Winged and Whimsical Friends of Summer!

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Winged and Whimsical Statues 

Garden Statues can add personal style to any garden. People choose statues for a variety of reasons; to create reflective and restful places or to bring spiritual inspiration and emotional value to a special place.

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On the Wings of Angels

Creating peace, solace and beauty, angels can inspire special meaning. Angels are often viewed as protectors or compassionate beings that guard over people and places. Sometimes people place a statue of an angel that represents a specific quality determined by religious beliefs or they choose an angel that represents an emotion such as love, healing or compassion. Placing an angel in your home or garden can imbue your space with the aura of spirit that comes from another realm. 

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 Fairy Magic

According to legend, fairies possess the power to bring health, happiness, blessing and magic to your home and garden. Many European cultures believed that fairies and spirits visited their gardens and yards creating mischief or offering gifts. If you want to bring fantasy and whimsy to your home or garden by creating an enchanted space for the fairies to visit, place statues of fairies, mushrooms and other charming reminders of their magical world. Adding a gnome to your garden is believed to prevent the mischief the fairies bring as they are considered to be protective spirits of the garden.  

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Come find your next summer statue to enhance any space in your home, inside and out! 


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Tune In Deeper With Astrology

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July's Divine Assistant: Astrology

Every month we include a closer look at our favourite tools and techniques for exploring deeper. This month we are focusing on Astrology, a huge topic with many avenues and treasures

As a divination tool, astrology fosters the belief that we have free will and control over our lives. It is not a fortune telling tool, but rather a tool that helps us to understand our strengths and challenges. It sheds light on patterns that can either keep us stuck or point us in the right direction. There are many different systems of astrology that are used in various cultures, but to keep it simple, we are only focusing on Western Sun Sign astrology. The method of understanding astrology from this perspective involves piecing together signs, planets and houses to create a chart that can be interpreted.

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Signs

Most of us know what sign represents the month that we were born. This is known as our “Sun Sign” and there are twelve signs which make up the zodiac. Each sign relates to a specific time of year and has symbolic meaning attached to it. Whether it’s the bright light of Leo, or the deep waters of Pisces, all the signs comprise different elements of character categorized by the energy of Earth, Air, Fire or Water and the qualities of Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable .

Planets

Like the signs, every planet has a different energy and element. From looking at a fast moving planet like Mercury, we can gain insight into how a person communicates. If we look at a slow moving outer planet like Pluto, we can gain insight into trends that affect us globally and generationally.

The Chart

Each astrological chart represents a map of the heavens as it exists at the exact moment of birth. Where planets fall in the chart has special meaning and the relationship between the planets shows where there is struggle or where the energy flows freely.

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Houses

Every chart is divided into twelve houses. Each house represents an aspect of inner and outer life; from self awareness to career ambitions, the houses show the area of focus for each individual. Once again, each house has an elemental energy which adds depth and dimension to the meaning.

Putting it Together

Careful consideration of signs, houses, planets and interactions between them gives astrologers insight into the unique and complex blueprint that guides you. It is an in depth tool or art that can help you understand your life decisions, personal goals and can give spiritual meaning to your journey. After centuries of use, it’s easy to understand why astrology can be regarded as much more than the sun sign determined by the month you were born.


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Ascendant Books' Quick Guide To Gods and Deities

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New At Ascendant Books!

We have just received a new batch of statues related to Hindu and Buddhist Gods and Goddesses and thought a short explanation of the meanings behind some of the more common ones would be helpful. There are too many to cover in depth, but this list might get you started.

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HINDUISM

Trimurti considers Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma as three forms of the supreme deity. Combined, they represent creation, maintenance and destruction.

Saraswati is the Hindu Goddess of knowledge, music, art and wisdom. She is generally shown to have four arms (but sometimes two) that represent mind, intellect, imagination and ego.

Ganesh is one of the best known and loved deities. Ganesh is known as the “Lord of Good Fortune” who removes obstacles and facilitates new beginnings. He is depicted as having the head of an elephant and is generally shown with four arms (though number can vary).

Durga is the warrior Goddess who combats evils and demons. She is the fierce protective mother Goddess who is depicted riding a lion or tiger and has many arms for carrying weapons.

Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity. She is depicted as being elegantly dressed and has four hands which represent the four goals of human life.

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BUDDHISM

You have probably noticed that Buddha statues vary greatly. From a serious looking Buddha to a jolly Buddha, the symbolism of Buddhism is generally due to the type of Buddhism that is practiced in a certain area.

Common symbols associated with the Buddha associated with Theravada Buddhism include elongated heads and earlobes which depict wisdom and the ability to listen. A shaved head is also common and depicts a separation from vanity. Poses signify aspects of spiritual development such as enlightenment, serenity, protection, nirvana and healing. 

The “Laughing Buddha” is an icon that comes from Mahayana Buddhism. Rubbing this Buddha’s belly brings good luck, wealth and a carefree life. For general good luck, pick a Buddha holding a bowl, for a long and happy life, choose a Laughing Buddha wearing a large hat. If you want wealth and prosperity, you should purchase a statue with gold nuggets. A Buddha carrying a bag represents the riches the believer will receive or it could also mean that your worries are taken from you. 

Kuan Yin is known as the Goddess who embraces compassionate, loving kindness as the name means “the one who hears the cries of the world”. It is believed that having a statue of Kwan Yin in your home brings good luck and protection. 

Green Tara is a female Buddha and meditation deity. It is said her compassion for living beings and her desire to save them from suffering is known to be stronger than a mother's love for her children. 
 

Come check out our beautiful new collection of inspiring figures. They have truly brightened up our space and are sure to have the same affect in yours! 


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Self-Exploration Through Palmistry

Power in the Palm of Your Hand

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Palmistry is said to have originated in India. Studied by the ancients, this science continues to develop to this day. When combined with intuition, palmistry becomes an art which can be a valuable tool for self exploration.

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 We have many resources to get this technique in your hands! 

We have many resources to get this technique in your hands! 

How does palmistry work?  

For insight into work and the outer world experience, focus on your dominant hand. To examine personal relationships, dreams and emotional struggles, examine the other hand. There are four major lines that provide information; the heart, head, life and fate lines. Characteristics such as chained lines, deep lines and the length of the lines gives a palm reader deeper insight into your life.

Further information can be obtained by looking at lines that are designated to represent love, children, intuition, health, travel and other common aspects of life. Once you begin exploring all palmistry has to offer, you soon learn that this ancient art can be experienced on many levels!


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