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2018 has been by far my most influential and heart opening year especially with developing new friendships and facing my personal ideals of my perpetual introvert ways. I’m such a home body and love to be home, I rarely go out and as sad as it may sound my social circle is non-existent. Mostly because I find solitude to be so soothing and prefer to be in my thoughts, but this year I’ve let my guard down especially after receiving a very thoughtful message from someone I admire encouraging me to start “getting out there” and exploring the world by connecting with other people.
Its very comforting to know the power of social media and how everyday it manages to connect people in ways that perhaps may have never connected if it weren’t for the advent of social media. I’m a firm believer however if you are meant to find someone you will find them regardless, but social media has definitely accelerated that process, at least for me.
Feng Shui (the ancient Chinese art of arranging furniture and other household items in any space for optimal balance & harmony) is one of my favorite practices. Keeping a Lucky Bamboo plant in your space attracts luck of course, as well as success, endurance, beauty & fortune. In Feng Shui the 5 elements are important to incorporate in any space to balance out energies and the lucky Bamboo symbolizes all five.
WOOD: The plant itself represents the element of wood representing new beginnings, family, foundations and reaching heights.
EARTH: The soil or rocks placed in your Bamboo Plant pot represents stability, structure, nourishment and anchoring of ideas.
WATER: The water you provide your plant represents regeneration, energy flow and purification.
FIRE: To represent the fire element in your lucky bamboo plant, add a red ribbon to its stems as a symbol for fire which evokes the energy of transformation and life.
METAL: Most Bamboo Plants are placed in glass pots which represents the element of Metal. Coins are also representative of the element of metal as well as the colors gold, white and silver. Metal element in Feng Shui represents business, intelligence and concentration.
Technically, Lucky Bamboo, is not a true Bamboo but shares similar characteristics as the actual Bamboo species and is native to Africa and not Asia as its widely believed. It is best, in my opinion, to keep your Lucky Bamboo in soil since it minimizes the amount of time you have to change its water and prevents mold from developing and harming your plant. Lucky Bamboo plants are amazing to keep especially if you live in climates where the sun is not too predominant especially during winter months since it requires very little indirect sun.
You can however keep your Lucky Bamboo in just water but you have to make sure you change its water frequently. Simply add some rocks or pebbles to keep it stable and upright.
Do not water your lucky Bamboo with tap water, as the chemicals and chlorine can dry out its leaves and make it turn yellow. I prefer to use bottled water, collected rain water or distilled water. You can occasionally feed your lucky bamboo with liquid fertilizers as well to insure consistent growth. You just do not want to over do it as over feeding it can also harm your plant. As with most things, too much of something is not always necessarily good so make sure to keep an eye on your plant to gauge its health over time an determine its needs.
Although Lucky Bamboo is known to attract luck, abundance and fortune they are also known to be protective and hex breaking. In the Chinese culture, Bamboo is used as a charm to protect against evil spirits and curses. Carry small stem with you for protection against curses and the evil eye. I also use its water to add to room sprays recipes and floor washes for protection and opening the way for fortune and luck throughout the house. Below are some meanings behind the number of stalks lucky bamboo represents.
The fear of the number 13 has been around for ages and its so serious of a matter that there is a scientific name for the human phobia of the number Thirteen, triskaidekaphobia. Can you also believe that Stephen King, the father of horror books and films deals with the phobia of the number 13? The belief is so widespread and pretty much ingrained in our culture that many buildings don’t have a 13th floor nor are there hotel rooms number 13 because of this seemingly universal belief and fear of this number. And lest we not forget the Jason, Fridy the 13th franchise.
Growing up I always used to hear the older people around me say in Spanish, “hoy es Martes 13, ni te cases ni te embarques, ni de tu casa te apartes”. Pretty much on Tuesday the 13th don’t get married, take trips or basically leave your house all together. In Spain and throughout Latin American countries, Tuesday the 13th is just as unlucky and filled with superstition as Friday the 13th here in the US and UK.
In my research of the many superstitions surrounding the number 13, I found there to be many stories and possibilities but none with concrete proof of its origins. As with all oral and folkloric myths and stories, the versions tend to vary and change depending on the region and who you ask. Nonetheless, its myth persist and its beliefs throughout many cultures is strong to this day whether it be Tuesdays or Fridays.
One of the first stories I came across during my conspiracy theorist days when researching the origins of the superstitions surrounding the number 13, was that in the bible there was actually a 13th disciple during the last supper and this “13th” disciple is the one that betrayed Jesus. Others claimed it to be a Tuesday the 13th in 1453 the day that the Byzantine Empire surrendered to the Muslims.
In the Tarot, the 13th card in the major arcana is the card of Death which in actuality is a good omen because it signifies the ending of a cycle and the rebirth of another. In Aztec ancient mythology they believed the heavens to be divided into 13 levels and each level of heaven ruled by different gods and goddesses. The Aztec calendar was also broken down by the sacred aspects of 13. Pagans on the same token of time keeping consider Fridays the 13th to be a very lucky day as the day Friday is associated with the Goddess Freya who is linked with prosperity, luck and abundance. In astrology the 13th moon is known as the blue moon and a good moon cycle to practice rituals of release and renewal. Witches were also associated with the number 13 in accordance with the moon cycles and covens with acceptance of 13 witches per coven.
To me personally, Tuesdays the thirteenth are good days to pull in the energy of Mars. Tuesdays is named after the planet Mars, hence Martes for which the day Tuesday is named after, (Mar)tes. Our modern day naming of Tuesday comes from old Norse Mmythlogy “Tiw’s Day” (1). Mars is the planet of war, courage and fiery energy. Its also a good day of the week to initiate projects and get things moving.
This year 2018, we can harness the powers of Mars during the three Martes 13 this year. Yes, this year we have 3 Tuesday’s the 13th:
2018 without a doubt is providing days this year to build the fire within with the war energy of Mars.
Mars’s energy in spiritual rituals correlates with the element of iron, metals and is the planet of fierceness, action, defense and courage. Aries and scorpio are the signs that enjoy the energy of this planet as it’s these signs ruling planet. Mars is also associated with technology, higher learning and intelligence for creativity and perseverance for the good of humanity. The gods of metal throughout many cultures are Ogoun (Yoruba), Ptah (Egypt) and many other iron and blacksmith related gods.
Take your brown paper bag and cut them into pieces where you can write small notes.
Write down the things you would like to clear from your aura. Be it a bad habit, negative people or release from things that may be holding you down.
Lightly apply the oil onto the candle as to “dress” the candle.
Lightly sprinkle the garlic powder on the candle. If you opted for garlic cloves, just cut them and apply the natural oils of the garlic cloves onto the candle.
Place your candle on a plate or candle holder and light on a Tuesday.
This is a simple ritual to protect your aura and banish any energies that may be creating obstacles or set backs to any project or goal you wish to manifest.
This Super, Blood, Lunar Eclipse full Moon is not only a mouthful to say, but also packed with a lot of fiery energy. This fierce energy is drawing from the regal and King of the Jungle, the lion. When we see a lion we are captivated by its powerful fire/male energy, but behind that intense relentless male fire, lies the power of the Lioness.
Sekhmet, Egyptian Goddess of war, violence, strategy, healing and fierce protector of her advocates is represented with a lion’s head on a woman’s form and invokes, vigilance, observation, the hunt and self empowerment. Currently the female force is rising in the collective consciousness. Patriarchy, abuse, traumas, injustices and imbalances are coming to the surface and we’re finally finding strength to face the problem. Although the movement is in the collective, progress will only be possible when we transform from within first. Sekhmet is a powerful vessel for forgiveness and only through forgiveness can we begin the process of rebirth and transformation that can be shared as an example to the masses.
As a collective female force we should not view the men in our lives as a threat, but more as a mirror of our own-selves. They are also hurting, victimized and on the extreme end of their polar opposite, the female force. In society we are born on a linear form of thinking and forget that as women and men we have polar opposites that need to be nurtured just a much as our primary sex identifier.
Maahes “he who is true beside her”, or” He who can see in front”, is the name of the Egyptian God of war, and personification of the archetypal Male energy. Also represented with a lion’s head, he personifies the vibrant energy of the sun and also carries heavy associations with violence. The violence in Man is his nature. What makes his nature evil is when he is not in alignment nor in recognition with his higher self. Like a lion, a protector of his kingdom, he will be merciless and will die to protect his lioness.
November’s Birth Stone
Manifest success and abundance with Citrine.
Citrine’s energy is inviting and promotes magnetic vibrations for success, love and fortune. You can’t help but feel happy and joyous when you see and feel Citrine which truly enlivens your aura and any space.
Citrine does not hold or accumulate negative energy, but rather transmutes, dissipates, and grounds it, making it extremely protective for the environment. It works out problems on both the physical and subtle levels, transforming negative thoughts and feelings into positive ones. It is one of only two crystals on Earth that never needs to be cleared or cleansed. The other is Kyanite. -Judy Hall
Peace is a beautiful thing and when it’s a consistent factor in your life, you see it manifest wonderful experiences. It’s unfortunate that many around us are essentially walking ticking time bombs. I’m not talking about just adults, but scary enough, I’ve seen that anger brewing in children as well. Anger can be an addictive emotion quite literally and can also damage your health from weakening your immune system to liver damage.
Ritual is an important factor to attract, maintain and share peace and harmony at all times, especially in the home. If you’re not at peace in your own home you have a major problem. Stress, arguments, bursts of anger and the constant environment of chaos and lack of direction is not the way anyone should be living, especially when children are involved as they see their home as the source of protection and comfort.
In this post, I will show you how to make a white flag to declare peace and harmony in your home. The concept of waving a white flag during time of war was meant as a sign of peace and negotiation. It also was a sign of protection. In this ritual, a white flag will represent just that, peace and protection against the entities and energies that may be feeding off the chaos that may be occurring in your home.
A lot of people see peace as a sign of weakness or surrender. But it takes a brave person to overlook their ego and no longer add fuel to a problem and be a bigger person to walk away for the sake of peace in any situation. Arguments, disagreements don’t serve any purpose and certainly add o value to your personal development.
If you’ve been a long time reader of the blog you know I always come through before the end of the year with a new ritual for attracting inner peace, prosperity, love and success. Since we’ve had quite a few new readers recently join and have grown a lot throughout the past years, I decided to compile a list of your all time favorite rituals of the past few years.
Most of these rituals I still do to this day on a regular basis and what makes them so successful for me is that they’re simple to do. So get your notebooks ready and shopping lists ready in time to receive the new year 2018.
∴ Enhance your manifestation rituals with the energy of the planets featuring Venus for beauty and Love.
∴ Remove obstacles and learn appreciation for what you have with a Ganesha Prosperity Ritual.
∴ An aura and spiritual bath for any Moon Phase.
∴ Learn how to smudge any type of incense be it loose resins, smudge sticks, cones and more.
∴ Protect your work ethic and career with a lucky charm for your job to keep at your desk or carry with you at work.
∴ Indigo cleansing and purification water for dream recall, house clearing and protection.
∴ Declare peace in your home with a white flag.
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