Friday, 20 November 2015

1,111 oz diamond - a cosmic wink

I recently wrote a post about 11:11, and how it's been seen more frequently all over the world. 11:11 represents the awakening of consciousness on the planet. It's also called' The Shift'. To read more about what it means, check out my post
Have you been seeing 11:11 a lot lately?

A diamond was recently found in a mine in Botswana - the largest diamond found in over a century. It's also interesting that it's a diamond. Diamonds reflect all colours of the rainbow, which in turn represent the 7 main chakras. Diamond is a very sovereign stone, long-believed to carry divine energies. That is why they were often set into crowns, to enhance inner vision, intuition and connection to Spirit. Diamonds not only clear one's energy, but it also allows a person to connect more easily to higher frequences. (from The Spiritual Meaning of Diamonds)

Which is exactly what this cosmic awakening is all about.!!!  So, here we have it again. I love these little 'cosmic winks' from the Universe, reminding us of what is really going on and to stay mindful.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Full Moon November 25, 2015 The Mourning Moon


The Full Moon in November is on the 25th, in the sign of Gemini.

It's also called the Full Beaver Moon. - This is when the beavers are now actively preparing for winter.  Sometimes called the Frosty Moon.  For colonists and tribes, this was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs.  A wonderful time for setting protection and protecting yourself from those 'cold' winds that try to interfere with your personal spiritual evolution. (from Thomas's Old Farmers Almanac - circa 1792).

In other traditions, such as the Algonquin, it's called The Hunters Moon, which is the next full moon after the Harvest Moon. With leaves falling and deer fattened, it is time to hunt. Since the fields have been reaped, hunters can ride over the stubble and can more easily see the fox and other animals, which have come out to glean and can be caught for a thanksgiving banquet after the harvest. People supplemented their harvest stores with meat from forest animals, ensuring their families were well prepared for the barren months of winter. 

In the Celtic tribal tradition, its called The Mourning Moon. It signifies the time when we shed. We release the past and let go of the baggage weighing us down. Physically speaking, I've noticed that this is the time when we start shedding hair as well.  In old Celtic custom, November was the start of the New Year, so it was all about letting go. This is the month to say goodbye to toxic relationships, or old attitudes and behaviours that are no longer in our best interest. We need to make space for new energy that sparks new beginnings. As the word mourning implies, there may be a grieving process for some.

This Full Moon rises in the east at sunset, lighting up the night sky all night. Full Moons are harvest times, so something is coming to fruition in your life - an insight, an event, an idea, a situation - depending on where it falls in your chart. Some new directive or idea started in your life with the New Moon on the 11th, and the energy has blossomed into something more substantial with the Full Moon. Our intentions now bear fruit, and the truth is fully illuminated

is at 3 degrees of Gemini, with the Sun at 3 degrees of Sagittarius.  It's also squaring imaginative Neptune, and opposing staid Saturn. Whilst the Sun in Sagittarius is all about concepts and the bigger picture and higher wisdom, Gemini is all about information, trivia and logic. This may be the time when we can see real ways (Saturn) to put our lofty ideas (Sag)(Neptune) into action or ground them into reality. Neptune helps to provide us with creative vision and imagination and insight, but he also can provide us with a way to escape or avoid or to procrastinate. The Full Moon can also provide full illumination as to how we already are procrastinating or avoiding, and how we really need to get on the horse and use our talents in a more constructive way. Conversely, it can also show us how we are being too staid and too 'by the book' and how we need to loosen up and follow the creative flow more, or to rely more on intuition.


Friday, 13 November 2015

My Top 10 Christmas Gift Ideas for under $30

Here are a few of my favourite gift ideas. They're not all astrologically related - but do include all aspects of living a healthy, fun, magical and powerful life.

Messages from Your Angels 2016 Wall Calendar $13

Corner Angels !  This is one of my new most favourite things! I have this gorgeous little angel figurine up on my doorframe. She's fitted so that she can sit perfectly on any corner, bookcase, picture frame, mirror, shelf - anywhere you have a corner. She has a little hook on that back so you can easily attach her to the wall. She's absolutely beautiful and she has some iridescent sparkles in her wings adding to the magic. It's like having an angel watching over you and your room. You can get left or right sides. Perfect for anyone who loves angels. I've ordered a few more for gifts. She comes in a lovely gift box as well. She's 8 inches long, and 5 inches at her widest.  Not too big. $16

AngelStar Corner Angel, Angels Watching

Llewellyn's 2016 Astrological Calendar:  $12

Magical Messages from the Fairies Oracle Cards: A 44-Card Deck and Guidebook   $14

Purse Table Hooks! These things are marvelous little inventions. I saw these two women at my local coffee shop using them and I was enthralled. They allow you to hook your purse right beside you on the table without having to put them on dirty floors! Everyone I know is getting one this year - including me.  $8

Purse Table Hook  (different colours and designs)

Savvy Infusion® Water Bottle Make your own healthy fruit or veg infused water $16

Secrets from a Stargazer's Notebook: Making Astrology Work for You
One of the absolute best books on astrology! Funny, insightful and easy to use. It's the book that inspired me to become an astrologer. You don't need to know anything about astrology to use it, but you will still love it if you do.

[Zodiac Series] iPad Air Case Cover, $15

Solar Charger for Mobile phones and devices   If the power goes out, you're covered! Great for emergency kits, and camping/hiking etc.

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter  $19
I haven't purchased this yet, but I want to!

Remember ViewMasters from way back in the day? Well, if you're over 45 then you probably would. We absolutely loved them as kids.  Well, now modern technology has brought them into today's world so now they are 3D Virtual Reality and 360 degrees. Extremely cool. And cheap. $29.

View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack

Here is something I bought this year that that I absolutely love, although its over $30. Bogs Boots! These are the best boots I have ever owned. They are the everyday boot you can wear all the time. I have bunions, but these babies mold over them perfectly and feel like little clouds on my feet. Clouds people!! The boots are soft, and have a nice warm lining and good support. They also look very smart as I tuck my tights/pants into them. I'd feel comfortable wearing them pretty much anywhere casual. 5 out of 5 stars from me. You can also turn the tops over to make them look like snow boots. They fit small - I take a size 9 usually and had to buy a size 10. There was another woman who was in the shoe store at the same time as me who was buying them as well, and she had to size up from a 10 to an 11. Cute colours and designs.

Bogs Women's Summit Waterproof Boot

The 10 Best Books I Read This Year

I've been an absolutely voracious reader this year, averaging about two novels a week. Usually I tend to read astrology, healing or spiritual books, or any book where I can learn something, but this was the year of novels. All novels, all the time! Out of all of those there are a few novels which I really loved and wanted to share with you. I've included the top 10 in this list.

The Boston Girl 
"From the New York Times bestselling author of The Red Tent and Day After Night, comes an unforgettable novel about family ties and values, friendship and feminism told through the eyes of a young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century. Addie Baum is The Boston Girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters.

We Never Asked for Wings: A Novel
For fourteen years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, fifteen, and Luna, just six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life.

The Language of Flowers: A Novel
The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning what’s been missing in her life. And when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

The Other Daughter: A Novel
Raised in a poor yet genteel household, Rachel Woodley is working in France as a governess when she receives news that her mother has died, suddenly. Grief-stricken, she returns to the small town in England where she was raised to clear out the cottage...and finds a cutting from a London society magazine, with a photograph of her supposedly deceased father dated all of three month before. He's an earl, respected and influential, and he is standing with another daughter-his legitimate daughter. Which makes Rachel...not legitimate. Everything she thought she knew about herself and her past-even her very name-is a lie.

The All You Can Dream Buffet: A Novel 
Popular blogger and foodie queen Lavender Wills reigns over Lavender Honey Farms, a serene slice of organic heaven nestled in Oregon wine country. Lavender is determined to keep her legacy from falling into the profit-driven hands of uncaring relatives, and she wants an heir to sustain her life’s work after she’s gone. So she invites her three closest online friends—fellow food bloggers, women of varied ages and backgrounds—out to her farm. She hopes to choose one of them to inherit it—but who?

 Spanning much of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker—a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia. Born in 1800, Henry’s brilliant daughter, Alma (who inherits both her father’s money and his mind), ultimately becomes a botanist of considerable gifts herself. As Alma’s research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falls in love with a man named Ambrose Pike who makes incomparable paintings of orchids and who draws her in the exact opposite direction—into the realm of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical. Alma is a clear-minded scientist; Ambrose a utopian artist—but what unites this unlikely couple is a desperate need to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all life.

The Bookman's Tale: A Novel of Obsession 
Nine months after the death of his beloved wife Amanda left him shattered, Peter Byerly, a young antiquarian bookseller, relocates from North Carolina to the English countryside, hoping to outrun his grief and rediscover the joy he once took in collecting and restoring rare books. But upon opening an eighteenth-century study of Shakespeare forgeries, he discovers a Victorian watercolor of a woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to Amanda.  Peter becomes obsessed with learning the picture’s origins and braves a host of dangers to follow a trail of clues back across the centuries—all the way to Shakespeare’s time and a priceless literary artifact that could prove, once and for all, the truth about the Bard’s real identity.

First Impressions: A Novel
Book lover and Austen enthusiast Sophie Collingwood has recently taken a job at an antiquarian bookshop in London when two different customers request a copy of the same obscure book: the second edition of A Little Book of Allegories by Richard Mansfield. Their queries draw Sophie into a mystery that will cast doubt on the true authorship of Pride and Prejudice—and ultimately threaten Sophie’s life. In a dual narrative that alternates between Sophie’s quest to uncover the truth—while choosing between two suitors—and a young Jane Austen’s touching friendship with the aging cleric Richard Mansfield, Lovett weaves a romantic, suspenseful, and utterly compelling novel about love in all its forms and the joys of a life lived in books.

Honolulu chronicles the lives of Asian immigrants in and around Hawaii's early 20th-century glamour days. As the tale begins, readers meet young Regret, whose name speaks volumes of her value in turn-of-the-20th-century Korea. Emboldened by her desire to be educated, Regret commits herself as a mail-order bride to a prosperous man in Hawaii, where girls are allowed to attend school. But when she arrives, she finds her new husband is a callous plantation worker with drinking and gambling problems. Soon, Regret (now known as Jin) and her fellow picture brides must discover their own ways to prosper in America and find that camaraderie and faith in themselves goes a long way. 

The Forgotten Seamstress
A shy girl with no family, Maria knows she's lucky to have landed in the sewing room of the royal household. Before World War I casts its shadow, she catches the eye of the Prince of Wales, a glamorous and intense gentleman. But her life takes a far darker turn, and soon all she has left is a fantastical story about her time at Buckingham Palace.
Decades later, Caroline Meadows discovers a beautiful quilt in her mother's attic. When she can't figure out the meaning of the message embroidered into its lining, she embarks on a quest to reveal its mystery, a puzzle that only seems to grow more important to her own heart. As Caroline pieces together the secret history of the quilt, she comes closer and closer to the truth about Maria.
Page-turning and heartbreaking, The Forgotten Seamstress weaves together past and present in an unforgettable journey.