Inspiration

The Meaning of The Super Blood Moon September 27 2015, 0 Comments

We have all seen a full moon at some point in out lives- weather you're driving home, taking an evening walk with a significant other, or just sitting outside on a nice night looking at the stars and there it is: The Full Moon. The bright, round, cheesy-like orb in the sky- but tonight, we are in store for a special treat. On this night if you look up in the sky on 7:11pm, you will find the sun, moon, and earth lining up during a full moon resulting in a rare total lunar eclipse of a super moon! How freaking cool is that?!
But what is a blood moon exactly and what does this rare occurrence signify?
The full moon almost always appears a coppery shade of red during a lunar eclipse due to the sunlight that is filtered and refracted by the Earth's atmosphere. This is known as the "Blood Moon" or Hunter's Moon by early Native American tribes. These names were then adopted by colonials and here we are now in 2015 witnessing our fourth out of four (Tetra) full moons over 2014/2015. The Earth's shadow can be seen creeping across the moon's face until it has completely covered the moon. Then, when the moon is fully covered by the Earth's shadow- the blood red tinge will appear. 
What does it all mean?
The simple answer is, no one really knows. We do know that full moons have been known to impact the tides, and human beings are 70% water. Some believe that full moons effect the body's circadian rhythm. Some ancient cultures believe that full moons and the lunar cycle has an effect on woman's fertility and hormones. Astrologers believe that as this full moon falls in the first degree of Aries (a very agressive fire sign) this eclipse is associated with assertiveness, action, and individualism. You may feel the need to let that certain someone know how you feel about them or something that has been bothering you that you feel the need to get off of your chest. Things might be feeling a bit stirred up during this time, but try to keep your cool and not react till you have worked through whatever it is that is bugging you.
Full moons are also known to signify a new beginning or significant change. This would be a great time to reflect on the people or things in your life and letting go of the ones that are no longer bringing positivity to you. This may be a time when a light bulb goes off and you have a realization or "a-ha" moment. Things are changing and we are all active participants in the changes happening in our lives as well as the lives of others.
With it's mysterious connotations and shorter days, make sure to embrace the lunar cycle and as we transition into a new season, take a moment to appreciate the changes going on around you, set an intention, and devote some time to watch this super blood moon eclipse from a nice, quiet place.
How will you celebrate the Blood Moon? 
 
   

Crystals: The Many Faces and Meanings of Quartz September 13 2015, 0 Comments

When I was a little girl, I was obsessed with crystals and gems. Anytime I could get my hands on one at the nature store in the mall or at the gift shop of a museum, I would beg my mom to buy me one to add to my collection of majestic beauties. Sometimes I would get lucky and randomly find one somewhere and it would be the happiest day when I could add another gem to my collection of beautiful, sparkling, awesomeness. Each of my beloved crystals sat next to the other, in a row on my dresser like a it's own little museum of magical wonders, but I never really thought about why I was so drawn to them and fascinated by them.

Fast forward 20 years later, and I'm still obsessed. Nowadays, I adore collecting jewelry with amethyst, quartz, or rose quartz attached to a long chain or on a ring. I even display my rings and necklaces on random chunks of crystal rock that I buy at jewelry shows, antique fairs, or a fun store on a road trip somewhere. But what do they all mean?

Here's a breakdown of the top three most commonly coveted crystals and what they all mean and how to use them in your day to day life.

Quartz

Quartz is actually the most common stone on the planet. Many colors of quartz have their own names (purple quartz is Amethyst, pink quartz is Rose Quartz), but the traditional clear quartz is the most commonly referred to crystal. The origin of the word 'quartz' is not known, but many ancient cultures had traditional uses for quartz. Ancient Japanese folklore believed quartz formed from the breath of a white dragon (if that's not the coolest fun fact ever, I don't know what is). Australian aborigines used quartz in rain rituals and even crystal balls used by gypsies and fortune tellers are made of quartz! Quartz can be icy clear or contain bubbles and variations.

Meanings: Power, Energy, Clarity

Quartz is said to enhance thoughts, direct or amplify energy, which makes it a perfect stone for healing rituals, meditation, protection, and channeling. It is also useful for storing and retrieving energy or thoughts. Quartz is also a good tool for energizing other crystals.

 

 

How to use quartz in your day to day life:

Bedroom:

Due to it's ability to balance, quartz is excellent for harmonizing and balancing one's environment. Set one in your bedroom on the nightstand to clear away negative energy and is great for dream recall and dream work. 

Work:

Bust out a quartz on your desk at work to dispel negativity, purify your personal work space, and amplify creative thought and inspiration. Setting some quartz nearby if you are studying can also be beneficial as quartz also clarifies thought, concentration, and can help with retaining what you are trying to learn.

Love:

Quartz can even help out in your love life by balancing energies so it wouldn't hurt to stash one in your purse or top your outfit off with a quartz necklace on your next hot date!

Yoga:

Quartz is great for meditation as it helps to clear your mind and purify your environment. It is associated with the crown chakra and works to balance and energize all chakras.

Healing:

Quartz is a Master Healer stone and an excellent all purpose crystal healing tool. It is said to amplify reputed to be particularly effective for food poisoning, fatigue, arthritis, bone injuries, and depression among many other troubles.

 

 

After learning all of this, I finally understand why I coveted these precious gems so much all of my life. As I continue expanding my collection, I find more new and inspiring ways to display them in my favorite spaces and include them in my outfits on a daily basis. You will seldom see me without a quartz necklace or ring on.

One last thing- If your quartz were to break, make sure to bury it in the ground as it signifies that you have learned everything you can from that piece and it signifies time to move on to another new quartz piece!