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Living Out Loud

After we ran from our former religion, that kept women silent and their spiritual gifts tied up in a white jacket, I was eager to learn more about my gifts and be authentic to my true self. It wasn’t easy at first, but the more I was honest with myself the easier it became to be genuine with others. In that previous community, labels were how we sized people up. We could tell how good a religious person you were based on the clothes you wore, how you fixed your hair, how dark your makeup was, or what you did with your time on a Sunday morning. Just so you know, attending church wasn’t “good enough”.

For those who didn’t dive deep into church life, we viewed you as outsiders. Oh yes, we were eager to recruit you so you could feel included and so we could actually hang out with you. After all, hanging out with friends who weren’t devoted to the church was a slippery slope with the devil waiting for all of us down below. For all of these reasons, and many more, the idea of ‘living out loud’ would be downright frightening. It took me many years to be free from those fears. I had to stop worrying about the labels people would place on me. Eventually, it became a compliment if church folk called us heretics or worse yet, infidels.

As my daughters and I made our way through magical practice we began seeing the same issues arise in non-church communities. Even though they had also left the religious world, that idea of labels and judgment stuck like Gorilla glue.

  • Are you a Universalist?
  • Are you a witch?
  • Are you Wiccan?
  • Are you pagan?
  • What are you?!?

Oh sometimes I just like to keep people guessing. But now I shall live out loud!

I wondered what I would say to myself if I could go back in time. What kind of advice would I share with younger Lisa. In the video below I opened up about what I would have to say. What would you say to your younger self?

Living Out Loud

There’s no greater time than today to live out loud and be true to yourself. Do you shy away from labels? Afraid of what others might think? Do you fear coming out of the broom closet? You’re not alone.

Magical blessings,
Sisterlisa

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Magical Mothering – Is Magic Inherited?

Since magic has been demonized by religious leaders and people were threatened with their lives for even mentioning the word, it has become difficult to trace magic through a family’s bloodline. So how does one know if magic is inherited?

Many magic practitioners have testified that they knew their mother or grandmother worked with magic so their stories make it more understandable that magic is inherited. But does every child inherit magic? Does it skip a child? This can be a confusing topic for children who see you working magic and wish to do the same but just don’t “feel it”.

In all my years practicing my gifts and speaking with others who have varying gifts, I have come to the conclusion that we each have different magical gifts. I don’t think there’s any need to tell a child they may not have inherited magic. Magic can evolve in a person at different times in life. Some can experience a powerful manifestation while others sense a trickling-in kind of evolution of magic.

There have been times when my magic felt incredibly strong and it was usually during times when we were going through great turmoil of some kind. My dreams became more intense and more symbolic, my intuitive sensory field became highly sensitive, and my awareness hit peaks where I noticed things others didn’t. At those same times, two of my children began sensing their intuition speaking to them in ways they’d never experienced before. Now those same two children are adults and no longer living at home, but we can all sense shifts in the Universe in ways that are definitely more than mere coincidence.

I’ve also had a very intriguing experience that has caused me to believe, even more than before, that magic is inherited. My father had another daughter in his second marriage. Due to unfortunate circumstances with her mother, she was kept from us after the divorce. I didn’t see her again until she was 16 years old. I was able to visit with her briefly after our grandmother died and then didn’t get to connect again until many years later. Thanks to Facebook’s algorithm, I was able to find her! By this time I was already in my forties. As we got to know each other, we were practically spooked about how much we have in common. We both worked with herbs and essential oils, both had empathic gifts that are quite similar, both worked with crystals, we even both wore the same style of clothing, are artists, and photographers! I know those last similarities aren’t exactly “magical”, but the fact that we had so much in common sure was! It was as if we grew up together.

There doesn’t seem to be much magic on either of our mother’s sides so we assume it came from our father’s side. As I have meditated and called upon my earliest memories of our father I do recall times when he showed me his interest in stage magic and fantasy magic. We went camping once and he hand created pirate maps and buried treasures at the camp ground for us to go hunting for. He sure knew how to create magic for me. Sadly, he passed away when I was 19 years old so I cannot ask him about these things. However, my step-mother did inform me that our grandmother read tea leaves!

What about you? Do you think magic is inherited?

Magical blessings,

Sisterlisa

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Crystal Healing Room by Room

When I first began working with crystals all I could do was place my one wee Green Calcite on my dresser in my room. That was all I had! My husband started noticing that I was buying the smallest crystals (partly because that’s all the shops around here had at the time). Oh it was also because cost was (and still is) a bit high for anything larger than a penny. Then he accompanied me into a crystal shop! He fell in love just as much as I had. He teases sometimes saying to his friends that I can’t be trusted with a wallet full of money when I enter a crystal shop, but the truth is he can sometimes be more enamored with the larger specimen than I am.

We have traveled from West Coast to East Coast and back again (even to the Pacific islands) and visit every crystal shop we can find along the way. We’ve been quite fortunate to find some reasonable priced places with nice quality minerals. Now that our collection has grown we have been able to add crystals to each room of the house (and even for the cars). In the video below I share some of my recommendations for which crystals to add to each room of the house and why I would choose those particular crystals.

Crystal Healing, Room by Room

Crystals for each room of the house and their correspondences. ~Sisterlisa Get your sparkly treasures here: http://intuitivehomesolutions.com

Does any of this resonate with you? Do you have different crystals in those rooms than I do? I’d love to hear how you integrate crystals into your home decor.

Magical blessings,
Sisterlisa

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Leo Solar Eclipse Bears Witness to the Lioness

August 21st we are going to see a solar eclipse like no other. We live in an era where the Goddess (in all her many forms) has been walking to and from on the earth and in the heavenly places to show us she is not dead. She truly lives. After thousands of years of patriarchy authoritarians, from churches to politics, the Divine Feminine is rising in strength and grace.

 

Of all the zodiacs, I can’t think of any other that would roar quite like this one. With each sign we have both masculine and feminine. In the case with Leo, we have a powerful couple represented with Lion (king of the jungle) and Lioness (mother of us all). She is the hunter, the mother, and the chooser of her mate. She protects, she feeds, and she roars! Hell hath no fury like a lioness scorned! She represents the divine wisdom of the power couple. While the male does fight and protect his pride, the lioness is cunning and multitasks as she surveys her surroundings. She won’t let her cubs go unprotected and her sister lionesses will aid her as the family they are.

When the full moon eclipses the summer sun, the winds will calm and the breeze will cool. It will be that eerie feeling that someone is watching you, maybe it’s the lioness. The Divine Feminine, Luna, takes center stage to reveal the power of the Lioness. In an age of male dominance we look to the Goddess to guide and show us her fierce resolve. If you’re a female Leo be prepared to let your voice be heard and your actions be seen. Luna will guide you and take the heat off.

If you’re rising sign is Leo, take special note to how you’re presenting yourself to the world. Take this time to cultivate your inner Lioness and follow the guidance of your spirit. Maybe it’s time you step out of the shadows and embrace your rising sign for the goddess she is. This could be a time of great awakening for you, a time to walk in the sunlight and let your golden crown be seen and your authority to be known.

If your Venus is in Leo, this could be a time for you to pay close attention to the life partner you’re choosing. Your Venus is how you love and if you love like a lioness then more power to you as you remain selective in choosing a mate. Don’t settle for anything less than a king you can proudly stand next to.

If your moon sign is Leo, then this could be a time to use caution. While this moon is overshadowing the Leo sun, she is known as Lilith the Black Moon. Lilith shines her dark cloak with a reflection that shows you who you truly are. In the beginning, darkness was upon the face of the earth. Lilith is our birth into this life and her fierce dark flame rises high in the sky, along with all the female deities that correspond to her. Kali, Freyja, The Morrigan, Pele, and many more. These are the Kick-Ass Goddesses and their time is here and now.

Now, more than ever before, we live in a time where we can be ourselves. We have more liberty to live out loud than ever before. The Goddesses are depicted as beauty in artistic forms that line the museums of our world, but where do we see the manifestations of the strength of the Goddess in our current times in society? It’s time she makes herself known and she does so through you.

There are many faces to the Goddess and our mystical guide, Jess is teaching a year long course to introduce you to the Goddesses of the nations. Join us as we quest across the continents to revive their legends.

Many Moon Blessings,

Sisterlisa

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Magic with Cinnamon

There’s something magical about entering a store just after they have stocked their cinnamon pine cones for the Autumn season. I always take a deep breath and welcome in the magic of this glorious time of year. They invoke such a joyful response in my soul. Their sweet and spicy aroma makes my spirit want to jump out of my skin and fly through the air with the golden leaves swirling in the wind. Not only do they have such a magical aroma, but they also welcome success and prosperity, which makes it understandable why stores bring them in for the busy shopping season.

Truly, they’re an element that all magic practitioners should have in their personal apothecary cabinets. I purchase them in bulk and keep them in an airtight jar. I also crush a few in my mortar to keep in a small jar because it makes it more convenient when I’m crafting a quick brew.

Cinnamon is a common part of most baker’s pantry shelves, but did you know there are two types of cinnamon you may want to keep on hand? The type of cinnamon you may already have is probably Ceylon cinnamon. This is the most common. There’s also Cassia. Cassia is typically a bolder flavor and aroma with a bit of a kick. This makes Cassia Cinnamon such a powerful element to have in your magical apothecary.

Cinnamon is known to help support blood flow, which makes it the perfect choice when crafting potions and incense for improving vitality of your soul life. It’s generally accepted as a Fire element correspondence and associated with Leo. Is it any wonder now why I recommend it for magical purpose to liven up your life? Working with Cinnamon is like inviting all your Leo friends over for a party.

This is why I have chosen to share my favorite magic potion for the best party experience.

This is a simple Witch’s Brew magic potion to stir up fire just before your guests arrive. But first allow me to inform you of the magical correspondences of each element. Each element is represented in this recipe.

Cast Iron Pot- This is your main tool with this potion. Iron is a mineral that improves our blood and improves our energy when feeling fatigued. This makes for a wonderful container to infuse your party potion.

Wood Spoon- This is your Earth elemental tool for stirring up the fiery passion of this potion.

Cinnamon- This Fire element is full of life, passion, and prosperity and who doesn’t want a prosperous party?

Apples- In my Norse ancestry, the Goddess Iðunn (Ydun) was written about in the Prose Edda as being the keeper of apples and eternal youthfulness. Any good party worth attending should make you feel youthful again. Apples are a Water element. The planet Venus, which is the planetary symbol of love, has a mountain named after Iðunn. All the more reason to add apples and invite Venus and Iðunn to your night of cocktails.

Orange Rind- The orange rind has a beautiful and crisp aroma and when combined with apples, makes a beautiful bouquet for the senses. It’s also known for being the fruit of joy.

Star Anise- This Air element spice lends its Gemini energy to help lift the aromas into your party place and invites its masculine energy associated with Apollo, Jupiter, and Mercury. The spice is also believed to protect from intruders and no one wants a party crasher!

Cloves- This spice helps to keep your friends close and inhibits anyone wishing to ruin your celebration with idle gossip.

Now let’s get busy making our potion!

Ingredients and Supplies:

  • Cast Iron Pot
  • Wood Spoon
  • 5 cups of water (even better if you infused the water under a Full Moon with Carnelian added. Be sure to remove the carnelian beforehand)
  • 5 Cinnamon sticks
  • 10 Slices of Apple (remove seeds)
  • Rind of 1 large Orange
  • 1 Star Anise
  • 5 Cloves

Directions:

**When you add each ingredient you’re going to speak the words of magic/intentions you wish to gain from each of these ingredients. For example: “I add Cinnamon to work with it’s fire, passion, and prosperity to create a lively party experience for me and my guests.”

Place the water in the pot and place over a medium flame. You’ll want the water to simmer.

In your mortar, crush the cinnamon sticks into pieces until they’re about 1/2-1 inch size.

Add Star Anise and Cloves and crush just to release their aroma.  Set aside.

When slicing your apples, do so by placing the apple on it’s side so the cuts render you round slices of apple. Carefully remove seeds and try to keep the star shape intact. Set aside.

Peel your orange and slice into thin strips.

The water should be nicely heated now and you can begin by sprinkling the spice blend in first.

Gently stir with a wood spoon.

Slowly add your apple slices and orange rinds.

Simmer for 1 hour BEFORE your party begins, adding more water as the level sinks to avoid burning. Never leave unattended. I recommend you set a loud timer or an alarm on your phone for every 20 minutes to remind you in case you get distracted while preparing for your evening.

For an added bit of fun, make a sachet with the ingredients (substituting dried apples and dried orange peels) and placing in an organza or muslin bag to gift to your guests as party favors. They can use it in a bath before they attend their next party. You can download and print the correspondences and this recipe to give to them as well.

Witch’s Party Brew <<click here

May your parties be filled with magic!

Sisterlisa

 

 

 

 

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Magic with Bay Leaves

Most of us know about Bay leaves from our grandmother’s soup recipes, but they have magnificent health benefits too. Culinary uses aren’t the only way to use these green gifts from Mother Earth. Sure, their flavor is to be desired, as with the health benefits, but don’t forget to work your magic with Bay leaves too.

The benefits of using a Bay leaves in a medicinal tea far outweigh their culinary uses. These beautiful green gifts are packed with nutrients such as, vitamins A, C, magnesium, calcium, manganese, potassium, and iron. Also, since they’re anti fungal and antibacterial they make  great poultice for wounds. Did you know you can also make a tea with them to support freer breathing during the cold season? With all these benefits, they make for a lovely ‘get well’ gift for a sick friend. Create a sweet little tea bag gift and add a Green Aventurine crystal to the bag for added crystal therapy.

Get Well Tea Bag Sachet:

  • 5 Bay Leaves
  • 1/2 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 tsp Thyme leaves
  • 1 tumbled Green Aventurine
  • 1 Cotton Muslin tea bag

Directions:

Light an anointed white or green candle with a drop or two of essential oil (sweet marjoram is lovely). Light your candle and set your intentions for healing your loved one.

Crush cinnamon stick in your mortar into small pieces.

Add the Bay leaves and crush into pieces small enough so they will fit into the tea bag.

Add Thyme leaves and continue to crush until they’re all blended well (but not into powder). Carefully smell (don’t inhale) the aroma. Close your eyes and imagine the health benefits manifesting support for your loved one.

Add the mix into the tea bag then add the Green Aventurine.

Bless the tea mix with your magic words then close the blessing with “And so it is”.

Blow out your candle and watch the smoke carry your magic into the air.

Now the tea is ready for it’s work! Simply add to a cup of hot water and steep for 5 minutes. You can also use honey to sweeten, if desired.

**You can also use this as a bath sachet instead of drinking it as a tea.

You can learn more about using herbs in your magical practice in my class Earth as Medicine.

Many magical wellness blessings to you,

Sisterlisa

*This information has not been evaluated by the FDA. Please consult your physician before working with herbs for wellness, as some herbs can interrupt some existing medications.

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Magical Mothering, Wishes

When my oldest was about 6 years old, we were out for a Saturday morning stroll. At one nicely landscaped home, she spied a small yellow dandelion flower. She quickly snatched it up and wanted to knock on the woman’s door to present it to her as a gift. We knocked and waited. Jess stood there with this tiny treasure in hand with a big smile on her face. She couldn’t wait to bless this neighbor with her hand selected gift. When the woman opened the door, she saw that tiny flower and Jess playfully announced, “I picked this just for you!”

The elderly woman took it out of her hand and snarked in reply, “Oh good, I hate those things growing in my lawn” and tossed it like yesterday’s rotting banana peel.

The woman missed the opportunity to receive joy from the tiny heart that held that ‘weed’ in her magical little fingers.

To a woman who has worked hard on her nicely landscaped lawn, a dandelion was the poison to her pride and joy. To a small child looking for the magical spark in giving, the tiny flower represented all wishes coming true. Both perspectives are true angles of the dandelion flower. It most certainly is a weed, but not only does it transform into seedlings of magic wishes, it also contains valuable nutrients in it’s leaves that can be medicine for our bodies. If only we could see the gift Mother Nature bestows upon us when the lawn is covered in golden dandelions.

Perhaps she’s nudging us to see our doctor to see if we have need of the medicinal leaves and roots. Or perhaps its a message to plant new seeds to manifest many blessings.

Take time to listen to the Universe as little messengers come bearing magical gifts. You never know what seeds might be waiting to be planted for something magical to manifest.

Many blessings to you,

Sisterlisa

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Magic with Peppercorns

Who would’ve thought peppercorns could be worked with magically? Pepper, after all, is more often associated with the dining room table and your sour cream topped baked potato. Pepper has come a long way since it’s origins in the trade routes. I doubt our ancestors ever thought pepper could be wild harvest on the other side of the world in a modern town such as Irvine, California. One Autumn afternoon, I was visiting with friends at a local Southern California park and I noticed the small pink peppercorns on several of the trees. This park happened to have a nature center so I stopped in to inquire about these beautiful gifts from nature. The woman assured me no pesticides had been used on their trees and informed me of their precise name, Peruvian Peppercorns. Also nicknamed, California Peppercorn, these trees are native to Peru. She granted me permission to wild harvest a few small handfuls and my adventure to learn more about the magic of peppercorns ensued!

Peppercorns were once highly protected by those who traded them with wealthy customers and lore of peppercorn fields being protected by dragons made it difficult to get in any other way than through these expensive trade routes. Fantastic stories of magical monsters has been used to protect secrets for thousands of years, but I’ll keep the monsters at bay and teach you some of my own mysteries.  This magical spice was not always as common as every dinner table in the world. At one point in history, peppercorns accounted for seventy percent of the international spice trade. Little did they know, these tiny berries could be used for magical purposes.

While we usually see pepper already ground into tiny granules ready for sprinkling from a pepper shaker, peppermills are a popular method of distribution over your dish. Fancy restaurants have servers trained to offer and grind fresh cracked peppercorns over your entree. However, my favorite method of preparing peppercorn for meals and for magic is with my mortar and pestle. There is a intoxicating experience to be had when pulverizing the peppercorns with your pestle and bare hands.

Whether you use Peruvian Peppercorns or your kitchen’s common Black Pepper, you’re going to have a different experience when grinding it in a mortar and pestle. The aroma of Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) is going to be the same aroma you detect when you swirl an opened black pepper essential oil bottle under your nose. Contrariwise, Peruvian Peppercorns (especially fresh ones) will have a sweeter aroma.

You can probably get away with using whichever peppercorn you want in your magical recipe, but I prefer to use them in different ways. Since one is strikingly sharper than it’s sweeter counterpart, I have specific purposes for each one. I prefer to work with Peruvian Peppercorn when I need to have a sweet disposition in dealing with protective magic. While Black Peppercorn is my go-to when I need a strong and abrupt protection charm. I correspond Black Peppercorns with the Hindu God of Protection, Vishnu. Black Pepper is native to India and it makes sense to me to connect Vishnu with Black Pepper. My correspondence with Peruvian Peppercorn is Pachamama, the Peruvian Mother Earth. You can most certainly combine the two types of peppercorn in your protective charm and honor both masculine and feminine deities at the same time. Doing so would add both the sweetness in your spirit and the strong abrupt power at the same time.

You can learn more about the magic of peppercorns and how to use them in creative ways when you register for my class, Earth as Medicine.

Protective blessings to you and yours,

Sisterlisa

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Magic with Chamomile

When I’m working with Chamomile I can’t help but to think happy thoughts. The dainty little flowers with a tiny button of sunshine right in the center seem to dance in the cool Spring breeze. Witnessing their playful whirling in the wind takes me back to my daughter’s childhood as we walked through a field of Chamomile to take photos. They were the perfect backdrop for her deep blue eyes and golden blond hair.

Kneeling down to my daughter’s level, as she pinched a blossom from its stem, we examined its delicate white petals with delight. When you’re little you appreciate all other things that are tiny too. Those tiny petals, her tiny fingers, her cute little button nose as she lifted the chamomile to investigate its scent.

The very memory of that day works the kind of magic you would naturally suspect from the chamomile field. It brings calm, rest, joy, and fond memories of mother and daughter exploring the outdoor wonders of Mother Nature.

 

I don’t wish to bore you with encyclopedia-like facts about chamomile, I’m certain there are millions of websites and books to tell you the medicinal benefits of this soothing herb. My desire is to introduce you to the magic of chamomile. I’m not simply talking about sipping honey infused chamomile tea or creating a tincture to take each day, though you most certainly can use these methods in your magical practice.

The notion of magical chamomile need not be a mystery to anyone who is willing to learn. Mother Nature freely gives and we show gratitude in the thanks giving we offer.

The meaning of the Chamomile name comes as no surprise, as it is known to have a sweet apple flavor. From the Greek we learn Chamomile’s origin is khamaimēlon, meaning “earth apple”.

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The Saxons held Chamomile as one of nine sacred herbs and the Egyptians associated it with their sun god, Ra. The gentle herb also corresponds with Leo, Fire, the Sun, and can be used as an offering during your Lughnasadh ritual. These are some of the most common magical connections to Chamomile, but I like to walk through the fire a little more. Magic should not be kept in the old halls of our ancestors. Magic is evolutionary and we should be exploring more attributes with the guidance of our higher counselors and intuition.

As I sit in sacred space with Chamomile I am reminded of the perfect balance between the sun and the moon. The sun is represented by the bright yellow disk in the center of the flower and the moon in the white petals that surround it, like the halo we often see around a full moon on a misty evening. When I read sources that attribute fire and the sun to chamomile, I feel they’ve been too shy to point out the correspondence to the moon.

Chamomile is the herb for tea medicine to help soothe tension and as we know tension is part of our emotional journey and emotions are associated with the water and moon. Various magical books and websites can be a good starting point, but living and breathing magic encompasses so much more. Don’t be timid in searching in other planes to connect your magic with Chamomile. Just because you haven’t read about it in a book doesn’t mean it’s not true for you.

I teach more about how to magically connect with herbs and their essential oils in my Earth as Medicine Course. Get registered today and start your journey with us. Learn how to explore your own deep magic and unlock the mystery waiting for you.

Many magical blessings,

Sisterlisa

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Magical Mothering Monday

Childhood is especially memorable when magic has been integrated into the mundane activities of our youth. When I see all the small children wearing fairy wings and adorning themselves with glitter and “smell goods”, I’m reminded of when our generation thought dressing up with grandma’s clip on earrings was a special treat. We have so much available to use today to make childhood magical for our children and even our nieces and nephews. I don’t know about you, but the neighborhood children know they can expect something magical when they come to our house. Our front yard has fairy homes and pathways scattered throughout our front planter!

When my nieces come to visit, we pay extra attention to these tiny magical homes to see if we can witness the shimmering wings of the garden fairies. We’ll often create fairy rings with the tiny flowers that grow in my garden and even leave out a small shell with treats for the fairies. Oh you know, tiny buttons, colorful thread, and tiny shells. Just the kinds of gifts they might want to use in their own crafting.

When morning breaks the horizon, the little ones are up early to see if they spy any tiny footprints in the soil. As the sun climbs in the sky they can see the sparkling of fairy dust along the fairy paths and behold a tiny sweet treat is left for them as a thank you from their little friends.

We go exploring to see if we can find any hiding Fae under the leaves of the plants and we find little critters like spiders, caterpillars, and ants busy at work! We imagine together what these critters had to say to the fairies when they came out under the moonlight!

Inspiring childhood imagination is a hallmark of magical mothering!

After spending several years searching for fairies with my own 3 daughters and with my nieces, I discovered the simplest magical tools any fairy would love to find! I’ve listed The Little Bag O’ Fairy Magic© in my shop for curious little fairy lovers!

Magical blessings,

Sisterlisa

 

 

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