Bayberry Candles for Health & Prosperity.
Burn bayberry candles to the nub on Christmas Eve or New Years Eve for good luck next year.
Bayberry candles and the traditions we associate with them began during colonial times. Colonists could not depend on regular shipments from the old world, and were always searching for local alternatives. One such happy find was the bayberry bush. When colonists boiled the bayberry fruit, they found that it left a fragrant wax on top of the water. Better still, the bayberry wax was harder and more brittle than beeswax, whey they were already using. And, although making bayberry candles was considerably more effort, the colonists discovered that they burned longer and cleaner, with a brighter light than other candles. Because they took so much effort to make, many families saved them for special occasions, such as Christmas and New Year's Eve.
Eventually, burning bayberry candles on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve became tradition, and even inspired the saying, “Bayberry candles burned to the socket, bring health to the home and wealth to the pocket." Another lovely tradition was for sweethearts who were separated on Christmas to burn bayberry candles; legend said that the couple would be united by the candles' lovely scent.
If you are born in December, turquoise might be an extra special stone for you.
Some birthstones come from the month of birth, and others from the planets connected to a specific sign.
The birthstones are said to ground and amplify the celestial energies, and each of the twelve signs of the zodiac has their own traditional crystal connections, and so vibrating with this specific planetary energy.
Turquoise has been used a protective amulet since historic times, and is still used for its purifying, strengthening and balancing abilities. Any way it works, our connection to this beautiful stone is there to be enjoyed all year round, but maybe this is the time when it feels extra good to wear.
Qi Gong is a wonderful way to ground and heal yourself, so if you are feeling a bit dizzy headed and un-grounded this is a great, easy visualization tool.
"You in the middle of a transition? Like you’re in mid-air and would really much prefer your feet on the ground? Getting a little too “heady” for your own good? If you could use a little extra support and it feels like all you wanna hear right now is, “it’s all gonna be okay,” try this qi gong (energy-cultivation) exercise:
Using Your Gushing Spring
Sit up-right in a comfy chair, placing your feet on the ground. Allow your eyes to close, take a few deep breaths and focus your awareness on the bottom of your feet. Here are your Gushing Springs, your feet chakras. Imagine spinning discs at the bottom of your feet and feel them spinning. Can you feel it? Feel free to explore your feet chakras by speeding up or slowing down the rate at which they spin to see what works best for you.
Now that this point is open and activated, let’s get in rhythm with nature! With each inhale, imagine that you are drawing up earth energy. You may want to visualize the earth’s energy as a color or substance, or you may want to focus on what you are feeling. The energy is moving up from the earth into your feet and continues to move all the way up your legs and into your core. Allow the earth’s divine intelligence to fill you in and nourish and heal your body, mind, and spirit.
With each exhale, imagine you are releasing any unwanted energies from your body down your legs and out your feet. The earth knows exactly what to do with this energy. Let go any unwanted thoughts, beliefs, emotions, or energies. Again, you may choose to visualize this by imagining colors leaving your body and being absorbed into the earth, or you may want to simply focus on how this exercise feels in your body. Up to you.
With each inhale, you are drawing up the earth’s natural grounding, calming, and healing properties through your feet and into your core. With each exhale you are releasing any unwanted energies from your body/mind/spirit down your legs and out your feet.
Repeat, repeat, repeat! I suggest setting a timer and trying it for 5 minutes.
Also a great one to do at your desk, while on the train, sitting at a bar, anywhere, any time! Try it! If even for a few deep breaths! Totally simple and easy to do anywhere and yet SO effective!"
Taken from, and thanks to http://nuurvana.com/gushing-spring/
higher self meditation
and Mother Earth
-The Great Bell Chant(The end of Suffering)
-Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
-Magic Mantra-reverse negative to positive - by SatKirin Kaur Khalsa