KICKASS WITCH : Putting The "K" In Magick
Do you ever feel like there's a gigantic gap between the way you're living now and the life of your dreams? Do you sometimes wish you could wave a magick wand and all of your problems would just disappear so that you could finally step into the kickass life you know you were meant to lead? I can't promise you that transformation is as easy as waving a magick wand, but I do have quite a few tricks up my sleeve and am more than happy to share them with you here. So, chin up, Gorgeous, stick around and, most importantly... BELIEVE!

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Weekly Witch Review #29 : The "W" Word, Carnivorous Plants, New Harry Potter, A Super Spiritual Halloween & More!

TGiF Witches...

Welcome to the latest edition of "The Weekly Witch Review", a kickass guide to all things new & exciting (or at least new & exciting to me) on the wonderfully wacky world wide web...



LOVE THiS : 7 Ways To Have A Super Spiritual Halloween.

(video) Haunting Woodland Awesomeness...

My gorgeous witchy friend (& quite possibly your new favorite writer) married the love of her life in an enchanted forest ceremony of magickal magickalness this past weekend...


Once Upon A Time... the world loved the swastika.

J.K. Rowling published a new Harry Potter short story on her website, Pottermore, as a special treat for Halloween. If you're not a member of Pottermore, you can read it HERE.

Gratitude and longing are skilled dance partners...

(listen) Dawn Champine talks with HeatherAsh Amara about Warrior Goddess Training and how to become the woman you are meant to be.
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Vanessa Valencia strikes again with the magickal blog hop festivities... LOVE her glitter-drenched, star-splashed Halloween Party. Haven't seen all of the adjacent parties... yet(!), but Tricia Fountaine & Jennifer Abella Labelle's were especially delightful.

Check out Megan Starr's super groovy Hippie Witchy pad...


Did you know that some meat-eating plants are big enough to digest a small mammal? It's true!

And did you know that England once plotted to kidnap the Loch Ness Monster? Also true!

Kelly-Ann Maddox on The "W" Word and what it means to be a modern witch.

(video) Oh nohs... we must leave no pumpkin unloved!!!

Krista Gassib being the bright, colorful, life-loving woman she is and making this one heart-piercingly true observation : No One Told Me Grief Feels Like Fear.

Wanna peek inside Marilyn Monroe's house? Of course you do!

★ WiTCHY VLOG OF THE WEEK : Kelley Rosano on the Taurus Full Moon and how it's time to be bold and take action now...



Tuesday's Episode Of HiPPiE WiTCH : Magick For A New Age...






Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Sacred Bitch : Your New Best Friend

This is an encore presentation of both yesterday's episode of HiPPiE WiTCH and a newsletter that I sent out this past February. So... I guess that makes it a Double Encore Presentation!


I don't usually repeat myself like this, but the reason I am doing so now is because The Sacred Bitch is a super important, all kinds of empowering archetype to have in your psycho-spiritual arsenal, and I would hate for you to miss out on that...
 

The Sacred Bitch Rules The Domain Of Healthy Boundaries. 


"No" is her wisest weapon and she does not wield this weapon in attack or even in defensiveness. She uses it with compassion and as an act of grace...

 
"No" is her word of power and, if spoken in alignment with her heart's desire & soul's purpose, it empowers everyone involved, but most importantly herself- for she knows that in order to be of service to anyone, she must first be whole and in tact herself.

She needs to be strong, well-rested, and centered or else she won't be coming from the Realm of The Sacred Bitch, she'll be snappy & reactive, volatile & out of control with her own emotions and behaviors, which is when "bitch" loses it's sacredness and becomes that old cliche of an insult that brings up so much shame.

"I'm tough, I'm ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. 
If that makes me a bitch, okay." -Madonna

(newsletter excerpt from Feb. 2014) :

The Sacred Bitch is one powerful archetype that comes out to play when you develop a truly kickass sense of Self Love.

(Men- you have a Sacred Bitch too- although you may choose to call it something else... The Sacred Bull?)

The Sacred Bitch is not impulsive, reactive, overly defensive or out of control.

She does not shout. She does not bob her head around on her shoulders like her neck is made of rubber. She does not wave her finger in your face, stomp her feet, slam doors or stalk you on Facebook.

She doesn't have to.

She knows how to get it done by standing in her Truth and by standing up for herself with grace & clarity. She can take a stand without grand standing. And some people can't stand that.

You know what she says of people like that? People who want to stir up drama, drag her into their nonsense or try to shame her for being a Bitch?

F#CK 'EM.


And she means it. She doesn't waste her time wringing her hands over warrantless criticism. She knows her worth. She doesn't need a second opinion.

The Sacred Bitch is a formidable ally. 


She will make sure that leak gets fixed, those contracts are honored, and that sleazy bar fly keeps his hands where she can see 'em.

She makes a fantastic companion to The Mother, looking out for her family like a protective lioness, and, for this reason, she also makes a wonderful friend.

The Sacred Bitch is sacred, because she is strongly connected to divinity, YOUR Divinity. 


She is a Spiritual Warrior, a fierce Advocate, and a loving show of kindness toward yourself.

So- don't be afraid to welcome her in. Every time you say No to something that you know is not for you, every time you hold firm on a decision, ask for what you deserve or put a new healthy boundary in place she is there.

She is there in your head held high, your confident stride and unshakable stance. You know her. She's been with you all along & she is happy to be of service...

 

LiSTEN : The Sacred Bitch : Your New Best Friend


And- if you'd like to explore other archetypes and not only illuminate but empower some of the more shadowy aspects of your psyche, PLEASE JOiN US for the Winter Transition module of The Psycho-Spiritual Wheel Of The Year... 


Monday, October 27, 2014

BOOK NERD WEEKLY : Kickass Quotes From Seasons Of The Sacred Earth - Following The Old Ways On An Enchanted Homestead by Cliff Seruntine


Seasons Of The Sacred Earth is not a How To book. It does not outline for you, step by step, the ways in which one might walk the Wheel Of The Year. It does, however, demonstrate this in passing.

This is a very personal book. It is a memoir of one man's experience of living on a homestead in Nova Scotia with his wife and two girls.

This is a book about magick. It's also a book about family, honoring the changing seasons, the wonders of Nature and living in partnership with the land.

I have extracted some of it's more contemplative quotes here for you now, because I love them, but it's actually filled with three times as many quiet, humble moments- like a family gathering for Yule dinner, a daughter hiking through the forest with her dad or picking apples from an ancient tree.

It somehow manages to be simple and grand all at the same time, much like Mother Nature.



"...there is nothing wrong with challenging one's faith now and then. It makes one think. It keeps one on one's spiritual toes." -Cliff Seruntine

"We go by an organic calender, just as ancient people did. For us, the seasons don't arrive when some number on a calender says they do. They start when the weather feels like the season." -Cliff Seruntine

"Whether we call the path we follow shamanism, witchcraft, druidry, Asatru, or any other label, it is only when our hearts and minds are aware of the instant and it's true virtue that we can become immersed in the subtleties of green enough to engage with it on a powerfully spiritual level. This, I believe, is at the heart of magic and communing with the numinous." -Cliff Seruntine


"...the spirituality of Nature got lost around the time of the birth of civilization. Civilization was a force bent on reshaping the world to suit Man's desire for wealth and comfort, and with it, comforting gods were sought. Anthropomorphized gods. Old men upon mountains and in the sky." -Cliff Seruntine

"A lucent sky allowed sunbeams to pour between the boughs of the trees. They played over the forest floor like light swimming at the bottom of a pool, and whenever one touched us, it gave as a gift a momentary hint of warmth." -Cliff Seruntine

"I came to calling that region of the forest the Old Wood. It was an old growth forest, but that wasn't really why. It was because old things dwelt there: things full of time and stories and enchantment." -Cliff Seruntine

"I have wandered the highland woods far and wide on horse and foot, and I know they are the abode of otherworldly things." -Cliff Seruntine

"Animals talk. I have no doubt of that. But understanding them... well, that is something else entirely. Their language, it's something older and far more pure than the human invention: the spoken word. Animals think a thing, or feel a thing, and it shows up directly in what they do. In that sense, animals are entirely honest and forthright." -Cliff Seruntine


"...I took note of the half-grown trees that were slowly filling in the clearings, and with pride I thought of how we made those young trees safe. We warded this land so it could heal. It was a sanctuary for wildlife and spirits." -Cliff Seruntine

"All my life, whenever the time of Samhain comes, I get frissons- that sense of tingling that travels up the spine and into the shoulders and neck, light as cat's paws, thrilling as faerie mischief." -Cliff Seruntine

"Nature, experienced close and firsthand, makes magic come alive and gives life to endless, numinous, and enchanted possibilities." -Cliff Seruntine


"Drawing close to the land like this changes entirely how we perceive. Every experience becomes richer, deeper- pregnant with meaning." -Cliff Seruntine

"So, the sacred year will spiral on. Nature will follow it's timeless rituals and perhaps you will find your own means to walk it's Way, just as we do. And as you go your Way, we Hollow folk bid you blessed be." -Cliff Seruntine



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