Webs of Woven Words, Threads, Stitches and Enchantments

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Creativity

Creativity
Universal Love Healing Oracle Cards
by Toni Carmine Salerno

Because I work in a metaphysical store, I get to see a lot of tarot and oracle decks... in addition to all the crystals, candles, incense... need I go on? I order the books, decks, and other goodies so I get to read about the decks and research reviews. This deck, The Universal Love Healing Oracle, is not really something I thought would resonate with me, but the art was so beautiful I ordered a deck for myself. Was I ever wrong about the deck not resonating! From the first shuffle I knew there was something important for me. The first pull of the cards, a simple three card spread, assisted me in dealing with a painful issue which had left me feeling betrayed. My guidance was just perfect. Despite never being able hold a grudge for anything, I was holding on to the hurt and anger. With the guidance from these cards, I was able to work through it and let it go. Shuffling the cards to clear them after the reading, the main card in the spread jumped out again. 

Today, I pulled a card for my husband. Again, the cards addressed an issue for him that, while not any big deal, was something that would benefit him if he followed the guidance. I never know how he will react to this type of advice, but he found it helpful and thought it was "on the mark" so to speak.

Shuffling again, I pulled a card for myself, Creativity. I recently have begun painting and stitching again after a creative dry spell. This card advises that an aura of creativity surrounds me and Life's universal force fills my soul seeking expression through me. I need to open my heart, let go of self-judgement and doubt, and let the Divine flow through me. Expressing my emotions through my creativity will allow me to be true to myself, love unconditionally, and know my metaphoric voice is being heard. My creativity, anyone's creativity, is much more than the product produced, whatever it may be - art, embroidery, music, dance, poetry, etc. It occurred to me that perhaps this wasn't a message just for me, perhaps it was meant for all of us. This expression of the Goddess/Divine through creativity leads me, and all of us, to heal.  

Sounds very new age for a witch who practices as I do, I thought... at first. A little cogitating brought it all together for me. Divine love is truly the answer to all things. Love itself is the answer for all of us if we truly wish to heal and live life fulfilled on all levels.

My practice has been undergoing some changes, shifting, and evolving. I encounter many practitioners who are experiencing similar changes. It is good to discuss, exchange ideas, and receive and give validation. The world is a wild place right now, we need to work toward healing as much as we can. It begins with our own healing and then radiates out toward the rest of the world. I felt the need to share all this and so I do.

In Hekate's name, blessings nine!





Monday, January 30, 2017

The Stirring of the Seed

artist unknown

This painting represents the personification of The Stirring of the Seed, my celebration instead of Imbolc or Candlemas. My tradition doesn't resonate with these common Pagan sabbaths, so instead I celebrate something a little different. Unfortunately, the two posts where I found this beautiful image did not have an artist credit, nor could they find one. I wish I could find the artist. If anyone knows or finds it, please do share.

The Stirring of the Seed represents the coldest time of the year and the deepest withdrawal and reflection. It is the time of building our restorative energies, our self-healing at its most intense, and the strengthening of our energies to manifest and live fully.

In this painting, I see that the woman is within her power animal/totem, surrounded by other power animal spirits who assist her. Roots are, based on my intuition and experience, our deepest connection to earth, the stabilizing force of our physical lives, the richest nourishment for the lower chakras. These roots, in the painting, surround the woman. She sleeps, but is connected to deep earth, her animal and plant guides. Soon she will begin the her ascent to the light of day and evolve into the fecund earth, blossoming forth, giving of her fruit. For now, she sleeps still, but lightly, stirring slowly and gently, coming back to being.

Blessings bright and golden!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Divine Mother

copyright 2008 by E A Kaufman



An excellent article, The Divine Mother and the Holy Child, by Harita Meenee.

https://magoism.net/2013/12/16/essay-the-divine-mother-and-the-holy-child-the-inner-meaning-of-christmas-by-harita-menee/

Blessings bright and golden!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

21 Days of the Winter Solstice 21


Solstice Blessings
Upon you and yours.
May the Goddess, who is our light,
guide you in all you do!

Blessings bright and golden!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

21 Days of the Winter Solstice 20


Solstice Spirits in the cauldron sing,
Dance your magick and to us bring,
Abundant blessings from your fire bright
We gather the magick in the burning light!

copyright 2016 E A Kaufman 





The spirits showed themselves in the cauldron's fire during our Winter Solstice rite.

Blessings dark and deep!

all photo copyright Michelle Price 2016

Monday, December 19, 2016

21 Days of the Winter Solstice 19

Edmund Dulac

On aching limbs,
She stumbles out upon the snow,
And in the east,
She sees the first
Faint gleamings
Of the new born sun,
Balanced on the world edge.
Which tells the end
Of winters hold

from "Winter Journey" by Martin Pallot


Second night of the Nine Nights ritual last night, lit my bayberry candle and made my devotions to the Winter goddesses.

Blessings dark and deep!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

21 Days of the Winter Solstice 18


Last night my coven celebrated the Winter Solstice, honoring and making offerings to the Winter goddesses and the Golden Maiden. The bayberry candle spell, beautiful invocations, some interesting divination, feasting and gift giving, all made a lovely night.

It was also the first night of the Nine Nights of the Winter Solstice, so the bayberry candles were blessed and lit in circle, then we all took our candles home to finish burning with a coin beneath. We will continue the ritual each night for nine nights, making invocations, offering prayers and other things, as well as trance and meditation, and divination. A wonderful start to this sabbath.

Blessings dark and deep!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

21 Days of the Winter Solstice 17


Wassail! Wassail all over the town!
Our toast it is white and our ale it is brown;
Our bowl it is made of the white maple tree;
With the wassailing-bowl, we'll drink to thee!

And here is to Dobbin and to his right eye!
Pray God send our master a good Christmas pie,
And a good Christmas pie that we may all see;
With our wassailing-bowl, we'll drink to thee!

So here is to Broad May and to her broad horn!
May God send our master a good crop of corn,
And a good crop of corn that we may all see;
With the wassailing-bowl we'll drink to thee!

Then here's to the maid in the lily-white smock
Who tripped to the door and slipped back the lock;
Who tripped to the door and pulled back the pin,
For to let these jolly wassailers in.

from the Gloucestershire Wassail

For many years I have made our own version of wassail. It is a non-alcoholic version, but one can add rum, whiskey, or whatever. 

Sleighride Punch 

1 quart of apple cider
1 quart of Constant Comment tea
2 cups of orange juice
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup real maple syrup
3 cinnamon sticks
1 sliced orange studded with whole cloves
1 sliced apple, core removed, studied with cloves
freshly ground nutmeg to taste
3 slices of buttered, toasted cinnamon bread,
cut into triangles.

Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a large pot, remove from heat
and add 6 Constant Comment tea bags. Let brew 6 minutes.
Remove the tea bags and return to medium heat. Add the orange
juice, brown sugar, and maple syrup.  Stir well. Bring to a simmer.
Slice an apple, removing core, and  an orange, stud edges with 
whole cloves. Add the fruit to the pot along with the cinnamon sticks
and nutmeg. Allow to simmer for about an hour. 
Keep the pot on the stove, on warm, or transfer to a crock pot.
Just before serving, place the triangles of toast on top.
If you use the crock pot, you can keep the brew warm constantly
to be ready anytime guests appear.

Blessings dark and deep!



Friday, December 16, 2016

21 Days of the Winter Solstice 16


For your Winter Solstice ritual place a large red candle in your cauldron, better it have three wicks if you can find one. During the ritual, in darkness with the exception of the altar candles, sit or stand at the cauldron. Peer into its dark depths while contemplating the past year and your dedication to your Arte and the goddesses. When you have finished your contemplations, say these words:

I sorrow not, though the world is wrapped in sleep.
I sorrow not, though the icy winds blast.
I sorrow not, though the snow falls hard and deep.
I sorrow not, this too shall soon be past.

Now light the candle and some Winter Pine or Pinon incense. Gaze briefly into the flames and then above at the night sky. Say these words:

I light this fire in Your honor, Great Crone,
You who watch over all who rest in the Winter's depths.
You welcome the dead and then
You fill the Mother's womb with life.
Warmth to cold to warmth again,
Around and round the cycle of life flows.
We welcome now life and light,
The gifts of the Goddesses.
Hail the Maiden, born this night.
Hail the Mother, who births the light.
Hail to the Great Crone, 
She who guides all through the cycles of life. 
So mote it be!

Now dance, drum, shake rattles, and sing as you circle the cauldron and pay homage to all of the
Goddesses. Chant this while circling until exhausted:

The wheel turns, power burns!

Continue your ritual, feast and make merry!

Adapted from a Yule ritual by Scott Cunningham,
in Wicca, A Guide For the Solitary Practitioner

Blessings dark and deep!