Dark Owl Wisdom – Finding Answers In The Shadows

Embrace The Wisdom Of The Dark Owl
Dark Owl Wisdom by Claudia H. Blanton

Wisdom can be found in unexpected places, most often those dark corners within ourselves we are not willing to face. The owl, a symbol of knowledge and wisdom asks us to look closer at these aspects of your life.

As we are surrounded by the gentle awareness and guidance of the Universe, we are told to pay attention to the symbolism that shows up repeatedly into our experience. If the dark owl has been making its way into your life, your need to examine the wisdom in the shadows of self, has become a  necessity. Hidden away answers in aspects, you tend to ignore, are calling for your attention. Do not miss the opportunity to learn from that prompting, as the answers to a question you had, lies right there.

Goddess Blessings

Claudia

Time For Some Bloglovin!

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So glad that the A to Z Challenge month is over, and I can pay more attention to this blog. For the month of April, my writing/reviewing/movie blog  has gotten all of the attention, but now it is time to share the little bit of blogging time I have between both.

And I have so much exiting stuff planned!

First of all, I will continue to participate in the Pagan Blog Project. I know, I know, that was the plan all along, but hey, there are only so many hours in the day.

Upcoming book reviews: I have some really cool Pagan books I want to share with you, with upcoming release dates!

And of course, it is time to share some thoughts on the practical side of being a Witch, what I think of spiritual practice in relationship with food, real life Witchy living, and stuff like that.

So follow me via WordPress or Bloglovin – you can also find me on Twitter as @homeschoolwitch.

Hugs and Goddess blessings!

Shared Lucid Dreaming – Is It Possible?

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I have just recently heard about shared lucid dreaming.

As a lucid dreamer myself, I have never deliberately shared a dream. While I have found myself in my daughters dreams before, it was not a deliberate attempt to enter that space. Just like in our day to day linked connection of shared thoughts, it “just happened”, there is no prying, just an awareness of each others presence and our link, the same perceptive link I share with my husband. We are tuned in the same “channel”, if you will.

So lets imagine that prior consent has been given. Is shared lucid dreaming possible?

If psychic links are possible, either through a personal connection or through deliberate focus, such as during a reading, then lucid dreaming would be only an extension of that, and therefore possible. At the same time, the deliberate focus is next to impossible in dream state, at least in my experience, where the dreamer tends to be passenger, the observer, rather then the active director of the occurrences.

Considering that any type of dreaming entails messages, it is also a question in my mind, if that is even wise. During the time where our conscious mind should be out of the way, should we consciously apply a focus to another act? I see it wiser to connect with another during a dream/wake state, such as a trance during our waking hours. This aspect of connection on the spiritual plane leaves our sleeping time to exactly its purpose – rest.

Have you experienced lucid dreaming? What are your thoughts on shared lucid dreaming?

Book Review: Angels of Abundance by Doreen and Grant Virtue

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Title: Angels of Abundance

Authors: Doreen Virtue, Grant Virtue

Publisher: Hay House

Release Date: May 1st 2014

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars

Angels of Abundance is one of the many self-help books that will have a different meaning and learning experience for you, depending on your where you are in your spiritual journey. For a beginner to metaphysical thinking this book provides comfort and insight in the basic principles of manifestation. For the more spiritual inclined, the premise of some messages, such as that healthy eating is a way to insure faster manifestation time is slightly flawed, specifically when in a placed in a book that does not go deeper (and has no space for) spiritual alignment through nourishment.

If you are looking for an in-depth book about abundance work, you will not find the answer in this volume. If you are looking for an in-depth book on working with Angels, you are also not going to find it in this one.
This book brings the individual practices that one can use to improve ones life, and puts them together as presented by Angels. There is nothing new to find here, even if the packaging is different.

Angels of Abundance has its merit for those who are new to the self-help and co-creation thought processes. It opens the opportunity for further research. But packaging the same messages as if told by Angels, can also create the confusion to the new reader, that Angels are the origin of this message, rather then accumulation of different truths and teachings, and the combination of multiple spiritual principles that have endured many hundreds of years, and come from many religious paths.

 

G Is For Green Tara

Over the last few days I have been drawn to a Goddess named Green Tara.

Green Tara Face, by Sue Halstenberg http://www.suehalstenberg.com/goddess_art/green_tara
Green Tara Face, by Sue Halstenberg
http://www.suehalstenberg.com/goddess_art/green_tara

Historically there is no mentioning of her before the 5th century C.E. After that the green skinned young Goddess appears in several myths, while some are found in Finland, some originate in India and Tibet, where she is still very popular.

My personal connection to her, goes beyond her origin story, but to her aspect as a Goddess of Compassion and one that aids overcoming personal burdens from reaching spiritual enlightenment, such as fear, greed and mundane obstacles, and procrastination (her focus in compassionate action, not non-action)

Fear can lead to procrastination, and many times unreleased fear will freeze us from growth, both spiritual and mundane. The focus upon a mantra, specifically a mantra that is associated with a Goddess who overcomes fear, allows us to momentarily dismiss our this blockage, or at least temporarily suspend it.. In this aspect, mantras are like meditation, a focused state of mind, absent of not only ego (and therefore greed) and absent of dissolving thoughts (such as fear), in which state manifestation and co-creation can allow to occur.

During the exploration of ones shadow to work through any potential blockage, a deity such as the Goddess in her Green Tara aspect can be comforting and helpful.

Repeating her mantra:

Ohm Tare Tuttare Ture Svaha

in repetitions of 108 (the length of a set of Mala beads) provides a focus point.

The rough translation of this mantra is

OM! O Tara! I entreat you, O Tara! O swift one! Hail!

The following is a video that features a beautiful rendition of the mantra

 

This blog post is a part of the Daily Prompt “I believe” and the Pagan Blog Project 2014 “Week Twelve – G” 

Spotlight Interviews – Lady Anna

Welcome to another edition of Spotlight Interviews. Today we are talking to Lady Anna, who has served the tradition through varies causes and efforts, currently as a member of the Council of Elders and Head of Sedna Temple in the United Kingdom, as well as Witan Herald for the Tradition as well as Head of School for Witchschool  UK and Europe
Thank you for participating in the Spotlight Interview. My readers and I are looking forward to this interview. How did you find your way to the Correllian Tradition?
I was surfing the internet in 1999 and found the ‘Daily Spell, joined the mailing list for the First Degree lessons and it all went from there. I had a grounding of metaphysics taught to me by my father over the years from when I was about eleven years old. A lot of what he told me was re-iterated in the first degree lessons so it was as so many say ’coming home’ when I found the Correllian Tradition.
In such a diverse faith group as we are, how can we – in your opinion – find common ground?

By persuading all those of diverse paths to realize that no one way is better than any other, all paths lead to Deity and each person need to do it the way which works best for them and to respect each other’s beliefs as we do basically believe in the same thing

Speaking off diversity, it seems that there is a perception at times that the Pagan community is not as diverse in color. Do you think that is a myth or reality? And how can we as a community foster a more welcoming environment for our members whom are not of European Ancestry?

I really don’t know why there is that perception.  I think it’s a myth because there is an underlying thread of similarity of belief in all pagan paths.  As a community we should be more open to the various similarities and build on those rather than dwelling on those things that are perceived to be so different. The Correllian Tradition welcomes all, there are a lot of members of non-European Ancestry, for example we have many members who have Native American ancestry amongst many other ancestries from other parts of the world.

In a general sense we have a lot in common with those who practice so called New Age thought. What is your thought on that?

I would say that those who practice new age thought have more in common with the Correllian Tradition. The Correllian Tradition has been in existence a lot longer and has a more grown up approach and deeper ways of worshiping deity. Also new age thought seems to be in its infancy with a more of the fluffy bunny way of doing things.

There are some in the Pagan community whom do not see the need for a clergy structure. What would you like to share about your thought on being a part of a very structural tradition, that could show the benefits of such structure?

For any religion to succeed and have staying power it must have some sort of structure. There is more likelihood of a religion succeeding and gaining outside support when they are structured and have the support network such as we have backing the membership.

Within the wider religious community, how can we as Pagans and Wiccans find (in your opinion) a higher recognition as a valid religion?

Yes I have seen and heard a lot of detrimental comments about the Correllian Tradition within the pagan community itself.  This aggravates the problem within the wider religious community.  A lot of the new age thought is usually quoted in discussions and articles in the wider religious community and some of the new age thought isn’t always the same as the Correllian thought but is said to be by outsiders what we believe.

I have frequently been told by Christians what I believe in and they go on to quote a lot of new age thought only because that is what they have heard said from New Age discussions or articles and is quite different to actuality and how Correllians think.

We need for it to be known properly and widely what we are about and that we are serious in our beliefs. The Wiccan community as a whole needs to gather together to solve the problem of being recognized rather than arguing that one tradition of Wicca is better or the right one rather than another.

We can only continue to be seen and to show that we are serious in our commitment as Correllians and not be drawn into unnecessary arguments which only fuel the idea that Wicca isn’t valid. We must calmly explain or describe what we are about to all other religions, rather than allowing our emotions to rule our discussions.

I thank you so much for taking your time to answer these questions. It was a pleasure to work with you on this project. 
The next Spotlight Interview will be posted on April, 15th.
Hail Hecate!

Kuan Yin’s Birthday (March 19th)

I am currently readying my altar space for both the upcoming Full Moon, Ostara  and Kuan Yin’s birthday, which this year will on March 19th. I decided to cross-stitch a lotus flower in her honor, which hopefully will be done by her birthday, considering that I am in the midst of writing deadlines and homeschooling lessons.

While this is primarily a blog and Shrine that has our Lady Hecate as a Matron Deity, there are a few deities that I connect with on a regular basis. Kuan Yin is one of them.

Kuan Yin Picture Compassion Ritual

I was drawn to her a few years ago, during a specifically restless time, when compassion and peace where at dire needs. And that is what she embodies, compassion and kindness. Compassion not only to our those whom are come in contact with, but with ourselves, our Mother Earth and the animals that share this physical plane with us. Many of her followers are vegetarians, and while I am not, I primarily purchase items that are not tested on animals to honor her and them.

Here is a small list of other traditional ways to honor Kuan Yin on her birthday and beyond:

  • Fast, or at least refrain from animal products of any kind for day
  • Spend the day or parts of the day in silent contemplation
  • Use this day to perform an act of kindness and charity, not necessarily monetary, but giving your time and actions to aid someone in need of compassion
  • Make an offering of fruit, flowers and incense to her
  • Volunteer in an animal shelter
  • write a blog post about peace or commit to becoming a Blogger For Peace
  • recite her mantras

Here is a beautiful video of one of her mantras

However you choose to celebrate this day, may the Kindness and Compassion of the Great Goddess be with you, now and always