Sacred Hearth: Creating the 8th Gate in Your Home

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Greetings beloveds,

I have spoken of the 8th Gate of the underworld as a space of creation and rest. You can read about the 8th Gate of the underworld here. As we are at the time to begin integrating the lessons of the underworld into our lives, let us acknowledge and create our own 8th Gate within your home.

  • Find a space that you can fill with only the things that make you feel safe and loved.
  • Cleanse that space using the elements
    • Air: Incense, sound, breath
    • Water: humidifier, spray mist
    • Fire: light candles, safely burn intentions for the space
    • Earth: bring in plants and stones
    • Spirit: Energetic clearing using spheres of cleansing and protection
  • Set the intention of the space
    • Previous methods may be used here as well
    • Write sigils using your energy upon the walls and floors
  • Place the items that conjure emotions of safety, comfort, and support into this space. Make sure these items also engage your creative side.
  • Spend time in this space doing what brings you pleasure. Reading, writing, meditating, listening to music, electronic media. This is not a space to zone out altogether but to incite the energy of creation within you. This is different for everyone.
  • This does not have to be inside your home. Spaces outside can serve to be your 8th Gate but be mindful of the privacy of that space. If it is public and others enter it, that place will need to be cleansed more often and reset.

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Enjoy your time within the 8th Gate. May it lead you to peace and joy.

-Rose

 

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Full Moon in Cancer: Clean, Clear, and Taking Care of Self.

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Greetings beloveds,

It’s officially the first full moon of 2018 and of course being in the sign of Cancer we are going to be all up in our feels. Alright, let’s get real here. There is something in your life that is crappy right now. You may be having petty conflict with your loved ones, at home, or in situations where there are power dynamics (i.e. every possible situation). In the areas that you can control and influence you can either create a space of heaven or hell. A space of support and love or conflict and stress. At some point you have chosen to either exert power over someone or give power to someone or something when that did not need to occur.

Cancer’s are known for giving more love, energy, and time to those that do not return the sentiment. If you find yourself in partnerships that are not equally supportive, time to cut the cord. Otherwise you will begin to hold negative energy which will impact your life in ways that you may be least expecting it such as your ability to provide for yourself and care for your home. As Cancer, is associated with the home, make sure that you have created a safe space for yourself there. Do not let others take advantage of your giving nature. Create boundaries and stick to them. Even if you write them down and pull them out when necessary.

Alright so how do we not find ourselves in their power conflicts? Connect to Spirit. Simple as that. This theme of spirituality is the main theme of all life. We always have resources and support waiting for us to tap into them. We cannot do that when we are not willing to be open to that information. Meditate, pray, write, sing, play instruments, have sex, talk to your friends, be in nature, take part in sacred movements, whatever is your thing do it. Also, focus on getting your temple right.

  • Clean your house

Have you been slacking on staying on top of your finances? Robbing Peter to pay Paul? Make a budget, set up different bank accounts, and find a financial management system that you can stick with.

Physically clean your home

Wash your windows, dust, clean your floors, wash your walls

Air your pillows and mattress

Recycle, donate, and trash objects you no longer need

  • Clear your energy

Wash your hair

Exfoliate your skin

Receive a manicure or pedicure (from yourself or another)

Sleep

Use air, water, earth, and fire to cleanse according to your spiritual practice

  • Take care of your body

Take time off to relax (walk, bathe, read, write, watch a movie or tv, meet with friends, have sex)

Review your daily eating habits

Move! – Make it a daily priority to move and be active

Happy New Year- May you thrive in 2018

-Rose

Winter Solstice 2017: Polarity Reading

Winter Solstice Masculine Feminine Reading (3)

Greetings beloveds,

We have explored the general and love energy of this season, we now turn to the masculine and feminine to bring complete balance. The world right now is stark and barren. The sky is grey and we long or warmth and comfort. Yet, there is a beauty to the stillness and promise of what is to come. We know that beyond the appearance of death there is life waiting to come forth. As if reflected by the season, our world right now seems ugly, cruel, and bare. Yet, we find joy and beauty still. That is the lesson for this winter. Even in the darkest of times there is joy and light. There exist together just as the masculine and feminine exist; united. The masculine is here to share the beauty of the world while the feminine calls us to recognize that it is our inherent worth that makes this world divine.

January: There is a book series that I love by Garth Nix called The Abhorsen Series. Through these stories we learn of the creation and destruction of the world repeatedly. Each time shifting and growing. Each character must grapple with their shadow towards inadequacy, worth, and purpose. One of the characters Lirael, experiences severe displacement as an orphan among the Clayr of the North who see across time. Lirael does not have the sight and finds herself spending her time among their ancient library. Learning became her gift. Within that gift Lirael is led to her purpose. Lirael had a gift that was unique unto herself. One that would save them all but cost her more than she would have imagined. I implore you to read this series to acquaint yourself with a beautiful tale of shadow and light, life and death. How they are so closely tied together.

You may feel displaced. That you are constantly seeking to be more, do more, live more. We strive to “get it right and achieve our purpose in life.” We realize this January, that there is no right way. Perfection is subjective. It is a choice. One that can feel very difficult to make. Holding abuse, toxicity, and other harmful situations such as institutional prejudice, find the perfection around you. In the beauty of the sunrise. In your morning or evening ritual. In the arguments, misunderstandings, and perceived failures. The path is before you and the choice is yours which way you would like to go. Embrace your experience and use that to fuel your drive. Unite your will and honor both the pain and love. Within there lies the perfection of your entire being.

February: It may be very difficult to accept our divinity and flawed perfection. Often that is where our spirituality comes in as we connect to forces perceived as greater than ourselves who can provide us a lens through which we can see ourselves through the eyes of the divine. Beautiful, perfect, loved. Seek guidance from those who have traveled this road before. They can lend insight and support to you during your journey to self. There is a balance that exists between having a guide, honoring your own wisdom, and being your own guide. Strike that balance this month. Outside insight is a support system but they cannot do the work for you. Nor can they see the world as you do. You are unique and deserve to have that space to shine. Shine brightly love.

March: You have your guides, you know your purpose, you honor your inner source of wisdom, now we heal. We heal the larger forms of ourselves in community with one another. Often these larger structures of institutions, groups, and ideas shape our world. They create expectations and stereotypes which we are compared to externally and internally. We look to our leaders to guide us and then are disappointed, hurt, and enraged when they do not live up to our expectations. The lesson of February carries over to our social spheres as we heal our relationship to community and leadership. Go within and determine if the larger sphere reflects your internal desires. A wise organization, society, and leader engages in self-reflection just as we reflect on our lives. If that does not occur growth is obstructed. Balance is the key. Taking in information from trusted vetted guides and your own personal guidance system creates a well-rounded approach to decision making and creation.

If you find that you are angry at what is occurring during this time that emotion is a sign of the burning away of what was. Let the fires rage within you and funnel that energy towards constructive action. Call out your actions that have participated in the harm and the actions of the those who you placed your trust in to guide the whole. From fire comes life. From death rebirth. From the ashes the Phoenix.

-Rose

Winter Solstice 2017 Love Reading: Rest, Abundance, and Birth

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Merry Winter Solstice beloveds,

Today we look at the energy of love for the winter season. Over the past year many have experienced shifts in their relationships with themselves and each other. If you are finding that your heart is in need of care practice heart opening exercises and rituals. Love is always seeking us out. Doing whatever is necessary to let us know that we are loved and cared for. This winter, embrace your soul mate. This could be you and your soul uniting, your light and your shadow, a romantic, platonic, family, or other type of relationship. Do not limit your thoughts of love to just romantic or sexual partnership. There are so many ways that we express love. Perhaps you have animal friends, places in nature, books, cars, or even tv shows that make your soul and heart fill with light. That is love. Be there and hold that space within you.

January: The theme for Winter overall focuses on taking time off to come back into alignment with yourself. Make space for yourself. Rather that’s quiet time in the morning, during the day, or at night make yourself a priority. You have done quite a bit of work this year and it’s time to let all of that be set in your mind, body, and soul. There is magic in between the breath. Span that moment into eternity. Rest.

February: You’ve taken the time to relish the pause. Your breath is deep and filling. You close your eyes and memories of your life spring forth. Images of you in your perfect for you life surround you making you gleam with light. When you open your eyes, does the external world reflect what you saw? Were they memories of what could be or what is? I know that following your dreams can be intimidating and scary but so is the thought of never taking that chance. During your time of rest and rejuvenation focus your energy on that life, on your purpose, on your spirit. Focus there until it becomes second nature. Soon it will be time to move these dreams from the astral realm to this one.

March: Winter is coming to an end. The sun is shining and the days are becoming longer. What did you dream of over the last two months? It is time to move from visualization to actualization. The time of gestation has allowed for the details of what you desire to become clear. You have worked out different paths and ways that this could come forth. You’ve experienced synchronicities which have helped to show you the way. Do you feel the tension rising? The energy quickening. Your breath becomes deep and fast. You feel the desire to push this new life, idea, perception out into the world. Prepare, take a deep breath, and release.

-Rose

Winter Solstice Reading 2017: The Art of Receiving

Winter Solstice GeneralGreetings beloveds,

We have reached the point in the year where time stands still. We are within the underworld beyond the 8th gate. Tapped into the energy of pure creation. Over the last season what did you find has come to manifestation? You may be thinking nothing was manifested for me. Yet every moment that we exist the world is reflecting back to us what we (along with every other being) have been desiring. Perhaps your shadow has brought you situations that make you very uncomfortable. This is a time of growth. Winter 2017 will release distractions so that we can see what we have sown clearly.

For myself, this Fall I found that I manifested a circumstance through which to face the reality of who I am and what I want. Over the summer I released a relationship that no longer served me as I usually do once I feel that that is the action to take. What I did not realize was there was another relationship that needed to be released that I could NOT let go of in the way I usually do. I could not just stop talking to this person and move on with my life. Well I could but it would have taken a large bit of action on my part to let go of the overall relationship that I no longer desired. I was not ready to do so yet. Therefore, because I would not let go, had not established proper boundaries, and did not want to confront the issue that I created a toxic environment for this other person as well. Now I am reconciling. The difference in this cycle is the wisdom that I have. I realized how I had felt the way this person felt before feeling as if someone was against me when they were either unbothered or frustrated with the state of their own life. As I had desired for this person to become their true self, this was me needing to be my true self. I needed to own who I was, what I wanted, where I was. The focus on the other was a distraction.

If you find yourself feeling distracted or facing your shadow head on in a way that you cannot get away from them, turn to them and say what do you want from me? What is it you want? Then turn inwards and ask yourself, what do I want? Who am I and who do I want to be? This Winter we will be able to reap the rewards of the work we do if you are willing to face the shadow before attempting to turn into the light.

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This January, take time to relax and come back to yourself. When you are in the flow you are in the state of receiving. The universe may well be trying to send you everything you desire and yet in your efforts to “fix” things you are blocking your blessings. They will still arrive but perhaps not as quickly or quite in the fashion they could have had you been open and willing. You may feel the call to set new intentions and goals for the new year. Make one of those goals meditation. Find the stillness in the time when the world is lodged in the dark. Turning towards the light and waiting rebirth.

February

Pack your bags loves it’s time to take a trip! Perhaps a vacation, day trip, or even a couple of hours of your day to see something new that will rejuvenate you. You may also find yourself moving jobs, homes, or vehicles. Be open to the change. Be open to the calling. Follow the energy and move. As they said, when I move you move, just like that.

March

The time of fruition is upon us! March is here and the winds of abundance are bringing a financial windfall. All the work you’ve been doing will pay off and you will see the fruits of your labor. This can be an intoxicating experience. You feel powerful and joyful at your circumstances. Take heed though, do not stop growing because you have found a place of abundance. There is always more that lies beyond the gate but you must be willing to open the door and allow in. Practice the art of receiving. Journal, practice forms of divination, dance, do art, gather with friends and loved ones, do what you need to to open yourself up to moving beyond the fear that could keep you where you are because you have become comfortable.

 

Winter is a time of rest and reflection. Give yourself that gift because shortly you will feel the push. The tension, the desire to rise and be born again.

Merry Winter Solstice

-Rose

Goddesses of Life and Death: Lilith

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Greetings beloveds,

I bring to you the final Goddess of Life and Death we will feature here at The Bliss Institute, Lilith. Lilith came to come quickly just as I thought all that wanted to be seen had stepped forward. She was a calm but persistent energy that would not be ignored. I present to you, some online resources on the Great and Powerful Lilith.

-Rose

Wikipedia-Lilith

My Jewish Learning-Lilith, Lady Flying in Darkness 

Ancient Origins-Lilith: Ancient Demon, Dark Deity, or Sex Goddess?

Bible History Daily-Lilith

The Gnosis Archive- The Lilith Myth

Thought CO.-The Legend of Lilith: Origins and History

Jewish Women’s Archive-Lilith

The Mystica-Lilith: Adam’s First Wife, Myth, Demon Goddess

 

New Moon in Sagittarius: Let the Arrow Fly

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Greetings beloveds,

2017 has been quite a year. As we experience the last new moon of this Gregorian solar calendar year, we are brought back to the beginning. To our roots. To the root chakra. In two days it will be the winter solstice. We are at that point where the Dark Goddess is pregnant with the new sun. The sun who is ready to return to the Earth to bring warmth and life back its’ inhabitant. You too are pregnant. With ideas, dreams, hopes, projects, or perhaps a human infant. The energy of creation is stirring within your loins. It builds bringing the warmth of darkness to your being that has grown cool with the loss of the sun. Feel it fueling you. Let the warmth move up through your energy centers. Feel it expand in your heart moving outwards to surround your entire energetic field. Now let it flow up recharging your throat chakra which has been so active over the past 6 months. Feel the freedom of letting your truth be known. The energy feels like coming home on a cold day to a warm home with delicious food and company (yourself or others). Your third eye lights up with the wisdom from your dreams and insights. The energy spills forth then from your crown reigniting your connection to the universe, Spirit, and God. You are whole. You are complete. You are perfect just as you are.

This new moon brings the promise of blessings in the form of self-care and innovation. Let the creative juices ignited from your root chakra provide you with stability and strength. The strength to say you matter. The strength to stand up for your needs and desires. The ability to create the life you’ve always dreamed of.

Everyone experiences barriers. Some more powerful and resistant than others. Some seemingly unable to be overcome such as institutional racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, and environmental destruction. Yet, even when the Dark Goddess was alone in her pain and grief, there came support in the form of two beings who saw her. Witnessed her pain and said we feel with you. As you look at the world burning down around you. Feel the earth beneath your feet. The air against your cheek. The fires at your back and in your soul. The waters of your unconscious flowing to the surface of your being. Expect support in unexpected packages and forms.

Take time this new moon, winter solstice, and new years to give some love to yourself. Take some time off. Spend time with loved ones. Read a book or see that movie that you’ve always wanted to watch. Cook, sleep, write, camp, take that trip. Feed your soul. Be creative. The tools are already in your hands waiting for you to use them. The arrow has been notched, the bow pulled taunt. Let go.

Happy new moon loves.

-Rose

The Masculine Roots: Ancestor Reverence

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Greetings beloveds,

This month is all about ancestor reverence. Learning to connect, appreciate, and grow from those who have come before us so that we are able to know what may adversely or positively affect us. We are literal replicants of our family members down through the lines. Our DNA having been passed down from one to the other, reconnecting, twisting, and sometimes changing due to external or internal circumstances. But we are our ancestors if not in spirit then by blood and tissue. The cells that came together and then split multiplying into the new beings that we are today.

I did not always feel very connected to my present extended family or ancestors. I loved going to events and celebrations because the food was great and the stories about my parents were amusing. But I never spent a lot of time around family outside of that. The history between my mother and her family as well as my fathers side wasn’t the best. A part of the healing that needs to occur within my line in particular is around balance, boundaries, and healthy communication. There is on the female and maybe male line an issue with sovereignty, scarcity, and love. I am working on healing that now by doing what frightens me most, letting my heart be my guide. What came from this was a line of communication being established between myself and my ancestors. Yet, I was surprised to see who came forth.

My mother and father often told me stories of their mothers and grandmothers. I thought when I began my ancestor work, first with a guided meditation offered by Lillian Eden then through building my ancestor altar, that my female family members would come strongly present themselves to me. Only to find out that my Grandfathers on both sides were like “FINALLY”. They came through loud and strong. This was a pleasant surprise as both my grandfathers died before I was born. So I never met either of them in this world. As such, growing up with no brothers and not spending a lot of time with male family members, I am in need (yes currently) of some masculine perspective in my life. Although this occurred about 2 years ago, I am still working to build my relationship with my male ancestors. My paternal Grandfather has been addressing my lack of worth issues directly. He likes to come and assure me of the love that exists in my world. I am beyond thankful for the blessings that I have received with his assistance.

I am still working on connecting to my masculine roots as I know that this will help me to balance my masculine energy. As I am still growing in this area I will share just a few of what I have done to grow this relationship.

  1. ALWAYS assert that you would like to connect with those here for your highest good.
  2. Research my ancestors. Try to find out their birthdays, birthplaces, and other information. This will help to establish a connection
  3. Give offerings to my ancestors and specific offerings for my Grandfather.
  4. Meditate on information that I have received from my ancestors.
  5. Visit their resting places to give flowers, gifts, and other offerings.
  6. Have a celebration for their birthday (this can be as simple as lighting a candle).

I am so grateful for what I have come to learn and what lies ahead for me. Feel free to share how you connect with your roots in the comments.

-Rose

 

Goddesses of Life and Death: Pele

20170426_170957Greetings beloveds,

Last year as I watched Moana for the first time, it felt like I was watching my own dreams and desires on the big screen. It opened my heart and I felt such emotion. As I looked into the story of Pele, the Hawaiian Goddess that the Te Fiti and Te Ka were based on, I knew she was to be one of the Goddesses that I worked with. Thus here are some online resources on the Great Goddess Pele.

-Rose

Mythical Realm- Pele, Hawaii Goddess of Fire

Wikipedia- Pele (deity)

Coffee Times- Pele Goddess of Fire

Roberts Hawaii- The Legend Behind Hawaii’s Goddess of Fire

Hawaii Magazine- People Can’t Stop Seeing Pele in Lava

No Ka OI Maui Magazine- Pele: Fire Goddess 

Goddess Gift- Goddess Pele: Hawaiian Goddess of the Volcano

Mythology Wiki- Pele 

Celestial Journey Therapy- Who is Goddess Pele

Serge King- The Story of Pele

Myths Encyclopedia- Pele

Goddess Inspired- Pele: The Hawaiian Volcano and Fire Goddess

Goddess School- Madame Pele

Kaja Otto- Pele

12 Universal Laws: The Law of Relativity

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Greetings beloveds,

We have reached the end of our journey through the 12 Universal Laws. Laws which govern our world at an energetic level that plays out in various ways in what our mind perceives as reality. Our final law, the Law of Gender, is the perfect example of this concept. Over the past few decades, gender roles and conformity have been brought to the spot light as our understanding of them past assumed social definitions has broadened. Gender, now considered by most to be social construct meaning it is defined by society and not a natural fact, has greatly transformed in its practice and performance.

In the realm of Universal Laws, the Law of Gender acts in a similar fashion to the Law of Polarity. Gender is not assigned to our physical forms by our sexual organs, hormones, and genes. Gender is an energy of give and take, creation and destruction, darkness and light. We have simplified the masculine and feminine, ripping their complexity and magic away from them. Upon letting them be whole in their being, we see that the masculine gives life just as much as the feminine. They must work together. That is truth of this Law. Not in subordination through overbearing or aggression. But through cooperation and having the insight to see beyond the surface.

As all beings are masculine and feminine, it is important to maintain your balance. Too much masculine energy leaves you with an excess of energy which desires to be done away with in unnecessary destruction. There is a time for all things to die and become integrated, so they may be born again, but when the masculine is unbalanced it takes life before it’s time. An unbalanced feminine energy is one which gives too much life, it is resistance to release. The overbearing energy of life is smothering to that which is ready to grow on its own. The unbalanced feminine traps life, causing it’s growth to become stunted and unable to thrive. This is only one example of how these energies behave while unbalanced. When functioning at their best, the feminine and masculine both bring life and death in alignment with the other Laws of the Universe.

Due to gender being so deeply engraved into our psyches through an association with our dress and other coded behaviors, that is often a way to bring our energy into balance. If you do find that your masculine is out of balance you can increase it through taking more action to bring about the things that you desire. Perhaps you must speak up and protect something that you love and cherish. Or maybe you would like to nurture through protection the land and the beings that exist here as our Mother and Goddess. Lastly, you might look into changing your dress to include more pieces that you consider to be masculine. As for balancing the feminine, one might delegate your tasks and then take a rest or vacation. The feminine creates life but she does not live for others. Creating boundaries is decidedly feminine. You might also look at the ways in which you can honor the masculine through acts of caring for yourself and those who you love. Finally, you can shift your energy through your wardrobe by incorporating more pieces that represent femininity for you.

I hope you have enjoyed this journey over the past year through the 12 Universal Laws. Over the next few weeks I be developing a 12 Week Online Course which will be self-paced to help you develop your own relationship and understanding to these Universal Laws. I will share this course as soon as it is completed.

With love,

-Rose