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 Moment – Take the Reign of Change

THE SPIRIT ANIMAL – THE RAVEN

“I am Raven. I am the deep magic from the north and the ancient connection between you and the immortal. I am proof that your world is changing. You are missing the hidden threads that bind your experi73372_474598435933242_2130469691_nence. There are great things at work. There are manifestations at your feet. I want to help you see the magic and teach you how to use it. I am the bird that transports you from one realm to the next. I am the portal, granting you access from the solid grounds of Earth. I am that which appears from nothing. There is no greater power than your own will to sustain your vision. When you see me coming down from the lonely mountainside it is time to take the reign. I may appear only once, so grab the chance when you see it. Take your whims and ground them. Take your futility and shatter it to pieces. Stop accepting the chaos around you. Stop allowing your energy to dissipate and give it form and substance.”

MESSAGE FOR YOU

“You are a magician. You are the missing piece of the puzzle. You are connectivity. You are Raven.”

lisahuntToday’s guidance is from The Winged Enchantment Oracle Deck by Lisa Hunt and Lesley Morrison.

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Spirit Message of the Day – Live Life With a Full Heart

THE CRANESBILL FLOWER SPIRIT
“This exquisite, celestial flower appears to be floating above the earth; it represents expansion. Our hearts and souls are capable of opening to incredible depths of love, yet many of us spend our lives resisting this potential. The Cranesbill flower spirit invites you to honor your own expansive nature and to feel the depths of liberation and joy that living a life through love will bring.”

“To access this expansion, choose some music that enhances a feeling of openness in you – uplifting, joyful singing or soulful, moving music. Sit quietly and listen, and imagine your heart softening and expanding. Feel the tension melt away and lead you deeper into a silent reverie. Sense the love you feel for all those closest to you and experience a sense of expansion in your whole body, your heart and soul. Stay with these blissful feelings of love and let them grow and fill your being.”

“In this moment you are connected with Source and angelic beings will surround you. Know that you are always connected with the Creator and that this expansion is part of your own bliss; once you know how, it can be accessed so simply. From this perspective, all else is released – negativity, fears, anger, troubles and difficulties. in this place of love and expansion, the bigger picture becomes clear and your true purpose becomes part of your awareness. Cherish these feelings and tap back into them whenever you can, learning to live your through this openness and love.”

Today’s guidance or every day living is from Melanie Eclare’s Flower Spirit Cards.

Spirit Message of the Day – Find Hope in the Moment

A CRIMSON MOON
“Crimson – a color of passion, of danger, of blood. A crimson moon cannot be a pleasant omen. And yet it is the color of courage and the mother goddess. We all live through dark, desolate times. Life, even one filled with magic, has ups and downs. Dark times have phases, just like the moon, just like all of life. Sometimes we are in shock over a new pain or loss that is fresh and sharp. Sometimes we are in the midst of mourning, where everything is a dark and black and devoid of hope as it is possible to be. And sometimes we are near the end of a dark time. The pain is not as sharp. The blackness is not as bleak. Instead, the pain is becoming part of us, not intense and cutting. It is not destroying us, but instead it is shaping who we are becoming. The darkness still hides a great deal, but it is lifting, allowing glimmers of hope to catch our eyes. We may still feel alone and a long way from happiness, but we do sense that life will continue and that maybe, just maybe, joy will be possible.”

“Our Crimson Moon Fairy embodies this moment of darkness giving way to dawn. She stands on a pillar, disconnected still from everyday life, but she is starting to look around and see that life continues. Above her shines a slim crescent moon tinged with crimson. While much of her heart remains dark, light is beginning to show, bringing with it the courage and passion needed to deal with her loss. Behind, and yet out of sight but ready to be noticed, is a white flower, representing new growth and hope. She wears jewels of deepest red, as if made from her heart’s very blood that fed her mourning. From this journey through darkness, she has grown, and these jewels represent those changes. She carries a wand that symbolizes her intent and focus. Even though she still holds it listlessly, it is starting to glow. She is beginning to feel the need to do something, that her time of weeping is almost over.”

MESSAGE FOR YOU
“Whatever you’ve been through, however much it has hurt, no matter how long and dark this time of loss and pain has been, you can know that it is nearly over. You are coming to terms with what has happened. It no longer cuts you harshly to think of it. You’ve taken that pain into your soul, and you’ve grown from it. You are starting to find the courage to go on. You are feeling the stirrings of the passion for life. You need only look, and you will see the gift of hope that the universe is offering you. Then you will be ready to start a renewed phase in your life.”

Today’s message is from Enchanted Oracle by Barbara Moore and art by Jessica Galbreth.

Spirit Message of the Day – Nurture Your Unconditional Capability

THE PINK DAHLIA FLOWER
“The vibrant, alert spirit of the pink Dahlia flower sends us a beautiful, heartfelt message to feel deep compassion for ourselves.  There is a growing belief that we need to learn to love ourselves and others unconditionally. If we were truly enlightened, then maybe that would be possible. As it is, most of us seek to become more loving, but unconditional love is something we experience only in rare moments in our lives.”

“It will become easier to begin to accept ourselves unconditionally if we can feel deep compassion for who we are and where we are. If we are able to access our feelings each moment, and then surrender to them in compassion, we open the door to self-acceptance. Once this happens, our self-worth begins to grow, as it does not depend on any outside influences for acknowledgement. As soon as we begin to learn unconditional compassion for ourselves, our need to criticize and judge others also drops away. Then we can truly feel unconditional compassion for others, and the love we feel will flow unhindered and without resistance or reserve.”

MESSAGE FOR YOU
“The lesson from the pink Dahlia is important: it suggests that you may have been a little harsh with yourself and shut down feelings that you have experienced. On a regular basis, sit quietly with a feeling of unconditional compassion for yourself and see how this gradually softens and expands your whole being.”

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

Spirit Message of the Day – Use Compassion to Find Strength

THE GODDESS KUAN YIN
“The Eastern Goddess Kuan Yin hears all prayers and is the essence of purity, nurturing love, and gentle power. Kuan Yin is a bodhisattva, meaning that she’s eligible for Buddhahood. Yet, she has vowed to stay near Earth until all beings are enlightened. This youthful and beautiful goddess helps us feel compassion and mercy towards ourselves and others. She’s also a protectress of women and children, and she awakens musical interests and abilities as well as psychic clairvoyance.

A MESSAGE OF PEACE
“The Goddess Kuan Yin reminds us to be compassionate and release judgments about yourself and all others, and focus on the love and light that is within everyone. Gentleness is the strength behind true power, and it comes from feeding yourself with nourishing words, thoughts, deeds, intentions, and all forms of food. Shield yourself from harshness by placing an intention to attract only kind and gentle life lessons and relationships. Surround yourself with positive people, situations, and events that add value to your life. Transform harshness into gentleness by refusing to see anything but the shining light that’s within each person and situation. This intention begins with your relationship with yourself. Be very gentle with yourself in all ways. Keep your thoughts positive. Be happy, be kind, be sweet, but most of all, be true to you.”

Today’s message is from  Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue, PH.D.

Spirit Message from the Day – A New Perspective, A New Life

GAIA AND HER DRAGON
“Gaia is the reproductive Goddess-energy of this planet and her Dragon is the cosmos, the atmospheric and celestial energy within which she interacts and dwells. Each needs the other to be…not to survive, but to be. She and he are in divine accord and union and represent the marriage of Heaven and Earth. She is the cycles of the planet, he is the seasons of the Universe. Together, they create a new world and a new life: and bring about hope. Their love for each other is steady, constant, with harmonious and different energies blending beautifully together. Theirs is a peaceful and passionate love, and to each other they are externally true.”

GAIA AND HER DRAGON SPEAK
“Hear our voices, male and female, coiling through and around each other, as we speak as one. We are Gaia and her Dragon and we are one being, though separate, just as your divine union will be. Think of the beauty of love-making with a partner…the harmony and balance, the yielding and the chase, that which we represent through our perfect union is the Divine Marriage: the blissful soul mate experience that so many beings long for. True marriage does not mean becoming the same being: look at how apparently different we are! And yet, within that is protection and care, fertility and new growth, Heaven and Earth, joined together.”

“Is the sky the same as the earth you walk on? No, but look at their harmonious relationship. In exactly the same way, your Divine Union will not be with one who is the same as you, but you will, when brought into divine marriage and perfect balance provide each other with a home, and unity and love, and you will bring out what is best within and without the other. The Dragon loves and protects Gaia. Gaia adores her Dragon, who is the heavens, and will bring forth new life as a result of this union. You are loved and have on this planet and within the celestial realm a perfect and divine partner…beyond history, past lives and future lives lies this divine union. It is and will be yours…”

DIVINATORY MEANING
“Bringing into balance matters of the Earth and matters of the heavens, balance of the celestial and terrestrial, union between man and woman, beloved child, pregnancy, fertility, creations coming to fruition, meeting true lovers ho are faithful, caring and protective, understanding your own sexual nature and being free to be who you are, balance of masculine and feminine in your world.”

WORKING WITH GAIA AND HER DRAGON
“Bring to your life your innate gift of relationships. Ask Gaia and her Dragon for their assistance in allowing each person in a relationship to be fully themselves, and yet be in perfect relationship with each other. Know that your relationship can also be true, steadfast and sacred, and that integrity in relationships is valued, prized and to be kept sacred.  Gaia will assist you in bringing forth ideas, even children and can be considered a wonderful Goddess to call on for fertility: her Dragon will assist in calling forth male beings who are honourable, trustworthy, strong and passionate. He is able to care for and protect without ever attempting to mute her power and creativity…such partnerships can exist for you, too, if you allow them into your life with Gaia and her Dragon’s help.”

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

Spirit Message of the Day – Honor Past Lessons to Move Ahead

THE EGYPTIAN GODDESS ISIS
“This Egyptian high-priestess moon goddess is regarded as one of the most important ancient deities because of her many functions and her vivid history. She’s simultaneously motherly and businesslike, feminine and ultra-strong. Isis brought her murdered husband, Osiris, back to life, and they conceived their beloved son, Horus (the falcon-headed pharaoh). Unfortunately, Osiris was murdered beyond repair after the conception, and Isis devoted her attention to raising Horus. Isis also convinced the sun god Ra, to tell her his secret names that contained vibrational tones that created instant manifestations. Thus, Isis is also known as a goddess of Divine magic and alchemy. You can call upon her for assistance in many areas, including help with past-life memories.”

MESSAGE FOR YOU
A situation which has been weighing heavily on your mind or in your heart lately has to do with past life memories. “Your roots upon this planet are strong and deep, and some of the roots have anchored you in past memories from faraway times. These roots have anchored you so deeply, in fact, that you’re paralyzed when it comes to moving forward. I’ve called your attention to this condition so that you may unearth and uproot past memories. Sometimes you bury those memories to shield yourself from psychic pain or embarrassment, so you won’t remember those awkward moments when life tested you to the maximum. Reveal those lessons to yourself, now, strong sorceress, and move forward with the confidence that you have sage wisdom behind you.”

Today’s guidance is from Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue, PH.D.

Spirit Message of the Day – Return To Innocence

A FLOWER CALLED AQUILEGIA
“Deep within all of us is the perfect unblemished innocence of source. When we are born, we each begin a new journey along our life’s path and gradually we forget where we came from and the purity that lies at our core. The sweet spirit of the Aquilegia flower is bringing us back to an awareness of a higher power, as we begin another journey back home to reconnect to that innocent perfection within, our true selves.”

MESSAGE FOR YOU
“Take time now to focus on the sensitive invitation of the Aquilegia flower spirit to bask in a state of purity and innocence. Free yourself from al preconceived notions of who you are and all the parts of yourself that you judge severely and unkindly. Let go of your adult critical mind and recall the innate understanding of our creator that is within. Allow that feeling of purity to resonate throughout your being. Know that this connection and peace is always there, it’s just a matter of remembering to look.”

“Take heart from the Aquilegia’s message of innocence and know that the flower spirit is helping you to recall your own inner beauty and perfection. Revisit a childlike innocence and inquisitiveness in your daily routine. Bring it into your relationships and feel how much easier it is to communicate and express yourself when you come from a place of innocence. Honor and love that side of yourself and know that this is where enlightenment dwells, in your purse connection with source.”

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

Spirit Message of the Day – Celebrate Pre-Harvest, Lammas 2010

THE SABBAT LAMMAS
Lammas is the first of the harvest festivals, and if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, it begins August 1. This is one of modern Paganism’s Sabbats that has its roots in agricultural societies, and a time to celebrate the upcoming fall harvest. It’s the time of year when the first grains are threshed, bread is baked, and people begin storing up for the coming winter months. In some traditions, it’s also a season to honor Lugh, the craftsman god. Meanwhile, if you’re one of our Southern Hemisphere readers, you’re probably preparing for Imbolc, which honors the returning sun as spring looms around the corner. In many traditions, it’s a time to honor the goddess Brighid as well. Whichever one you’re celebrating, may you and your family have a joyful and blessed Sabbat!

What is Lammas (Lughnasadh)? – How to Celebrate Lammas
It’s the dog days of summer, the gardens are full of goodies, the fields are full of grain, and the harvest is approaching. Take a moment to relax in the heat, and reflect on the upcoming abundance of the fall months. At Lammas, sometimes called Lughnasadh, it’s time to begin reaping what we have sown throughout the past few months, and recognize that the bright summer days will soon come to an end.

The Beginning of the Harvest
At Lammas, also called Lughnasadh, the hot days of August are upon us, much of the earth is dry and parched, but we still know that the bright reds and yellows of the harvest season are just around the corner. Apples are beginning to ripen in the trees, our summer vegetables have been picked, corn is tall and green, waiting for us to come gather the bounty of the crop fields. Now is the time to begin reaping what we have sown, and gathering up the first harvests of grain, wheat, oats, and more. This holiday can be celebrated either as a way to honor the god Lugh, or as a celebration of the harvest.
Celebrating Grain in Ancient Cultures
Grain has held a place of importance in civilization back nearly to the beginning of time. Grain became associated with the cycle of death and rebirth. The Sumerian god Tammuz was slain and his lover Ishtar grieved so heartily that nature stopped producing. Ishtar mourned Tammuz, and followed him to the Underworld to bring him back, similar to the story of Demeter and Persephone.
In Greek legend, the grain god was Adonis. Two goddesses, Aphrodite and Persephone, battled for his love. To end the fighting, Zeus ordered Adonis to spend six months with Persephone in the Underworld, and the rest with Aphrodite.
A Feast of Bread
In early Ireland, it was a bad idea to harvest your grain any time before Lammas — it meant that the previous year’s harvest had run out early, and that was a serious failing in agricultural communities. However, on August 1, the first sheafs of grain were cut by the farmer, and by nightfall his wife had made the first loaves of bread of the season. The word Lammas derives from the Old English phrase hlaf-maesse, which translates to loaf mass. In early Christian times, the first loaves of the season were blessed by the Church.

 Honoring Lugh, the Skillful God
In some Wiccan and modern Pagan traditions, Lammas is also a day of honoring Lugh, the Celtic craftsman god. He is a god of many skills, and was honored in various aspects by societies both in the British Isles and in Europe. Lughnasadh (pronounced Loo-NAS-ah) is still celebrated in many parts of the world today. Lugh’s influence appears in the names of several European towns.

Celebrating Lammas Today & Honoring the Past
In our modern world, it’s often easy to forget the trials and tribulations our ancestors had to endure. For us, if we need a loaf of bread, we simply drive over to the local grocery store and buy a few bags of prepackaged bread. If we run out, it’s no big deal, we just go and get more. When our ancestors lived, hundreds and thousands of years ago, the harvesting and processing of grain was crucial. If crops were left in the fields too long, or the bread not baked in time, families could starve. Taking care of one’s crops meant the difference between life and death.
By celebrating Lammas as a harvest holiday, we honor our ancestors and the hard work they must have had to do in order to survive. This is a good time to give thanks for the abundance we have in our lives, and to be grateful for the food on our tables. Lammas is a time of transformation, of rebirth and new beginnings.
Symbols of the Season
The Wheel of the Year has turned once more, and you may feel like decorating your house accordingly. While you probably can’t find too many items marked as “Lammas decor” in your local discount store, there are a number of items you can use as decoration for this harvest holiday.
  • Sickles and scythes, as well as other symbols of harvesting
  • Grapes and vines
  • Dried grains — sheafs of wheat, bowls of oats, etc.
  • Corn dolls — you can make these easily using dried husks
  • Early fall vegetables, such as squashes and pumpkins
  • Late summer fruits, like apples, plums and peaches

Crafts, Song and Celebration
Because of its association with Lugh, the skilled god, Lammas (Lughnasadh) is also a time to celebrate talents and craftsmanship. It’s a traditional time of year for craft festivals, and for skilled artisans to peddle their wares. In medieval Europe, guilds would arrange for their members to set up booths around a village green, festooned with bright ribbons and fall colors. Perhaps this is why so many modern Renaissance Festivals begin around this time of year! Lugh is also known in some traditions as the patron of bards and magicians. Now is a great time of year to work on honing your own talents. Learn a new craft, or get better at an old one. Put on a play, write a story or poem, take up a musical instrument, or sing a song. Whatever you choose to do, this is the right season for rebirth and renewal, so set August 1 as the day to share your new skill with your friends and family.

Lammas Rituals and Ceremonies
Lammas is the first of three Pagan harvest festivals, and takes place on August 1, right around the time of the early grain harvests.The fields are full of grain, and the harvest is approaching. Take a moment to relax in the heat, and reflect on the upcoming abundance of the fall months. At Lammas, sometimes called Lughnasadh, it’s time to begin reaping what we have sown throughout the past few months, and recognize that the bright summer days will soon come to an end.

Celebrate with rituals and ceremonies to honor the harvest
Decorate Your Lammas Altar
Lammas Harvest Ritual
Ritual to Honor Lugh
Bread Sacrifice Ceremony

Lammas Prayers

Lammas History and Folklore
Grain has held an important place in the role of human development and society. Because of its growth patterns, it has often been associated with the cycle of life, death, and rebirth. Read on to learn about the ways different cultures have honored and mythologized grain and the spirit of the harvest.

Lammas History
Deities of the Fields
Legends and Lore of Lammas

Lugh, Master of Skills
The Legend of John Barleycorn
The Final Sheaf
The Spirit of the Grain

All About Imbolc
Imbolc is a time to celebrate the end of winter, and the goddess Brighid. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, August 1 marks this Sabbat for you. Learn about the history and folklore behind this holiday, as well as some rituals you can do to welcome the season! Read All About Imbolc.

Lammas Magic
Lammas is a good time to get in touch with one’s inner warrior, and get focused on magic relating to protection. Learn about different types of protection magic, and how you can use everyday items in your magical Lammas workings.

Warrior Meditation
Ash Tree Magic
Protection Magic
Onion Magic
Magical Vervain Water

Today’s message is from About.com by Patti Wigington, your Guide to Paganism / Wiccan.

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