January 2019 – Clear Quartz

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Clear Quartz. There are no words to describe the crystal clear (no pun intended) clarity and magic that is felt just by having it. There is something about the translucent quality of this stone that makes it feel pure and like using it can help me see through things (as in bull crap). In fact, one of its many uses is just that – the ability to see things more clearly.

Clear Quartz is an excellent crystal to help with improving concentration and memory – most noticeably for those who are studying or juggling multiple tasks. For an extra boost, add some rosemary to the mix. The scent combined with the crystal will help to recall information in times of need. It also aids in sleep because its energy knows how to decipher which clarity is needed for wakeful activity, and which clarity is needed to empty superfluous thoughts for sleep time.

This is because Clear Quartz is well known for connecting most with the Crown Chakra. Since the Crown Chakra governs our head, any areas that include activities related to the head such as thinking, remembering, understanding or knowing can be facilitated by the use of Clear Quartz.

Meditating with this stone can bring about a feeling of universal oneness, universal consciousness and a feeling of lightness and purity. It connects further beyond the 7th chakra to the 8th chakra – the soul star chakra which is located beyond your 7 chakras. This Divine chakra is a powerful connection to Spirit and spirituality where your physical and mortal self separates from your spiritual self. I can personally feel the direct portal between myself and my Spirit Guides as a bright white light similar to the Quartz. Clear Quartz can enhance those features and create a more vivid image. Note: Not every individual feels a connection to the 8th chakra, though they have the ability to. It cannot be forced or faked. Deep soul work is needed!

The stone’s clarity resembles a mirror and being able to see a reflection. This means that whatever you give out (energy) is then given back to you through mutual give and take via the spiritual pathways of life. This is a powerful crystal that protects and cleanses all of the other chakras and the aura as a whole because of its high vibration. When working with this crystal, be sure that everything you are sending out is of love and light because what you send out into the universe is what you will receive back.

Physically, Clear Quartz is considered an all-around healing stone. Meaning that it is good for any and all ailments of the body. Since it is closely related to the Crown Chakra, it is best known for helping with signs and symptoms like headache, vertigo, dizziness, migraines, seizures, concussion and brain injuries. Emotionally speaking, if you are feeling disconnected from the collective and like you don’t belong, try reaching for some Clear Quartz to help with this.

If you are new to crystal collecting, this would be one of the first crystals I would recommend adding to your collection. It’s versatile and can help in healing just about anything. When in doubt… Clear Quartz!

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Danu – Year Ahead Spread for 2019

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With each New Year comes the excitement and the idea of “starting over.” Rather than make a list of resolutions for myself, I prefer picking a theme for the year (i.e. health, career, self-confidence, etc.) and then doing an oracle card spread for the year ahead. Instead of thinking of the New Year as a time of starting over, I use it as a time of refocusing my intentions and of projecting into the future what my guides may want me to be aware of in the coming months. It’s a great tool to reference back to at the start of each month to know what lies ahead and what I may need to be on the lookout for.

This is a 13-card spread (1 for each month, and 1 center focus card for the year). I’ve made this an annual Witchual and love it so much, I’ve decided to do one for the energy of the universe for 2019! Amplify the energy more by using the power of the designated crystal/mineral/gem for the month.

If you are looking for a detailed forecast specifically for you and your year ahead, I will be offering them privately for a limited time (see below for details).

 

 

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THE COW – The cow is an animal that provides milk for nourishment and sustenance. Just like the cow provides nourishment, it too gets its own nourishment by eating and grazing from the Earth that provides for it. This continuous cycle proves that there is no shortage of blessings to go around the Universe. This month, do believe that the Universe will also provide for you in some way. Keep this rhythm of giving and receiving going. If you aren’t receiving at this time, be sure to give. If you have been very giving of yourself, take time to let the Universe give back to you and let your arms open wide to receive the abundance that is coming to you. Since cows are grazers – be careful of grazing too much in the cold winter months! With a tendency to be indoors because of the cold weather (if you’re in the northern hemisphere) the desire to eat and snack out of boredom and hibernation can get the best of us! Be mindful, and if you must graze… do so healthfully!
From the Wisdom of Avalon Oracle Cards by Colette Baron Reid

 

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TIGER’S EYE – This month is all about having confidence in all you do right now. This includes having confidence that God, your Higher Power, and Higher Consciousness will lead you to the right things that are meant for you. Even though you may feel as though you are fumbling around in the dark this month and unsure of your own thoughts and way forward, you can trust that Source will show you the way. This means completely letting go and surrendering to the notion that you are in the safety of your Spirit Guides and that they will not steer you wrong. If you aren’t necessarily feeling confident in yourself, then at least have the confidence in them to lead you through to the next step. However, you may find that in building this God confidence, you build your own self-confidence as well. When you are connected to Self, you are connected with God. And when you are connected with God, you are connected with Self. Be fierce, and look out for signs of courage this month such as lions and purple hearts.
From the Crystal Angels Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

 

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CHANGING YOUR MIND – You may have recently (or will) changed your mind this month on something of a larger scale and you may be beating yourself up a bit either dealing with or thinking of the possible consequences of doing so. On the one hand, this should be taken as a lesson learned to take your time next time around. Perhaps you jumped in too quickly without doing your research, or ignored your intuition. This is a clear sign that the next time this situation or a similar one happens again – don’t make that same mistake. Take your time making a decision, especially if it’s an important one that is potentially life changing (though everything is, isn’t it?). On the other hand, you can rest assured knowing that nothing is ever set in stone and that you can always decide to change your mind when necessary. For whatever reason, and no matter what is occurring around you or within you, it was necessary for all of this to happen right now as it is a part of your path. If something threatens your peace or makes you feel like you aren’t in the right place, with the right people, in the right situation, etc. you DO have the power to change your mind. It is ok and safe for you to do so. Even permanent marker fades after awhile…
From the Butterfly Oracle Cards for Life Changes by Doreen Virtue

 

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PEACE – The hectic and possibly stressful feelings of last month subside as peace takes over this month. If you are still feeling somewhat put off by anything that has transpired in the month prior, know and understand that in this situation love is the only true answer. Take a step back from the situation and look at all people and situations from the perspective that everyone in their own right is a being of Divine love and light. When you recognize that each person is truly an innocent doing the best that they can with what they have, you will start to realize that not everything needs to be taken so personal. Get out of your own head and see the light within each individual. Only love is real and only love can heal. When you show compassion for yourself and others, you will start to see situations and people change as if by magic. Let peace guide you and soon it will envelop you.
From the Archangel Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

 

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GUARDIAN OF ACTION and GO WITHIN – Two cards fell out of the deck while shuffling for this month! This could have several meanings depending upon your situation at this time of year. The Guardian of Action represents taking a leadership role of some kind. This could be a time where you are ready to take your skills to the next level and bring change to the world. Where you once reached others on a smaller level, people are ready and willing to listen to what you have to say and you will find that others will follow. It could also represent someone of the nature who is a charismatic and passionate leader. On the other hand, the Go Within card represents quiet contemplation and seeking introspection in order to know and understand one’s next move. If you find yourself frazzled or unsure of what to do next, it is best to silence your mind in order to hear what the next right action to take will be. Your intuition and wisdom will guide you there, it’s just a matter of quieting the mental chatter in order to hear it through gentle activities like meditation and spending time in nature. These cards coming together could just merely be that some of you may relate more to one over the other at this time of the year. Or, it could mean that in order to seek and carry out your leadership role you must first go within and establish your true reasoning for doing so. Is it to gain more popularity? Or is it because it fuels your soul? You will reach your followers by doing what your Spirit naturally wants you to do. This could also represent a person you may meet along your path that will help you to reach your goals in career and business matters.
From the Guardian Angel Tarot Cards by Radleigh Valentine

 

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ISA – You are finally learning to give up the battle with yourself, fighting against the flow and giving in to let the current take you where you need to be, rather than where you want to be. Giving up this need to control enables you to fully focus on the present. In doing this, you are realizing more of what you do and don’t want and are transforming on a deeper level. This month your growth is happening beneath the surface where others do not see it. When the time is ripe, it will be easy and effortless to share outwardly for the world to see. For now, you are learning the art of self-mastery. When you learn to control your own emotions, thoughts and feelings and take ownership of your own reaction to them, you are adding to the collective wisdom and peace of the Universe.
From the Faery Forest Oracle Cards by Lucy Cavendish

 

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EXPECTING MIRACLES – When you expect miracles, they find their way to you. There is no limit to how a miracle will be delivered, and you are being asked to remain open to all possibilities this month. You may have your mind set on one way, but Spirit may have another plan entirely of how to deliver. No matter how big or small, celebrate each one this month. Start small and the more you do, the more you will attract these situations. No person, situation or place is a coincidence this month. One or several of these things may be brought to you through synchronicity. Believe.
From the Gateway Oracle Cards by Denise Linn

 

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KING OF AUTUMN – If you heed the advice and guidance of the previous month then you will find that this month there is absolutely nothing to worry about, especially in terms of career and business. Everything is going to turn out perfectly to the point where you couldn’t have imagined as good of a situation as Spirit could have conjured up for you (told you so!). As mentioned, this is most likely in respect to career or business in some way. Perhaps you will finally land your dream job or career or there may be an advancement or promotion in the works. If you are on the fence about retirement, it is timely for you to do so, as this card is also one of financial stability and abundance. No matter the situation, use and spend money wisely or put it into savings for a rainy day or long-term fund. Regardless of the situation, prepare to let out that big sigh of relief – you had nothing to worry about! And if you followed the guidance from earlier in the year about trusting in the Universe, then you will start to see how life flows magically and beautifully when you let it unfold how it’s supposed to.
From the Animal Tarot Cards by Radleigh Valentine and Doreen Virtue

 

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OWL MEDICINE – The owl is often found accompanying the wise elders, and this one has come to pay you a visit. Take time to nurture your inner feminine – whether you are male or female. The female and yin energy relates to the dark of night, the moon and intuition. Your intuition is heightened at this time. You may be questioning whether certain things are your intuition or just simply your ego self trying to intervene. In fact, it is your intuition come to alert you and open your eyes and senses to see beyond. Owls are nocturnal creatures that can see through the dark of night. Right now, you can also see through the darkness of other situations, of other people, of other’s words/actions/thoughts. Embrace this time of opening and use it wisely as the elders do and once did.
From the Nature Spirit Oracle Cards by Denise Linn

 

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PAGE OF GABRIEL – There are always things in life that we ‘think’ we need to do or be and this includes in our professional lives. You are now ready to live and follow your passions. A few months prior the King of Autumn paid a visit to let us know that all will work out perfectly in career and business matters. The Page of Gabriel is here to let you know that you don’t have anything to fear when it comes to doing what you love. Take the plunge! You may think you aren’t ready for this, and the truth is we’ll never be as fully prepared as we think we want to be. You are as ready and whole at this time as you’ll ever be. Adventure and excitement await in terms of career as far as advancement, starting your own venture, or switching careers to something you’re truly passionate about. Where it was only once a thought it is now fast becoming a reality. Stay focused upon your path, maintain the faith and know that you can do this. Build on the confidence from earlier in the year!
From the Archangel Power Tarot Cards by Radleigh Valentine

 

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TAKE CHARGE OF THE SITUATION – There are times where it is critical that we take the lead on certain matters. There may be a situation or circumstance in which you think you have little to no control, but this is not the case. You have the power to take charge of this situation. In order to do so, establish what it is that you will and will not tolerate with respect to your situation and set clear and firm boundaries. As a leader, it is important to effectively communicate your intentions to others so that they may utilize that towards their own growth. Do not let others manipulate or try to alter your true beliefs if it doesn’t coincide with how you feel inside. Lead by example by being authentic to what your Higher Self is calling for.
From the Ascended Masters Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

 

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LAW OF ATTRACTION – You’ve heard of the law of attraction before, haven’t you? Keep your thoughts, actions and deeds positive and the positive will make its way back to you. The Universe knows when it is not true and so if you’ve been feeling a bit negative at this time… it’s time to change that entirely. Having a bitter attitude will not bring you to what you want, especially if this is in regards to the career advancement or money matters mentioned in the months prior. If you have been feeling particularly positive and optimistic at this time, then it is simply a reminder of the Law of Attraction in itself. Keep spreading cheer and believing and you will see that the Universe will give back. There is a possibility that you may receive a gift of some kind this month. Be on the lookout!
From the Archangel Gabriel Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

 

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*Center Card Guidance*
WINTER – I use the Center Card as general guidance or a message to remember throughout the whole year in addition to each individual month. It is used as a kind of mantra or theme to go along with the year ahead. For this year, the phrase I heard when pulling this card was “keep your cool.” In times throughout the year where you may feel a bit overheated, anxious or on edge… remember to keep it cool. This could mean anything from eating cooling foods, spending time in cooler climates, to learning how to walk away to let yourself or others cool down. Winter is also a time of rest, introspection, and hibernation. Take the time throughout the year to periodically take time off for yourself to do all of the above. It’s great to have goals and accomplishments and be driven to succeed in all of them, but everything has a season. There are times when things must be put on ice to thaw out for later on. Pay attention to and recognize those times where you may be in need of some rest or some cooling off this year and honor that space within you to catch up with yourself.
From the Magical Messages from the Fairies Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue

 

 

Wellness on a Budget: Mind-Body-Spirit Without Breaking the Bank

When hard times fall upon you and you find yourself struggling to make ends meet, it doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. It’s easy to feel like you are losing yourself when your surroundings feel like they are crumbling. But these are the times you need to take care of yourself the most. Things will fall into place, you must believe that. Don’t sacrifice caring for yourself and enjoying life.

When I found myself in the throes of my worst financial struggles, I was forced to come up with alternative ways to take care of myself and think outside of the wellness box. While I still had to spend here and there, spending a little versus a lot still made a difference. I’m also very fortunate to have had the help I did, from the people that I did. I also told myself to think more preventative, rather than just treatment or solutions, and that I could still treat myself to things without breaking the bank. I also told myself that just because I didn’t have that extra to splurge on a spa or luxurious services, it did not mean I didn’t deserve to be pampered or feel those things – as do you… you deserve it! You just need to be creative and open. And if you’re unsure of where to begin with that, then I’m here to help!

Here are some of my favorite mind-body-spirit wellness tips on a budget. Keep in mind that my definition of wellness here is very loose and all-encompassing. I use wellness as a term to describe anything that makes you feel whole, good and healthy. Anything from eating right, to shopping, to meditating, to lounging. Anyway, here’s the list and if you have additional suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

1. Go For Walks – Don’t break the bank for the gym membership if you really can’t afford to do so. You’ll get just as much of a workout by going for a walk or run in your walking-trail-1031654_1920 neighborhood or local park. Being out in nature will also lift your spirits and give you something to look forward to each day. Or…

2. YouTube Yoga or Work Out Videos – Follow the pros and have your own personal trainer in the comfort of your own home. Hook your computer up to the big screen and make it feel like you’re in an actual class at the gym.

3. Trade Massages With A Spouse – Who says you have to sacrifice a massage? It may not be “spa quality,” and an hour long (or maybe it is, depending on your partner!). But it still has its benefits. It’s relaxing and enough to loosen up tense muscles and shoulders. Take turns with one another and come up with a plan, i.e. 15 minute massage for me on Monday, 15 minute massage for you on Wednesday, etc.

4. Create Your Own At Home Spa – Buy a few candles, crystals, update your music playlist massage-therapy-1584711_1920to include some relaxing spa music, throw a bath robe and fluffy towel into the dryer and take a warm bubble bath by candlelight. Throw a bath bomb or some salts or essential oils in there. Bring your book, a glass of wine or tea with you and just be. Leave your phone outside of the room or on silent to really set the mood. Follow it up with…

5. At Home Facials – I already had everything on hand as far as face products. If you don’t have these kind of products on hand, you can always buy a little at a time, or make your own products using things like sugars, honey, essential oils, etc. When you invest in the products yourself you get weeks of your own at home facials at next to nothing compared to spending hundreds on going to the spa and having them done there. My favorite way to do facials are – cleanse with a cleanser first, exfoliate, steam (you can use a facial steamer, or turn the hot water on the faucet, lean over it, and drape a towel over yourself trapping the steam in), facial mask and cucumber slices, toner, eye cream, and finish it off with a face cream. You’ll love this self-care ritual.

6. Do Your Own Nails – Save that trip to the nail salon every week… it adds up. Pick out a few nice nail polish colors at the drug store and a few good nail tools and do your own nails, or have a friend over for wine and trade nail services (if you feel you really aren’t great at it). Just make sure you do the nails first before you start enjoying the wine!

7. Dine In – It can be much cheaper to eat in rather than take out. You can save money each week by planning your meals out for the week ahead, making your shopping list, and buying what you need instead of things that you don’t. Incorporate more seasonal produce and you’ll save even more. Have date nights in and work them around meatless dishes. Be creative.

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8. Have Your Own Wellness Retreat – Just because you can’t afford to go away on a lavish vacation, doesn’t mean you don’t deserve time off. Take off for 3-4 days time and do something each day. One day do something for your mental health, the next day do something for your physical health, the third, something for your spiritual health, and the following your emotional health. You don’t need to limit yourself to 4 days and can take however long you need. The point is that a stay-cation exploring what’s in your own yard is just as effective and rejuvenating as adventuring across the sea. It is what you make it.

9. Save A Trip To The Chiropractor (Or Whoever) – I was fortunate enough to meet and be treated by an excellent massage therapist in my travels who gave me this tip because I had horrible neck pain – sleep with a pillow under your legs so they are slightly elevated (if you’re a back sleeper), or in between your legs (if you’re a side sleeper). And use one pillow for your head so your neck is not crooked up so high. You can also alternate this as you’re sleeping if you do both. So simple, yet overlooked. She has saved me! I feel the need to pass that on to you.

10. Save A Trip To The Doctor – Feel a cold coming on? Break out the ginger and the white part of scallions and boil them in water and sip on the tea. This is an ancient Chinese Medicine that is used to treat external wind cold invasion (common cold). No use in wasting the ginger-1714196_1920time and the energy on going to the doctor for something so simple. Nip it in the bud before it gets worse. If your cold is accompanied by a sore throat, sip on mint tea. Don’t forget to wear your scarf during the change of weather/season. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the back of the neck is one of the areas where the pathogen enters. Keep it covered and you have less of a chance of catching a cold or getting sick. Also, wear socks on your feet and don’t walk barefoot on cold surfaces.

11. Save A Trip To The Dentist – You should definitely be going for your cleaning twice a year, but prevent extra trips to the dentist by doing as they say and flossing regularly and using mouthwash. Seriously! A bag of floss picks, Thieves Mouthwash, and investing in an inexpensive power toothbrush and you are good to go. Do this twice a day and you’ll have no reason to go there other than for your routine cleanings.

12. Diversify Your Food Shopping – You do not need to buy everything organic. Decide which food items should be purchased organic and which shouldn’t. Which markets offer cheaper organic produce and which offer cheaper non-organic produce? To better gauge what you should or shouldn’t buy organic – if you consume its peel or skin, you are better off purchasing it organic. If it’s something you peel off, then it’s ok to purchase non-organic. Check for quality and for sales.

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13. Make a cleaning checklist – This one is more or less about budgeting your time, but still worth a mention. Keep your home and mental health in order by getting organized and keeping things clean to keep dust and mites at bay. When your surroundings are healthy you are more likely to feel healthy also. You can also save yourself from becoming sick with allergies or other issues related to build up of dirt and dust. Don’t forget to open up your windows and let the fresh air in. It really helps to clear things out – including energy.

14. Meditate At Home – Group meditations are fun and not all of them necessarily break the bank, but if you find yourself scraping for every single penny at this time, then consider just doing them yourself at home. Plus, you are given the opportunity to get in touch with yourself even more. Create a little nook or corner of your home especially for this purpose and make it your own. See my blog Rituals, Altars and Sacred Spaces for some ideas on that. There are numerous sources on iTunes or YouTube that offer guided imagery, meditation tracks, chanting or any other guided or musical meditations of your preference. You don’t have to sacrifice quiet time and you can do it for however long you choose, and whenever you choose. And it’s all free from the comfort of your home.

15. Buy One Accessory Or Clothing Item A Week – You do not need to go on a complete shopping spree all at once to have a brand new wardrobe. I remember feeling particularly sorry for myself because I had so many clothing items that I’d been wearing for years and hadn’t been able to buy anything new. I told myself that I would try to at least buy myself one thing a week or every few weeks if I could. When you do it that way instead, it’s less daunting and you’ll see that you’ll start to build up a new wardrobe asfashion-1031469_1920 time goes on. Donate anything old that you no longer use or wear as you go. Maintain self-control and tell yourself as you go into the store that you only have “x” amount of dollars and enough for one top, or one pair of shoes and only look for that one item. That means, don’t head over to the other section that has bags, or pants or etc. – save that for another time. Set yourself that dollar limit.

16. BYOB – Bring your own beverage – as in coffee or tea. The Starbucks every day adds black-coffee-1867753_1920up. If you must have your barista made java, then at least limit yourself to one day a week as a treat yourself/reward day such as Friday. Then it’s more like something to look forward to. Invest in a cute mug or thermos, a coffee pot or tea kettle and bring your own. In the end you will save more money. And there’s something so much more feel-good about using a cute mug to start your day.

17. Opt For Incense – I love essential oils. I really do. But during “the struggle” I couldn’t afford to buy some of the ones I wanted. So in those times I reached for incense. While not quite as clean as diffusing oils, I personally love the woodsy and earthy aroma of burning incense. If you’re still looking for that ambiance then give it a shot. Plus, you can get a gazillion for a few bucks… you’ll be set for awhile.

18. Go For Check-Ups – I stress this a lot because I am a firm believer in it. Check with your insurance company on what your health plan covers as far as screenings and routine exams and then… SCHEDULE THEM! Preventative care is the best care. Save yourself money spent down the line by going for those check-ups and learning how to better care for yourself if necessary. You may learn even more tips and tricks as you go.

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19. Make Your Own Cleaning Products – If you’re all about the go green and sustainable living – as most of us are these days – but don’t have the money to splurge on the products that are better for your home, consider making your own using ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, castile soap, and essential oils. With few ingredients and a little elbow grease you can get the job done with spending less.

20. Use Teas and Herbs – If you just can’t splurge on expensive herbal vitamins and supplements right now, then at least incorporate them into your daily food intake. For example, you’ve heard that turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory. Turmeric pills are also very expensive. Research interesting recipes you can make and incorporate more turmeric powder or fresh turmeric into your diet instead. This is only one example. If you know you’re lacking in a certain vitamin or mineral, look up herbs or teas rich in those vitamins or minerals. Please note that in this case food items can also be considered herbs for health.

21. Grow  Your Own Veggies And Herbs – Grow what you can and what thrives in your climate and you’ll save even more on your grocery bill. If you’re concerned about space or not having enough, consider container gardening. Not having to buy herbs at the store was a big savior during the season and saved so much for my household. If you have a big enough space and more crop than you can consumer, consider selling them for a small fee to your local community.

 

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The Road of Life: Why Our Cars Are Like Us

In a poetic sense, our body and souls are very much like our cars. Our vehicles are the tools that get us from point A to point B, and so forth and so on. And yet, our bodies are also our vehicles that we “drive” each day. Our body and soul navigates us every day to the places we need to go, to meet the people we need to meet, and to stop and go when we need to.

I wanted to take a deeper look into the analogy of how our cars and our selveferrari-360-2918130_1920s/spirit are similar. This sparked my interest about ten years ago when I took a metaphysical class in which my teacher mentioned the importance of paying attention to when things are “going wrong” – for example, your car breaking down on the side of the road. Have you ever noticed these things happen at the most inconvenient of times, or when you are already feeling at the tipping point? She spoke about how when things like this happen it is relative and representative of other deeper things going on inside of ourselves or our lives. So I dove deep inside my own soul to recognize and understand that it’s just as important to take care of our things (in this case, our cars) because it’s representative of our mind, body and spirit.

Car Clutter  is similar to our living space, in that our cars can collect clutter also. Often times, this clutter can represent mental clutter and baggage we are carrying around. If your car is loaded with clutter, evaluate your current mental state. Are there some things that you need to let go of right now? It’s time to let go of the old and “dirty” to make way for clarity and new. Regardless of which one you start with, try and clear that clutter out, even if it takes you a couple of days to do. Set aside some time and get a garbage bag and physically clear out the clutter in your car. Designate a home for certain items and get rid of stuff that no longer serves you. You will begin to feel mental clarity from having a nice clean car. If you’re more about getting your mental clutter in check first, take some time out to meditate and evaluate what you need to let go of. Once you get your mind in a better state, get to cleaning.

Accelerating on the Gas is representative of our will, giving us the drive and the energy to go through life. When we’re hesitant to put our foot on the gas and go, there may be something we are refraining from doing because we are afraid. When you’re stuck in a horrible driving situation (congestion, surrounded by aggressive drivers) do you sit back and let everyone else pass you by, taking you longer to get to your destination? Or do you build yourself up to confidently and carefully get past the mayhem? In life, maybe you are letting other people pass you by and staying stagnant wondering why it can’t be you. You can also get to where you want to be by taking one step at a time. Putting your foot on the gas and going slowly is better than not accelerating at all.

Hitting the Brakes is a metaphor for when we need to slow down in life. There are definitely times to forge ahead on our path, but then there are times where we need to apply the brakes. If you’ve ever driven while feeling emotional (whether good emotional or bad emotional) or out of sorts, then you may have noticed that when you look down at your dashboard you discover that you are going over the speed limit. That moment of realization forces you to think “oh boy, I need to slow down.” The same thing goes for your current lifestyle. Are you doing things too much, too soon, too fast? Are you trying to accomplish too much at once? Slow down. You won’t miss out in life when you take your time. I learned this lesson the hard way. I had been going what felt like nonstop for a couple of months and forgot about taking time out for myself and letting things happen one at a time. That stress made its way onto the road one day while I was rushing to my then job, and I found myself being pulled over. I took this whole situation as a sign that I needed to slow down in life. From that point on, I did.

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The Windshield of our car is a way for us to see what lies ahead. It helps us to be aware of where we are driving and steering and of our surroundings. Our windshield is representative of our eyes and of our vision for the future. If you’ve been feeling like you are unable to see or envision what lies ahead for you, evaluate your windshield. When you look through it, what do you see? Is it clear, or is it cloudy? Are there cracks? Clean and repair it as necessary so you can look out of the whole windshield and not just the little spot that has no dirt or cracks. Take in the beauty of your surroundings and pay attention to all that is around you and you will begin to find your way in life, both on the road and your personal path. Also, go for an eye check up!

Headlights are used to help us see in times of darkness. When on the road – especially at night – we would not be able to see without the help of our headlights. In life there may be times where we feel we are fumbling around in the dark, unsure of which direction to go. Sometimes we are fortunate to have the help of others to guide our way. In the instances that we do not, we must rely on our own. Our headlights are our own guiding light that we use to remind ourselves of the light within, or that we use to help others see and light the way for them. If you have a broken headlight you’ve neglected to get fixed, assess whether you rely on the help of others too much to get you by. It may be time for you to go within and use your own as a guiding force.

Steering Wheels and Directionals represent our choices – which way will you choose to go? When you come to a stop in which you need to make a left turn or a right turn, you normally would choose the one which is going to bring you to your desired destination. The steering wheel is the tool that allows you to do so, while your directional lets everyone know “hey, I’m going this way so watch out!” In your personal life, you wouldn’t choose the direction that steers you down the wrong path would you? It’s difficult to know how things turn out before they’ve even happened yet, but if you’ve ever come to the proverbial fork in the road, I would hope that you’d choose the option that will bring you the most joy and peace in your heart. If your steering alignment or signals are off, you may have trouble knowing which direction you want to take, or may make abrupt decisions without letting others know. Finding yourself in situations that you do not want to be in. Drive carefully. Choose the best way for you. Linger at the “stop sign” if you need to and take your time making a decision until you’ve weighed out your pros and cons. If there are any things you need to change, or people you need to leave behind, make sure you put your directional on so they know which way you’re going (aka – communicate – or don’t).

Low Fuel such as gas, and oil means that we are depleting ourselves and need to recharge. Your car can’t run on empty, so how can you? Giving your car the fluids it needs helps it to run smoothly and function properly. The last thing you want is to be broken down on the side of a busy highway because you didn’t take the time out to give it what it needs. Just like cars, we need to fuel our bodies with proper rest, nourishing foods, water and wellness of mind, body, and spirit. Without these basic needs we will most definitely not be able to function either and could potential fall ill. Give your car and yourself the fuel it needs to operate, before it’s too late.

Windshield Wipers and Washer Fluid work along with our windshield, our field of vision. When there are debris that cloud our vision while driving, our wipers and washer fluid are what clear the obstruction away so that we may see again. If the windshield represents our eyes then the washer fluid represents… our tears! When it feels like world is closing in on us and the opinions of others, or the pressure and stress of everyday life grabs hold, we may feel the need to have a good cry. Crying is an excellent way to cleanse the soul and clear the blockages we feel inside. Just like the wipers, we are swatting away the energy of others, of sources of stress, and giving ourselves the chance to clean up all the junk and debris that are preventing us from seeing what lies ahead. If you have been neglecting to add or use washer fluid on your vehicle this may be representative of suppressing your feelings and letting that junk pile up in front of you. Once in awhile, when life knocks you down – give yourself the chance to cry. As I always say.. it doesn’t make you cowardly, it gives you newfound strength. You will emerge feeling cleansed and able to see more clearly.

Inspection is a reminder for us to go for regular check-ups with our doctors. Your car isn’t going to last forever driving around without getting a routine check-up. You aren’t going to last for as long as you’re supposed to be here on Earth without going for regular check-ups either! There is only so much we can do on our own, and sometimes we need to leave it to the professionals to make sure we are in good working order. Whether you are anti-modern medicine or not, it’s still important to seek medical advice on certain things and find out what you can do to make yourself healthy. When something is wrong car-1835506_1920with our cars, we don’t just assume what’s going on.. we take it for an inspection, or to be checked out. If you’ve been neglecting to bring your car for service, look at whether you are doing the same with yourself. When’s the last time you went for a wellness visit? Make the change today! For you and your car.

Trunks are where we store our baggage. How much junk to you have stuffed in your trunk right now? This could be metaphorical for emotional/mental/spiritual baggage you may be carrying around with you in your every day life. Sure, there are some things we may need to keep back there like emergency kits, spare tires and the like. But if your trunk is filled to the brim with stuff, then it’s time to let some of that stuff go. Each time you carry it around with you, you are reminding yourself and others of the things that are weighing you down, and what you have a hard time letting go of. You may even find yourself unloading that baggage on others. Lighten your load, and everything around you will lighten also.

When your Car Battery dies it means that your car has gone kaput until you get another one, or a new car. In life, this could symbolize that a part of your life is ending so that a new one may begin. I find that a lot of times when there are major car troubles such as this, it seems to happen at the worst times. “I can’t believe this happened, this is all I need right now!” “I’m having the worst few weeks, going through a lot.” Shifts and changes are in the air! I know it’s difficult to look at something like this as a good thing, but know that it only gets better from here. Pretty soon you get a new battery or new car and feel like your riding high. And the same goes for you life. It may be hard right now, but it’s only because things are transitioning. Pretty soon you’ll be back on track to new and beautiful things.

The Rearview Mirror represents what lies behind us. When driving, we glance back in our mirrors to make sure that no one or thing is being reckless, and to make sure all is well in our surroundings. In our personal lives, it’s helpful to glance back every so often and see how far we’ve come. It’s not so much dwelling on the past as it is feeling proud for having made it this far, and appreciating all that has transpired to get us to where we are now. Look back every once in awhile to remind yourself of your history. Then, feel gratitude for where you are now, and all that is yet to be.

Finally, The Exterior of our car shows the color, model, and make of what we’ve chosen to drive. This represents our outer appearance, cleanliness, and aura. Is your car representative of your personality? Some people like to accessorize their cars just as they like to accessorize their dress. If your car is covered in dirt, pollen and other environmental debris, this could represent dirt or other gunk stuck in your aura from other people. Give it a good wash, and give your aura and chakras a good cleanse and balance to remove what is lingering there. If your car isn’t matching up to your personality, maybe it’s time to have it painted, accessorized or detailed differently. Maybe for you in life, that means going shopping and buying a few new outfits, getting a haircut, or doing something different to your appearance.

 

 

 

Week of 5/6/18

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“Fragment” and “Chaos” from Colette Baron Reid’s “Wisdom of the House of Night” Oracle Cards

This week I was spiritually guided to pick two cards for you.

Chaos may have currently ensued (or will) and you may feel like you are at a point where you aren’t sure what to do. If you are the cause of the chaos, then you are being called to take responsibility for your actions. You are the only one that will be able to fix this situation, as you are the one who created it. You can’t act as a tornado and destruct  as you go, expecting others to clean up the messes you have made. The moments in life where you feel like you have the upper hand and hold power should not be abused, as you may cause some upset or hurt to others. Hence, you will have to figure out a way to rectify the issue. Start by apologizing to who or what you have caused some chaos/destruction/confusion towards. When you apologize you open your heart to love. Nothing vibrates higher than love.

If you are on the receiving end of the chaos/not the one who started it, then it’s time for you to take shelter from the proverbial storm. Leaving yourself out in open view for others to take advantage of and cause further destruction will only lead to more ruin and chaos. Riding out the storm will allow things to settle and begin anew. Just like after thunderstorms there is a beautiful rainbow, so too will you find beauty and clarity from stepping away and out of the storm’s path – aka – stay away from drama. Don’t involve yourself in what doesn’t involve you. Even if it does involve you, you can consciously make a choice to put all thoughts/words/actions on hold until things mellow out.

The “Fragment” card is a reminder that despite whatever chaos is or may surround you, that part of your life is only a mere fragment of it. If your current chaos involves work, as an example, think about and focus on the peaceful and good parts of your life right now. Whether it be friendships, family, relationships, your creative projects – do NOT let whatever chaos is happening consume you and affect the other working and functional parts of your life.

You can come out of hiding at a time where you feel it is safe to do so. For now, it is only a bump in the road of life, and one that can be fixed. Take shelter, and take the time out to focus on the things that are right in the present moment.

This could also mean that in a certain situation you may only be receiving a fragment of the truth about something, and that is what is causing chaos. Don’t take things at face value – look beyond what is in front of you, and read between the lines. If your inner being is sensing that there is more to the situation than meets the eye, then you are probably correct. The chaos that you’re feeling towards this right now is due to this lack of complete information from the other party or individual. Again, take a step back and you will see that things have a way of answering themselves when doing so. The truth comes out whether anyone likes it or not. Divert your attention to something more positive in the meantime, such as a hobby or a positive role model, until the full story unravels.

Week of 4/29/18

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“Phobias” from Doreen Virtue & Brian L. Weiss “Past Life Oracle Cards”

 

Since Full Moon’s are a good time to purge and release what is no longer necessary, I thought it appropriate to pull a card from the Past Life Deck to let you know what it is you truly need to let go of. Not just an issue in this lifetime, but one that stems from lifetimes previous. This can be something that your soul is still trying to recover from, or an important lesson that you must learn to face.
Before we are brought to Earth, our soul decides what it is we want to learn on this journey here. When we are physically born, we are born with a kind of amnesia (for lack of better words) and don’t remember the details of the soul contract we made. However, as you grow and experience life, you have the ability to awaken and recognize what patterns, situations, thoughts etc. seem familiar and significant. You have the capacity to break free from those things from past lives that are currently affecting your present life if necessary. Just because something “is” it doesn’t mean it always has to be that way. It’s up to you to discover if this is something you need to change in this life, or if it’s part of your new one.
What fears and phobias have a grip on you in this lifetime? Fear of letting others know who you truly are? Fear of drowning? Fear of commitment? Anything that has a strong presence in everything you do, is causing blockages, and is preventing you from moving ahead, it is now time to release. Sometimes these fears and phobias may seem irrational to you because you are unable to identify how or when they started in your present life. You are being asked to look beyond this lifetime and explore your previous lives to identify the source of it. Many times, when a lesson isn’t learned it will carry forth into the next life.
The good news is that you can be rid of these fears. They do not have to control you, it is now time to gain control of them. Is there a certain time period/time in history that you are drawn to? Perhaps, your soul once lived through that time and there is a correlation of something significant that happened there. Explore that life and what happened. You have the power to go back into your past lives and change the outcome of the situation. Time is an illusion – that’s why it’s possible.
As an example: Let’s say in this life you are afraid of committing to a long-term relationship. You find you are drawn to the medieval era and upon exploring that past life, discover that at one time you and your soul mate were happy and harmonious together, but then she/he was murdered. You were crushed, heartbroken and made yourself unable to love again for fear that whomever you loved would be taken away from you. You create a fear or fears that stem from your experience. They will carry through to other lives and continue to do so unless you break free of them and overcome them. In this example, you could go back into this life and change it in a number of ways. You can change it by altering the situation around the murder to make it so it didn’t even happen, or you can change it by seeing yourself forgiving, moving on, and finding love again. The choices are yours and this is merely an example.
You can do these exercises through past life regression or meditation. Ask your Spirit Guides to help you identify whom or what circumstance brought about these fears. If you aren’t sure how or where to begin – YouTube is an excellent source for guided past life regressions. If your issue is much stronger or may require further help, look into a certified hypnosis therapist or past life regression healer.

Week of 4/22/18

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“Teaching and Learning” from Doreen’s Virtue’s “Archangel Oracle Cards”
Teaching and learning go hand in hand. Sometimes we are the teacher, sometimes we are the student. In this way, we are both. Right now there are lessons you have learned that it is now time to help teach others. You are wise and the valuable things you have learned can be useful to others. Don’t be afraid to use your voice now and speak out on it. There is someone (or some people) that need to hear your story. It is safe for you to share it. In the generosity of teaching others and sharing your experiences, you further strengthen your own healing process and the lessons attached to it. You  never know, some of your “students” may teach you a thing or two along the way.
If you’re currently facing a difficult situation or find yourself in the midst of one, stop and ask yourself what the lesson could be throughout this. An argument with a loved one, a recurring pattern or thought, attracting the same people to your circle – what are these things teaching you? If you don’t stop to understand the lesson behind it, then the pattern or situation will continue. You will continue to attract the same people or circumstances until you learn from it. Recognize who the teacher is in the situation and who the student is. Or perhaps, it is both. When you come to realize the lesson behind what you are facing, you will begin to see change and those patterns will drop away. You will awaken and become the teacher, able to help others who are stepping where you have once stepped.
This could also mean that you simply need to teach what you are passionate about. There is some subject or thing that sets your soul on fire. When you teach from your heart about the things that make you feel the most lit up inside, you will most definitely attract your tribe. Information comes to you when you need it, to give you fresh perspectives and material to teach after being the student and learning them yourself. You are meant to be a spokesperson for this topic, or meant to help others with it. Be open to continuing to learn about new things related to this subject in order to continue sharing it with your clientele or audience.

Smudge Yourself!

Sometimes it happens… a sudden shift in the air. One day you’re feeling cheery and bright, and then the next you have this odd sensation and aren’t feeling like yourself. But you can’t always put a label on what it is you’re feeling and why it is so. It feels like a cloud or an energy in your aura and space that you have no idea where it came from. Well, the good news is that you may not be imagining things. There is a possibility that someone else’s energy has made its way into your space and your aura, causing you to feel off kilter. It is usually a sudden change, and one that is easy to spot and change with practice.

I’ve experienced this feeling before and have developed my own ways of effectively handling it. Smudging is one tool I use to cleanse the air and energy and send it back to its source – we’ll get to what all that is shortly! Yesterday afternoon, I felt a change in mypalo-santo-1996155_1920 energetic field. The reason I knew these feelings were not my own was because I did not feel like myself. The emotions brought on were that of an emptiness, loneliness, and sadness. This is not at all how I feel towards my life, so I knew that someone else’s energy was in my space and I needed to do something about it.  If you’re the kind of person who is sensitive to energies (otherwise known as an empath) or intuitive and psychic in nature, then you may feel and recognize the energies of someone else in your personal space also. The key is to learn how to cleanse your space and take responsibility for what you will and will not allow into that space. Just because someone is sending negativity your way, that does not mean you need to accept it. Things only have as much power as you allow them to. Protection is not necessary when you learn how to control your own environment. And you can!

No matter where you go, who you spend your time with, and who you invite into your home or space, you are constantly being exposed to the energy and aura of others. Your own aura can span out as far as your outstretched arms. That means that whoever is in your space is blending with your aura, and you with theirs. Multiply that by several different people in one room and you’re meshing a lot of auras. Have you ever walked into a room and felt the energy of it, or get a hunch when something does or doesn’t feel right? This is because your aura is connecting with others and literally picking up on the other person’s vibes. With that being said, these energies can linger long after you have left this person’s space, or you theirs. However, you don’t necessarily need to be in the immediate vicinity of someone to pick up their energy, or have spent time with someone. Many times if someone is simply thinking of you in a negative light – such as out of anger, envy, jealousy – those vibrations are sent to you telepathically also.

The more you practice developing your intuitive skills, the more likely you are to spot and understand this feeling of an energetic shift. You also need to know and establish yourself as an individual and recognize who you are as a soul in order to spot when the feeling or feelings that come up are not your own. You create your space and come to know the energy of it and that’s what makes it easier to know when there is an energy there that isn’t aligning with yours. If you have to question at all whether the feelings are your own or someone else’s then its advisable to meditate more to connect with yourself first and develop your spiritual self.

Yes, we are all human and experience bad days from time to time. Just because things may feel a bit “off” it doesn’t always mean that it’s someone else’s energy or that you should point the finger of blame. Pointing fingers at anyone is not the answer, taking responsibility for your part is – whether it is your doing or someone else’s. The key is to notice how long and how intense the energy lingers. Some questions to ask yourself are:

  • Did it come on suddenly?
  • Were you already in a foul mood before you noticed it, or were you in a good mood?
  • Are you a generally happy person?
  • Are there personal things going on for you that may be affecting your judgment?
  • Were you just speaking with or hanging around someone whose energy felt off or is usually a little off?
  • Do you trust the person or people that you were around?
  • Is there someone that has you on their radar? (i.e. they always know what you’re up to, make offhand comments about things you do or say, etc.)

These are some questions to ask yourself to decipher whether the energy is your own because you yourself are feeling off, or someone else is feeling off and projecting that on you. It takes courage, but if you are feeling a little off and it’s just you, then admit that to yourself and meditate and do some gentle self-care to get back into your feel good zone. Eventually the off-feeling will subside. But if you have done all that and the weird energy continues or if you are certain that it isn’t you, then you do not have to be stuck with it and there are solutions. People have “stuff” they carry with them, but that stuff is not yours to carry. Sending that stuff back to them sets healthy boundaries for yourself and also gives it back to that person for them to handle on their own. Take ownership of your own space and be responsible for it. You dictate what comes and goes, you are in control.

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WHAT IS SMUDGING?

Smudging, or “saging,” is an ancient ritual that is used today by many that involves the use of a bundle of herbs, most noticeably sage, in which the bundle is burned to create smoke that is used for cleansing, releasing, healing, purifying and renewing, though the practice of smudging can be used for many other things and is not limited to those intentions. The focus on this blog is more on cleansing and purifying energy that is not your own.

The act of burning the sage, transforms the physical (sage) into spiritual (smoke). This can be looked at as a transformation. Burning the sage is an act of calling upon help in transforming the energy into something else.

WHAT HERBS ARE USED IN SMUDGING?

Typically, sage is the most well-known herb used in smudging. However, it is becoming more and more common to use other herbs depending on the intentions you are trying to set or the energy you are trying to clear. I would recommend using plain old sage or white sage for cleansing and purifying the air and harsh energies. However, if you feel drawn to use other fresh herbs in a bundle then by all means use and trust your intuition. You can even use a combination of several. Some other herbs used in smudging are:

  • Cedar leaf
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender
  • Pine needles
  • Mullein
  • Mugwort (this is also used in Chinese Medicine – also known as moxabustion)
  • Dandelion
  • Basil
  • Frankincense
  • Myrrh

You can further research into each of the herbs above and their usage with smudging, or find an herb that matches what you are trying to accomplish in your ritual.

Sage is the most well known herb used for smudging because of its cleansing and purifying qualities. Native Americans would use sage in their spiritual ceremonies for that purpose and to aid in communing with spiritual ancestors and guides.

You can make your own smudge stick or bundle or purchase them at local metaphysical shops, or on Etsy or Amazon.

OTHER MATERIALS

When smudging, it is advisable to utilize an abalone shell for the smudge stick to rest in or to hold underneath. This is to prevent the ashes from dropping on the floor, or accidentally dropping the smudge stick directly onto the floor.

It’s also common to use a large feather to fan the smoke as you go about your ritual. Feathers are powerful symbols from the spirit world so in addition to the act itself, using a feather enhances the connection to the spiritual realm. I prefer using feathers that I find naturally in nature, as I consider them gifts from my Spirit Guides.

You also need to make sure you have something that provides the fire to light your smudge stick. If you plan on doing a lengthy smudging ceremony, then it helps to have a lighter or striker to use if you need to relight it. Otherwise, you can utilize matches or light a candle and place it over the flame. When the smudge stick catches you want to let it burn for a couple of seconds and then blow it out. The goal is to use the smoldering smoke NOT the flame.

HOW CAN I PRACTICE SMUDGING?

SET AN INTENTION

Before you begin the ritual, think about what it is that you want to release or cleanse. When you have established what it is, it helps to repeat this affirmation as you physically perform the act of smudging in each area. For example, if you are looking to simply cleanse your house of negative energies you can say something like “I now cleanse and release this space of any negative energies as they are no longer welcome here. There is only room for love and positive energy. Please leave now.” The words can be anything you want them to be, but it helps solidify your purpose in what you are doing and the act of repeating it strengthens the connection to it. Say whatever comes natural to you and don’t think too hard about it. You know and understand inside what it is you are looking to accomplish, always be truthful and honest with yourself.

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BEFORE SMUDGING

Before you smudge, aside from making sure your tools are handy you should go around to each space that you plan on smudging and open a window (or door to the outside if you do not have windows). The main reason for this is because the energy that your clearing needs somewhere to go, otherwise it will just keep on lingering! Opening the windows and/or door allows that energy to leave your space and be brought to the spiritual realm for transformation. Bonus: it gets fresh air circulating in your home and feels so good! Since the herbs are very fragrant it also helps air out the herbaceous smell if you aren’t so used to it.

Make sure that before you smudge you are not rushed to finish the process and will not be interrupted. Sit quietly and take a few deep breaths to center yourself before beginning. It helps to have a calm frame of mind going into it.

THINGS YOU CAN SMUDGE

Your House – It’s always a good idea to sage your house or living space whenever you:

  • Purchase a new home, to rid prior energies
  • Before you have company over to create an inviting atmosphere
  • After your company leaves to release any lingering energies
  • Before and after clients if you work from home and have strangers frequently in your space
  • Every so often to generally cleanse the air and keep it fresh (it certainly doesn’t hurt)

Pick a space that you would like to start in, light your smudge stick and use your feather to gently sweep the smoke around the room while stating your intention. Pay particular attention to the four corners of each room as they collect the most energy. After you have swept the smoke around the entire room, finish up the room by guiding it towards the open window or door and asking it to please leave your space. Proceed into the next room and so forth and so on until your house is complete. Leave time to do this as it may take a bit. Don’t forget hallways, garages, attics, crawlspaces, and other nooks and crannies. Once complete you can close all windows and doors.

Objects – Similar to cleansing your house except the focus this time is on specific objects such as furniture, toys, memorabilia, keepsakes and jewelry to name a few examples. It is a good idea to sage objects when:

  • You buy something at a garage sale
  • You receive a gift from someone
  • You find something by chance and choose to keep it
  • If you find yourself drawn to it in a negative way
  • Feel that this object is the source of bad energy

Light your smudge stick, state your intention and sweep the smoke around the object on all sides: left, right, top, bottom, front, back. Guide the smoke towards the open window or door.

Yourself – It’s important to sage yourself as well. In my experience above, I used this method because the energy I was feeling was circulating in my aura. It is a good idea to sage yourself when:

  • You are not feeling like yourself, with no particular explanation as to why
  • You feel like you are attracting negative situations or people to you
  • When you spend time around others whose energy you may not be fond of
  • In general for overall well-being and spiritual health

To do this method, stand with your feet rooted to the earth and light your smudge stick. Holding the sage a few inches in front of you beginning at your root chakra, gently sweep the smoke in a circular motion stating your intention and asking to cleanse your root chakra. Continue this method for all your chakras, working up to your crown chakra. Once you have done this, swirl the smoke all around you, including passing it between your legs and underneath your root to cleanse all areas. Direct the energy out towards the open windows/doors. If you’re not familiar with the chakras, head over to my Chakras Section to find out where these areas are and familiarize yourself with these energy centers.

Your Car – If you are in your car a lot it is also a good space to cleanse because chances are when you are going to and from places and interacting with people it is the first place aside from  your aura that can absorb energy. Let’s not forget about road rage! Smudging your car is good when:

  • You are going to be spending a lot of time in your car traveling
  • You are chauffeuring or driving someone else around
  • You are entering your car after spending time somewhere stressful
  • You have been the source of unfortunate events such as accidents, fender benders or victim of road rage

To do this ritual, opening all of the windows saves you time since it’s a much smaller space and the energy doesn’t have as far to travel. Light your smudge stick, state your intention and begin your ritual (don’t forget the trunk). When you are done with the inside of the vehicle, continue by walking around the outside of your car entirely and sweeping the smoke around the outside as well.

Your Work Space – If you don’t work from home, smudging your work space is good when:

  • You’re having difficult concentrating or finishing tasks on time
  • You spend a lot of time at your desk or in the same space

Unless you work in an environment where your boss let’s you use the traditional smudge stick method, there may be a chance that you are unable to do so due to hazards in the workplace (especially in a corporate environment). See below for a list of alternative methods to cleansing your space.

Other People – Yep! You can also sage other people. In this case I am referring to those people that you live with on a daily basis. Just like you, they are a part of your living space and bring in their own energies from the day and have their own aura. Following the same procedure as smudging yourself, you can also perform the ritual on the other members of your household including your pets. Since you all share this same space there is no use in doing all that hard work saging yourself and your whole house if the energy could be lingering on another member of your household. It’s great if you have family members or roommates that are open and willing to do this, but if not I would recommend one of the different methods below.

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ALTERNATIVES TO SMUDGING

Sometimes unfortunate circumstances prevent the ability to be able to use the traditional smudging method. Things such as renting a space and not being able to freely do as you please, living in a space with fire hazards prohibiting the use of fire/flames/smoke, living with individuals not willing to participate. There are other alternatives to using a smudge stick and burning sage, such as:

  • Palo Santo Stick – If you like the idea of using smoke but are not fond of the herbaceous smell of sage, you can use palo santo to burn instead. This wood is native to Central and South America and is used in the same way as sage. I happen to love the smell of this when lit as it lends notes of citrus, pine and wood similar to cedar and smells like a natural burning fire.
  • Sage Candle – If you’re not privy to smoke at all but like ambiance, then a sage candle could be an alternative for you. Though you won’t get the effects of the smoke to do the cleansing, the continuous fire and flickering flame is also a good tool for transformation. To make your ritual more significant you can write down the things you want to release on paper and then burn it in fire.
  • Sage Essential Oil – If you don’t like fire or smoke or are unable to use those methods in your space then diffusing sage essential oil can be beneficial. This could work in your car, your work space or in your home. The essential oil still cleanses and purifies the air and promotes spiritual transformation. I sometimes like using this method if I am pressed for time, or if I want to do a deep cleanse letting the essential oils diffuse for several hours.
  • Sage Incense – A less intense version of the smoke, but you still get the smoke and use of sage. You can also use your feather to sweep the smoke of the incense as you would the smudge stick.
  • Sage Spray – You can make your own at home sage spray using an empty water bottle, water and sage essential oil. For every ounce of water add 5-10 drops of essential oil. It’s up to you to add to your desired scent depending on how strong you prefer it to be. This method is good for use in any circumstance.
  • Fresh Sage – If you live among people that just can’t tolerate the smell of the smoke or sage or are unable to do any other method, you can always hang a bundle of sage above your entrance doorway. This helps keep all the other bad energy out so that when you walk in, everything is left at the door.

WHAT YOU MAY EXPECT AFTER SMUDGING

It is not uncommon to notice an immediate lift in the atmosphere after you sage yourself or your chosen space. This morning after doing my ritual, I felt an instant change in the air and felt like myself again. That’s another way you will come to tell that this energy was not your own. You can literally feel the heaviness and the weight of that energy being lifted off of you and out of your space.

You may also notice that in the coming days ahead, people with lower energies may try to “test you.”  If you’ve ever heard the expression “misery loves company” this is what I’m referring to. This is because you have raised your vibration higher, and lower energies can sense that. They may try to do what they can to bring you back down to their level. The best way to handle this is to send them love and light and go about your way with your newfound peace. Remember – you are responsible for your space! You don’t have to let in what you don’t want to let in. The power lies within. And that’s it! Hope this works for you as much as it has worked for me over the years.

 

Week of 4/15/18

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“We are so Connected” from Doreen Virtue and James Van Praagh’s “Talking to Heaven” Mediumship Cards

This week’s message comes from your Guardian Angel on the other side! The person I’m referring to in this case is someone that was very special to you on this Earth and in this lifetime. Someone who was physically here with you and that you knew very well. This person has been with you through many lifetimes aside from this one and has been both your teacher and student. You were brought together on this Earth again to carry forth more lessons that you both needed to learn together and also separately. It could also be a beloved pet or friend and is not limited to just family.

Just because they are not here with you physically anymore, it does not mean they are not always around you spiritually. In fact, this message is reiterating that yes, the signs and symbols you receive are real and that they are always lovingly watching over you. Your loved one has never left you.

The connection between you remains strong and is actually quite stronger than when this person was physically here. This is because there are certain limitations we face as physical beings. They now know and see everything from the other side and have now come to understand that all things are not coincidental and that they are synchronized. For this reason, they are guiding you to trust the feelings you get and the messages you receive when you feel as though they are nearby. They are gently nudging you in the proper direction of your soul path and purpose.

If you are having a hard time connecting with your loved one on the other side, carry angelite crystal on you to further strengthen your bond and connection. The physical bond has ended because they aren’t physically here, but the spiritual one has not. Your guardian is waiting for you to be open to receiving their help and maintaining this powerful bond. All you need to do is ask and open your heart.

Please know that your loved one from above is always around you, and that you are never alone. In those moments that you think of them lovingly, know that they are also doing the same because of your strong connection. They see your thoughts and understand your heart. Right now in this moment they are sending you unconditional love. Be open to the signs you receive this week and trust in them. You are being divinely guided.

Week of 4/8/18

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“Chaos and Conflict” from Colette Baron Reid’s “Wisdom of the Oracle” Divination Cards

 

Before things can be smooth sailing, sometimes they have to get a little messy. There may be someone or something that you feel you are up against and the key to handling this is not to fight or flight, but to take shelter. Trying hard to prove your point to another who is not on the same page as you and refuses to see your side of things will only create more chaos and conflict. The same goes for them as they may be trying to get you to see their point of view in which you may be unwilling. You have your side, and they have theirs. This could be pertaining to any relationship, whether romantic or not. Adding fuel to the fire is not recommended and it’s better for you to sit this battle out. Try and understand what the other person’s reasoning/thoughts/dilemma is. It doesn’t mean you need to agree but it’ll make it less stressful for you to deal with, and help you move on from it quicker. Take the focus off of the chaos itself and bring it into yourself. Recognize that no matter what the outcome of this is, you are growing from it and learning new lessons. Can it be negotiated? If not, then agree to disagree and move on!
This conflict and chaos can also signify chaos within yourself and your thoughts. You’ve heard the expression “what you think you attract”, and understand the law of attraction… so why are you creating stress in your mind that isn’t even real?! I know it’s easier said then done, but if you’re making things seem more chaotic then they actually are and exaggerating them, then that is what you’ll get. Keep your mind focused on the good that is happening around you, or the people in your life that make you laugh. Take a walk outside to clear your head and connect with nature and get yourself back to center. Things may seem chaotic to you on the outside right now, but they really aren’t. All is well!
If things have changed or are changing drastically in your life – something is/was taken away from you, you’ve lost something, ending a relationship, etc. – understand that things have shaken you to awaken you. Yes, this is difficult and right now things are chaotic and messy, but after every storm comes a rainbow. It is not a forever thing and you will come out of this just fine. Let the dust settle, take shelter and let the storm pass.