Spirit Message of the Moment – Find Abundance Within

THE ROMAN GODDESS POMONA

“Pomona is the Roman Goddess of abundance and harvest of the ripe fruits and fields. She is adorned with all manner of wildflowers and forest flora, as if to celebrate the yield of nature’s bounty. BNicolas_Fouché_001utterflies dance around her, representing transformation and a lightness of being.”

“We can all relate to the wonderful feelings of connectedness when Abundance bestows herself upon us. It can be felt physically with the harvesting of material success or good health, mentally in fruition of an idea or a dream, emotionally by finding new love or spiritually through expansion of the soul.”

MESSAGE FOR YOU

“This card calls you to reflect on the abundance already in your possession. Be thankful for all you have and be open to receiving more goodness in your life. It may be your turn to enjoy the fruits of your labors and the harvest of hard-earned efforts. Or perhaps you are currently looking for ways to increase the flow of abundance into your life.”

“From a prog011115actical perspective, decluttering helps you value what you already have, and creates an empty space so more abundance can follow. Forgiveness plays a vital role in decluttering the emotions. By releasing the past, we liberate ourselves. Freed from the gravity of weighty karmic effects, we reconnect with the light, abundant flow of unconditional love. How wonderful!”

“Gifting and tithing are known ways to increase the flow of prosperity. Now is a favorable time to establish a healthy balance between giving and receiving. In this materialistic age, it is common to mistake the measure of success and worth through the possession of money and status alone. There is nothing wrong with aspiring to have lovely things, or to create the security and opportunities that money can buy. However, western values generally encourage focupomona-762217s solely on the outward physical manifestations of abundance. We can be guided to find a healthy balance by focusing inwardly to discover spiritual riches available to us in every moment.”

“Our divine nature expands far beyond the horizons of the material plane alone, and has the power to banish fear and grant authentic peace, regardless of circumstance of status. these are just some of the fruits and bounties to be discovered as we journey home along the highway of life. In whatever form, may abundance in all its glory be yours!”

Today’s guidance was excerpted from Vintage Wisdom Oracle cards by Victoria Moseley.61kpU75EFZL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_

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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 – Be the Center of the Storm

A FLOWER SPIRIT NAMED NIGELLA
“My message is one of calm. Repeat after me, ‘I am still within, whilst all around me is moving’. As we go about our busy lives, it is sometimes easy to forget to breathe properly. Speeding up throughout the day, in an effort to get everything done quickly with our hectic schedules, our breath becomes more and more shallow. The deeper you breathe into your stomach and chest, the slower your heart will beat, enabling your whole body and nervous system to experience stillness and calm.”

A MESSAGE FOR YOU
“The flower spirit of the Nigella, also known as Love-in-a-Mist, reminds you to take time to pause and breathe deeply. Close your eyes and slowly fill your lungs with cool, blue celestial light. Imagine the soft, hazy blue of the Nigella flower flowing into the crown of your head from above, filling first your stomach and then your lungs. This is a powerful healing energy from Source the Universe the God/Goddess. As you draw in this breath of life, take a moment to reflect and be still admist the chaos you feel outside. Feel and clearly visualize each cell of your body drinking in this pure serenity from above. Imagine this blue energy resonating out from your body, flowing inside then outside of yourself, and then filling the space around you, so that you emanate and are surrounded by a cool and gentle calm.”

“Open your eyes again and re-experience the world around you with more clarity and awareness. See the beauty in everything and stand aside from the mass consciousness of speed. Perhaps you have become too wrapped up in material gain, consumed by worry or fear, or caught up on outside recognition and control. Everything true and essential is by its very nature simple and accessible to everyone in the world. Even if you do this breathing exercise for just a few minutes each day, it will bring you a sense of peace and inner calm.”

Today’s message is from Flower Spirit Cards by Melanie Eclare.

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Spirit Message of the Day – Connect With Your Inner Dragon

THE DRAGON WITCH
“Have you ever wished you had an extra reserve of energy that you could tap into? Sometimes you want just an extra little boost. You have a feeling it is there, if only you knew the secret that would allow you to access it.”

“The world is filled with different types of energy that are appropriate for different purposes. This elemental energy is often seen as earth, air, fire, and water (the points represented in a pentagram symbol). Each type has its own properties. Earth energy is grounded and practical, useful for manifesting tangible goals. Air energy promotes clarity of thought and problem solving. Water provides emotional richness and creativity. Fire energy is all about drive and passion. there are lots of practices that allow you access, focus, and use these energies.”

“One way is to visualize them as creatures that embody certain characteristics such as a sylph or bird for air or a sprite or mermaid for water. Dragons are ideal representations for fire energy and are also traditional symbols of personal power. If you want to incorporate drive and passion into your life, exploring dragon magic is an ideal practice.”

“The Dragon Witch is a keeper of dragons. She can handle and direct them, though no one can really tame them. She is an expert in the properties and use of fire energy. Behind her is a Celtic knot interwoven with a pentacle. This represents the complex interconnection of all things with the elemental energies of the universe, including spirit. She wears a crescent moon headpiece with three jewels, acknowledging her devotion to the goddess. The three jewels represent the triple goddess, but the main symbol is the crescent. This is appropriate, because fire energy is never stable, always waxing or waning. She also wears a cross, a union of the world of spirit and the physical world. Her expertise and power come from a well balanced understanding of both realms. In her hand she holds a small dragon, representing her area of expertise. Naturally, she wears red, the color of fire, passion, and energy.”

MESSAGE FOR YOU
“Whatever it is you wish to accomplish, you are very close to doing so, but your energy or drive may be waning. Now is the time to give yourself a burst of energy so you can successfully complete your task. Take a deep breath, focus your mind, set your intent, and finish what you’ve started. Victory is at hand, but you have a little way to go before it is complete. The power you need is within your reach. Connect with your inner dragon, and you won’t be disappointed.”

Today’s message is from Barbara Moore’s book Destiny’s Portal with art by Jessica Galbreth.

Spirit Message of the Day – Today, You Create Your Destiny

YOUR DESTINY
“A dream’s just a dream until you can see yourself in the picture like it was meant to be!”

“Do you believe in fate? Ever feel that destiny plays a hand in your affairs? Like when everything in your life just ‘clicks’ or when you meet a special person? If so, the following thought may come as a surprise: Absolutely nothing in the game of life is meant to be, except, of course, those things you most think about.”

“The only things that are truly meant to be are the things you deeply believe in –the things you expect to see in your life, which will generate the thoughts you constantly think, whether or not they’re fun or painful.”

“You don’t get the things you most want in life nor what providence has carved out for you, unless they’re the things you think about most–especially when you put yourself in the picture! The good news, the great news, is that you get to choose what you think! Seems too easy, doesn’t it?”

“Of course it does, because we’ve been taught since we could walk that life is hard. And we believed it, so we thought it, and then we experienced it, and the belief was reinforced. And life has become hard — thank goodness. Thank goodness our thoughts are so unfailing and predictable! And thank goodness that making a change couldn’t possibly be easier. Just think it and let your destiny unfold.”

Today’s message is from Mike Dooley’s book Choose Them Wisely: Thoughts Become Things! He reminds us to live our truth, find our power, and supercharge each day! His book includes profound messages about how to:

  • Shed limiting beliefs and false conclusions.
  • Harness the fundamental, non-judging principle that shapes your world.
  • Be emboldened to think BIG and clearly imagine the life of your dreams.
  • Understand your supernatural, spiritual nature and heritage.
  • Be able to draw on the support, love, and power of your greater-self.
  • Realize that your destiny lies in your own hands.
  • Grasp the true nature of your reality.
  • Release yourself from the past and misunderstandings that have robbed you of your power.
  • Love who you already are and all you already have.
  • Draw comfort from knowing that you are never alone, that it’s never too late, and that you already have all you need to have, do, and be all you want.
  • Spirit Message of the Day – The Motion of Your Ocean

    THE ABC’s of MANIFESTATION
    “Always do what you can, with what you’ve got, from where you are.”

    “However, and this is really tricky but super important, don’t expect that your efforts alone are what will make your dreams come true. don’t hings the manifestation of your goals to what you do, but instead, understand that by doing all you can, you inspire the Universe to do all it can.”

    “It’s like this: You do A, the Universe does B, and you arrive at C. This is how everything works. A alone, however, will never get you to C. But it’s the only way to get to B.”

    “Now beware! If you forget about B and think everything rides on A, you’ll sweat the details, criticize yourself for not doing more and for not being better, and eventually convince yourself that you don’t have ‘the right stuff’, effectively decommissioning, firing, the Universe. Conversely, those who tend to think that everything rides on B often forget about A and go nowhere, while proclaiming that the Universe is alive with magic.”

    “You must do all you can — not with the idea what you do must be clever enough, fast enough, or sufficient enough to bring your dreams to life, but because your every effort will set invisible waves into motion, which will then summon all the elements to do your will.”

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

    Spirit Message of the Day – Preservation and Release

    THE ICE QUEEN
    “It is time for ideas preserved, nonaction, and entitlement.”

    THE ALLY
    “The Ice Queen has come to block your movement for your highest good. Let your ideas be preserved until later. You can thaw them out and use them at another time when they will best serve. The realm of the Ice Queen is the place of nonaction, and now is a perfect time to take a look at how far you’ve come and to ask yourself for a reclarification of your highest goals.”

    “Not all of your plans can be accomplished at this moment.  In fact, putting them on ice allows for the perfect  timing later on. Don’t be too hasty in trying to reach your goal. An even better one will present itself if you surrender and spend the winter with the Ice Queen. Perhaps, too, you’re trying to do too many things at once. This is a good occasion to choose only one thing to focus on and let the Ice Queen put the others in the deep freeze until a more appropriate time. She’ll let you know when it’s time to let them thaw.”

    THE CHALLENGER
    “When the Ice Queen comes to challenge you, she asks you to look at the illusion of ownership. Do you believe you truly ‘own’ anything in this world? For example, do any of us really own land…do we own ideas? Or is it that we have simply laid claim to something we believe we’re entitled to? Even inspiration is borrowed from Spirit and shared by all in the field of divine consciousness that permeates everything. Others have thought of even your most ingenious ideas somewhere else in time…and so what?”

    “Life incarnate is short. When you transition, you take nothing with you from the material world. The Ice Queen calls upon you to release your hold on your relationships, your belongings, your home, and all aspects of your life. Let life flow as it will. Everything is impermanent. Once you recognize that, everything is seen as the living miracle that it really is, and you won’t be frozen into self-induced limitations. It’s time to let go of ownership in general and be grateful for and enjoy what you’ve been gifted with.”

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

    Spirit Message of the Day – Try Something New, Do Something Different

    JUST DO SOMETHING

    “The magic in life is far too great
    to spend your time waiting on fate.
    In just a blink, your dreams are born,
    and when you act with faith,
    they begin to take form”

    “Now, when it comes to your dreams, do you believe in them? Most people don’t – not their big dreams – and so they don’t prepare for them. But do you? Are you preparing?”

    “Well, to make sure you’re on track, and to tip the scales in favor of their realization, start behaving as if their manifestation was absolutely inevitable. Because by acting with faith, even just once a day, you begin broadcasting to the universe, as well as to yourself, that you do believe, and momentum is gathered.”

    “Do things, little things, out of step with all the other things you do, that imply your dreams have and will come true. Now don’t just say, ‘Uh-huh. Yeah’. Do something out of the ordinary – Today! Something odd. Something you weren’t going to do. Something you hadn’t thought about doing until now. Something you wouldn’t typically or ordinarily do. Price shop a flight somewhere. Pick a date on a calendar to celebrate whatever it is you dream of celebrating. Practice signing your autograph and pick a standard salutation that you’ll always use with it. Just do something. You’ll see. It works.”

    “Now, this will seem strange at first. Your mind will object. But that’s how you’ll know you’re doing some good -more good than you could ever now grasp.”

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