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Astrology Monthly Plant Medicine

July Monthly Plant Medicine ~ Hibiscus

Hello my loves and welcome to the month of July! How are you all feeling after this intense energy that June brought in for us? We had eclipses, retrogrades, super moons and the solstice – a big month indeed. We are officially shifting into the second half of 2021 and to usher us into this time is the Queen of the tropics ~ Hibiscus. the Hibiscus represents beauty and happiness and she is asking us to reconnect to ourselves, express our joy and be in the moment. When we pause to look at all the beauty that is around us we shift our energy into one that is more open and receptive and this in turn allows us to receive more abundance from the universe.

Astrologically speaking we are now in Cancer season which asks us to reconnect in with the emotional body as well as the divine feminine principles. We have a new moon in the sign of Cancer on July 9th which is opposite transformative Pluto who is currently retrograde in Capricorn – the divine masculine energy of the zodiac causing us to evaluate how we see the masculine energy within us all and harmonizing with dreamy Neptune who is retrograding through the depths of his home sign of Pisces. Venus and Mars are on good terms and conjunct each other at this time, bringing a time of harmony within our relationships.

This energy will ask us to slow down and connect in with the emotional body and what we truly desire to create, the art of manifestation comes from a strong connection to the emotional body and when we are out of alignment, this can make things difficult to manifest. You can find the full break down of the July astrology here.

Hibiscus is connecting in with us this month to help us reconnect to our inner desires and sense of happiness. She is calling us to review what is no longer in alignment and what drives our emotions – are we truly walking a path that is what our heart is calling us to do or are we walking that path of action and duty that doesn’t light us up any more?

July will be a time for introspection as well as connection to the world around us, the relationships with others and the way we connect in with ourselves. Do we judge ourselves harshly? Do we see the beauty or the flaws? This month will be one that asks us to focus on the beauty in all things and find gratitude for what we have and in turn become receptive to more.

Pay attention to signs of seeing this flower either in nature, on your news feed, in the products you buy or or spoken about around you as this is a moment where she is gently reminding you to check in with your emotions and to be present and notice any forms of beauty around you. Have a wonderful July everyone.

xo Elizabeth

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Awakening

Symptoms of a Spiritual Awakening

In the last blog we explored what a spiritual awakening was and how to define it.  In this blog we will explore what kind of symptoms you may be experiencing during a spiritual awakening. FINE PRINT – I am not a licensed physician so as always, use your own judgement and always see a doctor if you are concerned.

First let’s explore some of the physical symptoms that may occur. You may begin to experience things such as:

  • Food intolerances
  • Changes in sleep patterns (insomnia or needing to sleep more)
  • Vivid dreams
  • Dizziness – this is a result of not being grounded
  • Weight change ( excessive loss or gaining of weight)
  • Eating habits and preferences – you may no longer enjoy things you always have liked
  • Fluctuations in energy ( being super energised and then low in energy)
  • Sex drive (decreasing or increasing)
  • Decreased immune function – this will eventually lead to an increased “super” immune system
  • Low grade infections or ailments that won’t go away
  • Physical aches and pains “growing pains”
  • Digestive issues
  • Flu – like symptoms
  • Faster hair and nail growth
  • Heart palpitations
  • Brain fogginess
  • Hot flushes
  • Skin eruptions ( such as acne, eczema or dermatitis)
  • Looking younger or more youthful  
  • Activity on the top of the head near the crown chakra and third eye (buzzing, pressure etc)
  • Rapid eye movement
  • Twitches or muscle jerks and spasms
  • Heat in the back of the neck
  • Chronic illness
  • Sensation between the shoulder blades – as though wings are unfolding

Now let’s explore some other symptoms that are more lifestyle and spiritual in energy. You may begin to feel things or experience things such as:

  • Feeling more drawn to nature
  • Aversion to negative people or behaviours
  • A strong desire for a unified community
  • Feeling all life is sacred (including bugs eg. you may save them instead of spraying them)
  • Living more in the moment
  • Sudden waves of intense emotions
  • Becoming more introverted
  • A strong sense of something “impending” but nothing happening
  • Memories resurfacing – including past lives
  • Higher rates of electrical and mechanical malfunctions
  • Old wounds resurfacing (emotional) this is linked to shadow work
  • A strong desire for closure of the past and to face your shadow

These symptoms are by no means the only ones that may occur though they are some of the most common. Remembering that spiritual awakenings happen more than once as we go through life stages and spiritual journeys, understanding where these symptoms are linked to this journey can better help you to acknowledge and work through them while managing them correctly.

I hope this list has helped to give you some clarity into things that you may be experiencing yourself, before I finish this I just want to make one quick announcement, I have officially launched my sister site – The Wild Witch in the Forest, this site is where I will be sharing my writing, photography and the occasional witchy subjects. You can follow this link to check it out! https://thewildwitchintheforest.wordpress.com/

Much love,

Elizabeth

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Awakening

What is a Spiritual Awakening?

The term “spiritual awakening” seems to be a new buzz word within the spiritual community, much like when kale made its appearance in the mainstream health and wellness section a few years ago. But do you truly know what the term means and how does it apply to you? Is it a mystical experience reserved for the psychic elite or is it just a fancy term for walking the spiritual path?

In this next blog series I will be exploring what spiritual awakening means, how you can identify a spiritual awakening and then we will delve deeper into the spiritual psyche through understanding the ego and what shadow work is and how they all link together.

We kick off this series with a run down on spiritual awakening and understanding the term and how it can mean many different things to different people depending on your personal experiences, the community you are within and what resonates for you. It is in fact this very journey that inspired the name of my business – because I wanted to help as many people as I could on their own journey to awakening to the divine spirit that is within us all.

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Spiritual awakening can often be called “spiritual enlightenment”, “enlightenment”, “nirvana”, or simply “awakening”, though these terms are not the only ones out there. Depending on the community you are within they may all mean the same thing or they may all mean something different.

It can be hard to pin point just exactly what spiritual awakening is because these terms are widely used by many people. In many ways as the experience is such a personal and individualised one, only the individual can truly understand what it is to them.

When we think of enlightened or spiritually awakened people we may think of the “perfect” ones such as the Buddha, Mahatma Gandhi or even Jesus and that in order to be classified as awakened we must be as perfect as these individuals when in fact the opposite is true. We can be awakened or enlightened and still have flaws.

We then come to understanding the difference between all of these terms and for the sake of this blog and my own personal views on this, I will explain it as follows: spiritual awakening is the first step and we can go through many different stages of awakening, enlightenment is in some ways the end result or the final destination, a particular level of realisation. So from here on in I will use the term awakened.

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To put it simply, to “awaken” spiritually can be seen as the sudden (or in some cases not so sudden) expansion or shift in consciousness, that you are no longer living in a dream world so to speak and you are aware of something greater, bigger than yourself, the ego self (or the singular “I” identification) drifts away and your higher self begins to arise.

You see through the illusions of the world and see the emptiness in chasing the external calls for happiness that stem from the ego self, things such as money, fame or material satisfaction – this does not mean on the spiritual path you can no longer want these things, but you do so from a different perspective and understanding that they will not provide you the happiness or fulfilment you are seeking because what you are seeking only lies within.

You begin to question your old beliefs, habits and social conditionings and you begin to ask the deepest and most significant questions that the ego self was too scared to ask – questions like why am I here? Why do good people suffer? What is my purpose? And other questions that examine the fundamental nature of life itself. It is in a way, the shedding of old knowledge and conditioned beliefs and coming to the realisation that there is more to life than we have been taught.

So in this way we can see that the process of awakening is not about possessing knowledge or something ‘more’ than the “unawake” people – which sadly is so often seen within spiritual communities and it is worn like an elitist badge which in many ways means that the individual is still coming from a place of ego self and has much more awakening to do within themselves. To be awake is simply removing the shackles that keep you blind to what you already have within you.

This too means that the spiritual awakening cannot be defined by any one person for another – what is true for me may not be true for you and so on, due to the individual outlooks we have on life and it can happen at any time that is right for the individual. It is for this reason that I say when you believe you are experiencing an awakening yourself, seek as much knowledge from as many different people and take everything with a grain of salt because every person experiences it differently and if you find yourself being told that you are wrong or that it must be a particular way – run as far away as possible from that person because they are only going to make you feel more confused.

Often the awakening can happen either spontaneously such as through traumatic experiences though this does not mean you must have trauma in order to have an awakening, it can occur slowly and as a process through your own self-discovery.

Some things that are common no matter how the process starts for people is the feeling of being extremely lonely, alienated and lost, especially if you are around others who do not understand what you are going through. This is where finding communities can help in order to share experiences and have support from others because once you come out the other side it is an extremely rewarding path to walk and you will never stop learning. This is why I say you can have many different stages, because you never stop learning and as you become more equipped on your path, the more knowledge becomes available to you. The deeper you go into exploring yourself, the more stages of awakening you experience.

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I want to finish with giving you a few examples of some well-known people who can be classified as awakened in order to show you that they are still human and still have flaws. You can look at people such as Oprah, Jim Carey, Russell Brand or Eckhart Tolle to name a few and you can perhaps read up on their journeys into becoming awakened to see what it was that pushed them into the world of the awakened.

In the next blog I will explore the common signs and symptoms you may experience during an awakening in order to help you navigate your way through this path and begin to make sense of it all.

Love and Light

Elizabeth

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Cleansing

3 Ways to energetically cleanse your home right now

Cleansing the home does not mean you have to go out and purchase new items or have an array of different objects and rituals set out, though at any given time these can enhance your cleansing and make it deeper.

Most of us are familiar with the use of sage or smudging sticks to cleanse the home or incense. If you have these already than add them into these tips to make it deeper and more special but they are absolutely not required at all.

During this time of isolation and such heavy energy in the world, we need to pay extra attention to the energetic health of our home. Negative energy within the home can affect your personal energy which it is why it is so important to pay attention to what is happening within your sacred space. The home is just that – your sacred space. It is where you go to rest, to relax, to feel safe and comforted and when we spend so much time cooped up inside, watching the news or scrolling through social media and seeing the negative things that are happening in the world, our own emotions begin to change the energetic vibration of the home. Never mind the fact that when we are leaving the home, it is to rush to pick up the essentials – often not being able to get everything we need which creates more internal anxiety and we interact with others who are filled with fear and anxiety, then we bring these same emotions into the home.

You can see how even if you cleanse your own personal self, these emotions and energy are still trapped within the home and can continue to do damage without you even realising! So, let’s explore some options you can do right now to help cleanse the home, even incorporating them into a family practice to make it more fun and enjoyable, by explaining to the kids and family what you are doing.

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Option 1 – The physical clean

Yes this may seem the obvious choice and the least fun of all of them but physically cleaning your home is the easiest and most thorough way to cleanse it. When we clean with intention – the intention to not just clean the surfaces but also to clean the energy, your own thoughts help to stimulate that process. Ensure that as you cleanse you have at least one door or window open and try to direct your cleaning pattern or visualise the energy leaving through this opening. On top of providing an exit point for the energy, it is also allowing the fresh air and breeze to come in and help move everything along. Another key point here is to have all your curtains and blinds open to allow the sunlight in – even if it is a cloudy day. Sunlight is proven to kill germs so it is beneficial to let as much light in as possible, especially when cleaning. Another tip is the water you use for either mopping the floor or wiping down surfaces, add an extra magical oomph with some salt or a squeeze of lemon if you have it in the house.

Option 2 – The energetic sweep

If doing a full house cleanse is not of interest to you, getting the broom out to energetically sweep the house is perfect. Ensure you have a door open and instead of sweeping the surface of the floor, hold the broom just above the ground and focus on sweeping the negative energy towards the door. It helps to work in a counter clockwise direction as this is traditionally the ideal way to banish. Using affirmations and visualisation, ensuring you get into the corners of the home will help to move the energy. Adding a candle if you have some, to the darker corners of the home will help to illuminate the darkness and burn it away.

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Option 3 – The Sound cleanse

Sound is a powerful way to shift the energy of the home and by far the most enjoyable way to cleanse especially if you have young children who are becoming restless. Usually most would recommend using things like singing bowls – if you do have these then great, but sound can be as simple as clapping, singing, stamping your feet, bells, pots and pans with wooden spoons or even clapping two metal spoons together. To add in some extra fun vibes putting on music will add to this. The idea here is to use noise and the sound vibrations to help to shift the energy, you can even add some dancing in for additional fun and to help cleanse and shift your own vibration. The process is the same, open the doors and windows and make noise in every room, getting into the corners and you can even shout out that you are removing the negative energy or banishing all but positive thoughts in the home. It may make you feel silly but that is part of the joy here, unleash your own inner child and embrace the fun to be had in such a simple way to cleanse.

A final note on cleansing energy. Working with the natural cycles of the moon is also extremely powerful. Cleansing can be done at either the new moon or full moon or even both as part of a moon ritual, or if you want to work with the ideal astrological aspects of cleansing, the waning period and the time of the dark moon are perfect to remove what is no longer serving you – which in this case is the negative energy. The waning period of the moon is the time between the full moon and the new moon – as the moon begins to slowly disappear and go within. The dark moon is usually the 24 hours prior to the new moon, though some may say it is up to 72 hours prior.

Walking the spiritual path does not mean we need to buy fancy things and have structured rituals in order to be a successful spiritualist. It is all about intention. May these suggestions help you to cleanse your own sacred space and bring some joy and peace back into your home during these chaotic times.

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~ Namaste