Eye of Horus Expansion

Eye of Horus Expansion

If you’ve taken a class in the past month or so, you might have noticed the giant curtain of plastic against the east wall. Well, it’s finally time for us to reveal what’s going on. On the other side of this…

Pay no attention to the person behind the curtain
This archway opening is based on the high priestess card, featuring the two pillars representing severity and mercy, and the crown.

Double the space

We are taking over the former art gallery space on 908 West Lake St. We are keeping the current space at 910, which will have a more expansive classroom, an additional reader room, and a dedicated room for Reiki (currently only the classroom is large enough to put up a Reiki table).

The 908 side will be our retail store side, and is double the size of our current store space. It’s still a work in progress, but we love the high ceilings. We plan to open our new storefront in February.

View from the front to the back of the new store space

New Checkout & Bookstore Fixtures

We’ve heard the comments… when we moved to our current location in 2014, we would get good comments about how cozy it was, but we would also hear people lament about our smaller book section. Our Tarot & Oracle Demo Station has also been steadily growing, and we’ve been wishing for more space for our hundreds of demo decks.

We will now have two checkout/service stations, so there will be less waiting in line, and it will be easier to check in for readings and classes.

The new store front will be open by the first week of February, with our Grand Expansion Celebration scheduled for February 8th.

New fixtures to last decades by family owned and operated Franklin Fixtures

We’ve been dreaming of having more flexible fixtures. Don’t get us wrong, Ikea shelves have been great, but bookstore fixtures are just better for books, with a slight angle so we can easily face out new releases and bestsellers without floppy stands. We also like working with another family owned business. Here’s a little about why we chose them, in their own words:

“Since 1974, we’ve been the gold standard in retail fixtures. Independent retailers who bought our products 30 years ago are still using them. The FranklinFlex Design System utilizes state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques that respect the environment, enhance productivity, and reduce costs. Our panel materials use far fewer trees than solid wood fixtures, and our computerized manufacturing equipment optimizes material usage with minimum waste. We are one of the first companies in the country to install a UV Flat Line finishing system that uses water based material and releases no toxic V.O.C.s or fumes.”

We are also reclaiming some pieces and refinishing them. Our existing fixtures will be used for storage and backroom functions, or possibly finding new homes.

A Timely Spell Toward Self Empowerment

A Timely Spell Toward Self Empowerment

This is a two-part spell. You will need some time on one day, and then another block of time within the next day or two.

Materials needed for the first session:

  • A few moments of quiet time
  • A comfortable space
  • Paper
  • Pen/pencil/crayon
  • Small glass or cup of water

Materials needed for the second session:

  • A few moments of quiet time
  • A comfortable space
  • A calendar or datebook
  • Pen/pencil/crayon
  • Appropriate essential oil, or olive oil.

Astrological Preamble: One of the stronger astrological aspects this week involves Mars and Uranus. (Mars in Virgo is trine Uranus in Taurus.) Uranus moves slowly. It entered the sign of Taurus last year, and will travel through that sign for the next six years. This is a time when our society is re-evaluating its views of money/possessions/resources. Our attitudes and practices will be changing, on a collective scale. Because faster moving Mars is currently in Virgo, this is an ideal time for each of us to visualize the ownership we could have in our own lives. How do you want your time or home or priorities to be organized? Of course no one lives in a vacuum where our lives do not intertwine with others. But we will begin this spell by trying to focus on our own priorities & resources.

Day One: Take a moment to breathe deeply & slowly. Clear your mind. Don’t worry about other people’s needs or expectations for a moment. They will still be there, when you come back. Let them go, for now. Breathe. Allow Spirit to help you raise your highest value to mind. Is it your health? Your safety? The enjoyment of a beautiful day, or perhaps music or cooking? Once this highest value is identified, jot it down. Fold the paper in half, folding towards you, as if you were drawing this Value to your heart. Turn the paper clock-wise, and fold it again… folding towards you, to draw the Value to your heart. Turn the paper a third time, and fold towards yourself one final time. Three is the charm! Now place the paper beneath the cup of water. Breathe deeply & slowly… drawing in the light of your Value with each inhale… directing the love of your Value into the water with each exhale. Repeat. Continue as many times as you like. When you feel that the water has been fully charged with this energy, drink it. With each swallow, know that you are taking in the ability to fulfill your Highest Value. Keep the folded paper with you. Keep it in your pocket, or otherwise on your person. The next step is to go about your day with an awareness of this Value. No actions are required for this day. Just let your Highest Value soak in, and accompany you through at least one full day of your usual life.

Day Next: Come back to your quiet time & place for the second session: Breathe deeply & slowly again, and clear your mind for a few moments. No thoughts. No planning or visioning. Just let your mind reboot, and return to factory settings for a few moments. What if your Highest Value received a few moments of devoted attention each day? Would that be at the beginning of your day, before you leave the home for your other obligations? Or would it be at the end of the day, once you’ve returned to your home? Or perhaps you would set aside a few hours on a particular day each week. Which day would make the most sense, considering your busy life? Would it be best to focus on your Highest Value in the morning hours? Mid-day? Evening? Is there something less fulfilling that takes time away from you? It may be necessary to trim something out of your life… much like we might prune a plant, to encourage healthier directed growth. This is the point where we are considering the other people woven into our lives. While we do not want others to dictate our values & preferences, we must also be careful that we are not imposing our priorities upon them. We want to be considerate, and honor each person (including self), whenever we are doing work like this. The more people you have in your life, the more complicated this can be! Now here’s the tricky part… document your ideal time for Highest Value focus. Write it on the calendar. Treat it like an actual appointment. This is not an appointment that you would approach as a burden. This is time that you are spending as if it were what you intended to do with your time & energy. Place the bottle of oil upon your calendar. Breathe deeply & slowly… drawing in the light of your Value with each inhale… directing the love of your Value into the oil with each exhale. Repeat. Continue as many times as you like. When you feel that the oil has been fully charged with this energy, use a single drop to anoint yourself. Going forward, you will anoint yourself at the beginning of each Highest Value “appointment”, as a blessing to empower your own abilities.

Pro tips about anointing: The easiest way to get a single drop is to place a finger firmly over the opening of the bottle, so that you are creating a seal with your fingerprint. Tip the bottle, maintaining the seal, so you don’t pour oil all over the place. When you tip the bottle back upright, you will be left with a single drop upon you finger.

  • Use that drop to anoint your third eye, if you are working to gain insight or clarity.
  • Use it to anoint your ears if you are working to hear & understand better.
  • Anoint your heart if you are working towards emotional healing or opening your heart to more love.
  • Anoint your hands if you are working to improve your skills or creativity (back of the hands is best, so you don’t have a greasy grip).
  • Trust your own reasoning. Where you choose to anoint will depend upon what your Highest Value turned out to be.

Be aware that if you feel moved to anoint someone or something else, you may be externalizing your values. If this is happening, return to your clear mind. From that clear starting point, re-evaluate your ownership of the Value. What actions can you take toward your Highest Value? Anoint yourself in a manner that will help empower your own abilities. We want your accomplishments to truly be your own.

Blessed be!

Sparking Empathy:  Full Moon in Libra and Spring Equinox

Sparking Empathy: Full Moon in Libra and Spring Equinox

The full moon occurs in Libra on Wednesday, March 20 (8:42 pm, CDT). The Spring Equinox precedes the full moon hours before (4:58 pm, CDT). Daylight and nighttime are equal. The hibernation of winter ends while springing into longer and lighter days! The sun in Aries interfaces with moon in Libra, sparking a newness of approach in relationships.

The Mercury retrograde in Pisces, March 5 through March 28, called for a dip backwards into the past. This psychedelic retrograde was full of twists and turns, casting a fishing line deep into the ocean. As the end of the retrograde nears, it becomes clearer what the catch is. What can be saved and what can be discarded? Will it be a mermaid, flailing to free herself? Will it be a tin can or an old shoe? A combination of inane and valuable items, with a precious discovery on the side, may be fished out of the watery depths!

The strong Pisces signature taps into empathy and caring for fellow beings, human and animal. Discoveries made in March call for kindness toward one another. By the time the full moon blossoms on March 20, alternative perspectives witnessed may alter judgmental and callous attitudes. More sensitivity may be integrated into how we relate, encompassing all types of relationships: personal, romantic, familial, business, work-related and most notably, the relationship to strangers.

The earth element emphasis plus Mercury retrograde foster an environment for planning methodically and slowly, using dreams and intuition as a guide. Insights are gained in unorthodox ways; not in the linear and logical manner. Mercury goes direct March 28, and the fogginess of the last few weeks gradually lifts. May this full moon and Equinox be a transformative time!

To start visioning for the spring time, try some of the Eye of Horus’ Focus Aid aromatherapy oil. This blend of essential oils is intended to sharpen the mind and bring things into clarity. To retrieve long-lost treasures, light Coventry Creations’ Recover Lost Money candle from their Motor City Hoo Doo line. This candle is designed with the intent to have lost things return to you, as well as recovering things that are rightfully yours. To celebrate the arts and artists, use some of Shoyeido’s Inspiration incense from their Angelic line. This light, fragrant incense is designed to spur the artist within all of us and ignite our creativity.