Maven Unmasked has Moved!

Hi there beautiful soul!

I have had a bunch of new followers to the WordPress blog as of late (first of all – let me say welcome! *smiles*), and I wanted to let all of you know that there is a new home for Maven Unmasked at https://www.mavenunmasked.com where you will find all of the spiritual content you have come to love and tons more!

All of the blog posts, have been moved over to the new site, as well as some additional posts that are not available on the WordPress blog like 102 Journal Prompts for the Lightworker in You and more.

I will be keeping the WordPress site up for now, however please make sure to subscribe to my new website so you don’t miss any of the juicy content!

Welcome to the world of Maven Unmasked.

Love & Blessings,

xo Ariel

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Unicorn as a Spirit Animal | Animal Totems

Has Unicorn come trotting across your mind’s eye with glitter hoof and silky mane? Unicorn is special – a star in it’s own right. As a mythical creature, it is connected to both the heavens and the earth. A creature of magic on the physical plane. Fantasy given flesh and bone. A beauty of both land and sky. Here is what it may mean if you have Unicorn as a Spirit Animal.

Sparkle + Shine Shimmer and shake! Prance and dance! Be magical, mystical, and majestic. Make them stop and stare from the twinkling of your aura. You are something special! A body of light. Created from magick dust, glitter bombs, and angel feathers. Unicorn animal totem asks you to know this in your heart. Be confident in the magic of your own soul. Express it.

Be YOUnique The Unicorn is one of a kind. It accepts itself for who it is – sparkles, rainbow glitter, horn, and all. Each is unique and beautiful in it’s own way. Unicorn asks you to release comparison and jealousy. See the elegant magic of your individuality. Don’t be afraid to stand out in the crowd!

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Be Imaginative, Playful, and Dreamy Don’t close out them realm of possibilities. Fantasize. Dream BIG! Embrace your purity and innocence. Unicorn invites you to play with your inner child. Allow them to run wild and laugh freely. See with new waking eyes that view the world with awe and adventure. Imagine. Open and meditate on your Crown Chakra. Journey. Reawaken your sense of discovery and expedition.

Love Freely with an Open Heart and an Open Mind! See the good in all living things. Feel the connectedness and wonder of everything. The wisdom of the cosmos. Share love and kindness wherever you go. Be empathic and understanding. The spirit of Unicorn encourages you to open, heal, balance, and strengthen your heart chakra. Greet everyone you encounter with love and light straight from the heart.

Fight for your Dreams Charge forward. Pierce through obstacles. The horn of the Unicorn does all these things. It leads the way and will navigate you to your true north. Believe in your own power. You are capable and worthy of all you dream. Even in the most challenging of circumstances, the love and support that Unicorn gives is undying. They are loyal to the end. Unicorn gives you strength to help pierce through challenges and clear a path to your goals. Do not give up hope – BELIEVE!

xo Ariel

Be a Luscious Lightworker | Maven Mindset

Being a Lightworker and an Empath is not always an easy task. You have chosen to incarnate on this planet at this time in history for a particular purpose – your spiritual vocation. Here are some ways to help you stay lusciously shiny and feeling your best through it all!

Luscious Lightworker + Enigmatic Empath Tips

Spiritual Protection – Call in your angels and your guides to surround you in the white light of protection. Archangel Michael is a great spiritual warrior and protector. Invite him into your energy to create a shield of protection around you. Spiritual and Psychic Protection is extremely important to have up when going into toxic environments. Perhaps you have a rough relationship with a coworker, volatile communication with a family member. It is also important for environments where there will be a lot of buzzing, clashing, and swirling energies abound like a mall or busy restaurant.
Is this mine or someone else’s – When you feel overwhelmed by emotion or when you are having a great day and decide to go out with friends only to return sad and depressed. In those moments, try and see if you can separate the thoughts from the emotions and ask yourself the question of if these emotions really belong to you. Catalog everything you are feeling and try to determine to the best of your ability if you’re really angry or if you just happened to pick up your anger from the guy at the bar or your girlfriend’s heartache after a fight with her boyfriend.
Clearing your energy + your space – Keeping your aura clear and fresh is a major part of spiritual hygiene, plus it just feels damn good! Use florida water to create an aura mist or get a smudge stick and sage yourself, your home, and your property. You can even get a himalayan salt lamp. See how re-arranging the furniture in a particular room in your home changes the flow of energy. Cleanse your crystals and other magical tools.
Stay grounded – Ground your energy daily to help keep you mindful of the here and now. This will also help to release excess energy or emotions into the earth. Staying grounded is also extremely important in helping you to adjust to and assimilate higher vibrations.
Taking a step back + away from toxic situations – This is important so as not to have your energy drained by toxic situations. Know when and where to focus your energies. Try not to engage in toxic and unhealthy habits, behaviors, and situations.
Some may just not understand and that’s okay – Some of your family members and friends may not embrace or understand what you do or why you’re doing it. Some may think you’re crazy or woo-woo or airy fairy and flaky. Send these people love and keep your practice if that is what your soul tells you to do. Just because they may not understand your path, does not mean that they’re bad people or carry a low vibration or are not a part of your soul tribe.
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Artwork by Josephine Wall

Keep spreading your light anyway – Even though there may be naysayers, shine anyway. Even though you may be frustrated, shine anyway. Even when you feel like you’re not being heard, shine anyway. Even when you feel unappreciated and unnoticed, shine anyway. When you feel alone in your cause, shine anyway. When you feel beat down and worn, allow your heart to shine anyway.
Work with high vibe crystals and stones that protect your energy – Some of my favorite crystals for this purpose are selenite, clear quartz, apophyllite, elestial quartz, moldavite, nuumite, aqua aura quartz, celestite, rose quartz, tektite, amethyst, and scocelite. There are many more out there. Don’t be afraid to do research on your own. If you’re new to the vibration of crystals, be cautious as some of the crystals listed above carry an intense vibration that may make you uncomfortable (like being lightheaded, hot, dizzy, or feeling your body vibrate) if you’re not accustomed to the vibration! This is why grounding is important.
Meditate often – Get in touch with your soul. Talk to your Higher Self. De-stress and calm yourself. Clear your mind. Find peace. Sink into your center. Meditation is great for stress relief, soul searching, increasing your sense of happiness, and boosting your creativity! It also helps to connect you to the world of spirit, the higher realms, and raises your vibration.
Connect with your spirit guides regularly – They have much guidance and love to share with you. I have had the most beautiful experiences with my spirit guides – especially one’s that started in meditation and carried on into the waking world. They send you beautiful signs and symbols if you open your eyes and ears to it!
Drink plenty of water – This keeps your energy clear and flowing as well as helps you stay hydrated. I also believes drinking water helps to strengthen your connection to spirit. The more spiritual work you do, the more water you may drink.
Eat more foods that keep your vibration high – Fruit and veggie it up Lightworker friends! Invite more color into your diet. Try to eat organic when you can. These foods are less dense and keep your vibration lighter as your body isn’t busy working on digesting heavier foods like meats and cheeses.
Stop comparing your spiritual journey – Refrain from comparing someone else’s experience and knowledge to your own. Whether it be ego and pride or from a lack of self-confidence – cut it out. Seriously love, let it go. All this does is lower your vibration and traps you in a state of insecurity. How can you shine your light as bright as possible, when you continue to turn your spotlight in someone else’s direction? Besides, you have your own unique perspective that needs to be shared. Focus on you and what makes you happy. Those who inspire you did not become a success or full of spiritual wisdom overnight. It took years of lessons, tears, and hard work. You never know what someone else went through or is currently going through. You are exactly where you are meant to be right now in your journey. Embrace it in love. Spiritual growth is not a competition.

xo Ariel

26 Questions to Ask your Spirit Guides

Hi Loves! As a follow-up to Spirit Guides 101, here are 26 questions to ask your guides while connecting with them. These questions will allow you to begin to deepen your relationship and connection to your Spirit Guides. Happy communing in discovery!

  1. What is your name?
  2. Why have we chosen to work with each other?
  3. Did we share any past lives together? If so, what was our relationship?
  4. What lesson are you here to help me learn?
  5. What was your life like?
  6. Where were you born?
  7. What era are you from?
  8. Are you a lifetime guide or are you here to guide me through a particular lesson?
  9. What do I need to release?
  10. How can I love and support myself more?
  11. How can we deepen our connection?
  12. What is your “sign” to let me know you’re around?
  13. Is there a gift you have for me?
  14. How can I feel your presence more?
  15. How is my spiritual development going? Are there any spiritual tools or concentration of study you would have me embrace?
  16. What can I do or learn right now to aid my spiritual growth, evolution, and development?
  17. How can I listen to and follow your guidance?
  18. What is your preferred form of communication? (Tarot, Oracle, Runes, Meditation, Clairaudiently, etc.)
  19. What is a significant time in my current life that you helped me with?
  20. How can I tap into my soul purpose more?
  21. How can you help me with my manifesting? How can we co-create?
  22. Where should I keep persevering?
  23. How can I strengthen and develop my intuitive gifts?
  24. How can I be more of a Lightworker in my community?
  25. Where should I put my focus in shadow work?
  26. What karmic lessons should I concentrate on? How can I break this karmic cycle?

 

xo Ariel

Spirit Guides 101 | Part 1 of 2

Part 1

This 2 part series is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to understanding your spirit guides and building a relationship with them. This article is only the beginning of that partnership. Just as any significant relationship takes time, nurturing, communication, and patience to develop, so too does one with your guides. It is not instantaneous and will grow and change over the years. Be open to the discovery, the wisdom, and the experience. 

What is a Spirit Guide? A Spirit Guide is a spiritual teacher, a highly evolved soul, who helps to guide you through life and navigate the path of your soul purpose. Their number one concern is you and what is for your best and highest good – however, they cannot intervene in our affairs without our permission due to the free will we have as souls.

Is a Spirit Guide the same thing as a Guardian Angel? Not exactly… Your Spirit Guides have a different role than your Guardian Angel. Your guides are with you everyday. I feel that your Guardian Angel only comes around when their is a specific need for their help and protection.

What do they do? Each guide you have has a different role in your life. You may have a guide for your business and career, for joy, for wisdom, love, health, protection, etc. You also have a Master Guide who oversees the whole of your life. They come around for the big spiritual lessons and themes of your life. Your guides can help you through challenges, work with your energy, and place timely opportunities on your path. If you’re a Medium, working with your guides is extremely important as they help you in readings while communicating with the other side. They are your personal spiritual team of teachers! The ultimate guides to help you navigate this life in order to fulfill your soul purpose.

Does everyone have a spirit guide? YES! Everyone has at least one spirit guide – even your mom, grandmother, significant other, or child.

How many can you have? As of now, I have met 10 of my Spirit Guides. It has taken about 3 years or so to connect with them and to be able to understand each guides unique name and vibration. There is still much to discover. You can have 1 – 1,000.

Do you have one guide your whole life or do they come in and out as needed? Some may come and go from your life. Perhaps only there to help you with a particular lesson or situation. As we learn from them, they learn from us too! It is about the evolving of souls on both planes of existence.

Stay tuned for Part 2 next week, where we’ll answer…

Can an animal be my Spirit Guide?
Can my loved one in spirit be my spirit guide?
How do we choose and communicate with our guides?

And more!

xo Ariel

How to Know if You’re in the Flow with the Universe | Maven Mindset

Synchronicities Just thinking of someone and they call. Having a dream about a certain animal or object and they pop up in your waking life. Your intuition is on point without you even realizing it. You may even be experiencing the beautiful synchronicity that is spirit animals and angel numbers. And sometimes the synchronicities are not always awe inspiring. Sometimes the Universe likes to give us (and itself) a laugh or two whether this reminds us of our responsibilities, an item on our To-Do list, or something embarrassing we may have done.

Spirit Animals A Spirit Animal is an animal spirit who has a special message for you. You may dream about them, see yourself as this animal, feel a sacred connection to them, or even just run across the animal itself or it’s image repeatedly. This is not a coincidence! This animal more than likely has a special and timely message for you. Here you can find more information as to What is a Spirit Animal and how to work with them.

Angel Numbers These are number sequences that you see over and over whether it be when looking at the clock, on license plates as your driving to work, phone numbers, lottery numbers – you name it! Examples of these are 11:11, 222, 333, 444, 555, 999, 646, 578, any repeating number sequence. These numbers are messages from your angels, guides, and the Universe. I have found them to be spot on for what I am experiencing in the moment. A message that I personally needed to hear. For example, while testing for my Psychic Medium certification, I was scared, and stressed out. I happened to look out of my hotel window and saw the number 299 on the top of a bus. I thought it quite odd as I caught sight of it just before it disappeared around a corner. I ran to look up the meaning and cried in amazement and gratitude. My favorite go-to site for angel number meanings is Angel Numbers – Joanne Sacred Scribes by Joanne Walmsley.

Easier to Manifest | Timely & Auspicious Opportunities When you’re in the flow with the Universe, you begin to see doors that are open for you which you may have missed before. The job you’ve been searching for may come your way. Perhaps you’ve been sending out the vibe to attract your tribe and you begin to meet people of a like vibration in random everyday happenings. Know that these opportunities may not come in the way you expect them to. You need some extra money to pay the bills and you have the chance to make some overtime cash.  You may need extra cash, but that doesn’t mean you’ll win the lottery, but the Universe does make a way for you to get what is needed. Be open to new experiences.

Raise in Vibration You’ve been realizing the connectedness of all things. You are beginning to feel and work with energy. As your vibration raises, your intuition becomes stronger. You put your focus on positivity, love, joy, and happiness. You’re interested in learning more about spirituality and what your spiritual truths are.

Law of Attraction This is all about your thinking. Both positive and negative. How do you talk to yourself? Is it in a loving way or is the tone of voice more condescending? Having negative self-talk or thought patterns doesn’t mean you are out of the flow. It is a part of the human experience. Be conscious of your thinking. When you see negative though patterns creeping in, re-channel and redirect your thoughts in that moment! It takes some practice, but it is possible. The more positively you think, the more blessings that come your way. Negativity is sticky – negative thoughts, actions, words, and deeds have a tendency to stick to your energy. Thereby, lowering your vibration. Your vibration is tied to the law of attraction. What you put out into the Universe is what you attract to you.

Reaffirming that you’ve Learned Old Lessons

The Universe may send a few old lessons your way, just to confirm you got the message the first go round. The situation or people may be different, but the lesson the same. Do you recognize this? What didn’t work the first time? Now is your chance to correct it. To show the Universe you’re serious. You have taken heed. That you’ve integrated the wisdom from previous happenings. This lets the Universe know that you’re ready to move on to the next chapter, the next lesson of your spiritual development.

How do you know you’re in the flow with the Universe? What signs have been given to you? What has been your experience thus far and how do you keep the link going?

xo Ariel

2017 The Year of the Lightworker

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The Year of the Visionary. The Year of the Mystic. The Year of the Lightworker. A 1 year in numerology. And a year of some major manifesting! Whew – you may be wondering where to put your focus in 2017. Here are some 2017 SuperPowers you can use to help you start the year off right and embrace all of your shimmering Lightworker self!

Energetic Clearing + Protection

This is a biggie! Tighten up, deepen, and expand you knowledge of energy clearing and protection. Keep the Sage and clearing spray on hand! As the vibration of the planet is shifting, its important to protect yourself energetically every day – especially if you happen to be an empath. Keeping your energy fresh will help you to feel more like yourself this year and will help you to shine your inner light even brighter. By clearing out energetic junk, you’ll make room for new and better to come into your life all year long!

Heart Chakra Healing + Forgiveness

To help you be the best Lightworker possible, put more focus on healing your heart. 2016 was about releasing, letting go, shaking our foundations, and waking us up. 2017 is going to be about healing from this and offering forgiveness to ourselves and others. Work on healing, strengthening, and expanding the Heart Chakra. Get to know rose quartz, green calcite, malachite, and other Heart Chakra stones. Work with their vibration. I also feel the energy of Mother Mary will be extremely beneficial in helping us to open our hearts to more love and wonderment than ever before.

Solar Plexus Chakra + MAJOR Manifesting Power

2017 is about knowing and getting comfortable with your own power and manifestation abilities. Gain confidence in yourself, your skills, and your abilities. Know that you are strong. Tap into your sense of will and determination to help make your dreams a reality. Listen to your gut instincts. What is your sense of clairsentience telling you? Working with your Solar Plexus Chakra will help you to get in touch with your personal manifesting power. Strengthen this energy center. Work with its golden sunshine yellow energy. As 2017 is a 1 year numerologically, we will be called to be leaders. To be strong. To set an example. In the tarot, the 1 is the Magician. The most powerful manifestor of all. Invite more Magician energy into your life and space. Work closely with this card this year. The Magician comes into our lives to let us know we have all the power we need to create whatever reality we wish.

Crystal Companions to Help You Along the Way

Black Obsidian – For protection, transmuting negative energy, grounding, and working with your shadow

Clear Quartz – To amplify your intentions, manifesting, connecting to your soul and Spirit

Pink Tourmaline – For forgiveness, heart healing, love, and truth

Selenite – For energy clearing, working with the Crown Chakra, and inviting high vibes into your space

Workshops, Classes, + Courses

Learn as much as you can this year! Dive deep. There will be a hunger that only knowledge and spiritual development can fulfill. Have you been wanting to learn the tarot? Numerology? Understand your natal chart better? Or maybe you just want to deepen your overall spiritual knowledge? Take a class, facilitate a workshop, create an e-course. Perhaps write a ‘how to’ guide based on your experiences. Get your gift out there. Hone it and own it! Share it with the world. Bring your gifts to the forefront and make their development a priority this year!

What is there for us to gain this year? What is ours for the taking?

Independence + Leadership

These themes vibrate to the number 1 which is exactly the vibration of 2017 (2 + 0 + 1 + 7 = 10 and 1 + 0 = 1). This is the year for the Lightworker in you to take center stage! To come out of the closet. Find your sense of independence. Know that it is okay to stand out in a crowd, to follow your heart even though naysayers may be screaming in your ear. Fight for your truth. Lead by example. Don’t be afraid to extend a helping hand! It may be trying and a bit intimidating, however, you do have a team of guides, angels, ancestors, and loved ones in spirit who are ready and willing to help! Don’t be afraid to ask the Universe for courage and guidance this year.

Stepping Fully Into Your Soul’s Purpose

If you have been waiting to give yourself permission to start your business, expand your business, to share your gifts, to help heal others, to deepen your study, to put yourself out there – This. Is. It. No more hesitation. Step fully into who you are. Embrace your gifts. No more hiding in the shadows. No more worrying about the opinions of others. Your gift is a gift to the world. So why are you hiding it dear one? No more flirting around with the idea. Step in fully and completely into who you are. Don’t just dip your toes into the water – dive in! Now is not the time to be shy. It is not the time for meekness. Be bold! Be daring! Be colorful you. Allow your true spirit and intentions to shine through. As you do this, your light will begin to ignite the flame in the heart’s of others.

Shine bright this year, dear one! I believe in you  ❤

xo Ariel

The Wrap Up: 10 BIG Lessons of 2016

Oh 2016! As I sit and reflect, I think of all the beauty, magic, ups and downs, triumphs and failures, love and loss we have had throughout the year. 2016 wasn’t all bad – it was a year of completion and realization. A 9 year in the cycle. The year of the Hermit. A time to wrap up, clear out old karma, reflect on the last 9 years, and get ready for the 9 year cycle to start all over again. How have you grown not only in 2016, but since 2008? What were your major lessons?  *Use the italicized questions in this article as journal prompts to help you wrap up your 2016 with a pretty bow!*

Here are the 10 Big Lessons of 2016

 

Clean it Up!

Clearing clutter to allow energy to flow freely was huge this year. And this doesn’t just mean physical clutter as in becoming more organized in your living space or cleaning out your closet. 2016 was a year of cleaning up our lives. A year of releasing and letting go. A year of taking out the trash! What were you required to let go of this year? How did you ‘clean it up’ in 2016?

 

Knowing When Something is Not for You

We all have times when we think we want something, only to get it, and then realize that this isn’t what we bargained for. 2016 was a year of intuitively knowing when something just wasn’t for you whether that be a job you interviewed for, a new relationship, a friend, or a tarot deck you were just dying to have. By being more in touch with ourselves and our desires this year, it became easier for us to recognize when something just did not resonate. How did you know when something was just not for you this year?

 

Knowing When it’s Time to Go… 

In 2016, you may have found yourself in a situation where something just is not working for you anymore. That job you loved, you may have outgrown it, the environment gave you anxiety, or you felt there was no more room for you to expand in your role. You may have left a toxic relationship when it became blindingly clear that this was not for your best and highest good. Perhaps you followed your heart and moved to your dream home. 2016 was about knowing when we’ve had enough so that we could begin to spark change and make room for new and better to come into our lives in 2017!

 

Feeling Like Time is Speeding Up

Have you found yourself thinking how fast the year has gone?! That time has been flying by? As more people awaken to deeper consciousness on the planet, time is beginning to move faster. A quickening. We are being asked to evolve at a faster rate as we enter a new cycle in our lives. As our vibrations raise, the pace of time may increase. This is especially true for lightworkers as the time to use your gifts for the benefit of others and the world as a whole draws ever closer.

 

How to be Present in the Here and Now

2016 taught us to be mindful and focus on being more present in our lives. If you increased your meditation practice this year, I’m pretty sure the topic of mindfulness came up for you as well! You may have thought you were making forward progress in situations or stressing over the future outcome, only to have something happen to bring your focus back to the here and now. Remember – the Universe shakes us up to wake us up! This year, we often had to take our focus away from our anxieties about the future and return it to the present if we wanted to make any progress. To get things done! When we are present every single day, in the here and now, we can impact our future in a more substantial way. We learned that change happens today – in the here and now.

 

Building Foundations 

Building on knowledge and tearing down old beliefs was definitely the name of the game this year! The building blocks we gathered have allowed us to slowly build the castle of our dreams. This year was about gaining our strength and making sure our foundations were sturdy. We may have had to rebuild and rework our design a few times, but it was only for the betterment of our plans. 2017 will be the year to build on these foundations. What foundations did you build this year? How did they change throughout the year?

 

The Importance of Hard Work & Perseverance

After we built those strong foundations, we busted our butts! In 2016 we worked our asses off – whether that be in business, our relationships, or our health. We read, studied hard, wrote, and created. We went for that interview, degree, promotion, or certification. We may have even cried tears of frustration throughout the process, but we came out on the other side thankful for the experience and proud of our accomplishments – no matter how big or small they may have seemed at the time. What benefits did you harvest from your hard work and persevering this year?

 

Learning How to be Flexible 

There were definitely a few times where we had no choice but to be flexible this year. 2016 sometimes threw us a curve ball. When these waves of change would come, we learned that sometimes, all you can do is go with the flow. You can compromise without losing your integrity or dignity. It may not be how you originally wished the situation to be, but you had to trust that things happened that way for a reason. Acceptance of things you cannot change is definitely a part of this lesson. Where did you have to be flexible in your life in 2016? How did you deal with acceptance this year?

 

Connecting & Co-Creating with the Universe 

2016 was the year of co-creating with the Universe! Manifesting your dreams. Making your goals a reality. Empowering yourself. Helping you to let go and to heal. The Universe was there through it all! The Universe definitely had our back in 2016. You may have read more books on spirituality, metaphysics, and consciousness. Learned about the power of positive thinking. Connected with the wisdom of and learned about your spirit guides, angels, and ancestors, Earth Mother, and the Universe as a whole. What did the Universe teach you in 2016? What was it’s major message for you? What did you co-create with the Universe in 2016? Don’t forget to say thank you!

 
Finding & Building your Relationship with Your Tribe

This was probably one of the most fun (and at times trying) part of 2016. You may have finally found your people, your tribe, your soul family – or you at least started connecting with others of a like mind. 2016 was the year to put yourself out there. Mingling, making friends, networking, and getting to know your community. This year helped us to know we are not alone. There are others on the journey with us. We found love, understanding, and support in these people. Who encompasses your tribe? Who was a part of your tribe that is not anymore? As you changed and grew, did you relationship with your tribe follow suit? 2017 will continue to build on these relationships and deepen your connection to your tribe.

I hope you had an out of this world 2016. Let’s get ready to rock the next 365!

If you’re curious as to what lessons and opportunities 2017 may have in store for you, grab one of my New Year’s and 2017 Readings in my Etsy Shop!

xo Ariel

 

Releasing the Remnants Ritual

This is a mini ritual that would be a follow up to a larger or more in depth releasing ritual and healing. This is about the remnants of releasing. What is left behind – the scars, the burns, the imprints on your energy that remain after traumatic events, difficult circumstances, heartbreak, trying relationships, etc. Even though you may have released this and let it go, every now and again it comes back up and you still have yet more releasing to do. This ritual, given to me by my spirit guides, is symbolic for releasing those energetic imprints.

It’s very simple, but you can make it as intricate or elaborate as you wish. Don’t be afraid to add your own magical flair if you feel called. Watch the YouTube Video that goes along with this working for a more in depth explanation.

Tools – pencil, eraser, paper, a lighter or candle

Set the mood if you like. Call in your spirit team. You can incorporate lunar energy, candlelight, crystals, incense, music – you name it. Whatever gets you in the mood.

What have you released over and over, but you still feel a part of it is holding onto your spirit? Nagging and tugging. That just won’t let go? Write this on your paper in pencil. Press hard enough as you write so that your writing will bleed through the paper, leaving an imprint. Allow any remaining feelings about this situation (anger, hurt, jealousy, sadness, etc.) to come back up as you’re writing.

Once you’ve finished writing, begin to lightly erase your pencil marks. Feel free to use a releasing affirmation as you go through each one. You should see the remnants or impression of your handwriting still left upon the paper. The energetic imprint of these instances.

Take your lighter or candle and burn your paper, thereby releasing the remnants of these energetic strongholds. Give gratitude to your angels and guides for helping you with this working.

xo Ariel

 

Making the Most of Mercury Retrograde

Don’t Fear the Retrograde! Mercury Retrograde often gets a bad rap. However, these times of reflection and evaluation are important for our growth and development. This is a time all about reconnecting with you! Mercury Retrograde can often bring up many lessons for us. Some of them, we think we have already learned. But Mercury comes in to say, “No, no my dear. That was just one layer of the onion.” And as we all know, when working with onions, you get a few tears. We may find ourselves in old patterns or circumstances. We may have a ghost from our past pop-in to say hello, or we may have similar situations from the past come in to see if we have really learned our lesson by how we deal with the situation.

What is Mercury Retrograde? Mercury is the planet that governs communication, travel, and technology. Mercury is considered to be retrograde when the planet appears to travel backward in the sky (it doesn’t really). This is why during mercury retrograde communication gets jumbled, people are more likely to get into disagreements, and technology is more prone to malfunction. Mercury goes Retro several times a year (about 3 or 4) for about three and a half weeks – not including the shadow period. You can check the Farmer’s Almanac for specific dates.

How Can Mercury Retrograde Impact You?

  • Muddled Thinking
  • Technological Issues
  • Issues with Communication
  • You/Others More on Edge
  • Problems with Travel/Transportation
  • Negotiation & Contract Miscommunications

Here are some things you can do to make your Mercury Retro experience more pleasant…

Double Check Your Work & Pay Attention to Detail

This is so important during Mercury Retrograde as things have more of a tendency to be miscommunicated at this time. It is easier to skip steps or to miss little details. Double check your numbers, the way you word emails, your spelling, how you balanced your check book, read the fine print, confirm when appointments are scheduled, etc. Pay attention to details. Listen carefully to instructions. Do more research. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you’re unsure! Go over things with a fine toothed comb. Take a step back – especially if you feel particularly frustrated. Then come back and take a look at it with fresh eyes. 

Slow Down

This plays into re-checking your work and paying attention to detail. When we rush, we often miss things or make simple mistakes. Try not to procrastinate. Focus on deep breathing to release anxiety. There’s nothing wrong with taking your time! Will a few extra minutes make or break you? Probably not.

Drink Plenty of Water

Because of the shift in energy that takes place during Mercury Retrograde, I have found it beneficial to drink more water during these periods. It really helps to keep your energy clear, fresh, and more energized – especially as you are re-working, re-evaluating, and re-thinking many of your goals and ideas.

Back Up Your Cell Phone & Computer

This is a biggie! Technological malfunctions and mishaps tend to occur quite frequently when Mercury goes Retrograde. Back up all of those pictures, important documents, music, and videos! Try to do this before Mercury goes Retro.

Step Up Your Protection & Spiritual Clearing

As a sensitive, intuitive, or empath, you may find it difficult to deal with the sometimes crazy and intense energy of Mercury Retrograde. Use a form of spiritual protection that works for you! Ground and shield yourself regularly. Work with your angels and guides. Take salt baths, burn sage, or work with crystals and essential oils for protection and energetic cleansing.

Watch How You’re Communicating with Others

During Mercury Retrograde, it is easier for us to misinterpret the words or actions of another. We may know how we are feeling, but when we try to tell someone else it comes out backwards, rude, or just totally wrong. Think before you speak! It may sound good in your head, but what about coming out of your mouth? Be mindful of the words you use with others – especially as some people may be more argumentative at this time. Are you communicating your feelings effectively? Don’t feed into drama! Would someone find your word choice, tone, or inflection condescending when you’re really just coming from a place of love? Is it better for the conversation to take place in person instead of via email? The way things come across in an email can be very different than if you were face to face or on the phone with them.

Reflect More Than You Manifest

As Mercury Retrograde is a time of “re-doing”, it only feels right to be more of a time about reflecting than manifesting. A time of connecting with yourself. A time of redefining what works best for you. If you are dead set on doing some sort of manifesting work while Mercury is in Retro, try to re-work a manifestation that didn’t work or turn out as planned. What could you have done differently? What would you add or take away? Were you not specific enough, were you too specific, or did the intention change all together?

Tie-Up Loose Ends

Now is the time to finish that project! Complete any tasks that have been lying around half done for the last few weeks or months. Get things finished up so you can move on to the next chapter when Mercury stations direct.

 

❤ Sending you loads of love this Mercury Retro!

xo Ariel