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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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Mar
28

Feng Shui and Energy Chi

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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.

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Feb
04

Feng Shui for Valentines

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Considering we spend more than 80-percent of our time indoors, it’s vital that our home is supportive and nurturing – that it serves as a haven for self-love and support. When you enter, it’s almost as if your abode is hugging and embracing you. This starts with you being kind to yourself, as your home is merely an outward expression of what’s happening inside.
As a Feng Shui teacher, people often ask me the best first step. Most importantly, I suggest that your home is clutter free. That means letting go of anything that no longer serves or honors you. For instance, clothing you haven’t worn in a year, appliances that are broken, objects you don’t need, use or LOVE. Oh and if someone gave you something that you don’t love, re-gift it or at least pass it on to someone who can truly use it. Find a charity you believe in and exercise a random act of kindness. You will probably receive even more in return.
With Valentines just around corner I thought it may be fun to go over some important tips for Feng Shui to attract love or enhance your present loving relationships
Remove clutter Eliminate the old to bring in the new.
When you get rid of clutter, you are making room for romance. If you are single, create an empty space in your closet for a future lover’s things. If attached, make room in your drawers and closets so there is equal space for both you and your partner’s possessions.

If you have pictures of old boyfriends and girlfriends hanging around, then they’re still there! Get rid of the pictures and mementos. Make sure that you have new sheets, too, to sleep on. Old energy can linger in the bed as well.

No TV or Exercise Equipment! Keep the TV out of the bedroom. Any electronic equipment should be placed in the office or other area of the home. A TV in the bedroom is not conducive to romance. The bedroom is for lovin’ not work. A treadmill or workout machine in the bedroom makes your relationship exhausting.

It’s not advised to work out in the bedroom because this represents hard work that is often a hindrance of romantic space.

Always have things in pairs Replace mismatched night tables with a set to encourage equality in your relationship. Have a pair of lights show you want to share your life and home with your loved one.

Decorate your room in the right color Shades of pink helps draw love to you easily and create a romantic mood. Red, used sparingly, can be a sexy, bold color that creates passion or help draw a new lover.

Check the statues and art in your bedroom Replace any photos, sculptures or art of single people or figures. Replace them with happy couples. This simple change will help draw a wonderful partner! You should discard or put away photos and momentous of old flames. Gifts and anything with the ex’s energy on it, keeps new love at bay.

If there are any abstract, dark or sad artworks in the bedroom, take it out. These things encourage negativity when this room should be peaceful and safe for those who sleep there. You can replace it with a painting of Peonies, love birds or silk flowers as these represents love
Should the bedroom doors squeak, fix it because it blocks romantic energy from entering the bedroom.
The bedroom should be well ventilated so old energy moves out of the room.
Bed placement having your bed up against a wall, pushes away your chance for love. You should have your bed positioned so there is enough space to walk on either side. Not in line with the door but being able to see the door as you sleep.

The size of your bed matters!
If you are single a single mattress is not a good idea or snoozing on a king size or single mattress doesn’t encourage romance. There’s too much space. Sleeping on a huge mattress won’t encourage intimacy. Invest in a full size or a queen. What’s under your bed affects your sleep.
Satin sheets think of sensual, soft, bedding when selecting pillows, sheets and comforters. Any type of bedding that creates a cozy environment is great for the bedroom

Rose quartz or green quartz Buy chunks of rose quartz, rose quartz hearts, rose quartz lamps and place them in your bedroom. This stone is known to draw love into your life, increase self love and help heal a broken heart.

Personal photos don’t display family and kid photos in the bedroom. This is said to hinder your sex life. Put them in the living or family room where they belong!

Set the mood – the mood in the bedroom is important too Light scented candles, drape your lamps in sheer fabrics or lace. Keep lighting soft. Play romantic music.. Place “happy” photos of you and your honey on the dresser.
Use a magic box. This is said to draw a spouse to you. Write your deepest desires for a loved one on a piece of paper. Place this box in the SW corner of the house, in a cupboard or out of sight.
Mirrors in the bedroom… If they are facing the bed, relocate them because it reflects the couple on the bed. Some believe that this will cause a failure in the relationship because of the entry of a third party. Believe it or not, televisions are just as negative as mirrors do get rid of it.
Treat yourselves to fresh flowers and once they wilt, replace it. Remove dried flowers or cactus

The South West area of your home and any room is associated with love, make sure and spruce that area up with something that represents love

If the South West area corner of your home is missing make sure and add plants or stones to square off the corners.

Write a letter to your soul mate, making sure it is all written in present tense
To activate the South West area of your space try these ideas:
Desk: Place a beautiful stone (such as rose quartz) or a beautiful vase in the SW corner of your desk. Add red items in this location, crystal objects (a crystal pendulum clock would be wonderful here!), or red crystal paperweight is also a perfect addition.
Home/Living Room: Make sure the SW sectors of your home and living room have love objects appropriate to the SW corner.
Yard: Place a statue of a couple in this location, or plant some red or pink flowers here.
Fake it until you make it.
Make your bedroom appear as if a couple lived in it. So be sure to decorate it in a gender-neutral manner (no fussy flowers and pastels or severely masculine rooms). Make sure there are pairs of lamps (one on either side of the bed), and pairs of objects in the bedroom.

Daily affirmations
I attract loving, beautiful people into my life.
I always deserve love.
I am attracting loving relationships into my life.
I project love to everyone I meet.
I love and approve of myself.
I express love freely
As I give love, I am instantly supplied with more.
I radiate love to all persons and places and things.
People are just waiting to love me, and I allow them.
Love radiates from me at all times.
I love myself completely.
Love comes to me easily and effortlessly.

Amanda Collins
International Feng Shui School
www.internationalFengShuiSchool.com
amandacollins.me@gmail.com
858-736-7241

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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, 2012 at 6:40 PM; and with it the transition from Metal Rabbit to Water Dragon.

The numerology for 2012 is a 5-year, which means action, movement and change! Expect lots of inner and outer changes in the next 12 months, especially once you integrate the elements of feng shui into your home. A year like this is also excellent for personal transformation and releasing any old patterns that are no longer serving you.

Make a fresh start and take a first step by releasing clutter to make room for new abundance. And most importantly, don’t forget to do something loving and nurturing for YOU daily. Yoga, self massage, a walk in nature, healthy eating and connecting with the people you love are key for balance and prosperity in 2012.

Some Suggestions to Implement for 2012
Create a Vision Board Collage for the year 2012. 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.

Important Reminders for 2012:
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
Live generously.
Express your gratitude.
Energize your finances: Get a red purse or wallet; it attracts money.
Daily Affirmations
I attract loving, beautiful people into my life.
I always deserve love.
I am attracting loving relationships into my life.
I project love to everyone I meet.
I love and approve of myself.
I express love freely.
As I give love; I am instantly supplied with more.
I radiate love to all persons and places and things.
People are just waiting to love me, and I allow them.
Love radiates from me at all times.
I love myself completely.

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Dec
31

Happy New year 2012

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I feel that you are justified in looking into the future with true assurance, because you have a mode of living in which we find the joy of life and the joy of work harmoniously combined. Added to this is the spirit of ambition which pervades your very being, and seems to make the day’s work like a happy child at play.
Albert Einstein
Sending everyone much love, light, joy, vibrant health and abundance for a fantastic 2012 love Amanda

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Feng Shui principles associate kitchens with prosperity, nourishment and health as it is the heart of the
home.
Have rounded corners in the kitchen.
• The cook should be “in the control” position when at the stove and should be facing the door to be able
to relax and concentrate.
• Placing the stove in a central island allows the cook to see the entire room, including the doorway. The
wider your view, the more you’ll be able to comfortably talk with dinner guests or keep an eye on the
kids as you prepare the meal.
• A shiny metal surface or mirror behind the stove doubles the energy. Symbolizes doubling of your
income.
• An unused stove implies untapped resources or ignored opportunities.
• The stove should be in good operating order; it’s a reflection of what is going on in your life. A stove
that is not in good working order implies a problem with financial resources. If any part of the stove
(burners, oven light, fan, etc.) does not work, get it fixed as soon as possible.
• Place a mirror on the fridge to deter you from entering after certain hours and look yourself in the face
and say, “Do I really need this food, am I really hungry?”
• Place fresh flowers or a bowl of fruit in the kitchen or on a windowsill (health and abundance).
• Utensils should be neatly organized and easy to find.
• It’s better if you don’t see the kitchen immediately upon entering the house, as this can lead to
digestive, nutritional, and eating problems.
• Having the kitchen at the entry point can also mean that guests will come over and eat and then leave
immediately, and such a placement can also encourage the inhabitants to eat all the time.
• The remedy is to hang sheers or beaded curtains over the kitchen door or create another focal point to
draw the eye to another area.
• Avoid red, pink, or purple walls; these are fire colors. Fire colors can be agitating and create over
eating. The kitchen ideally should be white, blue, green or soft earth tones.
• Fire and water fight each other, so the placement of the stove and sink is important. If they are directly
opposite each other, this can lead to arguments and conflict within the family. Fix this by placing
something green between them, such as a green rug on the floor or a living plant on the counter.

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Goddess Minutes from our November gathering
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December
• Chakra Cleansing meditation: Nicole Pisciotto
• Write affirmations and intentions: Amanda and group sharing’s
• How to Create an altar: Amanda
• Each gathering we will be Honoring and learning about the different Goddess
• Each gathering we discuss and share ways to honor, remember and celebrate the Divine Feminine in you
• Sharing a meal together and meditation

January
• Creativity in the making Art class :Christina Rose
• Setting intentions for New Year
• Conscious Language: Group sharing
• Each gathering we will be Honoring and learning about the different Goddess
• Each gathering we discuss and share ways to honor, remember and celebrate the Divine Feminine in you
• Sharing a meal together and meditation

February
• Salt scrubs and body oils: Nicole Pisciotto
• Forgiveness Puja: Kathleen White
• Each gathering we will be Honoring and learning about the different Goddess
• Each gathering we discuss and share ways to honor, remember and celebrate the Divine Feminine in you
• Sharing a meal together and meditation

March
• Movement, dancing : Special Guest
• Tanta: Kathleen White
• Each gathering we will be Honoring and learning about the different Goddess
• Each gathering we discuss and share ways to honor remember and celebrate the Divine Feminine in you.
• Sharing a meal together and meditation

April
• Yoga: Nicole Pisciotto and Amanda
• Learning about the fairy’s and elementals: Amanda, Lisa and whomever else would like to share
• Each gathering we will be Honoring and learning about the different Goddess
• Each gathering we discuss and share ways to honor, remember and celebrate the Divine Feminine in you
• Sharing a meal together and meditation
May

• Honoring Goddess Saint Bridget Goddess of fertility, family, childbirth and healing and how to create a Celtic healing cross: Lisa Marie McKay
• Angels: Karen Goldstein
• Each gathering we will be Honoring and learning about the different Goddess
• Each gathering we discuss and share ways to honor, remember and celebrate the Divine Feminine in you
• Sharing a meal together and meditation

June
• Goddess Make up classes: Antonella Annibale
• How to dress like the Goddess that you are:
• Each gathering we will be Honoring and learning about the different Goddess
• Each gathering we discuss and share ways to honor, remember and celebrate the Divine Feminine in you
• Sharing a meal together and meditation

Recommended reading

• Wild feminine by Tami Lynn Kent
• Captivating unveiling the mystery of a woman’s soul by Staci Aldridge
• Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emote
• Beauty by Susan Wilson
• Summer with the leprechauns by Tanis Ann Hallowell
• Women who run with the wolves by Isabella Wylde

If you have not yet signed up on the Meet up group please do for all the updates

http://www.meetup.com/Calling-all-Goddesses/

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I have another amazing Quinoa dish to share with you I got it from the Gluten Free Goddess blog spot, they have lots of other amazing dishes check it out

Red Quinoa with Roasted Butternut Squash, Cranberries and Pecans

I find red quinoa is a tad crunchier than the usual quinoa I cook, so I add a bit more water to make it softer. If you like your quinoa al dente, use a grain to liquid ratio of 1:2 with red quinoa. If you prefer it a little softer, add another 1/4 cup water. See more at: How to Cook Quinoa the Easy Way.

You’ll need:

1 cup red quinoa

Cook the red quinoa in a rice cooker, using a 1:2 ratio of 1 cup red quinoa to 2 cups water. As mentioned above, if you like it softer, add an additional 1/4 cup water. If you don’t have a rice cooker, cook the quinoa on the stove in a pot, according to package directions.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

In a medium roasting pan add:

1 smallish butternut squash, peeled and diced
1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, halved or chopped as you prefer
1/2 of a medium red onion, diced fine
1 clove of garlic, minced

Drizzle the butternut squash, cranberries, onion and garlic with a little olive oil, to coat. Add a teaspoon or two of pure maple syrup- not too much. Sprinkle with sea salt. Toss everything together. Roast in the top half of the oven until the squash is tender- about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the pan and set aside.

In a large dry skillet, add:

1/2 cup chopped pecans

Heat the skillet and lightly toast the pecans briefly, till fragrant.

Add in the cooked quinoa and the butternut mixture.

Add:

2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
A sprinkle of cumin, ginger or curry, to taste
Sea salt and ground pepper, to taste

Drizzle the quinoa mixture with some fruity extra virgin olive oil and toss to coat. Taste test and adjust seasonings. Heat through gently.

Serve.

Makes 4 servings.

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