And so, we begin again. The turning of the calendar year comes with a collective turning towards transformation and boy! it’s time for that! However, true transformation takes us to an uncomfortable edge that we may want to back away from - this is the ego’s way of maintaining safety and security in the known.Read More
Be forewarned and prepared, this full moon may be emotionally and psychically intense! But have no fear, She’s got you and She will carry you into the new year with a Fierce Love.Read More
After three days of Winter Solstice, we celebrate the return of the light - the birth of a child-like spirit brightening the way ahead.Read More
“To Know the Dark” by Wendell Berry
To go in the dark with a light is to know the light.
To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight,
and find that the dark, too, blooms and sings,
and is traveled by dark feet and dark wings.
Can you track a moment that awakened you to your soul’s purpose and completely shifted your trajectory? Do you live in a way that honors that pivotal moment?Read More
Earlier this week i was having a conversation with a sister from the priestess path i walk, and she said a phrase that i fell in love with: “the magical mundane”. She saw magic in the changing colors of the leaves and the mountains rising above and around her. She felt connected to something greater, higher, deeper. She rediscovered her innate wisdom.Read More
This is the last of our Samhain series as we are quickly being ushered towards Yule. The presence of the Mother - Holy, Blessed, Beloved, Divine - is here among us. One form of Her is the Black Madonna. She is the Dark Mother of the Golden Child. She came in quite strongly for me just before Samhain, and She was with me through the 22 hours of labor with Taliesin. I feel Her here, still. She carries each one of us in Her womb through the dark half of the year, nourishing our Dreams and bringing them forth to and for this Earth.Read More
This is such a beautiful time of year. We have moved through the Samhain portal and are on the Otherside with Thanksgiving just days away.
Wherever you are, whatever you do, whoever you’re with, step slightly outside the circle of activity for just a moment. Slow down. Take a few deep breaths and be the One Who Watches. Observe your surroundings with all senses - sight, touch, smell, taste, sound - bring it all in. Savor the moment and put it in your memory box.Read More
(excerpt from the “Bewitching Samhain 2017 Guidebook” inspired by the Samhain Season of 2017)
Samhain is a time of divination - seeing beyond normal perception into the Great Mystery. There are many forms of divination: tarot, runes, pendulums, divining wands, crystals, bird flight and more. Dreaming is one of your most innate forms of divination on this journey of embodiment because they come through you and live in you. You’ll need nothing but your Whole Self.Read More
We are at the midpoint of the Samhain season - a season that brings us into intimacy with the Mysteries of Death and Rebirth. As we enter deeper into the darkness, we may experience the radiance that pulses within.
(excerpt from the “Bewitching Samhain 2017 Guidebook” inspired by the Samhain Season of 2017)Read More
“If you come into your soul-rhythm, then the final meeting with your physical death need not be threatening or destructive. That final meeting will be the encounter with your own deepest identity, namely, your soul…Your death can be a wonderfully creative event opening you up to embrace the divine that always lived secretly inside you.” (John O’Donohue, Anam Cara)Read More
...In being fully here, we are fully human, fully divine. This way of living requires a bold strength and sweet surrender as it goes against conventional complacency. It asks us to show up even when we don’t want to. It takes us beneath the surface distractions that are running rampant. It can be quite radical in that it calls us to no longer deny our heart’s desires and to find a way forward even with a broken heart...Read More
Burn how you will burn.
Take what you will take.
Blow how you will blow.
Teach how you will teach.
And we will learn as you burn.
And we will grow as you blow.
For those who have been affected by the fires, floods, winds, quakes, shootings and wars, i pray that you are able to find solace in Home, wherever and however it may be for you. The white ash falling on my arm as i write - remnants of homes burned to the ground by the wildfires in northern California - remind me of what once was and is now nothing but a memory. May the memories of yesterday and hopes for tomorrow, however poignant, keep you going.Read More
(inspired by the need to remember kindness)
When the heart shatters from terror and tragedy…there is a time to take refuge in the Heart - yours and mine and ours. And, there is a time to take a deep breath, bolster our inner strength and Act.
We will overcome these acts of violence with acts of kindness. It is not random. It is not by pure, unavoidable chance. It is choice and we are all, in some way, responsible for this current state of the world - the outer reflects the inner.
In these times, remember. Remember, you are here for a reason. Remember, you are not a victim. Remember, you have a choice as to how you respond - you/we are response-able.
Remember, also, to tend your bodies - physical, emotional, mental and spiritual - with immense self care. Go into nature with your cell phone off or better, consciously left inside. Speak your prayers to the trees. There is a time for tuning into the current news, and a time for tuning into the eternal Source.
So, as much as possible, be clear about the choices you make and how you direct your life force energy. Choose your thoughts, words and actions. Also, forgive yourself when in retrospect, you can see where you might have done better, more or differently…Be kind to your precious heart.
As in so many cases, John O’Donohue's words are fuller and deeper than the hollows, cracks and voids carved from the wounds of horrifying experiences. May these words extracted from his essay, “Kindness: The First Gift,” comfort you and give you hope:
“There is a kindness that dwells deep down in things it presides everywhere, often in the places we least expect. The world can be harsh and negative, but if we remain generous and patient, kindness inevitably reveals itself.”
“Kindness strikes a resonance with the depths of your own heart; it also suggests your vulnerability, though somehow exposed, is not taken advance of; rather, it has become an occasion for dignity and empathy. Kindness casts a different light, an evening light that has the depth of color and patience to illuminate what is complex and rich in difference.”
“Despite all the darkness, human hope is based on the instinct that at the deepest level of reality some intimate kindness holds sway. This is the heart of blessing. To believe in blessing is to believe that our being here, our very presence in the world, is itself the first gift, the primal blessing.”
Descend from thinking mind into the heart of blessing. Arrive fully here in the poignancy of this life, for being here is so much, and it requires all of us.
In Love & Kindness,
* The Guided Meditation this week brings us into the heart of blessing. May it soothe your soul, and not only yours, but those around you in infinite circles of blessings. Posted for the Beauty, Love & Magic Makers on Patreon soon.
The balance has shifted. We are in the afterglow of the Mabon (Autumn Equinox) - the second harvest. The work is strong and requires much of us. And the rest is coming just beyond the ninth wave.Read More
(inspired by the Virgo New Moon of 2017)
In a culture filled with images and videos, it’s easier now than ever to look outside and compare ourselves to who and what we see out there. Humans often feel lonely for other people, and we seek validation from "them" that we are doing okay. We forgo the simple, beautiful, lovely and magical things in favor of mindless scrolling.Read More
Stability is contrary to this entropic universe. There is no box of safety where everything remains steady, reliable, known. Nothing is concrete. Nature breaks up and through even the most solid structures.Read More
Last week i wrote a piece about seeking opportunities to fail brilliantly. This week, the musings on “failure” continued into the realm of interpersonal relationships.Read More
The Sun is now in Virgo (as of 3:20pm on Tuesday, August 22). Get with the transformation program, she says. Show up with integrity, she says. Organize your shit, she says. See through the lies, she says.Read More