Write, Love, Breathe

There is a common phrase which tells us to: “Write what you know”.

Pretty hard for someone who considers themselves to be a perpetual student and knowing that I really *know* nothing. (YMMV)

However, if I spin the phrase a bit and tell myself: “Write what you love”. Ah-ha. THAT I can do.

Here lately what I love are Vision Boards, Cake, and long-Netflix-binge sessions on the couch. Not entirely conducive to all the big plans about how 2017 is going to change my lifestyle.

As we all do with stress, some things go right out the window. Unfortunately, those things are usually the habits we need to hold most dearly to. Basic Hygiene, Not missing the work-out that truly keeps your brain straight, the filtering of mail that helps keep out clutter and saves you work down the road. Stress and the snowball effect seem to go hand in hand.

It’s recognition of this cycle, a self-reinforcing cycle, that helps you change momentum earlier than a crash. Take the mail example from earlier.

  1. Don’t filter the mail turns into
  2. Extra pile up on the coffee table leads to
  3. Missing the potentially important stuff leads to
  4. A late bill turns into
  5. More avoidable stress

Hopefully when you recognize your signals and signs of overly stressed you can help yourself by doing one little thing.

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Blessed Be,

Rainer Earthkin

Witches’ Words Have Power

You have heard the age old phrase, “Words Have Power!” and you’ve nodded along and went, “Of course! This is common knowledge!”

Have you ever wondered why though? Why do words hold power? Pictures, words, stones, a sachet of herbs. All of these hold power because of our intent when using them. These phrases and items energetically resonate with us.

Jewish and Christian creation stories tell of God creating the Universe through spoken word: “And God said…”

But why words? Why tools or pictures or any other physical item? Isn’t magic just power of mind to direct energy to create change?

Well yes it is. An undisciplined mind or straying concentration won’t get the job done for magic. You could create something very unintended if you aren’t careful.

However, the reason for tools and scents and appealing to the senses is so important is because it helps you to help open up and facilitate a shift in consciousness. To go from 90 miles a minute to being still and steady. In working magic, I must slow down and feel and listen. The world is constantly chattering if we only learn to hear it. The birds outside my window. The dog barking in the distance. The wind that bites with cold as I walk to my car. The sway of trees. All of it has messages.

So as I learn to listen, I learn the language and I learn to speak back. With concentrated mind and breath I send out my own message in the world.

A whisper of love.
A cheer of positivity.
A low-tone of acceptance.
I create and embody the change I wish to see in my world.

All with my words of power.

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Blessed Be,

Rainer Earthkin

The Path is Spiral

We each walk our paths on our own. Along our journey though, we have visitors.

“There are three kinds of friends:
Friends for a reason,
Friends for a season,
and friends for a lifetime.”

These visitors can be people, animal companions, music, and art. They can be events and emotions. Ebb and flow of dreams and desires. They all come to us in time and stay for a time.

The path is winding and twisting for the most part. It can be overgrown and tough to push through. The path can also be straighter and you may glide upon it easily.

However something you notice after a time and after several experiences is that the path is a spiral. We come across our “visitors’ again. Some times physically; other times it will be mentally. The radio kicks on that song you used to dance together. An image of a dog that looks just like yours pops up on your Facebook. When packing boxes to move, a stuffed animal falls out.

All of these visitors taught you something and maybe they have stayed with you. But we revisit the path because we can look back and see our lessons. We see new situations with more experience and so the story changes this time.

We become empathetic.

We become softer.

We become more.

Lately for me, I have gone back to the beginning and seen with fresh eyes old information, old songs with familiar feeling, and scents and feelings on the winds of autumn.

I invite you to reflect on your spiraling path with me. I invite you to breathe and fulfill yourself on the truths you’ve learned and your beginning foundation. I invite you, my visitors, to show me what needs to be seen.

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So mote it be.

Rainer Earthkin

Element of Spirit

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With my soul connected to the four elements, I call upon and feel the last one. The Element of Spirit.

It is a void and a light. An energy that runs through each element and every being on the earth. We are all connected to each other and reflections of one another.


The Element of Spirit is thought by many to be a void. Unknowable, untouchable, and out of our comprehension.

To myself, the element of Spirit is found only when all the other elements are balanced and harmonious. It is found inside each of us. A spark, a light. A scale of balance. Achieving this balance is a tough task for everything in our life is in constant motion.

Spirit is said to be the perfect balance of light and dark together.

“In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang describe how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another.”

Each element of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water come from Spirit. They are born from it and each gain their powers from it.

On the altar, I bring representations of each element to remind myself to keep each in balance. This is especially true in spell-work. Candle magick is very much Fire-based but I need to remember that too much Fire is destruction.

I see the salt of Earth on my altar and I am reminded that no amount of spell-work will manifest what I want if I do not do the work on a physical level.

I see the smoke rising from Air and I am reminded to think everything through and to be aware of consequences.

I see the candle’s bright Fire and I am reminded that I must want and desire this change. There is no halfway on this.

I see the seashells and Water and I am reminded that this spell-work must nurture myself or someone else. That what I do is right and brings about a positive change.


I invite you now to sit with Element of Spirit. Discover what it is to you. What balance do you find?

tui and la

 

Love and Light

Rainer Earthkin

Benefits of Spiritual Fasting

5b1c1934f70fff46d04dd0143efa0ec5How do you determine if you want to fast? Do witches fast? Is it healthy? Is there any benefit?

How you determine if you need a fast is up to you. Maybe its a good holiday. Maybe you need a spiritual reset or perhaps an eating/consumption reset. The answer to the rest is yes.

Witches do fast on occasion if their path calls for it. It can be healthy if done right and in moderation. Yes, there are plenty of benefits the biggest including increased mindfulness and a good reset on your day to day living.

This evening I begin my No-Kill Fast. A student of mine has decided to dedicate herself to her path after a six month study program with me. I have taught various classes before but this will be my first student who wanted the full education and dedication!

I am beyond ecstatic!

Before we do the ritual, however, we will both fast.  There are a million different ways and reasons for spiritual health fasting. The idea of fasting is not to be miserable but to be something you do to bring you back in line with your spirituality and idea of divinity.

A lady I know takes a one week break from social media when she needs her spiritual reset. Other religions have various rules on fasting. Only after sun-down meals. No sex. Bread and Water only. One hour or more of meditation each day.

Whatever fast you choose, be sure it has meaning to you and there is no right or wrong.

Today I will discuss the No-Kill Fast.

It entails exactly what the title says. If a plant or animal had to die in order to create the food then I cannot consume it. This fast requires mindfulness in consumption and planning of nourishment. For example, the obvious answer is I can’t eat meat but I also can’t eat potatoes, lettuce, onions, or carrots. Each of these root vegetables had to perish.

Things that are okay include eggs, grapes, apples, mushrooms, tomatoes, and bell peppers.

For me personally, I also cut out any processed foods, sugars, and corn syrup. The idea of fasting is mindfulness and reflection. I am fasting to clean myself and bring my mind and body into focus on the Divine.

Like all witches, I like to do things in threes. So three full days of fasting and once ritual is complete I will break my fast. This time the student has picked Oven-Baked Chicken Parmigiana.

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Recipe here: https://www.easyrecipedepot.net/recipe/easy-oven-baked-chicken-parmesan/

Wish us luck!

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Love and Light,

Rainer Earthkin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Daily Rituals and Replenishing Your Soul

“An empty lantern provides no light. Self-care is the fuel that allows your light to shine brightly.”

-Unknown

Often we are swept up in our day to day living without pause, rest or reprieve. Life rarely offers us a break from things. There is always one more appointment, one more shift, one more to-do item.  For me, I am constantly on the run from one job to the next. Morning traffic jams and household lists help clog up my schedule too.

I require daily re-connection to my soul in this bustling era. A habit, a type of ritual, that helps bring me back to center and allows me time to get refocused.

Re-connecting to your soul and re-connecting to yourself can be challenging in our modern, screen-filled, instant life. Even with all the distractions of mundane living, I invite you to take 5 minutes today and do a ritual.

“What?” “5 minutes isn’t enough time to break out all the stuff for a ritual.”

I am not talking about that ritual.

I am talking about taking 5 minutes today to reconnect. For some, the ritual is the making of coffee. Others find solace in watering their plants and sitting with them. Stretch.  Pull out some of your rock collection. Light a tea light candle. Sit with it. Go outside, take a few deep belly breaths and feel the wind on your skin. Got a ritual?

Be present in that moment. Each of your senses open and receptive to the now. Not the chores still undone nor the rush of picking up 2 kids within 10 minutes of each other. Quiet your mind and let yourself be pulled into the simple easy ritual.

See. Feel. Smell. Hear. Taste.

Your ritual is about you. There is no right or wrong in this case. Do what calls to your soul and makes you happy. You don’t even need the same ritual everyday. My Tuesdays tend to be about my herb garden but my Sundays are usually about coffee and candles.

These rituals are divine moments for me. When I am present, I can feel my soul as one and part of the Universe. Open and receptive to the gifts my intuition can bring. These moments refill my light.

So take a couple of minutes today and recenter. Give yourself the wonderful gift of mindful rituals in order to keep your spiritual battery charged.

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Love and Light,

Rainer Earthkin

 

 

 

 

Transitions – Spaces Between

February’s Pagan Blog Project topic is about Transitions.

In my experience transitions are some of the most uncomfortable yet profound places to be. When a caterpillar transitions to a butterfly, it is entirely reformed. It builds the cocoon and feels itself dissolve it nothing more than goo. Painful reforming happens at this time. It gains wings and new senses. It gains the potential power for flight and a new purpose of pollination.

Being in transition is a pause point. Like a tipping point on a fulcrum, we must be ready to take the plunge and have the courage to move through the uncomfortable to find new senses and new purposes.

Things that support transitions are safe places and supportive people. Change is also usually brought about by a catalyst. The last straw on the camel’s back. One burden too many. At this beginning point a decision is made. Once the decision is made then you can begin the moving forward process, the transition, into what or who you want to be and what or who you want in your life.

After you have transformed, their are several feelings and step to go through. A period of self-reflection is needed in order to understand yourself and where you are.

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