Oddly October

No so odd, really but as my awareness becomes keen with crisp air abound, I embrace the vivid hues dominating the season. These brilliant colors are seen everywhere. In nature, foods, spirit and in fashion.

Screen Shot 2014-10-13 at 9.35.29 AMOrange is a combination of passionate red, and cheery yellow. It is an uplifting, optimistic and rejuvenating color. It exudes enthusiasm and is in my opinion, under used. Orange is an extroverted color and brings smiles to all ages. The color is warm and inviting. It inspires fulfilling conversation and stimulates social situations. On a spiritual level, this color is seen in varying hues throughout Eastern culture and religion.

Screen shot 2013-02-11 at 6.03.53 PMI’ve always questioned the color worn by monks. What I discovered that there really wasn’t a spiritual answer, but a practical one. In the early days of the Buddhist movement, the robes were made from found rags, dyed the least expensive way possible. Saffron was one spice used in dying. It saturated the fabrics intensely. Tumeric was another. Both produced an orange hue. Contrary to using inexpensive dying methods-Saffron was hand picked from the center of the crocus flowers. Consequently gingerly used through out, it became the signature color worn by monks. Its presence exuded the spirituality we now know.

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Autumn is the season for beginning to nest, hibernate and prepare for the winter months ahead: lighting fires, dimming lights and bringing warmth into the home. These actions all account for creating a cozy environment, radiating happiness from within. As we slowly creep into the darker months, we share more time indoors with friends and family. This inspires new recipes, and cooking styles. As we leave the abundance from late summer behind, the taste of heirloom tomatoes and their sweetness lingers. Time to invite the newly harvested foods of the season.

We all know eating rich colored fruits and vegetables fills your diet with antioxidants and other wonderful nutrients. Vitamins A and C are the most popular nutrients in these brightly hued foods, such as oranges, butternut squash, carrots, orange peppers, pumpkin, peaches, papaya, persimmon, and mangoes to name a few .

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Orange foods help release the toxins and stress from the body by encouraging the system to become more efficient in the natural elimination process. This aids in relaxation and the release of unwanted waste products. Orange foods contain nutrients that support and maintain the reproductive systems. Lack of orange foods can be very obvious in physical constipation and other areas of stagnation. Writers block, joint and muscle stiffness being a few examples.

picstitchThe photos above all reflect tastes of the season. The top photo offers three stages of carrots. Raw, roasted and in soup. The same goes for the photo directly above starting with the pumpin still on the vine. Vitamin C and zinc in raw carrots provide an excellent combination to helap the body detoxify. Splendid! Eat your colors, everyone!

Opals represent the birthstone of the month. Available in varying colors, such as white, pink, black, blue and the 3 colors beneath. They appear both clear or milky.

I happen to love fire opals most. Fire opals enhance personal power, awakening inner fire and protects against danger. They symbolize hope, amplifies traits and brings characteristics to the surface for transformation. Enhancing self-worth, and helps one understand their full potential. Opals encourage creativity and interests in the arts. This stone has always been associated with love and passion, desire and eroticism. It is a seductive stone, that intensifies emotional states and releases inhibitions. These loose opals show the intensity of the tones.  Opals treat Parkinson’s disease, infections and fevers. They also help strengthen memory. The colors are vivid, the stone is powerful.

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There are several gemstones in this orangey range, such as carnelian, and Madeira citrine. All hold the energy of the sun.IMG_9074

Carnelian grounds and anchors you into the present reality. A stabilizing stone with high energy, restoring vitality and motivation.  This stone stimulates creativity, and is used for dramatic pursuits. This stone influences the female reproductive organs and will increase fertility.  A wonderful healing stone, clearing perception and strengthening the lower back.

October’s rich hues cover the earth, as the leaves fall and morph pre winter state. Before everything turns brown, and gold predictably, as they do in late autumn, it is time to embrace nature’s beauty once again. Don’t take it for granted because before we know it, the ground will be covered in white and even the faint tones of late autumn will fade.

October is a feisty month offering tricks and treats. I love Halloween-there’s no pretense, little expectation, and just plain fun. It’s when we can hide behind a mask and pretend. No questions asked. That’s when the inner child can come out and play without any hesitation! BOO!picstitch-2Enjoy the flavors, tricks, treats and colors of the season. Take nothing for granted and celebrate the life you were born to live everyday. It is precious and short. Let yourself radiate with the warm hues of October and please Save the Date ~ Sunday, November 16th, 1-5 PM, for my next Salon Event. Bring a friend, forward to a friend. If you are not on my email list, please sign up!

Happy autumn!

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.