,On January 25, 2020 the pig will step away to the new ruler for the year, the rat. Although the name rat may be viewed as negative, the oriental name for rat actually relates to a variety of small furry creatures such as mouse, hamster, mole, etc. So what can we expect under his reign? The rat is the first sign of the Asian zodiac and as such it, more than any other sign, is the best year to start new. If you have been stumbling following your New Year resolution, the rat year will help you set the foundation to make it happen. Overall expect a year of fresh starts or revitalizing old plans and making them new. Since the rat begins the twelve year cycle it also is a time for renewed vitality, and new beginnings in all areas of life. Now is the perfect time to envision the way you wish your life to be and manifest it! To see how the year favors your sign look below. The years for each sign are in parentheses. If you were born Jan or Feb you should look up your birthday to determine when the Chinese New Year was for the year of your birth, since it is connected to the new moon and changes between these months.
RAT - (1936,48,60,72,84,96,08,20)
This is your year and not just in name. You can expect an overall positive year filled with new opportunity, prospects, and creativity. If you have been thinking of making changes (career, love, job) this is the year to do it, as fortune favors you. Finances and health should also be good. Do make sure you put some of that extra cash away for leaner times.
OX - (1937,49,61,73,85,97,09,21)
A year of slow but steady growth and accumulation. This is a good year for making investments and putting into place long range plans. If you have been struggling with health issues particularly joints and bones, you should expect improvement this year. Love and romance are aspected
TIGER - (1938,50,62,74,86,98,10)
On the upside this is an excellent year to make connections and improve social standing. A good year to promote yourself and business. Spending your finances in these areas will aid you in the LONG run. On the downside, short term you may feel pinched. It is not a year for quick decisions or blind speculation.
RABBIT - (1939,51,63,75,87,99,11)
The hare can take advantage of the creative and opportunistic energy of the year as long as they are cautious when it comes to finances. Care should be taken in health as they are more prone to accidents this year. Focus on planning and laying the foundation for new projects.
DRAGON - (1940,52,64,76,88,00,12)
A very favorable year awaits you. the dragon energy harmonizes very well with the rat. An excellent time to start a new venture. Health, love, and business are all favored this year. Be sure to take advantage of financial opportunities that are sure to come your way.
SNAKE - (1941,53,65,77,89,01,13)
This year should be more peaceful than past years and steady progress can be expected. To take advantage of opportunities coming your way tap into the creative energy that is prevalent. If there are any outstanding problems it is best to resolve them now in order to use this years energy to it maximum benefit.
OIL: Balance & Harmony
HORSE - (1942,54,66,78,90,02,14)
This is a challenging year for the horse as the energies associated with the rat are not complimentary to your natural tendencies. You will need to watch your finances and not take any unnecessary risks. Be sure to keep up your health regime to avoid any issues. It is a good year to channel creative energies and more intuitive pursuits.
SHEEP - (1943,55,67,79,91,03,15)
This should be a rather quiet year for the sheep. Think of it as a little vacation from the activity of last year. Expect slow and steady progress with time to direct your energies towards strengthening your personal relationships.
GEM: Yellow Calcite
MONKEY - (1944,56,68,80,92,04,16)
This is an exciting time for Monkey folk. The rat brings out your creativity and stimulates abundant inventions, ideas, and possibilities. This bodes well for romance, business, and self care aspects of your life. Just remember - don't scatter your energy too thin!
OIL: Success & Happiness
ROOSTER - (1945,57,69,81,93,05,17)
You will be kept busy this year maintaining what you have accumulated in past years. Unexpected developments may arise that will have you tapping into funds you have put aside. It will be important to look at things realistically. It is a good time to seeking alternative healing and stress relieving techniques. In romance and business do your homework before committing.
OIL: Stress Relief
DOG - (1946,58,70,82,94,06,18)
Opportunities will come your way this year and it is the perfect time to investigate them and decide where you wish you future to go. Overall a positive year. Time to lay the foundation for the next eleven years. The energy will be ripe for manifesting once you decide what direction to take.
OIL: Clarity & Focus
PIG - (1947,59,71,83,95,07,19)
As you leave your year there may be a little unsettled energy. Last year you were able to close and finalize aspects of your life which lead to feelings of fulfillment and satisfaction. This is a year of change for you as new cycles have to be started. This disruptive energy will be throughout many areas of your life as a new course is set. This is not necessarily a negative thing but as you are not found of change can be stressful. Brush up on stress relieving tools and aids such as aromatherapy, meditation, and rubbing stones so you can take advantage of opportunities and rewards.
Chinese Horoscopes are for entertainment purposes only, use them as a guide but do not live your life by them. Copyright 2019 Charmed in Company.com
Sending packages? Sent your gift tags with a seasonal oil such as fir needle &pine or use an oil blend that carries the meanings you wish the recipient to have such as happiness, or success. Tie a charged quartz crystal with ribbon when wrapping your gift with a note with what energy the gem has been charged with. You may also use a small quartz crystal and instead of adding it to a package, add it to the holiday cards you are sending to friends and family as a special gift.
CREATING A CHARGED CRYSTAL (packages):
Select a quartz crystal that is longer than it is wide. Clear the crystal using a smudge.
Method 1: Using the charcoal and resin way of burning a smudge, select a Charmed in Company resin blend that has the properties you wish your quartz to absorb (such as holiday blend). Light the incense charcoal and when it is hot add a little of the blend to the charcoal. Hold the quartz crystal from the ends over the smoke. Wait until the smoke enrobes it. Turn the crystal to the other side and repeat the process.
Method 2: Hold crystal in cupped hands with the right hand under the left. Visualize the color associated with the energy you want the crystal to absorb (Pink love, Green health, Blue peace, Red protection, etc.)
Method 3: For those that want to empower the crystal with the most energy you can combine the above two methods.
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THE HALLOWEEN ZODIAC
By Victoria Chasmar of charmedincompany.com
When you go out into the crisp and chilling autumn night, and hear the crunch of decaying and drying leaves under foot does your imagination take you to the eerie old castles, black as tar lagoons, and magical forests? As you gaze into the moon, the gray black clouds obstructing the light, are you thinking of those who lurk in the night? Have you ever, by chance, imagined yourself to be one of those dark, but fantastically disturbing creations? This article captures the feel of Halloween and all of its intriguing trappings and brews it together with astrological characteristics of our zodiac. I present to you, your Halloween Zodiac Sign. Unlike traditional signs this zodiac begins and ends in October, with the sign enveloping Halloween leading the way and the Vampire’s kiss sealing the end of a yearlong night.
FIND YOUR HALLOWEEN ZODIAC SIGN & GEM
OCT 23 – NOV 22 THE JERSEY DEVIL: Spawned from the depths of the underworld your mysterious and intense presence creates a threatening image that has most town folk quaking in their boots! Elusive and capable of soaring through the black void of the October sky, you choose to either rise up, above earthly happenings, or swoop down and terrorize those below. You are the stuff legends are made of and an encounter with you (if survived) is not one that will easily be forgotten. Gem: Dragonstone
NOV 22 – DEC 22 THE MUMMY: Mysteries of ancient civilizations call to you. Before you know it your desire to understand the process the Egyptians used to mummify has earned you a first-hand experience! Binding you up and entombing you is just not enough to keep you from discovery. If only people would let you come close enough to share your experience. Wander on mummy and seek your truth! Gem: Hiddenite
DEC 22 – JAN 19 PHANTOM OF THE OPERA: Some may call you old fashioned and “stuffy” but your classically trained sensibility and love of pure pitch has you in control of life’s stage. Heaven help those who do not share your vision of beauty. Making your mark on the world has you enjoying the rich underbelly of the theater in its splendor the costumes, music, and talent. From your humble beginnings you build your theatrical empire and desire to present it before the public eye, hopefully you will be well received. Gem: Stromatolite
JAN 20 – FEB 19 MAD SCIENTIST: Your “Out There” approach has created some disturbing abominations but, are they truly horrific twists of nature, or perhaps you are just leap years ahead of us. Do we see our future in your hands? Certain to enlighten, your theories gather many admirers, but the masses just aren’t ready for the tangible creations and the ripple effect they create. Please, don’t blow up the house/world creating explosive weaponry of the future! Gem: Tektite
FEB 19 – MAR 20 CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON: Deep, Dreamy, emerging from the depths of moonlit waters. Who could resist your romantic presence? A strong silent type, you could literally sneak up on the unsuspecting, and often do! Your thoughts get lost in the deep still waters of your imagination and you find it difficult to express in words the depth of what you feel. Often misunderstood you are apt to escape to your sea cove, but not without a significant other to keep you warm on those chilly autumn nights. Gem: Silverleaf
MAR 20 – APR 20 FRANKENSTEIN: Stitched from the body parts of only the strongest and most powerful, you are truly a force to be reckoned with. An imposing figure, absolutely, countered equally with a pure heart and desire for something more. Do the townsfolk understand you? Perhaps not, you present too imposing a figure to believe that you are any more than brute strength. Pioneer on Frankenstein, there may be a bride in your future that does. Gem: Septarian
APR 20 – MAY 21 WITCH: Food delights the soul and has you concocting over a cauldron a creation most intriguing. Taking pleasure in tactile senses your wide array of carefully chosen, collected, and maintained herbs, oils, and gem stock have put everything you need at your fingertips to create your pleasure. More the merrier, you invite others to create a celebration most divine. Take heart and keep that blood snakeroot bottled tight. You never know when you will need it to raise the dead! Gem: Serpentine
MAY 21 – JUNE 21 DR. JECKLE & MR. HYDE: Are you the distinguished man of the hour or a raging and violent mad man? So many sides to you can leave a person batty! A desire to understand and explore all ranges of human experience has created your unique “two heads are better than one” approach to life. So convincing you are at showing your best side, no one may ever suspect and discover your other personality. Live life to its fullest, then regret and search for a cure. Will your mind ever find the equilibrium it seeks? Perhaps, but do you chance drinking another concoction that put you here in the first place? Gem: Spectrolight
JUNE 21 – JULY 22 WEREWOLF: That beautiful glowing orb in the night sky calls to you, drawing from you the turbulent emotional energy that hides in daylight. Transformed under the moonlight your presence alters, so that even the most beloved, fail to recognize the beast within. The power of the full moon creates havoc, and enraged, you express yourself in ways unimaginable. All will bide their time in the safety of their homes until the moonlight fades and you once again appear with untarnished reputation and warm personality. Gem: Selenite
JULY 22 – AUG 23 KING KONG: King of your island there is no one who can match you in your regal style, power, and thundering call. Willing natives honor your presence and you maintain a sense of justness. A few sacrifices and all remain safe, until you are thrown. Culture shock, chains, and a stage for others to gawk at, is that anyway for a king to be treated? You are dramatic, and can be sensitive and kind to those who make it into your chosen circle. It is best to be left to lead your devoted following, and let NY (and those who don’t appreciate you) have Godzilla! Gem: Pyrite
AUG 23 – SEPT 23 INVISIBLE MAN: Taking “behind the scene” to the next level, you are able to spot all that others have missed. How could you possibly know all those facts? Could it be your incredible powers of detail finding, or perhaps you were just standing next to the speaker, taking full advantage of your invisible state. In either case your keen knowledge of what others would rather remain unknown, can create and unnerve, perhaps leaving them gasping! You are the ultimate presentation of living ego less; you are defiantly not defined by what you see in your reflection. Gem:Voegasite
SEPT 23 – OCT 23 VAMPIRE: You present well. Looking so put together. You emanate that forbidden charm drawing others to you as if you were a magnet. That deep understanding and depth of conversation and wisdom of the ages captivate your audience. If only they knew you have lived through it all. You seem to escape the tarnishing of time. Dust to dust? Not as long as you avoid the sun’s spotlight. You are ever looking for that perfect person to sink your teeth into conversationally – or perhaps, in your case, literally. Enjoying tossing a thought around before making up your mind might have others going batty. You have time to kill. Since you give a kiss that will truly define the everlasting quality of a life long soulmate, consider wisely Vampire, forever is such a long time! Gem: Bloodstone
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What is the Harvest Promotion? It is your chance to win great prizes! Pick up your Harvest card at the shoppe. Have it punched when you make purchases. Fill the card and be entered to win one of the fabulous prizes! 20 Prizes will be awarded. We even have a free entry day for those who have not completed their card. There are over $250 worth of prizes that will be awarded. It is the perfect way to begin your holiday shopping and have a chance to receive something for yourself in the process.
Once your card is full, write your name and phone number on the back, and place it in the entry box. We only use the phone number to contact you if you win.
Prizes include Readings, Jewelry, Raw Gems, Pendulum, Crystals, & More! Every completed card is an entry. The more you enter the more prizes you may win. Promotion runs through November. Winners will be notified the first week in December and posted on our facebook page. Full details in the shoppe. There will also be a free entry day at our Halloween celebration on Oct 31st along with fabulous free classes/activities and store wide sales (more details on the Halloween celebration later).
Good Luck to everyone!
.By Victoria Chasmar
All cycles have beginnings and endings and the Chinese zodiac is no different. On February 5 the dog bounds off leaving the new ruler, the pig, in his place. The pig is the last of the twelve zodiac signs. As such he represents completion, rest, peace and is closely connected with family and the home (domesticity). The return of the pig represents the best time to complete projects, add finishing touches to your work and prepare for the next phase life has to offer. It is not a year to sit back and do nothing. Projects that have been started need to be completed this year. On a global scale the pig is more concerned with domestic, internal issues and policies rather than foreign affairs and involvement. Foreign negotiations will usually be resolved peacefully during this time. Pig years are ones with plenty of social activity, well-being, generosity, and compassion. The pig likes to indulge and can easily overextend himself with luxuries and extravagances. Since this tendency is dominant it is important to be mindful of your finances during pig years. Thankfully, this tendency is tempered by the fact that 2019 is an Earth year. The element of Earth curbs excessive spending and should help in making plans and sound decisions. It will be important to be open to different views and beliefs to make the most of what this year offers. Business and industry are usually well aspected and there is more likelihood of commitment and a general feeling of security and trust. For a more personalize forecast read the horoscope below and carry the gem indicated to help you with the energies of the year.
This is your year and you will feel the strongest energy connection during the winter season. You can expect positive gain and progress overall. Unexpected issues that arrive at work or home may disturb your desire for peace and harmony, but it will not amount to anything you cannot handle. Overall a year for satisfaction a enjoying your accomplishments.
Helpful Gem: Moss Agate
You may find that you need to finalize your plans without outside help. This is a work year and although you are industrious, you may find yourself working harder than normal to make ends meet. Others in your life may demand more time and energy and it is important that you set and stick to your priorities. It is not a year for speculation or excess. Social activities are highlighted as well as romance.
Helpful Gem: Emerald
A good year for you. Issues may arise, but overall you can expect a fair and relatively trouble-free year. Your overall situation should see some improvement, and there are more opportunities for happiness. It is a fortunate year and modest luck and success are indicated.
Helpful Gem: Bornite
.A mixed year. Initially you may experience luck and strong gains in commercial and business matters. As the year rolls on, it can dissipate considerably, so do not enter into any risky ventures. Play your cards close and you will do fine. People that enter your life may not be everything they seem, so impulsiveness should be held at bay. Family problems and relationships issues can arise. You may find yourself involved in legalities and travel is not favored.
Helpful Gem: Bronsite
.Happiness will come through family relationships, marriages, and new commitments. These happy events are favored, and marriages are usually blessed with many children. Artistic and creative pursuits will receive positive attention. Not a good year for finances and monetary gain. Do not take risks involving money.
Helpful Gem: Dalmatian Stone
.Social activity is highlighted this year and there will be opportunities to meet new people. Romance can create problems and misunderstandings may arise. For the most part, it is a lucky year and you can expect periods of good fortune. Business and finances are steady if no extreme action is taken.
Helpful Gem: Chalcedony
.This is a hard year for the snake. Legal issues are not favored, so steps should be taken to avoid possible legal involvements. Family and domestic problems can be expected. If you stay level headed finances will be good, but it is important to think matters through before spending. Romantic opportunities and activities are strongly favored.
Helpful Gem: Fluorite
.Work, career, and study/learning are positively aspected. Social activities will be prevalent. There may be some family or domestic issues that will arise, but overall a smooth year with plenty of opportunities for happiness.
Helpful Gem: Orange Calcite
.You had a hard year last year and this year will help you begin to balance life out. Money and opportunity will aid you, but overall it is a year to recharge your spirit and energy not one of great progress. You may find yourself traveling short distances. The size of your family may increase this year as the pig favors births, marriages, and commitment.
Helpful Gem: Fancy Jasper.
.Commercial transactions and finances are good. Opportunity is there to do well, but you may find yourself rethinking and compromising as a result of overconfidence in your plans/ideas or carelessness. Don’t take on more than you can handle or rely on others who have not proven their reliability, and you will see positive results.
Helpful Gem: Labradorite
.Home, family, and relationships show improvement this year. You will feel as though your life has finally been jump started. There may be some unexpected turns and events that create delays, and some of the activities you previously enjoyed may have to be dropped to make way for new pursuits. There will be plenty of social opportunities and romance is favored.
Helpful Gem: Aragonite
.Happiness will come through home and family this year. Although delays can be expected, and major gains are unlikely, there still a general movement forward in finance and business. Stress arises through travel issues. It is a good year for expanding social contacts and making new beneficial associations.
Helpful Gem: Petrified Wood
Use the table above to determine your lunar zodiac animal. Each animal's year is listed in the column under the name of the animal. For example, If you were born in the year of the rat you would be 1936, 1948,1960, and so on.
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By Victoria Chasmar
As we head into the New Year there is one question you really need to be asking yourself. “Is your cup Empty or Full?” Unless you are in the perfect state of bliss with everything working harmoniously in your life and you feel completely fulfilled, it is time to empty some of the contents of the cup. You won’t be able to draw any beneficial energy if there is no room for it to occupy in your life.
So, what’s in your cup? Have you been stalling your life without realizing it? If you have been holding onto hurt, anger, lack of forgiveness, and regret, you have been subconsciously sabotaging your happiness. The space that those emotions occupy in life are keeping more positive and fulfilling vibrations from entering your life. Every action in your life happens, how much value you place on an individual occurrence is entirely up to you. Sometimes it is not enough to just forgive, you need to truly let it go, which falls into the place of forget. When an event no longer holds strong emotion, it drifts into the background and gets mingled with all the other happenings in life, fading away into the gestalt of daily events. Strong emotions tend to cement feelings and emotions with a particular event making it more difficult to release. If you find you are having trouble letting go of an old wound or hurt, try this simple exercise to help you get started on releasing the pain and making room for more happiness and fulfillment.
Free up the blocks of energy keeping you from Happiness
You will need:
Palo Santo Stick or Smudge Charcoal & Reiki Blend
Selenite Gemstone or form
Chalcedony Necklace (this is optional but works very well at subtly releasing energy without pain or creating an energy hole)
Lava Stone (if you feel overwhelmed/engulfed by strong emotion/anger and cannot focus because of it.)
Light your palo santo stick, cone, or wear the oil. If using the charcoal method, light charcoal until it is hot and add a little of the reiki blend. Smudge yourself and your environment. Now that the scent is permeating in your area you are ready to begin. If you are using the chalcedony pendant, wear it, if you need the lava stone hold it in your hand. Think about an area or issue in your life that you need to let go of. Write a few key words representing it on the parchment using the black marker. Hold the selenite gem in your hand or over any area that feels tight or emotional until it clears. Feel the emotion connected to the event or issue and use the selenite to dissolve it. Understand that whatever the event or issue was, it is not only over and, in the past, but it has taught you a lesson in some way. Perhaps it gives deeper insight into yourself, or maybe it enables you to help others who experienced a similar thing. Use the event to stimulate wisdom and knowledge in your life but release its energetic hold on you. Take the piece of parchment and burn it in the charcoal or the flame from the palo santo stick. As it burns say “I break any energy connecting me with (the event/issue). I am free and clear of all attachments and allow only love and light into my life. I am whole and complete” Do this for each issue. When you are done, and the ashes have cooled scatter them to the wind. You may not be able to work through everything in one sitting, that is fine. Work at your own pace until the last bit that is taking up room in your cup is gone. Now you are ready to fill it with all the joys and pleasures life can bring. Have a Happy Healthy, New Year!
Copyright 2018 Charmed in Company LLP, 529 route 9, Waretown, NJ 08758 All rights reserved.
By Victoria Chasmar www.charmedincompany.com
Some will automatically know how to spot the perfect heart felt gift, but others may have trouble knowing where to begin. If you are the latter here are three simple steps to help you.
Step 1: Identify the core need (try to figure out the root energy that would best embody what the person needs/desires the most, for example if the person fears change, then perhaps a gift that will aid in building confidence)
Step 2: Think about how the person will use the item. For example, if the person is not active and doesn’t like physical activity, a gift membership to a confidence building martial arts class may not have the effect, you desire.
Step 3: If possible personally select each aspect/part of your gift. (if your gift has several components and you are making up individual kits then try to select each part while visualizing the recipient). The fact that you have put your time energy and thought into each selection will make your gift so much more impactful.
For Loneliness – Gift of Self Love, create a gem sampler with an adjustable gem holding necklace and a message about each gem energy. Add an anti-loneliness oil and perhaps a gift certificate to an activity or class.
Self Esteem – Hair salon, massage, Rose quartz gems with pink candles and incense.
Love – gift certificate that gets the person out and involved in a group activity (best chance to create opportunity to meet the right person). Add a gem for courage, and stress relief if they are anxious or fearful
Financial Security – Perhaps a stock and a magazine for entrepreneurs, and a bloodstone (success stone).
Anti-depressant – Uplifting and antidepressant oil blend or incense, burner, humorous book.
Good Fortune – Lucky rubbing stone or keychain, money drawing candle, good luck oil, and a few quick pick lottery tickets.
If you are handy in the kitchen, why not make a cookie that embodies all the wishes for each recipient? You can add it to your package as a tag or bake a bunch and place them in a special tin. Make a gingerbread cookie as the spices have properties of good fortune and protection.
Use color energy to decorate each cookie. Green – (Good fortune & Health), Red – (Love, Passion, Action), Blue – (Spiritual, Stress Relief, Justice), Yellow (Happiness), Pink (Compassion, Love), Orange (Creativity, Positive Change), Brown (Home, family), Purple (Psychic, Pain relief), White (Spiritual, clearing), Black (protective).
Add a decorative piece a paper with a handwritten description of the cookie’s energies.
WRAPPING & CARDS:
Increase the sentiment of a holiday card or gift by adding aromatherapy. In a large container with a lid add a few drops of essential oil or Charmed in Company’s Happy Holiday oil. Scent your wrapping paper and cards by placing them in the box, adding the oil to either a cotton ball or if the box is cardboard directly to it, allow to dry, place objects in box, close lid and let sit a week or until you wish to send or use them. Each object will retain the scent of the oil and add a new dimension to your gift giving.
The best gift of all are those found in the warm memories of the times you spend together. Have a Happy Holiday!
TIGEREYE VS AFRICAN BLOODSTONE GEM MATCH Results
A truly exciting competition, our opponents were equally matched with a multitude of innate gem power. Tigereye came on strong, proving he was more than stunningly handsome, but African Bloodstone healed almost instantaneously from his blows and cast solid hits his way. They circled for several rounds, and the anticipation mounted. Would this be a tie? Was it possible? Casting their eyes towards the judges everyone wondered what subtlety might push their champion to the lead. In the final seconds, Tigereye charged himself with sun energy and glowed so bright African Bloodstone was temporarily blinded. When African Bloodstone lifted her arm to deflect the glare, he hit her with a gem punch, and she went down for the count. “Illegal use of shine!”, half of the crowd roared. Upon instant replay the referee allowed it to stand. Tigereye danced around the ring proclaiming “I am the greatest” and “I have more than luck on my side”. Then, he helped African Bloodstone up, and showing there were no hard feelings offered to take her out for dinner. African Bloodstone declined but they shook hands and parted as friends. “Until the next time” she said and left the ring gracefully.
Thanks to all who voted in our Gem MatchUp (May 2018 Newsletter)