Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Celtic Anamchara Ritual For Best Friends To Strengthen Their Bond

Top 'o the morning to you all!

I wanted to do something different today, something you would really enjoy; I racked my brain for a few minutes when I happen to see out my window two girls that were obviously bff's, and that's when it hit me!

In ancient Britain, the Celtic people practiced a ritual they called "Anamchara", formalizing friendships in the same way that marriage rituals formalize the bond between lovers.......So grab your bff and get ready to bond souls!


History Of Anamchara Ritual

Like the Native Americans who perform blood-brother rituals, the Celts of ancient Britain often formalized their friendship bonds through a ritual known as Anamchara (pronounced ahn-im-Kar-uh). This translates as "soul friend". Soul friends are partners and equals who discuss problems and share advice. They balance out each others strengths and weaknesses and feel able to share everything with one another.

By performing the Anamchara ritual you outwardly formalize your inner feelings for your friend, deepening spiritual and emotional connections that already exist. A soul friend is not a crutch , however. Rather than bearing all your burdens, she shares them so that your load is lightened. she will lend a shoulder to cry on, but remember-your friend needs you as often as you need her.

Anamchara originated in ancient Ireland, where Druids function as Anamcharas to Pagan Celtic chieftains. Later, Christian saints took over this spiritual role and provided similar guidance. The ritual bonding was especially popular in early Irish monasteries.

  • You should consider what is involved when you ask someone to be your soul Friend. Like marriage, this union should be a relationship that will last through this lifetime and beyond.

  • Many people get nervous about ritual commitments and cancel at the last minute. This only shows that your potential soul friend is taking her/his obligation seriously.

Your Anamchara Bonding Ritual

Tools Needed

Three Candles & Holders~To represent both of you and your union. The colors should have a theme of unity, for example, if your individual candles are blue and red, violet is a good color to choose for the unity candle

Three Cups Or Glasses~One large and two small

A Gift~For your soul friend. This should remain a secret until is is presented

An Alter Cloth Or Floor Covering~Optional; though it can add to the over-all ambiance

A Box Of Tissues~This ritual can be very emotional

1. Draw A Magic Circle~Gather all your items and take them to the place you have chosen for your ritual. Place the items on the ground (using the floor covering if you wish) between you and your intended soul friend, and fill the two small cups with a drink of your choice. Draw a magic circle around yourselves es, sharing the duty equally. Sit down near the middle of the circle, facing each other.

2. Unity Chalice~Each of you in turn should sip from a small cup and then pass to the other to sip. Pour the remaining contents into the larger cup and state your friendship intentions aloud:

"I am your friend
I am your teacher
I am your student
I am your dependant
I am your solace
I am your shield
I am your child, sister and mother"

Each of you then takes a drink from the filled unity chalice.

3. Light Your Candles~Now take a match and each light the candle that represents you. The unlit candle that sits between you represents your unity and the potential of two spirits on the same journey, each supporting the other. Join the flames of your individual candles to light the wick of the center one. Make a unison statement at this point, such as:

"By this ritual I am bound to you as your friend of the soul-your Anamchara.
 See our flames shine brightly, burning hotter and stronger together then they can separately."

"All my wisdom and all my secrets I share with you for as long as this life endures.
 Until we meet in the next life, so mote it be."

Trust that at this moment your emotions will be running very high, which is why you have that box of tissues nearby!

4. Exchange Gifts~Present to each other the gift or token you have brought to seal the ritual. A piece of Celtic Jewelry would be appropriate, as are magical crystals. When you have exchanged gifts, set all your other materials aside, leaving only the unity candle burning between you and your soul friend.

When both of you feel ready, extinguish (please use a snuffer or your fingers as blowing a flame out is disrespectful to the fire gods) the unity candle and close the circle. Lastly, take the liquid from your unity chalice outside and, together, pour it onto the ground as an offering to the Gaia, the Earth Mother. As you do this, visualize your joined spirits becoming a part of the Great Mother from whom you came.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

How You Can Benefit From The Right Clothing Color

Merry Tuesday!

Ok, so we have looked at color the last couple of posts, today let's go even deeper and see how choosing the right color clothing can benefit your emotions and physical well-being. Not only do the colors you wear speak of your personality, they also affect your mood and energy levels


Picking The Right Color In Your Clothing

When buying clothes, try to choose fabrics made from natural fibers, such as cotton, silk and wool. These not only allow the skin to breathe but let through some light and act as a color filters, allowing different colors to pass through them into the skin.

If, for example, you have a pink wool sweater, the garment looks pink because the material has absorbed all the wavelengths of light other than pink, which it reflects. When natural light passes through the sweater, it picks up the pink vibration and passe through the skin into the body.

The Right Colors To Enhance Your Mood


Wear This Color If: You feel tired or lethargic and want stability in your life

Avoid This Color If: You have high blood pressure



Wear This Color If: You want to feel supported by universal love

Avoid This Color If: You are feeling overwhelmed by people or events


Wear This Color If: You want to lift yourself out of depression

Avoid This Color If: You are feeling frustrated, sick or claustrophobic

Yellow/Gold Yellow

Wear This Color If: you want to be able to express your true self

Avoid This Color If: You are currently feeling instability in your life


Wear This Color If: You want to stop being hyperactive

Avoid This Color If: You experience boredom or lethargy


Wear This Color If: You have mental fatigue or need to feel calm

Avoid This Color If: You feel depressed or nervous


Wear This Color If: You want to feel very peaceful on an inner level

Avoid This Color If: You feel oversensitive


Wear This Color If: You want to feel calmer

Avoid This Color If: You don't have anyone supporting you


Wear This Color If: You want to explore new possibilities

Avoid This Color If: You feel lonely


Wear This Color If: You need to feel in control

Avoid This Color If: You feel depressed or are in self-denial


Friday, July 1, 2011

What's The Best Color For You? Color Therapy And Color Meanings


I hope you have enjoyed the posts on essential fats; today I am going to share with you Color Therapy, How it can help and the meanings of color.....Color is all around us and knowing how to work it to our advantage is a natural right that we humans have been gifted with. So sit back enjoy your morning/evening beverage and enjoy learning all about the uses of color.


What Is Color Therapy?

Working with color as a form of energy therapy has been used by many different cultures. The belief is that as color affects the energy in an environment, we, in turn, respond consciously or subconsciously to those surroundings. Colors can calm, excite, soothe or energize a room; the clothes we wear and foods we eat also affect us on a vibrational level.

The eyes are the primary sense organs that allow sunlight and color to enter the body, but color therapy is based upon the premise that we also take in color through our skin and in the air that we breathe. Light and color not only affect our environment, but also ourselves.

Science Behind Color Therapy

The universe is a giant magnetic field, which is full of positive and negative charges, vibrating and producing what are known as "electromagnetic waves" or wavelengths of energy.

These wavelengths are all around us and make up the electromagnetic spectrum. These waves can be visible or invisible, with the visible spectrum including sunlight and color rays, although we are only able to see about 40% of the colors in sunlight. Invisible rays include infrared, radio waves, microwaves and gamma rays.

Therapeutic Effects

Light waves affect us every moment of our lives, as they penetrate our bodies whether we are asleep or awake, sighted or blind. Each color wavelength carries different therapeutic qualities and has an indirect effect on the health of our internal organs and various body systems.

Guide To Colors And Their Therapeutic Actions

Red~Red is the color with the slowest rate of vibration and the longest wavelength. Known to be able to raise blood pressure, red can strengthen and stimulate the body. Our blood contains red blood corpuscles, which provide nourishment to our organs.

Tip: If you feel very tired, wear a red sweater and consciously breathe its energy into your body.

Orange~The color orange has an energizing feel, promoting confidence and well-being. A wonderful antidepressant, it encourages creativity and passion, and has beneficial effects on digestive and reproductive systems.

Tip: If you are feeling nervous before an important meeting, hug an orange cushion or pillow and absorb its positive energy.

Yellow~Yellow is an energizing and uplifting color that encourages positivity and inner power. It strengthens the nervous and digestive systems, calming butterflies in the stomach or stress-related tension in the abdominal area.

Tip: If you tend to rush your food or eat snacks often, buy yellow plates and see if your habits become healthier.

Green~This is the color of nature, which can reconnect us to planet Earth, our home. We instinctively lean toward green when in need of balance or harmony, which explains the popularity of gardening. Green is also good for the heart as it aids relaxation.

Tip: If stressed, place your hands on either side of a plant and breathe in its color and vitality.

Magenta~Magenta uplifts the spirits and keeps us from feeling despondent or frustrated about our lives. Used in excess, it can be almost too relaxing, so use with care if you have an introverted personality or tend toward depression.

Tip: If facing challenges at work or home and you need to switch off, wrap up in a magenta towel after a long soak in the bath.

Purple~Shades of purple have been used to help calm people with nervous or mental imbalances. Purple is a color of transformation at a deep level. A very spiritual color, it is traditionally worn by the clergy and denotes spiritual peace and awareness.

Tip: To calm you, place a piece of purple velvet across your brow and relax to soft music.

Blue~The color blue is cool and calming, inspiring mental clarity and inner peace. It gives us a sense of security and has been shown to lower blood pressure by calming the autonomic nervous system. Deep blue is also able to stimulate the pituitary gland.

Tips: To refresh and relax yourself, sit and focus on the blue of the sky while breathing deeply.

Turquoise~This vivid green-blue color, typical of a tropical ocean, is invigorating and calming. The spiritual stone of the Native Americans and ancient Aztecs, turquoise symbolizes truth and aids communication on all levels.

Tip: Create a collage of photos of tropical seas. Look at it while relaxing in the bath and try to imagine being there.

Featured Blogger Friday!

G'morning and welcome to Featured Blogger Friday!

I haven't had this feature for awhile as I had no one request to be featured, so I am really excited to be able to provide today's blogger for your reading pleasure!

After reading the interview, won't you please give our blogger some love by visiting her blog?

I would appreciate it and I can confidently say she will too!

So, with that being said, I present...........

Marsha (Jammy) Tally!!!!!

I am 47 year old divorced gamer (where I got my nickname Jammy) with two grown daughters. I have a granddaughter, and a grandson, two dogs and care for my ill mother. I have lived in San Diego Ca. for nearly a decade and love it here. The relaxed and laid back vibe of the city suit me perfectly. I love the beach and walks in my neighborhood.

My blog is about me and my journey thru life learning to use the law of attraction in a conscious way

I am only just getting back into writing, since discovering a new path with the law of attraction I have been able to let go of a depression that has lasted for decades and begin to live again. My joy in writing and in being myself has returned and everyday I am writing more than the day before, and I am very excited about where else my creativity may lead me.

 My last blog post was even a poem. I have a nearly finished novel I started many years ago that I recently dug out of a box in my closet and am thinking it may be time to dust that off and give it another go.

No matter what happens with my writing my life has changed for the better in the last three months due to the road that I find myself on. I opened myself up to the universe and over the last few months I have really changed my life. I am sharing that with my readers and I hope that my journey will help someone else find what they are searching for in life.

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