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!

June 27th, 2014 Astrology & Energy: New Moon in Cancer

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It’s a New Moon in Cancer tonight! Cancer is the sign of emotions, and of the moon itself— cascading feelings, cathartic tears, an outpouring of compassion for those who suffer, or an all-encompassing swell of love could take you over tonight. Old wounds that you have locked up inside, perhaps because your feelings about them have been to intense to express, bubble to the surface now for closer examination. If you surrender to the pain, sit with it, acknowledge and allow, you can redirect your energy now so that you can forgive and heal. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you must accept the cause of the pain (if it comes from outside of you), but that you accept and understand your own feelings about it, allowing yourself to freely feel what you feel, without judging yourself for it. So often when we feel negative feelings, we berate ourselves; in not wanting to feel a certain way, we say “I shouldn’t/mustn’t feel this way!”. This moon in water-sign Cancer encourages us to just ride those emotional waves, feel the feelings, and recognize that even your struggles and shadow side are part of what makes you whole. Without your pain, you wouldn’t have such a great capacity for joy, or to help others with what you have learned. 

If you’ve been stuck playing out an old story over and over, now is a time to release it and move on to something that is truer to the heart-path of your highest self. Acknowledge the patterns you have created (you did it for a reason, at the time, though it may not serve you now), thank them for their lessons, and consciously let them go. If you take this on, you’ll probably have to do it more than once, but now is a great time to start, and it will get a little bit easier each time!

The new moon represents the start of a new cycle, a new beginning, and this one starting in Cancer is all about your soul power. What is your power? How do you own it? How do you give it away? Listen to your inner child for the answers that you seek, and surrender what is not working for you to the flowing river of this watery moon. <3

Want to know when the next new or full moon is coming? We’ve got lovely lunar calendars to lead the way right here: http://ow.ly/ywiqJ

May 14th, 2014 Astrology & Energy: Full Moon in Scorpio

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Happy full moon in Scorpio! This potent lunation will bring intense karmic energy that shines light on the darkest places in our souls.  Scorpio is a water sign, and encourages us to go deep-sea diving in the depths of our hearts to find what parts need transformation, intimacy, or emotional truth.  Something within your subconscious is wanting to be recognized and dealt with right now.  This might be an old story or wound you have been playing out in your life without realizing it.  You may want to look at any disagreements or stress you have had lately, and ask yourself if you can recognize a pattern in the way you have dealt with or felt about things of this nature.  Do you see evidence of coping strategies you came up with in childhood to deal with traumas or fears?  Are these ways of thinking/relating still useful to you?  Now is the time to look within by being keen observers of what our old wounds cause us to project outwards–particularly beliefs and feelings of fear, powerlessness, or unworthiness.

Dig into your shadow material and let go of what no longer serves you, preparing for yet another death-rebirth cycle.  You can’t start something new until you let go of the old thing that was holding you in the place that you were.  If you are repeating the same behavior over and over expecting different results. . . well, you know the old adage on what that means!  The power of this time will support the work of clearing out the emotional residue from past experiences, helping us to move to forgiveness and neutrality for all the lessons it took to get us to our present state.  Give yourself permission to heal and move forward in your life.

Transformation to a higher vibration of living involves cultivating awareness of harmful or inessential habits, cycles, or ways of relating, and Scorpio’s energy urges us to purge that junk to make way for the new.  Look at your emotional relationships with others to see where those changes are needed.  You must have a brave heart to want to shift the habitual, comfortable, and known to live more consciously and in the truth.  If you are ready to try, Scorpio’s full moon is here to light your way!