Enchanted Hearth: Harvest Season-Fall Foods

Sacred HearthFall HarvestGreetings beloveds,

My favorite season is here. Although this time of year has become bombarded by pumpkin spice everything, there’s more to fall than pumpkin. Here’s a list of the vegetables, fruits, and herbs that are in season during the fall.

Vegetables:

Acorn squash, arugula, beets, Belgian endive, broccoli, brussels sprouts, butter lettuce, buttercup squash, butternut squash, carrots, cardoon, cauliflower, celery, chayote squash, chicories, chilies, Chinese long beans, delicate squash, daikon radish, edamame, eggplant, endive, fennel, garlic, ginger, jalapeno peppers, artichokes, jujube, hearts of palm, horseradish, kale, leeks, lemongrass, muscadine, ong choy spinach, okra, onions, peppers, radicchio, rutabagas, shallots, sunflower kernels, sweet potatoes, swiss chard, tomatillos, turnips, zucchini

Fruits:

Asian pear, Barbados cherries, black crowberries, cactus pear, cape gooseberries, crab apples, cranberries, date plum, figs, grapes, guava, huckleberries, key limes, kumquats, grapes, mushrooms, passion fruit, pear, persimmons, pineapple, pomegranate, pumpkin, quince, sapote, Sharon fruit, sugar apple

Herbs:

Rosemary, parsley, sage, thyme

 

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New Moon in Libra: The Beauty in Expansion

New Moon Readings (1)Greetings beloveds,

New moon in Libra, who dis? Ohhh the love of Libra to have balance and harmony in their worlds. Let’s of changes are coming and if you think that things are getting a little out there, just wait. I’m still on b-day celebration so this new moon reading will be short but to the point.

In general, this new moon is about reveling in what you have manifested from the hard work you’ve been doing all year. For some of us this is a time for joy, celebration, and saying oh yes give more of that. For others, it’s a “this is my life??”. It’s time to take a look around and see what you are creating. If your world is turning upside down and not in your favor, you’ve got about a week before Scorpio comes in and drags your ass to the underworld. Oh Libra is all love, fun, and beauty but they will read you with a quickness. There’s no better judge than a Libra on their throne. If you find that things are going in the direction you desire, bravo love the world is at your finger-tips. If not, it’s not too late. It’s never too late with Libra at the wheel as long as you are open, transparent, and willing to bare your soul. It’s time.

Time for honesty, time for self-care, time for you to honor yourself. In the work that I’ve done on the feminine and the masculine it’s interesting to see how really they are the same although they may appear to be very different. This new moon The Goddess steps into the spotlight in a way that cannot be ignored. She is calling for us to remember our creative ability and the energy of creation. How it is a process which starts with just a seed. What seeds have you planted? What seeds are languishing under the soil of your soul waiting for you to giving them some light so they can break free of their casing and bloom? Take a deep breath. Take several deep breaths. Go for a swim, take a nap, have sex, write, paint, sing, dance, hang with friends, cook a meal, make something. Now see what you did there? That’s creation.

Dream big. Did that? Ok now dream bigger! We live in an ever expanding world and yet we play small. Why? Fear, shame, pity, pettiness, anger, trauma, love, compassion, security or support? Shift your focus from lack to plenty. We are always birthing something (it just does not always look like what we thought it would). When it arrives look your creation straight in the eye and say well alright this is just what I wanted or alright this is something (you gotta learn to have fun with it).

Here’s a little story I’m going to share with you about our expanding world and playing small. I have 6 figure school loan debt that I hate and find to be very embarrassing. I prefer to not have to talk about or even acknowledge its existence. I make my monthly payments and hope that one day it just magically disappears. Money flows in to me pretty quickly. I get a lump sum every month for just being alive. Yet, that loan debt is the shadow behind my apparent abundance. This week I turned 30 and wanted to have a luxurious experience. Spa, hot tubs, saunas, and time in nature. I wanted it to fit my budget because I want to pay for things in cash and not add to my debt. Yet, here I am charging my room. My shadow says you want it baby, you’ll get it. Room super cheap, all other expenses paid in cash. My shadow laughs at me as I continue to drag shame around because I’ve gotten what I wanted. I know folks with no debt and can’t seem to rub two pennies together and yet I could never work again and still have enough income to support myself if I scale down my lifestyle. My debt is large because my ability to manifest is large. So I’m welcoming it in. All of it! As Carolyn Elliot says in her amazing EK work for her Influence Course (take it you won’t regret it. I’m getting on my shadows side.

Get on your shadows side. Create, expand, and find the beauty in the world around you.

-Rose

Move Like Air: Part 1 The Movement of Breath

The Movement like Air

Greetings beloveds,

It’s finally happened! Texas has finally experienced a cool front and that means that everyone wants to be outside. This is a great time to start or restart your movement practice. Since fall is ruled by the element of air, we are looking at movement that brings our attention to our breath. I know for me I always become aware of my breath while practicing intentional walking, jogging, or running. I say intentional walking, because for many folks walking is their primary mode of moving their body from one place to another. Because it is something we do all the time, it becomes an automatic behavior. We do not have to think about all the systems that are necessary for our bodies to allow for us to walk. Yet, if for any reason we are unable to move in that manner or our attention is brought to the physical systems involved in that form of movement. When we intentionally walk, we are bringing our attention to our organs, muscles, breath, and energy while moving.

Anytime we focus on our attention on something it gives it power. Not power over us, but power to be utilized and amplified. We then can decide what we would like to do with that power. Sometimes you need to circulate that energy internally other times you may need to perform a little magic to enhance your external world. The choice is yours. What is important is to make the decision to take the action. Even if it is just to clear your mind, movement that can shift your energy is a way to improve your well-being. What is even more magnificent is that breath itself is a form of movement. If possible take in this beautiful weather through some intentional breath, walking, or running. We will cover some specific techniques in our next post on movement during the fall.

Have a beautiful day,

-Rose

Goddesses of Life and Death: Isis/Auset

Greetings Beloveds,

Today we are covering the Goddess of Life and Death Isis/Auset. Isis was one of the first Goddesses that I aligned with. She swept into my life and would not be ignored. Now I find myself reflecting upon her in several different forms, cultures, and states of being. Below you’ll find a quick online resource guide which explores the story of Isis from various perspectives.

Enjoy!

-Rose

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Encyclopedia Britannica- Isis: History and Facts

Ancient Egypt Online- Isis: The Egyptian Goddess of Fertility

CrystalLinks- Isis

Ancient History Encyclopedia- Isis

Ancient Egypt Online- Isis

Goddess Gift- Isis, Egyptian Goddess of Magic and Giver of Life

Egyptian Witchcraft- The Goddess: Isis

Goddess Guide.com- Isis, The Egyptian Goddess

The Keep- Isis, Sister of Nephthys, Mistress of Magic

Ancient Origins- The Egyptian Goddess Isis Found in India

Ancient Origins- Isis, An Egyptian Goddess Who Spread Her Wings Across Europe 

 

 

Polarity, Gender and Sexual Energy

Greetings beloveds,

Last week we covered polarity here at the Bliss Institute and it inspired me to think a bit more about polarity and energy. You can read the post on Polarity here. More specifically, the relationship between the our ability to generate and create. Polarity is when there are opposite or an unequal distribution of poles, directions, charge, or energy present in an item or being. When speaking of masculine and feminine energy we find that generally these are discussed as being opposites that complement each other. Masculine energy is associated with action, direction and giving. Feminine energy, in turn, is receptive, intuitive, and introspective. These two energies represent opposite charges or ends of the poles.

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Everyone has both masculine and feminine energy. Although someone may have been assigned male or female at birth this designation does not speak to energetic polarity. Regardless of genetic makeup, gender presentation, or sexuality you will have both masculine and feminine energy. Your energy is neither equally distributed nor constant. It fluctuates depending on a variety of activities and circumstances. You can also intentionally shift your charge or through practices such as meditation, movement based practices including dance, yoga, walking, and sex. All of these activities cause for your energy to shift. It allows for a build up of energy to occur which when it reaches the threshold releases a powerful surge of creation/manifestation potential.

The electric charge you currently hold establishes your point of attraction. Masculine energy holds a positive charge and feminine energy is associated with negative energy. Not in a moral sense but simply how it interacts with the world around it. Negative energy draws in positive energy. It is the energy of the void whose space allows for new life (projects, business, love, physical items, or a child) to be developed and manifested. As the negative charge builds continuing to draw in more and more positive energy the polarity eventually reverses releasing the built up energy. From there the process starts again. Masculine energy that has a positive charge is attracted to negative energy wanting to balance it’s self out. masculine energy will give and give towards the negative charge until it has reached the point of having cleared enough space to replenish itself through the energy released from the climax.

Regardless of what energy you hold you are capable of harnessing this energy. You can figure out where your charge lies on the polar range through an examination of your actions and interactions with others. If you find that you are constantly taking on others emotions, needs, desires, or work you may have a high amount of feminine energy. Upon recognizing this you can balance out by finding someone who will allow for you to release the energy you have built up through many ways such as ritual, conversation, or activity. If you find that you are constantly giving, doing, or feel constantly energetically depleted your polarity may be out of balance and you need to either find a way to increase your energy or interact with a conductor which will exchange energy with you.

You might also choose to intentionally build this energy up with someone for the purpose of enlightenment or manifestation. In that case read up on ancient tantric practices and energetic practices.We will discuss some of these practices in November so look out for part II.

With love,

-Rose

 

Goddesses of Life and Death: Inanna

Greetings Beloveds,

Today we are covering the Goddess of Life and Death Inanna. You all know I have worked with Inanna for about 2 years now. I am so excited to have the chance to present some initial information to you all before I start a new journey at the Winter Solstice. Below you’ll find a quick online resource guide which explores the story of Inanna from various perspectives.

Enjoy!

-Rose

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Wikipedia- Inanna

Ancient History Encyclopedia- Inanna 

Ancient Mesopotamian Gods and Goddesses- Inana/Ishtar

Ancient Origins- The Descent of Inanna into the Underworld: A 5,500 Year Old Literary Masterpiece

Goddess Gift- Inanna, Ancient Goddess of Sumer

Encyclopedia Britannica- Ishtar

Shrine of the Forgotten Goddesses- Inanna: Journey to the Dark Center

The Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature- Inana and Ebih: Translation 

The Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature- Inana’s Descent to the Underworld

Cosmic Intelligence Agency- Venus, the Descent of Inanna, and the 7 Gates of the Underworld or is it Upperworld? 

The Broom Closet- Inanna: Queen of Heaven

The Wica- Who Will Plow My Vulva? Inanna as an Insatiable Goddess of Love 

Deliriums Realms- Ishtar/Inanna

 

 

12 Universal Laws: The Law of Polarity

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Law of Polarity

Greetings beloveds,

           It seems only fitting that as the world shifts from light to darkness, external to internal, life to death that it is time to discuss the Law of Polarity. Polarity as defined by the Merriam Webster dictionary means

  1. The quality or condition inherent in a body that exhibits opposite properties or powers in oopposite parts or directions or that exhibits contrasted properties or powers in contrasted parts or directions: the condition of having poles
  2. Attraction toward a particular object or in a specific direction
  3. The particular state either positive or negative with reference to the two poles or to electrification
  4. diametrical opposition
  5. an instance of such opposition

In chemistry, polarity occurs when the electrical charge of a molecule is not evenly distributed. Water is a perfect example of polarity. The hydrogen atoms are slightly more positive than the oxygen atoms that it is attached too making the electrical charge of the overall molecule slightly more negative on one end and more positive on the other. Due to this as more water molecules come together they begin to “stick”. Combine this with how fast or slow the molecules are vibrating because of temperature and you have the case of ice, water, and vapor. As more and more water is put into one space the heavier they are because of their attraction or stickability.      Polarity as a universal law finds that there are various degrees of being on a spectrum. We see it as dualistic or two ends of a stick. There is good/bad, life/death, beginning/end, positive/negative instead of cyclical or a revolving. These energies flow round until there is a reversal in polarity, a flip in the switch. During the time the energy builds up in that direction as the process continues over and over. Often, we do not build up the complete amount of energy for a reversal in polarity but we move partially through the cycle. Our bodies are generally in a relatively neutral state unless something drastically shifts the balance. We can build up positive or negative molecular energy depending on our level of hydration. Dry skin and hair tend to be very negative cause the fields to repel each other (think fly away hair) while well hydrated bodies tend to be neutral or can be very positive causing there to be a great density to or our hair clumping together (water molecules because of their polarity tend to draw together). Of course there are many other factors that affect our electrical charge such as body oils, air, and the foods we ingest.

Take note of how your body interacts with metals, plastic, water, and air. Note how your emotions tend to draw you towards certain practices. Notice the way that food interacts with your body. All of these areas will give you clues as to what your electrical charge may be. If you find that you would like to shift your energy hydration will help.

With love,

-Rose

Full Moon in Aries: Holding Space for Your Growth

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Greetings beloveds,

Whooo hooo it’s the full moon in Aries! A new full moon cycle has started and it’s time for us to birth new dreams, realities, and futures. Here’s a tib bit about Aries.

Aries (March 21-April 19): The Ram

Planet: Mars Direction: Cardinal Season: Spring

Oh yes the sign that started it all. The spark of life. The ram. Aries is the first sign of the Western Zodiac and as such carries the characteristics of being a leader and a trail blazer. Starting a new path, life, or creation can be difficult as the old ways are strong and often held on to regardless of their ineffectiveness. Luckily, the Ram is here to clear the way. A headstrong being who moves forward no matter the obstacles (which can sometimes be to their detriment). Aries season marks the end of winter, meaning it’s time for a burst of energy to break out of the frost and move back towards the sun.

Aries can be distinguished by the characteristics of associated with their heads with high foreheads and strong facial features. Aries also rules the circulatory system. Ruled by the planet Mars, Aries can be a bit of a hot head with tempers that can flare unexpectedly. Generally though, Aries are standing up for others or those that they perceive as unable to stand up for themselves. Aries not only will start the war but they will finish it.  That is if they don’t find another cause that calls their attention before they can reach completion. Aries are great starters but not the best at finishing their projects.

Psychologically, Aries can be known for having large egos which do not take lightly to insult. Aries are great at leading the way but not always so skilled at knowing the best path. They need guidance and support as all sparks need support from the earths kindling, air’s oxygen, and water to balance them if their flames get out of hand to grow into a strong but secure fire. Aries are the sign of action and movement wanting to achieve their drive of being the “I am”. I am change. I am renewal. I am the beginning. I am the Ram.

          October’s full moon finds us in the time of preparing for rebirth. This past summer felt like many folks were at the bottom of the ocean sorting through their subconscious desires and emotional states. This full moon in Aries has a distinct feminine energy of creation to it when it is at the time of gestation. This means that there is a complexity to what is being created. You can’t just pop this into the microwave and bam it’s ready. No, this is months of growth, pieces coming together, parts falling into line. Aries does not like the waiting process so if you feel a pressure to move quickly, find another outlet. Go play a game, go to the movies, have sex, build something. Find something else that is not your big dream that you can work on that will be an outlet for that let’s go energy.

This energy of forward movement is compounded by the spiritual growth that you are experiencing right now. You see and feel it all around you. Your diving DEEP. Your chakras are opening and coming into alignment. Your meditations are intensifying with visions, audio, messages, physical sensations, or dreams. This may also be tied to another person. Someone may have sparked this spiritual deepening. A person who makes you want to know who you really are in your essence. Nurture yourself because you are VERY excited about your spiritual experience right now. You want to go from remembering parts of your dreams to lucid astral travel every night. That is a quantum leap. For some folks it happens. Right now, in this time of Libra, you want growth that is balanced. The scales swinging from one extreme to the other might sound appealing but the reality of that type of change is tumultuous. That is the type of change that throws you completely off your game and could lead to burnout. Flow with the energy.

Come at this as a masculine loving nurturing energy. Create and protect the space where your spirit can flourish. Give it that space to be born as it needs to. Be the father to the pregnant mother. Be supportive of your growth and spiritual journey but give it space to develop as it should. Develop your ability to hold space and occupy your time while cycles are being completed. You are a complex being. Honor those layers that are being brought back to your consciousness. There is some DEEP work being done right now. Your souls are coming together, pulling the subconscious memories of who you are to the surface. You are preparing to unite into totality.

Here are some links to articles about holding space. This is going to really help you during this full moon to not get caught up in that “rush rush I’m not growing fast enough” energy. You are. You got this. You’re fine. Hold the space for your own soul to be birthed.

The Mans Guide to Holding Space 

The Sweetness of Holding Space for Another

25 Ways to Hold Space for Yourself

With love,

-Rose

 

Entering the Underworld: Hello October

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Greetings beloveds,

It’s my birthday month! The best month of the year (I kid…kind of). I will be 30 this year and I am feeling excited but also driven to really connect to my purpose and path. I found that after my Saturn return in Jupiter ended it felt like a weight lifted from my shoulders. All the things that felt like they were weighed down with cement blocks began to flow. I felt this same shift happen after the eclipse and new moon. I opened up to receiving the information and next steps to take to achieve my purpose. At this time I will only share that it is connecting to the death/rebirth cycle and practices. As I gain more clarity on the process I will be sure to let you all know.

October brings us a new full moon cycle with the Full Moon in Aries on the 5th. This full moon gives us the chance to give some good start up energy to what we would like to shine more light on over this next full moon cycle. The cardinal energies of Aries and Libra come together to bring us new beginnings and balance through justice. Remember you can decide at any time to change your fate. Every moment is a new beginning. Towards the end of the month we have the New Moon in Libra on the 19th. Wooo a time for setting intentions focused on luxury, beauty, and harmony. If you find that you are not experiencing that in life this new moon will show you what needs to be released to obtain that state of being.

This month at the Bliss Institute we are heading into the underworld with the support of several Goddesses of Life and Death. We will introduce to you four more Goddesses who will play a prominent role in the work of The Bliss Institute in 2018. We will also being exploring fall energy in the home, spirit, and body in order to move us further into that underworld state of being, As the fall equinox also marks the time when the day and night are equal this is the perfect time to cover our 10th Universal Law of Polarity.

October is going to be all about balance and I cannot wait to see how the scales level themselves over the next few weeks.

With love,

-Rose

Goddesses of Life and Death: Izanami-no-Mitoko

Greetings Beloveds,

Today we are covering the Goddess of Life and Death Izanami-no-Mitoko. You may or may not have heard of Izanami-no-Mitoko but there is always more to be explored. Below you’ll find a quick online resource guide which explores the story of Izanami-no-Mitoko from various perspectives.

Enjoy!

-Rose

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Myths Encyclepedia-Izanagi and Izanami

Encyclopedia Britannica

Journeying to the Goddess- Goddess Iznanami-no-Kami

Owlcation- The Story of Izanagi and Izanami: A Story of Creation

Bella Online- Izanami-no-Mikoto Goddess of Life and Death

Excerpt from Sourcebook in Shinto: Selected Documents by Stuart D. B. Picken

Richard Hooker.com Shinto Creation Stories : Izanagi-ni-Mikoto and Izanami-no-Mikoto and the Birth of the Gods