Winter Solstice Blessings

Winter Blessings

Blessings of the Winter Solstice be with all of you, sisters and friends.

Today we honor the Winter Solstice also called “The shortest day/longest night of the year”.  For many of us who follow a nature based path, or neo-pagan path, this is one of the eight sacred holiday celebrations observed in our “Wheel of the Year“. We honor the turning of the Wheel of the Year by tuning in and aligning our energies with nature and the energies in Her eternal sacred dance of life.

The word solstice means “sun standing still”. The word comes from the Latin sol which means ‘sun’, and the word sistere which means to ‘stand still’.  Which is why, personally speaking, I’ve never quite understood as it being “The shortest day/longest night” considering the sun sits still (hence the word solstice meaning “sun standing still” ) in its position for three days after the moment of the solstice. Unless of course, we consider the longest night as being the three days of shortest light. Things to make you go hmm….

In any case, for us here in the northern hemisphere, the winter solstice is when the earth is at the maximum axial or most southern tilt away from the sun where the sun will “stay still” for three days.  The sun rises from this spot of stillness but it will make no movement north yet. Finally, on the third day, it makes its first waxing movement north again. The  first movement north will fall on December 25th, Christmas day this year. This is when the new light will begin to linger longer.  It is the Sacred re-birth of the Sun for our new solar year.

Seasons of the Sun

For our Christian friends, this day has metaphorical as well as literal meaning for them. The birth of the savior, the son (sun)of Mary, (Goddess) Jesus’s mother and Queen of Heaven.

The Re-birth of the Sun personified as the Birth of the Son of God

For pagans and those who walk a Goddess path, there is no one set mythology and belief we hold to. But the general concept behind most myths, regardless of culture or specific tradition is that a Goddess has given birth to the Sun god again. It would appear that most of religious ideas and concepts, besides coming from an innate need to believe in something greater and bigger than ourselves also comes from revolving around the biggest star of our solar system-The Sun.

Sistere: To Stand Still

The winter solstice is a time to turn inward, to pause and reflect. It is a sacred quiet, twilight and dream time to honor the stillness within. The fairy godmother, sound priestess and mentor, Ariel Spilsbury says, to listen for inner wisdom, we must first  “pool the silence.”  This is Nature’s invitation for us to do so. Yes, we may feel like we need to hurry up and get the last-minute shopping finished, set food and house preparations for company in for the holiday, but Goddess in all Her infinite wisdom says take this time and, “Be still. Be Silent. Rest.”

Here are just a few ways we can do this:

  • Taking 30 deep breaths and exhale. Pause. Release and let go.
  • Take a 10 to 15 minute walk around the neighborhood or in your own yard and observe what is going on around you. Allow yourself to be fully present in the moment.
  • Turn off the phone, the pc, the telly and curl up on the couch in a blanket, with a hot cuppa and your journal. Burn some incense, play soft music or nothing at all. “Pool the silence” and journal your thoughts,reflections and feelings about this time of year. Allow yourself 15-to 30 minutes. You deserve it.
  • Nourish the body and take that nap when you need it.

Sun at Solstice

These are just a few things that can help us tend to our inner flame as it begins to grow and wax once more with the sun’s joyous and glorious return.
May the return of light of this solstice season be bright and bring you many joys and much happiness in both your inner and outer world. And So It Is!
Source:
Wikipedia
http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/december-solstice.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/dec/21/when-is-winter-solstice
Published in: on December 22, 2011 at 7:46 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Speaking Goddess

Set your Goddess Free!

Every woman has a Goddess inside of her who has something to say, something she wants to create and places she’d like to go. Some women let their Goddess shine brightly while others aren’t even aware She exists within!

Sometimes I think, “How can this be? How can a woman not know that she has a beautiful, enchanting, seductive, intelligent, fiery, fierce and creative Goddess within her own Self?”

Then I remember:

We have long been taught to forget Her.

My Goddess wants to speak for today She has something to say to all of my beautiful sisters out there.

“Today in this very moment, you sister, friend, reader…you ARE beautiful. Do you know how incredibly gorgeous you are just as you are this second? At home in your lounge pants and lazy up-do, or in your work clothes being the “Working Goddess” that you are, peering into the screen to read these words. Yes, that’s right,YOU Goddess. YOU are just a beautiful, incredible, amazing woman and you know what? ILOVE YOU. That’s right. I LOVE YOU and I need you to wake up and SEE me within. I need you to remember that when you look into the mirror to fix your make-up, or brush your hair that behind those eyes is ME, YOUR GODDESS looking out at you. I long for you to RECOGNIZE & BEHOLD ME in ALL of MY BEAUTIFUL and DIVINE glory and LOVE ME. And know that when you LOVE ME, you LOVE YOU because we–you and me, yes us–we are ONE and if you TRUST & FOLLOW ME, I shall lead you to YOUR BLISS!!”

Now, today at this moment is a good of time as any to begin “Following Your Bliss” Beautiful Ones! One of the best ways we can do that is by opening up and listening to what our inner Goddess is saying. She will lead the way. All we need to do is show up, trust, surrender, (that’s a tough one for many of us but we gotta try!!) and follow where She leads our heart.

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls. ~ Joseph Campbell

Published in: on December 14, 2011 at 1:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

That’s Why Goddess Made Washing Machines!

If you wouldn’t wear your dirty laundry out in public, then why air about it on Facebook?

With good reason, this was my status message this morning.

Almost all of us who have a Facebook or have been part of any other social network have been guilty a time or two ourselves of posting our ‘dirty laundry’ for the world to see. Sometimes we get worked up and we just do it, needing a place to vent about some grievance we have over this or that. We share these annoyances and grievances with our friends in hopes of getting the support we are seeking and affirming that we are not alone or that we are right to be upset. Sometimes it is a good outlet. Sometimes as my dear friend Bobbi said, “It’s There A Py”. Sometimes we just need to be “heard” and seen.

But then there are those who seem to take it a little too far. Those who feel the need to call attention to a person or situation that upset them and share all the intimate details–their dirty laundry–of whatever the particular situation was for all of Facebook to see.

We can do the innuendo, we can dance and sing
When it’s said and done, we haven’t told you a thing
We all know that crap is king, give us dirty laundry

I also see on many occasions, the passive-aggressive woman in action as well. When she gets upset with someone and feels wronged by this person, she will not address them personally and in private with the intention to listen, in hopes of coming to some sort of resolution.  Instead, she will use Facebook and post all day long little nasty comments that have some reference to the issues to which she has taken. The comments are indirectly but undeniably aimed towards this specific person/s.

She might even post related articles that address the topic of what she feels mirrors her situation. She may post hints and clues as to whom she is talking about but never come out right and say anything for certain so that when she is finally confronted with it she can say, “Oh, you just assumed I was talking about you.”  …Weren’t you?

Goddess Mind

As soon as I see this I realize that this sister is not coming from a place of peace and power. Sometimes it’s hard to do that when you are pissed off. I get it. Been there, done that. I am no angel, I too have made a snarky remark here and there in a status update or two about someone or another who has ticked me off but because I’m conscious of it, I try not to do it at all. It’s the being conscious of our behavior that makes the difference. Are we in reacting mode or are we engaging our Goddess Mind which allows us to respond wisely?

As a Priestess, however, a Goddess woman in service to others and a woman with her Goddess Mind actively engaged doesn’t typically post her ‘dirty laundry’ for the world to see. Oh sure, on occasion she might wax hot and even rant if the moment calls for it but whatever personal issue she might take with another person, especially one she has on her immediate friend list, she will deal with privately and from a place of reason, a place of power and a place of peace.

As Goddess women and Priestesses who serve Her women and community, how we handle things, especially those things that have the tendency to tick us off, is of vital importance. If we are using a social network to network with other people, we can expect to be seen, heard and our character as such judged. And whether we like it or not, that is just the way it is.

It’s imperative that we who claim the honored title of Priestess are conscious of how we present ourselves to the rest of the world, including Facebook. We don’t need to put on airs and pretend either as that would not be authentic and true.

We need only to be ourselves and come from the center of our being within the Goddess Mind. We also need to consciously activate and fully engage our Goddess Mind. When we are acting from this place within the Goddess Mind, we are acting in accordance to and in alignment with our higher purpose.

We are human beings and we have and express a full range of emotions. If we don’t, then something is wrong. However, when we are fully engaging our Goddess Mind, we can filter these emotions as they rise to the surface and we have a better chance of being able to respond vs reacting to situations that get make us upset or angry.

This is something I actively pursue every day. I am fully aware that failing to handle issues from a place of power and peace is not in alignment with my Divine purpose on this planet.

As a spiritually conscious woman and a Priestess of Goddess, I understand that when the Goddess Mind is activated, we continue to grow and unfold into Her mysteries consciously. As Priestesses with Goddess Mind fully engaged, we find that we do not complain about the world and we do not explain away our actions. We are at the center of our being, a place of peace and a place of power. It is in this center place that we have the full 360 degree range of vision to see everything in our immediate realm. We see what needs to be seen, what issues need to be addressed and all of our dirty laundry that needs to be washed. And we do it with quiet grace and dignity. We do not complain. We do not explain.

We are empowered women fully activating our Goddess Mind who use washing machines to do our own dirty laundry. After all, that’s  why Goddess made them!

In Love and Laughter,

Aura

Published in: on December 9, 2011 at 9:42 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Monday, December 19th Sister Social

Sister Spirit Sanctuary

A Temple of the Divine Feminine presents

Sister Socials

Are you a female-born woman interested in exploring Goddess Spirituality with other women but don’t know where to begin?

Then Sister Socials are for you!

Sister Socials are open to all women-born women seeking to explore Goddess-focused, women-centered nature based spirituality through conversation and topic related discussion in a relaxed, public atmosphere with other like minded women.

Join us Monday, December 19th from 6:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m at Joe Muggs Café inside Books-a-Million at 335 Howe Ave, Cuyahoga Falls 44221

 For More information see our website at www.sisterspiritsanctuary.com

Blog site to get the up to date info

https://sisterspiritsanctuary.wordpress.com/

Or contact Aura at moonpriestess69@yahoo.com

 

We aim to promote friendship and Sisterhood among women.

December 5th Sister Social

Our Sister Social last week was quite nice. We met some new faces and the atmosphere was cozy…after of course, we could find space inside that is!

The artsy little coffee shop is a nice setting but we will definitely be switching the venue starting next week. The Angel Falls Cafe was chosen because Borders was closed and I didn’t really want to go to Panera’s although they do have a private party room you can reserve for free.

Yesterday however, I was pleasantly surprised when I learned that BAM! a.k.a Books-a-Million is now where my Borders used to be! Oh happy days are back! So that is where the next (and probably future ones–we’re still feeling all that out yet) Sister Socials will be.

Monday, December 5th from 6:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m 

BAM! (Books-A-Million)

335 Howe Ave, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

(where Borders used to be)

In the Joe Muggs Cafe area. 

I am admittedly too lazy to write another announcement for Sister Socials and I edited the original post. I will condense it further and then probably post it to Witch Vox and if I’m feeling extra daring, I might even print out fliers. Ooh, better watch out! Never know what I might do.

Hope to see you there!

Love and Magick,

Aura

Sister Social: Open Circles For Women

Sister Spirit Sanctuary will now be holding a “Sister Social” gathering every other Monday evening from 6:30 pm to 8:30pm

BAM! (Books-A-Million)

335 Howe Ave, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

(where Borders used to be)

In the Joe Muggs Cafe area. 

 Sister Socials are open to all women who would like to come gather with other women seeking Goddess spirituality, sisterhood, camaraderie and friendship. We will have open discussion on topics relevant to the path of Goddess Spirituality and Self-development, and women’s issues, as well as just the conversation of women seeking to get acquainted with each other.

 The main purpose of having a Sister Social is to have a place for women who wish to explore the topics of Goddess spirituality in a relaxed, informal and comfortable environmentbut aren’t quite ready to take that leap into the deep work that the Sister Circle provides space for. In this informal circle, women can come and get to know the women of Sister Spirit Sanctuary as well as get to know one another. This also allows women to get a feel for whether or not this is something they wish to take to another level or are comfortable right where they are.  For some women, the Sister Social will be enough. For others, it may be the bridge to something deeper. Whatever her purpose is, we believe there is something wonderful to be gained from gathering with other women in light conversation, with a little coffee or tea and just enjoying the presence of other women.

Our monthly gathering of Sister Circles will continue, however on an invitation basis only. Ironically, what started out as a women’s open circle to explore Goddess Spirituality and empowerment has taken on a life of its own and developed into a space of deep sharing, healing and amazing transformation in the lives of women who attend on a regular basis, thus becoming “Circle Sisters”.

Ideally, we would love for all women to be able to experience the rich, deep unfolding processes of learning, exploration and healing that our Sister Circles offer. However, realistically, we also understand that it is not conducive to the positive growth of the circle if we allow women to come into this sacred space without having an understanding of the women of the circle and/or having ever experienced what it is to be in sacred space with women-only.

Our Sister Circles have proved to be very powerful places of release and healing due to a level of deep sharing within it built upon the trust that has grown among the women. Because of this, we feel that having women in attendance to the Sister Circle without fully understanding what to expect and/or not knowing anyone enough to be able to open up and share is not helpful to the Circle dynamics.

So if you are a woman out there who has been wanting to attend Sister Circles, a woman who has emailed me at one time or another wanting to come but then was unsure or too nervous to show up (and I know you are out there), take advantage of this opportunity and join us for a little coffee, tea or something light to eat in the Joe Muggs cafe locate inside BAM! every other Monday night beginning November 21st at 6:30 pm to 8:30pm.

If you intend on stopping in, drop me an email so we know to look for you! moonpriestess69@yahoo.com  

Look forward to seeing you there!

Love and Magick,

Aura

My Shadow Sister and I

Samhain Blessings One and All!!

Due to some personal issues in the last couple of months (September/October) that needed attending to, I chose to suspend our monthly “Sister Circle” gatherings until after Samhain. Aside with a host of other emotions and feelings I was dealing with, I also felt very drained. I knew that I could not, in good faith, give the total attention to the women of the circle, or to lend my energy to be supportive. Part of being a Goddess woman is recognizing when one needs to step back and honor the Self and give self-care when needed. I recognized that I was in no place physically, emotionally, mentally or even spiritually to even attempt to hold sacred space for others let alone be a support for them. I had my own journey, my own labyrinth I needed to walk and get to the center too, and I needed to be able to scream, cry, kick, spit, cuss, laugh, and rage until I got to that center where I would find insight, light, peace and healing. I realize however, that this is my souls Samhain lessons this turn of the wheel.

Why do I share this with you? 

Because I am a real woman. Yes, I am a Spiritual Midwife-Goddess-Teacher-Priestess-In-Residence and Founder of Sister Spirit Sanctuary, however I make mistakes, I struggle, I bleed, I hurt, I cry and I anger just like the rest of us. I am as real as they come. I do not dance a sacred Priestess dance looking for the ‘right proper Priestess words that are really only meant to impress anyway, although I know there are plenty who do. I abide by the old “If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.” Not that what I might say would be rude, but truthful and often, people, even some priestesses, do not like truthful, therefore it might be considered, “not nice.” So I say nothing at all.

I’m not a fence sitter either. Like the other saying, “What’s popular isn’t always right and what’s right isn’t always popular”,  I am not afraid to speak up against that which I think is unjust and unfair wrongs done to others, despite the consequences of my actions. I am fully aware of the many Plastic Priestesses who will judge you by your social status, how much money you have, your life experiences, how you present yourself in public if you claim the title Priestess. In one regard, I believe that yes, we are held to a higher standard of behavior and we expect better than your average Jane of behavior, and certainly not anything less than that. At the same time, I don’t really see how it serves a woman who is a Priestess, especially one in a service capacity to act like she does not cry or ever struggles with her surroundings, sometimes her family and friends, or even finances. I have often wondered if it were some fantasy that some were trying to either sell to others and/or make themselves believe that if one is a Priestess, one is always connected to Source and therefore one is always prosperous, happy, healthy and living such a wonderful and amazing life, over flowing with goodness and love.

Sounds good to me. Maybe I’d bite. But that’s not the reality. Part of the beauty of life is, and I can’t believe I’m going to say this, is the challenge that it often presents. It’s because it is these challenges that we as women, as people, find out about ourselves. Not tripping the life fantastic all the time.

I share parts of my life with the women I serve because it’s what’s real. It is where I gain much of the wisdom I have to share–through the personal struggles of my life and family. So my star doesn’t shine as bright as some out there in the greater community, but it doesn’t burn as fast either. I’m not looking to be a polished, shiny, and plastic Priestess, nor am I looking for prestige or even notoriety for that matter (I can do bad on my own, thank you very much!) swinging off the back of someone else’s cloak tail either. I am a real woman of the real living earth. Not one that pretends to have stepped off the pages of the book, “The Mists of Avalon” by Marion Zimmer-Bradley. Although, on second thought, I would say Morgaine and her mother did experience great suffering and much sacrifice didn’t they? So perhaps it is that I could say that I would be like them in that regard. Ok, scratch that. How about not being a phenomenal and glamorous High Priestess, or Lady of the Lake like Vivienne, portrayed by the amazing Angelica Houston in the made for TNT movie based on the same book? Yes. I am not her.

Again I say, I am a real woman with real struggles and it is through my personal struggles that my own Wisdom Teachings come through.

So having rambled off the above, I can tell you a bit about my Samhain journey, and how it was I came to dance with my Sister Shadow.

As we began our descent into the darkness, nearing the autumnal equinox, I had to face a major betrayal of family and friend; one of my own daughters,(my second born, nineteen year old daughter who is angry at the world, especially her mother) and my so-called dear friend to whom I often confided in with issues surrounding this daughter. As it turns out, my friend was talking to my daughter behind my back, relating things I said in confidence, betraying my trust (and ultimately compounding an already difficult and strained situation) and then when confronted with that, lied claiming she never talked to my daughter, nor would she ever do or say the things she was accused of saying by that same nineteen year old to my oldest, twenty-two year old daughter. Only to have my nineteen year old daughter move in with her literally, the next day. The killer part is, she lives right next door to me! The bright side is, I didn’t have to worry about where my daughter was at night (as she didn’t have anywhere to go, burning her bridges with everyone she stayed with) but the impact and damage this friend did to our family as a whole was pretty bad. Some boundaries should never be crossed and if they ever are, I have learned you find out what “Hell’s Fury” really is.

Anyway, this betrayal sent me on a tailspin of emotions of all kinds. I was hurt beyond belief and I experienced a type of rage that I hadn’t even known existed within me. Oh I knew I could be a little crazy at times if push came to shove, but I had no idea the extent of the ferocity and dangerously violent emotions could be conjured up inside of me, a Goddess Loving woman. A woman who has dedicated herself to a path of spiritual growth and personal and spiritual empowerment. Ironically, I realized in the midst of my blinding rage, in the deepest, darkest place I have yet visited within my own soul, that one single moment where I felt such wrath and rage that I could have destroyed anything in my path, that only now could I see myself for the ‘wholeness’ that I truly am. I also realized this wasn’t about what my frienemy did, or my daughter but about me and what I needed to focus on to embrace my wholeness. The incident pushed me into the darkness to find the light within. Only then did I pass through a veil of enlightenment into the next level of my higher consciousness.

Like Innana, my descent into the underworld, my own darkness and death of sort, was difficult. The deeper I went, the more I had to remove and release. Until, eventually, I was caused to stand there, naked, face to face with my own Sister/Shadow, my Ereshkigal. She had a fierceness like I have never known before and I was very afraid of what I saw and of what I felt. But when I let go of the fear, and I accepted her for all that she was, I was able to see the spiritual flame within the darkness. It was in these moments that my ego, the falsehood of everything I thought I was, began to transform. In fact, my journey is not over and I am still in the transforming process. I am still letting go and pushing past the boundaries of my own self set limitations and learning to fully embrace who I am as a real woman and a New Earth Priestess.

My Shadow Sister is teaching me to dance with her. She is teaching me how to see her in a different light, one that empowers me and lifts me up vs. one that I am afraid of and deny and she has to ‘get ugly’ to be recognized, flaring up and coming out at the most inappropriate times, demanding I see her. I see her though, I recognize her and I embrace her. I am the light sister, and she is the dark and together we are whole of who I am. I am learning this shadow dance, I am learning and I am dancing. For in this dance of the shadow am I able to dance into the light and it is through this dance, of light and dark do I find the freedom to be who I really am.

Published in: on October 29, 2011 at 12:58 pm  Comments (8)  
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Finding Balance Within The Chaos

The monthly sister circle of Sister Spirit Sanctuary, Temple of the Sacred Feminine is August 28th 4 p.m to 7 p.m

Sister Spirit Sanctuary, Temple of the Sacred Feminine is an open circle of women, for women who are seeking women-centered, Goddess-based spirituality. We are women who are building and experiencing sisterhood and self-empowerment through healing, education and ritual. We are based in Akron, Ohio.

Finding Balance In The Midst Of Chaos. 

This month I am very late with posting the information for the Sister Circle. Because of that,this might not reach those in plenty of time who might have liked to have otherwise joined us. For any inconvenience, I apologize.

The last few weeks or longer, I have found myself completely overwhelmed with things in my own realm that it has finally dawned on me how “ungrounded” I have become. Having talked with several sisters, I know that I am not alone.

As we are slowly but surely approaching the autumnal equinox, a time of balance, it seems appropriate that our focus is in the direction of seeking a place of balance in the midst of our chaotic world, especially now having just emerged from a nasty Mercury Retrograde.

The Focus and Work

Our work in this months Sister Circle will be centered on exploring the reasons for our own personal overly stressful times and recognize how these can easily become depress-ful times.

Through discussion and journaling, we’ll begin by tracing some of these feelings we have back to their origin, untangle the way we respond by releasing our negative and or anti-response (you know, when we just ignore it hoping it goes away and it just begins to snowball response!) by giving it over to Earth mama for transformation while at the same time, clearing and healing the root chakra so that we may draw Her powerful energy into ourselves. When we are grounded in the energy of the earth, each time these chaotic and crazy feelings surface again (and make no mistake, they will!) we will have learned how to better cope and respond to them without feeling so overwhelmed vs reacting in ways that do not add to our life purpose here on earth.

Goddess Energy

The Goddess Energy we will work with this month is SHAKTI. She is a powerful Goddess that can help motivate us to strip away the chaotic energies in our lives and help direct us to finding our own balance within.

 Shakti is the Ultimate Goddess of India. Shakti is the primal force of all female energy found within each Goddess. She is the ancient force of power, the breath that will that animates the divine Devi. Shakti liberates women from trivial events of everyday life, and leads them to enlightenment. Her creative abilities and transcendent power are the core of ever Hindu Goddess. She is the force in yoga practices and tantric ritual.

From The Goddess Guide, by Priestess Brandi Auset

Tapping into creativity:

Working with this healing and balancing earth energy, we will be journaling and working with stone art. With these stones, we mark, design and decorate them with our own specially chosen symbols and others that we might carry with us in a pouch or purse to remind ourselves of our purpose for those moments or just use for meditative & ritual purposes.

Those planning to come should bring the following items:

  • A Journal, a pen, and some markers.
  • Your own personal candle for the altar
  • Anything of personal or symbolic value you would like to share and bring to the altar; a piece of your energy telling us who you are. (A picture, a trinket, your own altar cloth to add to the altar etc…you take this home with you when you go)
  • A food dish for sharing the feast afterward
  • Pillow/blanket/Cushion to sit on
  • Drums, rattles or other shakers

We will be meeting at the Temple home base.  Weather permitting we will be outside for a drumming circle.

If you plan to attend or need directions, please contact me via email at:

moonpriestess69@yahoo.com

I look forward to seeing my Sisters there!

In deepest love and brightest light,

Aura Argante

Releasing Divine Power

The power of the Goddess, which is the same power that created you is within you–that same incredible Divine spark within ourselves, deep within our own minds can be accessed in many ways, however, the simplest and yet what seems to also be the most difficult is using our own conscious mental attitude to call it forth.

The power of the Divine is always trying to release itself through expression in your life in some way or another. In fact, the Divine Self, your Goddess/God mind is your most purest, loving, positive and “truest Self”. So how then do we call forth that Divine power, the spark of the Goddess within our own minds and allow IT to express itself through our lives?By changing our attitudes. That’s right, you’ve heard it a thousand, maybe even a million times: “It’s all in the attitude”. From every self-help book, spiritual counselor, wise guru to therapists and clinical psychologists alike we have heard that how we think affects how we act and how we act affects the response of the universe and the people in it which then in effect is exactly what we put out there by way of our attitude. Get it?

Because your Divine Self, the Goddess/God power within is  positive power in the greatest of terms, it is only with positive thinking and mental attitude that will allow for increased opportunities for the Divine power to express itself through your life. Positive thinking causes an influx of the higher positive thought energies that will help you manifest your dreams and live a happier life.

On the other side of the spectrum, the more you practice negative thinking and allow for negative energies to fill your mind, they also fill your life.You will experience a life filled with unhappiness, bitterness and even anger. In essence, your life becomes fertile ground for negativity and everything that comes with it. Because negativity is recession-it will recede deep into your subconscious and build a barrier against your Divine power so that it can not release itself through expression in your life.

So you ask, “How can Divine power be stopped? It is after all Divine power.” While it is Divine, it is within you and you have been given the gift of ‘free will’. You have the power of choice. Only you can choose to let the power of the Divine within work through you and express itself through your life in many ways. When we consciously decide to practice positive thinking which opens up the pathways that lets our Divine power flow and express itself through out lives, then we can come to truly understand what it is meant to have faith and know that the power of the Goddess is working in every aspect our lives to bring into it peace, love and happiness.

Be well and Blessed Be! Aura

Published in: on July 6, 2011 at 8:45 pm  Comments (1)  

June Sister Circle: Awakening the Priestess Within

The monthly sister circle of Sister Spirit Sanctuary A Temple of the Sacred Feminine is June 26th 4 p.m to 7 p.m

Sister Spirit Sanctuary, Temple of the Sacred Feminine is an open circle of women, for women who are seeking women-centered, Goddess-based spirituality. We are women who are building and experiencing sisterhood and self-empowerment through healing, education and ritual. We are based in Akron, Ohio.

This months theme: Awakening the Priestess Within

All women have inside of themselves many different and powerful feminine archetypal energies and patterns waiting to be explored. One of these powerful archetypal energies is “The Priestess” or “High Priestess” as some like to refer to this archetypal energy. No matter how it is called, this archetypal energy is the same; it is potent, powerful and transformational. On Sunday, June 26th, we will explore this sacred archetype of the Priestess or “High Priestess” as she is known and depicted in the Tarot. The Priestess archetype represents in us our higher wisdom, truth and vision.

Priestess
The Priestess archetype is possibly the least known and understood, especially in the present patriarchal culture which dominates and subjugates women‘s spirituality. The Priestess archetype is the domain of intuitive awareness and insight, of secret or “occult” (that which is hidden) knowledge of the unknown realm.


The Priestess has a magical connection to the unknown, the void of creation, source energy. She is the trans-connector, the facilitator, between the material and the spiritual, the mediator of powerful energies that make up the being that we are. The Priestess calls forth, transmutes and directs energies between unconscious and conscious awareness, affecting our material and spiritual felt sense of being.

A woman in the fullness of the Priestess archetype feels like this:
She is the master of her spiritual and material realities showing a confidence of bearing that knows how to call forth from spiritual storehouses what is needed to transmute, transduce, transform energies that would overtake or topple other women not in this fullness.

She is thoughtful, reflective, having depth to her presence and intellect. She knows how to detach from inner and outer storms and how to connect deep inner truths and resources with her experience of life. She sees a higher possibility and attunes to its resonance. She is not easily pushed or pulled around by faddish influences but brings power and confidence to difficult situations requiring change or shifting -with grace and insight.


The woman in the fullness of the Priestess archetype is transpersonally engaging with others, serving their need for love and acceptance and spiritual grounding through her presence and expression/interaction. She serves expansive consciousness, a higher possibility and the greater good with humility and grace, not from Egoic desire for prominence or position.

The priestess longs to be remembered once more and awakened. She yearns to be brought forth in our daily consciousness so that we may manifest her sacredness in our daily lives. Awakening to the Priestess within is to awaken to the inherent and natural ability within oneself to be this conduit and director of energies between our conscious and unconscious awareness with the knowledge and wisdom to transmute and change these energies that affect our physical and spiritual realms.

The Creative Expression Work:

In this cosmic energy path working of reconnecting with The Priestess archetype, we will be making sacred headdresses to wear during our personal workings and any time we want to feel the Priestess within at work.

The Priestess headdress is first and foremost, as a symbol of a woman in her own spiritual authority. Often ritual headdresses of the Priestesses in the Goddess traditions have some sort of moon element on them. This is because it represents the power of the subconscious and the levels of the deeper and divine mind as well as our intuition. In the Tarot, The High Priestess and the Moon card represent a knowing that there is an intertwining consciousness to all life including the subconscious and intuition.

When a woman places the diadem or headdress upon her head, she is consciously signaling to her Priestess Self to awaken within and in doing so, she therefore can allow this Priestess energy to lead her while the conscious-ego self steps aside to let the Priestess within do her work.  Being a powerful conduit of energy, when the Priestess arrives, the subconscious is allowed to move and flow, and in that “moving and flowing” we are capable of getting in touch with our authentic Selves and true natures.  It is learning how to awaken and harness this deep and powerful wisdom that we are better able to manifest astonishing and changes in our lives for the betterment of our selves and the world in which we live.

Making a ritual Priestess headdress can be a lot of fun to make as well. It needn’t be hard and difficult. It can be as simple or as extravagant as one desires. It can be made from precious metals, leathers and stones or made from fabric, a string of gems, ribbons, a plain bridal head band and glue. We will be making two types of simple; fabric based ones for our “Awakening the Priestess Within” Sister Circle.


Those planning to come should bring the following items:

For the Priestess Headdress

Your choice of fabric that can be cut into strips to braid together or a long scarf that can tie around the head.

A hard head band, plain or one that can be covered–it can be used as a firm base.

Ribbon in colors of your choosing

  • Silk flowers, long strings of beads and/or pieces from old costume jewelry that you can recycle some pieces from or use as a center piece.
Other suggested items can be:
A crescent moon shape that can be fashioned on headdress, binding cords  or anything that has some spiritual and personal significance to you and can be attached to the headdress.
For the Gathering of Sisters:
  • Your own personal candle for the altar
  • Anything of personal or symbolic value you would like to share and bring to the altar; a piece of your energy telling us who you are. (A picture, a trinket, your own altar cloth to add to the altar etc…you take this home with you when you go)
  • A food dish for sharing the feast afterward
  • Pillow/blanket/Cushion to sit on
  • Drums, rattles or other shakers

We will be meeting at the Temple home base.  Weather permitting we may be outside for a drumming circle.

If you plan to attend or need directions, please contact me via email at:

moonpriestess69@yahoo.com

I look forward to seeing you there!

In deepest love and brightest light,

Priestess Aura

source: The Divine Feminine

http://www.mythiclove.net/sunyata/divine_feminine.html