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When God Was a Little Girl: Interview with author David Weiss

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Here is a book that is truly “for all ages.” Customers have been unable to keep their hands off this beautifully illustrated picture book — we regularly find adults standing by the display, reading it from cover to cover! 

Nautilus Award-winning When God Was a Little Girl retells the biblical creation story in the form of a conversation between father and daughter, imagining creation as a joyous art project. Joan Lindemann’s illustrations show God as a young girl of diverse races, playing and crafting the brand-new Earth. The book is non-denominational, and friendly to open-minded people of any belief system.

In this interview with author David Weiss, he shares some fascinating insights into what makes God real and relevant to our lives. 

Mimosa: Did this story actually originate from a real-life conversation in the car?

David: Yes and no. After Susanna’s mom and I divorced when she was three years old, I picked her up in Madison every three or four weeks and we made the 3½-hour drive back to Decorah for the weekend. Along the way Susanna did — always — ask me to tell her a story … several times each trip. So I told her countless stories over the years; usually stories about when she was a little girl, or when her brother was a little boy, or even when I was a little boy. Eventually, we began to tell more fanciful tales that we made up together, and these were often “creation”-themed, but never quite as elaborate as this one. But father-daughter stories unfolding during a long ride was our pattern for at least five or six years.

Mimosa: You describe yourself as a “freelance theologian.” Where do you feel you fit within the Christian community?

David: I suppose you would say “at the edge” … which is fine with me. I grew up Lutheran, and I continue to worship in the Lutheran tradition, though I’m definitely at the left edge of the tradition. My parish in St. Paul was the first Lutheran church in Minnesota to grant equal membership to African Americans—in 1953—and the first in the United States to be openly affirming of and welcoming to LGBT persons—in 1981.

Personally, I think of God as an unwavering energy of love that pulses like a sort of cosmic heartbeat. I regard Jesus as one embodied image of holy living; in him we see a person who sought to unconditionally open himself to that energy of love. I don’t think he’s unique in that sense, but his life is startling vivid, and since I’ve known his story since I was a little child it has particular power for me.

Mimosa: Do you write this book to fill an unmet need?

David: Yes—several of them, actually. As a parent who’s also a theologian, I often found myself cringing at the simplistic way that most children’s “bible stories” are told. They typically retell the biblical story by simplifying the language but missing much of the inner richness.

In fact, for a while I was teaching Intro to Bible classes to college students, I would assign them to read several children’s bible story books and critique them on how well they actually captured the richness of the story as we studied it in our class. For instance, in the original Hebrew of the Genesis story, God takes some adamah (the Hebrew word for dirt) and fashions an adam (which we translate as the name Adam, but would be much better translated as “an earthling” made from earth.) It’s clearly a wordplay intended to remind us that we are kin to the dirt beneath our feet.

That’s why in my tale I have God take some rich dark dirt—humus—and use it to make humus beings. Of course, it’s playful, but it’s also profound: the earth’s soil is our distant cousin, and we ought to treat it with reverence and kindness. That’s an echo of the Genesis tale that we desperately need to hear today. And I carry that theme further by explaining why we name the animals in the garden—not to control them, but to befriend them. This idea is also in the Hebrew, where the purpose of naming is to establish relationship.

The Genesis creation tales were never intended to be science, but rather to be rich in symbolism, and kids are as conversant in symbol as adults—so this tale tries to recapture some of that symbolism and offer it to children.

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Mimosa: Joan Lindeman’s illustrations depict God in many races, but all show her as a girl. Was gender an important factor in this choice, or did it come about simply because the story is about a girl?

David: Very intentional—as a man who’s been deeply shaped by feminist theology, I am convinced that the way we image—and gender—God affects the way we value gender among humans. A God who is always portrayed as male does harm girls (and women!) by suggesting that the most holy and whole “Person” is male. It absolutely gives femaleness a second-class value. I wanted my daughter to know in her imagination, which is where our deepest truths reside, that she, too, was fully in the “image of God.” And, because Susanna’s childhood joy was art projects, I wanted her to know that the exuberant joy she felt while creating art was one moment in which she knew God’s own exuberant joy.

Beyond this, I also use the story to challenge two other damaging biases we often hold. At least over the last several hundred years, darkness has come to be “coded” as threatening, deficient, even evil. That dys-valuing of darkness undergirds racism, and fills our language with lots of metaphors that inevitably spill over onto the skin and into the souls of persons of color. So in my story, when Susanna says that Love was the color of darkness, she reclaims the dark for Good.

Similarly, whenever a creation account concludes with the first two human beings it implies that somehow these first two—whatever color or size they were—were somehow the “best” against which all of us either measure up or fall short (sort of the way that media images of girls and women today leave most many feeling impossibly inadequate). So in my story God creates “whole bunches of them” from the very start—in all hues and all sizes—and they’re all called “very good.” Diversity and difference are there from the start, as part of God’s plan for the world.

Of course, I don’t spell all of this out, but it’s there, peeking out from within the richness of the story. And as the story is read and re-read it does plant seeds of these ideas in the imagination of both children and adults, and some of these seeds will bear fruit.

Finally, of course, Joan brings the diversity, the joy, and the tenderness of this tale vividly to life in her stunning illustrations. It was her idea to portray God as a little girl with differing ethnic features (and at different ages) in the story, inviting that many more girls to find reflections of themselves in its pages.

Mimosa: Is it tough to market a book with “God” in the title?

David: Well, it’s tough to market this book, for sure. Most Christian bookstores tend to be more conservative in tone, and the book’s feminist tilt isn’t exactly in sync with most of their customers. But many general bookstores and children’s bookstores also don’t quite know what to do with it. It’s got too much “God” to fit with the general picture books, but not quite the “right” God to be at home in the “religious” picture books. I guess you’d say it’s a hidden gem. Actually the two bookstores where it has done the best are the Ten Thousand Villages (Fair Trade crafts) store in St. Paul, where it appeals a customer base that is largely progressive and female—and here at Mimosa, where religion is honored for its richness that spills over many boundaries.

Mimosa: What was it like to win a Nautilus Award?

David: Oh my, my eyes filled with tears when I told my wife, and my voice broke with emotion when I called my parents. This is a self-published book, crowd-funded by a Kickstarter campaign. The odds of us winning a national book award in which we were competing with books published by major publishers were long indeed. But the Nautilus Awards were founded fifteen years ago with the express purpose to identify and lift up “books that inspire and connect our lives” offering “spiritual growth, green values, and positive social change.” That is exactly what we set out to create in When God Was a Little Girl, and Joan and I are both so very pleased that the Nautilus Awards saw these very things in our book. We would have taken great pride in our book no matter what, but it is a truly sweet joy to see its richness recognized by others.

Link to David Weiss’s website

Four Commonly Misdiagnosed Illnesses & How to Support Them with Healing Crystal

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Medical experts agree that thyroid conditions seem to be on the rise. The causes, although still uncertain for sure, are thought to be linked to a variety of triggers such as environmental toxins and pollution, an increase in auto-immune diseases, radiation exposure, an increase in viral and bacterial illnesses linked to thyroid disease, smoking, gluten intolerance, and eating too many foods with high soy or iodine content.

With so many people being affected by thyroid conditions, it is imperative that healers and energy workers know how to help energetically support this growing health crisis. Crystal healing is a great way to complement and enhance the treatment you are receiving from your physician. For most people, treatment will be an ongoing process because most thyroid conditions are chronic issues and are not reversible. Crystals can be used to balance the energy relating to the condition itself (as well as the outward symptoms), by working to bring your energy body into alignment, while the physical body is being treated by your physician. This combination of traditional and alternative approaches to healing will help to heal your whole self, both the energetic and physical bodies, so that you receive the greatest possible benefit.

The four most common thyroid disorders are Hashimoto’s Disease (the most common cause of hypothyroidism – under active thyroid), Grave’s Disease (the most common cause of hyperthyroidism – over active thyroid), goiter (enlarged thyroid), and thyroid nodules (cancerous or non-cancerous growths on the thyroid). Since each of these conditions has different symptoms and causes, the crystals used to support you will vary.

Hashimoto’s Disease & Under-Active Thyroid:

Because Hashimoto’s Disease is an auto-immune disease, Carnelian or Serpentine can be used to balance the energy of your immune system. Try wearing a piece of Carnelian or Serpentine jewelry (especially a pendant on a short chain near the thyroid gland) to get the immune system back into alignment so that it no longer disrupts thyroid function. The pendant should be worn continuously and should be cleansed regularly, at least once per week, to ensure maximum benefit to your immune system. Amber, Bloodstone, Clear Calcite, Orange Calcite, Tangerine Calcite, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Black Tourmaline, Turquoise, and Vanadinite have also been known to balance the energy of the immune system so they would make good alternative choices to the Carnelian or Serpentine.

The symptoms of Hashimoto’s Disease are quite varied and often mimic symptoms associated with other health problems. Fatigue, ranging from mild to severe, and sleepiness are very common in people with Hashimoto’s Disease. Getting your immune system back into balance will often help reduce the fatigue associated with this condition, so using the Carnelian or Serpentine, as described above, is a great way to help support the you if you are experiencing chronic fatigue. However, for those days when you feel particularly sluggish, try using a piece of Ruby or Garnet (carried in your pocket) as a quick and easy pick-me-up. Citrine has also been shown to be beneficial for balancing the energy related to chronic fatigue and tiredness, so it would make a good alternative choice to the more expensive Ruby or Garnet stones.

Because Hashimoto’s patients feel constantly run-down due to fatigue, depression is a common secondary symptom of the disease. Orange Calcite, Yellow Fluorite, Lapis Lazuli, Fire Opal, Pyrite, Lithium Quartz, Rutilated Quartz, and Tiger’s Eye (Blue, Golden, or Red) have all been used successfully for energetic support of those suffering from depression and its associated symptoms. You may try holding one of these stones over your Sacral Chakra (your emotional center) or over your Solar Plexus Chakra (the center where negative emotion is most commonly stored) for 15 minutes per day, everyday, for at least three to four weeks. Be sure to speak with your physician about treatment options for your depression (especially if it is moderate to severe). Instead of holding the stone over the chakra centers, meditating with your chosen crystal can also help you to work through your depression. Make yourself comfortable in a place where you will not be disturbed and hold the crystal in your hands. Take a deep breath in and exhale gently. As you exhale, feel yourself releasing any feelings or emotions that are not for your highest good. Continue to breathe in and out, releasing any unwanted energy as you exhale, until all negative emotion has been released. Take another deep breath in and feel the energy of your crystal begin to enter your physical body. It fills you up with positive energy. Continue to breathe in and out, allowing the positive energy from the crystal to expand outward, until it fills your entire physical body. Continue this breathing with your crystal, feeling the positive energy begin to expand out into your energy field, until it has filled your entire aura with positive, healing energy. When you feel ready you can slowly open your eyes, wiggle your toes, and drink a glass of water to ground yourself.

Constipation is a more minor side-effect of Hashimoto’s Disease, but can be quite uncomfortable if it is chronic. To get things moving again, try using an Apricot Botswana Agate. You can hold the stone over your belly for 2-3 minutes before and after each meal time. You may even want to try moving it in small circles while holding the intention to ease discomfort and regulate your system. Additionally, you may want to try stones associated with healthy digestion such as Ametrine, Golden Calcite, Honey Calcite, Carnelian, Citrine, Yellow Fluorite, Red Garnet, Gaspeite, Pink Heulandite, Red Jasper, Apple Aura Quartz, Papaya Quartz, Sunstone, Imperial Golden Topaz, or Green Zoisite.

Weight gain is often attributed to Hashimoto’s patients (especially in middle-aged women). Click Here to check out our blog on the “Top 4 Tips for Using Crystals for Weight Loss.”

Dry skin and hair are also commonly associated with Hashimoto’s Disease. Green Aventurine is useful for alleviating skin problems in general, as are Brazilianite and Rainbow Fluorite. Pink Calcite, Pink Chalcedony, & Peach Stilbite may also prove useful for returning skin or hair to its normal, healthy appearance.

Women with Hashimoto’s Disease may also suffer from heavy or irregular menstrual periods. Citrine, Peach Moonstone, Rainbow Moonstone, and White Moonstone can help energetically regulate menstruation. Wearing a gemstone bracelet made from one of these stones is a simple way to help keep your body on a regular cycle. It’s best to wear the bracelet all the time (if possible), but wearing it at least during the time of your cycle (starting a few days before it begins and continuing to wear it until a few days after it has ended) is necessary for effective results.

Heavy menstruation can sometimes lead to anemia (iron deficiency) which can cause feelings of coldness, even when others are warm and comfortable. It can be uncomfortable and irritating to feel constantly cold in your body. Green Apatite, Hematite, and Green Kyanite can energetically aid your body’s ability to absorb and use appropriate levels of iron in the body (reducing the anemia and thus, reducing the coldness felt in the body). If coldness is felt, but your iron levels are shown to be normal, Clear Fluorite may be used to help warm your body when you are feeling cold.

Goiter is also sometimes associated with Hashimoto’s Disease. See the “Thyroid Goiter & Enlarged Thyroid” section below for more information about supporting thyroid goiter with crystals.

Grave’s Disease & Over-Active Thyroid:

Similar to Hashimoto’s Disease, the symptoms of Grave’s Disease are quite varied and often mimic symptoms associated with other health problems.

Anxiety and nervousness are common symptoms of Grave’s Disease. I have helped emotionally support many clients with anxiety problems over the years and the two stones that seem to work best for most people are Aquamarine and Lepidolite. Having a small “touchstone” in your pocket that you can hold when you start to feel anxious is a quick way to help you cope with your feelings. You can rub the stones with your fingers and thumb (similar to a worry stone) to stimulate the reflex points in the thumbs and release happy hormones into your body. This action, when combined with conscious control of the breath has worked wonders for my clients time after time. Purple Botswana Agate, Alexandrite, Epidote, Yellow Fluorite, White Opal, Electric Blue Aura Quartz, and Lithium Quartz have also proven useful for alleviating anxiety and nervousness.

Another symptoms frequently experienced by Grave’s Disease sufferers is irritability. Blue Calcite, Dumortierite, Sikhote-Alin Meteorite, Pink Dendritic Opal, Blue Tara Quartz (Quartz with Blue Tourmaline Inclusions), Cobalt Aura Quartz, Ruby-Kyanite, Red Rutilated Quartz, Septarian Nodule, and Violet Tourmaline are all useful for removing anger and irritability and replacing it with compassion, understanding, and peace. These stones help get your emotions under control and allow you to see the situation for what it really is, removing your irritation with the person or people involved.

Fatigue is also sometimes associated with Grave’s Disease. See the “Hashimoto’s Disease & Under-Active Thyroid” section above for more information about reducing fatigue and tiredness with crystals.

Increased or irregular heartbeat may not occur in all people with Grave’s Disease, but it is a fairly common symptom of this disorder. This can be quite a frightening experience, leading to additional feelings of anxiety which can exacerbate the heart issue. Apricot Botswana Agate, Green Aventurine, Barite Rose, Dioptase, Green Heulandite, Pink Opal, Pink Nirvana Quartz, Seriphos Quartz, and Peach Stilbite all work to correct and heal disorders of the heart. Green Heulandite has the additional quality of aiding the removal of excess energy from the heart center ( which may be the energetic cause of this symptom). If you have an increased or irregular heartbeat, you should immediately seek medical attention, but these crystals may be useful to help keep you calm while you are in route to your physician or to the hospital.

Excessive sweating is a more minor symptom of this thyroid disorder, but it can be uncomfortable, embarrassing, or even lead to dehydration if not attended to properly. Apricot Botswana Agate can help you bounce back from the effects of minor dehydration on an energetic level while you work with your physician to restore the correct level of fluids and electrolytes to your physical body.

Diarrhea and frequent bowel movements are also common in Grave’s patients and can also lead to dehydration. You can use the Apricot Botswana Agate, as described above, to help energetically assist you in recovering from your dehydration. However, to work on bowel issues, Green Zoisite can be very useful. Carry a piece in your pocket to help restore balance in your body.

Because of the primary symptoms associated with Grave’s Disease, many Grave’s patients have secondary symptoms such as difficulty sleeping. Chrysoprase can encourage restful sleep and Howlite can help you to feel more rested after even brief period of sleep. White Opal encourages healthy sleep patterns so that you can return to a normal sleep cycle. Sleeping Beauty Turquoise helps to balance the energy relating to sleep disorders (especially insomnia). Any of these crystals may help you sleep better simply by placing them in your pillow case or on your bed side table. Since you will be using them daily, be sure to cleanse them regularly (at least once per week) for best results.

Changes in the menstrual cycle of women suffering from Grave’s Disease are commonly reported. See the “Hashimoto’s Disease & Under-Active Thyroid” section above for more information about energetically regulating your menstrual cycle using crystals.

Goiter is also sometimes associated with Grave’s Disease. See the “Thyroid Goiter & Enlarged Thyroid” section below for more information about working with crystals for thyroid goiter.

Some people with Grave’s Disease may suffer from a variety of eye issues including bulging, inflammation, redness, tearing, swollen eyelids, or sensitivity to light. Clear Calcite, Chrysoprase, Citrine, Emerald, Blue Tara Quartz (Quartz with Blue Tourmaline Inclusions), Seriphos Quartz, Tiger’s Eye (Blue, Golden, or Red), and Turquoise are all general eye healers. Small, lightweight stones may be placed on closed eyelids (or just above the eyes on the brow if the eyes are too sensitive to place stones there) for 3-5 minutes, twice per day, until the symptoms subside. This energy healing technique has been shown to be most effective when both eyes were worked on at once, but if this is not possible, you may work with one eye, and then the next.

Thyroid Goiter & Enlarged Thyroid:

Thyroid goiter (an enlarged thyroid) is most commonly caused by a lack of iodine in the diet. You should work with your physician and a nutritionist to ensure that you are getting proper nutritional requirements, but you can also use healing crystals to help you energetically absorb the appropriate vitamins, minerals, and nutrients from the foods you eat. Golden Cat’s Eye Apatite, Peach Barite, Brazilianite, Leopard Skin Jasper, Marble Jasper, Green Kyanite, Peach Moonstone, Chlorite-Included Quartz, Papaya Quartz, Sunshine Aura Quartz, Serpentine, and Vanadinite all aid in nutrient absorption while Bornite aids in balancing the nutrients to the right levels for your body. These stones can be easily utilized by wearing a piece of jewelry (programmed to aid in nutrient absorption and regulation) or by carrying a stone in the pocket. Alternatively, you may want to create a small crystal grid using one or more of the stones listed, and then charge your food within the grid. To do this, simply place your plate, bowl, or glass within the center of the grid for 1-2 minutes prior to eating while holding the intention that the food is charged with the energy of the crystals. When you consume the food, eat with intention and purpose, allowing the food to nourish your physical body and provide that which is needed for your highest good.

When the thyroid is enlarged, it can often cause additional symptoms such as swelling or tightness in the neck or trouble swallowing. Honey Amber works to soothe the thyroid gland while Blue Fluorite, Blue Topaz, and Blue Calcite add cooling energy to reduce swelling. Wearing these stones in a pendant on a short chain, close to the neck is best. However, an alternative way to get some relief is to hold your chosen stone over the thyroid gland for 5-10 minutes, 2-3 times per day as needed.

An enlarged thyroid can also result in coughing or wheezing, trouble breathing, or hoarseness. Honey Amber and Honey Calcite can reduce coughing whereas Rose Quartz aids in opening the lungs to reduce wheezing. Blue Fluorite, Blue Topaz, and Denim Lapis soothe the throat in general, making it easier to deal with these associated symptoms. To use these stones, hold your chosen crystal over the throat chakra as symptoms occur. The Rose Quartz can be held over the Heart Chakra (over the lungs), over the thymus, or over the Throat Chakra to open the lungs and aid your ability to breathe easily.

Thyroid Nodules & Thyroid Growths (cancer is rare):

Although the cause of thyroid nodules is often unknown, some nodules may be caused by Hashimoto’s Disease or by a iodine deficiency. See the “Hashimoto’s Disease & Under-Active Thyroid” section above for more information about using crystals to work with Hashimoto’s. See the “Thyroid Goiter & Enlarged Thyroid” section above for more information about using crystals for regulating iodine.

Thyroid nodules can cause hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, so they are often undiagnosed by physicians until they are quite large and then detected via a physical examination of the thyroid.

If the nodules are causing hyperthyroidism, then they can be responsible for causing several uncomfortable symptoms including rapid heart rate, nervousness, and anxiety. See the “Grave’s Disease & Over-Active Thyroid” section above for more information about ways to alleviate these symptoms.

The nodules may also be responsible for increased appetite or loss of body weight. These seemingly contradictory symptoms mimic symptoms of other illnesses and often lead to misdiagnosis by physicians until the nodules have grown quite large. Angelite can be used to control body weight, especially when you are rapidly losing weight at an unhealthy rate. Carry a piece in your pocket or wear as a bracelet to help regulate your body’s weight. To help regulate the appetite, we suggest using Blue or Green Apatite crystals placed on your dining table or in your dining area.

Clammy skin is also associated with thyroid nodules. Colorless Fluorite may be used to warm the body while Apricot Botswana Agate can regulate perspiration. Hold these crystals in your receiving (non-dominant) hand when you’re feeling a bit clammy and visualize yourself returning to a comfortable state of being. This may take anywhere from 2-10 minutes. You may do this as often as needed.

If the nodules are causing hypothyroidism (a result of Hashimoto’s Disease) or if you are experiencing the symptoms associated with the disease (fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, dry skin, or constant coldness) see the “Hashimoto’s Disease & Under-Active Thyroid” section above for more information.

General Energy Healing Options for Thyroid Conditions:

If you suspect that you may have a thyroid condition, but have not yet confirmed this with your physician, it is important to get an accurate diagnosis as quickly as possible. In the mean time, you may use healing stones like Angelite, Blue Apatite, Citrine, Blue Fluorite, Lapis Lazuli, Rutilated Quartz, and Blue Topaz are all beneficial for general thyroid balance.

Alternatively, you can create a “mojo bag” or medicine pouch for energetically supporting each thyroid condition, using one stone for each of the symptoms associated with that particular condition. For information about how to create your own medicine pouch using healing crystals, check out our blog post about “Creating & Using Crystal Medicine Bags”


Feng Shui Fundamentals

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Feng shui is a traditional Chinese form of geomancy.  The words mean “wind water,” shorthand for the saying, “Chi (energy) rides the wind and scatters, but is retained when encountering water.”  Feng shui is about enhancing these movements of chi, for the purpose of aligning buildings and other manmade objects within the balance of Heaven and Earth.  Feng shui has long and complex history, and it’s no easy thing to understand all its directional, color, historic, astrological and other correspondences.  Below are just a few practical tips to get you started.

Benevolent Animals: Statues of the four auspicious animals can bring luck.  Dragon (family and health), Tiger (protection), Phoenix (success and good relationships) and Tortoise (career and money).

Buddha:  Representations of the Buddha bring various properties into the home.  The Buddha pictured above brings prosperity and happiness, whereas other Buddhas may bring peace, joy in meditation, safe travel, compassion, etc.  Offering incense to the Buddha is a sign of respect.

Candles:  For intimacy and fiery energy.  Best placed in the south, southwest or northeast.

Charcoal:  A small dish of charcoal helps to harmonize energy, especially near a fireplace or woodstove, or in the kitchen.

Coins: For prosperity. Tie three or eight coins together with a red thread, and place them at a money “crossroads,” such as your wallet, an invoice book, or cash register, etc.  In this way, according to ancient tradition, you make use of the coins as an amulet. Alternately, you can hang the coins on the west side of your house.

Crystals (cut glass):  Hanging a feng shui crystal in a window will help distribute energy throughout your space, and brighten dark rooms.  Place in a west, northwest, north, east, or southeast window.

Crystals (natural minerals): Natural stones also distribute energy.  Crystal clusters are good areas where families gather; black tourmaline placed near the door protects the home; rose quartz hearts placed in the southwest bring romance; hematite in the west part of the house will help keep children calm and focused.  There are many more ways of using natural crystals.

Dragon:  This benevolent descendent of Heaven governs the sky and keeps the law on Earth.  Dragons symbolize having power and control over situations.  The auspicious power of the dragon brings prosperity, health, love, and luck.

Fish:  Colorful, jointed enamel fish represent the Dragon Fish (arowana), symbolizing abundance, perseverance and wealth.  Yes, they’re actually carp.  But in Chinese, even this fish’s name means “profitable” and “rewarding.”  Blue is associated with peace, orange with success, green with prosperity, yellow with communication, black with protection, and purply with spirituality.

Frog (Money Toad):  According to legend, if a frog appears at your house during the full moon, you will receive good news–often in the form of increased wealth.  Place the three-legged toad near a cash register in the far left corner of the building of prosperity, or place inside the front door facing inward to direct the flow of wealth into your home.

Mirrors:  Mirrors are a tool for directing energy.  A common-sense way to understand this is that the line of sight reflected in the mirror represents the flow of energy.  Accordingly, place mirrors in such a way to direct energy constructively.  They work best in the east, north and southeast parts of the home.  Be careful using mirrors in bedrooms; here they can enhance conflict if they reflect directly towards the bed, so keep mirrors covered or place them at angles.  A convex mirror can help disperse energy at a “dead end,” such as a staircase that leads directly down to a doorway.

Plants:  Houseplants cleanse indoor air, and can promote a feeling of peace while maintaining a vibrant energy flow.  For best results, plant them in earthenware pots and place them in windows on the south, southeast and east sides of the home.

Sea salt:  Stabilizes and purifies the flow of energy.  Place a couple tablespoons in a small dish, and place in the northeast or southwest part of your home.

Water:  Water features, whether a fountain or a simple bowl of water, bring vitality into the home.  Moving water creates vibrant yang energy, whereas fresh, still water creates calming yin energy.

Wind chimes & bells:  Use in a doorway to help energy keep moving and distribute it throughout a space.  Wooden chimes  are best in the south, east, or southeast entrances; metal in southwest, north, northeast, northwest, west, or middle of the house. Alternatively, you can place a string of metal bells in a central location where they will ring as people pass.

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Two Basic Mantras

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indian om   or  Tibetan om


This is the most sacred mantra, which is regarded as the primal sound in the birth of the cosmos.

Its symbol is OM, but the actual mystic sound heard in the deep meditative state is A-U-M, which appears to correspond to the three elements that sprang up out of creation:  Spirit-mind-body. A stands for the initial surge of emanation; U for preserving or nurturing it; and M for absorption, not dissolution. It also stands for Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva, the Hindu trinity.

When articulated or chanted, it is cleansing or purifying, and activates certain latent forces in the human body, and helps transcend worldly problems. Hence, as the holiest of all mantras, OM must precede all other mantras, otherwise the latter would not have the presence of divine power or force. To make any work successful, the OM mantra must be invoked before the work is started.

It is regarded to exist before and after creation. It is imperishable and therefore the symbol of the Infinite. It resides and is present in silence, and represents the entire manifested and unmanifested world.

om mani padme hum


Om Mani Padme Hum is the most common mantra in Tibet. It is recited by Buddhists, painted on rocks, and carved on prayer wheels. The essence of all the teachings of the Buddha are said to be contained in this mantra. Literally meaning “Aum to the Jewel in the Lotus,” this Tibetan mantra is said to invoke compassion. Tibetan people and almost all Buddhists believe that chanting this mantra of Chenrezig (Bodhisatva of Compassion) helps to rescue them from the sea of suffering and to achieve Buddhahood. Repeating it is believed to purify the mind and body. The mantra is also used for protection.

OM helps you to achieve perfection in the practice of generosity. Repetition of Om helps us maintain mental and emotional calmness, and to overcome obstacles.

MANI (jewel) helps you to perfect the practice of pure ethics, tolerance and patience.

PADME (lotus) helps you to achieve perfection in the practice of perseverance and concentration.

HUM (inseparability, purity) helps you to achieve perfection in the practice of wisdom.

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Pagan Spiritual Practice

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by Ljot Lokadis

I know a lot of Pagans who have very strong feelings about spiritual practice – and usually these feelings are negative. For instance, I’ve known a lot of people who argue that to pray is to debase oneself, that no kind God would ever request offerings … and so forth.

A lot of these conceptions of what religion is and should be come from our religious upbringing. Paganism, Polytheism, and the New Age movement each consist largely of converts (very few of us were brought up in our belief system). Because of this, we all spend some time defining ourselves in relationship to the faith we no longer belong to. If the religion of our upbringing held that prayer is important, we shy away from prayer. If the religion used the word “worship,” we recoil from the word and the idea. If there was an emphasis on service, or on full-time clergy, we avoid these, too. It’s understandable that we flinch at these this way, especially since so many of us identify the religion of our upbringing as abusive, or its power structure as stifling. But prayer and regular religious rituals are things that sustain us and remind us of the place of the Gods, spirits, and ancestors in our lives. To throw them out entirely just because they’ve been misused is to deprive ourselves of valuable tools for creating spiritual connection in our lives.

A spiritual practice within the faith of our choice isn’t and shouldn’t be stifling. It should be a thing that reflects your experiences, and shapes itself to fit your needs. It isn’t a matter, as it was sometimes in our original faiths, of what prayers are best to say, or what posture is best to assume while praying, or unquestioningly accepting the edicts of a religious hierarchy, or anything like that. You can create the structures that will best sustain you, using your own comfort and your intuition, and historical and modern sources. The point is to be engaged – it doesn’t matter what that engagement looks like. The belief that everyone’s spiritual practice should look the same doesn’t have a place, here.

Prayer is nothing more than talking to the Gods, the spirits, and the ancestors. It can mean debasing yourself – just like how “talking to a human being” can mean debasing yourself — but prayer can just as easily mean expressing your thoughts, sharing your feelings, asking a favor, apologizing, or telling a spirit that you love Them. Praying reminds us that the Gods, the spirits, and the ancestors are in our lives, and still care for us.

And offerings? Pagan reluctance around offering practices seems to come from a different place, in my experience. Some mainstream religions make offerings still, but not many. We view it as an archaic thing, something that we don’t need to do as modern Pagans and Polytheists. It’s been written off in so much of modern Western culture as a superstitious way of appeasing a God or a spirit’s wrath, when actually most offerings are love-gifts. When you give a gift to a spouse or a friend, or you do them a favor or you invite them to dinner, are you appeasing their wrath or giving in to their demands? (If you are, I recommend consulting with a relationship counselor …)

Gods, spirits, and ancestors are people like you and me (even though They’re much bigger!). They will speak, if you speak to Them and listen. They will come into your life and your home, if you invite Them in. In a world that’s so hostile to Pagan, Polytheist, and other esoteric religious practices, it’s easy to run away from the kind of dedicated contact over time that can breed a close relationship to the spirits that you hold dear. But cultivating a practice of prayer, of meditation, and of ritual is a wonderful way to deepen one’s religious experience, and I encourage everyone to give it a try.

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