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A Woman’s Place…

April, 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.

***

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 on Amazon

Healing Through Sacred Music

April, 2019

(Our Lady Sings A Lullaby To The Endangered Species by Shiloh Sophia McCloud)

You are the universe, expressing itself as a human for a little while.

-Eckhart Tolle

When
I was a kid nature was my friend, my therapist and my inspiration. I
looked forward to the summer months when darkness fell later in the
day so that I could stay outside as long as possible. One of my
favourite places to go when I was troubled was to climb up to the top
of the cedar tree in front of my house. After a while of swaying
along with the wind at the top in silence, I inevitably felt calmer
and would often start hearing music. As a kid, I was always humming
or singing–to the extent that my godmother often joked that I sang
more than I spoke! I experienced more inner peace when I was singing
and during that time, the world made sense to me and was a less scary
place. I felt like I was embraced in those moments by a unifying and
loving force in the universe. I love this quote from J.K. Rowling’s
book Harry
Potter and the Deathly Hallows” because I sometimes wondered if I
was crazy for hearing things other folks didn’t seem to be
noticing: “Of course it is happening in your head, Harry, but why
on earth should that mean that it is not real?”

As
a kid, I thought I was making up these songs I was humming. It wasn’t
until I began my shamanic training in earnest that I started to
realize that these songs were not coming from me at all. People ask
me where these songs originate from and all I can say with any sort
of definitiveness is that they do not come from my own creative
“genius.” These songs are in the ether around us: They come from
Spirit and they belong to Spirit. They are lent to us for healing
purposes. Some of the songs feel like they come from the land and
they have the “feel” of the ancestral territory that I find
myself on when I hear them. I’ve traveled all over the world and
the songs I hear in each of those places tend to be distinct to them.
I would love to learn more about the songlines that indigenous
Australians follow in their tradition. Perhaps someday, I will
receive the honour of this teaching.

I
don’t know why these songs come to me–perhaps simply because I am
listening. However, I do feel that this gift is not exclusive to me.
I remember asking an elder I worked with about this and he said that
everyone has a personal song and they can go into nature to ask for
this song. If this is done with ego, it will backfire so it’s
important to have a clear intent around why this personal song is
needed (i.e. for healing, to help with a life transition, or to
strengthen our sense of self-worth). It is a listening process that
might take a lot of attempts to hear so patience and perseverance is
required. We cannot demand these things from Spirit; we can only open
ourselves up to receive with gratitude and humility. When I sing my
personal song, it helps me connect with my Sacred Dream (my spiritual
mission and the reason I am here). In the hubbub of life, this is an
indispensable tool for me–especially when I need perspective
because I’ve forgotten who I am and what I am about in a given
situation.

I
sang with the Universal Gospel Choir in Vancouver for almost a
decade. It is a glorious experience singing in unison with sixty
other people, creating a wall of sound that bounces off the walls of
the church and into each person in it. We sang sacred music from
traditions all around the world. Though I often found myself on
stage, I was never singing for entertainment, but to increase my
connection to Spirit. It was not uncommon for me to be so moved by
the spirit of the song that I would cry or move my way through a
piece. The audience members often told me that they came to our
concerts for healing and hope. These folks wanted to align with their
spiritual aspect through these songs and it worked for them.

What
is the process of catching a song? This differs from tradition to
tradition around the world. And I qualify what I am about to share by
saying that this is my experience, which is not linked to a
particular tradition but has been happening spontaneously “through”
me since I was young. In Barbara
Tedlock’s book “The Woman in the Shaman’s Body,” she makes a
distinction between hereditary shamans who would pass on songs from
their traditions throughout generations and what she calls
“inspirational” shamans:

In
the mid-80s hereditary shamans in the Soviet Union were almost wiped
out by government persecution (put in gulags or then killed).  An
alternative inspirational shamanic path practiced for generations by
Turkic and Khakass peoples enabled shamanism to survive. Shamans
traveling this path received healing knowledge directly from the
spirits of the earth, water and sky.”

Although
I don’t call myself a shaman, I do see similarities between what
happens to me and what the inspirational shamans of Asia are doing. I
don’t always go looking for these songs. They have often come to me
in my sleeping dreamtime. This is my favourite way of catching songs
from Spirit because I know my ego is not involved in that. I kept a
recorder by bed for many years to remember them when I awoke. I would
then do ceremony to see what the song was to be used for and how to
share it in a good way. So far, I’ve been instructed to share all
of these songs so the people could use them for their own healing. I
have honoured that. If Spirit ever told me to keep a song to myself,
I would respect that too. In fact, I highly recommend learning as
much about the history of scared songs and the protocols around their
use before singing them or sharing them in any way. I’ve included a
link to the Going Shamanic podcast I did on this topic at the foot of
this article in case readers want more in depth information on how to
take care with and of these songs.

When
I travel, the first thing I do when I place my feet on the soil of
this new country is to introduce myself to the ancestors of the place
and I give gratitude to them for allowing me to be there for a while.
One thing I’ve learned is that these songs wouldn’t come through
me at all if I didn’t seek to have a relationship with the spirit
of each song and with the land they come from. It’s a bit like
dating to me where every time I sing a song, I learn a bit more about
it as it touches me in a different way at various junctures in my
life. These songs open the heart and touch a place inside of us that
we don’t always allow ourselves to visit in everyday life. Sacred
songs are designed to shine a light on these spaces. When I am
feeling “off,” singing while playing my frame drum brings me back
to balance quicker than anything else, besides maybe dancing as a
close second.

I
want to point out here that sacred songs are different than popular
songs credited to musicians. These songs are designed for healing and
they often have a very specific intent. For example, some sacred
songs are sung only during funerals, life transitions, or during full
moon ceremonies. It’s good to respect this and to keep the songs as
close to their original version as possible to preserve the
“medicine” that Spirit sent with them. It’s not for us to
understand the ins and outs of this mystery; I love engaging with it.
And I hope that we never unpack the secrets of this magical process
while we are still in human form. Albert Ayler said that “music is
the healing force of the universe.” I am just happy to participate
in that creation while I am in human form.

Resources:

Going Shamanic: Medicine Songs with Jennifer Engracio

Universal Gospel Choir

Featured art by: Shiloh Sophia McCloud “Our Lady Sings a Lullaby to The Endangered Species”

***

About
the Author:

Jennifer
Engrácio

has been a student of shamanism since 2005. Jennifer is a certified
teacher who has worked with children in many different education
settings since 2001. She is a certified shamanic coach, reiki master,
and lomilomi practitioner; in addition, she runs Spiral Dance
Shamanics. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, she now lives in
Calgary, Canada with her life partner.

Engrácio
participated in self-publishing three books that are now available:

The
Magic Circle: Shamanic Ceremonies for the Child and the Child Within”

Women’s
Power Stories: Honouring the Feminine Principle of Life”

Dreaming
of Cupcakes: A Food Addict’s Shamanic Journey into Healing

For more information go to: www.spiraldanceshamanics.com

Dreaming of Cupcakes: A Food Addict’S Shamanic Journey into Healing on Amazon

She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

March, 2019

Akhilanda

(artwork
by Pieter Weltevrede)

Akhilanda
is the Hindu Goddess of Never Not Broken. Her formal name is
Akhilandeswari Ma, and is known informally as Khodiyar Ma, a form of
the Great Mother Goddess.

In
Sanskrit, Akhilanda means “never not
broken” and Ishwari is Goddess or female
power. She is one of India’s oldest
depictions of the Goddess.

She
is said to be originally a Vedic Goddess, the Vedas being the oldest
layer of Sanskrit scripture. She is also known as the Goddess of the
“agamas”, the
texts known as tantra. She has been described as a form of the
Goddess Parvati and as associated with Goddess Durga.

She
carries a trident and stands upon a
crocodile upon a rushing river.

(Image credit: hinduismtoday.com)

“Everything
happens for my liberation. I choose to become only more love”
– Divine Feminine Oracle

She
moves and allows herself to be moved by the motion of the crocodile
upon the rushing waters of the river. She surrenders herself to the
movement.

(Image Credit: MEDIUM.COM)

Her
power comes from being pulled apart and coming back together again;
always broken, so she can never BE broken. She is destroyed (broken)
and created/re-created again and again.

Akhilanda
represents where we are broken, our pieces instead of our whole. The
crocodile is our fears, our vulnerabilities.

She
teaches us that our power is in our pain and that we have the
strength and ability to pull ourselves back together, again and
again, after breaking. We re-create and rebuild ourselves over and
over into whom we wish to be.

Akhilandra
is there to help us transition from one place to another after we are
hurt, when we feel sadness, when we have suffered loss. She assists
us to grow, to transform, to heal and mend those broken bits and
pieces. Just as she surrenders to the motion of the crocodile and
the waters of the river, so we should surrender to whatever we are
feeling, trusting that we will once again be whole.

***

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 on Amazon

Witch & Popcorn

February, 2019

Bright
Blessings film lovers!

I’m
reviewing a new show instead of a movie this time.

This
show has made quite a stir on Netflix this week, and people are
either celebrating it, or upset by the hosts suggestions. There seems
to be no happy medium response. People either love this or hate it.

I
watched a few Episodes of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

Let
me begin by saying I freaking LOVE this!

Smart
business lady Marie Kondo hails from beautiful Japan, where she
single-handedly started an organizing business based on clean,
minimal living, only owning things you get a lot of use out of, and
teaching a lifestyle of keeping things neat, in their place, and
clean.

While
I’m not going to have 30 books or less, as she recommends, nor will
I fold every article of clothing I own into tidy origami-like
parcels, as a witch, I appreciate her attitude, and approach.

The
first thing Marie does when she walks into a house, after meeting the
homeowners, is ask permission to “get acquainted with” the house.
She then kneels, and looks to be meditating, and soaking in the
home’s vibes.

If
that isn’t magical practice, I don’t know what is.

The next thing she has the homeowners do is take stock of every item they own, and purge as much as possible. There is a lot of tears, a bit of tantruming at times, and a lot of resistance from some homeowners. They want an immaculately clean home, but they want it stocked full of junk, and things they squirreled away for years they forgot all about. In the end, the clients always say their whole lives are changed by the purge, reorganizing, and change to a lifestyle of cleanliness and simplification.

It’s
just throwing things out, and reorganizing, right?

Well,
it’s more than that.

Getting
rid of things that are not useful, and are eating up space that could
be better used otherwise frees up not only the space itself, but the
energy. Every item we use, touch, and keep retains energy and
memories. While some of us are consciously aware of all that, some
people are not, but they still are not immune to the effects.

Some
call clutter visual noise, but have you ever had a toxic roommate or
live in lover and once they and all their junk was gone, you felt
like the weight of the world had been lifted from your home and
heart? Things hold energy.

The
thing I saw in common of all the clients in the episodes I watched
was they grumbled their house was not big enough- and stated they
needed more storage space, but Marie knew better. She knew they had
too much stuff!

She
made them pile their clothes on top of the bed, and thin out as many
clothes as possible before they did anything else. I think she gave
them a week to do all of that. People had entirely forgotten about
all of the clothes they owned. They said they never even liked
certain articles of clothing, and seeing the mountain of clothes
horrified them. One client remarked she was ashamed of herself for
being so greedy about clothing when there are people who don’t have
hardly any clothes.

Marie,
in magical fashion, had people hold each belonging and only keep what
“sparked joy”. She expected them to feel the vibes off things and
keep only the things that had good vibes. Basic energy 101! She then
told them to thank the object for allowing them to use it before
discarding.

The
process took forever with some people, but she taught them energy and
appreciation for objects.

Magic!

Marie
might not identify as a witch, but she knows about moving energy and
all about psychology. The initial shock of the mountain of clothes
was all she needed to get people’s attention and wake them up.

I’m
not saying there was no pissing and moaning from some clients after
the realization. I’m saying it was the stab in the rear end they
all needed to see they had done this, and they needed to dig their
way out. One client aggravated me with her whining so much, I had to
watch that episode over the course of two days, but in the end she
did a great job and got with the program.

Our
homes are supposed to be our sanctuaries, not places that exhaust us.
When we junk up our homes, we are constantly swamped in the sea of
trash, and it soaks into our bodies, minds, and spirits.

Purging
helps us focus on what we want and need in our homes so we can
control the focus of energy and the feel of the home.

I
always wonder why so many people cannot understand this.

I
am reminded of my first marriage. My ex husband collected junk- or
just shoved everything in drawers and never bothered to take care of,
or clean anything. He owned empty cardboard boxes from things he no
longer owned, and even empty plastic bags that had been in the boxes
he no longer had from things he also no longer had. He owned expired
turtle wax and tried to fight to keep it. He had hundreds of empty
wire hangers from dry cleaners in the trunk of his car which he
refused to part with, and he cried when I threw them out. He owned
broken golf tees he stated had no sentimental value, and he even had
undeveloped photo film he said he had no plans to ever develop, but
wanted to keep- because it was HIS. He had a three bedroom, two bath
house with a full basement, and it was not large enough to house all
of his junk and collection of thousands of books, CD’s, Cassette
Tapes, eight track tapes, VCR tapes, and DVDs- a collection that was
steadily growing. He did not understand that libraries are good
places to nab media and books, and less is more. He owned books that
were molded, having been rotting in the damp basement for over a
decade, and had books he had never read, but continued to buy more.

His
was an extreme case, and his inability to change his compulsive
shopping and accumulating damaged our relationship. We were not
married long enough for me to find out what his psychiatric issues
were. I do not miss living with him. He found somebody who was okay
with his lifestyle, and I am thankful he moved me out of the mess.

Getting
out of that trash heap was a breath of fresh air for me. I can only
imagine how awful people who have done this to themselves felt before
Marie helped them.

On
the show, Marie takes people who don’t show psychiatric problems.
These just have a lot of unnecessary crap. They make excuses, and
Marie does not buy it. She goes in every week for about a month, and
teaches them how to clean out the whole house. By the time it is all
done, the homeowners have done all she says, and my OCD is appeased.

I
will say this show gives me appreciation for The Queer Eye. Somehow,
the Fab Five manage to guide the people they are making over to NOT
descend into self-pity, but they prod them to organization. I respect
Marie’s philosophy that they homeowners will do their own
organizing, and it serves to ensure they know how to keep it that
way. There is just so much whining and complaining from some of the
clients, you might want to slap them. They made the mess, they clean
the mess, and Marie makes sure they do.

I
am also appreciating the Hoarders shows, as the clients often are
very open about their psychiatric issues that lead them to let their
homes go to seed. The home is an outward manifestation of what is on
the inside. And these organizing shows take the outside, use it to
illustrate what is going wrong, and set the outside right first as a
way to start inner work.

As
magical practitioners, we know all too well that what we surround
ourselves with influences us. If we are surrounded by repressed
memories and buried pain, or even good memories, manifested by things
we chose to keep although it is useless- we are working bad juju on
ourselves.

Get
rid of it.

Now.

Marie
Kondo’s show might be viral right now, and she might be all the
rage currently, but her approach, her attitude, and her techniques
are old magical practice every witch can do without any spellwork.

Let’s
just refer to this as space clearing on the mundane level, and it’s
just as important as ritual banishing, and mundane house cleaning.

A
good watch.

Happy
Viewing.

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
.

Retha’s Crystal Reflections

February, 2019

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
:

https://m.facebook.com/groups/1960619300929876

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

February, 2019

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
.

Magic at the Hearth Excerpt from The House Witch by Arin Murphy-Hiscock

December, 2018

Magic at the Hearth

*Excerpted from The House Witch by Arin Murphy-Hiscock

 

 

 

In hearthcraft, magic is a way of consciously drawing on the energy of the spiritual hearth to enhance the activity you are engaged in. In many paths magic and spiritual practices are separate, but in hearthcraft the magical activity both supports and draws from spiritual activity. As so much of hearthcraft revolves around love, nurturing, and protection of what you consider sacred, positive goals can be the only ones envisioned.

 

Another way of looking at magic within the context of hearthcraft is as transformation of some kind, a task performed with the intent to weave together energies in order to initiate some sort of spiritual transformation, rejuvenation, or growth. With that in mind, this chapter looks at kitchen folklore and customs and the energies associated with the equipment found and used in the kitchen.

 

Kitchen Folklore

 

One of the fun things about doing research into home-based customs is discovering the traditions and folklore associated with domestic activity. Here’s a series of domestic customs you can use to help enhance your awareness of the spiritual nature of your activity.

 

  • Stir the contents of pots and bowls clockwise to attract positive energy, or stir counterclockwise to banish things. Use one or the other according to the needs of your home or family at the time.

  • Pass items at the table in a clockwise direction to maintain harmonious energy there.

  • If you wish to clear the house of negative energy, clean it beginning at the back door and travel through it room by room in a counterclockwise direction until you reach the back door again, then sweep or mop out the door and off the doorstep.

  • To attract positive energy, clean items in a clockwise motion. is includes dusting, mopping, and scrubbing as well as wiping counters and washing dishes.

  • Draw a spiritual symbol that has meaning to you (either cultural, religious, or designed by you) with salt water on the windows of your house and on the front and back doors. Paint these symbols with clear nail polish if you want something a little more permanent.

  • If you wish to further connect your cooking to your spiritual hearth, draw a spiritual symbol on the inside of the pot or bowl before you use it. A stylized flame is a good basic image to use.

  • Empower your laundry detergent for purification of any negative energy clinging to clothes. Water has a natural purification effect, but empowering the cleaning substances you use boosts that natural effect. Do the same for your household cleaners.

  • Running out of salt is said to be bad luck for the posterity of the home. Keep a small packet of salt somewhere to ensure there will always be salt in the house. (This may be one of the origins of the custom of bringing a bottle of wine, a loaf of bread, and a box of salt to a housewarming.)

  • Hanging braids or wreaths of garlic, onions, or hot peppers will keep your kitchen free of negative energy. Compost them every fall and hang new ones. Never eat them!

  • Hanging bunches of dried Indian corn attracts prosperity and abundance.

  • Leave an onion or clove of garlic outside below the kitchen window to absorb any negative energy trying to enter the home. You may leave them around the doors to the house as well. Place a new one there every month, or more frequently if the old ones decay faster.

 

The House Witch: Your Complete Guide to Creating a Magical Space with Rituals and Spells for Hearth and Home on Amazon

 

*Copyright © 2018 Adams Media, a division of Simon and Schuster. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.

 

Gael Song

November, 2018

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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Book Review of Pastel Spells by Rose Orriculum

November, 2018

Book Review

Pastel Spells

by Rose Orriculum

 

 

Taken from the back cover “Pastel Spells is a pocket spell book filled with a variety of spells for witches of all levels of experience, from beginners to long-time practitioners.” That statement really sums up Pastel Spells so well.

This is one of my favorite spell books to date. It doesn’t focus on any certain type of spells and even includes curses. Some of the of the spells are romantic, sexual, anti-love, platonic love/friendship, help with relationships, sour relationships, self-love, self-care/habits, self-care/emotional, healing, and, as I mentioned, curses. There is also a few spells on gender and some on orientation. I felt these spells were something very unique that I had not seen in other books.

I have personally tried some of these spells and I am in love with them. I tried the Stuffed Animal Sleep Spell for my son. He loves his new stuffed animal and now will not sleep anywhere without it.

I have also been using the Restarting Spell at the end of each month. I feel this spell is a great way to end the month and get ready for the new one.

Rose Orriculum has such a way with words and spells. I enjoy her work and cannot wait to see what else she comes up with. To learn more about her, check out my interview with her in this issue!

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Gael Song

October, 2018

The Body of the Goddess, Earth

In most druid writings, there are lots and lots of descriptions about relating to nature, how wonderfully peaceful it is, how deeply restorative. It’s one of the most fundamental, if not THE fundamental, teachings of Celtic paganism. But I don’t think I’ve ever read what I personally feel is the reason for the tapestry of wonders and extraordinary powers of nature, which is that earth is the Body of the Goddess! In the seven heavens my druid guides taught me, which make up the planes of light of the inner realms, the first heaven is earth, and it is ruled by the Goddess. She teaches us wisdom because, once upon a time, wisdom grew stale and flat. Folks forgot the laws of love and bad things began to occur all across the universe (I hear the theme from Star Wars as I write this sentence). So, humanity volunteered to come down into realms of illusion and non-love to learn the laws of love all over again through life’s hard experiences. Wisdom is a living thing, it can only be renewed by reliving it into existence, and our hard, hard task is brightening the light of wisdom throughout the cosmos. This is humanity’s main purpose, and our overlighting teacher and mistress in this process is the White Tara, the Goddess. (The seventh heaven is the Diamond Core, and it is ruled by the God, just in case anyone was wondering what He might be doing.) I always see the ivory White Tara star when I look deep into the earth with my inner vision, Her Shamballa center of light, which orchestrates all that occurs here, our wisdom lessons particularly and the forward momentum of love across the globe. This is Her world.

So, when we are out in nature, looking at the misty ocean or appreciating the loveliness of a fuchsia sunset, perhaps, it is the Goddess Who meets us in the ethers, always. Why do we feel so held and peaceful in the forest or near bodies of water especially? Because we’re being embraced there by Her restful, patient, mothering intimacy that knows all will turn out just fine in the end. Or sometimes, it’s Her longing just to hold us close in our pain, when life becomes too harsh to even contemplate happy endings. By Her silence that is as gentle as the hush of night. I believe gravity also belongs to the Goddess, Her holding force that wants to keep us as close as possible, to feel Her endless love and tenderness for each one of us, to support us from below in utter physical security and steadfastness. Stones, too, so very important to druids as well, are Tara’s bones. It is Her essence we meet underground in those ancient chambers, dolmens, and caves the wise ones of the old ways used for ceremony and initiations.

The quality that I’ve always admired most about the Goddess is how She manages to keep adoring every one of Her children, even when they have strayed deeply into darkness. This means murderers, corporate executives who are impoverishing thousands with their personal greed, rapists, and on and on. Anyone can be comforted in Her embrace, anyone at all. All nature is infused with Her energy, Her enduring patient love that waits centuries, if that’s what it takes, for us to turn and seek to touch Her face, to begin walking the path back Home. In fact, I think we are completely lost without Her, and I worry about all the people I meet who will not even consider that She exists. This is one of my primary reasons for being pagan to the core! And it is this single belief in Her that has caused me the most grief from others over the years. Keep believing in Her, please! Keep the ancient ways sacred and open to those who turn back to Her when they are ready to remember. For She will be the saving of the earth!

Not only that, but it is Her Body that sustains the horrific wounds of war, fracking, pollution, a climate out of control. This is Mother love with a capital L! She endures practically anything to see that we accomplish our task, to remain nearby, to lead and hold us as we blunder along down here. It is time to remember, to return Her divine enduring love with real CARE, gentleness, responsibility for what we each do to Her. I saw a film once in which a man in Austria planted trees and vegetables in a veritable wasteland of dirt and sand. And in seven years or so, his farm looked like paradise, luscious fruit hanging from every tree, many-hued flowers spilling over each other in all directions, peace, fertility, a world full of Her beauty and fecundity once more.

All of these qualities of Her love infuse natural spaces, especially Her restful nature that we need so much in this hurried world. So, take a moment to sit beside a tree or river today and feel Her, will you? Remember Who is truly there! She is SACRED, far more than we know. And let’s take care of Her now, picking up that trash we walk over every day, not poisoning our grass and plants and air any more, instead, nurturing and blessing Her for Mothering that’s as deep as the ocean, as wide as the sky, older than the mountains, and as tender as the petals of roses.

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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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