28 Days of Love 2018

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Greetings loves,

I hope that you are taking time to care for yourself as the energy of the past few days has been very hectic. Change is coming and quickly. Over the next month as many focus on chocolates and bears, we here at The Bliss Institute dedicate each February to 28 Days of shamelessly loving ourselves and each other. Each week we focus on bringing a specific aspect of our being into alignment with source and love. The first week we focus on our heart energy via the heart chakra. On the second week we examine the relationship between our thoughts and our hearts. The third week moves to engage the body in heart felt connection. Lastly, we will explore ways to transform our living and other spaces that we occupy into nurturing areas of support and love.

They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. Here we are looking to encourage and fill our love meters in a time when making it through each day may be all that we can do. You deserve to take a moment to nurture yourself. Focus on what you can give yourself even if it’s just a moment to breathe and hopefully a bit of time to complete some of these exercises. Here’s to 28 Days of Love.

-Rose

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Reflections: My Year with the Goddess – Inanna

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Greetings beloveds,

This year I am taking on the large task of connecting with 12 Goddesses of Life and Death. You can read more about that here. Each full moon I begin to connect with a new Goddess. December’s Goddess was Inanna and boy was it a transition.

I was resistant to starting this journey. I did not want to meditate, hold space, light incense, or candles. I wanted to sleep, eat, and rest. I thought I had completely failed at this. Another project started and gone no where. Then the other day as I sat reading I thought, “hmm look at all the work you’ve done and things you’ve released over the past few weeks. It’s almost like your descent into the underworld”. BOOM! Unbeknownst to me I had been traveling into the underworld as Inanna releasing parts of my identity.

Fear, rejection, scarcity, lack, attachment to friends, partners, Kamilah…examined and laid to rest within the underworld. Not that I am no longer needing to work on these things but that I am separating them from who I am. The purpose of this? Forgiveness. Forgiving myself for all that I have and have not done. Inanna calls us to face who we are. Move beyond who we think we are, who others tell us we are, who we want to be to just freaking be.

Sit down. Pick up that book, movie, call that friend, draw, paint, go for that drive, book that flight, do all the things that you did not do because you were too busy trying to “be somebody”. Just be.

I’m here at home chilling in the underworld. Writing, reading, creating. Being unapologetically me. With January’s full moon in Cancer, it’s Sedna’s time to share her wisdom. See you then.

-Rose

Full Moon in Leo and Total Lunar Eclipse: The End is Only the Beginning

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Greetings beloveds,

This has been the most magical year and it’s only just begun. Keep in mind, this is a time for speaking truth and building your dreams. This full moon qualifies for the more modern definition of a Blue Moon, or the second full moon in a month. This amplifies the energy of this time. With the moon being in Leo, this brings us full circle to the energy of the solar eclipse in Summer 2017.

The full solar eclipse brought us to our destiny. We were asked to stand up for what we truly believed in by facing temptation. When we are bound to promises, dreams, each other. These agreements that we make create energetic ties. Some ties bring new life others stagnation. Take a look around you. What has come to fruition? Reflect upon what your life is revealing to you about your deepest desires. Then write your story of what you desire to come.

This will be a time of duality. On one hand things will be amazing. The feminine is rising. She appears in support groups, sisterhoods, Goddess circles, red tents, and community discussions. She finds us at writing, reading, nurturing ourselves and each other. She laughs with us as we play with the energy of new life and possibility. We find a strength internally and externally we have never imagined.

On the other hand, things sometimes have to fall apart in order to create something new. The world is burning, drowning, starving, and crumbling into chaos. Osirus has been cut to pieces, his remains unable to be brought together again. Isis weeps for her King, her other half. She takes from what remains of him and creates new life. This full moon, be Isis. Weep for what was and prepare for what will be. Protect the Divine Masculine in his fallen state as he takes his place as the Ruler of the Underworld. Then as the seeds of your union battles against the remains of the Divine Masculine here on Earth as Set, embrace the Chaos as the Dark Goddess who takes all into her expansive womb. Stake your claim as both Giver and Taker of life. And as the world falls apart around you begin to reveal the new world that you had been creating all along. For what has been will pass on and what will come will be greater than we ever imagined.

Here are our focal points for the Full Moon in Leo, Blue Moon, and Full Lunar Eclipse.

  • Polarity
  • Integrity
  • Purpose
  • Courage
  • 3rd and 4th Chakra work
  • Strength
  • Perseverance

Enjoy,

Rose

 

Saturn in Capricorn: Bondage, Kink, and Forgiveness Oh My

Greetings beloveds,

Let’s cut to the chase. I was was not looking forward to Saturn returning home to Capricorn. All my fire and water energy was like, “ewww stability, creating a foundation, working on my finances??? Gross.”

And yet, Shadow Kamilah was like “ohhh look at all this lack, scarcity, and financial bondage you can put yourself into. Let’s do it!”

How did I bring my light and shadow side onto the same page?

Forgiveness

Starting with number one: forgiving ourselves.

Forgive yourself for:

  • goals you did not meet
  • secrets you did not keep
  • stories you did not share
  • lies you told (to yourself and others)
  • lies you believed
  • things you stole
  • things you lost
  • mistakes you made
  • dreams that did not come true
  • people you’ve hurt (including yourself)

The list goes on and on. Anything that you are consciously and unconsciously punishing yourself for…let that shit go. Even if you deserve it, because sometimes we do crappy things. Sometimes we are mean, selfish, hateful, or spiteful. Do you forever punish yourself for these things or do you change? The best apology is to not do what you did again. Apologize to yourself by being and doing better. One small step at a time.

See while I was finishing up the amazing Influence Course by Carolyn Elliott I subsequently listened to an interview with Anaiya Sophia where the closing remarks discussed forgiveness as a way of releasing attachment. My goal for 2017 was to get my business off the ground. I created products, the Sovereign Moon online course, a system for the blog, and a bi-weekly tarot meet up. Yet, I still am not where I want to be financially. What is the blockage? What is the barrier to my tapping into success?

Then it clicked. There is a direct line between my attachment to scarcity, lack, fear of success, self-judgement and my financial status. This attachment has turned into a form of bondage. I am bound through fear to this current financial state. Bondage that my shadow LOVES. There are choices that I have made that were not the best. I have carelessly spent over a hundred grand on frivolous items and experiences. Trying to be “normal and fit in”. Then I had just enough money to pay my phone bill, food, and gas to get to school while living with my parents. No investments other than my education. I look back now thinking of the trips I could have taken, businesses I could have started, real estate I could have bought and how my world right now would look very different. There is no way of knowing where I would be if I had made those choices but what I do know is that that road at that time led to a life I do not want. A world of 9 to 5 jobs, mortgage payments, 2.5 kids, a spouse, PTA meetings, family vacations, and church on Sundays. A beautiful life, but not MY LIFE.

The life I wish for is full of magic and wonder. Travel to different destinations, early mornings, last minute trips, a house with a retreat center, witchcraft, divination, writing, research, love, and passion. A life of adventure with perhaps children and spouse…perhaps not.  Definitely filled with love, freedom, and a quest for knowledge. That is the life I want.

On October 16, 2017 I turned 30. I spent my birthday alone in Chickasaw Country. I rose every morning around 5:30 to watch the sunrise and hike. I swam in the heated pool and lounged in the spa tub followed by the dry and wet sauna. I meditated everyday. I wrote everyday. I visited the chocolate store and the spice/tea shop to buy yummy treats for myself. It was one of the best birthdays I’ve ever had. That summer I visited Puerto Rico. In November I saw the Black Madonna in San Antonio. Over Christmas the Black Madonna in San Juan, Texas. Next year I return to France for another Mary Magdalene tour. In the Fall, I plan to return to school to pursue a graduate degree (yes another one) in counseling psychology. I spend my free time writing, creating, reading, and exploring. It is MY LIFE. The life I want except for 2 things: Financial freedom and love.

Financial freedom and love would mean that all those poor choices I’ve made weren’t that bad. It would mean that I’m not that bad. It would mean I am worthy and deserve to have what I want. It would mean that I would have to forgive myself for what I had done, what others have done to me, and for what I may do in the future. It would mean that I can fail or succeed and either way I will survive. Hell I will probably thrive because I’m being authentic. When we settle, we are lying to ourselves, others, and the universe. Those lies just add to the ties that bind us to our fears.

Forgive yourself. Forgive your debts you have not paid or cannot pay. Forgive yourself for the choices you did or did not make. Stop punishing yourself with lack luster relationships, jobs, obligations, goals, and actions. Flip the script and create attachments to that which brings you joy. Punish yourself with happiness. Don’t wait for God or the universe to forgive you. They never judged you to begin with – there was never anything to forgive. There were just choices you made with different outcomes. The universe is waiting on you to forgive yourself. Release yourself from your bonds.

Lol my safe word for 2018 is forgiveness. It’s time, use it.

 

 

 

The Energy of Winter

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Greetings beloveds,

Here’s a revised version of the energy of Winter. Enjoy!

Winter – A time of rest where we set our intentions, hopes, and goals for the upcoming time of movement during the spring. A time for personal development, to heal, do shadow work, and get in touch with your emotions through physical movement and the body. Winter gives us a chance to create plans, gather information, and design an action plan.

According to the Chinese five elements system, winter is associated with the element of water. Water is a conduit of energy associated with adaptability and fluidity due to its ability to shift it’s form depending on the environment in which it finds itself. Water is an abundant element within our world. In fact, our physical bodies and the Earth are composed mostly of water. How well do you understand yourself in relationship to the water of this world as well as your body? Winter provides the perfect opportunity for you meditate on these questions and study the element of water.

Spending time in nature also provides many lessons about the process of creating life. During the winter, the Earth in that hemisphere is in hibernation.  It appears to be inactive and still. The stillness draws us in, encouraging us to want to better understand ourselves as well as the world around us. Although it seems that the world is still during this time, it is actively growing within its womb the manifestations of life to come forth in the spring. Do you remember how a seed grows? The warm earth combined with the moisture of the soil interacts with the needs of the seed to slowly pull the life from within it’s shell. The Earth nurtures that life until the world above it has shifted to provide an environment through which the plant can thrive. Over the years we have shifted our attention and respect away from the Earth and its feminine energy to the Sun as the masculine. We shy away from the Earth’s time, just as we shy away from the power of the Divine Feminine’s shadow side. Learning to love the Earth, particularly during the colder months, is one way to access the feminine and to understand how she functions, loves, manifests, and creates change.

New Years-Winter Solstice

Those who follow a Wiccan or Celtic path may honor the new year during Samhain as that is when the veils between the worlds are thinnest. As a Priestess of the Dark Goddess though, winter solstice is the perfect time to commune with the Divine while you are within the underworld. This is also a great time to design your intentions, goals, and plans for the next year. As the longest night of the year, the extended period of darkness corresponds with the depths of our subconscious. Our subconscious holds our deepest desires and unconscious drives. Through exploration of these aspects of ourselves we can determine the path through which we can heal and grow to achieve our dreams.

Here’s an example of how I prepare for the upcoming year using ritual and tarot/oracle cards. During my Winter Solstice ritual I enjoy using a tarot deck in a Celtic cross spread to understand the main focus of the upcoming year. Then I use an oracle deck for a seasonal spread to get an idea of what my main focus for each season will be. I pull 5 cards, the first card representing the general energy of the next year, then a card for each season. For example, in 2017 my general energy was Hekate and Illumination through a journey in the Underworld. Then as every season changes during the upcoming year I pull new cards. One new general energy reading and three more for each month in that season. This system allows for me to remain engaged in my spiritual practice throughout the year without getting overwhelmed with a large ritual every time the season changes.

How do you flow with the season during the winter? What are you rituals for Winter Solstice?

-Rose

Sacred Movement: Exercising Indoors

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Greetings beloveds,

Oh the weather outside might be frightful or more like mild depending on where you live, but this is the perfect to develop an indoor exercise program. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that adults should have:

  • 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate intensity aerobic activity (brisk walking) OR
  • 1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) of vigorous intensity aerobic activity (jogging/running) OR
  • A combination of moderate and vigorous intensity aerobic activities AND
  • Muscle training activities 2 or more days a week

In general if you do not have an electronic piece of gym equipment it might be difficult to reach vigorous intensity aerobic levels. Vigorous intensity aerobic activity brings your heart rate up quite a bit and you are breathing hard and fast. When at the vigorous intensity level you may find it hard to say more than a few words at a time. Consistent movement can get your heart rate up and cause you to break a sweat meeting the qualifications of the moderate intensity activity level using the following techniques and practices.

  1. Yoga
  2. Jogging in place
  3. Weight training
  4. Dance off
  5. Workouts featured on Youtube or On Demand
  6. Interactive video games such as wii fit
  7. Sex

How do you stay active indoors?

-Rose

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/adults/index.htm.

New Moon in Capricorn: Get Your Money Right

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Greetings beloveds,

Happy New Moon! It’s the first new moon of 2018 and it will not disappoint. This new moon let’s talk finances and security. Whether you are unemployed, living paycheck to paycheck, middle class, or have a lavish lifestyle, our society functions through an exchange of currency. What’s your relationship like with money? Do you find that it leaves just as quickly as it arrives? Are others always asking you for loans and never paying you back? Or do you have a hefty savings and make investments that continue to grow your assets? This new moon if you’ve been working on your relationship to money, worth, and wealth its time to take it up a notch. By that I mean let’s get practical. Build skills, take classes, read books, put what you learn into practice.

The feminine is in her power. Luxuriating in the depths of the underworld she gestates waiting to be reborn. She stands at the cross roads beckoning you to come forth with her. To leave the space of deceit and abuse to be your pure self. The winds of change are here. They are blowing in without hesitation. If you find that you have had a hard time releasing a person, place, thing, or behavior there is spiritual support for you. I for one have a hard time letting go of relationships whether friends, lovers, or even jobs. I want to keep trying and not be a “failure”. What it really boils down to is I’m way to concerned with what others think of me. Yupp, my shadow loves to compare myself to others. Eventually, I get to the point where I realize this situation is just not healthy for me or them/it. Had I spoken up early on things would not have gotten where they eventually end up.

This new moon, take a moment and find your power. From that space speak your truth. There is a certain charm that comes from being honest with our self and others. It is the grace of the fool with the wisdom of the hermit. Apply this power to your relationship with money and security. Our finances are just like any other mirror. They reflect how we feel about ourselves and the world around us. There are of course things out of our hands such as the family we are born into, our race and gender expectations. Each of these effects how we interact with the world. What we may initially believe that we can achieve. Some write their own stories. Create their own reality. Some the pieces never fall into place and they find themselves reliving the patterns of their family, race, and society. What can you control? What can you practically change?

  • Take account of your financial status:
    •  Income
      1. Passive and active
      2. How can you diversify your income?
    • Bank accounts: Savings, spending
    • Investments
    • Retirement Accounts
  • Create Financial Goals:
    • SMART goals create a road map to take you from where you are to where you want to be.
  • Learn from the Pros!

Above all else: Know your worth-harness your power-refuse to settle

-Rose

Enchanted Hearth: Stews

Greetings beloveds,

Stews are a hearty and filling way to increase or maintain your intake of vegetables during the winter. The amount of liquid present differentiates stews from soups. Stews are thicker and can be served on a plate with the liquid serving as a sauce or gravy. Stews are easy to make! Just take some of your favorite winter vegetables such as root vegetables including carrots, potatoes, turnips, or parsnips. Then add in some cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, mustard and collard greens. Lastly, we can’t forget onions, garlic, and spices to taste. Combine these items in pot or a slow cooker with plenty of water. Let these cook over a low fire until the root vegetables are soft. Separately you may want to cook some rice, quinoa, millet, or couscous to pour the stew over. Depending on how much you make a stew can provide you with nourishing meals for up to a week.

Here’s to good eating in the Sacred Hearth!

-Rose

Gods of Life and Death: The Green Men

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Greetings beloveds,

What is life without balance? Last year we introduced the Goddesses of Life and Death to prepare us for our journey with them through 2018. Now it is time to introduce the masculine with the Gods of Life and Death: The Green Men. Throughout time there have been myths of Green Men who carry the energy of death and rebirth. They are the masculine part of the gender and polarity Universal Laws. This is not a matter of one being incomplete without the other but of complimenting each other.

Here we find the balance. The ability to bring light and darkness from a separate space into unity through the masculine. At this time, there’s been a reckoning to balance masculine energy. We are all being called to stand up and balance our energy.

Welcome to the Gods of Life and Death

-Rose

Connecting to the Divine Feminine: Winter

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Greetings beloveds,

Today we will discuss seven easy ways to connect to the Divine Feminine during the Winter.

  1. Winter solstice is the perfect time to commune with the spirits while you are within their realm-the underworld. As the longest night of the year, this is the time when you are in the depths of the underworld are easiest to access.
  2. According to the Chinese five elements system winter is associated with the element of water. During the winter months it’s recommended that you study the element of water.
  3. Connect to the Earth- We’ll cover this more later in the season.
  4. Create nurturing rituals which draw on the element of earth, water, and warmth. This could include warming drinks, hot meals, snuggling under throws, lighting a fire, or taking a hot shower or bath.
  5. Dress in coats, wraps, and accessories in deep earth tones, cool blues, white, green, red or any color that reminds you of winter.
  6. Meditate on the energy of winter and personal development. What areas of your life are calling for your attention? Where do you need to nurture yourself?
  7. Set aside time each day to rest. During the winter, although externally the world may be resting, internally we are healing and growing. In the Winter, we are encouraged to go within and rest just as the feminine does through various myths of the underworld.

Let me know how you connect with the Divine Feminine during the Winter!

-Rose