Soul Garden Companion

GROWing the soul green again

Soul Garden Companion offers energy healing and intuitive/psychic readings in Zion Canyon, Springdale, St. George and the Southern Utah area. We also service the Las Vegas area. Victoria has been facilitating the healing of individuals through her energy work, tarot/pyschic readings and shamanic healing for over ten years. We offer the tools, wisdom and encouragement to help you move forward. Contact us today to launch your journey.

Celebrating the First Day of Spring

In times past, Dragon processions marked this powerful turn of the wheel, and eggs were the symbol of rebirth.

In times past, Dragon processions marked this powerful turn of the wheel, and eggs were the symbol of rebirth.

The Spring Equinox is just a few days away on March 20. Night and day will be nearly exactly the same length—12 hours—all over the world on this day. This is the reason it’s called an “equinox,” derived from Latin, meaning “equal night.” 

Long before our modern way of life, numerous cultures followed a more simplistic path. Guided by the natural cycle of birth-life-death-and-renewal, our ancestors marked their seasons by celebrating each phase of the wheel of life. 

Spring is all about new beginnings. The triumph of light makes us want to plant new seeds physically and metaphorically. It is a time to plan new adventures and taking leaps of faith towards realizing our dreams. We yearn for the unknown, the new, and the uncharted in our life.

There may be new relationships, life changes, pregnancy, exploration of the spiritual, and new love for self and other.

There is much beauty in the potential of what might be when we allow ourselves to have hope for the future. Below are a few ideas as to how you can help celebrate and welcome spring.

What to do around the equinox

Have a picnic with your friends and family. Spend ample time outdoors.

Spend time in high places enjoying the wind and feeling expansive. This gives you a better perspective and helps you lift your spirit to where it needs to be to seize the new opportunities coming your way. 

Plan a romantic dinner with your partner or a new love. Dress your table with branches, daffodils, crocuses and primroses, colored eggs, white and yellow candles, and spring foods which might include asparagus, spinach, green onions, depending on your area.

Gift a friend with a crystal. Appropriate for this time of year are yellow citrine and clear crystal. These can be used as a spring time talisman.

Gather your circle of friends and a have a fire, to share stories, dreams and hopes, laughter and music.

A Simple Ritual: (Can be done alone or with others)

Take a cleansing sea salt bath to prepare yourself and move into your sacred heart space. Imagine floating in the ocean, the womb of all creation. Be open and receptive to the love of the Mother.

In your ceremonial space, light some incense of your choosing or diffuse spring essential oils like Lavender, Rose, Geranium, Jasmine, Helichrysum, Ylang Ylang, if indoors. Light a white candle for new beginnings.

Stand facing the east, the place of the rising sun, new beginnings, mental healing, and the element of fire. Call on the winds and powers of the east by saying the following invocation:

“To the winds and powers of the east, grandfather come to us from the place of the rising sun. Be with us this day that we may be reborn with the eyes of a child. Show us the peaks of the mountains we only dare to dream of and bless us to know what we have yet to awaken to."

Imagine yourself in a beautiful field of green wheat, the wind making waves through the standing stalks. Smell the air and notice the freshness of spring. 

Turn clockwise to the south, the place of right action, physical healing, groundedness, and the element of earth. Call in the powers of the south with these words:

"To the winds of the south, great serpent. Teach us how to shed our past the way you shed your skin. Remind us of our unique place in the great web of life and bless us to know what we have yet to create."

You may call on a power animal to come to share in your experience. This animal has come to assist you in dreaming and manifesting your new beginning. Imagine the animal sitting beside you. Feel their companionship. You could ask for a message regarding your course of action.

Sit in a spot between the south and east, taking up your pen and journal, and begin to access your longing. Ask yourself: What do I long for? What would I like to experience next? Wait about thirty second before you reply to get a heartfelt response. Write whatever comes to you without questioning or judging. Just write. Remember the things you truly crave, the creativity lost or the love needed.

Allow yourself to feel what is going on. You can also lie down and meditate, if you do not feel like writing.

When you feel complete, say a few words of gratitude to the elements and helping spirits. Thank your animal companion and allow him or her to slip away. Take three deep breaths of gratitude.

Leave an offering to the earth, such as herbs, flowers, crystals or sweets. Blow out your candle. 

If in a group, share your experiences. Have a light meal to ground yourself.

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Blessings to you on your journey into the green, fertile ground of your longings. As it has been written, so will it be.

Victoria

How to Empower Your Health During Fall and Winter

It is not unusual to find dis-ease crises being triggered when the weather gets colder. When the physical body becomes cold, everything contracts. In essence, this forces an elimination of the toxins.
— Ted Andrews, The Healer's Manual
Cinnamon is rich in antioxidant polyphenols and proanthocyanidins. It also provides us with good amounts of manganese, calcium, fiber and iron.  

Cinnamon is rich in antioxidant polyphenols and proanthocyanidins. It also provides us with good amounts of manganese, calcium, fiber and iron.  

The immune system protects our body from harmful substances like toxins, trauma, bacteria, heat or other causes.

The above quote by Ted Andrews explains why a lot of people come down with colds, sore throats and respiratory issues this time of year. Our immune system has to work harder to eliminate toxins.

While many promote vaccines and feed the perception that our health is beyond our control, I would like to offer a more empowering stance. Let's explore how self-care can boost our immune system during fall and winter. 

"All Colds Are Emotional..."

I saw a prominent healer many years ago, as I was recovering from a major health crises. This man showed me the script to his forthcoming book, in which he claimed that all colds are emotional. It may not sit well with everyone and there is no research to prove it, but I must admit that it has often been true for me. I believe that our bodies detox and rid us of our emotional waste if we don't. This is why the holistic healer will advice you not to treat a cold. Allow it to cleanse your system if you can do so safely. Slow down, listen, and feel what is going on beneath the surface level of your life. Care for your heart and release old grievances from your system.

I once had a deeply disturbing emotional exchange with family members around Christmas. It almost immediately triggered a terrible cough and sinus problems that lasted a good month. The exact same symptoms began to manifest the following winter, as I was dealing with another episode of the initial trauma. I saw the connection and worked through it with the people involved and I haven't had anything going on since. Interestingly, my lesson in this was to speak my truth and express my feelings of abandon. Looking back, it made sense that the emotional stress would manifest as an infection in the lungs and throat. 

Gather your friends for a Winter Solstice celebration on December 21. A fire ceremony would be appropriate. Do a review of the year's challenges and triumphs and surrender it all to the fire. This will help clear the path for an exciting new year.

Gather your friends for a Winter Solstice celebration on December 21. A fire ceremony would be appropriate. Do a review of the year's challenges and triumphs and surrender it all to the fire. This will help clear the path for an exciting new year.

Why are we more emotionally vulnerable this time of year? Seasonally, fall represents a farewell to warm weather and sunny skies. It signals the end of summer. We look around and become aware of the signs in nature that show us the cold and barren landscape of winter is fast approaching. It is a reminder that nothing stays the same and that all things have a beginning and an end. Many react to this realization with a sense of sadness and grief. This is why the fall season is closely associated with these emotions. When we are sad and grieving it affects our lungs and our entire immune system. Grief cause our life force energy to descend. By breathing through these feelings and by accepting them as part of the cycle of life, we can move through the grief and onwards to experiencing compassion.

As wonderful as it is to have ample time with family over the Holidays, all this socializing has the potential to trigger emotional upsets and conflict. See if you can avoid the mine fields (areas where you tend to disagree) and enjoy the topics that unite. Practice unconditional love for self and others. Make space in between family gatherings, to continue your daily routine of self-care and reflection. Meet up with friends (your spiritual family) and laugh it all off. 

It's all energy...

The waters of the earth freeze as the temperatures drop and winter approaches. It is best if we can flow with our emotions and keep warm internally for the sake of our overall health.

The waters of the earth freeze as the temperatures drop and winter approaches. It is best if we can flow with our emotions and keep warm internally for the sake of our overall health.

It is common knowledge these days that we have an energy body as well as a physical body. The energy body is an egg-shaped aura of energy that surrounds the physical form. The anatomy of the energy body includes 7 major energy vortexes on the center axis called chakras. The chakras are energy exchange centers. This is where you transmit your energy into the world and where you receive and process energy from the world. 

Here is how you can work with the two chakras that seem to impact our immune system the most. 

Second Chakra 

The second chakra, sometimes called the emotional chakra, is located right below the naval. It is governed by the moon and water. The color of this chakra is orange. A balanced second chakra allows us to flow with our emotions and enjoy our sensuality, our ability to sense. It encourages us to experience life through feeling.

This chakra will respond to our efforts of self-care or lack thereof. It urges us to become less industrial and to make choices that bring more pleasure.

Feed your cold and it will heal faster. Make yourself a yummy meal that nourishes and delights. Foods that affect the second chakra are:

  • Chocolate
  • Sweet fruits
  • Honey
  • Bread and butter
  • Dairy products
  • Pastas
Doterra's On Guard essential oil gives excellent immune support.

Doterra's On Guard essential oil gives excellent immune support.

Go easy on these foods if you are on emotional overload and feeling sensitive overall. They are called comfort foods for a reason. Overindulging at the wrong time may throw your system into a healing crises. If, on the other hand, you struggle with emotional numbness and have been too strict with yourself, you may be advised to eat more of these foods.

The second chakra also responds well to classical music, art, gardening, flowers, pursuit of passions, cooking, massage, rest, healthy sexuality and dancing. Live a little and indulge in the simple pleasures of life.

Fourth Chakra

Located at the center of our chest, the fourth chakra is known as the heart chakra. This is the center of love in our consciousness. Love is a different vibration than emotion and we tend to forget about this. Love is balanced, calm, giving, and accepting. The heart chakra controls the consciousness of self-acceptance, acceptance of others, trust, well-being, a sense of having what you need, abundance, prosperity, and good health. It is also the center for empathy and compassion. Deep breathing, exercise, working with forgiveness, and Healing Touch therapy help your heart and respiratory system.

We have a natural tendency to gather what we need and save up for the winter. Worrying about our survival is part of the human experience. Our ancestors had to work hard to store up supplies that sustained them through the barren winters. The animals mirror this to us still, as they must put in more effort to find food and shelter around this time.

Create a home base that gives a sense of comfort and security. Use warm earthy colors like red, brown and orange. These colors are naturally abundant, come fall and winter. Have blankets lying around, get cozy and light some candles. Make your favorite herbal tea (mine is Organic Tulsi Sweet Rose Tea) and bake some bread if this is something you think you'd enjoy. Engage your creative muse, do arts and crafts. Spend quality time with friends and family.

Get out and do fun things in nature and make sure to dress warm. Open your windows every day if even for a few minutes to avoid stagnating energies. Make sure to take advantage of the daylight. If you are at work, see if you can go outside on your lunch break. Do some window shopping or go to a nearby park.  

Wear Amber and Quartz crystal as they both strengthen, energize, and protect your body.

Go easy on refined sugar as it will weaken your immune system.

If you have a track record of disease around this time, try to avoid having conversations about it. When we make claims like "I get two colds every winter", our subconscious "yes" machine starts working with our physical energy. Our thoughts, feelings and words become self-fulfilling prophecies. Instead, try working with positive affirmations for perfect physical health. 

Now, hopefully you have some ideas about how you can empower yourself during the fall and winter season. 

Warmly,

Victoria