Jan 112012
 

11 random things 11 Random Things

Usually I don’t do meme’s and such, but I’ll make an exception for this one since I don’t have a particular topic to blog about today and it happens to be Jan. 11 it seems fitting to post 11 Random Things. However, I won’t tag anyone specifically – if you wish to participate and share the meme feel free (you can let me know in comments with a link and I’ll drop by to read post).

I’ve Been Tagged! (by keltikmystique

Rules:
1. Post these rules.
2. You must post 11 random things about yourself.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post.
4. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
5. Go to their blog and tell them that you have tagged them.
6. No stuff in the tagging section about ‘you are tagged if you are reading this.’ blah blah blah, you legitimately have to tag 11 people!

11 Random things about me:

  1. I love the color purple
  2. My favorite food is pizza (extra cheese)
  3. I tend to procrasinate a lot
  4. I collect tarot cards and crystals
  5. I have way too many arts and crafts projects and book – it would take a couple of lifetimes to finish (as part of my goal to declutter my life I hope to reduce the excess projects and book)
  6. I have always wanted to write a book that will actaully get published (the three books I did write were written at the request of other people and when finished 2 were taken by the requestor and the third the person changed their mind and it was never published)
  7. I am currently hooked on watching old favorite tv series on Netflix (current series I’m watching – Bones season 6)
  8. I am currently reading A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy) 11 Random Things and I am really enjoying it

11 Questions I must answer:

  1. What is your favorite Season? Autumn? I love the changing colors, cool breezes, and my birthday is Oct. 30
  2. What is your favorite childhood memory?  Two-week train trip with my grandmonther when I was about 10 years old, we traveled to Arizona, Kansas, and California to visit relatives.
  3. What is your dream vacation? Hawaii and swimming with dolphins
  4. Who is your favorite fictional character? Professor Minerva McGonagall ( Head of Gryffindor House, Transfiguration professor)
  5. Who was your favorite teacher, and why?  My art teacher in college, she was always supportive and was the first person to give me the confidence to be more creative and be open to inspiration
  6. Do you have a favorite comfort item; what is it?  My couch – because I can up up on it with my family, watch tv, read, relax, chat on the phone and it is located in family room where I have a lot of my favorite things on the bookshelves and a lot of my crystals.
  7. If you could be reincarnated as another living creature (non-human) what would you be?  An Elf (a Lord of the Rings type of elf)
  8. Did you have a reoccurring dream as a child; if so, what was it?  Standing on the roof of a building in a desert near a river, arms raised and felt like I was performing some sort of ritual.  I also always had the strong urge to visit Egypt, which I eventually did in my late 20s.  But it wasn’t until I visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY and their Egyptian wing that I saw a building exactly like the one in my dream (it was a temple that had been built along the Nile).
  9. If you could have any career you wanted, what would it be? Counselor (private practice)
  10. Do you have a phobia; what is it? Spiders, I’ve gotten better about them as long as they stay out of my way – but if one gets too close or on me I will most like scream very loudly and do whatever is necessary to get it as far away from me as possible
  11. What is your favorite movie? I have a lot favorites, but since I can only pick one – Avatar (but the whole Harry Potter series is also a favorite)

11 Questions for you to answer:

  1. What is the main reason you blog?
  2. What is your favorite animal?
  3. If you could have dinner with any one in history, who would it be and why?
  4. What is your favorite tv show?
  5. What is your number one goal for the year ahead?
  6. If you could live in any kind of house, what would it be and why?
  7. What book(s) have you read in the past year or two?
  8. What is your favorite take-out food?
  9. What kind of pet do you have (or would like to have)?
  10. What is your favorite hobby and why?
  11. What is your favorite inspirational quote?
Jan 042012
 

Amethyst Inside Quartz Crystal Cluster and Amethyst Geode

To compare for size I had a candy cane handy. Here is a photo of the very large quartz crystal and amethyst geode with the candy cane propped up against them.  Each one weighs at least 70 lbs.  I was unable to lift them out of my trunk and had to wait until my brother had some time to come over and bring them in.

SizeQuartz Amethyst Quartz Crystal Cluster and Amethyst Geode

They are placed in front of our fireplace, the quartz crystal cluster to the left and the amethyst geode to the right. Here is a larger photo of each:

Quartz Crystal Cluter Quartz Crystal Cluster and Amethyst Geode

Metaphysical and healing properties associated with quartz crystal cluster: a cluster of crystals brings a “group” energy to it’s surrounding area; used to foster protection, cooperation, purification, harmony, friendship, intimacy and to break up negative energy in the environment. A large cluster is wonderful for “re-charging” other crystals with energy; utilized in “cleansing” other crystals of negative energy (lay a crystal on top of a cluster for 24-48 hours in order to cleanse and recharge it). Clusters help to keep all life forms energized and clear of heavy or unproductive energy. Clear Quartz Crystal is the most powerful crystal for healing and energy amplification; working at a vibrational level it attunes to the specific energy requirements of the person needing healing or undertaking spiritual work. It absorbs, stores, releases, and regulates energy and has the widest range of metaphysical applications. Quartz crystal raises (spiritual) energy to the highest possible level; stores information like a natural computer and are a spiritual library waiting to be accessed. Holding a quartz crystal in your hand doubles your biomagnetic field.

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Amethyst Geode Quartz Crystal Cluster and Amethyst Geode

Metaphysical and healing properties associated with amethyst geodes: Powerful healing (cleansing, calming and transforming); heals all levels of the mind, body and spirit; relieves anxiety, worry, and restlessness and increases mental strength, stability and inner energy (balances and creates emotional centeredness); also used for healing addictions, headaches, arthritis, circulatory system and endocrine systems. Protects the mind from mental attacks and helps to transform negative thinking into positive.; eases stress, grief, depression, emotional despair and inefficient communication.  Amethyst has a soothing quality and is associated with peace and tranquility. Its soothing and protective essence works in favor of improving our intellect, strengthening our attention, and cleansing our mind; relieves the strain in our mind, especially when dealing with increased stress and/or when our mental activity is accelerated. It is also used for communicating with angels, solving legal and financial problems, and enhances higher states of consciousness and meditation; helps you remember your dreams.

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There has been a definite positive energy increase in the room and throughout the whole house after these stones were placed in front of the fireplace.  I am looking forward to completing the house blessing ceremony I wrote when I get the other stones I need and specifically charging the crystals and linking them to the smaller stones that will be placed beneath the home, in a circle around the house, and in each room.  I am also planning on some time in the future being able to hold regular healing circles and these the Quartz Crystal Cluster and Amethyst Geode will be a wonderful addition to the healing energy.

Jan 032012
 

 evergreensnow December and 2011 Highlights

The monthly roundup post of highlights for the previous month was a little delayed due to the holiday.  But here is a brief summary and since it is a New Year a brief look back at 2011, with  a quick look ahead for 2012.

December Highlights (and favorite posts)
Being Chosen by a Healing Drum – Dec. 4 I picked out my healing drum.  I had a design I wanted painted on it, so I am waiting for it to be finished.
Sharing wonderful gifts from Christmas pasts Mrs Weasley Sweater I made for my best friend, the Christmas Oatmeal Boxes my grandmother made for us and I made one up this year to send to my brother and creating new memories this Christmas.

2011 Highlights – I started the year reaching my goal weight of 135 lbs after decades of struggling, (dropped 173 lbs total).  My husband and I celebrated our 20th anniversary Sept. 1, 2011.  In Oct. started blogging again (bought Blissful Moon domain).  In Nov. attended the Be Thankful Circle of Trees Retreat (firewalking, arrow breaking, table tipping, and more).

Looking Ahead to 2012 – A whole new year lays ahead.  One of the things I am looking forward to most is my daughter, Angelgirl, turns 16 in May and we are planning a summer vacation to celebrate.  The big thing I want to accomplish is to make some real progress on getting the house more organized and getting rid of clutter and junk.  This has been a challenge for me for decades, but moving into this house has been especially challenging because there is no basement, no attic, and not much storage in the small garage.  Over the 10 years we have been here I have several times started to make a bit of progress, but what ever space gets decluttered seems to fill back up with in a few months and then I feel overwhelmed and unmotivated to do it again because I can’t seem to make any progress.  I plan on approaching the situation with some of the same tactics that worked for me to lose 173 lbs – by setting up guidelines to follow (for example, I can’t buy anything new unless we absolutely need it or I get rid of something and make spot for the item) and doing what needs to be done whether I feel like it or not.  My brother is going to be setting up tables at flea markets for his business venture and is going to take some of my stuff along too – if it sells great, but if after a few months it doesntt I’m going to just get rid of it (donate what I can and put on the curb anything that is left).

What were the highlights for your 2011?   What plans do you have for 2012?

Bright blessings, Lady Rose

Jan 012012
 

Beach2012 Happy New Year 2012

A Recipe for Happiness in 2012

Take twelve whole months.
Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness,
hate, and jealousy.
Make them just as fresh and clean as possible.
Now cut each month into twenty-eight,
thirty or thirty-one different parts,
but don’t make the whole batch at once.

Prepare it one day at a time
out of these ingredients.
Mix well into each day one part of faith,
one part of patience
one part of courage
and one part of work

Add to each day one part of hope,
faithfulness, generosity, and meditation,
and one good deed.
Season with a dash of good spirits,
a sprinkle of fun, a pinch of play,
and a cupful of good humor.
Pour all of this into a vessel of love.
Cook thoroughly over radiant joy,
garnish with a smile,
and serve with quietness, unselfishness,
and cheerfulness
and you will enjoy a Happy New Year

[ author unknown ]

NewYear2012 Happy New Year 2012
Good Luck Foods for New Year – a collection of recipes from around the world and different cultural traditions that are eaten for good luck on New Year’s:

  • Long Noodles: Asian countries, long noodles are eaten on New Year’s Day in order to bring a long life
  • Pork: many countries, including Austria, Cuba, and Spain, view pork as a good-luck food…pigs root for food, they keep their feet planted and push their snouts forward, signifying progress and future properity
  • Lentils: lentils (symbol of coins) are eaten throughout Italy for good fortune in the new year
  • Fish: North America, Asia, and Europe, people eat fish to celebrate the new year; people associate fish with moving forward into the new year since fish swim forward…others think fish symbolize abundance since they swim in schools
  • Dark Greens: (color of money) greens such as kale, collards, and cabbage, are traditionally eaten on New Year’s Day because of their association with wealth and economic prosperity
  • Black-eyed Peas: common good luck food in the southern United States.. thought to bring prosperity, their shape and abundance representing coins
  • Pomegranates: eaten in Turkey and other Mediterranean countries for luck in the new year,  associated with abundance and fertility
  • Citrus fruits: Chinese celebrate New Year’s Day, with oranges and tangerines to promote prosperity. This tradition developed from a play on words: “tangerine” and “orange” sound much like “luck” and “wealth,” respectively, in the Chinese language
  • Grapes: At midnight on New Year’s Eve, revelers in Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries eat 12 grapes — one for every strike of the clock and month in the year. This custom grew from a grape surplus in the Alicante region of Spain in 1909, and celebrates the coming of a sweet year.
  • Round Cakes and Breads: Eating round or ring-shaped cakes, pastries, and breads is a popular New Year’s tradition in various countries, such as Greece (vassilopita, a cake containing a hidden good-luck coin), Italy (sweet panetonne), Mexico (rosca de reyes cake,) and Holland(puffed, doughnut-like ollie bollen)

Just for fun here’s a link to a comprehensive list for some good luck rituals from around the world:  Global Good Luck Traditions

Wishing every one a joyous, healthy New Year filled with bright blessings now and always, Lady Rose

Dec 312011
 

BlessingsMotherEarth Wishing You the Blessings of Mother Earth

For the New Year and for all years ahead
Wishing you the wisdom and peace of Mother Earth
May you discover who you really are
May you know that you are a cherished part of creation
May the heartbeat of Mother Earth beat strongly within you
So Mote It Be

Namaste, Lady Rose

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