It's back-to-school time -- and back-to-work and back-to-normal time, too! Trips to the ocean and mountains are now overshadowed by morning walks to the bus stop -- or if you're a driver, wherever you park your car. Everything feels fresh in September, when enthusiasm for the next seasonal cycle runs high.
And of course, autumn is always a great time to refresh and restore the "Helpful People" area of your home. After all, this is the time of year when new colleagues (or perhaps teachers) hold the potential to make your life lovely -- or not. So why not stack the deck in your favor by activating energies in that aforementioned benefactor's area?
But first, let's locate it. The space associated with receiving invaluable assistance from others around you can be found in the front right corner of your living space. This area also enjoys a dynamic relationship with your "Wealth" area -- so clearly, when you power up one, you're likely to enjoy blessings from the other as well!
Position a cluster of six clear quartz crystals in your "Helpful People" area and shine some sort of light on them. They're best placed on a window ledge where they'll receive natural light; alternately, you can strategically position them near some other source of light.
Once you enact this powerful Feng Shui adjustment, simply wait and watch as benefactors and beneficial relationships light up your life!
I love fall -- it's my favorite season of all!
One way to make your life better this autumn is to undertake a seasonal changeover of your wardrobe. If closet space is limited in your home, you can either pack away the previous season's fashions until next year, or better yet, create great karma by giving away any surplus clothes to those less fortunate than you.
If you're looking for love in all the wrong places, why not try your closet? While you're clearing it of clothes you won't be wearing for the next several months, be sure to leave a little room for someone else's apparel to join yours in that very same space. This is Feng Shui 101 for attracting a mate: Clean your closet, create some space, and watch someone spectacular fall for you!
Now that the lazy, hazy days of summer are coming to a close, all the hustle and bustle associated with autumn begins!
However, if you want to continually evoke the simplicity of your season in the sun, then get in the habit of removing your shoes before fully entering your living space. This will help you leave your job, new teachers/classes, complicated commutes, and daily stressors behind once you walk in the door of your home.
This is a purposeful way to make your home your very own sacred haven, allowing and inviting only peaceful and balanced energies to share your real estate with you. Feng Shui says that this simple act of removing your shoes is symbolic of a much bigger act, one that leaves worries, troubles, and the outside world where they belong -- outside!
Also, make sure that any shoes you remove immediately inside your entryway are kept orderly and clutter-free.
Now, go ahead and cast off the outer world -- and step into your oasis of happiness and love!
This month's Autumn Equinox announces the dawn of a joyous season of gratitude as the second harvest, or "Harvest Home," begins. In Spain, the Fiesta de la Vendimia begins at the same time as the Equinox (September 20) and honors the grape harvest held there. It's during these days that the sacred nature of the grape is extolled -- a time when offering grapes to the Great Goddess is strongly encouraged!
GREAT GODDESS GRAPE SALAD
1 1/2 cups of plump, seedless green grapes
1 cup of fresh spinach leaves, torn into bite-size pieces
1 cup of diced green apples, skinned
1/2 cup of crumbled blue cheese
7 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/4 cup of Green Goddess dressing
Pinch of sea salt
Pinch of white pepper
1. Combine grapes, spinach leaves, and apples into a salad bowl. Add blue cheese and bacon, then mix all ingredients together.
2. Salt and pepper to taste; toss with Green Goddess dressing. Serve and enjoy.
September: back to school, back to work, and back to business. And for many of us, back to business includes boarding planes or trains, or getting into automobiles, and heading to meetings that require more travel than a normal daily commute.
One special Feng Shui tip for harmonious travel suggests that you carry nine orange or tangerine peels in a plastic bag with you on your journeys. All you have to do is cut nine round pieces of peel (about the size of a quarter) from the outer skin of an orange. (Just use the outer skin -- don't cut off any of the orange's flesh.)
The round shape of these peels represents the discovery of success and abundance on your work trips, while also symbolizing the light of Buddha (or the higher power of your choosing) acting as a protector throughout your travels.
On a practical level, Feng Shui wisdom says that the simple act of opening the bag and taking a whiff of the orange peels' scent will lift your spirits; on a mundane clinical level, the citrus protects you from germs and disease. Either way, this is one juicy Feng Shui travel tip!
There always seems to be a certain electricity in the air at the start of another school year. The anticipation (sometimes accompanied by anxiety) of learning something new can pique our curiosity and promise to fill us with further knowledge -- and wisdom.
According to angel historian and author J. Cornug, there is a prayer to a special angel that can enact the same feelings. Hadriel is an angel identified in ancient texts as being aligned with the deep wisdom of the ages.
So, what are you waiting for? Call on Hadriel to fill yourself full of wisdom with the following prayer:
Hadriel, Hadriel, Hadriel.
Teach me to dream the song line of my ancestors.
Reveal to me the wisdom of the ages.
Guild me in my learning path.
I am your student.