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MAGICAL HOME

Ancestor Altar for Halloween Season

There is a full moon Saturday night on Halloween and here is a special way to celebrate it on a personal level.

Consider creating an ancestor altar. This is the perfect time of year to connect with those who have gone before you and the altar is something you can keep up year-round if that feels right to you.

This can be something that honors and recognizes loved ones or relatives that you have never met or both. Find a space that will be relatively undisturbed. You can add photos, favorite or seasonal flowers, bits of food, or drink that was a loved one’s favorite or is special to your family history.

If you do not have a direct connection to your family line then consider this more energetic. Put things on the altar that you love. Realize that if it is something that you love that it probably connects you to many souls that came before you.

If you do put out food remember to remove it before it gets stale or moldy. Preferably compost.

Some of you might want to connect with more ancient ways so you might like to research stones, flowers, plants, and symbols that you can adorn your altar with.

Don’t forget candles. This is the perfect way for you to spend time and connect with the energy of your altar. You can have a plain candle or choose certain scents or colors that a family member loved.

You can’t go wrong here!

If you are looking for guidance possibly ask your loved ones or ancestors to help you or for a sign.

I’ll be sharing a beer with Nana Madeline on Saturday. You can also do this in celebration of All Souls Day or Day of the Dead.

Enjoy the Full Moon energy and share with a friend who might like this ritual too. XO!

Rituals for your Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Broom

Do you love picking up the cinnamon brooms from Trader Joe’s every fall? I sure do! If you have ever wanted more ways to use those scented beauties, I am here to share a few simple rituals for your Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Broom.

These brooms come in two sizes. A mini whisk in a handheld size and a larger one that is about 3 feet tall. They both have some twine so that they can be hung.

I keep mine every year and add them to the decor in my house. I always have one behind my front door to sweep out any bad energy throughout the year and I hang my mini one on my apron hook.

Magical Properties of Cinnamon:

First, let’s talk about the magical properties of cinnamon. Did you know that cinnamon is associated with prosperity, success, protection, healing, and spirituality?

Cinnamon helps move energy in a positive way. That bold scent you smell when you open your broom is filled with warmth and joy.

The scent of cinnamon combined with your intentions can help you create a home and life you love.

Just getting the broom and opening it up will bring the properties of cinnamon into your home.

Clearing and Blessing:

When you first get your broom, take it out of the wrapping and take a moment to really enjoy the smell of cinnamon.

Cinnamon is associated with the Sun and the element of fire. Place it in the sunlight for up to 10 minutes. This will help clear old energy and make it ready for you to use.

You can even just hold it in the sun while facing south and say:

“Sunlight, clear away any old energy on this broom.”

Now the broom is ready to be blessed and filled with your intentions.

As you hold your broom, imagine sparkly white light coming down from the cosmos entering the crown of your head, flowing down to your heart, down both arms, and into the broom.

While you are doing this, take time to imagine yourself in your home feeling prosperous, successful, healed, happy, protected, and connected to the Divine. Then say:

“I call on the Divine to bless this broom with my positive intentions. This broom is blessed and it will help bring prosperity, healing, protection, and Divine blessings to my home.

You are now ready to go!

Kitchen Prep:

Before cooking, energetically sweep your counters and stovetop with your mini whisk. Allow the scent of cinnamon to fill the space and bring about feelings of abundance and healing through the food you are about to cook.

Bonus: Bless and give thanks for your food while cooking and before eating.

Home Clearing & Protection:

Did you know that people used to place a broom above their front door for home protection? If you don’t feel like doing that, try this ritual.

You will first set the intention to clear your home of stuck, challenging, and stagnant energy. Then you will energetically sweep (meaning the bristles don’t touch the floor) your home towards the front door. Then open the door and sweep all that energy out.

Then imagine your house being filled with and surrounded by golden white light and the smell of cinnamon.

Tap into your positive emotions and say:

My home is filled with positive intentions, prosperity, healing, and Divine blessings. My home is surrounded by golden white light in which only love remains and through which only love may enter.”

Bonus: Imagine angels surrounding and guarding your home.

Clear Space:

You can also use either size broom to clear your space before doing rituals, yoga, praying, journaling, meditating, reading tarot, or oracle cards.

It is also nice to give an energetic sweep after having people or workers in your home.

Home Decor:

During October, your broom can be a part of your Halloween decorations. The scent of cinnamon fades over time and the brooms can become part of your home decor for the rest of the year.

You can hang it on the wall and embellish with dried flowers, beads, colorful ribbon, charms, bells, feathers, crystals, etc. You can change these add-ons seasonally too. So fun!

Fun Facts:

Did you know that Deverra is the Goddess of Purifying and is associated with the broom. In Ancient Roman times, an area would be swept before a ritual or celebration to purify and cleanse the area. Brooms were thought to clear out the darkness and allow in the light.

She is the considered the protector of midwives and women in labor. Her names comes from the Latin word Deverro which means to sweep.

Did you know that St. Martin de Porres of Lima, Peru is the Saint of the Broom for his devotion to his work no matter how menial it was?

He is also the patron saint of persons of mixed race and of those who suffer from discrimination.

Fascinating!

Final note:

Intention combined with nature and a connection to the divine can make your life flow. Enjoy using these rituals to help you tap into the energetic properties of cinnamon, sweep away old, challenging energy, and bring prosperity and healing into your life! For more tips and techniques like this, be sure to check out my Free Spirit Guidebook!

Which Element Do You Want To Embody? Earth, Air, Fire, or Water?

Who do you want to be?

What characteristics do you want to embody?

How do you want to feel?

What do you want your life to look like?

What do you want to share with the world?

I chose the main female cards from the Medicine Woman Tarot deck to help you get more intentional about the person you want to be.

The person you are.

Scroll down to pick your card and then share which one you were drawn to in the comments!

Pick Your Medicine Woman Card

You have two ways of choosing:

1. You can close your eyes, breathe deeply, and ask “What energy do I want to embody right now?” and then choose the card above you are most drawn to.

2. You can read the descriptions below, look at the photos (more closeup photos are further down), and choose the one you feel most like embodying right now.

There is no right or wrong and we all embody all of these energies on some level. It is just usually one stands out as more “you” than others.

You might also be drawn to one that is kind of the opposite of you because that is what you need right now.

Have fun and enjoy!

Messages revealed!

1. Exemplar of Stones – This earth mama follows the cycles of nature. She teaches others how to find abundance through natures principles. She is grounded, content and financially stable. 
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2. Exemplar of the Pipes – This air energy woman has a special connection to winged creatures and music. She creates her life through imagination and artistic expression and encourages others to do the same. She is always connected to her breath.
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3. Exemplar of the Arrows – Fire rules this strong woman who knows how to use her words to empower others. She has a warrior spirit and helps conquer their fears. She is a passionate woman who takes aim towards the greater good for all.
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4. Exemplar of Bowls – This is a woman who always sees her bowl as full and is always sharing with others. She allows emotions to flow through her and not keep her stuck. Her connection to water keeps in in the flow of life.
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Elemental Rituals

Below are rituals you can do for each card. You can also combine them all to connect with all of the elements.

Connect with & Embody Earth Energy

Find a place to connect to the earth under the moon tonight.

If you can sit on the ground and feel the earth, that would be ideal. If not, use some symbols of earth energy around you such as fruits or vegetables, a houseplant, flower, etc.

If you have one, hold a stone that is red, brown, black or green (any stone is actually fine since they are from the earth).

Or imagine that one of those stones is at the center of the earth and you are connected to it through your energetic roots.

Get comfortable and begin to take some deep breaths.

Say silently or aloud:

I am an Exemplar of Stones. I am connected to the North, Winter, and Night. The earth supports me and I am grateful.

I follow the cycles of nature and teach others how to find abundance through natures principles. I am grounded, content and financially stable. 

Notice how saying this makes you feel. Repeat daily if you like.

Seek out ways to continue to connect with earth energy.

***If all of these things were true about you, how would you behave? Start living like that and watch your beautiful life unfold.

Connect with & Embody Air Energy

Find a place where you might feel a breeze under the moon tonight.

Play some music. If you are an artist of any kind, create under the moon.

If you have one, hold a stone that is blue or possibly fluorite, turquoise, angel aura, or citrine.

Or imagine a feather moving around your body and clearing out old and stagnant energy.

Get comfortable and begin to take some deep breaths.

Say silently or aloud:

I am an Exemplar of the Pipes. I am connected to the East, Spring, the Dawn. The air fills me up and I am grateful.

I have a special connection to winged creatures and music. I create my life through imagination and artistic expression and encourages others to do the same. I am always connected to my breath.

Notice how saying this makes you feel. Repeat daily if you like.

Seek out ways to continue to connect with air energy.

***If all of these things were true about you, how would you behave? Start living like that and watch your beautiful life unfold.

Connect with & Embody Fire Energy

Find a place where you will feel warm under the moon tonight. Possibly wrap a warm blanket around you or a make a fire if it can be safely done and you can put it out completely when you are done.

Take this time to write. Maybe answer the questions from the beginning of this post. Don’t hold back.

If you have one, hold a stone that is red, gold, or orange. If not, imagine a flame in your low belly that warms you from the inside out.

Get comfortable and begin to take some deep breaths.

Say silently or aloud:

I am an Exemplar of the Arrows. I am connected to the South, Summer, the Midday. Fire fuels my passions and I am grateful.

I am a strong woman who knows how to use my words to empower others. I have a warrior spirit and help others conquer their fears. I am a passionate woman who takes aim towards the greater good for all.

Notice how saying this makes you feel. Repeat daily if you like.

Seek out ways to continue to connect with fire energy.

***If all of these things were true about you, how would you behave? Start living like that and watch your beautiful life unfold.

Connect with & Embody Water Energy

Find a place near water under the moon tonight. Or bring a small bowl of water or water to drink.

Take this time to write. Maybe answer the questions from the beginning of this post. Don’t hold back.

If you have one, hold a stone that is red, gold, or orange. If not, imagine a flame in your low belly that warms you from the inside out.

Get comfortable and begin to take some deep breaths.

Say silently or aloud:

I am an Exemplar of the Arrows. I am connected to the West, Autumn, Sunset. Water keeps my bowl filled and I am grateful.

I am a woman who always sees her bowl as full and is always sharing with others. I allow emotions to flow through me and not keep me stuck. My connection to water keeps me in the flow of life.

Notice how saying this makes you feel. Repeat daily if you like.

Seek out ways to continue to connect with water energy.

***If all of these things were true about you, how would you behave? Start living like that and watch your beautiful life unfold.

Cleaning Ritual for Luck

Did you do a big decluttering this winter because of that Marie Kondo show? I had taken 5 carloads of stuff to Goodwill by the time my husband told me about it. I love decluttering!

Cleaning, on the other hand, not always as much. That is until I started doing it with intention.

Last year on St. Patrick’s Day I created a Mini-Luck Ritual that involved cleaning my front door and entryway.

I did it again this year and added a Lemongrass door wash for luck and wealth.

I have found that when you add intention to mundane tasks like cleaning it changes your mindset and makes it enjoyable and even magical.

Plus, you can add your own creativity too. I am sharing this ritual along with some essential oil suggestions to create your own blend of oils and water to bring good luck into your life and home!

Cleaning Ritual for Luck

Choose your front door or bedroom door. You might also like to do this for the door you the most use to enter your home like a garage door or even a door that goes to your workspace if you work from home.

Supplies:

  • Broom
  • Dustpan
  • Vacuum (optional)
  • Duster or dustcloth
  • Water bucket or bowl
  • Cloth for cleaning
  • Essential oil for luck

First, take a moment and take a deep inhale through your nose and an exhale out of your mouth.

The say mentally or out loud:

I intend to clean this area and welcome luck and joy into my life.

Next, begin to clean around the door by dusting. Try to reach the top of the door, the handles, and any crevices.

Imagine stagnant and old energy being released.

Then, sweep or vacuum the area. 

You can even say or think:

I am sweeping away (or sucking up) any blockages to luck and joy flowing into my life.

If you swept, I want to you really enjoy the process of dumping the dustpan into the garbage. If you vacuum, you might like to dump the contents right away to feel like you are removing the old energy from your home.

Now you will create your Lucky Water Wash. This simply consists of water with the essential oil of your choice for luck. There are many so you can also pick one with a smell that you really enjoy.

Essential Oils for Luck

  • Lemongrass – luck associated with wealth
  • Cedarwood – for prosperity and money
  • Bergamot – for success and money
  • Chamomile – for luck and money
  • Sweet Orange – for clearing the space and attracting luck
  • Cinnamon – for money and luck in love

You can also choose oils that simply make you feel lucky when you smell them like possibly peppermint or pine. Also, brands like Young Living have an oil blend called Abundance that would be perfect for this ritual.

Add a few drops of the oil of your choice to your bucket or bowl of warm water. Dip your cloth in the water and wring it out. Then begin to wash your door and entryway while enjoying the scent you chose.

I think it is fun to say or think positive thoughts while doing this part, like:

May this door attract luck and money into my home and life.

or 

Allow everyone who touches this handle to have luck come their way.

or

May this door protect me/us and only allow good luck to enter.

Have fun with this part. Really enjoy the scent. Dump the water and start fresh if it gets really dirty. Smile while you are cleaning.

When you are finished, stand in the doorway and breathe deeply.

Imagine green light surrounding you and the doorway.

Mentally or out loud repeat:

I welcome luck and joy into my life.

Enjoy this refreshed area of your home and stay open to the luck all around you!

Spend the rest of your day and life with this welcoming attitude!

Simple Full Moon Ritual

Ooh! One of my favorite things to do on the Full Moon is to set time aside for ritual.

When you first start working with the moon it is best to keep things simple.

It is so easy to get carried away with life and forget to take a moment to slow down, express gratitude, reflect on your New Moon intention, and/or simply enjoy the present moment.

The Full Moon allows you to take this time.

Here is a simple Full Moon Ritual that you can customize and make your own:

Just Me & the Moon (no supplies needed):

  • This can be done outside or inside.
  • Find a place to sit comfortably with a straight spine. If you don’t think you will fall asleep, you can also lie down.
  • Take at least 3 deep breaths in and out of your nose. Or set a timer and breathe deeply for 1 minute. Then allow the breath to relax.
  • If the sky is clear, take some time to gaze at the full moon. If not or the moon has not risen yet, simply close your eyes and imagine a full moon above you.
  • Express thanks for being here right now. Express thanks for anything else you are feeling grateful for.
  • Close your eyes.
  • Imagine the light on the moon coming down into the crown of your head. Imagine that silvery, cool energy moving down your face, over your shoulders, arms, chest, back, belly, hips, and down both legs.
  • As the light moves through your body, imagine tight areas relaxing, dark areas being healed, and blocked areas being opened.
  • Imagine that the light surrounds your body too. Bask in this light.
  • You might like to set a timer, play music, or stay as long as you want.
  • When you are ready, begin to deepen your breath again. Bring your awareness back to your body.
  • Notice how you feel. If any feelings, ideas, or thoughts came up, then take a moment to jot them down.
  • Thank yourself for taking this time. Thank the moon for her healing energy.
  • Know that you can move forward with grace and ease because you took this time for yourself.

How to customize:
  • You can visualize a specific color coming from the moon or notice if a different one shows up in your visualization. Look up the healing properties of that color.
  • If you need some physical healing, allow yourself to have the moonlight focus on a particular area. Imagine that is bringing healing energy to that area.
  • If you need to release a negative habit or memory, imagine the moonlight going into a dark area and shining a healthy light there. Giving you the feeling that you no longer have to hide behind that habit or hide from that memory.

Any of these customizations can be taken deeper.

You might like to ask out loud or in your head to be shown the next steps to take. Trust that by taking this time for yourself tonight that you have raised your vibration to match the healing or opportunities you desire to come to you.

The first part of this is super simple because I believe it is important for you not to get caught up in supplies, astrological signs, a beautiful Instagram shot. While I enjoy these things myself, the whole point of following the moon is to slow down.

When you slow down, your body and mind have a chance to catch up and blend everything together.

So I hope you take the time to sit under the moon and allow her silvery light to connect you with the real you.

One of my favorite place to look up the dates, times, and names of the full moons is: https://www.almanac.com/astronomy/moon/full