A Bittersweet Love Story

My Special Lady of 20 Years, Sheila Anne Lee.

By Steven a.k.a. OceanStar who is one of our avid readers has allowed me to share this story with everyone.
We met at Barnes and Noble 20 Years ago upstairs where we both were sitting in Very Comfy Rocking Chairs. The book store was located in the Seattle University District. We met in 1997, February 14th, Valentines Day. We were both reading and found she was interested in what I was reading. From there we fell for each other. Very romantic!
She lived with me in many places. We had many adventures. What was very special is we were respectful of each other’s space. She did what she loved most in both Aviation and Family Practice Medicine. I did a lot of soul searching and a lot of teaching math to the students who needed the most help. I remember her with great fondness. She has passed into the Summer-land on June 6th, 2017. I will always be with her!
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Missing Loved Ones

As the veil grows ever thinner I find myself getting more excited but at the same time missing my parents and other loved ones more. I have found this happening every year for the week before Samhain. To help combat the loneliness, sadness, I try to take more walks to look at the beautiful fall colors or lose myself in reading or another hobby. As a channeler for those who have crossed this time of year can overwhelm me if I allow it. Many empaths also feel others energy or feelings or physical maladies more than usual. Even those without these abilities may find themselves hearing or feeling loved ones around especially if they have crossed over in the past year.

I guess the point I am trying to make is we all can commune with those who have crossed over if we want to if we do not want then I suggest putting a magical shield up around yourself to keep them away. An easy way to do this is to ask Archangel Micheal to shield you with his white light so no one may reach you that has crossed over. If you want to commune with anyone who has crossed that is family you can use this simple spell that I use to call to my ancestors when I am in need of their guidance.

Blood to blood I call to thee

Blood to blood I honor thee

Blood to blood (put in person name you are wanting to visit with) come to me

Repeat the spell three times for each person you are calling to. Then sit quietly as in meditation and listen for them and/or to feel their presence around you. The person also may wait and come to you in a dream. Remember to tell the person they are free to go back from wherever they came anytime they chose to.

For a non-blood related person, you wish to commune with you can use this simple spell.

Friend to friend I call to thee

Friend to friend I honor thee

Friend to friend (put in person name you wish to commune with) come to me.

Repeat the spell three times for each person you are calling to. Then sit quietly as in meditation and listen for them and/or to feel their presence around you. The person also may wait and come to you in a dream. Remember to tell the person they are free to go back from wherever they came anytime they chose to.

Either of these spells can be done any time of the year you would like to commune with someone who has crossed. If the person does not come to you it be because they have started a new lifetime, are getting ready to start a new one, or as simple as they do not feel like communing at that time.

 

 

Prayers

Pagans pray too! I myself always feel a sense of relief once I have prayed. Of course, there are many many sorts of prayers. Here, I will list many by type or just general ones. Also, I encourage you to make up prayers of your own! They become much more personal once you have come up with them on your own.

I am always expanding and adding new things, so make sure to check back from time to time!

To read rest of this please click on this link: Pagan Prayers

How to Perform a Blessing Ceremony for Any Woman’s 6 Most Important Rites of Passages

Before sharing this article with you I thought it would be nice to share my Croning  Ritualor to some because it was when I turn 50 years old it might be a Wise Woman Ritual. Which ever way you want to think of it be my guest, to me it was a Croning.

My eldest daughter lived in a rural area of Indiana at the time and had a beautiful yard filled with many types of flowers, flowering plants, green plants, bird feeders, etc besides her son’s little pool, swing set/jungle gym and sandbox. So a cool mixture of both generations. As my birthday is on Beltane we had planned on doing a simple ritual that afternoon with planting a few flowers and explaining to her boys what Beltane was all about. We did this and it was great fun. Then in the evening my daughter and I had picked out a special plant for my Croning ritual. I did not jump a broom as many pagans do to mark going from one stage of life into another, instead together we planted the ? plant (sorry I do not remember the name of it) just outside her kitchen window in an area set aside with a small manmade pond, bird feeders, and other plants and flowers. As we planted our plant I told her stories of my childhood through her birth. After we had tapped down the last bit of soil around the plant she presented me with a smooth flattish stone that was egg shaped and told me it was for all my eggs that had been born and for those that now were forever silent as I entered into my life as not only a mother with all grown children but as a grandmother to help raise the next generation.

When my own mother crossed into the Summerlands almost two years ago, this same daughter came up to me at the cemetery and handed me 13 small stones. She said the represented my legacy of children and grandchildren and to remember to keep them close as I was now the matriarch of our family. I think that brought as many tears to my eyes as the crossing of my mom did. I have the stones put away in a special pouch but take them out to look at when I feel the need to. Although my Croning ritual and becoming family matriarch were seven years apart, I do not think I would have handled my mom’s crossing at all if I had not already taken my place as an elder and crone in our family.

Remember the ideas in the following article are suggestions for Blessingways. If you feel called to do a Blessingway differently then follow your heart and spirit as there is no wrong way to welcome in another phase of your life or someone else’s.

Now for the article…..

As I prepare to give birth to my second daughter, I am more conscious than ever about the importance of the six main rites of passages that women go through.

I want both of my daughters to love being a girl and celebrate becoming a woman. I want them to know in every cell of their bodies that it is an honor to be born a female. To not think of their period as dirty and gross, to not think that giving birth is a horrible thing, to not think that their lives are over with once they stop bleeding.

I want every little girl to grow up proud of her changing body and honoring the transitions she goes through throughout her life. To see each change as a rebirth process, accepting that death is a part of life and only helps us to find more meaning in our lives.

And I believe that the way to create this new culture of celebrating what it means to be a woman is through Blessing Ceremonies, also know as Blessingways, to honor a rite of passage.

 

What is a Blessingway

To finish reading this article please click on this link: Blessingways

Wednesday’s Taurus New Moon Is Also A Supermoon: Here’s How To Channel Its Practical Magic

As the star sign of the sensual Bull, earthy Taurus grounds us in what is ethical and sensible. There’s a reason basic ideals like “do unto others” have stuck around through the centuries. As a powerful supermoon, the Taurus new moon is a lunar lift that brings a much-needed dose of sanity back to the world AND a generous sprinkling of practical magic.

Where has your life become overly complex? Break those unwieldy plans back down to the basics. Pay attention to schedules, timelines, and budgets, making sure you’ve got a solid foundation built. Taurus is the first of the earth signs, so think of this new moon as a prompt to stabilize efforts on the ground floor. Once that’s handled, you can build as high as you want! (Need a little extra help planting your feet back on terra firma? Try our guided meditation for Taurus season.)

Remember, there’s no rush to build or renovate Rome just yet: Slow and steady…

For the rest of this article please click on this link: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-29998/wednesdays-taurus-new-moon-is-also-a-supermoon-heres-how-to-channel-its-practi.html

A Mindful Approach to Dealing with Stress – Online Class By Evita Ochel

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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

Colors of Candles: What Do Different Candle Colors Mean

Colors play an important role in our lives and even when we do creative work or meditate, we can lend distinctive vibrations and focus our intentions better through the burning of different colored candles. Indeed; candle “magick” is an important and much studied science and art (which many feel, wrongly, is associated with black magic or witchcraft).

In this guide, we will only refer to the use of candle colors and their meanings for linking to individual energies as based on different colored Chakras. We hope that the candle colors and their meanings given below will work positively on specific forces of the Universe in order to strengthen your affirmations. This, in turn, can help you direct the Universal energy towards particular (positive) conclusions.

This article on Color_means.com has a lot of information about how colors can work in magic and our daily lives. Please click on the following link to read this rest of this information: http://www.color-meanings.com/colors-of-candles-what-do-different-candle-colors-mean/

Another way for Balancing, Ground and Recieving Positive Energy

Many mornings I am up before the Sun starts to peak its way up. I love these mornings now that the warmer weather is coming and the birds are returning, singing for a mate it makes this time of day even better. I also love as the Sun rises I can still see the Moon as it sets to shine over others.  For me I feel the balance of night and day, I will stop somewhere that I feel is in the middle of the two to ground more and open myself up more to the universe and to help regain any balance my spirit, mind, and body have lost over the last week. After standing still for anywhere from a minute to, some days, fifteen minutes I continue on my way to wherever I was headed – usually the train station to watch my two youngest grandsons or to one of my jobs – feeling more energized, happy and content being me. Be sure to thank the deities and universe for their help.

I ask you to get up at least one morning a week and try this out for yourself. First put roots from the bottom of your feet down deep into Mother Earth, next open your Crown Chakra to your deity and the Universe asking them to cleanse you down to every cell in your body. Next take a few deep breaths while picturing all the pain, anger, hurt and negativity being pushed down from your head all the way through your body to exit through your feet. Ask Mother Earth to claim and rejuvenate the energy for her use. Then ask the Universe and whoever else you want to call on to fill you with positive energy, love, and laughter. Some weeks or even days you may have to do this more than once… I know there are days I need to.

Please comment about your experience as it might help someone else who is struggling for balance. We can all learn from each other. Many happy, positive blessings to you dear ones!

Copyright 2017 Lady Beltane

Living a Balanced Life

Living a balanced life. To lose balance sometimes for love is part of living a balanced life. ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

Living a balanced life is essential for personal effectiveness, peace of mind and living well.

We have to realize that we can’t have everything and do everything at the same time. And the challenge is to balance what we must do with what we enjoy and choose to do.

In today’s society where most people spend more time at work or working than in any other context, it’s common to feel over-worked and off-balance. Everyone struggles to step away and find time for the people, activities and things that restore peace and balance in life.

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” ~Thomas Merton
When our life seems out of control and we’ve got endless demands tugging at us from all directions, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, fatigued, and just plain stressed!

This rest of this article by Mitra Shahidi please click on this link: http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/living-a-balanced-life-0