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Week 18: Working With Feminine Energy

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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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Elements – Air

To get myself back on track with my Year-And-A-Day beginner/kids series, I decided to start back up with easy lessons on the Elements.

I decided to start with Air. It is the first Element I invoke during Circle. And, as my last lesson was on Circles, this makes sense to me.

Air Element

 

Air is the element of the mind. We take walks in the fresh air to clear our heads. For my kiddo, I will have him walk with me while we discuss the aspects of Air and how we use this Element everyday. His homework will be to journal his thoughts on Air.

 

General Air Correspondences

(taken from a few different books, including True Magick by Amber K and Earth Power by Scott Cunningham)

General: mind, imagination, intellect, knowledge, theory, breath, peaks, wind, towers

Direction: East

Colors: blue, white

Ritual Tools: athame/sword, wand, censor

Sense: Smell

Goddesses: Aradia, Ariamhod, Cardea, Nuit, Urania, Iris

Gods: Mercury, Thoth, Khepara, Enlil

Spirits: Sylphs

Angel: Raphael

Zodiac Signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

Season: Spring

Time of Day: Dawn

Wind: Eurus

Animals: Birds (especially hawks and eagles)

Plants: Vervain, yarrow, primrose, violet, frankincense, myrrh

Tree: Aspen

Stones: topaz, sapphire, lapis lazuli

Incense: Galfanum

Making My Year Magickal

I decided that I would be working on my inner self this year. I want to see the magick in things again. When did that disappear? Oddly, I think it was when I started having kids. I guess my brain just said, “Ok. Now we have to be all adult-like and stop having fun.” Well, I am taking the fun back. I mentioned in an earlier post that I was going through a book everyday. I have really enjoyed it. And Mr. Penczak’s book has also been a delight to read each month.

Well, it seems that I will be adding to my witchy workload. Eldest has started to ask about my beliefs and why I do not always go to church with the rest of the family. He will be nine soon. I think he is old enough to learn about a few other religious beliefs.

Mommy Witch Blog|Teaching kids about a Pagan Path
Mommy Witch Blog|Teaching kids about a Pagan Path

The first step of our journey was to ask him if he would be interested in sitting down with me once a week to discuss what I do. I want to teach him, not force him.
Our first lesson will be sometime this week. I am going to have him help me pick out a three-ring-binder to use as a book of shadows. So, we will be discussing what a BoS is and how to use it. I will need to come up with a fun lesson plan for the next year or so. I have gotten some good ideas from Pooka Pages and I have Starhawk’s Circle Round.

My basic lesson plan for this March goes something like this:

  • March 10: Book of Shadows: What it is and how to use it. Homework: once per week, write an observation about how the seasons are changing.
  • March 17: Discuss Ostara/Vernal Equinox. Homework: Work in the garden (this is already one of his chores).
  • March 24: Brief discussion on the other Sabbats and how they fit into the changing of the seasons. I have no homework or project for this.

I will be working on a lesson plan for April this week. I am trying to think of some simple grounding lessons and exercises.