Year of the Female Black Water Snake

According to Chinese astrology February 4th, 2013 marks the Solar New Year and February 10th the Lunar New Year. As we say good bye to the dragon of 2012 we welcome in the energies of the black water serpent. Snakes are closely tied with the Dragon as they are said to have come to earth as a dragon who lost his wings and scales.

It is very auspicious for us to have closed the chapter on December 21, 2012 and the end of the Mayan calendar and an old paradigm of imbalance and oppression. We have claimed a rebirth for the Earth and the sacred feminine is now rising. The feminine black water serpent is yet another auspicious symbol of her reappearance.

In Chinese Astrology the female black water snake is sexy, romantic, wise, intelligent, graceful and loves beauty. She can be secretive and is creative, innovative and diligent. She is here to help us shed skins of outmoded ways of being, thinking, and living and to arouse our sexual energies which we can use in more mature ways for the manifestation of our divine purpose and the new earth.

Welcome to the cozy creative watery womb space of the sensual snake. Of course it requires both the masculine and feminine to cocreate another. The year 2013 is a 6 year (2+0+1+3=6) and in numerology is the symbol of the love and family. In the tarot the 6 represents the Lovers, divine sacred Law of Union and Oneness through the union of opposites! Examples of this energy include Shiva and Shakti, Jesus and Mary Magdalene as well as Isis and Osiris whom this year's Temple and Fellowship of Isis Convocation is being dedicated to.

Also coming up on March 9th/10th is ShivaRatri, the night of the Hindu Lord Shiva the -auspicious one-! Shiva is an omniscient yogi and lives an aesthetic life while at the same time is the lover of of his wife Parvati (Shakti) and father of Ganesha and Kartikeya. Known as the -transformer- or the -destroyer- he is responsible for change both in the form of death and destruction and in the positive sense of destroying the ego helping one to shed old habits and attachments. He is often depicted with snakes immersed in deep meditation or as the Cosmic Dancer or even fierce and slaying demons.

In Yoga we come to understand that the kundalini is described as a serpent that sits coiled three and a half times just under the Muldara (root) chakra. There are both a feminine aspect of this kundalini energy called the Ida and a masculine aspect called the Pingala. When awakened they snake and undulate their way up the Shushumna, the central channel, crossing at each chakra rising until they meet head to head at the third eye or the ajana chakra bringing spiritual, vision and the gifts of awakened sentient beings.

One of the things that has been limiting humanity from living in these states is that we have been living in a consciousness of fear and separation lost in our egos and the desires of the lower energy centers without consideration of the greater good. We've been detached from experiencing our interconnectedness and oneness with everything that is. To raise the kundalini requires all chakras to be open and balanced. So as the sexual energy is stirred and rises we are connected with divine wisdom and guidance, Mother Earth, our gifts and purpose, our personal power, an open heart and full self expression. Both Lord Shiva and the black water snake help us to shed all thought patterns, belief systems, attitudes, ways of being that are no longer serving. Injustice is being exposed and the black water serpent is here to sluff those old ways off like dead skin revealing a new soft supple layer beneath. However, do not cross this serpent and mistake her softness for weakness as inside she is ruled by metal and fire in their masculine form. So although snakes tend to be calm, shy and cautious, it is wise to remember that they will attack if disturbed or hungry!

We can utilize the energies of the black water snake this year to spiral up our evolutionary ladder maturing and growing accessing our full potential. The New Moon is in Aquarius energies which are also being infused into the mix are activating our revolutionary and humanitarian spirit. As the mythological water bearer spreads a dose of pure consciousness and we can fill up with clear sight, inventive solutions and the courage to embrace our authenticity and power to revolutionize our lives. Release all self defeating fear and limitations! Slough if off! Keepers of of New Earth! We are Here! The time is Now! We are the Ones we've been waiting for!

___________________ RESOURCE BOX: Heather Salmon, author of the forthcoming book the Black Swan Initiation is a priestess, innovative spiritual guide, hypnosound healer and prayerformance artist. Join her for the live webcast of the Global Virtual New Moon Ceremony, Saturday, February 9th, 2013 at 3pm Pacific. For more information and free Mystical Alchemy HypnoSound Healing MP3 visit www.MysticalAlchemy.net

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What Was She Wearing – feat. Cameron Diaz & Mary-Kate Olsen

Welcome back to another instalment of What Was She Wearing: Answers! As always, this story is brought to you by WWWD's fantastic interns—the very super Allison and Jessica. Read on for tidbits galore on Mischa, Cameron, MK, and Nicole.

Mischa Barton

En-route to a lunch at West Hollywood’s Le Conversation, Mischa wore this embroidered 1920’s cloche. She purchased her hat at LA’s high-end vintage store, The Way We Wore (the boutique is a WWWD favorite, check it out: The Way We Wore). Doris Raymond, the lovely owner of TWWW, assured us that she has similar vintage cloches available for $150-395. We found some options on eBay, but if you’d rather DIY, brush up on your crocheting skills and order patterns online (HeartStrings FiberArts).

On a side note, we know that this isn’t What Was She Reading, however, in case you were wondering, Mischa’s book-in-hand is “Dry” by Augusten Burroughs. It’s a fabulous, follow-up memoir to his widely-read, “Running with Scissors,” and deals with his struggle to get sober.

Cameron Diaz

It used to be that when we heard 'Cameron Diaz' and 'stud' in the same sentence, a certain fellow who recently brought sexy back came to mind. Those days are no more. Now, the only stud our readers are inquiring about is the Marc Jacobs Sweet Punk tote. Though this particular style is not currently available online, similar styles are available at Saks Fifth Avenue ($1800, saksfifthavenue.com). You also may be able to find the exact bag at your nearest Marc Jacobs store. Visit Marc Jacobs for a vendor nearest you. Cameron: we’ll continue to drool over your arm candy.

Mary Kate Olsen

Seen here just after a hair appointment at the Neil George Salon in Beverly Hills, Mary-Kate Olsen is fashionably instep (as expected) in a pair of Yves Saint Laurent Savage Crisscross Wedge ($715, bergdorfgoodman.com) and the ever present Ray Ban sunglasses. MK is often spotted with fantastic and wild shoes, but for some reason this pair particularly piqued your curiosity. To answer your questions: the YSL shoes are made of cuio leather, have a single-buckle sling back, and a platform sole. We think they would look exceptionally awesome with a pair of wide-leg jeans.

Nicole Richie

Sporting sweet new bangs, Nicole Richie was photographed above after having dinner at Mr. Chow’s in Beverly Hills. In addition to her new hairdo, she simultaneously captivated the interest of many of our readers who wondered about her stunning outfit. The dress is vintage Diane Von Furstenberg, so sadly it’s no longer available. But on a happier note, Nicole’s must-have Wolford Mat Opaque 80 tights are an easy, and fantastic opaque, find ($37.50,wolfordboutiquelondon.com).

Very Fashionable Watches

There are many different watches manufactured every year. This is because so many people are in the market for watches. Again this is because it is one of those items that people need, especially living in busy towns and cities where knowing the time is so important. People everywhere need to make sure they are on time for work ? to do this they need to know what time they must leave their home in order to make their train, they then need to know what time the train comes in in order to know whether they have enough time to get a morning coffee and croissant and furthermore they need to be at their desk before questions are asked of them. In order to do this, people need to know the time and although there are many devices that allow people to do this, there is nothing better than a watch. For this reason, people are always looking for watch.

As a watch is only bought every now and then mostly due to the fact that they last for a very long time, people in the main do not buy watches regularly. A good quality watch can last for over a decade and provide their owner great value for money. However, some people do not buy watches simply because they want to know the time. Instead, they buy watches because they look good and as such people can walk around looking fashionable.

Many watches that are made today are made to look fashionable. Watches that are made to look very fashionable are more likely to sell, mainly because people nowadays like all the things they buy to look nice. After all, its human nature to want to have nice things! Some watches are however, more fashionable than others. This is because a lot of time and effort has been put into designing the watches in order that they do sell. Retailers are well aware that in order to capture as many customers as possible, only the most fashionable watches can be put in stores as these are more likely to sell than any others.

There are many very fashionable watches made every year as a result. Customers that look to buy watches because of their fashionable qualities rather than want of needing the watch are always in search for the most fashionable watch of the month, or to the really dedicated consumers, the week. There are many very fashionable watches on the market and there are so many different brands to choose from. One brand that has always been popular is Emporio Armani as this really is a fashion brand. Customers are well aware of Armani?s stronghold in the fashion market and as a result, Emporio Armani watches are a likely choice for many people.

There are many other choices of watch brands for consumers too. Whichever watch is chosen, chances are that the watch is likely to be very fashionable and is likely to keep whoever bought it very happy for a very long time.

Gucci Clothing

A most prominent brand Gucci, formally known as The House of Gucci, is an Italian fashion brand, manufacturing fashionable clothes and leather products label. It has gained a prestigious place in the fashion world. Gucci brand is easily recognized as it is the most famous brand in the present scenario. Gucci meaning The House of Gucci belongs to PPR, Pinault-Printemps-Redoute which is a French multinational company.

The House of Gucci was founded by Guccio Gucci, born in 1881, which initially started of with a saddler shop in the year 1906, in Florence. He gave his best of skill in craftsmanship of the leather goods. In 1920 he started producing and manufacturing lavish luggage goods. The first boutique was started in Rome in the year 1938, famously known as Via Condotti. Initially, Gucci concentrated on designing and manufacturing the company?s most recognized products in the international market. Gucci introduced the most popular handbags with Bamboo handle, back in 1947, which are still well-known in today?s market. In 1950, Gucci spread into manufacture of suede shoes with metal pieces and the trademark red stripped webbing was initiated, originally on the saddle girth.

During the early 1950?s he designed and created classic styles for men and women. The designer clothing products for men and women basically comprised of luxury luggage, stylish ties, designer shoes and famous handbags with the bamboo handle. After his death in 1953, the business touched new heights and gained a great recognition in the international fashion market. His family was the main cause of enormous success for Gucci as it opened a lot many stores in world famous places like Paris, London, Tokyo, Beverly Hills and Palm Beach. The entire Gucci Empire has become quite well-known in the year 1950. The brand further gained its publicity and made Gucci comparable to ?chic?, with the help of the Hollywood stars like Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Peter Sellers. The shoulder bags became popular and quite well-known by the name ?Jackie O? as Jackie Kennedy posed himself during a photo shoot with the Gucci shoulder bag. The company already had a GC logo by this time.

In the year 1990, Gucci Clothing included a variety of products like perfumes, leather fashions, cosmetics, shoes, suitcases, watches, sports articles, silk scarves, jewelry, ties, eyeglasses etc?Thus Gucci became more identified brand in the fashion world with several other famous brands.

In the year 2006, Gucci generated a global income of more than US$7 billion according to the sources of Business Week magazine. Amongst the Top 100 world famous brands it ranked 46th in the annual chart. Gucci is recognized as the second largest and the best selling fashion industry after LVMH. Gucci has more than 425 stores internationally. Gucci franchisees and the fashionable stores offer the wide range of products of this world famous brand. The house of Gucci is recognized by several financial institutions and organizations due to their remarkable performance in business which in turn contributes to a huge turnover. Last but not the least, from years, Gucci has managed to provide quality products which are stylish, luxurious and exceptional.

Are Jeans Fashionable?

The term ?fashion? refers to a dominant mode of expression. Although the term ?fashion? can apply to a wide range of fields, from interior design and architecture to economics and technology, many people associate fashion with clothing. What a certain culture understands by fashion is goodness and beauty. What goes by these criteria will therefore be fashionable. What doesn?t fit in that particular mode of expression will be considered unfashionable. When used, the word ?fashion? usually has a positive meaning and is frequently associated with the concepts of style and glamour. However, when referring to a person as being materialistic or trendy, the term ?fashion? has a negative connotation.

The idea of making a statement through fashion goes back to the sixteenth century in Europe, so we can say that fashion is more than four centuries old. Still, what most people understand by fashion - expression through clothes ? only began to express itself in the eighteenth century on the old continent.

Fashion varies depending on many factors, among which the most important are time and society. How fashion changes over time is more than obvious. Young and people have distinct concepts of fashion. Their perceptions of fashion are not interchangeable, as everyone knows it would be ridiculous to see an old man dressed in a young man?s clothes and the other way around. There are also multiple perceptions of fashion within a society, according to age, occupation, generation, social class and so on.

The most prominent feature of fashion is that it is constantly subjected to change. Not too many people regard this constant change as productive, since it encourages consumers to purchase things unnecessarily, just out of the pleasure of constantly experiencing something interesting and new.

As far as clothes are concerned, how can we decide what is fashionable what is unfashionable? How do we decide what to wear? Do we go by the latest fashion trends and become fashion victims, or do we stick to what we know looks good on us? Tough choice! The idea of fashion in the 21st century refers mostly to high-heeled shoes, handbags, sports suits, designer jeans and ripped jeans.

Jeans are a choice for many people, as they are easy to suit, practical and comfortable. Although most of the jeans are made from denim, they may also come in a variety of other fabrics. Jeans are most popular with teenagers, but they are now gaining popularity with other age categories as well. At their origin, the jeans were work clothes, but they began to be worn outside work places at the middle of the 20th century when they became popular among other social categories.

When most people think of jeans, they think of a casual way of dressing. The choice of color and style is a very wide one. Nowadays jeans come in so many styles that it is virtually impossible not to find at least one pair of jeans that will suit you perfectly. But jeans don?t vary on color alone. There are also various types of jeans according to the fits. The jeans fits can go from straight or loose to slim, baggy or skinny, from high-waisted to superlow-waisted.

One thing?s for sure, jeans will never be unfashionable. A certain style will always be developed in order to keep up with the latest trends in fashion. So, if you want to be fashionable, but also comfortable, a pair of jeans is a safe choice.

Funny Gifts

Remember the last party when the gift exploded on your friends face as soon as he opened it. It was the talk in college for days. Such is the effect of a well selected and timely given gag gift. We love receiving funny pranks and funny gifts. It is not as if buying a gag gift is easy, one must think about the occasion as well as your relationship with the recipient. An improperly selected gift presented to a person having limited sense of humour may fall flat on your face, or may cause an ugly scene in a party. The idea behind giving the funny gifts is not to hurt anybody but to give him/her some happy moments.

Luckily there are many funny gifts and new prank ideas available on the internet to help you selecting a suitable one for you according to the occasion. You may take a survey on the net to get these new fun gift ideas. Any occasion can be made a memorable one through such gifts, be it birthday or Valentines Day or just a regular friend?s get together. People may forget about other gifts after some time but these funny gifts will be remembered by all and will bring a smile on their faces whenever they will remember the occasion. This will definitely help strengthening your relationship with each other and will surely liven up the occasion.

Funny gifts reflect your sense of humour and your honest relationship with your friends as well. This shows that you love them and you like to see them smiling and being happy. Your friend will also find a way to pay back in the same coin and this fun thing will continue. Gags and pranks are easily available on the internet. Some of the great gags and pranks available are exploding cigarette loads, donkey cigarette dispenser etc. Finding a bum short inside the wrapping is sure to turn everyone?s face red and a loud laugh burst after that.

Considering the recipient?s taste and sense of humour is most important because the success of a gag is largely dependent on the attitude of the recipient. For example if the person likes to eat bacon, you may gift him some bacon gumballs, bacon wallet, or fake gummy bacon. Imagine a party where real looking plastic ice cubes are used which never melt or cigarettes that explode on lighting. If your friend is a happy go lucky sort of a person and has a good sense of humour, he/she would love receiving gag gifts. Fake dog poop or fart spray will make a great party prank and will be remembered for a long time.

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