The 9 Hæling Herbs Soáps & Ōils Shøp

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Good Morning All!  I just wanted to take a moment and give myself a shameless plug!  With the baby getting bigger, my kiddies in school, and pieces falling into place (thank you Goddess, Shining Ones, & Kindred!) I’ve been able to birth something I’ve been wanting to bring into existence for a long time – an herbal/soap/oils shop!  Please check me out on Facebook, Etsy, and Twitter!  Thank you so much and Brightest of Blessings!

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2014 – Year of the Horse

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Ha!  So, speaking of the Horse – come to find out, 2014 is the year of the Horse in the Chinese zodiac!  Here is a great little read from http://www.cycleharmony.com entitled, “7 Goddess Powers to Jump Start 2014” by Jing J.

“It’s the beginning of a new year – 2014, the year of horse. In religion, mythology and literature, horse represents our inner strength and driving force in life. It also symbolizes our ability to overcome obstacles in life and pursue our goals no matter what may stand on our way.

It’s time to let go of self-defeating thoughts, shed off self-limiting beliefs, and remove barriers to positive changes.

It’s time to uncover who we truly are, express our creativity and authenticity, and unleash our goddess powers from within.

It’s time to stay centered and grounded, and walk confidently in the direction of our dreams.

It’s time to deepen the relationship with ourselves and the relationships with one another – to expand our global community of Cycle Harmony sisterhood!

Because we’re goddesses who can no longer be denied – by ourselves, or by others.

Here are the 7 super powers we all have as goddesses!

The power to love

It’s time to love others for sure. But it’s time to love ourselves even more. When the light of self-love shines on the goddess, she smiles, blossoms, and warms up everything and everyone around her.

Someone once said, when a man changes, he changes himself. When a woman changes, she changes a family and an entire nation. So love yourself. Because when you do, you’re doing it not only for yourself, but for everyone within your sphere of influence.

The power to enjoy

When the goddess plays and has a good time, everything falls into place, easily and effortlessly. When things get too hard, it’s a reminder to take a break, play a little and have some fun. The power of the goddess allows things to flow and take their course – with ease and grace.

The power to express

One of the goddess’ great powers is to know herself, to express herself authentically and unapologetically. And when she does, people rise up to meet her – and to honor her.

The power to create

The goddess has great powers to create – whether it’s a new life, a painting, a book, or a business. She is a magician who brings to life what she sees in her mind’s eye, and she manifests the glorious life she has imagined in her mind.

The power to heal

The goddess is a natural born healer. She knows that whatever pain or illness she’s experiencing, she can heal herself by calling upon her magnificent body and powerful mind.

The power to connect

The goddess knows that she is connected with the divine – the infinite, the ageless, and the unlimited. So she gives herself time and space to meditate and rest in the stillness, silence and spaciousness. Her connection with the divine and with herself enables her to connect with everything and everyone around her.

The power to give back

The goddess loves to share, to give back and to help others. She knows that when she helps others, she inevitably helps herself, since we’re all connected and we’re all part of one big family.

Which of the goddess’ powers would you like to cultivate and strengthen in 2014? Please come and join our community of goddesses. We are all on paths to uncover and unleash our own magnificent powers – and to support one another on our journeys…”

Retrieved from http://www.cycleharmony.com/menstrual-myths-and-rituals/7-goddess-powers-to-jump-start-2013

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Or, if Unicorns are more your style, celebrate the year of the Unicorn!  MYTH Masque says: “This is a time of creative renewal, of wild inspiration and visionary aspirations…a time to tailor your reality to your own grand design. If you are a Dreamer and a Do-er, an Artist and a Myth-maker, this is the year your Legend comes to light. Of course, seeing such things to fruition cannot happen without an incredible amount of dedication and hard work–but know, now more than ever…it is possible.”

2013 in Review – Emerging from the Darkness

Wow – where to begin?  Again, it’s been a long, long, looooong time since I’ve written in this blog.  I meant to write this post back around Samhain, but, life has a way of happening and priorities had to be made and some things set aside.  If you had been following along, you know that I had been experimenting with treating my endometriosis naturally with herbs and vitamins with success – so much success in fact that I found out that I was pregnant at the end of August!  OMGss!!!  How did THAT happen??  I mean, though I wasn’t using birth-control, we were using a few different natural birth-control methods…which still leaves me scratching my head as to how this happened….. Though I do say that it doesn’t help I guess when you have altars dedicated to Freyja and Frey literally right next to your bed…so I chalk it up as a blessing and a gift from Them.  Thank you!!!

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My baby bump at 23 weeks – 12/30/2013

Wow – 2014.  Where did the time go?  My everyday life and spiritual path have been somewhat chaotic and frustrating.  Back in May, after being on the receiving end of a pretty serious domestic incident, I decided that I needed to start counseling to face and deal with issues from that were still troubling me from childhood and some traumatic things that occurred as an adult in both my time spent in the military and with personal relationships.  Come to find out, I was, and still am, a textbook Codependent with PTSD.  I obviously knew about the PTSD, but it was good to finally put a name to my “condition” and to get a better understanding of it; but dealing with it and re-programming your ways of thinking and behaving you developed as a 4-year-old as a means surviving and coping mechanisms – a whole other ball game!  At times, I felt completely hopeless and unable to change.  Other times, I felt OK and that I was making breakthroughs and having a lot of “A ha!” moments.  It’s still a daily battle and find myself reverting back to and falling into old patterns and ways of thinking.  Somedays you win, other days – not so much.  But, instead of acting on fight or flight, ignoring my feelings, or trying to make them go away – I find that I need to take time outs to remember and understand what’s going on.  I give myself permission to feel, examine it, and remind myself to let stuff go…And it’s OK!

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Back around June or July, I had made a decision that I had to trim some stuff out of my life.  The mundane was getting pretty overwhelming with playing both Mom and Dad to our 3 and 4-year-old as my husband’s current assignment keeps him very busy and away from the house for sometimes up to 16 hours a day, trying to keep up with the everyday cooking and cleaning, shopping, and working on my college degree online kept me pretty busy to say the least.  To keep my sanity (somewhat) in check, I had to leave the Apple Branch as there was no way I could keep up with the work.  I also felt myself drifting away from my previous strongly held Dianic tendencies with a new-found interest and relationship I had been building with Frey (who actually seems to prefer for you to actually make things yourself vs. buying things as offerings and altar items as I’ve found out) and maintaining a healthy respect and reverence for Odin.

My focus then turned back to Heathenry and Druidry – more so Heathenry as I was feeling, and still am, feeling that pull of the Norse and Germanic Gods and Goddesses.  I had begun daily devotions to different deities on each day and was really into working with runes – faithfully keeping a journal and researching them.  Around the end of June/early July and onward, I noticed that I kept pulling A LOT of delay runes – Isa, Nauthiz, Hagalaz, even a Thurisaz (yikes!) when it came to taking on new projects.  Everything was telling me to slow down, to just stop, be patient, observant, and listen – that everything was going to be OK and work out in time as I was on the right Path.  But I am such an impatient person and want everything NOW!  It was killing me to feel stuck in a rut – especially since I really wanted to start doing and getting more involved with classes and events with the Nine Worlds Kindred which has become my spiritual family since around Ostara this year.   But with the surprise pregnancy, I now know why they were popping up.  My daily devotions and even rune journaling had gradually slowed down and come to a halt when the Morning Sickness (All Day Sickness really!) kicked in.  I dwindled down to making devotions and small offerings to Freyja when I could and felt so very disappointed in myself for not being able to keep the pace, initiate and attend classes with the Nine Worlds Kindred, or continue developing and delving deeper into my Path (thanks Codependency!).

And to be honest, I felt as though there was a real distance growing between myself and Freyja and feeling kind of alone.  I’ve found that Freyja is not at all the very “Motherly Type” and wondered if She was disappointed in me.  But I was reminded that this pregnancy was a gift – that I was on the right Path and everything was as it should be.

horse-by-duri-sonI’ve also been feeling myself very drawn to Frigga and the Horse as of late.  Horses starting up a lot through various means and media – just out of the blue type sitings and occurrences.  I find a warm comfort with the Horse and feel that the Horse is a totem that I really need to be working with right now – not to mention its influences and associations with abundance, fertility, and motherhood.  Interestingly enough, it is associated with not only Epona and Rhiannon (who I find comfort in), but also Freyja – which explains why, in my opinion, I quite often draw Ehwaz when seeking comfort or reassurance from Freyja and is a rune that I very much personally associate with Her.

This past month has been extremely busy – not just with the holiday season and the usual hustle and bustle that accompanies it, but with both of my kids being sick, then me getting sick…I’ve just tried to stay in and hibernate away from the world as much as possible.  I only began to feel a renewed sense of purpose and dedication to my Gods and Goddesses and it hasn’t been until today really that we’ve ALL felt like getting out and getting some fresh air in which my husband went out for a run, the kids kept up with their new bikes and I walked my pregnant butt 2 miles!  I was able to get take some great pictures and was just what I needed to feel that connection – to feel the brilliance of Sunna to hear and feel the stirring of the Earth Mother and Her children.

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Hail Sunna! Taken today – 12/31/2013

I am slowly starting back and working up to working with the runes daily.  About 3 days ago, I made an offering of Ancient Amber cone incense to Freyja and asked Her for message.  I pulled Dagaz and felt it was a very positive rune, especially as I feel myself starting to emerge from my darkness and into the light as the days grow longer.

Last night, I again made offerings of fine European chocolate, rum, and incense to Her.  I sometimes like to examine the ashes to see if there are any messages or omens to be picked up and immediately spotted Gebo – a sure sign that She had accepted my offerings and that things were good between us.

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Gebo – 12/31/2013

I also picked up a very interesting image of what appeared to be a horn bearing Valkyrie that looked ALMOST EXACTLY LIKE THIS

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VERY COOL!!!

I also made offerings of rum and incense to Frey.  The cone had apparently stopped burning about half way through.  When I examined it, there was a very distinct Sowilo rune in the middle of the ashes where it had stopped.  I didn’t take that as an omen or sign that the offerings had not been accepted, rather a message from Him reminding me of the breakthrough I had made when meditating on the Sowilo rune back this summer – a huge relief that things in the past are just that – in the past!  They’re not in the present or the future – they happened in the past and to move forward with love and light in my heart; not to carry the bad things or the darkness with me.  This was especially auspicious as I had prayed to Him that evening while making my offerings to help me and remind me to move forward with His love, light, and joy in my heart.

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Sowilo on Frey’s incense – 12/31/2013

I feel like I’ve waited so long – trying to be patient, prepping, and preparing for my Path make some real progress on my spiritual journey.  2014 is going to be the year – I can feel it that change is going to happen, I just know it!  I’m looking forward to really developing myself – mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

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And I intend to do just that!

I wish you all love, joy, and blessings in the New Year to come!!!

Journeying to the Goddess

Invokation To The Crone At Samhain

No; not in the least as I found out last night…She doesn’t sugar-coat anything and is brutally honest, but I’ll get to that.  So, were to begin?  Well, I guess let’s start out with yesterday, shall we?  All day I had been feeling very much out of sorts – irritable, agitated, scatterbrained and anxious.  This actually really surprised me because I’d been rolling along all happy and feeling full of inspiration, riding the out the Imbolc high.  Yesterday started out weird, very much feeling Odin’s persistent tap on the shoulder just to let me know that he’s still here (yes, thanks for reminding me – as if I didn’t know that!)  Anywho, Odin seems to be making more and more frequent appearances as of late; showing up in a lot of books, articles and blogs I read, meeting people who have a strong connection with him and reading and listening…

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The Start of a New Journey!

So, FINALLY…I’ve settled on a name for the new blog that I’ve been wanting to start for awhile, “Journeys of a Nomadic Pagan”, and will be writing about my journeys, experiences, little adventures and thoughts as just that – a nomadic Pagan, physically (as most of you know, we are a military family and have been on the move quite a bit) and spiritually.  I will be moving and/or re-blogging some of my older stuff onto this new page from my “Journeying to the Goddess” blog as I see fit.  I look forward to another new adventure with an open heart and open mind.  I will be working in and writing about some of my other past experiences at previous locations and duty stations as well.  I hope that you too will enjoy the journey and perhaps will find my experiences relatable or even inspiring and relevant to your Path or Journey…Goddess bless!

Oh Look, A Cat…

From September 5, 2012 – New York

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I really wanted to write about this last night, right after I had this “unique” experience, but with the weather being so bad and my poor internet connection, it was pretty much impossible.

“Twer a dark and stormy night…and there I was, looking out and watching the rain just pouring down – really thinking about whether or not I really wanted to brave the rain to go out to my Sacred Space and leave an offering of whiskey, hoping that the Shining Ones would understand that I was really tired and didn’t feel like getting sop and wet.  I figured, “Ah, what the heck.  Let’s do this.”  So I donned a coat I found with a hood and made my way out there.

As I was giving thanks for the blessings I had received that day and was about to offer my whiskey, I felt something brush up against my…

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Spiritual Nomad ~ Module 2 Journaling Questions

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1.  A spiritual experience that I’ve never felt comfortable talking about because it seemed too “out there” or “silly”; Hhmmm…I’ve had quite a bit of “out there” experiences, nothing that I would consider “silly” because they felt so real to me.  I’ve been to some fairly large rituals hosted by the Council of Magickal Arts down in Cistern, TX where the energy was so strong and “thick” that it just surrounded and engulfed you, swooping you off your feet, figuratively speaking of course (well, for some actually quite literally – but that could have been in conjunction with a little too much mead, who knows, LoL!).  The energy would just take you over, make you move and dance like you’ve never moved and danced before while transfixed on the huge flames of the bonfire shooting up into the night sky as the drummers frantically banged away on their drums, feeding…

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