Gemstone Magic & Meaning: Lapis Lazuli

10570399_10152395910008644_3369663122756815451_nLapis lazuli is considered to be the stone of universal truth and friendship. It is reputed to bring harmony to relationships and help the wearer express the self in an authentic manner. Lapis is also considered a strengthening stone, bringing mental clarity and emotional healing.

In ancient Egypt, Lapis was the exclusive power stone of Queen Cleopatra. Believing it had magical properties, she had entire walls of her palace inlaid with it, and even had it ground into powder for her eyeliner. Still often referred to as the “Queen’s stone”, lapis brings luck, fortune, and a regal air to the bearer.

Lapis opens the door to self acceptance, which leads to serenity. It reveals inner truth, promoting self-awareness and the acceptance of that knowledge. It provides for the relief of things that may have been suppressed and allows for them to surface, helping to diminish dis-ease or repressed anger, and allows for self-expression without holding back or compromising.

The beautiful blues in paintings from the Renaissance are thanks to the blue of lapis lazuli. The opaque blue gem material was the secret ingredient in ultramarine, the valuable pigment that all the old masters used to capture the rich blues of the sea and sky and the robes of the Virgin Mary. The color wasn’t duplicated by any other substance until 1834 but even now, some argue there is no substitute: unlike other pigments, centuries-old ultramarine still glows with rich color today.

Visit our website for a plethora of pretty gemstone jewelry, or visit any of our stores in Maine to see the potent and powerful beauty of this stunning gem, available at Mexicali in unique (often one-of-a-kind) shapes and settings. The gorgeous lapis pieces in this picture can be found today in our Bangor store.

September 8, 2014 Astrology & Energy: Full Moon in Pisces

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                         painting by Leonard Weisgard (1969)

Happy full moon in Pisces! This full Harvest moon is also a super moon, which means its energies are extra potent, so get ready!

The full moon in this watery sign brings heightened emotions, as well as receptivity to the emotions (and emotional impact) of those around you. If you find yourself feeling particularly sensitive leading up to this full moon, you know why! It can bring to the surface psychic wounds and pain stemming from childhood, the past, and/or your shadow side–particularly relating to being emotionally nurtured and supported. These feelings may flow into your consciousness like a seemingly overwhelming tidal rush, but the key to using this positively is to remain aware and not to get swept away–paradoxically, diving in even deeper during this full moon may be what helps you to finally move on! Think on past and present methods of relating that have caused feelings of pain or conflict in your life–is there an argument you keep having? Or a way in which you feel that you are constantly not heard or appreciated? Take a look at what it is that brings up these feelings for you, and–this is the more challenging, yet even more powerful aspect–the ways in which you may be in denial about YOUR power or role in this cycle. Remember lovelies, this doesn’t mean that any wounding you have experienced is your fault, but we often have the tendency to unwittingly perpetuate the cycle when there is a lesson to learn that we just don’t want to see.

That’s what the power of this moon is all about, unearthing and cleansing our hearts of the psychic baggage that we try to pretend isn’t there. The weight of it affects everything we experience, though we often point at something else–often external, coming from others–as the cause of our troubles. Be aware of the tendency right now to be extra judgemental, pointing the finger at the “other” and feeling that they are the one with all the issues who must do the work. It is very important to look within with humility and honesty, to understand why we are provoked and feeling the need to judge.

The full moon tonight is also forming a Grand Water Trine with Juno in Cancer and Saturn in Scorpio, an alignment which offers up to each of us a strong yet flowing energy of empowerment to deal with these things–we are at this time completely supported in the healing and cleansing of our karmic pasts (particularly in relationships) IF we are willing to delve into the shadow, and take responsibility for the part we play.

So, how do we recognize what that is and what to do with it? While the mind presents us with possibilities and choices, the heart holds the truth of who we are. While emotions are fluid, we all have core convictions and yearnings that drive us. Some questions to ask yourself to suss out what those are: What is my truth? What do I believe without question? What comes easily to me (even if I don’t like it)? When do I feel most confident or engaged? What am I being called to be and to do?

You can get into a place to honestly address these questions by making a conscious choice to act intuitively tonight. Try dancing to your favorite music with no steps in mind, do yoga but in no planned sequence, explore an invented space through meditative visualization, fill a blank piece of paper with drawing or free-writing with no end goal in mind.

Our intuitions can guide us to new perceptions now, and we can use the power of those ideas to transform reality. This Pisces moon opens the floodgates to our deepest emotional waters, and it is in these depths that we facilitate our own healing, moving into our most authentic selves and becoming the wise and compassionate masters of our destinies.

 

Gemstone Magic & Meaning: Citrine

 

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Shining with a golden glow, people have long treasured citrine as a gift from the sun. Many citrine begin their lives as amethyst. After gentle heating, the purple fades and a golden yellow takes its place. Citrine brings happiness, joy and optimism into your life. It’s said to increase self esteem and promote clarity of thought. It’s one of only two minerals on the planet which does not hold or accumulate negative energy, but dispels and transforms it.

Citrine is often called the “Success stone”, as its powers to attract and manifest success and abundance in all areas is widely known. It is a powerful gem for enhancing financial success in business; it is a great stone to have or wear when you are hoping to start a new business venture or make some money! In addition to manifesting abundance, citrine also brings energies of generosity so that the prosperity and success is shared.

Associated with the solar plexus chakra, Citrine magnifies and clarifies personal energy and power. It helps to increase willpower and confidence, and help the wearer make positive choices towards their highest good. A joyful and lucky stone, sunny citrine is an all-around life-enhancing gem!

Visit our website for a plethora of pretty gemstone jewelry, or visit any of our stores in Maine to see the potent and powerful beauty of this stunning gem, available at Mexicali in unique (often one-of-a-kind) shapes and settings. The gorgeous citrine pieces in this picture can be found today in our Newcastle store.

August 25th, 2014 Astrology & Energy: New Moon in Virgo

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It’s a new moon in Virgo! A grounded, earthy sign that thrives on clarity and organization, Virgo renews our energy for getting back to tasks that have been put on hold (for whatever reason). It is a time to make improvements, shape up, get down with whatever it is that you KNOW you want to do, for your highest good, but something has been holding you up–Doubts? Judgement? Circumstance? Whatever it is, now is the time to move forward and commit to both endings and the beginnings that will inevitably follow. Identify what is ending, or what needs to end, and set your intention for that closure and the positive new possibilities that might take its place once you have opened up that space in your life. This new moon is an excellent time to do some sort of ritual to help you mark that ending/beginning and the shift between the two. Break out your crystals and your sage, write down your intention, and leave it in a window where the new moon shines!

You can channel the powerful lunar energy of ALL new and full moons to create your own energetic marker for all of your endings and beginnings. Remember that whenever something ends, there is always a space created for something new to come along.

Be aware that watery Neptune is directly opposite this Virgo new moon, which may make you feel confused, lost, or ineffectual when you try to take this on. Remember in those moments that feelings aren’t facts, and that those emotions are temporary, while the changes you want to make for yourself can have far-reaching life-improving effects. Don’t get hung up on grieving over what was (or what you wish it had been), letting your imagination run wild, or sweating the small stuff. You may find yourself getting so frazzled over the seemingly insurmountably litany of details to deal with that you decide to make sweeping changes, just to get rid of the stress. If that’s where you’re at, be sure to consider fully before acting–try dancing your feelings, or drawing them, for a different kind of clarity than you will get by just trying to think your way out of it. You’ll most likely be better off by taking tiny steps at first, frustrating though that may feel. Writing down in your journal or calendar the small things you do each day that move you towards who and where you want to be can be helpful in creating and retaining a sense of movement.


You don’t have to be perfect. Do the best you can in the present moment, and let go of attachment and guilt. Try not to get caught up in frustration or irritating situations; instead,focus your energy on cultivating compassion towards others and yourself. All of life is ebb and flow, yin and yang, dark and light. Ride the wave, and rejoice in your ability to be conscious enough to experience it all! You CAN transform something now that has been weighing you down into a source of empowerment. Once in a while, you get shown the light in the strangest of places–if you look at it right!

(Picture is “Reaching for the Moon” by Edward Eggleston c.1930s)

Mandalas: Their Meaning & How to Meditate with Mandala Sacred Geometry

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Mandalas represent a sacred geometry that emits and attracts positive energy. Sanskrit for “circle”, a mandala represents wholeness and the Divine, our relation to eternity, and unity between the world within our body and mind and the world outside.

Used in many spiritual traditions all around the world, the mandala emphasizes the interconnectedness of all life. The circular Aztec calendar is in the shape of a mandala.  Tibetan Buddhists have long practiced the art of creating intricate mandalas out of colored sand, chanting and meditating as they work and upon completion, and then allowing the mandala to blow away in the wind, as a symbol of impermanence.

The zodiac circle in astrology is also a mandala, mapping universal and planetary energies and the way they relate to one another.  

Even the Taoist yin yang symbol is a mandala, with the outer circle representing the divine universe, the white side Yin or the primordial feminine, and the black side Yang as the primordial masculine energy.  The Ying and Yang co-exist together, dancing their cosmic dance, continuously transforming one into the other.

In every tradition, mandalas represent connection, between the viewer and the object, between all things. Energetically, the often concentric design of mandalas tends to visually attract consciousness and awareness to the center point, allowing focus to draw inward. This makes it very useful as a meditation tool, whether your conscious focus is on interconnectedness or not! 

To use a mandala for meditation, clear away a quiet place where you can sit with your mandala clearly visible in front of you.  Decide what your intention for this meditation is.  Perhaps you want to foster feelings of peace, love, connection, joy, or relaxation.  As you set your intention, you may want to choose a word that represents that feeling to you.  It could be “love”, “ocean”, or any other word that helps you feel peaceful and present.  “Ohm” is said to be the sound of the universe, and it always a great mantra.   Let your gaze be gentle and soft, allowing yourself to blink normally.  Try to just look, not thinking, planning, or daydreaming.  Allow yourself to just be where you are.  If you find your mind drifting, acknowledge it and gently return your awareness to the present.  You can use your mantra to help yourself return to the moment, connect with your breath, and also imbue your mandala with that energetic quality.  Breathe in through your nose, and as you exhale, say the mantra in your head or out loud.  If your mantra is a longer word, you may want to say it (either internally or externally) with both parts of the breath.  Use your intuition to guide you in breathing with your mantra; there is no wrong way to do it!

As the mandala is a visual representation of the interconnectedness of all things, anything and everything is accessible to you as you meditate on it as a point of focus or energetic power. The more you practice meditating with your mandala, the easier it will become to connect with the positive energy of the universe, at once wholly present in your body and intertwined in the cosmic unity of all things.

Get started on your mandala meditation journey with a mandala tapestry or bedspread here.  Or check out our collection of wearable and decorative mandala art right here.  

“The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.”  

–Thich Nhat Hanh

Rudraksha Beads: Jewelry for Clarity, Peace, and Prosperity

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Rudraksha beads have been worn by sages and yogis throughout the ages for their spiritual and healing powers. Rudraksha beads are seeds from the Rudraksha tree and are believed to contain cosmic powers that elevate the soul of the wearer and assist on the path to ascension or enlightenment. According to accent Vedic texts, Shiva cried tears of compassion for humanity and his tears became Rudraksha seeds to assist humanity in our healing. When worn, Rudraksha seeds are believed to bring clarity and peace of mind, improve memory and reduce stress, bestow divine protection, and increase abundance and prosperity.

We’ve got tons of cool new Rudraksha jewelry just in, with powers frequently enhanced by the potent earthy energies of gemstone crystals! Check ‘em out here:http://ow.ly/zjynX

 

July 12th, 2014 Astrology & Energy: Full Moon in Capricorn

 

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(painting by Salvador Dali)

Happy Full Moon in Capricorn, Mexicali loves! Capricorn rules our ambitions and what we do to achieve them, our outer career-oriented self, who we present ourselves to be socially, and also our inner authority. It is important at this time to own your personal power. Take a look at where and how you can build better boundaries, and what you can do to accept responsibility for your own emotional well-being.

While the moon is in this pragmatic sign, the sun resides in Cancer, with its soft and flowing energy of feeling and valuing emotion. Thus this full moon highlights the importance of keeping a balanced perspective–bringing the nurturer (Cancer) and the achiever (Capricorn) into peaceful coexistence. Capricorn guides us to connect with our emotions from an unemotional standpoint, as the observer, forgiving what has come before and letting it go.

This full moon is also a Super Moon, meaning the moon is closest to earth in its orbit, making the energy and power to support change instigated now EXTRA potent! This powerful full moon seeks to help you heal anything that is out of balance in your life. Do your best to stay out of conflicts, don’t take anything personally, and take time to reside in the awareness of what your natural emotional reaction is or would have been. This might illuminate a feeling or a story that has repeated over and over in your life, one that perhaps doesn’t serve your highest good any longer, but has recently been holding you back. Release it, and come up with an intention for how you would like to respond in such situations instead. Step by step, the industrious energy of Capricorn can help you to move towards who and how you want to be!