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“Solstice” comes from two Latin words: sol meaning “sun” and sistere meaning “to stand still” because it appeared as though the sun and moon had stopped moving across the sky. This

 longest night of the year, followed by a renewal of the sun, demonstrates the cyclical order of the cosmos. In this way, celebrating the solstice can be a beautiful remembrance that our lives are part of a larger order, always changing, always renewing.

If we look around us we can see that the rest of nature has quieted down, slowed down, or at least taken its activity underground into its roots or burrows. Since we are a part of nature, So this is the gift of the season: a pause to appreciate and to nurture our roots, our connections that support us so well all year long.

Winter Solstice is one of our oldest celebrations, dating back to the dawn of modern civilization some 30,000 years ago. For ancient people, the winter solstice was an awesome, mysterious, and powerful phenomenon tap into this magical time with ritual, intention and meditation.

A couple of suggestions for rituals for the winter solstice

  • Make a Christmas wreath which is an ancient tradition made of evergreens, holly, and ivy. The wreath’s circle symbolizes the wheel of the year and the completion of another cycle.
  • Light a candle on the solstice and shine the light and reflect and meditate on your teachings and wisdom from the year gone by.
  • Cleanse your home with some sage or bells.
  • Cleanse your own energy field with some sage, rose water, or a nice cleansing salt bath
  • Decorating the tree with objects resembling fruits, nuts, berries, to acknowledge
  • the gifts of abundance from Mother eart
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Feng Shui is all about having the most supportive, inspiring and healthiest home. One of the first steps to achieving these Feng Shui goals is to give your home a really good cleaning.  But because Feng Shui also means living in harmony with the earth, your cleaning should use natural organic products that honor and nurture that relationship.

Using natural home cleaning products supports the sense of smell. Many cleaning products include natural essential oils, and thus will make your home smell nice by offering an “aromatherapy” effect. Lavender is a natural disinfectant. Imagine getting your home clean while enjoying that beautiful relaxing aroma. You can even add a few drops to your clothes before they go into the dryer or a few drops in the vacuum.

Lemon is another magical essential oil. You can use a few drops on stains on your clothes, or add a few drops to a gallon of water when mopping your white tile floors.

Tea tree essential oil offers antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal properties. It works especially well to get rid of mildew and mold around the house.

By contrast, bleach and other chemicals in non-natural cleaning products can create smells and even toxic odors that are unbearable.

Simple Ingredients needed for making your own cleaning products include:

  • Baking soda
  • Citrus seed extract: Usually made from grapefruit seed, this natural preservative is a powerful antimicrobial agent. It is often sold as grapefruit seed extract
  • Essential oils: lavender, sweet orange; bergamot, rosemary, eucalyptus or tea tree; thyme; lemon or lemongrass; and peppermint or citronella
  • Cider Vinegar

And here are some great recipes for making your own natural cleaning products:

All purpose cleaner

9 parts water to 1 part white vinegar

For the Bathroo

10 drops of tea tree oil and three cups of white vinegar. Add  to your toilet bowl and let sit for 15 minutes.

Fill a spray bottle with half water and half vinegar for a  shower or bathtub cleaner. leave for 30 minutes before rinsing off.

 

Glass Cleaner

Mix two cups water, 1/2 cup white or cider vinegar, and 1 to 2 drops of lemon essential oil.

Tile Grout Cleaner

Mix 1 part water and 3 parts baking soda mixed into a paste. Apply to grout and let sit; and then scrub.

Cookware

Use sea salt with a little lemon juice or essential oil and scrub. Also, try baking soda and water made into a paste.

If you decide to purchase natural cleaning products instead of making them at home, there are  just a couple of qualities to look out for:

  • Nontoxic
  • Fragrance free
  • Biobased
  • Reduced and recyclable packaging
  • No VOCs
  • Pesticide Free
  • Biodegradable

Feng Shui principals are becoming so widespread, you can get some great natural brands at the local health food store. Noweven grocery stores carry them.

 

 

 

 

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“Solstice” comes from two Latin words: sol meaning “sun” and sistere meaning “to stand still” because it appeared as though the sun and moon had stopped moving across the sky. This

 longest night of the year, followed by a renewal of the sun, demonstrates the cyclical order of the cosmos. In this way, celebrating the solstice can be a beautiful remembrance that our lives are part of a larger order, always changing, always renewing.

If we look around us we can see that the

 rest of nature has quieted down, slowed down, or at least taken its activity underground into its roots or burrows. Since we are a part of nature, So this is the gift of the season: a pause to appreciate and to nurture our roots, our connections that support us so well all year long.

Winter Solstice is one of our oldest celebrations, dating back to the dawn of modern civilization some 30,000 years ago. For ancient people, the winter solstice was an awesome, mysterious, and powerful phenomenon tap into this magical time with ritual, intention and meditation.

A couple of suggestions for rituals for the winter solstice

  • Make a Christmas wreath which is an ancient traditi
    on made of evergreens, holly, and ivy. The wreath’s circle symbolizes the wheel of the year and the completion of another cycle.
  • Light a candle on the solstice and shine the light and reflect and meditate on your teachings and wisdom from the year gone by.
  • Cleanse your home with some sage or bells.
  • Cleanse your own energy field with some sage, rose water, or a nice cleansing salt bath
  • Decorating the tree with objects resembling fruits, nuts, berries, to acknowledge
  • the gifts of abundance from Mother earth
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Today is a magical day of celestial alignment, magic, rebirth, renewal and regeneration and invite you to harness the gifts and energy of this day. There is a powerful portal opening up with a Total Solar Eclipse, a Super New Moon and celebrating Spring Equinox! Take sometime to set some intentions, to dream, visualize, engage in ceremony, light a candle, dance your dance, sing your song. Speak your truth to those you have been meaning to for a while, go for what your heart and soul knows to be true and do what you need to do to create the life and world you wish to experience.

As we heal and open to our very best most amazing selves we give other permission to do the same

 

 

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“Solstice” comes from two Latin

 words: sol meaning “sun” and sistere meaning “to stand still” because it appeared as though the sun and moon had stopped moving across the sky. This longest night of the year, followed by a renewal of the sun, demonstrates the cyclical order of the cosmos. In this way, celebrating the solstice c

an be a beautiful remembrance that our lives are part of a larger order, always changing, always renewing.

If we look around us we can see that the rest of nature has quieted down, slowed down, or at least taken its activity underground into its roots or burrows. Since we are a part of nature, So this is the gift of the season: a pause to appreciate and to nurture our roots, our connections that support us so well all year long.

Winter Solstice is one of our oldest celebrations, datin

g back to the dawn of modern civilization some 30,000 years ago. For ancient people, the winter solstice was an awesome, mysterious, and powerful phenomenon tap into this magical time with ritual, intention and meditation.

A couple of suggestions for rituals for the winter solstice

  • Make a Christmas wreath which is an ancient tradition made of evergreens, holly, and ivy. The wreath’s circle symbolizes the wheel of the year and the completion of another cycle.
  • Light a candle on the solstice and shine the light and reflect and meditate on your teachings and wisdom from the year gone by.
  • Cleanse your home with some sage or bells.
  • Cleanse your own energy field with some sage, rose water, or a nice cleansing salt bath
  • Decorating the tree with objects resembling fruits, nuts, berries, to acknowledge
  • the gifts of abundance from Mother earth
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Home truly is where the heart is. That’s why it’s so important that your home is nurturing, supportive, safe and makes you feel like you’re getting a great big hug when you walk in the door. No matter what’s going on in the world outside, once you step inside you should be completely relaxed and able to connect body, mind and spirit. When you implement changes in your home, you will notice that your life is also transformed instantly, dramatically and permanently.

The Solar Year begins February 4, 2014 ; and with it the transition from the slow moving Water Snake to the wood Horse representing freedom, movement, love and success

The Wood Horse year represents a time of triumph, spontaneous adventure, academic achievement,  business success and romance. It is an excellent year for travel. Horse year is about freedom, movement, returning to nature, and enjoying life. Energy is high and all your work will be rewarded. Its important to act fast in a Horse year. Make the decisions that you have been holding off on. If you are not feeling 100% confident about decision, then don’t do it. Overspending is easy in a Horse year so be mindful with that. The Horse year, it’s easy to make decisions to fast, make sure to take sometime to reflect before making decisions.

Horse have reins for a reason…if you feel the need to gently pull on the reins to slow down please know that you have the choice and power to do so. Take some time out in nature and slow down when needed and before its needed, don’t wait to fall off the horse before doing so.

The horse year is considered a fortunate year. The Magical Horse has supernatural powers, think of unicorns, Pegasus. The Chinese horse has its presence on the ground and is a helper to man, being of service. How do you plan to be of service this year of the horse? How would you like to give back?

The horse supports humans with his strength and also carries human development, progress and migrations as well as supporting thousands of years of trade and growth. It represents wealth. If you had horses you were wealthy. Every culture used horses or ponies.

The horse was also a sign of power. The horse is a powerful, strong animal but on the other hand is delicate and vulnerable. They are so deeply intuitive. As you walk up to a horse they are not thinking what you look like, how much money you have….they are feeling into your energy. They can sense kindness, authenticity, peace, strength and confidence. This is a year for you to really step into your most authentic self….as last year was about shedding your skins and this year stepping into the very best YOU!!!

Some Suggestions to Implement for 2014

Create a Vision Board Collage for the year 2014. Start with images that express what you want to “manifest” during the year. Consider the areas of love, joy, vibrant health and empowerment, then create a collage that makes your heart sing every time you look at it. Keep it somewhere that you’ll see each day and that’s private just for you.

Clear the clutter from your home. One of the most important things you can do for your finances is simply to clean up clutter! Throwing out junk and getting rid of things like excess paper, empty boxes and broken items can go a long way toward energizing your home for prosperity. This includes your car, your purse, your garage, your computer’s inbox and even your desk top.

Create an altar to reconnect with the deeper parts of ourselves.

Clear out the old and welcome in the new energies. Cleanse the energy in your home by burning sage, ringing bells, singing and opening windows and doors. Start at the front door and work clockwise around your home, getting into all the corners, nooks and crannies with either the sage or bells.

Express your gratitude for your home. The energy you give to it is the energy you will receive from it. The more you notice, appreciate and express gratitude for blessings received (no matter how small), the more good things will come your way, including money. Start a gratitude journal to track your daily thanks.

Clean your Front Door. The front door is where all good energy enters your home; a clean door attracts prosperity while a dirty or faded door repels it.

Replace burned out light bulbs. If your rooms are dark so is your financial future. Replace burned out bulbs and brighten your possibilities to attract wealth.

Clean your Windows. Windows are the eyes of your home; dirty windows cloud vision but clean windows represent a clear view of the opportunities. Windows are truly your view to the world so also repair all cracks and broken panes.

Remove Dead Plants. Dead plants symbolize dead energy. Replace them with healthy, living plants to grow wealth in your life.

Repair broken mirrors. If you look at a broken mirror you can’t see things smoothly or clearly. Remove or replace it to reflect a smooth road to prosperity.

Tighten loose door knobs and handles. If your handles are loose you cannot get a grip on your money. Tighten them and wealth will be within your grasp.

Add artwork. Being surrounded by artwork you love and things that inspire you will enter your subconscious all day. Art is also an excellent way to help create the symbols and images needed to help attract positive energy.

 Classical Feng Shui Suggestions for each direction of the home for 2014

 Southeast #3 Wood

Remedy: Fire

Avoid: water

Very strong peach blossom,

Good for sales, promotion, writers, entertainment industry and creativity

Write Wealth affirmation in this area

Place item related with wealth and abundance

Gem: Amethyst

 

South #8 Earth

Remedy: Fire

Avoid: Water

Promotion and Celebration, Money and Fame, Joy

Write affirmation for name, fame and how you share your light in the world

Gem: Citrine or red coral

 

Southwest # 1 Water

Remedy: Metal 30lbs

Avoid: Red or fire

Romance and Wealth

Be careful that family relationships stay harmonious

Place something to symbolize supporting love and relationships here

Gem: Rose quartz

East # 2 Earth

Remedy: Metal 30lbs

And a metal bowl filled with water and salt

Avoid: Fire or red

(e.g., colors maroon, purple,

No construction or groundbreaking

Can be area for arguments

Add Buddha something peaceful

Keep area quiet

Write family affirmation here

Place family album or photos here

Gem: Jade

Center #4 Wood

Romance, Business Success,

academic achievement, Great for deepening your spiritual practice

Remedy: Nothing needed

Avoid: red or fire

Add Quan Yin for compassion and love

Write a affirmation on health and well being

Make sure there is no clutter

Great area for fresh flowers

Gem: Amber

West #6 Metal

Remedy: Water fountain

Avoid: Metal

Creativity, Wealth and Power

Beneficial for new people that work in the financial industry

Be aware of injuries from metal objects

This is a great area for creativity

Write creativity affirmation

Place something that you have written, painted or created in this area

Gem: Citrine

Northeast # 7 Metal

Remedy: Water

Wealth and Promotions

Strong love energy here

Stay away from gossiping or scandalous situations

Great area for knowledge

Write affirmation on what you would like to learn for 2014

Gem: Red Coral

 

North # 9 Fire

Remedy: Salt water remedy

Great area to spend time if you are single

Romance, Marriage, Expanding Social Circles, Career Advancements.

Take time making decisions

No construction or groundbreaking

 

This area will support career

Write affirmation on career

Gem: Black Obsidian

 

Northwest #5 Earth

Remedy: Metal 50lbs and Moving Metal, a statue of Kwan Yin

Avoid: Fire/ red color

No construction or groundbreaking, avoid too much activity here.

This is the least auspicious area this year

This is the travel and helpful people area

Add pictures of places you would like to travel

Write affirmation on all the helpful people in your life

Gem: Turquoise

  Important Reminders for 2014:

Do something loving and nurturing for YOU!—Daily! Self massage, yoga, walk in nature, eat healthy, connect with the people you love!

Create a Vision Board and place somewhere that you see daily that is private for you.

Write an affirmation in each of the sections of your home; write in present tense and all positive.

Cleanse and protect your energy daily using visualizing white light all around you or the violet flame.

Cleanse the Energy in your home with sage, bells, singing, opening the windows and doors

Share unconditional love

Smile

Connect with nature

Learn to forgive

Trust your intuition.

Take care of your body

Release negative emotions

Learn from others and past experiences

Have some quiet time each day

Do what you love

Be of Service

reduce your attachment to possessions.

focus only on the present.

Think positive thoughts.

Visualize daily.

Choose your friends wisely.

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Bunús na Gaeilge – Basic Irish Language

There is no other way to revive Irish than for a crowd of people to spread it.
- Douglas Hyde

Note: The spellings and pronunciations used are based on Aideen’s own natural use of Connemara Irish but they have been kept simple, so as to be understood where there are differences in the language.
For example, the word ‘feicfidh’ is used only in Connemara Irish; in Leinster, Ulster and Munster the word is ‘cífidh’. There are two pronunciations; Leinster/Munster – kee-fee; Ulster – chee-fee.

The biggest problem for people whose native language is English is that the soft ‘t’ and ‘d’ are in Irish, but not in English; it’s difficult to ‘reproduce’ them in writing. Where I use ‘th’ and ‘dh’ here, they are best achieved by putting your tongue gently behind your front upper teeth.”

Click here for our words & phrases Index.

Lesson 5
The Language of Love – in Irish

This is a revised and updated version of our St. Valentine”s Day offering. The difference is that some of the following words and phrases can be used at any time of the year, whenever romance is in the air.

Phrase: St Valentine’s Day
Irish: Lá Fhéle Vailintín
Pronunciation: law ay-leh val-in-theen

Phrase: Happy St Valentine’s Day
Beannachtaí na Fhéle Vailintín
Pronunciation: Ban-ochth-thee na Fay-leh val-in-theen
Literally, Blessings of St. Valentine

Word: Card
Irish: cárta
Pronunciation: cawrth-ah

Word: Anonymously (without signature)
Irish: gan ainm ar bith or gan síne
Pronunciation: gahn an-im err bih or gan sheen-eh

Word: Love
Irish: grá
Pronunciation: graw

Phrase: My love
Irish: A grá
Pronunciation: ah ghraw

Word: Lover
Irish: Leannán
Pronunciation: lih-ahn-awn

Word: Darling
Irish: a stór
Pronunciation: ah sthohr

Phrase: Soul mate
Irish: Anam Cara
Pronunciation: ah-nahm khara

Phrase: I love you
Irish: Tá cion agam ort
Pronunciation: thaw kiuhn ag-gum urth

Phrase: My love to you
Irish: Mo grá thú
Pronunciation: muh ghraw hoo

Word: Darling
Irish: a stór
Pronunciation: ah sthohr

Phrase: Love of my heart
Irish: a stór mo chroí
Pronunciation: ah sthohr muh khree

Word: Heart
Irish: croí
Pronunciation: kree

Word: Rose
Irish: rós
Pronunciation: rose

Phrase: My love/My dear
Irish: A ghrá
Pronunciation: Ah ghraw

Phrase: My sweetheart
Irish: Mo mhuirnín
Pronunciation: Muh voor-neen

Phrase: Kiss me
Irish: Póg mé
Pronunciation: Pogue may

Phrase: Hugs and kisses
Irish: Barróga agus póga
Pronunciation: Bahrogue-ah ah-guss pogue-ah

Phrase: I’d give you the blood of my heart
Irish: Thabharfainn fuil mo chroí duit
Pronunciation: hohr-hinn fwill muh khree gwitch

Phrase: Will you marry me?
Irish: An bpósfaidh tú mé?
Pronunciation: on bohs-ee thoo may?

Phrase: Yes, I will marry you
Irish: Cinnte (certainly), pósfaidh mé thú
Pronunciation: kinn-tcheh, pohs-hee may hoo

Phrase: I think I’m in love
Irish: Ceapaim go bhfuilim i ngrá
Pronunciation: kih-ahp-im guh will-im ih ngraw

Phrase:
Would you like to go out with me?
Irish: Ar mian leat siúl amach liom?
Pronunciation: err veen lih-ath shool ah-mahkh lih-um?
(literally: would you like to walk out with me)

Phrase: I adore you
Irish: Ádhraím thú
Pronunciation: aw-reem hoo

Phrase: She is (He is) the love of my life
Irish: Is grá mo shaol í (é).
Pronunciation: iss graw muh heel ee (ay)

Connemara pickup line: I prefer you to a hundred milk cows!
Irish: B’fhearr liom thú nó céad bó bainne!
Pronunciation: Barr lum hoo no kaydh boh bahn-nyah

Phrase: I got four anonymous Valentine cards
Irish: Fuair mé ceithre chártaí Vailintín gan ainm ar bith orthu
Pronunciation: foo-ir may keh-reh cawr-thee val-in-theen gahn an-im err bih ur-hoo

Phrase: He sent me a bouquet of a dozen red roses
Irish: Chuir sé crobhaing de dhosaen rósanna dearga chugam
Pronunciation: khuir shay kruv-eng djeh gus-ayn rose-ahnah djahr-gah hug-ahm

Phrase: I love you
Irish: Tá cion agam ort
Pronunciation: thaw kiuhn ag-gum urth

Image: First Kiss by Kim Anderson from All Posters

Lesson #6
Sending a card for a birthday or other occasion? These phrases will come in handy. According to Aideen, they are generally written rather than spoken; apparently Irish speakers are not this formal in everyday conversation. So use these when you want to write a special greeting.
Phrase: Happy Birthday
Irish: Lá Breithe Shona
Pronunciation: Law breh-heh huna

Phrase: Happy Anniversary
Irish: Comhgáirdeas bhur gceiliúradh
Pronuniation: koh-gawr-jeas wur gel-oor-ah*
* This is not specifically ‘anniversary’ but ‘celebration’ and could be used for many such occasions. In the singular it would be:
do cheiliúradh, pronounced dhuh chel-oor-ah

Phrase: Happy St. Patrick’s Day
Irish:Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig
Pronunciation: Ban-ochth-thee na Fay-leh Paw-drig

Phrase: Good luck and best wishes
Irish: Sláinte agus Saol Agat (Agaibh*)
Pronunciation: Slaw-intche agus seel ah-guth (ah-geev*)
Literally means ‘(good) health and life to you’ *plural

Phrase: Happy Easter
Irish: Beannachtaí na Cásca
Pronunciation: Ban-ochth-thee na caws-ca

Phrase: Merry Christmas
Irish: Nollaig Shona
Pronunciation: Null-ig huna

Phrase: Happy New Year
Irish: Athbhlian faoi mhaise
Pronunciation: Ah-vleen fwee wash-eh

According to Aideen, one of the easiest and nicest catch-all phrases, suitable for any occasion would be:

Irish: Sláinte agus saol agat* – Health (good implied) and life (long implied) to you
Prounciation: Slaw-in-che ah-gus seel ah-guth
*agaibh (plural) ah-giv

but with one ‘amendment’ – in the case of a new baby the blessing would be to the parents for the child and would be:
Irish: Sláinte agus saol ar bhur leanbh nua
Pronunciation: Slaw-in-che ah-gus seel er wur lan-iv noo-ah

Lesson #7 – Basic Irish: A selection of toasts
From the classic Slainte and how to pronounce it to a few other not so common ones and how to pronounce those, too, you’re sure to impress family and friends at the next social event when you toast the gathering in the Irish!

Toast: May God not weaken your hand
Irish: Nár laga Dia do lámh
Pronunciation: Nar lah-ga Djee-ah dhu lawv
Toast: May we be alive at this same time again
Irish: Go mbeirimíd beo ar an am seo arís
Pronunciation: Guh mer-i-meedh bee-oh er an am shu areesh

Toast: May you live and may you wear it out
Irish: Go mairir is go gathair
Pronunciation: Guh mah-rir is guh gah-hir

Toast: Health and life to you
The woman of your choice for you
A child every year for you
And may you die in Ireland

Irish: Sláinte agus saol agat
Bean ar do mhian agat
Leanbh gach blian agat
Agus bás n Éireann

Pronunciation: Slaw-in-tche agus seel ah-guth
Ban er dhuh veen ah-guth
Lan-v goch bleen ah-guth
Agus baws in Ay-run

Toast: Health to the men and may the women live forever
Irish: Sláinte na bhfear agus go maire na mna go deo
Pronunciation: Slaw-in-tche na var agus guh mara na m-naw guh djeo

Toast: Health! (Could be to one or to a crowd)
Irish: Sláinte
Pronunciation: Slaw-in-tche

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