A Sigil to mark the Beginning of 2019

 

I’ve always loved the abstract freedom found in just jotting down designs intuitively. Swirls, curves, edges, dots lines… Each shape holds an intricacy all its own. This is probably why sigil drawing has always held sway over me. I’ve been attracted to creating bindrunes for years, but have never just closed my eyes and let a vision take shape as a sigil.

Now, to understand the significance of this practice, one must understand the differences between drawing a sigil and merely drawing abstract designs.

Sigils are intentional; they may be intuitively manifested, but they are designs which hold intent, purpose, a goal. We are numinous when we imbue our own energies into a thing–an object, written word, artwork–and there is power in what we soul forms manifest.

So I had an inspirational moment the other night when I instinctively pulled out my phone’s stylus and started manifesting what the meaning of this new year, new cycle, means to me. With the Sun, Moon, and now Mercury [heading into] in Capricorn along with our partial solar eclipse, 2019 has begun with powerful goal-oriented/newness/healing/rebirth themes. Not only that, but the numerological path of 2019 equates to a 3 frequency. Three is my life path number, and I will be 33 this month. I am a Capricorn Sun, Mercury, Venus and Neptune native. Capricorn is in my bones. So it’s no wonder this New Moon and Sun energy, as well as the planetary alignments and the eclipse, have compelled me into this kind of spiritual action.

The sigil I drew for the budding new year represents Capricorn in all its glory. We will be operating the first bit of 2019 under this sign, and it’s natural that Cappy would make its way into this sigil. The curved object next to Capricorn’s symbol represents 2019’s numerological frequency of 3. This frequency is an activation frequency, like turning the ignition in a vehicle. We are starting something new, healing from old wounds, opening up collective consciousness. You name it, the Cardinal sign of Capricorn is there to witness and support its beginnings.

So meditate on your life’s journey. Let your soul find its own way of waking, stepping out of societal norms as needed. Find solitude and accept and nurture your Self.

For more information on your numerology/Life path number and other info, you can visit Numerology Center.

To find out how this New Moon/solar eclipse and planetary alignment affect you, find your natal chart and read up on what your unique planetary placements are.

As always, many blessings, Love & Light, and a very Happy & Prosperous New Year!

10 things I learned when I started working with my own energy

Working with energy can be tricky at best, and utterly discouraging at worst. But when I find that connection, the currents of what I feel power all things, the world feels right. I am a bit new to actively working with my own energy/vibrational frequency, like meditation and breathing to figure through ailments or illnesses and even emotional maladies, but I am not new to the feeling of that connection.

It’s what I believe is my drive. What motivates me to try try try until I succeed. So when I truly concentrated on not only feeling and holding that connection to myself, but actively manipulating it, I started to feel stronger, more awake and aware, and more at peace with myself.

I am continuing to learn and develop, as we all do as human souls, but I wanted to see a physical detail of virtues or traits that I believe I have cultivated throughout this journey. So I sat down the other day and wrote out what I felt I have learned through my trials and errors with meditations, dreamwork, journaling, and working with my own energy.

Patience

Being patient with myself, my journey, my emotional and mental processing. Patience in outcomes, being the listener more than the speaker, growing in wisdom by waiting out impasses and learning from failures. Being patient with loved ones and their paths, being patient with time.

Resilience

Resilience + self reliance, learning to bounce back from setbacks, using mistakes as learning tools to help develop better ways of being, living, doing, + thinking. Battling addictions and growing victorious; wiping myself off and standing back up, ignoring + disassociating from judgment. Using constructive criticism to better myself + further my goals.

Forgiveness

Forgiveness for myself and those who have made their own mistakes at my expense, forgiveness in my relationships, my status. Refusing to be a victim, acknowledging and accepting my flaws + not operate in self-deprecation or shame. Empowering myself to learn from my imperfections.

Setting boundaries

Learning to stop when enough is enough, limiting self indulgences, boosting motivation + discipline. Learning when + how to say “no” and how to limit putting others’ needs above my own, recognizing my voice + self advocating. Speaking out to defend myself as necessary, offering council + taking council only when warranted. Learning how to protect myself from coercion, manipulation, guilt trips. Protecting my emotions + mental stability.

Self respect

Learning to respect myself by being impeccable with my word: when I make promises or commitments to myself and carry out, I feel more growth and enlightenment within and I am someone who I can respect. Setting myself up for success + growth, limiting self sabotaging thoughts + actions, directing my intellect + talents to set and achieve goals.

Spiritual hygiene

Taking time to self assess, self reflect and recognize where I am growing spiritually, where I am lacking, and what new things I’ve experienced throughout my day/week/month/year. Keeping journals + logs of prayers, spellings, intonations, meditations, observations + things of interest in growing in spirit.

Grounding + staying grounded

Learning what resonates, speaks to me, helps connect me to earth’s circuitry. Drumming, singing + chanting to achieve harmony and balanced frequencies. Learning how to stay attuned to that frequency more often than being out of tune.

Letting go

Ceasing to perseverate on things beyond my control, learning to be impartial + distanced from things that no longer serve me or will serve me, accepting the flux of change, leaving short term fixes behind to embrace the full range of healing that comes with letting shit go.

Confidence + courage

Finding my stomach, tuning myself into my inner wolf, becoming confident in my abilities, intelligence, wit and humor. Learning to approach all things without fear. Breathing through anxiety, working through obstacles, learning to trust my gut. Being assertive in myself + standing firm in my values.

Trusting in myself

Accepting my strengths and limitations, urging my heart to understand them, opening myself to my intuition, my own vulnerability + learning to fall in love with my own soul and spirit.

 

 

I hope this serves as inspiration to look inward and embrace all that you have learned and all that your spirit has achieved. You’re strong, you’re human, and you’re full of energy just waiting to be harnessed. If ever you would like an energy or plant reading to help you along your unique journey, please feel free to get in touch. I am in my happy place when helping others find that connection to their own energy frequencies.

 

Many blessings, Dear Hearts❤

 

 

The many modes of Reading Plants

Divination [i.e. the act of seeing future events] has been a sketchy subject in modern society–in so far as does it actually exist let alone work–but historical and archaeological evidence suggests people of all types of cultures throughout human history have believed/practiced some form of divination or prophecy.

There are tons of different types of divination which use a myriad of means to practice. Anything from ripples in a pond to the clouds in the sky and beyond, divinatory methods have persisted throughout our cultures. This overview offers some reader-friendly information on the history of divination, its significant differences with fortune telling, and its inclusion in just about every recorded culture in history.

One such method that I have been particularly interested in lately, is botanomancy, or divination through plants and herbs as the sole method of readings. The most well known method of plant divination is reading tea leaves. This ancient Asian philosophy has evolved and spread over the ages. Divination itself is a practice of interpreting and  implementing symbolic messages, omens, and seemingly random occurrences to help grow and evolve in spirit. Using plants makes sense to me because of their ultimate connection to planet earth and her lifeblood, and this is what makes the messages that much more pertinent and meaningful; as we are born of the earth, and we reside and loop around within its circuitry. Plants and herbs that can be ingested to induce symbolic messages and other-world knowledge offer a lot to divining souls who desire to tap into what they know. Plant roots ultimately serve as a metaphor for the connectivity we all experience as living organisms coexisting with the mother earth. Their spreading network of roots gather nutrient information and they can subsequently share that information with the practitioner. It only takes about a million years of practice! Lol!

Though I ultimately practice with simplicity, oftentimes searching for a quiet affirmation of the spiritual meaning found throughout my day, I find ways to grow and develop the art of using plants and their spirits to ascertain messages that can help me along my life’s journey. Because of the practice’s ability to force us to look within ourselves for what we already know to be true, divination can be relatively difficult to tap into. This is because we westerners frequently want what we can’t have yesterday, and we seem to expect an instant solution to everything without having to work toward it. But, on the other side of the mindset coin, with consistent practice and steadfast faith in your own knowledge and ability to learn, divination– and moreover plant reading–can be a valuable tool for further growth and development in spirit.

So I wanted to share a few different methods of plant divination, in hopes to shed light on another mode of finding and implementing symbolic messages to benefit the spiritual health we deserve as humans.

Reading tea leaves

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By far the most well known form of botanomancy, (and its own field of divination called tasseomancy) reading the answers for questions asked in the remnants of brewed tea leaves has been in practice in the West (western Europe and beyond) since the 17th century when Dutch traders began bringing tea back from China. This form of divination is its own umbrella and oftentimes includes the practice of divination through coffee grounds and wine remnants as well. The practice is oftentimes a specially developed skill, and calls for teas that are grown specifically for this purpose. Find some easy-to-digest information on tasseomancy like its history/origins and common practice, here.

throwing seeds & blowing leaves

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This method of botanomancy works similarly to that of casting runes or throwing stones/bones. The seeds of plants or herbs that were particularly related to the inquiry in question were thrown down over a smooth patch of dirt or a cloth. Sometimes a grid could be used, similar to that of a medicine wheel. If, say, the inquirer asked if the harvest would be bountiful, the person casting the seeds would choose to use corn, wheat or barley seeds as relates to harvests. The pattern the seeds made when they landed was interpreted and applied to the question asked.

Another related method of divination to seed throwing is that of leaves and breeze. The practitioner uses a handful of leaves to find the message by spreading out the leaves over the ground outside while inquiring of the possible outcomes to something. You would then wait for the breeze to shuffle, shift and blow away the leaves, and those leaves that are left behind are then read and interpreted and related to the initial inquiry.

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Another well known and popular form of botanomancy is to burn an herb or plant and divine the meaning within the smoke. Incense is the method that comes to mind for most, because it’s simple and a smaller scale obviously than burning a fire. A small pinch of dried herbs/plant material burned in a small dish again related to the inquiry subject. Meditate upon the question and what it means for you while the plant burns down. Take that information gathered from within and read the ashes. Find meaning in the patterns in which it crumpled, charred, grayed, etc. Does the pattern resemble letters to names, words or phrases that relate to your inquiry? Do the ashes gather together or spread out in the dish–could this relate to expansion/contraction of something connected to your question? There are always meanings to be found in patterns.

Sometimes the burn patterns on charred woods were the tool, the messages being played out upon the charring of the woody surface–woods burned for divination wouldn’t have been burned all the way, as fuel wood would have been, so archaeologists can tell the differences in purpose through the findings in ancient ash piles, burn pits, and fireplaces. A side note: sometimes woods with strong symbolic meaning (oaks for the Druids, at el.) were carved with the inquiry or desire, almost like writing down the supplication, before being burned in a fire. The resulting coals and ashes could impart knowledge of the future.

Plant development & structure

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A less well-defined way of practicing botanomancy is to plant the seed of a symbolically sacred plant related to an outcome you desire within your life’s journey. Maybe figs for financial growth and wealth, roses for love, family, friendships. As the plant grows, the patterns on the undersides of the leaves, shapes of stems and blooms, etc can be read and interpreted to find meaning that applied to the future growth and manifestation of the initial inquiry. This method takes the longest, as you are consistently nurturing the growth of seed to mature plant, but all possible paths and future outlooks can be divined this way, sometimes offering much much more than any other form of botanomancy. This may be because of the time that is involved with practicing this way. It is a never ending time frame, as you don’t receive one but many possible answers, outcomes and pathways to take as the plant grows, changes and develops.

Plant induced visions & dreams

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Using plants to induce visionary trances, dream states and heightened awareness is no new fact. We know much thanks to chemistry, archaeology, and anthropology/ethnobotany about the practice of using hallucinogenic plants and herbs to induce visions of the future, provide answers to divinatory inquiries, and to help heal spiritual/emotional/mental traumas. But these methods can be used solely to gather information about future events. These special plants (not to be messed with at home) include famous–or infamous to some–plants such as mandrake, belladonna, monkshood, peyote, Ayahuasca, and many others including fungi. While illegal most places, there are some shamans and medicine practitioners who utilise these means to not only help manifest healing both spiritually and physically, but also to divine answers and information about future events in theirs and others’ lives.

Posies, potpourris, and sachetssachet

These are lovely and simple ways to utilize plants and herbs to achieve meanings and answers to dilemmas, personal and interpersonal, future and present minded, within dreams. Bouquets of fresh herbs and plants that hold connection to the inquiry (i.e., thyme and parsley for money/finance) can be placed about a bedroom to induce energy to dream. Similarly, a sachet or potpourri mix of dried herbs or aromatic plants that relate to what could be solutions to your inquiries can be placed under the pillow, above the headboard, etc. to help aid your divination while dreaming.

To practice these methods, simply ask the question as you you put the posy, sachet, or potpourri in place and meditate on that question as you fall asleep. The trick with this method is to train the brain to remember what you dreamed when you wake up the next morning. Start recording dreams in a journal and you will start to find the hidden messages that can then be used to help develop your Self and your journey. Lucid dreaming can offer even more if this method of divination calls to you. Plants like mugwort, Valerian root, and blue vervain can be consumed in a tea to help you reach a meditative state in order to lucid dream. While it’s not necessarily considered divination in the sense that the practitioner is actively seeking a vision of possible future outcomes, lucid dreaming does offer its own set of benefits.

 

I have found immense pleasure and success when implementing the lessons and wisdom plants and herbs offer. There is a world of knowledge and information out there among the green and growing things; we have but to open our eyes to it and embrace it. I hope to inspire others to at least start keeping and growing healing plants and herbs, and help simplify some of the ways we can incorporate these gifts in our everyday lives.

Here’s to hope, health, and the pursuit of happiness!

Have a blessed and beautiful Sunday 🙂

Mugwort for Dreaming

As I sit under the blanket of dim stars, Jupiter rising in the East, I am aware of the irony of my position:

I’ve never had the inclination to ingest something for the sole purpose of dreaming. I have never experienced a lack in meaningful dreams, sometimes lucid, other times just enough lucidity to let me know I am dreaming–even if everything else is out of my dream-control. Sometimes I feel I dream too much, and it’s these moments where I seek a tea or herbal that will either prevent dreams from fully materializing or completely erase my memory of having dreamt at all. So why would I actively seek out a means to make me dream when I already do so in vivid color and form?

I honestly have no concrete way of explaining what it is I seek through dreams. Something hiding? Something lost? Something I’ve forgotten? Something I need to learn… This fact is not lost on me: I sometimes don’t even know what it is I seek abstractly, let alone be able to describe this “searching for answers to questions I can’t even formulate” feeling.

But here I sit, outside in the chilly Spring air, sipping hot mugwort tea. While winter tries and tries, fiercely clutching the land in one last silent song, I am willing good omens to come.

I suppose we’ll see what we see.

 

[featured image courtesy of Wikipedia]

Grounding in the Sea

The beach is one of those places I go when I’ve a need to ground myself– to feel the connections and energy currents that help release the constraints and stresses of modernism.

It is here at the shoreline, at this place of in-betweens, where I let my feet sink into the sand as the surf rolls in and out, pulling with it that which I choose to let go. It is remarkably easy to do, like a sigh of contentment exhaled from a happy soul.

The Sea is so effective in Her ability to heal, cleanse, and recharge, that I favor grounding my energy in this manner. Earth has its methods and own currents of energies, but the Sea is so mutable, so ever-changing, that these characteristics are what makes seeking comfort there so desirable.

So how can one ground themselves, in general and at the beach? Is it all just an elaborate placebo effect? Does grounding really work?

Just start by getting there. [Or at least get outside in nature if you’re not able to get to a beach.]

Once at the beach, find a spot near the shore to set yourself up. Walk in the surf, search for shells and treasures, let yourself become aware of the salty breeze, the sound of the waves and gulls, remind yourself not to hurry. Seeking solace in the sea is just as effective as using Earth to center yourself.

Stand in the surf, with your feet shoulder-width apart, and let the surf rush in to cover your feet, pulling the sand you felt was stable away as the waves recede. Each time the waves roll in and back out, your feet will sink further into the sand. Each time the waves pull away, the sand with it, imagine that all your stressors, anxiety, exhaustion, stale energies (or anything you feel you need to release) are being pulled out to sea with the sand that leaves the soles of your feet along with the waves.

Let yourself be in the moment, in the present. Imagine you are an electrical current in human form, and let your feet be the conductor through which the polarities exchange: absorb the flow of energies from the ground through your feet, while allowing the positively-charged energy currents release through the crown of your head along with those emotions, negative thinking patterns, etc. We are healthier when we vibrate in frequencies in tune with the environment. Birds, fish, mammals–they all operate at this frequency. When we attune ourselves to this frequency, we ultimately give permission for all that is at ease to enter us, as well as allowing that which doesn’t serve us to float away with the tide.

Pray, chant your certitude, meditate on your strengths and vitality. There is an ocean of wisdom in front of you when you stand on the shore, and the answers you seek can be better realized through the practice of grounding yourself.

When you attune yourself with the energy frequencies of Earth and Sea, what once were obstacles should now be nothing more than signposts pointing you in a different direction. No blockages, just alternate pathways. Similarly, you can catch a suntan while meditating. Soak in the solar energies, pray and meditate on the force of life given to us, and the vitamin D will do the rest.

Science has already given us proof of the healthful benefits of soaking in nature at the beach (but hey, intuitively and instinctively we already know), and it’s no doubt consciously grounding ourselves while beach-going can heighten these benefits and bring spiritual health around to being in tune with nature–both our innate/inner nature and that of our physical environment.

Where are some favorite spots of yours to go to ground?