Solstice Celebrations

This year, in the Northern Hemisphere, Winter Solstice comes on December 21. Since ancient times there have been rituals to celebrate the shortest day of the year and call for the return of the Sun. Even though it may not seem like it in the Pacific Northwest, the days really will get longer. For many folks that live in this area, it seems like the days are getting shorter, but that is an illusion. Below is a ritual to celebrate this year’s solstice.

Before the solstice, think about what you want to leave behind in the dark (or the underworld). Take time to write a list of what you do NOT want to carry forward, including your fears.

When the release list is complete, make a list of what you want to birth, including your hopes and dreams.

On the solstice, light a large candle in the morning and place it where it can safely burn all day. Burn the paper with your list of all you want to release. Say something along the lines of, “As this paper is transformed to ashes, so I release the energy of the old, and call to birth in the new.”

Next, take the list of what you want to birth and plant the list with a bulb or a small cutting. As you nurture the plant in the coming months, be mindful you are also nurturing your future.

Complete the ritual by celebrating with the banging of pans or the beating of the drums. When you drum, you are awakening the earth by beating to the heart of her rhythm.

Happy Solstice!

Manifesting Who You Want to Become

Ritual: Here is an exercise for you to do each day for 7 days to co- create with spirit to manifest the change YOU want, be it a promotion, a new relationship or a new place to live.

  1. Write down what you want to call into your life. Use descriptive words to paint a picture of what you will be in that new reality as a result of manifesting what you want. For example, if you want a new job write down the benefits the new job will bring to you: Balanced responsibility, improved income, solid co-workers and so forth.
  2. Every morning when you awaken read your list, then close your eyes and imagine watching the very best of your future self being that person. Look for your confident posture, feel your joy, appreciate you ability to manifest.
  3. Ask Spirit what one thing you can do today that will bring you closer to your goal. Now, do that one thing, don’t put it off.

Stick with this plan and do that one thing each day for a minimum of 7 days. You will begin to see the change.

Thinning of the Veil


What does it mean that the veil between the worlds is most thin at this time of the year? Old religions from Europe, and independently from Mexico and Central America, invite and celebrate the dead to return to feast and be remembered at the time after the last harvest.

Pagan holidays are based on the stars and the seasons. Two of the most important celebrations are Samhain and Beltane. Samhain (pronounced Sow-in) celebrates the final harvest and the time to enter darkness, which is the beginning of the new year. These pagans believed that during Samhain the veil between the worlds of the living and dead was thin and that they could communicate with the those who had crossed over. (Beltane is the movement back to the light and will be discussed in a later newsletter.)

Even today Pagans celebrate Samhain and may bring out mementos of the dead, prepare their favorite food, and light candles or bonfires to show the departed the way home. There is a belief that death is not to be feared because the person lives on in another dimension. In ancient times there was often a parade with costumes on behalf of the gods and goddesses of the underworld. Some would wear masks to hid from spirits that may be malevolent. Because it was the new year it was also a time to plan for the future.

The Day of the Dead came from traditions of the Aztecs, Maya and Toltec to celebrate the memories of their dead. The belief among these people is that the death does not end life, but new life comes from death, just as the new crops come the old soil. Like Samhain, the Day of the Dead comes at the end of harvest going into the winter.

The Day of the Dead is celebrated with music and dancing. A temporary alter is set us to honor the dead. Along with photos and momentous, there are offerings of the four elements to help the departed on their journey. Water is placed nearby to quench their thirst. Wind is represented by wind spinners, tissue paper or chimes. Earth is represented by food such as bread. Candles, often in the form of a cross, represent fire. Brightly decorated skulls, flowers, and costumes represent the celebratory cycle of life. Monarch butterflies arrive in Mexico on November 1 and are often thought to hold the spirit of the dead.

In 601 A.D. Pope Gregory the First realized that people from the old traditions would not give up their celebrations and spiritual beliefs, so the church’s holy days were chosen to correspond to symbols of native spiritual holidays. In the 7th century Pope Boniface IV declared All Saints Day and the evening before was hallowed, or holy, eve. Thus, October 31 became Halloween and the end of harvest celebration was set to a specific date.

This has been a year of deaths for so many of us. You may choose your own way during this time to communicate, honor and appreciate those who have crossed over.

Healing Your Chakras

As an empowerment coach and Reiki healer, I often look for energy blocks that my clients may be experiencing. As you lie in bed in the morning, get in the habit of reviewing your chakras to determine where you need to pay attention. Balancing your chakras can help you feel safe, open, and creative. For more complete information, I’ve linked each chakra to a specific practice I published in past newsletters.

The first chakra, the root chakra is located at the base of your spine and resonates to the color red. Issues for the Root chakra revolve around safety and survival and help to connect you to earth. When this chakra is out of balance, go out in nature, hug a tree, or move your body.

The second chakra, the sacral chakra, is located just below the naval and resonates to the color orange. The issues that come up with this chakra are related to the sexual organs. This chakra relates to creativity and sensuality. When you have difficulty feeling creative, open your hips, get into water, or eat orange foods.

The third chakra, in the solar plexus, responds to the color yellow. The issues related to the third chakra have to do with how confident you are in the world. If this chakra feels blocked, make a list of your goals and create steps to take and a timeline to complete the goals.

The fourth chakra is located in the heart and relates to the color green. The heart chakra is related to relationships, compassion, and forgiveness. To heal this chakra, state your feelings of gratitude and practice forgiveness.

The fifth chakra is located in the throat and is associated with the color blue. This chakra relates to finding your voice and speaking your truth. To heal your 5th Chakra, sit quietly and put your attention individually on each of the first four Chakras. Determine where there might be issues in the lower chakras and ascertain how they impact your communication.

The sixth chakra is often referred to as the third eye and is located in the middle of the forehead and responds to the color indigo. The sixth chakra relates to intuition and spiritual living. An unbalanced 6th Chakra can have you feeling spacy. Try meditation, Reiki, or being in nature.

The seventh chakra is located just above the head and is referred to as the crown chakra. This chakra is related to the color violet and helps to connect your physical body to your spiritual being. To bring this chakra into balance talk to your guides, tell them what you want at this stage of your life, and ask them to help you.

Ritual – Release 2020, Call in 2021

Especially after the kind of year we’ve had, it’s important to release the energy of 2020 before moving into the energy of 2021. I suggest investing in a journal to keep track of your intentions, the rituals, and your reflections as we move through the year.

Begin by calling in your angels or guides to connect to your high self. Hold the intention to feel complete with releasing the old from 2020, and making space for what is in your highest good to call in for 2021.

Sit quietly and reflect on 2020. Remember back to the beginning of the year. Allow yourself to meander through your memories of the year—the good and the not so good. After a period of reflection, write the answer to each question below in your journal.

  1. What are you most grateful for from 2020?
  2. What were your biggest challenges in 2020?
  3. What did you learn about yourself in 2020?
  4. What have you completed that you will release before going into 2021?
  5. What do you intend to manifest for yourself in 2021? Specify what you want in terms of physical well-being, emotional balance,mental development, and spiritual growth.

When you’ve completed exercise above, sit quietly and imagine your life as it will be when you achieve what you want to manifest in each area.

Fold a paper so that you have 4 rectangles. On one rectangle write a heading of physical, on the next emotional, on the third mental, and finally, in the fourth, spiritual. Under each heading write what you want to manifest for that category. Then write one thing you can do in the near future to move towards your goal.

Keep this paper and add to it during the month.

Part 8 – Healing of the Chakras – The Crown (7th) Chakra

The Crown Chakra is at the top of the head and, when it is open, is the opening to communication with your spirits and guides. When the 7th Chakra is open you feel a connection to humanity and creativity. When this Chakra is open you feel in the flow of life and in harmony with those around you.

When your Crown Chakra is blocked you are likely to feel aimless or disconnected from the world. You may have tension headaches or have trouble getting restful sleep. You are likely to lack creativity and a sense of purpose.

Ritual: This is the exercise I use at the beginning of my Reiki healings to prepare my client to open and clear the Chakras. As the light moves through your Chakras it picks up any negative or outdated emotions and feelings.

Sit quietly where you will not be disturbed. Close your eyes and imagine a purple light coming from the sky into the 7th Chakra opening at the top of your head.

Follow the light as it moves through your head, behind your Third Eye and then flows into your throat at the 5th Chakra, giving you the courage to speak your truth.

The purple light continues down your body to your shoulders, arms and hands. At your chest, the purple light surrounds and soothes your Heart Chakra, giving you the strength to forgive and release negative thoughts about others. The light continues to your 3rd Chakra, reminding you that you have positive impact on the world.

The purple light moves to the 2nd Chakra that allows you to reconnect with family and reminds you that we all do the best we can do. Finally the purple light goes through your 1st Chakra, letting you know that you are safe. The purple light moves out of your body and into the earth, taking the residue left from cleaning each of the 7 Chakras.

Manifesting Who You Want to Become

Ritual: Here is an exercise for you to do each day for 7 days to co- create with spirit to manifest the change YOU want, be it a promotion, a new relationship or a new place to live.

  1. Write down what you want to call into your life. Use descriptive words to paint a picture of what you will be in that new reality as a result of manifesting what you want. For example, if you want a new job write down the benefits the new job will bring to you: Balanced responsibility, improved income, solid co-workers and so forth.
  2. Every morning when you awaken read your list, then close your eyes and imagine watching the very best of your future self being that person. Look for your confident posture, feel your joy, appreciate you ability to manifest.
  3. Ask Spirit what one thing you can do today that will bring you closer to your goal. Now, do that one thing, don’t put it off.

Stick with this plan and do that one thing each day for a minimum of 7 days. You will begin to see the change.

Part 6 – Healing of the Chakras – The Throat (5th) Chakra

The fifth Chakra is located at the throat and when this Chakra is open you communicate clearly and with confidence. The throat Chakra connects the lower four Chakras to the spiritual sixth and seventh Chakras.

Collectively, the first four Chakras have to do with emotions and the fifth Chakra is how you express your emotions. A blocked 5th Chakra manifests as difficulty in expressing thoughts, anxiety, excessive chattering or insecurity. A blocked 5th Chakra can also manifest as physical symptoms such as frequent sore throats, jaw or neck issues, hearing problems or dental issues.

Ritual: To heal your 5th Chakra, sit quietly and put your attention individually on each of the first four Chakras. Determine where there might be blocks and ascertain how those blocks relate to how you communicate. The 5th Chakra is associated with the color blue, so wearing a blue scarf or necklace can be helpful. Imagine a blue light coming through your crown Chakra and flowing throughout your body. See where the light seems to fade or become distorted. Send healing energy and love to that area (reiki can also help to align and clear the Chakras).

Heart Chakra Ritual

When the Heart Chakra is balanced it is open and receptive. When this chakra is closed down it feels jealous, saddened and alone.

The concerns of this chakra are with relationships to others, and within yourself. When the Heart Chakra is balanced you find relationships that empower you and are balanced and loving, generous and forgiving. You are able to give generously without feeling that others take advantage of you.

When the fourth chakra is out of balance you feel jealous, envious or unforgiving. When you are in grief you are likely to feel that your heart is breaking. It’s very difficult to see a future when the heart feels broken because the pieces are scattered and some pieces may be missing

During this pandemic many of you may feel the grief of loss. Many of us know the loss of life of a loved one. For others it is the loss of community and social connections. Please let me know if I can support you.

Ritual:

During this time of the pandemic, civil unrest and political drama, it’s important to heal and nurture your relationship to yourself. We are often not taught to honor ourselves and recognize our true value. Make a list of what you like most about yourself. Look at yourself in the mirror or at a picture of yourself. Pretend that you are your own best friend and tell that friend what you love about her.

Set your watch or phone to a time that repeats every day. Stand straight, push your shoulders back and open your chakras. Take a moment to remind yourself that you are a good person and that you do deserve your desires. Become your own best friend.

Healing your (4th) Heart Chakra in the time of Covid 19

4th Chakra – Heart

Chakras are energy centers in our physical body. For our purposes we are looking at the seven chakras that start at the genitals, then move up to the pelvic area, and to just behind the belly button. These first three chakras relate to how we physically are in the world.

The 4th chakra is at the heart and lungs. The heart is at the center of the seven chakras and integrates the physical with the spiritual. The chakras above the heart chakra are the throat, the third eye (behind the forehead) and the crown, just above the head.

A healthy, well balanced 4th chakra is indicated by a person who has healthy relationships, is accepting, is compassionate, and understands forgiveness of self and others. An unbalanced heart chakra can attract poor relationship choices, lack of compassion, and a poor concept of boundaries

The energy of an unbalanced heart chakra can attract physical illnesses related to the heart, lung or breast. Coronavirus most often attacks the lungs, and often the heart. Below, I’ve offered methods you can practice to strengthen your heart chakra.

Ritual to clear your heart chakra

Acknowledge your gratitude. Our culture often encourages us to feel something like arrogance when we express what we are grateful for, such as a nice car or a special talent. It’s sad because feeling grateful for what we have and who we are opens our heart. Here is a ritual I’ve suggested for Thanksgiving, but any time is a time to give thanks. The ritual can be accessed here.

Practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is paramount to having a healthy heart chakra. Include yourself in this ritual of forgiveness. This is an extremely powerful ritual if you have been wronged by someone, or if you have acted in a way you regret. Forgiveness ritual can be accessed here.

Combine color and healing. The color related to the heart chakra is green, which is also the color for healing. Integrate green into your wardrobe, jewelry and environment. Make a practice of noticing the many shades of green in your life. Every time you see green say the mantra, “My heart is healing.”T