2012. Bring it On...

Saturday, December 31, 2011

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I had some trouble sleeping one night not too long ago, and instead of counting sheep, or attempting to incubate my dream with Kellan Lutz, I was searching online for ideas of where to go for my upcoming 29th birthday (UGH!) on my phone at 3AM. I knew I wanted to travel somewhere for my birthday and not just stay local and do the same ole stuff. But where?

I already went to Vegas this year and I don't know how the hell I would top THAT experience again. I have friends in Arizona I could visit, but we were planning a trip over there next year anyway. Mardi Gras crossed my mind quite a few times. Especially since it is right around m birthday. But I was still stumped. So I simply Googled "where to travel for my 29th birthday". And what I found was better than anything I could have imagined.

The first result was a post from a blog from this woman who has been traveling EVERYWHERE for a year. Her story is amazing. She literally just picked up her stuff and left to go travel the world. Alone! My idol!

This particular post was about her turning 29 recently, and the 29 lessons she has learned so far from this trip. It is one of the most inspirational things I have ever read. She became my hero and a beacon of Light to me. I've always wanted to do a trip like that. Reading about her discoveries, her experiences, and most of all, what she got out of it all filled me with such hope and inspiration, that I am looking forward to taking 2012 by the horns, staring straight in it's eyes and saying, "LET'S DO THIS".


Let's let go of fear! Go ahead! Sing that song. Write that novel. Take that trip. Make that audition. Climb that mountain. Design that dress. Kiss that girl. Hike those hills. Dance that dance. Kiss that boy. Paint that piece. Join those classes. Save those lives. Run that marathon. And dream.

Dream bigger than you ever have. And live.

Live your dream to it's fullest.

Have a blessed and happy New Year!

~*Atreya*~


Link to awesome travel blog:
http://exploreforayear.com/personal-update/29-birthday-lessons

Thursday, December 22, 2011

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Merry Yule and Blessed Winter Solstice!!! 


Blessed Summer Solstice to our friends in the Southern Hemisphere!!


I thought I'd share the lyrics to a couple of my favorite holiday songs in case some of you plan on doing a little carolling!

Tune: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
words by Ellen Reed

God rest ye merry, paganfolk,
Let nothing you dismay.
Remember that the Sun returns
Upon this Solstice day.
The growing dark is ending now
And Spring is on its way.

Oh, tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy!
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy.

The Goddess rest ye merry, too,
And keep you safe from harm.
Remember that we live within
The circle of Her arms,
And may Her love give years to come
A very special charm.

Oh, tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy!
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy!

and....


SILENT NIGHT
Ellen Reed

Silent night, Solstice Night
All is calm, all is bright
Nature slumbers in forest and glen
Till in Springtime She wakens again
Sleeping spirits grow strong!
Sleeping spirits grow strong!

Silent night, Solstice night
Silver moon shining bright
Snowfall blankets the slumbering Earth
Yule fires welcome the Sun's rebirth
Hark, the Light is reborn!
Hark, the Light is reborn!

Silent night, Solstice night
Quiet rest till the Light
Turning ever the rolling Wheel
Brings the winter to comfort and heal
Rest your spirit in peace!
Rest your spirit in peace!



And here's a beautiful song for this time of year. I love the message of family coming together, getting over differences, having an open mind and most of all, LOVE.



And let's not forget my FAVORITE Yule song!!


This one is getting stuck in your head. Just give in to it.


"Let us welcome back
the returning of the sun
with Hope and Joy"


Enjoy the season everyone! Don't eat all the candy canes in one night....

Bright Blessings,
Amethyst

Love and Light,
~*Atreya*~

Women Must Cultivate Their Own Empowerment

Monday, December 12, 2011

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"I don't mean to say that believing in or identifying with the Goddess makes young girls immune to societal pressures of beauty, attractiveness or self-worth. But I do think that the world of goddess spirituality offers an alternative to our cultural climate, which is so focused on women's limitations -- how they look versus how they should look, how they act versus how they should act, and so forth."

Follow the link to the entire article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-levart/a-path-to-power-and-whole_b_1096152.html?ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false

~Amethyst~








Unexpected Emotional Punch in the Face

Friday, December 9, 2011

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Ever get an unexpected emotional punch in the face? I got one this morning during my usual morning search of the web for what’s what in the world today. While browsing the articles, funny pictures and random statuses on facebook I noticed something a friend from college posted. It was a video that current students at my college alma mater had made. I watched the video and by the end of it I’d been catapulted back to a time I hadn’t seriously contemplated in a while, my junior year of college.  I'm not sure why the videos' message took me there but that's where I went.  That year was unlike anything I’d ever experienced before or since. The year started like any other. Moving into a new dorm, seeing old friends, selling your soul for a parking pass to the good lot (the other was clear across campus). But at Christmas time it all changed.

My favorite uncle and my grandmothers’ last living brother died unexpectedly which was followed by the unexpected death of my roommates’ grandfather. A friendship that began in high school and extended to college because we both chose the same school imploded for reasons I’m still unclear about. In February of my second semester a friend died in a drunk driving accident. We weren’t especially close but we were friends with the same people (which was impossible to avoid because the school wasn’t that big). A group of us took shots together at a bar and then got in our cars to go back to campus. The car I was in made it home but hers didn’t. The following month my mentor suddenly passed away from an allergic reaction to medication. He became my mentor when I was a freshman and we became very close. Weekly meetings, the occasional dinner or lunch, and even helping him organize events for black history month. I stopped by his office on a Friday and we made dinner plans for the following Thursday. That Monday he was gone and I was told of his passing by a mass email sent to the entire school. The month of April was no better. My friend JP, one of the first people I’d met outside of my new roommates’ freshman year, died in a drunk driving accident. He was leaving campus after dropping off a friend when he lost control of his car and drove into a tree. One week before he died and after not seeing each other for quite some time, he randomly appeared in my on campus apartment. He ran into one of my roommates at a party and came back to the apartment not knowing she and I lived together. Surprised to see each other, we gave each other a big hug and spent the rest of the night hanging out, laughing and telling stories. He passed out on my living room floor that night. I put a pillow under his head, took off his shoes and covered him with a blanket. He was gone a week later.

I didn’t see any of this for what it was at the time. I only saw sadness, loss, grief and tragedy. I only looked at the bad because I was seeing so much of it. The things that my friends would miss continued to run through my mind. They wouldn’t be there at graduation, weddings, kids etc. Their entire future wiped out. One memorial service and funeral after another, I was completely broken along with my friends. Instead of trying to fix myself I delved deeper into the heartbreak and down many dark paths that lead to no where pretty quick. Now, looking back on that year and the years that followed, I realize what that year did for me.

That year taught me that life is fleeting and our time on this physical plane can end at any given moment. Tell people you love them whenever possible, let the little things go and an ‘enemy’ has feelings too. Life is worth living and should be lived to the fullest at all times. These experiences taught me to speak to the spirits. They’re always around, willing to listen and guide us on our way if we should ask. This life is too short to not be true to yourself and who you are (I began plotting my escape from the broom closet not long after all this). It also taught me not to get lost in the grief and sadness. I feel like people get so lost in the pain of losing a person, especially when they die suddenly, we forget that the beautiful soul of the person we love is still around us. The spirit never dies and the people that we love and care about never leave us. Instead of crying from the loss, cry because you’ve taken a moment to remember the good times with the person that has passed. This lesson came in handy this year after the death of my grandmother. She and I were as close as a granddaughter and grandmother could be and I was devastated when she passed. But since her death I’ve refused to allow myself to be overcome with grief. Of course I miss her but she’s never really that far away. She’s around me in spirit and she’ll live in my heart until we see each other again. The most important lesson was not to be afraid of death. Its part of the never ending cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth. It is inevitable and pointless to try and outrun. So instead of dreading death, know that it’s coming and pack as much life into your time here as possible!

Amazing what a video with a simple message made by a couple of college kids can stir up. The video is about suicide and that there are more than 100 reasons to stay and stick with this life. However, I think the message of the video can be attributed to more than just suicide prevention. One hundred reasons to not drink and drive. One hundred reasons to not do drugs. One hundred things in life to appreciate because life is fleeting. I could go on but I won’t because this, like most things, will mean different things to different people.

Tell someone you love them. Do something fun this weekend. Enjoy the video!

Bright Blessings
~Amethyst~

17th Century Pendle Witch Cottage Discovered

Thursday, December 8, 2011

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"The cottage was discovered near Lower Black Moss reservoir in the village of Barley, in the shadow of Pendle Hill. Archaeologists brought in by United Utilities to survey the area found the building under a grass mound. Historians are now speculating that the well-preserved cottage could have belonged to one of the Pendle witches."







Follow the link to the full article:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-16066680

~Amethyst~

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

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IMRS - "Irritable Mercury Retrograde Syndrome"

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Alright, that is quite ENOUGH Mercury. I have had it up to HERE (you can't see, but trust me...my hand is really high up) with your retrograde self! If Amethyst allowed me to swear on the blog, I would. I'll try to keep it clean.

I'm gonna share something a lil personal with all you lovely readers. No one has ever known when I'm on my period. Wanna know why? Because I have never displayed the often typical signs of PMS. However, everyone knows when Mercury retrograde is by just looking at me sometimes. 


 Me at work today. 

Before I get too much into this, there might be some of you who aren't familiar with Mercury Retrograde: 

"A planet is described as retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac. According to modern science, this traditional concept arises in the illusory planetary motion created by the orbital rotation of the earth with relation to other planets in our solar system. It's a bit like travelling on the road watching another car beside you: when the other car slows down, or you speed up, it looks as though the other car is moving backwards. Planets are never actually retrograde or stationary, they just seem that way due to this cosmic shadow-play."

"Mercury is a planet which governs all transportation and communication issues. Mercury is not an emotional planet, but rather a highly objective, truth-seeking one. It rules intelligence, education and truth. When it is in retrograde, some of its power is held back."



So what sort of shenanigans can we expect during M.R.?? 

  • All electronics (computers, printers, cameras, etc.) go wonky or bite the dust (just imagine nearly finishing a 20 page paper for your Film final and your motherboard burns out. Yeah. I almost threw the dining room table out the window.)
  • Items go missing (WHERE ARE MY KEYS?!)
  • Missed appointments (No that's ok. The train can be stuck in between stations for 45 minutes. It's not like I had a conference to be at or anything...)
  • Lost mail (Wait....Pedro's getting married? When?? What invitation?!?)

And there's plenty more where that came from. Mercury Retrograde is like the fracking astrological version of Murphy's Law. Ridiculous. (The computer has frozen twice while I write this post by the way. Goddoughnut!!)

There are those who say that it's just in our minds. A good friend of ours has said that he doesn't pay M.R. any mind, therefore not giving it power. He goes through it as if it is not occurring. By seeing it this way, he says he doesn't even know when M.R. happens most of the time. And in part I agree with him.


                                                                Never trust winged shoes and a smile.

But I still believe whether you acknowledge M.R. or not, the effects, although different from person to person, are still felt (or at least noticed).  The energy that comes around during M.R. is so chaotic to me, it makes me VERY irritable.  I feel it at least a week before M.R. begins. I have no idea why. That's how it feels for ME. It also depends on where Mercury falls in your Birth Chart. Someone else's M.R. experience could be totally different.

 I know it's easier said then done, but I feel we can at least attempt to better our M.R. experiences. How? By going with the flow, try to see that everything happens for a reason (maybe your train being delayed helped you miss that car that would've hit you, had you been on time), and taking DEEP breaths and centering ourselves.

Now I don't wanna leave you with bad taste in your mouth about M.R. (actually, after reading this back, you probably have no taste buds left). After all the loathsome and despicable criticism I give to Mercury Retrograde, it actually has many wonderful things about it.





One of the major rules of M.R. is to NOT START ANYTHING NEW!! Do NOT sign that contract. Do NOT buy that house/car. Do NOT start a new job.

However, M.R. is GREAT for going back to things you started, but never finished (or failed at). Here are some other good things to do during M.R.:

  • Bury the hatchet with someone
  • Give a relationship a 2nd chance
  • Revise a novel or short story you have been working on
  • Reconnect with old friends
  • Try that "unbeatable" level again in that video game you played for 14 hours
  • Revisit an idea you had a block on

The key word to remember is "RESTART".



Retrograde'n like a boss.

 M.R. has been pretty good to me in this sense. I reconnected with my father (who I hadn't seen in 10 years) during a Mercury Retrograde. And just the other day, I used it's energy to call one of my best friends who I haven't spoken to in so long. Before M.R., I was nervous to call him because I thought he might be avoiding me or upset with me for some reason (that's the Pisces talking). But the other day, it just felt right to call. Turns out he was now working TWO jobs and barely had time to see his family; much less have time to himself. I totally understood and was just glad I got the chance to talk to him. 

Okay, so there are SOME good things about M.R. But why?:

"...Why would the Universe give us Mercury retrograde? Because to move forward it is sometimes necessary to backtrack and reconfigure our paths in life. It is important to reconsider, repair, reflect, and reconnect. Mercury forces us to slow down and fix what's broken, and in so doing, rethink things."

"...The key issue here is one of focus. Mercury's retro phase tends to bring unforeseen changes and blockages, but the aggravation and frustration that many of us experience during these periods is often due to our own inability to roll with the punches. Is this due to our ego-fixation?

Mercury sets out to restructure our thinking processes and for many of us this is painful and frustrating. Unresolved issues from the past tend to push themselves forward. Moreover, these experiences reveal flaws in our internal organisation as well as our external planning, which can make us feel foolish and inadequate. Keep your eyes peeled; Mercury's retro period gives us the chance to find out just what has been missed."

Touche, monsieur Mercury. Touche.

~*Atreya*~


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P.S. Here's a great FREE site to get your birth chart done. Click on "Chart drawing, Ascendant" button and fill in your info. Where does Mercury land on YOUR chart?




Can You Be Alone??

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

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So many people have trouble being alone.  We stay in relationships that aren't right for us just to avoid being alone. We maintain friendships that aren't right for us just to avoid being alone. We live with roommate after roommate just avoid coming home to an empty house.  There are so many ways people avoid being alone with themselves, their feelings and thoughts.  Some people even need noise at all times (tv, radio etc) just to avoid being in silence.  But why? What are we so afraid of? What is so terrifying about just being alone? What's the worst that could happen?  Maybe in silence and spending time alone we are faced with the aspects of our self we'd rather put away and not look at or examine. 

I admit I'm guilty of this in my own way.  I'm able to be alone but I find myself filling the silence with an mp3 player or games on my phone.  Furthermore, going to a movie or restaurant alone is an idea I would never entertain but after watching this video I'm reconsidering it. 

How To Be Alone


She makes it seem so beautifully simple! Do you avoid being alone? Do you avoid quiet time with yourself? I love this video and I love the message. It inspired me to try and find more ways to be alone, quiet and stop blaming lack of alone time on living in the big city.  Pass this video on if you can and don't be afraid to be alone.

Bright Blessings
~Amethyst~


HERB OF THE MONTH - December

Thursday, December 1, 2011

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Herb of the Month for December 2011 - Bay

This month from my exploding herb cabinet I bring you Bay Leaves.  Bay is one of the first herbs I got when I began collecting and jarring herbs.  It has multiple uses dating back to the ancient Olympic games and beyond.  Because of its long history it has quite a few folk names.  Bay Laurel, Baie, Daphne, Grecian Laural, Laurier d'Apollon, Noble Laurel, Roman Laurel and Sweet Bay are a few of its folk names. Its ruling element is fire and its planet is the Sun.  Bay is a masculine herb and it's associated with Apollo, Ceres, Eros and Faunus. 



                                                                     Dry Bay Leaves


Bay is a powerful, multipurpose herb.  It's used for healing, protection, purification, strength and psychic powers.  An herb that represents success, triumph and victory, bay was used to crown the victors in ancient Olympic games.  Need to bring some success to your life?  Add bay leaves to a hot bath or grind some leaves up and burn them.  Sprinkle bay around your place of business to attract customers and leave a few bay leaves under or in the cash register for prosperity.  For a money spell, dress(rub oil onto the candle) a green candle with bay oil.

Bay is also a great herb for protection.  It will not only remove negative energies but it also draws in positive energies.  Carry bay leaves to ward off negative energies and spirits.  When hung in the home, bay will prevent poltergeists from entering and help remove anything negative already in the home.  Plus, bay leaves smell great, look great and maintain their shape so hanging some in your home is a nice touch (especially during the holidays).  Bay is also used in wisdom and psychic potions (keep in mind it has a strong taste). To induce prophetic dreams sleep with bay leaves under your bed or pillow.  Bay was used by ancient priestesses of Apollo. They chewed the leaves to bring on a meditative and prophetic state.  They also used bay as a Yule decoration and many people still practice this today.


Simple Bay Leaf Spell
Use a bay leaf to make a wish.  First take a bay leaf and hold it in your hands.  Think about your wish and envision it coming true.  Then take the leaf and write your wish on it.  Once you've written the wish on the bay leaf place the leaf under your pillow or bed.  Leave it alone, forget it's there (except when you change your sheets! don't wash the leaf, remove it and then put it back) and allow your wish to manifest. You can also place the leaf on your altar or any place safe and out of the way. Once your wish has manifested bury the leaf.  

Since bay is a dual purpose herb (it repels the negative and attracts the positive) you can also use it to remove something from your life.  Take a bay leaf and hold it in your hands.  Think about what it is you want to push away from you. Then write it on the bay leaf.  Once you've written down what you want to get rid of burn the bay leaf and throw the ashes to the wind. Or, if you are near a source of water (a creek, lake etc), take the leaf to the water.  Place it in the water and watch it float away while envisioning it taking away what you want to get rid of.

Will bay leaves kill me??
Absolutely not.  It is used around the world to season foods.  Everything from soups, meats, fish and spice mixtures are seasoned using bay leaves. 

Interesting tidbit:  If your eating a dish that contains bay leaves and you find yourself with a bay leaf in your mouth don't eat it right away!  First, make a wish.  Bite the leaf while simultaneously making your wish.  Then put the wish out of your mind, allowing it to manifest.

Bay leaves.  This powerful, multipurpose herb can be used to repel the negative and draw in the positive.  Use a bay leaf to make a wish or add some taste to home made soup.  Add bay leaves to a bath to give yourself a boost of successful energies. However you choose to use it, I highly recommend adding bay leaves to your own exploding herb cabinet. 

Bright Blessings,
~Amethyst~




***I am not a doctor and I don't play one on TV. Do your research before you consume any herbs via potions etc.


Source:
Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by: Scott Cunningham
The Encyclopedia of Magickal Ingredients by: Lexa Rosean
Witchipedia.com




STONE OF THE MONTH - December 2011

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Stone of the Month for December 2011 - Sodalite


   This month lets talk about sodalite.  I have a lot of sodalite and I'm very attached to this stone.  Its uses fall in the realms of healing, meditation and clear thought.  It's easy to find, however, polished sodalite is easier to come by.






Sodalite is made up of sodium aluminum  silicate chloride (say that five times fast!) and it gets its name from the sodium content.  Royal blue color with white veins that vary in size, sodalite looks very similar to lapis lazuli.  You can tell them apart because, when unpolished, sodalite is more brittle. Also, lapis lazuli contains pyrite and sodalite does not.  It's found in the veins of igneous rocks and in large granular formations.  Once polished it feels waxy.  The dominant color for sodalite is deep royal blue but it can also be found in green, white and gray. 


Sodalite calms the mind and senses and helps to induce relaxation (which is probably why I own so much of it).  It's good to work with sodalite if your trying to begin a regular meditation routine and it focuses the third chakra during meditation.  It helps you move through different levels of consciousness by connecting the spiritual self to the physical self. Sodalite also awakens and strengthens your intuition.  Place sodalite on your third eye or throat chakra to clear negative feelings and increase relaxation.  To awaken your intuition and promote unconditional self love place sodalite and rose quartz over the heart during meditation.  The deep blue color of sodalite conjures peace and tranquility.  Place sodalite around your home to promote calm and soothe uneasy feelings.  

Wear sodalite around the neck if you need some healing in the throat/neck region.  It helps to ease stressed vocal chords and a strained voice.  A sodalite pendant can also clear problems in the sinuses and lend support to the immune system.  Sodalite is also useful if you need a kick in the a$$ because it encourages self confidence.  Anxiety issues?? Sodalite can help you deal with the anxiety of everyday concerns, focus your thoughts and just be.

A few years ago I was having some trouble with anxiety issues and was trying to figure out what to do when I found a sodalite pentacle. As soon as I saw it my intuition told me I needed it and I bought it without a second thought.  I wore the pentacle (pictured above) everyday for over a year and it (along with other activities like meditation) really helped me deal with anxiety.  Stressed out? Anxious? Worry wort?  Get some sodalite ASAP. 

Sodalite has also been a great help to me when I read tarot.  I keep a piece of sodalite in the bag with my tarot cards and keep it close by when I'm giving a reading.  Since sodalite is so good at helping you connect with your intuition and focus your thoughts it's a great tool to have when learning to read tarot.  Before doing a reading hold the sodalite in your hands, close your eyes and breath deeply.  Allow your mind to clear and your emotions to calm.  Once you've done this for at least a few minutes put the stone to the side and perform the reading.  Continue to do this before reading tarot and over time your tarot reading ability will increase and your intuition will expand. 

Sodalite can help bring calm and peace to your home and clear negative feelings.  It increases relaxation, decreases stress and anxiety and will help you during meditation.  Use it to expand your intuition and increase your self confidence. But most importantly, it's pretty to look at and makes for some awesome jewelry!!  Go get some sodalite and be peaceful!

 
Bright Blessings
~Amethyst~
Source: Crystals by: Jennie Harding