#100daysofritual

I’ll admit, I love a good hashtag (yes, back in the day it was a pound sign!). There’s something humorous about squishing words and statements together to make a point… if to humor no one else but yourself!

Today is the Autumnal Equinox, also known as Mabon, where day and night are equal, the sign of the Second Harvest, and we reap what we have sown. We hear so much about balance and gratitude during this season, and for good reason: it’s an invitation to acknowledge and honor what we truly have.

At Mabon I take time to journal about gratitude, taking a full page (or more) to just be present with my bounty. Today I took time to sit with the Earth, barefoot upon the ground, which had an interesting rhythm of dry and lush grass. We are so desperate for rain in New England. I chanted upon the ground, allowing the soles of my feet to flow the energy I was generating into Mother Earth and my offering for Her bounty. I spoke to Her of gratitude and was present with another turn of the Wheel. Here we are again, approaching my favorite time of year. While the Sun felt in opposition to the crispness of what this season brings, I know it won’t be long until apple cider makes its way into my fridge, mmm!

I wanted to honor this season as well as generate shift for what I am working towards in the coming year. And because I love hashtags, I thought it would be fun to work through a visual hashtagging of documenting 100 Days of Ritual. What does this look like?

  • Being present in the every day.
  • Looking for magick in the every day.
  • Recognize that ritual consists of more than casting circles and sitting before your altar: it’s in the magick you create daily. This isn’t to take away value from circles, because they are phenomenal. This is a shift in perspective to create a dynamic shift.
  • Taking pictures of these moments, shifting mental perspective by introducing more visual stimulation of what you want to see. (We’ll be flooded with plenty of memes about everyone’s political opinions well into the election — why not create what you want to see?)
  • Honoring that your definition of “ritual” is what is magickal, heart-warming, and spiritually medicinal to you.

I’m choosing today, the Equinox, to start as 100 days from now it will be December 30th. It gives me the next day to proceed with reflection of what these 100 days brought while allowing me time for my personal New Year’s Eve practice. It will also offer me the opportunity to create, as the artist of my life, how I wish to complete this calendar year, and I want it to be FUN!

What might my 100 days look like? Probably…

  • My Goddess statues that I’m working with.
  • Fun farm foods (seriously, last year I got a potato in the shape of a heart, how cool is that?!)
  • Whatever I’m knitting or crocheting. Yarn is always cast on something in this house.
  • My daughter (aka my Pumpkin ), because she’s awesome.
  • Hopefully adult libations because I do appreciate a great pomegranate martini!
  • And anything that becomes my ritual for that day.

Want to follow along? I’ll be posting on Instagram, my Facebook page, and Twitter. Want to join? Create ritual, get snapping, and then hashtag #100daysofritual! Remember to be present and love the mindfulness of your ritual, however it manifests for you.

Abundance Comes In Three’s

Everything comes in three’s is the belief many of us have, and even the experience to back it up. We have beautiful moments that come in three’s, and even hardship that arrives threefold that sometimes feel denser than the lovely experiences we may have just had. Our good friend Awareness reminds us to pay attention to the cycles of life and how we respond to those cycles.

Lammas has arrived, the First Harvest, the time of grain and celebrating the abundance we are taking into our hearts and homes. We begin the first signs of Fall, giving way to Summer’s end and preparing for what the darker half of the year will bestow upon us. It’s certainly a great time for introspection, to curl up with the bounty of our harvest and share that bounty with our tribe.

Everything is abundant and thriving, if only we take time to see, acknowledge, and hold gratitude for it. I’m a true believer in abundance everywhere — how we view that abundance and how we label it determines our current path. We either have an abundance of beauty or we have an abundance of struggle. We can certainly teeter between both pleasure and suffering, though with honest reflection I think tend to find that many of our scales are not as balanced as we might think.

I don’t know about you, but the second half of the year for me is always filled with various events or social gatherings or family celebrations. It’s a wonderful time that recharges my heart chakra, and it’s a reminder to sink into the abundance of what I have and not drink from the fountain of lack.

Don’t we all have some kind of lack story or scarcity mentality that lives all cozied up like a hobbit in our minds? Perhaps even burrowing into the belly and poking us with fear and stories of “not enough”? I know I have them. My lack hobbits are more like slimy gremlins that have tendencies to throw wild parties that quickly get out of control (I blame my 80s obsession here). It happens. They stir up a mess, though the beauty is that they uncover a hidden component that asks for healing and nourishment. In this case, I sometimes don’t mind the gremlins… sometimes… I mean… they are rather slimy, but their maniacal laugh does amuse me now and again.

My belief is that if we can honor the Harvest season with what we do have instead of worrying or clinging to what we don’t have, then we are better equipped to nourish ourselves instead of withhold from our psyches. This is why for the next three Women’s Circles I am focusing on the ABUNDANCE of the Harvest with three rituals for the Three Harvests. While there is benefit in cycling through all three, women must trust what feels appropriate for them.

In these rituals we will be focusing on:

  • Synergy Of Prosperity: Knowing ourselves and understanding the world (our world) relative to mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual prosperity. We’ll be working with the beautiful Quartz Crystal or other stone found in nature during this ritual.
  • Mala Manifestation: Working with the art of manifestation as the natural wisdom from the Divine Feminine Principles — that which is inherent in our Blood Mysteries. We will be working with a 40 day practice immediately following the ritual with our sacred malas. You may even feel called to create one specific for this working!
  • Moon Magick: Our final abundance ritual culminating with the divinatory art of tuning into the rhythms of the Lunar energies and aligning with our Sacred Muse — She Who Inspires.

I’m looking forward to this journey of claiming, gathering, supporting, nourishing, (all the magificent “ing’s”!) and deepening the bonds of gratitude for that which is bestowed upon me and my sisters.

What are you gathering this Harvest? May it be bountiful, and may it sustain you deep into your roots, centering you in limitless grace.

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Wise Wombyn Rising

Over the course of the past year I have been both beginning and ending things in my life. I believe in the notion that when you are complete with something it is time to lovingly set it free, opening oneself up to more possibility, more opportunity. Sometimes we must be willing to let something go to make room for that new thing, that new potentiality that is awaiting us. I spent the second half of 2015 remaining open while I continued to empty and purge. I was ready for change, and for me that change meant completely diving into M.E. = My Experience.

I always come back to the wisdom of my favorite poet, Mary Oliver:

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”
-excerpt from The Summer Day, by Mary Oliver

I reflect on this often, this wildly precious existence that is both never-ending and impermanent. I think it’s natural for us to drift in the dreamscape of what was, wondering what we have done up until this point. Oftentimes this can be met with judgment, whether the existence or the choices we have made up until this point has been “good” (or helpful as I like to view it) or “bad” (or not in alignment)… and, if you’re anything like me, sometimes one area of judgment (or perception) can be stickier than the other, leaving me momentarily frozen in time as the ever mindful observer.

When that eventually bypasses (and it always does), I come back to the wonder, to this natural moment of awareness and ask myself what I am planning to do with my one wild and precious life… and the answer is always present, yet I may not always be in the same time zone.

What appears so clearly in my minds eye, spiraling around me as obvious wisps of wisdom?

Rising.

I’m meant to take my one wild and precious life and RISE.

It’s about reaching total potentiality. Not pausing in the wake of doubt or fear; relinquishing control that guilt or shame may have and inviting it to tea, befriending ourselves, meeting our spirits exactly where we are at, and taking that momentum forward to our complete alignment in harmony with All that is: the Universe, the Multi-verse, the Yoni-verse… simply ALL.

I’ve been asked over the years when I would offer “my” work. My work — the road that I so passionately walk myself, sometimes joined by others, sometimes traveling solitary as I engage my surroundings. I’ve put it off for a number of reasons, some seemingly more convincing than others, and the “timing” never felt correct.

Time is a funny thing. Last year I experienced both the joys and the sorrows of time. I delighted in celebrating my inner child’s curiosity of living in 2015 — the same time-frame as Marty McFly (I am a huge “Back to the Future” dork with lots of love of everything 80s)… I remember being a child and listening to Prince’s “1999” and thinking that it was this far-off place that only existed in his creative mind. Marty McFly journeying to the future when I was a mere child in the 80s? Inspiring! And completing out of any scope of understanding that I could rationally wrap my head around. And yet… here we were, just a few months ago. I’ll admit to signing everything that day with “Happy Back to the Future Day!” which prompted a lot of conversation met with child-like wonder and enthusiasm.

I experienced sorrow in the way of family health crisis, and an inevitable loss to one of those health diagnosis, inviting a new ancestor into our family. Every loss, every change, every death brings an opportunity of reflection, while also processing through a myriad of emotions that sail through a mixed wave of response. What always arrive on that sail is time. Not just in the form of what was, but in the awakening of what will be.

What have I done with my time? And what will I choose to do with it now?

Rise.

I know I’m not alone in this. We’re all here stepping into, embodying, and enacting our Great Work — this larger than linear-time expression of our Purpose: why are we here, and what exactly is the legacy we hope to leave behind? That may be a bit much for some to look at in-depth at this moment, yet it’s presently holding space in our atmosphere. What will we choose?

So much of my Great Work has been working with women. Creating the safe and sacred container for us to explore, rise, and ultimately heal with the support of other sacred sisters who are looking to do the same. We teach one another, and we learn from one another. This is the traditional way of women. I want to return to that space; the space where we’re supporting one another rather than attempting to one-up each other; I want to return to the space where we can honor, acknowledge, and express our emotions while remaining strong and empowered, instead of being seen as weak or emotional; I want to return to the space of spiritually awakening and partnering with the Universe instead of stepping too far into the cave of fear and doubt, preventing balance and harmony. I want to return to this space with other women and build the tribe of transformative work.

This is where Wise Wombyn Rising was built: from a call to action for women to rise up and step fully in their power. If this is YOU, if you feel called to journey on this road to self-healing, self-discovery, and self-empowerment, then join me in this 9-month rebirthing process. Open, expand, and awaken unto yourself, in solidarity and sacredness.

This journey begins on May 15th. For more information about this apprenticeship please visit the Wise Wombyn Rising page. To apply for this intensive please click here.

Take those first steps back home to yourself…

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