WINTER Reading

Follow nature’s lead and use Winter for a time of gestation and absorption in these areas of your life, intellectual, physical and emotional in order to take advantage of the cold dark elements of this season.  For this time, it’s wise to travel less.  Stay rooted now to home.  Change things in your home area only in small ways moving a lamp or shifting the pile of books or a display of crystals.  This is because now is a time of nesting and the nest is better undisturbed until early spring. Introducing small bright bits of color particularly red, the color of our root chakra energy, to support that center. 

This is the time of grounding. Earth connection. Use the flowers lilies, poinsettias and carnations in colors of deep red to energize your home.  Serve food on dark red plates and eat the deep greens of winter foods, kale, collards, red beets. Squeeze fresh orange juice over salads and greens, satisfying the need for both Vitamin C and boosting the energy centers /chakras. 

In business and creative endeavors this is not a time to rock the boat but if changes need to be made, think through them thoroughly making small changes.  Do you see a pattern here of just allowing body, mind and spirit to stay happily in peace for the next 6 weeks?  

For the holiday time, small groups are best, where conversation between two or three can spark new collaborators and new ideas about helping community.  During this time, romantically give small sweet gestures to all those you love. Use this winter time to give gifts of time and understanding, wrapped with your bright red bow of love.

Healthwise, this can be a difficult time, of course, with the serving of rich foods and short daylight hours.  Stick to those greens, grains and red juices of pomegranate, grape and dark cherry for nourishment. Add these juices to salads and sautéed vegetables for a splash of sweet deep flavor, prunes and cranberry, sautéed red cabbage are good against viral infections. Also eating morning orange or tangerine boosts the immune system.

Use winter time to get caught up with unfinished projects of all kinds. Knitting, pottery and writing, especially at this time, all of these activities lend themselves to the joy of completion.  

Avoid rushing – this will help your listening in all ways, spending too much, eating too much, and becoming sedentary.  Enjoying the outdoors, the brace of snow, wind and rain even for short periods. The contact with nature will stimulate the immune system and your creative powers. Try a sauna or spa tub to open up your heart chakra if you’re looking for romantic love. During your spa opening, use rose quartz, rhodonite, and green aventurine. After your spa time carry these stones with you or put them next to your bed.

Obsidian and Tourmaline are excellent crystal helpers for the indoors, make a grid with obsidian and black tourmaline by placing them in all four corners of your home.  A selenite wand by your workstation is a good idea too to help avoid any electronic problems.  For an extra energy boost try blackberry or calendula flower essences.

So dear ones, light the fire both inside and out. Allow Mother Earth to go deep within you, holding you firmly in place, just for a little while. 

An affirmation for these months ahead would be:   I am safe, secure and have everything I need. Practice saying this affirmation in front of a mirror while looking into your eyes makes the conviction of your words even stronger as you program your subconscious mind with this message of change. 


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Springtime is the emerging of both the plant world and the bursting forth of human soul power.  Extra energy is coursing through both natural bodies, leaving the darkness of deep winter for a period of spring fever. This year brings a increased pull of water elements during the next two months of April and May.  There will be flooding and rain storms over large areas of our country.  These natural events will bring the earth’s water channels and boundaries into new places, just as the warming of our earth air brings new patterns and places to human beings during this time period.  Now the time is right to travel or move to the vibrate city or pastoral small town that you have been wanting to call home.  It will be a successful uprooting as Mother Earth spreads her warmth over you and your new location.

April, May and June are the perfect time to embrace pet ownership.  If you have been wanting an animal companion, choose carefully but you will have a great chance of finding the love and devotion of just the right pet to bring home.
As the planet warms up so does the human heart, the stones of morganite, rose calcite and rose quartz can be successfully used in your living space to bring both self love and romantic love into your life this spring. Take notice of all the red haired people that cross your daily path, as they will be spreading serendipitous messages in the month of April.

The Irish-Celtic energy is active now making it a perfect time to visit the regions of Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England and delve into the healing magic residing in those areas. 

As the season warms, Wild Roses appear on hills and roadsides, use Wild Rose essence for renewed joy and the soothing of anxiety.

An affirmation for these next few months would be:  I am embracing healthy patterns and actions Now. Practicing saying this affirmation in front of a mirror while looking into your eyes makes the conviction of your words even stronger while you program your subconscious mind with this message of change.  


 Spring Reading

Springtime is the emerging of both the plant world and the bursting forth of human soul power.  Extra energy is coursing through both natural bodies, leaving the darkness of deep winter for a period of spring fever. This year brings a increased pull of water elements during the next two months of April and May.  There will be flooding and rain storms over large areas of our country.  These natural events will bring the earth’s water channels and boundaries into new places, just as the warming of our earth air brings new patterns and places to human beings during this time period.  Now the time is right to travel or move to that vibrate city or pastoral small town that you have been wanting to call home.  It will be a successful uprooting as Mother Earth spreads her warmth over you and your new spot.

April, May and June are the perfect time to embrace pet ownership.  If you have been wanting an animal companion, choose carefully but you will have a great chance of finding the love and devotion of just the right pet to bring home.
As the planet warms up so does the human heart, the stones of morganite, rose calcite and rose quartz can be successfully used in your space to bring both love of self and romantic heart centered love into your life. Notice all the red haired people that cross your daily path, as they will be spreading serendipitous messages in the month of April.

The Irish-Celtic energy is active now making it a perfect time to visit the regions of Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England and delve into the healing magic residing in those areas. 

As the first new Wild Roses appear on hill sides and roadsides, use Wild Rose essence for renewed joy and the soothing of anxiety.

An affirmation for these next few months would be: I am embracing new healthy patterns and actions Now. Practicing saying this affirmation in front of a mirror while looking into your eyes makes the conviction of your words even stronger as you program your subconscious mind with this message of change.  

 

Holiday Time

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Springtime itself a perfect reason for a picnic, even if the food is just eaten in the car while enjoying a view from the window.  This chicken salad recipe keeps well and with a crispy baguette and a glass of sparkly water or wine will be all you need for a quick picnic to enjoy the gardens that are blooming now.  Many areas of our country have tulip farms, iris and azalea gardens. Byways are showing all the native blooming trees, hawthorn and cherry are just a few.  In Washington state we have a wonderful lilac garden, the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens.  If you are nearby its a beautiful sight to behold from April 21 through May 13.  

 Mary Grace's Chicken Salad
4 bone inchicken breasts, I baked these with one tablespoon seasoning salt.  Rub the breasts with olive oil, put on the seasoning salt generously and then top with lemon juice and slices from one large lemon.  Bake at 400 degrees for approximately 30 minutes or until juices run clear. 
 
While the chicken is still warm, shred it into small pieces, the finer pieces the better and have the dressing ready to go over the chicken.  The chicken will absorb the dressing while still warm.
 
I mix the dressing separately in a 2 cup measuring cup.  I start with approximately
1/2 cup mayo
2 Tablespoons of sweet pickle relish
juice of one lemon, salt and pepper to taste
then I have use a variety of herbs, my favorites are thyme (dried) and French tarragon fresh.  I use one or the other.  
 
Before serving, I add the following:
 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup finely chopped celery, use only fresh and crisp celery
I/2 cup toasted pecans, walnuts or silvered almonds
1 cup grapes cut into halves or fresh pineapple.  If using the pineapple, let it drain in a fine colander for a 10 minutes before adding to eliminate excess moisture
1/2 cup golden raisins
 
Another fun addition is chow mein noodles, you have to add these right before serving to retain their crispness. If your taking this salad for your picnic, just put in a small plastic bag and sprinkle before serving.