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Beltane Shower Tea

It all started with an afternoon downpour on Beltane. Rain on Beltane is imbued with deep magic. So I grabbed a glass bowl and ran outside to let it gather the waters

While the rain was collecting, I brewed some Tulsi Rose tea, perfect energy and scent for the season.

After an hour, I brought the rainwater inside and added crystals to the bottom of the bowl, placed some pink flowers in a circle and swirled Beltane essential oil in with my fingers. Finally, I poured the Tulsi tea infusion into the bath.

I also poured a cup of the brew for me to sip before heading to my shower with the bowl to do a bedtime cleansing and blessing ritual

It was a lovely way to close the sabbat and my dreams were equally as beautiful

Bright blessings for this next season in the turn of the wheel.

Magnolia Magic

The magnolia is one of four primary trees on the property of my home.

There are also two Brother Pines, a Father Oak, the 11 Sisters a.k.a. Tulip Poplars and then Mother Magnolia.

I turn to the magnolia when I am in need of comfort and mothering.

Her correspondences are dignity, spirituality, peace and endurance and she shares these energies with me freely.

This morning I went out into the yard and found a fallen leaf. The leaves naturally curl into a boat shape and are a perfect vessel for sending messages. Iโ€™ve been in a heightened state of anxiety for over two years now but this morning felt even more so.

So I fixed myself a cup of herbal tea. This divine feminine blend from my friend Valโ€™s shop is especially comforting and nourishing. As I sipped, I wrote my concern on the leaf and then sprinkled the used herbs onto the leaf

I took the petition boat and headed out to the back of our property where a spring creek runs and along the way I found tulip poplar blooms that had dropped from the sisters. I picked one up and placed it in the boat as an additional offering and then walked to the waters edge.

I offered the boat to the spirit of the creek and said a prayer to Brigid asking that my anxiety be taken away and replaced with peace.

Then I gently pitched it into the water. I considered it a good omen that it did not capsize but landed upright and started to float away.

And as I watched it drift downstream, I felt just a little bit more at ease.

I think naming and releasing fears is such a vital part of overcoming them.

May you have peace today and every day.

Bright blessings.

Poetry and Play

A little peak at my current daily mediation, poetry and play practice

I write each word from my curated monthly list on origami squares at the beginning of the month.

and then pick a fold that is reflective of the season. For me, April means tulips. ๐ŸŒท

After I pull the prompt and some Oracle cards, I compose a poem. And then usually create an image in Canva and share it to my author account @rachel.l.carlyle

I record the poem in my perpetual seasonal journal and then create the origami offering and place it on my ancestor altar.

In the evening the offerings go into a big crystal bowl for the year.

Not quite sure what Iโ€™ll do with them in a years time. Iโ€™m sure Spirit will inform โค๏ธ

Bright blessings

Approaching the Ancestors

Wednesday is the birthday of my paternal grandfather
Born in 1909, I have no memory of him as he died of cancer when my father was in high school.

To say he had a problematic life would be an understatement from the bits and pieces I have been able to pull from my father and other family members.

He was a brilliant man with two engineering degrees. But addictions shortened his life and were the source of incredible hardship and trauma for his family.

And because of this, I have been hesitant to reach out and include him in my ancestral practice. But.

He has been on my mind so much lately and little synchronicities have been popping up leading me to explore the possibility of checking in with him (and my well ancestors) to see if it is in everyoneโ€™s best interests to explore the path of healing for this line. Because similar problems continue to manifest in subsequent generations.

I put together a three card spread to test the waters, so to speak.

The response pulls are below.

I had already asked my mother to send me a photo of him and that if nothing else I was planning on going to a church and lighting a candle for him.

Iโ€™d say the messages from the cards concur with my plans. ๐Ÿ•ฏ

His current state โ€ข 8 of Wands
He has messages. And a lot of them. Iโ€™m also sensing an urgency in the request(s).

Should I engage โ€ข Princess of Cups. This is a clear yes. The young girl even looks like me in my youth. Iโ€™m drawn to the image of the turtle in the cup as an offering. Putting a pin in this to explore further.

How to helpโ€ข 4 of Wands
The imagery is of a church. I donโ€™t think it could be any clearer that I was on track with my original initial plan.

I will be headed to a local cathedral tomorrow and will see what other messages come through.

Bright blessings

Sunflower Solidarity

Sunflower Solidarity

@bakercreekseeds raised 1.6 million for Ukraine relief during a weekend sale a few weeks ago!

Iโ€™ll be starting the seeds I purchased from them on the Equinox and theyโ€™ll go into my garden right before the full moon in April.

My bedtime bibliomancy fell open to this poem by Mary Oliver last night. A lovely bit of synchronicity. Perhaps Iโ€™ll read it aloud to the seeds as I sow in them in their little egg carton starter pods ๐Ÿ’š

What seeds are you sowing this season?

Bright blessings

Receive and Release

Receive and Release

This morning at meditation, I pulled the two cards, The Fool and the Vision Quest. The perfect balance representations of my release and receive ritual I had had planned on sharing today . I love spirit affirmations ๐Ÿ’œ

I was going to share another ritual mantra haiku that I have used in the past whenever I bring a new item into my home.

But based off the messages I received this morning, a new one was born.

The ritual of receive and release is so important for me to balance the flow of my space. Releasing an item in return, is an act of gratitude.

And no offering is too small.

The complete ritual will be in my upcoming publication Winter of 2022.

๐™Ž๐™ž๐™ข๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™š ๐˜ฝ๐™š๐™–๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™ฎ
๐™Ž๐™š๐™–๐™จ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ก ๐™๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™–๐™ก๐™จ ๐™๐™ค๐™ง ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ˆ๐™–๐™œ๐™ž๐™˜ ๐™„๐™ฃ ๐™๐™๐™š ๐™€๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™ฎ๐™™๐™–๐™ฎ

Bright blessings

A card, a candle, a cleanse

Everyday Magic๐Ÿงก

These are my three favorite elements to use as I go about the tasks of everyday living.

A Tarot Card for Inspiration
A Tea light for Illumination
An Herb for Impact

Mundane tasks hold so many opportunities to set and support my intentions. We all have to eat, to dress, cook, clean, etc. So why not bring a bit of beauty to the task?

My daily shower is a perfect example. While I do love a luxurious ritual bath, it is only a monthly indulgence for me, usually reserved for the full or new moon, depending on my needs.

But a ritual shower is so simple and I take one daily, so I have found easy ways to make it beautiful. Its my opportunity to wash off the day, literally and figuratively, and set up my night for dream work.

This is how I worked with Eucalyptus this week.

First, Iโ€™ll pull a tarot card either selectively or intentionally. And come up with a short simple Mantra to sing in the shower.
Iโ€™ll set the card on my pillow on my bed and then head to the bathroom where Iโ€™ll crush the herb and sprinkle a bit on my tea light before setting it on a ledge inside the shower and lighting it.

Sometimes Iโ€™ll stir more of the crushed herb into my bath soaps, scrubs, washes etc.

Finally, Iโ€™ll turn off all the lights. Turn on the water. And step into the altar Iโ€™ve created.

Bright blessings.

Happy Home

๐Ÿ’šHouse Magic๐Ÿ’›

Sharing one of my favorite tools

Intentional furniture polish
Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a few drops of @skeletonkeyshop ritual oils to match the intention for the week.

Iโ€™m digging Love and Light during these winter months.

The Ritual?

Pull the Sun card

Wait for the rainbows to start dancing around the house from my sun catchers

Put on some dance music

And raise some energy!