Green Aventurine

Green Aventurine

If you feel like you need to bring abundance and success into your life; with a sprinkling of luck, then Green Aventurine is for you; this gem is the ultimate prosperity crystal!

Failure

If you consider things you try in life; that don’t work out – to be failures then working with Green Aventurine could help you. This crystal teaches us that failing is okay; it is part of the process of trying new things. Not all failures are mistakes; the whole process is part of learning. Without some failures we do not learn what not to do; from disappointments comes change and learning from the past.

Over time, working with Aventurine means you can recognise when you have been setting expectations too high. This stone is about having goals – but ones that you can realistically achieve and aims that can be realised.

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Festivals are Back!

festivals

There is no doubt that for many, the pinnacle of music festivals is Glastonbury. However, it is expensive and very difficult to get tickets.

Many events have been cancelled in the last two years, due to Covid.

So, if you would like to know what is on offer in the UK during July – then read on:

24th June – 10th July – BST – Hyde Park

Who can you see: Adele (sold out), Duran Duran, Eagles, Elton John, Pearl Jam and the Rolling Stones to name a few.

www.bst-hydepark.com/events

8th – 10th July – ALSO – Warwick

There is something for everyone – from talks, comedy, woodlands, food trucks galore and London Afrobeat Collective, Nuha Ruby Ra and Pynch.

www.also-festival.com/events/also-22/feed?tags=Music

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Summer Solstice: King of the Woods

Summer Solstice
Summer Solstice

The month of June, of course, brings Midsummer’s Day! In the UK, the Summer Solstice occurred this morning (21st of June 2022) at 10.13 am. The ‘sol’ in Solstice translates to Sun. As we advance towards the solstice, the sun gets progressively higher in the sky until it reaches its peak.

For us in the UK, it ironically marks the beginning of nights drawing in – although thankfully, this happens slowly and so; we can still enjoy warm, light summer evenings in June, July and August; before transitioning to autumn. However, if you live far from the equator, the summer solstice marks the highest amount of day light hours. Some people will visit countries like Finland, Norway and Sweden around the summer solstice period to experience 24-hour sunlight, sometimes called midnight sun or night-time day-light!

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Top Gun: Maverick

Top Gun
Top Gun: Maverick, Paramount Picture

Can you believe it has been over 30 years since the original Top Gun film aired? It has been, the original released in 1986! This sequel, is named Top Gun: Maverick, after the main character Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell, played by Tom Cruise, and finally makes it to UK cinemas tomorrow (27th May 2022).

Sequel

The film has, of course, built up a lot of anticipation, with Covid alone providing over 2-year delays to its release. But Tom Cruise is also very aware that with any sequel and especially after 36 years – that there will be much concern about whether it will live up to the hype – and he has promised it will!

Due to the delays, the film has had several trailers. The link is below for the latest trailer; it was first shown at the Super Bowl 2022 in America:

https://tinyurl.com/pl-top-gun (Courtesy of Paramount Pictures)

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The Lost City

The Lost City
The Lost City: Paramount Pictures Studios

So, what kind of film is The Lost City? Well, some have described it as ‘Romancing the Stone-esque’. If you are too young to know what that means, it is a Rom-Com with an adventure twist.

Sandra Bullock plays a reclusive writer called Loretta Sage. Alan, played by Channing Tatum, is her book cover model. They get entangled in a kidnapping – in the jungle of all places, at the hands of Daniel Radcliffe – who plays eccentric billionaire Fairfax.

Spoilers

As you will see from the trailer, Channing Tatum spends a bit of time in the movie – naked! Albeit with leeches stuck to his rear-end. One can only imagine the hilarity that caused behind the scenes, with well-known comedian and joker Sandra Bullock as the co-star!

But, if the nudity wasn’t enough, it would seem that alongside Channing and Daniel – another well-known male actor turns up for a good number of scenes – none other than Brad Pitt.

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St Patrick’s Day

St Patrick's Day

St Patrick’s Day falls on the 17th March each year. Originally it was a ‘feast day’ and religious festival for the patron saint of Ireland. But now both the Irish and those that are just Irish-at-heart celebrate with food, dancing, parades and turning things green, across the globe.

For many of us the day is synonymous with lucky charms and ‘the luck of the Irish’… So we take a look at some of these charms. To see just what good fortune they can bring you on St Patrick’s Day and beyond.

Shamrock

Shamrock is named for ‘seamrog’ that actually means little clover. A three leaf clover was used by St Patrick as part of his teachings on the Holy Trinity; those being taught would carry a shamrock for good luck. To this day it is a highly visible symbol and many will wear shamrock on St Patrick’s Day by way of remembrance.

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March: Celebrate everything about this Spring month!

March

1st – St David’s Day

This day in March is celebrated in Wales of course, as he is the Patron Saint of the country, but also in the UK, USA and Canada. David lived until he was 100 years old, but it was 500 years later before he was memorialised in texts of the time. His story may be a mix of fact and legend, but many believe that he founded churches and a monastery and rose through the church to be an archbishop, and eventually he was canonised.

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Marry Me

Marry Me
Marry Me – Universal Pictures

On the 11th of February, just in time for Valentine’s weekend, a new romantic-comedy is out in cinemas across the UK, called Marry Me. The film was written based on a graphic novel by Bobby Crosby.

The Stars

Jennifer Lopez is one of the main characters; she plays Kat Valdez, who happens to be a musical superstar! She is part of a power couple. Her partner is a music supernova named Bastian. Interestingly the person who plays the role of Bastian is in his first feature film. However, he is no stranger to stardom, as well-known Columbian singer-songwriter. His real name is Juan Luis Londoño Arias, but professionally he goes by Maluma. The film features many original songs by both Jennifer Lopez and Maluma.

Trailer

You can see from the trailer that the power couple have an inescapable hit; called Marry Me. The song climbs the charts and, their fans go into a frenzy. The couple agrees to marry for real in front of a 20 million audience. However, just as Kat is getting ready, social media blows up, uncovering the facts that Bastian is cheating; and with Kat’s assistant.

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Breaking Free, by Robbie – PIN: 3443

Breaking Free
Stuck in a never-ending cycle?

If you are having trouble breaking free, with patterns that seem to always repeat themselves in your life. It is important to know that there is always a way to break out of cycles and situations that don’t serve you.

What we experience is a matter of what we focus on. When you believe that you can’t change things – you are right. So, start believing that you can change things and you will be right also!

Believe in yourself

Belief is a powerful thing…It can either disempower you or empower you, and the choice is always yours. No cycle is unbreakable but you have to start believing in your power to make your situation better. Using statements like ‘I can’t’ and ‘I’m stuck’ or other statements of this kind are self-fulfilling prophecies. So, change the way you talk to yourself and start saying ‘I can’ and ‘I will’ because ‘I will’ is saying you believe in your will. If you want to do something, you will find a way. If you don’t, you will find an excuse. ‘I can’t’ and ‘I’m stuck’ are excuses. So, question yourself. Do you really want to make a change? Because if you really do, you will find a way.

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Christmas Tree & Mistletoe

Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree Origins

In the 8th Century, St Boniface felled an oak (at the same time as felling Paganism), and a fir tree grew from under, dedicated to Christ.

The festival of Yule among Norse people focused on the endurance of Fir, Holly and Pine Trees and other evergreens. Today, it is still Fir, Pine and Spruce trees that are commonly taken into our homes to become Christmas trees with shimmer decorations that encourage the light.

Pine is associated with life and rebirth; many trees grow from a single pine cone. The Christmas tree of Yggdrasil (Norse World Tree) link heaven and earth. Odin was the father of the Norse Gods, his name gives us the origins of Yule, and in Norse, he was called Jolnir. As Christianity spread into Europe, Yule became assimilated with Christmas. Although today, Yule is more often associated with the Pagan celebration – Winter Solstice.

Mistletoe

Folklore considers mistletoe to be a magical plant. One use was to add mistletoe nutrients to cattle’s drinking water to encourage fertility. It was considered an aphrodisiac and protection against poison.

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