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A tale of a Women’s Her-Story

I shared this post for #BlackHistoryMonth in a Goddess group I’m in. For context, the group is predominantly non-women of color, so when asked I was flattered to write up a personal story. And in writing, I became nervous and old triggers flared up. No one in the group made me feel uncomfortable, and the request was in no way tone deaf. Regardless, the offering came about beautifully and the assignment was well understood.
So, here I am re-sharing in honor of #WomensHistoryMonth Thank you 🙏🏽

I am honored that I was asked to share an offering for Black Her-Story Month #BlackHistoryMonth
As I did volunteered for a topic I must say its been triggering and brought me deeper into self reflection, nevertheless, I must trigger through. 💙✨💙

I will be sharing from my personal experiences, and welcome it as a portion of the collective experience of the witch wound among Black Afro indigenous women. Many of us sisters have experience this and there is quite nuances in all our experiences, particularly as it shows or plays out among Black Afro indigenous women. I don’t want to stand as a representation for all black women or Black American women however, I do believe there are intersections in what I will offer. I’ll share my experience as I am triggering through and healing the witch wound.

I grew up in a very Christian southern military home that was quite patriarchal; However, I can remember my late paternal great grandmother being very knowledgeable of roots, herbs, and cultivating tinctures. She was of Cherokee Nation (Chicora Indian) and Angola descendent by way of the slave trade, who grew up on the Gullah Islands of South Carolina and Florida. Although she was very much a Christian, a preachers wife, and a high society social lite, there was this quiet mystical aura about her. Now these old folks would never call themself magical, let alone a witch, for that would be blasphemous, however, they would say in the whispers of night that she was a “root Woman”.

Even as I reflect on my late maternal great grandmother who was very much connected to her native American indigenous heritage too, she was very much a Christian, as well as a minister’s wife. She was a highly skilled gardener and cook, she could heal just about anything with a tea, cake, or a stew. She was from Louisiana. I can remember from both my parents, detesting the workings of both my great grandmothers, never in a disrespectful manner, but in a fearful manner as if they were doing something wrong or evil. Nevertheless, they and many others would still with seek her out for help for any ailments both physical and metaphysical. Their work Was detested yet necessary.

So fast forward to myself when I began my awakening shortly after 2012, I became more interested in learning the history of both my great grandmothers. I was quite intrigued by what they understood and what they had knowledge of despite my parents and other family members whispers of disapproval. Just like my great grandmothers, I too suffered disapproval, but more so publicly for my exiting of the Christian church.
It was a very lonely in dark time for me during my awakening however what I was able to gain was a deeper understanding and connection with both my blood lines I was able to reconcile the missing Link as to what my great grandmothers could not do openly, could not say openly, could not live openly.

I honor these women and every women before them Who were not able to live and be wild and free. Who were bounded to social, racial, and Misogynoir norms that limited their expansion.

I honor every single witchy woman, mystics, obeah woman, root worker, spirit cooker, Oracle seer and Priestess along her path for isolation is also protection.

Now as I am growing comfortable with outing myself, I personally struggle with my knowings and not knowing how I know. I am working through embracing that I belong here. That I too am Daughter of The Mother, they I too am seen. That I too belong. That I too am powerful and I too can be free. For I was and will always be Free.

And That Not just “I too” but I“AM”.
So when I reflect on the collective of Black Afro Indigenous women, I feel the collective grief, hurt, shame, and fear- mainly fear of remembering the WHO WHAT WHERE WHEN AND WHY- and the ANGER, rage that comes with the cycle and process healing grief and anguish. The fear of remembering what was lost, forgotten, and stolen.
The remembrance of how the first became last and forgotten.

Until then, like myself once did, we may hide behind and try to find a solace or a buffer in religion, men, children, careers, food etc.. anything that would attempt to ease the memories of death, destruction, power and creation.

But there is a light of reconciliation within the mother and her daughter. All progressions fulfills it’s Cycle; the pendulum swings, the wheel turns, the double Dutch ropes rounds about and When she is ready to fully embrace All of her being, May Her Crown of Glory reawakens All the Hearts of The Daughters to be fully embraced; for there is no exclusion in the arms of The Mother, in the Joy of the Maiden, and eyes of The Crone.

Dedicate this post to my late Great-Grandmothers Alice “Lottie” McAllister and Margaret Jessie May Johnson

Blessed Be 💙🙏🏽

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The Times of Imbolc

What is Imbolc? In modern times, it’s honored by Wiccan and pagan celebration that has also been known as Candelmas. Imbolc symbolizes the halfway or midpoint, or bridge point between the Winter Solstice (Yule tide) and Spring Equinox (Ostara). In modern times, it is revered between January 31 – February 3. In the year 2022 it will fall on the astrological alignment of the Sun in sign Aquarius, a new Moon in Aquarius, and the Lunar Chinese New Year. 🐅

Imbolc is believed to have originated from Proto-Indo-European cultures, and is loosely translated to mean “to milk” and “to wipe clean”. As cultures and people traveled further into what we know as Europe, the practice and name of Imbolc was adopted by old Irish Celtic word meaning “pregnant” or “in the belly”. This was to reflect the pre-seasonal change of seedlings beginning to “stir” in Mother Earth to sprout or be birthed in the Spring. This holiday celebrated Brigid, the Celtic fire and fertility Goddess. Over the centuries, Brigid was adopted by Christianity as St. Brigid.

Black Woman and Imbolc

As “black” indigenous people of the African Diaspora, it is vital for our mental and spiritual liberation to reconnect with our spiritual natural order. Imbolc is a “religious” rite of honoring Black Womanhood by our ancient matriarchs and fathers. This was and is the sacred feast honoring the transitional stages of a girlhood or Maidenhood entering the enlightenment of womanhood, or motherhood. This holy feast day honored the transition and wisdom of each biological phase, spiritual responsibility, and divinity of the female human form.

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The ancient Celtic practice of Imbolc celebrated Brigid, the Celtic maiden goddess in the form of the sun. Legend and myth stated that she would spread her green cloak across the land, releasing it from the icy grips of winter. Her feast day represents the midpoint of winter to spring., and honored with bonfires, blazing hearths, lit candles and foods that symbolize the the Sun.

This was a high time for magic, for ritually burning off and releasing the old year and nourishing the new.

We can honor this high holy day today by placing a woven or weaved cross on our doors. The weaving and the cross symbolizes the bridge between dark and light of our journey. You may light a candle and sit in silence to honor your personal life journey, every high and low that has led you to this point. You may even journal gratitude for your experiences and wisdom gained while sitting near a bonfire of fireplace.

To learn more about Brigid, Oracles, and Her-Story click here!

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Sexuality & Pleasure are Tools of Enlightenment

Sexuality encompasses more than just sex. It is a positive expression of prana energy that connects us to our personal power, desires, drive, and creativity. Sexual energy is interlinked with the conceiving power of the universe  it brings forth life in all forms. All human life has incarnated through a sexual exchange. The power that birthed us also flows through us, so that we can create and cultivate our goals and manifestations in the world.  

 

For these last few centuries, sex has become a taboo topic, viewed by many as a shameful, sinful, dirty, and embarrassing act. These misconstructions have led us to detach from our sexuality and disconnect from our inner sacredness and divinity. 

 

We need to reconnect with our sexual energy opening, freely, and non-judgmentally. When we explore the depths of our bodies and release the trauma, emotional wounding, and cultural conditionings that reside internally, we will re-establish the free flow of life force energy within us. 

 

Sexual Transmutation

 

The vital sexual essence contains high concentrations of life force energy and when harnessed and transmuted, it produces immense healing for our physical health, mental capacity, and spiritual development.

 

Our sexual energy is always oscillating, but since most of us are detached from it, we inadvertently direct this force into negative outcomes. We must learn how to wield this potent energy consciously so that we can experience more zest and joy in all aspects of our life. 

 

Sexual energy is akin to creative energy  it fuels passion, imagination, and inspiration within us, and when cultivated and properly channeled, this motivating force can become our superpower. When we attune to this vital life force, we can direct the energy upwards throughout our energy centers and outwards into the universe through our creative purists, passion projects, and healthy sexual relationships. 

 

Establishing Boundaries 

 

Sex is a sacred energy exchange that connects us to the highest creative and healing power in the universe. When you master sexual energy with your partner through the compassionate, unconditional exchange of love, together you will unleash one of the most powerful forces out into the world. 

 

We must pay attention with whom we share this intimate and potent energy with. During sex, the aural energy between two people is entwined. Your partners thoughts, feelings, pleasures, and desires will leave an impression on your aura unless you establish proper energetic boundaries before and after this exchange. 

 

Setting up a boundary around your body and within your intimate relationships will protect you from absorbing the energy of your partner and everyone else your partner has had sex with prior to you. To establish an energetic boundary, visualize a white light shield surrounding your auric body, protecting you from all eternal energy. Reapply this white layer each time you are intimate with someone (especially with new or casual partners) to ensure continuous protection, strength, and purification. After sex, you must practice auric and spiritual cleansing techniques to avoid energetic debris from lingering in your personal field and space.

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Black Her-Story: The Sybils

The Sibyls were lastly received as the oracles in Ancient Greece/Rome, however, their story predates these empires as they were all over the planet; from the Amazon, Asia Minor, Northern and Eastern Africa, and India were the Matriachals Mamas. These women were representatives of the Mama Universe and they were revered as Prophetess, Goddess, Priestess and the Daughters of Mami Wata (The Divine Cosmic Mother). These Daughters, sometimes referred as The Lulus were the mothers that seeded humanity and civilized them into tribes. The Patriarchal order have done well in attempting to erase or hide the truth, but the truth is hidden inside of the 0 blood type and it is out now.

According to Mama Zogbe, author of The Sybils: The First Prophetess’ of Mami Wata, the name “Sybil” is of mixed origin derived from the Ethiopian/Cushites as a title of sacred initiatory and term of endearment for Mami known as “Cybele”, (Cybella, Cybylle,Kybrle) loosely meaning Queen of Heaven; Mother of Gods.

In short, the Sybils, often referred by the Greeks as The Muses, were literally the “light of divine wisdom” and offered the world their gifts that specified in music, art, science, philosophy, law, astronomy, architecture, husbandry, and literature/language. The are even notated as the mother that seeded the diversity of humanity.

These ancient oracles were the priestesses and mystics that served their community by entering trance states as multidimensional mediums. They held many divine prophecies that would entail the cyclic fate of birth, maturation, death, and regeneration of societies and civilizations. These women guided the societal, economic, and political order of matriarchal societies. Because of their understanding of cycles, science, metaphysics and more, they were able to predict and outline the rise and fall of a patriarchal order. They understood the necessity for cycles of human destruction and rebuilding. They foretold of a sun/thunder god to eclipse the lunar goddesses (patriarchy usurping the matriarchy) where darkness will cover the face of the earth (rise of negative accumulation of karma) and the slaughter of the first Divine Calf and the rise of a new sun/thunder god from the depths to be acclaimed as “the holy one” to restore and liberate as a sacrifice .

This story or prophesy very well may have been about the changing of ages from Taurus to Pisces age, as it foretold of Annuki a fish deity would be sent to liberate and redirect the rebellion of the rising patriarchal order into its fall. And restore the reign of virtue and justice on earth. Some scholars claim that these Sybil prophecies were referring to either Buddha, Krishna, or Yeshua/Jesus Christ of myth and history.

Whatever the stories of these oracles, the Sybils were highly revered prior to their self foretold overthrowing. These women reignedfor centuries and ages in peace and harmony with nature and cosmic cycles. They spread their wisdom on all corners of the earth, from modern day Africa (ancient Kemet/Cush/Mizarim), India (Peloponnesus/Mesopotamia), Asia (Turkey/Ionia/Minoa), Europe (Mycenea/Delphi) and the Americas (Olmecs/Amazon). They were known all over the world as Queen Mothers, or titled as Queen Mother of Heaven. This time was known as The Golden Age.

Temples, altars, and shrines were erected in their honor all over the world. Many of these scared sites are of the “Seven Wonders of the World”. These sacred sites were maintained by the Sybils and a contingent of vestal “virgin” (not owned by a man) priestesses and eunuchs.

Persian Sibyl – was said to be a prophetic priestess presiding over the Apollonian Oracle, she is said to have foretold the exploits of Alexander the Great.

Libyan Sibyl – was prophetic priestess presiding over the ancient Zeus Amon oracle at the Siwa Oasis in the Western Desert of Egypt. The oracle here was consulted by Alexander after his conquest of Egypt.

Delphic Sibyl – was a legendary figure who gave prophecies in the sacred precinct of Apolloo at Delphi. The Delphic Sibyl was not the same as the Pythia, the priestess of Apollo who was also known as the Oracle of Delphi.

Cimmerian Sibyl – The Cimmerian Sibyl, by name Carmentis, was the prophetic priestess presiding over the Apollonian Oracle at Cimmerium in Italy, near Lake Avernus (i.e. Cumae).

Erythraean Sibyl – was sited at Erythrae, a town in Ionia. She is said to have predicted the Trojan War and prophesised to the Greeks who were moving against Ilium both that Troy would be destroyed and that Homer would write falsehoods.

Samian Sibyl – The Samian Sibyl was the priestess presiding over the Apollonian oracle near Hera’s temple on the Isle of Samos, a Greek colony.

Cumaean Sibyl – this was the sibyl that most concerned the Romans, located near the Greek city of Naples, whom Virgil’s Aeneas consults before this descent to the lower world. It was she who supposedly sold to Tarquinius Superbus, the last king of Rome, the original Sibylline books.

Hellespontine Sibyl – or the Trojan sibyl presided over the Apollonian oracle at Dardania. The sibylline collection at Gergis was attributed to the Hellespontine Sibyl and was preserved in the temple of Apollo at Gergis. Thence it passed to Erythrae, where it became famous.

Phrygian Sibyl – The Phrygian Sibyl appears to be a doublet of the Hellespontine Sibyl.

Tiburtine Sibyl – To the classical sibyls of the Greeks, the Romans added a tenth, the Tiburtine Sibyl, whose seat was the ancient Etruscan town of Tibur. An apocalyptic pseudo-prophecy exists, attributed to the Tiburtine Sibyl, written c. 380 CE, but with revisions and interpolations added at later dates. It purports to prophesy the advent of a final Emperor named Constans, vanquishing the foes of Christianity, bringing about a period of great wealth and peace, ending paganism and converting the Jews. After vanquishing Gog and Magog, the Emperor is said to resign his crown to God. This would give way to the Antichrist. Ippolito d’Este rebuilt the Villa d’Este at Tibur, the modern Tivoli, from 1550 onward, and commissioned elaborate fresco murals in the Villa that celebrate the Tiburtine Sibyl, as prophesying the birth of Christ to the classical world.

As Christianity gained in strength, the purpose of the Sibyls shifted. Many of them were withered martyred or went into hiding. It is believed that the Dogon Tribe and Pygmie Tribes, the oldest tribes of matriarch order, still old the truths and wisdom, along with prophesies of The Sybils. These mystic women origins and stories are growing in resonance as more women Strengthen their spiritual gifts and foresight.

To learn more about the Sybils:

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6dTPWgM_-XfI_53F1D48lMH5JTP0AlJx

https://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/news-wires-white-papers-and-books/sibyls

https://www.amazon.com/Great-Cosmic-Mother-Rediscovering-Religion/dp/0062507915/ref=nodl_

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Alchemy of Smudging with White Sage

White Sage smudging-the burning of sage- has become a staple in my spiritual practice. I was first introduced to the practice of smudging during a home and energy cleanse by my Yayi (traditional healer). I knew myself to be an empathetic or highly sensitive person, yet did not have the full understanding that I was attracting other people and my surrounding environment’s energy. Unbeknownst to me, I was holding on to other people’s negativity and toxicity and bringing them into my new home. There were times when I would feel sad, troubled, or down right negative and not know why until my Yayi suggested I start  energy cleanses. I am a Virgo South Node, so I am a natural skeptic of many things, however, I trusted my Yayi’s suggestion and decided to learn more about the practice and alleged benefits.

Despite being lauded and consistently practiced by indigenous cultures for thousands of years, smudging has been met by mixed reception within modern society. Native Americans, as well as diverse Asian cultures, believed (and continue to believe) that the smoke from sage and other herbs is capable of cleaning “negative energy,” whether it’s occupying a space or being carried by a person.

At first glance, this may sound like nothing more than a “woo-woo” concept, but it shouldn’t be dismissed too quickly. In this post I am sharing what I learned of smudging and how it has benefited me in my practice.

What are Ions

Ions are all around you right now and, whether you are aware of them or not, there is a good chance they are affecting the way you feel and quite possibly your health as well.

So what is an ion? An ion is a molecule that has lost or gained an electron through various atmospheric forces or environmental influences.

There are both positive and negative ions but, as we shall see, the definitions of ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ are misleading in terms of their health effects.

A simple definition of a positive ion is an electrically charged atom, or group of atoms, formed by the loss of one or more electrons. The number of protons does not change but the reduction in electrons gives the atom a positive charge.

Positive ions in the air are usually carbon dioxide molecules that have been stripped of an electron. Also known as positively charged ions or cations, they have been demonstrated to have a negative effect on your body when you are exposed to them in excess.

This is particularly the case with your lungs and respiratory tract but your immune system can also be affected. This is because positive ions are so small they are absorbed directly into your bloodstream from the air you breathe.

What Are Negative Ions?

The definition of a negative ion is an electrically charged atom, or cluster of atoms, formed by gaining one or more electrons. The number of protons in the atom does not change but the extra electrons gives it a negative charge.

Negatively charged ions, also known scientifically as anions, are the opposite of positive ions and they have directly the opposite effect on your health, mood and energy levels when you are exposed to them.

Negative ions in the air have a strong negative charge. Due to this nature, they are statically attracted to airborne particles like dust, mold spores, pet dander and other floating pollutants and potential allergens.

By attaching to these pollutants and allergens they give them a negative charge and, rather than drifting in the air, they are grounded and fall to the floor or nearest surface.

Even bacteria and viruses circling in the air of your home can be cleared by negatively charged ions attaching to them and removing them from the air your breathe.

Medical and scientific researchers do not use terms like “negative energy”, however, they are confirming the cleansing properties of smudging. A study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology demonstrated that the smoke from burning sage -what the authors of the study call “medicinal smoke”- is able “to completely eliminate diverse plant and human pathogenic bacteria of the air within confined space.[1]

From a scientific perspective, medicinal smoke is believed to release negative ions which bind to positively ionized particles like bacteria, viruses, mold spores, pet dander and other allergens, dust, and other hazardous particulates.  I would like to add here that indigenous cultures attempt to explain this negative ion phenomena through non-physical explanations that appeals to spiritual mythologies. I love myths and story-telling that can be tied or expounded upon by the facts of science.

The Scientific and Alchemical Benefit of Smudging

Kills Bacteria and Germs. The same study quoted above discusses the remarkable ability of sage as a tool for clearing bacteria and other pathogens from the respiratory tract and skin as a pulmonary and dermatological antimicrobial agent. For this reason, I smudge as a way to clear pathogens from the air in my home and surroundings.

Natural antidepressant. The negative ions present in medicinal smoke has another fascinating benefit: it balances mood and dispels depression (as well or better than pharmaceutical antidepressants, according to some data).[2]

A research engineer named Dr. Clarence Hansell first stumbled upon the benefits of negative ions in the 1930s. The negative-ion-charged air that some of his equipment produced led to such a dramatic mood boost in his coworkers that he decided to investigate further. A study in 1976 demonstrated that negative ions can balance levels of serotonin, which we now know has at least an indirect effect on the maintenance of mood and energy levels. The study cited above followed in the 1990s, and now negative ion therapy is finally gaining traction as a treatment modality for depression.

Improved sleep and performance. Due to its ability to modulate serotonin, the negative air ions (NAI) in smudging smoke provide a range of other benefits, as well. In 2013, a team of Italian researchers sought to delve deeper into the positive effects of NAI. Their analysis confirmed that NAI treatment works on par with antidepressants for mood disorders, and also observed that negative ions balance sleep patterns, promote restfulness, and improve physical performance.[3]

How do you cleanse your house with white sage?

Smudging-with-Sage

I prefer to cleanse my home weekly on Sundays, which is also the day associated to Archangel Michael. I begin the day by cleaning the interior of my home. Upon completing the physical cleaning and organization of my home, I welcome Archangel Micheal and his healing and protective energy into my home, as well as a sense of gratitude for all that I have and soon to gain. I then proceed to burn the sage leaves, giving thanks to the leaves for her healing properties, to me, this act of gratitude is received by the spirit of the white sage as she discharges its energy of clearing and protection in the air around me and onto the items I intend to clear or cleanse. 

As the smoke transfers through the area or over an item, the smoke joins itself to any thick, negative energy that is inside the object, space or being. When the smoke is cleared, the spirit of this plant transports the negative energy back to the spiritual light, and leaves my space or the items cleared.

Immediately after clearing, I welcome the energy or frequency of Love, Discernment, Abundance, Joy, and whatever high vibration energy  to fill the spaces that were cleared. For me, this is the alchemical process of transferring a negative into neutral to a positive.

P.S. White sage is wonderful, but it’s not the only option when it Spiritual Cleansing Sessionscomes to smudging and energetically clearing your home! Cedar, wild sage, palo santo-another staple of mine-, juniper, sandalwood, and others are wonderful choices to cleanse, purify and raise the vibration of your home, objects, or even yourself!

Or if you don’t enjoy the smoke from sage smudging… Essential Oils are a wonderful way to cleanse and uplift the energy of your home as well!

 

XO,

Tahiry 

Restoring & Receiving The Sacred Masculine

As part of our spiritual path to find Union, we find balance and harmony in the Sacred Divine Feminine and Masculine principles. It is best to understand that these principles are found in every human being, regardless of gender.

Throughout spiritual traditions, the masculine principle has been represented, in Greek mythology to Christendom, as male deity or “God”. Which gives reverence to the divinity of masculine spiritual path. These figures represent divine masculine through the qualities they embody.

Also known as yang, shiva, or solar energy, the Divine Masculine is ruled by the elements of sun (fire) and sky (air).

As the sacred counterpart of the Divine Feminine, the Divine Masculine is an active force that is responsible for order, structure, passion, willpower, and courage.

It is vital that we activate the sacred Masculine energies within in order to fully encompass our spiritual power and path. As we embrace the awakening of our Sacred Masculine, we hone and empower our confidence, become more grounded, activate our inner strength, and develop keen discernment.

Unfortunately, with the rule of patriarchy, masculine energy has been represented as brute force, aggression, anger, and over powering the weak. According to Moore & Gillette in their book, King Warrior Magician Lover, the describe patriarchy has the expression “of the immature masculine… expression of its shadow”. Patriarchy from their viewpoint is an attack of masculinity in its fullness as well as femininity in its fullness.

Remember, we all possess sacred feminine and sacred masculinity. The objective is to seek harmony and balance within. For example, leadership may be a masculine quality, however, we can find leadership in men or women regardless of gender.

To better integrate masculine energy in your life, incorporate the following practices:

  1. Acknowledge Your current relationship to the Masculine principles.
    • Start right where you are. What feelings or thoughts come up for you as it relates to masculinity? Journal your thoughts.
  2. Affirm your identity and expression
    • Write affirmations that express your masculine traits i.e I am Confident. I am self-disciplined. I am a warrior. Etc
  3. Work with Archetypes or Dieties
    • Whether you find solace with Jesus, Krishna, Buddha or Horus. Select as connect a masculine archetype or deity that best represents your ideal masculine energy.
  4. Take More Inspired Action
    • Be willing to take inspired risks when the opportunity comes. When you believe in yourself and confident in the Divine having your back, you will take more leaps of faith.
  5. Stand up for yourself
    • Excessive feminine energy can make one too passive and agreeable. Standing in your masculine energy creates healthy boundaries for you and others. Boundaries are loving and protective, even if they may offend others. Know that you hurt yourself more when you do not stand on your boundaries.

Faith Is A Full Time Job

This week is full ahead in Sagittarius Season! We are all about living out our life purpose and Faith as a full time Job! This is a very important subject that I have been working through as well. And what I am learning as a student of life and the Divine is that we, more so I, have to STOP over complicating things and learn how to be more aligned with purposed living. Because the truth is success, life purpose, or whatever we are striving to achieve is quite simple and very seamless.

I can remember wasting so much time on trying to prove “I’m worthy” rather placing my faith in knowing my worthiness. Looking back I realized that I was insecure about feeling accepted and tried to overcompensate my self esteem by doing more than what’s required or even necessary for relationships and connection.

Bringing awareness to this pattern didn’t automatically stop, I had to actively intercept any reconfirming thoughts of that old pattern. That took a lot of work. At the time, My insecurities were my driving force, not my genuine desire for connection. That experience led me into more allowance and grace towards myself. And that’s where I discovered that faith is a sport that we must train and build up. And in order for me to believe, I had to be clear with my own intentions and how I was going to engage with it.

For me, and many others, faith was a struggle because I like to focus on hard facts and evidence. So much so, that if I did not see the tangibles, it was very difficult for me to trust in it or believe in myself to achieve it. In some ways that mindset served me well, however, it was also a stumbling block for living a more ease and stress reducing life. I constantly doubted myself and felt I needed to show up as the ideal rather than my authentic self expression. I was managing myself to be what my thought processes believed be and it was draining the life force out of me.

So how did I train to develop stronger faith? It started with me taking audit of my daily thought patterns. I use to suffer from terrible anxiety attacks, and what I found was many of the thoughts that triggered anxiety were not necessarily my own authentic thoughts. These were from other people or programs I picked up over the years that I had internalized as my own. It took me some time but everyday I would take notice of any thoughts that would trigger me emotionally and/or physically and was not in alignment with my desires outcome.

That simple mindset change led me to focus more on the feeling of what I was striving to accomplish rather than the monkey mind chaos of fear, doubt, and worry. It was a commitment to have a different experience with life. They say to have something you never had, you must do something you never done. And taking audit and account of my thoughts was what I never done before and it has warranted me some of my greatest lessons and experiences! 

What is one step that you are going to take to build faith in your life? What areas of your life needs more awareness and compassion? I would love to hear from you in the comments section!

xoxo 

Tahiry

Neptune in ♓️ Pisces: Unleash Your Spiritual Gifts

On December 1st, Neptune will go back direct in its ruling sign Pisces and I am quite excited about this transit. Neptune is currently transiting my 6th House and I’ve been welcoming this energetic upgrade to my current spiritual practice and experience. The archetypal energy of the Priestess has been amplified in my life this year, and Neptune in Pisces is really revving this energy in my life to take ownership of it.

Natally, Neptune is in my first house, so I am quite familiar with her dreamy and whimsical, slightly deceptive style. Honestly, I don’t care to place deceptive as an identity for Neptune, as from my experience with Neptune, deception comes in when we refuse to see what is in front of us with what we want to believe. I necessarily don’t blame Neptune or Piscean energy for that, that’s more so a self perception than an outer influence 🤷🏽‍♀️

But back to this transit and how I have been embodying her. Again, she is transiting my 6th house which is highlighting my routines, thoughts, and habits in not just my physical health, but also my mental and emotional health. While I find myself to live a pretty healthy lifestyle, I did find areas where I could improve for a more optimal experience.

Where ever she is transiting in your chart, you may begin to feel a deeper call to your spiritual enlightenment, imagination, empathy, and intuitive gifts. This is a great time to soul search and set ahead on where your inner world is calling.

Learn more about this transit here

To be a Virgin

I discussed much about the Virgin or Virgo constellation being a symbol for the Great Mother and Priestess archetype.

Additionally, there is a more in-depth understanding of this archetype. To be The Priestess is to be a Virgin. Let’s look deeper into this word Virgin.

In our modern times, we understand “Virgin” to mean a person, particularly a female, who has not experienced any sexual activity. It also denotes to one’s purity and sexual chastity.

This version of the word is exasperated by the rise of Christianity and the spreading of its folklore myth of the Virgin Mary’s birth of a child. She was portrayed as a woman who never had sex, yet birthed a child.

Barbara G. Walker in The Woman’s Encyclopaedia of Myths and Secrets, suggests that Mary was a young, unmarried woman, and that’s what made her a “virgin.” But Christian translators have promotes otherwise.

The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth, claims that in the name of chastity, the Christian Church didn’t want a sexually independent woman to be worshipped. So for her to be seen as favorable to “God,” her womb had to be “pure” and untouched.

However, the term Virgin was used in antiquity to denote a woman’s spiritual practice and status among society. To be a Virgin is to be sovereign. The term was usurped by patriarchy as a slur to demean and demote the spiritual authority and societal role that women had in the community.

By reclaiming the origins of this word unlocks long awaited mysteries of our past. In taking ownership of reclaiming virginity, we find Strength in truth and freedom in our liberation. Virginity is something that we may not give away, now that we understand the link it carries with our past

Power of Prayer: Divine Protection

We learned about The Power of Prayer and why it is important to cultivate it in our spiritual practice. If you missed the first post, you can read it here.

In this video I share the perspective that we co-collaborate with the Universe in all areas of our life, and protection is one of them. However, protection is not just physical or spiritual protection, in fact we want to ensure that we include a practice that protects our mental and emotional health, our financial and resources, cyber security, and so much more.

The Power of Prayer

The importance of prayer in a spiritual journey is pivotal. However, we are viewing prayer beyond the scope of religiosity, and more so as a means to commune with our Higher Self/Divine/Universe/God. In this series, I expound on the Law of Prayer in continuum with the 7 Universal Laws that we may be familiar with by the Kybalion. To learn more about the Universal Laws Read my Blog here.

In this video I share insights of how we can “throw the baby out with the bath water” when it pertains to any system or construct that feels inhibiting. Particularly with me, when I left the Christian religion, I threw away anything that felt remotely religious or Christian. However, through spiritual growth and maturity, I have reconciled and found a full circle moment to re-embrace the spiritual concept of prayer and how to apply it as a Universal Law rather than as religious dogma. In this video I share the Universal law of Prayer, the concept of Word Magic and Affirmations and more metaphysical gems as it pertains to the application of prayer in the spiritual journey.