November 6th, 2014 Astrology & Energy: Full Moon in Taurus

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Happy Full Moon in Taurus!  It’s time to connect with the nurturing energy of Mother Earth and to remember the peace of being completely in the moment.  As often as possible: remember to breathe, slowly and deeply, and take a moment to focus your awareness on the perceptions of all of your senses—What parts of your body are touching the floor or chair, and how does that sensation differ from the those which are not pressed against something?  How does the air temperature differ between your inhalation and exhalation?  What do you smell?  What do you hear?

What you do on this full moon day will carry you forward, so take advantage of this energy to set new patterns in motion in any way you can.  Do a spiritual housecleaning of anything that feels old and fearful.  You can do this by smudging, chanting, ringing bells, or (one of our favorites) writing down what you want to let go of on small strips of paper, and then burning them in a fireproof bowl or container.  Imagine the words and the feelings that accompany them drifting up and away with the smoke; release them with gratitude for what they have taught you.  Even if you don’t see yet how this old baggage has served you, saying, “Thank you” to it and the universe is a symbolic gesture which will help you to truly leave it behind.  Because Taurus is an Earth sign, you may want to bury the ashes of these thoughts in the dirt outside.  Be sure to send your love and thanks to Mother Earth when you do this; she will support you in making the changes you seek.

Do watch out for your shadow side today, which for many might come up and threaten feelings of positivity.  Taurus is focused on security, what we value, our resources, possessions, senses, and how we experience our power, self-worth, and safety in the world.  Emotions of doubt and insecurity are common now, but they are just your fears and old wounds showing themselves to you. Do what you can to embrace them with good humor, accept that you have these feelings, and keep the vision of your goals and dreams lit brightly in your heart (even if at this moment getting there feels impossible).  Be with friends on this day if you can; your community will be of great support to you as you acknowledge and allow this darkness.

Any negative feelings you have now can tell you a lot about where your next steps for growth are needed, so be sure to pay attention to them!  The full moon’s relation to Saturn at this time highlights what you may feel is missing in your life.  Instead of giving in to this energy, use the strength of Taurus’ practicality in obtaining resources to get creative about how you can attract more of what you want.  What small actions can you take that would move you closer to how you want to live, who you want to be?  Take some time to be in gratitude for the resources you presently have, and be open to unknown ones that might be just around the corner waiting for you to allow them to manifest.

Remember that every life experience—especially struggles and strife—has something to teach you.  Breathe.  Keep moving forward with love.

Gemstone Meaning & Magic: Kyanite

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Kyanite comes from the Greek word, “Kyanos”, meaning blue.  This unique gemstone stimulates intuition and higher psychic energy, as well as the ability to communicate about these things.  An excellent stone for meditation, kyanite has a gentle and balanced energy that can amplify the chakra-aligning powers of mindful chakra-focused meditation.  If you would like to try it in this way, try this chakra meditation while holding a piece of kyanite:

  • Visualize each of the seven primary chakras as colored wheels of spinning light (if you are completely new to chakras, and perhaps aren’t sure what those colors should be, check out our chakra guide).
  • Imagine roots growing down from your torso, grounding and connecting you with the earth.
  • Visualize cleansing white light coming up those roots and into your body, spinning into each chakra in turn, swirling with the turning of each chakra wheel.  Imagine this light cleansing and rejuvenating each one.  Breathe slowly and imagine that as each chakra is cleansed, it shines a bit brighter in its color.
  • Once you have reached the crown chakra, move the light back down the same way, through each chakra, bringing healing energy to every one.
  • You can repeat this as many times as you want.
  • When you are ready for your meditation to come to a close, imagine the roots you grew from your tailbone shrinking and coming back up into your body, bringing with them the positive grounded energy from Mother Earth.  Be sure to focus your mind on sending out some gratitude for that before you leave your meditation zone and return to regular waking life!

While kyanite can be used to cleanse all of the chakras, it particularly corresponds to the throat chakra, improving communication through creating clarity of intention.  If you ever feel muddled and don’t know how to say what you want to say, or how to express a certain way you are feeling, kyanite is the stone for you!  Kyanite energy does this by drawing your awareness inward, closer to the core of who you are, and strengthening your will and vision so you are able to act and communicate from the sacred center of your being.  

One of the greatest qualities of Kyanite is that it does not absorb negative energies when you use it for healing.   It is also a good gemstone to help you interpret and understand your dreams. Try sleeping with a piece of kyanite under your pillow and make note of what your dreams tell you!

In the world of Astrology, kyanite is connected with the Taurus zodiac signs.  The energetic alignment powers of kyanite are effective and accessible even outside of meditation.  When you wear kyanite jewelry or carry it with you, it is constantly “smoothing out” all the subtle bodies of energy around you, creating a larger and stronger aura.  The longer you wear kyanite jewelry, the more you infuse it with your own energies and the more powerfully positive it becomes–elevating the level of good vibrations within your energy field.

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 kyanite pieces in this picture can be found today in our Freeport store.

October 23, 2014 Astrology & Energy: New Moon in Scorpio

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Amazing eclipse photo by nethskie. Click on the image for more awesome art.

Holy astral energies, Batman!  It’s a new moon in Scorpio and a solar eclipse tonight!  This is the second eclipse in a month, bookending a fast-paced and eccentric time and energy that has been magnified by Mercury in retrograde (which will stay that way until Saturday the 25th).  The sun will be eclipsed right as the sun moves from light and lovely Libra into the mysterious ocean of dark feminine water sign Scorpio.  We are encouraged now to dive deep into those waters, examining what we’ve been keeping in shadow–all that has been pent up, walled off, or unconscious–with the intention of using what we learn there to move boldly forward into our own personal power and Truth.  The things we find there may spark our biggest fears, but if we embrace them, their hold on us will diminish.  This powerful astral alignment pushes us to look at the ways we unconsciously behave as victim or tyrant because of unhealed wounds from childhood, and also to ask ourselves, “What is my personal truth?  What do I believe or believe in without a doubt? What feelings do I most desire to experience in my life? What makes me feel those feelings, and how can I cultivate more?”.  Asking these questions in this context may help us to recognize how our wounds and our dreams are connected, how playing the familiar stories and patterns out over and over in relationships prevents us from acting in alignment with our higher truth and values.

The conclusions that you come to may prompt you towards making a radical change, with enormous potential for a breakthrough to a new realm of positivity and possibility.  Resist the urge to cling to fear and the familiar!  We are entering a period where extraordinary transition is possible; while we may encounter things that make us quake, the best thing to do right now is to move consciously forward with a curious mind and an open heart.   Think now on where it is that you want to go, who you want to be.  It is just about time to really step up and be seen, share your wisdom, speak your truth, and take the helm as the master of your life. It is time to SHINE, and, even if you don’t totally feel it yet, YOU–beautiful, completely unique soul that you are–ARE READY.  This eclipse could expand your creativity, offering new solutions to old problems, and will heighten the powers of your intuition.  Try to listen to your gut and not your head.  Look for unexpected truths to reveal themselves, crazy coincidences, and messages in your dreams.  Count your ducks, gather your resources (lists, tools, plans), and get ready to leap when Mercury goes direct and we get the added support of action-oriented Mars after Saturday!

Buddhist Deities: Mahakala–the Protector of Dharma

Mahakala may look frightening, but his rabid glare is not directed at you! Mahakala is the menacing and powerful embodiment of the bodhisattva of compassion. Bodhisattvas are enlightened beings who have put off entering paradise in order to help others attain enlightenment, and so Mahakala is here to help!  He is always depicted as an extremely fierce and terrifying deity. His purpose is to help in overcoming negative obstacles on the path to enlightenment, and protecting that path of righteousness (also known as “dharma”) from hindrances.

Like a gargoyle, the mask of Mahakala is also meant to scare bad spirits and energy away from the place it protects. He is revered as a compassionate protector, with all his aggression directed at those who would do harm. His anger is necessary because it gives him the fearsome power to demolish any enemies or obstacles on the way to enlightenment. His face is frightening also to scare away negative thoughts, actions, and energy.  The power of his fiery demeanor exists to guide spiritual seekers who are falling victim to deception, delusion, or who  are lacking confidence in their abilities to change, grow, or find their most positive place in the world.

Originally when the Tibetans began using the face of Mahakala for protection, they were a nomadic people, living in tents and moving from here to there all the time. He is still often referred to as “Lord of the Tent”, as roughly 40% of the Tibetan population is still nomadic or semi-nomadic, though now the mask of his face frequently hangs on more permanent walls. Because he is considered a protector of religious law in particular, Mahakala masks are frequently found in temples and monasteries in Tibet, as well as in private homes.

The blaze of fire above Mahakala’s eyes and coming from his mouth represents his powerful energy for consuming neurotic states of mind. His third eye denotes him as a protector; three orbs of vision express his ability to see the past, present and future. Staring at the world with widened eyes signifies that he is incensed at the current state of affairs, and none shall pass him without being affected.

Mahakala has a crown of five skulls, which represent the transmutation of five negative afflictions of human nature into virtues. As he confronts negative forces and crushes them with his anger, his crown of skulls neutralizes what remains and works to transform it into something positive. Thus ignorance becomes wisdom, pride is humbled, attachment becomes the wisdom of discernment, jealously shifts to feeling satisfied with one’s own accomplishments, and anger is released and soothed.

Mahakala is always a protective deity with these features, but he manifests in several different colors:

  • Often he is dark blue, which symbolizes the steady and enduring nature of dharma.
  • Sometimes he is black; as black absorbs all other colors, so does Mahakala represent ultimate or absolute reality and transcendence of all form.
  • Red Mahakala reflects in color his passionate and fiery nature.
  • Mahakala in his white form helps one attain riches and a long life.

Consider Mahakala your spiritual bodyguard. He appears to be tough and larger-than-life scary, but he is somebody you want to have on your side as you face the trials and stresses of life. That face is angry only in the service of a greater good: your happiness, wisdom, and karmic health!

Bohemian Style on a Budget: Mexicali Storewide Sale Rocks Throughout 2014 Columbus Day Weekend!

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Enjoy a long weekend of savings with our biggest autumn sale! Save 25% – 50% off EVERYTHING in stores and online at http://www.MexicaliBlues.com/from 10/10 – 10/13! We are stylishly stocked with a bounty of new awesomeness from our travels–from exotic jewelry to funky decor and fabulous clothing, you’re sure to find new things to love that capture the spirit of global adventure and express your unique style! What have you been eyeing that you’re just dying to get (or to have gifted to you) now that it’s on SUPERSALE?

October 8th, 2014 Astrology & Energy: Full Moon in Aries

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(Beautiful painting by Cathy Frisiello, available here: http://ow.ly/CoRfP)

It’s a full SUPERMOON in Aries tonight, with a lunar eclipse! The energy of this moon offers an amazing electric boost to your personal power for transforming limiting perceptions and habits. Through taking responsibility for your emotional reactions and choices rather than projecting blame, some stale perceptions are now ready to shift into a place of forgiveness, compassion, and growth. If you act with a conscious mind and an open heart, you may now be able to cut through all your old emotional gunk to see the truth of who you are and why you get caught up in certain patterns. This moon could be an emotional roller coaster ride, but one with many lessons to share!

If you experience painful feelings, really try to sit with them, rather than avoiding them or getting swept up in the drama of emotion. Just breathe and observe that feeling of being misunderstood, or heartbroken, or angry. You may want to meditate and ask what this emotion has to teach you. Clear your mind, focus on your breath, and just ask. When you are done meditating, be sure to write down or draw anything that you saw or experienced, even if it made no sense at the time.

Even your most painful emotions come from your heart, which is the source of our power as human beings. To love, feel gratitude, compassion, to positively effect the world–none of that is possible without this feeling part of us that can be so easily hurt. It is only through looking deeply at our pain, our darkness, and the sometimes less-than-good-for-us ways that we cope, that we can see ourselves–and thus everyone else–more clearly, and transform that which seemed a burden into a gift that is uniquely yours to share.

 

C’mon Get Happy: Clearing and Refreshing the Energy of Your Home with Sage, Cedar, Pine, & Lavender

ImageSmudging is a traditional Native American method of cleansing an energetic space.  You can use smudging to refresh the energy of your home, dissipating negativity and releasing the ghosts of past events.  There are many reasons why a house could have collected negative energy, and if the negativity persists, a block may form.  If there has been sadness or anger experienced in your home, and you find yourself being frequently and easily pulled back into that feeling, you might be operating under the weight of an energetic block.  Other signs that your space could do with a good energetic clearing are the accumulation of clutter, increase in arguments or bad dreams, and growing frequency of things breaking or not working properly.

Light the stick with a match or lighter and allow it to flame for a moment. Then gently blow out the flame and let it smolder and smoke. Move to the area where you suspect the block and hold the stick at about chest level, watching to see if the smoke rises straight up. If it does, move to the next area, but if it doesn’t, you have probably found the block. Move the smoking stick back and forth through this blocked area, “drawing” in the air whatever shapes or symbols your intuition guides you towards–there is no wrong way to do this, as long as your intention is pure and positive!  Check your results by again lowering the wand below where the block was to see if the smoke now does rise straight up. If the smoke still does not rise, continue waving the smudge stick around in that area, focusing your emotional attention on giving whatever is clinging there loving permission to leave.  Once the smoke starts moving straight up, the area is clear!  Smudging on a regular basis can keep the entire house more energetically balanced, and is also a great way to “clear the air” when you’re feeling the need for a fresh start!

Get your own lavender, sage, cedar, or pine smudge stick right here:http://ow.ly/Ck6Qq