I learned so much from our fabulous teachers! As always it was a pleasure to gather in virtual community with those that attended.
The next conference will be hosted in October (The Season of the Witch 3) and I am always working to tune into what the community wants to learn and know.
If you have any thoughts or ideas for presentations or things you would like to learn more about let me know. Just reply to this email.
In addition this gathering has reminded me of how many amazing readers (Tarot, Astrology, Psychic’s etc.) I know and trust. In the coming weeks I’ll be adding a page to my website with the contact info for these folks so when you are seeking this type of information you can connect with someone who is reputable. I’ll let you know as soon as that is up and running.
A neckalce of stars…
This is what Stargazer Li referred to the current planetary alignment as.
And when I caught sight of it Saturday morning I discovered that this term was in fact fitting.
There in the east before the sun arose, the last quarter moon hung at the far right of a series of planets, with Venus shining the brightest, but the others clearly visible to the naked eye.
Much to my husband’s dismay, such events bring me much joy. So much joy in fact I want to share it with him. So at 5:30 Saturday morning I drug him from our cozy bed to come and see the necklace of planetary sparkles. (this joy has also led me to haul him out of bed at 1 or 2 or 3 am to witness and eclipse or try to chase a never found comet.)
The cosmos mesmerize me (and terrify me a bit too). The vastness. The sheer size and distance. The connection we have with things that have happened before we were ever here visible from our planet only now. It is awe inspiring. And it makes me feel both simultaneously connected to everything and also tiny and insignificant.
Yet Saturday morning as I stood on my front lawn and looked up at the sky, I found myself feeling like I had just won the lottery. To catch this moment, without fog or clouds, to see the planets aligned…it felt sacred and I felt like the simple act of seeing it allowed me to be a part of this sacredness.
Have you ever felt this way?
As you gaze at the stars do you feel the alluring nature of the cosmos? The sacredness of the quilted universe of stars and planets above us?
Or do you want to close your eyes and pretend that vastness is not reaching out all around as we spin through the air on this blue globe?
On my spiritual path, the Earth is the place I root myself too, the seasons, the story and rhythm, I honor, and yet the elements are all around and within, and the cosmos, works with the planet to co-create this symphony of being. My devotion is to the natural world, below and above.
I ask myself each day, what steps I am taking to care for this planet we call home. I ask myself how I am caring for her waters, her soil, the creatures I share this space with, the air we all breathe.
Sometimes the answer is clear.
Sometimes I recognize I have to try harder.
On the heels of Earth Day, I find myself pondering more than usual, how the ways that we care for the planet, the ways we honor the earth and the cosmos, are all acts of devotion.
The simple practice of choosing organic food, or buying something in bulk, or using our own reusable shopping bags.
The simple act of planting trees, or flowers or herbs.
Of random acts of kindness toward humans and animals, of allowing ourselves to feel the wonder and awe that are everywhere, in the wind in the leaves, a child’s laughter, the brilliant colors of flowers and sunsets, or the song of a brook or bird.
Choice, presence and awareness are all acts of devotion to mother nature.
What one small act will you do today?
As some of you know, back in early 2020 I planned and began to share about two in person retreats I had crafted up for that year. These were of course cancelled due to the pandemic.
Well this is the year we try again!
I am please to announce the 1st Wise Woman Witchery Summer Solstice Retreat.
This event will be held here in Santa Rosa California.
We will be completely outdoors at a local campground.
Camping is optional (there are plenty of hotels and air B n B’s available nearby) and the heart of our time together will all be contained during waking hours so you won’t miss anything.
We will gather from Sunday June 19th-Tuesday June 21st and will explore our magic through exercises, rituals, divination and spell work. We will also celebrate the Summer Solstice together.
Emily Morrison MA, MFT