Week of 11/26/17


From Denise Linn’s “Gateway” Oracle Card Deck


There are times to preserve your energy and resources and put all actions on ice until the time is right to thaw them out for use – now is not one of them. Now is the time where the ice has thawed and it’s time to set forth on whatever it is you are seeking and quite literally break the barrier and set off on your new venture. Do not let fear of lack, general fear or other factors hold you back from letting go of something in order to move forward, or from beginning something that you’ve been meaning to.
Regardless of whether or not you are feeling prepared you are being told that it’s time to gather your strength and courage and take a leap of faith to move forward. Though Mercury turns retrograde this week and it’s usually frowned upon to start new projects/sign contracts etc. – things will find a way of working themselves out as you go along in this case. There may be chaos or confusion in the beginning but it won’t be for long as your soul is meant to make these changes right now. Perhaps you’ve been wanting to leave a relationship, start a new hobby or class, leave a job, move to another location. Perhaps you have also been hiding your true self in fear of what others may think of you or your lifestyle and unsure of how to show the world who you are. These have all been thoughts in your mind. You may have even planned things out but have lacked the courage to move forward in carrying out those plans or perhaps you were not yet ready because you felt you needed to research and gather information and resources first. Now is the time where it is safe for you to move ahead.
Break free from your comfort zone and try something new. Stagnation leads to a lack of growth and experience. Your thoughts, ideas and feelings initially came to you for a reason – your soul is calling out for change. Be brave, and make those changes. Sometimes the best way to do this is to simply just do it! It sounds simpler than it is but the more you think about something the more you are likely to talk yourself out of it. JUST DO IT! You are being given the sign that all will be well. Even if something winds up being not what you thought it was – you can always start over. You will learn and grow from breaking your barriers, so you will never lose.

Rituals, Altars and Sacred Spaces

Though it’s not a new thought process, I’ve always said – you don’t have to be religious to be spiritual, and you don’t have to be spiritual to be religious. I tend to think that nowadays, spirituality is more a practice of feeling at peace and one with whomever you believe to be “source” whether it be Goddesses, Archangels, Jesus, Witches, Fairies, or someone you know that has passed on and view as your guardian, etc. Everyone has different beliefs and practicing spirituality is a way to connect with them. Rituals are a great way to practice spirituality and connect with yourself, your beliefs and bring yourself back into balance.
A ritual doesn’t mean you need to practice voodoo in your basement with a voodoo doll as some people who are not familiar with them may think. It can quite literally be anything you want it to be. It’s helpful to carve out a particular time of day you’d like to do it so it’s something that you can look forward to each day. Or maybe there’s a specific ritual you’d like to practice each month rather than day, such as on the full moon or the first of each month.
There a few different rituals that I like to practice regularly. My favorite one is before bed time in which I meditate with my crystals and pull a few oracle cards for myself. It sounds simple, nothing fancy – and it is. But this simple practice does so much to keep me feeling balanced and in touch with myself and my surroundings. I like to do a lot of my rituals at night or on the weekends because it tends to get hectic during the day and unlikely for me to be able to do anything. After such stressful days, as I’m sure many people face, it’s helpful to have something to look forward to for yourself at the end of the day. A moment of quiet to go within and get in touch with how you are feeling, or let go of whatever is bothering you.
If you’d like to do your own nighttime meditation ritual, designate a separate place to do so – preferably somewhere quiet and comfortable where you are surrounded by things that make you feel happy and relaxed. It could be your bedroom, or a separate part of your living space. Decide if you’d like to lie down for this, or sit. If you prefer sitting, make sure you are sitting somewhere comfortable such as a pillow, blanket or chair. I prefer a small meditation chair (there are tons you can find online) and it’s small enough where you can take it different places and has just enough back support to keep you sitting up straight.


If you prefer lying down, also make sure it’s somewhere comfortable like a meditation mat or blanket. Once you’ve decided where you’d like to hold your meditation ritual, you can decide what you’d like to put in your space. It can be whatever objects or materials that you hold as sacred and valuable sentimentally – crystals, figurines, artwork, incense just to name a few suggestions. Whatever will make your soul feel at peace. Or maybe you choose not to have anything except a candle and that is fine also. There’s no right or wrong way so long as you are benefiting from the practice. After your sacred space is set up your ritual can begin. For me personally, I like to meditate for at least twenty minutes (longer if I feel I need it) and as mentioned before, I like to pull a few cards for myself. I also keep a note pad and pen nearby for ideas or thoughts that may have come up for me during meditation, or regarding the cards I had pulled for myself. You can choose to do that or simply use the meditation as a tool for setting yourself up for a good night sleep. Admittedly, sometimes if I’m over-exhausted I will cut the process a bit shorter, and may choose to simply meditate in bed instead. I do highly recommend playing your meditation in your headphones regardless of which way you choose as it is more effective in blocking out surrounding noise enabling you to connect more and really delve into it deeper.
Another very simple nighttime ritual I like doing is reading a small chapter or quote from a book that I keep on my bedside table. It can be a book about spirituality, quotes, uplifting messages, etc. Reading one little line or chapter from the book allows me to have something to reflect on before bed, and something to resonate with me for the new day ahead the next day. I also keep relaxing things on my night table like lavender, my oil diffuser and of course – more crystals!


Another ritual I like to practice are those surrounding the full and new moons. When the moon is full, I like to leave my crystals out to charge and do spiritual work of letting go and releasing. As I lay each crystal out I say aloud what I would like them to help me with for the next cycle, and the things I would like to let go of or work on. Giving them that energy ensures that they will help in a time of need and bring me closer to fulfilling the intentions I have set for myself. If you don’t have crystals, then pick your favorite stones or rocks, or it could even be an object that you regard as an amulet. Once in awhile, I like to enhance the charging process and also cleanse the crystals (see my Crystal of the Month section on how I like to do this).
When the moon is new, I like to plant seeds of new beginnings and manifest those things I would like to attract with the new moon cycle. Pick a sacred space and lay out the objects and things that are important to you and help you spiritually. When it’s cold out and I can utilize my fireplace, it’s my absolute favorite time to do this. If you don’t have a fireplace, then there are other ways you can do this. I make a list or letter of all of the things I would like to attract with the new moon cycle or coming cycles. It doesn’t have to be written perfectly and can just be a random collection of thoughts. Write out WHATEVER it is that you feel – even if you think it may sound harsh or not make much sense. Having an outlet for getting it out is so much better than keeping it in, especially if you can do so privately without hurting someone’s feelings. This next part is where my fireplace comes in handy. Once I’ve written everything out, all of my worries, fears, hopes, dreams, wishes – I take that list/letter and fold it up and toss it right into the fire. I do not re-read it or change anything. The fire consumes it, burns it and transforms it into energy where the flames carry those messages up into the heavens to be heard by my guardians and guides. If you don’t have a fireplace then you can buy a tabletop one, use a mini cast iron cauldron to burn it, or you can use other elements such as pouring water over it and destroying it, bury it in the earth or simply rip it up and throw it out! All of these ways are effective. Fire is just my favorite thing to use because I’m a fire sign myself (Sagittarius!) and it resonates more with me and I can’t get enough of it!
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Of course, if you’re more advanced in ritual work then there are a number of different rituals or spells you can do for whatever desired outcome you seek. The point is that if you don’t have the proper objects a spell/ritual calls for then you can reach for whatever is at hand. Use your intuition to guide you to whatever it is you need to perform a spell or ritual. Maybe you don’t have a black candle for a particular protection spell you’re doing but there’s a black feather that you hold as a protective source – use that instead. Rituals are meant to be sacred to you and your beliefs. What works for one person may not work for another. If you’re new to all of it, it helps to use other people’s experiences as a guide or a starting point, and then gradually adding in those objects and traditions that cater more to you and your desires and intentions.
Altars are a great way to keep all of your spiritual tools and goodies together on display. An altar doesn’t necessarily mean the kind which are seen in church. As mentioned earlier, this can be comprised of all of the things that enhance you spiritually and the things you use either daily or when performing your rituals and spells. Some suggestive items you can put on  your altar are:
*Crystals, rocks or minerals, candles, incense, oracle cards, sage for smudging/palo santo stick, holy water (I have water from one of my favorite stream spots Upstate), soil from a fertile garden, objects or figurines that speak to you spiritually, favorite books on spirituality, meditating, mind/body/spirit etc.


It also helps to have all of these objects together for ease of access. I recommend using a small bookshelf if you have a few things, or maybe a dresser top if you only have a small amount of space. If you don’t have the space to purchase a whole separate bookshelf, then floating shelves would also work.
There is no limit to the things that you can hold in your sacred space, and no limit to what kind of rituals and spells you can hold in your home. Practicing rituals and having an altar in my home has helped me tremendously to keep in touch with my spirituality and open my crown chakra further. It’s a fulfilling feeling when you can walk into your home and feel the energy of the space you created.

Week of 11/19/17


From Colette Baron Reid’s “The Wisdom of Avalon” Oracle Deck


Partnerships with others are significant right now. Assess the relationships that you share with others in your present circumstances. Are they loving? Are they mutually beneficial? Do they make you feel whole and complete? If not, then it’s time for you to let that go and allow for more fulfilling partnerships to enter into your life. With the recent new moon, it’s a good time to “plant your seeds” and manifest that which you seek in a partnership. This usually pertains to romantic relationships, but if you are seeking a friendship or work relationship that is beneficial it could apply also. Take care of yourself and love yourself in order to attract what you desire.
Romantically speaking, when you are whole and healthy (this could mean physically, mentally, emotionally at your best), you are more likely to attract someone who has also raised their vibration to match your level. When two whole and healthy people come together, the partnership is often greater and even more powerful than individually – the sum is greater than the parts. If you don’t recognize that this person is in your life right now, then it could be right around the corner. Don’t settle for feeling “half” when you could feel “whole.” Just like a yin and yang symbol, you’re complete when you have your other half. This card could also mean that you currently have this person in your life and is a sign that this partnership is of great significance in your life. This person will give you all that your soul needs, as you will for them. Together, your relationship will reach new heights and you will push one another to be your greatest selves.
Regarding friendships and workmates, if there is disharmony in any areas then it is time to let these partnerships go in a healthy way. It doesn’t necessarily mean you need to cut the person off – as this could be hard to do especially with people you work with daily. Meditate and imagine cords tying you together labeled certain things such as “jealousy,” “competitiveness,” “anger,” and in your mind grab a pair of scissors and cut those cords. The more you do this, you will come to see the peace in your partnerships and react from a better place (if at all). As mentioned before with romantic relationships, this could also mean that your current friendships and work relationships will benefit you in some way. Perhaps you will learn more about yourself through your friend, or enhance your skills and make amazing things with your workmate. Embrace the creativity and camaraderie that graces your life right now because it will lead to a better you.
Finally, this card could also be a sign of the coming together of ideas, projects, thoughts, energy, or work. If you’re currently embarking on your own creative ventures then this could be a sign that all of your thoughts, ideas, etc. will unite in a harmonious way. You will be able to effortlessly flow through it without hitting barriers such as writers block, stagnation or whatever other roadblocks to success you may have faced previously. Now is timely for your projects to come together and for you to create meaningful work.

Eating Seasonal

Eat seasonal! Not only is it good for your body and nutritional health, but it’s big savings and good for your pocket too. It’s no coincidence that fruits and vegetables are at their peak during certain times of the year. In Chinese Medicine/Eastern Nutrition, each whole food has a specific function and organ/organs that it targets – everything has Qi. Another way of looking at Qi if you’re not familiar with the term is picturing each food having its own energy or life force. When you ingest a food you are also taking in that foods Qi.  That’s why it’s important that you make sure that what you are ingesting is humanely raised or grown, as that food will become a part of you.
Food, and the act of eating food also depends upon your mindset. Are you paying attention to how you are feeling when you reach for food or what exactly it is that you are eating? You should have a positive mindset about what you are putting into your body. Feel it doing good things as is circulates through your system – stopping off at each organ, vessel, cell that it needs to in order to provide the nourishment that’s needed for your body to heal and/or function optimally. If you’re feeling pressured to eat, or guilty afterwards then you may suffer from things like weight gain, feeling bloated, low energy, fatigued, etc. not necessarily because of what you ate, but your mindset going into it. Even if you do slip up and eat something not so great, or indulge a little, it’s ok. Use that as a tool to be more mindful the next time. Now onto the food…
In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) foods are typically lightly cooked, steamed or broiled for the most nutritional benefit because the Spleen and Stomach in particular function their best with warm foods. Eating too much raw food, or heavily grilled/charred food can be damaging in the long run, because it can either create too much cold (raw foods, not cooked) or heat (charred, grilled) in the body. As mentioned earlier, each food has a particular organ or organs that its directed towards. Each food also has a specific taste and temperature. The five tastes are: Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Pungent, Salty. Temperatures can range from cool to cold and warm to hot. However, it’s not so literal as to say blueberries are cold so they must have a cold temperature. In fact, in TCM blueberries are considered of sour taste and warming property.
There are some really great Eastern Nutrition books out there that you can read and delve deeper into the properties of foods if you’re interested in learning more. For now, some of the seasonal foods that can be enjoyed (and used as medicine) for each season are listed below. You can eat them alone, or create your own recipes and meal plans geared toward helping you feel your best during each season.  Keep in mind the lists below are not exclusive. There are a number of foods out there that can benefit you during each season, I’m only focusing on some of those foods that are seasonal.


In TCM, Fall is associated with the Lungs, the color white, and pungent taste. Runny noses, colds, dry skin, chapped lips, and respiratory infections are all inconvenient things that seem to start happening after coming off of our summer high. Our immune systems are being tried and tested. This is the season where we need to be moisturized (I’m not talking just on the outside) and eat foods that will keep our insides protected against the dry weather and keep our immune systems strong. Think porridges (congee), oatmeal, and things of that nature.
*Pumpkin, pears, squash (butternut, acorn, any!), garlic, ginger, onion, potato, sweet potato, turnips, parsnips, horseradish, honey, radish, daikon radish, figs, cabbage, scallions, apples
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In TCM, Winter is associated with the Kidney’s, the color black and salty flavor. When we think of winter, we think of hibernation. It gets colder, and being indoors out of the cold is what we seek. Winter is about keeping our systems strengthened and hearty to keep us warm and nourished. Think soups and stews.
*Cherries, dates, plums, kale, cranberries, beets, bell peppers, swiss chard, fennel, eggplant, spinach (*Note: those who suffer from Kidney Stones should not eat spinach due to oxalic acid), prunes, grapes, olives, rosemary, watercress, mushrooms


In TCM, Spring is associated with the Liver, color green and sour taste. In Springtime, everything begins to awaken again. The flowers begin to bud and we start to shed our winter skin (and pounds). Spring is a time of renewal and cleansing, to prepare for the warmer days ahead. We begin to eat less and shy away from heavy foods and reach for items that are light and fresh. Think salads, raw vegetables and fruits (*Note: As mentioned earlier, eating too many raw foods throughout the whole year can create Spleen/Stomach imbalances) or lightly saute.
*Dandelion greens, green onions, fresh herbs (any kind, especially if grown yourself!), sprouts, mustard greens, kohlrabi, carrots, broccoli, brussel sprouts, asparagus, celery, peas, raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, blackberry


In TCM, summer is associated with the Heart, color red and bitter taste. There is also a season known as late-summer which is more or less comparable to the “Indian Summer” type of weather that sometimes appears towards the end of the summer season right before fall – that hot, sticky and humid weather. Late summer is associated with the Spleen, color yellow and sweet taste. In the summer and late summer time we tend to feel hot, utilize more energy and sweat more. It’s important during this season to keep yourself hydrated with water and with food so as to avoid heat stroke. Think salads, some raw fruits and vegetables and lightly cooked food. Avoid drinking cold smoothies, drinking too many iced beverages and barbecuing all of your food as this could create either too much cold or too much heat in the body.
*Watermelon, cucumber, tomato, corn, apricots, pineapple, banana (*Note: ripe bananas are better in cases of constipation, while greener bananas are good for cases of diarrhea), cantaloupe, coconut, grapefruit, lemon, lime, mango, oranges, papaya, peaches, zucchini, squash, string beans



November 2017 – Ginger

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Ginger has long been known for its health benefits, most prominently in treating nausea – but that’s not all it’s good for. In Chinese Medicine it is considered warming, of pungent taste and directed to treat the Lung, Spleen and Stomach. Ginger is a staple in my household! My boyfriend is a ginger fanatic and whether I like it or not, ginger finds its way into some dish we’re cooking up. Ginger can be consumed raw in food, as a tea, tincture or dried powder. Here are some of its health benefits:
1. Nausea/motion sickness – General nausea, or nausea associated with undergoing chemotherapy treatments. Best when taken as a tea. For motion sickness, sometimes you don’t have access to sipping tea so carry around some ginger crystals to pop when in a bind and in need of a quick fix.
2. Quells morning sickness associated with pregnancy – Best taken as a tea, but if you find you still can’t stomach smelling or sipping the tea, try the ginger crystals.
3. Ease menstrual cramps/PMS – Use as a tea or tincture or take a bath with dried ginger in it in the days leading up to your period. Ginger helps to increase blood flow therefore reducing pain associated with menstrual cramping. It can also help with other aches and pains associated with PMS such as low back pain and breast tenderness.
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4. Treat the common cold and cough – In Chinese medicine the five main organs (Heart, Liver, Kidney, Lung, Spleen) all have a certain taste attributed to it. The taste of the lung is pungent. In this way, the pungent quality of ginger can disperse the cold pathogen in the body, particularly in the lung. Dried ginger is best in this instance as it is more warming especially when you are trying to treat a cold. Use dried ginger in tea form, or cooked into food.
5. Ease stomach ache/abdominal pain – Ditch the ginger ale in the soda aisle and opt for ginger tea instead. Ginger ale doesn’t contain nearly as much ginger as you think it does and is mostly made up of sugar. If you really don’t want tea and you’re craving some bubbles, then give the real ginger beer (non-alcoholic) a try. You’ll spend more but the pungent taste of the real ginger will satisfy that bubbly feeling some people crave when they have an upset stomach. Plus, you may find you won’t go back to the “other ginger ale.”
6. Treats diarrhea – In Chinese medicine, consumption of too much raw food can lead to loose stools and so dried ginger is best to use in this case. Rice is binding, especially in cases of diarrhea so a congee made with rice and dried ginger can be used.
7. Flatulence – When used raw in cooking, ginger can help to relieve excess gas in the body by gently pushing it downwards. There’s nothing more uncomfortable then sitting in a restaurant at a dinner party with a belly full of gas. Order something with fresh ginger!


8. Arthritic pain – If you’re the kind of person whose arthritic pain is exacerbated once the cold weather hits then ginger could be beneficial in increasing circulation and reducing pain. Cold constricts, so when your blood vessels are constricted say, in your legs, you are not getting enough blood flow – hence, pain is created. It’s most effective incorporating dried ginger into your food, or drinking ginger tea daily. This will prevent future episodes of pain.
9. Antidote for seafood poisoning – It is no coincidence that sushi is served with raw sliced ginger or that many Asian fish dishes are made with fresh ginger. In Chinese Medicine, sushi is cold in nature (yin) and ginger is warm in nature (yang) and so it is also balancing as a dish.
10. Hair loss – Grating fresh ginger and gently massaging into the scalp is said to stimulate hair growth. You can do this using ginger alone, or a neutral carrier oil such as sesame oil.


Week of 11/12/17


From Doreen Virtue’s “Archangel Michael” Oracle Deck


This card is a sign that it’s time for you to get into nature! Perhaps you’ve been spending too much time indoors and your body and spirit are calling out for some fresh air. When you are outside among the trees and nature your soul begins to relax and your mind begins to clear. When your mind clears, your connection to the spirit realm/source/God (whichever you would like to call it) starts to open. You can then receive the messages that you seek and begin to notice all of the signs and opportunities that are being presented to you. When our minds are cloudy and we are stressed it blocks the flow of energy from our selves and our source and makes it difficult for us to be aware of the signs and symbols that could potentially lead us to what we seek. 
If the weather where you are isn’t conducive to getting outside in nature right now (it’s been pretty cold here on Long Island!) then bring the outside in! There are numerous plants that can sustain indoor temperatures and lighting based on your location (speak to a local nursery). Not only will it spruce up your indoor environment but it will significantly improve the air quality of your home or space (this could even pertain to office/work space). That may be exactly what your physical body is in need of. If the weather does happen to be cooperating then this could simply mean opening the windows to get some fresh air circulating throughout your home. Picture each breeze drawing out any negative or unwanted energy that lingers. 
Another meaning to this card may be that you are meant to do work that involves being outside in nature. You have a strong connection to Mother Earth and your purpose is to honor that and set an example for others to do so. Whether you aspire to be an environmentalist, gardener, or botanist (just to name a few) it is never too late to do so, and it is timely for you to begin. 


Crown Chakra

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Mantra: I understand 
Location: At the top of your head (like a crown) 
Associated Color: Can vary from violet to gold to bright white light
Qualities: Wisdom, enlightenment, alignment, awareness, realization, presence, divination, higher consciousness, awakening, deep inner knowledge, connection to source/spirit realm, universal connection
Physical Associations: Brain stem, spinal cord (neurological) 
Signs of Imbalance: Physical – Confusion, mental confusion, seizures, nerve pain, mental illness. Emotional – Feeling disconnected from others and spiritual practice, not learning life lessons/continuing patterns, being a martyr, feeling angry for things that have happened in your life (that may be necessary for growth), fear of death. 
Food and Herbs to Strengthen: White or golden color foods (Cauliflower, radish, turnip, parsnip, potato, onions, cabbage, ginger, garlic, golden beets, horseradish, pears), chamomile, white peony,  white fish – eat light to balance the crown chakra, preferably whole and fresh foods
Crystal Complement: Clear Quartz, White Calcite, Selenite, Angelite
Activities to Strengthen: Pray/chant/practice some form of spiritual or religious ritual, if you’re having trouble recognizing your own inner lesson or wisdom start with a self-help book or activity, meditate picturing bright white light flowing through your body cleansing you, practice the art of letting go of a problem or situation and let the Divine handle it, go hiking and once you reach the mountaintop spread your arms out wide and open to the universe, focus on the color white/gold/violet spiraling at the top of your head (like a crown), imagine being surrounded in glowing white/gold/violet light, take deep breaths and imagine inhaling bright white/gold/violet light and releasing that which doesn’t serve your crown chakra, set your phone or computer background to the picture above and glance at the white color to connect with the crown chakra energy. 
Affirmation: “I understand and appreciate all the lessons I have learned and continue to learn in this life,” “I understand what the spirit realm wants me to see and hear and am open to receiving those messages,” “I understand myself as an individual and how I connect with others and the universe.”



Third Eye Chakra



Mantra: I see 
Location: Between and slightly above the inner eyebrows 
Associated Color: Varies from light purple to indigo 
Qualities: Intuition, vision, psychic ability, clairaudience, clairvoyance, clairsentience, imagination, mysticism, wisdom
Physical Associations:  Ears, head, eyes, brain
Signs of Imbalance: Physical – Hard of hearing, ear infection, headaches, visual blurriness or disorders, dizziness, brain fog, brain tumor, poor memory. Emotional – Difficulty listening to own intuition – could lead to dangerous circumstances, being closed off/against any kind of spirituality, fantasizing to the point of being out of touch with reality, delusional, lacking vision or imagination. 
Food and Herbs to Strengthen: Purple colored foods (purple grapes, raisins, prunes, purple yams, eggplant, red onion, red cabbage), black sesame seeds, flax seed, lavender, elderberry, juniper, star anise
Crystal Complement: Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli, Purple Fluorite, Peacock Ore 
Activities to Strengthen: Meditate (with or without a guide, enhance it by holding crystals), listen to your inner voice in a situation without questioning where it came from, write down any inspiration or information you receive, choose to embrace solitude (take a time out!), release competition within relationships – be it friendships, coworkers, relatives, use oracle or tarot cards, focus on the color purple or indigo spiraling at the area of the third eye chakra, or imagine being surrounded in glowing purple/indigo light, take deep breaths and imagine inhaling purple and on the exhale releasing that which does not serve your third eye chakra, set your phone or computer background to the image above and glance at it every so often to absorb the purple color. 
Affirmation: “I see beyond that which is in front of me,” “I see and hear beautiful messages from the spirit realm,” “I see into the inner depths of my soul and listen to its guidance and support.” 



Throat Chakra

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Mantra: I speak
Location: Center of the Throat
Associated Color: Blue 
Qualities: Self-expression, silence, communication, speaking up for yourself, thinking before you speak, projecting creativity, voice
Physical Associations: Throat, thyroid, larynx, tonsils, tongue, mouth, neck, shoulders
Signs of Imbalance: Physical – Frequent sore throats, tonsilitis, loss of voice, mouth ulcers, hyper/hypothyroidism, lockjaw, neck pain. Emotional – Speaking too much or out of turn, not speaking up or defending yourself when necessary (or excessive shyness), not listening, fear of public speaking, choking on words/stuttering, compulsively lying, extreme quiet. 
Food and Herbs to Strengthen: Blue colored foods (blueberries, blackberries, plums, prunes, dates), pears, coconut water, honey, lemon, slippery elm, marshmallow root, salt, chamomile 
Crystal Complement: Blue lace agate, turquoise, lapis lazuli, angelite, aquamarine, sodalite
Activities to Strengthen: Drink more water, take a public speaking class, sing or hum, talk openly and honestly with others (if it’s something traumatic – seeking professional help such as a psychologist or social worker can help), practice being still and silent in certain instances, journal as a way of expression, avoid dairy products, practice active listening, focus on the color blue spiraling at the center of your throat, or imagine being surrounded in glowing blue light, take deep breaths and imagine inhaling bright blue light and on the exhale releasing all that does not serve your throat chakra, set your computer or phone background to the picture above and glance at it every so often to connect with the blue color. 
Affirmation: “I speak lovingly about myself and others,” “I speak openly and honestly with others,” “I speak when I feel it is necessary to do so and know when it is necessary to remain quiet.”



Heart Chakra



Mantra: I love
Location: Center of the Chest 
Associated Color: Green 
Qualities: Giving love, receiving love, unconditional love, healing, connect, compassion, forgiveness
Physical Associations: Heart, lungs
Signs of Imbalance: Physical – Heart trouble (palpitations, anxiety, heart disease, hyper/hypotension), shortness of breath, chest tightness. Emotional – Jealousy, being closed off (not opening up to others), giving too much to others and receiving nothing in return or contrarily waiting for others to do/give everything to you and for you and not giving at all, fear of loneliness or abandonment. 
Food and Herbs to Strengthen: Green colored foods (celery [celery juice is great for lowering high blood pressure], kale, spinach, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cucumber, green beans, peas, green peppers, avocado, kiwi, artichoke, zucchini, cabbage, bok choy, asparagus, green apple, green grapes), hawthorn berry, green tea, dark chocolate, parsley, basil, thyme, oregano, rosemary, wild caught salmon rich in omegas, pistachios, almonds, wheatgrass, extra virgin olive oil 
Crystal Complement: Rose Quartz, Green Jade, Green Calcite, Emerald, Green Jasper, Moss Agate
Activities to Strengthen: Go green! (spend time outdoors among the green trees), practice forgiveness (whether it be within yourself, or towards another), do something to show another that you love them, do something for yourself to demonstrate self-love (buy a new book, treat yourself to a pedicure etc.), be receptive and accepting of love others are sending/giving you, affirmations, listen to music (whatever makes your heart happy!), do a random act of kindness (such as buying someone a cup of coffee or tea), practice deep breathing to balance your heart rhythm (especially helpful if feeling anxious or stressed), focus on the color green spiraling at your heart center, or imagine being surrounded in glowing green light, inhale imagining breathing in green light and on the exhale releasing that which does not serve your heart chakra, set your phone or computer background to the photo above and glance at it every so often to absorb the green color. 
Affirmation: “I love myself,” “I love and appreciate all that others do to show me they care,” “I love the feeling I have when giving and receiving love with an open heart.”