A Final Fare Thee Well: Celebrate 50 Years of Grateful Dead with Mexicali Blues in Maine!

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Come celebrate 50 years of the Grateful Dead at the historic Lincoln Theater! We will be live-streaming the final show of the Fare Thee Well concert run featuring the “Core Four” members of the Grateful Dead: Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, and influential friends such as Trey Anastasio of Phish for a night full of face-melting jams, collaboration, Deadication, and last but not least… dancing with friends and family!

Tickets are $10 at the door, first come first serve. Doors open at 7pm and the stream starts at 8pm. Mexicali Blues will be selling Grateful Dead merchandise, including exclusive branded Fare Thee Well t-shirts, as well as giving away some goodies to Grateful Deadheads!

King Eider’s Pub will be providing refreshments and libations throughout the night, and will be serving the notoriously groovy “Grateful Dead” drink that you’ll have to try for yourself (if you are 21+)!

“Fare you well, fare you well
I love you more than words can tell
Listen to the river sing sweet songs
to rock my soul…”

This will surely be a night to remember, so mark your calendars and spread the word! More details can be found right here: http://ow.ly/P5Uq1

“Fare you well, fare you well
I love you more than words can tell
Listen to the river sing sweet songs
to rock my soul…”

This will surely be a night to remember, so mark your calendars and spread the word!

June 16th, 2015 Astrology & Energy: New Moon in Gemini

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Happy New Moon in Gemini! Now is a time when we feel naturally focused on communication, ideas, thinking, connection, and movement.  You might be experiencing some really action-oriented energy, wanting to go-go-go on a plan or idea!  It’s a great time to get moving, but be mindful to remain grounded in the heart of your intention and be on the lookout for irritation, indecision, and getting distracted by expectations.

With the dark moon glowing on Mercury-ruled Gemini (and both Saturn and Chiron poised to aid us in releasing old patterns) we are invited to consider the power of our words—both those spoken aloud and internally.  How are you communicating with those around you?  How is that similar or different from the way you talk to yourself? We are each creating our world with the thoughts and words that guide us through the day; it’s time to pay attention to which ones we are choosing.  When our lives are busy, our thoughts and language seem to easily follow the same roads. Like small streams of water dripping steadily down a rock face, grooves begin to form and deepen the more they are followed.  We’re consciously thinking of a million other things, so we often don’t even notice this happening until these tiny trickling flow paths evolve and erode into rivers!  Look for words that you keep using, and if they are not in the service of your highest good, come up with positive replacements that make you feel encouraged and inspired.  As you mindfully observe your language (which stems from your thoughts) and consciously stop yourself and make a switch, you can change the trajectory of these seemingly embedded pathways.

Work to find awareness of what you are putting out there; your energy and intention incite your words, which expand your energetic vibration into the world.  Are you still imagining that your thoughts and words don’t affect your reality? Can you use the power of this lunation to take ownership of what you are emanating? We can’t control what happens to us, but we can take responsibility and affect change on the way we work with what we are dealt.  This new moon is offering us her energetic assistance in planting these new seeds of awareness and behavior, encouraging small actions and intentions that will flourish and bloom into beauty beyond our wildest dreams!  If you are working now to release old wounds and shift broken patterns, know that you are supported in this quest by a net of perfectly aligned planets and stars. All it takes to get started on a new and better journey is one small step!

Want to be aware of when the next new moon is coming? We’ve got gorgeous 2015 lunar calendars in a bevy of brilliant colors! Get yours here:http://ow.ly/t77O5

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June 2nd, 2015 Astrology & Energy: Full Moon in Sagittarius

The Trickster: Coyote Paints The Night Sky by Phoenix Custom Primitives, 1999

The Trickster: Coyote Paints The Night Sky by Phoenix Custom Primitives, 1999

Happy full moon in Sagittarius! Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, the planet of aspirations, visions, and dreaming BIG dreams! This moon is energized to inspire, and supports action and breakthroughs in both body and mind. Embrace the inspiration, but be aware of impatience creeping in—you may want to do everything at once, but feel frustrated that you can’t. Sometimes that desire to do ALL THE THINGS mixed with the impossibility of actually achieving everything at once kicks us off the path of motion, and we find ourselves stuck back in the muck of stagnancy once again. Be mindful to recognize that tumble if it comes, and remember that you have the awesome power to get back up!

The energy is building to change things up and take on something new, filling us with enthusiasm to go forth on an inspired venture. Mercury is still retrograde, but that should actually help us as a stabilizing influence to get solid in and reflect on our plans before we zoom forward. This full moon asks us in this reflective moment to look at the way our habits of thought and speech are supporting or limiting us. The challenge here is that what it is most helpful to take note of right now are the things that don’t even register as they occur—the automatic patterns, reactions, assumptions, and stories we tell ourselves and accept without question.

If you have trouble seeing these things, one place to start is by breaking it all the way down to language and listing words you’ve been saying a lot lately. What do you say to yourself when you forgot something in your house, have just gotten in the car, and have to go back for it? What do you say when the one thing you went to the grocery store for is out-of-stock? What do you say to your reflection in the morning? What do you say to your loved ones in the morning? Can you discern a pattern that starts you on a road of discovery?

Once you recognize these things, set your intention to keep the best and cull the rest! It is time to focus on starting a new adventure without allowing fear and doubt to hold you back. This whole month of June is all about self-exploration, expansion, and creativity—and with Mercury turning direct again on June 11th (hooray!), the time is coming to take the steps and move forward to your goals!

May 17th, 2015 Astrology & Energy: New Moon in Taurus

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Happy New Moon in Taurus! This lunation is the perfect time to look at where we are, where we want to go, and what we need to learn or work on in order to get there. Use the dark of this moon to shed what no longer serves you, allowing the death of what was to open the door to what could be. Mercury retrograde begins tomorrow, which is all about re-visiting, re-vising, and re-fining what has come before, so make sure what you are keeping with you is mindfully chosen and worth your while!

Like all new moons, now is an excellent time to plant the seeds for new endeavors and manifestations, and this earthy Taurus moon makes the planting metaphor even more apt. What seeds will you sow? What things will you grow? Now is the time to get really intentional about cultivating strong roots, which can flourish and flower beautifully with time. Set your mindful intentions today!

Gemstone Meaning & Magic: Labradorite

labradoriteAccording to Inuit mythology, Labradorite fell from the frozen fire of the Aurora Borealis. A stone of magic and power, this iridescent gemstone can help the bearer to connect with their psychic abilities or magical gifts.  A particularly potent stone for meditation, it opens new doors of perception by connecting one to the Universal flow of energies that suffuse our world.

Labradorite is a power stone, allowing you to see through illusions and determine the actual form of your dreams and goals. It is excellent for strengthening intuitions, stimulating imagination, and enhancing enthusiasm.  Wearing or carrying labradorite creates a sense of excitement and adventure, motivating and inspiring one to take the steps required to go where you have not gone before!  Also helpful on once on those adventures, this powerful stone protects the bearer’s aura, clears negativity, and can strengthen and seal it to prevent energy leaks.

It is a particularly potent stone to work with during the New Moon, as this lunation is a time of great creativity, powerful magic, and new beginnings.  Labradorite will help you set and pursue new intentions of manifestation, lighting up the path and helping you find your way.

Prayers for Nepal: 100% of Prayer Flag Sales Will Be Donated to Nepal Relief Efforts

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Help us help our friends, their families, and all of the wonderful people of Nepal, a nation that we hold near and dear to our hearts, during this trying time. After much thought we have decided to donate 100% of the proceeds from prayer flag sales to disaster relief efforts in the country. The process that went into choosing the perfect organization that reflects our ideals was a rigorous one, and in the end we opted to split the proceeds evenly between three different organizations.

We first evaluated organizations from an analytical standpoint based on their transparency, accountability, and fiscal responsibility, what we consider to be the trifecta of a responsible aid organization. We then reached out to friends on the ground in Kathmandu to better understand the developmental needs in the area, and to make sure that they and their families are safe and sound. The organizations we will be supporting are as follows:

https://dzi.org/

The dZi foundation is focusing on infrastructural development in remote villages affected by the natural disaster that are largely inaccessible by conventional forms of transportation. Their long-term developmental strategy focuses on 7 of the most remote VDC’s (the Nepalese equivalent of a county), where they have already constructed various bridges, schools, & health facilities, as well as having implemented successful community and agricultural development programs. They work hand in hand with locals and international volunteers to improve the quality of life for mountainous Nepalese communities, and will be addressing the infrastructural damages inflicted by the recent earthquake.

https://www.mercycorps.org/

Mercy Corps has a long history of promoting sustainable development in Nepal and is providing emergency relief to victims of the recent earthquake. Our contributions will assist the rebuilding of communities throughout the nation.

http://himalayan-foundation.org/nepalearthquake

The American Himalayan Foundation is an organization based out of Kathmandu dedicated to “helping the people and the ecology of the Himalaya.” In order to help the people of Nepal, AHF created an Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund which dedicates 100% of contributions to the betterment of the dire situation on the ground in Kathmandu and in neighboring communities for the coming months, and will continue with this much needed assistance in years to come.

We encourage you not only to purchase prayer flags to support the victims of this natural disaster, or to provide monetary donations directly to one of above-mentioned organizations, but also to keep Nepal and its people in your thoughts and prayers in the coming months. The hardships faced in the beautiful country of Nepal will hopefully be overcome with the help of continual international support, and above all else we urge you to raise and spread awareness about the ongoing crisis in Nepal. Thank you for your time and for your donations; please pray for Nepal.

Star Lamps in the Bohemian Home: How to Assemble a Paper Star Lantern

A gorgeous galaxy of star lanterns graces us with their glow at the Newcastle store!

A gorgeous galaxy of star lanterns graces us with their glow!

1. Open the star lantern by gently inserting your hand into each wing, one after the other.

2. Lift up the separated wings so that the star opens out without forcing it.

3. Tie the starlamp around a bulb using the thread to form a bow. You can use any lightbulb that doesn’t exceed 40W. We recommend a CFL (those swirly, curly ones) or an LED, because they put off minimal heat. LEDs are a bit more expensive but don’t heat up at all. Many of us Mexicali folk who have paper lanterns at home use CFLs with no issues, so it is really just a matter of preference.

Here’s a video, so you can see the process in action:

Enjoy the gorgeous cosmic glow of your sweet new star lantern!  Check out our massive selection of paper lanterns, star lamps, and pretty party lights here: http://ow.ly/IuWTj