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Aroma Reading with Dr. Christina Wilke-Burbach, PhD

Dr. Christina Wilke-Burbach PhD

Which ONE of the following essential oils do you like the most: Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood, Lavender, Patchouli, Rose, Eucalyptus, Jasmine, or Tea Tree?

If you are not familiar with all of their scents, take a look at the picture below and choose which ONE of the 9 bottles you are the most attracted to or drawn to.  It’s ok if you are not quite sure why you are drawn to it. Don’t think too hard either….it should be the first bottle that pops into your mind.

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Oils from left to right:

Bergamot: Symbolizes balance, particularly mental/emotional balance. Bergamot is the best oil for emotional conditions, anxiety, depression, stress, anger, etc. Bergamot is also associated with money and financial well-being. Have you been feeling a little “off” lately? Bergamot asks you to further explore your emotions…..are you in control of your emotions or are your emotions in control of you?

Ylang Ylang: Sacral Chakra Oil. Symbolizes sensuality, sexuality, and the balance of male/female energies. Is a potent aphrodisiac. Also symbolizes a kundalini awakening and the meeting of Shakti and Shiva. Ylang Ylang asks you to take a look at the role both male energies (yang, assertive, active, outward, heat) and female energies (yin, intuitive, passive, inward, contemplative, cool) play in your life. Are you a balance of both yin and yang? Why or why not?

Sandalwood: Assists to find spiritual purpose, ground, and center energy. Sandalwood helps to link the base chakra to the crown. One of the most important spiritual oils. Sandalwood asks you to further explore your spirituality and your “life purpose.” Why are you here? Are you doing what you are meant to do? Are you living or existing?

Lavender: The most popular essential oil/herb and perhaps the most overused. Associated with healing and the healing arts. Symbolizes integration, balance, healing, protection, and purification. Also associated with the third eye. Lavender asks that you take a look at your life path, goals, and aspirations…..are you clearly seeing the whole picture or just what you want to see?

Patchouli: Symbolizes Mother Earth, The Forests, and Nature. A Root chakra oil, patchouli is associated with foundation, trust, protection, and security. Patchouli asks you to look at your connection to earth….have you been spending enough time in nature? Is your energy stuck “up in the clouds?” Connect to mother earth in some way today.

Rose: Is the highest vibrating essential oil and symbolizes Divine Feminine energy. A very powerful heart chakra oil that represents love, self-love, and the higher emotions….compassion, peace, joy, harmony. Rose asks you to take a look at what type of emotions you have been experiencing lately….lower emotions like depression, anger, greed or have they been heart centered emotions? What do you need to do to shift your emotions to a place of love?

Eucalyptus: Is a potent throat chakra oil and symbolizes communication; both listening and speaking.  Are you speaking your truth? Are you an assertive communicator? Do you let others walk over you and take advantage of you? Eucalyptus also aids in healing and protection….physical protection as well as energetic protection. Eucalyptus asks that you take a look at your relationships and how effective the communication is in all of them. What role do you play and what can you do to make your communications efficacious?

Jasmine: An extremely feminine oil strongly connected to the moon and the mysteries of the night. Jasmine is symbolic of the bond of love and passion. Has been used in love potions for centuries. Are you a romantic at heart? Are you seeking a loving partner? Jasmine asks that you take a deep look at what or who you truly desire.

Tea Tree: Traditionally is associated with cleansing and physical healing medicinal properties, but has very powerful emotional properties. Symbolizes deep levels of emotional healing and past life issues. Have you just undergone a personal transformation? Tea Tree asks you to evaluate what burden you are carrying from the past that does not serve you a higher purpose. How can you release it?

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Interested in learning more about intuitive and metaphysical aromatherapy?  Please check out Mind, Soul, and Self LLC: www.mindsoulandself.com. Dr. Christina Wilke-Burbach PhD, is a Holistic Health Psychologist, a leading Aromatherapy Instructor in the Midwest, is a Business Member of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, and is committed to the safe and ethical use of essential oils. She also offers individual Aroma Readings, a technique she developed and teaches in her aromatherapy certification program. Classes start at Mimosa Books and Gifts September 6, 2014.

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The Ha Prayer, or Aligning the Triple Soul

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My Version of the Ha Prayer, the Sacred Dove, or Aligning the Triple Soul

by Mari Powers

In many traditions of the Craft, and in many new and old Pagan religions, we acknowledge and recognize the triple form of many Goddesses, and some Gods. In the Feri tradition, we believe in the tripartite nature of our own souls. This mirrors the beliefs of the indigenous people of Hawaii, who practice the native religion involving the Kahuna, and in the ancient religions of Egypt, where people also were believed to have a triple soul. Even Hinduism has a belief in the three parts of the human soul. To my knowledge, only the Feri branch of the Craft believes this, and it came to the founders, Victor and Cora Anderson, from the Kahuna tradition. Each Feri teacher I have read teaches the Ha Prayer to help us align our triple soul. In true Feri “tradition”, each has written it a little differently. When I began to practice it, it changed a little for me as well, and it is this version I will share here.

Aligning the triple soul is somewhat like centering and grounding, yet it is also much more. It gives us the energy to work our true will, as our child self and emotional body openly communicates with our thinking self, and for lack of a better term, our “over soul” as well. It feeds us what has been called manna, chi, and the life energy from the multiverse itself, to our body, heart, mind and soul. Then it gets them all working together and creates harmony in ourselves and our will behind our prayers.

Though we refer the triple soul, and sometimes the triple will, we feed the body first. The number four is a number sacred in the ancient Hawaiian religion, so the aligning our tripartite soul involves breathing and holding the breath in rounds of four. This is the way I do this exercise:

I take three or four slow clearing breaths and clear my mind. I then begin breathing in the life force to the count of four, hold it for four counts, breath out for four counts and hold the emptiness in my lungs for another count of four before beginning another round of breathing. I do the whole breathing cycle four times.

Now for the rest of the exercise, that requires visualization and energy work. On the first round of breathing, I feed my physical body. I draw energy from the earth and air into my body on the inhale, on the hold, and on the exhale. On the second empty four count hold before my next breath, I energetically bond the energy in my body for strength and health.

This is different than a lot of breathing exercises in that the exhale feeds me. Many breathing exercises, like cleansing breaths, involve a sort of in the good and out with the bad type of visualization. For me, the inhale, the first hold of the energy, and exhale all feed me. The second holding to the count of four with empty lungs, fixes the energy in place.

On the second round of breathing, I feed my emotional body. I visualize this as a close aura of blue light energy, about two inches all around my physical body. This body in Feri is sometimes called the Fetch, the Sticky One, or the inner child. I draw energy from the blue fire in the belly of the earth and air into my body on the inhale, on the hold, and on the exhale. On the second empty four count hold before my next breath, I energetically bond the energy in my inner aura for strength and health.

On the third round of breathing, I feed my mental body, or thinking self. I visualize this as a luminous golden light egg all around me, extending out a foot or so from my physical body. As I fix this energy in place, it empowers my mind, (and second part of my triple soul), with clarity and the ability to focus my thoughts.

On the fourth and final breath, in what may be one, or the beginning of four rounds of breathing, I visualize a white dove above my head. This dove represents my connection to the greater multiverse, and my own personal over soul. I draw in air and waves of manna like water, then lift my head back, and blow up and out the combined manna collected into my sacred dove above my crown chakra.

If I am only doing one round of breathing, I begin blowing with a “Ha”, and finish emptying my lungs, by blowing upwards through my mouth in a breath like the wind. If I am doing a round of four breaths times four, I simply blow the air like the wind to my sacred dove on the first, second and third rounds, and save the “Ha” sound for the fourth and last round.

After the final breath with the “Ha” sound, I make a prayer. I then say, “What is this flower above my head?” (For me it is almost always the Lotus Flower, though sometimes it is the Rose.)  I ask, “What is the work this Gods would have me do?” I contemplate the answer(s). I then state, “I would know myself in all my parts. My triple soul is aligned. I am whole”. If I need to verbalize a specific prayer, I do. Then I say, “It is done.”

The Ha Prayer is used to align the triple soul. Any prayer said with it acquires all the manna gathered and shared. If there is no specific prayer, this alignment gives me a deep sense of relaxation, a connection to the greater multiverse and a sense of being whole. If there is a prayer, I have the same sense, yet also know that my prayer has been heard and will be answered in a positive way. When my triple soul is aligned, all prayers are good and have power.

Most of the time, I do this without a specific prayer in mind and verbalized, and simply enjoy the benefits of increased manna and a sense of relaxation; I am in alignment and at oneness.

(c) 2014 Mari Powers

Image via Wikimedia Commons: Contemplation, by Ghassan Salman Faidi


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Four Tarot Cards Discussed

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by Mari Powers

I had questions about two Tarot Cards that were very interesting and led me to think about a couple other cards, as well.  I was asked about the Major Arcana, (Life Passage cards), #13 Death and #16 The Tower. These cards made me think of the 9 and 10 of Swords.  This is the text of the question that got me to thinking.

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The Tower, from the Paulina Tarot

QUESTION:  I’ve been drawing cards daily (From the Paulina deck) and I drew The Tower yesterday. It set my day in motion putting me in a tail spin. It was a tough day. A friend also did a layout and in the position of Relationships and drew the Tower card. She is interpreting that as having to do with our relationship and maybe it’s time to let go.  Any thoughts? Another question I have is when cards come up such as the Death card or The Tower card how can I interpret these cards without feeling a sense of doom?

ANSWER:  Let’s take one card at a time.  The first is, #16, the Tower.  It has various names in different decks, and yet the similarities are greater than the differences.  I like to let people know that it was poet  W. B. Yeats’ favorite card.  It is a difficult transition card, yet it is lightening quick.  The repercussions are tremendous, yet we can move through the changes it brings very quickly and learn a lot in these types of life passages.

The most progressive of the decks I use adds the words “Self Awakening” to this card.  Yeats and I both think of this card as sudden illumination and destruction ordained by the “Gods.”  I often describe it as the “no shame, no blame card.”  This is where a force beyond human control strikes at the walls we have built up around ourselves and brings them tumbling down.  These walls are of our own construct, and what once may have kept us safe now has become a prison.  An outside powerful force strikes and our only choice is to take a leap of faith seeking our safety and freedom. It is like abandoning a sinking ship before it goes down.  We ought to seek freedom from the crumbling stones of our own making.  Most important of all, it is followed by the 17th Life Passage Card, the Star.  This is the card of hope and faith, of embracing magical thinking, of wishing upon a star and believing it will come true.  (It is that, and so much more.)

 

When you get the Tower in a reading, you should first look at placement in the layout.  If it is your card for the day, it is only for that day, perhaps just for that moment or part of a day.  Ask yourself, what barriers are coming or need to come down?  From what do I set myself free?  And above all, no shame, no blame.  Ask what has been a survival mechanism, a safe haven that is not useful any longer, and the “Gods” have seen fit to strike and tear it down for us.  We are suddenly ready to let go and move on.  It is how we meet this challenge that is important.  The faster we move, the quicker the process is over.

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Death, from the Paulina Tarot

Now, I would like to share my thoughts on the life passage card #13, the Death card.  I have seen this portrayed as Transition, Metamorphous, the Phoenix, the Journey, Banshee Crone, Rebirth and Les Mortes (Death and Transformation).  The Death card is all of these.  I have never gotten the Death card in a reading that related to an actual physical death, unless it was about a relative or friend who had passed.  The endings and new beginnings card has most often been about a relationship, a job, a move, a change of mind or point of view. It could also be about a shamanic journey or to alert a person of messages from the Mighty Dead.  It may be a longer process than with the Tower, yet is an end and a new beginning always. It is informative to think of the card’s placement after and before in the Fool’s Journey, our lives.  The Death card is thus cradled between “The Hanged One” and “Temperance” which represent a greatly expanded perception and the spiritual alchemist.  The “Hanged One” is the perceptual flip card, and is a major visionary change.  Temperance is the patience to transform Self, represented by Lead, into Gold.

The “Death” card, between the two, is the closing of one door to open another.  In the simplest of terms, it is cleaning out your closet before you can buy new clothes!  In a more complex tone, it is the transformation of the tadpole into the frog, the caterpillar into the butterfly, and the shedding of a snake’s skin in order to grow.

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Nine of Swords, Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot

In addressing these questions, I also thought of the 9 and 10 of Swords as difficult or challenging cards.  Swords are generally the most challenging of all four Tarot suits.  Of course, the meaning of these cards in a reading depends on the layout and placement.  If they are in the past, that is a good thing. Swords are usually representative of the element of Air.  Air relates to the mind, thinking, perception and communication.  Whatever tool you choose to associate with Air is in the place of the East, of new beginnings.  I always say, if you have not changed your mind lately you may not have one.  It is the mind that most often confuses us and can lead us astray.  There are also some wonderful exceptions to this norm. I think of the 9 of Swords as the “get out now card,” or stop thinking like that, or your will face a very difficult closure.

Ten of Swords, Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot

Ten of Swords, Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot

The 10 of Swords, is that difficult closure.  I often call this the “game over card.”  A person has followed the wrong train of thought and has lost the battle.  10’s are always a closure.  And though they all signal a new beginning, some closures are more difficult than others.  This is a tough one, and yet there is a relief. The “going around the wheel” hamster brain is finally done.  We must accept the fact that thinking the same way over and over and finding no answers or peace is one definition of insanity.  Now we are free.  It is time to feel the relief associated with new freedom, to let go and change our minds.

I owe much appreciation to the person who posed these initial questions to me.  It got me thinking, and writing!  I look forward to sharing other insights with you.

© Mari Powers, November 2012


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