Saturday, February 16, 2013

Coming out of the Cocoon & Happenings

Hello & Blessings everyone~
Its been quite a while since I have posted.  How are you all doing and how has your 2013 been so far?  Thank you to all those of you who are subscribed, follow and those who still read here. 
As its probably reflected in this blog, I have been intensely spiritual for years now.  I took my work and healing (for myself & others, the planet) seriously.  It's still very important to me, I've just learned to chill over the years.  Eventually I arrived at a point where I felt like all of it to say this..that it was no longer as helpful and (I became lazy-just kidding-not really)  I had reached a new level, so to speak.  Which includes sharing more of me, my life.  After all, being spiritual is really learning how to be yourself! (Your true self that is)  I still work with my crystals & flower essences, just more mellow on the intensity.  I made many batches of essences before and hope to create more in the near future.  Anyway, I am slowly coming out of hibernation mode now.  Which actually has felt like perpetual hibernation-lol.

Last July, I had a baby girl!  She is an amazing little angel and sooo full of energy!  Her pregnancy and birth especially was quite a wild ride- there was so much we both went through and also so much I have learned.  I will most likely be posting her birth story later.  My plan was a home water birth, which took a while to fall into place- as Illinois has some of the most rigid laws & not many midwives available- but I ended up needing an emergency C-section with little one.  After 50-some hours of labor (yes, sadly that is correct)  I could not go on much more & her heart  rate started to spontaneously drop.  She was positioned in such a way where she was low in my pelvis but her head & neck were arched back and pushing on my spine/tailbone area, so that was another reason why things were more difficult.
I’m so glad she is here with us and is well, that we both got through everything ok.  Little baby S is definitely a strong and Divine star being.  The entire time I felt a higher Divine power guiding and protecting us, which was comforting.  There were definitely many angels helping! 
Anyway, being a new mommy is exciting and also has taken up more of my time than I anticipated.  And I have to say, parenting really is one of the toughest jobs I’ve done (Next to the labor/birth-and this whole ascension thing of course-lol)  I love our little angel with all my heart.  There are also some days I feel like my sanity is dwindling.  We also have two “elderly” half Siamese cat sisters with some health issues and I need to feed the furry babies 6 times a day.   In addition, we have a feathered family member-a parrot-Capt. Squawk box- haha.  (That’s not his name, just one of the many things I call him.)   We adopted him years ago.  Soo… I am hoping things are beginning to smooth over and I can start posting more.  

I’ve had so much I want to share and many ideas up in my ‘memory warehouse’.  I am trying to get backinto the swing of things and make time for me also.  Besides taking care of myself, commiting to something that fulfills me every day, even if its just 10 minutes.  The sleep deprivation and stress kind of squelched my creative mojo and I developed quite a talent for procrastinating.  (actually something I’ve been good at for a long time-haha)  Writing especially has always been a passion of mine so I really want to put forth the effort I intended.  And not edit myself so much.  I have started making more herbal recipes, raw chocolates, cooking veg dishes more again also.    By the way, those of you who don’t know me, I am addicted to chocolate!   The raw cacao is what I like most so at least its healthier.   Here is a pic of the raw chocolate hearts I made~ some plain, some with goji berries & pecans, some with coconut.  All delightful!  
Last month was my birthday, and I got a “be nice to yourself” raw Burrito Loco and also a raw chocolate raspberry piece of cake from one of my fav restaurants in the area, Borrowed Earth Café.  The burrito had big sides of greens with tasty dressing!  

For Valentine’s Day, my hubby and I both gave each other chocolate-lol-go figure!  One of my favorite kinds is by Sacred Chocolate.. Sooo amazing.  Check them out if you haven’t already.  The heart bars are decadent!  The Mylk is my favorite along with Gold Ormus.   I copied a pic from their website since my camera was out of juice. (courtesy of  
The mint, white passion, india sunset all rock too!  For dinner that evening, we had the vegetarian dinner for two from Whole Foods.  It was very good!  It came with butternut squash soup, mushroom risotto and a walnut/cranberry greens salad.  Yum! 
I will post the raw chocolate heart recipe info later if you all are interested.  Until next time~Wishing you all the best in your life and smooth, fun waves of Love all-ways.  From my heart to yours!


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Instead of green beer this St. Paddy’s Day, Drink this! Spring Fling Green Smoothie

Greetings Lads & Lasses! On a very windy and sunny March day, this creation was born while the cardinals sang outside my window. Its easy to make, super yummy and a powerhouse of nutrition! The color is a beautiful green and much better for you than green beer or a shamrock shake-lol- plus you will feel great. (Not knocking the green beer cuz I've drank it before back in the day! ;) ) The baby spinach is more mellow while lending a host of vitamins & minerals and the kiwi is packed with vitamin C, which helps aid iron absorption from the spinach. Hemp seeds are also amazing- for they are high in phytonutrients and contain all the essential amino acids, known as a complete protein. In addition they are high in omega fatty acids (3 & 6), protein, vitamin E, potassium and magnesium. Nice!

Happy St. Patrick's Day to those of you whom are Irish or of Irish ancestry! Cheers to new beginnings this Spring and wishing you all abundance, love, peace & endless blessings Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

Spring Fling Green Smoothie

1 large frozen banana

1 Cup water

About 3 cups baby spinach (for me this was about 4 big handfuls)

2 kiwi, sliced and peel removed

1 scoop protein powder or 2 tbsp. hemp protein powder

1 Tbsp. hemp seeds

dash of cinnamon (optional)

Toss all in the blender, blend and enjoy! Start with the banana and water, then add the rest bit by bit... If its too thick just add a little more water.

Tips: *If you don’t have a frozen banana, just use a fresh one and some ice

*Use shelled hemp seeds (also called hemp hearts) They blend very well

*Peel ripe bananas and store them in the freezer for using in smoothies or raw ice cream J

*For protein powder, my favorite is Sun Warrior rice protein powder. Find it on

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Message from the Inner Child Tarot

Blessings everyone~wanted to bring in another oracle message for today, this week. And what a beautiful one it is! I love this deck. Wishing you all love, peace, endless blessings & joy this Holiday season.

From the Inner Child Tarot by Isha Lerner Five of Hearts
Often, during our darkest hours, there is a need for reflection and rest, represented in this card by the sea turtles, the calm ocean, and the crescent Moon. Then, suddenly, something magical can happen. The mermaid of the Four of Hearts who experiences sorrow and hopeless feelings opens a treasure chest in the Five of Hearts, and is offered a special Winged Heart. She gazes at a golden pentacle at the center of this heart, a symbolic star of initiation reflecting her cosmic guiding star in the heavens. The pentacle is the most widely revered of all esoteric symbols. Traditionally, its meaning refers to the perfection of humanity. The pentacle can act as a spiritual protector and is connected to the mystical significance of the number 5. The main quality inherent in this number is that of change. In this card, the mermaid is experiencing a change of heart: she is healing the wounds of the past. When change occurs in your life, especially at an emotional level, you may feel confused and vulnerable. The changes now happening in your life are guided and protected by the seal of the golden star residing at the center of your heart. This star is your Higher Self. Rest assured that creativity will follow this interlude of chaos. Don't let the blues get you down. Anticipate a renewal of both interpersonal & Divine love.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Gratitude & Thanksgiving Blessings

Blessings everyone~
First of all a big Thank you, welcome & ((hugs)) to all new followers here! You are all amazing!
Wishing all of you and your loved ones a blessed Thanksgiving holiday (to those of you who celebrate it) There is much I am grateful for. Last month, one of my friends had to be rushed to the hospital and had emergency surgery during Canadian Thanksgiving holiday. He was told he needed the surgery or risked death but the surgery could also have a death risk too. (Yikes) Brotha, and you know who you are =^_~= I'm so happy you are here with us! And am grateful for your friendship and transformation.

I am also including something from a previous post of mine..Lol please pardon the recycling..Its been rather crazy on my end here! ;)
Please remember to also give thanks to the animals, who nobly sacrifice themselves for us, to feed us, especially during the holiday season. So often we forget what they endure on this planet. Even though they are happy to be food for us, they do not like to be mistreated. Ask for Spirit, The Divine Creator, The Angels or Deity of your choosing to bless your food as well as the spirit of the animals.

A friend of mine shared this lovely Native American Thanksgiving Prayer and I want to share it with all of you as well.

~Cosmic Blessings, Love & Light to you and yours~


We return thanks to our mother, the Earth,
which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams,
which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs,
which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and stars,
which have given to us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to the sun,
that has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
in Whom is embodied all goodness,
and Who directs all things for the good of Her children.

~ Iroquois ~

Friday, October 28, 2011

All Hallows, Samhain Blessings

Greetings and Magickal blessings everyone!

This weekend and through the coming week there is much to celebrate. Starting today Oct 28th thru November 2nd, is the celebration Isia, an Egyptian festival honoring the Goddess Isis and the search and recovery of her husband & brother Osiris. In cultures which use a lunar calendar, this time period is known as the 13th sacred month, also sometimes called a BlueMoon. I do not know much about this mysterioso month but it is intriguing for sure. In literature it has been said that for some cultures this month may span a few days, and for others it may extend 29 holy days. Even though most have used a solar calendar system, this 13th moon month still holds spiritual influence on the collective unconscious of us humans. There is a deep connection and symbolism between this time and Halloween/All Hallow’s Eve/Samhain, and the many other festivals around the world honoring the spirits of the dead. Deep in our being we feel a call to honor and reflect upon the year that has passed and all of those that have gone before us. It is a holy and magickal time, often considered beyond the laws of time and space, sometimes called “between worlds.”
The ancient Celtic festival of Samhain is celebrated on the 31st- Halloween/All Hallow’s Eve, from sundown to sunrise, over 24 hours. It is a time to celebrate the sacred new year. The veil is much thinner between worlds, making spirit communication and divination ideal. It is also a wonderful time to connect with the faerie realm & nature spirits. Pay attention for Divine Magick is afoot! ;) For more information on magickal Samhain and its history, plus Halloween, ritual and a wicked ‘witches brew’ recipe, please see my article from last year here J :

Also amazing is a pilgrimage taking place now of the 13 Crystal skulls and their Mayan Elders. Check out the story here:

November 1st thru 2nd we have Day of the Dead in Mexico, Dia de los Muertos. People visit the cemeteries in costume, have parades in the street and make decorations with cookies or candies in skeleton shapes, carrying lanterns or candles, leaving offerings for the spirits of loved ones and ancestors. It is an uplifting event, a happy and festive time.

I started taking Spanish in elementary school, and remember feeling soo excited as we celebrated this in our classroom, making decorative skeletons and lanterns, eating breads or small cakes. ;)

On all Hallow’s Eve/Samhain thru All Soul’s Day, I choose to honor all my loved ones- including the furry and feathered- my ancestors and sister witches, pagans, druids, Templars- all those who suffered and died for what they believed in. (including past life ‘me’s, star & soul family, friends) J

Whatever one chooses to call this time, we are connecting with our ancient past and partaking in an event that has been celebrated for thousands of years or more! Honor this Holy time, extend gratitude and allow its Divine magick to escort you to new realms, bring you fresh insight and energy. Dive into the depths of your soul; rebirth yourself and cast your Divine magick into your future. Have fun! Much love to all of you and Blessed Be XoXo

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Cosmic Lord's Prayer in Aramaic

Hi everyone,
Years ago I came across this beautiful version of the Lord's prayer. Really love this one so I want to share with all of you. Oceans of Love & Bright blessings

Lords Prayer, from the original Aramaic

Translation by Neil Douglas-Klotz in Prayers of the Cosmos

O Birther! Father- Mother of the Cosmos

Focus your light within us - make it useful.

Create your reign of unity now-

through our fiery hearts and willing hands

Help us love beyond our ideals

and sprout acts of compassion for all creatures.

Animate the earth within us: we then

feel the Wisdom underneath supporting all.

Untangle the knots within

so that we can mend our hearts' simple ties to each other.

Don't let surface things delude us,

But free us from what holds us back from our true purpose.

Out of you, the astonishing fire,

Returning light and sound to the cosmos.


Monday, September 12, 2011

Full Moon Release

Tonight’s month's full moon falls in watery Pisces. Full moons are powerful and magical. And with dreamy Pisces helping us to become aware of and release emotions, now is a great time to release anything that is coming to the surface and/or weighing heavy on the mind, heart and soul. ~I previously posted this a couple years ago, so please pardon the repeat for those of you whom have read this already. ;)

To do this, find a quiet space during the evening of the full moon. The full moon lasts for approx 2-3 days, so even if you don't do this on the first night of the full moon, all will be well.

It may help to set the mood by lighting a candle and/or putting on whatever music relaxes you. Write out everything on a piece of paper that is bothering you, concerning you, etc.. Or anything you would like to be free of.

Take your time thinking about this. Sometimes what I like to do is allow myself to feel the feelings, then visualize casting them into the paper, where it will be stored temporarily. It may help to visualize the emotions as an object and/or you may also focus in on this with your hands, guiding the energy into the paper. (It is best to do this only if you are going to burn the paper immediately afterwards though)

Next find a spot outdoors where it is safe to burn the paper. Take just a moment to surround yourself in a celestial bubble/egg shape of white light or colored light of your choice.

Set your fire up and before burning the paper in the fire, ask for angelic, heavenly or Divine assistance from deities/Goddesses of your choosing to help you completely let go and release what need be. (Put it in your own words) ;) Put the intention out there to purify and cleanse your energy and your heart and to be free from toxic emotions and for them to be replaced with peace.

Toss your paper into the flame. You may find it helps to add purifying herbs also such as sage, rosemary or cedar.

Then as you are watching this paper burn, take deep breaths, feel all that 'negative stuff' dissolve from your being. Allow it to be completely transmuted.

You may also call forth St. Germaine and angels of the Violet Flame to help you with this. Visualize the flames as violet and purifying all the energy you put out there.

For more info on the violet flame, click here:
Another idea is to visualize a flower of light in the flames (or any symbol you feel is best) after everything is burned away.

Once you feel you are done, and the paper is good and gone, turned to ash, thank the Divine helpers for their assistance. Allow the energy of the Moon to bathe you. Feel the moon's silvery light engulf you and let that energy fill your being as you take in more slow, deep breaths.

There are times I like to bring a selenite or moonstone crystal with me while I sit under the moon. Stay as long as you like outside. And if you feel a little frolick or dance coming on, then go for it! (Lol)

Magickal Blessings to you and yours~♥~

Friday, September 2, 2011

♥ Message from the Magdalene Oracle ♥

Message from the Magdalene Oracle by Toni Carmine Salerno

~Heart and Soul~

"You are blessed and guided by the eternal spirit of love. A positive transformation is occurring in your life this very moment. Close your eyes and feel your self bathed in the love which stems from the heart of the Goddess. This card is confirmation that all is unfolding as it should. There is no need for concern so stop taking things so seriously and trust.
All unfolds in perfect harmony.
Life is always full of opportunity.
I am guided and protected.
I surrender my concerns to the Goddess of eternal life."

Energy update~Changing of the Guard: Failing systems of the old paradigm by Lauren Gorgo

Greetings & blessings all~ I wanted to share this link below to the fabulous Lauren Gorgo's blog and work, as the last two have been important for all of us and also regarding the current/upcoming global changes. Thank you Lauren!
As I was typing earlier, 'bliss' keeps coming up instead of bless~ Soo.. Wishing all of you Bliss, Peace & Abundance from the depths of my heart~(((())))

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Prayers & peace

Blessings everyone,
Holding Mother Earth and all in Irene's path in my prayers~ May the effects of this storm be softened and the animals be guided to and in safe places; Sending cocoons of Divine love, light, safety & peace ((()))

Friday, August 19, 2011

Capybara love :)

Hello everyone~ Just want to say I recently learned about capybaras and am in love with them now...Lol. These big, gentle, furry friends that look like part giant guinea pig/squirrel/pig...:) They make me smile and I just want to give them a big hug! ((())) Check out the links below for more fun and info... And have a fairy magickal weekend!

Friday, August 12, 2011

♥ Love Is All There Is ♥

Allow yourselves to connect with your Inner Divine Being today and everyday~ even if only for a few moments. It is only with love, and changing ourselves from within, that true changes take place around us as well. When enough people have raised their consciousness and tuned into Divine love, then these big shifts and changes unfold. (Just as they are now) Our external environment reflects what is happening within. (Especially on the collective level) Visualize what you wish for yourself and in this world~ Peace, love, freedom, energy that works in harmony with the planet..whatever you wish from your heart. Wish for the best, dream big and ask, pray for Divine support. All creation first occurs on the spiritual levels. So have patience with the process and enjoy all your little steps and your life now. Walk away from any drama; Unplug from the media and any negativity. Take the time to nuture yourself and the birth of your plans now. Surround yourself with loving and positive individuals and what makes you feel good. You are all so loved.
Love & Light all-ways
I close with two verses from Rumi, the 13th century Persian mystic and poet:
When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy. Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.

Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure. ~Rumi~

Image: Visionary Artwork by Willow Arlenea

Monday, August 1, 2011

Weekly Oracle Tarot~ Ten of Swords

Happy August and new week friends! Wanting to bring in an empowering card message today. May this be a miraculous month for all!
~Peace, Love & Blissful Blessings~
Ten of Swords From the Inner Child Tarot by Isha Lerner (I couldn't resist this lovely deck again!)
"Triumph and liberation are in the air. The fully knighted youth in this card has come to accept his inner power. In the Nine of Swords, the dragon holds the boy captive because the boy is unable to see beyond his fear. In the Ten of Swords, the dragon is encircled by the boy's swords, symbolizing his integration of the power and courage he needs to overcome terror and oppression. As he inserts the tenth sword into the ground, a circle is formed around the dragon, signifying that he has attained a unity of mind, spirit, and matter. You are now free to explore the start of a new cycle of conscious awareness. You have worked very hard to overcome mental blocks and tensions. You understand more about the courage it requires to cleanse the mind of negative thoughts, for you have faced your dragon. The circle of life continues, and you are now ready for a new round of adventures. If a future crisis arises, you will know what to do. Use the wisdom and experience you have gained from the past and remember to nurture yourself along the path. The mind is very powerful. You must infuse it with kind and loving thoughts. You deserve a star of accomplishment."

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Oracle for today ♥Six of Hearts ♥

Six of Hearts from The Inner Child Tarot cards by Isha Lerner
I love these beautiful fairy tale like cards! What a Joyful message today~ and of course, we Mermaids and Merangels love our kin Merfolk!!! ;)

"It is an ancient belief that storks are heralds of new life. They are seen frequenting ponds and marshes, which has given rise to the belief that the spirits of unborn children wait in these places, seeking a new mother or a new life. Thus, storks are known as soul carriers. In this card, something holy is occurring. Five mermaids are joining with each other and rising from the sea. The sixth mermaid, flying upon a stork, is offering a spiritual lifeline from above. In ecstasy, the five emerge from the ocean, representing the unconscious, into the air and sunlight, representing higher revelations. They rejoice as they touch one another and reach skyward. A transition is taking place. It is as if emotions have surfaced and are now being released. Imagine that the sea has claimed your tears and the Sun is drying your eyes. This is an inner healing, and one that you deserve. The number 6 represents Divine wisdom, harmony, support, dedication, and unity. It can also signify the need to balance your emotional life. This may be the time for a healing or resolution of a conflict with a loved one. A deep, heartfelt connection with your friends or community may be happening."

~Mermaid Blessings~

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Oracle with the Goddesses

Greetings & Blessings everyone~ It has been a while and I wish you all well! Like many of you, I have experienced many twists, turns and purgings lately on this journey. (((wiggles))) I wanted to post an oracle card as Kali wants to get her message out there. Hang on, stay in the core of your peaceful center and keep yourself, everyONE, the animals, and Mother Earth in your prayers, as they all make a difference! Peace, Love & Light

Kali Endings & Beginnings~ from the Goddess Guidance Oracle by Doreen Virtue

“The dance of the universe is a happy one, with energy swirling and twirling in a never-ending celebration of life itself. Do not fear what appears to be a change or loss. Its only the transitioning orbit of energy interplaying with you and your loved ones.”
Other possible meanings of this card: Your current changes are for the best ~ Keep your thoughts positive, as they’re very powerful ~ What appears to be a loss is really the beginning of a happy new phase ~ Let the past go ~ Its time to move on.

For those of you interested in flower essences, two wonderful ones to use that correspond with Kali are: Black Cohosh..for freeing yourself from perceived bondage of any sort..and Bird of Paradise~for rapid & peaceful transformation! ((())) More on flower essences to come!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Space Clearing Tips article

Bright Blessings Cosmic Family~ Since I have been posting about clearing work and simplifying our lives, I wanted to share this wonderful article by Christian Hummel in regards to Space Clearing tips. The article can also be found at this link below. Love & Light

Space Clearing Tips:

House InteriorHow to Keep the Clutter Away
by Christan Hummel

While professional organizers and "clutter busters" are the rage these days, with even Oprah and Donald Trump singing the praises of these clutter gurus, few of us realize how to keep that clutter from reappearing once we've moved it out. Do we ever really ask the question, "Why does the clutter keep coming back?" As if having a life of its own, we all know the uphill battle most of us fight trying to keep our homes looking like the ideal we have in our minds of that photo on the front of the magazines. We have the closet organizers, the desk files organizers, the special toy dressers that double as an ottoman, and all the fun goodies that our professional organizer has recommended, and yet IT KEEPS COMING BACK into our lives! Why?

Obviously much of our clutter is in fact related to a lack of proper organizing of our space, and if that is ALL that is involved, then you simply need to find one of those magical interior alchemists to help out. However, if you find that your clutter keep reappearing, then you may need to look at the more underlying causes of its reappearance, and this will take you in the field of working to shift the underlying energetic matrix of your home, the energy field that is stuck, stagnant, or somehow blocked, which is attracting the clutter to accumulate in the first place.

In Feng Shui, this concept is referred to as "Space Clearing." It is based upon the assumption that our homes reflect the vibrational imprints of the past, either ancient past, or more immediate. In this case, the battles, and history of the land is reflected and imprinted upon our home environment and may well be contributing to the cause of your clutter.

If you consider the ever popular concept of "Ch'I" in a home--that infamous current loured into our homes by well placed mirror, wind chimes and brightly colored, it is analogous to the life flow of energy in a property. Having sufficient flow of this Ch'I is considered the cause of prosperity, health and good relationships. Conversely, a blocked flow of this Universal life energy produces the converse, chaos, blocks in communications, money, relationships and the whole bevy of problems that lead most of us to call in a Feng Shui consultant in the first place.

However, we do not need to rearrange our whole house to avail ourselves of the magical benefits of a space clearing. With just a few simple space clearing tips, even a novice can begin to clear their environment of vibrational imprints of the past -- to sweep out the old to make way for the new, and isn't that why we are de-cluttering our homes in the first place?

Six Simple Space Clearing Tips to Keep Your Clutter Away

1. Bring Your Life Energy Back Into Where There is Clutter:

To our subconscious mind, clutter triggers images of stagnation, stuck energy and places where Life doesn't move. It usually represents the things we resist and places that we don't want to put our attention. Simply put: clean out the clutter. Piles of laundry, papers, boxes, mail...whatever it is, when we see clutter, our mind equates it with chaos and dead energy. So make a point to dive into your clutter like a heat seeking missile. Go straight for it, you know where it lives! Put it away, find a home for it--address it! By putting your attention and focused awareness into that place where clutter has collected, you are reclaiming the places in your environment where you have vacated your consciousness! So really do it with some enthusiasm, with the knowledge that you are putting your Presence back into this space and that it is YOURS to reclaim. Once you move that dead energy in your home, you will be surprised at how it moves in your life!

2. Corners:

These are the places where the Life energy or Ch'i of our environment comes to a stop like traffic at a four way stop sign. Take a moment to tune your consciousness into that part of your environment to discover the plants, artwork, or objects which will move the energy of your corners. The flowing water of a fountain, the flow of air represented by wind chimes, or even the life sustaining energy of a plant can be enough to keep the energy moving and flowing instead of stagnating in your corners. Allow your intuition to guide you towards solutions that redirect the dead energies of a corner into more harmonious, peaceful and joyful spaces.

3. Closets:

They are the bowels of our homes and offices, the storage bins for old, dead energy. If you don't use it, loose it! Keep your closets clean, neat, and free of unwanted, old, unused items. Don't allow your closets to become black holes, or they will reflect that energy. Once you have cleared out those closets, offer a simple ceremony of smudging of sage or incense to clear the old lingering vibrations that were there as well. This keeps those closets from reacquiring their old residents again. Some people prefer to use lemon grass, or an essential oil mixture of peppermint and lemon to freshen up the vibes.

4. Ceremony:

Ceremony is a time when we honor life, the seasons, and those aspects of living beyond the physical. It brings us in touch with the worlds beyond our everyday, and reminds us of a vastness of Life beyond our immediate attention. When we make time for ceremony in our life and homes we open a doorway into another dimension beyond this one allowing fresh new ideas, inspiration and energies to flow into our homes.

By ceremonially burning a candle each night we reinforce to our subconscious mind the symbolic of letting the problems and worries of the day as we offer them to the candle's fire. It is a simple ceremony and one that keeps the energies of your home clean and clear of the burdens of the day. It is also a great way to let go of the past, an ending of a business, a relationship, an old job -- all are energetically &quit;released" through simple ceremonies so that their energetic baggage doesn't follow us into our future.

Rather than follow recipes about which ceremony is "right" for your space, feel the unique connection you have with your space, and allow yourself to follow the ceremony you are guided to use. Look for a ceremonial act that seems to match your energies the intentions you wish to inaugurate into your space. Whatever the ceremony, when you do it with intention and awareness that ceremony heralds in the energies of your intention in a much more profound manner than when we simply and perfunctorily go perform the same act.

5. Consciousness:

The power of this cannot be overstated in my opinion. Find the places in your home or office where you have vacated your consciousness, those closets, corners, and dead zones that you pretend are not there, or wish weren't. That room where the kids used to live, or the pile of paper in the office that calls out for help, but we ignore. Put your consciousness into that space, with intention, and yes, even ceremony, and notice the MAGIC that happens when you do! Energy flows where attention goes!

6. Cycles:

There is a rhythm to Life, a time for growth, and a time for death. Cycles are important to observe: moon cycles are often used for planting, cutting hair, beginning new projec ts. Similarly, observing the cycles of the sun of day and night, being more active during the daylight hours, and winding down in the evening when there is less energy available. As well there are the larger seasonal cycles, solstices, equinoxes. When we align consciously with these cycles of nature, the rhythm of Life, we find more harmony and balance in our lives.

When we follow these cycles, we harness the Life energy of the planet begin to dance to the same beat of Life. So by paying attention to the cycles of Life, we begin to work with them to receive the gift of their energy.

Fall is a perfect time to let go of the past and release the old habits and holds we have on our "stuff" allowing a new energy to flow in its place.

With some small investment on our part, we can dramatically change the energies of our environment making our homes a sanctuary to reflect our highest intentions and dreams.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy All Hallow's Eve/Samhain!

Magickal Blessings,

All Hallow’s Eve has always held a special place in my heart and soul. It invokes ancient memories of bonfires, music, drums and dancing outside under the moon and the stars; smells of the crisp air and autumn leaves, apples and cinnamon…and of course frolicking and merry making! But most of all it is a day to honor all of those who have gone before us, the spirits, our ancestors.

In honor of this magickal night, I thought I’d touch on some history. There is a lot of it so I am just giving you the bare bones here! No pun intended-lol

The word Hallow means ‘sacred’, ‘holy’ and also ‘saints.’ Halloween or All Hallow’s Eve is also known as Samhain (pronounced sow-en or sa-ven) It is a deeply magickal time, a festival of the sacred Celtic New Year and also considered one of the ancient Celtic fire festivals. At this time of the year, it is officially end of the harvest. Cattle and animals were often slaughtered then and any plants left out in the fields past Samhain were considered taboo, under rein of the nature spirits.

Samhain also means “summer’s end”. In the Scottish-Gaelis dictionary, “sam” plus “fuin” put together is “Samhain” or Hallowtide, the Feast of All Souls. It is a time to celebrate before we enter the dark half of the year. It is a magickal window, considered outside the laws of time and space. So the night may be used to view any other point in time. The veils between this world and the spirit realm are very thin, revealing an ideal time to communicate with those who have passed on as well as the nature spirits. It is a night where those of the otherworld walk amongst the living. Divination was often practiced on this night in ancient times, as it was and still is believed the spirits could aid us in foreseeing the future and also help us. Samhain is about honoring and welcoming the cycles of life, death and rebirth. It is a wonderful time to honor and celebrate the lives of loved ones passed on. It was common for the Celts and many ancient religions or spiritual practices to honor the dead and our ancestors. Celebrations and practices exist in other cultures around the world honoring the dead, such as Dia De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, in Mexico, and All Saints’ Day festival, which spans many countries across Europe and the Mediterranean, Czech Republic, Romania and the Philippines. It is a beautiful custom, one I feel that became lost in America over time and one that I choose to practice now. It also reminds us that the soul is eternal.

Interestingly, since Samhain is rooted in Celtic history and Europe, the pumpkin was not around then. Pumpkins are an American vegetable so back in ancient times, mostly turnips and root vegetables like beets or even potatoes were used in decoration and for making lights. I think since pumpkins were more readily available, they were/are much easier (and more fun) to carve than turnips. The pumpkin is connected to the feminine aspect of the Divine, being that it is round in shape. It is ruled by the moon and resonates with the water element. The magickal associations with the pumpkin are protection and abundance of harvest.

The celebration commences at sundown and lasts for 24 hours. A wonderful and simple Samhain/All Hallow’s ritual one can do is just to put pictures of loved ones out on a small table or altar. If you don’t have pictures it’s ok, too. You can just sit quietly with a black candle (or white) and connect with the energy, offer prayers and gratitude to all of those whom are passed on, your ancestral lineage, those you are grateful for in spirit form. You can also honor those whom are living. Such as someone who helped you, maybe someone you look up to or admire, whether you know them or not, even spirits of children and animals unborn…Take a moment to relax and send out your own personal prayers, gratitude and love.

Many enjoy leaving offerings out. It can be an extra plate of food left at the table or outdoors. The fairies especially enjoy sweets like honey and cakes or breads. You can also adorn your altar or tables with apples, the fruit of Samhain, or pumpkins, gourds, corn, turnips, acorns, sage, autumn leaves such as Oak… You may leave them outside under your favorite tree as an offering as well. Make it as personal and creative as you wish. Even though the spirits don’t physically eat, they take in the essence of the food. =^_~= I believe with Halloween, while candy has become a major focus in America, it does have its roots in offerings of the ancient past.

Crystals and stones are wonderful to have out or give as offerings as well. Some crystals associated with Samhain are: smoky quartz, obsidian, jet, fairy quartz (also called spirit quartz,) onyx. I think some of the orange stones are great too, such as carnelian.

Samhain is also the most powerful time for letting go. We embark upon the descent within our souls; looking within, facing the shadow aspects of our psyche, learning what we need to and letting the rest go to start anew, rebirth ourselves. One can call upon the spirits of our loved ones and ancestors for extra support or assistance during this process. (Always surround yourself in white light or violet light and ask, pray for Divine protection first) It is a great time to release negativity and negative energies we may have accumulated in our energy fields. Samhain is also an ideal time for forgiving and healing broken relationships, at least for making peace within ourselves and our hearts. The cosmos is very supportive of this process at this time.

In addition, you may wish to reflect upon how far you have come, how much you have grown and put your intentions out there as to what you wish to cultivate for the upcoming year. (Just as many write New Year’s Resolutions the end of December)

I am not sure where the scary aspect comes in with devils and all that… But one of my *feelings* is that over time as the Christian church deemed these practices unacceptable, the concept of honoring and communicating with the dead was considered evil or scary. So it was more fear of the unknown- lack of being connected to our roots & the Divine, a lack of understanding knowledge combined with the fear the church instilled into many people. Personally, I think many in America here that are obsessed with devils, ultimate scare, gore and candy o.d. are missing the big picture. Some chills and scares… ok yes. Tis fun to sit around the fire and tell ghost stories. (Except none of those killed babysitter ones- thank you friends in my childhood-LOL) I have read it was acceptable for the Celts to engage in mischief and play practical jokes on this night. Partially because they viewed it as a psychological release before the onset of the dark and cold winter.

Whether you choose to call it Samhain, All Hallow’s Eve, Halloween, All Souls Day... remember you are partaking in a mystical festival that has a historical lineage of more than 6,000 years- possibly being older than that! Honor this night, and all of those who have gone before us, the spirits, yourself. Enjoy this truly magickal time and be safe! Choose to stay centered in peace, love, gratitude and light.

A wonderful book to read about the history and customs of Samhain/Halloween is “Halloween” by Silver Ravenwolf. It is full of fascinating information, customs, rituals, spells, recipes and activities. I am including her recipe for Witches Brew below.

Witches Brew

1 gallon apple cider (love)

One orange (love)

One apple (love, wisdom, knowledge, health)

3 cinnamon sticks (love and psychic powers)

1/8 tsp. nutmeg (fidelity)

One handful rose petals (love) -You can also use dried rosebuds-

One big pot

Pour the apple cider into a large kettle. Peel the orange and squeeze its juice into cider, discarding the pulp. Tear the orange peel into 1-inch strips, and add to mixture. Core apple and cut into ¼ inch slices. Add to mixture. Break the cinnamon sticks in half and add to mixture. Add nutmeg. Warm over low heat for 2 hours. Do not bring to a boil. Stir often, saying:

From the moon to the vine

From the vine to the fruit

From the fruit to this brew

May the Goddess (or Lady) send her blessings

May the God (or Lord) grant your desires

Serve warm in your favorite punch bowl and sprinkle with rose petals.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Simplifying Your Life Part II- Clutter and Home energy clearing

Greetings Cosmic Family,

It is joyfully cooler here and the tree leaves are turning to gold and other warm colors. The wind is also helping to shake off their leaves, just as we are doing now also.

In the last post, the bare bones of simplifying our lives was mentioned with some additional ideas. Now I’m going to get into what most of us rather not get into… dum dum dum! House cleaning & clearing! (groan… Lol)

When we are focusing on simplifying in the home, one thing that needs be tackled first is clutter. Meaning, anything around your house that is getting under your skin. Such as a pile of papers you promised yourself you’d go through ages ago and they are still sitting there taunting you… Also, clothing you don’t wear anymore, any personal items, old gifts you don’t use, collectables, cookware, old electronics, others furniture, holiday items, photographs, even email falls into here somewhere.

Closets are notorious for hiding things and accumulating too much. As well as garages, sheds, attics, basements, any room or area you don’t use that much.

Why is it important to clear your spaces? First of all, as we grow and evolve, our energy and personal tastes do as well. It is just part of the cycles of life. So its only natural one will feel inclined to clear out the old and start anew. Also, clutter collects an energy of stagnation, which is reflected in our lives and may create a block to positive energy flow. So each item you hang onto, if you don’t truly love it, there is a decay-like energy that it accumulates over time plus whatever emotional association you may have with it.

Energy flows where there is a clear path. Granted, it can move around like a snake but it is much better to clear away all that you can to bring in fresh new energy. That way, energy will flow much better into your life and your home. What you want to do is create a space/environment that will support your spirit and bring you feelings of peace and happiness.

It is said that if you haven’t used something in 6 months, and definitely if it has been 1 year or more, then toss it. You can donate your items, give them to a friend or someone else who needs them, bring them to a Goodwill store, sell them on eBay, have a garage sale (for the brave-lol), recycle them or throw them away. Or, even more fun- burn or shred what you can! Of course only paper items and nothing toxic. There is something very satisfying about watching old parts of your life burn away. It brings closure and is also a sacred ceremony.

I have a “rule” for myself now that if I am buying something new, something old must go out. So you may very well enjoy adopting this also, if not already.

I know how hard it can be to get going at first. Personally, even though I like things clean and organized, there are few times I actually like to clean and I have to pretty much force myself to do it. But once you get going, its not so bad and can even feel liberating. You may even want to power through it warrior style.

A great book I highly recommend is Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui by Karen Kingston. It definitely illuminates much about what exactly is clutter and how it affects you, plus she gives awesome information and advice.

So where do you begin and how to approach this seemingly daunting task?

First of all, if need be, it helps to change your attitude about it. Instead of dreading it and thinking ‘it will take forever,’ etc., remind yourself you are doing it for yourself, the outcome will be so worth it and it can be done in small steps. Remember it is freeing up all this new space for magickal, fresh beginnings in your life. And since it took time to create whatever you are cleaning up, there is also time that can be made to address it.

Second, don’t beat yourself up or carry any judgment about it- especially towards yourself or a spouse, partner, roommate, etc.. It happens. As Sonia Choquette has said, “Bless your mess” J

That alone will shift the vibration in a positive way. What’s important now is that you are working towards improving the situation. Because the more you focus on ‘how did this happen… or look at all this crap’ (lol) the more a negative attachment is formed and your energy is compromised. So just let it go. Free yourself- forgive yourself, forgive your significant other if necessary, it’s all good. Breathe…. ahh…

Ask for Divine help and/or the Angels of Feng Shui and Energy clearing to help you. They are happy to do so! I have not talked about angels much on my blog, which is another topic all together. I think many of you whom read here work with the Angelic realm also. But just in case, briefly put, Angels are Spiritual beings, pure love and light, created by God/The Divine Creator/Source whatever one may wish to call it… They are here for us, created by the Divine to help us. It does not matter what your spiritual preference is, where you are on your path or what your religious practices may be. We just need to ask for their assistance because there is law of free will and they cannot intervene unless asked first. I like working with Archangel Jophiel and also Archangel Michael. All you have to do is pray, mentally ask for them to help you with clearing your space and brining you all you need for the process. Be it motivation, time, energy, focus, positive thoughts, alone time in the house, whatever…

Another thing that may help you is to give yourself some incentive. Like a sea salt bath with essential oils, a funny movie, a lovely dinner, a massage…. Have a reward already set up for yourself so that when you are done, it’s something to look forward to.

Also, don’t hold any expectations about how you think the whole process should go or how long it should take. (Though I do suggest carving out a certain amount of time that works best for you.) The key is not to put pressure on yourself. So allow yourself room to go with whatever. If you and a friend or partner are tackling it together, don’t be barking orders-lol. It won’t make things any easier. There are some that need a positive motivator or coach also.

People can become emotional when clearing clutter, even afterwards. Especially if he/she is sentimental and may be dealing with items that are from deceased loved ones. This is because the old energy is being cleared away. So.. patience. If you become emotional, its ok. Allow yourself to feel for a moment, take a break if you need to, and let it pass…its important though not to become lost in a sea or dwell on the feelings.

Take breaks. Everyone has their own unique way of operating during the clearing process. Some may feel a rush of adrenaline and some of you may tire out sooner. If you do feel tired or sore, stop. Listen to your body and honor your needs. Even if its been hours and you feel great, don’t push yourself into the danger zone. Remember, its all about one step at a time.

If you are challenged in any way with a health issue or condition, plan to ask for help and/or have a friend or someone to help you out. Always ask for help when you need it.

Start with just one area first. You may want it to be the kitchen, for example, or a closet. But begin with clearing a cupboard or cabinet, a drawer, a desk, a shelf, a box... (A poodle, a noodle, a doodle…lol That is a line from the movie What About Bob) Then move on after that little by little. You will be glad you did.

Have some big garbage bags, garbage cans or containers, and boxes. Plan a designated area where you can put things into manageable units and label them like: Donate, Recycle, sell, Garbage, Undecided. Or however you wish. You can always go back to the Undecided later.

The big questions to ask yourself when faced with indecision about an item is this:

Are you really going to use it or do you use it regularly?

Is it really going to help you by keeping it?

Does this item support my spirit and reflect my heart’s desires?

Do you love it? Does it lift your energy?

The third is most important. If you love it and it lifts your energy- awesome. Keep it. Otherwise, toss it.

Probably one of the hardest things for women, I think, is clothes that are newer but they may be a smaller size. Ladies, how many times have you bought a cool new dress or other item, even though it may be (cringe) *snug*, intending you will be able to fit into it soon? Or even hang onto something you used to fit into years ago with that same intention. I think this is the equivalent of saying, ‘You are not good enough to wear this now but soon will be.’

Its terrible right? Then you end up with a closet full of different sizes. Free yourself now from this pattern. You want to have something beautiful you can wear now. Honor and love yourself exactly as you are in this moment! ;)

You will feel soo much better by buying and wearing something that you look great in NOW.

Another tip: Don’t go shopping when you are upset. At least don’t buy anything. I hear so many women talk about how shopping is “therapy” and feel this is so far from the truth! It is more a diversion tactic set up by the ego to avoid how you are truly feeling.

In addition, something you buy may not look so pleasing after you bring it home and try it on later. Because you were already distraught emotionally, it alters one’s clarity and decision making skills. And maybe you were drawn to a certain color because your aura was a different shade at that moment. So keep that in mind. It’s better to take a time out and allow yourself to feel what you need to rather than to avoid it.

Another thing you want to do is take a look around at all that you may have hanging on the walls or whatever artwork you may have, whatever you have adorning your home. This is all a reflection of yourself and others in your home. Too often, many of us have items that we like but may reflect something difficult in our lives previously (even lives past) and it has a rather negative influence on us in the present. Reading more about Feng Shui will really help one to grasp this concept further.

But as an example, I have a big painting I really like from the Medieval era. It is in direct view where all can see it in the living area and I gaze at it often. The artist is wonderful, it truly is a beautiful portrait although also haunting- a scene of a queen/lady of royalty tying a scarf around her beloved knight, bidding him farewell before he marches into battle. This was a difficult pattern that carried over for me from my past lives- many lovers or loved ones I lost or waited for. It didn’t *click* with me how this picture influenced my present life until after studying energy and Feng Shui! So… time to replace it with a happier picture.

So, take a look around your home. If you are single and longing to attract a wonderful new lover or relationship, then put up items in pairs or pictures of lovers, pictures of twos.. you get the idea... You can do this to enhance your current relationship as well. Also, the stone rose quartz is great to have in the Relationship corner of your home. It helps with attracting love and maintaining love, opening oneself more to unconditional love. The relationship corner is the area of your home that is farthest to the Right in the back when you are looking at it from inside your front door. It helps to also study the Bagua, a term used in Feng Shui placement. You can do a search online for it or find it in Feng Shui books. Here is a link to a Bagua map:

In the book I previously mentioned by Karen Kingston, I believe there is a basic chart of the Bagua in there as well.

Also, do you have any items that hang down? A few here and there is ok, but if you tend to keep a lot of decorations hanging down from the ceiling or shelves, even plants, this can have an effect on your energy. It has been said this lowers energy and contributes to depression. So what you want to do change those, have plants and decorations that go upward or reflect upward direction, expansion. If you can, adjust your plants to grow upward if possible. If not, then bring in new plants.

Another correlation with Feng Shui and one’s life and personal body is having storage up high on shelves or in the attic. Excessive items in the attic may block one's higher aspirations and has been said to possibly contribute to headaches, such as migraines and affect the mind, mental energy, as well as the crown and third eye chakras. Think of the top areas of your home as the crown of yourself, whereas basements symbolize the past.

After you are finished powering through all your clutter and happy with the results, ask for Divine help to seal the positive energy in, to seal the light and love. I would start by thanking the Universe, Heavens for this opportunity and ask that the new energy vibration be upheld and protected, for the flow of new energy to be continual. You may even want to say a prayer, ask for help with keeping things clear and/or with organizing. Visualize white light coming down like bright rays of crystal sunshine, entering your home, filling every space with pure light. You can also do this daily and in between your cleaning/clearing days. Violet light, the Violet Flame also work excellent for this.

Picture in your mind’s eye, the light expanding out of your home also, completely covering your property, the trees and living things in a sphere, bubble or large caccoon shape. Add your feelings of love and safety, peace and happiness. Be creative and personalize it, whatever comes into your thoughts is what will work best for you. Placing crystals around your home will also keep your space energized, protected and aid in positive energy flow.

Most importantly, have fun in your new and dreamy oasis!

Until next time~ Happy clearing and Blissful blessings, Oceans of love to all of you!