So I am settling in learning another form of counseling. Today's message is Peace. The guidance for the card remindes us to focus on the fact that only love is real. Powerful message in that it speaks to a way of life. Make no mistake about it, in times of need this Priestess will pick up a weapon and fight. There are so many opportunities to learn and grow by helping others. My new counseling tools are reminding me of the gentle aspect of the healing process. I am reminded that better outcomes are born from acts of love. The recent 1000 Year Flood that brought destruction on a large portion of my beautiful and much loved South Carolina also brought much love and peace. Our people picked up themselves and extended a hand to their neighbors. As I go forward on my path I strive to be prepared, strong, and a reflection of love. Goddess blessings on your journey along your own path!
Monday, July 20, 2015
My faith tells me that I am a record keeper and one who continues the traditions by teaching. I have noticed than when I offer condolences, congratulations, or blessings via social media I tend to type Live instead of Love. The light bulb went on for me. Goddess is reminding us we must continue to Live and be vibrant. It is through our Living that we share and grow our Love.
My choice of employment puts me in continuous contact with the worst our society has to offer. I share this with you because at times, I become a spirit that wishes to withdraw from others instead of interacting with others. This is where the Goddess is teaching me on so many levels. She is reminding me of my sacred duty to continue to share her ways with those who wish to learn. She is reminding me of the importance of celebration.
This learning to remember to celebrate is another step I take along my Path. I celebrate and by doing so teach others of Her traditions. Teaching and learning best occur through doing something. This Priestess is in the process of learning and completing the circle with the upcoming celebration of the Lammas. Hope to share the loaves and blessings with you as I continue to walk the Path of a Dianic Priestess....
Sunday, July 12, 2015
I like pretty sparkly things. Gifts from the Goddess. My personal altars have crystals upon them. My yard has flowers and shrubs. They adorn Mother Nature. Crystals, flowers, shells, and gemstones are what I choose to adorn my body and Temple.
I see a disturbing trend where women feel the need to surgically altar their appearance in the name of adornment. Although I fully support an adult's right to the mutilzation of their choice, something is terribly wrong here. Why do some feel they are less of a person based on the shape of their nose and lips or the size of their breasts and stomachs?
I pray for a time when women value and view themselves as Goddesses. They is beauty in each of us. Take a few minutes to recognize the beauty of the individuality of your Sisters.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Consider the connectedness of us all. In 2004 a group called The Foundry and the Spring recorded a Goddess chant titled 81 Goddesses. This group also produced a set of beads that had 81 stone beads, one for each Goddess and a large Goddess bead in silver. The Goddess bead was matched to stones that best represented Her attributes. Corn Maiden with Aventurine stones called to me.
I had used the internet to find a local shop to purchase Pagan wares. I was led to a shop run by Ginger. My home soon resembled Ginger's shop. Here I purchased my first Goddess Statue, many candles, oils, herbs, books, and 81 Goddesses prayer beads and cd.
The internet intoduced me to something called Yahoo Groups. It was there that I found a group belonging to Z Budapest who haf written a book I purchased in the mid 1990's called The Holy Book of Women's Mysteries. This group helped guide and shape my understanding of Women's Spirituality. I had found a home.
Amy had found a home in Z's group, too. Amy began to experience difficulties and asked for help both spiritually and mundanely. Amy was in South Carolina. I was in South Carolina. Financially I was in a good place and willing to help Amy. The only problem was I was unable to travel to the coast. Mary was in the group and worked with a Pagan foodbank in the area where Amy lived.
I contacted Mary and gave her Amy's information. Mary provided me with an address to send a check to help replenish the supplies. Mary and I began to correspond outside of the group. I knew right away that she was a good person. I liked Mary. She didn't seem to be put off by my profession. Even though we hadn't met in person, I knew from the phone conversations and email correspondene that I had a Sister in Goddess Spirituality right here in South Carolina.
Flash forward to February 2013. My much treasured and beloved Grandmother had crossed the veil the month before. Back pain had me physically in a bad place. My Grandmother's departure and concern over a situation involving another loved one had left me emotionally drained. Mary was singing with a group at an interfaith event at Newberry College. I went thinking this would bring some light to my dark days.
Indeed there was light in Newberry for me. It was here that I met Mary in person, though very briefly. I also met in person Holli who has been a tremendous asset to promoting Interfaith tolerance and understanding. Holli was a friend of Mary's and I knew of her work in the Columbia area. Holli had introduced me to an interfaith women's group that met once a month.
My demanding work schedule has resulted in me not attending meetings for several years. In those few meeting I had the priveledge to attend a meeting at the local Ba'hai center. Those ladies are some of the most sincerely welcoming people I have ever met. I also met a lady named Sister Nancy. Sister Nancy is a Sister both figuratively and literally. She is a Nun in the Catholic faith. I spoke with my Mother and told her how much I enjoyed Sister Nancy's presentation on the many ways our faiths bring love and compassion. Momma was already familliar with Sister Nancy. She had been present when my Grandfather crossed the veil at the hospital where she worked almost a decade before. The connections the Goddess gives us are everywhere.
Now we are in March 2015. Mary invited me to Kirtan and suggested we ride together. During the trip we were discussing her jewelry making and I learned she was involved in the 81 Goddesses project. My jaw dropped in amazement at the connectedness. I could see the many threads that Goddess spun and attached from so long ago.
Tonight I sit and wonder, will one of us be needing the gift that Goddess gave each of us as our area of specialty and theme. Perhaps She introduced us because our skill sets are complimentary and we are meant to be mirrors that reflect those in need of our individual gifts to each other. Maybe we are just two really cool people with simillar beliefs and likes. Either way, I strongly feel the Goddess at work.
Whether you call her Grandmother Spider, Araidne, or the Fates one thing is certain, She is present and working in and through our lives for the benefit and betterment of us. Our challenge is to hear Her soft voice call. I listen as I continue along my Path......
Saturday, December 7, 2013
The Wheel of the Year prepares to turn, with it the light will return. Recent times have been dark and troubled for many who welcome the warmth and clarity of the light as it returns and grows. Tarot wisdom from Temple in the Timbers today reminds us to celebrate our gentle pleasures. These are the very sparks of life that keep us going. During dark times this spark is especially important. If you have no spark it is important to generate a spark somehow to share with those in need. By doing so you will create a ripple effect for the betterment of all who surround you. Generate and sparkle will be my personal motto as I move towards the Solstice and choose a point of focus for my individual light. As always, it will be about and centered around Love......
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
So much has happened since I last posted. I don't know where to start. I am at a complete loss for words so all I can say is "Thank You" to the Goddess. There have been Loved Ones who have crossed the veil. I thank Her for what they added to my life and hope that I was able to add to theirs in a positive way. There have been Loved Ones who have had tremendous set backs with their personal health. Tonight, Helen sits at the veil after having come through so much. Will she stay on this side with us? I thank Her for bringing Helen and Gary into my life. They are such a blessing to so many. There are Loved Ones who are in desparate need of work but can't find any. I thank Her for bringing those sweet souls into my life. They have reminded me that even though times are rough people do find a way to be kind. My BeLoved Grandmother is one of the Loved Ones who has had multiple health complications. I thank Her for allowing me to know such Love for 43 years and for tomorrow when Granny will be visiting. My body, still too much of a good thing continues to improve. The amount of space I occupy decreases yet I know my energy does not and that I am a blessing to others. I thank Her for my continued improvement and ask that I continue to be a source of comfort and happiness to others. Through out the many ups and downs my own Mother, she who birthed me has been a source of strength and compassion. I thank Her for providing me with a Mom who is gentle yet an Amazon. I am thankful. I left this rose as a token of Thanks for Blessings given and those yet to come. The next morning the first of my recent roses was open. It was the Joseph's Coat Rose, the colors almost identical to the one I left as a token of my Thanks. I took this as a sign that my words were heard and that She thinks I am on the right Path, even though at times I don't know where it is leading. In the coming days I will celebrate with my local Sisters and I will take counsel from a Sister who lives far away. I treasure them all, Sisters and not so Sisters alike. In saying Thanks, I have realized that it is truly all about the Love. The message the Goddess has for me is don't be shy about coming in, the water is still fine. My story continues.......