February’s Muse

Without Winter, there is no Spring. True winter showed up late this season. Current status. My long awaited snow storm finally arrived  in full mode.  Somehow, as I’ve grown more mature in my skin and environment, I look forward to the peaceful nuances that accompany this season.  We have a choice to move away from it, or to embrace it. I choose to embrace it. I’m inspired by many opportunities and effects from the weather. It calms, soothes and relaxes our over stimulated minds. To embrace the cold is courageous. Discovering nuances within it is an alternative mode in thinking. We experienced a Full Snow Moon Eclipse this week. See photo below with description taken from the web.


THE INFLUENCE OF THE COLOR SPECTRUM & THE IMPORTANCE OF CHAKRAS

Now we shift the topic to other aspects of February, such as the month’s Birthstone – Amethyst, and the color purple – the creative stone. Need a spark? This is the stone. Feeling a void in your life?  Are you experiencing  stagnancy? The rich hues and the energy of Amethyst are stimulating, and can enhance your inner visions.  I love color and purple is among my favorites. Check out my purple board on Pinterest. I’ve written extensively about purple in past blog posts.

There are many approaches to color and how they can effect you emotionally, physically and mentally. Yes, we feel color. Color indeed stimulates the brain. The warm side of the spectrum inspires passion, fire, assertiveness and stimulation.  The cooler side, such as blues, greens and purples can calm and provide a sense of serenity.

Have you ever realized that you’ve been drawn directly to a specific color? This is one way color affects our emotions. Some colors simply feel good. Others do not. It’s a personal preference. The influence of color dates back to ancient Egypt, India and Greece.

Chakras are centers of energy found in everyone, and these centers receive, transform and distribute that energy throughout the body. Chakras play an important part in our physical, emotional and spiritual health.

Although purple and Amethyst are associated with February, so is red because of Valentine’s Day, hearts and candy. In Ayurvedic medicine, the color red is a grounding hue representing passion, danger, power, determination, desire and love. Red is the Root Chakra, at the base of the spine.  Yellow is a color for power and ego, associated with the Solar Plexus, or navel are below the chest. Orange is the combination of sultry red and joyful yellow. Orange is associated with sunshine, the tropics and spirituality. Worn by Buddhist monks  for many centuries, it was an easy color to achieve when dyeing fabrics. The tradition stuck and now the color orange is the choice for Theravada Buddhist followers in Southeast Asia, while maroon is the color for Tibetan monks. The robes themselves symbolize simplicity and detachment of materialism. The orange chakra is associated with the Sacrum and genitals.

Green is the color of balance and growth. The smooth tumbled green Tourmaline below reflect the fresh richness of the color. Harmonious Tourmaline aids in creating synergy with earth, and in relationships. It is used as an energy cleanser, and promotes self confidence as it diminishes fear. Bringing this color into the home evokes the fresh air feeling of bringing nature indoors. The color green is associated with the heart chakra.

Blue improves concentration and mental clarity.  It is the color of the sky and sea. Both linked to soothing serenity. It is a good color to aid in meditation and relaxation. It is known as a color of trust, peace. Blue is associated with the Throat Chakra. Wearing stones of blue such as Lapis Lazuli or Kyanite assist in opening the channels for freedom of expression. The provocative photo below taken from the web, portrays a very fine example of blue and pink. Masculine. Feminine. Blue. Pink.

Pink represents unconditional love and nurturing. It triggers giddiness and femininity.  The stones below are Rose Quartz. The stone for inducing self love, respect and nurturing. They are soothing and calming when held or worn. Rose Quartz is a wonderful meditation stone. As you can see by soaking up the visual, the softly hued pink color calms the mind, mood and environment, if living in it. I recently chose this tone for a room to add soft warmth and a glow. Painting a room can create a calming space in which to dwell. Like a glow. Just like a Pink Himalayan Sea Salt light.

Pink Himalayan salt benefits include a detoxification to the body or relaxing cramped muscles if used in a bath.  This natural crystal salt has gained much popularity in most recent time here in our country. There are 83 trace minerals found in Himalayan salt which are extremely rare to find in food. The salts are mined from 200 hundred-year-old sea beds completely free of heavy metals and other toxins which appear in sea salts harvests from the oceans of today.  Do not confuse your mind with traditional salt. Himalayan sea salt has very strong healing qualities not found in the latter. Drinking it with water will actually assist in keeping your adrenal glands intact, and prevents dysfunction. I’ve lived it. This was an amazing antidote, but what I recently discovered was even a more powerful experience!

SALTANA CAVE

The Saltana Himalayan Salt Cave Spa in Ridgefield, Connecticut blew me completely away. Entering the space (white socks only), one becomes submerged in this glowing room radiating with energy unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.  http://saltanacave.com   You will be audio guided with an introduction. Three inches of deep loosely poured salt on to the floor, as you lie in a gravity-less lounge chair. You can submerge yourself into this cotton candy like room, and will want to go back again for more. I felt like went into another zone. You can read all about the true experience by clicking the link above. Saltana Salt Cave imported tons and tons of Pink Himalayan Sea salt and created a healing haven. Euphoric is how I felt upon leaving this unique space.

THE MAJESTY OF PURPLE

February’s Muse. Purple. The color of imagination and all things creative. Ruler of the Crown Chakra. Purple combines stimulating red with the calming stability of blue. The color purple is associated with wisdom, dignity, creativity, mystery, independence and magic – all wrapped up into one beautiful, majestic color.  Amethyst is the gemstone and the birthstone of the month of February. It is a very powerful and protective stone with an unusually high vibration. It guards against psychic attack-transmuting that energy into love. This stone is a natural tranquilizer and blocks negative energies.

Amethyst has strong healing and cleansing powers, enhancing spiritual awareness. This stone is one of my favorites. I’ve used them in many different Nymph designs, and enjoy watching the beauty of the stone find its rightful new owners. The stone has dual properties. It can stimulate a stagnant mind or calm an overactive one, whichever is called for.  The magnificent geode below is shown against two 18k gold necklaces with multi-colored Tourmaline stones. As you can see, the color purple below is a vision of intense beauty. Amethyst exudes a sense of royalty placed near the richness of the gold beads.

The color purple was worn by the Roman magistrate, and became the imperial color worn by the rulers of the Byzantine Empire and the Holy Roman Empire, then later worn by Catholic bishops. In Japan, the color is traditionally associated with the Emperor.

This luxurious color is associated with royalty, magic and mystery. When combined with pink, the color purple is associated with eroticism, femininity and seduction. Don’t you need some Amethyst in your life? We all can use a boost from purple and Amethyst. Visit Nymph Jewels and check out this month’s regal gemstone. Don’t see anything you like? I will design a custom piece for you.

Wishing you a splendid rest of the winter season. I’d love to hear from you and your feedback on this blog post.

Yours in joy & style,

 

Dava

Potently Purple

And here we are in the hearty midst of a wintery February. The weather has been more severe and intense than in years past,creating a good time to go within, hibernate and have fun with the laziness of it all.  Using  this time to wake up and smell the snow., really see what is around us, and in my case, I nearly missed its beauty. The mighty Cardinal.  Announcing its masculinity via color, presence and pride. Sorry about the fuzzy photo, taken through the window.IMG_7424

This blog post is really about the intensity and the message through the color purple. I now introduce to you, an exotic bird, that I would love to have seen amidst the newly fallen snow, knowning they exist, but simply not in these parts! Feast your eyes on this one!Screenshot 2015-02-17 19.44.02

PURPLE has many personalities. It is the combination of blue and red. With a sense of mystic and royal qualities, purple is often popular and well liked by creative or eccentric types. This is the color of spirituality and imagination. Purple is an introspective color, allowing us to get in touch with our deeper thoughts. A perfect time of year for this, especially in the hibernating mode we are in this winter. Purple promotes harmony of the mind and the emotions, contributing to mental balance and stability and peace of mind. Purple does have power, and creates a very strong statement, in a room, or on the body.Screenshot 2015-02-18 08.59.46These powerful brushstrokes, while inspiring, command strong attention to their movement. The color evokes creativity. The stately bathroom below adds just the right amount pigment altering the importance of this wonderful room. It becomes more than just a place to bathe. Following below this room of grandeur, you’ll see how this magnificent color transforms and add pizazz to any room, especially when combined with neutrals.Screenshot 2015-02-18 09.00.21 In this case, tones of charcoal and white. Purple commands attention, but at the same time it can inspire the creative soul within. Simply a delight to be surrounded by. This room peronsifies a very modern look, but the color works well in a vintage or antique setting as well.

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The month of February is all about purple. It’s birthstone is Amethyst. Stone of transformation. The ancient Greeks and Romans believed Amethyst would ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus, and keep the wearer clear headed and quick witted. I have also learned that Amethyst has been found in ancient Egyptian tombs as an aid for one’s journey to the afterlife. Wow. This stone also helps the wearer release stress, grief, depression and emotional repair. If you feel that your mind body and spirit are not aligned, this is the stone for you! We all go through it at one point or another.

February’s Birthstone:

Below is an intoxifying single strand, hand knotted Amethyst necklace with a Tahitian pearl and citrine accent. Predominently purple stones boast this 24″ piece.  This stone is known to promote love and the divine, giving insights into its true nature, encouraging selflessness and spiritual wisdom.

IMG_4153The necklace below is a clear crystal quartz “chain” in sterling silver with bold amethyst clusters. Worn on the nape of the neck, or twisted to the side to encompass both Purple stones. Hence, the little trio and  the singular faceted irregular shaped stone, highlighted by diamonds. Offering a halo effect of brilliance surrounding this beautiful stone. This piece is approximately 32″ in length.

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Egyptian inspiration below, are thick slivers of smooth amethyst “chards” separated by sterling silver beads. Very organic. This hugs the neck as a Cleopatra piece. It lies gracefully, and will dance on the skin as you move. All 3 of these pieces are available at MATSU.  I guarantee, once you handle one of these pieces, they will sing on your skin and enlighten your heart.

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Purple Nutrition:

The power of purple food; regal in color, purple-hued foods truly deliver royal health benefits. This group includes vegetables like red onions and eggplant, fruits such as blackberries, Concord grapes, currants, and plums. Purple indicates the presence of anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants that protect blood vessels and preserve healthy skin. You can also find vitamin A and flavonoids in purple vegetables like radicchio, purple cabbage, purple potatoes, and purple carrots. Powerul, lucsious and healthy.picstitch-4

The Eggplant:

Aubergine is up next showing off a before and after image. Including a “loose” recipe. I don’t measure. I just go by instinct. The ingredients vary depending on what I have on hand, and whether or not to add fennel, grape tomatoes, mushrooms, or what ever I feel like. The basis is always the same, and no, I do not soak eggplant with salt. I find it becomes too salty, even after giving it a good rinse, so I have omitted this step all together. Using these spices, I discovered the soaking step isn’t needed.

Ingredient list: Olive oil, crushed black pepper, crushed salt, minced shallot, 1 large one, about 6 cloves of garlic also minced, oregano, basil, perhaps some rosemary. Bake at 350. Done!  Feel free to eat the rainbow, they all have benefits. Becoming concious of nutrients via color, you are guaranteed to have your body absorb exactly what it needs. Happy Cooking!

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That was fun. I hope you enjoyed it. I now would like to invite you to attend my very first event at MATSU 92 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, on February 28,  from 11-5 for a special Tarot reading hosted by me, given by 2 renown powerful Tarot readers. Bring your questions and relax! Sign up info below.Screenshot 2015-02-19 09.25.13

You may sign up on the MATSU FB Page, if you haven’t received the invite in your inbox. It was sent out yesterday at 2:00pm. This event will warm your heart, stimulate your soul, and enlighten your mind.  Remember, incorporating Purple in your life will inspire your creativity, balance your body and stimulate your soul. See you soon!

Yours in joy,

Dava

 

 

 

 

The Lore of the Stones…

Amethyst ~ February Birthstone

Amethyst is a powerful and protective stone.
The word originated in Greece. Amethystus- translates to not intoxicate. Amethyst was also discovered in ancient Egyptian tombs, as and aid for one’s journey to the afterlife.

A natural tranquilizer, it blocks negative energies and transmutes the energy to love. It enhances higher states of consciousness and meditation.

Amethyst has strong healing and cleansing powers as it awakens spirituality.
 This stone has the strength to fight for sobriety, and over- indulgences leading to addictions.

Amethyst is very beneficial to the mind in calming or stimulating,
Depending on which is needed. The balancer.

This stone, and its royal tone are spiritual and promote love of the divine. Giving insights into its true nature, encouraging wisdom.

 

Aquamarine ~ March Birthstone

Known as the stone of courage. Its calming energies reduce stress and quiet the mind. It harmonizes its surroundings and protects against pollutants.  Aquamarine has an affinity with sensitive people. It encourages support to anyone in overwhelm by responsibilities and helps aid to taking action toward it. Aquamarine sharpens intuition and opens clairvoyance.  This stone is a wonderful aid in meditation and spiritual awareness. 

 

Carnelian

A stabilizing stone with high energy, Carnelian is grounding and can anchor you in the present reality. This stone is great for restoring vitality, motivation and stimulating creativity. This stone encourages self-trust, courage and motivates for success in business and other matters. Carnelian helps overcome negative conditioning and also encourages steadfastness. It sharpens concentration and removes mental lethargy. This stone calms anger and banishes emotional negativity, replacing it with a love of life. 

 

Citrine ~ November Birthstone

Metaphysical Properties: Citrine is one of the only stones, which dissipates negative energy, and never requires cleansing or clearing. Warm energy, promotes optimism. Also attracts abundance, and is known as a “merchants stone,” to be placed in cash registers or where one conducts business, to not only acquire positive wealth but to maintain it as well. Activates the third chakra. Enhances body’s healing energy. Good for mental focus, endurance and self-esteem.

Citrine is the November birthstone and its corresponding signs are Gemini, Aries, Libra, and Leo.

My personal note on this stone is I associate it with the sun right away. As soon as I pick it up I get a warm energy that comes over me. I feel and sometimes see yellow light around me. I am going to start taking this stone with me when I do my workouts to experiment with its properties of endurance and healing.

 

Crystal Quartz

Crystal quartz is the most powerful healing and energy amplifier. It absorbs, stores, regulates and releases energy and is also excellent for unblocking it. Crystal raises energy to the highest possible level.  Containing ever color possible, crystal quartz works on all levels of being. It enhances psychic abilities and attunes you to your spiritual purpose. Crystal quartz filters out distractions and unlocks memory blocks. This stone stimulates the immune system and brings the body into balance. Known as the Master Healer among all stones.

Diamond ~ April Birthstone

This brilliant stone is the symbol of purity. It’s white light can help bring your life to a cohesive whole. It bonds relationships, bringing love and clarity into a partnership. This stone has been the symbol of wealth in all parts of the world for thousands of years. It is also the stone used in attracting abundance. Diamond is an energy amplifier. The qualities of the Diamond, encourages fearlessness, invincibility and fortitude. The bright characteristic of this stone will magnify anything that is negative and requires transformation. Diamonds clear emotional and mental pain, reduce fear and bring about new beginnings. It is a highly creative stone, stimulating imagination and inventiveness. 

 

Garnet ~ January Birthstone

Garnets get their name from the Latin granatum, meaning “seed of the pomegranate, and obvious reference to the deep red variety of the stone. Garnet cleanses and re-energizes the chakras. The “love stone “ notion is associated with romantic love, passion and the ability to restore a sense of purity and innocence to the quest for romance. These stones have been said to be healers of broken hearts.
 It revitalizes, purifies and balances energy, bringing serenity or passion as appropriate. Inspires love and devotion. Garnet balances the sex drive and alleviates emotional disharmony. It activates and strengthens the survival instinct, bringing courage and hope. Stimulates past-life recall. Sharpens perceptions of oneself and others. Garnet removes inhibitions and taboos. It opens the heart and bestows self-confidence. Garnet represents love. Garnet enhances the feelings of sexuality, bringing warmth and devotion.

Kyanite

This milky blue stone varies in tones. It is excellent for attunement and meditation. It is a tranquilizing and powerful transmitter, and an amplifier of high frequency energies, stimulating the psychic abilities and the intuition. This crystal connects to the spirit guides and instills compassion. Grounding spiritual vibrations, it brings spiritual integrity and maturation. It facilitates dream recall and promotes healing through dreams.

Kyanite holds no negativity; therefore needs no cleaning- unlike most other crystals. Psychologically, Kyanite encourages speaking one’s truth, cutting through fears and blockages. Opening the throat chakra, this stone encourages self-expression and communication. This stone cuts through confusion and dispels blockages, illusion, anger, frustration and stress.

 

Labradorite

Iridescent Labradorite is a very mystical and highly protective stone. As a bringer of light, this stone raises consciousness and connects with universal energies. Labradorite deflects unwanted energies from the aura and prevents energy leakage. This stone banishes fear and insecurities sand the psychic debris from prior disappointments- this includes those from past lives. Labradorite calms overactive minds and energizes the imagination bringing up new ideas. This stone is used as a companion through transformation and change- encouraging strength and perseverance.

 

Peridot ~ August Birthstone

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Peridot is a protective stone, and was known to keep away evil spirits in ancient times. This stone is a powerful cleanser; releasing and neutralizing toxins on all levels. It opens, cleanses and activates the heart and solar plexus chakras. “Old baggage”, burdens guilt and obsessions are cleared. This stone teaches that holding on to old energy from the past is countered intuitive and productive. This stone encourages the strength to seek within for inner guidance. Peridot releases negative patterns and old vibrations so that new frequency can be accessed. This visionary crystal helps you to understand your destiny and life’s purpose.
Psychologically, Peridot alleviates jealousy, resentment, spite, and anger and releases stress. It enhances confidence and assertion. Motivating growth, Peridot helps to bring about necessary change.
 
Periodot sharpens the mind and heightens awareness on the mental level. It banishes lethargy and encourages one to take responsibility for their action and move through them briskly with out the burden.

 

Ruby ~ July Birthstone

The Ruby is an excellent stone imparting vigor to life. It is an energizing and balancing stone. Ruby encourages passion in life, with out self-destruction. It improves motivation and the setting of realistic goals. Ruby stimulates the heart chakra, as it balances the heart. It also encourages following your bliss. This stone protects against psychic attack and vampirism of heart energy. Ruby promotes positive dreams and clear visualization. Ruby is one of the stones of abundance and aids in retaining wealth and passion.

Psychologically, Ruby brings about a positive and courageous state of mind, as it sharpens and heightens awareness.

Emotionally, the dynamic Ruby charges up passion and fires the enthusiasm. Ruby is a social stone that attracts sexual activity, and on the physical level this stone can help over come exhaustion as it infuses vigor.

Ruby is known to unblock emotions allow old baggage to surface, clearing the heart. Enhancing passion and creativity.

 

Pearl ~ June Birthstone

By Far the world’s oldest gem stone. Pearl’s association with the moon and the feminine is grown underwater. This in itself  is a symbol of the emotions. Bringing warmth and passionate energies to the beholder, Pearl energy also represents purity, innocence and integrity. This gem enables its owner to accept love. When worn, the Pearl allows one to see the good qualities in themselves and to develop a higher degree of self-love. This enables more love to spread from the heart.

By Far the world’s oldest gem stone. Pearl’s association with the moon and the feminine is grown underwater. This in itself  is a symbol of the emotions. Bringing warmth and passionate energies to the beholder, Pearl energy also represents purity, innocence and integrity. This gem enables its owner to accept love. When worn, the Pearl allows one to see the good qualities in themselves and to develop a higher degree of self-love. This enables more love to spread from the heart.