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Author Caroline Myss says each of us has a sacred contract—a set of assignments our soul was meant to complete. Here, she shares a list of telltale signs that you are fulfilling your divine potential in life. Plus, watch as Oprah has an aha! moment during their conversation about being true to herself.
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by Lizann Bassham
edited and reprinted from her blog “Sacred Cells” at the SageWoman channel on PaganSquare.
A light rain falls in these California redwoods. I am walking back to my nest, the VW camper van that is my home for the next week at Witchcamp. It is dark: no Moon is visible, though Her fullness above the clouds makes Her presence felt, tugging on every cell of my body’s oceans. It is not a cold night, damp but surprisingly mild. I am alone in the sweet darkness, walking to the edge of camp after the opening ritual. I am still barefoot, shoes in hand, and, instead of taking the bridge, I wade into the creek. It flows around my ankles and halfway up my calves. It is also surprisingly warm and so I stop and turn off my flashlight and let my skin do what it does best: feel. There are no more shoes for me at Witchcamp, this is too powerful a place, too powerful an experience to miss anything through the soles of my soul.
The next day someone asks, “Don’t those rocks at the stream’s edge hurt to walk on?” I reply, “I go barefoot a lot. I have Hobbit feet.” But the truth is
that if I walked on those rocks the way I do in shoes, it would hurt. The
faster pace and heavier trod would bruise me. Yet, because I am barefoot, I
walk slower, lighter, with greater intention. And, because I am barefoot, I
don’t have to avoid the mud puddles in those ﬁrst few days of camp before the sun ﬁnally dries out the ground mid-week. I can, with glee and full abandon, splash right in and feel the mud squish between my toes.
As the week progresses we dive into the myth of the Sumerian goddess
Inanna. Together we descend into the underworld realm of her sister, the
goddess Ereskigal. I walk Her descent barefoot. In the story, Ereskigal strips
her sister of something at each of the seven gates to the underworld until
Inanna ﬁnally arrives naked. As we wade deeply in the story, I too relive a
time thirteen years ago when my life was stripped away. The memory is vivid as if it were seeping up from the forest floor through the cells of my soles.
In the myth, motive is unclear, but there is a breach in the sisters’
relationship and Ereskigal casts upon Inanna the eye of death and hangs Her
exposed and lifeless. I remember my own experience of leaving a very successful work position in 2000, thinking I was going to move into a PhD program, one that didn’t materialize. Like Innana, my work, my identity, and my sense of carefully constructed ego, were stripped away. I had to ﬁnally face a pattern of depression and relationship choices that had been shadowing me since college. In the story, Inanna hangs there for three days. I hung in the depression long enough for my eyes to become accustomed to the dark - long enough to realize hanging in the dark can actually be a relief, a repose, a rest, and a place where nothing is required of us. I hung in the dark long enough to realize that the dark is no scarier than what’s up there in the light.
In the myth, Inanna has allies and help, as did I. The god Enki sends flies to the underworld to empathize with Ereskigal who is in constant labor giving birth to the dead. Ereskigal, moved by their empathy, wants to gift them. They ask for Innana’s corpse and reanimate Her with the water of life and the food of life. At the next evening’s ritual, still barefoot, I remember, like Inanna, my own reanimation back to life and the sacred circles of folk who brought me aid, support, and tenderness.
The ascent was in some ways harder than the descent for both Inanna and
myself. Slowly and painfully, I transitioned from one kind of life to another,
one kind of way of being in the world into another, and re-emerged into the
upper world of light, changed forever. Now, I love my current life, and found
myself ﬁlled with love and thanksgiving to Ereskigal for the painful and
cathartic process. Working this myth at camp, I re-emerge barefoot, with
gratitude for the life flowing up through my soles into my soul.
My story is common. Most of us ﬁnd resonance in these ancient myths because to walk the Earth is to love and struggle, to lose and ﬁnd, and to discover our own true power often after being stripped of, or letting go of, something or someone. The pantheons of deities continue to infuse our very cells with the wisdom of these stories, spiral turn after spiral turn, as we walk barefoot through time.
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Lizann Bassham is both an active Reclaiming Witch and an Ordained Christian Minister. She is the founder and director of Front Porch Spirit, a collective of writers, musicians, artists, and performers. She is a retreat and workshop facilitator, author,
playwright, songwriter and musician, and currently working on a poetry series and women’s journal entitled “In Praise of Aging.” She lives in West Sonoma County in Northern California.
In the beginning by the light of the Full Moon Frankie connects with Candice's energy through dream time and witnesses her involvement in a terrifying act of violence. After receiving information from Sandra that their childhood friend is missing they pack their bags and then head to the inner city to find her.
Frankie, afraid for her own safety has a chance encounter with a local named Calvin who is plugged into what's happening. Using his workable ideas as well as Frankie and Sandra consulting tarot, ordinary playing cards, astrology, and spell-casting, they set forth to free Candice from the dangerous situation she is in.
Pan, a God of fertility, was a follower of Dionysus who revel in mischief. He was a lord belonging to the Satyr, a tribe of creatures inhabiting the forest and mountains. In mostmyths Pan is portrayed as a merry man who was famous for the deals involving amorous affairs. He enticed other female satyrs as well as young nymphs to release their inhibitions for ecstasy which would be fleeting. Pan, at a young age, experienced rejection from his mother, the woman who was to love him unconditionally. Because of the parting he carried hidden resentment toward females. He treated each as objects for his lustful affections and no more.
When Pan was born his mother could not bear the sight of the child. In her arms she held to her a deformed baby. His head and torso were human with a slight slant upward in his eyes. Sharp pointed ears grew outward through strands of dark curly hair. Horns designed in the shape of a mountain goat grew from his head. To his mother's disgust, her son's legs were as hairy as a wild boar and feet matching the blue print of a horse. She declared the boy appalling and in the dead of night she deserted Pan deep in the heart of the woods.
The deciding vote of the Goddess and God themselves spared his life. While growing he roamed finding the perfect environment designed for him to prosper. He took advantage of all the world had to offer with sheer abandonment. In Arcadia amongst the Grecian hills Pan sat high in the shady cypress tree as a watchman that spent his days and nights guarding lonely shepherds and their lambs.
During the festival celebrations he charmed with boyish enthusiasm seducing and bedding maiden satyrs and young nymphs. Pan left behind many broken hearts. He abandoned all his conquests with an empty memory and single mothers to raise his unwanted children. He had a reputation for rushing into the lives of several demure nymphs who guarded the woods, flowers, trees and water. In each situation Pan brought newness, an enthusiastic urgency to declare the union in oneness.
The mountain nymph Sytrinx attracted Pan with her innocence, her shy and
demure nature. While in hot pursuit the young nymph swiftly flew around the
trees and bushes. She darted over the jagged rocks gliding down the riverbank till she disappeared forming herself into one of the tall swaying reeds. Pan searched then became bored. He cut several of the hollow stems in different lengths and then bound them together with twine. A sweet sound was released as he blew air above the open holes. Some say the song was a tenser as the nymph herself.
A Musical INSTRUMENT
by Elizabeth Barrette Browning
What was he doing, the great god, Pan
Down in the reeds by the river?
Spreading ruin and cattering ban,
Splashing and paddling with hoofs of a goat,
And breaking the golden lilies afloat
With the dragon-fly on the river.
He tore out a reed, the great god, Pan.
From the deep cool bed of the river.
The limpid water turbidy ran,
And the broken Lilies a-dying lay,
And the dragon-fly had fled away,
Ere he brought it out of the river.
High on the shore sat the great god, Pan,
While turbidly flowed the river;
And hacked and hewed as a great god can,
With his hard bleak steel at the patient reed,
Till there was not a sign of loaf indeed
To prove it fresh from the river.
He cut it short, did the great god, Pan,
(How tall it stood in the river!)
"The only way, since gods began
To make sweet music, they could succeed."
Then, dropping his mouth to a hole in the reed, He blew in power by the
Sweet, sweet, sweet, O Pan!
Piercing sweet by the river;
Blinding sweet, O great god Pan!
The sun on the hill forgot to die,
And the lilies revised, and the dragon-fly
Came back to dream by the river.
Yet half a beast is the great god, Pan.
To laugh as he sits by the river,
Making a poet out of man:
The true gods sign for the cost of pain-
For the reed which grows nevermore again
As a red with the reeds in
The late Paul Bura poet reads A musical Instrument by Elizabeth Barrett
Merry We Meet Everyone,
May 19th Severed Ties, blog tour has begun. Stop by between May 19, 2013 - June 2, 2013 to enter to win a copy of Severed Ties and meet a new Blog Host gracious enough to promote my story.
I truly appreciate Anna Dase of RBTL reviews time and commitment to organise Severed Ties Blog Tour. She is a promoter every writer would want on their team!
May 20th Day Two of Severed Ties Blog Tour arranged by Read Between The Lines Blogger Anna Dase. Thank you Katie for the awesome review :-) Blog - Amazing Books Come To Life.
May 21 today's Severed Ties Blog Tour is stopping by http://ajwiliamsromanceauthor.blogspot.com/2013/05/rbtl-presents-severed-ties-by-angie.html to read an excerpt. (Some adult content on this blogspot )
I'm smiling today! I'm thrilled because Severed Ties has been garnering some
wonderful reviews. I'm so pleased that reviewers are enjoying the story.
May 22 RBTL Blog Hop Severed Ties organised by Anna Dase.
Just found out that Severed Ties recieved 4 spiders out of 5 from Nikki at Close Encounters with the Night Kind.
Stop by and read Nikki's review and see why you should grab a copy :)http://networkedblogs.com/LsYmO
May 23 RBTL Blog Tour Severed Ties - Thank you so much MaryLynn, at The Many Muses of MaryLynn for understanding the story I wanted to tell. Happy Dance!!!
May 24 I appreciate Brianna Lee of Brianna Lee reviews for being part of RBTL Blog Tour - Severed Ties, and her kind words about my book cover :)
I appreciate Over The Road and Le' Book Squirrel blogspots for hosting
my book Severed Ties :)
May 25 OTR Book Reviews
May 26 Le' BookSquirrel
I am so glad I signed up with Anna Dase of RBTL book tour. My book Severed Ties isn't for everyone but so far the reviews have been beyond my exceptions. Thank you everyone for your participation :)
May 27 RBTL Book Tour - Stop by Larissa's Life to catch the latest review!!!
May 28 Read Between The Lines Blog Tour - Thank you Carin for taking the time to read my book Severed Ties and the kind review :)
May 29 RBTL Blog Tour Reviewer Lauren gave Severed Ties fabulous review!!! Stop by Confessions of the Paranormal to catch the latest review and read a NEW excerpt. http://networkedblogs.com/LGlsg
Happy Reading :)
May 30 RBTL Blog Tour - A Little Bit of R & R. Ren is book blogger and book review blog geared to YA and Adult with the occasional children's book. Visit www.alittlebitofrnrreviews.blogspot.com to view Severed Ties Spotlight.
May 31 Thank you so much As You Wish Reviews for ben part of Severed Ties RBTL Book Tour!!! http://asyouwishreviews.blogspot.ca/2013/05/tour-stop-severed-ties-by-angie-skelhorn.html I truly appreciate Julia for the marvellous review.
June 1 Stop by http://www.crystalsrandomthoughts.com/2013/05/severed-ties-book-tour-review-and.html to read the lovely review from Crystal's Random Thoughts. I am so pleased with her thoughts on the story I wrote.
June 2 Thank you Tiffany for being part of Severed Ties RBTL Book Tour. I appreciate your taking the time to read my story and for your kind review :)
Even though Severed Ties Read Between the Lines Book Tour has come to an end, Keep the Magic Alive, Keep Reading!!!
I want to thank all the Bloggers for all the hard work in helping Anna Dase
attract all the exposure you could.
Smiles and Sunshine :)
May 12, 2013
Book A Spotlight/Promo YA magic realism, paranormal Severed Ties giveaway on Fae Books -
Congratulations Deborah Gerrald, she is the winner of a pdf copy of my book Severed Ties from my giveaway on Fae Books . Thank you all so much for your participation. Keep the Magic Alive!!!
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Merry we'll meet and merry we'll part and merry may we meet again. And merry will be the company :)
Today, I am answering the question that has appeared more and more in my emails. What spell book do I endorse? Good Witch Bad Witch by Gillian Kemp is my most favourite. The spells are simple and affective.
The two types of cards represent the balance of opposites within nature - day and night, summer and winter, good times and bad times. This is something witches respect as they honour the seasons of the year and all aspects of life. We might prefer to only have happy days but we can't avoid every misfortune and there are valuable lessons to be learnt from the sad times of grief and hardship.
Good Witch Bad Witch by Gillian Kemp
Sweet Spells and Wicked Witchery
Includes 52 Enchanting Cards and a 64 page Spell Book.
With this beguiling set of 52 cards and accompanying book, you can revel in delicious devilment against your enemies, or weave good white magic around you and your loved ones.
In Good Witch, Bad Witch there are two suits of cards: 26 Good Witches and 26 Bad Witches. Simply shuffle and lay them like tarot cards, then look up the prediction in the book and cast the spell. Remember, the good witch spells turn toads into princes and
the bad witch spells turn princes into toads. All you need is this charming kit and a little hocus pocus.
About the Author
Gillian Kemp is a clairvoyant and medium who prophesies the future using astrology, tarot cards, a crystal ball and tea leaves. She appears regularly on television and radio as an astrologer, writes a weekly column in Baby magazine and is the author of books including The Good Spell Book, The Romany Good Spell Book (published in the US by Little, Brown), and The Love Spell Box (Cico Books, 2000).
Merry We Meet, With the warm weather's arrival life has become more eventful for me which means I won't have much time to spend on the computer. I will still post at least once a week so come by, kick off your shoes and sit a spell!