69. Mystical Musing: The Magical Mundane

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. 

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68. Mystical Musing: The Black Madonna

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.

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67. Mystical Musing: Pause, Feel, Remember

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.  

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66. Mystical Musing: Dreaming as Divination

(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.

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63. mystical musing: Hold the Center

...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... 

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61. mystical musing: Home Sweet Home

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.

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60. mystical musing: Remember Kindness

(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.

58. mystical musing: What Matters

(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. 

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