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Folklore Magic to Inspire the Imagination

Folklore is Taylor Swift’s 8th album and her second album owned by her. She brings us this mesmerizing collection of lullabies to heal us during the pandemic. The forest witch aesthetic of her album exudes a cool fresh fantasy to escape to. Even in her Cardigan music video, she is seen in her nightgown in bare feet with her hair wound up in braided buns. The color scheme of green moss in a forest with waterfalls and a portal piano reminds us that it’s acceptable to find peace in tales and imagination.

This folklore collection of crystals was inspired by her album (specifically Cardigan). I pulled together green moss, Petrified Wood, Chlorite Green Quartz Generator, mini birch logs, pine cones, tumbled clear Quartz, Peridot and Black Onyx chip stones, and Green Kyanite.

This folklore inspired grid carries the intentions of renewal, rebirth, healing, regeneration, ancient wisdom, and calming energy. You can receive a portion of this grid, but be sure to note in your purchase “folklore collection” so your shipment contains elements from this specific grid. Offer while supplies last. If you would like to purchase this entire grid, please contact me as soon as possible. Once treasures begin to sell this particular grid, in whole, won’t be available. However, I can create a new one and hold ritual again to bless it for you.

This grid was blessed with a palo santo cleansing ritual and a fairy chime sound bath.

All treasures come gift wrapped.

Magical blessings,

Sisterlisa

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Lemurian Sea Magic for Untold Manifesting Power

This collection of crystals and sea urchin fossil is reminiscent of the ancient lore of Lemuria and the golden shores now hidden from us. While scientists have yet to discover this fantastical land, our imaginations breathe life into the tales of its knowledge and power. We are a funny sort of human race, given to folklore and imagination at every turn. However, imagination is a key to our magic and accessing that spark is crucial to manifesting our gifts.

This stunning Lemurian collection includes deeply magical Blue Calcite towers (popularly known as Lemurian Blue Calcite, gleaming Clementine Aura Quartz, double terminated Quartz wands, angelic blue Celestite crystals, miniature Copper nuggets, and a fossilized Sea Urchin. The Blue Calcite towers are geometrically arranged into a star pattern to represent Lemuria’s distant divine energy and protection. The Tangerine Aura Quartz is in an inverted star pattern to compliment the Blue Calcite’s positioning. The outer corona of this grid follows the same pattern with double terminated Quartz and Celestite crystals. This grid is anchored by the Fossilized Sea Urchin to represent the magic and wisdom of the sea and adds its circular symbolism of Lemuria’s original perfect state. The grid is then encircled with a steady flow of Copper to conduct its magnificent energy out into the universe.

You can take the plunge into this magic and receive a portion of this grid while supplies last. This Lemurian Collection was bathed in sound energy, cleansed with sage, and blessed in ritual with a conch shell trumpet. If you’re interested in the entire grid please contact me as soon as possible. When you’ve completed your shopping please include a note to indicate your purchase is to include crystals from this grid by simply noting the word “Lemurian Collection” at check out.

Magical blessings,

Sisterlisa

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Witches Celebrate Mabon Because This is How They Conjure the Most Powerful Magic

Of all the enticing elements of witchcraft, the one thing curious folks always ask is how to conjure powerful magic. Mabon is the second of the three harvest festivals celebrated by pagans and witches alike. This treat filled holy day offers the blessings (and magic) of apples, gathering with loved ones, and the opportunity to collectively harness one of the most powerful aspects of witchcraft…gratitude. I know.. you probably thought I was going to tell you some hidden sequence of words that would instantly grant you access to all the powers of the universe. Well, I actually did just that. Gratitude is one of the most impressive methods of magic anyone can learn.

I’m not talking about your basic “Thank you”. Expressing gratitude should never be reduced to a tiny ‘thx’ in your text window. These abbreviated versions of thanksgiving are casual ways of expressing a surface layer of magic that seldom results in the kind of manifestation we long for. I’m not dismissing the quick responses we give each other, but there’s impressive truth to be told in how we express gratitude.

Mabon has long been held as a festival of thanks giving. Long before the early travelers came upon the eastern shores of what we now call America, people knew the ancient art of gratitude. Our rushed society of instant gratification has nearly lost it’s spark and the art of true manifestation is fizzling out faster than the sands of time. You don’t want to be that one witch trying to work her magic at the eleventh hour.

While Americans look forward to November’s fourth Thursday to sample Grandma’s apple pie and Aunt Betty’s green bean casserole, Witches take deep internal inventory during Mabon. On the surface, we taste the exquisite flaky buttery crust that social gatherings offer us. We decorate with orange pumpkins, crunchy brown leaves, and maroon vines entangle the candlesticks on the table. We craft spells together and bake cornbread mandalas. We anticipate the aromas of harvest and laugh with children crunching on caramel coated apples. The happiness this holy day gives us can’t hold a candle to the joy the deeper magic can bestow upon us. Gratitude is a profound mystery hidden beneath the mantel of our core.

Crystals for Prosperity and Abundance

Working with the magic of gratitude is a significant discipline that requires an earnest level of humility. Mabon isn’t just about feasting on the fruits of our labor. It’s a diligent observance of all the details that yield the magnificent cornucopia of desire. When your truest desires manifest, you unleash untapped power from within.

Mabon isn’t the only season to conjure this magic. You can do so any time of the year. Mabon just happens to be a designated season where we polish and refine our practice. Join us in our Circle of Intuition as we delve deeper this month into the artistry of gratitude. We begin observing Mabon on September 21st and the celebration continues until September 29th.

Season’s Blessings,

Sisterlisa

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How to Build a Successful Crystal Grid to Immediately Manifest Rain

Creating a crystal grid to manifest rain is serious business. Weather magic shouldn’t be taken lightly or done on a whim. As a priestess, our work is a great work that requires self-discipline and discernment. We’re here to support Mother Earth and all creatures who reside here and should never work magic that could have negative consequences. You can open another browser and listen to this ambient healing music while reading.

Crystals needed-

  • Center: Large Clear Quartz
  • Inner Circle: 8 small celestite crystals to represent the 8 sabbats in the Wheel of the Year
  • Center Circle: 4 aqua aura quartz points with 4 celestite crystals, each to represent the 4 elements.
  • Outer circle: 24 celestite crystals to represent the last two years of drought. (adjust according to your needs)
  • Corona: The outer most corona of the grid has 8 clear quartz points to represent the directions and quarter directions, N, NE, NW, S, SE, SW, E, W.
  • Tiger’s Eye: Not shown in grid, set off to the side, to represent the wisdom of the gods and goddesses who decide how much rain and when to stop precipitation.

Other tools needed

  • Sage
  • Rain stick
  • Chimes
  • Drum

Prior to building the grid:

  • Sage cleanse all crystals
  • Self reflection meditation to cleanse inward intentions.
  • Bless the work space and the crystals with chimes.

Arrange the grid beginning with the center and working outward in a clockwise motion to represent forward movement of rain. With each crystal placement, give thanks and offer prayer for rain. When you place the directional crystals, give thanks to the directions. Using the rain stick, begin movement of stick to create the sound healing while working with your intention to bring rain. Visualize the ecosystem collecting the evaporation from the local bodies of water to collect the moisture into the atmosphere to create the clouds. Encircle the space above the grid with the rain stick three times, while turning the stick to create the sound of rain. Next, work with your ritual drum and begin drumming at the pace of your heartbeat. Continue the drumming for 3 minutes. While drumming, begin gentle summoning of the wind to move the clouds into position. Visualize the rain gently releasing then becoming more consistent. Once your visualization is complete, give thanks. Allow grid to remain in place until the rains come and replenish the location needing the rain. Remember that our environment takes time to create rain. Be patient. As soon as the rains begin, offer thanks and deconstruct the grid.

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How to Deconstruct Your Crystal Grid

Approach the deconstruction of your grid with reverence and gratitude. Meditate and offer thanks for the response from the Universe (your gods etc). Beginning with the North point, begin removing each crystal, counterclockwise from the outer corona then inward. You’ll be working in this clockwise order until the grid is unraveled completely. Once complete, sage cleansing the work space. You can also work with a singing bowl in Note B, as seen here.

Create an offering of thanks for a body of water near you (pond, lake ocean etc). White flower petals are a nice offering.

Cleanse your crystals with a bell and gently wash with water and mild natural soap. Place crystals under the next full moon, overnight.

Be blessed and I pray this grid brings you the blessings of water energy.

As with all magical work, be sure to replenish yourself. Drink water and meditate, maintaining your center.

If you have any questions please comment below for further guidance.

Blessed Be,

Sisterlisa

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Conjur Your Inner Magic and Rise Above the Crisis

We’ve been quarantining since March and the days seem to disappear like sand through loosely woven wicker. Our dance steps stumble while we reach out for something stable to balance ourselves on. There’s been an overwhelming dread of the unknown, this invisible threat is our daily monster and our swords can’t even see this dragon in order to slay it. We ask ourselves if the next time we drive by to wave at grandma, if it’s the last time we’ll see her. We remind her to wear a mask when food deliveries arrive and we’re quick to leave Yelp reviews for other customers to know which stores are the safest. Some days I feel like the family in the film, The Quiet Place. Being careful of every step. Wiping down all groceries, disinfecting touch points, properly wearing masks, avoiding people by six feet distancing. Not one step can falter, we must remain vigilant and balanced. It can be exhausting. This collective crisis has affected the entire planet.

It’s time to awaken our folk magic

We’re on the sixth month of this trek and I feel like we’re not even to Mordor yet. We all need our own Samwise Gamgee to help sustain us. This journey leaves us parched and we battle through our fears the best we can. This week I feel like we woke up in the misty mountains of Lothl√≥rien when I listened to Taylor’s latest album, folklore. She certainly captured the elven oasis we all needed access to. She invited us into her musical portal to another realm to rest and be refreshed.

Among all the disinfecting of surfaces and hand washing our cloth masks, it was time to conduct an intense cleansing of my altar space. The Full Moon, Saturn, and Jupiter came into alignment revealing our need for ritual. All the crystals and tools need to be cleansed and the energy refocused. While I stand in solidarity with my human race, I have to find my own balance again. This collective crisis will not defeat my spirit.

It’s time to roll up the sleeves of our ritual robes and reignite the fires of magic. Throughout history, people of various religions knew that when crisis came upon them it was time to pray, march, and sing. It’s time to take out that wand and our other intuitive tools. We have a great work to do.

We can’t stop encouraging one another. Now is the time to get serious and not loose ground. Dig our heels in and do the great work of our ancestors.

We must be consistent and not waver. Our families and loved ones need to know there IS a future waiting for us. Don’t wait until the future surprises you, be ready for it. Create your daily ritual and be faithful with it. Anoint the door posts, sage the home, diffuse essential oils. Liven up your home, write letters to loved ones, and cook together. The holidays are just around the corner. Organize your recipe cards, plan the feast details, get your shopping done early. We’re not sure yet if we will have the same old traditional holiday gatherings, but we can and should create the most memorable holiday ever. These traditions are our rituals of love and friendship. The storytelling of Dickens and Disney have long been told around our homes every year, but what story are we telling this year? Maybe Taylor has that keen magical insight we need to learn from, folklore. It’s time to unleash your magic, dear folk people.

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Blessed Be,

Sisterlisa

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Taylor Swift Bewitches Us With Folklore and Magic

This last week has all been about folklore, the latest and 8th studio album by Taylor Swift. I couldn’t have guessed she would choose this title for her exquisite collection of new lullabies. Though it’s absolute perfection for us during this global pandemic to bring us into a kingdom where folklore meets us in the cold dark shadows and guides us into the warm light with a hypnotic spell she casts from the magical seat of her piano. Story telling, folklore, and metaphors are my passion and maybe that’s part of why I’m drawn to her music. It speaks to my spirit.

Taylor introduces us to her world through a forest cabin we can only dream of. A cauldron by the hearth, a wicker broom stands next to her, with bare feet in a cotton nightgown. She plays her magical piano that opens a portal to a fairy realm with fantastic waterfalls, cool green moss, and ancient trees. She cast a spell and I happily surrender to this remarkable storytelling.

Taylor enters her magical piano portal

This lullaby is reminiscent of the night time stories we loved as small children. The magical story telling that made it easier for us to escape our fears of the dark and our worldly worries so we could drift of to sleep peacefully. Ancient folklore, mythology, and legends inspire us and comfort us. Which is exactly what we need during this global pandemic.

Taylor Swift in her fantastic realm called, cardigan.

The stories of our ancestors were historically told orally, memorized, and passed down to generations to come. We know the tales of heroic Thor, the siren song story of the little mermaid, and the never ending rabbit hole to wonderland. These tales taught us mystery, courage, and wisdom to carry us through countless battles with mystical beasts.

Taylor peeking into her magic piano stool to another world unknown

Sometimes the stories infiltrated our hearts with fright, but we battled those monsters of Grimm with battle axes and other incredulous weapons of war. These are the fables that plow into our souls to show us where our fears sit so we can unseat them and toss them into the abyss of flames to become ashes of our past. These adventures take us into cold places where we’re met with our own reflections. These opportunities to discover who we really are, what we’re really made of. Where we defeat dragons.

Taylor swimming to her life boat piano.

Folklore has traditionally been a vehicle for our learning. It’s been an avenue for growth. A highway for change. We’re given time to pause and reflect on our choices. Gifted storytelling rips at our souls, pulls weeds from hard ground, and cultivates moist rich soil for possibilities.

Taylor Swift saving herself with the magic of her music.

This oral tradition of stories weaves a pattern for survival whenever humans go through a collective chaos whether that be a pandemic, financial disruptions, or even mass deaths from war. Our heroes victories gain momentum and become legends for their sacrifice for the greater good. Where are the heroes today? This pandemic we’re staggering through has shown us the value and importance of our health care professionals. They’re our modern legends and their stories are being told to give us pause about our next steps out of our homes. When humans are faced with a global crisis we stand in solidarity with one another.

Taylor finding her comfort in her cardigan.

This album, folklore, arrived in our world right when we needed it. Millions of Swifties are tweeting about their uncontrollable crying while listening to this magical collection of lullabies. The perfect combination of instruments, the tone, the beats, and the lyrics to set the stage for our journey to safety. This sound healing that vibrates to our core and whispers, “Everything is going to be ok. We’ll get through this together.” Surviving a pandemic is new territory for us. Most of the world’s population has never experienced such a togetherness crisis before. The collective fear manufactures a hysteria in a way we’re not accustomed to. Humans scatter under a plunging wave like fish when a rock is hurled into their peaceful coral reef. Voices in leadership have been so divided. Families stuck at home sorting through their emotions alone. Depression, fear, agony. In the early days of America, Puritans experienced a similar fate. Would they, will we, die?

This stillness of folklore reminds us to go within, to be grounded again. To dig our heels into the earth and breathe deep. It’s perfectly acceptable to allow our minds to wander through this storytelling, it brings an escape..a healing. The queen of song writing offered our culture an opportunity to embrace the power of folklore to carry us through this storm. In 1964, The Beatles came to America and their music brought healing to an entire generation. Here we are, repeating history. We’ll be ok, we’ll get through this…together.

“Love you to the Moon and to Saturn, passed down like folk songs, the love lasts so long.” ~Taylor Swift

Magical blessings,

Sisterlisa

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Don’t let TV Evangelists Ruin your Prosperity Magic

Manifesting prosperity can be a controversial topic as numerous mega church leaders preach about prosperity all while prompting followers for donations and enjoying a lavish lifestyle. How do we, as spiritual leaders, offer guidance about prosperity without falling into the same mega trap? Don’t let TV evangelists ruin your prosperity magic.

I’ve been there, sitting in the pew and stuffing envelopes with what little money we had at the time, living in a tiny trailer and the preacher lived in a substantial sized home on a large piece of property in the country just outside the city limits. Someone sure was manifesting prosperity, but it sure wasn’t me.

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After leaving we found our earth based spiritual path and got caught up in a ‘pagan’-ish new-agey group, but again we kept hearing messages about prosperity coupled with advertising at the end of ritual. As a business owner I understanding marketing. Advertising is the bread and butter of a business, but not coupled with ritual. Ritual is sacred. The sacred moments of our spiritual journey work should not be entangled with live commercials before dismissing everyone with ‘namaste’.

Most prosperity teachings I’ve seen in the New Age community are centered around money. Not to say manifesting money is bad, but prosperity is SO MUCH MORE than just money.

The etymology of the word ‘prosper’ is rooted in Old Latin as pro spere, ‘according to one’s expectation, one’s hope’ and sped meaning speed. To prosper is about hope and our world needs a lot of it! We have forsaken the true meaning of prosper and chased after materialism.

Some of the world’s wealthiest people testify that money is nothing if you don’t have someone to live life with and to achieve your hopes together with. It all boils down to this… what are you hoping for?

Are we hoping to stuff the empty spaces of our hearts with material items? Mundane items won’t fulfill the heart nor heal our wounds, but allow me to share with you a little secret. When we hope to prosper in the heart, we will manifest a life of hope and prosperity. Hope comes first and prosperity comes last. However, there’s an in between space that holds the key to it all, belief. Some would say faith. We hope, then believe, then manifest.

That’s the order of things in the universe. When we work in the order the universe has set up for us we can achieve speedily and efficiently.

When we plan our intentions and set them loose in the world we need to work with the order of the universe. Look inward and make sure you’re in alignment with your best self. When we heal inwardly we hold more power to manifest outwardly.

Once we’re in alignment we can begin setting our intentions. There’s numerous creative ways to do this. One simple way I like to set intentions is with pen and paper. I always say there’s power in the pen. Not that the actual pen holds the power, it’s actually in us as we write with the pen. I have a free class in our group if you’d like to learn, just join our Circle of Intuition and look through the past events.

Another way to set intentions is with an intention jar. We made intention jars at our Mabon event. Everyone started with a small empty jar. You can use an old baby food jar, a jam jar, or spice jar. You can also get cute little jars at craft supply stores in a variety of shapes. Choose one that suits you.

We then layered in herbs, spices, salts, crystals, and you can use an oil to anoint the top rim of the jar just before adding your cork. Work with ingredients that correspond with the intentions you’re setting. Chant your intentions into the jar with each ingredient. For example: “With this lavender I set my intentions for healing and serenity.”

Once you’re done place the cork on and drip melting wax to seal the cork to the jar. You can also wrap a color string or ribbon around the neck and add charms if you’d like. Here is a list of recommended ingredients for prosperity work.

Cinquefoil. Cinquefoil is a five petaled flower with five leaves. The number of petals and leaves represents love, money, health, power, and wisdom. Each of these traits balance one another.

Bay Leaf. Bay leaves are perfect for setting intentions as they are large enough to write on them. You can write one word or a sigil of whatever you’re intending to manifest. You can either place the leaf in the jar or burn it first and add the ash. I recommend you use a food coloring pen.

Cinnamon. I like cinnamon because it works well for prosperity and for protection. You can add a small cinnamon stick or a layer of ground cinnamon. I’ve written about the magic of cinnamon right here.

Chamomile. Chamomile is known for welcoming in abundance. For further information about how abundance works see the categories list to the right of this post. Dried chamomile flower buds can be purchased at most health food stores in their bulk tea section or you can order them online from an organic supplier.

Cloves. For this kind of intentional work I prefer to work with whole cloves rather than ground. Cloves are known for luck, love, and protection. Layer your cloves into the jar.

Himalayan Salt. I like to add healing salt because it’s also very cleansing and can help keep our motives pure so we can avoid distractions from our ultimate goal.

Basil Essential Oil. When I anoint the rim of my jar I like to work with Basil Essential Oil. Make sure you’re working with an unadulterated essential oil for best manifestation results. Avoid using fragrance oils as they usually contain ingredients that aren’t cohesive with intentional work.

Citrine. Add a Citrine chip stone or small tumbled Citrine for added crystal magic. Citrine is widely known for prosperity and success.

Green Aventurine. Green Aventurine is known for inviting in money. You can either add it inside the jar or adhere it to the top of the cork.

Honey Calcite. I like to work with Honey Calcite to make sure I keep a sweet spirit in all my magical work. It also represent the hard work of a busy worker bee and all our manifestation work requires diligent hard work.

Unicorn Dust. You can use food grade glitter in the color associated with your intention. It’s always fun to add a bit of sparkle.

I hope your intentional work always brings the very best for you. While TV (and youtubers) leave a bad taste in our mouths about how they work with prosperity, we will rise above it . We have a great work to do while we pass on wisdom that will span far beyond the generations.

Magical blessings,

Sisterlisa

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The Science Behind Gratitude Healing

As priestesses/spiritual guides there’s this great work we do each day to find balance for ourselves first, then to guide others there too. Gratitude is the basis of a spiritual life and when we have a regular practice of gratitude we can become happier individuals. There really is a science behind practicing gratitude.

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Studies have shown that people who have a regular and consistent practice of gratitude tend to be calmer and happier. When we’re neglectful of that practice we become irritable, selfish, and self-destructive.

Sometimes people have a difficult time thinking of what to be thankful for and even the simplest things don’t come to mind. If your stress and tension is so overwhelming that you forget that you can be thankful for the roof over your heads or that you have at least one person you can get a hug from then starting a spiritual gratitude practice for yourself is a priority that should start immediately.

Maybe even those two initial things are difficult for you to reach out for. Stress and depression can cloud our judgement and create a conflict within ourselves that inhibits us from thinking positively about things we really can be thankful for. I would recommend some memory recall rituals to help bring back some feelings of joy that you’ve had in the past. When we can visualize those memories and emotions they travel back through portals of grace so we can experience them again. Once you have those emotional moments back in the present it can make it easier to start your gratitude practice.

Our minds and emotions leave imprints on us when we’re going through experiences, whether good or difficult. When those imprints are made they become a part of our brain activity, both conscious and at a subconscious level. Many times the trauma we experience become embedded in our subconscious and our chaotic emotions trickle out in ways that seem confusing to others around us. Has anyone asked, “What’s wrong with you today?” and you honestly didn’t know? Something that had imprinted on you may be trying to emerge so you can process it. However, our conscious mind doesn’t always welcome those experiences and we end up blocking the portal and those traumatic experiences continue to fester.

Working with gratitude can help heal the soul and improve our overall joy and well-being. When you have a strong practice of gratitude it makes it easier to work through the past trauma, making room for healing to happen.

Maybe you’ve seen friends post in social media about things they’re thankful for. That’s good too, but I highly recommend you work with paper and a writing utensil. Here are some ways to make your practice enjoyable.

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Use a colorful piece of paper. Choose a color that you love! If you don’t have colored paper, use a colored pencil or crayon to doodle hearts, flowers, or any other design that comes naturally to you. You’ll want to personalize your paper.

Anoint your paper with aromatics. You can anoint with an essential oil that lifts your mood or a favorite fragrance of body spray or perfume. When you add your personal touches to the paper you’re layering your magic to prepare for bountiful manifestation. Anoint all four corners to represent the directions and elements.

Use a pen or colored pencil in a color that lifts you. My favorite color is pink so I often write with pink ink pens. You can even anoint the shaft of your pen/pencil with the same oil or fragrance you used on the paper.

Light a candle. I find something truly powerful about lighting a specific kind of candle when I’m working with the power of the pen. I like to use white because it’s associated with diamonds and diamond is my birthstone. The only diamond I actually own is my wedding ring so a crystal I work with is Herkimer Quartz, nickname Herkimer Diamond. I place the Herkimer next to the candle when I light it. You can also anoint your candle with the same oil you used earlier.

“It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.” ~Eckhart Tolle

Each day you’ll want to perform this ritual before you write. You can even write down a chant or affirmation associated with your practice. Repeat it three times when you light your candle, prior to writing.

Start with writing down three things you’re thankful for. It can be anything you’re glad about such as a sunny day. Maybe you’re thankful it’s a cloudy day. People have different preferences. Are you thankful for warm clothes on a chilly day? Are you thankful for having reading glasses so you can see? It can be the simplest of things.

Take three deep breaths after each thing you write down. Allow yourself to breathe in gratitude and exhale slowly. Repeat a chant with each breath.

  • Deep breath in…”I’m thankful for….” (and visualize it)
  • Slow exhale out… “I’m thankful for…”
  • Do this three times for each item on your list.

The next day you’ll do this again with three new things. After your last set of three breaths, repeat the first three from the day before. Repeat all these steps for seven days.

At the end of the seventh day, take time to reflect on your week.

How did your emotions transform during the week? Did you feel more outgoing? Did you find yourself smiling more often? Did you receive little (or big) blessings? Did you count them and write them down? Make sure you write down all the things you noticed during that week and give thanks for each of them by speaking those words out loud. What we speak, we manifest! This is the science of gratitude healing.

Thankful for you,

Sisterlisa

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There’s No War Between Samhain and Halloween

I grew up in California enjoying Halloween with all my friends. That was back in the day when most neighbors handed out candy and we could safely go ‘trick or treating’ on our own. I loved carving pumpkins and bobbing for apples. My favorite part of Halloween was dressing up and sorting through our candy at the end of the night. While Halloween is very much an American tradition, I didn’t know what Samhain was until I was an adult. Every year we see the debate about “The War on Christmas”, but there’s no war between Samhain and Halloween.

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I first learned about pagan holy days when I was steeped in fundamentalist Christianity. My only source for ‘truth’ was what Christians told me….until I found Google. (Thanks, Google!)

Once we departed from that commune of belief, I started to see more about pagan tradition, cultures, and history in a way that stimulated my intellect. Now I love observing Samhain with my family! In fact, a lot of our Samhain traditions were traditions I had already practiced in church. In church we honored the Departed one Sunday out of the year and called it ‘Heaven Night’. The church walls were adorned with large photos of our departed loved ones and we spent the evening talking about our memories of them. Samhain is a lot like that!

We set up a sacred space for our departed loved ones and set out their photos. We also include other items they enjoyed while they were on Earth. We light candles and make their favorite foods (or their recipes that we loved too).

In our family we celebrate both Samhain and Halloween. My third daughter once asked me what our culture was. She had been learning about other people’s cultures and she wondered about ours. Very simply, we’re Americans and our culture is Halloween, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Easter, Fourth of July, Memorial Day, and Superbowl Sunday. Funny as that seems, that’s American culture.

Our ancestors lived throughout the region where Samhain was observed. We have ancestors from the wider old Germanic region encompassing Norway, Ireland, and Scandinavia. My husband’s family had ancestors in Italy and The Netherlands. We honor all our ancestors so our children can appreciate their ancient heritage.

The main part of Samhain that we observe is the honoring of our ancestors. We set up a family altar with their photos and trinkets that they loved from a thimble to specific fruits and other baked goods. We also create crafts associated with that. We have a memory catcher (like a dream catcher) that has various colors of ribbons with their photos attached. If you join our Circle of Intuition you can watch the mini class on how to make this.

Along with Samhain, we’ll be carving pumpkins, decorating the home to scare off the ghouls and goblins, and going trick or treating. I think we can have the best of both worlds.

May your ancestors bless you this season,

Sisterlisa

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Fortune Telling and Tarot are Prohibited?

There are still numerous cities throughout the country that prohibit fortune telling and Tarot reading. However, there are hidden gems of Readers who practice in hair salons, massage parlors, and even in some dive bars. When I first filed for my city business license I was asked to write down “no fortune telling” on my application. I thought that was odd because I was applying as a retailer of rocks and minerals. The clerk was insistent and implied it was necessary to get my license. I felt discriminated against. I searched the city laws and didn’t find anything dictating that a retail shop that sells crystals and candles had to write “no fortune telling” on their application. I didn’t even add fortune telling as a service. I never mentioned it at all.

I was a bit put off by that and I asked if pastors had to do the same since they do fortune telling too. She looked at me with a puzzle and furrowed brow. I continued on that pastors tell you that if you give 10% of your income to the church that God WILL give back to you. I reiterated THAT was fortune telling. She looked bewildered, but said pastors are protected by their non-profit.

I came home and started researching the history of fortune telling laws (especially in my city) and found all kinds of stories about naive people who were taken advantage of by ‘fortune tellers’ who were sucking their bank accounts dry with promises to connect them with a deceased loved one! Those aren’t fortune tellers, those are greedy people who prey on grieving people.

Now here’s where I’ll probably step on some toes, but I can’t just NOT say something that can help you protect yourself. Those who have departed and passed through the veil don’t need money to get back to visit you or to deliver messages to you. You also don’t need to hand over your money in order to hear someone say you’re about to come into a big lump sum of money. Do you see the pattern here? Money, money, money.

Your spiritual path is worth far more than any amount of money a Reader could possibly ask from you. You should protect your spiritual life from being tainted by getting caught up in empty promises in exchange for money.

Now as far as “Fortune telling” goes, not everyone who offers Tarot readings are predicting the future. Not all Readers are going to tell you about fortune being in your future. There’s far too many people (and government officials) out there that are quick to pass judgement on anyone who works with Tarot. Some city laws don’t accurately define fortune telling so it puts a lot of Readers in a bind and inhibits them from their natural rights and Constitutional freedom in their spiritual practice. The freedom of religion.

There are Readers who want to offer guidance and government officials who want to abolish them. It’s been quite a battle, but if we can educate the public we may be able to help diminish this ongoing issue a little at a time.

Working with Tarot is a spiritual practice and is a tool to help guide your intuition. I offer services to help you learn how to work with Tarot yourself and how to sharpen your intuition. It’s still enlightening to have someone else read cards for you, but the more you know the better equipped you’ll be before shelling out your hard earned dough. You can book an appointment with me here.

Magical Blessings,

Sisterlisa