Make Like a Crane

Happy Vernal Equinox! I think I heard the first “official” spring peeper this morning. However, being one of those snow-lovers, it’s been bitter-sweet to watch the glaciers recede in parking lots and on lawns. Their retreat leaves behind all manner of debris, a miniature echo of the glacial processes of the last ice ages. The archaeologist in me wonders what the current glacial retreat will reveal–probably not the plastic shovels and swords of the early 21st century, but maybe still something interesting.

Since I’m traveling, I won’t be dyeing eggs like I had planned (that’ll be next week), but I will be outside, standing on one foot with one arm behind my back and one eye closed, in balance at the moment of balance.

Blessed Ostara!

Strategic Sorcery Homework #5

I’ve been able to astral project/journey since I was 10 or 11. It’s sort of a combination of “get-up-and-go” and “elevating,” and it was very interesting to read about other techniques. It was really great to hear that you should never lose a vague awareness of the physical body—in fact, this was the reason that for years I thought I was “doing it wrong”! So thank you, Mr. Miller, for your detailed explanation and “myth-busting” sections in this lesson.

I tried the tactile repetition method, which I found most useful when I was working in my permanent sacred space. Handling my tools created a nice pull for my focus. I did a simple trip to my outdoor grove in the conservation land behind my house. I played with floating a bit, something I don’t usually indulge in, which was enjoyable. One thing I’ve noticed is that colors (in this world at least) are always somewhat muted. This doesn’t necessarily hold true for visiting other planes, however.

Strategic Sorcery Homework #2

Kitchen altar circa 2012

1) The biggest challenge has been getting back into a daily offering practice for my house wights. I lapsed for nearly a year due to a new baby and PPD. It feels so good just to anchor to them each day, and know that they have my back and will give me that extra push as needed. (UPDATE: This has stayed pretty consistent over the past two years, even when I moved into my own place. I have added offerings to Brigid as patron of the Ovate Grade, as well.)

2) Meditation! I’ve actually started doing The Sorcerer’s Secrets (TSS) breath work while nursing my son. It calms him, and centers me, so everybody wins. (UPDATE: Yep, still meditating—though not still nursing, thank gods!)

3) Cleansing/establishing space. Especially since my husband, a chiropractor, sees local patients in out living room two mornings a week, I’ve found giving peace and light to the quarters as well as smudging widdershins help reestablish the room as family space, rather than healing/business space. (UPDATE: Now divorced, but since I rent a room, it’s even more important than ever to make clear psychological breaks between various activities, since many of them happen in the same space.)

Practicing Together #16

Racing pidgeon!

This racing pigeon seems to have taken up residence in the neighborhood. He’s quite tame, so I’m a little worried that my huntress may make a meal of him.

Seed thought taken from Leaning into Mystery’s “Practicing Together” weekly series.

I noticed that if you are not willing to deal with the fact that humans are fallible, then you are bound to be miserable and disappointed for the majority of your life.

This week, I invite in focus and success. This is week two of the new job, and it’s going to get interesting!

Ways this could happen: Remembering to breathe, take my time, and double check my work. Asking questions never hurts either. 🙂

What went well: I did end up spending quite a bit more time with my extended family, as well as talking with my biological parents. My godparents who have passed were at the front of my thoughts much of this week, and I tried to honor their memories through my own love of gardening, knitting, and history that they were so instrumental in fostering.

Updates: The job magic I’ve been working came through, and even though there’s a fair amount of upheaval in my life right now, I’m hopeful for the future. I can’t really ask for any more than that!

Practicing Together #15

Lughnasa 2013

Northern Water Snake

Seed thought taken from Leaning into Mystery’s “Practicing Together” weekly series.

I noticed a slew of harvest signs: a snake getting ready to shed her skin, a spider laying in wait by the water, the honking of geese as they passed overhead. I also noticed that three druids and a toddler can pull of a pretty damn fine ritual. And boar sausage is wicked tasty!

This week, I invite in family. Family by blood, family by law, family by circumstance. I love you all and I want to make sure you know it.

Ways this could happen: Making tasty food, phone calls, emails, tea, and booze are all possibilities. 🙂

Lughnasa 2013

Fishing Spider

What went well: I did a lot of ruminating and soul searching last week. I’m learning to make friends with anger, to use it as an indicator of when things aren’t going right, but not letting it control my reactions. Sometimes I’m better at this than others, but again, “what you practice is what you have.”

Updates: I’m feeling stronger, more confident. It’s been a long time since that’s been the case, and it’s damned refreshing. I’ve pretty much always been confident in my spirituality, but now I’m becoming so in my parenting and professional life as well. I’m ready for the change.