What Is a Spiritual Transmission?

Spiritual Transmissions: History, Secrets, and Witches

Spiritual Transmissions:
History, Secrets, and Witches

Painting by FDG: a mandala of alternating Deity figures

What Is a Spiritual Transmission?

The most common answer: spiritual transmissions—also known as direct spiritual transmissions—are performed during Buddhist or shamanic initiations to bestow secret wisdoms and mystical lineage. That answer neglects an age-old history that has been buried—a history of entirely different transmissions. Suppression of that history has in turn suppressed power.

Hidden history is hidden power.

The personal is political is a maxim yaysaying someone who mentions personal experiences affected by social structures. To get down to nuts and bolts, I need to discuss my own life, starting by explaining my particular style of transmissions.

It won’t do it for me to blather on about the importance of there being different styles of transmissions, unless you know what they might be. And, as I said, that information’s been suppressed. My style of transmissions was basically unheard of until I started talking about it. I’ve met many practitioners, but’ve only encountered a few who do anything at all similar to what I do.

Plus, explanations of shamanism are often best if they start with specific personal occurrences, which allow the more theoretical viewpoints that follow to make sense. So this essay’ll alternate back-and-forth between the personal and theoretical, the former continually providing context for the latter.

Are There Different Kinds of Spiritual Transmissions?

You betcha! For example, I provide transmissions for good luck. This represents a cultural difference about transmissions that is defined by gender and class.

… Upon reading the next few paragraphs, they seem like promotional language because I say what I do for you during a transmission. But I am doing it for you, not for a faceless client who’s no more than a cipher to me. In a hierarchical society, there is no you, only faceless ciphers and a few lucky stars. I care about the people for whom I do transmissions. So I’ll keep the word you.

I was born generating a beneficial field of energy. It adapts to your needs, e.g., personal growth, peace, financial well-being, a soul healing, physical health, joy for your wild heart, safety on the mundane and etheric planes, the strength to get back up when life’s knocked you down.

The transmissions (or call them blessings) do not focus on one benefit only, but bless you as a whole being. They also add luck to your life overall.

I give transmissions during classes, in counseling session, and on their own. During class or counseling, my transmissions do everything I’ve mentioned, as well as deepen the experiential nature of the lessons, increase the serenity, power, and safety of your shamanic journey, foster personal growth, and add luck to your efforts to improve your life.

Both initiations and transmissions during them are a small part of the path, simply a moment. An important moment, a magnificent moment, a spectacular moment, but a moment. And a moment that means far less than what you do with your life and for others after the initiation.

Every moment has its secret wisdom and is an opportunity to inherit holy lineage. I want to support your every moment.

Though I give spiritual transmissions in initiations, I don’t buy into the usual overemphasis on initiations or the related idea of transmissions used solely for initiations.

I suspect there’s a long history of practitioners who gave atypical transmissions like mine, and that few such individuals remain. More about transmissions as I understand them:

Can I Receive a Spiritual Transmission if I’m not Buddhist?

Yes, you can. As I said, transmissions are not exclusive to Buddhism, but are also used by shamans of various traditions.

Shamans tend to use transmissions the way Buddhists do: to pass on the wisdom and energy of their particular tradition.

Though I use transmissions to pass on my teachings and lineage in initiations, I also do it in classes, spiritual counseling sessions, and on its own. The life path is my focus. I serve best as a shamanic guide if I walk next to you on the spiritual path when you want my support. I experience us as fellow travelers, walking shoulder to shoulder.

I provide some transmissions not focused on my particular tradition/religion. My Goddess is interfaith. She serves everyone. I try to follow suit. That’s often better because it won’t be about a certain teaching, but about helping you see your own unique path and innate wisdoms.

Hm, I made a false distinction between my transmissions that pass on my teachings and my transmissions that don’t. My lessons include material—e.g., liturgy and cosmology—that help you find your own unique mystical path and wisdom. My transmissions during a class support that.

Who Gives Spiritual Transmissions?
… I’m a Witch Who Does

Spiritual transmissions are primarily known as given by practitioners of Buddhism and shamanism. That is a limited understanding.

Erroneously, transmissions are rarely considered the work of a witch. Witchcraft has been misrepresented. To create prejudice against them, witches have been portrayed as evil, driven by greed and pettiness, doing magic to harm others and reap unearned bounty.

Wee witchling Francesca De Grandis, 1961

Wee witchling Francesca De Grandis, 1961

Many cultures that respect shamans use the word witch to denote a practitioner of evil magic.

However, in ancient Europe, witch was synonymous with shaman. I don’t mean the two words were synonymous. The word shaman is not even European in origin. I’m trying to say:

In ancient Europe, practices of a witch were shamanic. There was no sense of differing systems, and thereby no implication that witches were evil. Mind you, modern witchcraft tends to be different from what ancient witches did. Ditto what modern shamans know as shamanism. I and some others practice an ancient shamanic witchcraft.

Misportrayal of witches allows Christian male priests to seem the only kindly religious figure who’ll support your spiritual growth.

The betrayal of witches allows male shamans—and a handful of token women who abide by sexist shamanic paradigms—to seem the only support for gaining otherworldly power in an ethical, well-informed manner.

With arrogant elitism, these shamans are often oh-so-magnanimous for bestowing “power” on you. This is degrading and implies you should be subservient to them because they’re oh-so-special. It’s patriarchy. Often ends up the empowerment blessings are used only for men and the women who sleep with them.

I am special. And so are you. I’ve been given two rare gifts: the ability to give transmissions, and a mom who helped train me to use it. But you and I are fellow seekers. You might need me to give transmissions, but I need you walking next to me, perhaps more than you could ever need me. We’re all on life’s path together. Oppression culture propagates the belief that we’re not equals, and that some of us are less necessary and valuable than others.

Some witches have the same disempowering magnitude as the sexist, classist (-ist ad infinitum) shamans. A class system, whether the classes are marked by gender, race, or anything else, is so much a part of our culture that it appears everywhere.

So I am lucky to have had a mom who was a witch and led me to my own power. I try to do the same for my students and other recipients of my transmissions.

Mom raised me in a traditional Strega family tradition with Celtic shamanism in its lineage. I was raised from childhood to do the work I do, including the blessings.

Her transmissions came from her presence. That beauty is hidden in our culture, that secret wisdom and sacred lineage given by mothers daily, by anyone striving to imitate a mother’s giving, by my ancestors in my shamanic family tradition, and by similar individuals. That ongoing presence of ancestral lineage is so powerful that it threatens patriarchy.

My Fey-touched ancestors have been devalued, their sacred lineage of magic and Fairy secrets spat upon, lied about, so that few might know they exist, so that few might draw on that power to live in freedom, love, and prosperity.

I pray,
Faerie Queen,
I give You and my ancestors my love.
May your secrets,
handed down to me through my ancestors,
walk with me
every day.

For a long time, I didn’t know spiritual transmissions or direct spiritual transmissions are terms for everything I’ve described about blessings I give. Then a student of mine who’s a Buddhist told me.

It also took years to come up with the words I’ve used here to describe what I do. Even the notion I was born a good luck charm took decades to appear in my mind. I think my understanding of what I do when giving blessings—and shaping language to describe it—was so hard to arrive at because witches’ history is suppressed and thereby not a supportive context for developing ideas and verbiage. And, having encountered few individuals who do what I do, and never having had a chance to talk to them about it, there was little in the modern world to enlighten me as to my own practices. Much of the writing of this essay faced decades-long challenges as described in this paragraph.

Sweet Death,
Mom rests in your arms.
Bless her for everything she managed to teach me
despite burdens laid heavy on her
as a woman and witch.
The littlest care she gave me
must’ve exhausted her
because she had to do it
while fighting for her life and her spirit.
Spent and heartsick,
she passed into your care.
Please give her peace and beauty every day.
She earned it.

Spiritual Transmissions, Celtic Shamanism, the Faery Faith

Spiritual transmissions are part of every culture, contrary to popular opinion. My gut tells me the type of spiritual transmissions I give echo a Faery Faith method of blessing. The Faery Faith was the pre-Christian religion of the ancient Celtic shaman, or witch. I use both terms to describe myself.

You deserve good things.

You deserve all possible goodness in your life.

You are the beloved child of the Great Mother Goddess.

The Fey Folk believe material happiness is holy beauty. The Magna Mater, Great Mother Goddess, is known as the Fairy Queen in some traditions.

She loves you, holds you sacred, and wants you to have abundance to the max. I often feel Her blessing the transmissions I do for you by contributing Her loving, enormous power.

Her down-to-earth, all-encompassing love returns us to an earlier topic.

Spiritual Transmissions, Initiations, Secret Wisdom

Transmissions passing down the wisdom and energy of a particular tradition during initiation is a small piece of how Mom taught and empowered me by her sheer presence.

To further describe my transmissions will almost be to tell a lie. For one thing, what I do so threatens patriarchy and classism that our language has been constructed in ways that keep me from finding the right words for what I do.

Besides, traditional shamanism is beyond words anyway. I don’t lecture a lot in my classes, but instead lead participants through ritual experiences that guide them to the lessons. When I do lecture, it tends to be more lyrical, a ritual unto itself. But poesy won’t help me right this second. So here’s a limited view:

My transmissions are an energy that fosters being-ness. My transmissions are love. I transmit energy that not only opens doors to material well-being, but that also provides opportunities to embed yourself in Deity—the beneficent, loving, enchanted flow Who permeates all of existence and is the reality beyond existence.

Wisdom is abstract. Being-ness is alive and ever-shifting.

Secrets from the other realms are available every moment.

It’s not my job to decide wisdom should be transmitted, unless you ask for that. During a class, counseling session, or initiation, there’s an unspoken contract that you want to learn, so my transmissions include wisdoms. But other times, when I do a transmission, I hold no “noble” thought in mind that you’re supposed to learn or shape yourself to. The Old Gods tell me to create a transmission that shapes itself to you. If someone needs a new job, new dress, or renewed hope, they will get that, which is wisdom in action.

There’s no merit in a path we’re all supposed to walk. but there is great purpose to energy that supports your particular life journey on both the otherworldly and mundane planes.

There’s great purpose to a blessing that meets you and honors where you are, instead of you having to be so-called “worthy” of a transmission.

The following may seem like a contradiction to what I’ve said above. Life is paradox. When I do transmissions outside of classes and the like, I do offer transmissions about specific powers and wisdoms, such as abundance, recognition of one’s inner and outer beauty, or healing from grief.

Honoring Each Person as an Individual

Most recipients of my transmissions experience it as a truly personal energy from me, including a sense I really care about them as individuals. I often receive emails saying this. I don’t know what I do that provides that sense of intimacy and caring, other than the fact that it reflects my true feelings.

Their reaction might seem odd since I do a transmission even if I know nothing about the person who’s requested one, and they have sent me no item that they’ve touched. (In some witchcraft traditions, a person who wants magic done for them gives an object that represents their energy to the person who’s going to do the spell.)

I’m currently preparing for a three-week long-distance transmission I’ll be giving to a group of my clients. A transmission done outside of classes or a counseling sessions might be one that a client books for themselves, or one for a group. In the latter case, I do a weeklong, month-long, whatever length transmission, and anyone can join the group.

I was happy when a new client who enrolled in the group asked why I didn’t need to talk to anyone before doing their transmission or receiving an object from them. If I understood correctly, the client wondered if they, as part of an entire group, would feel like a nonentity, just one mere person in a horde.

The client’s question is important. Oppressive hierarchy in shamanic groups positions some of its members as valueless non-entities, empty vessels—e.g., with no extraordinary wisdom within—who gain worth only when an individual at the top of the heap magnanimously fills these needy supplicants with gifts. Gods, help us withstand this common betrayal of human dignity.

I explained to my new client that I know each person in the group has their own story, own path, and own special qualities. More important, I think that’ll comes across in the experiences they’ll have during the transmission. I feel we are walking a path together.

The client mentioned the ubiquitous sending of “Divine energy” as a healing/transmission. I could describe my work that way, but only if we frame it correctly and again realize that any description is terribly limited. Shamanism is understood through experiences of it, not theoretical explanations. To pin my transmissions entirely on Divine energy obliterates the possibility of explaining them as personal, intimate experiences for me and everyone else involved. Plus, everything is Divine energy.

And I could just as truthfully say that I do transmissions by getting my dishes washed as I could say that I do transmissions by channeling Divine energy.

I can’t explain what I’m doing instead of channeling some sort of abstract Divine energy that reflects neither who I am as an individual nor who my clients are in their own right. I do know that, during a transmission ceremony, and often during the rest of the day in which the ceremony occurs, I’m in my own personal shamanic journey toward spiritual growth, trying to take care of what’s needed—whether that’s facing inner demons or feeding my cat—to be in harmony with my Gods. A shamanic journey is deeply personal and specific to the person traveling it. I suspect something in that creates the intimate, caring feeling.

Perhaps more important, I try to harmonize with my Gods in all my endeavors. Perhaps the presence of continuing efforts shapes the transmission. What could be more personal and unique than one’s ongoing quest for the Divine, with all its struggles, hopes, disappointments, terrors, joys, triumphs, and failures?

Perhaps yet more important: my strongest alignment with Divinity is knowing in my heart that any person with whom I interact is special with wondrous lessons and other gifts for me.

A heart-based interaction between people coming together as individuals is no abstract Divine energy, but both a personal expression of It and the essence of Divinity.

Hm, reviewing what I’ve written about transmissions that honor each person as an individual makes me think about how my transmissions come from my heart, my cells, and my bone marrow. Maybe that too is why my clients actually sense the personal nature of my work, and that I’m giving my all to them, and thus they know I care. … Giving from deep within is presence—even long-distance—as are the other ways I’ve said might give my clients a sense that I care. … Presence is a good answer to what I’m doing instead of relying on abstract Divine energy, though still an incomplete answer. I can’t explain here everything I’m doing in a transmission because it draws on years of training started in childhood.

Reviewing my words also shows how much my transmission process goes against oppressive spiritual formulas, e.g., the insistence that if you accept Christ, your sins do not matter, as if morality could be packaged in a bottle—as opposed to my ongoing journey of trying to be a decent person. The spiritual path demands moral accountability, self-examination, reparation for harm done, etc., not just once but till the end of my days.

I gave one example, but the whole inner process I’ve described being in during transmissions fights oppression, not only for myself but for the recipients of the blessings. The energy I send is coming from me, so would reflect my true feelings and my process. Wow, okay, now I stronger than ever believe there was a point in history when sexist shamans and Buddhists suppressed knowledge of my sort of transmissions.

Everyone has their own way of feeling cared for and seen. Some individuals prefer to be on the phone with me during a blessing. The phone time is the specific care, recognition, and effort they understand and/or need, even if we’re silent during the ritual. That long-distance camaraderie by phone during transmissions occurs during my classes and private counseling. But a person can also book a phone session for a transmission (link for that is below).

How to Receive a Spiritual Transmission

Have you wondered, “What do I need to do to receive a transmission? Do I need to be Buddhist or in a shamanic training?”

For my work, there is no need to attend an event, meditate, or do anything else. Just enroll, and go about your business, while I do the work for you.

There is one caveat. Though I was given a power so big that it shocks me sometimes, nothing I do can help if you’re fixed in the idea that nothing can help.

… Well, that’s not true. My transmissions meet you where you are. If you assume nothing will change, maybe my transmission’ll help that belief shift. Then, if the transmission continues, or you decide to get another one, it can make a difference in your life and support your efforts along those lines, since you’ve come to believe in possibility.

Writing this piece was an interesting exercise, for various reasons. I’d like to tell you one. I knowingly set myself an impossible task in describing my process with transmissions, but the descriptions were necessary to the essay. It’s odd to not have sufficient words for something I’ve done for decades and trained to do for decades prior. It’s frustrating to not have words for something that took years of technical training. I’ve mentioned the blocks to finding the right words, including the fact that shamanism is conveyed experientially, not in words alone, least of all in written words. Plus, many of my abilities are so ingrained by non-verbal, lengthy technical training that trying to describe them is like a bird trying to describe how to fly. The bird just takes flight. It’s a bird, … which points to another similarity. As it was born with flight, I was born with the ability to give transmissions; one’s innate traits are so much a part of one that it can be impossible to fully assign them words. … Perhaps the simple “I was born a good luck charm” is the best explanation, despite all my lengthier ones, LOL. Arriving at what limited words I could in this post has been a thought-provoking journey for which I am grateful. I hope the essay is of service to you.

More Information

Dates for upcoming long-distance transmission ceremonies for groups are in my newsletters: https://outlawbunny.com/newsletter/

If you don’t want to wait for a group event, schedule a transmission here: https://outlawbunny.com/2012/04/24/distance-healings-of-body-and-spirit/. To be on the phone with me during the ritual, scroll down on that page to “If You Prefer an Appointment.”

Feedback on my work: https://outlawbunny.com/2012/05/02/spiritual-transmission/

A relevant story from a client: https://outlawbunny.com/2012/03/05/story-about-a-direct-spiritual-transmission/

This brief post, written eight years ago, when I was just beginning to find words to describe my transmissions, explains a bit more about them: https://outlawbunny.com/2012/12/14/what-is-a-direct-spiritual-transmission/

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Upcoming Event: Good Luck Triple-Whammy


Coming Event:
Good Luck Triple Whammy

Starts December 1.

Do you ever wish your luck was better?

Witches can create good luck.

I will do that for you, by casting luck spells, three days a week, for two months, to nestle you into the flow of good luck that permeates the universe.

Throughout existence is a flow of abundance, confidence, love, and life’s other goodies, including magical power, heart-healing, and whatever else you long for. Good luck simply means you’re nestled in that flow. I make that happen for you.LuckSqr

You don’t have to do anything for this magic to work. I do the work for you.

The rituals I’ll do will be long-distance spiritual transmissions, an ancient Faery Faith method used to send blessings.

LuckSqr This event is a double whammy! Good luck is only useful if you take advantage of it. So, along with good luck, the blessings also boost your ability to be proactive about reaching your goals. You become more able to make both spiritual and mundane efforts on your own behalf and are more effective, resilient, and tenacious.

Two months of mojo—that’s some powerful magic working for you.

LuckSqrGet a triple luck whammy: you also receive a full-color, digital, good luck charm. The transmission is probably all you need to stay lucky for a good while. But why take chances? This fairy magic amulet helps ensure luck stays as long as possible.

The charm is an original piece of shamanic art, painted in trance, and I magically activate it specifically for you.

Receive your digital amulet as a JPEG by email. (I retain full copyright of my art. All rights reserved.) I email you instructions on how to receive the charm’s blessing effortlessly.

Pay securely with PayPal. Which of the following options works for you?

LuckSmSq1) Pay now using the Pay Now button below, and you’re taken care of. Total fee: $260. You don’t need a PayPal account.

LuckSmSq2) Use the Subscribe button below to make two automatic monthly payments of $130. Easy! Payments appear on the credit card associated with your PayPal account.

LuckBigSqWitchcraft has been suppressed because it frees and empowers the rebels, the wild ones, and the oppressed. A spell for your good fortune can bubble bubble bubble in my cauldron.

Even if you’re a lucky person or powerful witch, this event could provide the perfect boost, helping maximum good fortune arrive at your door as quick and easy as possible, and remain as long as possible.

When our ancestors used rituals and charms to get good luck, they wouldn’t always stop there. They also turned to those who performed magic for their tribe, by doing good luck spells and crafting amulets. Such witches in the De Grandis lineage of ancestors guide my workings.

For more info, or to discuss scholarship, partial scholarship, or trade, phone me. I do not discuss this work by email. This magic may not work for some individuals. I don’t give guarantees. Refunds unavailable.

Luck is not superstition. A traditional spiritual part of many cultures, luck is a sparkling beauty, luck is miracles, a means to triumph despite the odds, the chance to avoid defeat, a way to rise from defeat, a blessing so we can own success and joy. So mote it be!


Magic is not a substitute for medical care, psychiatric counseling, or other therapeutic treatments. Participants are personally responsible for the consequences of their voluntary participation.

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What Is Luck? How Do You Get Good Luck?

What Is Luck? Is Luck Real? How Do You Get Good Luck?

The idea of good and bad luck has been with humankind since its beginning and continues strong.

Archaeologists unearth good luck charms and amulets from the earliest times.

The idea of luck pervades modern conversation, e.g., showing up in common expressions:
“Born under a bad sign.”
“If I didn’t have bad luck, I’d have no luck at all.”
“Some people live a charmed life.”

Charms and good luck rituals continue today. They are entrenched in society despite today’s cynicism about magic. Many a person who is not Pagan defers to the idea of luck. Horseshoes still hang above doorways. Knocking on wood is still practiced to ward off a possible negative outcome that has come up in conversation. Gamblers ask Lady Luck for help. Or they kiss dice before throwing them, which can be nothing other than an attempt to enchant the dice.

What Is Luck?

Luck is love from the Divine made manifest. The presence of Magna Mater—the Great Mother Goddess, Creator of all—and My Good Father is everywhere as luck. It flows through all creation, all around us, always available. You might also call this current of luck a current of blessings.

Or view it as the omnipresent potential for miracles. My Divine Parents have so much power and, being 100% loving, have both the capacity and desire to do amazing things for me constantly. Miracle has become part of my everyday, but I’m still amazed by the love they embody and the enormity of the miracles.

Meme: Luck is the omnipresent potential for miracles.—Francesca De Grandis

There are other definitions of luck. The above are mine—definitions that I’ve worked out for myself, based on my experiences. “What is good luck?” might be a question everyone has to answer for themselves. But we can learn from each other’s answers.

Is Good Luck Real?

I can only speak from my own experience. A lot of good things have happened to me that I believe sprung from luck, not from privilege or happenstance, because the happy occurrences were completely disproportionate to the background from which I came and the options available. On top of that, I consistently feel a flow of luck that lovingly holds me safe, carries me toward my goals, and blesses me with prosperity and everything else I need, when I let it.

Bad luck coming at you doesn’t mean you are unloved by the Old Gods, unworthy, a bad person, or lacking some sort of special spirituality. Some statements in this essay might seem to imply otherwise. Without writing an entire book or sitting down with you for an hour to exchange our ideas and life experiences, I can’t explain how those statements do not carry such implications for me. And, of course, we might still walk away with different opinions (which is a beautiful thing). However, some of my relevant beliefs can be expressed within the confines of this essay:

The Gods love you exactly as you are. For example, though I’m no saint, the Divine gifted me with spiritual breakthroughs that allowed me to survive some terrible events, live joyfully, and access daily miracles for myself and those I serve as a shaman. … And it was a good number of terrible events.

I believe in luck 100%. And life is life, with both triumphs and tragedies along the way. Luck does not change that. Nothing can.

Good luck doesn’t ward off each and every major disaster. Misfortune happens, and my Parents care about me deeply and take care of me wonderfully.

What good luck does mean is that, when bad things happen, there is a flow of goodness to help us out.

It’s comparable to a hammer, nail, or other mundane resources. When a floorboard comes loose, I might use a hammer and nail to tighten the floorboard back down. (Are those the tools used for floorboards? I know little about repairing floors. But you get my drift.) Luck is a resource on the magical level I can draw on. When I have a problem, I might try to ensconce myself in life’s flow of luck.

Two reasons I hold my belief in luck despite the awful things that have happened to me:

Without my excellent luck, those events could’ve been worse, lasted longer, and scarred me permanently. I also have repeatedly been carried out of tragedy’s trajectory by sparkly, luminescent magic.

How to Get Good Luck

Do you ever wish your luck was better?

I adore good luck symbols, charms, and good luck magic spells. Plenty of them can be found online (and I teach them too), so let’s add different ideas to the topic here.

I’ll start by reiterating a previous point. Throughout the universe is a flow of abundance, confidence, love, and life’s other goodies, including magical power, heart-healing, and whatever else you long for. Good luck is a state of your being nestled within that flow.

There are many ways to draw good luck, or you might say to draw on good luck, in the sense of making luck more available to us or ensconcing ourselves in its flow.

Five Ways to Get Good Luck

Here are methods that work for me.

1) I’ve noticed I make myself luckier when I acknowledge small lucks that come my way, even if they’re tiny. When I do that, my life opens to the flow of larger lucks.

I don’t have to do this perfectly for greater luck to come. Yes, the better I get at acknowledging small blessings, the more luck I receive, but the Gods love humankind so much that our luck can always exceed our attempts to open to luck.

2) I try to recognize good luck when it comes disguised as bad luck.

When things don’t go the way I want, I might fear serious problems that could result. Fear is natural, but I try not to focus on fear. My experience is that when fear occupies too much of me, luck diminishes.

To avoid getting worked up and consumed by worry, I tell myself, “Though things aren’t how you want, they might be good fortune in disguise and create a better result than you were hoping for originally, though you have no idea what that better result is yet.”

Again and again, not only did telling myself this calm me down, but the incident I didn’t like proved to be wondrous synchronicity—specifically, a lucky event causing a better outcome than would’ve otherwise occurred. The better result might not have come had I neither acknowledged luck had come to me in disguise nor diminished my fear.

It seems the more often I acknowledge and trust this odd form of luck—that trust lessening my fear—the more ensconced I am in the flow of luck.

I don’t have to be perfectly free of fears to improve my luck; luck is a gift from the Gods, a blessing I would not need were I perfect.

3) I strive to honor each step toward a goal. For example, I mentioned the Gods gifted me with spiritual breakthroughs. I hated hated hated the terrible events that led to those breakthroughs. I still hate bad things that happen to me, though I know each one’ll probably lead to another breakthrough. But I try to see them as steps toward not only more breakthroughs but to my ultimate goal of living happily. When I say happily, I include material happiness. I am Pagan, and so are my Gods.

Not only do I tolerate an awful incident much much much better, when I view it as a step along my path to happiness, I also feel opportunities suddenly nearing to fix the problem. In other words, I’ve opened my heart and life to more luck.

4) I create luck by facing my fears and worries.

I’m not suggesting you dwell on your inner turmoil but that you admit it’s there and allow yourself to feel it. In other words, I don’t want to sit in fear and worry, morose and self-pitying, but sit with my feelings. So that I can then release them and be done with it.

We don’t have to be perfect about facing and moving past our emotional upsets for our luck to increase.

As an exercise to experience how the above moves a person more into their luck:

Step 1) Choose a fear or worry—just a single fear or worry for this exercise—about one problem in your life.

Step 2) Sit with that feeling for a minute.

Step 3) Sit with the idea that executing step 2 might have moved you more into your luck.

Step 4) Note how you feel from having done the above step. You might sense luck in you or around you. If not, the exercise was not a waste of time. A magical exercise always provides a benefit, even if we never realize it came from that exercise.

5) I avoid resentments, sulking, a victim mentality, and blaming the world for my problems. I’ll talk about how this relates to luck but first, a few other things:

A victim mentality is not the same as recognizing you have been victimized. Some individuals have suffered great victimization, and long after it ends, incorrectly perceive abuse happening to them from everyone; this is a victim mentality. It is hard to escape that mindset if you’ve suffered a lot of abuse, but it can be done.

Abuse survivors are not the only people who might have a victim mentality. For example, some very privileged people complain the world treats them badly, their complaints all out of proportion to the way the world treats them. They are completely out of touch with the degree of suffering a victim might endure.

As to the other traits I mentioned avoiding:
* I’m not saying I should blame myself for a problem someone else causes me, but that I want to take responsibility for problems I give myself. And if someone causes trouble in my day, and I’m partially to blame, I want to take responsibility for my part in it.
* There’s nothing wrong with anger, but sitting in my anger would be unproductive and can hurt me.
* And sulking? Everyone needs a good sulk now and then. But not as a lifestyle.

Here’s how these negative traits relate to luck. I’ve noticed if I allow them much rein, bad luck abounds. My phone line goes out right when I need to make a crucial call, then the cat spills water over an important document that I need a clear copy of in 10 minutes, then so many similar problematic incidences follow suit as to be ludicrous, making a clear lesson that the aforementioned traits ward off good luck. … I would go further than that: I think these attitudes can submerge me in a flow of bad luck aka a series of negative events.

Were I to justify allowing these traits to continue unrestrained, by insisting they are the result of being unlucky, my justification might be somewhat true, but it would be a partial truth, since they clearly, in my case, also foster bad luck.

Goddess, thank you for helping me give these faults so little space in my life anymore.

Attracting good fortune is a mystical science and a lifelong path. I love that there are a lot more things you can learn and do to draw luck. Every way you grow spiritually and magically makes you luckier. My daily witch-spirituality practices really change everything for me.

Good Luck Supports Your Hard Work

Good luck is useful only if you take advantage of it:

1) Good luck doesn’t obviate the need for action on the mundane plane. Luck won’t help me get a job if I don’t write a resume. Luck is not a substitute for medical care by a trained physician, psychiatric counseling, or other therapeutic treatments. I am proactive on the worldly plane about reaching my goals.

2) I try to take advantage of the small lucks that comes my way: they open up the possibility for steps on the mundane plane, and even if they’re tiny steps, they lead to opportunities for bigger steps.

Is Luck a Stupid Idea?

It’s commonly thought that only “stupid, ignorant” people believe in luck. Some people look down on the idea of luck as if it’s a cheap superstition that only ignorant people buy.

Witchcraft has been suppressed because it frees and aids the rebels, the oppressed, and the wild fey-touched ones. Discrediting luck is one way oppressors naysay the spiritual legitimacy of the witch’s path.

They want to keep people from learning the Old Gods love humankind, want material happiness for everyone, are pure glistening enchantment, and wrap lovingly around us with Their lucky magic Selves.

Oppressors do not want us to get boosts of luck, so insist witches are insane evil con-artists, to make my offers to do good luck spells for you appear crazy or sleazy.

Oppressors don’t want us to study magic, lest it empower us and put us on a path to joyful freedom and self-fulfillment, a path that threatens a repressive culture. So they insist, “Ooh, witches are bad, mustn’t learn witchcraft.”

They’re right to be scared of magic classes. Most of my students’ll tell you, enroll in any of my courses, and it’s likely your luck will improve, while your powers on both the mundane and otherworldly planes grow. I teach a down-to-earth spirituality, blessed with luck and power by sweet Fairy Gods.

Don’t let anyone separate you from your magic. Don’t let anyone separate you from like-minded people. We stand strong together as magical miracles.

Meme: My life just seems to go better when I’m taking one of your classes!—Shauna Farabaugh

Miracles, Christians, New Agers, and Witches

Miracles are often touted in the Christian community by the people who berate good luck charms and the like. This is oppressive. They trust in miracles, believing them to come from Christ or a saint. Magic and miracle are the same in my eyes. I believe magic is the living presence of the Old Gods’ love for us.

Holding the New Age idea of elevating your energy to create abundance but looking down on those who seek luck—an activity that at times is tantamount to elevating your energy—is oppressive.

I’m not suggesting everyone should believe in luck. I’m objecting to disdain for those who hold the belief.

A classist society (classes delineated by race, gender, finances, or any other excuse to oppress) is served when anyone looks down on the idea of luck. Seeking luck has long been part of the cultures of the poor and BIPOC. These cultures are often ignored despite their power and beauty or, instead, are parodied with portrayals of insulting cartoon-like traits. Ridiculing luck as if someone must be stupid to believe in it is ignoring the beauty of the belief and damning it by misrepresenting it.

Disdain for the belief in luck helps maintain classism by alienating some individuals from their culture and the powers gained in it—in the case of this essay, the powers of luck and religions that are not mainstream.

I refute the idea that the mystical shimmer of luck is a hoax. That glow is real—the Gods’ gentle kiss on my forehead, filling me with power.

The happy buzz of magic is not delusion but power come to my aid.

Claim your powers.

Meme: Magic is the living presence of the Old Gods’ love for us.—Francesca De Grandis

Luck, Oppression, and the Fight for Freedom

Instead of being a sign of ignorance, stupidity, greed, or refusing to be proactive in one’s life, attracting luck is a traditional spiritual part of many oppressed groups’ culture. This has helped innumerable individuals endure hardship that might otherwise have killed them and even led to triumph against all odds. They fought the good fight and drew luck to improve their chance of success.

On the other end of the spectrum, when someone says they’re lucky and is thereby portraying a benefit they receive from their privilege as luck, they’re trying to gaslight those less privileged into thinking classism does not exist.

Instead of stemming from ignorance, attracting luck is a traditional spiritual part of many oppressed groups’ culture. This has helped innumerable individuals endure hardship that might otherwise have killed them and even led to triumph against all odds. They fought the good fight and drew luck to improve their chance of success.—Francesca De Grandis

Sending You Luck Is One of My Life Callings

A spell for your good fortune can simmer in my cauldron: I offer spiritual transmissions, and one of the benefits of my particular transmissions is that they nestle you into luck’s flow.

If you cannot afford my fee, I provide scholarships, semi-scholarships, payment plans, and trades.

Even if you’re a lucky person or powerful witch, you might want a boost.

Click the blessings painting below for more info:

Click here for information about spiritual transmissions

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Can I Nurse Myself Through COVID-19 If I’m Alone?

Can I Nurse Myself Through COVID-19 If I’m Alone?

Relying on People’s Medicine
When Society Fails Us

People’s medicine empowers us so that we can take control of our lives and our health.

Isolated with C-19:
No Medical Care or Nearby Friends

Note: COVID-19 is an abbreviation for coronavirus disease 2019, a specific strain of coronavirus. Sometimes this article shorthands the name further by using COVID.

A huge number of individuals face being completely alone if ill with COVID. They’ll have no medical care or even friends or family nearby to help them.

These folks are ignored in the national dialogue about C-19. I did see one article about what to do if you’re stuck alone. The article’s suggestions would not usually work for people living in poverty, or for many people who have disabilities.

Racism, classism, sexism, ableism, and the other isms are leaving a huge number of people without necessary help. A few examples:

* Women and BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color) are often turned away because doctors insist the symptoms are “all in your head.”

* In ZIP Codes where poverty prevails, Medicare might simply refuse to cover any of a person’s medical bills, even annual check-ups. If a stay in the hospital for C-19 will bankrupt you, leaving you and your children homeless, you’re facing an almost impossible choice.

This brutality from Medicare is often given free rein because its victims can be so busy, just trying to pay their bills and survive, that they don’t have time to fight for medical rights. Or do not realize resources exist so that they can fight.

* In those same ZIP Codes, agencies who oversee home care might block it. This is not new behavior. Years back, an advocate for people applying for home care told me that agencies often delay approval for care for so long that her clients die, simply because they couldn’t survive without home care.

* Many Americans became isolated before lockdown, for a multitude of reasons. Perhaps they’re among the thousands of chronically ill Americans who’ve been isolated for decades, without even a nearby friend to turn to. Or they moved to a town where they don’t know anyone yet.

It may not always be a good idea to be alone, nursing yourself through COVID. But many people will have no choice.

Isolation isn’t the only reason someone might want to take on COVID in solitude. Perhaps they won’t ask a friend to come help because the only people they know are high risk.

I, myself, wouldn’t go to the hospital here because the care is subpar, and that is putting it mildly. For one thing, the place is so dirty that just walking in is risking infection. My mother was the executive housekeeper at the Boston Lying-in Hospital. Word is there wasn’t a single case of staff infection when she worked there. So I know a hospital can be kept clean.

In addition, hatred of dark-skinned people has seriously impacted the medical care here. I am usually told nothing’s wrong with me, or I just have a low pain threshold, and perhaps am accused of attempting a scam.

COVID can become deadly. Western medicine or even hospitalization can be necessary. But if I have to deal with COVID on my own, I want to be powerful, informed, and capable.

And I’m sure I’m not the only one who wants that.

Taking Power:
Using People’s Medicine to Face COVID

In my research on how to nurse myself through COVID, I talked with Susun S. Weed because, for me, Susun embodies people’s medicine.

As part of her bio says, “Susun has a joyous spirit and encyclopedic knowledge of health and herbs. For five decades, she has opened hearts to the medicine and magic of the green nations.“

Susun Weed Talks about Nursing Yourself through COVID

Francesca: Susun, Do you think it’s possible to nurse oneself through COVID-19 if one is completely on one’s own? I mean, I’m sure it’s possible with a mild case. And I know the worst cases might need hospitalization. But do you think one could have a pretty bad case and still nurse oneself through it?

Susun: Can you nurse yourself through COVID? Most people who are diagnosed with COVID are asymptomatic or have very few symptoms. This is the problem with COVID. Asymptomatic people can pass it very easily. This is especially true of children.

So the short answer is “yes” because you will have few or no symptoms. Rest. Use supportive herbs. And isolate yourself. 

But suppose you do have symptoms. If you cannot breathe, a small amount of osha root tincture (Ligusticum porterii) will definitely help, but is not curative. A major symptom is exhaustion. Makes it hard to help yourself in any way. Paul Bergner in his teleseminar with me earlier this year discussed having COVID and said that he was so exhausted he couldn’t even turn over in bed.

Your best bet in helping yourself deal with COVID is to prepare by using the foundational medicines. I discuss them—Serenity Medicine, Story Medicine, Mind Medicine, and Lifestyle Medicine—in my new book Abundantly Well. I also give a free course on the very best herbs for preventing and dealing with COVID19. (Link is at the bottom of this article.)

Francesca: I’ve been thinking about how to prepare beforehand.

Your free video series that you just mentioned discusses appropriate herbs, at length. Since you point out not only herbs to take when ill, but also ones to take beforehand so that you end up with minimal symptoms, I feel prepared herbally, but I’m wondering what else I could do to get ready.

For example, you’ve mentioned putting all the herbs you’d want for C-19 into a basket so that, if you’re in a delirium during COVID, you don’t have to hunt for the right herbs.

Another example: I listened to your teleseminar with Paul Bergner (Lessons from the 1918 Flu Pandemic. Link is below this article). Hearing Paul say that, when he had COVID, there was a day he couldn’t even get his body to roll over in bed, prompted me to clear my bedside table. Now, if I become too ill to fetch what I need, the table has space for a large bottle of water or tea to keep myself hydrated, and for other things I’d want at hand. 

I also filled a large tin with wholesome snacks, so that if I was too ill to cook or even get up to collect prepared food from my kitchen, I could eat from the tin by my bed.

I want to be ready and able. Goddess, yes!

Do you have other suggestions for how to prepare to nurse yourself through C-19 if you’re going to be alone?

Susun: What would I do if I thought I had COVID and I was all alone? Well, that would be too late. I would need help. So it’s best to prepare.

What would I need if I’m going to be so exhausted I can’t get out of bed? Something to pee in, first. And plenty of nourishing herbal infusions, including mullein milk. (Learn how to make it at my YouTube channel.)

I have a zipper bag already set up with the tinctures that will be helpful if I have COVID. It contains anti-infective and lung helping herbs including: echinacea root tincture, mullein leaf tincture, medicinal mushrooms tincture, elecampane root tincture, osha root tincture, poke root tincture, St. J’s fresh flower tincture, and usnea tincture. 

Francesca: Below our interview will be links to lots of information about herbs to use to fight COVID-19. Aside from herbs and anything else covered at those links, any other suggestions for how to nurse yourself through C-19?

Susun: Aside from green allies and physical support for getting through COVID, what else could we use? 

* Story Medicine. If I tell myself the story that I will die, my immune system will not work well—because stress and fear depress immune action.
* Mind Medicine: I would think encouraging thoughts. I would expand my heart. This will help my immune system work better.
* I would want to be in the sun and on the earth because that supercharges my ability to ward off viral infections.
* I would want to lie next to a tree or a favorite medicinal plant.
* I would want to have friends with me, via phone or zoom or IM or even in my dreams.
* I would invite my guardians and guides to be with me.
* I would remind myself—as I do every day—that “Today is a good day to die.”
Relax. Accept. Be at peace with life as it is. 

Francesca: Wow, the Lakota phrase, “Today is a good day to die,” is perfect for me right now. It instills in my cells the immune-boosting belief that I could conquer COVID (though the expression might do the exact opposite for some people, I don’t know), affirms life’s beauty, and is a profound reminder to, as you say, be at peace with life as it is.

My one fear is swelling. My medical condition causes such tremendous swelling that, for example, an eye has swollen shut. One doctor asked if I’d been hit in the eye because I looked like someone had punched me.

I’ve heard swelling can get so bad with COVID it kills or causes permanent damage.

Over a number of years, specific herbs, exercises, attitudes, foods, and lifestyle changes have reduced swelling bunches. It causes far fewer problems than it used to. But it is still so bad that it’s visible and continues to cost me serious symptoms.

Any thoughts about swelling and COVID?

Susun: COVID is a viral infection, not bacterial. Bacterial infections cause swelling. Viral ones rarely do.

The body fights viruses by running a fever and producing Cytokines. The National Health Institute says Cytokines are small proteins which act as communicators between cells. They are both pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory.

Francesca: Anything else you want to add to our conversation?

And one last thought.
Do pranayama.
Or any breathing exercises you know.
Pretend you are blowing out the candles on your birthday cake.
Ten times.
Try alternate-nostril breath.
Breathe with a green ally. Send love and chi to your lungs.

Francesca: Always a joy to talk with you, Susun. Thank you so much.

Susun: I am honored. Thank you. 

People’s Medicine for COVID, including Herbalism

Two of the best investments of time and money I’ve made regarding self-care and C19 were, no surprise, provided by Susun:

1) The free video series Healthy Immune System: Coronavirus Help discusses herbs for COVID and has other tips. Click and then scroll down:

2) The teleseminar Lessons from the 1918 Flu Pandemic is quite relevant, though COVID is not a flu. http://susunweed.com/teleseminars.html

More Resources from Susun Weed

Ms. Weed’s six herbal medicine books focus on women’s health topics including menopause, childbearing, and breast health.

Susun’s newest book, Abundantly Well—Seven Medicines, is hailed as “critically needed and timely, it redefines patient-centered care.”

For information about her workshops, correspondence courses, and more: http://www.susunweed.com.

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Stone Magic: Succor Creek Jasper

Stone Magic: Succor Creek Jasper

magic necklace with heart-shaped Succor Creek jasper pendant

Stones Have Magic from the Fairy Queen

The Fairy Queen (or Faerie Queene, Faerie Queen, or Faery Queen) blesses all of nature with magic, because She loves us.

Every rock, whether diamond or lowly pebble on the ground, is enchanted and can enchant. Also, each type of stone has specific energies, or metaphysical properties if you will. Every type of stone also has a Stone Spirit Who can guide you in its use, e.g., the Spirit of Diamond or the Spirit of Amethyst.

An individual stone, whether large or small, jade or turquoise, also has its own magic—distinct from the energies of all the other stones of that type—and is its own individual otherworldly spirit being. One might call that being a deva or a fairy. There are many types of fairies, and some are attached to stones.

If you’re not capable of tuning into those spirits, or don’t want to, no need. You can benefit immensely from the powers of a stone simply by having the stone close to you.

This post focuses on a spectacular jasper:

The Magic Power of Succor Creek Jasper

Succor Creek jasper is gorgeous. When I worked with it in the Faerie realm, I saw its energy is equally lovely.

Here’s more of what I learned, by holding a number of Succor Creek jasper pieces, while listening both to the Spirit of Succor Creek Jasper and to the individual spirits of each stone I held:

Succor Creek jasper fosters
* confidence
* healthy ego
* recognition of one’s inner and outer beauty
* appreciation of one’s inner and outer beauty
* appreciation of oneself overall
* diminishment of the false ego

The stone’s energy also helps you realize you are
* surrounded by immense love from the Goddess
* worthy of love
* a child of the Divine
* deserving of all possible goodness in your life
* incredibly powerful

Wearing Succor Creek jasper or having it in your environment is a way to:
* celebrate the Magna Mater, Great Mother of All
* draw near to Her
* realize you’re Her beloved child

The stone’s benefits in the above lists come about by the strong presence of the Goddess I sense in the stone, e.g., Her unconditional love that is the size of the universe. (She is in everything that exists, but sometimes it’s easier to feel it, such as when Succor Creek jasper is near. As I said, Her presence is strong in the stone.)

Another example of how Her presence in the stone helps create the benefits I listed: Succor Creek jasper has a dignity and presence, both physical and spiritual, that echoes the magnificence of the Magna Mater. That grandeur is in each of us because we are Her children.

Succor Creek Jasper Talismans

As I said, you can benefit immensely from a stone’s magic simply by having the stone nearby. And, if you want, you can be creative about making a charm that includes the stone.

Below are two charms I made. Each has a 25x24x6 mm heart-shaped Succor Creek jasper focal.

One piece is necklace for me. A photo of it is at the top of this post.

The Necklace has two, large, round multicolor Picasso jasper beads. They’re the largest beads on the necklace aside from the pendant. Here’s a close-up.

detail of magic necklace with heart-shaped Succor Creek jasper pendant

One of the properties I sense in Picasso is protection from the Goddess.

The other piece, which I am selling to a friend, started out as a necklace, but insisted on becoming a wall hanging: my designer boho version of a witch’s ladder, to be hung in the home or other space.

Witch’s ladder with heart-shaped Succor Creek jasper focal

What is a witch’s ladder (witches’ ladder)?

A witch’s ladder is an amulet consisting of a cord or cords, tied into knots, with perhaps stones, feathers, or other artifacts woven in. There’s also another artifact that has been called a witch’s ladder in recent years—beads strung together to resemble a rosary, for use when reciting Pagan liturgy or handled when doing other witch work.

The first type of ladder is discussed here.

Every witch’s ladder has its own magic—is a spell for a specific goal, e.g., prosperity, fertility, protection, or can be a spell for several goals. For this particular ladder, I wove in an amplification of the aforementioned benefits of Succor Creek jasper.

Immediately above the heart is a moss agate bead. I sense moss agate has a whimsical nature beloved by the Fay Folk, drawing their blessing to the ladder.

close up of witch’s ladder with heart-shaped Succor Creek jasper focal

I also wove other designer beads into the ladder.

This miniature wall hanging and the small size of its heart have a delicacy that counterpoints a heart made of stone. I wove magic of a heart that’s both strong and gentle.

If you’re drawn to Succor Creek jasper, photos of a carved Succor Creek jasper mermaid are in this post: https://outlawbunny.com/2020/02/25/invisibility-connectivity-and-draconian-adornment/

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Druid Magic and Mysticism

Upcoming Faerie Shamanism Course:

The Druidic Hermit, Pagan Contemplative, Ecstatic Monastic

Learn Daily Spiritual Practices
That Fill Your Fairy Heart

This seven-week course begins October 22, 2020.

Enroll by October 14.

This course fulfills different needs for different seekers. For example, you can:

* Fit your spirituality, magic, and mysticism into a busy professional and family schedule.

* Fulfill the longing to devote to a full-time monastic lifestyle.

* If spending hours each day in formal ceremony like a monastic does isn’t right for you, but spiritual focus in all your activities, is important to you— e.g., career, creative process, and activism—the course shows how to find a schedule of sacred practices right for you.

* Devote to spiritual growth while avoiding needlessly difficult practices, rigidly structured days, self-shaming, and other unhealthy habits often associated with spiritual vigor.

* Aquire daily practices that draw on Fey mysticism while keeping your feet on the ground.

* Stand firmly on a spiritual path that helps you weather the worst and create the absolute best.

You’ll learn aspects of the ecstatic contemplative life, to draw on its
* empowerment
* serenity
* respite
* magic
* immersion in Divine Love
* utter joy
* being in one’s true self

We’ll touch the core of:
* earth spirituality
* inner power
* daylong connectivity with Divine love and guidance
* Mysteries that are alive every day

In trances, my mytho-poetic visioning of Druids revealed them to be the original monastics, an ecstatic fellowship of shamans. There’s little overtly Druidic material in this class, but it’s truly part of the Faerie Druid training I give.

I’m often thought odd for creating a worldview and system in which contemplative and monastic modalities support a Pagan ecstatic spirituality, instead of suppressing it.

The atoms of joy are far more subtle and wild than can be stifled by rigid categories. I am a Fairy witch, a fey touched Druid, and will not let my spirit be subdued. Words cannot express the happiness I feel about teaching this course again.

It can deliver everything this post says because the curriculum is carefully constructed and well-rooted. My journey as a devoted seeker informed my development of the lessons:

I spent seven years in a contemplative life, creating a Pagan monastic system for myself.

A lot of time has passed since, during which I’ve honed tools, theories, and routines to meet my ever-shifting schedule of community service, and to always bring myself more deeply into selfhood, happiness, and service.

Often, I had to breathe new life into my routine to make it fit my ever-changing needs and obligations. I did this by constantly, carefully, developing variations that remained true to the essence of what had taken years to create.

When Be a Goddess! was published in 1998, some readers told me that their belief system was earth-centered but they needed to borrow daily spiritual practices from other traditions, and were grateful that my book provided Pagan-specific daily practices.

For years prior to the book, my oral teachings shared even more of the daily practices I’d developed.

The daily practices I created eventually became standard Pagan material, influencing a number of traditions.

You receive spiritual transmissions, in every meeting.

Spiritual transmissions are an ancient Faery Faith method that deepen the experiential nature of the lessons, increase the serenity, power, and safety of your shamanic journey, foster personal growth, and add good luck to your life overall.

Part of oral tradition is the teacher being available. You can phone me, should you have a concern that’d take too long to address during class or that you prefer to discuss privately.

This curriculum is not based in specific dogma. I work with your belief system or lack thereof.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a newbie to spiritual practices or an old-timer.

The class meets by phone. Just dial your phone to attend.

Starting October 22, we’ll meet Thursdays, 3:00 to 4:00 pm EST, for seven consecutive weeks, with the exception of Thanksgiving Thursday, which we’ll skip over. Reserve Thursday Dec 17, same time, for a makeup session in case I’m unavailable for one of the planned sessions.

Tuition is $400. Your service provider might charge you for the call.

Pay securely with PayPal. Choose one of two options:

1) Use the Pay Now button below to send the tuition all at once, and you’re taken care of! Half price if you’ve taken this class before. It used to have a shorter name: The Pagan Contemplative, the Ecstatic Monastic. The drop-down menu has a half-price option.


2) Or use the Subscribe button to make two equal payments of $200, one now and a second one automatically a month later. Easy!

Upon payment, your place is reserved. A few days before the first meeting, you receive event phone number and other details by email. No refunds. To discuss payment plan, trade, reduced tuition, or scholarship, or if you have other concerns, call me.

Daily spiritual practices that draw on my Fey mysticism and also keep my feet on the ground give me what I need to weather the worst and manifest the absolute best.—Francesca De Grandis

Wee witchling Francesca De Grandis,   1961

Wee witchling Francesca De Grandis, 1961

Francesca De Grandis is the best selling author of “Be a Goddess!” Her work couples Goddess mysticism with practical magic and a down-to-earth philosophy. Raised in a traditional Strega family tradition that has Celtic shamanism in its heritage—the family is originally from France—she practices an ancient European witchcraft that is a form of Fairy shamanism.

A mystical event is not a substitute for medical care by a trained physician, psychiatric counseling, or other therapeutic treatments. Participants are personally responsible for the consequences of their voluntary participation.

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A Fairy Magic Spiritual Transmission

Bountiful! A Three-Week Blessing Ceremony

A Three-Week Blessing Ceremony

Begins soon—Monday October 12, 2020.

Enroll by October 7.

The upcoming blessing ceremony consists of three weeks of spiritual transmissions. Spiritual transmissions are an ancient Faery Faith method I use to bless you. Read on to learn about the benefits you’ll receive from this upcoming transmission that focuses on abundance. I’ll also explain a bit about the ceremony’s relationship to the Fae Folk.

For three weeks, five days a week, I’ll send you a spiritual transmission that helps create abundance for you—and all the types of abundance you truly desire, whether financial, spiritual, creative, or …

You deserve abundance of love, abundance of satisfaction, abundance of goals met, and all other possible abundance. The three-week transmission blessing ceremony will help make that happen.

No need to attend an event, meditate, or do anything else. Just enroll, and go about your business, while I do the work for you.

You deserve good things.

You deserve all possible goodness in your life.

You are the beloved child of the Great Mother Goddess.

The Fey Folk believe material happiness is holy beauty. The Magna Mater, Great Mother Goddess, is known as the Fairy Queen in some traditions. She loves you, holds you sacred, and wants you to enjoy a bountiful life to the max. So She will bless the work I do for you by contributing Her power to my magic.

My transmissions tend to provide both immediate and long-lasting results. And five days a week for three weeks is a lot of magic being done on your behalf.

Total cost: $150.

Pay securely with PayPal: click the Pay Now button.

The transmission adapts to you, not only sending more abundance your way, but also helping provide what you need, inside and out, to move toward abundance. Maybe you despair of ever getting ahead financially, so are immobilized instead of proactive. Or you’re doing everything possible to improve finances, despite feelings of hopelessness. Or maybe you’re optimistically and wholeheartedly taking action to create bounty. Or you enjoy plenty of plenty already. Or you are having an altogether different experience. Whatever’s going on, this event serves you.

Another example:

Have you been waylaid by the belief that you have to give and give, but reap no harvest yourself? It’s important to serve selflessly, but that idea has been corrupted. It’s been used as an excuse to convince us that we have to do without and live deprived. If you’ve internalized that belief, the transmission ceremony will act as a healing for you.

Enrolling is an easy way to say yes to prosperity, yes to life, and yes to all its gifts for you. This ceremony helps you have financial well-being and a wonderful life.

Enrolling is a way to say yes to the Goddess’ divine love showering down upon you and opening doors to good things.

Enrolling is the decision to hope, affirm possibility, believe many many good things can happen to you, and say you deserve them.

Pick the apple from the Tree of Life:

Click the Pay Now button.

Upon receipt of payment, you receive an email confirming enrollment. Feel free to phone me to discuss payment plan, scholarship, partial scholarship, or trade. No refunds.

Francesca De Grandis is the best selling author of “Be a Goddess!” Her work couples Goddess mysticism with practical magic and a down-to-earth philosophy. Raised in a traditional Strega family tradition that has Celtic shamanism in its heritage—the family is originally from France—she practices an ancient European witchcraft that is a form of multicultural Fairy shamanism.

Magic is not a substitute for psychiatric counseling, medical care by a physician, or other therapeutic treatments. Participants are personally responsible for the consequences of their voluntary participation. This ceremony is extraordinarily effective but may not work for all individuals.

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Paying Bills during the Apocalypse

Paying Bills during the Apocalypse

Dystopia, Sanity, Wholeness,
Peace, and my Goddess

September 12, 2020

Meme: The contrast between our dystopia and the continuance of my daily routine leaves me cleaved senseless between two worlds. I wonder if that is a form of insanity. ... No, it is an appropriate human response. But I don’t have to remain stuck in emotional devastation.—Francesca De Grandis

Back home, in California, some of my friends evacuated, fleeing primeval flames that roar across millions of acres. It’s like the moment of creation as scientists describe it, except my heart rails against humans and forests being included in the picture now—this is not science’s creation story, this is wrong.

The breadth of the blaze evokes the hell that brutalized my childhood: cartoon flames on tv accompanied by televised screams, supposedly from souls tortured forever by the devil.

It’s like the movies. Except Apocalypse is no longer a metaphor or threat. Our lands worldwide are so devastated that they can no longer hold illness in check and, instead, foster malaria and otherwise destroy health and happiness. The bad guys are in the service of a dictator, profit from the plague, thwart cures, and cheer cruelty on. Mother Earth is ill, with a temperature that is wildly ever-shifting. Desert-like heat is followed moments later by snow. Father Sky is red—not blue photographed through a scarlet lens.

But yesterday I counseled a client suffering from trauma that pre-dates Covid, Trump, and the rest of it. I helped my beloved client heal.

Then I created a recipe for chicken with rice, seasoned with jalapeños. I ignored dishes that need washing. I fed the cat. I remembered I need to make an appointment with the vet. I did The New York Times crossword puzzle.

Right now, I’m okay financially. But how long will I have employment? Will the money run out? Will I be without food? In a month, when I look outside my window, what is the world I will see? What will come pounding on my door? Today, I will pay bills. The pump on my well broke months back. I’ve been paying for the new pump on a payment plan. I wondered momentarily whether I should continue to pay these big sums of money for the pump, since I do not know how long money will continue to come in. I believe in being responsible and decided to continue to pay, the same way I have been able to for decades.

This morning, as I’ve done almost every morning for forty years, I asked my Goddess to guide and protect me through the day, and to help me be of service. And then, as I’ve also done near every morning, I sat with Her as we planned my day.

The contrast between our dystopia and the continuance of my daily routine leaves me torn in two yet numb. I am cleaved senseless between two worlds. I wondered if that is a form of insanity. No, it is an appropriate human response.

Last night I dreamt I was back in London with my dear Fred, who is like a brother to me. In the dream, he was ill, and I said I’d stay to take care of him.

In waking life, I’m disabled so need care myself. But dreamtime me was able-bodied.

Oh, there I was, back with Fred and in his beautiful home. With me was a childhood friend—in waking life, we’re estranged—who has had a hard life, and now I was able to house her in one of London’s posh neighborhoods.

In waking life, Fred is in a nursing home in Austria.

Before sleep last night, I’d psychically sent him a message. “Would you do prosperity magic for me?” I live a charmed life, which helps my money spells work great, but Fred has the best money mojo I know, and he’s done prosperity spells for me in the past.

Upon waking, I pulled the feeling of the dream into my belly, doing so as an enchantment to maintain—and help me embody—the prosperity energy the dream created.

Last week, I dreamt I still lived in California, before it was a child’s vision of hell. In the dream, my friends Kathleen and Qin still lived there too. I was visiting them for Thanksgiving dinner. Usually my dreams are anxious or bizarre—good bizarre or bad bizarre. But this dream was ordinary. It was just nice. And boring, as Thanksgiving sometimes is. Then they courteously saw me to the door, and I said goodbye, annoyed at the prospect of the long exhausting train ride to San Francisco, because I knew a car ride to the city would’ve been quick.

Two dreams now, that were neither peculiar nor distressing, just simple, happy, precious time with dear friends.

The visits also symbolized a deep peace I have found, a greater calm than I’ve ever had. Odd as it may sound, I am happier than I’ve ever been. I’ve had to work so hard to fend off misery that the mega-efforts resulted in happiness. Some details about that:

Terrible depression, desperation, and hopelessness were threatening me constantly because there is so much horror in the world, and serious things hanging over my head in my specific life—no need to list them here, but they’re bad. So I’ve been spending as much time in ritual as possible to continually renew and center myself, and let the Goddess keep empowering, calming, and guiding me. This is keeping me overall sane, productive, and happy.

Mind you, I bounce from happiness to misery a few days later, and then back to happy again. It’s sane to feel awful when situations are awful. But I’d remain stuck in emotional devastation, permanently immobilized, if I wasn’t spending so much time in ceremony. Doing a lot of ritual is keeping me on an even keel and happy, overall. Life is good and bountiful.

And the abundance of rites keeps me clearheaded and capable when it comes to warding off the possible problems hanging over me. And if they do come down on me, I’ll be at my best to face them down.

I also focus as much as possible on serving others. That automatically opens me in a way that gives the Goddess a chance to bless me with peace, wholeness, abundance, and safety.

I believe Her love for me exists in every atom. Every atom is magic. Magic is the living presence of the Goddess’ love.

If I serve others, am honest about my moral shortcomings, and maintain some other spiritual and magical disciplines, that ever-present magic can bless me and carry me toward my dearest goals.

That does not mean that life, with all its terrors, stops.

Speaking only for myself, I must accept life as it is, if I am to have peace and power. With all the spiritual work I’ve been doing lately, I reached a new level of acceptance that’s so beautiful and that I’ve wanted for decades. And then, the past few days, I have been sulking instead of accepting, feeling everything is futile. Such is the spiritual path: the ridiculous shift from transcendence to pouting, to despondency to on-top-of-the-world.

Today, I do not feel good. I do not feel happy. But last night I was near immobilized, and today I can write.

Only a few nights ago, I prepared a late dinner with fried green tomatoes from my garden. I meditated on serving community in ways that honor the child-me who wanted to be sprinkled with starlight. Brewed up a concoction of marshmallow root and Lungs of the Forest to strengthen my lungs should I get Covid. (Isn’t Lungs of the Forest a beautiful name for an herb?) Right this minute, I drink in the energy of that evening, put it into my belly and chest and all my cells, and sit here happy, at least for the moment.

I commit to keep on living my life full tilt, whether with battle cry, tears, laughter, serenity, misery, silliness, or joyous song. So mote it be!

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The Muse Is Kind

The Muse Is Not a Harsh Mistress.  She’s a Supportive Goddess. Authors Rebecca Buchanan and Francesca De Grandis discuss the Muse, inspiration, and creativity as part of the everyday.

The Muse Is Not a Harsh Mistress. She’s a Supportive Goddess.

The Muse, Inspiration, and Creativity as Part of the Everyday

There’s a common sentiment that creativity is something foreign to all but a few individuals and has very little to do with daily life. It is also a common idea that creativity must always be a grueling process.

I’ll admit, sometimes it is grueling, but that doesn’t mean it’s grueling per se. Anything in life can get tough.

I asked Rebecca Buchanan to chat with me about all this and other topics dear to me.

Rebecca’s poems and short stories have been published in a wide variety of venues. She is also editor of the Pagan literary ezine, Eternal Haunted Summer and editor-in-chief of Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

Here’s our conversation:

Francesca De Grandis: The well-known phrase “The muse is a harsh mistress” is not part of my belief system. The Goddess is a kind Muse. She is creator and creation, and loving Mother to us all. I find Her gentle, loving, and supportive.

The Goddess in Her guise as Muse guides everyone in the way that best suits them. For example, in my case, She guides both the left and right brain parts of my writing. If I’m channeling words and ideas, She’s guiding, and if I’m editing the material I channeled, She’s still guiding.

Tell me a bit about your relationship with the Muse, Rebecca.

Rebecca Buchanan

Rebecca Buchanan: The Muse never comes to me the same way twice. She comes as Story/Stories. Sometimes the story is complete, beginning to end, with the characters and world fully developed. Other times, I only get a single scene or character, and I have to work the rest of it out from there. Sometimes the Muse—as Story—is content to wait. I jot down a few notes and a rough sketch, and I can let it sit for a while. Other times, she is very impatient; the story has to be written *right now*.

I have never found her to be harsh. Demanding, yes, in a way that encourages me to stretch and grow as a writer; but never harsh.

FDG: I believe the Goddess as Muse wants everyone to find inspiration in their own way. For example, I don’t wait to be inspired before writing. If I did that, I might never write. If I sit down to write, the inspiration comes.

Sure, at first I might write something I don’t like, but the sheer act of writing opens my heart, so the Muse can connect with me, and then something worthwhile can get written. Then I throw out the material I don’t like.

Or perhaps I just need to get something off my chest, so I write it down, and never show it to anyone. But having written it, my heart is open to the Muse so I can then write something to share.

Or the material I don’t like is the beginning of something yummy; perhaps there was something I want to express, and I could only do a bad job of it. But once it’s written, then I can do an edit to express it well. 

How do you find inspiration? How do inspiration and your writing practices interact?

RB: I write both by inspiration and against deadlines; both have their advantages and drawbacks. And sometimes the same story is a bit of both.

When I write by inspiration, I feel like the story is coming from someplace else. Those are often the easiest write, as long as I stay out of the way. I just sit and type and let the story come. If I try to force the story in a direction it doesn’t want to go, it all comes to a screeching halt. I have to go back and delete everything that shouldn’t be there, and pick up the thread of inspiration again. I’ve noticed that my inspired stories are most often faerie tales and creation myths.

I also write against deadlines. This can be fun, but also stressful. If I find an interesting call for submissions, I start thinking about the kind of story that might fit those guidelines. I let the ideas stew for a bit, and finally sit down to write just before the deadline (usually a week, sometimes two, depending on the word count). I’ve written stories I never otherwise would have come up with on my own thanks to various calls for submissions, so I think inspiration works its way in here, too.

And while I would like to say that I do all of my writing in a quiet, beautifully-maintained study or home library, such is not the case. I have a lot of books, but they are scattered through every room in the house. I do most of my writing on the living room couch, with any books I need stacked on a tv tray next to me. There is a very obvious butt-shaped dent in the couch and, I’m sure, there are more than a few M&Ms lost between the cushions.

FDG: Heh, snacking and writing go hand-in-hand for me, too. And I wonder if a writer exists who writes only in one place. Heck, I’m often writing in my head when I go for walks.

About creativity as part of everyday life:

Everyone has their own perspective on creativity. I strongly believe creativity is part of life. The act of writing isn’t for an elite. Writing can’t just be trapped in books. Whether someone writes in a journal that no one ever reads, or publishes bestsellers, or improvises silly songs to sing to their children, or carefully crafts sentences of loving concern to speak to a spouse who’s lost their job, it’s all vital and beloved by the Muse.

I’m very driven creatively: I’ll spend eleven years writing a book. And have been blessed with a few best sellers. But I’ll spend twelve years writing a curriculum that only ten people will ever learn from me. And they may never actually read the curriculum. Most curriculums I teach outside of my books are taught orally. The Muse is part of my everyday life.

Devotion to wordsmithing opens up my overall creative power, so I’m more able to create a better life for myself and help others do the same. It’s as if striving toward high ideals as a writer is an alchemical act that makes me a better creator of my own destiny and of a better world for everyone.

Link to newsletter subscription formDevoting myself to wordsmithing in oral material allows spontaneity in my classes. It might seem to some people that wordsmithing and spontaneity cannot go hand-in-hand, but at least in my practice they come together to create the sacred joyous moment. (Dear reader, for more about my classes, subscribe to my free newsletter. Click the box to the right.)

However, my creative approach isn’t right for everyone. Everyone has their own creative path. The different paths might be completely tangential to each other. Yet they all result in contributions to the universe, and they are all sacred.

Tell me something about your creative path.
I strongly believe creativity is part of life. The act of writing isn’t for an elite. Writing can’t just be trapped in books. Whether someone writes in a journal that no one ever reads, or publishes bestsellers, or improvises silly songs to sing to their children, or carefully crafts sentences of loving concern to speak to a spouse who’s lost their job, it’s all vital and beloved by the Muse.—Francesca De Grandis

RB: “Alchemical act” is a very good way of phrasing it. I have definitely found that creativity in one aspect of my life bleeds over into other areas, though there is an ebb and flow to it.

My primary creative outlet is writing, mostly short stories and poems, but I also garden and bake. Creating fictional worlds has, in a twisty round-about way, made me more invested in and aware of the physical world. My fictional worlds are places where justice wins the day, beauty and truth overcome ugliness and lies, and love leads to healing and acceptance. If my fictional worlds can be like that, why can’t the real world? Why can’t I create a yard filled with bright blooms and nourishing fruits and vegetables? Why can’t I sit on my front porch and watch the butterflies and hummingbirds feast on the flowers I planted? Why can’t I bake good things for my friends and family to feed their bodies and souls? Why can’t everyone enjoy that kind of peace and beauty? Why can’t everyone have the opportunity to live in a better world?
Creativity in one aspect of my life bleeds over into other areas. My primary creative outlet is writing, but I also garden and bake. Creating fictional worlds has made me more invested in the physical world. My fictional worlds are places where justice wins the day, beauty and truth overcome ugliness and lies, and love leads to healing and acceptance. If my fictional worlds can be like that, why can’t the real world? Why can’t I sit on my front porch and watch the butterflies and hummingbirds feast on the flowers I planted? Why can’t everyone enjoy that kind of peace and beauty? Why can’t everyone have the opportunity to live in a better world?—Rebecca Buchanan

FDG: Yes yes yes! You so get what I’m talking about. Whether it’s a Pagan liturgy or short story, writing it makes me more able to implement the vision I express in that piece of writing. As I write it, the Muse blesses me so that I can be a force for good.

Mind you, the writing alone is not enough. I also have to look inside myself and, for example, see what inside me is blocking that blessing, or blocking my ability to be a positive force.

So, what’s your latest creative project?

RB: So many creative projects! I have two novels in the works, but they are going slowly as I am focused on my short stories and poems right now. The short stories that currently demand my attention include an alternate version of World War II featuring a priestess of Oceanus and Tethys who repeatedly finds herself up against nasty fascists trying to conquer the world; an urban fantasy set in an alternate present where the Veil Between the Worlds has been ripped to shreds; and a science fiction story in which the Roman Republic never fell and went on to colonize the rest of the solar system.

Plus lots and lots of poems.

FDG: Anything else you want to add?

RB: I am also an editor and contributing writer for ev0ke: witchcraft*paganism*lifestyle. For the past year, the zine has been hosted by Medium. Unfortunately, their terms and conditions have changed, giving Medium rights to everything that appears through that service. The bad news is that we have to take the site down and relocate it to WordPress. The good news is that allows us to change our format. We’ll be relaunching on 1 October 2020 as a monthly zine with brand new short stories, poems, essays, pop culture commentary, reviews, and interviews. Some of the content will be free (such as the reviews and interviews), and some of it will be subscription only. We’re hoping to attract a small stable of contributors through a share of the subscription fees (and profits from our shop) — so if there are any witchy, Pagan, or polytheist writers out there who are interested in a supportive, friendly venue in which to feature their work, don’t hesitate to email me at lyradora@yahoo.com.

FDG: It’s been wonderful talking with you. I feel we have so much in common. Thanks for doing this with me, especially when you’re uber-busy getting your new zine going.

RB: Thank you very much for having me!

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Join me in Powerful Fun Ritual

Join me in Powerful Fun Ritual: The Alphabet Oracle Deck Shamanic Journey—Seven Weeks of Fairy Magic for Anything in Your Life

The Alphabet Oracle Deck Shamanic Journey

Fairy Magic for Your Whole Self

Begins Sunday August 30.

Enrollment ends August 26.

To celebrate the release of my new deck, I’m offering a special event.

Magic for Anything in Your Life

For seven weeks, we’ll meet once a week for a magic adventure—a journey into Faerie realms for the change, power, luck, inspiration, and guidance you need right now.

Each week, when we meet, I’ll use the Alphabet Oracle Deck to divine what ritual will best serve us. (If you don’t know about my Alphabet Oracle Deck, click here: https://outlawbunny.com/2020/08/13/the-alphabet-oracle-deck/)

For example, I might use cards from the deck as prompts to spin an impromptu fairy tale—a myth we enter into with the Magna Mater, Great Mother of All Things, that She may grant our wishes, bless us, and guide us about worldly and spiritual matters.

As a bard and fairy witch, I love to channel on-the-spot rituals for a group. Many participants can testify how powerfully relevant and useful these rituals are for them.

Many Magics to Support Material Success and Spiritual Strength:

1) The aspects of the weekly ritual I already described. Plus:

2) Spiritual transmissions, in every meeting.

Spiritual transmissions are an ancient Faery Faith method I use to bless you. The blessings tailor themselves to what you need each week, e.g., hope or confidence. Transmissions also add good luck to your life overall, increase the serenity, strength, and safety of your shamanic journey, increase the power of our magic, and deepen personal growth.

The rituals—including the transmissions—the Goddess channels through me meet you where you are and support whatever spiritual and material goals you’re working toward.

3) One or more mini-readings. At least once during our seven weeks, you receive a one-on-one reading during circle, to support and streamline your journey to power.

4) Your own copy of The Alphabet Oracle Deck, should you want to use it during or between meetings, and after our seven weeks end. You receive a PDF to print and cut up to make your own Alphabet Oracle Deck. You also receive the six page PDF booklet that accompanies the deck.

I won’t teach how to use the deck. This is not a class. And, while using the deck to guide our journey, I won’t spell out the steps of my process. That’d require years to convey.

However, if you learn by watching, you’ll probably find substantial lessons about how to use the deck. In fact, the deck’s booklet doesn’t explain how to use the deck as prompts to channel rituals, but you might learn a bit about that by watching me.

5) One-on-one support by phone, should you want to privately discuss a problem, have a concern that’d take too long to discuss in a group meeting, or years later have questions about our seven weeks. I commit to my students.

Note: I reduced photos to make this page load quickly, which blurs photos’ details. The oracle deck has crisp, clear detail.

A Mystical Connection with the Cosmos in All Its Power

We are part of a larger whole: everything in existence is woven together. Our seven weeks of ritual’ll weave with the greater whole wonderfully—all parts of the dance of life empowering the rest of the dance, including our efforts toward our personal goals. 

E.g., our journey will weave with everything you ever achieved before you met me, what you currently do on your own outside of your work with me, and with the world’s many individuals serving good, plus the weave of all things, which is the manifestation of the Goddess in all Her love. Every part of the weave feeds every other part, making it more powerful—including the work we will do in The Alphabet Oracle Deck Shamanic Journey—and any work we do feeds the beauty of all the cosmos. 

Every week, we will feel this weave experientially, our spirits joining in the cosmic dance of life. 

Can’t wait to see where we go and what we accomplish.

The Great Mother Goddess Is the Weaver and the Weave

Here’s more about the weave of all things being the manifestation of the Goddess in all Her love. It’s another way of looking at the weave of all things:

The Great Mother Goddess has everything in Her. And Her living presence is in everything and is pure magic. So enchantment flows through all existence. In our weekly visits, we’ll settle us into that immense, everpresent flow of magical Goodness, whereby She can take wonderful care of us, addressing our practical and spiritual needs.


* She grants luck, magical power, and pivotal insights about our mundane affairs.

* She gives both mystical and practical guidance that helps us fulfill our dreams, find joy, and serve others well.

* She holds us safe in our sacred journey.

Fun Is Sacred and Empowering

With the release of the Alphabet Oracle Deck, I wanted to have fun with it, while also making substantial spiritual and practical headway in my life. The idea of a seven-week Alphabet Oracle Deck shamanic journey came to me.

Fun is not mere frippery. Call it fun, call it ecstatic spirituality, but it is a mystic journey with down-to-earth results.

Our cells will dance. You might find yourself laughing from sheer joy.

The fun will help us each be renewed by starlight, filled with sunshine and clarity of purpose, and able to focus on pursuing our happy hearts’ desires, less distracted by naysayers, haters, worry, resentment, or other impediments. The fun will also help us each settle ourselves into the Divine synchronicity—or call it magic—that opens the doors we need opened.

The group meets by phone. Just dial your phone to participate.

We meet seven consecutive Sundays, 3:00 to 4:00 pm EST, starting August 30. Reserve Sunday Oct 18, same time, for a makeup session in case I’m unavailable for one of the planned sessions.

Total cost for everything— everything–I’ve described is $400. Your service provider might charge you for the call. If you’ve already purchased the deck, I cannot refund that portion of the event cost.

Pay securely with PayPal. Choose one of two options:

1) Use the Pay Now button below to send me $400, and you’re taken care of!

Ignore the drop-down menu option for “half-price if you participated in this event before.” This event is brand new.


2) Or use the Subscribe button to make two equal payments of $200, one now and a second one automatically a month later. Easy!

Upon payment, your place is reserved. A few days before the first meeting, you receive event phone number and other details by email. No refunds. To discuss payment plan, trade, reduced tuition, or scholarship, or if you have other concerns, call me.

Diana is the manifestation of the Magna Mater Who wants to join in our meetings.

Magna Mater,
Creator of all,
Patron Goddess of Italian witches,
and Queen of the Fey folk,
may Your beauty and kindness
create paths to this event,
so individuals whom it’ll serve well
might come upon it.
All Gods I hold dear,
please help make these paths.
Thank you.

Francesca De Grandis is the best selling author of “Be a Goddess!” Her work couples Goddess mysticism with practical magic and a down-to-earth philosophy. Raised in a traditional Strega family tradition that has Celtic shamanism in its heritage—the family is originally from France—she practices an ancient European witchcraft that is a form of Fairy shamanism.

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