I’m running a Kickstarter for a Acrylic Pour Painting Series.

I’m totally fucking in love with this painting technique. Completely head over heels.

I can’t stop making them. I’m counting down the hours until I can get to the store to buy more supplies.

I don’t even like pink and I still love this one. Now that I know how to do this, there is no going back.

I’m currently running a Kickstarter to help raise funds to create a series of these paintings.

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Guest Post: Four Protective Herbs for Magical Women

 

Today I have a guest post for you from Michelle Simkins of A Witch’s Path. Be sure to check out her work when you’re done reading. She makes some beautiful magicks. 

As a professional witch, I often get questions from women about how best to protect themselves magically. Most often they are dealing with unhealthy relationships, but sometimes they are concerned about travel, protecting their homes, or being safe while practicing magic or journeying. The good news is you don’t need anything exotic to keep you safe. Here are four easy to find herbs and weeds for magical protection.

Wild Roses for Wise Women

Forget flower shop or grocery store roses, all ruffles and no scent, their thorns cut off to make them acceptable.

Wander abandoned homesteads, the edges of fallow fields, old train tracks, the sides of back roads. Find the five-flowered beauties, the intoxicating antique roses gone feral and bristling with prickles. Exclaim at their beauty, read them poems, leave strands of your hair for birds to nest in, pour clean water over their roots.

Ask their permission, and wait for the flowers to nod, the scent on the air to deepen, the whisper of acquiescence. Then carefully, carefully cut what you need, thorns and all. Steep them in alcohol for an entire moon cycle, then decant and take a few drops when you feel vulnerable but still want to have an open heart–the thorns will protect you even as the flowers and leaves teach you to open. To boost the energy of the brew, place rose quartz on or around the jar during steeping.

Blackberry Isn’t Just for Jam

Blackberries are well known for their sweetness, and cursed for their thorns.

But those thorns remind us not to allow anyone to take our gifts, our sweetness, without respect and careful handling. The thorns are available almost any time of year, unless you live where they are buried under the snow.

Ask blackberry to help you protect yourself. Cut two equal-length sections of blackberry cane, with thorns intact–very carefully. Leave an offering. Say thank you. Let the blackberry canes dry thoroughly. Then tie them together in an equal armed cross with black thread, wrapping it around and around until the cross feels stable. Hang it over your door or over your bed. Decorate with stones if you like–especially hagstones, obsidian, black tourmaline, and hematite.

Mugwort for Safe Travel

Mugwort is my go-to witch’s herb–easy to grow, plentiful, and intensely magical.

You can use it for dream pillows and psychic tea, but it is also used for protection during travel. Put a leaf in your shoe if you are walking alone in the woods, or carry some leaves and flowers in your pockets. Fill a tiny jar with dried mugwort leaves and flowers, seal with a cork and beeswax, and hang it in your car or hide it in your glove compartment to protect your vehicle–and yourself when you drive it. You can also hang bouquets or wreaths of dried mugwort in your house–over doors or windows to protect you from intruders.

Of course mugwort protects us in astral travel, dreams, and visions as well. The fragrance of mugwort steam or smoke can take us deep into our own shadow selves, which is why sometimes people have nightmares when they sleep with mugwort near the bed. If you are ready to face your fears and work through your shadows, call on mugwort both to carry you deeper into visions and to keep you safe while you are there. Know that what you face might be unsettling or even frightening, but the experience will be valuable and transformative.

Comfrey the Re-weaver

Trauma and toxic situations have a way of making us feel raw and ragged, like our emotional selves have been repeatedly dragged over a rusty cheese grater.

Sometimes it can become so intense that ANY interaction–even an essentially positive one–is painful. When we get to this point, it might be time to seek help from a therapist or even, if appropriate, see a doctor about medication. But there are ALSO things we can do to help repair ourselves energetically, and protect ourselves from continuing damage to our spirits.

When I feel this ragged exposed feeling, I reach for comfrey. The lovely thing about working with comfrey is it’s easy to find even if you can’t grow herbs yourself–most herb shops and herbal websites offer both comfrey leaf and root for sale.

Brew a big, strong jar of comfrey infusion: Place a cup of dried comfrey leaf in a quart jar, or fill the jar with loosely packed fresh comfrey leaves and flowers. Bring a kettle of water to a boil, and pour water over the comfrey until the jar is full. Allow your brew to steep for 4-10 hours, then strain. If the strained infusion is very cold, warm it gently on the stove until it feels like a nice warm bath when you dip your fingers in it. (And be careful not to get it TOO hot.)

Take this infusion into the shower. As the shower water runs over you, visualize it washing away the bad energy left by the ones who have hurt you. Scrub thoroughly with your favorite soap, and really work on seeing the negativity being washed away and going down the drain along with soap suds and water and dirt. When you are thoroughy clean, pour the comfrey infusion over yourself, and visualize green and purple light pouring over you, sealing up the holes in your etheric self, soothing your emotions. Repeat this as often as you like to let comfrey continue to work its magic.

If a bath is more your style, use a purifying smudge stick to clear away the negative energy. Then when you feel clear, run a bath, add the comfrey infusion to the tub, and soak for twenty minutes. For an added boost, place protective stones around the bathtub like obsidian, black tourmaline, and hematite.

Of course magic is a complement to real-life action, not a substitute for it: so lock your doors and windows, avoid dangerous situations if you possibly can, drive with caution and lock your car when you park it. If you are in an abusive relationship, get help–call a hotline, find someone to take you to a shelter, something. If you are dealing with emotional trauma, in addition to using magic, find a therapist or a supportive friend to help you work through the pain. As you make your best effort, magic will boost your effectiveness, strengthen your personal power, facilitate personal transformation, and bring you insight and inspiration. Ultimately, however, you still have to act on the gifts magic gives you.

Michelle Simkins is a greenwitch and writer living in Portland, Oregon with her wife and too many pets. She blogs and sells magical supplies at A Witch’s Path, and publishes short stories and metaphysical ebooks at Hagstone Publishing.

You can find the post I wrote for Michelle about magickal intent in art by clicking here.

Empath? Clairsentient?

There is some confusion about what Clairsentience is and what an Empath is. This is because the two things are closely related, overlapping in many ways, and because of New Age Wank.

I am clairsentient. I’m not an empath. I sense energy. It allows me to intuitively ‘know’ a person or if place has bad vibes. While I can tell how someone is feeling and have empathy for them, I don’t take on their feelings as my own. I can tell what emotions are mine.

Some people are more sensitive and can internalize other people’s shit without realizing that is what is happening.

They drink it in until they drown, believing it is the normal way for them to be in the world, that it’s good or their calling/job. New Age Wank supports this belief, especially in women. Emotional & mental labor. 

I believe we all need to take care & responsibility of our energies, do groundings and clearings, be aware if what we are feeling belongs to us or to someone/thing else.

People who are clairsentient or an empath:

Are tuned into the emotions & energy fields of others.

Can sense the energy of objects and places.

Can have gut reactions to things & may or may not be immediately clear on why.

Can be easily overwhelmed by crowds, violent situations (even if it’s just a picture or a story) and situations that require emotional & mental labor.

Where’s the wank?

In people & teachings that use being an empath as an excuse to be a manipulative ass or to not deal with their own shit.

I’m an empath, I know what you are feeling better than you do. I see clearly where you don’t.

Creating endless drama & lack of responsibility for one’s own actions.

It’s ok to be sad when someone else is sad. It’s another thing to wrap yourself into so completely that you lose yourself. Or to use their sadness as a weapon against them.

I think many people who believe they are empaths are really clairsentient and not dealing with things well or are neither and are abusive. (This can be purposeful abuse or unintentional because they are unaware that what they are doing is abuse.) Either way there is a lot of healing that needs doing.

I know all the cool kids are doing it. Everybody thinks they are Deanna Troi.

We are not all Deanna Troi. Sad I know.

If you pick up some wonky energy, clear it away.

If someone’s energy triggers something in you it’s a signal that there is healing needed done there or that you need to be on your guard around that person.

You can be supportive of others without taking on their fuckery as your own.

If someone tells you they are an empath then tries to manipulate or gaslight or make you responsible for their shit, cut them off from your energy and set clear boundaries for that person.

Let them know what your boundaries are and stick to them. Get them out of your life if possible. If not possible, limit their access to you. Do energetic cord cuttings after every encounter with them. Shield your energy before interacting them.

I get that it can be hard to do. It might go against Love & Light Wank you’ve taught, but there is nothing loving in allowing others to harm you. It’s not showing them love and it’s not showing yourself love.

Let me repeat that, there is nothing loving in allowing others to harm you.

 

 

 

 

 

The Love & Light/ New Age community is abusive AF.

Their spaces overflow with Spiritual Bypassing, Female Lifestyle Empowerment Branding (FLEB), thinly veiled abuse.

When I decided to shift directions with my biz after being called to notice how Goddesses had turned into marketing ploys, I asked several groups of women if they had negative experiences within the Love & Light/New Age crowd.

I was shocked to hear how many of them had suffered some form of abuse or felt like they’d been financially ripped off.

The spiritual paths & teachings that were supposed to heal us became twisted tools of further harm. The sacred circles/places just another sanctuary for abusers to hide.

I had pretty much cut myself off from these communities when I was much younger, I didn’t feel comfortable, but I couldn’t pinpoint why. Now that I’m trying ease back into this industry, it’s very clear to me what kind of work I need to be doing.

You deserve better than to be fleeced & shit on in the name of whatever Goddess or God is they’ve decided is cool at the moment.

I’m the sort of person that just can’t sit quietly by when shit like this is going on. I have zero tolerance for fuckery. I’m the kind of woman who makes grown men piss their damn pants. He was shooting his rifle in a very unsafe manor.

I have mastered the art of seeming more dangerous than I am.

I’m not a violent person. I don’t promote violence.

I also have no fucking problem with getting violent when a situation calls for it.

This is what makes me so good at helping other people (mostly women) stand up/speak up/bitch up.

Offerings of Love & Light are sweet, but it takes action to change the world. Love & Light let’s people, who are at a safe distance from the fire, feel like they’re helping out. Like they are good people.

If it doesn’t help?

Well, you weren’t being positive enough. You attracted this with your negative thinking. You need to buy this cleansing spray/incense/crystal and take my special training for the low price of $999. Can’t afford it? You don’t love yourself. 

This is total bullshit and it needs to stop. Let’s start seeing this for what is it, abuse, not spiritual enlightenment.

 

Long weekends kick my ass

It’s been a long weekend. Long in days, four of them, and long in dealing with people.
I don’t really do well with dealing with people too many days in a row. It drains my batteries, even though I have amazing boundaries.
It takes me days more to recharge. It eats into the time I have for doing the things I love, like painting & writing. It makes it harder for me to leave the house the next time I’m required to.
The reason I find these people so draining isn’t because I’m an empath. I’m clairsentient. I’m not absorbing their energy & their feelings.
It’s because I don’t really like people. I hang around people that I’d rather not.
I do energy work on myself to help me get back to feeling myself, but what would be much better is to better manage who I have to spend time with. Sometimes I don’t have much choice.
I do have boundaries set for certain people. I enforce those boundaries. I don’t care if people think I’m a bitch. Good boundaries are good for everyone’s health. It’s not about being selfish or mean.
Managing my energy is something I need to get better at. I spend all winter tucked away at home and forget how much energy work I need to do in the summer.
The first few summer outings always kick my ass because of this.
If you are having a hard time adjusting from winter to summer, there are somethings you (and me) can do to make things go a little easier.
1. Make sure you’re not just hanging out with assholes.
2. Set firm boundaries. Different people may need different boundaries. Make sure everyone has the boundaries they need & knows what your boundaries are.
3. Take a time out. If you need a break from social interactions or obligations, take it. You don’t owe all of your time to other people.
If you are just deciding to do these things for yourself or getting better at doing this for yourself, there will be people who don’t like it.
These people will need more or different boundaries than others. They will push your boundaries. Be firm. Firmness isn’t the same as being mean or a bitch.

New thing happening for my Patreon supporters

Awhile back I myself the Goddess Knowledge Cards. I love the imagery on them.

Starting July first, I’ll be doing a monthly card draw using this deck.

I think it will be a great way to explore different goddesses.

I’m posting these readings to my Patreon page and they will be available exclusively to patrons.

Patreon is a platform creators use to connect with people who want to support their work.

My patrons get first looks at everything I create, special discounts and exclusive offerings. You can become a member of my Patreon for as little as $1 a month.  Think of it like a subscription. A really fucking awesome subscription.

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