Monday, December 21, 2009

Happy Holidays to You!

Sun Spirit ~ Orig. Drawing by Kandice Thompson

Happy Winter Solstice my dear friends!

Today is one of the most sacred sabots of the year.  Once again we welcome the birth of the sun.  Tonight the longest night of the entire year and the shortest hours of daylight.  After today we will once again have longer daylight and shorter nights.

The holidays are a time of gathering and a time of giving.  Personally I feel we should practice this type of behavior year round.  For many the economy has put a bind on the financial flow for gift giving.  Look at his as a creative way to express yourself.   Use your intuition and create gifts for your family and friends.  Home baked goods are always a wonderful treat!  Don't limit your imagination to just that thought.  If you know someone that is an avid bird watcher, make them a homemade ornament or small wreath made from non toxic glue and bird seed.  You can also use leftover bacon grease and mix it with birdseed for an excellent suet!  Freeze or refrigerate for best results.  A mason jar filled with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar is a great idea for guys with a sweet tooth.  Add simple instructions about placing the mixture on heavily buttered toast for a quick snack.   Mmmm!  I would post some of the gifts I have made for friends & family, but then their surprise would be spoiled if they read this. ;-)

There is a solstice tradition that me and my husband have done for nearly 8 years now.  Each Solstice evening after we have had a nice homemade dinner at the table, we get in the car and go for a drive.  If it is snowing and the weather is not so good, then we enjoy it even more!  We just take things a bit slower and use more caution while driving.  We head out with our winter gear on hand (like snow bibs, gloves, etc).  We make sure we have at least one to five pounds of birdseed with us.  The evening is spent driving around the local parks and taking a walk in the evening moonlight and snow.  This is wear the winter clothes come in handy. ;-)  As we take our walk, we reflect on everything we are grateful for.  We avoid thinking or speaking about any negative aspects.  I usually take along a large cup so I can fill it with birdseed and scatter the seed all around in various areas.  I like to place a small pile of seeds on a picnic table, scatter some under the trees that normally bare fruit in the warmer months and place the rest where the feathered friends are sure to find and enjoy it.  I also like to gift the other animals with apple peals, orange slices and other goodies.  However, some parks consider this littering instead of providing the woodland creatures with treats.  If this is the case in your area, simply find a small wooded area and give the apples and oranges a toss.  The animals will be sure to find them and enjoy it!  On the drive home we'll take our time and most likely go out of the way a bit to view some holiday lights.  It will be a quiet and beautiful evening.  Upon arriving home we'll have a cup of hot tea or coffee, unless we take a thermos with us and drink it all while we are out and about.  The rest of the night will be spent cuddling, maybe a small meditation honoring the rebirth of the sun and then a movie before bed.

Remember that the season is not about what you are lacking or can not give.  Show gratitude, make a list of all that you are thankful for and repeat it daily.  No matter how bad it seems, someone else is suffering far worse than you can ever imagine.  We have freedoms, food, shelters and hope.  Some countries and regions can not say the same.  We are fortunate so please be thankful and show some gratitude.

I want to wish all of my blog readers and subscribers a beautiful holiday season.  What ever your celebration be, may it be merry and filled with memories.  Love those close to you, cherish the little things in life and never take anyone for granted.  We are all stardust, children of this universe that we call home.  Be peace, be love, be the answer you pray for.

~~  Ancient Native American Blessing for Winter Solstice  ~~
We are the Earth
We are the Moon
Come rising Sun
Lead us from the Tomb

Repeat this blessing by singing or chanting while you create the heartbeat of Mother Nature on your drum.  Add bells and humming if you have multiple people.

Kandice ~ Rainbow Tree
Reverend & High Priestess

Monday, December 14, 2009

Winter Solstice Blessing

Dark of night and light of day,
we honor you in each and every way.
Bring to us your sacred and magical birth.
A shift of axis for our beloved Earth.
The sun will rise and show her beautiful light.
Warmth filling our soul so our spirit shines bright.
A new year of blessings and abundance.
A feeling for everyone of a great oneness.
Unity and love combined.
Celebrating all that is divine.
We honor the sun on this most important day.
Hope, renewal and good things are on their way.
We are blessed to have such sacred life.
This year we will live without strife.
Let us honor this solstice eve and day.
Love and kindness felt from each and every sun ray.

Written by Reverend & High Priestess, Kandice Thompson
~ Rainbow Tree ~

A Sacred Time of Year ~ Tis the Season

The sacred solstice is upon us.  As the darkness of the days seems so long, the time has come for it to change once more.  The rebirth of the sun is upon us.  The days have grown colder and the darkness so very long. The rebirth of the sun will once again bring us warmth, longer days filled with the suns rays and light.  The darkness will fade, bringing an end to the year.  New beginnings await us with the rebirth of our sun.  Without the sun, there is no life.  Thus this time of year we celebrate birth, life and love. 

The magic of winter solstice and the worship or honoring of the sun has taken place since the dawn of human life.  The history and celebration of Solstice predates all religion.  Nothing can exist without the sunlight that feeds the very core of life on earth.  During this time of year we should honor both the light and dark side of the season.  Without the darkness, there can be no light. 

The original story of Santa Clause was based around solstice eve.  Winter solstice is the longest night out of the entire year and the shortest day.  It was believed that this is when Santa made his magical flight to bring fruits of plenty to those deserving.  The original legend also states that Santa was more of a woodsman and wizard like being.  He brought gifts of plenty to the forest creatures who were scavenging the woods for food under the snow and cold winter nights.  He scattered bird seed, tossed apples here and there and provided the creatures with a delightful snack.  Most likely he also made them gifts that would provide shelter or a blanket to be carried off from a momma to her nest of babies.  The story and legend have survived for thousands of year.  The story of Santa even predates Christianity and Jesus. 

Did you know that 'Christmas Trees' have only been popular in the past 200 years.  In many cultures it is sacrilegious to kill a tree for the purpose of personal amusement and decoration.  You would be going against everything that the season stands for.  Not a very good way to honor life and nature.  The alternative is a fake tree, but for many this is a personal or environmental issue.  The chemical treatment the artificial trees receive is very toxic, especially when thrown out n the trash a few years later.  Many people, including myself can not be around artificial trees because of the toxins they release.  It can cause major breathing difficulties, rashes and in some cases a more severe reaction.  Personally I opt for either a poinsettia plant (now known to NOT be harmful to pets) or I create a nice winter themed alter.  This year I opted to do both.  My winter alter has a live plant in the center.  Another alternative, and perfect for most is to simply buy a live tree that is in a pot and will be planted in the warm spring months.  To me, this is the only way I feel a tee should be done at this time of year.  I would love to do this myself but I am one of those people that is highly allergic to pine trees, their sap and the pollen they create.  If you opt for the live tree that will be planted later, consider making homemade and edible ornaments for the tree.  Use bird seed, suet, natural fibers that birds can use in their nest and so on.  When the tree is planted, birds will automatically be drawn to it and thus you will have gifted nature as well!  This is truly a gift that keeps on giving year after year.

For many of us this time of year can pose to be emotionally hard.  For me personally it is the very first year without my father and my mom.  My dad passed away extremely unexpectedly this February.  Since then my mother has been fortunate enough to love again.  She has also moved on geographically to honor and cherish her new love.  We are happy for her but will dearly miss her being part of the holiday celebrations and rituals as well.  For me this will be a hard holiday as neither of my parents will be here physically.  It is a reminder that we suffered a great loss this year, both emotionally and financially.  My husband and I had the worst possible year finically.  We lost everything in 2009.  My father and my aunt passed, my mom moved, hubby lost his job, our home was reposed and foreclosed upon, they came a week before Thanksgiving and repossessed my truck and continue to threaten the car.  We hope to keep the one remaining vehicle we have.  It was a scary year and I am honestly glad it is coming to and end!  Please know if you are suffering, you are not alone.  We have all dealt with some amazingly hard life changes this year.  The holidays can be a harsh reminder of them.

In our household we celebrate solstice as an end of the year and a new beginning or birth of another.  We let go of our issues and hardships, knowing the universe will have them and see fit they no longer cause a problem.  This makes room in our life for new and wonderful memories and events.  We must let go of the past so we can live for today.  Tom (my hubby) and I have big plans for 2010.  He is currently opening up his very own automotive shop.  He's been restoring, custom fabricating and professionally painting some of the most classic and custom cars and trucks for over 25 years.  After the economy went under and we had to move because of dads death and the house being foreclosed upon, Tom decided it was time to venture out on his own.  He's 45 years old and tired of working for someone else when he has more experience, knowledge and schooling.  We hope the business takes off soon.  We have had a bit here and there, but I hope with the new year this business venture will take off and make him a happy man.  Please know Tom is environmentally conscious and using the most friendly products available on the market.  If all goes well we will eventually make sure the business is run on wind and solar powers only to top it off.  Check out the website I created for him to show the shop, a gallery of past clients and so on:

As for me, I am venturing out as well.  For a while now I have done freelance photography for myself.  I was honored with being internationally & nationally nominated with a few of my photography images.  I never made more a couple bucks here and therefrom print sales, but I loved it.  I've decided to take it a step further and actually open a studio in my home to do photography sittings & sessions.  This is my passion and my love, to be behind the camera (and in my organic gardens in the summer).  If the universe allows (and why wouldn't it if I love it and have all good vibes towards my photography) I will be booking my calender up with clients & customers for portrait sittings.  As I said, the new year is coming so we are going to be brave and venture out on our own for financial freedom.  I too have updated and created my website to accompany this new plan.  I've also got ALL my original paintings 1/2 off for the holidays and Oracle Readings on sale! ;-)

I am working on writing a winter solstice blessing and possibly a ritual that you can do or take part in.  I hope to post it yet today or possibly tomorrow.  As soon as I finish writing it, it will be posted here. 

~~ To all my readers and subscribers, Thank you for hanging in there with me.  I haven't been on the blog much but I am going to make it vital to have it regular once more.  ~~

All my love,

Kandice ~ Rainbow Tree 
Reverend & High Priestess

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Updates from the Giving Earth: Samhain Sale, Poetry, New Art and More

Giving Earth Updates & News

**  Samhain Sale  **

All Oracle & Tarot Readings on Sale, 50% Off All Original Paints, All Hand Painted Affirmation & Holiday Ornaments on Sale!

View Kandice’s Poetry!

Kandice has added a section of her poems for you to read.

New artwork has been created!  An entire new series of Fairy Art.  Created specifically to share the interaction with the fairy realm.  View our Gallery to see images or visit our Videos to watch a short movie about interaction with the fairies and their magical realm.

The Ministry/Officiant Services have been updated.  Many virtual blessings now offered for those across the miles.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

World Without Wonder

World Without Wonder

In a world without wonder.
An imagination-less society.
The trees never dance
The birds bare no song.
Mans heart is blackened.
His eyes buried deep in his skull.
Society never questions.
Not one word is said.

In a world without wonder.
A dragon no longer soars among clouds.
Books are shelved.
Enchanted realms forgotten.
Nature disregarded.
Dreams wither away.
Stars fall without a wish.
No one seems to notice.

In a world without wonder.
Dandelions never feel a breath.
A forest shows her scars.
Greed becomes our love.
Life seems less important.
Nothing is left sacred.
The hope of tomorrow dies.
No one seems to notice.

© Rev. Kandice Thompson, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Oracle Message from the Fairy Realm "Higher Consciousness"

Original Drawing ~ Image copyright © Rainbow Tree (aka Kandice Thompson)

From time to time the Fairy folk feel a need to relay a message for those that are open to listening. When needed or as requested from the fairy realm, an oracle reading with the Fairies is done to receive their guidance and thoughts. I do this for myself and anyone else who wants to listen or read. Their messages always resonates with many around the globe.

The message received this reading is:
"Higher Consciousness"

You are being urged to take frequent walks in nature. Make time away from noise and stress so you may hear the voice of your higher conscious. Try quieting your life and mind a bit so your higher consciousness can become loud and clear. When we self defecate, talk aloud or put ourselves or others down in anyway, we are going directly against this voice and often find it completely voided out. Try going about your day without all the little cluttered thoughts of; who did this, where does this go, what about this, and so on. Get rid of them! Those thoughts, especially if spoke aloud clutter your mind, taking up space for your true and higher consciousness.

Your recent and soon to be dreams, thoughts and aspirations are coming from the spirit realm (meaning god/goddess/spirit/energy). For a while now you have been seeking some form of divine guidance and your higher consciousness is now beginning to answer. If you're still having a bit of trouble hearing your higher consciousness try some deep meditations for release and openness. If these don't seem to work, find that quiet time and confront the universe aloud. Know your right to higher consciousness and let the universe know that you feel ready and aware. Remember, you must make the time for a quiet mind and release and cluttered thoughts to hear the voice of higher consciousness.

Soon you will begin to receive guidance from your true self, your higher consciousness. This way of thought is one with the divine universal wisdom and energy. Allow your consciousness to listen to love and kindness rather than fear or what ifs.

The fairies ask that you take this special time at least once a week to clear your mind, walk in nature and allow the voice to guide you perfectly through all areas in your life. You deserve this. Know your life is beginning to improve by allowing your higher consciousness to guide you.

The fairies feel you should write or verbally aloud repeat the following affirmation daily:
I clearly hear and easily understand my higher consciousness and the inner voice of the divine spirit.

This message was received on September 24th, 2009

Monday, September 21, 2009

A Beautiful Mabon

The beauty of the Fall/Autumn Equinox is finally here. On September 22nd, we honor the changing seasons with the first day of fall, also known as Mabon. Mabon is one of several sacred lunar/solar events that takes place since the beginning of time as we know it. On this day we are provided with equal amounts of both night and day. Tomorrow the days will continue to become shorter and the nights will begin to grow longer and longer till we reach the Winter Solstice when the sun is reborn once more.

Mabon is a time of balance, and a good time to celebrate the stability of the hearth and home. It is the time of the autumn equinox, and the harvest is winding down. The fields are nearly empty, because the crops have been plucked and stored for the coming winter. Mabon is the mid-harvest festival, and it is when we take a few moments to honor the changing seasons, and celebrate the second harvest.

For some, it's a season to honor the darker aspects of the goddess, calling upon that which is devoid of light. For others, it's a time of thankfulness, of gratitude for the abundance we have at the season of harvest. No matter how you see it, Mabon is traditionally a time of balance. After all, it's one of the two times each year that has equal amounts of darkness and daytime.

Ways to Celebrate Mabon:
  • Show/Feel Gratitude ~ Sit down and make a gratitude list. Write down things that you are thankful for. An attitude of gratefulness helps bring more abundance our way -- what are things you're glad you have in your life? Maybe it's the small things, like "I'm glad I have warm running water" or "I'm glad my car is running." Maybe it's something bigger, like "I'm thankful I have a warm home and food to eat" or "I'm thankful people love me even when I'm cranky or spinning." Keep your list some place you can see it, and add to it when the mood strikes you.
  • Honor the Darkness ~ Without darkness, there is no light. Without night, there can be no day. Despite a basic human need to overlook the dark, there are many positive aspects to embracing the dark side, if it's just for a short time. Celebrate a ritual that honors that aspect of the Goddess which we may not always find comforting or appealing, but which we must always be willing to acknowledge. Call upon the gods and goddesses of the dark night, and ask for their blessings this time of year.
  • Autumn Cleansing ~ As autumn rolls in, we know we'll be spending more time indoors in just a few months. Take some time to do a fall version of spring cleaning. Physically clean your home from top to bottom, and then do a ritual smudging. Use sage or sweetgrass as you go through your home and bless each room. This ritual should be done to your aura as well.
Rainbow Tree's Mabon Balancing Meditation & Ritual

You will need:
1 glass bowl of water
1 white candle & 1 black candle (same size & height)

Do a basic circle casting and quarter calling before you begin this ritual. Place a protective cone or pyramid of purple energy over yourself. Know you are always safe in any magical work you are doing that is done with love and gratitude.

Place the bowl of water directly in front of you. On the left place the white candle and on the right side of the bowl place the black candle. Light each candle and say "Thank you" aloud to honor the element of fire. Repeat to honor the element of air when you blow the match out or the flame from the lighter is extinguished.

Repeat the following aloud:
God & Goddess of the divine, bring to me the balance of the season.
Tonight I dance in the dark shadows of our earth.
I honor the darkness for without it we can never have the light.
I thank you for the abundance of the season,
the flesh of the fruits and the warmth the sun brought us.
I know now is the time to honor the balance in all things.
For we can not feel love until we experience rage.
We could never understand peace if greed or chaos stayed away.
If we never experienced sorrow, we may never know true joy.
Without the darkness of night, there would be no light of day.
Without death, we might not value life and hold it so precious.
It is in the sacred balance that we find our serenity.
Allow my spirit to see and feel the balance of this universe.
Bring to me the light and dark divine.
Show me the ways of old on this sacred sabot.
I thank you and the ancestors that be.
As above, it is below.
So mote it be.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A Witch's Kitchen: Mid Summer Harvesting

garden pickings from August 24th, 2009

One of the features I mentioned early on in my blog was the 'Witch's Kitchen'. These posts consist of actual recipes I use and/or created. To read previous posts like this, simply search "Witch's Kitchen" in the search box at the top left of my blog page.

A Kitchen Witch can never have too many spices, herbs and recipes for all sorts of dishes! No matter what I am cooking I am aware of the properties from the herbs, oils and others items I use. Every dish I cook is blessed and thanked and of course has a little magical quality to it, not to mention an overall quality for health as well.

All ingredients are non GMO'd (genetically modified or engineered) and/or certified organic to maintain my current state of health becasue of severe sensitivities. All ingredients were either purchased locally, at the Whole Foods Market or grown fresh from our organic garden.

The following recipes are geared around the harvest of midsummer or summers end.

Tomato Herb Salad
10-15 Large heirloom tomatoes ('ugly' ones with multi colors work best)
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Tbsp dried Basil
2 tsp Sea Salt
2 tsp Rosemary
1 tsp Oregano
1/2 tsp Cilantro
1/4 tsp minced Garlic
1 medium onion

At each end of tomato cut the core or stem out approx. 1/4 inch deep. Slice tomatoes like an apple with at least 8 or more slices per tomato. Half the slices or quarter them for smaller bites. Slice onion in rings then into quarters. In large bowl place tomatoes, onions and pour over the oil and vinegar. Stir items well and until completely covered. In a small dish combine herbs and salt until well blended. Toss over tomato and onion mixture and still well. Let sit a minimal of 8 or more hours in the fridge before serving. This allows the flavors to really seep in. Still well before serving. **Note: Follow this same recipe, dice all ingredients and serve over warm toasted bread, top with grated parmigiana cheese.

Pumpkin Curry Soup
6 cups of fresh pumpkin (or canned pumpkin puree)
2 cups organic milk
2 tsp Curry powder
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp cinnamon

In a saucepan add pumpkin and milk and place over medium heat. Stir the two till completely mixed. Begin to add the remaining ingredients. Continue to heat till on the verge of boiling, but do not boil. Turn burner on simmer, cover and allow to cook for approx. 20 minutes. Tastes great with bread & butter. Try serving it chilled on a hot sumer day.

Tasty Cukes
3 to 4 large cucumbers sliced
1/4 cup mayo
1/4 cup milk
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp black cracked peppercorns
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 small onion sliced

In a container place all ingredients, cover with lid and shake/mix well. Best served after they have sat overnight. Serve chilled. Add tomato slices for different flavor.

Fresh Corn Salsa
1 dozen sweet corn (cooked)
1 small onion (minced)
1 Tbsp Cilantro
2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cracked black pepper
1/4 tsp chili powder

With a knife, slice the corn off the cob. Place cobs in your compost bin or set aside of farm animals, etc. Take the corn and add it a bowl, add remaining ingredients and stir well. Let sit 4 to 8 hours before serving for best results. Eat with tortilla chips or add to tacos or other dishes as a side.

Stuffed Apples
4 to 6 Ripe Red Apples (Organic Red Delicious work well)
16 to 20 slices of organic multi-grain bread (1 large loaf)
2 cups organic milk
1 tsp poultry seasoning
1 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp celery seed
1/4 tsp sage
1/8 tsp thyme
1/8 tsp rosemary

With a sharp knife or apple corer, core the apples. Scoop a small amount of the apples insides out (about 4 Tbsp per apple). Place these aside in large bowl. Place the apples in a baking dish with the bottoms down. In your large bowl add the bread. I suggest tearing the bread into pieces before doing this. Add the milk slowly while you squeeze the milk into the bread with clean hands. Add herbs in the same manner to ensure they mix properly in the bread. When all ingredients are completely mixed, evenly stuff each apple. Push the mixture firmly into the core area of the apples. Place foil over apples and bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake for another 15 to 30 minutes.

These recipes and my other blessings & rituals would be a great addition to your Book of Shadows!

Oracle Message from the Fairy Realm "Celebrating Bodily Movement"

Original Drawing ~ Image copyright © Rainbow Tree (aka Kandice Thompson)

From time to time the Fairy folk feel a need to relay a message for those that are open to listening. When needed or as requested from the fairy realm, an oracle reading with the Fairies is done to receive their guidance and thoughts. I do this for myself and anyone else who wants to listen or read. Their messages always resonates with many around the globe.

The message received this reading is:
"Celebrating Bodily Movement"

There is a part of you that craves to do more. Your physical self, your body are craving to be released! When you were a child most likely you twirled about, spun around or made yourself dizzy. You did this all becasue your body suddenly craved the movement and you instantly reacted upon it. So why is it now that you are suppressing your body movement? Maybe your inner ballerina or tap dancer is screaming to break out and bust a move. Maybe your legs are restless and they crave to go jogging or to peddle a bike. Could it be your arms want to dig holes to plant, or maybe just dig simply for the digging enjoyment or to seek a buried treasure.

Your physical self has a mind of its own. The fairies connect their realm with our body movements and consider them part of the same kingdom. What happens when we honor the cravings of our physical self is that we open another of our senses. Ask your physical self what it desires, then release it with your body movements. If your childhood inner ballerina needs to come out, let her twirl through the living room and continue it to outside or even while you are cooking. Tip toe, twirl, spin your arms about. Feel the emotional release when you give your body the physical cravings. Don't limit yourself or say you 'can't' do it. The possibility to heal ones self exist, but it is within you. Answer the calls and cravings, know you can perform the movements your body desires.

Pay attention to your body. It may want a simple walk in nature, a dance to a song, perhaps yoga lessons are in order. Your physical self might even be desiring movements of a sexual nature. These are considered the most sacred, yet we as humans forget the energy that can be raised by the most euphoric experience possible.

The fairies feel you should write or verbally aloud repeat the following affirmation daily:
I graciously acknowledge the needs of my physical body and know the importance of paying attention to my body's desires.

This message was received on August 25th, 2009

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

August News & Updates ~ Life, Love and Home

I know it's been a while since I posted my last blog. The Weekly Lunar Readings have been behind along with some of the other usual posts. I do promise to resume most of everything shortly. I apologize for the delay in any explanations of the lack of postings.

My daughter Destiny started her first day of school in the 7th & 8th grade today. This is one of the main reasons for little to no postings here at the blog. Time seems to run short most days. I find myself wanting to be here but searching for the time or proper moment to take a break and start writing. Now that school has resumed and we've completely moved in and settled down at our new location, things will begin to be brighter.

Though we are only renters here at the old farm house I grew up in, I find myself wanting to plant and tend to it as if it were my for-ever home. Tom & I know we will have to relocate sometime, but for now this old place keeps the memory of childhood days. Some days
here are harder than others. It's never been the same since Dad passed away this February so very unexpectedly. I have many fond memories of Mushroom 'hunting', walking through the woods with dad, being out in the garden and above all else, sitting with him on the front porch watching the storms roll in across the field. I was never afraid of the lighting or the big rumbles. I had my big strong daddy there to protect me and that's all I felt I needed. There are two men in my life that I love more than anything, one of them is my husband, the other my beloved father. Now it is just Tom and he does what he can to fill dads shoes around the property. He's strong like dad, comforting when needed but oh so gentle. Tom and my dad shared many qualities. Tom looked to my dad as his very own father. They were closer than most son/dad relationships. I don't think there will ever be a day that I don't miss my dad. It gets easier yes, but I will always miss him. That is where the sadness comes from now, simply missing him.

The organic garden is rather blah this year. No one, including myself had the heart to keep up with it as much as we should have. There is always next year though. My mother, whom I love dearly will be moving away in the upcoming months. She has met a new love and has chosen to relocate the two or more hours away from all of us. I've accepted it, don't like, most likely never will like it. Speaking of her moving so far away of course. I'll admit that it will always be hard to see her with her new guy, he's not Dad after all. Her guy is nice and I'm sure he'll be a wonderful addition to the family. I only hate the rawness of missing my dad and at times must remind myself he is dead when I see her and the new guy smooching. I'll take seeing her happy though any day over her depression of losing dad. Still, I don't like the 2+ hour difference there will be. I've also realized I am not my moms best friend any longer. After dad died, so did a part of mom. That was the main part I knew of her and it is no longer there. Our relationship has changed dramatically. I only hope the phone calls actually happen that are promised. I know how it is now with most of the family and lack of communication on all behalf's. I guess thats my biggest fear with her move. Fear is not something I am going to feed so I shall give it as little thought as possible.

Things are looking up for Tom and his business. I'm trilled he is only 3 miles from home, working for himself and feeling happy. He has a new sense of pride about him and I love that. Word has already gotten out that he is back in town with a small custom auto body shop of his own. I keep his website up and running and do all his emails from time to time. I don't mind helping him out, especially when I see how much he appreciates it!

Tom and I will officially be married for 10 years this Friday, August 21st. The time has just flown by! I really can't believe we were wed ten years ago. We are more in love with each than we could ever imagine. If anything we love each other more now than we ever thought possible 10 years ago. We are both blessed to have each other and the gifts we give emotionally. Tom is my husband, my lover, companion, bet friend and of course my man slave. Yes, he knows I call him my man slave. It's all good though becasue I'm his goddess. ;-)

Tonight Tom & I go to get new glasses, or at least order them. We both haven't had a new prescription in over 8 years. To say we are over due for an eye exam and glasses doesn't even begin to cover it. We are both crossing our fingers that we can use our same frames and save some major money doing so. Frames are so expensive and I'd prefer to not spend the money and keep the ones I have already.

On a new note, I did get a new tattoo for our 10th anniversary. Check out my Facebook pictures on my profile: Self designed shooting star on my forearm. It represents the Leonid meteor showers that Destiny was born under in November. Below it I already had konji symbols that said "Daughter Destiny Twilight". This was a wonderful addition to that and my arm! I've always been attracted to the tribal like qualities of most tattoos. I find them addictive and plan to have more on my canvas of a body.

Tomorrow is a New Moon! Be sure to check out my archives for New Moon spells, magic, chants and rituals! A new moon is the perfect time to plant rooted items in the ground. Trees especially do best when planted under or right before a New Moon. For the last new moon I planted a Maple Tree sapling that we brought with us from our old home. It is doing quite well... despite the nibble from deer.

I would like to get a new Message from the Fairies out to all of you this week. There are some important things they would like to share in the upcoming days. I love interacting with the fairy folk that were here when I was a child. I still remember then as they remember me. The spring fed creek and deep woods here offer them many comforts that they don't have else where. All and all the sprites are quite happy here. I was told these woods were once large enough to house a family or two of unicorns, I doubt they remain with some of the building that has gone on. They are such sensitive creatures and I do hope to one day see one scurrying through the woods or lapping up a drink of fresh water from the creek.

I'm still in the works for getting a new camera. A photographer without a camera.... there is something wrong with that picture. It does bother me not being able to snap a shot here and there. Soon enough I hope. :-) In the mean time I have posted my gallery of internationally & nationally nominated photography on my self created website: I recently added a small collection of my original poetry. Help yourself to reading any of my poems at my website.

My love goes out to you and all of yours. I miss my blog and those of you that read it and often leave comments. I look forward to being on here more in the upcoming weeks. Till then stay in the light, be life and love as if tomorrow never existed.

~ Rainbow Tree ~

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Weekly Lunar Reading with Magical Attributes: August 5th - 12th

Moon Phase:
Full Moon

Moon's Place
(moon enters Pisces on Friday, August 7th)

Lunar Reading:

Your personal freedom is quite important to yourself as it should be. Maybe you're feeling held down by others or even your own past choices. If there is need for change in your life, now is the time to cut the ropes holding you down. Your individuality is essential in creating who you are, don't let anyone including yourself suppress that.

There is a good chance you have been feeling rebellious in your normal activities or duties. Most likely this is do to you wanting some form of change in your current lifestyle and situations. This could be something small from giving up a bad habit, to kicking out the inconsiderate roommate. It could be even bigger like selling your home or moving from your current geographical location. What ever the change is, its obvious that you are in need of some!

Listen to your gut instincts this week and always. The more you begin to really listen and flow those inner feelings, the more you will notice a balance in your life. Focus on your dreams as they may hold a psychic impression. Be nostalgic for the next week or two. Place yourself in a time of teenage or childhood memories that made you happy. Bring back your imagination and let it soar into stories to share with younger generations.

For the Magic Doers & Light Workers:

The moon is currently full. Now is the best time to charge any of your magical and light working devices, including yourself! One night this week created a sacred salt circle. This is done with sea salt, a bowl and yourself. Outside where you can see the moon, take your bowl filled with sea salt and sprinkle it in a circle that surrounds you. Make sure the circle of salt is heavy enough that you can physically see the circle. Stand in this protected circle. Call out each direction (North, East, South & West). Thank the directions and the elements they provide. Visualize yourself glowing with the same intensity as the full moon. Connect your aura to hers as she is part of you and all universal creations. Please search or view my Full Moon Blessings/Rituals for more chants, blessings and of course activities for a full moon.

Your Mission for this week:

Connect with your own blood. Sometimes friends, boyfriends, lovers, coworkers and other people need to be placed on hold for a while. It's nothing personal, and maybe you need to let them know that. Your family always comes first, they are there with you, they are bound to you throughout eternity. As humans we tend to find ourselves only giving one person, entity or situation all of our focus and attention. Even though you may be happy, you may also be hurting the ones who truly love you without judgment. Find a balance with your family and your new friend, lover or coworker. Give each their own time, separate from the other. This will create a feeling of 'no one is less special' than the other. It simply hurts many when the ones they love the most move on and seemingly forget or no longer feel it necessary to take time to make an effort is showing them they still care. Find the balance that works for everyone, not just you and your new friend or situation. Don't let the others fade off into the background, for they might not be there when you want then to come back.

This week could make or break some major relationships and situations in your life. Be careful and consider all facts, actions and feelings on everyones behalf.

Feel free to come back to the blog and post how you spent your day. Share your happenings with fellow readers. :-)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Weekly Lunar Reading & Magical Attributes: July 22nd - 28th

Moon Phase:
New Moon
Waxing ~ First Quarter
Full Moon on August 5th

Moon's Place
(moon enters Virgo on Friday, July 25th)

Lunar Reading:

There are times we must remind ourselves that certain feelings or emotions will pass. This applies physically, spiritually and mentally to our lives as a whole. When we are down it is good to think of the things we love and bring us happiness. If you are not content with your current situation, then it is up to you to change it. You have the power to replace your 'bad' feelings and emotions with good ones. If you feel hurt, betrayed or disappointed, replace those feelings with gratitude, love and joy. It may seem hard to do this at first, but that is only because you feel programed to focus on the drama or situation at hand. Let it go, know it will work its self out.

There is a lot of love in the air. I mean this literally in every way possible. Your mind is a powerful tool and you get to choose how you portray and see things. You also get to choose how you react and how your reaction may affect others or the planet as a whole. What a great gift the Universe gave to us! If you can tap into and be part of this enormous energy called love, then the possibilities in your life become limitless. Don't live in fear of tomorrow or the 'what ifs' of today. Live and love all creation, including yourself.

For the Magic Doers & Light Workers:

You ability to receive and accept energy is limitless. The universe offers us the greatest gifts in life. Do you humbly accept them and know they are always there, or do you live in fear of the things you don't have and you worry on how you are going to get them? What you resist, simply persists! Don't give thought to the don't wants and what ifs. They don't exist anymore! Whether you ask the universe, god, the fairies or what ever your belief might be, to carry away the things you resist, do so in a manner of knowing they are already gone. Visualize, dream, meditate and know you are healed, you are wealthy, the world is beautiful, filled with love and gratitude. Feel the peacefulness of every single living organism coexisting as one. This is your magical work during the next week and during this new moon. Deep visualizations, affirming the wonderful things about a healthy planet with an abundance of food for all. Incorporate any of your magical devices, grid work and prayers into this affirmative manifestation.

Your Mission for this week:

Anything planted now is sure to grow. I speak both literally and of course metaphorically. The perfect time to plant any type of tree or deep rooted perennial plant is during a New Moon and 3 days after. Not only are we currently under a new moon, there was a total solar eclipse half way across the globe. The biggest and longest solar eclipse we will ever see in our personal lifetime on this planet, a whopping 14 minutes. The Asian countries were very fortunate to see and experience such a sacred event.

Make sure your tree or other deep rooted plant is given plenty of water and well tended to. Offer your plant love and thanks, both aloud and mentally. The affects of positive affirmations on both plant life and human life are miraculous! See my Abundant Garden Blessing & Ritual for other ideas.

Feel free to come back to the blog and post how you spent your day. Share your happenings with fellow readers. :-)

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Celestial and Astronomical Events of Note

Late July & all of August Events from the Universe!

July 22 - New Moon **During this time you are bound to see some shooting stars in the blackened night sky with both the Aquarid and Perseid Meteor Showers going on.

July 22 - Total Solar Eclipse. The path of totality will begin in central India and move east through Nepal and China where it will end in the central Pacific Ocean. A partial eclipse will be visible throughout most of eastern Asia and Hawaii. **This rare eclipse will last almost 14 solid minutes. Any magical/light work done now will be extremely powerful!

July 28, 29 - Southern Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower. The Delta Aquarids usually produce about 20 meteors per hour at their peak. The shower will peak this year on July 28 & 29.

August 1st - One of the Eight Sabbats. The Old Celtic name for this festival is Lughnassadh. It is the Festival of the First Fruits, and is the first of the 3 harvests. This festival also marks the change of the Threefold Goddess energies from that of Mother to Crone.

August 5 - Full Moon ** search my archives for several Full Moon blessings, chants, rituals and meditations.

August 6 - Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of the Americas, Europe, Africa, and western Asia.

August 10 - September 4 - Saturn Without Rings. The rings of the planet Saturn will be tilted edge-on to the Earth, making them impossible to see. Viewing Saturn with a telescope will reveal the planet without its famous rings. This rare phenomenon only occurs every 14 to 15 years.

August 12, 13 - Perseids Meteor Shower. The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at their peak. This year's peak occurs on August 13 & 14, but you may be able to see some meteors any time from July 23 - August 22. The waxing gibbous moon will provide some interference in the evening, but after it sets, the morning hours should provide some spectacular viewing opportunities. The radiant point for this shower will be in the constellation Perseus. Look to the northeast after midnight.
** During the New Moon of July, the meteor showers will be very viewable with little moon light. Though this is not the peek, the darkness/void of the moon will offer a substantial view.

 August 14 - Jupiter at Opposition. The giant planet will be at its closest approach to Earth. This is the best time to view and photograph Jupiter and its moons.

 August 17 - Neptune at Opposition. The blue planet will be at its closest approach to Earth. This is the best time to view Neptune, although it will only appear as a tiny blue dot in all but the most powerful telescopes.

 August 20 - New Moon

**Limited time sale on select Tarot & Oracle Readings! New Text/Emailed version available! Sale ends July 31st, 2009.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Weekly Lunar Reading & Magical Attributes: July 15th - 20th

Moon Phase:
Waning - 46% of Full (fourth quarter)
New Moon on July 21st ~ Full Moon on August 5th

Moon's Place
(moon enters Taurus on Thursday, July 16th)

Lunar Reading:

Your life may seem like a balancing act at the moment. To many distractions or a general feeling of just being overwhelmed. There is a fine balance within all of it. You just have to seek it out. For many it may be obvious and come naturally. For others it is like a test drive of a new car and they must get comfortable with it. You are the creator of your own day and what you make of it. Only you control your reactions to a situation or event. If you are feeling extremely overwhelmed maybe it is becasue you are taking on to much at one time. Perhaps you feel like you had no choice in this, however you are the choice in everything.

It is true that we must create or find the balance in and of all things. As the old sang goes 'as above, so below'. Yin and Yang, good and bad. Each one of those has balance somewhere in the middle. We too must find our own personal balance in this life to avoid what we perceive as chaos or chaotic situations. To each their own truth and perception to a given situation.

Keep in mind this week that you are the only one who has control over you. No one else can manipulate you unless you allow it. If you keep seeing the same pattern follow you, maybe it is time to reevaluate your current circle of friends or social network. If it doesn't bring you joy or happiness, it's simply not good for you.

By the time the weekend is here most of your current thoughts will be irrelevant to any given situation. You have to let go of the 'what if''s' and negative thoughts that might be holding you back from achieving your goals and dreams. At anytime you feel down about yourself, try a self cleansing ritual. Search my archives for several different postings on physical and emotional cleansing for the spirit & soul.

For the Magic Doers & Light Workers:

Your thoughts and fingers have been anxious to do some good old fashioned magical work. Why is it that you seem so tired or uninspired to do it? Get those magical working devices out and give them the much desired attention they are craving!

The imaginative thoughts you were born with can allow you to have limitless energy and capabilities. It is the teachings of man that have limited our natural capabilities. We fear instead of love.

Your inner light wants to burst out and share with the world that you are evolving. When we begin to relax and allow our imagination and creative thoughts (third sight) to become more reality Check out the Invoke your Imagination Ritual I posted previously.

Your Mission for this week:

One with the Universe Visualization

One night this find a spot in the sky that is starry. You need to have multiple stars visible so a place where the light is limited or little (away from the city) works well. You might consider contacting a friend or family member that lives in the country and asking them to camp out for a night. You know it would be fun anyway, so go for it!

When it is dark and the night sky is shining with twinkling stars you will begin your visualization. Look to the stars and allow your eyes to relax. You'll begin to see strings or lines connecting each star to another. This is the universal grid or web. Focus on the stars. Notice how the shimmer and almost bounce around. Pay attention to the shapes they make. Place your hand in front of your face but extend your arm out. Open your fingers and look through them so your eyes become unfocused away from your hand but you can see the stars appear clearly. Begin to notice how your hand appears to be disappearing right before you but you still see the stars clearly. This is a practice I have done with my child for many years now. Once we can no longer see our hand or fingers becasue we are looking beyond it at the grid (stars and lines), we then begin to visualize our entire bodies as invisible or as I like to call it 'pure energy form'. When we do this it feels as though our whole self is floating among the stars. We are one with the universe as a whole.

Feel free to come back to the blog and post how you spent your day. Share your happenings with fellow readers. :-)

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Friday, July 10, 2009

And we made the move..

image copyright Josephine Wall "The Dryad and the Tree Spirit"

I've been talking about it now for what seems like for ever. We are finally moved in with my mom after my dad died in February. It took us a while to get here and settled in. There are still a few boxes here and there and the garage is quite full. We went from a 2,300 square foot farm home to two bedrooms upstairs and a shared bath. I am not complaining though. The rooms coming along nicely, I miss the land around here and feel the love being back home where I grew up. I love this old house and the fairies that dwell in the sacred woods. This place is special and I am blessed to be here with my family.

Now that things are getting settled in and taken care of, I hope to soon restart the weekly Lunar Readings with Magical Attributes, Oracle Messages from the Fairy Realm and many other of my usually posts. I miss this routine. If all goes well, I will restart the normal blog posts once again next week.

Tom (my hubby) is getting ready to pull in a few jobs. He has to see about renting space to do it and continue his art with vehicles. In the mean time, I am running a limited time sale on the Giving Earth website. All style of the Emailed/Text only versions of any Oracle/Tarot reading are on sale for $15.55. Other select printed and personalized readings are on sale as well! Ends July 31st. Hurry! ;-)

In a few weeks Tom & I will celebrate our 10th year of marriage. I am excited and so blessed to have such an outstanding relationship with my spouse. We are truly kindred spirits from the past. We are the dryad and the tree spirit. I'm hoping we can go canoing and maybe camping at the Mohican Native Reservation and Park in Loudonville, OH.

I hope most of you had a chance to view the large full moon the other night. It was stunningly huge from our location! The aura glowed brilliantly against the blackness of the night sky. We watched it rise above the tree line with a few scattered clouds slowly making their way across the moonlit sky and shadowing across the sacred full moon.

Till the next time, or until next week at least when the regular postings resume once more.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Even More Art...

Since my camera died :-( I have been focusing more on the Fairy Realm Collection. As a stress reliever I also enjoy a good doodle. Just wanted to share some of the newest images.

Goddess Doodling

Bell Flower *Fairy Realm Collection

Water Diva-Sprite *Fairy Realm Collection

***All images are available for purchase as prints. Please visit:

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Updates and News of the New - June 09

A lot has been going on the past few weeks. We are getting closer to the final days before the big move to my moms. I spent the past couple of days dealing with a reaction and sick stomach. This happens often with the chemical sensitivities and being medically housebound.

All and all tings are looking up, or I just choose to see it that way. :-) The weather has been producing some beautifully displayed storms. I do love summer storms. We had some close range lightening and thunder the other day with heavy rains that moved in across the field.

The night sky (when it is not cloudy) has been absolutely beautiful. We enjoyed seeing the full Strawberry Moon the other night. The aura spread and skipped across the sky like nothing I have ever seen before.

I've discovered that not all of our friends we have here at our current location are the lifelong kind. It's sad really but people tend to be hard when they know you are leaving the area. I will miss some of the good times we had with them but now I see that is was only surface friendships. It's to bad really and now we know we will not likely make a trip back here again. There is nothing here for us any longer and all of our families are located where we are headed.

To the left is the new Celestial Events calender from the Giving Earth website (my site). This is only a surface calender of events. There are many more celestial events that can't be seen with the naked eye so I have not mentioned them. A good search will turn up many more nightly activities.

As many of you know I am an Internationally & Nationally nominated Freelance Photographer. This is something I am very proud of and love to do. It is one of my biggest passions beside organic gardening. My trusty camera that I have used for the past several years died the other day. Unfortunately there is no backup camera and currently with Tom off of work and us moving I don't know when I will be financially able to purchase a new or even gently used Nikon or Cannon digital slr. I'm crossing my fingers and may try bartering for one on craigslist or something. I feel like I lost my best friend when my camera died. I did everything I could to hold back the tears and Tom (my hubby) stood beside me and promised it would be ok. "We'll figure something out," he said to me in his calm, soothing and mellow voice. A day without my camera is a day without sunshine to me. I dearly miss my camera and I hope to soon find a new that is just as good, if not better.

On a positive note, one of the kitties have been adopted! Only a few more to go before we move. All are spayed and/or neutered, very healthy and just adorable. I created an entire page dedicated to adopting these beloved animals on my website the Giving Earth. If you want to see some of the adorable babies and ducks, visit my site and click on 'Animal Adoption'.

Though some of you may laugh and some may roll your eyes; I took the fairies up north last weekend on our trip. I had a wood create and walked our property to gather the ones that wished to go becasue of the new farmer and his chemicals. They fluttered in to the lined create and when several of the elementals from various plants and trees and other such things were ready, I gently covered them with a towel. We were hauling a few bales of straw up north as well so Tom rearranged the straw to firmly hold the wood create in place. We saw them dancing in the bed of the truck and riding what I called 'Air Waves' that were pockets of air getting caught between the truck and the trailer we were hauling. Pieces of the straw and several fairies twirled around in circles. When we reached our destination, I went to the edge of the woods with the create. Some of the fairies were already sneaking out the slatted side of the wood create but others patiently awaited for me to remove the towel. Some cautiously walked into the woods and others sprite-fully sprung out of the box and flew abruptly deep into the woods. They took a long a few crystals and seeds from our home to use in the new place. As I mentioned, several stayed here and told me a tale of the farmer and his chemicals. While I wish no one or thing harm, the fairies can be spiteful and I wouldn't be surprised if the new farmer has malfunctions with his tractors and spraying devices.

I also created a YouTube video last week. I took my blog post about Interacting with the Fairy Realm and created an educational relaxation and meditation video with art & music! The video is basically the blog I posted last week as mentioned above. The only difference is the viewing part and of course the added music. The video is available in HD for those interested. Simply visit my YouTube page by clicking:

Another new & cool thing I have done these past few weeks is reintroduce the Text Only versions of all styles of my Tarot & oracle Readings. This is a more affordable version that is emailed to you verses you receiving a ready to frame copy with stone or crystal. Same reading, different method of receiving it and half the price. Though I do have to admit the frame-able versions are beautiful and make a wonderful gift. If interested click on the Oracle Reading banner to the right of this page and you will be automatically directed to the area of interest.

Tomorrow is also the very last day that I ship any live plants from the Giving Earth website. All items currently available are buy 1 - get 1 free and can be shipped to the lower 48 states. There are beautiful maple trees up to 3 feet in height and stunning Hens n' Chicks at a valuable price.

We're still in the process of moving. Destiny (my 12 yr old daughter) just had her last day of school yesterday. I promised her a 'Going Away' party with all her friends from school. That will be sometime this weekend. I thought it best she had a gathering of her own to say goodbye to those she loves and will dearly miss. We all need a form of closure with this leave and move.

I wanted to say Thank You to all of you for being understanding at this time about the move and some of the regular and normal postings being late or frequently missing. I know I didn't get last weeks lunar reading done and I am sorry. I do figure there will be things missing and late here and there with this move and the current going ons we are doing. If I don't respond to a comment right away, it's only becasue I'm currently away for a day or so at a time from the computer while we move.

Weekly LUNAR Reading and MAGICAL Attributes: June 9th - 15th

Moon Phase:Waning Gibbous - 97% of Full (third quarter)
Full Moon on June 7th ~ New Moon on June 22nd

Moon's Place
(moon enters Aquarius on Thursday, June 11th)

Lunar Reading:

There are times in our life that we become like the snake. We shed our old dead skin to reveal a new shiny coat that glistens. When we assess our relationships in detail we see that many of them are only surface relationships. They are not considered deep rooted. These friends/relations only come around when it seems something is needed on their behalf. This may not always be physical or monetary but it is to say the least emotional, especially for you.

The time has come for you to reevaluate your 'family'. Your family is not just made up of those related to you immediately. Your family is a universal connection that bares no scars. This is the feeling you get when meeting a kindred spirit and why you feel connected to those not in your immediate family or circle of friends.

During your reevaluation process, ask yourself whom you are completely real with. What friends/family members do you speak open and honest to, without any regret or guarded wall? In order for you to evolve to the spiritual state you are seeking you must be real and true to yourself and all that is. The whole you; physical, emotional and spiritual you are currently under this transformation. This is why you feel the battles in your environment. You have spread yourself on to many paths or dimensions, almost forgetting who YOU are.

For the Magic Doers & Light Workers:

We often let the words or actions of others stand in our way. We focus on what was said or done and relive the moment over and over. Some find it hard to let go of a situation or someone who has done them wrong. They hold a grudge or resentment on a situation. Not being able to let go will only aid in physical symptoms of dis-ease, illness and depression. Take a deep breath and let it go. You can not carry the weight of others or their actions and thoughts. Only you have control over you, thus only you are allowing the feelings of depression, hurtfulness, anger or rage to manifest. Move beyond the situation/event or person for you will not allow yourself to give it time or existence.

Some of you may need a meditation or mental picture to banish the actions of someone else onto you. While I don't believe in ever banishing someone from the earth/world, I do see it necessary from time to time to banish them from our personal space and life. This simply means you no longer wish for them to be in your immediate circle of friends. You want to be assured they can not or do not have any control or manipulation over you.

Rainbow Tree's Personal Banishment Ritual

Visualize yourself floating in space while you are looking towards the earth. You see beautiful energy induced strings coming out from the earth that look like a spiders web. Allow the strings to connect around your waist, feet and hands. The web like ropes glow with intense light and energy. You begin to notice how the web is growing and connecting everything that exists to the earth, including you. You will see that almost all things are connected on this grid or web like formation of energy. When the negative energy/entity is seen clearly, view the strings attached to it/them. Take note the strings around your waist are connected together with theirs. The negative entity has the same strings as you connecting it to all that exists. You have acknowledged the same string connecting both of you at the waist, you are to visualize your fingers in the shape of a pair of scissors. Cut ONLY the string from your waist that connects you to the negative entity/energy you wish to bind. Under no circumstances are you to cut any other strings from that energy/entity or yourself. Only the string around the waist from you to the entity/person should be cut. When the web/string has been cut, you should visualize this energy drifting further away from you and out into space. When it is no longer in view you may open your eyes and know your act has been done. This entity and the energy from it now have no physical, emotional or spiritual control over you or any situation.

Your Mission for this week:

Host a small gathering at the end of this week for the closest of your friends and family. Keep it small, less than 10 people. Make a handmade gift for each of those friends, but make it one they can leave out in nature. I call this double gifting. A handmade edible seed ornament for the birds, a bird or bat house, dehydrated fruit, etc. make wonderful gifts for the human friend to leave for the feathered or furry friend. Attach a note to each gift or card with a special note. The note should explain why that person is so special and unique to you. These note are never thrown away, as no one would ever have the heart to trash something that was beautifully said about them. If you want to make your gathering extra special, call it a gratitude gathering and ask everyone else to do the same for a selected person at the gathering. You could even turn it into a craft and fun celebration of life with your closest of friends.

Feel free to come back to the blog and post how you spent your day. Share your happenings with fellow readers. :-)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Sacred Space Chant-Blessing

Before & after any form of meditation, magical or light working is done, I like to smudge myself with either smoke of sage, blessed water, moonlight or sunlight. I will often repeat aloud a chant or verse that affirms I am a sacred vessel.

Below is one of the chants I use all the time. I say it aloud while doing a visualization of pure energy and love flowing into my body from the universe.

Sacred space within myself
Earth and sky, light and health

Blessings of the god & goddess shine

Bring to me the light divine

As above, it is below

Now peace and love around me grow

Be I witch, fairy or elf
Sacred space I call myself.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Summer Solstice Ritual and Magic

Sun Spirit 1 of 7 in the Spirit Series Collection (click here)

A Summer Solstice Ritual
by Reverend, High Priestess & Spiritual Healer;
Rainbow Tree ~ Kandice Thomspon

This is one of many rituals I have done aloud with my own coven. Feel free to use it with your friends & family. Adjust what you wish, change what you want and have fun with it.

~~ Summer Solstice Ritual~~

Today, to celebrate Midsummer, I honor the Earth itself. I am surrounded by tall trees. There is a clear sky above me and cool dirt beneath me, and I am connected to all three. I light this fire as the Ancients did so long ago.

The Sun DESERVES our love and worship and we deserve to love and worship the Sun, without guilt. The Sun is without a doubt at least one half of our reason for existence on this beautiful planet, the other of course is the great system of Life on the Earth's surface we call Nature. It may seem natural for us to see them as a grand dyad: Mother Nature and Father Sun; but it's not altogether necessary. The choice is up to you.

At this point, start your fire.

The Wheel of the Year has turned once more
The light has grown for six long months
Until today.

Today is Litha, called Alban Heruin by my ancestors.
A time for celebration.
Tomorrow the light will begin to fade
As the Wheel of the Year
Turns on and ever on.

Turn to the East, and say:
From the east comes the wind, Cool and clear. It brings new seeds to the garden, Bees to the pollen and birds to the trees. Power and Spirits who reside in the east, we ask that you blow to us your powers of communication, intellect and reason. Bless us with the joy of your changeable nature.

Turn to Face South, and say:
The sun rises high in the summer sky and lights our way even into the night. Today the sun casts three rays. The light of fire upon the land, the sea, and the heavens. Power and Spirits of fire who reside in the South, we ask that you burn brightly in this circle with the force of your passion. Bless us with your transformation powers.

Turn to face West, saying:
From the west, the mist rolls in bringing rain and fog. The life-giving water without which we would cease to be. Powers ans Spirits of water who reside in the West, wash over this circle with your blessing of flowing abundance, fertility and mystery.

Finally, turn to the North, and say:
Beneath my feet is the Earth, soil dark and fertile. The womb in which life begins, and will later die, then return anew. Powers and Spirits of Earth who reside in the north, we ask that you lend to us your stabilizing energy, that which connects us to our mother, the Earth.

If you wish to make an offering to the gods or nature, now is the time to do it. If you wish to silently thank the universe, take a deep breath and give your thanks. I ask you give this moment of silence in honor of all the life that exists because of our beloved sun.

Build Fire Up
Say Aloud:
Summer Solstice is a time of rededication
To the gods. The triple goddess watches over us.
She is known by many names.
She is the Morrighan, Brighid, and Cerridwen.
She is the washer at the ford,
She is the guardian of the hearth,
She is the one who stirs the cauldron of inspiration. I give honor to You, O mighty ones,
By all your names, known and unknown.
Bless us with Your wisdom
And give life and abundance to us
As the sun gives life and abundance to the Earth.

Place the following into the fire. You may do this yourself or choose a person that best represents each direction.
When making this offering you should say your direction and elements aloud as you toss your items into the fire.

North - Salt of Earth.
East - without air we can not have Bread.
South - I give Honey to coat the ridged flames of the fire and ease the smoke.
West - without the rainwater the trees would bare no fruit and never grow, from water you give wine.

I make this offering to you To show my allegiance To show my honor To show my dedication To You.

Cast your offering into fire or continue to build it up one log at a time.

Conclude the ritual by saying:

Today, at Litha, I celebrate the life
And love of the gods and of the Earth and Sun. Take a few moments to reflect upon what you have offered, and what the gifts of the gods mean to you.

I thank the energy that binds this circle and I release the powers of all the sacred directions. I call upon and release the spirit to close this circle.

Blessed be Spirit that is in all great things. Thank you for your gifts of abundance, our garden that grows. We part with you tonight and the elements with in us all. Thank you for this sacred space. And so it is done, blessed be.

Candle Magic

I show you these two candles. One tall and white that represents the sun and the long day of solstice. One dark candle that represents the night and moon. Tonights night shorter than all other. We celebrate father sun in his full beauty before he begins to dim once more. *Light candles and gaze into the fire and focus on what you want for this new year and time. Be thankful and full of gratitude.