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      OCTOBER 27 ASTROLOGY + ENERGY: NEW MOON IN SCORPIO

      OCTOBER 27 ASTROLOGY + ENERGY: NEW MOON IN SCORPIO

      The October 2019 New Moon in Scorpio marks the beginning of a new cycle. In the sign of depth, drama, death, and resurrection, this lunation brings us big transformation whether we are ready or not. With the moon in opposition to rebellious and erratic Uranus, sudden shocks may shake us up, and we need to be mindful of how we react. Rushing or acting impulsively could lead to accidents, so please be mindful of your body and your actions. Don't speed in your car; don't multitask while you're cutting an avocado. With Mercury in shadow and on its way to retrograde, being too swift with your words can also cause unexpected damage in relationships and communication. Even if your energy feels UP and electric, try to make a conscious effort to slow down and act only when you are doing so with surefooted intention.

      Scorpio influences us to delve deeply, discover what is hidden, and bring to light and revolution whatever we find. Spending time sitting with, rather than running from, uncomfortable truths is the best use of this energy. It is by refusing to face things through avoidance or escape that we may wind up hurting ourselves or causing unintended chaos, but if we remain steadfast in the face of our shadows, the shape of them may change. We will find ourselves transformed: the seeds of healing planted, the irons that bound us suddenly, surprisingly broken. ❤️

      GLOBAL GIVING: THESE BRACELETS BUILD HOMES

      GLOBAL GIVING: THESE BRACELETS BUILD HOMES

      We send 100% of the proceeds from our Guatemalan beaded bracelets right back to the communities that created them.

      In the Guatemalan highlands, millions of families live through the driving rains of June through November in homes made from cornstalks, cane, and scavenged materials. After working hard in the fields to earn less than $3 per day, they return home to find dirt floors turned to mud, belongings vulnerable to theft, and children sick from exposure. In this beautiful but poverty-stricken region a safe, secure house doesn’t just change lives—it saves them.

      Nancy Wynne of Stonington, Maine and her family formed the Guatemala Housing Alliance (GHA) to help these families find shelter from the storms. Since 2011, this dedicated group of volunteers has built dozens of homes in villages on the shores of Lago de Atitlán. Carefully constructed from natural materials like adobe, bamboo, pumice, and pine, each house is sturdy, sustainable, and affordable. The family receiving a home agrees to pay for it by joining a labor cooperative building homes for others in their village.

      One of GHA’s most empowering programs teaches women in the villages how to bead beautiful bracelets. This allows the women to work from home while continuing to care for their families. Mexicali Blues has partnered with Nancy and the GHA to support the colorful crafting these indigenous Mayan women are doing. We asked these talented artisans to create a few of their many beautiful bracelet designs in specially chosen color combinations that we could sell through our World of Goods program to help GHA build more homes!

      >>>>GET YOUR BEADED BRACELET HERE<<<<

      OCTOBER 13TH ASTROLOGY + ENERGY: FULL MOON IN ARIES

      OCTOBER 13TH ASTROLOGY + ENERGY: FULL MOON IN ARIES

      Sunday, October 13th is a Full Moon in Aries! Ruled by action-oriented Mars, Aries' influence makes us want to hurry up and get things done. In the case of this lunation, we may be feeling urged to solve problems or define what is nebulous RIGHT NOW, as if there is a deadline. We are better served to slow our proverbial roll, and focus on the details of the moment rather than where they are leading to. Are your current actions in alignment with who you want to be? Do the people you surround yourself with uplift you or drain your energy? The principle is simple though the practice feels far harder: are you enjoying yourself right now or not?
      It will likely be a challenge to stay present in the moment without getting ahead of ourselves, but potent power can be found there if we aim to access it.  Aries connects us robustly to our individual driving forces, separate from what we do in order to get along with, support, or please others. This strong energy will help us to recognize the truth of how we genuinely feel and what we really want, without external influence. If we can stand in awareness now rather than rushing to decide, we will become far clearer on what is really right for us within the next few days. <3

      MEXICALI MAKERS: RAJ + CB, INDIA

      MEXICALI MAKERS: RAJ + CB, INDIA

      The old adage is true: time really flies when you're having fun! We've been friends with (and buying beautiful jewelry from) CB and Raj for over 20 years. We first met these awesome gentlemen in a colorful and chaotic marketplace, where we were drawn to them by their calm and positive attitudes in the midst of so much noise. While the vendors around them were loudly hawking their wares, CB and Raj's smiles and the excellent quality of their jewelry spoke even louder.
       
      As we've worked and spent time with them over the years, we've come to really appreciate their consistency, kindness, and creativity in jewelry-making. Their jewelry is certified Fair Trade in Europe, and we love knowing that they believe in the importance of running a business that is up to fair trade standards, with a healthy and happy working environment where workers are paid fairly for the amazing work they do! 

      >>>>SHOP CB & RAJ'S MAGICAL JEWELRY CREATIONS HERE<<<<

      In working with these two for so long, we have also spent a lot of time with them outside of the shop, and we love that we often go out to dinner or adventuring around town with them whenever we visit.  A couple of years ago, we noticed a picture of the four of us from 1997 (over 22 years ago!) hanging on their wall, and we were so honored and delighted that we just had to reenact it. Our long-running relationship with Raj and CB is based on a deep mutual respect, and it makes us feel so happy in our hearts to know that our relationship is special to them too!

      >>>>SHOP THEIR JEWELRY CREATIONS HERE<<<<

      SEPTEMBER 13TH ASTROLOGY + ENERGY: FULL MOON IN PISCES

      SEPTEMBER 13TH ASTROLOGY + ENERGY: FULL MOON IN PISCES

      It’s a Full Moon in Pisces! The moon loves being in a water sign, and the tides of emotion and intuition are high and whirling. With the moon conjunct Neptune, dreamy vibes and also confusion are in the air! We may be mixed up over what we truly want and need and what we think we do, and need to be mindful to not be swept away in wishful thinking. Delusion, addiction, and escape are powerful themes with Pisces and Neptune, so we need to consciously stay grounded. We may be tempted to take chances and feel moved to big action by strong feelings, but it is best to hold off until the weekend is over when our true needs and how they align with reality become more clear.
       
      With the sun in Virgo, this lunation is about finding the balance between order and the infinite, and the sun’s placement offers practical solutions to old habits or baggage that has been plaguing us. It is a beautiful time to release something, whether that’s culling your closet or saying a ceremonial goodbye to the last vestiges of a relationship that drained your energy. We are feeling very intuitive and sensitive now, so it is a perfect time to tune into what we want from our environments (both in our heads and where we live) and clean it up and out, ready to move forward in an intentional way. Is your house in order? Are you building healthy practices into your daily life? Indulge your dreamy heart by keeping what you wish for in mind as you get yourself organized in preparation to accept it. <3
       
      Bonus Full Moon Goodness Tip: Pisces rules the feet, so it is a particularly potent time to dance, walk barefoot in the grass, or give yourself a foot massage!