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Monday, September 3, 2012

Magical Boxes and Bottles

Purple Glass Box and Bottle
Box $28  Bottle $36

Vessels have been used throughout time to contain and to hold precious items: jewelry, trinkets, oils, keepsakes, herbs, coins, hair adornments, found objects, ashes, incense, beach shells... whatever we consider valuable, sentimental, useful or worthy of safe keeping.

Late Summer is ruled by the Element of Earth in 5 Element Theory of Chinese Medicine.
Earth is associated with vessels or containers.
Just as our Body is a vessel for our Life force  energy, or Chi, and contains our precious organs that govern our well -being and overall health, our homes are the vessels that contain our bodies and our physical belongings.

Feng Shui Thought:

If we consider what we put into our bodies for optimum health, wouldn't be also then want to consider what we put into our surroundings? Surrounding ourselves with inspiring, beautiful, and uplifting objects lifts our chi and outlook on life. If we are surrounded by too much clutter, negative imagery, old, worn out items or objects that we feeling nothing for or that actually depress our attitude or outlook, we may become lethargic, unhealthy, and unmotivated. 

Keeping things organized and contained will also allow the chi to move more easily through our homes. Boxes are a simply way of putting smaller items together so they are not scattered across our surfaces. Clean surfaces allow us to imagine the future and leave room for what may come next. Horizontal surfaces are symbolic of the horizon, when we can see a bit further it allows us to open up to new possibilities and invite inspiration into our lives!


Bronze collection trinket box 5"x 4" - $48
Goddess reclining with Butterfly

Crushed Gemstone wooden Buddha Box 4.5" x 3.5" x 1.5"
This is a very unusual painted box, the pigment is actually made from crushed gemstones!
Amethyst, Chalcedony, Carnelian Agate, Garnet, Red Aventurine, Red Jasper, Sodalite, Yellow Agate, Green Aventurine, Blued Stone -  $20

Painted Resin Mermaid Heart Shaped Box 
5" x 4" x 2"
This beautiful trinket or jewelry box is exquisitely painted with delicate ocean hues!


Paper 'Book' Box with Yellow Flowers - 8.5" x 6" x 2"
This old fashioned sturdy box can be placed on your book shelf  keeping your special letters, notes or personal writings safe and hidden from wandering eyes!  


Purple Ceramic Bottles 12"x 3.5"  - $16 each
Lovely Iridescent high gloss glaze gives these bottles a unique and mystical finish. 


American Collection reproduction Glass Bottles
Green - 16.5" x 4" - $24
Blue - 18" x 4" - $26
Amber - 14" x 6" - $22
These wonderful bottles are made with hand blown glass techniques. Tiny air bubbles set them apart from commercial glass, and give then a flair of times of the past. Set them by a window to truly appreciate their vibrant colors!

Earth Element

Once summer has reached its height, the year's cycle begins its inevitable decline into the season of late summer - the season of Earth.
 The work done on ourselves during the earlier part of our lives - the growth and strengthening of the body, cultivating meaningful relationships, challenging and developing the intellect, spiritual practice - all determine the quality of the harvest we reap - and what we have to share with others. 
. Physically and spiritually, this period of late summer is a time for slowing down and gathering in. It is a time when we recognize and hold the fruits of our labor.

Suggestions for living in harmony with the late summer season
  • Enjoy the abundance of fruits and fresh vegetables
    Be aware of their special qualities, each succulence different from the next. Carrots are crisp, cucumbers cool, tomatoes luscious, peaches sweet. Look at the seeds, and reflect on the fact that within each harvest lie the seeds of the next.
  • Be thoughtful of how you can nourish others.
    In this season when nature gives her bounty, we also rejoice in giving, with attention to the special needs of others. You need not wait until you can give a "great gift." A word, a courtesy, a thoughtfulness - given today - is a great gift.
  • Be conscious of the harvest of your life.
    Think about yourself, your relationships, and your work. What parts of your life are bearing fruit? Where is the harvest rich? Where do you find it stunted?
  • Consider what you need to do to make ready for the letting go of autumn.
    Holding your harvest in mind, ask what is overgrown or unneeded. What distracts you from your dearest concerns? What might you wish to simplify in yourself or in your life?

Tarot Inspiration: 

9 Pentacles (Rainbows)
When the fruit is ripe, it drops from the tree by itself. One moment it hangs by a thread from the branches of the tree, bursting with juice. The next moment it falls--not because it has been forced to fall, or has made the effort to jump, but because the tree has recognized its ripeness and simply let it go. When this card appears in a reading it indicates that you are ready to share your inner riches, your 'juice'. All you need to do is relax right where you are, and be willing for it to happen. This sharing of yourself, this expression of your creativity, can come in many ways--in your work, your relationships, your everyday life experiences. No special preparation or effort on your part is required. It is simply the right time.

When we are ready, (like the apple that has ripened on the tree and is ready to fall from it), all of what we have experienced previously prepares us for the next step. Earth season of late Summer asks us to be prepared to transition or transform during this cycle, so we may know more clearly what we may need to let go of or refine during Fall or the season of metal that begins on the Fall Equinox Sept 22, 2012 (Northern Hemisphere).

1 comment:

  1. HI Patty, I'm loving your new blog. I'm curious about the mermaid box. Is it for sale? There is not a price on it like the other items.