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snow day 004

We are in the dark season that is slowly, very slowly turning to light. Even though my new magickal cottage is in Southern California, the seasons are noticable. In Texas when it snowed the world was suddenly muffled in a silent sea of the white stuff. People felt as thought they needed to hibernate into their warmly lit nests and pray there was no power outage. I have quickly gotten spoiled back in California. The freezing winds we have had the past few days have made me resentful at not being able to comfortably work outside. I should count my blessings!

With the family gatherings and celebrations I have become aware of something this year that should have been obvious to me before. Every year at this time amidst all the “yuletide cheer” I always am suddenly overcome with a feeling of what I call “sentimentality” or “nostalgia”. I will feel this wave come over me and I get a sense of both love and longing. For years I would be confused by these feelings which usually turned to depression. I think I now understand what may be causing these feelings in me. Sure, shorter daylight hours may be to blame, but I think it could have something to do with the time of year when we turn inward and are able to hear and see across the veil more clearly.

Samhain or All Hallows Eve is a time of the thinning of the veil where we can more clearly communicate with those who have crossed over. I have noticed, however, that the whole winter season up until the warmer weather just past Beltaine, we are more in touch with “the ancestors” and the spirit world. It makes sense when you think about it.  During the dark, cold times we are turned inward and are quiet enough to hear the voices and feel the presence of those in spirit. When I was growing up, the holidays were a time of joy and closeness for my family. This year when I felt that wave of emotion come over me I suddenly knew it was the presence of my dad and grandmother that I was sensing. I was feeling their love. It’s almost like on the other side they are aware that we are doing some celebrating and that the family will be gathered together and they want to join in and send us their love.  And, yes, I know, some of you are going to think this sounds pretty sappy. Oh, well…..

I am a trained and natural medium who does mediumship readings in my professional practice. Doing this type of reading is not scary and I don’t call my readings “seances”. Communicating with those in spirit (I don’t think of them as dead) seems very natural. Having a relative in spirit draw near and feeling their energy is a lovely experience. With practice anyone can pick up on this spirit energy. If I am picking up on the energy of a client’s dearly departed, I don’t feel the love directed at me but I sense a vibration that tells me they are there. Not until I stopped and thought about it did I realized that my holiday feelings of sentimentality were a LOT like the feelings I get when communicating with my family on the other side. Once when I was in a very discouraging  situation and seated in an office waiting in despair to speak with an official, I suddenly felt myself engulfed by what felt like total comfort and peace. I hadn’t expected this to happen; hadn’t asked for it to happen; it just happened. I realized it must have been my dad wrapping me in his “spirit love” and just telling me he was sorry I had to go through that situation.  It helped a lot, by the way.

Occasionally when I am doing a mediumship reading I will bring in a person in spirit that my client “doesn’t want to talk to”.  They want to talk to Mom and Dad shows up! I had a gentleman come to me at least twice for a reading. Dad came through and he refused to talk to him. He wanted to talk to Mom. Suggesting that a little forgiveness on his part towards his dad might be in order made no difference. The man went away disappointed that Mom wouldn’t talk to him. I’m sure you see where I’m going with this. Do you have not so fond memories of certain family members who are now in spirit? Guess what? If they were a “so and so” or even an “f-ing so and so” they are now quite aware of the fact and would like to make peace and even apologize for the way they acted. When we cross over we get a whole new perspective, and I’m not talking about fire and brimstone. We are able in spirit to experience a state of pure love; and that, my magickal friend, ….love,  is a real perspective changer!

Let’s use these times of solitude and silence to focus on being open to messages from Spirit. Like the Hermit tarot card let’s focus inward and beyond to the depths of the mysteries of our magickal lives. And should you decide to accept an apology and dole out a share of forgiveness to someone in spirit, I can’t think of a better way to start a new year.

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New Year’s Blessings,

Sarina

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full corn moon

Not only is the full moon and excellent time to charge crystals (and yourself!) in the moonlight, it is also a great time to perform a burning bowl ceremony! This is a time to rid yourself of those things you are willing to give up once and for all. If you are truly motivated, then read on!

 

This month the full moon is exact on Monday, Sept. 8 at 6 38 PM Pacific, 9 38 PM eastern time. The Native Americans called this moon the Full Corn Moon. This full Moon corresponds with the time of harvesting corn. It is also called the Barley Moon, because it is the time to harvest and thresh the ripened barley. The Harvest Moon is the full Moon nearest the autumnal equinox, which can occur in September or October and is bright enough to allow finishing all the harvest chores. This full moon will be in the sign Aquarius (in Western Sidereal astrology). This is an excellent time to rid yourself of issues involving:  Cold aloofness, fear of involvement, erratic or shocking behavior, inflexible opinions, pain or disease of the ankles and claves, circulation, cramps and spasms, varicose veins.

Here’s what you do:

 

  • Full Moon Burning Bowl

Supplies: pieces of paper, pencil, heat proof container to burn pieces of paper, matches, water (just in case!)

 

  1. Write down what you would like to get rid of on a small piece of paper. Sign and date the paper.
  2. Read what you have written aloud.

Example:” I now rid myself of the habit of procrastinating.”

  1. Light the paper and place it in the heatproof container.
  2. Visualize your “problem” going up in smoke!

If you wish you may call upon Archangel Uriel and the angels of the full moon to be present and assist you. You can also set the scene with the following elements: Air, color-iridescent blue, yellow; herbs, oils, incense -lemon verbena, pine, star anise. Be creative!

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The subject of ethics in the practice of the Craft has been a topic of much debate. I am not thinking that I will in any way be able to voice the definitive code of ethics for all magickal practitioners in this post. Rather, I will just explore a few of the concerns that I have encountered in my practice in regards to ethical behavior.

It seems that a magickal code of ethics is very much a reflection of a person’s belief system. If there is no “karma”, no threefold law, then that is going to affect a person’s ethical behavior.   If we truly believe we can get away with murder, then there are some amongst us who would murder. Most of us have never really been pushed to our limit as far as what we can tolerate at the hands of another. It’s hard to know what we would do in the harshest of circumstances.

I generally only perform healing and abundance type magic. When I do, it is always asking for the highest good of all concerned. As I have gotten older I have come to realize that I can’t see every angle of a situation from where I am here down on Planet Earth. If someone is acting like a son-of-a-gun I generally just move on, assuming they aren’t being terribly abusive. In other words, I don’t react to every negative little thing that happens. I leave most of those things to the universe to take care of.

I do have my Achilles heel, though, and it was pointed out to me by Spirit in a recent situation that made me start thinking about the question of ethics. My failing is also my strength and that is that I am an empath. Being a healer, this is natural for me and it serves me well in my work, but sometimes I get to feeling sorry for others and I decide to “help them out” with some magick. These other people are often friends who are being “persecuted” by another person in some way and I decide to “rid them of their problems.” The most recent time I did this I was not feeling good about what I had done. I never cause bodily harm but have just steered the perpetrator in another direction for them to “learn their lesson”. Everybody will be better off, right?

When I was speaking with my friend and confidant, Celeste, about what I had done and how I wasn’t feeling so good about it, she very wisely pointed something out to me. She said that the “bad guy” who I was banishing was maybe put in my friend’s path to teach them a lesson, and that by removing them I was robbing my friend of an opportunity to learn and move further down their life path. This made sense to me because I believe we are on Earth to learn certain lessons and accomplish certain life goals so we can spiritually evolve.  Hopefully, lesson learned.

So how far can we take this? If I see someone being horribly abused am I just going to stand by and let the abuse happen so they can learn some cosmic lesson? No, I am not. I think you can take this whole practice of not interfering too far, and that’s where we as thinking, feeling beings need to make a call. People, especially magickal ones, need to step into their power and use it judiciously. There is that spark we all carry that can make us either devils or angels. Cultivating a relationship with Spirit and asking for guidance is often the key to controlling our actions and directing our thoughts for the highest good. No one ever said that this earthly path would be an easy one, but I believe we are all here because we chose to be. That is my belief, though, and that belief is what is going to shape my code of ethics.

As I change and learn, my beliefs evolve as well. That may also affect my code of ethics. I am learning to go a little easier on myself these days. I realize that when we think we have it all figured out, we still have SO much to learn!

Something to think about…

Blessings,

Sarina

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