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Tarot Tuesday ~ Death

Death of the Major Arcana by Kapua

Death

One of my favorite cards in the Tarot, “Death” was always a close friend of mine in a number of ways–but that’s my personal story and one to be told another time. In tarot, as is so often and commonly the case, people tend to react immediately with concern or fear. While it’s true that the Death card can sometimes indicate an actual death, most readers will probably not see it anyway because, let’s face it–none of us is omniscient, nor are readers an authority on who lives or dies…so if you do see Death in your cards, please refrain from panicking. :)

Death is generally associated with endings, and endings with sadness–but an ending is not always indicative of the ending. Anyone who studies tarot (or has at least had enough readings to know) knows that the Death card almost always indicates a form of transformation. This, obviously can be a very good thing–especially if you find yourself stuck in a pattern or simply stuck altogether.

I see this card as a form of completion and the promise of a new beginning. Whether I think I’m ready for it or not, a cycle in my life is ending and a new cycle is beginning. If you can build a comfortable relationship with Death you may then see how positively it can serve you. Through the Death card I see (or at least try to see) an opportunity to learn and grow. I feel that it tends to be one of the more forgiving cards of the Major Arcana because even in the face of what appears to be bad news, you know that with Death there can also be a silver lining.

I realize that it also depends on what other cards are surrounding it, but let’s face it–all endings are followed by beginnings… we simply need to be open to the possibilities.

Celebrate this Major Arcana card and ask Death what it can offer you.



(*The Death card in the photo is from The Star (Major Arcana) Tarot Deck by Cathy McClelland; it was one of the first of two tarot decks that I started to work with and still one of my favorite decks to this day.)

Hearth & Home Faeries

 by Elysia, The Naughty Faery

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No magickal home can exist without the Faeries of Hearth & Home because faeries are attracted to those who have that special spark, be it a thirst for knowledge or even a special magical spark.  These faeries’ inner drive is to help, teach, guide, & yes even join in on natural magical occurrences that happen in your home, so why not put them to work?  Since faeries are so universally found in all cultures why wouldn’t you use them?  Because someone told you they were “bad”?  Because you read in some book that working with faeries is a call for disaster?  Hmmm… well I will say that working with them is never easy. Faeries, especially those who roam during the dark times call upon you to really own up to all that you do, who you are, even the parts of you that you don’t want to see or acknowledge about yourself.  But what are some of the ways that you could put to work the faeries that hang out in your home?  I mean do you LIKE when they steal your keys, special papers, earrings, socks, or whatever you happen to be frantically looking for at a time when you desperately need it?  Some of you may even hear the little buggers giggling as you look for these items too.  They’re bored.  Wouldn’t you if you were constantly waiting for someone to live up to their potential & continually didn’t?  It would be frustrating, wouldn’t it?  Faeries at work are usually happiest.  Remember they are energetic beings who can change the energy of things very drastically.  You can set them at your doorways to make sure that any energy that passes through your doorway is beneficial & necessary.  Any unwanted baggage is left at the door ready for someone to pick up when they walk back through it.  You can have them assist you in keeping your home clean & tidy, especially before guests come.  They are wonderful motivators when you put them to task this way & watch out if you don’t pay attention; some of their bites leave marks.  Don’t have a lot of time to spend with your animals?  Faeries can make the best buddies for them.  Not only will they protect them (& make sure you add that in with your charm otherwise you’ll have wandering animals all the time), but they will make sure that your animals are exercised & are the first to tell you when one is sick or in need of assistance.  I have a 30 lb cat who constantly needs to be exercised.  Once I did the animal faery charm on him I began to notice him playing more & he started to look like he was actually losing some weight.  Best of all, faeries assisting in your home when used properly can help you raise the energy of any working.  I’m not saying that they are easy to live with, but I will say that I can no longer imagine a home of mine without them.

A Faery Animal Charm

Items you will need:

  • 2 feet of ribbon in one or various colors
  • Some small charms, beads, &/or other small items that can be knotted into the ribbon
  • A dram of an oil blend of Peach, peppermint (or Rosemary), raspberry, lavender & sage
  1. Take a piece of colorful thread or ribbon about 2 feet in length.  Whatever color or colors come to mind when you think of your specific animal.  You can use multiple strands as well; you might like the effect if you do too.
  1. Fold the ribbon in half & tie a knot at the top so that you have a loop to hang it by.
  1. Now take the individual strands hanging & knot them periodically along each strand.  You can add beads & charms that remind you of your animal too.  Be imaginative!  Don’t be too exact with it all, sometimes the faeries will take the tokens as payment.
  1. Now rub the oil mixture into your ribbon all the while thinking of your pet & simply asking for the right faery for this pet to step forward.  When you feel the ribbon start to get warm you know that the right energy has been added.
  1. Hang the ribbon up in a prominent place in your home & every time you feed your pet be sure to thank their faery protector too.

 

Threshold Faery Activation

Items you will need:

A statue, plaque, picture or mirror that you feel has good “Watcher” energy

Herbs:

Lavender

Catnip

Angelica

Rosemary

Sea Salt

Sprinkle mixture along each threshold of each door &/or window leading outside of your personal space.  While sprinkling the herbs ask that the energies needed stay in while the baggage energy stay out.  Picture it in your mind how you think it would look.  Place a picture, statue or plaque that you feel will make a good “watcher” of that area.  Personally I love to have something that appears to be blowing kisses or something at the doorway.  It seems to be a more polite way of keeping out energy that isn’t productive to you or your home when others walk through the door.  I sometimes use mirrors to reflect energy back at whoever walks through also just to watch their reactions.  I’ve found that those whose intentions are true & non-combative have no issue & walk on by without notice, but those who are more combative or have “negative” intentions seem get nervous when they walk through the door.

  To some these steps may seem silly, but the more you believe, the more you step outside of yourself & your comfort zone, the more in touch with faeries you are.

~Elysia A. Hays©2009~

Witch Wednesdays ~ Crystal Grids

Crystal Grids

by Hovik

Crystal grids and healing sets are groups of stones that go together for a purpose. Sets of crystals and stones are used for ritual magical or spiritual crystal healing purposes or with Reiki. Some are generalized and others have specific purposes.

crystal grid

There are a number of ways to arrange crystals to achieve different results. The most simple way is to look at basic geometric shapes.

  • The circle is a great shape for healing or protection.
  • The square is great to use when you want to manifest something.
  • The Triangle is a great one to use when you need to focus energy.
  • The diamond shape is another great one for manifestation, but it’s a little more intense because you have the principal of as above so below in the shape.
  • Rectangles are a good shape to use for grounding or stability.
  • A very powerful shape is the star. It can be used for success, manifestation, balance, or to change a situation.

There is no set grouping of stones to use for a crystal grid. These are some suggestions, but the sky is the limit!

Some common stones to keep around for grid work are :

  • Clear quartz
  • Meteorite
  • Citrine
  • Rose quartz
  • Amethyst
  • Pyrite
  • Blue Kyanite
  • Black Tourmaline
  • Selenite is especially good because it acts as a generator or charger to increase the energy.

Setting up a crystal grid is simple and very fun.  Repeating patterns of stones is a good way to create a current.  Using a clear quartz enclosure with a large center stone for a particular energy is also another interesting way to set up a grid.  Most of the time crystal grids remain stationary either on a flat surface or upon a person’s body when receiving healing.  Symmetry and patterns are what help raise the energy and channel the current.

Tarot Tuesday ~ The Lovers

“Oh, show me the LOVERS card please when I come in for my read!”

by Tracey Brown

Does he love me?

In almost any question pertaining to love it’s almost a requirement to get the “Lovers” card. Especially if you have included in the spread other cards like the “Two of Cups” and/or “Four Wands” and/or “Three of Cups” and what is especially important is the “ACE OF CUPS.”

The “LOVERS” card is the one card that lets the querent know that everything’s moving in the right direction. It means that you and your partner have a special connection and bond and that no one can come between. It is a card of feeling satisfied and comfortable and secure. It the one card that lets you know that that it is safe to trust your partner, and trust to the fullest extend. It really means that everything’s gonna be all right.

Here it is:
With the LOVERS card, there is Angel watching over this union, or more importantly, that this pairing has been “Divinely” guided. In my Tarot, there is a lovely Asian woman waving her fairy dust to ensure that these two are merged together as one under the clouds of the Heavens above.

The Lovers

It means commitment, engagement, and of course marriage. It means preparing to extend that family tree.
It means getting ready to jump the broom and the need to make that decision because life has changed forever! It means that this person has arrived in your life. It means you’re ready and so is your partner, that if there’s a decision out there about wanting to take the next step in the stairs of togetherness, it’s ok to want it and it’s ok to rise up and climb those steps together.

Take that leap of faith, that faith that resonates with your core beliefs, and have no fear because fear has no room in this process. Go tell your Daddy and your Momma: I FOUND WHAT I WANTED and choose to enjoy the new level of greatness!

THE LOVERS CARD
Oh, show me the “Lovers” card please when I come in for my read,
I’ve been waiting a long time for me to see.
That this person that I question about
Will leave me no doubt,
I must know what you see for me,
Can I possibly believe?
Happiness I want, tell me dear psychic, say what is here,
Is there “LOVE” in the air?

The Dawning of a New Day, New Year

“The Dawning of a New Day, New Year”

a blog post from Scarlet Korvina

So! I think most of us are aware now that this New Year, January 1, 2014 presents to us a most auspicious alignment with the New Moon! In and of itself, this is a rare and wonderful occurrence when the start of a new annual cycle is blessed with the energy of planting new seeds representing the harmony of our conscious intentions and subconscious needs.

But digging a little deeper, this New Year/New Moon has a powerhouse of additional planetary energy combined with it that I wanted to make sure you were all aware of! I don’t normally post images of the charts I’m referencing but for this one, OH YEAH! If you’re fluent in the language of astrology, the visual alone will make sense to you on sight as it did for me when my deeply respected friend and astrologer, Maja D’Aoust, initially showed it to me and my jaw hit the floor!! But I don’t think you have to be proficient in astrology at all to recognize the giant red square formation with a red cross in the middle to conclude that such an event might be ‘significant.’

In “astrologese”, the formation is referred to as a Grand Cross which is basically the penultimate climax of the square aspect. Where as two planets at a 90 degree angle on their own form one square, here we have FOUR planets at 90 degrees to each other and two pairs opposing each other to form the ‘cross’; so in total four squares and two oppositions.

Translation? Squares and oppositions create tension and the intense pull for much needed action. As with all transits, this action can be self-initiated or thrust upon us by some external situation working as a catalyst.

In this particular Grand Cross, the players are JUPITER, MARS, PLUTO, and URANUS!! Yeah. God of growth and expansion, God of aggression, drive, and war, God of the underworld and soul change, with the God of primordial chaos and revolution… all squaring off at the same party.

Just let that sink in for a minute…. I’ll wait.

(The final scene of “Reservoir Dogs” comes to mind… )

So with that, I could caution you all to moderate whatever measures you take to initiate your liberation from whatever you have felt restricted by. For some that may be self-imposed limitations and defeating beliefs that we project onto our outside structure that we ourselves created but now feel too confined by. Others may be fighting to finally own their courage and voice to live as their hearts dictate. And still some may encounter one of the more negative expressions of this energy; actual oppression or domination by some over zealous authority. If the latter is the case, your best bet is to safeguard and stand firm against the abuse with all you have and exercise any opportunities you have to literally LEAVE the situation when you can. Whatever looms on your personal horizon, I feel there’s little chance of things NOT coming to a head! This is pivotal ground we’re walking on. And in truth, taking the steps necessary to rebirth ourselves into a new awareness of being is the most positive expression of all this energy and right on point with what it intends to do. I find it no surprise that I keep seeing memes echoing exactly this vibration!

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But there’s always a potential downside to steer clear of and with the particular aforementioned Gods, I’d advise you to be aware that the push toward expansive growth can backfire if done with rash abandon or the power you wish to own is not rightly ours to take. Pluto can be especially harsh with his lessons when power is used for manipulation and control. So whether you’re applying your efforts on the mundane plane or you’re one of the metaphysically inclined planning to shift some serious energy tonight, take the time out to think it through! A shift is inevitable so there is no need to rush, push, or act on impulse. You are not likely to let anyone stand in your way, and that’s fine, but remember that you can attract more flies with honey than vinegar. If you can find a way to allow others you must work with in order to make the journey toward your goals smoother – (ESPECIALLY those who hold authority over you) – see that you also have their interests in mind rather than being entirely self-serving, the better your odds of aligning your collective universe to a common will and the better your chances of success!

But thank all that’s Divine and holy that helping us engage the much needed temperance and perspective to consider the long term ramifications of our actions is SATURN!! With his placement in Scorpio in a harmonious trine aspect to Jupiter, Saturn combines with Jupiter to bless our forward strides with stability and endurance. (This is one of the wonderful times that I get to point out praise for Saturn!!! He gets such a bad rap so I truly enjoy the moments when I can promote his attributes. J) Indeed, Saturn may be our strongest saving grace to help us take a serious account of ourselves and thereby save us from finally gifting that one special person an out-of-the-blue high five… in the face.. with a chair. It’s not worth the baggage you’ll undoubtedly bring with you in the New Year and remember, this is about shedding, freeing, and letting go so drop that past and walk onward and away!

My last bit of advice isn’t meant to instill fear because more often than not, physical manifestations of the energies don’t seem to come to pass but given that this is holiday particularly given to drinking and potentially altered judgment with lots of travel in between, BE CAREFUL out there!!!! Uranus opposing Mars can mean sudden accidents in one’s mobility so by all means, LIVE YOUR LIFE but consider this as just a head’s up that there is an extra bit of energy in the air to give the right circumstances the push they need to blossom! So don’t.

So on that note, I wish you all a blessed start to this new year. It would be by delight to see you all joyful and truly coming into your own as directed by your highest good! Follow your bliss and may it serve and fulfill you completely! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! <3

(*P.S. I found some great additional tips to help usher in the changes you desire that fall right in line with a spiritually conscious way of living in this great blog, “A Revolution in Resolutions: 6 Steps to Calling Your Deepest Desires Into Your Life” by Marylee Fairbanks. Good stuff!! ^_^

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What Does A Successful Spell Look Like?

What Does A Successful Spell Look Like?

A blog post by Gina Leslie  


Whether it’s called intentioning, manifesting, or casting a spell, we focus the energies of our desire to accomplish a specific goal. But do you know what actually achieving that desire will look like? Do you know if your spell worked? Are you so focused on it manifesting in a specific way that you fail to see other opportunities to the same goal, thereby sabotaging your own efforts?
 
A Parable and a Caution (Be Careful What You Wish For)…
A few years ago I was stuck in a dead end job where I was constantly told I wasn’t good enough. I answered help wanted ads and sent out resumes for years, to no avail. I finally decided to do some spell work to change my situation.
 
First I did work to change my mindset. That actually worked and for a while, although I still wasn’t happy at work, I wasn’t miserable either. I was in that state of I can’t fix or change it so I just have to learn to live with it (while still trying to find a better job).
 
When things at work got unbearable again I did a “job spell”. I asked for a better job. I asked for a job where I would be happier, more appreciated, and more fairly compensated. I didn’t ask for a specific job or a specific kind of job because I am qualified to do many things in addition to what I was currently doing and was willing to do something else if it would get me “something better”.
 
It took a while for me to realize that this spell worked also. There were some personnel changes in my office that redirected the interpersonal dynamics. So, for a while I WAS happier and although I was not appreciated in my office, there were others outside my office (and higher up the food chain) who were asking me to do more work for them and THEY were appreciative of my efforts on their behalf.  The spell worked, but not in the way I was expecting.
 
I did two more job related spells after I got demoted a year later. I was told I wasn’t qualified to do what I was doing after 8 years of doing it and I had to take the demotion or quit (I’m pretty sure they were hoping I’d quit). The job that I was to fill became vacant because someone else got a promotion. I did a binding spell so that my boss couldn’t hurt me any more.  It brought an uneasy truce.
 
Then I did a more specific job spell. I said I want a better job. I wanted a job AWAY from the company I was currently working for. I wanted a job where I was actually a member of the team and not just lip service that I was. I wanted to escape the entry-level job I had been saddle with. I wanted a raise.
 
Lo and behold, several months after doing that spell I was offered a transfer. I was sent to another department where a job was created for me that did not exist before. It was an office where my skills were needed because the department was being underserved by other departments who did not see their needs as a priority. This other department is about half a mile away from the office in which I was working.
 
See where I’m going with this? My spells were working. I don’t know why the universe has conspired to keep me within the same company, but I’m willing to go along with it for the time being. This is obviously the path I have to take to get where I’m going. This time I recognized right away that this was the result of my most recent job spell. I had to laugh at the irony.  I have almost everything I asked for (it is AWAY from where I was before) and going to work is much more enjoyable.
 
You never know HOW your spells will manifest. Can’t find an out of print book you REALLY want? Maybe you need to pay attention to that friend who keeps asking you to go with them to the swap meet. Want to travel somewhere but can’t afford it? Maybe that contest you saw to win a trip to somewhere is the way to get there. Love your job but having trouble with your boss? Try manifesting the perfect job FOR YOUR BOSS – an offer he/she can’t refuse – so that (hopefully) his/her replacement will be someone better suited to you (I tried that one too – maybe HIS perfect job is one where I’m not his employee anymore).
 
If you open your perception to the myriad ways your spells can manifest you may find that you actually ARE getting what you asked for.

*Please note each Blog is the unique expression of the Blogger and does not speak for The Green Man as an entity…but rather is one of the many diverse colours that make up our Green Man Tribe.

Out of the Mud Grows the Lotus

Out of the Mud Grows the Lotus

blog post by Scarlet Korvina

“In the end, I’ve come to believe in something I call the ‘physics of the quest’, a force in nature governed by the laws of gravity. The rules of quest physics goes something like this: If you’re brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting and set out on a truth seeking journey either internally or externally, and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher and if you are prepared most of all to face and forgive some of the most difficult realities about yourself, then the truth will not be withheld from you.” – Liz (Eat, Pray, Love)

lotus in sun

 

To back track just a bit…. Jupiter (then in Gemini) ended his tense square off with Chiron (Pisces) on May 17th and has recently moved into working with the wounded healer with increased harmony and ease in a trine aspect that began on July 25th.

Jupiter is the benevolent god of gods who extends opportunities for huge leaps of growth, healing, and expansions of consciousness. Chiron, the wounded healer who learns so well his own wound he is able to teach and heal others but continues to struggle with the unhealed wound in himself.

As we have all had plenty of time to witness, Jupiter squaring Chiron had many of us feeling an unrelenting pressure to allow the past pains we would rather forget about to fully come to the surface of our conscious awareness where we could finally deal with them in the light. While we saw the process would likely be painful, Jupiter also imparted the vague awareness that doing so would bring joy, peace, and overall wellness to our being. It’s as if we caught quick impressions of the feeling we could attain once we healed and came out on the other side and the promise of this liberation from suffering has helped us endure the process it takes to get there.

But before we arrived at this acceptance and at many points during the process of the healing that still continues, many of us found ourselves acting out from places of fear. Some acted out self-righteously by rigidly holding on to the philosophies and spiritual beliefs we thought kept us safe and insulated from pain; often to the extent of aggressively pushing these beliefs on others to accept and validate them. Others displayed an exaggerated optimism that injuries would right themselves by simply staying positive despite avoiding doing any of the real work until finally we’re hit with disappointment and disillusionment when the issues don’t just go away. The creative and inventive species we are, we can express a wide variety of defenses using the combined dogmatism of Jupiter and the fearful over-caution Chiron can inspire.

Now that Jupiter in Cancer has not only moved into the far more co-operative trine aspect with Chiron in Pisces but has also simultaneously found himself in a steamy grand trine liaison with Mars, Neptune, and Saturn (SO just like him!),  the urge to heal, grow, and attend to our needs is presently stronger than ever! The healing processes we began during the square aspect are still underway but we can now enjoy a shift in attitude that reflects this ease of cosmic tension.

Suddenly, the path forward may feel a lot more manageable as we feel our spirits lift in hope and optimism that is rooted this time by truth, as Saturn in Scorpio grounds our expectations, brings integrity to our efforts, and gives us the fortitude to do the work involved. Mercury’s recent retrograde in Cancer and ongoing opposition to Pluto in Capricorn is helping us dig deeply to uncover the truth about what keeps us stagnant and resistant to change. Probing analysis about unresolved emotions and the conditioned habits and responses we learned to adapt to protect ourselves in the distant past, frequently in childhood, inspires new perspectives about who we are today, what our real needs are, and what we can afford to release because it no longer serves our highest good.

Neptune and Chiron in Pisces offer faith, compassion, generosity of spirit, and spiritual enlightenment while, again, Saturn helps us separate inspirational wisdom from deluded fanaticism.

From our internal processes within to the external day-to-day dynamics that color our lives, this powerful and emotionally heightened grand trine configuration in water has set the stage for us to heal our hearts of past wounds that block our ability to experience the full scope and power of love in all its guises and to free ourselves of the need to hold onto fear-based strategies to cope with pain that may have once helped us but limit us from growth today like bandages around bound feet. We now have a very gifted opportunity to make tremendous advances forward in our soul’s spiritual evolution and thereby find the mirrored manifestation of this in our external world represented as tangible opportunities to achieve life goals! Some of us may also find ourselves traveling not only in mind but body in the exploration of spiritual wisdom.

As I spent some time experiencing these energies via clients, family, and friends and walking the same walk in my own life, I came away with a few pearls of wisdom that were mined during the excavation of my own heart. True to textbook, I leaned heavily on the wisdom of my spiritual path, the mentors and trusted friends I’ve been blessed with that were kind enough to offer me their objective insights, and various other resources of literature. While I know there are still many legs left yet on the journey, I (and many of my clients and friends) have begun to put learned wisdom into practice with extremely rewarding results! So as we ALL live under the same sky, I’ve chosen to share what has resonated as truth in my experiences but always, I encourage you to take what  resonates as truth for YOU and ‘dismiss what insults your soul.’

·      Assume others do not use the same emotional ‘script’ that you do and COMMUNICATE your needs.

·      Give yourself permission to cry and space for another to do the same. It’s cleansing. Replace “Oh, don’t cry!!” with being present. Often a gesture of comforting touch and silence is enough.

 ·      Tightening in the heart and chest is the knee-jerk response to resisting pain. When you feel it, breathe and let the resistance go.

 ·      The key to staying present is directing your consciousness, much like you direct your vision, to what is happening in your heart at any given moment. Left unattended, we miss important cues.

 ·      Meditate. In addition to creating space for answers to come to light and finding your center, it will help you get used to what it feels like to practice directing your consciousness if you are not familiar with this already.

 ·      Imprints on the heart are emotional experiences we have not let go of and have become emotional blocks in our heart chakra.

 ·      Negative AND positive experiences can become emotional blocks. We resist and submerge the negative and cling to the positive but both have the potential to spiritually “calcify” and/or close our hearts entirely.

 ·      Have the courage to look at what is happening in your heart without fear. Fear limits the messages we will allow ourselves to see. When we can look without fear and be willing to see anything, it becomes possible to see EVERYTHING. Answers can be instant. Fear is the cap that keeps truths submerged. When we remove the ‘cap’, the truth at the core of the feelings rises up into full conscious awareness where we can practice objectively observing ourselves feeling the emotion and what it has to tell us. Like spirits that haunt us in desperate attempts to communicate their message, once the message has been acknowledged, the feelings are free to leave; often without any further effort outside of recognition.

 ·      Get comfortable with the truth that this effort will be an ongoing practice that you will likely improve at but will always need to do. As soon as one emotion is released, there will always be another to take its place.

 ·      The practice of acknowledging and releasing emotions and staying present as you allow them to pass through you – whether they stem from painful imprints from the past or the events happening presently – is the key to maintaining an open heart. 

 ·      Maintaining an open heart free of emotional blocks creates a vacuum of space for the Universe to fill with infinite, unconditional love, light, and gratitude. We FEEL light and free. This is the source of inner joy. J

 *(If you would like to explore these and other soul-enriching concepts of mindfulness, I enthusiastically encourage you to check out “The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself” by Michael A. Singer)*

 Much love and abundant blessings to you all on your journeys!

*Please note each Blog is the unique expression of the Blogger and does not speak for The Green Man as an entity…but rather is one of the many diverse colours that make up our Green Man Tribe.

Scarlet Korvina

Peruvian Healing with Giana

 Several years ago I had the urge to see Peru, but choices I made prevented it from happening. When Giana Cicchelli came to The Green Man I was reminded of this desire.

My first experience with Giana was during a shamanic ritual she led at The Green Man.  The ritual really triggered some childhood memories, and I found it both positive and negative in the moment.  In traditional therapy I had been encouraged to do some ‘inner child’ work, and had come up blank. After that ritual, I seemed to make tentative connections with the ‘inner child’ concept. I attended Giana’s second ritual, which was a Fire Ceremony to “let go” of something holding us back. I honestly don’t know what I specifically let go of at that ritual, but the desire to work with Giana just kept growing.

In November, I gifted myself a “Soul Retrieval” working with Giana.  It is hard to describe the transformative work that occurred, but it helped explain so many of my reactions to change in my life. The setting was a quiet room. Using stones and rattles to work the energies, Giana guided me to sift through memories and track the root of a pattern of behavior and responses. Awareness is key to making most positive changes in our lives, and the knowledge I gained during the session has served me well since.  So many choices we make are based upon previous experiences; when those experiences were painful, traumatic or just neglectful, our continued choices are often not in our best interest.  Pulling back the energy from the experience and re-patterning choices is part of the soul retrieval process.  After the session, Giana mentioned that I would probably be feeling the changes for the next month or so. To be honest, it’s been over three months now, and I am still seeing the ripples of positive changes showing up from that work.  It has affected my mental, physical and emotional being in ways too numerous to count, but a regular routine of exercise and more emotional balance and resilience are two of the most obvious.

In January, Giana facilitated a Peruvian Shamanism 101 six-week series that I was excited to attend. This is a hands-on class working with archetypal figures and making use of rocks, stones and other natural items to effect change in our lives, as this is core to the Peruvian Shamanic tradition. During the class we regularly ‘checked in’ and we all noted the change in many areas of our own lives and that of the other class members, including Giana. As the class finished, I have found this practice to fit nicely into my life and I continue to find it supportive to my daily routine.

Giana with Shaman

As I found this work and practice to be very positive, I checked in with Giana about some of her thoughts and experiences.

1. Why are you drawn to Peruvian Shamanism practice?

I was drawn to the Peruvian shamanic practice because I have always had an interest in shamanism. Shamanism is the kind of practice that you need to have a teacher for, and I was waiting for some shamanic teacher to eventually ‘pick’ me! Hahaha. I met Esther Jenkins (School for the Shamanic Arts, Glendora, CA) through a friend of mine who had taken some workshops with her. The second time that my friend mentioned Esther’s name I told her that she needed to give me Esther’s contact information. That night I had a dream, wherein Esther showed up and told me that I needed to call her. I called her the next day and we met for coffee. She told me about her upcoming workshops, and that was that! I was in! I had found a shamanic teacher.

While working with Esther I fell in love with the Peruvian practices: speaking to the plants, rocks, trees and working with archetypical energies of the universe. After my first year with Esther I took a trip to Peru to visit Machu Picchu and the sacred valley. My trip and my work with Esther sealed the deal! I felt akin to these practices, the vibration of the cosmology, and knew that I was in line with my highest purpose.

Also, in my ten plus years of practicing magick, I always knew I was a healer but didn’t know any methodologies to practice healing people. Too often I would try to heal people, but just end up feeding them all of my energy while being drained. The Peruvian tradition is mainly focused on healing, and the different modalities with which to heal, so I feel I have found a practice that is functional and practical for what I wanted to do. The Q’ero modalities of healing are diverse, insightful, highly effective, and I don’t come away drained anymore.

2. Explain the Soul Retrieval process.

The soul retrieval process is the reclamation of the wounded self. I have a video that goes into further detail here (www.youtube.com/watch?v=otqY9zpN2FE)

In the Soul retrieval process I take my client on a journey into the underworld to find their lost soul pieces. People’s soul pieces fragment off when they experience a trauma that they cannot emotionally process or comprehend at the time of occurrence. When we travel down to the underworld, we find the trauma, disconnect from it and reclaim the soul part. I have been told that soul retrieval is like 5 years of therapy pushed into one hour! I feel it is a profound way in which to heal the past and disconnect oneself from being a victim.

3. What benefits have you found personally as a result of your Shamanistic practice?

Ha!! You should ask my mom and sister!! They both tell me of a visible change that occurred in my demeanor and attitude since I began practicing the shamanic path. Personally I have found that through shamanism I am able to step into my power, and step into my life’s purpose. Before I began this path I was walking around a fragmented soul who was very very angry. Through the shamanic practice I have become more relaxed, more whole, and happier.

4. How do you think Peruvian practice can help others?

The practice of Peruvian shamanism is a very clean one, very high vibration, and very healing. In the world today, with all the people who are walking around as fragmented selves, I believe this practice can begin to heal the wounds of centuries. Being able to reclaim one’s childhood, one’s memories, is so ultimately healing and cleansing that I imagine Peruvian shamanism could begin to bring balance to our world (though I also believe that other mystical paths are doing the same thing!).

I encourage you to check out the links to learn more about Giana and her practice. She has a YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/user/gianabrynne and she posts new informational videos every Tuesday. She is available for energy healing work, and readings, at The Green Man, here is a link for more information: http://thegreenmanstore.com/2012/06/giana-cicchelli/. She is at The Green Man on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11-7; please call the store at 818-985-2010 to schedule an appointment. Giana will also be leading a Peruvian Shamanism 101 six-week series starting May 14th, here is a link with more details http://thegreenmanstore.com/2012/06/peruvian-shamanism-101-with-giana-cicchelli/ .

Krystal Rains

*Please note each Blog is the unique expression of the Blogger and does not speak for The Green Man as an entity…but rather is one of the many diverse colours that make up our Green Man Tribe.

“Dancing with the Devil in the Pale Moon Light:

A Tango with Saturn in Scorpio”

 blog post by Scarlet Korvina

Dancing with the Devil in the Pale Moon Light: A Tango with Saturn in Scorpio

March 31st. 2013. 12:29 am. Sunday. Easter Morning.

For the record… as I think I’ve just come into awareness of an insight previously not discussed (by me) related to the wisdom of Saturn in Scorpio…

In addition to teaching us about taking responsibility for the ways we intimately connect and share resources, Saturn in Scorpio also schools us in taking responsibility for our own psychological and emotional health during the process of tremendous inner transformation; which entails staying consciously present to doing the real work of self-maintenance.

I by no means wish to invalidate the cases of depression or some other emotional/psychological dis-ease that truly warrants additional aids such as therapy and/or medication in one form or another. But I’m not talking about “clinical” depression or neurological dysfunctions here (although I know some might even argue those can be traced to dietary deficiencies). Rather, I’m talking about the more generalized but pervasive and persistent undertone of melancholy, fear, grief, loneliness, self-doubt, self-criticism, or some glorious cocktail combination of any number of those that we all experience at some point in our human incarnation; personally and/or via our clients, friends, or family that is still within our scope of effective healing. And if the frequency of ads for every pharmaceutical invented to treat depression – regardless of the severity – is any indicator, it seems a safe bet to say that whatever the cause, emotional and psychological disharmony is a common theme many of us can relate to!

But before we sink fully to the depths beyond our own ability to heal, before we become engulfed in the vacuum of dark oblivion, Saturn seems to be reminding us of our responsibility for our own fulfillment and joy by making the commitment to actively engage in the work.

  • Connecting with some form of Divine Power that gives you strength in whatever way you do it for support and guidance
  • Meditating
  • Practicing patience and tolerance
  • Practicing effective communication
  • Exercising
  • Eating nourishing food
  • Getting good sleep
  • Being in nature to attune to its timeless healing
  • Staying present in the NOW to:
  • Avoid getting too consumed in the anxiety of what’s to come
  • Actively monitor your thoughts so you feed yourself messages that will support growth instead of cut you down
  • Being kind to yourself

I’m sure there are a number of other life enriching practices I missed but I think these hit the basic key tenets.

The point is, depression being what it is, the pit can feel bottomless at times which requires our full participation in helping ourselves climb out. Mercifully, we may have the love and support of those who have our best benefit at heart and I say, by all means, let it in when help is offered. But it seems part of acknowledging our own responsibility for the reward of inner peace is recognizing the emotional, psychological, and psychic toll it takes on our loved ones and just standing up to do our part in that healing! This message and the reminders above may seem obvious or redundant, but I see too often within myself and others in my private life and professionally that when deeply immersed in the throes of our despair, we frequently fall into submission of the demons that bind us or simply can’t see our way clearly back to the light of what we already know to do.

As Saturn continues to oppose my Moon, this message has become especially poignant for me since this transit frequently finds people under it’s influence unable to find the support they once had for weathering life’s bangs and bumps because they won’t or simply can’t. I am grateful to have Saturn here to remind me of my own ability for self-reliance and have considered this insight one of my greatest gifts and best elevations in awareness. It was a remote realization in my academic consciousness before but there’s nothing like a little real life boot camp to really drive a point home front and center. Saturn sculpts and refines and leaves you strengthened and masterful in your lesson if you’ll let him. And I know the sooner I get on with the work, the fewer thorns I’ll have to step on in my path along the way.

We may not be able to shorten the path or avoid all the discomfort, but in being conscious of the energies we’re working with, we can actively participate in going with the current and assisting our own soul’s schooled awakening.

Saturn will eventually leave Scorpio (December 24, 2014 to be exact), and go on to teach us new lessons …related, I suspect, to the ways we practice what we preach (or not), exercise moral authority, and take responsibility for speaking our truth (or not) as he enters Sagittarius, to name a few. But the arduous task of devising ways to cope with depression when it appears will remain. If we can do our best to implement the responsible behaviors for our own healing now and from here on as the need arises, then maybe… just maybe the next time Saturn returns to Scorpio in another 29 years, we can take part in a new level of self-mastery in this lesson instead of repeating the same one!

Best blessings and conscious travels to us all!

 

*Please note each Blog is the unique expression of the Blogger and does not speak for The Green Man as an entity…but rather is one of the many diverse colours that make up our Green Man Tribe.

 

A new practitioner to The Green Man staff is Sherry Patterson LAc, a licensed acupuncturist.  During a recent event I was able to meet her and have a specialized treatment for Stress Relief.  It was unique to have three standard treatments listed to choose from: Stress Relief, Crown Chakra Pattern, and Indigo Triangle Pattern, as Sherry has focused her treatment patterns to very specific functions. The Stress Relief treatment focuses on general pain relief and calming the mind. I have had a significant amount of acupuncture treatments, by a wide array of practitioners, and I must say that Sherry has a light and effective touch with the needle placement. Sherry was the first practitioner I visited with that day and her treatment certainly set the stage for calming and centering before the visits to other practitioners.

Sherry specializes in Esoteric and Metaphysical acupuncture; this actually means that she is using the tools of acupuncture to manifest growth, insight and well-being in all the realms of human experience, not just the physical body. This more subtle and higher-frequency healing goes beyond the physical symptoms of a disorder or ailment to balance and strengthen the underlying body systems. Working with the metaphysical realms of spirit and soul clears and calms the mind, making it more receptive to the higher planes of existence.  Metaphysical Acupuncture can literally help you on your path to Spiritual Growth.

When I asked about how she found this manner of practice, she told me that her origins were in a Western Medical Orthopedic practice. She found that many of the patients were not responding well to the standard treatments, so she looked for a more integrated and effective way to provide relief from disease and discomfort.  In her search she found and trained at Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica. Her training also includes Reiki energy work, and she uses Bach Flower Essences to enhance treatments. She is also a certified Holistic Life Coach and finds that bringing all these protocols together helps provide a deep and lasting change to a client’s well being on all levels: Spiritual, Mental and Physical. She is also  highly experienced in providing you with the protocols and treatments provided by conventional  Western Medical Acupuncture.

Sherry has been pleased to find and become part of The Green Man community, and looks forward to working with a variety of clients. She is available by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3pm-7pm.  The cost is $50 for a one-hour session.  Please call The Green Man to book your appointment at 818-985-2010.

 

*Please note each Blog is the unique expression of the Blogger and does not speak for The Green Man as an entity…but rather is one of the many diverse colours that make up our Green Man Tribe.