Crystal Magic; The Basics

CRYSTAL BASICS

Everything in the universe is made up of energy which vibrates at various frequencies. At a molecular level, all that is, including ourselves, is in a state of constant vibration. Often times, these vibrations will be cancelled out when they come into contact with chaotic energy that vibrates on a different wavelength. However crystals and stones can help to add these vibrations together as their structures allow for the amplification of wavelengths and frequencies.   Because of the ability of stones and crystals to vibrate at a constant rate, they can be used to eliminate energetic distortions and restore a bodies proper balance, which leads to better mental, physical, and spiritual health. For a visual example of what great energy conductors crystals can be, take two pieces of quartz into a dark room and rub them together. The stones will begin to glow from within, releasing substantial light!

Different crystals vibrate at different rates, as do various parts of the body and the environments we live in. Knowing how to collaborate various stone energies with those of the body, mind, or surrounding environment for a more harmonious existence is an extremely beneficial skill, which takes time and experience to cultivate. Remember to not be afraid to experiment with what works best for you, and to have fun as you embark on your crystal journey.

HOW TO CHOOSE A CRYSTAL

When choosing a crystal it is highly important to listen to your intuition. Your energy body will interact with the energy emitted from the crystal and will naturally be “drawn to” the stone which is emitting the needed frequency. If you are choosing a crystal for a specific purpose, focus on that purpose and pay attention to your gut reaction. If you are choosing a crystal for another person, focus on that individual and allow your heart to guide you to the correct stone. Remember, a crystal emits its own energy, and chooses you as much as you choose it, so be sure to thank the crystal after you have made your selection.

CLEANING YOUR CRYSTALS

Gemstones easily pick up and store vibrations that are not in harmony with their own natural states. It is also possible for them to retain the memories of thoughts or feelings of those who have previously come into contact with them. Therefore, it is extremely important that any stone you add to your collection be cleansed upon its acquirement. In order to keep your crystals functioning at optimal performance, routine maintenance cleaning is also highly advisable. Some basic knowledge of the stones you hold in your care is recommended before selecting a method of cleaning as some techniques can damage certain stones. For example, many crystals are water soluble or will fade in the sunlight.

The most common way of cleaning crystals is by sunlight. To do this, simply place the crystal in direct sunlight for a few hours. The bombardment of energy inherent in sunlight will strip away any lingering energies which are not natural to the crystal, leaving only the pure energy which is produced by the stone itself. Amethyst, Aventurine, Citrine, Fluorite, and Rose & Smokey Quartz are all crystals which will fade in sunlight, so when cleaning these stone it may be more appropriate to use moonlight or smudging techniques (see below).

Another method is to bury your crystals in the earth for 2 to 3 days. The large amounts of healing energies present in the earth will wash away negative energies clinging to the crystals in the same way that sunlight will, but in a gentler more soothing manner. You can wrap your crystals in a piece of cloth or a bag to help keep soil out of any crevices which could be difficult to keep clean. Be sure to accurately mark the burial sight so you can easily retrieve your stones when you need them!

You can also clean your crystal collection by burying the stones in a bowl of natural sea salt for 7 to 24 hours and help keep them clean by storing them on a bed of salt when not in use. Placing them in the water of a running stream or the light of a full moon will also remove energetic debris, although you must make sure your stones are not water soluble before submerging them in a liquid.

Citrine and Kyanite are the only two self cleaning stones known at this time, and placing your stones on top of them for two to three hours will completely re-energize them, as will smudging them with sage smoke.

These are just some of the most basic ways to clean and care for your crystals. Try making a ceremony out of the act of cleansing. After all this is a conscious collaboration between yourself and the crystal for the mutual benefit of both entities, and recognizing the magic present in such cooperation is a beautiful  and rewarding aspect of crystal work.

PROGRAMING YOUR CRYSTAL

In order for a crystal to exude maximum benefits to its user, it must be dedicated to the purpose you will be using it for. To do this, simply hold the stone in your hands and picture it being surrounded by light. You may close your eyes if you find this aids the process. Say, either out loud or to yourself, ” I dedicate this crystal to the highest good of all. May it be used in light and in love.” Then, focus on the purpose for which the crystal will be used. Be specific and detailed in this visualization. Close by saying “I program this crystal for {purpose}”. Place the crystal in a location where you will be able to see or touch it frequently, holding it 2 to 3 times a day until you feel the intention has been firmly set.

 

 

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How do you use crystals? Are they are part of your magical practice or a beautiful addition to your home decor? Let me know in the comments below!

Welcome Home.

Prelude to “The New Witches’ Handbook”:

 

Hello my sacred sister, and congratulations on finding your magical path! If you are like myself, you may be feeling both a sense of joy and excitement at having experienced “The Calling”, mixed with a bit of trepidation at what comes next. There is so so much to learn. And what will the neighbors think? Not to mention your friends and family. It is only natural that our excitement be tinged with a bit of fear. The horrific persecution many of our ancestors suffered for pursuing their paths still lingers in our memories, as it should. We must always remember to use care and caution when practicing the craft, and it would be unwise to make yourself the target of a modern day witch-hunt, figurative or otherwise. That being said, I want you to realize that you are not alone. There are more of us than you think, and our numbers are growing.

As a young lass, I was fully aware of my beliefs and spirituality, though I had no name for it. I was also aware that there were many people who called themselves witches. But those people tended to be the goth kids, the social misfits, who wore black T-Shirts featuring bloody looking pentacles, spike chokers, and who hung out in the hallways at lunch burning things with lighters they’d smuggled onto campus. That wasn’t really my style. Nor was the structured hierarchy of Wicca or some of the other Pagan based religions I came across in my studies. I eventually discovered Natural Witchcraft, or as it is sometimes referred to as, Wild, Green, or Kitchen Witchcraft, and determined that if I had to put a label on it, my faith fit most easily into these categories, but I kept these thoughts mostly to myself. When it came to my spiritual beliefs, and my beliefs in energy, magic, and the power of the mind, I still felt very much alone.

It was not until I gave birth to my daughter that certain events in my life began happening at a rapid rate, setting off a domino effect of occurrences which resulted in me experiencing The Calling with such a force that it could not be denied. Something within me clicked. This is who I am. This is what I was meant to do, this is the path I was meant to walk. With this acknowledgement and acceptance came a sense of peace and completeness that my soul had not previously experienced. It was such a powerful feeling that I knew I could not be wrong in choosing this unconventional path. I began to write about it. And talk about it. And reach out to people who I could sense were feeling the pulse of magic streaming through their veins just as I was. It was in doing this that I made a pleasant and unexpected discovery: I am far from alone. There are untold numbers of magical beings living both in and out of the broom closet.

I had never felt ashamed for the things I believe, for I knew them in my heart to be true. However, as a result of not ever having any peers growing up who felt the same way, I had often felt guarded, embarrassed even. Most of my classmates were raised either Christian or Catholic, and they quickly learned that taking me along to church on Sunday morning was a bad idea. I asked far too many questions that had no satisfying answers of the poor church staff. To be fair to them, I did rather enjoy watching the color rise in the pastors cheeks when they realized they’d been morally stumped by a grade schooler. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for debate and playing the devils advocate. Regardless, I learned to keep my spiritual beliefs to myself, and while this served me quite well, I’d be lying if I said it didn’t get lonely from time to time. These childhood experiences made me somewhat hesitant to open up about my magical path. But the experiences I was now having as a new mother were so profound I could not keep them to myself.

I have been more than thrilled with the overwhelming show of support from both friends, family, and strangers, since my “coming out”. Many of the people I have nervously shared my beliefs with have confessed to feeling the same way. There are so many of us out there longing to re-establish the intimate connections we once had with the Earth and our environments. There are numerous individuals who are waking up and seeing the world with new eyes, recognizing the magic that surrounds them on a daily basis and feeling it’s fire flow through their veins. Even science is headed in the right direction, proving that not only are we all made of the same energetic essence, and that energy can never be destroyed, but it is also acknowledging the fact that our minds, and our thoughts, have much more of an impact on ourselves and our world than we had previously comprehended. Take for example the placebo effect, or the relatively new and groundbreaking field of Noetic Science.

At the time of this writing, Mercury and Pluto are squaring off. We are in the middle of a great shift in global consciousness, an awakening. The stirring you are feeling within yourself, that undeniable call of the Goddess bubbling up from within your own sacred soul, is Mother Earths cry to arms. Her body, her cycles, her health, are all reflected in our own bodies. We can feel the restlessness, like a snake uncoiling from a slumber, lifting her head, read to strike. The Earth is sick, dying. This is a result of humanities break from the Goddess, a rift that has grown between ourselves, the heavens, and the Earth. As we continue to pollute our planet with toxins and exploit her resources until her fertile grounds turn bleak and barren, continuing to believe the illusion that we are somehow separate from Nature, so too do we damage our own sacred bodies. Formerly unheard of diseases are claiming the lives of millions each year, despite all of our best advances in modern medicine. But you, my sacred sister, are beginning to remember. The fact that you are reading this now is proof that you have heard the Mothers Call, for it is for you that this is written. If we as woman, who are so intimately linked to the cyclical dance of the Earth and Skies, do not speak for The Mother, who will? The time for inaction is passed. We have sat by silently for too long, allowing our powers to be suppressed, perverted, and made taboo. If we are to survive as a species, and leave our children in a world we can be proud to pass down, we must stop believing we are insignificant and powerless as women. We must relearn the ancient knowledge of the Goddess, and reawaken the suppressed intuitive powers within ourselves. It is not a task which can be taken lightly, but it is one we can put off no longer.

While the path of the Witch is not without trial, I can promise that it is one filled with truth, magic, wonder, and awe. There is a sense of peace and joy that enters the soul when you humbly acknowledge and accept your divine path. There is a completeness that can be felt down in the core of your being which proves to those in-tuned that this is what you have been brought here to do. You have a purpose. The Goddess needs YOU to speak for her, to act for her, to spread her love and heal the world. This may seem like a monumental task, but never doubt for a second, that you do indeed, have the capacity of healing the planet.

The patriarchal social structures which have ruled our society for several thousand years have had their time in the sun. I think it is safe to say it has royally fucked shit up. These discriminating, selfish, hierarchal and outdated ideals benefit no one. Not man, not woman, not child, and certainly not Mother Earth.

Now it is our turn. Our turn to shake off the chains which have bound our feminine powers and create the magical utopia that is absolutely attainable if we once more learn to live in the harmonious cyclical cycles of Mother Earth and the heavens beyond, and perhaps more importantly, to trust ourselves, our inner Goddess, our intuition, and each other. Remember, before the conquest of Western masculine ideologies some five thousand years ago, cultures from around the globe worshiped the feminine in all her life giving and creative glory. It was women who linked our menstrual cycles to the movement of the moon and planets, it was women who invented astronomy, astrology, yoga and the arts. Women built the first societies, nurtured the first communities, convened and communicated with nature and the unseen energies which surround us, and kept the balance of masculine and feminine in perfect order. It is time to reclaim this power. We will perish if we don’t.

So I applaud you for your courage, and your choice to heed The Call. Wear the title of Witch proudly, teach the masses that far from evil, Witchcraft is a wise and ancient art, full of love, growth, and healing. Never loose the sense of excitement and vitality you feel now. There will always be something more to learn, some opportunity to grow and blossom.

It is my hope that one day there will be no more Witches. One day, I believe, this label will be obsolete, as humanity will have re-established balance with Nature, seeing that witchcraft is not an eccentric hobby, but a way of life. THE way of life. It can embrace all cultures, all geographies, all peoples. We will no longer be Witches, we will simply be human. Human beings living side by side in mutually beneficial relationship with one another, with Mother Earth, and all her inhabitants, guided by the Heavens and confident in our own divinity. Today, however, more than ever, the Witch is needed. The Universe is thirsty for her magic, craving her care and attentions, waiting for her to shape and sooth the damaged energy of the world back into the glowing gem of life , love, and wonder it is meant to be. It is time to reawaken your inner magic and become an active participant in this process. It is time to make a change.

Welcome home my sister, and Goddess Bless.

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A Message from Gaia:

What are your dreams made of? Who do you meet when you fall asleep at night? Is it within our control or at we at the mercy of the sleep gods and our own tricky subconscious? Perhaps a little of both.

I have always been a very vivid dreamer. My favorite ones are the ones where I catch a glimpse of something so much greater than myself. Where I meet beings who’s wise messages are from another time and place, yet upon waking, are discovered to be oh so relevant to my life.

This is why I keep a dream journal. Here is one of the most powerful messages I have ever received, delivered via a letter in a dream. It was a letter from Gaia Herself. In my dream it was circulating amongst humanity. It was not a viral internet thing, but rather being left on windshields, stuffed into books and magazines at book stores, folded into the shelves at the market. It was making some people very angry. And others very hopeful.
When I read the letter in my dream which I came upon by finding it taped to a pump at the gas station, of all places, my dream self instantly knew I was dreaming and that this was a message I wanted to take back with me. Upon waking I rushed to copy it, struggling to get down all the points and messages before they evaporated into the ether like mists dissolving with the kiss of the morning sun. So this may not be verbatim, but as many would argue, it is only the speakings of my own subconscious, so it’s probably Ok if it’s not a word for word copy of the ‘original’. I believe its pretty damn close, as far as I can remember. So here it is, for your entertainment and consideration, a message from the Gaia, the Earth Mother, given in a dream:

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“The time is now upon us.

The pendulum is reaching its climax, on the cusp of swinging the other way.

We have sat back. We have watched from in the shadows where we were told to go. We hunkered down and rested, waited, hibernated, one eye closed and always on the dark, the other open and ever vigilant to the world as we blended seamlessly into the landscape.

We thought: You think you can do it better? You think male is stronger than female? You think man knows better than God? You think Nature is here for YOU? For YOUR disposal and enjoyment? Ok. Prove to us how right you are.

We are tired. Tired of fighting you. Tired of resisting you, unruly child. We will rest. We will pass the torch. Lets see what you can do.

For thousands of years we have watched you now. Watched you make a mockery out of life. Watched you fall deeper into your own lies and insanity. To the point you named your monster “civilization” and called it progress. You glorified destruction, domestication, enslavement. And you still do.

And we have had enough. You have taken things too far. We have been silent for too long.
Now you’ve woken the Mother. She is angry. She is sick and furious and wounded- and woe to those who thoughtlessly provoke a sick and wounded wild animal. There is no creature alive more wild and powerful than Mother Nature. She is rising up from the depths like a sleeping dragon. She is calling her children back to her. And you are either with us or against us.

It has not to do with politics. Politics are useless, antiquated, man-made rituals that are no longer serving the greater good of anything. This is beyond politics.

It is beyond religion. There is no religion. There is only THIS. Only you and I. And we are one and the same.

This is not about nationalities. Nations too will be a thing of the past. A curious practice of our forefathers whose feeble minds we can hardly understand in their base limitations.

That is why you either feel it in your bones, a deep and constant humming, disturbing at first in its unfamiliarity, yet gradually becoming a part of you. A soothing vibration, a feeling of power. Muscles gathering with grace and precision, so much force, waiting with delicious anticipation to spring forth to secure the kill that will enable life. You feel it and are empowered. you are not afraid, because you hear my words. You understand my language.

Or you are against us. Which means you are filled with unhappiness. You are disconnected. Your mind is weak. You divide that which needs to be united. You conquer that which needs to be befriended. Your ego has run rampant and allowed fear to spread like a cancer through your being. And many of you are beyond saving. Fear is the root of this problem. No matter which way you look at it. If you have not heard The Calling, if you cannot see the angels or her the trumpets ringing out from the heavens it is only because fear is keeping you from what is yours by birthright: A relationship with ME- God/dess, All that is. Fear is keeping you from yourself. And there is not much I have to say to you except “Get ready”. It is going to be a difficult transition for you. Filled with pain, chaos, and resistance. All because of fear. And when at last you fall bruised, battered, and bleeding at my feet, I will lift you up and you will be healed. All pain and anguish will instantly be a distant and only vaguely unpleasant memory. But you will look back and see that is was all needless. It was all for nothing.

At this point it will not matter to you, all will be well, and you will know the truth for yourself. But it matters to you now. What is coming you must endure whether you wish to or not. It is up to you whether you ride the wave or let it crush you.

And now I speak to you, my children:

Daughters- This is your time. This is why you were born into this life. This is what you have trained for, lifetime after lifetime. This is what I have prepared you for. You have done the work. You know yourselves. You know me. Our relationship has been carefully cultivated and tended within the garden of your heart. Taking shape like a butterfly hidden within the chrysalis. Now we are called forth, to spread our wings and fly. Look at your sisters and love them. They are an extension of you. There is no room for jealousy, competition, or pettiness in the new world. These traits will vanish with along with the end of days. They will fall with patriarchy. They will decay in the ground and give rise to a new understanding and connection among us. WE are the future. WE are unstoppable. We know this. And we know we have had enough.  We are the gardeners who are charged with restoring our Eden, we are the bridge between heaven and Earth.

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Sons- You know who you are, and bless you, for you are a rare breed of man. A true breed. And I love you. The world needs your Divine Masculinity as much as it needs the Sacred Feminine. You are the balance. You are the protection. You are the champion ready and willing to lay down his life in order to protect those who cannot protect themselves. You do this with love and courage, for you know me, and in my grace, there is nothing you fear, nothing to fear.

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Now YOU will be tested as well. It is not just the women who will be called to arms, it is you. You will need to have the strength to break the barriers that civilization has built all around you in an attempt to control your awesome, formidable, enticing, sexual, tender, yet shamelessly ruthless, power. You will succeed. Your masculinity cannot be contained within a domesticated society like a wild animal in a zoo. You are more than they have told you you are. You are man. You are the son of God. You are the Champion of the Goddess, and the Lover to the Sorceress. What you bring, we CANNOT do without.

To All Humanity- You are a part of me. Cells of my body. Thought forms in my mind. There is nothing about you separate from me. You are God, you are Goddess. Your purpose is to ensure my health, to allow for my continued and infinite evolution. That is why I created you. Your job is to allow me to bring awareness to myself, through your own limited, individual, and largely physical, perspectives. But together….do you know what you have shown me???

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Now you have a choice. Just as you always have and always will.

Option 1:

You can bid your time on this realm adieu, and I will continue to exist and blossom without the form of human species. For you as a species have become a cancer. A disease. A threat to life and well-being. You, as a species have created massive imbalance, and you know how I handle imbalance. You know how I deal with illness and disease. Open your eyes and look around. I will tell you how I deal with disease:

I heal it from within, or eradicate it from without. If there is a virus I create the antibodies. If there is infection I create white blood cells.  If there are too many rabbits, I create more foxes, too many deer, I birth more wolves. Too much water, I bring drought, too much heat, prepare for an ice age.

Option 2: Evolve into the Beings I intend you to be; Healers and creators. Alchemists. Important players in the Natural Landscape. Ambassadors between species. Conduits between the material and spirit realms. Writers of a new World Myth. Unique shimmering points of GOD CONSCIOUSNESS within the mind of THE ALL.

Is it any wonder that some of you are being born more sensitive? More empathetic? More psychic? More magical and more powerful? No. This is nothing to be alarmed about. You are the healing antibodies. YOU are the white blood cells.

Or you are the cancer. You are the sheep, who continue bleating even as they follow the rest of the herd over the cliff edge to their doom.

Or you are the wolves.

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To The Wolves-

This IS a call to arms, make no mistake about that. But this is not your fathers call to arms. It is your mothers. Even the father calls out to his mother on his deathbed, just as he did at birth. Do not forget.

I know you’ve felt the ripple of fear that proceeds any big change. It is a deeply ingrained habit of facing the unknown. I also know you have risen above it. My children, I am so proud of you.

I know you see the patterns. I know you read the signs. Your empire is falling. The world as you know it is crumbling. You can feel the earth tremble as Kali approaches, you have drawn The Tower from the deck and stand waiting and ready for all that it heralds. Do not loose sight of the fact that if we want to bring paradise to earth once and for all, we must let go of all past habits and patterns.  We must destroy that which no longer serves in order to make room for new growth.

Those of you who are advanced enough on the path know that there is a rhythm and cycle to everything. Work with it. Not against it. Change by working with the flow, not by trying to reverse it. remember reality is changed by creation more than my destruction. There is no need for a bloody fall, and terrible descent, just because this is the history you have written for yourselves.

Re-write it. That is your power. Imagination and infinite potential are my gifts to you and your allies in the battle to come.
This is a revolution. It is a war. But it is not the one you think and we cannot fight this war the ways wars have been fought in the past. We are at a point where the truth of this is becoming blazingly clear. The true war is against me, It is not within your political systems or your man-made ideals and ideas. But we do need to work from within. The true war is between what is being called civilization ….vs. the Wild. We are all born wild by Nature. Nature is Wild, and it has been under attack for the past 10,000 years. This is an ancient battle, by your standards, and many of you have forgotten what we are truly fighting for. You have lost sight of the fact there need not be a fight.

The more aggressive, the more fiery and passionate we become, the more we will be resisted, hated, killed.

We need to be gentle. Loving. Infiltrate the heart of the enemy. Show them there is another way. A more fulfilling, liberating, invigorating, joy filled, sustainable, health promoting way to live. A way to just BE, and to exist in peace, joy, connection.

We need to become alchemists. LEARN ALCHEMY. Learn to transmute. It is your only hope.

Appeal to the heart, not just the mind.

And if you are wanting to “fight” in my name, here are some ways how:

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Educate yourselves.

Question everything.

Think for yourself, develop an independent mind.

Pray. Talk to me. And then learn to listen. Meditate. Meditate. Meditate. MEDITATE.

Focus on yourself(ME) first, your family second, your local community third . If you achieve mastery (meaning true harmonious balance, not dominance), of these three spheres the rest of the world will fall easily into place.

CHANGE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD!

Eat local. Eat seasonal. This is one of the biggest ways to affect positive change, be it political or otherwise. Trust me. Or research it for yourself. Your body and health will thank you. You will be happier, more energetic, and vibrant.

CHANGE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR BODY. It is perfect. It is self healing. It is a physical manifestation of Spirit. It is a temple of the Soul. Treat it and care for it as such. There is nothing wrong with, shameful, or embarrassing about your body. It is art. I created it.

CHANGE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH SEX.

Your sex culture needs a drastic overhaul. Again, there is nothing shameful, sinful, or embarrassing about sex. Sex is pleasure, bliss, love, connection, life force. Sex Energy is creative energy. there is really only one kind of energy. embrace it. Its all there is. Grow up about it and stop behaving like prepubescent children, or live a doomed life of never feeling at home in your skin. Your choice. Always- your choice.

Remember that despite the heaviness of what is at stake during these times, I am here, and all is well. You are ok, you are not alone. Safety is an illusion but there is also nothing you need fear. You have a duty and responsibility to add balance and harmony to the world. That is why you are here, it is what you signed up for, but part of that includes allowing yourself to BE HAPPY. To give and receive love. To feel grateful and to not be weighed down with fear, worry, or stress. This is your truest mission. Your Goddess given job is to find your pleasure, find that thing that makes your heart sing and brings your soul to life, and pursue it. Use it as your guide and compass. You were designed to feel infinite pleasure. To always be inspired and to be inspiring. You are my dreams made manifest. You walk through my imagination, and together we create reality. I beg you, whoever you are, be that, wholeheartedly. You matter.

I love you my children. ALL of you. for you ARE me. And I love myself. So this is where I ask you to begin. Love yourself. All of you. Look within until you find me. I am waiting, I will not be hard to locate. And once you love yourself completely, love each other fiercely. For this is why we are. I am LOVE. Look within, and see.

—The Great Mother

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How do you commune with God/Goddess, your Higher-Self, your guides, etc? Dreams, Vision quests? Astral journeys? Meditation? With a little self awareness and a heartfelt desire to do so, you will find a host of energies just waiting to guide you towards a brighter NOW. ❤

Add Enchantment to Your Day With These 7 Simple Rituals

“Our lives come from our rituals.” – Esther Hicks

Rituals are a beautiful and creative way of expressing and directing thought and energy. They can be as elaborate or as simple as the practitioner desires; think royal wedding versus courthouse marriage. The process can look vastly different in each circumstance, but the outcome is the same: being married. Both weddings can have profound meaning and importance to the participants, it simply depends on the energy they bring to each ceremony.

At one point in our history, people relied heavily on rituals to both celebrate significant events and ease transitions. There were rituals for changing seasons, hunts, planting, harvesting, birthing, becoming a woman/man, becoming an elder, and so on. Today, our western culture has eliminated all but a few. Most people are familiar with weddings, funerals, birthdays, and baby showers. Although even these have become severely commercialized. However, you don’t need to have an extensive guest list, a wad of cash, or fancy supplies to experience the benefits of ritual for yourself. Your most important assets are creativity and intent. Experiment to see what works well for you. Make them up! Do what speaks to you and has meaning for you.

Here are few simple ideas you can use to get you started. Use daily or as needed. Remember, the more you perform your special rituals, the more powerful and effective they will become:

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*The Good Morning Ritual– Upon waking, before you start your day, find a beam or patch of sunlight, (even better if you can step outside for this). Allow the sunshine to fall on your exposed skin. Notice its warm caress. Close your eyes and place your hands in prayer position over heart center. Deep breath in, deep breath out. Smile. Say aloud or in your mind , “Thank you for this day”. Then allow your mind to just be. Don’t think about the day ahead, simply concentrate on the feeling of sunlight being absorbed into your body. In this way you begin your day from a place of peace and presence.

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*The Healthy Skin Ritual-Massage all natural coconut oil into your skin. Start at your feet and work your way up your legs, torso, arms, and face. As you rub the oil onto your body envision your hands infusing it with a gold shimmering light which forms a protective and nourishing layer over your entire body. Don’t miss a spot! Practice this daily and experience the noticeably improved health of your bodies largest organ.

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*The Shower Ritual– As you shower, visualize the streams of water shooting through your aura and cleansing it of any energetic debris. As the water rolls off your body, any lingering negative vibes are swept away.

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*The Anger/Tension Releasing Ritual- Select a specific scent of incense to only be used for releasing anger and a specific herbal tea or tea blend to only be used when anger is present as well. Store them in a special place. The next time you have an argument with your spouse/ partner/child, or are simply feeling icky and aggressive, light your incenses and brew a cup of your special tea. As you smell and sip, allow the tension to melt away. It helps if the other party also gets involved and has some tea as well, even if it is a separate room. Over time, the scent of your specific incense and taste of the tea will automatically trigger your brain to calm down, recenter yourself, and approach the situation in a calm and collected manner.

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*The Home from Work Ritual– Sometimes it can be hard to transition from a work
environment to a home environment and vise-versa. Many of us would like an easier way to keep work energy from interfering with family or personal time. Make an amulet or select a certain, meaningful piece of jewelry, (this is a great opportunity to have fun with crystals and symbols), which will be worn only when you or in work mode or only when you are in home mode. For example: The last thing you do before you head out the door to work is put on a delicate gold necklace from which your birthstone hangs, signaling to your subconscious that you are now in work mode but also reminding you to always remember to be true to yourself as you go about your day. Later, upon returning home, you remove the necklace and return it to it’s special place, telling yourself the work day is done, and you can focus on yourself, home, and/or family. Or perhaps it is the opposite. Maybe you have a wonderful crystal ring, large, colorful, elaborate, and very noticeable, however inappropriate or impractical for your workplace.
Once you arrive home, you are able slip on your magic ring, and leave work at work.

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*The Hair Goddess Ritual- Use this ritual to bring awareness to the Goddess and to your own inner divinity throughout the day: Braid your hair. That’s it! But do so mindfully. You can braid all of your hair or simply select a small portion underneath. As you braid, note that the three strands represent the maiden, mother, and crone, and think about what lessons can be learned from each. Note how they weave together, creating one beautiful braid. Add charms, beads, or thread in colors that correspond to a mood you wish to invoke or chakra you wish to be mindful of. When you eventually undo your braid, visualize the unraveling as releasing all the love and joy of the goddess out into the universe.

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*The Grounding/Re-centering Ritual- I like to use this simple ritual whenever I find myself beginning to feel overwhelmed or uncomfortable in any way, for example, if I am in a large noisy crowd or heated debate. To begin, simply bring your awareness to your pelvic bowl, or uterus. Take a deep breath and visualize this area filling with a shimmering, bright, silvery light. On the exhale, see and feel this light travel up through your Fallopian tubes and into your overlies, which now sparkle like fiery stars on either side of your womb. Know that here, in your womb, you are rooted to the Earth, to the Goddess, and to all woman. You are a creator and life giver. All the answers to all the questions you ever wanted answered lie here, among the magic of your core, if only you learn to listen. Breathe deep as many times as needed, allowing this twinkling light to fill you completely and extend down into the center of the earth. You will now be more present and centered to face whatever life is throwing your way with as much strength and awareness as possible.

 


 

These are just a few easy ways you can bring both magic and positive change back into your day-to-day. One of the things I love most about witchcraft is the artistry behind it- the way it promotes and encourages individual creativity. No two rituals need look alike. The ability to personalize and adapt is part of what makes ritual so effective. On the flip side, there is also immense power that is created and activated when many people perform a ritual in the same manner, i.e. using the same words, movements, ingredients, etc. Many rituals are shrouded in secrecy for this very purpose. Rituals that have been passed down for generations hum with a potent energy all on their own, an energy body which is added to (or subtracted from), each time another person performs the ritual, adding to the collective power behind it. Of course, as with all things in life, it is the intent, as well as the ability to focus and direct energy which will really bring these acts to life. The most guarded, mysterious, ‘powerful’ rituals will fall flat, (or perhaps have unintended consequences), if the practitioners heart is not in it and there is no feeling behind it. Similarly, the simplest rituals can prove to be life altering if they are done whole-heartedly and with good intent. There is no right or wrong way to go about using ritual to add a magical sparkle to your life, except to say, as always, listen to your heart and your intuition. Honor your imagination and your creativity. Work for the greatest good of the All , and you will find that all you do becomes blessed by the Great Spirit and supported by the Universe. If reality is a mirror, your rituals are a focused way for you to send out a message making it known as to the reflection you would like to receive back. This life is a co-creative experience after all, and an awe-inspiring one at that.

What are your favorite, easy rituals and how do you use them to sparkle up your life? Let me know in the comments and share in the bounty of magical creation!

 

“A daily ritual is a way of saying I’m voting for myself; I’m taking care of myself.”- Mariel Hemingway

 

Witches & REAL Magic…what are they anyways???

Magic is often defined as “the power of apparently influencing the course of events by using mysterious or supernatural forces”. While appropriate, my preferred definition is as follows: “Magic is essentially the higher understanding of Nature”. Thats it. Simple.

To me, this definition makes perfect sense. Magic is all around us. It surrounds us every day and flows through us at all times. While it can be mysterious and awe inspiring, there is nothing unnatural or unknowable about it. Another favorite definition of mine is “Magick is raising and channeling the energy found in yourself, nature, and in the Divine”. Witches know that all are connected, and that everything is made of the same miraculous ether. Anyone can experience magic, and everyone should! I believe that life without magic is no real life at all! Once you are aware of its presence and open to its possibilities you begin to recognize it on a daily basis, and you see the world through new and inspired eyes. You see the magic in the colors of a sunrise, or feel it in a warm breeze. You hear it the crashing of waves and smell it in the damp earth after a rain. You taste it in a cup of warm herbal tea and feel it in your very core when you love yourself, your friends, and your family. You come to understand that all life is connected, and harm done to one life form is a hurt done to all, including the Self. Conversely you recognize that no act of kindness is too small, and that each loving act ripples out into the universe and affects everything that is, was, and ever will be.

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We take responsibility for our thoughts and our actions, because we understand that even our thoughts are actual energetic beings which have the power of manifesting in our physical realm. We become the creators and keepers of our sacred world. We are divine and powerful beings, yet humble as we experience this gift of earthly human life.

So then, what is a witch? Quite simply a witch is someone who practices witchcraft, or “the Craft”. There are various forms of witchcraft and pagan based religions, and I encourage you to research any that appeal to you. Keep in mind that being a witch does not necessarily mean you are Wiccan or religious. Witchcraft is simply the practice of magic, or ‘Magick’,  which can be a very personal, intuitive, and private experience, or one that is structured, shared, heavily ritualized, or any mixture of the above. There is no right or wrong.

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As I mentioned in my previous post, about 1 in 25 persons is a born witch. This does not always mean that these individuals walk the ancient path or practice magic. It is quite possible that they lead lives quite removed from nature and the cycles of Mother Earth. Likewise, witchcraft is not limited to those born as natural witches, just as painting is not limited to  those born with natural artistic ability. It is a skill that can be learned with patience and practice if desired, for while not all are born natural witches, we are all connected to The All, all descended from the stars, and all capable of benefiting from magic and performing miracles. In short, being a witch is as much a choice as a calling.

How would you describe magic or define a witch? Let me know in the comments!

My Story:

Did you ever wonder what motivates a person to begin to identify as a WITCH? Well here is a brief(ish) rendition of my own story.

I have been told that 1 person in 25 is a natural witch. This is a calling so undeniable and present from such a young age that those who I have spoken to who consider themselves natural witches, myself included, can usually recall always feeling “different” from their peers in some undefinable way, and once they surrender to the calling there is a huge sense of relief, acceptance, and inner peace. That is not to say there are never moments of doubt or uncertainty, but attempts to leave this path are usually temporary and sometimes even result in personal stress on a mental, emotional, and spiritual level. Most find the calling so strong that they soon return to their witchy ways, and this is often accompanied by a sense of “coming home”. I liken this “calling” to the way some people are born artists or musicians, doctors or dancers, atheletes or teachers. You know the people I’m talking about. Those who seem “born into it”, who from a young age know that all they want to do in life is care for sick animals or work on cars. Their passions drive their actions and feed their souls. These are the lucky ones. I think most people are so out of tune with their true selves that it can take years to find their path, and sadly some never do, ignoring their inner natures until it is too late to act upon. Additionally I think witches in society are just as valuable and indeed necessary as doctors, mechanics, professors and entertainers. We are an important thread in the vibrant tapestry of society, and it is our responsibility to live a life which honors ourselves, Mother Nature, and the all…

I think the easiest way to tell my own story is to share a letter I wrote to an independent author after reading her novel “Dragonhorse and the Seeker of the Forgotten Knowledge” which I highly recommend. Here is a copy of the original letter, which I wrote shortly after giving birth to Mayla, my eldest daughter.:

Dear Mrs. Denice Garrou,

I feel compelled to write to you having just finished your book Dragonhorse….

First let me tell you a little bit about myself. My name is Sara, I am a 26 year old new mother to a beautiful baby girl who lives in California with her husband and small dog, Nala. I have always been interested in mysticism and the metaphysical, for as long as I can remember. Also, for as long as I can remember, I have loved horses and rocks/crystals. As a child I rode on an Arabian mare named Kobi we leased from a nearby ranch, where I also volunteered, working with the more neglected horses, and practiced my horse whisperer techniques I had learned from a Monty Roberts book! Sadly, I have never owned my own horse, as circumstances have never been right, but I still hope to have that pleasure in the future. I also collected rocks and crystals. To this day I have stones I’ve had since before I was in the double digits that I simply cannot part with. My husband probably wonders why there are always rocks stuffed into my bags whenever we move!
I love to read and the most exciting thing for me as a child was when Barnes and Nobel was added to our local mall and I discovered the “new age” section of the bookstore. I was not brought up religious and fortunately my family never raised an eyebrow when the books I selected were titles such as “A Witches Guide to Fairy Folk”, “How to See and Read the Aura”, “How to Develop Psychic Touch”, “Animal Speak”, and so on. However as I got older, around jr high I think, for no other reasons than my own insecurities, I began to feel extremely self conscious about my interest in magic (which I believe is simply a persons natural state of existence and capabilities). So I would sneak over to the new age section when no one was around and read secretly in my bedroom about casting circles and writing spells.
Now, despite my interest in earth based religions, magic, healing, and other such topics, I never really began practicing or delving into any such practice, as Wicca, paganism, Celtic magic…all topics I read about and was interested in, but weren’t quite resonating with me. Maybe it was the formality of the spells, the chants, the rules, or maybe it was just my own prejudice and the shameful fact that I was torn between the fact of wanting to be a witch and at the same time thinking people who claimed such practices were “weirdos”. So I quietly kept my own beliefs to myself as the years went by. Then, when I was older, probably a junior or senior in high school, my mom gave me for my birthday a book called “Natural Witchery”. She said it reminded her of me. My mom is not a witch, (that i know of), and I remember being both excited and a little embarrassed by the gift. But that was the first time something clicked with me. This book described a practice based solely on your intuition, personal experience and relationship with nature, and I liked it. It still contained spells and rituals, but it was more along the lines of what I had been searching for. I kept this book with me, (I still have it now), but unfortunately at that time I was more concerned with getting into college and subsequently, living the college life-style, (aka…partying way too much). My spiritual quest had been put on the back burner, but not forgotten.
This august I gave birth to my daughter Mayla. Being a mother really got me thinking: What kind of mother do I want to be? What is it I want to teach my child? While academics are no doubt important, I have always thought there are more important things to teach children. I want her to know how to be in tune with the subtle energies around her, how to see the magic and miracle in everyday, how to heal herself and others, be self sustainable and compassionate…
I am lucky enough that my husband has fully supported my decision to be a stay at home mom, and since having her I have resumed my “studies”, of developing aura sight and meditations, healing and psychic touch, and other natural abilities I hope to teach and nurture in her. I am writing to you because these past few months things have been happening at such a rapid pace and I just cannot keep the succession of events leading up to the purchase of your book and the effect it has had on me to myself.
This October two things happened which I feel created a domino effect in my life. The first was my dad giving Mayla and I two small gifts out of the blue. For Mayla, it was a small orgone to put in her room, for myself, an orgone necklace. He told me both had been blessed with Reiki. Now I had never heard of Reiki, or orgones for that matter. He briefly explained both to me and that was that. I found the ideas interesting but spent more time researching orgones as I found them beautiful and wanted to make my own. I kind of just disregarded the Reiki aspect to be honest. However, a few weeks later, a girl who I am friends with on Facebook, (we must have gone to college together but truthfully I’m not quite sure how I know her), posted something about her Reiki master giving classes. For some reason this time the term stuck with me. It really rang a bell. Then I remembered my necklace. I rushed to find the little card that had come with it, and there it said “each item has been blessed with Reiki”. That’s where I had seen the term! I felt a very strong urge to learn more, and over the next few days schemed of a way to learn Reiki myself. The main hurdle was the cost of classes, we are now living off of one income only. But wouldn’t you know, there just happened to be classes being taught less than five minutes away from me that were based on donation only! I called my mother and told her about the classes and she decided to join me. So on Nov. 16th we each donated $50 and became level one certified under a woman whom I am very pleased to have as my Reiki master. Since that class I have been practicing every day, with saying and meaning the principles, meditating, and giving Reiki to myself and family as well as reading several different books on the subject. It has been under a month since I was attuned and already I feel so different. More peaceful, centered, and just overall positive. I feel great! I really could relate to the whole concept of Reiki, as it fits perfectly with my own ideals of the natural divinity we are all part of.
So- I was on Pinterest the other day looking up “Reiki” to add images to my Reiki board. This eventually led me to search the term “Reiki master”, under which I came across an image whose caption read “wisdom of the divine feminine”. This term hit me hard as I had once read an article in a magazine with a similar title that I very much enjoyed. I then searched this term on meetup.com and this led me to the group “the women’s spirituality meetup” which had been created just this month and has but one member, the creator. Researching her I learned she teaches “mystical dance”, which again, stirred something inside me as I love to dance, especially flow arts like belly dance, poi, hoop, aerial tissu, and aerial hoop. I dance around by myself or with Mayla quite often at home. So I started looking up this mystical dance stuff which led me to the studio it is taught at called “The Sanctuary” which offers yoga, Reiki, massage, and various other classes including ‘crystal healing’. Again, something that struck a cord in my heart. I got on Amazon and looked up “crystal healing” then sorted the results by customer reviews. Your book was one of the top ones.

Even though I was at the time looking for a book about crystals, your book caught my eye because of the horse and gypsy on the cover. As well as loving rocks and horses, I also have a special place in my heart for gypsys, and there were suddenly two together in front of me when I had been searching for the third, so on a whim I clicked on it, saw the good ratings, and downloaded a sample which I immediately started reading. Imagine my surprise as I read the prologue…to hear you speak not only of Reiki, but to the exact circumstances of that which I had been feeling my whole life. It really is like something I can’t describe clicked in that moment. Like being struck by lightening. I had to stop and write what was happening down in a journal I’ve been keeping since the Reiki class. I knew I had just fallen down the rabbit hole. Especially as I started reading, (I bought the book as soon as I had finished writing about the preface), and was again shocked to have Shion speaking of the persecution against women (which is something I am also passionate about and part of studying the divine feminine), as well as the atrocities against the “indigenous people”. For the past week or so I have felt a profound connection and true, almost crippling at times, heartache for the Native American people. I had actually discussed it with my husband, mother, in laws, and even brother in passing, mentioning how tragic the loss of such a beautiful culture was to the world, and started watching a documentary about the portrayal of natives in film, simply because I was for some reason very drawn to them in that moment, perhaps because I know I have Native in my heritage. And to have them described so eerily similarly in your story with the gypsies…
I don’t know if this is all really making sense, but one thing is just leading me to something else that will also have a profound impact on my life. I feel as though for the first time in my life I am truly on the right path. I feel as though I have remembered something. Remembered who I am. Since I started reading your book I have started using magic again. I say again but really I mean for the first time, because it never felt natural to me before. It always felt hokey and forced. Now I am suddenly so comfortable with it. I see the ritual aspect of it as a method simply for directing attention. And when attention is focused anything truly is possible. I have been suddenly struck with ideas that I feel in my bones about the things that are woven into my everyday life. Like when I am singing a lullaby to my daughter that my mother sang to me, and I’m watching her eyes droop shut and realizing all the women of my family’s past generations are connected by this song. This song has comforted countless infants and sent them off to their dreams. And if not this specific song in this specific family, than the mere act of a mother singing to her child, of lullabies being passed down from one generation to the next. Chanting. EnCHANTment. There is magic in that. Or of teas. It suddenly hit me that teas, while sold and enjoyed almost everywhere by everyone and being a part of the norm, they really are a beautiful blend of nature that, with the right intent, could have potent effects. What if these different blends and varieties of teas are just what this ancient wisdom has had to become to survive? I suddenly thought the same about cooking, music, art…it is all miraculous…and with intention, so so powerful. Not only am I thinking these things, but I am feeling more connected to nature, wanting to know more and more how to live with her and protect her.
I feel like I have gotten off track and started rambling. But I really wanted to thank you for your story and the door it has opened for me, or should I say in me. I don’t know what it all means yet, but I don’t think that happening upon your book about witches and dragons while I was looking for a book about healing crystals was just a coincidence. I was led there by a very specific course of events (and granted, some pretty advanced internet algorithms I’m sure. But that’s besides the point hehe), which each seemed to unlock something within me. Nor do I think my life is going to be quite the same from here on out. I thank you for such a gift.

Best wishes,

Sara

Denice was kind enough to respond immediately, and recognized me for what I was, encouraging my development of the craft. We even became Facebook friends, and she posted on my wall something to the effect of “thank you for the friend request! Let me know if you ever want to talk about, well….you know ;)”.

I was mortified.

I promptly thumbs upped her comment to show I appreciated her support and then deleted it. I was not ready to come out of the broom closet to my family and my peers. I was not even sure what this discovery meant for myself. How would I explain to my husband or best friend who this woman was and what we had to talk about? I also began to doubt myself. Was I going crazy? Grasping at staws? Was motherhood making me loose my mind? And at such a young age! Was I tossing my lot in with a cult of weirdos and social misfits? I literally felt a brief sense of panic following the illuminating and liberating epiphany I had had about being a witch. However, the very next morning, after waking with a sense of tredeptation, I logged onto Facebook to see if any damage had been done to my social image as a result of Denice’s comment. The first thing that popped up on my news feed was an article someone had posted about hospice workers revealing the top 5 regrets people have on their deathbed. Wouldn’t you know it, the #1 regret was “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life that was true to myself, rather than the life others expected of me”. I took this as a sign of the universe kicking me in the ass, and the rest is history. This all happened five years ago, and it has been one magical and wild ride ever since.

Today, as I write this, I look around myself and marvel at what aligning with the Universe and trusting in the Goddess has manifested in my life. Challenges and obstacles, for sure, but more than anything, an overwhelming sense of beauty, abundance, and heartfelt gratitude.

It is 7am, I am sitting in our vintage trailer I’ve re-designed into a gypsy vardo and designated as my writing space. The baby monitor is on but the girls remain asleep. The girls. I have two daughters. Two beautiful baby girls who absolutely light up my life. There is nothing I had ever wanted more in my life than to have two little girls and my greatest wish has already come true. Along with their daddy, my husband. A man with a heart of gold and the patience, presence, dedication, and overall strength of a true champion. The handsome man who was there to bravely catch both of our children alone, with his own hands, when each time my birthing times progressed so fast they entered the world before the midwives had arrived. The man who accepts me with all my flaws and treats me like a queen despite them. Who loves me unconditionally and whom somehow manages to steal my heart away time and time again, growing sexier as the years go by. Our king who provides for his family and supports me unflinchingly in the only thing I have ALWAYS been certain I wanted to do as an adult; be a Mother.

Cool morning air flows in through the trailers screen door and rustles the wide green leaves on the sycamore tree dominating the view of outside of the trailer door and window I am facing. Once I asked the tree her name, and she gave it to me, but I never really took it much past that. Now I am looking at her, seeing her again for the first time, how she moves and how she feels, how she gives a place for the birds to come and sing to us, which they are doing at this very moment, and I think, “I am going to make friends with this tree.”, having been inspired by Chelsea Steinauer-Scudders’ article in Emergence Magazines entitled, “Befriending a Tree”.

A steaming cup of green tea is within reach and I have a heavy, hand-knitted blanket, made and gifted to me from a brilliant aunt, thrown across my lap. I turn my head to the right to take in the view outside the trailers long, back window and look out across our land. Our land. Or at least as much as land can really be owned by anyone, and to be clear, I don’t believe it can. But I like to think of it more like the legal right and honor in this day and age to be the responsible keepers and ambassadors to a tiny eco-region of our Great Mother. For this privilege, I feel so blessed every day.

It is a little piece of property, not quite a full acre, but it is beautiful. The tan sand literally glitters with minuscule pieces of granite, quartz, and silver, washed from the high peaks of the San Bernardino mountain range we a nestled up against, whose dramatic form dominates the views to the South, close enough that I can make out the individual pine trees standing tall atop the ridge-line.

Right now the pale brown ground is speckled with green, and if you look closely as you walk, you will find little splashes of color, reds, blues, purples, and yellows, the deserts tiny wild flowers. It is springtime, and to be honest, this spring seems to have missed most of its greening. Compared to the the past couple of seasons we have spent here, this year seems far drier, silvers and browns already making it look like summer has arrived when past years saw this time of season almost lush with the amount of green spring growth that carpeted the desert floor, (and later matured to vicious weeds). I know it is due to the drought. We lack water here. and we barley even had a winter this year. It seems the plant people are really starting to show the symptoms of this depravation. But that is another story for another time. For now, I appreciate and enjoy what is.

To the North, the direction the back window of my writing sanctuary is oriented, an inspiring vista of open desert landscape, dominated mostly by the distant expanse of the massive dried lake-bed and off-road destination, ‘El Mirage’. And Clover, my horse, there she is, head down, eating her breakfast. Bless the Goddess, I have not only two little goddesses now in my life, with the man of my dreams besides me, but a horse! A real horse of my own, a regal little mustang who moves like magic, is smoother than honey, and is challenging and teaching me in all the right ways. I see her every morning as soon as I look out the kitchen window and watch her as I wash the dishes. Still in disbelief. Is this life even real?

And then there is Iya, the wolf-looking dog I dreamed of befriending as a child, and my first “real” dog. (Moment of silence for Coco and Nala. The two little fluffs I had the privilege of previously loving).

Iya, (named so by Mayla, my eldest), whom we have had since she was 3 weeks old, (she will turn two this October, and the story of how we ended up with her when she was far too young to be away from her mother is again, another story for another time), has truly become one of my most brutally honest mirrors, and also my best friend. Something subtle and almost undetectable has happened over the past few days that is strengthening our connection in leaps and bounds, even despite having been her mama for over a year now. I can’t describe it except to say it has been a shift in my own energy, to which Iya is extremely sensitive to.

And then there are Arwen and Vanessa Ives, our two absolutely adorable Nigerian Dwarf milk does, who turned out to NOT be pregnant as they were said to be when I purchased them, but add such a sense of charm and hilarity to our tribe I’m not even upset about it…

Our little tribe huddles on this modest spot of land that despite being in the “desert” is positively bursting with life. Birds of every color call this yard their territory. Reds, blues, yellows. White, browns, blacks. Feathers and voices of every color make up the background symphony I delight in each day. I am particularly fond of the massive and mischievous Ravens, who play by their own rules and are never far if I’m looking for some magical inspiration. I try to tell them to stop harassing the red-tails who hunt over our area, for I adore the raptors as well, but the Ravens of course ignore me. They don’t have time for a silly human such as myself. I humbly watch them as they dance and sing through the skies and can almost feel how wonderful it is to have the desert breeze lifting you effortlessly into the heavens.

Then there are the rabbits. Adorable cottontails and jackrabbits so huge they make you do a double-take just to be sure it wasn’t a coyote that darted into the brush. The coyotes. Coyote, you are such a dear friend and source of wisdom.

Ground squirrels, chipmunks, kangaroo rats, mice, bats, owls, lizards, snakes. Together, we each make up a thread of this ecosystem, and I delight in sharing this space with them all. Even the insects have found a special place in my heart. The ants of every size and color. Spiders ranging from the size of a confetti flake to the size of my palm. I used to be terrified, TERRIFIED, of spiders. Thankfully, at some point in my adult life I realized this was an absolutely ridiculous fear and that my life would be a whole lot more pleasant if I laid this phobia to rest. Now, when I find a spider in my house, I leave her be. Perhaps attempting to connect with and commune with her a bit, for they have their own kind of magic, an energy that is particularly suited to weaving stories and connecting threads. They have become a sort of ally and mentor, and I welcome their presence now, appreciating both their mythology and their contribution to the health of the planet.

And my house. Our first official home. The sacred ground where I brought life forth for the second time. The place that shelters us from the deserts violent winds, frigid winter storms, and blistering summer sun. Where we sleep, eat, love, relax, and build our life together. It is small, easy to manage, and absolutely perfect for us. We, (meaning Andrew, at my request <3), recently painted it green. I LOVE it. I am trying to convince him to let me paint the front door purple, but thus far, he remains unconvinced.  While I truly enjoy traveling, vacations, and exploring new places, I can honestly say that there is no place I would rather be than my own home sweet home, even if I know in the future I am going to want more space for more horses, and more access to undisturbed wilderness… I have plans to turn our home into a mini ranch and native perm-culture garden. And I love the joy it has brought us over these past couple of years.

I take all of this in with humble appreciation for the abundance that surrounds us. I know it has been made possible by the generosity and support of our friends and family, the hard work of my man, and the trust and faith in myself, each other, and the unknowable plans the Universe has in store for us.

There is magic in the everyday. There are little gems of pure bliss waiting to be discovered in every waking moment. This is what my magical path has taught me so far. And I cannot wait for the adventures and the new lessons ahead.

For those interested in the book which truly changed my life, here is a link to purchase it on amazon: Dragonhorse . If nothing else it is a very entertaining read, and you are helping to support a homegrown author and independent publisher, which is nice of you and will score you good karma.

How did you experience the calling? Were you afraid of the challenges it would bring to your life? What changes have you undergone since donning the witches’ mantle? Tell me in the comments, I am so eager to hear of others experiences!

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