Lilitu – Goddess of the Leap Year Day

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Today was such a busy day for me! Though a little voice kept saying you need to post something special today. I kept looking and looking for something special to share but couldn’t find anything that really spoke to me. Then the little voice asked why don’t you check the book 365 Goddess and see which goddess is connected to the Leap Year Day and lo and behold the goddess is non else than Lilitu! Although the book focuses more on the Abrahamic religions perspective of her I am thrilled that today she is celebrated.

In my own personal spiritual shamanic practice I connect with her as Lilitu from the Sumerian accounts (which are very few and far in between). I am happy to say that she is one of my spiritual teachers. So I was happy and excited to see that this is one of her  special days.

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Her most common associations are with freedom, courage, playfulness, passion, pleasure and sexuality. Her symbol is the apple however I find that she has a strong association and connection with owl, since Sumerians depicted her surrounded by them and snake with whom she works very close with when performing spiritual healing.

In my own spiritual journey with her, she presents herself to me as a very confident beautiful and dangerous female aspect of the divine. She is after all the Maid of Desolation she has no problem with making the hard choices and she is not one to back down. She presents herself to me with dark hair (like me), voluptuous, partly nude with an air of mystery that surrounds her and is present in her every gesture. I personally admire every curve of her beautiful body. She has taught me many things one of them is how to work with blood magic and the use of poison medicine in my spiritual healing work. When I merge with her I always tend to stand a little taller, my every movement is full of sensuality and confidence. I feel completely enveloped in her scared femininity and sensuousness. She makes me feel strong, daring as well as coquette. I certainly feel her fearlessness and personally, I feel even more connected to my own sexual nature. She is a force to be reckoned with.

Today or when ever you feel lacking any of the above mentioned  qualities and strengths call upon her. She will aid you and show you the way to self love, confidence and personal power. Let’s send her our love and admiration.

PRAYER TO LILITH

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Lilith under the Huluppu Tree by Mani Price

by Beth Clare Johnson

Hail to Lilith, Lady of the night!
Your long hair flows outward,
Melding into the shadows
And your black eyes are ancient,
Deep with magic and secrets.

You are powerful and free,
No other being is your master.
You fly upon the wings of night,
And the owl carries your messages.
Since beginning times, you were there.

No man can tame you,
For why should you be tamed?
To be your own ruler is your nature.
The weak ones of mankind
Were afraid of you and called you Evil

Every inner demon
And dark shadow in the night
Has been ascribed to you, Goddess.
But your power and wild beauty
Have survived.

Teach me to be unafraid,
To feel power singing in my veins.
Help me to face and balance
The shadows in my nature,
And to be proud of my sexuality.

Protect me from the shadows
And the darkness that would harm me,
And help me to understand
The shadows that will not.
I thank you, Dark Lady.

 

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Feather and Bone Shamanic Teaching Circle

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I am so excited to announce that I will be hosting a monthly teaching shamanic circle. If you have the desire to learn more about core shamanic practices this is your opportunity to learn, grow and move forward in your personal spiritual journey with other like minded individuals.

During our gatherings we will introduce and discuss basic information and shamanic skills. The goal is for you to be able and confident about utilizing shamanic practices in you own spiritual path. Some of the topics that we will be exploring are:

• Introduction to Shamanic Practices – Learn how to walk between the worlds. Learn to explore the other realms that exist beyond our own and find out who inhabits these places. Learn the value of adding shamanic practices in your spiritual life. Connect with your Power Animal and your spiritual teacher.
• Working with Your Team of Allies – Learn how to establish a good and healthy relationship with your team of allies. You will have the opportunity to get to know them better and learn what skills and gifts they bring in to your life.
• Shamanic Merging – Explore every aspect of the importance and uses of merging with our allies.
• Soul Song and Animal Spirit Dance – Discover your Soul Song and learn what Animal Spirit Dance is, its importance and benefits are to your shamanic path. Feel what it is to be filled with power and how to work with it.
• Shamanic Tools – Shamans have many tools they use in their works. During this class you will learn what they are, how they are used and the importance of making your own tools.
• Shamanic Ceremonies and Offerings – Learn how to create meaningful ceremonies with the aid of your team of allies to help improve your quality of life. We will discuss what and why offerings are important in your shamanic practice.
• Shamanic Self-Healing – Learn and apply self-healing techniques through shamanic work. Explore how your team of allies, work with you to bring you healing and completeness to your being.
• Shamanic Divination – Learn how to perform rock divination and shamanic divination, we will also be discussing how to properly pose questions and the ethics behind divination work.
• Shamanic Chakra Exploration – Meet your chakra guardians and work with them to better the overall performance of your chakras which are the body’s energetic center. You will learn how to seek guidance from them on how to take care of your energetic-self better.
• Shamanic Healing for Mother Earth– Learn how to apply shamanic techniques to help heal the environment around you from pollutants. Assist Mother Earth, her fauna and flora to recover from all of the abuse we have subjected them. Learn also to connect with the Nature spirits of the area to bring them assistance so that they are able to flourish.
• Assisting the Spiritual World – Learn and apply shamanic techniques that can provide help and assistance to those already in the spirit world.1441315_10152018381919390_1304992770_n

If you are interested in being part of this group or for more information please email me at Monica@gypsymoons.com. If you are in Facebook please join our private group Feather and Bone Journey Circle.

Come and learn to journey with me! Don’t forget to bring your drum or rattle, blanket, any sacred work items or regalia and feel free to bring a snack if you like.

Goddess of the Day, Ningal the Lady of the Reeds

As many of you have noticed, I have been missing in action! I have been dealing with a lot of changes in my personal life, they are positive ones but nevertheless very time-consuming and exhausting. It has now been about a month since I have done any serious spiritual work and with that I have been feeling a bit disconnected. So for the past week I have been reconnecting and sending my love and thoughts to my spirit allies.

When I woke up this morning I was inspired to look into my book 365 Goddess and share with you the goddess that was being honored today. As you know I work with the Sumerian Pantheon and it was such a pleasure to open the book and see that the goddess that we are honoring today was the Sumerian Goddess Ningal.

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Ningal is known in the Sumerian Pantheon as the Lady of the Reeds. She oversees and protects areas where reeds grow and wetlands. Since wetlands are areas that are affected by the tide and the tide is directly affected by the moon she is also commonly associated with the moon. Interestingly she is the consort of Nanna, he is the Sumerian lunar deity. So just as she is affected by the love of her life Nanna, that which she rules over in the natural world is also affected by the moon. Ningal and her beloved where the patron gods for the city of Ur. Ningal gave birth to Utu the Sun God and Inanna the Queen of the Heavens, which were very important figures in the Sumerian pantheon.

So today we take a moment to honor or simply educate yourself about the importance of wetlands all over our precious planet. If you feel called to you can give a donation to wetlands conservation efforts. If you live near one go and try to connect with the goddess and see what you can do to help her protect that sacred natural space.

Once again I am happy to feel my strong connection with spirit and I know that though my everyday life for the past months have been consumed with mundane things, that my beloved helping spirits are always there waiting to connect and inspire me in some way.

Resources:

365 Goddess by Patricia Telesco

Sumerian Mythology by Samuel  Noah Kramer

Happy Father’s Day!

Today let’s not forget to honor and show your love to the father’s in our lives. The men that embody the scared male divine. He who sows the seeds of new life in our sacred wombs. He who with strong hands and sweat on his brow work tirelessly to provide his loved ones with protection and sustenance. Today honor the scared male divinity of the Hunter, who will soon enough become the Sage who will lead by example and will share his wisdom with those who are willing to listen.

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Cernunnos Nature God by Leanna Rose TenEycke

I want to express my love and gratitude to the Hunter in my life Kevin. Thank you for seeding my womb and helping me raise 4 wonderful children. Thank you for always showering your family with love and understanding. I will forever be grateful for the safe shelter we call our loving home and for the abundance of wholesome food on our table.

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