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

Global Goodness, Thailand Edition: Friends of Thai Daughters

1512769_609973432384736_467468646_nWhile the choices we make in our Mexicali travels are always with integrity and compassion in mind, we know the impact we make as a small business is often not as far-reaching as we would like.  Many countries in the world, amidst their beauty, culture, and amazing communities, sadly still have sweatshops and human trafficking. In an effort to spread positivity and do what we can to help, we regularly donate to several organizations in far-flung countries, dedicated to helping and empowering children and adults who have been affected by these unfair and unkind practices.

One of these amazing organizations is Friends of Thai Daughters, which is dedicated to protecting girls who were being trafficked, and offering them a safe living environment and education.  Friends of Thai Daughters focuses its efforts on girls who are the most vulnerable due to their low economic and social status and family hardship. FTD Daughters come from the hill tribes of Northern Thailand and are typically without documentation or citizenship, orphaned, and/or victims of abuse.

The organization is currently helping 17 young girls aged 8 to 23. These girls now live happily and healthily in a cheerfully appointed safe house called “The Sunflower House”, staffed by volunteers including our very own Carly Erskine, daughter of Mexicali owners Pete and Kim.  After spending the past semester studying at Chiang Mai University, Carly knew she wanted to go to the Sunflower House to share her loving support and limitless enthusiasm with the girls, and she has become a valued friend and mentor to them all.  We can’t wait to hear about her and the girls’ adventures when she returns to the States!

Kim is also presently visiting the Friends of Thai Daughters house, and–wanting to become more instrumentally involved in this awesome cooperative–has just joined their board!  Says Kim: “It is a wonderful feeling to live in South Bristol, Maine, and effect change in one of my favorite countries to travel and work in. FTD has made such a difference in young women’s lives, I feel lucky to be a part of such an amazing organization.”

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Carly & Kim sharing love & laughter in Chiang Mai

To learn more about this awesome initiaive and what you can do to help, check out Friends of Thai Daughters or the Friends of Thai Daughters Facebook page.

 

Gemstone Magic & Meaning: Larimar

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Larimar represents peace and clarity, healing, and love. A gemstone of serenity, larimar promotes relaxation through its soothing color and calming energy.  It is a wonderful “worry stone”, and also fosters connection with the Divine feminine when held or worn during meditation.  It activates the throat chakra, having a vibration that assists in clear communication, particularly regarding emotions.

It is often known as the “Atlantis Stone”. A psychic named Edgar Cayce (1877 – 1945) said that part of Atlantis was in the Caribbean, and also that a blue stone with extraordinary healing powers would be found there. About 30 years after he passed away, Larimar was discovered in the Dominican Republic, which is to this day the only place it can be found!

Visit any of our stores to see the oceanic beauty of this rare gem, available at Mexicali in unique (often one-of-a-kind) shapes and settings. All of the pieces in the picture above are currently available in our Freeport store.