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Year of the Water Snake Essence - Embracing Feminine Wisdom

Serpentarium by the amazing Patricia Ariel

At the New Moon at the birth of the Year of the Black Water Snake on 10th February I created a new essence to be used as part of the Celtic Blessing: 9th Wave Water Rites. Snake is such a beautiful and potent totem of healing and transformation. So perfect for us all in 2013 as we undergo the radical shifts and changes bringing balance as the Sacred Feminine rises to take her natural place in our world.

For centuries the serpent has long been an animal or symbol that has been vilified and demonised and so very misunderstood in our culture. This year in our work with the Swan Blessing and Femmina Unbound our intention is to clear away the besmirching of the Sacred Feminine and in particular her natural wisdom. In ancient cultures the symbol of the Snake was used to represent Feminine Wisdom. In the culture's fear of the Wild Feminine, her natural wisdom was also demonised and repressed and taught us as women to be afraid of our natural instincts, our intuition and our power. My aim with this essence containing the cleansing presence of Water Snake combined with the plant essence of the Chestnut Tree is to reclaim our natural Wisdom again by clearing our mind of over-thinking, confusion and doubt in ourselves and in the natural healing abilities of our own bodies. Just like the Snake the human body also knows when to shed and release. It is usually the mind that has a problem with letting go, acceptance for what is, and trusting in the mystery. The Water Snake essence can also be used to consciously clear outworn beliefs and ideas that no longer serve you.

I invite you to understand the true essence of Snake in all of her beauty and wisdom - she has much to teach about our natural ability to shed the past and simply BE. Snake's message to us is to understand our fears - are they truly something we know and understand or is it a fear that has been learnt without experience or understanding?

9th Wave Black Water Serpent Water Rites and Ritual: $30 (plus postage)

10th February 2013

Created at New Moon on the day of the Birth of the Year of the Water Snake on 10.2.2013 and activated at the Lunar Occultation of Jupiter last night with Water Snake and Chestnut and Mountain Ash Medicine. Created in hand-drawn natural mineral spring water from the wells of the Wombat Forest in Victoria and organic plant essence of Blackthorn Tree or Faerie Tree. Self-Blessing Water Rites for women to cleanse and shed fear-filled thinking and binding ideas and beliefs from this life and past lives. Working with the element of Air to bring Clarity of Mind and Chestnut Tree to remove mind chatter and over-thinking.  Restoration of trust in your Knowing & Innate Wisdom.

Personal Self-Blessing Water Rites: morning after rising & night before sleeping. Pour a small amount of essence in a glass or crystal bowl full of water. As you recite, bless yourself by placing water gently on your body speaking with the authority of your own spirit. Continue for 9 days. 

9th Wave Black Water Serpent Water Rites and Ritual: $30 (plus postage)

Forest Dreaming

Hello everyone, we have settled into our nest in Sherbrooke and will be sharing new forest offerings with you all very soon! I was delighted to discover that the enormous tree that embraces our house is the Chestnut Tree. In all of our sessions this will be the tree where we will commence our time together with ceremonial smudging. My dear sister Carolyn reminded me of the Tree Angel Oracle by Fred Hageneder and Anne Heng:

Chestnut Tree

Be with it,
be patient
Everything that you need
Is already before you
And what you need tomorrow 
is already on its way
An abundance of being
nourishes the soul.

Eclipse Balance Sessions

9th Wave Water Rites for the Eclipse

Last week I created an essence holding both Black Swan and Frog Medicine to be used  in a Self-Blessing Water Rite activated at the Solar Eclipse New Moon in Scorpio. I am over the moon with this particular essence - it's energetic presence is so profound. I journeyed deeply with me Celtic ancestors and the water elementals to create this water essence to be used in beautiful self-blessing rites. We are heading for the Lunar Eclipse next Thursday 29th November and for some this Eclipse period has been extremely testing and challenging. To assist in helping to release all energy no longer needed and to create flow and space for what is birthing in this new time, I have created Eclipse Balance Sessions to be held over the next 8 days. 

Eclipse Balance Sessions:  One Hour - $100

Tues 27th Nov: 11am, 1pm or 3pm
Wed 28th Nov: (Eve of the Lunar Eclipse) 2pm, 4.30pm 
Thurs 29th: (Full Moon Gemini Lunar Eclipse) 3pm, 4.30pm, 6pm
Sat 1st Dec: 12.30 and 2pm

In these sessions of balance and renewal you will receive a reading into the current energies and the Eclipse season is asking of you at the moment as well as a shamanic balance and gift of the 9th Wave Water Rites. We will be working with Black Swan & Frog Medicine to remove and cleanse your spirit from the deep memory of shame and guilt carried in the wound of the Divine Feminine. It is time for us all to sing and dance and in BEAUTY.  If you are feeling the heavy burden of energy that is coming up to be released at this potent season of ECLIPSE I encourage you to come and receive this deep and gentle release of the 9th Wave Water Rites.

9th Wave Water Rites Self-Blessing Essence and Ritual:

$25 (Free with an Eclipse Balance Session)

You may also purchase your own bottle of the 9th Wave Water Rites Self-Blessing Essence and Ritual instructions to be performed over the Lunar Eclipse period. This potent essence was activated at the Solar Eclipse New Moon in Scorpio 14.11.12 with Black Swan & Frog Medicine. Created in hand-drawn natural mineral spring water from the wells of the Wombat Forest in Victoria & organic plant essence of Blackthorn Flower. Self-Blessing Water Rites for women to cleanse and remove energy of shame and guilt or wound of the Divine Feminine from this life and past lives. Restoration of trust and knowing in the beauty, power and grace of  being Woman.

Oceans of love for the unveiling and receiving of your True Spirit, Julia x

Behind the Veil - Daughters of the Well

After having a wee break from making our Daughters of the Well water & plant essences I have felt the call of the water again and on Monday Tony and I made our way down to natural mineral springs wells in Wombat Forest. I was so happy to be in this beautiful forest again, it is always so calming and full of wild birds. After asking the water & spirits of the land to welcome us we drank from the cool sweet healing water and drew what was needed for the essences.
We then made our way to Trentham Falls and noticed that after a dry spell the falls were a lot lighter in flow. For the first time we were able to climb into the mouth of the waterfall and enter the cave behind to sit and look through the veil of water as it fell.  This has been a wish of mine ever since I saw this waterfall years ago and I was over the moon. As we watched the dancing water sparkling with light I became entranced. I had a strong memory of doing this many times before...
We will have all of our new plant & water essences infused with healing energy, the protective stone essence of Kyanite and pure essential oils by the Autumn Equinox next week. If you are interested in experiencing this waterfall energy and would like to purchase from this first batch Daughters of the Well for 2012, just let us know.
Waterfalls of love, Julia & Tony

Three lovely daughters
Infusing the water with sunlight  
Brambles full of wild berries on the walk down the mountain

Preparing for the New Moon Eclipse - LET'S MAKE MORE ART!

El Oraculo Celoso, Mariana Palova 2011

Hello beautiful people,

well Mercury goes Retrograde today in the Dark Moon as we prepare for a New Moon Eclipse in Sagittarius tomorrow - wow, how much can we handle?! The answer: EVERYTHING, we can handle everything. The key is to handle it in your own individual way. Some of us are going into Hermit mode while others are feeling the glorious Fire of Sagittarius and gearing up for the party season. I believe this incredible period of time we are living in where the Divine Feminine is rising from the depths again is about discovering, exploring and living your own true authentic spirit. So do what your spirit is urging you to do!
In the Dark Moon tonight is a perfect time to work with your Tarot cards to gain clarity and understanding of the changes that are happening and to create conscious pathways to a radiant future. I am so in love with the Gaian Tarot at the moment and have been using this nourishing and healing deck with all of my clients and in my own readings for myself. Here is The Seeker (The Fool) from the Gaian Tarot - an inspiring visual of the energy of this New Moon Eclipse.
Eclipses tend to activate breakthroughs and insights and sometimes illuminate and bring forward issues that we've been trying to hide from or avoid. And partnered with the energy of Sagittarius it could get fiery so be aware that with Mercury in Retrograde, mis-communication is a theme. I'd be giving difficult types a wide berth and instead focussing this creative and fire-filled time of rebirth into creative projects - tomorrow would be perfect day to create a new Vision Board for your dreams for 2012.

Below is the vision board I created for 2011 - I had no idea at the time that I would be working with water essences and healing with water, working with clients to bring light to the shadow-self or even to discover my own Black Moon Lilith in the Fire Sign of Leo - but here it all is waiting to be brought forward from the dreamworlds and very present in my unconscious. By engaging with our creativity we create portals to explore the magical and inspiring realms of our Inner Knowing. Let's make more art!

My Vision of 2011
Tomorrow Tony and I will be heading back into the Wombat Forest to draw water from the forest wells for new plant essences to be made at the New Moon Eclipse - I can't wait to see how the essences become energised on this potent day! 
Wishing you all a wonderful New Moon tomorrow, may you all be birthed anew in the warm embrace of Sagittarius.

Essence of the Forest Well

New Forest Well Essences now available - prepared this morning in 'mad professor' style! Love lots of bottles and water, water, water!

Kyanite Mist Sacred Space & Energy Protector - $25
Grounding Essence - $15
Building Sacred Fire Essence - $15
Healing the Divine Feminine Essence - $15

All made from healing water collected from hand-drawn natural mineral spring wells in the Wombat Forest, plant essences from forest plants and Kyanite gem essence gifted with love from the Northern Territory (Kyanite is a stone that holds only it's on OWN essence - I love that - no need to shield from other's energy but to shine and glow in your own).

Waterfalls of love, Julia xx

New Essences - Kyanite Mist & Healing the Divine Feminine

Hello Everyone,

Well I'm about to fly off to Queensland to work with some fantastic shamanic astrologers at the Black Moon Lilith retreat and will be back in Melbourne after 17th November. Before I go I wanted to let you know that I have heard your requests for an Energy Protector Aura Mist! 

I have combined the beautiful healing water from the wells in Wombat Forest with an essence created from very powerful Kyanite crystals gifted to me by the wonderful Martina of Nature's Art Melbourne (link). She is the maker of many of my beautiful shamanic tools and stone jewellery. This beautiful Earth Woman found these Kyanite stones in the desert in the Northern Territory (never mined or drilled out of the earth but sitting on top of the ground) - Kyanite is a stone that dispels any negativity and helps us to retain our own authentic essence - perfect! I have also combined this with organic essential oils. This mist is perfect for spraying on your body (and is wonderfully cooling) and spraying in your healing spaces or workplaces - wherever you feel the need to clear the air.

The Kyanite Mist is $25 plus postage - I have only 6 bottles left as they have already been purchased by many of our students, so please let me know if you'd like to take on of them and I will prepare it for you before I leave. I have also created a new plant and water essence for Healing the Divine Feminine made from Violet & Wisteria - these essences are $15 and are available with the Sacred Space Essence & Sacred Fire Essence. 

Warm Wishes of Divine FLow for you all, Julia xxx

Daughters of the Well - Sacred Water and Sound Healing

Good morning everyone and happy New Moon in Scorpio. The New Moon was born this morning at 6.57am and the energy of this fresh & dynamic moon after a particularly challenging & turgid week leading up is much needed.  

To celebrate this period of watery rebirth I am so very happy and excited to announce my new healing consultations: Daughters of the Well - Sacred Water & Sound Healing. In these shamanic healing sessions I will be working very closely with the beautiful and sacred water collected from the deep forest well in Wombat Forest and our own Forest Well Plant Essences. During the healing you will feel the calming and soothing benefits of the natural spring water collected from these ancient springs as it helps you to release and clear old energy and blocks. Once cleared you will be supported in a bed of sound and music as the water creates a new and strong flow of energy to help you to connect to new pathways and healing. (Please see the testimonials below for an idea of the shifts experienced from the healings and essences).

Launch Offer: Personalised Annointing Essence - For the first 20 people to book a Daughters of the Well Healing, I will create a personalised blend of Healing Annointing Essence for you to take home and use in further healings, cleansing sacred space and healing tools. 

The Daughters of the Well Healings will take one hour and the cost is $90 (including personalised annointing essence).

Warmest Wishes for New Flow, Julia

Hiya Julia,
I am feeling really 'together'.  Thank you so much for the wonderful Healing session, including the insight you provided me through our conversation.  I truly believe that you are possibly the only person that has understood me and what it is like to be in a dark place for a period in life.  The light and guidance you provided was so inspiring and I felt an immediate hopefulness take the place of fear ('Breakthrough not Breakdown').  Your beautiful healing with the treasured natural spring waters and mother nature's wattle was transformative.  My heart felt as though it was filled and turned into a colourful bloom of flowers and I came away feeling peaceful, hopeful and motivated toward happier days. I truly appreciate your gift and all of your efforts to share it with us.  
Kerryn, Oct 2011

"Dearest Julia,

The benefits felt of your "Grounding Essence", since I started using it, were absolutely amazing and very powerful.  The Grounding Essence became my best friend, I carry it with me at all times  and use it often.  I am very sensitive person and get affected easily by outside world and energies around me-protection in all forms is very important & essential for me-I found your Essence very useful and when taken, I do feel at peace, very grounded, calm and protected.  I also benefit from your beautiful Essence as a Reiki and Seichim healer-it keeps me extra grounded and protected from any unwanted energies, helps with my focus by keeping me even more calmer and centred.  It also works very well with the Bach Rescue Remedy...I've also noticed that when I use your Essence, my heart opens up even more and is beaming with a beautiful feeling of an unconditional love.  I've experienced a very special thing the first time I used it and this is what actually happened: One of my ex friends, that I had to let go some time ago, was on my mind a lot that particular week-even though I was sending her way lots of Love, Blessings and Forgiveness, I just couldn't get her out of my mind.  Your wonderful and magical Essence changed all that-the same afternoon I collected Grounding Essence from you, dear Julia, I took 3 drops as soon as I got home, and boom!!!  It just happened, just like that, out of the blue-I felt this glorious warmth of Love, a beautiful feeling of unconditional Love went through my veins and I forgave her, instantly-asked her to forgive me and to let each other go!!!  It was such a wonderful and magical experience, a very special feeling of pure Love.  Haven't thought of her since then-am actually thinking of her now, in a totally different way-she went through my mind very quickly, like when a bird flies near you so quickly that you barely noticed it, with no hard feelings attached-only Love is felt! Thank you so very much dearest Julia for introducing me to your beautiful Essence and sharing it with me-I absolutely love it and will definitely be getting more of it from you & recommending it to others who could benefit from it.  It also helps me with my meditation-opens my Third Eye Chakra even more and helps with my visions...You are doing an amazing job beautiful lady-am thanking Universe for sending you my way and am very blessed to have you in my life...Much Love and Blessings to you always" 
Saska, Oct 2011

Trentham Falls, Vic, the 'White Lady' of Forest Well Essences