The Purpose of an Altar

The purpose of having an altar in your home can be as simple as reminding you to take time for serenity each day.DSC00275

If you didn’t grow up with an altar in your home, having an altar now may seem like an exotic and unattainable idea. Yet having an altar does not have to be complicated or difficult, nor does it need to be based on a religion or a set of ideas that don’t seem to relate to you. An altar can be a simple, personal expression of what you want to focus on right now. You do not have to build anything or take up a lot of space. You do not have to buy anything new or follow a complex set of instructions to create your altar. All you have to do is have a general understanding of what an altar is and the willingness to allow yourself access to this wonderful, ancient tool of transformation.

At its most essential, an altar is simply a raised structure that serves as a resting place for meaningful objects. It focuses the eye and provides a place for contemplation and, if so desired, ritual. All of these elements can be quite simple. One idea for a simple altar is a pot with a bulb planted in it, set on a box. This altar to growth can act as a reminder to you that all living things bloom in their time. A simple ritual might be to write down dreams you would like to see come to fruition on scraps of paper. You might place these scraps of paper in the box, or under the flowerpot, or in an envelope you prop against the pot. As the flower grows, so will your dreams.

If you look around your home, you may find that you have already created altarlike arrangements without even really thinking about it; this is something we humans do quite naturally. A candle, a decorative box, and a vase of flowers are just a few of the common household objects that lend themselves naturally to the creation of an altar. Simply add intention and intuition, and you have created your first altar. Remember that it isn’t necessarily about the objects you place at your altar—it is the time you spend with it daily, taking the time to be with it for your sacred time.

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SOUNDS GOOD FOR THE DRAGON :)

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Year of the Sheep

RAT 2015

The RAT benefits from powerfully auspicious winds in 2015. This is brought to your NORTH location by the star of 8 in the year’s feng shui chart. Good fortune for you is made even stronger by the presence of two BIG AUSPICIOUS indications in the year’s 24 Mountains compass, so the energies favour your sign very strongly. Everything around you works in your favour, but you will need to strengthen your inner essence, motivate yourself and plan for success. The Rat must enhance its confidence levels, invoke the Windhorse to strengthen its lung ta, and make every effort to participate strongly in the auspicious flow of energies this year! Lean strongly on your astrological allies, in particular the Monkey who enjoys great life force and inner essence. Energize the number 8 with strong Water energy and stay clear of hostility vibes. The best month for you is April, although June is great for unexpected opportunities coming your way, while August is excellent for those looking for love. The last three months of 2015, October, November and December are also looking good, as is January 2016 when everything ripens magnificently for you.

OX 2015

The OX enjoys superlative success luck in 2015. You benefit from the strength of your personal Windhorse. As a result, the smallest effort on your part brings easy completion of success. You are blessed by the heavenly star of 6, so there will be unexpected good fortune and wonderful support form powerful benefactors. But the Ox must safeguard from being in direct conflict with the Tai Sui, so you must absolutely NOT face Southwest 1 this year. Do note that the God of Heaven is supporting you, so remember to honour the God of Heaven on the 8th day of the Lunar New Year; display the Heaven Seal and invite images of Cosmic Protectors, in particular King Gesar who rides the powerful Windhorse to great victories. The best months for you this year are February and November, so you start the year with good fortune. April, and January 2016, are when you are at your best as heaven smiles on you these two months. Those looking for love will find June in the season of summer to be most favourable.

TIGER 2015

The TIGER enjoys wonderful blessings in 2015 emanating from the heavenly star of 6. There is unexpected good fortune and wonderful support from influential benefactors. The Tiger also sits directly on the Heaven Seal, so the positive impact is further strengthened. Make a special effort to honour the God of Heaven on the 8th day of the Lunar New Year and carry or display the Heaven Seal near you. This will ensure the lucky energies around you get activated. Appease the Cosmic Protectors by offering special incense, and benefit from the presence of King Gesar riding the Windhorse. This strengthens your weak lung ta, bringing success and completion luck. The Tiger also benefits from energizing the luck of the four friends by wearing or displaying the Harmony Crest. The Tiger has strong life force and spirit essence this year, so make the best of February and November, your stellar months. April and January 2016 are when you are at your best as heaven smiles on you these two months. Those looking for love will find June in the season of summer to be most favourable.

RABBIT 2015

The RABBIT benefits from strong victory winds in 2015. This is brought to your EAST location by the star of 1 in the year’s feng shui chart. Good fortune is further enhanced by the auspicious Ho Tu of 6/1, which brings wisdom that gives you good judgement and prompts you to make good decisions. As a result, the year’s feng shui winds are harmonious. What makes things truly exciting for you is the fabulous strength of your life force and spirit essence. The Rabbit is set for a win-win year, so you must not allow anything to get in your way. Aim for success and strengthen your lung ta by wearing the Windhorse and making regular incense offerings to the Cosmic Protectors of your space. Energize the victory star by invoking the powerful warrior presence of the great King Gesar. Display his image and victory flag high up in your home. You enjoy extremely good fortune months in April, May and June, which are the months of Spring. This suggests that anything you start in these months will have excellent prospects for success. August is also a good month, while those looking for love should have something lucky coming your way in October.

DRAGON 2015

The DRAGON enters a year when it is most beneficial to lean on the inner spirituality of the self. In 2015, your sign sits directly on the Star of Golden Deity and on your left is a star of BIG AUSPICIOUS. You also enjoy the Ho Tu of 7/2, which brings big money luck. The energies of the year are favourable, but there is the illness star, although this is easily subdued with the correct feng shui cure. The challenging news is that 2015 is a year when you need to enhance your personal Windhorse. The Dragon needs to exert strong energy to achieve success. While your life force is strong, your confidence levels are low. It will benefit you to wear the Windhorse and participate in Windhorse-enhancing rituals. Also carry the Ho Tu Mirror that activates windfall money luck for you! Avoid quarrelsome energy as much as you can. The best month for you this year is July. September is when unexpected good opportunities come your way, and February and November are excellent for those looking for love. In January 2016, you need to be extra careful with your health.

SNAKE 2015

The SNAKE enjoys a very lucky year ahead. In 2015, you benefit from some powerful indications of good fortune as you are sitting on the star of BIG AUSPICIOUS and flanked by the presence of two Golden Deities. Your SOUTHEAST direction enjoys the Ho Tu of 7/2 which brings big money luck. The energies thus favour your sign strongly and despite there being the irritation of the illness star (which is easily subdued with the correct feng shui cures) everything else works in your favour. The exciting news is that 2015 will be a year of victory luck and success brought by the strength of your lung ta. The Snake does not need to exert too much energy as long as you wear the Windhorse and activate with Windhorse-raising rituals!

Increase your energy levels by carrying your Ho Tu mirror, and avoid quarrelsome energy as much as you can. The best month for you is July, which is quite an exceptional time for you. September is when unexpected good opportunities come your way, and February and November are months excellent for those looking for love. In January 2016, you need to be extra careful with your health.

HORSE 2015

The HORSE is flanked by stars of BIG AUSPICIOUS, so there is something exciting coming your way in 2015, but the feng shui winds bring also the number 7, a Metal star indicating violence and robbery. You thus need to stay watchful. Your natural Windhorse is weak. It seems the energy of the year will be challenging. The great news is that there are hidden allies and friends supporting you. The Paht Chee shows you are one of four strong animal signs this year, and you can lean on your ally the Tiger and also your secret friend the Sheep. Wear the Harmony Crest of the four Paht Chee signs of the year, and watch your luck transform, bringing you success and victory by year’s end. Tap into the power Ho Tu of the center grid by displaying the Power Mirror to reflect cosmic luck forces your way. Your best months are March and December, while May brings some unexpected good fortune. July is promising for those looking for love. The Horse benefits from displaying the image of King Gesar and wearing the powerful Windhorse.

SHEEP 2015

The SHEEP enjoys the Star of Future Prosperity in 2015. This comes from the number 9 brought by the feng shui winds of the year. There is great promise in this star as it also brings the powerful luck of the colour purple, which denotes an abundance of wealth. The Sheep sits directly on the star of the Tai Sui. This brings the Sheep amazing benefactor luck. The Sheep is also flanked by two auspicious stars, one bringing Small, the other Big Auspicious luck. The Sheep’s appearance in the year’s Paht Chee is strengthened by the presence of its ally the BOAR and its secret friend and soulmate the Horse, both of which indicate harmony, support and goodwill. Wearing the Harmony Crest should energize this dimension of luck strongly. The Sheep has strong life force this year. Note you have a run of three good months in the early part of the year i.e. during March, April and May. This repeats again at the end of the year from December to January 2016. Those looking for love will find September to be the most favourable month.

MONKEY 2015

The MONKEY benefits tremendously from the Star Of Future Prosperity in 2015. This comes from the lucky number 9 brought by the feng shui winds of the year. There is great promise for you, because 2015 is a year when your life force and spirit essence are at their height. Your vitality will thus propel you to strike gold. Your element energies are strong, enabling you to benefit from every small ounce of good fortune coming your way. Your personal Windhorse is neutral so you benefit very much from inviting the great King Gesar into your space. It also benefits you to wear the Windhorse and participate in Windhorse-enhancing rituals. Avoid quarrelsome energy as much as you can. Note that you have a run of three good months in the early part of the year i.e. in March, April and May. This repeats again at the end of the year from December to January 2016. Choosing your timing carefully is likely to benefit you further. Meanwhile, those looking for love in September will surely enjoy favourable indications.

ROOSTER 2015

The ROOSTER is incredibly strong in 2015, enjoying excellent life force and spirit essence. Your Windhorse is also very strong, so the year is one of fabulous potential. But note that your good fortune comes from your own hard work, and from your ability to overcome some stiff feng shui winds that blow your way. You also have the Star of Three Killings and the 24 Mountains indication of “disaster” & the Five Yellow Bad Luck Star. Yours however is a sign that performs best when the odds are challenging. Indeed, the Rooster can emerge victorious in 2015 by subduing all afflictions in its path. Use cures to suppress the negative vibrations around you. Then watch as your element advantages carry you to great success!

Use mirror energies to reflect powerful cosmic luck your way. Stay away from hostile people and manifest the cosmic protectors into your space. The best month for you is October, although December is great for unexpected opportunities. May is excellent for those looking for love. Use the power of your mind to energize your inner spirituality. You can use creative visualization with great success as you are only one of two signs with incredibly strong inner energy this year.

DOG 2015

The DOG should take full advantage of the Ho Tu of 4/9. This brings extremely auspicious business luck, so it will benefit those in commerce or professional consultancy work. Activate this Ho Tu by carrying the Ho Tu mirror, which will reflect good fortune vibrations into your space. Meanwhile, your love life is excellent as your location of Northwest is visited by the Peach Blossom Star. It is important however for you to suppress the hostility energies by putting feng shui remedies in place. The Dog enjoys a strong life force but is lacking in spirit essence this year. Your personal lung ta is weak but you can strengthen it by wearing the Windhorse or by inviting King Gesar into your space. Note that your good fortune months are February and November and also September, while April and January 2016 are when romance and scholarship luck should peak very strongly for you.

PIG/BOAR 2015

The PIG/BOAR benefits from the Ho Tu of 4/9, which brings auspicious business luck, benefitting those of you in commerce, or professional consultancy work. You are also sitting on the Earth Seal Star, which suggests you are, enjoying a stability of purpose that is sure to see you benefit from the auspicious indications; especially since you also share the Star of Big Auspicious with the Rat. Meanwhile, your love life is excellent, as the Peach Blossom Star, brings romance and marriage luck. What makes things truly exciting is the appearance of your sign in the year’s Paht Chee together with your secret friend, the Tiger, and your ally the Sheep, whose year it is. Wearing the Paht Chee Harmony Crest will help you overcome your dismal life force and spirit essence. Strengthen success luck by inviting in the powerful presence of King Gesar, the warrior king whose mighty steed is the Windhorse. Having his image and his victory flag high up in your home space will strengthen your lung ta. Your good fortune months are February and November and also September. April and January 2016 are when romance and scholarship luck should peak strongly for you.

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GO FORWARD!

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Go forward with your shoulders back, with your head high, and with a smile . With your enthusiastic spirit , perseverance , and integrity of character , put your intelligence , talents ,and passion into action.

Never let setbacks excuse you from trying again. It often takes many attempts to be a success.

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Never let negative people influence you or direct what you do. Always face forward and see your whole life shining bright for you. Never let go of your character , ideals, or activism for the good of this world.

Never let go of the passions that inspire you , guide you , and always smile on you. These passions will lead you to reach your fullest potential . Hold on to them, and they will keep you honest , caring , kind, and generous with the finest gifts your heart can give.

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Remember, happiness is allowing yourself to be perfectly OK with “what is,” rather than wishing for and worrying about “what is not.”  “What is” is what’s supposed to be, or it would not be.  The rest is just you, arguing with life.  Think about that for a minute.  This means your suffering only ever occurs when you resist how things are.  You cannot control everything that happens to you; you can only control the way you respond to what happens.  In your response is your power.

Marc Chernoff.

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When it’s time to let go

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A lot of people regardless of their sign, believe that holding on, infinitely, are signs of love, courage, and strength. But there are times when it takes a lot more strength to realize when it’s time to let go and actually follow through with it. Not every man/woman or thing is meant to be in our lives forever. Once it’s over, Use that down time to reflect and evaluate you and what you need to be happy, think about the relationship as a whole and what you got from it then move on. You can’t make anyone love you or be a part of your life. What is meant to be will always be. But don’t miss out on “THE ONE” because you are too busy dwelling on the maybe’s and what if’s of yesterday.

A great relationship consist of 2 things. Appreciating what you share in common, and respecting each others differences. Never change because it’s what THEY want or think is best for you. Pretending will only make you miserable in the long run. It’s easier to fill an empty space in your life where someone used to be than it is to fill the space of who you used to be.

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ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS! Watch for people who tell you what they think you should hear. A persons actions speaks the whole TRUTH. Everybody deserves somebody who helps them look forward to tomorrow. If someone has the opposite effect on you, because they are consistently inconsistent, and their actions never match up with their words, it might be time to let them go. It’s always better to be alone than to be in bad company. Pay attention because people will reveal themselves slowly!

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Being hurt is something you can’t stop from happening, but being miserable is always your choice. The only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow are the “buts” you use today. Things always turn out best for people who make the best out of the way things turn out. Always look at what you have, instead of what you have lost. Because it’s not what the world takes away from you that counts; it’s what you do with what you have left.

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Forget how you feel and remember what you deserve. Big challenges prepare ordinary people for extraordinary success. Every struggle arises for a reason – either for experience or as a lesson. A great journey is never easy, and no dose of adversity along the way is ever a waste of time if you learn and grow from it. The best thing you can do in most situations is to follow your intuition. Take risks. Don’t just make the safe and easy choices because you’re afraid of what might happen. If you do, nothing good will ever happen.

Realize that it’s not always about trying to fix something that’s broken either. Sometimes it’s about starting over and creating something brand new. Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly. Sometimes growing stronger means growing apart from old habits, relationships, and circumstances, and finding something different that truly moves you – something that gets you so excited you can’t wait to get out of bed in the morning. That’s what LIVING is all about. Don’t just settle for the default settings in life, when you can customize absolutely everything.

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Holding on to what’s no longer there holds too many of us back. Some of us spend the vast majority of our lives recounting the past and letting it steer the course of the present. Don’t waste your time trying to live in another time and place. Let it GO! You must accept the end of something in order to build something new. So close some old doors today. Not because of pride, inability or egotism, but simply because you’ve entered each one of them in the past and realize that they lead to nowhere. Eventually you will overcome the heartache, and forget the reasons you cried, and who caused the pain. You will realize that the secret to happiness and freedom is not about control or revenge, but in letting things unfold naturally, and learning from your experiences over the course of time. So let go of the past, set yourself free, and open your mind to the possibility of a new beginning.

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If you feel like you need to let something go, but you simply haven’t been able to do so, know that you’re not alone. Accepting what is, letting go, and moving on are skills that all of us must learn when facing the realities of life, but these are also skills that take time to master. And today we challenge you to put in a little time…

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#listeningtomyheartnotmymind!

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It’s finally over, he broke up with you.
After promising each other countless times that you will never give up on each other finally it all caved in.
Heartbroken you feel broken.
Words can’t put together how disappointed and painful this is.
But you can’t let him see how devastated you are.
You go an act as if everything is okay, played it so well you deserve an Oscar.
To give your facade more credibility, you start to hang with Oscar the guy you told him you’d never date.
You want him to see you happy with a possible candidate If not more
You want to hurt him in revenge, show him you settled for him and could’ve done better
But you didn’t and it’s over with
You don’t see how you’re just prolonging your hurt.
Instead of dealing with the pain you spend most of your time hiding it
Instead of working on yourself, you spend time picking out who you will look best with to piss off your ex
Instead of falling in love with you, you fall into a relationship with no potential
You later on convince yourself that you fell in love when you really found someone who caught you when you were tripping.
Still in pain, still haven’t moved on mentally now you’re jumping from relationships to relationships trying to forget that ex.
When you finally stop trying this so called love race, you finally look back and see how much pain you’ve added to that pain.
Now consumed by inflicted pain, all you can can conclude to is, LOVE IS VAIN

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If….

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If today was it, would you die knowing you did your best?

If tomorrow never came, would you be proud of the last thing you said to each person you love?

If “someday” was only “now,” would you do everything you’ve always put off?

If you knew you had a choice about what kind of life you could be living, would you choose different?

If you knew failure is impossible, what would you do?

If it were true that everyone you meet is you in another body, how would you treat them?

If love was the true currency of the Universe and the more you gave away the more you received, how would you spend it?

If fear were the biggest illusion and the greatest lie of all time, how would you choose to live your life?

If the Universe always supported a life lived towards achieving dreams, how big would you dream?

Things Happy Couples DON’T Do :) <3

Things Happy Couples DON’T Do:

Sometimes, building a solid healthy relationship isn’t just about what partners do, but what they don’t do.

Here are the things that you won’t find in the habits of happy couples.

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Discourage each other.

Two people who love and care for each other would never attempt to discourage their partner or hold them back in life. They encourage and support each other when it comes to chasing after goals and dreams.

Holding someone else back while in a relationship will only lead to resentment in the long run – ironically, loosening your grip often keeps someone closer.

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Play mind games.

Even something as simple as “how long do I wait before I call?” goes out the window when you’re with the right person who is mature and understands you. Call when you want to call, text when you want to text. There will be no games or manipulation when building a solid foundation for a relationship.

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Doubt each others feelings.

In a happy relationship, both partners know how much they mean to each other. Open communication and affection are important to minimizing insecurities and doubts.

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Stop trying.

You know you’ve found a quality partner when they keep showing you how much you mean to them…long after they’ve got you.

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Brush issues under the rug.

No relationship is sunshine and rainbows all the time, but the challenges you face together are what make you stronger, both as individuals and as a couple. No problem can be extinguished unless it is faced, and couples who care for each other will be mature enough to have mature discussions and reach a conclusion.

When feelings are hidden, the other partner won’t know what they need to do or change in order to keep the other happy, so nothing will improve.

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Snoop around.

One of the key ingredients to a happy relationship is trust, and people who trust each other don’t invade each others’ privacy by snooping around. There should be no need for a password protected phone or deleting your Facebook chat history. Trusting couples should be open books to one another and will have no use for being sneaky.

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Dig up the past.

We all have a past that has shaped us into who we are today. Some experiences for better, and others for worse. Happy, mature couples understand that about each other and don’t use each others’ pasts as ammunition in arguments or to start issues.

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Let things get stale.

Both inside and outside of the bedroom, it’s important that neither partner gets bored or feels as though things are getting stale. Often times intimacy in the bedroom is actually built outside of it through romantic gestures, showing of appreciation and affection, and always letting your partner know how much they mean to you.

Happiness in relationships is built on communication, trust, loyalty, and mutual respect. These are some of the cornerstones of love – without one, the other cannot exist.

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