On my brutal heat hike to Rennes-les-Chateau on Mary Magdalene’s feast day I lost my prayer/meditation amethyst. It was in my pocket. When I found shade I would stop and rest and I think it dropped out. On the 5th, when I was back and in the book shop, I found a new stone…a crystal…called LEPIDOLITE.
So beautiful. I call it my ‘Alma’ stone, for my great-grandmother, whom I adored.
The Lepidolite name comes from the Greek “lepidos” meaning “scale”. It almost looks fossilized.
It can be found in Brazil, Peru, Russia, Afghanistan and Madagascar. The book shop clerk, Adrian, believes this particular stone is from Brazil.
‘Spiritually, this crystal alone makes any kind of negativity disappear. It contributes to the development of the spiritual senses. It makes it possible to bring out one’s higher self. This stone favours the stimulation of the spiritual senses and the development of the soul. It allows you to have spiritual insight and to be able to interpret the various situations of everyday life. It also helps you to reach higher levels of consciousness and to understand unusual events.
Concerning the chakras, lepidolite opens the heart and throat chakras. (I love. I speak.) It is known to dissipate misfortune and remove blockages while stimulating the third eye (Ajna, I see). It is a purifying stone.’
The heat wave continues. So do the fires, evacuations and drought here in France.
From FRANCE 24.
‘The Loire, the Seine, the Rhone, and the Meuse are the names of some of #France’s 🇫🇷 famous rivers that are almost unrecognisable this summer as drought and #water shortages persist.’
From The Independent:
‘Renewable energy can end the energy price crisis and energy security crisis. We can make all the energy we need right here, priced permanently low. There is no global commodity price for wind energy, it gets used where it gets made and we can take a big step towards net zero. We could do this in ten years. Five if we reflected the genuine urgency of the situation. [Jai to that.]
We have all the tools we need; the technology, the economics, public support. We lack only one thing; politicians (in charge) that get it.’
Also from The Independent:
‘The impact of heat is cumulative, and the body only starts to recover when it drops below 80F.
Scientists warn that dangerous heatwaves will become more frequent and unpredictable unless sweeping action is taken to stop burning fossil fuels and curtail global heating.’
Some heat waves have names now. That could save lives.
Treating heat waves more like hurricanes could help us take them more seriously.
by Neel Dhanesha
“Naming hurricanes has been really effective,” said Kathy Baughman McLeod, director of the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center (Arsht-Rock), which studies climate resiliency. Hurricane-prone communities tend to have what McLeod called “a culture of preparedness and prevention,” where residents know how to prepare for storms of varying intensity. Residents who decide to ride out a weaker storm at home, for example, might board up their windows and store a few days’ worth of water. “Heat waves need that branding, that identity,” McLeod said.’
‘A huge wildfire that has destroyed more than a dozen homes and forced the evacuation of thousands of residents, some of whom had clambered onto rooftops as the blaze neared, was sweeping through the Gironde region of southwestern France on Wednesday.
More than 1,000 firefighters backed by water-bombing aircraft were fighting the fire that has razed more than 6,000 hectares and is still burning out of control.
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France, like the rest of Europe, is struggling with successive heatwaves and its worst drought on record. Dozens of wildfires are ablaze across the country, including at least four other major ones.’
Having lived through two major wild fires in Sun Valley, Idaho…evacuations; when the wind picks up here in Limoux like today combined with the heat, it is very concerning.
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I learned that the building I am living in was once occupied by the Nazi’s during WWII. The man who sold the structure to the current owner remembers hearing their boots on the stairs. He lived here for 90 years. We don’t know how old this building in because the newest owner told me France doesn’t reveal that detail in ownership exchanges. In the various books I’ve picked up recently about this Languedoc region, I’m learning about Hitler’s obsession with the Grail and the Cathars. Marking the Jewish clothes with mandatory Star of David crosses was learned from the Crusades and the Inquisitions during the 12th and 13th centuries, when Cathars were ordered to wear the double yellow cross on their clothing.
I remember learning about his presence during the war at the medieval city and fortress of Carcassonne the first time I was in the region. Apparently his troops were ordered to dig deep in an old well in hopes of finding treasure, the Holy Grail.
From the book ‘The Manuscript’ by Lars Muhl:
‘We all take part in the cruelty of the world. Even when we think we know nothing about it. We all carry a Hitler and a Yeshua [Duality] in us. At one time or another each person must stop and face his own failures and cruelties’ [p. 135].
From the book, ‘The Cathar View’, edited by Dave Patrick:
‘There has been a Caharism for every generation – – including today’s consumerist society, not just those who seek a new spirituality’ [page 24].
‘Cathars who confessed their allegiances or who were released after interrogation were made to wear two yellow crosses sewn onto their clothes and often forcibly relocate to ares in which there was no heresy. Usually such survivors were Believers., the Perfects were burnt. […] Although it has become popular in modern imagery as an icon of sympathy with the Cathars, it was near reclaimed by the Cathars as their own symbol’ [p. 31].
Cathars considered the cross a symbol of Rex Mundi when encountered as it was a representation of evil [worldhistory.org]. The cross, they claimed, was nothing more than a symbol of world power.
More from ‘The Cathar View:’
‘Peter Maury, the priest of Montaillou, accepted bribes to ignore Cathars who were not wearing their crosses’ [p.31].
A Nazi researcher by the name of Otto Rahn, was sent to Southern France to learn more about the Holy Grail, which the Nazi’s believed was an actual jeweled artifact. He visited in ’31 and again in ’37. He and his cohorts believed that in finding the ‘Grail-stone containing the secret of the origin of the world, they would learn the teaching about the Aryan race that had been los, then found, and finally hidden by the Cathars in the fortress of Montsegur.
In his book ‘The myth of the Twentieth Century, Alfred Rosenberg, it is the ‘awakening of the race soul, which after a long sleep, victoriously ends the race chaos. […] Under the sign of he swastika unchains the racial world-revolution.’ Hitler was a fan. He gave his ‘enthusiastic appraisal of the book.’
[The mission of Otto Rahn at Montsegur, by Cunha Alvarenga.]
It will be interesting to see if Ken Burns covers this part of the Nazi history when he debuts his new documentary on PBS, September 18th.
Here’s the trailer.
And a quick update on Amnesty’s dreadful decision to publish their tarnished and erroneous report on Ukraine war activities.
From the Kyiv Independent:
‘Swedish co-founder leaves Amnesty due to controversial report on Ukraine. “I have now been a member for almost sixty years. It is with a heavy heart that I, in view of Amnesty’s statements on the war in Ukraine, ending a long and rewarding commitment and rewarding commitment.”
Amnesty International triggered a scandal by publishing a report on Aug. 4 claiming that Ukrainian troops are endangering civilians by deploying weapons in residential areas. Oksana Pokalchuk, head of Amnesty International’s Ukrainian branch, also resigned in protest.’
Same. Right on.