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A Woman’s Place…

April 1st, 2019

I
Am the Light of My Soul

In an uncertain world, one of the most important things we can do, as women, is to develop a soothing self-care practice.

We were created by the Goddess, in Her image, and we carry a spark of Her radiant love for us.

It is unfortunate, then, that the world does not see us as Goddesses, nor do many even see Her, and so women, in our current society, are seen as *less than* we really and truly are. We must remember that, as Her daughters, we carry Her in our heart and, in so doing, project Her presence out into the world. It is, therefore, paramount that we take special care of ourselves for we are part of the Divine.

We live in a society that looks down upon us, a society that leeches our self-esteem and confidence, that teaches us to doubt ourselves, to be in competition with our Sisters. This is the reality that we come of age in, that we struggle against, or give up and accept for to fight becomes exhausting in that it is a daily battle.

We must constantly remind ourselves that we are of and by Goddess. We must keep ourselves strong and confident, able to face the world and all that is thrown at us, especially in an unstable political climate. We are, each of us, unique in our own way and we must never forget that we are beautiful and extraordinary. We must love one another, and love ourselves.

It is my thought that any self-care practice should include a self-blessing. There is a beautiful one from Z Budapest that can be found here:

You can also also simply bring your dominant arm up over your head, palm down, but not touching the crown. Focus on the energy radiating down from your palm, blessing yourself in the Goddess’ name, as well as asking Her for Her blessing. To me, this is something akin to Drawing Her Down during Full Moon. Any soothing meditative music would be a fine accompaniment.

As
a Kundalini Yoga Teacher for over 20 years, I know how pranayama
(breathwork) and meditation can help in a self-care practice. As
such, I offer the following breath exercise.

Self-Care Breath

Sit
in easy pose (cross-legged, straight spine)

Rest
your hands on your knees.

Place
your hands over your heart center, right hand over left

Eyes
are closed, focused on the heart chakra

Your
mouth will be open to make a circle.

Inhale
through the mouth and suspend the breath,

Mentally
vibrating the mantra

“I am beautiful, I am innocent, I am innocent, I am beautiful”

Exhale
through the nose.

Do this for at least 3 minutes.

There is a meditation that is perfect to follow this breath exercise. It reminds us that we are beautiful, bountiful and blissful. It affirms that we are the light, the light of our own souls. Stay seated in a cross-legged position, with hands on the heart center. Visualize a radiant white light around your heart, and that it is filled with love and compassion for yourself.

Listen
to this beautiful mantra:

Let yourself become fully immersed in the music, believing the words, holding them to your heart. Let a smile come to your lips as you remind yourself how wonderful, special and unique you are!

I am the light of my soul.

You are the light of your soul.

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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 [email protected]

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HIPPOLYTA

(Photo Credit: brooklynmuseum.org)

While there may be those who would argue that Hippolyta was not a Goddess, I feel that, since most of her legends describe Her as being the daughter of Ares, She is, indeed, a Goddess.

Hippolyta was the greatest of all of the Amazon Queens. Fathered by Ares, the God of War, who was himself born of Zeus and Hera, She was beautiful and strong, skilled in endurance and weapons. She was a formidable Warrior Woman. It is quite possible that She was trained in combat moves by Ares himself.

Hippolyta and her Amazons lives in Themiscyra, and kept largely to themselves. While they would mate with males from other tribes, they normally did not keep the male children, either sending them to live with their fathers, abandoning or killing them but always keeping, and raising, daughters for future Amazon generations.

Most of the legends of Hippolyta are her being involved in the exploits of men, as one would expect in a patriarchal society. Reading these myths, it makes perfect sense that the Amazons and their Queen would isolate themselves from much of the world.

Hippolyta was in possession of a golden belt, “the magic girdle”, that was gifted to Her by Ares. It was this belt, along with her skills, that made her the Queen of the Amazons.

(Photo Credit: greekmythology.wikia.com)

There are at least two versions of Her story with Hercules The first is that the Greeks decided that they wanted Hippolyta’s golden belt and send a raiding party to attack and rape the women warriors. These Greeks were led by Hercules.

She found Hercules somewhat attractive and, as was Her custom, wish to wrestle with him to determine if he was strong enough and that She would not give birth to a weak child. Her followers thought that Hercules was attacking their Queen and, in turn, attacked him. The women lost the battle to Hercules’ raiding party. One version of the story tells that Hercules killed Hippolyta and stole the golden belt. Another version says that She was not killed and gave the belt to Hercules of her own free will. Yet another, says that it was Hera, always the enemy of Hercules, who disguised herself as one of the Amazons, told the rest of the warrior women that Hippolyta was going to be kidnapped by the Greeks, and this is what started the skirmish between the two parties.

(Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Another rendering of the story tells of King Eurysthesus giving Hercules 12 challenges or labors. The nineth labor was for Hercules to retrieve (read steal) the golden belt from Hippolyta and giving it to his daughter. Again, here, it is said that Hippolyta gave him the belt. The stories differ once again; one says that She gave him the belt because she was so enchanted by him; another says that the challenges were given to Hercules as punishment for killing his own children in madness and rage, a torment brought on by Hera, and that when Hippolyta heard his story, she was overcome with compassion and offered him the belt. Keeping in mind that the Amazons, while being warriors, what they hoped to offer and teach, was peace, making it quite plausible that She gave the golden belt to Hercules.

While Hercules was a demi-god, Theseus was a mortal who also visited Hippolyta at Themiscyra. Theseus, it was rumored, had killed a minotaur. Recalling Her past experience with outsiders, She prayed that no harm would come to her people as She ordered a great feast to be held in his honor. Theseus asked Hippolyta to come on to his ship, which She did. Theseus had fallen in love with Her and asked Her to stay with him. Hippolyta refused, as She wished to stay with Her Amazons. When She went to disembark from the ship, the crew immediately set sail for Greece, with Hippolyta as a prisoner.

The Amazons were furious and immediately followed to retrieve their Queen. Theseus, having no clue he was being followed, started to plan a grand wedding to marry the kidnapped Amazon Warrior Queen. The Amazons planned their attack to take place deep into the night while everyone was asleep, and were able to rescue Hippolyta just in time. Shakespeare tells his version of Hippolyta’s story with Theseus in his “A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream”.

Not surprisingly, the Amazons and their Queen became very suspicious and leery of all visitors.

(Photo Credit: screenrant.com)

In pop culture, Hippolyta is the mother of Wonder Woman, who was fashioned a baby from clay and had the life breathed into her by the gods.

Hippolyta – Queen, Warrior, Mother, Goddess

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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 [email protected]

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Bright Blessings, film lovers!

This month, I decided to review another classic film- Steel Magnolias.

Some have not seen it, as it’s set in the 1980’s in Louisiana. The film is all about motherhood, the cycle of life, death, and birth, and the power of women to support one another no matter what. I have never met anybody who did not bawl like a baby while watching this film, and it is one of the finest films ever made.

It’s filled with big hair, snark, shade, charm, love, and laughs. You will fall in love with the Steel Magnolias- delicate like a flower, and as strong as steel!

Here is the link to a trailer you can watch:

The story follows the lives of lady friends who gather at the local beauty salon, ran by Truvy, played by the divine Dolly Parton. While it appears to be the story of Shelby, played by Julia Roberts, it turns out, it’s more about her mother, M’Lynn, played by Sally Field. She is the main representation of motherhood in this film, and she plays a mother who raises her daughter Shelby, helping with Shelby’s health issues, even after Shelby marries, moves out, and has a child of her own. Unfortunately, Shelby’s body could not handle the pregnancy, and she eventually dies even after exhaustive efforts to save her. M’Lynn even gives Shelby one of her own kidneys.

What is the mother goddess if not life giving? Whose body do we live upon, and it is the fruit of whose body that feeds us? Whose waters quench our thirst, and to whose body do we return when we die? Who takes care of our children after we are no longer alive to do so, continuing to nourish them?

The great mother goddess! M’Lynn is the perfect embodiment of the lifegiving, healing aspect of the great mother.

Truvy, too represents that. She has her own issues, as her husband is struggling with a case of the blahs after being unemployed. She never gives up on him even when he holes up at the house, and won’t go anyplace. Her son, too has teenage attitude issues, and she still loves him in his rebelliousness. It turns out, her devotion to them was not misplaced, and her believing in them shows by the end of the film, the men in Truvy’s life are men who make life better for everybody. They just needed the understanding and support while dealing with their problems. Thanks to Truvy, they came out if their struggles whole, and better than ever.

The eternal compassion and understanding of the great mother carries us. Truvy embodies this.

She further gives a second chance to the heartbroken Annelle, played by Darryl Hannah. Annelle is abandoned by her good-for-nothing husband who is on the lam from the law, and when she can’t rub two nickels together, Truvy gives her a job, and a chance at a new life. Her whole life seemed over before being taken in by Truvy, but like a phoenix rising from the ashes, everything begins again for Annelle, and she absolutely thrives.

Sometimes, the goddess takes a bad situation from us we have been holding onto, because we believe it is all we have. Once stripped of everything, we are given so much more than we ever imagined.

The comic duo of the film, Miss Clary and Miss Ouiser, played by Olympia Dukakis, and Shirley MacLaine bring the snark and shade, and keep everybody in stitches. The oldest ladies in the group, they are bound by adoptive sisterhood, and both jokingly verbally attack one another.

Initially, Ouiser is a miserable old hag who bitches constantly, and looks worse than she acts. Shelby plays matchmaker a second time in the film, this time bringing Ouiser back together with an old beau. Reluctant to give up her independence, Ouiser first INSISTS they are just friends, which is pure hogwash. Soonafter, Ousier becomes kinder, gentler, and significantly less irritable, and all because she is HAPPY. Clary remarks at one point, “Ouiser! You are in a good mood! Did you run over a small child on your way here?”

She was absent minded, careless, accident prone, and a pain to be around at times. She stressed over every little thing, and complained constantly. None of the ladies disowned Ouiser when she was at her worst. Truthfully, her worst was not THAT bad, but she WAS difficult to deal with.

The goddess in her wrathful form is only such for reason. She has a benevolent aspect as well, Ouiser shows both sides.

Like the goddesses destructive side can clear the way for the good to come, Ouiser’s dark irritability causes her to snap at Annelle and drag the truth of her situation out of her. Had Annelle not spilled the facts, the ladies would not have known to immediately band together to lift up Annelle in her struggles. Ouiser also shows the fact the goddess needs the love and companionship of others to be her best self. Her friends as well as her new beau embrace her eccentricities, and while they joke with her about it, reminding her she’s got that mean streak she needs to keep in check, they give her the love and support she needs to be her best so she can love and support others as well.

Clary is a rich older lady, and uses it to put herself in positions to benefit her community. She is a testament to the goddesses generosity, and like the goddess smiles upon her children, so did Clary.

There’s not things in the way of mysticism or lore in the film, but the magic of women channeling their inner goddesses to make their lives and the lives of their loved ones wonderful is the lesson this film has for us.

This film deals with the joys of new life through children, the pain of loss when they die, and the new hope new life brings.

Don’t take my word for how amazing this film is. See it for yourself.

Note- I am also aware there was a 2012 remake of it, and I think I have to nab a copy of that as well. It got multiple awards and got rave reviews!

Happy film viewing.

Blessed Be!

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About the Author:

Saoirse is a recovered Catholic.  I was called to the Old Ways at age 11, but I thought I was just fascinated with folklore. At age 19, I was called again, but I thought I was just a history buff, and could not explain the soul yearnings I got when I saw images of the Standing Stones in the Motherland. At age 29, I crossed over into New Age studies, and finally Wicca a couple years later. My name is Saoirse, pronounced like (Sare) and (Shah) Gaelic for freedom. The gods I serve are Odin and Nerthus. I speak with Freyja , Norder, and Thunor as well. The Bawon has been with me since I was a small child, and Rangda has been with me since the days I was still Catholic. I received my 0 and 1 Degree in an Eclectic Wiccan tradition, and my Elder is Lord Shadow. We practice in Columbus, Ohio. I am currently focusing more on my personal growth, and working towards a Second and Third Degree with Shadow. I received a writing degree from Otterbein University back in 2000. I have written arts columns for the s Council in Westerville. I give private tarot readings and can be reached through my Facebook page Tarot with Saoirse. You can, also, join me on my Youtube Channel.

The Light Impulses of Sacred Sexuality


(The Kiss by Rodin)

With all the news and conflict about the Kavanaugh appointment to the US Supreme Court, I decided to focus on sexuality in this month’s article, specifically the energies of sexuality, which give an entirely different spin on what’s actually happening. If you watch the light streams around any love-making act, you’ll quickly notice there is a very bright Source of light high above. And beams from this Sun stream directly into the crown and heart of each individual partner, and from their human arms and eyes into one another. Those light beams are coming directly from the Creator Sun, the Source of Love for everyone in the cosmos. And it isn’t just any light, either. In the very center of the Creator Sun are God and Goddess, the Creators. They’re in a forever sacred marriage, and Their own individual vibrations are quite different, two ray colors and qualities of love with different directives and regencies across the cosmos as well. Her ray color is ivory, like moonlight, and it holds an intimacy/union essence. It’s the Goddess Who is regent of sexuality. His ray is rose red, and it holds a love-forever-true essence, the bridegroom, if you will. These two suns of light in the Creator Sun pulse apart and together in every moment, the Heartbeat of the cosmos. And in the coming together, a bright diamond light is created, dazzling clear light. THIS is the love force, the beam of light that is streaming down into those human lovers. It holds a highly creative orgasmic essence.

All humans have their own personal clear stream of diamond love coming down from the Source, VERY obvious to anyone who sees light in the ethers. And this light nourishes everyone on the INSIDE, plus giving each of us a heart full of love to pass along to others we care about. We humans do not create love, though it certainly feels like we do. And it is this very strong, dazzling, clear light that is affected by sexuality. For growing children, this light remains as a direct stream from above. But when the first love-making experience happens (hopefully as loving young adults), these personal clear streams of light of both partners are closed down from above and sent into each person’s outer human partner, instead. This means, each person’s partner becomes her or his source of love in a very real sense. When the two lovers adore each other and the union is consensual, this shift is sweet and meaningful, each partner basically becoming the priest or priestess of the clear light of love for the other. It is extremely POWERFUL, this shift, for after love-making, one’s partner feels like one’s own personal god or goddess. And this exchange of clear light, one to the other, lasts for one calendar year from the time of each love-making. In a relationship where love-making does not occur, each person retains her or his own light stream from the Source, and I believe this is why some monastic orders insist on celibacy, to keep the order’s love-light free and clear of any filters partners might add that could get in the way of the divine flow.

Not only that, but the action center in the root, the light behind the pubic bone that creates all our physical experiences, is also joined together in lovers for one year from each love-making experience. (This light center sends out tiny pictures of what God/Goddess wish to manifest in each person’s life. And the spirit world sees that this manifestation happens for each one of us. It’s how our personal physical experiences are directed and manifested, the creation of our own little worlds.) So, the personal worlds of both partners become intertwined after love-making as well. His strong beliefs in love and hers combine to create a new shared path of experience, but each partner’s personal fear beliefs also show up in both lives. (Inner beliefs create each person’s outer world. Our own little worlds are created out of what each person believes in. This is bedrock divine law.) So, if one partner has little self-esteem, perhaps, then this will be created into the other’s physical life for one year as well. And this shift into shared experience is more powerful in some ways than the exchange of clear light streams. Just to be very clear here, both these shifts, shared experience and clear light, happen and remain for the entire year, even if the lovers are together for only one night and never see each other again (though repeated union will intensify the exchanges). It happens if a single individual has many partners over the course of that year with every one of those lovers! It’s wise to be careful what one is actually taking on from a lover when making these sexual choices in life. (How sex workers manage to take in so much and live through it in their lives, I simply cannot imagine. How on earth could a woman break out of so many fears being built into her life? They are far braver than most realize.)

But let’s think about rape for a moment, shall we? The vast majority of rapes are males forcing themselves on women, so I will use this as my example, though I know it’s a bit limited in scope. These raping men have a need to force themselves on women, to control, dominate, and harm, both physically and emotionally. And THIS raping man then becomes his victim’s inner god for one full year! Her dazzling direct stream of pure love is cut off and comes through him. It’s like dropping through seven heavens straight into hell! Not only that, but his beliefs, which are extremely fear-based and harmful to herself, to say the least, manifest in her path of experience for a full year as well. This is control with a capital C! Rape is far worse than most people realize, beyond sacrilege. In fact, I can’t think of any words to condemn it vehemently enough.

Not only that, but there are parent streams of light from above, divine mother and father beams, that create and overlight all human parents caring for every human child, providing shelter, food, clothing, and especially love. But when the first love-making happens in young adulthood, these parent streams from the Creator Sun are shut off, too, so the young lovers can leave their growing-up homes, start earning their own livings, and create their own family. If it’s a loving relationship, this shift deepens the commitment, one to the other, bringing both partners into lifelong partnership both in outside work and in the home. But with rape, the divine parents’ light streams from the Creator Sun are closed off with no human partners to take their place. The victim’s livelihood from parents is lost, the relationship with human parents and family greatly diminished, and the inner dismantling of the carefree consciousness of a child who carries little responsibility follows, for the spirit world sees that these changes definitely take place in life. The lack of responsibility mindset of a child changes into the burdensome worry of having to provide for oneself, and the workload of normal adulthood becomes the daily experience of both lovers.

Now, let’s think about pedophilia in light of all these energy shifts taking place with a young child’s first sexual experience. Afterwards, the Source of love comes to the child through the abuser, instead of directly from above, with all the abuser’s fear filters in place in life and within. And the parental/family cocoon is broken down, the child having to fend for her/himself in a very real way. A heavy work pattern is one of the hallmarks of hidden childhood sexual abuse. I know these energies very well myself, for my own first sexual experience was at the age of three and a half. This caused a severe rift in my family, and I was held apart from the family circle in significant ways from then on, doing a lot of chores mainly. Do you see what I’m talking about? The Source/parent lights of love are definitely shut off for the young child, and there is no going back. For myself, I have since realized this was my core wound, the fear I agreed to carry and help heal for the universe. We all have one. So, I can now understand and forgive. But how many abused children are able to do that? How many thousands remain lost and alone? Too many to suit me.

So, this article is a plea to all readers in a way, to wake up with regard to sexuality, to THINK about what we’re really doing when we choose our sexual partners—to actually create our futures in love, honest-to-God/Goddess LOVE, for our partners, our children, our nations, and especially, our very world.

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About the Author:

Jill Rose Frew, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, energy healer, workshop leader, and author. She will be opening a school teaching light healing and the Celtic path of enlightenment in 2019. For information, please see www.CelticHeaven.com

She is author of Guardians of the Celtic Way: The Path to arthurian Fulfillment (her name was Jill Kelly then), and Alba RebornAlba Reborn, Book One, RevisedAlba Reborn, Book Two, and Alba Reborn, Book Three.

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Crystals
For Self Love & Drawing Love Into Your Life

Well
its February & we know what that means….love, hearts,
chocolates and…..crystals!! Crystals are an amazing tool to use
yourself if you are focusing on self love, and great for gifting to
loved ones as well. There are crystals for drawing love of all kinds
into your life. I feel its important to not get caught up in just
relationships & partnerships on Valentine’s day. Not everyone is
currently in a relationship, and some are not able to spend the
holiday with their partners. None of these people should  be
left out. Love is for the self first & foremost so lets celebrate
that. And if you are blessed enough to have a partner to celebrate
with, then share the love by gifting them a love crystal. Read on to
find out my top picks for crystals to bring love of all kinds into
your life.

Morganite
is a stone that just oozes love in my opinion. Its gentle, soothing
and feels like a warm embrace. This is a stone of divine love in fact
and therefore vibrates strongly with a beautiful love energy. This
stone is a heart and higher heart (thymus) chakra crystal. Its potent
for helping romantic partnerships. It helps you to respect both
yourself and others. It enhances patience. Its a great crystal for
women as it helps them to see and appreciate both their inner beauty
and their strength from within. It also helps to connect with divine
feminine energies. Morganite assists in connecting with the angelic
realm. This crystal holds the vibration of divine love. It doesn’t
get any better than that!

Pink Danburite is one of my very favorite crystals. So I may be a bit biased here. Danburite is amazing in so many ways, but pink Danburite has all the properties of Danburite but with a good dose of heart opening added in. Pink Danburite gently, but powerfully, opens the crown chakra and then links and attunes it to the heart chakra. It activates higher consciousness from a heart based perspective. The pink variety of Danburite is a heart chakra and higher heart chakra stone. It increases acceptance of ones self and others. It brings emotional healing and releases fear, grief and anxiety. Brings in the energies of serenity and peace. It resonates with angelic realms and brings harmony from that realm down into your heart….um yes please!  This stone helps the heart to resonate with divine love, which also promotes self-love. We can all use more self-love in my opinion.

Ruby.
Say the word and it makes one think of love. And passion. Ruby is a
very powerful love stone that opens and activates the heart chakra.
It actually protects the loss of heart energy. It helps us to connect
to others and helps us to be more emotionally aware. It dissolves any
emotional congestion and balances the emotions. Ruby has an intense
energy that stimulates loving emotions and passion. It amplifies
energy, drive and success. It helps you see and open yourself up to
divine love. It makes you see the true nature of love. Ruby helps you
to become a vehicle for divine love to flow through to others. Ruby
brings bliss and love. 

Green
apophyllite. I have a real thing for this crystal. When I hold this I
immediately feel so comforted and loved. Green apophyllite cleanses
and balances the heart chakra. In fact it is said that all one needs
to do is be in the presence of this crystal to cleanse and balance
your heart. This crystal helps you to connect to mama Gaia. It
balances the emotions with gentle, loving energy. Its a very healing
stone. It helps you to let go of harbored resentments and heals a
jaded hurt heart. It brings clarity to situations and decisions of
the heart. Green apophyllite helps you to forgive and to release
emotions that no longer serve you. It helps you to reach a meditative
state and enhances spiritual growth. It infuses you with spiritual
love and light and opens you to beings from the higher realms. Most
importantly, this crystal opens your heart to joy and love and
enhances your ability to receive all the good things in life;
friendship, marriage, children, abundance of all things, and love.
Sounds like heaven.

Pink/purple Lepidolite is such a workhorse and should be a staple in everyone’s collection in my view. Usually when you think of Lepidolite, you think of an anxiety or stress relieving stone. It contains lithium in it so it is for sure a great stone for this. But for me it is much more than just that. Before we can invite all the things we seek into our lives, we first need to learn how to cope with and treat our discomforts. We must be healthy mentally and spiritually in order to both love our self and to love others. This stone is your new best friend. This stone opens and releases pain and suffering layer by layer. It helps you overcome emotions that keep you from doing what you want in life. Wow….that is the real deal. That cuts right to the chase doesn’t it? Its our fears and limiting beliefs that hold us back from our hopes and dreams. Start releasing it! What are we holding onto it for? Holding onto a fear becomes a self-fulfillling prophecy. We make the very things we fear come true by sending so much energy to them! Crystals are tools, our allies in becoming more happy and complete beings. I truly believe that. My life has been so enriched by working with crystals, meditating and getting in touch with my heart space. Lepidolite helps you find your emotional center. It balances emotions and mood swings. This stone opens up your heart to love and a nurturing vibration. It helps remove the worries and fears. It dissolves energy blocks in all the chakras, making way for happiness and love to dwell. Calm, tranquility and bliss….yes I’ll take that please!

Rhodochrosite
is a stone that really screams heart to me. Its such a gorgeous shade
of pink one can’t help but think of love when gazing upon it. And
rightly so, this stone encourages you to reach a state of joy,
happiness and love. It aids in emotional healing and encourages you
to love yourself. It can stimulate your inner child and promote a
childlike joy in your life. It can bring forgotten memories to the
surface in order for healing to occur. Rhodochrosite is a powerful
heart chakra stone. It vibrates to the energy of love. In this case
it focuses on the energy of love directed at the self. Its a very
active stone that helps you to heal especially if you suffer from low
self-esteem. Self-love is what it’s all about friends. 

Ahhh
rose quartz. Probably the one love stone most people are familiar
with above all others. Its easily accessible and inexpensive and
therefore the first recommended stone when wanting to draw love into
your heart or life. And just because its such a common crystal, that
by no means makes it any less powerful or special. Its a perfect
stone for someone new to working with crystals and those very
experienced alike. Rose quartz is a very high vibration stone. It is
a heart chakra and higher heart chakra stone. It’s a stone of
unconditional love and infinite peace. It helps you to open your
heart so you become receptive to love. It teaches you how to love
yourself and encourages self-forgiveness and acceptance. It invokes
self-trust and self-worth. Rose quartz is an emotional healer. It
draws love to you and supports love in an existing relationship, by
restoring harmony and trust. It promotes receptivity to love and
beauty of all types. If you need some love, call on Rose quartz. 

I
hope this sparked some interest in working with some of these love
crystals. Whatever type of love you want to attract, I’m sure one of
these will be more than up to the task. I hope whether you celebrate
Valentine’s day or not that you make bringing more love into your
life a priority. And if you do celebrate V-day, crystals are the
perfect way to spread the love. 

Crystal Blessings

Sources:

“The Encyclopedia of Crystals” by Judy Hall

Encyclopedia of Crystals, Revised and Expanded on Amazon

www.healingcrystals.com

www.crystaldictionary.com

www.healingwithcrystals.net.au

***

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
[email protected]
or on her business
page on FB
:
https://www.facebook.com/Rethas-Crystals-197411227666484/

Or in her
FB group
:

Her Sage
Goddess
affiliate link is:

www.sagegoddess.com/ref/84/

Or follow her on Instagram
at @spookygirl16

Celebrating
the Old Ways in New Times For Imbolc February 2019

Bright
Blessings!

Oh
my, did the Winter Hag hit us last night. In Central Ohio we got I
don’t know how many inches of snow- which would be fine- except we
got solid ice underneath it first. I can’t walk my dog in certain
parts of the grass or we will slide away!

The
plows, salt trucks, and sidewalk clearing is in full swing. I only
had to shovel my front stoop, as a neighbor shoveled the walk before
our helpers got here. Not bad, but I am aching all over- as it’s
only 8 degrees, and my body revolts against the cold.

There
is ice frozen inside of our vintage 1970 windows, and I am wearing
double layers and sitting under a blanket, as is the dog.

The
cats are sound asleep, and while I have a cup of hot mint with black
tea, my husband has started his coffee ritual. We all know what that
means. Nothing happens before coffee!

There
is beef stew cooked already for supper, and we will probably make
some tacos as well. I am sore, exhausted, and I know it’s due to
the cold.

I
am one of THOSE people. This weather has knocked me out.

I
am more than in the mindset to think about Spring. I’m thankful we
are close to another turning of the Wheel, and I look forward to when
I can hear more birds singing, and I can see the thaw, and the
wildflowers poking through the forest floor.

Imbolc

Possibly
one of my least favorite Sabbats- because it is bloody cold, Imbolc
is both a blessing, and just another stepping stone moving us towards
warmer days, and the growing season.

Halfway
between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox, it was traditionally
celebrated in Scotland, Ireland, and the Isle of Mann. In a nutshell,
the animals would be lactating, or producing milk, so people had a
feast, thanked their gods, and had a good old time.

So,
it was, and is a seasonal harvest type celebration, but it was so
much more than that.

It
was celebrating the goddess Brigid.

Ceremony
was used to ask her to come into the home to bless and protect the
people and livestock. Beds so she could accept hospitality would be
laid for her, and special foods set out. Everybody wanted the goddess
to come into their home and protect them and guide them into the
coming Spring.

Winter
is a scary time. Even today, ice can knock out electricity, and what
if you can’t even afford electricity? It’s cold! Reports of the
poor and homeless freezing to death are in the news every Winter.
Imagine how much scarier it used to be hundreds of years ago, and how
grateful people were for both the milk, and the thaw which heralded
the fact Spring would indeed come. The Wheel was and is turning
again, and people are very very happy about that.

The
Winter Hag

But
while Brigid might be a goddess of light and life, some would say in
Winter, she is her hag aspect.

She
goes by different names depending on what part of the British Isles
she is being talked about. For some, she’s Beira, and she washes
her plaid on the Loch until it is pure white, and she spreads it upon
the land, making snow. For some, she is called the Cailleach.

Beira
uses her hammer to make mountains and valleys, and uses her staff to
make it cold and wintry. She rules from November 1- Samhain, to
Beltaine- May 1, and she is VERY resistant to give over her rule to
Brigid, who rules from May 1- to November 1. Some even say she gives
power to Brigid as early as Imbolc although some say it’s as late
as Beltaine. Some say the early Spring snows are Beira’s way of
trying to stay in power!

In
many ways these stories express human beings way of trying to explain
seasons before modern science, but in many ways, they express the
duality of our own lives as well.

Light and Dark

Who
among us has never been a vivacious, lively person one moment, only
to endure a period of personal darkness, tragedy, or illness? Just
like the goddess.

As
for many of us the goddess IS the earth, these stories speak to us.
When it’s the warmer seasons, the goddess- aka earth- produces
abundantly. Like in our own lives, when all is well and we are at our
best, we are more capable, and get more done successfully. Likewise,
when we are sick, suffering, sad, or just upset, we are not at our
best, and fall fallow- like the earth, or the goddess in Winter.

As
my memory is not what it used to be, and I have done a LOT of reading
over the years, I cannot pinpoint exactly what stories express what I
am about to share.

But
I have read many stories about people hearing a knock at their door
in the night, and an old hag asks hospitality, sometimes just to warm
herself at their fire. In the stories, it turns out this is no
ordinary old woman, but either a powerful witch who blesses the
family if they are kind to her, or curses them if they are unkind. In
some stories, it’s the goddess coming for a bit of comfort.

The
moral of these stories is not so much to try and be rewarded for all
the good we do, but to remember those who are struggling, who need
our help.

Also,
you never know who somebody who looks to be a down and out old bag of
nothing actually is. Everybody is important and deserves comfort and
alleviation of suffering. Let us never forget there will come a day
when we, too may be that pitiful creature begging for hospitality.

The
Living Saint

One
of my personal heroes was Mother Theresa, who, to me, was a living
embodiment of the goddess. At a young age, she chose to work with the
poorest of the poor because she felt her god called her. Her Sisters
in Calcutta are world famous for their compassion and determination
to grant comfort and love to those who the World seems to have
forgotten.

I
used to read her books and just cry. She told stories about people
being carried in off the street with nothing. These people were
sometimes actively dying. Some of the people could only be given a
bed to lie in until they crossed the veil. Sometimes, their bodies
were not only filthy, but infested with vermin. The sisters would
patiently pick the worms off the people’s bodies, and thank their
god for the opportunity to “tend to Jesus in a distressing
disguise.”

They
drew this belief from the scriptures where it is said ‘I
can guarantee this truth: Whatever you did for one of my brothers or
sisters, no matter how unimportant [they seemed], you did for me.’

Mother
Theresa wrote about tending the body of Christ, HER god. She said by
doing for others, you touched, blessed, and tended the body of her
god.

NEVER
turn away the Goddess

I
saw the Goddess in her Winter Hag form at a grocery store this week.
She was in a “Distressing Disguise”.

She
was sitting by the door, waiting to be picked up, as many elderly
people do- and she had her nose and mouth wrapped, and her hands
tucked into the sleeves of her coat. I could see she had on no
gloves.

I
asked if she would like a pair of gloves. She said yes. I put my
gloves on her. I had initially walked past her, but something told
me not to. She was cold, she was alone, and I did not have time to
stay, but I had a pair of gloves to give her. I helped her into the
gloves, and she thanked me. As I walked away, I could feel chills,
and not because it was cold. I told my husband “That was The
Goddess.”

She
was old, bent over, decrepit, cold, and suffering. She needed a
little comfort.

Was
she a celestial spirit? No. She was merely a human being, but women
are the physical embodiment of the Goddess in the same way people are
the physical embodiment of the body of the Xtian god for people like
Mother Theresa.

Instead
of a Sabbat ritual, I have a suggestion, a plea actually. Would you
be able to find the time to tend to the body of the goddess in her
distress? Can you welcome the hag into your home and heart, and
celebrate her in her struggles as well as glorifying her in all her
splendor?

Saoirse’s
Imbolc Working

Keep
this as a regular practice, not just something to do for Sabbat. This
is not a ritual, but is a set of things to keep in mind. We all need
one another and sometimes forget, or don’t know how to ask for what
we need.

We
get caught up in our own lives and are busy with what we specifically
are doing and sometimes forget about the people who are not directly
IN our presence. Let’s face it, adulting is exhausting sometimes.
It’s not easy to remember everything. Try to train yourself to keep
an eye out for those who need your help. You can begin with a prayer
like this:

“Great
Goddess, she from who all life came, and to who we all return, Open
my eyes. Open my heart. Open my awareness to those who need me. I am
easily distracted by my own life. Don’t let me miss the call, or
misunderstand signs. Use me as your hands, that I may do all the
things you see fit. Use my voice to be your words so I may be as
comfort for those who are hurting. Use my arms to be your warm
embrace. Open my heart so I may take people in who feel nobody loves
them. Use me as your vessel that I may be a living embodiment of you.
So be it.”

  1. Set
    an intention to keep tabs on those who are sick, isolated,
    depressed, sad, grieving, old, or just alone. This extends to your
    loved ones who are overworked and do not have time for a social life
    as well. People who are easily forgotten because they are not nearby
    are the ones who need to be checked up on the most.

  2. Remember
    that YOU are sometimes the one who needs care or help. Do NOT
    hesitate to ask for what you need. We are in one another’s lives,
    and together, life is better. Be compassionate and patient with
    yourself. If you feel frustrated with yourself for whatever you are
    struggling with, ask yourself if you would be harsh with somebody
    ELSE struggling with this? Of course you wouldn’t! Remember to be
    healing, patient, and loving to yourself as well as others.

  3. Holiday
    time is especially difficult for those who are alone or struggling
    somehow. They feel like a third wheel at gatherings, and may forego
    attending for not only that, but if they cannot afford to
    contribute, they may feel embarrassed. Think of ways to make them
    feel comfortable coming, and reassure them.
  4. You
    may need to arrange transportation and take somebody home early.
    People who struggle may not be physically capable of staying the
    whole time. Make sure they know that is okay and they won’t be
    stuck trying to be presentable when they need to leave early.
  5. On
    the other hand- be understanding if they just need to skip out.
    Don’t make them feel attendance is mandatory. Let them do what
    they can do.

  6. Learn
    to listen. I cannot tell you how many family members of sick or
    elderly people I have heard spout off about “I JUST don’t
    understand Mom/Grandma/Aunt Ethel/ etc…” and literally complain
    about how said family member has some sort of struggle THEY don’t
    have, so they have no clue why ANYBODY does. As if said family
    member is willfully doing this to themselves, and is a GREAT
    inconvenience to the “normal” people. Learn compassion and
    empathy, or leave the care to somebody who has some. That is all.

  7. Make
    quality time with the goddess in distress. Don’t just go do
    errands and or appointments, aka “good deeds” or “duty”.
    While all of that is important, do not forget your goddess needs to
    be treated as a normal person and she wants to spend time with you.
    Have a cup of coffee and birdwatch together. Go for lunch. Go feed
    the ducks, or hit the movies. Enjoying life should not be forgotten
    just because the goddess is in distress!
  8. Don’t
    just do good deeds for the goddess in distress when it is socially
    acceptable to do so- like birthdays or Sabbats, or mainstream
    holidays. People need love and care year round, not just when you
    get a reminder because of the time of year it is.
  9. Give
    her gifts. I don’t just mean candles or incense lit on your altar.
    I mean give things to human beings who are struggling. Say you have
    an elderly neighbor who used to grow tomatoes, but can’t anymore.
    Give her some of yours from your garden as often as possible. Say
    you have a disabled neighbor who likes to go to the park. Take them.
    Say there is an old decrepit neighborhood stray cat. Give it treats,
    food, shelter, love, and take it to the Vet …unless you can find a
    way to have it adopted, of course!
  10. Never
    stop looking for a way to venerate the goddess through the lives of
    her creatures. There are opportunities constantly. Keep your eyes
    and ears open. Ask for guidance regularly, and then just remain open
    to her call and vice.

May
Imbolc bring new beginnings for you. May the weather be gentle, and
the Winter Hag spare you in the days before she becomes Brigid. May
the goddess appear before you in her splendor, and may you be aware,
and know what to do to help when she is reaching out to you in a
distressing disguise.

Blessed
Imbolc.

Blessed
Be!

***

About
the Author:

Saoirse is
a recovered Catholic.  I was called to the Old Ways at age 11,
but I thought I was just fascinated with folklore. At age 19, I was
called again, but I thought I was just a history buff, and could not
explain the soul yearnings I got when I saw images of the Standing
Stones in the Motherland. At age 29, I crossed over into New Age
studies, and finally Wicca a couple years later. My name is Saoirse,
pronounced like (Sare) and (Shah) Gaelic for freedom. The gods I
serve are Odin and Nerthus. I speak with Freyja , Norder, and Thunor
as well. The Bawon has been with me since I was a small child, and
Rangda has been with me since the days I was still Catholic. I
received my 0 and 1 Degree in an Eclectic Wiccan tradition, and my
Elder is Lord Shadow. We practice in Columbus, Ohio. I am currently
focusing more on my personal growth, and working towards a Second and
Third Degree with Shadow. I received a writing degree from Otterbein
University back in 2000. I have written arts columns for the s
Council in Westerville. I give private tarot readings and can be
reached through my Facebook page Tarot
with Saoirse
. You can, also, join me on my Youtube
Channel
.

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