Ritual: Clear Clutter for Clarity and Creativity

Tess Whitehurst-Clear Clutter for Clarity Ritual(This ritual was originally published in Llewellyn’s 2011 Spell-A-Day Almanac and on the Llewellyn Spell-A-Day blog. It’s best to do it when the moon is waning.)

Light a yellow candle and a stick of cedar incense.

Hold your hands in prayer pose, close your eyes, and focus your attention at your third eye (above the center of your brows).  Relax and set your intention by envisioning/feeling perfect clarity and creativity in your life.

Now, clear clutter from your home. Box up or discard clothes you don’t wear or that don’t make you feel good, papers you don’t need, gifts you never liked, and everything else that’s just taking up space. Drink lots of water while you do this, and take as much time as you need (even taking extra days if necessary).

When you’re finished, take a shower. Then light a bundle of dried white sage. Move the smoke around your body and home.

Finally, stand in a central location with your hands in prayer pose and say the following nine times:

Clear, creative, joyful, free.


ritual: clear clutter for clarity & creativity

I’ve been using some of this Virgo energy to clear clutter and deep-clean my home…found this online, very fitting!

Ritual: Clear Clutter for Clarity and Creativity

Tess Whitehurst-Clear Clutter for Clarity Ritual(This ritual was originally published in Llewellyn’s 2011 Spell-A-Day Almanac and on the Llewellyn Spell-A-Day blog. It’s best to do it when the moon is waning.)

Light a yellow candle and a stick of cedar incense.

Hold your hands in prayer pose, close your eyes, and focus your attention at your third eye (above the center of your brows).  Relax and set your intention by envisioning/feeling perfect clarity and creativity in your life.

Now, clear clutter from your home. Box up or discard clothes you don’t wear or that don’t make you feel good, papers you don’t need, gifts you never liked, and everything else that’s just taking up space. Drink lots of water while you do this, and take as much time as you need (even taking extra days if necessary).

When you’re finished, take a shower. Then light a bundle of dried white sage. Move the smoke around your body and home.

Finally, stand in a central location with your hands in prayer pose and say the following nine times:

Clear, creative, joyful, free.

Understanding your Chakras

great piece from forever conscious


The word chakra means energy vortex or wheel and according to Ancient Indian philosophy we each have seven chakras that manage the energy of our body from our spine to the top of our head.

Each chakra plays a role in establishing our overall health and well being. For optimal health, these energy wheels need to be aligned, clear and balanced. It is believed that when these energy centers are imbalanced that physical and emotional disturbances occur.

The seven chakras each have a specific purpose and control both physical and emotional aspects of the body.

Root Chakrais our grounding chakra. It begins at the base of the spine and grounds our soul to our body. This energy centre is responsible for protecting the spinal column, the rectum, legs, bones and feet. Emotionally it ties to survival, stability, acceptance, self preservation, perception, fear and safety.

Traditionally, the root chakra is associated with the color red and red crystals such as rubies, garnet and red jasper, as well as red foods and art can be used to heal this chakra.

When the chakra is out of balance, issues such as sluggishness, tiredness, obesity, hoarding, materialism, greed, fear of safety, inability to deal with change, lack of discipline and financial difficulty can occur. Physical dysfunctions can also occur such as bowel disorders, bone or teeth issues, lower back pain, depression and lack of energy.

When the root chakra is balanced, feelings of good health, vitality, being well grounded, trusting the world, feeling safe, stable and secure will prosper.

This chakra can be upset by birth trauma, abandonment, physical neglect, a poor relationship with the mother, malnourishment or inherited traumas such as living in war or poverty.

In order to heal this chakra it is recommended to get exercise, massage the lower abdomen and spine, reconnect with your body and accept yourself.

A Mantra for the Root Chakra:

“I feel grounded and secure in my body, I trust the universe and know that I am looked after. I am supported, safe and loved by mother earth.”

Sacral Chakrais located in the lower abdomen and rules over sexuality, emotions, creativity and financial matters.

It is associated with the color orange and crystals such as amber, citrine or even orange foods can be used to enhance the energy of the sacral chakra.

This chakra helps to balance our sexual organs, intestines, lower vertebrae, kidneys, pelivis, appendix, prostate, hip area and our lymphatic system.

When the energy of this chakra is excessive, sexual addiction can occur as well as strong or sensitive emotions, seductive manipulation, attachment and addiction and emotional dependency. When the energy is deficient, issues such as poor social skills, fear of sex, lack of desire and passion, denial of pleasure and unwillingness to change can occur.

Physically when this chakra is out of balance sexual dysfunction or reproductive issues occur as well as urinary problems, digestive issues, spleen issues or appetite control issues.

Often this chakra can be upset by sexual or emotional abuse, manipulation, alcoholic parents, denial of feelings and neglect.

A Mantra for the Sacral Chakra-

“I acknowledge and accept my sexuality and give permission to myself to feel all that I feel. I understand that I deserve pleasure in life and I am comfortable with who I am.”

Solar Plexus Chakrasits below the diaphragm and controls feelings of power, self-esteem and our relationship with our inner self.

Represented by the color yellow, crystals such as citrine, yellow topaz  and tiger’s eye, as well as yellow foods or flowers can be used to heal this chakra.

Physically, this chakra looks after our respiratory system, our stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, adrenals, the lower back and the nervous system.

When the energy from this chakra is unbalanced issues such as poor self esteem, fearfulness, poor self discipline, aggression, feeling power hungry, or the need to be in control, feeling like a victim, blaming others or being overly competitive can occur.

When this chakra is balanced, feelings of inner harmony, self acceptance and respect for others can be felt.

When out of balance physically, digestive problems, colon and intestinal problems, ulcers, anorexia, pancreatitis, diabetes, gallstones, allergies and liver or stomach issues can occur. A constant feeling of coldness can also be felt.

This chakra is usually effected by physical abuse, fear of punishment or shaming, living in a dangerous environment, feeling shameful of oneself or living in a dominating household or society.

In order to heal this chakra, it is important to deal with any self-loathing issues, or feelings of needing to be in control. Abdominal exercises and vigorous exercise can also help.

A Mantra for the Solar Plexus Chakra:

“I honor the power within me and know I hold the answer to my own destiny. I release my built up emotions and claim my personal power.”

Heart Chakra: this chakra rules the heart, cardiac system and chest. It also governs love, forgiveness, relationships, loneliness, depression and devotion.

The heart chakra is associated with both pink or green and can be supported by rose quartz, emerald and jade crystals or pink and green plants.

This chakra looks after the circulatory system, lungs, shoulders, arms, thymus gland, immune system and upper back and when imbalanced can lead to disorders in these areas including tension, breast problems, asthma and allergies.

Energetically, an imbalance in this chakra can lead to being demanding, jealous or possessive in relationships or anti-social, withdrawn, shy, judgemental, depressed or bitter. A fear of intimacy or relationships can also occur as well as over sacrificing oneself in relationships.

Traumas such as rejection, abandonment, loss, abuse, grief, divorce, death, feelings of not being loved and betrayal can harm this chakra.

When balanced, the heart chakra helps to promote compassion, self-love, empathy, peace and a good immune system.

In order to heal this chakra, one must learn to forgive, practice unconditional love and learn the true value of compassion and co-dependency.

Breathing exercises, working with the arms and self discovery can also help heal this chakra.

A Mantra for the Heart Chakra:

“I open myself to give and receive love. I forgive myself and others for past mistakes and I acknowledge that I am worthy and safe to love myself and others.”

Throat ChakraSits in the throat area and rules self expression, communication and speaking one’s truth.

Associated with the color blue, the throat chakra can be activated by blue crystals such as sapphire and lapis lazuli, eating blue foods or wearing blue clothes.

The throat chakra rules over the throat, thyroid, vocal cords, mouth, teeth, gums, jaws ears and muscles and when imbalanced, issues such as chronic sore throats, a raspy voice, mouth ulcers, gum problems, laryngitis, swollen glands, thyroid problems, headaches, ear problems and pain in the neck or shoulders can occur.

An imbalance in this chakra emotionally can lead to talking too much, talking as a defence, inability to listen, gossiping, stuttering, fear of speaking, talking in a soft voice, shyness, poor rhythm, being tone deaf or an inability to put feelings into words.

Lies, secrets, verbal abuse, constant yelling, criticism, authoritative parents or chemical dependency in the family are common traumas associated with throat chakra issues.

In order to heal this chakra, self control and developing confidence must occur. Learning to communicate effectively, knowing that you are worthy of your own opinion, practicing silence and listening to others can also facilitate healing.

Chanting, singing, voice work, throat exercises and story telling can also help to heal this chakra.

A Mantra for the Throat Chakra:

“I accept myself, feelings and emotions and know that I am worthy to express how I feel. I hear and speak the truth and I trust that I can express myself with clear intent.”

Third Eye Chakrais located in the centre of the forehead and rules over our intuition, the mind, our imagination, intelligence and the ability to see life clearly.

It is associated with the color indigo and can be supported by amethyst crystals and lavender essential oil.

Physically, this chakra rules over our brain,  nervous system, ears, eyes, nose, face and the pineal and pituitary gland. When imbalances occur, headaches, eye disease nose and sinus problems, brain tumors, neurological disturbances, seizures and learning disabilities can be experienced.

Emotionally when this chakra is out of balance, nightmares, hallucinations, headaches, difficulty concentrating, delusions, poor memory, insensitivity, lack of imagination and denial can ensue.

Often those who have grown up in frightening environments or those who experience lack of support or validation for intuitiveness or creativity can experience trauma to this chakra.

In order to heal this chakra, mediation, visualizations, creating art, working with memory or dreams, hypnosis or past life therapy can help.

A Mantra for the Third Eye Chakra:

“I trust my intuition and open my mind to the endless creativity of the universe. I am open to hearing and experiencing all that is aligned with light and love and I have the power to manifest my desires.”

Crown Chakra: is the portal to our spiritual self and is responsible for spiritual awakenings, karma, awareness and all things divine. 

The colors represented by this chakra include purple, white, gold and silver and crystals that support this energy include diamond, quartz and selenite.

Physically, this chakra controls our muscular and skeletal system and our nervous system. When this chakra is imbalanced, energetic disorders, depression, migraines, amnesia, and sensitivity to the environment can be experienced.

Energetically, learning difficulties, materialism, greed, domination of others, spiritual addiction, dissociation from the body and depression can all be symptoms.

When this chakra is balanced, a feeling of deep spiritual connection can be felt as well as open-mindness, wisdom and a broad understanding of both the seen and unseen world.

Often experiences including, forced religion, fear of the unknown and spiritual abuse can cause trauma to this chakra.

To heal this chakra, an emotional, spiritual and physical connection needs to be made to the body. Meditation, understanding self and clearing the mind can all help.

A Mantra for the Crown Chakra:

“I am a divine spiritual being. I am guided by a higher power and my inner wisdom. I am love.”

from MBG: 5 Easy Ways To Clear Your Home Of Negative Energy Now

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A negative space mirrors a negative life.

The total disorganization that erupts when you’re going through a chaotic time at work is common. The unfinished projects that pile up when you’re in a toxic friendship or relationship…also common. Once your life gets overwhelmed by negativity, it will always show up in your home in some way.

Clearing this negativity from your space is the first step towards living a more positive life. Here’s how to do it:

1. Surrender

Decide to stop forcing things to look or feel a certain way based on other people’s standards. Basically, un-decorate your space of everything that doesn’t feel true to you—from the centerpieces from your family that you loathe but feel obliged to keep on the table to your friend’s artwork that you don’t want on the walls but feel pressured to hang. Let go anything around you that feels like an obligation rather than a joy.

2. Clap in corners

The quickest way to get the stagnant energy out of your space is to clap in the corners of each room, or anywhere the energy feels really depressed. If you’ve got rooms you avoid or places that make you tired, clap in those rooms until you feel a shift. The sound waves—along with your positive intentions—are meant to shake up everything that’s stuck.

3. If it’s broken, fix it.

Everything from a dented car to an unhinged window to a blender that doesn’t work needs to be fixed. It’s all a reflection of your life’s condition. Though a home will never be perfect, doing the best you can with what you have will always result in positive energy. If you can’t afford to fix things immediately, make a plan to get them fixed eventually, and keep them in the best possible condition until then.

4. Supercharge your kitchen.

Dr. Terry Wahls gave a talk about her life-healing diet at mindbodygreen’s 2014 Revitalize event, and she emphasized the fact that once she started flooding her body with superfoods and nutrients, it “crowded out” all the bad stuff like inflammation and toxins. Flooding a kitchen with plant-based foods and pure pantry ingredients is a great way to crowd out lingering negativity.

Load up your freezer with frozen organic berries, your fridge with fresh vegetables, and your pantry with unprocessed snacks. Rather than focusing on what you “shouldn’t have”, focus instead on gorgeous, vibrant foods that feed you energy and fill you up with so much goodness that you don’t have much room left for anything else.

5. Add love.

Love is thought to be a universal healing agent, and I believe it. Most of my clients place love at the top of their wish lists.

If you want to truly keep the negativity out of your home, make space to do more of the activities you love. Whether it’s a knitting corner, a chef’s kitchen, or a getaway to write or make music, set aside a space that you love to use every single day.

Days full of happiness and radiant thoughts are worth the effort it takes to scrub, repair, polish and clear your space of everything that’s overstayed its welcome. When you start removing everything from your home—and your life—that’s not in line with your intentions, the awesome things like love, peace, fun, prosperity, health and connection have space to flourish.

Shaman Tools: When Sage Isn’t Enough

Thought this was an excellent article on smudging!  Love me some palo santo and sweetgrass!



Clearing our spaces isn’t simply an act of protection, but is a way to invoke ceremony, to invite the magical and other worldly into our homes, to let them know they are invited guests.

Clearing ourselves and our spaces is necessary from time to time. If the environment feels off, if there has been a fight or illness or even when there are periods of great change and uncertainty, smudging (or burning with smoke) will move these energies out so we can keep our spaces free and clear for our own expansion. Just as you take a shower, wash your sheets and clean your home, addressing the “energy” of your space should also receive some attention.

Sage is unquestionably the go to… it is trusted to be an ally which can help move energies. Used by healers globally, sage can purify, cleanse and heal most any situation. Burning the bundled leaves in any space will create a smoke that permeates the room and moves unseen and unwanted energies out.

*As with all ceremony, be mindful of others, as sage allergies are quite common.

For more persistent (i.e. heavy, stubborn or seemingly more “negative”) energies, sage may not be enough. Consider instead Palo Santo or Copal which tells these energies you mean business. Copal resin comes in 3 varieties – which also equate to their level of intensity – use White for blessings, Gold for manifestations and Black to clear out even the darkest critters. Burning any of these, with a prayer of cleansing and release, can do wonders.

Sage and Palo Santo may be lit and burned easily with a fire proof container under it. An abalone shell is often used, though any heat resistant container that feels special to you will be grand! For the resins, a charcoal tablet (in a fireproof, heat resistant container) will be necessary to keep the resin lit.

In a space where you can’t use fire?? Not to worry, Sage Spray which is an excellent alternative. If you want to change up your clearings and invoke greater sacred healing, sound is also an excellent mover of energy. Use bells, tuning forks or singing bowls to shift the frequency of your space. Coupled with clear intention, these pretty sounds can be incredible energetic cleaners.

Lest nothing be mundane, Full Moon and New Moons are a perfect time to synchronize with the natural worlds to clear our space and honor the rhythm of our universe. Routine clearing will ensure a sanctity of your space and will keep you in communion with the spirits of your home and land. By allowing ourselves to step into this place of clearing, we are creating a path of communication which invites our spiritual selves to better embody our physical environment.

As with all clearing, we do not engage in these activities out of fear, nor the need for protection. Own your power and let your space be a manifestation of your sacred self. Our thoughts will only attract more of these vibrations into our reality. We instead recognize each clearing as a sacred ceremony. An honoring of our space which awakens the invisible realms, the nature beings and Spirits, and invites them into our everyday.

Clearing to invite

Smoke is a messenger to the deities. Just as candles are used in churches, the smoke of sacred plants sends our prayers to the beloveds in the invisible realms. Don’t just rely on smudging to clear the way, but use it also in times of celebration, ceremony and manifestation.

Sweetgrass is an excellent starting point as it is a revered herb relied upon by the Native Americans to attract benevolent spirits. (My soul ancestry is Mayan, so I tend to prefer Copal in almost any ceremony.) As you light it, be clear in your intent and direct your prayers toward the Spirits who can best assist you.

Let curiosity be your guide and explore different elements in your sacred spaces. As you grow more familiar with the ritual use of smoke, you may begin to specify your intention and match it with incenses to strengthen your ceremony. Just as each plant has an identified Spirit, so too does each resin, incense and bundle. Remember that ceremony is spirituality in action and you can’t do it wrong!

Be mindful of where you live and when possible use native plants known to the ancestors and spirits of your region. You may alternatively choose to use resins and plants specific to the tradition in which you are working. Shaman’s Market offers a list by region which can easily help us all locate which smokes are best.

As in all sacred ceremony, pure and clear intention will carry you the furtherest. Far beyond the “otherworldly” haze smoke adds to an environment, it invites Spirit, the mystical and unseen, into our spaces, sanctifying them as places of connection and reverence.


Working with this weekend’s Total Eclipse Energy

Working With A Total Lunar Eclipse:
What You Need to Know About Eclipse Energy and Manifestation


We have returned to the blessed time when the sun and the moon align and send waves of their dual union into the Universe. What is this magic I speak of? The lunar eclipse!

The coming lunar eclipse occurs during the full moon phase of the cycle, the time of the month to rest your spirit and recover from the work you’ve done to manifest your new moon intentions. It’s the phase when we are offered a window to practice radical self-care. We turn our gaze inward, release what no longer serves us, and express our gratitude to Source for the lessons and gifts that were manifested during the last cycle.

Astronomically, a lunar eclipse is a rare event when the Earth is in direct alignment between the sun and the moon. Happening only a few times a year, the Earth passes over the sun, temporarily obscuring the moon’s exposure to its rays and creating a mesmerizing silhouette in the sky. There are two types of lunar eclipses: Total eclipses and partial eclipses. In a total eclipse, the moon is closer to the Earth, and completely blocks our view of the sun. A partial eclipse occurs when the moon is farther from Earth, and its distant figure appears contained within the sun’s image, casting a radiant solar ring around its silhouette. This week’s eclipse is in the total, full moon state.

In the traditions of moon magic, a lunar eclipse in an intensely transformative time in the calendar. A powerful burst of energy is born from the sun and moon’s combining duality. When the sun’s bold, active life-force meets the moon’s dark, mysterious introspection, we experience a spiritual realignment of our conscious and subconscious. The parts of ourselves kept in the shadows are magnetically drawn out to begin a new cycle of life aligned with the truth of our whole and present selves. If you’ve been in denial or keeping secrets, truth will have a way of exposing itself. Take care to live openly, speak honestly and be clear and patient in your communication during this time.

All lunar eclipses bring with them an energy of change. There are tangible shifts being manifested in our outer world, and this collective vibration of creation inspires us to take action in our individual lives. You may feel called to complete a project, announce big news, finally commit to someone you’ve been involved with, or find within yourself the extra push you need to come clean about something on your conscience. Alternatively, this energetic intensity may leave you feeling anxious or with a mounting sense of pressure over your present and future responsibilities. It’s okay if you resonate with this, just honor how you feel and let the dust settle.

This particular eclipse is at 4 degree Aries, bringing with it an energy of challenging standards and breaking down rigid confines in our life. With Aries chomping at the bit you may want to abruptly release something (or someone) who is not in harmony with the direction your life is taking. I ask you to wait before taking action. Be still and allow your spirit to be recalibrated during the 24 hours of the eclipse. Meditate with an eclipse stone to balance the dueling energies. As the moon and the sun meet in union, so too can your soul unite with your body. This eclipse is a powerful occurrence that prepares us for our life’s work and the challenges that lay ahead. Your patience will be rewarded.

Your Aura is an Extension of You – 8 Ways To Strengthen Your Auric Field

You are constantly receiving information from your environment, not only through your five senses, but also through your auric field! You are able to perceive when someone is staring at you without seeing them, you can sense how somebody is feeling despite a facade, and you find some people to be energizing while others might be draining.

Your aura is an extension of you. It is the energy field that surrounds your body. Many ancient cultures believe that illness first starts because of a weakness in the aura. Maintaining your auric field cleansed, strong and complete, will bring optimal health and wellbeing to you!

As your aura interacts with your surroundings, it is good for it to be strong, so that it acts as a flexible boundary, as a protective shield, filtering out anything that could harm you, stress you, drain you, or get you sick. Also, when your aura is strong, you feel more you, more connected to your truth and your own wisdom.

Whether you practice meditation on your own or in a group, in silence or with a guided meditation, you are in for a wonderful healing!  

Meditation is one of the most ancient and easiest ways to achieve health, relaxation, and happiness!

2- REIKI ATTUNEMENT: Reiki Attunements strengthen and expand the auric field. It is said that auras normally expand ten or twelve inches from the body, but after reiki Attunements, it can expand  up to nine feet. There is tremendous empowerment in learning how to heal yourself! Your inner knowing, intuition and inner strength will dramatically increase.

Healthy-Foods3- FITNESS AND HEALTHY HABITS: Exercising in a park, hiking enjoying the fresh air, practicing breathing exercises under the sun, connecting with the elements such as in stepping on grass barefoot…

these are wonderful ways to strengthen your energy field!  Martial Arts are also a path towards empowerment.  Thanks to Martial Arts I could pursue my Healing Arts and Spiritual path without feeling ungrounded.  It certainly gave me strong roots!

4- SOUND HEALING: Sound Healing and Mantras dissolve negativity and clean your energetic field.  They also help expand your aura and your Spiritual presence. Sound and music are often used by native tribes for Shamanic practices.

5- HEALING CRYSTALS AND ESSENTIAL OILS: This is a beautiful and enjoyable way to strengthen your aura. You can burn Crystal 1some essential oil, a good one would be Vetiver, while you hold one or more Healing Crystals in your hands.

Some excellent Crystals to work with are Black Tourmaline and Labradorite. The effects from 20 minutes of this work may last for over 10 hours!

You can also have the Crystals in your purse or wear them as jewelry. The same occurs with the essential oil, it can be your new perfume!

6- YOUR ENVIRONMENT: Your friends, the things you have in your room, your office, your car, have their own energy field that influences yours and vice versa. Look for positive uplifting friends that help you feel energized. Remove any extra electrical objects from your bedroom and minimize your exposure to man-made radiation.

7- SALT AND WATER: Water and salt are two of the most powerful cleansers! You can remove toxins and negativity with a Yogic cleansing bath. Just add a little under a lb. of baking soda and a cup of salt to your bath water. Other options are swimming in the ocean, or taking a cold shower using sea salt as a body scrub.


8- INTENTION: Intention is key in accomplishing anything.  Set your intention of strengthening your aura before using any of the above tools.

Also, when you wake up, go to bed, and several times during the day, intend for your aura to be perfect and complete all around you.

Above your head and below your feet and imagine a golden layer of energy all around it, that can only let love and positive things come to you and out from you.

Expect Miracles; for you are the one who can create them.

From thespiritscience.net