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!

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?

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.

 

September 24, 2014 Astrology & Energy: New Moon in Libra

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Happy new moon in Libra! As we transition to the next season with the recent equinox, now is an excellent time to reflect on the past part of the year (and potentially before that) and consciously release the energy that we’ve tied ourselves to it with. It is time to step into the future! Libra is the sign of beauty, so definitely spend at least a moment today appreciating the loveliness of something that you usually pass right by. It is important to remember what we find beautiful and positive right now, so we are able to create solid intentions of what we want more of in our lives. Until now, the sun was in Virgo, which energized us to take stock of who we are and where are talents lie, and moving into Libra opens the door to bring that inner self out into the world. If you still aren’t sure of these things, today is a perfect day to devote some deep thought to it and set intentions for the future. The combination of the Equinox at 0 degrees in Libra and the New Moon at 1 degree in Libra creates a powerful opportunity to empower our goals, dreams, and projects, so it is important to get clear on what they are. Honor your highest self during this Equinox/New Moon energy with some kind of ceremony if you can, or at least a private review of where you have been and where you want to go. Present your open heart and intentions to the world to the starry sky tonight, and you may be very pleasantly surprised at how powerfully these things manifest!

A New Moon Intention ritual idea for tonight:

Clear your meditation/ritual space with smoke. Use a sage smudge stick if you have it, but if not, incense works also. Wave the smudging stick of your choice around you in swirls, waves, or any form that occurs to your intuition, with the intention of clearing old energy out and welcoming something new. Get a notebook or piece of paper and a pen to keep near you when you meditate; you can smudge that too if you like, but do be careful to not get too close with the ember!

Once you are done with that, sit down to meditate, focusing on your breath. Imagine deeply colored light energy coming up to you from the earth as you breathe inward (whatever color feels right to you) filling your whole body, and as you breathe out visualize white light pouring down into the crown of your head from the sky. Sit for a while like this, breathing slowly and imagining this energy flow that moves with your breath. Some people like to imagine the energy light moving through their bodies like a vertical figure-eight or infinity sign, while others don’t picture it having any specific form. Do what feels right to you; there is no way to do it wrong!

After you have done this for the amount of time you feel is right, open your eyes and free-write everything you want in your life in the future, the way you would like your life to look, what future-you does with your days, how you want to feel, anything! Write it as if you know it will happen, not “I want” but “I will”. After that, go through and re-read it, circling the words or parts that are most important to you. Spend some time considering these circled bits, and imagine how it might feel to really have them in your life.

Leave this piece of writing by a window under your favorite crystal overnight, or sleep with it under your pillow. Pay attention to your dreams!

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?

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

Location: base of the tailbone

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

Signs of balance: good health, vitality, comfortable in body, sense of trust in the world, ability to relax and be still, centered

Symptoms that this chakra is out of balance:

Deficiency–insecurity, fear, anxiety, feeling “spacey”, disconnected from body/living in your head only–too much mental chatter, chronic disorganization, poor discipline, little willpower, lack of confidence, trust issues in relationships

Excess–hoarding, material fixation, rigid boundaries, fear of change, overeating, greed, overly protective, possessive, aggressive

Crystals to balance & benefit: garnet, agate, tiger’s eye, onyx, ruby, black obsidian, black tourmaline, hematite, smokey quartz, red jasper, bloodstone

Essential Oils & Incense: cedar, cinnamon, clove, dragon’s blood, sandalwood, ylang ylang, patchouli, clary sage, vetiver, rosewood

Affirmations:
“I am safe.”
“I feel connected to the earth.”
“I trust myself.”
“I stand up for myself.”
“My body supports me in living a creative and happy life.”
“I am at peace with life.”
“The world is a safe & friendly place.”
“I have what I need.”
“I belong.”
“I live to my fullest potential.”

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), meditate outside while sitting on the ground, dance

The Sacral Chakra–Center of Creativity & Change

Color: Orange

Consciousness: happiness, creativity, sexuality, emotions & willingness to feel them, manifestation, honoring relationships, learning to “let go”, money

Signs of balance: nurturing of yourself and others, joyful, energetic, independent, secure, compassionate, patient, friendly, sociable

Symptoms that this chakra is out of balance:

Deficiency–guilt, shame, overwhelmed, overly sensitive, shy, timid, immobilized by fear, clingy or isolated, emotional numbness, procrastination, diminished libido

Excess–emotional outbursts, manipulative, caught up in illusions, poor boundaries, obsessive attachment, pleasure addiction

Affirmations:

“I welcome the comfort of others in times of need.”
“I am lovable and I am loved.”
“I feel abundance around and within me.”
“I am emotionally aware of myself.”
“I trust the process of life.”
“I am a unique being full of creative potential.”

Crystals to balance & benefit: garnet, carnelian, copper, fire opal, tiger’s eye, orange calcite

Essential Oils & Incense: angelica, gardenia, lemongrass, orange, lemon, bergamot, rose, sandalwood

Other Healing Ideas: hip-opening yoga poses, dance, visualize the color orange, cobra pose, journaling, pursuing personal projects, spend time near water in nature, eat almonds, cinnamon, strawberries, coconut, oranges

The Solar Plexus Chakra–Center of Power & Confidence

Color: Yellow

Location: Just above the navel and below the rib cage

Signs of balance: confidence, healthy relationships, freedom, assertiveness, clarity, self-control, motivation, success in business and material world, vitality, spontaneity, celebrating life, feeling empowered

Symptoms that this chakra is out of balance:

Deficiency–low self-worth, mental fatigue, memory problems, moodiness, digestive disorders, doubt, negative self-talk, inferiority complex, weak intentions, fragile determination

Excess–stubbornness, aggression, projecting superiority, intrusive, quarrelsome, overpowering, pushy, angry, rebellious, viciously competitive, ruthless, chaotic, burnt out, exhausted, disconnected, workaholic, fears intimacy, fussy, lack of tolerance

Affirmations:

“I accept and value myself exactly as I am.”
“I am confident that I know what is in my best interest.”
“I am my own person. I choose how to think and behave.”
“I choose health, healing, and happiness.”
” I am worthy of love, respect, joy, and prosperity. I am open to receiving all of these good things and more!”
“My personal power is becoming stronger each day.”
“I delight in the opportunity each day to be true to the wisdom of my highest self.”
“Every present moment is another chance to make a positive choice.”

Crystals to balance and benefit: Citrine, Amber, Gold, Topaz, Malachite, Jasper, Tiger’s Eye, Yellow Tourmaline, Rhodochrosite

Essential Oils & Incense: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Fennel, Rosemary, Rose, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Chamomile

Other Healing Ideas: yoga boat pose, dancing, eat whole grains & yellow fruits, drink peppermint or chamomile tea, taking a walk in the sunshine, sitting in front of a campfire or fireplace, burning yellow candles, visualizing the chakra as a sunflower

The Heart Chakra–Center of Love & Compassion for Self & Others

Color: Green (or Pink)

Location: The center of the breastbone or sternum

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

Signs of balance: patience, generosity, peace, kindness, forgiveness, love, humor, compassion, accepting others as they are, self-acceptance, healthy immune system

Symptoms this chakra is out of balance:

Deficiency–negative thinking, stubborn thought patterns, feeling unloved, unworthy, having a hard time trusting others, antisocial, withdrawn, narcissism, fear of intimacy

Excess–ruled by emotions, manipulativeness, mood swings, grief, co-dependency, harsh judgement of others, looking outward for acceptance or fulfillment, intense jealousy, overly sacrificing, clinging

Affirmations:

“I forgive freely and easily.”

“I am worthy of love.”

“I find courage in my vulnerability.”

“I am loving to others and myself.”

“There is an endless supply of love.”

Crystals: Malachite, Rose Quartz, Jade, Peridot, Green Aventurine, Emerald, Green Tourmaline, Rhodochrosite

Essential Oils & Incense: Rose, Eucalyptus, Pine, Palmarosa, Hyssop, Lavender, Neroli, Chamomile, Ylang ylang, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Rosemary

Other Healing Ideas: chest opening yoga poses, hugging, verbally expressing love, drink green tea, eat pink grapefruit and green vegetables, lighting green candles, surrounding yourself with the greenery of nature in real life or with photos

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?