Happy New Moon in Aquarius! A new moon is the time for new beginnings–good news if you have not really set any intentions yet for the coming year, or perhaps faltered on your resolutions. Aquarius is the sign that governs future plans, making this new moon particularly potent for plotting out what you want to create in your life throughout 2015. Now is also a good time to think about and work on culling the things you don’t want to keep. What is no longer serving you?
One of the most effective and easy ways we’ve found to change the mood of a space is using incense or perfume oils to create an aromatic atmosphere! Your sense of smell is inextricably linked to memory and perception–ever notice how you can catch a whiff of a cologne or perfume you wore or were familiar with back in the day and it takes you right back to the feelings of that time? Smell is more directly linked to the emotional regions of the brain than other senses, and actually operates differently than the other senses in registering that connection: with sound, sight, or taste, we identify the information first and then react emotionally. With smells, we have an emotional reaction first and then identify the scent shortly thereafter.
We love using incense and oils to create an exotic olfactory experience in our stores and in our homes. It’s also great for creating a separate space of intention for meditation or yoga! How do you use the aromatherapy of incense or oils to enhance your experiences? What’s your favorite incense or perfume oil?
At Mexicali Blues, we’ve gathered many of our favorite scents–nag champa, Egyptian goddess, fizzy pop, and more–with unique and exotic incense holders, oil burners, and candles, to make creating your own deliciously aromatic environment easy as can be! Check out the collection here: http://ow.ly/uKuLl
Happy full moon in Cancer! If you’re looking to set your resolutions in motion, the energy of the planets is on your side. Transformational Pluto promises profound change, especially if you’re prepared to detox the past or face an old fear.
It’s possible that you’ve been feeling some tension in your life lately between what you are aiming to achieve (that’s ambitious Capricorn’s influence) and demands and devotions of your loved ones (which Cancer might be highlighting). As the full moon shines across the sky (or in the days immediately before or after), this push-and-pull might bring you to a breaking point, motivating you to finally put your foot down and take a stand for what *you* really want. Though at first this may make some waves, ultimately this will bring you closer to balance. Consider what brings you joy and what the goals of your deepest soul-self are, and allow yourself to feel empowered as you pursue them.
It’s also important right now to look back at the year that has passed, and consider all of the positive things you have accomplished. The shadow side of Capricorn might make you a bit more likely than usual to begin that list and then have it subtly change to remembering all of the things you wanted to accomplish, but didn’t. Remain steadfast in your intention to recognize and honor the good instead. Full moons allow us to see what is hidden, so if you keep that intention in the forefront of your heart and mind, you may surprise yourself with all the good you’ve done and not given yourself credit for!
This new year offers a beautiful new beginning and, even if you’re not completely feeling raring-to-go at this moment, the planets are all aligned to give you a boost forward and upward to new heights of awesome! So just relax, focus on your intentions of what you would like to create this year, and give yourself some credit for the goodness and light you have contributed to the world so far. There’s so much more where that came from, and it’s going to be shining even more brightly SOON!
The darkest day of the year goes even deeper into shadow than usual this year–tonight is a New Moon in Capricorn AND the Winter Solstice! As the wheel of the year turns toward the growing light, we are each now given an opportunity for a new beginning in some part of life. As Capricorn the goat is usually climbing his way up the mountain, we are now to think about ascending to something bigger and better than where we presently are–where is it that you want to go? What do you want to create in the New Year? As Mary Oliver queried, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
Bring good vibes and powerful energy to your favorite zen space with our Hindu God batik wall tapestry. Choose from a variety of Buddhist and Hindu deities to attract the energy you need! Which one is your favorite or resonates the most with you?
Lakshmi: Goddess of wealth, love, prosperity (both material and spiritual), fortune, and the embodiment of beauty.
Shiva: Destroyer and transformer, helps to shed old habits and attachments and open up to something new and better. Embracing impermanence.
Tara: Goddess of peace and protection, the “Great Compassionate Mother”, the Buddha of enlightened action.
Goddess: Wisdom and sensuality, feminine powers.
It’s a full moon in Gemini tonight! Enjoy this short break from the intense growth and work you’ve been doing, and make mindful time to be grateful for what you have. Celebrate what you have achieved (no matter how small) and focus on what is working in your life. This full moon will show you a broader view of where you are now, and will light up the door to a truly magical new way of being. Of course, to move forward and embody that awesomeness, you are going to have to let something go. You may not want to, but holding on tightly will not necessarily do what you intend. The only constant in life is change, ebb and flow, and we need to embrace this now.
There’s something about these grey winter days that makes us want to clean up, organize, and bring cool new color to our homes! We definitely dig decorating with a wide variety of colors and textures, inspired by (and gathered from) our travels around the globe! Block print curtains and paper lanterns can change the look of light, both natural and from a bulb, to create a dreamy mood, while tapestry wall hangings, buddha sculptures, and prayer flags bring a zen vibe that is instantly calming and inspires imagining even more fun travel adventures. Burning high-quality incense (nag champa is our favorite!) adds another level of sensual opulence to a space, making the experience of lounging at home a multi-sensory delight!
One really easy way to update a space is with surprising pops of handmade hardware in places that we often don’t notice, like the place you hang your towels or the knobs of kitchen cupboards. How often do you open a cabinet, looking forward to what’s within but not really considering the container? Or throw your coat on a hook or a bench as you head inside the house, thinking about where you’re heading to rather than where you are in that moment?
(We’ve been steadily adding awesome handpainted ceramic hooks & knobs to our online collection; check ‘em out and bring some exotic allure to the hidden corners of your favorite place! http://ow.ly/sKWkw.)
Brightening up our hibernating spaces makes everything feel a bit warmer and cheerier, even when it’s crazy cold out! Do you get into a decorating groove in the winter? How do you make your home feel happy and cozy?