Celebrate Summer

Summer is synonymous with love, romance, and joy. It is a time of celebration, which dates back to ancient day, when ceremonies were performed to represent symbolic marriages between mortals and gods.

Traditionally, cultures around the world have seen summer as a celebration of the strength and fertility of Mother Earth and of other goddesses and gods. The Romans dedicated the summer solstice (the longest day of the year) to Vesta, goddess of the hearth and the Greeks to Hestia, who served the same purpose in their culture.

Since this is a time when the sun begins to wane, Ancient cultures around the world lit bonfires to guarantee the sun’s return next year. Often, as part of these rituals, celebrants picked prized summer flowers and herbs (mugwort, chamomile, geranium, St. John’s wort, thyme, and pennyroyal) to throw on their festive bonfires. They believed these fires would banish sickness from their livestock and their families. For good luck, they jumped across the fire and even walked on hot coals, precursor to the firewalking ceremonies practiced today.

Today summer rituals are practiced around the world, which echo these ancient beliefs. In North America, Native Americans celebrate with a Sun Dance: offering a healing prayer to the Great Spirit and one of thanksgiving for the gift of the buffalo and for life itself. The ritual can last four days, as the participants dance to unify with Spirit and harmonize with all life.

Summer is a glorious time to celebrate the sacredness of fire. Bring dancing, music and laughter into your life. Pay attention to the flowers around you. Delight in the colors. Let yourself smile and express joy. The more you practice feeling joyful, the more joy you will experience.

Try my popular aromatherapy spray, Happiness, to  up your joy quotient.

Creating an altar is one of the best ways I know to bring a sacred element into your home. It has the power to transport you away from everyday concerns and connect all of you to something larger than yourself.

Find a spot that won’t be disturbed. It can be on top of a table, on a shelf, or you can even create a portable altar by placing items in a small box or case. Fill your altar with meaningful symbols: pictures of a Spiritual teacher/guide or loved family members, an object that connects you to nature like a shell or stone and something that reminds you of a happy time in your life. I personally keep a picture of me swimming with Dolphins on my altar. I also place a fresh flower and symbolic power elements (like a shark’s tooth and prayer beads I was given in India) on my altar. Feel free to change it around every season. Be creative. This is about YOUR life.

Spend a few minutes contemplating it every day and make sure to keep it clean. No car keys or dirty coffee cups please! Remember what you focus on has energy and you are magnetizing these elements into your life.

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Are you or someone you know looking to expand your family? I am now offering powerful fertility rituals to help you along this journey. One of my recent clients found out she was pregnant two months after our ritual! Contact our office at 212-741-3358 to book your session today.

In addition to private coaching, I also facilitate Weddings, Baby Blessings, Space Clearings, New Home/Business Blessings, Tarot Readings and Rituals for all of life’s transitions. Call our office for details.

Many Blessings,

 Barbara

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Honor the Men in Your Life this Sunday

In 1916 Sonora Smart Dodd of Washington, raised by a single father, tried to create a holiday similar to Mother’s Day. White roses were used to remember fathers who died; red roses were given to living fathers. Most men thought it was too sentimental and /or commercial, since they felt they would be paying for the presents themselves (remember men were the breadwinners in those days).

During the Depression struggling retailers fought to make it a second Christmas and finally in 1972 President Nixon declared it a national holiday. Americans celebrate it on the 3rd Sunday of June while in some countries, like Spain, it is celebrated in March.

I want to dedicate this Father’s Day as a time to honor all the men who have given of themselves to raise healthy, conscious children. They may be biological fathers or not, men who have taken it upon themselves to mentor and be role-models.

Today, men are redefining masculinity and many have taken on the role of nurturer and teacher while experimenting with a new role of parenting. These extraordinary men have brought a new meaning to “father”. As the male spirit opens up to the feminine energy in the world, it makes all of us more complete human beings and not so isolated within our roles.

To think of yourself as a human being first in all relationships changes how one approaches life. There are less “have to-s” and more “want to-s”. As people, as parents, we simply do what needs to be done without worrying about if it is proper regardless of gender.

This Sunday, plan a day to make the men in your life feel special:

I will personally be lighting a candle for my father in remembrance & getting his favorite food, halvah, to place on my altar. I like to spend the day focused on what I learned from him and opening to the good things he did that added to my life. Whatever it is you decide to do for this holiday, enjoy the celebration and the men you cherish.   As my brother Mark so wisely said to me, “The best present for me is always feeling loved and included and appreciated. Gifts are quite secondary.”

Work With Me:

Are you curious about the next step on your journey? Would you like to know what energy is surrounding you and how you can best utilize it to move forward? My tarot readings offer an in depth overview of your current state, what may need to be cleared and what is on the horizon for you. This information will help you make empowered decisions to move forward with ease. I urge you to reach out and book a session in order to maximize your potential this summer! Call our office at 212-741-3358 for details. Tarot readings can be done in person or via phone/Skype for your convenience.

In addition to private coaching, I also facilitate Weddings, Baby Blessings, Space Clearings, New Home/Business Blessings and rituals for all of life’s transitions. Call our office for details.

Many Blessings,

Barbara

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You can take control of your monkey mind…here’s how.

I was talking to a good friend the other day and suddenly she went into a panic. She hadn’t heard from her significant other that morning and she began to spin out and imagine the worst…. a car accident…a health trauma…. “ What if she is dead?” She said. I was stunned since my friend is a very positive person and very conscious.

Then it hit me that although we may be generally positive and optimistic it still may not stop us from jumping to disaster scenarios in certain areas of our lives. For example: have you ever started coughing and suddenly the fear of bronchitis or pneumonia pops in your head? Or your boss doesn’t smile at you and you get a fear flash that you are going to be fired. You have a great date with a new person and you immediately assume that it isn’t going to work out.

The truth is WHEN WE DON’T KNOW SOMETHING WE MAKE IT UP!!!

So what stories are you making up about your prosperity, health, career, love life or just in general? If the stories are not supporting you moving in the direction that you choose to go in, it is time to create a new story.

The next time your monkey mind starts spinning out disaster stories, stop, take a deep breath and say the following:

Mind, I command you to obey the Mighty I AM PRESENCE and disregard all other information.

Say this three times out loud with authority and know you are commanding your lower mind to be subservient to your Higher Mind.

And if you are looking to change your money/abundance story, join me in NYC this Wednesday for a powerful Prosperity Ritual. (Yes, I will be offering it online in the future). Click HERE for details.

Work With Me:

Are you curious about the next step on your journey? Would you like to know what energy is surrounding you and how you can best utilize it to move forward? My tarot readings offer an in depth overview of your current state, what may need to be cleared and what is on the horizon for you. This information will help you make empowered decisions to move forward with ease. I urge you to reach out and book a session in order to maximize your potential this summer! Call our office at 212-741-3358 for details. Tarot readings can be done in person or via phone/skype for your convenience.

Many Blessings,

Barbara

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