crossroads

Solstice is…

December, 2018

Solstice is…

 

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Holly sharp sting,

Red blood like

Berries, red, white

Mistletoe hang

Deadly dart and Baldur’s curse

Druids’ king seeking potion

Now a kissing spot

Love instead

Shown through gifts

Wrapped mysteries

Ribbons hiding

Hearts’ desires

Wrap the day in a bow

But presents wait

Wait for me:

 

The mother and priestess

Down in the woods

At the sacred crossroads

Of birch and oak

The mysteries of Male and Female

And everything in between

And beyond.

 

Here I find the altar

That no one knows of

But I

I lay the offerings

Salt

Offal

Nothing to scar or litter

Nothing to damage or drain

Leaving only footprints

For even I

Am not permitted to remain.

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About the Author:

Mabh Savage is a Pagan author, poet and musician, as well as a freelance journalist.

She is the author of A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors and Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways.

 

A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors on Amazon

 

Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways on Amazon

I Went Down to the Crossroads – A Meditative Journey with Hecate

February, 2018

While it may not be what some would consider the season of Hecate; in actuality, it is always the season of Hecate. You never know when you may need Her, and so……

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HECATE Her name alone can conjure up a vision of what we imagine Her to be. She is the Goddess of the Witches, a Dark Goddess, the Keeper of Ancient Knowledge, Keeper of the Cauldron of Secrets.

She is the Guardian of the Crossroads, holding aloft Her torch, accompanied by Her hounds who are able to look at Past, Present and Future. We look to Her for guidance and protection as She encourages us through the obstacles in our lives and lights the way on our inner journey.

Go somewhere in your home where you will not be disturbed. Shut off any devices that may intrude upon your awareness. Light several candles, spaced around the room, also light an incense of musk (if you do not have musk, then burn an incense that you would use during your meditations).

Wrapping yourself in a meditation shawl, lie down on the floor, or on a bed if you are more comfortable. Place a pillow under your head and cover yourself with a light blanket (for some, meditation can bring a chill.) Place a bolster under your knees if you have lower back issues. Your arms will be by your sides, slightly away from your body, palms up.

Close your eyes and, very gently, allow them to focus up toward your third eye (located between your brows and up minutely) Begin long, deep breathing, through the nose only.

Bring your awareness to the breath, focusing on each inhale and exhale. Allow your breath to become slower, deeper, pushing yourself down into yourself with each breath, feeling your body get heavier with each breath, sinking down into Mother Earth beneath you. Allow the breath to bring you into your own inner consciousness, that place of your deepest wishes, desires, dreams and fears.

In your minds eye, you look up and find yourself on a road, lined with dark, knowing trees. You are confused as to how and why you are here. The trees whisper that you are to go forward. The path has been made ready for you.

You slowly begin to walk forward, mindful of the mists around you. One step follows another. You look to where this road will take you and see that up ahead, this road crosses another. Where the roads cross, the mists part and you see a beautiful woman, dressed in white, with Her arms open beckoning you to come closer.

Your steps come a little faster and as you get closer, the woman transforms into an older woman, dressed in red and pregnant with creativity. She continues to invite you forward.

As you get closer, She once again transforms; this time into an older woman, dressed in black. She reaches out and you take her hand. From where you stand, all is shrouded in fog. You look at Her and She smiles gently. She gestures downward and you see that She is accompanied by Her hound companions, each with three heads.

As you look at her closely, she is both kindly and serious. You are here for a reason.

Her arm indicates the road to your left. As you look, the mists part and you are able to see into the distant, and not-so-distant past. She tells you take time to linger amongst your memories, and you do so.

When you are done, you turn to look into Her wise, old eyes. She instructs you to now honor those memories, the good, the bad, the embarrassing and the painful. Now, release them into the past, where they belong. No longer will you allow them to influence your life.

She once again gestures and the path to the past is once again shrouded in mist and the one in front of you opens. She explains that the past is done, and the present is now. Take time to observe what is currently going on in your life what is going well, and what you would change.

Once again, you look into Her knowing eyes. She is aware of all that you are feeling.

One last time, She waves Her hand. The path to the present closes, and the last path opens. Without being told, you know that this is the path to your future, what may be and can be. With some trepidation, you observe this path that is now open before you. Let your intuition be guided by your wants, needs and desires.

You look at Her, realizing that this wise woman is the Goddess, Hecate, Guardian of the Crossroads, and you bow your head to honor Her. She reaches out, lightly taking your chin in Her hand and brings your head up to look deeply into Her eyes. Her message is clear.

Let go of the past, live as best you can in the present and focus on bringing your dreams to fruition in the future. Live your life the way you know is right and best for you. Claim your sovereignty.

You thank Her profusely, and with a blessing, She releases you; you find yourself returned to your body.

Bring your awareness to the here and now. Take several deep inhales, releasing them. Stretch your arms up, slightly stretching your body to fully awaken. Open your eyes and gently bring yourself to a sitting position. Inhale, bringing your hands to the surface in front of you, grounding your energy, and exhale.

May Hecate bless you.

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About the Author:

Susan Morgaine is a Daughter of the Goddess, Witch, Writer, Teacher, Healer, and Yogini. She is a monthly columnist with PaganPages.org Her writings can be found in The Girl God Anthologies, Whatever Works: Feminists of Faith Speak” and Jesus, Mohammed and the Goddess, as well as Mago Publications She Rises, Volume 2, and “Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess”. She has also been published in Jareeda and SageWoman magazines. She is a Certified Womens Empowerment Coach/Facilitator through She is the author of “My Name is Isis, the Egyptian Goddess”, one in the series of the “My Name Is………” children’s books published by The Girl God Publications. A Woman International, founded by Patricia Lynn Reilly. She has long been involved in Goddess Spirituality and Feminism, teaching classes and workshops, including Priestessing Red Tents within MA and RI. She is entering her 20th year teaching Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, being a Certified instructor through the Kundalini Research Institute, as well as being a Reiki Master. She is a member of the Sisterhood of Avalon. She can be found at https://mysticalshores.wordpress.com/ and her email is MysticalShores@gmail.com

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October, 2017

A Special Pathworking for Samhain

Hecate’s Labyrinth

This time of the year is one of connection. The veils between the worlds have thinned and many will reach out to the Goddess Hecate as they seek the deeper wisdom of her triune form.

Some will call to the Goddess to guide them to the land of the ancestors as they seek the gifts of those beloved who have passed on. Others will call to the Goddess seeking greater knowledge of their own strength and the power held in the trinity in the human form. And, some will use the energy of Hecate to transform and renew what will be carried into these months ahead that may be used as space of reflection.

I invite you on a journey to the Crossroads. The link below will take you to a recording of a pathworking I wrote entitled:

 

Hecate’s Labyrinth

 

The recording is an mp3 and is downloadable for future use. May the blessings of Hecate fill you as you stand at Her crossroads and seek Her wisdom.

CrossRoads by Jenna Greene

March, 2009

“CrossRoads,” her debut cd and what a debut cd it is.   A collection of Celtic original songs each one telling a story clearly and beautifully written and sung so gloriously that it makes you want to stop and enjoy what you hear.  Keep in mind that these are not traditional Celtic songs which is why I am so thrilled with them.  They have the Celtic flair, they have the history but with a twist.

Jenna is also currently working on her second CD, “Dance of the Goddess,”

“ which explores the many aspects of the divine feminine.  It honors the spiritual teachers who have inspired her writings, including Joseph Campbell, Jon and Caitlin Matthews, and Louise Hay.  These themes are woven into the landscape of ethereal, mythic worlds Jenna is known for creating.” *

Do yourself a favor and give the cd a listen to.  Jenna Greene she is and upcoming star.

Here is where you can find on the web.

http://www.greeneladymusic.com/Default.aspx

http://www.myspace.com/greeneladymusic

* Quote from an excerpt from new promotional material of “Dance of the Goddess,” cd.