The Goddess is Ecstasy!

The act of creation is an act of ecstasy, and creative energy is Goddess energy. To align yourself with Goddess energy, which is creative energy, is to be in a state of ecstasy. According to dictionary.com, ecstasy is defined as, 1) rapturous delight, 2) an overpowering emotion or exaltation; a state of sudden, intense feeling, 3) the frenzy of poetic inspiration, and 4) mental transport or rapture from the contemplation of divine things.

Ask yourself if you have felt ecstasy when you create. Whether art, writing, parenting, building, acting, or dance, think how you literally lose yourself and lose track of time when your creation comes from joy. Think of some truly triumphant moments in your life. Creating and being creative is quite euphoric. Using our Goddess-given creativity honors the Divine Feminine, and using our creative gifts contributes to the entire planet, Mother Earth.

Honoring the Divine Feminine wouldn’t be complete without considering intuition, receptive energy, and protection.

Whether we’re male or female, we have the ability to use intuition and be receptive. Intuition is a receptive activity. Think of the phrase, “It suddenly came to me…” Feel how our language perfectly describes the receptive aspect of intuition. You don’t go out and get an idea; it comes to you–receptive. Most psychics (intuitives) describe their gift as information coming to them, not as something they go out and get. This is definitely what happens to me when I read the Tarot; the images come to me.

As an example of how receptivity works, whether for creativity or intuition, feel the difference between trying to remember a dry, boring text and remembering a scene from your favorite novel. The dry boring text feels like you are trying to get the information from outside of you, which expends energy and stops the natural flow of the creative process. It becomes frustrating. Sometimes our faces even contort with the effort of recall! Now, think of your favorite novel, the one you read for pleasure. The words in the novel created whole pictures, fully detailed characters and locations. The recall is effortless. Our faces are peaceful or even include a smile with that recall! That is receptive energy.

While feminine energy is ecstatic, receptive, and intuitive, it is also protective. Feminine energy is protective down to the cells of our bodies. The protection instinct of every mother of every species to defend her young at any cost is epic! If you have any misgivings about the strength of the Divine Feminine, just check out this mother cougar protecting her cubs against a grizzly bear!

You can draw on the Divine Feminine and Goddess energy, again, whether you are male or female. The Divine Feminine allows you to tap into your creativity, receptivity, intuition, and the ability to protect. Take a moment to apply each of these gifts to different areas of your life. Creativity can solve problems. Receptivity can draw money. Intuition can tell you whether your plans for the weekend will be in your best interest. Protection can help you draw personal boundaries.

Enjoy the gift of the Divine Feminine within! These are forces are inside each of us!

Please leave a comment to let everyone know your experience with the Goddess Within!

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Witches: Saving Lives!

Norman Rockwell

I can just hear the guy with the deep voice who announces movies saying, “Witches: Saving Lives!” But it’s true! Kitchen Witchery has a long tradition of herbal healing that goes back hundreds of years. It’s dangerous not to get proper medical attention when you need it. I think it’s just as dangerous not to know how to take care of yourself and others.

I planned to go to a public Samhain this weekend. I was looking forward to it for two months. It sounded like a beautiful and spiritual ritual (notice how the word “ritual” is inside the word “spiritual”). I didn’t go. Instead, I got sick. Very sick. Very fast. I basically went to sleep Friday night and was in a miasma of sleep and weird, feverish, wakeful moments until mid-Sunday morning (in fact, I just looked at the calendar again to make sure it was Monday). I literally couldn’t move or open my eyes, but it felt like a lot of that time I was conscious. So – if my writing today is unclear, I apologize.

I had planned to write about the difference between solitary ritual and group ritual, the feelings and energies each had, but that’s been trashed. I’ll shelve that for another blog. There will be a public Yule ritual. When I knew I couldn’t go to the Samhain ritual, I wanted to write about a terrific movie called “The Adjustment Bureau” where there are unseen forces at work changing our lives in big and small ways to guide us to a different future, because I feel like not going to that public ritual was a major “Adjustment Bureau” escapade! However, I can’t write about that because I don’t know how my life has changed as a result of not attending. But you have to see “The Adjustment Bureau.”

I think the important thing to write about today is Kitchen Witchery. It’s important to know how to take care of yourself naturally with herbs, homeopathy and essential oils. Of course it’s important to eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep. Eat organic, fresh vegetables free of chemicals, coloring, and additives. Walk or do yoga, or start an exercise regime that you like with a friend. Sleep. It purifies and reboots the immune system every night. Reduce stress. These things boost your immune system so you are less prone to illness. I need to do personal work to be better in all of these areas!

There is a place for blending Western medicine with traditional. It has saved my partner’s life on more than one occasion. But we, as a society, have given away what should be a priority in every household: basic knowledge to heal ourselves naturally. Learning how to take care of a few basic things that are likely to come up, such as flu, colds, stomach aches, etc., in a natural way will connect you with your body and give you more knowledge when it is time to talk to medical professionals.

Flu: The problem with this weekend was that it happened so quickly I was unable to take care of myself; I’m never sick. I had been feeling “off” for about two weeks and didn’t read the signs. Like most people, I was too busy. A few simple things could have prevented a really horrible weekend. My partner was unable to read the signs of what was going on, and I don’t blame him. I think that’s true in most households. We have become so “modern” that we now have no knowledge of the most basic care. Our society needs to learn about natural remedies, know to check for signs that things aren’t right such as temperature, or to see “what kind of sleep” someone is having. So many times I wanted to say, “Please fix my head and neck. I feel all twisted.” But I couldn’t even say that! So, on to natural flu care.

In my opinion, natural flu care is easier and healthier, and there are no side effects. It is far more empowering to witness how the body recovers naturally than to take a glossy, chemical-ridden over-the-counter pink or green goo that ruins the liver, masks pain, and makes you sleep until you are well.

Of course drink plenty of water.

Homeopathic medicines for flu are particularly miraculous. Go to any health store and pick up Oscillococcinum made by Boiron and keep it on hand. Take it at the first sign of flu. Homeopathic drugs are not weight dependent, so the same dosage works for children and adults. Take it along with Vitamin C. Please read up on the virtues of Vitamin C and how it works (learn the difference between ascorbic “icky” and ascorbateate is the one you eat”). There’s an excellent article about flu and Vitamin C here. Once you find out how important it is, Vitamin C will immediately be less of a snappy catch-phrase that you’re supposed to remember when you’re sick. It’s not about popping one Vitamin C pill in the morning. It’s a structured, intentional course of Vitamin C in water. Some people believe it can cure cancer if taken in proper dosages!

Use essential oils, true oils (most are synthetic in the United States as there are no standards. And even “lavender” is usually “lavandin”). A blend of essential oils rubbed on the soles of the feet is important to knock the virus out: clove, lemon, rosemary, eucalyptus, cinnamon. The soles of the feet have the largest pores, and essential oils work well in the body from there. Sound crazy? Where do you think “medicinal patches” came from? It’s the same idea. The oils mentioned above sound simple, but each has properties that work well for flu (or cold) symptoms. Check out the properties of cinnamon alone, used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine!

My partner wanted to take me to the hospital emergency; part of me thought yes, but part of me thought I just wish he knew what to do. I couldn’t communicate to my partner. I was lucky to get out single syllables. Finally, close to 9pm I realized what was going on and really fought to find the Oscillococcinum – it took everything I had. We’ve moved so many times, it’s hard to remember where I’ve put things away, let alone under a flu-induced mental fog. I looked in the hall bathroom for the Osci. It wasn’t there. I ended up lying down in the hallway until I could move again. My partner went out to get some Osci along with some other natural remedies. While he was gone, I found the Oscillococcinum in the other bathroom. I started a course of therapeutic-level Vitamin C. And then I found the “Thieves” which is an essential oil product I use that combines all of the oils mentioned above.

Once I started on a regular course of these things late Saturday night, I started improving at a fast rate. I could feel myself “returning”. My fever broke at around 11pm.

I really think with the soaring cost of medical care, we can take care of a lot of health problems on our own. Like I said, it’s dangerous not to get proper medical attention when you need it, and the flu can be fierce and fast so don’t delay. But I think it’s just as dangerous not to know how to take care of yourself and others. Each person in your household should learn basic first aid and CPR, and how to make chicken soup (more about that in a minute).

If you have kids who are old enough, teach them the basics when it’s appropriate. Keep index cards like a recipe box for the most common ailments: flu, colds, allergies, cuts and bleeding, sprains, stomach aches, headaches, sinus problems, constipation. And of course teach them to dial 911.

You think I’m kidding about the chicken soup. My partner is a wonderful cook and he made a beautiful pot of homemade, organic chicken soup for me on Sunday — and it’s true. Chicken soup is very healing! I say it is love in a pot that makes you strong, others say it’s cysteine and the fact that it stops the movement of inflammation-causing white blood cells called neutrophils.

Learning the basics of Kitchen Witchery is not hard and it’s so important. Don’t misunderstand — I was sick, but my life wasn’t in danger. But learning the basics above can and has saved lives. And then you can put your hands on your hips and proudly proclaim for your family and friends with the same deep voice of the guy who announces movies, “Witches: Saving Lives!”

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A Murder of Crows: How Witches Read Signs and Omens

A murder of more than forty crows appeared outside my window today (a group of crows is called a murder). They were magnificent. The bay and the sky were gray, a perfect backdrop for the magick that arrived. Crows are magickal. There is strength, a pride that borders on arrogance, grace, and of course they’re famous for their trickery. I love that crows also have a deep sense of community and they post guards while feeding to protect the group. Crows and ravens are steeped in the lore of many traditions, and they fill our sacred texts with stories of magick and signs – omens. I rarely see one crow on the bay, let alone a murder. I felt fortunate and blessed.

Here’s why…

When something unusual happens in your life, take note. Synchronicity is playing a part in your life, and Life wants you to pay attention! There is a difference between connecting life circumstances that really don’t mean much, and finding meaningful synchronicities to guide you along Life’s path.

The crows visited at a time when I was feeling really good. So many wonderful things have been happening lately: I’ve started a new health regime, I’ve been able to focus on my work, my relationships are outstanding, and I just printed out the last draft of “Winter Shock” for the last edit before it goes to press. I made a last-minute change and named one of my characters “Raven” which is in the crow family, and the cycle of power for the Raven is Winter Solstice, which is the basis of my book. I didn’t remember that until I read about Crow and Raven today (Animal-Speak by Ted Andrews; I love that book!). Just as Crows and Ravens are in the same family (the only difference being size), Signs and Omens are in the same family, and often used to define each other in various dictionaries. So, the murder of crows was a beautiful sign of abundance, good news, and an acknowledgment of even more good magick coming my way. It was a sign that I am on the right path.

Sometimes signs are literal signs! Billboards and advertisements can be omens, especially if you ask for them. When is a sign not a sign? If you’re thinking about getting a new mattress and you suddenly see a dozen stores displaying advertisements that their mattresses are on sale might not be a “sign” that you should get the new mattress: Mattresses are always on sale. That is simply your mind trying to fulfill a need. We’re wired that way. If you’re not getting a restful night of sleep, that in itself is a good sign that you need to get a new mattress! True signs that take you farther on Life’s path are a little more complex than that, and it just takes a little practice to be able to interpret them for yourself and others.

The best way to see a sign is often overlooked: ask for a sign. Better still, ask for a specific sign. Make it something unusual. Sacred texts are full of stories of “asking for signs”. I once had an incredibly difficult choice to make that would change my entire life. Finally, one morning I asked the Universe to see a gorilla as a “Yes” sign. I chose a gorilla after a lot of thought; a gorilla would be unusual enough that I would know it was a sign and not a coincidence. If I had asked for an apple, it would be harder to consider that a sign! I thought I would see a picture of a gorilla somewhere. What happened was quite different.

I was very busy as my day went on, and not thinking about “The Sign” I had asked for. I pulled into a gas station where I normally bought gas. I liked the owners of the gas station. They had hired a sweet guy who was mentally challenged, needed help, and most likely wouldn’t have been hired elsewhere. He was always friendly, but never spoke beyond a short list of gas station lingo and always said, “thank you” like he meant it. I rolled down my window and instead of asking me what kind of gas I wanted, he asked, “Why do gorillas have big noses?” I was shocked and said, “Why?” He said, “Because they have big fingers.” And then he just laughed and laughed. He misunderstood my open mouth and the look of oh-my-Goddess-what-just-happened, and he started to apologize, and asked if he had done something bad. I said of course not, and that it was the best joke I had ever heard. The Universe had sent me a sign, along with a bonus sign to lighten up about Life’s decisions.

The crows are gone now, but their magick is still working in my heart, telling me to watch for the magick that the day brings. The crows are telling me to keep watching for signs that take me on Life’s path with gratitude and joy.

What signs have you seen lately?

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Goddess Guidance at Samhain

With Samhain, the New Year dawns. We know that the Veil Between Worlds thins, and we have the opportunity to commune with and/or honor loved ones who have crossed to the other side. That same thin Veil allows us to commune with Goddess energy.

Samhain is an excellent time to listen to the Divine Feminine, the Wise Crone, the Goddess. Listen to your heart, and listen to your dreams and goals.

Working with crystals and stones is an excellent way to tune in to the receptive energies of the Goddess. Take time to meditate with a crystal or a stone with the qualities you wish to draw to you while you meditate.

You can also do a crystal or stone layout on your body while you meditate.

This can be as simple as placing a crystal on your heart while relaxing, or seven selected stones to place on the seven major chakras, or as complex as a crystal layout on each chakra and doing a chakra clearing meditation or a meditation that guides you to the Goddess. While meditating, ask to be shown what your next steps should be, but ask without frustration, anxiety or worry. Ask with an openness of heart, and receptivity. You might be surprised at the answer!

Brightest blessings for a beautiful Samhain.

Sally

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Exciting Updates!

"Veil Between Worlds" Giveaway!

I wanted to share a note with you of some wonderful things happening! I also love that this is happening on my lucky number 13 date, October 13th!

I’m so excited! “Veil Between Worlds” is the Book of the Day at the Kindle Fire Department! Check it out! They have all kinds of Kindle apps, books, and other neat things.

Also, there is a give-away TODAY of “Veil Between Worlds” at Samhain’s Sirens – go there now for a chance to win your free copy!

I promise, “Winter Shock” is coming soon!

Brightest blessings!

Sally

 

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New Moon Spell For Change: Maiden, Mother, Crone

The Virgo New Moon is September 15th at 10:11 pm, eastern. It’s an interesting New Moon to me because the following Saturday is Mabon (September 22nd), and the Saturday after that is an Aries Full Moon (September 29th). Whether you’re male or female, this is an opportunity for a powerful three-part spell that also honors the Maiden (New Moon), Mother (Mabon), and Crone (Full Moon). You will need a large candle, perhaps one that is in a glass container. You will also need some thick string.

This New Moon is a spectacular opportunity for spellwork for change. You can do this as a quiet meditation or within the framework of a ritual you choose. First, write a letter to the Goddess. Her power grows as we head toward Mabon and the Full Harvest Moon. In the letter, thank the Goddess for three gifts. The three gifts would be for things that you want to draw into your life. You will be reading this letter every night, so make it positive and something that inspires you! Then take your string and tie three knots into it.

My letter asking for three gifts would be something like, “Dearest Goddess, thank you for your eternal blessings, and especially for your gifts of prosperity, my body which is a sacred and divine temple, and harmonious loving relationships.” These are things that I’m already thankful for, and invite more of into my life. You probably understand my thanks for prosperity. When I write a thank you for “my body which is a sacred and divine temple”, this is my way of saying that I want to honor my body by being better, doing yoga more frequently, eating more healthfully. I’m asking for the gift of “harmonious loving relationships” to remember to be more kind to those I love, and to be gifted with kindness in return. My words have deep meaning for me, and you should write words that have meaning for you.

Light a candle, hold the string with the knots, and read your letter to the Goddess. AS it is the New Moon, visualize the Goddess as the Maiden. Read it as many times as you like until you truly feel gratitude for having the things you’re asking for. Feel the gratitude. Energize the string with the gratitude for the gifts. When you have created a *deep* sense of gratitude, untie one of the knots, and sit quietly. You will feel the magick you have released into the Universe. You can leave the candle burning while you work or read, but never leave it unattended.

Light the candle every night, and read your letter to the Goddess until you feel the gratitude. It’s certainly okay if you skip a night, but more powerful if you can remember to do this nightly. It won’t take as long as the first night if you added a New Moon ritual. On Mabon, you can add this to your ritual, or continue to work with this energy without doing ritual. This is when you untie the second knot, visualizing the Goddess in her Mother form, releasing the energy into the Universe. Continue lighting the candle nightly until the Full Moon, and untie the third knot, visualizing the Goddess in her Crone form.

Brightest blessings for a beautiful September. Wishing you wonderful, positive change!

Sally

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Paranormal Wednesday!

     I’d like to extend a big thank you to Shonda Brock for creating “Paranormal Wednesday”! Every week Shonda highlights a different paranormal author (Genius, right? One stop, and you can find all kinds of great books!), and I’m so happy and honored to be among the talented writers she has as a guest on her blog.

So, to find out my “Aha moment” or what inspired me to write “The Grimoire Chronicles”, visit: Paranormal Wednesday!

Brightest Blessings!

Sally

 

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Discover How to Stay in the Present While Planning for the Future

       I recently had a friend say she didn’t want to plan for a particular future  event (a guy who was interested in her wanted to take her on a date) because she was practicing “being in the present”. I have heard that in the past as well (ironic, I know), and I think sometimes we hear a catch phrase and don’t investigate the meaning behind it.
       So, how do you stay in the present and plan for the future? Here’s the key: How do you feel *right now* about an event that will take place in the future?
       I asked my friend how she felt in *that moment* about the guy asking her on a date. She thought it sounded fun. Well, then! Plan *now* to go on the date in the future, making you feel good in the present! It’s that instant gut feeling that you have before all the other thoughts, anticipation, or “what-ifs” begin. It’s the gut feeling you have before you perceive your wardrobe to be insufficient or you need to get up early the morning after.
       Being in the present is about, you guessed it, being in the present, listening to your emotions in the blink of an eye. Being in the present has to do with how you’re feeling *now* when asked about a date in the future. There’s a reason you feel good or bad about a future event. You’re tapping into Source wisdom about your Path. Base your future plans on how you’re feeling about them now, and you’re still “living in the present.”
       Be present while planning future events, filling out calendars, making resolutions, and goal planning! The next time you have to fill in your calendar, see how you feel about what you’re planning, and be present during the planning process. If it is a responsibility you’re not looking forward to like taxes or laundry, visualize the next good place. How you will feel when the task is complete? That will make you feel good *now*.
       The biggest downfall of not staying in the present is worry. Worry causes negative feelings and thoughts that do nothing more than bathe your entire system with adrenaline and cortisol — stress hormones that age your body and have been linked to disease.
       Parents worry when a child doesn’t showing up when they’re supposed to (of course, they’re always “dead in a ditch somewhere”. If that were true every time someone thought it, ditches would be filled with bodies.). The “what-ifs” start popping into your head, and you flip-flop from past to future. This is when it’s important to stay in the present. Tune in. Become aware of your breath, the room, how you’re sitting, maybe some artwork you haven’t paid much attention to lately.
       Trust the Universe, and that we’re in the right place in the right time for a reason. Being in the present means feeling good *now*.
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Witchcraft and the Law of Attraction

We hear so much about being able to “draw anything to us if we want it badly enough!” The Law of Attraction says, that “like attracts like”. Please understand: “wanting something badly” simply draws more “wanting something badly”. Feel in the presence of *having* what you want, which never includes the “wanting” of it.

When you translate the knowledge of the Law of Attraction to Witchcraft, think of how you infuse the tools you’re using with the energy you want to manifest the desired outcome. Prosperity candle magick? You anoint the candle with oils carrying the vibration of prosperity – Law of Attraction! – and visualize and *feel* the abundance you desire – more Law of Attraction!. Sympathetic magick? Creating rain for crops by gathering some earth on a plate and sprinkling the earth water that has been blessed while *feeling* that the earth already has plenty – Law of Attraction!. Love spell? Fill a poppet with herbs carrying the quality of the kind of mate you want to attract (remember, you’re attracting love, not a specific person!), and mingle the herbs that most represent you – and bring those energies together in a poppet. Law of Attraction! Of course – since you’re very smart you would probably use sage for yourself, and you want to draw someone very smart so you would use sage for that person – mingling those energies together. Law of Attraction!

I’m sending blessings and good tidings for using the Law of Attraction in your spell-work! I look forward to hearing what you think, and how your rituals might have changed!

Brightest blessings!

Sally

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Full Moon Poem

Brightest Blessings for a Magickal Full Moon!

Sisters, Brethren, Witchess, All,

Feel the full moon begin its call,

As magick draws near,

Heal friends and family dear,

Feed the spirit with ethereal light,

Let your love take flight!

Light the candles,

Watch them glow

As power o’ the Goddess

Indeed does grow

Prosperity, Love, Success to you!

Pass it along, All with a song

The magick you make

Is the Magick you get

Chant and Build Energy

Release all regret!

Be in love, Feel the love,

And ever your days shall go

For love is the key that opens your Life

And may magick make it so!

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