Cleansing Your Home: Let the Sunshine In

Fire Cleanse

Greetings beloveds,

Spring is here and it’s time to let that fire energy cleanse our souls and homes. Now, let’s not set a fire in the middle of the room or anything. Oh no there’s a much easier way to let the energy of rebirth and regeneration cleanse your space. Here are three examples to get you started.

  1. Open the curtains and let the sun in!
  2. Light candles: Choose spring time scents like lemon, eucalyptus, orange, rose, lavender, peach or gardenia to change the energy of your home.
  3. Experiment through lighting options: check out different types of light bulbs and wattage
  4. Meditate on light moving through each room of your home clearing the energy.
  5. Invite the fire animals to protect and transmute the energy of your home to best serve you.

How do you use the energy of fire to clear your home?

-Rose

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Greetings beloveds,

Sometimes you just need to clear the cobwebs from your brain so you can think again clearly. Today, while working, cleaning, while you sleep, or while meditating take some time to listen to the video below to clear your mind and energy.

 

Clearing it Out: Yoga for Elimination

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Greetings beloveds,

To go with this months theme of clearing it out, I want to share with you all some yoga poses that support digestion followed by a quick flow. Enjoy!

Stimulates Digestion

Warrior II – Counterpose: Downward Facing dog

Warrior I – Counterpose: Downward facing dog

Revolved Extended Side-Angle – Counterpose: standing forward bend

Revolved triangle – Counterpose: Standing forward bend

Chair – Counterpose: standing forward bend

Cobra – Counterpose: Childs pose/lying on belly

Camel – Counterpose: standing forward bend/childs pose

Bridge (pg106) Counterpose: Knee to chest

Bow – Counterpose: lying on belly/childs pose/ downward-facing dog

Locust – Counterpose: Lying on belly/childs pose

 

  Simple Seated Twist – Counterpose: staff

 

  Standing forward bend

  Open-Angle – Counterpose: knees-to-chest

  Splits –  Counterpose: downward facing dog

 

Start seated with your legs crossed comfortably. Inhale feeling your back lengthen and straighten as you do. Place your right hand behind you and exhale into a twist bringing your left hand onto your right knee for seated spinal twist. Hold here for 3 breaths.

Now extend your legs in front of you into staff making sure your spine is straight by imagining each vertebrae stacking one on top of the other. Inhale arms overhead and exhale bending at the waist into forward bend. Hold for as long as you need.

Inhale slowly raising your arms overhead and exhale lowering your arms. Repeat 2 times.

Next, spread your legs as far apart as is comfortable for you into a v shape. Inhale arms up exhale bending at the waist placing your hands on the floor in front of you where ever you feel comfortable for open angle. Hold for 2 breaths then on your next inhale raise up slightly and on the exhale bend forward from the waist lowering deeper into the pose. Hold here for 2 breaths. Repeat as many times as you like until you have reached the deepest pose for you.

Now inhale slowly raising up out of the pose and find yourself in legs together, abdominal muscles activated, arms comfortable at your side. Inhale raising your arms overhead letting your shoulders slide gently down holding your arms parallel to each other elbows and palms facing inwards into Mountain pose. Take 2 breaths and then exhale lowering your arms as you do so. Repeat 2 times. On the third, exhale bend forward at the waist for standing forward bend. Repeat this again 2 times. Return to standing position arms lowered at your sides once again.

Plant your right food firmly on the ground at the front of your mat if you are using one, feeling each toe connect with the ground. Step your left foot back behind you with your foot turned out. Align yourself until your hips are squared. Inhale slightly up and exhale bending forward at the waist placing your hands upon the ground or blocks if needed. Exhale, rotating your core and bringing your left arm up so your fingertips are facing the ceiling or sky. Let your head follow the stretch of your arm looking upward into Revolved Triangle. Hold for 2 breaths or longer if desired. When ready, exhale lowering your left arm down along with rotating your core back towards the ground. Inhale, slowly raising up from the waist bring your arms arms to rest on your hips.

Inhale rising up slightly. Exhale bending your right knee at a 90 degree angle into lunge, your left foot turned outwards. Place your hands firmly either on your knee to steady yourself. When you’re ready inhale your arms up in the same fashion used in Mountain pose for Warrior. Breath here, using your feet to feel the connection to the ground. Your weight should be centered in your hips, your core strong supporting your upper body. Hold here for 4 breaths. Inhale raising up just slightly and exhale releasing your arms back to your knee.

On your next exhale place your right arm on the outside of your upper right thigh rotating your core but leaving your left arm still on your knee. Inhale, and on your next exhale hook your left arm pit as deeply as you can into your knee letting your right arm lift up extending overhead. This should create a relatively straight line down from the fingertips of your right hand down to your left foot. Breathe here in Revolved Extended Side-Angle. If you are feeling too challenged here, lower that right arm and raise your left forearm to bring your hands into prayer pose. Your core still rotated to the right. Hold and breathe here. When you are ready, exhale lowering that left arm to the ground placing your right hand on your right hip. Inhale, raise up slightly moving your left arm to your right knee and bring your right hand to meet it there.

Both hands resting upon your knee on your next inhale step your left leg forward both feet together knees slightly bent. Steady your yourself and inhale slowly rising up into standing. Repeat again on your left side.

Once done, standing tall inhale your arms up overhead into Mountain and then exhale releasing your arms to your side. Repeat as many times as desired. On your last exhale bring your hands together in Prayer pose at your heart chakra.

Namaste.

With love,

-Rose

 

Clear it Out: A Smoothie for Releasing

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I hope you all are having a beautiful new year. With the setting of goals, intentions, and resolutions many are looking to change, renew, or improve their health through their eating habits and lifestyle. For me, this past year has been a struggle for me to maintain a consistent diet (eating habits) and movement schedule. I would get into a good flow and then get scooped out of it through travel, work obligations, spiritual quests, and emotional personal events. The blessing that came from this was a bit of freedom as I had to let go of my strict routine and begin to let the experiences that wanted to be in my life come through. Now you may be thinking, food doesn’t have that much power or that much purpose. I beg to differ. If truly, all is made of energy and that energy has its own drive and direction then the atoms that make up food also has these qualities. We align or do not align with that flow. So as we work to release resistance and fear (how many times have we demonized different types of foods from fats, salt, and even meat) throughout our lives here’s a quick recipe for a soup that will get you going *wink wink* in more ways than one.

Rose’s Clear You Out Smoothie

1 Tablespoon of Chia Seeds

2-3 Stalks of Fennel

Handful of Dandelion Root

4-5 Leaves of Kale

2 Stalks Celery

1 Lemon

2 Apples (Honey Crisp are delicious)

Here’s to getting things moving in the New Year!

-Rose

 

New Moon in Aries: Now We Get It

Ohh it’s the new moon in Aries and we are feeling ALL brand new. Releasing, cleansing, redirecting, rebirthing, re-being. We are in that space of our crown chakra consciously aware of our higher self and divine connection. It’s flowing around us and we feel POWERFUL. As such we are allowing our love languages to be fully acknowledged. For many they are seeking physical touch. That connection that grounds us but also sets us free. There is a beauty in this space. When we look through a lens of our higher self we find the beauty in everything around us.

The recommendation during this time is to be open to the influence, messages, wisdom, and knowledge of our ancestors, ancient ones, and elders. Find time to meditate, hold communion, or ritual to connect with these energies. This again ground you in the spirit of authentic grace and intuition. Aries can get a bad rep as brash, overconfident, and rude. This new moon in Aries shows us the light that Aries feels that at times makes them come across this way. If you were feeling this good all the time you would probably behave this way too. Accept this energy and move freely into it.

We are prepping for retrograde season so grab up all the goodness that you can to carry you through this time.

-Rose

April Retrogrades: Mercury, Saturn, Pluto and Jupiter

April Planetary Placements

Greetings beloveds,

I hope you all have been taking time for yourselves and focusing on your well being. It’s April already! Although it hasn’t really felt like it yet, spring is here bringing us fully into the season of resurrection and rebirth. Here’s your April Astrological forecast to help you through the labor process.

First we have Jupiter sextile Pluto on April 17th a positive position which provides us with the support we have been desiring to find direction on our path. If it seems as if everything is ALMOST ready to fall into place, this might be the time when that finally happens for you. Clear, cleanse, and be open to the opportunities that are presented to you. Pay special attention to small gestures as they may actual lead to huge advancements. Jupiter as the planet of luck and growth partnered with Pluto our planet of rebirth and resurrection creates the perfect environment to bring the dreams you thought were no longer possible back to life. Did you give up on a career, business, relationship, project or yourself? The doors that were shut before are now cracked open waiting for you to make the next move. Be brave!

On April 22nd, Mercury goes direct and it’s the new moon in Aries. Babes, if you have not come up from the underworld yet, it’s time. The world misses your light. The planet of communication and technology is spinning forward and we are resting in what we have gathered during our time in the shadow realm. Take your renewed self and come back darlings. We’ll be connecting with our higher selves during this new moon, as we feel the pull upwards towards our crown chakra. Psychic energy will be heightened at this time so prepare to have your extrasensory abilities be activated, particularly in relation to kinetic energy, your ancestors, and aesthetics.

On April 17th Saturn goes retrograde and Pluto joins it on April 22nd. Saturn retrograde calls us to slow ALL the way down. Take a moment to breath and reflect upon where we are. There is a scene in Titanic where Thomas Andrews checks his watch and then corrects the time on the clock. It is a deeply impactful moment where the concept of time is flipped. Over and over the discussion during the film surrounding time was to make the ship go faster. To not only be the biggest ship but to make the journey to New York in record time. Making good use of our time reflects the impact that time has on our perception of success. Faster, quicker, more, more, more. That is the drive of our Saturnian society. That growth comes through hard work, pushing more, going further than anyone else to achieve what has never been done before. Yet, it was this very drive that contributed to that unfortunate voyage. We keep pushing forward until something forces us to stop. This Saturn retrograde is the force which causes us to slow down and reflect upon where we find ourselves.

Your worth is not based on what you can produce, complete, or provide for others.

Pluto is the energy of death and rebirth. Of endings and new beginnings. Pluto rules over the sign of Scorpio, the water sign of our subconscious shadow. The deep dark recesses of our being that is unafraid to dive into the dark murky waters where predators lurk. Often, the predators in that space are the parks of ourselves that we reject push down until they grow into beasts that are beyond our control. Pluto, as the ruler of this space revels there. This is his kingdom. There is nothing there that is beyond his ability to understand, transform, and resurrect. The normal progression of time has slowed, the normal progression of life and death has slowed. We are truly in a liminal space where the laws of nature no longer applied. While this can bring freedom for some it can also be disturbing if one does not cope well with unstructured time and space,

With Pluto and Saturn both in retrograde in the sign of Capricorn, signifies an economic or material revolution. The ways we interact with money, status, power, leadership, death, and life will be re-evaluated. Capricorn is the bringer of light in the darkness of winter. They represent that space when we are completely in the underworld. Fully beyond the 7th gate. What brings you security? What has created your foundation? In what way does your shadow rule your life? Those inner drives that make us feel anxious in a crowd, constantly checking our bank accounts, concerned over retirement, fearful of becoming homeless, destitute, unemployed, losing your family, our car, our friends, ourselves. We mitigate these drives through coping mechanisms. During this retrograde, we can drop the facade.

Embrace your shadow and the stories you tell yourself about what you lack. Face the forces that insist there isn’t enough for everyone and show them there is another way. The light side of Capricorn: Community, love, compassion, empathy, sustainability, and giving. Build your new foundation on these principals and be reborn.

-Rose

 

 

Soul Work: 7 Day Chakra Cleanse

Greetings beloveds,

“You’re hot then you’re cold

You’re yes then you’re no

You’re in then you’re out

You’re up then you’re down”

Katy Perry’s song describes the current state of weather pretty well huh. One day it’s raining and cold the next it’s a sunny windy hot day. Just as the season is going through some birthing pangs, we are as well. It is during this time of great change that it is wise to take a break from our normal routine to adjust. For the soul, developing a ritual or new habit can reset our energetic patterns. A simple way to accomplish this is to clear your energy centers. Here’s my 7 Day Chakra Cleanse for the Soul. Mix and match to suit your tastes/needs. I’ve found that it’s easiest to make a smoothie in the morning with the chosen foods and then eat as you feel called for the rest of the day. The morning smoothie sets the energy for the day and brings your attention towards balancing that energy center. Finish your day with a meditation of your choice.

Day 1- Root Chakra

To Sweeten: piece of chocolate, strawberries, raspberries, cherries, rose, hibiscus, raspberry, dong qui

To Cleanse: Red cabbage, beetroot, radishes, peppers, red onions, tomatoes, chillies watercress, and parsley.

Day 2 – Sacra Chakra

To Sweeten: Oranges, peaches, apricots, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves

To Cleanse: Pumpkin, peppers, carrots

Day 3 – Solar Plexus Chakra

To Sweeten: Lemon, bananas, grapefruit, mango, turmeric, calendula, milk thistle

To Cleanse: Grains, peppers, squash

Day 4 – Heart Chakra

To Sweeten: Green apple, kiwi, lime, pears, green grapes, avocados, rosemary, cayenne, hibiscus, rose, lavender

To Cleanse: Dandelions, kale, celery, cabbage, broccoli, sprouts, green beans, peas, leeks, and spinach

Day 5 – Throat Chakra

To Sweeten/Cleanse: Sage, thyme, blue berries, blue spiralina, chamomile, marshmallow

Day 6 – Third Eye Chakra

To Sweeten/Cleanse: Black berries, holy basil, mugwort, purple grapes

Day 7 – Crown Chakra

To Sweeten/Cleanse: black grapes, plums, violet (flower), lavender, calendula, ginkgo, gotu kola

Reflections: Ala: The Fertility and Death Goddess

Greetings beloveds,

Over the past month I have been connecting with the African Goddess of Life and Death Ala. You can read more about her here.

What came most clearly to me during this time was that it was time to clean up house. I don’t mean pick up stuff off the floor and vacuum. I mean clear out your closet, kitchen, car, friendships; everything has to go that is not actively contributing to your life. Goddess Ala said, “you don’t need it, let it go.” That was the lesson I learned from that work. When it’s time, there’s no where to hide or run, you just have to deal with it.

I also found that it was ok to let go when you do not want to. The reason I personally develop relationships with my deities is because I believe that there are energies that I smarter than me. I then, should want to connect to them more to gain their guidance.

This next full moon cycle connects us to the Orisha or Winds, Storms, and Rebirth Oya. So buckle up bubs, it’s about to be a bumpy ride.

-Rose

The Masculine’s Descent into the Underworld

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Greetings beloveds,

As I was writing the Polarity reading for the masculine and feminine energy for the Spring Equinox, it occurred to me that repeatedly the spring equinox was approximately the time when the divine masculine began its descent into the underworld. Easter falls on the first Sunday following the ecclesiastical full moon after the spring equinox signaling Jesus’s resurrection. In Inanna’s Descent into the Underworld, it is upon her return that Dumuzi is sent in place so that she may be free. Persephone returns from the Underworld at the Spring Equinox leaving her husband Hades to rule the underworld alone until she returns. Isis travels far and wide to rebirth Osirus after he descends to rule the underworld as is his destiny. In each of these cases the feminine returns to the living world while the masculine either trades places with her, exists in an in between space, or remains in the underworld as it’s sole ruler in the feminine’s absence.

As we begin Spring 2018, I plan to observe the seasons for signs of the masculine in the underworld as well as his role here on this plane. It is an entirely new way of viewing this season. As I continue to grow in my spiritual practice, I know that more and more of the world of the dark God and Goddess will be revealed to me. As the divine feminine integrates her darker aspects during the fall and winter, so shall the divine masculine in the spring and summer.

Peace,

-Rose