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.
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
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
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.
Goddess Month of Moura begins 2/20 – 3/19
Celtic Tree Calendar: Nion (Ash) February 18 to March 17
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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Saturday’s with GrannyMoon! Face to Face classes at Sticks and Stones – 11037 Lee Highway · Fairfax, VA
I teach classes on Saturdays 12-2, on the first three Saturdays 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. 7:00 – 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 – March – Saturdays 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!
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
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
Cooking on Monday will improve magics for creativity, insight, maternal
nature, and Goddess-related efforts. ~Quote from Magickal Martha
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
On Tuesday, cooking up a hearty meal featuring carrots, peppers, and garlic (all Mars foods and spices) to empower yourself for victory and success!
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
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
GrannyMoon Says Today Is: Thor’s Day Hail Thor!
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
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
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
Colors for Tomorrow: Black
Lucky Sign: Friday Is The Lucky Day For Taurus And Libra
Saint Jegudiel represents Friday
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,
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,
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
Hail Sunna and Sol! GrannyMoon Says Today is: Sun Day
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,
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
Llewellyn’s Spell a Day
Spell Date: Monday, February 18, 2019
It may not seem like an odd number would have much to do with balance; however, the number seven is a perfect number for balance. Generally, we recognize that we have seven main chakras, and that for optimum spiritual balance, we aim to keep our chakras aligned and in balance with each other.
Today is a great day to work with your chakras, as it is the forty-ninth day of the year, seven multiplied by itself. Find or make a simple pendulum, and use it to check your chakras. First smudge or otherwise clear your pendulum. Then place it over each chakra, one at a time, and see if it spins clockwise (indicating balance) or counterclockwise (indicating imbalance). You may need to sit, stand, or lie down to comfortably reach over certain chakras. If you identify any imbalances, develop a self-care plan to help realign that chakra.
This post was written by Blake Octavian Blair on February 18, 2019
Sticks and Stones
Spell Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can also hurt me. Words have the power of an invisible dart that can wound your heart and soul. This spell is a balm for your wounded feelings.
On a brown piece of paper that has torn edges all on sides, write down the hurtful words. Turn the paper ninety degrees and write your full name across the words nine times. In an unending circle, without lifting your pen, write:
Your words have no power over me.
When you have finished writing the words, add a pinch of eucalyptus herb or essential oil to the center of the paper. Fold the paper away from you and tie it with a thread that has been knotted nine times. Burn the paper in a heatproof container. Flush the ashes down the toilet or throw them away somewhere far from your house.
This post was written by Najah Lightfoot on February 19, 2019
Spell Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Wednesday is governed by the planet Mercury and the gods Mercury, Hermes, and Woden, who influence communication, understanding, divination, change, luck, good fortune, and gratitude, among other things. Use this transformation spell to inventory, understand, and communicate your blessings, simultaneously increasing your level of luck, good fortune, and gratitude.
“Mercury, guide me that I may
understand my blessings.”
Then make a gratitude list. Say things such as:
“I’m thankful for ____ .
I’m grateful for ____ .
I’m blessed that ____ .
Lucky, lucky me that ____ .
I’m divinely connected to ____ .
I’m so fortunate for ____ .
Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
List the people, places, things, qualities, and experiences that enrich you. Notice that as you itemize your blessings, your perspective and your energy shift. Awareness and the practice of gratitude will magnetize you, attracting more good. Let Mercury help you communicate gratitude to others. Share your transformed energy and perspective, and inspire the same in others.
Repeat this technique regularly whenever you need to transform yourself.
This post was written by Dallas Jennifer Cobb on February 20, 2019
What Makes You Happy
Spell Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019
Stop all your busyness for a few minutes and think about what makes you happy. Finding your favorite chocolate chip cookies on sale? Getting your device to work without making you crazy? Having a civilized conversation with an annoying person in which you began to “tame” them like the Fox tamed the Little Prince? Gazing at your laundry basket filled with clean, folded clothes and realizing you’ll have clean clothes for a week or longer?
This may be the simplest spell you’ll ever do. Visualize a circle with yourself and what makes you happy in the center. Open your arms as for a big hug. Visualize giving that hug to what makes you happy, whether it’s concrete or abstract. Say out loud and with great enthusiasm:
“Thank you, Goddess!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
This post was written by Barbara Ardinger on February 21, 2019
Early Spring Cleaning – Renewal
Spell Date: Friday, February 22, 2019
We are between Imbolc and Ostara. Make this a weekend of change. Light candles, play music, and pour a beverage. Write a list. Sort through all the holiday items and donate anything no longer wanted. Get out all the clothing for the next season, and clean, repair, or toss it. Then repack the freshened clothing. Maybe it’s time to let go of some of your book collection. Do you need new dishes, glasses, or cutlery? Empty kitchen cabinets and toss outdated food, clean the shelves, and put down new shelf paper. Do not allow yourself to be overwhelmed. Choose one to three chores, and follow through the entire weekend. Put on a slow cooker meal on Saturday morning, something that will last through Sunday afternoon. When all is done on Sunday, be sure to thank the gods and goddesses of the hearth and home, especially Hera, for all of their help:
“Clutter begone, set a moderate pace,
Clean and clear, now creating space,
For the good, this little spell.
My home is blessed and all is well.”
This post was written by Emyme on February 22, 2019
Sadie Hawkins’ Guide to Tantra
Spell Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019
Every second, like right now and next week, some girl, boy, or hijra somewhere is discovering the pleasure palace that is their own natural body. As Pagans we unabashedly and playfully celebrate the natural empowerment of our sexuality. Self pleasure is a healthy, liberating, and joyful experience when you worship nature. Taking yourself to natural stages of wonder and delight can be spiritually as well as physically pleasurable. Body exploration and arousal are innocent ways to discover the creative magic of sex.
So go on, dear reader: take a few minutes and love yourself today. Find one pleasurable and naturally attractive part of yourself and fixate your attention on it to gratifying singularity. Immaculately conceive of a world where original sin is replaced with human anatomy and sexuality facts, leaving no room for shame in that educated and sexy mind of yours!
This post was written by Estha McNevin on February 23, 2019
Manifest Happiness at Work Spell
Spell Date: Sunday, February 24, 2019
Work is a necessity for many of us, but sometimes we work in an environment that can make the necessary unenjoyable. Cast this spell to bring happiness to your workplace and help lighten up the environment when in need.
Take a swatch of yellow fabric about the size of your open hand and into it place the following:
* 3 pinches chamomile herb
* 2 pinches hyssop
* 1 pinch frankincense
* 3 pinches eyebright
* A small piece of paper that has the astrological symbol for the sun drawn on it
Fold the edges of the fabric inward, creating a charm bag. Use gold thread to seal the bag, and chant:
“With the sun I light the way,
bringing about joy and play.
With these herbs I unlock the sun,
releasing camaraderie and fun!”
Keep this charm with you at work and recite the chant at the start of each work day.
This post was written by Devin Hunter on February 24, 2019
Heartwings Love Notes 868 A Smile is the Best Cosmetic
Heartwings says: “A smile will improve anyone’s looks.”
Years ago my then young daughter asked if she could draw a portrait of me. I sat in the living room, smiling as she drew studiously, being very careful in her five year old way, to get everything just right. Suddenly she ran over, peered at my face and then went back to her drawing. Her pencil went dot, dot, dot on the paper as she put in her final touches. Proudly she showed me the portrait. To my dismay, the dots were a representation of a recent break-out around my lips.
Sadly, I realized at the time, I was becoming allergic to lipstick. This began for me when I was twenty five with the break out of the skin around my mouth. When I stopped using lipstick my skin cleared up. Then eye makeup began to make my eyes itch. Any lotion I put on my face created more breakout. I realized that my days using any form of makeup were over.
Although at first I felt a bit out of place among my friends, let alone women in general, I soon got used to the freedom it gave me not to have to spend time putting on makeup. Now when I see the price of cosmetics in stores I rejoice to think how much money I save by not having to buy any. I use only hot water on my face. For occasional dry skin I have a lotion made from herbs and vegetables that works to help my skin to keep from getting too dry.
Women, and even sometimes men have used cosmetics as far back or farther as 10, 000 B.C. in Egypt. In the days of Queen Elizabeth fashionably inclined women used to paint their faces with lead to look pale as well as to cover up any blemishes. Needless to say, this was very dangerous to their health. The history of cosmetics is long and varied. Red lipstick, according to Wikepedia was even popular in 13th century Italy.
At some times, women of the peasant classes were forbidden to wear makeup and at other times it was thought to be sinful and was forbidden. The used of cosmetics has waxed and waned yet it has always been part of human society. The high school I attended forbade us to wear lipstick in class. Every morning the older girls would wipe it off in the coat room before they went to study.
It is also possible to create natural cosmetics from foods and herbs. I knew a woman who used beet juice to make her cheeks rosy. They did look quite bright. However, it is also true that good health, exercise that enhances the circulation, and a good night’s sleep go a long way toward nourishing the skin. Yet the best of all cosmetics is a smile. It strengthens the muscles of the face makes every face glow with youthful energy and is free to all.
May you find smiles to brighten our face and enhance your spirits too.
Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert
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Charms, Spells, and Potions
by Phoenix LeFae
So much in modern Witchcraft and Paganism hangs on semantics. On one hand, charms, spells, and potions might seem like three distinct and different things. But on the other hand? Charms, spells, and potions are the same damn thing. What is it they all have in common? Magick.
The Art of Changing Consciousness
Magick, in my opinion (and in the words of Dion Fortune), is the art of changing consciousness at will. Using spells, potions, charms, amulets, or talismans are the vehicles that magick rides in. These words represent the specific actions that you might take to work your magick, but trust me, magick is what they all represent at the core. Which type of magick you do is totally based on your own personal preference and skill set.
But those of you curious about the official definition of these terms:
Charms – A charm can either be a small worn ornament (like a bracelet or necklace) or a generic term for the practice of magick. It can be a tangible thing that can be worn, held, and seen AND/OR it can be spoken word spell. Other words for charm: spell, talisman, incantation, amulet
Potions – A potion is a liquid that has magickal influence. You can’t hold a potion, but you can potentially drink it, put it on your skin, or use in for other types of magickal workings. Other words for potion: spell, elixir, brew
Spells – A spell can be virtually anything that holds magickal influence. A candle, charm, talisman, incantation, or in-depth ritual working, all fall under the category of a spell. Other words for spell: incantation, ritual, charm, talisman, working, potion, amulet, glamour, hex, conjure
At the end of the day, semantics is the only thing that separates traditions, spiritual workings, and styles. The names and specific exercises or practices might be different or come from a different lineage, but the foundation of magick come from the same roots. Peel back the layers and the heart of it is the same. Most magick practices come from people who wanted to improve their lives when they have very little other resources to do it. It is a way of claiming power.
This is not to say that we shouldn’t honor traditions and lineage. The power of tradition is having a road map to follow that has already been proven to work. It is important to honor the traditions and the work of those who came before. But it’s also powerful to look below the surface and see how much we all have in common and how much of our practices are the same.
“The Sceptre Crystal” – Fertility Quartz
The Sceptre Crystal or fertility stone is considered a naturally formed crystal that belongs to the quartz family. These crystals can have a unique clarity that almost looks like water. The crystal actually looks like a ruler’s sceptre; a rod at the base with a crown-like configuration on the top. The clearer the point on the sceptre the stronger it’s ability as a healing tool. This crystal has an excellent configuration for the transmission of directional energy.
The crystal is used in many ways. It can be utilized as an aura wand to cleanse and clear auric energy. It is believed to have a relationship with the etheric
layer of the aura, where the restructuring of our physical, mental and emotional bodies can become unbalanced. It is used to bring the spirituality of the Universe into the healing arena for positive applications. This crystal, although it can work on balancing all the Chakra, it has a special affinity to the heart and heart Chakra. Hold the crystal heart level with the point facing the heart. This brings to the heart the benefits of all it has to offer.
Often said to connect the human plane with the spiritual plane due to its power and its clarity. It allows us to see what really matters in our lives. Because of the phallic point, it is believed to harness’ the energies of quartz as a tool to enhance fertility.
Sceptres act as a purifier and tunes into the frequency of each individual. Will unblock specific areas or organs blocked from transmitting or receiving the flow
of energy throughout the body. Helpful in guiding our search for the meaning and importance of existence. It will amplify the effects of individual stones and
attune the treatment to the energy of an individual person.
Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit
The Journey of Release
By Madisyn Taylor
When we learn to let go, more energy flows and less effort is needed.
When we become overwhelmed and things are not going as planned, it is natural to hold tighter to our goals and try to force things to go our way. In the process, we tie ourselves in knots, tensing our shoulders, jaws, and muscles throughout our bodies. Our mind tells us that this is how to get a firmer grip on a situation that feels out of control, but as we create knots in our bodies we are blocking the flow of our energy, exhausting ourselves by exerting more effort yet accomplishing less. At these times, though it may seem counterintuitive, our higher selves know it’s better to let go.
This may not be quite as easy as it sounds. After the relief of our first decision to release, if we allow questions about how to get everything done to start again, the knots will be back before we know it. So we need to be aware that this is a process to breathe through. First, we need to let go of our idea of what the perfect outcome should be, and allow that the intelligence that drives the universe knows better than we do how everything fits together for the highest good. Then we might have to release our imagined consequences and realize that, in most cases, the worst that could happen really isn’t that bad. We may need to remember how to relax, first by taking deep breaths, then by meditating, and then perhaps seeking help from a loved one, massage therapist, or energy healer to clear the underlying knots.
We can ease our mental stress by prioritizing what we truly want to accomplish, and then delegating the rest to someone who has more enthusiasm for those things. When we relax and let life’s energy flow through our minds, bodies, spirits, and lives, we will find that we can accomplish more with less effort and feel good doing it. We don’t have to tie ourselves in knots. Instead, we can let the ribbons of our energy unfurl to gracefully direct us through life’s abundant flow.
The Heart Chakra
Our Heart Chakra rules our connection to others and ourselves. It is related to love and is the integrator of opposites in the psyche: mind and body, male and female, persona and shadow, ego and unity.
As air is the elemental association to this Chakra, breath is the association to life! It is an exchange of electrons. Air is the primary nutrient and breathing is our flow of energy. Survival without it is measured in minutes. It is so important that you do it without thinking. Your breathing is the voice of your spirit. It’s depth, smoothness, sound, and rate, reflect our mood. If you become aware of your breath and breathe the way you do when you are calm you will become calm.
Practicing regular, mindful breathing can be calming and energizing. Breathing air in can even help stress-related health problems ranging from panic attacks to digestive disorders. Focusing on the breath is one of the most common and fundamental techniques for accessing the meditative state. Breath is a deep rhythm of the body that connects us intimately.
When we take a deep breath, we truly love ourselves.
When our Sacral Chakra is out of balance, we can feel negative emotions such as hatred, guilt, selfishness, paranoia, impatience, and self-pity. We can have powerful, passionate feelings for others, but will only love another or do something for them on the condition that they love or do something for us first. We are a hard-hearted, unsympathetic, self-centered person. We are afraid to love others and unable to love ourselves.
Broken hearts are sometimes difficult to mend. In heart healing, we learn how to heal these wounds by going to the heart of the matter. Core issues block our abilities to give and receive love and to recognize love when love shows in our lives. When we open to love, we realize the more we love the more we can love.
When this Chakra is in balance, we feel a healthy connection to a propensity to love deeply, feel compassion, have a deep sense of peace and centeredness and ourselves. This chakra deals with physical healing, balance, harmony, compassion, and love. When it is balanced, you trust in others, take risks, love and feel loved.
A balanced heart center shows as a very compassionate, understanding, and generous person. The emotions of love, joy, happiness, honesty, and respect are very important are easily expressed.. We are considerate and sensitive to the needs of others and empathetic to their pain. We are able to feel love for all beings around us, in an ever-widening circle from ourselves and family, to our pets, friends, neighbors, countrymen, fellow human beings and all those living beings on Earth. Ultimately, we can see the Divine – we can see God or Godhead or the Self – in all beings, and we realize the same Self in us is also the Self in them as well.
The lesson of the Heart Chakra is that Love and all it’s divine power can be manifested from within us! We can accept no more love than we are willing to give ourselves. The way we love others, STARTS with the way we love ourselves.
The Heart Chakra:
Location: The center of the chest
Musical Keynote: F (vocalized “ah”)
Associated Gland: Thymus *Controls the heart, blood circulation, immune system, lower lungs, rib cage, skin, upper back
Gemstones: Emerald, Green Jade, Rhodonite, Rhodochrosite, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Kunzite, and Watermelon Tourmaline.
Herbs: Roses, Marjoram, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Orris root, Yarrow
Essential Oils: Marjoram, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Mandarin, Melissa, Rose, Maroc, Tangerine, Ylang Ylang
Qualities and/or Functions: Unconditional love, harmony, forgiveness, healing, compassion, understanding, personal transformation, warmth, sharing, devotion, selflessness
In A Word: Compassion
Verb: I love
Anahata: 4th Chakra (Heart Chakra): Air, Social identity, oriented to self-acceptance This chakra is called the heart chakra and is the middle chakra in a system of seven. It is related to love and is the integrator of opposites in the psyche: mind and body, male and female, persona and shadow, ego and unity. A healthy fourth chakra allows us to love deeply, feel compassion, have a deep sense of peace and centeredness. The color for this chakra is green or pink. This chakra deals with physical healing, balance, harmony, compassion, and love. The heart chakra is located near the heart.
This chakra is most important in all facets of love when it is balanced, you trust in others, take risks, love and feel loved. Physically, it governs the thymus gland, heart, blood, circulatory system and the immune and endocrine systems. To help activate this chakra, eat lots of green vegetables, surround yourself in nature, especially trees and plants. The symbol of this chakra is the Crescent.
Life development: The Heart Chakra – Chakra 4 represents growth from age three to around age seven. The child learns about relationships with others outside the immediate family (the outside world). Relating will build good self-esteem and self-acceptance. This is when love and relationships must be shown to be unconditional and expressive. Underlying feelings of guilt, grief and being shown that love comes with conditions can have a detrimental and long term reach into the child’s life.
Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit
Chief Mallory drove us in his station wagon, not his usual official cruiser. I was on Sippi’s lap in the front, eager to finally get started. Remember I’m a dog, not a human who usually takes their time and moves with deliberate slowness.
Both Sippi and Mallory wore jeans and bulky sweaters. Sippi had on her hiking boots and a Patriots hoodie. Mallory looked like a country gentleman. Sadly his clothes reeked of cigar smoke and being so close to him made my eyes water like they had in his office.
He seemed more jovial than usual. “Guess we’ll be having nuptials soon,” he smiled.
Sippi raised her eyebrows. “Someone getting hitched?”
He turned his head. Looking surprised he said, “From what I hear you and Jones. Or is that still a secret?”
Sippi took a breath and let it out in a hiss. “Who on earth told you that?”
Mallory shrugged and bit down on his cigar butt. “Hope I’m not letting the cat out of the bag, but from the motor pool to the detective squad book’s being made on exactly when. Odds are highest you and Jones will get hitched before next summer.”
Sippi shook her head. “Save your money,” She said with an edge in her voice. “I have no intention of marrying Raven Jones, or anyone else for that matter.”
He chuckled. “A woman can always change her mind.”
Sippi frowned. “He knows about this?”
“Not as far as I know. I think it’s within the department. No idea what kind of book making goes on at the FBI.”
She shook her head. “Thanks for letting me know. But like I said, save your money.”
The chief smiled. “He seems like a fine boy,” he said. “You two would certainly make a good couple. Special offspring too. Bright, athletic.”
Sippi frowned. “Never you mind Chief, never you mind.” She fell silent and Mallory stared through the windshield. Guess he knew when to keep quiet .
As soon as we arrived at what was left of the Spike mansion and Sippi opened her door, I bolted out of the station wagon hopeful of picking up any lingering scents. Judging from Sippi’s expression something had made her grumpy and that meant no treats then.
The smell of burnt timber hovered in the air. As I got near to what was left of the house, my eyes began to burn. Instead of getting closer I turned and headed toward the wooded landscape bordering the property.
As soon as I started serious sniffing I picked up the scent of shoe polish. I find all things to do with shoes exciting–like shoe polish. Being close to the ground can do that to you. Shoe laces, too, how delicious they taste when I get to chew them.
I followed this scent until I came to what looked like a clearing in the midst of some trees. The ground felt softer, almost mushy like it had been recently dug up and then filled in again.
I started digging. That’s when I noticed the barbed wire and stopped. No need to let that hurt my paws or my nose either. I barked for Sippi and avoided the wire. I knew something was buried there, and maybe they could help me dig it up. They were coming, but slowly. I barked louder. The scent of the shoe polish was strong here, like someone had stood a while doing something.
“We’re coming Magee.” Sippi sounded excited.
Sniffing around I picked up other scents. Three humans had been here not so long ago. Mallory and Sippi finally caught up with me. I whined to alert them to the wire.
“Looks like Sherlock’s onto something,” Mallory said.
I barked again and tried to send a message to warn them about the wire.
“He’s trying to tell us something,” Sippi said.
Sippi looked to where I had just been digging. “Chief, wait those wires could be attached to something dangerous. Somebody doesn’t want what’s hidden there be dug up. And the barbed wire was to keep any animals away.”
“Best we call for the bomb squad” Mallory took out his device and punched in numbers.
“But we aren’t supposed to be here,” Sippi said.
He nodded and punched more numbers into his device. “That’s only if the FBI finds out. No one in my department will tell on us. If they’re careful maybe they can dig around those wires.”
“Chances are whatever’s there is attached to whatever Magee sniffed out,” she said. She hugged me and tossed me a treat. I woofed my thanks.
The bomb squad arrived shortly.
“Chief , best you and Detective Bopp stand aside. Those wires look dangerous. We’ll handle them carefully.”
They proceeded gently to unearth a network of wires that eventually were found to be attached to a large metal cylinder.
These were finally removed and the cylinder was carefully lifted out and placed on drier ground.
“There could be some sort of secondary explosive device,” the officer from the bomb squad warned. “I think we should take this back to our lab where we can survey it and open it accordingly.”
They left, taking it with them to headquarters.
I looked at Sippi and whimpered gently for another treat.
She wouldn’t fall for it. “You know what the vet said about eating too much, Magee.”
Suddenly something in the air didn’t smell right. I barked my sharp warning. Moments later inches away from Sippi a shot splintered into a tree trunk.
“Down,” she cried. She and Mallory dove for cover. Two more shots flew by. Sippi took out her 38. “Cover me,” she told Mallory and darted away through the trees. I wanted to follow her but didn’t think it wise.
“Get down Sherlock,” Mallory said. “Stay low to the ground.”
Sippi crouched low, moving fast. She ran up a slope and took cover behind a tree. Ahead was a man with a rifle.
Sippi fired hitting the side of his hand. He howled, dropped his rifle and reached into his pocket pulling out a cell phone.
Sippi darted back to Mallory. Let’s get away from here before any reinforcements show up.”
We jumped into Chief Mallory’s station wagon and drove away. I was on Sippi’s lap feeling excited.
“We’ve got a tail,” Sippi said. “Ok Magee down under the front seat and stay there, no heroics.”
She put her hand on Mallory’s arm. “Don’t try to outrun them Chief, They may already know who we are.
“Just in case,” Mallory said. Instead of turning toward the station he pulled into the parking lot by the supermarket. Moments later a black sedan raced by.
Mallory sighed and grinned at Sippi., ‘Nice shooting Bopp. I’m impressed.”
“Thanks,” she smiled. “Ok Magee, come on back up on mama’s lap.”
“Curious case,” Mallory said. “It could be mobsters or the Russians. Only time will tell.”
(to be continued)
Staying Grounded in a Big City or Busy World
By Madisyn Taylor
For a more grounded life, choose not to get caught up in the fast-paced world around you.
1. Live simply and live deliberately. By choosing not to get caught up in the details of this fast-paced world, you are doing your part to slow down the rat race and quell consumerism. You will also discover that you have more time to enjoy being alive.
2. Stay in touch with yourself. Soul searching, meditation, and journaling are just a few of the many activities you can take part in to stay aware and learn as much as you can about your emotions, reactions, likes, dislikes, dreams, and fears. Having a solid sense of self gives you a firm foundation for living in this world.
3. Support or teach others as often as you can. This can help you form connections with people while also giving you an opportunity to make the world a better place.
4. Consciously choose what you will allow into your being. The media bombards us with visions of hate, war, and pain. Be judicious about what you read, watch, and listen to.
5. Acknowledge the beauty that resides around you. Whether you live in a sprawling metropolis or a stereotypical suburb, there are natural and man-made wonders just waiting to be discovered by you.
6. Nurture your ties to your tribe. If you don’t have one, create a community that you can belong to. Modern life can be isolating. When you have a tribe, you have a circle that you are a part of. Its members – loved ones, friends, or neighbors – can be a source of support, caring, guidance, and companionship.
7. See the larger picture. Remember that the way that you choose to live is not the only way to live. Widen your perspective by exploring other modes of being through research, travel, and discussion.
8. Embrace the challenges that life presents to you, and challenge yourself often. After a time, even the most exciting jobs or lifestyles can seem routine. Never stop assimilating new knowledge about whatever you are doing, and your life will never seem dull.
9. Move your body. In this busy world, it can be easy to live a sedentary life. Movement reacquaints us with our bodies and connects us to the earth in a visceral way. It also restores our vitality.
10. Make time for stillness, silence, and solitude. The world can be noisy, and we are subject to all kinds of noises nearly every waking hour. We are also often “on the go” and unable to relax. Being alone in a peaceful place and making time for quiet can help you stay in touch with yourself.
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