Bohemian Personality Quiz: What Does Your Favorite Batik Say About You?

It’s fun quiz time!  What Does Your Favorite Batik Say About You? Choose the swatch from the picture that most appeals to you, and then read on. . . .
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A.  You are imaginative with a great sense of humor, and always try to look at the bright side of a situation.  Very connected with your inner child, you are able to energize yourself and others with your playfulness and innate creativity.  Dancing, singing, or actively participating in anything related to music will bring you joy, energy, and new ideas.
B.  You are someone who loves to learn, journeying deep into the realms of your chosen subject and bringing back interesting facts wrapped in clever insight to share with others.  You may be drawn to spiritual or existential questions, and feel a particular affinity for the mysterious and magical.  The power of gemstones, crystals, and ritual of any kind is particularly accessible and strong for you.
C.  The natural world is where you feel most at home, and you notice things there that most people don’t.  You are gifted with a thoughtful and loving nature that makes those around you feel safe, special, and inspired.  You give wise advice, and are a poet at heart.  Connecting with your creativity through visual art of any kind makes you feel alive.
D.  You are an adventurous soul, always with a spark of wanderlust in your heart.  You love exploring new places, and often find yourself daydreaming about living or traveling in a far-off place. You are an excellent listener and a bit empathic, frequently picking up on moods or hidden meanings in the words of others. You might have a tendency to overthink things, but your intuition is particularly strong–if you can let it be your guide, you may find yourself very surprised at how easily you manifest positivity!
E.  You are an innately grounded person, yet often spend time admiring the sky in its myriad colors, patterns, and textures.  Nature inspires you, and you might be particularly fascinated by the world of birds.  You are an extraordinarily loyal friend, and are very eco-conscious and reflective of your impact on the planet.  You are able to inspire others to make positive choices through your graceful example, and by embracing your natural gift for the written word.
F.  You love the limelight, making people laugh, and having fun fun FUN!  Your effervescent nature, clever tongue, and flair for the dramatic make you an enlivening companion, and others are often inspired by your encouragement and personal confidence. You learn and grow the most through connecting with others.  Sharing your gifts in a community setting, or participating in a group class or retreat, can be extremely beneficial for you in particular.
Which batik pattern did you choose?  Did the description ring true for you?  What’s one adjective you would use to describe yourself?

Gemstone Magic & Meaning: Amethyst

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Amethyst is one of the best stones for those who are new to crystal healing.  Its violet color is well known as the highest spiritual color and vibration, representing the “flame of transmutation” that burns up negativity, transforming what was there into a fertile fount of inner power from which to build something new and intentional.  It has a calming and peaceful effect on the mind and body that encourages the opening of intuition, allowing the seedlings of positive change to take root.  Its powerful yet soothing energy helps to break up old emotional thought processes, and helps one to more easily see their situation from the perspective of their higher mind, connected with their soul’s purpose rather than being (as we so often are) swept up in the emotion and drama of the expectations and experiences that surround us in the day-to-day.

Amethyst helps the bearer to overcome fears and cravings. It historically symbolizes piety, humility, sincerity and spiritual wisdom. The Greek word “amethystos” can be translated as “not drunken”. In Greek mythology, Dionysus (the god of intoxication and wine) was pursuing a maiden named Amethystos, who refused his affections. Amethystos prayed to the gods to remain chaste, a prayer which the goddess Artemis answered, transforming her into a white stone. Humbled by Amethystos’ desire to remain chaste, Dionysus poured wine over the stone as an offering, dyeing the crystals purple.

Amethyst helps to bring calmness and clarity to the mind, while fostering healing and selflessness. It is an excellent stone for meditation and is known as the “stone of transformation”.  It is said to bring wisdom by keeping the wearer connected to and aware of their more spiritual nature.  It is a wonderful stone for dream work, past life work, and can help you clearly see your path.  Using this stone in meditation may also help you to develop your psychic abilities and open your crown chakra,  enhancing connection with the spiritual realm while protecting against psychic attack.  Because of its innately soothing energy, amethyst is particularly powerful for assisting in overcoming sleep disorders and bad dreams.  Putting amethyst under your pillow at night can help to transform these negative experiences into positive, and encourage lucid dreaming as well as astral projection adventures!

While we always have TONS more gemstone jewelry available in stores than online, many pretty pieces of our Rudraksha jewelry feature amethyst, and we have some lovely amethyst rings and pendants available online as well.  Check these out at Mexicali Blues online, or visit any of our stores in Maine to see the potent and powerful beauty of this stunning gem in a wide variety of unique (often one-of-a-kind) shapes and settings. The gorgeous amethyst pendants in this picture can be found today in our Bangor store.

Which of the properties of amethyst is most appealing to you?  How would you most like to wear this stunning gem–earrings, pendants, rings, or something else?

Mexicali News: Happy Anniversary to our Flagship Newcastle Store!

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Happy Anniversary to our Newcastle store! 2 years ago we started our first ever ground-up build of a Mexicali Blues store, and 1 year ago we reopened our doors in Newcastle, receiving an amazing reception from customers! Check this hyperlapse … Continue reading

Rock those Chakras: A Guide to the Chakras & the Colors & Crystals that Connect Them

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Chakras are the energy centers of the body.  In Sanskrit, the word chakra means “wheel” or “vortex”, and that is what chakras are: spiralling vortexes of energy which hold, balance, and emanate different powers and aspects of our spiritual bodies.  There are seven major chakras, each with their own gifts to empower the physical body and bring about the development of our self-consciousness.

When you are having a problem in life, emotional or physical, it may be because the corresponding chakra is blocked or out of balance.  This imbalance can be addressed in several ways–for example: receiving reiki, or meditating on a crystal, color, or sound that resonates on the same vibrational frequency as that chakra.  It may sound complicated, but do not fear! Your chakras are ultimately your own energy, so all it takes is your conciousness and intention to set them right!

If you have a chakra imbalance and would like to work on it, try this simple meditation:

Sit or lie down comfortably in a quiet room, making sure you will not be disturbed (remember to turn off the ringer on your phone!).  Burn some of your favorite incense (we love nag champa!) or a candle to create an olfactory separation between this sacred space and your daily life.  If you are laying down, you might like to place an energy-amplifying crystal on the physical location of the chakra, or if seated, you might simply hold it there. (See below for the crystals that are best for each chakra)

Breathe in and out, counting each exhale until you get to 20.  If other thoughts enter your mind, observe them and let them go.  Sometimes it helps to have a mantra to keep yourself present, so create one that has meaning for you as it corresponds to the issue you would like to address. We like to use the Mexicali chakra attributes flags or batik chakra wall hanging as a meditation object, focusing on the color and mantra of a specific chakra flag for a meditation. You can do that, or create one on your own if you wish!  For example, if you want to meditate on the root chakra, which is the center of grounding, your mantra might be, “I am present”.

Picture your chakra as a spinning wheel of colored light.  When you breathe in, imagine that you are letting in a waterfall of white light and positive energy, which makes your chakra grow brighter.  When you breathe out, imagine you are releasing all of your bad feelings or pain in a little grey puff of smoke.  Repeat this, breathing slowly, for as long as you feel is right.

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Chakra Basics: A Guide to the Chakras

The Root/Base Chakra–Center of Grounding & Security

Color: Red

Crystal: Garnet, Agate, Tiger’s Eye, Onyx, Ruby

Essential Oils & Incense: Cedar, Cinnamon, Clove, Dragon’s Blood, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli

Consciousness: security, trust, relationship to the body & the Earth, being grounded & present in the here and now, having passion for life

Symptoms that this chakra is out of balance: insecurity, fear, anxiety, feeling “spacey”, disconnected from body/living in your head only–too much mental chatter

Other Healing Ideas: Walk outside in bare feet (helps feel more “grounded” and connected to nature), bridge pose or another yoga backbend, eat vegetables from the ground (beets, potatoes, carrots) and hot spices (red cayenne pepper, tabasco)

The Sacral Chakra–Center of Creativity & Change

Color: Orange

Crystal: Carnelian, Copper, Coral

Essential Oils & Incense: Angelica, Gardenia, Lemongrass, Orange, Citrus

Consciousness: happiness, creativity, sexuality, emotions & willingness to feel them

Symptoms that this chakra is out of balance: procrastination, diminished libido, depression, skin problems, emotional numbness

Other Healing Ideas: Cobra yoga pose, eat citrus fruits or nuts

The Solar Plexus Chakra–Center of Power & Confidence

Color: Yellow

Crystal: Citrine, Amber, Gold, Topaz

Essential Oils & Incense: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Fennel, Rosemary

Consciousness: self-confidence, power, freedom, assertiveness, clarity, self-control, motivation

Symptoms that this chakra is out of balance: low self-worth, mental fatigue, memory problems, moodiness, digestive disorders

Other Healing Ideas: yoga boat pose, dancing, eat whole grains & yellow fruits, drink peppermint or chamomile tea

The Solar Plexus Chakra–Center of Love & Compassion for Self & Others

Color: Green (or Pink)

Crystal: Malachite, Rose Quartz, Jade, Peridot, Aventurine

Essential Oils & Incense: Rose, Eucalyptus, Pine, Palmarosa

Consciousness: love, joy, inner peace, honesty, healing

Symptoms that this chakra is out of balance: grief, stubborn thought patterns, irritability, worry, guilt

Other Healing Ideas: chest opening yoga poses, hugging, verbally expressing love, drink green tea, eat pink grapefruit and green vegetables

The Throat Chakra–Center of Communication

Color: Blue (or Turquoise)

Crystal: Lapis, Blue Agate, Sapphire, Sodalite, Turquoise, Aquamarine

Essential Oils & Incense: Peppermint, Tea Tree, Thyme, Cypress, Geranium

Consciousness:  expressing feelings, speaking your truth, listening to intuition, creating, sharing

Symptoms that this chakra is out of balance: sleep problems, holding secrets, hyperactivity, stress, immune system issues

Other Healing Ideas: shoulder stand yoga pose, singing or chanting, listen to favorite music, eat raw fruit and sea vegetables (algae, dulse kelp, nori)

The Third Eye Chakra–Center of Intuition & Extra Sensory Perception

Color: Indigo

Crystal: Iolite, Quartz, Tanzanite, Amethyst

Essential Oils & Incense: Patchouli, Camphor, Frankincense, Star Anise, Lavender

Consciousness:  intuition, imagination, wisdom, decision-making, dreams, psychic ability, spirituality, empathy

Symptoms that this chakra is out of balance: negative self-talk, not trusting intuition, trouble making decisions, lacking purpose, second-guessing everything, afraid to take action

Other Healing Ideas: child’s or fish yoga pose, eat broccoli & purple fruits or vegetables (eggplant, grapes, purple onions, prunes), stargazing, visiting an art museum

The Crown Chakra–Center of Cosmic Consciousness

Color: Violet

Crystal: Clear Quartz, Diamond, Amethyst

Essential Oils & Incense: Jasmine, Lavender, Magnolia, Lotus

Consciousness:  integration of spirit & body, connection to spirituality, empathy, bliss, prophetic dreams, compassion, feeling connected to others & the universe

Symptoms that this chakra is out of balance: feeling isolated, disconnected, egocentric, overwhelmed

Other Healing Ideas: meditation, downward dog yoga pose, running or other cardio, spend time outdoors in fresh air & sunshine

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We hope this guide has been helpful to you in learning about your chakras!  At Mexicali Blues, we have a variety of gemstone pendants featuring the crystals that resonate with each chakra.  They are helpful in keeping your chakras aligned and energized, and are also just really pretty!

Crystal & Sterling Silver Chakra Pendant

Large Chakra Crystal & Sterling Silver Pendant

Check them out at Mexicali Blues online or any of our stores in Maine!

What chakras do you feel are the most powerful in you? Which ones do you want to work on?

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.