An update on the book I’m currently writing, along with a first sneak peek at the contents!
An update on the book I’m currently writing, along with a first sneak peek at the contents!
I answer questions sent to me by viewers, and this one is really quite common because it coddles personal fears.
Disclaimer: I look at questions like this from BOTH a mundane aspect as well as a magickal one.
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[Excerpt: The Little Handbook of Spiritual Awakening]
We are spiritual beings. It often seems, in the chaos of living in our modern world, this side of ourselves gets lost. If you are reading this book, Spirit has tapped you on the shoulder and invited you to get reacquainted with this aspect of yourself. My hope is that this book will help you do that.
Whatever has brought you to this moment in life, where you seek to acknowledge and understand the deeper mysteries of existence, know that it is a priceless opportunity for you to discover new knowledge and answers to many of life’s questions. You have been given the chance to change the course of your life, the path you will take.
This is your personal journey of spiritual awakening, your moment of enlightenment followed by a lifetime of development. Allow your soul to soar to new heights. Allow your life to be touched by the infinite and the impossible. Allow your spirit to freely explore all the avenues and paths that call to you.
If you’ve read your new copy and have had time to get acquainted with it, jump on over to amazon with the following link and leave a word about the book. I will greatly appreciate it — thank you!!
I just ordered a couple more copies of my new book, The Little Handbook of Spiritual Awakening, for my pixies. I received my first copies a couple weeks ago, so I finally have a clear copy to photograph (not the author’s proof that has the ugly “not for resale” band around it)… So, if you ordered a copy, are you still waiting for it, or have you received it already, and if so Pictures Please!! I’d love to see where they end up. If you’ve read your new copy and have had time to get acquainted with it, jump on over to amazon with the following link and leave a word about the book. I will greatly appreciate it — thank you!! And, enjoy! If you have NOT ordered your copy — horrors!! — here’s a link so you can do that.
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I just received my first order of books, The Little Handbook of Spiritual Awakening, from Amazon. If you have an order in, your books should be arriving soon, if they haven’t already.
[excerpt: Chapter 3, page 112] (on the chakras: opening your throat chakra)
To open this chakra
1. Wear turquois or light blue. Wear it as clothing, or a piece of jewelry. Plant blue flowers; paint your nails blue; buy a blue throw rug for your house, or a blue blanket for your bed. Take pictures of blue things.
2. Sing. If you can’t hold a tune, that’s okay. Sing when you’re alone in the shower and you’re all alone in the house. You (and Spirit) will be the only one to hear you, and you will be opening up and energizing your throat chakra
3. Write a letter to someone you haven’t seen or spoken to in a long time. Write a letter to someone that you are estranged from. Write a letter to someone you’ve always wanted to talk to but never had the courage. You don’t have to actually send this letter to anyone, unless you want to. But you will be opening up the channels of communication, and your throat chakra as well.
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The chapter that I found the most fun to write was Chapter 4: Botanicals & Pagan Spiritualism. I love the use of herbs and their energies in the pagan path, and I’m strongly connected to them with my own practice. There is a nice segment on herbs, all formatted as the excerpt below, with a variety of uses for each herb as it pertains, some quite interesting and a bit unconventional.
If you have ordered your copy of this book, they should start to arrive to their destinations the middle of this month. I’m waiting, just like all of you, for my first clean copies, so far I have only the author’s proof, which is printed with a wide gray “not for resale” band across the cover.
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I know I can’t wait for my copies to arrive, and I can’t wait to get your feedback! I know you’ll love this book as much as I do.
Magical uses: purification, protection
Aside from sage, hyssop is the most popular herb for purification, used widely in protective recipes for oils and powders, as well as burned for its cleansing purifying smoke.
If you’re feeling a bit tarnished spiritually, and you’re not sure from where or whom this energy is coming, you can fix it. Add a little hyssop to your bath water for a cleansing soak. You can add some dried and ground hyssop to your favorite moisturizing lotion or body oils and apply it sparingly, touching your forehead and heart to clear the energy about you.
“This book is written to help you explore and experiment and discover a spirituality that you might not even be aware of. This book is here to help you embrace your inner pagan, to reconnect with your ancient roots and an earthy spirituality based in nature and magic and inspiration.”
I’ve been doing some reading on past life regression, and I discovered this wonderful article (along with this intriguing blog and author that came with it, her links will be below — in the original blog post). Be sure to check out her blog, where you will find a plethora of spiritual and new-age topics.
I have actually dabbled in past life regression before, and by “dabbling” I don’t mean frivolously playing, I mean in only briefly. I’ve always wanted to go further in depth with this topic. I have used tarot cards to do a handful of past life readings which always proved to be interesting. The cards were pretty much just a trigger for the subconscious, as they are in all my readings (if you haven’t already noticed this). Once the cards open the door, the subconscious mind and the intuition and clairs do all the rest.
Anyway, I find this subject fascinating and this article interesting and full of information. I hope you enjoy it!
From Chapter One Exercises, activities, and explorations
3. Reconnecting with animals and trees
“Do you love trees? Do you feel an affinity for, or a special connection with, trees? Do you have a favorite kind of tree? Do you have a tree from your childhood experiences that has stuck with you, maybe a particular beloved tree that you think about even now, after all these years? Do you feel uneasy in a forest, as though you’re being watched? When the wind blows through trees, do you hear it as voices with a message, or at least feel this energy?”
*Note: Quote from The Little Handbook of Spiritual Awakening @ amazon
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As it so often happens, this reading mirrors the written reading I did this morning for our Daily Cards. It’s kind of eerie when that happens, but it just tells us that there is a definite energy and vibe that needs expressing. Here’s a link to that reading, those daily cards, at my blog: https://everycathasatale.blogspot.com…
Just a heads up… the Queen/pentacles at first appears oblivious and complacent about what’s going on around her. She is not. She had me fooled too, until I pulled that last batch of cards. Don’t underestimate her. If you’re lucky, she just doesn’t care. And if you’re not so lucky… well.
First, for anyone who has not heard this term, this is the definition I’ll be addressing in this post…
It is the act of adopting for worship spiritual deities and practices from a culture of which you do not share a blood line. The act of adopting a spiritual path and practices that are not connected to your family and ancestors.
Right off the top, I’ll say that this topic is not one that I agree with.
I don’t believe that any human being has the omnipotent capacity to know how another human being should, or should not, connect with or interact with a deity, no matter from what culture of man it originated… How do you know a deity didn’t reach out to a particular human being instead of a human being reaching out to a particular deity?
I don’t believe it’s possible to contain and pigeon hole another person’s deeply held spiritual beliefs, or their desire and choice to view the spiritual world from their chosen perspective. Spiritual appropriation is a man-made constriction. Spirituality rises above humanity and it’s borders.
An example of the ludicracy of spiritual appropriation: If this narrow marginalized view of spirituality were held true across the board for ALL spiritual paths, only Italians could rightfully practice Roman Catholicism.
For Americans, the idea of spiritual appropriation has a special colossal conundrum, one I haven’t seen mentioned anywhere, so we’ll mention it here.
As an American, I have no single connection to any one culture or ethnicity. As an American, my bloodline and ancestors are a mystery filled with a multitude of cultural and ethnic connections — some known, but others not known. For many of us, we’d have to take a DNA test to know exactly who are ancestors are, what story our bloodline has to tell.
With every set of grandparents, on both sides of my family, as far back as I can go, there will be new connections, new ethnic revelations, another link in the evolution of mankind and my heritage.
Personally, where do I begin?… German, French, English, Irish, Chippewa, Lakota Sioux. This is only three generations. I can’t begin to imagine the intriguing possibilities. What else am I? To what races, ethnicities, cultures do I share a bond? What spiritual path am I to identify with? What gods and goddesses walk with me? What spiritual practices am I being called to embrace?
I’m an American. I am a beautiful tapestry of human evolution and cultural integration.
Let my spirituality exemplify and honor this truth.
Spirit knows me.
The Green Witchcraft Grimoire is special because you can make it your own. In addition to the spells, rituals, and recipes, the grimoire includes sections you can fill in based on your own practice, experience, and preferences. Here’s a look at how I personalized my own copy of the Green Witchcraft Grimoire in the section on magical teas. I am so proud of this book and how it will enable you to deepen your practice. Please support me by pre-ordering your copy here:
I recently had an individual inquiring about my Candle Altar Services. It was pretty much the usual type of email that I get… relationship issues, unhappiness, not knowing what to do, desperate to find something that would help them with their situation. This person was interested in purchasing a candle vigil and had some questions, like which candle to choose — which stumped me, because the only options at this page are a one candle vigil and a three candle vigil.
I told this person that the difference between these options were the fact that, with the three candle vigil, I could burn more than one candle for different intentions, which would include different colors, different herbs, different oils, etc. I explained that the issues involved in some of life’s circumstances are a bit complex. And I choose the candles.
They appreciated my quick response, and came back with this question:
Do they (candle vigils) really work?
Since I haven’t heard back from this individual, I can only assume that they wanted some sort of guarantee. Spirit doesn’t work that way.
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the energy of this ancient goddess…
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First, I want to start off by saying that I respect ALL religions. I want to start off by saying that there is no one true right path. I want to start off by saying that each individual has the right to choose their spiritual path and the beliefs that they adhere to, and they deserve this right to be respected by the world community without coercion, ridicule, or prejudice.
I have nothing against Christianity or Jesus. I have dear family members who follow this spiritual path as well as individuals close to our family circle, and I would not think of interfering with their decision, or degrading their practices, beliefs, and dogmas. Among my own immediate family circle, we are a wide and diverse group. My seven children include, not only Christian practitioners, but Buddhists, agnostics, Wiccans, atheists, and more. Apparently this is something that makes us unique as a group of people that are close knit in spite of our varied and often conflicting spiritual beliefs.
It’s all good.
The ONLY thing that I find offensive about Christianity and the Jesus cult is the hard-core Christians who have a very obnoxious attitude of “My way or the highway”; their incessant domineering insistence that you must believe what they believe; and their often disrespectful attitude and response to people of other spiritual paths. Sometimes this is very over-bearing and “in your face”, and other times it’s very subtle with biting quips and off hand remarks.
How should non-Christians respond when confronted by disrespect regarding our spiritual paths, practices, and deities without being disrespectful to someone elses’ spirituality?
It’s a conundrum.
A brief note to Christians determined to convert the non-Chrisitian ~
1. Just as grounded and passionate as you are about your Christian faith, we are just as grounded and passionate about our faith.
2. “But the Bible says…” — You are assuming that everyone in the world views the Bible as a divine work from the spirit world. Not so. I can’t speak for other non-Christians, but I view the Bible as a piece of literature written by men, from a male perspective, over the course of centuries, and modified much through various translations since then. (Although the original was bad enough.) There is nothing divine about it to me. As a matter of fact, as a woman I find it very insulting and reflective of the negative attitudes towards women that prevailed back in the day, and even survives to some degree in modern times.
What the Bible says does not impress me.
3. “You need God in your life…” — I’m assuming as in “god” you are referring to a super-natural entity of a high vibration. If this is the case, I call this entity “Goddess”, and She indeed enriches my life and life experiences through my connection with Her and the daily spiritual practices I use to connect with Her energy. I can only speak for myself when I say that I view divinity as a universal consciousness expressed around the world through a variety of pantheons, spiritual practices, mystical stories, and archetypes. However you personally connect with “Divinity”, it will be a unique and blessed experience. Just because your experience is different from my experience, it does not invalidate my experience, or the higher vibrational entity that I connect with on my spiritual journey.
4. “I’ll pray for you…” — Under certain circumstances, this can be a positive statement to hear. For instance, you’re facing a problem or a decision and close friends or family who are of the Christian faith want good things to happen for you. It’s like saying, I’m on your side, or I’ll add my energy for a positive outcome, or I’m concerned about you and I want to help. But when this comes from the lips of someone who is trying to convert you, someone who has pestered and preached to you about your spirituality, someone who has been at you to try and convince you that you are wrong in your beliefs… Then this statement can be chilling.
All thoughts are energy, no matter who they come from or what they consist of. The energy that these people will be sending out into the universe will be very negative and conflicting with your soul and your connection to divinity. Personally, I view this as the ultimate insult.
I like to respond without being negative or rude if at all possible. I usually say, “Well, while you’re praying for me, I’ll be casting a spell for you.” This generally brings about a very shocked reaction. Maybe they never considered that you would reciprocate in kind, or that this was even an option.
5. “It’s heaven or hell…” — Actually, this is inaccurate. The non-Christian has so many other options. First, I have to say that the idea of “hell” came from the Bible, the book that was written by controlling domineering males who wanted to intimidate and frighten people, which would make it so much easier to control people. So we can just let hell go all together.
Other spiritualities have a variety of beliefs in what happens to us after death. I can only speak for myself. The following perceptions were typed out randomly, as they came to mind, in no specific order:
I believe in life after death; I also believe in reincarnation. I believe that it’s possible for some very enlightened gifted individuals to connect with the spirits of those who have passed and communicate with them. I believe in the Wiccan idea of “The Summerland”. I believe that certain soul connections are so strong and indomitable that they reconnect through many life times. I believe that the soul is set free of the physical body at death. I believe we have spirit guides to help us through major transitions in life, which includes death.
Thank you to one of my Youtube viewers for these thought provoking questions, both personal and spiritual ~
Herbs: cedar wood, juniper, sage,
star anise, carnation
Stones: lapis, smoky quartz, lazulite
Scents: violet, patchouli, frankincense,
myrrh, rose geranium
Colors: red, white, black
Trees: pine, fir, holly
Deities: Hathor, Hecate, Athese
Astrological Signs: Sagittarius, Capricorn
Crafting Your Magic:
Balance carefully the energy of the traditionalist and that of the free spirit. Cast magic to seek knowledge from your ancestors, or to contact your spirit guide; cast magic to temper loyalties, and to reveal true feelings. Use magic now to throw light on shady situations and to call upon the energy of male divinity– the God. Magic for transitions are potent during the time of the Oak Moon. Work on long term projects; now is the time to put into motion spells that will come into fruition with the Spring Equinox.
The information in this blog post is an excerpt from my book:
“The Gray Witch’s Grimoire”
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Amythyst Raine is an author and psychic/clairvoyant. The tarot is her tool of choice, which she uses as a key to tap into universal knowledge. Amythyst is dedicated to helping others live better lives through self-examination, as well as through psychic revelations, spirit contact, and spiritual guidance.
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