Beltania

This weekend I’m heading to the Beltania Festival. I’ve wanted to attend for several years, but never made it. This year, one of my friends decided she wanted to go way back in November. That was all the push I needed. Three of us will be sharing a cabin room. There will be a fourth woman in our room too, who I am sure we will love.

Beltania is held south of Denver in the Black Forest of Colorado.  This is an area that was devastated by wildfires a few years ago.  I’ll be interested to see how the land is healing itself.  Their theme is “A Retreat into Nature and Spirit”.  Ahhhh…. That is exactly what I need right now!

I’m really looking forward to getting away from my everyday life and soaking in the energy of the forest.  I can’t wait to revel in the deep spirituality of like minded people.  I’m especially looking forward to introducing myself to the medicine trees and walking the labyrinth.

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What am I looking forward to the most?  The drum circles. There is at least one every day.  I’m borrowing a drum to bring with me and hopefully I can learn how to connect with Spirit while drumming and not embarrass myself! (I have a tendency to clap on the wrong beat!)

There is also a workshop on lucid dreaming.  That’s a technique I’ve tried to master and have not been very successful.  Psychology Today did an article about lucid dreaming a few years ago which I found interesting.  What is lucid dreaming?

Even though the term “lucid” means clear, lucid dreaming is more than just having a clear dream. To have a lucid dream you must know that it’s a dream while you’re dreaming. That’s it. It doesn’t require that you can control anything in your dream, though control is what beginning lucid dreamers often aim at.

Have you had experience with lucid dreaming or drumming?  Please share your experiences with me in the comments below.

The Beltania website says “Registration is now Closed”, but it seems that there are still some options available.  If you’re interested in going, sign up quick!

Blessings to you all!

Life … Overwhelms.

It’s been a while since I’ve published a post. It’s been a hard couple of months for me and I’ve been closing myself off.  What’s happened?   The first anniversary of my Mom’s passing, and then her birthday the next week. A very bad fall. Friends moving.  Those kinds of things.  And, instead of taking my own advice and asking for more help from my spirits and the Divine, I’ve been wallowing. Really wallowing. Moving inwards in a protective way.

Who else has done that?!

But now it’s really time to get back on that horse and move forward!  So, now I’m going to talk about DEATH. I feel like I’ve learned a lot since that anniversary came and went.

The first thing I learned (and then forgot and relearned) was that my mother is still there.  Her spirit is available to me whenever I think to be present. And the key is to be cognizant of my energy, and to be open to receiving her.

The next thing I learned was that my Mom’s spirit is mostly the same as when she was a living, breathing person.  But it’s also just a little bit different.  She’s more loving, more accepting, and way less judgmental.  So it’s the energy of my Mom, only better.

Lastly, being aware of my Mom’s presence as allowed me to be aware of my Dad as well.  I was never as close to my Dad, so, while his death hit me, it wasn’t the same.  Now I’m able to reconnect with him in a way that I was never able to before.  I can hear him helping me with the important stuff.  I feel his wisdom coming through.

And it is so lovely to be feeling that love and support still coming through from my parents.

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Have you lost someone dear to you?  Would you like to reconnect with them?  Here’s the steps I would advise:

  • Ground, center, and connect to the Divine.
  • Be very clear about your intention. Do you have a question for them or do you just want to feel their presence?
  • Think of the person. Visualize their smile if you can, or look at a photo.
  • Be open to the feelings that come through.  Allow yourself to cry if you need to. Spend some time in their presence.
  • When you’re done thank them and ask if they have any special message for you.
  • Be grateful.

Blessings to you all.

Holiday Driving

Keeping yourself safe during road trips is so important. Here is how I protect myself.

Thanksgiving is only a few days away and many of you will be driving to visit family and friends.  Do you ever worry about staying safe on the highway?  I know I used to.

Drive along any interstate, and you’re bound to see road kill on the shoulder.  When I see any dead animal, I feel sad, of course, and say a quick prayer for their journey.  But I also think about what an animal like a deer or antelope could do to my car and the impact it might have on my passengers.

Many years ago, I started a ritual to protect myself on road trips.  It’s easy to do, and simply requires a bit of visualization.  If you read my blog from last week, you’ll know I talked about creating an energy bubble to protect yourself as you go about your day.  This ritual expands on that one.

What you’ll want to do is to visualize a protective bubble around your vehicle that travels with you.  My bubble extends quite a ways in front of my car, and on both sides, especially onto the shoulder of the highway.  If there is a field or woods on the side of the highway, I extend my bubble there as well.

Ask your spirit guides and guardian angels to maintain that bubble for the duration of your trip.  (Although I do visualize it again if I’m driving another day.)

Another thing I do is to ask one of my spirit guides to fly ahead of me to keep anything dangerous out of my way.  One of my animal guides routinely volunteers to do this.  She is fierce in her protection of me.  I can see her claws out in front of her making sure that I stay safe.

Remember, once you arrive at your destination, to also keep a protective bubble around you at family gatherings.  They are sometimes challenging!  But, this is a time for giving Thanks and Gratitude. Feel yourself filled with love for each family member, regardless of your past history.

Blessings!

4 Easy Steps to Creating Protective Energy Bubbles

It’s easy to protect yourself from other people’s energy. Read on!

Recently I have been working hard on creating a protective energy bubble around myself every morning. I feel like it has been getting easier and easier to do, and yesterday I had proof that it is quite effective.

I had arrived at a meeting early and was chatting with some of the other attendees. A woman next to me was talking to someone else on the other side of me. At one point, she gestured with her hand, coming very close to my head. “I’m so sorry!”, she said. “I didn’t mean to hit you!”

Here’s the thing. She had not touched me. But she felt as if she had come into contact with something solid. This was pretty exciting to me! Not only is my energetic bubble protecting me from the energy of other people, but it is physically protecting me as well.

Do you create a protective bubble around yourself every day? It’s easy to do -just follow these quick steps:

  1. Ground and center. Visualize and feel the energy of the earth flowing up through your root. Then visualize and feel divine energy coming down through your crown. Feel those energies connect in your body like an electric jolt.
  2. Visualize a bubble forming outside of your energetic field. (If you don’t know where your energetic field is, just go with two to three feet out from your physical body.)
  3. Infuse that bubble with the kind of energy you’ll need that day. Many times I’ll fill it up with love and make the boundary of the bubble porous to allow only love in or out. I especially will do that on a day when I’m feeling grumpy – it doesn’t do anyone any good to allow that negativity out!
  4. Finally, if I feel I need extra protection, I’ll add a more solid layer on the outside of the bubble. If I want to be invisible, I’ll cover the bubble with mirrors.

It’s that easy. Let me know your experiences in the comments below!

New Moon blessings!

Attend To The Shadow – Oracle Reading for November 

(Note: I wrote this post last October, but somehow never pushed the “Publish” button.  I’m publishing it now …. in May. It still seems applicable, and I would love your comments.)

I purchased a new deck of cards at the Witches’ Ball last weekend. They have been giving me some great readings and insight into my personal life.

I thought it would be good to do another reading for the general population using this deck. It’s the Magic of Flowers oracle deck by Tess Whitehurst, wonderfully illustrated by Anne Wertheim.

My question for the month is “What is the most important thing we can do to heal our nation?”

I pulled the Dahlia card. Dahlia wants us to attend to the shadow.

I find this interesting even before I start reading the description. I feel that there is so much darkness in our world right now.

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There are so many differing and divisive opinions.  It seems to me that people on both sides think they’re 100% correct without looking at the merits of those who disagree with them.

And this card is saying that we need to attend to the shadow, to look at the darkness. This card is saying that we will find our answers when we look where no one else is looking.

Blessings to you all!

 

New Moon

Here’s a helpful ritual for the New Moon to set intentions for the upcoming month.

The New Moon is today at 1:12pm Mountain Time.  I’m planning a private ritual to set my intentions for the upcoming month.  Do you take advantage of the moon’s energy when you’re working on an important project?  It’s a very powerful ally to have in your tool belt!

First:

The first thing I do is to think about what I want to accomplish in the next month.  I generally do this a day or so beforehand.  Sometimes I have a big project and know exactly what needs focus.  Other months I have to think about what I really want.  Once I’ve decided, I write my intention out on a slip of paper.  I will also write my goal in my journal along with a full description of exactly how achieving this goal will impact my life.

Another thing I like to do the day before is to try to locate the New Moon in the sky.  I like this website to help me figure out what time the moon rises and sets, and it’s approximate location.

Next:

The next thing I do is to create an altar for this New Moon.  I look to see which sign it will be in and which planets govern that sign.  In this case the New Moon is in Libra which is governed by Venus.  I’ll add some jade, amazonite, and rose quartz to my altar to honor Venus.  My altar also includes a carving of my spirit animal, and a gift from a friend who has passed.  Then I’ll include some incense.

Last:

Once I have my altar set up, I can begin my ritual.  At the time of the New Moon, or as close as I can get depending on my schedule for the day, I’ll head outside to see if I can see the moon.  The New Moon is hard to see; it’s just a tiny thumbnail!  And, especially on a sunny day because it tends to blend in with the background of the blue sky. Don’t freak out if you can’t find it.  Know that its energy is all around you.  Also, if I can’t be outside for any reason, I just do my ritual inside.

Next, I’ll ground and connect to the Divine.   (I have a quick description of my grounding process on my blog about Full Moon energy.)   I’ll think about my intention for the month.  Then, I’ll call in my spirit guides, guardian angels, and archangels.  I tell them what my intentions are.  I ask for their blessing and assistance in accomplishing my goals.  I ask them to watch over me and help me make good choices during the month.  Finally, I’ll thank them for their guidance.

Since my altar is generally inside, once I’m done with the ritual, I’ll go to my altar, light some incense and place the slip of paper beneath one of the crystals.  Daily, during the next two weeks, I’ll think of my intentions and ask my guides and angels for their assistance.

This can be a powerful ritual!  Please let me know your results in the comments below.

Blessings!

Moon Energy

Hit hard by the full moon energy? Here are some tips to move past that and be more prepared for the next full moon!

Did the September Full Moon hit you like a ton of bricks as it did me? I’ve been recovering for the past two weeks from that Full Moon in late September. The energy was just so strong and emotional. It’s been a hard two weeks for me. And the moon does not usually hit me that hard.  I was really surprised at my reaction to it.

What do you do when something happens that is pretty nebulous and you can’t really figure out what’s going on? When you’re emotional without a reason?

How can you minimize the negative impact of unfocussed energy?

One thing I do is mini-groundings that help me feel more connected to the earth.  It takes me just a minute or so.  The problem for me is being AWARE that I need to ground and center.  Sometimes when you’re caught up in the emotion, you aren’t aware of what you need.  My Fitbit watch has an alarm every hour to remind me to get up from my desk and move.  I’ve been using that buzz on my wrist to remind myself to stay grounded too.

Do you know how to ground yourself?

Here’s how I do it.  I visualize a cord or trunk coming from my root chakra down into the earth.  I feel it branching out and going deeper and deeper until it reaches the center of the earth.  I feel the stability of being so connected and then I send that energy back up through my body. When I’m done with that, I visualize energy from the divine coming through my crown chakra. For me, it’s like a bolt of white light coming down through my head and into my body.  Once I feel those energies locked together within my body, I know I am grounded and centered in the energy of the earth and Divine.

What else can you do to pull yourself out of the muddle of self pity?

Another thing that I do is to create an energetic bubble around me.  I fill that bubble with love and pink energy.  That helps me cope a little bit better!  I also make sure that when I make breakfast in the morning I infuse that loving energy into my coffee and morning granola.

How can you best take advantage of the Full Moon energy?

Being aware of the moon cycles is the most important thing you can do.  Set your intentions with the New Moon, and see it through with the Full Moon.

Be aware and take advantage of all the Divine is gifting to you!

What are some ways that you manage energy?  Let us know in the comments below.

Blessings!