La Bona Dea

Discovering the Divine within and letting Her out!

Gathering the Harvest….

I will be taking a hiatus from Practical Magic Circles as I nearing the completion of my book; Her Own Sweet Way, a story of growing with my daughter while moving through social anxiety, generalized anxiety, PTSD symptoms, and adolescence.

I am also working with my High Priestess on a book for celebrating the wheel of the year…. so look for updates and publication dates in the near future!

(The priestess apprenticeship will use the new book from Ana, High Priestess when we begin!)

The harvest is coming,and like vintners during a hot autumn, I am picking the grapes as fast as I can!

Please let me know if you have any requests as I am available to accommodate rituals and celebrations for you anytime! I have two weddings coming up, and I am so excited to be a part of them.

Thank you dearest ones!
Blessings!


Message from a Fly

Let go of old self doubts and self defeating habits. Know that your dreams are within your reach – you deserve it!
-Fly

I have been having doubts about fulfilling my dreams. I have heard the voice of NOT GOOD ENOUGH barreling through my mind. But I have had the strength to squelch it and I am stronger every day.

I will put my dreams first. I will take what time I need regardless of other needs for awhile, visions will arrive and money will be made!

So thank you, little fly, thank you for your enormous message, I am ever grateful!
Blessed be the Fly xo


Death at my Lughnasadh Door

Each year at Samhain I pull a Tarot card for each of the Sabbats. I use the traditional Rider-Waite cards for this purpose.

The first card indicates the Energy which I am to be surrounded in from 10/31-12/21.
The next card is the Energy for Yuletide to Imbolc,from 12/21-2/1 and so on. There are eight Holy Days, so I pull eight cards.

Last year for, this year’s guidance during Lughnasadh, I pulled the Death card, so I will be surrounded by the energy of the Death card from 8/1-9/21.

For many the symbols of Death are frightening, unknowing, and sometimes spooky. There are others of us who see the Death card and say “Thank the Goddess and good riddance!” I am usually grateful for the Death card, because for me it typically means the end of a difficult patch, a time to accept what is, and to prepare for rebirth.
This fall is the first back to school season that I have not had a child entering school in 26 years. That is a whole lotta back to school, and this year, I am O- U- T- out! Whoop!

I would never exchange a single back to school day, event the difficult ones, not enough money ones, emotional ones, or apprehensive ones. Each one served its purpose for me and for my children….. but LOOK! Yay! The Death card!!!

With that said I am also letting go of unnecessary chores, tasks, or self assigned obligations. (I am sorry to say that I will be holding moon circles a bit less frequently for a time.) I am weeding out what is not working, modifying what I want to work, and simply allowing myself the pleasure to let things unfold naturally for the first time ever!

Tarot Death Card

So, as I take a look at the “Tarot card for this Wheel of the Year”, I notice the details on this particular card. I see the skeleton on the dead horse, for sure, but I also notice the white flower on the flag. Also, I see the sun rising in the East. Though the skeleton rides among dead bodies, there is one woman in yellow, the color of beginnings thrusting her hands together in prayer, a sense of hope lingers in her…. but alas, DEATH will have his way.

Bittersweet this time may be, for me and my non-back to school days, or for anyone who is experiencing closure on the chapter of their life. Let’s keep the sweet part in mind, knowing that even though there are many deaths in life, it is not over until it is over. Not until that final death will we ever stop living life.

May all the harvests you gather at Lughnasadh fill your heart and home with joy, love and peace!
Blessed Be


July Full Moon in the Sierra Mountains

Wild Mountain Sage
Summer Waxing Moon over Wild Mountain Sage

Summer has reached its peak, settling down after a gloriously hot Summer Solstice!

Looking up toward the Moon, Her gentle and cool face gazing down at me; I am perched at the crest of a mountain range, I feel Her love pour down on me. The sky is still a bright and baby blue, the air is crisp and clean. I find it almost difficult to breath because the air is thinner than I am used to. She looks down upon me and I am assured that all is well.

Reaching the height of the year, that moment when all the seeds are planted, my dreams and hopes have been fertilized, some good old fashioned TLC and some bullshit, but fertile, non-the-less. I beg for answers that I know will come…. only in their own sweet time. Funny to me how the Universe likes to offer a glimpse here and there, just enough to let you think you have figured something out, only to make that left turn in Albuquerque. (Feisty old Bugs.)

I mentioned before that I am impatient. I have not one shred of patience in these bones. This is my curse and my lesson. I asked to trust this year. I am trusting, but I still want my answers and I want them NOW.

The year is only half way through. I feel like I am peeking into an oven at nearly- but not quite done- rolls…. I can practically see the melted butter on them while sitting on a plate…. I am impatient.

So I ask Her:  Moon, please continue to shine on me, please grant me the patience I need to cultivate my harvest. I honor the full year’s journey around the Sun, but I want to know how the story ends. I have wanted that from the first day I could think, dream, and hope.

I spent early July in the Sierra Mountains. Nothing, other than the melted snow pounding down the mountain, is in a hurry. Nature is unfolding at Her pace. I took slower steps and gazed at the mountain peaks. I gathered and cut wild mountain sage, crafting the fragrant stalks into smudge sticks. The sweet aroma calming me with each inhale and deep exhale. I took the time to enter the frigid melting snow water to rededicate myself. Honoring all my chakras and allowing them to open; both to release and to trust.

The night of the full moon I watched the globe turn from a coppery disk to a white plate, noticing the outward shining fire transforming Her from waxing action to resting grace. I felt the Summer Solstice smile at me, with its secret knowing, and its knowing that I could not possibly know…. but that I had to claim trust as an ally.

I left the mountains with a bushels of smudge sticks, some wild flowers, and confidence that all is now and will always be well. I am glad I took the time to honor myself and all the harvests I have gathered thus far…. Trusting that there is only more glory along this priestess path.

So Mote it BE!

Sage Smudge Sticks   Wild Flowers at Squaw Valley
    Sage Smudge Sticks                Wild Flowers at Squaw Valley


Mom’s Graduation Day

Miss Mia Graduated last night and I am a proud Mamma.

Anyone who knows our story understands the importance of this moment between us.

I have have five beautiful children, two are my step-daughters, but daughters just the same, and I am proud of each and every one of these kids.

Parenting is a job that comes with honor. It is opportunity to honor the soul with what each child comes to Earth. I have been blessed to embrace these beings and to have them teach me life lessons. With each child I learned something wonderful:

My son Lorenzo taught me to be patient; that everything works out. He is calm and kind, he is strong and he is oh-so-logical. He is my Rock.

My daughter Natalie taught me to quit worrying about what others think. She encourages me to be a better me each time I speak with her. She is my Gypsy Soul.

Andrea taught me to do what I want. She is strong, both physically and willed. She is has shown me resilience. She is my Strength.

Hilary brings me laughter and joy. Her humor and hard work have taught me dedication. She is my Muse.

My baby, Mia, has reminded me of all the attributes of the first four, then she topped it with gentleness. She taught me that being gentle and soft are just as important as strength, faith, and will. She is my Soft Touch.

Mia and Momie

These gifts came with the price of worry and fear. They came with hoping I was doing the right thing by each of them and faith it would all be okay.

Today I am pausing to honor these gifts, to reflect on the precious value they offer to me. My five gems, all polished and brilliant. I am proud of the people they are and of the person they have encouraged me to be.

Blessed be the child
Blessed be the mother
Blessed be the wild
and Blessed be tender

As it is and so it shall always be……


Summer time, Solstice, Strawberry Moon and Magic!

June is a magical time to reflect upon the first six month of the year…. Graduations, promotions, vacations, and tributes to a job well done come at this time of year.

All that we have worked for, cultivating our dreams and honoring responsibilities, is beginning to show signs of completion. First fruit is on the trees, tight buds are opening with delightful blossoms to be revealed.

Ah, a great time to put our feet up and admire hard work.

BUT! It may not all be done yet… how do we get that strength to push forward to ensure tasks are complete? Evaluation.

Drumming

Summer Solstice presents the longest day of the year. The Full moon shines light into the dark. Both events offer a chance to take one more look to finalize our creations before we truly sit back and reap our rewards.

This month June’s Practical Magic Women’s Moon Circle will be held on the THIRD Monday of the month. We will celebrate the Solstice and the end of the Full Strawberry Moon. We will invoke Goddesses, offer Gratitude, and our ritual will be Magic!

Join me at Songbird Center at 6:30 on Monday the 19th to share in this delightful time of year!

I look forward to seeing you there! Blessings of love, light, and of course~ Magic!


Moons, Junes and Ferris Wheels….

Next month the June moon circle will not take place as it is my daughter’s graduation weekend! The baby of the clan, and we are so happy!

July’s moon circle falls during the Fourth of July holiday, so I may plan another date and a glorious trip to the beach for some magical spell casting!

August will bring a first harvest moon on it’s regular day and time, though September’s moon circle falls on the Labor Day weekend.

At this time October, November, and December will still take place as scheduled.

I look forward to seeing all as we can! Blessed Be!

La Bona Dea

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Merry Month of May

Practical Magic will celebrate Beltane at the next Moon Circle!
Monday, May 1st we will delve into the magical goddesses invoked during the first summer days!

Beltane

We will honor our wishes and renew our commitments (Remember your New Year’s Resolution? How is it coming along? Time to recharge it?) We will enjoy company, circle, ritual, and craft!
See you there!

Songbird Center at 6:30pm— Upstairs

If you want to participate in a Full Circle Celebration, please come to the Songbird Special Event on Sunday, May 7th from 2-6pm. I am leading the May Day Celebration and I hope to see you there! xo


Flirting with Femininity

Spring Bouquet

Spring always reminds me of being a teenager. I wanted so much to be grown and in charge of my life! I was learning about boy/girl relationships, how I liked to dress, how I felt when I wore Kissing Potion…. yeah, remember that sticky sweet lip gloss… bubble-gum flavor! Yeah!

I remember the angst of learning to be patient. (Still my downfall!) I was a bud just waiting to bloom! I couldn’t wait to have my own life. I discovered sexuality, sensuality, and despair. It was all a magical and mysterious time.

My husband laughs at me, because here I am, all fifty-three years of me, and I still have no patience. He laughs because when the flowers make their buds I have to go peel back the outer layer of petal to see what color they will be. See? No patience! Ha!

Funny how now I spend some of my days recalling what was instead of pushing toward the future. Maybe I am accepting patience after all.

April’s Practical Magic Women’s Circle will be celebrating and flirting with the Feminine. It is a chance to awaken or reacquaint yourself with our divine feminine…. Spring is a time to open up, just like the blooming buds!

I hope you will join me and have some fun as we discover the magic of our personal power! Ready ladies? Let’s jump into spring with both feet!

Monday, April 3rd from 6:30-8pm… Gather at 6:15
Songbird Center, Upstairs Back
By Donation $5-15

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