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"Broom Lore and Old Wives Tales"
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The lowly broom has been around our civilization for centuries. It is said that Benjamin Franklin introduced broomcorn to the United States in 1725. He is said to have picked a single broomcorn seed of a Philadelphia lady, planted it and grew the first broom corn in the United States.

Folklore and Old Wives tales include traditional beliefs, customs, songs, and sayings about the broom. Included are beliefs about marriage, childbearing, festivals, warfare, hunting, and farming. The old myths are passed along in cultures all over the world. Folklore comes from everywhere on the planet, current and extinct. The following are only a few of the more prominent beliefs concerning the broom:

Do not lean a broom against a bed. The evil spirits in the broom will cast a spell on the bed.

If you sweep trash out the door after dark, it will bring a stranger to visit.

If someone is sweeping the floor and sweeps over your feet, you’ll never get married.

Never take a broom along when you move. Throw it out and buy a new one.

To prevent an unwelcome guest from returning, sweep out the room they stayed in immediately after they leave.

While you are sweeping near your front door, if the broom drops, be expecting company before the day is through.

If you find a broom lying on the ground or floor, pick it up for good luck.

When you are sweeping up dirt by your back door, be sure to sweep it out the back door instead of inward or you will be sweeping away the friendship of your best friend.

Do not sweep at all using a broom on New Year’s Day or bad luck will follow you all year long.

Any trash that you decide to sweep up on New Years Day, be sure to burn it so you will have money all year long.

When you are carrying a broom, carry it under your arm for good luck, if you carry it over your shoulder, you are sure to have bad luck.

Do not get mad and hit someone with a broom; if you do, you will find yourself in jail before the week is up.

Never sweep dirt out of your home before the sun comes up or you will be calling for bad luck to enter.

If the broom you are using happens to fall, it will bring you bad luck.

If you wish for someone that just entered your home to go away, all you have to do is sweep in front of them. This is a sign that you do not want them in your home.

If you are visiting someone and you have to step over a broom in her home, or outside the home, this means that she is not a good housekeeper.

Never hand someone a broom through an open window, it can bring you bad luck.

It is bad luck to loan your broom to anyone, even a good friend.

Stand a broom upside down and you will marry soon.

If a wife sweeps a circle around her husband, it will keep him eternally true to her.

There is a ceremony dating back to the 1600s which derived from Africa. Dating back to slave days, jumping the broom together has been part of weddings for couples who want to honor that tradition. The “Jumping the Broom” is a ceremony in which the bride and groom, either at the ceremony or at the reception, signify their entrance into a new life and their creation of a new family by symbolically “sweeping away” their former single lives, former problems and concerns, and jumping over the broom to enter upon a new adventure as husband and wife.

8 Things You Should Say To Your Best Friend Right Now
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Knowing what to say in order to brighten up your best friend’s life is what a true BFF is for. Who doesn’t need a little pick-me-up from time to time?

This girl is your anchor. She is the one you go to for everything and never gets tired of listening to your problems. She loves you like a sister and scolds you like a mother. She always has your best interests at heart and all she wants is for you to be happy.

Sometimes, we take for granted these amazing people in our life. We get so used to the idea of having someone to vent to 24/7 that we forget to tell them how much they are appreciated.

They don’t need to be there for us but they always are. They don’t need to be available to us at all hours of the night but they always are. And why? Because they love us unconditionally. That’s what a best friend is for.

And if you love your bestie and can’t imagine your life without her, make sure she knows how you feel. She probably already does but it never hurts to say it and it is always nice to feel appreciated.

If you want your best friend to know how much you cherish her and her friendship, here are 8 beautiful things you should tell her so she always feels appreciated and loved.

1. You are my person and you will always be my person.

8 Things You Should Say To Your Best Friend Right NowWe are like one. When you cry, I cry. When you’re happy, I’m happier! There is nobody who knows me like you do. And there is nobody I wish would know me the way you know me.

We are so close, that I can honestly say we’re family. You’re blood to me. The things we have been through and the way we always found a way out of every curveball life threw at us makes us bonded for life.

I can’t imagine having gone through the things I have gone through with anyone else by my side but you! You are the only person I want to always have near me, in all of life’s ups and downs.

And I know you feel the same way about me. That’s what makes us such a great team. I am so happy that we both know what it’s like to have a sister, because of each other.

You are precious to me and I will always value your friendship above anything else. After all—you are my person.

2. Stay strong, better things are coming, I promise.

8 Things You Should Say To Your Best Friend Right NowLife is no picnic, I know. There are things I wish you didn’t have to go through but I guess life had other plans. And guess what? It only made you stronger! I didn’t think that was possible but now I see it is.

Don’t ever think you’re not doing okay. You are better than okay! And don’t you ever feel like you’re not good enough. You’re perfect! It makes me sad how you don’t see your worth sometimes. You are so strong and so brave. You are the person I go to when I need to feel a smile on my face, don’t ever forget that!

Just because life threw you for a loop doesn’t mean it’s going to keep tossing you around, because it won’t. The hard part is over. You have survived and I am so proud of your heart and bravery. Not a lot of people could stay as strong as you, given what you’ve gone through.

So keep your head up, sister! I’ll always be there to hold your hand and together we can conquer anything. You will never have to go through anything alone for as long as I live. I love you!

3. You are so beautiful, inside and out.

8 Things You Should Say To Your Best Friend Right NowDon’t let stupid, irrelevant people tell you otherwise! You are the most beautiful person I have ever met and I don’t only mean the exterior. Your heart is made of gold!

There is nothing you wouldn’t do for those you love. There is no river you wouldn’t swim and no mountain you wouldn’t climb. Your love knows no bounds and that is the most precious thing about you.

Never allow anyone to make you feel lesser than you are. You are too good for this world and those who know you will never take you for granted. If only there were more people like you in this world, it would be a much more beautiful place.

4. Make good choices.

8 Things You Should Say To Your Best Friend Right NowYou are too great a person to let yourself get knocked down by all the negativity in this world. Don’t succumb under pressure. Make sure you make good, smart choices that your mom would be proud of.

Never give in to peer pressure. You are better than that and you are perfectly capable of making smart decisions without anyone’s help. I’ll always be there when you need a helping hand but you know you’ve got this.

If you ever find yourself making bad choices, please make sure that I’m there with you, so that we can laugh about it like crazy and tell our grandkids one day! They won’t believe how nuts their grandmas once were.

Always be yourself. Know that you are enough. Appreciate yourself enough to walk away from people and situations that make you feel anything less. Good people will love you for you and not for what they need you to be.

5. Be proud of what you’ve been through.

8 Things You Should Say To Your Best Friend Right NowThere is nobody more courageous than you. And every time life knocked you down, you punched it right back and proved what a badass boss lady you are.

Be proud of the things that brought you to where you are. Without those hardships, you wouldn’t know the things you know now and you wouldn’t be the strong, ambitious, careful and confident woman you are today.

Whatever awaits you, you’ll embrace it and deal with it with grace and poise. And I’ll be by your side to celebrate your victories. And there are many more on the horizon. Just stay brave and proud. Things have a way of working themselves out.

6. Laugh it all out.

8 Things You Should Say To Your Best Friend Right NowWe are far too close to let an argument bring us down. I know that there are so many things waiting for us in the future and there is nothing that can possibly jeopardize our friendship.

If we ever get into a fight, let’s always remember that it’s you and I against the problem and not you and I against each other. We are a team. If you ever walk away from me after a fight, you always know where to find me. My door will always be open to you.

We are far too good friends to let silly arguments ruin what we have. I think we both know that. I’m sure we’ll laugh about whatever silly fight we go through in a week or two. Let’s never take ourselves too seriously and always laugh at the end of every day. That’s what we do best.

7. I love you.

8 Things You Should Say To Your Best Friend Right NowI have learned that it is always important to tell those you love how you feel about them. You may never get another chance. So let me tell you something… I love you more than I thought one could love a friend. Only you’re so much more than that.

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You are my missing puzzle piece. My soulmate and my partner in mischief! The other part of me that I could never live without.

In all honesty, I think you are such an incredible person and I am so blessed to live life alongside you. You have taught me so much about life, love and friendship, and being around you makes my heart happy!

I love you and I always will!

8. Thank you.

8 Things You Should Say To Your Best Friend Right NowThank you for being my soul sister. Thank you for putting up with me even when I’m at my worst. Thank you for always finding time for me and never having to check your calendar. I am so thankful that you just drop everything and come to my aid whenever I need you.

Thank you for making me see what I need to work on, without hurting my feelings. Thank you for never letting me settle and for making sure I am always my best self.

I don’t know how I’d survive in this world without you, so thank you for being you. You are my person and my sister and I love you more than words can say.

For my best Friend and Sister Marie

How to See Auras
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WHAT IS THE AURA?

We are energy. And it is our frequency that creates an energetic field around us. This field around our physical body is known as the “aura.” The auric field generally radiates six to 18 inches around the physical body. To be able to see auras, we need to develop our ability to understand how energy feels in our bodies. Close your eyes, align your breath, and ask the colors to show themselves to you. As we achieve a state of relaxed awareness, softening our gaze, we allow the colors to come to us.

How to Read Auras for Beginners

1. Notice Energy

Before we can fully develop our ability to see auras, we must first become aware of how energy feels in our body. Next time you are with a friend, pay attention to how you feel in their presence. Do they invite you in to feel loved and cherished or rather drain you of your own energy? Align yourself with your breath and ask for an honest sensation of how they feel to you. It is this visceral, physical reaction which if we begin to honor will assist us best in navigating the many people with whom we come in contact.

 

2. Auras are Easier to See From the Periphery

Goofy but true, we are rarely able to see an aura. As we are biological machines processing and filtering out so much information, so too is our direct vision affected by the lightning speed editing of our brains. To begin seeing the aura, gaze at one spot for 30-60 seconds and allow your gaze to soften. Notice those objects just outside of your direct sight to further develop your periphery vision. While mastering your gaze, there is no need to strain or stress for that will only trigger anxiety in the brain. Breathe normally while practicing this soft-focus vision.

 

3. Color is King

As we explored, it is the presence of color that will best hone your ability to read auras. To expand your sight, go into a neutral colored room and play with brightly colored objects. I find this best taped to the wall at a distance so I can practice my periphery best. Close your eyes and breathe asking the colors to show themselves to you. Gaze at the color (poster board or a solid color wrapped object are good) while breathing deeply. Again allow your gaze to soften almost as if you are looking through it.

Take note of the field outside of the colored object. You’ll begin to notice a pale, shimmer of color coming off of it. This is the magic of reading the aura. As you gain confidence with single colors, gradually add in multi-colored objects to expand your psychic vision.

 

4. Read the Aura of Another

As plants are our most gracious earth allies, start with them– plus they won’t say anything if you’re wrong!

When you’re ready to move on to people, please get their permission first. This will ensure free will is honored and will grant you access to see their aura. This is simply polite after all and will ensure clean boundaries and access to the unseen realms are respected.

Ask them to stand 14-18 inches in front of you against the neutral wall. Look at the wall- not your friend- and begin to sense the field. Softly gazing through her and at the wall around her. Ask the aura to show itself to you, and pay attention to not only your vision but also your sense of the colors. Once you’ve made this connection in reading the aura, up the game by asking them to move around slowly to see if you can still sense the same colors. As a fun bonus, put on their favorite music to see if the colors shift.

 

5. Self-Practice

Once you’ve honed your skills with others you may be up for trying to read your own aura! Note that this may be a bit more challenging but is an excellent practice at strengthening your intuitive abilities. Sit in a quiet meditative space and clear your mind. Set an intention that you would like access to “see” your own aura.

Gently rub your hands together, this activates energy between the two hands and turns on the Aka. The stickiness (or sense of being magnetized to one another) you may feel is known as Aka — the ethereal substance of life– to the ancient Egyptians and is the invisible thread that creates matter.

Focus your attention between the palms and see if you can sense a color to these threads of energy. It may feel like mist or fog even but your physical sense of color will confirm and bolster your psychic vision.

Seeing auras is just one step to greater awareness and elevating our consciousness for it brings us into alignment with those people, spaces and situations which serve us best.

The blessing of how to read auras is that it gives us a direct experience of energetic reality which we often ignore. When we can honor the invisible reality we navigate through each day, it will slow down our fast pace and bring us into greater harmony with the spiritual nature of reality all around us.

The true majesty of the aura is that it doesn’t lie. In this luminescent sheen, all untold beauty lies waiting to be discovered. We all have auras, that colorful field that decorates the Light Body. Plants, animals, people, and even buildings all radiate distinct colors which reveal more than our words can.

While not the most impressive party trick, paying attention to a person’s aura will tell you much more than words alone. Little effort is required but perhaps patience on yourself as you begin to notice the field, will serve you best.

How can we begin to read these subtle fields then to learn to see more than what is being given to us? It is quiet easy to learn how to read auras but firs

COLORS OF THE AURA

A vibrant color indicates spiritual awareness and wellbeing, while dull or muddied colors reveal energetic sluggishness or sickness. Those who balance their chakras, practice yoga, and make conscious eating choices will naturally radiate from their acts of self-love. Less pronounced colors may indicate places where more awareness is necessary.

The colors in the auric field reveal much. While some may physically see them, others may be able to feel them. I am a clairsentient, which means I can sense things much better than I can see them (clairvoyant). Begin with your psychic senses that come naturally.  

Invite the colors to wash over you, noticing how each feels in your subtle and physical bodies. When you become familiar with the vibrations of colors it is easier to notice them in others. This is an easy, accessible way for beginners to sense the aura.

PLACEMENT OF COLORS

The location of each color will reveal interesting details. For instance, if someone carries red around their chest, it may indicate a frustrated heart while white around the crown will portray an advanced soul.

The first time I had an aura photo taken, the image showed a black arch over my head. Black seems weird, but I was in the hands of an expert who asked if I had ever had a near death experience. “Nope,” I replied. She smiled deeply and said “You must be a shaman then who is able to cross between the worlds of life and death.” She saw something in me that (at that time) I had not even fully embraced in myself.

LOCATION OF THE AURA

The aura surrounds the entire body, but most often Kirlian photos will simply capture the field around the head and chest. There are many ways to physically capture the aura with diagnostic accuracy, but in the absence of cool technology you can easily learn to sense these fields for yourself.

The fields around the upper body are a good indicator of where the person is now. Sometimes jagged, sometimes smooth, the texture will also reveal energetic consistency.

Flashes of color are sometimes seen outside of field. Called “clouds” or “flares”, these can indicate tendencies that don’t always permeate the field directly but are influential.

Large blocks of color or human-shaped colors most often reveal the presence of guides. I once had the outline of a golden body standing to my right indicating the companionship of a Ascended Master I had been working with quite regularly. Loved ones may appear to simply say hello.

One weekend I did 300 aura readings. Watching the colors dance through each soul was a sensory overload, but a massive learning experience. I didn’t know how to read auras before that weekend but I learned quickly. I was amazed by how each person matched their field. Rarely was I stumped or surprised by what I saw in the image and the person standing before me. I was heartened to see the accuracy of these beautiful impressions.

 

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