Thursday, August 30, 2012

⋺⋺ ♒ ♛⋆The Mermaid's Sacred Shell⋆♛ ♒ ⋲⋲

     One of the amazing gifts Kauai has to offer are it's beautiful shells. The most magical of them all is the legendary Sunrise shell. These are what we call HAWAIIAN BLING! Every islander longs for a sunrise shell of their own.
     According to Hawaiian legend, these rare sunrise shells, were once considered sacred and were worn only by members of the royal family. Named "Sunrise" because they reflect the sun with their beautiful gold and pink colors.
      The first time we arrived on the island I searched and searched for one of these mystical shells. I knew they were hard to find but little did i know the hours I would spend on the hunt! This latest collection is the last of the batch. I saved the best shells for last so these beauties are truly special. Combined with precious stones and the mana of the island, these necklaces carry the aloha deep within.


Even the Keikis love the sunrise!

⋺All necklaces available through ETSY⋲

Monday, August 20, 2012

⊰⊹※⊹⊱Spirit of the Aina⊰⊹※⊹⊱











Back in June, my sis Tracy from Prism of Threads came to Kauai for a few weeks.   She brought with her some of her  amazing painted silk dresses.  A perfect opportunity for me to pull out my camera.  Most of my early twenties were spent in the dark room.  I thought for sure I had discovered my hearts calling being behind the lens.  After moving to NY to work as a photographer,  I got lost in the rat race and so did my photography.  I am grateful to have this tool under my belt and I am having an amazing time re exploring this beautiful art.  Naia chose to be a little wild flower that day so I had her on my breast in one hand and a camera in the other.  Phew! Aloha!

All of these gorgeous painted silk dresses are  available at Prism of Threads.

Styling by Prism Of Threads
Model, Alita Little Dove
Photography by Daughter of the Sun

Sunday, August 19, 2012

⋙♥⋘ A Hawaiian Blessing Way ⋙♥⋘

This weekend, I hosted a Blessing way at Camp Nash. The family home of my dear friends Jackson and Melissa Nash.  We lived on the Zero One community with Jackson and Melissa and were there to witness the beginning of their beautiful union. They will welcome a new baby, Stellar, this fall!
There were no silly games played or fake poopie diapers to open. Instead we gathered as sisters, in sacred ceremony, offering blessings and prayers for her and the child snuggled within her womb. We massaged her, we bathed her and we loved her as a Woman, a Sister and soon a Mother.
  
One of natures most magical gifts, the blue jade vine.







This gorgeous Balinese style land transports you to the temples of Besakih 


This is how we wrap gifts in Hawaii!


Mama Melissa and the blue jade vine lei i made for her.  

Dream Catcher made by my seastar, Alita 

Kauai Bling!  The Sunrise shell is the most sacred of the Hawaiian shells.


Being loved up by the Crones

In service of the Goddess

Island Family

Amalia and I
Raw Rainbow Cheesecake that I made with Natural coloring.
CRUST:
2 C pecans, almonds or mac nuts: (your choice) unsoaked raw and unroasted
4-8 dates
1/8 tsp salt
1 tbls vanilla
*place all ingredients in a food processor, coconut oil up a cheesecake pan and add ingredients spreading evenly on the bottom and sides of a pan.  A springform pan works best.

FILLING:
3 C soaked cashews: soak for 3-4 hours
1 C bananas
1 to 2 cups lemon juice (depending on how tangy you like it)
1/2 C agave, honey or coconut sugar made into liquid form
2 tbls vanilla
1/8 tsp salt
1C almond milk or of course, breast milk if you have it!
3 tbls lecithin
1C coconut oil
*place all ingredients except lecithin and coconut oil in a blender (vitamix works best). Blend for 3 mins and then add lecithin and coconut oil and blend for another 2 mins.  Pour 1 1/2 cups of filling into a small food processor or you can mix by hand.  Add in your beet juice or raspberries until you obtain the color you desire.  About 1/8  cup.  Mix in food processor.  Add your first layer to the bottom of the crusted  pie pan.  Next, repeat previous step but add in tumeric to create the orangie/yellow color.  Play with the amount.  You just need 1/2 tablespoon or less to get a nice color.  Mix as described above and add to the pie your 2nd layer, spread evenly.  Next, add in the spirulina for the green, macha powder (green tea) or wheat grass juice.  1/2 to 1 tablespoons. Mix as described above and add your third layer.  For the Purple, add in 1/4 cup of blueberries or blackberries to the food processor and mix well.  Add your final layer!
 *For swirls, reserve 1/4 cup of original non colored filling, drizzle on top and swirl in with chopsticks!!  Place into freezer for 3 hours or so. Transfer into fridge about an hour before you are going to eat it. You can also use food coloring dividing the original  non colored filling into however many colors/layers you will want!  So fun!

***  FOR A BASIC 2 FRUIT PIE follow these instructions! (This one is for strawberry lime)
~CRUST: 2 C pecans, almonds or mac nuts: (your choice) unsoaked raw and unroasted 4-8 dates 1/8 tsp salt 1 tbls vanilla *place all ingredients in a food processor, coconut oil up a cheesecake pan and add ingredients spreading evenly on the bottom and sides of a pan. A springform pan works best. 

~FILLING: 3 C soaked cashews: soak for 3-4 hours 1 C bananas 1 cup lime juice 1/2 C maple syrup, honey or coconut sugar made into liquid  2 tbls vanilla 1/8 tsp salt 1C almond milk or of course, breast milk if you have it! 3 tbls lecithin, 3/4 C coconut oil *place all ingredients except lecithin and coconut oil in a blender (vitamix works best). Blend for 3 mins and then add lecithin and coconut oil and blend for another 2 mins. Pour 1 1/2 cups of filling into a small food processor and add a cup of strawberries for the pink filling. Add 1 or more tbls of spirulina to the original mixture to create the green color. Pour the lime green filling into your pan with crust, then pour the pink strawberry filling in several quick dunks allowing the filling to sink into the green. Use chopsticks to swirl colors. Sometimes I even save a little more green to add if pink takes over too much. 

~Put in freezer for 2 to 3 hours, then in fridge for 1 hour to defrost and set.  ~ my blog also has the recipe too! Enjoy!

BLESSINGS!
xx 


Monday, August 13, 2012

✧☽✧ Moon time rituals ✧☾✧

After 874 days without my moon cycle,  this last Spring while we were in Peru, I was blessed to receive this potent flow once again. Arriving exactly on the Solar Eclipse, I took this to be a most auspicious blessing.  Now that a few months have passed I am remembering all of the beautiful ways I can embrace my moon and take this time as a opportunity to tune into my body, tune into the earth.
We want our cycles to sync up with the moons cycles.  This means bleeding on the new moon and ovulating on the full moon.  Why do you think the energy is so high for so many of us on the full moon?  We are meant to be making love and creating new life during this powerful time. Allowing us all to be the wild, loving beings we are!   WIth the new moon approaching, this is a great time to check in and see where our bodies are at. 
Gather with woman who are also on their moons.  Create a sacred space that you can all go to and just BE. 
Remember the beauty of the plants.  Herbs are great to work with during these times.  I love to use Saint Johns wort, dandelion root, red clover blossoms, mugwort, cramp bark, yarrow, raspberry leaf, pennyroyal and rose hips to name a few.  You can take tinctures or tonics with these medicines. Teas are also great and always seem to soothe the soul. 
Long soaks in the tub do wonders! Add in some lavender, roses, salt and essential oils to really love yourself up. 
Take time for yourself.  Time spent alone in nature allows us to listen to any messages that are wanting to come though.  It's amazing the sounds that  call to our hearts when we really begin listen.  Remember the Queen that you are!
The beauty of ebb and flow and the balance of both.
Embrace your moon!  Its an honor and a gift. 

"Blood mysteries teach that menstrual blood and birthing blood are holy blood, power blood, healing blood. The blood mysteries teach us to remember that life and healing come from and return to woman, to the wise woman, to the woman who bleeds and bleeds. And does not die.

Blood mysteries reveal that menstrual (moontime) blood and birth blood are so holy, so full of potential, so full of the void, that they are to be used only to heal, to heal by nourishing. Holy woman-blood is nourishing blood, blood of love, blood of abundance, blood that heals the earth.

Blood mysteries recall the immense power of the bleeding woman. Power enough to share in great nourishing give-away from mother to matrix, give-away of nourisher to nourisher. When we bleed into the ground (in reality or fantasy) our power regrounds as our blood flows through the personal root chakra and into the earth.

Bleeding into the ground, bleeding freely, we know ourselves as women, as nourishers of life, as givers of nourishment to the plants, givers of holy nourishment: our moontime blood.

I am woman giving away nourishment to ensure this planet's life. With my moontime power, my blood, with my birthing power, my blood, I feed the earth who feeds us all. Every month I remember: I am woman. I am earth. I am life. I am nourishment. I am change.

I am woman, blatantly and repeatedly confronted with my changes: hormonal harmonics stirring moon time visions, ovulatory oracles, pre-menstrual crazies, orgasmic knowings, birth ecstasies, breast-feeding bliss, menopausal moods.

I am wholeness. I am woman. I know life, death, pain, and health in my marrow, in my womb. I know the bloody places: the narrow space between life and death, the bloody place of birth, the bloody mess of nourishing life, the bloody flow of letting life go. I am woman. My blood is power. Peaceful power. Peaceful blood.

My blood is holy nourishment. My blood nourishes the growing fetus. My blood becomes milk to nourish the young child. My blood flows into the ground as holy nourishment for the Great Mother, Gaia, Mother Earth. " ~Susan Weed
Moon maidens


On Kauai my  tipi has been painted red and is now used for a "red tent".  A moon lodge where Women can gather together to massage each other, drink tea, play music and most importantly, give our bodies the rest that it deserves. 
Have you ever just let your blood flow free to the  Earth?  Another gift  I love to offer is my moon blood to the plants.  I place my cloth pads into a large mason jar and then fill it with water.  This dilutes the blood and creates amazing nourishment for the plants.  If your going to offer it to the food garden, its a good idea to add it to the compost first, then add it to the plants.  Diva cups are a also a great way to capture your blood.  You can find a variety of reusable cloth pads and cups online. 
Sacred Yoni and the beauty that lies within.

 Remember: the act of slowing down, tuning in, and connecting to yourself and other women is how we find the answers within.  This is how we take care of ourselves, others and the world. This is also how we teach our daughters to grow into balanced, nurturing and wise women.

☽ My dear friend Mijanou from Mystic Mamma has a beautiful section on her website about moon time.          
✧ I also enjoy the beauty Aja has to share over at Moon Woman Rising.