Discover your Celtic Tree Zodiac Sign & what it Means

Not everyone resonates with the characteristics set out in traditional Western Zodiac signs.

Fortunately, there is another way of discovering more about personalities and behaviours than simply looking at constellations.

The Celts hold an ancient belief that we all derive from trees, and our date of birth is interconnected with the qualities found in nature. They say that the season we were born in is pivotal to the formation of our individual tendencies and traits.  […]

Source: Discover your Celtic Tree Zodiac Sign & what it Means.

Lāʻau Lāpaʻau || The Beautiful Herb That’s Amazing for Your Heart; Red Clover Benefits

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Finding a three-leaf clover may bring good luck, but taking red clover as a healing herb may bring even better fortune!

People have appreciated the therapeutic qualities of the red clover’s pink and red-hued blossom for generations. Women, in particular, have passed down its secrets as a remedy for feminine issues, whether premenstrual syndrome or menopause symptoms.

In modern times, scientific research has backed up its traditional uses, including supporting bone strength, blood health, hair growth, and mental wellness. For women, red clover might also offer support for symptoms of menopause; for men, it’s believed to encourage a healthy prostate.

What Is Red Clover?

Red clover (Trifolium pratense) — also known as cow clover, meadow clover, or wild clover — is a legume found in Europe, Western Asia, and northwest Africa. Red clover contains isoflavones. Isoflavones are a type of phytoestrogens, which are chemicals that are similar to the hormone estrogen…

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Happy Winter Thermstice/Imbolc!

Humanistic Paganism

Hidden life beneath the snow and ice……   What discovery could fit Imbolc better than this?  Scientists in Antarctica have discoveredliving bacteria, as well as animal bodies, in the permanent darkness of pockets of water beneath hundreds of meters of ice in Antarctica!  Unlike our winter which is months long for most of us, these have not seen the light of day for thousands of years!

Celebrations

The life exists, hidden beneath the snow.   Gathering strength, yet hidden in many ways.  How long and harsh will this winter be?  Can traditions of groundhogs or candles tell us?  I recently saw a Pagans personalized Wheel of the Year, and they had Imbolc labelled as “Brightening”, opposite the sacred holiday of “Dimming”.  I think these are great names – though the change does start at the Solstices, it’s later that the change begins to be noticeable.  These and many other themes…

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Nova Scotia to allow First people to swear on eagle feathers rather than a Bible

The RCMP has officially introduced eagle feathers into the Nova Scotia justice system.

On Monday the force announced the feather is being added alongside affirmations and the Bible as an object to swear upon while giving a testimony under oath.

“To wear or to hold an eagle feather causes our creator to take immediate notice,” explained Donald Julien, a member of the Mi’kmaq community and former veteran for the Canadian Armed Forces and United Nations. He emphasised the important symbolism of the eagle feather to First Nations people. “[This is a] wonderful show of understanding and the acknowledgement of our traditional ways of expressing our prayer,” he said.

Read article here:   http://www.whitewolfpack.com/2017/10/nova-scotia-to-allow-first-people-to.html

 

New Moon Energy Blast – Wednesday, November 7, 2018

NEW MOON ENERGY UPGRADE – NOVEMBER 7, 2018

Last time I did this, many reported wonderful healing experiences … so here I am, here for you again.

Taking names for the next New Moon … register your name in the comments below.  The absolute last entry to be taken will be 11:55 pm, 11/6/2018.

Won’t be taking stragglers because of the wave we’re creating … so, if you miss this go-round, there’s always December 7th. Let’s get onboard and ride this wave!  Aloha!

Animal Spirit Totem | Lynx (mystery)

Canadian Lynx

The spirit of the Lynx is the keeper of secrets.  That is why it symbolizes the mysteries of the Universe.  Creation is infinitely more complex than our mind will ever be able to comprehend.  Every action, every thought, has a ripple effect with consequences that are almost impossible to grasp on a global scale.

When the Lynx appears, it is to bring mystery back into your life.  Accept it, and don’t try to make sense out of everything.  There are things meant to be understood, and others just meant to be experienced.  It requires surrender and humility to accept that we are only aware of a small portion of the processes we go through.  But, it is also the best posture to let them flow freely, without disturbing them by over-thinking and trying to interfere.

The Lynx can also invite you to study ancient and even esoteric tracitions, with all their fascinating mysteries.  Your quest for truth and knowledge may lead you to that realization.  The more you study those mysteries, the more infinite and complex they appear to be.  And that is fine, as continuing to learn is simply your soul purpose.

Message from the Lynx:

“Accept Mystery in your life, and don’t try to explain everything.”

Animal Spirit Totem | Turkey (Generosity)

The spirit of the Turkey symbolizes generosity and unselfishness.  That’s why it has been associated with such events as the Thanksgiving celebration — which might actually sound quite unfortunate from the Turkey’s point of view … So, thank you so much, dear Turkey, for your generosity and sense of sacrifice!  When the spirit of the Turkey comes to you, it is time to be generous, too.  Generosity is not just about money:  people around you may need other things from you, like attention, time, love or a favor.  Were you reluctant to give any of those recently?  Do you feel that people, like vampires, try to suck your energy up, forcing you to create walls around yourself:  It may be time to drop those fear-based beliefs, and realize that you have plenty to give — without having to worry about negative consequences.  Giving is only difficult when you think you don’t have much left, and you have to choose between you and others.  But, when you trust the fact that “the more you give, the more you receive,” being generous will be much smoother and easier.  Just give, without expecting anything in return, and your confidence in abundance will always support you.  Even if you don’t have right now what other people are asking for, you certainly have something to offer that will help them in one way or another.  Thank you!

Message from Turkey:

“Don’t be afraid to be generous.  Generosity allows energies to flow freely, and supports abundance for all.”

Meditation Session | 1 Hour Kundalini Rising 432Hz – All Chakra Awakening Simultaneously

Wow! What a journey!!! So many things going on down deep in the layers of the music… mystical things. This version of the “Kundalini Rising” video is identical to my original version in every way except one; the music has been performed in the A432Hz tuning. I will let you be the judge. What do you think? Especially those of you who have experienced my original “Kundalini Rising” video. Does this version affect you more? Is there a noticeable difference? Can you feel it? Please comment on your views of the 432 effect.

Natural 432Hz Harmonics – Theoretically 432Hz vibrates more in tune with the natural energy of the universe, the universe in which we are a part of. The idea here is that the music is more harmonic when tuned to 432. Harmonic with what? Us, the world, the universe; nature. The principal is that if A is tuned to 432, and all of the other notes are in tune with the A, then the music is more vibrationally in tune with us, thus having a more powerful affect on us. It is said that 432Hz is healing to us down to a cellular level, even our DNA is positively affected by the vibrations.

Kundalini Rising – Stimulate and awaken the Serpent Goddess/Kundalini energy, causing it to rise through all of your Chakras simultaneously. From the Root Chakra, through the Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Brow and Crown. Rising through your body/soul through each Chakra until it reaches your Crown Chakra and rises above you to connect with the universe that you are part of. When Kundalini Shakti is conceived as a goddess, when it rises to the head, it unites itself with the Supreme Being (Lord Shiva). Then the aspirant becomes engrossed in deep meditation and infinite bliss.

The visuals in this video are very powerful, magical illusions. What you see is what YOU project into it from your mind. You will see many things if you focus on the visuals in this video. You will still see them even if you have your eyes closed. Remember too, when seeing the visuals, it is all about your own perception.

Kundalini is now widely known outside of the Hindu religion and many cultures globally have created their own ways to awaken the kundalini energy within people. Without explanation, an increasingly large percentage of people are experiencing kundalini energy awakenings spontaneously which means, it is not vital to follow a distinct set of instructions or rules in order to awaken the energy.

Kundalini can also awaken spontaneously, for no obvious reason or triggered by intense personal experiences such as accidents, near death experiences, childbirth, emotional trauma, extreme mental stress, and so on. Some sources attribute spontaneous awakenings to the “grace of God”, or possibly to spiritual practice in past lives…

It is reported that Kundalini awakening results in enlightenment and bliss. This awakening involves the Kundalini physically moving up the central channel to reside within the Sahasrara Chakra above the head. This movement of Kundalini is felt by the presence of a cool or, in the case of imbalance, a warm breeze across the palms of the hands or the soles of the feet. Many systems of yoga focus on the awakening of Kundalini through meditation, pranayama breathing, the practice of asana and chanting of mantras. In physical terms, one commonly reported Kundalini experience is a feeling like electric current running along the spine.

Biodiversity and Phytochemistry of Lemon Balm

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Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis, Lamiaceae) is a plant native to the eastern Mediterranean and western Asia that has been used traditionally as a spice, tea, and medicine. Modern pharmacological studies have reported lemon balm to possess antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. The purpose of this study was to investigate how essential oil composition, especially rosmarinic acid content and antioxidant activity, changes between lemon balm subspecies, plant parts, and harvests.

Central European climate conditions allow for permanent lemon balm fields with multiple yearly harvests. The 28 lemon balm accessions analyzed in this study comprised two subspecies, officinalis (MOFF) and altissima (MALT). They were planted in March 2008 at the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) in Gatersleben, Germany, and then harvested in June and August 2013. To procure samples, the plants were dried, separated into leaves and stems, and then hydrodistilled. Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) and…

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Full Moon Animal Totem | Owl (retreat)

Our modern western life is always full of demands and noise.  It keeps our mind busy, but we can rarely find true answers and inspiration in this constant turmoil.  Sometimes it is beneficial, and even necessary, to remove ourselves from this frenetic world and get back to ourselves. 

The spirit of the Owl is inviting you now to retreat, to be alone and silent.  Many people are actually afraid of this.  They see solitude as loneliness, silence as dullness and inactivity as boredom.  But, take a bit of time in nature.  Put down your smartphone.  Switch off the TV … and you may actually enjoy this moment of respite.

Your mind, as well as your body, needs to have a rest.  You may be surprised by the insights you will receive if you pause for a moment and listen to your inner voice.

Message from the Owl:

“Take some time to retreat and enjoy being alone.”

Culture | Samhain Traditions

What should you do during your Samhain ritual? Here are a few ideas taken from the most popular Samhain and Halloween traditions.
  1. Hold a dumb supper. On Samhain’s evening, place pictures of the deceased on the dinner table. Light some candles. Eat your meal in silence to honour those who died in the past year. Open up your psychic sense to see if the dead have joined you. More info here.
  2. Make an offering to the dead. Before you eat, set aside a portion of the meal for the dead. It doesn’t have to be only the deceased of the year: it can be your family ancestors, or any other spirit. When you are done eating, place the dish on your altar next to the pictures representing them. Say a few words to honour them. When the ritual is over, leave the offering on your porch overnight.
  3. Make a shamanic journey. Samhain is the perfect time of the year to travel between the worlds, since the veil is thinner (I don’t know how many times I wrote that already!). On Samhain evening, cast a sacred circle of power like you usually do. Then, get into a state of transe (you can listen to a drumming track like this one). When you’re ready, imagine that you are going down through a rabbit hole. Then, let the images flow. Learn more about shamanic journeying here.
  4. Carve a pentagram into a pumpkin for protection. I found this amazing tutorial if you’re interested. When you’re done, charge your pumpkins with energy. Ask the God and Goddess of Samhain to activate your spell. Then, place your pumpkin on your porch to protect your home.
  5. Bob for apples. You remember the kid’s game we talked about? To turn it into a divination game, carve a rune into each apple. Ask a question out loud before your start. The apple that you pick will give you the answer.
Of course, those are only a few suggestions. Since Samhain has a very rich history, the possibilities are endless! You could even invent your own Samhain tradition. The important part is to make it work for you!

How to Connect with Nature – A Short Guide on Spirituality, Nature and Awareness

You want to be able to connect with nature. This article explains the concept and gives you an exercise to learn how to do so and develop awareness.  […]

Source: How to Connect with Nature – A Short Guide on Spirituality, Nature and Awareness 

Bridge divides, cultivate belonging and inspire harmony through the power of music.

 

A reverence for Interdependence is primary. If our lives interpenetrate not only with human creatures but with the wilder others as well, then how we enact our lives – how we participate, how we engage our relationships with the Earth community – may matter more than we can imagine. Could we human creatures teach ourselves a new story, a story of embodied awe and reverence for rain, for rivers and oceans?   Practice weaving together ecology with spirituality now. Teach yourself to regard water – even, and especially, tap water – as a gift, as an unfathomable elixir … as the holy essence of our lives.

The Promise Of A Shaman


If you come to me as a victim I will not support you.
But I will have the courage to walk with you through the pain that you are suffering.
I will put you in the fire, I will undress you, and I will sit you on the earth.
I will bathe you with herbs, I will purge you, and you will vomit the rage and the darkness inside you.
I’ll bang your body with good herbs, and I’ll put you to lay in the grass, face up to the sky.
Then I will blow your crown to clean the old memories that make you repeat the same behavior.
I will blow your forehead to scare away the thoughts that cloud your vision.
I will blow your throat to release the knot that won’t let you talk.
I will blow your heart to scare fear, so that it goes far away where it cannot find you.
I will blow your solar plexus to extinguish the fire of the hell you carry inside, and you will know peace.
I will blow with fire your belly to burn the attachments, and the love that was not.
I will blow away the lovers that left you, the children that never came.
I will blow your heart to make you warm, to rekindle your desire to feel, create and start again.
I will blow with force your vagina or your penis, to clean the sexual door to your soul.
I will blow away the garbage that you collected trying to love what did not wanted to be loved.
I will use the broom, and the sponge, and the rag, and safely clean all the bitterness inside you.
I will blow your hands to destroy the ties that prevent you from creating.
I will blow your feet to dust and erase the footprints memories, so you can never return to that bad place.
I will turn your body, so your face will kiss the earth.
I’ll blow your spine from the root to the neck to increase your strength and help you walk upright.
And I will let you rest.

After this you will cry, and after crying you will sleep,
And you will dream beautiful and meaningful dreams,
and when you wake up I’ll be waiting for you.
I will smile at you, and you will smile back
I will offer you food that you will eat with pleasure, tasting life, and I will thank you.
Because what I’m offering today, was offered to me before when darkness lived within me.
And after I was healed, I felt the darkness leaving, and I cried.

Then we will walk together, and I will show you my garden, and my plants, and I will take you to the fire again.
And will talk together in a single voice with the blessing of the earth.
And we will shout to the forest the desires of your heart.
And the fire will listen and whisper the echo, and we will create hope together.
And the mountains will listen and whisper the echo, and we will create hope together.
And the rivers will listen and whisper the echo, and we will create hope together.
And the wind will listen and whisper the echo, and we will create hope together.
And then we will bow before the fire, and we will call upon all the visible and invisible guardians.
And you will say thank you to all of them.
And you will say thank you to yourself.
And you will say thank you to yourself.
And you will say thank you to yourself.

Aura Colors

The following descriptions of aura colors are meant to give you general insight into the interpretation of your auric state. Please be aware that your aura colors can (and do) change over time, depending on your life stories, emotions and situations. Please also take into consideration that not all meanings of colors are relevant all at once. Just like all things in life – it’s not black and white. This brief guide is produced in collaboration with Twelve Month Aura, and is meant to be a starting point for self-discovery and aura awareness.

AURA AURA is an experiential portrait project of Detroit-based creative, Eileen Lee. The project serves as a vessel for exploring the #HUMANATMOSPHERE by utilizing analog technology and instant film that is no longer being produced. Aura photography by appointment in Detroit, Michigan. Available for special events, weddings, pop-ups and more in Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, and Worldwide.  […]

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Cultural Anthropology | Oral History Suggests Māori Proverbs on Bird Extinction Mirrored Fears of Indigenous Group’s Own Decline

The moa, a giant flightless bird, served as symbol of extinction and reflection of Māori fears over encroaching European presence  […]

Source: Oral History Suggests Māori Proverbs on Bird Extinction Mirrored Fears of Indigenous Group’s Own Decline

Spirit Animal Oracle: Grandmother Spider (Creativity)

Mother Spider is a very powerful spirit. Far from the ugly critter image we usually use to depict her, she is a master creator. The Spider is certainly one of the most talented architects in Nature, and symbolizes art and creativity.

Spider encourages you to express yourself in a creative form. It is also reminding you that you are the creator of your life. We all constantly weave complex mental, emotional and social patterns. How does your web look? Clean and structured, or rough and messy? Maybe it is time to use your creative power to bring harmony back into your life and to focus again on what is important. As the creator of your reality, you have the power to consciously weave the life of your dreams. Ask the Spider to guide you in this process.

As a side note, spiders are also wonderful loving parents. Some species don’t hesitate to offer their own body so that there babies can feed. This is certainly the ultimate sacrifice a mother could make for her children! So please, next time you see a spider in your house, don’t kill it. Thank it for it’s creative message and if you don’t want to have it as your guest, gently relocate it outside.

MESSAGE FROM THE SPIDER: “You are the architect of your life. Be creative!”

Spirit Animal Oracle | The Mole (Introspection)

Here is a beautiful Sioux legend which says a lot about the spirit of the Mole. In ancient times, The Creator gathered all of Creation and said, “I want to hide something from the humans until they are ready for it. It is the realization that, as a part of me, they create their own reality.” Many creatures suggested places to hide this knowledge, but none of them were really satisfactory, as humans would finally explore them. Finally, Grandmother Mole, who lives within the heart of Mother Earth and sees with her spiritual eyes — rather than her physical eyes — spoke up: “Why don’t we hide it inside the humans? That is the last place they will look for it.” The Creator laughed, and replied in an instant: “It is done.”

The Mole has a profound and rich connection with its inner self. Like the Mole, you may benefit now from solitude and introspection. Don’t look for solutions around you, as all your answers are only within yourself. Get back to yourself, and look inside Examine your emotions and understand your patterns. It may not be pretty, but explore even your darkest corners and deepest wounds. Be honest and don’t try to embellish things. Only when you really know yourself, will you be able to initiate deep changes.

MESSAGE FROM THE MOLE: “Look within yourself and find your own answers. You can only heal what you are aware of. Know thyself.”

A Glass Of Salt Water And Vinegar Will Detect Negative Energies In Your Home – The Minds Journal

We all have felt negative and positive vibes from people quite a few times in our life. Even if science is not yet ready to put a name to it, emotional energy is very real, and important like thermal energy or potential energy of matter.

A Glass Of Salt Water And Vinegar Will Detect Negative Energies In Your Home  … […]

Source: A Glass Of Salt Water And Vinegar Will Detect Negative Energies In Your Home – The Minds Journal

La’au Lapa’au | Hyssop

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Hyssop_Hyssopus_officinalis

Hyssop

Botanical Name: Hyssopus officinalis.

Family Name: LAMIACEAE

Other Common Names: Curdukotu, hastipippili, hisopo, yanagi-hakka.

Habitat: Hyssop is native to the Mediterranean countries and temperate parts of Asia but is now widely cultivated all over the world and often used as a decorative plant.

Plant Description: Hyssop is a perennial plant from the family of Lamiaceae or the mint family. This family contains a wide variety of medicinal and kitchen herbs. Other well-known plants in this family are for example peppermint, basil, sage, lavender, thyme, and catnipLike all members of the mint family, hyssop has a slender, square stem with opposite positioned leaves and can reach heights of up to two feet. Hyssop flowers from June through October with purple-blue coloured flowers that are very fragrant and attract nectar-drinking insects. Some cultivars have white or pink-coloured flowers. 

Hyssop leaves and green…

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Lifestyles  |  Lammas: Where Did It Come From?

The excitement of the harvest season has permeated the fabric of history since the agriculturally based societies were first established. Having weathered the delicate beginning of the planting stage and found mercy from the myriad catastrophes that could befall the crops, Lammas heralded the onset of the time of tremendous work met with equal reward. Wheat is thought to have been the first grain to translate out into deliberate agricultural production and the festival of the wheat harvest was of great significance.  […]

Source: Lammas: Where Did It Come From?