Trance 1: Including Magical Workings and Struggles

The following is an account of my continued work with trance as part of ADF’s Trance 1 course, advanced studies towards Initiate status.  I’ve decided to share my personal experiences on my blog as a way of personal accountability.  If some of my reflections happen to help others on similar journeys, I hope they share!Continue reading “Trance 1: Including Magical Workings and Struggles”

Homemade Incense Cones

I’ve been working on my own, homemade incense cones this month. I’ve been charging ingredients with lunar and personal energy. I’ve utilized some of what I’ve learned in trance work too. This is my attempt at a cinnamon incense. I strongly associate the scent with Brighid and thus anything involving hearth magic, arts, and crafts.Continue reading “Homemade Incense Cones”

Trance 1: Keeping Momentum

The following is an account of my continued work with trance as part of ADF’s Trance 1 course, advanced studies towards Initiate status.  I’ve decided to share my personal experiences on my blog as a way of personal accountability.  If some of my reflections happen to help others on similar journeys, I hope they share!Continue reading “Trance 1: Keeping Momentum”

Summer Solstice: On Rivers, Under the Moon, and In the Garden

My Summer Solstice celebration started on Saturday. We woke early and headed to Alexandria Bay for Family Day at Boldt Castle. We had to stand in a long line to purchase boat tickets first as the castle is on an island. It was a bright, sunny day… Standing and waiting was exhausting and uncomfortable, butContinue reading “Summer Solstice: On Rivers, Under the Moon, and In the Garden”

On Performing My First Baby Blessing

About six months ago, I performed my first Mother Blessing for my friend and grovemate Cassandra.  During my protogrove’s Spring Equinox rite, I had the honor and pleasure of leading a baby blessing, or saining, for the bundle of joy who arrived around Imbolc.  I performed the blessing as one of our magical workings.  ItContinue reading “On Performing My First Baby Blessing”

Taking Time to Restore

If  you celebrate anything in December, it’s usually a busy time.  Regardless of the positives experienced, I think it’s safe to assume that most people are worn out after it’s all said and done.  I certainly felt depleted!  Today, I restored myself physically, intellectually, and spiritually. Northern NY is finally getting snow!  The roads have beenContinue reading “Taking Time to Restore”

Sound Energy Healing and the Power of Music

Every one or two months, I treat myself to a massage from my trusted massage therapist in Watertown, NY.  She’s an amazing lady – very open-minded and holistic.  I’m comfortable talking about my religious practice with her, and she’s equally at ease sharing her explorations of meditation, Buddhism, and alternative healing with me.  We approach spiritualityContinue reading “Sound Energy Healing and the Power of Music”

Cleansing and Consecrating Ogham

Slowly, slowly, I study and learn the ogham lore. It seems important, even necessary, for someone on the Druidic path to understand it. My go-to method of divination has been the Druid Animal Oracle. I love the rich symbolism and lore associated with the Nature Spirits. I don’t intend to stop working with that deck,Continue reading “Cleansing and Consecrating Ogham”