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 Moment – Time For Sanctuary

SACRED SANCTUARY: The Mermaid’s Sing

“The mer-world has many beings, and one of our most secretive and elusive is (and are) the powerful Melusinas. The Mother of all Melusinas is a twin-tailed merbeing, part woman, part dragon, part mer, part fae…and she is here to remind you all that there are times when you need to declare to the world, this is my time. And this is my space. For you, much time has been given to others, to caring for them, to looking over them, to watching them, to loving them, bandaging the39bdcc2e09db9abbab286ed59b9c5b57m, soothing them, satisfying them, feeding them…and now it is your time.”

“In the legend of Melusina, it was said this great queen would have each seventh day and night for her own self, and within her sanctuary, in the solitude of a deep and glittering bath, she would turn into her true self, utterly unobserved, and utterly free. In the legend, Melusina’s husband becomes so curious he violates his promise to her and invades her sanctuary – not only this, he is horrified at who she is, when alone.”

MESSAGE FOR YOU

“Melusina’s message to you is that you have the right to unviolated time out, time alone, during which you can be free to look, be, sound, dream, and swim as you wish. True freedom within a relationship happens when each person’s boundaries are respected, when each person supports times for solitude, and recognizes the freedom that comes with trust.”

“It has come time for now for your partner to support your space, your privacy, your time alone, and your need for this time to be however you choose it to be. It is time for no-one to invade or pry out of fear their exclusive rights to you and being diminished or betrayed. It is time for your relationship to step up a level, into greatness, wh5391_369223603191483_1899532215_nere the independence of each, the part of you that belongs to you alone, is nurtured, respected, applauded, loved – but ultimately, left to you to determine.”

“Will you ask for this? Will you take this when it is given to you? And will you declare these boundaries to be sacred? In many cultures men and women, individuals, and genders have sacred space that is theirs alone – and it is a great taboo for others to enter into that space. This is your time. And may this taboo – this sacred space you set – be held in awe and reverence by all who claim to love you, that by doing so, they will show that they do indeed love the entirety, the multitudes of you – and support and uphold your freedom to be your own self.”

Oracle of the Mermaids – Author Lucy Cavendish

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Spirit Message of the Day – Use Magick to Manifest

THE CELTIC WITCH
“Do you live a life woven with magic? Or do you know someone who lives such a charmed life? What would such a life look like? How do you define magic? At its most basic, magic is the application of intent to create change in the world.”

“If it’s so simple, then, why do we use all the symbols, candles, incantations, and other mystical tools and trappings? All of these things help to focus our mind and out intent. Symbols, like words, are filled with power, sometimes very ancient strong power. By their nature. symbols trigger a response deep in the human psyche. They help activate our connection with power, the power inherent within us all and the power available within the universe.”

“You can use symbols to increase your own magic and weave it throughout every aspect of your life. Even mundane, day-to-day activities can sparkle with magic. Sounds like a pretty nice way to experience life, doesn’t it? Our Celtic Witch embodies a life woven with magic. The Celts filled their lives with intricate and beautiful symbols. Behind our witch is an elaborate Celtic knot, showing the complexity and interconnectedness of the universe. It reminds us that magic is in everything.”

“Around her head is an odd symbol that echos another ancient magical tradition: the scarab was a symbol of creation in Egyptian magic. It is an appropriate symbol for a headpiece, signifying that by focusing her mind, she can create change in the world. She wears a pentagram, representing the elements (earth, water, fire, and air) and spirit, again showing how intent or will in harmony with spirit can influence the mundane elements. The various spiral and knot tattoos acknowledge the importance of the connectedness of all life and the cycles of nature. She carries a red candle, representing passion, fire, and the mother goddess from whom all creation comes.”

MESSAGE FOR YOU
Magick is the art of manifestation; causing change by aligning your will with your desire, with positive intent, to manifest your wishes with harm to none. “It is time to imbue your life with magic…tap into your power…plug in to the universe. There is so much available to you. Notice signs and symbols around you; what kinds of power or magic are they hinting at? How can you share this magic? Research magical and historical symbols. Discover one that represents what you are seeking and that which resonates with your soul. Find ways to sprinkle that symbol throughout your daily life to inspire and encourage you. Draw it on a piece of paper and stick it to your mirror so you see it every morning. Find a piece of jewelry that incorporates it. Make a cover for your journal that includes it. Make a cake and draw the symbol into the frosting. Do whatever you can to focus your mind and intent to help create the change and make the magic you desire.”

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

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Spirit Message of the Day – The Concept, Art, and Practice of Wicca

The Concept Of Deity

“Wiccans, Pagans and Witches see the divine as being manifest at all levels of humanities limited ability to comprehend the universe world around us. The fact that some may call upon or associate with the divine by different names does not necessarily mean that we see a complete seperation of deities.

We accept that different aspects of the divine combine to make the whole. In this view, we recognize and attune ourselves with nature and the creative force in a way the individual or group is most comfortable with. The following is an explanation of this concept which most agree upon.

The Supreme Creative Force
The One is the all encompassing unity of all things which exist. This includes that which is manifest to our limited awareness and understanding as well as that which is not. The One is infinite to a point that the human mind simply cannot comprehend its vastness.

Polarities of The One
The Goddess and God are seen as a manifestation of the feminine and masculine forces of nature. Each having unique characteristics that when combined result in the harmonious creation of life. We see examples of this in everything around us as nothing can exist without the interaction of feminine and masculine energy. This creative energy is omnipresent. They are concepts that allow the human mind to comprehed the creative force of the world around us.

Giving name to the divine or feminine and masculine energies is in many ways irrevalent and certainly cannot justify the wars and bloodshed history has seen because of it. They are simply names humanity, a culture or specific belief system has created over time for association purposes. It really matters little whether we associate with the divine as the “Father, Son and Holy Ghost” or “The One, Goddess and God.” Ultimately, the concept is the same.”

Excerpt taken from http://www.wicca.com/celtic/wicca/concepts.htm 

Introduction

There’s an old saying that if you ask any ten Wiccans about their religion, you’ll get at least fifteen different answers. That’s not far from the truth, because with nearly half a million Americans practicing Wicca today, there are dozens — perhaps even hundreds — of different Wiccan groups out there (Pagan, Celtic, Druid, Egyptian, Hermetic, Shaman, Masonic, Faery, Strega). There is no one governing body over Wicca, nor is there a “Bible” that lays down a universal set of guidelines. While specifics vary from one culture and tradition to the next, there are actually a few ideals and beliefs common to nearly all modern Wiccan groups.

Origins of Wicca

Wicca as a religion was introduced by Gerald Gardner in the 1950s. Gardner’s tradition was oathbound, initiatory, and secret. However, after a few years splinter groups began forming, and new traditions were formed. Today, many Wiccan groups owe their basic foundation to the principles laid out by Gardner. Wicca is not an ancient religion, but Gardner did incorporate some old esoteric knoweldge into his original tradition, including Eastern mysticism, Kabballah, and British legend.

Who Is a Wiccan, and How Do You Find Them?

Wiccans come from all walks of life. They are doctors and nurses, teachers and soccer moms, writers and firefighters, waitresses and computer programmers. In other words, anyone can be Wiccan, and people become Wiccan for many reasons. In fact, there are nearly half a million Wiccans in the United States today. As to where to find them, that might take a bit of digging — as a mystery religion that doesn’t proselytize or actively recruit, it can sometimes be difficult to find a group in your area. Never fear, though — the Wiccans are out there, and if you ask around enough, you’ll bump into one eventually.

The pentacle is the Wiccan symbol that most people are familiar with. It is a five pointed star within a circle.It is sometimes called the morning star or the endless knot. The five points represent the five elements, earth, air, fire, water and spirit (the self). This ancient symbol is used as a protective and positive symbol and has been used as such for over 6,000 years around the world.

Calling Upon the Divine

Wicca acknowledges the polarity of the Divine, which means that both the male and female deities are often honored. A Wiccan may honor simply a non-specific god and goddess, or they may choose to worship specific deities of their tradition, whether it be Isis and Osiris, Cerridwen and Herne, or Apollo and Athena. In Gardnerian Wicca, the true names of the gods are revealed only to initiated members, and are kept secret from anyone outside the tradition.

Initiation and Degree Systems

In most Wiccan covens, there is some form of initiation and a degree system. Initiation is a symbolic rebirth, in which the initiant dedicates themselves to the gods of their tradition. Typically, only an individual who has attained the rank of Third Degree dedicant may act as a High Priest or High Priestess. Study is required before an individual may advance to the next degree level, and often this is the traditional “year and a day” period.

Someone who is not a member of a coven or formal group may choose to perform a self-dedication ritual to pledge themselves to the gods of their path.

Magic Happens

The belief in and use of magic and spellwork is nearly universal within Wicca. This is because for most Wiccans, there’s nothing supernatural about magic at all — it’s the harnessing and redirection of natural energy to effect change in the world around us. In Wicca, magic is simply another skill set or tool. Most Wiccans do use specific tools in spellcrafting, such as an athame, wand, herbs, crystals, and candles. Magical workings are often performed within a sacred circle. The use of magic is not limited only to the priesthood — anyone can craft and perform a spell with a little bit of practice.

The Spirit World is Out There

Because the concept of an afterlife of some sort is typical in most branches of Wicca, there is a general willingness to accept interaction with the spirit world. Seances and contact with the unknown are not uncommon among Wiccans, although not all Wiccans actively seek communication with the dead. Divination such as tarot, runes, and astrology are often used as well. To learn more about transition into The Summerland see Edain McCoy’s book entitled Entering the Summerland: Customs and Rituals of Transition into the Afterlife.

What Wicca Isn’t

Wicca does not embrace the concepts of sin, heaven or hell, the evils of sex or nudity, confession, Satanism, animal sacrifice, or the inferiority of women. Wicca is not a fashion statement, and you do not have to dress a certain way to be a “real Wiccan.”

Basic Beliefs of Wicca

While not exclusive to every single tradition, the following are some of the core tenets found in most Wiccan systems:

  • The Divine is present in nature, and so nature should be honored and respected. Everything from animals and plants to trees and rocks are elements of the sacred. You’ll find that many practicing Wiccans are passionate about the environment.
  • The idea of karma and an afterlife is a valid one. What we do in this lifetime will be revisited upon us in the next. Part of this idea of a cosmic payback system is echoed in the Law of Threefold Return.
  • Our ancestors should be spoken of with honor. Because it’s not considered out of the ordinary to commune with the spirit world, many Wiccans feel that their ancestors are watching over them at all times.
  • The Divine has polarity — both male and female. In most paths of Wicca, both a god and goddess are honored.
  • The Divine is present in all of us. We are all sacred beings, and interaction with the gods is not limited just to the priesthood or a select group of individuals.
  • Holidays are based on the turning of the earth and the cycle of the seasons. In Wicca, eight major Sabbats are celebrated, as well as monthly Esbats.
  • Everyone is responsible for their own actions. Personal responsiblity is the key. Whether magical or mundane, one must be willing to accept the consquences — either good or bad — of their behavior
  • Harm none, or something like it. While there are a few different interpretation of what actually constitutes harm, most Wiccans follow the concept that no harm should intentionally be done to another individual.
  • Respect the beliefs of others. There’s no Recruiting Club in Wicca, and the Wiccans are not out to preach at you, convert you, or prosetylize. Wiccan groups recognize that each individual must find their spiritual path on their own, without coercion. While a Wiccan may honor different gods than you do, they will always respect your right to believe differently.

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Spirit Message of the Day – Speak With Your Spirit Guides

THE KINDRED
“When this card appears, it means that the needed communications are there, allies are awaiting your call, and you have the support needed. It is time to call for aid with your Allies, Guides, and Co-Workers. The card can also mean that teachings are about to come from higher sources.”

TEACHING
“Ancient myths and legends tell of the Faery or Elven race. In many tales they are allies of mystics, witches, and shamans, and other seekers of the inner mysteries. Traditionally the doorways between the world of mortal kind and the faery realm open at the equinox and solstice periods. These kindred beings aer sKindred by Mickie Muellerpiritual allies who willingly work with mortals in order to ensure the balance between the worlds. What happens in one dimensional realm affects all others, and the state of the material world can have significant impact on non material realms.”

“This is why the kindred first came to teach mortals the ancient arts, and to establish certain secs as the caretakers or custodians of the material world. Among these sects are the pagans, druids, witches, occultists, and shamans. The card depicts four faery or elven beings. They appear in the light that emanate from their mystical realm. Each wears a circlet upon the forehead, denoting their office as teachers and guides to the inner mysteries.”

THE SHADOW’S EDGE
The Kindred card reveals that we are not alone in the Universe. Beings exist beyond and outside of the material realm. Spiritual fellowships exist that serve beings in earlier stages of evolution through the planes of existence. They spiritual beings within such groups are sometimes called spirit guides, guardians, and allies. Communication and interaction with these beings is possible through dreams and meditations. Forming rapport and relationships with spiritual beings is an aid to our spiritual evolution.”

Today’s message comes 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 – Open To Enlightenment

ELDER STAFF
“When this card appears, it indicates that you have reached a position in which you can offer guidance or direction to others. It can also indicate a need to move on in some matter, in order to serve a greater community or worthy cause. It is time to be a Teacher, Emissary, or Director.”

TEACHING
“In ancient times, trees were worshipped or venerated. Among some tribes it was believed thElderStaff Mickie Muellerat trees were the dwelling place of a god or goddess. This is one reason why sacred groves were established. A branch was taken from the tree and carried by the priestess or priest as a sign of his or her connection with the deity of the grove. Traditionally, the branch measured the height of the person plus the length from the elbow to the end of the middle finger. The height represented personal rapport with the deity of the grove. The bend of the arm, and therefore its extension outward, symbolized that the elder was to reach out to those whom he or she encountered. Together these were the full measure of the elder. With staff in hand, the priestess or priest went out to the people as an emissary of their deity.”

“The card depicts a robed figure carrying a staff, which symbolizes his or her connection to the deity of the sacred grove. The full moon, an ancient symbol of the mystery tradition, shines in tMerlinhe night sky as it sheds light upon the path. This represents the inner mystery that light is at home in the darkness, and that enlightenment is found passing through the night.”

THE SHADOW’S EDGE
“The Elder Staff informs us that the path we walk takes us through worlds not known by the average person in life. The light of the moon and stars guides the soul in different ways that does the light of the sun. The subtlety of their emanations is alluring, and their seeming aloofness drawn us on to vistas of worlds unknown. The message of this card is to live and walk the chosen path with lasting devotion.”

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 – Be Brave, Step Forward Into the Unknown

OTHERWORLD
“When this card appears, it indicates that the time has come to move on. The current situation must be released, as it is no longer visible. Look to and move toward new horizons. It is time for transition, journey, and crossing.”

TEACHING
“In ancient myth and legend there is a realm known by such names as Avalon, Tir Nan Og, the Elysian Fields, or Summerland. In pre-Christian European paganism such realms are referred to as the Otherworld (or Underworld). Here isOtherworld by Mickie Mueller the realm of the faery or elven race, a dimension existing outside of the material world. It is sometimes called the Eternal Land. The Otherworld is free of illness, disease, old age, and death. The card depicts a faery woman sailing into a mystical fog, which parts as three swans are directed ahead. Through the opening can be seen the white shores of the Otherworld, and on the island a castle rises atop the rocky cliff.”

THE SHADOW’S EDGE
“The Otherworld card speaks to us of hidden realms beyond the material senses. It is through this understanding that we arrive at the realization that we are spiritual beings moving through experiences in many dimensions. Physical life is the seed that becomes the blossom that eventually dies to become new seed (and therefore new life). It is only when we part the veil that we can see existence beyond the material experience. This is the liberation of knowing that physical death is not the end.”

Today’s message comes 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 – Become Worthy of Other People’s Truth, Trust, and Integrity

OATH
“When this card appears, it indicates that ‘your word is your bond’, and its meaning is to keep your word and to be true and authentic to yourself. It is time for truth, trust, and integrity.”

TEACHING
“Oaths of initiation are common within any mystery tradition. Part of the traditional oath is to not reveal any of the practices of the system. The mandate is often to keep silent, and to not shareOath by Mickie Mueller any initiate teachings or materials with non-initiates of the specific system. This is typically marked by such words as ‘I swear this oath by the blood in my veins’ and ‘by my honor among my brothers and sisters of the art’. The card depicts a man with his hand over his face. The tips of his middle and index fingers are beneath his eyes, forming a V-shape. This gesture is known as ‘the witch’s honor’.”

THE SHADOW’S EDGE
“The Oath card reflects personal honor and loyalty. The oath is the token of the soul’s integrity, given in community. The oath is the testimony of the inner self. The value of the oath is not in it being sworn. Instead, its value lies in it being trusted by the people who receive it. This means that the oath can be relied upon because of the integrity of the person who swears the oath. The message of this card is to be worthy of such trust by others.” 

Today’s guidance 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 Nature to Renew Your Spirit

GREENMAN
“When this card appears the issue at hand is one of prosperity, growth, and abundance. The Greenman image symbolizes these, as well as the tenacity of life. This is a card of surgreenmanthumbvival and assured renewal. Look to the ways of Nature as your teacher, and to the spirit of Nature for encouragement and motivation.”

TEACHING
“The Greenman is the personified Spirit of Nature. He is the renewer of life, abundance, and prosperity. As Lord of the Plant Kingdom he represents richness and bounty. When our ancestors turned to agriculture the Greenman became a powerful symbol of the Spirit of the Land. In this card the Greenman is depicted moving through the deep wooded places. Here is the primal nature of the untamed woodlands, which is where his essence first arose. As he passes among the trees or the tall wheat fields, the blessings of the Greenman ensure the fullness of a harvest to come.”

ALIGNMENT
“You wake up in the woods, as if from a dream. You sit up, and standing before you is the Greenman of the Forest. He is powerful and ancient. He tells The Greenman by Mickie Muelleryou that he is the untamed spirit of Nature. He is the tenacity of life. In your mind you suddenly recall every rocky crevice that sprouted a plant, and every root that lifted a wall. Visions of man made structures now covered and hidden in the jungles flash through your mind. In the end it is the Greenman who will survive the passage of time. You see the Greenman standing before you as he changes form in the passing of seasons, for he is seed and sprout, bud and leaf, flower and fruit. He is the tender sprout of spring, the ripened fruit of summer, the dropping leaves of fall, and barren branches of winter. In this you realize that he is never absent, but is always present in the never-ending cycle of birth, life, death, and renewal.”

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 – Summon Your Clarity of Vision

OAK, ASH, and THORN
“When this card appears, it addresses a situation that is blocked or guarded. Special OakAshThorn by Mickie Muelleractions or attitudes are required in order to gain entrance or passage. It can shift your attention to what is guarded, secret, or hidden.”

TEACHING
“The oak, ash, and hawthorn trees are legendary guardians that bar the way onto the Otherworld. The oak and ash stand as the portals at the threshold. The hawthorn, with its sharp spikes, guards against easy access. Between the ash and the oak is the in-between place, which is neither in this world nor in the next. It is a place of magic, where anything is possible. The card depicts an ash tree and an oak tree. In the center of the card is a hawthorn tree, which is blocking the opening between the ask and oak. The upper branches of the ash and oak form an archway, suggesting the presence of a portal to another realm beyond. From this vantage point spirits watch all who approach.”

THE SHADOW’S EDGE
“The Oak, Ash, and Thorn card informFaerieDoor Mickie Muellers us that some things are kept from us until we prove ourselves worthy. Worthiness can take many forms, and the most important are ethics, maturity, integrity, compassion, and courage. In the mystery tradition, the seeker is often drawn into a situation wherein he or she is challenged. The way can be opened in such an encounter, or the seeker can become entangled in the process itself and become lost. this is reflected in folk tales where a person’s curiosity results in their being ‘faery led’ into a thicket. Clarity of vision, strength of purpose, and personal integrity are needed to pierce the mysteries.”

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