The Meaning of the Four Directions in Native American Culture

As part of the Lakota culture, when people pray or do anything sacred, they see the world as having Four Directions. From these Four Directions — north, east, south, west — come the four winds. The special meanings of each of the Four Directions are accompanied by specific colors, and the shape of the cross symbolizes all directions. Like many Native American beliefs and traditions, specific details regarding colors associated with directions varies.

East (Yellow)

The direction from which the sun comes. Light dawns in the morning and spreads over the earth. This is the beginning of a new day. It is also the beginning of understanding because light helps us see things the way they really are. On a deeper level, east stands for the wisdom helping people live good lives. Traditional people rise in the morning to pray facing the dawn, asking God for wisdom and understanding.

To read about the rest of the directions please click on this link: Native American 4 Directions

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A Few Ways to Help Keep Holiday Season Stress to a Minimum

As we enter a full schedule for holidays here in the US one way to keep some if not all of the stress out of the next couple a months is to remember to smudge yourself after going to a party or dinner. Also meditating every day to give yourself some me quite time helps also. There are many different ways to meditate sitting in a quiet room or playing instrumental music while just sitting reading a book or relaxing. My favorite way to meditate this time of year is a hot bath with either bubbles or my favorite essential oil in the water and I light a small candle instead of having the bright bathroom lights on and just let my mind wander to wherever positive place it wants to go. Sometimes I will take our portable CD player (if electric make sure it is positioned so there is no chance what so ever of it falling into your tub) in the bathroom and listen to one of my favorite instrumental spiritual music CDs. I prefer American Indian drums and flutes when doing this. These are just a few examples of how you could meditate as meditation does not always have to be about communing with your spirit guides or traveling to a different plane than our physical one. The main thing about meditating is clearing your mind and relaxing your body this can also be done when at a party or any type of gathering. Excuse yourself to use the restroom, once in there close your eyes grounded yourself to Mother Earth, take three deep slow breaths or more if you are really feeling tense and feel all your stress drain into Mother Earth to be rejuvenated into positive energy than ask The Lord (Until Yule this would be the Holly King and after Yule the Oak King) and Lady (this would be the Triple Goddess or any Mother Goddess you choose to use) to fill you with calming positive energy. When done rejoin the festivities feeling calmer and allowing yourself to enjoy the company you are with. There are some gatherings I go to where I have to use the restroom quick meditation more than once but I am always grateful that the Lord and Lady will refill me with positive energy after I have drained the negative into Mother Earth. Always remember to thank Mother Earth, the Lord and Lady for their help.

Whenever you get home from some type of holiday gathering make sure to smudge yourself and anyone in your home that has gone with you. This will take away any negative energy you may have picked up from someone else who was attending the same gathering you were. It also will clear you of any negativity you may have left the gathering with. Also, ground yourself before you go to the gathering and after you get home from it.

P. U. T. for A. H.

As a continuation to my post yesterday I felt the need to share a mantra and prayer I have been using for years after reading the book The Four Agreements. The author Don Miguel Ruiz is a descendant of a long line of Toltec shamans, reading this book did change my whole outlook on my interactions with myself as well as other people. So when I apologized to the person in yesterday’s post I was apologizing to myself so I could put the whole negative situation behind me. Which I have mostly because of what the title of this article stand for. Here is my daily prayer that has help me bring my anger, resentment, negativity in thoughts about others almost to nothingingness. Yes I still get those feelings but first it takes me longer to all myself to feel that way and second I am quicker to recognize when I am feeling like that. I am responsible for what feeling I decide to react with to what someone else has said and/or done to me. No on has the power to make me feel any specific way. Everyone of us has the power over which feeling we use to react to the way we are being treated, spoken about or to. No one can make any of us feel anyway but the way we ourself choose to. Remember we all see the world and the people in our lives through our own heart, mind, spirit and eyes that are unique to us just as every other person living anywhere on Mother Earth sees things in their own unique way.

So here is the prayer I say almost daily to remind myself how I want to choose to react or interact with others. You are welcome to use it as is or tweak it so it fits your own unique self.

May I have

Patience

Understanding and

Tolerance for better

Acceptance of people, places, things, situations, they way people treat me or might talk to or about me so I can live in better

Harmony in my home, family, work, and world.

Copyright 2018 Lady Beltane

 

House Cleansings Gone Wrong and How to Avoid Them

I’ve done it. You’ve probably done it, or asked someone to do it for you.

You moved into a new house, apartment, dorm room, or office. Or you were getting ready to move in. Or something was bothering you in your current space. So you broke out the sage1 and salt water, the bell and chime, the incense, and your favorite prayers.

House cleansing and blessing is Wicca 101 stuff. It comes very early in the OBOD lessons. It’s not even restricted to Pagans – Christians and Buddhists do it too. It’s a good and effective way to make your living space clean and safe. It’s a way to make it yours.

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8 Tips to Build Tolerance in Your Life By Leo Carver

I had some words with someone yesterday and it got me to thinking I was not being tolerant of how the other person thought of me. I came to realize that the way others thought of me is not as important as how I think of myself. While we all come into contact with people we just for whatever reason do not get along with in any way no matter what the circumstances might be that brought us together in the first place. Even if our relationship with the person starts off in a congenial way and you might not have a clue as to why the other person suddenly attacks you verbally and/or in writing in any way they can and every chance they see. So I decided it was a good time for me to remember tolerance and maybe by sharing it with others their view may change a little about someone they have a problem with. I found the following article well written and it does have good ideas for how you not the other person treat people you come into contact with. Now I know I will not get along with everyone I meet but at least I can come away feeling better about the encounter if I practice tolerance of others.  I will take this chance to apologize to the person I had words with yesterday for being intolerant of them as a person.

Most people have trouble being tolerant with others. As a living, breathing society, everyone is constantly learning and adapting to each other—it comes with the territory. But cultivating a spirit of tolerance can bring healing and meaning to your life in unimaginable ways.

Tolerance is your ability to deal with the disagreeable. It’s your capacity to withstand the “yuck” in your life and other people. Sometimes, someone’s disagreeable nature can simply be an annoyance, while other times, it may be much more intrusive.

The practice of tolerance, however, is more about your relationship with yourself instead of with other people. Tolerance can be thought of as emotional or mental perseverance:

Please read the rest of this article by clicking on this link: 8 Tips to Build Tolerance in Your Life

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Sing Bowls Meditation

As I have only recently got my first sign bowl and really I had no idea of the proper way to use it, I signed up for a Sing Bowl Meditation in a new small store that opened in the spring only a few blocks from my home. The woman leading the session was kind enough to show me the correct way to use my small Tibetian sing bowl, purchased through Magical Necessities.

The session was amazing and if you ever have the chance to attend one I strongly suggest you do so. As many of you know I have fibromyalgia, arthritis, and degenerative disc disease that has so far left me with vertabrate on vertabrate in my neck and is eating away at almost every disc in the rest of my back so needless to say I live daily with back pain. Now usually lying on a things blanket with a pillow propping up my knees for an hour straight I would have to have someone almost pick me up off the floor. After this meditation not only was I able to roll over on my own, I also needed no help getting up. Best part my back hasn’t felt this good in months!!!

One of the coolest things to happen during the meditation is for about half of it I was either hovering in the room watching how the facilitator was performing the ritual with the singing bowls to help each of the five different people attending and also astral traveling, part of which was with my traveling partner Starbabie who is one of my familiars joined me.

The only drawback I had with the experience last evening was when one of the bowls was placed over my heart chakra it immediately recombined my astral and physical bodies. I was not able to concentrate as well during the rest of the meditation. As we sat and talked about of experiences during the meditation I brought up my interrupted travels and never really got an answer as to why this was done to me. I am however going to ask when I attend the November session.

I will be researching on the proper use of signing bowls and pass the information along with the link for Magickal Necessities link for the singing bowl they sell.

Again if you get the chance to attend one of these group meditation sessions go for it!!

24 Hours in a Day Can be More Then Enough to Find ME TIME Daily

Most of us live busy lives work, household chores, laundry, maybe a significant other and/or children. Along with maybe book clubs, arts and crafts alone or with others and handworks like sewing, crocheting, or knitting, building things etc. Besides some of us be adults students with homework to fit in. Anyway I could go on and on with this list but I am sure you all get what I am saying, “There’s often there is not enough time in 24 hours” to accomplish everything and still have time to relax, meditate, sleep, etc and don’t forget unexpected things like traffic problems, or an emergency can pop up out of nowhere to throw your daily schedule completely off. While we cannot plan every day down to the last minute most days are basically the same in most of our lives. Below are a couple ideas I have started using that you may find helpful too. Finding ways to prioritize helps you to keep a balance in your life thus making it less stressful and this, in turn, brings more positive energy to you in many different ways. Whereas when you are stressed you bring more negative energy and other nasty things towards you.

For spells and rituals, I have a section in my BOS where they stay until I have the entire thing finished. This includes the day and Moon phase that is best to do the spell and/or ritual on for what I’m doing, items needed for the spell and/or ritual, the entire spell and/or ritual and most importantly how I want it to manifest in my life or whoever I am doing it for. A small reminder here when writing a spell and/or ritual keep the outcome you want from it in your mind while you are writing it.

I have 2 special notebooks I use. One is a 3-ring binder, so I can add pages as needed and wrote “PROJECTS” on the front. With a project, I write what I need to do for the project by writing down each different step 1st, 2nd, etc how long I want to spend on each step with the last step being finished. I put a line through the step and then rip out the page when the project is completed.

For my 2nd notebook for my day to day responsibilities, such as making sure there is something new on CL and student or other people emails are check and responded to, most days I have what’s for dinner on it, I use calendar page made using a spreadsheet that I print off from my computer leaving a space at the very bottom where I can write in by hand last minute things that I may pop up that I need to do that month. (See example at the bottom) I have these sheets in a pocket folder all start the pages start on the right side and get moved to the left on the last day of the month. I take each month and put it on the wall next to my spot where I use my laptop the most, so I can easily check it out either before bed or in the morning with while having my first cup of coffee. I have typed in all the regular things I do day to day and month to month I have to do down along the first column that I make wider than the rest of them and write the month and dates for that month along the top.  Here again, I write down a certain amount of time I want to spend on each responsibly next to that responsibility in the second column. When I finish something I make a check mark in its column under the corresponding date. Even if it a one-time thing for that month, like a doctor appointment or a class I am attending that month I write them in at the bottom of the everyday list. My doctor and other appointment type things I also put into the calendar on my cell phone with reminders set to go off the day before and then a second reminder with extra time for getting to where I have to be.

Another thing I have started doing to save time when grocery shopping is looking at my calendar to see what’s on the menu for that week, then check my pantry and freezer to make sure I have everything in the house to make it. I then use a tip my younger daughter gave me, I make a shopping list on my cell phone so as I think of things we are running low on or something special I want like ice cream I can just add it right away and not forget about it.

It may seem silly to some people that I use different notebooks beside my BOS but this is what works for me. The day to day one is really important for me because I have Fibromyalgia and with it come memory problems. I have found all of this helps me to prioritize what I have to do so I can have some me time every day for meditation or reading or nice hot bubble bath or whatever I want to do for me time.

Example of my monthly calendar (I purposely left the time I assign to each thing out so it would fit right on here):

NAME OF MONTH 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
CL Posting
Answer Emails
Walk & Feed Girls
Shower
Work 11 A – 2 P
House Chores
Work on Book
Cooking
Baking
Laundry

Copyright 2018 Lady Beltane

How to Calmly End a Stress Filled Day

This goes along with the day I had…LOL

The following is an easy form of meditation that can be done anywhere anytime you fell the need to ise it.

Believe me, it was a close call a couple of times but I did what anyone should do when confronted with stress or someone that is just thoroughly aggravating take a very deep breath (try to count slowly to at least five and work your way up until you can count to ten) and then let it out slowly (using the same counting system you used to inhale) using a keyword to help you relax, say as you let out the last part of your breath…do this three times. It really does help to lower stress, blood pressure, and the feeling of wanting to whack someone. My keyword is simple I just use the word ” RELAX.” I also use this a night when I have had a stress-filled day and am having a hard time going to sleep. Each time I say relax in my mind I can feel myself Sinking (for lack of a better-discripted word) into my mattress and pillow more. I am usually at least 2/3 of the way to sleep after the third breath.

 

Dear brothers and sisters may your slumber be restful and your dreams all pleasant ones.

NItey nite and until we meet again blessed be dear one.

Copyright 2018 Lady Beltane

As the Northern Hemisphere Begins to Settle in For The Cold Tempatures and Shorter Days

Now is the time to finish your final harvest as anything left on plants, trees, and vines on Samhain, October 31st is for the wildlife, gods, and goddesses to enjoy.

It is time, if you can, to can fruits and vegetables. To pick, during the right Moon phase for optimal power, and dry your herbs. To stick up on other non-perishables you have to buy, put extra meat and homemade or store bread in your freezer. I even buy a small thing of powdered milk in case we get snowed in.

I also check to make sure I have all my magickal supplies, candles, herbs, oils, etc, stocked and ready for use. I also make sure I have my Yule log under a trap so I don’t have a problem lighting on the Winter Solstice. Whenever possible I do a ritual outdoors for Samhain and the Winter Solstice because I do not have any type of fireplace indoors.

As for my home now is when I do a fall cleaning and through smudging in every room and my basement. I want to make sure I do not have any negativity in my home before the windows are closed and the furnace turned on giving it and/or nasty beings a place to hide in.

Please tell us what you do to get ready for you he darker and colder time of the year. Leave as long a comment as you want to. I hope I can get some new ideas from others on preparing for this time of year.