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A brief glimpse into my spiritual practices (part 1)

I don’t know if I’ve covered this yet in this blog as a post, but I thought I would share some information about my current spiritual path and why I practice the way I do.

Over the years as I became obsessed with shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed and then Supernatural – Witchcraft and Wicca seemed to call out to me. I studied both practices and also worked with Animism (Shamanism) and attended local drumming circles.

I went through a sort of spiritual awakening in the past two months and I’ve never felt more “alive” in the spiritual sense. I feel at peace and learning more and more every day.

The Karmic Law

My main belief being: karma will find its way back to you. What you send out to the universe, will come back to you. And so, I try and live a good life. But I often attract people that will test this faith.

It’s similar to the whole “do unto others” that you see in Christianity. There is some truth to it, at least that I’ve experienced personally. Some people are meant to teach you karmic lessons. While others will help you grow.


Shamanism and Animism

There’s a lot of controversary in some circles about sticking to your own heritage instead of adopting Indigenous beliefs. But I digress. Shamanism is one of the oldest forms of religions and is practiced worldwide. No one owns it. So, if you want to practice Shamanism, go for it. I’m a firm believer in individualism and you are free to do what feels right for you.

The main principle of Shamanism is that there is one Creator – one source for the divine. Mother Earth. It is working with natural elements, the moon and the sun. It’s about using natural healing methods. And dream work or astral travel. Something I’ve done a lot of. Animals are a big part of Shamanism and I’ll touch on that in a later post.

Animism refers to the attribution of a soul to living things and inanimate objects. Or the belief in supernatural power that animates the material universe. It is believed that objects can posses souls.

An example of this is in Thailand where they believe that dolls can inherit a soul and become real. Animals are also considered spiritual beings and can act as spirit guides or harbingers of news or communication.


Green Witchery

This is a new term for me and it’s something I can strongly identify with me. In very simplistic terms, being a Green Witch means being connected with nature and using natural elements.

Many Green Witches work with dried herbs or have home gardens where they grow their own plants and herbs. They may work in the kitchen and apply this to their daily meals or beverages like tea.

It’s also about connecting what is available in your vicinity. Many Green Witches choose to live in isolated or rural areas where they have access to natural bodies of water or are surrounded by beautiful scenery. They make their owns potions, oils, candles and are very crafty with organic materials.

For me, I love this simple way of life. I wish I lived in a rural area where I had better access to flowers and gardens. And where it isn’t winter six months of the year!

To learn more, subscribe to The Green Witch on YouTube. She’s wonderful.


Norse and Celtic Paganism

The practice of Paganism isn’t a new concept to me, however, celebrating Norse and Celtic Paganism is. After learning the controversy about adopting Indigenous beliefs when you aren’t Indigenous, I did a lot of soul searching and started learning about my own heritage.

My background is a bit of a mixed bag. I have a strong Danish background, with some Irish, English and like 2% German. Because the Danish genes are so pertinent, I’ve always felt strong ties to the Nordic ways and more recently – the history of the Vikings. Yes, I like the thought of pillaging a little too much.

Paganism predates modern Christianity and was commonly practiced in European countries. The main differences being that in Paganism, more than one deity is worshipped. There is a long list of Gods, Goddesses and Deities that you can choose from and work with.

For Nordic Paganism, Odin is the main God, while there are others like Thor, Frigg, Heimdall, Tyr. And coming up next week is Imbolc, where the Goddess Brigid is celebrated. I’ll write more on that later.

In Paganism, there are 7 festivals that are honored along with other celebrations to mark certain events during the year. Christmas for example, was adapted from Yule which is celebrated on winter solstice – December 21st. Samhain, also Halloween, is celebrated on October 31 and so on.

Next week is Imbolc, and I will be sharing a post on what Imbolc is and how it is celebrated around the globe. I will also create separate posts to describe in more details what each of these religions or practices detail. But – these are often life long lessons and take years to master.

I’m also working on a list of reference books too that I will share via Good Reads when I get a chance.


Celtic Roots

In addition to Nordic Paganism, I have always felt a strong connection to my Irish or Celtic roots. Something about Celtic music just transports me to a different timeline. Artists like Loreena McKennit, produce music so magical that you’ll feel as though you’re in a dream when listening.


In Summary

My beliefs and spiritual practices are constantly evolving. I love to learn and platforms like YouTube are a good place to start. Just take what you learn with a grain of salt, and do your own research.

You may need to try a few things before settling on what you really connect with. Connection is probably the most important aspect of spirituality. Follow your heart and what brings you most joy. It does help overall with healing.

Read, read, read. And read some more.

That’s the best piece of advice I can give for when you are doing shadow work or trying to find what works for you. You’ll make mistakes and that’s okay. And you may change your beliefs as new experiences and revelations come into your life. And that’s okay.

And lastly.

Thanks for reading.

Blessed Be.


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Check out my “spiritual” page for a list of Sabbats, celebrations and other important dates. Look out for future articles that will be posted here.


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NEW MOON: January 21, 2023, Manifestations, New Beginnings

This coming Saturday, marks the first new moon of 2023 and for some spiritual folk, it’s a significant one. I’m newer to the study of Moonology but sky-watching has always been something I love and done since I was a kid. It’s also one of the reasons I love my balcony in summer months.

New Moon: New Beginnings

Because it’s early in the year, now is a great time to work on self-reflection and introspect. Shadow Work is something I’ve done a lot of this past month, and it’s really been an eye-opening experience. It made me re-evaluate what’s important to me at this time, and the things I need to focus on for healing and letting go of trauma. I also realized that some things in life weren’t worth the struggle, while other relationships and things are.

The new moon represents the start of a new month. A new cycle. New beginnings. It’s a time where you can work on letting go of the past, things that no longer serve you well – and remind yourself of what it is, that brings you most joy.


Setting Intentions

I’ve already touched on the subject of setting intentions for yourself rather than resolutions and mindfulness techniques that can help with staying focused.

During the new moon phase, you could make a list of things you want to focus on to help improve the quality of your life or relationships. You can start new projects and make a timeline so that you can see them to completion. Or perhaps this moon will help you pause and reflect on what you’ve learned over the last few years and what you can improve on for future events in your life.

Focus on positive things that bring you joy and gratitude

In an attempt to focus on positive changes, and practicing spirituality and gratitude in my daily life, I’ve noticed some really interesting changes. My main focuses are: health, sleep, reducing anxiety and writing as much as I can.

I’m also letting go of hurts and relationships that no longer serve me well. And learning to work with those who I can learn from, and hopefully help them on their journeys too. I’m trying to be a better friend. Depression has made this tough – but things are getting better.

For this new moon, I’m going to focus on journaling my intent for February. I might also include a ritual bath like the Anxiety Healing bath.


IDEAS FOR NEW MOON ENERGY

  • Bullet journaling: make a list of intentions for the month ahead
  • Crystal work: place your crystals in the window at night to charge under the light of the new moon, or outside if you have a safe space to do so. I love crystals – because they’re nice to touch and pretty to look at.
  • Divination: If you’re into Tarot, do a general reading to help you choose what your next course of action might be.
  • De-cluttering – maybe a goal could be decluttering your home or office or ritual space – I know I need to do this soon.
  • Manifestations: make a list of things you want to attract in your life – new love? new friends? new job?

NEW MOON RITUAL BATH


New Moon Intentions (for me)

The following is a list of things I want to achieve this month. These goals are for me and me only. You’re welcome to use them as inspiration for your own goal setting. My main concern – is the lack of ability to stick to something and see it through. I really want to be able to focus on one thing and actually get it done. That’s more of a feeling of accomplishment.

That meant, giving up some other things that I came to really love. Like my involvement in the kink scene. But it turns out, the involvement there is really bad for my anxiety. The relationships are hard. And I’m better off doing my own thing, and making my own rules as I go.

  1. Finish the first draft of my book – I’m already 89 pages in and it feels good. I’m rewriting the entire series. This is just a hobby, and makes it feel like I’m accomplishing something.
  2. Work on story ideas for other books and work on this blog daily, posting relevant articles that not only helps others but also brings me joy. Books will be free for now.
  3. Create art or images for this blog and to share with friends. It’s therapeutic.
  4. Focusing on the positive – keeping in mind I don’t always have to be positive or put on a mask.
  5. Focus on sleep, exercise daily and get outside. It’s almost time for my daily break for stretches and vitamin D.
  6. Keep in touch with new friends and be a good friend to them. I’m a good listener when given the chance to go do so.
  7. See my dad weekly. I’ve been slipping and need to do better. See friends monthly. That’s all I can offer now.
  8. Meditate more and continue to manage anxiety.

Are you a fan of Moonology? If so, what is your favorite moon to work with? Stay tuned for monthly tips on Full Moon meditations & monthly rituals.


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When the stars align just right

On the night of the full moon, I completed a ritual and meditation to “let things go” – which means, letting go of recent hurts and the men that have come and gone into my life for whatever reasons.

Sometimes the universe works in mysterious ways and I’m sitting here shaking my head over the events of the past few days. It gets to a point where you just go, “this can’t be a coincidence. It’s too weird,” so I need to trust in what is happening around me.

I had originally planned on having a bath with a bag of herbs that I mixed as an offering to the spirit guides. Instead, I changed my mind last minute and added essential oils, dried herbs and crystals to the bag. I meditated for quite a while and yada yada yada. The ritual was complete.

I actually got quite emotional during the meditation portion, so I think in a way, it worked.

I never know what to do with the bags after the ritual is done. So, I decided to bury it pretty deep into one of my flower pots outside.

Well, yesterday as I was sipping coffee, a massive magpie swooped over my balcony. It made me jump. Let’s say it got my attention. Then I saw a second one swoop over and I knew something was up. They’re destructive creatures.

Sure enough, the buggers had ripped apart the dirt and actually managed to pull out my “magic” bag and dumped it on the ground. It was either too heavy for them to carry or they decided they didn’t want it. Either way. There’s a mess I need to clean up now.

I messaged a witchy friend of mine and laughed about it. And she asked how many magpies there were. When I told her two –

“That’s a good sign! One magpie is an omen of bad luck. Two magpies are a sign of good things to come your way. Either in form of communication or a visit with a friend.”

And then she said, “You could just sweep off the dirt off your balcony and it would be symbolic in every way. In a way, they did try and get rid of the negativity by carrying the bag away.

Today, I was supposed to have a friend over but woke up with a brutal migraine again. I messaged him and his words. “I have to go Camrose, it’s the like universe is speaking to us.” Now, I don’t know if he’s saying that because he knows I’m into witchy stuff, but.

It’s been that kind of week.

I think I’m finally on the right healing path. And maybe that was the final sign I needed to keep moving in the right direction.

Also…my new Tarot decks have arrived and they are so pretty. If you’d like a reading, please let me know.


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Wolf Moon rituals and healing practices

This coming Friday, January 6th, is a significant day for spiritual folk as we will shift into a new moon cycle. But it isn’t just the first full moon of the year – this moon is also called Wolf Moon.

What is a Wolf Moon you might ask?

The Wolf Moon is named after the wolves that howl during long winter nights. Howls are wolves way of communicating with each other. The moon takes a more northerly trek across the night sky. It appears opposite to the sun and will be above the horizon longer than any month of the year.

Spiritually speaking, it is thought that the Wolf Moon is a time for deep self-reflection and retrospect. But. I’ve been doing a lot of that lately. Almost too much. And so for me, I’m going to use this time to focus on healing energies, boosting up my lacking energy, and thinking about what I want out of the coming year.

Reflect on those in your life who are part of your pack. Those you wish to remain close to. Work on healing those relationships that need mending. Check in on those friends who may be struggling.

It’s a time to focus on yourself. If life is chaotic as it often is, find a peaceful spot in nature or in your home that brings you peace. Spend some time alone and meditate. Reconnect with natural elements. Find a spot, if you’re lucky enough to, near water. Collect a jar of water and leave it out in the moon. Have a bath with it to help recharge your soul.

The Wolf Moon also falls on a Friday which is a good day to focus on beauty, love, sex, friendships and connections. Friday is ruled by Freya, the Nordic Venus, the Goddess of Love.

If you’re an artist or crafter, make something. Work with your hands. If you’re a singer or musician, sing, play or dance.

It is believed that full moons can have effects on humans. People report having difficulties sleeping, increased REM and “crazy” dream experiences. Those in retail or emergency services will be the first to tell you that on nights of the full moon, hospitals and places of business can become chaotic.

In some cases, it can bring on or exasperate symptoms of anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. Which is why meditating and grounding yourself can be so helpful on these nights.

Colors: aqua, light greens, cyan blue and pink (think pastels)
Elements: Libra, Taurus
Crystals: rose quartz, jade, malachite, emerald

Go be one with nature if you can. Reconnect with your natural surroundings. And howl at the moon if you must.

Writing: It’s hard to be a good man when you have the devil on your back

It’s Wednesday evening and I realized I haven’t shared a post in a while. There’s a reason for that. I’ve been writing non-stop and finished the final draft of my book. It’s part one of a series. The book sort of just wrote itself once I got into the mythology and folklore.

A combination of Christian beliefs (demons and rituals) mixed in with Romani magic and light or earth magic.

This past week has been a strange one. My sleep has corrected itself to the point that if I went to bed at midnight, I would wake up like clockwork around 5 or 6 am. Today was the latest I’ve slept in and stayed in bed until 8. I use those early morning hours for writing and get down some of my best ideas. Once you have an idea of what a scene will look like, the rest comes easily.

I’ve been writing non-stop, sometimes forgetting to shower and eat. I’m getting better with that. This book has me obsessed to finish it. The scenes play out in my head as I write. Sometimes when I lay down or even sleep. I hear the character’s conversations in my head. And then I have to sit at the computer and get working on it. The ideas for scenes just flow to me easily now. I don’t know where this comes from.

It’s like the ideas are coming to me from an unseen force. And it leaves me with more questions than answers.

If I am channeling this from somewhere, it’d be swell to know so I can thank the source! It’s been wild.


The main theme: choosing between your darkest desires, and doing what’s right

It’s hard to be a good man when you have the devil on your back. Our main character Ned Mitchell is as complex man with dark desires. He hates himself and the ideas he has. He is at constant war with himself. He’s left at the end of the first book to choose between doing the right thing, or going for the one thing he wants.


Background mythology

Azazel convinces this young man to complete a ritual with his chosen brothers. They become connected through this ritual on a supernatural level and the demon plagues their minds, filling their heads with dark images and ideas. Forcing them to explore their deepest desires.

Then comes along Madison, an almost eighteen year old girl with natural abilities. She changes life for all of them. And she discovers something about herself along the way and gives into her sexual desires and fetishes.

It’s a very adult themed book based on some of my own personal experiences. There’s a lot of me in this book and it’s brought up a lot of feelings about my younger years – this is vague posting I know. But it’s opened up something inside of me that I pushed down for too long. A hunger. A primal hunger that I yearn for again.

If only I was younger, and in the shape I was back then. That’s my goal for the next year. So that I can get back into things I used to enjoy. Things that gave me passion.

The premise of the book:

Family is everything. Family doesn’t have to be blood.

The book was largely inspired by my own personal experiences in my youth. Mixed in with the mythology I have come to know and love over the years of demonology and earth magic.

My favorite quote from the book so far inspired by

Crossroad Blues, Robert Johnson.


It’s hard to be a good man when you have the devil on your back.


Perhaps one day, I’ll meet my version of Ned Mitchell….anyone else fall in love with their characters or is it just me?

Blood moon superstitions & astrological events

Today is a very special day that has the spiritual community on TikTok in an uproar. Have you been feeling off this week? Have you been more emotional and exhausted than usual? Experiencing more headaches or migraines? Is there more tension in your relationships? Or maybe people are acting “crazier” than usual at work?

There’s a reason for this and it might surprise you.

Tonight, we’re going to experience not only a full moon, but also a BLOOD moon with a full lunar eclipse. There are also some other astrological anomalies that we’re about to experience this week too. Factor that in with the June 1st deadline for the Pentagon to release information about UFOs – and this next week could get really interesting.

Last night, I couldn’t sleep. I decided to grab my camera and took some shots of the moon. The color of the moon reminded me of an old saying I heard as a kid. And there was this weird haze and glow around the moon that I had never seen before. And let me tell you – I sky watch, a lot. I have been obsessed with space related subjects all my life.

Unfortunately, where I live, there was a lot of haze and cloud coverage in the sky. I managed to get some videos


Blood moon omen

There are prophecies in the Bible that state a blood moon is the sign of the end of times. In other practices like Witchcraft, blood in the moon is an omen in which “bad things will follow.” A blood moon combined with a full moon and lunar eclipse is an even rarer occurrence that we do not see often.

I’m not a religious person, but I do find these stories to be fascinating – especially in rare events like tonight’s moon.

In The Book of Joel, when the moon and waters turned to blood, it was an omen, predicting that the end of times was near.

“the sun will turn into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes,” it reads.

There are other passages like this one, “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood.”

Now that’s just great storytelling. And it inspired a storyline in the hit show Supernatural where Sam Winchester was tricked by a demon to open the seals of hell. Spoiler alert.

Ancient prophecies

Ancient civilizations believed that the blood moon was a harbinger of evil. The Incas thought the deep red color was attacking and eating the moon by a supernatural jaguar. The belief was that the jaguar would come to earth.

In Mesopotamia, lunar eclipses were thought of as an assault on their king. The Mesopotamians were an advanced civilization that could predict lunar ellipses and other astronomical events with great accuracy.

In Hindu mythology and tales, lunar eclipses were thought to be the result of a demon named Rahu drinking the elixir of immortality. It is believed that an eclipse will bring bad luck and fortune.

In some Native American tribes and villages, it is believed that the lunar eclipse is a sign the moon needed healing following the eclipse. The villages would gather together and sing, chant and dance calling upon natural forces to heal the moon.

Theology studies

In some religions like Christianity, it is believed that a lunar eclipse and blood moon combined together, was the wrath of God.

In Jewish culture, the blood or super moons in 2014-2015, aligned with Jewish holidays. This has only happened a few times throughout history. Each event was followed with bad events or news.

In Hindu mythology, the blood moon attracts interest in the sky and astrological events. Rather than waiting for the gloom and doom, people often use these celestial events to learn more about how our solar system works.

The science behind blood moons

The super blood moon is a rare occurrence. According to NASA, the earth lines up between the moon and the sun. The air molecules from the earth’s atmosphere scatter throughout the sky. The remaining light reflects onto the moon’s surface producing this red glow. And as I saw last night, a very interesting haze.

For a moment as I was taking this video, I thought the moon was behaving more like the sun. I can usually get a good picture of the moon with my camera, but it was like there was some kind of energy around the moon that was blocking my camera. It created a very strange effect that I have never seen before.

According to Space.com, blood moons only happen about once or twice a year. Here’s a look at their calendar of upcoming moon events.

  • May 26, 2021: North America, South America, Asia, Australia and the Pacific
  • May 16, 2022: North America, South America, Europe and Africa 
  • Nov. 8, 2022: North America, South America, Asia, Australia and the Pacific
  • March 14, 2025: North America, South America, Europe, Africa and the Pacific
  • Sept. 7, 2025: Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia
  • March 3, 2026: North America, South America, Asia, Australia and the Pacific
  • Dec. 31, 2028: Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and the Pacific
  • June 26, 2029: North America, South America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East
  • Dec. 20, 2030: North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia

To learn more about why the moon turns red, check out this video from space.com https://www.space.com/39471-what-is-a-blood-moon.html.

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Astrological events

All in all, last night was pretty fascinating. It was really cold – colder than usual for this time of year. The wind was so brutal I had to shut the balcony door. Luckily, I could take the photos from inside as I face the moon at night time.

But something about this image really bothered me. I’m not sure I believe in all the superstitions and mythology around the moon. And while the blood in the moon is quite beautiful, it’s also unnerving to witness.

Maybe I’ve seen one too many horror movies or end of times sci-fi flicks.

All I know is that events like these, only fuel my obsession to learn as much as I possible can about things like astrology, astronomy and other space events.

And to top it off — if you’re an astrology fan – then you might want to stay indoors tonight and practice some meditation and self-care. Check out some of these fascinating events that are happening tonight.

Full moon in lunar eclipse – Sagittarius

I can’t wait to explore this part of myself again and I’m looking forward to sharing my studies and learnings with you! Join me for the ride – follow my blog now.