Wednesday, February 22, 2012

"Empire" Claw Ring by Alexandra Alberta






The "Empire" Claw Ring. Cushion shape citrine, diamonds on 18k rose gold. Nuff Said. Bang.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Full Moon February 21st 2012

February 21 New Moon Asana


February 21 New Moon Asana
by diane booth gilliam
Be Spiritual | Philosophy - Wisdom


On February 21st, the New Moon is at 3° Pisces. And on the night of the 20th (and day of this New Moon), it is the most auspicious celebration: Mahashivaratri.

MAHASHIVARATRI

Tradition notes Mahashivaratri (literally, “the night of Shiva”) as the time when each repetition of the sacred mantra, Om Namah Shivaya—very simply, “I honor Shiva within me”—multiplies one-thousand times.

Just be careful what you want, because you may get it now. As mentioned above, Mahashivaratri is a most auspicious, annual occasion. And this year, Saturn (longevity) and Jupiter (wealth and wisdom) are part of the mix too, adding even more blessings. All good.

Women, take note. Mahashivaratri is the time to pray for the well being of men and boys, sons, and husbands. If you’ve found the right guy, this is your year: Women traditionally propose to men on Leap Year. And this New Moon in Pisces ties together with Neptune, the king of romantic interludes.

NEPTUNE

The effects of Pisces’ ruling planet, Neptune, are intensified now. This is due to Neptune’s return to its home sign, Pisces (February 2012 through 2025).

What should we watch out for? Well, Neptune rules romance, and regrets. Dreams, and drama. Spirits, and soul work. Mystics, and music. Neptune, The Muse, is utterly inspiring, for sure—and we need this inspiration.... but beware. These are deep waters.

The shady side of Neptune is illusion. Like the lover who vanishes suddenly, swallowed up by the mist, leaving you heart-broken and bewildered, Neptune often equates with painful disillusionment. If you want to tap the incredible gifts of Shri Neptune, you’ve got to stay very grounded.

PISCES = FEET

For the New Moon (in Pisces = feet), grab a journal and pen. Let’s start with this contemplation from the book,Yogastrology: Yoga Meets Astrology Pisces, Chapter 12:

“Talk about being swept off your feet! And then, getting back on your feet. Such juicy imagery of the body. Body imagery really works to make a point...

Note what it means to you, when you hear each of these phrases:

—Stand on your own two feet.

—Be swept off your feet.

—Get back on your feet.”

ASANA

This New Moon is in Pisces = feet; and the Sanskrit term “pada” means feet. We hear this term a lot in hatha yoga—Eka Pada (one-footed) Raja Kapotasana, for instance.

Around the time of this New Moon, emphasize the feet and toes in every pose:

• Lift toes; loop fingers around big toes in Padangusthasana; standing big toe pose.

• Raise heels; stretch soles of the feet in bent-knee version of Adho Mukha Svanasana; downward dog.

• Reach back; grasp the foot in Natarajasana; lord of the dance pose (an especially sweet pose now, as the “lord” here is none other than Shiva)

And my personal favorite: Tadasana mountain pose. I love this pose. It goes to work for us every time we stand up. Tadasana grounds our bodies, from the crown of the head, through the tips of the toes. Explore this fun variation: Tadasana à la seashore. Click Pisces here.

SOLE I SHIVA I SOUL

One more excerpt from the book, Yogastrology: It’s “curious how often spirituality is associated with feet. Ancient yogic teachings claim that feet are an especially potent spiritual center in the body.”

Pisces New Moon is your opportunity to get grounded through both feet. That way, you’ll be ready when those majestic waves of Neptune—divine inspiration, vast creativity, and supreme love—come rolling your way.

Shubh (“auspicious”) Mahashivaratri. Namast√©.

Article Taken from the Yogi Times.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Current Obsession: Chrysoprase Chalcedony




I am currently obsessed with this apple green gem; Chrysoprase Chalcedony.
The color just looks so candy-like and screams " SPRING", which i have always adored.
The color is FRESH.

Chrysoprase has also really cool healing benefits! Some of which are said to endow you with the alertness and wit to draw attention to random coincidences. It brings you a sense of security to encourage independence. Chrysoprase also gives you a feeling of contentment to be your own person, and to be satisfied with your own accomplishments. It aids a betterment of our attitude over all. Physically, it is said to remove heavy metals from one's body, and to aid in acne and other skin imperfections.

I can't wait to receive shipment of my chrysoprase chalcedony now! It's in the mail!


:) yay!!!!!!

Image of ring is from pippasmall.com

"Gaia" Snake Ring by Alexandra Alberta


Our new Gaia Snake Ring is now available!

The ring features a 20mm x 10mm Beer Quartz and is checker board faceted and is 18k gold plated.


The ring will be resized upon request on order, and will take 2-3 weeks.


<3

Thursday, February 16, 2012

COLORS OF MIAMI BEACH




I love the colors in this picture that captures the sunset at Miami Beach, Florida. The colors are almost gem-like, in a muted, subtle way!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Naked and Famous: Girls Like You

A little peak into my pad.








My Pad. In the midst of looking for a new place :)

DEVON UK II








The English Countryside where Jane Austen lived is definitely wonderful, for those seeking peace from
the big city.

The folks there are so kind and honest, that they have jams, and eggs for sale freshly homemade.... Out front
of their cottages, and it is based on a trust system... Where you put your money in a box. :D


LOVE IT.

DEVON UK









I SERIOUSLY AM IN LOVE WITH THE ENGLISH COUNTRY SIDE!



The peace, tranquility, and beauty of nature was just pure bliss.


Spending Christmas there was pretty much, much needed and was well appreciated.
The cottage we stayed in, was so cute and so quaint, it was a working farm as well!


My Dad, Mom, Sister, Bleeker the dog and I enjoyed ourselves so much!

I LOVE My Vincent LeMaitre



In 2010, I bought this Vincent LeMaitre painting in an Art Gallery in Beirut, Lebanon. Vincent LeMaitre is a french artist
and i was so pleasantly delighted when shared and exchanged a few words with him via chat yesterday!

He is a really delightful man, with a generous persona, and seems to be bright and optimistic, just as his
works are. :)

Was such an honor to speak with him. :)

THE DOG DAYS ARE OVER



Though this song had been around for some time, i can't help but feel a sense of liberation and excitement when i listen to this song fulll blasstt!

Woooo! The Dog days are overrr!