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A Woman’s Place…..

September, 2018

Seemingly random, a Facebook group called “Fierce Heart” came to my attention. Knowing nothing about it, but loving the name, I went to take a peek. As a Women’s Empowerment Coach and Red Tent Priestess, I promptly joined, very much in tune with their goals.

Paraphrasing the description found at the group, Fierce Heart is all about this: A collective group of women across US using drumming/chanting/singing/noise, expressing their anger/dismay/outrage/disgust, taking power, demanding change. A way to express anger and grief.

Galvanize women and provide a way for them to channel that power and remember that they are a force of nature, something that we always, always forget.

“Bring your outrage

Bring your tenacity

Bring you despair

Bring your Fierce Heart

Bring your fists

Brings your drums

Bring your voice

Bring your Fierce Heart”

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I recently had the pleasure of corresponding with Rebecca Singer, one of the founders and admins of the page itself.

SM: Before we talk about Fierce Heart, please tell me a bit about yourself.

RS: I’m a shaman. My teachers were a part Irish, part Lakota woman for 13 years, then Costa Rican Shaman, and finally living with The Reindeer People in Mongolia. I’ve also had careers as an actress, teacher, and singer. I’m 68 years old, have lived in several countries, am proud mother of amazing son, and happily married for 10 years!We live near Woodstock NY with our Costa Rican dogs, cat, and rabbit. (Note from SM: Rebecca’s website is: www.shamanicenergy.com

SM: How did you come up with the idea for Fierce Heart?

RS: For several months I have been asking for guidance in coming up with a ” right action”,during meditations, for these times we are living in. I went to a recent demonstration and came home feeling very dissatisfied, like something else, something new was needed.

For about 2 years now I have felt the urgent need for women in this country to stand up, speak up, but in the some new authentic way.

When I came back from that demonstration , I had a vision of thousands of women in the streets across this country, expressing their outrage. Making sounds that would be dissonant, disturbing to hear, and that would penetrate buildings, patriarchal systems. Women are not allowed to express outrage, which is a form of love.

SM: It’s apparent that here in the US, and abroad, that women are standing up in droves – running for office, calling out sexual harassment/assault via #MeToo, and so on. Do you consider Fierce Heart to be a part of this wider women’s movement?

RS: Yes and no. Yes, in that it is on the continuum of women finding their power and voice.

No….in that it is a new form. Women have been taught for centuries to tone it down, not get Too Emotional, hysterical, too anything. Yet women feel very deeply, and there is a way in which women truly are a force of nature and most women have lost touch with their wild self. So Fierce Heart is out of the Patriarchal box. It us an invitation for women to find the roots of their true voices, through the expression of outrage at this world we live in today. It is not attached to any one political movement. It is about Waking up Women as a force.

SM: I know you have collaborators – is this something you came up with together, or was it your brainchild and you approached them about joining you?

RS: This was my idea, though I would say it was an idea that came through me. I asked Erin Kaiser what she thought about it, and Vct Pohl, and Deb Rodney….what did they think. These are women I trust, so Erin made the Facebook page, Vct Pohl came on as an administrator and came up with the name.and Deb started doing some writing about it. My other good friends came on board.

SM: How many would you say have joined the Fierce Heart Facebook group thus far?

RS: We have 800 members. How many of them are actually practicing, I don’t know. I do know that 2 of them are going to be taking this to Bulgaria and there is a women’s group in the UK and members in about 8 states in the USA. at least.

What I believe is that women have to understand that making these sounds in circles with other women is freeing, not traumatizing. Outrage about the planet is bigger than personal anger, and although the sounds make bring up personal memories, if women get together and express their outrage on behalf of animals, the earth, the air, the water……it is healing.

SM: It is my hope that this article would expand that many-fold. What is the ultimate goal of Fierce Heart?

RS: In my mind, the ultimate goal is for women to quit getting stuck in divisive issues and come together to express their outrage, which is a form of fierce love. It’s not personal angst, its way beyond that.

It’s howling for the dying polar bears, for the plastic filled oceans, for immigrants being separated from their families. Choose your interest.

I see circles of Fierce Heat Women with banners that say Fierce Heat participating in demonstrations in circles Using Sound to shift the energy. Not getting stuck in language. Sound is powerful. Sound is a game changer. I want women to find their authentic Voices, not have to sound like men to be heard. First sounds, then words. People are very results oriented, goal oriented, but change is not linear. One thing makes another possible.

Energy builds in leaps and spurts. I hope Fierce Heart becomes a movement that endures, that allows women to take to the street, form circles, and make this sound that has been missing on this planet for so many generations. Because the goal is empowerment of women outside a patriarchal structure.

SM: Do you see this going beyond the November elections?

RS: I hope this goes beyond elections, but this is not up to me. We have a goal of getting as many women as possible outside Oct 21st to make sounds.

If the timing is right, this will have its own life. Women will realize this is empowering and energizing. It’s all about if women are willing and ready to wake up. I personally feel that humanity is in big need of women waking up. Big need. Women need to know they ARE a force of nature. They are powerful.

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Fierce Heart is definitely a place for women to be. We need to find our hearts, our voice, our power. With these, together we can change the world.

I encourage all of you to check out the the Facebook Fierce Heart group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/221315182029680/ and see if it is good place for you, too! There are sample videos of what a Fierce Heart practice can look and sound like, as well as a downloadable poster for those who might wish to start a local group.

I, for one, am planning on starting a local Fierce Heart group here in southern Massachusetts; if you live around that area or in nearby RI and are interested, please email me at MysticalShores@gmail.com

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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 Women’s Empowerment Coach/Facilitator through She is the author of “My Name is Isis”, 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

My Name is Isis

Retha’s Crystal Reflections

September, 2018

Herkimer Diamonds, a Girls Best Friend

Last month I finally got to cross a long held dream of mine off my bucket list….going to Herkimer NY to dig for herkimer diamonds!! It was a bonus that they have a fabulous annual gem show there and I was able to go while it was happening! First I will give you an overview of herkimers and what makes them so special, then I will tell you about my experience there!!

Herkimer diamonds are a very unique and distinct type of quartz. They are composed of silicon dioxide and have a hexagonal structure. They are found in only one place in the world, in Herkimer, NY (hence their name). Dolomite limestone is the rock formation in which they are found. Surface water seeped down into the ground and got trapped in pockets. From intense heat and pressure these beauties were formed. 

They are special because they are the highest vibration quartz there is! If you read my article from July “The Power of Quartz“, you already know that quartz as a group is the highest vibration mineral there is….and within the quartz family, herkimers vibrate highest of all! The other thing that sets herkimers apart and makes them easy to spot from regular clear quartz, is that they grow with double terminations (points on both ends). This is not only aesthetically pleasing, it makes them in effect wands, because you can use them to send energy in two directions, or can make a circle (or loop) of energy around you or a space. While regular clear quartz does sometimes naturally grow with double terminations, its few and far between. ALL herkimers grow this way, some may have breakage and you might not see both terminations, but they all grow this way. They also have a shorter more squat appearance compared to double terminated regular quartz. Once you are familiar with herkimers they’re very easy to spot.

Herkimers are called “diamonds” because they are known for their crystal clear clarity and stunning rainbows. They are every bit as beautiful as genuine diamonds in my opinion. (Though I do love my diamonds as well!) Herkimer specimens can be quite pricey due to their beauty, as well as herkimer jewelry. The best of the best quality is used for faceted jewelry, and that’s hard to find and very expensive. You can find reasonably priced natural herkimers set in sterling silver (I try to always have some in stock for customers).

Remember, quartz magnifies, so wearing it with your other crystals will turbo boost the other stones metaphysical properties! I love wearing all quartz, but herks are my definite favorite of all!

Within herks, some have black carbon inclusions, some are smoky, some are skeletal, some have clay inclusions, some are enhydros (water bubble trapped inside) some are golden healers (yellow or golden in color) and some are huge clusters with multiple herkimers connected to one another. There is a herkimer for every taste and budget. If you dont have any yet I highly recommend adding one to your collection!

Herkimers are known to magnify or boost the properties of any other crystal. They are especially great to pair with the synergy 12 crystals we discussed last month. I, personally, love herkimer and moldavite together. Talk about a power combo!! 

Herkimers are ascension stones. Herkimers are great for helping with dream recall and lucid dreams, simply place under your pillow at night. Herks are amazing meditation tools. They help you to astral travel, to connect the astral plane to the physical plane. They help to purify your energy field. They promote creativity and insights. Herks boost your psychic powers, clairvoyant and clairaudient abilities, telepathic abilities, channeling, and enhances communication with your spirit guides. Herkimers activate the third eye, crown and soul star chakras. And if all that wasn’t impressive enough, it also boosts your immune system and helps you to heal both physically and emotionally! Wow this is one impressive crystal! And since they are quartz you can even program them!! 

Ok, now that you are familiar with herkimers, lets talk about my trip!

Saturday was the first day of the gem show (it is two days long). We went the first day and got there early. It was herkimer heaven! Two huge buildings filled with vendors, and a bunch set up outside as well. They had crystals of every type, color and size. Just a total feast for the eyes! Of course I was mostly there for the herks but I love all crystals so I enjoyed looking at everything! We spent the day there and I found a few herks to add to my collection as well as a few for customers. The prices were decent. Not a steal by any means but reasonable and definitely less expensive than purchasing online or at crystal shops. It was a total blast going to the gem show!

The next day I was ready to go to a mine! There are a few mines you can choose from, but after speaking to a few sellers at the show, the Ace of Diamonds mine seemed to be the most recommended. So that’s where we went! You want to go prepared in old clothes and shoes, gloves, hat, eye wear and sunscreen. You can bring some garden tools, hammer, bucket, shovel and a pick. If you don’t have tools you can rent them in the gift shop. We got lucky with an overcast mildly rainy morning. We found a spot we liked and got started! If you look close in spots you can see little tiny sparkles in the dirt and rocks. The dirt is packed very hard with huge chunks of rock/matrix. It is quite a workout to get the stuff apart. About an hour in, we had quite a few tiny herks and some broken pieces of herkimers. Then a huge dump truck came and dumped a load of new rocks and dirt. I got on top (it was about 12 ft tall) and started digging around. I found some just lying there under a rock! It was so exciting when I found one! I also found a bunch of huge pieces of matrix with herks safely tucked inside, slightly peeking out enough for us to see it….but not enough to get it out! So we ended up loading my car up with a ton and a half of rocks to work on later at home lol. 

This trip was so much fun, and if you are ever able to go herkimer mining you should give it a try! You get to keep anything you find. Its only $10 to mine all day long and its so exciting digging for buried treasure! These are staying in my collection forever. I will always remember when I got to mine my own crystal babies! Thanks for reading and I hope you will come back next month! I also did a grid review this month that I hope you will check out too. 

Love and crystal blessings,

xoxo Retha

Sources:

healingcrystalsforyou.com

crystalvaults.com

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About the Author:

Retha N. Lent has been married for 17 years to her husband Mark & they have four cats that are their life. She lives in Norristown, Pa. Retha has her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Behavioral Counseling Sciences from Drexel University. She is the owner of “Retha’s Crystals” & sells sterling silver unique crystal jewelry & specimens on her FB business page. She has a FB group for her customers and those interested in learning more about crystals & all things magical called “Retha’s Crystal Circle“. She is also an advisor in the Sage Goddess Affiliate Program. She has her Holistic Healing Certificate and Pillars of Priestessing certificates from Sage Goddess. She is also an Ordained Pagan Minister from the Universal Life Church. Retha has a passion for crystals, nature, astrology, working with moon cycles, ritual practices, tarot and oracle cards, runes, essential oils, herbs, manifestation work, ancient cultures, magic & music. Her favorite place is New Orleans, La. Retha has an extensive personal crystal collection and loves sharing her love of crystals with the world. She has been a practicing pagan since she was 16 years old. 

You can reach her at rethalent@hotmail.com or on her business page on FB: https://www.facebook.com/Rethas-Crystals-197411227666484/

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She Who Is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

July, 2018

LILITH

(Painting by John Collier – Source: Wikipedia)

When my children were small, I was good friends with a woman whose birth family practiced Orthodox Judaism. We had known each other many years, our children were close and we had each been to many family gatherings. One summer, we were attending a pool party at her house and her parents were in attendance. I went to say hello to her father and then asked him about Lilith, as the first wife of Adam. His response was to look at me, say nothing, then turn to walk away. He never really spoke to me much afterward.

THAT is the power of Lilith.

Who was the powerful woman? Was she a demon? Was she a woman that refused to be subservient to a man? Did she leave Eden on her own? Was she kicked out?

Her origins seems to be rooted in Babylonian demonology. In Sumerian, her name comes for “lilitu”, which means “female demon” or “wind spirit”.

In the Sumerian tale of Gilgamesh, the hero (Gilgamesh) goes to help the Goddess Inanna, who was being beset by demons, one of which was Lilith. This part of the tale was added some 600 years after the original.

(Source: YouTube)

In Jewish tradition, Lilith is a dark demon, but others see her as a dark Goddess, but either way, she is ancient and powerful. In the Talmud, she was described as being sexually wanton and the stealer of men’s sperm from which she gave birth to demons. The Talmud, the book of civil and ceremonial law, states, “It is forbidden for a man to sleep alone in a house, lest Lilith get hold of him”.

It is in the Genesis Rabba, religious texts with rabbinical interpretations of Genesis, that we first hear of Lilith as the first woman, created at the same time as Adam.

Adam demanded that she life beneath him and she refused. Adam wanted her to be subservient to him and she refused. She stated, “We are equal because we are both created from the earth.”

(Photo Source: The Lilith Library)

This myth was added to book “The Alphabet of Ben Sira”, which added that Lilith then fled into the desert. Adam complains to God that the woman that was given to him has left. Three angels are sent after her. The angels tell her that she must return but she refuses and says, strangely, that she knows that she was made to harm children, but that if she sees the names of these angels on amulets, then that child will be saved.

Some would say that when she refused to lie beneath Adam, that she was turned into a demon, a succubus, and banished from Eden. For some, she became a sacred whore, beautiful, dangerous, who would seduce men and kill them.

Eve was then created from Adam’s rib, making her made from him, submissive to him and would lie beneath him.

She has been an influence in literary characters, such as in “The Coming of Lilith” by Judith Plaskow, among many other stories, novels and poems. It is said that C.S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia”, that the White Witch was influenced by Lilith. There is the Lilith Faire, which raises money for battered women’s shelters and breast cancer awareness.

Girl God Publications has the “My Name is……” series, written for children, where Goddesses who have been demonized, have their stories told in a positive, affirmative manner. The third in this series is “My Name is Lilith“, by Monette Chilson, which I highly recommend.

(Photo: Amazon)

Lilith has become an icon for feminists who see her refusal to lie beneath Adam as a call to freedom, a rallying cry to break away from the bonds of

patriarchy.

She can be looked to for inspiration in being and accepting who we are – strong, empowered, independent women, making our own choices and living the lives we choose.

Blessings!

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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 Women’s Empowerment Coach/Facilitator through She is the author of “My Name is Isis”, 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

My Name is Isis: The Egyptian Goddess

The Naked Goddess III

April, 2018

I’m part of a lot of spiritual groups and on one of them someone posted this.

Well I had a lot to say, because I feel like that gender (which is more complicated than a binary) is absolutely important to talk about. I am never comfortable when someone says we should talk about something. Silence has a very specific power.

My main issue with this is one group or part of the gender spectrum have had the power, privilege and control of everything, including spirituality for thousands of years. We cannot “white wash” this out of spirituality. When you fail to acknowledge this privilege, the differences, difficulties and discrimination that happens, you add to it. There are more than two genders. Yet pretending gender doesn’t have a bias, that wider societies and cultures doesn’t hugely favour one over everything else is wrong. You are ignoring the problem. I liken this to when privileged white people (like me) say “I don’t see colour”. It effectively erases the thing about a person or group you have and historically have issues with. It is literally removing the part of a person or groups identity. It also allows passive discrimination, bias and abuse to occur.

Spirituality can never be divorced from society. The body politic, if you will. That is why privilege always comes in. We cannot ignore the bias towards certain groups or genders. Ignoring what is happen in a larger cultural context doesn’t make it more spiritual. Spiritual is an expression of the sacred authenticity of people. It always has a cultural context. In real life terms this means folks whom are non-binary, trans, LGBTQ+ or female are going to suffer more discrimination, abuse than those not. From harassment to income, to insurance and medical care, one group significantly is more secure, more safe, and better off.

This has an effect. From spiritual courses requiring money and travel to not having a bathroom you can use, it will have an impact. This totally removes the right of those suffering to say anything if there “is no gender”. It robs them of their identity and silences them to the difficulties and joys about their lives that make them unique.

We, spiritual and pagan people should care and recognize gender, in all its diversity. We should care because we should be advocating, creating spaces and being aware that being different is beautiful and a strength.

Spirituality is not passive or weak. Kindness and inclusivity is a strength, it is courageous.

I don’t know, what I don’t know. However I am open to listening. Listening to trans, non-binary and gender fluid people as well as the scores of women around me.

I am aware that the patriarchal hangovers and wider social norms creep into our lives often without us seeing them. There is a darker more insidious message in this short post though. Setting up the Christian dichotomy of “spirit as good and body is bad” that has been used to torture and abuse millions for thousands of years. This body verses spirit things exactly plays to these problems with body politics and gender issues. It robs people of their loving divine connection to their bodies and lives. It villainises healthy sexual desire, normal bodily function, and the power of the physical world. It divorces and stigmatizes the powerful animal instincts that dwell within.

The “animal” within is not a malign influence that must be erased or destroyed or caged. Doing so removes a deep and divine force within. If it is respected and held in balance it is wise. If it is repressed or caged it reacts like any caged wild animal would. Of course if it runs riot we become less, diminishing any part of the whole makes us less. We are instinct and intellect. We are our desires and our ability to wait or let them go. We can dwell within desire, be it sexual, hunger or rage, acknowledge them and not act. Yet unless you learn to respect and listen this animal side will act out. Repressing parts of ourselves (usually out of shame) is deeply damaging and not spiritual.

It might look like it from the outside. It might look saint-like and perfect but it just isn’t authentic to a whole person. Now some folks are wolf-spirited, some are more like deer, or lions or elephants. It is not my place to tell anyone what their inner animal must be. Or their gender. Or sexuality.

Yet I will honour them. I will make space, and listen, most of all listen. I will acknowledge my position of relative privilege as a white bi-sexual female that people are more understanding or accepting of me in certain places than people whom are differently gendered. I will speak up and stand up to the injustices and intolerance. I will bridge my ignorance with kindness and recognition.

 

 

A Woman’s Place…

January, 2018

As I was considering what to write for this column this month, I thought there was so much to choose from: the @MeToo phenomonen, more political attacks against reproductive freedom and women’s agency, attacks on LGBTQ, attacks on our Mother Earth, and so much more……you get the picture, I am sure. But then I came across this, and it said in a few words what I probably would have written in two pages.

This is short, sweet and simple, and yet gets the message across.

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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 Women’s 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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Book Review – How to Find Your Spirit Animal: Connect with Your Animal Helper for Guidance, Strength and Healing by David Carson

December, 2017

I was delighted to receive a review copy of this book. David Carson and Jamie Sams co-authored the 1990s classic “Medicine Cards – The Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals.” I spent many hours working with that deck, as the animal allies taught me about their gifts and powers and how to awake those in myself.

David Carson’s work in this book, first published in 2011, offers a brief introduction to how 4 different “medicine” traditions work with animal teachers. These overviews are drawn with a broad brush- mentioning a few North American traditions, then moving on to the Sami, the Australian First People, and finally, Mesoamerican cultures. Carson touches on animal myths and practices associated with each of these lineages and ends up with a short section on contemporary shamanism. This travel through cultures is truly an overview and not by any means an in-depth analysis. I believe it is written for those who have heard about shamanism and power animals and who are looking for a way in to see if a deeper relationship is worth further pursuit.

The book then moves in to a chapter on different ways to find and work with animal spirits. Again, this is a survey of different methods, not an in-depth discussion. Carson touches on vision questing, guided visualization, altar building, meditation and dreaming as ways to find a power spirit. I was surprised not to see “Medicine Card” work listed – I always found those cards to provide exactly the animal powers needed to address the questions I brought! He cautions against the trap of working with an animal simply because you like it and are drawn to it. This can be good advice, but is not always true. It’s quite possible that an animal has drawn your attention and affection towards it because it has teachings for you. It is always a good practice to work with a method you trust for finding “truth” and exploring what your relationship with this animal energy holds. Carson offers an excellent practice in relationship building in his advice to offer gratitude and thanks to your power animal when you find each other. As with any relationship, you and your spirit animal have much to offer to each other and can work at finding out how best to be of service and to honor your partnership.

(artwork: My Sovereign Self with my Power Animals by Susan Rossi)

 

Carson touches on healing by asking your helping totem for a song or dance (or both) to use. He recommends working with a medicine wheel to overcome obstacles by consulting animals in the four directions for guidance. And his best advice, walk through your daily life with the awareness that your totem animal is ever present, always with you.

Most of this book contains short chapters on the qualities, gifts and powers of 50 different animals, both real and mythic. He provides information on their habits and associated myths. Again, this is not a detailed discussion, but an overview to give the reader a scent to follow. And these chapters truly are only tastes to set a trail to be followed; each person who has a relationship with Bear energy will discover the many different guises in which that energy may appear! The healing and nurturing mother bear perhaps, or maybe the grandpa bear who teaches the young ones to scamper up trees by chasing them. Or maybe the bear who speaks to dreaming and inner vision. There are no limits to what a helping spirit can teach us, so there is no one way that it always appears to everyone.

There is a short list of reference materials at the end of the book. Carson also provides a partial list of organizations working to benefit animals and suggests that readers inspired by working with their spirit animals may wish to donate time or money – an excellent suggestion that reinforces the importance of gratitude and cooperation in this work. 

This book is not for those who already work with totem animals. But for a beginner, this is a good place to learn how to take your first steps onto this path of relationship with your power animal.

 

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About the Author:

 

Susan Rossi is a Practitioner and Teacher of Shamanism. She is a long-time explorer of The Mysteries – the connections between mind, body, spirit and how to live in right relationship to all of the energies streaming through the cosmos. She works with clients as an astrologer, coach, ceremonialist and guide to the wisdom that each of us has the capacity to access. Her focus is on guiding clients to unblock and rediscover their inner wisdom. , exploration of the birth chart, ceremony, legacy writing, hypnotherapy, energetic healing practice and creation of sacred tools are integral pieces of her practice.

Susan trained in Soul Level Astrology with master astrologer Mark Borax. She delights in exploring with individuals the planetary pattern under which their soul choose to incarnate.

Flying to the Heart www.flyingtotheheart.com

A Woman’s Place…

September, 2017

(Menstrual Night. Original art by Emily Balivet, may be found on her etsy site EmilyBalivet.)


Welcome to “A Woman’s Place……”, Pagan Pages’ new feminist column.

As some may have noticed, with the election to the US presidency of a man who is a racist, misogynist, homophobic, narcissistic bully, incidents of racism, anti-semitism, homophopia and misogyny are rising at a massive rate, all of which are distressing and disturbing. This column will address each of these issues, as feminism, for many of us, goes beyond just equal rights for women, but equal rights and social justice for all.

Recently, while scrolling through my Facebook feed, I came upon this article – America 2017: Georgia Woman Fired for Menstruating on the Job

With this, we harken back to biblical times, when women were unclean and had to be kept separate from the rest of their tribe.

With this, we harken back to the days when women would hide their moon-time supplies in a closet so that the children, and yes, their husbands would not see them and remind them that our bodies do something *dirty* every month.

With this, we, each of us, remember that day when we were still young (or older, it doesn’t matter) that we were caught unprepared and were laughed at, or worse yet, called disgusting names such as “pig” and hear “ugh, what the hell is that?” What woman has not been there at some point in her life.

It is a simple fact that all women get their periods, and that most of us, at one time or another, will have an accident.

This does not mean, as this article states that, (she failed to)…..”practice high standards of personal hygiene and maintain a clean, neat appearance while on duty”. This comment by her employer intimates that because this woman had her period, she was not clean (read: unclean).

The slippery slope that women have been on these past few years has just gotten more slippery. We are close to losing bodily autonomy. We can now lose our jobs for healthy bodily functions. There is at least one state out there that has voted for us to not have jobs or homes if we take birth control or have had an abortion. See: Missouri Votes to Let Employers Fire People Who Use Birth Control

Women need to fight back, just as this GA woman who was fired from her job is fighting back. She is not fighting back just for herself, she is fighting back for all of us. We should all stand with her because if we do not, who will stand up for us when the time comes? It will come, this is the direction we are being led by the patriarchal culture that we live in.

Yes, I know, there are women who see this and say, “well, she is dirty if she cannot keep that from happening”. I have seen the comments. Many feminists think of women such as this as traitors, and male-identified. This may be so, maybe not, I have no idea. What I do know is that as women, we need to stand together and support and encourage each other, not judge each other and drag each other down.

As women, have you heard of The Red Tent Movement? It is for reasons such as this, that this movement exists. Women need to connect to other women. We need to remember that our bodies, our blood is sacred. It is powerful; it is magickal. Our blood is keyed to the phases of the moon – how cool is that? Women need to educate themselves, start to see and believe in the sacredness of who they are, find the Goddess within and without. See: Red Tent Temple Movement 

So, please be aware, look around and wake up to the things that are happening around you, especially now while we are in the power of a man and the majority of a political party that would seem to hate women, and want them to be put back in the place they once occupied.

Have you watched or read The Handmaid’s Tale? Our bodies are being policed more and more, and this is no longer fiction.

Oh, the name of this column, “A Woman’s Place……”? In case you didn’t know where that place was, I will give you a hint — it’s everywhere.

*Disclaimer: The opinions reflected here belong to the author and in no way reflect the opinion of Pagan Pages or any of their other columnists.

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About the Author:

Susan Morgaine is a Daughter of the Goddess, Witch, WriterTeacher, 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 Imagine 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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Stones Corner

November, 2015

Dream Stones
Dream Stones are used in some night spells.  You can also intentionally bring your dream stone into your dreams, using it for energizing, traveling, and healing. As you drift to sleep, simply repeat to yourself:

“Dream stone of light, Dream with me tonight.”

Keep this stone next to your bed, under your bed, or in your pillowcase.  You can keep it in a little natural fabric bag for cushioning.  Or even hold it in your hand as you drift off to sleep.

 

A List of Dream Stone and Their Meanings:
-Agate: Grounding and balancing your dreams, self-confidence, balance

-Amethyst: Divine communication, wisdom,

-Citrine: Dream messages, mental clarity, dispelling negative dreams, empowerment, remembering your dreams.

-Clear Quartz: Ultimate dream magic stone, spiritual connection, divine guidance, healing dreams, divine dreams, time travel, astral travel.

-Diamond: Divine inspiration, remembering your dreams, amplifying dream energies, protection, magical dreaming.

-Herkimer Diamond(an extremely hard diamond): Propitious for all kinds of
dream magic, stimulating higher awareness, filtering out negative dreams.

 

Acts of Power for Sabbats

February, 2015

Acts of Power for Sabbats – Imbolc

 

There are so many different types of Acts of Power (Magical Activities) you can do within a Sabbat Ritual – after you have created Sacred Space, Cast a Circle and Called the Quarters… Each Act of Power is usually geared to the specific Ritual theme, whether it’s an Esbat, a Sabbat or a specific Ritual. Ultimately, the Intention behind the Act is more important.

 

I would like to share an Act of Power we use in the Coven for our Imbolc Sabbat. We call it “Banishing the Winter”.

 

Quite simply, we make paper snowflakes. After folding and cutting them, each person opens them one at a time to divine the different shapes and figures that reveal themselves within the snowflake. It’s amazing the things you can see within the paper snowflake after cutting and opening it. It is similar to reading Tea Leaves, except it’s a snowflake…

 

Second, we ball the snowflakes and have a paper snowball battle. It releases the tension that cabin fever can bring… And paper snowball battles are relatively safer indoors. Oh, the frivolity it alludes!!

 

Last, we take each snowball and burn them in the Cauldron to “Banish the Winter”. We recite the following incantation over the paper snowballs before we burn them:

 

“Awaken, O slumbering Earth.

Bring us Joy and bring us Mirth.

The long Winter’s Sleep lingers still.

Cold nights decreasing

And warmer days increasing.

Cease ahead the cold Winter’s chill.

Banish the snows traditional,

Until the need arises next Yule.

So Mote It Be!!”

 

I hope that anybody who likes this specific Imbolc Act of Power shares their interest. Obviously, anybody who uses it has the option to augment it to their desire as it is given without interpretation. This is an AoP that I conceived many years ago and has always been successful and fun.

WiseWoman Traditions

February, 2013

THE WISE WOMAN TRADITION EMPOWERS WOMEN

 

The Wise Woman Tradition is the oldest known healing tradition on our planet. It offers a unique view of health that is woman-centered and deeply empowering to women. This is in stark contrast to orthodox – and most alternative – healing traditions, which are based on male viewpoints which disempower women.

The medicine I learned in school was based on a linear, scientific, male worldview whose truth I did not question. When this medicine failed me, as a woman and a mother, I sought alternatives. Herbs helped me take care of myself and my family, simply and safely, but I questioned the assumptions behind what I was taught. It was clear to me that alternative health care disempowers women as much, or more than, orthodox medicine does. They both actively assume that the norm on which assessment of health is to be based is masculine in gender.

Assuming that a healthy male is the definition of health may not seem like much of a problem, unless you are a woman. This core assumption has hurt, and continues to hurt, women in a multitude of direct and indirect ways, from the deeply personal to the widely political. This assumption leads to attempts to “correct” – with drugs and surgery – physical and emotional states that are normal (and healthy) for women, but not for men.

Consider: Healthy women were given DES (a hormone) simply because they were pregnant – their offspring are cancer-prone.

Millions of menopausal women have been (and are still) treated with hormones in an effort to replace what is “lost.” Does this improve their health~ No. Use of hormone replacement increases the risk of stroke, heart disease, and breast cancer.

Menstruating women need some quiet time alone. Instead they are offered pink Prozac to help them overcome their “depression.”

Women are advised to have their uterus (and increasingly their ovaries, too) removed since they are “not needed after menopause … just places that can harbor cancer.” It is well known that a woman’s sexual response is unlikely to be as strong, and may even be lost, when she loses these vital organs. A century ago, a woman who challenged male authority could be diagnosed as “hysterical” and her uterus (“hyster”) removed (often without anesthesia or disinfectants).

There is more to medicine than the male perspective. I speak for the woman-centered tradition. It offers men and women a new way to think about and create health in all stages of their lives. It empowers women to take charge of their health and their lives, to honor and respect themselves, and the earth. I call it the Wise Woman Tradition.

 

The Wise Woman Tradition empowers women by:

~ Focusing on simple remedies that are easily accessible
~ Sharing information freely
~ Offering compassionate listening
~ Renaming her weaknesses as strengths
~ Reminding her that her body is the body of the earth, is the body of the goddess, is the sacred ground of being.

 

The Wise Woman Tradition empowers women to:

~ View themselves as healthy, even when they have problems
~ Create their own healthy norms
~ Honor their natural cycles and changes (puberty, menses, pregnancy, menopause)
~ Define themselves from a woman-centered viewpoint
~ Connect with other women for personal and planetary healing

Much of modern medicine seems complicated and difficult to understand. Many alternative remedies are also complicated, some are unduly expensive, others require special training and initiations. This disempowers women. The Wise Woman Tradition, by focusing on simple remedies that are easily accessible, and by sharing information freely, allows women to feel competent and powerful in taking care of their own health.

The Wise Woman Tradition heals by nourishing the wholeness of each unique individual. Nourishing has three primary aspects: simple ceremony, nourishing foods, and compassionate listening. When women are heard, when we listen to each other, then we feel validated and empowered. Harking back to the consciousness-raising sessions of the 1970’s, and informed by Native American teachings of the talking stick, compassionate listening reshapes women’s stories so they can reshape their lives.

One of the great gifts of the Wise Woman Tradition is the renaming of our weaknesses as strengths. When we allow ourselves to be depressed, outraged, yearning, grief-stricken, confused, fearful, bitchy, and more; when we allow all that we are to be part of us, then we can finally find and celebrate our wholeness/health/holiness.

The Wise Woman Tradition empowers women by reminding us that we are sacred, that our bodies are sacred. As women, we are the earth. Each one of us lives in the body of the earth. Each one of us comes from this sacred ground of being. And not only are we empowered to honor ourselves, we are empowered to demand that respect from all others.

When women accept orthodoxy’s image of them as constantly in need of help, they accept a powerless position. When women accept the Wise Woman Tradition’s assertion that they are already perfect, already vibrantly healthy, even when they have problems, they assume a position of power. When women create their own healthy norms, they create a place of power in which they can stand, no matter how fast and furious the changes.

When women believe that their natural cycles and changes (puberty, menses, pregnancy, menopause) are somehow sick or wrong, they open themselves to medical experiments. When women learn that the Wise Woman Tradition honors these states above all others, they find a source of deep wisdom and great power flowing into their lives.

When women define themselves from a male-centered viewpoint, they always loose. When they define themselves from a woman-centered viewpoint, they always win. The Wise Woman Tradition offers this power to women, from the Ancient Grandmother’s heart to yours.

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