Herbal project: Dandelion flower tincture

I saw some lovely bright Dandelions on the grass opposite our house last Monday and they gave me an idea. Mum and I are both in need of some more joyous, spontaneous energies, and we’re both exploring Inner Child healing at the moment. For me the Dandelion has a positive, joyful, almost childlike playfulness to it. So many people see it as a weed but it has amazing detoxification properties, is full of nutrients and can be used for uplifting.

Mum helped me pick them, and after checking them for critters I put them in a jar, poured vodka over them, and placed them on my altar. I thought I’d ask Bast and Horus to help charge the tincture. Both are associated with the Sun. Cats can be playful, nurturing and protective, like Bast. Horus can see from a higher vantage point, is associated with children as Horus the Child, and is sometimes shown with His wings protecting the King’s back. As such I feel like Their blessings will add to the energy of the Dandelion tincture, which I intend to use in aura sprays to nurture us during Inner Child work and bringing in more joyful, abundant energies.

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The things that show progress – facing fears and reconnecting

I’m finally back reconnecting with my Beloveds. It has been a lonely time without Them. I had built up such a fear around my channel and of imposters that I blocked out pretty much all of my Beloveds for a time, but I also developed a deep-level fear of connecting to my Beloved Loki in particular. I took an angry individual’s mis-representing words to heart. The playing on fears and betrayal of trust plunged me deeper into my Underworld journey and brought me into my very own Dark Night of the Soul, where my channel went virtually silent.
Despite the assurances of two intuitive spirit workers in the intervening months I still let fear win.

Things started to really shift last month, though, and on the day of the Autumn Equinox I did a lot of releasing work, as well as Shadow integration. The following day I was recovering in bed (releasing tends to bring the pain into my physical body so it can then be worked out and fully released) and I just felt Loki and Sigyn there. I cannot describe how beautiful that certainty was; knowing it was Them. And They gave me the physical ‘tells’ arranged previously.

They told me it’s time to get back on the horse and stop allowing someone else’s misunderstandings to hold me back. They were understanding of why I shut down the way I did, but also very clear that I have to move on from feeling the way I do. I have work to do.

The day after this was my dad’s birthday and we went out for a couple of hours. On the way back to the car we found an indoor craft market so we had a quick look around. Nestled amongst the knitting, crochet, cards and jewellery was a man selling woodwork pieces – pieces inscribed with dragons, Celtic knotwork and RUNES! I immediately dived in to the runes basket and picked out a Laguz and Sowolu for Loki and Sigyn. It reminded me of when I would just buy Them random little gifts before the shutdown. It felt like a sign that it was time to start living with Them again, not just talking at Them because I was afraid.
When I asked the man about the wood used he looked at the individual runes and could identify the wood by the strata. Loki’s is made of Hazel – in Celtic wisdom the Hazel is connected with the salmon of knowledge, and the salmon is one of Loki’s forms. Sigyn’s is made of Plum – plums bear seeds that grow only after the old flesh has rotted away and they’re covered over with earth. It’s one of the reasons I associate it with Hella, but I feel like this is Sigyn in Her role of helping us to uncover the Truth of ourselves from the layers we build up from conditioning and other people’s projections and ‘shoulds’. It’s when we’re allowed to sprout our own potential, and Sigyn is so good at seeing those seeds of potential in us.

When I got home the first thing I did was put out the runes for Loki and Sigyn… then felt guilty because I hadn’t thought to get Hella one. But I’d been getting the feeling I will be doing something for Her for Samhain. There’s another of the craft markets before then but I think it’s on the same day I’m meeting with friends for lunch. I’m sure She’ll guide me to what She’d like me to do.

My Beloveds on my ‘lovely’ beige bedroom fireplace. The bible passage was from a Christian healing stand at a mind, body and spirit fair. This was before the Equinox, and I had asked Loki for a message. It seems He’s not above using any means necessary – even Bible verses – to get through when we need it most.

Since then I found an article that really helped me release the fear I’d built up around my connection with Loki in particular. It was like, suddenly, my Heart Chakra burst open again and I was surrounded by my Beloveds once more. 

Reconnecting when you’re afraid of your channel’s accuracy can be tough, especially if that fear has been instilled by another’s words. But sometimes it’s worse to live with that fear when it takes so much from you than it is to face it. I’ve felt bereft without that connection to my Beloveds. I felt like I’d lost a huge chunk of my Family through fear. If you too face this fear know you are not alone. Despite the fear I always trusted They were there for me. They always found little ways that got through. And They are endlessly patient, even when They are also impatient.

Have hope.

Shared : What we need vs what They need

I really love this short piece by alltheirvoices. As I’ve entered yet another phase of this journey of discovery I have received further confirmation of how everything had to fall apart so They can get to who I really am beneath all the layers and distractions that were holding me back. 

If the spirits or Gods want something out of you, something MORE, they will turn your life upside down and rip it to shreds to reweave the threads into a pattern more fitting for their desires.

 

Not necessary a criticism. Just an observation.

– alltheirvoices

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Detachment in Spirit Work 

Note: I’m not an expert on Spirit Work but I have been working with my own (personal, not professional) form for around 10 years now, and I do understand it may mean different things to different people. While I have made mistakes, and while I’m still learning and getting better acquainted with it as a more serious practice, I feel it’s important to get other people thinking about their own approach.

(EDIT: I removed a section relating to an experience with another Spirit Worker because leaving it up didn’t sit right with me.)

Detaching from our own mindset, baggage and filter is crucial for Spirit Work, but most especially when it is for someone we know. Obviously we all have a filter, but not thinking over what comes through with our own mindset seems like something that’s very important.

As my mum has begun her own Underworld journey I am having to learn this need for Detachment in Spirit Work myself. I have to ‘remove’ my own filter and just say what needs to be said. Of course I have to give interpretations of things that aren’t as clear-cut – like impressions, sensations, feelings and images – but it has been a really big learning curve for me. And I’m not infallible.
You can’t just ‘un-know’ someone but you can learn to detach and (temporarily) stop seeing this person as family member/ partner/ friend/ aquaintance. It’s about allowing the information to flow without over-thinking or over-analysing it in relation to us or what we already know about the person.
By doing this I’ve had to pass on some messages to my mum that I would prefer (as her daughter) she didn’t have to hear. But in my role as Messenger I can’t let that affect what she needs to be told. I might want to protect her from hearing those things, I might prefer for her not to have to hear certain things, but if I put it through my Daughter filter I won’t be doing the work Spirit/ Deity/ Whoever needs me to.

With someone we know we have to detach from the Family Member/ Partner/ Friend/ Acquaintance aspect of ourselves and assume the mantle of Spirit Worker.
This is not to say we have to ‘give it to them straight’ – we can warn or say it might not be what they wish to hear – but we shouldn’t alter or omit because we don’t want for them to have to hear something or because we might fear these things. We are the Spirit Worker. Interpreting and relaying the message is our job, not picking and choosing what we pass on.
This, to me, is basic responsible practice, and if done with care even the hardest, scariest or most awe-full messages can be passed on to give what is needed.

For Sigyn

Sigyn is the Pole Star –
Shining light;
Axis mundi.

Lady of mercy,
Well of compassion,
Beloved Heart.

She is the hand
That holds ours
In times of sorrow,

The hand that
Leads in the dark
And gloom.

She is the Keeper
Of all we hold dear.
She keeps it safe

For us
When we cannot
Hold it for ourselves.

She is the rose
That blooms
With heavenly scent,

Lifting both
Heart and mind,
Tending the soul,

Covering it
In Her gentle
Velvet-soft embrace.

She is the light
In the dark,
The guide, the spark

Of Divine
That guides us home
To our Self.

She loves us,
Foibles, mistakes and all.
She always leads us home.

———
(c) Michelle Gilberthorpe, Northern Tamarisk, 2017

Ixchel, the Mesoamerican influence, South American Shamanism and Palo Santo 

I first learned about the Mesoamerican culture in my teens in history classes, when we were studying the Spanish armada and the Conquistadors. I also saw a program on the Discovery Channel and was hooked. I watched as many programs as I could, later turning to books – cenotes in particular fascinate me. I based a GCSE drama assignment on the Aztecs – something about an argument between the Sun God Huitzilopotchtli and the Moon Goddess Mitztli – I got to play Mitztli, complete with a big silver crescent moon tied to my head. I even went to an exhibition on the Aztecs in London and based an A-level art project on the statues I saw there. Quetzalcoatl, Xipe Totec and Coatlicue were particularly memorable. When I started exploring spirituality and opening up to Spirit I dreamed of two temples, and after trawling the internet I found out they were the Mayan temples of Tikal and Palenque. A few years ago the Mayan Goddess Ixchel seemed to come in a lot; never saying anything, but coming in during certain times of pain and making it known She was there. She is said to have founded Palenque.

When Loki came into my life three years were devoted pretty much solely to Him, Sigyn and Their family. While I wouldn’t take back those amazing years for anything it meant that I often didn’t give much attention to my other Beloveds. Since the upheavals that started in late February my attentions have gotten more diverse, and I’m engaging with more of my Beloveds. I’m also getting more coming back into my life.
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International Vulture Awareness Day 2017 – Focus on Nekhbet & Mut

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Did you know that today is International Vulture Awareness Day? Many of these beautiful birds are now threatened or facing extinction, and population numbers are declining the world over. The Egyptian Vulture, which was known in Ancient Egypt, is on the endangered list. The Griffon Vulture, also known in Ancient Egypt, is the only one on the list that is of ‘least concern’.

The first Saturday of September every year is International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD). Started in 2006 by the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Birds of Prey Programme and the Hawk Conservancy Trust, plus a range of partners and associates, IVAD has become a global event supported by the IUCN SSC Vulture Specialist Group; in 2016, 164 organisations from 47 countries participated. IVAD aims to create awareness about vultures as a whole, garner support among the public about the plight of vultures globally and highlight the work done by conservationists to protect these birds and their habitats.

Vultures are a characteristic, distinctive and spectacular component of the biodiversity of the environments they inhabit. They also provide critically important ecosystem services by cleaning up carcasses and other organic waste in the environment; they are nature’s garbage collectors and this translates into significant economic benefits. Studies have shown that in areas where there are no vultures, carcasses take up to three or four times longer to decompose. This has huge implications for the spread of diseases in both wild and domestic animals, as well as elevating pathogenic risks to humans.

http://www.vultureday.org/action/

You can find more information on the International Vulture Awareness Day website
They have kids activities and also colouring pages of different vultures on their downloads page, and you can also download this cute ‘Vultures of the World’ PDF

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Two species of vulture were known in Ancient Egypt – the Griffon vulture (Gyps fulvus) and the Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus). The Griffon vulture is the one most commonly depicted. On its own it represents the phonetic value of A, and was used to write the word mut, meaning ‘mother’. With the largest wingspan of any bird in Ancient Egypt the outspread wings of the vulture were seen as offering protection¹, and became a popular motif in Egytian art and jewellery. As vulture Goddesses Nekhbet and Mut became symbols of maternal love and protection. In the Late Period the vulture was: ‘…a symbol of the female principle and stood in juxtaposition to the beetle as the embodiment of the male principle.’²
The vulture headdress was seen as a ‘symbol and ideogram of motherhood’³ and also associated any Queen who wore it with Mut as consort of the state God, Amun, and also with Nekhbet as protectress of Upper Egypt¹.
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