Friday, 13 July 2018

Special Lucky FRIDAY 13th!***

High Feminine Energy is in the air today, the lucky Friday 13th that usually happens once a year. Enjoy it, tune into it and make the most of it!
Why lucky? Why Feminine?
13 is a special and magical number for us women, associated with the 13 Full Moons we usually have in a year, linked with 13 times we usually bleed (have our moontime, menstruation), as our cycle links with the moon cycle.
13 is the number of blood, fertility, and lunar potency. It
associates with the sacred feminine, psyche power, magic, emotion in various traditions, from ancient times to modern.
In Wicca, the Pagan Goddess tradition of Old Europe, communicants convene in covens of 13 participants. 13 was also auspicious for the Egyptians, who believed that life has 13 stages, the last of which is death, the transition to eternal life. 
When Chinese women make offerings of moon cakes, there are sure to be 13 on the platter.
A turtle, which represents the Earth Mother, the Goddess in Native American, for the Chinese symbol of wisdom; in the Taoist Shamanic Tradition the shell of the turtle was the original 'pakua', has actually 13 segments on her shell!...
13 is the lucky number of the Great Goddess!

Then Friday itself  is ruled by Venus, the planet of transcendental beauty, of love, special self-love, sexuality, eroticism, desire, enjoyment, fun, attraction; and the planet which reminds us of our Divine Feminine within. And is associated with Goddess Freya, who brings us love, friendship, beauty, reconciliation.
  
I think for the reasons above this number has been seen other than as 'bad luck', a myth that started essentially from dark ages of patriarchal in church and politics when they use to burn women for their medicinal and psychic powers. And believe it or not, the the Witchcraft Act was repealed in England just in 1953!...

Digger a bit deeper, this superstition about Friday the 13th may have roots in the biblical tradition based on the belief that the 13th guest on the "last super" was Judas, who's betrayal caused the death of Jesus. But were said that Judas were part of 12 disciples already! I remember growing up hearing if it was 13 people in a table the youngest one will be the first to die!...
Now I wonder if the 13th guest of this "last super" was Mary Magdalene, she had a special relationship with Jesus... Of course never mentioned by the Christian tradition, who also never mentioned the spiritual leadership that Mary Magdalene held because she was a woman. This was been keep in secret and just encoded in stories, only revealed nowadays from the discovery of hidden and gospels.

Friday was also: the day Jesus died on the cross; that Eve served forbidden fruit pie at her legendary garden soiree, was the day that Adam was expelled from Paradise.

Do you know the superstition of the number 13th in the Western World is named triskaidekaphobia? 

 
I found all so interesting as from fear of the Feminine Power so much was developed, but with that lots of women lost touch with their powerful and feminine self, even the understanding of their cycles, bodies and true nature.
But I believe that is also changing and we should embrace this change to inspire others around us to the same.
The Tao ( = the way) of Feminine Empowerment, being powerful as a Feminine Woman filled with compassion, trust, flexibility and receptiveness 
(and not as a woman behaving like a man, as many women in power seem to, due to the competitive environment they are in).

Tao of Feminine Empowerment, the
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© Anamarta

Happy Cancer New Moon! Insights, Healing & Ritual

You probably already know how strong is the influence of the moon in our planet and in ourselves!...
But for us women, Grandmother Moon symbolises our inner wisdom, intuition, feminine mystery.  For me She has been a source of inspiration and empowerment.
"In Astrology the Moon represents our emotions and our sense of security as we move through the world." adapted from Tannaz.

The New Moon in Cancer is approaching today, representing the Mother - who sits in the heart.  Cancer is associated with family, children, loved ones, fertility, nurturing, working with the home, ancestors and tradition.

Emotions can be in the air, as Cancer is ruled by the Moon!... 
An opportunity to go within, pay attention to your feelings and thoughts, an important yin practice, being connecting with the receptive feminine side with no fear, just allowing things to flow like water, as the feelings bring truth and awareness.
I truly believe that to feel is to heal.

Ideally a time for nurturing: to retreat into yourself to get renewed and inspired. And to retreat is definitely an act of strength (not weakness)!...

"The sign of feminine power that nurtures life…Cancer symbolizes the Great Mother of Life.
At this New Moon in Cancer, we can plant the seeds of our deepest needs and desires, watered by our sense of self-love and compassion." Cathy Pagano 

With this new lunar cycle promoting new beginnings, an opportunity to reinforce your goals or create new ones.  Focus your ideas, thoughts and meditations on positive change.
Ponder the following and give yourself a moment to listen for the answer coming from within (you also can write it down if you like). How can I:
  • Establish foundations upon which to build a fulfilled life.
  • Share my happiness and joy with my loved ones every day.
  • Nourish my soul and those I love.
In terms of Healing, Cancer is related to stomach, breasts and lymphatic system.
Some of the practices I share with my Jade Egg Holistic Practice can support you with this healing: a combination of Healing Sounds, Inner Smile and Kuan Yin QiGong:
  • For the stomach, your "second brain", related with emotions of worry, stress and anxiety: Imagine you can breathe them all in and then breathe them all out with a guttural sound (comes from your throat) 'HOOOOOOOOO' and then place your hands in your stomach SMILE at it and imagine you are breathing in a gold light of serenity, openness, centering - feeling centered in your power***
***Another way to be centered in your power is consciously to connect with the Earth Mother, feel the soles of your feet, your body and your center; as if you had deep roots into the Earth, becoming like a tree: strong and steady.

For the breasts, which symbolise your love chi:
  • Hold your breasts and give them a little squeeze - gently pressing against your chest (this is a great thing to do, you are helping dissolve any stagnant chi/energy...) - and then give a big Smile to your breasts feeling the love, joy and happiness of your heart!... Smiling to everyone you love, everything that gives you joy and makes you happy!
(For the ones who have learned already the Breast Massage - keep it on doing!) 
  • Go bra free, give them a good shake, as movement is essential to your breast health! I strongly suggest to do this everyday before you wear your bra, if you have to wear it, and in your private space definitely go bra free!... 
To the lymphatic system, which has the function of flushing the toxins out of our body:
  • The Chi Self-Massage. So specifically for this, to help the toxins to come out of your body quickly: just rub the tip of your fingers around the edges of your face and through your jaw and chin bone and under your chin. Then slide your fingers down your throat and when you feel the collar bone just go through the space between your ribs from your chest all way down your ribcage.
For Ritual, and you can do a ritual without having to prepare anything; a ritual can be simply be a conscious way to focus on your intentions - this focus comes from your whole being (mind, heart, womb and soul).
  • From writing down your intentions, or/and creating symbolic acts to manifest your desires and goals...
  • Connect with water through a purifying bath with sea salt, and you can even add anything to make it more special as some herbs, or rose petals or essential oils... Also by going to the sea, or any springs, lakes, waterfalls...
  • In feng shui the left corner furthest from the front door (whatever is your home or a room from your living space) is related with relationships - you can put something that symbolises or you would like to symbolise your relationships from an object, crystal, photo or image, whatever has meaning for you and then light a candle.
Overall a perfect time to focus your intentions with things to do with your relationships, with self-love, with your home and environment. 
Wonderful time to go out in nature and connect directly with the Heart of the Earth, to feel the grounding, to feel the support, to feel the inner peace and deeply nurture yourself.
© Anamarta

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Tao (Way) of the Heart - Self-Love, First Love

The Summer is here, the season of the heart, the fire!
If not not seeing much sun in the sky, just remember that the sun is always shining inside your heart! Or even behind the cloud, always there smiling at you, illuminating you with light and life!

In previous article I talked about embracing unconditional self-acceptance with "My Evil Twin", as important as embracing unconditional self-love!!... They are both linked in their coexistence, like the moon and the sun, the dark and the light!
For me these are the foundations for a healthy life, harmonious relationship with yourself and everything around you.
If you don't truly love yourself how can you expect others to do it? How can your receive and give true love?


Deep self-love brings deep self-respect towards our whole being: body, thoughts and feelings.

What is your Tao (Way) of the Heart:
  • What you do for you everyday that makes your heart smile, I mean that gives you true joy?
  • Are you lovable - How do you express your love towards yourself? And do you express love towards others?
  • Is your heart open to receive and give love in perfect harmony or do you think you give or receive more?
After you reflect on the above, my last question:
  • Is this Unconditional Self-Love a wish or a living reality?...
The best thing is to be honest with yourself, and if self-love is not embodied yet, then practice it like a daily exercise, until becoming an innate part of your being. It worked for me!

Without an open and loving heart, you can never taste the nectar and pure bliss of life. Jamie Sams

And do you know that:

 The heart is the Emperor or Empress of your 'Internal Universe', the organ we can't live without!
 It has been suggested that our heart generates its own energy field, which interacts with the energy fields of other people!...
 The heart centre is the strongest generator of light energy in the body, even stronger than the brain!
Here is something you can apply immediately to cultivate your heart and beauty; Yes, Love Creates Beauty!!
  • Sit quietly, take a few deep breaths and focus on your heart, imagine breathing in the sunlight and smile at your heart, call to someone you love. Let your heart fill with warmth and appreciation for him or her. The nourishment such feelings give to body, mind and spirit enhance your own beauty.
© Anamarta 
Image: Art by Regina Lord