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The writing below is a reprint of a poem I crafted for one of my daughters in 2009.  At the time she was 19 and a Freshman in college with a pre-med major and taking her first steps towards becoming a doctor. Today, she returns from her first Medical Mission to Uganda, Africa having completed her first year of Medical School.

I offer this to the power of following your dreams. To those who serve through the power of magick, healing and science. To those who see the need for compassion, service and skill to offer hope and relief to those in pain and suffering.

I offer this to the Divine in all its forms that They may continue to weave their strength, inspiration and energy through those who pick up the staff of the medic. and reach out to humanity in service.

The Healer

Cadeuceus

Chocolate brown eyes peer out
From the face of an angel
Graceful hands move deftly
Over my pain wracked body.

Compassion spills from every pore
Of she who stands before me
Gently holding my hand as she
Guides me towards a place of hope.

I close my eyes for a moment of rest
And see her true spirit
Flow of light and healing
Staff of caduceus and rod of relief
A life dedicated to the care of others.

Energy flows between us, connecting heart to heart
And recognition of common spirit and will to live
A gentle smile that says “I understand”
And my hand held in hers knowing the time is near.

For although every illness may not be healed
Peace and surrender are always enlivened
by this Healer’s touch.

And her gentle spirit guides me towards
The end of this life’s journey and the
Release of return to my
Place of ancestral home.

 
… For My Daughter…

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Moon is Full

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Moon is full
Come heed Her call.

Moon is full
Seagoat rises high.

Moon is full illuminating
Midsummer’s peak of
Strengh and longest day.

Moon and Sun
Foundations laid
For outpouring of
New light within.

Moon is full
Let Her cool
Sun’s internal blaze.

As light begins to wane
And sun’s grace takes
On new shape.

Moon light will weave
Her Magick so
Come heed Her call.

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Please enjoy the article, poem and suggested personal ritual from my post on WitchVox this week.

 

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Many celebrate the Summer Solstice with the story of the Oak King and Holly King. The Oak King having been crowned at the Winter Solstice is filled to bursting with the energy and power of solar energy and light; and it is He who draws the sacred seasons toward the bounty of Summer’s fullness. The Holly King has lain silently in his space of renewed slumber and HE waits to rise again at the time of the Summer Solstice. On the sacred day of the Solstice, the Holly King emerges to claim his own and triumphant in the battle for dominance with his brother now reigns as the keeper of death and rebirth. HE stands in command as the harvest is reaped and the silence of the cold and snows fall upon the lands. HE knows that he will only have half of the year to weave His magick before the battle ensues once again and the world will bow to his brother, the Mighty Oak. They are one and the same but each work their will wearing the appropriate face and archetypal energy in accord with the ebb and flow of the seasons, the expansion and contraction of the energetic state and the necessary demise of one so the other may reign supreme.  

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Midsummer calls to you saying
Awaken and revel in the day as
My light stretches long and bright
Before night crowds greedily in.

Draw back the curtains that
Shroud the hidden spaces
Of your mind and heart.

Midsummer’s sun will light
The way before retreat into the dark…..

The accompanying poem can be found here

Blessings of the Solstice!

 

 

 

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I am a person who moves quickly, thinks quickly and has worked very hard to develop the ability to slow down and pace myself.   I am also blessed with the ability to sort through, dissect, synthesize and act upon complex and large amounts of information, going from A to Z in a heartbeat.  Which means that I don’t always savor the process that has occurred in getting from A to Z.

Consequently at those times when I jump so far ahead of myself, I form conclusions that have not had time to simmer, percolate and come to their natural point of information.  I have on more than one occasion, acted on an inaccurate conclusion I made and realized after the fact that had I simply slowed down and taken more time in the process my actions would have been different, as well as the resultant outcome.  The side effect of this behavior is that often what occurred in between is a blur of constant motion with some memories lost altogether.

Now some might say that lack of discipline in staying the course and proceeding in methodical fashion is the issue.  And, to some degree I might agree.  However, discipline has never been one of my pitfalls.  Training as a classical ballet dancer taught me all the subtleties, nuances and foundations that discipline grows from.  If anything I believe it is possible to use that discipline as the anchoring factor that propels you in an even steadier course which at times makes realization of how much you are truly missing of the process transparent in its immediate effect.

When it comes to spiritual matters the importance of not jumping too far ahead is a foundational warning offered as the student progresses.   The excitement of wanting to see what lay around the next corner and the expectation of what that is can at best keep you from truly connecting to the process; and at worst, lead you into some very deep waters whose undertow can be hazardous. If we think of the spiritual learning process as one that appears as a singular path at first glance, but reveals its hidden off shoots and side tracks only when you begin to walk thoughtfully and carefully upon it, there is more tendency towards slowing down so none of the finer points of experience and opportunity will be missed along the way.

The interesting note to this is that the ending point of this singular path may be the same regardless of which meandering you take, but the experience and information you bring to it will solely be based on the route you’ve taken.  Now, before I go any further let me confess that despite my best efforts at keeping myself mindful of these facts, human nature takes over and more often than I would care to admit, routine sets in and I am off to the races at breakneck speed again. So, these are some strategies that I use to keep myself on track.

Incorporating meditation into my spiritual practice has made a decided difference in my approach.  Setting aside time to sit quietly and be fully present in the experience of the meditation sets the tone for exercising this discipline in all of your endeavors.  Having a topic of exploration as a component of some of these meditations is also another way to focus the mind and energy in a way that is naturally supportive of slowing down the process and allowing for scrutiny from all different perspectives before making commitment, formulating judgment or coming to conclusion.

Take regular present awareness breaks.  In any given situation, give a moment of pause to check in with yourself and make sure that you are being mindful of what is occurring around you.  Make note of any things that may stand out in the situation you are engaging in and in the evening as you lay in bed, revisit the events of the day, recalling those points of note and how giving pause to acknowledge them may have affected the outcome.

One of the goals of all magickal and spiritual endeavors is that of effective and balanced action informed and exacted in an integrated way.  Maintaining that state of balance requires periods of charging ahead using the catalytic fuels of will to keep inertia from settling in. And, periods of rest and purposeful slowing down so the lessons and achievements made can be fully processed, digested and serve to nourish future action.  If your mundane and spiritual paths are entwined in this manner of surge and recoup the engines of real progress will propel you from point A to point B securely anchored and rooted in the knowledge gained and open and receptive to the knowledge to be received.  And, most importantly, by the time you reach your conclusion at Point Z the memories of the journey will be the deciding factor in what new journey will be taken.

So, the next time someone tells you to “slow down and smell the roses” do exactly that.  In fact, the personal quote that I use on my website and much of my correspondence is my constant reminder to take pleasure in each step taken…

“Where your journey begins and where your journey ends
are but cornerstones of the limitless potential
of the many paths taken between”

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Lighting the Way

We don’t usually give much thought to those routine actions that occur during our day. For the most part unless there is a disruption in the pattern we have set, they remain transparent. The greater thing that goes unnoticed is our impact on those around us in response to those routine actions we take. What if we shined a spotlight on these transparencies? Would be proud of what was revealed, or would we give pause and stand at attention at the less than positive way we may be behaving?

A variety of recent events set my mind towards thinking about the impact I have on others and the way in which I present myself. These thoughts are ones I routinely come back to and some old habits resist change despite my efforts. We all know how it goes. You start your day with the best intentions of being compassionate and thoughtful of those you encounter; and before you know it the end of the day has come and in looking back you realize that the harsh tone you used was not necessary. You replay how you could have handled this or that situation in a more understanding way and vow to do better the next time. We are after all human, and the things that push our buttons and provide challenge in our exemplifying our true spiritual nature seek us out uninvited and always at the most unfortunate of times. This dance we engage in with who we wish to be and who we are goes on endlessly and soon becomes the basis of the routine actions that occur during our day.

As magickal workers and seekers of spiritual evolvement, the responsibility is even greater for us to be mindful of how we move through the course of our mundane activities. It is this grace that is offered to the mundane that then becomes the sacred actions that we carry into our workings. We would all agree that there is great power in the words we speak. And, with that intention we choose carefully what and how we interact and communicate with others. We take that care and fill that communication with our Will in ritual space as we call forth the powerful energies of elements and Deity. We speak strongly the statements that we wish to manifest and carefully weigh the oaths and promises we make in sacred space before those seen and unseen. And, at other times we are called to hold our presence within the space of silence, both in the magickal and the mundane.

We aspire towards compassion and a state of perfect love and perfect trust and guard our emotions well in settings that render us feeling powerless and vulnerable. We carry this caution at times in to our workings, holding back ever so slightly in what we truly wish to lay bare and shed our tears only through much prodding and reprimand from the Divine.

All of our actions seen and unseen stand as the model for each person we interact with. One of the interesting revelations about parenting is that children pick up on the most subtle of our actions. Those little nuances that in later years we see our children repeat , now subtly internalized as their own and still confused about how they could have pick up on that behavior. There are shelves of books about the subtleties of body language and how to decode the hidden meanings. There are even more shelves of books and research about the telltale signals that our facial expressions give away, revealing the truths about what we really are thinking in any given situation. There are stacks of books that teach how to mask your true feelings, be persuasive and commanding in even the most challenging situations

And, while the spotlight is being poured onto these pseudo and superficial mannerisms, affects and tricks the true underlying you and your pure feelings are held cloaked in the dark until it is safe to come out of hiding.

My challenge to us all is to stand unabashedly in the Light. To pick up the lantern of living your spiritual truths at all times. To develop a routine and pattern of being fully present and aware of your actions, words and the way in which you move through the energy and space of your daily doings. The more consistent the effort is at working towards this state of being, the more deeply this state of being will become the model for all of your endeavors lighting the way of a transformative path for those who follow.

Photo Credit: “Light Up the Way” by Aglo

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