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Author: Leona Oigheag
You are GROOT
“You are Groot” said to me by Jim Two Snakes after I mentioned feeling uprooted as I watched them pack up my house to move to a new location in a different country.
Groot moves on their own. They are a tree (sorta), they are the roots and the branches and the connection. And they move.
If I am Groot, then I carry my connection with myself. I never have to fear being uprooted because carry my roots with me.
I am Groot.
Let’s do this!
Celebrating Queer Authors
It’s Pride Month in many places around the world and I thought that I’d share a few Queer authors that I recommend.
Some of these folks I have read their books, other folks I follow on You-Tube or TikTok.
I haven’t read a lot of Yvonne’s books, but I enjoy their Youtube. You can find their books listed on Goodreads. Included in their books is a book of Inner Work called “Dark Mirror”. You can find them at their website Dowsing for Divinity
Morgan Daimler is another amazing person and a fabulous source on Irish Fairy Witchcraft and more! Morgan is also a fiction author! Check out their Goodreads author page and their YouTube page.
T. Thorn Coyle.
I’ve loved Thorn’s Fiction books as well as their non-fiction books. If you’re intrigued by Feri and traditional witchcraft, check their books out! Their website is www.thorncoyle.com and you can find them on Youtube too.
Misha is the author of “Outside the Charmed Circle: exploring gender and sexuality in magical practice” and is generally an amazing person. Check out their book to find out how Queerness has been part of paganism and Witchcraft for a long time. https://www.llewellyn.com/product.php?ean=9780738761329. Find their website at misha magdalene dot come
Ogham and Rune Fonts
I’ve been experimenting with creating stuff that I can safely use in my social media … sometimes I share them with you all.
Here are some Ogham and Rune fonts for you to use.
I’m sharing them with a Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license for you to use them however you’d like.
You can download them on Dropbox
A Purification Visualization
Every now and again, I enjoy experimenting with different ways of purification. I especially enjoy purification that doesn’t require a bunch of different tools or items.
Here is the script for a purification that I did recently. Please note that you find yourself enveloped in flames during this purification, so please be careful if that is likely to cause issues for you.
Children of Earth, take a deep breath. Let the air flow through you, in through your nose and mouth and out through your pores. As you exhale, imagine flames coming out of your pores. Warm, bright, and comforting, these flames flow over your skin. The flames grow as you breath until you are wreathed in flames. The flames flow over your skin and through your energetic bodies – burning away any negative energy, cleaning and purifying your subtle self.
(Pause for 2 breaths)
Take a deep breath and exhale on a count of four … 1 … 2 … 3 … 4. The flames on your skin flicker softly and start to shrink. With each breath, those flames get smaller and smaller, until they are gone.
(Pause for 2 breaths)
Children of the Earth, take one more breath, and breathe out the last of any distractions for this rite.
Self Love Altar
With Valentines Day coming up soon, let’s take a moment to remember how important it is to love ourselves. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a relationship or not, your life will be better if you take some time to relax and appreciate yourself.
Here is an altar that I created for self love.
The center candle was put into a votive holder that has lot of meaning for me and represents me. Surrounding that central candle are three tealights, and three stones. the stones are howlite, sugarlite, and rose quarts to help sweeten myself towards myself.
I lit this altar in the bathroom, and then took a long bubble bath. If you don’t have a bath, a nice warm shower with no time limit is great. If you are inspired, light some incense or use scented candles, and play some music that makes you feel good.
As you bathe or shower, think about the things that you’ve done that made you happy. Run your hands over your body – touch your arms, your chest, your belly, your back, your legs, and everywhere that you’re comfortable touching.
As you touch each part of your body, thank it for it’s function. Even if it doesn’t look as you’d like it too, or it doesn’t work as well as you’d like it to, it’s still there. It’s still part of you. If it’s a part of you that makes you upset or has negative connotations, try to forgive it for the hurt it’s doing. If you can’t forgive it, try to accept it for what it is.
Cry if you need to. One of the great things about crying in a shower or bath is that there is a lot of water to take those tears away.
Feel the water on your skin. Know that this water is connected to all the water in the world. The water cycles through the rain, rivers, lakes, pipes, and seas – but it all cycles. As you sit in the tub or stand in the shower, this water is touching you, blessing you, and flowing out into the rivers and seas – only to be evaporated and enter back into the cycle of life.
As with every relationship, the relationship to love yourself will take some work. It’s worth it.
This Valentine’s weekend. Take some time for yourself.
My ADF Altar
I put together this little GIF to show you what’s on my normal ADF altar. I will change it up depending on what I’m doing, but these three elements are usually present.
The candle represents Fire and and the Shining Ones. If I’m not home, this is often a little electric tealight or a red agate stone.
The bowl of water represents the Well of the Ancestors and the connection to the underworld.
The stone is my symbolism of the middle world (the place where we live) and the Axis Mundi that connects the upper world to the underworld. Sometimes this will be a leaf or plant depending on where I am.
I hope this helps to show how simple an altar can be.