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Week 18: Working With Feminine Energy

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Picture found at: http://thegoddessdreams.com/services/

This particular blog post is way later than the date that will display. It isn’t that I have put off my personal lessons, I just don’t always have time to write about them. However, I am so very glad that I did wait to write about this one. Many things have happened that have really added to this one.

First, I find myself meditating on my feminine side a lot lately. I have found out that I am currently pregnant and expecting baby #4 in January of 2016. It is a little hard not to work with Goddess Energy during a time like this. I have felt more in tune with my plants and my growing things.

I also performed a drawing down ritual that opened my eyes a bit. I will be writing more on that in my next lesson.

I had the absolute privilege to attend Summerstar. I don’t feel I can completely explain all of my experiences, but I came away from it feeling refreshed and more connected. The Women’s Circle made me face some parts of myself that I am not always comfortable facing. The final Ritual made me let go of things that I had clung to too tightly. I actually feel lighter, happier, and more comfortable in my own skin. I am not perfect, but I am me.

In working with Feminine Energy, there can sometimes be a “sharpness” that isn’t quite found in Masculine Energy. At least that is how I perceive it. It can be more shadowy. Not exactly dark, though it requires the dark as much as the light. Where I feel God energy is somewhat vivacious, Goddess energy can be slightly reserved. Though not always. Letting out that Amazonian war cry sure does feel good. Stomping the earth around a drum circle, feeling that wild woman energy filling you feels good. It is an energy that uses exuberance purposefully, whereas God energy simply feels exuberant.

I feel the Goddess as I care for my growing garden, as I swim in Her waters, as I teach.

The Maiden can be impetuous and flirty. A person can be 100 years old and still flirt. She stays with us for life. She is our reminder that youthfulness is important.

 

One does not need to be or become a mother to recognize the Mother Goddess. She is also a fierce protector. There is a reason Mother Goddesses are also shown as Destroyers or Warriors in cultures around the world. That which creates can also take away. Artists can relate to this. Farmers can relate to this. Creating causes a bond. Artists, farmers, mothers all have a responsibility for nourishing and growing their charges.

The Crone can be frightening. She knows life and She knows death. She has the knowledge learned from a lifetime of living.

These are aspects we can embrace at any stage in our life. Some have an easier time accepting all of them than others. Sometimes we can only work with one aspect at a time, two, or all three.

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Week 17: Goddess Energy

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Image from: https://goddessinspired.wordpress.com/2012/03/24/moon-magic-and-the-triple-goddess/

Feminine or Goddess energy delves into the archetypal Goddesses: creation, birth, death, wisdom. As with masculine energy, this is not subject to only women to tap into. In fact, as I mentioned that I was fairly comfortable invoking the God, so do I know men who are fairly comfortable communing with the Goddess aspect. Balance (for me) is a key element in my personal spiritual happiness.

There are many ways to consider Goddess energy. As with my post on God energy, these ways may not necessarily be yours. And that is totally fine. We can go through the common triple goddess phases: Maiden, Mother, Crone. But I find that there is more to feminine energy than these phases indicate. There is also a Warrior element that can be found in Goddess mythos. Think Sehkmet, Kali, Coatlique, Diana, Artemis, Athena, The Morrigan, Valkries, etc.

Maybe it is because I am a female, but I seem to see a lot of darkness in Goddess energy. It isn’t exactly a bad thing. Not that all God stories are light and airy, but Goddesses can be downright scary. The moral of this little note is to make sure you do not underestimate the energy you are working with.

Week 13: God/Male Energy

After studying moon work, maybe I should have started on feminine studies, but I have actually come to the conclusion that I have worked with “male” centered energy for the past few years at least. I have taken on the role of priest in my coven as we have not had one. I feel as comfortable calling upon God energy as I do calling upon Goddess energy. Which probably also means that I do not need to do this lesson for myself.

Except that I do want to delve deeper into this aspect of my magickal path. Understanding and knowledge are a big part of my life and this is something that I would like to understand better.

This month and next month will be the only times that I intend to bring up the more religious aspects of Paganism. And these will not exactly be religious other than speaking of Gods and Goddesses. While I feel called to certain deities, I am not a religious person. I feel there is an energy we can call upon. We can give this energy some sort of form by using various deities as a focal point, but for the most part, I simply refer to it as The Universe. I do not worship this energy, but I do acknowledge it.

This is not the belief of every Pagan and I absolutely respect that. If you feel more comfortable with a specific series of Gods and Goddesses, then you need to continue with your religious practices. I fully believe that what everyone feels is right for them, then that is Truth for them. That includes Christianity, Atheists, Buddhists, Islam, etc. I may not share your beliefs, but I will defend your right to believe what you need to.

So, with that out of the way, on to Masculine Energy.

God Energy image found at: http://100layers.org/98-days-to-go-god/
God Energy image found at: http://100layers.org/98-days-to-go-god/

I believe everyone has a combination of masculine and feminine energy. Maybe different combinations. Some have more male or more female aspects. But, somewhere within all of us, we have access to both energies.

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Image found at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Yin_and_Yang.svg

Even Yin has a little Yang and Yang has a little Yin.

Now to get really confusing. What I may consider to be God energy may not be recognized as masculine energy by everyone. I have known some Dianic pagans who do not recognize male energy at all. I found the concept interesting, but a little unbalanced for my own needs. It was the other end of the spectrum from Christianity’s overly male-oriented beliefs. With my own experiences with Christianity, I know that I require a balance of male and female influences.

What IS God energy? How is it different from Goddess energy? I associate God energy with sun and daytime. Summer. Heat. Passion. The physical. Where the Goddess IS knowledge, He is the embodiment of learning. These are what I feel when I feel God energy in the Circle.

*A note on Warrior aspect. Most of my Pagan friends would place this in the category of God and masculine magick. However, when I need to feel strong and protective, I call upon the Mother Goddess. Kali/Coatlique/Athena/Sehkmet are the ones that come to my mind. There are, of course, many others. There is nothing as ferocious and frighteningly protective as a Mother defending her own. I will go into this more when I work with Goddess magick next month.

Now, look into yourself and see within you what you feel would be considered masculine energy. This will not match up with my description of God aspects. Everyone is different and will view male and female energies differently. This month I will be meditating on the God/male parts of me.

Week 12: Moon Magick

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Photo credit: ArwensGrace http://www.deviantart.com/art/Drawing-down-the-Moon-II-27254020

I am rounding off my Moon Month with a discussion on moon magick. This actually ties in with my post, last week, on the moon’s personalities. I will also be mentioning what moon phase I am working with when I post spellwork on my Spells page.

Moon magick is not just setting up a ritual or a Circle. You can soak up the moon’s goodness by just sitting outside and enjoying the moonlight. I will often bless items by letting them sit outside during the full moon.

For May’s full moon, I have decided to do a slightly more formal ritual than my usual casual rite. I am using an idea from Wicca: A Guide For The Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham. I am toying with the idea of raising energy with chanting. I think that will depend on how many people are able to make it. Starhawk has some amazing group chants in Spiral Dance. Or I may use chakra chants.

The past four weeks have been a great reminder for me on how much I work with the Moon and all of her phases.

Week 11: The Moon’s Personalities

Moon Tarot|Mommy Witch's Book of Shadows

What? Personalities? The moon is a hunk of rock orbiting our planet. How can it have any personality, let alone personalitieS. Which is true, looking at the moon from a strictly logical point-of-view. However, even scientists are human and can be in awe of a hunk of rock.

From a magickal standing, the moon has quite the personality disorder. The different moons each month affect the meaning of the moon. Then, we bring in the Moon Signs and the Sun Signs. Now we have some personalities roaring around.

As an example, the next full moon for my area is May 3, 2015. It is often called Flower Moon, Grass Moon, Hare Moon. In other words, growing things are definitely showing up. It is no longer winter cold and food is becoming more bountiful. The reigning Sun Sign is Taurus. Earthy and steadfast. The Moon Sign is Scorpio. Deep and mysterious. Earth and Water elements. Both symbols of the Feminine aspect. Scorpio will add an element of mystery to the usually not-so-mysterious Taurus. Passion may run a bit higher. On an astrological level, this could be an interesting full moon.

I go into more detail on my page, Moon Work. The page is a work in progress and I will continue adding to it.

Week 10: Working With The Moon’s Phases

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There are various ways of using the moon as a focus for magickal work. Concentrating on the phases is only one focal point. If you feel the need to be more complex, you can also look into where the various astrological signs are in association to the type of work you are doing. Then add in certain days and times. Fair warning on this: Waiting for a sign to be in a certain position on a certain day at a certain time during a certain moon phase could mean that you will need to wait a very long time to do that particular piece of spellwork. On the upside, waiting will allow you plenty of time to prepare for that spell.

Moon Phase Basics (which I posted on Week 9):

  • New Moon: (Maiden) magick for new beginnings.
  • Waxing Moon: magick for energy you want directed toward you (prosperity, fertility, happiness, protection)
  • Full Moon: (Mother) pretty much great as an all-purpose focus.
  • Waning Moon: magick for energy you wish to banish (ill-health, depression, unwanted energy)
  • Dark Moon: (Crone) magick for endings.

If you are like me and a bit impatient, you can tweak your spellwork to fit in with the current moon phase. I will sometimes try to work certain spells during certain times of the day (sunrise, morning, noon, afternoon, or sunset). With a houseful of kids and constant chores, I don’t have a lot of time to prep for spectacular rituals.

Protection is a great example of tweaking your spellwork. During the Waxing phase, you can call upon more protection to come to your home. During the Waning phase, you can banish any negative energies, thereby also creating a protective barrier.

Health is another example. Call upon good health during the Waxing phase and banish ill-health during the Waning phase.

The New Moon is the time for new beginnings. Starting a new look. Starting a new health plan. Blessing a new house. She is just a sliver of her potential. Easy to underestimate and overlook. She has the energy of youth tacked on with the inherent selfishness of youth.

The Full Moon is an excellent time to work pretty much any type of magick. The Full Moon’s light can bless your special or ritual objects. If you are able to go for a walk under the Full Moon, it is a great time to connect with the Mother aspect and what this aspect means. The Full Moon is the transition between Maiden and Crone. A little more settled than the Maiden, though not nearly as experienced as the Crone. It is during this phase in our own lives that we experience more empathy for others as opposed to the self-centeredness of our youth. I have also thought of the Mother aspect as a Warrior aspect. This is a time when a person may not biologically have children, but cares and protects for those around him/her.

The Dark Moon is a little scary. We don’t like to think of endings. We don’t like to think of death. The Crone has lived a full and productive life. She may no longer have the energy of youth, but her wisdom is vast. This is the time to meditate on your own journey. Your own learnings. We are never really done with learning. Someone very wise once told me to learn something new everyday. I try to. I am most often successful. There will always be someone out there who knows more than you.

Week 9: The Moon

The Moon. One of the biggest symbols for most Pagans. It is a focus for magic of all types, representative of multiple deities, and one of the easily visible astronomical beauties we can all enjoy.

Moon Work|Mommy Witch's Book of Shadows

The Moon affects the tides and, it is commonly believed, our behavior.

This week was the week of the Full Moon in Libra. I had a few friends over and we celebrated in a very casual fashion. My Full Moon rituals now consist of sitting outside with incense. I will usually write a few things down that I hope to gain/lose/energy that I wish to send out. I burn that paper in my cauldron. We sit and chat and generally just enjoy being under the light of the moon.

The moon’s phases are a really great focal tool:

  • New Moon: (Maiden) magick for new beginnings.
  • Waxing Moon: magick for energy you want directed toward you (prosperity, fertility, happiness, protection)
  • Full Moon: (Mother) pretty much great as an all-purpose focus.
  • Waning Moon: magick for energy you wish to banish (ill-health, depression, unwanted energy)
  • Dark Moon: (Crone) magick for endings.

This is a seriously, super-duper simplified description. I will be adding to this as this month goes on.

I will look into the different meanings behind not just each monthly moon, but also into how the moon signs affect the moon.

 

Week 8: Living With The Elements

This month’s studies have been so much fun. And now this topic is drawing to a close. However, I did not work on these lessons just to abandon them. I will be working to continue keeping them in my daily life.

A few years ago I wrote a pretty decent lesson on Living In Sync With The Elements. I have read that essay a few times last week and feel it is a good lesson to keep in mind. As I wrote in Week 5, the Elements can be found in every aspect of everyday living. This week, I will be working on meditating with the Elements in mind. I aim to keep them in my thoughts as I go about my day.

Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Spirit
Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Spirit

This month has not made Fire and I super close, but we have reached an agreement. Of sorts. I can get charcoal and incense to actually stay lit. My grill’s self-starter finally worked (after having the grill for nearly a year and it refusing to NOT self-light). It is a tenuous relationship. A start toward something maybe a little stronger.

Week 6: Elemental Work

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Now that I have started a relationship with the Elements (if a tenuous one with Fire), I felt it was time to up that relationship. Well, a little. I pretty much did more Elemental meditation. And it was a PERFECT week for it. It was so gorgeous outside that I was able to spend almost the entire day, all week, working on getting my herb garden set up.

I felt that sun beating down on me. Worked with that dirt. Reveled in the fresh air. I didn’t water anything, yet, but I did feel a happiness that I equate with Water.

It was pretty hard work. My arms are still sore. And admittedly, it was also the reason I fell behind on my blog posts. /sorrynotsorry

I have also been reading Earth, Air, Fire, & Water by Scott Cunningham. It is a sweet, simple read. It has some lovely little Elemental exercises and magickal exercises. A few of which I will be working on for my lesson in Week 7.