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Ice Banishment

As we go through the year, we collect negative feelings that mute our vibrations and build resentment. This is an accretion: the slow build up or collecting of layers. Like cholesterol in the heart, this emotional accretion blocks your channels and keeps your power from flowing. Now that we are in a new year, it may be the best time for you to banish that accumulation.

What you will need:
1. A medium sized bowl, preferably glass
2. 3 bay leaves
3. 2 - 3 cups of room temperature water
4. 5 ice cubes
5. Sandalwood incense and/or a white candle (in a safe holder)

Preparation

If it is part of your practice, cast a circle. As you sit with your ingredients before you, centre yourself. Ground yourself in the present moment by focusing on your breath, the sensations of your body, and your connection to the earth.

Casting

Begin by lighting the incense, candle, or both. Make sure the flame is just outside of your reach, as you will be moving your power hand and do not want to accidentally knock it over.

Next, pour the water into the bowl and add the ice cubes. Repeat with firm intent:

The old year sees completion
I rid myself of accretion
Strengthen the new with this one wish
Negativity I banish

With your power hand, stir the water in a counterclockwise direction. Focus on sending negative feeling and emotions down your arm, past your fingers, and into the icy water. Continue stirring until you feel you have released the negativity built up over the last year. Withdraw your hand and drop the bay leaves into the swirling water to seal the banishment.

Allow the water to sit until the ice has melted. Extinguish your incense, candle, or both. Carefully take the bowl and its contents outside and to an area not walked over by others, pour out the water and bay leaves. Repeat the chant:

The old year sees completion
I rid myself of accretion
Strengthen the new with this one wish
Negativity I banish

Notes
Bay leaf: a sacred herb associated with Cerridwen and associated with the element of fire; it is commonly used in banishment spells
Sandalwood: according to lore, sandalwood clears negativity and burning it in the form of incense brings protection and healing
White candle: protection and purity

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In her Huffington Post spotlight, LGBTQ parent Clara Yoon says, “I marched because I wanted to uplift the visibility of Asian parents who love their LGBTQ kids and to celebrate the different type of family in Asian immigrant community.”

This year’s Chinatown Lunar New Year parade ushered in a wave of support for LGBTQ youths in Manhattan’s Asian community, indicating a shift in commonplace acceptance amidst usually more traditional groups of people. When Q-Wave (the Asian American LGBTQ advocacy group) first applied to join the parade in 2009, they were denied.

The sun rises in 2017 – the Year of the Rooster – and time for sleeping is over, participants in the parade urge, many signs reading, “Woke in the Year of the Rooster.”

Read the whole article here.