So Many Magickal Herbs, So Little Space!

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Admittedly, I am an herb addict. (Get your mind out of the gutter!) My Witchy cupboard has always overflowed with exotic plants and spices, and I am nearly ashamed to admit how much money I have tied up in spell ingredients that I rarely use. I have raided the spice section of ethnic dollar stores, and traveled 500 miles to visit a particular apothecary in Salem, MA. I am thrilled to have unusual items to add their particular energy to my spellwork, but there are some herbs that always have a regular place in my magick, and I am never without them.

I thought it might be helpful to show you that you can have a fully-equipped spell cupboard with just a handful of simple, inexpensive herbs and spices. Many of our most common ingredients serve several spell intentions, and can be bought inexpensively anywhere herbs and spices are sold, or in your local health food store. It makes no difference in the potency of the spell if the items are organic, but there is an added benefit if they have come from your garden or windowsill. Your energy connection with the plant from nurturing and caring for it, and expressing your gratitude for its life force, deepens your bonds with the earth and always aids any spell.

That aside, dried herbs and flowers are less expensive, easier to store, and have a surprisingly long shelf life without diminishment of magickal energy. You can also do a lot with a little. Larger quantities in a spell do not necessarily increase the work’s potency or success, so there is no need to buy in bulk. Usually, a container the size of a jelly jar will serve you for a good while. In addition, I do recommend storing in airtight glass containers. Plastic has iffy vibes, and will not keep herbs fresh as long as glass. I prefer small mason jars, but glass locklid containers are fine too, just make sure the gaskets are supple and not dried out.

CLOVE
My most-often used ingredient! Use whole or ground, but if you’re doing a spell that involves burning it, ground will go up more easily. Whole clove needs a charcoal disc to burn, because it’s quite oily and resinous. Cloves are potent, so a little goes a long way in tea or food. Stud a fresh lemon with cloves to make a hanging pomander that attracts the powers of both to any area. Smudging yourself with burning clove also helps bring a stop to malicious gossip.
Protection, purification, love, money, stops gossip

CINNAMON
Cinnamon is another great multi-purpose spice. Like clove, you can use it ground or whole. Ground burns more easily, and sticks work well on a charcoal disc. Steeping cinnamon in tea paves the way for a day of success and good luck, and gives strength to the drinker, and is an excellent overall health elixer.
Protection, love, spirituality, success, healing, power.

LAVENDER
Lavender can be found in any shop that carries loose herbs, and just the smell of it can bring peace and relaxation. It is a go-to ingredient for tea enthusiasts and aromatherapy practitioners alike. It burns easily, and retains its aroma when stuffed into a poppet or mojo bag.
Purification, love, protection, happiness, chastity, sleep, peace, longevity

BASIL
Basil is one of the best herbs for spells involving money and abundance. Slip whole dried leaves or a fabric pouch full into your wallet, checkbook, or the cash register at work. Steeping dried basil into tea, or chewing the fresh leaves, can aid you in astral travel and accessing the Akashic Records.
Love, money, protection, astral projection.

BAY
Bay is perhaps the most potent of purification and protection herbs, and has a pedigree of magickal use throughout the millenia. Steeped into a tea, it can help induce clairvoyant dreams and aid divination. Burned in a censer and used for smudging, it is twice as powerful as sage in clearing incorrect energies and negativity, including paranormal entities. Wishes can be written on the leaves and then burned to deliver your intent to the Universe. A leaf held in the mouth is also said to ward off bad luck.
Protection, purification, psychic powers, healing, exorcisim, strength

GARLIC
Garlic also has a long folk reputation for having metaphysical powers. Vampires notwithstanding, garlic is reknown for its ability to ward off evil of any sort. A clove carried in your pocket on an important day can keep misadventures at bay, and when sprinkled on windowsills or thresholds, incorrect energies may not enter your residence. Garlic also absorbs illness. In addition to making it a regular part of your diet, folklore encourages hanging it in a sickroom, or placing it under the pillow of one who is ill. This garlic must be buried afterwards, however. Do not ingest it, as it carries the illness it was charged to cleanse.
Protection, exorcism, healing, anti-theft

LEMON
Lemon, fresh or the dried peel, is one of the best cleansing agents known to Witches and housekeepers alike. A mild solution of fresh lemon juice in spring water is excellent for cleansing energies from secondhand goods, either wiped on or by submersion. The same solution can be used to cleanse buildings and vehicles, too, and is most easily deployed in a spray bottle that has been cleansed and charged with the intent of purification. The dried peel is a potent ingredient in love and friendship spells, and is one of the best things to stuff a poppet with for healing magick. Sprouting a lemon seed in the name of a friendship or love affair helps insure healthy, happy growth of the relationship, and its long life.
Longevity, love, purification, friendship.

What are the must-have ingredients in your spell cupboard? Which do you use most often, and in what manner? Does one herb that has the same power as another work better than the other for you? I’d love to hear about it!

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Love & Blessings,
Rev. Brooke J Burke, HPs, CHTR, MScB

I’m Not Fat. I’m a Fortress.

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This is going to be a very uncomfortable post for me to write. I am rarely vulnerable or candid in the vicious world of the internet. But, I’ll chance it in the hopes that it may help you identify the reasons you may use unhealthy tactics to protect yourself from the awful crap others put on us. Goddess bless, -Rev. Brooke.

I have always been fat, except for one shining moment in my mid-teens. I have danced, unsuccessfully, with every diet known to man. I have lied to get out of social obligations because I am ashamed of my body. I have rejected love, sex, compliments, adventure, and inclusion because my size has dictated my self-worth, and I was only ever as good as my most recent weight-loss failure. There are no mirrors in my house that show anything below my boobs. I wore clothing three sizes too large to hide myself, and then I expanded to fit them. I eat in secret, and am adept at hiding the evidence. I am a wizard chameleon; I can choose to be glamorous and the sought-after belle of any occasion. I have, in all my fatness, literally stopped traffic with my beauty. But then, I can be dingy, nondescript, and invisible. I have had people who have seen me in my glory walk right past me when I do not want to be seen.  Frankly, I’m exhausted from this 40 year game of hide and seek.

How in the ever-loving hell did this get so out of control?!

I am a hard-core student of the Law of Attraction. (‘The Secret’ scratches the surface.) I have manifested joyful work, a healthy bank account, magnificent relationships, and improbable parking spots. Why can I not manifest a skinny waist and wish away this big ol’ donkey butt? I see myself in meditation as a shapely (albeit middle aged,) siren frolicking nearly naked in a waterfall, or wearing the dress I wore to junior prom. I feel the strength and sleekness of my body. So, where is it?

No one likes to revisit an uncomfortable past. We run far and fast from any sort of reckoning that might compound our shame or regrets. We silence it with all manner of distractions. But, herein lies the true work of shedding the load, literally and figuratively.

Authentic LOA training instructs us that we must look back, without judgment or blame, at the situations, circumstances, and choices that brought us to where we are. We must, objectively, and in as detached a manner as possible, simply acknowledge our role, the choices that were available to us at the time, and how we navigated the scenario.

It is not enough to say, “It is what it is,” or to just leave the past unexamined. It is imperative that we take a hard, but unbiased look at where we’ve been so that we can understand how to get where we want to go. Consider your present self to be a third-party observer of your past, because our intent is that you simply realize that your choices, conscious and unconscious, (which do not have to be categorized as good or bad, because they have already been made and it’s moot to label them,) have created your current reality.

Granted, there are things that happen to us that were beyond our control. As children and even young adults, we do not have complete ownership of our lives, nor the tools to control how things affect us. We can easily be victims of the pain that others bring upon us, but this is still not a process to assign blame. We must acknowledge that we were there, in whatever capacity, and observe how those situations precipitated our feelings and behavior. With that understanding, we get a better view of how those events influenced our future, and now present, selves.

Food was comfort and a feeling of power from the time I started grade school. I was outgoing and friendly, but my home life was not perfect. My parents worked long hours in order to make our household a comfortable one, but it meant that I spent no more than three nights in a row in my own bed, and rarely got to spend any time with my mother and father. I never felt unloved, and spending so many years with my great-grandparents is something I would never trade. But being bounced from one place to another left me insecure, and without stability, and my five year old self filled it with all the sweets Gram would give me, and then some. And when my Mom would deny me, because I was already heavy, it created a huge power struggle that would culminate in my future resentment of her semi-absent parenting style.

As I advanced in school, my self-esteem diminshed in the face of torment from other children. (It was the 80’s, and entitled brathood was reaching new heights.) I began binge eating in secret, and withdrawing from activities that used to bring me joy. Then, when I was 11, and horrified by the changes puberty was bringing on, I was cat-called by three grown men as I walked past the gas station on my way to the grocery store. I was too young to know the meaning of their disgusting words, but I did know that my body, which had incited their unwanted desire, was something dangerous and shameful. I doubled down on my eating habits, and never told my mother what had happened, because I was afraid she wouldn’t let me leave the house on my own anymore.

True love struck me at 15. I had a wonderful boyfriend, who was both my best friend and my protector. He loved every centimeter of me, and the pounds melted off in joy and a sense of security. That school year, I spent gym periods in the weight room with my left leg in a cast due to a serious ligament injury. I was lean, strong, and at my most beautiful. I knew it, and I felt it. It did not last long. I was date raped in the mall parking lot by a boy who “just wanted to be friends,” and later sexually assaulted by one of my teachers. Again, my body put me in danger, and I gained 35 pounds before I graduated high school in order to protect myself from any unwanted sexual attention. I ate no regular meals, and existed on Coke, Spaghetti-os, Twizzlers, and bagels.

It didn’t stop there. I dropped out of college because there were good-looking boys everywhere, and it was a total meat market. I went to work in the male-dominated auto industry, and was the brunt of dirty jokes and office gossip on a daily basis. I ate a double cheeseburger and two servings of fries every day when I worked at the service desk of an automobile dealership, and hid candy behind the vast rows of filing cabinets in my office. I drank a six-pack of diet Dr. Pepper every day, and was not upset that my skin looked like a minefield. The uglier, the better.

Fast forward to 2006: My beloved husband, Ray, dies in a motorcycle crash, and I top out at 244 pounds. To my astonishment, when I began dating again, there was a plethora of gorgeous, successful men at my disposal. Flowers, expensive gifts, and gourmet dinners were part of my every day experience. This seemed so weird, and so unnatural, that it must have been a colossal joke. I rejected it all, and married a felon who abused me and used my insecurities as a weapon every single day until I divorced him in 2013. Flowers and fancy dinners were replaced with death threats, gaslighting, broken glass in my skin, and fear-vomiting. I attracted a relationship that affirmed what I believed about myself.

Jesus Christ. How am I still standing? Furthermore, what’s the point?

The point is, my fat will not, and has not, protected me from ANY OF THE THINGS I AM AFRAID OF. Moreover, as a conscious builder of my new life, I have manifested a reality where none of these issues are a threat.

By acknowledging the past, and my role in it, I have found the reasons why I have chosen to insulate myself with excess fat. Unwanted sexual attention, gossip and bullying have all motivated me to build a fortress of flab around me. But I am no longer that fearful, inexperienced girl. I’ve got serious, powerful life lessons under my belt that allow me to accept or reject any single person, situation, or event as it pertains to my particular experience in this realm. Yes, it really is that simple.

Does it mean I’ll never get mugged or assaulted? No, but you can bet your ass that my excess fat keeps me from fucking up a would-be attacker. I remember my scary-strong muscles, no matter how long they’ve been buried.

Unwanted sexual attention? I’ve been around long enough to know when I’m in danger, and when called for, I’m more than mean enough to put any asshole back in his gym locker.

Bullies? Fuck you and your knuckle-dragging tactics. My manifested world is so magical, you wouldn’t know what to do with it even if you had it. Keep drooling, it waters the grass.

And now?

Now that I acknowledge that I have nothing to hide from, and that my present state is simply a hold-over from past choices, food has no power over me. As I pray that my excess weight be released, I bless it, because in one way or another, it served me for the amount of time I thought I needed it. It DID comfort me when I needed to be in control of something. Perhaps it DID insulate me from unwanted attention, and it certainly gave me a perspective that will hopefully help someone else.

“I release my excess body fat, and all the negative emotions it stores. I bless it and the experience it has brought me. I welcome the positive changes that are coming, and I heal myself across all time, space, and dimension.”

Your past it not a scary place. You’ve already been there. Acknowledge it, respect it, and know that there is sacred information to be learned by observing it. It contains the keys to your freedom, and wisdom that you can build your BEST life upon.

Now, excuse me while I manifest a derriere that looks good on a bicycle seat!

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Our Nation’s Horoscope? Food For Thought.

This article, a worthy read, was written ten years ago for Vanity Fair. It offers up the concept of our nation as a being with a birthdate, and hence, is subject to the astrological attributes of the sign of Cancer. The author makes the assumption that America was born on July 4, 1776, the day which the Declaration of Independence was signed and sealed.

I, on the other hand, take a different view. To me, this concept is comparable to one’s time of birth being the same day as the birth certificate was completed and entered into record. This is rarely the case. I present the notion that our country was born on the first day of concerted bloodshed, the first day that men began sacrificing their lives to be free of British rule. I believe we were truly born on April 19, 1775, the day on which the battles of Lexington and Concord were fought.

Instead of being a Cancer, we may be an Aries on the Taurus cusp. Aries are bold, forward-looking, and trailblazing pioneers. They relish a valiantly-fought battle for the ideals of freedom, personal growth, and fairness. At their worst, they are naieve, aggressive, and have trouble finishing what they start. At their best, usually in conjunction with some objective life experience, they are motivational, generous to a fault, and make worthy leaders.

At the Taurus cusp, we find some bullish, seemingly at-odds qualities that butt heads with the Aries ram. Security, wealth, status quo, and a fear of change are at the heart of Taurus’ makeup. At their worst, they are closed-minded, overly-sentimental, overly-sensitive, and decide to be a cheapskate when they should be buying the best they can afford. At their best, they are deeply loyal, give from a place of love, and stubbornly courageous when the chips are down.

Do you think this sums up the ideals and temperment of our founding and current government? It’s such an interesting concept. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Best Always,
Rev. Brooke

https://www.google.com/amp/www.vanityfair.com/news/2006/12/lutin200612/amp?client=safari

Ayahuasca: My Next Adventure

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Great news, fellow Seekers! I will be offline for the next two weeks, and will not be available for tarot readings while I spiritually and physically prepare for an overlapping series of Ayahuasca ceremonies! I have been given the tremendous gift of being able to partake of this ancient jungle-plant medicine with a Shaman who has 20 years of experience and an authentic lineage with Colombian Ayahuasca elders.

Ayahuasca is an underground movement in the USA that is not for the faint-hearted. This brew, in conjunction with its structured ceremony, is a path toward healing that will (if you allow her to work her wisdom,) purge you of your spiritual and physical pains, and put you back in harmony with our oneness and our mother. She can show you your true purpose, and find your complete forgiveness for yourself and others.

Why am I going to drink this awful-tasting concoction and vomit voluntarily and repeatedly? And submit myself to potentially scary visions that require me to completely set aside my rational mind and ego? Because I need to be the best example I can be for Seekers who come to me for help and guidance. I need to be released from the illusion of myself and my societal filters in order to help you serve your highest purpose. Added bonus? In my quest to help others, grandmother Aya will help me heal myself. You deserve the best I can give you, and I deserve it, too! I’m looking forward to sharing my Ayahuasca experience with you, and using it to be of the utmost service to you!

As always, my love and light go with you! Stay in touch with me on FaceBook @highpriestessbrooke and at www.wiccanhighpriestess.com

LASSO THE MOON: An Easy Guide to Basic Moon Magick

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Greetings, fellow Seekers! I was blessed to be joined by many beautiful souls in a remote prayer vigil a few days ago. It was an amazing experience, as always, with palpable energy and positive intentions. We were comprised of several faiths, and I added to the effort with a meditation followed by a spell casting.

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It was a hastily planned gathering, but I feel my work was successful. The energy around my altar was literally humming!

I usually prefer to time my personal spellwork, law of attraction work, and manifestation/diminishment meditations in order to take advantage of the energies being offered by the positioning of the planets. This can be a challenge! You can wait years for a particular aspect to roll around, or miss an event by seconds!

Often, when the time comes that we are ready to make a change or have opened ourselves to accept more of the things that nourish us, we’re ready NOW! We’re present and accounted for, so let’s GO! Also, we often decide to put off dealing with an issue until it’s approaching critical mass. So again, we need to act NOW!

The quickest and easiest way to harness the energy of our galaxy and put it to work for you is by using the moon! Incorporating the phases of our moon adds an incredibly powerful punch to your magick, manifestations or diminishments, and can influence the outcome of big choices.

Think about it. Our moon is the closest planetary body to us. It’s so close that it is responsible for the cyclical rise and fall of all water on our planet, including our rivers and streams and within our own bodies. Its powerful presence in our human experience spans science, nature, religion, legend, and dreams.

You don’t need to be a scholar of the stars in order to understand the phases of the moon. You can download an app to your phone that gives you the info, but if you’re going to connect with Lady Luna’s energies, I strongly suggest you go outside and look for yourself.

It’s a no-brainer to see if the moon is full, or new. It’s either a full round orb, or it’s invisible! But what about all the stuff in between? Here’s a simple way to see if it’s waxing (growing larger, heading toward fullness,) or waning (getting smaller, heading for newness or dark.)
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Notice Where the Perfectly Round Edge Is.
RIGHT = RIPENING OR RISING
LEFT = LESSENING OR LEAVING

If the lighted part of the moon’s fully round outer edge is on the right, she’s waxing, or moving from new (dark) to full. If the lighted part’s fully rounded edge is on the left, she’s waning, or moving from full to new (dark.)

There are several easy ways to use the moon and her phases to add extra voltage and dimension to meditation, law of attraction work, and spell casting. It’s wise to compose a few extra lines to include during your meditation or ritual that outline how and why you’re incorporating the moon phase. Remember, spell casting is like writing a contract! Be specific, because there is great power in verbalizing your intent.

1) Do metaphysical workings asking for the diminishment or banishment of something at the full moon. As the moon wanes to new, the thing you’re wishing to be free of shrinks as well. This is extra-potent when done on the full moon nearest the summer solstice. You receive the quick-acting relief of the waning moon, and long-term diminishment from the shortening of the days. It’s excellent for goals like weight loss and putting to bed unhealthy habits or mental attitudes.

2) Spell work for gains, material or intangible, are best done at the new moon. This is also true for situations where more information is required, or truths that need to unfold in order to be seen. Again, make clear your intent to use the waxing moon to lend its growth to your desire. As the moon increases, so will your manifestation. Put it into overdrive on the new moon closest to the winter solstice, and take advantage of the steadily growing energy of the increase in daylight.

3) A bright full moon can be used for metaphysical workings designed to find an answer RIGHT NOW. Call upon her to beam her search light on something that requires immediate understanding, or a misdeed or mistake that needs to be uncovered right away.

4) Use the utmost prudence, and do not violate the tenet of “Harm None” when employing this last tip. The dark moon can be used to obscure things. It is not in the scope of Wicca to cover up your lies or deception, and be prepared for the unpleasant consequences when you are discovered to have done so. However, there may be a time when you are being unfairly scrutinized, judged, or harassed. There may be something belonging to you that another person is trying to get, but is not intitled to. And often, we are pursued by busy-bodies who can never seem to mind their own damn business or stop spreading gossip. The dark moon can hide you by distracting your detractors, placing obstacles on their path, or making a path for you that takes you out of their crosshairs.

Happy moon-gazing, fellow Seekers! Follow me on FaceBook @highpriestessbrooke, and please LIKE and SHARE it with your kindred souls! As always, my love and hopes go with you.
Love,
Rev. Brooke

If He Can Do It, So Can You!

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A few days ago, I received a message from a gentleman who found my website, wiccanhighpriestess.com. He is a retired Christian pastor, and after many years in service of the church and his Christian flock, he finds himself drawn to Wicca as a way to invite balance into his life and that which he turns outward in the spirit of love and fellowship to others.

He lamented the lack of honorship of the divine feminine in his former religious structure. But, he is joyously embracing a new outlook and path of enlightenment that celebrates the creatrix, nurturer, and wise woman inherent in all of us, regardless of gender.

In a society that celebrates the conqueror, the ladder-climber, and the warrior, we tread upon the virtues of forgiveness, empathy, and unconditional love. We lose sight of the fact that we are one, and we are all broken spirits in search of that sacred oneness. We have forgotten that we have been made in the image of our creator, which is in love, connectedness, widsom, and light.

I invite you to “unbreak” yourself. Surrender to the softness and love that never ceases to try to find a way into your life experience, regardless of how you push against it. Where there is fearless love, and faith in its unconquerable embrace, there is safety, nourishment, and kindred souls. And it’s yours to keep if you choose to accept it.

As always, my love and support go with you, fellow seeker. Please help me spread that love and light by liking my FaceBook page @highpriestessbrooke and sharing its content with your tribe, especially the ones that need to hear it the most.

FULL MOON IN AQUARIUS: Mirror, Mirror…

The full moon on August 18, 2016 is going to be a “light bulb” moment for most of us! Not only does it take place in the philosophical, “we’re all in this together,” sign of Aquarius, it’s also an ALMOST lunar eclipse. (Yes, this ‘near miss’ matters.)

As a sun sign, Aquarius is the not-usually-emotional thinker and philosopher. Aquarians are exceptional at cutting straight to the things that we all have in common, and have zero fear of push-back from espousing a rational but far-out concept. They are campaigners for the underdogs, advocates for the marginalized, and have unshakable faith in the good…better…BEST traits inherent in all of us. They recognize the power in numbers, and are exceptionally good at bringing those numbers together on issues that effect our collective good, no matter our perceived differences. They believe; no, they KNOW that tomorrow has the potential to be better for everyone if we find our common ground and get out of our own way.

Perhaps most notably of all the Aquarian traits, is their fearless attitude toward changes in thought, culture, and behavior. They welcome the revolution of evolution.

When the full moon is in Aquarius, she sheds soft, but insistent light on the things that have been hidden regarding our innate behavior as the flawed, beautiful creatures we are. Instead of highlighting the positive attributes we have as humans, she focuses her penetrating rays on the things we all do, but have no reason to be proud of. The full moon in Aquarius forces us to see how our habits, dogma, misplaced priorities, prejudices, and insecurities contribute to the chaos and hate we cry out for an end to.

In other words, she points the finger you’ve been pointing at others RIGHT BACK AT YOU.

She reminds you that you need to thoroughly walk your talk before you can demand the same behavior from others. She reminds you that the only change you have control over is your own. She asks you if maybe you might be part of the problem. She also asks you to do some soul-searching about whether or not you even have the right to make demands of your brothers and sisters. She asks you to consider that someone else’s path may not be the same as yours. She insists that in order to ask for the change, you have to BE THE CHANGE. You cannot ask from someone else that which you are unwilling to give in return.

Does this make you a bad person? Absolutely not. In order to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our status quo, we all place boundaries, pretexts, and fine print around our lives and our choices. The kicker is, however, by limiting the amount of change you’ll tolerate before you feel your personal boat is being rocked, you’re automatically stifling the change that you’re asking for. The Universe does not deal in “ifs, ands, or buts.” If you want it, you have to ask for it, and get the hell out of the way. That includes your own way and everyone else’s. It begs you to examine what good your boundaries are doing, and whether or not they serve your greater good, and the greater good of the whole.

And what about the near-miss of the lunar eclipse?

It’s significant because the potential obscuring of all or part of the moon’s oracular illumination didn’t happen. It means that we could have missed the real issues YET AGAIN, but she’s decided that we’re ready to wake up and take a look at ourselves, regardless of our discomfort. She has faith that we can handle it, and she KNOWS we have the endless potential for love, optimism, cooperation, and empathy.

She’s thrown open the door to your dark, creepy, stale attic of the self, and she’s handed you a broom, searchlight, and an endless supply of garbage bags. Get cracking, Buttercup.

As always, my love and encouragement go with you, fellow Seekers! If you like my irreverent style, please LIKE my FaceBook page @highpriestessbrooke and consider taking a fresh look at a situation, relationship, or coming event with a one-on-one Holistic Tarot Reading! Visit www.wiccanhighpriestess.com for details! Blessed be, Seekers!

FAITH: Hard to Have When You Don’t Really Know What it Means!

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Sure. Thanks. You too. Whatever.

We’ve all heard it, and most of us have said it when other words of support and comfort have eluded us. Have faith. When things are so spectacularly crappy, it really feels like lip service, doesn’t it? It’s a phrase intended to encourage and soothe, but in reality it has lost some of its magic in the cloud of cliché.

What the heck is faith anyway? An answer without a side of dogma would be nice, right? Like, what is the concept of faith when you detach it from an association with a higher spiritual power or religion? Is it still a thing? Or does it get subsumed by similar personal concepts like aspirations, opinions and perspective?

Faith outside of spirituality is very much a thing! Exploring the concept of faith in this manner, I hope, will take it out of the realm of cliché for you, and put you back in touch with what it really means.

Having faith is something you do every day, even in the smallest of choices. You have faith when you load the dishwasher and expect clean dishes. You have faith when you try a new recipe or go on a date. (First date! HUGE faith there!) Folks at the blackjack table have faith, and so do people saying their wedding vows.

Yeah, and?

Faith, very simply, is a belief in possibility. It’s knowing that in regards to a situation or choice that may not be 100% within your control, there is the possibility of a favorable outcome. We know that everything is possible even by slim margins, thanks to the dry bones of probability and statistics, so why is faith so hard to have? (Really. Please answer that for yourself and sort it out.)

You have faith that the dishwasher won’t reward you with a cascade of rampant suds. You have faith that the new recipe will be edible. Good grief, we walk down the wedding aisle with faith in happily ever after. Every single choice, every risk, from large to small, that you have made or will ever make, has all required belief in possibility.

Every single breakthrough in science has begun with the belief that there was the possibility of something more, or something that could not be seen. Our most prestigious accomplishments and most concrete scientific truths began as an exercise of faith.

Faith is not an emotional extractive of our decision making process. It IS our decision making process.

When having faith seems just too, too much to ask, daydream about possibilities instead. It’s foolproof faith, because everything is possible.

As always, you take my love, blessings, and wishes for well-being wherever you go! Keep in touch on FaceBook @highpriestessbrooke and if you dig my insight, hit me up for a Holistic Tarot reading at www.wiccanhighpriestess.com.

MAGICKAL MOONSTONE: Definitely Not Made of Green Cheese!

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Luminous. Pearly. Iridescent. All these lovely words accurately describe the gorgeous, seemingly mysterious, gem of moonstone.

Since my last post went deep into Cancer territory, I thought it would be helpful to follow up with some information that might prove to be a useful elixir while you heal the wounds uncovered by yesterday’s new moon. (The effects of which may unfold over the next week, so be nice to yourself.) Moonstone is the flavor of the day today, and it’s definitely not green cheese!

A piece of moonstone is practically the last word in gems or minerals that represent the female aspect of duality; it is directly linked to the Goddess. Ruled by water, it resonates with the zodiac signs of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. You do not need to be born under one of these houses in order to benefit from its properties! Carry it during these astrological aspects, or at any time you feel drawn to the characteristics of water.

Moonstone’s name is no accident, either. It is associated with our moon, and thereby represents the aspects that go with it. Intuition, psychism, fertility, nurturing, emotional and physical healing are all within moonstone’s capabilities.

Moonstone is also a highly protective substance, particularly in regards to emotional manipulation, dishonesty, theft, and deceit. Just as the moon’s rays shed light on secrets that would prefer to stay hidden, moonstone amplifies “woman’s intuition” and can give you advance notice of someone’s less-than-honorable intentions or uncover guilt, especially when coupled with garnet. In addition, I know of several Wiccans who wear it for alertness and safety during travel, and to keep remote tabs on the safety of loved ones.

Moonstone is an emotional equalizer. Just as water always finds equilibrium, moonstone can help promote balance during times of spiritual stress. This is of tremendous value while you grow and change as your wounds heal. A bit of moonstone in your pocket to use as a worry stone, or even better, mounted in silver and worn as a necklace (preferably long enough to lay over your heart,) can keep your feelings in balance so that you do not lose sight of your healing journey.

It promotes spiritual growth, restful sleep, and invites you to have healing, useful dreams. It also strengthens psychic perception, and promotes reflection and contemplation.

A note of caution: Be prepared for the effects of moonstone if you’re an empath or a sensitive, especially for 3 days on either side of a full moon. Those silvery rays of enlightenment may look watery and gentle, but they are powerful enough to wear down the mightiest of fortifications if left uncontrolled. Make sure you actually want to know the truth before you tip headlong into her waters. Her calm tact will not shield you from things you preferred to be unaware of!

As always, my blessings, love, and luck travel with you. Keep in touch on FaceBook or if you’d like a glimpse at your future beyond the scope brought by moonstone, book a Holistic Tarot reading via phone or skype at wiccanhighpriestess.com
Love,
Rev. Brooke

NEW MOON IN CANCER: Treating Old Wounds

July 4, 2016 marks a new moon in the astrological sign of Cancer. Introspection and self-care are not optional right now, they are mandatory. Be prepared, it’s going to hurt before it can heal.

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Oh, Cancer! Your crusty exterior protects one of the softest, most vulnerable personalities in the zodiac. Emotionally driven, protective of your home, and often unable to put yourself first, you can be one of the most complicated signs to unlock. Drawing you out of your shell is usually an exercise in futility, and those who love you must learn to accept the shell, and ask to be let in instead of banging on the door demanding you come out.

The sign of Cancer is ruled by the moon, and any meditations or spellwork that are coordinated with the moon phases at this time highlight emotional, domestic, fertility, and inner healing issues. The moon’s silvery, penetrating rays cast a glow on the deepest secrets and mysteries of our emotional selves, and empower us to embrace and acknowledge our shadows.

The new (dark) moon in Cancer on July 4 bids us to go into the garden of our emotions at night and wait for our inner eyes to adjust to the darkness. As the moon waxes, and her gentle but insistent light grows, our most troubling, long-buried wounds are uncovered. The addictions, the rejections, the baggage, the fears, the burden of unforgiven mistakes, all come forward in desperate need of your care and attention.

This important period of introspection is uncomfortable, to say the least. No one enjoys revisiting our darkest hours. We spend exhorbitant amounts of time and effort repressing and supressing the things that we did not want to take the time to find answers for, or which seemed to hurt too much to cope with. We then double down on it by using the time that has gone by since we chose to ignore our issue(s) as a further excuse to let it languish. It’s been umpteen years, why bring it up now?

Indeed, why bring it up now?

Because the hardest thing you will ever, ever do is look inside yourself, and it’s a challenge that will reward you with answers, strength, and peace of mind if you choose to accept it. This new moon makes turning inward and meeting your shadows as gentle and natural-feeling as it can be, and combined with the nurturing, maternal aspect of Cancer, you can inspect, assess, and dress your wounds with the utmost care and understanding. You can get to the root of your issues without inflicting further harm in the process.

You wouldn’t think twice about helping someone you love. You’d nurse them back to health, hold them close when they are afraid, and stand by them when they struggle with things only they can fix. And you’d love them unconditionally through it all! Now is the time to show yourself some of that empathy. Now is the perfect time to deal with the issues, no matter how deeply buried, that keep you from stepping up to the completely joyful, unencumbered emotional life you deserve.

As always, take this loving reminder with you: Harm none. When seeking to remove or release someone or something from your life which has hurt you, ask very clearly for a solution that is effective, lasting, and correct for all. This includes mistakes you’ve made. Further negative self-talk will bring you no closer to resolution, so be mindful of the things you say to yourself.

I wish you the brightest of blessings, love, and luck, today and all days! Stay in touch at www.facebook.com/highpriestessbrooke and at www.wiccanhighpriestess.com. And if you like my style and find my insight useful, schedule a holistic tarot reading via phone, skype, or email!
Love,
Rev. Brooke