In the last bleak and wet days of winter before the break of spring, we look forward to the exchange of confectionary treats, fancy heart-shaped notes of affection and, perhaps a dinner date with someone special. Valentine's Day passes under the radar of our scrutiny as merely another holiday celebration to punctuate the year. Yet, the origins of this celebration go into a far deeper past than we imagine, weaving through medieval Europe and straight back to pagan ritual practices of the pre- Christian Romans.
Early Pagan Origins of Valentine's Day
Catholic priests and saints have long associated Valentine's Day with love and the exchange of affection, yet Roman pre-Christian rites and observances predate even those of the church. As with many modern holidays that exist as Christianizations of older pagan practices, Christian and Catholic institutions used the celebration of a saint to blend with and, ultimately, usurp the pagan version of the holiday....
At the beginning of a romantic relationship, you may not be able to get enough of your lover. New romances are often characterized by an intense desire to be together. The thrill of creating love relationships is in closing space between the self and the other person. The desire to explore the mysterious unknown of another being is one of the greatest joys in life. As human beings, the desire for intimacy is a magnetic pull.
Once a relationship begins, the need to form and maintain clear boundaries becomes more pronounced. Many people struggle with the distinction between themself and the other person because they may be confused about the value of appropriate boundaries. The feeling of love and closeness for the other person may hinder the ability to create clear and cohesive boundaries.
Dr. Ryan Howes, a clinical psychologist from California, describes boundaries as "the line where I end and, someone else begins...Without any line, the distinction becomes...
Did you know that if you have blocks in your sexual energy, you are going to have blocks in your creative energy?
The two go hand in hand.
And when I talk about sexual energy free-flowing, this doesn’t mean you have to be having sex all the time.
Sexual energy is a force; it is a pulse moving through us; it is essentially our life force energy. The energy responsible for keeping us feeling youthful, alive, healthy & happy. To allow this energy to free flow simply means having a clear vessel (body) for it to flow through.
The majority of us are only living at a small percent of our potential.
Unlocking our sexual energy is the key to unlocking our greatest potential, our creator potential.
Our sexual energy is the same energy that creates life itself, and when it is not creating life itself, we must ask - what else are we creating in our lives? Are we creating a life of unconscious destructive behaviors, or are we creating a...
.: That Leo Full Moon "Feathered Expressions" :.
On February 9th we will experience the second Full Moon of 2020. The first was a Lunar Eclipse, so with this one, there will be no dragons involved (Rahu & Ketu/The Nodes of the Moon). It will be at the 20th degree of Leo and it's exactly at 7:33 am UT. As is the case with all Full Moons, we must first understand where the lunation began. Context is everything.
This lunation began on January 24th at the 4th degree of Aquarius. An important degree in the Great Wheel because all the planets currently restructuring reality in Capricorn will be crossing it in the months to come. Saturn will be the first when he moves into Aquarius in late March. Then Jupiter at years end. Pluto won't plug into this electricity until 2023, but still, it's a place where the entire "Boneyard" is headed. Most importantly, the "once-in-every-twenty year" conjunction between Jupiter & Saturn will...
“A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks.” –Richard Bach
We’ve all experienced- firsthand or as witnessed the meeting of a soulmate and the joy, fulfillment, and pleasure that accompanies it. With the soulmate relationship, there is a magnetism of attraction, an understanding of one another, and a deep bond that forms. Soul mates can be romantic, platonic, or familial. Soulmate relationships can also end. What then is a twin flame? Many people may equate them to be the same type of relationship, but through more than mere nuance, they are not the same.
The twin flame takes on a distinct role and importance as well as relating to the timeline of our soul differently. Let’s take a deeper look at what the two things are and some signs that you may have met your twin flame.
Soul Mates vs. Twin Flames
Each of us exists as a spark of the divine light, as we branched off into the experience of physical reality,...
Many of our most loved and cherished modern holidays and seasonal festivities harken back to the ancient peoples of Europe- particularly the Celtic people. Celebrations finding their origins in ancestral Europe include Yule and Christmas, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, May Day, and the list goes on. One lesser-known celebration of significance to the Celtic tribes is known as Imbolc. The word means ‘in the womb’ or Oimelc, meaning ‘ewe’s milk,’ about the birth of the first new livestock signaling the beginning of spring and initiating a time of relief at the returning light of the sun, a source of sustenance precious and sacred to the ancients.
The Celtic Wheel of the Year
The Celtic year revolved around two major themes of significance; the alignment of the sun relative to the Earth and the phases of the agricultural process of sowing, planting, harvesting, and resting. In those times, everyday life and survival depended...
As we move towards the end of January, the Chinese New Year is upon us. Unlike the Western calendar that begins anew on January 1 every year, the Chinese New Year falls on January 25. The Chinese zodiac follows a 12-year repeating cycle. Every year one of 12 animals becomes the foremost influential energy for the year ahead, with the 12 animal years always progressing in the same recurrent order. This year of 2020 is the first year in a 12 year cycle and is the year of the metal rat. As we will see, 2020 promises to be a year of new beginnings, business opportunities, and the planting of seeds for the upcoming 12 years.
Quick Background on the Chinese Zodiac
Though there are a few variations, the legend of how the animals became assigned to the twelve years in the cycle continues to be one of the most widely spread tales regarding the zodiac. According to legend, the Jade Emperor decreed that the animals were to be chosen as calendrical signs, challenging that the first...
Are you ready?
2020 is here and has already started with a BANG!
I know many of you are feeling uncertain, tired, and maybe a little
flustered after that recent alignment with the Full Moon / Eclipse.
That's okay and to be expected. After all, you can't drive fast with the top down and avoid getting your hair messy.
Everything always unfolds in perfect divine timing and just when you
thought you couldn't take the energy anymore, it
The New Moon coming up here on January 24th is very powerful! But
don't get me wrong; it will come to a sense of..."I got this!"
What's happening in no small degree is we're all getting exactly what
we want: Transformation, Liberation, and a better life!
It's all just coming really fast!
So the speed of change and transformation may feel like it's taxing your body, stressing out your mind, and causing you to feel intense
emotions at random and unpredictable times.
It reminds me of a Netflix show I've been watching, "Lost In Space."
How important is sound to our existence? How powerful is the influence of sound? The Bible itself states that "In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God," and goes on to describe God as bringing the world into existence using speech (sound). Biblical lore is not the only cultural or ancient source to describe the origins of creation as being attributed to the use of pure sound.
As sound is made up of waves and expressed through vibrations of specific frequencies, the human brain and nervous system instinctually register and respond to these stimuli of sound, essentially attuning to the frequencies presented. We are beings of sound, and as such, sound healing has an obvious advantage as a powerful healing technique for body and mind.
How Sound Therapy Works
The further modern scientific disciplines progress, the more apparent it becomes that most human dis-eases are created or triggered by stress and inflammation. Stress on the cellular level...
Mantras are powerful phrases that have been called "vehicles of the mind." Similar to the figure of speech referring to our' train of thought', we recognize the ability of thought processes and language to carry our minds and ourselves into various experiences and even dimensions of reality. The mind is a powerful force, and our choices regarding how to direct its activity and programs will largely decide the direction our emotions, experiences, and lives take.
Using mantras, therefore, provides forms of movement and focus for the mind and thus gives a framework to move our minds and experiences in specified desired ways. Mantras are special words or phrases that are repeated in mediation via speaking, singing, or chanting, to assist in entering a different state of consciousness. Used frequently in Hinduism and Buddhism as well as many other religious systems, they are a powerful spiritual resource we can all use.
The Shurangama Mantra is a particularly powerful and revered mantra,...
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