It hardly feels as if summer has already ended, when along comes the Autumn Equinox to raise the heat index on making your fall dreams come true!
Each year at this time, I like to share my tip about hanging colored corn on your door -- an act that invites opportunity to come right into your home. This year, though, I'm going to add another idea to this consciously corn-y mix.
The Autumn Equinox traditionally marks the return of the harvest festival, so in many homes in tune with this seasonal vibe, the hearth (among other areas) is decorated with ears of dried, colored corn. People especially susceptible to superstition tend to avoid using gray corn, as it is looked upon negatively. However, ears of red, yellow and, in particular, sacred blue corn remain strong symbols of the abundance-oriented season now upon us. Gourds and sheaves of dried wheat are also believed to contain special prosperous energies as well.
Go ahead and pile some dried corn, mixed gourds and small sheaves of wheat on your dining room table this September 21, the Autumn Equinox. By doing so, you'll link your own energies to the rewards of this magical method of manifestation!
Feng Shui says that with every new season comes new energy, and nothing could be closer to this truth than the transition from summer into autumn. With the seasonal shift from summer's high heat and accelerated activity to the slower, more relaxed environment of fall, now is the time to introduce bold colors into your wardrobe to bring a more vibrant and dynamic energy to your world!
The colors most associated with autumn are, naturally, browns and tans. Beige, mauve, khaki and even orange all fall under this color umbrella as well; all are considered to be very grounded, focused and stabilizing colors. Browns and tans in particular offer a sense of security and a strong foundation. And any of these colors will help you remain connected to the Earth as they shower you with additional opportunities to practice -- and perfect -- the glorious virtues of patience and persistence.
Wear any of these colors -- even as just an accessory -- this autumn to feel connected to all life everywhere!
It's back-to-school time ... and we all know what that means, right? No, not just reading, writing and arithmetic. Rather, this time of year is also synonymous with back-to-strep (throat)! And it's especially true if you have a child of elementary school age.
Strep throat has always been one illness I've never taken lightly, since it can lead to fairly serious complications if treated improperly. If your child shows signs of strep but still tests negative, proceed as if there are still streptococci bacteria hanging around, and treat your little one's condition as a strep-related sore throat. Here's how.
Every hour for one day, sunup to sundown, give your child three alfalfa tablets; on every third dose, add a large dose of vitamin C (at least 100 milligrams). If your youngster wakes up the next morning still complaining of a sore throat, keep him or her home from school and repeat the previous day's regimen. If by the third day your child still isn't feeling better, have him or her re-tested for strep throat to see if a false negative was the provocateur.
On a positive note, this alfalfa / vitamin C regimen often proves to be a healing remedy following an initial test for strep. Always seek out a professional opinion first. Then, get yourself to a health food store, for while little immune systems are always building up big antibodies, alfalfa beats amoxicillin any day!
This month, the energies of the Autumn Equinox remind us that this is a time of year very strongly associated with not only ritual cleansing, but also purifying our spirits and souls. Many cultural calendars come to a close at this time of year as they embrace the rituals of forgiveness -- which, of course, also cleanses consciousness and karma. After all, to err is human and to forgive is ... well, you know the divine rest!
As you prepare the delicious dessert described below, imagine immersing yourself (and any others who fit the bill) in emotions associated with love free of shame, blame, guilt and/or sorrow. This dessert's ingredients are infused with purpose and power, so know that as you enjoy it, you are swallowing -- and absorbing -- its strength!
AUTUMN MULLED PEARS WITH JUNIPER
4 Anjou pears, firm
2/3 cup of pinot noir wine
2/3 cup of freshly squeezed apple juice
1/3 cup of dark brown sugar, firmly packed
4 fresh juniper berries, crushed
Fresh mint leaves
1. Peel, core and quarter pears.
2. In a medium saucepan, mix pinot noir, apple juice, brown sugar and crushed juniper berries. Simmer mixture for five minutes over low heat, then add pears. Continue to simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Serve warm with a dollop of whipped cream and fresh mint leaves.
You may notice a theme of sorts traveling through all my Feng Shui advice this month. Indeed, it's the seasonal shift from summer, a time of high energy and activity, to autumn, a time to turn within and connect with energies beneath the surface.
During fall, you want to be able to become more grounded than perhaps you've been in the immediate preceding months. And yes, even if you're traveling by air during these early autumn days, you still need and want (on a subconscious level, anyway) to remain grounded. One way that Feng Shui suggests you can accomplish this goal of attaining focus and security is to carry in your checked baggage or carry-on a magical object that offers grounding energy -- a sacred stone or crystal, for example.
The concept behind this bit of secret travel Shui is that, despite all the inherent movement that accompanies any trip, you are still consciously connected to earthly vibes ... even as you allow yourself to shake off excess energy. And although I believe this tip works whenever you're getting ready to polish off your passport, it's especially auspicious -- and some might even say efficacious -- during these days of early autumn!
Now that summer's over, with vacations in the rear view mirror and bathing suits stashed away in favor of hoodies, what about work? Did your professional life dip while the sun was soaring high in the summer sky? As the temperature climbed higher, did your job motivation seem to hit a low?
Well, if your career progress seems stalled now upon autumn's arrival, it's time to add some heat to help get you all the recognition and rewards you deserve -- especially since the days and nights are turning as chilly as your prospects!
So, how to best pump up your career energies while building rock-solid support at the same time? Well, Feng Shui suggests placing a large stone (approximately 16 inches wide) straight outside your front door. Rest assured that this little bump will bring an even bigger one where your professional enthusiasm and goals are concerned, as this rock will represent the energies associated with the mythical phoenix. And because of this magical connection, placing this rock so strategically will shift your professional prospects from neutral into overdrive!
Spread your wings in September and let this Feng Shui cure spread your word!