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I Am Still Here!

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Life sometimes takes us away from what we perceive to be so simple. My life definitely took me away from the blog and website. However, the good news is that I am still planning events and will be posting those just as soon as I am finished this post!

I have also revived my Facebook Fan Page and I encourage you to like and follow if you are on Facebook at all. All of my events will be posted there and you can also request services with me through the page. I also try to post daily some sort of topic of discussion to encourage folks to share what they are doing so that we can all learn from each other.

In light of recent events, I encourage you to ground often and put up protections often. It is incredibly easy to get swept up in our emotions and react first. In order for us to, truly fix the problem we must stop relying on the system to right the wrongs and we come up with the solutions. I highly encourage you to protest and then think about what that next step is. Because it will take more than a protest to change it, we have to have action!

Importance of Grounding

As pagans, we often talk about grounding in all our practices. Some people do it and understand why they are doing it. Others do it because we think we are supposed to. And others don’t do it at all because they aren’t sure how to do it. No matter where you are, grounding is so important and should not be done without really educating ourselves on how to do it and why they are doing it.

Everyday Use

Believe it or not, grounding helps us get through our day. When we ground ourselves, we can take everything that the Universe throws at us. It doesn’t matter if we are in the throes of major happy excitement or if we are blindsided with pain and suffering, we take it and can feel somewhat stable while embracing a roller coaster of emotion.

For the empath, grounding becomes a partial protection aspect. While grounding does not block us from feeling emotion or picking up on energy, it does keep us from reeling from it. When an empath grounds prior to a protective bubble, it keeps them feeling as human as possible while also allowing them to reinforce their protective barrier.

 

During Spiritual Practice

Whether we are meditating, praying, working a spell, in ritual, doing trance work, or practicing divination…. grounding is required so that we can freely embrace the energies around us and use them for whatever deed we are working on. If we are not grounded, we cannot focus our energies nearly as well. Our energy is all over the place, we are all over the place, and it can bar us from truly connecting with Ancestors or Divinity. And when our Ancestors, or Divines, want to communicate with us, They get frustrated when we are all over the place.

 

Practice Makes Perfect

Grounding takes practice. Some people are quicker than others. Some people who are on medications may see a difference in how they are able to ground, including how slowly or quickly they are able to get grounded. Please, do not stop any medications without seeing your doctor first. Simply change your technique and try again. In some cases, you may find medication helps you ground faster. Nothing wrong with that, just be sure you aren’t using anything that is currently illegal.

 

How to Ground

Grounding techniques can vary greatly. I am an Earth sign and I am heavily drawn to anything Earthy. My most favorite way to ground is by growing tiny roots from my feet that extend into the ground. I like to include little hooks that grab the soil and hold me in place.

For intense grounding, I also like to sit naked on the ground (indian style) and use my root chakra. I imagine that there is a red rosebud at the root chakra and spin it clockwise until it blooms. I then visualize a red beam that extends out of the bud and down into the soil that I am sitting upon. Many a times I have used this technique and felt like it was impossible for me to be moved.

Other variations can include:

  • Hold your palms up and utilize the chakra in your hands to extend into the air above or the earth below
  • Open the crown chakra into the skies above.
  • Use a combination of any of these and my examples

 

Monkey Mind

I, personally, struggle with Monkey Mind. If you haven’t heard of this, it’s when your mind runs wild whenever you need it to calm down and relax. Inevitably when I try to meditate, my brain wants to think about things that happened earlier into the day and then skip to something that happened 10 years ago. Quieting the mind for grounding, and other works, can be hard but you must practice it!

 

Grounding is truly a fantastic practice to engage in. Don’t make it just a word in your vocabulary, give it plenty of practice and you will see an improvement to your day, spell, meditation, or ritual you engage in.

 

2017 Has Been Rough

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I am still here! So far this year I have been in the hospital twice and have had family crisis to deal with. I am still on a path of healing but I have officially taken a sabbatical from Mother Grove Goddess Temple so that I can focus on healing and family crisis. However, I am still doing workshops and scrying sessions as they are an income stream for me. I am currently working on updating my events pages here so that you all can keep track of where I am and when things are.

Two big news! I will be teaching Scrying at Blue Ridge Beltane this year, including a workshop for children to start them off on the divination track. You must be a registered attendee to join in and I hope you do register. It’s a fun weekend with great people and lots of fantastic things are planned. If you do attend, do come by and say Hi! I am also going to be teaching at Mystic South this July and I am super excited to be involved with such a new and large event. If you can make both of these events, great! If you can only make one…..well….I can’t really pick between the two so go with whichever is most convenient.

I am hoping to launch some sort of posting system here so that once a week, we are talking about something. Maybe a little Divine Lore or an article on Scrying. Something to at least keep you engaged and excited about Divinity and Divination!

Much love and Blessed Be!

NaNoWriMo Is Almost Over

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It’s November 30th and for lots of contenders, it’s crunch time to get in as many words as possible today. My own journey into the adventure for 2016 is much different. I encountered lots of setbacks and life, in general, taking up my time. Plus, I already spend all day writing for other publications. But I also went into this knowing that there was no way I was going to finish my anthology in one month. It’s really hard to write poems, prayers, and rituals for one deity on a daily basis AND meet a specific word count. I cannot get past the need for meat and not filler words just to meet a word count. It’s simply not in my nature, and that is okay. I take the words seriously so that I am conveying Hela to the best of my own personal ability. So NaNoWriMo really became just a jumping point into the foray of writing for the purpose of creating a book that I want to see on store shelves one day. This is not an endeavor just to say I did it or to have in my dropbox. No, this is something I really want to share with others. So today I will work on an editorial piece about Hela and include it on my word count. And tomorrow? I will write more. I may only write a few hundred words a day, but I will keep doing it 4 days out of the week. Because realistically, that’s what I can do to achieve my goals.

To the rest of the contenders, I wish you the best. I hope you have met the goals you set for yourself. And regardless if you “succeeded” at the 50,000 word goal for the month, I hope you enjoyed it.

Hello Johnson City Tennessee!

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View along Main Street in Downtown Johnson City, TN on Saturday, May 31, 2014. Copyright 2014 Jason Barnette

Life changes happen and we adjust accordingly. As it is, I am newly partnered with a very wonderful person who happens to live in Johnson City, TN. Since I am now spending my time between Asheville and there, it only seemed logical to expand my teaching and reading opportunities to his corner of the world.

2017 will garner a lot of classes in Asheville, 24 to be exact. I don’t anticipate that I will be doing all of those same classes in Johnson City but I will be using my current class list to select what I will be offering there. As of now, the classes and reading sessions will all be on the same day and located at Samadhi Center on Walnut St. Just watch the events page. I will always link to my Facebook Events so that you can RSVP and get reminders.

I really look forward to seeing you all!!!

Prepping For The Holiday Season

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Here in my little corner of the world, I am in the mad dash to get all of my holiday affairs in order before Thanksgiving. While I am not a big into Turkey Day (as I really prefer to call it), I do engage in a nice dinner with my kids when I have them and with my friends when I don’t. This year my dinner will be at friends’ house that is doing an orphans-dinner sort of event.

Turkey Day also signifies the crazy season…..or at least how I see it. Because the crazies come out and invade all the stores. So I prefer to get my eldest daughters birthday presents and all my Yule gifts purchased before Turkey Day. So if I am in a store, it’s to get much-needed sustenance for my home. Or supplies. And I do my best to buy as much as I can online. It’s funny because I am in a retail store working my reading abilities at least once a week. Fortunately it’s limited and hopefully, won’t cause me to hate humanity more than I do on most days.

I hope that whatever you choose to do this holiday season, you do it with grace and kindness. Remember that not everyone celebrates what you do, people DO have birthdays in the month of December, and usually whoever you are yelling at does not carry the authority to do whatever it is you think they should do. Remember that there is this thing that we are celebrating called Joy and it’s not that hard to embrace it. You only mess it up when you are trying to live up to another’s’ standards. Lastly, don’t apply your standards to anyone else. Breathe, ground, center, and repeat.

Blessed Be Lovies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Updates Galore!

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The New Year is upon us and I have been focused on setting some goals (both spiritually and financially) for next year. I have scheduled a few more events to finish out this calendar year and I am hoping to squeeze one or two more in as time goes by. Here is what I am hoping to accomplish the next year:

  1. Complete the Hel Anthology I will be starting for NaNoWriMo. I am not so much as concerned about writing the whole thing in November but rather, use November to get motivated and really dive into it. Finishing it can come later in the year. I do want to finish it. Whether it’s published or not remains to be seen.
  2. Have my student curriculum finished and take on students (even if it’s just one person!).
  3. Boost my writing endeavors. I am making a bit of money now and would like to see it grow. These articles are typically not spiritual in nature and that is fine. I can’t make it ALL about spirituality ALL the time.
  4. Start a Patreon account. I am considering offering up prayers, rituals, and videos on my workshops. A majority of it will be content offered up to students and so it’s not extra content creation.
  5. Travel more. I really like having a home base but I really want to spread my wings and see my distant community. I am thinking that by the time my son moves out on his own, I could very well be living nomadically. But that’s a bit too far ahead of the goals to really worry about.

New Shop!

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How exciting! I am now going to be reading at a local shop called Instant Karma West! We are going to give it a run this month and see how things go. I will be over there one Saturday and 3 Wed evenings for the trial run. Realistically we won’t see a big turn out as it takes a little time to get established. But once it happens, I am hoping to see it grow. There is also potential to work at the downtown location as well. I am super excited about adding a new shop to the list. I will still be at Asheville Raven & Crone often, I am just adding to my calendar. I am hoping by end of year to add at least two more locations to work out of.

Do check out my updated Events page to see what is happening during your free time 🙂

Halloween Crafting Has Begun!

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Those that know me in real life, know that I love Halloween and I especially love Halloween DIY projects. I was perusing my Halloween Board on Pinterest recently and decided that I really wanted to create some Altered Halloween Books.

In a nutshell, you upcycle a used book with rubber halloween-ish type doodads and puffy letters. I went to Goodwill Outlet near my office where they sell books at 69 cents a pound. I very quickly grabbed 6 books that felt like they had the right shape. I didn’t look at titles, just based it on their age and shape. One old book grabbed my attention and when I got home and ready to craft…….I learned it was The Great Gatsby. I decided NOT to upcycle that one. I mean really, how can you? It’s residing peacefully on my bookshelf.

All of the lettering and spooky stuff gets hot glued to the book. The thumbtacks in the corner of my book were easily pressed in and then hammered to be sure it wouldn’t budge. The spider was the most difficult part since it doesn’t lay flat. I really didn’t think this was going to turn out all that great because of it. Anyway, we placed a paper towel over the entire top and using a wet paintbrush, brushed the paper towel into place. Then did the other side. The instructions I had said to lay a wet towel over the book but I found that way more difficult than what we chose to do. After that, Modge Podge was applied and allowed to dry. Then we painted it all black. Then we accented it with copper metallic paint and gold metallic paint. It really did turn out fantastic!

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Not sure what will be next. Maybe something involving candle holders. Or I might hold off and not add anything to my already busy repertoire. What I do know is that I will make more books and probably  offer them on my Etsy shop.

Happy Crafting!!!

The World Of Freelance

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So I have been a busy bee finding legitimate writing gigs. It’s awfully hard considering that many sites you pitch and compete with others over rates. Thus driving  your pay down because the client wants the fastest and cheapest option. I simply cannot sell myself that short. But I am finally connecting with some people and finding real sites with real options. I am waiting to hear back  from a couple of connections on whether or not I will be doing some work for them. Pitching is scary work. I don’t feel like I am the greatest at selling myself to anyone. But since it’s all done by written word, it’s easier.

With Mercury going direct, communications very quickly cleared up and suddenly things were getting set up. Not necessarily in the freelance world, rather my personal life. And that is fantastic as the last 2 months have been incredibly frustrating and awful. So I am hoping with those things finally clearing up, my efforts at freelancing will start to see some fruition. I am not expecting tons and tons of work to start, I am reminding myself to be realistic. But overall, I just want to see something land my way soon.

I also have been dealing with this urge to write something book wise. I don’t know what it is. Someone a long time ago suggested that I write about my journey into my life now. But is my life THAT interesting? I don’t know. Still trying to figure out what that thing is that is gnawing at the back of my head.

I have some fantastic events coming up, some you can see on the Events Page. My stuff for this weekend is not. I am doing a class with some folks in which we begin studying the Viking Language. I am super excited about this! I already started some of the studies but I have yet to actually hear any of the language being spoken so that I am lacking. But I figured we might get to go over that on Saturday. Sunday we are celebrating Mabon at the Temple. Cannot wait. I miss my congregation like crazy. Feels like I haven’t seen them in forever. Which isn’t true, just saw them at full moon!

That’s it for now. Hoping to have more to chat about on Monday 🙂