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Success B al an ce HAIL TO THE HALO The aura was referred to by the Greeks as Psicosoma: the soul of the body. It’s an energy field that surrounds every human being. It is influenced by thoughts, feelings and emotions — if we find ourselves dealing with difficult or traumatic events, our aura suffers disequilibrium. Since it’s made up of electromagnetic energy, just like a magnet, it is in fact magnetic. Hence if your aura is charged with negative energy, it will attract more negative energy. It’s always a good time to cleanse your aura, but particularly now as we welcome in a new year. A simple way to accomplish this is by bringing positive light to your energy filed via ruta, or rue plant, commonly known as “The Herb Of Grace”. Just a few leaves of the rue are needed. Pass them over your body, starting from the top of your head down to your feet, as you envision positive energy and light bathing you. After you’re done, you can burn or toss the rue out. This is something that can be practiced once a month. It all depends on how you feel, always trusting your intuition. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Silvia Rioja has been a leader in esoteric studies for more than 25 years. She’s a professional astrologer based in Miami, who has studied Shamanism with Q’Eros Indians in Peru. For more information or a private consultation, call 954.822.7223. › 32 CLEARING ENERGY ‘Tis the season for clearing out stagnate energy and making way for yuletide cheer and all things bright and positive. Here are ideas to implement when prepping for the holidays and New Year’s. TEX T BY FR ANCESCA CRUZ BATH TIME Ready to soak in a bath before festivities start? Add pure essential oils of lavender, sandalwood and citronella. Aside from keeping mosquitos at bay and smelling wonderful, these oils assist in striping away negative chi from your aura. SMELLS DELISH Lemongrass is one of the top herbs used for expelling negative energy. Add some of the essential oil to your favorite body moisturizer, or purchase lemongrass tea and enjoy a spot while relaxing with a favorite book. SAFFRON & COZY Use saffron water to cleanse the space your bed occupies. Sprinkle the saffron water as you walk 3 times around the bed in a clockwise direction. Saffron is a very powerful substance for purifying spaces on a monthly basis.