Discovering Your Psychic Profile

I am having a great time learning and growing in Wicca. Although I am still an artist, more and more I’ve come to see my life as my art. The beauty of witchcraft is that it is not about having the right doctrine or going to the right building once a week. Witchcraft is about who you are and what you do. It is about making a tangible difference in your own life and in the lives of others through managing energy and your own psychic states.

Your psychic profile is the way your psychic ability expresses most easily. I think my current psychic profile consists of telepathy (mental communication) and somewhat precognition (knowing about things before they happen). I used to just chalk these phenomena up to the fact that I’m observant and a good listener. But, in reality, all of us have actual psychic gifts to varying degrees. Like with any skill they get stronger the more we use them.  This week I will be working on testing and strengthening my psychic skills.

One of the ways I plan to do this is by practicing lucid dreaming. You practice while you are awake by looking into a mirror several times a day, asking yourself if you’re dreaming. Then, before you go to bed you tell yourself that when you see yourself in a mirror in your dream it will be the trigger to remind you that you’re dreaming. Once you are aware that you’re dreaming, you can take control of your dream rather than just passively allowing things to happen to you in dream state.

Lucid dreams, from what I’m told, can be very healing. I have only had one partial lucid dream (where I was lucid for a few moments then went back into the passive dream state) and it was so powerful. I have also had dreams within dreams.

Anyway, this proves to be an adventurous week as I go diving into the deep waters of the subconscious.  Won’t you join me?

Have a beautiful week!

Blessed Be,

Raven

A New Year, A New Me – Blessed Be!

With the new year coming up, I have been filled with introspective thoughts about who I am and what I want my life to be over the next 12 months.  One thing I’ve decided is to stop hiding the fact that I’m a witch. Very few people know about it and I see no need to advertise my spiritual beliefs. However, there is also no need for me to hide who I am. I am proud to believe in the power of the earth’s cycles and to know that thoughts are creative in nature. It is a pleasure and a privilege to know how to anchor positive mindsets and physical changes through the power of ritual. My goal is to continue the momentum I’ve gathered over the past six months.

Over the past six months I have intensified my connection to Spirit in general. My practice is more consistent; my thoughts and words more accurately reflect my beliefs; and I embody a deeper peace now than I have ever known.  But I am now ready to step it up and increase my knowledge and power as a witch. I plan to add to my set of ritual tools, but I am fully aware that all any witch needs is her mind and a quiet space in order to access the astral energies and bring about inner and outer change.

I feel the power of the Goddess move in, through, and as me. I tap into the sacred knowledge of the Divine Feminine and I channel it through my experience now and always. I join the sorority of powerful women who have worked, often behind the scenes, to effect change in their communities. I honor the Goddess and the God as manifestations of the One Presence. I step aside and allow their influence in my life now. And so I let it be. Amen. Blessed be.

The Solitary Wiccan

Greetings and Merry Meet!

So, it has been about three weeks since I moved into my new place.  Because I didn’t have plans for the long weekend, I spent a lot of time alone.  During times of loneliness, it is important to notice one’s coping mechanisms – things we do to beat down the uncomfortable feelings we don’t want to have.  As for me, I ate too much!  But I refused to beat myself up over it – it was a holiday, after all!  It’s just something for me to notice.

In the past, to smother feelings of loneliness, I would reflexively go out and try to meet people.  This often led to me meeting men who were unworthy of my time.  Since I am determined not to use that particular coping mechanism again, I must be willing to sit with the uncomfortable feelings.  I must lean into the pain and embarrassment of loneliness and just feel what it feels like.  This is the only way to truly surrender to it and receive its gifts.

One of its immediate gifts is productivity.  I got most of my first week’s homework done for my upcoming semester at grad school.  I also got a chance to paint, which was thrilling.  I’ve got a long way to go with the painting, but I’ve made a good start.  I had a wonderful weekend!  I spent quality time with myself doing things that I love.

Being a solitary witch sometimes literally means being alone.  But with the Goddess as my constant companion, I am never really alone.  Her beauty radiates through me in all that I do, allowing me to be a positive presence, whether I am in a crowd or on my own.

Peace and blessings for the upcoming week!

With Love and Light,

Raven

work in progress. 18" X 24" acrylic

work in progress. 18″ X 24″ acrylic

Litha and School Preparations

Blessings and welcome!

I successfully completed my Litha painting – just in time for the holiday at the end of this coming week. I have always been a “sun-person” – I am a sun sign (Leo), I love warm summer nights, and I can totally understand why early human civilizations worshiped the sun!

"Litha", 16"X 20" acrylic on canvas

“Litha”, 16″X 20″ acrylic on canvas

Tomorrow my grad school program in English begins and I will be documenting my progress on my other blog.

In the meantime I plan to keep those nature-based paintings coming, but probably at a slower pace.

Until next time, peace and blessings on the path towards your most authentic self.

–Raven

 

 

 

 

Litha

This week I will be finishing up my painting for Litha. My goal is to honor the power of the sun and its strength while acknowledging the fact that, after Litha, the sun’s power wanes and begins to give way to the dominance of the night.

work in progress

work in progress

I plan to do my next series of paintings on the animal kingdom. I was inspired by my vacation to San Diego this weekend where I saw the San Diego Zoo and Sea World for the first time. I was so inspired by the beauty and interconnectedness of life that I have to memorialize my feelings on canvas!

I was most inspired by the big cats and the underwater sea creatures, so stay tuned for some funky, abstract, beautiful beasts in the upcoming weeks!

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Artistic scribblings and spell work

This week I plan to work on my final painting in the series on the Wiccan wheel of the year.  I want to make it an abstract in acrylics and I want it to capture the spirit of Litha, summer solstice.

My scribblings last week were primarily practice drawings designed to keep me in the flow.

I’m studying spell work this week as well.  I primarily use mental energy in creating the life that I want, but I believe in the power of spell work, and wish to incorporate more of this into my regular practice.  I have to keep it simple due to limited space and privacy, but I look forward to sharing my results!

Until next time, peace and blessings on the path towards your most authentic self.

Love and Light,

Raven

What Being a Witch Means To Me

Until my next phase of education begins in June, I have extra free time, which I’ve been using to the fullest. My painting and writing are flourishing and I have added self-hypnosis to my meditation time, which has been wonderful.

The beauty of time well-spent is that, in addition to getting a lot of things done, you get a sense of clarity. I have had time to think about a lot of things, one of which is my spiritual path.

Being a witch means different things to different people. To some people it will always be some caricature of an old lady on a broom, or something scary and evil. So, I can only talk about what it means to me.

For me, being a witch means that I reject the static and inflexible notions of deity found in mainstream religion. I embrace the beauty and mystery of the natural world and believe that it has lessons to teach us. I reject old-school patriarchy and all of its dysfunction. Rather, I believe that Male and Female are the essential building blocks of Creation and that these two energies are essential counterparts to one another.

I believe that Energy is the creative force behind all visible forms and that this Energy can be manipulated by trained human minds.  I believe that true morality can only be self-imposed and must serve both common sense and the common good.

I believe that there is unbelievable power in collective unity, but that each individual is a complete manifestation of Deity.

While I believe that there are many expressions of Deity, there is really only one Intelligent Force that governs the evolution of the universe.  The practice of paganism is a humble recognition of both the One Force and its many manifestations.  It is a grateful acknowledgment that we already have everything that we need to establish heaven on earth.  To look outside one’s self to a fantasy super-hero god to “save” and “fix” things is both lazy and irresponsible.

So, for better or for worse, this is what I believe.  But I’m still learning and growing, trialing and erroring.  I’m proud of where I am right now and look forward to my own continued evolution. The most important part of any spiritual practice, though, is the practice part, so this is how I try to live my life: “An it harm none, do what ye will.”

As far as my artistic life goes, I am still working on my belated Beltane painting. This is what I have so far. I hope to finish it this week.

work in progress

work in progress

Until next time, peace and blessings on the path towards your most authentic self.

Love and Light,

Raven