I’m learning a lot about my hair, I’m not the best at taking care of my hair, and I’m learning that natural oils are very good for it. I use a mix that I actually got on the set of Star Wars, I can’t remember all the goodness in it but it’s keeping my hair really healthy. I call it the “Boyega” mix - Lupita Nyong’o for Essence
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Sacred Geometry is the blueprint of Creation and the genesis of all form. It is an ancient science that explores and explains the energy patterns that create and unify all things and reveals the precise way that the energy of Creation organizes itself. On every scale, every natural pattern of growth or movement conforms inevitably to one or more geometric shapes.
As you enter the world of Sacred Geometry you begin to see as never before the wonderfully patterned beauty of Creation. The molecules of our DNA, the cornea of our eye, snow flakes, pine cones, flower petals, diamond crystals, the branching of trees, a nautilus shell, the star we spin around, the galaxy we spiral within, the air we breathe, and all life forms as we know them emerge out of timeless geometric codes. Viewing and contemplating these codes allow us to gaze directly at the lines on the face of deep wisdom and offers up a glimpse into the inner workings of the Universal Mind and the Universe itself.
The ancients believed that the experience of Sacred Geometry was essential to the education of the soul. They knew that these patterns and codes were symbolic of our own inner realm and the subtle structure of awareness. To them the “sacred” had particular significance involving consciousness and the profound mystery of awareness, the ultimate sacred wonder. Sacred Geometry takes on another whole level of significance when grounded in the experience of self-awareness.
☽ The Essence Of The Signs ☾
~inspired by signs I know~
~ Check your Moon as well ~
Aries:Receiving something unexpected in the mail. A good strong handshake. When someone replies to a question with an unexpected answer. Watching the sunrise with a close friend. Loving someone you've never met. Driving without a destination. Feeling as though there is something distinctly missing, but not knowing what it is.
Taurus:Jokes that come across as flirting. Being happy somewhere, but still having a vague underlying discomfort, and not knowing why. When you sit on your couch all day, and don't feel guilty. Bonfires and barbecues. When your friend-group is in the midst of drama, and you manage to just glide right over it, unfazed. Corduroy and dark denim.
Gemini:Making plans. The buzz of the marketplace... smells, colors, and textures. The innate determination to thrive. Driving alone late at night, with nothing but the moon and your music. The confusing notion of being wanted and unwanted all at once. Light purple. The smell of early morning air. Being jealous but pretending you're not.
Cancer:Writing in a fresh journal. Being in love with someone, and knowing they love you, but not having admitted it to one another yet. Faded denim jeans. Sitting in shelter, watching a rainstorm. The random flutter you get when you acknowledge how beautiful life is. Leaving a lover's bed before they wake. Being so nervous, but knowing deep down it will be okay, so doing it anyways.
Leo:Breaking in a fresh pair of sneakers. Walking downtown with your friends, sun on your shoulders, smile on your face. Jumping into the freezing cold lake on a September morning, to "cure the hangover". When you have a million things to do and are so overwhelmed you just flop onto your bed in frustration. Fur throws and gold jewelry.
Virgo:The space between productive and lazy. Making cliche look cool. The feeling after crying when you feel your spirits start to lift, giving way to a crooked smile. Getting drunk as fuck without any plans. Driving through the city, singing along to cheesy music with your friends.
Libra:Pearls and shells and scarves. Morning walks in the forest. A conversation that feels authentic and effortless, where the listening and talking are in perfect balance. The physical feeling of summers end. Finding an old book that speaks to you, and being able to sense the history behind it.
Scorpio:Logical daydreaming. The smile on someones face when you surprise them with a gift. Saying your only going to be an hour, but actually taking four. "Practical clothing". The tingles after you walk inside during the winter, and feel your skin begin to defrost. When you finally get everything done on your to-do-list. Having someone acknowledge your hard work, and feeling like it makes it all worth it.
Sagittarius:The color yellow. Being content simply because everyone around you is happy. Vibing to music... letting it carry you. When the idea of something is better than the reality. Feeling superior but inferior at the same time. Making people laugh. Brimmed hats and stockings. Being totally confident that everything will work out.
Capricorn:The perfect latte. Eye contact with a stranger from across the room. Matching lingerie. Not giving a fuck what people think about you. The air of success, the aura of luck. Waking up and feeling motivated about what is to come. When someone gives you a huge genuine smile, that lifts your spirits. Sour candies and licorice.
Aquarius:Smoking hand rolled cigarettes at 3am on the porch w/ your closest friends. Falling asleep with your arms around me, and not letting go til we wake up. Soft rock on vinyl. Finding something second-hand, that seems as though it was meant for you. Going out for food by yourself, content.
Pisces:Canceling plans. Crystal pendants, cable knit, and moonstone. Looking at your friend and knowing your both thinking the same thing. The feeling when you get off work after a long day, and get to snuggle into the couch with a book and cup of tea. Being grounded and comfortable in your own skin.