Art is something that is universal; it has existed since the beginning of time. Deep within each and every human lies many deep-rooted emotions and desires, thoughts and ideas, hopes and dreams. Many of which are conscious, and many of which are unconscious.
Art is one of the most potent ways for us to intuitively connect with our deep feelings within and express them outwardly in a means for not only ourselves to reflect upon, but others to do so as well.
When we create drawings, paintings, or any form of artistic expression during difficult times, it gives us insight and tells us a story as to how we are feeling about the circumstance. Not only that, but it helps us progress forward from unconscious distress, by bringing the unconscious to the conscious level where we can begin to promote healing.
The correlation between mental health and physical health has been very well documented. Art has been used in the healing process to relieve stress and develop coping mechanisms in an...
Avocados may appear to be a vegetable, however, they are actually a fruit – more specifically, a single-seeded berry. This magical fruit has tons of amazing properties, both when applied inside the body, and on the outside too!
In fact, many facial and anti-aging treatments contain avocado, which is a powerful beauty enhancer. Avocado softens and relaxes your skin when spreading it on as a paste. It also can be rubbed into your hair to repair damaged hair, and even be used to treat sunburns!
Some other fun things you can do with Avocados include: Drying the skin and crushing it into a fine powder for adding to incense formulas. You can grow an avocado tree from a pit to increase your sense of connection with nature. You may eat it for supporting your health and relaxation simultaneously, and serve it to others to calm them down and promote inner peace. You can also take mashed avocados and swap them in a baked good recipe for butter. It works better than well!
Some of the...
One of the most used tools in the olden days spanning back through the mysteries of Egypt and Greece, and well into many of the religions that formed afterward, candles were essentially regarded as vessels that carry and deliver prayers. They were also used on an altar to honor gods and goddesses and the four elements.
Even today, they are an important part of ceremonies and creating sacred spaces across many religions and belief systems, all the way to creating a mood for a romantic evening and celebrating a birthday.
Their colors and shapes have different meanings. Red for love or energy, and pink for flirtation, harmony, or emotional healing. Orange for success and motivation, and brown for earthly grounding stability. Black for protection or cursing, and white for holy protection.
Green for prosperity and happiness. Purple for great insight and wisdom. Yellow for success, fame, and glory. Some of the more higher quality candles are made out of beeswax, rather than an artificial...
Cannabis or Marijuana use and cultivation dates back to 2737 BC, though it is said to have been used long before then.
The Ancient Chinese, Hindus, Scythians, Thracians, and many others smoked ganja and hashish, as well as ate the seeds for their hallucinatory effects. It is even a common idea today that Christ used Cannabis Oil in his work. Even George Washington grew it in his backyard.
Hemp, the non-psychoactive component of the plant, was and is still used to make clothing, medicine, ink, and fuel.
Study after study has found that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol and tobacco, and in fact, has many herbal and healing benefits when used responsibly. Cannabis contains within it many kinds of cannabinoids, molecules with specific effects on the body. The main 2 that most people are concerned with are called THC and CBD. THC is what gives marijuana a psychoactive effect, and CBD causes pain relief and supports healing in the body. It is the CBD oil that has been known to help...
Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the meat of mature coconuts. It was widely used in the 1950s as a standard oil, but health organizations claimed it to be bad for overall health and switched everyone over to typical vegetable oil.
As far as health concerns go, it is one of the better-saturated fats for you to consume, if you’re going to consume it anyways. However, keep in mind that coconut oil itself is still a very concentrated form of saturated fat – which does raise LDL cholesterol. Therefore, keeping the ingestion of coconut oil to a minimum along with any and all other oils is highly recommended.
Regardless of the saturated fat content, coconut oil has become very popular recently in the conscious health movement for its an overwhelming number of health benefits, even beyond that in the culinary sense. Many people absolutely love and support the use of this oil over almost every other type of oil, and today it is still regarded as one of the healthiest...
The days of the week are each governed by a celestial body. It’s not always easy to spot the ruler of the day by its name, but you can see the relationship quite clearly by observing the names in different languages!
Monday, or Lunes in Spanish, is governed by the Moon. The Moon is called Luna in Latin. This is a great day for reflection, getting in touch with your feelings, and cleaning up your environment.
Tuesday, or Martes in Spanish, is governed by Mars. This is a day of energy, stamina, aggression, and achievement. It’s a great day for expressing your passion, getting exercise, and releasing pent up frustration and energy.
Wednesday, or Mercredi in french, is governed by Mercury. This is a day for study, wisdom, travel, and meditation. Mercury moves very quickly and is the essence of consciousness represented by Hermes/Thoth, himself.
Thursday, related by the Norse God of Thunder, Thor, is the day governed by our largest planetary body: Jupiter. Jupiter in roman...
Dreams are one of the most common yet surreal experiences of life. Dreams are an unwinding of our unconscious thoughts. They help us understand our fears, inspirations and what lays hidden in our subconscious mind.
It is believed almost everyone dreams every night, but many are not remembered upon waking.
The cycle of sleeping happens in 4 stages.
Stage 1: Your eyes are closed, but it’s easy to wake up. This phase may last for 5 to 10 minutes.
Stage 2: You are in light sleep. Your heart rate slows and your body temperature drops.
Stages 3: The deep sleep stage. During this stage, the body repairs and regrows tissues builds bone and muscle and strengthens the immune system.
Stage 4: REM or rapid eye movement happens 90 minutes after you fall asleep. This is when you can have intense dreams because your brain is much more active in this phase.
Many people practice lucid dreaming as a way to dive into the infinite universe of mental thought. This is the process of becoming...
Epsom Salts named for a bitter saline spring at Epsom, Surrey, England, is not actually a salt but a naturally occurring Magnesium Sulfate.
Most of us are deficient in Magnesium due to dietary and agricultural changes over the last century, and thus, Epsom Salts are a powerful way of revitalizing the Magnesium levels in the body. Bathing in Epsom Salts is the most common way in which the benefits of the Salt is received.
There is a long list of benefits from Epsom Salts, here are some to name a few:
Aromatic herbs and oils, especially essential oils, have been an integral part of spiritual practices and cultures throughout history. Any Herb or Flower prepared in the form of oil will have strong emotional effects on the user. Rub the oils into pulse points on the body for muscle relaxation.
There are so many kinds of essential oils out there, each of which has its own healing properties and uses. Tea tree oil is great for soothing skin, acne and even helping with yeast infections in women. Clove and peppermint oil can greatly soothe irritated skin or bug bites. Eucalyptus is great for clearing sinuses and opening up our airways. Calmer scents like lavender are perfect for calming stressful situations.
Essential Oils are best but sometimes difficult to obtain. Oil can be used on its own or combined with other oils to layer magical results. You can also drop Essential Oils into a Cool Mist Humidifier to anoint your entire room with a delicious fragrance that calms the mind and...
Eye of Newt became a popular ingredient in witches' spells from the Shakespearean play “Macbeth.”
There are only a few different theories on these Shakespearean ingredients. Only a small number of people are convinced it represents a real eye of a salamander or small fish, most people today believe that it is, in fact, an herb. In fact, most of these items in the incantation are herbs.
Most Herbalists believe that Eye of Newt actually refers to a Mustard Seed. This is the most common understanding of Shakespeare’s words. However, there are those who believe it is actually the red berries of the belladonna plant. It is a plant in the same Solanaceae family as tomatoes and has a long history of being both a poisonous narcotic and very useful medication.
But what about the rest of them? The rest of the incantation is as follows.
“Eye of Newt, Toe of Frog
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg, and...