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The Mysterious Wicca

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As many of you know, I am a traditionalist, but I wasnt when I began my path. I believe in the ways of my ancestors, and I honor those that have paved the way for me.  My lineage is very old, and predates Gerald Gardner by many, many years.  People do call Gardner the “grandfather of Wicca” and most believe that to be that he invented it.  If so, how did he get initiated into it?  You can not give yourself something you do not have.  No, he just brought the practice to the forefront.  In his time, Witchcraft was still pretty much outlawed, so he had to write the books in more of a fanatical way.  You see, it wasnt until 1951 that the last laws against Witchcraft were appealed in England.  He brought to the public eye a beautiful path, one he greatly loved, to try and teach them of the old ways and that they were not “evil devil worshiping” peoples.  His book “The White Witch” was based on what he was practicing at that time. This day and age, the path has become tainted as many can not even tell you the basics behind this beautiful religion. Many want it classified as a religion because a walker of this path should have the same equal rights as any other religion.   Many will take a path and bend and twist it til it is a mixture of many other paths….thus watering them all down. And this can be a not so healthy thing to do, as mixing isnt always a great thing.  I, and many others, call it a religion as for the acknowledgement of the path.  To me, when the word “Neo” is placed before any of the Pagan paths, I begin to laugh as  well as become sad. I am sadden because I know that parts of the culture is being lost.  Many believe that you do not need training…that again is laughable.  Would you go to a heart surgeon and allow him to operate on you when he has never went to school to train to become a heart surgeon?  Like I have stated many time before, I was eclectic for 15 yrs.  I promise you, the knowledge you gain with working with a seasoned Witch (1 yr and 1 day) is priceless and you will learn so much more than reading a book. Books are great, dont get me wrong, but in books there are things left out and you will not gain the knowledge of having hands on training and direct attention.  I have watched many people self destruct on the path of magic, for magic is a living being and demands respect.  When Raymond Buckland came to America after his initiation, he began to teach this sacred path. Now, we should all know that this one man could not train the masses all by himself. This path takes time, as there are many trials and tribulations one will go through with the turning of the Wheel.  One thing we have to understand as well, is that not all are ready mentally to deal with the responsibility of this path.  Therefore, many became upset that Buckland wouldnt train them, they began to piece together this path with what they thought it was….ever heard of Rosemary’s Baby??  Even Gardner himself stated that the only problem with this religion was “there’s too many chiefs and not enough Indians”.  In the 80’s with Scott Cunningham’s book “Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner”, Wicca began to have more of a new-agey philosophy and thus the watering down began.  Self initiation was at the hands of the inexperienced and then Wicca split into Wicca and Neo-Wicca. In the beginning of my path, I did a self dedication and there is nothing wrong with that.  I will say that when I stood there with my HPS and dedicated myself to the Goddess, the ground shook.  Initiations are a bit different, you can not give to yourself that which you do not obtain.  I am an Elder Wiccan, so I do understand that Nature has blueprints.  The Goddess is all encompassing, but the God will not hesitate to show you the limits.  In nature there are defined laws, and whether we acknowledge them or not, they are playing in our life every day.  Many of us try to become deity it’s Self…and we are far from it.  You can be very enlightened, but you are still in this 3D human form so there for you are subject to its boundaries and faults. We can not come to the Goddess and expect her to bow before us, this is a path of challenge and one that will break down your societal views, peeling layers of the falseness to expose the true diamond you are within. When you expect a path to bend just for you, you miss valuable lessons and training that you will never be privy of as well as it being selfish.  Now-a-days, we have a lot of people running around making noise like little children not knowing where they stand, not rooted deep in their foundation.  My goal is to educate and help bring others back to their core.  Knowing our myths and history is very important…just look at the story of Narcissus as that could help many right now.

Please do not think that I am saying I am above, holier than thou , or this path is above any other.  I am for the preservation of the Wiccan Path (as many may be for their path), and I honor my ancestors that came before me to make it possible for me to even know of such a beautiful path.  This path isnt for the weak.  It isnt unicorns and rainbows.  This path is hard work, it is great responsibility, it is one that will tear you apart, but teaches you how to rebuild stronger and wiser.  This path is a way for us to understand how natural law works.  Witches walk between the worlds and are healers of the physical and spiritual as well as the Earth.  They are made from the inside out, and they are capable of (by learning the laws) of bending the will to create the environment they want.  There are many different definitions for Wicca, and none I have seen on other websites or even wiki-pedia and other definition sites even come close to its true meaning….so here it is:

Wicca is a Feminine Nature based Mystery Religion that requires training with 3 degrees of initiation and is Oath bound.  

We do go by the 3 fold law…which is entirely different from the true definition of Karma. We have to realize our words and understand their true meanings, as this is what messes up a lot of things.  Be conscious of what you say and do, as words and actions carry great energy.  My path is Traditional European Celtic Witchcraft and I will be training after Samhain.  If you would like to take this beautiful journey, you are more than welcome to look me up on FaceBook, SironaRoseOwl. I will be starting a learning circle.  Let’s bring the sacredness back to the Wiccan path.

Many Blessings,

Sirona Rose

© 7/3/2017

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Healed Through Music

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He was amazing–as amazing as a young man who has only seen the world through the eyes of a traveled young man could be.  He was handsome, with his long dark hair and dark eyes that looked as if they were going to devour me.  Did I love him? Yes, but not in the “let’s spend forever together” type of love.  No, I knew that we had loved each other in previous life times.  Now, our souls were just connecting again.  And my goodness, they did just that.  He loved me, in the best way that he could; as he said to me “I dont know how to be with you except to worship you”, and I let him do just that. We would talk most of the night, we danced in his living room, he played his guitar and sang lullabies to me to gently soothe my Soul.  His fingers would gently touch my face, he would softly kiss my lips, breathing in my breath as I surrendered to his touch.  I could feel his energy rushing through his body, our hearts began to beat as one.  He led me into his temple, where he proceeded to worship me. Our energies and bodies entwined, ultimately becoming one, broke down the walls around our hearts and healed our weary Souls.  I knew from our very first connection that he would not be able to enjoy the vastness of my ocean for very long.  You see, at these depths, he could not swim, for he has never journeyed depths of this nature.  He was used to sitting with the Goddess, but not having her to completely engulf him in her unbridled passion.  This wasn’t his fault, as he was still growing and healing.  Through our energy that intermingled, we healed parts of our Soul that was lost and broken.  I do not think he saw the bigger picture of our relationship, as we did enjoy each other very much, but in the now.

As I sit here on my porch, watching the sun set, I am reminded of him.  I am reminded of the passion my fellow fire sign and I shared.  I miss his songs, the way the music just bled from his fingers.  Oh how he showed me that healing relationships are one thing, a strong, equal beloved is quiet another.  As he stood before me, towering above me, staring down with those hungry eyes, I knew that I was too much for this handsome dark haired young man.  Seeing his vulnerability completely exposed, I knew he would not be able to endure the unexpected storms and the relentless passion that worshiping his Goddess would demand of him to do.  He could only accept the healing, the sacred bonding that this relationship would provide, so he could move on down his path. He has great things ahead of him, he just first needed his soul washed cleaned…..as did I.

Blessings,

Sirona Rose

© 6/28/2017

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

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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.

Blessings,

Sirona Rose

Oracle Message of the Day

Good morning Starshine!

Today’s message is to OBSERVE IN SILENCE &SEEK THE LESSON 

Venus just came out of retro in Pisces, so yes emotions can be high, but can lead to great healing. I’ve been hearing to slow down a minute and allow yourself to listen and see what is going on. Sometimes, we may not have all the answers,  so we must sit back and watch. Pay attention to all that is unfolding, know that there is a bigger picture and you’re only seeing a little part. Be mindful of all that is happening around you,  listen to your intuition. Through listening to your inner voice, we may be introduced to new ideas, new knowledge and maybe even a new awareness. 

The only way you will be able to listen to your inner voice, your intuition, is to be silent..be still.  The Goddess/Spirit can not speak to you while you’re running around in the rat race.  Slow down! Be silent……listen. 

Many blessings, 

Sirona Rose

Waning Moon in Scorpio 

I hope every one had a great full pink Libra moon.  Lady Luna peaked at her height at 2:08 am est on the 11th, and slipped into the mystical sign of Scorpio at 6:42 pm est that same day.  The Great Lady is in her waning phase.  Here, we want to be very careful in our communications in our relations, as this Scorpio energy can add a dash of chaos.  Remember, in the report I did for the full moon, I wrote about looking deeper, and this energy will make you want to look deeper at things.  Scorpio represents the Occult, and that which is hidden…or in shadow, please remember this.  Scorpio moon energy can be emotionally intense, as well as getting intimate with our shadow.  Watch out for drama, and those that fed off of it. Control those emotions!

This energy will help you dive deep in the spiritual waters, helping us tune into our intuition.  Scorpio energy is all about transformation, so looking into the hidden could help you better pursue your dreams. 

Blessings,

Sirona Rose

Full Pink Moon in Libra

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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.  

Blessings   

Solar Return

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I just had my birthday/solar return, and it is falling on a 7 year so this is a bit heavy for me.  I dont mean in a bad way, just one of “it’s time to get off ya booty” type feeling.  I feel the transitions a’comin.  When the Goddess works on you, there are things that happen that you just dont get at the present time, but as you allow the unfolding, makes perfect sense.  When I surrendered to my path, stop fighting and trying to deny who I am and my gifts for that matter I felt the roots dig deep.  I speak of roots a lot, because they are important for us.  That is one reason so many appear to be flopping around like a fish out of water…they do not have roots.  I do not care what any one says, training in any path is a great thing, as it has truly made a difference in my life.  One thing you get is history…..you have to know the history of your path and the people.  Far too many times, I see people post false stuff about things they have no idea about.  Then when presented with facts, they say well I will believe my brothers and sisters…never mind what the truth is.  Training in the beginning and experience are two things that are necessary. You can have all kinds of Phds and be all kinds of book smart, but if you havent had the experience you really dont know how it actually feels and what it truly means to walk that path.  This goes for anything.  Would you want a doctor operating on you that wasnt trained??  Why would you treat your spiritual health the same way?  But thats another story….

So, here I am on this threshold of new beginnings, as well as endings.  I am seriously tired of being held back, especially by people I have to pull along.  It truly amazes at all the ideas I have pop into my mind, only having to figure out how to produce them and actually getting them on paper is a different story.  I love my path, and I want to share it and teach it with all who want to walk it.  It is not for every one, and that is perfectly OK with me. The Goddess calls her own.  With this solar return, I am very much feeling her changing me within.  I feel the need of caring less of what others think of me, and focusing more on me…not in the selfish ways, but on the gifts that I have and can offer to others.  Training to be a Priestess, you put yourself in a teaching role, and I am really trying my best to learn all that I can learn in order to serve the Goddess.

As I march on my path, I am seeing how others have taken sacred words and spread them across the ether as if they are nothing.  There has been a watering down of my path, with so many twisting and turning it to fit them and their needs.  How selfish can one be?  I have witness folks wanting us to change our over 300 yr tradition just to suit them, really??  This type of selfish attitude is slowing taking the traditions (training you will not get out of books) back under ground….and maybe that is what it will take. In order to preserve, we must keep secret.  The problems we run into is that we believe people will take things in consideration the way we do….and then we sadly learn they will not.

Soon I will walk through the threshold of my second degree, where I will accept my role as a teacher of my path. Then, it will be my job to preserve this Goddess path, it will be my role to correct the misinformed. Not that I know all, but a tradition is a tradition. Change is inevitable, yes, but the core remains the same. My tradition, just like many Pagan Celtic traditions, teaches one to look to nature.  I will honor the Great Goddess, the Divine Feminine and I will do my part to bring back the sanctity of the gift of being a woman.  Honoring my God, I will see the powerful role of protector the Divine Masculine emanates.  I will listen to the ancestors speak with me through the wind. I will honor my elders who have gone before me, sharing their knowledge and experience.  Watch her cycles, watch her other creations; how do they respond and interact with each other, what are their cycles, what is their place in this world?  Reconnect with Mother Earth and just watch what she will teach you!  Compare it to the world around you.

Blessings,

Sirona Rose

The Gift Empathy

Good morning Starshine! Happy Thankful Thursday!

So I am sure we’ve all heard the word “empathy or empathic”.  There so so many memes and quotes out there of being an empath you probably ask yourself if everybody is….well yes, to a certain degree. 

The word Empathy is known as a phenomenon where you experience, sense and absorb the emotional energy of another person, animal, or environment. Now this gift can lead to depression and confusion for many that have problems controlling it, but it can also lead to deep levels of healing within yourself. We can use these experiences to explore our emotions, and become more emotionally aware.  Empathy is deeply embedded in our biology, as it is a  true gift that connects us to other living beings.  This mirroring of our brains neurons, Empathy, is called emotional contagion. By getting control of our emotions allows us to become aware of our emorional responses as well.  

This practice takes us inward, helping us gain self awareness.  And by leanring to control it, we can actually use it to help us manifest that which we want. 

Blessings, 

Sirona Rose

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