Signs of Spirits

coollogo_com-26307596I am a strong believer that when we die, we don’t just evaporate into thin air; that our souls pass from this world—with all the knowledge and experience we gathered while we were alive—into the afterlife. Some people call it heaven, Pagans refer to it as Summerland, but whatever belief system you have there is some form of afterlife. Except maybe if you’re a Nihilist.

 

What happens to us after we die, is a mystery, but I belief we beings of energy who come and visit our living (for lack of a better word) relatives. I call these beings Spirits.

I went to see a medium several years ago, and the main thing I took away from his seminar was that spirits take their cues from us. If we don’t want to know they’re around, they won’t give us hints that they’re present. If we do want to communicate, they’ll let us know they’re around. For the longest time I was seeing dimes all over the place. I could walk through the kitchen and see nothing but a bare floor. Walk back through the room later on and see a dime right in my path. I’ve heard coins are a favourite sign of theirs to alert a relative of their visit.

 

Spirits let us know they’re around by other signs as well. Did you catch a whiff of a perfume or smell that reminded you of your Grandmother? That was probably her, just saying hi. Were you stressed out and smell something that reminded you of your father or Grandfather and suddenly felt calm? Yup, good chance they knew you were upset and chose to visit you, just to say everything is all right and I’m here for you.

 

In the spring of 2009, we lost our beloved dog Sara. Best dog we ever had. That summer we did some renovating (the living room) and instead of putting down carpet (because we couldn’t afford it) we painted the floor white. We did it one Saturday afternoon. Sunday morning we got up, and off along the wall, I saw a footprint in the pain. It wasn’t a typical print. The cats walked on it the floor too, so we could tell the difference. It looked more like a smudge of her paw print and I smiled knowing she was still walking around our home.

 

Keep this in mind the next time you catch a familiar scent on the breeze or hear the favourite song of someone who has passed. It could be them stopping in to see how you’re doing.

 

Have you had any experiences with Spirits?

A Wiccan Journey: Protective Shield

braclette(DISCLAIMER: This is not my creation. I discovered this Magical Sphere in the book CANDLE MAGIC, by Phillip Cooper. You can purchase the book HERE..)

There has been so much negativity in the world as of late that I find myself revising and re-posting something I feel will help those who are having a difficult time dealing with all this anger. I use this method when I come across psychic vampires (yes, they exists), and strengthen it with the use of rose quartz and black tourmaline crystals. For this exercise, I place the crystals as close to my heart as I can.

Start by clearing your mind. Relax and let go of all the mundane thoughts. Imagine a point of bright light inside yourself, at about heart level. See a shaft of light rise up, just above the crown of your head. Next, imagine the shaft of light moving down through your body. If you’re sitting have it extent past your tailbone. Next, extend the light in each magical direction (North, South, East, West). The book says you should be facing East, but that’s not always possible.

Now for the rings. Imagine the first ring starting at the crown of your head, where the shaft ends. Have it arc your body, traveling down your back toward your feet (or tailbone), then back up your front and ending at the crown of your head.

The second ring begins at the crown of your head again, but this time arcs out over your right side, down under your base, back up arching over your left side, finally resting at the crown.

The third and final ring begins at the mid-section. First imagine a shaft of light emanating out from your core, about a foot in front. Have the shaft then arc to the left side, then arching to your back, then right side, finally stopping at your front where you began.

The magic sphere is now complete. To dispel it, just imagine everything in reverse, starting with the third ring pulling back around your body from right to left.  When you’re sphere is complete, you should be visualizing something like the diagram below. Just not with the colours.

MSoP

To reinforce this shield throughout the day, still your mind and take a few deep breaths. Imagine the rings around you, shimmering and strong. Once you get used to doing this, you can create and strengthen your shield quickly when needed.

A Wiccan Journey: Harmonizing with Nature

bracletteSome of you may know that I am a Pagan. More precisely, a solitary Wiccan. It’s a spiritual belief that I’ve followed for almost fifteen years. I’m not a spell casting Wiccan; instead I strive to find my place – a balance in my life with nature, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t cast the odd spell every now and then.

The key word for me is balance. When there’s balance there’s harmony. It can be a daunting task and I do some strange things to make sure things are flowing smoothly. Everyone has a dark side whether they want to believe it or not, and I feel strongly that unless we explore that side of our personality, give it some attention, it will fester like a boil until it ruptures and inflicts toxins into our soul. Enough toxins and those dark thoughts or ideas begin to manifest on the outside in our attitudes and the way we treat other living things.

I believe that balance comes from understanding both sides; the dark and the light. If you’ve read any of my books you may have noticed they tend to be a little on the dark side. I explore this side through my writing. Allowing my creativity to delve into worlds and ideas as a way of understanding those deep dark places of my soul.

I counter that with learning about crystals and other metaphysical beliefs. Chakra balancing, meditation, and keeping an open mind when it comes to new ideas help me to understand the light side of my personality. I carry three crystals with me to work every day; turquoise, mahogany obsidian and golden calcite. They help me to communicate, strengthen my confidence and keep me grounded. Using my creativity for this is all about colour. Different shades of reds, blues, greens and everything in between come together in my fascination with beauty and makeup. My interest in nail art isn’t new. I’ve always been drawn to it, but it’s only been recently that I found a way to incorporate it into my life and this is why I’m learning about nail art and other aesthetic applications. For me, it feeds my confidence and learning and creating with these pallets utilizes my creative side.

There is one drawback to balancing my energies; I notice more frequently when nature is more turbulent. It manifests itself as headaches, anxiety, or that feeling of just being ‘off’. Storms are the worst, especially in the summer. Suddenly finding myself wide awake in the middle of the night with no reason (until I hear the distant sound of thunder) is exasperating, but I suppose it’s a small price to pay for finding inner peace and my place within nature.

Preparing for Yule, Part Two; Symbols, Songs and Decorations.

It’s now December and Yule is just a few weeks away. I am looking forward to it. Out of all the other celebrations, I find Yule has the most colour. Between the traditional colours of red, green, and white, there are blues, yellows and just about any other colour you can think of.

This week I want to share more traditional Pagan objects. Some you will know but I’m sure you’ll find others that you can fit into your holiday decorating.

Tools, Symbols and Decorations

http://twopagans.com/holiday/Yule.html

 

Songs

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/pantheon/2010/12/13-songs-for-yule/

http://sanfords.net/Pagan_Humor_and_Thoughts/Pagan_Yule_songs.htm

http://members.tripod.com/~willow_Firesong/YulCarls/

This has a Wiccan twist to some traditional Christmas songs and poems.

http://magickalenchantments.blogspot.ca/2008/12/pagan-yule-songs-chants-and-more.html

 

Food

http://www.ravenandcrone.com/catalog/a23/Yule-Food-Recipes/article_info.html

http://www.angelfire.com/wa3/angelline/yule_recipes.htm

 

Myself, I’m not sure if I’m doing anything special for Yule, after all, the world is supposed to end on that day so I could be a little busy. 😛 I might try a few of those recipes though. They sound really good.

March Full Moon

This Thursday is the full moon. It’s known by many names but I think Worm Moon describes it best. As we enter into a new season, the ground is beginning to soften and the earthworm is busy stirring up the ground. This also brings the robins back as well. It’s interesting to note that the last March full moon was a Super Moon. I didn’t realize that until the other day.

Usually the worms don’t move in this part of the world for at least another month. In March, the ground is still very much hard and frozen, but this year may be different. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not.

Other names for the March Full Moon

Chaste Moon, Storm Moon, Seed Moon, Moon of Winds, Plow Moon, Worm Moon, Lentzinmanoth (Renewal Month), Lenting Moon, Sap Moon, Crow Moon, Moon of the Snowblind

Nature Spirits: Mer-people, Air and Water beings who are connected with spring rains and storms

Herbs: broom, High John root, yellow dock, wood betony, Irish moss

Colors: pale green, red-violet

Flowers: jonquil, daffodil, violet

Scents: honeysuckle, apple blossom

Stones: aquamarine, bloodstone

Trees: alder, dogwood

Animals: cougar, hedgehog, boar

Birds: sea crow, sea eagle

Deities: Black Isis, the Morrigan, Hecate, Cybele, Astarte, Athene, Minerva, Artemis, Luna

Power Flow: energy breaks into the open; growing, prospering, exploring. New beginnings; balance of Light and Dark. Breaking illusions. Seeing the truth in your life however much it may hurt.

I would suggest spell casting along the lines of planting the seeds of good intent.

Deity Representations

One of the key things Wiccan’s have on their altar is a representation of the God and Goddess. Some use statues, others candles. I use candles one red, one green but I’m looking at something a little more ‘alive’

I love plants. I used to have fifty-two different ones when Husband and I first got married. Everything from flowering to vines. Only one I couldn’t grow well was a Boston Fern. I thought about adding plants to my altar setup. One to represent the God, another for the Goddess.

I purchased a Stag Horn fern to represent the God, and I’m thinking of purchasing a Maiden Hair fern for the Goddess. Both grow to a good size so I’ll only be able to keep them on the altar for a few years. Plus, as they’re considered tropical plants, I’ll have to move them in the winter to a more brightly lit spot. Or I could move them through the day from an east to a west window. I’d just have to remember to do it.

Samhain Ritual for Honouring the Dead

This is a very simple rite, and I will be adding the Blessing found in the second link to it.

Gather pictures of those who have passed, human and pets alike. Place them on a table facing North. Place a small black candle by each of the photos. Light the candles one by one, remembering the person in the photo, and recalling a memories of them. Perhaps something funny, or personal. Something that you think best conveys their personality.

This next part is optional. When all the candles are lit, you can call to them. Simply say,

                “I call upon those friends and family that have passed. I welcome you to visit my home and spend some time with us.”     

Don’t be afraid. Our loved ones take their cues from you. They always have. If you just want to sit and remember them, that’s fine too. Personally, I’m pretty sure I’ve got a full house.

At the end of the day, snuff out the candles, one by one, and thank each of them for coming.

~Blessed Be~

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