I’m excited to announce The Alphabet Oracle Deck is available for purchase.
What Is The Alphabet Oracle Deck
Best way to start explaining the deck is to tell you how it came about.
For a couple of years, I worked on calligraphing a pen and ink alphabet—capital letters only. I added watercolor to some of the last letters I penned.
When wanting to do divination, I look to whatever is at hand, whether it’s a tarot deck, pack of playing cards, bunch of safety pins that happen to be next to me for a sewing project, a gum wrapper fallen on the road, or the license plate of a passing car. The Goddess speaks through everything.
So it was inevitable I’d realize I could turn my pen and ink letters into alphabet oracle cards for myself.
No, there is no such thing as alphabet oracle cards or alphabet divination, that I know of. Until now. I made them up.
I actually researched for similar things online and found nothing. That’s kind of exciting for me.
It’s doubly exciting for me because I love using the Ogham alphabet for divination, so much so that I made two Ogham alphabet card sets. And now I’m getting to use another alphabet to receive Divine guidance.
The years of making the alphabet bit by bit were followed by the goodly amount of effort it took to scan the letters and digitally arrange the scans together just so, so I could print the whole deck on my home printer on only three 8&1/2” X 11” sheets of card stock. Quality card stock is pricey so I wanted to use only a few sheets. Then came a lot more work because it took a ridiculously long time to create a digital file that’d print with sharp detail instead of blurring. But I finally made a PDF of the scanned letters that prints beautifully. Whew! All the work was worth it because when I divine with the cards, they make me smile.
How to Make Your Alphabet Oracle Deck
Like many artists who find pleasure in a project they did, I want to share that pleasure. I decided to sell a PDF of my Alphabet Oracle Deck so someone could print and hand cut it, for a deck for themself.
You need only three 8&1/2” X 11” sheets of paper or, ideally, card stock. I used a pricey matte finish card stock. Printing on regular paper won’t result in the best reproduction, but if plain paper is all you have for now, go for it! Maybe make another deck with card stock later.
Don’t have access to a color printer? Heck, print black-and-white. This is a very go-with-the-flow deck.
Instead of making a PDF with the letters in precise rows, I had the idea to arrange them organically. Therefore, cards aren’t made by cutting in straight lines to make rectangles. The cutting has to be organic. I wanted that natural look, and took care to arrange the letters so there is enough white space between every letter for curved cutting. Hearth art is heart art!
The cards are intentionally different shapes and sizes.
To make my deck, I hand cut lines around each letter, and it was satisfying to try to curve the lines in whatever ways most suited my eyes.
You get to go with the flow by hand cutting as suits you, and by not worrying about cutting perfectly. It’s all good.
I sized the PDF’s letters to make a mini-deck, so it’s easily at
hand. A while back, I made two different mini-decks for
Ogham divination, which students of my Ogham divination
course receive. My friend and student, Jenelle Campion, told
me she keeps one of the Ogham decks “in my wallet in case I
need a reading on-the-go.” That made me feel so good, and
affirmed my belief in the practicality of mini decks.
How to Use the Alphabet Oracle Deck
This is a good set of cards for someone who reads cards intuitively instead of by following a book. Your deck comes with instructions that don’t include a meaning for each card. Instead, there are simple brief explanations of how to use the deck for:
* intuitive readings to gain guidance you need
* contemplations to center and empower you
* writing prompts
* creative prompts for other art projects
List price: $20 Price: $13.99
You receive an email with the links to download the deck and its companion guide, usually within 24 hours of purchase. Download links remain good for two weeks.
Links are for two PDFs that have gorgeous detail and clarity in their art, far superior to the examples on this site, which blurs graphics.
1) One PFD is the three pages you print to make your deck.
2) The other PDF is the deck’s six-page companion guide. It contains a lot of the information that’s in this post, as well as two pages of simple instructions for using your deck. The pages are beautifully ornamented by some of the deck’s letters.
Please note before purchase, if you live outside the U. S: I sized the PDF images to make printing on 8&1/2” x 11” sheets provide nice visual results. I don’t know how to print the PDFs prettily on other paper sizes. If you live where 8&1/2” x 11” sheets or the printers for them are uncommon, I leave it to you to know whether you can print the PDFs in a way that pleases you, and will not refund you if you aren’t pleased with your decision.
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The deck and its guide are Copyright 2020 Francesca De Grandis. Author/artist retains copyright of the deck and accompanying literature, all rights reserved.
Purchase grants buyer permission to make a few decks they themselves will use for readings.
Resale, altering for resale, or giving someone the deck—whole or in part, in any form, including digitally or without monetary gain—without prior written permission of the author/artist is illegal and bad mojo.
Spells & Wisdoms for Career, Money, & Self-fulfillment
Join in this very witchy seven-week ritual. I mean witchy in the sense of nitty-gritty, practical magic combined with starlit Goddess mysticism. Apply shamanism to business so you profit and serve in your dream career.
Begins Thursday August 20.
Enrollment ends August 12.
Here are lies I’ve been told to keep me from succeeding:
* You have to put your vision of your ideal career aside. It is impractical.
* Your work is too innovative and ahead of the curve to succeed. Products or services that come from the heart won’t sell.
* To be a successful professional artist (or healer, etc), you have to sell out.
* A zillion people promote their work online. You can’t compete with that.
* Promoting your work will be impossible for you because you’re an introvert.
* You can’t start a business unless you have a lot of money to invest in it.
* Your dreamer visions of service will keep you from succeeding in business.
* You can’t serve your community by expressing yourself through doing what you love for a living.
* Choosing joy and expressing yourself are selfish.
And those are the tip of the iceberg.
Don’t let naysayers and marketing “experts” make you doubt yourself.
If you want to earn a good living doing what you love, while making a positive difference in your professional capacity, this event is tailored for you.
For example, if you want to sell art, spiritual classes, or vintage jewelry, or be a professional psychic, coach, or doula, or be innovative in the way you offer more typical services or goods, Magic For Business Success has the shamanic rituals and wisdoms to succeed.
Our seven-week shamanic journey helps your unique nature, your commitment to serve in an ethical business, and your desire to enjoy life combine with financial success doing what you love for a living.
As a Fairy witch, I believe happiness, service, and self-care (self-care includes abundance and enjoying my workday) are not opposed to each other but are all part of a beautiful dance. I believe our work day can be mega fun, and there is no authentic spiritual dictate that our work lives must be constant pain.
Whether you’re wondering whether to start a business, already have one that’s struggling, or run a successful one you want to take a step further, Magic For Business Success is perfect. Faerie magic to create profit and peace for free-thinking, heart-centered you.
You needn’t procrastinate or give up just because it is easy to be confused about:
* how to implement your vision
* what to charge
* how to promote your work
* whether your work is good enough
* how to run an ethical business when you only see unethical promotion work
* how to be of service while also taking care of yourself
The seven week event helps you push through—or even circumnavigate—such confusion and doubt. Inner power!
You can cleave to your vision of creating a product or service that you believe is valuable, and get it out in the world, with financial success.
If I sound too foo-foo to be practical, I can assure you that using magic, running an ethical business, and following my dream career helped my book Be a Goddess! become a longtime bestseller and has allowed me to pay my bills by being a professional shaman for decades. Magical spells can be practical. Ethics don’t leave me lagging behind the competition.
You’ll learn magic rooted in the mystical, ethical business perspective that has centered me into self-confidence, Divinity guiding my work, monetary success, and joy.
Shamanic ritual empowered me to serve community in the profession of my choice, even though I am an introvert, painfully shy, had paralyzing fears and self-doubt, and faced immense economic challenges, competitors who played soooo nasty, and other major road blocks. Magic for success!
The Magna Mater, Great Mother Goddess Who created all, gives me the strength to do it my way. She’ll hold us safe, empower us, and give us good luck in this seven-week sacred circle.
Her living presence is in everything and is pure magic. That enchantment flows through all existence. Magic For Business Success helps settle us into that immense, everpresent flow of Goodness, whereby She can take wonderful care of us.
We will also work with another of the Old Gods: the ancient Celtic Goddess of commerce and marketing.
Ancient shamanic business models will guide us. Way back, studying urban anthropology, I became fascinated by the ancient MetzoAmerican concept of marketplace, because it was integrated with city temples as well as with sacred goods.
Our seven-week circle is based in those sacred commerce models so their powerful ancient forces can empower you today.
We’ll be rooted in our ancestors’ lore and magic in our every step. Faerie magic! Goddess witch spells!
During every meeting, I also give a spiritual transmission. Spiritual transmissions are an old Faery Faith method I use to bless you. The blessings tailor themselves to what you need each week, e.g., regaining hope and confidence. Transmissions also increase the power of our magic and the experiential depth of lessons.
My transmissions also increase the serenity, strength, and safety of your shamanic journey, further personal growth, and add luck to your process.
I’m also available for one-on-one support by phone, should you want to privately discuss a problem, or you have a concern that’d take too long to discuss in a group meeting.
The group meets by phone. Just dial your phone.
We meet seven consecutive Thursdays, 3:00 to 4:00 pm EST, starting Thursday August 20. Reserve Thursday Oct 8, same time, for a makeup session in case I’m unavailable for one of the planned sessions.
Tuition is $400. Your service provider might charge you for the call.
Pay securely with PayPal. Which of the following options work for you?
1) Use the Pay Now button below to send me $400, and you’re taken care of!
The drop-down menu lets you pay half-price if you participated in this event before. I radically changed its title and description because they didn’t represent the event as well as I’d like. It used to be called Shamanism of the Marketplace: A Seven-Week Ritual Empowerment that Helps Healers and Other Entrepreneurs Promote, Profit, and Serve.
2) Or use the Subscribe button to make two equal payments of $200, one now and a second one automatically a month later. Easy!
Upon payment, your place is reserved. A few days before the first meeting, you receive event phone number and other details by email. No refunds. To discuss payment plan, trade, reduced tuition, or scholarship, or if you have other concerns, call me.
A personal aside: I had decided not to offer more business empowerment events because not many people sign up for mine. Most people think of me exclusively in terms of the Goddess, not in terms of business. But the Goddess has everything in Her. And She is in everything. The mysticism in Goddess witch spells is down-to-earth.
Luckily, when I lead my regular events, they help participants in every aspect of life.
But that’s not the same as magically focusing on business. I changed my mind and decided to offer Magic For Business Success at least this one more time because it feels more important than ever to support folks who cleave to moral practices in the marketplace. If there’s only a handful of us, we’ll be one powerful, special handful.
I believe in greatness. I want to support yours. Did you tell yourself “I’ll put this off until I’m ready?” This is how you get ready. And I may not lead this rite again.
Did you think, “I’ll wait till I have a business”? Or “I’ll wait till I know what business I want“? Enroll. Now. The ritual can help get your special business going.
Magna Mater, may Your beauty create a path whereby the individuals who will benefit immensely from this event can find it. Thank you.
Note: As a person who is both introverted and shy, I do not consider shyness synonymous with being introverted. However, much, if not all of, this article can be applied quite effectively by folks who are shy.
I asked friends, “Would you like a blog about how shamanic ritual empowered me to serve community in the profession of my choice, despite my being both an introvert and painfully shy?
I was met by a resounding Yes. So here’s how introverts can use shamanic rituals and wisdoms to succeed in business.
Some individuals want to make a positive difference, in a professional capacity. For example, they want to sell art, or be a professional psychic, coach, or doula, or be innovative in the way they offer more typical services or goods. Such folks are often introverts. That can cause processional challenges. I’ve learned that, if I can overcome those problems, anyone can.
I spent my last lifetime as a monk who never left the library, never put my energy out into the world. This lifetime, one of my major life lessons has been to really become a part of and serve the larger community. That includes mundane chores, like learning how to sell online.
It has been a long process for me to integrate my quiet magical nature and commitment to run an ethical business with things like marketing my services, being interviewed in major media, and otherwise really putting myself out there.
I had to grow so much as a person, because I am very shy, a major introvert, and had paralyzing fears and self-doubt.
Below are four pivotal realizations I had in that journey. They help me serve others well in a professional capacity while also taking good care of myself.
Each realization is part of my shamanic philosophy as it applies to the marketplace. Please note: I often convey my philosophy through inference, instead of spelling it out.
Each realization is followed by a related magical spell.
About the combination of realizations (philosophy) and magic: I usually teach rituals in the context of a way of life. As I’ve carefully channeled rituals over the years, I’ve also carefully channeled a shamanic philosophy, which is tantamount to my sense of shamanic culture, because for me philosophy is live and embodied, not an abstract intellectual concept. I believe a spiritual and magical context is a foundation that empowers a magical spell. A success spell is a lot more powerful if rooted in the Tree of Life.
Shamanic Wisdom for an Introvert Entrepreneur. # 1:
An Introvert Can Run a Successful Business Their Own Way
Many introverts, when considering the best approaches to business, leave behind the ways they’ve managed to serve community and family quite well. How do you go about taking care of family, planning a party, choosing gifts for friends, or otherwise making your way through life? If it’s a successful approach, you might apply it to business.
How ever you manage life, don’t assume it won’t work when it comes to business. Do business your own way.
If you align yourself to methods and approaches that bend you out of shape, you’re in no shape to serve well and earn well. Your services, goods, and marketing won’t be your best.
I speak from experience. I’ll always be grateful that Be a Goddess! and some of my other books were best-sellers, since they were able to help a lot of people and give me name recognition that boosts my career today. However, dealing with corporate media burned me out badly. This significantly contributed to illness that left me with only months to live. I managed to recover (I now have a good 20 years left in me; more about that below) but serious health problems remain. E.g., I use a wheelchair.
Corporate media doesn’t fit my particular shy, reclusive nature so tended to exhaust and terrify me most of the time. I prefer fun. I was put on this planet to have fun and be of service.
Before I entered corporate media, I earned my living teaching Goddess Spirituality in my living room. It suited me beautifully.
After my media success, a marketing consultant advised me, “International authors do not teach small groups.” Instead, I was supposed to tour, lecturing.
But my heart is in working with small groups, in which I can really connect with wonderful individuals and do old-fashioned magic. So I continue to quietly teach small groups, in my living room, sitting in my rocking chair, earning my bread-and-butter, except now lessons are long distance. I’m really happy. I didn’t need corporate media before I entered it, and I don’t need it now.
Some creative folks, even if they succeed in media like I did, are better off arranging their lives so they have plenty of time for vitally important activities like playing with beads or wandering around in the forest looking for pretty pieces of wood. Moving to live with trees and making other significant changes to my lifestyle saved my life. Almost 70 years old, I get healthier every year.
Ritual #1: Magic to Run a Successful Business Your Own Way
Shamanic Wisdom for an Introvert Entrepreneur. # 2:
An Introvert Can Trust Their Business Ideas to Succeed
In other words, trust yourself. Don’t discount your own ideas out of hand. And let your intuition guide you.
An introverted child is often met by mockery and even hatred. They might be called a dreamer and told their thoughtful nature is unrealistic and absurd. Thoroughly discounted, they can internalize that by ignoring their creative impulses, ideas for marketing, dreamer view of what’s possible career wise, and dreamer view of how to market.
Not every idea is good, but if you squelch ideas automatically, you’re losing out on two of your greatest assets: your own fine mind and hunches.
The Muse and common sense will let me know what I’m meant to do. Part of trusting your fine mind is trusting your common sense.
Let yourself dream. Trust your dreams. And use your common sense.
Most introverts have an immense inner life and very thoughtfully perceive their circumstances and life as a whole. If that describes you, take advantage of it. If that doesn’t describe you, this shamanic wisdom and its related ritual work for almost anyone.
All the tips in this essay support you to do things your own way. So when the tips overlap, that’s good. They weave together.
Ritual #2: Magic to Trust Your Business Sense
Recite this affirmation. It is magic for success:
I trust my ideas and intuition.
I trust myself and the Muse.
I let myself dream.
I trust my dreams.
I trust my common sense.
Please transform my inner blocks that stand between You and me. Please guide my every step.
Inner blocks between self and Divinity includes blocks to trusting yourself. The Goddess’ living presence on earth is in everything, including self-trust. The prayer will help you with any problems discussed in this essay, as well as with any other part of your life.
If, like me, you constantly forget to trust yourself or otherwise stay on course, the above quick, effective prayer—done on its own without the affirmation—is a nice way to get the help needed.
Shamanic Wisdom for an Introvert Entrepreneur. # 3:
You Don’t Need to Be Everything to Everybody to Succeed in Business
You don’t have to please everyone, serve everyone, be everything to everyone.
Develop the products or services that come from your heart, not from the dictate that you have to suit everyone. Market your own way, coming from your heart, not from the dictate that you have to reach everyone, convince everyone, sell to everyone.
Many marketing “gurus” tell you that the more social media followers you have the better. But large numbers are not the end all be all. They don’t spell success.
I instead want the right clients. And they find me.
Trying to please everyone can have you scrambling and frantic. That can fry the nerves.
Be you. The right people will find you.
When I first started teaching, Goddess witch spells was an utterly obscure topic, and Faerie magic was an even rarer topic. Academics were teaching a more theoretical aspect of Goddess spirituality, but I was offering a traditional perspective on Her, which included combining the spiritual witch path with down-to-earth practical spells.
Today, a zillion people teach some form of Paganism online. But I managed to earn my living teaching Goddess spirituality way back when, sitting in my living room. Plenty of people must’ve thought I was crazy for talking about fairies and the Old Gods (and have you heard my song about being a changeling?), but plenty of other people signed up for my courses. My tribe found me.
Ritual #3: Draw Your Ideal Clients—Find Your Tribe
Supplies: three flowers or three separate photographs, each of a flower.
Step 1. Put one of the flowers or photographs in front of you.
Step 2. Recite aloud or in the quiet of your heart:
I am a beautiful flower.
I need my own style of growing and thriving.
Step 3. On each side of the flower or photograph in front of you, place one of other two flowers or photographs.
Step 4. Recite:
My beauty and uniqueness
attract other beautiful unique individuals.
My style of growing and thriving
makes my part of Gaia’s garden special,
attracting special people.
Thus I can serve them.
Our corner of the garden is beautiful,
happy with our shared activity
and our shared blossoming.
So mote it be!
Shamanic Wisdom for an Introvert Entrepreneur. # 4:
Stick to Your Guns, Keep Marketing, Keep Growing Spiritually
In other words, if you’re an independent thinker whose products or services meet immense resistance, stick to your guns by continuing to produce products or services you think are valuable, work at getting your work out into the world, and grow spiritually so you have the inner strength needed to remain true to yourself and keep at your business.
Mind you, sometimes resistance means you need to tweak something you’re offering. Sometimes, resistance can mean your offering is not needed by many people, or that the world is not ready for what you have to offer yet. But, too often, resistance simply indicates the status quo is fighting healthier alternatives that many individuals would embrace.
Here’s a personal story about that. It took about eight years before a publisher bought my book Share My Insanity because it goes against the hipper constructs of Western consciousness. I refer not just to the book’s ideas but also to the way the book is written. For one thing, every publisher said they didn’t have the faintest idea of what I was trying to pull off.
It was awful to write from the heart and be told over and over that no one understood what I was doing. Eight years of rejections had me thinking that maybe I’d climbed into an ivory tower and could no longer write anything that had to do with actual reality.
Finally, a publisher said, “ Share My Insanity is so accessible, yet so deep.” My gratitude to her is enormous.
I’m not telling you the story in order to complain. Getting published is a privilege. My point is: I choose to fight the good fight. Here’s a ritual to help with that.
Ritual #4: Business Success for an Introvert Entrepreneur
This spell can help you with almost any business challenge an introvert might have. You’ll see, in step one, how to apply the spell when your products or services meet resistance.
Step 1. Select a business challenge you want to address—specifically a problem related to being an introvert. The problem you choose can be your products or services meeting resistance.
If you haven’t started a business yet, this ritual is still relevant. Select a problem that’s keeping you from starting your business.
Even if you run a successful business, this ritual can be great. For example, perhaps you have challenges that you haven’t addressed. Or you mitigated a obstacle but want to stop it completely. Or you want to take your business a step further while taking good care of yourself.
Select only one problem. You can do the ritual again later for another challenge.
Step 2. Write the problem on a tiny scrap of paper. No need to word it perfectly. A rough idea written in a few words will do.
Step 3. Flush the paper down the toilet. If you’re concerned about clogging the pipes, cut the paper into tiny pieces. If you prefer, bring the paper outside, rip it up, and throw it in the air.
Step 4. Recite the following: I let go of the paper.
I let go of the problem,
giving it to the magic that flows
through all of creation.
Step 5. Though the ritual ends with step 4, follow-through is needed: try to let go of the problem, to give the magic that abides in all of creation a chance to solve your dilemma.
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take mundane actions to solve your problem. Just try not to obsess about it, worry yourself sick about it, or otherwise hold onto it so tightly that magic doesn’t get a chance to sweep it up and carry it away or otherwise fix it.
Successful business is usually portrayed as a matter of dominating a situation and always maintaining control of it. Some introverts find that exhausting because they often need to deal with life differently, and they understand that they’re part of a larger flow. This ritual has an additional benefit for them. It helps them all the more be part of a larger goodness that takes care of them.
This essay covered a few crucial aspects of how an introvert entrepreneur can use shamanism to succeed in their dream career. That’s a good beginning, but it’s a journey. Keep going, keep growing spiritually, and keep serving community while you also take good care of yourself.
You don’t have to go it alone. Purchase my book A Sacred Marketplace: Sell without Selling Out or Burning Out. It’s not just about marketing; it shares a life philosophy that helps with business as a whole. It can even help get a business going in the first place. If you’re not ready to start marking yet, the book can also get you ready, emotionally and practically.
The book is not for the introverted per se, but it works for shy introverted moi, so it might work for you. It works for a lot of different types of people.
I almost cried. Happy tears. Was blown away. My reaction to the dancing was subconscious and physical, beyond my mental grasp at first.
Something ancient, primal, and inherent in my atoms came forward. My conscious mind couldn’t comprehend it. My cells and subconscious alone recognized what was going on. Only in a while would I understand it on a cognitive level.
I longed to do the dance in the video. It was tarantella. My grandparents on my mother’s side used to do that dance at weddings. We’d all join in.
Piled on top of the video came the experience of reading the lyrics for the song the dancer had performed to. Geez.
Jenn gave me the lyrics. Halfway through reading them, I almost couldn’t breathe. I finally understand the expression It took my breath away. Those lyrics took my breath away. I couldn’t breathe for a moment.
Reading them, my experience was similar to how I’d been watching the dance. There was subconscious and physical impact, beyond my mental grasp. My cells and unspeaking self drank in what was utterly between the lines of the lyrics. I was still having trouble breathing after I finished reading. Click here for a translation. The one Jenn showed me moved me much more. To respect copyright, I’m not posting it here.
I love magic so much. … and watching the dancing and hearing/reading the song gave me back some big piece of my magic.
I decided to dance a tarantella for the first time in possibly decades. It wouldn’t feel right to do it alone. So I decided to invite you to a Zoom meeting. We can dance as fairy tribe.
Shortly after I first saw the dance video, my conscious mind started understanding. I thought of all my mother passed on to me, struggling to do so—and managing to do so—under the weight of oppression that she eventually succumbed to, with her cancer. I love my mom so much.
Some might find it a contradiction that she was an indomitable spirit who died of cancer at an early age. I don’t see it that way. Her immense spirit kept her alive that long. I love her so much for the fights she did win, and the fights she chose, including her finding ways. despite all, to pass on her unassailable spirit to me; without her, I would’ve been nothing, given what society and the rest of the family did to me when I was a child, But Toni (Mom) held my spirit.
The tarantella and song hold the energy that Mom was striving toward, often embodied, but too often had to let trickle through her fingers because she had to instead raise a fist to ward off constant assaults on her dignity, soul, and body.
And despite her struggles, you should’ve heard her laugh—it is one of the things I love most about my mother. She was an elegant, dignified lady … with a raucous laugh.
Goddess, I miss Toni. RIP Mom.
When my conscious mind even more completely understood, I found words for what my body and subconscious had realized:
The tarantella is a traditional Italian witchcraft dance, performed by Stregas for the reasons given above and more: to stop physical and spiritual plague, and to reclaim power, magic, sexuality, ancestors, their wisdoms, and their ways. The taranta creates wholeness. Utter wholeness.
That’s my belief. I don’t know if it’s been documented or not. I haven’t researched it, except on the otherworldly plane. Oppressors bury proof of empowering information.
I dislike that the dancer who performed extraordinarily in the video has not been named yet, at least not anywhere I searched online. If you find her name for me, please let me know. The difficulty of finding this dancer’s name speaks volumes to me about our modern world’s attitude toward the body and magic. Namelessness can be erasure, part of burying magical facts and joy.
It might be surprise you that I hadn’t realized the full ritual nature of the dance until now, though I was raised in a Strega family tradition. I was an imperfect student. At times in my childhood, I rejected much of what Mom conveyed. In retrospect, I realize my subconscious embraced the tarantella as ritual, but that’s as far as it went.
An aside: here’s a story about visiting my deceased mother in an ancestral ritual. The post also discusses 1) a mother’s nurturing of her children despite they and she struggling under the weight of an oppressive society 2) why oppressors try to alienate us from the power of our mothers’ love. https://stardrenched.com/2017/09/18/ancestor-magic-mothers/
A ritual dance that can help manifest everything I listed above is no small thing. I felt nonetheless something larger, a reclamation of such enormity that my heart and cells could not stay still. A sacred frenzy is upon me.
Supposedly, the dance is named after the tarantula spider, whose bite makes people move bizarrely. But it must be the other way around; that’s what my body and spirit tell me. The sacred mandate to own one’s power is so powerfully physical that it looks like someone driven to wild movement by a tarantula. A holy fevered agitation has taken hold and will abate only if I dance until I release all bondage and more fully than ever become a glorious witch, holy woman, sexual Goddess, and delighted human. I’ll dance tarantella until I’m completely whole.
Everything in me longs to dance a taranta again. Everything.
Lately, more people are talking to me about speaking—and living—their truths:
“I want to say what I really think.”
“I want the confidence to be me.”
“I want to express my creativity.”
“I want to be of service.”
“I want to live my truths more than ever.”
“I make a positive difference for people but want to do more.”
“I don’t know what I believe in anymore.”
“Everything feels so uncertain.”
“I’m not sure who I am anymore.”
“I’m a pretty together person, but I feel powerless today.”
“ Everyone tells me thinking big is stupid. But I believe in a world where I can do something huge.”
Two upcoming courses help with all those concerns:
Learn Shamanic Breath Work and Sound Healing
These Techniques Help You Live Your Truths, Express Your Beauty, & Own Your Power
The above painting represents a sacred circle of individuals who are speaking and living their truths of morality, compassion, joy, service, and more.
As a shamanic guide and ritualist, I want my work to support and strengthen such individuals and those struggling to become one. So mote it be!
Please join me in one or both of the upcoming courses if you want to embody your beliefs and wisdoms.
In these upcoming courses, you’ll learn to apply Sacred Breath and Sound techniques to find and stand on the solid ground innate in you—including the beliefs that make you unstoppable and confident, keep you going despite challenges, and affirm your magical and mundane ability to manifest what you want.
And you’ll receive many other benefits, described below in pink text and the boxed class outlines.
Perhaps you lose sight of your truths, were never sure of them, or have another problem with them. If you’re like me, you can forget the magnificent powerful competent person you are. You can forget what you trust in.
Some days, I constantly move into that uncertainty. If fear, other inner blocks, or circumstances distract me from the wonderful things I deep down know to be true about myself and life, I use practices that I’ll teach you. They settle me back into the reality that I believe in deep down. These methods also return me to my most effective, happy, giving self.
Our exhalations, inhalations, and the sound of our heartbeats can weave with the exhalations, inhalations, and heartbeats of Gods. Then we can saturate our beings with joyful health and join in Gaia’s dance of abundance, strength, and kindness.
What is breath work?
Breathwork is the use of breathing exercises to transform yourself and the world. In the particular methodology I created, we also honor our natural, innate breathing patterns and, in the process, learn self acceptance and more, which I’ll discuss below.
We’ll also learn how breath work supports sacred sound techniques, but the course emphasis is the breath.
Historically, breath work has been overly complex to the point of being intimidating. It’s also been foreign to our physical makeup, thus systematically—and thoroughly—alienates practitioners from their bodies, spirits, and the immense, easily accessed shamanic potency in their innate breathing patterns.
My breathwork is atypical. I believe our natural breath is sacred just as it is. You’ll learn to unlock and support that most natural breathing, and use my simple, transformative methods that rely on natural breaths.
I also believe that whatever one’s breathing is like, it is sacred. We’ll work with that in the course.
I combine simple methods with more technical and complex ones. More about that below.
What is sound healing?
Sound healing is using vocalization and other noises to create positive shifts in yourself and your environment. Sound rituals can be loud or subtle. Ancestors hear the echo of my quietest breath and respond by blessing me. My heart’s a drum calling tribe, “Come! Come!” Sound is magic.
We’ll do some breath work that supports our sound healing, but this course’s emphasis is on sound.
Additional benefits from both courses:
The Old Gods’ love for us manifests as a flow of blessings throughout creation. My sound and breath rituals weave us into that flow, so prosperity and all other blessings can more easily come to us.
This is gentle work with tremendous results. E.g., certain breath exercises and resonances open our atoms—on all planes—to seeing our truths and embodying them with our individually unique paths to prosperity, love, peace, and more.
The classes also help us leave the past behind, enjoy the present, and move forward.
The system I developed for these courses isn’t available elsewhere. That might be obvious from reading this page, if you’re familiar with breath and sound work. If not, let’s look at two of many differences from typical approaches:
1) We’ll use shamanic rites I developed that support our breath and sound work, so they’re remarkably effective and happy-making.
2) I mentioned embracing the natural breath, the techniques I have built on that, and the benefits thereof. Here’s more about that: I sang professionally sans voice lessons. Then I received the vocal training for opera. The earlier experience revealed a need to create simple, natural breath and sound methodologies. The later experience taught me singers’ highly technical breath and sound techniques that inspire my more complex rites. So you’ll learn methods that range from the easy, powerfully effective to the more detailed polishing.
Before 2020 started, I made a commitment it’d be the year of speaking and living my truths more than ever. Then the pandemic hit.
I decided my commitment was all the more important if I was to survive, be happy, and be of service.
Journal Entry: Affirming Life and Eternal Truths, 2020-4-13
A supposed reality has been thrust upon me—a fabrication in which I am powerless and uncertain. My fears believe that lie is true.
But it is not real.
I refuse to live in a world defined by fear.
Today, I will live fully, in freedom, by living in the eternal and living in the moment.
I embrace eternity, by acknowledging that losses and joys
I live in the moment, by accepting its losses and joys.
I find and honor the magic in the moment. I use it to make a better world, both for myself and others.
When my fear and selfishness distract me from what I hold dear, I will turn my attention to my truths:
I was put on this planet to serve the earth and all its children.
I was put on this planet to savor the earth and all its children.
My Gods want me to learn from my sorrows and my joys.
My Gods help me to live in freedom.
My Gods help me find certainty.
Goddess, today, please help me remember what eternal truths I need cleave to.
Both courses have three dynamic parts:
1) Experiential hands-on lessons, one per week, for three weeks. Lessons are via group phone calls. To participate, just dial your phone.
Enrollment limited to 16 people so participants who want individualized attention can receive it.
2) I’m available for one-on-one support by phone, should you want to privately discuss a problem, or you have a concern that’d take too long to discuss in class.
3) Direct spiritual transmissions for three weeks, five days a week.
“Spiritual transmission” can mean different things. I don’t do anything to you; I don’t inject you with energy, rearrange your energy, or even dust off your aura. I simply give off a blessing energy during a transmission, much like burning incense gives off specific magical energies in a room.
One of each week’s transmissions is during the group lessons, deepening experiential learning.
Between meetings, transmissions settle you further into your truths, ideals, powers, and beauty.
My transmissions also increase the serenity, strength, and safety of your shamanic process, further personal growth, and add luck when you do anything to improve your life.
Full cost for one course—that’s three ceremonies, three weeks of spiritual transmissions, and one-on-one private support—is $250. Your carrier might charge you for phone calls into the group meetings.
Save $100: Enroll early in both groups by midnight June 3. Total cost: $400.
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Every inhalation and exhalation can open wondrous possibilities.
My every atom is ready to sing me happy and free me to act as I want.
I just finished this picture of the elephant-headed God Ganesh, with some of His symbols.
… Well, I think it’s finished. I might go back and tweak it. If I spend a long time on a painting, I still might realize, days after I thought I’d finished it, there’s more work to be done. Taking a break from a picture lets me see it in a new light.
Ganesh gives you abundance and success, but He’s also a God of chaos and a Trickster. That is not a contradiction.
To learn more about that, here’s a story about my feline familiars showing me the beneficence of life’s jumble, tumble, and bumble. Cats can reveal chaos to be the Pagan Gods’ kind, mischievous lessons: https://outlawbunny.com/2011/02/16/listen-to-wind/
Even when it is not Beltane season, Wild’s following poesy is a worthy read because of its timeless themes: struggle, tragedy, hope, freedom, urgent needs, frustration, lack of confidence, and the spirit to win and grow despite all.
Beltane, also known as May Day, is a Pagan holiday that falls on May 1. Beltane is a celebration of spring time, vitality, and passion for life. And with that:
Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!
We’re going down!
The aviator in the clouds
The captain at sea
The hotshots overtaken by flames
The ER team
And still the two fools in the invisible boat row on.
It’s May! It’s May!
The lusty month of May!
That lovely month when ev’ryone goes
Workers of the world unite.
You have nothing to lose but your chains.
May I? May we? Might you?
Mighty oak. Little acorn.
Little acorn, dear one,
You do not need permission to sprout.
You are not waiting for someone to bless your dreams of being an oak tree.
You lie in wait only for the alignment of your life force with the force of all life.
When it is time, you will sprout and you will not be an oak tree yet, no not really and not by far.
You will be two small leaves and one deep questing root.
You will go, here I am!
Here I am! What now!
You and life will answer together.
C. M. Wild is the pseudonym of a biophiliac who lives near a western coast and once said, “I forget at my peril that my soul lives outside.”
The poem is a brilliant juxtaposition of Wild’s original writing with that of others. The result is a trickster weave, creating a fast paced sense of passion and urgency that carried me along joyfully, so I really wanted to publish it. Here are Wild’s attributions:
Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!
Mayday, the international audio distress call, originated in the 1920s with English aviators searching for a signal as clear and unique as the dot-dot-dot-dash-dash-dash-dot-dot-dot of SOS, and who liked that it sounded a bit like the French “M’aidez” – “Help me!” https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/mayday-meaning-origin
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A direct spiritual transmission is a method I use to send blessings. To define my particular transmissions:
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You don’t have to attend an event or do any work. Just sign up, and I do the work for you! It is easy to receive this transmission. I spent many years honing my natural born gift. It is a privilege and joy to serve you.
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Protect yourself with this quick spell that helps ward off awful people and keep you safe despite society’s wrongs.
If there’s more than one nasty person affecting you, the ritual works well for that, too.
You can also use the spell when no one’s giving you trouble, and you want it to stay that way. For example, you’re about to take a job with a company that has some shady characters in it. Plus society as a whole, though wonderful in some ways, is mean in others. Doing this spell now and then helps keep you safe despite society’s wrongs.
Here are examples of the sort of troublesome people I’m talking about:
* Takers—people who just take take take. Perhaps they drain you by demanding too much at your job. Or they only call you when they need something from you, and disappear when you have a problem you need help with. Or they take credit for your ideas, getting a promotion that should’ve gone to you.
* Fakes who hurt others when they can get away with it. Perhaps, they are smiles and grace until they’re around someone who can’t fight back, and then the mask comes off.
The spell even works for more sophisticated fakes. Let’s say someone pretends to have your beautiful spirit, appropriates your story—and thereby steals the credit you deserve for the hard work you did to overcome challenges—and makes money by seeming to be a good person since they’re pretending to be who you really are. You end up robbed on so many levels.
* Monsters whose cruelty drains you of hope, blocks opportunities, or otherwise heartlessly hurts you.
* Haunters who harry you, by saying nasty things that stick in your mind, or by constantly getting in the way of your success.
Those are some of the many types of mean people the spell protects you from.
Book of Shadows Entry
Here’s a bit I wrote about the spell on August 9, 2019, adapted to give you additional information:
While I was walking through the trees today, this protection spell came to me. I polished its concepts and language as I kept walking. Reciting it, even while I was polishing it, felt powerfully protective.
I’m happy I was able to memorize it, to write it down when I got home. Now I can keep using it, add it to my arsenal of tools that keep me safe from a troublemaker.
I like to have various protection rituals. I used to do a certain bedtime protection ritual regularly, and haven’t done that as often lately. Thinking about that on my walk kicked in this new spell.
I intend to say it on a regular basis, using it a lot during times it feels particularly relevant and just using it now and then at other times. I think I will sometimes use it right before retiring, since it’s quick and easy to do.
To do this spell, simply recite the liturgy. Simple, la!
When reciting it, its power does not depend on you being surrounded by trees.
Part of the liturgy says that serving the black thorn and white thorn trees allows them to protect you. Any service you provide to anyone serves the Greater Whole, and thereby serves all trees.
If you believe your challenges are too great for any simple spell to make a difference, here is a secret of adepts: anything you do to overcome challenges—even if all you can mange is the smallest act—opens a door for the Goddess to improve your life in ways larger than you yourself can. Each small act you manage to perform, whether it is magical or on the mundane plane, opens the door more.
Don’t rely on magic alone to protect you. Also take practical steps to keep yourself safe. Combine magic and common sense.
Lessons Directly from Blackthorn and Whitethorn
The next two paragraphs are not information you need to do this spell but might interest you.
In Traditional Druid Tree Lore, black thorn and white thorn are known as protective. The other concepts this liturgy represents are not traditional but are, instead, information white thorn and black thorn themselves told me.
… Hm, except, I might have read somewhere that whitethorn has a joyful aspect. If so, the information was minimal. You might consider asking whitethorn herself to expand on that information for you, then visit with her to give her a chance to do so. The same goes for any concept in this liturgy: talk with blackthorn and whitethorn to understand and benefit from all the magics this liturgy embodies and implies.
Whitethorn Blackthorn Protection Liturgy
Come to me.
Push from me the takers.
Push from me the fakers.
Push from me the haunters.
Push from me the monsters.
Keep from me the takers. Keep from me the fakers. Keep from me the haunters. Keep from me the monsters.
haunters, and monsters
pervert your love,
using it for ill.
serve you well,
which, in turn, lets you
come to me.
You are joy.
So mote it be!
Summary: Herbs provide an abundance of magic, health, and joy. I adapt to my environment when I forage. My ancestors and the Gods, Herne and Elen, bless my harvest of chickweed and other greens.
I call herbs The Little Father, a term I coined years back to express my experience that herbs are one of the places Herne—the Green God of the forest—most sustains me, with all His immense power.
I also call herbs The Little Horns, a term I made up because Herne and Elen—She is the Green Goddess of the Forest and is horned like Herne—are particularly accessible to me in herbs. Their magic and worldly blessings move toward me when I even touch an herb. The horns of those two Gods appeared to me in a vision as a way those Gods weave Their power throughout all of creation; Their antlers extend out until the tips encircle the furthest stars and the tiniest plants, imbuing all with love and power.
It is important for me as a shaman to adapt to—and integrate with—the environment. (I call myself both witch and shaman because the terms are often used synonymously in ancient European based traditions.) Mid winter, the only place I can forage where I live is my refrigerator. Okay! But right now, oh my!
Chickweed and dandelion, considered by most to be troublesome weeds, are great additions today to what I grew myself.
A pot that I left out all winter filled with chickweed! I interpreted that tasty blessing as a message to walk my property. Part of how I adapt to my environment is by watching for signs in it. The potted chickweed is part of my environment. I’m now munching on a wee salad.
The salad also includes plants I grow intentionally: there are chives, Egyptian onions, young comfrey leaves, and some garlic tops. All the greens for my salad are in the picture at the top of this post.
I must’ve planted garlic 15 years ago, but some still pops up now and then. My disabilities don’t allow me to dig into the earth to harvest the few remaining bulbs, but I do harvest the tops.
I am part of the environment, so adapt to my own needs. My disabilities keep me from having much of a garden. I adapt by growing a few things that are hardy. Chives, Egyptian onions, and comfrey are among them.
My salad was tiny, but packed with delicious ingredients and health.
Afterwards, before I ate the rest of my lunch, I sat for a moment to just be with whatever my body felt like from eating super fresh greens.
My cells sang, and then I heard my ancestors singing along. They were embodied in the sky and in the light I felt in my eyes from having eaten sunlit food.
My ancestors were calling, smiling, and laughing a bit at me about what a big deal I made about the salad. It was good humored mockery. They agree that the salad is as powerful as I feel it is. They laughed at me because my ego was a little overinflated with pride about my relationship with herbs. Healthy pride is a good thing. Overinflated ego is not.
Important aside: though this post focuses on herbs I forage or grow, many of my experiences with them also occur with store-bought and dried herbs. I adapt to my environment, and the Old Gods do, too.
Another important aside: If you want to forage for chickweed or other herbs, research first. A lot of harmless weeds have toxic look-alikes. I always check three or four sources on a plant before I harvest it wild. There’s too much careless information on the web. To get you started on chickweed, here’s one source I used: http://thegoodliferevival.com/blog/chickweed
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