SunRay Sorceress’s Musings

Weather Overload

The Pacific Northwest has had some wild weather. We’ve had rain, then hard rain and then very hard rain. We’ve had high wind gust warnings of 45 miles per hour, with hail and then more rain. 
I do love all this wild weather, it allows my spirit to feel invigorated and my spirit wants to fly free, but I also feel  overwhelmed with so much stimulation. I am so grateful to my Spirit Guides and Lady Beltane for being alert enough to say, “Hey, something’s going on! Wake up!”
That was done by her asking if I was okay on Saturday. 💜 I hadn’t realized until that moment that I was trying to protect my self from Sensation Overload, by blocking every sensation out and hiding in a type of shell. So today’s plan, I will focus on grounding and getting in touch with what this weather is saying to me. 
I’m curious if anyone else feels like this and what do you do when you have weather overload or sensation overload.
Bright Blessings Sisters and Brothers,
SunRay Sorceress

Norse 101, Part 10

TGIF– Thanks Gods it’s Freyja’s Day!  It’s been some time since my last Norse 101 post.  Sorry, everyone.  I’d bitten off more than I could chew, but I’m back.  Last week, I wrote about Hel, the Goddess of the dead.  This week, it’s Jormungandr’s turn.  Jormungandr (YOUR-moon-gand) is also called the Midgard Serpent and is the sibling of Hel and Fenrir.  Xe is genderfluid, but will sometimes present as either gender, neither gender, or both genders, in a humanoid form.  Or xe could present as a snake.  (Remember that the Gods will assume any form They wish!)

Jormungandr is an enormous snake that circles Midgard (Earth) to establish the boundary between our realm and the empty void beyond.  Xe is so massive that xe wraps around Midgard completely and holds xir tail in xir mouth, like an Ouroboros.  Xir presence at the outermost reaches of Midgard protects us from any Cosmic Bad Guys or Not-So-Nice forces that may want to wreak havoc or hurt us.  Yes, Jormungandr does have a role in the story of Ragnarok, which is the “end of all creation” story for the Norse.  In the lore, xe and Thor are said to battle one another.  However, Jormungandr does protect Midgard, which Thor also does.  They just protect us in different ways.  Jormungandr establishes and guards boundaries while Thor uses His hammer.

Time for some of my own experience with Jorm.  The first time I saw xir was in a vision.  Xe appeared as a very large, green boa constrictor.  Xe approached me, but I wasn’t sure who xe was.  The next time I saw xir, xe was in a male humanoid form.  Actually, xe appeared as the now-grown-up actor who played the character of Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films.  Any of you who happen to be Potter fans will know that the House that Draco belonged to was Slytherin.  I was a little confused until I made the connection: Slytherin, snakes, Jormungandr!  Yes, the Gods can be cheeky.

That’s all for this week.  Next time, I’ll tell you about the Sky deities.  The sun Goddess Sunna and Her brother Mani, the Moon God.  Have a lovely Freyja’s Day and a fabulous weekend!

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Green Emerald Boa as Totem by Ravenari, Deviant Art

Understanding What It Means To Respect

A few days ago I was exploring the ocean shore for driftwood that might want to come home with me. It was close to noon and when I got there I noticed the tide was high. Before I started hiking on and around the driftwood I felt my Spirit Guide give me a nudge to check the local tide chart. I discovered another important piece of information, the tide would be coming in for another 30 minutes, so I decided to move back a couple of feet. All of a sudden, I looked to the left and a sneaker wave was quickly approaching me. I can tell you that the Sea Spirits weren’t against taking me to the ocean depths, so I turned and ran to higher ground. A few minutes earlier I had noticed a family farther down the shore. They were teasing the edge of the Sea, laughing, just before getting their feet wet and having a great time. The father and daughter couldn’t see that as they turned away from the ocean to run, a second and third wave were coming . Those two were so much bigger then the first wave. In that moment I knew that they were going to get hit and I was horrified! All I could do was watch a young girl possibly die. The wave hit the dad and the girl with a terrible force. They were no longer in sight. After that I could see the dad stand up, look around with complete fear as he saw his daughter slam against one of the 2000 pound driftwood logs. He dove  back into the wave, grabbing his daughter seconds before she was dragged back into the ocean.
I talked to the family afterwards and found out that they were on their way to a memorial and decided to stop for a little fun. I said that I was so glad that his little girl was going to be okay and I was grateful this situation didn’t turn into a second memorial. I tuned to look out at the fierce ocean and thought, you are beautiful, wild and most importantly, you are to be respected.  I also discovered the importance of finding out anything and everything before working with an Element. Appreciate your Gift and Work your Craft Intelligently.
I am very grateful for all of you.
Bright and Safe Blessings,
SunRay Sorceress

Awake the Power already inside you

Happy Winter Solstice All. I’m going to touch on a couple of things which are very important for a New Witch, Like Myself needs to realize, that  we’re going to have these thoughts and feelings and no we’re not stupid or loosing our mind.

But first a little report on the Coven Life Winter – Yule Solstice Ritual yesterday, hosted by Lady Beltane and special guest, High Priestess Stregga.  The Ritual was amazing and full of a tingling  high energy magick. Halfway through and during our meditation time, I felt a peace descend on me and started humming and singing a chant. I don’t know what the words meant but when you’re in The Spirit, you just go with it. What emerged next was a vision of the 10 of us Witches, holding hands, in a circle, around The Great Fire. As we were holding hands, we were building a mighty wall of protection and healing for all there that needed it. All I can add is that if you want to feel something awesome and real, join us for the next Ritual, you won’t be disappointed.

Now for the next thing I feel is important for a new Witch to realize and that’s that, you are not alone.

I have been feeling, I was going to say a little, but to be honest, a lot lost and alone. In the midst of these feelings, I came across a phrase on Pinterest the other night. I don’t know who the author is so if anyone can tell me, I’d love to read them.

” You are more then you think you are. There are dimensions of your being and a potential for realization and consciousness that are not included in your concept of yourself. Your life is much deeper and broader then you conceive it to be here. What you are living is but a fractional inkling of what is really within you, what gives you life, breath and depth.”

I recommend that you read it. Then read it again and again, until it becomes alive in you.

I think we all have these lost and alone feelings. I also think that this might be my Goddesses and Gods shaking me, to wake up the Power inside me. We all have the All Magical Power already inside us. This Power just needs a quickening and an awakening. Next week I will be on the road moving to our new home in the Great North West. Please light a candle for a safe journey.

Brightest and Best Yule Blessings Brothers and Sisters In The Craft,

SunRay Sorceress

 

 

 

Herbs and Chakras

I found some herbal correspondences for the Chakras at the following link.  http://mysticalmagicalherbs.com/2015/12/07/balancing-the-chakras/

It goes into greater detail but here are the herbs they list:

“Some herbs associated with the chakras.

First chakra – dandelion root

Second chakra – calendula

Third chakra – marshmallow root

Fourth chakra – Hawthorne berries

Fifth chakra – red clover blossoms

Sixth chakra – eyebright

Seventh chakra – lavender”

I found the article interesting and was thinking it would be powerful to create a Chakra Mojo Bag using the herbs listed.

© 2015 Wolf Woman Ways

Norse 101, Part 7

Norse 101, Part 7

Happy Freyja’s Day again, everybody!  Time for this week’s Norse 101 post!  Many of my previous posts have been somewhat God-heavy, so this week, I decided to give some of the Goddesses a little air time.  Today, I’ll introduce you to three: Frigga, Sif, and Sigyn.

Frigga (sometimes spelled Frigg) is the wife of Odin.  She is the All-Mother, and an Aesir Goddess of maternal and marital love, divination, managing the household, and spinning or weaving. Her name translates to “Beloved” and She is known to be tender and nurturing.  She is a powerful seer, able to know the future.  She once had a vision about her son Baldr’s death, and took every precaution to ensure that no harm would come to Him.  She asked every being, every plant, every rock, every weapon to do Him no harm.  The only plant She didn’t ask was the mistletoe.  Ultimately it was a dart made of mistletoe that killed Him, but I’ll talk about that more when I introduce Baldr.  Some scholars conclude that Frigga and Freyja are different aspects or versions of the same Goddess.  I can see how that might make some sense, since Freyja is a Goddess of love and beauty, and Frigg is a Goddess of marriage, motherhood, and the home.  I see Them as two separate and distinct Goddesses, though.

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Frigga, artist unknown

Sif is an Aesir Goddess that’s barely mentioned in mythology.  She’s a wife of Thor and a Goddess of grain, the harvest, and the fertility of the Earth.  Last week I wrote about how Thor has a role in crop abundance.  Well, His marriage to Sif reflects that as well.  The sky married the Earth and together They bring fertility to the land.  Sif is known to have the most beautiful golden hair, and one story in the mythology tells us about how She lost it, but gained something even better.  Her hair was famously gorgeous, but one day, Loki cut it all off while She was sleeping.  Thor was enraged and demanded that Loki fix it.  So, Loki set out to find something to “fix it.”  His solution was to have Dwarves create new hair for Her out of spun gold.  The new hair  was just as beautiful as Her original hair, and as a consolation, Loki also presented Thor with His hammer, Mjolnir.

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Sif, artist unknown

Sigyn is a wife of Loki. Not much is written about Her, although She is considered to be one of the Aesir.  Together, She and Loki have two sons, but Their story takes a tragic turn.  As punishment for His role in Baldr’s death, Loki is bound in a cave with a snake hanging over His head.  (The chain used to restrain Him is made from the entrails of one of His and Sigyn’s sons.  The other son was transformed into a wolf, who then killed his brother to create that entrail-chain.)  The snake drips poison onto Loki’s face, which is incredibly painful.  Sigyn stayed by His side, holding a bowl above His head to catch the dripping venom.  She isn’t officially assigned as a Goddess of compassion and loyalty, but She certainly is seen as one.  She stayed by Her husband’s side and kept Him as comfortable as She could, despite Her own grief.  If that doesn’t show love and loyalty for family, I don’t what would.

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Sigyn, by DragonsLover1 on Deviantart

That’s it for today, lovelies.  As always, if you have any questions, feel free to ask.  And if you’d like for me to write about a God or Goddess in particular, and I haven’t yet, let me know.  Yes, I take requests!  See you next week!

Grounding and Centering

Lady Beltane asked if I could write a piece about chakras, grounding, and centering.  Since this is something I do on a daily basis, I’ll share with you my little personal technique.  I do this exercise every time I meditate, and I also will do it if I’m feeling worn out, stressed out, or frazzled.  I even do a quick run-through while I’m waiting for my daughter’s school bus to bring her home.  I tend to be a very distractable person and prone to bouts of flightiness, so this helps me recenter and refocus whenever I need it.

First, I’ll describe the technique I use before meditation.  I get comfortable, but not so comfy that I might fall asleep.  I envision my root, or base, chakra.  It’s the red one at the base of your spine.  I see it being bright and healthy, with tree roots shooting down into the Earth.  I send the ‘tap root’ all the way down to the center of the Earth the core.  I then visualize that good Earthy energy flowing up that root and into my root chakra.  The energy then flows up into my sacral, my solar plexus, my heart, my throat, my third eye, and to my crown.  Feel the energy moving up through each chakra.  Envision that energy cleansing and balancing the chakras as it ascends your spinal column.  See each chakra spinning or blossoming like a flower and glowing in its specific color.  When the energy makes it to my crown chakra, I envision beautiful tree branches reaching up into the Universe.  On these branches, I see healthy green leaves and beautiful blossoms like a cherry tree in the springtime.  The leaves absorb the loving Universal energy and draw it back down into my crown chakra.  That energy flows down through each chakra in the opposite direction of the Earth energy.  Then, it flows all the way back down my roots and into the core of the Earth.  I see the energy flowing in both directions, up from Earth and down from the Universe, along my spine as if it were moving through two garden hoses or pipes.  I feel that I am acting as a conduit for both energies.  I am drawing nourishment from Earth and passing it up into the Universe, and I am also drawing nourishment from the Universe and sending it down into Mother Earth.  I am grounded to Earth and suspended from the Universe, anchored into place as the energies flow through me.  At this time, I clear my mind of extra clutter and random thoughts so I can begin my meditation.

I do this exercise so often that I am able to visualize it happening quickly when I need that fast burst of focus.  I really enjoy doing this outdoors where my feet are on the ground and I’m within the field of Earth’s energy.  But with winter approaching and the temperatures starting to become rather uncomfortable outside, more often than not, I’m doing this exercise inside my warm house.  In this case, I like to have a little bit of the outdoors present around me.  Sitting next to a fire or small indoor water fountain helps, as does holding some stones or crystals.  I also have some woodsy-scented incense that helps me focus, too.  There are also videos, audio files, and smartphone apps available that feature music or sounds with special rhythms to help with grounding, balancing, and meditation.  Many are free of cost and I’ve found them by searching for “binaural beats.” Not everyone responds to them, but I find them relaxing and helpful sometimes.  I would recommend trying it at least once to see if it helps you.  The worst that can happen is that you listen to some pretty and relaxing music.  (I especially enjoy hearing the Tibetan singing bowls.  Those are lovely!)

So, this is my own little brand of cleansing, balancing, and grounding.  Feel free to try it and tweak it if you feel the want or need to do so.  Do what works for you.  🙂

~LLHW

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Norse 101, Part 6

Norse 101, Part 6

Here we are for the sixth part of Norse 101.  I hope that those of you who celebrated Thanksgiving had a wonderful one!  This week, we’ll talk about two more deities: Freyr and Freyja.  They’re brother and sister, and of the Vanir.  Their father is Njord, a God of the Sea.  And though Their mother is never named, it’s suspected that she is Nerthus, a Goddess of the Earth.  There was once a war between the Aesir and the Vanir, and part of the peace treaty between them was that some of the Vanir would come live in Asgard while some of the Aesir would move to Vanaheim.  Freyja and Freyr were part of that treaty.

Freyr is a God of fertility, both of land and body.  He was a pretty popular God back in the old times, and it’s said that He was “hated by none.”  He even had priests and priestesses that traveled around the countryside with a chariot, carrying a statue of Him around from village to village in processions.  He has a golden boar named Gullinbursti, and a ship that He can fold up and fit into His pocket.  Pretty handy, right?  He also had a sword that could fight on its own, but He gave it up to show His future wife, Gerda, that He was serious about wanting to marry Her.  She is a jotun, very gifted in knowledge of herbs and healing.  (See?  Not all jotnar are bad news!)  Freyr is a very kind and warm God.  It’s nearly impossible to be in a bad mood when He’s around.  As a God of fertility, He isn’t limited to just fertile land and bodies.  Creativity and a fertile mind are also in His realm!

Freyja is a Goddess of love, beauty, and war.  Yes, war.  Remember how Odin takes His pick of the best fallen warriors?  Well, He does that after Freyja has taken Her pick!  She takes them to her hall, Sessrumnir, to be reunited with their families and lovers to spend eternity in loving embraces instead of endless training and sparring in Valhalla.  Freyja is also adept in the art of seidhr, which a form of magick and shamanism.  It is said that She taught this art to the Gods and also brought it to humanity.  She rides a chariot pulled by two cats.  Some say that these cats are the Norwegian Forest cat breed, which are large, long-haired cats equipped to live in the cold climates of the North.  Freyja is very much a Goddess of love and beauty, including self-love.  She isn’t just about outer beauty.  She teaches you to embrace your inner beauty and see the beauty and light in others.  And, as you all know, we get the word for ‘Friday’ from Her name!

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Freyr and Freyja by Richard Pace

This week’s pronunciations:

Freyr:  Fray

Freyja:  Fray-uh

Njord: Nee-ord

Nerthus: Nurth-us

Gullinbursti:  Goo-lin-burst-ee

Sessrunmir:  Sess-room-near

Seidhr:  Seether