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Astrid Brown is an Author and a Professional Medium/Psychic who writes vastly on her experiences, some of which are in her books and others on her blogs and personal web pages. She is an experienced College Lecturer in Holistic Studies and Reiki Master. She currently freelances and writes periodically for an online magazine and works for a large well known international psychic company as a professional psychic medium. She resides in the UK.

TRUE BEAUTY COMES FROM WITHIN




Becoming beautiful inside is what radiates beauty evergreen.


This means looking at ourselves as people and reflecting what makes us who we are. Remember the world does not owe us a living, we are what we ourselves have created. Ask yourself, "Do I like who I am?" "Am I a good person?" When you give "of" yourself and start loving people in a unconditional way, liking them without being judgmental you begin to radiate beauty from within, you radiate it from your soul. It is through this you will achieve "Inner Beauty".

Maggie Brown

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Thursday, 26 March 2015

Saturday, 21 March 2015

STORIES FROM THE AFTERLIFE




Article below is from the Daily Mail and similar to another article I pasted on here. Believe what you want for I won't push my beliefs onto anyone, but I will say if you are reading my webpage you must have some interest in the paranormal. When I do readings for clients I often have no contact with them what so ever. Someone will ask me for an email reading, a total stranger, and when I am given validation of the reading, explain to me how could I possibly know, I can't read body language, read their mind, I can't see them, haven't seen a photograph, can't hear their voice or have ever heard their voice for that matter. So how can I know about their relatives in spirit and about their lives? Until someone can come up with a rational explanation for this you have no right to criticise the people below and their experiences. I give survival evidence on a daily basis, I have seen spirit all my life from being a tiny child, just as my daughters and grandchildren also do. Are these small children telling complicated and fanciful lies? I don't think so, especially when a two year old's predictions come true.

Loved ones spoke to us from beyond the grave: Readers' spine-tingling stories will test the skepticism of anyone who doesn't believe in the spirit world 

  • Novelist Jane Merrill Forrest didn't believe in seances and ghost stories
  • However, a mysterious encounter with her dead brother changed her mind
  • She told her story in the Daily Mail and we asked you to share yours
  • Readers who were spoken to from beyond the grave responded in droves
Scoff at seances and ghost stories? Novelist Jane Merrill Forrest did, until - as she related in last Saturday's Daily Mail - a mysterious encounter with her dead brother changed her mind. We asked you to share your own experiences, and you responded in droves...
Yvonne Moreman's husband died after a long and happy marriage
Yvonne Moreman's husband died after a long and happy marriage
After a long and happy marriage, my darling husband died. Five months later, I was sitting in my kitchen with the door to the hall open when the temperature in the bungalow suddenly dropped (it was a lovely, sunny day).
When I looked up, I could see an outline similar in size to my husband.
I spoke to him and told him how I loved him and missed him. After a short time, he put out his arms towards me... and then he disappeared, and the temperature in my home returned to normal.
I have never dismissed the thought of an afterlife, nor have I really believed in it, but I do know now that my beloved is waiting for me, so I have no fear of dying.
Yvonne Moreman
My husband Noel and I live in Northern Ireland. Noel used to be an engineer and is the most pragmatic, realistic man you could ever meet.
On July 31 last year, he came in from his shift after midnight and put his car keys on the bedside cabinet. At 3am, the keys flew across the room, waking us both, and I accused him of swiping them with his hand. He just said it wasn’t him, and that was that.
We were flying to London later that day. As I was driving to the airport, he kept telling me to watch my speed, mind that car, and was generally being irritating. Then he said: ‘We are going to be in a car crash today.’ At the airport, I gloated that I’d managed to get us there in one piece.
Catherine was involved in a car crash after her husband was visited by dead relatives
Catherine was involved in a car crash after her husband was visited by dead relatives
We landed at Heathrow at 5pm and got picked up by a friend. As I got into the middle of the back seat, I couldn’t find the belt buckle so I wasn’t going to bother. Noel insisted I dig it out and gave me ‘The Glare’.
Five minutes later, I shouted: ‘That guy hasn’t seen us!’ as another vehicle sped across the lanes.
The impact was fairly substantial. I dislocated my neck and pulled the cruciate ligament in my left knee. Noel fractured his sternum and three ribs. The Fire Brigade said that if I hadn’t been wearing my seatbelt, I would have been out through the windscreen.

He told me that his recently deceased cousin Shane had thrown the keys, and that he was there with their grandmother. They had told him not to go to London as he would be in terrible pain. When I asked why he had still gone, Noel said that if he hadn’t, then I wouldn’t have worn a seatbelt and would probably have been killed.
If anyone else but Noel had come out with this story, then I would have laughed at it.
Catherine
Susan Jones' uncle was a Manchester United fan
Susan Jones' uncle was a Manchester United fan
My Uncle Don was a lovely, caring man, and, like most of the family, a Manchester United supporter.
When he died it was the week before Remembrance Day, and I visited the chapel of rest to say a last goodbye. Uncle Don was dressed in a black suit and tie with a white shirt, and it struck me how drab it all looked.
So I took the poppy I was wearing and pinned it to Uncle Don’s lapel. That looked much better. Then I kissed him on the cheek and left.
Fast forward two years and I was sitting watching Manchester United playing in a Champions League match on TV. There was only me in the room, but my son was upstairs watching the game.
The door to the hall was open and out of the corner of my eye I thought I saw my son standing there. I turned to speak but there was no one there — just a glow of light on the door.
This happened about four times over the next 20 minutes or so, until eventually I got up and shouted up to my son, asking him if he’d been down. He said he hadn’t. I returned to the lounge and continued to watch the game, still aware of the glow on the door.
There was a huge vase of silk poppies — my favourite flower — in the room. Suddenly, one of the poppy heads fell off the flowers and onto the floor. I was quite shocked as I was the only person in the room and I had not moved.
I rang my sister’s friend, who is a psychic medium, and she asked me whose anniversary was around that time. I said: ‘Uncle Don’s.’
Then she asked what I had given him in the chapel of rest. I was stunned, as it had been a poppy!
I ended the conversation and said: ‘Come in, Uncle Don, and watch the game.’ A few minutes later, when I turned round, the glow had gone from the door.
Susan Jones
Many years ago, my first wife and I had finished decorating our small flat in Greenwich, South London. The only item we were still searching for was a bedspread.
One Saturday morning, we visited the Harrods bedding department. Right there as we walked in was the absolute perfect bedspread at a cost of £80. This was 30 years ago, so heaven knows what the cost would be today.
A foreign sales assistant, possibly Italian, was so helpful in explaining what a lovely item it was, although she agreed ‘it was a lot of money’. She suggested that we go and have coffee upstairs and think about it, which we did.
We made the decision to purchase the bedspread but the assistant was nowhere to be seen. As she had been so helpful, we decided to return to the store a little later to give the same assistant the sale, in case she had been on commission.
On our return, there were two other sales assistants standing by the till in conversation. My wife and I asked them if ‘the Italian sales lady was available’.
To our astonishment, the reply was: ‘I’m really sorry to tell you, but she passed away a year ago to the day...and we were just talking about her.’
We never said anything but we did purchase the bedspread, which looked fabulous in our room.
The bedspread is long gone now. However, before it was disposed of a small piece was cut from the end and framed as a reminder of what happened.
I still have the item in my possession.
Paul Carugati

A GIFT FROM THE SON I LOST: 'ANDREW WANTED ME TO KNOW HE WAS SAFE'

An acquaintance arrived at Mary Martin's door with flowers
An acquaintance arrived at Mary Martin's door with flowers
The death of my son Andrew at 21 was particularly difficult for me to bear. He was my only child — a Cambridge undergraduate, highly intelligent and gifted — and I had raised him mainly on my own.
Walking home from shopping some months after his death, I heard him say: ‘I’m going to remember Mother’s Day tomorrow.’ I can only describe this as a telepathic communication, and it was very clear.
I carried on home greatly uplifted. It was a wonderful moment I shall never forget.
The next day, I answered an unexpected ring at my door. A casual acquaintance was there with her arms full of flowers — daffodils, forsythia and pussy willow.
She told me that the flowers were not from her. She said that she was washing up the breakfast dishes when she heard Andrew say: ‘Take some flowers for Mum.’ These were picked from her garden. She told me that nothing like this had ever happened to her.
It had a profound and moving effect on us both. I’d not told anyone about the message the previous day. Neither did I know this lady very well. It was clear that Andrew wanted me to know he was safe.
Mary Martin
My mother passed away in November 1999. In December 2014, I went to a medium.
He asked me if I had lost my mother and who was the Gemini (which was her birth sign). He even named her — Jean.
Then he told me she had to get something off her chest that she was sorry she never told me, and it was about my other sibling.
I am 61 and an only child, but he was adamant that she said there was another sibling.
Family tree: After her mother died in November 1999, a medium told Pauline Holmes she had a sibling
Family tree: After her mother died in November 1999, a medium told Pauline Holmes she had a sibling
Two days later, I contacted a cousin whom my mother lived with during the war. I asked if, when mum lived with her family, did she have a miscarriage, an abortion or even a baby.
The next words nearly blew me away. My cousin said how sad she was for my mum, and that she had given birth to a baby girl when she was about 19 years old, in 1942!
I stood in my dining room, so stunned and shocked. My cousin had seen the baby lying on a settee in her house. She had just come home with her brother from being evacuated and was told they were looking after it for someone.
A few days later, they took the baby to a house in Southampton where my mother handed the baby over. On their return, my mother was very distressed. My cousin said this is how she knew it was my mum’s child.
I looked on the internet and found a child born in 1942 with my mother’s maiden name, and went to my local register office to obtain a birth certificate. I was told the child had been adopted, which would have been true. There was no father named.
I have tried to trace this person, but have come to a dead end at the moment.
How could this medium know about this if my mother had not told him?
Pauline Holmes
My late husband Mike and I adored each other. We’d been together since I was 16 and he was 19, so imagine how devastated we were to learn he had mesothelioma (asbestos-related cancer).
Mike had worked as a ship’s draughtsman after his apprenticeship in the Fifties, when asbestos was everywhere on the ships.
I nursed Mike single-handed throughout his illness as I couldn’t bear the thought of being parted from him. He died very peacefully sitting next to me, holding my hand, in his favourite chair, four days after his 60th birthday.
I was heartbroken and, as I stroked his hair as he took his last breath, I said: ‘Promise you’ll always be with me, Mike.’ Today, I’m positive that he is.
A week after he died, I was trying to stick four tiles to the wall in the downstairs bathroom, because they’d fallen off. Often my eldest son, Steve, would call in to see me on his way to business meetings for a quick coffee and chat.
This particular morning, I was getting distressed as I couldn’t get the tiles to stick. I suddenly cried out loud: ‘Oh Mike, if only you were here you’d know what to do — and you’d be making me a cup of tea, wouldn’t you?’
Within a couple of minutes, I heard the sound of the kettle in the kitchen. I waited (still in the bathroom) until I heard it click off, then called out to my son: ‘Steve, will you make the tea and coffee please?’, thinking he had called in. 
There was no reply, so I got off my knees and went to the kitchen — but there was no one around and the back door was locked. I went over to the kettle, which was still steaming and scalding hot! The last time the kettle was used was for my breakfast at 7.30am — and it was now 11.15am.
I froze, but then a lovely warm feeling came over me. I said: ‘Is that you, Mike?’ and I bawled my eyes out. So yes, there is life after death. I’m so relieved because I know that I will see my beloved Mike again.















Donna Ayres has been haunted since her brother Paul died
Ann Ash
Patricia Foster chose a property with a balcony after receiving a message from her mother
Patricia Foster chose a property with a balcony after receiving a message from her mother
In 2013, I was sitting at my computer wondering which of two properties to buy. One was overlooking a canal with a balcony, the other was totally different, but they were both nice.
As I was sitting there pondering, all of a sudden I heard an almighty crash behind me. Startled, I jumped up and looked behind me.
A large picture, which had been on the wall for ten years, had come crashing down. But it was intact and there was not a mark on it.
As I picked it up, I saw something written on it in small letters. It said: ‘On the balcony.’
I had bought this picture for my mum, who had lived with us but passed away in 2007. The picture was of two ladies on a balcony looking over a Parisian street.
That was good enough for me. I was definitely going to take the flat with the balcony. Thank you, Mum.
And after a couple of days unpacking, we put the picture on the wall right near the balcony.
I couldn’t believe it, the top of the balcony in the picture was the same colour and shape as the balcony outside my new flat.
All my family say it was definitely the best move I could have made.
Patricia Foster

IT ALL ADDS UP... NUMEROLOGIST STUNNED BY DEAD COUSIN'S MESSAGE

My cousin died suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 60. A few days later, I was sitting in the kitchen writing my book. I’m a numerologist and I was writing about repeated digits such as 111, 222, 333 and so on.
Suddenly, I heard my cousin’s voice. He said: ‘Count the days.’ I didn’t understand what he meant and then he repeated: ‘Count the days.’ This time as he said it, I somehow understood that he wanted me to count how many days he had been alive.
Using the website timeanddate.com I entered his date of birth and his date of death. I was stunned when I saw the result.
He had lived for exactly 22,222 days!
Hilary Carter
My mum sadly passed away in 2006. I rang my daughters that evening and told them the news.
The next morning my eldest daughter texted me to say that my grandson, who was three at the time, had come into the room that morning, not knowing that Grey Nanny (his name for her) had died. He called me Nanny Bells.
He said: ‘Grey Nanny said that you must tell Nanny Bells that she isn’t to worry, as she is home now!’
Susie Roberts 


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ALSO FROM THE DAILY MAIL
  • Ryan, 10, a boy from Muskogee, Oklahoma with Baptist parents claims he has been reincarnated and was an actor and agent in a past life
  • He claimed he was Marty Martin, who was in the Mae West film Night After Night and performed on Broadway, after seeing him in a movie still
  • Ryan began seeing Dr. Jim Tucker soon after, a highly respected child psychiatrist who works with children who remember past lives
  • Even Dr. Tucker was amazed by Ryan's story, and found that 55 of his details match perfectly with Martin's life
  • What's more, Martin is such an obscure actor that there were no articles of pieces about him at all, and it took a film archivist to even learn his name
  • Ryan also knew the year Martin was born, even though it was listed incorrectly on his public death certificate  
He has acted opposite Mae West, tripped the light fantastic on The Great White Way and even partied with Rita Hayworth, and now Ryan is sharing his stories about life during the Golden Age of Hollywood.
The only problem is that Ryan is a 10-year-old boy from Muskogee, Oklahoma who was born to Baptist parents, and this amazing life of his was a past life.
That being said, his vast amounts of knowledge, vivid recollections of the time and stunningly accurate descriptions of the era have convinced even experts that the young man may have in fact been 
Ryan (above with his mother) a 10-year-old boy from Muskogee, Oklahoma with Baptist parents claims he has been reincarnated and was an actor and agent in a past life
Ryan (above with his mother) a 10-year-old boy from Muskogee, Oklahoma with Baptist parents claims he has been reincarnated and was an actor and agent in a past life
Marty Martin
Mae West
He believes he was Marty Martin (left), who was in the Mae West (right) film Night After Night and performed on Broadway
It all began when Ryan was just 4-years-old his mother Cyndi told Today, and he began having nightmares that neither she or her husband, a local police officer, could find a way to stop.
He would talk about his heart exploding and, more than anything, Hollywood, a place that was thousands of miles away from Oklahoma.
What's more, the reserved youngster would always speak in a matter-of-fact manner during these times. 
Then, after a year of this, he finally sat down his mom.
'He said "Mom, I have something I need to tell you,"' said Cyndi.
'I used to be somebody else.'
Having been raised Baptist, Cyndi did not believe in reincarnation or past lives, and decided to hide her son's admission from his father.
But she slowly became curious and then somewhat convinced the more her son spoke of Hollywood, his five marriages, lavish trips to Europe, his old homes and how all his acting clients kept changing their last names, so she decided to start doing some research on Hollywood during the studio era and shared some of the books she found at the local library with her son.
Then, one day, Ryan had a breakthrough when he saw a still from the from the 1932 movie Night After Night starring Mae West.
'That's me,' Ryan told his mother.
Ryan began seeing Dr. Jim Tucker (above) soon after he revealed his past life, a highly respected child psychiatrist who works with children who remember past lives, and does not think Ryan is not lying
Ryan began seeing Dr. Jim Tucker (above) soon after he revealed his past life, a highly respected child psychiatrist who works with children who remember past lives, and does not think Ryan is not lying
Rita Hayworth
Rita Hayworth
Ryan also recalls parting with Rita Hayworth (above) when he was Martin
Ryan's father (center) is a local police officer and neither her nor his wife knew anything about old Hollywood
Ryan's father (center) is a local police officer and neither her nor his wife knew anything about old Hollywood
Ryan was pointing to an extra in the film, a man with no lines that they later learned was bit-actor turned agent Marty Martin.
That is when Cyndi decided Ryan should talk to someone, and the family found Dr. Jim Tucker, a highly respected child psychiatrist from the University of Virginia who has spent time talking with and studying children who claim to remember past lives.
And even he noted there was something very special, and different, about Ryan.
Most remarkable to Dr. Tucker, besides Ryan's incredible detail, was how accurate his claims matched up with the life of Martin, a virtual unknown who neither Ryan's family nor Dr. Tucker knew anything about, even his name, until they reached out to a film archivist.
The film archivist gave them the name, and they then contacted one of Martin's daughters to ask about his life.
That is when they discovered that 55 of Ryan's statements matched up perfectly with Martin's life - including the street he lived on, how many children he had, how many siblings he had and those aforementioned five marriages.
The most shocking claim however came when Ryan told Dr. Tucker during a session one day that he wondered why God had him die at 61-years-old only to be reincarnated as a baby.
This seemed to clash with Martin's death report, that stated he was 59 at the time he died.
That is until Dr. Tucker looked through old census reports and discovered that the certificate, and not Ryan, was incorrect.
The certificate claimed Martin was born in 1905 when in fact he had been born in 1903 according to the census.
And so, Martin was likely  61-years-old at the time of his death. 
Ryan now says his memories of Martin are starting to fade, and as for Dr. Tucker, he has compiled Ryan's story and other like it in his book Return To Life.


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Monday, 16 March 2015

OUIJA BOARDS ONLY CONJURE UP THE DARK SIDE





I've reposted this from a previous article I wrote in response to an article I came across in the Daily Mail (which is below my article)

OUIJA BOARDS AND WHY YOU MUST NOT PLAY WITH THEM






I am often asked about Ouija boards, my advice is and I cannot stress this strongly enough DO NOT go anywhere near them.


Good and evil, light and dark co-exists in the Universe as everything is balanced and if you have read previous articles on this site I have explained this many times but for those who have not, the Universe operates a series of laws and one of the main ones to consider is 'THE LAW OF ATTRACTION' in other words like attracts like, therefore positivity will attract positivity and negativity will attract negativity. The is why positive thought is very important but it also goes with how you live your life, if you walk in the light and strive to be a good kind person, you will attract all that is good towards you, however if you are an evil person you will attract this back to you. This does not mean however there is no hope for you if you have done wrong in the past, far from it, if you genuinely are sorry and aim to make amends you will attract the good to you. You may have heard the old saying, "What goes around comes around", will this is precisely the law of attraction in operation.


When you are beginning to develop psychically or are indeed curious, you begin to open up and use your third eye chakra, when you do so certain malevolent spirits and entities are very aware you are doing this, you give off a signal. Lower energies and spirits who haven't moved on either because they have committed wrong doing or chose to stay on the lower spiritual realms to cause trouble will be attracted to you. If you are pure in thought and a very positive person, you are less likely to attract these, but if shall we say, you're not a very nice person you are much more likely to attract those. Lower entities, come in all shapes and sizes often in the shape of flying creatures and can be very frightening. Now these entities cannot harm you in anyway, they cannot control you, but your negativity and fear feeds them and they will play on this. All you need do is basically tell them with conviction, to 'F*** off' and they will go, but you must override your fear and do it with a strong mind. For everything in the spirit world is controlled and operates on thought.


When you dabble in Ouija boards you will attract these lower entities and malevolent spirits for they think oh I can have a bit of fun here and cause fear and anguish, something they like doing. The other thing they do is to masquerade as the spirit of a loved one to give false messages. One thing spirit of your loved ones DON'T DO is to tell you to do something, as they know we have to live our lives through free will. So if you get a message from someone you know, a deceased love one in spirit telling you to do something, you can guarantee, they are not who they say they care and they are from the dark side.

If you are really interested in communicating with loved ones in spirit go and see and experienced Medium and DO NOT dabble in Ouija boards for all you will do is conjure up the dark and malevolent side


Has a poltergeist been caught on camera? Woman claims she is being terrorised by her ghost of her dead brother and has been forced to move FIVE times 

  • Donna Ayres, 33, says the hauntings began in 2009 after brother Paul died
  • Said pair had fraught relationship and believes he is behind spooky activity
  • Has recorded cup appearing to move on its own and levitating spoon
  • Mother has moved house five times but says spirit keeps following her  

A woman who claims to have captured paranormal activity on camera says he is being haunted by the ghost of her dead brother with whom she had a troubled relationship.
Donna Ayres, 33, says she has moved house five times in order to try and escape the spirit, but it has followed her each time.
The mother-of-four, from Burnley, Lancashire, says she has been left with bruises from the ghoul, and on one occasion was pinned down to the bed.

Captured on camera the 'poltergeist' terrorising Donna's house
In another video taken by Ms Ayres a spoon begins moving around on her kitchen counter (pictured)
In another video taken by Ms Ayres a spoon begins moving around on her kitchen counter (pictured)




The spoon appears to be dragged around by some unseen force before standing up on its end and beginning to spin around on its tip
The spoon appears to be dragged around by some unseen force before standing up on its end and beginning to spin around on its tip
She even claims to have captured some of the hauntings on film, including levitating spoons, light fixtures swinging from the ceiling, and a Ouija board flying across the room. Ms Ayres, who lives with partner Jason Heys, 45, said the disturbances began happening in 2009 around the time her brother Paul passed away.
She said: 'Ever since my brother died strange things have occurred in every house I’ve lived in, it’s been a living hell. 


Among the spooky happenings that Ms Ayres has recorded is a light fixture swinging from the ceiling
'Probably the worst time was when I was pinned to the bed, I’ll never forget it - it was very traumatic. 
'I believe this is happening because death has always followed me, but I have strong suspicions the spirit could be my brother, who died when I was younger.
'We had a very troubled relationship, perhaps that’s why he’s come back to haunt me.' 
Ms Ayres said she began trying to capture the ghost's movements on film with her camera phone after people began doubting her story.
However she now believes she has angered the spirit after the spooky happenings have become more common.
She added: 'The paranormal activity first started in 2009 when I began to hear bangs at night, and then scratches appeared on the wall.
'Since these first encounters I've had nothing but rampant paranormal activity in every house I've lived in, I'm just at the end of my tether.
'I have even woke up with bruises some mornings, despite not being in contact with anyone. 
'It's hard to get the footage as sometimes the paranormal activity is too quick to film, but I think I've done well to catch what I have with a basic camera phone. 
The mother-of-four, who lives with partner Jason Heys, 45, says she has moved house five times in order to escape the ghost, but says it is following her from property to property
The mother-of-four, who lives with partner Jason Heys, 45, says she has moved house five times in order to escape the ghost, but says it is following her from property to property
Ms Ayres said she began recording the incidents (which included a levitating spoon) to convince people of her story, but now fears she may have angered the spirit
Ms Ayres said she began recording the incidents (which included a levitating spoon) to convince people of her story, but now fears she may have angered the spirit
'Given the rocky relationship with my brother, I genuinely believe this ghost is haunting me, not just the house which I live in, which is the most terrifying thing.'
The videos have sparked a furious debate on social media, with a swathe of paranormal investigators offering to conduct a thorough paranormal investigation into the disturbances.
According to Sefton Paranormal Investigators, if the video footage is genuine, this type of paranormal phenomenon would be classified as a poltergeist - a supernatural being often blamed for physical disturbances. 

Ms Ayres believes the poltergeist could be brother Paul (pictured) who died in 2009. She described their relationship as 'fraught'






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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

THE SOLAR ECLIPSE HERALDS NEW BEGINNINGS 20 MARCH 2015




Astrologically generally eclipses are associated with beginnings or endings, in this case a solar eclipse is associated with the beginning of things. I don't profess to be an expert in astrology as my forte is mediumship but I have a working knowledge of it as it helps give me an idea of someone's character. Whatever happens with this solar eclipse it will come as a surprise and planning for it won't make any difference as the new beginning will be unexpected. 


Many people tend to fear eclipses, simply because they often bring about a crisis of sorts that leads to a significant event or change. However, this event or change can be very positive. Personally if you are a positive person you will attract more positive energy towards you. So view this as a positive event, embrace it and be prepared for a new and exciting beginning.

Article below is from the Daily Mail

  • Total solar eclipse set to take place over Europe next month
  • London can expect 84% coverage with parts of Scotland reaching 94%
  • Total eclipse of the sun will occur in Northern Norway and Faroe Islands
  • It will be the biggest event of its kind since 11 August 1999
  • Astronomers said there will not be another total eclipse until 2026
  • March solar eclipse may cause power supply glitches across Europe
  • Solar power is now 10.5% of renewable sources, up from 0.1% in 1999
A solar eclipse is set to block out nearly 90 per cent of sunlight across parts of Europe next month - and it will be the biggest event of its kind in 16 years. 
On 20 March, the moon's orbit will see it travel in front of the sun, casting a shadow over Earth. 
The eclipse will see up to 84 per cent of the sun covered in London - and around 94 per cent in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh.
Meanwhile, electricity system operators have warned the eclipse poses a serious risk of blackouts all over Europe as the continent increasingly relies on solar power.



The path of totality for next month's eclipse will travel from just beneath the Greenland peninsula, heading north into the Arctic Circle. The left-hand animation shows the totality of the 1999 eclipse. The right-hand animation shows how the shadow created by the eclipse on 20 March will travel over Europe
The event is taking place on the morning of 20 March, and a partial eclipse will be visible across Europe, North Africa and Russia for about 90 minutes. 
Northern Scandinavia and the Faroe Islands will experience a full eclipse, known as totality. 
Dr Steve Bell, head of the HM Nautical Almanac Office told MailOnline that Torshavn in the Faroe Islands will see two minutes and two seconds of totality. 
And the maximum duration of totality will be two minutes 47 seconds at a point 186 miles (300km) to the east of Iceland in the Norwegian Sea.
In London, the partial eclipse - when the moon starts touching the sun's edge - will start at 8.45am GMT. The maximum eclipse will hit at 9.31am and this will be the point when the moon is closest to the centre of the sun.
By 10.41am the moon will leave the sun's edge and the partial eclipse will end. 
The solar eclipse is set to block out nearly 90 per cent of sunlight across parts of Europe next month. On the morning of the 20 March the moon's orbit will see it travel in front of the sun casting a shadow over Earth - and the eclipse will be the biggest event of its kind since 11 August 1999 (pictured over Germany)
The solar eclipse is set to block out nearly 90 per cent of sunlight across parts of Europe next month. On the morning of the 20 March the moon's orbit will see it travel in front of the sun casting a shadow over Earth - and the eclipse will be the biggest event of its kind since 11 August 1999 (pictured over Germany)
This animation is designed to appear from the 'point of view' of the eclipse as it will occur on March 20. It shows the shadow being cast over the UK, Greenland, Europe and into Russia
The path of totality of next month's eclipse travels from just beneath the Greenland peninsula, heading north into the Arctic Circle. 
Totality is the path the full shadow travels across the surface of the Earth, while a partial solar eclipse will be visible over a region thousands of miles wide.
Dr Bell added: 'The path of totality lies well to the northwest of the UK making landfall over the Faroe Islands and Svalbard as totality moves towards the North Pole.

WHAT IS A TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE? 

A total solar eclipse is only visible from a certain region on Earth and those who can see it are in the centre of the moon's shadow when it hits Earth. For a total eclipse to take place, the sun, moon and Earth must be in a direct line. The totality of the 11 August 1999 eclipse is shown
A total solar eclipse is only visible from a certain region on Earth and those who can see it are in the centre of the moon's shadow when it hits Earth. For a total eclipse to take place, the sun, moon and Earth must be in a direct line. The totality of the 11 August 1999 eclipse is shown
An eclipse occurs when one heavenly body, such as a moon or planet, moves into the shadow of another. On Earth there are two types - lunar eclipses and solar eclipses.
Lunar eclipse: For a lunar eclipse, the Earth moves between the sun and the moon and blocks sunlight normally reflected by the moon. 
Instead of light hitting the moon’s surface, Earth's shadow falls on it and a lunar eclipse can only happen when the moon is full. 
Solar eclipse: By comparison, a solar eclipse occurs when the orbit of the moon moves it between the sun and Earth. 
A solar eclipse occurs when the orbit of the moon moves it between the sun and Earth. When this happens, the moon blocks the light of the sun 
A solar eclipse occurs when the orbit of the moon moves it between the sun and Earth. When this happens, the moon blocks the light of the sun 
When this happens, the moon blocks the light of the sun reaching Earth and the moon casts a shadow on Earth. 
Types of shadow: During a solar eclipse, the moon casts two shadows on Earth.
The first shadow is called the umbra, and this gets smaller as it reaches Earth.
The second shadow is known as the penumbra, and this gets larger as it reaches Earth. 
There are additionally three types of solar eclipses:
Total: A total solar eclipse is only visible from a certain region on Earth and those who can see it are in the centre of the moon's shadow when it hits Earth. 
For a total eclipse to take place, the sun, moon and Earth must be in a direct line.
People standing in the umbra will see a total eclipse and this will occur over the Faroe Islands on 20 March. 
Partial solar eclipse: This occurs when the sun, moon and Earth don't line up exactly.
People standing in the penumbra will see a partial eclipse. 
Annular: An annular eclipse happens when the moon is farthest from Earth. Because the moon is further from Earth, it appears smaller.  
As a result, it doesn't block the entire view of the sun. The moon in front of the sun resembles a dark disk on top of a larger sun-colored disk and creates what looks like a ring around the moon. 
'The UK will see this eclipse as a deep partial eclipse.
'The place that sees the deepest partial eclipse of the sun in the UK is the west coast of the Isle of Lewis close to Aird Uig.
'Here 98 per cent of the sun will be obscured at mid-eclipse at around 9:36am GMT. 
'Skies will darken for any location where the maximum obscuration exceeds 95 per cent which includes north-western Scotland, the Hebrides, Orkneys and Shetland Islands.'   


Solar eclipse hits the United Kingdom in August 1999
The solar eclipse  will see up to 84 per cent of the sun covered over London and around 94 per cent in the main cities in Scotland (pictured is a full eclipse over Australia in 2012). Northern Scandinavia and the Faroe Islands will experience a full eclipse for two minutes and nine seconds

The solar eclipse will see up to 84 per cent of the sun covered over London and around 94 per cent in the main cities in Scotland (pictured is a full eclipse over Australia in 2012). Northern Scandinavia and the Faroe Islands will experience a full eclipse for two minutes and nine seconds
The last solar eclipse of a similar size took place on 11 August 1999 and had an eclipse magnitude of 1.029.
An eclipse magnitude is the fraction of the sun’s diameter obscured by the moon. 
It is based on a ratio of diameters and differs from an eclipse obscuration, which is a measure of the sun’s surface area covered by the Moon. 
The value given is taken at the moment when the eclipse is at is maximum. 
The path of the moon's shadow in August 1999 began in the Atlantic Ocean before covering the south of the UK, northern France, Belgium, Luxembourg, southern Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Hungary. 

THE TOTAL ECLIPSE OF 1999 

The last solar eclipse of a similar size took place on 11 August 1999 and had an eclipse magnitude of 1.029.
An eclipse magnitude is the fraction of the sun’s diameter obscured by the moon. 
It is based on a ratio of diameters and differs from an eclipse obscuration, which is a measure of the sun’s surface area covered by the Moon. 
The value given is taken at the moment when the eclipse is at is maximum.  
The maximum of two minutes and 23 seconds of totality for the 1999 eclipse occurred close to Ramnicu Valcea in Romania.
It was said to have been the first total eclipse visible in Europe since 22 July 1990, and the first visible in the UK since 29 June 1927.  
It was said to have been the first total eclipse visible in Europe since 22 July 1990, and the first visible in the UK since 29 June 1927. 
Dr Bell continued: 'In a global context, the maximum duration of totality for next month’s eclipse will exceed the maximum of two minutes and 23 seconds of totality for the 1999 eclipse, which occurred close to Ramnicu Valcea in Romania. 
'This is still quite a long way short of the theoretical maximum duration of totality which can reach seven minutes 31 seconds.' 
There will not be another total eclipse until 2026. 
Tom Kerss, astronomer at The Royal Observatory Greenwich told MailOnline: 'Since the Moon is smaller than the Earth, and very far away, the properly dark shadow it casts will only be about 100 miles wide, and will spend most of its time darkening the chilly waters of the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. 
'However, if the weather is clear, observers on Svalbard and the Faroes should experience almost three minutes of extraordinary day-time darkness.
'What’s more, lunar perigee - the time in the Lunar month when the Earth and Moon are closest together - will occur the evening before the eclipse. 
This makes our 2015 Spring Equinox eclipse a ‘supermoon’ eclipse - perhaps we should call that a supereclipse.
'Since the shadow of the moon will be ever so slightly larger in this scenario, it might appear slightly darker during totality, but in practise I think this would be difficult to detect, even by an experienced eclipse chaser. 
'Nevertheless, it’s nice to have a supermoon, equinox and eclipse all falling on the same day.
'It’ll be well worth taking a look outside to see the two most important astronomical bodies in our lives rising together, and witness the last eclipse to cover so much of the sun from Europe in over a decade.'
Since 1999, the use of solar power in Europe has gone from 0.1 per cent of electricity produced from renewable power sources to 10.5 per cent. 


These four animations illustrate how the eclipse will appear over Rome (top left), Paris (top right), London (bottom left) and the Faroe Islands (bottom right). Reloading the page will replay the animations. They were designed by the HM Nautical Almanac Office and reveal the time of the events and altitudes 
This could mean that transmission networks will have to cope with sharp drops and sudden surges in capacity as the eclipse takes place in the early hours of 20 March.

HOW TO WATCH THE ECLIPSE

Projection: Place a pinhole or small opening in a card, and hold it between the sun and a screen – giant sheet of white paper works – a few feet away.
Filters: The sun can be viewed directly only when using filters specifically designed for this purpose. Such filters have a thin layer of aluminum, chromium or silver on the surfaces.
Telescopes with solar filters: There are sun-specific telescopes available for sale - or perhaps through a local astronomy club - that are also safe for viewing a partial eclipse. 
'Solar eclipses have happened before but with the increase of installed photovoltaic energy generation, the risk of an incident could be serious without appropriate countermeasures,' European grid company lobby ENTSO-E said.
'Under a clear morning sky on 20 March, some 35,000 megawatts of solar energy, which is the equivalent of nearly 80 medium size conventional generation units, will gradually fade from Europe's electrical system before being gradually re-injected: all in the space of two hours.'
The organisation, which represents 41 electricity transmission system operators (TSOs) from 34 countries across Europe, added that the eclipse poses an unprecedented challenge for grids. 
Continental Europe overall has 87 GW of solar capacity, mainly in Germany, Italy and France.
German solar capacity alone has risen from just a few hundred MW in 2003, when the region last witnessed a major eclipse, to 38,200 MW now. 
The spread of huge solar arrays across the EU means that more than 10 per cent of the continent’s electricity now comes from solar panels. With power supply so reliant on the sun’s rays, the solar eclipse on 20 March might lead to blackouts. Experts have warned the eclipse poses ‘an unprecedented test for Europe’s system’
The spread of huge solar arrays across the EU means that more than 10 per cent of the continent’s electricity now comes from solar panels. With power supply so reliant on the sun’s rays, the solar eclipse on 20 March might lead to blackouts. Experts have warned the eclipse poses ‘an unprecedented test for Europe’s system’
Under German renewable laws, solar power takes priority when being fed into the grid to reach consumers.
Germany's four high-voltage power firms, in the heart of Europe, said separately they had commissioned studies on likely scenarios and are currently preparing for an 82 percent loss of sunshine between 08.30am and 11am on the day. 
The eclipse in 1999 saw no great impact on solar power because the industry was still in its infancy.  

...AND THE ECLIPSE COULD CAUSE POWER BLACKOUTS

The eclipse next month could disrupt solar power supplies across Europe, energy experts have warned.
The spread of huge solar arrays across the EU means that more than 10 per cent of the continent’s electricity now comes from solar panels.
With power supply so reliant on the sun’s rays, the solar eclipse on 20 March might lead to blackouts.
Electricity system operators have warned that the eclipse poses ‘an unprecedented test for Europe’s electricity system’.
The European Network Transmission System Operators for Electricity, a group of power supply organisations, said: ‘The risk of incident cannot be completely ruled out.
‘Solar eclipses have happened before but with the increase of installed photovoltaic energy generation, the risk of an incident could be serious without appropriate countermeasures.’
The organisation said it had been planning so-called ‘countermeasures’ for months, with suppliers across Europe set to help balance the load with more energy from other power stations as solar electricity drops off.  
The eclipse is not expected to cause blackouts in Britain because so little of our power comes from solar power.
Despite a boom in British solar arrays in recent years, particularly in southern England, solar power today provides just 1.5 per cent of our electricity needs.
The National Grid said it expected solar power output in Britain to halve from an average March figure of 3,000 megawatts to 1,700 megawatts.



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