Athena, Greek goddess of wisdom and war

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Athena (Ἀθηνᾶ)
Greek Pantheon
Goddess of wisdom, war, civilization, arts & crafts
Also called Pallas or Pallas Athena
Burst forth from the head of Zeus, armed and ready for battle. She swore to remain a virgin forever and never married.

Although she is a goddess of war, she comes to the fight in a spirit of justice rather than anger. She is the patron goddess of heroes and artists of all kinds. She shows up in many myths as the helper of heroes; she helped Jason get the golden fleece, Theseus slay the Minotaur, Perseus slay the Medusa, and Herakles complete his seven labors. She took her chastity very seriously, and no man was allowed to so much as see her naked. A man named Tiresias came upon her while she was bathing, and she struck him blind; however, the one glimpse of her naked gave him the wisdom to see the future and understand the speech of birds. She was a favorite of ancient Greek writers, and shows up to help heroes of the Illiad, the Odyssey, and many other works of literature. As goddess of wisdom and learning, she came to be a symbol of civilized life.

 

Symbols:

  • Owl
  • Shield made from the head of a gorgon
  • Spear & armor
  • Olive tree
  • She often holds Nike, the goddess of victory, in her hand

Aphrodite, Greek Goddess of Love

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Aphrodite (Ἀφροδίτη) / Venus
Greek / Roman pantheon
Goddess of love, beauty, passion, fertility
Also called Cytherea & Cypris
Sometimes considered the daughter of Zeus & Dione, sometimes born of seafoam. Wife of Hephaestos. She bore many children, but the most famous is Eros / Cupid.

In the earliest story of her birth, the titan Cronus castrated Uranus and threw his testicles into the ocean, and from the seafoam rising up from them Aphrodite was born, already a woman. Her beauty caused a lot of trouble among gods and mortals alike, because men all lusted over her and wanted to possess her. She was forced to marry the ugly and humorless Hephaestus, god of metalworkers, to keep everyone out of trouble. He considered himself to have gotten the good end of that deal, and in gratitude made her the cestus, a beautiful belt which unfortunately made her even more irresistible to men. Aphrodite herself was less pleased with the marriage and had many affairs, including with Ares and Adonis. In the Judgment of Paris, which started the Trojan War, she was named the most beautiful of women and awarded the golden apple. She is one of the most popular deities among modern Hellenists. Offerings include fruit, flowers, sweet incense & wine.

Symbols:

  • scallop shell
  • pearls
  • roses
  • dolphins
  • swans

jet for mourning & protection

Jet is a living material: coal exposed to water. Burnt pieces of firewood washed out to sea may in time transform into jet. The mineral’s most famous fan was no doubt England’s Queen Victoria, who favored jewelry made of jet and hematite during her long years of mourning. Queen Victoria popularized the idea of wearing somber clothing and jewelry for mourning, but English jet had already been used for centuries for rosaries and other religious artifacts. English monks and nuns found praying with a  rosary of jet particularly effective for combating delusions, depression, bad dreams, and evil spirits. Irish wives burned jet to ensure the safety of their husband while them men were out at sea. This protective stone has also been worn in many places to counteract the evil eye.

Jet originates from fossilized wood, and in nature is a dull, dark material. But it can be polished to a high shine, and so makes very nice jewelry. When compared to other black, polished stones, it is very light and feels almost “plasticky.” Here’s what crystal healer Ashley Leavy says about distinguishing jet from other, similar black stones: “Jet has a little bit more of a silvery black appearance than just a straight black color. It’s also very lightweight because it’s carbon-based. You’ll notice its weight difference in comparison to other tumbled stones. It also usually has a very high polish on it depending on its place of origin. An exception to this rule about the highly polished surface is tibetan jet. This type of jet can have an almost matte finish. Tibetan jet is rarely seen in larger, rounded, tumbled stones. It’s typically found in flatter pieces because the nature of the material.”

Metaphysically, it is a powerful protective stone, one which is especially good for “sweeping” negative energy that has come about from arguments or other negative interpersonal encounters. It helps heal grief and calm fear, putting things into perspective. With its help, even people who suffer severe anxiety or depression can learn to heal themselves, becoming more self-reliant.

JET: Use at the 1st Chakra (Root Chakra/Base Chakra) or at the 2nd Chakra (Sacral Chakra/Spleenic Chakra) to balance the male and female energies within one’s body, to connect one with his or her ancestors, to aid one in learning to appreciate nature and the plant kingdom, to instill respect for all things ancient (as well as for the elderly), and to boost one’s energy and overall vitality. Element: Earth  Flower: Black Elderberry Essential Oil:  Oregano  Companion Stone: Amber

turquoise to connect with the sky

Turquoise is a soft, sky-blue stone that has often been connected with heavenly realms and air energy. Often what is sold is turquoise is a “fake,” either a dyed piece of howlite or low-grade turquoise which has been ground up and reconstituted, usually with the help of binders and dyes. Here’s a video which will provide a good introduction to spotting real vs. fake turquoise: https://youtu.be/ND2nr3OHJmA.

This beautiful stone has been treasured by people all over the world since prehistory. The oldest known pieces of jewelry are the four turquoise bracelets found on the mummy of the Egyptial Queen Zer. A lot of turquoise is found in the southwestern US, where it has traditionally been a valuable trade item. Some tribes such as the Dine consider it an especially holy stone, and it is incorporated into their symbolic and spiritual culture. For example, Turquoise Boy and Turquoise Girl are magical people who reside in the mountain and help the people.

 

Lore: People have always treasured turquoise for its beauty, as well as for bringing good luck and health. One story from the Egyptian Papyrus of King Snefru (4700 BC) tells of a day when the king was in a bad mood, so he had arranged for beautiful maidens to row him around the palace’s lake. The king was just starting to enjoy himself when one of the rowers lost her turquoise hair decoration in the water. The maiden was distraught, and the king wasn’t too happy either. But then the court magician, Zazamankh, spoke some magic words that divided the waters and brought the gem back safe up in the boat. While this story sounds a little unlikely, it shows how much turquoise was valued.

A Crystal Message about the Healing Properties of Turquoise: “I embody the ancient spirit of the sky.  Feel your mind become clear in my presence and graciously accept the gifts spirit is raining down upon you.”

Common Healing Properties of Turquoise:

  • Enhances communication with beings from other realms
  • Helps you to be mindful of the present moment
  • Enhances self expression and communication
  • Helps you to live in the moment
  • Removes negativity from yourself and your environment
  • Enhances self confidence
  • Relieves energetic symptoms of acid reflux or heartburn
  • Aids in relaxation
  • Promotes spiritualascension
  • Helps you to remain on the path that is for your highest good
  • Boosts the immune system energetically
  • Aids in removing negative energy associated with ailments of the eyes
  • Reduces energetic causes of acidity in the body and aids in energetic detoxification
  • Reduces inflammation

 

smoky quartz for spiritual grounding

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Smoky quartz is a form of quartz with traces of lithium and/or aluminum, which give it a gray-to-brown shade, ranging from pale to almost black. It’s a great stone for grounding higher energies, making it an excellent helper for those working with dream healing, astral travel and shamanic journeying. Smoky quartz offers great protection against negative energies that can interfere with healing work or spiritual growth. It is the national gemstone of Scotland, and the ancient Celts used it to adorn both ceremonial jewelry and weapons.

Since it is materially the equivalent of natural citrine, it can grade into that mineral and be hard to distinguish. In these cases, it’s best to work instinctively with the stone to determine which energies are most prominent. It is one of the traditional birthstones for Scorpio.

This crystal is wonderful for meditation and spiritual endeavors, but also very helpful for stress, anxiety, panic attacks, and dealing with negative energy in everyday life. If your own emotions and moods sometimes get in the way of inner peace, try “filtering” out negativity by selecting a piece of smoky quartz that speaks to you personally and working with it on a regular basis.

QUARTZ, SMOKY: (Also known as Smokey Quartz) Use at the 1st Chakra (Root Chakra) for grounding, protection from negative energy, to increase energy during meditation, to encourage environmental concern and ecological consciousness, to relieve stress and promote peace and calming, to block electromagnetic pollution and reduce to reduce stress caused by electromagnetic frequencies stress, to aid in detoxifying the physical body, to remove fear, to enhance passion, to dispel bad dreams, to use in scrying divination to promote insight, to stimulate concentration, to promote communication, to aid in stilling the mind for successful meditation, for use with people undergoing chemotherapy, to aid in manifesting, to assist one in managing detailed projects, to relieve physical pain, to treat problems associated with the lower half of the physical body, to remove headache pain, and to aid in the assimilation of vitamins and minerals. Since this is a variety of Quartz, these properties also apply.

Anubis, Egyptian god of the afterlife

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Anubis
Egyptian Pantheon
God of Embalming who ushers the soul into the afterlife
Anput is both his consort and his female equivalent. Their daughter is the serpent goddess Kebechet.

Anubis was originally the Lord of the Underworld, though in time Osiris replaced him in this context. He is sometimes shown as a jackal, sometimes as a human, but most often as a combination of the two. Since these wild dogs like to hang around tombs, people naturally came to associate them with the dead. Anubis himself rescued the murdered Osiris from oblivion by embalming him. His functions are those of a priest and psychopomp: He invented and oversees the process of embalming; he receives the mummy as it is brought into the tomb, and then ushers the soul to the Field of Celestial Offerings; and he monitors the Scales of Truth, which weigh the hearts of the dead. He is associated with the color black, because embalming methods of the day caused the corpse to take on a very dark hue.

Symbols:

  • Scale
  • Fetish
  • Flail
  • Oxhide hanging from a pole

July’s Chakra Reading & Aromatherapy Recipe

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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. July brings us to the Third Eye Chakra, the center of insight, vision, and intuition. I firmly believe that intuition is not a “gift” only some are lucky enough to have. I believe intuition is an innate ability we all have. Some of us are just too busy sleepwalking through life to notice messages from the divine. This month, the Third Chakra asks you to tune inward…. Do you believe in intuition? Do you honor and listen to your intuition? Do you trust your intuition?

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.

The Third Eye Chakra is located in the pineal gland, center of the forehead/brow area, and back of the head. It functions and purpose include clarity, seeing, intuition, insight, goals, dreams, aspirations, imagination, dreaming, visualization, inner sight, inner guidance, intelligence, self-realization, seeing your life clearly, and seeing the bigger picture. Its Sanskrit name is Ajna, which means “perception, knowledge, authority, and command.” Ajna honors the psychic within each of us. The lessons and goal of the Third Eye is to guide us into trusting our intuition and inner knowing. Third Eye Chakra needs that must be met for transformation and transcendence to occur include: the ability to dream and have goals and aspirations, realizing your personal potential, ability to see the whole picture and have insight, ability to find meaning, personal growth and peak experiences, self-actualization and self-fulfillment.

July 2017 Third Eye Chakra Forecast: Many think that all intuitive abilities are associated with the Third Eye; when in fact, each Chakra has an intuitive ability. The Chakras act as antennas that receive and interpret energy from the other realms. From clairsentience, to clairempathy, to claircognizance, we all pick up the subtle messages from the universe in a unique way and tend to have an intuitive ability that is more dominant than the others. There are many different ways to read and sense energy. Some feel, some know, some hear, some see, some taste, some smell. The key is learning to identify how you connect to the divine and then nurturing that ability by using it, strengthening it, and developing it. Sure everyone wants to be clairvoyant (see energy and see the spirit world), but that might not be the way you are psychic. This month, go inward in meditation and contemplation. Sit in silence. Be still. Be aware of all that is around you. How do YOU connect and communicate with the divine?

Third Eye Chakra Aromatherapy Blend

  • 1 drop Tulsi (Holy Basil) essential oil
  • 2 drops Clary Sage essential oil
  • 3 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops Sandalwood essential oil
  • 1/2 ounce of a vegetable oil like coconut, jojoba, grapeseed or almond

Blend the essential oils into the vegetable oil then anoint your third eye. As you do this, repeat the following affirmations: “My inner vision is clear and strong. I see all things in clarity. I trust my intuition and inner vision and always understand the true meaning of life situations.”


About: 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 ‘Third Eye Chakra and the Foundation of Intuitive Development’ please visit the Chakra Mini-Series page for monthly $17 online mini chakra classes. We also have an online Chakra Boot Camp series on Chakra Intuitive Development. And join us for our ‘Autumn Equinox Women’s Chakra Retreat’ in West Bend, Wisconsin September 15 to 17, 2017.

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

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June 21 – July 20

At this point in the cycle of our journey through the zodiac, Cancer brings our attention to our emotional needs, as represented by the Moon in our birth chart. This is the first of the water signs, and just as the physical moon pulls on the earth’s oceans to create tidal forces, so our inner Moon tugs at the feeling frequencies created by our ego’s subliminal longing to return to the fullness of our soul’s field of unconditional love. Our earliest experiences of parental and family nurturing, or lack of it, determine deep subconscious patterns around our emotional needs and expressions. Positive and healthy family and nurturing relationships can provide a foundation that strengthens our capacity to give and receive love and care, thus attuning us to the higher frequencies of spiritual love, but ultimately it is not enough. Our many lifetimes of being human have destined all of us with repeating episodes of emotional, disappointment, pain and healing, and in the process have challenged us to return our awareness to our most reliable source of unconditional love…that of divine spirit through our souls.  

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: Your normal mode is to be independent and take action on your own. However, during this month of Cancer, you may notice your emotional needs for nurturing are more pronounced. Rather than feel this as a distraction, why not use this time to tend to what needs some care. This could involve you assertively asking for nurturing and/or offering it to others. If being alone is required, then bring your best intentions and skills to self-care.  This will strengthen your ability to stay on path through the rest of the year.

Taurus: Creating security is a big part of your ego’s perspective in this lifetime, Taurus. That’s why you are drawn to increasing your resources by making money and accumulating what you value. For you, more than most people, this feels good and is good. During this month of Cancer, do a reality check around your values as they pertain to your emotional life. Money, food and other material pleasures may not be meeting the totality of your security needs. Are you being nurtured and nurturing your loved ones? If not, you risk drifting into material greed and decadence. Share some of that abundance and pleasure with others.

Gemini: Gemini, you may notice during this month that you feel a stronger than usual draw to talking with family members, or at least thinking about them. Bring your natural curiosity and need for mental stimulation to an intention to learn more about emotional dynamics, your own, in others, and in relationship. The challenge here will be to relax your restless mind enough to also feel into the emotional frequencies that are present. If you can do this, your mind will be rewarded with rich insights and your heart with wisdom.

Cancer: This is your month, Cancer. Now, more than ever, it’s important you embrace the soft, vulnerable, and sensitive sides of your personality. At times, those parts of you can feel out of place, under-valued by the society, and even embarrassing. Use this time to increase your ego’s ability to claim the positive intentions of these attributes. The world needs more people who can reveal the value of feelings and offer emotional nurturing to others. And during Cancer, others are feeling it.

Leo: OK, Leo. Time to shine your bright, solar light onto your inner Moon, letting it reflect your softer qualities into the playful nurturing of those around you. Children (including “inner children), cooking, cooperative activities, family stories, and such can feel very fulfilling to you. To the extent you are feeling emotionally nurtured and secure in yourself, you can nurture others by modeling how to take center stage with joyful confidence and then encourage them to do the same.

Virgo: In this Cancer month, Virgo, the invitation for you is to direct your natural inclinations for service and order down into your heart and follow the feelings that will guide you toward nurturing others and your self in practical ways. For yourself, how do your habits and routines reflect on your emotional health? If needed, can you ask for help without judging yourself? For others, can you offer your practical services and logical outlook in ways that others feel nurtured and affirmed?

Libra: Your natural tendencies toward supporting others can easily channel this month’s Cancer warmth and caring into all your primary relationships, especially a partnership. Just be careful not to smother your loved-one. Others need to take some responsibility for their emotional health. By the same token, during this time you might feel more need to be nurtured by your relationship(s). Feel free to ask for that, but be ready to reach into your own inner resource of self-love to maintain balance.  

Scorpio: Like Cancer, Scorpio is a water sign and resonates with the emotional, feeling frequencies. During this time, Scorpio, you might feel more protective of those things you share with a loved one, whether it be money, things, values, time or sexual intimacy. This is because you associate those with your own emotional security. If things get intense, the opportunity is to be aware of what you are feeling and share your concerns about your needs. Remember, change is your friend.

Sagittarius: Your usual flair for adventure, exploration and travel may be distracted by a need for home and family, creating some sentimentality. Consider including a familial love-one in your adventures, but be ready to slow down or yield direction. Likewise, your penchant for exploring philosophical and metaphysical beliefs might cause concern for creating unintended chasms with loved-ones. Maybe this is a good time to invite a deeper dialogue with open-minded loved ones. The trick is to not preach or be “right”, but rather lean into the bonds of love while acknowledging any differences in opinion.

Capricorn: Capricorn is opposite Cancer in the zodiac. Therefore, Capricorn, you may feel the polarized tugs inside yourself, one toward your worldly role in society and career and the other toward your family responsibilities. This is a time for leaning into the family and nurturing side. Beyond family, at work, pay attention to the emotional dynamics around your colleagues, your clients and yourself. You typically run roughshod over those, so use this time to offer some sensitivity.

Aquarius: Your ordinary emotional aloofness toward your network of friends and associates, may, during this Cancer month, slip into a more sentimental mode. In fact, more than usual, they could feel like your true family. If you realize this, take time to open your heart and offer moments of emotional connection and nurturing to those you value. It’s also important that you invite some of your social contacts and friends into your home, where your heart may be more accessible.

Pisces: As the third water sign, Pisces resonates with emotions and feelings from a collective perspective. Pisces, your heightened sensitivity to others’ feelings makes this month of Cancer especially challenging. This is a good time to apply discernment to the influence of your childhood family on your present emotional patterns so that you do not project them onto those around you who may be acting out familiar roles. At your best, you can bring true soul compassion to nurture those around you and yourself.

Note about zodiac dates: The dates associated with the signs of the zodiac are based on averages, since in any given year the exact ingresses can range from the 19th to the 22nd. They also vary depending on the time zone in which you were born. If you’re unsure of your sign, you can email Barry at [email protected] with your birth data, including the exact time of your birth, and he will send you a chart with exact sign placements for free. You can also obtain your chart at astrology.com.


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.

 

 

 

 

 

color the tarot, learn the tarot

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As an adult that has never outgrown coloring, I was thrilled when the adult coloring craze first took the nation by storm. I loved to color as a kid and I love it even more as a grown woman. It was hard, though, for many years to find anything other than My Little Pony or Barbie Princesses coloring books until it became a popular pastime for grown-ups a couple of years back. Now you can find a wide variety of coloring books, calendars, and canvases to color and I couldn’t be happier about it. In addition to my addiction to coloring, I love tarot and oracle cards of any kind. So just imagine my excitement when I first discovered a deck of tarot cards to color myself!

A deck of 78 cards in need of some color may sound like a daunting task to some, but to me this challenge brings with it something more than some quiet time with my colored pencils. It gives me the opportunity to learn more about the tarot itself, an intense study of the symbolism and meaning behind the cards because I’m forced to spend time with each and every one as I color it.

I have been studying tarot for more than 20 years, but there is still much for me to learn about this mysterious form of divination. Coloring the cards has helped me to better connect with them, and it has also made it easier to understand and remember the significance of the pictures, symbols, and numbers on each card. There’s a lot to remember when it comes to tarot. When you spend time with the cards in this manner, it’s easier to familiarize yourself with them. You remember because you looked at the same image for a long time, in a meditation of sorts, and it imprints itself in your memory.

It’s also fun to choose the colors for your cards. When I select a card to work on, I like to look at that same card in several different decks to see what colors others have used. Is there significance behind the colors of the cards? Perhaps. But when you color your own cards, you can change that if you’d like. You can spice up a card by using fiery colors like red, orange, and yellow. If you want to invoke more peace or serenity in a particular card, you can do so by adding some calming colors like light blue or purple. It’s really all up to you, and that’s what’s so cool about it.

So if you’re up for a challenge, I highly recommend coloring your own tarot. It’s a relaxing way to learn more about the cards…and when you’re done you’ll have your own beautiful deck to work with!


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The throat chakra is the center of communication and self-expression.

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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. June brings us to the Throat Chakra, the center of communication and self-expression. This month, the Throat Chakra asks you to examine the story of your life; are you the author creating your own story, or do you let others write your story for you? Are you the main character in your life story or are you just secondary? Is your life story truthful or a work of fiction? Do you speak the truth to yourself and others?

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.

The Throat Chakra is located in the throat and neck. It is the center of communication, expression, and where we experience the world non-verbally through vibration, sound, symbols, myths, and archetypes. The Throat Chakra teaches us lessons about self-expression. The Sanskrit name is Vishudda, which means “the pure place” or “especially pure.” So naturally, we must ask ourselves: Is my communication pure? Am I true to my word? Do I express myself both verbally and non-verbally with truth and clarity? Some Throat Chakra needs that must be met for healing and transcendence to occur include the ability to express one’s self non-verbally (through body language, music, art, etc), healthy verbal communication, and an appreciation for art and beauty.

June 2017 Throat Chakra Forecast: The Throat Chakra is the gateway for truth and communication. Stories are stored in the subconsciousness and told through the Throat Chakra. The Throat Chakra is where we access the archetypes, myths, and symbols that help give our life meaning, purpose, and guide our character traits and personalities. We are the storytellers of our life. It’s time to evaluate and critique your life story. Are you the author creating your own story, or do you let others write your story for you? Are you the main character in your life story or are you just secondary? Is your awareness, energy, and attention always on someone or something else? Is your life story truthful or a work of fiction? Do you speak the truth to yourself and others? What’s the biggest lie you have told yourself about your life and why it is where it is now? As the storyteller, you alone have the power to edit, rewrite, and modify things in your life that are no longer working for you. You are powerful over your situation.

Throat Chakra Blend

  • 3 drops German (Blue) chamomile
  • 4 drops Rosemary essential oil
  • 5 drops Sage essential oil
  • 1 ounce of a vegetable oil like coconut, jojoba, or almond

Blend the essential oils into the vegetable oil then massage some over the throat and neck area. As you do this, repeat the following affirmations: “My thoughts are positive and I always express myself both verbally and non-verbally with truth and clarity. I am the storyteller of my life and have power over each and every situation.” Seal your intent by participating in a throat chakra activity such as singing, chanting, or listening to music.


If you are interested in learning more about the ‘Throat Chakra, The Archetypes, and the Stories of our Lives’ 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 ‘Summer Solstice Women’s Chakra Retreat’ in West Bend, Wisconsin June 16 to 18, 2017: https://mindsoulandself.com/womens-wellness-retreats/

About: 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!

 

Days of the week with their correspondences

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The days of the week were originally named for the sun, the moon, and the five known planets.  These planets were associated with particular gods depending upon the culture.  For example, the Greeks, the Romans, and Germanic peoples each had their own gods associated with the different days of the week.

To invoke the energy of the planets or deities listed below, wear or carry one of the listed stones on the corresponding day of the week.  Wearing crystal jewelry (or keeping a stone in your pocket) in this way is also considered a talisman of good luck and protection.

These stones can also help you ease into your day and more easily work through whatever the day may bring.  To go deeper into the day’s energy vibration, try meditating with your chosen stone on your third eye chakra, create a crystal grid, or place the stone in a prominent position on your altar or in your sacred space.

Another interesting way to use these stones is to find out what day of the week you were born on and use the corresponding stone as a personal talisman.  For example, I was born on a Friday, Freya’s Day.  There’s something fascinating that happens when we are born into this world…and the cosmos imprints that energy onto our spirit from the exact moment we are born.  If you embrace that energy and tap into the strength it can give you, you can create and do amazing things.

So, if I wanted to strengthen my understanding of the archetypal energy of love and beauty, enhance my connection to Venus (or Aphrodite or Freya), or utilize the positive aspects of the planet Venus, I would carry or wear an Emerald, Copper, Chrysoprase, Rose Quartz, or Pink Tourmaline at all times as a personal talisman.  Wearing and carrying these stones as personal talismans will strengthen the positive attributes of this archetype and balance its negative attributes.


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creating your own oracle deck

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I am a self-proclaimed oracle card junkie. I can spot a new deck in a heartbeat – and when we get something I’m unfamiliar with in the store, I can’t wait to check it out. I’ve collected many decks throughout the years, and I have many “favorites.” The thing I’ve discovered, though, is that I am never completely satisfied – I always want more. You could say that this is because I’m “addicted” to cards, or maybe just that I’m bored with what I already have. The truth is, though, that I’ve never resonated so much with a deck that I felt like it was “the one.” Perhaps I didn’t connect with all of the images in a particular deck. After all, there are always a couple of cards in each deck that I don’t particularly love. Or maybe the accompanying guidebook didn’t seem all that interesting. Whatever the reason was that kept me from truly connecting with each of my decks, it always felt like a let-down. This inspired me to start creating my own oracle cards, and this is something I’ve become very passionate about.

Why take the time to create your own oracle or tarot deck? I mean, it sounds kind of arduous if you really stop to think about it. Well first of all, when you make your own cards, you know that it is a one-of-a-kind deal. There is not another one like it out there, and that alone makes it pretty special. In addition, creating your own cards allows you to tailor it specifically to meet your own needs and desires. If you don’t like something you’ve created, you have the power to eliminate it! Another reason to make your own cards is because creativity can be very therapeutic. The process itself is often healing in some way, whether you realize it at the time or not. When you decide to create a personal deck, the possibilities are endless. Nothing is too weird, and if you can dream it – there’s always a way to bring it life in a deck! Last but certainly not least, creating oracle cards can lead to business opportunities. If you create something amazing, chances are someone else might want in on it as well. It’s something that can be marketed and sold if that’s something you choose to explore at some point.

As I mentioned before, I have a long history of collecting and working with many different oracle and tarot card decks. It wasn’t until I started drawing some whimsical drawings in in the pages of my journal that I realized an oracle deck was coming to life right before my very eyes. I am by no means a Picasso. Far from it actually. Much of my artwork is asymmetrical and goofy, but mine is that way by accident – not on purpose – and hey, I’m okay with that. Art is therapeutic for me. It’s an outlet in which my emotions inspire and fuel my creative side, and I enjoy it. My first oracle deck didn’t happen overnight. While working on my first set of cards, my mom was diagnosed with cancer and became quite ill very quickly. I put my deck aside during that time, and didn’t pick it up until years later. After my mom died, I honestly kind of forgot about my cards. I was very busy caring for my small children, and I was very depressed because I was so lonely for my mom. One day I found the journal of cards I had started, and I was instantly inspired to get back to work on them. I worked on them as often as I could because I was determined to get them done and start using them. I decided to call my first oracle deck The Watchful Eye Oracle.  I was so proud and excited when I finished it. I wrote a companion booklet to go with my cards, self-published my deck, and had them professionally printed with boxes and all.

Not long after completing The Watchful Eye Oracle, I got to work on my second set of oracle cards entitled Bright In-sight. This particular deck of hand-painted cards was quite different than my first deck. Not only was the style of artwork different, but the intended use was different as well. These cards were designed to be used more as a meditation tool or a pick-me-up. I created them especially for those that struggle with depression, mood disorders, or anyone experiencing negativity or hardships (so just about everyone on the planet). Again the process was very healing for me. I enjoyed working on the cards and couldn’t wait to get them out there for other people to work with, too.

I’m currently working on two more oracle decks: Mood Mani-acts and a Day of the Dead Angels deck. My artwork is vastly differently from deck to deck, and I feel this makes each one even more unique. I don’t want to be a one-trick pony, if you know what I mean.

Anyone can create their own oracle cards. Whatever your artistic skill level is it really doesn’t matter. You can do this if you want to. Need some suggestions to get you started? Here are some ideas:

  • Sketch your ideas on index cards and fill them in with some high-quality colored pencils (you’ll want to use some decent pencils if you go this route).
  • Paint your oracle using acrylic or watercolor paints. You can do this on any paper you like. If the images are painted on larger paper or in a journal, you can always scan them in later and print them out to get the size you’d prefer.
  • Use gel pens to “Zendoodle” or “Zentangle” card designs.
  • Make collaged cards using photographs and interesting papers.
  • Laminate your cards to make them more durable.
  • Purchase a blank set of cards that already have “backs” to them (we sell these at Mimosa).

If you’re unable to find that perfect deck as I was, I strongly encourage you to try and make your own. Enjoy the process and be kind to yourself while you do it. You’ll find that many of the imperfections you initially struggle with were intended to be there all along. A handcrafted deck is very meaningful and that will make for some pretty insightful readings, if you ask me!

Some resources:
~ Kelly’s Bright In-sight deck on our website: Bright In-sight
~ Here’s the blank card deck we carry: Blank Cards
~ If you’re new to Zentangle, find out more here: Zentangle website
~ And here are some Zentangle books we carry at Mimosa: Zentangle books
(We don’t currently have the Watchful Eye deck up on the website, because it’s been out of stock for a while, but we just got more decks in the store. We’ll add it to the website sometime in the next few days.)

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

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May 21 – June 20

Having established a stability of survival, comfort, security and values in the sign of Taurus, now, in Gemini, our soul prompts us to explore the world around us, taking in the plethora of information available to us through our senses. Our logical, rational mind, as represented by Mercury, exists to process all that data, making sense of it, seeing connections, forming ideas and testing our perceptions by communicating with those around us. In our journey toward spiritual consciousness in human form, Gemini is our ego’s first stretch outside itself to discover it’s way back to soul awareness. Making sense of this physical world and the relationships and dualities within it is an endless source of mental fascination and delight. However, until we balance this with a deeper intention toward wisdom, our Gemini curiosity can devolve into merely a shallow and hubristic extension of our ego’s limited awareness and ignorance of soul.

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: Aries, this month you may feel an upsurge in your ability and desire to explore, initiate and communicate ideas. You just may have some brilliant inspirations, but pay attention to how fast you are talking, and if your mind is scattered. This is a clue to whether you will actually follow through with your enthusiasm. Pause to question, be curious and listen. Your mind may feel in a hurry, but your soul may want you to learn more before acting.

Taurus: Ideas and communications are not what you typically value most, Taurus, especially if they don’t promise some practical outcome. During Gemini, however, you may value your intellect and an ability to more quickly think and talk. If you apply your practicality to how you communicate, your usual concern about “easier said than done” will be alleviated. So let yourself brainstorm a bit with others. No one can force their ideas on you, so no need to be stubborn. New ideas are not your enemy. They are pathways back to your soul.

Gemini: This is your time of year, Gemini, so let your curiosity loose. Just try to apply some degree of focus so you don’t scatter your attention and energy too far wide and feel drained and confused. If you were listening to your body last month in Taurus, you should have some ideas about what priorities you have for learning, sharing, and/or teaching and with whom. So use this time to follow through by using your gifts of mental awareness and communication to make the appropriate connections and plans. Take actions so it all doesn’t just remain in your head. Your decisions will lead you to the growthful experiences that your soul wants for you.

Cancer: Cancer, though you are typically abundant with feelings and emotions, it’s not always easy for you to communicate them to others. Emotions are information from our soul that need translating for our egos to understand. During this Gemini month, you may find that you are more easily able to connect your feelings to thoughts and words. This can bring you more clarity within, and it empowers you to share your heart with others. Likewise, you can improve your ability to listen to others’ feelings and express your empathy and compassion in effective ways. Don’t take it personally.

Leo: The Gemini qualities of words and wit offer you, Leo, an opportunity to shine your talents through writing, speaking, and acting. Even if not applied to a formal artistic endeavor, give your voice permission to open up and be heard. Your soul’s intention in Leo is to teach you that you are a unique and blessed expression of the divine one. So, trust your heart and passion to bring through your voice a ray of love to the world. Expect feedback, and listen, but don’t let it stop you. Not all have ears to hear you.

Virgo: Virgo, your usual devotion to creating order through lists, routines and schedules may be challenged this month. The Gemini influence has your mind wandering with curiosity, so embrace it. Daily life may feel scattered with multiple tasks and projects, and this is not your comfort zone, but if you apply your talent for precision and clarity to how you communicate with others, you just might find some new and interesting possibilities to explore in your life. Listen to others for how your compassion can serve in a practical way.

Libra: If you are in a relationship, Libra, your partner better be ready for a more than usual amount of talking. Your need for communication with a significant other is high during this month. So find someone close. Your gift for seeing many sides of an issue will be supported by a higher degree of mental agility and communication skills to bring about balance and fairness. This could be a good time to resolve issues with any antagonists in your life. Your soul is longing for experiences of intimacy and that requires communication.

Scorpio: Scorpio, this month’s Gemini influence will heighten your curiosity about the secret, intimate and emotional aspects of life. It won’t be enough to just quietly observe those around you. You may feel an urge to probe their minds and uncover their feelings. When done from soulful consciousness, this can deepen intimacy for you and another, perhaps even improving your sexual life. Be careful not to let curiosity drift into manipulation. Words are powerful. Use them wisely.

Sagittarius: OK, Sag, now is the time to take those deep and meaningful understandings you have been gaining and give them your own words. Write, teach, speak. You have wisdom to share in ways that only your soul can do. You are here to inspire others. The key is being curious about how those cosmic concepts apply to the “here and now” reality around you. The insights you gained last month in Taurus should help. If nothing else, travel and learn a new language.

Capricorn: This is the time for you to communicate your vision and plans, Capricorn. You may feel drawn in too many directions, but if you focus on communications, you will lay the groundwork for action to come. People will recognize your intellect at this time. Be curious about who can help you and why. Your soul is directing your mind and your tongue to the people and opportunities for manifesting your dream. Stay flexible.

Aquarius: During this Gemini influence, Aquarius, your mind is flooded with many exciting and unpredictable ideas. That’s what you normally do, anyway, but now it’s especially important that you surround yourself with your tribe, your team, your kindred souls. Through collective brainstorming, you can trust your comrades to help sort out and prioritize all those unusual and intuitive ideas. There is divine method in this madness. Just keep it flowing.

Pisces: Pisces, your deeply sensitive nature typically causes you to stay a bit shy and withdrawn, unable to find words that capture the other-worldly awarenesses that flow through you. During this Gemini month, you may find better access to thoughts and language that allows you to share with others. Let Gemini help your mind discern the dimensions of your inner world, give definition to it, and express it into the world through writing, poetry, music, chanting, and the like. You bring the energy of wholeness (Pisces) to the mind’s illusive dualities (Gemini).


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.

aura quartz for vibrant color

Aura quartz is made by exposing quartz crystals to vaporized metals. Below is a list of the different kinds of aura quartz.

Name Color(s) Metal(s) Properties
Amethyst aura purple magnesium & platinum 6th & 7th chakras; spiritual wholeness, joy, meditation, instill a sense of childlike wonder, connect with nature & fairy realm
Angel / Opal aura pale multi- colored silver & platinum 4th & 7th chakras; opening to deep spiritual experience, connecting with angels & guides, lovingkindness, safety, security, peace
Apple aura green nickel 4th chakra; purify energy body, balance & align chakras, digestive problems, bring about necessary change, instill courage
Aqua aura teal blue gold 5th & 6th chakras; opening to psychic insight, connecting heart & throat chakras (speaking inner truth), spiritual evolution
Champagne aura golden gold & iron 3rd & 7th chakras; divine healing energy, opening to new experiences, stimulating conscious awareness, spiritual ascension
Cobalt aura dark blue w/ gold flashes cobalt 6th chakra; non-attachment, meditation, helps one connect with emotions, dissipates anger, connecting to water element
Melon / Orange / Tangerine aura / Imperial Gold mellow orange copper, gold, & iron 2nd, 3rd & 4th chakras; compassion, forgiveness, emotional healing, repair damaged relationships, promotes joy
Rainbow / Flame aura dark multi- colored titanium and/or niobium 1st, 6th & 7th chakras; enhance psychic insight, connect spiritually with nature, lucid dreaming & dream recall, self-reflection
Rose / Ruby / Raspberry aura pink silver, gold, & platinum 4th chakra; lovingkindness, easing emotional trauma, recovering from abuse, detoxing, tactful communication
Sunset Aura Yellow and Purple iron and/or platinum & gold

with titanium and/or niobium

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, & 7th chakras; joy & happiness, relieve seasonal affective disorder, enhance self esteem & personal power, spiritual grounding, enhance psychic insight, self-reflection
Sunshine aura yellow iron and/or platinum & gold 2nd & 3rd chakras; joy & happiness, relieve seasonal affective disorder, enhance self esteem & personal power, spiritual grounding
Tanzan / Celestial aura cornflower blue iridium & gold 5th & 6th chakras; astral travel, connecting to angelic realms, gaining intuitive guidance, communicating with the other side


Ultra Aura Quartz

Recently, a new line of aura quartzes have come onto the market known as Ultra Aura Quartz. The companies that make these crystals have been secretive about what combination of metals they use to create them, and they’re so new that we don’t yet have much information about their specific metaphysical properties. We’re listing them for you below for your reference, using the traditional aura quartz most closely associated with each one (generally by color) as a reference.

Name Color Nearest Traditional Aura Quartz (for comparison)
Cotton Candy Aura vibrant pink to magenta Rose Aura
Cranberry Aura pale purple Amethyst Aura
Daffodil Aura (also sometimes called Moonglow) lemon yellow Sunshine Aura
Kiwi Aura (also sometimes called Verde) lime green Apple Aura
Peach Aura deep orange Melon Aura
Pistachio Aura pale green Apple Aura
Sugar Aura pale pink Rose Aura