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June 1st, 2019

House Cleansing, Connecting with the Spirits of a Place

I
recently moved into a new home, so the issues of cleansing and
connecting with the land are particularly important to me right now.
People can get quite fanatical sometimes about walking sunwise
several times around a home before they barely set foot inside. But
anyone moving in is standing on the shoulders of the person who
recently vacated. So, I think it’s good to take a short space of
time to feel what that person left behind, for it’s imprinted in
the walls and soil, along with all the owners and the native peoples
before them in layers below the earth. I very much want to know what
those are before I cleanse them away, past life memories always built
into these renewals. For instance, the previous owner here was a bit
irresponsible, leaving debris down by the lake shore, a submerged
canoe, a rotten trellis thrown over the stones. There is a certain
discourtesy both to the earth and the coming owner in this imprint,
but nothing severe. There are numerous weeds in the lawn, thankfully,
so chemicals have not been used here. This would have bothered me far
more than bailing out an old canoe. That canoe speaks of past lives
as a Native near this place, too, something I needed to be reminded
of by the spirit world, something I need to heal. Plus, I personally
think it’s far more important to take time to bring enough order
out of the moving chaos to have most of the comforts of a home back
in place before doing a thorough cleansing (unless there’s a really
nasty energy hanging around that needs immediate attention, of
course). I’ve been here a week now, so this would be the perfect
morning to anchor my spirit in here.

The
first thing I always do at a new home I’ve been called on to
cleanse is walk the land to sense the energies in depth. If any areas
are particularly dark, I do an immediate healing on those. Then I
walk sunwise around the home, calling on the Creators, Goddess and
God, to anchor in, to protect and lead the owners as long as they are
living in that place. Entering the home itself, I like to sprinkle
flower essences in all the rooms, moving sunwise again. There are
many essences or herbs that can be used. Most people sage a home, but
since I’m allergic to smoke, I find flower essences work best. Sage
is the wise woman essence, a good one to use. But I adore sprinkling
Herkimer diamond flower essence across the floors (made by steeping a
Herkimer diamond crystal, a clear quartz stone with points at both
ends, in water in the sun for 4-6 hours and asking the spirit of the
crystal to be implanted into the water, then stored in 1/3rd
brandy in a dark quiet place.). This stone brings a new and sparkling
energy out of the deep heart into the forefront of the heart to be
brought into life and action when used medicinally. In a new home, it
brings a heart brilliance into the rooms, a shift into a fresh way of
life that is both heart centered and carries a new focus for the
owners, a new direction in life. Other essences I like to use are:
White Eden Rose, the Goddess flower, or Red Eden rose, the God
flower, scattered everywhere to anchor the Creators’ strong love
and holding power into each room. I use Love in a Mist very often,
too, or Forget-Me-Not, both essences of the divine children
(Love-in-a-Mist for the girl, Forget-Me Not, the boy), asking for
comfort and gentle growth for the inner divine children of the new
owners. Then I sing a chant or short song, which sends the signal out
to the spirit world to complete the shifts put into place during the
ritual. That’s it, quite simple, but effective in bringing in the
thrust of change.

Outside
any new home of my own, though, I connect more deeply, slowly, over a
moon or more. I like to put my hand on every tree, feeling each one’s
nature, for these will be my new friends in very real way. I like to
sit on the earth in a power spot, a private nook or corner that’s
especially lovely, and feel the connection with the Goddess rise up
to hold me within. Before I leave any old home, too, I walk it
counter clockwise, releasing the old connections to make room for the
new. Here in my new home, I have many old oaks along the lake, some
black, some white. I haven’t taken time to sit beneath them all and
meditate, but I will soon. I feel their ancient strength, though, in
everything I do, far different from my last home with only a young
Rose of Sharon beside the back door. Oak leaves have a spinal imprint
in their veining, so I know I will likely be building backbone in
this place. There are maples here as well, so I’ll be taking some
kind of action, too, for they resonate with hands, as you can see in
the shape of the leaves. There are many lessons and strengths to be
drawn from the trees of a place, always very carefully prepared by
the spirit world for every owner, trees bringing exactly what’s
needed by each person during their moons or years of living in each
place. If there are other special features of the land, such as the
small lake behind my home here, it’s good to meditate with these as
well. I like to feel what each may have to say about beginnings in
any new place.

And
lastly, I like to take some kind of real action to make the new house
my own. The first thing I did outside, on my second day here, was
plant a small Goddess garden down by the water. It will be my
meditation place. Then, in another week or so, I’ll be planting 12
small English oak trees, creating a nemeton here, a sacred grove.
I’ll take my place as a Celtic priestess in a real way that day,
the perfect ending of my transition here. I’ve already put in
wildflowers I brought with me to put between the oaks, such as the
foam flower in the illustration.

May
all who are going through the utter chaos of packing and traveling,
be blessed in your transitions and find peace, great joy, and spirit
growth in your new abodes.

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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

Guardians of the Celtic Way: The Path to Arthurian Fulfillment on Amazon

The Wild Rose of Druidry

The Celtic path is unlike any other, unique in ways that mean so very much to me. The first blossom of this path is that it imposes absolutely no restrictions, except that one should not harm another (which seems like quite a sensible restriction to me!) In the Celtic pagan tradition, all paths are good, and everyone has total freedom to be, to wander into darkness and shadows, if one wishes, then out again into light. I searched for many years for a spirit tradition that would allow me the freedom I longed for, going through Congregational, Presbyterian, and Quaker phases over the past thirty years, dabbling in Buddhism and Sufism for brief periods along the way as well. But the formal Christian, Buddhist, and Muslim religions impose definite dogmas and expectations on their adherents, worshiping in very specific ways, often holding up their own paths as (far!) better than the rest (this one turned me off every time!). Even Quakers, who are accepting of all religions and impose no dogma whatsoever, have subtle restrictions, such as being quiet, no singing during meeting, wearing clothing that isn’t loud. I love the gentle acceptance, honesty, and social activism of the Quaker tradition, but there are mornings I don’t feel a bit drab or quiet! And God/Goddess are neither of these, ever! I want the freedom to sing in ceremony, to dance and laugh, to wear fairy wings if I feel like it! Ha. That would turn Quaker meeting upside down! (Now that I’ve thought of it, I think I’ll just have to try this to see what happens!) The freedom call of druidry draws my heart so strongly, like the wind across the moors in the Oak moon (June) or the hint of fairy flutes in the wood at dusk. Why can’t I be anything I feel like, as long as it harms no one at all? No other path I’ve ever seen holds out this wild rose promise to be whatever one likes.

And second, comes the complete druid acceptance of whatever folks may be going through in life. In the Christian tradition I’m most familiar with and still love in many ways, there were definite restraints on the expression of anger or sexuality especially, specific qualities that were held up as better than the rest (oh, not that again!),not to mention their utter horror of my pagan leanings! But I have wonderful friends who can be a bit volatile, who want to howl or drum half the night in their pain, who clam up, perhaps, or talk non-stop when they are stressed. I want to love them all, especially in their difficulties! I just can’t stand imposing goody-goody nonsense on them. And the druid tradition does not. It brings patient understanding that says challenges must be faced and walked through, the wisdom of knowing all is ordered from above for good reasons that will someday flower into the deep embodiment of truth that is far more precious and permanent for having been earned through hard experience. During my long years as a therapist, I watched clients turn early traumas into career choices time and time again, with hearts that held far more passion and determination for turning things around in the world as a result of those early difficulties in life. There is a reason for the darkness that comes into every life. Every druid knows this. I confess I can be a bit judgmental underneath of folks who seem loud and rough, but the druid path has taught me not to do that, or far less than before. The standard of accepting everyone onto the path just as they are is druid, held high, and I will follow it with my whole heart, inspired by the breadth of love it carries.

The third blossom of druidry is being deeply grounded in the earth, loving the sensual gorgeousness of this world; the upside down mirror in each raindrop, the softness of birch bark in the rain, the sweep of clouds twirling across the sky at dawn. At light healing school, we were often in the clouds ourselves, meditating and drifting for whole days at a time. And those hints of heaven are intoxicating and bring through shifts we probably couldn’t manage any other way. But some folks thought that passing over to the Otherworld would be just lovely, too, and focused on this end-of-life passage a lot of the time. Others forgot to look down again at the end of the day. Oh, goodness! Give me druids every time! I want to run my fingers across rose petals for a whole lot of years to come, make eye contact with real people, wriggle my toes in the mud! Earth is fantastic! Sensuality is phenomenal! And bringing all those dreamy changes into real work in the world is best part of all!!! This is what I love most, putting what I’ve learned into real effect in my life. I just adore that. It’s my coffee in life, truly. Other traditions are action oriented, too, of course, but none that I’ve tried have the earth-loving, sensual, vitality of druidry.

And this leads to the sweetest, most fragrant blossom of all, sexuality. (Not that there aren’t distortions mixed in here, there are.) Every formal religion I’ve been involved with has imposed fairly rigid restrictions on sexuality in life, Sufism and Christian particularly. And while druidry does have that standard of not harming anyone, which carries some responsibility with it, no dogmatic rules are imposed on this aspect of life, either. Everyone is left to choose and learn and explore as they wish. I was raised by a wonderful Bostonian/Scottish mother, but she had unfortunate puritanical underpinnings. If I went outside skyclad as a young child, this would cause an utter uproar in the household. Thank goodness druids are not this way! Thank GOODNESS a hundred times over! I was so relieved and happy to find a tradition without a straight jacket in this regard! And then, sexuality itself is so exquisite. There are no adequate words at all here, it’s beyond them all. I think this acceptance of sexuality is the greatest gift of the druid tradition really, the shining starry pentacle. For I believe that God and Goddess intimately overlight all sexual joinings, that They move into each partner and send Their intense loving passion for each of us, very personally, into our skin and eyes and hearts in just this way. It’s how we can unite with God and Goddess in the most intense form on earth, the most sacred act there is. This is what I feel, anyway. So, all those religious/societal severe restrictions on personal sexual expression keep God/Goddess at bay in a very real way. Besides being sacrilege, those restrictions are all control energy, pure and simple. So again, thank Goddess for druidry! For it allowed me to break out of the heavy gridwork those puritan leftovers built around my very affectionate soul! So there!

And lastly, I just want to add that all these special qualities of druidry are identical to the qualities I have felt in the Goddess, the White Tara, Who has led and assisted me over all these thirty pagan years of my life. She has embraced me in my deepest darkness and does so with everyone (a breadth of love I WISH I could embody.) She rules the path of experience, teaching us all through life’s hard lessons and bringing forth the fruit of these later on. These are Her very children, these highest destinies in us all. And the Goddess is as sensual as roses, the tongue of the wind on the skin of the sea, ocean breakers gently caressing the shore. She IS the earth! It is Her very Body! And then, lastly, sexuality is Her middle name! For She is the inner teacher of intimacy, love-making, lifelong partnership in real love. And druidry is Her religion on earth. Of course, it holds up Her standards of love to the world! Thank Goddess for druidry!!!

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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 RebornVolume One Revised, and Volumes Two and Three.

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The Goddess Nu Kua

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Nu Kua is the Creatrix Goddess of Ancient China.

When the heavens and earth were separated, there were no human beings. Nu Kua was bored and lonely and so made the first humans out of clay made from mud from the Yellow River. Her breath and Yin became the first women; Her breath and Yang became the first men. The first of these were fashioned, and molded, with her hands. However, as she found how tedious and time-consuming this was, she began to drop a rope into the river’s clay and to allow droplets to form and to fall from the rope. Hence, those that were molded became the nobles and those who were unmolded became the peasants.

She is said to have the body of a woman from the waist up, and the body of a serpent/snake/dragon from the waist down. There are also myths of her having the body of a Tortoise.

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As the myth goes, the monster, Kung-Kung, during a great battle, flattened the mountains, tore a hole in the sky, and tilted the Earth.

Nu Kua came to restore order. She melted five sacred, colored stones and repaired the sky. She took control of water, enabling the rains to fall when and where necessary and put out fires. She put the seasons in the right order.

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She replaced the pillars of heaven with the legs of a great turtle/tortoise so that they would not collapse; Dragons on these pillars guard the path of the sun and the moon.

She corrected problems on Earth by quelling the problems of human chaos, by establishing marriage, ensuring that children would be raised correctly.

After restoring order, Nu Kua retreated to her domain, the sky, wearing a compass to symbolize order.

She has dominion over marital relations and fertility. It is said that she responds to prayers directed toward her.

Nu Kua represents order and its’ restoration, is a calming influence in stressful situations and also helps with a positive attitude after negative events.

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Order

There is a Way

and I am that Way

the Way of Nature that moves in all things

In the beginning

I created the universal pattern

the Way things are

the Way things flow

the Way things need to be

Then

I sequenced the seasons

harmonized the hillsides

organized the oceans

till all was auspiciously arranged

I am the natural order of things

I am the Way

(From The Goddess Oracle

by Amy Sophia Marashinsky & Hrana Janto)

(Photo Credit: The Goddess Oracle

by Amy Sophia Marashinsky & Hrana Janto)

Goddess 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 [email protected]

My Name is Isis: The Egyptian Goddess

For today a reminder that we will be Ancestors for a much longer “time” (Outside Time) than our lifespan on Earth. Perhaps life on earth is a training for becoming a wise or compassionate ancestor? Let’s make personal and global decisions that we can be proud of once we join our Ancestors!

Some tribal peoples (especially in Siberia) believed that the Ancestors literally walk in the footsteps of the living, in an “upside down realm”. If this is so – our every footstep affects them and pulls on them…. just as they in turn can influence every move we make (if we let them).

As I am publishing a book about Sacred art soon I might try to reinstate the Painting of the Day posts on Facebook (for the days I can manage this anyway).

 

My new book can now be pre-ordered on Amazon:

Sacred art: A Hollow Bone for Spirit (Where art Meets Shamanism)

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About the Author:

Imelda Almqvist is an international teacher of shamanism and sacred art. Her book Natural Born Shamans: A Spiritual Toolkit For Life (Using shamanism creatively with young people of all ages) was published by Moon Books in 2016 and her second book Sacred art: A Hollow Bone for Spirit (Where art Meets Shamanism) will be published in March 2019.  She was a presenter on the Shamanism Global Summit in both 2016 and 2017 and is a presenter on Year of Ceremony with Sounds True. She divides her time between the UK, Sweden and the US. She is currently in the editing stages of her third book “Medicine of the Imagination” and has started her fourth book “Evolving Gods: The Sacred Marriage of Tradition and Innovation”

www.shaman-healer-painter.co.uk  (website)

https://imeldaalmqvist.wordpress.com/  (blog)

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=imelda+almqvist

(YouTube channel: interviews, presentations and art videos)

Natural Born Shamans – A Spiritual Toolkit for Life: Using Shamanism Creatively with Young People of All Ages on Amazon

 

AGISCHANAK

 

As I sit here looking out at the world outside my window, covered with the first snowfall of the season, wrapped in a shawl due to the cold. My thoughts turn to Alaska and what Goddess I may find there.

 

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My search brings me to Agischanak.

Goddess of the

Mountains.

Goddess of the

Earth.

Protector of Her

people.

Agischanak is a Goddess in Southeastern Alaska. She lives on top of Mt. Edgecumbe, near Sitka.

 

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She is kindly and protects Her people and all of the peoples of the Earth. However, She is also forceful and powerful, as She must be as it is She

who supports the pillar on which the Earth rests.

For visitors, She has her brother, who comes but once a year to bring her the news of the world. The trickster, Raven, also comes to visit, always attempting to woo Her away, thereby abandoning Her post. Of course, it is a post She does not abandon. Raven provokes and annoys her at his own peril, as she responds with earthquakes.

It is cold where Agischanak is holding up the Earth, and Her people come to Her and light roaring fires, as an offering, to keep Her warm.

Remember, were it not for Agischanak, the Earth would sink into the powerful depths of the ocean.

 

(Image Credit: liminallandscapes.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 [email protected]

My Name is Isis (Volume 4) on Amazon

Contemplative
Druidry

During
these dark winter days, when the pull inward is strongest, I want to
bring up the topic of a contemplative branch of druidry. On my own
path, I’ve been led into a silent lifestyle with two half-hour
meditations a day, one focused on healing the planet and the other on
whatever has arisen in my life that day. This practice has led me
through a steady spirit ascension process, planes of light moving
down into my aura for 2-3 weeks, then moving out as another color
took its place from above. There have been 363 of these planes over
23 years of this continuing spirit practice, always an upward
process, coming closer to a bright diamond light at the center of the
cosmos that I can see in my mind’s eye.

The
silence of my days brings me into very close connection
with the spirit world, and I’ve learned to sense and hear the
voices of my guides and family of light in the Otherworld over the
years. These Otherworldy beings have taught me amazing
things: the Celtic regents of those planes of light, the many cosmic
cycles these regents overlight and regulate, the meaning of the druid
moons and Ogham letters, a vast cornucopia of
information I was unable to find in my fifteen years of research into
Celtic times before I started my meditation practice. And my guides
and family of light are always full of love and
courtesy, an abiding, gentle, and profound love that I’ve never
experienced in this earthly world. This Otherworld connection I
maintain in the silence of my home links me to inner teachers from
the far reaches of the cosmos, wisdom beyond imagining, plus that
love and respect that I find so very nourishing, love I can no longer
live without. I know a silent lifestyle isn’t for everyone, and I’m
not suggesting this. But I am saying that taking an hour or so a day
in silence to connect with the Otherworld brings benefits that are
nearly miraculous. It would benefit everyone greatly, I’m certain
of that.

At
druid gatherings I’ve been to, there’s often a lot of noise, a
rowdy, not always kind, atmosphere. And it brings me out
of my inner connection to the Otherworld and sometimes feels like a
large drop in the peacefulness and inner love I am used to feeling.
Celebration, exuberance, and fun at druid gatherings are good
overall; I’m not arguing against them. But I want the magic of my
silent times and my interface with the spirit world, too, especially
when with others of my own spirit tradition, for it potentiates
everything that occurs. I’ve felt spirit magic during musical
performances at gatherings sometimes, but the general noisiness
interferes with my spirit connection to the Otherworld. The rituals
are often lovely, but they, too, do not include moments of silence
and are usually so formalized and scripted that I can’t stop for a
moment to just listen, to feel the spirits of the trees
or lakes nearby. It’s in the silence that spirit
messages slip between the small spaces into our hearts and minds,
that’s what I think.

And
I long for a soul group that I can meet with once a
month perhaps, to share a bit of silence and some spirit stories,
perhaps, a quiet group, similar to the English Order of the Sacred
Nemeton. So far, I’ve not met anyone who has much interest in such
a thing, not in druidry, at least. I’d love to hear from anyone who
does!

So,
here’s to silence, to calling forth the nature
spirits and ancestors of light, druid guides from the Tuathe de
Danaan, perhaps. Let’s open our own practices, our gatherings and
rituals up to the universe, the spirit
interconnectedness of all that is. Let’s listen in
the stillness for a change, for that’s where the true
power is.

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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 Reborn, Alba Reborn, Book One, RevisedAlba Reborn, Book Two, and Alba Reborn, Book Three.

Guardians of the Celtic Way: The Path to Arthurian Fulfillment on Amazon

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