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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.
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
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.
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.
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:
- Fragrance free
- Reduced and recyclable packaging
- No VOCs
- Pesticide Free
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.
Science has proven that everything is made up of energy. In the Chinese art and science of Feng
Shui we call energy Chi. The Egyptians call it Ka, the Hebrew have Ruach, the Japanese have Ki,
Chi is condensed and dispersed in alternative cycles of positive (Sheng Chi) and negative (Sha
Chi) energy, and it manifests in various forms. Chi can not be destroyed; however, it can be
transformed. Energy can be blocked and build up negatively, or it can flow freely, which is what
we want in our homes. Feng Shui supports the energy flow in your environment, which directly
impacts the energy flow in your body and thus can unleash more of your energy and vitality.
As you read this article, realize that the magazine is comprised of particles of energy; the
computer you may be reading this on is exactly the same. The grass, the sun: it’s all energy.
Feng Shui translates to wind and water. When we consider the chi of water, we know we drink it,
wash with it, we cannot survive without it and we see this as positive energy. However a tsunami
can destroy an entire town. Wind is similar. It can feel amazing and caressing on a warm day. It
can be harnessed to create electricity. Yet too much wind can destroy cities. The key is balance.
In Feng Shui we differentiate three kinds of chi.
First we have heavenly chi, our destiny energy. This is the energy we are born with, the soul
agreements we have decided to have before we come into human form. Soul agreements are
made with your children, your lover, your mother and so on. When we bring Feng Shui into our
lives it does not change these pre-destined forces and experiences, but it makes what we would
perceive as a bad experiences less painful, more graceful.
Then there is human chi. This is your physical, emotional and mental chi. Feng Shui really
supports balance and alignment in your body, feelings and mind. Imagine living in a home that is
off-balance. You try self care, perhaps by seeing an acupunturist who brings your body into
balance. But when you return home to a cluttered and imbalanced environment you will likely
throw your body, mind and spirit out of alignment again.
Lastly we have earth chi. Earth chi includes mountains, water, the climate, and where we are
located in this earthly energy. Each of us is unique and has different needs; some people do well
in hot weather as others in cool. Feng Shui absolutely supports by connecting us with nature. We
spend 80% of our time inside our home or car or office and back again. Many of us have lost that
deep connection to Nature and the natural rhythms of the earth. Hundreds of years ago people
did not have clocks and calenders to tell them when to do things; they would just look up to the
sun and the moon and know when to plant their crops. They would speak to the land and
intuitively know what herbs would heal various ailments.
Feng Shui invites us to connect with Mother Earth, to commune with her, bring her elements
inside with plants, water fountains and crystals that harmonize our bodies and ground our enegy.
We are spiritual beings having human experiences and Feng Shui invites us to create a space
that connects the inside and the outside, bringing the colors of nature inside, soft browns, healing
greens and blues that remind us of nature’s abundant gifts.
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
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
South #8 Earth
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
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
West #6 Metal
Remedy: Water fountain
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
Northeast # 7 Metal
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
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
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.
Choose your friends wisely.
TRIPLE GRID TECHNIQUE
First call in : DESTROYER FORCE ANGELS, please spin your grid, spinning out astral entities, stray electromagnetic frequencies, fear, disharmony, anger, adverse astrological influences, expectation, frustration, worry, astral distortions, miscommunication, sadness, scarcity, illness and spin out anything that hasn’t been mentioned in this or any other language, but which you know needs to leave the space a this time.
When the clearing feels complete, continue with:” REVERSE SPIN” Same stuff. When that feels complete, end with STOP SPIN. Thank you.
Then Call in : LEGIONS OF MICHAEL, infuse your grid with the energies of Grace, Faith, Hope, Peace, Purity, Harmony, Liberty, clear communication, health, wealth, following Spirit without hesitation, clarity, mastery, and anything else I haven’t mentioned in this or any other language, but which you know needs to be in the space at this time. Please seal grid. Thank you.
To end, call in :CIRCLE SECURITY; realign grids to harmonize with upper dimensional grid works. Release all distortions and parasites to the grids. Infuse frequencies for clearer communication with Spirit. Seal the grid. Thank you