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Reiki Grandmaster Francis Dams Konkol, 8th dan, from Melbourne, Australia
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Summer Solstice Ritual

The Witch & Walnut

SUMMER SOLSTICE BATH RITUAL (1)Midsummer celebrations are finally upon us. I’m posting this a bit early so that you can have some time to gather your ingredients if you don’t have them on hand.

Midsummer is celebrated from the Solstice and then for 3 days afterwards as well. So if you can’t find the time on Solstice, its okay you have all weekend. In-fact you have basically the remainder of the month. The energy for love is potent and thick in the air, but its not just one day. You can feel it throughout the remaining days of June and early days of July…

This is a time to fall in love, to grow love and to simply be in love. Whether you choose to seek it, wish for it or even leave it…. this is the time to honor your hearts desire. This is a time when the energy around us is drunk…

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Card of the Day – The World – Friday, June 22, 2018

Tarot by Cecelia

The Circle of Life. Life is itself lived in many cycles. Currently, we have just begun a new season, be it Summer, or Winter, depending upon the hemisphere in which you live. Whether you have realized it or not, one cycle has been completed, and the new one which has begun, will go a long way to transform your life over the coming months. I often view this card as reaching the Finish Line, only to be at the Starting Line for something else. And so it goes, the cycles go on and on; doors open and doors close.

They say hindsight is 20/20, so you may not notice the massive change which this cycle will be bringing, until much of it has occurred, and you are not at all in the same place as you are at this moment. There is much success to be had now if…

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Daily Words of the Buddha for June 22, 2018

Pāli Word a Day for June 22, 2018 — assāsa — breathing freely; ease, relief; comfort, encouragement; self-confidence

Jayaṃ veraṃ pasavati.
Dukkhaṃ seti parājito.
Upasanto sukhaṃ seti,
hitvā jayaparājayaṃ.

Winning gives birth to hostility.
Losing, one lies down in pain.
The calmed lie down with ease,
having set winning & losing aside.

Dhammapada 15.201
Translated from Pāli by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Contemplations …

Forty years ago, The Beatles asked the world a simple question: they wanted to know where all the lonely people came from. My latest theory is that at the end of the day, all we really have is ourselves and nothing can make you feel lonelier than that. Four-hundred years ago, another well known English guy had an opinion about being alone, John Dunn. He thought we were never alone. Of course, it was fancier when he said it. “No man is an island entire unto himself.” Boil down that island talk and he just meant that all anyone needs is someone to step in and let us know we’re not alone. And, who’s to say that someone can’t have four legs? Someone to play with, or run around with, or just hang out.

The Path You’ve Chosen – June, 2018

Tarot by Cecelia

Over the last five to ten years, many of you have likely experienced more low moments than high ones, or, at the very least the low ones felt as though they far outweighed the good. The time has come to take the wisdom which you have gained through these experiences, and work with the messages the Universe is sending your way now. Through what you are manifesting it is possible to put things back on a more even keel. The opportunites await you, however, you must be willing to turn away from life’s disappointments and betrayals and switch your focus to making things happen for yourself. No pity parties allowed. Remain grounded, and remember to nurture yourself in the process, while still putting yourself out there for others on a more balanced scale.

Do not allow yourself to be caught off guard when the Universe offers you an incredible opportunity…

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Daily Tarot | Card of the Day – 8 of Cups – Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Tarot by Cecelia

With Neptune newly retrograde, it is highly possible for dreams to be off the charts. It can be very easy to want to escape into that dream world, having the kind of vibe that says…”I don’t want to be here; I just want to be there”. In due time you will be arriving there, if the Universe so intends. The 8 of Cups has a feel of moving on associated with it, and your current desire to be somewhere else may seem overwhelming at the moment.

Now is not the time, unfortunately, but the actions you take now in your waking hours can aid you in making the choices to find your way to that new destination. You will be much closer by the end of August, so, for the moment, pay close attention to what your dreams are telling you, for they contain some shreds of truth which will…

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Daily Words of the Buddha for June 19, 2018

Pāli Word a Day for June 19, 2018 — tathavacana — as it is, rightly, correctly, truly, speaking the truth

Anatthajanano doso,
doso cittappakopano;
bhayamantarato jātaṃ
taṃ jano nāvabujjhati.

Hate brings great misfortune,
hate churns up and harms the mind;
this fearful danger deep within
most people do not understand.

Itivuttaka 3.88
Gemstones of the Good Dhamma, compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika

Powerful Herbal Pain Relief

Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

A few days ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the home of a gracious woman who deals in antiques. As I admired the many fine pieces displayed there, I came to realize that I, too, am something of a period piece a baby boomer who’s fundamentally sound but sporting the odd creaky hinge or two.
Fortunately, the herbal apothecary holds promise. Its medicines are good alternatives to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for chronic, mild to moderate aches and can reduce the need for prescription drugs.
More than 100 plants are known to have pain-relieving properties, but some are really outstanding. Reporting on herbal painkillers for arthritis, a review of clinical trials in the Clinical Journal of Pain says devil’s claw {Harpagophytum procumbens}, capsaicin from hot chiles {Capsicum spp.}, gamma-linolenic acid {GLA} from seed oils, and certain blended herbal extracts are especially good. Other studies indicate broader pain-relieving…

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Card of the Day – King of Pentacles – Monday, June 18, 2018

Tarot by Cecelia

This should have been yesterday’s card given the fact that this King makes a pretty darn good Dad. But, he is also welcome on a Monday anytime. If you have been listening to my Overview for the Second Half of 2018, then you are aware of the way things are playing out in the coming months. This King represents your power and security, and the steps you are taking to bring the abundance you desire to fruition. He is a sign that all of your hard work and efforts which you have put into your endeavors will indeed pay off for the long haul.

The King of Pentacles is a practical, down-to-earth individual (male or female), who has earned what they have and concerns themselves, not only with their own wellbeing, but that of others as well. He is a very savvy guy when it comes to finances, and…

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Daily Words of the Buddha for June 18, 2018

Pāli Word a Day for June 18, 2018 — atthasaṃhitā — attha + saṃhitā = aim, purpose, goal, profit, advantage, gain, good + possessed with, connected with, bringing – connected with bringing good, with the goal, useful, profitable, having meaning

Attānameva paṭhamaṃ
patirūpe nivesaye
athaññamanusāseyya
na kilisseyya paṇḍito.

One should first establish oneself
in what is proper and only then
try to instruct others. Doing this,
the wise one will not be criticized.

Dhammapada 12.158
Gemstones of the Good Dhamma, compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika

Hau’oli aloha Pō’akāhi

Aloha a me kā maikāʻi āwakēa i kā pōʻe ā pau. Nā kōu Pō’akāhi ʻae ē Hō’omanā’o ī kā nāni ‘oe ī lōkō ā me kā waho. Ō kā maluhia nō me ‘oe.

Hello and good day to everyone. Enjoy your Monday and remember you are beautiful inside and out. Peace be with you.

Reiki | It’s All About The Attitude Of Gratitude

Gratitude. Appreciation. Giving thanks. No matter what words you use it all means the same thing. Happy. We’re supposed to be happy … grateful for friends, family … happy to just be alive. Maybe we’re not supposed to be happy. Maybe gratitude has nothing to do with joy. Maybe being grateful means recognizing what you have for what it is, admiring the struggle it takes simply to be human. Maybe we’re thankful for the familiar things we know … and maybe we’re thankful for the things we’ll never know. At the end of the day, the fact that we have the courage to still be standing is reason enough to celebrate.

Grand Fire Trine of Goddesses

Tara Greene,Tarot Reader, Astrology, Psychic

Grand fire trine of the Goddess, Juno and Eris in Aries trine Ceres in Leo and trine to Vesta in Sagittarius. This affects 22-29 degree Fire Signs.

June. Marriage Goddess,Tara Greene astrology

Juno whose name the month of June honors is the asteroid goddess which represents Feminine Genius and wisdom. Eris is the Goddess of disruption-a shit disturbing troublemaker. They are fired up and plotting a spontaneous furious attack.

Ceres is the Great Mother, Mother Nature, Demeter. It is She who commands all life and chooses to allow anything to grow or not. Ceres is sitting on Donald Trump’s Mars and his Leo Ascendant. In Greek mythology Demeter/Ceres had her daughter Persephone stolen/raped from her. She refused to let anything grow on earth until her daughter was returned to her from Pluto’s realm, the Underworld.

Vesta is the goddess of investments and investiture if power. Vesta is the eternal flame of the soul which…

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Card of the Day – 7 of Swords – Saturday, June 16, 2018

Tarot by Cecelia

We can not always know what is going on behind the scenes, but trust me, there is plenty. And, soon, some of it will be revealed. The primary concern right now needs to be with you, and not worrying about what is going on elsewhere. For, when the timing is right, the Universe promises to tie up all the loose eneds and weave together a new fabric of existence.

Very often, when we see the 7 of Swords, there appears to be some sort of clandestine operation underway. Now, mind you, this does not mean you are up to no good, rather, you yourself also operating behind the scenes, in stealth mode, if you will. I like to call it the back-door approach. It is not always necessary to come barging in the front and drawing so much attention to yourself. Go about your business quietly, not in a sneaky…

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Daily Words of the Buddha for June 16, 2018

Pāli Word a Day for June 16, 2018 — dhammaññū — one who knows the dhamma

Sabbe sattā, sabbe pāṇā,
sabbe bhūtā ca kevalā,
sabbe bhadrāni passantu.
Mā kañci pāpamāgamā.

May all creatures, all living things,
all beings one and all,
experience good fortune only.
May they not fall into harm.

Aṅguttara Nikāya 4.67
Gemstones of the Good Dhamma, compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika

La’au Lapa’au | Nettle

The Wonky Pot Apothecary

nettle

Nettle

Botanical Name: Urtica dioica, Urtica galeopsifolia. The annual nettle species dwarf nettle (Urtica urens L.) can be used in a similar manner as the stinging nettle in herbal medicine.

Family Urticaceae

Other Common Names of Stinging Nettle: Big string nettle, common nettle, Nettle, devil’s leaf, European nettle, Grosse Brennesse (German), grande ortie (French), ortiga (Spanish), brenninetla (Icelandic), brænde nælde (Danish).

TCM Name: Xun Ma

Meridians: Lung, Liver, Kidney

Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Tonifies the Lungs/Treats Skin: eczema, congested lungs, coughs, asthma, shingles. Purifies Blood: cleanses the Blood from environmental toxins and toxins in food.  Drains Phlegm/Astringing; urinary tract infections, allergy congestion, gout, edema. Builds Blood/Enriches Kidney and Liver Yin: hot flashes, night sweats, dry skin, dull hair, brittle nails, regulate menses. Stops Bleeding: hemorrhage, post partum bleeding, heavy menses. Regulates Metabolism: improves stamina, poor appetite, improves lactation.

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Venus in hot Leo,Pride time

Tara Greene,Tarot Reader, Astrology, Psychic

Venus roars passionately through LEO sign of courage drama passion and courage June 13 on the Gemini New Moon tail energy until July 9/10th.

It’s time to party. Yes “I am woman hear me roar.” by Helen Reddy’s 1971 Feminist hit is just as strong and true today.

Leo rules leadership, strength, courage, pride, vanity, actors, and The Royals.

Venus squares Uranus in Taurus June 14

for her kick off aspect. Expect Crazy and you won’t be disappointed.

Venus the Goddess of LOVE Beauty, Relationships, BLING, demands to be treated like A QUEEN or King, so you better get ready to bow down or take center stage.

LEO is STRENGTH in the Tarot #11 or 8

 Power struggles can get even more raw, inflamed, hot and passionate.  There will be lots of drama. Leo governs vanity, competition, showing off, jealousy, possessiveness, you know…with big ego power politics 

Venus in Leo…

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Daily Words of the Buddha for June 15, 2018

Pāli Word a Day for June 15, 2018 — attaññū — one who knows oneself

Sabbā āsattiyo chetvā,
vineyya hadaye daraṃ,
upasanto sukhaṃ seti,
santiṃ pappuyya cetasā.

With all one’s attachments cut,
with the heart’s pining subdued,
calm and serene and happy is one,
for one has attained peace of mind.

Saṃyutta Nikāya 1.242
Gemstones of the Good Dhamma, compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika

Daily Tarot | Card of the Day – Ace of Swords – Friday, June 15, 2018

Tarot by Cecelia

Triumphant! This is the word which immediately sprung out to me when I saw this was the Card of the Day. Go ahead, seize your power today; you more than have this! Think of the Ace of Swords as your helper to clear your path of obstacles and lead you to victory. There is definitely a change here which feels good, to say the least.

Very often, we can see this card as some form of Divine Intervention, where the Universe says to you, “Here you go!”, and suddenly you have what you need. In this instance, you have the support of truth, clarity, justice, victory, and above all, finally feeling triumphant over something which perhaps you were not certain you could overcome.

See you here tomorrow!

Source: Whispering Spirits Tarot by Joanna Nelson Studio

This card was last seen April 14, 2018

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