Metal Magic

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While healing and metaphysical properties of crystals come from a variety of sources, what we know about the subtle properties of metals comes mainly from one tradition: alchemy. The first thing many people think of when we hear the word “alchemy” is experiments by ancient and medieval scientists trying to transform base metals into gold. But their research didn’t begin or end there, and along the way the human race learned a lot about both the natural world and subtle energies. And since astrology and alchemy developed side by side, it’s not surprising that properties of metals are strongly associated with the planets and their associated deities. Therefore, the seven metals of antiquity — lead, tin, iron, copper, mercury, silver and gold — line up with the seven traditional planets.

These traditional seven metals have been the base of everything from vedic jewelry to singing bowls. Like crystals, metals come from the earth, but metals are a more purified form of the same substances that give crystals their color, physical properties, and energy. Many gemstones are actually ores of these metals. In jewelry, the metal a gem is set in can serve to conduct, enhance, or mitigate the energy of the gem. As with crystals, you may choose metals that balance your weaknesses or ones that amplify strengths. In many traditions, as with vedic jewelry, stones and metals are coordinated for optimum combinations.

As for singing bowls, although they’re often called “Seven metals singing bowls,” they’re seldom if ever made of the seven tradition metals. (You didn’t really want to handle a bowl made partially of toxic mercury anyway, did you?) This goes for antique as well as modern bowls, hand-hammered as well as machine-made. Good-quality bowls are made of bronze, ideally a special type known as “bell metal,” which is about 78% copper and 22% tin. This alloy has been used in everything from church bells to percussion instruments for over a thousand years, because it simply produces the best sound and overtones. Some lower quality bowls and bells may be made of brass, possibly mixed with miscellaneous recycled metals, but you’ll immediately know the difference by the sound.

What are some other ways we can harness the power of metals? Here are a few ideas:

– Using objects made of these metals for ritual and meditation, and adding them to your altar

– Alchemy uses metals as a way of understanding personality. Each of these metals is associated with a personality archetype connected with its corresponding planet, and the deity for whom that planet was named. People are naturally drawn to one of these archetypes, or possibly a combination of two or three.

– Astrological bangles (which you may have read about in Autobiography of a Yogi) contain copper, silver and gold in proportions fine-tuned to the individual’s astrological chart. Less expensive metal bangles are an easier to find, less expensive option. For example, many wear bracelets made with copper and/or magnetized iron to improve circulation and control arthritis.

– Orgonite can be formulated with specific metals and metal ores. This is an especially helpful way to harness the properties toxic metals such as mercury and lead.

– Taking metals internally via homeopathic medicines

–  Use a mineral that is an ore for the metal you want to work with, or that contains some of that metal. This can include aura quartzes. (See the list of associations below.)

Each of the seven traditional metals acts as an archetype. We can work with that archetype not only using the metal itself, but also using associated metals, ores, gemstones including aura quartzes (quartz bonded with a colorful coating of vaporized metal). Since some of the traditional metals are either toxic or very expensive, it’s often practical to work with these associates:

Gold: Bronze, aqua aura quartz, ruby, garnet, pyrite, amber.

Silver:  Rhodium, angel aura quartz, pearl, moonstone, aquamarine.

Mercury: Electrum (a combination of silver and gold), emerald, opal. If you want to work with actual mercury, a safe form is polished cinnabar (mercury ore) in quartz; since it is a polished stone, there’s some degree of protection from toxicity.

Copper: Bronze, Brass, melon/orange/tangerine aura quartz, chrysocolla, turquoise, malachite, azurite.

Iron: Steel, champagne/sunshine aura quartz, hematite, magnetite, carnelian, bloodstone. An iron meteorite is an exceptionally strong form of this metal.

Tin: Citrine, amethyst, cassiterite. Tin itself is inexpensive and safe to use.

Lead: Lead-free pewter, galena, stibnite, black garnet.

And finally, here are a few other metals, with their associations and a few other interesting facts:

Titanium: purity, power, being a catalyst for positive change, repelling negative energy. Titanium can be found in rutilated quartz, and also in various stones with asterisms (star ruby, star sapphire, etc.) It’s also the metal coating found on rainbow, flame & titan aura quartz.

aluminum: self understanding, reflection.

Zinc: transformation of energy, calming of excess or nervous energy

Platinum: meditation, finding one’s true direction

Nickel: problem solving, attracting energy and/or intuitive information, banishing compulsive thoughts or actions. Some yellow/green aura quartzes are coated with nickel.

Antimony: magic, protection, healing, wild spirit. It’s often used in conjunction with other metals, and so is associated with cooperative and teacher/student relationships.

 

Soul Star Chakra Aromatherapy

The Chakras are an ideal roadmap for personal growth and development.  In 2017 we are journeying through the Chakras and focusing on one Chakra a month. November brings us to the Soul Star Chakra, a transpersonal chakra and the blueprint of your soul. It holds the record of all you ever were and all you ever will become. It holds all your past lives and your future lives. This month, the Soul Star asks you to explore why you reincarnated at this time. What are your soul lessons and life purpose?

Brief Overview of Chakras: The Chakras are the main energy centers in our subtle body. They are the openings for life energy to flow into and out of our aura or electromagnetic field. There are main Chakras, minor, subpersonal, and transpersonal Chakras. The Chakras’ function is to vitalize the physical body and to bring about the development of our self-consciousness. Each chakra is associated with certain physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual interactions. Each chakra has personal growth themes, functions, and purposes.  The concept of the Chakras has been around for thousands of years; but the energy coming to us from the cosmos is changing. We are receiving potent and new energies of high frequency light from the universe. The 7 main chakras were appropriate for us these past 2000 years. As we move into a new era, new chakras above and below the physical body are forming and others are waking up from dormancy to help us evolve into our new future.

The Soul Star Chakra is a Transpersonal Chakra and is located about 6 inches above the top of the head, above the crown chakra. It is not in our physical body, but in our etheric/energy body. Its color is usually seen as white, silver, gold, ultraviolet, or iridescent. The Soul Star Stores the soul’s highest purpose above and beyond all individual incarnations. The soul’s blueprint.  It is through this chakra that a soul enters a physical body during incarnation.  After death, the seed of an enlightened being remains in the soul star. You enter the Soul Star when you die to gain perspective on your life. It connects to higher self, Soul purpose, life tasks, soul groups, soul mates, and pre-destined soul contracts. Our entire being’s karmic residue, those energy patterns that you have held on to for more than one lifetime, is held in the eighth chakra carrying thought forms created over the life of our entire being caused by other lives actions and community consciousness. When attuned and activated, the Soul Star allows access to the Akashic records, the soul’s intent in this particular incarnation, stores the soul’s highest purpose above and beyond all individual incarnations.

November 2017 Soul Star Chakra Forecast: Henry Bolduc was a certified hypnotherapist with almost 40 years’ experience in past-life research. Through his work, he believed “every soul reincarnates in a particular lifetime for one of three reasons. First, we may reap the benefits of grace resulting from the good we have done for others in the past; second, we may correct our faults, thus balancing our good and bad deeds – referred to as karma; and third, we may experience life in such a way that we can contribute to the ocean of life.” This month, the higher energies want you to explore your purpose in this lifetime and your reasons for incarnating. Are you here to receive blessings and grace for good deeds in a previous incarnation? Are you here to continue to learn soul lessons? Are you here a healer and visionary to raise the vibration and help heal the world and humanity during these difficult times?

Soul Star Chakra Aromatherapy Blend

  • 8 drops Palo Santo essential oil
  • 8 drops Elemi essential oil
  • 8 drops Frankincense oil
  • 8 drops Myrrh essential oil
  • 8 drops Angelica essential oil
  • 4 ounces distilled water

The above blend is meant for a spray or mister. Blend the essential oils into 1 teaspoon of vodka or witch hazel (to help disperse the oils into water) and then blend into 4 ounces of distilled water in a spray bottle. Mix well. Spray the blend above your head and feel the mist fall down on you. Inhale the aroma and visualize your soul star chakra glowing brightly as a white golden ball of light about 6 inches above your head. As you do this, state the following affirmations: “I am connected to all my past lives and all my future lives. I am connected to my soul group and soul’s mates. I connect to higher self, Soul purpose, life tasks and predestined soul contracts.  I release my karmic residue.”


About: Christina Wilke-Burbach PhD, RMT, CA is a Spiritual Counselor, Holistic Health Consultant, Certified Aromatherapist, Herbalist, Master Gardener, and Reiki Master Teacher with a PhD in Health Psychology. Her business, Mind, Soul, and Self LLC is based out of Wisconsin. For more info on Dr. Christina and her upcoming Chakra Retreats, Chakra Classes, Chakra Bootcamps, or to schedule an individual reading or appointment, please visit mindsoulandself.com. Many Blessings and Be Well! Upcoming events:

‘Soul Star Chakra, Past Lives, Future Lives, the Spectrum of Consciousness and Journey to the Akashic Records’ please visit the Chakra Mini-Series page for monthly $17 online mini chakra classes https://mindsoulandself.com/2017-chakra-mini-series/

Women’s Energy Healing Day Retreat in West Bend, Wisconsin on the powerful day of healing 11/11 (November 11), 2017: https://mindsoulandself.com/wellness-day-retreats/

Group Past Life Regression/Future Life Progression experience in Sheboygan, WI on Saturday November 18th: https://mindsoulandself.com/past-life-regression-future-life-progression/

The physical properties of various metals

Many of us wear gemstones for their beauty and healing properties. But what about the setting the gemstone goes in, or the chain we wear with it? Often that’s the part closest to your body, and these parts are usually made of metal. And metals have their own individual characteristics and properties. Since it’s a complicated topic, this article will be a two-parter. This week we’ll talk about the physical properties of metals and alloys, and in a few weeks we’ll talk about the metaphysical properties of metals.

Metals may be either one pure element or an alloy, which is a mixture of metals. In jewelry, the latter is far more common. Elemental copper, silver and gold are quite beautiful, but they’re all soft on their own, which means they won’t hold their shape well as jewelry. So an alloying metal is added to make them more workable and stable. Even the types of metal we think of as “pure” may have something else in them; Sterling silver, for example, is actually 7.5% copper. And sometimes even Sterling may contain traces of other metals as well, including nickel.

That can be a problem, because by far the most common metal allergy is to nickel. While some people do suffer from all types of allergies, it’s likely that many allergic reactions to metal are due not to a separate allergy, but to the fact that so many alloys actually contain nickel. So if you have sensitivities to nickel or any other metal, you’ll want to avoid problems by knowing what jewelry is made of before you buy it. Hopefully the charts below is a start, but there are some other things it’s important to know.

One is that metals are sometimes given confusing names. Metals called German Silver, Tibetan Silver, Inca Silver and other such things usually contain no silver at all. And items that look like they’re made of one metal may actually have only a coating of that metal. For example, often something that looks like copper will turn out to stick to a magnet. Copper isn’t attracted to magnets, so this shows the item is really steel with just a coating of copper. The same often holds true for “silver-look” and “gold-look” chains and other items. And some terms, like “white metal,” are simply a catch-all, and can mean just about anything.

Another problem metal is lead, a toxic element that can especially cause problems in children. Since lead makes a very good alloying material, in the past it was often used to make pewter and other mixed metals. Antique pewter jewelry is very likely to contain lead. Nowadays pewter produced in the U.S. is lead-free, but laboratory tests have shown that many inexpensive items currently imported from China — including cheap jewelry — do in fact contain lead. This should be safe enough for adults to wear; still, many of us would rather avoid it. And over-the-counter lead testing kits don’t always work well to test jewelry, since they may give a false positive to non-lead metals used to make safe pewter alloys.

Those of us who staff stores where jewelry is sold will do our best to let you know what kind of metal is in the items we sell. We can be pretty sure about items made of silver stamped 925, American-made pewter, brass and bronze. But in other cases, the truth is that we don’t always know, especially when it comes to lower-priced imported items. A lot of people enjoy wearing these things and have no problems whatsoever. But if you’re sensitive to certain metals (or have a baby that likes to suck on your chains) you’ll probably want to stick to metals whose content is known.

Another thing people ask is, “Will this metal turn my skin green?” Various metals may do this, the most common being copper and nickel — even if they’re coated with something else. For example, a lot of silver-plated chains are really copper with a thin silver plating, and for some people this will turn the skin green every time. But it’s not the same for everyone, and a lot depends of body chemistry. If you find a lot of metal jewelry turns your skin green, your body chemistry may be more sensitive than other peoples’. In that case, your best choices of metal may be things like stainless steel, titanium, an rhodium-coated silver. But there also are plenty of other handsome-looking options that don’t involve metal at all, such as cotton cord, leather, and ribbon. When you do wear metal, try taking off your jewelry when you exercise, or in other situations where the metal may get wet. Sweat causes even pure sterling silver to tarnish, and that tarnish may also stain your skin.

The sun is in Scorpio. What does that mean for your sign?

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Scorpio: October 22 – November 21

Scorpio is the sign of deep intimacy, with others and with our self. Our commitment to relationship in Libra invited this deepening of bonds that merge our self with others. Such merging can involve sex, money, beliefs, values, goals, or more, and creates a symbiotic dynamic with another person, as typically experienced in a marriage. Unlike in Aries, where our Martian willfulness was free to follow our own impulses, fending off the will of others, now in Scorpio, we are more sensitive to our desire to maintain loving connections to others, and therefore we are challenged to consider and incorporate their desires with our own.  The more we perceive our valued interests to be entwined with the other person, the higher the stakes seem and the more vulnerable we may feel. It is in this emotional and psychological vulnerability that Scorpio invites us to transcend and transform our ego.  

When our desires align in harmony with a partner, we can easily feel the synergy of mutual love and trust that reflects the reality of our souls’ divine oneness with each other. However, when our desires conflict in opposition, we are faced with a primary choice.  If we limit our consciousness to our ego’s illusive perceptions of 3D separation, we are likely to revert to the Martian warrior stance of self-protection in Aries and experience the conflict as a win or lose battle with an enemy. This is the stuff of melodrama, power struggles, abuse, co-dependence, withdrawal and loss of love and trust.

However, if in this vulnerable conflict, we choose to stay consciously present to that field of love that keeps us attuned to our immortal soul, which is impervious to the illusive harms of this world, including death, we are then able to perceive our adversary as another similar soul, a divine extension of our greater self. From this higher perspective we are free to respond to the situation by revealing our ego’s fears, inviting a deeper, more intimate response from our self and others. We can invoke our intuitive and synergistic power to create solutions for us from beyond our ego’s illusion of separation. This is what the planet Pluto represents in us. This crucible of vulnerable intimacy, repeated throughout our lives, is what stretches us into spiritual consciousness, remembering that we are divine beings who are having a human experience. Sometimes we do stretch and then integrate this consciousness into our day to day lives. Sometimes we remain in fear and then retreat into limited ego perception, feeling wounded by love, fearful of vulnerability and we put on a mask of invincibility. Yet, despite our fear of intimacy, we cannot help but be drawn back to it. It’s what we came to do.

Look below for your birth sign (sun sign) to see what particular challenges/ opportunities are being brought to your awareness this month. (These can also hold true if you have your Moon, Rising sign or a number of planets in the sign.)

Aries: You are keen to take the initiative in joint projects and shared experiences, including sex. Be aware that this can be a way for you to maintain distance, protecting yourself from the feelings of vulnerability that threaten your ego and provoke unwanted battles. During this month, be aware of this and see if you can find opportunities to let down your guard, trust more, and let someone else take the lead. Revealing your fears and asserting your needs can help a partner address them with you.  

Taurus: You bring the qualities of comfort, stability and pleasure to your intimate relationships, Taurus. As Scorpio and Taurus are opposite each other, look for ways that a partner can influence your values, your sense of security, and your self-esteem. Remember that adapting to other people’s desires and ideas does not require you to change what you most value about your self.  You’re building a life, not a fort.

Gemini: Your natural tendency to scatter your curious attention can at times also be a defense mechanism, protecting you from vulnerability and deeper intimacy.  During Scorpio, apply your love of learning to your self-awareness while with a close relation. Listening intimately requires your heart be involved. Find ways to share vulnerably with loved ones without letting conversations turn into mere intellectual exchanges. Be curious about the heart and how it can be attended to. Emotional intelligence is an important component of your education, but you must connect your head to your heart.

Cancer: You are at home in the gentle and emotionally supportive pond of water that your sign represents, but Scorpio is a deep river of water, appearing calm on the surface, yet raging and dangerous deep below. So Cancer, here’s a chance to bring your deepest feelings to the fore. If you have any sense of emotional insecurities remaining in my life, now would be a good time to find a trusted loved-one or guide to help you dig deep. Find out what’s missing, what you can heal, and what you can ask for from others. Remember that “I AM LOVE” could strengthen all your relationships.

Leo: You are enthusiastic and creative in joint projects and experiences, which can be delightful at times for your partner. At other times, it could feel a bit overwhelming and demanding. During Scorpio, find a way to share the limelight with a co-star. Intimacy is a dialogue, not a monologue. Vulnerability is stepping onto the stage without a script. You needn’t hold back on your passion, rather expand your source of inspiration to include your partner’s soul, too.

Virgo: This is a good time, Virgo, to bring your intention for clarity and perfection to how you handle your intimate relations. Asking a sexual partner for cleanliness is fine, but expecting emotions and feelings to be clean and orderly is not. Emotional intimacy can get messy, and sometimes everyone involved needs to get wet. So, rather than worry about cleaning up the mess, put your focus on how the mess was made. Just avoid getting too analytical. The heart has it’s own logic.

Libra: So Libra, if the Scorpio experience is the natural outcome of your desires for relationship, then this ought to be an easy-peasy part of the cycle, right? Well, yes, it is easy for you in one sense. You are more likely than most to stay committed in the face of conflict and adversity. At the same time, it can feel more painful for you because you have a low tolerance for disharmony. In a way, this sets you up, more than most, to succeed in the transformation of your ego. Staying committed to your “enemies”, for you, means making peace. Just make sure you aren’t capitulating to their ego. That peace will not sustain. Lasting peace will be created by conscious souls.  

Scorpio: This is your month, Scorpio. It’s a good time for self-examination. With Scorpio as a dominant theme in your birth chart, there was obviously a soul intention in this lifetime to dive deeply into the themes that Scorpio presents. Start with this question: How much do I still hide my own feelings and fears behind a mask even as I am obsessed with what other people are hiding? Your answer may be an invitation to get real, reveal and let heal. Scary? Of course, but it’s also your fulfillment.  

Sagittarius: Your passion for truth can be inspiring to others, including your intimate relations. During this Scorpio month, pay attention to the difference between general truth (like philosophy, religion, metaphysics, etc) and personal truth (eg, “My stomach is in a knot”, “I feel afraid of …”). Espousing beliefs does not typically invoke vulnerability or intimacy. In your desire to create closeness and trust, lean into the inarguable personal truth of the body and emotions. They will inevitably lead you back to a higher vista of cosmic awareness.  

Capricorn: Your natural abilities to take responsibility and create order are probably highly valued in your relationships. Others can lean on you. However, during Scorpio, watch for a tendency to want to maintain control. Managing joint finances is one thing. Managing emotional or sexual intimacy is quite different and not recommended, unless requested. It avoids vulnerability. Try to loosen up and let go. What’s the worse that can happen? If things get out of hand a bit, you’ll probably be able to whip things in shape again.

Aquarius: You are typically prone to avoid intimacy, Aquarius. It’s your desire to remain objective and free from the emotional distractions that cloud your intuitive visions and idealism. Trouble is, without emotional intimacy, your inventiveness remains disconnected from humanity. Use this time in Scorpio to stretch your ability to be sensitive to feelings, your own and others. Explore some dimension of your own vulnerability and share it with a trusted partner. Try to be more sensitive to the feelings of your teammates. Tune into their souls.

Pisces: If Scorpio is about surrendering ego to soul, you have a head start. As the third water sign, Pisces represents an infinite wide ocean of divine oneness, without boundaries. Thus, when it comes to vulnerability and intimacy, you may need to pay attention to where the boundaries need to be. If someone is worthy of your trust, then surely let compassion and forgiveness rule the day, but let those feelings create the container and not cut short the necessary personal emotions that your ego must express. Denial of ego is not intimacy. Revelation and recognition of ego is.


Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 36 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information or email Barry at [email protected]. or call 608-345-2470.

 

Goddess Crystal Correspondences

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There is a movement by modern women in the metaphysical community to reclaim feminine power and embrace the goddess within, but what does this really mean and how can it be accomplished?

For many this is about acknowledging the important role of femininity and the divine feminine in modern society, but it can also be about embodying the archetypes of goddesses throughout history.

Tapping into this goddess power can be done through ritual and ceremony, with prayer, or even through meditation.  And when you combine these methods with the energy of crystals, the connection to a particular goddess is amplified.

Certain crystals correspond to particular goddess archetypes.  So if you wanted to connect with or embody the energetic archetype, the traits or qualities, of a specific goddess, you need only to reach for the stone that embodies her spirit and energy.  You can then carry this stone with you, wear it in a piece of jewelry, or meditate with the crystal to connect with the energy of your chosen goddess.

For example, if you were trying to bring more love energy into your life, you may want to embody the qualities of Aphrodite, Parvati, or Venus.  So you could choose to work with Rose Quartz, Rhodochrosite, or Copper to embody the vibration of love and the archetypal qualities of your chosen goddess.

Following are some popular goddesses and their associated companion crystals:

Heart of Earth Mother Chakra Reading

The Chakras are an ideal roadmap for personal growth and development.  In 2017 we are journeying through the Chakras and focusing on one Chakra a month. October brings us to the Heart of Mother Earth Chakra, the chakra the farthest down, the one that plugs us into the heart chakra of Gaia. This month, the Heart of Mother Earth asks you to ponder the famous quote by the philosopher and mystic Hermes Trismegistus: “As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul.” Are you as connected to mother earth and all of her energies as you are to the heavens and source energies?

Brief Overview of Chakras: The Chakras are the main energy centers in our subtle body. They are the openings for life energy to flow into and out of our aura or electromagnetic field. There are main Chakras, minor, subpersonal, and transpersonal Chakras. The Chakras’ function is to vitalize the physical body and to bring about the development of our self-consciousness. Each chakra is associated with certain physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual interactions. Each chakra has personal growth themes, functions, and purposes.  The concept of the Chakras has been around for thousands of years; but the energy coming to us from the cosmos is changing. We are receiving potent and new energies of high frequency light from the universe. The 7 main chakras were appropriate for us these past 2000 years. As we move into a new era, new chakras above and below the physical body are forming and others are waking up from dormancy to help us evolve into our new future.

The Heart of Mother Earth Chakra is a subpersonal chakra and is located at the heart chakra of Gaia/Mother Earth. (Yes! The earth has Chakras and energy centers). It is not in our physical body, but in our etheric/energy body. It is the farthest chakra down in our extended energy system and it is where we plug directly into the heartbeat of Earth. Its color is usually seen as brown, magenta, olive, deep red, or some other earth tone. This chakra is our ultimate connection to the physical plane and mother Gaia. She keeps you safe and protected. She is the great mother. She is also the great energy recycler and transmuter.

October 2017 Heart of Mother Earth Chakra Forecast: In my work as a spiritual counselor and holistic healing facilitator, I see many clients and students who want to learn how to connect with their higher self, universe, source energy, sun, moon, stars, angels, and spirit guides. They want to establish a meditation practice and build and develop their intuitive and psychic abilities. The “As Above” energies. I definitely do not see as many concerned about connecting to the “So Below” energies of Gaia, the elements and elementals, the fairies, gnomes, elves, nature, plants, and animals. The earth energies I spoke of in September’s Reading (hurricanes, monsoons, wildfires) are still quite intense as now Volcanos are also erupting. Mother Earth is demanding our attention right now. “As Above, So Below.” As you connect to the heavens, make sure you also nurture and develop your connection to earth. How do you connect to the Earth? How can you strengthen that connection? Immerse yourself in nature. Garden and dig your hands in the dirt. Drum and dance. Go hiking, kayaking, swimming. Bring plants and crystals into your home. Walk barefoot. Go outside and listen to the sounds of nature.  Hug a tree!

Heart of Mother Earth Chakra Aromatherapy Blend

  • 3 drops Rose essential oil
  • 5 drops Patchouli essential oil
  • ½ ounce vegetable oil like jojoba or coconut

The above blend is a topical blend. Blend the essential oils into the vegetable oils and mix well. Rub a few drops of the blend onto your heart chakra at the center of your chest. Inhale the aroma and visualize your heart chakra merging with the earth. As you do this, state the following affirmations: “I am connected to the heart of mother earth. I am safe and secure.”


About: Christina Wilke-Burbach PhD, RMT, CA is a Spiritual Counselor, Holistic Health Consultant, Certified Aromatherapist, Herbalist, Master Gardener, and Reiki Master Teacher with a PhD in Health Psychology. Her business, Mind, Soul, and Self LLC is based out of Wisconsin. For more info on Dr. Christina and her upcoming Chakra Retreats, Chakra Classes, Chakra Bootcamps, or to schedule an individual reading or appointment, please visit mindsoulandself.com. Many Blessings and Be Well!

If you are interested in learning more about the ‘The Heart of Mother Earth and Connecting to Gaia’s Chakras, the Elements, Elementals and Earth’s Heartbeat’ please visit the Chakra Mini-Series page for monthly $17 online mini chakra classes https://mindsoulandself.com/2017-chakra-mini-series/

Join us for our ‘Women’s Energy Healing Day Retreat in West Bend, Wisconsin on the powerful day of healing 11/11 (November 11), 2017: https://mindsoulandself.com/wellness-day-retreats/

The Sun is in Libra. What does that mean for your sign?

Libra wants to relate. As we leave the first half of the zodiac, which was focused on developing and strengthening our ego personality, now Libra calls our attention to our relationships to other egos. Unlike in earthy Taurus, where our inner Venus primarily valued what met our own material needs of survival and comfort, now in airy Libra, Venus values people. It was in Cancer that our watery emotional and mostly subliminal awareness of soul connections was aroused, causing us to now value the frequency of love. And if we were paying attention during the Virgo phase of practical analysis and critical feedback, we are now poised to apply relevant lessons to how we create and sustain relationships and discernment toward choosing our people. To have a fulfilling relationship, we must learn to relax our own ego and give more attention to the desires, perspectives, and fears of another, then apply that information to our decisions and actions in support of the other. In this way, we develop qualities of harmony, cooperation, fairness and balance. We become thoughtful of others, the consequences of our actions on them, and make different choices.

In our soul’s zodiac journey, Libra is the awakening of our longing to return to the wholeness of our existence as a spiritual soul, connected to all other beings in unconditional loving oneness. We bring that deeper longing to our attempts at creating personal love relationships in our lives.  Our mature Libra self will welcome the opportunities to blend our will with others by lending support, compromising, cooperating, and even sacrificing at appropriate times. Our less evolved Libra self might resist all that, fearing the loss of self will, or fearing aloneness, it might go overboard the other direction by sacrificing self too much, too often. In Libra’s quest to apply balance and fairness, relationship to self remains part of the equation.

Look below for your birth sign (sun sign) to see what particular challenges/ opportunities are being brought to your awareness this month. (These can also hold true if you have your Moon, Rising sign or a number of planets in the sign.)

Aries: Libra is opposite your sign, Aries. This polarity represents the challenge of integrating self and other. Your natural tendencies to look to yourself and go your own way are challenged this month. Use this an as opportunity to become more aware of how you might resist in relationship. If listening, cooperating and freely giving feel threatening to your sense of strength, see how you can support others’ strength so they become more worthy of partnership with you.

Taurus: Your experience of relationships can be colored by your need for loyalty and commitment. During this Libra month, tap into the principles of negotiation and cooperation to enhance your sense of stability and comfort. We don’t ever own someone, but we can own our feelings about them. Trust the laws of give and take.

Gemini: Libra and Gemini are both air signs, able to consider many sides of an issue, so, Gemini, during this month direct your natural gifts of curiosity and talk toward enhancing mutual understanding in your relationships. Polarized conflicts are typically not about lack of love, but how we interpret behaviors. If you’re feeling restless, go deeper.

Cancer: OK Cancer, here’s your chance to smother your loved ones with love and care. Just be sure you aren’t actually smothering them. If in doubt, ask. It’s amazing how talking about feelings with others can actually deepen bonds of affection in a positive way. During this Libra month is a good time to be aware of emotional security issues. We all want and need to be loved by others, but it starts within. We can’t expect others to do that for us.

Leo: Even if you are not the kind of Leo who commands the stage before an audience, you do love to be adored. Your one-on-one relationships may be your favorite audience, so this would be a good month to pay attention to that. Is there a balance? Use your natural qualities of enthusiasm and generosity to draw out the fun and romance in your significant other(s). What would feel supportive and loving to them? How are they special, like you.

Virgo: Relationships can often be a challenge for you because you are generally focused on making them better. That’s a good intention that generally goes unappreciated.  During this Libra month, it is good to remember that two people can both have the best of intentions and still see things differently. And yes, sometimes you can be right. But what do you want most? To feel right? Or to feel love? If you want to bring order to your relationship, start by prioritizing a few bottom lines and then be willing to negotiate the rest.

Libra: This is your month, Libra, so welcome all the possibilities that your close relationships may promise. Others will be more tuned in to the balance and fairness you always value. Exercise all the attributes you possess around creating, sustaining and growing intimate relationship, but be mindful that in your quest for peace and harmony, you may compromise too much, or fail to commit yourself. Be strong in yourself and see conflict as a natural doorway to intimacy.

Scorpio: For you, Scorpio, relationships are the necessary platform for the intensity you attract in life. So, this time of Libra is a good one to be aware of your relationship commitments. Are you committed merely to loyalty and longevity or is there a deeper commitment to personal growth and evolvement. The first allows you to stay fixed in the illusionary fear that your ego will not survive, and thus you will experience more drama and negative emotions. The second invites naked vulnerability and the promise of spiritual transcendence beyond the ego.

Sagittarius: During this Libra cycle, Sag, pay attention to how much sense of adventure, exploration and expanded perspective you are experiencing in your special relationships. Do you have a partner who is an equal and can enjoy the spaciousness of your inner and outer worlds.  You need freedom, Sag, but be careful you don’t drift too far over the horizon and lose touch with your special one(s). Sustained relationships require you return and share your adventurous stories. Better yet, travel with a partner.

Capricorn: Respect is bottom line for you, Capricorn, and this is even more true in your most personal relationships. During this Libra time, notice how much respect you are getting and giving. If you find yourself trying to control the other person, you may not be feeling respected. Or perhaps you don’t respect him or her. Better to talk about that than turn bossy. Also, this is a good time to welcome some recognition from your loved-ones for your achievements in life.  Share what you are proud of and invite others to do the same.   

Aquarius: As the third air sign, Aquarius, this time of Libra invites thoughtful and stimulating connections with loved-ones. You have a need for freedom to be an individual in your relationships and this can make it difficult for you to commit to just one person. Now is a good time to do your best to communicate your unique needs and desires around relating. The right person will totally “get” you and value your need for independence. Your lover must be a friend first.

Pisces: Pisces, merging into relationship can feel as easy as breathing to you. Your natural empathy draws you into other people’s feelings, yet that is also a danger for you. During this Libra month, be aware of any tendencies toward being a “savior” in primary relationships. Set some boundaries. Can your special someone allow you to be remain sensitive without taking advantage? You need a spiritual partner, not a patient.


Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 36 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you.  Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information or email Barry at [email protected]. or call 608-345-2470.

 

Unicorns 101

You’ve probably noticed that unicorns are all over the place these days – in stores and online they’re simply everywhere! No longer just an iconic image from the 80’s or a little girl’s favorite animal, unicorns have really made a comeback and are loved by all sorts of different people in today’s day and age.

Just like fairies, elves, gnomes, mermaids, dragons, and other magical creatures, you may wonder if unicorns ever really existed, or if they exist in some way now. That is something that each person must determine for themselves. Perhaps learning a little more about unicorns will help you decide.

Unicorns in Mythology

When fairies and other wee folk freely roamed the Earth, it is believed that unicorns did so as well. While they kept their presence more hidden, they would show themselves to anyone they deemed to be innocent or honorable. They were extremely psychic creatures, and they could feel what others were feeling, and convey their own feelings telepathically.

Unicorns never wandered out into open areas unless they absolutely had to. They always kept to wooded areas. Their horns were believed to have medicinal properties so unicorns were often hunted. This is most likely why they didn’t last past the days of fairy. It was said that when a unicorn’s horn was taken, the animal died. A unicorn could, however, choose to heal someone with his/her horn – and if the animal chose to do this of their own will, it would not die.

Symbolism

Unicorns have made many appearances in fairytales, movies, and storybooks, and in many of these depictions you’ve probably noticed some similarities. Often the unicorns are white horses and typically (not always) their horns have a spiral swirl design, right? Let’s examine the symbolism here. In many of the stories about unicorns, they will only show themselves to humans who are innocent or “pure of heart.” The color white represents childlike innocence and purity. Unicorns are also known for being extremely wise animals. The horn could very likely symbolize a sword. The suit of swords in the traditional tarot represent the intellect, the mind. Those who have studied unicorns believe that this symbolism is very important. I couldn’t agree more!

Unicorns as a Totem Animal

If you have a unicorn as your totem animal you can expect wonderful things! Unicorns bring wisdom, they can help you manifest your dreams into reality, and they can help you see the truth in all situations. They represent purity, magic, and uniqueness.

Working with Unicorns

If you want to work with Unicorn energy, spend time in wooded areas that are off the beaten path. Unicorns don’t like to be around too many people. Make sure the area is quiet and clean. Like the fairies, unicorns do not like litter or anything that tarnishes their natural environment. If you see garbage around, pick it up. Call upon the unicorns just like you would angels or fairies by inviting them to work with you. Regular and persistent interaction with them will eventually pay off.

 

Earth Star Chakra Aromatherapy Reading

The Chakras are an ideal roadmap for personal growth and development.  In 2017 we are journeying through the Chakras and focusing on one Chakra a month. September brings us to the Earth Star Chakra, the center of Planetary Consciousness and where we grounded our light body and soul to the Earth’s energy grid. This month, the Earth Star Chakra asks you to explore your connection to Mother Earth and Mother Ocean. Are you aware that Earth is a living entity? Do you respect the power of nature? Are you a protector of Earth and Nature?

Brief Overview of Chakras: The Chakras are the main energy centers in our subtle body. They are the openings for life energy to flow into and out of our aura or electromagnetic field. There are main Chakras, minor, subpersonal, and transpersonal Chakras. The Chakras’ function is to vitalize the physical body and to bring about the development of our self-consciousness. Each chakra is associated with certain physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual interactions. Each chakra has personal growth themes, functions, and purposes.  The concept of the Chakras has been around for thousands of years; but the energy coming to us from the cosmos is changing. We are receiving potent and new energies of high frequency light from the universe. The 7 main chakras were appropriate for us these past 2000 years. As we move into a new era, new chakras above and below the physical body are forming and others are waking up from dormancy to help us evolve into our new future.

The Earth Star Chakra is a subpersonal chakra and is located about 6 to 12 inches below your feet. Not in the physical body, but in the etheric body. In line with the spine. Usually seen as brown, magenta, or deep red in color. It forms a pyramid with minor chakras in soles of feet. This is the Chakra that connects you to the Planet, both land and ocean. And since more than half the planet is water, the Earth Star chakra has a large water component. This chakra brings us awareness of the Earth as a living entity. When fully functioning, this energy center will resonate with sacred energy spots; warn us of impending storms, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc.; and open communication between us and the planet. The Root Chakra grounds the main chakras within the physical body. The Earth Star grounds the entire extended multidimensional energy system; it’s the Super Root. It’s your anchor into the earth plane — your grounding cord for your Light Body. It’s where you ground yourself to the Earth’s crystalline grid and ley lines.

September 2017 Earth Star Chakra Forecast: There is much turmoil going on right now with Earth’s elements, especially with Mother Ocean. It is hurricane season. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma just brutally hit the southern US and the Carribean islands. There is flooding in Asia with the monsoons. The fire element is also strong right now as there are wildfires out West in Montana and California. Many disrespect nature and her creations with litter, pollution, and destruction. She unleashes her power to demand our respect. As the center of Planetary Consciousness, the Earth Star Chakra asks you, how do you honor and respect the Earth? Are you part of the problem or the solution? Start making choices to take better care of the Earth, to be an Earth Protector. Respect the Earth and Nature. Do not pollute, destroy, and harm her. Help Mother Earth and give her and her creations aide in time of need. Be in harmony with all of those who walk upon the Earth. Have love and gratitude for the animals, birds, flowers, trees, plants, oceans, lakes, rivers, forests, hills, mountains, earth, water, fire, and air. Give offerings to the Earth.  Earth Offerings are gifts of food, drink, crystals, flowers, and herbs used to thank the elemental energies of Earth. Often these gifts are given to the Earth as part of meditation, prayer, celebrations, or ritual.  Open yourself to the power of the Earth, Sky, and Ocean. Doing so will strengthen your Earth Star and your connection to Mother Earth and her powerful energies.

Earth Star Chakra Elemental Aromatherapy Blend

  • 2 drops Vetiver essential oil (earth)
  • 2 drops Cinnamon essential oil (fire)
  • 4 drops Juniper essential oil (water)
  • 4 drops Eucalyptus essential oil (air)
  • 4 drops Frankincense essential oil (Great spirit)

The above blend is meant for a diffuser. Place the drops into the diffuser and as you turn on, deeply inhale the aroma and visualize you have roots growing out of the bottom of your feet, going deep down into the earth below you. As you do this, state the following affirmations: “I am grounded and connected to Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. I am a protector of Mother Earth and Mother Ocean.”


Christina Wilke-Burbach PhD, RMT, CA is a Holistic Health Consultant, Certified Aromatherapist, Herbalist, Master Gardener, and Reiki Master Teacher with a PhD in Health Psychology. Her business, Mind, Soul, and Self LLC is based out of Wisconsin. For more info on Dr. Christina and her upcoming Chakra Retreats, Chakra Classes, Chakra Bootcamps, or to schedule an individual reading or appointment, please visit mindsoulandself.com. Many Blessings and Be Well!

If you are interested in learning more about the ‘Earth Star Chakra, The Super Root, Connecting to Mother Earth, Mother Ocean, & Grounding’ please visit the Chakra Mini-Series page for monthly $17 online mini chakra classes. And join us for our ‘Autumn Equinox Women’s Chakra Retreat’ in West Bend, Wisconsin September 15 to 17, 2017.

varieties of jade

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Certain stones have more than one identity, and jade is one that many people find confusing. And it’s no wonder! Real jade comes in a variety of colors and textures, while at the same time other green minerals that aren’t true jade may be labeled as if they were.

True jade is always one of two minerals: jadeite or nephrite. While they’re similar in hardness, weight, and other physical properties, there are some differences between the two:

Jadeite is made up of small, granular crystals, which give it a “sugary” appearance. Pure jadeite is white, but inclusions of other minerals can give it wide range of greens, pinks, blues, lavenders, and other colors. Green jadeite gets its color from iron inclusions, and parts of it may age to a rusty color. Imperial Jade is a high-grade, semi-translucent form of jadeite colored with manganese. Since jadeite is the rarer of the two forms of true jade, it will usually be marked as such in stores.

Nephrite is the more common form, so if you see something simply marked “jade,” it will usually be nephrite. It’s got a fibrous inner structure, giving it a silky appearance. The color range is more limited than that of jadeite; nephrite is usually the classic “jade green,” though if it’s dark enough it may appear black. There’s also a white variety known as “mutton fat” jade which (despite the sort of gross name) is very valuable. Another variation is Inca jade, which is nephrite with inclusions of pyrite.

To make things more confusing, other minerals that aren’t really jade at all are sometimes called jade. Here are a few we’ve run across, along with what they actually are:

  • New Jade (serpentine)
  • Indian Jade (aventurine)
  • Olivine Jade (peridot)
  • Infinite Jade (serpentine)
  • California jade (vesuvianite or serpentine)

Also, just about any green mineral you can think of will sometimes be labeled as jade: “amazonite jade,” “olivine jade,” “serpentine jade,” etc. Reputable dealers will always tell you what you’re really getting, but between all the colors and names it can get really confusing! The most common false jade, serpentine, even looks a lot like nephrite jade, though it’s quite a bit softer.

Because true jade a hard, dense stone, it has been used for tools, jewelry and ornamental objects for a very long time. Until trade developed, most jade used in both China and Europe was nephrite. But once China started importing jadeite from Myanmar, it became very popular there. Conquistadors brought jadeite home to Spain from the new world, where the Incas used it to cure internal organs such as the liver and kidneys. They called it piedra de las ijadas (stone of the loins), which through translation and time gave us the name “jade.” Interestingly, nephrite jade had also long been used as a cure for internal organs; in fact the name comes from nephrus, Latin for kidney.

The Chinese traditionally associate both forms of jade with health, longevity, prosperity and power — especially when carved into associated figures such as dragons. The ultimate stone of good fortune, its name is yu, heavenly stone. Jade was considered to be yang energy in physical form. People wore jade bangles for protection against illness; if they became seriously ill, the bangle would break and they would recover. If they were wearing the bangle and were involved in an accident, they would come out unharmed. People even ate powdered jade, and it was sometimes used in burials with the idea that the body would be preserved.

Jade is also called a dream stone, and is associated with astral travel, dream states, and encountering the spiritual world. Because of this, and because of its traditional association with rejuvenation, some people sleep with jade. You can even find jade pillows online, though unfortunately we don’t carry them at Mimosa!

One special variation is black jade. An intensely grounding stone, black jade may be either nephrite or jadeite (though nephrite is more common), and gets its color from inclusions of graphite or iron. This is a powerful protective stone, a great tool to help avert harm from psychic or energetic “vampires.” And as it helps defend your energy field, it also acts as an aid to looking inward for self-knowledge and access to the world of spirits, especially through shamanic journeying.

About the photo: Our header photo shows the Jade Buddha for Universal Peace. This Buddha, weighing more than four tons, was carved from a single piece of nephrite jade. The slab of jade came from the Canadian arctic, brought to the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion in Australia, and carved by Thai artisans, using a Buddha at the Mahabodhi Temple in India for its design. A truly international endeavor! After being blessed by the Dalai Lama, it took off on a world tour to raise awareness about Buddhism and to promote world peace. The public domain photo was taken by Douglas J. Benson

The sun is in Virgo. What does that mean for your sign?

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August 21 – September 20

Virgo is an earth sign, ruled by Mercury. If last month, in fiery Leo, we were encouraged to bravely let our solar egos shine our unique soul light into the world, in Virgo we are asked to pause and consider the consequences of our inspired expressions. As the second earth sign in the zodiac, Virgo urges a grounded practicality to our life and an awareness to how we serve others. In Gemini, ruling Mercury aroused our intellectual curiosity about the world around us. Now, in Virgo, Mercury challenges our ability for mental focus and analysis, particularly as it relates to how effective we are as creators in this physical dimension. It’s by paying attention to the details, seeing the cause and effect, and understanding the logic of time and space that we grow into mastery as creators within it. Criticism and consequences are the feedback that helps us learn to express our unique soul genius more artfully, skillfully and completely.  A mature Virgo ego, ready for relationship, will welcome such feedback from others, discern what truth there is in it, and apply it wisely to improve one’s own life, relationships and to assist others.  A less evolved Virgo ego, still defensive, will hold judgment toward self and others, or become obsessed with details and analysis, missing the larger dimension of love that connects us all and gives context beyond logic and reason. One way or another, our Virgo self will lead us to what needs attention and we shall learn and evolve.

Look below for your birth sign (sun sign) to see what particular challenges/opportunities are being brought to your awareness this month. (These can also hold true if you have your Moon, Rising sign or a number of planets in the sign.)

Aries: Routine and order is not your comfort zone, Aries, but during this Virgo time of year, see if there aren’t some parts of your life that could use a little more practical direction. Enthusiasm and inspiration alone are typically not enough. Invite some feedback from others about your goals and methods. You can’t see everything from your own angle, so get some objective perspective. In the end, you get to decide what works for you.

Taurus: As another earth sign, Taurus, this Virgo energy increases your need for stability and practicality. Use this Virgo energy to scrutinize your values, the things you have accrued and the ways you got them. How has this served others as well as yourself? Are there ways your things and finances can be more ordered? Pay attention to the details of that which creates stability and security in life.  Hint: they aren’t all material.  

Gemini: All right Gemini; time to focus that curiosity of yours. It may feel boring to limit your attention to less than three things at a time, but use this Virgo influence to look carefully at your priorities and make choices. Perhaps creating a schedule, a list or calendar would be helpful. Try to be precise and economical in your communications, and watch a tendency to correct other people’s speech.  Listen with discernment.

Cancer: The critical nature of Virgo can feel harsh for you, Cancer. Try not to take feedback from others too personally. And watch out that your emotional frustrations don’t turn into critical attacks on those you love. Are there ways that tidying your home or creating more order can bring comfort? Or perhaps you can offer your caring nature in service to someone who needs such help. It’s an excellent time to notice how emotions work. Be curious.

Leo: Leo, are you aware that when the novelty of daily work wears off, your enthusiasm wanes? That’s you resisting your own Virgo need for some routine and order to life. Use this time to notice how when you get your affairs in order and pay attention to feedback, there is more time and energy to play and create. Also, try applying yourself to some methodical games and pastimes. And problem solving can feel like a fun game right now. So use it for play and/or get things done.

Virgo: This is your time, Virgo, so go at it! Study, analyze, change a health habit. make lists, figure things out, improve, and invent. Bring order to the world, at least your world and if inspired, to others. Remember to embrace compassion and heart connections. Without that, your world can be harsh and cold. Others at this time are interested in feedback, so practice your skills of offering positive, loving and useful criticism. And be careful you go easy on yourself, too.

Libra: During this Virgo energy, Libra, your need for perfection or routine in your relationships may be heightened. So, watch a tendency to be cold or critical if people fall short of your expectations. Don’t confuse your way of doing things as the “right” way. Feel free to offer feedback and ask for what you want, but to maintain harmony and balance, let others do the same.

Scorpio: The watery, emotional world of Scorpio is not comfortable with Virgo practicality. Get over it. Get vulnerable, Scorpio, and give your attention to the workings of your relationships. Now is the time to create clarity about shared resources and intimate matters, knowing the exact details of any agreements, spoken or non-spoken. Perhaps there are health and hygiene habits involved that need addressing? Get it out in the open. Just be careful to not attack or accuse. Make it about your own needs and desires.

Sagittarius: Sagittarius, you are another one who dislikes routine and order.  Granted, you need plenty of space and time for adventure, but during this Virgo influence, allow some attention to the details of how you bring order to your thoughts and life. Invite some objective feedback. You may find that there are tools and systems that enhance the ease of your journey without limiting the choices and timing. In fact, some structure can boost the experience.  Also, this is a good time to invite critical thinking into your worldview. In your enthusiasm for meaning, have you compromised logic and reason?

Capricorn: Being the third earth sign in the zodiac, Capricorn, you may welcome the practical energy of Virgo, but beware: your already natural tendencies toward the well-organized, hard work of manifesting goals can go over the top and turn you into a bossy monster. It’s all right to apply your critical and exacting standards to life and work, just keep your heart connections alive so others (and you) know there is some tolerance and mercy. By doing so, you are more likely to succeed and get the recognition you deserve and desire.

Aquarius: Aquarius, friends and community are essential elements of your happiness. Use this Virgo time to pay attention to the details of how well your social circle fits your needs, and you, theirs. If there are dissonances, address them by making choices. Mere criticism is unlikely to change the dynamics. Your fulfillment depends your own wise discernment of people. With those who do seem a good fit, invite some feedback on how you can better care for and serve the relationships. This is where your natural objectivity can accelerate your effectiveness in the world.

Pisces: Being opposite Virgo in the zodiac, Pisces, during this time you will feel the polarity between your inner, sensitive and mystical world of feelings and your compulsion toward outward practical perfection. This can feel like fear of letting yourself go in case your imperfections are revealed. It would be best to just accept your Piscean tendencies for otherworldly sensitivity, yet invite the feedback from life and people that may challenge you to become more grounded. Unconditional love and compassion are great, but if you cannot find ways to deliver it in real deeds, to real people, in real time, you are missing the point of being human.


Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 36 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you.  Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information or email Barry at [email protected]. or call 608-345-2470.

Interview with artist Ria Sharon

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Ria Sharon is an artist currently working on an Animal Guidance oracle deck, who crafts items based on the deck’s images and symbolism. Mimosa currently carries her candles and pendants.

Mimosa: How did you come to create the things you make?

Ria: When I was 13, I left my home in the Philippines and came to live with my aunt in Madison. She is a counseling psychologist so I spent my teen years steeped in Women Who Run with the Wolves, Jungian archetypes, and mythology. She introduced animals as guides to me back then and I’ve been under their spell ever since!

I’m fascinated by how well animals serve as channels for our intuition and yet, how accessible they are – everyone has a favorite animal, everyone has had a significant experience with an animal. They are part of our shared vocabulary as a species, regardless of culture – the Celts, the Native Americans, the Polynesians, the Aztecs, and even my pre-Filipino ancestors all share animal mythology.

Being of mixed heritage and having emigrated from another country, I’m always looking for common ground. Animals speak to me as part of the language of our souls. So in the spring of 2016, I committed to making an oracle deck of animal guidance (which is still in the works). As my collection of illustrations grew, I started to create wearable art and everyday artifacts out of them that help craft personal self-care rituals – so we can remember that within us are all the aspects we share with the animals and that this medicine is available to us at any time.

Mimosa: What about your work makes it different and special?

Ria: The illustrations are the focal point of my work. My art style is an amalgam of cultures (just like me). I’m inspired by an ancient wisdom tradition from the Philippines – the belief that a maker can infuse objects with positive energy and that others can connect with and benefit from this intention. Being certified in both Healing Touch and Reiki, I consider my art practice a spiritual and healing practice and that’s a really important aspect of the work that I share at Mimosa.

sugilite for interpersonal harmony

Sugilite was named for Ken-ici Sugi, the Japanese petrologist who discovered it. Its rich pink-to-purple color comes from the combination of metal elements within it, including iron, manganese and aluminum. It’s uncommon, and usually comes in small pieces. It can be a very helpful crystal to use at work and in other situations where group cooperation is needed, because it can help clear away “negative vibes” that remain after discussions, competitive situations, and other uncomfortable interactions. Even if there are no special problems in your workplace, sugilite can help maintain a harmonious, cooperative environment.

Sugilite is also helpful for many spiritual purposes, including shamanic work and personal transformation. It’s sometimes also called Sugelite, Sugalite, Lavulite, Luvulite, or Royal Azel.

Properties: Use at the 7th Chakra (Crown Chakra) to aid in opening one to divine energy, to enhance meditation, to promote astral travel, to stimulate lucid dreaming and dream healing, to aid one in learning and understanding shamanic practices and rituals, to communicate with one’s ancestors or spirit guides, and to aid in working with the Violet Flame of St. Germaine.

One way to use this stone: You can make a spray mister to take to work to clear away negative energy and promote harmony. Just put a small piece of polished sugilite at the bottom of a glass spray bottle, and fill it up with purified water. If you plan to have it sitting around for awhile, you can add a little witch hazel or vodka to keep it fresh. Adding a couple drops of a purifying essential oil will make it smell nice and add an extra dimension of effectiveness; we suggest palo santo, sage, or an evergreen oil of some type.

The image in the square above was photographed by Ra’ike

cavansite for spiritual direction

Cavansite is a recently discovered stone that seems to grab everyone with its vibrant blue color. Its name comes from a simple abbreviation of the names of the minerals that make it up: Calcium vanadium silicate. It forms in little globules or rosettes, often on a white-to-brown matrix of heulandite or stilbite. Although it’s somewhat fragile, it’s often made into beautiful jewelry. It’s a good crystal for spiritual growth, especially when you’re coming out of a time of crisis or change. Cavansite can help you reach better self-knowledge through spiritual means, and improve all types of communication. If you’ve recently been feeling spiritually restless or unbalanced, there’s no better crystal for helping get firmly back onto your chosen spiritual path.

Properties: Use at the 4th Chakra (Heart Chakra) or at the 5th Chakra (Throat Chakra) to facilitate deep emotional healing, to connect one with the energies of the sea and the water element, to enhance one’s ability to express love by means of creative endeavors, to stimulate compassion and create a gentle and nurturing attitude, and to clear and balance one’s chakra system. It’s good for meditation and connection with spirit guides.

One way to use this stone: Cavansite can aid you in all kinds of dream work, spiritual guidance while sleeping, and sleep journeying. Set your intention of what you want to do; it might help to write this intention down in your dream or crystal journal, or simply on a slip of paper. Then set your cavansite on a bedside table or somewhere else near the head of the bed while you sleep. (Unless the cavansite is firmly embedded in its matrix, it’s going to be too fragile to put under the pillow.) As soon as you wake up, record whatever you experience. Don’t try to interpret it right away; just write it down as you experienced it. Later you can meditate on these experiences, and see what message comes out of them. This can be a very powerful way to connect with your spirit guides.

sunstone for charisma

Sunstone is a type of feldspar, like moonstone and labradorite. It has a warm, sparkly look due to bits of hematite, goethite or sometimes copper naturally included in the stone. Sunstone has an extremely positive, warm, outgoing personality, making it perfect for people who have trouble putting themselves forward, either socially or in the workplace. It is associated with a sense of joy, and can be especially helpful for chasing away winter blues.

Lore: Sunstone is such an attractive stone that people have been noticing, collecting and wearing it for a long time. Some ancient people believed it consisted of pieces of the sun that had fallen to earth during a solar eclipse. Many cultures used it as a ward against harm, for example embedding pieces on the rims of plates and cups to counteract poisoning.

Properties: Use at the 2nd Chakra (Sacral Chakra/Spleenic Chakra) or 3rd Chakra (Solar Plexus Chakra) to instill joy and happiness, to manifest abundance, to promote a positive self-image and self confidence, to encourage inner strength, to enhance feelings of gratitude and one’s willingness to share, to bring light to dark or negative thoughts, for psychological healing, to stimulate creativity, to aid in digestion and problems associated with the sexual organs, to counter the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.), to warm the heart and soul, to balance the mind, body, and spirit, and to promote a positive attitude.