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Balance is tenuous, it is delicate and hard to maintain. The hustle and bustle of our daily lives often pushes us out of harmony with those around us and our spirituality. So, how do we pull everything back into alignment?
I find the best lessons always present themselves when we need them and are ready to truly listen. I recently went to the Botanical Gardens here in St. Louis with a couple of friends. While we were enjoying the morning, taking photos, and discussing a variety of topics my friend related to me the story of the Japanese garden and how it was laid out. Everything had been done in a precise manner, being mindful of the areas that were open, those that were closed, and those that focused on a particular area.
I had never taken the time to appreciate the layout before, just maneuvering through my previous visits and noting the plants and moving on. However, I took the time to hear her words, and pay particular attention to the landscape around me. The most striking aspect was the three standing stones in the lake. As we started the walk through the garden they were three distinct pillars. Through the journey they merged and seemed to become one as they jutted out of the water, and then as you emerged from the garden they again separated. The standing stones there mirror to me the way we all come into and out of balance. The moments of complete alignment are sometimes brief and intense or they can linger, but always it is a cycle.
For this meditation it would be better to be outside if possible. Lie in the grass and close your eyes, feel the earth beneath you and let your troubles melt into the ground. Take a deep breath and let it slowly out relaxing into the earth a little more with each breath.
See in your mind’s eye a series of standing stones. You see them arranged in a cluster in the distance and you’re mindful that you need to be in alignment with them. In doing so you’ll pull yourself into balance with the mental, physical, and spiritual realms. Be aware of the path you take as you try to pull them into alignment. Which direction did you go; did you move closer or farther away?
As they start to merge into a singular monument in your line of site notice how you feel. Do you feel balanced, grounded, centered? Stay in this position and take note of what it would take to pull this into your everyday life. When you move on know that you are not out of sync now, but merely continuing on your journey. The balance and centering you experienced is within you always. Be mindful of your surroundings and how you treat those around you. If you do those things, you will always be in alignment with your highest good.
This meditation was previously published at Pagan Pages on June 2010 with myself as the original author.
There has long been a debate over love spells and their casting. It’s a topic that draws a lot of strong opinions from all sides. Some of the issues stem from whether or not they should be done at all. The other side of the coin is if you do the spell how do you do it properly.
Let’s be brutally honest for a moment. There aren’t too many people I know that haven’t at some point cast some sort of love spell. Now, it may not have ended up with an obsessive stalker hounding their every move, but let’s face it they seldom turn out well. The reason for this is really because instead of discussing responsible ways of casting these types of spells we just tell those new to the Craft not to do it.
I think anyone who’s ever dealt with a teenager can tell you the best way to push someone straight into the situation you want them to avoid is to tell them it’s a bad idea! Loneliness is another motivating factor. Everyone feels the push to find that special person to enrich their lives.
Here is a little practical advice to keep you from doing more harm than good if you decide to give Cupid a little help aiming his bow.
Cast a Spell for Yourself – Try drawing someone special into your life without a lot of stipulations. Open yourself up to the possibilities of the universe, put yourself out there and see what happens!
Keep it Simple – The spell should be simple and your intent clear to produce the best results. The more complex you try to make it the more chances that something can go wrong.
Be Patient – Realize that love takes time. The universe and deity may throw a few potential partners your way. It takes time for a good relationship to take root so that it can last.
Cast on Anyone Else – This imposes your will over someone else’s free will. It’s just bad Karma!
Be Vague or Cryptic – When you cast you don’t want to be vague or cryptic in your spell work. It leaves the door open for misinterpretation that can be far from what you initially intended.
Rush – Trying to rush a situation with a potential lover will only end badly for you both.
These are a few simple guidelines and by no means are they completely inclusive. You need to use common sense and take personal responsibility for any spells you cast. (Yes, I said it…Responsibility!) If something you put out there goes awry, then you need to take the steps to correct it. We’ll discuss the how’s and why’s of canceling out such a spell in another post.
We all need to clean out the clutter from time to time. It allows us to take stock of what we have, what we need, and what we’ve out grown. It also allows us to give these items a new home in some cases. Items that we may have outgrown may be just what someone else is looking for. I’m a bit of a collector and it’s amazing the amount one can accumulate in such a short time.
In that spirit, here is a list of items that I’m currently looking to downsize from my personal collection. I hope that someone will give them a good home and enjoy them as much as I have.
If you need a picture of an item please let me know! Shipping will be an additional charge and will depend on where you are at! To order or for more details email: firstname.lastname@example.org I will be adding to this list in the future once we’ve gotten settled in our new place. Keep an eye out for more items or let me know if there’s something you’re looking for!
Kemp, Gillian – The Good Spell Book: $5
Melville, Francis – Love Potions & Charms: $5
Molyneaux, Brian and Piers Vitesbsky – Sacred Earth, Sacred Stones: $10
Morningstar, Sally – Spellweaving: A Book of Spells and Practical Magic: $5
Wedeck, Harry – A Treasury of Witchcraft: A Source Book of the Magic Arts: $10
Wolf, Stacey – Secrets of the Signs: $5
Zolar – The Encyclopedia of Ancient and Forbidden Knowledge: $5
Brinkerhoff, Marc – Your Spirit Animal Helpers – $2
Horne, Fiona – LA Witch: $5
Lady Sabrina – Exploring Wicca: $5
Lazenby, Gina – The Healing Home: Using Feng Shui to Organize Your Home and Transform Your Life: $10
Morningstar, Sally – Making Spells and Charms: $2
Montgomery John Warwick – Demon Possession: $2
Patai, Raphael – The Hebrew Goddess: $15
Rain, Mary Summer – Earthway: $5
Rain, Mary Summer – The Singing Web: $5
Serith, Ceisiwr – A Book of Pagan Prayer: $5
Simons, T.Raphael – Feng Shui Step By Step: $5
Stephenson, Bret – From Boys to Men: Spiritual Rites of Passage in an Indulgent Age: $10
Winstein, Merryl – Your Fertility Signals: $5
Baker, Trisha – Crimson Kiss: $2
Bergstrom, Elaine – Nocturne: $2
Brennan, Marie – Doppelganger: $3 (Or Both for $5)
Brennan, Marie – Warrior and Witch: $3 (Or Both for $5)
Clemens, James – Wit’ch Gate: $2 (2 Copies)
Hamilton, Laurel & Others – Bite: $2
Kiraly, Marie – Mina: The Dracula Story Continues: $5
Moning, Karen – Darkfever: $2
Rice, Anne – Interview with the Vampire: $2
Rice, Anne – The Vampire Lestat: $2
Roberts, Nora & Others – Bump in the Night: $2
Romkey, Michael – I, Vampire: $2
The Sacred Rose Tarot (Book & Deck in Box and out of print ) – $20.00
Oracle of the Goddess (Book & Card Pack) – $7.00
Size 4 – Gold Plated with 7 garnets in a leaf pattern: $5
Necklaces (never worn)
Single strand multiple gemstone necklace : $10
Single Strand with sterling silver beads, shell, and turquoise: $10
Single Strand to Triple Strand Necklace with amethyst beads and moss agate chips/large round beads: $20
Necklace (17in), Bracelet, and Earrings – Handcrafted Blue Coral (Rare) and Hematite Jewelry Originally Bought in Maui: $75
Small Djembe (Drum): $20
Body Worlds Coffee Table Book & DVD (Brand New Never Taken out of Plastic Bag) : $30
Yes, I’ve joined the bandwagon and created my own blog! This has been years in coming and I’ve finally had the support in which to get it accomplished. So, here I am with a laptop and plenty on my mind.
The blog itself is a way for me to get me writing on a more consistent basis and to delve into some topics I’m not seeing covered the way I think they should be. So, sit back and enjoy the ride. It should be an interesting trip!