Starsign birthstones

ARIES

March 21 – April 20
For you, Aries, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”. These glittering gems are said to attract love and money, though there’s a catch: their powers are strongest when received as a gift. Rubies can lift your energy and libido, but if you’re revved up enough, watch out. Traditional April birthstone: Diamond

TAURUS

April 21 – May 21
Emeralds, known as “the stone of successful love”, are believed to strengthen the memory and promote a happy family life – it’s no wonder they’re your special stone. Topaz also resonates nicely with your sign, bringing purpose and helpful people into the picture. Traditional May birthstone: Emerald

GEMINI

May 22 – June 21
For jittery Geminis, Agate and Tourmaline are both a perfect match. Roman soldiers once carried these gems as lucky talismans, but today, Tourmalines are known as “healing stones”. To sooth frayed nerves or calm a racing mind, keep one close at hand. Traditional June birthstone: Pearl

CANCER

June 22 – July 23
Pearls embody the female spirit: soft and luminescent but strong and resilient – just like you, Cancer. Being lunar ruled creatures, Moonstones also resonate on a deep level. To balance your hormones and even out emotions, wear a silver Moonstone ring. Traditional July birthstone: Ruby

LEO

July 23 – Aug 23
For sun-worshiping Lions golden Citrines are said to attract good fortune, while Tiger’s Eye crystals bring courage, confidence and clarity of vision. Being the zodiac’s royalty, Rubies also resonate with your sign, especially when set in gold.
Traditional August birthstone: Peridot

VIRGO

Aug 24 – Sept 23
Once worn as amulets by warriors, Sardonyx are said to boost stamina and bring happiness; some even say they aid childbirth. Being a natural healer, Peridot also suits your sign; for a sense of peace and well-being, wear a necklace or pendant. Traditional September birthstone: Sapphire

LIBRA

Sept 24 – Oct 23
Being ruled by the scales, it’s no surprise that your stones promote balance and harmony. Opal, the “stone of hope and justice” is your official gem, but for a calming influence try Sapphires and Aquamarines. They should attract good fortune too! Traditional October birthstone: Opal

SCORPIO

Oct 22 – Nov 22
For Scorpions, golden Topaz really is “your little ray of sunshine”. Worn as a ring, this healing crystal should bring joy and good health into your life. To release negative patterns, try wearing a Malachite ring, know by many as the “stone of transformation”. Traditional November birthstone: Citrine

SAGITTARIUS

Nov 23 – Dec 22
Looking for equilibrium? Search out a Turquoise. Prized by Aztecs and ancient Egyptians, these stones are believed to energise the spirit and promote harmony in love. To recharge your batteries or raise spiritual awareness, wear a Topaz on your ring finger.
Traditional December birthstone: Blue topaz

CAPRICORN

Dec 23 – Jan 20
Garnets, known as balancing stones, are your perfect fit, Capricorn; not only do they inspire love and serenity, they are said to lift depression and ease arthritis. Jet and Onyx also hold an affinity to your sign, helping to clear the mind and lift the spirits. Traditional January birthstone: Garnet

AQUARIUS

Jan 21 – Feb 19
Aquamarines, known in ancient times as “the life force stone”, are believed reduce stress and calm fears. Amethysts also have a calming effect, and importantly, can open your mind to new ideas. For best results, wear as bracelets or necklaces. Traditional February birthstone: Amethyst

PISCES

Feb 22 – Mar 20
Once used as charms against disease, Amethysts exert an almost magical pull. When focused upon, spiritual awareness can be enhanced and negative energy cleared. Moonstones also resonate with Pisceans, helping to relax the mind and calm emotions. Traditional March birthstone: Aquamarine

 

20140118-204539.jpgPersonal astrology readings
Want to know where you’re heading … or curious about your career, relationships or hidden talents? Your sun sign is just the tip of the iceberg! Jenny offers detailed personal readings (roughly 60 minutes) for AU$150. Once she’s recorded your reading, a private link will be emailed to you. To book phone 0411 631 940 (Australia) or email jennyblume@iprimus.com.au

Client testimonial: ” Thanks so much for your reading, Jenny. Accurate accurate accurate. It was quite spooky actually. All very relevant and very informative…”  – TC, Sydney, August 2014

Bring on the fun!

Jupiter has now cruised into Leo, the sign of creativity, celebration, theatre, play and childlike joy. After soaking up a strong Cancerian energy for the last 12 months – think nesting, nurturing and emotional intensity – many of us are ready for a good dose of adventure and excitement.
Theatres and theme parks should do a roaring trade over the coming year, along with jewellers, boutiques and party supply stores.
Being the planet of luck, learning and expansion, growth will come as we step out of our comfort zones, rally our courage and interact with the wider world. Leo is like the teenager of the zodiac: excitable, enthusiastic and brimming over with energy, but sometimes those apron springs can be strong.
If you’re over cooking and renovating shows, it’s time to switch off the telly and inject more fun and laughter into your life … dance, travel, learn something new. Live life to the full!

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Neptune retrograde … time to dream!

full moon jenny blume feng shuiNeptune, the zodiac’s ruler of dreams and illusions, has just moved into a six-month-long retrograde phase (where it appears to move backwards, at least from our earthly perspective). Until mid-November most of us will feel more connected to our imagination, intuition and spirituality. For people with a strong Pisces or Neptune energy in their birth chart (especially 4-7 degrees Pisces) the coming months will shift you into an unusually deep but highly perceptive place. Dreams may become more vivid or prophetic, while for musical and artistic types, inspiration should flow more freely. An interest in healing or the mystical arts might also surface, or you could tap into psychic abilities or previously hidden talents.

For all of us, our compassion, spirituality and imagination will be heightened, but on the flipside, paranoia, hypersensitivity and escapist tendencies could flare. Due to this heightened sensitivity, it’s important to steer clear of negative influences and situations. Exposure to alcohol, drugs, chemicals and toxins should be limited; as we become more open and vulnerable, draining people and negative relationships might also need to be avoided. As your perception becomes more acute, it is important to listen to closely to your inner voice; it’s also important to talk or write about what you are feeling and sensing, because Neptune retrogrades can sometimes produce a type of psychic overload for sensitive types. Don’t try to hold it all in.

On the upside, Neptune retrogrades often bring an abundance of creativity, compassion, understanding, healing and inspiration. If we can manage to stay grounded over the next six months (immerse yourself in nature, listen to beautiful music, practice meditation or yoga) our inner worlds will have an amazing opportunity to blossom and grow.

If you’d like to enquire about a personal reading ($160) email jennyblume@iprimus.com.au
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Shake ups on the financial front

image Tomorrow’s solar (new moon) eclipse in Taurus will pull the focus onto finances and domestic matters for many people. After an unsettled, restless period, engaging in earthy, physical activities such as cooking, gardening, crafting and cleaning should feel wonderfully grounding over the coming weeks. Yes, it’s time to get your hands dirty!
For many, finances and living arrangements will come under the spotlight, but it’s worth remembering that along with change and upheaval, new moon eclipses often herald fresh starts – or even complete transformations. With a Cardinal grand cross adding fuel to the changeable energy, this is the perfect time to make a special wish, seek some professional advice or draw up a new financial plan.
The upcoming eclipse is known as an annular rather than total as it will occur when the moon is close to its farthest distance from the Earth, making it too small to cover the sun completely. The resulting effect looks like a ring of fire, as the sun peeps out from behind the moon.
Weather permitting, Australians will see the moon cover about 65 percent of the sun’s disk, which will be visible on Tuesday, shortly before sunset in Melbourne and Sydney and earlier in the afternoon in Western Australia.

Click here to see Jenny’s 2014 moon planner

Best house plants

air purifying house-plants

As feng shui is about creating a supportive, feel-good environment, indoor plants are often recommended. They can help to harmonise a balance home, and often work best in the east and south east sectors (although this can change, depending on your home’s unique energies).

Plants only do they look and feel good, they can greatly improve the air quality. NASA tested various plants for use on space stations; here are some that rated the best.

1. Bamboo palms: Unrelated to true bamboos, these plants are excellent at improving air quality. They remove formaldehyde and act as a natural humidifier.

2. Snake Plant: Another excellent choice, especially for darker corners, this hardy plant is commonly called the mother-in-law’s tongue because of its sharpness.

3. Areca Palm: Not only do these palms look great, NASA found that they are one of the best air purifying plants for general air cleanliness.

4. Spider Plant: A great indoor plant for removing carbon monoxide and other toxins or impurities. Spider plants are one of three plants NASA deems best at removing formaldehyde from the air.

5. Peace Lily: Peace lilies could be called the ‘clean-all’. They’re perfect for bathrooms or laundry as they’re known for removing mould spores.

6. Gerbera Daisy: Not only do these flowers remove benzene from the air, they’re known to improve sleep by absorbing carbon dioxide and giving off more oxygen overnight.

Other plants that tested well were: English Ivy, Heartleaf philodendron, Elephant ear philodendron, Weeping figs, Rubber plants.

FENG SHUI TIPS:

  • Plants with heart or oval shaped leaves create a calming vibe, making them an ideal choice for entrances, landings and living areas. As round-leaved plants are said to attract wealth, try placing one or two Jade plants or ‘money trees’ near your front door.
  • Fruiting plants like cumquats are also said to attract good fortune, along with scented, flowering plants like jasmine and gardenias.
  • Bamboo is another popular choice, as it represents strength, longevity and protection; small ‘lucky bamboo’ plants make ideal gifts, especially for older people.
  • On the flip-side, pointy-leaved plants such as palms and cactuses will add a masculine energy to your home. This can be useful for livening up quiet corners, but when placed in a prominent position, spiky plants can create a prickly, argumentative energy.
  • Plants are not generally recommended for bedrooms, with the exception being orchids, which represent love, sensuality and fertility; alternatively, place one in your living area to invite more luck and family harmony into your home.

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You can’t hold back the tide!

solar eclipse

Can you hear the air crackling? The build up to Tuesday’s eclipse is now in full force. Adding to the tension, the Cardinal grand cross (involving heavy-hitters Pluto, Uranus, Jupiter and Mars) which has been hanging around for months, is tightening and stirring up suppressed feelings and fears. Yes, grand crosses can bring challenges, but they can also illuminate unexplored avenues. Every obstacle (and grand crosses are sure to bring some) has the potential to awaken our higher self and show us how strong we really are.

Eclipses on the other hand, can be likened to flicking on a bright light, just briefly, in a dark room. For a moment, we get a glimpse of something normally hidden from view; they can even spark ‘Eureka’ moments. Often, they mark important turning points in our lives, or unforeseen events conspire to change our path. Whenever an eclipse has fallen over one of my ‘personal’ planets (I allow up to 4 degrees), I’ve been forced into making a major change … which is not always bad. I got sick and gave up smoking under one, lost weight after another and also left a stressful job. The more proactive you can be, the better.

Suffice to say, we may have an intense few months ahead, but periods like this often prove to be pivotal, both personally and on a globally as well.

If you find yourselves struggling with difficult emotions, in yourself or a loved one, don’t ignore them, for over the coming months those very emotions may provide the fuel for deep transformation. Change can be scary, but rather than trying to hold back the tide, flow with it and you should end up in more honest and satisfying place. There’s no doubt that these are challenging times, but periods of change and upheaval often prove to be the most liberating, even if we can’t see it at the time.

Be kind to yourself over this unsettled period by doing things that you love. If you feel overwhelmed, plenty of walks, exercise and heart-to-hearts should help you to feel grounded. Another way to process the thoughts and feelings that arise is to start a journal; simply write it all down and let it flow.

Crystal pendulums

Pendulums for sale

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Pendulums are not only beautiful and fun to use, they can help you to tap into your natural intuition. Most people start getting clear ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers within 10 minutes.

How to use your pendulum
Start by sitting or standing in a relaxed position, preferably with uncrossed legs. The first thing you must do is discover how your pendulum is going to respond to your questions.
Hold the small ball at the top of your pendulum’s chain lightly between your thumb and pointer finger and ask, “Show me a yes.” Just relax and it should soon start to move, either swinging in a circular motion (clockwise or anti-clockwise) or crossing your palm in a straight line. After you’ve obtained the ‘yes’ direction, stop the pendulum and ask “Show me no.” Soon, the pendulum will show you the direction indicating the direction for a ‘no’.

Caring for your pendulum
Crystals should be cleansed regularly, either with a special cleansing solution or with sage smoke. Moonlight can also cleanse and recharge crystals – I like to cleanse my crystals under the full moon.

Due to overstocking for a recent fair, I have a variety of pendulums for sale, including amethyst, rose quartz, tiger’s eye and clear quartz balls and points. Priced from $10 – $13 (near wholesale) plus $5 postage in Australia for up to 6; NZ postage: $10 for up to 6. Great gifts!

Email jennyblume@iprimus.com.au to order your pendulums

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