Shop update and Tarot show

First up! The shop has been updated. I managed to poke the technology and now my quote art is up. Please check it out! Each listing gives you 2 versions of the same image, one in cooler tones and one in warmer tones.

In other news, if you are in the Madison area, the Public Library will be hosting an event you may want to check out. The Bubbler will have a show of Tarot Art work. Its opening is on the same night as another event, and it looks like they will have tarot inspired things to do. If you are looking for something to do on a Friday night in April, you should head on out and check it out. I can’t wait to see what everyone created for their Tarot Cards. Each artist had a card picked for them and they had enough artists participate that 2 tarot decks were used. That is 144 cards for those who aren’t sure…

 

 

Warrior Meditation

I used this meditation on the new moon. I wrote it in my ritual space and then shared it with my friends in circle. Feel free to use it in your rituals, I just ask that if you are sharing or posting about it then please credit my blog.

Set up your sacred space in whatever manner works best for you. We placed scarves over our heads and everyone got comfortable on the ground. Pause where you need to in the meditation to give more time for each step.

Feel yourself relax into the floor. Visualize roots coming out of your body and working their way deep into the earth. Let your roots reach down to the core of mama earth. Feel her dark, moist, energy. Pull some of that up into your body, let it soak into your skin and fill you with cool earth energy.

Reach up to the sky and find the warm, bright sky energy. Send branches up from your body and connect with the sky. Pull some of that warm, light energy down into your body. Let it soak into your skin and fill you.

Swirl the earth and sky energy around in your body. You are connected above and below.

Now that you are full of that energy, visualize yourself in your safe place. You are comfortable there, you are safe. Relax into your space.

After a short while a guide appears in front of you. This guide may be a person, an animal, some sort of other being. You know you are safe with them. They are here to help you on your journey.

They lead you out into the darkness. The darkness turns into a path and it leads you through a forest. You can hear the quiet sounds of birds and the wind. Even though it is dark, your guide is able to help you down the path without issue.

The path leads you out of the trees and onto a beach. The sky is dark above you, and the lake is large. The water softly laps at the shoreline. With no moon out the stars twinkling above are the only light.

Your guide gently pulls you down the beach and you follow. Ahead you see a large bonfire. You head towards it and sit down in the cool sand in the ring of light. The flames are bright and warm and the crackling fire is soothing. You breathe deeply and relax.

A small table appears next to you and on it are many jars and bottles. Each one holds a different colored powder or creamy paint. Your guide pulls a mirror out and holds it up for you. You gaze at your reflection and your guide whispers to you “It is time to prepare” They explain to you that this is face paint. Warrior paint. You reach for a bottle and you open it. Your fingers seem to know what to do and they dip in and begin to paint your symbols on your face.

The symbols you put on your skin are yours. Your power symbols that remind you of the warrior within. Your guide speaks to you as you prepare and may warn you of challenges upcoming, or give advice on how to handle a situation. You listen and paint. As your fingers glide over your skin you know you are strong. You are fierce, powerful and beautiful. You are a warrior and you can do anything.

You finish up and stare at your reflection. Memorize your symbols. They are sacred to you. The paint on your skin begins to soak in and vanish from sight. You know it is there. When you need it you can call it out. You know that no matter what comes you have the strength, the power, the abilities to do whatever you  need to do.  You can handle anything.

Your guide nods and tucks the mirror away. You stand, stretch and feel the power within you. The fire begins to die down and dim. Your guide leads you back to the water’s edge and you stare out over the dark water. Once again you think of your symbols and feel them under your skin. Filled with your strength and power you turn and head back to the path.

Your guide leads you through the forest and back to your safe space. You pause there to reflect and prepare yourself to come back to the world.

Slowly, you begin to send the extra sky energy back up through the branches to the heavens. You feel the light energy gently work its way up from your body to where it came from. Slowly, you send the earth energy down to the center of the earth through your roots. As you send the energy up to the sky and down to the earth you become more aware of your body. You feel the ground beneath you, you feel your breath, you can hear the noises of the room you are in. Gently you become more present, coming back to this realm. With each breath you become more aware.

When you feel fully in your body, stretch lightly and then open your eyes. Sit up slowly and process your thoughts. When you feel ready, stand up and stretch.

 

 

Magick in art

There is a meditation I do that walks me through being part of the universe. It reminds me that I am part of this larger picture, that I am sacred and wonderful. It also reminds me that I am a small slice of it and that I am an empty canvas to fill and create as I like.

I like to remind myself that I am made up of so many things. That there is nothing set in stone. I can be who I want, how I want, when I want. This has inspired me to create some printable art that will soon be available in my etsy store. I opened myself up and worked with intention. I’ve also been working on my spirit dolls again. I have a few made and hope to get some photographs of them soon so they can be put up for sale. There is magick in my crafts and art.  I hope that people enjoy it.

The shop should be updated soon. Keep your eyes and ears open!

Last night I pulled the Wheel of Fortune and I am reminded that some days might be cold, dark and barren, but the wheel turns and soon we will have sunshine, light and flowers everywhere. I’m ready for spring and something new and fresh.  Are you?

 

 

 

New Moon weekend & Lent

Friday night I had a friend come over and I spent some time doing some healing work on her. We worked on aligning her chakras, we smoothed out her aura and unblocked some energy and worked on some breathing exercises. She left feeling much better and I felt better because I could help her.

I heard about the binding spell going around the net, but I had other plans for the weekend already. I appreciate what people are working towards, I’ll just help in my own way. I also think that we can’t condemn those who do work on that spell. I saw some angry posts about the 3 fold law and all that. Everyone makes a choice. If someone wants to do a spell, then rock on, do your thing. Just make sure you have your ducks in a row so you are taking care of yourself. That is my take on it.

Saturday I prepped for my new moon ritual. I sat and let myself channel some mantras and ideas for the meditation.  Sunday I had a small circle of women over and we enjoyed some baby snuggles and then headed down to create sacred space. I think everyone enjoyed themselves, it was great to have people open up, share, and connect. Perhaps this is how I will be serving in my role as priestess. I plan to host another New Moon ritual next month. We spent our time doing a meditation to empower ourselves with warrior spirit so that we can go out in the world and be fierce and strong.

The world is currently a crazy place. Empowering ourselves is an excellent way to balance the crazy.

The 21 day Stay Sacred practice I was working on has come to an end. It was a fabulous time and I met many great people. It has inspired me to work on my daily practices. I was doing so well at taking 10 minutes for myself, and I could tell in my mood that it made a difference. When I got lazy and stopped taking that tiny bit of time I got cranky and tired again. It is amazing how a small amount of time sinking into your sacred space can make a huge impact. It also let me work on making my sacred space. I’ve been slowly creating my temple space (away from small hands and eyes), and I have ideas for the future.

Lent is also coming up this week. We always observe it since my husband is Catholic. We talked about it in advance this year and we’ll do our usual thing of trying to eat better and be healthy, but we are also going to give up screen/device time between 6-8pm every night. This will allow us to really be present for dinner and the bedtime routine etc. I’m looking forward to unplugging and it will help us work on eating mindfully. This tiny sacrifice will give us more family time. I look forward to it. Do you celebrate Lent? Do you practice sacrifice or do you do something else?

Finding the tribe

As my long time readers know, I left behind a large coven and large community when I moved to the United States. I have struggled in the 4.5 years I have been here to recreate what I had or to find like-minded groups. I am searching for something and I am not sure what it is.

I thought I had finally found it. My coven was small but it was slowly getting stronger. Then the past few months it very slowly fell apart. Not from drama or anything bad, just from us being at different points on our paths. We each needed something else. I won’t lie, it was a bit of a kick in the teeth. I felt like I was finally getting everything organized, I had finally re-written all my rituals and worked on all the things and was ready to have my tradition be born. I did my ritual, I set my intention and then it so very softly split apart.

As I sat in my temple space and pondered the nature of things, I realized this was probably a blessing. It lit the fire back in me to make sure I was working on my sacredness. Everything had been on hold while I was pregnant and now it was time for me to learn how to balance the mother and the priestess.

I was forced to re-think things. I stumbled across a free course run by Elle North and I enjoyed it. Ideas began to grow and then I found another free course run by Sora Surya No. I am currently working my way through the content and I am feeling so zen. The videos and discussions with these wonderful woman is reminding me to find the sacred within and how to keep the sacred in my business.

Granted, I don’t have a business yet, but there are seeds planted. Little things I could offer to help offset the cost of daycare and all the bills. Living paycheck to paycheck is not fun, but the blessing of my son is worth the struggle. I am getting more creative at how to be careful with our finances, learning what I actually need vs what I want.

I am also learning how to embrace sisterhood through the net. How to live in the online tribe of energy we can all share. I am reminded that I am not alone, that I can create new connections and everything will come to me if I ask and am open to receiving.

Breathe in, breath out and connect.

 

Green cards

This weekend was emotionally and mentally draining for me. Watching the news and seeing Green Card holders and Visa holders be detained and denied entrance was horrifying. Seeing the ignorant comments was just as bad.

For those who aren’t aware, a green card is actually a Permanent Resident Card. It means you have gone through at least 2 years of paperwork and processing. 2 years of background checks done by several branches of the American government plus your own government. 2 years of stress, of paying money and filling out forms and doing everything you can to keep from going a little bit crazy with the uncertainty.

I say at least 2 years because it all depends on the type of Visa you applied for. Some people will be in processing for even longer.

I saw several ignorant comments about “Well maybe they should have become citizens. Then they wouldn’t have to worry” Guess what, you can’t just become a citizen. Again, you must be a green card holder living in the USA for a certain number of years before you can apply and then its back to paperwork, fees and waiting. For most people they must live here 5 years before they can become a citizen.

Please educate yourself a bit before you make snap decisions about immigration. Refugees also must go through a vetting process and that takes time.

Living through it all is stressful. Today on my Facebook memories the following came up from 5 years ago. This happy news meant that the very start of our visa journey had been approved. We waited 5 months for this moment.

HAPPY NEWS!!!!

My fiance got mail. My application is approved! APPROVEDDDDDDEDDEDDD!!

I’m sitting here crying. Happy tears.

5 months of wondering if we would get approval to move onto the next step. Then came many more steps and more paperwork. Then once I was here we had to apply for the green card and wait on that. And due to processing times being long, my green card didn’t show up until it was almost 8 months past when they said it would be there. And every time I called I was told they couldn’t tell me anything. Just that I was in processing. Do you know how stressful that is? Waiting and waiting and knowing that your work visa is going to expire and not knowing if you will have to leave your job and family…

So now here we are. Everyone tells me that I have nothing to fear from Trump’s administration as I am a “Legal” immigrant. That is lovely  to say but this weekend proved that no, being legal doesn’t do anything. Thankfully it sounds like all of the detained were finally allowed in, but that fear is there now. And it is trying hard to take root. I’m holding it back the best I can, but being pagan I worry about which religious group will be targeted next.

I’m beginging to prepare myself for a long 4 years.