Aura Awareness Day

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November 24th is Aura Awareness Day. It happens the fourth Saturday of November each year.  Simply put, an aura is the energy field around a person (animal, plant, or nearly anything else’s) body, which many people perceive as light- often in colors.






The auras of those with greater amounts of energy are easier for people to see, so in many cultures there’s a tradition of saints and other spiritually powerful people being depicted with this glowing field- often around their head, other wise known as a halo.

Many people see colors, and healers can often use the colors to diagnose illness by examining the auras. Others sense auras as a buzz, or change of temperature.

It’s rather exciting that people have started to recognize auras enough that a holiday has been made to raise awareness. It was started in 2002, but I haven’t yet found out who started it. It was established to raise awareness about auras and the leading role that these auras play in being healthy and happy. Many associate the colors of the auras with colors of the chakras. We combine studying ancient spiritual teachings about auras and colors with our personal experiences in the modern world.

Because “seeing is believing”, the traditions of auras became more accepte when Kerlian Photography was able to give scientists something they could document. Wikipedia says “Kirlian photography is a collection of photographic techniques used to capture the phenomenon of electrical coronal discharges.It is named after Semyon Kirlian, who, in 1939, accidentally discovered that if an object on a photographic plate is connected to a high-voltage source, an image is produced on the photographic plate.  ” It became more popular and well known in the 70s.

These days you can get a color image of your aura- and it’s fun to see the changes these photos show under different conditions (for example, at the beginning and end of the conference)!

It’s also fun to find the edges of your aura with dowsing L rods or other tools. Or learn to see or feel them more. Even if you can’t sense your aura, it’s there, and your emotional and physical health effect on your energy field, and it effects your health. One thing personal experience has shown is that if you have holes in your aura, your energy can leak out, leaving you feeling weak. Energetically closing these holes, often caused by physical or emotional trauma, helps you heal physically much faster.

We know that the aura is made of layers, from just at the edge of your skin, to extending several feet out around our bodies. Clearly at least one of these layers is protection- where we put up shields, keeping our own energy in, and energy we don’t want out. Other times we extend our auras to intersect and interact with the energy fields of other people- this is often used in healing, and happens naturally when we touch each other.

We speculate whether one (or more) of the parts of our energy bodies hold our consciousness during an out of body or near death experience, or when we dream, or when we die.

Clearly this is a complex and vast area of study, well worthy of our attention, and awareness. If nothing else, “celebrate” this awareness day by asking those around you what they know about auras, and by sharing, everyone’s knowledge becomes greater.

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Thor Halvorsen on the New Normal

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samhain ancestorsCommuning with your Ancestors- it’s not just for Halloween! On the other hand, this is the time of the year when “the veil thins” and it’s a great time for dumb suppers and reaching out to your beloved dead. From the Day of the Dead (as celebrated in Mexico) to Dumb suppers in the Celtic traditions, from Shinto to Africa, humans communicate with those of their bloodlines, both close and distant- we hope for our mutual benefit.

My guest, Thor Halvorsen is a Deaf, Norwegian-Welsh, Poet, Musician, Pagan, Wiccan, ” computer-tinkin’-sci-fi fella”; he was a Military Brat, lived in Korea and Germany (traveled around a bit of Europe too), is Clergy, Educational Interpreter, Poet, Reader of Runes and Tarot, Deaf Educator, Deaf Professional, & Musician (plays Mandolin).

Thor HalvorsenHe has a fond appreciation for history, mythology, religion and social structure and sociology, and for the Deaf culture, especially in regards to the Education of the Deaf. He’s an Elder First Degree, Coven of Amber Heart, Coven of Amber Rose Tradition. His Path of Study is Norse, Welsh (Mostly Norse).
In a few weeks he’ll be teaching a workshop on this subject at the Changing Times-Changing Worlds Conference, but Wednesday you can get a preview (or if you aren’t in the New England area the second weekend of November).

We’ll be talking about near-death, death itself, and Ancestral Veneration,Traditional_Altar_for_the_Dead-Mexico also discussing the need for more people in the fields to acknowledge the need for work in this area, especially relating to grief, terminal long-term illnesses, and also how to work within belief systems, so that a person’s religious beliefs are honored. We’ll discuss the ways in which we modern folk can approach Ancestral Veneration, the ways which connection can be achieved, and talk about techniques to meet an ancestor.

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