Spirit Message of the Day -Time for Celebration and Careful Reflection

The Harvest by Mickie MuellerHARVEST
“When this card appears it addresses the fruits of ones labor. This card speaks of receiving in accord with the personal effort that has been exerted. In essence this is a card of matched energy that returns back to the originator. The card can also indicate the completion of a matter or a situation.”

TEACHING
The Pagan theme of Harvest is associated with the Lord of the Harvest figure. He represents the living Spicom_wheatrit of Land. Is is an ancient belief that this spirit is passed into the sheaf when it is gathered and bound. This prevented it from escaping the fields during the harvest, and thereby the land was kept fertile. The life of the Spirit of the Land was passed back into the soil at a later time when the fields were being prepared for the planting season.”

“In parts of Europe where the firefly was found, a mystical theme arose. Fireflies mate at the summer solstice season when the grain is nearing maturity. At night hundreds of them swarm over the fields, alighting on the tops of the sheaves of grain. Here the glowing lights appearfireflies like fairies or spirits of Nature. A legend arose that the fairies were passing on their mystical secrets to the grain. This led to a belief that a person could partake of the grain and receive the knowledge of the Fairy race. This theme became the basis of the ritual meal of bread.”

ALIGNMENT
You look out the window of the crone’s cottage and see a man and a woman harvesting and gathering the wheat, but you quickly realize that this is no mortal man or woman, for you sense within that this is the Lady of the Fields and the Lord of the Grain. Spirits have come into the planting fields. It is the Lady that births the Lord from the womb of the earth, and then gathers his life back into herself when the stalk falls and the seed is spilled. he is the risen stalk born of the earth that sways in fields with ripened seed.”

bread“As you watch you see the sickle shine like the silver crescent crown of the Moon Goddess. The wheat flashes its golden hue and displays its ripened tops like the antlers of the Stag-Horned God. The work continues as you watch the harvesting, and in time the grain shall be transformed into bread.”

Today’s message is from A Traveler’s Guide to the Well Worn Path by Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor with art by Mickie Mueller.

The Religion of Harvest
“As October creeps upon us most modern society in the Northern Hemisphere is buckling down for an annual harvest celebration. Some may know this as being Thanksgiving, otRolls of Hayhers may call it Harvest Home, some call it Samhain and still others Harvest Festival. Nearly every culture celebrates it in one form another and almost every culture has always done so.”

“The significance of harvest is intricately woven into our identity as a civilization. Modern images of squash, pumpkins, harvest baskets and hay are only regional representations of something that Europeans, Asians, Native Americans, Africans, East Indians, Classical Greek and Romans, Ancient Egyptians, and Mesopotamians have been doing for thousands of years. Celebrating the result of a year’s crop had a twofold purpose: one was to pat each other on the back for growing such delicious food, but the other was to buckle down and prepare for the winter.”

“Harvest is a time to celebrate, but it is also a time for prudence. Before the modern era, winter wasn’t a picnic. Usually there would be a lot of death, certainly sickness and the harvest’s food was the one thing that kept everyone going. It was a prelude to the dark months because the sun poked its rays further away. A bad harvest meant a bad winter and a good harvest meant a not-so-bad winter. When celebrating the time of Harvest during the autumn, it is good to look at the cycle that this civilization-long tradition represents.”

wheat field truck“It is a time of prudence, reverence and calm. Where we pack our things and carefully plan for the unknown road ahead. It is a time of celebration and it is a time of reflection. The Religion of Harvest is there to remind us that with the seasons come times to let loose and times to buckle down. It may not matter to us that our forefathers depended upon the harvest to survive, but in our world we produce our own harvest. This is the time of year to fall into the ancient current and reflect upon what we’ve produced and how it will get us through the next year.”
Mark Havenner

Spirit Message of the Day – Use Time, Space, and Energy to Manifest

THE LAW OF THREE
“When this card appears it is a reminder that our actions aThe Law of Three by Mickie Muellernd words create energy. The Law of Three calls upon us to examine how we are conducting our personal affairs. What energy we are generating, and what is the state of our relationships, career, and general state of being? Know that what we experience in the cycles of our lives is often the return of the energy we have sent out into the world.”

TEACHING
“The axiom presented by this card is: ‘Every action affects us on three levels: mind, body, and spirit’. This is known as the Threefold Law, or sometimes as the Law of Return. Every action that we perform manifTriquertaests an emotion. Emotion causes a change in our body chemistry, and so this results in a physical change. This change influences the way we feel, which affects our spirit. Through one single act our mind, body, and spirit is affected.”

“The imagery of this card depicts a section in the Book of Shadows that represents a foundational and traditional teaching. The symbol popularly known as the Triquerta appears on one page. This represents the ‘power of three’ and the interconnection and interdependence of the three elements of manifestation: time, space, and energy.”

“The candle on the bookstand symbolizes the keeper of the flame, a reference to the role of the initiate. The quill pen and inkwell represent guardianship, the role of preserving and passing on the value of important and vital traditions. The bower vine on the border symbolizes the interconnections that draw the worlds together.”

ALIGNMENT
“You stand before the Book of Shadows as its pages turn. They come to rest at the Law of Three. A voice bids you to take the quill, and the symbol on the page captures your fingers and holds your hand to the book. The candlelight expands and the brighBook of Shadows Rosetness almost obscures the sight of your hand. As you stand staring at the events unfolding, a voice utters, ‘You, and the teaching, and the book, and the spirit of the symbol are as one. You are the law and the law is you’. The book does not release you, and you sense your needed response: ‘This I accept with my mind, body, and spirit’. You had touched the quill, an act directed by mind and felt by body, and embraced by spirit. The light withdraws back into the candle flame. The symbol merges back into the page. Beneath it you see the words ‘So mote it be’ written out with your signature.”

Today’s message is from A Traveler’s Guide to the Well Worn Path by Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor with art by Mickie Mueller.

Spirit Message of the Day – Step Forward and Begin

EIGHT FOLD PATH
“When this card appears it indicates that the matter at hand relates to self-discipline and personal commitment. This card speaks of doing the work instead of imagining, revising, and planning. The Eight Fold Path calls for action. There is lEight Fold Path by Mickie Muellerabor ahead but the fruits will be worth the toil. This card can also indicate a period of study and/or training.”

TEACHING
” The Eight Fold Path tenet addresses the traditional stages of training that result in mastery of the Arts. These are comprimised of: mental discipline, development of personal will power, proper use of sustances that create altered states of consciousness, personal power development, ritual knowledge/experience, psychic development/dream control, astral projection/mental projection, and sex magic. The Eight Fold Path represents time proven methods as opposed to the modern intuitive approach.”

“The card depicts a section in the Book of Shadows that symbolizes foundEightfold Picational/traditional teachings that have stood the test of time. An eight-pointed star is shown with an acorn bearing the infinity symbol. Here the meaning speaks of changelessness, for balance and quintessence have already been achieved. The candle symbolizes the keeper of the sacred flame of knowledge and wisdom. The quill pen and inkwell represent guardianship, preserving and passing on important and viable traditions. The oak leaves and acorns along the border symbolize the enduring cycle of Nature.”

ALIGNMENT
“You stand before an open page in the Book of Shadows. Here you note the Eight Fold Path of Mastery. It seems burdensome and confining, and you feel a resistance. As you ponder the writings, the oak leaves and branches rise up out of the book. They speak to you of endurance, the strength of the oak wood that remains long after flesh has passed away. You hear the acorn speak of the small seed that grows into a mighty tree, which produces an abundance of seeds. But if the seed does not contain the prescribed inner structure it can never become an oak. The eight-pointed wheel on the page pushes up from the flat page. It tells you that its physical structure provides you with the means of using it, but that its open areas allow you to add your own intuition and experience. Here you realize that structure and intuition can go hand in hand. The spaces between the spokes are necessary, for without them there can be no spoked wheel. Allow structure to move the wheel, and then be the motion that gives purpose to structure.

Today’s message is from A Traveler’s Guide to The Well Worn Path by Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor with art by Mickie Mueller.   

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Spirit Message of the Day – Take Time for Renewal

THE SUN
“When this card appears its focus is upon vitality, growth cycles, renewal, healing, and fertility. It is also the card of initiating new beginnings, motivating, and drawing upon physicaThe Sun by Mickie Muellerl and mental energy.”

TEACHING
“Traditionally the sun represents the God aspect of Divinity. It is the divine essence of fertility that flows through agricultural Wheel of the Year, marked by stages at the equinox, solstice, and cross-quarter Sabbats. The sun symbolizes the mundane world as opposed to the spiritual world. Its energy is conscious, linear, and material. The sun has long been associated with the growth cycles of plant life and the migration of animal life. Its light energy brings vitality and intensifies the life force in all living things. The waxing and waning presence of the sun initiates the changes of the seasons. These periods are often personified by figures known as the Oak King and Holly King, or their older counterparts the Stag and Wsun-artolf.”

“The Sun card depicts a wooden pole mounted with a solar disc. The crossbars are decorated with the bounty of the harvest blessed by the rays of the sun. At the base of the pole is a circle of stones symbolizing the Wheel of the Year. Surrounding the stones is a ring of fall leaves, which represent the themes of death and renewal. This theme is part of the solar myths that relate to the Harvest Lord figure. Another important association of the sun is that of the Child of Promise who is the light bringer of the new year.”

ALIGNMENT
“As you walk along the well worn path through the hills, you come upon a wooden pole mounted with a disk colored like the sun. This is the Sun Tree. You feel the energy of youthful spring and summer, and the vital force osun in windf growth and maturity. You see the bounty of Nature that is given through the joining of the sun and earth. Your attention is drawn to the circle of fall leaves at the base of the pole. You feel the energy of fall and winter, and the waning vitality of decline and barrenness. You see the withering of Nature’s bounty through the separation of the sun and earth. Suspended on the crossbars of the Sun Tree you see the seed-bearers, which must die so that new life can be born. This is the willing sacrifice, the surrender of life so that life may continue. The sun and the earth move as one in this ancient theme. Here you sense a divine force at work behind the mechanism of Nature, and you feel drawn to seek what lies over the rolling hills into which the path disappears.”

Today’s message is from A Traveler’s Guide To The Well Worn Path by Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor with art by Mickie Mueller.

Spirit Message of the Day – Find Your Primary Life Purpose

Sacred Grotto by Mickie MuellerSACRED GROTTO
“When this card appears, it indicates the closing of a rite of passage or personal journey, which now leads to a new cycle or chapter in ones life. It can also mean a return, but one in which the roles, conditions, and relationships have changed and must be honored. It is time for gateway, inner direction, and mystical vision.”

TEACHING
“The grotto is among the earliest sites of worship and veneration in ancient times. It is particularly associated with goddess worship and female mysteries. Fire was the primary symbol of the goddess at the grotto, and this evolved into such cults as that of Hestia or Vesta. The card depicts the opening of a cave with a lighted torch blazing inside. A primitive altar sits outside with conch shells, ancient symbols of the feminine in goddess worship.Water flows, forming a crossroads, for this is the mystical water of the moon flowing from the Underworld/Otherworld. Reeds, symbols of the god, arise in the marsh surroundings. This cave leads from the Otherworld back into the realm of mortal kind.”

THE SHADOW’S EDGE
“The Sacred Grotto card takes up the concept of divinity without personification. It is the pure and primal consciousness revealed in flame. The cave is the place of entering in, and it is the sanctuary. This theme conveys the ancient teachings of womb and transformation, and what flows from this principle.”

540401Woman-Meditating-on-Beach-Pos“The message of this card is to not lose sight of what is primal and primary behind the images (or thoughts) we create (about ourselves). We (need to)honor and venerate the principles (we carry) and not the forms (or thoughts we assign) that express them.” It’s easy to get lost in our thoughts or get carried away with fears, worries, or concerns all stemming from our thinking patterns. It is critical to get in touch with your primary purpose of honoring your self in the moment. Focus on the present. Feel and be who you are now – today. Do not concern yourself over yesterday or tomorrow. You’ve come to the cross roads once again. Your challenge? Your primary purpose is where you find yourself -right here and now.

Today’s message is from The Seeker’s Guide To The Hidden Path by Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor with art by Mickie Mueller.

Spirit Message of the Day – Time For Keen Observation

THE WATCHERS
“When this card appears, it indicates the awakening of a new personal vision and an understanding of your place in the cosmos. you are not alone in this and guidance is available; however, direction is subtle and requires deep attention to the inner voice. The card can also indicate that something is about to be revealed, or that others are already aware without your knowledge. It is time for observation, witness, and reveal.”

TEACHING
“A race of beings exist who were once physical beings. These ancient beings have evolved into aWatchers by Mickie Mueller spiritual race that watches over the gateways that connect all realms. In ancient times they were associated with specific stars, and the stars themselves were thought to be the eyes of the watchers in the night sky. In many traditions the Watchers are associated with the four compass directions of the north, east, south, and west. They are all associated with the four elements of earth, air, fire, and water. A common practice is to evoke or summon the Watchers to guard the ritual circle. Here they are called to each quarter, and different traditions use various names and methods to call the Watchers.”

“The card depicts the starry heavens with four distinct nebula clouds. Each cloud has a bright star glowign within it. A closer examination reveals four beings taking form within the nebula, the combined formation suggestive of a robed figure. Each of the four stars represent the ancient star associated with a specific Watcher. The Star Aldebaran, when it marked the vernal equinox, held the position of the Watcher of the East. Regulus, marking the summer solstice, was Watcher of the South. Antares, marking the autumn equinox, was Watcher of the West. Fomalhaut, marking the winter solstice, was Watcher of the North.”

THE SHADOW’S EDGE
“The Watchers card presents the concept of divine memory. The theme of this card centers on the divine consciousness and its awareness of humankind, as well as its interaction in the life patterns of the souls as it travels through many lifetimes. The message of this card is that all things are remembered, and nothing is ever lost. The material and spiritual life should be lived with this in mind.”

Today’s message is from The Seeker’s Guide to The Hidden Path by Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor with art by Mickie Mueller.

Spirit Message of the Day – Allow Guidance With Allies

PRIESTESS AND PRIEST
“When this card appears, it indicates a need for mentorship, alliance, and guidance, and is a sign not to rely solely upon oneself.”

TEACHING
“The role of the priestess or priest is to serve as clergy and counsel for their community. Traditionally, the priestess and priest perform initiation rituals and direct the training of initiates within their system. These individuaPriestess and Priest by Mickie Muellerls pass on their teachings and experience to others. The card depicts a faery or elven priestess and priest who appear from the Otherworld. The priestess holds a sacred chalice, the symbol of the female vessel of manifestation. The priest holds a wand, the symbol of directional manifestation. Together they stand and gesture a welcome to accompany them on the path.”

THE SHADOW’S EDGE
“The Priestess and Priest card is another indication of spiritual beings in the category of guides and allies.  The emphasis of this card is upon the religious and spiritual aspects of the Otherworld fellowship. It is through this imagery that we can connect with those who would guide us to alignments that empower our understanding of deity. Through a deepening of our understanding, we can better interact and interface with the divine source of creation. Merging with the source brings the soul into a comprehension of its purpose in the divine plan, which gives the soul direction along the path of spiritual evolution.”

Today’s message is from The Seeker’s Guide To The Hidden Path by Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor with art by Mickie Mueller.

Spirit Message of the Day – Risk An Inward Journey

SACRED BOUGH
“When this card appears, a course of action is indicated. An important decision is at hand, and it is one that can reshape the future. When the reading is about choices or chances, this card assures us that the tools and keys are within reach to accomplish what needs to be done. It is time for a quest, journey, and chosen path.”

TEACHING
“The Sacred Bough appears in old myths and legends in both northern and southern ESacred Bough by Mickie Muellerurope. In the north it is often called the ‘Silver Bough’. It is often described as bearing apples, and the faery queen presents the silver bough to mortals. This assures safe passage to and from the Otherworld. In southern Europe the branch is known as the ‘Golden Bough’, taken from a sacred oak tree bearing mistletoe. A mystical woman known as a sybil gives the golden bough to mortals, and it ensures safe passage to and from the Underworld.”

“The card depicts a tree from whose branches are suspended the sacred silver and golden boughs. These are the choices or opportunities one can grasp. A key hangs upon the cord, representing that the way can be opened. The colored cord (red, black, white) symbolizes the presence of divinity where your roads of opportunity divide into two separate paths. At the base of the tree are offerings, reminding us to be mindful that something must be given in order for something else to be received.”

THE SHADOW’S EDGE
“The Sacred Bough card speaks to us of the inner journey. The connection in the card’s theme to female agents indicates the intuitive, psychic, and subconscious levels of communication. Through the imagery of the card we find that other dimensions exist outside of the constructed world in which we live our daily lives. We need only to risk the journey. The Sacred Bough assures us that death is not required for us to experience the reality of existence outside of the flesh. It demonstrates that we can depart and return through the directed will of our minds and hearts, which are the branch and the roots of our own inner sacred bough.”

Today’s message is from The Seeker’s Guide To The Hidden Path by Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor with art by Mickie Mueller.

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Spirit Message of the Day – Focus On What Is Happening Instead of Why

BROOM
“When this card appears in a reading it addresses rising above our limited vision and percBroom by Mickie Muellereption. It calls upon us to look for connections in what appear to be mundane circumstances. The card calls to us to deal with what is happening instead of investing energy in understanding why. A broom is for sweeping, and why the floor is dirty is not the matter at hand. The need for the broom is rooted in the here and now. The broom calls to us to clean and clear away the debris in and around us. The broom suggestes that we tidy up our world, remove what no longer serves us, and banish the cobwebs that have collected due to our inaction.”

“The card can also address matters of integrity and authenticity. The card speaks about your personal code of honor, your word. What is it that drives you, and what personal stands do you take? The broom calls upon us to ‘stand up and fly rightwiccansetting‘. This is a card that asks us to look deep within and to seek our core essence. The mystical broom is our personal character; it is what carries us forward in life and community. Being true to oneself is what allows for magical flight.”

TEACHING
“According to oral tradition the ritual broom is made from the ash, birch, and willow trees. Ash provides the handle, birch is the sweep, and willow strips bind the sweep to the end of the handle. our ancestors venerated trees, which they saw as bridges between the three worlds: Overworld, Middleworld, and Underworld. The tree extended into the heavens, stood firm in the material realm, and penetrated deeply into the earth. Here the tree brought the mysteries of above and below within reach of the mortal world.”

“In ancient lore the ash tree is the foundation, the source that holds our world together. Birch has long been associated with night spirits and spirikitchen5ts of the dead. In folk magic, birch was used to ensure peace between the dead and the living. Willow is a tree that for countless centuries has been sacred to the goddess Hecate. Hecate reigns in the three realms known to our ancestors as the Overworld, Middleworld, and Underworld. The broom was once thought to possess the power to allow one to traverse these realms of existence as a worshipper of Hecate.”

“The card depicts the broom with the sweep end facing upwards. This represents the feminine or conceptual power of the broom. This power allows one to see beyond the parts and to look fully upon the whole. This reflects the idea that ‘what is happening’ is more important than ‘why it is happening’. Behind the broom we see a lake, which symbolizes the portal to and from the Underworld or Ancestral realm. This is the Otherworld that lies beyond the material plane of existence. In the distance, rising up and across the hillside, is the crossroads. Here it represents the journey beyond this world. The cave appears on the hillside, which is also seen in the Goddess card. Here it symbolizes the doorway into the Underworld realm of the Goddess of Death and Rebirth. The mystical lake is the water of the womb of rebirth through which souls pass between the worlds.”

ALIGNMENT
“You wander down the path to the shore of a lake. In front of you there is a broom that someone seebroomms to have left behind. The handle has been pushed down into the soil, where the broom leans against a boulder. The sweep end of the broom is upright. As you look at the broom, the sound of the lake lapping the shore becomes mesmerizing. A magical mist forms on the lake and drifts toward you. You find yourself engulfed in it as a vision begins to form in your mind. You are taken back to an ancient time when the teachings of oak and boulder were those of the Nature people, for the first teachers were the spirits that dwelled in the fields, forests, rocks, and hills.”

“The mist begins to fade away now, and you see the lake reappearing, but where the broom had been there now stands a beautiful woman. She speaks to you, ‘I am the Lady of the Lake, what do you seek here in this sacred place?’ You look at her in wonderment, and hear yourself reply, ‘I wish to understand’. She smiles and points in the direction of the cottage in the woods ‘Then’ she answers, ‘You will need the key to unlock what the door yet opened shall reveal’.”

“The Lady of the Lake vanishes, and once again the broom appears before you. You begin to realize that the broom appears before you. you begin to realize that the broom is a symbol of the mysteries guarded by women since days of old. The lake is the doorway to the Otherworld. The broom and the Lady of the Lake stand at the threshold. You feel drawn to seek the key, and so you return up the path toward the cottage in the woods.”

Today’s message comes from A Traveler’s Guide To The Well Worn Path by Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor with art by Mickie Mueller.

Published in: on August 11, 2009 at 10:02  Leave a Comment  

Spirit Message of the Day – Embrace Upcoming Winds of Change

SUMMERLANDSummerland by Mickie Mueller
“When this card appears it means that change is going to happen, and it is not optional. The card speaks about moving on and leaving behind the old for the new. At its core this card is about transition and moving toward new enlightenment. New eyes will see in greater ways.”

TEACHING
“The Summerland is the traditional realm into which one passes after physical death. The old belief holds that here the soul rests and is prepared for rebirth. This is also said to be the abode of the ancestral spirit. hlavendar fields with cloudsere souls can meet with those who have come before in the distant past.” It is often seen as a place where we go to examine ones life in all aspects, our choices, our relationships with others, and to determine how next to proceed. It is a time to celebrate and reflect upon on successes and make right and account for all previous wrongs and make ammends to those you’ve hurt. It is a time to take action to resolve all experiences left unresolved before moving forward.

“The card depicts the Crone, who lived in the cottage, meeting beings from the Otherworld. she has crossed the bridge, which symbolizes crossing over from life to what lies beyond. Her staff has been left behind at the bridge for she is now free to walkwheat fields in higher ways. A mist forms around the spirit beings who come to greet and escort the Crone. In the background of the card appears the lake, an ancient symbol of the portal to and from the Underworld.”

ALIGNMENT
“You seek the wisdom of the Crone who has been your teacher. The cottage lies up ahead and you hurry along the path. As you near the cottage you see the Crone in the meadow. An etheric mist swirls around her. Here in the mist she joyfully meets those who dwell in the Otherworld. You realize that she is leaving the mortal realm and beginning her journey to the land beyond.”

“The Crone waves at you with a warm smile. She winks at you, and then turns to take the hand of the being of light who is her escort. The mist of light grows so intensocean scenee that it obscures the scene that is taking place before you. It quickly fades away, and only the meadow remains. You make your way across the bridge and into the Crone’s cottage. The objects in the cottage seem somehow denser and there is a sense of lifelessness within the walls now. You wander from room to room, looking fondly at what the Crone has collected over the years.”

“Your wanderings bring you to the Crone’s writing desk, and you sit down to look over the old pages scattered on her desk. You stare fixedly at the writings that appear on the scroll, for it is your own handwriting. This is your diary, the record of your journey when you firstBook of Shadows Mickie Mueller came to the cottage. Here is your tale of the Crone who once taught you, and of another to whom you also passed the ways. It has been a long day of recollection. You look at your hands and they are weathered and aged, signs of a full and valuable life. You move to the window and in the meadow are the Shining Ones who have come to take you on your new adventure, and to restore your youthfulness for the journey ahead. You rush out across the bridge and into the meadow. Here you are enveloped in a fine etheric mist that swirls bout you. Across the field you can see your young initiate hurrying to the cottage. You wave and smile. Then, giving a wink to the initiate, you take the hand of the Shining One, for there are other worlds, and this one is now finished.”

Today’s guidances is from A Traveler’s Guide To The Well Worn Path by Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor with art by Mickie Mueller. Photography by unknown artists.

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