Sacred Circle, Sacred Sphere: Mapping Consciousness with Seven Directions

by Selena Fox

Honoring the directions of the Sacred Circle is a widespread spiritual practice in ancient and contemporary Nature wisdom traditions. For many practitioners, honoring the directions is an essential component of all rituals. It is a way to create and to connect with sacred space. It also is a way of communing with Nature. Furthermore, it can be a way of mapping consciousness and viewing life.

The Sacred Circle with its directions is called by some, the “Magic Circle,” and by others, the “Medicine Wheel.” Some traditions emphasize the four compass directions of the Circle. Others work with the four compass points plus a central point representing unity. Some also include two additional directions in the center, up and down, to create a Sacred Sphere as well as the Sacred Circle. Qualities, images, colors, and other symbolic associations with the directions vary from path to path, but the idea of Sacred Circle as a place of balancing, healing, and wholeness extends across traditions.

I work with seven directions in my personal spiritual practice, in doing healing and counseling0…

To read the rest of this article please click on this link: Sacred Circle

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Something to Inspire You to Enjoy Our Bond with our Lady Goddesses and this Weekend or Any Day!

I was listening to this first song “Grandmother” and just had to sing along. Then came on the next song, one of my favorite pagan songs, “I Walk with the Goddess” and felt moved to dance and sing even louder. I was inspired to feel the love of the Goddess more through moving, singing, and clapping (I broke my drum a while back) with songs honoring her than I have felt in months. So I took time out to share this with you the playlist I am listening to. Turn up your volume, singing as loud as you want – no matter whether you think you cannot sing or not the Goddess does not care how you sound – now get your feet and arms or at least your arms moving. The Goddess does not care how our voice sounds or what we think we look like dancing she cares about the energy shared back and forth between her and you when interacting with her this way. So move, sing, most importantly have some fun this weekend with our Lady Goddesses!!!!! If it is nice weather go out and enjoy Mother Earth waking up in the Northern Hemisphere and going to sleep in the Southern Hemisphere.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaECu2LgUqU&list=RDOaECu2LgUqU&index=1

The most alarming of all man’s assaults upon the environment is the contamination of air, earth, rivers, and sea~

“Only within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species-man- acquired significant power to alter the nature of his world.
“During the past quarter century (written in 1962) this power has not only increased to one of disturbing magnitude but it has changed in character.
“The most alarming of all man’s assaults upon the environment is the contamination of air, earth, rivers, and sea with dangerous and even lethal materials.
“…chemicals sprayed on croplands or forests or gardens lie in the soil, entering into living organisms, passing from one to another in a chain of poisoning and death.
“Or they pass mysteriously by underground streams until they emerge and, through the alchemy of air and sunlight, combine into new forms that kill vegetation, sicken cattle, and work unknown harm on those who drink from once pure wells.

To read the rest of this article please click on this link: http://www.mysticmamma.com/the-most-alarming-of-all-mans-assaults-upon-the-environment-is-the-contamination-of-air-earth-rivers-and-sea/?utm_source=Staying+Connected.&utm_campaign=af4ee1ad22-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_04_25&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4e5f3f8d66-af4ee1ad22-441410765&mc_cid=af4ee1ad22&mc_eid=7b948bd042

Magical Gardening Around the World

Around the world, people tend to garden in different ways. Someone living on a large family farm plants their crops differently than someone on a half-acre lot in the suburbs. A resident of a big city in an advanced nation will grow things in a different fashion than a family living in an impoverished, third world country. While one person might use a large tractor and motorized equipment, another may use a simple shovel.

Still another might only use a pointed stick to make a hole in the ground. Since time began, the human race has managed to find ways to make things grow where before there was nothing.

In the early spring, many of us who follow earth-based spiritual paths begin planning our gardens for the coming season. The very act of planting, of beginning new life from seed, is a ritual and a magical act in itself. To cultivate something in the black soil, see it sprout and then bloom, is to watch a magical working unfold before our very eyes. The plant cycle is intrinsically tied to so many earth-based belief systems that it should come as no surprise that the magic of the garden is one well worth looking into.

Let’s look at some of the folklore and traditions that surround gardening and planting magic.

For the rest of this interesting article by Patti Wiggington please click on this link: https://www.thoughtco.com/magical-gardening-around-the-world-2562458?utm_campaign=list_paganwiccan&utm_content=20170404&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl&utm_term=list_paganwiccan

The Wiccan Elements

Spark the Second Candle tonight

http://www.owlsdaughter.com/2016/12/spark-the-second-candle-tonight-we-welcome-fires-dancing-light/

This is the link to the blog post to learn about lighting the candle for tonight if you decided to join in with a Yule wreath.

Come join me tonight as we light the second candle for Fire.

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Solstice Sun Wheel Prayer Circle

yule-wreath

The Cosmic Cookie Trail led me to the following post today….you can read it at the following link:

http://www.owlsdaughter.com/2016/11/the-first-candle-on-our-solstice-advent-wreath/

Tonight we light the first candle of Yule for Air.  The post goes into some of the meanings for this.

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Smoke Cleansing with Wood

The Cosmic Cookie Trail led me to the following  post today…I was just wondering about different ways to smudge besides using sage for those that are allergic to it!  Got to love the synchronicity that the Divine shows us!

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You can read the post at the following link:

How to Create a Sacred Water Altar

I felt I needed to do more.  I had signed petitions.  Lit candles. Offered prayers. And yet it still felt like it wasn’t enough.  The Cosmic Cookie Trail led me to the following blog post on how to create a sacred water altar.  THIS.  It was exactly what my soul seemed to call out to do.  It incorporates the four elements within the altar in a way I had not considered.  Now where did I put the beautiful glass lotus bowl my friend Daisy gave me…….

 

http://themotherhouseofthegoddess.com/2016/09/04/how-to-create-a-sacred-water-altar-kathryn-ravenwood/

May the Cosmic Cookie Trail held guide you on your spiritual journey of discovery.

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Elemental Enchantments

Tess Whitehurst has written a nice article on her blog on how to use the 4 elements in “8 ways to employ the elements as invisible magical tools.”

Check it out at the following link:

 

http://tesswhitehurst.com/elemental-enchantments-8-ways-to-employ-the-elements-as-invisible-magical-tools/

Got to love the synchronicity of finding this blog post since I have been working on writing a ritual to honor the 4 elements!

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