Mermaid Tree

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Alternative Healing: Colors and Clothing September 27, 2009

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Do you ever have certain days when you feel pulled to wear a certain color over another?  Do you go through periods when you find yourself buying a lot of one color or is there a dominant color in your wardrobe?  This happens to me all the time and the reason is usually due to imbalances in my chakra system. 

 Each of the main seven chakras that can be found along your spine corresponds to different organs, emotions, and colors.  Every color also vibrates at a certain level and emanates a different kind of energy that will influence you and your aura.  By wearing different colors, you can balance out your chakra flows and possibly help to solve any pains or emotional issues caused by energetic origins.  Meditation and yoga are also great ways to work through blockages.  If you are pulled to a certain color, this may indicate a blockage around the corresponding chakra.  To help you figure out what your intuition (and your wardrobe) is trying to tell you, here are the chakras and the corresponding colors:

 

Basic Chakra Location and Associations Chart

Color Chakra Location Associations Other Notes
Red Root

 

Base of spine  Survival  
Orange Sacral Naval area Fertility, Creativity 

 

 
Yellow Solar Plexus Solar plexus Self-Confidence Yellow is also associated with happiness.
Green Heart Heart Love (romantic and divine) Green is also associated with healing and prosperity in general.
Blue Throat Throat Communication Blue is also associated with tranquility.
Indigo Third Eye

 

Middle of forehead Intuition   
Violet Crown Top of Head Divine connection This chakra is also associated with white.

 

What colors are you being drawn to?  Do you think there is an underlying metaphysical reason?

 

Mermaid Tree Reader Survey

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First of all, THANK YOU to everyone who has been reading and commenting.  Our statistics have gone up so much in such a short time and that is all because of our wonderful, awesome, fantastic, brillllllliant readers.  Ok, I may have gotten a little out of hand there.  Seriously, though, we are here to provide information and a place for discussion.  In the spirit of being more useful and giving our readers more of a say in what the Mermaid Tree looks and sounds like, we created a survey to collect some information about interests and knowledge concerning different topics.  Just click on the Mermaid Tree logo below and you will be directed to the survey page.  The information is just for us to learn a little bit about who is reading the blog and all of the questions are optional.  So, even if you just feel comfortable answering some of them, that will still help us out.  Thank you, again, for reading!

 

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Charge of the God September 24, 2009

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(The Charge of the Goddess was posted on 9-17-09, if you would like to read both together.)

The Horned God - Cernunnos; Artist info was not listed with image.

The Horned God - Cernunnos; Artist info was not listed with image.

Charge of the God

Listen to the words of the Great Father, who of old was called Osiris,
Adonis, Zeus, Thor, Pan, Cernunnos, Herne, Lugh and by many other
names:

“My Law is Harmony with all things.
Mine is the secret that opens the gates of life and mine is the dish of salt of the
earth that is the body of Cernunnos that is the eternal circle of rebirth.
I give the knowledge of life everlasting, and beyond death I give the promise of
regeneration and renewal.
I am the sacrifice, the father of all things, and my protection blankets the earth.”

Hear the words of the dancing God, the music of whose laughter stirs the
winds, whose voice calls the seasons:

“I who am the Lord of the Hunt and the Power of the Light, sun among the clouds
and the secret of the flame
I call upon your bodies to arise and come unto me.
For I am the flesh of the earth and all its beings.
Thru me all things must die and with me are reborn.
Let my worship be in the body that sings, for behold all acts of willing sacrifice
are my rituals.
Let there be desire and fear, anger and weakness, joy and peace, awe and longing
within you.
For these too are part of the mysteries found within yourself, within me, all
beginnings have endings, and all endings have beginnings.”

~(I am not sure who wrote this version of the Charge of the God.  If anyone finds out who it is, please let me know! Thanks!)

What does The Charge of the God evoke within you?

 

Poem of the Week-“Spiritual Surrender” September 22, 2009

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“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” -Leonardo da Vinci

 

Spiritual Surrender

  

spiritual surrender to the unknown

return to a path ignored and overgrown

clear away fear and stagnation

bow down at the feet of all Creation

accept the lessons, new and old

heed the warnings of trouble foretold

open myself wholly to Love and Light

expand my vision beyond physical sight

abandon the need for practical reason

live by the rhythms of the Mother’s seasons

swept away in nature’s harmony

it has taken many lifetimes to begin this journey

 

 

–Property of the Mermaid Tree.  2009.  The above cannot be reproduced in whole or part without author’s consent.

 

 What was your reaction to Spiritual Surrender?  Are there any poems or prayers that you associate with the Autumnal Exquinox?  Share them in a comment.

 

 

Crystal of the Week – Mahogany Obsidian

I chose this Crystal of the Week with Mabon in mind – Blessed Mabon to you all!!! (For information about Mabon, please see the entry Mabon 2009 (The Autumnal Equinox) which was posted on 9-18-09.)

Mahogany Obsidian is an interesting stone that lends a variety of properties when used.  Even during periods when I am not actively working with it, I enjoy picking up my piece of Mahogany Obsidian to feel what energy is coming from it that day.  Mahogany Obsidian always gives off the aspect of its energy that the user most needs (or perhaps we unconsciously draw the aspect we most need from the stone?)

There are really three main components that I feel make Mahogany Obsidian such a diverse stone.

Fire – Like all obsidian, mahogany obsidian was formed from lava.  The Fire component of this stone gives it energy, vitality, inspiration and passion.  It also engenders courage and confidence in the user.

Iron – This form of obsidian gets its red-brown mahogany coloring from iron particles that were trapped as the lava cooled.  The iron enables this stone to give the user strength, determination and conviction.  As the fire aspect helps the user have inspiration and courage, the iron aspect then helps in maintaining that courage and ensures the user’s strength of will.

Earth – Although the iron technically makes up the “earth” part, I wanted to talk about the rock aspect itself.  Mahogany obsidian can just give off a very earthy vibe!  It’s great.  Really grounding and stabilizing.  It’s like the last part of this amazing triple action team!  After the fire sparks inspiration/courage/passion the iron maintains/strengthens it, and then the earth ground and stabilizes everything.  How awesome is that!?!  The earth properties also give mahogany obsidian excellent protection energy.

I realized one day that I had been overlooking other really obvious elemental connections:

WATER and AIR – There is always a certain amount of water content included.  Sometimes the water bubbles are visible to the naked eye in certain forms of obsidian.  But even if they aren’t, they can usually be spotted easily with a microscope.  Water lends the mahogany obsidian emotional balance.

And of course the lava is cooled by air.  Air gives the stone the properties of communication and clear thinking.

So overall this is a great stone!  Fire and Earth are the strongest energies in Mahogany obsidian, but all the elements harmonize together to help the user in multiple ways.

I encourage you to use Mahogany Obsidian as a way to do a daily “Self-reflection.”  Sit quietly with your mahogany obsidian and see what aspect/element reaches out to you most strongly.  Write down your observations and see how it changes over the course of about two weeks (or whatever length of time works for you.  You can also try doing it once a week and just make sure you do it for about 8 weeks, if you don’t have time to do it daily).  Did the obsidian share more of its Iron aspect with you?  Or perhaps you received grounding energy?  Or a boost of energy?  Make a note of any messages, thoughts and energy shifts that happen when working with mahogany obsidian.  Going back and reading your daily reflections will help you see patterns that might point out areas you need to work on.

Properties:  Strength, Courage, Grounding, Protection, Willpower, Self-reflection

I enjoy posting this as the Crystal of the Week on Mabon since it has such a balance of elements within itself, and Mabon is a time of balance.  It also reflects the “harvesting” idea in a nice way.  After the action of the lava bubbling up and cooling (which reflects the summer months of growth), the rock is harvested with all its wonderful properties solidified (which resonates with the completion of goals and reaping of blessings that occurs at the end of harvest time).  Plus, the stone itself is a pretty autumn color!

Enjoy!  And again, Blessed Mabon!


 

Prayer and Spellwork: What is the difference?

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Generally, spells are given a bad reputation by those not practicing witchcraft, following a neo-pagan path, or who have bothered to ask a practitioner what they are all about.  Ignorance only breeds more ignorance and out of this comes fear and then people and beliefs are completely misunderstood and then I become very upset.  The worst thing is to judge someone based upon something they believe when you haven’t even done your homework.  So, in the spirit of spreading accurate information, I wanted to write a post about the similarities and differences (if any) between performing a spell and praying.  I also figured that with the coming of Mabon, some of you may have to explain your beliefs to people, particularly those close to you that are not familiar with Wiccan or neo-pagan practices.  Finding some common ground is always a good place to start.

In general, prayer is a part of nearly every major or minor world religion.  The act of connecting to a higher power through words as an individual or group is very common.  Even people who don’t consider themselves to be very religious or even spiritually inclined may find themselves praying at different times in their lives for help with a difficult decision or a particularly undesirable situation.  What does differ is who they believe is hearing their prayers, though even this can be debated as there are many who believe the many higher powers of the different world religions are actually the same Spirit.  What is important for this discussion is what traditionally goes into prayer;  how one might define the act of praying. 

Here is my attempt at coming up with such a definition:  Prayer is the act of saying (either out loud or silently to one’s self) a set of words that can be written by the religious practitioner and improvisational or written by a recognized figure of higher authority within that religion in the hopes of forming a connection with a higher power ,giving praise to that higher power, making an impact on a current earthly situation, or a combination of the three previous reasons.  For example, one might pray to ask for help in times of need or to thank the higher power for help given or simply to demonstrate worship of the higher power.  This act may or may not be accompanied by physical movements (sitting, standing, bowing, making the sign of the cross, etc) and objects (incense, bells, music, etc).  In some cases, time is also an important factor in prayer (time of day or specific occasions, for example).

Now, I would like for you to read the above definition, except replace the word “prayer” with the word “spell.”  This is what a spell is.   True, the two acts may differ in some respects, but at their core, they are very similar ways to interact with a higher power, usually in the hopes of changing something in the material world.  There is nothing wrong with the similarity and I apologize if I offend practitioners of any religion.  This is simply my personal observation and belief. 

Now, as you go about your day, think of the many other things you see in people that you find to be odd or even offensive.  Try to find their counterpart in your own life.  As I said ignorance breeds ignorance, so the more people pushing intelligent acceptance of all, the better.

Blessed Mabon everyone, and Blessed Acceptance!

 

Have you ever had an encounter where you were forced to explain yourself to someone who misunderstood you?  What are your personal beliefs on prayer and spellwork?

 

Past Life Memories and DNA September 20, 2009

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The belief in reincarnation is one of my favorite subjects to discuss with my friends, regardless of the religious background.  If their personal belief system does not include reincarnation or the notion of karma, I love to hear what their opinions are of the people who do believe they have lived previous lives.  If they do believe in reincarnation, it is interesting to hear how they integrate that belief with the rest of their spirituality, along with any regression experiences they may have had. 

Personally, I do believe in reincarnation as well as the ability to see parts of previous lives in regressions in order to further one’s self spiritually in the present life.  In general, the metaphysical explanation for reincarnation includes the notion that the soul (or core part of a person’s energy, whatever you name it) lives multiple times to develop spiritually and come closer and closer to its origin (Spirit, Creator, etc).  What sort of life a soul will live is determined by lessons learned (or, all too often, not learned) in the previous life/lives.  Sometimes past emotional and physical pain can carry over into the present life, making learning about one’s past lives quite interesting and sometimes helpful in explaining seemingly unfounded fears or physical ailments.  It is also important to remember that time does not occur in the straight line we so like to put it in when we are discussing reincarnation.  Time is cyclical and multidimensional so, technically, a soul could have a life in one time period and then have a successive life that is in a section of time that is chronologically earlier to the previous life.  If this sounds confusing, it is.  There will be further posts on time later on.  Just go with it for now. 

Recently, I was having one of those wonderful discussions about spirituality with my aunt, who has a very open mind when it comes to religious beliefs.  She put forth a very interesting explanation of reincarnation that I would like to share with the Mermaid Tree readers.  Her personal belief is that when people regress and see visions of their previous selves in different time periods, they are actually seeing memories from their ancestors.  The reason is all in our DNA.  So much is passed down genetically, why not residual energy that has been imprinted with specific memories, fears, or injuries?  According to this school of thought, our past life memories are physically flowing through our veins.  They live within us.  I found this so fascinating because I had never heard of this description of reincarnation before.  It is the reincarnation of specific energetic make-ups through ancestry.  The implications of this idea on soul groups are also interesting.  As it is commonly believed that souls travel together and reincarnate around each other, this would mean that what we recognize in others is actually a type of ancient blood relation.  The energetic imprints in our blood are reacting to similar imprints in another and drawing us together. 

Again, I just found this whole belief really interesting.  It also proves how diverse the beliefs are within the alternative religions and yet how accepted it is that there will be this difference.  What matters is that we all do have faith and believe.  The details aren’t as important anymore. 

If you have any beliefs in reincarnation or past lives, we would love for you to share them in a comment.  The more diverse, the better! 

 

What do you think of this explanation of past life regression memories?