Sacred Woman Oracle – Mystical

I love it when I find something that really moves me, that’s incredibly inspiring. That was the case with Mindy Tsonas‘ Inner Alchemy – water coven class. In fact I loved it so much that I decided to build on what I learned to share it with my goddesses on our annual retreat.

What I created is the Sacred Woman Oracle. IMG_6086

Making these cards is not only fun but also a deep self exploration.IMG_6289 IMG_6290

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The thing that is so powerful about making these cards it the opportunity they provide for diving deep into our archetypal selves. I spend some time with each card and journal about what it means to me, when I use the deck for a reading the meaning is personal and profound, magical even.

Today I was drawn to this cardMystical

The mystical is that unexplainable, magical realm where deep insights can be unearthed. It’s a place we can visit in our dreams or when we still our mind enough to open ourselves to the mysteries and magic that’s always available to us, yet often just out of reach.

I’ve only had two truly mystical experiences in my life, the most recent when I was alone in the Joshua Tree desert after being guided on a deep imagery meditation intended to lead me to my spirit animal.

The day before, while alone on the land, I found a broken coyote femur. I picked it up and put it in my pouch sensing there was some significance in my discovery, although at the time I had now idea what that could be. 

Often times when I meditate I find deep inner peace but I don’t normally have visions or even practice visualizing (although I think I’d like to do this more often). So I was very surprised at how vivid my visualization was during the guided meditation. It must have had to do with the magical location, combined with the steady beat of the drum my guide was playing.

Much to my surprise I met a wolf in my vision who I then embodied. I could feel myself as the wolf and see through the wolfs eyes. Strangely I feel it was male…

Prior to this trip to Joshua Tree I had a conversation with a friend, from which I realized I can’t really identify how I’m ‘feeling’ a lot of the time, which seemed very strange because I consider myself a fairly conscious, aware person. I had therefore been exploring why I don’t/can’t really feel my feelings (so much history around that), why I’m mostly so contained. Lord knows I’ve had tons of therapy to get in touch with my feelings or whatever else needed excavating. It’s kind of hard to describe because I mostly feel happy and content (to be expected after all that therapy:-), but on the other hand if there’s a feeling that doesn’t fit into my happy bubble it seems to get compartmentalized and stored just out of reach. This mind you has some distinct advantages, yet it is also dangerous.

Feelings that are stored away without examination can manifest in many ways that aren’t in ones best interest, illness of all kinds for example. Awareness is always best in my opinion.

Hence the desert solitude retreat and an earnest effort to ‘get in touch’ with my feelings and deep imagery meditation where I met my spirit guide…

What I discovered from wolf during our time together is that I needed to release whatever I was holding in (still something of a mystery) by howling like a wolf. That’s right just let loose and howl. The idea that I would howl is WAY outside of my comfort zone. I don’t even know why but it is. I’m just not comfortable doing that for some unknown reason.

After the meditation was over I went back out on the land alone. I climbed up the rocks to a high pass with a view of the vastness that is Joshua Tree National Park.

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I burnt some sage, I painted and journaled a bit, then thought okay I’ll give this howling thing a go. After all I’m alone with no one in sight so I’ll only look like an idiot to myself.

One little howl…it felt uncomfortable yet strangely freeing. Actually kind of good in a weird way. So I think to myself go ahead, do it again. So I did. Then again and again. And then the most amazing and magical thing happened, the desert erupted in a cacophony of coyote howls. It was the middle of the day so at first I thought I must be imagining it. No it was real, they were there and they were howling with me.

So now I have created a Sacred Woman Oracle card that reminds me that I am surrounded by mystery and magic and that it’s within my power to summon that magic and immerse myself in the beautiful mystery of life.

I hope you’re enjoying this journey as much as I am right now, and that you’re touched by mystery and magic today.

 

Awakening the Goddess

I’ve been thinking about you… about sharing with you… about stepping back into this flow as a participant rather than just the spectator that I’ve been for a while now.  This seems a good time with spring upon us, the time of rebirth and emergence.

What a journey this past 12 months or so has been for me, from depth to prolific.

There has been such beautiful transformation for me this year so far. I think that when I/we set intentions there is the expectation, the hope, that I/we will see the fruits of our desires manifest if not quickly (immediately) then at least soon-ish. But the Universe does not operate in the same dimension of time as we do here on mama earth. Patience is required and I have come to understand that when I conclude my intention setting with “this or something better, in it’s own perfect time, for the highest good of all” the timing will unfurl as it will, in it’s own perfect time.

IMG_5262 Intention: gather my tribe – Moon Lodge is blossoming

That time has arrived for a few intentions that I’ve been holding close to my heart for several years now. First to work in partnership, in collaboration with someone who’s values are aligned with mine, who desires to bring light into this world, to facilitate transformation for women, and whose skill set will compliment mine. (I bow to the ground in gratitude to Jennifer H, we are making magic together. More will be revealed on that note.)  Second to gather women in a very sacred way, to hold space, to shine light, to empower. (Moon Lodge is gathering momentum with more ritual gathering opportunities underway). Third to participate in gatherings, retreats and classes. (I AM SISTERHOOD Bali here I come!)

I am sisterhoodI AM SISTERHOOD gathering / photo credit Anni Daulter

If you’ve been waiting for something, dreaming about something, wanting to manifest something, I encourage you to hold your dreams close to your heart, to know that ‘this or something better, in it’s own perfect time, for the highest good of all’ WILL manifest. We don’t need to know how or when, just that it will be done.

Now as the Moon is waxing to fullness is the perfect time to create space for setting powerful intentions. Make a little alter with a candle and some meaningful objects, it doesn’t have to be fancy. Get out your journal and begin to write from your heart. When you have clarity on what your heart truly desires write your intentions down. Begin like this “I am gracefully finding myself…. taking beautiful photos to share on my blog (one of mine)”. You may only have one or you may have many, either way write them down on a piece of paper. Read your intention every night before you go to bed, feel them in your heart, maybe sleep with them under your pillow.

What I know for sure is that you, we, are powerful creators and it is through intention that we commune with the Universe and set the wheels of creation in motion.

I believe in the power of dreams and I am filled with gratitude as I write this. Thank you for all that you do, for all that you are.

Love + light,

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W O R D !

The Word…

This year I knew what my word would be by early November. It just came to me.

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The moment it entered my consciousness I knew that was the word that would shape 2016.

I’ve been choosing a single word every year for about five years now and I never cease to be amazed by the power and influence a single work can have in shaping the following twelve months.

I think the magic of my chosen word began to unfurl immediately upon it’s selection because without even realizing it the ideas, projects and courses started lining up and literally as soon as January 1 arrived so did the activities. I had, months earlier, signed up for Alena Hennessy’s ‘A Year of Painting’ and then without remembering I signed up for that, I signed up for her ‘A Year of Healing’ some time later, and that was just the beginning. 

The influence of  PROLIFIC so far:
A Year of Painting – online, A Year of Healing – online, The Inside Story – online, Council I training at the Ojai Foundation – February, Retreat No. 3 Lovefest with my ladies – Aspen/May, I AM SISTERHOOD live retreat – Bali/October (instead of my usual hemming and hawing, which inevitably results in missing the opportunity, I pulled the trigger as soon as I got the invite. Boom I’m going to Bali!)

Under investigation:
Mexico City/San Miguel de Allende with my father-in-law – March, France with the family – Summer, Whidbey Island – Summer, NY Now gift show – August

Planning… :
Launching The Art of Sacred Living, a lifestyle business that celebrates sacred living through products, courses and retreats

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Projects:
Theme 108 – Malas, Alters, the book, ongoing product research

Visualizing: The orchard lot(!), Ten Women, Published book(s), NY Now

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Surprisingly I DO NOT feel overwhelmed, instead I feel totally exhilarated with some serious forward momentum. For the first time instead of killing myself trying to choose just one thing to focus on I’m letting all my passions have their time in the sun and gathering them lovingly under one umbrella. Interestingly the Kuan Yin Oracle card that keeps showing up is Many Hands of the Goddess.

Many-Hands-of-the-Goddess1“The Goddess Kuan Yin brings blessings to multiple projects and many different parts of your life and consciousness, beloved”

Of course all of this activity will require organization if I intend to keep the forward momentum up and to stay organized this ADD girl needs a rock’n planner. I was planning on making my own but during my research I found the Passion Planner and thought why reinvent the wheel…?

Did you choose a word? If so have you noticed any influence yet? I would love to hear about it.  

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Hello 2016! You excite me!

Hello beauty, I’m so excited about this year!

This time of year is always enchanting for me, it’s a fresh start, a clean slate, rich with possibility.

Every January I spend time nestled up in my studio dreaming and scheming, envisioning, planning and setting intentions for the next 12 months. I’ve found that if I actively plan what I want to create and set clear intentions and then break those down into actual goals I can bring forth real magic.

For the past few years I’ve been using Susannah Conway’s Unraveling the Year Ahead workbook (LOVE) and this year I’ve added my own creation, a YES map, which I’m really excited about.

IMG_4971This is a magical process that I find really powerful. The exercise is so affirming and I feel that it gives my dreams and desires a powerful boost by getting them out of my head and into the physical realm. Creating this map helped me get really clear on exactly what I want to manifest in 2016 and now I have a daily visual reminder. POWERFUL!

If you want to give this a try all you need is a large sheet of paper, I used water color paper, a Sharpie, water color paints and any other fun art supplies you like. Once your supplies are gathered, set the mood. Get your cup of tea, light a candle, smudge yourself and your supplies, say a little prayer asking Spirit to guide you and inviting your unseen friends to watch over and bless your dreams.

Now you’re ready to make some magic. Begin by drawing a circle in the center, write 2016 in the middle of it, then just write out all the things you want to bring into your life and branch them back to your center circle. You will find that there is an unfurling, one thing leads to another. BEAUTIFUL.

I also made an intention candle…IMG_4958

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IMG_4975For this you’ll need a sanctuary candle (found mine at Target), some magazines, scissors and matte medium or modge podge. It’s created in the same way you would a dream board.

When you’re finished you can add them both to your alter. 

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I have to say that I am so excited to be back and to reconnect with all of my online friends. I have so many things to share with you this year. I bow to the ground in gratitude for my online community. Thank you.

Love + light,

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Good bye 2015, it’s been nice…

Wrapping up the year with Susannah Conway’s Unraveling 2016, a cup of tea, my favorite oracle cards and Miss Charlotte the cat while nursing a bad cold.IMG_4881

All in all it’s been a good year although without any big markers that I usually like to take note of. I guess sometimes we are just living life and enjoying the small moments spent with loved ones.

I’m ending this year by dipping my toes back into this online pool, I have few words and am sharing the year in photos.

Wishing you and yours a beautiful holiday season and a very happy New Year.

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Breaking in the new studio…01.101.2IMG_2569

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MayRetreat No. 205.205.1New projects…Bust01Bust03IMG_3888

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August – the happiest month in my happiest place with my favorite people!08.4IMG_364608.2Version 2IMG_3672IMG_3786IMG_3732IMG_3806SeptemberIMG_3940IMG_3985OctoberIMG_4346_MG_8601

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DecemberIMG_4625IMG_4524IMG_4648IMG_4666Mala project is underway.IMG_4672 IMG_4687 IMG_4683IMG_4762

Sending you love + light,

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