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Never alone…

Wallpaper found on Wallisty

Wallpaper found on Wallisty

Even in our darkest hours we are never truly alone.  If you open your heart, you will feel the support surrounding you.  I have a vision, it’s a simple one but mine nevertheless.  I want to share my experiences, I want to learn more and help those who have walked the path in the dark, thinking they were alone for far too long and offer them support and more.

This is my vision: In my this work I will combine my Priestesshood with the counseling of those who have depression or similar disorders. For years we fight alone and without the support that can be garnered by community and our Priesthood. As a result of this solitude, we often encounter fear, self-loathing and the impression we are weak. None of this is the case. I plan to bring counseling and tools to the Sacred Mists community to help my brothers and sisters, which suffer from the multitude of depressive disorders. This will be done through community, counseling and helping to provide quality information and tools to work within spirit and with both western and eastern medicinal traditions for healing. I will accomplish this through research, training and outreach.

I am in the infant phases of this at the present.  I am doing the exploration right now to determine the need and desire for this very thing.  In this exploration I see potential services to be offered:

  • Community Support via closed forum for privacy
  • IM support/counseling
  • Phone support/counseling
  • Spell work support with counseling
  • Reiki, Spell work, Meditation support with counseling

Some of these services will be free of charge, others will carry a moderate fee for time and materials (where applicable).  This of course will be offered on a sliding scale for folks who need the support but just cannot afford it.  I am also considering doing this with a pay it forward aspect to it so that if you cannot afford it, with an agreement to make a love donation in the future for someone who needs it but cannot afford it, I will do the work free of charge.  I’m still working out the logistics in my head and exploring the coursework that I will be taking to make this a realization.  There will be a lot of research on my end as well as some psychology coursework.

In the end I think this can be great.  Does this sound interesting to you?  Please comment here on the blog with your thoughts and any questions.  Do not reply on facebook please! 🙂

Posted on 26 February '15 by , under Dark Night, Depression + Spiritual Counseling, Growth, Sacred Mists, Training, Wicca. 2 Comments.

Animal Magick – Working with Dragonfly

DragonflyI’m continuing the thread of sharing a bit about my personal power animals and the journey’s to discover them.  I previously mentioned that I worked with Marisol for many years  in her capacity as Shaman and guide for journey.  When I first began working with animal energies I had no idea that my attraction to certain animals was an indicator of having them as a power animal.  I have loved dragonflies for many years and they have allowed me to get extremely close to them for messages and for pictures over the years. The picture to the left is a prime example of that closeness.  I was using a 18-50mm lens on my Nikon D70.

When I first began the journey of course I was worried that I would find nothing at the lower world.  I understand that this is a fairly common thing along with the “I imagined the whole thing”.  During my first journey I met my primary power animals which are Dragonfly, White Peacock and Black Panther.  Surprisingly the black panther made itself known during the journey first.  He’s a cool cat but we will talk about him tomorrow or Friday.  Today I wanted to talk about Dragonfly.

Dragonfly is all about transformation and adaptability.  It carries the  wisdom of  working within the always present change in life while finding a lightness of spirit and joy in life.  Dragonfly ultimately “ruled” by two elements in water and air.  Nymphs begin life in water and ultimately take flight.  They breed and live where water is found.

When dragonfly shows up, it is a sign that change is coming or it is time to adapt and change something in your life.  As dragonfly is a constant companion for me, I am always aware of the balance I receive when near the water and the sea air.  There is joy to be had here that I cannot find anywhere else.  In the breeze I find that trials are whisked away, in the water I find myself cleansed and able to work with the emotions and things set before me.

Do you feel stuck in life, does the joy of those around you seem to slip through your hands?  If you are needing change, call upon the dragonfly to help facilitate transformation within your life.  The connection to the natural world through dragonfly is quite amazing.  Today I am calling forth my dragonfly with this mini-spell.

*light a candle of choice – I am using a blue spell candle
Ripples of water moving gently from the breeze,
Calling forth dragonfly
Three by Three
Joyous growth be at ease
Calling forth dragonfly
Three by Three
Transformative light holding the keys
Calling forth dragonfly
So Mote It Be.

Once the candle extinguishes itself I will make an offering in my backyard to bring forward the changes I am manifesting in my life.

Posted on 5 November '14 by , under Animal Magick, Power Animals, Spirituality, Training. No Comments.

It’s Elemental – Water

Water Elemental by Javi Ure

Water Elemental by Javi Ure

There is something to be said for having an accountability partner in writing.  It is keeping me “honest” with writing everyday and working out subjects together can be quite awesome. 🙂  To me it’s always a wonderful thing but when life gets in the way and you miss a day?  Ugh!  Do you want to see her writings too?  Be sure to visit her on her Witches Diary.  If you like, we’d love to have you join us! Want a witches diary as well?  Just contact me and I will set it up for you!

I missed writing yesterday, I did the work but never got a chance to get to the laptop to write about it.  The day was quite good in the way it all worked out and sometimes computer free days are nice. 🙂  As I continue working through the elements, yesterday was Water.

Water is a great balancer for me.  When I am feeling “too hot” or in general off kilter Water always balances me right out.  So what does water control?  Well there are a lot of thoughts here rolling around.  The body is comprised of a majority water and “liquid” cells.  Water lubricates.  Water is the giver of life, without it we could not survive.  Water is emotion, fluid and joyous.  As with the previous two exercises I used my absorption method from my First Degree training at Sacred Mists.

Absorbing Water:
Close your eyes. See yourself sitting calmly near a body of water. Nothing exists but you and the water, enter the water. Feel the weight of the water around you. See how the water moves with each breath you take. Breathe deeply, water does not become agitated , but appears to be swirling gently around you. It is creating a circle of water around you. Know that you are safe in this circle of water. The water cannot harm you, but is protecting you. Nothing exists but you and the circle of water which has surrounded you.

Continue breathing deeply, with each breath you are being filled with the Element, you are breathing in the element itself. Slowly the Element begins filling your being. Count each breath in, Keep this count, see this as a bead, how many breaths does it take for Element to fill your being? Remember this number. The characteristics of Element have filled your being. What does it feel like to be filled with water? Where does the water not move cleanly through you Where does it become broken, where does it not exist or swirl too quickly? See these areas and what they correspond to. Mentally and emotionally allow the Element to help repair the damage and the Element will exist evenly and throughout.

Once your Element is flowing evenly and steadily, you are ready to project that element back out of your being.

Continue breathing evenly. With each breath you project a bead of Water. You will project the same number of beads of the element that you breathed in. With each exhalation of the element you remain balanced with this Element.

From the base exercise (above) I made even more modifications today.  I was out and about doing my weekend walk with my husband and pups along the waterfront & ferry terminal.  Due to the hustle and bustle about me I made this a little shorter of an exercise.  I took a few moments of “me” stretch time and sat along the guard rails while they walked on ahead.  I closed my eyes and breathed in the water of the Bay.  The water here is a little different than I am used to so the inner buoyancy that I received was significantly more.  My emotions bobbed up and down with each breath and soon I was completely filled up to the brim.  The emotions floated in this water and slowly became saturated.  They were “weighed” down so that they were more palpable and easier to work with.  As I ended this exercise I breathed out the water in the same breaths as in.  When it was all left I felt cleansed, balanced and blissful in heart.

Would I do it this way again? Yes I think so.  It might have been a little more effective than previously done in fresh water baths and pools.  I felt peaceful and delighted and remained that way for the rest of the day.

Posted on 27 October '14 by , under Elements, Life, meditation, Sacred Mists, Spirituality, Training, Wicca. No Comments.

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.

Peace & Reconciliation

RainyDay

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.

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.

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.

HighPriest-EverydayAffCard

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.

Goddess 365

Dryad Design's "Venus" inspired by the Willendorf figurine.

Dryad Design’s “Venus” inspired by the Willendorf figurine.

As a part of a new daily practice, my good friend and soul sister Dierna and I, will be doing together Goddess 365.  We will be starting a week late, naturally.  This will be in part due to the holidays and she’s sick and well I’ve just not had time or made time to get started.

So what exactly is Goddess 365?  It’s a daily practice to bring divine inspiration and guidance into your life.  The book 365 Goddess: A Daily Guide To the Magic and Inspiration of the Goddess, is written by Patricia Telesco.  I have my copy on Kindle and kindle app on my laptop.  The book is laid out in an easy manner to provide the reader with themes, symbols and how to honor the particular Goddess on that day.  Ms. Telesco encourages readers to peek ahead and adapt the contents so that they will work for you.  She writes in the helpful hints: “As you undertake each activity, recognize that you already have the Goddess’s potential inside you.  The exercises only augment and activate that potential.  So, even if you do not have the exact components suggest, you have the most important ingredient for successful magick — you.”

In the layout, as mentioned, there is a Goddess for every day set as a sample construct for keeping the year filled with Goddess energy.  Dierna and I, will begin this yearly journey by starting on January 6th.  I have looked ahead to see what we will be starting with and it is Kore.  Somehow this seemed very appropriate to me for us to begin with her.  I have not yet decided if the Goddess 365 writing will be separate from the Affirmations but somehow I believe I will be tying them together each morning as this feels right for me.  If Dierna starts a blog for her writing during this process I will of course link to it so you can see our differing approaches as we walk down this pathway together.

Posted on 4 January '14 by , under Goddesses, Growth, Spirituality, Training. 5 Comments.

Gemstone Spotlight: Selenite ~ Light Bringer

A Selenite Tower looms in the background where my broken Light Bringer Athame rests in the front with a Gilded Spring Candle burning.

A Selenite Tower looms in the background where my broken Light Bringer Athame rests in the front with a Gilded Spring Candle burning.

The word Selenite comes from the Greek “Selenites”, meaning “moon stone” or “moon rock”, with the root word “Selene” meaning “Moon”, and for good reason – the mineral Selenite is the near transparent and colorless crystal form of Gypsum that exudes a pearly luster which glows and can very much resemble the moon.  The Greek Goddess of the Moon is named Selene,  Selenite contains feminine energy and is often used to connect and commune with the Divine, most specifically the goddess energy or that of the feminine divine.

Selenite opens, quickly, the third eye and crown chakra with an intensity that if  you point a selenite wand to your third eye, the energy it sends can feel like a gust of wind going through your forehead and out the crown.  Now that’s an impressive image to cleanse out, open and activate the upper chakras removing those cobwebs.  In my own practice I use selenite to cleanse my aura.  To do this I will hold a piece of selenite wand (I have a broken Light Bringer Athame from the SM Shoppe – the style we had break easily so we discontinued them until we find a better cut for these beautiful pieces) in my right hand, which is my projecting hand, and leave my left empty.  Standing, I will slowly “smudge” my energy (about 4 or 5 inches away from my body) by using my right hand to weave through the energy.  I will do this three times to ensure that I have removed all the ‘dirt’ from my energy.

Selenite can lift your awareness to higher planes, which will help facilitate meeting with your spirit guides and to receive communication from them.

An affirmation you could use when working with selenite could be “My higher self moves together with my waking self, I am awakened to receive clear messages and am one with the light”.

 

Posted on 23 January '13 by , under Gemstones, Spirituality, Training. 2 Comments.