Chanakara Tea for Your Chakras

At Eye of Horus we have been serving tea to reading clients, meetup groups, and at events since we opened.  So it should be no surprise that we’ve decided to add teas to our offerings.  Specifically, we now carry Chanakara® teas from Stash Tea® Company.  These are herbal blends, and one green tea blend, designed specifically to work with the chakras. Here is the short definition from Wikipedia:

Chakra (derived from the Sanskrit cakraṃ चक्रं, pronounced [ˈtʃəkrə]; Pali: chakka, Chinese: 轮, Tibetan: khorlo) is a Sanskrit word that translates as “wheel” or “turning“. [1]

In Hindu philosophy, Yoga, Qi Gong, and in numerous teachings about healing and consciousness, chakras provide on way to understand and honor the interconnection of our bodies, thoughts, emotions, ideas and actions. Meditation practice helps to align the chakras, and Reiki works with balancing and opening the chakras. Of course, we have books like Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith so you can learn more about working with the chakras.

Chanakara Teas for your Chakras

Chanakara Teas for your Chakras

There are seven  teas for the seven major chakras. Each chakra is associated with a particular color, element, area of the body, and inner state. Each Chanakara blend is designed to balance, tune and energize one of these seven chakras, to help reclaim the energies of life.

Chakra #1 – Muladhara (root) – Red Berry Rooibos: A tea for health and prosperity. Dark red and fruity, this blend contains antioxidant rich South African rooibos and soothing uva ursi, a fortifying herbal.

Chakra #2 – Svadhisthana (sweetness) – Dragonfruit: A tea for passion and creativity. Juicy Dragonfruit, combined with the cool aftertaste of ginger and mint. Created with the mysterious damiana herb.

Chakra #3 – Manipura (jeweled city) – Vanilla Honeybush:  A tea for gathering strength and power. African honeybush is sweetened with vanilla and orange peel with a scent of honey.

Chakra #4 – Anahata (unstruck drum) – Melon & Green:   A tea for love and harmony. Sweet dew melon blended with fine green tea and South American yerba mate makes a refreshing and stimulating brew that will awaken your heart.

Chakra #5 – Visuddha (pure) –  Blue Ginger:   A tea for expression and resonance. Blue malva flowers, warm ginger and tropical feijoa combine to make a distinctive herbal tea – a special opportunity to give, to share, to stay and talk.

Chakra #6 – Ajna (command) – Guanabana: A tea for imagination and insight. Relax and nourish your intuition with this soothing medley of vanilla-scented guanabana fruit, eyebright, lemongrass, and orange. What you know is more than what you think.

Chakra #7 – Sahasrara (thousand-spoked) – White Lotus:   A tea for meditation and wisdom. The scent of fresh flowers lingers over this pale golden infusion of white lotus, chamomile, chrysanthemum and linden.
Chanakara Assorted Box     An assorted collection of each of the seven Chanakara flavors. The 18 count sampler contains 2 – 3 envelopes of each flavor.

Whether your path includes yoga, meditation, energy work or any form of personal growth, we invite you to open your mind, body and spirit to the pleasures and benefits of these flavorful all natural herbal blends, from the creators of Stash Tea.  Shop for tea online »

Dancing in the Streets – Review

by Veronica Cummer . . .

I was wandering through a bookstore, when the title caught my eye—“Dancing in the Streets:  A History of Collective Joy” by Barbara Ehrenreich.  I had never heard of this author before, but a quick look through the book told me that I just had to have it.  The basic premise of the book is that by participating in festivities which inspire collective joy—i.e., experiences that take you out of ordinary, everyday consciousness and into the realm of divine contact and ecstasy—that you not only feel more secure as an individual and within your community at large, but that it may have a lot to do with relieving symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Dancing in the Streets

Dancing in the Streets

One of her theories involves drawing a close correlation between the rise of what was called melancholy in the 16th and 17th centuries and what psychiatry today diagnoses as anxiety disorders and clinical depression.  She states that when societies cut down on having numerous and varied group celebrations, holidays, and dances during the year, religious or otherwise, that not only did it shut down the ability for people to just let loose on occasion, but that it actually contributed to an increasing lapse in mental health.  She isn’t sure if this loss of ecstatic group celebration directly caused the incidents of melancholy or if it only helped relieved an already existing condition, but it certainly is cause for thought.

We all know that the Puritans and various other morally restrictive Christian religious groups who helped found America frowned mightily upon people having fun or dancing, among other things (like actually enjoying sex, for example).  We are also told that pleasure and dancing and playing games and so on are an intrinsic and natural and even possibly a necessary part of being a witch.  As is attending rituals in the buff, another thing that the Puritans would have absolutely had fits about.

We also know that achieving an ecstatic state is something we’re supposed to feel while in ritual.  It certainly seems then that not only did witches keep as a matter of course the celebrations that allowed them to break free from the grind of day-to-day life, but also the secrets of achieving and maintaining a healthier and more joyful frame of mind and direct contact with the divine.  While this Mardi Gras of the soul also helps stir and quicken the blood of each witch and waken them to their own innate inner powers.

Essentially then, can regular contact with the divine and achieving a state of divine ecstasy actually contribute towards keeping you sane?  Can it work towards gaining magickal power and abilities?  Does it also contribute towards building a strong community?  Simply put, does attending joyful celebrations of our Art make us happier as individuals, more capable of powerful acts of magick, as well as serving to forge us into a close-knit group both as a coven and as a community?  Should we be pursuing this ecstasy more in our rites for all of those reasons?  Learning how to just let go a little more…I think so.

Sept 2008 Events at the Eye

We have a phenominal line-up of special events at the store in September, with two open ritual circles, a new art show opening, and the return of Wendy Rule with a special in-store appearance. Check these out!

  • 9/14: Full Moon Circle – Buck Moon Esbat –  4pm to 5pm
  • 9/17: Sorgitzak (Old Forest Craft) Open Circle – 7pm to 9 pm
  • 9/20: Dreamscapes Art Show Opening Reception –  6pm to 9pm
  • 9/25: Wendy Rule In-Store Pre-concert Event – 5:30pm to 6:30pm
  • 9/28: New Moon Meditation with Thraicie Eye of Horus – 2pm to 4pm

Most of our events are free or donation-based ($1-$8) to cover the cost of room rental and refreshments. Check our online calendar for details. Call Eye of Horus at 612-872-1292 for more info. Our store is located at 2717 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408. Click here for map to store.

Monthly Events at the Eye

  • 9/6: Norse Shamanic Völva Stav Workshop – [1st Saturday of the Month: 1-3pm]
  • 9/7: Chant for Peace with the Hennepin County Enchanters – [1st Sunday of the Month: 1-2pm]
  • 9/8: Introduction to Thelema Frater AISh MLChMH (O.T.O.) – [2nd Monday of the Month: 8-9pm]
  • 9/10: Pagan Night Out / Meetup – [2nd & 4th Weds of the Month: 6-9pm]
  • 9/12: Monthly Libation Hyperborean Proto Demos (Public Circle) – [2nd Friday Evening each Month: 7-9pm]
  • 9/13: Psychic Discussion & Practice Group – [2nd Saturday each month: 2-4 pm]
  • 9/13: Bardic Circle Musicians & Storytellers Jam – [2nd & 4th Saturday each month: 5-7pm]
  • 9/16: Old Craft Discussion Group with Steven Posch – [3rd Tuesday of each month: 7-9pm]
  • 9/19: Open Drum & Dance Jam – [3rd Friday of the Month: 7-9pm]
  • 9/20: Historical Reconstructionists Meet-up – [3rd Saturday of the Month: 3-5pm]
  • 9/23: Twin Cities Tarot Meetup TC Tarot Meetup Group – [4th Tuesday of each month 7-8:45pm]

Weekly Healing Events at the Eye

  • Pagan-Friendly AA Twin Cities pAAgans – [Every Monday and Thursday: 7-8pm]
  • Reiki Healing by Maggie & Jaimie – [Every Friday 6:30-8:30pm]

We also have Tarot & Psychic Readers available for consulation every day.  Call the store at 612-872-1292 for rates, walk-in times, or to make an appointment.