I went out this morning to learn a bit more about the supermoon energies taking place.
I went out this morning to learn a bit more about the supermoon energies taking place.
A quick post before more time goes by.
In light of recent events over the past few days, this evening at 11:00 PM EST I will be sitting down in peace. I will be taking time to focus on peace, care, illumination and healing for any and all who may need it. This is a turbulent, historic time and it stands to possibly get worse. It feels as if the whole country and the world is holding it’s breath. If nothing else, it is a little positive energy focused onto a weary world.
Please join me for whatever time you have available in whatever way suits you the best. This morning at 11 AM I simply took a quick break and stood in a stairwell, focused on my breath and asked for the above. It only took 5 minutes. Tonight, I may go longer but there is no time limit. Do what you can.
(Note – This was originally drafted on Nov 6th, just before the election.)
Since Samhain things have continued to move forward, the flog clearing. A few things have come up since then and I thought that even if it turns into a short post I would catch you up. Since my last post I have been very focused on making sure the fog does not “slip back in.” I’ve started a few routines to help with it. I’m sure some of you may already do these things. If not, perhaps they might give you some ideas of your own.
At least twice a day, I re-affirm the magic and spirituality of life
What I mean by this is I try to take some time, at least twice a day, to really appreciate Spirit. I do this in different ways. This may be a short as a minute or two or it might be longer. It just depends on what is going on and how much time I have in the morning or the evening. It can be a simple thought about spirit or ancestors, a musing on the interconnected nature of everything while sitting quietly, or perhaps just stopping to count my breath for a few moments while I watch a spider at lunch.
I started a magical / paranormal journal
This has been started several times but it always crashed and burned. This was because I was stuck on it being handwritten and having all the different aspects of my magical life crammed into one tome. My hand would often cramp up from trying to get everything in there and I found valuable free time going to catching up on my entries instead of doing a reading or experimenting with dowsing. I started a digital journal, created some tags to help me find things and began to document this new phase of my life. I agreed with myself that I would hold no reservation on how long or how short an entry may be and I could enter multiple entries a day if I wished. There are no rules. It has helped immensely.
I ask myself, “What is Spirit trying to tell me here?”
In any situation, from a stressful work moment to a peaceful lunch among falling autumn leaves, I pause and ask that simple question. I ask gently. Then, I take a few seconds and just listen. Sometimes there is no answer and I don’t push for one. Other times I’ve heard some really great answers.
I relaxed and gave up.
Let me be clear, this was not in a depressing way. I’ve just started to just let things be… well… things. I’ve stopped pushing so much for answers. Better yet, you could say I’ve stopped pushing for the answers I wanted to hear.
And that’s it. I just try to pay attention more and work towards not going “unconscious” again.
It feels good.
I feel like I’m coming back around to a place of solidity which I have not seen in a long, long while.
Yesterday morning I took my camera and filmed along as I went a’bounding into the glen. Come along for the trip!
Just taking a brief moment to talk about a small but significant change for me. A few weeks ago I realized I needed to change my magical name. I liken it to the feeling a snake or a crab must have when it is time to shed their skin or shell. It started as a minor irritation, a grumbling. Then, as time progressed, aggravation rose steadily along with a persistent need to “get it done.” I told a dear friend of mine, “It’s like a loose tooth, a constant distraction, I keep wiggling it and won’t leave it alone.” (And big thanks to that dear and beloved friend who helped me through the later bits of this challenge! ;D )
I began to make lists and to go through search websites. The part that needed changed was the surname; Stonemagus. I no longer liked it. It felt too contrived, corny even. I had outgrown it. So, I began the quest of name shopping and researching, trying on different names like clothes.
And that is really what you do with a name, right? In the big scheme of things they are NOT that important. I think of the old wise wizard tradition from Gandalf to Merlin to Obi-Wan Kenobi, “I’m known by many names, none of which are important.” They can come and go like clothes and yet they are important because they carry an energy, they tell something about you. Like a good suit, a fancy cloak or a beloved sweater, it can speak volumes. It says something about the wearer. And even though he went by many names, Gandalf still changed his to signify his change after fighting the balrog in Moria.
Nothing seemed to be “just right” and so, I stepped away for a few days. Of course, as it goes, around this last full moon, I found what I was looking for while searching for something else. Funny how that works, right?
I did a card reading to review the name. I ended up using a single card from three of my favorite decks currently; The Wildwood Tarot, The Enchanted Map and The Faeries Oracle. Like normal, they did not let me down..
Card 1 – Wildwood: Five of Bows, Empowerment (Initiative, moving forward, strength, purpose.)
Card 2 – Enchanted Map: Moonlight (intuition, following your gut, note the fairy in the picture ;D )
Card 3 – Faeries Oracle (The Fey’s opinion): She of the Cruach (Support and nurturing. Replenishment. Care.)
Like most of my readings these days, it was straight and to the point. Some quick notes: The Five of Bows was drawn yesterday as my “Wisdom” card for the next few days and then, even after a good shuffle, it turned up here. The Enchanted Path, Moonlight card I found to be wonderful because there is a Fey in the picture. (This will make more sense in a moment.) When I drew the Enchanted Path card I had not planned to draw a Faeries Oracle card in this reading due to time. As you can see, the Fey decided to add some commentary anyway.
After drawing the Moonlight card I had to laugh and, with an apology, drew the third card specifically to check in with the Fey. It would appear they give their blessing, sending one of my favorite Singers to let me know.
And so, I’ve chosen the surname of Sidhean. It is an old Gaelic word for a “hill where the fairies live.” Given the work I often do with nature spirits and the Fey, I feel it’s quite appropriate (and the punchline featured in the second card!) I imagine I’ll wear it for awhile until I start to feel that familiar bit of itching and, once again, have to go for a change. Hopefully, I won’t need to fight a Balrog to do so!
Thanks for reading!
~Rustus Sidhean ~
I’ve made it a point to go over to the Glen every Saturday or Sunday morning for the past couple of weeks. It’s been a real joy to watch the land wake-up to spring and to watch the changes as the weeks move forward.
Walking to the Glen I had a few things happened that signalled to me that this trip was going to be something cool. As I grew close to the park a pileated woodpecker flew directly across my path and then turned and angled towards the wood that holds the glen. A few moments later, a crow casually flew in front of me, left to right. These two things, so close together, told me to be aware this morning.
Shortly after crossing the boundary markers of the Glen, my dowsing took me off the path and stopped me at a point where, at first, I wasn’t sure why. I’ve learned that this usually means, “Look around and/or wait.” So, I did and a few moments later, spotted a box turtle tucked up under old fallen log. This has happened so often to me but it’s still a bit of magic every time it happens. I asked, “So, it’s going to be that kind of trip today?” I was rewarded with a “Yes” answer.
My dowsing took me further away from the path and then stopped again near an oak tree. I found one item (which I talk about in the video) and had just started the initial introduction to the video when the series of events began. I’ve not edited the video at all. .
I am delighted to have had this opportunity to film this. Not many people get to see this kind of bird interaction in the woods. I would not have had this encounter if the dowsing had not told me where to go, where to stop and which direction to stand. As I say in the video, I thought at first it was a hawk simply because I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. There is a lot of information that occurred in between filming the video and I’ll be thinking more about this encounter I’ll have a separate post on it directly.
It was a very powerful morning.
As the Spring energy has been building, I’ve made several trips back to my glen. I dowse information or sometimes just sit in a few known power spots and listen. My trips take me back there at least once a week, sometimes thrice. Spending time there has been clearing and healing for me. Last weekend, intuition led me towards shooting a video and restarting my Youtube channel. It’s something that “clicks” with me right now.
I’m very serious about my question in the video. I’ve been told I am to listen and to be of assistance. The only way I know to do that is to ask, “What do you need?” I guess we will go from there! Feel free to respond here or in a comment on the video.
I had thought that the blog might take a turn towards dreams and lucid dreaming. It would appear that is not the case. To be honest, I’m not sure which way it’s going. I do know I want to start making videos again. Time will tell how this will all sort itself out. For now, I’m listening not only to Spirit but to you as well!