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Mercury Retrograde Balancer Spray…for Skeptics

posted on 7th January, 2019

Working with vibrational essences, aromatherapy, and other alternative healing modalities, we embrace healthy skepticism, both from within and from others. We recently had an interesting exchange with an astrology blogger who had posted the following, “Don’t Fall For This!” It was about our Mercury Retrograde Balancer Spray.

Unfortunately, the blogger assumed we were selling the promise of getting rid of the negative effects of Mercury Retrograde. Here’s how Amanda replied:

My husband Erick reached out to you asking if we could send you a sample of our Mercury Retrograde Balancer Spray. When he forwarded me your exchange, I looked through your site and, lo and behold, found your April post, “Don’t Fall For This!” about our spray! 

I can honestly say that I laughed out loud…it just seemed very funny that Erick reached out to you without knowing that you had posted already. From what you said in your initial exchange with Erick, “the best way for you to participate in our online community is to read and comment on the blog.” I wanted to comment on the post, but comments are closed. I’m hoping you can reopen the comments so I can post the following, you can do it for me, or perhaps there’s some other way or place to respond.

Here’s what I’d say to you and the community:
It’s totally understandable how you would think the spray is a gimmick. My inner skeptic is one of my most valuable perspectives and voices. But to clarify what we offer: The spray uses a combination of aromatherapy and vibrational essences to support and enhance the positive energies when mercury is retrograde. We are not trying to “get rid of Mercury Retrograde.” For your readers who aren’t familiar with vibrational healing (flower and gem essences, for example), this link provides a good overview.

Since Mercury rules the brain and communication, is half dark and light, hot and cold, unconscious and conscious, I chose a combination of contrasting and balancing pure essential oils; lavender and peppermint simultaneously calm and stimulate. The spray also contains the Bach flower remedy Clematis and White Chestnut and gem essence infusions of Blue Topaz to support communications and Ruby for grounding. Finally, I add the planetary essence of mercury retrograde which helps with inner clarity and awareness.We both take different healing tools seriously, yet with a healthy dose of skepticism. How do we prove that any of this stuff works? Should we even try to prove it? Is it all mental or a placebo? Quantum science starts to make a lot of these questions irrelevant as the wall between the observer and the observed breaks down. Regardless, I make these products with positive intention and integrity. My customers often swear by them and recommend them to friends. I have studied and worked with different modes of healing for 25+ years and it is my passion. At a minimum, the ritual of misting ourselves with a beautiful smell brings a moment of reflection, awareness and delight. Ideally, we actually use the tool to shift our perspective and behavior.

As mentioned, I’d be happy to send you a sample spray to try it out. As long as you’re not trying to get rid of Mercury Retrograde…clearly a fool’s task…you may just enjoy the simple act of doing a little spraying. The worst thing that can happen is nothing.

Color For Healing During Venus In Retrograde

posted on 21st November, 2018

This post is about how we can use color for healing during the challenges (and opportunities) offered during Venus in retrograde.  

Typically, people focus on retrogrades as times to avoid doing certain things. The popular and often dreaded Mercury Retrograde is often associated with mechanical breakdowns, computer trouble, etc.

As Venus rules love and beauty and is all about relationships, attraction, art and all things sensual, we will often hear people say that when Venus is in retrograde (May 15 – June 27, 2012), we should not be focused on our outer beauty; for example, it’s not the time to shop for clothes and furniture or get a haircut. However, instead of looking at what we shouldn’t be doing, we like to see this time as an opportunity to look within.




With this mindset, we can use color for healing to facilitate a process of finding your own admiration and nurturing the relationship with yourself.

We focus on PINK to help reconnect with our inner beauty and love. This is about a love affair with yourself. However, the process of looking within is not always so easy; this can be a challenging time.  DarkStar Astrology says that Venus in Retrograde is “supposed to mean that our love lives enter a fated period where we may relive past life experiences in order to sort out karmic issues. Old friends or lovers may reappear and there may be more difficulty in giving and receiving love and affection.”

Lynn Koiner says, “When Venus is retrograde, it provides lessons in evaluating the real worth and value of people and things in our life.”

Understanding that “going inside” and “focusing on our inner beauty” is easier said than done, we use PINK as a tool to help. We bring in the pink to support the challenging but essential task of loving yourself as you are. Self acceptance stumbles when it runs into self criticism and feelings of inadequacy or shame and discomfort about weight and age, for example.

The Pink, Rose and Magenta Aura Sprays all carry the Pink energy and are aligned with different yet supportive gem and mineral essences. Take a look and see if they or their affirmations can help support your romance with yourself. Bon voyage!


PINK – UNCONDITIONAL LOVE – affirmation: “I love and accept myself

Pink Color Essence Aura Spray

The Pink Aura Spray















ROSE – DIVINE LOVE – affirmation: “I am beautiful”

Rose Pink Color Essence Aura Spray

Rose Pink Aura Spray


















MAGENTA – SANCTUARY – affirmation: “I am re-generating”

Magenta Color Enhanced Aura Spray

The Magenta Aura Spray




The Aura Cleanse

posted on 17th May, 2018

The aura cleanse sounds so refreshing…I imagine an aura treatment, the Loofa scrubby taking away stagnancy that keeps the subtle energies from flowing and the white light from shining. Aunt Vi’s uses color for healing, but there are so many ways to approach the aura cleanse. Searching for some images to go along with this post, I came across two that were so different on the surface, but yet so similar underneath.

The first is a familiar image of the subtle energies. It highlights the primary chakras.

The traditional image of the chakras

The Aura Cleanse Body

As the different chakras are aligned and the energy is flowing, light radiates and expands into the universe.

aura cleanse by Charmed from the Book of Shadows

Magical aura cleansing














The second image is from something called the Book of Shadows. Sounds spooky…and it talks about witches! Although it’s certainly has a different feeling than the image above, it’s message about cleansing the aura is fundamentally the same, “…From dark to light sweep history.” What a great image to associate with the witch’s broom.








Regardless of the practice and the tools, it’s really all about the intention and action that goes along with it. Anyone reading this post is well familiar with the skepticism that so many people have about alternative healing in general. Is quantum healing real? Do flower and gem essences really work?

Ritual is putting intention into action. “Doing something” has power and when it’s aligned with a vision of a “clean aura,” for example, it can only help us on our journey towards the light.

Aunt Vi’s products are tools to help with sweeping away that which gets in our way. The white aura spray, for example, is particularly well-suited to cleansing energy and “cleaning the chakras.”

The White Aura Spray

Useful for cleansing the aura


The clear or white spray is used to detoxify personal space and discharge stagnant energy with an infusion of white light. It can be used to cleanse your aura every day, at home and when traveling. Its particularly wonderful for use by practitioners before and after healing sessions.

This clear essence contains Juniper oil, a folk remedy to dispel and purify negative spirits. It is infused with Clear Quartz and Diamond essences and also has the antibacterial and refreshing oils of Tea tree and Peppermint. We use this essence to regularly cleanse, protect and renew our home and surroundings.

dancing with anger (red)

posted on 28th April, 2018

Red is the color of awakening, of passion, of our energetic life force. In its negative expression, red reveals itself through anger, like fire, an explosion. Anger is usually repressed; we usually feel ashamed, embarrassed or wrong for allowing anger to surface. However, we must learn to release anger or it will create a hidden, volatile, destructive and disruptive volcano inside us, rearing its head again and again.

I cannot say enough how important it is to understand and “conquer” this intense energy. We don’t conquer it by sweeping it under the carpet (again and again…) for it will simmer and arise again with similar issues. Healing anger hurts like hell (red) and forces us to reflect on what terrorizes us most (security). The gift of anger is that it can fuel us, can shake up the foundational roots of our being, our kundalini life force. During the first, often socially unacceptable stages of anger it is important to allow yourself to be in it fully, to express it safely (without abuse or violent behavior) in some way. All exercise, martial arts, dancing hard, gardening, creating something out of nothing…As hard as it is to honor this powerful blood curdling energy, I want you to know that you will find your next step, you will find the renewal that your soul needs. This renewal will help you begin to walk towards personal awakening and the manifestation of a new powerful and strong energy that resides calmly in you.

Imagine harnessing the waves of anger like you would a big powerful fiery dragon. Conquer the fear, the heat and the wildness. This destructive energy will become your ally helping you to re-create your life and heal the core issues surrounding the anger. If you let yourself dance with anger, it will become the energy you need to start anew (awakening).

Mercury Retrograde is coming again! August 2, 2011

posted on 18th July, 2011

Once again, Mercury Retrograde is coming on August 2nd. Are you ready??

Here’s a little background to help you prepare.  


A planet is described as retrograde when it appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac. Retrograde planets present us with a series of events over which we seem to have little or no control. Mercury turns retrograde three times a year, as a rule, but the effects of each period differ, according to the sign in which it happens.


Although Mercury Retrograde influences everyone differently, it tends to affect all levels of communications and often leads to various kinds of delays and misunderstandings. Practical communications and interactions with, for example, mail, technology, publishing and business contracts can become bogged down in conflict. For most of us, it’s not wise to make important decisions during this time. More broadly, the retrograde can create challenges with all of the ways that we relate to the outside world; cars, computers, travel, basically everything, will often be functioning funny. Everything can feel very wobbly, unbalanced and confusing.

However, Mercury Retrograde provides a time for self-reflection and inner growth. Spending time with the quiet part of the self gives us the inner awareness and power to go out into the world and operate more effectively. Mercury Retrograde encourages us to spend time on activities such as: cleaning out closets and drawers; art in any form; organizing photos (and organizing of any kind); meditation; personal readings; etc.


If you haven’t tried the spray, click here for a description.


*Image from, Strive for Progress

Unreasonable Love

posted on 12th May, 2011

Here are some thoughts about unconditional love and the color pink…

To love *unconditionally* means you don’t need a
“reason” to justify loving. In other words…

1. When you have a good reason to love, then you love.
2. When you have a good reason *not* to love, you love anyway.
3. You love for no reason at all.

In our conditional-loving culture, “reasonable” loving
is the norm. So today let’s practice the second and
third types of loving… Scott Noelle- The Daily Groove

Guest Post: Kimlovemuse’s Energy Notes

posted on 3rd May, 2011

Since April was all about being tossed about, not knowing if you were coming or going, or going to be picked up by flying monkeys. May should be….(I will explain the should be.. not calmer, but at least feeling as though pieces will be fitting together and falling into place.  The catch to this is..YOU must must orchestrate it!  If you’ve been lazy, apathetic, lost, delusional..pull it together and TAKE a direction.  One that your Soul will guide you to.  Start there and follow the yellow brick road. or as Joseph Campbell said:

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.


It is essential that you get to work, if you haven’t noticed..the Energy is moving at a rapid rate you don’t have to move at the same rate, as a matter of fact you should move behind the pace so you can pay attention to what’s going on, but you have to work diligently, and be super super focused on your projects and your creativity. and the logistics of your living, managing your stress, and keeping your spirit very strong and clear.  (Clarity is always a great armor against chaos).

I’ve noticed a few of my friends have this down already, but that’s because they have been working smart and steady way ahead of the times now.

There is a lot of musical chairs going on ..with living and working.  People are opening up their spaces to other people, people are moving around like me living in 3 different places, and actually learning.. forcing myself to be unattached to possessions, and become more spontaneous as a light body to be able to navigate around the planet.  The Chaos will not stop so don”t look for comfort there, learning to navigate around it, through it ..will be the key, and you will have moments of comfort mostly with people you love.

The Energy is so Intense on getting to your work on the planet that you will probably not be sleeping your mind will be non-stop.  Try to manage this by calming down your body.  The Energy will be so high and so powerful you won’t know when to stop, so leave some things for another day.  Organization will be key on what to do next.

Orchestrating everything now will be difficult, yet not impossible.  Alot of Innovation will be required which will actually be very inspiring. Community living will get stronger in that there will be frequent visits from people from various places.  Support for our friends will be unconditional as everyone of us will need support in many different ways.  ESPECIALLY in CREATIVE ENDEAVORS.

I could not do anything with the talent of almost every person in my life.  I actually love it and thrive on it.

Our lives have been in the process of being dismantled and rebuilt all in the same view..this has been very strange like nothing I have ever experienced as I have had to stay present at every moment to figure things out, watch them change, be open to the fact that they wouldn’t work out as planned, I mean  all over the place not knowing what came first, what to do first, what I could do, feeling powerful, feeling helpless, wanting to run away, wanting to get settled and somehow through all the Intense Chaos, and I mean Intense Chaos on life choices..pushing through on top of dealing with the Energy on the planet news being shoved down our throats, lies being shoved down our throats while we are just trying to Live Well, Love Well, and Be Well.  It’s seems so unfair to me at times but if you move at your own pace, rythm things will actually begin ..to fall into place for you. only for more work, inspiration and projects, travel to come your way.

This is all working under the radar meaning pay attention to what’s going on in the World, but don’t buy into anything.  NO ONE really knows..so be as Happy, Productive, Loving and Fulfilled as you can be.  You will be stripped of your inspiration if you give to much credit to people screaming that the sky is falling.

I met a man that said to me passed on from his father:  ”If the Sky is Falling, Use it as Blanket to Cover Yourself”…I loved that and I never forgot it.

Your living space will be different, you will be different, your decor will be different  Everything will have changed inside and out.  I feel like we have been digging through underground tunnels for months, and now we can put our shovels down because we’ve come up into the open air.  What a long arduous road this has been..in regard to relationships~ with yourself, other people, your work, your lifestyle, your creativity, your well everything so fulfilling, frustrating, inspiring and exciting all at the same time.

Here is a warning:  If you decide to go against your Soul  It won’t be pretty and funny enough it is harder to be honest in these times but much more necessary.  I don’t mean morality..that’s old.  I mean the New Spiritual Rules which quite simply is: Being True to your Truest Self*  The treasure is in discovering that, and being Super Brave to actually take it on and endure it.

Women are so inspired, and creative at the moment that I think we may be scaring our men…(this goes for all couples gay, straight whatever).  The creative one in the relationship will be the crazier one because genius requires a bit of insanity..it will pass.  The logical grounded one will keep us from flying to far off into dream world so that we can actually execute our Compelled Artistry instead of keeping it as a dream with no follow~through.  There will be so many unusual projects and coming together of people it will be astounding and so exciting.  Creativity is what is Healing this Planet.  Keep your focus on that not on the media trying to sidetrack you.

We will need to find a balance ,and their will be power struggles with this. The support will need to be passed back and forth, along with explaining the unusual behavior that may be happening as creativity comes alive.  People may not know people as they discover new sides of themselves. Give them the freedom to master what they need to within their own spirit.  You won’t lose them if you can stay close but open, progressive and freedom oriented.  I am talking about Creative wise.  This has nothing to do with no being monogamous.  Monogamy will still be strong.

All in All.. we have in some ways landed home..in our hearts, and now to watch the world unfold with be fascinating, terrifying, electrifying and unexplainable as these times deepen our experience in human existence on the planet.  Revolutions are taking places necessary for the evolution of mankind.  There is no where to run, and nowhere to hide.  Be Smart, Be safe, Be Aware.

Good Luck Soul Surfers and remember:

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. -Joseph Campbell



Much Love




posted on 26th April, 2011

A void of course moon is “the time from when the Moon has left one sign of the zodiac and has not yet moved into another.” The moon has been void a lot lately, for entire days at a time. This is a drag because I am trying to get so much off the ground. It reminds me about the need for patience, about waiting a little bit longer to allow the natural energies of the universe to support me. One of my favorite astrologers, Stephanie Azaria from The Cosmic Path puts it this way:

These long void Moon days are not all that common, and while they are not great for getting new projects off the ground, they are perfect for finding some inner stillness and connecting deeply with the heart center.


Read this great tutorial I found about moon voids on The Astrology Weekly website.

Here’s a quote from the article reminding us what to do and what to avoid..times are a changin’ so we need all the cosmic support we can get.

Benefits of this period

Everyone can benefit from these moments, the void of course Moon periods are truly great for taking a break from the common activities, for relaxing, for listening to music or reading literature, for catching up with house work or other routine activities that do not require much focus.

What not to do during this time

The void of course Moon periods are most unfavorable to do anything that require a specific desired outcome, with a very wide range of actions that include sending emails or faxes, applying for a job or contest, asking for favors, getting married or going out to date someone for the first time, starting a lawsuit or a business, announcing anything, buying important items such as a car, a property, etc.

The basic rule is: when you want something to happen, if you want to be successful, avoid the void of course Moon periods, at all costs.

However, if you wish something not to happen, then choose this moment. Example: suppose that you want to avoid a conflict with someone, but you have to visit him/her, go there during a void of course Moon period.

The moon was void all day today and I was up in the canyons, playing in the creek with my kids, finding some inner stillness and reflection before a hopefully productive day tomorrow!



Purple and Grief. A poem.

posted on 23rd April, 2011

Grief By Matthew Dickman

When grief comes to you as a purple gorilla
you must count yourself lucky.
You must offer her what’s left
of your dinner, the book you were trying to finish
you must put aside,
and make her a place to sit at the foot of your bed,
her eyes moving from the clock
to the television and back again.
I am not afraid. She has been here before
and now I can recognize her gait
as she approaches the house.
Some nights, when I know she’s coming,
I unlock the door, lie down on my back,
and count her steps
from the street to the porch.
Tonight she brings a pencil and a ream of paper,
tells me to write down
everyone I have ever known,
and we separate them between the living and the dead
so she can pick each name at random.
I play her favorite Willie Nelson album
because she misses Texas
but I don’t ask why.
She hums a little,
the way my brother does when he gardens.
We sit for an hour
while she tells me how unreasonable I’ve been,
crying in the checkout line,
refusing to eat, refusing to shower,
all the smoking and all the drinking.
Eventually she puts one of her heavy
purple arms around me, leans
her head against mine,
and all of a sudden things are feeling romantic.
So I tell her,
things are feeling romantic.
She pulls another name, this time
from the dead,
and turns to me in that way that parents do
so you feel embarrassed or ashamed of something.
Romantic? she says,
reading the name out loud, slowly,
so I am aware of each syllable, each vowel
wrapping around the bones like new muscle,
the sound of that person’s body
and how reckless it is,
how careless that his name is in one pile and not the other.

I am fascinated when people use the right color to describe an emotion or experience. The color rays are ingrained in our subconsciousness. Purple is the color of grieving. It connects us to the spiritual realms and to our minds. It gives peace and patience while going through the process of coming to terms with loss. It protects and comforts and explains to us while we are suffering through sadness.

Online Chakra Test

posted on 19th April, 2011

Click here to take this free chakra test to find out how open each of your seven chakras is.

This is also a great way to figure out which aura sprays to use.