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The Sisterhood of the Rose.

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The Sisterhood of the Rose is a lineage of priestesses and mystics who devoted their lives to serving humanity and seeding light consciousness all over the Earth. A cross-section of ancient lineages, it is the path of devotion and beauty.

Walking this path means being devoted to seeing and creating beauty wherever you go. The rose symbolizes the heart and the sacred geometry of all life. You are being called to notice the beauty around you, particularly in nature and hear the whispers of Mother Earth.

You are being called to spend more time in nature, as all ancient secrets live there. Mother Earth is constantly whispering. Spend time admiring Her creations and you will be rewarded with insight and grace.

You are being called to take a little more time to both notice the beauty that exists all around you and contribute to the beauty of the world in your own way too. This could be through your own creations or in things like how you dress to picking flowers for your home. Every time you devote your time to creating beauty, you harmonize the planet a little more and the shift in vibration can be felt.

How to make Moon Water

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Our next Supermoon is approaching!!

Have you felt overly emotional, had a crying or raging episode and looked up to notice that it was a full moon?

The moon is the ruler of our emotions and as beings that experience life through our emotions we are deeply connected to its energy. It’s no wonder that when a full moon is approaching we can get a little crazy, sad or angry. It’s emotional energy that needs to be released and the moon is making sure it happens.

The moon is an amplifier of energy, both positive and negative, and of our sixth sense. Its energy is strongest on a full moon and it’s during this time that we can take advantage of its transformational power. Because the moon has strong cleansing properties and opens our intuitive nature, we can benefit from it’s strength by harnessing its energy in moon water.

Moon water is water that is charged by the energy of the moon. Preferably a full moon or supermoon, where the energy is heightened. If the energy of the moon has the power to transform us, imagine what it can do to our water.

For centuries, cultures around the globe have used the moon in rituals for empowerment, cleansing and manifestation. We can tap into this ancient wisdom by making our own moon water and using it to assist us in attracting more of what we need and want into our lives.

Making full moon water is a monthly tradition in my home and I use it for everything from attracting abundance to spiritual cleansing. Moon water is easy to make and use. Here’s what you need to get started.

What you’ll need

  • Mason jar, bowl or large jug. Be water – Crystal water bottle
  • Purified, spring or distilled water

Instructions

  1. Fill container with water. I prefer a jar with a lid to prevent bugs  from accessing it. This is especially important if you plan on ingesting your moon water.
  2. Place the jar under the full moon for the entire night. It is best if you find a spot that is not blocked by buildings or other objects to allow the moon light to penetrate the jar without obstruction.
  3. Bless your water and set your intentions. This is the time for you to pray to your higher power and ask your guides and the moon for assistance. If you are a reiki practitioner, infuse the power of reiki into the water by drawing any of the reiki symbols over the jar or channeling the energy through your hands as you hold it.
  4. The next morning your moon water is ready for use. Collect it and use in one of the 10 ways listed below.

How to use moon water

  1. Energize your crystals with moon water. Place your crystals in a jar with some moon water to cleanse and empower the crystals. Clear quartz is an amplifier of energy and can transform negative energy into positive energy. Add this crystal to the moon water for extra umph.
  2. Cleanse yourself with a moon bath. Fill the bath with warm water. Add epsom salt and a couple of handfuls of white flower petals. Then add a few cups of moon water to the bath. You might like to add  essential oils to the bath too. Soak for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Drink your moon water. Take a sip or two everyday to empower yourself with the energy of the moon. Make sure you use filtered or spring water if you are going to ingest your moon water, and keep it refrigerated.
  4. Use your moon water to make essential oil perfumes for yourself and home clearing sprays.
  5. Water your plants with it. Plants will benefit from the energy of the moon.
  6. Place moon water in a cup on your altar to amplify your intentions and goals.
  7. Use it as a daily aura cleanse. Put it in a spray bottle and spray around your aura to cleanse your energy every morning before leaving your home.
  8. Moon water for beauty and self care. Use your moon water to enhance your natural beauty by making a toner with it. Add a few drops of lavender or orange in a bottle with the moon water and use daily after cleansing your face or as a refresher throughout the day.
  9. Diffuse your moon water in your home. Place moon water into your aromatherapy diffuser with the essential oil or oils of your choice to clear the air and enhance the effect of the oils you use. For example, wild orange is the oil of abundance.
  10. Get creative and use this moon water to manifest your soul’s desire. Make your own ritual and allow the energy of the full moon to support you.

Creating Ceremonial Cacao & Ceremony

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Where and when did cacao ceremonies originate?

It’s thought cacao was first used as a health elixir and ceremonial medicine as far back as 1900 bc by the ancestors of central america, the olmec people, before becoming a ritualistic medicine used by the aztec and mayan cultures. signifying both life and fertility.
Cacao is associated with universal love and considered to be a divine Spiritual elixer, Sacred medicine healer and ritual aid.
In ritual use, cacao became mostly reserved for the male elite with the understanding that it was intoxicating and sexually stimulating, it was generally forbidden to women and children.
​ First grown in South America and used by the Aztecs and Mayans thousands of years ago, they would sit together in circle drinking Cacao to commune with their gods.

Back then, Cacao was also given sacred status and was used as a trade currency, given to warriors when they returned home, was served in religious ceremonies and appeared on the tables of the royal courts of the day.

It was the Spanish who took it out of those native cultures as they invaded and colonised.  They realised the value of Cacao and brought it back to Europe, sweetening it with sugar and spices.  They kept it a secret for the next 100 years!


Word did eventually spread though and slowly it was made into solid chocolate.  Today much of it’s ceremonial understanding has been lost, as millions of us consume vast qualities of cacao, heavily mixed with vegetable fats, processed sugar, milk and just about everything else you can mention.

In actual fact, Cacao is a super food and is now being reintroduced in its purest form, its sacredness being realised once more as the western world is slowly becoming more conscious in how they think, live and want to feel.

Indigenous myth recounts how whenever the balance between humans and nature becomes threatened, cacao leaves the rainforest to open peoples hearts and return the planet to harmony

Why drink ceremonial cacao?

Using intention, quiet time and meditation to work on yourself to find and maintain peace in a chaotic world is how and why you might drink Cacao and hold space for yourself.  Cacao has incredible healing properties and is very nutritious, don’t get it confused with coco powder of hot chocolate – ceremonial cacao is raw chocolate without all the vegetables oils and sugar we see put into processed chocolate.  It is the purest form of Cacao and you’ll need to source it ethically.  You won’t find ceremonial cacao in powder form as ceremonial cacao has all the original healthy wonderful fats still in it and so it will come as a solid – usually a block and you will shave off what you need with a sharp knife to prepare it.

Cacao has great natural health benefits, with a tangible emotional grounding and heart opening energy to it.

Benefits are many
It is a natural anti-depressant
It is a plant medicine, healing and reassuring
It opens our heart energy and gives us a feeling of love
Enhances meditation
Increases concentration and focus
Focuses mental clarity
Induces a deep feeling of peace and ‘all is well’ making it a wonderful partner for manifestation
It contains excellent levels of magnesium, copper, zinc, iron, calcium, manganese, sulphur and phosphorous, which our diet is generally deficient in
Our bodies need all of these wonderful minerals for our emotional and physical well-being and balance
Sharpens the mind and improves mental focus
Strengthens the cardiovascular system, heart function
Regulates blood pressure and blood sugar
Fascilitates regeneration and rejuvenation
Powerful antioxidant
Opens up the blood vessels – vasodilator
Heart healing
The beans contain, among many,anandamide, the bliss chemical p-e- a –  the love chemical,
The foam is believed to carry the Spirit of the plant as a medicinal and divine aid and blessing.

Create your Cacao ritual

Drinking Cacao at home, using it to centre and balance yourself in the mornings before your day starts is a beautiful nurturing ritual I love to include in my morning practice every day.

Cacao is not only physically healthy but spiritually and emotionally grounding too meaning:

You link to your intuition much more clearly, so we make good, clear decisions.

When we sit quietly with Cacao, we are able to really hear ourselves think – and that’s a luxury we don’t always allow ourselves

We handle stress far more effectively and are able to really ‘know’ what we need

Many Women now use Cacao at home, bridging the gap between the ancient Meso-American cultures and our lifestyle today, honouring the spirit of cacao and the work of those who have honoured its Spirit for many thousands of years.

It is completely safe to drink on your own, enabling women to do their sacred inner work in the peace and sanctuary of their own space.

The meditative effects last approximately 45 minutes and the heart opening feeling of love, joy and well-being can last all day!

Ceremonial Dose Cacao Recipe.

30 – 42g Ceremonial Grade Cacao – 10g – 16g Daily Dose – Please purchase from ethical companies wherever possible – I love suppliers Rebekah Shaman, Made with Ananda and Cacao Love.

250ml Filtered water.

1 x Medjool Date or Raw organic honey to sweeten

A pinch of each Cayenne pepper – Cinnamon – Sea/ Pink Salt.
Tsp Rose water or orange flower water.
Plant milk of your choice, coconut milk from a tin will make it really creamy

1 Teaspoon Coconut oil
Optional Vanilla essence.

To make.
Add enough water to cover the bottom of the pan and warm, to just below boiling – scrape off enough Cacao for the Ceremony – add the Cacao and your intention and blessing to the pan and stir until melted and smooth – add spices and salt – add milk and date/honey & rosewater, coconut oil – vanilla essence – use a blender to create bubbles, releasing the Spirit of Cacao.

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Creating your own Cacao Ceremony:

Create your own Sacred pace where you won’t be disturbed. Light a candle and make a beautiful nurturing nest for yourself.

You may like to have a little time of Journal to create an intention – Or take the whole day in Ceremony with a walk in nature to collect a few gifts from the earth, stones, feathers, cones, flowers leaves etc. to create a nature mandala. This is a lovely Ceremony for the New Moon to set intention or on the Full Moon for release.

Holding the cup take a breath – connect with the plant medicine – You may like to offer a blessing of love and thanks to the Cacao Spirit.

With your intention in mind:

At your first sip, welcome the spirit of the bean

Second sip  – feel the warmth and love from the plant

Third sip – set your intention invite your heart to open

Visualize as you drink the cacao, awareness of it flowing into your body, warming and clearing and dissolving that which is no longer serves you.

As you finish your drink, become aware of your breath entering and leaving your nostrils. enjoy the stillness.

Take your focus to your heart and feel your chest rising and falling with the inhale and exhale. as you breathe visualize a rose bud slowly opening petal by petal, at the center of your chest, at the very center of the rose, a warm, golden light.

With each in-breath, visualize the light gradually becoming stronger and brighter until it spreads out to fill the whole of your chest, allow light to extend beyond your body.

See and feel yourself surrounded by a circle of light. Pause here for as long as you need.

Allow light to gently dissolve anything that may be holding you back in life, letting go with love and thanks for everything it has taught you.

Visualize your intention filled with light and purpose.

Feel yourself connected through that light to everything around you.

Light inside… light outside.

Enjoy the sense of well being that comes as the light enfolds and upholds you.

Affirm: I am guided by the wisdom of my heart. I am always connected.

I love to dance when I am in Ceremony, if this calls to you,  you could create a 20 -60 minute playlist and dance, or you may like to have some time Drumming or in stillness in Meditation and reflection.

With Love xx

Earthing Techniques for tricky times.

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The Prithvi (Earth) Mudra can be performed while sitting down.
Touch the tip off the ring finger of each hand to the tip of the thumb. The rest of the fingers should be pointing straight.
Hold this position while moving into the Prithvi Dharanam Meditation below.
Benefits:
Eases hot flushes.
Regulates the menstrual cycle.
Balances the Earth Energies.
Grounds.
It helps to balance the different elements inside of the body.
The Prithvi Mudra also helps to strengthen the body and alleviates fatigue.
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Prithvi Dharanam – Earth Meditation
Prana shakti flows up and down the spine,
the presence of our desires and fears often prevent us from sitting still.
 
Earth focus brings energy at the base of the spine into balance, leaving us feeling steady as a rock, part of the sacred mother Earth.
 
Start by relaxing the body and then begin to watch the breath, as you breathe in, follow the breath with your awareness as it enters more deeply into the body. as you breathe out, your awareness flows up and out from the nostrils. continue this process, sinking lower and lower with every in breath until you are following your breath all the way down to your point of contact with the ground, or the chair.
 
Imagine you are sitting on the earth – place in nature
begin to breathe in and follow the breath down to the base of the spine, and then let the breath flow beyond theat point, deep down into the earth beneath you.
As you breathe in, let the breath flow down into the earth, as you breathe out let the the breath flow out of the earth, up through you and out.
Let your awareness change so that you percieve the earth to be hollow and full of space.
Now feel as though it is the earth herself who is breathing in and out through you. your in breath becomes the in breath of the earth, your out breath becomes her out breath
feel that your body becomes part of the earth and becomes very still have gratitude for the connection you have with mother earth, pause in stillness bringing awareness to the chest and feel the rising and falling of the rib cage, bring awareness to your hands and create akash mudra, place it on the floor and rest your forehead on the hands.
 

January 2020 Journal Prompts.

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Hello lovely ones, this evening we have our first Radiant Womens Circle of 2020 and I had a think about what is relevant for me at this time of Year.

I aren’t really one for making resolutions, I like to feel into the energy and what my body wants at these turning points of the Year.

So in my Meditations and observances on a daily basis I came to the conclusion that what my body needs, and likes at this time of the Year is a focus on Wellness, we are still in a time of hibernation and restore, planning and reflection are great, but action is not so great.

Its lovely to enjoy the last part of this hibernation phase of the Year to take the time to nourish ourselves, rest up where we can and really appreciate out health and wellness. So here are the Journal prompts for this Month, make yourself a cuppa, create a Scared space for yourself and enjoy time with you.

We will be meeting at 7pm this evening so it would be great to know that you are joining us xx

QUICK FIRE PROMPTS: AT THIS MOMENT:

I FEEL

I FEEL  –

I NEED –

I CELEBRATE-

I AM PROUD OF –

I FORGIVE –

I RELEASE –

I TRUST –

I HAVE LEARNED –

I CREATE –

 

CONNECTING INTO YOUR HEART NOW; HANDS OVER THE HEART CENTER TAKE A BREATH AND ASK:

MY HEART FEELS –

MY HEART IS –

MY HEART SAYS  –

WELLNESS JOURNAL PROMPTS:

  1. WHAT IS MY NUMBER 1 WELLNESS GOAL FOR ME THIS YEAR?
  2. WHAT DO I FEEL IS MISSING, AND HOW CAN I GET MORE OF WHAT I NEED?
  3. WHEN AM I THE HAPPIEST VERSION OF ME?
  4. WHAT RESTORES ME?
  5. WHAT DO I LOVE DOING?
  6. CAN I IMPROVE ON ANY OF MY DAILY HABITS?
  7. WHAT STEPS AM I ALREADY TAKING TO REACH MY WELLNESS GOALS?
  8. WHAT UPSETS MY ROUTINES?
  9. WHAT DO I LOVE ABOUT CARING FOR MYSELF?
  10. WHICH AREAS OF MY WELLNESS CAN I IMPROVE IN?
  11. 5 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT MYSELF?
  12. WHAT NEGATIVE BELIEFS DO I NEED TO LET GO OF?
  13. HOW CAN I LOVE MYSELF MORE DAILY?
  14. ONE PIECE OF ADVICE I WOULD GIVE MY FUTURE SELF?
  15. WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO PRACTICE MORE SELF CARE THROUGH OUT MY WEEK?
  16. 5 THINGS THAT MAKE ME SMILE?
  17. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT DAY?
  18. HOW CAN I SHOW MYSELF MORE LOVE & COMPASSION EACH DAY?