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When Lughnasadh Changed My Life

After being deeply engulfed in a cult for fifteen years, I vowed to avoid all rituals and organized religion. I had to get my brain straightened out and figure out which part of my spiritual path was due to programming and which part was birthed from a true spiritual awakening. I knew my relationship with Jesus wasn’t going to be hindered, but my relationship with religion had come to a screeching halt.

It was early one summer when I began looking for an outdoor activity for my family to participate in. We had already been avid recycling fanatics and volunteered several times a year for community clean-ups. Our next step was to find a way to not only clean up, but invest our time and energy into the land. We discovered an organized event for native plant restoration and signed up!

We arrived at Bidwell Park and met a woman who was fully prepared to dig into the land. She had the proper clothing for being out in the hot sun, gloves to protect her hands, and a hat to protect from the sun. We made the introductions and she handed us tools to get started. We spent a couple of hours pulling invasive plants and touring through the park as she taught us what needed to be pulled and what was to remain. During all of the hard work, we shared our stories. She too, had left an abusive religious community.

After we completed our tasks for the day, she invited us to a public gathering of her grove. This kind Druid woman extended her hand of friendship and we gladly accepted. “Could be a good cultural experience for our kids!” I thought.

We arrived at a quaint outdoor amphitheater in the park with a fire pit, next to a tall tree. We sat in the outer area for observing and the participants stood within their sacred circle. As we watched the ritual unfold, each part of their ceremony reminded me of my intimate moments with Jesus. I thought my heart had been frozen in time, paralyzed by the pain and confusion of the cult we had been drowning in for years. My soul, that felt like it was gasping for air, had finally broke through a barrier and I gulped a lung full of life giving oxygen. For months I felt as though my soul couldn’t breathe and here I was, coming up to the surface again.

Lughnasadh, the festival of first harvest. The day we break bread and make offerings of gratitude. It’s the time of the season that marks the joy of first fruits and the bittersweet reality that dark days are ahead as Fall guides us into the winter months. For me it was the day of joy that my soul could still receive what Source had for me. I was finally able to realize that my soul’s journey did not need to rely on organized religion. Nature had taken a hold of me and embraced me with warmth, love, and offered me hope. The summer Sun was taking my religious wounds to the depths of the cold winter where it could be transformed by Mother Earth. I didn’t need to worry about the darkness, because I knew the Light was already working on my behalf. I looked forward to the journey from Lughnasadh, the first of the Harvest festivals, to Imbolc, the first of the Spring festivals. My heart sang of healing and hope, the hope that a new spiritual life was ahead.

Observing and celebrating Lughnasadh doesn’t require expensive items that are sure to break your bank. It’s a simple ritual of gratitude performed by you and your offerings are humble scatterings of oats, wheat, or seeds. Though this simple ritual seems meager on the surface, it’s meaning is deep and rich.

What do we have to be thankful for?

What seeds did we plant and how have they manifested this year?

Every gardener knows the excitement of seeing that first green bean, or that first plump strawberry. I’m reminded of the decision we make in that moment.

Do we gobble up that first gift from the earth or do we share with those closest to us?

Do we think to share with those in need?

Here is that tipping point where we either grow as a spiritual being or we create disease of the soul through greed.

Lughnasadh teaches me to grow from a thankful heart and share with others.

This first harvest is not to be confused with the final harvest. We still have work to do. Our garden still needs nourishment and we need to be careful to keep the beds clear of weeds that would like none other than to choke our vines and steal our fruit. Take only what’s needed, share from our abundance, and keep tending to the work.

While I am not a Druid in any organized fashion, my soul is fed from the beautiful ceremonies and traditions of my Celtic ancestors. As with many of us, our DNA has trickled down through multiple ancestors of our past. We are a melting pot of vibrant ancestral paths and I honor each path of my historical lineage. In the Celtic tradition of my great grandmother’s ancestry, I honor this path with Lugh. Lugh is the patron deity of this festival. He is the patron of scholars, craftsmen, warriors and magicians. I take this into consideration as I choose my offerings for this holy day.

I honor the scholars who have held our history and traditions in sacred space for our generations to learn from. I take my craft of aromatherapy and anoint candles with the aromas that correspond with Lughnasadh. I include the use of my blade and cut the diseased portions of my soul and cauterize the wounds with the blade heated by this month’s hot summer sun. I’m working my magic into my ritual with faith and hope that in the Spring there will be bounties of blessings awaiting me.

My altar of honor for Lugh and my ancestors include the traditional elements of wheat grain, oats, and seeds. Included are the fruits and vegetables of the season (in my region) are strawberries, tomatoes, pomegranate, and carrots. I bake a corn bread and offer honey butter to sweeten the ritual. Lets not forget a chalice for refreshment, sweet pomegranate juice!

I’m not a literalist in my practice. I follow my Guides and allow my intuition to guide me in my artistic placement of the elements on my altar. I encourage you to do the same.

Every portion of my ritual is a layer of magic that keeps me grounded in my practice. To learn more about layering your magic in personal practice consider joining my group on Facebook.

Magical blessings,

Sisterlisa

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My Relationship with Larimar

My personal story of working with Larimar is quite magical and intuitive. I was searching Pinterest for crystals, just for the mere pleasure of it. I came across Larimar and had never seen it before. I instantly fell in love and started pinning as much of it as possible. I love Pinterest! My crystal collection at Pinterest has become quite extensive. A few days later, I stumbled upon an online psychic who gave crystal readings. I was skeptical, of course. How could someone offer a reading online without my physical energy?

I was supposed to send in a question and I came up with a very complicated question regarding relationships (though I didn’t say who the relationship was with). The next day, I received an email from her and she recommended Larimar! The very stone I had just fallen in love with. Was the Universe beckoning me, or what?!? Now here’s the crazy synchronicity in this experience, my cryptic question to her had to do with kin. A very specific situation and her reading was *all about the very subject matter* that I had NOT disclosed to her. Larimar became one of my all time favorite crystals! I now use Larimar on our family altar.

Larimar is also known as the dolphin stone and corresponds to Atlantis and some say, Lemuria! Though the theory of Lemuria states the land would’ve been in the Indian Ocean. The Dominican Republic (where Larimar is mined) is in the Atlantic Ocean. Some speculate that any under water civilizations are connected to crystals associated with the Throat Chakra. There’s a lot of discussion, theory, and debate about ancient civilizations so we continue to explore the mysteries together.

Have you had a personal experience with Larimar? I’d love to hear about it.

Magical blessings,

Sisterlisa

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Afraid of your own Shadow?

We often see small children discovering their shadows and being frightened by them. Their tiny minds can’t understand why this dark figure is connected to them and following their every move. Even the groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, gets frightened and scurries back to his little hole in the ground if he sees his shadow at Imbolc.

Being afraid of one’s own shadow has been used as a hyperbole to indicate a person is frightened easily over small or imaginary things. Our imaginations can go wild when we’re tired or our tension level is on overdrive. Even our ancestors fears brought on wild imaginations which wreaked havoc on many women during the Salem Trials. When we don’t see things clearly (being in shadows), then our imaginations take over. It’s our mind’s way of trying to figure things out.

Many people will often reject our imaginations as evil and insist we ignore our imaginations. Then we have those who inspire us to use our imaginations to create wondrous magic in the world, as Walt Disney has done. His legacy reaches out to those with a youthful outlook and inspires us to tap into our creativity. Disney even has a unique program for Imagineers.

So as you can see, our imaginations can be quite powerful, it all depends on how you use it. We can hide from our shadows like the groundhog, or use our imaginations to find out how to create! We can create health!

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Our inner shadow is very similar to these analogies. When we hide from our shadow we allow fear to control our imaginations. This can lead to all kinds of sinister consequences. That is where the true evil waits for us. It waits in the fear, not in the shadow itself. Look at Disney’s Elsa as an example. Elsa has a beautiful gift, but the accident involving her sister caused her and her parents to fear her gift instead of embracing it. Their fear took them to a place of neglect. They hid from the truth about Elsa and that fear is what caused Elsa to grow out of control with her powers. Their imaginations ran wild and in turn, it hindered Elsa’s growth as a young woman. That fear robbed Elsa and Anna of their childhood and brought destruction when it came time for Elsa to be crowned Queen.

Our shadow represents the unknown. The often misunderstood aspects of ourselves. When we neglect it and hide it from the world, we’re actually hiding it from ourselves.

Lets take a look at the shadow from a different perspective. After all, seeing your shadow from differing angles and with different light can make all the difference.

You may have heard the phrase “being taken under her wing”. Being under a wing is a metaphor for protection, guidance, and apprenticeship. Those wings can provide shade (shadow) in extreme situations that require us to rest and be safe. Our shadow, or shade, is there for us. It can be of assistance when we need to protect ourselves or learn something intuitively. It’s that inner knowing like ‘Mother’s Intuition’ or that feeling you get when you feel danger is near. That’s when your ‘fight or flight’ response kicks in! What a great gift that shadow can be!

Your shade can be viewed as the heart of your soul. The place where your empathy grows. It can make you feel emotions to the fullest or (when traumatized) create great agony, as in the television series The Magicians. When your shade (shadow) has been traumatized, it needs to be nurtured and healed. Crystal therapy can do wonders to guide your shade to a place of healing. Modern therapies would include psychological support from a licensed professional. In some cases, medication may be required. It all depends on the depth of the trauma and the strength a person has to overcome.

When we listen to our shadows, they will whisper their secrets. It’s not always easy for them to speak up. It requires we be in a place of stillness in our spirits. We need a safe place to meet with our shade and hear what he/she communicates to us.

My recommendation for crystal support for communicating with your shadow are as follows:

Apache Tear Obsidian: This type of Obsidian is a beautiful element to work with as tears can be quite therapeutic for us. Dr. Judith Orloff gives us a simple example from her article at Psychology Today:

“Like the ocean, tears are salt water. Protectively they lubricate your eyes, remove irritants, reduce stress hormones, and they contain antibodies that fight pathogenic microbes. Our bodies produce three kinds of tears: reflex, continuous, and emotional.  Each kind has different healing roles.”

How often do you hear people say, “Don’t cry” as a method of consoling someone? When in fact, crying can be the most beneficial thing we can do to release those bottled up emotions.

Apache Tear Obsidian has that “smoky quartz” kind of color and transparency, which is often the quality that helps us to transmute negative energy. Transmuting negative energy is a method of metamorphosis to move from one existence into a more beautiful existence.

When I work with Apache Tear Obsidian, I like to pair them with Selenite.

Selenite, the crystal named after the Moon Goddess (Selene), offers a gentle glowing ‘light’ to guide us when healing our shadow. You may even wish to keep a Selenite Castle with you when you’re in therapy or keep it by your bedside. When we’re tired, especially at night, our minds protective barrier lowers to aid us in sleeping. However, when your shadow is in need of healing, it can often be the time when your imagination ‘falls of a cliff’and negative thoughts can come flooding to the surface. This can make it very difficult to get a good night’s sleep.

Selenite can be that ‘night light’ for the soul and help put your mind at ease. When hidden things have gentle illumination, it can make it easier and more gentle to understand. You can even get a lit base to place your Selenite Castle on to provide actual light in your space. (Note: this Amazon link is in conjunction with Smile.Amazon.com so a percentage of the sale goes to support The Pacific Whale Foundation).

I hope this has been useful and helpful for you in understanding what shadow is and the importance in accepting your shadow as a gift and to inspire you toward healing.

Magical blessings,

Sisterlisa

 

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Practical Moon Magic with Selenite

Have you ever considered the practical magic of the moon? We’re all  a part of this natural universe and intimately connected to all that is! Many spiritual paths teach that we come from Mother Earth in some fashion or another. Whether it’s from evolution or from the dust of the earth with the help of a Creator, we are one! 

It’s often said that the moon is connected to the female monthly cycle. Even tea companies market special blends marketed as Moon Cycle or PMS tea. Magical practitioners often serve women as crystal healers, aromatherapists, and herbalists to create a treatment plan to assist and support them for overall wellness.

But have you thought about how similar we, as women, are to the moon?

The Moon is responsible for our ocean’s tide, making her intimately connected to our water energy. With her weaker gravitational pull, she exhibits the uplifting benefit of making us feel weightless from our worries. Since the Moon has no atmosphere, there is no sound and the “sky” always appears black. Drawing upon the energy of the moon can be beneficial in meditation as we seek solace and stillness.

The Moon’s rocky substance consists of Iron and Magnesium, both elements that women lose during their monthly cycle. Which makes our draw to the moon each month all the more understandable.

There is one thing we all have in common, our love of the moon.

Next we come to the magical name of the moon, Luna. Luna is known all over the world under different names, one of which is Selene. This is where we get the name, Selenite. Selenite is named after the Moon Goddess herself. She is the patron deity of our Mother Earth’s only natural satellite. Selene is a Goddess in the Greek Pantheon, often said to be riding her chariot across the sky. The crescent moon is sometimes likened to the bull’s horns, making a Taurus moon quite special.

When I’m working with Moon energy, I immediately go to my Selenite tools and the associated elements with herbs and essential oils.

Herbs associated with the Moon include, but are not limited to,

White Sage
Clary Sage
Chamomile
Lotus
White Roses
Night Blooming Jasmine

Crystals Associated with the Moon:

Selenite
Moonstone
Pearl
Abalone

In my shop are various Selenite listings to aid you in your spiritual practice.

Selenite Castles can be placed by the bedside table for eliminating fear (substitute for a night light), especially for children. It’s their angelic spirit light to keep the space gently illuminated with energy for expelling dark entities.

Selenite is a great gift for anyone moving into a new home for harnessing new-home blessings.
Keep one in a spare bedroom used for guests.
Keep in your specimen curio cabinet to help your crystal collection to remain balanced in their natural energies.

Selenite Slabs: Use these plates for placing jewelry on, over night, to cleanse and balance any intruding energy that followed you home.
Use as a method of keeping anointing oils clear and balanced. Place anointing oil bottles atop the plate during the full moon.
Keep wherever you store your white ritual candles.
Use as an altar piece. Create a mini altar atop the plate.

Selenite Wands Wrapped with Wire and Adorned with Crystals for use in your ceremonial practice.

*Carnelian- Known as the stone of energy and focus, when combined with Selenite can bring clarity to your energy and help keep your gaze front and center.
*Kyanite- Often used as a tool for psychic practitioners, becomes a powerful ally to have clear perception.
*Rhodochrosite- Exhibits tender and loving energy, making this combination with Selenite a perfect tool for feminine needs.
*Charoite- One of Mother Nature’s premiere dream stones and illuminator of truth, allowing access to lessons learned in past lives, healing emotional fears.

All of these items can be found in my Etsy shop. The link is at the top of my website.

I have a special class about Selenite and the moon correspondences planned for you in our Facebook group. You can join here.

Magical Blessings,

Sisterlisa

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Dancing Solo When We Need To

Part of my journey, actually a rather large part of my journey, has been a quest for healing inner wounds. Wounds that manifested outwardly. An empowering revelation rose up from within that unveiled this mysterious (and yet not hidden) path forward. It wasn’t something told to me by a human, though there are people who teach this. I had not previously heard of it. But isn’t that how the Universe tends to work? Somehow, the vibe made its way in me and I listened. I felt. And I began to allow it to unfold.

 

It’s not a religion, though there is a practice. There is faith. There is hope. To walk this life in a spirit energy that heals the self and by extension those around us.

There’s a tightly knit mentality and energy in this world that seeks to prohibit this kind of empowerment and freedom. It holds very little power, actually. We’re in an era of enlightenment yet again. Further opening of the eyes. We need to keep the momentum going.

There is also a huge fight against that tightly knit web. Like a rope weaved. I can’t help but wonder if there’s a place for something like this. But the liberty we have has been oppressed for so long that the weaved rope overpowered and has been off balance for too many years.

Imagine that rope as a safety net, or perhaps a form of protection. But when it overpowers us, it becomes a prison. Very difficult to move and breathe and have our being.

So we have risen from the depth, like a Phoenix, burning through the rope and leaving it in ashes as we fly above.

 

The weavers are frantically trying to hold their charred and frayed ends together and add in new fibers to create again. Mislead by fear perhaps. Thinking this massive net is needed for everyone. But it inhibits our liberty.

There are also those who want to burn every fiber in the weaver’s tool box. Never to have a net again.

But there’s a balance. We need to honor the balance and wisely discuss how we can help one another. To honor one another. To listen to one another. Duality is a balance and we can be in unity while dancing solo when we need to.

Consider joining one or more of our classes to learn how to create your unique solo dance.

Magical blessings,

Sisterlisa

 

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Magical Vocabulum: Consecrate

Magical Vocabulum: Consecrate- Dedicate formally for a divine purpose.

I came from a background of believing only clergy could consecrate something, but truth is anyone can consecrate something. We consecrate tools for spiritual use, we consecrate our dedicated space for crystals, and we even consecrate the dining room table for family meal time. It’s a practice that has evolved and been modernized over the years. We just probably don’t recognize that what we’re doing is consecration.

There’s a beautiful artistry in the practice of consecrating. Maybe the word itself mystifies you. To consecrate something is to create a purpose filled intention or dedication. You might want to consecrate your yoga mat, your new car, an office, or even your bath time ritual supplies. There’s an intuitive creativity in this practice and you get to decide what that looks like. This is where you are the priestess and you set the intentions for your intuitive practice. One effective way to consecrate is with a practice called smudging. When we smudge, we smoldering a sage bundle so the smoke can cleanse the space or item to prepare for ceremony.

My work in this world is to provide sacred space for your spiritual liberty to take shape. We live in a world where leaders often seek to control every aspect of our lives, but we retain the power of personal autonomy. Venturing into this intuitively free practice can sometimes bring harsh criticism from loved ones, but they don’t have spiritual authority over you unless you give it to them. We have a community on Facebook where you can gain support in your practice and learn from others like you. You can join us here.

I also have some classes that may be of interest to you. Check out these listings to see which resonates with you and sign up there for an email alert when registration opens.

Magical blessings,

Sisterlisa

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Why Use Spiritual Tools?

When I came away from a lengthy sojourn in organized religion, I forsook the idea of ritual and spiritual tools, books, etc. I felt trapped in a box, spiritually suffocating. My path to healing required that I seek the spiritual without the tangible. Through my studies of world religions and ancient practices I came to understand the importance of tools and ritual, though I still embraced the freedom we have in not using any of it. Truth is, humans seek rituals and tools for spiritual growth. It offers us the tangible feeling of being included in something greater than ourselves.

In modern times, we see humans seeking ritual and inclusion in society through sports (Superbowl anyone?). Though a majority of Superbowl fans are men, women likewise will wear their sports colors, jersey, face paint, and cook up those smashing tailgate burgers. We also have holiday rituals that many don’t attribute any religious significance such as St Patty’s Day with green ale and gathering at the local Irish pub.

We participate in a variety of practices with tools from blowing out candles on a birthday cake to toasting a bride and groom at a wedding. Our modern lives still welcome and honor ancient traditions meant for inclusion, identity, and growth. Many have been modernized, but we’re also in a time of resurrecting the ways of the old world.

 

The most practical way I like to describe the use of spiritual tools is by giving an example.

When a woman goes into labor she is encouraged to have a focal point to use during her breathing exercises. The focal point doesn’t literally bring the baby into this world, but it assists the mother in keeping focus on the work she is doing, giving birth. Bringing an infant into this life is excruciating both physically and mentally. We want to make the birth a beautiful experience in every way, though messy bedsheets and sweat isn’t the most glamorous. So we pack special clothes for ourselves and the baby. We bring focal points, music, and even holy books for blessing the baby’s birthday. We invite special people from our inner circle to come gather, support, and love the family. We deliver meals to the home and watch the baby so mama can shower. This is a spiritual event filled with practices, rituals, and tools.

Life is like the birth canal. We go through travail, sweat, tears, pain, and joy. It can be quite messy, but we can transform it into a beautiful journey with gorgeous tools and practices to highlight the best parts of the paths we travel.

Then we have another way of describing the importance of spiritual tools. I called it intuitive art. Through our creativity and intuition, we can craft spiritual practices with a colorsplash of natural elements. We pull together seeds, leaves, flowers, crystals, shells, and so much more to be used on the canvas of life. Creating meditative grids, mandalas, and even sculpting, painting, and gardening are all intuitive ways we can use our tools to manifest wellness and abundance.

 

We use spiritual tools to ease our discomfort in this life. We develop rituals to bring meaning to what we’re experiencing. We create artistic expressions of our journey to tell our stories to those coming after us.

As I mentioned earlier, I embrace the freedom we have in not using spiritual tools and practices. However, life is so much more enjoyable when we do.

I’d like to invite you to join my class Magical Tools so you can learn all about the different ways you can incorporate the elements into your practice. You can learn more about it here.

Magical blessings,

Sisterlisa

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Abundance Principles- Intention

Intention: When we’re planting seeds for a specific outcome, we plant with intention. We plant with care, consideration, and purpose. Scattering seeds in the wind has very little opportunity for manifestation. Are you ready for the next New Moon? That’s the time to make some definitive intentions.

Here are a few tips to setting your intentions:

Use the magic of your scripting hand by writing your intentions down on paper.

Be careful what you wish for.

May your intentions be for the highest good of all.

Plan your intentions with gratitude.

Magical blessings,

Sisterlisa

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Abundance Principles- Self Reflection

Self Reflection: I would venture to say most people do not practice self-reflection. Looking inward is often met with fear and resistance and these are limiting to our personal growth and development. We want to create sacred space where abundance can thrive, but we need to look inward and be able to recognize the areas that need our healing attention.

Let me ease your fears and resistance to practicing self reflection. When you look within, Source is going to guide you to what you can safely handle, yet enough to challenge you to make steps toward change. Because once you make a change, no matter how small, it’s going to be significant enough to start a chain reaction of changes to lead you to total transformation.

Here are some crystals to support you in your transformation journey:

Peacock Ore: Peacock Ore, is gloriously splashed with metallic colors. It is said to be supportive of anyone who is working inwardly to make positive changes in their lives.

Moldavite: It’s no wonder Moldavite is a crystal well sought after, it’s formed from a meteorite that hit the earth and created this very unique piece of magic. Can we harness its power to transform ourselves in such a treasured manner as it transformed bits of earth?

Amethyst: In Greek, Amethyst means “not intoxicated” and is often the crystal people turn to when they want a positive change in life. It’s perfect for those in recovery from addiction.

Using these three crystals together is a powerhouse trio for ultimate transformation.

Magical blessings,

Sisterlisa

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Crystal Healing on a Budget

Many lovers of Crystal wellness can become overwhelmed with the investment cost of crystals, but you don’t have to collect pricey stones to work your wellness magic. When I started my Crystal journey, I began with one green calcite stone that cost me about $4.

Over the years I have hunted for good deals to increase my wellness collection which includes crystals, sage, lavender, essential oils and much more. The very first thing I had to do was to release limiting beliefs.

Once I did that, The Universe opened the opportunity and possibility for me to begin my essential oil business. I began anointing myself, my home, and my path with oils for abundance, focus, and light work which broadened my opportunities.

I hunted for opportunities to find crystals according to my budget. Visiting meta stores, street fairs, gem fairs, and even TJMaxx/Home Goods and thrift shops. When you hunt, you find!

Now I’m creating magic for myself, my friends and loved ones, and launched a Crystal Wellness component to my business. It IS possible, my friends!

I’m excited to share more with you and hope you’ll release those limiting beliefs.  Start anointing your intuitive path today. You’ll see the supplies making their way into your practice. Broaden your imagination to make space for your collection.

Magically yours,
Sisterlisa