February 2021 – Elizabeth Rose
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Years ago when I was midwife I visited a patient and after examining her and her baby we sat down with her mum for a cup of tea.

Her mother told me that her husband had died suddenly recently.

She then told me this strange tale.

Her husband and her son were miners and worked at the local pits.

Her husband used to get up for work early to do the early shift and he would get up around 5am and make a cup of tea and bring one up for her and for her son as well.

However after the funeral her son started to go back to work and he would get up at around 5 am to make the tea and bring one up for his mum just like his father did.

But when her son went into the kitchen the first time the kettle was already boiling!! Even though he had not even gone into the kitchen and definitely he had not switched the kettle on.

This happened every morning for two weeks, then just stopped.

 Was this her husband trying to communicate to her? Well both her and her son felt he was.

The kettle was not faulty and there was no explanation for the kettle boiling and after the two week period it just became normal again.

It is strange how often after someone has passed away that things happen connected with metal that cannot be explained.

I have heard before about keys being lost then just appearing on a table, light switches going on and off. I have heard of televisions going haywire but then correcting themselves.

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A park of cards as you probably will know consists of 52 cards. These are divided into four different suits, hearts, diamonds clubs and spades. Each suit has 13 cards, an ace, two, three, four, five six, seven, eight, nine, ten, knave, Queen and King. People usually call them ordinary playing cards to differentiate them from the Tarot cards.

However, they do reflect the Universe, in time and symbolically and numerically as I will explain. It is this link with time that reveals the past the present and the future. So, the 52 cards represent the 52 weeks in the year. The four suits represent the four seasons.

The four suits also symbolize the four elements of nature. Which is air, fire, water, and earth. Maybe they are now known as intuition, intelligence, compassion, and depression.

The four suits have a unique characteristic of their own, representing spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Air, fire, water, and earth they are four weeks in a lunar month, the four parts of a day, and the four stages of a lifetime. That is infancy, adolescence, adulthood, and old age. Also represent the four basic characteristics, intuition, intelligence compassion and depression.

The ace of each suit represents the first week of its corresponding season. Kings rule the second week. Queens the third week and so on. With the two’s ruling the last week of the season.

The first week of Cartomancy year is 1 March to 7 March and is ruled by the first card in the pack, that is the ace of diamonds.

The last week in this year is 22 February to 28 February and is rules by the 2 of spades the last and lowest in the pack.

The joker rules the extra leap year day.

More next month after you have digested this!

One of the most common superstitions is the fear of Friday the 13th, and that something nasty will happen to us on that date. Bad luck is associated with this date and it is considered the unluckiest day of the year. Some Christians believed that the World would end on Friday 13thCruise ships do not have a deck thirteen and neither do airports have a row thirteen. The next Friday 13th will be in August 2021.

Why is this this so? Well delving back into history for hundreds of years, some people think it is linked with the last supper, when there were thirteen people present before Jesus died on a Friday. Many other catastrophic events have happened on this date too, amongst them the bombing of Buckingham Palace and the sinking of the Costa Concordia.

The fear is so strong psychologists have even called the fear of Friday the 13th paraskevidekatriaphobes!

One popular myth is that if a single woman slept with a piece of wedding cake, then she would dream of her future husband!! However, nothing has ever been proven that this is true.

Waking a sleepwalker is supposed to give them a heart attack according to a popular myth, which is not true. Nothing can happen to their major organs. However, it is not advisable to wake them as they well be agitated and strike out as they could be confused and disoriented.