Harrow of the Week: The Survivor

Harrow of the Week: The Survivor

The end is the beginning. 

This week’s Harrow card, The Survivor, at first appears to be a sign of ill omen. A battered warrior sits on a throne, surrounded by the ghosts of his fallen comrades. At his feet lie the treasure from his adventures as well as the tools he used to help acquire them: a sword, a shield, and a magic staff. Despite the gold and riches at his feet, the Survivor seems to be staring off into space.

While this may look bleak on the surface, in reality, this is a card of courage and perseverance in the face of tragedy. The Survivor comes from the suit of Shields, the suit associated with Constitution and endurance. It is also aligned Neutral Good, which is the alignment of pure altruism and compassion. Certainly, the Survivor has had his endurance put to the test and survived, even if his spirit may feel broken.

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Full Wolf Moon in Cancer January 2017

Full Wolf Moon in Cancer January 2017

The January 12th full moon is most popularly known as the Full Wolf Moon. Other Tribes have other names, but they are all of a theme: the January full moon the Snow Moon, Cold Moon, Ice Moon, Hard Time Moon. Celtic and British names for the January moon included Wolf Moon, Stay Home Moon, Moon after Yule. The Ogham moon calendar has this moon in the month of Birch which goes from December 24 to January 20th.

Sure, the January 12 Full Moon is at 22°27′ Cancer. But the sign actually falls in the decan that contains the Two Twins (Castor and Pollux) of Gemini Constellation. So, take the watery emotions of Cancer and throw in sibling rivalry and a lot of creativity. In myth, they were Good Twin and Bad Twin, Mortal vs Immortal and Safe vs Rash. Normally, when you toss a coin, it lands heads or tails, but with this moon, we might find the coin spinning, revealing the other side in unexpected flashes. Secret agendas will be tough to keep hidden, and what looks dark may reveal new paths to the light. As the night falls, look for Venus in the west, shining brightly in Aquarius, reminding us that Love is there to guide us through. [Read more…]

Morningstar Frankincense, Myrrh and Sage

Morningstar Frankincense, Myrrh and Sage

Japanese Incense is famous for its clean burning woods and delicate floral scents. The stick incense from Japan is a centuries old tradition with roots in the Shinto and Buddhist rituals and beliefs. Each stick is solid incense. There is no wood core.
Nippon Kodo has just added three new scents to their morning star line of incenses to add the sacred scents of middle east and the americas to their line of single note incenses.
  1. Frankincense – also known as “Frank Incense” or True Incense, this is a famous ingredient in church blends. In ancient times, it was used as currency in some areas, because it was so prized. Modern research has shown that burning frankincense can affect our moods, lifting our spirits when down. No wonder it is used in worship. It is truly enlightening.
  2. Myrrh – Burned in Indian temples and churches around the world, Myrrh is a rich and cleansing scent used for purifying. Researchers are discovering that Myrrh smoke has physical anti-bacterial properties, as well. Go figure. Again, the ancients knew what they were doing.
  3. Sage – Used for centuries in America for spiritual cleansing in a smudging ceremony, sage is a powerful plant ally. When you want to smudge a small space or just want a lighter scent for your ritual, this little stick will do the trick nicely.
Best of all, all three are in stock now, at the Eye and will be on our feature table for the next week or so. So stop in or buy online. With 50 sticks in a box (that’s right it’s not a typo), morning star Japanese Incense is an incredible value. Each stick is small, but it’s 100% incense, so you get pure scent.