Updates and Sun Storms

I was wondering why I was feeling so drained, and then this showed up in my inbox:

Solar activity is high.  A pair of large sunspots is crossing the center of the solar disk, and both are crackling with flares.  The strongest so far, an X1.8-class flare on Dec. 20th, caused a strong HF radio blackout over the South Pacific and might have hurled a CME toward Earth. 

(source: SpaceWeather)

Beyond the solar activity in and of itself, there is a polarity at play here, because of the duality of two sunspots. That means that sensitive folks might be actually shorting out. It’s incredibly important to ground right now, drink three times as much water as you normally do, and make sure you’re getting enough salts and minerals.

In other news, the January newsletter has gone out! You might want to read it; it’s probably relevant.

May you be the light of the world!

Posted in Channeling, Newsletter, Practice, solar storms, Tools

I posted some of this to Facebook last night, but you might have missed it…

A geomagnetic storm is underway on Dec. 12th as Earth enters a high-speed stream of solar wind. (source: SpaceWeather)

These can make people feel spacey or jangly (or both, which is even more disconcerting). Make sure you’re drinking more than enough water, work on your foundational spiritual practices, and do some focused, slow breathing exercises.

Those of you who have been following these posts for a while are familiar with my modified sun salutation alignment exercise; as always, it’s helpful during a geomagnetic storm. I recently received guidance to include a connection to the heart of Laniakea (aka The Great Attractor). So you would pull in Sol energy, Milky Way energy, then Laniakea energy, then heart of the Universe energy. I recommend pausing at the Laniakea pull to fully feel the synchronization with The Great Attractor before moving on to connecting with the Universe as a whole.

Additionally, we are at the peak of the Geminids this weekend. For some, this is just a call to go out and look up. Bear in mind, though, that this meteor shower combines the energy of Gemini, Saturn, and the asteroid Phaeton. So we’re looking at Time dissonance, being pulled in (at least) two directions at once, and strong, possibly violent transformation.

It doesn’t make a Shaman to tell you that we’ve been moving into a “chickens come home to roost” energy recently. I shall be very interested to see what happens between now and Solstice, and then what happens between Solstice and the Full Moon (1/4). I was telling one of my classes this week that the Universe (and therefore our higher selves) is getting impatient with the pace at which our transformation is occurring, and has been nudging things along. I expect those nudges to get stronger as TPTB continue to be resistant to the change. What is unclear to me is how this resolves. I’m not sure whether I should make a bomb shelter or popcorn.

If anyone else is getting a hot on this, I’d love to hear from you!

Posted in Astrology, Musings, Practice, Shift, solar storms, Tools

Basic Herbal Remedies for Cold & Flu Season

We are most definitely in cold and flu season, even here in usually sunny southern California. Nobody really wants either, but most of us are not particularly good at avoiding them. They are viral infections; antibiotics won’t work, although doctors have been known to prescribe them anyway, just to satisfy their patients. Both are infections of the respiratory system – the “stomach flu” is not influenza. So how do you tell them apart? According to the Centers for Disease Control,

the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms such as fever, body aches, extreme tiredness, and dry cough are more common and intense. Colds are usually milder than the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations.

elderberryMy go-to herb for prevention is generally elderberry, and usually in lozenge or tea form. Any time you hold something you are consuming in your mouth before swallowing, you make your body more receptive (or antagonistic, if it’s poison) and you can process it better. In other words, you get more out of it. Elderberry is an antiviral. Once you have an infection, it’s still helpful, because it reduces phlegm, is an anti-inflammatory, and (since it’s antiviral) the infection won’t last as long.  I happen to be rather partial to the Sambucus brand, but feel free to find on that works for you, or just make some tea. For prevention, I take one in the morning and one at night. This particular tactic has worked for many a kindergarten teacher, by the way. Once I feel an infection coming on, I take one every three hours (when I’m awake) or so until all of my symptoms have passed.

gingerGarlic, ginger and honey are magnificent this time of year as well. Garlic and ginger are both warming, help with phlegm, and affect digestive issues as well as respiratory ones. Honey is an anti-bacterial, soothes sore throats in tea, and will help ward off anything that isn’t covered by the antiviral properties of the elderberry. Fresh, local sources on all of these are preferred, especially the honey. I have been seeing more and more instances of adulterated and mislabeled honey, so get yours from a local beekeeper if you can. My favorite treatment method with ginger and garlic is to make homemade soup with lots of both of them in the stock. Millions of grandmothers can’t be wrong. Honey is most easily ingested in tea, and peppermint is a great tea for soothing respiratory and stomach ailments.

All of these are reasonably safe in pregnancy, although you should always check with your obstetrician and make sure there is no elder bark in your elderberry, as that’s not as safe.

Posted in Health, Herbalism

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