Daily Feng Shui News for Feb. 19th – “Amethyst”

February’s birthstone is the amethyst, an amulet that is closely associated with sobriety, courage and prudence. This gemstone purportedly protects from drunkenness and can even help someone recovering from a bad breakup to stop obsessing over their ex. This stone is also recommended for stress removal and is believed to help treat mild mental conditions. Hold this stone in your receptive hand (the hand opposite that you write with) and its peaceful vibrations will soon soothe and calm. It’s a true gem of a stone.

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

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Your Charm For February 5th is Aries the Ram

Your Charm For Today

Aries the Ram

Today’s Meaning:        

This aspect of your life will be strongly influenced by a person who is adventurous, energetic, pioneering, courageous, enthusiastic, confident, dynamic and quick-witted. This person is probably someone you already know and respect.        

General Description:        

First sign of the Zodiac, March 21st to April 20th. Mars the ruling planet, and Iron the correct metal. Those born under the influence of Aries were supposed to be brave, ambitious, optimistic, confident, and fond of adventure. The Aries gems are the Diamond, Jasper, and blood stone. The Diamond was always regarded with much veneration in olden times, and was worn to make its wearer bold and daring. Napoleon Bonaparte had the celebrated Regent or Pitt Diamond (136 carats, valued at about 500,000 lbs.) set in the hilt of his sword. At one time it was believed that the wearing of very large diamonds brought ill-luck and misfortune on the wearer.

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Your Charm for January 30th is The Eye Agate

Your Charm for Today

The Eye Agate

Today’s Meaning:    

The eye represents your will to be loved. The strength of your will controls this aspect. You have neglected needed emotions of love in your life. You cannot expect to be loved if you do not show it.

General Description:  

These enati (eye stones) were first worn for protection in the East, but soon the custom of wearing these charms spread to almost all countries. Implicit faith was placed in their reputed magical power to guard the wearer from the dreaded influence of the evil eye. From the very earliest times the imagined influence of the evil eye has struck terror into the hearts of the weak minded, ignorant, and superstitious. The uncanny effect of the eye is produced by cutting through the parallel bands, or layers of the different colours which form the agate.

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Today’s Gemstone for December 30th – Jade

Today’s Gemstone – Jade

Jade

Solid to translucent. There are two varieties of Jade, Jadeite and Nephrite. Nephrite is quite similar to Jadeite in its healing abilities, but its colors are creamier and less translucent than Jadeite; Nephrite is the more commonly found variety. Jade may come in a variety of colors, green, blue, black, violet, white, yellow and a reddish and brownish variety. Each with its own slightly different use.

Green Jade: Health, wealth, longevity stone. Ancient Chinese used also for courage, wisdom, justice, mercy, emotional balance, stamina, love, fidelity, humility, generosity, peace, harmony. Lungs, heart, thymus, immune, kidney and blood detoxification, nervous system. Androgynous. A gentle, steady energy.
While all Jade has some healing influence, each color relates more specifically to certain ailments or organs. Properties common to all colors of Jade include its ability to mellow one’s existence. Helps one rid themselves of negative thoughts and energy. Strengthens the body’s filtration and cleansing systems and assists in the removal of toxins. Very beneficial to the heart in both physical and spiritual senses. It is a very protective stone and will keep its wearer out of harm’s way.
Blue Jade: A peaceful and passive energy source. Helps people who meditate to relax and gain an inner serenity. A quiet teacher of patience and slow, steady progress. It is a wonderful stone to give to people who feel restricted or overcome by situations beyond their control.
Brown Jade: A stone that connects us tot he earth. A good stone to use to help settle matters of the home or to adjust to a new environment.
Green Jade: Most common. Very calming to the nervous system. The color green is representative of life or growth. Helps one channel passions in a constructive way, making expressions of love easier.
Lavender Jade: In touch with the emotions. Beneficial to people who have been hurt by love or need to discover the gentleness within themselves. Can help one learn restraint and subtlety in matters of emotional importance.
Red Jade: A passionate and active stone. Caution is advised here: it can have such a stimulating influence that the wearer becomes agitated and feels the need to express anger. It can help you extract those feelings and come to terms with them. Use Red Jade to blow off steam, to release tension.
White or Cream Jade: Helps one direct their energy to its most advantageous outlet. Helps filter out distraction and allows you to envision the best result of a given situation. Also suggested for the eyes.
Yellow and Orange Jade: Both are similar enough to be considered together. Both impart the gift of joy and happiness. They teach the interconnectedness of all beings. Help organs that process food and waste in our bodies.

Daily OM for December 20th – Strangers in Our Sanctuary

Strangers in Our Sanctuary
Sharing Peace

by Madisyn Taylor

 

Having strangers in our homes can be difficult, but we can choose to treat their energy as an exchange of gifts as well as an exercise in acceptance.

When we have created a sanctuary in our home, it can be jarring to have the outside world come in. It is easy to share our space with those we know well, but often strangers are asked in as household help, contractors, or technicians that help us make our homes more comfortable. Acquaintances of our spouses or children also bring something new and different into our space. If we resist their presence, treating it as an intrusion, we restrict the free flow of energy and may miss the gift they bring. Instead, we can choose to treat their energy as an exchange of gifts as well as an exercise in acceptance.

Before their arrival, we can prepare by envisioning light surrounding our bodies and radiating outward from the core of our homes. We may want to create a calm and welcoming environment by playing meditation music or lighting incense. We can remove tension for all involved by putting away our valuables. Then when they arrive, we claim our boundaries by guiding them through their visit—asking them to remove their shoes, offering coasters or a place to set down tool boxes, and indicating by example to speak softly or not use harsh language. If something still causes stress, we can remember that what begins as an irritation to an oyster becomes a pearl. After they depart, we can burn sage and clear our space if we like but not without first finding the pearl.

Finally, remember that we learn about life by relating with others. People may have been sent to our homes because we ignored some of the universe’s messengers outside. Our homes need not be a way to keep people out but can be the place where we are ourselves while accepting and allowing other’s choices. When we share the joy of our homes, we radiate our light rather than hide it behind closed doors. The more we do this, the more the outside world can become like the sanctuary we’ve created inside.

The Daily OM

Daily Feng Shui News for Dec. 16th – ‘Blue Topaz’

One of the birthstones associated with the month of December is blue topaz, a stone that has long been linked with aiding physical health. It’s believed that wearing this stone will help to steady and regulate the action of the heart while also stabilizing the body’s glandular systems. It has even been known to help treat tonsillitis, whooping cough and mumps. Just remember that if you give this stone to someone and tell them to ‘wear it in good health,’ the odds are pretty high they will.

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

Your Charm for December 9th is Necklace of Charms

Your Charm for Today

Necklace of Charms

Today’s Meaning:        

What you need in this aspect is a bit of understanding. You can find happiness in abundance if you understand and accept the differences of those with whom you share your life within this aspect.        

General Description:        

This is an Egyptian group of amulets. The center ornament is the Lotus, from which hangs the emblem of Millions of years — Thou shalt never perish, never, never come to an end. The Lotus bestowed upon the wearer Light and Understanding, the gifts of the god Ra, their sun god, king of gods and of men. The Fish, the symbol of the Egyptian goddess who controlled the rising of the Nile brought Abundance and Riches. The other pendant is in the form of a lock of hair, the meaning of which is obscure.

 

Let’s Talk Witch – Gem And Stones

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Let’s Talk Witch – Gem And Stones

From ancient times to civilized times precious and semi-precious stones have always held our fascination. Their beauty is natural and everlasting. Natural Magickians have recognized this beauty and fascination and have used stones in their magick for centuries. They give an extra push of energy onto your desired goal.

Stones are used for many purposes including Meditation, Divination, Healing, magickal oil blends or even crushed in some incense recipes. All gems,stones, crystals hold their own energies or “vibrations”. They respond instantly to the expressed intent of your will. Gem properties are easy for a beginner to master and help build both self confidence and self esteem. There are no rules that you must follow and don’t let anyone tell you that there is! It is a personal journey within yourself and you can learn to use stones in just the right way for you.

You can carry them, burn them, add them to your favorite magickal oil blend, place them around the home, in the car, at the office , anywhere you feel the energies are wanted. We ourselves are still learning all about the wonderous ways of gems and stones. A journey that we hope will never end! Stones predate humans by centuries and can show us our true selves because of that fact. They are symbols for forces far beyond words or cold-hard facts. They are there to show us what is already there within and around ourselves.

There are various uses for the beautiful stones. It is up to you how they are used. This is a mystical journey, no magick is needed other than that of your possession of whichever stone you choose. Get to know each stones properties, learn how these stones can enrich both your personal and spiritual life in unlimited wondrous ways.

CHOOSING YOUR GEMSTONE

One of the most often asked questions about gemstone magick is:
“How do I choose my stone/gem/crystal?”

And the most common answer is:
“Don’t worry. They choose you”

As stated before, stones and gems have their own particular vibration and energy. When you are really serious about finding your stone you will understand this. If you have a chance to plunge your hand into a large barrel of different stones, you will know which ones just “feel” right. Some people experience a feeling of heat when holding a certain stone, others say they feel happy or safe when holding a certain stone. Sometimes its: “It just caught my eye and no matter what I did I couldn’t get it out of my mind.” That’s what is meant by a stone finding you.

A good start in finding the right stone is if you have a goal in mind for the stone. Since there are such a great number of stones available this helps limit your choices. Know the properties of each stone and you will find the one you are looking for; the right shade and shape will become important to you too.

If there is no goal in mind, you just want or need a “special little stone”, see which one jumps out at you, or pass your hand over several stones and feel the energy that comes to you. Try meditating for the right one. Again, knowing the properties of stones may help you in this. The different shapes of the stones will be an important factor in choosing your stones.

ROUND

Round shaped gems and stones are a symbol of magick and its workings. The means for the opening of psychic awareness and spirituality. Receptive to all powers. Used in all attraction wishes such as love, money and spirituality.

SQUARE

Square shaped stones are masculine in nature and generally considered to be used for building or creating something new or altering something old. A form of stability and endurance.

TRIANGULAR

Triangles are a sign of the three points of humankind; the mind, body and spirit. Able to discern between the four elements. Used primarily for repelling and neutralizing negativity, and for gathering and releasing of all the energies for your intended desire.

PEAR

Pear shapes are a combination of both the round and triangle. Used primarily in associations with the element of Water, it is both receptive and projective. A great shape for balancing of emotions or any wish dealing with psychism or Faerie Magick.

ROD

Rod shaped or Wand shaped are a sign of masculinity. Also commonly referred to as “phallic”. Projective energies, used primarily for a wish for someone, for the intent to be projected towards another.

 

Today’s Quiz – What Elemental Beauty Type Are You?

What Elemental Beauty Type Are You? Quiz

Are you a passionate Fire or a dreamy, sensitive Water-woman? A sensual Earth  type, or a fresh, stimulating Air being? Once you know what your dominant  elemental type is, you can make color and clothing choices that reflect your  true essence. And it’s lots of fun!

Take the quiz and find out which element you are, right here:

Answer the following questions true or false.

1. I love lots of activity: if I’m not doing something, I can feel bored and  unhappy.

2. I prefer intensity in my life, as well as in my color and fashion choices.

3. I have a strong temper.

4. I enjoy attention and am comfortable being in the spotlight.

5. I am drawn to bright colors like red, orange, and gold.

6. My relationships are the most important thing in my life.

7. I love to spend lots of time day-dreaming.

8. I express my feelings and can laugh or cry easily.

9. I enjoy creating harmony, both between people I care about and in my home.

10. I am drawn to cool shades of blues and blue-greens, silver,  and white.

11. I love animals, gardening, cooking, or time spent in nature.

12. I enjoy doing things with my hands: kneading bread, doing crafts,  brushing a child’s hair.

13. I am slow to anger and generally like to keep things on an even keel.

14. I tend to be practical and love to create a cozy atmosphere in my home.

15. I am drawn to many shades of green and brown.

16. I love to feel inspired; if my mind is not active and alert, I feel  “off.”

17. I’m a communicator and spend a lot of time talking to people or sharing  ideas on the internet.

18. I like organizing and planning and am great with details.

19. I thrive on change and trying new things.

20. I am drawn to fresh, pastel shades of rainbow colors: buttercup yellow,  rose, robin’s egg blue.

FIRE beauties answer “true” to 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. You will be drawn to  hot colors and dramatic fashions as an expression of your vibrant personality.  Stimulating and charismatic, you are often the life of the party. Bright Star or  Fireball.

Jewelry: Ruby, garnet, gold, amber. Clothing: Anything daring or  attention-getting.

WATER beauties answer “true” to 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. Your sensitivity  make you a natural people-pleaser, and you choose clothing and colors that  reflect your feelings and hint at your deeply affectionate nature. Mermaid.

Jewelry: Pearls, silver,  aquamarine. Fashions: Satiny iridescent fabrics and touchable soft textures.

EARTH beauties answer “true” to 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15. Your sensual,  grounded personality make you easy to be with, and you enjoy creating beauty  around you. Earth Goddess.

Jewelry: Jade, malachite, wood beads. Fashions: Comfortable, non-fussy  clothes that allow you to dig in the dirt or walk in the woods.

AIR beauties answer “true” to 16, 17, 18, 19, 20. You thrive on new  ideas and change (you may find yourself switching hairstyles–or even hair  colors–frequently!) and you are refreshing and stimulating to be around. Breath  of Fresh Air.

Jewelry: Anything that reflects light; you may enjoy sparkle and glitz. Fashions: You love to play with different styles, and your fashion choices may  be influenced by historical periods, artworks, or the latest film you enjoyed.  Chiffon, and other light, airy fabrics, will appeal to you.

 

 

Daily Feng Shui Tip for August 12 – "Peridot"

The birthstone most associated with August is the peridot, a beautiful green gemstone that is sometimes mistaken as an emerald. According to ancient traditions, wearing a peridot close to the skin will reduce stress of all sorts while also freeing the mind from anger and guilt. It has also long been believed that wearing peridot jewelry can slow the aging process while increasing endurance, confidence and self-esteem. This gemstone brings those blessings even if you weren’t born in August, so if this information rings true, then this might just be the most perfect jewelry for you.

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com