March 10, 2021 2 Comments
You seemingly know these feelings very well - weariness, the urge to not get out of your PJs, the feeling of “no amount of makeup can conceal my tired face” and so on. We‘ve all been there - sleeping early only to wake up twice as tired as we were before we tuck ourselves to sleep. Have you asked yourselves why? Some of you may have stopped drinking caffeine drinks. A few may have been acting so busy to disregard these feelings or some of you may have not even noticed these patterns at all, and many may have sought medical advice.
Without further ado, the purpose of this article is to help you have a better sleep at night through a ritual.
Why a bedtime ritual? Most of us are okay with the typical routine in which we commonly tuck ourselves to bed, close our eyes, and allow our bodies to doze off. Like how we act today illustrates the possibilities of what’s forthcoming, what we do before bedtime determines a consequential influence on how effectively we will do when we get out of bed the next day.
In this ritual, your bedroom is your sanctuary. It is where each consciousness and half-consciousness meet and one must remember that cleanliness and comfortability connect us better to our inner divinity- our ever passionate, loving, peaceful, and higher true self. Here are key things you must consider:
As we’ve previously discussed, cleanliness and comfortability declutter our mind and better connect us to our inner divinity and this is true not only to our surroundings but to our very selves as well. Bathing is allotting time for yourself- a time you should generously give yourself after a tiring yet meaningful day-for many people it's also the only time during the day that they are not near a screen, which allow more calmness to the mind. In bathing, think of it as not only cleaning and washing the physical dirt off your body but as well as eliminating all the negative (disgust, sadness, fear, etc…) and preparing yourself for once again, a whole enthusiastic you the next day.
Your body is your temple and it is where every magic begins. And one must be mindful of the things we allow inside our body thus choosing your bath recipes in cleansing yourself matters. The use of bath oils vivify your skin more intensely but more importantly, it calms your soul virtuously due to their therapeutic nature. The use of Lavender Oil, Bergamot Oil, and Frankincense Oil is highly recommended as it helps in relieving stress and allowing a better relaxation experience.
Massage therapy provides a deeper connection and balance between our body, mind, and spirit. Some of you may be in two minds adding this in your daily ritual thinking you needed a massage practitioner to rightly perform it on you. Worry not, self-massage is as significant and effective as any other massage. The use of body oil or body lotion would beautifully work especially those with ingredients of Lavender, Ylang Ylang, and Bergamot as this allows your joints and muscle pains in relief and calmness.
Stretching in physical health and fitness, allows us to improve the flexibility of our tissues and muscles. But this is not only true physically. Just as how it permits us for a stronger, healthier body, it also helps us build on our flexibility mentally and spiritually.
Take a moment and think of a stretching routine at your preference. When you are ready, close your eyes and take a deep breath. Let fly of your mind and enjoy the freedom inside you. And, in every inhale and exhale you partake, try to stretch and reach as far as you can just us how you’d like to reach for your goals mentally and spiritually. Being flexible in mind and spirit allows us to greater heights and a better sleep at night.
Personally, this is my most-awaited ritual at bedtime. Reflecting or meditating allows us to speak with our higher self which should be our ultimate goal every day before we sleep as it is a class of its own in providing us peace and happiness. If you are not tired yet, it might help you reduce your brain activity to the desirable calm, Alfa waves, which will increase your relaxation, calmness, and deepen your sleep for lucid dreaming.
For some who may find it difficult to reflect, the use of oil and incense has been long-observed in almost all traditions known in the world. Lighting an incense will purify your environment and turn your bedroom into your meditation area. Choose incense that will help you clear out negative energy and fill yourself with positive vibrations.
Research shows that listening to music or reading amend your mood. So if you are being reflective, you have the power to go to extremes with your feelings by listening to your desired type of music which parallels to reading as well. Choose your book or music and play it before your good night's sleep.
Unwind and ponder about the things you need to do the next day. You may take notes or simply visualize. Planning for tomorrow keeps you ahead of time! Visualization helps you keep motivated and more focused on your goals. This will help you establish your daily plan which allows you to control your schedule and not let it control you instead, and as a result, this gives you a sense of recreation on a daily basis knowing that you are always prepared for what’s forthcoming. This allows your brain to relax in the middle of the night and pass by negative emotions such as dissatisfaction.
Last but never the least in our ritual is applying oils in your pulse or acupressure points! This requires a physical touch to these acupressure points which are connected to different aspects of our physical and mental health and allows us tranquility. The most recommended oils are Lavender Oil, Chamomile Oil, Sweet Marjoram Oil, Bergamot Oil, Clary Sage Oil, Valerian Oil, Sandalwood Oil, and Ylang Ylang Oil.
Check out this video by @TheSpiritChick showcasing her Evening Witchy/Spiritual self-care/self-love routine.
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January 20, 2022
Happy New Year, everyone! As we make our way closer to the lustful month of February, the first sabbat of the new year is upon us, and it is no other than Imbolc. Associated with the passionate energies of fire, new life, and renewal, Imbolc is a Celtic festival that takes place on February 1st and celebrates the emergence of the spring only a few weeks away. It also marks the halfway point between the winter solstice (Yule) and the spring equinox (Ostara) and signifies that the winter is coming to an end. However, this powerful sabbat signifies more than just the physical changes happening on the earth around us and also brings our attention to the light and new changes that are beginning to grow within us.
With that said, with so much going on energetically right now, it can be hard to know the best ways to welcome in and celebrate the energy of the season fully. So, to help you out, in this article, we're going to go over everything having to do with the sabbat of Imbolc. From its history to its correspondences, traditions, and a few ways you can celebrate today, let’s dive into everything you need to know about this powerful sabbat and how you can truly make the most of its incredible energy in your own unique way.
January 20, 2022
Making Valentine’s extra special can be tricky sometimes, especially if we are not particularly crafty and are sporadically busy. While this may be true, the great thing about love is it finds a way. It always finds its way. Isn’t it fascinating how some people can pull off a grande surprise out of letters and papers? While some can cook a really good meal and some just know the exact perfect place to go. While some people, like me at times, can’t make up their minds.
And because of these factors, I’ve learned to focus on what I do best - Gift-giving. Yes, there are people like me who are best at giving gifts. And who knows, you’re just like me. For me, gift-giving is a form of art. It expresses someone in a way that manifests beauty such as love. It is a reservoir of a million thoughts, consideration and most importantly sincerity. So if you’re considering getting some gifts, you’re in the perfect place at a perfect time! Because, we have hand-picked the best gifts from our store that you can give to your lover or loved ones on this special day.
January 01, 2022
There’s no doubt about it; 2021 was a year full of change and transformation for everyone. However, instead of continuing to live in the hard times that it brought, it’s finally time to say goodbye to the old and embrace change with the new year of 2022. With that said, we will be kicking off the new year lingering in the sign of the Capricorn, pushing many of the signs towards a renewal of creative energy and new beginnings, which is bound to bring a refreshing change into our lives. This will be happening alongside the influence of Jupiter, which will be moving through the sensitive Pisces. As the planet of expansion, Jupiter will inspire us to move beyond our restrictions and channel a deeper, more sentimental approach to life that could have us reflecting a lot on our emotions. As a result, this will likely have all the signs feeling a need to slow down and disconnect for a while, and honestly, some slow movement may not be such a bad idea right now.
Aside from this, Venus also went into retrograde on December 19th, 2021, and will remain that way until January 29th, 2022. Since Venus is known to be the planet of love, when it is retrograde, energies can be a little uncertain for lovers. This could either stir communicational issues between partners or, surprisingly, pull partners closer. Either way, you’ll have to navigate the situation carefully, as all emotions, good and bad, are bound to be heightened. However, Venus isn’t the only planet going retrograde right now, as we will also be moving into Mercury retrograde again starting January 13th, which is bound to have the signs revisiting past emotional issues again. However, don’t see this as a burden, as this is actually an excellent opportunity to reflect on what energies we wish to take with us into the new year and which we want to leave behind and start making the necessary changes to make it happen. Lastly, we will then hit Aquarius season on January 20th, which will likely have the signs aligning more intimately with personal goals and values.
As you can see, January 2022 is bound to be full of the energies of rebirth, new beginnings, and reflection as we work to embrace the energies of the year, learning to leave the problems of the past year behind us once and for all. However, to give you a better idea of what energy you can feel personally, in this article, we’re going to touch on the changes each Zodiac sign can expect throughout January and how you can better align yourself to truly make the most of it. Let’s get started.