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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Festival of Mater Matuta

Tomorrow, June 11, is the Festival of Mater Matuta. She is a Roman goddess of fertility and childbirth, motherhood, growth, and the raising of children. She has been associated with other goddesses, most notably Aurora, but this was because of something written by the Roman poet, Lucretius. She was worshiped widely throughout the Roman Empire and a temple was built in Her honor in Rome.

There is some conflicting information about how Mater Matuta was honored. I have read that only women who were married for the first time could participate in Her rites. The women also could only pray for their sisters' children and not their own. Interesting.

So... how do I honor Mater Matuta? Well, I don't have any human children, fur babies only. I do however have a niece and nephews, so I ask for Her blessings to be bestowed on them, as well as the children of friends, and all children throughout the world. This harkens back to when I was a very little girl and, like a good little Catholic child, I said my prayers every night. I used to spend a very long time asking God to watch over, forgive, and bless everyone I knew. I even asked God to forgive my parents because they were always kissing and hugging, and... well I suspected something else, LOL. This is a sweet little memory. However, since I suffered from anxiety, I was always worried about leaving someone out. I finally just asked God to bless everyone in the world and that took care of that problem. Rather an intelligent way to solve the problem for a 6 year old. And that's what I do now during my prayers to Mater Matuta; I simply ask for Her blessings on everyone; after all, we are are all someone's child.

I usually make an offering of cake and a libation of honey-sweetened milk. This has no historical basis, it just simply feels right to me. I also light a white candle for all children and a red candle for Mater Matuta; again, just because it feels right.

So, tomorrow night, make blessings and prayers for the whole world.

Just a reminder, the Vestalia began on the 7th of June and is celebrated through the 15th. My coven will perform our rites on Saturday night. Don't forget to honor Vesta and Her priestesses.

Blessings nine!


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Weekly Affirmation

Don't wait for someone to bring you flowers. 
Plant your own garden and decorate you own soul.

Blessings nine!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Weekly Oracle - Home

4. House
from the Gilded Reverie Lenormand
by Ciro Marchetti

Look closely at this card; it represent that cosy cottage, that embracing, enchanting sanctuary, the home that is a dream deep in our hearts. This is the place we can retreat to and find solace, peace, and contentment. Stability and comfort, family and love; these can be found here... if we allow it.

Not everyone has that sanctuary, for some, home is not comfort and love. But... this card shows us that we can create that place, no matter what size our home, no matter what our income, or where we live. WE create that loving homey place. And this card indicates that this is what we need right now. Something in us, all of us, is calling for a homey sanctuary, where we can retreat from the demanding world, step back and close the door to all that causes stress, to all that drains us. We need that place, we need to relax and restore ourselves.

Perhaps it is just a matter of tidying and rearranging, or surrounding ourselves with the things we love. Animal companions and friends are many times more family than blood family. Perhaps the ritual of afternoon or after-dinner tea or coffee, with a companion or a good book. Watching a favorite sweet movie, working at a our beloved hobby. So be it, make it so. Your imagination is your guide.

Our world, our home, is calling us back, away from that which does not serve us to that which will restore, renew, and let us love ourselves again.

Blessings nine!


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Wild Women

"Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, 
a powerful force, filled with good instincts, 
passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. 
Her name is Wild Woman, but she is an endangered species. 
Though the gifts of the wildish nature come to us at birth, 
society's attempt to "civilize" us into rigid roles has plundered 
this treasure, and muffled the deep, life-giving messages 
of our own souls. 
Without Wild Woman, 
we become over-domesticated, fearful, uncreative, trapped."

Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Friday, May 15, 2015

A Little Conjure

copyright Denise Alvarez, used with permission

Blessings nine!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Weekly Affirmation

I easily find the gift in every challenge.
In my heart I know there is always a gift,
and therefore it is always revealed to me.

Michael Alperstein

I felt, after yesterday's oracle, that this was the perfect follow-up for this week's affirmation. As I am facing a bit of challenge right now, I have a great deal of support. One friend told me, I MUST believe absolutely that all is well. And so I do... or I am working at it the best I can.

All is well in my world.

Blessings nine!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Weekly Oracle

Shaman of Reflections
The Shaman Oracle by john Matthews & Wi Kinghan

I am the Shaman of Reflections. I offer you who calls upon me the opportunity
to see beyond your mirror image,  and to recognize within yourself the truths that
you may never have perceived. I challenge those who believe there is only one pathway
to follow. In the mystery of the mirror I show each individual his or her true self.

Look into the mirror and be challenged by what you see; and not just a physical mirror... the mirror of your thoughts, contemplations, situations, your soul. Look into the magick mirror. See deeply and past the everyday image, look into the soul, the heart, the past. What have we hidden that, if brought forward, will assist us on this path we travel, this path that has many branches and byways. That deeply hidden image is where our wisdom, the wisdom we have within us, will be. 

This card is a very clear indication that self-clarification is needed. It is time to acknowledge the truth, accepting reality, and then understanding that the challenges we face are valid ways of moving along our path to understanding ourselves and what we need to accomplish, what we have decided to do... or the tasks the goddesses and gods, ancestors, and/or spirits have set for us. 

I see this as, if you will pardon the language, the no bullshit card. Take a good look at what you are doing, what you think you want to be, to achieve - is it what you really want to go for? Are you  really up to the task? There is no shame in acknowledging that your aren't ready or willing to take on this, that's fine so go on your way to whatever is next for you. But some will be called kicking and screaming, but know it is what must be - do it anyway, you've been called and don't have the choice anyway. It will just keep coming back.

Then there are other things, challenges in the mundane, and these may be your greatest fear, the thing you absolutely don't want to have anything to do with. I am in that position right now, dealing with one of my biggest fears. Despite it being a challenge in the mundane, I know my goddesses are behind it, another test, task, whatever one wishes to call it, placed in my path to rip me apart and hopefully put me back together... wiser than before.

Reflection is many things.

Blessings nine!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Weekly Oracle

Auxo - Increase
Ancient Feminine Wisdom of Goddesses & Heroines
Kay Steventon & Brian Clark

Auxo is one of the Horai (or Horao), goddesses of the seasons, the natural order of nature. In particular, Auxo is She who adorns the crops with nourishment, increasing their growth, and bestows prosperity and wealth. Auxo blesses our lives with joy and festivity, appearing when there is something to celebrate.

When Auxo's card appears, it signals a season of rapid growth, expansion. Business escalates, creative work flourishes, all that we need presents itself for us to utilize. Wellness, revitalization, and
a new sense of fertility and expansion flows into whatever we do bringing us abundance.

This card tells us that this is a time to celebrate, dance, allow ourselves to be filled with optimism for our futures. This is an abundant time of growth and development, make use of this energy.

Blessings nine!