The blooming sign of Spring has come in the form of our beautiful Jacarandas. The shrubs and large Jacaranda trees that surround the Crystal Castle have begun to flower in beautiful shades of purple, lilac and mauve. Their flowers can be seen scattered across the garden paths and skyward in the towering trees. The splash of the Jacaranda’s colour adds to the whimsical world of the Crystal Castle in its Spring adornment.
Many of you may be aware of the world financial situation that is the big topic in all the news headlines. In such times a sense of fear may arise that can effect us bodily, emotionally and spiritually. Many traditions reveal a way of viewing the world and all that it encompasses, including wealth and finance, as a part of a greater cycle that renews time and time again. We may be reminded of our connection to something greater, that allows a sense of peace and an inner strength in all times of change. The opportunity is there for us to be grateful for all the earth has to offer and the constant gifts we receive each day. Even simple pleasures can give us a sense of joy or have great meaning and a deep breath can be just the thing, to bring our bodies and minds back into the present moment.
Here at the Crystal Castle we offer a place of tranquillity that allows an opportunity to relax, let go and be soothed by the beauty of nature, these can be treasured moments that can be called upon again and again in times of stress or anxiety.
Thich Nhat Hanh : Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.
For a month now visitors to the Crystal Castle have been enjoying and appreciating the taste and smoothness of the coffee from the Bryon Bay Coffee Company. We are very pleased to be working with an ethical, local company that provides us with such a high quality product.
Established in 1989, the Byron Bay Coffee Company is a family business that specialises in roasting and blending their own coffee. They understand the importance in selecting only quality green beans, with the emphasis on coffee from plantations certified by the Rain Forest Alliance Organisation. They also source the best Certified Organic and locally grown product, using only 100% Arabica.
The Rainforest Alliance Certified seal verifies that farmers follow sound agricultural practices that protect forests, rivers, soils and wildlife, while being good community neighbours. Rainforest Alliance certification also guarantees that workers have just wages, dignified living conditions and access to education and health care.
Byron Bay Coffee Company is committed to the good health of the environment and also gives consumers the choice to support sustainable coffee farming practices. The superior taste of the coffee is attributed to its slow shade grown methods in harmony with the rain forest, and in contrast to clear cut, full sun, and chemical intensive faster growing varieties.
Their dedication, care and attention have been rewarded by winning 38 awards from the Australian Fine Food Coffee Competitions.
So on your next visit to the Crystal Castle a simple coffee on the open deck of the Lotus Café can be even more enjoyable. See you soon for a cuppa!
Tarot Readings have always been a popular choice for visitors to the Crystal Castle.
Our newest Reader is Shari , who was previously a member of the Crystal Castle family in 2003-04. We are very happy to have her return as a Crystal Castle Reader.
Shari has been studying & working with the human & animal connection to the crystal realm for 20 years. Her readings are in partnership with the Crystal Ally Cards, which incorporate the elemental forces: Earth, Fire, Water, Wind & the flow of energy through the chakra system.
“My crystal readings assist by giving guidance to a deeper understanding of how & what you are manifesting into your life.
Most people, when they enter the Crystal Castle feel an energetic shift - a sense of peace & tranquillity - an enlivenment of the Spirit. The rush of the outside world begins to disappear - mind chatter begins to ease as you breathe deeper & become more relaxed.
To understand our relationship with crystals, you need to understand that all things physical are actually energy – the frequency of energy & its rate of vibration makes it appear solid. Everything vibrates – the chair, the tree, the ocean, the crystal, you, me.
Our bodies are made up of basically the same minerals & crystalline structures as the earth, in different combinations & quantities – when you are attracted to a particular crystal, be it size, shape or colour, the corresponding mineral components in your body vibrate at the rate of frequency of that crystal. The change in vibration is picked up by your heart & your brain with signals being sent to the cellular level of your body. You may sense a feeling of wellbeing, an elevation of your mood as the opportunity for your energy to be re-balanced & re-aligned can happen.
My reconnection to the crystal realm began in 1988, My first crystal was an Amethyst point – this crystal is still a constant companion.”
Shari offers her readings at the Crystal Castle every Monday and Friday.
The arrival of our new Geode "Fairy Magic' captures the beauty that our earth has to offer.
This extraordinary amethyst geode cave was discovered in Rio Grande du Sul,
in the south of Brazil, in May, 2007.
10 million years old, and hidden in the earth in an ancient lava flow,
this extraordinary crystal has, after all this time in darkness finally revealed her beauty .
Rare crystals have grown within, over these millions of years - white clear
quartz crystals, some double-terminated (points at both ends), and pink
"rose quartz" crystals. It is due to her amazing sparkly formations that we
have come to call her, "Fairy Magic".