Vision Board

Have you ever heard anyone mention “vision board” and wondered what they are and if they work? Vision boards are a powerful tool that people use to manifest their desires, their hopes and dreams, anything that they wish to achieve in their life. I would suggest doing a board for one important goal. If you have more than one goal and we all have more than one goal at any given time in our lives, you can always make another board in the future. I’m sure that you’ll have more than one vision board in your lifetime.

I can give you a quick explanation of what you need to make your vision board, here goes. Jot down the things that you want to manifest. It can involve a career, new home, a car or anything you want. If one of your goals is to have more love, joy or happiness then write that down on a slip of paper. Your feelings matter.

Next, you’ll need some supplies. You can use an art board or a poster board, a large piece of paper or a blank photo album. You’ll need glue and pins, markers, pens, some colorful paper scissors and some magazines that you can cut up, like pretty pictures, or words or quotes/phrases to paste on your board. Make your board look as plain or as ornate as you’d like.

Find a place that feels comfortable, a place that feels sacred. When I did my vision board I burned a scented candle and played some soft, soothing music. Page through the magazine and choose pictures that feel right. Start cutting and placing them on your board. When it seems that you have things in the right place and just looking at your board makes you happy, glue them in place.

Make sure to keep intentions in your mind when you are working on your board. Use your imagination and dream big. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at All Things Mystic. Stop by my website allthingsmystic.net and download a free gift just for visiting.

Take care. I’ll talk to you later.

The True Spirit of Halloween

The beginning or origin of Halloween dates back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celts, who lived about 2,000 years ago in what is now Ireland, celebrated their new year on November 1st marking the end of summer and the beginning of harvest.

part_1443542321120-1On the day before the new year, October 31, it was believed that the dead returned to Earth to cause trouble and damage crops. Halloween was a time of celebration and superstition. People would light bonfires a wear homemade costumes, usually made of animal heads and skins, to ward off spirits.

When Halloween was first celebrated in America, it consisted of public events to celebrate the harvest. Neighbors would tell stories of the dead, sing, dance and tell each other’s fortunes. The celebrations were very small and limited. Colonial Halloween festivities were celebrated by telling ghost stories and making mischief of all kinds. Annual Autumn festivities were common, but Halloween was not celebrated throughout the country.

When a new flood of immigrants, especially those fleeing from the potato famine in Ireland in 1846, came to America the celebration of Halloween was beginning to be celebrated nationally. Americans began to dress in costume and go door to door asking for food and money and that tradition became what we know today as “trick-or-treat.”

Halloween has changed from what it’s origin were years ago. Most recently children dress up as their favorite characters, whether a cartoon or historical character, and go from house to house collecting candy. It wasn’t so long ago that I remember, with a warmth, my children going door to door, trick or treating. I remember that time as fun. Speaking and socializing with my neighbors. But times change and we must act accordingly.

Today, a lot of the past traditions seem to have fallen by the wayside. Our world seems to have changed along with the traditions of Halloween. Parents today are fearful. The fun has been taken out of Halloween. But for those who appreciate the holiday, there are ways to celebrate with you children and keep fear at a minimum.

A few of the ways to change how we observe Halloween are by having small neighborhood parties, creating a celebration at a local social club, and maybe even having a small party in a public park. Most of all, just make Halloween memories that your children can cherish for years.

The Day of the Dead

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Dia de los Muertos, “Day of the Dead,” a Spanish celebration honoring the dead, is a Mexican holiday. It is celebrated, especially in the Central and South regions of Mexico. It’s a ritual that the Spanish have been practicing for at least 3,000 years. The day of the dead is also celebrated in certain parts of the United States.

The tradition was originated in Mexico and is celebrated on November 1. The festivities start on October 31st. Family members decorate the graves of their loved ones, often creating small, personal altars honoring the person. Sugar skulls, a skull made out of clay molded sugar and decorated with feathers and colored beads, are used to decorate the gravestones of the deceased. It’s a loving ritual filled with joy and love.

It is believed that, if a spirit returns and finds that no one has built an altar for them, they will feel sad and angry. Those neglected spirits may seek revenge on those who have forgotten them. Also, many folk tales explain how those who ignored their deceased loved ones will be struck ill immediately and die shortly after the holiday. Thus, some people take part in the festivities out of fear or superstition rather than love.

The most popular ways of celebrating Dia de los Muertos is by:

• Telling stories about the deceased loved one

• Creating an altar with offerings such as symbols and object of importance to the deceased.

• Cleaning and decorating their grave

• Holding all night vigils at the gravesite

• Making sugar skulls

So, basically, celebrating the “Day of the Dead” is nothing more than honoring dead relatives, both young and old and allowing them to return to the mortal world to visit loved ones. Instead of scary ghosts and goblins, the people of Mexico welcome their family spirits with the aroma of delicious food, decorated candy skulls and lighted candles to guide them home again.

This practice is new to me. I’ve never heard of it before, but I’m glad I happened across an article explaining the custom. In my opinion, it is a beautiful way to celebrate and honor a deceased family member, and a wonderful way to let that family member know how much they are appreciated, loved and missed.