GrannyMoon’s Weekly Feast 28 Jan-3 Feb 2019

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Blessed be my little witch. To those who came before and those who will come after, know that the Goddess is with you always. Thank you all my dear readers…be blessed.
~GrannyMoon

“If Candlemas Day is clear and bright, winter will have another bite. If Candlemas Day brings cloud and rain, winter is gone and will not come again.”

Ist’s an Lichtmess hell und rein,
wird ein langer Winter sein.
Wenn es aber stürmt und schneit,
ist der Frühling nicht mehr weit.

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The NEW MOON always rises at sunrise
And the FIRST QUARTER at noon.
The FULL MOON always rises at sunset
And the LAST QUARTER at midnight.
~The New Orleans Mistic

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Dark Moon — Time to Rest
New Moon — Time to Begin New Projects; Birth; Attraction
Waxing Moon — Time to Grow; Increase
Full Moon — Time to be Fulfilled; Abundance
Waning Moon — Time to Banish; Decrease
Last Sliver of Moon — Time to Die; Letting Go
Dark Moon — Time to Rest Again

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Light A Candle Today!
In many different traditions lighting a candle is a sacred action. It expresses more than words can express. It has to do with gratefulness. From time immemorial, people have lit candles in sacred places. You may want to begin or end your day by the sacred ritual of lighting a candle on this gratefulness. Or you may want to light a birthday candle for a friend. One single guideline is all you need: Slow down and do it with full attention.

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Goddess Month of Bridhe, begins 1/23 – 2/19
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Celtic Tree Calendar: Luis (Rowan) January 21 to February 17

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Current Moon Phase: WANING MOON

Time: From full moon to dark moon (approx.14 days)

Goddess Aspect: Crone

Associated Goddesses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Kali, Morrigan

Magickal Attributes: BANISHING Releasing the old, removing unwanted negative energies, wisdom, psychic ability, scrying, reversing circumstances. Workings on this day are for banishing magick, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity, physical and psychic cleansings.

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January 27: National Chocolate Cake Day.
January 28: National Blueberry Pancake Day.
January 31: The Coca-Cola trademark was recorded on this day in 1893.

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So mote it be!!

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Each And Every Day A Feast Day!
Embrace It!!!

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January Is:

National Hot Tea Month
National Oatmeal Month
National Slow Cooking Month
National Soup Month
National Baking Month
National Fat Free Living Month
Fat Free Living Month

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GrannyMoon is Founder and Mother High Priestess of GoddessSchool, Sisters of the Burning Branch, dedicated to the Feminine Divine. Living in the Washington, DC suburbs, she attended LDS Seminary, Former staff member and student of the Esoteric Theological Seminary, is an ordained Metaphysical Interfaith minister with doctoral degrees in Theology and Divinity, since 1999. She is a current board member of the Northern Virginia Pagan Pride Day, charter member and former counsel and board member of The Order of the White Moon. A scholar of ancient mysteries, Doula, Reiki Master, Herbalist and Lifetime Member of Herbal Healer Academy, Inc. and former VA State Representative A.R.E.N. Alternative Religions Educational Network. She has dedicated her life to the study and teaching of the Esoteric.

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Face to Face classes at Sticks and Stones – 11037 Lee Highway · Fairfax, VA

I teach classes on Saturdays 12-2, except the last Saturday of the month. On the last Saturday of the month I host the Most Excellent Order of the Black Hat – open to all – a group of solitaires who celebrate the wheel of the year. 7:15 – 9:00PM

GrannyMoon’s Herbal Witches Cauldron – Every last Saturday of the month. Explore a new herb or two and work on a hands-on project with us. 4-6PM

WitchCrafting – February 2, 9, 16 , Saturday Noon – 2PM

Teach a witch a spell and she can do that spell. Teach a witch the craft and she can do magick!

GrannyMoon, Teaching the Craft for over 20 years!

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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Moon Day Hail Luna! Hail Mani! Energy: Female Ruler: The Moon Magicks involving the subconscious, healing, emotions, love, spirituality, healing wounds, children, small animals, women’s mysteries,mothers, sisters, female partners, wives, instincts
Today’s Magickal Influences: Agriculture, Domestic, Long Life, Medicine,
Travels, Visions, Theft
Today’s Goddesses: Luna, Selene, Diana, Re, Gaeleach, Ida, Artemis [Whom The
Greeks Associated With Bast], The Witches, Yemaya, Erzulie, Bast
Incense: Myrtle
Perfumes: White Poppy, White Rose, Wallflower
Monday – Wear pearl, moonstone, or crystal. Use an emerald for amulets.
Color of The Day: Silver, Grey, White
Colors for Tomorrow: Red
Candle: White
Cooking on Monday will improve magics for creativity, insight, maternal
nature, and Goddess-related efforts. ~Quote from Magickal Martha

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Hail Tyr! GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Tyr’s or Tiu’s Day Day of Mars, Ares, Tiwaz, Tiw (from whom it is named), Tuisco,. Magickal influences are: Passion, courage, aggression and protection, vitality, passion, ambition and raw, unabashed power. Mars energy makes the mind acute.It is lucky to meet a left-handed person on any day except Tuesday – then it’s an ill omen. A superstition from areas of England that were ruled by the Danelaw, because the day is named for Norse God Týr who sacrificed his right hand to bind the Fenris Wolf. #FolkloreThursday

Tuesday – Wear a ruby, star sapphire, or emerald. Use topaz for amulets.
Today’s Magickal Influences ~ Destination, War, Courage, Surgery, Physical Strength
Be cautious-especially while traveling.
Today’s Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Soorejnaree, Pingalla, Anna, Aine, Danu,
Yngona, Bellona, Aida Wedo, Sun Woman
Perfumes: Hellebore, Carnation, Patchouli
Incense: Lignum Aloes, Plantain
Color of The Day: Red
Colors for Tomorrow: Yellow
Lucky Sign: Tuesday Is The Lucky Day For Aries
Candle: Red
On Tuesday, cooking up a hearty meal featuring carrots, peppers, and garlic (all Mars foods and spices) to empower yourself for victory and success!
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Hail Odin! GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Woden’s or Odin’s Day
Energy: Male Ruler: Mercury – Rules healings, the mind – Use for magick
involving mental issues, learning, higher education, addictions,
communications, travel, young people, messages, perception, self-expression,
artists, poets, and writers
Wednesday – Wear amethyst, star ruby, or lodestone. Use turquoise in amulets.
Today’s Magickal Influences: Conjurations, Predictions, Knowledge, Writing,Eloquence
Incense: Cinnamon, Cinquefoil
Perfumes: Sweetpea, Lavender, Mastic, Frankincense, Cloves
Color of The Day: Yellow, Grey
Colors for Tomorrow: Purple, Indigo, Blue
Candle: Yellow
Lucky Sign: Wednesday Is The Lucky Day For Gemini And Virgo
Today’s Goddesses: Aset [Isis], Demeter, Ceres, Spider Woman, Bona Dea, Oya,
Devi-Kali, Hella, Rhiannon, Coatlique, Maman Brigette, Sekhmet, Hathor
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GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Thor’s Day Hail Thor!
Energy: Male
Ruler: Jupiter
attracting more of what you have.
Today’s Magickal Influences ~ Luck, Religion, Healing, Trade And Employment,Treasure, Honors, Riches, Legal Matters,
Use Growth, Expansion, Prosperity, Money, Business, Attracting More
Thors Day – Wear sapphire, cat’s eye, or carnelian. Use sapphire in rituals.
Today’s Goddesses: Juno, Hera, Kwan Yin, Mary, Cybele, Tara, Mawu, Mlaba
Mwana Waresa, Ishtar, Nuit
Perfumes: Stock, Lilac, Storax, Aloes
Incense: Nutmeg, Henbane
Color of The Day: Purple, Indigo, Blue
Colors for Tomorrow: Light Blue, Pale Green
Lucky Sign: Thursday Is The Lucky Day For Sagittarius And Pisces
Candle: Blue
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Hail Freya! GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Freya’s Day
Energy: Female Ruler: Venus – Rules lovers and pleasure, affairs of the
heart – Use for magick involving love, peace, beauty, gentleness, women’s
problems, healing, protection, lovers, ease, pleasure, affairs. Resolve
quarrels today!
Friday – Cast love spells on Fridays. Wear blue robes and use turquoise, ruby, emerald or cat’s eye.
Today’s Magickal Influences: All Love Matters, Friendships, Affection,
Partnerships, Money, Sex
Today’s Goddesses: Astarte, Aphrodite, Erzulie, Aida Wedo, Eve, Venus,
Freya, Frigg, Diana, Aset [Isis], The Witch Of Gaeta, Chalchiuhtlique
Incense: Saffron, Verbena
Perfumes: Stephanotis, Apple Blossom, Musk, Ambergris
Color of The Day: Light Blue, Pale Green
Candle: Green
Colors for Tomorrow: Black
Lucky Sign: Friday Is The Lucky Day For Taurus And Libra
Saint Jegudiel represents Friday
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Hail Loki! GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Saturn and Loki’s Day
Day of Seatere, Seater, and Saturn and of Loki, the Norse god of tricks and
revelry. Saturday is ruled by Saturn, whose Magickal influences are:
longevity, endings, and homes. Saturday comes under the influence of Saturn.
Saturn’s influence directs our attention toward routine chores, customs, and
conventional traditions. Saturday is a good day for furthering our ambitions
through perseverance, patience, responsible action, and a sense of purpose .
Saturday – Wear turquoise, labradorite, or diamond. Use amethyst.
Saturday is a good day of the week to perform spells and rituals involving
spirit communication, meditation, psychic self-defense, binding, and
locating lost things or missing persons.
Today’s Goddesses: Ops, Rhea, Tellus Mater, Gaia, Eartha, Ge, Tonantzin,
Asherah, Anath, The Shekinah, The Matronit, Mary, Gula, Herodias, Oddudua,
Demeter
Today’s Magickal Influences: Duties, Responsibilities, Finding Families,
Works Of Magic, Buildings, Meditation, Life, Doctrines
Today’s Energies: Female – Rules obstacles, overcoming blockages – Use for
magick involving overcoming limitations, the elderly, endings, deaths,
blocks, constrictions, and those restricting you.
Incense: Pepperwort, Assodilious, Black Poppy Seeds, Henbane, Lodestone,
Myrrh
Perfumes: Hyacinth, Pansy
Color of The Day: Black
Colors for Tomorrow: Orange, Gold and Yellow
Lucky Sign: Saturday Is The Lucky Day For Capricorn And Aquarius
Candle: Black
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Hail Sunna and Sol! GrannyMoon Says Today is: Sun Day
Energy: Male
Ruler: The Sun
Rule health, prosperity, leadership, joy, and protection – Use for magick involving happiness, prosperity, joy, healing, protection, power,
leadership, ego, authority figures, fathers, husbands
Today’s Goddesses: Sunne, Frau Sonne, Aditi, Igaehindvo, Amaterasu, Arinna,
Izanami, Ochumare
Sunday’s Magickal Influences: Health, Healing, Confidence And Hope, Prosperity
Incense: Mastic, Palaginia
Perfumes: Heliotrope, Orange Blossom, Cloves, Frankincense, Ambergris, Musk,Myrrh
Sunday – wear topaz, sunstone, or diamond. Use pearl in crafting talismans.
Color of The Day: Orange, Gold
Colors for Tomorrow: Silver, Gray, White
Lucky Sign: Sunday Is The Lucky Day For Leo
Candle: Yellow

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Llewellyn’s Spell a Day

What Is Your Dream
Spell Date: Monday, January 21, 2019

Today we celebrate the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Go to YouTube and watch his “I Have a Dream” speech, which he delivered on August 28, 1963, during the March on Washington.

What dream do you have? Cast your circle and set up your altar with four green candles and symbols of what can make your dream come true. Light the candles, call in the four quarters, and invoke the god or goddess who can send the elements of your dream to you. Speak this invocation:

“I dream, and dreams come true.
I dream and make my life anew.”

Now speak your dream aloud. Describe it in the minutest detail. Take as much time as necessary so the Invisibles know precisely what you want. Speak the invocation again. Remember that Dr. King’s dream has not yet come true, though, well, it’s moving along. Like his, your dream will probably arrive incrementally.
This post was written by Barbara Ardinger on January 21, 2019
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Answer Cat’s Questions Day
Spell Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Here is a fun little experiment for this day. For those of you who have cats as pets and/or familiars, let today be Answer Cat’s Questions Day. One of my cats literally answers one specific question: when I ask (in a sing-song catlike voice) Where are you? Stars always answers Right here! in her sing-song cat voice. Now, who knows if she knows what is being asked or if she is really answering, but seeing as we always partake in this ritual around feeding time-well, I think it’s safe to say we both know what is being asked and answered.

Just for fun, try this game. Sit with your cat(s) and tell them out loud that you will answer any questions they have. See what happens and write down the results. Say:

“My furry friend, my special companion,
What questions do you have for me?
Help me understand, I will do my best,
And give you answers happily.”
This post was written by Emyme on January 22, 2019
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Silence Is Golden
Spell Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The holidays are over. The boxes, baubles, and ribbons have been put away. On this day of the week dedicated to Mercury, arise early, silence your phone, and leave your headphones at home. Bundle up and go for a walk.

Resist the temptation to speak or talk out loud. If you live in a winter climate, breathe in the crisp January air. If you live in a southern climate, notice the awakening of birds and green trees. Walk softly. Ease your breathing and merge with the natural world.

When you feel ready to return home, do so. Once you get home, take a moment to write down any impressions, images, messages, or thoughts that came to you on your walk.

Practice and repeat this ritual as necessary. Magick is always afoot, waiting and willing to share with us if we will only take time to listen and be with it.
This post was written by Najah Lightfoot on January 23, 2019
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Spell for Relieving Stress
Spell Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019

Do this spell to lessen stress when you have a pile of chores that can’t be put off any longer. Stand before your sink of dirty dishes or pile of dirty laundry and envision your stressful energies flowing out of your hands and into the piles or stacks of things in need of a good washing. Touch the dishes or dirty clothes and say to the universe that it is your stress that you will be washing away today. Think about how just as clothes and dishes get dirty but can be cleaned to look brand-new, so too can you wash away the accumulated stresses of the day to find yourself renewed and refreshed. As you proceed with your chore, imagine that you are washing away your stress as the water rushes over your laundry or as you scrub your dishes.
This post was written by Melanie Marquis on January 24, 2019
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Being Venusian
Spell Date: Friday, January 25, 2019

Friday is ruled by the goddess and the planet Venus, which corresponds with peace, agreements, cooperation, fertility, joy, love, and good fortune but also jealousy, strife, and promiscuity. Relationships evoke intense energy, and while we wish for the best, sometimes they bring out the worst. Being human means we can exercise free will. So today, consciously choose to manifest the higher vibration of Venus in relationships.

Venus’s colors are pink, green, and turquoise. Choose a garment of clothing in one of these colors, and as you put on the garment, consciously robe yourself in Venusian energy. Slide into that t-shirt and wear your passion. Put on the pants of engaged and loyal relations. Slip into a dress for joyful dancing. Then chant:

“In Venusian magic I am cloaked,
To honor my relations I invoke
Joy and love and cooperation.
Today I increase my good fortune.
I am Venusian.
So be it.”
This post was written by Dallas Jennifer Cobb on January 25, 2019
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Moon in Libra Sanctuary Spell
Spell Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019

Today the moon is in Libra, bringing about a deep need for peace and harmony in our lives. There is perhaps nothing more important than the home being a sanctuary, so today and whenever you might have need, cast this spell to ensure that peaceful and harmonious energies reside in your home.

Anoint a white candle with hyssop oil and place it in a fire-safe dish somewhere central in your home. Light the candle and say:

“Make peace my right and end the
fight to live without regret.
Let peace be here to shed the fear,
subdue the greatest threat.”

Clean your home as thoroughly as possible. At the very least, spend some time picking up the clutter and organizing the chaos until you feel the energy shift in your space. Allow the candle to burn out completely and safely.
This post was written by Devin Hunter on January 26, 2019
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Aquarian Bedside Altar
Spell Date: Sunday, January 27, 2019

Today, set aside time to devote to Aquarius by building a bedside altar.

Begin by charging a piece of amethyst. This stone helps people express their feelings and brings forth good communication. Soak the amethyst in a glass bowl of rainwater.

Set out an aluminum sheet pan or cover your table in aluminum foil. Place a pot of orchids on the aluminum. This is your reminder to reflect on fertility and creativity and to always be curious. Orchid is a flower of love, luxury, beauty, strength, and virility.

Light a beautiful aquamarine candle,with a fresh ocean scent.

Add the bowl of rainwater containing the amethyst to your altar.

Reflect on the purifying and strengthening qualities of this Aquarian altar before you go to sleep. Snuff out the candle.

Your Aquarian bedside altar is designed to nurture fertility in thought and deed, spark innovation, and feed your curiosity.
This post was written by Stephanie Rose Bird on January 27, 2019

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Imbolc
by Iona Jones

Imbolc is celebrated on 1st February and is the time of Bridie, Maiden Goddess, in her seasonal aspect of the land awakening. Danu, the old Woman of Winter and Solstice, ancient Cailleach of stone who holds the energy of stillness and death, slowly gathers her cloak of ice and snow as she passes back into the Northern gateway whence she came. She makes way for the Maiden Goddess, who strikes the land with her fiery staff, creating a shout in nature… ‘Wake up! Wake up!’

The promise of spring is still a distant echo clinging to winter’s chill, but we are feeling the awakening even so… This is the time of Imbolc, a fire season on the great wheel, when the year is as young as a maiden and awakening. Imbolc means ‘ewes’ milk’ and in ancient times our ancestors would bless the land with the first of the ewes’ milk, asking the Mother Goddess for a fertile crop for the coming year. It is a time for all things beginning anew. Growth, manifestations and projects begin to take on the energy of form… all things can begin again.

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Heartwings Love Notes 864 Patience Training

Heartwings says, “Life provides many lessons that you don’t study in school.”

How do you learn to be patient? It helps to have had little children to care for. yet not everyone gets to do that. Many of us however have to deal with cell phones and computers on a regular basis. They can present much need for patience. As a writer, I deal with that a lot. Unfortunately, I do not have much knowledge of computers except what I have needed to learn in order to write and publish on the internet as well as submit to the Grafton News where my weekly column Good Earthkeeping appears.

In this age of negative news I hope to be able to offer positive, uplifting words that might help make readers feel better about life and themselves. That said, where does the patience training come in? It has to do with working with our most common mechanical servants. It involves the use of computers and their mysteries, together with cell phones: dropped calls, missed words and bad or strange connections, lack of cell towers, the need for “roaming,” etc. I could go on, still computers are worse.

Sometimes when I start my computer it announces that it needs a pass word. I never have put a password on my computer to start it up, so how can I find it or post it? Frustration! I do keep a list of my many passwords to various and sundry sites and such, and even print it out so that in the event I have forgotten one I don’t have to go look for it on the computer while trying to use the computer to access the site I hope to reach. Having something in print is helpful, and keeping records in other places than on the device you are using can be equally so.

Then there is the problem of the occasional mysterious disappearance of a body of work because I can’t remember what I titled it. Sometimes it even disappears because I hit a key I hadn’t realized that I had. If I am writing a column or a poem, thankfully I can retrieve my effort with the backward arrow. However if I am emailing, I have to begin again. Ah, patience training, here it comes again! I am sure my readers have similar issues to deal with, and know what I mean. The bright side, however, is the opportunity to practice my ability to be patient, and that can indeed be valuable for my life in general.

May you discover how patient you can be as you employ your mechanical servants.

Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert

PS Share with me your tales of glitches and frustration and I will sympathize. I do so love to hear from my readers and enjoy what you share so much. Tasha Halpert <tashahal@gmail.com>

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Detecting All Types of Negative Energies
by Ananya Sen

Greetings everyone! The universe has been giving me nudges for sometime to write this article and I have been ignoring these nudges, cause I do not like writing about this topic, if I can help. So here goes, what kind of negative energies can get stuck to your aura or body? How to detect these different types of negative energies?

To define, negative energy is a thought or a cord or a feeling that makes you feel stuck or unable to break free. Its source is mainly fear, sometimes conscious and often unconscious fear. Negative energy in your aura can also belong to you or other people!

What are the different types of negative energies that can affect you?

1. Negative Thought Patterns or Behaviour – these are often childhood related and can sometimes be past life related. Childhood trauma can block your natural thought process greatly. Childhood wounds do not go away with time, they remain in your psyche for years. They have to be brought out and healed.
2. Past Life Blocks – these are usually deeply hidden in the subconscious mind. You will usually not be aware of these blocks. Also, past life blocks usually affect you temporarily as there are lessons attached to these. Once the lesson is learnt in this life time, the block gets removed.
3. Spells or Curses – Again these blocks may remain hidden for a long time. You don’t get to know you have been cursed or there are spells put on you, till your luck completely runs out. With all curses and spells, the intention of the spell or curse bearer is important. These are easier to remove than others.
4. Entities or Spirits – These are very easily detected. If you feel you are not yourself, unable to concentrate, feel emotions that do not belong to you or your eating and sleeping patterns are disturbed, you probably have an attachment in your aura. Simple prayers and rituals can remove these.
5. Psychic Attack – These are other people’s thoughts and intentions which affect you. Often these are people you regularly hang out with and come back feeling drained. Psychic attacks usually affect the back chakras of a person, blocking out your receiving side. In common terms this is known as ‘Evil Eye.’
6. Cords – these I have already discussed in my “Cord Cutting” article. But these are projections from the aura that connect you to objects, people and situations. They create tension in your being.
7. Negative Space in Office or Home – This is also easy to understand because, it is only when you enter this space you feel drained or irritated. Other times you are alright.

How to Detect these Energies?
I am giving a very simple and yet effective procedure. If you follow this word by word you should be able to detect. Take a few deep breaths and calm yourself. Close your eyes and whisper softly or in your mind “I want to connect with my soul”. Say this 2-3 times. Pause for a few seconds. Then ask “Are we connected?” You should ideally hear a yes.
Now this is the main part. Ask “Am I completely clear?” you may get a yes or no answer. You need to ask the same question 2 more times. The majority yes’ or no’s will give you the actual answer. Which means, if you hear 2 yes’ and 1 no that means you are clear.
Suppose you hear a no. Then individually, pick the types of the above mentioned negative energies and ask about each one 3 times.
For instance, “Am I under psychic attack?” ask 3 times.
“Do I have cords attached to my aura?” ask 3 times.
“Are there any curses or spells on me?” ask 3 times.
“Are there any entities or spirits attached in my aura?” ask 3 times.
“Are there any past life blockages?” ask 3 times.
“Are any childhood memories plaguing me?” ask 3 times.
“Is my office or home space clear?” ask 3 times.
Remember to record the responses in your mind or on paper. This method is good enough for everyone, including Reiki people. However, Reiki people can invoke Reiki before starting the meditative process. You can also invoke the distance healing symbol, as it directly connects you to the type of negativity that is there.
Try this method and share your feedback, no matter whether you are a Reiki practitioner or not. Your channel i.e. your body has to be clear at all times.

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Healing Remedies with Sea Salt

Salt is one of the easiest most effective remedies on the planet! Sea salt, a salt obtained by evaporating seawater, is used in cooking and cosmetics. Its mineral content gives it a different taste from table salt, which is usually sodium chloride refined from mined rock salt (halite), or refined from sea salt. Table salt may contain anti- caking agents and additives such as the dietary supplement iodides. Areas that produce specialized sea salt include the Cayman Islands, France, Ireland, Sicily and Apulia in Italy, and Maine and Cape Cod in the United States.

Salt is essential for life and you cannot live without it. There are enormous differences between the standard, refined table and cooking salt and healthy natural salt. The differences can have a major impact on your health.

Halite crystal (sodium chloride) occurs in seawater, along with other salts of sodium, calcium, magnesium, and other light metals. When seawater evaporates in a closed lagoon, halite and other minerals precipitate out and sink to the bottom as crystals. In this way, great beds of rock salt have been formed. Pure halite is colorless, though it is often colored by impurities. It is soft and breaks (cleaves) into cubes. Halite crystallizes in the isometric (also called cubic) crystal system and when it forms crystals, it generally forms cubes. Its most noticeable and important physical feature is that halite is readily soluble in water. This allows halite to be useful in such varied applications as cooking, food preservation, and chemical production.

Salt can be mined from rock salt either by traditional mining practices using heavy equipment underground, or by pumping hot water in pipes into the salt deposit, where the hot water dissolves the halite. The resulting salt water is then pumped to surface and evaporated to yield salt. This is called “solution mining”. In some modern dry salt lakes, a crust of halite can be recovered by simply scraping the salt crust off the lake bottom with bulldozers or scrapers. Ancient rock salt is mined in Michigan, New York, Kansas, and other states. Solution mining is used to recover salt from underground “salt domes” in Louisiana and Texas. Recovery of salt from dry lakes takes place in the deserts of California, Nevada, and Utah.

Table Salt

Table salt is actually 97.5% sodium chloride and 2.5% chemicals such as moisture absorbents, and iodine. Dried at over 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, the excessive heat alters the natural chemical structure of the salt causing the potential for many health problems in your body. Table salt is not recommended in your healing arsenal.

Dead Sea Salt

The mineral content of the Dead Sea is significantly different from that of ocean water, consisting of approximately 53% magnesium chloride, 37% potassium chloride and 8% sodium chloride (common salt) with the remainder comprised of various trace elements. The concentration of sulfate, SO42-, ions is very low, and the bromide ion concentration is the highest of all waters on Earth. Chlorides neutralize most of the calcium ions in the Dead Sea and its surroundings. While in other seas sodium chloride is 97% of the salts, in the Dead Sea the quantity of NaCl is only 12-18%. Comparison between the chemical composition of the Dead Sea to other lakes and oceans show that the salt concentration in the Dead Sea is 31.5% (the salinity fluctuates somewhat). Because of its unusually high concentration of salt, anyone can easily float in the Dead Sea because of natural buoyancy as a result of the higher density of the water.

Celtic Sea Salt

This salt is unparalleled in the world. Less than 1% of the world’s salt harvest has the quality of Celtic Sea Salt. Pure, moist, biologically active, and free from any chemicals or additives, this is considered “living sea salt”. Celts discovered a way to harvest salt from the ocean using the sun, the wind, and shallow clay ponds. Pristine ocean channels spiral water into the concentrating ponds. The live flowing mixture is carefully stirred by the salt farmer, and dazzling crystals form and are gathered by hand. The ionizing action of the clay, combined with the artisan’s skillful method, passed down through generations, enlivens the unique, bioavailable array of trace elements that exist in a perfectly balanced matrix.

Epsom Salts

This salt is a rich source of magnesium. Magnesium helps to regulate the activity of more than 325 enzymes and performs a vital role in orchestrating many bodily functions, from muscle control and electrical impulses to energy production and the elimination of harmful toxins. Epsom Salt also delivers sulfates, which are extremely difficult to get through food but which readily absorb through the skin. Sulfates serve a wide variety of functions in the body, playing a vital role in the formation of brain tissue, joint proteins and the mucin proteins that line the walls of the digestive tract. Sulfates also stimulate the pancreas to generate digestive enzymes and are believed to help detoxify the body’s residue of medicines and environmental contaminants. Soak in a tub full of hot water with a few cups of Epsom Salts. This is good for relaxing muscles and drawing toxins from the body. When magnesium sulfate is absorbed through the skin, such as in a bath, it draws toxins from the body, sedates the nervous system, reduces swelling, relaxes muscles, is a natural emollient, exfoliator, and much more. Soak for 15-20 minutes.

Himalayan Crystal Salt

Himalayan Crystal Salt is salt in its native form, with all its vibrational energy intact and it helps your body return to a state of balance. Not having balanced electrolytes shifts your body out of homeostasis – the balance of chemicals that is conducive to the body’s function. The renowned Frezenius Institute in Europe analyzed the Himalayan Crystal Salt and proved that it has an amazing array of important trace minerals and elements including potassium, calcium and magnesium that help your body achieve balance by restoring fluids and replenishing your supply of electrolytes whenever you sweat heavily.

Salt Water

The healing abilities of salt water are profound and well documented. Salt water is an astringent and speeds wound healing. Floating in sea water is an extreme release of tension and stress of the day. Allow yourself to float weightlessly in the water. You deserve it.

Sea Air

Deep breathing of ocean air helps us to relax and let go. The faint smell of salt in the air can take us to a place of pure joy. Sea air has a certain aliveness found no where else. This deep breathing can help release tension and the problems associated with it.

Thalassotherapy (from the Greek word thalassos, meaning “sea”) is the medical use of seawater. The properties of seawater are believed to have beneficial effects upon the pores of the skin. Thalassotherapy was developed in seaside towns in France during the 19th century. Trace elements of magnesium, potassium, calcium sulphates and sodium, found in seawater, are believed to be absorbed through the skin. The therapy is applied in various forms, as either showers of warmed seawater, application of marine mud or of algae paste, or the inhalation of sea fog. Spas make hot seawater and provide mud- and seaweed wrapping services available.

Healing Salt Remedies

Sinusitis

Chronic sinusitis refers to inflammation of the sinuses that continues for weeks, months, or even years. Allergies are the most common cause of chronic sinusitis. Chronic sinusitis can persist even after antibiotics are given. It’s the most frequently reported chronic disease.

Acute sinusitis occurs when bacteria invade the sinus cavities and impair proper drainage of mucus from the sinuses to the nose. Chronic inflammation of the nasal passages or rhinitis also can lead to sinusitis. Allergic rhinitis or hay fever is the most common cause of chronic sinusitis and is a frequent cause of acute sinusitis.

The common cold is the most prevalent predisposing factor to sinusitis. Acute sinusitis typically causes symptoms of nasal congestion and a thick yellow or green discharge. Other symptoms include tenderness and pain over the sinuses, frontal headaches, and sometimes chills, fever, and pressure in the area of the sinuses.

Entering bacteria gets trapped and filtered out by mucus and minute nasal hairs called cilia. This air-flow system can sometimes slow down when something impedes the cilia, if a cold clogs the sinus openings, or if an allergen swells the sinus linings. Then air gets trapped, pressure builds, the mucus stagnates, and bacteria breed. Infection sets in and you have sinusitis. When you get clogged up, you may end up with a permanent thickening of the sinus membranes and chronic congestion.

Sinus Wash

Flush out nasal secretions. Mix 1 teaspoon of non-iodized salt or sea salt with 2 cups of warm water and a pinch of baking soda. Pour it into a shot glass, tilt your head back, close one nostril with your thumb, and sniff the solution with the open nostril. Then blow your nose gently. Repeat on the other side.

An Ayurvedic solution, similar to this is done in the same manner with a Neti Pot. It looks similar to a tea pot, but with a longer, narrower spout for the nostrils. These can be found in most health food stores.

A cup or handful of water in your hand or neti pot is a wonderful cleansing therapy. Slowly inhale the salt water into your nose to cleanse your sinus and open up the air passages. Over the counter nasal washes (not nasal sprays) are available. The simplest form is a non iodized salt water spray.

Mouth Care

The tissues in the mouth can benefit greatly from sea salt.

For bleeding gums – make a paste of 1 tsp. baking soda to 1/2 tsp. sea salt…brush with this mixture 3 times per day instead of the toothpaste. You can also add a few drops of tea tree oil.

Gargle with warm salt water a few times a day to relieve a sore throat, mouth sores or canker sores.

Sea Salt Baths and Scrubs

Sea Salt Scrubs

1. Take a handful of Sea Salt
2. Moisten it into the bath water.. and
3. Gently scrub whole body in circular motion until all the body is scrubbed.
4. Pay extra attention to your feet
5. Rinse with cool clear water
Sea Salt Bath

Dead Sea Salt – 1 cups
Sea Salt – 2 1/2 cups
2 TBSP of Ground Sea Weed
1 TBSP cup of Oatmeal
1 TBSP of Kelp
2 TBSP cup of Baking Soda
1 TBSP – Vegetable Glycerin
1-2 tsp of EO Blend of Choice
Thoroughly Mix all dry ingredients, then drizzle Glycerin and EO’s over them. Mix them well and store in an air tight container for several days prior to use. Mix well.

Add 1/4 cup or more under running water. Light a candle or incense and Enjoy.

Detox Bath

Fill the tub with water
1/2 cup sea salt
1/2 cup of baking soda
1/2 cup of Epsom salt
1/2 cup of peroxide
1 cup of apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon of oregano oil
Add to bath water, stir until dissolved. Bath in water for at least 20 minutes

Feng Shui Detoxification Bath

2 Cups Sea Salt
2 Cups Baking Soda
4 Tbsp. Ginger Powder
Place all ingredients in a hot bath and bathe for 20 Minutes Drink plenty of water.. This bath withdraws impurities from your body and helps you to feel better. This bath can be done 2 to 3 times in a week or as needed.

Sea Salt Foot Scrub

1/2 Cup Sea Salt
1/2 Cup Epsom Salt
1/2 Cup baking soda
1 Cup Oil of grape seed oil
15 drops Peppermint Oil
Homemade Exfoliator

Mix 1/8 cup of olive oil
1 heaping tablespoon of sea salt
Use on knees and elbows in the shower and rinse off. Pat dry with a soft towel.

Negative Energy and Sea Salt

Cleansing with sea salt is a safe and effective way to clear any space of negative energy. Sea salt is obtained by evaporating seawater. Salt occurs naturally in many parts of the world as the mineral halite and as mixed evaporates in salt lakes. Underground salt deposits are found in both bedded sedimentary layers and domal deposits.

Energy in itself, is the vital source, which radiates from everything and everyone around us. When we are ill, emotionally upset, angered or imbalanced, our moods and of course, our energy is altered. Coming in contact with energy that is negative can often be sensed, even felt. The result is often a feeling of uneasiness, confusion or an opposed feeling to our current state of mind.

Cleansing with sea salt or rock salt is preferred over iodized, processed table salt.

Cleansing a room with salt can be done by placing salt in small bowls and placing them in the 4 corners for 24 hours. Take two teaspoons of sea salt and dissolve it into some warm water. Pour it into a mister or spray bottle and spray it where ever you need cleansing.

Cleansing yourself of negative vibes can be done by misting yourself for an overall clearing. Draw a bath. As the hot water is filling the tube, add two or more tablespoons of sea salt to the running water and stir it so it dissolves in the tube. Relax in your bath for 15-20 minutes.

Cleansing your crystals can be done by placing a teaspoon of sea salt into a bowl of luke warm water. Make sure the salt is dissolved, then place your crystals in the water for twenty four hours.

Adding herbs or essential oils to sea salt can give an added bonus to cleansing. Herbs such as lavender, sandalwood, tea tree, thyme, rosemary are all good compliments. When using herbs, place them in the salt and shake the salt in a closed container. This bruises the herbs and allows its essential oils to incorporate into the salt matrix. When using essential oils, add a few drops to salt and then stir or shake the salt in order to mix them well.

Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
http://www.peacefulmind.com/
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit

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Strong Woman
By Madisyn Taylor

What makes a woman confident is her ability to call upon her feminine wisdom.

So often in our world we tend to think of strength as a quality that arises from a place of firm determination and a will to succeed no matter the cost. Even though we might want to think of a strong woman as being defined in this way, what really makes a woman confident is her capacity for listening to her true self and being able to call upon her feminine wisdom to any situation that may arise. A woman does not need to step into an assertive role or act like a man in order to be effective at what she does–she simply needs to get in touch with her insight and sense of compassion to truly demonstrate the depth of her strength.

Listening to the feminine side of ourselves may not seem easy at first for this type of energy is something that is often overlooked in many aspects of our everyday lives. If we can connect with this part of who we are, however, we will find that there is an unlimited wellspring of strength available to us. Our capacity to tap into our intuition and listen to our inner guides, to take into account the needs of those around us, and to view a situation with compassion and love are ways that we can show the world the true power that is part of our feminine nature. When we learn to integrate this source of strength into our daily tasks and decision-making, we will find that we can be more flexible and open to the things that happen around us and more receptive to new ideas. Not only will we see the world in a different light, but we will truly start to realize the potential for this form of energy to both empower ourselves and those around us.

As we cultivate our feminine energy we can redefine the meaning of strength. By embracing our feminine power as something that is strong in its own right, we are able to use it with true assurance and determination and draw upon what truly belongs to us.

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Is There a Difference Between a Crystal and a Gemstone?
By Ulymar Rocha

A rock is a rock right? Not necessarily. While some people do use words like “rock,” “stone” and “gem” interchangeably, there are some noticeable differences between these words. Others feel wise enough to make the distinction between a rock and a gem — a rock is any old pebble you can find on the street, whereas a crystal is something beautiful and magnificent!

Despite these superficial understandings of gemology, one of the most common misconceptions occurs when you begin talking about “gems” and “crystals” — or is it “gems” OR “crystals?” Are these two words synonymous, or is there an actual difference in the verbiage?

The Answer…

It’s actually both “yes” AND “no.” A gem is a rare mineral. This mineral is of the purest quality, so it is priced highly and considered “gem quality.” A crystal is a pure substance that has its molecules arranged in such a way that it creates a geometric pattern formation in some way.

These definitions are obviously not the same, but they can potentially sync up. Because a gem is a rare, high-quality mineral, it can certainly be crystalline in nature. However, not all crystals will be made of a rare, high-quality mineral. Thus, these terms aren’t synonymous BUT they may coincide with one another on occasion.

You may have already used this distinction in your everyday life and not have known! Consider sugar crystals — you wouldn’t call a crystal of sugar a gemstone, would you? Salt crystals are also crystals, but you certainly couldn’t call them gemstones either. This goes to show that while sometimes a gem can be a crystal, and vice versa, these two terms aren’t synonymous by definition.

One last thing to note is that gems and crystals are usually made through very different means, which can explain why they are different though may coincide with one another. Gems are made organically through minerals or organic matter. Crystals are defined solids that contain atoms, molecules and ions in a fixed order. These then go on to extend to three dimensions, creating a crystalline shape.

Classification Systems

The way we classify both gems and crystals varies, though a gem that is crystalline will occur and fall into both categories. Gems are usually categorized based on their chemical makeup — what makes this gem the gem that it is? What trace minerals can be found within it that make up its colour scheme? How is it structured? Gems are then typically cut to size after their value is determined

Crystals, on the other hand, are usually classified by their shape. This can mean a cubic crystal, a tetragonal crystal, a or a hexagonal crystal. Other crystal classifications include orthorhombic, monoclinic and rhombohedral. Crystals are also categorized by their crystal system, which refers to a subcategory of the above lattice systems.

Gemology and crystallography lingo can be confusing to many if they’re unfamiliar with the nuances of these studies — so if you’ve ever accidentally called a rock a gem or an amber stone a crystal, don’t worry! You aren’t the first and you won’t be the last. Hopefully we’ve helped to set the record straight on what makes a gem a gem, and also what makes a crystal a crystal.

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Stephen Halpert
Magee 4

We were back in Sippi’s condo and Raven, still pushing matrimony was pleading his case.” You’re not getting any younger Sippi. And before you turn that corner of inevitability you need to have some kids.”
She put her hands on her hips and shook her head. “Raven,” she said,” Sometimes your romantic soul overwhelms me.”
He frowned, “But it’s true. We’re tight. I love you Sippi. I want to tell everyone at the FBI gala this spring that we’re engaged.”
She looked at him, frowning back. “Why? I like things just the way we are.”
He sighed and looked down. “If you must know the agency promotes married men with family faster than us single guys.”
She threw back her head and laughed. “So bottom line, this is all about you getting more money?”
He shook his head emphatically. “No, of course not. But if not my wife or at least my fiancée what am I supposed to call you?”
Sippi grinned. “How about your girl toy?”
His face reddened and his mouth turned down. “You think this is all very funny don’t you? You’re just like your Aunt Bea, frivolous.”
“Raven I’ll have you know that my Aunt Bea is hardly frivolous. In case you’re interested, she has more money in the bank than Charley; she manages her own accounts, makes her own investments. Aunt Bea bought into Amazon the first month it opened and has held onto it ever since. You know what it’s worth now? I wouldn’t call that frivolous at all.”
“Never mind, forget what I said. Let’s just go to bed.”
But Sippi shook her head. “No, you’ve stayed over a lot lately and besides you snore. Your girl toy needs a good night’s sleep.”
He frowned. “But baby its cold outside.”
She smirked. “Usually is in the winter.”
“Oh Sippi why can’t we at least move in together? That way I could walk Magee while you fixed breakfast.”
She raised her eyebrows. “Domestic bliss,” she said flatly. “I cook while you walk Magee and smile at the ladies.”
He shook his head. “All right if that’s how you want it, I’ll make breakfast.”
“Please Raven.” Sippi yawned. “It’s late. I’m tired.”
I had stretched out on the couch ready to take a nap, but couldn’t seem to relax. Sure enough moments later Sippi’s device rang. It was Chief Mallory. Sippi turned on her speaker.
“Got a grisly one,” he huffed. “Horace Spike and his wife Amanda are dead, murdered at his mansion. The place was ransacked.”
“I’m on my way.”
“Gangland style,” Mallory said. “Someone wanted the concrete baron from the Bronx out of the way in a hurry. Less than a week after his fancy Presidential pardon too! Bring Magee; I want him sniffing around the perimeter. See if you can locate Jones. With Spike’s Washington implications I’m sure the FBI will want in on this.”
Hearing Chief Mallory say my name perked me up in a hurry. I knew that the case was afoot.
He gave Sippi the address and ended the call.
“Looks like you got a reprieve Raven; Mallory wants you in on this. We can take my cruiser.”
He nodded, “Fine. So Horace Spike got rubbed out. I wonder why his wife was as well. From what I gather she was a ditzy blond, usually all decked out in bling.”
Sippi got up to get her coat. “Mallory didn’t mention his son. I wonder what became of him after they booked him for trying to steal Charley’s Caddy earlier tonight?” She put on her leather jacket and winter boots, waved my leash and said. “Ok sweetheart, let’s go check out a murder.”
I was still too full from Aunt Bea’s delicious treat of lobster crab wafers to feel especially enthusiastic for crime solving, but I am a cop and when duty calls, I answer. I yawned, shook my head and crawled off the couch. Ku the brilliant elderly Siamese opened his eyes and sent me a mental message. “The unexpected. See what you cannot see and then you’ll recognize what isn’t there.”
What he said made little sense. But much of his wisdom was lost to my basic canine cop mind.
When we arrived at the Spike mansion the smell of smoke stung in my nose. Someone had burned stuff outside in an incinerator near the garage. Sippi took off my leash. “Clues,” Magee. “Go find clues.”
It’s more difficult to trace a scent in the snow but I let my nose lead the way.
That’s when I saw light reflecting from something half hidden in the snow across the lawn near the swimming pool. Unsure what it was I moved carefully toward it. Then I heard a whimpering that sounded like a wounded child crying out. Coming closer, I saw a dog crouched under a cabana chair shivering. Hard to distinguish from the snow, she was a pure white miniature poodle.
I wagged my tail. In dog speak I said, “I’m here to help you.”
“How can you help me? You’re not much bigger than I am. Are you a canine? You look more like a weasel.”
That crack stung. I was annoyed. Here I was trying to save her only to be insulted and equated to a rodent. “I’ll have you know I’m a pedigreed silky terrier originally from Australia. My parents were both champions and I’ve probably more papers than you.”
“Just a terrier?” She lowered her head and sniffed. “I had hoped to be saved by a German Shepard, or at least a canine large enough to hold his own in battle.”
I noticed that the reflection I’d seen came from her collar. Still smarting from that weasel crack I said, “What makes you think I can’t? I’ll have you know that I’m a police dog and have been in on many arrests.”
But all she thought back was “Piffle.”
I ‘m a cop, and I tried not to let what she said bother me. Instead I started barking so Sippi would hear me.
In the distance I heard her. “I’m coming Magee.”
The poodle looked at me. “You’re really a cop? I find that hard to believe.”
Ignoring that, I used my best cop voice. “What can you tell me?”
She sighed. “They’re dead. Some men broke in. They started yelling. I didn’t understand what they were saying. Then they shot my people. I was frightened. When one of the killers took a shot at me I ran outside and hid. She was nice but he was mean. He’d try to kick me when he didn’t get his way with her. They’d fought a lot since he came back.”
“We’re here Magee,” Sippi said. Then she saw the poodle. She picked her up carefully. “A white poodle. I’ll bet you’re an aristocratic show dog.”
She whimpered and clung to Sippi. Sippi looked at her tag. “So you’re Snowflake. Then she tucked her into her jacket pocket. “You’ll be ok now darlin’. Me and Magee will take care of you, won’t we Magee?”
Whatever good it would do, despite snowflake’s snobby attitude I wagged my tail and tried to make nice. I hadn’t met a miniature poodle before, yet knew that we small dogs had to stick together and look out for each other. Snowflake peered out from Sippi’s pocket, sniffed but paid me no attention.

To be continued

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Flu Fighting Tea Recipe (Andrew’s Hot Lemon)

Prep time
5 mins
Cook time
5 mins
Total time
10 mins

This flu fighting tea recipe is an effective way to say “goodbye” the cold and flu. It boosts the immune system and is yummy, too.

Author: Erica Hale

Serves: 1 cup of tea

Ingredients
” 1 bag good quality organic echinacea tea (optional)
” 3 or 4 thin slices of fresh organic ginger root
” 3 tablespoons organic lemon juice, fresh squeezed
” 2 tablespoons raw organic honey
” ½ teaspoon organic ground cinnamon
” ¼ teaspoon organic ground clove
” Cayenne pepper to taste

Instructions

1. In a large cup of hot filtered water, steep the tea bag and the sliced ginger (you may omit the tea bag if you’d like).
2. Add the lemon juice, honey and spices and stir well. The tea will be cloudy.
3. If you’d like, you may strain the tea through cheesecloth to remove the ground spices and ginger. At our house, we just drink it as is.

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Crystal Meditation for Addiction

Addictions are the excess use and dependency of/on anything including food, sex, alcohol, smoking, caffeine, sugar, shopping, chocolate, drugs… Why do we become addicted? Many addictions have their roots in painful childhood experiences. According to a study undertaken by the National Academy of Sciences, children are more likely to end up addicted to something if they are physically abused, humiliated, or lied to, and if their parents are themselves substance abusers.
Addictions can be mild or serious. When an addiction becomes severe, it is more important than social acceptance, family, friends, and even life itself. Addictions tend to begin slowly and grow insidiously. The biggest problem in treating addiction is recognizing the problem. Since there is no simple definition, the point where casual use becomes abuse is vague.
This practice is intended for most people as an ADJUNCT to getting *professional* or other supportive help from their doctors, substance abuse counselors, therapists, sponsors, family and friends. Always get professional help when trying to quit an alcohol/drug habit. It’s highly recommended if you are needing to seriously diet or quit smoking.
There is an emotional aspect to every illness. Often times, it is the emotional thoughts or “excess emotions” that will lead to illness. The following therapy is utilized for calming the mind, help with stress and focuses on our mental powers over any situation. The ability to balance your emotional, mental, physical and spiritual selves are exceptional tools on your healing journey.
The power of your mind and your belief system has everything to do with the condition, the speed and the way that you heal.
* Our Belief System is one of the major factors that can get us through situations or can cause our life to crumble around us! I do believe that there is a lot of innate goodness and balancing our minds do subconsciously to get us through hard times. The other portion of this is how we “program” ourselves to deal with any given situation.
* Our self-confidence and self-love are often the key to opening and strengthening this portion of our thoughts which in turn emanates from ourselves!
* Energy follows thought. Program thought to be positive and your energy will reflect it!
* Really appreciating what we DO have as opposed to what we would like to have, sometimes makes a significant difference. This is always an important element in healing that is often neglected.
Meditation is a central tool for calming the mind, assisting in mind over matter and calming the spirit. It will alleviate much of the angst and anxiety associated with withdrawal and detoxing! Calming the mind and central nervous system have a direct effect on how our body “vibrates” and how we choose to handle stress as it comes at us. The more you meditate, the abler you become at handling difficult situations!
Amethyst is a mineral consisting chiefly of silicon dioxide. Amethyst has been known as the “great detoxer” for centuries. Minerals in amethyst provide purification and detoxification functions. It is the stone for addiction, addictive thoughts and detoxification.
Aventurine is known for good luck and bringing money, it is the stone for gamblers. It encourage balance within your behavior and is used as a meditation tool or touch stone for realizing limits!
Lapis Lazuli is a deep blue stone used for centuries for obtaining wisdom of the ages. It is a sage stone that shows us how we can balance and regulate our lives by applying the principles of look, listen and linger. Allowing the power of observation to take precedence over action.
Clear Quartz is a highly regarded stone which resonates with our own body energy and helps one to “see clearer” in their action and behavior. It brings a sense of clear thinking and the ability to bring calm and peace of mind.
Rose Quartz is a stone of love and self-love. It represents beauty and kindness, Resonates with a gentle heart energy, it soothes a frustrated mind and allows us to find peace within ourselves with an extra helping of self-love and awareness.
Ruby is a deep red stone of love and devotion. It is the honoring of ourselves so that we can show a devotion and love to others. It is a stone of truth and fidelity, grounding and protection. Use ruby as a connection between heart and a grounded mindset.
As a healing tool, crystals have been used for meditation, stress relief, massage and energy work. Crystals offer an additional way to balance energy, amplify both energy and thought, bring clarity in thinking, and harmony and alignment with our own energy systems.
~ Use a crystal of your choice or one mentioned. Sit comfortable on the floor and hold your stone or lie down and place the crystal on your Heart, Third Eye or Solar Plexus.
~ Another option is to place a group of stones in a circle on the floor, yoga mat or in your sacred space. You can also save one of these stones to hold on to. Lay in the center of the circle of stones. This “aura net” embraces you, allowing you to feel the safe space you have created to relax in.
~ Close your eyes. Take several deep breaths. Feel the crystal rise and fall as you slowly inhale/exhale. Allow your body to melt into the floor at each breath. Take this time to find your center. Let go of those things which hold you back. With each inhale, take in that which you deserve. With each exhale, release all that tension.
If you are within a circle of stones, mentally take in their unique color and texture in your mind. Within your mind’s eye, locate each stone around you, sensing your connection to it. Release your fear and let go. Give in to the simple gesture of being still. If your mind wanders, bring it back to your present place. Sense your surroundings and then bring your focus back to a place that may feel uneasy or uncomfortable. Allow the breath to unwind that tension and ease it away with each slow, deep exhale.
~ When you feel more calm and connected, slowly open your eyes. Give yourself some time to recover.
~ You may even want to journal about your experience..

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Weekly horoscopes beginning: Sunday, 27 January 2019

If you`re born within cusp period (16 to 26 of any month); you`re advised to read horoscopes of both signs covered by that period. You`re in the border; you may have influences from houses within those signs.

Outlines are longer versions; consists of every possible detail of everyday and based on three parts of each sign: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Decan; that is, any of three divisions of 10° within a sign of the zodiac. Even if you know or don`t know your Decan; I recommend, please read all three Decan.

Aries
Personal theme: I am!!
Fire & cardinal sign: March 21 — April 19

Your horoscope for this week:

The cycle of focus, analysis and action that began on 1 January, when your ruler Mars moved into Aries for a six-week stay, has achieved wonders; but now you`re facing infuriating individuals or frustrating delays. Each is about reviewing your plans and seeking new options and, possibly, alliances. While, initially, these may seem a distraction, you`ll soon realise each is offering an exciting alternative.

You have a big decision to make and that`s why you`re thinking about the consequences of your actions. You have been known to be spontaneous at times, but you are ready to take back control of your life now by doing the right thing. You have a lot going for you now so don`t underestimate your fantastic talents. If you`re looking for work, showcase your past achievements and you will make a good impression on a prospective employer.

Though it could take until midweek, it`s likely that your words have had huge impact and prompt a change of heart. Someone might then be willing to follow your directions. You could waste time saying `I told you so`; but that really would be a waste of time. Much could yet be accomplished before the end of January. It will likely take others – notably those born under the other Fire signs of Leo and Sagittarius – a little time to cool down. They may need to be complemented on their reaction to recent events; and yes, by the weekend it might also be obvious that even if you`ve got this message across, there is still more to be done. Presently you could harness a team and in the first few days of February be ready to move off at speed. The art in all of this is to most decidedly put the past behind you and move forward.

Taurus
Personal theme: I have!!
Earth & fixed sign: April 20 — May 20

Your horoscope for this week:

This period of puzzling dilemmas and promising developments has left you little time to note your own considerable progress. You`ve warmed up relationships in a range of settings, a few seriously tricky ones; and now, you`re receiving intriguing offers, some personal, others about broadening your horizons or business matters. Explore, knowing you`ll learn from them all – and may actually make a few part of your life.

The consequences of a long discussion will take you and a friend or partner down new avenues of experience. Since it is fun and excitement you are craving, you will find this through exploring new pleasures and pastimes. A surprise cheque will arrive just when you were wondering how to pay a large bill. It has taken a long time to fulfil some financial obligations but now you have done so, you can hold your head up with pride.

It may be necessary to give others a few more days to assimilate and digests decisions taken. Much as they might wish to go back for a review, that is presumably not an option. Justifiably there may be real anxiety about the amount of work that needs to be done and in a very short space of time. Don`t underestimate your very considerable organisational talents, however. With Mercury passing over the apex of your solar chart, untangling knots, applying solid strategy and maintaining at all times the objective, should bring out the best in you. Don`t underestimate either your ability to inspire others and to keep them on the move – especially if they feel down heartened midweek. There`s high probability that by the early days of February, that your profile will be much enhanced and that there will yet be talk of you taking on an even more prominent role.

Gemini
Personal theme: I think!!
Air sign: May 21 — June 20

Your horoscope for this week:

Since early January you`ve focused on demanding practical or financial matters, and achieved more than you imagined possible. So much, you`re now able to take a break, and relax with people you enjoy or go to interesting places. This isn`t just about having fun. As you explore, you`ll realise the promise these hold. There`s no rush. Whatever is good now will just get better next week.

A youngster could be putting money or material possessions above the needs of others. You`re not especially materialistic and others will look to you to give them a lesson in values. They may not be happy with this conversation, but they will learn from it. Being a mentor is serious business. A special surprise will lift your spirits. Links with far-away places will open doors that could bring some unexpected rewards over the months ahead.

One of your greatest gifts is in gathering information. True, sifting through and determining what is valuable and what should be set aside does not always hold your attention. It`s rather easier for many Geminis to run off with the main headline. Before the end of January however it may be imperative that you apply yourself to detail. There might even be a legal requirement to do so. Words could come back to haunt you. If a deal is to be struck, it will be important for the other side to know that you mean what you say and say what you mean. In short, diligence will be required. Without this there is very real danger of being embroiled in a bigger fight and, possibly coming out second best. It would be wise – especially in the first part of this week,- to listen to the wise counsel of those born under Scorpio who can perhaps see the difficulties that lie ahead and have sound advice as to how obstacles can be overcome.

Cancer
Personal theme: I feel!!
Water & cardinal sign: June 21 — July 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Obviously, knowing what`s happening, in terms of events and others` plans, would be a relief; but circumstances are evolving rapidly, and triggering a shift in priorities, yours and others`. Yet each has either been a breakthrough or led to worthwhile experiences and encounters. Regard any arrangements as being about exploration rather than lasting, and you`ll learn from everything, and be confident your decisions are wise.

Accepting a challenge will feel like the best thing you`ve done so far, this year. Your positive outlook and enthusiasm will attract a lucky opportunity in connection with your career. Taking advantage of this lucky break will cause your stature to rise. A domestic project that has been causing problems can now be tackled with greater success. Someone at home has been acting a little furtively and you are about to find out what they`ve been trying to hide.

It`s highly likely that juggling both finances and time will require particular attention. Finding space for essential solitude and sanctuary could prove tricky. Yet this may be imperative midweek. It`s then that a colleague could declare a complete change of approach. The fact that this requires you to redo work already done would of course be irritating. Yet it`s possible that this move would be in your long-term best interests. In short, this could be one of those stitch-in-time periods. It also possible, especially as both the Moon and Venus of passing through the working areas of your solar chart, that you might actually enjoy the challenges presented. Your ability to juggle, and to use your wide-ranging network to bring people with different talents and skills together could yet get you noticed. It`s not at all impossible that soon after the new moon next Monday (4th), that your career will take off in exciting direction.

Leo
Personal theme: I will!!
Fire & fixed sign: July 23 — August 22

Your horoscope for this week:

You`ll have responded swiftly to most of the unsettling, but exciting ideas or events triggered by last Monday`s Leo eclipsed Full Moon, but several still puzzle you. It`s out of character, but do the minimum. Wait, watch and learn from both changes and the resulting discussions. While some will bring powerful insights, as many will raise exciting but perplexing questions, about the present and future.

You want to be in on the action. Given the choice between being a participator or an observer in life, you won`t hesitate about your answer.. For there is no way you are going to stand back and watch other people have all the fun. This will be a busy time for you in a whole host of ways. Having so much to do could make for some regrets about an unfinished project but you should be able to draw a line under this particular venture by the weekend.

Tempting as it may be to inwardly rage – this is unlikely the best use of your energy. It is entirely possible that what`s being said is being done simply to provoke. A change of heart is probable once the Sun and Mercury former conjoin midweek. After that, abject apologies- and not necessarily from you – may be needed before a sound policy and agree a way forward is reached. Do bear in mind that two slow moving planets change signs: one in February and one in March. These are unsettling times for all. Yet it`s entirely possible that in these conditions, out-of-the-box thinking will surface; and yes, your creative talents could yet be put to excellent use. In particular, working partnerships with those born under the Cardinal signs Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn should prove particularly rewarding.

Virgo
Personal theme: I analyse!!
Earth sign: August 23 — September 22

Your horoscope for this week:

True, heart to heart discussions with certain individuals are pressing; but, also, you must have a conversation with yourself about several tricky situations. While the insights you`re hoping for are unlikely to appear, you`ll develop a more practical approach to these. Focus on what`s needed now, and what`s next, no more. That way, you`ll tackle what`s pressing and ignore the rest, at least for the moment.

Only you know why you are being secretive over money. It may be because you are saving for a surprise holiday for your family, a new car or an expensive piece of furniture. Whatever the reason, someone is getting suspicious, so watch out. Some arrangements may look as if they are falling to pieces and going nowhere fast, but don`t give up too quickly. Persevere because very soon they will all start coming together again.

You likely won`t be the only sign to be hot under the collar at the start of this week. It may be helpful to recall that not only are we just surfacing from an eclipse period, but that in both February and March, two of the slow-moving planets (actually one planet and a planetoid) change signs. This brings new vibration. It`s probable that many people are aware that they are changing direction but are not as yet totally sure of where they`re headed. Note that you may well be caught up in their decision-making process. Business and working arrangements with those who work a long way from your usual base should improve greatly. Indeed, at least one of these connections may be particularly profitable. A deal or arrangement unlike anything you`ve ever previously negotiated, could bring you into contact with those who have very definite ideas of how things could be and see you as an integral part of their team.

Libra
Personal theme: I balance!!
Air & cardinal sign: September 23 — October 22

Your horoscope for this week:

Ordinarily you`d want time to mull over appealing ideas or offers. However, the current rapid pace means turning these into solid plans, and swiftly; but, actually, this isn`t about a single plan or lasting goal. Instead, focus on the big picture, knowing that urgent as details seem, they can and should wait. Besides, by the week`s close, you`ll have additional, welcome, options to consider.

You might welcome the chance to chat with someone of importance outside your workplace. Although this will be an off the record conversation, you sense it could lead to them soon making you a formal offer. Plans may include learning to drive. The more self-sufficient you are, the greater your chances of landing a plum assignment that is suited to your talents. Be assertive and advertise your accomplishments and past experience.

It could feel as though you are under a deadline. There may be important things for you to conclude before the New Moon on February 4th. Yet it`s arguably important that you don`t rush into anything. The fact that others are insistent that certain things are concluded (preferably before this Friday), does not mean that they absolutely have to be. There may be more flexibility than you think. The key here is that certain aspects will not recur for another eight decades. Give thought to the legacy that you want to leave and how you would want to be remembered. Taking time out to stop and think especially midweek, would be advisable. Note too that especially those born under the Water signs of Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces are hugely sensitive to changing cosmic conditions, and may need to see completion of a project so that they feel more secure. Aside from all of this contact with those who live and work far away, and who have real interest in supporting you through your career development should bring considerable pleasure.

Scorpio & Ophiuchus
Personal theme: I desire!!
Water & fixed signs: October 23 — November 21

Your horoscope for this week:

Tempting as it is to ignore certain exceedingly tricky issues or, possibly, clashes with others in the hope of a breakthrough, it`s risky. By the week`s close, you`ll need both hard facts and clarity about where you stand. That way, when things reach crisis point, you`ll be ready to stand your ground yet, at the same time, explore the intriguing options coming your way.

When talking to an important executive, be extra attentive to their answers. Sharing ideas and exchanging news with friends and colleagues will help you decide on how you want to handle a complicated situation. Your family life is about to undergo some change. An elderly relative will try to insist on something totally different to what is being planned. Although you can`t allow them to call the tune, you sense they could use some words of reassurance.

Sunday`s (27th) Last quarter moon is in your sign. This is a regular occurrence at this time of year. What is rather different this year, is that this comes so soon after two key eclipses and slightly ahead of both Chiron and Uranus changing signs. Given your sensitivity, it`s probable you`ve already tuned into the fact that others are changing direction and that you indeed, are coming to the end of one phase and ready for a new challenge. That might not present itself for some weeks yet. For now, the art may be to tidy up loose ends so that a situation is left as gracefully as you can manage. You could take someone quite by surprise midweek by making clear that you do have a very set timeline in mind. Yes, others may have assumed that you were comfortable with arrangements. Being forced to confront the reality that you`re ready to move in quite a different direction could bring sharp reaction. It`s even possible that at some level, you`ll enjoy the drama that your announcements create.

Sagittarius
Personal theme: I see!!
Fire sign: November 22 — December 21

Your horoscope for this week:

Appealing as recent developments have been, the more you`ve learnt, the less enthusiastic you`ve become. Don`t be downhearted. This is only the beginning of a long cycle of exploration, which means what doesn`t work now will lead to something, or somebody else, that`s better; and those, too, will lead to more. So yes, make plans, but regard them as tentative, if not an experiment.

Whether you`re buying something special for yourself or restocking the kitchen cupboards, go shopping alone. You want to take your time to make up your mind and friends could push you into making purchases you don`t need or can`t afford. A lack of variety in your professional life makes you wonder whether you would be better off someplace else. There`s no time like the present if you want to branch out and broaden your horizons.

2019 is supposed to be your year. Jupiter is after all travelling through your sign and until December 3, opportunity should abound. It`s as likely that you`re in the mood for excess. The craving to do something different, will of course be much dependent on your financial ability to do so. The Moon passes through your sign midweek and if at all possible, being in a different place and experiencing adventure would be a good idea. If work commitments get in the way of that, perhaps you could contact those who work in similar situations but at some distance from you. You may also find that through a partner and their connections, that there is a sudden burst of activity over the first weekend of February. All this may be connected to plans being made for the middle of the month. Indeed, perhaps following on from the arrival of a document on Friday, it could be all systems go with planning.

Capricorn
Personal theme: I use!!
Earth & cardinal sign: December 22 — January 19

Your horoscope for this week:

As much as you`d like to discuss plans in depth and settle them for good, for now your priority is exploration. Only after the Aquarius New Moon, on 4 February, will you have the facts or personal insights necessary to even think about long term arrangements. So, for now, first focus on letting go of elements of the past and, second, on exploring all your options.

A new relationship stands a better chance of success now that you have the support of your family behind you. It may even be that you get some unexpected encouragement from someone who previously objected to this union. This is the sign you`ve been looking for that things are starting to go your way. Don`t leave it until the last minute to carry out an important job. Think about clearing away neglected chores and unanswered e-mails.

It`s arguably time for you to renew contact with people who have been useful to you in the past. It may be that their knowledge of travel would now prove useful. True, it could be that you have a few tips you could have passed on too. Currency fluctuations might affect the cost of essential items before the end of January and require you to give careful thought to dealings over the next couple of months. As you probably know, your ruling planet is Saturn. With that planet makes good aspect with Jupiter this week there is potential of achieving business balance. Don`t underestimate your very considerable financial acumen. By the time the Moon reaches your sign on Friday, February 1st, you could recover a situation that a few weeks ago seemed a little lost. Note too, that curbing the excesses and antics of someone who is determined to drive through a project regardless of the cost either time or money, may be exhausting but, within the next couple of weeks, bring your increased respect for achieving this.

Aquarius
Personal theme: I know!!
Air & fixed sign: January 20 — February 18

Your horoscope for this week:

It`s an exciting period. Welcome, if not overdue, changes are unfolding. Plus, you`re juggling ideas and offers, some completely unexpected. Ordinarily, as a quick-thinking air sign, you`d decide swiftly about each, then move on. However, your instincts are correctly telling you to wait for the insights triggered by the Aquarius New Moon, on 4 February. After that, the picture and your priorities will be much clearer.

Increased self-esteem will help you interact more confidently in serious situations with professional people. A senior colleague will offer practical support and you have them to thank for your growing confidence. Transportation problems will wreak havoc with your schedule. It will be disappointing, but it may be necessary to cancel a short trip to visit a friend you haven`t seen for ages. Keep in touch and you will find ways to work around any delays and cancellations.

The Sun and Mercury conjoin in your sign midweek and could coincide with a moment of enlightenment. True, some people might think you are deliberately changing course. Actually, this is about far more than just that and more about seizing an opportunity. Your place within a team should be assured once others grasp the message. True, there could still be moments of exasperation that actions weren`t taken some weeks back. Now though, and especially as Venus moves into good aspect with one of your ruling planets, Uranus, you could really get the bit between your teeth and advance your case. If you`ve felt at all belittled in recent weeks, no one should be in any doubt that you`re not going to give up without a fight, and yes, over the first weekend in February, you may well be gathering troops around you.

Pisces
Personal theme: I believe!!
Water sign: February 19 — March 20

Your horoscope for this week:

Dealing with seriously challenging problems or those who`re struggling is difficult for you, yet, as an intuitive Piscean, you`ve a knack for finding that one idea, breakthrough or a helpful individual; but even you are at a loss how to handle certain very tricky situations. The answer is; do nothing. For now, you`re urged to busy yourself elsewhere, perhaps with increasingly pressing matters of your own.

You had hoped to avoid making a firm business commitment when you prefer to keep your options open. If you must decide before the end of the week, be sure you have all the facts at your fingertips before you finally make your mind up. Relationships are turbulent and this isn`t made any easier by the fact that someone refuses to admit there is anything wrong. Clarify matters immediately if you think they might have jumped to the wrong conclusions.

It`s not so many days since the recent lunar eclipse (21st). The tensions around that date may only just be dissipating. It`s entirely possible that by the time the Sun and Mercury conjoin midweek, that there will be further change of mind. This isn`t necessarily about you changing direction but about others adjusting their course which in turn requires you to reflect on where you`re going. It should never be forgotten that Pisces loves to be in a position of producing a little bit of magic. Making life smoother for others, celebrating, and generally oiling the wheels is a key factor in your life journey. This week though those actions could you leave you quite exhausted.

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