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Will Chakra: Shielding – Boundaries & Priorities

After grounding, which we have learned needs to be constantly renewing at all times (Root Chakra), shielding is the most common practice to protect yourself from negatively charged energies in your environment.  Everyone is always trying to achieve their goals, working towards their desires, their energy radiating from them to accomplish what they want.  To avoid being manipulated by other’s goals and wills you ust become adept at shielding to protect the boundaries of your own reality. Otherwise you may fall into becoming confused or compromised by other people’s wills and be unable to work on your own.  Examples of this can be seen daily where someone’s will has been completely overridden or consumed by someone else.  Healthy boundaries are what makes a person whole.  No one else can tell you what yours are, because this is your life to live.  You must decide what’s best for you.

Setting boundaries is the first step in creating your reality and ensuring your will is achieved.  You decide what is acceptable in your world, and have every right to expect everyone who interacts with you to respect your decisions.  When someone compromises what you have established, they are not only disrespecting you but imposing their will on yours, intentional or not.  You need to stand up for yourself to not be controlled by others.  It is vital to learn your own self-respect, worth, and personal power to be able to define your own reality.

This encompasses all aspects: physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual.  Do not accept abuse of any kind, though it can be hard to spot certain kinds.  If anyone does anything to you that you do not like, enjoy, feel comfortable with, or causes you pain and anguish you have every right to stop that person from doing so.  If they are controlling, manipulating, or forcing their will on you, even if they are being nice about it, they may as well be attacking you. Because as above, so below – if they are using you on any plane, the results would be the same on every other plane.  It is right to protect yourself from any kind of abuse, not just the physical.

When you establish boundaries you are protecting yourself.  If someone crosses a boundary, you must be willing to defend it, otherwise you are giving that person permission to exert their will on yours.  They are not taking your personal power, you are giving it away.  As an adult you are always capable of defending your boundaries however unwilling you may be to do so.

Many of us have unclear or compromised boundaries because of cultural and societal rules: “Good girls are nice.” “Don’t hurt people’s feelings.”  “Getting angry is wrong.”  “Saying no makes us a bad person.”  We would rather stand by and allow someone to take advantage of us because we don’t want to be thought of as a mean person.  Or we might accidentally take advantage of someone else and get our feelings hurt or cry foul when they stop us.

You may feel as if your boundaries are unreasonable or you have no right to set them, or that defending them is rude.  A past trauma may lead us to believe this, and is a cycle where people with compromised boundaries will attempt to compromise the boundaries of others.  The best way to help someone with compromised boundaries is to maintain your own.  In the effort to “be nice” we may allow someone to break a boundary and be unable to protect ourselves form unwanted behavior.  We may then begin to ignore it, overlook it, rationalize it or simply put up with it.  In truth, when you are put in a position to have to defend yourself, it is important to remember we do not need to be rude or aggressive.  You can say “No.”  You can ask someone to stop treating you a certain way, and not react in anger or any emotional way.  Just respectfully point out your  boundary, and expect it to be respected.

You may feel that you will not be liked if you have healthy boundaries.  This is simply untrue -people like whom they can respect.  They will not like those that they feel they can manipulate or control.  They may use someone to achieve their own ends, but will not personally care or like that person.  Trust and respect are foundational to relationships.   Without them, things start to break down internally.  If you can not trust someone to honor their own boundaries, you can’t trust them to honor yours.  You will have a difficult time respecting someone you can’t trust, and you will be unable to love someone whom you can’t respect.

Another way to establish control of your own life is setting priorities.  Everything in life has a price.  Sometimes we do things we don’t want to do to get something that we do want.  You must not allow other people to take advantage of you or tell you who you are or what you want.  What does not enter your reality does not exist.  By establishing your own priorities you are better able to achieve the goals you have set before yourself.  You control what happens in your world.  You allow everyone in your life, to do whatever it is they do.   You get something in return for each relationship.  If someone does something you dislike, examine why you have chosen to deal with this behavior.  What is it teaching you?  Does it serve you or betray your self-respect?

If you believe negatively about yourself, how can you argue against someone treating you badly?  Once you put a stop to this behavior and take control of your own life and boundaries, you can begin to feel safe and start manifesting your will on your reality.

Shielding happens at all levels at the same time, and by having a strong grasp of your boundaries, a good eye on your priorities you can start to establish good shields that do not allow negatively charged energy to effect you.

Shielding Assignment

As above so below.  If you learn to train your thoughts to protect yourself, you will find it easier to establish and maintain your boundaries.  Your aura is a natural shield, but enhancing on it will go a long way.  Visualize a light yellow bubble around you, but make the bubble something strong and durable… whatever you can visualize will work.  You should practice maintaining this energetic shield at all times, in different situations.  Eventually you will have a gentle filter at all times, but a stronger shield can naturally arise when needed like a second nature.

Tarot: The Chariot

Traditional Meanings

Keywords: discipline, self-control, will, focus, balance, knowing yourself, setting goals

This card generally represents chaining your will to your goals.  Without focus, you may feel yourself pulled into different directions.  Well meaning people may offer advice on how to accomplish your goals, and it may all be different.  You must first know yourself, and what you want, then make a plan on how to achieve it.  Otherwise you may just be spinning your wheels.

This card is often shown with two opposing forces going in opposite directions, therefore destroying any progress.  It represents the need for balance and willpower to hold the opposing forces together to be able to move forward.

Quick Recap

The fool began his journey with little enough in his pack, and oblivious to dangers.  He met the Magician who revealed the tools he needed, and opened up all of the possible paths for him to chose.  The High Priestess walked with him between the worlds of an idea or direction, to beginning to actually plan his path.  The Empress showed him that for plans to come to full fruition at times it must needs wait a short time to germination.  The Emperor taught him how to use his resources wisely so that they are not all used up at once.  When he came upon the Hierophant he learned that at times there is a need for structured learning in order to advance himself.  With the lovers he learned that he can not always go alone, that there are times where others are need to help him along his way.  The Chariot taught him that opposing forces or battles between heart and head at times must be harnessed and balanced together or he may be pulled in two different directions which could destroy everything.

Tarot: The Lovers

Traditional Meanings

Keywords: connections, bonding, partnerships, desire, passion, love, intimate

This card represents unions, partnerships, and sexual pleasure.  It is often seen as the divine force of love, or the energy behind passionate sex.  Whatever your passion is, this could be the card that is representing it, though generally involves someone else as a partner.

It is represented often by conjoining male and female energies through divine will.  In the charge of the Goddess it says that “all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals.”  Many decks will show two figures to represent the partnerships, while others get more graphic on the sex.  The card is about realizing that you don’t live in a vacuum and must needs others to complete your journey.

Will Chara: Creating Your Reality

One of the most repeated universal truths in this less is “as above, so below.” What this means is Nature has a way of leading by example.  Everything in the macrocosm exists too in the microcosm; this is why atoms and galaxies look alike.  Another way of saying this is “as within, so without.” Every cell in our body carries a copy of our DNA that could create our whole body.  In this way, everything is connected.  It is a blueprint for reality, and by observing it, we can come to learn how to create our own reality.  Remember there is a balance in all things.  Each relationship we have with someone is there to provide a lesson for us, to teach us something, both positive and negative.  Everything and everyone is made up of the same stuff, so that we are all connected.  We are not just a part of the One, we ARE One.

We each come into the world with a divine contract, as part of the Oneness, for we are all subject to the Will of the One.  Discovering your divine contract can take some time, but thinking of what brings you your bliss is most likely what you were intended to do in this incarnation.  If you took away everything that seemed like an obstacle, what would you like to be doing most with your life?  This is possibly your divine contract.  Self-imposed or cultural obstacles can get in the way, but each are a lesson to provide you with the skills you need to fulfill your divine contract.  Even the negative experiences are a learning experience to develop a skill, and most of the time the more horrible they were, the greater the lesson.  We can begin to observe and learn from nature by looking at the big picture and recognizing opportunities that are presented to us.  If things in your life do not add up, in accordance with balance in all things, it may be time to start subtracting.  Who are the people in your life that make you feel blessed?  Who does not?  Who helps you manifest your will, to the greatest and highest good of all, and who is presenting an obstacle for you to overcome?

The best way to recognize opportunities and shape your reality is by seeing the abundance in this world.  It is best to learn to mind your thoughts because the subconscious is always listening, and will start to ‘see’ proof of what you believe to be true.  If you believe there is lack or evil in the world, then you will see ways that is true.  If you believe there is abundance in the world you will start to see ways that is true.  One way to create abundance in your world is to stop comparing yourself to others, or what others have.  You can not find happiness in comparisons because it creates a lack mentality.  You also need to be careful what you wish for, as you just might get it.  Need money?  Before you light those money candles, explore the ripples and make sure you are wanting what is for the highest and greatest good for all, or you might just be experiencing a loss in another area of your life as Nature attempts to keep the balance.  Try to mend your thoughts towards the positive from a calm manner on a daily basis, because desperation will only feed the negative balance.

One way to achieve what you want, and begin to shape your reality is by setting goals.  Simply saying “I want things to be better” is too vague, and your subconscious will reject this out of hand.  What things? Better than what?  You need to start by setting specific goals, and figure out the steps you need to take to achieve them.  This alone will set your subconscious to working on the matters in a positive manner, because you are active in your reality.  Soon, opportunities will start to manifest in your life, and all you have to do is learn to recognize and take them as they arrive.  There is rarely any such thing as a coincidence, most of the time it is Nature trying to tell you something important.  Pay attention and follow the path that is laid out before you, for that is your divine contract, the Will of the One, and your reality.

Full Flower Moon Esbat SuperMoon

In most areas, flowers are abundant everywhere during this time. Thus, the name of this Moon. Other names include the Full Corn Planting Moon, or the Milk Moon. -Farmer’s Almanac

April showers bring May flowers! This moon is a SuperMoon, which means it occurrs at the closest possible proximity (perigree) to planet Earth. That makes its lunar effects ultra intense—in a sign, Scorpio, that already is ultra intense.

Scorpio Moon Vs. Taurus Sun

Now is the time that instinct turns towards the fire of emotions, while seeking peace and serenity.  Try to stay grounded while  passions and enthusiasm flames to engulf and take over your form.  Deep mysteries can come to light, or secrets will become known for the greatest and highest good of all.  It is a good time to reveal and share the burdens.  Consider allowing the abundance of resources to surround and assist you in things you’d rather ignore and wish would go away.

Will Chakra: I WILL

Manipura

Solar Plexus Chakra

Associations (cached)
Location: solar plexus
First Maturity: Ages 2-3 -“terrible two’s”
Final Activation: Ages 44-45

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Color: Yellow
Mantra: I SUCCEED, I CREATE
Stone: Citrine
Herbs: rowan, thyme, basil, sunflower seeds
Planet/Sign: Sun, Mars, Leo, Aries
Archetype: Oak Kings
Angel: Micheal

Affirmations: I create.  I succeed.  I am successful.  My creations are good.  I am worthy.  I believe everything is for the highest and greatest good for all.  My actions are successful.  My creations are successful.  I release judgements.  I accept my success.  I appreciate my success.

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The Maypole

The “land” is now ripe and fertile.  This holiday represents the great marriage, the blending of male and female energies, and the festival of conjoined energies to achieve a common purpose.  Everything about this holiday is about coming together… if you know what I mean.  Traditionally The Great Rite is performed at the height of the ritual.  The sacred marriage between both energies is merged together to begin to direct their combined will.  It is a good time to get out among nature and commune with others.  The mead is flowing, the drums are beating, the land is ripe with opportunity.

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