New Moon In Cancer June 2014

New Moon In Cancer June 2014

With the New Moon in Cancer, we explore this water sign and the archetype of the crab. The effects of the new moon are strongest within 72 hours, but the different planetary positions carry a longer influence. Astrologer Heather Roan Robbins and Eye of Horus Founder Thraicie Hawkner discuss the current new moon and offer advice on how to mitigate challenges and maximize opportunities in this episode of Moon Magic. Heather talks about the shell and soft core of the crab, and Thraicie talks about empathy, grounding and more.

First check out the video for all the influences and astrological aspects, and what they mean. Then check out the rest of this article which highlights some of the tools which will help you work with the energy of the Cancer New Moon:

Myrrh, the Temple Incense for Boundaries

Myrrh

Myrrh Essential Oil

Myrrh is good for putting up healthy shielding and filtering type boundary.

On the Tree of Kife, Myrrh corresponds with the sphere of Binah, which is also Saturn. It is very good at form and boundaries and very solid manifestation. Some people don’t like this energy because it is so limiting, but if we are trying to set boundaries, shield and limit chaos, it is ideal. We carry a number of incenses with Myrrh as an ingredient>

Recorded use of Myrrh goes back over 4,000 years. It is a key ingredient in the ancient Egyptian Kyphi temple incense, and the ancient Greek perfume, Megaleion. It is an ingredient in a number of incense blends, and is widely recognized as one of the gifts of the Magi, and as such is one of the ingredients in Three Kings Resin Blend.

It is also a key ingredient in the Eye of Horus Herbal/resin incense blend.

Myrrh Blends well with: Frankincense, Lavender, Patchouli, Tea Tree.

Good Stones for the Cancer New Moon

Prehnite Stone

Prehnite Crystal Tumbled Stone

Prehnite Tumbled Stone approx 1-2 inch

Prehnite is a great stone for shielding and setting boundaries. It strengthens the aura and helps to distinguish the emotions which may be coming from external sources. When you are empathic, picking up on other people’s emotions, sometimes they express as if they are your own. But you need to be able to separate external sources and keep them from affecting your own balance.

With the New Moon in Cancer, even people who usually aren’t overly empathic may need a little extra help so they don’t find themselves dealing with unexpected emotions from who knows where.

Prehnite gives you that filter and shield. For long-term use, it is good for psychic work, especially for discerning what you are picking up from external sources and not just your own inner voice.

Because it is so good at sorting things out, Prehnite also enhances dreams, meditation, intuition, love, forgiveness, compassion, peace calm and prophecies.  Order from the Eye>

Desert (Polychrome) Jasper

Polychrome Jasper, Desert Jasper

Desert or Polychrome Jasper 2-3 inch palm pebbles

Sometimes shielding isn’t enough, especially if some of your own deep mysteries surface unexpectedly. How do you ground and find calm to navigate your inner ocean? We recommend Polychrome Jasper , also called Desert Jasper or Royal Savannah Jasper to bring in a positive, even happy energy. It is excellent to help keep you grounded and safe doing spiritual work. This is a great long-term addition to your altar or carry-pouch (aka medicine bag, mojo bag) to help you with those long term goals and permanent transformations. Get desert jasper for your alter or mojo bag>

Metaphysical properties of polychrome Desert Jasper:

  • Stability – Smooth out your aura
  • Balance – Brings Tranquility, Comfort and healing.
  • Grounding – Especially after shamanic journeys or astral travel

Hematite for Grounding and Protection

 Cross of Archangel Michael, Hematite for Protection

Cross of St. Michael, Hematite for Protection

If you need extra stability and protection, hematite is the ultimate grounding stone. When polished, Hematite is Black to steel or silver-grey, in it’s natural state it is brown to reddish brown, or red. This shiny gray stone is primarily ferric oxide, and ore of iron, which makes it red and relates it to fire and Mars.  Hematite will connect you to the core of the earth, you can use it to drop anchor in any storm.

We have hematite mounted in a unique talisman which includes a sigil of the Archangel Michael for added protection.

Chakra: Root or base chakra – Maladhara
Zodiac: Aries, Aquarius
Planet: Mars
Element: Fire/Earth

The Hematite Cross of St Michael is available for online ordering. We will ship it to you or you can pre-order online and we’ll let you know when it is available in the store. Click here for ordering>

We hope you enjoyed the moon magic video and information to help you tune in and work a little magic in your life. Please share if you found this useful!

The Visionary Art of Paul B. Rucker

Take a journey through physical self, levels of consciousness, and into transcendent realms.

Inspired by myth, diety and personal revelation, Paul paints vivid colors and light-lines to evoke the dancing energy surrounding both traditional and new mythic figures. His original art is featured at the Eye of Horus, both on our gallery wall, as well as throughout the store.

We also carry some of these images and several of his other works as limited edition prints, all in runs of less than 500.  Prints start at only $15 for limited edition, archival quality prints of 24 of Paul’s paintings, both in the store and in the Art of Paul Rucker section of our online shop.  Each is signed and numbered by the artist and come with a certificate of authenticity.

Interview with Paul Rucker

We sat down with Paul to talk about his work and inspiration. We ended up with five short videos which explore the nature and understanding of life and the divine. Click here to go to the YouTube playlist.

In Part One of the interview, below,  Paul talks about his early experiences and how archetypal beings, gods, goddesses became the driving force behind his art. We also discuss his current work with body painting, ritual theater and sacred drama. Art, as he strives to create is Mythopoeic work, and artists reshape the Mythical Matrix.  We also explore the vibrancy of  Paganism.

In the second half of the interview, below, Paul explores the creation and meaning of two of his works. The first is his image of Melek Ta’us.  The second is image of Oshun.  We talk about how he doesn’t just set out to depict a pantheon, rather he connects with and answers the call to paint a divinity, and finally, Paul reflects on nature’s wisdom.

In His Own Words

Androgyne

Androgyne

As a small child I shared my visions by making pictures. That act of magic still sustains me.

When still very young I dreamed of a White Stag that took me to a moonlit grove, wild and rambling, filled with Gods’ names. Not the “Names of God” but the names of the Gods and Goddesses of the world. To stand anywhere in that holy place was to feel each Divine personality completely. All were there, every divinity the human world had ever known, and the Stag of the Moon leading me on and on… even then I knew my task was to bring that magic back to this world, somehow, through making images.

I think of myself as part of the Tribe of Dream… the people who bring heightened reality into the world through art and other acts of creative sorcery. View a video of Paul as he discusses the mythic symbolism of The Androgyne.

The Art & Appearances

I paint in acrylic and occasionally in other water-based media and in oils. I draw in pen, pencil, and mixed media. Other experiences involve creating theatrical backdrops, murals, collage, sign painting, mask-making in clay and paper-mache, silk painting, costuming, and elaborate face and body paintings.  In 1997 my art was featured in a mixed-media collaboration by the performance group Body Prayers at the Merrymeet festival. In 2006, 2007, and 2009, my “Blue Man” persona extended the boundaries at the Faerieworlds Festival in Oregon.

My images have been featured on and in magazines such as Green Egg, Hecate’s Loom, Mezlim, Psychedelic Illuminations, Tapestry Journal, and Reclaiming Quarterly.  In recent years my exposure has grown to include Spellcraft, Witch Eye, Faerie Nation Magazine, and the Green Egg Omelette anthology. I’ve provided work for card games, logos, T-shirts, brochures, and CD album covers: Ancestor Energy and Mojo Roots: “Prakriti’s Kiss.”

Paul Talks about his Influences

In the beginning, of course, were the dreams and visions I had no words to express, which led me to make pictures. Very early influences include the lush and amazing illustration in childrens’ books of the late 60s and early 70s– such as the work of Leo and Diane Dillon, who illustrated many of the most fantastical of the stories included in the Silver Burdett Reading series. Saturation in literature came fast and deep. To this day I think of myself as a “writerly” painter, because my art always alludes in some way to story and myth.

I never cared for mere realism, since one could see that anywhere, and far too much of it besides. In reading faery tales, I never identified with the hero or his/her sidekick the way I was “supposed” to– it was their faerie guardian or angelic helper or radiant friend/enemy from the Otherworld that held me fast.

Later on I delved into my parents’ collection of the Time-Life series of “Great Masters of Art”: my fascination with mythological images and scenes, paralleled what I was learning about Greco-Roman, and later Egyptian, Norse and Indian mythologies. I learned about who, or at least of what nature, the supernal personalities I saw in my dreams and sidelong visions were.

In college I began to make an active effort to expand my inner sensibility by studying and incorporating artistic/spiritual styles from many different cultures, most notably Asian art: Moghul images, Tibetan Thangkas, and so forth. Exposure to psychedelics and “entheogens” obviously left a mark as well. But after graduation I continued to work to expand the boundaries of my inner eye: gathering books for instance of artists just beyond my range such as Frida Kahlo and Gauguin, so that I could taste where their work and style was coming from.

Gremlin Fugue by Paul B. Rucker

Gremlin Fugue

One of my most important epiphanies came from a book on Aboriginal art: the frontispiece showed nothing but a dark and wrinkled hand, presumably the artist’s, lightly touching an Aboriginal painting done in undulating dots. I suddenly got it: these were energy paintings! Ever after I searched for more primal and trans-cultural ways to relate to these styles: Huichol, shamanic arts. The more I learned the more I realized how to learn; that the arts I had the most affinity for and that could teach me something, came from the same current of relating to the world in its invisible, energetic, and more than ego-based aspect: the universe was not a stage for the ego, and the world not simply its tool and plunder, but an infinite diversion of living beings, a “great story.”

Perhaps the ongoing journey between the two hemispheres of my own brain in absorbing Images and Music and Stories, then studying philosophy and discourse relating to expeditions “behind the veil” of ordinary reality, has shaped my approach to my themes and subjects. View a video of Paul discussing his meld of music and art – Gremlin Fugue. I find the greatest meaning in my art as a marriage of content as consciousness (understanding) and content as transmission from the nonrational and often surprising Undermind. I see my work as ongoing dispatches from a miraculous theater of myth and meaning, out there, in the Otherworld.

Paul B. Rucker originals showing at Eye of Horus

Eye of Horus also has two of his Pen and Ink originals available: Mother Goddess and To Dance for Iblis.  Prices for the original paintings start at $900 and the Black and White originals are $350.

Indie Retailer Month – Top 10 Reasons to Shop Local

July is independent retailer month! So we’re celebrating our independence at the Eye. This month recognizes and celebrates the importance of independent retailers in the community, the economy and, in our industry.

Indie Businesses are alive and well in our neighborhood. In fact, City pages voted Lyn-Lake the Best Neighborhood in it’s 2011 best of awards.  Here’s a bit of what they say in their article.

“While Uptown may have gone mainstream, Lyn-Lake retains its neighborhood funk. It’s easy to become a resident; there are plenty of duplexes and apartments for rent, many just rundown enough to be affordable without crossing the line into scary. Parking is pretty easy, the neighbors are mostly friendly, and the business district can’t be beat.”

We think that’s because there are almost no chain stores, like those which have invaded uptown.

Watch a preview of the acclaimed documentary “Independent America: The Two-Lane Search for Mom & Pop” It’s the story of married filmmakers Hanson Hosein and Heather Hughes as they drive 13,000 miles across America’s backroads to document the growing insurgency against corporate retail. http://www.independentamerica.net

10 Reasons for You to Shop Locally Owned Businesses

1 You keep money in the neighborhood

A recent study showed that locally owned, independent businesses put about 70% more money back into the local community than chain stores, per square foot occupied. For every $100 you spend at a locally owned business, $68 will stay in the community. A space filled with a local business rather than a chain puts more dollars back in your neighborhood.

2 You embrace what makes our community unique

Every city is a city of neighborhoods. Where we shop, where we eat and hang out – all of it makes our neighborhoods home. All of which make us a community. Do you really want everything to look the same wherever you go, mass produced and conforming to some corporate idea of style?

3 Help out the environment

Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases, requiring less transportation, less fuel, less packaging, and merchants who take care of their home town. Small businesses generally set up shop in existing commercial corridors rather than developing on the fringe. This means less sprawl, congestion, habitat loss, and pollution.

4 You Get better service

In a local business, you know the person behind the counter, and they know you. They have a deep understanding of the products they’re selling, and they take time to serve their customers.

5 You nurture your community

Nonprofits receive an average of 350% more support from local business owners than they do from non-locally owned businesses.

6 You create and keep local jobs

Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally, and small businesses account for the vast majority of job growth. Locally owned businesses are far less likely to pull up stakes and move operations to another city or country, taking their jobs with them.

7 You conserve tax dollars

Local businesses in neighborhoods need comparatively les infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community. This means more money to support schools and beautify the community as sales taxes are reinvested.

8 You create choice

A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based on the needs of their local customers and not on a national sales plan, guarantees a much broader range of product choices. The decision makers are right there, and they listen to their customers and respond with smarter, better options.

9 You invest in the community

Local businesses are owned by people who live here, work here, and are invested in the community with much more than just their dollars.

10 Vote with your dollars

If each household redirected just $100 of planned holiday spending from chain stores to locally owned merchants, the local economic impact would reach approximately $3 Million.

Please share this article to spread the word! We’d also love to hear your comments on why you shop local.