Posts Tagged With: Earth

Current Moon Phase for July 12 – Waxing Crescent

Crescent Moon

(waxing/28% illumination)

During this Moon phase, there is a slight slowing down of enthusiasm due to an emerging desire to produce tangible results from the energy being expended. The issue of values enters into the equation and an urge to tie together the data available so that you can utilize current opportunities. There is still plenty of forward motion, and this is a great time to continue initiating and progressing forward. This Moon phase favors gaining more information and the input of others to further your plans.

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The Witches Almanac for Friday, July 12th

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The Witches Almanac for Friday, July 12th

 

Lobster Carnival (Nova Scotian)

 

Waxing Moon

The Waxing Moon is the ideal time for magick to draw things toward you.

Moon Phase: First Quarter

Moon Sign:  Virgo

Virgo: Favors accomplishment of details and commands from higher up. Focuses on health, hygiene and daily schedules.

Incense:  Alder

Color: Rose

 

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The Healing Benefits of Walking Barefoot

The Healing Benefits of Walking Barefoot

Have you ever wondered why it felt so wonderful to fall asleep on the sand,  or lie on the earth looking up  at the clouds? Do you notice how different  you feel when you sleep on the ground under the stars?

According to a new book called Earthing by Martin Zucker,  you were experiencing the flow of the earth’s electric  energy connecting to your physical body, which has been scientifically proven to  promote healing and create a deep sense of well-being within us. Grounding is  simple and it is free. You simply connect your bare feet directly to the earth  and enjoy the organic healing benefits.

This is something I have intuitively known and written about for many years  in my Feng Shui practice.  I have  also created earth-based seminars and retreats around this very subject,  but it was thrilling to see it is now being validated by science.

In Earthing, Zucker talks about how our modern lifestyle has  separated humans from connecting to the subtle but ever- present energy that is  on the earth’s surface. He calls this connection “grounding,” and claims that  the health benefits derived from it may be equally as important as the Vitamin D  we obtain from the sun. Many studies have been done  that confirm the  healing benefits of direct connection to the earth that can be found listed in  his article The Townsend Letter.

Throughout history, cultures around the world have honored our connection to  the earth. In traditional Chinese Medicine it is called Qi or chi and in the Ayurvedic tradition it is called Prauna.  Native American tribal leader Ota Kte writes about how the old people of his  Lakota Sioux tribe came to love the soil. They felt her mothering power and were  soothed, strengthened, cleansed and healed by sitting or walking barefoot on her  surface.

According to Zucker research has shown significant improvements in  inflammation-related disorders, chronic pain, sleep disorders, low energy, high  stress, muscle tension, headache relief, hormonal and menstrual symptoms,  protection from EMF’s and many more health-related issues all by direct  daily contact with the earth.

Your Personal Earthing Meditation

Take advantage of the warm summer months to experience the healing benefits  of “grounding” or “earthing” for yourself.

  • Start by standing, sitting or lying on grass, sand, gravel or unpainted  concrete. All of these surfaces  will transmit the earth energies. (Wood,  asphalt, rubber, plastic, glass, synthetic materials and metal block these  energies from being transmitted to us.)
  • Pay attention to how you feel before you start. You may want to journal  where you are physically, emotionally and mentally and gauge your healing  progress over time.
  • Close your eyes and focus on releasing any pain or stress you may be feeling  into the earth. If you are lying on the ground, open your eyes, soften your gaze  and allow your imagination to play with the passing cloud formations.
  • Spend at least a half hour on your chosen plot of ground and just allow  yourself to be present with what is, stilling the mind.
  • After 30 minutes or longer, come back to the present. Pay attention to how  your body feels in contrast to where you started. Journaling may help you to  focus on each of these three areas and compare the difference.

I encourage you to set aside time each day to walk  barefoot on the  earth and enjoy the healing benefits that are freely offered to us through our  generous and beautiful planet!

 

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Mercury Retrograde Reflections

Mercury Retrograde Reflections

Use this time of insight to review and renew

Jeff Jawer  Jeff Jawer on the topics of mercury retrograde, astrology

Speedy Mercury turned retrograde on June 26, 2013, and it will continue its reversal in sensitive Cancer until July 20. The backward period of the messenger planet occurs three times a year for about three weeks at a time, and it is the best known of all the retrograde cycles.

Remember, all the other true planets make the same retrograde shifts, but these go largely unnoticed by the general public. But somehow the idea of Mercury Retrograde has leaked into the collective consciousness so much that I heard it mentioned by the fictional police chief on last week’s episode of “Dexter.”

During every Mercury Retrograde, we’re reminded by astrologers to double-check details and to avoid signing contracts, going on trips or making serious decisions during this cycle. Yes, there may be more factual errors, communication mix-ups and technology breakdowns when Mercury is retrograde, but it isn’t very practical to retreat from the business of everyday life during the 10 weeks a year when it’s in effect.

The apparent backward motion of any planet has meaning and offers a shift of perspective that can be extremely valuable. Mercury Retrograde is often used an excuse for errors and oversights, which undercuts understanding and reduces our capacity to be effective when it occurs.

Retrograde is an optical illusion

It’s helpful to remember that planets don’t literally turn tail and orbit the Sun in the opposite direction during their retrograde periods. The phenomenon of their reversal is a visual effect caused by the motion of the Earth. We live on a moving platform that makes it seem that planets change direction, when, in fact, they don’t. This doesn’t negate the retrograde effect, but it reminds us that it’s about Earth-bound perceptions. As such, how we perceive, interpret and use these cycles is up to us.

It’s helpful to remember that retrograde planets are revisiting parts of the zodiac they recently transited. We can think of these cycles, then, as second chances to address issues that went unresolved during the first transit. This is a time of reflection as we turn inward and reconsider recent events from a more subjective perspective. It’s an internal and emotional point of view that’s meant to deepen our understanding of the matter at hand.

Instead of responding based on what the world wants from us, this is an opportunity to tune in on a gut level. When the transiting planet turns direct (forward) it will pass over the retrograde point for a third (and usually) final time. This is when we put together all the factors we’ve discovered and take action or make a decision.

The retrograde cycle may be interpreted as a problematic period by some astrologers, and it’s not without its complications, but it can also help us to resolve key questions in our lives. Who wouldn’t want a second chance to review a significant matter and be able to make adjustments before completing a commitment?

We will be better informed when this Mercury goes direct on July 20, as long as we don’t get sidetracked by petty issues. Listening to our inner voices provides another layer of understanding that may require more time, but it will provide us with insight that can lead to better results.

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Daily Cosmic Calendar for July 11th

Last night’s parallel between Mercury and Venus sets the stage for this morning’s subtle, 30-degree creative tie between these two planets (4:09AM PDT). As a reminder, a parallel occurs when two celestial bodies are the same number of degrees north or south of the Celestial Equator whereas most of the aspects listed in a calendar like this are calculated within the zodiacal circle — otherwise known as the Ecliptic or the apparent Sun’s path around the Earth (seen from our vantage point 93 million miles away from our star in the universe). Nevertheless, a parallel or its opposite — called a contra-parallel — can signify very powerful alliances and interactions between planetary bodies.  Be on your best behavior in affairs of the heart and in communications with friends and associates as Venus makes its annual polarity to Juno (7:30AM PDT). Say no to envy and jealousy. Check out the latest buzz in the fashion and style realms. A short void lunar cycle of 2+ hours clocks in at 12:56PM PDT during a Moon-Mars 60-degree rapport that can temporarily offer a burst of physical and emotional vitality.  Once the Moon enters earthy and meticulous Virgo (3:13PM PDT), think more about repairing clothing and equipment, weeding the garden, and tidying up your office, studio or garage. Clean-up campaigns are the rage and focusing on health issues makes sense.  Problem-solving and strategy sessions benefit greatly from an intuition-enhancing, 72-degree link from Pallas to Uranus (5:20PM PDT). Hard work and self-confidence can lead to rewards around the time when the Moon makes a supportive, 60-degree tie with Jupiter (10:22PM PDT).  Watch out for a tidal wave of confusion and uncertainty as the Sun forms a frictional, 135-degree contact with often hazy Neptune (10:55PM PDT).

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Current Moon Phase for July 11th

New Moon

(waxing/22% illumination)

The New Moon is a time best suited for new beginnings! For the first 48 hours following the exact time of the New Moon each month, a window of opportunity opens for making wishes that, if noted, come true in the days and months ahead. There is a tremendous amount of enthusiasm in the atmosphere, making it a great time to go forward and begin projects that you feel instinctively attracted to initiating. Follow your impulses and let yourself make new starts in areas that are important to you.

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The Witches Almanac for Thursday, July 11th

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The Witches Almanac for Thursday, July 11th

Thursday (Jupiter): Expansion, money, prosperity and generosity.

Revolution Day (Mongolian)

Waxing Moon

The Waxing Moon is the ideal time for magick to draw things toward you.

Moon Phase: First Quarter

Moon Sign: Leo

Leo: Draws emphasis to the self, central ideas or institutions, away from connections with others and other emotional needs. People tend to be melodramatic.

Moon enters Virgo 6:12 pm

Virgo: Favors accomplishment of details and commands from higher up. Focuses on health, hygiene, and daily schedules.

Incense: Myrrh

Color: Crimson

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Elder’s Meditation of the Day July 10

Elder’s Meditation of the Day July 10

“Each soul must meet the morning sun, the new, sweet earth, and the great silence alone.”

–Charles Alexander Eastman, OHIYESA SANTEE SIOUX

Each morning a new sun for a new day arises. Each morning the sweet perfume from the Mother Earth spreads across the land. This combination of sun, earth, smell and quiet is a magic door for me to enter to kneel before the Grandfathers. The sacred time to commune with the Great Spirit.

Oh Great Spirit, I humbly stand before You along with the new sun, the Mother Earth and the smells of the morning. I ask You to direct my thinking today. Let me live in the silence. Teach me Your wisdom, Teach me to love my brothers and sisters. Let me respect the things You have made.

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