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Magickal Musings From Infinite Flame

April 17, 2010
Define "wicked".....

 

Let It Be

When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
And in my hour of darkness
She is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.

That song has been with me all week. On Tuesday it popped into my head and no matter what I did, I kept hearing it. Now I’m not complaining about having Paul’s wonderful voice in my head, but it wouldn’t go away until evening. Then Wednesday night another person mentioned the song during a Shaman ceremony. I kinda already thought it was a message but I knew for sure at that point. See, like almost everyone else in Michigan, I am having money issues this month. I had money issues last month. I’ve had to pay bills with credit cards that already had a balance. And all I’ve been able to think about is how much I owe, how much I make, how can I make more money. When your mind is so occupied over a stressful thing like this, you cannot move forward, which is a catch 22 because in order to deal with the issue and make more money, you need a clear head.

There will be an answer, let it be.

The Goddess has many forms and one of them is Mother Mary. When the Christians came into power and forced everyone to convert or die, the Goddess survived in the form of Mary. The church tried to leave her out of the story, but the people were used to having a feminine deity and worshipped her as the Holy Mother. The Goddess speaks to many in this form and who knows, maybe She really likes the song. Anyway, I took it as a message from Her that She is with me and will help me through this.

And when the night is cloudy,
There is still a light that shines on me,
Shine on until tomorrow, let it be.

So if you are stressed and worried, take a listen to this song and let it comfort you. If it makes you more comfortable, replace Mother Mary with the name of your deity. Don’t like the Beatles? Then listen to your favorite comfort/inspirational song and......let it be.

Oh, yeah. One more thing. Mercury is retrograding again on Sunday, April 18 at 12:06 PM EST. Read my January 2010 newsletter to find out what this means and how you can survive it. Mercury goes direct again on May 11 at 6:27 PM EST.

Sacred Fire Ceremony

As I mentioned above, I was at a Shaman ceremony this past Wednesday, which was the actual day of the dark moon. I am taking Shaman classes at The Sacred Sage. The teacher is Phoenix Honka, a very gifted Shaman. If you are in the area and are interested in shamanism, I highly recommend her as a teacher and guide. She and Roxane (who used to own Mystical Resources) were holding Sacred Fire Ceremonies at Roxane’s house before she moved to Arizona. Rox was back in town and they had access to the house so they held another ceremony. I was unable to attend in the past but this time I was able to make it.

Phoenix has taken the traditional sweat lodge ceremony and converted it to a sacred fire ceremony. It was an amazing experience. The group of people had wonderful personal energy. We drummed and sang and spoke our truths. It was very transformational. I can honestly say that the next day I felt different. I still feel different. Altho I did not consciously get any message or answer during the ceremony, I know I now have the answers I was seeking. Very powerful stuff.

And it is the elements that brought this power forth that I will speak of.

It was the night of the dark moon. A very powerful time for transformational work. The moon is hidden from our sight on this night as it transforms from one cycle to the next. I have heard that some do not think the dark of the moon has as much power as the full moon, or that the energy at this time is dark in a bad way. They are wrong. The dark moon has just as much power as the full moon, the power is just different. And dark does not mean bad. It means hidden, as in secrets, thoughts, the subconscious, and all the things that rarely see the light. This is the best time for inner workings, those of the personal nature, especially when trying to banish unwanted behaviors. There’s a key word....banish. To make hidden. To take those negative thoughts and behaviors, feel them and the hurt they cause, then to send them away out of our conscious and subconscious minds where they cannot effect us anymore. The energy of the dark moon will help you do this more eff iciently.

Next we had fire. THE element of transformation. Fire burns away everything to leave ashes behind, and from those ashes new growth appears. Fire is the creative spark that takes the idea from your mind and puts it into the world. Fire doesn’t appear in nature, it has to be made. There is always air, water and earth, but fire has to be created. If you pile some wood and sit around it, fire will not appear. But if you light a match...magic. If you acquire the knowledge, sitting on your couch won’t get you that job. But if you send out resumes and go to interviews..... magic. This is the lesson fire teaches us.

We were connected to earth through our feet and some of us sat on logs. There was, of course, air all around us. And a stream runs through about 10 steps from the fire pit, there was our water. So we had the four elements in our sacred space. All four elements in balance and in harmony.

And we had spirit. We had the spirit of Phoenix, who led us only as much as she needed to so the transformation could take place for each of us at our own pace. She offered guidelines and let us go with whatever came to us. She went through her own transformation right along with us. We had the spirits of each and every one of us, shinning with our own personal light. In the comfort and safety of the four elements, our spirits were free to express ourselves, to feel, to share, to help each other. Our individual lights shone brighter than the fire.

There was also music. Specifically drumming. And some rattles. Drumming is very important to the shamanic tradition. The vibrations of the drum go deep into every fiber of your being and bring back memories you didn’t even know you had. Memories of the earth when it began, memories of the secrets of the universe and the stars, memories of all the knowledge that was ever known and will ever be discovered. Drumming helps you access this deep inner knowing. Drumming puts you in an altered state and in this altered state answers become clearer, dreams become real, and the impossible becomes possible.

We each tossed lavender into the fire, an offering to the elements that surrounded us. Gave our gratitude to the fire and the four directions. Thanked Phoenix and each other. Never underestimate the power of gratitude, being grateful lifts the spirits of others and yourself. It costs you nothing but is priceless, so be generous with your gratefulness.

Put all this together and ...... wow. You have a very powerful ceremony and very powerful results that stay with you.

Oils to Aid Transformation

So, what herbs/oils to discuss this week? I was going to discuss fire oils but I think transformation is the key word today. I’m not talking about transforming into something like a animal, which would be cool. No, I’m talking about transforming you; your habits, your behaviors, your career. Aromatherapy can help you achieve this by creating a scent that reminds you of who you want to become whenever you smell it. You can make a candle with the scent which you can burn whenever you are working on this issue. You can make a soap with it, scent your skin cream, or create a perfume so the smell is with you all day. If you do a spell to help you, you can anoint the candle you use and yourself during it.

According to Magical Oils by Moonlight, transformational oils are:

  • bay

  • hollyberry

  • myrrh

  • peppermint

  • rose

  • rosemary

  • spearmint

  • vervain

  • violet

So now we want to create a transformation blend to help us transform something in our lives. My first advise is go with what oils you have on hand. If you don’t have any on the list, then look up the ones you do have and use some associated with strength, courage, success, any of the qualities that will help you transform.

Let’s say you have them all. Ok, go with what smells best to you because if you don’t like the smell, you won’t use it. I happen to like peppermint very much, so I would start with that, or spearmint. When looking up rosemary, I see that it also helps with strength, confidence, courage, endings, and release. So I would add that for sure. Bay is another good one for endings, but also overcoming opposition and good luck. I don’t have bay, but if I did I might add it. Myrrh has similar properties along with being restorative and uplifting, which would help keep your mood up during the process.

I try to keep my blends simple. So I would start with peppermint or spearmint and add rosemary and myrrh to it to see how it smells. I actually got up from the computer to put those oils together and realized I don’t have rosemary. The mints are much stronger than the myrrh, but I think spearmint goes better with myrrh. So I would either go with a spearmint myrrh blend or look for some complimentary oil to add.

It's that easy. Experimentation is the key word. Some oils smell great on their own but put them together and wheww...open a window. So I don’t waste oil, I usually start by gathering the bottles of oils I think I want to use. I take the caps off, being sure to remember which is which, and hold them together and take a whiff of the combined smells from about 2 inches above the bottles. If it might be ok, I then will put a drop of each on either a test strip if I have any, or a piece of card stock, like a business card or index card that I’ve cut into strips (ok, some expert perfumer is reading this and shaking their head, I know ). Anyway, if I think it might be an ok blend after I sniff this card, I start blending in a clean brown bottle, being sure to keep notes of how many drops of each oil goes in. I cannot stress this enough, keep notes. You may want to create it again and nothing is more frustrating than have a blend you love but can’t remember what went into it.

Once you have your essential oil blend the way you like it, you need to decide how you are going to use it. If you want to put it in a candle or soap, then it is ready for use. If you want to anoint a candle for a spell, you can use just the oil blend also. If you want to wear it then you need to put it in a carrier oil. You can add a little jojoba to it, or sweet almond oil or other carrier oil you have. Whereas you can use olive oil as a carrier oil, you cannot use canola or corn oil. Best to use a carrier oil you purchased along with your essential oils to be sure it is skin safe. You can also add it to your skin cream after a shower. Just put a little skin cream in your palm, add a few drops of your blend and rub your hands together to blend it and smooth on your skin.

As you breathe the scent it will help you as you transform your life into whatever you want to make of it.

Let it be,

~~~~Rhiannon Rose @--^--

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Moon Phases
& Sign

Dark in Aries:
April 14 - 8:29am

1st Quarter in Leo:
April 21 - 2:20pm

Full in Scorpio:
April 28 - 8:19am

Last Quarter in Aquarius:
May 6 - 12:15am

Beltane/May Day - May 1

Mercury Retrogrades April 18 at 12:06am
Mercury turns Direct May 11 at 6:27pm


 


Credit and
Butt-Kissing

Llewellyn's Witches Datebook for all moon phases

Magical Oils by Moonlight by Maya Heath

Thank you to Mark for letting us use the home he is now renting for the ceremony and for the firewood.

Thank you to Roxane for coming back to Michigan and making this possible. And a special thanks for the smoky quartz crystal.

And a very special thank you to Phoenix for creating this ceremony and inviting me to be a part of it.

 

Let It Be
by The Beatles

When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
And in my hour of darkness
She is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
Let it be, let it be.
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.

And when the broken hearted people
Living in the world agree,
There will be an answer, let it be.
For though they may be parted there is
Still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer, let it be.
Let it be, let it be. yeah
There will be an answer, let it be.

And when the night is cloudy,
There is still a light that shines on me,
Shine on until tomorrow, let it be.
I wake up to the sound of music
Mother mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
Let it be, let it be.
There will be an answer, let it be.
Let it be, let it be,
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.

 

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