The rays of sun burnt my skin leaving a pinkish hue that blazed inside me. A bead of sweat rolled down my forehead to my brow. The stiffening heat was finally thwarted when a strong brisk of wind broke through the thick air. The hairs on the back of my neck prickled with the refreshing burst of air flow. Jen, my closest friend, was short in stature but thick. Thick in body structure and thick skinned. Her harshness matched her dark luscious hair. Her skin glistened in the sun. The sand was cooler as I dug my feet deeper into the small grains of earth. It was time to run into the salty water that lied before us. “Almost time for class…” she sighed with a heavy heart that made me feel the weight of her words. I did a quick dip and returned to my scattered clothes that were baking in the sun’s heat. Their warmth felt good against my cooled off skin. We parted ways once we returned to the dorms and it was off to class.
The absent minded droning rang through my ears as the professor went on some wild tangent about his overly inflated ego. He enjoyed making up multiple syllabic words in order to reclaim his superiority over a fresh crop of first years. Luckily it was an amphitheater of 800 students; so sleeping, popping in some ear buds, or doodling went unnoticed. Then there she was. Her caramel skin was unparalleled. It looked as if she was fabricated from silk. Her honey colored eyes shone vibrant under the fluorescent lights. She had an A-line bob that was longer on one side lightly grazing her voluptuous bust. She had to be a 34 D and had a perfectly symmetrical hour glass figure. Even though she had curves she had a petite frame adding a delicacy to her. Being able to voyeur at her beautiful perfection was the main reason I attended the class. All of the lecture slides were available on line so there was no real reason to waste an hour of my time listening to some pompous know-it-all tirade about his magnificence. One day I would muster up enough courage to approach her.
Intuitive gifts have been recorded throughout history and across cultures in many forms. Ancient civilizations sought out information through the use of oracles. Oracles were people who were either considered a manifestation of the gods, or would channel information from the gods. Ancient Egypt has the oldest temple, where the first known oracle existed. Oracle temples were also found in Libya, Persia, and other ancient societies. In Ancient Greece and Rome, women who had prophetic gifts were all given the name, Sibyl. These priestesses were sought out as oracles, who had information from crop harvests to battle outcomes. David Wilcock explains how the most famous Sibyl of Cumae would write down her prophecies on fallen leaves, and let the wind take them from her cave to the people of Rome. It is said that in Greece, priests would relay messages of the oracle.
A Shaman is another historic figure across cultures with intuitive gifts. Shamans are found across the Middle East and Asia. They are connected to nature and the spirit world. Ceremonies and rituals to receive information, heal others, manifest, and protect. These rituals included dancing, music, various tools, offerings, and instruments to ward off dark spirits, manifest a bountiful harvest, guide the deceased to heaven, and celebrate important events.
Gifts of the Present
Today, we have named and categorized the numerous intuitive gifts one may have. Everyone has at least one gift, and some are able to possess all intuitive gifts. We often realize our gifts as children, and sadly detach from our gifts when we are discouraged from practicing them. The most common gifts are sensory based: clairaudience, claircognizance, clairsentience, and clairvoyance.
Clairaudience is “clear hearing,” and the ability to receive auditory messages from angels, ascended masters, deities, and other spirit guides including crystals, animals, and plants. These messages can be words and phrases, or sometimes specific songs or other sounds that relate to the topic being discussed. If someone with the gift of clairaudience does hear words and phrases, some can detect distinguished voices of different guides. Telepathy is a honed and practiced form of clairaudience where one can hear the thoughts of other people, animals, plants, crystals, etc. Some can open a pathway of communication relaying messages back to the entity they are hearing.
Claircognizance is “clear knowing” with the ability to receive information instantly without any prior knowledge of the subject. It is often described as instant information downloaded into the brain much like how a computer downloads documents into its database.
Clairsentience is “clear feeling,” which allows messages to be received through emotions, intuition, and physical sensations. Today, there are more and more people calling themselves “empaths,” which are people who utilize their intuition and gift of clairsentience to detect other people’s energies, emotions, thoughts, situations, and more. All empaths are clairsentient, but not all people with clairsentience are empaths. Truth be told, everyone is clairsentient to some extent. Have you ever entered someone’s house and immediately felt like you were at home? Have you gone somewhere to eat and felt like it was cold and unwelcoming? Well, that’s your clairsentience at work! Another enhanced form of clairsentience is psychometry. This is when we touch an object, person, plant, or animal and are able to receive messages about a particular situation or occurrence. Psychometry often combines a second gift of clairaudience, claircognizance, or clairvoyance to hear, know, or see the situation or person that is related to what we touched.
Clairvoyance is “clear seeing,” and the gift of seeing pictures of people, places, or situations of the past, present, and future. Clairvoyance is often tied to precognition or fortune telling and prophetic visions, where the person with this gift can see what the future holds for their subject based on the path they are on and other outcomes based on different choices. Another gift tied to clairvoyance is the ability to see auras. Auras are the energies that are being emitted by our subtle bodies, (mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual). Everyone and everything has an aura because everything in our physical realm is made up of matter and the energetic vibrations between each molecule, which creates these auras. People who are clairvoyant are also often able to channel spirits of those who have passed, and are commonly known as “mediums” since they are the medium facilitating communication. “Mediums” often have a combination of multiple “clair” gifts with the ability to see, hear, feel, and know about the person who has passed, their life, and relationships with others.
Enhance your Gifts for the Future
Humanity has created a number of tools and ceremonies to aid in harnessing these gifts. One of the most popular tools used to channel one’s gifts are tarot cards. The original deck created by the Secret Order of the Golden Dawn has never been released to the public. However, there are three decks created by different members of the Golden Dawn based on the original deck. They are the Rider-Waite, B.O.T.A., and Thoth tarot decks. All other interpretations and variations of the tarot stem from these three decks. Tarot is used to answer questions from what to expect for the day to the significance of one’s life path. Closely related to tarot are oracle cards. Oracle cards often give a more general answer and offer guidance and insight. Popular oracle cards offer inspiration from our angels, ascended masters, the fae, mermaids, and deities. General playing cards can also be “read” for insight into a situation or predicament.
Another tool used to channel these gifts are pendulums. Pendulums come in a variety of shapes and materials. Some are purely made out of metal (often copper) while others include gemstones, rudraksha seeds, and crystals. Pendulums feel the vibrations of our energy connected to “the source” or “spirit” to answer our questions by swaying front to back and side to side, or rotate clockwise and counterclockwise. There are also charts that can be used to answer our questions from what our subconscious is thinking to what kind of vitamins our body needs. Pendulums can also be used to clear out negative energies and draw in positive energies to rooms, chakras, and even crystals.
Lastly, crystals are often used as tools to channel our intuitive gifts. This is often done through a technique called “scrying,” where one looks into a crystal and is able to see different pictures. These pictures or visions often relate to the topic in question, and it is up to the reader to give a proper interpretation of what is being seen. The most commonly used crystal for scrying is Clear Quartz. Clear Quartz amplifies all psychic abilities. It also enhances and clears energies in the body center, and purifies physical, mental, and spiritual bodies. Clear Quartz also amplifies the vibrations of other stones. Other stones that are good for scrying are Amethyst, Apophyllite, Golden Beryl, Scolecite, Celestite, Rutilated Quartz, Smoky Quartz, and more.
Other tools that have been used throughout history and across cultures are dowsing rods, runes, numerology, palmistry, tea leaves, candle scrying, astrology, and I-Ching.
“Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.” -H. Jackson Brown, JR. 🕯⠀
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Candles represent all four of the sacred elements. The wick represents our Mother Gaia of Earth bringing secure, sound structure. The flame represents fire controlling the burning passion within each and every one of us. The essential oils represent water being fluid and flexible allowing for constant change and metamorphosis. Finally the fuel keeping the flame aglow is the last element of air bringing life to the entire process. This reiki infused beauty is blended with lavender, ylang ylang and rosemary to heighten a calming peace over my dream state. I hope everyone is having a lovely evening and sweet slumber.⠀
An Ascended Master is a being of light, who was once in human form and evolved spiritually to become self-realized. They have broken the cycle of rebirth by paying off their karmic debt through mastering their ego, surrendering to the universe, and realizing their invisible connection with everyone and everything. Ascended Masters can choose to help humankind in their ascended form, birth extensions of themselves in a physical form to help raise the collective consciousness, or begin a new cycle on another planet. As the overseers of spiritual growth, they help guide us, teach us, and embrace us with love and light.
The Ascended Masters created “The Great White Brotherhood” or “The Spiritual Hierarchy of Earth” to uplift and protect humanity. “The Great White Brotherhood” consists of masculine and feminine energies that all glow with a pure, white light. They encourage us to follow our divine life path and soul’s destiny to raise our vibration, shine with our own pure, white light, and allow our Higher Self to ascend. Ascended Masters include Buddhas, Saints, Prophets, and other enlightened beings.
The History of Quan Yin
Quan Yin, (also spelled Kuan Yin, Kwan Yin, Guanyin) is the Goddess of Mercy and Buddha of Compassion. Before the 12th century, she was Avalokiteshvara, the embodiment of compassion and merciful lord of enlightenment. He was a practicing Bodhisattva and vowed to help all sentient beings and protect them from suffering. One day, Avalokiteshvara noticed how many souls were still suffering and shattered into a million pieces. With the help of Amitabha, Avalokiteshvara was able to take on a new form with a thousand helping hands of compassion paired with the eyes of wisdom in each palm. After ascending, Avalokiteshvara heard cries of anguish coming from Earth, and decided to relinquish his eternal state of bliss and remain with humankind as an Ascended Master.
Avalokiteshvara is able to assume any form needed to help guide whoever is asking for assistance. If a young child was in need of help, he would show himself as a young boy or girl to create a stronger connection. From these different forms Avalokiteshvara presented himself, one was the wife of a Chinese Emperor. Avalokiteshvara was able to persuade the mind of another man with the power of the female form bringing love and compassion to the people of China. Since the 12th century, China has adopted Quan Yin as the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion.
Quan Yin Today
Today, Quan Yin is the revered Goddess of Mercy and Buddha of Compassion across cultures from Vietnam, to Japan, to Bali. Her name is said to mean “she who hears the cries of the world,” and she extends her many arms to help those whose cries she hears. According to Robert Jahnke, O.M.D. “quan” translates to “perfect.” If this is true, then Quan Yin means the perfect divine feminine. Yin qualities include softness, mystery, rest, receiving, submission, the subconscious, the Earth, the moon, and time. The moon governs our emotions, emotions are linked to the element of water, and the moon controls the tides of the ocean. Quan Yin is often depicted with vases of water, which is the purifying life force of cleansing, healing, and growth. She brings us balance and harmony when our world and lives feel chaotic. Her presence reminds us to allow ourselves time to recover from life with quiet stillness and rest.
Instead of using force, Quan Yin encourages us to flow with the natural timing of life. Her mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum” is said to translate to “The Jewel in the Lotus,” and she is commonly seen sitting in the center of a lotus. The lotus is symbolic of the life path we all go through. It grows in the murkiest of waters, and is able to push through all of the mud to reach the surface to bloom in its glorious splendor. Through all trials and tribulations, the lotus continues on a steadfast journey at a slow pace understanding that in divine timing it will reach the surface.
One of her famous quotes is “I remind you that you shine with the purity of a thousand suns.” Quan Yin reminds us that even though we all possess feminine qualities regardless of our sex or gender, we also shine with yang qualities including illumination, revelation, warmth activity, energy, the sun, and the universe. She encourages us to remain empowered and allow our inner light to radiate and permeate the world with joy and laughter. We all have an inner flame that deserves to be kindled and taken care of to restore our true form.
Healing with Quan Yin
Rose Quartz vibrates with the same energy frequency of our beloved Quan Yin. Rose quartz promotes unconditional love, which includes acceptance, understanding, and compassion of not only another, but of ourselves as well. Self-love is one of the most difficult concepts for us to grasp. It may seem easy to love another, but to love ourselves is seen as “selfish” or “self-centered” when it is actually a necessity in life. If we did not love ourselves, would we wake up every day? Would we make sure the bills were paid? Would we feed our physical form? Would we set up boundaries with others so we remain safe and comfortable? Would we speak up to our personal truths? Rose quartz helps us realize this love we have for ourselves and to take care of ourselves with a gentle kindness that Quan Yin extends to us with one of her many hands. When we take care of ourselves we raise our vibration, and when we raise our vibration we raise the vibration of the collective consciousness. So self-care is literally taking care of everyone around us. Love yourself and take care of yourself because you deserve it!
The full moon is a time of culmination, fruition, clarity, and attainment of desires. It is when we reflect on what patterns and behaviors have not been working, and we release them to the universe. The illumination of the full moon sheds light on our subconscious allowing a better understanding of our inner thoughts. It is a time of harvest when we are able to reap the benefits of what was sewn during the new moon. The full moon also represents the mother, since it is ripe and full similar to the belly of a pregnant, expecting mother. This brings a nurturing and fertile aspect to this lunar phase. However, some tension may arise as the polarity of the moon and sun are positioned in antithetical zodiac signs. Each month brings a new dichotomy of opposing forces, and a different type of full moon.
May’s Flower Moon
The Flower Moon is a time of invigoration as we become fully submerged into spring. The flowers blooming, baby birds chirping, and wild strawberries peeking through the grass bring new life filling us with an electric fervor as we embrace each day. With the sun on our faces and the wind at our backs, we are ready to take advantage of every moment gifted to us. The Flower Moon also brings a sense of refreshment and openness as we open our homes to the world around us cleaning out any remaining debris from winter. It is the perfect time for spring cleaning as we get rid of the clutter and organize our lives for the upcoming year. It is important to let go of clothing, furniture, and any other unused items around the house to allow an open flow of energy through our living space. While we clear out our environment, it is essential to make the same transformations within.
A Scorpio’s Transformation
Scorpio is the only zodiac sign that has three stages of three different animal totems symbolizing the transformation one makes. The first is that of the scorpion. During this phase, Scorpio is very true to it’s innate nature of being a water sign, and is ruled by their emotions and instinct. Oftentimes, they have low self-awareness and self-control. This dangerous combination creates a poisonous, vengeful creature who is willing to be manipulative and vindictive to get their way. When a Scorpio becomes aware of their power and abilities, they become an eagle soaring in the sky. While an eagle, their new perspective allows them to be ruled by intellect and rationale. This new lens of practicality launches them into one successful endeavor after another based on their personal goals. However, with the presence of their ego, Scorpios still have the tendency to be manipulative and exploitative. Once they are able to relinquish the existence of their ego, they are able to transcend to the final phase of a phoenix (or dove). The phoenix represents the death and rebirth of a Scorpio into a symbol of peace and healing. It is said that phoenix tears can heal wounds, and a Scorpio’s true nature lies in their power to heal. Once they become self realized about their true power and purpose they are able to flourish into their true nature.
Release & Regenerate
Scorpio is a fixed water sign giving qualities of loyalty, reliability, and goal oriented drive to the emotion based, whimsical attributes of water signs. They are also ruled by the planets Pluto and Mars. Pluto is the planet of death, regeneration, rebirth, and spiritual growth, which is what Scorpios undergo throughout their transformation stages. Mars is the planet of assertion and survival. Scorpio has to learn how to harness these qualities in a loving way in order to be effective. As our subconscious is being pulled to the surface, we are being asked to look at these aspects within ourselves to decide what needs to “die” and degenerate so we can be reborn into our spiritual truth. Awareness of our innate power and relinquishing our ego allows us to rise into our higher selves. With the sun in Taurus, we are able to remain grounded and practical during this major internal shift. Taurus also ensures that we gently nurture ourselves with love and compassion during this process. We must balance finding happiness with what we have and the complex unknown of possibilities that the opposition of the sun in Taurus and moon in Scorpio bring.
Some tools that can help during this process are incense, candles, and crystals. A perfect incense for this full moon is Frankincense and Myrrh. This winning combination promotes spirituality, meditation, and purification. Burning Frankincense and Myrrh during your full moon ceremony will facilitate the connection to your higher self. Some great candles of choice during this time are ones that will promote love, healing, and cleansing. Pinks, purples, and whites can enhance these properties. There are Reiki infused candle options as well. Lastly, the crystal of choice for the Flower Full Scorpio Moon on the 10th is Rainbow Obsidian, which releases energy blockages, heals past traumas, and shines light on unresolved issues. It is a grounding and protective stone since it is a part of the obsidian family, however, it is a bit more gentle and enhances love. With these tools surrounding you during the full moon, write down everything you see within yourself that you want to release in order to embrace your inner power of love and light. Writing itself is a form of release as you are detaching these aspects from your physical form by putting it on paper. This list can be in bullet form, and by no means needs to be the next literary masterpiece. Keep it simple and honest. Once you are finished, submerge your list into water, and picture everything you wrote down dissolving from your body and soul. When the ink has all lifted off of the parchment, the ceremony is complete. Be grateful by thanking your spirit guides for their presence and yourself for making time to self care and self love.
“I AM love. I AM light. I shine my love. I love my light.” -Eternal Waking Beauties
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Today I have been in dire need of love and care. I can always ask it of the world, however, I will only feel the full effect if I do it myself. So, I decided I will self-love, self-care, and self-soothe. One of the easiest ways for me to do this is relax and recharge with a cleansing bath as I submerge into water. I chose some Himalayan salt and cleansing epsom salt to diffuse my charged energy. I also picked a rose from my “garden” to aid in my skin care, and create a feeling of love and harmony. Finally, I chose red jasper to center and ground me and my Qi, lepidolite to soothe my nerves and anxiety, blue chalcedony to further calm and relax my subtle bodies, and serpentine to aid in my self love and care. I encourage everyone who needs a break from life to garnish your bath with healing tools such as these for a deeper cleanse. ⠀⠀
A Totem is a spirit, plant, animal, or symbol that represents a family, clan, or group. Totems often represent the heart and soul of each individual and their ancestry. It is believed that when a Totem enters our life, they are bringing messages of safe advice to aid in our current life situation. When we hear the word “Totem” we often think of Totem poles. These beautiful structures are carvings made from trees along the Northwest American coastline. Each pole tells a story of the clan’s history, acknowledges the passing of a loved one, or even shames someone for bad behavior. Regardless of the representation of the Totem pole, the various symbols and animals used allow the viewer to understand its meaning.
The Dragonfly’s Story
Dragonflies are born in ponds or streams, where they spend the first two years of life. Water represents our subconscious and emotional subtle body. When we are young, we often allow our subconscious to rule our minds as our dreams and fantasies overflow from within. As children, we also allow our emotions to overtake us since we do not yet know how to accept or express them properly. After the first two years, dragonflies sprout wings and take to the skies. Air controls our intellect and communication. When we transform into adulthood, we are expected to balance both our mental and emotional subtle bodies. This allows us to feel fully, think rationally, and communicate effectively.
The dragonfly represents self-realization, transformation, and adaptability. It enters our life with the message of remembering to live with a lighthearted, effervescent joy as we morph into our higher selves. We are challenged to break away from old habits, and create a new life based on our desires and intentions. Let the dragonfly be your guide as you soar through the mist of confusion and dismay into the fresh air of awakening.
Tarot has been used as a tool for divination for decades. The original deck was created by the founders of the alchemist brotherhood, the Secret Order of the Golden Dawn, and has never been released to the public. Three members of the Golden Dawn were instructed to create their own interpretations of the original tarot deck. Those decks are the Rider-Waite by Arthur Edward Waite, the Thoth by Aleister Crowley, and the B.O.T.A. (Builders of the Adytum) by Paul Foster Case. All other tarot decks stem from these three utilizing their own symbology and interpretation of each card. Regardless of the esoteric meanings and depictions, every deck has a Major Arcana and Minor Arcana.
The Major Arcana
The Major Arcana consists of 22 cards. They are the foundation of the journey we all must go through to reach spiritual awareness. The fool is the first card of the Major Arcana and is often unnumbered. Each card represents major life changes, integral people in our life, or ingrained aspects of our higher selves. The main phases of life consisting of both struggles and successes are captured in these cards. Symbols in each card give more insight and meaning to the general picture. Whether we feel the Tower of our lives crumbling beneath our feet, or the warmth of the Sun shining down on us encouraging each step; we are being guided with love and light.
The Star is the 27th card in the Major Arcana of the Tarot. This card represents our hopes, dreams, and desires that we wish to come to fruition. The Star brings us inspiration and renewal as we begin to realize we have been achieving what we have longing for over time. During this realization we become filled with confidence and comfort in knowing we are capable of ensuring our needs are met. This surge of empowerment will be felt within as our light begins to shine with an effervescently blinding beauty. Other people will feel this warmth and begin looking within to find their own. Since we are all allowing our inner flame to billow and overtake the darkness of our hearts, there is a powerful awakening occurring on a collective conscious level. We are all finding paths in our lives that were not outlined as clearly before. These paths are extending from our souls, and our hearts beat to the rhythm of every step we take. We are balanced in harmony connected to our higher, true self which is directly linked to the source. As we open our eyes we are being flooded with an abundance of love, light, and warmth. With this comes compassion, empathy, softness, and a more complacent way of being creating serenity in every moment. The Star is propelling us forward to our souls purpose as we begin residing in our true bodies – our souls.