Imagine coming inside to a nice pot of tea on a frosty cold morning. How about a hot brew to warm and wake you before heading out to work? Nothing beats a pot of your favorite brew on a cold winters day, whether it’s in the morning to get your blood pumping, or in the evening to shake off the cold as you settle in. Our premium ceramic tea sets are a great way to enjoy a splendid brew – and share it with a loved one.
Did you know drinking a cup of tea not only feels good, it’s great for your health? Tea is better for your oral hygiene and health than coffee. Some teas can improve dental health and promote fresher breath. Tea also helps boost immunity, promotes a healthy heart and can help keep cholesterol levels within healthy range.
If you drink green tea, you can gain even more health benefits. The EGCG in green tea is a natural metabolism booster. The antioxidants in green tea have been shown to protect the heart and prevent several types of cancers. In cultures where green tea is taken daily, there are much lower incidences of obesity, heart disease and cancer.
Ceramic tea pots also have benefits. They are durable and able to handle high water temperatures. They also hold and distribute the heat more evenly and for longer than metal pots. Aluminum and steel pots don’t retain heat very well, and can also leech heavy metals into your tea, changing the flavor and contaminating it. Ceramic pots also naturally resist bacteria and staining, keeping your tea fresh and flavorful.
We carry a variety of premium tea sets in unique shapes and beautiful colors. Each set comes with a tea pot, two cups and saucers. They are embossed with different symbols including the Tree of Life, Namaste and Blessed Be. Most sets feature a 3 or 4 cup capacity.
The Namaste sets feature Buddha eyes and come in black, white or brown – so there is a set to match any décor. The Tree of Life tea set comes in a dark, emerald green with gold embossed symbols. The Blessed Be set is black with a pentagram and blessing embossed in white. The curved shape of this sets cups and saucers set it apart from the others and are what make it even more unique.
Our tea sets make great gifts for the holidays. Any tea lover will appreciate a high-quality ceramic tea set to serve their favorite brews throughout the cold winter ahead.
Tips for a Great Cup of Tea
Don’t use tap water. Tap water is often filled with chemicals that alter the taste of tea. Instead use filtered water.
Try a good loose blend of herbal tea over tea bags. Place the loose tea in a diffuser to avoid getting pieces of it in your brew. Diffusers come in several shapes and sizes.
Heat your water to boiling and then allow it to cool a bit before brewing for the best flavor.by
New Age Source specializes in unique, meaningful gifts. If you are looking for something unusual and interesting to bless your co-workers with, be sure to visit our site for a wide range of items. You can also take advantage of our black Black Friday holiday sale, from Friday, November 29th – Monday, December 2nd. Get 20% off store-wide.
Here are a few of our favorite suggestions for your office gift exchange. Enjoy any of the following high-quality, but inexpensive choices.
Our ceramic spiral moon candle holder has a unique shape and is designed to hold the melted candle wax, to prevent damage from wax spills. Pair it with an herbal pillar candle for a practical and beautiful gift anyone will appreciate.
Salt lamps are another great gift idea. Not only are they beautiful to look at, they also offer several health benefits. In the office, they help counteract negative energies given off by electronic equipment and also release negative ions to cleanse allergens and pollutants from the air. In the home, they produce a soft, warm glow and also help purify the air. Salt lamps come in many sizes, styles and shapes. Some are electric and have a low-watt bulb, while others are lit with a candle.
We have several soapstone animal carvings that are hand carved and polished. Did you know the art of soapstone carving dates back more than 3,000 years? Our carvings are etched with various flower and leaf patterns. They are beautiful and make a great conversation piece.
Help your favorite co-workers ring in the New Year with a beautiful stone calendar. Our stone calendar is made from palimanan and candi stone, and has been hand carved and painted. The OM symbol on the calendar base represents the higher power that connects all of us. Perpetual calendars like these never need to be replaced, making them a long-lasting gift that will be truly useful and appreciated.
We offer a wide selection of handcrafted bamboo windchimes in different sizes and shapes. Some feature coconut tops and hand painted chimes. Our spiral windchimes have a unique shape and feature a wood burned floral design. Bamboo chimes produce a very soft, delicate sound and can be used indoors or out to add beauty and a bit of serenity to any space.
Pendants also make beautiful gifts. We have an array of quartz and semi-precious stone pendants. There are angels, wire wrapped and diamond shaped pendants. Most are under $10.
The New Age Source offers many unique gifts you won’t find anywhere else. Our variety ensures you can find something anyone on your gift list can appreciate. Avoid the crowds at malls and big box stores and do your shopping online. It’s safe, secure and convenient.by
This is the time of year where much attention is given to the Thanksgiving holiday. During this holiday season, many people choose to gather with loved ones and focus on feasting and celebration. Feelings of abundance and warmth are what draw people to this holiday, but what if you could experience the live-altering blessings of gratitude every single day?
Think back to the last time you were truly grateful. What happened? How did it change your life and how did it make you feel? Sometimes, even the smallest acts of kindness touch us in profound and moving ways. Those who allow themselves to remember the spirit of gratitude tend to be more generous and mindful of others as well. When we bless others and recognize our own blessings, life takes on more power and purpose.
Those who consciously focus on gratitude and really let it sink in, experience a depth and richness to life that makes each day more rewarding. Imagine yourself waking up every day feeling excited and renewed. Those who practice daily gratitude rituals do just that. They not only feel more positive about what they have; they simultaneously become more aware of abundance and prosperity in all areas of life. This opens the mind and heart to new opportunities and keeps the cycle of abundance flowing.
Unfortunately, when life gets in the way it can be easy to take things for granted or to stop appreciating what we have grown accustomed to. This is never as evident as when the power goes out during a storm for example. You find yourself flipping the switches out of habit and nothing happens. After a bit of time passes; you realize just how much you depend on that electricity.
In life, when things are habitual; it takes a reminder to place us back into the mindset of gratitude. Fortunately, this isn’t difficult to do. Did you know there are items you can place in your home or workspace that can serve as gentle reminders to keep you in the positive mindset of gratitude?
Here is a sampling of items we offer at the New Age Source to help you experience Thanksgiving every day.
The candles have been designed with a custom blend of essential oils designed with the intention of expressing gratitude and promoting positive energy. The fragrance blend includes lavender, musk, clove and cedar. These candles are handcrafted in the USA.
Hang this 100% cotton banner as a beautiful reminder of the simple affirmation of Prosperity. Focus on this mantra to welcome more abundance and new opportunities into your life.
This prosperity incense holder is made of durable, beautiful Shisham wood with a brass cone holder in the center. It is painted in fine detail and features green and cobalt sections. Incense cleanses and purifies your space, welcoming in positive vibrations.
Nothing welcomes abundance and prosperity like a gratitude journal. This beautiful journal is filled with lined paper and refillable. It has been embossed with the Tree of Life, the ultimate symbol of wisdom, abundance and strength.
Our 100% cotton, hand-printed Tibetan prayer flags can be displayed indoors or outdoors to serve as a constant reminder to focus on abundance, gratitude and blessings.by
Wicca is a neo-pagan religion that was started in the 1950′s. Although much of it is based on old pagan beliefs and traditions, it is a new, but officially recognized religion that is growing in popularity. Wicca has no official doctrine and is a sort of loosely woven series of common beliefs. At its core, it is a peaceful faith centered on spiritual growth and transformation of the individual. Most adherents are polytheistic, embracing the concept of both masculine and feminine dieties.
The Wiccan faith uses a variety of interesting ritual tools and symbolism in their practice. Some are widely recognized, but often misunderstood like the pentagram. In many Hollywood movies and other forms of media, this is associated with devil worship, dark arts, and black magic. The truth is however, Wiccans do not believe in Satan. They do however, practice the law of three – meaning whatever you put forth energetically is returned to you threefold, therefore, doing black magic or casting evil spells would definitely not be in their best interests and is not a part of their practice.
So, lets look at some of the most common Wiccan ritual tools and how and why they are actually used and their true meanings.
The Pentagram: This symbol has a complex and rich history, spread throughout many traditions, including Christianity. In neo-pagan belief systems like Wicca, the circle represents inclusion – the whole of creation. The points represent the spirit and each of the different elements that work together in unity. This symbol is often worn on jewelry and other items as a symbol of faith.
Book of Shadows: Unlike most organized religions, Wicca does not have a holy book or specific set of rules for its adherents. Each coven is a bit different and most adherents develop their own holy book, called a book of shadows. These books are highly individualized and may contain everything from rituals and spells, to personal spiritual insights and inspirations. Many even have sections devoted to more practical knowledge, like the uses of various herbs and oils.
A book of shadows is usually a beautiful, heavy book with pages that can be moved. This allows new information to be added and reordered as necessary.
Athames: Athames are ritual knives used in Wicca. They are often double edged blades with black handles. Others are elaborately carved from selenite stone. These ritual daggers are used to direct and control energies during rituals, and not usually used for actual cutting.
Cauldrons: This well-recognized item is often depicted as the tool of wicked witches. It however is not a pot used to brew potions and poisons, but a symbol of the womb of the Goddess. In Wicca, it is used for many purposes. It may be used to mix together herbs or potions, or to hold incense or as a fire proof container to burn spells written on paper.
Incense: This is a ritual item common to many faiths and practices, and interestingly it holds similar purpose throughout. Incense is a purification tool, the smoke used to cleanse a sacred space or ritual tools after use.
The New Age Source is proud to offer a variety of Wiccan tools and other spiritual products in its shops.by
Witchcraft and Wicca are often falsely portrayed by the media, resulting in many myths and misunderstandings. In recent times, Wicca in particular has been misrepresented, and portrayed in unfavorable ways. Let’s look at some of the common misconceptions that surround Wicca and clarify them.
The most damaging myth about Wicca is the perpetuation of the myth that the Wiccan religion is connected with Satanism. Wiccans do not acknowledge, nor accept the idea of a devil as it exists in the Christian tradition. Wiccans do not believe in, and therefore do not worship Satan. The pentagram is a sacred symbol in Wicca and it is one Satanists have also used. This may also add to the confusion. It’s important to note however that the pentagram has been a symbol used in a variety of traditions for thousands of years, and it holds different meanings for each one.
Wicca is often associated with the casting of dark spells or black magic. Wiccans are opposed to the use of negative magic or spells. They believe in the threefold law that states what one puts forth energetically, is returned to them three times over. For this reason, it would not be wise to put forth energy or spells intended to bring harm to others, as you would also draw harm upon yourself.
Wiccan rites and rituals do not involve the harming of animals. We’ve all seen the myths where witches brew recipes in cauldrons with “eye of newt” etc, but in reality, Wiccans never harm living creatures for any religious rite. Wicca is a nature-based faith and its followers are encouraged to respect all living beings. Offerings in Wiccan ceremonies consist of flowers, wine and food, never animals or humans for that matter.
Some myths suggest Wicca is not an actual religion, however in the US, it is a federally recognized religion. Wicca takes several of its practices from ancient Pagan traditions, but it is actually a newer religion established in the 1950′s. It is a pantheistic faith where Gods and Goddesses are both recognized. Not all Wiccans practice witchcraft and vice versa, not all practicing witches are Wiccan.
Some myths hold that the Wiccans use a dark “holy book”; this is not true. Wiccan tradition has no official holy book or bible. The book of shadows this myth is misconstruing is a very personal book to the individual practitioner. There is nothing dark or evil about it.
A book of shadows may contain one’s own personal spells, stories, lore and knowledge. For example, a Wiccan may record favorite lessons that help enhance their faith. In another part of the book they may record their favorite spells or prayers and in another portion, keep practical information about herbs and their uses. Every person’s book is different and unique to them; it is simply a personalized repository of information.
Unfortunately, there is a tendency in Hollywood and the media to enhance certain perceptions about Wiccans and witches, especially around Halloween. Although most of it is not meant to be harmful, it does perpetuate stereotypes and prejudices that are not only untrue, they are very unfair. Witches are not ugly old hags, they do not practice blood rituals and they are not evil or in cahoots with any demons. Most Wiccans look like everybody else. The only way you might recognize one is by the religious symbol of a pentagram they often wear, in much the same way many Christians were crosses.
Discrimination against Wiccans is quite common. Unfortunately, when myths become shared more than knowledge, it lends itself to misconceptions and prejudice. Learning the truth about Wicca, what it actually represents, and how it is practiced, can help give others a better understanding and hopefully lead to more peaceful co-existence among those of different faiths.by
Ah, it’s October and many people are anxiously anticipating the joy of fall weather and the buildup to the Halloween festivities. Halloween is a much-loved holiday throughout many countries of the world. It has taken its shape from a long line of beliefs and traditions from many cultures.
Our modern version if a hodge-podge of different pieces from those ancient times, but is now a largely secular holiday. For many however, Halloween, also known as Samhain (prounounced Sow – in), is a spiritual celebration with great meaning.
What is Samhain?
Samhain is a festival that marks the end of the harvest and the beginning of winter. It is celebrated from October 31 to November 1 from sunset to sunset. It is a traditional Gaelic festival, mentioned a lot in early Irish literature.
During this time, the cattle were brought down from the pastures and slaughtered to prepare for the winter ahead. Bonfires were lit and people and animals passed between them as a cleansing ritual. It was believed that during this time, the spirits of the dead were nearest to us, and that the doorway to the other world would briefly open, allowing the souls of the departed to reenter briefly.
Large feasts were held to celebrate the harvest and the souls of deceased loved ones were summoned to attend. During this time, people also took steps to prevent harm from evil spirits. Later, Samhain came to be known as the Celtic New Year and was linked to All Souls Day, the Christian holiday used to remember and honor the dead.
Today, Samhain is still celebrated as a festival, primarily by Celtic neopagans and Wiccans. Not only is it a time to reconnect briefly and honor those who have gone before; it’s also the celebration of a fresh start and new beginnings. It is a time to honor the seasons and cycles that form the natural rhythm of life and to express gratitude for the abundance of the harvest.
Although today’s Halloween is primarily a secular holiday that focuses on costumes, pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating, they too all have their roots in ancient tradition. Because it was believed that spirits wandered the Earth at this time, costumes were worn to confuse the spirits and keep unwanted visitors at bay.
In Ireland, turnips were hollowed out and a candle was placed in them. This was to discourage passing ghosts from entering the home, while lighting a path for them to follow. It was believed to ward off evil. During the potato famine, many Irish relocated to America and carried this tradition with them, instead using native pumpkins and the now famous tradition of pumpkin carving and “Jack-O-Lanterns” was born.
Trick-or-treating itself is not new. It has its origins in medieval Europe. On All Souls Day, children would go door to door asking for gifts of food in exchange for saying prayers for the dead.
The fun customs we enjoy today have their roots deep in within the traditions of many centuries ago. No matter how you celebrate; it is interesting to ponder the rich history of the holiday and how it connects back through so many centuries and cultures. As you engage in your Halloween festivities this year, stop for a moment and reflect a bit on the history that has brought us to today. It is a day to honor those ancestors who have passed before us and what better way than by keeping tradition alive.
There are a lot of terms that are sometimes used interchangeably when they shouldn’t be. Wicca and witchcraft, although similar in some facets, are very different things. Wicca is a relatively new religion, introduced to the public in the 1950′s and started by Gerald Gardner. Witchcraft, on the other hand, is not a religion, but a spiritual practice. Most witches are pagan, but a witch can have any religion – or none at all.
Wicca combines some elements of traditional witchcraft with other ancient pagan rituals, ceremonial magic and even some Eastern philosophies. Over the years, different ideas have been added onto it by many people. Although there are central ideas that are prevalent, Wicca itself has no specific central structure. There is no “Wiccan Bible” or equivalent.
Wicca is a duo-theistic religion, with a belief in both the God and Goddess. Many view it in a more pantheistic way – God, as an all-encompassing power, with both masculine and feminine archetype characteristics. Both the masculine and feminine are equally required for the whole of creation to be possible. Wiccans focus on their connection with the divine and their own spirituality.
Wicca relies heavily on ceremonial magic. There is typically a hierarchal structure in place, where initiates are given a degree or work into covens. There are some solitary Wiccan practitioners, but it is usually practiced more formally within a coven or group. The coven will adhere to core principles, but are flexible in many of their own ideas. Every coven is a bit different. For the most part, all Wiccans worship the god/goddess and celebrate the Sabbats and Esbats.
Witchcraft is different. It is not a religion, but a spiritual practice that does not require the belief in specific deities. Although some Wiccans do incorporate witchcraft into their practice, it is an independent thing. Not all Wiccans are witches, and vice versa. Not all witches use ceremonial magic and many who do cast spells do so without a lot of tools and ritualistic items more common to Wicca.
Witchcraft is a very personal spiritual path for every individual. It hails from old traditions, but is vastly different in how it is practiced depending on the person you talk to. Many witches are solitary practitioners, although some do practice their craft within a coven.
It is easy to become confused about the differences between Witchcraft and Wicca. Many books, especially aimed at beginners, will refer to Wiccans as “witches” for example. This makes the terms seemingly interchangeable, of course leading to even further misunderstanding. Many Wiccans also practice witchcraft and many witches have no interest at all in Wicca. So, if you’ve been confused, hopefully this clears things up for you a bit.by
Are you looking to welcome more serenity into your world? Do you have visions of acceptance and grace among people everywhere? Many traditions have taught us that peace begins at home, by fostering understanding and developing compassion for both self and others. Focusing on our connection with all living fosters empathy and understanding. This leads to a lasting peace that not only makes you happier, but those blessings extend to others as well.
Peace can be welcomed into our lives by remembering and honoring the fact that we all come from one source. Namaste is a simple word that sums this up quite nicely. It translates to “I bow to you”, but its deeper meaning and wisdom is an acknowledgment that we all come from the same source. At the heart of existence, we are one. Namaste is a wonderful mantra that can immediately bring us to our heart center, the place where there is no duality, only unity of spirit.
The OM symbol is another great reminder of unity and harmony. The OM is said to be the sound of creation itself. When we focus on it or make the sound during meditation, we raise our energetic vibration to align to this ultimate place of peace and understanding. Wearing symbols like the OM can also serve as reminders throughout the day, to stop and focus on peace and unity.
Nearly every culture and religious tradition has prayers, rituals or incantations for peace. These also invite harmony and order into your day. Display them in areas where you want to invite positive, harmonizing energy to flow. Prayer flags, banners and other decorations like candles can be an instant reminder to invite peace into your space.
Mahatma Gandhi said “We must be the change we wish to see in the world”.
This is so true and it serves as a reminder that peace is also a habit that must be practiced regularly. Learn to let go and allow it to flow through you. There are many practices that can invite more peace into your life.
Meditation is a great way to release the worries of the day and focus on unity with your source. As you enter your heart center, all external influences fall away, allowing you to welcome the peace that accompanies higher wisdom and understanding.
Writing in a journal or practicing art allows the emotions to flow freely. The release welcomes a more peaceful, tranquil state of mind. When emotions are bottled up, they eventually reach a breaking point, resulting in negative responses. Regular methods of emotional expression prevent this.
Yoga and other forms of physical exercise can also help foster harmony. Stress is the enemy of peace. When we learn to be fully present and aware of the mind and body; anxiety, fear and other tensions fall away naturally. Exercise also releases endorphins, the “feel good” hormones in the body that evoke feelings of peace and happiness.
There are many ways to facilitate the flow of harmonious energy in your home and office space as well. Working and living in places that encourage peace makes it a natural part of your being. When we become peaceful, we actively seek out more of the same energy. We become more compassionate, more connected and happier.
Place items in your space that inspire harmony. Salt lamps, water features, and scented pillar candles can instantly enhance the vibrational energy of a room or space and allow the energy to flow freely, inviting peace.by
Is it really possible to find peace within yourself, not for just fleeting moments, but real lasting peace? Actually, yes it is. Inner peace is a series of choices and habits that can be recognized, developed and put to use whenever you need. Imagine yourself able to let go and completely relax at will.
Did you know optimists are far better at recognizing new opportunities and staying motivated to reach their goals? They often excel in life, not because they have super-human skills or strengths, but because they have a strong faith in themselves that fuels their drive and determination. This allows the universal laws to work through them and with them, to manifest their goals and dreams. Positive thinking is the primary component of inner peace. When you feel good about yourself and your ability to handle situations in life, inner peace and calm is the natural result.
Fortunately, optimism is more than just an inherent personality trait, and positive thought can be developed and used by anyone. In order to restructure our thought patterns however, we first must become aware of them.
Techniques for Developing Lasting Peace
Meditation is a great way to discover and change our thought patterns. In a meditative state, you naturally enter a place of inner calm and serenity. As you relax and distance yourself, you can view your thoughts as an observer. You’ll see patterns emerge and from there; you can work to restructure how you think.
Meditation teaches you how to be fully present and aware, a key to inner peace. When you are here now, fully and completely within the present moment, you are free. Think about it. How much time do you spend each day worrying about what might happen or what has already passed? Living in the past can lead to feelings of regret and living in the future creates anxiety and uncertainty. Peace happens in the now; that place of full and present awareness that meditation provides.
With regular practice, even just a few minutes per day, you will come to a place where you can enter a meditative “here an now” state at will. Imagine being able to just turn off stress at any time. Wouldn’t that be great?
Self-hypnosis is another tool that brings you to a fully relaxed state. As a bonus, suggestions can also help reprogram your subconscious beliefs, turning negatives into positives. Affirmations and visualizations can then help reaffirm these new empowered beliefs.
What we believe shapes who we become and the actions we take. Developing a new, empowered set of beliefs, leads to inspired actions that boost self-confidence and provide a greater overall sense of peace and contentment.
As you experiment with different techniques, keep a journal. It’s a great outlet for your thoughts and emotions. In time, you can look back and see at a glance how much you’ve grown.
Finally, peace – like happiness, is a choice we can make moment to moment. In times of struggle, we can condition ourselves to seek the silent center; the eye of the storm where all chaos falls away and we are better able to access our inner wisdom and higher guidance, regardless of what surrounds us in the outer world.by
Native Americans believe that the night air is filled with dreams both good and bad. The dream catcher when hung over or near your bed swinging freely in the air, catches the dreams as they flow by. The good dreams know how to pass through the dream catcher, slipping through the outer holes and slide down the soft feathers so gently that many times the sleeper does not know that he/she is dreaming. The bad dreams not knowing the way get tangled in the dream catcher and perish with the first light of the new day.by