Tarot by Jae

What does it feel like to be brimming with creative energy?

Creative energy is that force within you that gives you a vision, a goal, and an inner fire to make these visions happen. It is also the desire to shape your future by taking charge of your present. Someone living aligned with creative energy responds to life mindfully, and allows that vision to shift and change while still making progress towards it. Feeling misaligned from your creative energy can lead to an overall sense of unease and dissatisfaction. Things aren’t working out, plans fall apart, or you have plans and just can’t do them.

I ask you to think more abstract when it comes to the concept of being a creator, or collaborating on a project. Sometimes (often times), the project in question is simply you, you are the work in progress. As empowering as this mindset can be, it is also a daunting one when you are feeling a creative blockage and cannot, for whatever reason, continue going on without confronting it.

The King of Swords in the reversed position for this particular reading leads me to believe that there are several of us who are too caught up in our own heads. It is helpful to make plans and to-do lists, and to have your sights on the future. However, it is a very different thing to actually do it. When this card appears, it means the mental path has run its course, and it is time to actually get your hands dirty. The answers won’t come to you through thinking right now, they’ll come through active inspiration.

When you’re creatively blocked, this concept is easy to say but feels nearly impossible to implement. For those that feel this way, I challenge you to fail at something first. If you write, write an awful poem. If you garden, throw some dirt around mindlessly. Whatever molehill that has become a mountain to you, tackle it without perfectionism looming over your head and just get started. The kind of confrontation you need to put forth on your creative block is only partially in the mind, the rest is in translating that mental energy into practice.

The Three of Pentacles is adding to this message, a wish for us to collaborate and share our experiences and resources. How can you make this road a less solitary one? Are you surrounding yourself with those that inspire with their efforts (or those that you could inspire)? Occasionally you may feel that working on yourself (and the struggles that come with it) is a burden to others, one that you should be handling by yourself. Did you ever consider that this is a group project and you just never got the memo? Your contributions from doing the work add to a far greater tapestry, we need you to come forward when you need help because you are also part of the solution.

The Ace of Wands completes our reading with a task and a promise. If you do the work, a second wind will come. When it does, you need to take full advantage of it and run with the new burst of energy and support. Invite new ideas in, be receptive, and be responsive to the way things are unfolding. It can also be beneficial to use this second wind and renewed inner fire wisely to avoid burnout, the gift lies in mastering how to harness that energy without running yourself into the ground.

Breathe in, breathe out, and create.


BOOK WITH JAE

Jae Melland uses tarot and oracle cards to provide insightful readings into your situation. Using intuition as well as the knowledge of the cards, the readings are focused on helping you navigate your life and finding the next set of actions you need to take. You will also learn how to use the message to strengthen the connection you have to your inner voice, so you can better your ability to be your own personal guidance within. One-on-one tarot tutoring is also available for those who wish to learn the art for themselves. Jae has instructed Tarot 101, Understanding the Court Cards, and other tarot courses in the area.

Jae is available by appointment or drop in Fridays from 3-5 pm and Saturdays noon-3 pm.

We Can All Enjoy Inner Peace by Donna Gammon

My name is Donna Gammon and my passion is helping you heal your body, mind and spirit. From the time I was a young lady I was aware I had a gift to love and guide others to live a happier,  more joyful life and was also given visions that I later was aware were of my future.  As I continued to experience these vivid pictures and guidance from the spirit, I realized I needed to share this gift with others. Reiki energy  along with  Coaching has opened up a whole new world for me.   During my healing and coaching sessions , it soon became clear  that I needed to deliver these messages I was seeing and hearing to those I loved and was healing.  I realized it was just love that comes from both sides of the veil.  I feel so blessed by my Father in Heaven when I do this wonderful work. Time and time again I deliver messages of love and peace.  I know that our relationships on earth are intended to last beyond death and that love doesn’t end or die, it just extends and deepens.”

Donna provides reiki healing and aura readings through Lotus of the Moon. You can book with her here: Book Now

She also has an online group “Be Soul Happy” with daily teachings, sharing, community, and tips and tricks for a better life. Learn More

You CAN Draw, and Why You Should! by Ashleigh Rogers

If you can hold a pencil and write your name, you can draw, and you should! Drawing is a simple, inexpensive way to begin experimenting with your own creative process that has also been found, in countless studies, to improve mental health, memory, communication skills and problem solving capabilities. Spending even 4 minutes sketching a person, an object or a moment in our daily life strengthens our brain’s ability to recall it later and just fifteen minutes of drawing can soothe difficult emotions such as sadness, nervousness, anger or frustration. Drawing helps us practice mindfulness as it requires we sit in observation, we slow down and we remain focused on the present moment.

Picasso said “Every child is an artist, the problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up”. How true that is. As adults we have been conditioned to seek results, success, mastery, perfection. We have been taught to try until we get it “right”, to work hard-that “it wouldn’t be work if it were fun”. We have been taught to avoid tasks that cause us to feel vulnerable and choose tasks that allow us to remain armored in whatever role gives us a sense of purpose and belonging in a society obsessed with being the “best”.

Drawing is an incredibly scary undertaking in the face of these very rigid preconceived expectations. We typically associate drawing with realism and assume we are incapable of capturing a likeness. We have convinced ourselves that only those with certain “talent” can draw, but the truth is we are all inherently capable of mark making, which is all drawing really is-making shapes, and lines and dots on paper, and the benefits derived from drawing are found in the process. The moment we release our obsession with the “product” or end result, we discover joy of creating. An exciting perk to releasing our expectation is that when we sit in observation and really look at whatever it is that we are drawing, without getting swept away in our brain’s tendency to “fill in the blanks” we end up with more realistic drawings. The real trick to observational drawing is actually in the observation itself more even than the act of putting pencil to paper.

To begin a mindful drawing practice you just need fifteen minutes, a pencil and paper. Below is a fun exercise to get you started:

1. Notice your breathe, relax into your body and get curious about your thoughts. Be aware of any judgements and release them
2. Put on soft music, make a hot cup of tea or sit in your favorite space, combining drawing with other pleasant sensory experiences can help you stay grounded and present.
3. Choose an object that you would like to draw and place it where you can comfortably see it.
4. Now-you are going to draw that object without ever looking at your pencil and paper and without lifting your pencil from the paper! Yes, you read right-no peeking at your paper!! As your eye moves along the object, your pencil moves with it. Go slow, take deep breaths and really see the object. This is called blind contour drawing and helps teach us the key to observational drawing-observation!
5. If it helps, place your pencil through a paper plate to shield your wandering eye and set a timer for five minutes at first, challenge yourself draw for the entire 5 minutes so you are not tempted to rush.

And HAVE FUN!!!!

Ashleigh is a Professional Artist, with a background in Children’s Programming. She teaches art classes in our community and is a fixture in TriCities art culture. Her passions include her family, friends, and self-discovery!

She has two upcoming drawing classes:

Intro to Drawing for Kids – A 6 week workshop beginning May 6, 2019 at 5 pm Learn more

&

You CAN Draw & Why You Should for adults on May 18, 2019 from 6-7:30pm. Learn more

You can also book private sessions/parties with her or commission her for a piece of art by emailing her at ashleigh.a.rogers@gmail.com

Henna 101 by Elizabeth Magill

What is Henna?
Henna (Lawsonia inermis), is a plant that has been used for thousands of years as a safe and beautiful form of body art. The henna plant is a flowering, shrubby tree that is found in hot, arid environments. The art of applying henna is often referred to as mehndi. This ancient art is believed to have originated in Egypt, India and Morocco.

The henna plant needs an arid, hot environment to thrive and grow. It is naturally occurring in Northern Africa, the Middle East, and India. Optimal growing conditions must supply constant heat and low moisture. It is not able to grow in our local conditions due to the relatively low temperatures in the evening and winter months.

Henna leaves contain Lawsone, a dye that stains the skin a reddish-brown color. The leaves of the plant are dried, powdered, made into a paste then applied to the skin. Once the paste has been left on the skin for several hours, it creates a stain that can last between 1 to 3 weeks. Natural, unadulterated henna is very safe and can be applied on those with the most sensitive of skin. Henna can be applied on patients undergoing chemotherapy, expecting mothers, allergy sufferers and those with eczema and other sensitive skin disorders.

Uses
Mehndi has a rich history full of ancient traditions that are still celebrated today. Among these is the very prominent tradition of bridal henna (Mehndi Ceremony). Elaborate henna designs are applied to the hands, forearms and feet of the bride-to-be before her wedding. These designs often contain the grooms name, creating a fun way for the couple to bond while he searches for it.

Belly blessings are another form of popular henna traditions. Henna is applied on the belly while the mother is pregnant to bless the birth, mother and child. These designs often contain traditional design elements and symbolic elements that represent the parents and other siblings.

Henna crowns are a more modern trend and have become very popular in women that have lost their hair from medical conditions such as Alopecia or chemotherapy. These designs vary widely and can contain traditional design motifs or elements that are symbolic to the wearer. Henna crowns are often donated to these patients by professional henna artists.

Applying henna is a versatile, unique form of art. While traditions may vary across the world, henna can be applied almost anywhere for any reason. More and more people are interested in receiving henna before a festival or concert, during parties, or as a way to treat themselves or a loved one.

How is henna paste made?

Elizabeth Magill
ICHNA Certified Henna Artist
Evergreen Henna evergreen.henna@gmail.com

@evergreen.henna

Private appointments start at $55. BOOK WITH ELIZABETH

You can also drop-in to Lotus between noon and 3 pm on April 21, 2019 for $10-$40. Learn More

My name is Elizabeth and I am the owner/creator of Evergreen Henna.  I first discovered henna at the age of 15.  I have always been a lover of all things body art, so when I discovered my first henna cone in a clothing shop, I immediately went to work hennaing myself and my friends.  Henna has grown to be one of my greatest passions.  I spend my free time researching henna, creating unique designs, and hennaing my friends, family, and referrals.  Having very sensitive skin myself, making my own henna paste with the safest, highest quality ingredients is a priority for me.  I am excited to finally turn my eight- year hobby into a business.  I look forward to the opportunity to meet new people and to create henna designs to fit each person’s individual style.  When not doing henna, I enjoy playing video games, yoga, coffee, and tea!

Full Moon in Libra Giveaway!

At LOTM we truly believe that living in rhythm with nature, following the flow of life and syncing up with the cycles of the Moon can be of great benefit to us physically and spiritually; It can bring us to a greater understanding of who we are and where we’re going. This is why we offer so many paths to enlighten your self-discovery: spiritual tools, skilled practitioners and teachers, and yoga classes. This Full Moon we’re excited to do a big giveaway to show you just how much understanding yourself and your relationship to the Moon can help you on your path to spiritual awakening!

Introducing the Full Moon in Libra Giveaway!
Giveaway includes:
LOTM Full Moon Kit- Full Moon stones, selenite, essential oil roller, sage and palo santo ($40 value)
Moonology Oracle Deck ($20 value)
30 min Tarot Card reading with Jae Melland ($30 value)
30 min Natal Chart reading and astrology sticker with Sarrah Christensen of One Sage’s View($30 value)
30 min Reiki Session with Donna Gammon of Life healing Solutions ($40 value)
60 min private yoga session with Lacey Davis ($30 value)
60 min Henna session with Elizabeth McGill of Evergreen Henna ($60 value)
60 min massage with Miguel Guajardo ($95 value)

Valued at $345!!!

To enter:
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To earn additional entries –
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Winner will be announced live on 4/20/19!!

New Moon Tarot Reading by Jae Melland

The new moon brings with it an opportunity to shed anything that has been holding you back, and to make space in your life for new direction and intent. So, what can we, as the Lotus family, learn from this new moon? What do the cards have in store for us?

The Two of Bows is a transformative card. The person standing in it is covered in fire yet stands assertively and holds their position. This is the moment when one decides to cast away all that was before, and bravely step into the flames to be transformed. How appropriate, that this card would appear now. They leave behind past doubt, insecurity, and toxic habits.

Accompanying this card is the Ten of Arrows, Instruction, in the position indicating what we as a community need to allow to grow within us. This card calls for us to reach out and teach and be taught. It calls for us to cross the invisible boundaries that keep us from learning from each other and to listen to those that come to us while carrying their different understanding. When we pass along our experiences, and listen to the experiences of others, we all benefit. Be open to learning from those around you, and don’t hesitate to extend a helping hand if you find you are the one with the knowledge. Exchange information and turn to each other and assist each other in growing. Be both student and teacher!

The last card tells us what kind of energy to project outward as we move into the next moon phase. The Nine of Arrows, Dedication. The person in this card is not frustrated, they have learned to detach their worth from the results of their efforts and are simply persisting. They do not let their first attempts define them. To them, the act of learning and adapting to achieve a new skill is a sacred act. And it is! Learning is sacred, practicing is sacred, and making mistakes is incredibly sacred. I challenge you not to allow frustration to creep into this sacred act, and to instead allow the results speak to you. What are some changes that need to be made? Is there assistance out there for you if you only ask? Or is it simply a matter of sitting down and keeping up the practice even when the inner voice of frustration and negative self-talk is raging? The message through this card is simple. Dedicate yourself to something and persist. Listen to what your mistakes are telling you, do not let them define you.

Overall, this is a great time to make the decision to step forward into that which is new, bravely, and without looking back. It is time to reach out and teach, while also having the strength to remain a student yourself. It’s a time of dedication, patience, and practicing well after the initial rush of excitement is gone. What a wonderful time for new undertakings.

Be well,
Jae Melland

BOOK A READING WITH JAE

Jae Melland uses tarot and oracle cards to provide insightful readings into your situation. Using intuition as well as the knowledge of the cards, the readings are focused on helping you navigate your life and finding the next set of actions you need to take. You will also learn how to use the message to strengthen the connection you have to your inner voice, so you can better your ability to be your own personal guidance within. One-on-one tarot tutoring is also available for those who wish to learn the art for themselves. Jae has instructed Tarot 101, Understanding the Court Cards, and other tarot courses in the area.