Can you feel it?
This time of year is often referred to as the dog days of summer. These are those hot and sleepy days that begin sometime in mid August. The reference to the dog is actually to Sirius the “dog star” that makes its appearance this time of year.
This star is quite bright and has been used to mark time and for navigational purposes throughout history. Nature has always offered guidance for humans who were open to listening.
Even with the heat of these last weeks of Summer, I can smell Autumn in the air. The dry grasses and the first subtle signs of dying leaves are heightened by the sun. Harvests have begun and even as I type this to you my house is full of the scent of drying apples in my dehydrator (thank you Gravenstein windfalls for your bounty!)
Kiddos are making their way back to school and the last vacations of Summer are being planned or are already in progress.
In the past few weeks I have been making some much needed forays deeper into nature and remembering this end of Summer shift, in the land outside of my concrete and asphalt neighborhood and my small plot of land around my house.
When surrounded by the space of nature the promise of Fall amplifies. The familiar plants and trees I gaze at each day mark the time in one way, yet when that view expands, the seasonal shift intensifies and offers a deeper connection to the rhythm of the earth.
What are you noticing where you live?
What is dying away? What is being harvested? What is the wildlife doing to prepare themselves for the coming change?
Or perhaps you live someplace where the seasons turn subtly, where the bleeding of Summer into Fall is not so obvious.
Yet even when this is true, there is still a shifting of energy.
No matter where you live, as time passes the natural world around you will reflect this in one way or another.
So will your inner world.
This is part of your magic.
How are you connected to the natural world?
What is happening within you as you move through the cycles of the seasons?
Discovering what parts of the year increase or decrease your energy, influence your creativity, invite you to reflect or to bring your focus outward are all parts of discovering your own energetic ebb and flow.
When you make the connection between these and the seasons, you are finding the pathways to deepen your own magic.
If you know that your energy increases during a certain season, you can use this to plan manifestation magic during this time.
If you find a certain time of year feeds your creativity, this is a great time to craft magical tools and create incantations.
Part of Witchery is working with the natural world around you.
I invite you to get outside and reflect on your relationship to the seasons.
You might be surprised by what you discover.
You may have noticed in your own life how many people retreat from anger, or quickly try to “fix” whatever is causing it. My Dad though could always meet mine. Either with his own or with permission to have my anger, he did not shy away or immediately go into fix it mode.
This was a gift he gave me. By meeting me where I was at, the message I got was that it was ok to have my anger. I also learned to push against his and to not hide from the anger other people were feeling.
As a result I can usually tolerate anger in myself and in others.
Sometimes we need an ally to help support us in our rage. Someone to meet us there and help us channel it and transmute it.
These allies could be living people or deceased loved ones. They might be deities or fictional characters. They will be the energies that stand beside you in your rage. They will help you tolerate the sensation and move it through.
Not sure where to turn?
Here are a couple suggestions-
1.Sekhmet is the Egyptian warrior goddess of war, destruction and conversely healing and she is a psychopomp. Her role is one of protection and yet she is also a powerful force of destruction. Two sides of the same coin.
She is a solar goddess and often depicted as having the head of a lion.
In one story we find Sekhmet in a rage where she goes on a killing spree (uncontained rage), she gets so carried away she is destroying all of humanity. Ra the sun god puts a mixture of ale and pomegranate juice in her path and mistaking it for blood she drinks it. Her rage is quieted once she sleeps off this brew.
According to Amy Sophia Marashinksy in the Goddess Oracle, Sekhmet is here to remind us of the power of our anger and that “Rage is accumulated anger gone out of control”. Sekhmet invites us to embrace our anger and give it voice before it becomes rage. She invites us to make anger itself our ally.
2. Kali is the Hindu goddess of war, destruction, anger, time, change and power. She is born from the anger of the goddess Durga and becomes a protector and destroyer. She is fierce and unyielding.
Kali is an ally not only in your anger but also in facing your fears. So often our anger and rage can be scary for us. It can feel overwhelming and uncontrollable. Kali can lend you her strength to embody your anger, to help you move it through and to not run from it (or the anger you experience from others).
When we find allies in anger we feel supported in our experience. We do not need to quash our anger or hide from it. But we do need to learn how to channel it and work with it in ways that are not self destructive or harmful to others.
What is your relationship with your anger?
Who in your life can meet you in your anger?
What stories do you hold about anger?
Want to work some anger magic?
Come to the Honoring Sacred Rage Circle. This virtual event creates a sacred and safe space to explore the journey of frustration to rage, to move these energies and understand your relationship to them.
Using the tools of Tarot, meditation and movement along with some good old fashioned self exploration, we unlock our rage and give it room to transform.
You will learn magical and mundane practices to help you with this process and will leave this hour and a half gathering with new tools for your toolbox.
We gather Friday August 12th at 4 pm PT on Zoom.
Karena Osborne of the Witch’s Inn and I will be co-hosting this event.
Sliding scale with a base rate of $33 Canadian. 10% of the profits will be donated to Planned Parenthood.
See you in the Circle!
Inspired by a listener question, this week on the Witch Next Door Podcast, Veronica and I delve into a few of our favorites. Favorite crystals, herbs and magical tools. Bet you have a few favorites. Wonder if they are the same as ours?
Rage on Wise One
Honoring our Sacred Rage is just over a week away!
Circle with Karena of the the Witch's Inn and I, as we make space for moving and honoring our rage, in a sacred space.
In this hour and half gathering we will use the tools of Tarot, Meditation and Movement to work with our rage, to witness and be witnessed (if we choose).
This is offered on a sliding scale with a base rate of $33 Canadian. 10% of proceeds will go to Planned Parenthood.
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I was in my early twenties and it scared me really badly. I couldn’t remember ever having been that angry, let alone wanting to actually hurt someone because of my anger.
Sure I’d been mad and I’d thrown things and I’d probably punched my sister a few times in the heat of a sibling fight when we were kids too. But this was the first time as an adult where my rage was so intense I felt like I was being devoured by it.
When I shared this with my therapist, certain she was going to tell me there was something seriously wrong with me, she simply and calmly said “Oh you were having murderous rage.”
She said this as if it were the most normal thing in the world.
Turns out it is.
In the massive repertoire of feelings we are capable of in these human forms, rage is just one.
It’s a big one. It takes up lots of space. It can flood us. And it can make us feel out of control.
My very patient therapist explained that I was not abnormal or some soon to become violent young woman. She explained that anger is just energy and what we do with that energy is what matters.
I’ve learned to use my anger to fuel action. Whether it’s movement or to scream or sing or dance or punch a punching bag or even get creative and work toward change. Anger can be moved and transformed. Sometimes our anger is completely warranted. Sometimes it is the cover under which our true feelings lie. Regardless, it is always real.
Anger scares people. Because it is big and powerful it can be triggering for others, it can also be threatening. And not just because anger can create impulsive and unpredictable actions, but because it can fuel movements and create change. It can create leaders, and it can also bring them down.
How does your anger live in you?
Does it explode like a volcano or blow like hurricane force winds?
Does it shake like an earthquake or forcefully sweep through like a tidal wave?
When we embody our anger and learn to move the energy it brings we can utilize the power within.
We can harness that power to change the world around us.
To be empowered by embracing all the facets of ourselves, even the ones we might have been taught were not acceptable. (Maybe especially those ones).
And my friends, if creating change isn’t magic, I’m not sure what is!
Create an anger altar
Add objects that represent your anger and rage
Choose colors that symbolize these energies for you
Come to this altar and speak or write about your rage and anger
Come to this altar and scream
Or hit a pillow or clay
Come to this altar and move into child’s pose with your forehead to the floor and your palms up in offering
Give your rage to the earth, to the air, to the fire and water. Let the elements play with it and transform it.
Surrender your anger and discover what happens when it moves through you instead of becoming stuck within you.
Do not contract
Bring your rage and let’s give it a space to move and be witnessed.
Karena of The Witch’s Inn and I are hosting a Circle “Honoring Our Sacred Rage” on August 12th at 4pm PT.
Using the Tarot, movement and meditation we are creating and holding a space to bring our rage to the surface, to let it be witnessed, worked with and perhaps even transmuted.
This is a closed live circle and will not be recorded to facilitate a strong and safe container.
We are offering this on a sliding scale with a base rate of $33 Canadian.
10% of all the proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood.
Your rage is sacred. We want you to bring it!
The wheel turns again and we find ourselves days from Lammas/Lughnasad. This is our first Harvest festival. It is a time of gratitude and celebration of this gratitude.
If you are new to the Wheel of Year you may not yet have traditions for this holiday. If you have been celebrating the turn of the wheel for some time, you may have your go to rituals and ways to celebrate.
For me this harvest marks the shift of movement toward the fall (my favorite season). It is the hottest time of year here in the northern hemisphere and it is also Leo season (think roaring gorgeous sunkissed lions), yet the first apples have been harvested and the scent of Fall is creeping in around the edges of the sunniest season.
Summer is still with us yet as she wanes, the hot and languid, lazy days of this season become more precious.
As with all things the more scarce the more precious.
Lammas or Lughnasadh is the first harvest festival (and means specifically “loaf mass”) and one of the 4 Fire Festivals that make up the wheel of the year.
Lammas is the Christian counterpart to Lughnasaadh. This festival falls between Summer Solstice and Fall Equinox. Lughnasadh is named after the god Lugh. (This means Lugh’s assembly).
There are several stories that explain Lugh’s correlation to this harvest. Lugh is a Sun god and it has been said he originated this celebration. I have read accounts of Lughnasadh being the funeral feast Lugh held for his foster mother, Tailtiu who died from exhaustion after clearing a forest to create farmland in Ireland, thus tying Lugh to the harvest through the work of his mother and the honoring of what she made possible. There are also stories that suggest that on her deathbed, Lugh’s foster mother requested that competitive games be held each year at this time to ensure an abundant harvest.
This is a time for gathering, coming together and deepening community. What better way to build connection than through feasting and outdoor games? Many fairs are still held during this time of year and we often find contests for produce, preserves, livestock and handicrafts at these.
This is a celebration of gratitude for the crops and the fertile abundant earth. It is a time for us to pause to examine what we have planted (both physically and through the use of our intentions) and begin to harvest that which has grown.
So in celebration of Summer, our first harvest and that turn of the wheel I encourage you to plan yourself a Lughnasadh/Lammas ritual.
Ideas for Celebrating
Share Fruits and Seeds- As you begin your harvest you may also find some of your early garden has bolted and turned to seed. In celebration of the harvest and to symbolize the fruits of your labors, why not have a seed exchange. You can label your seeds and mail them to friends to share. Get several friends involved and have everyone mail their favorite seeds to each other (this is a lovely thing to do in the Spring as well).
Share your surplus veggies with neighbors and friends. I have a neighbor who is frequently picking their surplus and leaving it in a box in front of their house with a free sign. This is a great way to share with your community.
Want to connect with the spirits of the land? Bake some bread to leave as an offering. Lammas means loaf mass and baking bread is not only a traditional way to celebrate this holiday but also a fun and nourishing activity (time to feed those sourdough starters). Bake up some bread for yourself and some for a gratitude offering to the earth.
If you are feeling particularly abundant right now in time, food or money, you can share this too.
A tradition I have adopted is to make a “corn dolly” annually for blessings and protection in my home. These are traditionally made with corn husks, but I tend to gather that which is growing in my yard and make a “dolly” with these plants. This is a symbol of abundance and I imbue my creation with protective energy then find a place for her to “guard” over my home for the next year. Once I have created this I burn the one from the year before to release the work it has done and invite in the protection of the new “dolly”. This can be a really fun way to celebrate with kiddos too!
As I mentioned earlier this is Leo season and Leo is a fire sign, which, coupled with the sun energy of this time of year, can be a powerful time for transformation. Just as our gardens are transforming from growth to harvest, you may find that you have something within you that is ready to be harvested or transformed.
A simple ritual with this idea at is core, might be to light a candle, and ask the question, “What have I been cultivating within that I am ready to harvest or transform?” Then pull a tarot or oracle card and spend some time journaling about how this connects for you.
Follow up this fist question by asking “What action can I take right now to support this harvest or transformation?” (Remember that fire energy is not only transformative but also action oriented)
You might choose to pull another card and reflect on this or just journal and let your inner wisdom take its own direction here. Close your ritual by creating a clear intention statement about what action you will take. Say it aloud and blow out your candle.
Want to celebrate with community? The Diving Deeper Membership Circle is open for registration.
In this community we gather for all the Wheel of the Year festivals and so much more.
Join today, get 50% off your first month and circle with us for Lughnasadh on Sunday.
That confident, enthusiastic and sometimes cocky energy, invites us toward our own self expression.
Wear that outfit that you love no matter how wild, say the thing you have been holding back, love with abandon and fierceness and let yourself embody all the pieces of you fueled by Leo and the Sun!
When we allow our true selves to be seen in the world we invite others to do the same. When we live authentically we vibrate at a higher frequency, we are more open to receive, energetically, spiritually and relationally.
If you could share your true self with the world, how would you do it?
Are you artistic?
Do you beautify the spaces you inhabit?
Do you express yourself through acts of kindness or service?
Do you dream big and create bigger?
Are you someone who likes to express themselves quietly but clearly?
Choose 3 ways that you might let your self expression shine and then do them!
This could be as simple as doing your makeup a new way or adorning yourself in way that feels exactly “you”, or it can be as visible as karaoke or sharing a creation publicly (or even just with someone new).
Let your gorgeous self be seen!
With Leo Season comes the Leo New Moon.
Each month I host New and Full Moon rituals for the Diving Deeper community. This Thursday July 28th at 9 am PT you are invited to join in our New Moon ritual.
I am offering this on a pay what you can donation basis. (suggested donation $10-$20 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds)
If you have been curious about community ritual and would like to check it out, now is you chance.
You can sign up here. Be sure to include your preferred email address, if different than your PayPal address so I know where to send the link.
The First Harvest
Lughnasadh and Lammas are Monday August first.
Although their origins are different these are both celebrations of the first harvest.
I will be sending out more information this week about these festivals along with some ideas for celebration, so keep your eyes on your inbox!
Now Wise Ones, seize the day and get out there and Express your Sacred Selves!
How often to do you shrink your energy, your voice, your power?
Being the not small human that I am,, I have spent too many years of my life trying to take up less space, to stop being too loud, too emotional, too big.
I tried to avoid the vulnerability that came with being seen, because vulnerability leads to shame, right?
So I got small, or I jumped right over my fears and let myself be big. But not acknowledging my fear brought anxiety to the forefront, making this a poor plan as well.
The thing is, shrinking myself down never served me. It didn’t stop shame from sneaking in or quiet my inner critic. In fact in some ways it made those things worse.
When I began to live my life more in tune with the seasons, when I intentionally began to listen to my intuition, when I began to tap into the energies in the world around me, I started living more authentically, I started feeling more comfortable in my skin.
It became easier to listen to my body, to my inner wisdom and to the voices of the energies all around.
I started to let myself be more seen.
We all have gifts and wisdom to share. We all have feelings too. When we make space for these things, when we find our courage and allow them to be seen, we bring medicine into the world.
What are your gifts?
What inspires you?
Lights up your soul?
How often do you shine these into the world?
How often do you stand in your power and feel the connection you have to yourself, to the planet, the cosmos and to every being on the earth?
I want this for you.
When I designed the Priestess Path it was to empower women to use magical tools and practices to tap into their inner wisdom, to be witnessed in their power and to discover the confidence and strength within themselves.
Through this journey together, you are invited to gaze within your sacred self and deepen the relationship you have with her.
You are given tools and practices to grow the relationships you have with the energies around you. Some are familiar and some will be new to you, but all are offered with the intention of helping you shine!
On this path you will be accompanied by other women, and although each of your experiences are unique to you, you will have community and support on your quest.
Registration closes for this cohort on July 19th.
We begin July 23rd. (Thats only a week away!)
Do you have questions? Reply to this email, I’m happy to respond via writing or we can schedule a15 min chat.
Have a friend you’d like to invite in? Feel free to share this email with them.
How are you bringing your gifts into the world?
When are you feeling most connected to Source?
When do you feel you are doing your hearts work?
Do you find empowerment in the crafting of a ritual?
In the sharing of knowledge?
In the caring and tending to others?
Where does your magic shine the brightest?
The answers to these questions might change based on your mood, where you are in your life, your own spiritual journey, or even the season.
We are changeable creatures, surrounded by variables and influenced by these as well as the stories we are constantly reshaping within.
I love asking myself these questions and through the answers learning just where I am at in this moment. Noting the way I have grown or pressed up against my edges.
Where are you at today?
Tomorrow, Sunday July 10th at 1 pm PDT I am hosting, Priestessing in the Modern World, a one hour class where we explore the meaning of the word Priestess and how one can Priestess in today’s world. Priestessing takes many forms.
Do you know what way you embody this energy?
During our time together we will also move through a journey to meet your Priestess Self.
Whether you have done this journey with me before, or are new to the experience, there is always new wisdom to be gained from the connection you make with this part of yourself.
In addition I will share with you the building blocks of the Priestess Path the 13 moon 12 month exploration, I have cultivated to guide you into a deeper relationship with your own inner Priestess and encourage you to fully embrace your Magic.
Zoom Link to join the class tomorrow
The next cohort begins July 23rd. Curious?
You can read more about the program here.
I look forward to spending this time with you on Sunday and I will be sure to leave space for any questions you might have.
it was an 80's glam band sing along. And it was SO FUN!!!!
This was almost six years ago, and the invitation asked my girlfriends to dress in their favorite 80's glam get up.
So here we are in all our rebellious glory.
My preteen and teen years were spent in rebellious rage. I pushed every boundary I could, often to my own detriment. I wore black eyeliner and smoked cigarettes, dressed in trashed jeans and band shirts.
My glam and metal phase eventually morphed into grunge and yet another version of my rebel self emerged.
The thing I loved about these versions of me, was the way I felt powerful and wild and sometimes out of control.
I was angry at the system, at my parents, at the world really, and the choice to push back and be all the things these structures were not, felt really good.
When I first learned about Witchcraft it resonated for me deeply, and it also spoke to that rebel part of myself. That piece of me that feels like I'm bucking the system or pushing back against what I'm "supposed" to be doing. I felt like I was breaking some sort of mold.
Over time my relationship with Witchcraft and specifically my own witchery has become the most natural thing in the world. It is the place I feel most at home. Now there is no pushing back, no doing something for the sake of going against the grain.
Yet I notice my inner rebel peeking out when I wear something witchy and get an odd or inquiring look, or when someone asks about what online business I have and they seem surprised or awkward when I say I teach witchery.
This week on the Witch Next Door Podcast Veronica and I talk a bit about being a rebel Witch and even Witchcraft as rebellion.
(by the way that is Veronica the second from the left and me on the mic)
Just a reminder that the Priestess Path is open for registration.
This 12 lesson, 13 moon journey begins July 23rd.
It is a path to discover a deeper relationship with magic, both within, through inner exploration and without, through ritual and practice.
During our time together we meet twice a month via zoom, once for a lesson and once for a ritual. You are given curriculum to work with on your own time and a community to share your experience with.
You are also included in the Diving Deeper membership where you are invited to monthly moon rituals and seasonal magic classes, including astrology, plants, deities and more!
You can learn more and sign up for this Path here!
Register before July 11th for 10% off your registration.
Feel like this path might be for you, but have questions?
Reply to this email to schedule a 15 minute video or phone chat with me to determine if this is the right fit for you.
With Love and Blessings,
PS This Sunday at 1 pm PT I am hosting Prietsessing in the Modern World.
This free class explores what it means to Priestess (yes it is a verb) and invites you on a guided journey to meet your inner Priestess.
It was part of the tapestry of my life for several years. Long runs, short runs, trail runs, runs with friends, solo runs and a few races thrown in.
I’m not fast. I’m steady. I ran intervals and stuck to them, and that strategy allowed me to run farther than I ever thought I could.
I ran through grief and joy, I ran through rain and sun, I ran in the pitch black pre dawn hours and I ran in the heat of the day. I ran and found inspiration and awakening in each footfall.
Then I quit. I had injuries that weren’t healing. My patterns and discipline required a lot of extra training I didn’t feel like I had time for. I just wanted to run. But bodies need variety.
So I stopped. I took HIIT classes and found new ways to move.
Enter the pandemic, and I shifted to online classes.
Then I injured myself, again.
I’ve been working with this injury since October. Finding new ways to move. And sometimes getting frustrated and not moving at all.
Recently my physical therapy seemed to be working and inspired by a friend I started running again. Or at least jogging.
My heart sang, my body remembered. All the miles of pavement and dirt came back in a rush.
This time it’s different.
This time I know I need variety.
This time I know I need rest and stretching and to not push too hard (even when I want to).
Running is like Witchcraft. We can get stuck in a rut. We can find ourselves doing the same things over and over until they no longer hold the energy they once did, or perhaps these practices begin to crumble and fall away.
Maybe they get replaced by some other practice. Or maybe our Witchery just gets stale and neglected.
Just as your body does with running (or any exercise) you spirit needs variety too!
What can you add to your practice right now?
What new thing are you curious about learning or practicing?
You do not have to become an expert at it, you need only begin the journey.
You might find that bringing in something new actually inspires you to revisit something you used to love too.
Perhaps you dust off your Tarot cards, or your spell book and begin again.
Want some more inspiration?
The Priestess Path begins July 23rd and early bird pricing ends today!
Over 13 moons, this cohort will work through 12 lessons, and will come together twice a month via zoom to explore the material and move through a ritual together.
We begin with Foundational practices like grounding and clearing, creating sacred space and working with the elements.
Then delve into the inner realms, with exploration of the Maiden Mother and Crone archetypes, Sacred Sensuality and Shadow work.
The third part of our journey is a gathering of tools. We explore dream work, our relationships with our guides and allies, divination practices and creating spells.
We end together with an initiation ritual to celebrate the journey you have taken and to step into your role and power as the Priestess that you are!
Questions reply to this email.
If you’re not sure if this is the path for you, lets chat. I’m happy to schedule a 15 min phone or video call.
See you in the Circle.
Emily Morrison MA, MFT