Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Officially a Pristess of the Mists :)

Merry Meet :)))))

I've received word that I officially passed my First Degree exam with Sacred Mists. :))) Something I am quite proud of for sure.  Nothing was more satisfying then receiving that confirmation email and changing my signature tag at the Mists to read Priestess of the Mists. :))))  I am currently awaiting access to begin working on my second degree with them as I intend to continue on with my studies.

The day after I received my email I had an unplanned celebration. I went for a drive with the family and wound up going to Salem! :) It felt soooo good to be back there.  I've not been there in years and it was the first time I was able to go since choosing to follow the path officially.  It was unplanned and I only had a few hours so we didn't have an agenda of any sorts.  Once getting into town we were sort of lost but found the most perfect parking right in front of the Derby Wharf.  We actually spent a few hours right there! lol :) I felt right at home.  Even though it was freezing I walked with the kids down to the lighthouse at the end of the pier.  We went down a boat ramp on the side of the pier and spent a lot of time on the little beach there under the original pier collecting seashells and seaglass and bits of broken pottery.  The wooden boards of the old pier underneath provided shelter from the wind that day.  It's impossible to describe how at peace I was there.  :))))  I can't wait to go back though.

Of course no trip to Salem would be complete without a visit to one of the many Witch shops there.  I couldn't believe how many there were right on the block next to the pier! If you could have seen my face when I rounded the corner and saw Laurie Cabot's shop, The Official Witch Shop of Salem, it would have made you smile.  I couldn't believe the luck I had that day! I could not have planned it out better if I had tried.  I went into several of the shops.  It was just the perfect way to celebrate my degree. 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Final Exam to Become a Priestess with Sacred Mists Submitted! :))))))

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So it has taken me a little bit to finish my final exam for my Priestess Degree.  It can be a bit of a challenge to find quiet free time with 2 little ones running about.  However it was about more then that as well.  I took longer then the year and a day allowed for the first degree.  There were lessons that I wound up spending additional time with to ensure that I was completely comfortable with the material as well as the lessons that I was learning about myself.

I actually think a huge part of the learning with my degree lay within one of the four prices of freedom that we believe.  The fourth one states "4.  A willingness to face the most frightening of all beings, one’s own self:  No one is perfect.  To be able to see the world clearly we must be willing to see ourselves clearly.  To acknowledge where our darkness lies and acknowledge what makes us who we are."  In order for me to be able to submit my final exam I had to come to terms with this first.  It has been a long journey but I am there. :) I will continue to work on this and everything else as well. 

As I was finishing my final exam, we had to submit three 500 word essays of Sabbats that we had attended.  Funny enough the main essay I was looking for, the essay for my first Sabbat, Samhain in 2008 was missing.  Whyyyyyyy, I have no idea.  So I was presented with two options, either write it on the Samhain I just attended or choose to write it on that one.  I remember that Sabbat, my first one as clear as it was yesterday, so I chose to do that.  I thought it would be fitting to share the essay for that Sabbat here. ;) You'll see why once you read it. :))))) And with this I finish my final exam!!!

Whooooooooooo hooooooooooo! *does the happy dance* lol :))))

Samhain 2008

Samhain 2008 was the first Sabbat that I had ever attended, and it is one that I will never forget.  It’s funny I looked everywhere for the essay that I wrote for this Sabbat and it has gone missing.  I do believe everything happens for a reason though and I find it rather fitting that I write an essay about this ritual for my final exam. J

I remember sitting down to my computer a pure bundle of nerves not knowing what to expect and knowing that my Wiccan future in essence depended on how comfortable I felt during this Sabbat.   I was hoping I would be as comfortable during the ritual as I had been made to feel in my new home at the Mists and that hope was not only met but solidified my Wiccan path. 

Triple Sidh wrote the meditation for that night and it was my first experience with a guided meditation as well.  I had made sure that everything was prepared to have the house nice and quiet and I relaxed watching the meditation unfold in front of me.  She started us out at a dead end street just before sunset.  She began to describe childhood memories of trick or treating and I instantly relaxed with the images of  jack-o-lanterns and black cats from my past.   She then began leading us into the forest in front of us.  “You know that tonight, this is the place that you need to be” she said.  How true those word would ring for me as I look back upon this Sabbat today.  She started our walk through the woods and stopped under a large Oak tree. 

“When you reach the Oak, you feel a presence. This presence is very familiar to you and you feel at peace. This is what you have been waiting for.”  At this moment tears just started to stream from my eyes as they are right now remembering this moment.  My grandfather was there.  Crystal clear. Standing in front of me.  I could see him, I could feel him, I felt his strong embrace and just basked in the knowledge and pure overwhelming emotion of his pillar of strength in front of me.  A door had been swung open for me.  I had not seen my grandfather since the day he took his last breath and I told him how much I loved him in the hospital. 

What an amazing gift.  One of the most emotional moments of my life as I realized that even though someone had left the physical realm they were still accessible.  My entire life I had been in fear of death and had been searching for answers, confirmation that yes indeed life went on and here he was standing in front of me.  I can still feel him around me to this day and am quite happy to have him help to guide me.  It also opened the door for me to be able to feel others who have crossed. 

That night, that moment,  changed my life in so many ways.   So yes I find it a little ironic that my essay I’m quite sure I wrote has gone missing and I was to rewrite it for you today.  As write the final sentence for my final degree I think it’s quite symbolic that it is of the moment that solidified my journey on my Wiccan path.

Monday, November 15, 2010

To Be A Witch

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I'm working on my final exam for my Priestess degree and going back through all my lessons. This was in one of them and I wanted to share it. :))

To Be A Witch  - Anonymous

To be a witch is to love and be loved.
To be a witch is to know everything, and nothing at all.
To be a witch is to change the world around you and yourself.
To be a witch is to share and give, while receiving all the while.
To be a witch is to dance and sing, and hold hands with the universe.
To be a witch is to honor the gods, and yourself.
To be a witch it to BE magick, not just perform it.
To be a witch is to be honorable, or nothing at all.
To be a witch is to accept others who are not.
To be a witch is to know what you feel is right and good.
To be a witch is to harm none.
To be a witch is to know the ways of the old.
To be a witch is to see beyond the barriers.
To be a witch is to follow the moon.
To be a witch is to be one with the gods.
To be a witch is to study and to learn.
To be a witch is to be the teacher and the student.
To be a witch is to acknowledge the truth.
To be a witch is to live with the Earth, not just in it.
To be a witch is to be truly free!

Staying Grounded During the Holidays

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As some of you may know, I am a facilitator for the Empath class and support area at Sacred Mists.  One of my sisters from the Mists shared this article and I thought it was wonderful and wanted to share it here. ;) As empaths Christmas time can definitely be a tough time of year.  Hopefully this article may help some of you a bit. :) 
Staying Grounded During the Holidays
This can sometimes be a challenging time of the year for empaths and those with sensitive nervous systems. The holiday hustle and bustle can sometimes conspire against the creation of tranquility and peace. Finding peace and quiet is an especially intentional act this time of year. And in order to remain centered and peaceful when others are not, we must be grounded.

One of the biggest myths is that we can turn our sensitivity off. Attempting to do so results in chakras closing, losing touch with our body, and becoming ungrounded. And when we are not grounded, we pick up extra psychic and astral "debris" that clogs our energy field.

The good news is that we can choose to remain energetically open and therefore vibrant if we are grounded.

Here are some simple tips to remain grounded and move through this season with fluidity:

1) Before holiday activities, psychically connect yourself with the energy of the Earth. An easy way to do this is to breathe Earth energy into your bellybutton for 10-12 seconds on the inhale. Use your creativity and imagination to make this process vibrant, imagining Earth energy as having color, sound, and even a smell. Then, on the exhale, breathe slowly for 10-12 seconds and imagine that you are letting go of anything that doesn't serve your highest good. Use this consciously during stressful moments or social interactions.

2) Another good way to ground is to simply place your consciousness in your feet. With each slow step you take, simply feeling the movement and placement of the feet will automatically ground you.

3) Moving your body in some form of physical exercise is crucial for empaths & highly sensitive people, especially during the winter months. Doing so will create additional energy reserves that tend to get depleted when the sun isn't there as much to replenish them. (Did you know that exposure to the Sun cleans your energy field? When we don't experience as much sun, we can get clogged with stray energy "debris").

4) Clean your house. Making your living area an orderly place of "sacred space" will inevitably create more order and sacred space inside your mind and in your life. So get the vaccuum and you might be surprised how much better you feel.

5) HUM! This simple act of chanting, toning, or humming will clear your throat chakra. Try it right now for 20-30 seconds. It helps, right? When the throat chakra is cleared and open, it helps all the other chakras, and your entire body and mind, as well!

By Dr. Michael R. Smith

In addition, I have a few suggestions that may help as well. :)

 - Do as much shopping as you can online, or do your best to go during "off-peak" times.  We all know how overwhelming it can be just to go into a store.  Try to avoid the Christmas time crowds as much as you can.

 - Tis the season for aromatherapy! :))) There are sooo many wonderful scents that go along with Yule.  Take advantage of having a real tree in your house if you can.  Having a little bit of the outdoors in your living room will help. ;) Bake some holiday cookies! :)

 - Decorate your house for Yule.  Sometimes the simplest things can help.  Seeing holiday items that you love around you, stringing some lights to add a twinkle to your evenings and days for that matter. :) Give it a try!

 - He emphasized to stay physical during this time of year.  I can't emphasize enough how far a little bit of fresh air can go.  Take a step outside in the moonlight at night and look up at the moon and the twinkling stars.  Even if it's just for a minute. Take a deep breath and tell yourself how strong you are. 

- Music is another thing to help during this season.  Find a nice station that will help set a relaxing mood.  I listen to the Winter Solstice channel on AOL radio.  It's funny how quickly just putting on that station will calm my 3 year old son down as well. 

Would love to hear any other suggestions you have for how to help handle the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. :)))

Love and Blessings to all of you. 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Response To A Comment on Love :)

Merry Meet :))

A few days ago I wrote a post called Life Lesson - Love.  In a nutshell I wrote that I believed that my life "quest" if you will was to learn to love properly.  I also thought I am probably not alone in this quest.  To that post I received this well thought out response that I've quite honestly been reading for days trying to come up with a educated witty response to.  It was written by someone who I am proud to have said was a best friend to me in my life.  Someone with a true heart who has clearly accomplished the lesson that I have set out to learn. ;) She is also one heck of a write.  So while I am unable to come up with a perfect response I am hoping this will do ;)  Her comment I thought was well worth sharing with everyone as she says it better then I ever could.  I would like to say I agree :))))) and thank you Shannon. :)))))) Huge Hugs.    Here is her response:

"Interesting post. It's inspired a lot of thoughts from me because I'm not really sure I agree with you. LOL

Why I say this is, I think you're setting yourself up for an impossible task. To define, comprehend and categorize each different love, its levels and which is appropriate for each relationship in your life - seems daunting. I'm not sure there's a soul on this planet who can do that. Or should.

I know, for a fact, you know how to love. You see with your heart, you are incredibly empathetic. You have children.

Those three qualities show, beyond a shawdow of a doubt, that you know how to love. Love fully. Love unconditionally. Love from the inside out.

I think you touched on the thing that probably truly holds you back. I think I've said this to you before, so it may sound familiar.

As you said, you need to learn how to love yourself. You need to embrace your "imperfection", forgive your peccadilloes and understand your idiosyncrasies.

I believe you need to be able to remove everyone else from your life and find contentment. Better yet - bone fide happiness. You need to be able to look at yourself - from the inside out - and truly believe you are the best you can be. Love yourself.

Until then, I think it's damn near impossible to allow someone else to love you. REALLY love you. Because until you sincerely believe in self worth - you'll spend your whole life trying to please other people or fit into these pre-defined roles that our ideological society has created.

When I say "You need" - it's general terms. more like "One needs..." I believe this applies to everyone.

In short, I could be way off base. You could disagree entirely. But from what I know about you - the last thing you "need" to do is learn to love. You've got that in folds. Stop looking for whats missing and you'll be able to see all the great that already exists. Once you do that, these dark clouds of uncertainty will disperse, leave you weightless and provide clarity.

Life will never be perfect. It'll likely never make sense either. But to me? That's the beauty of it =)"

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Midnight Garden :)

Got creative again tonight :)))

Winter Solstice Music


Merry Meet :))))

So I have found myself getting in the mood for Yule a bit early this year. :) It started yesterday when my Mom told me she had started playing Christmas music in the house.  She always started this right after Halloween.  I just took down all the Samhain decorations the other day. :))  After getting off the phone with her I decided to put on some Christmas tunes as well.  Next thing I knew I was stringing the multi-color lights across my kitchen.  It's amazing how much music and some lights can alter ones mood.  :)))

In any event some of you know I'm a bit fan of the New Age channels on AOL Radio.  So I got to browsing them this morning to find a Christmas one to put on and I found a Winter Solstice one :)))))) I'm soooo excited.  I've had it on a little while now and sooooooo relaxing. :)  AOL radio is free so for any of you that may be in the mood here is a link you can grab it from. http://www.aolradioblog.com/2009/12/21/winter-solstice-station-spotlight/

If anyone else knows of some places for Winter Solstice or Yule music I'd love to know. :)))

Love and Blessings,

Jasmeine Moonsong

Monday, November 8, 2010

History Channel Reveals "The Real Story of Christmas"

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So I try to keep an open mind when I read the news, and have lots of patience for things that the media loves to misrepresent.  I was a bit irritated when I read this excerpt tonight,

"What better way to gain a better appreciation for the true spirit of Christmas than by learning a little bit more about the holiday’s roots? Later this month, History has a special set to run called The Real Story of Christmas.
The hour-long special will entertain and educate us on some of the customs we’ve come to hold so dear… like a bit of rowdy, rock-throwing caroling! 
Check out History’s description for the special below. It actually sounds pretty interesting.

“As THE REAL STORY OF CHRISTMAS shows, many of our seemingly innocent customs evolved from strange, surprising or even disturbing beginnings. With its roots in the Pagan celebration of the winter solstice, early Christmas was both a day of prayer and festival of drunken revelry. Rowdy medieval carolers begged for food and drink, threatening to throw rocks through the window of those who refuse. Christmas was actually banned for years in America during the 16th and 17th centuries. And the Santa of old world legend was accompanied not by elves but by a devil named Krampus who beat and kidnapped naughty children.”

I am getting use to the pagans and wiccans, our history and culture being misrepresented in the media by those who don't take the time to research or understand.   I was really really disappointed when I read this as it is being featured on the History Channel.  Ok, yes I'm a bit of a nerd :)) I absolutely love the History Chanel and Discovery Chanel.  I was excited when I first read it was being done by them, thinking it would be a nice documentary about the origins of Christmas and the fact that it was celebrated as Yule in Europe well before anyone had even heard of Christianity.   I was floored to say the least of the description above.  I would have expected better from the History Channel. Maybe it is just a tactic to get more people to watch? I'm not sure. I,  for one am disappointed. 

You can see the original article in it's entirety here:  http://www.cinemablend.com/television/History-Reveals-Real-Story-Christmas-28050.html

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Life Lesson - Love

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So I've been doing a lot of soul searching lately.  It has actually crossed my mind several times that in order to finish this final exam for my Priestess degree not only am I getting the written version but the life version as well as the things being thrown at me the past few weeks have been unreal and made me question pretty much my entire life.  Somehow I know that when I sort it all out I will be much stronger for it though.  A similar thing happened to me when I received my initial Reiki attunement but this time it seems much stronger.

It is my belief that we all come back here to learn a lesson in life before we go back to the other side.  For the past few years I've been actively wondering what mine was.  Was it to learn how to be a better healer, learn to work as a medium perhaps, maybe I'm to be a guide for others to help them find their way.  I've meditated on it, asked my guides for answers and pondered it endlessly.  But never so much as I have in the past few weeks.  Since receiving my final written exam to become a Priestess it's been thrown in front of my face nonstop.  Ok you can tell me now, is this suppose to happen? *looks around* :))) lol  Part of my exam yes? lol :))

In any event I do believe I have my answer for why I'm here and what I'm to learn and the fact of the matter is it's so simplistic it's beyond complex.  If you can follow that.  I need to learn how to love.  Scary thought eh? Something that is suppose to be so natural so simple, has been anything but for me in this life.  Funny too I don't believe I'm alone in this life quest. 

As an empath I feel so many emotions from people, animals, surrounding etc so how can it be that I have one of the most important emotions in life so muddled up.  There are so many different levels and types of love out there if you get right down to it, it can make your head spin trying to define them all. I know if I could work it out properly I would relax and be a much better person as well.

Not only do you need to know all the different types of love but you need to know how to handle each one appropriately.  Sometimes I wish I had a crystal ball that could give me all the answers in how to handle each relationship, but I rely on my intuition working to sort out how to be in each relationship.  I do know one thing that I feel as if I am still walking alone.  I am still learning to love self so that I may love others the way I should.  I was told that you can't have that perfect lifelong match with another person until you can learn to effectively love yourself.  I know I have come a long way but I still have so much farther to go on my journey. 

I need to learn how to love..........

Love and Blessings ;)

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