WHERE DOES THE WORD 'ELECTRICITY' COME FROM?
What is the mythos origin of the name Elektra?
Elektra - Greek Goddess of the Storm Clouds
In ancient Greek mythology Elektra was one of the Okeanides; the water-bearing cloud children of Okeanos (the ocean) and Tethys (a sea goddess daughter of Gaia ie. earth, world). Elektra is the goddess of the stormy sea clouds, which draw their moisture up from the sea. They are charged with lightening and form around islands near the summits of mountains.
We get the word ‘electricity’ from the ancient Greek goddess Elektra. She is a powerful bringer of life through water and electrical charge.
Elektra married Thaumas, a powerful sea god, and had several children, including Iris, goddess of the Rainbow, as well as the Harpies. The rainbow is often seen extending from the sea into rain or storm clouds.
Traditionally people honoured the goddess Elektra with Amber
We get natural light-filled amber from the sea. Amber became associated with the goddess Elektra because of the golden halo rim around electrical storm clouds when sunlight shines from behind. Interestingly, when you rub amber with a soft cloth it produces static electricity. This was thought to happen in honour of Elektra.
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TOO STIFF? You will notice that magnesium deficiency symptoms include cramps, muscle spasms, stiff joints and arteries (which cause hypertension), as well as inflammation and pain.
ANXIOUS OR CAN’T RELAX? What happens as magnesium drops too low is that too much calcium moves into the soft tissue and joints because it gets stuck in the cell membrane calcium channels. We need more magnesium to remove the calcium from those membrane channels so that the muscle fibres can relax again. Magnesium also helps the circulation (lymph and blood) to move more fluidly through the vascular system, which needs magnesium to remain flexible and stretchy. Magnesium controls how calcium is used in the body. Foods tend to give us a lot more calcium than magnesium, and when you add to this the loss of magnesium from stress, you can see that we are more likely to be deficient in magnesium rather than calcium.
HYPERACTIVE? When calcium starts to dominate, we get ‘stuck’ in the flight-flight state of tension, unable to relax or sleep properly. Hyperactivity and inability to sleep deeply or long enough can also be a sign of low magnesium and too much calcium activity, as this then triggers excessive adrenalin release. Studies have shown that magnesium directly causes the inhibition of the adrenalin response and vice versa. As you increase adrenalin, it pushes magnesium out of the way. Activity and energy expenditure uses calcium and adrenalin (stress hormones), but recovery and relaxation requires magnesium to come back and establish calmness, quiet and equilibrium. And it is only in the relaxation mode that we can properly digest food, detox and make new cells. So we really need quite a lot of magnesium for balance, health and wellness and can’t do without it! Are you getting enough? Try natural magnesium via skin and feel the difference…