Greetings Beloved Kin,
Our Spirit moves by Intention. Through ritual and sacred ceremonies we create a tangible experience for our subconscious to grasp and remember.
Reed/BEN is observed as a day to bless or repair your home. There are a number of ways you can carry it out.
A simmering potpourri can clear the air. You can choose the herbs and simmer with lemons to clear your space of negative energies, and the tangible bacteria in the air. One way is to start with lemon, salt and water. Rosemary, cinnamon, and clove are some herbs and spices you may have on hand. You can research the benefits of specific herbs and spices to create your personal blend that will hold meaning as your personal creation. Bay leaves (laurel) is another spice on hand with beneficial properties that can be burned or added to a simmering pot.
Since ancient times, Bay Leaf was believed to be effective at calming the mind. The linalool and cineol found in Bay Leaf have been found to reduce anxiety and lower the levels of stress hormones. Bay Leaf Essential Oil properties lie in the warming effect of the oil, which makes it suitable for aches and pains. (Google)
Rosemary has significant antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-apoptotic, anti-tumorigenic, antinociceptive, and neuroprotective properties. Furthermore, it shows important clinical effects on mood, learning, memory, pain, anxiety, and sleep. (Google)
I added Eucalyptus to my own blend after learning it is one of the most powerful herbs for killing bacteria in the air.
Eucalyptus: Strong therapeutic and anti-bacterial/anti-inflammatory. Indigenous peoples of Australasia have used this tree for thousands of years to treat coughs, fevers, joint pain, wounds and much more. Phytochemicals in Eucalyptus are well-researched with therapeutic properties for airborne, anti-microbial, analgesic, antiseptic anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antispasmodic, antioxidant, antiviral, hypotensive, mucolytic.
Burning Eucalyptus essential oil will firstly help to kill the airborne germs responsible for colds and flu. Its mucolytic properties will help to thin excess mucus, particularly helpful for asthma patients.
Whatever you use, search for the aromatic benefits. Acknowledging the the purpose creates an experience that blesses both the body and Spirit. Our unconscious mind remembers.
Sage holds the benefits of killing bacteria as well as clearing negative energies. The Elders taught us to follow with Sweetgrass as an Intention to “fill the empty places” left behind with the sweetness of Love. Burning evergreen of any kind is a blessing to the home. I recently learned that Juniper Oil was applied to the threshold of the stable to keep the snakes from crossing the path. Fir is among my favorite wax melts to bring a sense of well-being and clear the air. The Elders taught us to give thanks for whatever offerings from nature we intend to use for a sacred purpose.
LEMONS & SALT:
Another old tradition is to place lemons and salt in the bedroom, or any room of the house. They are known to draw negative energies and to bless the whole house with a renewed sense of well-being.
The smell of the citrus fruit will help to open up your airway and fall asleep more easily. Lemons also provide stress relief. The scent is a natural mood enhancer, and is also helpful for lowering blood pressure. Both of these things will help you to have a more restful, undisturbed sleep.
(Starting the day by drinking warm water with lemon is recommended as a way to boost metabolism and clear the digestive track – a means to clean a fatty liver that reduces belly-fat. Warm water and apple-cider vinegar does the same thing. Remember how vinegar works to clean the coffee pot!)
BLESSING THE ALTAR:
Remember the Ancestors and the prayers they offer from above as well as the Divine Creator at your altar. Do it with the intention of Giving Back. Remember the gift of living water that holds the ether of Spirit. All our human water is released back to the Earth when we ascend to the “otherside.” The Spirits of our Ancestors surrounds us in the waters of a Living Earth. The Elders said to acknowledge the presence of our Ancestors in the clouds that release the water into the streams that flow back to the seas and oceans. By Hebrew tradition, we wash our hands first to reflect the purity of our intentions.
CLEANING THE CORNERS:
I was drawn this morning to sweep the floors and deep clean the corners I’ve overlooked for a while. Sweeping is a Native American tradition and a ritual for “sweeping negative energies” out the door. Open a window to help clear the air. We always feel better when we engage movement for a Divine Meaning and Purpose. All these things we use were blessings offered from the Creator for a Divine Meaning and purpose. Create your own way, remember your own reason, and give thanks for the blessing.
All these things make a difference when we carry it out in a Conscious way for a Divine Purpose.
love, in lak’ech,
PS – Bless yourself with Frankincense and Myrrh after a ritual bathing.
THE TRECENA OF REED/BEN: CREATING A PLACE OF BELONGING
1 Reed/BEN (Cherokee, Reed/I’HYA)
Descriptions by Ian Xel Lungold, 12 Sun/AHAU
Galactic Tone 1: Unity. One is the beginning of all things, the first, the whole and the all in one. One’s are assertive and self-guided and give a good push to whatever project they are associated with. One persons work best when meeting a challenge. Do not expect One-persons to be attentive to details or to put the finishing touches on things.
Reed/BEN: Reed persons are the spiritual essence, protectors and guiding light for family and home. They are competent speakers who will take up a cause. Very tough and analytical, Reeds endeavor to bring peace, harmony and order to all o their relations. Reeds are blessed with great skill at negotiations and consoling which are very often put to the test. Although Reeds need a lot of appreciation, may have marriage or business problems because of inflexible vies and high expectations, which erode affinity. The lesson for Reed is to be like a garden hose, not a steel pipe. Bless or repair your house.
THIS IS A GOOD DAY (AND A GOOD TRECENA) TO: Bless or repair your house.
Cherokee, Reed/I’HYA: REED- Symbol-Reed is the Earth, reflection of the Star Chaga of Pollux. Reed made up the Magician Twins who led the journey to bring back to life the daughter of the Sun. The Casket is Gemini. Energy for Intellectual minds, creation, re-creation, new directions, breaking the ties that bind. A trailblazer and leader. From the East, direction of success and happiness, no matter what route is taken, always ending up in the Light.
[Text in italics was the primary source of inspiration for my journal. These are the sources that started my journey and they are the reference for interpretation each day. By providing the original text, I hope to offer a way to see what inspired my thoughts and by including all the aspects – allow for something more to inspire you. Mayan descriptions are those written by Ian Lungold. Cherokee descriptions came from multiple sources. Links to sources and other resources of study are offered on the Daykeeper Resources Page. ~Debra]