2017

Magical Honey Lavender Lemonade Recipe for Litha

Honey Lavender Lemonade Recipe for Litha by Foxglove Tarot Bali (01)

Happy Litha, everyone!

In case you've never heard of it, Litha is one of the Pagans' and Wiccans' Sabbats to celebrate the midsummer solstice. It is celebrated on June 22nd, where the day is longer than usual, making it the perfect day to celebrate the power of the Sun God. On this day, witches celebrate the festival by performing various rituals to honor the sun, such as bonfire festival, barbecue, or just sunbathing to enjoy the sun’s warm, masculine, energy.

Well, I think I’m going to celebrate it by going to the beach today while enjoying my homemade brewed Magical Honey Lavender Lemonade. I accidentally stumbled across this recipe from FitFoodieFinds while I was browsing through Pinterest, and this sounds just perfect (and so so so simple) for the lazy me to start the rest of my day. I may have tweaked it with a little bit of magical touch, but nevertheless, you can still drink the brew anytime you wish. 

Here you go!

My Lavender-Infused Honey Syrup, stored in a recycled Darbo Jam jar.

My Lavender-Infused Honey Syrup, stored in a recycled Darbo Jam jar.


Ingredients


Lavender-Infused Honey Syrup
1/2 cup of mineral water
1/2 cup of honey (I use Acacia Honey because the floral flavor blends well with the brew)
1 tablespoon dried lavender (I’m using the lavender flower tea by Hanayo Tea since it's difficult to find any lavender plants here)

Honey Lavender Lemonade Spell
"May this brew brings me the renewal I need
Or the clarity to walk my path despite my misdeed
May my wishes manifest on this special Sabbat
With no harm done to anything or anyone
By the powers of Air, Fire, Water, and Earth
May my journey be pure and prosper henceforth
So mote it be!" 


Honey Lavender Lemonade recipe (for one serving)
3/4 cup of lemon juice
1/2 cup of mineral water
3/4 cup lavender-infused honey syrup
Sugar (if necessary)

Acacia Honey

Acacia Honey

Lavender Flower Tea by Hanayo Tea

Lavender Flower Tea by Hanayo Tea

Honey Lavender Lemonade Recipe for Litha by Foxglove Tarot Bali (03)

How to make this:


First, start by making the Lavender-Infused Honey Syrup as your base

  1. Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and boil them.
  2. Once boiling, simmer it for 5 minutes.
  3. Stir it while reciting the spell until the honey is mixed well with the water. Don’t forget to visualize your wish while doing the sequence. Litha is a great day to wish for renewal, purification, empowerment, or prosperity. Time to tap into that solar energy, witches!
  4. Place it in a container (I use a recycled jam jar for this) and store it into a fridge for overnight (at least 8 hours).
  5. You can strain the lavender before serving. Or not, because I love eating them hehe.

Once you’re done, you can use the syrup to make a few servings of the Honey Lavender Lemonade

  1. Place all the ingredients, along with the syrup, into a cup or a pitcher, and mix it.
  2. You can add sugar if necessary. Sugar helps to enhance your brew’s power.
  3. Add some ice and drink it while enjoying the sun.
  4. You can also leave out a small amount of the lemonade as an offering to the Sun God – or any gods that you’ve been working with.

Hope you have a great Litha! And don't forget to tell me how your lemonade goes! Mine is purrrfect. Hohoho. Do you have any other recipe or ways to celebrate Litha that you can share with me? Leave it in the comments below! ☺️🌞


Foxglove Tarot Bali

Hello, I'm Canti!

I am a tarot reader and an eclectic witch living in Bali, providing online tarot reading and blessing service for the mindful soul-searchers. Contact me at www.foxglovetarot.com to book a private counseling session with me.

How to keep up with reality during Neptune Retrograde

Niti K - Unsplash - Foxglove Tarot Bali - Neptune Retrograde

Dreaming of a better tomorrow is always good for the soul. But what if the reality is bleaker than your fantasy? Will you accept it, or will you keep the illusion alive?

These are the questions that we need to ask while Neptune is turning retrograde from June 16th to November 22nd, 2017.

As the planet of dreams and illusion, Neptune is in charge of creating smoke and mirrors to your reality. When Neptune moves direct, you’ll get to see a bigger picture of your goals, instead of focusing what’s in front of you. Even the harsh reality will not seem so bad for us. Hey, Neptune makes anything looks and feels possible, okay. Just like Photoshop for the soul.

Now that we’re in a Neptune retrograde period, we’ll get to encounter more of that deer in the headlights moment when faced with the truth. No more sugar coating for us. The reality will come as it is, regardless of how bleak or uninspiring it is. Except for psychics or those with heightened sensitivity, you might get overload information instead. Anyway, please avoid any drugs or addiction that can blur your judgment.

But don’t worry! You’ll get the hang of it once you know how Neptune retrograde can benefit you.

Wakey, wakey! It’s evaluation time!

Let’s say you’ve been in a long term relationship with someone and you feel the need to bring it to the next level. With Neptune moving retrograde you’ll begin to question the need and evaluate it before popping the question. Neptune will lift the veil for you and bring the reality right to your front door. It's not going to be all pretty since the flaws will make up just as much as the good stuff, btw.

What to do: Make sure you consider both the advantage and the red flags before you decide on any long-term commitment, whether in love, career, or finance.

Stop living a lie.

Neptune retrograde will feel surreal, particularly for those who live in pretense or strive in their own La La Land. Your greatest fear will rise to the surface. And for those who have been running away from it, will only experience it over and over again. You can try, but I suggest you face the music and dance. Accept the shadow as a part of you. Accept that you can’t always win in life. For example, if your financial situation hasn’t been doing well, admit it, and plan a strategy to increase your income. Neptune Retrograde is a great time to stop the escapism and find new ways to cope with reality.

What to do: If you’ve been telling yourself that everything is going to be okay (even though it won’t), you should stop at once, accept the harsh fact, and do something about it.

Let’s embrace spirituality!

The retrograde movement makes it a great period to learn and immerse yourself in spirituality. As the planet of psychic ability and intuition, the Neptune retrograde will heighten your senses to perceive things beyond the usual context. Get a better sense of who you are and what is your purpose in this world. You might have a clearer idea of what to do when you can finally internalize your fear of uncertainty.

What to do:  Do more meditation or yoga, or read more spiritual self-help books. I’m currently reading Be Here Now by Ram Dass. You should give it a try!

They say "Ignorance is a bliss". But to me, it's better to know the truth than living an unsatisfactory life, especially if it can cause more problem in the future. What do you think?

Trouble in paradise? Get your personalized Neptune retrograde reading with me today!  Click here to book a session.


Photo credit: Niti K - Unsplash


Foxglove Tarot Bali

Hello, I'm Canti!

I am a tarot reader and an eclectic witch living in Bali, providing online tarot reading and blessing service for the mindful soul-searchers. Contact me at www.foxglovetarot.com to book a private counseling session with me.

Let's say YES to Life on Full Moon in Sagittarius!

The Universe and Lust Card by Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot deck

The Universe and Lust Card by Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot deck

Oh look, it’s that time of the month again! 

If you’ve been waiting for a life-changing event, tonight’s the night. We’re going to welcome the sight of the optimistic Full Moon in Sagittarius, which will, ironically, shine beside the pessimistic Saturn. Although it's advisable to play by the rules when Saturn is around, remember, it's Sagittarius, the sign of growth and expansion that we're talking about here. So, I wouldn’t be worried so much if I were you.

Luckily, there’s a strong trine aspect between the Full Moon, Saturn, and Uranus in Aries. It helps to bring your inner Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) to the surface for this period. She's bold, she's brave and refuses to play by the man's rules. However, she continues to abide her own personal rules such as justice, love, and compassion, to complete her mission. As long as you know when to say "yes" and "no" at the right time, you'll do amazing, just like her.

Joining the party, Jupiter will turn direct tomorrow to propel you into doing a more active participation in your life. If you've been holding onto some plans while Jupiter was in retrograde, tomorrow is the perfect time to start carrying them out into action.

Here are the things that you need to consider during this period based on my brief talk with the Thoth Tarot:

The Universe card - Take the challenge, as long as it aligns with your "code"

We all have our personal code. Our strong belief, what we stand for, and the values that make us who we are. The Full Moon in Sagittarius will bring forth your curiosity on whether you have lived a life that's worth settling. If you need to go beyond your achievements, you'll get the hunch that will tell you so. You might also get some new ideas on how to debunk some of your personal beliefs.

It's like when Diana refuses to believe her mother when she forbids her to go and fight for humanity because 'men don't deserve her'. But she goes anyway, with her stubbornness, but of course, with her moral code kept close to her heart.

Although Saturn can be a party pooper sometimes, we're lucky to have it so close to the Full Moon, something that hasn't happened in decades, because it helps us to stay grounded. You have this other world beyond your reach, but it's not impossible if you decide to take the challenge. The wide-eyed Sagittarius will help to illuminate your path and make you believe in the good omens. But if you're traveling too far to the unknown, you might not know your way back in case the opportunity falls apart.

So the next time you decide to take up a new job, or make new friends, remember who you are and what you believe. It's a new challenge, indeed, to make your mark in a new territory. But if you always have your "codes" in mind, you'll always have a place at home, no matter how horrible the new land is.

Diana Prince and Steve Trevor - Gal Gadot and Chris Pine - Wonder Woman
Steve Trevor: We have a mission! We can’t save everyone in this war! It’s not what we are here to do!

Diana Prince: You’re right... But it’s what *I* am going to do.
— Wonder Woman (2017)

The Lust card - Make your postponed plans happen

With Jupiter turning direct tomorrow, and a double blessing from Full Moon in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries, it would be a waste not to take action on your postponed plans. If you have anything that you've been planning for the past few months, tomorrow's the time to dust your journal and start doing. There will be a tide of productive energy around you once Jupiter propels forward. Tap into it, and create workable deliverables for your projects.  

Start working on your thesis, NOW. Call your Mom, NOW. Go for the dentist appointment, TOMORROW (maybe you don't have time for it today). Anything that you can do today must be finished by today the latest. Hurry and catch this productive wave before it's too late! Jupiter is your one giant lucky planet that will boost the full moon magic we are all expecting tonight.

Hopefully, the New Moon in Sagittarius brings the longed-for positive changes in your life and helps you to be your own version of Wonder Woman.

If you're looking for more personalized tips to survive the ups and downs this month, book a reading session with me. Enjoy the full moon, witchlings!


Hello, I'm Canti!

I am a tarot reader and an eclectic witch living in Bali, providing online tarot reading and blessing service for the mindful soul-searchers. Contact me at www.foxglovetarot.com to book a private counseling session with me.

New Moon in Aries 2017: Letting go of your ego and accepting yourself.


Hello, friends!

Hope you're having a good week so far! Are you ready for a long blog post? (Sorry)

Today in Bali, Indonesia, we are celebrating the Nyepi Day, or as known as the Day of Silence.

In case you’ve never heard of the event, Nyepi is a day of self-reflection in Balinese Hindu tradition through several restrictions such as Amati Geni (no fire, light, or electricity), Amati Karya (no working), Amati Lelunganan (no traveling), and Amati Lelanguan (fasting and no self-entertainment). We are expected to think in retrospect in silence about who we are and evaluate our values, such as love, patience, and kindness. We connect with our Creator, with the Universe, and with ourselves through prayer, fasting, and meditation. But most importantly, we do it to be in touch with our core self – our spiritual self, without any distraction.

Like any other Nyepi Day, the celebration always falls on New Moon. I’ve only been celebrating it twice here in Bali, and last year it was New Moon in Pisces + Lunar Eclipse turn, while tonight is the chance for the New Moon in Aries to take center stage.

Let’s not forget that Venus and Jupiter are still in retrograde, keeping yourself focused on searching spirituality and wellness inward. And with Venus retrograde standing in conjunction with the New Moon right at the heart of Aries, this need of loving yourself first will become heightened as the week goes.

All aspects added, the question that I’m trying to answer today is: “Is there anything that we can expect this week based on tonight’s celestial event?” I have drawn three cards from my favorite astro diviner Thoth Tarot to assist me.
 


Two of Disks (Change): Find ways to end the cycle of ego within you.

Every ego wants to be special. If it can’t be special by being superior to others, it’s also quite happy with being especially miserable.
— Eckhart Tolle

Ego is a part of us that we can never erase. But don’t worry, that there are ways to work around it – to remind the ego that it is not here to stay and overpower us. Through the reading, the Two of Disks reminds us to stay grounded this week. New Moon in Aries is INTENSE (yes I have to use the capital to illustrate exactly how INTENSE this is). And being a sign of ego that is Aries, tonight’s New Moon will propel you into ego traps.

Always be aware of the feeling of superiority. Achieve that awareness, take a step back and understand why you feel the need to be superior or judgmental to others. Is there any part of you that requires healing and letting go? The New Moon in Aries will help us to recognize the “sickness” and highlights the core problem.

Suggestion: Do a transcending ego meditation. This one is my favorite.

Ace of Cups: Nourish the mind, body, and spirit.

Currently, there are five planets stationed in Aries (Venus, Sun, Moon, Uranus, and Mercury), giving a boost of Aries’ fiery individualistic energy. In my earlier post, I talked about the influence of this Arian energy during Venus retrograde: the importance of self-love. Will this theme go forward during New Moon in Aries? Hell yeah! Here’s how Leah Whitehorse further describes this connection in her LUA Astrology website:

Venus is all about ‘I love you’ but in Aries, it’s about ‘I love me!’. Instead of striking out and starting new projects or relationships, this New Moon suggests we need to go within and bravely learn to love ourselves first and foremost. Self-love is integral to the path ahead.
— Leah Whitehorse

So ask yourself if you’ve been naughty or nice to yourself this week. Do you allow yourself to take a break when needed? Have you eaten your meals on time? Have you spent enough self-care time for yourself? Have you been sleeping around even if you know you’re not supposed to do it because it’s going to make you feel shitty the next day? But most importantly, are you happy?

Suggestion: Do any of these self-care activities, but try not to break the bank because Venus RX literally won’t allow you to overspend.

Also, maybe try the Go-Massage? I’ve heard raving reviews about it, so I hope they can do the job of de-stressing you. 

Queen of Cups: Don’t deny your relationship with yourself.

Following the importance of self-love that I have highlighted earlier, you also have to have a strong bond with yourself. As you’re reading this, you're probably thinking about certain physical or emotional traits that you don’t like about yourself. Some people don’t like their shadow side or the way their intuition getting in the way of their logic. I have even met some people who don't like themselves because they’re too nice to everyone else. There are thousands of reasons of why you can’t make peace with yourself. And tonight’s New Moon will only bring those reasons to the surface.

Scratch that. We will enjoy the New Moon in Aries week with full love and honesty with ourselves.

Accept both the good and the bad of our existence, and understand that there is no way you can achieve perfection. It doesn’t mean that you can be a total bitch and say, “Yeah I can’t change my attitude, because I know I’m selfish and arrogant.” It means, you understand the length of your disliked traits, and you work towards accepting or making peace with it. In other words, you shouldn’t use those particular traits to feed your ego (back to point no 1).

Suggestion: Do a heart-to-heart talk with your partner/family/friend, and discuss the things that you don’t like about yourself – whether it’s your attitude, belief, or your physical self. Ask their opinion and discuss how you can make your progress in accepting those traits.

PS: I won’t suggest you change anything yet, especially anything on your physical self because Venus is still in retrograde.


Well, I hope you’re ready for the New Moon tonight! Let me know if you have any other suggestion to celebrate Nyepi / New Moon in Aries in the comments below. 🌚 🌝


Foxglove Tarot Bali

Hello, I'm Canti!

I am a tarot reader and an eclectic witch living in Bali, providing online tarot reading and blessing service for the mindful soul-searchers. Contact me at www.foxglovetarot.com to book a private counseling session with me.

5 Ways to Achieve Work-Life Balance on Full Moon in Virgo


Hey ho! Welcome to Full Moon in Virgo!

As the host of the 6th House in Astrology, the virgin Virgo rules health, hygiene, jobs, daily routines, and pets. Imagine Sarah from your workplace who is always glad to help but gets anal about the font size in your spreadsheet. Yes, that’s the epitome of a true Virgo.

Tonight, on March 12th, 2017, we are witnessing the bright, beautiful full moon located in Virgo. The shift will cause you the urge to stop coming home late, use your free time to clean up your room, and indulge yourself with a free Vinyasa flow practice on Youtube(Virgos are very economical in that sense) The energy in effect will not only apply to a Virgo but also to everyone, regardless of the sun sign.

But is there any other way to harness the full moon energy to its fullest potential? Of course, there are! Hold my kale juice, and let me help you with that.

1. Let your work quality speaks volumes – not the quantity.

Unlike the sign Capricorn, Virgo’s perfectionism quirk applies to the quality of work instead of the title of their career. Closer to the full moon, your workload may be piling up – more than what you can finish on time. To avoid staying late at work, use the Pomodoro timer approach to fit as much work as you can in 20 mins. It’s important to work efficiently within the working hours so you can clock out on time.

2. Work hard, rest hard.

Allow yourself to take a good rest whenever you have the free time. If you can spare 15 mins at work, sneak in a coffee nap to get a quick recharge. Once you arrive at home, ignore your emails and head straight to the bathroom for a hot bath. Light scented candles if you have some, and wear your pajama. Your work should stop during resting time, and you need to stop resting once the work-mode starts.

3. Set a healthy boundary with yourself.

Full Moon in Virgo is the perfect period to start paying attention to your health. Have your annual check-up this week, and see if there’s anything that you need to improve in regards to your well-being. Maybe you need to reduce your caffeine intake, get enough sleep, or maybe you should stop stressing over your plan of talking to the HR about your promotion. 

4. Don’t skip the vitamins!

Make your full moon resolution to start eating more veggies, fruits, and take more vitamins. To increase your performance at work, you need to store as much energy as you can, and you need a strong, healthy body to give your best shot.

5. Practice mindfulness.

Work can demand so much of your time, so keep your mind stress-free with mindfulness! Some tips from me: schedule a quick 10-min sun salutation every morning, try to note down positive experiences in a gratitude journal, and spread kindness whenever you can. Let’s start our day with positivity, shall we?

Photo Credit: Pexel


Foxglove Tarot Bali

Hello, I'm Canti!

I am a tarot reader and an eclectic witch living in Bali, providing online tarot reading and blessing service for the mindful soul-searchers. Contact me at www.foxglovetarot.com to book a private counseling session with me.