[Mama Wunderbar] All You Need to Know About Mercury Retrograde and Libra Sun 😝

HAPPY LIBRA SEASON

Happy birthday to all the loving, playful, and beautiful Libras in our tribe! You are a true extroverted unicorn 🦄  We wish you the most prosperous season of being unapologetically ✨  you✨
Welcome to the beautiful Libra season. Libra is all about balance and harmony, marking the halfway point in our astrological year. Libra is a sign that’s associated with discernment, justice, balance, and, of course, love,” Campos says.
As an air sign, Libra season will invite in more playful and social energy and encourage us to follow our curiosity.” Though be mindful always to prioritize alone time, a libra’s weakness is forgetting self-care.  Libras are learning that they must have peace and balance within their minds before they can hope to affect the wider world.

RETHINK YOUR LOVE LIFE

Of course at the start of Libra season please remember that, we’re still going through a Mercury retrograde. “The Libra sun and Mercury retrograde connect in late September, creating Cazimi, “the perfect time to pay attention to our thoughts, conversations, intuition, and signs from the universe,” resolutions are coming soon.
“It’s a period of harvesting the fruit of our labor after all our hard work during Virgo Season,” says astrologer Stephanie. “We’re recognizing how far we’ve come and strategizing how far we still have to go.” 
Mercury will go retrograde in this Libra season for the third time in 2022. During this stretch, which ends on Oct. 2, you may hear all sorts of things being blamed on the planet of communication’s retrograde period, from technology mishaps to misunderstandings with friends and loved ones.
You might find yourself on edge while Mercury is in retrograde. That’s because Mercury is said to govern the nervous system, and when it’s misbehaving, you could feel increased anxiety and edginess.
Until Oct. 2, 2022, six planets are retrograde simultaneously, including Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. Now it’s important to note that not every retrograde brings massive chaos or has the negative connotation that Mercury does.
Libra is a mutable air sign with Venus as it is the ruling planet. Venus and Mercury have a friendly relationship. 
So, when Mercury is retrograde, try to remain flexible, patient, and understanding, allow yourself grace and contemplation before agreeing to anything and avoid permanent decisions. 
It’s also time to take stock and slowly contemplate what we’ve accomplished over the past month and note what is still working for us and what might no longer serve us. Just remember not to make rash decisions until retrograde has ended. 
Mercury retrograde is big on relationships, making you rethink things in your love life. Are you with someone who you feel is the absolute best fit for you, or are you just kind of riding things out because it’s easier than actually breaking up?
The Air Signs Libra, Gemini, and Aquarius are thriving the most right now, while the Cardinal Signs Aries, Cancer, and Capricorn are having a more intense time.
We’ll be feeling a bit more creative, according to Iva Naskova, astrologer. “Your words are your strongest suit, and do not be surprised if you feel an increased need for balance, as Libra is all about harmony and reaching a compromise,” she says. 
This attitude of broad-minded openness makes Libra tactful and diplomatic. Libra is skilled at negotiation and restoring social balance.
Because they’re all about trust. They don’t do petty gossip; instead, they pride themselves on being a person people can confide in. You won’t have to worry about a Libra cheating. Libras love with a passion.
Crucially, this is a sign ruled by Venus, the planet of beauty and romance. This makes Libra one of the most gifted signs in the zodiac at flirting, charming others and dressing to impress.
Libra’s great secret is that sometimes, the solution doesn’t need to be that deep. Making your life more aesthetically appealing isn’t a cure-all, but it can effectively lift your spirits.

Floral Sage Smudge Stick: Use your Sage Smudge Stick to cleanse any areas of your home or self of unwanted feelings or energies. This smudge stick wrapped in luscious flowers represents the beauty of the moment and the opportunities that come our way.

Palo Santo Stick: Means “Holy Wood.” It has been used to cleanse space and repel bad spirits. Burning this stick is great for relieving stress.

Hand-made Libra Intention Candle

Libra Bath Soak: Himalayan Salt, Dead Sea Salt, Epsom Salt, Coconut Milk, Baking Soda, and a fresh blend of essential oils make this bath salt the perfect Libra blend.

Rose Quartz is the ascendant and stone for Libra. It’s the Stone of Unconditional Love that supports self-love, inner peace, and relationships. Libras often feel incomplete when not in a relationship. Many unspoken beliefs are that they need a romantic partner to feel happy.

By reinforcing your self-worth, rose quartz can inspire you to see the beauty in yourself. While relationships can be wonderful, self-love is the path to true happiness.

Amethyst is a calm, high-vibration stone for Libra. Meditation is important for Libras, as it brings clarity and spiritual insights. The Stone of Meditation encourages inner reflection, promoting emotional balance. It also helps you to feel secure in your surroundings, allowing your gentle and easy-going nature to flourish.

Green Aventurine can assist Libras in strengthening their willpower + keeping any negative emotions under control. Indecisiveness can be associated with the Libra sign, and this stone can help instil a stronger sense of purpose.

[Lotus Tribe] The Four Noble Truths of the Buddha

Buddhism is a User’s Manual for living a content life. Unfortunately, many people have heard that Buddhism’s starting point is the idea that “life is suffering.”  Buddhism is unlike so many other religious and spiritual traditions that tell you exactly what to believe and how to act. Although Buddhism does have many core beliefs, in essence, it is more of a guideline of how to live, with suggestions on how to achieve contentment. Different lineages and schools within Buddhism place more emphasis on certain aspects than others, but ultimately, it is an empowering path to walk, that calls upon the individual to uncover the truth for themselves.  

The Buddha is known to have said “O monks, just as a goldsmith tests gold by rubbing, burning, and cutting before buying it, so too, you should examine my words before accepting them, and not just out of respect for me.” He was also quoted as saying, “Be a lamp unto yourself.”  In both of these instances, he is suggesting that we never take anything solely on faith or out of respect, but only when and if it feels true to us. Of course, only learn from the those who you hold in esteem, but always be your own highest source of wisdom. In this regard, the Buddha shared his teachings with his disciples and followers, but he then left it up to the them to sit with this knowledge and uncover the truth for themselves. 

So, after the Buddha sat under that Bodhi tree for 49 days and became self-realized, what did he bestow? Well, his very first teaching has come to be known as the Four Noble Truths and they are what we are looking at today.

What Are The Four Noble Truths?

When it comes to the Four Noble Truths, the Buddha is often likened to a doctor because he first diagnoses the problem and then he explains how to cure it… but before we go any further, what are the Four Noble Truths?

  • The truth of suffering (Duhkha).
  • The truth of the origin of suffering (Samudāya).
  • The truth of the cessation of suffering (Nirodha).
  • The truth of the path to the cessation of suffering (Magga).

Or, more simply put: There is suffering, there is a cause of suffering, there is an end to suffering, the end of suffering comes from living in a certain way and fostering a certain perspective.

A Note On Suffering, What Is Duhkha?

These truths are typically the entry point of Buddhism, but they are also often the point where people get turned off to this wonderful path, why is that? Well, why would anyone want to follow a path that tells you that life is full of never ending suffering? I know I wouldn’t. So, did the Buddha really say that to live is to suffer? Was this his great realization?

Of course not, and this is where the confusion frequently sets in. Duhkha is a word that can mean suffering, but it can also mean unsatisfactory, unease, unhappiness or pain. Really, it is the experience of anything unpleasant. On the opposite end of the spectrum is Sukha, which means joy, pleasure, bliss, etc. 

What Do The Four Noble Truths Mean?

  •  Truth 1, The Truth of Duhkha: You are alive, how wonderful is that? Being alive, you have all of these amazing senses to take in all of the sights, smells, sounds, etc. that you can experience as a human. Just like you can experience pleasure, satisfaction and delight, you can also experience unhappiness, woe and pain; as well as all those mundane places between these two extremes. So, as part of being alive, you will experience unpleasant things from time to time, this is the truth of Duhkah. It sounds unfortunate, but it is natural, and without experiencing the lows, we wouldn’t be able to appreciate the highs that life has to offer. 
  •  Truth 2, The Cause of Duhkha: In Buddhism, it is said that those who are ‘awake’ or liberated live in a state of Nirvana, and those who have not yet awoken live in Saṃsāra. An oversimplification would be to compare these to Heaven and Hell, except that in Buddhism, they are not two distinct and different realms. They are actually the same place and they are where you exist now. The difference of which of these two places you reside in is really a matter of perspective; but back to the second truth. Why are we suffering? All things in the universe are perpetually changing, being transient and impermanent. If we accepted this fact, we wouldn’t be upset by change. The Buddha taught that we suffer mostly because of our perspective and lack of understanding. This is due to our yearnings, attachments and expectations. We each have desires when it comes to people, places, events and experiences. We often want things to go (or be) a certain way. If they don’t transpire just as we want or expect, many of us will then become unhappy. By harboring these unnecessary, preconceived ideas and expectations of things, we ourselves are creating Duhkha in our lives. 
  •  Truth 3, The End Of Duhkha: The Third of the Noble Truths is rather straight forward. If you’re alive, you will suffer, but you don’t have to, there is another way.
  •  Truth 4, The Way Out Of Duhkha: The last of the Noble Truths is the cure to Duhkha. This “cure” is a life path, as well as a way to train your mind and release yourself from all of this suffering. This path is known as the Noble Eightfold Path and has many similarities to The Eight Limbs of Yoga.

Putting It All Together And Final Thoughts

2500 years ago, the Buddha declared that “I teach suffering, its origin, cessation and path. That’s all I teach.” and this is probably where people got the notion that the Buddha said that life is suffering. Many people stop exploration here and never look further into Buddhism. Those that do delve a bit deeper sometimes get the idea that Buddhists are just emotionless automatons that spiritually bypass the woes of life and the world by being unattached. Again, this is not what the Buddha was saying. He didn’t say that life is suffering, nor did he say to be detached from the world and feel nothing. 

Rather, he said that we must be open to things as they are, and allow them to arise, without expectations. This allows us to appreciate what comes up and the opportunities life brings, rather than trying to control things, with our happiness hinging on those things going exactly as we expected or hoped for. Essentially, expect nothing, so that you can appreciate this moment and all that it has to offer. This simple, yet radical shift in perspective has the power to change how you view the world and ultimately your life. 

Furthermore, the Buddha outlined a path for you to try.  A path that will help you achieve a state of being where you are mindful, where you experience life fully- the high and the lows, denying nothing, clinging to nothing. A life where you feel your joy, and your sorrow, but only as long as they are present, not a second longer. By clinging to these things, we bring them with us. This robs us of experiencing the current moment fully and furthers our Duhkha. The path he outlined as the cure to Duhkha is the Noble Eightfold Path and is what we will be looking at in our next blog! Stay tuned for more on Buddhist wisdom.

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The Four Noble Truths of the Buddha
By LOTUS TRIBE, Sept 27, ’22

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[Buddha & Karma] 🙏🏼 Feng Shui Tips for Fall

The fall season is a time of change. The leaves on the trees start to turn yellow and orange, the weather becomes cooler, and we prepare for the winter season ahead.

This time of year can also be a time of decreased energy, which may cause you to feel sluggish or unmotivated. This may get in the way of completing important tasks or goals.

Fortunately, there are feng shui charms and cures that can help to counter the drop in energy that the fall season brings. Here, discover which feng shui charms and cures to wear to stay motivated and focused for the rest of the year.

Counter the drop in energy with these…

Tip #1: Wear the Color Red

In feng shui, red is the color of fire and represents energy, enthusiasm, and passion. Wearing red during the fall season can help you stay motivated and inspired.

If you don’t want to wear a lot of red, you can try incorporating it into your accessories. For example, you could wear a red bracelet or a red necklace.


Tip #2: Use Feng Shui Crystals

Feng shui crystals are a great way to boost your energy levels. Some of the best fall crystals include citrine, tiger’s eye, and carnelian.

Citrine is known as the “success stone” and can help you manifest your goals. Tiger’s eye is a powerful grounding stone that helps you stay focused and motivated. Carnelian is an energizing stone that helps you overcome lethargy and apathy.


Tip #3: Cleanse Your Space

Burning sage is a great way to cleanse your space and remove negative energy. This is especially important during the fall season when the energy around us can start to feel heavy.

You may also use a Tibetan singing bowl to cleanse your space. This tool helps to break up stagnant energy and promote positive chi flow in your space.

feng shui tips for fall - cleanse your space

Tip #4: Add More Earth Elements

In the feng shui creative cycle, fall is connected to the metal element. The metal element in the Bagua is associated with creativity/children, as well as travel/helpful people.

If you wish to improve these aspects of your life, you should add more earth to your home. In the Five Elements cycle, earth nourishes metal.

Some easy ways to add earth elements to your home are by adding a plant, using earthenware pots, or hanging a painting with an earth element scene. Earth element feng shui cures also include crystals, rocks, and stones.

feng shui tips for fall - add more earth elements

Other Feng Shui Tips

  • Keep your home clean as clutter can drain your energy.
  • Open your windows to let the energy flow freely.
  • Make sure your front door is in good condition. A strong and sturdy front door helps to protect your home from negative energy.
  • Prepare your yard for the cold season. Raking leaves and trimming dead branches helps to keep the energy flowing in your yard.

I hope you found these feng shui tips helpful! Remember, if you’re feeling low on energy this fall, don’t worry – there are ways to counter it. With a little effort, you can stay motivated and inspired all season long.

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“Feng Shui Tips for Fall 2022: Counter the Drop in Energy with These”
By Celina Wang

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