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Magickal Path: Priestess of the Goddess
Age Group: Adult
Sun Sign: Taurus
Occupation: Self Employed
Relationship Status: Married
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Located in: Elburn, Illinois
Likes: Reading, 4-wheelin', riding my Yamaha Warrior, hiking, animals, herbs, gardening, photography, making jewelry, camping, spending time with family and friends, fireside chats...the list goes on and on..............
Dislikes: Closed minded people
I am a Priestess of over 30 years, an Ordained Interfaith Minister, Wife, Mom and Grand mom. Our home is Ancestral Blessings Sanctuary, a beautiful place that we love to share. I have 4 children, 3 Granddaughters, 3 Grandsons and am married to a wonderful man.
My Path has become very eclectic over the years, what I practice is a strangely comfortable mix of Native American, Egyptian, and Druid, mostly. Honestly, I use what works for me, and I rarely concern myself with the tradition, culture or spiritual discipline. This Path (as I continue to discover it) is a "Healers" Path, in many senses of the word. For me, "Healer" encompasses Minister, Herbalist, Counselor, Friend, Lover, Mother, Wife, Sister, Tarot Reader, Clairvoyant, Clairaudient, Empath, Teacher...I think the list could fill this page. Put simply, it is a Path of Love, change, acceptance, willingness, growth and learning......always learning.
My Path is my way of life...it is how and where I live. It weaves it's way into and through every task and each moment of my day...and even into my dreams. For me, this is what makes my Path genuine. My Path is who I am. And I feel that it is very important for each of us to find our own unique Path no matter which tradition we follow. The tools, spells, recipes, power objects etc., even the rituals themselves are as individual as the Seeker performing them. There is no right or wrong way, only the way that is right for the individual. Therefore, the Mysteries of the Universe will not be found in a book, or the wise words of one person. They are found everywhere and within each being; it is for us to choose to take notice. It is my experience that each significant person or event in life, will teach us something of value to our Path if only we listen and look. All Paths are but spokes on the Wheel...all leading to the same Center.
I read the Tarot for myself and others. I use the Tarot as a tool to go within and as a focus for readings and Spiritual counseling. I am very empathic and intuitive and I often see and hear Spirits during sessions. Though others describe me as psychic, I'm just not comfortable using the word in these days of telephone and internet psychics etc., that is not how I use my gifts.
I love working with animals...they are so open and honest and SO much easier to read! To me there is absolutely nothing more rewarding that helping critters work through their issues. Ok...maybe bringing human babies into the world...ya...that comes very close...
The Path of the Goddess is a Path of experience. Though I have found a few good books that have added to the richness, color and texture of my Path, there is no book to "document" the way. It is as individual as the Seeker.
I worship Goddess.... Not God/dess. For me, there is Goddess, the, I AM, the ALL. All else is another expression of Goddess, including God.
This is not a "woman up in the clouds, watching down on us, judging our actions as either good or bad". I know this Entity as a force or energy of neither sex, and both/all sex. It is ALL. I however, being human, must find a way to connect with this force, to give it a face, something I can identify and communicate with. This face, for me, has always been female. Even as a young child "God" was female. When looking at a picture of Christ, I can remember thinking how much he looked like "a girl" and "what a nice man he must be" because of it. (not that I liked girls, at all...but that's another subject) I realize, as an adult that I was recognizing the "Goddess Within" this man.
I was given very little in the way of knowledge after I was dedicated. Almost everything I learned, up to about 25 years ago, had been self-taught. Or, more correctly, Goddess taught. I learned through my impressions and feelings, through dreams and meditations. I learned from "talking" with animals, and listening to and watching people. I learned from walking in the woods and lying on the Earth. I went to the library (A LOT!) to read about various Celtic Paths and Lore, and Native American and Egyptian ways.
The first thing I had to learn was to look at myself, to face, accept and Love the "Dark Twin". The art of self-evaluation can be a hard and painful lesson. But, it is a necessary lesson. I have come to understand that I cannot serve Goddess to the best of my ability, if I do not first care for, honor, and serve myself. For, She truly lives within me.
When we are young and arrogant we tend to believe that we are never wrong. That something done "in the name of justice", or "for a good reason" is ok with us. Or, perhaps we are "swept away in a flood of the emotion of the moment" only to find ourselves at the other end of a situation where we acted in a way that hurt another, or ourselves. We tend to tell ourselves that "it wasn't our fault". We cannot, for very long, live with the internal consequences of those actions. The self-judgment, the self-hatred, the wondering what we are truly capable of. These things can turn on us, and cause us to believe, to know, that we are less than "worthy". We can begin to doubt ourselves and to lose trust and faith in ourselves.
It is impossible to fully give myself in service if I cannot clear my Mind and Heart of the things that I nag or punish myself for. Whether they be trivial or all encompassing.
You see, the point is NOT whether I am acceptable to Goddess, She accepts and Loves all equally. The point IS whether or not I am acceptable to myself. If I am not acceptable to myself, I will never believe that I could possibly be acceptable to another, especially Goddess. This is a personal Mystery. For me, this is part of what is meant by; "If that which thou seekest, thou findest not within thee, Thou wilt surely never find it without"
I had no way of knowing, when I came to this Path, that I would be giving so much myself and my life to the many people, and animals, that I have come to know and Love through the years. Though, I must admit that I would have it no other way. It IS most of who I have become. Helping others is my first instinct.
I have been told, often, that I give too much of myself to others. It's a give and take really. Which is as it should be. People (2 legged and 4 legged) have physically come and gone, but, part of them stays with me always. And, even, years after one has left my life, I continue to learn from them. Past experiences and memories come up again and again, and bring with them opportunities for personal growth and understanding. And, sharing those experiences with others helps them on their Path as well.
In my opinion, there is no other way to live. This life is rich in experience, and full of Love. I once looked for external ways to "feel alive", through insane risks, and life threatening situations. Today, for the most part, I feel alive because I am aware. I can walk to a meadow, pick up a drum, stand in the yard and call to the Hawks or sit quietly with a Loved one and feel the life force, a Gift of the Creator.
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