Folk Art and the Faery Faith

Folk Art, Magic, the Faery Faith, Herbs, and Chores

Folk art is magical, evoking the Faery Faith—an ancient spiritual path. Folk art often adorns everyday items, which can enchant them and bless mundane chores.

Fairies Hide in the Flowers

When I was a little girl and first saw a floral painting in a folk art style, I found it magical. I think fairies hide in folk art flowers. Above is a painting I just finished.

Though I was never taught this (except by my heart and my Gods), I think the folk art of various cultures is inextricably woven with the Faery Faith—the ancient spiritual path of many a witch—as it is expressed in those cultures. I love that folk art is not elitist but down-to-earth, often used to adorn everyday items and blessing those items with enchantments I find to be innate in folk art.

I got lost in the painting while I was making it. When I finished it, I realized that, while painting, I’d wandered into other realms.

The piece might be good as magical ornamentation on a Book of Shadows page to give my students as a handout in an upcoming witchcraft course.

I work hard on my palettes. I love color and putting together unusual color combinations. Doing this, too, brings me to other realms.

A friend of mine said the above painting is really happy. That made my day. I don’t want ivory-tower art. Art that might give someone even a little boost of happiness means the world to me.


I am thrilled: my new brush set made rosemaling brush strokes so much easier. (Rosemaling is a style of decorating objects.) The pictures in this post were done using the new brushes and perhaps some other brushes.

Actually, I should say I am “kind of” doing rosemaling brushstrokes. I can’t claim to do the brushwork the way it’s typically done. But I don’t want to because it’s not relevant to my goals as a creator of talismanic art.

Mind you, I have great admiration for people who do traditional rosemaling. And if someone’s magic and creativity are uplifted by adhering to a commonly accepted method, that’s wonderful.

However, too often, the measure of what constitutes folk art, whether in painting, dance, or another form, is biased, perhaps gleaned from just one example of an art form as it was done in a single household or village. While these examples might be extraordinary artistic expressions, the use of them as standardized measures can invalidate and squelch other expressions of that form.

Folk Art is the Art of the Folk

Many supposedly authentic folk measures would shame you for your creativity and might, if you adhere to those measures, squash your magic and originality.

I cannot imagine Faeries gathering to enjoy themselves and insisting that every single Fey must dance the same or sing the same.

I imagine some of them having a fun contest where each sprite creates a new flower, unlike anything seen before, and the other Fairies cheer them on.

There has to be room in folk art for both the traditional and the new. Without that, it’s no longer the art of the folk.

I love tradition and have, for example, trained vigorously in some magical traditions, but I want tradition to inform and empower me, not pummel me. For example, I took great care and time to research and then mix colors for a palette of colors often used in the middle ages to ornament sacred texts. I learned so much from the doing that, my artistic predecessors of the middle ages were astonishingly skilled and had much to teach me, and I am proud of the artwork I did as a result. However, as I said above, creating unusual color combinations brings me into Fey realms. Mindlessly following what’s traditional in, for example, rosemale or medieval texts, would keep me from my innovative color combinations and other fruitful explorations.

Making Beautiful Everyday Objects

I like to paint to ornament my newsletters and blogs. It’s an act of respect and love for my subscribers and website visitors. I just finished painting this banner to go at the top of my newsletter:

Long story short, I can’t use sharp, crisp representations of my art for the newsletter graphics. Ditto my art in my blogs. But I add the art to the blogs and newsletters anyway, not only out of respect but also because I want to bring as much beauty and magic as I can to everything I do.

I’m grateful I can provide crisp detailed clarity of my artwork in my digital books and witch class handouts. I want to give the best I can in everything I do. That includes bringing witchy art as much as possible to the daily life of the individuals with whom I interact and to my own life.

Herbs and Enchanted Herb Labels

I used my new brushes to paint some herb labels. I’m pretty much the cliche of a witch, with my shelf after shelf of herbs—herbs for magic, herbs for physical health, and herbs for culinary purposes. Usually any herb I use for one purpose, I am also using for one or both of the others.

I love pretty labels on my herbs. Seeing the ornamentation as I search my shelves to decide which herbs I want makes me happy. Again, that simple benefit is important to me. Life can be hard. I want to make sure it’s also beautiful.

The labels also add gravitas to my use of herbs in cooking, healing, and magic spells. This is what folk art often does: illuminate the importance of all our activities, including our many mundane chores.

I find the herb labels magical for three reasons.

1) As I said, I experience folk art as innately magical. Use it to adorn something, and you’ve added magic to that object.

2) I sense energy in my artwork and might’ve thought I was deluded but have been told repeatedly that tangible energy rises off my art as well as off the printed pages of the Pagan liturgies and lessons I write. I think such energy happens when I paint or write or teach or do a lot of other things. The many reasons for that are beyond the scope of this post, but one reason is that I’m magical and pour myself into everything I do.

3) When you take your life seriously enough to adorn your everyday objects or find beautiful ones, the Fey Folk celebrate and bless those objects. No wonder some people want to restrict folk art to strict, narrowly-defined parameters; they don’t want all that magical power in the hands of folks. Often, the restrictive measures are based in sexist or other oppressive agendas.

If you decide to make your own herbal labels, a suggestion: I don’t like to deal with glue when labeling herbs. It’s always a pain to wash it off later. I prefer to punch a hole in the corner of the tag, string a pretty cord through the hole, write on the back of the card the name of the herb I want identified, and tie the cord around a jar with that herb in it.

A PDF of the tags in these photos will be a giveaway in my next newsletter. Then newsletter subscribers can print the labels on card stock to make their own labels. When I share magic and beauty, it comes back to me threefold.

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Witches, Artists, and Neurodiversity

Witches, Artists, and Neurodiversity

Francesca De Grandis’ painting of a head in which the brain consists of a rainbow of infinity signs. The ears on the head are pointed, like an elf’s.

Please note: sometimes, the limits of language make discussing neurodiversity feel impossible for me. E.g., the paragraph below stating that one’s witchcraft and art intertwine with where one is on the spectrum is kind of like saying that one’s self intertwines with one’s self. Since other folks might feel as challenged expressing themselves as I do, I use various terms—e.g., neurodiversity, autistic, on the spectrum—to honor everyone’s right to choose their own words. Without that right, self-expression becomes even more limited. And with that:

A Neurodiverse Celebration,
Eliminating Cliches about Autism

I invited witches and artists who identify as being on the spectrum to share their personal experiences of how their witchcraft and/or art intertwine with their particular neuro-diverse state.

My goal was to show artistic and mystical experiences because I suspect they could:
* be lovely fellowship for artists and witches on the spectrum, as well as for other individuals
* counteract blanket clichés, e.g., show how diverse people on the spectrum might be, as opposed to them getting lumped together as all the same
* reveal a depth of being that clichés about autism hide
* demonstrate wonderful magical, creative, and other traits that more theoretical statements might not as easily convey

Here are those experiences:

Candace LaRue

Candace LaRue, writer, gardener, and warrior for children:

Growing up as an undiagnosed autistic meant that I was always considered “weird.” I often spent time alone, choosing, for example, to walk the mile or so to school every day instead of taking the bus. 

I spent time alone in the woods, talking to the plants. Every spring I would walk alone and sing to the violets as they woke up. And when they sang back to me, I wasn’t surprised. 

I believe I come from a long line of autistic women. I know I come from a long line of women who practiced fey touched magic. I learned from them how to “be” in this world and it was consistent with what I also needed to manage my neurodiversity in a world that considered my gifts and differences to be odd at best, and frightening at times. 

My mother taught me to listen quietly and hear her thoughts. She taught me how to wrap an imaginary cloak around me to make me invisible. None of this seemed strange to me because everything was strange in some way in my life. Being autistic and raised by women who were likely also autistic taught me to have an open mind about everything. 

Kathy Crabbe

Kathy Crabbe, soul reader, artist, spirit medium, astrologer:

Here is a little something I wrote this morning:

Critiquing! I have always spotted the mistake(s) in everything and today at the Winter Solstice I asked, “How can this be of service?” Being the one who always spots the mistakes is not easy, and does not make one likable, but as a messenger between worlds I really want to get the message right. As a trickster (Hermes) I need to inject the Quirk, the humour, the twist in the message too and that is how my brain works ~ wyrd!

I asked artists if they’d like to contribute visual art related to one or more of their creative experiences of being on the spectrum. This is what Kathy sent:

Catherine Mills

Catherine Mills, film buff and mother of two wizards:

I was born with epilepsy as a result of being sick and a super premature baby at 1lb 6oz. I have had seizures since I was a baby and have not stopped. I just manage them now naturally after trying years of unsuccessful pills.

Even as a little girl I knew my brain was unique and different than my sisters’ and other kids.’ I was dark, feminine and feminist, sarcastic, and always made respect for nature and natural law—my bottom line.

I swear I was born a witch; as a little girl, I always knew I wanted to be a witch, to live in my female power and commune with nature, to live my life the way I wanted, but did not have an outlet and could not do my witchcraft studies until I moved from home at age 19.

Then I found myself in tarot decks, crystals, honoring the moon phases, the wheel of the year, the goddess, shadow work, and my intuition, and I live in that space till this day. … I’m now 32.

Francesca De Grandis

Francesca De Grandis (aka Outlaw Bunny), shamanic guide, Fairy artist, mystical innovator:

I love my brain. It’s a jungle gym, a playground, and everything else in existence—the whole universe between my ears. I’m pretty happy living there. Live there all day long.

Montaigne said, “I study myself more than any other subject.” If I want to understand something on the opposite end of the world, I might do it by studying my cells. The universe is in them (I mean that literally). Or I study the skin on my hand because I, in Blake’s words, “hold infinity in the palm.”

Is it true of everyone’s palm, so I am not unusual?

Oppressors hate that I live in a mental amusement park, let alone that it has jungle gyms on which I strengthen myself and wild rides that illuminate my mind and heart. Oppressors want me to think dully, slowly, and divorced from my heart and body, so they make up reasons to shame me for my speed, accuracy of thought, and heart-mind-body union.

Here’s one reason for the hate. The thrills and insights that occur when I race through the starlit sky, joyous as Santa Claus in his sleigh, jumping from thought to thought to thought—from star to star to star—connecting all the points in the connect-the-dots painting that is the cosmos, won’t allow me to be menial, pulling at my forelocks and knuckling under.

A heart with a rainbow of infinity signs in it. Painting by FDG.Connecting all the dots unites all my aspects. This wholeness, too, keeps me from abject obedience. Ha!

I’m grateful Mom was a witch. Most of the family and neighborhood ridiculed and battered me as a child. Except Mom was golden as an eagle, fighting to protect me and elevating me to the stars. I was her fledgling learning flight.

I can’t speak for anyone else, but my mysticism and place on the spectrum seem synonymous. … No, no, there is more involved than that. … Except, everything is everything, so …

… Magna Mater—Great Mother Goddess, Creator of All—is also the Queen of Fairies, which is far from what most people think of as the Creator of All. However, She is both Creator and creation.

Is She on the spectrum? Yes, and She is the spectrum. I suspect you are, too.

But then, so is a banana?

One of my students told me she can’t explain to her friends what I do as a shamanic guide because it has everything in it, and the Goddess has everything in Her. Given what I’ve said above, I obviously see my shamanic work the same way my student does. Therefore, I have the same problem describing it. “Everything is there” or “I address everything” sounds grandiose or like tacky promotion.

Also: everything in each of my courses connects to everything in all my other courses, not only intellectually but as an actual connection and integration on the physical and esoteric planes. In that process, each class participant is integrated with and connected to all the dots of reality, and each participant’s aspects are integrated with all their other aspects. This paragraph sounds arrogant to some people. But it’s the reality I live in.

I’m not saying we accomplish it perfectly—it’s an ideal we strive for. … But it’s not an abstract ideal alone; it’s something we embody.

Though we might do it far from perfectly, we accomplish it to a degree many people would think impossible.

Stardrenched witches like us are scattered throughout the globe.

I love my feet.

A foot with a rainbow of infinity signs in it. Painting by FDG.

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The 2021 60-Day Self-Love Challenge

60-Day Self-Love Challenge starts January 24, 2021

Be a Goddess! You know you are.

Or a God!

You have Divine power within
for the 60-Day Self-Love Challenge.

Its simple format has two parts:

1) Twice a week, tell the other participants what you’re up to: start your week with a post to the group stating your self-care goal(s) for the week. At the end of the week, tell us how you did with those goals. That’s it.

I’ll set up a Google Group for our posts because it’s a private forum easy to use.

If you’re not into further details about the posts, skip down to the other part of the format. I’ll give details about posting again to participants when the group kicks off.

Self-love doesn’t have to be perfect. No beating yourself up if you don’t meet all your goals or fall far short of them. Simply doing your twice a week check-in puts you on the winning team. (Winning team is the first of the football terms in this post. I’ll explain what inspired me to use them in a bit.) In fact, our first week, if you need to start slow and not post, or you pick a small goal for the entire 60 days, cool.

This’ll be a streamlined process, a straight shot to the goal line: the only posts will be telling each other what we’re up to twice-a-week, plus an occasional addition. You’ll get to spend time on you, not focus on others or get swamped by gobs of posts.

Many successful individuals get things done by keeping it simple. My work attracts go-getters so I wanted to offer a streamlined process. No need to respond to anyone’s check-ins. No need usually to read responses to your check-ins because there won’t be any unless needed. It’s not the sort of process that needs much dialogue. If you’d require lots of responses for support, this wouldn’t be the event for you.

That doesn’t mean participants go without support. If you want, post a request to the group for support once or twice. Great. (I might be the person who responds since I’m in the group. … I’m jazzed about taking the challenge!) However, you’re not obliged to respond to requests; I want to keep responses at one or two so we don’t get glutted with posts.

The streamlined process provides a chance to just touch down, then go hit touchdown! (Football analogies are energizing me about this event.)

Here’s more of the power I’ve experienced writing two weekly checks-ins:

* It motivates me to follow through on my goals. Not in the sense of worrying whether someone will judge me for what I do or don’t do. Instead, I become focused.

* Writing my goals out for a group to see somehow makes me clearer about what goals I want.

* The writing inspires me to organize my upcoming week so I can fit in working on my goals. I become more effective at it and less stressed about how I’m going to manage to do it.

* A process that’s mostly stating goals and how we’re doing with them means we give the important support of witnessing each others’ journey and don’t have to push ourselves ridiculously hard for each other.

You also get big support through the other part of our format:

2) Receive spiritual transmissions three days a week.

A definition of my particular transmissions: They are an ancient Faery Faith method that increases the power, serenity, and safety of your journey, fosters personal growth, and adds good luck to your life overall. My transmissions adapt to your needs, e.g., the ability to be proactive about reaching your goals.

You don’t have to meditate or do anything else to receive the transmissions. Go about your day, while I do the work for you.

For 60 days, you get three transmissions a week. Mega-support for every member of my team!

Feedback: Julie wrote,

“Thank you so much for your spiritual transmissions! They’ve been incredibly helpful, supportive and effective in my life! I’ve been able to:
1. Sell a condo under very challenging conditions for a fair price. …
2. Reawaken my inner writer, resume work on a novel, and win an award in a national poetry competition.
3. Open my heart more fully to my loved ones and to the Supreme All-That-Is.
4. Continue to heal past wounds and live effectively in the present.
5. Stop dyeing my hair!!!!

Bless you for your invaluable assistance!”

Give yourself the care you choose:

* Nap.
* Go for broke marketing your business.
* Sketch for five minutes.
* Hole up for hours to write poetry.
* Visit loved ones on Zoom.
* Keep an eye out for your self-defeating beliefs
* or do whatever else you deem self-love,
* while spiritual transmissions hold you in love and power.

There are no wrong choices, and the attempt is what counts. It’s a self-care touchdown! You hit the goal line!

Enrollment is $400.

Enroll by January 20.

Pay securely with PayPal. Choose one of two options:

1) Use the Pay Now button below to send the fee all at once, and you’re taken care of!

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

My phone number is 814-337-2490.Upon payment, your place is reserved. A few days before the first meeting, you receive details by email. No refunds. To discuss scholarship, semi-scholarship, or trade, or if you have other concerns, call me.

Just for fun, here’s a poem I wrote that led to football images in this post. The poem energized me to give myself and my community a self-love challenge.

Plus, its lines are in the spirit of the team I want with me for that challenge, as long as you don’t take them all literally. The poem is tongue-in-cheek.

Affirmation for a Modern Woman
March 1999

The affirmation for today is:
“Those motherfuckers are not going to get me.”
The best way to do this affirmation
is at the top of your lungs. Try it
with me, now:
“Those motherfuckers are not going to get me.”
Affirmations work best if repeated. Again. Louder:
“Those motherfuckers are not going to get me.”

I will not get fat eating their sins,
I will not curl up like a dead spider,
my misery wrapped around me like desiccated spider legs,
I will not climb into bed, my sheets a shroud
as I weep and mourn and moan
that their mean little ways are killing me.
Those motherfuckers are not going to get me.

Say it with me, loud as you can:
“Those motherfuckers are not going to get me.”

I am shaking with anger, good.
I am not crying, I am not bingeing my brains out
on corn chips and orange juice,
I am shaking with anger, pumping myself up to kick ass,
get my way, make my way, get my boys to tackle competition
as I run for the goal line, yes, it will be a touchdown,
Metzo-American style
—the losing team gets killed as human sacrifice—
because I am pissed off enough to keep fighting,
I will get the prize—a home, self-respect,
the chance to be in the game, to live fully—
I’m not dropping out of the game due to overweight lethargy,
weepy depression, or any of the other things
that are so goddamn hard
for me not to fall prey to and be defeated by,
instead I am going to be a very aggressive girl.
Would you like to
be on my team?

Join the tribe for the self-care challenge and live your life.

Begins January 24.

Francesca De Grandis is the bestselling 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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Driftwood Magic Lessons

Tree Magic Lessons:
Driftwood Mysteries

Picture of the necklace that is shown throughout this post

Last year, I collected driftwood at the beach to make driftwood amulets. Loving wood of all sorts, I was excited for the opportunity to craft with driftwood and explore its magic.

Photographs of one of amulets I made—a talisman necklace—are throughout this post.

I sliced some of the driftwood into three pendant-sized pieces, shaped each one a bit, then sanded them to bring out their beauty, and so their surfaces would feel nicely smooth and not snag clothing. Here they are before sanding:

I tend to discover the magic of something by listening to it, meditating on it, and interacting with it.

During the period I learn that magic experientially, I pay attention to internal and external happenings whether they seem related to the magic at hand or not because “coincidences” are often divine synchronicity offering guidance.

Here’s what I learned about driftwood magic, and how I learned it.

When first sanding the pieces, the results puzzled me. I’d sand and sand, but the bumps wouldn’t go away.

Shortly afterwards, my chronic arm injuries worsened. I had to stop sanding for a year. Sanding did not damage my arms; I mention them because the need to halt woodworking is a synchronicity that helped reveal driftwood’s magic to me, as you shall see.

After the year, I returned to my woodshop and realized the bumps wouldn’t go away yet because they weren’t on the surface alone. The ocean not only eats away the surface of wood but also leaks into the wood and reshapes its insides.

Nevertheless, a bit more sanding, and the surface bumps went away. I simply had to go a bit deeper. Next, I moved to finer and finer sandpaper, and the sanding went quickly, at the speed I’d initially expected.

Isn’t that often the way with transformation? At first, the bumps don’t leave. Then there might be a long pause during which progress remains halted. When that plateau ends, transformation is easier, and the bumps leave quickly.

And then more detailed efforts can get down into the guts, where reshapings need healing.

Despite sanding, there’s going to be a bit of roughness to driftwood. That’s part of its charm. Let’s celebrate both our elegance and our rough edges.

This photo shows the three sanded pieces after I cleaned the sawdust off and applied lots of beeswax natural wood treatment. I let them rest in the treatment for a while; driftwood is so dry I gave them extra time to absorb the treatment.

I applied wood treatment three times, though nothing will keep driftwood from being driftwood. It’s dry. It will probably dry out quickly despite the treatment. But I felt it was worth trying, to make the best possible pendant. Even though I don’t know why, I think giving them the treatment helps.

If they dry right out, that’s okay, and the dryness of the wood is another lesson about driftwood’s magic: personal growth is wonderful, and we are who we are. I won’t expect driftwood to be other than what it is and try to force it into a jewelry design that, ultimately, won’t work. Instead, If I honor driftwood’s nature, I can find its beauty and thus know how it wants to be worked into a design.

No matter how hard I try to change, nothing will keep me from being me. That’s how it should be. If I honor my own nature, I find it is a jewel. I celebrate who I am. This gives me the power to change in me what does need changing.

Picture of the necklace that is shown throughout this post

The Magic of Driftwood

Here’s a summary of everything I learned about driftwood magic through the above experiences, as well as by meditating on driftwood and talking with it.

Driftwood offers the magic of transformation.

Driftwood is an amulet to help you through all phases of inner and outer change. Examples:

1) When trying to change, things might go slowly at first. But driftwood helps you remember change might take time, remain patient with both the process and yourself, and remember that “bumps” you’re trying to remove might be deep down and take time to reach.

2) Driftwood sustains you when you go deeper, or when a plateau ends. In other words, driftwood helps you keep going to create your desired metamorphosis of yourself and your life.

Driftwood also gives hope to sustains us when change is lagging. There’s a specific way this happens. Drift wood instills the wisdom that an about-face can quickly, easily occur at any point.

3) Driftwood empowers you when you go into deeper layers of change and might help that work go quickly.

Driftwood helps you honor who you are so, in your quest for transformation, you don’t tear yourself down, but instead recognize the gem you are and celebrate your beauty and power.

Driftwood becomes driftwood by being immersed for a long time in the ocean’s mysteries—the great womb of the Goddess. Her loving nature and immense power change us over time. Yes, we need to do whatever we can to change, but pushing too hard, hating ourselves for who we are, or otherwise beating ourselves up is counterproductive. Driftwood helps us surrender to Her loving power.

Driftwood becomes driftwood by being immersed in the Goddess. So we become fully ourselves by being immersed in Her love.

Meditating on what I’ve written above, I channeled the following liturgy. You can recite it to open yourself to blessings from driftwood—whether it’s on a beach, an amulet pendant, a large piece you put on your altar or elsewhere in your home, or a small piece you tuck into your pocket or backpack.

Driftwood’s magic works whether you say this or not. However, opening yourself to blessings that occur when driftwood’s magic and mysteries act in your life can make a big difference. (Opening yourself to any kind of magic and mystery can make a big difference.) Say this once or as often as you want.

I surrender to the magic of transformation.

I surrender to transformation’s beauty.
I surrender to transformation’s power.
I surrender to transformation’s sustenance of me.
I surrender to transformation’s depths.
I surrender to transformation’s loving nature.

I surrender to being immersed
in the Great Mother’s love,
and thus surrender to becoming fully myself.

I surrender to my beauty and power.

I surrender to the Goddess’ love,
in all its beauty and power.

So mote it be!

Ocean Magic

Driftwood carries the wisdom and magic of the ocean. These powers are part of our heritage from our ancestors.

One of ocean’s magics and mysteries is the power of transformation. I spoke of the ocean turning wood into driftwood. I spoke of how we too are transformed by immersion in the Great Mother’s love. The above liturgy can be spoken to open to that power.

As the birthplace of life, the ocean often symbolizes the Great Mother Goddess, Creator of All Things. The ocean depths are Her womb. The mermaid and siren harken back to ancient Goddess images, such as the dragon Tiamat. Tiamat is one way the Great Mother, when associated with the ocean, is seen.

A Driftwood Amulet Necklace

The talisman necklace in the pictures is one-of-a-kind and part of a talisman set. At the time of this posting, the set is available for purchase. You are welcome to query by email or in the comment field below. Here’s more about the necklace:

Weaving the necklace, I used waxed linen cord, while meditating on what magic to add. Tiamat told me to imbue this jewelry with the power to give all blessings from the Great Mother.

She also instructed me to weave in the magic of deep places—the deeps of the sea, the deeps of Faerie realms, the deeps of your imagination, the deeps of your creativity.

She told me to add magic that will draw to the person wearing the jewelry treasures from the deep—e.g., successful creative projects, prosperity, renewal.

Finally, She instructed me to weave in blessings to increase the piece of drift wood’s magical potency.

Detail of necklace

Immediately above its driftwood, the necklace has a large handmade glass lampwork bead with some heft to it. That is a nice counterpoint to the driftwood’s light weight.

I selected the bead after going through all the listings of an artist until I selected three, knowing they’d be gorgeous in something.

Detail of necklace The longer bead up the side of the necklace is likely bone, to symbolize the everlasting spirit. If not bone, it’s okay because I wove that bone energy into the talisman’s magic. I experience everlasting spirit and ocean magic to be related.

The art beads that look like beach glass blew me away. They were worth the price because I knew they’d be perfect for something.

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Money Luck

Money Luck

I believe luck is real and truly magical—not a metaphor or stupid superstition. I also believe the otherworldly and mundane planes weave together. Because the dimensions intertwine, I attract luck when I accept responsibility for my life and don’t blame the world for my problems. This post explains these ideas and details my recent attempt to amp up my money luck. I hope my theories and successes help you attract abundance.

I Believe Luck Is Real

After doing my chart, an astrologer told me I have great money luck.

He was right. The only explanation for my good finances, other than the fact that I work my behind off, is ridiculously good money luck. For one thing, my financial well-being has far surpassed what our society would’ve dictated based on my background, etc. Lady Luck must’ve intervened on my behalf. For another, plenty of folks work hard to no avail.

I’m not saying I’m wealthy. I don’t care about wealth. I’m saying I’m lucky with money.

Anyway, recently I decided to bump my money luck up a notch and wasn’t able to do it. So I brainstormed a lot because I wanted funds for a few truly important things, not trivial luxuries.

I finally thought of something: one way I create luck is by taking responsibility for my life.

I Learned to Tell Myself, “Don’t Blame the World.”

When I was much younger, I often would blame others for my problems or failures. I learned to take responsibility for my life and any problems I cause myself.

However, I realized recently that some part of me still thinks the world owes me a living. I thought I’d gotten past that, but the sentiment remained— maybe not in great measure but enough to, perhaps, interfere with increased money luck.

To be clear, I don’t loll about, expecting the world to take care of me. I’m a responsible person who runs my own business, etc., etc. However, to whatever degree I cling to the idea that the world owes me is the degree to which my money luck is hindered.

It was hard to notice an infantile sensibility was lurking, given my responsible, abundant life. I want to tell you how I nonetheless spotted it.

Someone’s Faults Can Be a Mirror to See My Own

In a society filled with addiction, whether to drugs, alcohol, gambling, overeating, or other things, over the years I’ve met my fair share of folks suffering from addiction. I noticed many of them have absurdly bad luck. One might say their addictions are the result of bad luck ruining their lives, and there is great merit in that theory, but I came to also believe addiction fosters bad luck. Here how that idea came to me:

Our society relentlessly fosters certain poor habits. Most addicts, alcoholics, etc., I’ve met share those habits: they hold on to resentments, sulk, feel like the world owes them, and blame the world for their problems instead of being accountable for their acts that contributed to those problems. I could sense those proclivities created a specific energy—a flow of bad luck. Also, I saw stuff going wrong in their lives that was light years beyond their problems caused by classism (classes delineated by race, gender, finances, or any other excuse to oppress) or sheer accident. It was also far beyond problems that result from one’s misdeeds, such as a car accident from driving when high or a divorce due to emotional abandonment by an addict gone down the rabbit hole of addiction. No, the problems I’m talking about are so bizarrely synchronistic that they must come from an otherworldly source—bad luck.

(Addicts and other individuals with the mindset I’ve described are in my heart. They suffer anguish yet may not know another way to view life yet. They are in no way “lesser” individuals; humans are all greatly flawed.)

If I dwell on a shortcoming in someone, good chance it’s one of my own faults. When my mind repeatedly returned to addicts having one of those prevalent traits I mentioned—thinking the world owes you—even though I didn’t even have any specific addicts in mind, I figured I share the trait, though to a lesser degree.

To whatever degree I think the world owes me is the degree to which I won’t step up to the plate. Since good luck goes hand-in-hand with being responsible, I want to step up to the plate as much as I can. Before saying more about that, here are a few disclaimers.

1) Don’t Beat Yourself Up When Problems Come Your Way

A string of bad luck doesn’t indicate you are lazy and unwilling to do what’s needed in life. Bad luck happens to everyone. Life happens to everyone. A farmer may tend his crops well, but a drought can occur. I try to maximize good luck and minimize bad luck.

Also, I do not blame myself for problems other people cause me.

There’s no need to go overboard when taking responsibility for your problems.

2) You Deserve Support Even During Your Good Times

There’s also no need to go overboard when taking responsibility for your life.

Though I don’t expect the world to take care of me in one sense, I do think society is obligated to take care of someone when they’re down and out.

In a healthy community, people support each other even in good times. We can accomplish great things for ourselves and others, as well as keep our spirits up and whole, if we all take care of each other on a regular basis. That’s different than the expectation that people “owe me;” I strive to be a grown-up contributing to the well-being of my community.

Back to the topic of how to attract money:

Good luck and Being Responsible Go Hand-in-Hand

The idea that taking responsibility creates good luck might seem counterintuitive. For one thing, there is a prevailing notion that luck is a free-floating energy unattached to and uninfluenced by our mundane actions. I believe luck is real and truly magical, but I also believe the otherworldly and mundane planes intertwine.

It also might seem counterintuitive since many people seek luck in lieu of taking responsibility, for example, a person who is overly choosy when looking for a job, despite an obligation to support their household, and insisting there’s a streak of luck coming, then everything will turn out great. (It hurts my heart to see them and theirs suffer.)

Counterintuitive though it may seem, I believe that when I accept responsibility for my life and needs, doing what I can to attain my goals, I attract luck. Again and again, after I stepped up to the plate, doors opened and abundance came, in ways so outrageously synchronistic that they had to be magic.

Courting Lady Luck

This paragraph revisits and expands on some themes of this post to provide immediate context for what comes next: I tried to amp up my money magic and succeeded big time in that I’m earning a living in 2020. I’m immensely grateful for that when so many cannot even buy food, and I couldn’t reach the high financial bar I’d set. I realized the shortfall of luck was caused by thinking the world owes me.

As I meditated on how to shift my attitude, an idea popped into my head: paying off the last of the medical debt I’d been paying down over the years would please Lady Luck. … It seemed less an idea and more a fact. I knew in my gut that if I shifted my perception of myself—seeing myself as a person who could afford to write a check for the last of that debt—I would be that sort of person more. In other words, I would attract more money than ever. Money luck!

I thought seriously before sending the doctor that final amount because it was a lot of money. Though I had the money to send because I am doing okay financially, who knows if the pandemic and economy will allow me to work in a month or two. I thought that, maybe, instead of sending the physician money, I should keep it as part of my emergency fund. He would’ve waited longer. He’s been very patient.

I wrote a check and mailed it, based on the experience that, if I spend on something needed regardless of what I have in the bank, money comes in to cover what I spent. (Often, completely unexpected income manifests immediately.) If I wanted to be the sort of person who can consistently afford to spend the amount I owed the physician, I had to pay him that.

By the way, I doubt this cosmic reimbursement from the universe would work if I gave way to frivolous or compulsive spending. It works if I need something or, after having been frugal, allow myself some luxury.

Despite evidence of cosmic reimbursement, it was a leap of faith to send off that check since it might keep me from maintaining an ample emergency fund. I took the leap because paying off the debt was the only thing I could think to do to move my finances forward. I was already doing everything else I could imagine—developing useful classes and other services, marketing them, performing career success magic, etc. Taking the leap felt vital; as I’ve said, my goal was to cover the cost of some things I really need in my life right now.

Something else was also operating: I am committed to joy. I’m a Pagan. Stagnate energy diminishes my joy. That outstanding debt was stagnation. I trust my Gods will have my back, and They are Pagan to the core. I mentioned having concerns about paying the doctor. They were mostly considerations, not worries. The realization that paying the debt could create greater abundance and the decision to make that payment were exciting, happy, and celebratory. I was thrilled to be moving into a new level of living fully.

Money owed the doctor was my only debt, except for my monthly mortgage. I’m wondering if being debt-free is another way I need to view myself to create bigger money luck. I look forward to finding out.

I Don’t Need a Knight in Shining Armor. I Earn My Own Way.

So there I was, all proud of myself for taking care of the last of that debt. I congratulated myself with “I am my knight in shining armor. I’m an independent woman who does just fine on her own and doesn’t want a romantic relationship. I love my home, my finances are okay,” etc., etc.

Hahahahaha, I got to rest on my laurels for maybe two hours. After a major spiritual step, I sometimes discover there is yet another big step. Argh!

The self-love of pursuing greater prosperity by wrapping up a debt despite the real possibility of needing that money later to fall back on, since the U.S.’s economic situation is terrible, felt like such a major spiritual move. I don’t want to imply that patting myself on the back about making that move was a bad. Celebration is wonderful, we all deserve to celebrate our accomplishments, and congratulating yourself on your spiritual progress is important. Also, my realization that ending the debt would create greater money luck had me giddy with delight. Following through on the realization was fun. However, the celebratory nature of it all was amusing since wrapping up the debt was still insufficient followthrough on my commitment to being responsible for my life.

The money luck I was trying to attract is so big that it apparently demanded even more action. In other words, this degree of money luck demanded more inner shifts about responsibility than I’d anticipated.

For a while, a fabulously sweet, alpha male had been kind of, maybe, oh-so-mildly courting me. (At least, that’s how it seemed to me. I don’t recognize when someone’s pursuing me romantically unless they’re completely obvious.) Suddenly, as soon as I mailed the check, he started outright, indisputably wooing. At which point, I realized he can provide the few material resources I still lack—the very things that motivated me to amp up my money luck so that I might acquire those things.

It gave me the chance to see that some part of me still longs for a man to rescue me from my obligations to myself. Ahahahaha. That old trap is a way to not accept responsibility and, thereby, ward off increased money luck.

I am working on circumventing that trap. Dreaming of a knight in shining armor would syphon off energy from the new money luck. Nope. I’ve been given a chance to affirm my choice to see myself as a person able to earn what’s needed to acquire exactly what my courtier could provide.

Should he and I pursue a relationship further, I want it to be as equals, not alpha and a needy moi. An aside, but an important one, at least to me: the latter scenario would have my head bowed in miserable meekness, lest I offend and thereby am deemed unworthy of that which I desire. No, I want to earn the money to pay for those things myself. The alpha-supplicant scenario would also have my stomach roiling.

In contrast, the idea of equals delights me with visions of riveting conversations (the guy has one of the finest minds I’ve encountered. For decades I’ve said I’d pay good money to live in his brain for an hour), fun meals, warm companionship, and the sweet courtesies we’ve always given each other. I’m 70 years old and don’t want a man in my life unless it’s on my terms. End of aside.

Down at the Crossroads to Make a Deal with the Devil? Bah!

There’s a superstition about going to the crossroads to make a deal with the Devil.

The Devil isn’t at the crossroads. The Goddess Diana is, with Her unending goodness, kindness, and love for us. By Her stands Her Equal, my good, kind, and loving Father.

In my mind,
I go to the crossroads,
stand at this crossroads in my life,
where loving Gods stand with me.
I vow to Them,
“I will take full responsibility for my life”
because the more I do, the better my luck gets.

When I take full responsibility, my Divine Parents are more able to do Their part in sending bounty my way. Meeting your grown-up obligations doesn’t mean going it on your own. It means doing your part and letting the Gods—and your other friends—help. Note the word letting. Part of being responsible is letting other people and the Divine support you.

The Devil isn’t at the crossroads.
Lady Luck stands there—Goddess Diana Herself.
So does a Father Who is pure love.
They are ready to grant us great money luck.

So mote it be!

A painting with the word “Blessings” in it.

Click here to learn more ways to get good luck. The post also discusses the role luck has traditionally played in fighting oppression, luck’s relationship to miracles, and other witch wisdoms.

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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:

If you don’t want to wait for a group event, schedule a transmission here: 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:

A relevant story from a client:

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:

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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.

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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.

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:

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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:

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