Imbolc

Today is the ancient feast of Imbolc, which celebrates the coming of spring, and the return of light to the world as winter begins to pass. St. Brigid is the patron of this holiday, and she is said to bless the poor, and send healing and protection to families as well as their livestock.

There are many traditions that surround this holiday. Some people make a cornhusk dolly that represents Brigid to carry from house to house in a bed of white flowers to bless those within. The cross of Brigid is another tradition, often made from wheat straw, and used a symbol of protection.

Use the energy of the day as a way to clear away negativity in your life, and ask for the blessing of St. Brigid to surround you for the coming year. Light a white candle to St. Brigid. Tell her all your worries and concerns. Then express your gratitude for the things in your life, and tell her your goals for the year. Ask for her blessing. Let the candle burn out.

Bless your home by drawing Brigid’s cross on a piece of fresh paper and hang it near the entrance to your home. Or hang one in each room
Buy a bouquet of fresh white flowers and place in each room of the house, or in the entrance of your home as a way to absorb negativity, and attractive positive energy. 

Happy Imbolc,

Shaheen

© Shaheen Miro 2014

The Gypsy’s Tricks for Spiritual Cleansing and Protection: Aura Repair Tea

The aura is composed of layers of energy intricately woven together. When there is a weak spot, or a hole in the aura, energy begins to leak away causing you to feel lethargic, disoriented, angry, or confused. Spiritual cleansing and shielding is essential to keep this from happening!

One trick to help strengthen and heal the aura is to use an Aura Repair Tea. This allows the gossamer fibers of the aura to reconstruct. Reweaving and repairing holes, leaks and tears.

Here are few recipes:

Rose and Sage Tea

You will see that I am very fond of roses in my spiritual cleansing recipes because they work in a very gentle way, but they yield big results. When taken as a tea the rose essence works with the natural structure of the aura to help regenerate itself. Sage is powerful because it purges the aura of negativity; the rose fills in the gaps! 

For one pot of tea add 2 cups of dried rose petals, one cup of sage leaves, to 3 cups of spring water.

Let the tea steep for 5-10 minutes before drinking. As the tea steeps pray for divine light to bless the water. You can call on Mother Mary if you feel a connection with her essence.

Yarrow and Peppermint Tea

Yarrow purges the aura and jumpstarts it’s natural abilities to repair itself. It has a similar energy to rose, but it tends to be a little more protective because of its astringent qualities. Yarrow is the mythological plant used by Achilles, hence the Latin name, Achillea millefolium.

Peppermint lightens the aura and infuses it with a good dose of positive energy. Peppermint is a very magnetic herb and attracts “good fortune”. Peppermint is overall invigorating.

It’s good to add the two together because of Yarrows slightly bitter taste.

For one pot of tea add 3 teaspoons of dried yarrow flowers, one cup of dried peppermint leaves, to 3 cups of spring water.

A NOTE ON TEA

You can experiment with combining the above herbs. You can use all 4 together, or each separately. Yarrow shouldn’t be taken daily. Sage, Rose, and Peppermint can be taken daily. Peppermint is a wonderful tea to start the morning with because it jumpstarts physical body, and charges the aura.

DO NOT drink herbal teas if you are pregnant.

ALWAYS consult a doctor, and research the side effects of herbs before taking them internally. 

I am NOT a doctor, nor am I liable for your health. 

These recipes are for your personal use. 

Use at your own risk! 

© Shaheen Miro 2013

The Darkness

Life is a series of cycles. There are ups and downs, backs and forth. There is a strange feeling of limbo that you feel will never break. There are times when things feel hot, arid and dry. And then there are the times when you are caught in the storm. The most memorable of times are when you are in the dark.

Dancing in the dark is something we all must do. You have to befriend the night.

What is the dark?

The dark is that space within and around you where you feel abandoned, lost and confused. It is that space where you feel completely out of control… poked and prodded by chaos and fear.

The dark is really the beginning and the end. The alpha and omega. The dark is the womb of creation. The tomb of destruction. The cave of regeneration. You fall into the dark when you are stepping out of your box. You are pushed in the dark when you are growing beyond your personal limitations.

The Tower card in the Tarot is a symbol of the dark. The illustration shows a huge tower looming over the ocean… mighty, strong, tall, and indestructible… yet the foundation is cracked. The top is struck by lightening. The invincible monolith is destroyed, and it topples into the ocean. It symbolizes the ending of beliefs posing as facts. The ending of life as you know it!

You must learn to dance in the dark. If you stand still and make no move or sound… you will eventually become a shadow. You’ve seen people who’ve been consumed by the dark, letting fears, addiction, pain and psychosis take their lives. This isn’t to point the finger, or to be accusatory. Some people struggle because their soul chose that as their journey.

But if you learn to dance in the dark, you will marry the night. The dark is one big, crazy disco. You may not always like the song, but if you let the rhythm (intuition) guide you… you’re sure to get the next place. Sometimes you have to slow grind, sometimes you have to twerk, sometimes you have to waltz in the dark!

The dark, the unknown, the night, the chaos… it isn’t your enemy… no matter how much you misunderstand it, or fight it. You will realize in time that it is your friend. It test your limits, pushes you to the breaking point… and shows you what you’re really made of.

Remember even in the dark you have a little spark of light inside of you. So close your eyes and glow in the dark. Listen to the beat, and move yourself through to the end.

© Shaheen Miro 2013

The Evolution of Oracles

The evolution of symbols, omens and oracles can be seen in the Tarot. Ancient people interpreted natural occurrences, building symbols upon them and creating layers of meaning. It began with watching the habits of animals, and their patterns, changes in weather, images found in clouds, or formed on reflective surface of water. These symbols evolved into inscribed bones, and stones, and lots… portable oracles. Which have become printed pieces of card stock.

© Shaheen Miro 2013

Long-Distance Readings

“You do readings over the phone?!”

“Yep, I sure do! And email!”

“How on earth does that work?”

It amuses me that people are baffled by phone and email readings! But at least they believe a reading can be done. That is a good first step. But why is it more believable that a reading can be done in person, but not long-distance?

I think people are quick to believe in an in-person reading because they can see it. They can see the cards, they can see your face, and they can touch something. They can respond and react with more than just their voice.

The disconnect is most people still don’t understand energy!

A reading is an energetic evaluation! When someone reads you, they are tapping into the energies that surround you. They are recounting your energetic story… the one that you are creating in your personal universe… which links up with the big Universe and makes things happen!

Even if a reader is using Tarot cards, or tealeaves, or palms, or runes… they are only tools. The tools are creating patterns based on energy, and the reader is interpreting those patterns.

And… energy has NO limitations. It isn’t bound by time and space. It doesn’t have to conform to gravity. Energy is anywhere and everywhere. A thought can be sent to the other side of the world instantly. A dream can bring two people together who have never met before. That is the magic of the unseen world!

So when you have a long distance reading… you may not be right there. But your energy is!

…so if you want a reading via phone or email… it will be just as magical as if you were sitting across from me :-)

Shaheen

Thanksgiving Giveaway!!

Happy Thanksgiving!! I hope you have amazing plans with friends and family. Get out there spread love and gratitude for the beautiful things in your life. It’s important that we always send out love and thanks for all the blessings we have… and to even bless the negative things in our lives because they serve as teachers on our path.

The more you send out love and gratitude, the more you create abundance!

This year has been crazy, exciting, and has allowed me to befriend my light and shadows. I am so thankful for all the love and good energy I have around me. I am so thankful for all the beautiful people I have met, and that I am sure to meet. AND I am so thankful for all the fabulous souls I meet right here!! 

As a thank you… I want to do a giveaway for everyone who visits me here!

Please, leave a comment below expressing something you are thankful for. And share one way that you intend to give back all the blessings you have received this year. I want to hear from you… I want to hear what sort of blessings and magic exist in your life! 

Follow me (if you don’t already) and leave a comment to be entered into the drawing for a FREE email reading!

There will be 3 winners. 

Feel free to share this post :-)

I will announce the winners on Sunday 12/1. 

Much love,

Shaheen

The Gypsy’s Tricks for Spiritual Cleansing and Protection: Circle of Protection

The circle is a continuous, unbroken figure. It signifies unity, completion, infinity and cycles. By nature the circle is a boundary that has no opening, making the interior a space that is untouchable. For this reason the circle is a sacred protective sigil.

Creating a circular boundary is an ancient form of spiritual protection. The space within the circle becomes consecrated ground. The circle itself becomes a barrier keeping all unwelcomed things at bay.

A protective circle can be placed around buildings, objects and people. Anything stationary can be easily placed in a circle.

A circle of salt is one of the most common, and powerful ways to create a protective boundary. Simply draw a circle around the object with a fine line of sea salt. As you lay the circle envision the salt glowing a bright violet color. Whatever is within the circle’s interior is protected from harm.

You can create a protective boundary by making a circle of red thread. Encircle whatever you are trying to protect, and then tie the threads ends together by knotting it three times.

You can use cornmeal in the same manner as salt. You can even draw a circle with white or red chalk. The circle and the substance combined create an energetic barrier that cannot be penetrated by negative energetic influences.

The protective quality of the circle is temporary. Reform the circle at least every few weeks. Or more often if the boundary has been tampered with or has withstood strong negative blows.

Creating a protective circle around your home is a very basic way to use this effective tool!

© Shaheen Miro 2013

Psychics Are Human Too

There is a lot of pressure that comes with working in a spiritual field. You have people who pass judgment on you constantly… either your being laughed at because you believe in such kooky things, or your being judged for being in league with the Devil, or you are considered a scam artist. It’s sad that there is so much hate and judgment sent toward such a beautiful thing. But they say that the darkness seeks to dim the light.

Recently spiritual teacher, author and psychic/medium, Sylvia Browne, passed away. She was such a beautiful light in the vast community of spiritual leaders and teachers. Her candor and wit were unparalleled and her writing touched many. She was often under fire for her matter-of-fact style and her abrasive tone. And also for her highly publicized inaccurate predictions.

What is so sad is that she dedicated her life to helping people. She did readings for years for public audiences, she wrote so many books on the subject of the after life and lectured all over the world…. All in an attempt to lesson the blow of being on this earth! But in the end she has been mocked and degraded by people claiming she is a fake and that she, “Should’ve seen it coming!”

I want to say that there is no psychic/reader/medium/intuitive who is 100%… not one! There are some readers who are better than others. There are some readers who are better at certain subjects than others. And there are some readers who are just having a bad day! Readers are human… they are not infallible, or all knowing. To put that pressure on someone is ridiculous and it takes away your personal power.

And the fact is… a reader can only access the information that 1.) They are meant to share at that time, and 2.) That you allow them to see because it’s your energy they are tapping into… you are the key to your personal universe. A reading is not meant to map out your life and tell you how to live. A reading is meant to affirm, guide and direct you… and you should always test it against your own intuition.

Now, I will not say that I know Sylvia Browne’s heart or her personal intentions. I don’t know if she had people’s best interest in mind, or if she was being deceptive. I don’t believe that she was… I met her and she was warm, inviting and extremely loving. But I cannot speak for anyone else. I can say that I find her writing very inspirational, and a very good place for people to begin their spiritual journey.

The lesson we can all learn from her passing is that we need to empower ourselves and use our own intuition and judgment whenever asking anyone for advice… and that we are all human and prone to mistake… and sadly, that people like to focus on the bad and completely negate the good.

My prayer is that all the hate and judgment dissipates and that people see things with brighter more loving eyes. I know she is probably living it up on the Other Side…

And, Just remember that psychics are human too!

© Shaheen Miro 2013

Just Like the White Wing Dove: R.I.P Sylvia Browne

I was devastated to learn that Sylvia Browne passed away this morning. I slept horribly last night, woke up many times, and eventually found myself sitting up in bed with a pounding headache. The day began with an “off” feeling that persisted thought the course of the day. When I finally heard the news about her passing it all made sense!

Sylvia has been a beautiful influence in many peoples lives, including mine. Her books, lectures and teachings have touched on so many deep and moving things. I know that I devoured her books when I was younger, and even now I reference her work in my own. Though some people have a negative view of her, I’ve always found her wit, candor and wisdom to be uplifting and insightful.

I met Sylvia at one of her lectures when I was still in High School. Her warm eyes looked into me, and she pulled me closer and listen as I spoke. She signed my books and conversed with me… for those few minutes she gave me her undivided attention. I gifted her with a journal I had bound for her. A few months later I found a letter in the mail written to me from Sylvia, thanking me for the gift, the conversation and apologizing for the delay in responding. I will never forget that.

Sylvia, I know you are having a wonderful celebration wherever you are. We will miss you, but your spirit, your work and all your love will still carry us through for years to come. And if you ever need to chat… you know how to find me ;-)

My prayers go out to Sylvia, and her family. I am sorry for your loss, and I know we are all deeply saddened by the loss of such a legend. All of prayers are lighting her path back home.

All the best,

Shaheen

The Gypsy’s Tricks for Spiritual Cleansing and Protection: Rose Water

Rose water has become one of my all time favorite spiritual cleansing tools. Sometimes you just need a gentle lift in the atmosphere. I’ve found that using authentic rose water in an atomizer can bring about so many wonderful changes in the energy and texture of a persons aura, or the environment… not to mention it smells amazing!

There is something so soothing about the way rose water works. It envelops the energy in the area, and transmutes it into a lovely, delicate vibration that is conducive to peace and positive thinking. I like to mist my space before a reading. I also mist myself in the morning before my day begins to “lift my spirit” and at key times throughout the day.

I’ve found rose water to be a wonderful tool for creating a magnetic aura. When you mist yourself you raise your vibration and surround yourself in a beautiful glowing light that pulls positive people toward you. It helps you to communicate affectively, and eloquently.

Authentic rose water is the hydrosol by-product from distilled rose petals in the process of creating rose essential oil. It has such a lovely smell and it is great for your skin. It can be added to foods and drinks to infuse a delicious floral flavor!

Rose water has become such an essential part of my spiritual practice. I use it to bless objects, such as crystals, candles or things that I’ve thrifted. This is a great way to clear the object, and to give it a nice spark of magic!

© Shaheen Miro 2013