Archive for January, 2014

Blessings & Life

It’s been a week or more since I have sat down long enough to do any sort of work with my Goddess 365.  I might have to go back and do some extra work to get to know the goddesses I’ve missed.  Life has been interesting and rather busy as of late.

The puppy is growing up and in that means lots of play time, puppy time and now we have started her puppy training as well.  Weekends have been extremely busy and filled with things to do and almost desperate “do nothing” for a few hours just for peace.  Work is steadily keeping me busy and it’s nice to not be super behind for a change, despite a head cold that got in the way. All in all I cannot be the least bit upset about the turns and twists of life this year.  I am growing and evolving as a Priestess, a woman, a friend, a wife, a human.

As the first day back in my Goddess 365 project, today we work with a Chilean goddess of the moon, Auchimalgen.  She protects us from all evils and disasters that lie in wait for the coming month.  Her themes then are protection and blessing with her symbols being silver, water, lunar items, white flowers.  As a goddess of protection and blessings, Ms. Telesco offers us the exercise to count our blessings and give thanks for them.  Today I will burn jasmine incense and keep a candle lit today.  Throughout today on my facebook I will give thanks for various things individually to spread my blessings to others around me. Screen Shot 2014-01-22 at 8.41.35 AM

My affirmation card for today is the Hanged One with affirmation “My sacrifice will strengthen my devotion to the divine and deepen my compassion for all things”.  As a part of my blessings for today I will offer randomly something of myself to people in sacrifice and thanks for my blessings.  I will spread my blessings this way.  In doing this I welcome Auchimalgen and honor my connections around the world.

Posted on 22 January '14 by , under Affirmations, Goddesses, Growth, Life, Spirituality, Tarot, Training. 2 Comments.

Change on the horizon

mielikkiMy weekend was pretty rough.  I did not get a chance to do my Goddess 365 work at all.  I was either too busy or too tired from being too busy.  I will have to figure out how to make it work on weekends. *laugh*

Today’s goddess is Mielikki, a Finnish goddess of game, hunting and the forest.  She protects our resources during the remaining cold season by keeping our pantry filled.  As the Goddess of Abundant Grain, she also encourages the return of fertility to Earth.  Additional research shows that she is also quite adept at healing.  While her domain is that of the woodlands and nature, she is quite willing to help humans, who know enough to ask for her aid.

Her themes are providence and change with the symbols of the bear, grain and woodland plants.  Today Ms. Telesco gives us an exercise to encourage resource blessings & preservation.

Go into your kitchen and get a small handful of any grain-based cereal.  Take this outside and release a pinch of it to the Earth, saying,

“Mielikki, see this grain and bless, return to Earth in fruitfulness.
Hear the prayer that fills my heart; to my home providence impart.”

Take the remaining pinch back into the house and store it in an airtight container, symbolically preserving your resources.

Star-Aff-CardI think rather than doing this what I will do is take a handful of bread bits and rice krispies (it’s the only cereal in the house).  I will take this outside and add it to the compost area in our backyard to feed the birds and bless my yard with fertility.  I will take a pinch of this and store it until Imbolc in a baggie, I will take another pinch of it and consume it.  The blessing I will recite: “Mielikki,  I call to you in times of change and cold, Of my home and hearth I ask for healing and providence.  May your wisdom guide us.”

Today’s affirmation card is the Star.  Aptly drawn this morning with some challenges that popped up over the weekend and with the guidance of Mielikki I may preserve the situation.  The affirmation is “I am always growing with wisdom and spiritual knowledge”.  I’ve many challenges to overcome today so I am modifying this to “My wisdom grows and through it I share my knowledge with others”.   It is not quite right but it will serve for today.

Posted on 13 January '14 by , under Affirmations, Goddesses, Spirituality, Tarot. No Comments.

Peace & Reconciliation

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Today’s Goddess focus is Irene.  She is a Greek Goddess of Peace, Cooperation and Reconciliation with the symbols of a peace sign, gates & entryways and the color white for it’s purity and peaceful intentions.  Irene is daughter of Zeus and one of the three who preside together over matters of peace, order and justice.  The Horae guarded the gates of Mt. Olympus to ensure that all who passed had good-intentioned hearts.  Offerings to Irene were always bloodless, in honor of her amicable energy.
Peace is something that we can all use a little more of and it begins in our own hearts, homes and backyards.  Ms. Telesco offers a simple charm for welcoming the harmony and peace into your heart and hearth.  On a piece of white paper draw a peace sign, folded three times saying “Order – never cease, Justice – release, let there be peace”.  Place this somewhere safe in your home so Irene’s gentle warmth can fill your words and actions all year.  Today wear white as a reminder to approach each situation with peace in your heart and to practice mindfulness in your actions and words.

My card for today is the Devil with the affirmation “Facing my inner demons brings me closer to my authentic Self”.  I think with today’s focus on Irene this can be re-worded a bit to continue the theme.  “I face my inner demons with mindfulness, I learn and grow more peaceful and harmonic with my highest good”

Posted on 10 January '14 by , under Affirmations, Goddesses, Spirituality, Tarot, Training. No Comments.

Gemstone Spotlight ~ Bismuth

Bismuth Crystals are often "lab grown" and have the most amazing colors and formations.  | Courtesy Sacred Mists Shoppe www.sacredmists.com

Bismuth Crystals are often “lab grown” and have the most amazing colors and formations. | Courtesy Sacred Mists Shoppe www.sacredmists.com

Bismuth forms crystals in formations like steps or pyramids due to an accelerated growth at the outside edges. The fantastic rainbow colors are due to oxidation on the surface. Natural crystals of this quality are rare, most available are laboratory grown.  While they may be “lab grown”, this does not diminish the energies of the mineral or it’s use in spiritual practices.

When used in a spiritual practice bismuth can help remove the blocks that we place in our path allowing for the relief of isolation, facilitating the feeling of connectedness and serenity.  If you are feeling disconnected from the world around you, your friends, family; bismuth is the mineral to help you work on that reconnection.  Place a piece of bismuth on your altar before a meditation and visualize yourself before the bismuth with your friends and family at the base of the bismuth formation and you at the top.  Visualize you stepping down the formation and as you reach them the connections renewed.

Bismuth is useful when experiencing change, providing for calmness, vitality and orderliness.

Posted on 9 January '14 by , under Gemstones, Sacred Mists, Training. No Comments.

Perception & Awareness

Working within the 365 Goddess book has been interesting thus far and today’s Goddess is Jana.  Her theme’s are Lunar Energy and Perception with her symbols being the Moon, Silver or shiny items.  Jana is a Roman goddess, whose name means “luminous sky,” as we continue working in Goddess energy this year we are extending our insight and awareness and move ahead.  She is strongly associated with Juno & Diana.  Her traditional offerings include wine, incense and barley.

To get her attention and assistance today wear a piece of silver jewelry (or silver-toned) or silver colored clothing.  Ms. Telesco offers this working in her book:

For increased discernment to guide your actions in the months ahead, go outside with a silver-toned coin.  Hold this coin to the moon, saying:

Jana, through the darkness and through the day,
Light my path and guide my way.

Carry this token with you, touch it, recite the incantation anytime you feel your judgement wavering.

moonI pulled, fascinatingly the Moon card for my affirmation card today which reads “I use my intuition & intelligence to guide me at all times”.  Today, as the moon waxes to full I will invoke lunar energies throughout the day.  It’s overcast here today so the sky is filled with gray.  I am wearing light gray pants today for my silver clothing and will wear a silver necklace or ring as well.  My goals for today’s working will be simple and hopefully felt across through to my friends.  Tonight into the fire a gray piece of paper will be tossed.  I will write and weave in a web format (I’ve found that working with spells in this way is most fascinating and will have to write about it later) a blessing of peace and healing by the light of the moon with a weaving of awareness to events and blessings in our every day lives.  The wording will be figured into the web itself.  Once it’s completed I will visualize with a cone of Arabian Jasmine Incense burning then throw the paper into the fireplace.

To further facilitate the energies that Jana offers, I will work with my intuition throughout the day and weave peaceful lunar energies into every keystroke and phone call.  May you find the blessings of Jana in your day and the light of the moon comforting.

Posted on 9 January '14 by , under Affirmations, Goddesses, Spirituality, Tarot. No Comments.

A goddess of birth called to a childfree ~ Eieithyia

Depiction Eileithyia aiding in the birth of Athena

Depiction Eileithyia aiding in the birth of Athena

Today’s Goddess is going to be a bit of a challenge for me.  Today we work with Eieithyia, who is a Goddess of Birth.    Her symbols are birth, children, creativity and fertility with symbols of a torch and white flowers.

According to some myth, she was the midwife of the gods and even birthed EOS, the creative force behind all things.  When her hands were closed, birth was delayed.  When she opened her body, a child arrived effortlessly.

As a childfree woman this is going to take a bit of creativity (ha!  see what I did there) to work with her.  Historically I have never been able to really connect much with the energy of a Goddess of Birth, mother energy and mother goddesses sure but specific to birth has always been difficult for me.  In order to work with her and welcome her energies, I am going to reach for her creativity and birthing of a new idea or goal.  The goal I have in mind, will remain mine alone but will be worked into a bit of magick today.  I have some white lotus incense and some white mums that I can use for the spell work.Tarot_Lovers_Affirmationsfortheeverdaygoddess

My affirmation card for today is the Lovers.  The affirmation is “I see the Divine in myself reflected in another”.  Decidedly this affirmation does not work for me so I shall re-write it.  “I am connected through the Divine to those around me and honor them through sharing my light and love” .  Not my best affirmation but it gets across what I am hoping for today.

Posted on 8 January '14 by , under Affirmations, Goddesses, Sacred Mists, Spirituality, Tarot, Training. No Comments.

Gemstone Spotlight ~ Astrophyllite

Astrophyllite Wand image courtesy Sacred Mists Shoppe | www.sacredmists.com

Astrophyllite Wand image courtesy Sacred Mists Shoppe | www.sacredmists.com

Astrophyllite can assist in the activation of the entire chakra column and assists the body in resonating with a full spectrum of Light Energy.  It can further assist in the acceptance and working with the shadow self and is one of the gemstones on my list of to obtain.  I originally saw this stone when doing gemstone shopping for work and researched it to write the info on it for the SM Shoppe.  I researched in The Book of Stones and online and am absolutely in love with the synchronicity that this stone can bring into life.

Astrophyllite is a complex mineral that forms in bladed crystals,which often appear as starbursts.  The starbursts are most often a coppery bronze but can also be golden yellow with some bluish tones.

This is a fantastic gemstone ally for navigating in the astral realms.  It can help achieve the state of lucidity where one can make choices for purposeful actions.

The famous words of the Oracle at Delphi, “know thyself”, might be the concentrated message of Astrophyllite.  It can reveal the hidden pattern of one’s divine blueprint or purpose in this life, if one is willing to work with it a while, in a meditative state.  If you carry or wear this mineral, pay close attention to the “random” events that happen in your life and see the synchronicities to assist in determining your focus as it is unveiled to you by the Universe.

 

Posted on 7 January '14 by , under Gemstones, Sacred Mists. No Comments.

Weaving with Arachne

Arachne from Manga Soul Eater by Ephirel on Deviant Art http://ephirel.deviantart.com/art/Arachne-91938151

Arachne from Manga Soul Eater by Ephirel on Deviant Art http://ephirel.deviantart.com/art/Arachne-91938151

Oh how the spiders taunt me.  For those of you who do not know, I am terrified of spiders.  Not only that but you know I can get a full day’s cardio in seconds if I walk through a spider web…you know what I mean that arm waving and dancing that happens when you walk into a web unknowingly.  When we moved into the house we are currently renting I noticed the abundance of spiders in the yard and on the lattice work above where our patio chairs rest and well was alarmed.  They are simple house spiders and I believe some orb weavers or whatever; however, I am still terrified.  I sat outside one day and one landed on my chair.  I looked at it and said aloud, “Listen, get off my leg, stay off my person, my chair and out of the house and you can live.  The moment you enter the house or get on my body it’s war and you will die”.  This of course was a big deal for me and something I never thought I’d agree to.  I’ve maintained this bargain for the last year.  I’ve even let one spider that was in the house, live.

Arachne’s themes are weaving and destiny…her symbols the web, spinning wheel and needle.  She is the Greek spider goddess, inspiring positive changes in your destiny for the new year.  Myth tells us that Arachne challenged Athena to a weaving contest and won.  In anger, Athena destroyed the girl’s tapestry.  Grief-stricken, she took her destiny into her own hands and turned herself into a spider where she continues to use her weaving talents to spin the patterns & lives of mortals.  Of course this is only one version of the myth surrounding the tapestry.  January 7 marks Saint Distaff’s Day in Europe which is a made up fictional patroness of weaving to mark the resumption of normal life after the holidays.  Instead of honoring this fictional character, today I work with Arachne to help us take our fate into our own hands.

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This is rather appropriate that Ms. Telesco chose this Goddess for today as I begin truly working with this book and calling the Goddess energy into my life more.  It is suggested that you wear something woven today.  Appropriately enough, I was given a beautiful woven scarf from my good friend Leona for Yule and I will wear that today in honor of Arachne.  I don’t have any clothing that needs repaired or anything of that sort so in addition to the scarf I will be weaving some magick.  I will draw on a piece of gray color magick sizzling spell paper a web.  Each line of the web will carry my intention of growth, strength, prosperity, spirit, success.  I will appeal to Arachne to help guide me as I take my destiny into my own hands for this year then I will burn my paper carrying the intention to the universe for manifestation.

Today for my Affirmation card I have pulled the High Priest.  Again another appropriately lined up affirmation card with the Goddess of today.  The affirmation for this card is “I am transcendent of time and space.”    In my paper journal I wrote this a little differently this morning but the more I consider and write the more I feel the words should be changed yet again.  “A being of light and love, my spirit transcends time and space.  I weave my love and light in each word and action.  I create an expanded path woven into the strands of my life.”  Yes I think that works nicely.

Posted on 7 January '14 by , under Affirmations, Goddesses, Growth, Spirituality, Training, Wicca. No Comments.

Inviting Kore

A Greek sculpture of Kore approximately 500 BC.

A Greek sculpture of Kore approximately 500 BC.

The themes of Kore is that of youthful energy, luck and cycles according to Patricia Telesco in the book 365 Goddess: A daily guide to the magic and inspiration of the Goddess.  Her symbols are coins, flower buds, the pomegranate, the number seven and corn.

Kore is an aspect of Persephone before her marriage to Hades and motivates good fortune as well as an affinity to the Earth’s cycles.  She is often depicted as a young maiden with fresh and clear skin, long hair, and a peplos.  She is the embodiment of the Maiden of the triune Goddess (Maiden, Mother, Crone).  She is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, renowned for her beauty.  In the myth of Persephone and Hades, he is taken by her beauty and abducts her to the underworld where she ultimately ate a seed of the pomegranate (a fruit of the underworld) and cannot be returned to the world of the “living” full time as she is now a part of the underworld.

It is believed that this myth, as told is a personification of the vegetative cycles where in Spring life shoots forth from the underworld through the Earth and blooms and blossoms into the fruits and vegetation to sustain life then retreats back to the underworld in the fall and winter, following the cycle of Persephone’s return to her husband Hades in the underworld.

My new leather journal cover and today's affirmation card

My new leather journal cover and today’s affirmation card

Today is the Festival of Kore in Greece, where traditionally images of Kore are carried around the temple seven times for victory, protection and good fortune.  As this seems a bit excessive, in addition to my daily affirmation card I will be honoring Kore by visualizing the blessing of the Maiden upon my home seven times throughout the day filling my home with energy colored in my mind’s eye as those of the dawn to bring luck, prosperity and the energy of spring.  Another thing I will be doing will be incorporating corn into our meal and after my shower this evening, I will be using my pomegranate lotion.  The intention here is to invite Kore into my day completely and in all ways from energy, to sustenance and beauty.

Yesterday I was able to spend time with my friend and circle-mate Pam Littlebird.  We exchanged Yule gifts and sat about chatting and catching up now that the “crazy season” is over for everyone.  One of the gifts she got for me is a lovely hand-tooled and embellished leather journal cover that has the three graces on it.  The timing is of course rather perfect and I shall be using it for writing my thoughts down as I work through this project as well.

My affirmation card for today is Judgement.  The original affirmation re-written to incorporate it into the theme of today is now “I awaken all aspects of my life

Posted on 6 January '14 by , under Affirmations, Goddesses. No Comments.

Gemstone Spotlight ~ Ametrine

Ametrine Point image courtesy Sacred Mists. www.sacredmists.com

Ametrine Point image courtesy Sacred Mists. www.sacredmists.com

Ametrine is a combination of Amethyst and Citrine in the same stone. It is simply stunning and a harmonious blend of the two stone energies.  This stone is absolutely amazing and on my list of “to own”.  In general it is found to be a lighter variety than pictured often in lavender colored amethyst and light yellow citrine fused or ribboned in it.

Amethyst stimulates the crown chakra, it is protective to your auric field, purifying of your energies and uplifting to the spirit. It can help in the letting go of bad habits and addictions. Citrine is a stone known for enhancing mental clarity, creativity and will.

With these traits in mind, the blending of the two makes this a highly beneficial stone to keep at your desk or in your workspace. Ametrine will help the mind stay clear, creative, energetic and on task. Other benefits of ametrine include overcoming of fear of action or fear of progress, overcoming of self-sabatoge and procrastination, developing a sense of your personal power and potential. It has also been called a stone of the muses in conjunction with your creative energies and reaching out for divine inspiration, guidance and such.

The ametrine point pictured left is a one of a kind available at the Sacred Mists Shoppe.  This stone has simply stunning energy and is on my own personal wishlist.  The fusion of these two energies together is divine and inspiring.

Posted on 5 January '14 by , under Gemstones. No Comments.