New Moon in Pisces. A planetary battle, conflict, challenge?

New Moon in Pisces – March 1st -2014

The month kicks off on a high celestial note. Not only is today the New Moon but we have two strong planets going in retrograde period. Mars and Saturn. The retrograde periods are not good for starting out new projects, so accordingly,  is definitely not the time to do so, but do not despair as all is not lost! In reality we cannot live our lives based on all the celestial happenings. We just would make ourselves into little knots if we were to follow the do’s and don’ts of every conflict that happens between planets and the Moon and the Sun etc. What we can do, if we follow the planet’s transits, is accommodate our projects to fit the energies floating around.

For instance if Mars (going retrograde March 1st) the planet of action and assertive energy, is retrograde- it follows that during a retrograde period, we have to just sort of “chill” and think about the situation we would like to act upon, and find out if it is worth all that effort and energy. So instead of just rushing in; we are actually giving ourselves the time to think things through and that in itself its positive non-assertive motion we can do. Of course life circumstances limits our way of carrying out our plans of not doing something we shouldn’t during a retrograde, this is where reality comes in and says “ nope, you gotta act now, can’t wait for planets to move direct again” so we have to use common sense and just carry on, trying to remember we are in the midst of a 3 month retrograde period (but lets face it, most of the time we forget!) and going about it in a different angle. Just really making the best of the situation.

Saturn- (going retrograde March 2nd) the planet of structure, order, organization and practicability – is not (in my opinion) such a difficult sign to sit tight while is retrograde. Since the retrograde, calls for us to use caution when dealing with things that are affected by the planet that is in that period, then Saturn is perfect! After all it is the planet of caution, patience, being conservative and prudent.

Add to this interesting bag of cosmic energies, the Moon in Pisces, which many have the misunderstood notion is all about “dreaming” and floating away in a sea of confusion, and emotional crises. We are really doing a disservice to the adaptability that the sign of Pisces bestows on us, one that can be used to our advantage. People born under the sign of Pisces are very strong minded, many of my friends and customers are ruled by this sign and all of them have yet to show me their “impractical” “dreamy” side. They are very practical, adapt well to rough situations. They go with the flow of things when things get tough. It is true, we do tend to analyze things more under the Moon in Pisces, but under the retrograde period it is good that we analyze and think twice before making a move that might not be the correct one in the long run.

Pisces is the sign of creativity, of paying attention to our dreams, or realizing goals. We do tend to be optimistic under this sing’s influence. It is a beautiful sign to practice your meditation, add a new dimension to it. If you are into spiritual healing, then there is no better sign than that of Pisces, with the gift of compassion. Also excellent to perform purification rituals on your self, your home, friends, etc.  Pisces (like Virgo, Taurus, Sagittarius) loves beautiful things, a harmonious home, color, texture, music! A mystical sign that knows intuitively when a friend or family member is in need of comfort. Pisces as well make excellent story tellers. Their imagination is endless it seems, and if used positively, it can help them to become beloved and popular authors.

All of the astrological signs have two sides, the good, the bad. The bright, the dark, the optimist, the pessimist. All of us as humans have two sides, so it does not matter really what sign you are ruled by. What all comes down to really, is being able to navigate the waters of life without drowning in it.  Let us see the retrograde in Mars and Saturn for the challenge they bring. Many flourish under a challenge, it changes our lives, our perceptive. It has the possibility of making us stronger, and wiser. Instead of seeing the challenge as something scary, let us see the promise it brings in its wake. Instead of crying out “Beware of the New Moon in Pisces! Fasten your seat belts! we are doomed, doomed! the retrograde is cursed! Plus Jupiter and Uranus are being so mean to each other!! *sob*  what are we going to do for the next three months!”   you get the picture :=) – let us not forget, the most important thing is not to loose our perspective and focus on what is important to accomplish. Small steps sometimes make bigger strides than a big overhaul that will only leave us exhausted and deplete our vital energy.

Surprises are always waiting around the corner, and if we keep our head, keep calm, and just be wise as to how to use those “horrible retrograde” periods, we might just get a lovely boom when July rolls around and the retrograde period is over with (for those two planets, that is ;=)

In light,

* M *

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*M*

Magickal Tips

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Tips on how to incorporate magick in your everyday life:

Taking from what I have done through the years to help in my daily practice of my spirituality. I have already written here about meditation- a quick post on ideas how to reach that point of practice, nothing deep, but just to get you interested enough to start digging into more information regarding that subject. I think the best posts are those that leave you thirsty for more, as not just one post, or just one person will show you everything there is to know about a particular subject, but will open your mind to the possibilities and fill it with questions, and start you on a quest of your own for more knowledge about a given subject.

Through personal experience and through the years, I have come to the realization that your set of mind is the most powerful tool in magick (as in life, but here I am just “zeroing-in”  in our spiritual state of being). How you feel when you awake in the morning, decides the rest of your day. If you add to that a daily meditation or mantra, then you raise your possibilities and chances are your day will be as you wish it to.  Of course there are the external influences or events that we cannot avoid, as they are not ours to stop or command, but for this we have to prepare so as not to let us affect us.

Mornings are mainly hectic for the majority of people, we get ready for whatever place we have to head to, if you have kids then the preparations involve more than just you, even if its only you and your significant other, or on your own, we all have a certain type of “ritual” that does not necessarily entail a full blown meditation, but something we like to do in the morning- to calm, clear our minds and prepare us for the day ahead. Even if its an unconscious act we do in the morning, like drinking our coffee before everyone gets up, having a few minutes for ourselves etc.,  Why not add a little magick to go with your day?

  • If you have the time, light a votive candle- white, preferably- and focus on the flame for a few seconds or minutes. Just gaze at the flame without straining to put any particular thought on your mind. Just gaze and breath.  Snuff out and go about your day.
  • While you take your morning shower, why not add a bit more to it than just the usual? Give yourself a lemon rub almost at the end of the shower, rinse with clean water. Lemon is excellent to lift your spirit, and cleanse your aura, a good way to start your day. If you want to add a bit more of a kick to it, add a bit of sugar to the half that you will use in your shower, and rub all over you ( it takes the two halves for this actually ) just be careful not to drop sugar on the shower floor as it does make it slippery. Rinse and you not only have cleansed yourself in the spiritual you have added a sweetening element to your day, one that draws good things to you.
  • If you drink coffee before you head out for the day, do this;  before you take that first sip, bless it, and ask the Universe to bring you a prosperous day. Coffee is excellent to draw money to you. There is a belief that – if-  when you pour your coffee in your cup you see bubbles this is a sure sign of money coming to you soon, so it never hurts to bless that which helps to awaken our senses. Tea drinkers can also bless tea ( I personally love both:) Dark tea is also good for money, green tea sharpens your mind, chamomile tea (although this is best for night time) is another excellent money attracting herb.
  • Do  you work at an office? try to carry a blessed stone with you, it does not have to be a specific tumbled stone, if you don’t have those, any stone that has called your attention from the park, your backyard, the beach,  garden, etc. bless this stone (small its better) so that it has protective energies, ask it in blessing to keep you safe, and to keep away negative people from you. Small as I mentioned is best, so you can carry in your pocket or purse. If you want to ( and if you can) place in a corner of your desk to absorb all negativity. Take it back home and at night, let it seat in a clean cup that you do not use for drinking- with spring water and a bit of salt. Next morning take it out, dry it and let it do its thing all over again. Re-bless once a month on the Full Moon.

Stones after all belong to our lovely planet and it is little bits of its Spirit that we are carrying, don’t see it as childish or waste of time, it does work. I  have used the stones that my boys have given me when they were little.  All kids have their spirit more open than that of adults, so if your kids are bringing you stones, for no reason at all  (they do that a lot when little:) keep one at least, cleanse and bless.

  • If you have a presentation at work, try to bless the presentation a day before. Cleanse it from negativity, bless it for success and empower yourself so that all goes well and you give a great presentation. Try to also bless the items of clothing you will wear for the presentation. The more things you bless the more assured and calm this will make you feel.
  •  Wash your clothes with a blessed laundry soap, make yourself a vinegar-lavender laundry softener- and bless this rinse so that it not only cleanses out the negative vibes (Vinegar) but blesses it as well (Lavender). If you have to take your laundry to a public laundromat, add a bit of angelica (powdered) or rosemary (powdered) to the laundry soap. This helps to cleanse away the negative we collect daily from other people. If you do your laundry at home, then add the above mentioned herbs to the wash after  the laundry soap.
  •  Try do a weekly spiritual cleansing of your home, preferably when you are off from work, either weekends or any other day that you have enough time to do it. This as well does not entitle a full blown ritual (those are good every 3 months) but just a simple cleansing with a representation of the elements: Water, Fire, Air, Earth. use the following: A bowl of clean and blessed water (blessed by you), a small dish of blessed salt (again blessed by you), a small candle (red its best-but white will do as well) and incense (powdered, cone or stick either one its good) Spirit is represented by you saying words of blessing asking Spirit to help you to cleanse your home with its energies and at the end thanking Spirit for being with you. Go around your whole house/apartment etc. open windows, closet doors, front door, and cleanse your space. This helps your home to hum along with good energies so that it vibrates to your own energy level. Once you are done with this spiritual cleansing, leave your items on your altar for a bit of time. Snuff candle and throw away (candle has already absorbed negativity) dispose of water and salt in your garden or backyard or just down the drain. Let the incense go out on its own and throw away ashes. Don’t keep any of the representation of the elements as they have done their work.

If the above is not do-able for lack of time (and you do not have pets or have small children) then place bowls of water in each of the rooms. This collects all negativity from each room and you can throw away at the end of each week, replacing with clean water and leave it there for another round.

  • Our kitchens are for most of us, the heart of our home. Even if its a small kitchen, families tend to gather there, talk while cooking, drink a cup of tea or coffee if short of time, etc.  My kitchen has always been a point of importance for myself and my family.

I think this is in our collective subconscious as human beings. Since the beginning of time, once fire was discovered it was kept in the center of the cave, hut etc. This is where people would gather to cook their meals, even sleep in the same room.  This was a point of importance and gathering. This has kept in our collective memories through time and many centuries later we find ourselves going through the same ritual, of gathering there with our families, talking about our days, etc. As magickal practitioners we may even use our kitchens to concoct our potions, and cast spells.  It makes sense as many ingredients we use for magick are right in our cupboard.  It is a good idea to keep it in excellent order, to separate what ingredients we use for cooking and what we use for magick.  You can if you want or wish to, burn a small candle each week in your kitchen. Cleanse with an empowered handmade “tea”  with herbs like: spearmint, rosemary, chamomile- boil, let it rest and dilute it with more distilled water. Cleanse your counter and cabinets with this brew, to keep your kitchen’s energies humming with good vibes.

Keep the fire of your home vibrant and in harmony – Kitchens are our hearth- no matter how small and humble your kitchen is- or how grand and “state of the art” Re-claim your fire!

  • To wrap up this post I am adding a short money spell. Simple but one that works. All you need is:

A small box (wood is better, cardboard its fine)

Loose change, pennies etc.

Money oil

Candle- (votive) Green, yellow, or brown. If you don’t have these colors, then white will be  fine.

Salt (blessed)

Water (blessed)

A needle.

This spell will help to focus your mind in a way that it will create more awareness of how we spend, keep and save money. Money like said in a previous post, its an energy, that flows in and out the human life. The more we understand this natural flow, the best we know how to make these energies work for us, and make its natural flow vibrate to our own energy flow.

* Gather your items and cleanse by sprinkling a bit of salt on each of the items. Take the water and sprinkle a bit on each too, Leave them for a few minutes and then come back and empower your candle by placing it between your hands. Say a blessing of your choice to help attract money to you. Once you feel you have blessed it well, make a symbol of a dollar sign on the candle with the needle. Dress your candle with the money oil.

* Place the small change inside of the box. Place the candle either to the side of the box or on top but use a fire safe plate. Do not put candle directly on the box , you want to avoid burning it.  Light up the candle and gaze at the flame, see in your mind’s eye how the money you will be adding to your box, will multiply. Do not doubt yourself or your spell work, just let yourself go with the flow of the moment. Let the candle burn in its entirety.  Your box has been blessed, you have started the attraction spell with the candle.

* Wait until next day and add more loose change into the box, the highest you can go is one dollar bills. not higher than this denomination. Every day, no matter how little you add (pennies) you keep doing this. If you don’t have any loose change or money- don’t feel bad or guilty, just gather the box in your hands and imagine how the money you have inside its multiplying.  When you little box is full, take out most of the money, leave some inside ( at least one dollar) and spend the money you saved in food, pay a small bill, give away, save in your savings account etc. Just don’t spend it in something frivolous.

The amount of money you collected will not be much, but that is not the point of this spell. The main object here is that you are making yourself aware that you can create abundance by starting small and simple. If you have been paying attention to your finances, you will notice that you might be able to save up a bit more from your paycheck, maybe your worries about money are a bit lessened, not because all has been magickally disappeared, but for the simple reason that when you place that money into the box every night you are sending a message to your conscious mind of being able to do something about your financial health, instead of just worrying constantly,  your are  doing something positive.

Start your spell all over again. If you have a goal in mind then you can put a time limit to your spell. Lets say you want that money in the box for something specific. You can take out the money every time is full- put that away- leave some behind. Once you have reached the amount you have set for you goal, spend it, and use it as you wish to. If you do not want to continue with this money spell once your reached your aim, cleanse your box and put away for maybe another time.

This is it for quick magickal tips,  I hope this post helps along your spiritual and magickal journey.  One last piece of advice… Let the magick work subtly in your life, if you let the flow move around you, without straining to “feel” it, things will start to shift and move and fall in the right place.
Until I write again…BB!

*M*

make the days count

Meditating with intent

Image More than ever people are aware of the  awesome benefits of meditation.

The most used form of meditation, according to my sources (customers, friends, family) is to get rid of stress, to have a moment to be able to let go of all those hectic energies we collect during a single day. No surprise there really. As time goes by we tend to look for alternative ways of getting in touch with our core and just be at peace.

There are many ways of meditating and many reasons why we do so. Many use meditation as a way of reaching their highest potential, others like to just go out astrally and leave the physical body behind for an excursion of wonder and knowledge, still others do so to be able to heal themselves and help alleviate pains, headaches, colds etc.

Through the years I have been meditating  but, I did not start exploring until I discovered that meditation goes beyond the opening of chakras etc. I discovered that I could meditate in a different way. This is not something new I know, but it is something I stumbled upon while on meditative state. Even though I’ve read extensively on meditation, there is something to be said for practice, there is no better teacher than actual hands on experience.

I think it was not a fluke that I did so that way.  In foresight I know now I was not ready for any other type of meditation before that moment of “truth” shall we say hit me. Emotionally and mentally my energies were spent elsewhere, all those hectic thoughts had to lead somewhere, someday and through the constant sitting down, calming thoughts,  focusing said energies and just being still I arrived to what I call “meditation with intent”

What is Meditation with intent you may ask? (hopefully, I mean I do want to tell you) well is just the simple act of having an intent, a goal, that you would like to achieve through your meditations.

You make them as long as you want or as short as it suits you. You can meditate on so many things, and if you practice it faithfully, you can see results that will make you feel proud of the fact that you did not give up just because you might have tended to fall asleep during meditations at the very beginning, or could not for the life of you still your thoughts.

We go through that phase, but  sticking to you guns and showing that old brain that you are the boss, and it better open up all those doors in your mind, that no matter how many locks might hold them close, believe me,  they can be opened and its worth it. For once you open those doors, the possibilities extend in all directions, to infinity and back! Still want to find out more? Read on..

Let’s start with one of the things that are foremost in the majority of minds… money.  I know!  it’s not love sadly, although that one comes a close second, it is money. That energy that we humans have made so real, that it has become a huge green elephant walking through the corridors of our conscious mind.

So lets say money does not flow as smoothly as we wish it would, there might be some low walls that detain its progress or some mighty ones (so we think) that stop the flow completely.  Before I proceed, do remember that money represents different things for different mind frames, and that what may be abundance to some it’s completely different to others.

The first thing we do is trying to meditate on how to get money, but surprise, surprise! the meditation only gives us more stress, as that old brain I mentioned will tend to lead us through the corridor of “logic” and worst… math!! (ughh) calculations of budgets, payments, bills, mortgages and whatever else it is you are dealing with will pop out of hidden corners, making you jump and be anxious at just what you might find next and decide it’s not worth, so you close up yourself and open your eyes, and say “forget it! It’s not worth it! I knew it wouldn’t work”! but wait! there is still hope that it just might.

Money its only energy, pure undiluted it flows through the Universe, and thus through  our solar system and our lovely planet.  This energy is strong, and once you garnish it, you can make it into what you wish, in this case it has been made into something palpable on this earthly plane.  It is not about closing your eyes real tight and say to yourself “I believe, I believe!” one hundred times a day  but just to know that these energies are available to anyone. It is a matter of how we garnish it, and hold it in. Yes, I can feel those thoughts already! “Right, if that is the case how come I cannot even find a darn quarter in between the pillows of my sofa?”  and I say your point is valid.

We are as rich or as poor as we feel we are deserved to be. This might have discombobulated reasons that go way back into your childhood or even another lifetime. Sometimes, unconsciously we program ourselves that we can only have so much, but not more than that for whatever reasons we give ourselves.

It is a matter or re-training our brains (that old conscious devil) and being patient in the process. Now’ what I want you to understand is that your meditation with intent to get the flow of money going in your life will not make you an overnight millionaire (but if it does…. do let us know:) but it will make you more open to said energies.  Money comes in different ways, through different channels, and possibilities. We have to be open to all, and this is what the meditation with intent is doing…. opening the doors in your mind (remember what I said about those locked doors?).  Say you open a door, not much only a tiny bit (the opening is represented by your belief, the more you believe the wider the door will open) and some long-lost friend, or relative that owed you money, appears out of the blue and pays you back, now isn’t that sweet? you will not have to do internet searches anymore to find that son of a..errhh.. your aunt, or some lady that is their mom.

Say over at your job place the powers that be, pass out periodic money bonus based on good work performance etc. hey! you might be the next one receiving one. Or your job is one where you receive tips. You might have a nice, generous patron, that will leave you a nice fat tip. Point is, be open to all! whether you get $10 or $100 when you least expected it, see it as a blessing, that has come through your perseverance in your intent to be open to the Universe and its flow, for that is all it is really.

I understand that to some is not easy being patient, and for others is an easy piece. Patience pays up! so let us begin.

Start your meditation as you usually do, in whatever way you feel comfortable. I advice the use of a small candle (votive) to focus your energy into the flame. This makes it easier but you can also use water if you so wish a small bowl of water right in front of you, or music. Don’t forget to create a circle of light around you to protect you. Do your thing, and relax  and finally achieve your point of stillness. This is the moment you start visualizing your surroundings. With you inner eye, you will see that there are no walls around you, but just light. We live in a non-reality so this is easy to achieve, seeing nothing but light.  Don’t think with your conscious mind, but with your subconscious, your imagination.  Don’t panic if you do not see anything where the T.V. is supposed to be! just go with the moment.

Now see these energies as moving around you, away from you, coming right back  etc. The color of these energies is your own.  Make it what you wish. Now imagine that your silver cord comes out from your heart out into the space you see before you. Make it go as far as you want to. Tell yourself that with this cord you are searching for and finding money possibilities.  Tell yourself that you are doing this, with the best intention for yourself  in love and harmony.  Always remember to say that. You don’t want to cause negativity around you, but always the highest good. Do this meditation with an amount in mind, or just simple like the above. Imagine your cord finding places far and close from where the money might come. Maintain this visualization as long as you want to and come back to the moment. Ground yourself. Open circle. If  you still feel light-headed after meditation ( it happens, energy has been spent) eat something like a yogurt or fruit. If you have something red around your home, focus your attention on it for a couple of minutes. It helps to bring you back to yourself.

You can add to your meditation on an every day basis, or just a few times a week. In between, help yourself by consciously making an effort on saving  your money better. Get a small piggy bank or a small box, and place money there every day if you can, no matter if it is pennies, quarters or dollar bills, whatever you can.  What this accomplishes  is that you are telling the Universe that you are willing to change, that you not only believe in the Universal flow, but most importantly…in yourself, your own power to create changes.

Meditation dear readers, is our portal to the Universe. We are light, made up of different colors.  When we reach our highest level, meditation comes as natural as breathing and as necessary.  Anyone no matter if spiritual practitioner or not, can use meditation to better their own lives, whether it’s a better job, better health,  success,  but like everything in life, it takes  effort and practice. The more we do it, the better we get at it.

We are Love and Light

*M*

psygu

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