Top 3 Ways to Ground Your Energy

Here is a list of my all time favorite ways of grounding energy. I hope this list helps you when you’re feeling anxious, worried, stressed, having trouble coming down off an intensely high vibe meditation, or have been unable to get out of your daydreams and live in the present moment. Please be sure to leave a comment and let me know your favorite ways to ground your energy!

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1. Essential Oils/Aromatherapy

This is the first way I learned how to ground when the whole idea of “grounding” was still pretty new to me. Scent is a great way to bring you into the present moment. Grounding scents like patchouli, pine, or cedar (anything that smells earthy) are helpful when it comes to calming your energy and bringing you back to center. Stick some in your bag and take it on the go. Inhale the fragrance whenever you’re feeling anxious or are feeling ungrounded like before heading in to work or during stressful situations.

2. Roots into the Earth

This is my favorite (and probably the most convenient) way to ground! You don’t need anything but your imagination. Envision tree roots coming out of your feet or the base of your spine and burrowing deep into the Earth beneath you. Wrap these roots around a rock or something else deep within the Earth. Send healing energy up through these roots and into your body. Visualization is a powerful tool – and you can do this one anytime, anywhere. 

3. Hug a Tree!

Ya, I know, some of you may make fun of the idea of a “tree hugger” but this is a perfect way to ground! Wrap your arms around a tree, place your feet on the roots if they’re visible (barefoot is best), and synch your energy with the tree’s. I always ask the tree for permission first out of respect. It is a great way to connect with nature and this is also one of my favorite ways to ground. It just feels so good!

Here are Some More of My Favorite Ways to Ground…

4. Crystals

Crystals and Stones bring to us so many gifts! One of those gifts is grounding. Stones like Hematite and Petrified Wood have metaphysical properties that are tailored for grounding energy! I talk about these and many more grounding crystals and stones, as well as their properties, in my Root Chakra Crystals video.

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5. Walk Barefoot Outside

Take off your shoes, socks, or sandals, step outside, and put your bare feet in the grass. Feel the dirt between your toes! We are made of earth, so what better way to ground is there than having skin to skin contact with the Earth herself? This method called “earthing” also removes negative ions from our feet which we build up as we go about our day. If you have the opportunity, I encourage you to just lay on the grass and just be. It’s a great way to reconnect with Mother Earth.

6. Eat/Drink Something

Sometimes when we are too in our higher chakras or we are having trouble coming back into our physical body, like after an intense mediation for example, drinking water or having something to munch on can definitely help to ground your energy back into your body.

7. Do Something Physical

Dancing, singing, exercising, cooking, cleaning, and even having sex can all be ways to ground yourself. Since grounding has to do with the physical body, getting the physical body moving can be a great way to become present in your body, in the moment.

 

I hope these ideas help you to become more grounded and centered in your energy!

Stay Grounded Gorgeous!

xo Ariel

Crown Chakra ‘Check In’ Spread

Hi Lovelies! Here is a Crown Chakra tarot and/or oracle card spread that you can use whenever you feel the need to ‘Check In’ with your beautiful Crown Chakra. Try it out and let me know what you think in the comments below!

If you’d like to know more information about this chakra of communication with Spirit, awareness, awakening, and higher knowledge, be sure to watch my Crown Chakra | Rock Your Chakras! video.

 

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  1. Awareness – What is our current level of awareness? Use the Shadow Card which is the card at the bottom of the deck
  2. Claircognizance – What do we know most clearly at this time?
  3. Connection – What can we do to help us feel more connected with others, our guides, and the world around us? 
  4. Guides – What guidance do our guides, angels, and Spirit have for us at this time?

 

Awareness – Water Elemental

We are allowing our intuition to flow more freely. We’ve become more forgiving of ourselves and others. We are also coming to the realization that the stress we put on ourselves is not worth the hassle. We’d rather go with the flow – to be fluid and receptive like water. It is a great state to receive new insights, impressions, and messages from spirit!

Claircognizance – Wheel of Life

We know that life has it’s ups and downs, the good and the bad, the yin and the yang. We know the importance of balance in all things and that everything goes through cycles. Things change – the seasons, the weather, our lives. Everything is a cycle. We are aware that our goal is to integrate ourselves into this natural flow of the Wheel of Life.

Connection – Gratitude

Having gratitude for our relationships, for those who support us, for all Mother Earth provides for us, and for love is a great way to help us feel more connected to the world around us. Gratitude helps keep you connected in the present moment and thankful for the blessings all around you – seen and unseen. Be grateful for life’s lessons and those who bring them to you.

Guides – Root Chakra

How interesting that we received Root Chakra in our Crown Chakra spread! It is so important though. Our guides and angels are telling us that we need to make sure we have a strong foundation and are grounded – especially when working with our Crown Chakra! Spirit wants us to know that we are safe and secure. We have all we need to survive on the physical plane. When we are worried to much about the physical it can be hard for us to connect to the spiritual. Ask your guides and angels to help you feel safe, secure, and grounded in your energy.

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Feat. Conscious Spirit Oracle Deck by Kim Dreyer & U.S. Game Systems, Inc.

 

xo Ariel

Summer Tarotscopes 2016

June 20th to September 22nd 2016

The Summer waves, salty air, and thunderstorms are starting to roll in my lovelies! The Wheel of the Year spins again as the Sun fully embraces us. It is a time that is ripe with opportunity, potential, adventure, relaxation, fun, and some hard work too! I’m also pretty sure that there are some lessons out there for us to learn this season as well.

What is a Tarotscope? A Tarotscope is like a Horoscope for your zodiac sign, only it uses tarot cards. I decided to pull some cards for each sign to see what we need to look out for and what energy will be surrounding us all Summer ’16. Be sure to also read the Tarotscope for your Moon and Rising signs for deeper insight into what may come up for you from June through September of this year, if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere. If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere check back and read this when it’s Summertime in your part of the world!

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Aries  – Maiden of Cups

Are you seeing the whole picture Aries or just a sliver of it? This Summer may hold the beginnings of a new emotional and spiritual journey for you – especially in how you deal with tough situations. The Maiden of Cups is inviting you to get in tune with your heart and sense of emotional expression and connection to others. Also, pay attention to your intuition at this time as it may give you some new insights.

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Taurus – Two of Cups

This Summer, focus on deepening your friendships and sense of trust Taurus. Make new friends and strengthen current bonds. Find something in common with those who you assume you have no common ground with. Realize that we are all a reflections of each other. Commune with Spirit, your soul, and others this Summer.

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Gemini – Ace of Wands

The magick is happening Gemini! You will finally get out of that foggy funk you may have been in. You’ve gotten some great ideas after emerging from this state and now it’s time to put them into action – with a little help from the Universe! This is the spark, this is the start. Get busy this Summer! Action, no matter how small, is necessary to achieve your dreams. This is a magickal time for you and any creative ventures you partake in. Feel it, trust in it, and learn the power in your own sense of creativity.

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Cancer – Strength

This Summer may require for you to reach deep within your gentle spirit Cancer and pull out your inner warrior! Allow your inner strength to help you continue to move forward and to make positive changes in your life. Never give up and don’t look back. Have the heart of a lion even though your voice may quiver and whisper like a lamb. If you’re having trouble with this or feel lost, ask your guides, angels, or deity to help you connect deeper to your inner strength.

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Leo – Nine of Wands

You may be on the defensive side this Summer, Leo. It’s good to protect what you’ve built but not to the extent that it is alienating to others. Let them share in the joy of your creations and actions too. Work on strengthening your sense of safety and security this Summer. Perhaps even do a Root Chakra meditation or carrying some crystals like Black Tourmaline or Red Jasper to help you. Don’t be so quick to block others out. Open your heart – not everyone is out to get you.

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Virgo – Nine of Cups

Make a wish Virgo! Now is the time to really think about your hopes and dreams. The energy is there for you to attain some (not all) this Summer. Dream and make plans! Believe it and you can achieve it. The good energy you’ve been sending out into the Universe is on it’s way back to you in a BIG way this Summer. Partner with the Universe to help make your Summer dreams come true.

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Libra – King of Swords

Stay focused, determined, calm, cool, and collected this Summer. You’re sense of intellect and order may feel stronger than ever Libra. You’ve already weighed your choices in your decision making. Now is the time to execute and be clear of focus. Try to enhance your sense of foresight this Summer. Look at how your present actions will affect future circumstances. Be unwavering in your desire to check out details and seeing the big picture. Rule with more intellect and with less emotion.

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Scorpio – Nine of Swords

Let go of the worry and anxiety this Summer, Scorpio! Don’t allow it to creep into your dreamy mind so that unwarranted fear can run amok! Work on staying grounded and what you can do in the present moment. If all you can do is take a deep breath – that’s fine too. Don’t panic or allow anxiety to be a paralyzing force for you this Summer! Focus on feeling safe and secure as well as how you can rise above the worry, fear, and stress. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it! Refuse to let unconscious fears keep you from living the life you were meant to!

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Sagittarius – Three of Wands

Now is the time to get out there and travel Sagittarius! See the world, explore! Even if it’s just a new park near your home. Maybe start planning that dream vacation or even a small trip to a lake. Go exploring and connect with nature. Be daring, spontaneous, and adventurous this Summer! Look for joy and happiness all around you. You won’t be disappointed!

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Capricorn – The Sun

Joy, happiness, and the promise of a new day surround you this Summer, Capricorn. Focus on staying positive and looking for the light in others around you. You are driven, determined, and ready for anything that comes your way – and you’ll do it with a smile on your face! Try to bring some of that sunshine to others you come into contact with. A smile  or laugh filled with loving positive energy is contagious!

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Pisces – Seven of Cups

Dreams, deceptions, excess, and restrictions may be a struggle for you this Summer, Pisces. Be careful what you wish for – all that glitters isn’t gold. Also know that sometimes what we think we want is not always for our best and highest good. Are there any consequences to your desires or what it takes to get them? What about sacrifices? Be aware of who, where, and what you put your faith and trust into. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, take emotions out of it, and really think about if you want to continue in your current direction. Not everything is for everyone.

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Aquarius – Four of Pentacles

Save your money this Summer, Aquarius! Work hard and build your resources. It is okay to let your hair down and spoil yourself every once in a while. If there is something you need to save for that is coming up in the next few months (I’m really feeling like this is in the Fall), start saving NOW! Also know that you don’t need a ton of money to have fun this Summer. There are tons of free or low cost activities you can do! Don’t deny yourself of Summer FUN! Remind yourself what you’re saving for and the long term benefits and don’t beat yourself up too bad if you slip up here and there.

 

Here’s to a Summer full of Sunshine lovelies!

xo Ariel

 

This blogpost features cards from Lumina Tarot by Lauren Aletta of Inner Hue with artwork by Tegan Swyny of Color Cult, 2015.

 

Old Friends, New Circumstances | Maven Mindset

Whether you grew apart, had an argument, or some unfortunate circumstances – your friendship with this person ended. You may have felt a sense of loss, grief, anger, resentment, betrayal, or any combination of these emotions, at the realization of this. Time has passed. Now you’ve moved on. You stuffed it down into a deep pocket of your soul, think you’ve forgiven the person, or the hurt has lessened with time. Then BAM! That very person sends you a friend request or a text message. You see them when out to breakfast with a significant other or at the doctors office. Past events race through your mind at lightening speed as well as the emotions associated with them. Do they remember? Maybe you don’t want to look a them but you can’t help it. Should you say hello and smile or should you two just continue to have a good ‘ol cowboy movie stare down? Who will blink first?

 
First let me preface this blogpost by saying this: You are NOT the same person you were whenever this incident or disconnection occurred. Hopefully you’ve learned and grown from the experience. It may be exciting to see this person again -especially if you’re lonely or they’re someone you long for. You may hope for a rekindling. Seeing this person again may cause you nausea, anxiety, anger, fear, sadness, joy, even sexual attraction. The body reacts first, and sometimes it can feel sickening and you may not react in the way you were expecting. Take note of how you feel when your energies reconnect, even if that feeling only lasts a moment. Is there more that needs to be healed?

Growth + Change

Have they grown and changed? Is that change in alignment with your vibration and the new heights you’d like your vibration to go? Would their attitude and vibration help you both to ascend together or would they bring you down and be a distraction from your current destination? Maybe these ‘visitors’ as I’ll call them, are a reminder of where you used to be, how far you’ve come, and where you’re headed. A reminder to not look back, but to look forward. Maybe they are signposts for growth – phantoms of past lessons you’ve learned.

I’ve decided to use some tarot cards to help us take a look at the deeper lessons involved when a “ghost from your past” pops back up into your life.

6 of Cups – Memories Shared + Nostalgia

When first seeing this person after the passage of time, you may feel your stomach in knots and your heart flutter as your mind takes a saunter down memory lane. Your inner child may be jumping up and down from reconnecting with an old playmate or your high school self may be turning to mush after seeing an old flame across the way at the grocery store. These warm and fuzzy feelings invoked by the memories of our time spent with this person can sometimes bring us back to a simpler time. They can make us wish we were a more free and less inhibited version of ourselves again. They give us joy and laughter. They help us to see where we’ve grown and matured through the silly mistakes we made in the past. These may be the memories you fall asleep to at night. Reconnecting with this person may be an opportunity for you to let your hair down and have some fun again. Take a walk down memory lane together over ice cream and reminisce a while. It can be nice to take a break from daily stresses and relive nostalgic moments with this person by going to a park that you two used to frequently go to together or doing any activity that you both enjoyed. Taking this time with an old friend to catch up can refresh and reinvigorate you!

The Devil – Unhealthy Influences

Unfortunately there are times when someone from a darker part of our past stalks across our path. When seeing this person again, you may feel a pit in your stomach, start to perspire, and your heart may feel caught in your throat. You may instantly want to start crying or run from fear. This person may bring up feelings of personal insecurity within you and may reinforce the need for more healing work on the issue at hand – whether that be a drug addiction, abuse, rape, bullying, someone who took advantage of you, or anything that was not for your best and highest good. It is also a reminder that you (hopefully) are recovering or have recovered from the issue. You are not the same person you were then. You a stronger now. Don’t let fear or someone outside of you make you quiver or steal your joy! You have overcome! You freed yourself from unhealthy influences and circumstances. You decided that your life and happiness was and is more important. Let this be a reminder to keep moving forward. Don’t allow negative influences from your past to trap you there.

3 of Swords and 10 of Swords – Heartbreak + Betrayal

Did this person break your heart? It doesn’t take a romantic relationship to have a broken heart. A friend, teacher, co-worker, sibling, or parent can give you one as well. Seeing someone who betrayed you in the past does 2 things:

  1. Gives you the opportunity to extend forgiveness.
  2. Let’s you know that more inner healing work may need to be done on your part.

You don’t have to walk up to the person who has hurt you and say “I forgive you for…”, (however if your soul calls you to do it then I would, unless you are in a situation where it would be completely inappropriate, use your discretion), but you can extend a silent forgiveness, through love from your heart chakra, to that person. You could even go home and write a letter to that person, then take it outside, and burn it. Make a ritual of it. Wish them joy, love, and peace. Forgiveness is for you. Are you staying stuck in those feelings of hurt and betrayal? Why? What do you need to release it? I will say this – don’t expect that person to tell you they are sorry. Don’t have any attachment to outcomes. Sometimes what you need from someone, they are just incapable of giving it to you. Not necessarily that they don’t want to, they just currently don’t have the capacity to do so and may never. And that is okay! That’s a part of their journey and definitely a teaching moment for you. That is a lesson I have learned over time and it has served me well. 

9 of wands – Defensiveness

You may notice that you are a bit on the defensive when you come in contact with this person. Maybe not in an active way, but in a passive (or passive aggressive) way. You want to boast and let them know what you’re doing now. On the other hand, you could be very stand-offish to general good natured conversation. You may also be afraid that you’re not up to par with where you could or should be due to what others or society believes you should be doing with your life at this point in time. You may compare yourself to their progress and deem yourself better or worse off than they are. You don’t want to seem inadequate or like some type of slacker. This is definitely a lesson in Ego. You may also be defensive of past actions you took  or choices you made- maybe even actions that helped lead to the end of your friendship. One word (more like interjection lol) from Spirit guys:  “Let that -ish go! Agree to disagree or accept that yes, maybe you made a mistake beautiful soul. We all make mistakes! It’s part of our learning and evolving as souls. Admit when you are wrong and be humble.” 

5 of Cups vs 8 of Cups  – Something Left to Salvage or Time to Move On?

Is there anything about your relationship with this person that is worth reconnecting with? Have you both grown in healthy positive ways? Can you make amends and reform the bonds of companionship – even though it may never be the same, and if it’s not, are you okay with that? If you do start over and try to rebuild a friendship with this person, do you believe there will always be a dark cloud in the background of what transpired between you? Listen to your intuition. Your soul will let you know if it is time to leave the past in the past. What does your body say? Try to connect with your guides if you’re really troubled  about the issue. Ask for clarity. Truly evaluate the benefits of rekindling this friendship or relationship. Is it worth it? What would the lessons you learned about the situation say?  Can both of you get over the past and really make a change? You know the answer in your heart of hearts. If it is salvageable great! If it is not, don’t be afraid to say your final good-bye’s and to keep moving forward in a positive direction. Don’t torture yourself with what might be. Listen to your gut and don’t be afraid of the unknown. Don’t reconnect with this person just because you’re lonely, when you know deep down they bring you down or are not the kind of energy you need in your life.  

Judgement and The World – We Are All Teachers

Maybe this person you saw while on vacation with your family or at another table across the restaurant when out at dinner, did something scandalous or you just don’t vibe with them for a particular reason. You pass judgement upon them, are envious of or stereotype them, or still see them for a mistake they made 10 years ago. Remember loves, we are all connected. We all love, we all grieve, we all laugh, we all have embarrassing moments or have been lied to. It is part of our human experience. What you dislike in someone else may truly be a part of yourself that you don’t like or remind you of a mistake you made. Maybe where you went left, they went right. Everyone you come into contact with (including yourself) is a teacher. Each teacher has a lesson for us. These ghosts or visitors from your past may come up to remind you of the lessons learned, let you know that your knowledge and understanding of this lesson needs to be taken to a deeper level now, or it may just be a slap in the face to humble yourself. Take the lesson and remember that we are all equal. Think back over the experience and apply the knowledge gained from it into your life.

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Please comment below with any experiences you’ve had with old friends and new circumstances, as well as any lessons you’ve learned along the way. How did you feel? How did you deal?

xo Ariel

 

Dolphin as a Spirit Animal | Animal Totems

Dolphin has always been in my life in one form or another. As a child, I used to try to imitate the sounds they make and I wanted to swim with them (as mermaids do of course haha!). I’ve always loved them and often spend time with them in meditation. If Dolphin has swam across your path lately, here are some messages it may have for you!

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Sense of Adventure

Let your adventurous side come out to play! Travel! Dolphin also invites you to dive straight into the waves, beneath the surface, and bring light and joy to the shadowy depths. Explore with the adventurous spirit of a child! Dolphin could be sending you a sign to go on that trip or vacation you’ve been thinking about taking, to try something new and daring! Step out of your comfort zone and go and do what you haven’t before! Don’t let fear keep you anchored close to shore – explore the unknown caverns of the Seven Seas, the unfamiliar parts of your soul even. Dare to dream.

 

Intelligence

Dolphins are highly intelligent and very emotional creatures – just like us! They have a very high IQ and can be quite complicated animals in their interactions. Dolphin encourages you to continue learning. You don’t have to be in school or taking a class to do so. There are many ways you can continue your education in the great school of life. Read, write, speak. Share and realize your intelligence. Make informed and intelligent decisions. Don’t take anything at first glance.Think about what it is that you’re facing and use your brain power to help you find a way through it.

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Companionship

Dolphins live in pods and look out for each other always. They nurse their young together, hunt together, play together, live together. Dolphins are all about community. Companionship is very important to the Dolphin. Their social interactions are quite colorful and complicated. In these relationships they experience anger, violence, love, sadness, and even pleasure – they are the only known creatures to have sex for more than just procreation but for pleasure as well! Intriguing huh? Dolphin encourages you to take a look at how you interact with those in your “pod”. How do you work together? How can teamwork help the good and growth of all? How can you better your interactions and relationships with those you care about? What can you do to be more helpful or involved in your community?

 

Communication and Vibration – Echolocation

Dolphins use echolocation to hunt and communicate with other Dolphins. Echolocation allows animals to use vibrations to communicate and is nature’s sonar, allowing the animal to see better. These sound waves bounce off of objects and comes back to the animal, giving them information to process such as the distance between them and the object or even what that particular object is! Dolphin encourages you to work on raising your vibration spiritually, and to learn about different types of energy and vibration. Read about energy work and it’s different modalities. Dolphin also encourages you to communicate freely with others. Work with your Throat Chakra. Dolphin asks you to take a look at if you are expressing yourself clearly and effectively.

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Joy, Laughter, and Play

Jumping, diving, laughing, playing under the sea. Twisting, turning, whirling, and grinning – Dolphin is probably the most playful of all spirit animals. They are sweet, nurturing, gentle, and kind. They are optimistic and always looking for fun. They are such emotive creatures! Did you know that there’s a connection between Dolphins and Mermaids as well? How cool is that?! Dolphin encourages you to invite more joy, laughter, and play into your life. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Let loose, be silly, and don’t sweat the small stuff! Dolphin invites you to allow the spirit of your inner child to come out and dance, sing, and be free! Give yourself permission to do so.

 

Have you seen playful Dolphin jumping over the waves on your path? Has it invited you to swim with the Mermaids? I’d love to hear your experiences and thoughts on this intelligent creature!

xo Ariel