Wolves, & Magna Carta

The first church in Petersfield was built before the establishment of Petersfield as a town, in an area of fields which was part of the extensive Anglo-Saxon Manor of Mapledurham, also known as Malpedresham, and now known as the village of Buriton, which was in the centre of the estate.

The Saxon origins of Mapledurham were first recorded in the time of the Saxon King Edward the Elder, son of King Alfred the Great. He was the King of the West Saxons, or Wessex, between 870 and 924.

At this time the manor was held by a woman, Wulfeva Beteslau otherwise known as Wulfgifu Beteslau. The Domesday books recorded that she owned 23 valuable manors across the south-west in Hampshire, Sussex, Wiltshire, and Dorset.

Wulfgifu is an Old English name derived from the Old Saxon language of North West Germany comprising the elements of ‘wulf’ and ‘giefu’ meaning ‘wolf gift’. Wulfeva was an Anglo-Saxon name with the other forms including Ulveva, Ulveiva, Ulvevia, Ulueua, Vlueua, Vlueue, Wlueua, Wlviva.

Giefu is a rune from the Younger Futhark with the alternate Anglo-Saxon rune being Gyfu. The old runic poems give it the meaning of ‘gift’ and it is now associated with generosity and gratitude in all aspects of giving and receiving, both for the giver and the recipient.

The link with wolves comes up again in 1302 when The Testa de Nevill, a compilation of early records of feudal landholdings made between 1198 and 1292, says that Malpedresham was included in the hundred of Wlputta.  Wlputta is linked to place names in Europe and North America, such as the town of Wolfput in Belgium, and in Suffolk, England the village of Woolpit was formerly known as Wolfpit.

Twenty-two of Wulfgifu’s estates, including Mapledresham were taken by William the Conqueror during the Norman Conquest (1066-1154 ) after the Anglo-Saxon forces of Harold Godwinson were defeated at the Battle of Hastings. When he became King William I of England he gave the valuable Manor of Mapledurham to his wife Queen Matilda of Flanders, also known as Maud. She owned the Manor for several years but died in 1083, shortly before the Domesday survey was published.

The survey shows that in 1086, Ida of Lorraine, the wife of Count Eustace II and the Countess of Boulogne, was the holder of the other manors in Hampshire and Dorset previously owed by Wulfeva.

St Peter’s Church and Petersfield are not mentioned in the Domesday Book because the area was open fields, but it mentions a ‘church’ in the centre of the Mapledurham estate, which is now the site of the Norman Church St Mary’s in the village of Buriton. It is possible that the original Saxon building was rebuilt by the Catholic Queen so that she could attend Mass, but there are no records to prove this happend.  St Mary’s church has some features which are said to be Norman such as the font, medieval stone seats, and the Norman/Romanesque arches bearing carvings of water lilies, foliage and scallops.  It was clearly important to the people as it remained the mother church of the local area until 1886.

In Norman times the Petersfield area, situated in the north of the Manor, was isolated from the parish church in Mapledurham by swamps and marshes, so a chapel of ease, or chapelry, was said to be built on a gravel ridge between two streams to enable the farm labourers to worship when they were out working in the fields. It was called St Peter-in-the-Veld and later St Peter in the Fields because ‘veld’ means open space. It is thought that the earliest part of St Peter’s dates from the late Norman period between 1125 and 1150.

On the death of Queen Matilda in 1083 the Manor of Mapledurham reverted to King William who gave it to Robert Fitzhamon for services rendered in suppressing the revolt of Odo of Bayeux. His wife Sibyl of Montgomery Fitzhamon did not bear a son, so his property passed with his daughter Mabel when she married Robert de Caen Fitzroy.  He was William’s nephew, and the illegitimate son of King Henry I who became the First Earl of Gloucester.

Robert’s son, William FitzRobert, the Second Earl of Gloucester, founded the town of Petersfield in the early 12th century after he started a market in front of St Peter’s church and subsequently sold parcels of the surrounding land to the merchants so they could build houses.

During the reign of Henry II, he granted the burgesses of Petersfield all of the liberties and free customs enjoyed by the citizens of Winchester and allowed them to have a merchant guild. These privileges were rewritten in 1198 by his widow Hawise de Beaumont in the Charter of Petersfield, which was confirmed by King John and is preserved in the archives of Petersfield Town Council.

“Know all men, present and to come, that I, Countess of Gloucester have granted and confirmed to my Burgesses of Petersfield, who have built and are settled and who shall  build in it, all liberties and free customs in the same Borough which the citizens of Winchester have in their city, who are in a guild of merchants and let them have the same in a guild of merchants as my husband, William Earl of Gloucester, granted to them by his charter.”

Harissa founded the Abbey of Nuneaton, and a further link between the Chapel of St Peters and the St Mary’s parish church of Mapledresham was recorded when William granted free alms from them both to the nuns of St Mary of Nuneaton in Warwickshire.

William died in 1183, leaving three daughters Mabel, Amice, and Isabel.  Henry II gave Isabel in marriage to Prince John along with all of the possessions of the earldom which he had himself retained for six years, and which John retained after his accession and divorce from Isabel.

In 1205 King John then granted the manors of Mapledurham and Petersfield to Aumary Count of Evereux also known as Earl Evereux, who had married Mabel one of Isabella’s sisters. On his death, King John grated it to Geoffrey de Mandeville, Isabella’s second husband.

These were turbulent times and before the year was out Geoffrey was in revolt against John in the winter of 1215, the year John was forced to sign Magna Carta by the barons of England who were greatly annoyed by his poor treatment of the people, so they wrote our English constitution which still applies to the Monarcy and our politicians today.

In 1331 the Bishop of Winchester linked the chapel of Petersfield and the church of Mapledurham with the prior and convent of St Swithun, Winchester.

After this date, the Manor of Mapledurham again reverted to the Honour of Gloucester, with the sole surviving heiress of William, Earl of Gloucester being Amice, wife of Richard de Clare, Earl of Hertford.  Their grandson, Richard de Clare the Earl of Gloucester and Hertford, granted the manor to his brother William de Clare and his heirs.

The family of Hanbury held the manor until 1691 when they sold the estate to John Barkesdale, who shortly afterwards sold it to Ralph Bucknel, whose heirs conveyed it to Edward Gibbon Director of the South Sea Company. His son Edward Gibbon inherited it in 1736 and passed it on to his son, the historian Edward Gibbon.

In 1789, he sold it to Lord Stawell, who then sold it to Henry Bonham of Petersfield. Henry Bonham died in 1800; his brother and heir died in 1826, leaving his Buriton estates to his cousin John Carter, who assumed the name of Bonham and was the first John Bonham-Carter. He died in 1838, leaving a son and heir John Bonham-Carter, who died in 1884, leaving a son and heir John Bonham-Carter who died in December 1905, leaving the Buriton estates to his brother Lothian George Bonham-Carter.

References

Malpedresham; Mapeldoreham; Mapeldereham, Mapledreham, Mapeldurham, Mapeldeham and Appeldoueham; Mapuldrham; Mapylderham; Mapel-Dereham.

https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/hants/vol3/pp85-93

https://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofEngland/Matilda-of-Flanders/

https://cdn.easthants.gov.uk/public/documents/Petersfield-Conservation-Area-Character-Appraisal-and-Management-Plan-ilovepdf-compressed.pdf

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Robert-Earl-of-Gloucester

https://opendomesday.org/place/SU7321/mapledurham/

http://www.domesdaybook.co.uk/hampshire2.html

https://stpeterspetersfield.org.uk/about_stpeters/the-history-of-st-peters-church/

http://buriton.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/The-Old-Rectory-whole-doc-final-web.pdf

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/8375320/matilda-of_flanders

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domesday_Book

https://archive.org/stream/victoriahistoryo03page/victoriahistoryo03page_djvu.txt

https://archive.org/stream/historyofhampshi03doubuoft/historyofhampshi03doubuoft_djvu.txt

https://www.british-history.ac.uk/search?query=petersfield

https://www.history.ac.uk/research/victoria-county-history

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https://archive.org/stream/historyofhampshi03doubuoft/historyofhampshi03doubuoft_djvu.txt

Migraine Headaches

Causes of Migraine

Aspartame

An artificial sweetener containing Aspartic Acid 40%, Phenylalanine 50%, and Methanol 10%.  Aspartic Acid is an excitotoxin which excites neurons to death causing nerve damage and triggering migraine headaches.  Methanol is a cheap but deadly form of alcohol.  phenylalanine and aspartic acid in the brain which increase cortisol levels and free radicals & cause neurophysiological symptoms including learning problems, headache, seizure, migraines, irritable moods, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28571543/

Smart Meters

By emitting Radiofrequency (RF) radiation Smart Meters (AMI Meters) can cause migraine, tinnitus, insomnia, dizziness, anxiety, chest pain, palpitations, and memory loss.

Electrosmog

Wifi, Bluetooth, AirPods, all mobile phone signals, mobile data, 5G, and Radio-frequency (RF) radiation.

Lighting

LEDs in screens and lighting cause blue light.  The flickering of fluorescent, strobes, and lasers.  Use incandescent bulbs and blue light glasses and change the light level on your screens.

MSG

Monosodium Glutamate

Parasites

Dewormers: Wormwood, garlic, and papaya seeds.

Botox

Botulinum toxin (BTX) goes into your bloodstream and into your brain.

Full Moons

The moon pulls on the toxic buildup in the body.

Coffee

Synthetic Fragrances

Use essential oils, particularly Peppermint and Lavender which are soothing for headaches.

Solutions to Relieve Migraines

Earthing

Standing on the earth daily and fitting a grounding sheet to the bed.

Cayenne Pepper

Blend 1 whole organic lemon, 1 piece of fresh ginger, 1 pinch cayenne (up to 1/4 tsp), 1 pinch black pepper, 1 tsp curcumin, some raw honey & 16oz water. Banishes inflammation and is good for pain relief.

Herbs

Peppermint, Tulsi, Feverfew, Rosemary, and Willow Bark Tea.  Tumeric and Shin Jyutsu.

CBD Oil

Cannabinoid deficiency has been linked to migraines.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen Peroxide Oxygen Therapy with food grade 3% HP is highly therapeutic, naturally produced by the earth, and has many medicinal benefits including curing migraines.

Homeopathy

Usually taken in the strength of 30c in the small pillule format.  Buy online from Helios https://www.helios.co.uk.  Always seek professional homoeopathic treatment if symptoms persist.

MAG PHOS is the Number One Remedy for camping pains. 
Known as the homoeopathic aspirin. Very effective if crushed in warm water and sipped. Useful for neuralgia of the head and face, cramping or shooting pains. Relieves headaches; toothaches; and menstrual pain. Those who respond well to this remedy may be sensitive or nervous types who often talk about their pains. Better: heat; firm pressure. Worse: cold; uncovering; touch.

Cocculus Indicus is also useful in headaches due to loss of sleep, mental excitement, grief, anxiety, or vexation. Headache starts at the nape of the neck and occiput and then extends to the spine. Pain as if a tight cord is bound around the head with a sense of emptiness in the head. Pain is worse on lying down and while riding.

Ignatia for headaches caused by emotional stress.

Nux vom for headaches caused by overindulgence or stress (after a party).

Nux vom or pulsatilla for migraine.

Aconite for a sudden headache, that feels worse for cold, and is characterised by a tight band around the head.

Apis for stinging, stabbing or burning headaches where the body feels tender and sore.

Belladonna, for throbbing, drumming headaches with a flushed face.

Bryonia for sharp stabbing pain when the eyes are moved.

Hypericum for a bursting, aching headache with a sensitive scalp.

Ruta for a pressing headache caused by fatigue, and made worse by reading.

Healing the Web of Life Shamanic Journey Circle – June 2024

Healing the Web of Life Shamanic Journey Circle

Step into your shared responsibility as a Guardian of the Earth and Caretaker of the Web of Life at our next meeting on

Sunday 23rd June 2024
14:30 to 16:30

at
The Centre of Complementary Medicine
13b Dragon Street, Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 4JN

The Centre is located behind Animal Crackers
and is accessible via the driveway between Animal Crackers and ATS Euromaster.

You can turn up on the day or book your place by calling The Centre on 01730 231 655.

Learn how to Journey and meet your Power Animal before going on a Shamanic Journey to discover your role as a Guardian of the Earth and ways you can be involved in healing the Web of Life. Participants will be invited to share their experiences with the group.

You can make a cash donation on the door and card payments can be taken at the time of booking.

The session will last for approximately two hours.

Bring your cash donation, a yoga mat, blanket, cushion, notebook, pen, eyemask, or something to cover your eyes – drums are not required.

To stay in touch with our events and to ask any questions please join us on social media:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/shamanicjourneycirclepetersfield
https://t.me/ShamanicJourneyCirclePetersfield

What is the Web of Life?

Shamanism is the oldest spiritual practice and was common to almost all pre-modern societies for around 50,000 years.  All traditional tribal cultures lived in harmony with the earth and respected the sacred nature of the Web of Life, being in reverence for both the Feminine and Masculine Principles. They offered their gratitude for the blessings of Mother Earth as our Goddess and Creation, and Father Sky as our God and Creator.

Ancient cultures recognised that the Creator made every natural living thing on earth and gave them a Spirit. The Web of Life refers to the spiritual connection shared by all plants, animals, and minerals, together with the men and women, and the Earth herself. We can tap into this interconnectedness via Shamanic Journeys and ask Spirit what we can do to support the Earth and nature.

Why Do We Need to Participate?

The realm of spiritual ecology is a contemporary solution to the environmental crisis by providing reverence for and spiritual communication with Mother Earth. It is a two-way communication that returns our ancestors’ connection with Nature’s spiritual power.

The Roman Empire eradicated our connection to the Mother and Father by promoting the now dominant patriarchal system of control, which has held the masculine principle in supremacy, leading to the systematic abuse of both women and Mother Earth. Goddess worship and shamanic practices were either diluted or assimilated into the new hierarchy of Christianity. Labelled as heretical and discarded under the threat of punishment or death they were replaced with a mediated relationship with a vengeful god, colonialism, industrialisation, and technology.

In traditional tribal cultures localities had spirit guardians, families had protective ancestors, and individuals enjoyed a direct connection to Mother Earth through the spirits of plants and animals. They also enjoyed a direct relationship with Father Sky who was able to provide a constant source of loving guidance. These common themes run through the diverse shamanic cultural traditions that today bring us unified global truths and an important understanding of our relationship with the natural world.

The Land is alive and should be respected by humanity: by connecting with the energy of the Earth Goddess our role is to assist with re-establishing the right alignment with the Guardian Spirits of the Land and to heal our relationship with Mother Earth and the animals and plants who live in harmony with her.

At a time when the behaviour of humanity makes our future survival questionable, these principles can form the basis for a shift in consciousness to being more spiritually aware so that we can form a renewed relationship with Earth. 

As an old Native American prophecy states: 

“When the earth is ravaged and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the earth from many colours, classes, creeds, and who by their actions and deeds shall make the earth green again….”

Drumming Track

Listen to a drumming track on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsjrGznlEE4
Listen to a drumming tack online: https://shamanicspiritmedicine.com/drumming-for-shamanic-journeywork
Download the drumming track for free: https://shamanicspiritmedicine.com/shamanic-drumming-download/medicine-drum-drumming-for-shamanic-journeying

Unmet Needs & Behaviour

In my experience, some people consider the voicing of an alternative opinion as an attack, no matter how respectful the delivery. This is because they are viewing the world through a lens of distortion based on negative experiences from the past.  This anchors them in the past and prevents them from being able to truly experience the present.

They are on an automatic pilot, repeatedly running an old programme that makes them unable to see things differently. These programmes are formed from experiences in childhood, with negative experiences from family members often being the strongest.  So if a child has an over-critical mother they will be the most damaged, causing them to be frequently triggered throughout their lives.

The most common negative programme is “I’m not good enough”, which wreaks havoc because it takes away our confidence in all aspects of our lives. When this program is running the ego will play a trick on their mind, causing the belief that everyone they meet will see them as a failure. If they are in a leadership position, either running their own business or social group, the false idea that everyone holds a negative opinion about every action they take will create some bizarre situations.

Their inner critic will bombard them with negative self-talk, priming them to being over-sensitive. Then, if a co-worker or associate expresses an alternative idea or view it will be taken as a personal attack and instantly trigger a robust defence mechanism. The ego has to preserve its sense of self at all costs, even though it is a distortion. As such it will start aggressive outbursts coloured by black-and-white thinking where they are always right and the other is wrong. The wrong person will be ordered to shut up or asked to leave creating unnecessary upset for everyone involved. This is particularly damaging for those souls who have problems expressing themselves due to throat chakra blockage, which triggers them back into self-doubt.

Over time, people will learn to keep away, but there is a solution to break these destructive patterns.

The Shamanic Spirit Medicine Healing Method is very good at resolving behavioural issues because it is conducted in Shamanic Conciousness, outside the restrictions of time and space. The healer goes on a Shamanic Journey using the beat of the drum to put them into theta state where they can access the power for healing on behalf of the client.

This system differs from the offerings of most contemporary Shamanic Healers in that not only does it remove blockages and negative energy, heal the energy body, and return lost life-force energy, but it also includes a technique that gets to the root cause of the problem, preventing it from recurring by reprogramming the subconscious.

By accessing Spirit Mind we can go into the limbic part of the brain to erase disempowering beliefs and consciously select positive ones to make permanent changes to the automatic operating system.  This process lays new foundations for more positive belief systems that will change instinctual response patterns and drive a behaviour change, assisting the achievement of better outcomes in all areas of life.

For further information please go to the Shamanic Healing page.

Rose can work with you face-to-face or remotely via distance sessions, which are just as effective.  She provides Shamanic Healing at The Centre of Complementary Medicine 13b Dragon Street, Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 4JN. For an appointment please telephone 01730 231655.

She takes bookings for distance sessions directly. To make an appointment please go to the Bookings Page.


Copper: Friend & Foe

This post is a compilation of the notes I took a few years ago when I was resolving some major health issues with the Root Cause Protocol. I review the benefits of bioavailable copper from food sources compared with the metal itself which can become toxic when ingested.

This post is intended to empower you to resolve your own health issues, but if you would like support please go to the Wellness Coaching page for further information on how I can help.

Copper is a friend to us in the form of electroculture, when it supports the growth of plants in the garden, and also when it is in the bioavailable form in natural foods that our bodies can easily process.

As with all minerals, copper comes in different forms so it is not a simple case of toxicity or deficiency.  Bioavailable forms are healthy, while the toxic forms are unhealthy. Most people have an excess of toxic copper whilst being deficient in bioavailable copper.

Copper is our friend when we take it in the form of bioavailable copper.   Morley Robbins says that we can’t live without bioavailable copper because it drives over 30 different enzymes that are essential to life including lysyl oxidase, beta dopamine hydroxylase, diamine oxidase, cytochrome c oxidase, and ascorbate oxidase. Additionally, 150-200 methyltransferase enzymes run our methylation pathways and drive the genetic machinery of our cells.

At normal levels, copper is a superhero, but when in overload it blocks zinc, iron, and magnesium, and oxidizes vitamins C, E, folic acid, and thiamine causing many health problems.

Copper is a heavy metal and becomes toxic when it accumulates in high quantities and it is one of the metals removed by a heavy metal detox.

Electro Culture

The metaphysical properties of copper have dramatic effects on the growth of plants in the garden. This is due to the excellent conductivity of the metal, enabling it to channel good energy from the air.

Electro culture is the ancient practice of applying atmospheric electricity to plant life using copper, orgonite, and crystals to harvest the earth’s atmospheric energy.

This energy is always present and all around us also known as Chi, Prana, Life force, and Aether. This was presented in 1749 by Abbe Nollett, in the 1920s by Justin Christofleau, and in the 1940s by Viktor Schauberger.

Copper is used because it is an excellent conductor of this good energy. By utilising the energy in the air via copper, we can increase the size of plants in the garden. Putting some copper wire sticks in the garden can help plants grow bigger and faster. Copper amplifies the energy in the environment and directs it to the cellular frequency of the plants.

In this sense, copper is not toxic to our bodies because it is not being directly ingested; the copper is going into the soil. The naturally occurring copper in vegetables and fruit is bioavailable and absorbable by the body, such as spirulina and leafy greens.

Bioavailable Copper

Because the body uses copper frequently and cannot store sufficient amounts, eating foods with high bioavailable copper like calf liver, oysters, nuts and seeds, wild seafood and fish, beans, certain whole grains, and certain leafy green vegetables such as kale is the best way to prevent a copper deficiency.

In fertility, the head of the sperm needs bioavailable copper and during pregnancy, the fetus needs bioavailable copper and iron.

Bioavailable copper gives us energy and is vital in many bodily functions including the mitochondria in the cells.

People with chronic fatigue, ME, and lethargy have poor mitochondrial function. They need bioavailable copper which means boosting ceruloplasmin.

We can boost ceruloplasmin with calves’ liver eaten as food or taken in capsules, taking fermented cod-liver oil, and natural wholefood vitamin C from acerola cherry or kamu-kamu.

Copper Deficiency

Morley Robbins, founder of the Root Cause Protocol, says that copper deficiency is caused by:

  • Excess Calcium in the diet blocks Copper absorption in the gut;
  • Excess Phytates in the diet (think “Green Smoothies!) block Copper absorption;
  • Excess Iron (think supplements and Molasses) block Copper metabolism;
  • Excess Ascorbic Acid (synthetic Vitamin C) destroys the bond between Copper and Ceruloplasmin rendering us copper deficient;
  • Excess HFCS builds Iron and creates Copper deficiency;
  • Excess Hormone-D, by virtue of its known effect on elevating Calcium in the blood, ensures that the first point becomes a certainty.

Excess Calcium is caused by the fortification of white wheat flour with Calcium Carbonate, which is chalk and is therefore not bioavailable to the body.  Avoid, white bread, pastries, pasta, and pies made from fortified flour and choose wholemeal bread flour and ancient grains such as spelt, emmer, einkorn, and teff.

Benefits of Copper

In the same way that electroculture affects plants, copper also improves the cellular function in our bodies.

We are bioelectric beings with our own energy fields, which can get disrupted by electricity, wifi, and mobile phone signals. As well as reducing our exposure to them, we can wear conductive metals such as gold, silver, and copper to amplify and activate the meridian lines which allow the body to heal.

Wearing copper jewellery harnesses the energy of Venus, the planet of love, and is very grounding. Copper changes and amplifies the cellular frequency of the body enabling many health benefits including:

  • Blood circulation improving energy and cognitive function:
  • Reduces inflammation;
  • Increases red blood cells maintaining good health;
  • Reduces stiff joints, aches, and pains associated with arthritis and rheumatism;
  • Increases collagen production to improve skin quality.

Copper is said to have spiritual healing and metaphysical properties due to it being a good conductor of energy, creating a bridge between the physical and the spiritual realms.

It is said that wearing copper jewellery causes these benefits, and Hair Mineral Analysis Testing would guard against any coppery toxicity.

Copper Toxicity

The copper overload problem causes fatigue.

Many people are copper toxic from contraceptive pills, HrT, antibiotics, medications, copper IUDs, copper water tanks/pipes and anti-fungal sprays on crops.

Copper excess is probably the number one cause of iron deficiency. Once iron is in the cells, copper blocks the effect of iron, most notably in the mitochondria, our energy-producing factory.  Iron deficiency can be caused by iron tablets, which contain the metal and not the bioavailable form.

Copper blocks magnesium and 12 out of the 22 steps in the process of making energy, ATP is magnesium-dependent.

Copper blocks the production of carnitine, which is a vitamin needed for the metabolism of fatty acids, most notably in the muscles decreasing the metabolism function of muscles.

This is how people become copper toxic but their bodies are crying out for bioavailable copper.

Symptoms of Copper Toxicity

Copper toxicity is a major contributing factor to poor reproductive health in women because copper is involved with oestrogen metabolism. Copper imbalance therefore contributes to premenstrual syndrome (PMS), ovarian cysts (PCOS), infertility, miscarriages, and early onset of puberty.

The influence of copper toxicity on the body is huge, going beyond reproduction to emotional symptoms and mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, aggression, OCD, bipolar, schizophrenia, epilepsy, ADD, ADHD, autism, and delayed mental or emotional development.

Swinging between feeling wired and other times exhausted is also a symptom of excess copper.

Physical imbalances include cancers, inflammation and pain, allergies, fatigue and exhaustion, insomnia, yeast infections and ALL skin, hair nail and connective tissue conditions.

There is a strong connection between toxic copper and yeast overgrowth: the main reason many struggle to address their candida. Candida will always remain in the body whilst there is copper toxicity.

Causes of Copper Toxicity

According to Morley Robbins, the main cause of copper deficiency is the use of ascorbic acid, the synthetic form of Vitamin C. Further information: http://gotmag.org/ascorbic-acid-causes-copper-deficiency-huh/

Other sources of copper toxicity include copper pipes used to transport drinking water, copper elements in ‘structured water’ containers, birth control pills, copper IUDs, zinc deficiency, diets low in animal protein, and sluggish livers.

In her book ‘Why Am I Always So Tired’ Ann-Louise Gittlemen PhD explains that weak adrenals become MAGNETS for excess, unbound Copper. When we are not stressed and the body is working optimally the adrenals signal to the liver to make optimal levels of Ceruloplasmin, a transport protein for Copper and Iron.

Chronic levels of stress deplete magnesium and cause adrenal dysfunction which in turn causes Ceruloplasm to go down. Low Ceruloplasmin creates unbound copper which becomes toxic inside the cells and with this copper toxicity comes copper deficiency with low levels of bound copper.

According to STTM, 50% of thyroid patients also have adrenal fatigue so it is likely that many hypothyroid patients also have copper toxicity.

Many foods such as flour, cereals, synthetic supplements, ready meals, baby foods, and formula milk have synthetic iron added, which is known as fortification.  This type of iron is a metal which is not bioavailable. It binds with copper in the liver causing oxidative stress. In other words a rusty liver with iron and copper grinding us to a halt.

We need bioavailable iron and copper; the type that the body can use to give energy and vitality.

Related Illnesses

Dr. Robert Selig traces the relationship of copper, Hashimoto’s, estrogen, a viral load of Epstein Barr, and a health journey full of fatigue, low thyroid, and brain fog. Most of these symptoms including Hashimoto’s, chronic fatigue, copper excess, and a compromised immune system, can all be linked to an estrogen-dominant syndrome which is prevalent today and caused by xenoestrogens.

These fake estrogens are cumulative over time increasing the quantity as we get older. One of the effects of xenoestrogens is to reduce the excretion rate of copper from the body. All estrogens cause copper accumulation. Xenoestrogens look like estrogen to our biochemistry and hence magnify copper retention. High total estrogens retain copper, increasing insulin and reducing DHEA, the longevity hormone.

Copper retention antagonizes zinc especially in the gut, predisposing us to low stomach acid, increasing the likelihood of infections, and making us more prone to EBV and all the alike.

Zinc is secreted into all body fluids as an antiseptic. That is why low zinc in relationship to a high copper will predispose you or anyone to throat infections, lung infections, gastroenteritis, ulcers, urinary tract infections, and thrush. Zinc is needed for the feel-good brain chemicals serotonin, as well as melatonin, in which a deficiency will make us prone to sleep disturbances, leading to fatigue and all the mental symptoms under the sun.  Low zinc means low stomach acid, which means we will have compromised digestion and can’t break down the proteins efficiently to get the raw materials to make our hormones such as the amino acid tyrosine.

Continued low Zinc levels cause the immune system to become compromised, causing frequent colds, sore throats, ear infections, and skin problems including eczema warts and moles. A zinc deficiency can manifest as asthma in the lungs, and the continuation of this cycle can manifest more chronicity, leading to glandular fevers, and chronic fatigue.  Then come to the insidious diseases later in life we call diabetes, arthritis, depression and cancers.

Copper leads to hypoglycemia because of several mechanisms and faulty insulin metabolism.

Poor sleep patterns and depression are a direct result of copper-blocking serotonin and melatonin production.

The effect of copper oxidizes vitamin E and C and Vitamin C deficiencies are notoriously linked to cancers of the larynx, prostate, breast, cervix, uterus, bladder, stomach, and pancreas.

Secondly, high copper will decrease molybdenum, which is one of the primary nutrients that opposes copper.

No coincidence that many studies link a molybdenum deficiency to cancer of the breast, stomach, colon, and oesophagus.

Copper & The Thyroid

To make thyroid hormones, the pituitary releases TSH, which requires vitamin E and Vitamin A, and copper blocks Vitamin E.

We need the amino acid to make Thyroid hormone comes from tyrosine. Then the thyroid needs selenium, vanadium, Vitamin C, B2 and iodine to make T4 the inactive form of thyroid hormone.

Furthermore, to activate T4 to T3, we need selenium and progesterone.

It has been known since 1982 that copper deficiency interferes with thyroid hormone metabolism promoting hypothyroidism so why do doctors focus on giving us more Calcium and Iron which block Copper metabolism?

Studies have shown that low bioavailable copper causes low T4 levels, high TSH, and lowers T3 by reducing the liver enzyme responsible for the conversion of T4 to T3. Copper regulates thyroid hormones by controlling calcium levels, preventing over-assimilation of thyroxine (T4) by the blood cells. It also stimulates the production of thyroxine hormone. Copper also plays a very vital part during the amalgamation of phospholipids and TSH is dependent on these Phospholipid fats.

Hair Mineral Analysis Testing

If you suspect a copper toxicity problem, then a hair mineral analysis can detect this, and will also help to determine if you have other toxicities, as well as other mineral imbalances. Then once a copper toxicity problem is detected you can take the necessary steps to correct a problem which is an important part of achieving optimal thyroid health.

Solutions

Start taking Taurine (500 – 1,000 mg/day) to support liver copper metabolism.

Heavy metal detox.

Start the Root Cause Protocol.

Boost Ceruloplasmin.

Boosting Ceruloplasmin

The retinol in calves’ liver and cod liver oil builds ceruloplasmin. Ceruloplasmin makes copper bioavailable which makes iron useable and improves function.

Ceruloplasmin is a protein that transports bioavailable copper around the body. Ceruloplasmin is like putting new spark plugs in our vehicles. When the ceruloplasmin is weak then we feel weak.

Bioavailable copper gives energy and is vital in so many body functions including the mitochondria in the cells.

People with chronic fatigue, ME, and lethargy have poor mitochondrial function and are in need of bioavailable copper, which provides energy and vitality.

This means boosting ceruloplasmin with calves liver, cod liver oil, and natural wholefood vitamin C.

Avoid synthetic vitamins such as ascorbic acid vitamin C, prepared fast foods, contraceptive pills, antibiotics, and copper IUDs.

We must never take iron supplements based on a haemoglobin reading, as this leads to more toxic iron being stored and hidden in soft tissue and the liver.

We need bioavailable good iron from liver, meat, eggs, watercress and real foods.

Boosting ceruloplasmin gives us renewed energy, improves health, lifts mood, and dramatically improves long-term health.

Other Causes of High Copper

MTHFR
A genetic defect that affects our methylation pathway, which is responsible for converting inactive B vitamins to active ones, for metabolizing copper and heavy metals, for metabolizing environmental toxins and preservatives, and metabolizing estrogen. Approximately 60% of the populace has this genetic mutation, but it is disproportionately high among hypothyroid patients. http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/mthfr/

The Root Cause Protocol

Morley Robbins recommends avoiding supplements containing Iron, Vitamin D, and Vitamin C in the form of Ascorbic Acid. Iron causes toxicity and copper imbalance.  Vitamin D deficiency is caused by Magnesium deficiency so it is better to increase magnesium.  Ascorbic Acid causes copper deficiency.

More info on the web here https://therootcauseprotocol.com and here http://gotmag.org and on FaceBook here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MagnesiumAdvocacy/

Top 20 Foods High in Copper

  1. Beef liver
    1 ounce: 4 milligrams (200 percent DV)
  2. Dark chocolate
    1 bar: 1.8 milligrams (89 percent DV)
  3. Sunflower seeds
    1 cup with hulls: 0.8 milligram (41 percent DV)
  4. Cashews
    1 ounce: 0.6 milligram (31 percent DV)
  5. Chickpeas
    1 cup: 0.6 milligram (29 percent DV)
  6. Raisins
    1 cup: 0.5 milligram (25 percent DV)
  7. Lentils
    1 cup: 0.5 milligram (25 percent DV)
  8. Hazelnuts
    1 once: 0.5 milligram (25 percent DV)
  9. Dried apricots
    1 cup: 0.4 milligram (22 percent DV)
  10. Avocado
    1 avocado: 0.4 milligram (18 percent DV)
  11. Sesame seeds
    1 tablespoon: 0.4 milligram (18 percent DV)
  12. Quinoa
    1 cup, cooked: 0.4 milligram (18 percent DV)
  13. Turnip greens
    1 cup, cooked: 0.4 milligram (18 percent DV)
  14. Blackstrap molasses
    2 teaspoons: 0.3 milligram (14 percent DV)
  15. Shiitake mushrooms
    1 ounce: 0.3 milligram (14 percent DV)
  16. Almonds
    1 ounce: 0.3 milligram (14 percent DV)
  17. Asparagus
    1 cup: 0.3 milligram (13 percent DV)
  18. Kale
    1 cup, raw: 0.2 milligram (10 percent DV)
  19. Goat cheese
    1 ounce, semi-soft: 0.2 milligram (8 percent DV)
  20. Chia seeds
    1 ounce (28 grams): 0.1 milligram (3 percent DV)

Wolf Spirit

Having seen Wolf misrepresented on social media recently, I decided to share the lesser-known, positive qualities and energies of this magnificent Spirit Guide.

Wolf has appeared to me in Shamanic Journeys several times over recent months and I have enjoyed interacting with him.  For me, he is a loyal protector holding physical strength that is moderated by the wisdom which can be found in the Divine Masculine.

Contemporary society has a lot to learn from Wolf Medicine at a time when men acting for greedy corporations intimidate single mothers and grandparents who are experiencing fuel poverty due to falsely inflated prices. 

Over years of reading, I have noticed that Wolf is often associated with danger and destruction, being depicted as a fierce predator roaming around looking for something vulnerable to kill. However, further research demonstrates that this ferocious reputation is a misrepresentation, causing him to be misunderstood as an egotistical creature in service to self.

The modern notion of the Big Bad Wolf arises from European folklore which has its origins in the Bible, which contains 13 references to wolves, usually as metaphors for negative traits such as greed and destructiveness:

  • Ferocious – Habakkuk 1:8;
  • Sheep-eating – John 10:12.
  • Treachery – Genesis 49:27;
  • Desolation – Isaiah 13:22; 34:14; Jeremiah 50:39;
  • Wicked leaders -Ezekiel 22:27; Zephaniah 3:3;
  • False prophets/teachers – Matthew 7:15; Acts 20:29.

These traits are further embedded through several pre-17th-century folk tales around the theme of Little Red Riding Hood where the wolf is presented as a sly, cunning creature who wants to take advantage of the young and the old in service of his selfish greed without any consideration for others.

Later, the fable of The Three Little Pigs presents the Big Bad Wolf; an intimidating force that causes fear through the unnecessary harm done to the pigs by destroying their homes.

In Peter and the Wolf, Prokofiev’s 1936 musical symphony for children, Peters’s grandfather is in fear of wolves when a ferocious wolf comes out of the forest to attack Peter and his animals. The response is to humiliate the beast by parading him at a zoo. Of course, given that we create our own reality via the Seven Hermetic Principles, the grandfather’s fear likely attracted the wolf – see https://www.roseautumn.com/2022/01/the-seven-hermetic-principles/.

In America, the notion of there being two wolves inside us continually competing for supremacy comes from an old Cherokee story; but instead of being seen as an aggressive fighter, this intelligent creature deserves our respect as a caring animal who observes consideration for their fellow pack members.

When they are on the move, the pack leader shows respect to his elders and those less able than himself by walking at the back to allow the slowest members to lead at their own pace. This is evidenced in the following picture showing the Wolf Pack Formation.

The first three (circled in yellow) are the weakest pack members, the old and sick, who walk at the front to set the pace so that the others have to slow down to their speed. They also serve as a form of protection; they will lose their lives first from a frontal attack, preserving the young and the women who can bear more children.

Behind them, the wolves in the red box are the five strongest of the pack who will protect the young and the mothers behind them. By walking at a slower pace they will conserve their energy ready for a frontal attack.

In the middle are the females and young wolves who are fully protected from the front and rear. They receive the most protection as they represent the future of the pack.

Following are another five strong wolves to protect them from behind.

Finally, the leader of the pack (blue arrow) watches over them all. He ensures that no one is left behind.  He keeps the pack tight and on the same path. He is ready to run in any direction to protect his fellow members from danger.

A Wolf leader reminds us that it is not important to be at the front; it is more important to equally value and take care of all members of your team. If our leaders in the government, the councils, and other community groups took some Wolf Medicine our society would be a better and safer place to be: women would be respected in their nurturing role as mothers; children would be properly nurtured by the women and supported by the men; and the old would remain a respected part of the community.

Wolves have other traits that cause them to deserve our respect:

  • They do not mate with their sisters or mothers;
  • They are monogamous mating for life with one partner and if one dies, the other remains alone;
  • It is the only animal that helps their parents by bringing them food in old age;
  • They are not scavengers; they do not eat meat that is already dead when they find it;
  • As a wild animal, their main focus is survival so they will only kill for food, not sport, and do so as part of a very adept team;
  • They are very intuitive with an instinct for detecting risky situations and as such they will also have strong spiritual connections.

Wolf Sprit Medicine

As a Spirit Animal, they symbolise an intriguing mix of power, loyalty, guardianship, teamwork, and the importance of social connections whilst retaining one’s independence, together with being wild and free.

Wolves are often associated with several spiritual personality traits across various cultures and belief systems. Some of these include:

1. **Intelligence and Instinct**: Wolves are revered for their intelligence and deeply ingrained instincts. They are seen as symbols of guidance and wisdom in navigating life’s complexities.

2. **Freedom**: Wolves symbolize a strong sense of freedom. They are known for their wild nature and the ability to roam large territories, embodying the spirit of independence.

3. **Social Connection**: Despite their association with independence, wolves are also very social creatures. They emphasize the importance of family and community, often represented in the spiritual context as loyalty and the value of strong social connections.

4. **Protection**: In many cultures, wolves are considered protectors. They are vigilant and brave, often seen as guardians in spiritual realms who guide and protect individuals or communities.

5. **Resilience and Endurance**: The wolf embodies resilience and endurance, able to survive and thrive in harsh conditions. This trait is often mirrored spiritually as the ability to endure challenges and adapt.

6. **Mystery and Mysticism**: Wolves also carry an air of mystery and are frequently associated with the spiritual and supernatural world. They are often connected to the moon and night, enhancing their mystical qualities.

7. **Teacher**: Spiritually, wolves are seen as teachers or pathfinders, guiding souls in the physical and spiritual world, helping to uncover deeper truths and explore the unknown.

These traits make the wolf a powerful symbol in many spiritual narratives, often used to teach important life lessons or as a guide in personal development.

Norse Warriors

The Úlfheðnar were the ultimate Norse warriors holding the spirit of the wolf and wore wolf pelts. As such they viewed wolves as being sacred and did not hunt them, being instead gifted their pelt upon the animal’s death. They were capable of performing feats far beyond the abilities of other warriors due to their having reached exceptional levels of spirituality, self-control, and group cohesion.

Runecraft; Reading the Runes

In a previous post I talked about a book that was recently recommended to me called Galdrbok, Practical Heathen Runecraft, Shamanism, & Magic by Nathan J Johnson and Robert J Wallis. This book is a fascinating attempt to recover our indigenous European shamanism known as the Northern Tradition, as practised by our Saxon ancestors in the ancient Old North.  See the original post here:

Book Review: Galdrbok, Practial Heathen Runecraft, Shamanism & Magic

In this post I would like to focus on the topic of Runecraft; the powerful technique of reading Runes.

Runes are small, coin-sized objects on which various glyphs are inscribed. They can be bought or made from pebbles, stones, pieces of wood, or metallic objects. They are kept in a pouch or box and the container acts as a device for casting the runes by pulling one out or shaking the bag until the appropriate number falls out.

Runes are commonly presented as tools for divination or magic and our Anglo-Saxon ancestors inscribed them onto weapons and jewellery as a form of coded messages or magical spells.

As well as using them for magic and divination, the authors use Runic practice as a method for inducing the trance state.

We know that a common feature of all Shamanic practice across the Earth is entering into a trace state in order to travel to Non-Ordinary Reality (NOR) or ‘Spirit Mind’ to access the healing and wisdom of spirit guides. This state can be achieved through plant medicines but was more commonly accessed through percussion sounds, particularly drumming.

The Runester accesses the trance state via the Runes to explore the nine realms of the world tree, Yggdrasil and meet the corresponding Sprits that inhabit them for personal development work.

The Runic alphabet originates in the Mediterranean alphabets of Etruscan, Greek, and Latin and also the Runic glyphs of the various Scandinavian, Germanic, and English systems. The glyphs give runes more in common with the Egyptian and Mayan Hieroglyphs or the Hebrew letters than with the Greek and Latin scripts.

There are several Runic alphabets across Northwest Europe with many similarities as well as differences in the number, shape, and order as well as the associated poems. Each version varies according to the time and place, with no definitive or authentic set or official version to follow.

The Younger Futhark comprises sixteen runes.
The common Germanic or Elder Futhark has twenty-four runes.
The Anglo-Saxon Futhorc has twenty-nine runes.
The Northumbrian row has thirty-three runes.

The authors have done their research, discovering that the most complete and informative of the rune poems is the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc which is presented in the book as a coherent system.

Each Rune comprises a letter and a symbol and the meaning is taken from a stanza of the Anglo-Saxon rune poem.

The book contains a new translation of the Anglo-Saxon rune poem with one rune and interpretation filling one page, providing the Rune Glyph with the Anglo-Saxon name and a modern translation.

The method of using the Runes as a divination tool is to hold the bag in your hand, attune yourself, and shake it thoroughly before focusing on the question and casting or selecting a rune.

Once a rune has been selected you can refer to the appropriate stanza of the poem and meditate on the meaning in your life.

I enjoyed making my own rune set and I have found the poem fascinating to read. I have recorded my questions and answers in a notebook so that I can develop my own, personal interpretation of their meaning.

Beltane Celtic Fire Festival – 1st May

Beltain / Beltane / Bealtaine or Walpurgis Night is traditionally held at the beginning of May, either on the 1st of May or on the Cross Quarter day of May 4th.

Meaning ‘Bright Fire’ this festival has its origins in the ancient Iron Age celebrations marking the beginning of summer, which later became known as May Day.

The fire represents the cleansing of negative energy to start a new season.

It was a day of dancing and singing to celebrate the May blossom of the Hawthorn, the first seedlings starting to sprout, and the moving of livestock between grazing grounds.  As such the date could vary according to the amount of sun.

It is one of the eight festivals marking the Wheel of the Year, halfway between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice.

In the Celtic seasonal calendar, it is a Cross-Quarter day, which marks the beginning of a season.

  The year was divided into four seasons marked by Quarter Days, which are the Solstices and Equinoxes and each section was divided again creating four Cross-Quarter days including Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane, and Lughnasadh.

These ancient festivals were renamed after the Romans adopted these days for their own religious purposes.

This year I am looking forward to experiencing our ancient past being brought back to life on Saturday 4th May at Butser Ancient Farm for the Celtic Fire Festival, which will be an afternoon and evening of folk music, local crafts, and the burning of a 40ft wicker man.

https://www.butserancientfarm.co.uk/beltain-celtic-fire-festival

Healing the Web of Life Journey Circle – 26 May 2024

Healing the Web of Life Journey Circle

Step into your shared responsibility as a Guardian of the Earth and Caretaker of the Web of Life at our next meeting on

Sunday 26th May 2024
14:30 to 16:30

at
The Centre of Complementary Medicine
13b Dragon Street, Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 4JN

The Centre is located behind Animal Crackers
and is accessible via the driveway between Animal Crackers and ATS Euromaster.

Spaces are limited and booking is recommended by calling 01730 231 655.

Learn how to Journey and meet your Power Animal before going on a Shamanic Journey to discover your role as a Guardian of the Earth and ways you can be involved in healing the Web of Life. Participants will be invited to share their experiences with the group.

You can book a place, or just turn up on the day at 14:15, although priority will be given to participants with a booking. You can make a cash donation at the door or make a card payment when you book.  The session will last for approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.

Bring your cash donation, a yoga mat, blanket, cushion, notebook, pen, eyemask, or something to cover your eyes – drums are not required.

To stay in touch with our events and to ask any questions please join our FaceBook group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/shamanicjourneycirclepetersfield

2024 Dates

Sunday 26th May
Sunday 23rd June

What is the Web of Life?

Shamanism is the oldest spiritual practice and was common to almost all pre-modern societies for around 50,000 years.  All traditional tribal cultures lived in harmony with the earth and respected the sacred nature of the Web of Life, being in reverence for both the Feminine and Masculine Principles. They offered their gratitude for the blessings of Mother Earth as our Goddess and Creation, and Father Sky as our God and Creator.

Ancient cultures recognised that every natural living thing on earth was made by the Creator and has a Spirit. The Web of Life refers to the spiritual connection shared by all plants, animals, and minerals, together with the men and women, and the Earth herself. We can tap into this interconnectedness via Shamanic Journeys and ask Spirit what we can do to support the Earth and nature.

Why Do We Need to Participate?

The realm of spiritual ecology is a contemporary solution to the environmental crisis by providing reverence for and spiritual communication with Mother Earth. It is a two-way communication that returns our ancestors’ connection with Nature’s spiritual power.

The Roman Empire eradicated our connection to the Mother and Father by promoting the now dominant patriarchal system of control, which has held the masculine principle in supremacy, leading to the systematic abuse of both women and Mother Earth. Goddess worship and shamanic practices were either diluted or assimilated into the new hierarchy of Christianity. Labelled as heretical and discarded under the threat of punishment or death they were replaced with a mediated relationship with a vengeful god, colonialism, industrialisation, and technology.

In traditional tribal cultures localities had spirit guardians, families had protective ancestors, and individuals enjoyed a direct connection to Mother Earth through the spirits of plants and animals. They also enjoyed a direct relationship with Father Sky who was able to provide a constant source of loving guidance. These common themes run through the diverse shamanic cultural traditions that today bring us unified global truths and an important understanding of our relationship with the natural world.

The Land is alive and should be respected by humanity: by connecting with the energy of the Earth Goddess our role is to assist with re-establishing the right alignment with the Guardian Spirits of the Land and to heal our relationship with Mother Earth and the animals and plants who live in harmony with her.

At a time when the behaviour of humanity makes our future survival questionable, these principles can form the basis for a shift in consciousness to being more spiritually aware so that we can form a renewed relationship with Earth. 

As an old Native American prophecy states: 

“When the earth is ravaged and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the earth from many colours, classes, creeds, and who by their actions and deeds shall make the earth green again….”