Blissfully Beautiful to Read!

A blog review:

Sarah Shepard, an intuitive, empath, and healer; she is a Reiki Master and practitioner of many sorts. I recently stumbled upon her blog ‘Spiritual Shifts 2019‘ here on WordPress and was automatically intrigued. In her ‘About Me’ page she elaborates in great detail how she’s discovered her main purpose in her life is helping others step into their light. This characteristic welcomed me with open arms to follow and keep up with the blog itself further, so here is a small review.

Sarah Shepherd

Personally, what really caught my attention towards this blog was Sarah herself and her values. Nowadays it’s so easy for anyone to say anything on any platform, but good intentions aren’t always behind every post. Based on her introduction alone I knew Sarah was someone I trust guidance from, and was instantly curious to learn what she was ready to share. I really resonated with what she’s been through in past relationships and feeling overwhelming amount of energy. I’ve always faced similar issues growing up of absorbing the energy in the room and feeling my own being dimmed after leaving a negative space. Her journey towards healing is a work in progress for me as well and it’s inspiring to see her progress and an aspiration of mine to reach that point and be able to help others one day with my own healing experience.

Aside from Sarah as a person herself, her blog is beautifully organized and easy to navigate. There’s several categories at the top to choose readings from, which makes it simple for new readers such as myself to find specific content. She also provides several ways to reach her own personal website, Blissfully Free, similar to her blog where she offers her services such as energy readings and healing sessions. She provides her social media platforms as well to Facebook and Twitter, these are both in plain sight at the top right of the blog, so it’s an instant attention getter and easy way to find her media without sorting around too much. Scrolling down a bit, still on the right, she has a donations widget… now, I haven’t seen many of these yet so it grasped my attention instantly, as i’m sure it does to her readers.

You can follow Sarah’s blog here, if you’d like to stay updated on her journey as well. She radiates a beautiful guiding soul and in my opinion we should all go ahead and subscribe. If you know of any similar blogs, or have one yourself feel free to link me some in the comments, I’d love to support and expand my mind. Thank you for reading everyone, safe travels to you all. ❤

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Crystals and You

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.”

– Nikola Tesla

Aside from being extremely cute accessories for your room, crystals also serve several healing purposes as well. Just like everything else in this world, crystals, rocks, gems, and stones all hold an energy force. Each crystal is composed of tiny crystals in constant movement, giving them a special vibration. Our bodies mutually contain energetic vibrations, which makes us receptive to the vibrations throughout the crystals. When we place them against our bodies we create an energy surge of vibrations connecting as one. This can be useful to us especially when we channel specific intentions while using them for healing.

Now, speaking on the historical perspective, crystals have always been around, and there is no “scientific” proof, but many people gravitate towards them anyways. Dating back to ancient times, the Egyptians, Aztecs, Greeks, and Sumerians are commonly known for using gems and they’re healing purposes. They were incorporated into necklaces, bracelets, anklets, and even amulets to be constantly working their forces. Stones were mainly used for protection and health. Topaz to ward off night terrors. Amethyst purposes to prevent both drunkenness and hangovers. Green stones were known to symbolize the heart of the deceased and were often used in burial ceremonies. These are only a few examples. There have been several interpretations of each purpose a crystal can contain, but it;s definitely a trend that has remained over time.

picture credit: cauldrons and cupcakes

How we can begin this self care experience with crystals is simple, just find the one(s) right for your intentions and have an open mind. We must be mindful, reflect, and accept whatever will come to us. Crystals are a tool we’re using to connect our conscious thought to our body and we must treat it as such. This goes to say we must also regularly charge and maintain our crystals energy force. We can purify their energy once more by rinsing them in water and placing them out on the earths ground before a full moon. The moon itself holds a strong energy and is at it’s most powerful when full, so we can state or intentions for the crystals when we place them outside, and leave them there overnight. When returning to the crystals in the morning, a quick restatement of intentions and manifestations and viola, they’re all set for their journey again.

Crystals can bring a variety of good fortune to our lives, but only as much as we allow them to. By using them with specific intentions the frequencies can create serious forms of transformation in our lives. This process can affect our mind, body, and soul in so many positive ways by magnifying our thoughts and intentions. If you’re curious to discover which healing crystals you’d be interested in using there’s an amazing guide here, on the meanings of crystals in jewelry that you all can feel free to read. Some basic research and a quick trip to any local metaphysical shop and you’ll be on your way towards your new journey. I’d love to hear about any of your experiences with crystals, or which are your favorites so feel free to leave me a comment, but that;s all for today’s post everyone. I wish you all the best on your healing 🙂

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Astrology: The Basics

Astrology. As-trol-o-gy. Greek Astron (star) Latin Astrologia Old French Astrologie

What is Astrology?

There are a variety of definitions and interpretations of what astrology actually is, and I believe it’s best defined by Voice Media, as “the study of patterns and movements and relative positions of celestial bodies interpreted as reflecting the potential of human affairs in the natural world.” By studying astrology one can find a deeper meaning within themselves, and their relationships. Astrology itself is considered a form of Metaphysics in the sense that it is beyond the physical realm and deeper into energy patterns based upon the time, location, and date upon which we were born. The study of astrology is so complex and intricate that depending on how far you decide to carry it, you can gain a serious level of self-discovery in your personality, and those around you as well. We are able to gain this knowledge based on the variety of aspects such as planet alignment, zodiac signs, and house placements, which can all be found in our natal charts.

What is a Natal Chart?

A natal chart or, birth chart as it’s commonly known is the interpretation of the planet alignment depending on where and when we were born. In order to calculate ones birth chart you could go to a credible astrology website such as Astro.com and plug in your birthdate, location, and time of birth to receive both your circle chart as shown in this post, and your details of the chart. The chart is divided up into 12 parts known as “houses,” but not each house will contain planets inside, this doesn’t necessarily mean anything, just that there’s no planets in there. The beginning of your chart also known as the “cusp,” in your first house will always contain your ascendant, or “rising sign” which is the sign that was rising on the East horizon at the time of your birth. This sign is how oneself best presents themself on first impressions towards people, this sign changes every two hours, so knowing the exact birth time is vital. Any amount of the 12 signs can reside in each house, as well as any planet and the only way to differentiate is based upon time and date.

What do the Houses represent?

The houses in your natal chart with divide and establish different areas of your life and the different circumstances being applied. I will now give some simple definitions of each 12 houses. Your first house represents your personality, how you approach the world, and the impression we give off to others. Our second house would determine our possessions and possessiveness as well as how we fill our lives with the best of everything, a strong second house would likely be found in business professionals or politicians. The third house controls how we communicate in our social lives and how we progress in our environments, a strong sign residing in this house would indicate an easily distracted person. Our fourth house focuses on home and parents, by analyzing this house we can deeper understand our relationship to our parents and the aspects of growing up, we later dive into this house as adults to build our home and family lives for ourselves; a strong fourth house often leads to careers in home renovation or design. Our fifth house determines our creativity and appetite for pleasure; this house also is important in how we can create beyond ourselves and for others. Sixth house, work and wealth, and which career will best suit us as well as how we engage as an employer ourselves weather it be a mindful coworker, or argumentative, or if we like to be apart of a team, or isolated. Our seventh house regulates our relationships and by studying this house we can delve deeper into how to build comfortable and healthy relationships, this area highlights our strengths and weaknesses with communicating. In our eighth house we learn more about intimacy and how we deal with issues in our lives and how we can recover and rebuild our confidence to keep pushing forward. Nearly done now, our ninth house determines how we find meaning in our lives and aim to understand more of the world surrounding us and what is has to offer. Our tenth house controls how we seek success in our career and how we wish to present our image and need for control over how we build a brand for ourselves. Our eleventh house reveals how inclusive we are towards our friends and service and how important each role a relationship plays in our lives is towards us. Lastly, our twelfth house focuses on our private and inner life, how we act on our inner life and how we wish to act on feelings, knowledge, and activities that we wish to hide from the rest of the world.

What do the planets represent?

In ancient history each planet was personified as dieties and over time became associated more with characteristics and personality. Each planet rules certain traits that will now be discussed. The sun rules our self expression and how we choose to create. Our moon determines how we reflect and react, and handle our emotions. Mercury rules the energy of intelligence, how we think and communicate in our lives. The planet Venus is the energy of pleasure and how we love. Mars dominates how we force and act, this planet is also known for its strong sense of passion. Jupiter determines how we expand and our energy of generosity. Saturn is our energy of structure and how we control our actions and attitudes in our lives. Uranus is the energy of awakening and sudden change, this is how we invent as well as how accepting we are of newness. Neptune rules how we inspire and the energy of mystery as well as how we look to cope with new experiences and prevent feeling lost in the abyss of new. Our last planet in the solar system is Pluto, the energy of both death and rebirth and how we transform ourselves, this planet helps us face our subconscious fears.

In conclusion…

After reading this “simplistic” definition of astrology I hope whomever is reading has gained some new sense of understanding the interesting factors. Astrology has recently become more popularized in millennials, but many new platforms only disclose sun signs and extremely broad horoscopes that give expertise astrologists a bad rep. Upon reading a horoscope online or in the paper, these are mainly focused upon sun signs, which as we learned is a vague aspect of who we really are as a whole. By researching deeper into our full natal charts and applying the full characteristics we can really see how personal astrology can be in understanding our emotions and how we handle life as we know it.

Listed here are some of my favorite Astrological Twitter accounts:

That’s all for today’s post everyone, I hope you enjoyed, xx.

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An Introduction to Divinity

Divination (from Latin) – “to be inspired by a god to gain insight”

Divination is an ancient study dating as far back as 1000 BCE, originating allegedly by the Chinese, but also practiced by the Egyptians, Druids, and Babylonians. To practice a form of divination is to seek knowledge of the future by “inadequate” means. The term prophecy is a proper synonym for divination in terms of seeking the untold future, but the fine line of difference is that divinity brings upon answers to natural questions, or questions our higher self needs guidance in finding within ourselves. There’s a variety of practices and they each resonate with each of us differently so it’s important to experiment and learn which method works best for your possible guidance. Some commonly known forms of practice are Tasseomancy, Cartomancy, Osteomancy, Scrying, Numerology, Rune Castin, etc.

A simple definition of some listed divination practices:

Tasseomancy, is the notion of reading tea leaves; the word itself being derived of Arabic word tassa, meaning cup, and Greek word mancy, a suffix for divination. This practice is not necessarily limited to tea, but can also be practiced with coffe gronds, melting wax, or spatters of lead.

Tasseomany + Cartomancy

Cartomancy, is the method of divination using playing cards. Tarot is the most popular form of practice, originating in 14th century Europe as a game, but later evolving into a meaningful purpose for guidance to the wealthy. Cartomancers are able to practice not only through tarot, but on typically any playing cards in general, it all depends on how they’re being interpreted and by whom, each reading will be different.

Osteomancy, is fortune-telling utilizing messages displayed in bones, typically animal remains. There is also pyro-osteomancy, which is similar for seers to make predictions based either on cracks from animal bones either in their natural decay state, or after being burned.

Scrying, a form of divination by fortelling whats to come based off of using a reflective surface such as water, crystal ball, smoke analyzing, or even looking into a mirror. This practice requires entering a trance like state to unlock a deeper unconscious mind, this is also why it’s similarly referred to as soul gazing, whilst using a mirror it can become dangerous seeing as you enter a trance within yourself, so practicing with other forms beforehand is strongly recommended.

Numerology, is the belief that numbers hold spiritual significance, each number containing it’s own meaning and potency of power for magical use. It can also be the study of numerical vale in letters, words, names, and ideas… There has been several links between numerology and the paranormal, and numerology and astrology.

Runes

Rune Casting, sacred symbols carved into stone that over the centuries has manifested into a collection of sixteen letters each containing divinatory meaning. Working with runes is a practice that requires lots of preparation due to the essence contained in each runes meaning. By using a specific question whilst using runes the reader can interpret elements from the past, present, and future.

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Feel Something; Feel EVERYTHING!

Welcome! My name is Sorina, and this is my blog. Initially I am beginning this blog for my Fundamentals of Digital Media class, but I hope to continue this platform even after the semester is over. When deciding what to base my blog on it took several hours of several days to find a focus point of something that REALLY interests me. I’d like to think of myself as a wheel with a variety of polar interests, so it’s hard to find a singular focal point to channel all my energy. One of the only constants I carry would be a search for the best possible version of myself in this life.

Throughout the past few years it’s been a slow interest of mine to study the different forms of divination and metaphysics. Up until recently I was only limiting myself to studying astrology, but after joining Pagan organization I’ve been able to receive a deeper insight on what there is to offer. Whilst writing this blog I hope to explore several forms of mindfulness and tap into areas of exploring a higher self.

I do enter this blog with limited knowledge, an amateur at divination, but I hope to seek a better understanding while also bringing knowledge to my readers as well. I hope whoever is reading this blog also develops an interest in tapping into your potential as well! It’s something we can grow together in understanding, and as my brain expands with resources I will most likely be altering each post to become it’s best version and give each of you the top tier content you deserve. On platforms such as my Twitter and Instagram I try and spread several resources for mindfulness to my followers, but with this blog perhaps I can become a creator as well in guiding each person in unlocking their potential. I hope you all enjoy, xx.

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