Friday, December 31, 2010

Last Sale of the Year - SAVE BIG!!

Today is the last day to save big on our Year End Sale. We've just made further mark downs up to 75% off some items. Save on select soaps, bath bombs, tart warmers and more. You won't want to miss out on these great savings.

Hedge Witch Creamy Cocoa Butter Bar 60% Off


Rose Vines Tart Warmer 50% Off


So you don't have to go wandering all over, all the sale items can be found HERE

Have a safe and Happy New Year!!


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Snow Magic

I DO NOT like snow. Repeat, I DO NOT LIKE SNOW! It's cold. It's a pain to work and live in. It's a danger and a menace to society (people are idiots when it comes to driving in it).  And it outright makes me grumpy every winter. So, we usually head off to Sedona for a week or two for a break from it's dreariness. But this year there is to be no escape to a warmer haven. 
 
So, here I am, working and into my email box come this little ditty titled "Snow Magic". Intrigued I open and read. Hum...think Mother Goddess is trying to tell me something? Probably. This is usually how she works. So, I thought that I'd share it with you as well. Maybe you too have a "snow 'tude". 


Celebrate the snowy season with magic!


When winter rolls around, in some parts of the world there is an abundance
of wonderful white stuff - snow! If you live in one of those areas, it makes
sense to take advantage of snow's natural properties and work those energies
into your magical endeavors. Think about, for starters, some of snow's
physical characteristics. The most obvious one is that it's cold. It's also
white. Sometimes it's light and powdery, other times it may be heavy and wet
How can you incorporate these into your magical workings?

A.. If you're a fan of candles, make ice candles - they're are a lot of fun
and easy to make during the winter months.
B.. How to Make Ice Candles
Ice candles are a lot of fun and easy to make during the winter months.
Since February is traditionally a snow-filled time, at least in the northern
hemisphere
, why not make some ice candles to celebrate Imbolc, which is a
day of candles and light?

 
 
You'll need the following:

A.. Ice
B.. Paraffin wax
C.. Color and scent (optional)
D.. A taper candle
E.. A cardboard container, like a milk carton
F.. A double boiler, or two pans
Melt the paraffin wax in the double boiler. Make sure that the wax is never
placed directly over the heat, or you could end up with a fire. While the
wax is melting, you can prepare your candle mold. If you want to add color
or scent to your candle, this is the time to add it to the melted wax.

Place the taper candle into the center of the cardboard carton. Fill the
carton with ice, packing them loosely in around the taper candle. Use small
chunks of ice -- if they're too large, your candle will be nothing but big
holes.

Once the wax has melted completely, pour it into the container carefully,
making sure that it goes around the ice evenly. As the hot wax pours in, it
will melt the ice, leaving small holes in the candle. Allow the candle to
cool, and then poke a hole in the bottom of the cardboard carton so the
melted water can drain out (it's a good idea to do this over a sink). Let
the candle sit overnight so the wax can harden completely, and in the
morning, peel back all of the cardboard container. You'll have a complete
ice candle, which you can use in ritual or for decoration.

C.. Build a snowman as a very large magical poppet. Assign a snowman the
magical task of being a guardian at the entrance to your property.

D.. Got a bad habit you need to get rid of? Form that bad habit into
snowballs, and throw them as far away from you as you can.

E.. Snow quartz crystals are often associated with fulfillment of hopes and
dreams. Use actual snow instead of crystals in workings related to wishes
and goals.

F.. If someone is bothering you and won't leave you alone, try this simple
bit of magic. Write their name on a slip of paper, and pack it in snow in a
zip-loc bag. Place the bag in your freezer, and leave it there until the
person "chills out."

G.. Go for a walk in the woods on a day that it's snowing. Enjoy the silence, and the magic of the snowfall - some people report that they have experienced messages from the Divine as they walk on a snowy day. Perhaps it's because we're better able to hear the gods when it's quiet!

Intent is Everything

(I posted this in my notes on Facebook, so some of you may have already read it. But, I thought that it also deserved a place here on my blog because it was just "that" profound and awesome.)

I read this today, and I found it to be not only profoundly enlightening, but very encouraging for the year to come. So I wanted to share it with all the amazing friends that I am so blessed to have. May you all find your hearts desires for the greater good of you higher selves and that of Mother Earth in 2011.



Intent is Everything
Copyright Mellissa Seaman 2004 All Rights Reserved

What do you want?
You can’t take any action at all unless you know what you want.  Every action begins with the intent that drives the action.  Before you take a step forward, you intend it first, even if this is a fleeting unconscious process.  Many of our daily intentions are made unconsciously.  You don’t really think about taking a step before you put out your foot to move.  And many of our actions are done unconsciously as well, and for good reason – no need to consciously consider each step as you walk down the street.  As you walk, as long as you have a general direction, you’re moving in the right direction.  But without at least that direction, you’re lost, wandering, or stopped.   This holds true for your spiritual practice as well.  Without direction or Intent, you are lost, wandering or stopped.  What you want is important.  Knowing what you want is an art.  This is the Art of Intention.

Free Choice
As human beings, we have the gift and burden of Free Choice.   We choose what we do, under our current circumstances.  Sometimes our choices are limited by circumstances, but we do have choice.  Always.  And no one in the heavens or on earth can predict what a human is going to do.  We make some pretty wild and crazy and illogical choices.  Our choices are so unpredictable that even Spirit doesn’t know which way we’ll go next.   This is our divine gift.  Free choice is a primary law of earth.  Our guides can’t come down to help us without us making a choice to let them in.  “Ask and ye shall receive.”  “Turn your life over to your Higher Power.”  The great truths make it clear that it takes human Will to open the door even to God.  God does not come down and meddle and fix everything.  This Earth is our playground to explore and learn. We are the ones in the bodies, so we are the ones in charge down here. If we want help from the cosmos, we must ask.  Asking for help from the angels opens a great big door above me to all of the angels who would love nothing more than to help me, and needed only to be given permission through my asking.
 Directing this power of Free Choice is also called forming and stating an Intention.

What is Intent?
 In shamanic practice, Intent is everything.
 Intent, or intention, is an expression of what you want to happen.  For example, in writing this article my intent is to provide you, the reader, with information and tools that you can take into your life and utilize on your unique spiritual path.  Without this Intent, I would have no motivation to write this.  I would have no help from my Spirit Guides in setting out these words, because I never would have known what to ask them for.  I simply would not take the time to do it.  I wouldn’t be motivated.
 In shamanism and prayer and magical practice and anything else, your Intent is the steering wheel for your work.  It provides the direction for your energy.  The more specific and motivated you are in your Intent, the more power you have in moving forward.
 Intent is comprised of two aspects, the specificity of what you want in accordance with your Highest Good, and how much you want it – your desire.

Specificity
A specific intent gets specific results.  So the first question you must ask yourself is what do you want?  This seems deceptively easy.  You may ask for a loving relationship to come your way.  This is a relatively general request.  Or you may focus your request to ask for a committed loving relationship that leads to the formation of a family with a couple kids and a dog.  This is a bit more specific.  Or you may ask for a red-headed Irish spouse who loves shortbread and playing checkers.
 Picture a broad laser beam searching your world like a roving spotlight.  A general intent is like this wide laser beam that illuminates many things.  A very specific intent is like a narrow laser beam that cuts sharply and distinctly through the Universe, attracting only that very narrow choice or outcome.  At this point, you my hear your Grandma’s voice in your head warning you about the dangers of choosing what you want in life… “Be careful of what you ask for – you jus t m ight get it!”  There is a balance between being specific enough in our choices and intentions that we draw the desired result to us, without being too specific to exclude an unexpected opportunity or surprise gift from the Universe that doesn’t fall within our limited parameters.  This is where it is helpful to understand and utilize the concept of the Highest Good.

Intend the Highest Good
One kind of general Intent is to state your intent for the Highest Good.  This is like praying to God “Thy will be done” – a conscious statement that you are not sure which choice is best, but you want the best result for everyone.  The Highest Good is the perfection of the Divine Plan, leading to peace, love, unity… the good stuff.  Your own Highest Good is that which leads to your personal evolution as guided and directed by your Higher Self – the over-reaching part of your soul that knows all about the lessons you are here to learn, who wants you to learn them in the best way possible resulting in the most good for your spiritual evolution.  Your Higher Self is the one who knows what’s in your Highest Good.  Your conscious self doesn’t always know this, because your conscious self is the one here on Earth with the desires, hungers, passions, and distractions of living a material life in a physical body.  While we’re here on Earth, we can’t see the bigger picture like our Higher Self can.  But we CAN choose what is in our Highest Good, provided we do not restrict the results too much.    For example, “I intend to find the career that serves my Highest Good at this time…. unless i t m akes under 50K, has no benefits package, or is more than 10 miles drive from my house.”  Um, now you’re restricting the access of your angels and helpers to direct you towards the job that is in your highest good if it does no t m eet with all of your demands.
 I recommend that you, right now, state out loud your Intent that everything in your life from this point forward be guided in the direction of the Highest Good – for yourself, and, if you are willing, for Highest Good of the Earth and all of her children.  You may choose to make this an overriding Intent, so that whenever you ask for specific things, there is an agreement between you and Spirit that if what you ask for is not in your Highest Good, you don’t really want it.  I have found this a very useful “catch-all” for when I’m praying and manifesting.  It prevents me from using my shamanic tools to do something that is not in my Highest Good, or that could upset the balance of the Earth and the others I share her with.

Desire
Desire fuels intent.  It is the motivation for creating intent in the first place.  Intent is driven by your wanting.  Intention answers the question “What do you WANT?”   The more you passionately desire your objective, the more power is behind your Intention.  Following with the laser beam analogy, if specificity controls the intensity of the laser beam, your passionate desire for the intended result is the light source for the laser beam.  The burning desire in your heart drives the brightness of your laser beam.  As you see in your day-to-day life, people who are passionate about their projects tend to be more successful than those who piddle around with a hobby.  Passionate desire fuels dedication, and it powers your Intent.
 Faith
Faith removes obstacles and skips over your own self-sabotaging techniques.  Your Faith that all will be well, that all will be according to the Highest Good, is the closest thing to a guarantee you’re likely to get in this world.  Your Faith can move mountains – mostly the mountains your ego has painstakingly created to make sure you’re not too effective in life.
 We sabotage ourselves all the time.  It’s part of our training from early in life.  We are encouraged to fall in line, to do as we are told, and to not shine too bright so as to attract attention.  All of these self-sabotaging energies must be dealt with as you move forward on your path to wholeness.  Your best tools to overcome self-sabotage are Faith and Courage.  Even when your brain is telling you you’re crazy, and your ego is afraid of looking foolish, and your academic mind is complaining about the lack of evidence to back all this up, your Power is in the background with full Faith and Courage pushing you onward into the Great Unknown because it is in your Highest Good to go there.
 
Intent Transmission is Constant & Universal
We are constantly transmitting our Intent out into the Universe.  Each thought we have, all day every day, is sending out a laser beam of Intention.  Each person walking the earth is constantly transmitting lots of laser beams outward, and these are affecting the energy all around them.
 As a woman appraises herself in the mirror and finds herself beautiful, she sends that transmission outward.  Other people resonate with that transmission, and find her attractive.  As she swears in her car at another driver she imagines is purposefully torturing her with inattentive driving, that transmission is sent out, and others who resonate with the judgment against other drivers are drawn to her.  She will likely encounter more frustration on the road that day, since that is the energy she is calling in.
 You can probably feel this in your day-to-day life.  Some people walk into a room with such positive vibrations, that everyone in the room perks up with a smile.  Other people carry such negative transmissions that, without even “doing” or saying anything, they can irritate people in the room.  Some people are so comfortable with money and wealth that they transmit abundance to the Universe, and abundance always finds them.  Some people with the opposite transmission are stuck in Poverty Consciousness – a term that is more & more widely known as people open up to their responsibility to co-create their own lives with the Divine.  Someone stuck in Poverty Consciousness is constantly pinching pennies, living as if they will be destitute tomorrow – regardless of how much money they actually have in the bank.  This attitude transmits lack of abundance into the Universe, and so people, situations, and opportunities that resonate with lack of abundance come back to that person.
 Part of the Shamanic path – or any spiritual path, really – is to take responsibility for the Intent you are transmitting into the Universe on a constant basis.  The challenge is to become conscious of what you are transmitting.  Most of our thoughts are unconscious defense mechanisms.  When we are willing, however, to see our own challenges and difficulties – our “imperfections” – without shying away, then we can dissemble these defense mechanisms, and become more conscious in our thoughts and actions.  From a place of consciousness, we can then choose to change our thought patterns to ones that support the Highest Good.
 Affirmations, positive attitude, meditation to clear the negative thought patterns, prayer, and consciously shifting from negative to positive thoughts are all ways to consciously utilize the truth of transmission.  Because we have Free Choice, we are capable of literally changing our minds, of choosing our thoughts, of choosing which emotions to give energy to.  Through focusing our Intent, we have the power to shape our own Lives.

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Year End Thoughts & Sale

 
Once again we face the end of another year. Time to sit back and reflect on the past year. Did things go as you had hoped? Did you stick to the plan decided upon at this time last year? Where you successful with your New Years resolutions? If not, it's okay! Don't fret. Now is the time to set those goals again. Make a list of what worked and what didn't. And your ideas as to why. Maybe re-evaluate those goals that didn't quite meet the mark and make some more realistic ones. Be kind to yourself. And above all, LOVE yourself.

I'm happy to say that because of YOU, our fabulous friends and customers, we were able to meet the goals that we set for this year. For the first time ever we had a very successful year. Accomplishing more than the goals we set and realizing a few dreams that are still coming to fruition. More to come on those at a later date :-) It is very exciting and rewarding to finally see the fruits of our labor finally coming to fruition. However, we are very aware and acknowledge that it would not have happened without the continued  support that you all have provided us over the years. Many of you have been with us since the beginning and that is amazing and humbling to us. Just know that we appreciate you all. Thank you for being a part of this journey with us.


Now a quick note about our Year End Sale. We're clearing our the shop to make room for the New Year and new ideas. Plus we don't want to count all this stuff! LOL. So, we've marked down selected items that need to be cleared out. Some are marked down as much as 50%. Some will not be brought back next year. Some are subject to further mark downs if they don't move as fast as we like. We want them gone! ALL sale items are pre-made, in stock items. And quantities are limited. When they are gone, that's it. We will not make more. No rain checks. So grab yourself a cup of your favorite brew (I suggest any tea from SBS Teas), turn on some favorite music (I'm crazy for Adele at the moment), and partake in some post holiday shopping therapy.

We wish you much good health, happiness, peace, joy & prosperity in the New Year.
Blessed Be,
Matt & Donna