Gemini New Moon, 5-25-2017 | starsbydesign

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Gemini New Moon, 5-25-2017

New Moon 5-25-2017

A lovely grand fire trine is forming during the sun and moon’s passage through Gemini, and should make for swift and satisfying communications. The North Node in Leo, Uranus in Aries, and Saturn in Sagittarius are all in accordance. We flow smoothly from place to place, transmitting ideas and being readily understood, our messages are clear and understandable. Contracts are exchanged, agreements struck, and moving from place to place and enjoying the novel and the new comes easy and carefree. All these things under the auspices of Gemini and Mercury should find favor.

That’s not to say this moon does not have its share of complications — as with everything, we have some harder aspects to deal with, but I know with my business and financial interests firmly rooted in audio and creative writing, I’ll be sure to initiate projects to give them that extra oomph! Especially with Mercury in Taurus, Taurus will make your projects long lasting and unlike Geminis often flighty tendency to move on to the new interesting flavor of the moment, Taurus has the steam and endurance to see things through to the end.  This is a boon to work that requires both an initiatory spirit and a need for refining and crafting.

Now that we’ve highlighted the good, let’s look at the not so good.

Pushy Venus at 19 degrees of Aries may indicate a fast and furious romance that goes against the grain of more conservative and cautious Capricorn, where Pluto at 19 degrees squares. Capricorn is going to want to iron out the details and Pluto isn’t going to give up control or stop digging for the underlying meaning of things. Add in Black Moon Lillith in Sagittarius at 11 degrees, who is squared by Neptune at 14 degrees of Pisces, and it suggests that romances initiated under this moon are going to be plagued by both the benefits and the downsides of magnetic sexuality — sometimes, we rush in to satisfy pleasure without considering the consequences. This act-now think-later attitude will certainly yield an affair to remember given the Venus in Aries heat, and the Lillith in Sagittarius magnetism, where Saturn is struggling to keep a lid on the happy-go-lucky archer. Those squares to Pluto and Neptune, though, suggest all the sticky complications of a love affair gone wrong, an extra marital affair, infidelity, power struggles, and all the lying such situations tend to generate. Of course, this might also figure in more than only love, but also money.

If these squares with their clashing energy weren’t potent enough, we have further semi-squares, creating aftershocks and stall points that are less easily resolved.

In particular, Venus in Aries semi-square the Gemini sun and moon, and Mercury in Taurus semi-square Mars in Gemini, also suggest, in spite of the burning power of this Grand Fire Trine, we may encounter that what course of action we decide upon under this new moon now creates a domino effect of unforeseen consequences; projects which begin with great promise might not complete to schedule, but bear this in mind — this is not necessarily a negative! Consider that a writer, initiating a creative project, might end up going through steep and rigorous edits, all of which give the sensation of spinning wheels in a rut, but which, over the course of months, bears a great deal of fruit in the form of awards or recognition, or increased pay. Use this Grand Fire Trine well!

I advise anyone to take on the qualities of Mercury and be ready to think on your feet to counter the difficult aspects of the semi-squares.

Less palatable is the opposition forming between Mars in Gemini and Saturn in Sagittarius. We might have to face up to responsibilities for our quick words or decisions, or deal with clashes with authority figures and arguments that spring up around them. This may be the case where you know you’re right, but someone who holds power refuses to acknowledge they are in the wrong, and it costs you. This is the time for swallowing your pride and picking your battles, and you may have to choose diplomacy over valor.

Lastly, a Taurus Mercury inconjunct Jupiter in Libra might have us sticking to our guns when we should be compromising with our friends or in our relationships, and as a result, we don’t quite see eye to eye. Taurean inflexibility will not smooth things over in your personal life, as fluid Mercury is better when he exerts his mercurial spirit. Be willing to bend to influence, for if you cannot bend, the inconjunct might force you to break! Be generous with your spirit and your words to and these should blend nicely with the Grand Fire Trine and help you sidestep the less desirable effects of the inconjunct.

Crystal of the Week: Blue Kyanite – Holistic Experiment

Source: Crystal of the Week: Blue Kyanite – Holistic Experiment

Blue Kyanite is the most well-known color of Kyanite and it’s often used for its ability to align and open all of the chakras. It’s an excellent choice for healers because it places a shield around the healer, conducts healing energy and grounds it.

It’s a high vibration stone with strong crystal energy that will open the throat chakra and promote better communication and self-expression as well as assist the user to speak their personal truth.

Since this stone is so powerful that it does not need to be cleansed. Someone with a lower vibration may feel horrible side-effects from Kyanite because of its ability to raise the vibrations of the wearer to reach a higher state of consciousness.

Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Purposes

On a physical level, Blue Kyanite can be used for people who suffer from speech impediments as well as issues with their bone marrow. It promotes mobility in the body and helps with any sort of tissue healing.

This stone can also be used for people who have suffered from strokes, issues with the nervous system, the brain, the thyroid, and any issue that has to do with the throat. It’s also a natural pain reliever and lowers blood pressure and aids in back problems.

Blue Kyanite is great for patients who have had accidents or surgery on any part of the body. It’s also great for people who are low in energy and can assist trauma and replenish one’s energy.

On an emotional level, this stone can be used to promote a healthy communication so it’s great for people who are afraid of public speaking. It also aids tension and promotes tranquility as well as clears and calms the user in preparation for meditation.

The best way to use this stone is during meditation because it allows one to make contact with spiritual beings and can help develop one’s intuition. Blue Kyanite also facilitates meditation and help release fear from both oneself and those the user works with.

On a spiritual level, Blue Kyanite helps clear the meridians and pathways and will restore the flow of energy to the chakras. It also helps with astral traveling, out-of-body experiences, promotes one’s psychic abilities, and makes visualizations stronger.

You can also put Blue Kyanite under the pillow to promote lucid dreams.

Disclaimer: Crystal of the Week are a spiritual support to healing and are not prescription or healthcare information.

Bobinsana ~ Good Witches Homestead

Source: Bobinsana~ From Help Healing Grief, Heartbreak and Pain to Shamanic Lucid Dreaming

A relative of the mimosa tree, Bobinsana (Calliandra Angustifolia) is a water loving plant that belongs to the Pea family (Leguminosae). It grows around 4-6 meters high and is usually found alongside, rivers, streams, and bodies of water in the Amazon basin. It is found in regions of Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Brazil and Bolivia. It produces an abundance of gorgeous pink to reddish powder puff-like flowers.

Traditionally bobinsana is taken by tincture in an alcohol made from cane sugar called aguardiente or a strong tea (decoction). All parts of the plant are used for healing. The roots, bark, leaves and flowers.

Bobinsana is a well-known “plant teacher” sometimes used in conjunction with a psychedelic amazonian brew called “Ayahuasca”. While bobinsana alone is not hallucinogenic, it is considered a plant teacher or master plant and is sometimes added to ayahuasca recipes to help the shaman connect to and learn from the plants. The plant is typically taken on a special diet or during these shamanic ceremonies for opening and healing the heart, to enhance empathy, to deepen one’s connection to nature and provide grounding. According to many Ayahuasca curenderos “doctorcita bobinsana” as they say, is a very gentle healing plant spirit increasing clarity, focus, compassion and for addressing heartbreak, grief, and loss.

“According to many Ayahuasca curenderos “doctorcita bobinsana” as they say, is a very gentle healing plant spirit increasing clarity, focus, compassion and for addressing heartbreak, grief, and loss.

Many times in our lives we have experienced forms of heartbreak, sadness, sudden loss, emotional struggles. It’s human nature to experience these feelings. And it’s good to know that you can have support during those troubling times. This plant is just one of many that can hold our hand along the way, while we process our feelings and life experiences. The plant is also becoming very well known for producing profound lucid dreaming experiences, colorful shamanic visionary type dreams in which new insights about one’s life are found and healing can occur.

“profound lucid dreaming experiences, colorful shamanic visionary type dreams in which new insights about one’s life are found and healing can occur.”

Among other uses, the Shipibo Conibo people of the Ucayali area in Peru and other Amazonian indigenous tribes use the sacred plant to treat arthritis, bone pain, rheumatism, uterine cancer, edema, nasal congestion, fevers, colds, inflammation, and to purify the blood. They also bathe in the freshly grated bark to improve dexterity, increase resistance to illnesses and protect against colds and chills.

Now that we see how useful this plant can be. It’s a good thing to share the information and see if it’s the right herb for you, your family or your friends. Whether you or someone you know is experiencing grief, loss, pain or intense sadness, this sacred plant can be a gentle ally during the healing process. AND If you’re interested in having enhanced lucid dreams then this special plant is right up your ally! People can also use this for deepening their shamanic, meditation, dreaming or yogic practices. Which makes this herb one of a kind!

“People can also use this for deepening their shamanic, meditation, dreaming or yogic practices.”

As always I love to share the joy of being a herbalist and since this plant is very useful and quite rare it’s hard to find a good place to get it. So I’ve made a very potent 1:2 liquid extract tincture of ethically wild-harvested bark and leaves made with organic alcohol, organic honey, and Colorado mountain spring water. You can find it here>>> Bobinsana Tincture

Disclaimer~ Bobinsana is traditionally used as a contraceptive in Peru. While there is no research to confirm this possible action, those seeking to get pregnant should avoid this plant. Should not be used during pregnancy or lactation. If you take pharmaceutical drugs or have a medical condition please consult your doctor before using. Make sure to always do your research and talk with your medical advisor before adding any herbs to your diet. This post’s information is not approved by the FDA to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure any diseases. The information presented in this post is provided for informational purposes only.

Latvian Symbols – Latviesu Simboli – Elder Mountain Dreaming

Source: Latvian Symbols – Latviesu Simboli – Elder Mountain Dreaming

Symbols of the four Seasons

Spring Equinox – Dawn
The sign of Dawn or the rising sun sign symbolizes relationship to the top, to the heavenly world, it is the knowledge of humankind and the ideal picture of aggregation model. This sign, symbol language is sunrise and sunset graphical representation. Associated with the constant rhythm of the sun, with its eternal celestial mountain road, this is a sign of the world order for our children, because it combines an understanding of the past, present and future.

Summer Solstice – The Sun Goddess Strong sunlight is the symbolic representation of the life force culmination and fulfillment. Development of harmony symbol as a symbol of the highest mountain, sky, full of life-giving force, glory and power.  Jānis – The Summer Solstice God sometimes referred to as a son of God. His Midsummer’s Night festival (which is called “Jāņi” takes place on the evening of June 23rd and is the most important festival of the year for Latvians. Once every year, Jānis at midsummer came to bring luck and fertility to the people of Latvia.

Autumn Equinox – Ths God Jumis
Fertility sign. Jumim surrenders to the end of spring and summer, and its a double or twin sign because it means two together, the harvest season. Ancient farmhouses adorned and protected the Juma horses who worked in tandem or a couple. This sign means fertility, strength, wealth, success and good luck. The word “Jumis” attributed to the word “Jumal” which means “God.”

Winter Solstice, The Wells symbol
– this symbol is character of endings, completeness, that which forms the void or Sākotne. This mark combines with the top down and the sky with underground water. This sign herds a new solar year on the Winter Solstice, a sign of the sun and the world.

Symbolism

SnakeZalktis (Serpent Goddess) is one of the ancient symbols of a deity in Latvia. Like all serpent goddesses, she is associated with wisdom, which makes her an elder or grandmother goddess. She is significantly connected with healing, especially the healing of the soul.  Today she is still know for general well-being and health, judging from the popularity of the symbol. This sign dates back to the Iron Age.

zim_12_zalktisZalktis (Serpent Goddess)  – The Adder – symbolizes wisdom and connected to animism which can access worldwide knowledge. The white ones are the most powerful, and it is signed for one of the Mara’s talisman because Mara could transform into the healing snake. Also this sign is available on women’s clothes as protection, making it a symbol for sacred crafts and ancient arts.

zim_7_sauleSaule (Sun Goddess) the Supreme Goddess and one of the oldest Goddesses of the Slavs and Balkan, a time when the sun meant feminine and life giving. Now we associate the Goddess with the moon, but in prehistory she was the sun. Today as the goddess she rules both the earth’s fertility and woman’s fertility. She is a patroness goddess of those who have hard lives, the unlucky, including orphans. The design was originally a simple circle, which evolved over the years into many variations. Sun designs now usually consist of eight parts for the four seasons and half way points between the solstices and equinoxes.

We see Sky in day and sky at night, the ancient Latvian folklore specially points that central star is the Goddess Saule (Sun Goddess). She is the symbol of eternal movement and life. In the line of other stars, Sun Goddess is placed in one of the highest hierarchical rating. Sun sees everything and knows everything. In the territory of Latvia Sun symbols are found on bone tools already in late Stone Age. Rhomb or cube is also seen as symbol of Sun and is seen on the ceramics of Middle Stone Age.

13059b8b308f9c2efae42232517fea62Moon is presented as the consort of the Sun Goddess and also the Sun has all relatives such as sun fathers, sun mothers, sun daughters and sons and the children of the sun goddess. Behind other symbols, the Sun Goddess symbol is placed to be in the most honorable position any symbol can be. It is also because Sun Goddess is represented as mother of all children.

All drawings of Sun are always circle typed (egg, ball, golden acorn etc), who symbolizes the Sun’s trajectory. At the simplest level, Sun can be displayed as a circle. All the detailed Sun projections have one common point – the center of this circle is always double crossed or specially pointed out. The detail count of Sun symbol are countless, for a common is supposed to be detailed multi-angle – eight-sided symbol, but also there are simple four-angle symbol.

In Latvian art the motive of Sun is displayed on every possible items. If Sun is displayed more than few times in one row, it symbolizes special magical productivity and warmness rituals. Symbol of Sun is specially used in women’s clothes and jewelry, most of the Sun symbols are also found on those tools that is used for own goods made.

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The Midnight Sun, the Dark Goddess (now called the Star) – This is third most important ancient symbol is the Night Sun (star). It has huge dark and underworld connections and the protection from evil of the underworld. The drawings of stars have a magical meaning in Latvian folklore and it means you understand the secrets of magic. If your bed sheets are covered with star symbols then bed sheet protects the dreamer from evil wandering souls. The star symbol is also associated with the medicine wheel, the straight or turned cross style.

Simplest form of star is simple cross which symbolizes fire and the light. Pagan Latvians believes that magical rituals can be performed with this symbol and it often has a great meaning to those who use it in a sacred way. The Cross symbol in Latvian folklore has eight or six stars. Also at the Winter Solstice (now called Christmas), this is one of the only surviving symbols to honor the winter time ceremonies and celebrations. Many Slavic and Balkan countries in Eastern Europe will use the Midnight Sun (star) when caroling and singing folk songs going form house to house or village to village.

Auseklis (The Morning Star, Guardian Star) is the symbol of the morning star, the usher of the new day. Auseklis is thought to protect people from the forces of evil which roam at night. He is represented by the complex eight-sided star, which must be drawn in one continuous line without lifting your hand to receive the benefit of his blessings.

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The Primal Cave of a Wild Woodsy Witch — Salts – Magikal Properties

2nd Full Moon of Spring – Elder Mountain Dreaming

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Our “Second Full Moon of Spring” begins Wed., April 10, 2017 @ 2:43 pm PDT and she sits at 20 degrees Scorpio with the Sun at 20 Taurus. Last year’s second full moon of spring was at 2 degrees Scorpio on April 20, 2016… do you remember what your sacred intention of release was last year? If not, check your dreaming-lunar journal to see how your release issue had progressed or you can start a dreaming-lunar journal with us, to see how moon cycles bring the same signs & synchronicity each moon cycle. You will be quiet surprised that the same symbols appear in each lunar unique cycle to guide you.

The harvest moon rising behind Hawksbill Crag Upper Buffalo River Wilderness - Ozark National ForestOn the full moon, we learn the practices and sacred arts of “letting go” each month, which is not an easy journey considering we live in a world of acquisition, adventure and accomplishment of mind-body. Our soul takes a back seat until crisis strikes but we rarely hear her calling or we turn away hoping her mourning dove’s song will disappear. In this moon, the river runs very deep and the beauty of the day is to sooth our soul as we all grow up and mature, regardless of what age we are.

Shamanism is one of our closest links to our soul and had evolved from the previous dreaming cultures of woman. Our soul needs no plant to give us a vision, it needs no medicines to ease emotional pain, no outside sources or forces to give false vision. What our soul does need is for you to practice the reconnect of the “embodiment” of our soul, being grounded within and healing first the emotional issues in our life which is more hidden than you can imagine, even when its right in front of you. How do you listen to the soul? Well, this moon cycle…

This Full Moon Mercury & Uranus conjunct and this is a very specific unity. The listening and communication of Mercury, aligning with the deeper levels of Uranian listening and communication and that is when magical or chaos happens. An example is today I was washing my clothes and on the last spinning cycle when I heard someone drumming outside and thought they were pretty good. I stopped for a second and wondered if it was the washing machine? So fine I got up, opened the door and no one was drumming and I stood in front of the washing machine and sure enough, the rhythms of a master drummer were coming forth. Now that is deepest listening with the soul that is clear. I don’t use my Mercury (mind) to question such realities anymore of what occurs within vibrations, I just enjoy them now.

For those struggling this month, let chaos be your teacher, to teach you to let go and learn to stop swimming ‘up stream’. Chaos if handled well, contains suffering, but does not become your destroyer, because without it destroying you, you will evolve with practice of healing, into the unity of self-empowerment, authentic humbleness, a truth-saying grounded bitch and a silent warrior of spiritual strength (eventually). Commitment to being spiritual also includes being sober and sobriety and I speak this in my work because I work with the emotional body and the soul body and that is not like mind-body.

Our Soul (the ocean) is a small part our emotional body (the river), and by the processes of emotional balance, sobriety and a continual healing of your progressions of personal fear, we enter the “healing journey” to approach our fear, not run from it or throw our hands up and give up because we don’t get what we want in our life or spiritual life.

Set your one full moon emotional release on what does not serve your highest good this moon cycle without the reward system that we should be rewarded for suffering. This is how karma is paid in one moon cycle of a Scorpio Moon.

Video for the Full Moon…

Sources: Photograph of the moon rising behind Hawksbill Crag, Upper Buffalo River Wilderness – Ozark National Forest.

Pied Piper – secretsoftheserpent

Source: Pied Piper – secretsoftheserpent

By gserpent

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The Pied Piper of Hamelin is an example of just how brilliant the scribes were in preserving history. With Goethe and the Brothers Grimm involved, this myth holds some very astounding secrets. This myth is true, but it didn’t happen in the way that researchers think. It’s time to reveal the secrets of this myth that have been hiding for over 700 years.

The Pied Piper legends came out about the same time as the King Arthur legends. These legends came out  when the Crusaders brought back ancient texts from Syria and Jerusalem. The stories of these ancient texts spread through Gaul, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Scandinavia and Holland. Witty scribes got a hold of these ancient texts and preserved the history in stories of their local. The entire story of King Arthur is the story of the biblical Jesus, but they made him a King in Britain(See King Arthur). The story of the Pied Piper took place in Egypt, but the Germanic scribes placed it in Germany.

The first clue to this story is the Pied Piper shows up in a ‘coat of many colors’. This is the same thing Joseph, son of Jacob, wore in the Old Testament. In Patriarch Pharaohs, I showed that Jacob was the Lower Egyptian Pharaoh Yacobaam. He was kicked out of Egypt, but his son Joseph became a high priest to the Upper Egyptian Pharaoh. This ‘coat of many colors’ is what high priests wore in Egypt. This is telling the people ‘with eyes to see’ and ‘ears to hear’ that this is an Egyptian story. It was this Upper Egyptian bloodline of Joseph’s that was kicked out of Egypt twice. The first was his father Yacobaam(Jacob) and the second was a few generations later. We know this story as the story of Moses and the Israelites.

Using rats and cats is reinforcing that this was a dispute between Upper and Lower Egypt. The Rat Goddess was Tat-Taiut, she was always portrayed wearing a disk with horns and the Uraeus. The disk is the moon and the horns are for Taurus. These were symbols of Upper Egypt. The Uraeus is the cobra symbol of Lower Egypt. She was known as the “Goddess of the two lands”(Upper and Lower Egypt). The cats are symbolizing Bast or Bastet. She was the Cat Goddess of Lower Egypt. The Lower Egyptians were the ones forcing monotheism on everyone in Egypt. They wanted to get rid of all the gods except Aton, the sun. That is why all the cats are dead in this story.

The Piper tells the Mayor he will rid the town of rats for 1,000 florins. The mayor tells him if you get rid of the rats we will happily pay 50,000 florins. In just about every version of this story the Piper is playing a flute or some just say pipe. A piper is a person who plays the bagpipes. In Egypt they had the bagpipes, they just called it a skin bag. The Piper plays his pipes and all the rats follow him. He takes them to the river and the rats are all drowned or swept away by the current. This is confirming that this story is talking about the Moses story in the bible. In the bible the Pharaoh’s army is swept away or drowned. The Piper goes to get his payment and the mayor refuses to pay him the 50,000 florins. The Piper ask for at least the 1,000 florins he wanted. The mayor gives him 50 florins and says be happy you have that. The Piper tells the mayor “you will regret breaking your promise” and he vanishes. The people are not happy with the mayor for breaking his promise, but he exclaims “We saved 50,000 florins”!

The Piper returns that night and plays his pipes. This time only the children follow him out into the streets. The children followed him  through forest and to the foot of a mountain. When the Piper came to a dark rock he played his pipes louder and a great door creaked open. The children followed the Piper into the cave. When the last child had entered the cave, the door creaked shut. A great landslide came down the mountain blocking the entrance to the cave forever. Only a little lame boy escaped this fate and he is the one that told the citizens what happened. Remember that word ‘lame’, there is a reason the Brothers Grimm used it in their version of the story.

This is exactly what the ancient texts say happened in Egypt. This is the true story the patriarch religions have been hiding. Upper and Lower Egypt were fighting about religion. The Lower Egyptians wanted one god. The Upper Egyptians said “No, we like all our gods and goddesses thank you”. The Upper Egyptians paid the Lower Egyptians to leave. They agreed on a price, but when it was time for the Lower Egyptians to go, the Upper Egyptians didn’t give them all the money. So the Lower Egyptians went through out Egypt and killed all the Upper Egyptian children. They tore up the Great Pyramid. All the white limestone came down like a land slide. They took the white limestone and used it to build things where they settled. In Judea!!!!!!! This is the story of Moses in the bible!(see Patriarch Pharaohs) Even the Koran says that because they were not paid their full amount of the money, they caused all this death and destruction. This is what the base of religion is built on. If I don’t get my way I will just kill people and destroy things!!! And we wonder why this world is so screwed up!

The name of the Pied Piper is also giving away that it is an Egyptian story. Pied means having various colors, but the scribes like using words that have more than one meaning. If you take the word pied in the mathematical sense, it refers to Pi or 3.14. The Great Pyramid was built using Pi, so this is showing yet again it is a story about Egypt and the Great Pyramid. The word lame can mean ‘crippled or physically disabled’, but it also means ‘a person who is out of touch with modern fads or trends’. The Brothers Grimm used this word for the latter meaning. Modern fad and trends has always been religion. I am the lame boy who is telling you what really happened.

One last thing that was bugging me that I finally found. Why would the scribes put this story in Hamelin? I know it was named after a Royal Saxon family, but a lot of towns were named after royalty. In a book about ancient Egyptian magic, I found that Hame means ‘great carpenters’. Lin is just what it says ‘line of or descendant of’. So Hamelin would be ‘line of the great carpenters’. Carpenters being Masons. It is why they call Jesus a carpenter in the bible.(See His Royal Jesus) Modern Masonry is from Egypt, so this is pointing once again to Egypt.

On Keeping a Spiritual Journal | The Druid’s Garden

Recently, I took some time to go back through the many spiritual journals I have kept on my journey deeper into the mysteries of the druid tradition and my relationship with nature. These journals spanned over a decade. They included a bit of everything: garden interactions, meditations, nature observations, events in my life of deep spiritual significance, recipes, notes from gatherings and visits, stories, experiences with rituals, and much more. I am so grateful to have kept these journals and re-reading them allowed me to rediscover so many pieces about that journey. They allowed me to see not only my own growth over time, but reminded me of important events and encouraged me further on my path.

 

Journaling and writing down one’s journey doesn’t come easy for many, and I, too, have to work at it!  Further, in working with those new to the druid path through my work as an Archdruid with the AODA, I’ve come to realize that many folks don’t know how to keep a spiritual journal nor what it can be used for or why they should do it. In my professional work as a writing professor, I know how difficult it is for some people to write anything because they lack the tools, motivation, or inspiration to do so. So, given this, I thought I’d take the time today to write about spiritual journals, why we keep them, and tips and strategies for keeping them (and keeping them well).

 

Why keep a spiritual journal?

When you are engaging in a spiritual practice of any kind, it is really helpful to document that practice. So let’s start by exploring the reasons why you would want to keep a spiritual journal.

 

The difference between sacred spaces and mundane spaces. One of the aspects of spiritual practices is that we are in a different head space for the duration of those practices than we are in the regular world. This is true not only of meditation and rituals but also of visits to natural places. We may gain deep insights or have moments of clarity and awakening and retaining those insights are critical for our development. If we don’t write them down, we are very apt to lose them.

 

I have found that in order to “not lose anything,” I have to write down my experiences in ritual or meditation immediately after they happen (often, I will write in my journal before I even close a sacred grove in ritual or before I leave the forest). This allows me to write about these experiences while they are fresh and in the forefront of my head. If I put off writing down my experiences, the longer that time goes by, the less I will remember and remember accurately–especially because visits to wild places and rituals alter our consciousness.

 

Inaccuracy of memory. Our memories are imperfect instruments and we can forget many things. If we write our experiences and understandings down (or use one of the other methods I share here), we offer our future selves a record of those experiences, which is a powerful spiritual tool. Trying to keep everything in our heads is a sure way to lose some of the critically important details or insights we gain as part of our spiritual practices.

 

Some journals that are mixed media/collage with spiritual themes...

Some journals that are mixed media/collage with spiritual themes…

To illustrate this, I’ll share a story here. I was out foraging for the day by myself, and I ended up in a really brushy area that required me to slog my way through about a two-acre bramble and brush patch. During this experience, I was in a deep meditative space. I had a critical number of keen insights about nature–all in a row (it must have been the stars aligning). The problem is, I had too many at once! (One of those keen insights about nature became my earlier discussion of weedtending, weedwalking, and weedcrafting while a second became my discussion of first-aid responder plants). I had recently lost my small journal I usually carried in my crane bag (to a river–it carried it away!), so I didn’t have anything to write down my insights on that particular day. And so, lacking any other means, I tried to commit as many as I could to memory. When I finally got back later that evening, all had escaped except the insights on the two posts I included above. Try and meditate as I might, I could not find the other insights anywhere in my brain–they were left in the bramble patch!

 

Keeping a Record. Documenting your practices and experiences through journals offers your future self a record about what you are feeling, experiencing, and the things you are engaging with at that particular point in time. This is a wonderful tool for tracking and understanding your own spiritual development. I love going back and reading my old journals and seeing just how far I have come! It’s also helpful to look at the journals and get a sense of what I was struggling with then, what I’m still struggling with, and what new things have come up.

 

Focusing, Expanding, and Reflection on Your Thoughts.  Journaling is not just a process of writing down exactly what happened or what the insights were, but it’s also a powerful tool and opportunity to ponder or sit with those experiences further.  And so, we gain a double benefit from this work. Reflecting on experiences that just happened allows you another way, which I see as another form of meditation, into those experiences. First, I have found often that after I finish a physical journey, spiritual journey, meditation, ritual, or whatever, writing down what has happened and my thoughts and insights about what has happened allows me to further shape and expand those thoughts (and actually, this is why I got into blogging!)  Part of it is that you are not just getting the initial insight, but taking the time to think about it deeper and focus on it through the journaling experience. This helps the insights and experiences come into sharper focus. Second, reflection also allows us to slow down and think about what we experienced, synth sizing our experiences and our own understandings. We can pick things apart, turn them around, wonder about them, and really gain the ability to see them from multiple angles there in our journal.  It might be that this kind of work needs to happen over a longer period of time than one entry, and that is perfectly acceptable as well.  I’ll also mention here that research in writing studies strongly supports both of the above–we learn through writing and we gain much from reflection!

 

Content of the Journals: What to Write

The question of what should go into a journal is obviously a very personal one.  Here are some possibilities for you to consider:

 

Documenting regular practices. In many of the esoteric traditions, keeping a “magical journal” is a required practice. It’s very helpful to document regular practices and their effects, especially over time. For example, each day I do the AODA’s Sphere of Protection ritual. In the years I was really learning it, I wrote down daily what happened. Now that my practice has stabilized, I no longer find it necessary to write down each day’s sphere unless something out of the ordinary happens during the sphere; but I still find myself writing about it regularly. I do write about my regular meditations, and that’s part of my habitual journal practice.

 

Some more spiritually-themed journals with colorful watercolor pages...

Some more spiritually-themed journals with colorful watercolor pages…

Salient, important things. I once spoke with a woman who told me she was spending more time writing in her journals than in her spiritual practices and was frustrated with the length of time it took to journal. I inquired further and discovered that she was writing down literally everything she was doing. While this certainly is an approach that you can take to spiritual journaling, I’m not sure its one I’d advocate. You’d spend more time, as she did, writing than actually engaging in your spiritual practices! Instead, what I advocate is writing down things of meaning, of salience, and of significance. In other words, I don’t write down every little thing (“I drove to the park”) but I do generally document what I did, what happened, and what I thought about it (“in my walk in the woods, this struck me because of…”).

 

Ideas, Plans, and Goals. I have found it useful to write about goals, ideas, and plans. If you write goals, check in on them regularly and see how you are progressing with them (a simple goal might be to develop a regular daily protective practice, or to spend more time in nature, or to observe the full and new moons in some way).

 

Nature observations. I have found it particularly helpful to document my observations and interactions with nature, given that I’m on a path of nature-based spirituality. For this reason, I almost always take a journal when I’m going out and about (even a small one I can carry with me, although I have a propensity for small journals getting eaten by bodies of water!)

 

Some nice leather journals (both filled!)

Some nice leather journals (both filled!)

Reflections over time. At the end of the journal, when I have only 10-20 or so pages left, I find it really useful to go back through the journal and record any patterns in my thinking, any changes, anything that sticks out of significance to me. It may take me a year or more to fill a journal, but is a very good practice and then helps me “launch” the next journal with a vision and goals in mind.

 

Photos, drawings, plant matter, and memorabilia. You don’t have to be limited to words alone–consider adding drawings, photos, plant matter, and other memorabilia.

 

The Look and Feel of Your Journal

Especially when you are starting out, the finding or making the right journal is really important. There’s something about opening up a fine journal, one that you are attracted to, and writing in it. It’s nice to see it sitting on our shelf, nice to hold and cherish. Your journal might be something you make or something you buy. (I can write a post on bookbinding and spiritual journal making if there is interest. Let me know!) You may also find that you may develop certain preferences (thickness of paper, lined or unlined, etc).

 

I think that there is something special about keeping a physical journal and I would strongly recommend you keep your journal physically. For one, if you are taking it into nature and into sacred spaces with you, the last thing you want is an electronic device in those spaces. The screens have a way of pulling you away and into them rather into the space. If the purpose of the journal is to record words, I would suggest using old-fashioned methods.

 

On the outside: If you are going to go with a purchased journal, You want a journal that lays flat, that is enjoyable to write in, and that is well constructed.  One place to look is on Etsy and similar places and seeing if you can purchase a nice journal that was handmade with care and love.  You’ll support an artist and also have a wonderful journal.   Some journal makers (especially those working in leather) can make a journal cover that you can then replace the insides. This means that you could buy one journal + cover, and then when you are done, put the cover on a new journal and keep going, placing the old journal on your shelf. This is a nice option and represents a limited investment.

 

On the Inside: One of my very early spiritual journals was a simple affair, but homemade. I began by purchasing some hot press, low quality watercolor paper and folding them in half, making signatures. I bound the journal using a Coptic stitch technique with two boards. Then, in each of the pages, I did a simple watercolor wash. The watercolor pages dried and then, when I opened the journal, I had a variety of colorful surfaces on which to write.

My first dedicated spiritual journal (made when I joined the AODA)

My first dedicated spiritual journal (made when I joined the AODA)

You can do the same thing with cheap watercolors and any journal designed for multiple media or mixed media (these are readily available in arts and craft stores). These kinds of journals will be thicker and contain less pages, but will be sturdy and wonderful for colorful washes and bold printing.

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Source: On Keeping a Spiritual Journal | The Druid’s Garden

Astrorisa MINI Moon Blast – April 26,2017 Taurus New Moon

Source: Astrorisa

Written by Iya Olusoga ~ Bisi Ade
For Astrorisa Moon Forecaster
April 26, 2017
Taurus New Moon 6° in House 12
Taurus Sun 6° in House 12
8:17 AM EST

Planetary Energies
 Moon (Osupa / Yemoja),Sun (Orun / Orunmila, Olofi), Mercury (Esu-Elegbara), Jupiter (Obatala), Saturn (Obaluaiye), Neptune (Olokun), Uranus (Sango), and Venus (Oshun).
 Themes: 
Family, personal values, personal self-worth, loss and gains. Creative inspirations, freedom vs confinement, temptations, and stubbornness.
Welcome to the Taurus new moon! This moon portends a specific time for our consciousness to express strong desires for freedom, self-assuredness which can become stubbornness if not careful. We’ll be confronting many forms of temptations because the Taurus (earthy expression) is about our environment both physical and emotional and what those aspects of ourselves desire or feel secure. Hence, we on a collective level will be observing and discerning if our personal space is secure or perhaps we’re indeed trapped, closed in like a Bull. Only to be “let out” at the leisure of someone else’s pleasure or we’re subservient to some type of addiction. The 12th house, the house of solitude and confinement accentuates this energy field of being enclosed, being removed from the day-to-day realities of life. Like a patient who only watches TV not socializing; are we protecting ourselves from something or avoiding what’s really going on around us? Are we the Bull who eats by someone else’s diet plan and standards in a small stall instead of grazing on its own in a wider open space? This new moon time encourages our collective consciousness to identify how free or trapped we are and if anything, what can or should be done about it? This moon marks a time of ”boundaries.”

Second New Moon of Spring – Elder Mountain Dreaming

Source: Second New Moon of Spring – Elder Mountain Dreaming

By Phoenix of Elder MountainGreetings Dreamers, our second new moon of Spring arrives Tuesday, April 26, 2017.  The first moon of each of the four seasons brings forth new beginnings for a three month period. The second moon of each four seasons, expresses the fullness of our emotional life and lastly, the third moon of each of the four seasons brings us a completion of that 3 month season.  This is the “trinity” of lunar work and we now enter it’s fullness of Spring…

The sabian oracle this moon: BRIDGE ACROSS THE DEEP GORGE. The conquest of separateness through cooperation.

The person who has suffered deprivation and loneliness can give new substance to his or her emotional life by participating in a collective project. All great evolutionary challenges imply the overcoming of basic difficulties. A step ahead must be taken, yet an abyss confronts the evolving person. It is no longer a personal void, an “open grave” but a chasm that is an integral part of the “land” upon which our evolution must proceed. A link must be built through the power of the collective and the group or of the community at large, on the basis of the legacy of our ancient past, to make a bridge over the canyon.

This is the first stage of the eighth five-fold process of “substantiation” where skill or spiritual discipline gives substance to and demonstrates our capacity to overcome our obstacles and to achieve a personal evolutionary continuity.

In constellation divination we enter Taurus the Bull, when the sun begins to warm up, and our outdoor work increases, such as planting our gardens, beginning a new project for the seasonal year, taking a hike or even how to spend our extra cash on something of value like planning a vacation for the year. In moon work we prepare emotionally for the seasonal year as well, planting seeds of healing, accepting difficult transformation and increasing awareness.

Zodiak signs by ERTE (1892 - 1990) TaurusBecause our inner emotional life and our outer physical life can never really be separated, we learn to loosen control of keeping them separated, by adding healing structures in order to self nurture and accept that self care as part of our values and personal responsibility.

This moon we have a powerful bucket of energy influencing our learning curve, as all T-Squares (triangle of tension) create for us. I circled it on the chart below and as you can see, the planets Uranus, Mercury, Sun and Moon are all aligned fortifying that T-Square tension. This means the lightening deep within you and your ability to communicate (or lack of) will have an impact within your intention this month.

Those who have set intentions for few years with us, know just how powerful the responses are from life when our intentions are…  ‘too big’.  Be very clear in your intention of inner growth this month and if you had a difficult moon last m, try a simpler intention to give yourself a break.

Venus who rules love, comfort & abundance will also be conjuncting Chiron, the signature of our personal past life karma and the wounded healer which may have a deeper impact on some of you and they are both square Saturn (responsibility). Venus and Taurus are about our ‘values’ and if there is an issue or struggle around our values, like love vs. money, this month use emotional honesty with groundedness.

Waiting for clarity’s direction with your signs and synchronicity can help with your partner or even an x-partner. If you are still working on an ex-partnership issue or an old love, especially if you have children, then this is the moon to set clear boundaries with a little bit of the stubbornness of Taurus the Bull. Venus is ruled by Taurus, so they both want your values to come to the forefront this moon, especially if there is issues around money (sun work).

Taurus New Moon

With Uranus and Jupiter involved in this cycle (again), just like the full moon two weeks ago, then change, chaos, rebel, truth or lies will enter near the full moon again. Expect a continuing theme this month with what you were personally working on last month, except now – we have the ability to be more grounded in this earthy Taurus cycle.

James Burgess says that the degree of this moon’s cycle is about “application” …

“Having power, we expect to apply it, to resist imposition and to overcome obstacles in pursuit of our desires, and this expectation is a compelling motivating force that reaches out to find mountains to climb and oceans to cross. Inevitably, issues arise. Often, dark energies become quite dominant, and we have to come to terms with choices where we are absolutely challenged on matters of principle.

It takes greatness of self-assurance to trust that the dark side will lead to the light, and indeed that there is no other path available to travel if one is to awaken at the very deepest levels of self. The supreme test – to master reality – requires the attitude of a magician, who applies a powerful will, and a profound inner sense of spiritual heritage, in order to shift manifestation around.

In all realms, whether higher or lower, we can play the role of creator. Everything is then seen on a symbolic level as a representation of the deeper hidden truths – and this way of eventually seeing and then living this life becomes a path that supports continual self-renewal. It is found by the wise rather counter-intuitive power hungry. It is the personal influence which arises through complete self-application in service to the needs of others and the complete healing of self.”

Example New Moon intentions :

I respect myself
I apply motivation to where I feel stagnant
I love myself in a healthy way
I value my inner ____________
I am positive

I listen deeply
I practice self control
I use my will to direct my energy
I am balanced
I am responsible for my projections
I use my stubbornness in a positive way

I am strong emotionally (if you feel weak)
I am strong physically (if you feel week)
I protect myself with healthy boundaries
I have safe sexual boundaries
I use my sexual energy in positive ways

I am honest with myself
I express my frustrations in a healthy way
I embrace my new beginning
I am honest with myself

I am responsible for my anger
I embrace joy
I accept my strong emotions

Or come up with one of your own, where you wish to “become aware” of within your own emotional nature! Blessings and happy second moon of Spring !

Sources: Astrology art by Erte; Sabian Mysteries by James Burgess;