Thursday, April 29, 2010

Lesson 12 - Celts and Faery Wicca

Merry Meet :)))

I am submitting my Lesson 12 homework today.  A couple of days later than I wanted to but at least I have completed it :)))  I loved this lesson.  It was all about the Celts and Faery Wicca.  Two areas that I have been anxious to explore. 

Celtic Traditions: Druids, Faeries, and Wiccan RitualsI chose to read a book for this lesson as I really wanted to delve into the material further.  I chose to read Celtic Traditions: Druids, Faeries, and Wiccan Rituals.  I absolutely loved this book.  It is why I am a couple days late in submitting my homework.  I wanted to finish reading it before I turned in my homework.  My previous journal entry was about a Meditation to find your Spirit animal guides that was from the Druid section of this book.  The entire book was very interesting and very easy to read.  I loved the meditations that it included and I really do believe that it taught me a lot.

Just as I have always been drawn to Wicca, there has always been a draw for me to Celtic items and the Fae.  Both are areas I intend to be learning more about on my path.  My Wiccan journey will definitely include both areas as they are quite comforting and feel as if they are where I belong.

I was excited to obtain some knowledge of the Fae that I was able to pass to my daughter as well.  I am slowly teaching her.  She loves magick and faeries and is very eager to learn.  I had her work with me to set up a specific area of our garden for the Fae.  We planted flowers together and picked out a couple of statues we thought would appeal to them.  We work together to keep it neat and tidy, free of weeds. Also leave out fresh water for them and little cookies or cakes on occasion.  I want to get some of the flowers that were specifically mentioned in the lesson as them liking.  We are also hoping to build a little house for them in the next couple of weeks.  It is helping to motivate her to help me to clean as I explained they do not like untidy areas. ;)

All in all it was a great lesson! I can't wait to move onto the next :))))

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Celtic Traditions: Druids, Faeries, and Wiccan RitualsMerry Meet :)

I am working on Lesson 12 of my First Degree for Sacred Mists.  This lesson is is about the Celtic Tradition and Faery Wicca.   I have been drawn to both of these areas since starting my journey so am excited to be learning more about them and exploring them a bit more.  I picked up the book  Celtic Traditions: Druids, Faeries, and Wiccan Rituals to read as I'm taking the course.  I am loving it so far.

The first section of the book is about Celtic Roots and Shamanism.  I finished up this section with a meditation to find my totem animals last night. Some of the animals common to the Celts were: wolf, cat, dog, fox, rabbit, mouse, dragon, crane, seal, salmon, bear, deer, swan, owl, squirrel, falcon, crow, raven, otter, dog, eagle, boar, horse and the cow.  The purpose of the meditation was to find our spirit animals of the North, South, East and West.  I must admit I was a bit skeptical when I started because I wasn't sure that I was going to have an animal appear, let alone one for each direction.

The meditation started with focusing on a candle to relax my mind and get ready for my journey.  It then took me on a journey into a beautiful forest.  Within this forest was a natural clearing surrounded by various trees, ferns, wildflowers, and quartz rocks. A large oak tree was in the Northern point of the clearing.   Within this oak tree on a branch of the tree was a natural altar with several magickal tools.  It contained a wooden bowl filled with earth, a crystal-tipped wand, a golden sword covered with jewels, and an earth-colored stonewear chalice filled with water.

I began my sacred spirit animal journey by drawing a sacred circle of light around the clearing in the forest.  I then called upon Kerridwen and Kernunnos to assist me with my journey.    Next was to call upon my spirit animals of the four corners.  These animals are my totems, or guardians.

I began with the North, and the element earth, calling upon the my spirit animal of the North to reveal itself.    I was excited when it actually worked! :) From out of the forest came the most beautiful white wolf I have ever seen.  I was immediately at ease once I saw her.  She was solid white and had the most beautiful glistening soft fur I have ever seen.

Her eyes were very dark, they seemed to be blue but were so dark in color they were almost black.  As I looked into them I immediately felt comforted and knew that my experience was indeed working well.  I have been drawn to the white wolf quite a bit over the last year and she has appeared to me in dreams and in the cards, slowly making her presence known to me.  So this was a wonderful confirmation that she was indeed one of my spirit animal guides.  I spent a few minutes in my meditation with her attempting to get to know her better and learn more about her.  I then thanked her for being my spirit animal of the North and prepared to move on to the East.

"The wolf is sometimes considered a symbol of solitariness.  However, the wolf is a very social creature.  The wolf interacts with it's pack with a high degree of cooperation and nourishing behavior.  A powerful symbol of ability and strength, if a wolf comes into your life, know that you are capable of overcoming whatever challenge is in your path.   Through keen awareness and quick powerful reaction, deal with obstacles with extreme confidence right now.  If any doubt comes into your life, call upon the image of the wolf for reassurance and courage." (taken from totem animals iphone application)

The next spirit animal guide for me to call on was the East, and powers of the Air.  I prepared myself and waited patiently to see if I would get a response.  Slowly I noticed a bird flying in from the distance.  It was a hawk! :) I could not have been more excited.  She flew in slowly and gracefully and was the most beautiful hawk I have ever seen.  She was a beautiful snowy white, and the tips of her wings were this brownish gray color that was just beautiful and comforting somehow.  She had these golden brown eyes that just sparkled when I looked into them.  I immediately felt at home realizing this was yet another animal that I felt had been with me for some time.  I have seen signs of her being with me several times over the past year.  I have a couple that actually frequent my back yard.  More brown in color than my guide but I am always in awe when I see them.  I spent a few minutes getting to know her better and trying to shift into her to be able to soar freely for a moment and experience what it felt like to be her.  The hawk is also one of the symbols of Isis, who I feel has been with me over the majority of my spiritual journey.  So again my animal spirit guide affirmed what I had been believing.

"The hawk is a very powerful totem animal.  It represents power, but also loyalty and comradeship.  When the hawk enters your life, it is time to examine the friendship you offer others.  Can you be a better friend? Are you letting a friendship wane that should be maintained? Also, the hawk may announce an oncoming new friendship of great importance."  (Totem Animals, Iphone Application)

The next spirit animal I called upon was my guide of the South and the powers of Fire.  I waited patiently to see what animal would greet me this time.  I was a little surprised when the sweetest softest white bunny I have ever seen came slowly sniffing and hopping out of  the forest towards me.  I was surprised that she appeared for the powers of fire, but perhaps there is a connection between the bunny and this element that I am not aware of.  This is the animal that appeared to me though.  And again I felt right at ease and immediately comforted as she came closer to me.  she had beautiful eyes that twinkled in the light of the sun.  They had the bluest blue I've ever seen on an eye surrounding the black center.  She snuggled up upon my lap and was sooooo soft to the touch I was content sitting there petting her.  Her presence made me feel almost like a child again.  She was quite small.  After sitting with her for a few minutes I followed her around a bit and attempted to shape shift.  I found myself noticing flowers in a way I had not noticed them before.  The brilliant colors of them and the dewdrops that I would probably not normally notice formed in the center of them.  I also saw patches of clover and loved the sweet smell that they gave off.  It was quite an amazing comforting experience for me.  Again it was an animal that just felt right to me. :)

"The rabbit has long been considered a sign of luck and and sexuality.  When the rabbit enters your life, one way or another, expect to get lucky.  This could come in the form of sexuality, money, emotional currency. etc." (Totem Animals, Iphone Application)

After my experience with the bunny. I readied myself for my final totem animal guide.  I called upon my spirit animal guide of the West and the powers of water. I must admit being this was a water animal I half expected a dolphin since I have always loved them or a seal to show up. I was also curious how this was going to work being I was in a forest.  As I waited the scene slowly shifted to one of the ocean.  It was perfect temperature, turquoise calm water, like what you would find in the Caribbean.  I marveled for a moment just relaxing and enjoying the tepid water. 

As I sat there I started noticing a very large shadow moving towards me.  As it came closer I realized it was a killer whale! One that I was familiar with from going to the aquariums. :)  I was a bit surprised that it was not a dolphin but all of a sudden it just felt right and seemed to make sense to me. I was immediately at ease even though she was absolutely enormous next to me.  She was mostly the glistening black but had the gleaming white belly and I just was amazed by her absolute beauty and friendliness.  I spent some time getting to know her.  Her skin was amazingly smooth, silky and cool to the touch.  Upon looking in her eyes I immediately felt the urge to giggle and realized she wanted to play.  I spent some time swimming with her and just enjoying myself.  Once again it was an amazing experience.

"The killerwhale has been venerated in myth and culture by the tribal people of Siberia.  They consider the wolf and Killerwhale to be the same animal which shapeshifts.  They believe this animal brings them good luck, especially in the hunt.  When the killerwhale comes into your life, expect help from friends soon.  Most importantly, make yourself open to this help.  Don't let your pride and independence prevent you from receiving some very valuable help at this time." (Totem Guides, Iphone Application)

After I completed the meditation I sat in awe for several moments and tried to absorb everything that just had happened.  It was my first experience working with animals and exploring shapeshifting.  I definately loved it and was amazed how comfortable and well it worked on my first attempt.  Since this was something I had not been exposed to previously I honestly expected to struggle with it. I have worked with the totem guide deck on my iphone application for almost a year now.  I downloaded it last year when I kept seeing animals that I thought seemed out of place and though they may be a sign, like a hawk sitting on a wire that goes over a highway. :) lol  It is definately a journey that I will take again to try to get to know all 4 of my spirit animal guides better.  One thing I find rather ironic is that in my signature tag if you look closely I have both a hawk, and a wolf in the background.

Love and Blessings,

Jasmeine Moonsong

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Merry Meet :)

Today I was criticized for the first time in a long time about being Wiccan by someone very close to me. I was told that I have no religion. This honestly floored me being that this person is someone that I thought was starting to have a pretty good understanding of who I am and what I believe in and was being supportive. I don't ask that people believe in what I believe but I ask that they respect my beliefs and if possible keep an open mind.

I tossed about writing this entry because I don't want to project any negative emotions. However it's been running through my mind for the last few hours now and I felt maybe if I wrote it out it would get rid of it a bit. My issue with this is once again the person that I was criticized by was someone who is Protestant. This is what I was before I converted to Wiccan. The thing I find most disturbing is that I am accused of having no religion when in fact I am very religious and very spiritual. I am just more tolerant of all religions and do not believe that people are condemned if they are one religion or another.

I find all of the religions fascinating honestly. When you begin to study all of them you start finding similarities between all of them. We all believe in a lot of the same things and people. Yes they may have different names or be called something different. The biggest thing is that we all believe in doing good in this world. "An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will" I live by this to the best of my ability. I believe that everyone should be spiritual. I am not going to out and recruit people and enforce this but I truly believe that spirituality helps to empower a person.

I just find it curious why in this life I have so many people who want to change me into who they want me to be rather than celebrating who I am. I have lived my life up until 2 years ago trying so hard to please people around me and be who they want me to be. The last 2 years I have spent developing who I am and learning to say No, and stand firm in who I am. I just wish the world was a bit more tolerant of it.

As for my children, they are being raised spiritually. They are being taught to love life and to treat people how they would want to be treated. They are being taught to love the earth and to be one with nature. In such a technological world the fact that I have two children who prefer to be outdoors I think speaks volumes in how they are being raised. As for what religion they choose to be that is their choice. They are being exposed to both Wicca and the Protestant religion right now. I continue to celebrate the holidays that are important to my family. I don't teach them anything negative about the Christian religion. It is their choice which path they will choose to walk. I would not consider my children without a religion.

I'm sure many more of you have been in this situation before, which is another reason I have chosen to put it out there. ;) I believe it's important to keep an open mind as you live your life and not jump to judge those who may be different. They may not be as different as you may think.

Love and Blessings,

Jasmeine Moonsong

Monday, April 5, 2010

Working Outside

I am so blessed to be a work at home mom.  This afternoon I have been outside working since about noontime.  I have my laptop setup on my table on my deck.  While I get my work done I'm watching my little one run around in the play area I have setup for him next to my deck.  He is all set up with a swingset, sand & water table, sandbox, pirate water play table.  My son loves being outside so he's been playing and singing for the last few hours. 

I am quite content.  It is amazing to see my child so happy.  It is also such a blessing to be able to get my work done while the sun beats down on my shoulders and a cool breeze blows by me.   The view in my backyard is amazing.  I have a field behind my house that when the sun comes up in the morning I can sometimes catch a glimpse of a fox or deer going across the field.  We are surrounded by bunnies They are so cute scampering across the field and my yard.  I also have a birdfeeder set up at the edge of my deck.  I love watching the birds come and go to gather food.

I am soooo excited that the warm weather is here early this year.  I am such an outdoor girl.  I love being outside barefoot in the fresh air and sunshine.  I am especially grateful that my children are the same.

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