Here is what I know: Re-incarnation

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                                            Here is what I know: Reincarnation
Reincarnation:
ˌrēənkärˈnāSH(ə)n/
noun
  1. the rebirth of a soul in a new body.
    synonyms: rebirth, transmigration of the soul, metempsychosis

    • a person or animal in whom a particular soul is believed to have been reborn.
What is Re-Incarnation?
When you die, your conciousness picks itself up out of your body and pops itself into another body.
Some say we can incarnate as animals, some say we can incarnate as aliens, some say we can incarnate acrossed dimensions, some say we incarnate back and forth through time (the hypothesis that linear time is only to keep us sane, in reality time is a big bubble instead of a straight line).
My Philosophy:
Reincarnation helps us to understand ourselves and our destiny in this life a little bit better.
It helps us to recognize and understand repeating patterns in our life as, not problems or mistakes or drama, but to see the true purpose, which is a cosmic lesson .
Think of this as Schoolhouse Earth and these lessons are what we need to pass the test to level up to the next lesson.
I subscribe to the theory of reincarnation being all about learning the vast and many lessons that we have to learn as a soul to become a more complete and whole soul at the end of all of our journey.
*I also happen to believe that we are pieces of a much larger higher soul , but that is a personal belief and not necessarily tied into the basic concept of reincarnation.
Cultures that ascribe to reincarnation:
*Jainism
*Sikhism
*Buddhism
*Hinduism
*Spiritism
*eckankar
*many ancient Greek philosophers believed in reincarnation
 as well as peoples in Australia ,East Asia ,Siberia , and in South America
Most within the abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam do not believe individuals reincarnate
Now,interestingly enough there are particular groups within these religions do refer to reincarnation.
These groups include the most followers of Kabbalah , the Cathars ,the Alawite’s, the Druze(sometimes self identifing as Unitarians) and the Rosicrucians.
The historical relations between the Sects and beliefs about reincarnation that were characteristic of neoplatonism, orphism hermeticism, Gnosticism of the Roman era have come under heavy research in recent years.
*Unity Church and its founder Charles Fillmore teach reincarnation
*Buddhism, according to various Buddhist scriptures, Gautama Buddha believed in the existence of an afterlife in another world and in reincarnation since there actually is another world .
Buddha Majjhima Nikaya  that’s translated by the Buddha also asserted that Karma influences rebirth and that the cycles of repeated births and deaths aren’t endless .
Before the birth of Buddha , ancient Indian Scholars had developed competing theories of afterlife, including the materialistic School such as Charvaka ,which posited that death is the end -there is no afterlife ,no soul ,no rebirth, no Karma- and they describe death to be a state where a living being is completely annihilated/dissolved.
Buddha rejected this theory, adopted the alternate existing theories on rebirth, criticizing the materialistic schools that denied rebirth and karma, states Damien Keown. Such beliefs are inappropriate and dangerous, stated Buddha, because such annihilationism views encourage moral irresponsibility and material hedonism; he tied moral responsibility to rebirth
the Buddha introduced the concept that there is no permanent self and that central concept of Buddhism is called Anatta.
Interestingly,
Tibetan Buddhism puts emphasis on the state of mind at the time of death.
It is said that, To die with a peaceful mind will bring a virtuous seed and a fortunate rebirth, but a disturbed mind harbingers a non-virtuous seed & an unfortunate rebirth.
 
History of reincarnation(lols):
The Origins of the idea of reincarnation are obscure.
 Mentions of it appear in the philosophical traditions of India and
The Greek pre-socratics.
Also the Celtic Druids taught belief of reincarnation.
There are two different theories on how Ideas of & about reincarnation came about:
1. Ideas arose independently in different regions
or
2. they might have spread as a result of cultural contact
Some suspect cultural transmission and propose  links between Iron Age Celtic , Greek and Vedic philosophies and/or religions.
☆There are a few who feel that belief in reincarnation was around in proto-indo-european religion.
Ancient European, Iranian & Indian agricultural societies recognized that the life cycles of birth , death and rebirth were a mirror of agricultural Cycles. Which would make a great deal of sense, when you think about it.
☆The Celts in the first century BC ,wrote the Pythagorean doctrine and it prevails among the Gauls.
It teaches that The Souls of men are Immortal and that after a fixed number of years they will enter into another body.
 The Druids of Gaul , Britain and Ireland had metempsychosis(the supposed transmigration at death of the soul of a human being or animal into a new body of the same or a different species) as one of their core doctrines.
the principal point of their Doctrine is that the soul does not die after death ,
it passes from one body into another, a doctrine which robs death of all its Terrors.
This is also the main object of their education -to imbue their Scholars with a firm belief in the indestructibility of the human soul –
☆Now, there is some Documentation from as early as the Han Dynasty claiming that Lao Zhu appeared on Earth as different persons in different times beginning in the legendary area of three sovereigns and five Emperors the third Century BC,
Their theory being:
birth is not a beginning,
death is not an end
*there’s existence without limitation
*there is continuity without a starting point *existence without limitation is space *continuity without a starting point is time there is birth ,there is death ,there is issuing forth, there is entering in.
☆Reincarnation also pops up in Norse mythology.
In the poetic Edda ,
the editor of the Edda’s speaks of a love story between a valkyrie and a Norseman which held that the couple died and rose three times in three different life paths.
“The body dies” hazards the Hindu Traditions “but not the soul”.
All existence is believed to be connected and cyclical in Hinduism.
All living beings composed of two things , the soul and the body or matter.
Ones soul does not change/cannot change by its innate nature in the Hindu belief, in contrast the body and personality changes constantly……It changes, is born and dies.
Current Karma impacts future circumstances in this life ,as well as future forms.
In their belief set, Karma, a Life’s good intent & actions lead to a good future.
While bad intent & actions offer a bad future.
Karma impacts how one reincarnates as well (in the Hindu view of existence heaven & hell are abit less permanent).
In the afterlife- based on one’s Karma- the soul is reborn as another being in heaven ( According to Hindu cosmology, above the earthly plane, are other planes: (1) Bhuva Loka, (2) Swarga Loka, meaning Good Kingdom, is the general name for heaven in Hinduism, a heavenly paradise of pleasure, where most of the Hindu Devatas (Deva) reside along with the king of Devas, Indra, and beatified mortals), Naraka ( is the Hindu equivalent of Hell, where sinners are tormented after death. Yama, the god of Death resides there. … The stay in Svarga or Naraka is generally temporary. After the quantum of punishment is over, the souls are reborn as lower or higher beings, per their merits.)  Or a living being on Earth..be it human or animal.
Gods die as well, once they’re past  karma merrits run out, As do those in Naraka ,and they return getting another chance on Earth.
This reincarnation continues endlessly in Cycles,  until one embarkes on a spiritual Pursuit -realizes self-knowledge and thereby gaines Moxa .
Moxa, being the final release out of The Reincarnation Cycles.
This release is believed to be a state of utter Bliss which New Traditions believe is either related to  or identical to bRahman or Nirvana.
☆In African voudon, the Yoruba people believe in reincarnation within the family, familial or lineal rebirth.
This is not to simply say that your grandfather or great-uncle will come back as your child.
However when the time arrives for a spirit to return to Earth (otherwise known as, The Marketplace) threw the conception of a new life in the direct bloodline of the family,
one of the component entities of a person’s being returns while the other remains in heaven.
Accordingly , the spirit that returns does so in the form of a guardian or Orisha.
One’s guardian or Orisha, which is represented & contained in the crown of the head, represents not only the spirit and energy of the previous blood relative but also the accumulated wisdom he or she has acquired through a myriad of lifetime’s.
☆ Reincarnation is an intrinsic part of many Native American and Inuit traditions as well.
So as you can see, Reincarnation (while the particulars are still debated) is a remarkably widely accepted belief construct 😀
****But don’t just take my word for it , get out there and research it!****
      ~Alicia Anspaugh-Mccullough, DMNAS

Crystal Care: Tips on how to take care of your Stones

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                               Crystal Care: Tips on how to take care of your Stones
Ok so You have bought your shiny rock and you take it home……then what?
Either:
A. You set it on a shelf somewheres and forget about it
Or
B. You set it down after a few days when it quits working for you.
In each scenario, both yourself and your crystal suffers.
You don’t get what you need out of your friend that you just adopted….and your
little buddy doesn’t get proper care or a chance to do its job!
Crystals are easy, and low maintenance. But low maintenance doesn’t mean NO maintenance.
Everything in your life takes a little maintenance or care, and with a small bit of extra care everything shines.
Your crystals are no different.
There is the colloquial term of cleansing and charging.
I prefer to say, shower and feed them, also let them get rest-but not too much!
Cause you know you would be pretty cranky and ineffectual at what you do if you didn’t get a shower, some food and some sleep!!
So after a long day, put your crystals that you’ve been carting around with you (through the stress & BS) down by some selenite and let them rest there for the night.
(Its nice to have either a piece of selenite big enough to place your stones & jewelry on,
or a selenite bowl) or a bowl that you place everything in with a sizable chunk of white selenite.*
Then as your going about your morning routine, either hold your stones when you’re at that
“morning cup of coffee happy” moment
or reiki them alittle
or put on some singing bowl /gong tunage for them to charge up to.
*You can also put them by a piece of specular hematite (energy switch) to convert the negative energy that they sucked up to positive energy.
 
Crystal care How to:
 
Cleansing and charging(showering & feeding)-
 
Cleansing methods:
*Cleansing-clearing the negative,stagnant, foreign,unwanted energy that has collected out of your stones.
Salt- setting the stone in a bowl of salt, you can use any salt that you choose but keep in mind that you need to change the salt frequently.
Running water-hold them in a stream, creek,etc until they feel clean
Terra- Burying the stone in the ground
Sageing-wave your stuff through the smoke of a lite sage bundle
Sound therapy – Exposing the stones to singing bowls or other high pitched resonance frequencies such as bells
Full moon- set them out over night ( I always forget lol)
Sunlight (only for some stones!!! Others will fade)
Reiki (or other energy work)-using your energy to flush your stones
Selenite- setting your crystals & jewelry on/by/in a ceramic or glass bowl with selenite.
I prefer white selenite for this, and because I never remember which phase the moon is in until its almost gone…this is my preferred method.
 
Charging methods:
*Charging- pouring positive energy back into your stones.
New moon
Reiki or other energy healing methods
PPES (personal positive energy share)
Running water
Terra
Sunlight- have you ever felt a clear quartz after its been in the sun…..its like hugging a glowing ball of happy sunshine! It is cleaned and charged! Same thing happens with a black tourmaline.
These are some of the top tips that I’ve found for making sure that your crystal friends are feeling at the top of their game, and by association; you will too!!!!!
****But don’t just take my word for it , get out there and research it!****
      ~Alicia Anspaugh-Mccullough, DMNAS
Edited by Dennis McCullough

Medicinal Teas

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Gemstone Therapy: Shielders

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Abundance stones & You

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                                                        Abundance Stones & You

Gemstone Therapy: Link to Article on Gemstone Therapy

Why it works: The Gemstone’s energy catalyzes, boosts, and/or rejuvenates your energy.
(*Remember to Cleanse & Charge (shower and feed) your crystals -link to my article on crystal care)

Ok, now that that’s out of the way, let’s dive in to our topic!

Abundance means having a very large quantity of something
Abundance stones & crystals are not just about getting money, getting rich, etc.
Abundance comes in many different ways, most particularly, I have found that it comes in the thing that you need most at that moment.
You might think that you need money desperately…when what you REALLY need is an opportunity to MAKE money, i.e. a job!

Will these stones help to increase prosperity? – Yes – they will BRING ABUNDANCE INTO YOUR LIFE IN ALL OF ITS GLORIOUS & WONDERFUL FORMS !
Abundance Stones (yes, all of these stones have other properties as well, but these are what they shine at!):

Green Aventurine- Abundance in all of its awesome forms! Best Abundance stone out there! THE good luck stone! Completely outdoes Jade (in my humble opinion)!( aventurine comes in a few different colors – red aventurine does well in the prosperity department too, but is mainly used for health.)

Citrine(this one is in the basic 5 stones that I have anyone beginning their journey in crystals)- Prosperity puller, helps with self-esteem, muzzles an over active inner critic, keeps you perky & optimistic, reflects others negative energy- it’s an AWESOME stone ok, just go get one!

Pyrite(Fools gold)- grounds, protects and Draws Money-the irony abounds!

Sunstone – a leadership stone,  it brings good luck & abundance. It also switches negative energy to positive energy (even protects against psychic attacks)

Green goldstone – manifestation, abundance, growth, and prosperity. *A heavy hitter on the energy output.

Tigers eye – Grounding, protective, energizing, prosperity inducing, helps with focus & concentration.

Ruby ( this one is a little harder to come by)-
This is a manifestation stone, it also helps in the retention of wealth of all varieties. It’s also a good stone for recharging your energy, and bringing vitality

Moss agate- brings abundance in wealth, is a soul refresher stone, new beginning’s, and helps with self-esteem.

Jade- it is purported to be the absolute best good luck, good fortune stone. I prefer it for its protective value as it is said to keep the wearer from harm. It will bring good luck!

Now there are others out there, but these are some of the best ones that I have worked with myself – and, as an added bonus, they are all readily available 😀

*Sorry, no trips to Tanzania to hunt for an ultra-rare crystal that only appears every other Blue moon – lol, I know I kind of let you down on that one 😀

****But don’t just take my word for it, get out there and research it!****
~Alicia Anspaugh-McCullough, DMNAS
~Edited by: Sadie Ackerman

How the F*** do I Sage?

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                                             Hot Topic: How the F*** do I Sage?

What is Saging/Smudging?
Cleansing, removing stagnant & negative energy, and raising the vibrational resonance of yourself (or your space).
The principal of Saging is using the smoke of a sacred or holy plant to clear out any temporary or permanent energy that you don’t want in your space.
What you will need:
-Sage (One 4 oz. sage bundle will cover  about 384 square feet or a 12x12x16 room)
-Lighter or matches
-Chant (from whichever religion you choose, such as: the Lord’s Prayer. If you are a spiritual freelancer -like myself- there is a Navajo chant which I will link you too-, or this one)
Suggested, but not necessary:
-2 braids of Sweetgrass (one for burning, one for hanging over your door) to bring in good luck and juju after you sage, or “charge” the space. link to Charging your space article here.
-Abalone shell (it’s pretty traditional) – to catch the ashes from setting a bundle of leaves on fire
-Feather or feather fan (for moving the smoke more evenly)
-Himalayan singing bowl- great for use in conjunction with saging or on its own
-Obsidian, apaches tear (to hold on to while saging) – its volcanic nature repels anything nasty while you are trying to do a cleansing. That way, nothing decides to stick to you.

Varieties of Sage used for clearing:
-White Sage
-Wild sage
-Mexican sage
*There are many breeds of sage, but these are most commonly used for clearing.

Sage alternatives:
-Palo Santo
-Blacks age-also known as Mugwort, for kick a** clearing.
-Cedar
-Rosemary
-Juniper
Pine
-Tobacco (Native Americans) believed it to be THE most sacred herb
-copal
-Himalayan singing bowl

How to Sage yourself:

Link to personal energy clearing article
-Light the sage bundle (I recommend bundles as they are easier to light than loose leaves, but if nothing else, bundle your loose leaves)
-Sage the bottoms of your feet first, then take the light bundle and pass it all over yourself (as if you are washing yourself with the smoke). Then do this for everyone else in the home, including children and pets (this clears all of the negative energy clinging to individuals, as well as any negative energy that has formed a connection with one household member in particular—new energy will do this.)

How to Sage your space:

link to space clearing article
1) Open all of your cupboard, closet, windows, etc. (This allows the smoke into EVERY NOOK AND CRANNY OF YOUR HOME. Opening your windows gives the Negative or Stagnant energy a place to go.)
2) When you are saging to bless a home, go in a clockwise motion (to your right for those, like me, who are directionally challenged)
3) When you wish to cleanse your home, use a counterclockwise motion (to your left)
What to do after Saging the space:
-Get a bowl with the crystals appropriate for your situation (glass or ceramic, as they conduct energy better then plastic)
– Use Salt (to put under the stones in the bowl)
-Get 2 white tea light candles (on either side of the bowl, to charge up the stones. Let them burn until they burn out)
-Use Dragonsblood, frankincense, myrrh, sandalwood incense (burn 1 stick per day for 2 weeks after the cleansing if it was particularly dense energy. 3 sticks per week for a month after cleansing if it was a light cleansing)
-Place obsidian in the heart of the home

Tips:
If your sage has a hard time staying lite or the smoke is very thin, this means that the energy in or around you is extremely dense.
(Alternatively, your bundle is bound too tightly together lol)

****But don’t just take my word for it, get out there and research it!****
~Alicia Anspaugh-Mccullough, DMNAS
Edited by: Sadie Ackerman

Works Cited
N.d. The Wellness Sanctuary. Web. 30 May 2017. <http://www.wellnesssanctuary.net/uploads/2/3/2/3/23232646/8264896_orig.jpg>.

Retrogrades: Venus

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                                                             Retrogrades: Venus

Retrogrades: when the planetary forces are moving backwards or are reversed.

Translation: Things tend to get a little backwards and mucked up.
We turn inwards first in a retrograde, examining our motives, excavating hidden desires, even exhuming a few past demons which we haven’t fully dealt with.

RE= Revive, Reunite, Repair, Restore, etc.
Venus Represents: Love, beauty, wealth, pleasure, romance (and relationships in general), Negotiations, harmony & compassion.
Ruler of the signs Taurus & Libra

Venus Retrograde:
Venus retrogrades for approximately 5-7 weeks every 18-19 months.

Venus, in astrology, is a symbol of the human capacity to appreciate the gifts that life brings – to savor and enjoy the pleasures and relaxing moments, preferably immersed in the beauty, Venus indicates what we want for ourselves.

The planet of Romance going “backwards” makes people re-examine, and reconsider their relationships (and not just the romantic ones). Any relationship that has issues that you have been letting slide (or making excuses in) will come crashing in, on you, and the people around you. While the planet of Negotiations, Advice, and Counsel is in Retrograde, any arguments you make during this time will be harder to settle, and any advice you try to give others will be poor and uncertain.

Lady Venus also represents Value, when in retrograde it is harder to determine the true value of something (e.g. not a good time to make an important purchase, or changes in any relationship). Your values and ideals will be called into question.
It is a high probability that your inner self will start calling for you to act cautiously over your wealth, talents, or people. Keep in mind Venus retrograde is essential for the development of self-awareness, our thoughts, and our self-worth.

While balanced, Lady Venus knows what is true & bases her decisions on this instinctive compass. When we are in touch with our body, we can feel when something attracts or repulses us. When Venus is out of balance, we mentally tend to project our desires onto others – we blame them when our circumstances are making us unhappy. Our personal gyroscope becomes distorted, and we focus on external pleasures. We love materials, and use unhealthy coping mechanisms to create artificial happiness. We love them, but not ourselves, and expect others to love us enough for the both of us.

*Remember that retrogrades have a tendency to rule the past and therefore bring up past issues. In Lady Venus’s case, past issues with our love lives, former flames, and intense friendships.

*Also for the Venus ruled out there (Taurus and you Libra) don’t be surprised if you feel a little off, and if you want to spend a bunch of cash. Keep calm, and keep your wallet closed!

The three phases: (remember a retrograde is like an Oreo cookie- 1st shadow zone, retrograde, finale):

January 30, 2017, Venus enters shadow zone :
During this phase you will get an idea of the love and money issues that will be of concern during the retrograde phase.

#2 Second Shadow zone or Retrograde: the planet during its retrograde phase “revisits” that issue or event, which may also entail delaying the resolution or realization of action.

March 4, 2017, Venus Retrograde:
Areas of life that were a major focus during the first shadowzone are up close and personal & can now be worked on.

April 15, 2017, Venus retrograde finale:
In the completion of the final phase of Venus retrograde 2017 (Which lasts five weeks & ends on May 18) Your love and money issues that were in focus during Venus in retrograde motion can now be finalized.

Advantages, Opportunities & How this helps us:
-A Venus Retrograde can bring a refreshing pause to the dramatic scripts of our love stories and intense relationships-pulling the rose colored glasses off of us so to speak.
-It helps us to step back and gain called PERSPECTIVE!
-This is a great time to get a understanding of yourself and how you relate to those around you. Also to realize, accept, and re-work some of your entrenched negative interpersonal patterns.
Reassessment of decisions: Do I really want this? Is this really how I wish to proceed?
Is it really worth it? It’s goin’ to be a time that personal values reinstate themselves.

Things that can help mitigate its influences:
Preparation and allowances for hiccups and difficulties in the above mentioned areas, wait six weeks on any large purchases or being too spendy in general (Everything will still be there, so calm down), waiting 6 weeks to make any major decisions in any relationships (personal or friendship).

Crystals:
-Rose quartz
-Aventurine
-Moonstone
-Rhodonite
-Rhodocrosite

Or, if you wish to use this time to your advantage:
Slow down, meditate, and practice compassionate inward reflection.
Take an accountof what you really want & who you really are.
Examine how you can improve in your behavior toward your loved ones.

Venus Retrograde dates:
2015, July 25 to September 6
2017, March 4 to April 15
2018, October 5 to November 16
Here is what you can do to counteract it:
You really can’t, so sit down and enjoy the ride!

****But don’t just take my word for it, get out there and research it!****
~Alicia Anspaugh-Mccullough, DMNAS
Edited by: Sadie Ackerman

Gemstone Therapy: Cleansing stones

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                                              Gemstone Therapy: Cleansing stones

What is Gemstone Therapy?
Using the innate energy of a particular gem, crystal, stone, mineral or set thereof to boost, catalyze, influence, initiate, or prop up your own energies. Example: You’re having a horrid day and your feeling really down in the dumps. You go over to your mega positive friend’s house and hang out with them for a while. Strangely, you feel a lot better. You leave and the uplifted feeling stays with you. That, in a nutshell, is what crystals do.

What do crystals do?
Many different things! They can de-stress, help jettison emotional baggage, keep you in a sunny state of mind, bring harmony to a home, help to facilitate honest communication, etc.
Today though, I am focusing on Cleansers!

Definition:
Cleansing – an energetic flush. Pushing out any unwanted or foreign energy, and making sure that there is nothing left behind.

Cleaning out your energetic body is as necessary as showering every day. People leave energetic residue wherever they go, and on

People leave energetic residue wherever they go, and on whomever they touch.
We all have enough of our own energy baggage; we don’t need anyone else’s overlaying ours.

#1 it prevents us from dealing with our stuff because we are so busy wondering wtf is going on with us
#2 it just plain feels bad
#3 it is bad for our mental-Emotional-physical and energetic state of being.

Here’s a visual (Since I’m hyper visual, lol):
Picture a lightbulb (the lightbulb is playing the part of YOU).
Now roll the lightbulb around in dust, it’s a little dimmer, and it feels & looks yucky
Now roll it in pastel chalks, it’s much dimmer now, and while it has pretty colors- you don’t really want to touch it.
Now, without cleaning it off, roll the lightbulb in some ink- by now you can barely see the light and the bulb looks nasty.
Whatever it touches gets ink & chalk & dust on it.
That’s what happens when we don’t clear ourselves, our light is dulled, and our energies are limited. We get all that nastiness on everything else because we are diffusing -not just our energy, but also all the crap that we are collecting.
BTW, this is also true of your crystals, so be sure to clean them off too! (Link to article on crystal care)
Some side effects of not Cleansing:
Anything that you pick up from other people- That has nothing to do with you!
-Extreme Sadness & Mood swings
-Tension
-Phantom pains
-Anxiety
-Irritability
-Excessive fatigue
-Stress (& stress related illnesses)
-Feeling drained, Panicked, Angry, and overwhelmed

What we pull from others or what is left on us from others, can make us SICK (Mentally & physically), and there are a lot of different ways to cleanse yourself-  article on Personal energy cleansing
For those of a more tactile persuasion- I give you CRYSTALS!

Some Top notch Cleansers:

Selenite or -Maria Glass, Satin Spar, Desert Rose, Sericolite (Italian) – (Don’t get it wet or it will dissolve)
All Selenite removes energy blocks, particularly from the physical and etheric bodies. It can also remove energy blocks in the bodies of other crystals and stones. This makes it excellent for enhancing the properties of other stones and for clearing and charging them.

*White Selenite- #1 best crystal for energetic flushing, energetic cleansing. Plus it almost NEVER needs to be cleansed itself. Anybody dealing with the public needs at least two chunks of this!

*Peach Selenite
This is good for an energetic flush or energetic cleansing when you need a softer touch. It’s a great self-care, after care stone. If you have been dealing with a great deal of long term stress or trauma (even if you have gotten used to it) this is the stone to start your cleansing with.

*Clear Selenite
It brings clarity of the mind, it opens the crown chakras. With this stone, you can access angelic consciousness and higher guidance while having a strong anchor here in this plane. Excellent for meditation work.

*Angel wing selenite-
On top of the basic selenite properties, it connects you with your higher self. IT is one of the most beneficial to the Soul star chakra-it connects your crown chakra with your higher self and the universal consciousness beyond.

*Clear quartz-programmed with intention-
Clear Quartz is the “master healer” and amplifies energy and thought, as well as the effects of other crystals. It also acts as a balancer when it comes to intention programming (impressing a concept through willpower & concentration) — you can program it for things like protection, motivation, and energetic flush.

*Halite crystal (Rock salt) – (Don’t get it wet or it will dissolve)
It’s salt! Salt raises the energetic vibration around you- nothing nasty can stick to you. It also cleans up the spiritual & physical environment of unhealthy habits, relationships, incomplete projects, etc. It will cleanse the heart of emotional wounds, and help you to take positive action towards a more self-loving lifestyle.
*Some use it in bath water to clear and restore spiritual energy. One piece can be used repeatedly until it eventually dissolves.

Himalayan salt– (Also don’t get it wet or it will dissolve)
It’s also salt! Salt raises the energetic vibration around you- nothing nasty can stick to you. It pulls the positive ions out of the air and replacing them with negative ions, which means better breathing. This type has the added caveat of acting as a natural air purifier by pulling moisture (and the toxins-allergens) from the surrounding environment into the salt- Hygroscopy. It also neutralizes EMF, Boosts serotonin and concentration. (Link to HSL article)

Black Kyanite- (Also don’t get it wet or it will dissolve)
Full of healing energy, it is a Chakra aligner and auric field hole fixer. It is both grounding and energizing at the same time. *Used in conjunction with White Selenite it will break up any stubbornly stuck energy.
Meditating with it can help you come up with important insights resulting from exploration of the subconscious mind. It is often used to explore past lives, and to anticipate how current actions affect future lives. (Neat huh?)

Black tourmaline (2 chunks)-
This is THE Empathic blocker stone, but it also has a tendency to absorb negative energies so if you’re in a particularly nasty environment, switch your stones midway through your day.
*Then clean them out with either early morning sunlight (between sunrise and around 11am, when the sunlight is at its strongest) or a nice chunk of white selenite.

There are others for different types of grounding, but I’ve found that these are the most effective.

 

****But don’t just take my word for it, get out there and research it!****
~Alicia Anspaugh-Mccullough, DMNAS
Edited by: Sadie Ackerman

Retrogrades: Saturn

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                                                                  Retrogrades: Saturn

Firstly,
Retrogrades: when the planetary forces are moving backwards or are reversed.
Translation: Things tend to get a little backwards and mucked up.
*We turn inwards first in a retrograde, examining our motives, excavating hidden desires, even exhuming a few past demons which we havent fully dealt with. RE= Revive, Reunite, Repair, Restore, etc.

Saturn Represents: Responsibility, structure, rules, Karma. Ruler of the sign  Capricorn
Saturn retrograde:
Saturn retrogrades every 12 months for around 140 days.  giving us plenty of opportunity for reconsidering things in our lives.
Saturn, in astrology, is the disciplinarian. We will have to work a great deal harder in EVERYTHING that we do, rewards will seem to take more effort, as will appreciation, attention and notice. And we will be hearing a lot of truths that we have needed to hear for a while (yup, you guessed it, its gonna be hard to swallow most of the time).
Saturn retrograde, demands some serious hard work and dedication from us.
But as one of my spirit guides is fond of saying (like a mantra) – Work and worth, sometimes the work is its own reward-
All lessons learned during  Saturn retrograde will be enough to test the strongest mettle, but sometimes those are the most worthwhile lessons to learn. So lots of growth, lots of life, lots of gird your loins……….but every single hurdle is gonna be WELL WORTH IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Some astrologers call Saturn the lord of karma, well during a Saturn Retrograde the LORD O KARMA IS GONNA DO SOME KARMA SORTIN!

Anxiety will be up, As will limitations, restrictions, fears. There will be lots of duty and responsibility issues to do with your career & dependents.
So take stock and make sure everything is in order.
Progress in life will be delayed & hindered, Re-evaluation of your plans will happen, so buff up your physical and mental self for the journey.
But remember too, Saturn retrograde gives you an opportunity to come up with new plans that will be wonderfully productive once the retrograde is over.
Saturn is the planet of Structure, Pressure, doing the right thing even when its not easy or fun(even when we get no benefit from it whatsoever), and it values justice and altruism in its purest forms. No pressure right!
Saturn “Defines” the areas of your life that it rules, when it Retrogrades, it’s time to slow down & redefine those areas .
When Saturn Retrogrades, it is “backing off,” i.e. the pressure is less.
This is going to allow you time to self-reflect or re-define the problem that the 1st shadowzone of  Saturn Retrograde brought into view. When Saturn goes direct again, the issue gets resolved.
Saturn Retrograde means that pushing ahead (yup Im a huge offender in this category) on anything is ill advised until Saturn goes direct again.
There will always be a tendency to spread yourself too thin,
be aware, with Saturn in Retrograde all those chances we take when we are pushing our limits tend to go sideways on us.
But we all have lives and slow gear isnt always an option.
So make like Santa and make your schedule , then check it twice!!!
And then make sure you bookmark enough time to rest (extra R&R time is a good idea).

*remember that retrogrades have a tendency to rule the past and therefore bring up past issues.
In old man Saturn’s case, past issues with balancing the scales of your life, career, fears,
*Also for the Saturn ruled out there,  I’m Talkin to you Capricornian’s…don’t be surprised if your feeling a bit out of whack.
Keep calm, nothin lasts forever!

The three phases:  (remember a retrograde is like an Oreo cookie- 1st shadow zone, retrograde, finale):

December 30, 2016, Saturn enters shadow zone:
During this phase, you will get an idea of the issues that will be of concern during the retrograde phase.

April 6, 2017, Saturn Retrograde:
The Retrograde brings into sharper focus the areas of life that were touched in in the first shadowzone and during the retrograde they can now be worked on
*Retrograde=  the planet during its retrograde phase “revisits” that issue or event, which may also entail delaying the resolution or realization of action.

August 25, 2017, Saturn retrograde finale:
This completes the final phase of Saturn retrograde 2017. Any issues that were in focus during Saturn in retrograde can now come to closure and be finalized.

Advantages, Opportunities & how this helps us:
Positively, A Saturn Retrograde
Teaches us the value of hard work, and how GOOD we normally have it lol, Its a great time to say NO to the things that aren’t really important right now (we get to learn the value of prioritization), self-reflection, re-defining, Re-Evaluating.

These are things that can help mitigate its influences:
Preparation and allowances for hiccups and difficulties in the above-mentioned areas
Crystals:
Garnet, sodalite, tiger eye, Dragon quartz, ruby, Flourite, citrine & clear quartz

Or if you wish to use this time to your advantage:
Slowing down, taking care of small things that always seem to get in your way when you are trying to get ahead, detail work, working through some of your karmic scale balancings, getting face to face with your anxiety and learning it a little better
Crystals :
Sodalite, Tiger eye, Dragon quartz, aventurine, black tourmaline, Citrine

Saturn Retrograde dates:
March 25th 2016
April 6th 2017
April 17th 2018
*you may wonder why I put the previous year’s retrograde. It is to give you an idea of how the retrograde feels personally. Go back to that time frame and look through your journals, heck- even just think back on it, see how it affected you.
Although last year was pretty rough in general…….but it’s the closest that Iv got.

Here is what you can do to counteract it:
You really can’t, so sit down and enjoy the ride!

****But don’t just take my word for it , get out there and research it!****
~Alicia Anspaugh-Mccullough, DMNAS

-Edited by: Sadie Ackerman