While traveling through Northern Thailand in 2002, two women, Jane McBride and Patricia Zinkowski, discovered fifteen girls living in an abandoned school in the village of Doi Luang. The girls had little adult supervision and were trying to survive as best they could in an area known for human trafficking agents. Pattie visited us at Mexicali Blues recently to share the whole story of how this chance meeting led to the creation of Friends of Thai Daughters: an awesome organization dedicated to protecting girls who were trafficked or who, due to poverty or social status, are most vulnerable to trafficking, by offering them a safe living environment and an education.
These girls come from the hill tribes of Northern Thailand and are typically ages 8 to 23, without documentation or citizenship, orphaned, and/or victims of abuse. The shelter, support, and skills they receive from Friends of Thai Daughters can completely transform their lives.
These girls and young women live happily and healthily in a bright, cheerful safe house called “The Sunflower House.” Visiting the Sunflower House and seeing these wonderful young ladies grow and flourish over the years is one of the things we most love to do when we visit Thailand! Not only are we grateful to know these incredibly vibrant young people, but we are honored to continue to support their well-being.
In fact, if you have ever shopped at Mexicali Blues, YOU have contributed to creating a safe and healthy environment for these and other young girls in Thailand who would otherwise be at high risk for human trafficking. With 1% of all purchases going back to programs like Friends of Thai Daughters, your contribution is essential to our philanthropic endeavors. . . so, THANK YOU! (Learn about other organizations we support here)
At Mexicali we strongly believe that we all need to be aware how our choices as consumers can contribute to a shameful world problem and use our purchasing power—and philanthropy—to prevent it!
- Traditional birthstone of March
- Zodiac sign for Pisces and Aries
Aquamarine has long been known to have a deep connection to the ocean. In fact, the name “aquamarine” is derived from the Latin word for seawater (aqua marina, “water of the sea”).
This stone ranges from a sea-green to a soft powder blue, and is believed to enhance clarity of perception and eyesight, flow of creativity, inspiration and intuition. It is calming, soothing, and cleansing, and inspires truth, trust, and letting go. Connected with the throat chakra, aquamarine can help the bearer overcome fear of speaking, as it opens the channels of clear and heartfelt communication.
Folklore says that aquamarine was first found in the treasure chest of mermaids. Since then, aquamarine has been considered to be a sailor’s lucky stone, believing it would be protection for them on water. As well as protecting those who journey by sea (and alleviating seasickness or the fear of water), it guards those involved in any long-haul travel such as flying or driving long distances.
Aquamarine becomes a particularly potent talisman when it is immersed in water, and if one works with it in this way in moonlight, it offers powerful assistance in opening the third eye. This way of working with aquamarine leads it to sometimes be known as the stone of the sea witch, as more than any other gemstone it is purported to open the doors to strong oceanic magic for those who are inclined towards sea-centered mysticism.
Even for the non-witch, aquamarine is believed to open consciousness, releasing wisdom and creativity. It has a calming effect, and thus is noted for increasing courage and fortitude. It inspires the judgmental to be more tolerant, and helps cut through confusion and overwhelm to find kind compromise. As a love stone, Aquamarine can help two people with different lifestyles to live together in harmony, and reduces the effects of sensitive issues that cause quarrels. Aquamarine is often given as a love token or eternity ring, and increases commitment and fidelity “as long as the waters of the earth flow.”
Visit our website for a plethora of pretty gemstone jewelry, or visit any of our stores in Maine to see the potent and powerful beauty of this stunning gem, available at Mexicali in unique (often one-of-a-kind) shapes and settings!
Happy Full Moon in Taurus! The moon is exalted in Taurus, which makes whatever we commit to now come into fruition more easily than usual. It’s time to focus on your habits, the things you tell yourself, and the nature of your self-talk. Get serious about what you want to change in your life and what you want to let go of. In particular, this lunation invites you to locate any feelings of “I’m not good enough” and recognize where you’ve been having self-limiting beliefs, and what story you keep telling yourself that keeps you small.
It is a powerfully potent time to double down on positive affirmations, and any other ways you can show yourself clear and unconditional love. Can you commit to giving yourself five minutes a day of loving-ness? Offering kind words in your internal monologue, giving yourself a hand or foot massage, dancing, meditating? Can you give yourself one minute a day?
It is–somewhat annoyingly–not enough to go on a one-week retreat, or attend a transformative workshop, or read a book that opens your mind. These things are so, so valuable and important, but it is through *constant* daily or near-daily practices of devotion that change truly begins to manifest. It doesn't have to be huge, but it has to be a *practice*. The moon and the stars and all the interplanetary vibes are offering a beautiful boost to bring a life-changing habit into beginning today.
Please, also, remember: It is time to let go of comparing yourself to others. There is a place for you here.
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. ❤️