Great Release – Catching Up


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It can be difficult, after a long hiatus, to get back into the habit of writing regularly. I chose the Great Release because it is an excellent program, and also a fabulous daily prompt. Seems I have missed a few days of posting though….. (I will blame grad school finals – ha!)

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Let’s do a quick recap to get us up-to-date:

The 5th: I love the 5 stick ritual. I am all about breaking negative cycles and divorcing myself from the drama right now. I feel like I am fully in sync with this year’s Release. I had already cleaned out my fridge about a week prior, so instead I cleaned out my pantry and tea shelves. I am much happier with them now!

The 6th: I did not wash the floors, but I did smudge my house. I have been gifted a great deal of sage and have made many smudge sticks from it (which will soon be in my etsy store – more details to follow). It is intense and does the job very well.

The 7th: I did nothing on this day. I was busy taking care of school, my health (I had an ugly sinus infection), and generally keeping with the Chanukkah rituals. I did clean my house a bit though……

The 8th: Again, I was laid up with Sick, and had a final project to complete. I made some healing salves. but other than that I was useless……

The 9th: Yesterday I was all a-flurry with activity. I did some house cleaning, I meditated and cleared out my house and body, I made a bunch of runes and bags…. generally I was just awesome. lol.  I stayed up well past 1am finishing projects for school and personal life.

The 10th (Today): I slept in. I gave yesterday my all, so today required a bit more self care. I did meditate, gather my bits for the craft fair tonight, and generally just took it easy. I look forward to resuming my routine tomorrow.

Great Release 2015 – Day 3 & 4


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So…. This day was not very productive, as I am nursing a terrible cold. In fact, when I sat down to do my journey and meet with chosen totems for this project, I promptly fell asleep. Seriously. Not much journeying yesterday…..

Today, I got called into work with some of my favorite students, so I spent all day doing that, then came to the aid of a couple different friends (so peculiar the timing). To put a cherry on top of the day, I won tickets to see one of my favorite bands, Death in June, so I haven’t even been home today except to type of this quick post, throw another layer of makeup on, and change into proper attire. busyTomorrow is a new day. Tomorrow I will resume my efforts with vigor and commitment.

Great Release 2015 – Day 2


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I succeeded in completing part of the tasks mentioned on Silver Ravenwolf’s website for this day. Let me give you a bit by bit breakdown.

The meditation that I did for cord cutting had great effect. I feel so much lighter, and I can see that it has shifted my overall view of the world towards the positive, making me feel much less weighed down. I strongly recommend it, if you feel that you may have unhealthy attachments to people, places, situations, etc.

I am preparing for a magickal craft fair, so the short bursts of cleaning were good for me to do, in between projects. However. I feel like I could have gotten so much more done yesterday, had I not had several errands to run right in the middle of it.  So, there wasn’t a large amount of cleaning that was accomplished.

On the Magickal front, I did make my Peace Altar…


Back from Hiatus & The Great Release


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So…. it has been a long time since I have written here. I have been doing a great deal of writing (I wrote a short book and am working on a second), but I just have not felt called to place anything down here. Until now.

Over the course of the last year or so, I have done so much…. I am sure I will post about that as we go on, but today I am just moving forward.


The Great Release – Day 1

This year I feel called to participate in the Great Release. I have a tradition where during the final month of the Gregorian Calendar year I get rid of one full bin “stuff” each week. The Great Release fits into this tradition seamlessly.

I started the program yesterday, December 1st. On the first day I cleaned out my children’s book case and removed a bunch of books to be donated to a shelter. I know in Silver Ravenwolf’s program we throw something away each day. However, if it can be used again, I will donate it. I get rid of a great deal of stuff, but I can never put something in landfill if it can have another purpose.

This year the program calls for us to choose a totem or two for the purposes of this work. I chose Ant and Vulture. Ant seemed very obvious to me. They are excellent workers and part of a superorganism, which I feel humans could also affect if we were all aware of our connections. Vulture came to me after a bit more soul searching, however. Vulture is a carrion bird and they help us to break down what is no longer living and help compost it. That is what I want to do this season, get rid of all that is no longer serving me, and move forward.

In addition to the overall tasks of the program, I also did an extensive cord cutting ritual. I know I have held attachment to relationships that no longer serve me, so I worked to let go of all of those yesterday. After doing so, what had started as a difficult day turned completely around.

Ritual and Action


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It never ceases to amaze and impress me that when you speak with Spirit, ultimately someone is listening and taking notes. Late last year I was deciding what would be my motto or goal for 2015. I had very intensely embarked upon a year of shadow work in 2014, and so was ready for something….. less painful (though I do so love my shadow). My guides informed me that this year was to be about Ritual & Action.

I declared my intention for the year aloud and in formal ceremony, and since that time, I have found the universe keeps handing me occasion to make good on my promise. My daily practice has become renewed, and all of my day seems to have become part of a greater ritual. In addition, I have eagerly taken on a challenge that will greatly intensify my spiritual work, I am quite certain.  Beginning this weekend, I will be doing divination at a local Renaissance Festival each weekend for two months.


I have been doing divination for a very long time, but never formally, as I have so many friends that do so and I ….. well…… I don’t know. I am an intuitive reader, working in both Norse runes (Elder Futhark) and tarot. Though I do nothing in my life conventionally, I do feel that I can tap into Spirit using these means. It is now time for me to step into the world and do this more formally, as part of my practice.

One of Eleven


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Many peculiarities have occurred for me around the number 1… or is it 11?

It began when I went to visit my family on the 1st of the January (1/1). They live in a time zone that is 2 hours behind that my parents – PST & CST. From the first day that I got there until the day I left, I kept looking at my phone at exactly 11:11, and my phone does this lovely little thing where it shows me the time of my parent’s house and my own home. So the screen displays 11:11 and 1:11. Over and over I would bring this to the attention of those around me.


Yesterday, (1/10) I attempted to board my plane and get home. However, it was not to be. They overbooked my plane and sent me on another flight, scheduled to get me home today at 1pm. 1/11 at 1. I was unable to stifle my laughter when the pilot came over the intercome and stated that we would be “arriving 11 minutes early.”

I don’t believe in coincidence. I believe in synchronicity.

Shadow Working


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I was just reviewing this blog, and my year in posts. I see that over the course of 2014, all of my posts fit on one page, making it look as though I had forgotten about this space. I have not.


Truth is, I dedicated my year to doing Shadow Work for the whole of the 13 moon cycle. In making that declaration, I opened a huge bag of snakes. My shadow came at me head on, and I met it well.

Because Shadow Work, when done well, is so deeply personal, most of my journaling has been in my notebook. Private. Secret. Between me, myself, and I alone. My internal dialogue can often be very productive……often, er, sometimes….

Over the past 13 moon (and yes, I am aware that this cycle is not yet complete) I have released so much of what does not serve me, and have gained a balance in my life that has allowed me to progress as a person, friend, lover, mother, etc.

As this year draws to a close, I have been feeling the need to take on another commitment of the sort that I did this year. However, knowing where I was supposed to be concentrating my efforts was elusive to me. I didn’t stress about this though, as I have frankly been busy with so much in the past few weeks.

I got together with a dear friend a few days ago in order to do some energy work. As I settled in for a journey, I saw it. My guides made it plain and simple so that I would not have opportunity to misunderstand. The next cycle, for me, is going to be about Ritual and Action.

Faith Based


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Recently I had a conversation with a friend about the idea of “faith based religion.” She had been to a workshop where the facilitator had stated that the spiritual movement that she was teaching about was not faith based because the beings that were celebrated within the cosmology would exist regardless of whether or not she believed in them. Therefore, “faith” was not required of the adherent. This argument has so many issues, I don’t even know where to begin.


First of all, and what it all boils down to is that any spiritual system is rooted in belief. One must believe in (have faith in) whatever it is that is the cornerstone of philosophy. If it is simply a philosophy, all adherents need to believe that this philosophy will bring about a desired effect. It is not necessary for those who are not part of this path to believe as do the adherents in order for that path to be “real.”

Let’s look at a popular example – Christianity. Christians believe that this fellow named Jesus was an G-d’s son incarnated as a man on Earth in order to absolve the sins of mankind. Those who follow Jesus are certain of his existence. They are certain that it does not matter if anyone else believes in him, he exists and so those that do not believe will suffer the fate of the nonbeliever.

For any spiritual path, philosophy, or religion order to be effective, it is necessary that those following it believe in it. For transformation, growth, or understanding to take place, one has to believe in the possibility. I do not see how any movement is possible without faith.  Faith, is the key.

The Talmud


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Yerushalmi_TalmudMy first recollection of encountering the Talmud was in one of my Jewish Studies classes in college. I didn’t research it much then, but made a note to go back and study it at a later date. Though it took several years for me to approach that “later date” it has finally arrived.

Today I was reading through various Proverbs and Rabbinic writings within the Talmud. I was struck by their richness and the many layers that a line or two can convey. (Proverbs have this effect, don’t they?) This realization hatched an idea – “Shouldn’t I regularly choose one to ruminate and meditate on, much as one would a Zen koen?” I decided immediately that this was/is a brilliant idea, and I shall add this to my practice. Today.




Compared to What?

All Worlds are created equal. Must they also be separate?


I often joke that I have studied every religion from Anglican to Zoroastrianism. Mostly, that is true. In my personal life, as well as in college I delved into the study of philosophy and spirituality. I wrote papers on the Indian Grammarians. Attended Buddhist temples. Participated in Quaranic Exegesis. I learned one thing from each of these belief systems – They are more similar in spirit than they are different.

Perhaps it is another form of the “half full/half empty” conversation, but I tend toward seeing similarities in people/philosophies/situations rather than seeing the differences. For this reason, I excelled in comparative religion studies, and still do.

Yesterday I was sitting down to study. I looked down at the books before me and asked myself why I didn’t specialize in any one tradition. I attend a synagogue to nourish my Jewish self. I teach both a runic magick course and an Egyptian deity circle. Currently I am also delving into the Welsh tradition.

I once heard it said that to progress magickally, one must specialize. I understand this to a degree, but this is not how my brain interacts with knowledge. I see it all as interconnected and shared. These traditions are not separated, but are part of a very harmonious whole. Is this really a novel idea?