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The Art of Chokin

A sample of a Chokin vase available on eBay

During the 12th century, Japanese Chokin artists used this art to decorate the armor, weapons and other military supplies of notable samurai. Chokin artists also decorated shrines using this method.

Chokin designs range from scenes of fierce dragons to those of gentle blossoms. Since it is a traditional Japanese art form, chokin art always depicts images considered native to Japanese culture. Examples include geisha, dragons, Japanese style bridges, legends, ocean scenes, flowers native to the country and actual Japanese landscapes

https://www.ehow.com/facts_6766663_chokin-art_.html

Chokin art is an ancient form of Japanese pictorial gilding. Copper is engraved and then the picture is gilded with silver and gold.

The “Live Japan” website says:

Chokin is a technique which uses a kind of chisel called tagane to engrave metal. Engraving is commonly used for fine, precise art works such as accessories and other ornaments. In the medieval feudal society, engraved patterns and pictures on tsuba (sword guard), which is set between the katana (blade) and e (grip) of a sword, were thought to be popular article to show the owner’s sense of beauty, and nowadays such tsuba are highly evaluated for their sophisticated designs

You can easily find affordable Chokin design pieces (not the antique sort, but modern designs) by searching “Chokin” on eBay or generally on the internet.

You will find plates, trinket dishes, vases and others, for purchase.

There are Etsy stores which offer “original” Chokin Art items, including those made by Shaddy, a company established in the 1920s, plus later pieces crafted in the Chokin style.

https://www.etsy.com/market/original_chokin_art

https://chokinart.com/

Happy searching!


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February 2019 Energy Update

Spiritual Shifts 2019

I am so excited that February is now here!! January was a challenging month in many ways, but it was also the start of a new beginning. We had BIG energy periods during January, which included two Eclipses. These brought up a lot of old emotions to clear and release, so we could move forward and act on our desires and dreams! 

Even though the Lunar Eclipse has now passed, we may still be feeling the effects, which can last for up to another six months! This energy can help to unravel life lessons or gifts for us over the next few months. We are all still in the process of clearing up past patterns that have been holding us back from personal fulfilment. So, if you are still figuring things out, organizing your thoughts, life and work, then don’t panic as there is still plenty of time, so don’t feel pressured to rush!…

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Beautiful necklaces from Rosey

Pink fuchsia coloured jade pendant with lemon, lime jade beads & quartzite

If you are looking for an amazing, beautiful, colorful, spiritual energy necklace, my friend Rosey Lowry in the United Kingdom, makes them!

Head over to Rosey’s Etsy store, to see a huge range of wonderful bracelets and necklaces, uniquely designed and created by Rosey – link below.

https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/roseyandellen

Some of the profits will go into research into ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome).

Rosey’s necklaces are divine and give the wearer a peace and reassurance that comes from the metaphysical properties of the crystals she uses, and from the skilful and artful way in which she puts the necklaces together! I know because I own 2 of Rosey’s necklaces!

Rose quartz, snow quartz and green jade necklace

This one has 12mm snow quartz quartz, 10mm and 8mm green jade, 12mm 10mm 8mm rose quartz nuggets, and gold plated snowflake beads, with 925 sterling silver clasp and findings. I count myself blessed to have found and bought this beauty.

https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/roseyandellen?ref=l2-shopheader-name

My favorite necklace among all of my vast collection of necklaces (as I love bead necklaces) is the lemon, lime jade with the fuchsia pink focal bead. I wear this to work every Monday, and it brightens up my day. This pretty creation kick-starts my week, and gets praise and attention from on-lookers. Specifications follow.

  • Necklace length: 57 Centimeters
  • Pendant height: 45 mm
  • Chain style: Bead
  • Materials: 40mm x 30mm faceted jade pendant, 8mm lemon and lime jade, 6mm and 3mm pink quartzite, silver plated flower beads, 3mm Czech glass beads, 10mm porcelain beads, silver plated carabiner clasp, sterling silver callottes

Thank you Rosey!


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2019 Energy Forecast

Great information from Sarah!

Spiritual Shifts 2019

Happy New Year, well very nearly! I wanted to write my 2019 Energy Forecast early this year as I have just launched a new service called the Weekly Energy Tune Ups. I was guided to offer something different for 2019 that could help us navigate our way through the year more easily. After running the attunement events each month and seeing how the group energies work together to facilitate healing, I wanted to offer a way to help us stay in balance and connect with each other even more.

This service provides both, as well as giving an overview of the week ahead to help you work with the current energies more effectively. This begins on 28th December, so I wanted my 2019 forecast up before this and January’s forecast will be up on the 27th December, so we are all ready for the new year! If you are interested…

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Abundance

I have an abundance ethic!

Archangel Oracle

abundance Abundance, from the Numerology Guidance Oracle Card deck, by Michelle Buchanan

Daily Angel Oracle Card, from the Numerology Guidance Oracle Card deck, by Michelle Buchanan: Abundance

Abundance: “This card indicates a need to adopt an attitude of abundance in order to attract it into your life. By drawing this card, you are being encouraged to recognize the numerous opportunities in front of you, for the Universe is bountiful, and there is plenty to go around. Since you attract what you believe, you must improve your perception of the world. Replace your thoughts of scarcity, competition, and shortage with feelings of abundance, prosperity, and hope.

The Universe has an infinite supply of love, health, wealth, and wisdom; therefore, a greedy, competitive mind-set only prevents abundance from flowing. At this time, you must recognize and address any limiting beliefs that are blocking this flow. Perhaps you were brought up to believe that…

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September 2018 Energy Forecast

Read this – September here we come!

Spiritual Shifts 2019

Wow! What a ride these last few months have been! Life as we know it has had a shake up! 

September is finally here and we have entered a new energy period, which begins this month and runs until December 2018. This energy is much more action orientated and we can finally move forward more easily. However, you may not be quite so happy with September if you are still not prepared to let go of the past to move into a new present reality!

September’s energies are also about completion as it holds the vibration of the number 9. When the number 9 appears, it often denotes a finality, the completion of an era. The number 9 suggests the final stages of a period, and that we need to complete anything outstanding so we can prepare for the new. The number 9 also represents universal love, spiritual awakening, life purpose, intuition and…

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