Spirit Message of the Moment – A Lightness of Being

A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM SPIRITBLOGGER
November is a great month for self-reflection, following Samhain, the Pagan New Year’s Eve, which often serves as a perfect time to set goals for the new year. When I think of November, I think of opportunities for both Thanks and Giving, which calls up thoughts and feelings about conscious gratitude, forgiveness, and release. By conscious I mean an active thought and present choice to think about these things and do.

To feel grateful today, we can shift our focus, and decide to appreciate things we already have and people in our lives. We can think about the life situations we choose to put ourselves in and people we surround ourselves with, review and acknowledge our work and spiritual contributions to the world, and build upon our generosity with family and friends. We can be thankful and thus continue to manifest personal change and abundance for our highest purpose and continued happiness.  I read recently, to help manifest gratitude and create a better and more meaningful life for ourselves, we should playfully imagine once a day that we’re already there and frequently speak in gratitude “as if” we’ve already arrived. The mere thought of change can be a great first step to making it real by your actions.

At times during our internal audit and inventory process, we may realize we have become emotionally stuck due to harboring anger, resentment, negativity, guilt, misgivings, sadness, and fear towards others. Then, in order to move forward, it becomes necessary to let it go, release, and possibly forgive. Facing these blocks head on allows us the opportunity to become a stronger person.

Other times, it’s learning to forgive ourselves for all of the things we should have, could have, and didn’t say or do, and instead focus upon what we can say and do, today. Removing these blocks can be a long and pain staking process or we can decide to simply let go, and focus on letting go to achieve our freedom of mind, and preserve our spirit, and heart. Remember, forgiveness isn’t meant to change the past; it’s an active opportunity to release our burdens and a choice we can make to help foster “a lightness of being” in our present, and to ensure a happy future.

Changing who we are isn’t an easy process, but it’s important to trust ourselves. It is said life will never give us more than we are capable of handling, with relentless opportunities to empower our spiritual self. So, if we are interested in evolving, growing, and expanding spiritually, mentally, and emotionally, it’s keen to remember life isn’t about finding ourselves, but instead about creating and recreating ourselves continuously over time.  I believe we are all capable of great internal and external change. Mahatma Gandhi said it best: “We must be the change we wish to see in the world”. To me, this means it’s important to develop self-awareness, embody positive change, and cultivate gracious qualities which allow you to act and live with gratitude and a forgiving nature.

In my search for advice on gratitude, I came across a great truth-telling post called Forgiveness and Gratitude by Pixie Allan I hope you find inspiring.  She reminds us to be thankful and discusses having an attitude of gratitude. I also wanted to share with you an excerpt I found interesting from an article called The Occult Meaning of Thanksgiving.

I wish Bright Blessings for your November introspection, manifesting your dreams, and living your best life for the new year!

~Angela (The Spiritblogger)

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Forgiveness and Gratitude
“You have to really want to let go to be able to fully forgive your past.  People say they have ‘Let Go’ but you can probably bet your bottom dollar that 85% have not ‘Let Go’. The percentage is high, but it’s true to its number. Forgiveness may come in many colors but you can’t fake this emotion, because your heart can’t fake gratitude, it can’t fake forgiveness, it has to be 100% ready to release whatever it was, to stand in your own moment and say, ‘hey you know what, this was a crappy place I was in and I acted like a tool, can we forgive and rebuild’. It can’t be one-sided and it can’t be one person doing all the repair work.

With any relationship/friendship breakdown it always takes two people to have the meltdown and most of the time it’s a lack of understanding, throw in the ego and we are dancing round that camp fire burning our asses on the cinders!  You know I’m right! In all honesty, forgiveness is hard, you really have to want it, but on the flip side of that, surely you want to release the pain and anger that it sat somewhere deep inside of you?  Be grateful for the lessons you learned and take those lessons with you into the future ensuring that you don’t make the same mistake the next time, that’s truly how we know if we have learned all lesson…… it stops showing up!

To truly Let Go, be thankful, and move forward.  You deserve the best life possible and by holding on to negativity you are not allowing all those yummy goodies to come to you because, like I always say, like attracts like, if you’re putting out there that, ‘I always meet asshats’ then the universe will give you an abundance of asshats!  If you affirm ‘ I attract kind caring people who love me for who I am’ then that’s what the universe will give you.  Every thought is an affirmation; can you imagine how many negative affirmations you have in your head in one day?  Not just the thoughts about yourself but other people too…. that’s not good is it? So, change.

Forgiveness is key, whether you are forgiving yourself or whether you are forgiving others, release the negativity around the situation, send them love and light and move on with a smile on your face and love in your heart, you don’t have to attach to the drama if you choose not to, your life is for living not for living in the past so, release it all, art it out, journal it out, scream at the top of your lungs, or whatever works for you, but let it go and feel the love. Honestly, it’s the best way to move forward.

You can’t control people or how their minds work, but you can control yourself. Should they wish not to make you part of their future know it’s OK, you learnt all you could from the friendship/relationship, the universe will replace that with something bigger and better… if you let it, of course.”

Bright Blessings,
Pixie Allen

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The Occult Meaning of Thanksgiving

“Is there any occult or esoteric meaning in the American holiday of Thanksgiving?  Thanksgiving is a harvest festival to give thanks for the past year. During the farming era of the past, scarcity and need were always lurking around the corner.  When there was a bountiful harvest it was time for celebration.

Thanksgiving is associated with the cornucopia, symbolizing food, abundance, and prosperity.  The cornucopia of plenty has its origin in ancient mythology. The Roman god Fortuna, the goddess of luck and fortune, was often depicted carrying a cornucopia and it became linked with her.  Lady Fortune represented how life was subject to the whim of chance, good or ill.  In ancient Roman times Fortuna was sought by many seeking good fortune and to avoid bad luck.  Since then this goddess has a modern name…Lady Luck.

Here is the possible occult meaning of Thanksgiving.  We give thanks for our abundance, with the unspoken hope of avoiding scarcity in the year ahead.  Giving thanks is not just an act of appreciation for what has past, but hope for the future as well.  Unknowingly, with thanksgiving we are practicing the law of attraction.

The Law of Attraction suggests what we think will become manifest in our lives. This concept is one of the cornerstones of occult thought.   Ritual, visualization, ceremony (dinner festivals) are all tools to the same end, to affect the future.  By giving thanks for what we have with confidence for better days ahead, we may cause this to occur.  The opposite is true, if we bemoan the present with grim expectations for the future, then that will likely be our fate as well.

I nominate Fortuna as the unspoken patron deity of Thanksgiving.  Life is a roll of the dice and can be arbitrary and unfair.  If we are fortunate enough to have a happy thanksgiving holiday, we should really be grateful.  There are many who will not enjoy a feast this year, or who eat alone.  We live in hard times now.  Our state of mind can make the difference.  We can change our circumstances if give thanks not only for the present, but give thanks for the future as well.  Giving thanks for that which has yet to happen will make it manifest.”

Article excerpts from author David at occultview.com

Spirit Message of the Day – Practice Serenity, Promote Peace, Be Blessed

THE DRAGONFAE NAMED APALALA
“You are a peaceful being. When this card is drawn forth, a sense of peace and new depths of serenity become truths for you. Simply breathe deeply and learn that your peaceful nature can become a daily source of delight and courage, of strength and beauty. Peace is like a quiet glade within, a sacred grove to which you can go and belong. Take strength and draw nourishment from this place within you, and be sure to visit it daily.”

“Practice acts of peace within your life. Be strong, be free, be blessed and be at peace. When you come into this place daily, all around you will benefit. Do not mistake or confuse peace for inaction – being a peaceful activist is one of the most dynamic and powerful choices a being can make in this world, now and ever. When all around you is drama, and all within you feels in turmoil, go to that place and know the truth of your being in peace. Is serenity. Is serenity. Is blessed. And is free.”

ABOUT APALALA
“Many legends say that apalala was a convert to Buddhism. But the truth is that the Buddha and the Dragonfae wisdom-keeper Apalala shared many feelings, beliefs, and discussions, and the Buddha learned as much from the loving compassionate heart of Apalala as Apalala did from the wide-open eyes of Buddha. Apalala encourages you to take part in discussions about peace, and will support you in finding ways to promote peace on a personal, practical, and global levels. You may be interested in speaking with people who live a monastic life when this card is drawn.”

“This card can also indicate that you have already experienced other lifetimes as a member of a Buddhist Temple or monastery. Investigate this connection, but most of all, take care to be loving, peaceful and harmonious in the present moment. Remember, the Buddha loves laughter too!”

MESSAGE FOR YOU
” You are a peaceful being, bringing more peace into your life. You may be wishing for more peace and for conflict on a personal and global scale to be done with. Please do not put your energy into fighting war, instead, create peaceful moments wherever possible. This does not mean that you need to be weak or passive, but instead, choose to draw incredible strength and do not waiver from your choice to bring more peace in. Know that your conversations about peace and beliefs are bringing about change. People may have also told you lies about peaceful ways meaning lack of strength. This is not so. Choose to be stronger, more peaceful, and watch harmony and joy flower in your life.

WORKING WITH APALALA
“Invite peace into your life by choosing to work with people and beings whose beliefs are aligned with yours, and who are held with integrity. Understand that the conflict around you is the result of people attempting to control each other’s hearts and minds and futures. Apalala teaches us that the here and now, when tended with love, creates exciting and peaceful outcomes for all.”

Today’s message is from Oracle of the Dragonfae by Lucy Cavendish.

 

Spirit Message of the Day – Happy Mother’s Day 2011

THE EMPRESS
“On a divintory level, the appearance of the Empress suggests the onset of a more earthly phase of life. A marriage or the birth of a child might occur; or the birth of a creative child, an artistic offspring, for this too requires the patience and nurturing of the Great Mother. Through this card we enter the realm of the body and instincts, as a place of both peace and stagnation, life-giving and life-suffocating. Thus the Fool, the child of heaven, on his/her life journey discovers that he/she lives in a physical body not only of spirit but also of earth.” The Empress card can also asks us to be aware and develop and nurture the feminine aspects and motherly qualities within each of us. – Excerpt from The Mythic Tarot.

Other Interpretations
“The Empress is the archetypal Earth Mother, the Anima, the Feminine Principle, Dimeter, Freyja, Goddess of fertility. Ruled by Venus, the planet of love, creativity, fertility, art, harmony, luxury, beauty and grace.

She is full-figured, possibly pregnant, and is surrounded by lush greenery and fields of ripe wheat. Below the Empress’s couch is a heart-shaped pillow with the symbol of Venus emblazoned upon it, and her flowing robe is decorated with pomegranates, a symbol of fertility. In the forest behind her a river flows freely with water, the symbol of life. Her upraised hand holds a sceptre which demonstrates her power and authority over the things of this earth.

She wears a crown of 12 stars, representing the Zodiac and her rulership over time. Her sceptre also shows her dominion over the created world. Where the High Priestess had dominion over the intellectual world, and the world of knowledge, the Empress has dominion over the world of the senses. Her dress has pomegranates on it. The water in the background is a symbol of the subconscious. The wheat is sacred to Isis and the cypress trees are sacred to Venus. The pearl necklace is also a symbol of Venus (Aphrodite), as are the myrtle leaves on the crown. The rune associated with this card is Fehu.” – Excerpt from biddytarot.com

“The Empress is a creator, be it creation of life, of romance, of art or business. While the Magician is the primal spark, the idea made real, and the High Priestess is the one who gives the idea time and space to decide on a form, the Empress is either the womb or nursery where it grows till it reaches a certain level of maturity.

This is why the Empress’ symbol is Venus, goddess of beautiful things and gardens, as wells as sex and love. Venus is the goddess of artists, and helps them painstakingly develop their pieces from clay to statue, from first brushstroke to masterpiece.

Even so, however, the Empress has more in common with Demeter, goddess of abundance, then sensual Venus, as the wheat in the background and the pomegranates on her dress imply. She is the giver of Earthly gifts, the great, fertile mother goddess. Yet at the same time, she can, in anger, withhold as Demeter did when her daughter, Persephone was kidnapped. In fury and grief, she kept the Earth barren till her child was returned to her.

Thirteen’s Observations

The Empress card is one of the easier trumps to read. She’s the Great Mother, so much so that she’s often viewed as one of those cards that can indicate a “positive” answer if a woman is wondering if she can get pregnant. This is the fertile womb where anything can grow and thrive (as compared to the protective “incubator” of the High Priestess). The Empress’ ability to mother goes beyond the womb, however. She is patient, loving, giving, generous, devoted. The ultimate nurturer.

If defining her as the querent, you can say that they are currently feeling like a mother hen, worried about their children, new business, new creation, or new romance. Male or female, they want to dote and hover and fret over every little sneeze and problem. They likely also want to talk only about their baby, boasting of its growth and development, sending pictures of it to friends and relatives.

Likewise, the advice a reader might give on getting this card could be similar to that offered to a mother with a young child: either that young things need time to grow, and so require patience and attention, or that while an infant needs a great deal of care, a toddler needs less, and a child even less. A good mother adjusts her care as the child matures and develops, giving them room to crawl and then run and play.

If defining the Empress as someone related to the querent, it is likely the querent’s mother or a woman who is very motherly toward them.

Of course, the Empress can also be about the not so nice aspects of a mom. She can smother, not know when to let go, be possessive and jealous of those who would take away her “baby.” It is important for the querent to realize that plants can die from over-watering as easily as they can from neglect. Like any good mother or good gardener, the querent must have patience and the ability to adjust and improvise as their “baby” sprouts and grows.”

Excerpt taken from aeclectic.net

Spirit Message of the Day – Pay Close Attention

THE HAWK PRINCE
“As an Ally, The Hawk Prince appears with good news: He flies into your life to alert you that a message is coming to help you manifest your destiny! Expect a phone call, letter, email, or conversation that lets you know the next step to take toward your greatest good, or to tell you that you’ve arrived at an important stage along your path.”

“The Hawk Prince is also the Ally for spirit communication, so pay attention when you think you hear something important pop out at you on the radio, on TV, or in overhearing the conversations of strangers. Spirit is constantly in dialogue with you. Are you listening? Stay open and expect Spirit to speak to you and show you the way to your prosperity in all aspects of your life.”

“As a Challenger, The Hawk Prince challenges you to pay attention and listen to the warnings being sent your way. Are you pushing forward in spite of others’ cautionings about the direction your headed? Are you refusing to listen to your own inner voice? Red flags are waving in the breeze, and you’re being challenged to heed their message. When the Hawk Prince descends as your challenger, it’s an indication that something isn’t quite right. Don’t worry, though; he always arrives just in time for you to let go of your old ideas and begin again. Spirit only wants the best for you!”

Today’s message is from Wisdom of the Hidden Realms by Colette Baron-Reid.

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Spirit Message of the Day – Bright Beltane Blessings to You 2011

A Blessed Beltane to You

It’s the Beltane season for our Northern Hemisphere readers, and the traditional time to begin observing the fertility celebrations. If you lived in rural England a few centuries ago, you’d be preparing your bonfire, and figuring out which of your lusty neighbors you wanted to pair off with for the evening. In Germanic countries, they’re busy getting ready for Walpurgisnight, and the ancient Romans were gearing up for their annual Floralia party.

Set up your Maypole and get ready to welcome the greening of the earth. No matter how you choose to observe it, Beltane is a time to honor the fertility and rebirth of the land, the abundance of life that returns to us each year after the cold winter months have passed. May you and yours have a fruitful and blessed Beltane.

Beltane Rites and Rituals

There are a number of ways you can celebrate Beltane on May 1. Hold a bonfire ceremony, a traditional Maypole dance, or even a Handfasting celebration! Beltane is a time to celebrate fertility and the greening of the earth. Try some of these celebrations and ritual ideas at Beltane to honor the arrival of spring and new life.

Setting Up Your Beltane Altar – What To Include on Your Beltane Altar

Okay, so we know that Beltane is a fertility festival… but how do you translate that into altar setup? Here are some tips about how to set up your altar to celebrate the Beltane sabbat.

Beltane Altar Photo Gallery

Beltane is a celebration of fertility and fire, and a number of our readers have shared their altar decorations with us. Check out this image gallery to see how other Pagans and Wiccans set up their altar for Beltane.

Celebrate Beltane with a Maypole Dance

The Maypole is one of the traditional symbols of Beltane, and let’s not kid ourselves about its purpose: it’s a giant phallus. Because Beltane festivities usually kicked off the night before with a big bonfire, the Maypole celebration usually took place shortly after sunrise the next morning. This was when couples (and probably more than a few surprised triads) came staggering in from the fields, clothes in disarray and straw in their hair after a night of bonfire-inspired lustiness. Here’s How:

  1. The pole was erected on the village green or common, or even a handy field — thrust into the ground either permanently or on a temporary basis — and brightly colored ribbons attached to it. Young people came and danced around the pole, each holding the end of a ribbon. As they wove in and out, men going one way and women the other, it created a sleeve of sorts — the enveloping womb of the earth — around the pole. By the time they were done, the Maypole was nearly invisible beneath a sheath of ribbons.
  2. To set up your own Maypole dance, here’s what you’ll need:
  • A pole anywhere from 15 to 20 feet long, preferably made of wood
  • Guests who like to have fun

Dig a hole in advance, a few feet deep. You don’t want your friends to wait while you hunt for a shovel. The hole should be at least three feet deep, to keep the pole from flopping over during the ceremony.

  1. Ask each participant to bring their own ribbon — it should be about 20 feet long, by two to three inches wide. Once everyone arrives, attach the ribbons to one end of the pole (if you put a metal eyelet screw in the pole beforehand, it makes it a lot easier — you can just tie each ribbon to the eyelet). Have extra ribbons on hand, because inevitably someone will have forgotten theirs.
  2. Once the ribbons are attached, raise the pole until it is vertical, and slide it into the hole. Be sure to make lots of bawdy jokes here. Pack dirt in around the base of the pole so it won’t shift or fall during the dance.
  3. If you don’t have an equal number of male and female guests, don’t worry. Just have everyone count off by twos. People who are “1” will go in a clockwise direction, people who are “2” go counterclockwise. Hold your ribbons in the hand that is closest to the pole, your inside hand. As you move in the circle, pass people by on first the left, and then the right, then the left again. If you’re passing them on the outside, hold your ribbon up so they pass under it. You might want to do a practice round beforehand. Keep going until everyone runs out of ribbon, and then knot all the ribbons at the bottom.
  4. One thing that’s always welcome at a Maypole Dance is music. There are a number of CDs available, but there are some bands whose music have a May theme to them. Look for the phrase “Morris music” or traditional pipe and drum tunes. Of course, the best thing of all is to have live music, so if you have friends who are willing to share their skill and sit out the dance, ask them to provide some musical entertainment for you.

Tips: If you’re doing a kids’ Maypole, it’s probably easier just to have them all go in one direction with their ribbons. It doesn’t look quite as fancy when it’s done, but it’s still pretty. You may want to have a crown of flowers attached as well — put that at the top once all the ribbons are in place, but before you raise the pole.

What You Need: A pole, Lots of ribbon, Friends who like to have a good time

Hold a Beltane Bonfire Rite

The Beltane bonfire is a tradition that goes back hundreds of years. The fire was more than a big pile of logs and some flame. It was a place where the entire community gathered around — a place of music and magic and dancing and lovemaking. It was customary to light the fire on May Eve (the last night of April) and allow it to burn until the sun went down on May 1. The bonfire was lit with a bundle made from nine different types of wood and wrapped with colorful ribbons. Once the fire was blazing, a piece of smoldering wood was taken to each home in the village, to ensure fertility throughout the summer months.

Here’s How:

  1. This was typically the time of year when fairs and markets were held, and as most country villages had a common or a green of some sort, there was always room for merriment. Depending on where you live, you might not have enough space for a big bonfire or dancing — and that’s okay. Just make do with what you have. An alternative to a large bonfire might be a small fire bowl (they’re usually available at discount stores and home improvement chains) or even a tabletop brazier. If you’re in an apartment and space is at a premium, consider building your fire in a small cauldron or other heat resistant bowl.
  2. Beltane is the spring counterpart to Samhain. While in the autumn, everything is dying, in spring it comes alive, glorious and bursting free from the earth. Beltane is about fertility and sex and passion and life. This ceremony is designed for a group, and includes a symbolic union of the May Queen and the King of the Forest. Depending on the relationship between the people playing these roles, you can get as lusty as you like. If you’re doing a family-oriented Beltane celebration, you may choose instead to keep things fairly tame.
  3. For this ritual you’ll need the following:
  • A bonfire — set it up ahead of time, and designate someone to be in charge of lighting and tending it
  • A May Queen — if possible, select a woman to play this part who is still within her childbearing years
  • A King of the Forest — any adult man can play this role, but it’s even better if he’s someone who is actually partnered with the woman playing the May Queen
  • Drums and other noisemakers
  • Optional: a crown of flowers for each of the females present
  • Optional: a headdress of antlers for each of the males present
  1. First, have the group circle around the fire, with the May Queen and the King of the Forest on opposite sides. The High Priest (HP) or High Priestess (HPs) should welcome everyone with something like this:

Beltane is here! It is a time when the earth is fertile and full.
Long ago, our ancestors planted their fields at Beltane.
The fields that lay fallow for months are now warm and waiting.
The soil that was dormant for the winter now begs us to plant our seeds.
The earth is awakening and ripe, and this is a season of love and passion.
It is a season of fire.

  1. At this point, the fire starter should begin lighting the bonfire. The HP or HPS continues:

As our fires grow, lighting up the night sky, the fire within us grows stronger.
It is the fire of lust and passion, knowing that like the earth, we too are fertile.
Tonight, the God emerges from the forest. He is known by many names –
he is Pan, Herne, Cernunnos, the Green Man. He is the God of the Forest.
Tonight is the night he will chase and capture the maiden.
She is the Queen of the May, Aphrodite, Venus, Cerridwen.
She is the Goddess of fields and flowers, she is Mother Earth herself.

  1. As the HP introduces the God of the Forest and the May Queen, they should each step forward into the circle. The HP says:

Bring fertility to the land! Let the hunt begin!

  1. At this point, the May Queen and the God of the Forest begin the chase, traveling sunwise around the circle, weaving in and out of the other participants. Remember, the May Queen wants to make love to the God of the Forest. This is a fun chase, a joyful courtship, not a mock rape; make sure both parties understand this and prepare accordingly. She can even allow him to get close to her, pretending she’s ready to join him… and then slipping away at the last second. They should travel the circle three times in the chase, and finally stop at a point in front of the bonfire — hopefully, it will be burning well by now.
  2. While the God of the Forest is pursuing his lady love, everyone else in the circle starts drumming. Start of slowly — after all, a courtship can take some time to get started. As the couple begins to speed up, increase the tempo of the music. If you’d like to chant instead of or in addition to drumming, go ahead. There are many popular traditional chants in Wicca and Paganism, and nearly all sound good when you sing them with a group. When the May Queen and the God of the Forest finally complete their three-times journey of the circle, the drums should stop abruptly.
  3. The HP says:

Fire and passion, love and life, brought together as one.

At this point, the May Queen says to the God of the Forest:

I am the earth, the womb of all creation.
Within me, new life grows each year.
Water is my blood, air my breath, and fire is my spirit.
I give you honor, and shall create new life with you.

The God of the Forest replies to her, saying:

I am the rutting stag, the seed, the energy of life.
I am the mighty oak that grows in the forest.
I give you honor, and shall create new life with you.

  1. The couple kisses, long and passionate. If they’re feeling really lusty, they can fall to the ground and roll around for a while — feel free to cover them with a blanket if you like. This kiss (or more) is the symbolic union of the male and female spirit, the great rite between man and woman. Once the embrace is broken, the HP calls out:

The earth is once more growing new life within! We shall be blessed with abundance this year!

  1. Everyone else in the circle claps and cheers — after all, you’ve just guaranteed that your village will have hearty crops and strong livestock this year! Celebrate by dancing around the bonfire, drumming and singing. When you are ready, end the ritual.

Tips:  If you have a woman in your group who is trying to conceive, she is absolutely the best choice for the role of May Queen. Her partner or lover may act the part of the God of the Forest, or another man may stand in as a symbolic consort.

What You Need: A bonfire, A couple willing to play the parts of May Queen and God of the Forest, Drums and noisemakers

Handfastings: A Pagan and Wiccan Wedding Primer

More and more Pagans and Wiccans are turning to handfasting rituals, rather than traditional weddings. Here’s where you’ll find information about the history of the custom, as well as proper handfasting etiquette, and ideas for ceremonies.

Pagan Clergy Listings

Are you Pagan clergy with services to offer our readers, such as handfastings, baby blessings, or memorial celebrations? You can post your listings here! Readers, if you’re looking for Pagan clergy in your area, be sure to check our listings to see who’s near you.

Handfasting History: An Old Tradition Made New

Handfasting was common centuries ago in the British Isles, and then vanished for a while. Now, however, it’s seeing a rising popularity among Wiccan and Pagan couples who are interested in tying the knot. Find out where this custom came from, and what brought it back.

All Excerpts from Patti Wiginton on about.com

Spirit Message of the Day – No Coincidences In Life

THE RAVEN
“When the Raven appears, it’s a sign of magic, where coincidence and Divine synchronicity bring surprising elements together. The Raven reminds you that on the path to wholeness, the magic of Avalon appears and all things become possible. Ask The Raven to help you be aware of synchronicity in your life and to see how the God and Goddess works anonymously on your path. If you feel hopeless or lost, you may need reminding that this kind of magic occurs in your life daily. Even if you can’t see it, trust it to bring joy, understanding, and fulfillment to your life no matter what the present circumstances appear to be.”

“Remember, The Raven says: ‘Believe in magic and you cannot help but see it. Magic lives within the belief itself! Expect the unexpected and prepare to be amazed!'”

Today’s special message is taken from The Wisdom of Avalon Oracle Cards by Colette Baron-Reid.

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Spirit Message of the Day – Today, the Present

GET UP, GET OUT
“Be bold and go forth like it was meant to be. Your dreams are the gifts that will set you free.”

“Nothing throws the gears of the universe into motion quicker than your actions. So when it comes to living the life of your dreams, begin simply by doing what you can. When you do what you can, the universe responds in kind, doing what it can with an infinitely greater and farther reach than your own.”

“Suddenly, supernatural chain reactions are triggered that would never have otherwise been triggered. New avenues become available, and new vistas and vantages become apparent. Work is done behind the scenes, new characters are introduced, and the script is completely rewritten.”

“Expectations are exceeded, sights are raised, and forces unseen propel you onwards, all because you simply did what you could. Don’t wait for your ducks to be lined up. Do what you can this week!”

Today’s message is from author Mike Dooley’s book entitled Choose Them Wisely – Thoughts Become Things!

Spirit Message of the Day – Vow Integrity

AS GOOD AS YOUR WORD
“Ever since human beings could speak to one another, they have been making promises and keeping them or not keeping them. Those who keep their promises are regarded as people of integrity, while those who don’t keep their promises are regarded as people who at best can’t be taken seriously and at worst can’t be trusted. Sometimes we forget how powerful our words are, and we use them haphazardly or unconsciously, creating expectations that are never fulfilled, leaving disappointment and distrust in our wake.”

YOUR PROMISES
“On an even deeper level, there are promises we may have made to ourselves that we don’t remember because they have slipped into our unconscious. An early heartache may have been followed by a promise never to trust love again. Without realizing it, we may be fulfilling that promise and wondering why our love life looks so grim. At an even deeper level, many people who recall past lives become aware that they made a promise lifetimes ago that they are still keeping. For example, a vow of poverty taken in a lifetime as a monk may be holding someone back from fulfilling his earning potential now. Upon realizing that we have made a promise we no longer wish to be beholden to, we can perform a ritual of requesting release from that bond. In doing so, we clear ourselves of outmoded connections and patterns, returning ourselves to a clean slate. Then we can resolve to remember that our word is sacred and to be very conscious of any promises we make to ourselves or to others.”

“We may ask to be released from any promises made to ourselves or others in our present, past, or future lives, consciously or unconsciously, that are holding us back from fulfilling our greatest good. We may ask that love, light, and healing be sent to any souls who have suffered from our inability to be true to our word, including ourselves. We can ask for the wisdom to do our best and from this point forward to be true to our word, promising only what we truly intend to deliver.”

“The resulting clear conscience and liberated energy will illustrate this truth: We are only as good as our word.”

- Northwest Author Unknown

Spirit Message of the Day – Love Another, Love Thyself

Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.

- William Shakespeare -

What a grand thing, to be loved!
What a grander thing still, to love!

- Victor Hugo

One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life:
that word is love.

- Sophocles -

There is no remedy for love but to love more.

- Thoreau -

Spirit Message of the Day – Choose Now

WARNING! THOUGHTS BECOME THINGS!
“Choose them wisely.”

“Not just sometimes but all of the time. And not just your good thoughts but the other ones too! It’s an immutable law, as rigid and predictable as gravity. In fact, you can’t even turn it off! But, of course, this isn’t bad news; it’s awesome news, because they’re your thoughts and every minute of every day you get to choose exactly what you’ll think!”

“What a great way to run a reality. Could it be any easier than getting what you think about? And never will it be a game about moving around the props but rather moving around the images in our minds. Our physical bodies, our dramas, and the props on the stage are just mirrored perfections of our beliefs and experiences about each.”

“Change the thoughts and the Universe changes the props, be they people, places, or things. You don’t have to work more hours, get more schooling, shake more hands, climb more ladders, or make more sacrifices. You just have to weave the dream.” Choose now – it’s a really good time!

Today’s message is from Choose Them Wisely – Thoughts Become Things! by Mike Dooley.

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