September 22nd, we have arrived at the Autumnal equinox, traditionally a joyful time of harvest and thanksgiving, balance and integration. Mother nature is blessing us with wonderful gifts to harvest and enjoy. This is the perfect time to focus on the area of creativity in our homes (the western sector if using compass school or the middle right hand sector as you look in from the front door if using the Western 3 door gate approach).
In Ireland we are enjoying the light of the full harvest moon and entering into the waning phase of both the moon cycle and of the solar cycle. This is a wonderful time to pause and enjoy what we have gathered thus far. One way to do that is to create some wonderful natural body care products such as the sugar scrub suggested, exfoliating away anything we are now ready to shed and to indulge your senses in some nourishing oils and beautiful scents. See recipe below.
Mother nature is also doing a clean sweep, shedding her leaves and her fruit, all of the growth of this year and drawing her energy in and down in preparation for the stillness of winter. Spend some time in the coming weeks clearing out what you no longer need, physically, emotionally and mentally and making space for some stillness. Going with the flow of the cycles of seasons in the natural world is essential to our own sense of balance and harmony.
Mirroring mother natures dynamic balance into our homes and our daily lives is the goal we are trying to achieve when we apply feng shui design to our homes.
We will begin a four week online foundation level training in feng shui design on Saturday 16th October carrying us through to Saturday 6th November. If you would like to join us click here.
In the meantime I encourage you to open up to the energy of delight, play and creativity. Stimulating all of our senses encourages this sense of magic and opening up to future positive energy. Scent is an excellent way to encourage this, diffusing your favourite essential oils or using them in your body care or natural home cleaning products is a terrific way to stimulate this energy every day.
Recipe for body scrub:-
I cup/ 8 oz brown sugar
6 tbs/ 20z calendula infused sunflower oil/ carrier oil of your choice eg jojoba or avocado oil
blend essential oils into carrier oil(see suggested oils and quantities below)
Mix blended oils into brown sugar. If you prefer a wetter scrub, add more carrier oil.
Store in a glass jar with a lid, in a cool dark place out of direct sunlight and use a couple of tbs at a time in your shower or in a foot or hand bath.
Suggested essential oils for adults for this sugar scrub
MANDARIN (citrus reticulata) 7 drops
Top note. Throat chakra.
Supports creativity and communication with our inner child, unstops blockages, encourages a sense of safety when connecting with others. Great immune support
CARDAMOM (elettaria cardamomum)7 drops
Middle note. Sacral and solar plexus chakra.
Seed oils offer nourishment and the potential for new growth. Support growth and vitality and are invigorating and fortifying for the digestive system. They eliminate fatigue and strengthen our resolve. Cardamom supports creativity and strengthens courage and will power. Balances energy in times of worry or anxiety. Encourages mental clarity. Digestive aid, supports respiratory system. Eases overthinking and worry, relaxes yet firms our resolve. Assists us to “see with our hearts”
MYRRH (commiphora myrra)4 drops
Base note. Root and crown chakra
Strengthens and energises, offering support; strengthens connection to spirit. Grounding and warming, soothing in times of distraction, brings a sense of inner peace and tranquillity. Skin healing, decongestant, anti-inflammatory, allows us to release our wounds and move forward.
En-joy this time of harvest and gratitude opening up our hearts to increase love and abundance in our lives. A tipping point in the energy of the year. Go with the flow, reap what you have sown and release what you no longer require. Have a clear out and make space for something new and wonderful to emerge.
Wishing you all of the blessings of this harvest season; abundance, gratitude, restoration and balance. As we transition into winter, prepare by setting your intentions for the coming months. Look back and give thanks, rest, recharge and dream a new dream.