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With Christmas upon us, I hope you will all take a few moments to remember the
true meaning of the season; after all it is CHRISTmas. The stores are filled with
holiday decorations and, amongst the many angels and Santa Claus figurines, time
and again, my eyes were drawn to the deer. I found them on Christmas cards,
embroidered on pillows, printed on throws, glittered ornaments, paintings and
statues. I wondered why the deer, and especially the bucks, kept grabbing my
attention.

I suddenly recalled an event that happened a few years ago. I was visited in my
dreams by a buck with a giant rack of antlers upon his head. My first thought was
to wonder how he could hold his head up with such a heavy burden, yet he
remained strong and majestic before me, as if he carried no weight at all. He
walked towards me and stared into my eyes. I felt he was trying to send me a
message, but I was not sure what it was. A day or two later, on my way home, there
was a large buck standing in the middle of the road. As I approached, he turned to
face me. I immediately slowed down giving him time to move off the road, but he
did not move. He waited patiently until I came to a stop.

Neither of us moved. We simply stared into each other’s eyes for what seemed like
minutes but was mere seconds. I felt a wave of peace flow over me, and all my
worries that I carried that day dissolved in an instant. God works in many ways to get
our attention and I knew He was trying to get mine. As if to ease any last remaining
shred of lingering doubt, that evening the buck appeared in my dreams again,
larger than life, and with a very large rack upon his head. There were beautiful,
pure white flowers entwined within and around them. When our eyes met, I felt a
wave of pure, unconditional love fill me. I was told to count the points and was
surprised to find that there were 12. I awoke in the morning and immediately looked up
the symbolism of the buck, but some part of me already knew just who this
majestic creature epitomized.

While female deer are symbols of gentleness, innocence and good fortune, the
buck symbolizes strength, wisdom and spiritual authority. The antlers emerge from
the crown, growing above the physical head, as if reaching towards the Divine. The
antlers will actually die and fall off, only to grow back again, even bigger than
before. This signifies regeneration and rebirth to a greater state of being. The 12-
pointed buck is a symbol of Christ and His rebirth. The number 12 represents the 12
cycles of regeneration towards Higher consciousness and wisdom and encourages us
to take a more loving, wise and positive attitude in order to manifest a Higher
outcome.

We’ve all heard the term “Christmas Spirit”. It’s that feeling of good will that seems
to become a part of us for the all-too-short holiday season. It encourages us to be
more tolerant, loving and generous. CHRISTmas Spirit is not just a seasonal gift for
us to unwrap, use and put away, forgotten until the next year. It can and should be
an integral part of how we think, feel and act/react, each and every day. When
you put away all your decorations this year, be sure to keep the CHRISTmas Spirit
out all year. It truly is the gift that keeps on giving.

To all of you, we wish the Spirit of CHRISTmas all year long.

Love,
Tracey and Donna
DIVINE ATTUNEMENT MEDITATIONAL SERIES

In the Divine Attunement Meditational series, Tracey provides vibrational attunements channeled through Divine beings, including Christ, Metatron, the ascended Arcturians and Melchizedek of the Brotherhood of the Light. These divine frequencies can raise our vibration to Higher states of awareness and being, transmute negative energy to positive, remove energetic cords attached to fear and harmful patterns, provide peace, resolution and positive change through ancestral timelines, amplify our metaphysical abilities, improve self-healing of the physical body and align us with joy and one unity consciousness.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their journals to log any messages they receive.
Meditational Attunements are held twice monthly, fees vary.

This series will continue in 2019!


Color Therapy - Levels 3 & 4:
Healing, Shielding & Amplifying
Color Therapy - Levels 3 & 4: 
Healing, Shielding & Amplifying

Upon request, I am putting together the next phases of the
'Healing with God's Rays' workshops. 
Space is limited and will be offered first
to students who have previously taken Levels 1 and 2.


In Levels 3 & 4 Color Therapy, Tracey focuses on the higher frequencies of the Solar and Cosmic Rays. Learn how to use these rays in the form of spheres, pillars and geometries, to heal, to shield yourself from harmful energies & entities, to clear your subtle bodies, to shift your mood and energy levels, to amplify metaphysical abilities and to raise your vibration to access the Higher levels of the Divine. Additionally, you’ll learn about the Light Ray Beings and how they can be of service to you, your home and Mother Earth.  Includes Vibrational Attunements to the Color Rays.


Level 3 is tentatively scheduled for SUNDAY, March 3rd, 2019.
Level 4 is tentativel scheduled for SUNDAY, March 10th, 2019.

Fee per Level:  $111 (includes workbooks and lunch)

Note: Levels 1 & 2 Color Therapy are helpful but not required.


Place: Tracey's home in Belvidere, NJ

 PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED as space is limited,
waiting list available for overflow. 

Registration will open in the new year.
CONTINUING HERBAL EDUCATION

Join our Continuing Herbal Education classes and immerse your Self in the engaging world of our botanical allies!  The plant realm is thrilled to share more and more of its wisdom and supportive energy as humanity continues to awaken.  The green world is alive with vibrant, sentient beings who can assist in these troubled times by providing gentle, consistent, supportive energy.  By helping us ground during these turbulent times, our green plant herbal allies - and especially the 'Standing Nation' or trees - encourage us to reconnect to nature all around us. 

A 15 minute walk in the woods or a park can help reduce stress and also assist us in raising our vibration.  Trees - who hold a special place in Donna's heart - are the unflinching sentinels of our neighborhoods, lending support as they line our streets and grace our yards.  They are the guardians of our communities and are considered the elders of the botanical world.  Trees  not only provide cooling shade in the summer, they help replenish the oxygen that gives us breath, they enhance the beauty of our landscaped lawns, they provide a dwelling for various birds, squirrels and insects and they protect and enrich the soil.  They also sequester many tons of carbon into the soil over their expansive lifetimes.

In addition to lending constant support, many plants and local weeds are also nutritive and medicinal.  It is always nice to know who is living near us!
Some Thoughts on Hope, Kindness and Compassion
as We Welcome Back the Light!
As we approach the the end of the year and pause to enjoy the varying celebrations that take place around the world in December, including Winter Solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, my thoughts turn toward reflection and renewal. 

Ending one year and beginning a new one can be a difficult time for many, and I've seen a noticeable uptick with clients, friends and family feeling discouraged, disheartened, and frankly, hopeless.  Without a doubt, these are unsettling times, and the world seems more challenging each day.  Anxiety, depression, pessimism,
a sense of feeling forlorn, disconnected, alone, hopeless, helpless, broken and even a sense of worthlessness can surface at any time, yet seems to carry more weight at this time of year more than any other, rather highlighted and brought to the fore.  Some have even said that they have feeling of utter dejection and have such a bleak outlook that they feel numb to the happenings around them.  Unfortunately, "I'm at my wit's end" and "What's the point?" seems to be the new seasonal jingle.

In the hectic pace of the holi-daze, I encourage folks to take time for stillness, find a moment to devote your Self to acts of loving kindness (Yes! even toward your SELF!), and seek your truth in all things that come into your attention. 

It may also be helpful to focus on responding, not reacting.  The more chaotic life becomes, the more we tend to react. Try not to be triggered by the avalanche of information with which we are constantly bombarded through technology.   You might even consider leaving your smartphone at home or in the car.   *Gasp* Maybe you can even meet a friend
in person for coffee instead of sending a message or a simple emoji.  Slowing down is a simple and mindful way of creating the opportunity for thoughtful response.  Certainly we all have 'stuff' going on, yet by choosing the responses that nourish and foster kindness and compassion, we can make positive changes in small ways.
  • Smile at the grumpy cashier (was she up all night with a sick child or parent?) 
  • Let the erratic driver get ahead of you in traffic (did they just get an emergency call?)
  • Have compassion for the distracted waiter (did he lose a loved one recently?)

Remember the Random Acts of Kindness movement?  Maybe it needs some dusting off as life becomes more fast-paced and frenzied.  Focus on making a difference in one small way each day.

Additionally, as many of you know, trees have a special place in my heart and I often feel such a deep, communal connection with them in ways that I cannot fully put into words.  My inner knowing that t
hey continually strive to be of service to humanity - despite our poor and sometimes inhospitable treatment of them -  often leads me down new and unexpected paths.  Every morning, I ask the Universe "What do I need to know today?" and, unfailingly, I am blessed by answers, nudges and suggestions throughout the day.

In speaking on the phone recently with a gifted and  oh-so-intuitive holistic healer colleague, she mentioned that she was feeling some of the same weight on her mind and spirit that I described above from other clients - a type of 'ennui' of the soul that the French poet Baudelaire would have deeply understood And she said "and I keep hearing sweet chestnut". 
Bingo!

Other than Rescue Remedy, I don't often use or recommend Bach Flower Essences simply because I am not familiar with them.  The Universe delivered Sweet Chestnut (Castenea sativa) directly through my colleague to my clients.  Here is a snipet from the description on their website: 

"When describing the Bach Flower Essences, Dr. Bach said that Sweet Chestnut 'is the (remedy) for that terrible, that appalling mental dispair when it seems the very soul itself is suffering destruction.  It is the hopeless despair of those who feel they have reached the limit of their endurance'... 

...a person in the negative Sweet Chestnut state feels completely alone, helpless, hopeless and unprotected.  The emptiness and despair are acute, yet he harbours no thoughts of suicide...

...this person fears breaking down under the stress, works hard to keep his anguish from other people, may be recognized by phrases like "I don't know what to do" or "I'm at my wit's end".  You may recognize him by the fact that no words of hope will enter his conversation because he has none...

...Interestingly, the extreme negative Sweet Chestnut state is often the beginning of a transformation into a new and much better life.  This is an emergency state - a 'dark night' for the soul - a time when old beliefs and patterns break apart and make room for new levels of consciousness, and even a new connection to God..."
(Edited from: https://www.bachflowers.com/products/bach-sweet-chestnut)

As soon as I read that this flower essence could help the current angst among us,  I placed an order for several bottles of Bach Sweet Chestnut, due to arrive  January.  Please contact me if you would like one, or you can order directly from Bach Flower Essence. 

If you find that you are still having difficulties managing feelings of discouragement, despair, hopelessness or anxiety, please reach out to us at Grace of Angels, or contact a healthcare professional that may be able to help.  DO practice nurturing self-care.

As luck - or the Universe - would have it, this video showed up in my FB feed as we created this newsletter.  It comes from Roc Solid Foundation and landed in my feed from The Daily Goalcast.  The title is "On Days When You Feel Like You Can't Go On, Please Listen To THIS!"  It dovetails perfectly into the Bach Flower Essence Sweet Chestnut state described above that is so prevalent at this time. 

PLEASE WATCH TO THE END. It is only 2.5 mins long, and brilliantly done.  I believe it provides a suitable and perfect example of how we can masterfully turn around our heartache, despair and hopelessness for any situation that crops up during these turbulent times.  Click Here or the Button below for the video!



Tree Orienting
RESUMING in March, 2019

Location: 
Liberty Park/Natirar

Peapack/Gladstone, NJ


Suggested Donation:  $5
OR
(In lieu of a $5 donation will also accept a food item
to be donated to the Chester Food Pantry)


The purpose of Tree Orientation is to bring the human and plant worlds closer together, as they once were.

Scheduled on a weekend day each month, Donna will usually visit different public parks in order to orient as many trees as possible.  We record how many trees were oriented and send that information back to the Global Tree Network.

Usually 10AM-12PM,

**Please RSVP for new location each month: 
 info@graceofangels.org or text/call 201-650-7500**


Intro to Herbalism:  101

Recognized as the oldest system of healing on the planet, herbal medicine traces its roots back to the earliest civilizations. Today, herbalism continues to flourish as a people's healing art. Even with the amazing technological advances of conventional medicine, herbalism — the art and science of healing with plants — is still widely popular and its popularity is gaining, not waning. According to the World Health Organization, 80 percent of the world's population used some form of traditional medicine in 2008, and its rate of affordability, availability and accessibility is surging.  -from Mother Earth News


Discover the Power and Flavor of Wild Weeds!

This is a hands-on workshop providing attendees the opportunity to interact with  overlooked weeds on a deeper level. 


  • Learn how to identify, harvest, craft and use medicine from four to six local medicinal botanicals (wild-crafted weeds)
  • Learn the simpler's method for making an alcohol tincture, an infused honey, and a vinegar (The weather and available plants will determine if we can make an herbal-infused oil).
  • Learn the latin binomial names and the distinguishing characteristics of different plant families
  • Learn how to properly identify and differentiate medicinal botanicals from poison look-alikes
  • Learn the proper harvesting procedures for making safe, pure and unpolluted medicine
  • All materials included:  glass jars, honey, vinegar, oil (except alcohol for tincture)
  • BONUS:  Backyard Pesto recipe to make in Spring!


We'll begin with a short herb/weed walk introducing you to approximately 15-20 weedy botanicals, followed by a hands-on demonstration for making five types of herbal medicine.  I will provide a home-made herbal tea  for your sipping enjoyment during the workshop.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
to secure your materials package since space is limited to 12 
Future dates will be posted.  Please join us!

It is suggested that you wear weather appropriate attire, and hiking or gardening boots 'cause it can get a little muddy and buggy. You will receive handouts and take home three medicines that you craft.  Also feel free to a notebook to take additional notes.

Energy Exchange:  $55 (all materials included, except alcohol for tincture)

Call/text/email Donna with questions @ 201-650-7500, donna@willowmoonherbals.com

DATE to be Determined in Spring, 2019







Essential Oil of the Month: 

Pine
Who doesn’t love the beautiful evergreen color and uplifting fragrance of pine? It is a symbol of the elevated mind, longevity, virtue, solitude and the birth of the Spiritual Warrior, which is much needed during these trying times.

Healthwise, pine contains many benefits as an antiseptic, expectorant, antioxidant and a tonic. The needles and shoots are rich in Vitamins A and C and antioxidants.  Pine needle tea can aid with healing bladder, urinary tract, and kidney problems. Use the cones and needles in a bath for breathing disorders, skin complaints, and rheumatic pain.

The essential oil can be used in aromatherapy for its antiseptic, antiviral, anti-bacterial, natural deodorant, and diuretic properties.  Inhalation of pine helps fight colds and eliminates phlegm, mucus and congestion.

Pine can help lighten dark moods, relieve stress, reduce feelings of guilt, and assist one in being more satisfied with their achievements. It treats boils and athlete's foot, and provides support for the eyes including macular degeneration, cataracts, and a number of other vision-related conditions, improving overall  eye health and protecting from age-related problems.
Sweet Inspiration

  "If you listen carefully, the silence is beautiful."

“Snow provokes responses that reach right back to childhood."
~ Andy Goldsworthy


“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields,
that it kisses them so gently?
And then it covers them up snug, you know,
with a white quilt; and perhaps it says
"Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again."
~ Lewis Carroll


“Welcome Winter. 
Your late dawns and chilled breath make me lazy, but I love you nonetheless."  ~Terri Guillemets

“It's not the load that breaks you down,
it's the way you carry it."
~ Boomsumo.com


“In the depths of winter,
I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."
~ Albert Camus

 

"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire:  it is the time for home."

~ Edith Sitwell

"...Take flight with the grace of angels
Bound for the heavens upon nigh
Its backdrop cerulean blue..."

From Fly Little White Dove, Fly
Don MacIver, 2011

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