Why I Love The Moon Report From The Moon Sisterhood

So, I’ve dived into astrology this last year. I have since discovered that I’m a Libra with a North Node in Taurus. In other words, I’m a natural skeptic with a hard eye for BS and insanely high expectations for quality in-depth information. I love this aspect of myself because it gives me a razor-sharp ability to discern shallow ideas from legit perspectives. However, with the number of webpreneurs trying to get rich off of e-Courses and web products — my tightly tuned BS-o-meter can be downright depressing.     

That’s why I’m so excited about The Moon Sisterhood.

I discovered The Moon Sisterhood about a year ago while I was working as an SEO writer. Intrigue hit me right off the bat so I subscribed to the newsletter, but I decided I would wait for the emails and blog posts to validate the draw I felt.

Well, after a year of Moon Sisterhood’s free weekly Energy Reports, I was convinced that Anne — the mother of The Moon Sisterhood — was as knowledgeable with moon matters as she was with sales and marketing. Moreover, it was clear to me that she wasn’t just regurgitating information from a book or passing off other people’s ideas as her own. Her knowledge came from the personal experience which involved questioning, contemplating, and testing ideas — then applying them and expanding on them. Clearly, this lady had wisdom and knowing, and she was authentic as hell. Intrigue validated!

Long story short, I started talking with her, and I got a subscription for her $10 monthly Moon Reports. Now I am just as infatuated with these reports as I am with Anne. And I think you will be too! Here’s why I love them…       

 

Moon Education

So, apparently each month the moon goes through the New Moon phase by rotating through the zodiac signs. And get this. Each New Moon phase corresponds with the sign of the month.

To put it another way…. This month is September. Virgo season is August 22-September 22. The new moon, which took place on September 20th, was in Virgo. See the connection? As obvious as this may seem, this basic information has gone long forgotten. And such information is EXACTLY what I want to know!!

The Moon Report also includes a Moon Cycle Tracker where Anne shares the dates for the sign the moon is in and when. I really dig this, because it makes it easy for me to get to know the energy of a sign and how this energy may be influencing me and my life situations.

You can always get moon and sign info from fab astrologists like Chani Nicholas, but the surest way to acquire in-depth information and expansive details is to explore, test, and contemplate things for myselfThanks to the Moon Phase Calendar included in the report, I can pair the calendar and the tracker to do precisely that. 

Between the tracker and the calendar, I get barebone but important moon basics that allow for me to explore and take note of what I notice and experience throughout the month. As time goes, I start to notice newer or deeper themes in the energy of the moon, signs, and patterns within my own self. The connections, the energetic impact, and the awareness this enables is nothing short of magical.

You can call astrology quackery all you want, but this little science experiment will have you making observations that allow for all sorts of fascinating deductions and conclusions. And this is so cool because this “lab work” will teach you all about YOU.

           

Moon Empowered

Anne’s monthly Moon Report includes a “Best Days” list where she shares 15-20 events and pursuits and the best days to go for them (based on the moon’s energy, of course). There’s also a crystal selected for the month based on it’s properties and how it aligns with the New Moon sign. Naturally, there’s also a page for writing down all your moon-inspired intentions and aspirations. I mean, what New Age would workbook would be complete without that

One of my favorite parts of the New Moon Report is the on the New Moon sign for the month. Anne goes into the energy of the moon cycle and the empowering aspects and shadow aspects of the sign’s energy, and this all comes with Anne’s “special touch.” I’ve received all sorts of free workbooks and eCourses, but this has me connecting with the moon sign, the month, and my own self in a very meaningful and profound way.  

Then there’s my other most favorite part of The Moon Report — the moon cycle guided journal page. I tend to roll my eyes at guided journals, but I LOVE this part. Anne’s journal questions are based on both the empowering aspects of the month’s moon as well as the shadow aspects. This balanced approach encourages me to consider the ways I disempower myself while also provoking me to see the ways I could deliberately empower myself instead. Can you say power?

The questions are simple and to the point, and they only require 1-4 sentences to answer. But they get you to do some deep thinking and to come up with bullseye solutions. I don’t know about you, but my life would benefit from making time for this once a month (at the least!).       

Moon Connection

My favorite part about Anne’s Moon Report is that it guides you into developing a relationship with the moon. She tells you about the moon’s behavior, tendencies, preferences, quirks, and all the aspects which make her (the moon) the lovely and wonderful thing that she is. It’s like getting to know the moon as a person. I love that!

There’s a guided tarot card reading where you’re supposed to pull three tarot  cards based on three questions which revolve around the moon’s energy and how it is -and isn’t — best utilized. I always enjoy pulling tarot cards and putting my intuitive senses to work, so I dig having an excuse to sit down and pull cards.

What really does it for me though is the tarot card for the moon cycle. The way Anne connects the tarot card to the energy of the moon AND the individual is so damn inspiring and empowering. The moon cycle tarot card and the guided journal page are food for my soul. They’re the kind of thing you want to print out and put on a wall so that you can relive the inspiration time and time again.

 

Conclusion? If you’re thinking about subscribing to The Moon Report, then this hard-ass skeptic says it’s worth the $10. I can’t stand spending money for stuff online because the average webpreneur cares more about making money off a product then they care about providing a product that’s actually worth people’s money. But from everything I’ve seen and experienced, this isn’t the case with Anne and The Moon Sisterhood. It’s real, it’s deep, and it’s awesome. And you get so much woman power. And today’s woman NEEDS woman power. 

But don’t just take my word for it! Anne is doing her Third Chakra Attunement Workshop October 2nd-6th. And guess what? It’s free. F-r-e-e. FREE! And free is one of my most favorite things ever! If you catch this post in time, be sure to sign up so you can get a feel for what Anne and The Moon Sisterhood is all about.   

I may have more Moon Sisterhood reviews coming too. Anne’s 2018 Holistic Planner just got put up in the shop, and I’ve been eyeing that something fierce. I’m also seriously contemplating her Wise Woman Apprenticeship Program. At $1000, it’s hardly the kind of cheap (err, free) spiritual fix I prefer. However, even my cheap ass knows that the connection I have with Anne and her sisterhood community is something special. That connection multiplied by an 18 week intensive of depth, information, wise woman wisdom, and a solid community of empowered women…. That’s special to the 10th degree! Is there a better way for a girl to spend her money?

And would I ever love to post a review on Anne’s wise woman within. As my fellow Libran gal pal, I would have way too much fun with that. Heeheehee!

To be continued!

 

 

The Magical Egypt Series: Ancient Egypt As We Could Have NEVER Imagined

Congratulations. You clicked on an article that many would immediately balk at or turn away from. Why is that?

Is it because you listen to Joe Rogan’s podcast and you’ve heard him rave about John Anthony West and the Magical Egypt series. Perhaps it’s because you’re intrigued the unsolved mysteries of Egypt and you want to learn more. Maybe you were intrigued by the ideas within The Pyramid Code series. Or maybe… Maybe it’s because you felt this incredible pull to click on the title because you felt that there was something in here — some idea or information — that sits here especially for you…

Whatever the reason, you’re obviously a truth seeker. Kudos to you.     

You may also be here because you just want to know if you can buy the Magical Egypt series without remorse. In that case, you have a healthy balance between skepticism and impulse shopping. So, bravo to you as well!

Whatever the reason, if you’re eager to keep pushing the envelope of reality by sweeping away the debris of lies and illusion to reveal new and ancient truths, then I can assure you that it’s worth it to suck up the cost.

As someone who is constantly reading about new scientific discoveries and has recently become obsessed with teachings and practices of ancient Egypt, I am not happy with just any book or documentary. In order for me to be impressed, I need in-depth information, hard-backed theories, and mind expanding ideas that ring with truth and potentiality. I’ve always felt drawn to Egyptologist John Anthony West who inspired this series, so I knew it was going to be as good a watch as The Pyramid Codes. However, I had no idea that John and the Magical Egypt team would explore the same territory as The Pyramid Code, but expose even more detail and uncover even more of Ancient Egypt’s mysteries.

Let me give you a taste of the magical Egypt experience that awaits you…    

 

The Temples And Pyramids

The design of Egypt’s most sacred temples were no accident. Traditional Egyptologists attribute their grandeur to aesthetics, but experts with various fields have revealed that they are perfectly designed to produce specific sound frequencies. Author and researcher Christopher Dunn — a longtime engineer with experience in everything from machining and tool making to designing and using laser technology — has been studying the architecture and craftsmanship of ancient Egypt for the last three decades.

His expert knowledge has revealed a whole new side of ancient civilization. He has revealed that objects which archaeologists claimed to be vases or other simple items actually have a precise engineering design which implies that they aren’t vases, but pieces and parts of equipment and machines. His studies of the pyramids of Giza reveal that the pyramid design utilizes metals, crystals, materials, and water in such a way, that they were (and still are) amplifiers. The design suggests that  the pyramids were engineered to deliberately harness and even generate energy. The pyramids which early Egyptologists brushed off as gargantuan tombs may have actually been machines!

The significance of this ancient technology and design can’t be stressed enough.  As John Anthony West shares in Magical Egypt, Dynastic Egypt suddenly appears around 3000 B.C. with sciences like astronomy and mathematics already developed. It seems that the centuries following 3000 BC bring the mastery of these sciences to life through the radically-advanced art and architecture which baffles the experts of today.

There are the sculptures impeccably carved from rock-hard diorite. Stone vases which were somehow hollowed and shaped. And let’s not forget the Great Pyramid of Giza and the 2.5 ton blocks of granite and limestone which were somehow cut, lifted, transported, lifted, and then set into place with razor-angle precision. All of this from a civilization which is said to have nothing more than crude copper tools.

As advanced as we like to think we are, there isn’t a single engineer capable of replicating the pyramids of Egypt. The massive machinery and tools we possess today couldn’t pull off the feats done during Egypt’s so-called “primitive times.” Magical Egypt featured expert Geologist Robert M. Schoch stresses that natural evidence dates the building of the sphinx as late as 5,000 or even 10,000 B.C. but no one can explain how this could even be done around the original supposed building date that was pinned around 2,500 B.C. 

How can this be explained? Well, the Egyptologists of time’s past proclaimed that it was all possible thanks to pharaohs with egos the size of the sun, a glorious civilization with a population consisting almost entirely of slaves, and a whole lot of copper chisels. Because dictator + arrogrant pride + simple tools + enslavement = Glory. I promise you, the theories presented in Magical Egypt have far more logic and evidence than that

The Great Minds Of History

Some of the most brilliant intellectuals of history have ties to the occult arts of Egypt. Some of Greece’s most famous intellectuals like  Pythagoras, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle are reputed to have been initiates of Egypt’s mystery schools, and some (like Pythagoras) actually studied in the land of Egypt. In fact, historical evidence suggests that Greek’s famous philosophies were based upon teachings from ancient Egypt (though infused with a very heavy dose of logic).

Other brilliant individuals like Paracelsus, Robert Boyle, and Isaac Newton are famous for their connections to alchemy (as in, al-Khem which means of Khem– Khem being the name of Egypt before it was changed by the Greeks). Leonardo da Vinci, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Rene Descartes, and Napoleon Bonaparte also have ties to Egypt through off-shoots of its mystery schools teachings via Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry.

In fact…. I have read books from a number of sources which claim that Egypt’s mysteries influenced no one other than Jesus Christ. Its proposed that his “lost years” were devoted to the study and practice of sacred teachings of Egypt, as well as India and more. There are people who profess that Jesus didn’t just study in Egypt, but that he was an initiate of Egypt’s mystery schools. In fact, it’s been claimed that his initiation took place in none other than the Great Pyramid of Giza.

I know. That’s one heck of story. Sadly, many texts and oral knowledge which would offer evidence that may support these ideas were vanquished by the burning and murdering of religious conquests. Thus, proving any such claims and theories unless you have access to the Vatican or monastery libraries which have somehow remained intact. There is one thing we can know for sure though… Egypt has intrigued eyes with it’s art and architecture, just as it has captivated minds with its teachings and sciences.  

 

Symbolism And Meaning

The vast collection of carvings, writings, and sculptures of the Egyptians have been described by Egyptologists as being a result of an “obsession with death” and an insatiable urge to show off. Silly Egyptologists!

Today’s exploration of Egyptian symbolism, practices, and beliefs couldn’t possibly be assessed in a single statement. The purpose of their vast and detailed writings and depictions are so profound and complex, that the modern history book on Egypt makes better toilet paper than educational text.

The art of this ancient and glorious civilization is one such example. Season Two of Magical Egypt takes the intrigue of ancient Egyptian art to reality-shaking heights. Studies by artist Brad Klausen and Chance Gardner (the director of M.E.) reveal shocking similarities between ancient sculptures and symbols and specialized organs of the body. In some cases, these presumed aesthetic art pieces are an artistic clone of vital glands and systems of the brain which are linked to higher consciousness.

Symbolism and meaning are expanded upon further by experts like Robert Bauval, Graham Hancock, Robert Schoch, and Laird Scranton who have studied within fields like Quantum Physics, Metaphysics, Astronomy, Ancient Civilizations, and Computer Coding. Their research and knowledge reveals an entirely new interpretation of Egypt’s “obsession” with art and writing. There are temples which light up on specific days of the year, allowing for the sun’s light to illuminate the detailed writings and carvings to suddenly and completely be seen. Temples and structures with specific alignments to particular constellations. There are even glyphs which perfectly represent scientific principles involving particles and Quantum theories. All of this from a primitive time and people??? 

 

The Hieroglyphs

Ancient Egypt’s hieroglyphic system takes the complexity and mystery of symbology to a surprising and unexpected. A single glyph — which have traditionally been presumed to represent a word or idea — may be represented with a number of variations. Traditional Egyptologists brushed this off as a stylistic tweak due to changing times and new scribes, however, today’s rebellious researchers and field workers are saying that the variations of  a glyph are no accident. They stress that these variations were intentional because they represented different angles of the expressed idea, thus expressing other layers of meaning. Initiates and truth seekers who have studied Egypt’s sacred teachings can understand the significance and meaning represented by glyph variations. More than that, reading the glyph is said to able to give initiates access to even deeper and more profound knowledge.                         

The last two decades have taken our understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphs to an even higher level thanks to researcher and author Laird Scranton. As a software designer, he was highly skilled in comparing and deciphering code. When his interest and studies in the Dogon of Africa led to him noticing uncanny similarities between Dogon symbols and Egyptian hieroglyphs, he paired his coding skills with the Dogon knowledge shared with him and was able to provide a groundbreaking new take on Egyptian hieroglyphs. Scranton’s work over the last twenty years has been invaluable to understanding the messages that cover Egypt’s temples.

Both seasons of Magical Egypt devote an entire episode to Scranton in which he divulges the incredible knowledge Egypt possessed within the scientific field of Quantum Physics. You won’t believe that a civilization from the BC era could know so much about such an advanced and mysterious science. Actually, they knew more than the physicists of today. It sounds impossible, but the evidence Scranton shares is impossible to pass off as mere chance. Watch it and see for yourself.   

 

The Pharaoh

The incredible thing about the Magical Egypt series is that you realize how “the Patriarchy” fabricates the lens through which humanity has viewed — and still continued to view — the world around us. The idea of the Pharaoh may be the ultimate example of this.

We know the great kings of ancient Egypt as “Pharaohs.” Amazingly, this word isn’t Egyptian. Stephen Mehler — rebel Egyptologist and author of The Land of Osiris — explains that both the word “pharaoh” and the concept of pharaoh — came from the Greeks and their king-ruled and male-dominated society.

It gets crazier, because experts like those featured in Magical Egypt stress that the Egyptians didn’t have a word for “king.” Even more shocking? They stress that the pharaoh was NOT a king who served as dictator and ran the empire. Actually, this mysterious civilization thrived not on kingship but theocracy. The pharaoh was not a ruler, but a spiritual leader who was initiated in Egypt’s highest order of spiritual teachings.

This realm of ancient Egypt goes DEEP. And the significance and importance of this aspect of Egyptian teachings is such that it stands to forever change the way you see the world and your understanding of “reality.” If you feel the pull to learn more, then consider reading the book Sacred Science: The King Of Pharaonic Theocracy. It was written by the fascinating R.A. Schwaller de Lubicz — the inspiration and backbone behind John Anthony West’s own explorations of Egypt.

Schwaller’s lifetime only spanned from 1887-1961, but his study of “New Physics,” Theosophy, Occultism, Esoterism, Sacred Geometry, and his exploration of consciousness allowed him to shed a bright new light on ancient Egypt. Take it hint from our pal John and read what Schwaller has to say about Egypt.     

Women

The idea of Egyptian pharaohs being spiritual leaders is quite a mind blow. It gets even better though ladies. Magical Egypt lightly touches on the topic of women and shares some fascinating things, but pair your ME binge with a little YouTube wisdom from the late and dear Abd el Hakim Awyan and you’ll really have your pants blown off. As a Native Egyptian and academically-trained archaeologist, “Papa Hakim” had the benefits of a modern westernized education plus vital insights into Egypt’s culture and traditions. Even more important, he was a Wisdom Keeper.

As a Wisdom Keeper, Hakim was both educated and entrusted with the revered traditions and sacred wisdom of his people. This wisdom had been passed down orally to ensure that the sacred teachings lived on without falling into corrupt hands. Interestingly, his role as Wisdom Keeper was not granted to him by birth. It was his sister who was intended to fill this revered position, for women were entrusted with the keeping and passing of the secret wisdom. When she died, the elders of Hakim’s village — seeing his potential — imparted this most important honor and duty upon Hakim.     

Thanks to his vast training and experience in both archaeology and Egyptian tradition, Hakim has been able to compare, contrast, and explain the great mysteries and misconception of Egypt. One of the greatest misconception of ancient Egyptian society is revealed by what we see as the shining gold star of Egypt — the pharaoh. Hakim explains that the word “pharaoh” came from the Greeks based on the Coptic term “per-aa,” which Hakim translates as “high house” or “great house.” As we all know, the pharaoh served as the face of the high house. However, it’s only now being revealed that this honor was not his due to gender or royal birthright. Actually… The pharoah’s position in the “high house” was all thanks to his queen.

Yes. Not only was the pharaoh a spiritual leader instead of a dictator,, but Egypt was matriarchal and the civilization revered the powers of the feminine.

Women were respected as the head of the household and served as high priestesses. Women were the holders of property, money, and title, and it was through them that males acquired their wealth and prominence. It sounds like an outrageous claim given what we have been told about ancient Egypt, but when you realize that the early “discoveries” of this civilization came from male archaeologists raised in a male-dominated society, it’s a given that the “understanding” of ancient Egypt was based on interpretations and opinions born from minds that had only ever known patriarchy.

And let’s not forget that society in the 1800’s and 1900’s had the idea that women were unworthy of property, education, and intelligence — nevertheless a position as a spiritual leader. And certainly not as a self-realized goddess!

I could go on and on about ancient Egypt all day, but if you’re STILL reading this, then you obviously need to watch Magical Egypt so you can experience the amazing paradigm-shaking that you’re so hungry for.  As I type this, there’s a Magical Egypt “Catch Up Special” that offers seasons one and two for $79 streaming, or for $139 for DVD. You may be balking at the price, but I can assure you that the experience of watching this series will beat the experience of drinking downtown, twerking at a pop concert, or slurping a month’s worth of frappucinos.

 

If you’re dissatisfied with reality as you’ve been taught it to be…

If you have a feeling that something is missing that you just can’t shake..

If you drive yourself mad with the idea that there’s got to be more to life…   

If you’re STILL reading this because you feel this undeniable and unstoppable pull to learn more…

 

Well, take the hint and watch it already. You know you won’t regret it.

 

The Mama Shower: Gifts That Support Mama Postpartum

So, women are amazing. They create life, grow life, birth life, and nurture life. It’s incredible! However, what’s even more incredible is that society looks at this like it’s no big deal. Pregnancy and birth take A LOT of work and they wear a woman’s body down. Postpartum ain’t any easier because ladies are managing everyday life tasks with a newborn who’s got some big demands, and ain’t so quiet or clear about them.

Moms have some major needs to fill, and today’s standards for women make this harder than ever. If you have a mama you love and support, then there are some amazing gifts which can help her during this very important and should-be-beautiful time.

HEALING

Labor is one beast to have to tackle. But healing from labor? And healing from labor while providing 24/7 care for a newborn? Is that ever fun. If there’s ever a time where mama needs love and support, that’s it. The time after birth is a precious time that mom should be spending getting to know her brand new baby. Here are gift ideas that can help her with that.

  • Herbal Vulneraries: Vulnerary herbs can help a mom by supporting and even speeding up healing. Herbalist Susun Weed suggests using comfrey, which she says enhances healing and helps to restore and revitalize vaginal tissues. Yarrow supports womb health and helps manage bleeding and postpartum contractions, so this is another herb worthy of a sitz bath. Other popular postpartum vulneraries include witch hazel, calendula, plantain, chickweed, and lavender. These herbs can be used via sitz bath, compress, herb steams, or perineal spray.

  • Nutritive Herbs: Herbs like alfalfa, dandelion, nettle, oat straw, and red raspberry are packed with nutrients that promote healing and, subsequently, quality breast milk. They’re also packed with essentials like iron, calcium, and vitamin K, so women can use them to promote a healthy pregnancy. The herbs listed above are recognized as being safe for pregnancy and most of them are safe for consumption in the first trimester. Just run them by your midwife or doc first.

  • Helpful Accessories: There is an array of things which can help mom with her healing. Determining the best options for a mom will depend on her own preferences. Some of the most popular postpartum healing accessories are heating pads, peri bottles, cloth tea bags (sweet, sweet sitz baths), hospital-grade pads (homemade postpartum ice packs), glass spray bottles (hello DIY perineal spray), and belly binds.

 

FOOD

If you only give a mama one thing, food is always a winner. The postpartum period is not a time to carry out business as usual and knock out the daily chore list. Rather, it’s a time for respecting the power of the female body, by giving it time to heal and restore itself. It’s also a time for a woman to put her vital energy into learning how to feed, soothe, and love the new life she has birthed. We can all help mama with this by giving her nourishing food.

  • Meal Subscriptions: As a third generation penny pincher, I thought meal subscription services had more costs than benefits. Then I got hooked up with meals from Blue Apron. One meal later, and I was a meal subscription service convert. They really are worth it. Some of the most popular and affordable meal subscription services are Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, The Purple Carrot, Freshly, Plated, and Hungry Root. My personal prenatal/postpartum favorite is Veestro. Their 100 percent plant-based meals and juices are so delicious. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever felt more nourished than when I ate my first Veestro meal. It felt amazing just eating it. I’ll be using them for my own postpartum time because I want nutrient-dense meals (for quality breast milk and healing), and I want them to be ready to eat (like I have to say why). One day I’ll be a New York Times best selling author and have a home chef — until then, I’ll be sticking with Veestro. 😉

  • Delivery Services: Meal subscriptions may not be the best thing for moms who prefer to save money or are particular about their cooking. However, a delivery of fresh groceries of choice may be an excellent alternative. Delivery services like Delivery.com save a mom from the diaper-filled splendors of shopping, driving, and car seat handling by picking up orders and bringing them to her front door. While tedious errands are a great way for mom to get out of the house and around people, this time can be spent on more fulfilling things like playdates, long walks (a great excuse for a Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiatto addiction), or bonding and loving a sweet new babe. It also means mom can put off getting dressed and combing her hair for another day or two. Now that is a gift.
  • Good Old Fashioned Home Cooking: Our consumerism-capitalized society likes everyone to think that a good gift costs good money, but the best gift is one that comes from the heart (and, let’s not forget, zero prep and minimum cleanup). Ask mom about her food preferences, and you and fellow ladies can make family postpartum meals to store in her fridge and freezer. They don’t have to be expensive or fancy. Do what you can, and do it with love. Such gifts never disappoint.     

 

EMOTIONAL/MENTAL WELL-BEING

In many traditions, the postpartum time is a sacred time for bonding, healing, and transitioning into new parenthood. Across cultures, traditions involve things like women being cooked for, massaged, fed a specific diet, kept to their bedrooms, and confined to the comforts of home for a specified length of time. Here in America, society emphasizes “bouncing back” over healing, bonding, and postpartum support — thus the rise of Postpartum Depression. Help a mama out by giving her some postpartum herbal support.  

  • Nervines: A nervine herb has an influence on our nervous system. This is important to note, because the sympathetic nervous system is the “fight or flight” part of the nervous system. So, supporting a healthy and relaxed nervous system with nervine herbs is an excellent way to ease stress and anxiety. Nervines like Oat Tops, Oat Straw, Catnip, and Chamomile act to relax and revitalize the nervous system. Skullcap is especially outstanding for it’s anxiety-relieving, nerve-soothing, and neuron-restoring benefits. It’s so effective, it will be prescribed for addiction treatment. I personally put it to the test three months ago when I was ridden with stress from basically ALL areas of life. The results were miraculous. Honestly, I hold my tincture bottle like a baby and I say talk to it like a close friend. If you want to try it out, I can personally attest to the quality price and results of Earthwise Organics skullcap tincture. Thanks to a raving email I sent to the owner Shawn, I got hooked up with a coupon code. If you want to order her fabulous skullcap, use coupon code wsd15 and you’ll save 15%.   

  • Adaptogens: Nervines are a lot like adaptogens, but adaptogens go further by supporting the health and function of the entire body as well as the nervous system. They can help the body’s stress response by enhancing immunity, balancing hormones, relaxing or energizing the body, and/or reducing fatigue and brain fog. What mom couldn’t use that? Aviva Romm — doctor, herbalist, and midwife — recommends six adaptogens especially for women. Ashwagandha, Eleuthero, Reishi Mushroom, Rhodiola, Shatavari, and Tulsi. Run them by your healthcare provider to see which would work best for you.

MEANING

The modern world has this idea that life is all about doing. That may work when it comes to business and numbers, but it doesn’t do squat for creating loving families and powerful bonds. The mothers of today need all of us to give them permission to step away from the to-do list so they can focus on greater tasks like nurturing and loving. Here are some great ideas that offer meaning to motherhood and help mama remember the importance of her heart-filled duties.    

  • Symbols: A symbol is more than a pretty image. They’re a visual form of communication that expresses an idea, which we come to associate with feelings, inspirations, and ideas of our own. The symbols of motherhood and womanhood are powerful reminders of a woman’s power and strengths. By wearing symbols or placing symbol sculptures around our home, we’re reminded to live with intention and to be a living expression of the qualities and ideas we so deeply admire. My personal symbolic favorites include Quantum Stones rose quartz symbol pendants, House Of Alaia’s symbolic jewelry, and the goddess sculptures and altar kits from Brigid’s Grove. Be sure to check out Brigid’s Grove print-outs on pregnancy and birthing rituals. They’re full of great ideas for throwing a meaningful Mama Shower.  

 

  • Books of Memories: Pregnancy, birth, and motherhood are incredible times of discovery and initiation. This is when a woman discovers what she can do, what she has to offer, and who she can be. Help her to document the magical process of this life-changing journey so that she can remember these times and relish their memory. If she likes to write, she can be gifted journals for pregnancy, guided journals for mothers, or a simple but beautiful diary. If she’s not a writer or she’s a busy-busy mama, then get her out for a few impromptu photo shoots or take random lovely photos which can be used to create a photo book for her and the family.

 

Okay mamas! It’s your time to talk! What do you experienced mamas wish you would have had after birth? What are you expectant mamas hoping to get? Who has experience with the herbs up above? Tell us in the comments below!

 

Have you had enough of my pregnancy-inspired ranting? No? Well, guess what! I have guest post rants just for you…

Gifts That Support And Honor Pregnancy, Birth, And Motherhood — GreenChildMagazine.com
Postpartum Recovery — TexasHomeAndGarden.com
Four Super-Simple Tricks For A Healthy And Mindful Pregnancy — BeMoreYogic.com

The Mama Shower — The Most Important Part Of The Baby Shower That (Quite Stupidly) Went Forgotten

Everyone knows and throws baby showers — but a mama shower? When do you ever hear about that?

Considering the prices of baby “necessities,” it may be because baby showers are so marketable and profitable. Look at other cultures, and you realize that it may be because our country has forgotten the honor in being a woman, and the value of mothering….

Baby showers are great, but they fail to acknowledge the needs and importance of the woman who makes the baby possible. This woman is doing an amazing, and incredible, and challenging thing. If anyone deserves a party in celebration of new life, it’s the mama that made it all possible.

Why? Well…  

 

Mamas Create Life

Our country honors dead soldiers, presidents, and voyagers in all of their controversial deeds. Well, all of that is possible thanks to the women carrying, birthing, and caring for the children of Earth. She gives her time, not for pay or an exchange, but out of unpaid and (currently) under-appreciated maternal duty. But day after day, she keeps on going — carrying her battle scars of stretch marks, varicose veins, and a body that’s forever changed. Is there anything more honorable, imperative, or necessary? Moms are nursing the future of humanity. It’s damn time we started acknowledging the incredible duties and intense work of today’s mothers by giving our recognition and appreciation.

Mamas Sustain Life

First, moms take on radical changes to their bodies and health by growing life in their wombs. Then, mothers risk their lives delivering their babies through their bodies. Then, moms feeds life with their bodies. And all the while, they are constantly using their minds and arms to nurture, multitask, love, and do, do, do. They literally put their blood, sweat, and tears (and lactose) into this work. If that’s not something to celebrate, then let’s remember that many of today’s moms are doing all this work with little to no outside help.

Taking care of others means women absolutely must take care of themselves. This “idea” is a no-brainer fact in other cultures around the world. In countries which traditionally value family and community, women have friends and family they can turn to for help and support (if these friends and family aren’t already over there helping her out, or living next door). America values independence and has a looooooong history with seeing family and household tasks as a woman’s responsibility. This expectation means that a woman’s work — while open to heavy criticism and judgment — is not celebrated or appreciated. It’s just expected. Let’s break this rusty overaged societal mold and replace it with something new. Like the Mama Shower!!!

 

Mothering Is Freaking Demanding

Moms are growing babies, nursing, feeding, soothing, shopping, planning, managing routines, cleaning, cooking, working, and improving themselves and their families. There are no scheduled breaks, and there is no end time for a Mom-shift. And do they get a paycheck for this? Do they get voted for Family Member Of The Month? Maybe a bonus for putting in late nights and long hours? Nope. In fact, most the moms I know are managing home and family and work — and without so much as the gift of an extra hour of sleep on Saturdays.

Mothering is not a simple or low-demand job. Actually, it’s one of the hardest most demanding duties you can take on. Because being a good mother means giving your very best at every hour of every day — no matter how much you’ve slept, however sick you may be, or how many deadlines you have to meet. And despite all that work, there’s a 90-some percent chance that mom’s efforts will go without recognition until years later. Even better, the modern mom is subject to harsh judgment and criticism because, somehow, society shifted from valuing support and community to practicing crap-talking and judging. Being a mama ain’t easy. It’s time we sucker punched society’s nastiness square in the face and got back to loving our moms!   

 

Mothering Is Some Of The Most Important Work Of Humanity

The reason why women make such great mothers is because they were born to mother. Men are great and our world will always needs its fathers, but women… Women have this amazing skill to hear, feel, and care for emotions. The average woman has a brain which is literally designed to give her the ability to see the world not just with her ears and her eyes, but with her heart. Having the ability to sense and understand the feelings of others is a powerful skill. It’s the kind of skill that makes peace and understanding possible. Today’s mom doesn’t get credit for this amazing and crucial-to-humanity strength. Because of that, her mothering lacks meaning and magic. Mothering should be one of the most amazing things a woman can ever do, because it IS one of the most amazing things a woman can do. Beautiful and mystical mothering makes beautiful and heartfelt people. What an incredible contribution to the world! Women are divine creative beings, beyond all doubt or measure. They deserve to be honored and celebrated!

When it’s all said and done, humanity exists because of moms. If we didn’t have our woman conceiving, carrying, birthing, and nurturing Earth’s children, then there wouldn’t be children here on Earth. You, me, nobody. Mamas have gone so long with having their heart-infused work and demanding duties go unnoticed and unappreciated. Every mom deserves to be showered with honor, love, and appreciation. The next time you throw a baby shower, make sure that you put special effort into making mama feel as important as she is.   

 

Want to read more about why you’re such a freaking awesome woman? Check out some of my other woman-raving posts

 

The Divine Woman That Lies Within Us All — TreeSisters.org
Spiritual Mothering: Putting The Mystical Magic Back Into Pregnancy, Birth, And New Motherhood — TreeSisters.org
Showin’ Mamas The Postpartum Love — TexasHomeAndGarden.com
Why You ABSOLUTELY Must Love Yourself, And How You Can Do It — InnerSelf.com