Memories of those we have loved and lost are always with us. With time, hopefully, we smile instead of cry when a particularly poignant memory is triggered. And sometimes we intentionally evoke memories with special objects that remind us of those who have passed on to the Summerland. This special remembrance potpourri is one such object. Made from dried flowers from the funeral of a loved one, as well as special herbs and flowers that have ages-old connections to death, bereavement, and funerals, it serves to help one not only remember the deceased but also to honor their life and hopefully ease the grief that comes with such loss.
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October opens the door to the shadowy forests beyond the Veil a place of deep darkness, where we can revel in the mysteries of the night. A place we can interact with the spirits of the past. A place where we confront our own memories, experiences, and skeletons. A place where we come face to face with our own shadow. The only way out is through, and the only light you have to guide you is the one you have inside.
What is the shadow?
Your shadow is the collected mass of pain, shame, and sorrow you carry everywhere you go and it has a voice, a way of being in the world, and an energetic frequency. There are also treasures in your shadow! Your sexy magic, creativity, and ability to believe in miracles are underneath all that other stuff. Your shadow, if left unacknowledged in your subconscious, can be projected onto others and create karmic entanglements that take generations to reconcile. By engaging and integrating your shadow, you embrace all parts of you and step fully into your power.
The shadow season
Shadow comes out in the shadows, and Samhain or as its best known Halloween is shadow time! Samhain encourages us to look at death, spirit, and transformation as symbolic and natural parts of our own evolution. The Veil between the dead and the living gets thinner as the nights grow longer, and our shadows progressively become unavoidable. Our shadow finds nourishment in darkness in the deepest depths of our being. This is a powerful time to honour the darkness and further integrate it with the light. Ask yourself: What part of yourself scares you the most? What parts of you needs to die, in order for something else to grow in its place?
Samhain, the start of the Celtic New Year, is celebrated on the night of October 31. It’s a time when we say goodbye to many things, to the spirits who have crossed the Veil to commune with us, to the crops and harvests we lost this year, and to the year itself, with all its blessings and challenges. Instead of creating resolutions on January 1 each year, most magical practitioners set intentions on November 1, which for us is the real ‘start’ of the year ahead. At Samhain, we honour the re-birthing process, the little death you can have while still alive, to cut off that rotting limb of energy that you keep dragging around. That old trauma, that leaking wound, the piece of you that is longing to die but you keep reviving for what are probably good reasons. And yet how much more alive, more vital, lighter, better you will feel once you cut it off? Once you let the blood flow. Once you recognize that it’s best to let the dead have what is dead and keep what is alive for the living.
The shadows of the past
Day of the Dead is observed on the first and second days of November. It’s a time when the Veil between the living and dead is lifted this is when we honour the importance of the living as well as the dead, the full cycle of life. During the Day of the Dead, we invoke the souls of our ancestors and support them on their journey. We honour their influence and presence, thanking them for the gifts they’ve passed on to the living, and remember the life they helped create in each of us.
The only way to communicate with spirits of the past is to acknowledge them. Your shadow works in the same way. You have to accept and acknowledge its presence, and then you can see it, communicate with it, and integrate it. Your shadow is beautiful and significant, and not any less deserving of love and attention. Look at it. Work with it. Soothe it. Talk to the literal and symbolic ghosts of your past. If you don’t, they will continue to haunt you. The Day of the Dead is like Samhain, is a powerful opportunity to honour and release what is already dead. This is necessary to keep on living and growing. What will you be acknowledging? What will you be releasing?
Lessons from the Shadow
Your shadow is YOU
Your shadow is your darkness. It’s the part of you that’s kept hidden from everyone else. It’s in the deepest, darkest corners of your being where you store the ugly bits. No matter how terrifying or uncomfortable it is for you to look at the darker aspects of yourself, it’s essential that you do. You must walk beyond the curtain and hug those creatures. Cradle them. Love them. Integrate them into your being. Your shadow cannot be destroyed, so when you abandon it for long periods of time, it will grow and seek its revenge. And it will not be pretty.
Your shadow doesn’t define you
But you can still learn from it. Everyone has a past and has to come to terms with their own darkness, but if we let every mistake define us, we wouldn’t get out of bed in the morning. Appreciate your imperfections human beings would not exist without them. Our beauty is in our ability to move on. To integrate, rebuild, and start again. Honour your ancestors and let your light guide you, so you can be the beacon of hope for future generations.
Your shadow-self is like a mirror
sometimes, aspects of yourself will show up as a mirror to others. If someone displays unwarranted rage, they are projecting onto you because you are mirroring something to them that they struggle to process, and vice versa. Many people are unaware of their triggers, which are accurate teachers about shadow work that needs to be done. Think about a time when you felt irrationally angry at someone. Did you struggle to understand why? Did you attempt to? This is just one of the ways your shadow can sneak up on you when you don’t deal with it. You can damage potential long-lasting relationships with others because of your own unresolved issues. Let this be a comfort to those of you who have lost relationships in the past at the hand of your shadow self. If that relationship meant something to you, maybe it’s time to reach out.
Find the advantage in the disadvantage
one of the best things about understanding your disadvantages is being able to use them as your shield. When you use your flaws and disadvantages to your advantage, then no one else can use them against you. You create your own shield, no one is like you, no one. And this is a difficult concept to grasp in our more formative years. Anything that differentiates you from the pack is subject to immediate ridicule. These memories damage our self-esteem, and our differences can become triggers instead of strengths. What if you changed that story? What if you embrace your quirkiness? Your weird habits? Make a list of the things that make you different and unique and love yourself for them. When you hide your true self, you don’t attract people you can relate to. Embrace your flaws, your unique self, and you will find the advantage in the seeming disadvantage. You will be unstoppable.
Stop overreacting to people or situations
Overreacting is a clear sign of emerging shadow energies. When you overreact, you go beyond what a reasonable reaction should be and express deeper rage, sadness, confusion, or concern about a circumstance or event. This happens when an event triggers a painful or traumatic memory which feels like it’s happening again in the present like a new version of the past. Now the current event takes on the added weight of whatever past event triggered in you, and the person on the receiving end has no idea. When you do your shadow work by excavating all your tricky sticky spots, you will no longer have them to serve as baggage in similar future experiences. You can surrender painful and traumatic experiences by simply allowing yourself to find and feel them, send love and light to them, and through that light, the healing begins.
You won’t be able to fully share your gifts with the world or experience your true magnificence unless you’ve confronted and integrated your shadow. When you become friends with your shadow, you embrace and accept all parts of yourself and traverse your world with courage. You live a great life, one that is only found by those who face the darkness and turn on the light.
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A Spirit Animal is the one who will come to you in order to show you how to deal with and teach you what you need to learn, in order to help you meet the challenges of your spiritual journey.
Each spirit animal has certain powers and skills to teach and knowledge to share for overcoming the many challenges it must meet in order to survive.
Your spirit animal’s appearance signals a time to connect with your true self and your life’s purpose, pay attention to the repeated appearance of this animal and of repeated patterns or themes. Awakening to the recognition of these seemingly synchronistic occurrences teaches you to be aware of the hidden messages in everyday experiences.
There are many ways your spirit animal will make itself known to you and pass on its message. Do not let your perceived image of the animal prejudice you as to the significance of its message. You will meet with the spirit animal whose lessons you need to learn.
You cannot choose your spirit animal, it chooses you. Spirit animals will appear only at the time and place in your life when you are ready to accept them and the wisdom the come to offer, and they always turn up at exactly the right moment.
A “Totem Animal” is an animal spirit that you call upon or invoke, for its special powers and survival skills, to serve as a guardian or protector when facing adversity.
It is customary for many Native American tribes (as well as others) to be made up of smaller groups or “Clans” united by actual or perceived kinship and descent and formed around a founding member or “ancestor”. Often this ancestor is an animal spirit which becomes the Clan Totem. The clan totems are often the animals that inhabit the local area, (The wolf, bear, turtle, and deer are common clans of the Great Lakes area.), and which have a unique relationship to the tribe and its heritage.
The spiritual powers of the various totems help each clan to carry out its own special duties and responsibilities within the tribe in accordance with the attributes of that totem. (The Turtle Clan usually being the tribes “Keepers of Wisdom”, the guardians of the legends and mysteries within the tribe’s ceremonies and practices.)
Again, never let your perceived image of an animal effect how you see its ability to serve as a “Totem”. Though it may seem incongruous to invoke a rabbit as a totem for battle, remember the wisdom shown by “Briar Rabbit” in defeating an enemy.
The Totem Pole is an arrangement of symbols representing animal totems from the tribe’s ancestral past. Totems were a form of communication for the Pacific Northwest Coast Native Americans as they had no written language and thus the poles were used to convey their legends, stories and events. Totem poles may also be messages passed on by those that carve them. The pole’s symbols may often tell a very personal story of the carver himself, as well as that of his own family, clan or tribe.
The next type of animal spirit, mainly used in Shamanism and Witchcraft is called a “familiar”. The familiar is a spiritual entity that will appear as a facilitator in the communion of the human, animal and spirit realms.
The true Shaman or Witch does not just decide to walk the Path. They must first be chosen by and then accept a spirit being or deity as their mentor. Usually, this mentor will send forth an animal spirit to guide the initiate to them, or in many cases, they themselves may take the form of an animal spirit, only later revealing their true nature.
One example, in the case of Shamans and Witches who come from the background of the European Celtic traditions, the Goddess Morrigan will often appear to the initiate in the form of a raven or crow as their familiar and she will reveal her true self only after the initiate has actualized as an “enlightened being”.
This information has been modified slightly and shared from spiritwalkministry.com website.
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Mouse: Symbol of Trust in the Divine, Invisibility, Humility, Simplicity, Gentleness, Resourcefulness, Modesty, Adaptability, Innocence, Fertility, Super-Awareness, Voraciousness, Determination, Cleanliness.
Mice can be timid, appearing to be shy and nervous at the slightest twitch in their surroundings. This is symbolic of the antithesis of bravado, egotism and arrogance. When the mouse pays a visit, it’s often a message to take a look at behaviours.
The mouse is often a message for us to review our resources (of all kinds, energetic, financial, emotional, and physical) and be a little more conscious of how we spend or distribute these resources.
To pay close attention to details so as not to let anything important escape your attention as you may be missing something that is obvious and right in front of you.
You may be missing opportunities by having a narrow focus and only paying attention to one or two activities. This may be an important time for close scrutiny of all that is going on in your life and to sort it out, perhaps even letting go of those things that no longer fit in your life.
You should call upon a mouse if you are feeling disorganised, overwhelmed about things and need some kind of order, also if you are involved in a transaction where, it is very important to pay close attention to the “fine” print.
If you are feeling unproductive and want to get motivated to pursue goals and tasks. If you feel like your energies and attention are scattered and you need help to get or stay focused.
If the mouse is one of your power animals you are very detail oriented, so much in fact you sometimes lose track of the big picture. You are very organized and easily can put things in their proper place in order to keep track of them.
You are clean, fastidious in many areas of your life but neglectful in others parts.
“A mouse does not rely on just one hole.” ~ Plautus
Special Note about the Mouse: Our ancient ancestors observed their affinity for ground-burrowing, and likened this to mice being ‘one with the Mother’ (Mother Earth, that is). This ground-loving behaviour was also seen as a connection to the Underworlds (or Otherworld’s, depending upon your source of reference). This kind of connection makes the mouse a kind of mediator between physical life and recycling life (spirit energies in transition).
Information taken from the witch’s cauldron / moon raven FB.
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With the moth spirit animal that is helplessly drawn to the light of the flame, so are you when you are drawn to anything that is good and pleasurable.
The moth symbolism fuels your pursuits, whether physical, emotional, intellectual, or spiritual.
The moth meaning resonates with truth. It represents the truth that you cannot see because you are in the dark, but when everything else is illuminated, it all becomes clear as day.
The moth totem also represents your passions and the things that give you delight. It’s that childlike wonder that never seems to go away, no matter how difficult you’ve had it in life.
Every little thing continues to enchant, fascinate and amaze you. Just like the moth that comes near the flame, you also experience so many things when you get close to something you love.
It exhilarates, inspires and even terrifies you. There’s a certain light that is shed on the world and on your life and gives you your own unique perspective.
The moth symbolism can pertain to the secrets that you hold deep inside of you and the knowledge and wisdom that you have gained throughout the years.
It can represent your attraction to both good and bad and the fragility that you experience with each choice.
The meaning of the moth also represents your faith and determination. It has also been known to be associated with clairvoyance and psychic abilities.
The meaning of the moth urges you to find the light to take you out of the dark. Let this be your guiding light to become a better and stronger person.
Go find the light and teach yourself to be someone’s light as well. Be vigilant when it comes to your pursuits and keep your sense of judgment and intuition with you.
3 Facts about Moth Symbolism
While you may consider the moth to be a pretty insignificant insect, which does not mean that the spirit animal or symbolism that is attached to it will also be insignificant in its approach.
There is significantly more to moth symbolism than you may expect, but to show that, we need to address a number of points and facts that will then offer up a better explanation as to what is going on with the moth spirit animal.
- It represents you having a passion.
The first thing to mention is that moth symbolism is connected to you having a passion and not being afraid to explore it at any point.
You need to understand what is capable of giving you happiness and delight and to not then ignore it, but rather put it to good use wherever possible.
If you feel that you do not have a passion, then the moth spirit animal is imploring you to seek it out as we all have something out there, but sadly we do not always manage to find it unless we look very hard.
- It represents being fascinated by even the smallest of details.
A moth is always drawn to the flame or the light and moth symbolism is also going to be directly linked to that very idea as well.
You will find that you are fascinated by everything, which includes the smallest of details, but this is something that can serve you well in the future.
There is every possibility that you can learn so much from paying so much attention to what is going on, but you do need to be aware that you can be drawn into things that are perhaps not that good for you as well, so there is a certain need to be careful with what you are doing.
- It can indicate looking at your own weak points and insecurities.
There is also a strong sense of moth symbolism representing you having the need to look at your own individual weak points as well as those areas where you are feeling rather insecure about things.
Having these weaknesses does not have to be a negative thing, but being able to identify them and understand them does mean that you are not going to have to feel so disabled by them.
It also allows you to better understand the areas where you need to grow as an individual and that is clearly going to be beneficial to you.
The moth is stronger than you think, but it does focus on a number of factors that are attributed to the way in which the moth acts at various times.
You need to be willing to explore things, but also understand that you are not strong with every single point either.
There will always be points that you need to work on as much as possible as that will help you to then grow and develop as a person.
The original post taken from the moon sisters tribe.
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When the squirrel spirit animal appears to you, this is a sign to take life a little less seriously.
The squirrel symbolism encourages you to inject more fun and laughter, and just enjoy the wonders of your world!
Having the squirrel spirit animal reminds you to be adaptable, and to be ready for any changes that you need to make at the last minute.
The squirrel meaning is about surrendering and letting things happen.
The squirrel spirit animal highlights the importance of communication and showing respect to the people around you through your words, actions, and behaviours.
It encourages you to respect your differences and find a way to work harmoniously together.
Squirrel symbolism also focuses on the changes that are taking place in your life.
These changes are what will force you out of your comfort zone so that you will grow, and these changes can help lighten your load by getting rid of what no longer serves your purpose.
The meaning of the squirrel reminds you to tackle any issues or problems head on instead of ignoring them or pushing them aside.
Be honest about your thoughts and emotions, and don’t bottle them up inside you.
Saving up is another important squirrel symbolism. Be mindful of how much you consume when it comes to your resources and how much you spend when it comes to your finances.
You need to teach yourself to save for the rainy days and to adjust accordingly when money is tight. Work to have a comfortable life so that you don’t have to spend your whole life just trying to make a living.
When the squirrel totem scurries its way to you, it’s a message for you to have fun. Your life is filled with work and commitments, but you deserve some rest and relaxation, too.
The meaning of the squirrel reminds you that life doesn’t have to be so serious all the time. There’s a time for work and hustle, and there’s a time for fun and play.
Rid your life of stressful and toxic clutter, and that applies to both physical and emotional clutter.
Lighten the load as you go on with life because this is important if you want to create a healthy balance of peace and happiness.
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Very few animals convey such majesty, power, pride, and nobility of spirit as the horse spirit animal.
With the horse spirit animal, you can see the true essence of freedom in your life, and you can live vicariously through it with each mile it runs and each obstacle it overcomes.
If you have this powerful animal working for you, you will truly experience the energy of a genuinely free spirit.
When you have the horse totem, this most commonly represents power and stamina.
The horse is known for being one of the most hardworking animals on earth, with the ability to carry on even on the roughest roads and the toughest climbs.
The horse meaning signifies overcoming obstacles, and how you should carry yourself in the face of adversity.
The horse spirit animal works hard to remind you to take care of your emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being.
The horse symbolism also speaks about freedom. It possesses an unbridled desire for freedom because of its naturally wild and powerful spirit, and it always wants to break free.
Another horse meaning is journey. The horse is usually seen carrying a rider on its back, embarking on all kinds of journeys.
This signifies the time to set your soul free. It’s time to go on your journey and jump over the hurdles of your life with strength and courage.
The meaning of the horse seeks to remind you that you have the power and the motivation to carry through anything. You are full of vitality, and you have the freedom to do whatever you want!
When the horse spirit animal comes galloping into your life, it carries a very important message.
You need to take stock of your life and see where you have been spending your energies on, and whether you have been giving your personal freedom or power away.
It signals a time to evaluate which aspects of your life allow people to treat you harshly or domineeringly.
You should think about whether you are putting the needs and demands of others before yours.
The horse symbolism in your life is simply telling you that no one can take away your power from you. You will only become powerless and weak if you allow it.
Harness the meaning of the horse in your life to get you out of your stupor you only need to have faith!
Facts About Horse Symbolism.
The horse is going to bring forth a number of different ideas and theories surrounding the symbolism that is associated with this animal.
However, you do need to pay close attention to the animal and the way in which it is viewed in real life as this is something that is seen as being quite majestic and almost regal in its approach.
The same symbolism is then going to be applied to the spirit animal and what it represents.
It represents power and stamina.
Horse symbolism is closely associated with the idea of both power and stamina, and this is directly linked to the way in which the horse can seemingly run for miles before it gets tired.
It has the determination to get to the end point and will push itself to extremes, and this is certainly something that you need to be doing in order to really get anywhere in life.
It is symbolic of getting over obstacles.
A horse is capable of getting over fences in its way, and you can also benefit from linking in with the symbolism associated with this animal.
It is directly linked to the idea of having the faith and confidence that you can get over any obstacle that is placed in your path as you know the rewards when you get to the other side.
You believe that you are going to be able to get over it without any problems and you have the strength and desire to go ahead and achieve this.
It is symbolic of going on a journey.
As the horse was originally used for being able to travel around, it should be no surprise to then discover that it is directly linked to the concept of going on a journey.
However, this is going to be something that you are going to be in control of every step of the way. You are going to effectively have itchy feet and a willingness to see what else is out there.
You should not be afraid of encountering new things as exciting times are ahead, but only if you allow that to be the case.
It seeks to keep your emotions and spiritual self healthy.
Horse symbolism is also closely linked to the idea of keeping your emotions and spirituality in check.
You need to constantly remind yourself of the need to not break your own emotional bonds as that in itself is going to cause some serious damage.
Maintaining this healthy balance will prove to be an advantage for you in life.
Horse symbolism is all about strength and the ability to carry on even when others may have fallen by the wayside or you would have previously felt as if you were struggling with energy levels.
This is showing you that there is a very real need to go ahead and keep carrying on as the rewards of getting over those obstacles are going to be far more important than you could have ever imagined.
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Original post from the Moon sisters tribe.
The starfish spirit animal holds various meanings when it comes to life. You can learn many things from the starfish symbolism that will help you deepen your intuition just by using your senses.
The starfish is known for its ability to regenerate its limbs and even its entire body. This teaches you to trust in your ability to renew yourself so you can be a different but better person!
The meaning of the starfish speaks about guidance and inspiration. When you are at a crossroads, you can find the answers that you need from the meaning of the starfish.
It symbolizes regeneration, renewal, and self-sustainability
The starfish spirit animal teaches you to cure yourself over time, fill up the void, and replace it with something better.
It also symbolizes your sensory feelings, and how you should use them to gain clarity and build your personal strength. Use them to collect experiences, and as a source of guidance.
The starfish spirit animal represents your intuition, and how your instincts are usually right. If you sense that something is amiss, don’t do it your first guess is usually the best.
The meaning of the starfish also speaks about infinite divine love.
It also represents your energies of brilliance and vigilance because of its connection to the stars.
There’s nothing that you cannot achieve because you have the talents and the dedication to see your plans through.
Unusual facts about Starfish symbolism.
Starfish symbolism, as well as the starfish spirit animal, may not be the first thing that you think about when you venture into this world.
However, that does not then mean that the starfish is going to prove to be something that you should just ignore.
Instead, there is no doubt that this spirit animal can play an important role in different areas of your life, but you have to be willing to get to the bottom of different facts related to it in order to make it easier to understand.
It is connected to both guidance as well as inspiration.
If you are at some kind of crossroads in life, then you may wish to bring the starfish spirit animal into your thoughts.
That is because it is directly related to the idea of offering you a source of inspiration as well as guidance when you are unsure as to what you should be doing next.
The starfish is able to renew itself and regenerate as the power is all within.
Starfish symbolism then represents the idea that the answers are already inside of you, and that you have the ability to deal with anything that life may throw at you.
You are in tune with your sensory feelings.
Another important factor is that you are going to be in real tune with your sensory feelings, and this will stand you well in life.
You are more aware of what is happening around you at all times, and you are willing to explore new avenues in life as you are confident of being able to pick up on things before anybody else.
The starfish spirit animal is able to provide you with assistance when it comes to getting through life as it will encourage you to explore those sensory feelings and see the difference that it makes for you.
You are able to achieve anything.
Starfish symbolism is very strongly connected to the idea that you will be able to achieve anything that you care to imagine.
This is because of the way in which you are not only able to plan for things, but can then explore and execute those plans with you then seeing them through to the end.
This desire and energy will push you along like never before, and it will ultimately mean that you are able to achieve anything that you care to imagine simply because you do not have the belief that you are able to fail.
Overall, starfish symbolism is far more powerful than people would imagine, and it is all linked to the way in which it is able to renew itself and the energy that it uses in order to achieve that.
If you can replicate its stance on life, as well as its ability to do this, then you will discover that life is full of possibilities and there is no doubt that you have something to look forward to, but only if you are able to embrace the starfish spirit animal.
The starfish symbolism teaches you that everything is a miracle waiting to be opened. You are surrounded by love and support, and you can create anything you want to.
The meaning of the starfish encourages you to grab as many opportunities as you can and to watch out for dangers along the way. Protect others as you would protect yourself and your loved ones.
Listen to your intuition, and let yourself take a journey outside your comfort zones and your regular routines. Experience the magnificence of the world you live in!
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Original post from the Moon sisters tribe