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Dec
28

Mercury Retrograde 2017

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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 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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Jun
14

Feng Shui and Chinese Medicine

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Classical Feng Shui is an ancient art and science developed in China more than 4,000 years ago. It shares philosophical roots with

Feng Shui creates harmony by connecting the seen and the unseen. It is a tool to examine the cycles of the stars, sun and seasons, using these explorations to support the vital connection of body, mind and soul to its environment. Feng Shui can be applied to any microcosm or macrocosm of our lives.  A small space such as a bedroom or an entire city can be designed and built according to these principles.   Acupuncture. Both are complex bodies of knowledge dealing with the movement of energy; Feng Shui reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure the health and good fortune for the people inhabiting it.  Just as needles are used in Acupuncture to treat the energy patterns of the body to improve the flow of energy and therefore your health, classical Feng Shui uses items made of the Five Elements: Earth, Metal, Water, Wood, and Fire to balance the invisible energies in your environment. Bringing the elements into our space also helps us reconnect with the natural order of things.

“Feng” means “Wind” and “Shui” means “Water.” In its simplest form Feng Shui aids in choosing the best placement for a home. Picking the proper site will ensure happiness by alleviating  problems such as excessive drafts or floods.  The ideal site for a home is like an arm chair.  The back and sides of the chair protect us form the wind, though a breeze on a warm day can feel wonderful and cooling. However when wind is powerful it can blow an entire village down.  Being close to water has been historically essential for survival; we drink it, clean with it, and being far from it can make life difficult if not impossible.  However, when water is too strong, it can creates the destruction of floods and tsunamis.  Living in a space with easy access to water, yet protection from it, will make a home less susceptible to disasters and provide an easier more graceful life.

As we know in both Western science and Eastern philosophy, everything is made up of energy. The theory behind Chinese medicine is that a living human body is imbued with chi (energy) which is fundamental for its healthy functioning. Feng Shui is based on the same belief.

Chi is the animating life force that is everywhere; it permeates all people, our homes and  physical surroundings.  Feng Shui illuminates this hidden force of chi and how the environment can affect us, both positively, and negatively.

On average, we spend eighty percent of our time indoors. When we walk into an environment that has good Feng Shui, we feel embraced and at peace.  We feel connected with our self, our body, our surroundings and the people within that environment. We feel connected with the natural elements, supported in all that we do. We feel that no matter what is happening in the outside world, when we step inside our front door, everything is okay. We are home. We are safe. And we are free to feel our emotions. How a place feels will deeply affect people’s responses at both conscious and unconscious levels.

A home with good Feng Shui feels in balance.  Life flows more smoothly, easily and brings you more peace. It raises the vibration by balancing the energy. It serves you and is organized exactly in the best way for you and your family to thrive—not just how you think it should be set up and decorated, but in a way that makes you love how it feels and puts a smile on your face.  Feng Shui is only used for the highest good in all situations.

For example a house that has been in multiple modern design magazines and photographs very well, may feel cold and austere, like a hospital or jail that does not support the owner in feeling relaxed or welcomed in their own home.

Chinese medicine has served its people well for thousands of years, succeeding in maintaining health, preventing and reducing illness in the Chinese and other adherents. Traditionally a Chinese doctor was paid to maintain their clients’ overall health and to prevent illness. It was expected that all clients of traditional Chinese doctors would incorporate all eight limbs of Chinese Medicine into their lives: Acupuncture, Herbology, Bodywork, Nutrition, I-Ching Astrology, Feng Shui, Exercise and Meditation. The principles governing all eight limbs are considered to be universal and have an intimate connection. These principles are based on the interactive nature of yin and yang, the dynamism of the five elements of water, wood, fire, earth and metal, and perceiving and accessing Qi (chi) quality and flow.

The Tao Te Ching also suggests using Feng Shui to maintain balance and well being in your life. Interestingly enough, Feng Shui is the only one of the eight limbs of Chinese Medicine that is not of the physical body but of the environment. The truth is that if we experience balancing in our physical body with acupuncture and herbs yet step into homes that are chaotic or messy, this will throw us back out of balance. Instead, having a home that is calm and peaceful will help us to rest, relax, and restore our vital energies.

When analyzing the energy blueprint of a home using Feng Shui principles we examine time and space. We read the building from the year it was built, to the direction and the exact degrees it sits and faces. We look at the surrounding areas such as the location of mountains and water, the proximity of freeways, graveyards, and so on. We then use calculations to arrive at a detailed analysis of the quality of Qi, yin/yang and the five elements. From this analysis we decide how to bring the building and residents back into harmony. In Chinese Medicine the analysis of the physical body involves checking the pulse, looking at the tongue reading the energy of the person. Again using the principles of Qi, yin/yang and the five elements.

The intention of Chinese Medicine and Feng Shui is the same, to bring good chi flow through the person’s home and body. Feng Shui teaches that your home is merely an outward reflection of what is happening on inside. It then uses the same principles of adjusting the quality and quantity of Chi, balancing yin and yang, and using the five elements to bring the person and home back into health and harmony.

The following are examples of how the home is an external manifestation of what is going on in the inside

•              Leaking faucets waste energy, and suggest abundance is flowing out of the home

•              Loose door handles suggest not having a firm grip on your health and life

•              Burnt out bulbs signal burning yourself out

•              Blocked drains reflect blocked emotions

•              Masks on all the walls usually mean someone is hiding something or who they

truly are

•              A cluttered home usually reflects being stuck in your life, and maybe having extra weight on your body, along with allergies and little energy.

When examining the home to bring it into balance, we look at what’s called the trigram map. These trigrams are associated with magnetic directions, the five elements and their corresponding colors, human personality types, body parts, related illnesses and numbers.

The Northwest Trigram is related to the main father/ husband in the home. It also has to do with the physical body parts of head and lungs, large intestines and the element of metal. If the person who lives in this house is experiencing breathing problems, we would immediately find out what is going on in this location of the home. Is there clutter? Is that direction or location of the building missing? Are there sharply pointed items in this location? Do the five elements need to be balanced here? All these things are blocking the chi flow or creating a negative energy and causing toxicity.

The Southwest location is related to the main woman of the home and the physical is reproductive organs and fertility. If a couple was trying to conceive and could not, we would again rebalance the energies, elements and creating a positive chi flow to this area. We can also do things according to the couple’s dates of birth, such as  put them in their best directions to sleep, eat and work. We would bring in elements, colors and symbolic items that will support fertility, and energy flow to start a family.

Both the body and buildings have meridian lines running through them. In Feng Shui we call them earth meridians and we use earth’s acupuncture to bring about balance in the environment. Again we would use the same remedies of five elements and three cycles of creative, reductive and destructive- to-creative energy flow in both temples. In Acupuncture practitioners burn moxa to get energy flowing, and in Feng Shui we use sage or palo santo.

In both Acupuncture and Feng Shui we view  energy flowing the same as we views the flow of water to promote a healthy flow in both home and body. A practitioner of Chinese Medicine might recommend a cleanse with herbs and certain foods to bring the body into balance, while in Feng Shui, the exact same suggestions are made to de-clutter the rooms, drawers, cupboards, and do a cleansing on the space.

Chinese medicine’s goal is to release Sha energy blockages in the human body because such blockages create disease; Feng Shui also releases Sha energy in the home to support sleep, digestion, and peace, qualities in the home environment that also promote health in the human body as well.

 

 

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How to Use the Luopan Compass

Luo means “a net that encompasses everything” and Pan means “utensil or plate.” This refers to the union between Heaven and Earth and specifically to the electro-magnetic field that holds all matter together. The Luopan has been developed for the past 2,000 years and every traditional Feng Shui master of note has added to it throughout this time.
Explaining the Parts of the Luopan

1. The Magnetic Arrow: The arrow points south

2. The Feather Dots: These are the two dots at the center of the dial; you can adjust them to align with the “T” end of the arrow.

3. The Number Representation: Although, not visible in the diagram to the left, many compasses have a ring with a dot pattern that represents the trigram’s numeric representation, e.g., South has 9 dots.

4. Cross Hair Alignments: The Red Cross hairs (in the photo above) designate the facing and sitting directions depending on which direction you face while holding the compass.
5. The Eight Trigrams: Various rings in the compass show the element, symbol and direction.

6. Western Alphabet Designations (A-X): These are used to specify the sitting and facing directions, within 15 degrees, in order to determine the gender of the sitting and facing numbers.

7. Compass Degrees: The outer most dial (very thin outside ring in the figure to the left) represents the Western compass degrees.

 How to Obtain an Accurate Compass Reading

1. Establish the sitting and facing directions of the building.

2. Remove all jewelry and any metal (i.e., belt buckles, etc.) that could affect the magnetic reading.

3. Stand outside facing the building at least 10 feet back from it; away from electrical power sources and cars or any other large metal objects.

4. Standing straight, with your body parallel to the building’s exterior wall, hold your compass at waist level.

5. Align the feather dots in the center of the compass with the feather of the arrow.

6. The vertical cross hairs (red strings) indicate the facing and sitting directions of the building and will have a corresponding western alphabet designation (A-X). Since you’ve already established the sitting and facing side of the building imagine your compass IS THE BUILDING so no matter which side of the building you are standing at to take the reading the vertical cross hairs will correspond to alphabetic direction that the building sits and faces.
7. Take several compass readings from different parts of the property until you are sure of an accurate one.

Take care of your luopan—it’s your best friend. Keep it out of extreme temperatures; do not leave it in a car. Keep it away from electrical sources. Store it in a horizontal position. Although it has not been scientifically proven, it has been noted that a woman’s menstrual cycle may affect a compass reading. Therefore, you may want to take a few extra readings to confirm that you are getting a consisting reading.

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 Clutter has a way of keeping us stuck in the past and not supporting us as we move forward in life. We hold onto things that provide us with a false sense of security instead of trusting that things will come to us as we need them. In fact, the less attached we are to things, the happier we are.

You will discover that after letting go of items you do not need, use or love, you open up to new possibilities. You will feel lighter, have more energy, and become aware of how all these items actually weighed you down.

Still, you may be concerned that if you let go of things, you will forget the occasion or the people who gave them to you. The truth is these memories will be forever in your heart.

One practice I invite you to do is to create an album or scrap book to hold photos of such items. You can date the photos and write a little note with the story behind the items. Then, instead of having an entire garage or house over packed with things you do not need, instead you will have a lovely little book to enjoy. After a time, you may even let go of the book. Such a process will unfold step by step.

Just because someone gave you something, you do not need to keep it. Perhaps the item was a gift or an inheritance. If you do not need, use or love the item, it becomes clutter. So pass it on and remember: What is the highest good for one is always for the highest good for another.

If you are keeping things “just in case,” that attitude may represent a feeling of lack in your life. Trust that everything comes to you exactly as you need it and stay light-filled instead of clutter-filled.

If you have items that are not serving you, let go, and see how everything will flow better in your life. You will have more time to spend with your loved ones instead of spending hours looking for things. You will feel more peaceful when your home looks and feels simpler, with less stuff.

When you think about clutter, think also about your wallet, for this is the place where abundance flows in. There needs to be space there as well as in your car’s glove compartment and the boot; these spaces relate to how you journey through life. Your computer desktop and email inbox are one of the forms of communication in the world. Check to see if your phone has contacts that you no longer need?

Other simple ways to keep clutter to a minimum involve checking in with yourself while shopping. Before buying, ask “Do I really need or love this?” Then, every time something new comes in the door, let something old go out.

Schedule time to clear the clutter as it will not clear itself. You can make the time fun by having friends over to help, by playing music and being certain that you are not angry while clearing. In that case, you may let go of things you did not mean to!

Prepare and organize by having bags or boxes ready—one each for recycling, charity, trash, and gifts for others, wherever you feel is the best place for these items to go.

Be truly honest with yourself as you clear. What are the reasons that you are keeping any item? Do you keep this just in case? Because you are going to fix it someday? Because you spent a lot of money on it? Because it was a gift? Because you inherited it? Because it is left over from a previous relationship? In fact, these are good reasons to let go of the items!

 Please remember: “Rome was not built in a day.” Clutter does not have to be cleared all at once.


But when you do clear, let these questions become your special mantras.

Do I need, use or love it?

Am I keeping this for my highest good?

 

 

 

 

 

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Jun
29

Mystical Journey Around Ireland

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Mystical Journey around Ireland

Amanda will lead you in this magical journey as we start in Dublin and travel throughout Ireland. From ancient temples of stone to fairy-haunted glens, healing springs to medieval abbeys, druidic groves and stone circles, standing stones, ring forts, wedge tombs, portal tombs, holy wells and beaches. This is a journey to open you to the soul of an ancient and inimitable country, and perhaps also awaken long-forgotten ancestral memories of your own. Experience the powerful energies at stone circles, holy wells, & passage tombs as we travel to these magical places in Ireland’s wildly beautiful countryside! If you notice while reading these words, looking at these pictures that your heart starts to beat faster that you feel a calling this journey is for YOU!! There will be no coincidence on the group that ends up taking this journey together. This is a Pilgrimage is the inner calling. It is often the answer to that inner longing which ever draws you forth upon your journey. It is a spiritual, fun and educational journey, sometimes moving in silence and sometimes dancing and singing in Irish song. Explore Celtic & Pre-Celtic Mythology & History in the land where it comes alive connect with the Goddesses and fairies on the land. Ireland is a magical, mystical land, redolent with the spirit of ancient sites, the sacred landscape, and traces of the many Goddesses from Irish myth and legend. We shall explore some well-known and many lesser-known places associated with Goddesses and Saints.
We will blend old and new Ireland together for a balanced vacation, having some fun in the pubs with live music and dance, capturing life-long memories. Re-awaken, as you explore during the day and are delighted with evenings of entertainment shared with old and new friends. There will be time to enjoy walks over the rolling hills and sandy beaches, stroll around bustling harbors and down lanes edged with ferns, listen to traditional music of the harp, fiddle and pipes, and attune to the Spirit of Place of some of Ireland’s most unforgettable landscapes.
The sacred land of Ireland calls to us to connect to our ancestors, our spiritual selves, to the oceans that spiral within us. She beckons me back again and again, is a part of my blood and my body, my heart and my soul. I am honored to share with you what She has shared with me. Explore history, mystery, Celtic Teachings, ancient sites and more as we journey through this incredible land; meet wonderful people; learn history as it comes alive everywhere we travel; visit magnificent ancient 5,000 year old or older sites of mystery – cathedrals of Neolithic times; and feast your eyes and senses on the lush country of Ireland – land of loughs (lakes), mountains, cliffs, & Irish music, connect with our power animals, the fairies, angels, earth, goddesses of the land, druids, divine feminine. We have time to meditate in this powerful place to connect with the ancient and other-worldly energies. Participate in meditations, ceremony, rituals to connect with the powerful energies.
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