Shadow Self

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Most of us start our spiritual journey because at some point the burdens of our pain becomes too much to bear. We look for a way out or a way to move forward in our life. If I live a certain way then we won’t have to deal with it. Being good will make it alright make it go away. The shadow side of ourselves this is the part of ourselves which destroys our relationships, kills our spirit, and keeps us from fulfilling our dreams.

It contains all the parts of ourselves that we have tried to hide or deny. It contains those dark aspects that we believe are not acceptable to our family, friends, and most important, ourselves. The dark side is hidden deeply within our consciousness, from ourselves and others. There is only one type message we get from this hidden place and that is there is something wrong with me. I’m not okay. I’m not that lovable. I’m not that deserving and I’m not worthy.

Many of us believe these messages. We believe that if we look closely enough at what lies deep down, we will find something we just don’t like. We resist looking long and hard for fear of discovering something that we can’t live with. We fear ourselves. We fear every thought and feeling we have repressed. Many of us are so disconnected from this fear we can only see it by reflection, what we project onto the world, onto our families and friends, and onto strangers. Our fear is so deep that the only way we can deal with it is either to hide or deny it. We become so good at this we actually forget that we are wearing masks to hide this side of ourselves. We believe we are the person we see in the mirror. So after years of failed relationships, careers, diets and dreams, we continue to suppress these disturbing internal messages. We tell ourselves that we will be okay and that things will get better.

Instead of trying to suppress our shadows, we need to own and embrace the very things we are most afraid of facing. By acknowledge that quality that belongs to you. It is the shadow that holds the clues, our shadows hold the essence of who we are. They hold our most treasured gifts. By facing these aspects of ourselves, we become free to experience the good and the bad, the dark and the light. It is by embracing all of who we are that we earn the freedom to choose what we do in this world. As long as we keep hiding, and projecting what is inside us, we have no freedom to be and no freedom to choose. However it is only when we discover that by embracing our worst fears, we can step into and be our greatest self.

Our shadows exist to teach us, guide us. They are for us to expose and explore. The feelings that we have suppressed are desperate to be integrated into ourselves. They are only harmful when they are repressed, because they can pop up at the worst times. Their sneak in and cause effect in the areas of your life that mean the most.  Like your relationships, your jobs, your children, maybe drinking too much, eating too much, even hating too much. Jealousy and envy are a aspect of your shadow self, when you are happy with who you are, who your with, what you do, you have no time to worry about what others are doing.

Your life will be transformed when you make peace with your shadow. You will no longer have to pretend to be someone or something you’re not. You will no longer have to prove you’re good enough. When you embrace your shadow you will no longer have to live in fear. Find the gifts of your shadow and you will finally revel in all the glory of your true self. Then you will have the freedom to create the life you have always desired.

I have only touched on this subject, you can find books that will help you understand and deal with your shadow self.

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Lammas

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Lammas is an excellent time to look around and take stock. The year and the summer are half over. Think of the things you meant to do this summer and as yet have not and of the thing that have not come to fruition in your life.

Remember those things that have left your life.

Consider what has come into your life.

This is the experience of the turning of the year. The seasons are winding down to the time of peace and rest from when they rise again anew in the spring.

Things to do on Lammas

You can make a grain doll or bake a grain man and offer it to someone in thanksgiving.

For many witches, finding time to celebrate the sabbats can be a challenge, even in the summer months. Don’t forget that honouring the seasons and deity do not have to be a huge celebration, full of casting circles, fancy rituals and huge feasts. Of course the sabbats can be one or all of those things, but do they don’t have to be. Honoring the change of season can be as simple as a candle lit, a prayer said, and making a toast. Just 10 minutes out of your day to reconnect with your beliefs, your deity and the earth.

For Lammas, a simple ritual that can be done alone or with family or friends, and in just a few minutes. Of course, feel free to use and or change the words for your own private use.

Supplies you will need:
Bread (Home baked, store bought)
Wine, beer, mead or even fruit juice.
A candle gold or yellow, though white always works. Also anything that smells like baked goods like cinnamon.
Anything seasonal that you’d like to set out, such as summer flowers, things harvested from your garden, a corn dolly, etc.
Incense.

Find a quiet place to sit for a moment, or gather around your table if sharing the ritual with others. Have your bread, wine and candle in front of you. Take a moment to think about what Lammas means to you, and what it has meant to those who have followed the season through times past. It’s the first harvest, time to offer bread in thanks for the prosperity of the crops.

Light your candle and incense if you are using it. Take a bite of the bread and a sip of the wine.

Say these words

On this first day of August, I light a candle to celebrate the harvest.

As the wheel of the year turns and the days start to grow shorter, I honour the Lord and Lady (or the seasons, or your specific deity) and thank them for the blessings and prosperity they have brought to me this year.

I honour those who came before me, and all things living on this earth.

Eat more of the bread; drink more of the wine, save a few bits as a sacrifice to the earth. Later put them outside, in your garden, under a tree or into a potted plant.

If you have the time, sit for a few minutes and meditate before putting out the candle. As you go about your day, keep negative thoughts at bay and try to mentally tally all the wonderful things that have come into your life this year.

Have a wonderful Lammas, however you choose to celebrate!

 

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MABON/AUTUMN EQUINOX

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MABON is one of the eight annual holidays, referred to as ‘Sabbats’, which are observed as part of the Wiccan Wheel of the Year. Mabon/Autumn Equinox (22nd September). Solstices occur when the Sun enters Capricorn and Cancer; Equinoxes when the Sun enters Aries and Libra.
This is a time of balance, at the Autumn Equinox, the Sun enters the sign of Libra bringing balance and harmony and, of course, change and transformation. Autumn is a season of reflection, darkness is growing and daylight wanes this is the doorway to winter. The harvest has been gathered and safely stored.
Mabon is a time to prepare for winter, to release the past and move forward. At this time when day and night are in balance, it is a time for us to reconcile our opposites and understand that they are part of the whole use this time to embrace the whole of ourselves, honour them, accept them and celebrate the season, which allows us a chance to start again.
The Goddess slowly withdraws from the land to reside in the Underworld, awaiting the birth of her child at Yule. At Her departure, the Earth withers and dies and the trees burst into fiery colour like torches, marking her departure until Her Spring return.
The gathering in of the Harvest was a time for rituals to the Corn Spirit and Mother Earth. The last sheaf gathered in by the harvesters was sometimes known as Bride or the Corn Maiden, corresponding to the Spring Goddess, Brigide and was wrapped in magic. In Scotland, the Harvest Supper was known as the Feast of the Maiden, the man who cut the last sheaf was known as the ‘Lord of the Harvest’ and given the seat of honour next to the Master (the farmer who laid on the supper for his workers). The young woman who had made the Corn Dolly sat next to him as ‘the Lady’ – she was treated with the greatest respect and the man was treated as her consort. After eating and drinking, there would be dancing and singing until dawn.
Old Harvest customs have gradually waned to be replaced by the Christian Harvest Festival. However, the Pagan rites survive and flourish.
Gods and Goddesses of Mabon- Lord of the Underworld, Queen of the Dead, Persephone, Osiris.
Mabon Incense – Pine Resin, Oak Bark, Blackberry Leaves, Patchouli, Dried Apple.
Candle Colours – Orange, Brown.
Organic Materials- Nuts, Apples, Seasonal Vegetation.
Mabon Activities
Mabon Harvest Display – Collect Autumn leaves, nuts, seeds, fruits and berries and display on cloths of Autumnal colours or woven baskets decorated with ribbons, proudly display in your house.
Prepare a hearty Autumn Equinox feast for friends and family. Place your Corn Dolly in the seat of honour, be sure to give thanks for the bounties of life and the Earth.
Make fruit wines, jams and preserves, reflecting the abundance of the season.
Wash your crystals and put them out under the Harvest Full Moon to recharge.
Make time for meditation and connection to your inner self.

Info taken from the white witch website.

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Father’s Day Readings

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Special offer on father’s day readings this Sunday 21st June
Emails readings available if you’re looking for something different for your dad.
Yes men like reading too 🙂 or you may want to connect to your father in the spirit world.

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