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Yesterday I made myself a small japa mala. Japa mala are used while reciting mantras or during prayer.  Mala beads are used to assist in keeping track of the number of repetitions that you verbally or mentally repeat a mantra or prayer. Mala usually contain 108 beads or any number that is divisible by 9.

To use a mala, hold it in your right hand with the beads hanging over your middle finger. Each time you recite a mantra, move your thumb over to the next bead starting at the first bead that’s closest to the “guru” (largest) bead. Mala make a great addition to any meditation or ritual. I plan on using these when I recite my morning mantras to  Durga.

For those who have trouble meditating or focusing their mind on one thought while meditating, mala beads are a valuable tool. As you physically hold the mala while reciting a mantra, your mind will become accustomed to focusing on one thought. After a few weeks of using mala and reciting mantras, many people will find it easier to relax & focus their mind and to meditate. 

Peace, Love & Magick

Kelly

In the photo above it shows my new mala being cleansed in the ocean.

Yesterday I made myself a small japa mala. Japa mala are used while reciting mantras or during prayer. Mala beads are used to assist in keeping track of the number of repetitions that you verbally or mentally repeat a mantra or prayer. Mala usually contain 108 beads or any number that is divisible by 9.

To use a mala, hold it in your right hand with the beads hanging over your middle finger. Each time you recite a mantra, move your thumb over to the next bead starting at the first bead that’s closest to the “guru” (largest) bead. Mala make a great addition to any meditation or ritual. I plan on using these when I recite my morning mantras to Durga.

For those who have trouble meditating or focusing their mind on one thought while meditating, mala beads are a valuable tool. As you physically hold the mala while reciting a mantra, your mind will become accustomed to focusing on one thought. After a few weeks of using mala and reciting mantras, many people will find it easier to relax & focus their mind and to meditate.

Peace, Love & Magick

Kelly

In the photo above it shows my new mala being cleansed in the ocean.

Rudraksha Seeds

This is my new rudraksha seed that I found at a Tibetan store in Boston. I’ve been searching high & low for a nine faced rudraksha seed, as it is representative of the Goddess that I work with most frequently, Durga. By wearing and using this rudraksha seed, it is said Durga will bring success and bless the wearer with fearlessness, power, dynamism, energy, motivation, pleasure & the understanding of one’s purpose in this life. This type of rudraksha is traditionally capped in silver and worn on a red string. “Om Hreem Hum Namah” is a traditional mantra that can be chanted while wearing this rudraksha seed.

Seeds from the rudraksha tree are commonly used to make pendants, traditional Indian medicines & malas. Malas are sets of prayer beads that are used when reciting mantras, prayers & while chanting in Hinduism & Buddhism. 

Rudraksha seeds have different qualities, healing abilities and traditional uses/associations depending on how many “mukhis” or “faces” the seed has. Some rudraksha seeds are very rare and can be quite expensive! To learn more about the different deity associations and benefits of working with different rudraksha seeds: check out this helpful page: http://www.holyrudraksha.com/rudraksha/cat_3.html

Since I’ve started using this rudraksha seed during my mediation, I have found that I feel more confident, energized & motivated. If you haven’t tried working with rudraksha seeds yet, I can’t recommend it enough!

Peace, Love & Magick

Kelly

Photo by Kelly @Dark Moon Tarot (c)2012

Rudraksha Seeds

This is my new rudraksha seed that I found at a Tibetan store in Boston. I’ve been searching high & low for a nine faced rudraksha seed, as it is representative of the Goddess that I work with most frequently, Durga. By wearing and using this rudraksha seed, it is said Durga will bring success and bless the wearer with fearlessness, power, dynamism, energy, motivation, pleasure & the understanding of one’s purpose in this life. This type of rudraksha is traditionally capped in silver and worn on a red string. “Om Hreem Hum Namah” is a traditional mantra that can be chanted while wearing this rudraksha seed.

Seeds from the rudraksha tree are commonly used to make pendants, traditional Indian medicines & malas. Malas are sets of prayer beads that are used when reciting mantras, prayers & while chanting in Hinduism & Buddhism.

Rudraksha seeds have different qualities, healing abilities and traditional uses/associations depending on how many “mukhis” or “faces” the seed has. Some rudraksha seeds are very rare and can be quite expensive! To learn more about the different deity associations and benefits of working with different rudraksha seeds: check out this helpful page: http://www.holyrudraksha.com/rudraksha/cat_3.html

Since I’ve started using this rudraksha seed during my mediation, I have found that I feel more confident, energized & motivated. If you haven’t tried working with rudraksha seeds yet, I can’t recommend it enough!

Peace, Love & Magick

Kelly

Photo by Kelly @Dark Moon Tarot (c)2012

Whenever I have a stressful day, I usually unwind with a cup of tea and a singing bowl meditation! As I sit and meditate to the hauntingly peaceful sound of my singing bowl, any stress or worries seem to melt away. This singing bowl was tuned to help to open the crown chakra.

Below is a link to a site I found which discusses singing bowls and their use/history in Tibet. The interview of a Tibetan Monk on this site very interesting, a must-read if you are interested in singing bowls! 

http://bodhisattva.com/singing_bowl_history.htm

Peace, Love & Magick

Kelly

Photo by Kelly @Dark Moon Tarot

Whenever I have a stressful day, I usually unwind with a cup of tea and a singing bowl meditation! As I sit and meditate to the hauntingly peaceful sound of my singing bowl, any stress or worries seem to melt away. This singing bowl was tuned to help to open the crown chakra.

Below is a link to a site I found which discusses singing bowls and their use/history in Tibet. The interview of a Tibetan Monk on this site very interesting, a must-read if you are interested in singing bowls!

http://bodhisattva.com/singing_bowl_history.htm

Peace, Love & Magick

Kelly

Photo by Kelly @Dark Moon Tarot

Before meditation I usually burn an incense mix of copal & benzoin resin. The copal purifies your space and removes any negative/incorrect energy. The benzoin brings balance, peace of mind & aids visualization during meditation. 

To make this incense, mix together equal parts of copal & benzoin resin. The aroma is intense but very relaxing!

Peace, Love & Magick

Kelly

Photo by Kelly @Dark Moon Tarot

Before meditation I usually burn an incense mix of copal & benzoin resin. The copal purifies your space and removes any negative/incorrect energy. The benzoin brings balance, peace of mind & aids visualization during meditation.

To make this incense, mix together equal parts of copal & benzoin resin. The aroma is intense but very relaxing!

Peace, Love & Magick

Kelly

Photo by Kelly @Dark Moon Tarot

If you like our blog, it would be most excellent if you would spread the Dark Moon Tarot love by reposting! 

We’ve have a lot of new stuff planned for 2012!  If there is anything you’d like to ask, or learn, let us know by dropping us a note in our cauldron!  We’ll be focusing on the top questions we receive throughout the week and blogging about them on  WITCHY WEDNESDAYS, such as:

  • Spells
  • Moon magick
  • Tarot
  • Meditation
  • Paranormal
  • Psychic Readings
  • Healing Crystals
  • Auras
  • Chakras

This blog is all about helping like-minded people who share our interests or would like to understand them a little better.

Many cheers,

Kris, Kelly, Julie

TRAIN OF THOUGHT
I do my best thinking on the train, it’s like a portal to my subconscious.  The melodic rhythm invokes a portion of my brain that is usually turned to the off position. The motley crew of passengers are the actors in my life play; answering the casting call for extras.  My iPod set to shuffle supplies the soundtrack. ~Kris
*Photo taken on the catwalk above the Orange Line on the T.  The City of Boston is in the distance.

TRAIN OF THOUGHT

I do my best thinking on the train, it’s like a portal to my subconscious.  The melodic rhythm invokes a portion of my brain that is usually turned to the off position. The motley crew of passengers are the actors in my life play; answering the casting call for extras.  My iPod set to shuffle supplies the soundtrack. ~Kris

*Photo taken on the catwalk above the Orange Line on the T.  The City of Boston is in the distance.

Do you feel like you’re in a “funk?” You might need to start carrying around a piece of Sunstone!
In ancient Greece, sunstone was believed to represent the Sun God and therefore would bestow blessings of happiness, success, luck and abundance to all those who were lucky enough to acquire a piece of the stone. You can still invoke the intense healing energies of sunstone in modern times by carrying a piece of it close to you.
When worn or carried close to the body, sunstone’s powerful healing energy will work to lift you out of a depression and it encourages self-love & self-esteem. Sunstone radiates optimism and joy. It helps you to live in the moment and to enjoy the beauty of Mother Earth.
If you are currently feeling unmotivated, depressed or are dealing with any emotional trauma, place a piece of sunstone on your Solar Plexus Chakra (about an inch or so above the navel) during meditation to empower, motivate, alleviate stress and to bring optimism into your life. Sunstone is one of my favorite stones to meditate with because I always feel energized and ready to “seize the day” when I work with it.
Chakras: Solar Plexus
Zodiac: Leo
Color: Yellow, Orange, Orange-Red
Peace, Love & Magick
Kelly

Do you feel like you’re in a “funk?” You might need to start carrying around a piece of Sunstone!

In ancient Greece, sunstone was believed to represent the Sun God and therefore would bestow blessings of happiness, success, luck and abundance to all those who were lucky enough to acquire a piece of the stone. You can still invoke the intense healing energies of sunstone in modern times by carrying a piece of it close to you.

When worn or carried close to the body, sunstone’s powerful healing energy will work to lift you out of a depression and it encourages self-love & self-esteem. Sunstone radiates optimism and joy. It helps you to live in the moment and to enjoy the beauty of Mother Earth.

If you are currently feeling unmotivated, depressed or are dealing with any emotional trauma, place a piece of sunstone on your Solar Plexus Chakra (about an inch or so above the navel) during meditation to empower, motivate, alleviate stress and to bring optimism into your life. Sunstone is one of my favorite stones to meditate with because I always feel energized and ready to “seize the day” when I work with it.

Chakras: Solar Plexus

Zodiac: Leo

Color: Yellow, Orange, Orange-Red

Peace, Love & Magick

Kelly