According to Colorstrology by Michelle Bernhardt, the color of the month is ‘Claret Red’, a fiery shade of “intense, passionate and transforming” red. This color embodies the qualities of “love and passion” and can be useful in removing emotional blocks that are in your way. One should surround themselves with Claret Red when looking to increase “passion, conviction and emotional fortitude.”
This color just happens to align perfectly with the color of the root chakra, (or base energy center) called Muladhara which means “root support”. When the root chakra is in balance, the energy flows in two directions: it flows downward like lightning and upward so that you can draw earth energy into the body. This results in feelings of safety, security and a sense of belonging. Two mantras that can help you stay grounded, even in times of emotional turmoil are : “I am grounded and secure” and “I am strong enough to overcome any obstacles in my life.”
An open and secure root chakra not only supports a stable physical nature but because its physiological location and proximity to the genitals, it provides rising energy towards swadhisthana,( the sexual chakra) as well. Having a strong sense of self is vital to embracing passion and love for someone else.
To feed the body of foods that will help ground you, try root vegetables and seeds. In terms of providing your body with a protein packed super food, try tuna. Tuna has gotten a bad reputation because of tracings of mercury, especially in canned tuna. However, the benefits of eating wild-caught tuna far outweigh any risks that are associated with mercury exposure. (By the way ladies, did you know mercury is found in most of your cosmetics?) Anyway, tuna is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids which are necessary for the maintenance of every cell in the body and is considered to be very heart healthy. It also provides a good source of phosphorus, vitamin B12, D, K, selenium and niacin all while providing a ton of lean protein to fuel the muscles in your body.
Ginger, the aroma of the month, can help you stand your ground (and it just happens to go very nicely with tuna too). The aromatic influence of ginger may help influence physical energy, sex, love and courage and it provides antiseptic, stimulant, tonic and aphrodisiac benefits as well. Yes, I said aphrodisiac because of ginger’s ability to increase circulation and stimulation. Oh and did I mention that tuna is considered to be an aphrodisiac too? What a coincidence!
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Enjoy this month of connecting to yourself, the earth and maybe someone special.