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.

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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

SUMMER SOLSTICE FULL MOON: June 20, 2016 Holds Immense, Mythic Magick

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Greetings, fellow Seekers! Get control of your schedule for Monday, June 20, because you do not want to miss the unbelievable benefits of this year’s summer solstice!

For the first time since 1948, we will have a full moon on the solstice. This conjunction means rare, potent magick is in the offing. The full moon and the solstices lend their own brand of tremendous power to spellwork, manifestation/diminishment meditations, and astrological forecasts.

Traditionally, the full moon and the summer solstice are events that celebrate all things that are ripe, abundant, and in full bloom. We express our deepest gratitude on the solstice to the earth for the bounty that is coming forth at this time. Her trees and vines are bursting with fruits and vegetables that nourish our bodies and put our spirits back in touch with the miracles of nature. At the full of the moon, we bask in the mysterious silver rays that light our way to see that which has been hidden, and give thanks for things that have come to maturation in the last 30 days.

The full moon and the summer solstice also hold some of the most powerful banishing magick to be found in the metaphysical world. Diminishment spells and meditations receive supercharged assistance when enacted on the full moon and left to remove the undesired issue as the moon grows smaller. Banishment rituals done on the summer solstice (after giving thanks, of course,) are best used for issues that may take six months or more to lessen or disappear. Long-term weight loss, the closure on a painful divorce, deep addictions, phobias, and illness all top the list of things that benefit from the slow, steady work of the gradual shortening of the days.

When banishing magick is done on this unusual conjunction, expect to see results that knock your socks off!

When we’ve reached our limit on a situation that we want to remove from our future experience, we’re ready NOW! We’re hot and aggravated, or so darn tired, that we need relief, like yesterday! But we all know that the longest-lasting beneficial changes need time to take hold and settle in. Waiting and having faith can test the foundations of the most patient among us, and time is needed for the tangled threads of a complicated situation to sort themselves out. But this full moon solstice gives us fast gratification AND long-term diminishment!

In the combining of these two powerful celestial events, we receive a swift result from the two-week cycle of the moon that takes her from full to void (new,) and the luck, diligence, and endurance that is needed to go the distance from the solstice.

This means that a lifestyle change for health or weight loss yields nearly instant feelings of relief and an ecouraging reading from the scale, and it becomes easier to let go of the long-term habits and thoughtforms that may have helped put your health in jeopardy. The endurance of the power of the solstice phases those things out, and reduces your cravings for unhealthy food so steadily, it seems like no effort at all, and you may find yourself wondering how you lived life without a daily walk or swim!

If you cannot or do nor want to continue in your current career, but don’t have the luxury of walking out, take heart! A banishing spell can open a new door for you within the next few weeks in order to place you somewhere more enjoyable. But don’t expect it to be permanent! It’s first-aid while the long-term action of the solstice hears out your desires, and conspires to get you into a field where your heart and wallet are equally full. **ALERT!** This means your radar must be fully engaged! The next six months will be teeming with coincidence and serendipity, because these shifts are all about chance meetings and being in the right place at the right time. You must submit to the whim of a cup of coffee at that new café, the urge to take the long route home, and the desire to horn in (in a friendly way!) on the conversation of strangers. Get off the beaten track of your routines, or you’ll miss your opportunities!

And the bad relationship that just seems to drag on? You know, the one that should have been over ages ago, but it didn’t seem possible to cut the cord cleanly? The ramifications were going to be too messy, dramatic, and painful, so you’re languishing in purgatory. Not anymore! A banishing spell right now for this issue can mean an easier immediate split, and then ever-calmer waters while the assets are divided, the emotions are soothed, and you both move forward with a cleaner slate. This full moon solstice energy may also be the catalyst to a meaningful conversation that puts the whole relationship into perspective for both of you, and even though you’re still splitting up, a respect and understanding may be fostered for what you used to have, and how you each benefited from the things that were good. This aspect in particular is important for exes that must co-parent. **ALERT** You must also be on the look out for coincidence and serendipity. It will yield that new apartment that’s perfect on your single income, that bit of extra work to smooth out some unexpected expenses, and the opportunities for soul-soothing activities that put you back in touch with your inner light.

As always, take this loving reminder with you: Harm none.Banishing rituals can be sticky wickets, because often, we’re seeking to remove people or situations that cause us pain. Do not allow the mirage of victimhood to be an excuse for petitioning the Universe for an end to an issue that includes pain for another person. Ideally, the solution to a painful situation, is one wherein each party can find it easy to walk away. With tension comes more tension, and resolution never comes of ongoing strife. If you are asking for a person to be removed from your life, or a harmful issue of which they are a part, repeat after me:

I ask that this be correct, and for the good of all. This shall be resolved easily, permanently, and with no harm inflicted. It is fixed, and it is so.

Brightest blessings, and I wish you much love and luck while you let go of the things that do not serve your highest good. Blessed Solstice!

SLACKTIVISM: Because I Need to Look Better Than You.

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Today is June 13, 2016. The LGBT community and its allies are reeling from the horrific mass-shooting in Orlando. As I write, I am actively grieving for people I do not know, as many of us are. As if this event was not awful enough, I am enraged, absolutely ENRAGED by the flood of social media judgment upon those who are expressing their collective grief by those who do not seem to be in a position to act superior. I will be composing this blog and sitting on it for a few days. If you’re reading this, I’m still pissed off enough to publish it. DON’T BOTHER WRITING TO ME. If this commentary makes you uncomfortable enough to want to bitch me out, just don’t. I will not read the email, and I won’t approve your comments under any circumstances. Take that energy and use it to figure out why my diatribe hurt your feelings, and whether or not your attitude is helping or hindering your cause(s).

Slacktivism: In my opinion, the douchiest word of the 21st century thus far. Yes, that’s what I think. An asshole way to describe one of humankind’s most basic reactions to tragic events… “I’m sorry this happened, but I do not want, or do not feel I can get any more involved other than expressing my sympathies.” This is, and has been, the reaction of the vast majority of human beings for as long as there have been human beings and sad situations. Stuff sucks. Bad things happen to good people, and the people who are not directly effected move on because their worlds are still turning. Is it good? Is it bad? Neither. It’s normal. 100%, hard wired, paid our respects, normal.

But as if this was something new, the pithy, ever-so-clever, sarcasm-is-the-new-black blogosphere created yet another term to use against others. In this instance, the target is those who you feel do not measure up to the impossible standards of… well… YOUR preconceived ideas about how OTHER people should behave. They’re not angry enough. They don’t donate time/money/blood. Their “thoughts and prayers” on social media are clearly useless, because X, Y, or Z happened anyway. They’re not even a member of the demographic in distress, so they have no right to comment.

Are you serious? If you’ve actually said this out loud, or posted it on social media, did you really think you were helping? Is your cause any further along thanks to your caustic judgment of these people you probably don’t even know? I didn’t think so.

I’m not writing this in order to dissect the correct application of the term “slacktivist.” I don’t even care whether or not its a useful or wasteful behavior. It’s an obnoxious, divisive word. What I am here to say, is that if you’ve derided, directly, or vaguely, someone else’s expression of grief, no matter how small, and/or applied this term, you need to check yourself. (If your feelings are already at a boil at this point, or you’re not up to the task of adjusting your perspective, do us both a favor and stop reading. Right here. The rest is going to completely ruin your day; maybe your whole friggin’ decade. Fair warning.)

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Neptune Retrograde: Permission to Dream GRANTED!

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Mercury gets all the attention for going retrograde! But get excited, because Neptune’s backing it up until November 19! Neptune “The Planet of Mist” rules Pisces, all liquids (even booze and blood!) and takes 146 years to transit the zodiac. It spends 14 years in each sign, and about 6 months of the year in retrograde, so its effects are wide-spread but more on the subtle side.

Neptune is THE big daddy of inspiration, dreams, intution and natural psychic abilities, spirituality, mercy, and compassion. It urges us to reject limitations and keep striving to create the world in which we’d love to live. Neptune takes the legendary beauty of Venus and multiplies it to the Nth degree with the heaven and earth moving powers of spirituality. It despises coarseness, and prefers to dull the tack that pops the balloon of our dreams by just ignoring some unpleasant realities. It takes its mission of inspiring fantasy very seriously, why spoil it with the harsh light of day?

Neptune in retrograde is GREAT!! It gives us full permission to dream, create, and immerse ourselves in the soul-nourishing topics of paradise, spirituality, metaphysics, and inner growth. It couples those things with a dose of practicality and reality, and in the combining, we are shown how to realistically go about making our dreams real! How amazing is that?!

It makes us take a real look at situations we’ve glossed over (debt, unfulfilling relationships, soul-sucking jobs,) and gives us oceans of inspiration as to how we can solve them creatively, and in ways that appeal to our values and highest self. It also helps us physically apply our empathy and sympathy to another’s misfortune by setting our energies in motion.

So now that you’ve got auspicious conditions to dream and plan, what can you envision and manifest? My guess is ANYTHING! Brightest blessings!

Political Turmoil: A New Age Empath’s Thoughts on Coping

Greetings, fellow Seekers. Right now, the USA is squirming within the grip of a political circus. There are tremendous principles at stake, regardless of which side of the aisle you find yourself on. The media is saturated with the 2016 presidential race, most of it seeming to focus on the worst, dirtiest, sensationalized bit of tripe that can be dug up and exponentialized. Are there deep issues on the table that need to be sorted out? Yes. Are we on the threshold of tremendous change or tremendous regression? Yes. Does everyone care on some level about what’s going on? In my heart, I do think so.

But what about those of us who can’t seem to fall in line with the actions or speech that are taking place right now? It’s not that we don’t care. We fully understand that we wouldn’t have a country in the first place if not for people who were passionate about their views for a better tomorrow. We want to live in a place that reflects our highest good as a human tribe. We find the common threads of hope, dignity, and a desire for peace even in the most contentious arguments. But, many of us find ourselves unable to engage. The possibility exists that we are not apathetic nor uncaring, but that we care too much.

I feel deeply about the things I would like to see in our future as a nation. I will vote, or perhaps not vote, as my conscience dictates. But I cannot (CANNOT. Full Stop.) direct my energy toward the modalities that others are employing to create change at this time. The more I force myself to join the ranks, get out in the street, shout down the opposition, the less I can physically or emotionally do so. My very being seems to shrink from this fracas, and I find myself turning away from it in order to focus on things that feed my emotional peace and stability; things that I can share with others in the hopes of promoting their own emotional and spiritual well-being.

Does this feel familiar to you? Like the more you try to jump in the pool, the stronger the feeling is not to? I think there are more of us experiencing this than we realize. To attempt to put it in some perspective, let’s explore this situation in regards to our particular and individual human experience. Let’s take a look at the very long game.

I offer up for your consideration, that this political inferno may not be meant to be part of your experience this time around. This idea may be at the root of our emotional and spiritual incapability to throw ourselves in the mix. Regardless of whether you believe in reincarnation, this current climate may not be one you’re supposed to be a part of. It may be outside the realm of direct lessons you’re scheduled to learn, and this may be an exercise in stepping back and observing, or perhaps focusing your efforts on other things. Of course, die-hard reincarnationists aren’t sweating any of this. From that point of view, they’ll live this life as it’s meant to unfold, and come back at another time when the atmosphere may be a bit sweeter. (Or perhaps not come back here at all, but that’s a whole other discussion.)

This situation will unfold as it is meant to, with or without us entangling our emotional and spiritual resources. And as the Universal Intelligence has informed me, we will all continue to make our way regardless of whom gets elected. Not to say that this election and the issues surrounding it do not matter, but in the long view, this is a ripple in a much larger pond. Our lives will move on, and we will experience any situations relating to this race as we are meant to, or not meant to, as your individual case may be. And if you really want to get out there, in the very large scope of the human story, this is just another civilization scrapping about whose champion beetle gets to sit at the top of the dung heap. It’s been done before, and will be done again, and again, until the sun goes down on our species.

So what to do? Firstly, shut off the television. Turn off the radio. Unfollow the people on your FaceBook who post political content. (It’s not that you don’t like them, you just don’t need to hear it right now. Re-follow when they’ve settled down.) If you need to know about what’s going on in your area, your local newspaper might provide more relevant content. Pick up the phone and call your loved ones in order to connect with them, so that you can avoid the extraneous commentary that comes with logging into social media. Go the freak outside and listen to the earth and sky. Get reconnected with the air, dirt, and water. They are the primary source of everything that sustains the human body, and it can be argued that in the end, that’s all that you need.

If you feel like you need to do something, it may serve your highest self right now to keep it local and direct. Volunteer your time and resources to a local, non-political organization that has a direct impact on your community. If you’re a gardener, plant an extra bed of veggies to donate to your local charity kitchen. Get the neighborhood kids to help you! Volunteer at the library, the senior center, the hospital. There are a thousand worthy causes that you could make a difference for by being present.

And as for the legions of people that seem to have a need to chastise you for your “non-participation,” I have a few choice words in my head that I won’t print. In polite terms, you can simply let them know that you’re an empath. Because you are. The anger and hostility out there right now is just overwhelming, and you’re having a hard time finding a place to put it so that you can stay balanced. You’re focusing on other good works where you feel you can make a difference. And if they find fault with that, walk away. Far and fast. They’re up to their ears in the dung heap and cannot hear you.