Sister Spirit Sanctuary: Sleeping Circle

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Warmest and Brightest Blessings to everyone.

I haven’t updated this blog for a very long time due to the fact that I retired the open Sister Circle in Akron Ohio last year. I thought that I announced this via blog as well as closing the Facebook accounts, twitter and any other social networking as well but I see I didn’t do that.

My sincerest apologies.

The reasons I retired the circle are but a few and the most important one was “Change.” I was preparing for a change but at the time I had no idea what that specific change was going to be. As of last month my daughters and I no longer live in Akron, Ohio but in South Florida. 0-MiamiYet I retired the circle long before that. It was the inner feeling of knowing something bigger than the self was happening but not being able to put my finger on it. I just knew that retiring the circle as it were was the right thing to do.

It was needed. It was loved. It was respected. It helped many women change and transform their lives. It helped me grow as a woman and a priestess in working with these women on such a deep and intimate level. It was one of my greatest gifts and privileges to have been called on to do this work in the manner I have. It was my deepest honor to serve the women in the way that I was able. It was by Grace that I was able to be a gentle guide, a lamp holder, a torch bearer to light a path for the amazing women who have come through the circle and found their way home to themselves.

But my work in Akron, Ohio is done. I kept with a private circle of Sisters after retiring this one and before I left I did initiate two amazing women; One was with Sister Circles and the other with only the private Sister Circle but both remarkable and amazing, magical women who heard the call of Goddess in their hearts and answered.

woman-circle-sundaycircle.jpgA sacred place of women is needed in Akron Ohio, where women can honor the Goddess within them and around them. It is needed  for deep work, deep healing and empowerment. I am aware there are a few circles for women there, but none that focused work on the woman and Goddess herself manifested in that woman.

It is my sincerest wish that one day perhaps one of my own dearest priestess-sisters and spiritual daughters might pick up the torch and share the light and carry on the tradition that was passed down to them in the spirit of Love, Beauty, Wisdom and Truth and Reverence for the Goddess in all things.

My focus must be here, in south Florida in the here and now. Where I am women are thirsty. Women are seeking and like Akron, OH there is not many places they can go. I heard the Great Mother’s call. I answered. I am here. There is work to be done.

 

***I will still be posting on my personal blog the same types of topics and Goddessian related things. I invite you to follow me there if you haven’t already.

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Blessings to one and all.

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Published in: on December 10, 2014 at 3:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

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I am not usually the triple exclamation point type. But I feel justified this time. As of this time next week, the new edition of Isis Magic will be at the printer’s going through all its “pre-production” processes.

Then, within about a month, we should have them available for purchase!!! (Oops, the exclamation points got away from me again.)

So here’s the plan. They’re going to be sold at the exact same cover price as (more than) 10 years ago—$29.95. Such a deal, right? We’re not selling them on Amazon (lots and lots of hoops). We will be selling them on our own site (which we will be constructing while the books are printing.) You’ll be able to get them via PayPal or with the credit card of your choice (you don’t have to have a PayPal account) at www.abiegnushouse.com. Right now, the site is under construction, as you…

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All Things In Divine Time

Just a gentle reminder for those who might feel lost or it’s “too late” to start creating a fabulous new year —

The moment you decide to open up to new possibilities and have new experiences is a new beginning that happened at the exact moment it was meant to.

There is no rush, there is no worries and there is no failure.  There is only Love. Do what you will when you will and do it with Love. ~

In Beauty, Love & Truth,

Aura

Published in: on January 21, 2013 at 12:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

Design Your Dream Year [part 2]

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Reach high, for the stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream Deep for every dream precedes the goal. –Pamela Vaull Starr

**Originally titled, “Design Your Dream 2013 part 2”  Updated to be relevant any time, any year. 

In the last  post I talked about the importance of belief. It is at the core of our ability to tap into the magic that we are swimming in and create and manifest dreams. In this post, I am sharing some things I did that helped create my wonderful and magical year in 2012.  To be completely honest, 2012 was my tester year. I kind of, shall we say, slipped into the magic by doing deep, intense shadow work the Samhain of 2011. Apparently, that world opened me up and I became available, only I wasn’t aware that’s what I was doing. I became aware and when I did, I actively got involved in the process and was still a bit wishy-washy. And even in my wishy-washy state, I manifested the most important and amazing thing and what I wanted most in the world–Love.  But that is a story for my personal blog where I’ve recorded my experiences.

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But before I go on, I want to say this once, say it twice and say it three times that you do not need to wait for a new year to change your life and make it what you want it to be. Your life begins to change the moment you decide to change it. You have the power to make your life what you want by your belief that you can.

Belief is what got you where you are now in this present moment and belief is what will get you where you want to be in the future.- Aura 

Once we are comfortable with the belief and understanding  that we have this unlimited potential to create and manifest our dreams then we can move on to what’s next on the list of  my own personal “The Create Your Dream 2013 Playbook”  and that is creating an environment conducive to supporting our dream. Using the famous Rosicrucian Maxim (also known as the “Witches Pyramid”) as a guide, the environment we want to create first is the one within.

To Know is to not only believe you can have what you want manifest in your life but it is also having the clarity on what that really is. If you don’t know what you want, you will certainly never have it. And you just may end up with things you don’t really want in your life at all.

To Know falls within the realm of air and that is the realm concerned with thoughts, concentration, focus and new ideas, and inspiration. This is where we plant the seeds of our intentions for our dream of the new year.

To Will  is where you begin to create by feeling and feeding your desire, your wants and intentions. It is where you begin to manifest your dreams by taking action. This is where we make a decision and follow through with it.

To Will falls in the realm of fire and is the realm concerned with all things that you want to do, the places you want to go and the things you want to experience in your life and anything that helps you begin to move in the direction of your dreams on all levels.

To Dare is allowing yourself to trust the flow, following where it leads even if it takes it outside your normal comfort zone. You know what you want, you have the belief that what you want is within your reach so now you have to trust the current will land you in the place of your dreams. It is a daring process and requires a little more than knowing and will–it requires courage. How far are you willing to go?

To Dare falls within the realm of water and it is the realm concerned with your intuitive process, your psychic awareness and dreams. It is fluid, moving and flowing and like fire, it can help you move towards your dreams and goals. Moving water flows in a direction until it is stopped or finally reaches a lake or the ocean. Trusting the flow is trusting your own intuition will guide you to and recognize opportunities that will help you manifest your dreams. Flow~~~~~~

To Keep Silent is to understand that where focus goes, energy flows kind of thing. It is to connect yourself with Goddess, to step deep into your place of  power through silence, prayer, meditation and reflection of what you are doing. Through connecting yourself with the Divine, the Goddess/God you empowered by their energy, encouraged by their gifts of wisdom and guidance that you might not otherwise hear in the normal chatter of the mind.

To Keep Silent falls in the realm of the earth and is concerned with digging deep into the soft, cool dark earth where seeds of your dreams can sprout and grow in the darkness until the time is right to share your dreams and visions with the world. But for now, it’s for you to dance with, to connect with and build a relationship with, attach to the feeling of the dream, but not the outcome. It is also the place of gratitude. Know that you are deserving but never feel entitled to the dream. In other words, when the universe presents you with opportunities, don’t be afraid to dig deep into the earth and get your hands a little dirty to get what you want. Be grateful for what you have while on your way to get what you want. Don’t miss them because you weren’t quite what you expected them to be.

Now that we’ve created a supportive environment within, let’s create a supportive one without.

The Physical Environment.

Her Space is Sacred Space

You need your space and not just old space. No, this space is divinely feminine, imbued with your own Goddess energy. It is a space you feel comfortable relaxing, being still and creative. You can decorate this space with all the things that speak to you like special trinkets, candles, incense, plants, statuary or things related to your goals and dreams. Really make it yours.  This space can be your own bedroom or if you really lucky a spare room. Wherever you can sit down, relax your mind and get creative.

I’m all about journals and story writing. I think writing stories helps connect us more to our goals and dreams. This may not be the case for you, however, it really worked for me and therefore it’s on my how-to list that I’m sharing now.  I keep a journal on my altar and I write letters to myself, thoughts on things I want and sometimes I just write when I’m not sure what to write even if it’s just doodle (I’m a compulsive doodler) until a thought comes to me. If you find journaling difficult but are open to try it, keep in mind that it  takes 21 days to develop a habit so if you write in your journal for 21 days just three lines a day, you will find more thoughts coming to you and flowing more freely the more you write. By the time you reach day 21 you may just be filling up the pages with ideas, thoughts, feelings and dreams!

You may want to start out with some writing prompts like:

The things that matter to me most in my life are __________.

The things that I value are __________.

What I would like to achieve this year is_________.

I’m going to achieve these goals by  _________.

Story Time

Everyone has a story. A story of our past and our experiences of how we got to where we are now. Whether they be good stories or bad stories, we wrote them and lived them and now here we are. Those stories have their place and in regard to creating our Dream 2013, that place is in the past. We can not craft the future while constantly looking back. We will remain stationary, stuck and going nowhere and another type of story will emerge that we will not be happy with. And yet, we’ll have to accept that we created that too. Having said all that, the only story that you need to focus on is the one you will create and write for 2013.

“If you can dream it, you can achieve it.” –Walt Disney

You can journal this in your journal or blog it (keep it private if you wish). Start off by making a list of the things you want since now you know.

Haves

Dos

Experiences

Once you have that written out, pick out the theme of your story. Will it be an adventure, an action packed story, a romance, or one of self-discovery and spiritual? The themes are endless and the story is yours. It can be anything you want and however you desire. The idea here is to just get writing. Once you start writing, even if you think it’s silly, write anyway! Write yourself in your own fairytale wish come true style. Write it as a novel, write it anyway you want but just write!

For example:

“It was the year 2013 and Aura decided to venture out and see what magic she could create. She first decided that she wanted a new car but she needed to decide what type. Although she was more than grateful to her best friend, for the use of her vehicle any time she needed to, it was getting old. So she set out first by trying to decide what kind of car would suite her and her family best. A sports utility? As flashy sports car? A luxury car? Would it be brand new car or a used car within five years? As Aura set about her journey she decided that she would get herself a  _________.”

Or example two:

“This year is the year that I, Aura  will dream and dream big and not only will I dream big but I will manifest these dreams by 1. Believing in myself, 2. Knowing what I want and 3. Seeing it happen in my mind every day by my own thoughts and viewing my dream board. 4. Surrounding myself in an environment with people and things that support my dreams. The over all theme of 2013 is Spiritual. Radiate Love. I want my life this year to radiate love, compassion and forgiveness so that everything I do comes from a place of love and my life will be filled with light, joy and happiness…”

These are only two examples but you can write your story any way you want to. It’s your story, it’s as unique as you are.

Dreams

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. –Henry David Thoreau

Dream Board

I don’t know about you, but I think the best stories come with pictures! I love picture books the best, they give me an idea of what the author intended and helps me hold the vision. Powerful and inspiring words help too. Creating a dream board to reflect your story can be a powerful tool in helping you manifest your dreams. If you want to, after you finish writing your story you can make the story from your dream board. Much like a movie concepts start with movie boards using and ideas to tell the story they intend to share through making a movie.

Making a dream board is not necessary to create to achieve your dreams but it does make it easier and a whole lot more fun! It also inspires you to get active and look for images that resonate with you, which in turn helps you realize even more what you truly want. They can help you align your personal vision, goals and dreams with your potential. If your dreams are supported by your visions they become empowered and magnetic drawing these things to you and you to them. The images, photos and inspiring words and phrases you choose help set the stage allowing you to develop real feelings and attach emotion to your dream, much like the feeling and emotion one has for a lover in the sense of feeling and attachment to the dream itself. Words have the tremendous ability to change your life and evoke powerful emotion from deep within which can be a catalyst for change.  It’s the emotion and feeling of the reality of the dream you want to attach to, not the outcome and dream boards help you create and support that.

Dream Altar

A vital part of having a dream board is being able to see it, to feel it and connect with the visions and goals and place yourself in that board. Many people seem to miss this step, placing either too many things on their board and therefore lose focus and/or they don’t place it strategically in a place they can see it every day, often several times a day and connect with it. Personally, I like the idea of a dream altar. I create altars all the time for different purposes, some for display like the holidays, or seasons and some for ritual and some with other purposes or any purpose I can think of or feel I have need.

The creation of an altar is a sacred act and ritual all unto itself. The most important step in altar creation is determining your intention for it. In this case, it can be for dreams and a place to display your dream board with all your dreams and goals and intentions on it. You may find a beautiful altar cloth or any piece of fabric that resonates with you, makes you feel connected to your purpose and dreams. You may find the appropriate colored candles and incense holders to burn incense. You may want to add trinkets that relate to any of your dreams you have in your dream board.

For example:

You want a new car and you know the specific make and model you can place a key ring with the emblem of that car on your altar. You may even want to put a key on it too.

You altar space can also be your creative Her space or Goddess space, dream space, whatever you want to call it. It’s all sacred. You are co-creating and manifesting these dreams and goals so it’s important to remember you need to be active and ‘work this’ to remain connected and generate magnetic energy that will keep drawing these things to you and you to them, or find yourself with opportunities to obtain the wants and in positions to gain the experiences, etc…. Making the dream board, creating that altar isn’t enough. You must create and build your relationship with the visions you hold.

To do this, you may want to spend a few moments every day in this space at your dream altar, looking at your dream board as you would look at a picture of a lover. It’s with that same emotional intensity that turns you on to the vibration of what you see. Light your candles, burn your incense and take no less than 10 minutes to be in the flow of creation. Play music if you’d like, anything to get you turned on and tuned in. You may even want to write an intention prayer to recite every day as you are in your dreamy place for a few moments as the power of words, as I stated can have a dramatic over all effect on your emotional, mental and spiritual ability to connect to the visions.

Remember to always give gratitude before you leave your dream space, giving thanks for all that you have now as you are working towards the dreams and goals you want. Never feel entitled.

This doesn’t have to be time-consuming at all but it shouldn’t be rushed either. This isn’t crash course co-creation. Crash diets don’t work, neither does crash magic. Remember, these are your visions, your dreams you make the time and connect!

Gratitude Journal

As you are experiencing and witnessing your visions and dreams come true, you might also want to create a special board or journal for all the things you achieve along the way. You can do it in the same manner as you did with the dream board or you can use your Gratitude Journal with a photo or image of each goal attained and a story behind it. The how, the when and whatever else feels right. Be creative! It’s all your story coming true!375267_505301446168812_835025375_n

Other ideas are:

Use affirmations and mantras that support your goal.

Read inspiring quotes that support your dreams. Attach a different one to your email, write them on sticky notes and use an app for your cell phone that sends those type directly to your phone or flashes across the screen.

Ask others who have attained some of the goals you wish how they did it.

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you– Matthew: 7:7 KJ Bible

If you begin to doubt yourself, spend some time in your space, reflecting and going within. For every negative doubt that pops in your head, telling you can’t manifest your dreams (and it will happen) speak out loud three more reasons why you can, you will and you are manifesting your dream.

Share your dreams and visions only with those who truly support you. Unfortunately, there are those who aren’t ready to see and embrace the magic around themselves and therefore they can not envision anyone else doing it either. You do not want their negativity to bring you down. Only surround yourself with those who shine as bright as you do!

Now is not the time to relax. Relaxed people don’t get much done. Oh, yes to manifest your dreams you have to stay passionate, hyped up and excited while keeping an eye out for any sign and symbol from the universe that you are on the right path to your dreams. The universe is always speaking to us. Attach yourself to the dream in every way you can and you will find it is attaching itself to you!

But most importantly, believe in yourself , your ability and know that you can manifest and hold the vision every day and don’t be afraid to step up and step in your power and recognize every opportunity as it presents itself.

Fall in love with your dream. And let it fall it love with you.

 

AuraArgante

Published in: on December 31, 2012 at 10:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

Design Your Dream Year! [part 1]

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Jessica Galbreth “Good Luck Fairy”

 

*Originally titled, “Design Your Dream 2013 part 1” Updated to be relevant for any time, any year. 

 

Do you ever wonder why some people seem to have all the luck and others do not? Perhaps you don’t consider yourself to be one of the lucky ones? Things seem to come quite easily to these lucky people don’t they? They’re always finding themselves in the right-place-at-the-right-time almost all the time. It is as if opportunity or the luck fairy follows them around just begging and pleading to be noticed!

Yes! I’ve seen it. I’ve also experienced it too. I’ve been on both sides and happily I’m able to say that I’m on the receiving end of things now, in a constant flow of what we’ll call good fortune for now. As someone who’s been immersed in different traditions of healing, witchcraft, Goddess spirituality, a serious student of the Law of Attraction and many other occult related things for over twenty-plus years, I have a really good idea why some people appear to be very lucky and while others do not.

Are you ready for me to tell you why?

Are you sure?

Answer:

The reason why is because it’s not about being lucky at all. That’s right. Oh certainly, Lady Luck is there and She definitely makes her rounds granting random strokes of lucks for thrill, excitement and to add depth, dimension and spark to an ordinary life. I believe She can be called upon by those who need her assistance and she’s probably more likely to help those who are helping themselves. But where I think she really shines is with the out-of-the-blue-random strokes of luck! They are pure magick! They are exciting, thrilling and oh just so fun!

What it’s about is being aware of and understanding, acknowledging your own divine potential and inherent power to create your own life. Or as it’s often said in spiritual communities, “co-create” your life with the Universal energy, force or God.

First you must believe in potential and possibility that universe will provide you with all the support and energy you need to manifest your dreams. Secondly, you must accept that it’s not only OK to dream and to desire but that it’s an absolute must!

For most of us, desire causes us to become motivated into taking action into getting what we want. We develop an attachment to that which we want and we start, often unconsciously, acting in accordance with that energy, being that energy and therefore drawing that energy to us and ultimately getting what we desire. We just don’t think about the science behind it. We just do it. Crafting our lives is not as easy as desiring a pizza and being able to pick up the phone and ordering one. Or is it?

Things to make you go hmmm….

Back to the lucky people and how to be one:

These seemingly extra ordinarily “lucky people” are tapped in and turned on to their own high frequency potential energy channel. The setting is anywhere from medium high to very high. The higher the frequency, the more the energy they are putting out there like waves of magnetic particles attracting the things they want to them or them to the things they want or opportunities they want to have. They may not even be spiritual people, believe in what we call magic or walk a sacred path of any kind at all and yet, still they are tapped in and turned on making good shit happen for themselves all the time. This is because the universal energy isn’t available just to spiritual people—it’s available to all people. This creative energy is the fabric of love from which the entire universe is created. All anyone has to do is become aware and tap in, turn on and turn up and get ready to create.

Key words here are “Become Aware”.

Many of us are already tapped in, turned on and turned up but have no idea that we are. And instead of creating these ‘lucky’ circumstances for our lives, we are creating one chaotic adventure after another. Yes, lovelies, it would behoove us to understand and remember that the universe is a huge pool of swirling energy and endless potential. When we shift our thinking and awareness to purposely bring about change, we call this magic. It’s more than a cool buzz word; this shift is the key.

Look at the lucky people. I mean really think about those in your life that you seem to think are really lucky people. How do they act? What is their over all disposition? Are they happy? Are they detached to outcome? Highly determined people? Do they always make decisions and follow-up with action? Do they chase dreams or goals that seem unlikely to manifest and yet, surprisingly to you they do?

These lucky people, both consciously and unconsciously move from a deeper place of knowing that they can have what they want. They don’t simply think it, they believe it, they feel it—they know it. Whether or not they call it magic or not, they are swimming it. It’s all around them and they know.

So they focus on their own wants and their own desires. Others look at them with envy and call them selfish. In reality, as I’ve said before, we are all selfish –like the word or not—we all just try to pretend that we aren’t. It’s OK to be selfish. In fact, it’s healthy to be selfish. Like the lucky people whose selfishness turns on and activates their energetic and magnetic thought power full blast, radiating outwardly those waves of magnetism calling forth only that which they seek! They do it so often and they achieve their goals, attain their desires that they seem like the luckiest people in the world.

But as I said before, luck has nothing to do with it. They are tapped in and turned on and are consciously aware of their manifesting potential.

If you are a bystander watching other people ‘be lucky’ then time to stop watching other people “be lucky”  and take action. You have the power and potential to make good things happen!  If you are a ‘woe-is-me’ type of person, you know, one of those “everything- you- have- ever- tried- has- failed- type” of person then I have something to say to you:

Honey, darling sweetheart, I hate to be the one to break it to you but there is just no gentle or easy way to tell you that if your life  is one big unhappy mess and misery, well my love, it’s your own damn fault.

There. I said it. I know it hurts. But it’ll get better from here. I promise.

Yes, it gets better because –and this is the good news—you can absolutely fix it! Look, the truth is your life is a result of all the choices you have made or didn’t make, good or bad, beautiful or ugly it’s all yours. So if you are unhappy with it then time is now to get happy because you life will be the result of the NEW CHOICES you make or don’t make because the exact same manifestation principle is always in action no matter who, what, and where we are and what we want to do. If you are aware of your own potential to have, to do and to be great things then you shall. You will be one of the lucky people.

THIS is YOUR YEAR DARLINGS!!

That is if you claim it and call it in. I mean, really sit with this for a minute. Think about how your life is now and realize, that good or bad you created it. No matter what, that’s power Baby! So as a powerful being with this incredible ability to call forth, create and co-create with the universe, what will you do?

Well the first thing I want you to remember is:

You are Divine and because you are Divine, the same creative spark that created the universe and from which the universe evolved from flows within You. You are Divine and you carry the universe within you. Just like you have unconsciously created the perhaps not-so-happy-daisy life you may feel you live now, you can consciously and with purpose co-create the life you actually want to live. You can open  yourself up to Lady Luck and her divine blessings.

LadyLuckOK, talk about IRONY! Just as I’m jotting all this down in my notebook (I write all my posts down in a notebook first) a friend of mine just text messages me and tells me another friend of ours –ready for this? Just won 25K from a scratch off lottery ticket! This friend is a woman who is very religious and doesn’t believe in gambling! Yet, here she is, 25K richer! See? This is what I mean about Lady Luck. I think she truly enjoys the waving her wand or spinning that wheel and then stopping it at random. Random gets her juices going!

In the next days I will be posting a part two of “Designing Your Dream 2013”. I have some ideas, tips and activities to share with you that if put to use will no doubt be beneficial in helping you put your Goddess power to work and Designing Your Dream Year to be your best year yet!

Until then lovelies!

Goddess Bless!

 AuraArgante

 

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Be The Dream You’re Dreaming Of

When I was younger I was constantly asked what I was going to do with my life and how I was going to do it.

I didn’t mind the what question so much but I literally despised being asked how I was going to do whatever it was I intended. What did it really matter how I did something as long as I did something?

I usually always achieved whatever I decided I was doing. I didn’t spend much time dwelling on it, I just grabbed that wild bull by the horns like a rodeo queen and rode that wave of inspiration until I manifested and accomplished whatever it was I set out to do.

I became a mother at the age of 18. An adult by legal standards but the reality was I was still very much a child. I had to grow up and do it fast. During this growth process, I still rode out waves of inspiration without thinking too much about it but now, I did it more cautiously because now I had to be responsible.  Over time, as I grew up and in effort to be seen as a young, responsible adult, I didn’t do things on- the -whim. I began to plan things out. I would come up with a goal-set, then I would project how it was going to happen and what I would need to do it.

This rarely worked out for me. Instead of being able to ride those white hot flashes of inspiration, I would think about them. Unfortunately, the more I thought about them, the more I planned, the more I thought about the pros and the cons, the more frustrated I became. Eventually, after all that thought, that white hot flash was nothing more than a shadow of a  memory of what might have been.

I am a place in my life right now where many things are changing. Yes, I’m going through a change and it’s not menopause. It’s something that is beyond the physical, hormonal and cellular changes that take place during menopause.

It is an alchemy of spirit. An awakening of Spirit. A search for something lost a long time ago; a Shadow Dance, a Breakthrough and a reuniting with my own Beloved Self.

I am who I’ve been looking for all these years.

In my personal blog  I’ve been sharing parts of this journey. It’s really not for the faint of heart; it’s raw, it’s honest and real. But it has brought me to where I am with so many things in my life today.

One of those things I began thinking about what I wanted to do with my life now. I started thinking, dreaming, planning things out, you know, setting goals, the adult thing to do. Of course, I hit the same four walls that I kept hitting for years; I put far too much thought into whatever I had an idea for and before you know it, the dream was nothing more than a fleeting idea.

Gone before it ever began.

It made me think about how it was when I was younger and how I would fearlessly jump on that wave of energy and ride it out until I achieved what I wanted.

All that mattered was that I had to really want it. I made the mental connection; the idea. But it was heart and soul connection to my desire that were the motivators. They were fire and fuel I needed to make that desire come to be.

Let me say for the record that I’m not against goal-setting. Goal-setting is good. It’s all the plotting, planning and research that kills the dream before it ever has a chance to be born.

Dreams are made to be lived, to be made manifest in this reality. Not just dreamed about taking up head space and putting a hopeless desire in ones heart.

It’s time to wake up and be the dream instead of the dreamer dreaming dreams.

That quote was inspired my thoughts today looking around at others doing what they love and living their dreams. I remembered what it was like when I was doing instead of dreaming. I didn’t ask questions, I knew what I wanted and I just did it.

The how wasn’t really important, only the result was. Now of course, I’m not so blind to the real world and naturally, I have to give a little thought to the how because it is somewhat important. There are boundaries I won’t cross in getting what I want. Aside from those things though, little energy is put into the wondering how I’m going to do it and instead, is being channeled into becoming the dream.

I’m daring to step out into the unknown, following where my dreams take me. Some might find this “Throw caution to the wind” attitude careless.

From my own personal journey recently, I have come to believe that it’s far more careless not to! It’s careless and irresponsible and even reckless not to follow the true desires of our own soul and instead become willing victims of others expectations of our lives.

It’s safe, this is true. You might even grow old being very happy but always looking back with regret wondering, “What if I had….?”

But you didn’t.

Live for today. There is no tomorrow until it’s here. There is no future; you’re living it right now.

You might as well be living your dream.

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Isiopolis

Let’s stay in the Isis cult in late antiquity and talk a bit about some Isiac votive figurines that I find, well, completely charming. They are usually identified as images of Isis-Aphrodite and they show the Goddess either totally nude, but for a Vegas Showgirl-sized headdress and a lot of attitude, or lifting up Her skirts to give us all a good look at “the naughty bits.”

Why do I find them so charming? Mostly, it’s the expression on their faces as they bare themselves to our sight. Their expressions are never of the smiling, fuck-me, Playboy-approved type. Often, they gaze directly at you—or even past you—looking serious or self-possessed, or sometimes even a bit disgusted with you for looking at them like that. Sometimes, I’m sure this was due to the skill of the artist or the fact that these were mostly molded and mass-produced terracottas. Othertimes, I wonder…

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Love is Love

Lovely Sisters,

It’s been awhile! But here we are again. The wheel has only recently moved past Imbolc and now we approach Valentine’s Day.

A Day that is DEVOTED to celebrating LOVE

LOVE of ALL KINDS! LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE!

I remember several years back the first Valentine’s Day Sister Spirit Sanctuary circle of women celebrated together. It was a circle of  Divine Chocolate Decadence. In fact, that’s what we called it.

It was an icy and freezing February that year. There were driving restrictions in place because the city was in pretty bad shape and yet, there were a brave bunch of women who dared make it to the Goddess House despite the weather.

There was one rule:

Everything edible had to be Chocolate of sorts.

Everyone brought such mouth-watering delicious chocolates; some were bought and many were home-made chocolate delights. We had chocolate covered and dipped cherries, strawberries and other fruit. There were pretzels, cookies, wafers and brownies. There was souffle, pudding, cheesecake and even donuts. All the divine dishes were wonderful. But there was one in particular chocolate-mint crunchiness delight that is something in particular that remains in my mind. I have no idea what it was or how it was made but by Goddess, I loved it the best!

The Festival

Our altar was stunning. The statue of Aphrodite was center and all around her were red rose petals and glitter and colored ‘rhinestones’. We also placed flowers and glittery hearts among the red, white and black candles in crystal holders. Candy was dispersed throughout. There was no mistake this was an altar dedicated to Love and Chocolate. Or Love OF Chocolate. However you wanted to look at it, LOVE was a definite theme.

We cut out paper hearts and put words of love on them. Each woman drew one out of the “Basket of Love” and that was her focus word and she was instructed to draw on that energy in as many ways as she could and then share her experiences of how it manifested in her life at next sister circle.

Yes, it was a great time! Those women are no longer with us in the re-birthed circle but I remember and honor their energy and participation and I am grateful. Thank you ladies, if you ever read this, you know who you are.

I thought about doing something similar this year but for some reason, the pull wasn’t strong enough. Perhaps it was that I wasn’t as connected to the idea as I am now. Valentine’s Day is just a couple of days away and I think, “Maybe next year.”

Then I thought of all the posts I’m seeing on Facebook and blogs written and even my friends (even the fellas!) expressing this Scroogian bah-humbug kind of attitude towards Valentine’s Day, a day where LOVE is celebrated!

Then I thought, “Who said Love only means ROMANTIC Love?”

Love is Love is Love is LOVE!

Then I began to realize how seriously we need a real, wild, juicy, exciting LOVE-A-LUTION to take place. If we can’t we get a world-wide thing happening then why can’t we have a LoVe-A-LuTiOn for ourselves?

So many of my sisters saying “Screw Valentine’s Day! No One Loves Me Anyway!” when what they really mean is they don’t have a man in their lives a that moment (smh) or they do and he’s a piece of doo-doo. Smh again.

To those sisters I say:

There is REASON for the saying, “If you don’t love yourself, NO ONE else will.”

It starts first with YOU beautiful Sister. YOU.

Aren’t you worth it?

Who says you need someone ELSE to honor the Goddess of Love within YOU? Is there some HARDCORE rule, unspoken or written on this topic that I’m totally in the dark about?

If there is, well, heh! You know, I’m a natural-born rebel and RULES ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN! At least some are and this would fall into that category.

This is a Divine time to honor yourself Beautiful Sisters if you are without partner. They are nice but not a necessary part of giving yourself GOOD LOVE.

I didn’t say masturbation but GOOD LOVE. Giving yourself GOOD LOVE and masturbation are not one in the same. BUT they could be. If you feel moved to show this LOVE to your Body Temple then the right is yours.

ALL ACTS OF LOVE AND PLEASURE ARE MY RITUALS so says the Goddess in the Charge of the Goddess.

Love & More Love and How to Give It

Champagne, Chocolate, Roses and all those cutesy cards? You can get/make that all for yourself. There is no good reason why you can’t eat good food, drink some good wine and treat yourself to a massage or a movie whether you rent it or go to a show.

You could and SHOULD write YOURSELF a  little LOVE letter. Even make it saucy one if you want to! Tell yourself that you are something special and you deserve the BEST. You can make it as artsy or as plain as you want. It’s your choice but pouring out those words of LOVE and ADMIRATION to your OWN SELF is an experience like no other.

Who ELSE but you deserves to  fill you up with LOVE for yourself. Adorning yourself with praise, and kind words and lavishing yourself in the lusciousness of LOVE.

If You Don’t Love Yourself, No One Else Will

No one will ever love you the way you need to be loved until you first LOVE YOURSELF. No one will cater to your body, heart, mind and soul until you first love the Self that is you. It’s not that they don’t want to but it’s that they can’t. Not really and definitely not fully. 

So begin with being your own BIGGEST and BESTEST Valentine this year, and awaken the Goddess of Love and Pleasure within and bask in Her energy!

Every day and ANY day can be Valentine’s Day or a Day Of DELIGHT and LOVE! Whenever you need it don’t wait for someone ELSE to give it to you when you can give LOVE to yourself.

After All, YOU DESERVE IT!

In HONOR of the LOVE theme and the memory of a beautiful songstress, the one and ONLY and ever shall be, Whitney Houston

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Goddess Of Beginnings, Mother of Waters: Yemaya

Yemaya’s Wisdom:

I am the force that swirls beneath the surface,

She who connects Sea and Sky,

the Infinite Mother who reclaims you.

Feel the sand beneath your feet, hold the conch to your ear,

gaze upon My Blue,

and you know Me.

Submit your troubles upon Me,

cast your cares into the heart of the ocean that is Me.

I will nurture you,

wipe your tears,

soothe the anger,

and shelter you from the coming storms.

In your surrender, I become your voice.

In the giving over, I become your freedom.

Daughter, come home, and allow Me

to make whole

that which is incomplete

~Brandi Auset

In mythology, the West African and Caribbean Goddess of creation, the sea, moon, ocean and healing is Yemaya. She is considered to be a guardian of women and keeper of our mysteries.

Because Yemaya governs over conception and birth of children, she is often invoked for her aid. Yemaya blesses, protects children and ensures their safety during childhood, until they reach puberty.

According to myth, Yemaya was raped by her own son and as a result, she became pregnant. After laying a curse on him, causing his death, she chose to die as well and went up onto the peak of a mountain. When she died, the uterine waters of her womb broke, the oceans, the rivers and the fourteen Yoruban Goddesses and Gods, called Orishas, were created. The first human woman and man were born from her womb as well and they became the parents of all mortals on earth. Because of this, she is personified as oceans and bodies of water and mermaids.

Although she may be called on at any time, a most powerful time to call upon Yemaya’s energies is at times of new beginnings such as the Springtime, New Years and new moons.

Attributes:  Merciful, protective, compassionate, nurturing, comforting, maternal

Symbols:   Seashells, an open shell, the Moon, bodies of water and the six pointed star.

Stones: Turquoise, light blue crystals, mother-of-pearl, and coral.

Flowers: Trout Lily and Sea Lavender.

Fragrance: Tea Rose, Sandalwood, Lilac and Frangipani

Feast & Festival Days:  Summer Solstice, July 6, October 26, December 12, December 31

Colors: Blue, Silver and White

 She is said to be fond of melons so an offering of melons.

Yemaya Invocation:

Goddess who is Mother of All,

Queen of the Deep Sea,

Protectress of women –

Allow your presence to be known throughout this sacred space.

We who call upon you as Yemaya

Our Mother, Our Womb of Creation,

ask that your love rolls and washes over us as the waves of the ocean,

as the rivers from your breasts.

Yemaya, Mother Whose Children are Fish

You who are comfort, inspiration, and forgiveness

We call you forth to enter our hearts.

~Brandi Auset


The Story of Yemaya – by Luisah Teish:

Once there was a beautiful woman by the name of Ye-ma-ya, who looked into the waters of the ocean. There She saw Her own reflection and asked, “Who is that beautiful woman? I thought I was the prettiest thing that the World had ever seen!”

And as She looked on that woman there came a rumbling in Her belly and it grew and it grew until it exploded and covered the land with lakes, rivers, and streams.

Yemaya looked into the water of the river and there again She saw that woman and asked, “Who is that beautiful woman? I thought that I was the prettiest thing that the World had ever seen!”

And again Her belly grew and it grew and grew till it exploded and sprinkled the heavens with stars and a Full Moon.

Yemaya looked in the Full Moon, and again She asked, “Who is that beautiful woman? I thought I was the prettiest thing that the world had ever seen!”

And again Her belly grew, and it grew and it grew until it exploded! And before Her stood thousands of beautiful women.

Yemaya asked, “Who are you beautiful women? I thought that I was the prettiest thing the world had ever seen!”

The women looked deep into the eyes of Yemaya and there they saw their own reflections.

So the women said to Yemaya, “You are! We’re just you!”

May the Blessings of Yemaya be with you all in this New Year!

Resources:

http://www.tarotpassages.com/goddesswisdominfo.htm

http://www.sistersofearthsong.com/YEMAYA/yemaya.html

http://www.blueroebuck.com/yemaya.html

Other Resources:

http://fuckyeahoccultism.tumblr.com/page/15

Images: Royalty Free and Google Images

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