Honoring your Ancestors Beyond just Samhain

A relationship with your Ancestors goes beyond just honoring them on Samhain (Halloween). Our Ancestors are an integral part of who we are whether we are consciously aware of it or not. You can deepen your relationship with them by connecting with their spiritual energy as often as you’d like – not just once a year on October 31st!

Honor them everyday. Honor them for their strengths, trials, and tribulations. Remember that they were people too. They lived. They are not so different from us. Even though technological and geographical changes may be apparent, the human soul is still the same, no matter the passage of time.

Your Ancestors want you to win! They want you to succeed and for your soul to grow. Give them thanks for the blessings they send your way and the lessons that come to us through challenges. Ask them for strength and courage. To share their wisdom and guidance with you.

Here are some ideas to help you honor and deepen your connection to your Ancestors, no matter what time of year…

• Drawing a family tree is a great way to connect with your family and to teach younger generations (as well as yourself), about your family history. Genealogy or Ancestry websites are also great places to start. Connect with your heritage by slowly learning about the country, culture, and it’s people.

• Try learning their divination practice, like Runes, Kipper, I Ching, bone sets, cowrie shell divination, and scrying just to name a few! Ask them for help and to guide you in your learning. This may even be a great way of communicating with them (perhaps even their preferred method) and is a great way to strengthen bonds.

• Take a trip to reconnect with your heritage – Norway, Tibet, France, Russia, Africa, Jamaica, England, Brazil, Mexico. What feelings do you get when you go there? Try the cultural foods. Step out of your comfort zone a bit. How does the air feel, the scenery look? How is the vibration of this place different from where you currently reside – how does your soul feel here? While there, try to visit places of historical importance like churches, battlegrounds, sacred sites, etc. Embrace and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of your Ancestors.

• If you can’t physically go there, try doing so in meditation! Take a step back in time. Ask them to show you their lives or their favorite places. Crystals and stones such as petrified wood, garnet, picture jasper, black kyanite, nuumite, and rose quartz are also great to work with when connecting to your ancestry (and past lives as well).

• Always give them thanks – especially when connecting to the Spirit world whether that be through divination methods or other means like mediumship. You may feel their presence more closely and hear them more clearly during the month of October as the veil begins to thin even further! Of course the most significant day for this is Samhain.

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Here are some ways to show thanks, gratitude, and appreciation to your loved ones in Spirit…

• Rose oil, incense, flowers, tobacco, alcohol – what did they love? Did your grandfather smoke cigars? Buy his favorite and burn it as an offering to him. Did your distant aunt love chrysanthemums? Plant some in remembrance of her. Did your mother love rose oil? Wear some when you want to connect with her more deeply. Did your great great grandmother have a special cookie recipe? Make them in honor of her.

• Use the special baby blanket or delicately dainty table cloth that was made for you. Pull out the old family photo album. Make tea with the intricately decorated tea set that belonged to your grandmother’s, grandmother’s, grandmother and has been collecting dust in the china cabinet for years. You can even make a special meal and leave a place at the table for them during celebrations. Perhaps their birthday or an anniversary? What does your intuition tell you to use? Connect with your Ancestors in meditation! Listen to what they tell you.

Remember that your Ancestors go back generations and generations! Not just your great great grandparents, but someone who you may not even know the name of or anything about. Someone who may have been forgotten with time. Even though you may not know what they looked like, did for a living, or who they are in relation to you, they are still a part of your ancestry and are there guiding you throughout your life whether that be in a large or small capacity. Maybe even for one particular situation that you have in common, even if it is only for a few minutes, weeks, or years of of your life. Honor and give respect to them on your altar whether on Samhain, Yule, or any day of your choosing. Light a candle, say a small prayer. Any acknowledgement is enough. ❤

xo Ariel

 

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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

Mystical Healing with Archangel Metatron

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I was participating in a 4 day mediumship workshop in New Jersey with British medium Mavis Pittilla in August of 2015. I had been there for about 2 days and had just given my first ever platform demonstration earlier that afternoon. I was learning so much about myself, the soul, and my connection to spirit that I felt alive and reinvigorated! It was so wonderfully refreshing being around others of like mind and intention. Later that same night, after the lectures of the day, I had a dream where Metatron’s cube came down in front of me glittering and sparkling in a chamber of brilliant white light.

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It was so breathtakingly stunning! I didn’t know whether to go inside of it or to just continue to stand there in shock and awe. Upon entering the cube, I was enraptured in white healing energy. It was so peaceful and loving! The stark white energy was moving, whooshing, whirling all around me. I felt calm – in total peace and bliss. The dream was so clear, so vivid, that I will never forget it!

I truly believe that this was Archangel Metatron coming to me to give me healing and preparation so that I could move on to the next phase of my ascension process – to become a clearer channel for the knowledge of the Universe and the Universe’s healing energy to work through. Since my sacred geometry encounter with Metatron, my spiritual awakening has definitely accelerated! For the validation and clarity of purpose he has given me, I have much to thank him for. He does still come to me from time to time and it is always a grand experience!

I will be returning this summer to study with Mavis again. I wonder who will have a message for me this time…

xo Ariel

Fox as a Spirit Animal | Animal Totems

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What does the Fox say?

I have had several encounters with Fox recently. They’ve been popping up wherever I go – from images and videos on Facebook to even having a stare down with one out front of my home! As of late, rarely a week goes by without me having some kind of interaction with this lovely creature. I decided to do some research on the meaning of Fox and what Fox may have to tell us.

My biggest encounter with Fox

I had been seeing Fox for several months by this point. I was very confused as to what it meant for me every time it showed up in my life. It was late at night on Valentine’s Day. A family member was sick and had just been rushed off to the hospital.  I had stepped outside to get some fresh air and do some thinking. I wasn’t paying attention to too much of anything when something told me to look up. When I did, standing out in the darkness, there in a red blaze of glory, was a fox. I stopped moving, my breath caught in my throat.  It seemed to have appeared out of thin air. It looked so magical standing there! A message just for me. We locked eyes for a good minute or so. I tried to tune in to what it was trying to communicate with me as I know it had a message for me. Unfortunately no matter how hard I tried to tune in, I couldn’t understand what it wanted to tell me (I am still working diligently to find the answer). After a few more moments, we dropped eye contact and the fox scampered off into a neighbor’s backyard. In all my years of living where I do, this has never happened to me before. Needless to say I was stunned.

So what does the Fox say?

When I first thought about the fox, I believed they were just sly and cunning tricksters. Fox is so much more! The Fox is a smart and daring creature. A survivor. Foxes can easily blend into their surroundings, masters of the art of camouflage, when in hiding or stalking their prey. They can live in cities, suburbs, or out in the country (they’re very adaptable and resourceful creatures!) and yet may never be witnessed by the human eye! Fox wants you to take a look at your surroundings and see how they are affecting you and how you are adapting to them.

Taking quick, swift, silent action is the way of the Fox. They are playful and yes, they can be a bit mischievous! The Red Fox excites passion, creativity, sexuality, mystery, and a hint of danger – just like the terms vixen or stone cold fox imply. Fox is also a shapeshifter, a walker between the worlds (since they mainly comes out at dusk/dawn), who revels in the subconscious and the unknown. Since there are 21 species of Fox, it is also associated with The World card in tarot. This is about connection with all there is, unification, community, integration, endings and beginnings.

Passion & Discernment

Fox encourages us to be our most bold and loving self. To only come out into the open when the moment is just right. Fox asks us if we are showing our true intentions,  following our truth, and living our most passionate life. Are you?

 

Stay foxy wild one!

xo Ariel

 

 

 

Tarotscopes for Spring 2016 | March 20th – June 20th

Happy Spring beautiful souls! The birds are chirping, flower are springing up all around, animals have come out of hibernation, color has returned to our world! Here are your Tarotscopes for this Spring. I drew these cards while thinking of what energy will be surrounding each sign this Spring – what do we need to be aware of, what will be coming to us, and what we can hope for! There is some very exciting energy abound! xo Ariel

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Aries – Strength

Being made for the pounce does not mean you always have to do so. It may be easier for you to get your points across by walking with gentle pride this Spring. Stay calm and balanced. People may listen more intently to you when they don’t feel intimidated. Ooze with serene confidence and prowess this season Aries! Have the strength and grace of a lion that does not need to use her roar to get her way.

 

 

 

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Taurus – Knight of Wands

You’ll have some rockstar energy buzzing around you this Spring Taurus! Take charge, be bold, daring, and forge ahead – just make sure you watch where you’re going. Don’t rush blindly into anything you are unsure about – whether that be places, situations, or people. Rockstar energy doesn’t have to be a chaotic mess! Channel this drive to make headway on your goals and aspirations. Rock on!

 

 

 

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Gemini – Queen of Cups

You’re encouraged to go with the flow this Spring season Gemini! Your emotions, intuition, and psychic ability may be heightened. A dreamy, loving, and hope filled season for sure. Pay attention to your dreams at this time as well. Try keeping a dream or synchronicity journal and notice any reoccurring patterns or symbols. Just don’t keep your head in the clouds too long! Also, try to be careful not to become too emotional about things – especially that which is out of your control.

 

 

 

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Cancer – Ten of Pentacles

This Spring will be a fruitful time of year for you Cancer. Work, finances, and familial situations should be looking very promising. You will see how your handwork and perseverance has paid off! This will be a time of security and stability. I feel a time of saving money and using it to do some Spring cleaning and fixing up of your home. You will be a very busy bee!

 

 

 

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Leo – Three of Wands

Look out into the horizon and explore all of your glorious options this Spring Leo! See as far as the eye can see! A sense of adventure will awaken in you this season. There are so many new opportunities available to you at this time just waiting to be discovered. Use that fiery passion and energy to fuel your sense of wonder as you forge ahead to make your latest discovery.

 

 

 

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Virgo – Seven of Swords

Keep your wits about you this Spring as some things may have been slipping under your radar Virgo. Don’t allow fear and mistrust to dull your shine! Be honest with yourself and with others as much as possible this Spring. Pay close attention to the intentions of others. Use your intuition and logical thought processes to help you discern who may not have your best interests at heart. Be true to you!

 

 

 

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Libra – The Hierophant

This Spring is calling you to learn something new Libra. It is encouraging you to deepen your knowledge – especially that of a spiritual nature. What new spiritual truths and skills have you been called to develop lately? Been wanting to read up on Shamanism or numerology? Take charge of your studies and your development this season! Some of the new tools you learn may come in handy in the future.

 

 

 

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Scorpio – Queen of Pentacles

A caretaker energy surrounds you this Spring Scorpio. A need for comfort, sensibility, and familiarity – maybe a little rest as well. There will be a lot of time spent making sure the business of your business and that of your home are taken care of this season. Spend as much time in nature and with your family as possible to nurture yourself. As you nurture yourself so also will the things you are working on be nurtured.

 

 

 

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Sagittarius – Ace of Swords

Clear cut decisions are going to be very important for you this Spring. Have a clear head. Keep your focus. Many new ideas may arise to your consciousness this season Sagittarius! Which ones will you grasp a hold of to develop? What direction are they pointing you in? Stay level headed and be aware of your thoughts at this time. Thoughts become things.

 

 

 

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Capricorn – Three of Cups

This spring should be a time of joyful celebration for you Capricorn! A time to reconnect with those you care about in a fun way. The good times will be rolling! I also get the feeling that there will be a lot of jumping around or traveling from place to place. Just make sure you take time out to rejuvenate yourself. You don’t want to burn yourself out with all that carefree fun you’re having – or have too much to catch up on once the party is over.

 

 

 

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Aquarius – Maiden of Wands

Young, wild, and fancy free energy surrounds you this Spring Aquarius. Creative energy will be flowing, burning up your insides, ready to make its way into the world through YOU! How awesome is that? This season would be a great time to start any new creative or artistic endeavors you’ve been pondering. Now is the time to put the passion into practice!

 

 

 

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Pisces – King of Cups

The water energy never stops flowing with you Pisces, and it won’t start this Spring! A calm river that runs deep, you will be cool, calm, and collected – dignified in how you handle emotions and new situations. Patient and methodical with a balance between head and heart. You will be more in touch with your emotions in a nurturing but strong manner. This new insight can deepen your sense of empathy towards others as well as their empathy towards you.

6 Tarot Cards for the Spring Equinox

 

Hello Blossoms and Buttercups! The Spring Equinox is the time when we move out of the dark and welcome back the light. It is a time of balance between light and dark, yin and yang. It is the day when we have both equal hours of light and darkness (this only happens one other time of the year – on the day of the Autumnal Equinox). What a special time this is and a great reminder for us to welcome more balance into our lives as the Wheel of the Year turns yet again. New life is all around us with the rebirth of Spring! I drew these cards to help us embrace the light and dark within ourselves.

1.   Justice

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I can’t say enough how synchronistic it was that this was the very first card to fall out while I was shuffling the deck and thinking about this topic. How perfect is that?! Lady Justice weighs her scales. It reminds me of Ma’at (the Egyptian goddess of truth, balance, harmony, and justice) weighing your heart against a feather to see which was lighter. How heavy is your heart? Is it light as a feather or is it weighed down by grief, anger, and disappointment? Are you using your head too much and not listening enough to the beating of your heart? Invite harmony in. Justice reminds us that there will always be good and bad, light and dark, birth and death – for that is the way of the world. When you close your eyes and block out distractions it is easier to find where you need to regain balance in your life and in your body. It is a very delicate act and may need constant attention until you can learn how to do it with your eyes closed. Be careful not to cut out things in your life that need truly need your attention due to fear or a shaky sense of confidence.

2.   The High Priestess

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Our intuition is heightened and any magical workings or manifestations will be enhanced on this equally yoked day of the year. Take some time on the days leading up to the equinox to meditate on where you can gain more balance in your life. As you go about your day, listen to that tiny voice of your Higher Self (not the big booming voice of Ego) and see where s/he says ‘you could use some healing time alone with your crystals instead of eating the ice cream because technically this pint of Chunky Monkey and binge watching Netflix won’t truly make you feel better deep down.’ Or maybe there is a situation that you feel isn’t right or you have a hunch that something is up because the energy around it just feels off. Listen to that feeling! The High Priestess reminds us to look at things that deep down we know are unhealthy for us. If we feel confused about  which way to go, she guides us in the darkness by asking us to look within for the answer.  She encourages us to listen to our inner voice and find a self loving alternative. She is also a reminder that all that is in the dark will eventually come to the light.

3.      Seven of Wands

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Sometimes we need to take a break from constant comparison of ourselves to others and the need to be on defense. Appreciate who you are. The differences in our spirits, appearances, opinions, strengths, and weaknesses are what make us unique. If all musical notes were the same, could we still call it music? How boring is a song with just one note? There would be no highs and lows, no melody, no favorite ‘break it down now’ moment to your favorite song! How boring would that make life? The different frequencies and energies of our souls help the world to change, flow, and create the sweet melodies that we call our lives. Don’t always worry about doing or being better than someone else, sometimes you just need to do better than you did yesterday, and other times it is perfectly okay to just be where you’re currently at in the musical scale of life – right now, in this moment. You are worthy ALL the time!

4.      Nine of Cups

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Incorporate more happiness and positivity into your daily life! The cold dark nights of winter are over. Allow yourself the hope of Spring and rebirth! You’ve spent time planting seeds and now it is time to watch them blossom and grow. Wish, hope, dream, fantasize about your desires. By visualizing them and feeling the happiness that comes with those thoughts, it makes it easier to manifest. Think about how during the winter we can’t wait for warmer weather. It seems so far away and then it is as if overnight BAM! spring has sprung. There are flowers starting to peak their heads through the dirt, the grass is starting to turn green, and the birds chirp the most beautiful song. Color comes back to the world! This is a reminder that things take time to manifest, to germinate, to grow. Feel the excitement and the anticipation! Even on the darkest days, remember the promise of spring.

5.      Six of Pentacles

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Share! Give and receive. This is about equal energy exchange. Give as much as you’re getting. Don’t be stingy – pay it forward! Work with others and learn the importance of teamwork, networking, and compromise. There should be a healthy balance between what you are giving and what you are receiving. Don’t allow yourself to be taken advantage of. You don’t want to burn out or become resentful from constantly giving yourself to others and not refilling your own cup! I also think this speaks to the need for us to have gratitude for what we have as well as giving back to those who give so much to us – even if we don’t ask for it! This card is about being a partner and building the resources you have in your relationships. You are a co-creator in your life and with the Universe. Be open to receiving these blessings!

6.      Ten of Swords

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Let go of feelings of loss and betrayal. Realize that from death new life springs forth! Try to think more positively about your past and the things you have gone through. Take the lessons and leave the rest. Don’t constantly keep yourself in the turmoil and anguish by reliving the events and holding on to anger. Transmute the pain into forgiveness and freedom. You can reach new heights of clarity and understanding by accepting the hurtful situations you’ve been through. Use them as stepping stones to help you realize what you want to bring more of into your life. You can rise above the pain, sorrow, and mental anguish of past hurts. Spring reminds us a new day is dawning for all those who weep!

 
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The main theme for us this Spring is to Embrace – change, love, balance, rebirth, and new beginnings. Embrace the healing that can come to our soul this time of year. Embrace  the spirit renewal, revival, and rejuvenation that comes with Spring. It is easier to welcome the lively, loving, peaceful, and awe inspiring beauty of Spring when we embrace all the change that comes with it. If we resist, it will be harder for this energy to touch our spirits. Wakeup, hear the birds chirp, and allow the comforting dewy light of this season to enfold you. Embrace positivity and allow it to embrace you.

 
Stay gorgeous lovely one!
xo Ariel

 

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