Saturday, 29 December 2012

Festive crystal

As you can imagine I read lots of blogs and try to absorb lot of information.  Whilst reading the incredibly informative Hibiscus Moon’s crystal blog ( , she mentions her Garnet Winter Solstice meditation.  It sounded divine so off I trotted looking for some almandine garnet.  Not only did I manage to find some beautiful little tumble stones, the seller was local to me – Yay.

I have spent the last few days meditating with my new garnet and I’m looking forward to spending a little more time exploring any sensations and thoughts that may appear in the next few days. 

The Almandine garnet is a beautiful deep red (very seasonal) colour.  I’ve tried to take a photo on white to give you an idea of the depth of this beautiful crystal.  I therefore relate this crystal to my base chakra and feelings of sensuality, sexuality, compassion and self-confidence. 

Garnets are a related group of minerals. Members of this group include: almandine (red to violet red); spessartite (yellow, rose, or orange to reddish-brown); pyrope (deep red); grossular (white, yellow, yellow-green, brownish-red, orange or black); andradite (colorless, yellow-green, or brown to black).

It is said Noah used a garnet lantern during the Ark's journey through the rainy gloom. Eastern Europeans used the stones to ward off vampires and the Crusaders wore them as protective amulets. During the Victorian era, garnets were given as gifts to symbolize lasting friendship.

Garnet is also used to help stimulate success in business and Hibiscus Moon believes it helps with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). 

Around this Winter Solistice/Christmas period, what crystals will you work with?  Have you asked for any crystals for Christmas?

Thank you so much for reading my blog and supporting Heather Holistics in the past year.  I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very blessed Solstice and Christmas and a healthy and happy 2013.

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Quick disclaimer; I am not a medical practitioner so therefore I’m not prescribing.  All of my blog posts are based on complementary therapies and not as a replacement for conventional medicine.  

Friday, 14 December 2012

I finally got a Baroque

Long ago when Doris wrote her wonderful Philofaxy blog post on her range of Baroque Filofaxes (click here), I must admit I suffered with planner envy. I constantly watched Ebay just so I could own a Baroque. I wanted to stroke the super, soft, embossed leather and see for myself if the Baroque’s really were as beautiful in real life. After months of waiting, bidding and a few fails along the way I finally got my wish. So (drum roll please), here are the requisite photos:-

I’m using my mini black baroque as my daily carry around Filofax. Whilst I still adore my A5 Cuban filofax (for further details see here), sometimes carrying around an A5 Filofax is just too heavy and bulky. Even when I trim the contents down to bare minimum pages, A5’s can still be a bit of a beast.

However, a mini filofax is no hardship to carry or fit into the smallest of spaces. On occasions where I don’t even carry a handbag, the mini baroque serves as a filofax/wallet too. As I print my diary pages out from Outlook, downsizing them to mini size is not difficult either. Yes, it makes the print a bit small but still readable.

Here is a quick tour; The black leather is soft and smooth. The embossing on the inside is . . . just divine – classy and understated. In the front there are several card slots where I slip a debit card if I’m using the baroque as a wallet. There is also a small zip compartment where I keep my money if using as a wallet.

I print out my Outlook calendars using the Microsoft Calendar Printing Assistant and shrink it down via pdf to 50%. Next I just have some lined paper for notes, shopping lists etc..

At the rear is the cutest, little notepad holder I have ever seen. I put my business cards in there to save on bulk.

And that’s it. Baby baroque earned its stripes when I helped host a burger stall at the village Christmas fete a few weekends ago. I didn’t want to carry a handbag but I also didn’t want to be without pen & paper. Baby baroque was able to write down drinks orders, quickly show me my appointments to arrange meet ups, hold my money and provide safety for my business cards.

As always, thank you for reading this blog and following my crazy flitting from one filofax (size and style) to another. If you have any questions or comments, please chat to me below.

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