A Druid’s Guide to Connecting with Nature, Part IV: Nature Reciprocity

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The principle of “seven generations” comes to us from the Iroquois nation, where is considered to be the “Great Law of the Iroquois.”  This principle said that each decision that was made needed to consider not just the immediate future but the 7th generation, those yet unborn. This principle has become closely tied with modern sustainability movements, where there is a growing understanding that for any society and ecosystem to endure, they must be treated in a way that nurtures and sustains, rather than pillages and depletes. This is a fairly radical idea to a Western culture, where concepts like manifest destiny and the relentless pursuit of growth that have driven westerners literally spent centuries pillaging the land, colonizing new places, driving out native peoples, stripping forests bare, and so forth. This idea of recirpocation is essentially foreign to most growing up in the shadows of that exploitative past.

Land and ocean worth protecting! Land…

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SACRED SPACE: WHY YOU NEED IT + HOW TO CREATE ONE IN YOUR HOME

By The Energy Muse

As someone who was once a real-estate agent and Feng Shui consultant, I’m always fascinated when I get to enter a home that I’ve never been in before. Even if you’ve known someone for years, seeing their space for the first time is like getting to see a whole new side to them. I love noticing the art they showcase, the trinkets they’ve brought back from travels and the unique sense of style they’ve tapped into to create this place that their soul can call home. Our homes are a reflection of our spirit. That’s why I’m shocked at how many homes I see where the residents have decorated each room to a tee, but haven’t designated a single spot in the home to only their spirit. A sacred space may not appear on traditional blueprints, but having a place where you can go to connect with yourself and the Earth is as crucial as any other room in your home.

You don’t need a spare room to make some grand sacred space in, either. Creating a sacred space is just about dedicating a specific area to the rejuvenation of your spirit. For some people, that may mean creating a sacred altar, while for others it might just be a meditation pillow in a peaceful area of your home, or a spot outside that feels tranquil to you. Over time, when you go to the same place to do prayers, meditate, or do whatever healing work that speaks to you, there’s an energy that builds up. It triggers your mind to feel soothed the moment you enter that space because it subconsciously recognizes it as a space of relief. Whatever relics, crystals or sacred objects you place in this space will hold that energy for you. It doesn’t have to be ornate.

For me, I always need something physical, so that I can retrain myself. I need the visual, physical element. I used to meditate all over the place in my home. Then, I found one spot that I realized I kept wanting to return to. I noticed that, over time, that energy was building. It was my go-to spot for decompressing the mind, body and soul. Deciding that area would be my sacred space was the turning point in my practice. Every time I went back to that spot, I felt my mind, body and spirit connect. The impact of that spot was the difference between going through the motions, and building that true connection.

So if you’re looking to establish a sacred space of peace and connection within the home, here’s a few things to keep in mind before you start!

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There’s a Crystal for That! 

By Nikki @ Sol Path Tarot and Crystal Reiki
Crystals For Your Home

Today I will begin a 6-week series on crystals to use around your home. Many of us carry or wear our crystals to help us with various healing, but you can also set crystals around your home to promote certain atmospheres or help carry out specific intentions. When using crystals in your home, you can choose to display large crystals in the form of towers or spheres, or you may wish to be more subtle by hiding small tumbled stones in drawers or under sofa cushions. Whichever way you prefer will be perfectly fine and will have the same effect.

For week 1, here is a list of crystals to use in your kitchen/dining area. The kitchen for many people is the hub of their home. This modern-day hearth is a high-traffic area for most families and tends to be a place where people gather when we have friends or family visiting. This is also the space where we nourish ourselves and our loved ones, which is why keeping this space energetically healthy can be very important. Here are 4 crystals to give your kitchen a spiritual remodel.

1. Agate – Agate has a very gentle, calming energy that is good for grounding and promotes overall wellness and longevity.

2. Amazonite – This stone opens both the heart and the throat chakra, promoting loving communication. It dispels negativity and is beneficial for calcium and mineral absorption.

3. Chryscolla – Chrysocolla purifies the environment in which it’s placed and promotes love and understanding. It can bring tranquility and serenity to the space, as well as bond family members together, improving the relationships between people by encouraging positive communication.

4. Jasper – All jaspers are known to be great nurturers. Whichever type of jasper you choose will alleviate stress and tension in the space and will encourage altruism and strengthen the family bond. It also clears electromagnetic and environmental pollution from the space, as well as work toward clearing emotional/mental negativity from the people sharing the space.

(References: Hall, Judy “The Crystal Bible” ; Grant, Ember “The Book of Crystal Spells.”)

New Moon + Solar Eclipse in Leo — How Do You Hide Your Light?

Dear all,
As you know, the New Moon time is a time of new beginnings, but this one is also asking you that in order to truly begin something new, you first need to look at how you hide your light. Most of us do it because of the fears or perceived failures from the past and with this Eclipse we are asked to become deeply aware of this and release those obstacles.
This Eclipse is also strongly influenced by the retrograde Mercury, as well as retrograde Pluto, which means that the theme of the past is that much more strongly emphasized.
Whatever questions come up for you during this time, whatever issues that you thought were behind you or fears that you thought you overcame — be brave and look at them again. They will have much less power over you if you do so. And write, write, write . . . about everything and anything . . . here is where the Mercury retrograde will really help you take it all out in the open . . .
Crystals to help with this are Sunstone, Orange Calcite (pictured), Green Calcite, Citrine, Fluorite, Smokey Quartz . . .
The Eclipse happens in the early morning on Saturday, august 11th, and will not be visible in North America.
Remember that during the Eclipse part of what we need to know is hidden from us. So assume that you do not have all the information for any projects that you may have coming up and wait a little before putting things into action or you’ll have to redo it later.
After the 19th, things will become much clearer and we will all get the “go-ahead” from the Universe.
Till next time,
Stay happy and healthy!
Brana Mijatovic, Ph.D.

Third Moon of Summer 2018

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Greetings dreamers, moon lovers, spiritual seekers and sacred artists who are dedicating to this work-study of weaving the moon, dreaming, and intention work. Our Third New Moon of Summer begins Saturday August 11, 2018 and the Full Moon on August 26. I am defining this moon cycles as: La Leggerezza, which means Lightness, because as I started to write, a beautiful large colorful butterfly came up to my opened window to show me where to focus: Transition (transizione).

Third and final moon’s of each season are the heaviest, which is why we must apply the lightest self forth, to bring it into our life situations. If we do not try to change each month, then life only sends more difficult tests on top of difficult tests. This natural cycle of the third moon has now peaked and past the accumulating stages of the second moon of…

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Astrorisa Moon Talk: Solar New Moon in Leo for 8/11/2018

HELLO! WELCOME TO THE MOON LOFT
 

 

August 11, 2018
A Solar Eclipse, Leo New Moon Video
Moon Messages, and Sun / Moon aspects
 

Elen of the Ways – Magical Deer Woman

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain –I made the special Talisman with the pink encircling the Reindeer in 2017 – to honor the completion of my karmic journey, to the Deer Woman who mysteriously appeared in my waking life so long ago, and to my karmic debt to Venus. This week, my apprentice William and I were talking about “Elen of the Ways” because he said her name just came to him out of the blue and he had never heard of her.  I shared with him the day my first initiation began as a young woman, with a sacred Deer Woman who appeared to me in the waking on August 16, 1987.

Elen of the Ways is one of the original magical Deer Women, the British Venus who in earlier times was a Deer Goddess, Guardian of the Sacred Waters, Streams and Rivers, which carry the wisdom of woman and…

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The Voice of the Goddess

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What I am about to show you is advanced.  Not many will get it and even fewer will believe it, but belief is not needed for something that is true.  Every genius and artist of this world knows what I am about to show you.  Some may know what it is others may not.  Patriarch religions have stolen it and said it is the voice of god and only priests can hear it.  Well, I am about to reveal a huge secret that every religion and government does not want the masses to know about.  I call it……The Voice of the Goddess.  

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Astrorisa Moon Loft Readings~”In The News” ~ 3D Ghost Guns Coming

IN THE LOFT READINGS
 
3D guns: Untraceable, undetectable and unstoppable?
 


MARS RETROGRADE IN AQUARIUS MOMENTS
 
“Not long ago, it was the stuff of science fiction, but now US officials and lawmakers are grappling with a new reality — the ability for citizens to print firearms at home…”
 

Building Deep Plant Relationships at Lughnassadh

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Last weekend, some druid friends came over for a retreat with a focus on land healing. As part of the ritual we collaboratively developed, we wanted to make an offering to the spirits of the land. I went to my sacred tobacco patch and carefully gathered leaves drying at the bottoms of the plant and flowers for use in this offering, humming a song that the tobacco had taught me and making sure that none of the leaves hit the ground in the process. The ritual went beautifully well and the offering was well received by the spirits.  After the weekend, it struck me how long my relationship with these particular tobacco plants was–more than a decade at this point from seed to leaf to flower to seed.  And how I had something to share about cultivating this relationship over time.

So I thought I’d take…

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