Keeper of the Flame



Ghost Cow


The cow, in Celtic culture, is seen as a very sacred animal as it is associated with the Goddess Brigit. The cow represents motherhood, as it is highly connected to the Earth. Also, the milk was very sacred as well, as our ancestors depended on the milk to feed the new babies, as well as the human family as well. The cow represents Mother Earth, Gaia, and is associated with fertility, birth, nurturing, teaches us how to withstand the rough storms, compassion, and healing the soul. Cows are feminine lunar energy, the essence of the Divine Feminine.

So what about the Ghost Cow? The Ghost cow is the Crone version of the cow. I am constantly reminded by my HPS that the womb and tomb are one in the same. To explain that a bit, in the triad, Maiden, Mother, and Crone, the Maiden and Crone stand back to back. In our spiritual lives, if we are actually dealing with our issues, we are constantly dying and being reborn. Everything changes, seasons and cycles, its our only constant. So knowing all this, especially it being right about my solar and Saturn return, I knew change was once again a’knockin on my door. In my 2nd degree (going on 3rd), after having a wreck that completely changed my life, upsets and confusions in my job, my surgery (where I am physically marked on the throat), Ostara….and now a return.

The Ghost Cow tells us that the season has changed, there is another role (a rebirth) that is going to happen to you. Since regular cows are symbols of new life, here we have an ending to an old. Not a death where you are brand new, no this is one where you are lead through the underworld cleansing the soul of the fragmented baggage that the heartaches of the world will often leave a woman. She cleanses your soul so that you may grow and become your highest creative expression. She makes you look face to face with the oldness dying and falling away from you. She teaches you how this that you have outgrown, doesnt belong anymore. How long you stay there is entirely up to you, do you really want better? Many get stuck there, as they would rather roll around in their issues than to heal them and move past them. When you have dealt with your own issues, you are washed clean in the milky waters and spiritually rebirthed.

With your Soul healed, you can once again look at world with creative eyes. Live our lives in more understanding and compassion. With all this nurturing energy, she taught us that as we do and serve, we must also serve our mind, body and soul as well. We are walking with her message to embrace life and create at your highest expression.

Like , Death and rebirth..transformation.


Sirona Rose


Swamp Witch


Not too long ago I was having a conversation with someone about the swamps. She began saying how much she hated them, and just gave her negative energy….stagnant energy was just something she couldn’t take.  She later called me the Savannah Swamp Witch, and honestly I am not sure if that was a compliment or an insult. But rest assure, I took it as a compliment.

Anyone that has ever spent time in the swamp knows it is far from stagnant. There is so much going on it can very overwhelming. In our visual technology world we are used to everything right in our face. Whatever is happening, we see it in real time. In the swamp ,you have to look beyond the surface…deep, past that illusion of reflections. What looks still on top, is a bustling aquatic world underneath. From fish to alligators to plant life, a whole aquatic ecosystem thrives and grows, even changing with the cycles of Mother Earth.


There are many lessons this magical place offers, but the one I want to touch on is sight. We have 3 eyes, 2 to look amd one to see. Swamp magic teaches you to see. You can take your two eris amd look upon the happening around you, the physical or bow others want things  to appear. Then we have our 3rd eye that teaches us to truly see, to look deeper through the illusions, seeing beyond the facade of lies. And at times, those illusions are hard to process. During this time that I have had to take for self, the swamp has been working it’s magic on me. The veil has thinned did me, and I am seeing raw truths, and yes it is taking me a minute to take in.

Ostara has brought on some changes indeed, with March’s blue full moon coming, the ringing of change heralds through the universe. I don’t feel alarm, I feel difference….beginning of new energy.

True the swamp may not be for everyone, as the energy can be heavy, but it will show you things beyond what you could’ve imagined.

Enchanted Swamp Blessings,

Sirona Rose



I figured that once you hit that mile stone, things would be a bit easier…NO!  I feel like I am making that last track up the mountain, along with many challenges that push me to see how bad I truly want it.  The Goddess calls many, but only a few make it, is what my HPS reminded us one day as we sat at the covenstead taking in our lessons.  Doing some shadow-work, I pulled a card with the question of “Do I walk my talk?” and the card I pulled is yes…but honestly I feel like running some days. Looking into the dark recesses of your soul is not a lovely, fun trip.  You do not want the t-shirt, the coffee mug, or the magnet…you just want out!  I have finally admitted to being depressed..No not by my path, but by my work.  So many hours and tied down too long, while I feel like my dreams and my wants pass.  I have to consciously pull myself out of that every day, and learn to look at things a different way.  For one, and this was one of my shadow questions “What do I loose my power to?” And yep, it gave me the 10 of cups…too comfortable.  Maybe even lazy, but it’s this way..there are many distractions placed in our lives like TV or FaceBook.  Sure, we can use these things to the positive, but many cases we get lost and find ourself sitting and just being mind bogged.  I am so guilty of this.  I like things that make me feel good, so I get lost in them as I just ride that feel good wave.  I know this can be a good thing, but it cant always be the main thing.  When I am feeling sorry for myself, and wallowing in my own pity party, I heard the Goddess say to me “Hunny, those fields arent going to tile themselves”. Boy is she right. No one is going to prepare your future for yourself…except you.  The Goddess is always with me, but its the God that works on me.  Like I’ve stated before, when I dedicated myself to the Goddess, the God showed up in full presence.  The God will throw you a sword and say “IF you are my own, you will stand up and fight me”, but some times I am like dang!  When is rest? Not during sleeping, because that is when your work in the astral begins.  Rest is the moments you spend with the Goddess.  Those times that you sit and talk with the Goddess, releasing all the crap inside at her feet…those are rest times.  There’s a lot of work to be done in the Pagan communities, as well as the Wiccan, or Wicce.  When you choose the path of the Priestess, the clean up falls at your feet.  And now, we are loosing many of our elders, much of our past is going as well.

Raymond Buckland passed a few days ago, and I felt that to my core.  I did not know this man personally, only through his books and others.  I still felt that connection to him as being an elder of the Path.  He was the first to bring Gardnerian Wicca to the US.  Even those Witchcraft existed in the US under different names, he brought that path to us and changed many lives.  As connected as I feel to my elders, as well as Nature, I still feel a resistance. In the US, we have been so conditioned to go to work, eat the food they give us, watch the TV for entertainment and then get up and do it again. As a society, we arent being urged to go out and be proactive in doing things, just being a slave to the economy. The importance to getting out in nature, staring at the stars, breathing fresh air or sitting on top of a big mountain is tremendous.  Staying inside doesnt help me much, it actually makes me worse, while being outside helps me greatly.  I am preparing my porch to be more suitable for me to move myself mostly out there.  There are several negative habits that I need to fix..and well I am working on them.  That is why many dont make it this far, looking deep into your soul making those hard changes that need to be made….its so much easier to lie on the couch eating cheese curls. Pulling the brain dead part of me out of stagnation is a job in itself, but my regular job isnt helping. Working for some one that doesn’t understand the value of personal time isn’t easy.  They are not doing it to be mean, just that’s their way, the one they’ve always known. Maybe by my work and my changes, I will help them out as well…who knows.

Those of you who can relate to these feelings of depression, know that you’re not alone. I feel they can be over came and I feel that it just takes us making some changes in our lives.  Do some little things, listen to some beautiful music, look at some beautiful art, see the beauty around you.  You have to get up and you have to go on.  I did have a car accident not too long ago, I was not at fault as I was stopped and rear-ended. But this has made me slow down and ask for help. It has made me a bit more humble and taught me the importance of movement.  So, today I take my sword and I stand up to my God and I fight him. I allow him to teach me the importance of intuitive movement, strategies, the importance of getting off my arse, and the wonderful feeling of accomplishment.  He has taught me so much about my inner strength in the past few months, building me from the inside out….and that is how a Witch is truly made…From the inside out! The initiations are you being birthed by the Mother, but its the father that sets your soul in action. The Mother’s love and the father’s action…priceless!


Sirona Rose

The Moments After

Last weekend was my initiation, and I couldnt have asked for more.  I had a seasoned Shaman and a HPS from two other paths there…wow Crone energy!  And I felt it, I felt that knowledge come pouring into me…almost taking my breath away.  It was in between Lughnasadh and the full moon in Leo, with Neptune going retrograde.  I am totally feeling things shift, with Mercury going in retrograde I am really feeling this going inward energy.  It has been an emotional time, as it feels like the veil is being ripped from my eyes, not just one layer at a time.  I feel raw today.  Changes are not always simple, nor easy.  What’s worse is that people that are not in tune with your path do not understand.  I feel like I am getting my balance on a new plane of energy….and I am.

This is an emotional time, it is one of letting the old parts of me die giving way to the new parts.  I see and feel things changing around me, including my relationships with others.  I am even changing physically as well, and attitude!  I will no longer allow others to bust through the boundaries I set.  I am taking on the role of a Priestess of the Great Mother, and that is one path you dont take lightly.  I see these people reading books, then deciding that they too are already a Priestess.  You may be a Priestess in training, but it take many years to truly become.  I have been on my path now for 17 yrs, more really but I am speaking of actively seeking.  You see it takes a while to release all the nonsense society has had you to believe, the lies that some religions like to tell you.  You have to see beyond, do your research, and learn.  Many would not be walking a path they are walking if they only knew the actual truth behind it….but then again maybe they would because not all are strong enough to break down the facade.

Have I thought about throwing in the towel?  YES, and more than once. But you see, the Goddess will still come to you, she will be in your heart and soul.  When you are called by the Goddess, the pull is so great that turning back is really out of the question.  But you do have to understand, that I have been on a Pagan path for many years. I have experienced other paths, dipped my toes in the waters many times, until it was the time when I could dedicate myself to this.  And it is a dedication, as the Goddess works on you night and day.  I havent done some amazing feat to some, but to me I have.  I have listened to my Soul and the Great Goddess.  I have sacrificed and put her first, and the transformation has been remarkable.  I wouldnt suggest this path for all, getting the year and a day sure……but the path of the Priestess is very tiring and is 24/7.

Many come, but few actually make it!


Sirona Rose

Lughnasadh ~ Bounty and Sacrifice

The Wheel has turned again, and we find our self at Lughnasadh.  This is our first harvest season, the God is struck down.  Our Goddess, still pregnant, strikes the God down so his seed can sow and fertilize the Earth.   In essence, this is considered a fertility festival as well.  Many times, at this time, the Goddess really shows me the sacrifices…those things I put let go in order to go forward.  This year, I feel that it is a mixture of both.  I feel the sacrifice, but since it is my initiation weekend, I feel the bounty.  It is a time to begin looking back on things; what is left undone and what needs that extra push before the final harvest?  The sun is getting weaker and daylight shorter, and we have been blessed with a bit of a cool spell the past few days.  I can feel autumn begin to call.  This whole year seems as if it just flew by.  Not like on a roller coaster, although there have been ups and downs. This is like a raging river aching to reach it’s destination.  This river waits no one, and well it just simply cants.  The flow has been fast and swift, pulling you under at times.  There have been some breathers here and there, but mostly it has been relentless.

As I walked on the cool, damp grass this morning on Lughnasadh I can feel the change.  I know my job is to help that wheel turn.  We are coming out of one cycle, and into another.  I looked up at the sky, with the sun brightly peaking through the trees, and I think about the cosmos…As above, So below. We have some very interesting happenings in our heavens this month (August), if you didnt know. We have Lammas, which is today; followed by Uranus going retrograde on the 3rd, the ritual is on the 5th, the full moon in Aquarius is on the 8th, Mercury goes retrograde on the 12th and this whole time we have alignments going on that they call the finger of God.  See, a lot of energy there. And dont forget, we are at the very beginning of a new age, The Age of Aquarius.  So, as you see, as the cycles are changing here, they are changing above.  Change is a’comin for sure.

I do feel that sacrifice energy, but I am also feeling the energy of nourishment (part of the bounty).  Naturally at this time, we are feeling the dark months coming, so we are rushing around preparing for that time.  Our ancestors would be gathering food, storing it, preserving it, etc. But what are you preparing for?  How are you nourishing your body?  When we talk about nurturing our Self, this means nourishment as well…what are you feeding your body?  Are you keeping it in stress? Are you feeding it junk? Or, are you feeding it live, good, clean foods?  Our bodies heal, respond, and feel the way that we nourish them.  If we are staying stressed out eating fast food all the time, this is not a good thing. We must tend to our temple.  We are seeing a world full of sickness, our diet, our nourishment, to our bodies are very important.  But its not just food.  We are also seeing a world that has forgotten it’s past, that is more worried about physical things.  Instead of learning, we are turning a blind eye which will ensure that we will repeat the same mistakes. We care more about band-aiding a problem rather than fixing it.

So I ask you, how are you nourishing your body?  What will you be harvesting at this time?   Are you tending your fields, your Soul?  Sitting back and watching this year, I will tell you there are a lot of people out there not walking their talk.  I am including, as I am human and I do have to learn from the falls.  Those who preach peace and love, are showing themselves to be full or rage and anger.  What does that say?  You’re being called to the carpet, it’s time to take responsibility for your Self.

Happy Lughnasadh, and may you have a blessed harvest, nourishingly bountiful.


Sirona Rose🌙

The Priestess



I am just days away from the ritual, and I am feeling the butterflies.  As I swim through this experience, this is not a comfortable experience.  I literally feel out of control as times as I am going through this initiation.  Things are not feeling the same, and I am really looking at my life doing some self inventory.  I would run from this if I didnt think the Goddess would hunt me down… she has done several times before. She is relentless to her priestesses.  The call will not go away, and will haunt you during your waking and sleeping time.  So here I sit, stressed out from today and crying like a baby.  I literally feel like a weak one.  It was not a good day at all.  Getting woke up early in the morning, having guests that are unhappy on their tour, then seeing a kitten get hit by traffic…yea it just has been a swirl of craziness.

This degree really gets you in touch with yourself, deeply.  It is a birth..rebirth.  Witches are born from the inside out, their High Priestess is their midwife.  A massive transitioning is happening.  Plus this energy of the Age of Aquarius with all this energy…and solar eclipse coming!!  Wow every thing in Gaia is shifting, transforming…rebirthing its self.  I have been working myself to death, dodging the energy that is surrounding me.  I am just blowing through it will no care…well now it is truly making itself known.  I can not longer hide from those issues/challenges I just close my eyes too.  I am not be observant of what is truly going on around me.  I am refusing to give myself a moment of silence to deal with this…this change.  As I look deep in to my own eyes, I am made to see my Soul and well its not happy about some things.  I work constantly at keeping others happy and it has become my pain.  My writing muse has been dormant, and with drawn.  She used to sit beside me whispering delicious words of intrigue…now she is alone in her corner.  I long to put pen to paper (so to speak) and compose a wonderful story to inform, delight, connect, help, inspire, heal some one out there.  Now there isnt even an echo.  But now, as the emotions rush in, my fingers can not move fast enough. There’s so much to say and not enough words to say them. The bottom of the pond is being dragged.  The long lost things that were hidden under the carpet are making themselves known. I feel like I am being turned up side down and inside out. My priorities are changing and I am seeing how fragile life is…and how short. Being so stressed that I cant think straight, being unprepared for important things because I am going so fast in the work lane.  WOW for what really?  It’s just too much, it’s so much as fast and trying to do this that and the other.  Plus with everything else…like a hurricane.  I have to breathe, I have to live, and I have to BE.

I know that I will walk the path I am supposed to walk and I will be a vessel for the Goddess to be expressed in beneficial ways.  The work is just tough some times.  Uranus will be going retro in August as well as Mercury going into retro on August 12th..and the eclipse on the 21st!  A lot happening in the stars as well.  I am already feeling this Uranus retrograde, I feel the hidden being made known.  I am spinning too fast, I need to slow down a bit and feel this and heal it so it can move on.  As a Priestess of the Goddess there is a lot of responsibility that comes with that and the preparation is not easy…and I have only just begun.  I keep saying I cant see what’s coming, but I bet if I slowed down and took a breath I would see and hear it.  What is real and what is the illusion??  It is now making itself known..with great clarity.

So one more step closer to the date. I know things are okay, but I have to ground.  I am excited by this and I am ready to move on into my role.  Just have to remember to BE..and most importantly to breathe…


Sirona Rose

The Journey and Shaman

I have been studying my Wood tarot.  Those cards have the energy of the ancestors, so they are a bit hard for me to read every day.  These cards are more of the energy of going inward, just more of a self examination type energy.  Now I am stuck on the Shaman.  My first card was the Journey card, that is the Death card in regular tarot, but that one is where I was introduce to “purification through fire”.  So, here I sit with the Shaman.  This is not an easy energy at all, as the Shaman does walk between the world as well as being one with all.  Intent, your gifts…becoming one with them.  Am I using my gifts to the best of my abilities?  What am I doing with my certifications…my intuitive skills…my connection to the Great Goddess and God?  I am feeling a bit of being stuck.  Even with my writing, that I adore, I hardly do it as it is like things go completely blank as soon as I sit down.

Today is the Summer Solstice with the New moon coming up in a couple days..and I havent even paid attention to what is going on in the cosmos or even tapped into Mother’s energy.  Looking into the mirror is hard, as things get real quick.  Am I being blocked?  Well then, I ask myself…when have I meditated?  when have I took time for ME just me not doing work.  The path of the Priestess is not an easy path.  You are the cycles, you are the changes.  You build and then you tear down….only to rebuild again.  The trick is learning how to do this all like its an every day thing.

The Summer Solstice is our longest day, the day the Sun is at his zenith.  After this day, the days will get shorter, preparing us for the God being struck down, to our ultimate harvest festival then to his rebirth.  The Goddess spins her Wheel, we have to learn to dance with it.

Dancing with the Wheel,

Sirona Rose

Summoning the Fate Verdandi


I am nearing closer to the ritual, and I am feeling the anticipation soaring through my body. I have had my brain full of thoughts, ideas but when I go to write it just disappears. May be some things are meant to be out floating around the net. It has been so busy, I feel like some times I can’t come up for breath.  I am having to draw my boundaries and enforce them.  My job has been quiet challenging, as I am working a lot and not taking some time to myself.  We’ve had to let go 2 people, one has been a complete idjit and a total let down…but this was all foretold to the lady I work with. She asks for our opinion, we tell her what we see, and she just let stuff go on and on.  I do not understand why she keeps investing in people just because of their beautiful words. This frustration has made a lot of resistance develop with in my life, so I am having to step back.  There was a lot of energy placed in this person, on just a word.  At times, it feels as if those intuitive abilities that she wants in her people are not respected by her. She is so ecstatic that she let go of this guy, its like she finally worked up the nerve.  For me, if I am paying your pay check, you work for me and I am not intimidated by you.  I am glad she is learning to honor her own boundaries, and I do believe it is a ripple of the work that I have been doing ( this boundary thing is affecting my friend as well).

The phase of life I am in, is about learning what I want, focusing, and taking the bull by the horns.  I have became a master multi-tasker, and a bit of a workaholic.  I am having to learn to step back and take some ME time.  There is a lot of stuff I am wanting to do, but I am staying worn out (from working all the time and running here, there, and yonder) that I just want to chill for a while.  I do not like not having the ME time that I so need.  Balance.  I am having to learn how to juggle all of my life, having it work simultaneously together. The new moon is approaching, so I am feeling some time inner is needed.  I feel like some thing is holding me back…but what?  Is this just the energy I am in as I prepare for initiation?  I just feel like I am at a turning point. I am so not the person I was in the beginning of this journey.  I have become so guarded with my energy, and who I share it with.  The Maiden Goddess has fully turned int o the Mother Goddess as I see that all things have limits.  Even within myself, my flower-child-side has calmed down. I am not so free with myself.  I do feel some inner anger, and it comes about when some one tries to “figure me out”.  Really??  Is that anger an emotional reaction to fear? Am I just afraid of what is to come?  Laziness??  Past dreams keep coming back to me, and I feel like they are playing out.  I really am feeling this transition.  The new moon will be in Gemini, and She’s all about integrating the dualities of life.  Venus in Mars right now is really putting the focus on self, and what truly serves me for the greatest benefit. North Node in Leo is just bluntly asking me what works for me, what do I truly want in life, what is my authentic expression……What brings me joy, what does it look like to walk my own path, right here and now, what is my Soul’s desire?

I am feeling a great bit more transition, not really clear on what that will be, but I trust that it will be of my own accord.  I actually feel like the whole world is having a huge energetic shift.  I am beginning to see many things that I have been manifesting come into being and I feel really good about that.  I just got to trust in my magic more.  Witches are born from the inside out, so I am being birthed.  All these feelings cant be written, only experienced.


Sirona Rose

Full Pink Moon in Libra


Sun:  Aries

Moon: Libra 

Mercury:  Taurus R

Venus: Pisces R

Mars:  Taurus

Jupiter: Libra R

Saturn:  Sagittarius R

Uranus:  Aries

Neptune:  Pisces

Pluto:  Capricorn

We are having our full pink moon in Libra, so our relationships will be illuminated.  We have all kinds of relationships, from casual, associates to deeply romantic ones.  As you can see we have several planets going retro, but do not fret my pet, we are going through a birth so let’s use this energy to the best of our abilities.  You may feel pulled in different directions, going with the flow can help here.  

Venus, our planet of love, is going into Pisces still in retrograde (since the beginning of March), so many of you might have felt that energy shift.  When Venus was in Aries, there was a bit of a forceful energy, one of movement, going forward.  We moved from fire, to water.  As she slips into Pisces, we will feel the aggressiveness go into compassion, and receptiveness.  This is a gentle energy, and at this moment is very much needed.  

Along with Venus, we have Chiron and Neptune in Pisces as well.  Venus and Chiron, can produce a very powerful healing energy, this goes into healing old deep wounds.  We have to heal the old archaic ways that do not honor life, and heal the damage that this energy has caused.  

Pluto and Uranus have been square since 2012, and this placement causes a lot pressure.  This placement happened in the mid to late 60s.  Uranus rules Aquarius, and has been in freedom loving Aries for 7 yrs, it is actually helping birth the Aquarian Age.  

Pluto in Capricorn is heavy energy, and is about complete control.  This square pushes against each other.  Capricorn dredges up the past,  while we are coming into a new conscious age.  

Jupiter in Libra retro energy is making us looking at relationships, helping us change by outside influences as well as teaching us how to be in relation to each other.  

I want to really touch on this Venus and Chiron in Pisces and Saturn in Sagittarius dance. As I stated above, deep healing.  Saturn is our father, he teaches us about laws, rules, laws and boundaries; all while Sagittarius is about natural freedom. Pisces is about oneness, while Saturn/Sag teaches us about natural law. As we grow, we are reminded that there are natural limits in our world.  Our morals and limits are tested here.  This placement of these planets are urging us to find the deeper meaning here, look for the bigger picture. We like to follow the advice of all the new age gurus saying live in the now, but we having to consider the future as well…this is where some moderation comes in.  We can not go from one extreme to another, We have to find a balance, there are deeper meanings here and we cant be afraid to see them.  Growth and expansion can happen, but we can’t have the energy shooting out in all kinds of different directions.  Its not easy making hard decisions, because those hard decisions are what defines you.  We are being forced to look at things that are outdated, questions our morality, boundaries, and our consciousness.  Please seek the deeper truth, the bigger picture.

We have to understand that we are birthing our self into the Aquarian Age.  On the Winter Solstice 2012 our planet moved to the other side of the Milky Way…our planet shifted.  Many can try to deny this, but there are certain truths you can’t deny…like the moon effect to the Earth.  Bringing in a new energy is not always easy, as we get fearful when our security blankets are threaten.  But in order to have that wonderful change we are seeking, we must first deal with the old ways that begin exposing themselves.  As we are growing, we have to be reminded there are limits…natural laws.  The deeper truths can only be found in natural law.  We have to understand the value of these boundaries, within our self, relationships, and environment.   Remember, 2017 is a 1 in numerology, new beginnings, as we have been experiencing Uranus in Aries is giving birth to the Aquarian Age, there is a bigger picture here. We have to consciously evolve.  


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