Rebirthing The Ancestors

Re-birthing The Ancestors

By Lila Lieberman on Monday July 11th, 2016, www.UpliftConnect.com

 

How we can reclaim the ancient wisdom of our Ancestors

One of the major differences between Western culture and indigenous* cultures is our relationship to our ancestors. A deep commonality in many indigenous cultures is an awareness and honoring of those that came before, and come presently in different forms.

We can see how elaborate and intrinsic this acknowledgement is if we look at traditions like the Day of the Dead in Mexico, and the Malagasy festival of Famadihana, ’turning of the bones’. Every seven years this Malagasy community has a celebration to unwrap and rewrap the bones of their ancestors in new cloth. They dance in joyous celebration with the remains of their predecessors as the elders tell the children of the importance of their ancestors. Other cultures have daily practices, like the sangomas (traditional healers) of South Africa, who will greet and pray to their ancestors every morning, burning a sacred plant to call and nourish the spirits of their old ones. Many other cultures relate to the plant and animal beings in the world around them as their kin, and express this through deeply respectful ways of engaging and listening to them. In Western culture it seems many of us are just reawakening to the relevance of those from whom we hail, and how timeless this lineage is.

Day of the Dead traditionTraditions like the Day of the Dead in Mexico

Relating to Our Ancestors

There is a passage in the book, Stepping Into The Circle by Olga Kharitidi that really inspired me. It is written as fiction, but I took it as true; the stories felt so real. The passage spoke about a notion in Siberian shamanism that tells that there is only one ‘Kham’ (the Siberian word for shaman). If this vocation travels through your lineage, with a great grandmother being a shaman, a grandfather too, and now this is your path, then this is not the presence of many separate healing beings but all the same spirit travelling through time. Just one healing spirit travels through your lineage, inhabiting progressive bodies, learning and evolving all the while.

Siberian shaman grandmotherThis is not the presence of many separate beings but all the same spirit travelling through time

 

Surely then this must apply to every being in our lineage, not only those with a specific vocation? Each one culminates in who we are now. There is only one spirit that moves through our lineage, gathering experience and knowledge as it grows through many bodies and many timelines.** There is no separation as this spirit glides across generations, and one body slips out of another.

Ancestral Emergence

From the inspiration of that shamanistic notion blossomed the visceral recognition that I am my ancestors. We are our ancestors. We are the culmination of all our lineage has ever been, all the knowledge gathered, the trials and errors, the explorations, the traumas and the breakthroughs. All of this is contained in the blueprint of our being, and we reap the benefit of this cumulative effort. We are at the crest of our ancestral wave, and hold the legacy and determination of this tide.

Ancestral waveWe are at the crest of our ancestral wave, and hold the legacy and determination of this tide.

The collection of the momentum gathered through time is here in its fullness in this moment. All of it. We hold this in our veins – these veins we have inherited as this spirit streams from body to body. Our blood has this data recorded, as it is the same blood that has existed since the beginning of blood. We are the receptacle of all harvested on this pathway through time.

Most indigenous traditions keep this accumulated wealth of knowledge alive by imparting all they know to their young, teaching them, and instilling the finest qualities that have worked optimally through eons of evolution.

Handing down knowledge through the ages, pouring our oral gold into the next young vessel in our lineage, is a way of reminding ourselves that there is only one self. As our manifest form transforms, we are to remember the source of it has never changed.

Through our embodied experience we are offered an opportunity to refine the mirror that reflects this source, so that we can come to know who we are even through the most twisted lens. We continuously and always have the chance to harness this opportunity.

Obon festivalFloating lanterns during celebrations for the Obon Festival, honoring the spirits of deceased ancestors, in Fukui, Japan

Quantum Wisdom

As flame-bearers of the light of our predecessors we carry this forward, and those that come after us benefit from how we nourish and guide it. We have the capacity while we are embodied to remedy things in our lineage that may be out of alignment and unresolved. A powerful way of affecting things beyond our realm of perception is through ceremony.

A major differentiation between our dominant culture and the way indigenous people have lived is that the presence of initiation and ceremony is central to the fabric of their culture. When something needs remedy, ceremony is performed to call on the support of all who would be of benefit to the process, and to enrol the whole of our self in moving in our desired direction.

InitiationMbuti Pygmy boys applying body paint during manhood initiation rites

Creating a sanctified time of focus and gesture, a moment empowered to articulate our intentions, desires and convictions, is the heart of ceremony in this context. It is a field we empower to hold special validity, and acts as a portal to amplify communication with our old ones. It is also a microcosm to mirror the macrocosm of our lives, and expose what may be needed for us to resolve obstacles and progress adequately. It instructs the field on the course to follow.

We are empowered to shift our conditions and expression in the world.

These changes have even been said to register on a physiological level, as we learn through the theory of epigenetics by Bruce Lipton. Epigenetics explains that gene expressions can be changed in a moment as we make different choices and respond in new ways to our experience. An example Dr Lipton gives is that our genetics are the blueprint, not the house. At any stage the architect can change the design and appearance of the building. We can adapt from the programming we have inherited.

We encode our reality through our belief system. Ceremony encodes the field we inhabit with our updated vision, and this sets the direction for our subsequent movement. It is a powerful vessel in which to explicitly activate these new expressions.

Xikrin babyA member of Brazil’s Xikrin Nation holds a baby

The work we do in ceremony, realigning and bringing remedy to our ancestral line, is to the benefit of us all. In resolving a part of ourselves we resolve a part of the collective field. Another way of expressing what Jung called the ‘collective unconscious’ is to say we partake in swarm consciousness. Our collective ‘soup’ or field of consciousness is affected in a quantum like way in that one shift affects the whole. All seeming parts are intrinsic and important to the whole.

The way a concept sweeps through the internet, and shifts thinking patterns in horizontal transmissions of intelligence, mirrors the way ancestral opening and realignment offers vertical transmissions of intelligence, and shifts the collective field in a valuable way. The work we do as individuals benefits the greater being.

The Morphogenic Field

The morphogenic field, as coined by Rupert Sheldrake, explains how knowledge travels through a behavioural field and enhances the capacity of all those in the field. An experiment was done where monkeys on one island where taught to wash their sweet potatoes before eating them. The study showed that monkeys on nearby islands, with no possible contact with the previous island, would also begin to wash their sweet potatoes before eating them.

The study continued to explore the experiment of a town that received a crossword puzzle ahead of nearby towns. While it took the residents here a week to conclude the puzzle, when the nearby town received the puzzle days later – with no contact from the previous town – they took a much shorter period to complete the same puzzle. In the morphic fieldthis pattern had been deciphered.

Patterns in the morphic fieldPatterns in the morphic field

Like a positive contagion the same applies as we resolve and heal elements in our lineage. As we iron out the kinks in our ancestral path, we open the way for energy and intelligence to flow through unhindered. We can access more knowledge and wisdom as this resource opens up to us. This expansion enhances the whole field.

Our Origins

If we are not limited by the idea that we are bound to this appearance and expression, we can continue to track where we really come from, and expand our sense of “self”.

If we trace our journey back through our ancestors, we will see we are related to a lot more people and cultures than we were cognisant of. If we trace back further still, we will find we are related to everybody. Digging deeper we will see that we are related to the animal kingdom too, the plant kingdom, the mineral kingdom. Our bacteriological ancestryhas accompanied us for longer than we have been human. They were here before us and began to structure our DNA functioning before we were fully humanoid. We have evolved for millions of years together with these kin. They have made fine choices for our best evolution, and continue to do so, selecting systems and resources for our highest awareness.

Cave art handIf we trace back further still, we will find we are related to everybody

These are the same ancestors and facilitators of plant, animal and mineral functioning too. We are all family. When we include in our ancestral line the elements that all material emerged out of, we see that everything eventually is of the same stuff. There is only one dreamer of this incredible dream, and we each have full access to it.

As our attention comes to include all that has held the mantle of our being, all the ingredients in our timeless lineage, we notice that where our attention is, there we are. Where we place our attention is what is real for us. Our attention is gold dust.

We can begin to feel our self as one very tall being through time. We can recognise our elemental ancestral being in the earth beneath us; our familial ancestors in our feet and legs, supporting us and giving strength to the journey. In the core of our body we find our optimal state is to rest most comfortably in the heart, and if we care to orientate from here we find it induces a multidimensional capacity for understanding, or as it is expressed in Tibetan, bodhichitta, the blossoming of compassion or loving-kindness. This motivates our vocal expression and inner vision, which forges our path forward as we dream this life into being. This is what lies in wait for our descendants, our future expression. This creation will take instruction from our imagination; our ancient wisdom tends to be the wisest instruction.

The earth beneath usWe can recognise our elemental ancestral being in the earth beneath us

 

How Do We Animate This Wisdom?

We can call upon and enliven our ancestors through opening a correspondence. As with any respectful conversation, we both offer and receive.

We make a gesture of offering, and open ourselves to listen. We strengthen this muscle through practice, and the portal of communication opens more fully.

When we visit someone we respect to garner their advice, for example, often we will bring a gift to show our appreciation. Our ancestors are our “old people”, and it is natural to have considerable respect for them. We owe our presence to them. An appropriate response to this, regardless of their history and character, is gratitude. If for nothing less than their journey grants us the immense opportunity now to move in any way we like and determine the unfolding of our own and future descendants.

To open the portal of communication we begin with this gratitude. We offer something that our old people will like. In most traditions tobacco, alcohol, the essence of a plant, and candlelight are offered. Thinking of what those in our lineage enjoyed will guide us to appropriate offerings: favourite foods, sweets, flowers, smells…

Ancestral altarThinking of what those in our lineage enjoyed will guide us to appropriate offerings

As we offer this gesture and extend our awareness to include those beings who came before this body, we begin to encompass the fullness of our self. Essentially it is a gesture of self love.

This practice then broadens where we draw knowledge from. We expand the scope of what we consider accessible and tap into this wisdom, this age old record, transcribed in the archives of our blood. As we offer, we open more to receive. As we expand our self, we access deeper guidance.

Learning to Navigate Our Natural Operating System

I was told once by a tree (yes, really), that the spirit of the plant lives in the sap; medicine is in the bark; power is in the leaves; connectivity is in the roots; and love is in the fruits. I was told to use the parts of a plant in this way to facilitate what I want to achieve. The teaching then continued to unfold months later, where I was told the same is true for a human. The spirit is in the blood; medicine is in the skin, (including the skin of each organ, anywhere information is exchanged with its environment); power is in our hair and nails; connectivity is in our root, our pelvic bowl and feet; love is in our fruits, our creativity, our children, our song, our expression.

It went on still to show me that the same is true in the macrocosm of earth. The spirit is in the waters; medicine is in the skin of the planet, the soil; power is in the plants; connectivity is in the roots, the rock and crystal kingdom tracing into the centre of the earth; love is in the creatures, the animals and humans.

MacrocosmThe macrocosm of earth

Harnessing this map of the self as a methodology, we can use our own being to activate, reconnect or alleviate the parts of our self we wish to.

We can dance to connect with our ancestry, our roots; meaningfully create to come into our hearts; heal through touch, planting, walking barefoot on soil, cleanse our blood to awaken our spirit…

To remember who we are is to claim the sacredness of our self. To recognise that the sacred is the effortless flowing pulse of what is, knowing our self as best we can in this moment. It is in the choice to let things nourish and heighten us. To have the possibility of being ‘awake’ in ever increasing measures, and to willingly set our intent in this evolution.

When we develop this knowing, and encompass all of who we are, ever were and ever will be, we stand in the centre of an ancestral symphony, as the conductor of the melody it is playing now.

* By indigenous I refer to old world traditional cultures still living in close connection with the earth.

** Of course we have other ancestral elements across time and timelines, we are not only bound to our bloodline ancestors. For the purpose of this article we will focus on our direct ancestry.

The Promise of a Shaman


Here in Georgia, fall is in the air. This is my favorite season – I love it!

This morning, I want to share a poem with you that has always spoken to my heart. As a healer, an ordained shamanic priestess, and practitioner of sacred healing ceremonies, I feel it voices my shamanic journey perfectly.

My path, my calling, and my magic(k) are shared with fierce compassion and pure intentions for those who are called to work with me to move through emotions, challenges, fears, and sickness.  

It is a great honor to carry these teachings and to share this sacred work. I pay my deepest respects to the ancestors who walked before me.

I read this poem often, and it always reactivates my heart flame. It reminds me why I have been called to serve.

The promise of a shaman is one that always supports change and courage so you can purge old memories and traumas. Rituals and ceremonies enhance the intentions by cleansing thoughts and clearing darkness while dissolving shame, disappointment, and love gone wrong.

Connected to Spirit we move through the sticky places that cause discomfort and pain, however it is revealed. It is a dedicated practice that I have made available to serve my virtual community with the gifts and wisdom I carry.   

Private Sessions available at www.jenpiceno.com 

                         PROMISE OF A SHAMAN
                            – original author unknown

 

“If you come to me as a victim I will not support you.

But I will have the courage to walk with you through the pain that you are suffering. 

 

I will put you in the fire, I will undress you, and I will sit you on the earth.

 

I will bathe you with herbs, I will purge you, and you will vomit the rage and the darkness inside you.

 

I’ll bang your body with good herbs, and I’ll put you to lay in the grass, face up to the sky.

 

Then I will blow your crown to clean the old memories that make you repeat the same behavior. 

 

I will blow your forehead to scare away the thoughts that cloud your vision. 

 

I will blow your throat to release the knot that won’t let you talk.

 

I will blow your heart to scare fear, so that it goes far away where it cannot find you.

 

I will blow your solar plexus to extinguish the fire of the hell you carry inside, and you will know peace.

 

I will blow with fire your belly to burn the attachments, and the love that was not.

 

I will blow away the lovers that left you, the children that never came.

 

I will blow your heart to make you warm, to rekindle your desire to feel, create and start again.

 

I will blow with force your vagina or your penis, to clean the sexual door to your soul.

 

I will blow away the garbage that you collected trying to love what did not wanted to be loved.

 

I will use the broom, and the sponge, and the rag, and safely clean all the bitterness inside you.

 

I will blow your hands to destroy the ties that prevent you from creating.

 

I will blow your feet to dust and erase the footprints memories, so you can never return to that bad place. 

 

I will turn your body, so your face will kiss the earth.

I’ll blow your spine from the root to the neck to increase

your strength and help you walk upright.

 

And I will let you rest.

 

After this you will cry, and after crying you will sleep, 

And you will dream beautiful and meaningful dreams, and when you wake up I’ll be waiting for you.

 

I will smile at you, and you will smile back.

 

I will offer you food that you will eat with pleasure, tasting life, and I will thank you.

 

Because what I’m offering today, was offered to me before when darkness lived within me.

 

And after I was healed, I felt the darkness leaving, and I cried.

 

Then we will walk together, and I will show you my garden, and my plants, and I will take you to the fire again.

And will talk together in a single voice with the blessing of the earth.

 

And we will shout to the forest the desires of your heart.

And the fire will listen and whisper the echo, and we will create hope together.

 

And the mountains will listen and whisper the echo, and we will create hope together.

 

And the rivers will listen and whisper the echo, and we will create hope together.

 

And the wind will listen and whisper the echo, and we will create hope together.

 

And then we will bow before the fire, and we will call upon all the visible and invisible guardians.

 

And you will say thank you to all of them.

 

And you will say thank you to yourself.

 

And you will say thank you to yourself. 

 

And you will say thank you to yourself.”

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Smooth Things Out

Bed, Cleopatra, Egyptian, Girl, Lady

Today I am sharing one of the many “spa treatments” that can be enjoyed in the comfort of your home.  Today you will learn how to get sexy, “smooth as silk skin” that feels oh so good!

Cleopatra, the legendary Queen of Egypt had many secrets to her beauty and famed allure. One of her beauty treatments that is still being used today is the honey & milk bath. The bath is known to leave the skin feeling like pure silk.  I’d love for my skin to feel like pure silk, wouldn’t you?  Yes,  of course you would!  Read on Goddess, it works!

Cleopatra’s bath has been used for centuries as one of women’s favorite beauty rituals and it’s super easy to delight in the luxurious experience in the privacy of your home.  

Tonight, I’m taking a long soak in the famous bath for my own well deserved indulgence.

First, I am going to tell you what I’ve discovered in my research – a little geekish, I know!

Why it works:

  • Milk, contains lactic acid, which helps to exfoliate your skin. The lactic acid in milk is an alpha hydroxy acid, which helps to deeply cleanse the layers of your skin.
  • Honey is a humectant, which means it will attract moisture and help retain it.  Since it is composed of sugars such as glucose and fructose it is another star player as an alpha hydroxy acid (further exfoliating your skin). Honey also nourishes and heals the skin with its natural minerals and vitamins. Plus, it’s an anti-irritant and an anti-bacterial that kills some viruses, bacteria, and fungus.

The effect it has on your skin:  Basically, it means bathing in milk and honey results in sexy, soft skin that feels silky to touch.

My personal results:  The results were fantastic!  After soaking for 30 minutes in the milk & honey bath (bath #1), I can honestly say that my skin really feels like soft luxurious silk.  Not only does my skin feel silky, it also looks more radiant, healthy, and hydrated.

I am sharing my bath recipes below.  These are of my versions of the royal honey & milk bath.  History lessons report that Cleopatra filled her elegant bath tub with camel milk to maintain her notoriously supple skin.  Since camel milk is not available in my area, I use cow or goat milk in my recipes . I also added Jojoba oil and almond oil to give my skin a little extra help.  The nourishing benefits should encourage my skin to stay healthy and smooth.  This will further promote the appearance of youthful skin. Cheers to that! 

Here’s why I chose to add Jojoba oil and almond oil:

  • I added the Jojoba oil because it’s known as the best affinity to human skin and it is a superior skin moisturizer that helps restore elasticity and smoothness. In my opinion, it’s a good choice for promoting youthful skin and a clear complexion.
  • I’ve added almond oil because it is an excellent moisturizer.  It nourishes and softens the skin which helps keep skin smooth to the touch.  Remember, “Smooth as silk skin” is what I want.  I was further convinced to use almond oil when I read that almond oil is similar in composition to the oil baby’s excrete to keep their skin and hair healthy.  This composition is beneficial to protecting and conditioning your skin (no matter what age you are).

The first bath recipe is my favorite, which uses fresh milk.  Maybe it’s a chef thing, but I always prefer fresh (even when it comes to beauty).  The second option is perfect to make ahead and keep stored in your bathroom in a glass jar so you have it ready to spoil yourself after a long day.  It also makes a nice gift for a special friend.


BATH #1    Freshly Made Honey & Milk Bath

This recipe makes enough for one bath.

3          cups                 whole milk or goat milk
½         cup                  powdered Milk
½         cup                  Raw Honey
2          teaspoons     organic Jojoba Oil (optional)
1          teaspoon       almond oil (optional)

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients.  Pour the mixture into your warm bath. Soak for a minimum of 20 minutes.  This will introduce these beneficial ingredients to your skin and allow you skin to absorb the moisture it needs while exfoliating unwanted dead, dry skin.   I like to turn on my favorite music and soak for 30 minutes for soft and silky skin.

 

BATH #2     Honey & Powdered  Milk Bath

Combine the ingredients below in a large bowl and then transfer the mixture to a decorative jar to keep in your bathroom.  You can simply scoop out a few cups of it and dissolve in your warm bath anytime you want to spoil yourself with a relaxing royal skin softening treatment.

½         cup                  raw honey
3          cups                 powdered milk
2          teaspoons     organic Jojoba Oil (optional)
1          teaspoon        almond oil (optional)

Relaxing Room Spray

Lavendar, Field, Green, Closeup

I love essential oils — they capture nature’s beautiful fragrances and give me the feels.

Plant medicine shares high frequency and vibration from each specific plant. They are full of sacred wisdom, medicine, . They share all of that and can refresh your space too! 

To relax and give the room a loving scent, I suggest trying lavender essential oil with dried rose petals (I use rose tea buds). 

 

MATERIALS

  • Spray bottles

  • Essential oils (therapeutic grade)

  • Distilled water

  • Unscented witch hazel

  • Dried flowers or fresh herbs

STEPS

  1. Pour 25 to 30 drops of essential oil in your bottle.

  2. Fill the bottle halfway with witch hazel. (Note: Witch hazel helps the oil and water combine and will help the scent linger for a longer period of time.)

  3. Fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water. This ratio works pretty well no matter the size of the bottle.

  4. Shake bottle to combine all the ingredients.

  5. Insert a dried flowers or a sprig of fresh herbs to finish off your homemade spray.

Aphrodite Cacao Ritual


Set sacred space in your kitchen to make the crafting of this cacao blend a spiritual experience. Consider setting the room with beautiful candles, roses, incense, and instrumental music playing softly in the background.

This drops us into a place of sacredness and dedicates this moment to ritual.  It awakens the spirit,  the essence of your higher self, and opens the heart to healing and expanding with the chocolaty medicine.

Preparing the cacao blend should be just as ritualistic as when you drink in Aphrodite’s powers and the magick of this sacred plant medicine. Take time to set sacred space to invite pleasure and purpose into every step.

As you are using your knife to shave the cacao, feel the spirit of the plant working with you in deeply profound sacredness. Let the plant medicine speak to you as you handle each ingredient.

Fully embrace the wisdom of the cacao as you shave it and add it to the pot. Honor each ingredient in the same fashion. Working with the sacredness of the plant is pure magick, feel into the experience and all the sensations it brings as you connect with ancestral wisdom and the highest vibration of light.  

Have a cozy place picked out to to relax and drink in this plant medicine while pulling the spirit of Aphrodite into your space. Have a journal ready to receive and note any messages that come through. Enjoy!

General tips for making a fantastic cup of Cacao:

  • Use a knife to shave your cacao block into small slivers – I prefer using a serrated steak knife.
  • If a food scale is unavailable, measure 1 heaping tablespoons of well ground cacao for each .5 oz. serving
  • Boiling water is not necessary or recommended, try water just warm enough to barely keep a finger in it. 
  • For a smoother concoction, mix in a blender or press through a French Press.
  • Adding a sweetener of your choice will not affect the energies of the cacao. Many experienced cacao drinkers use no sweetener at all.
  • The hibiscus used in this recipe is easily found in Latin markets. The rose is easy to find in the tea section of most markets.

JEN’S APHRODITE CEREMONIAL BLEND 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 1/2 oz cacao – Purchase Cacao with my discount ⇒ here
  • 8 1/2 oz hot water (not boiling)
  • organic raw sugar or panela (found in Latin markets)
  • hibiscus 
  • rose 

Preparation:

  • Mix cacao with hot water and stir
  • Option: Add sweetener, cinnamon, and chili powder to taste

Instructions:

  • Pour yourself a cup, mine goes in a huge red mug.
  • Light a candle (red, pink, or white)
  • Read the incantation for Aphrodite below (or write your own)

Invocation for Aphrodite

Aphrodite of golden hair,
With purest love and face so fair,
Goddess of longing, You who inspire,
and fan the flames of hot desire,
Lady of pleasure and lustful nights
–All acts of love are Your rites.
Queen of love and passions wild,
Smile upon Your loving child.
You who were foam-born of sea,
I ask Your blessings here on me.
And when this sacred rite is through,
Take my thanks and love with You.

  • Then, take a sip of cacao and drink in her essence. Say: “Aphrodite, goddess of love bring light, love an harmony into my life now. I am ready to receive” 

I believe the incantation was written by AutumnRose, but I am not positive. If you know who the original author, please inform me so we can give proper credit to him/her.


JEN’S BASIC CEREMONIAL BLEND

Ingredients: 

  • 1 1/2 oz cacao – Purchase Cacao with my discount ⇒ here
  • 8 1/2 oz warm water
  • organic raw sugar or panela (found in Latin markets)
  • chili powder (like cayenne), to taste
  • cinnamon, to taste

Preparation:

  • Mix cacao with hot water and stir
  • Option: Add sweetener, cinnamon, and chili powder to taste

PREPARATION:

  • Mix cacao with hot water and stir
  • Option: Add sweetener, cinnamon, and chili powder to taste

Planetary Seals in the Western Occult Tradition

CREDITS:  Beyer, Catherine. “Planetary Seals in the Western Occult Tradition.” Learn Religions, Aug. 27, 2020, learnreligions.com/planetary-seals-western-occult-tradition-4123080.

In the Western occult tradition, each planet can be represented by a seal or diagram. The seal is based on the planet’s magic square, with the seal theoretically touching every number within the square, although in practice that is not always the case.

 

Planetary Seal of Saturn

Planetary Seal of Saturn
Catherine Beyer

The Seal of Saturn follows the convention of overlapping every number of the magic square of Saturn in a distinctly orderly fashion. The upward pointing triangle includes numbers 1, 2, and 3. The diagonal line touches 4, 5, and 6, and the bottom-pointing triangle includes 7, 8, and 9.

The circles appear to be for aesthetic reasons.

 

Planetary Seal of Jupiter

Planetary Seal of Jupiter
Catherine Beyer

The Seal of Jupiter follows the convention of overlapping every number of the magic square of Jupiter. In addition, the seal’s construction reflects the method of the square’s construction. There are a variety of number pairings which were originally inverted, and these numbers are all touched by the two diagonals. The circle includes the remaining numbers which were not moved during the construction of the magic square.

The circles also appear to be for aesthetic reasons.

 

Planetary Seal of Mars

Planetary Seal of Mars
Catherine Beyer

The Seal of Mars does not follow the convention of overlapping every number of the ​magic square of Mars. Three squares are missed entirely: 1, 5, and 21.

The Mars seal is structurally similar to the seal of Venus. In mythology, Mars and Venus are lovers and thus are a pairing. In an earth-centric cosmology (such as what occultists worked within when these seals were designed), Mars and Venus are the planets closest to the Sun, which holds a special position and role within the cosmology.

 

Planetary Seal of the Sun

Planetary Seal of The Sun
Catherine Beyer

The Seal of Jupiter follows the convention of overlapping every number of the magic square of Saturn. In addition, the seal’s construction reflects the method of the square’s construction. The diagonal lines intersect with numbers which were inverted in the first stage of the square’s construction, similar to the seal of Jupiter.

The rest of the numbers are included via a symmetrical design. The use of curves instead of straight lines may or may not reference the astrological symbol for the Sun. The circles in the four corners are most likely for aesthetic reasons, as with many other seals.

 

Planetary Seal of Venus

Planetary Seal of Venus
Catherine Beyer

The Seal of Venus does not follow the convention of overlapping every number of the magic square of Saturn. Twelve squares are missed entirely: 3, 5, 7, 15, 19, 21, 33, 35, 36, 43, 44, and 47.

The Venus seal is structurally similar to the seal of Mars. In mythology, Mars and Venus are lovers and thus are a pairing. In an earth-centric cosmology (such as what occultists worked within when these seals were designed), Mars and Venus are the planets closest to the Sun, which holds a special position and role within the cosmology.

The specifics of why the seals of Mars and Venus are constructed as they are is much more elusive than for the other seals. Occult Scholar, Donald Tyson, suggests that the upper symbol may be a “V” for Venus coupled with an equal-armed cross. That cross, along with the circle, crescent, are the three basic shapes used in the construction of the astrological symbols of the planets. This makes some sense because 7 is the number of Venus and is also associated with the planets because there are seven of them within this system. The cross, circle, and crescent can also represent the Earth, Sun, and Moon on their own.

 

Planetary Seal of Mercury

Planetary Seal of Mercury
Catherine Beyer

The Seal of Mercury follows the convention of overlapping every number of the magic square of Mercury. In addition, the seal’s construction reflects the method of the square’s construction, and the method is similar to the that used in the seal of Jupiter.

There are a variety of number pairings which were originally inverted in the creation of the magic square, and these numbers are all touched by the two large diagonals or the four smaller diagonals which make up the inner box. The four circles include the remaining numbers which were not moved during the construction of the magic square.

 

Planetary Seal of the Moon

Planetary Seal of The Moon
Catherine Beyer

As drawn here, the seal actually does intersect with every box of the magic square of the Moon. However. as commonly drawn, there are actually several squares that are not included.

Like the seals of Mars and Venus, the seal of the Moon is based on a magic square with an odd number of boxes per row. Also like those two seals, this seal commonly does not include all boxes.

However, the seals of Mars and Venus are asymmetrical, and while they bear many similarities to each other, they bear far fewer visual similarities with the seal of the Moon.

It may be more helpful to compare the seal of the Moon with that of the Sun, as Sun and Moon are commonly seen as a pair as the great luminaries of the sky. Both seals are comprised of two large, intersecting diagonals, and both contain four crescent shapes. The crescent shape is particularly appropriate for the Moon, which frequently appears as a crescent in the night sky. The common astrological symbol for the Moon is also a crescent.

Occult Scholar, Donald Tyson, suggests that the 13 small circles in this seal may correspond to the 13 lunar months that are in a year. However, since he considers those circles to have only aesthetic value in the other seals, this may very well be a coincidence.

 
 
 
 
 

Summer Solstice – Sweeping

Happy summer solstice (Lithia). This is the season of strong, beautiful solar energy. I will be logging in shortly to celebrate with the live Summer Solstice celebration at Stonehenge sunset and sunrise, and encouraging students to work with solar energy to bring in clarity as they move forward on their spiritual and magical journey.

In my opinion, sweeping is one of the best (and oldest) ways of making a space cleansed, cleared, sacred, and blessed, so I am sharing this little project for making a blessing besom. You can use your besom as a magical tool and/or to physically cleanse and bless your home.

You clean up already, right? I’m simply suggesting that you clean with intention and speak with the power of your word….the strength of your essence combined with that power is pure magic(k).

You may also want to consider hanging your besom or stand it up in a corner (bristle side up) to keep positive energy flowing around you.

To make a blessing broom, or besom, you’ll need the following:

· A broom—either make your own, purchase one at a craft store — or use the one you have for household chores

· Ivy or vines

· Flowers and herbs from your garden

· Ribbons

· Small bells

Wrap the ribbons and ivy around the handle of the broom. Do not wrap them too tight, though, because you’ll want to be able to tuck sprigs of herbs and flowers into the ribbons. Once you have added all of these things, tie a few small bells onto the broom, so that it will jingle as you sweep. In many cultures, bells are used as noisemakers to frighten away evil spirits and negative energies. Sound raises vibration and frequency.
If you like, you can enchant and consecrate your besom as you would any other magical tool. Use it to sweep your home, starting near a window or a door, and working in a deosil, or clockwise, direction. As you do so, you may wish to chant/pray something like this (from learnreligions.com:
Sweeping, sweeping, ’round the room, Blessings from this cleansing broom. From floor to ceiling, and all between, May this space be fresh and clean. Sweeping good energy here to me, As I will, so it shall be.

More on solar energy in the CALIBRATION course at www.4alchemymysteryschool.com –or– Reach out to me for private and group training at www.jenpiceno.com

Mother’s Day Triggers

Mother’s day wasn’t always the most joyful day for me. I battled infertility for 10 long years and it was a reminder of my brokenness. I completely understand what it feels like to have a biological clock ticking and wondering if my fur babies and foster dogs were the only ones that would ever be nurtured by me. I’ve had the unfortunate experiences of more then my fair share of miscarriages too. I’m sharing my thoughts here, in loving memory of the babies I never had the opportunity to hold.

I’m sensitive to these holidays because I know that so many women are sad, depressed, and feeling misunderstood today. It stirs up so many different things for different people.

I understand and am sending BIG love to those of you who are having your own fertility struggle, to those who are reminded of emotionally challenging childhoods, abandonment, abuse or battling grief from loosing your mom, baby, or child. I know it hurts. It’s gut wrenching. I truly understand the wounds, and I want you to know you matter. Those feeling matter too. The pain is real.

So although I am celebrating with my boy and still have a beautiful mom to call my own, I want you to know if you are sad or triggered today, you’re not alone. I get it! I’ve been there.

Please message me if you need some extra love and support today.

Jen Piceno​

www.JenPiceno.com

 

 

Living life more fully

There’s no need to be in a state of spiritual confusion or staying chained to being unfulfilled, unsatisfied, bored, stuck, scared, or repressed.  Many Women are conditioned into hiding and playing small to satisfy others, but there’s no magic in that

It sucks the life force energy out of even the strongest Women. It robs your spirit and kills your dreams.  I do what I do here at Gypsy Moon Inc. to empower Women and ignite the fire within their hearts.

In order to be on this journey you must trust the process and trust in yourself…that ignites positive change!

I work with culturally diverse Women of all ages who come to me for healing hardships, wounds, trauma, illness, and unique life experiences.

They bravely took the step forward to say “no more’…. because they want more to life.

They want to bring back vitality, personal power, intuition, and inner wisdom. They are ready to embrace their playful, sensual side just as much as their intellectual brainy selves. They are ready to live life having fun by creating more time to do things that gives them pleasure.

I also work with spiritual Women who like money and are willing to let go of feeling guilty or shameful about it. By doing this work, they grow to understand it takes money to impact the world and to live the life they desire (and deserve) while giving purpose to intentional earning and spending.

These incredible Women are my students and clients who are willing to do what it takes to live life fully embodied so they can be trail blaze down on a path to personal freedom. 

I support Women in creating abundance so they have the power of choice.

They are taking their power back!

Money is powerful and if you want to ignite change in your life or in the lives of others, it provides more options and opportunities with abundance on your side.  Often Women fear stepping into purpose because they have the belief that living in purpose means giving up money and living like a bag lady.

Let’s cancel that belief right now!  Living a life in purpose is incredibly abundant and rich with pleasure in all areas of life.  To fully embodied and living in purpose with integrity has kept me in spiritual alignment and fulfilled my life in ways I never knew were possible. 

I support Women and guide them in navigating forward through unhealthy relationships, lingering ancestral patterns, limiting beliefs, money blocks, emotional recovery, physical pain, and healing wounds and traumatic pains of the past that are ready to heal.


Do you have the courage to dig deep and do the work so you can bring purpose into your life in big, bold ways that satisfy your heart and soul?

Those who stay “yes” and do their inner work always find creative ways to heal, take intentional action and ignite change. Then, as they continue forward on the journey they align in purpose and create abundance so they can make an even bigger impact.

Those who say “yes” to themselves and don’t give up are changing the world for the better. 

Walk your path fiercely,

Jen Piceno
www.JenPiceno.com 

Completed the 1st draft of my book on May 6th, 2020 & Celebrating with my biggest fan.

Women Over 40

In case you missed it on 60 Minutes, this is what Andy Rooney thinks about women over 40 & it’s both a good laugh and brilliant!

As I grow in age, I value women over 40 most of all. Here are just a few reasons why:

A woman over 40 will never wake you in the middle of the night and ask, ‘What are you thinking?’ She doesn’t care what you think.

If a woman over 40 doesn’t want to watch the game, she doesn’t sit around whining about it. She does something she wants to do, and it’s usually more interesting.

Women over 40 are dignified. They seldom have a screaming match with you at the opera or in the middle of an expensive restaurant. Of course, if you deserve it, they won’t hesitate to shoot you if they think they can get away with it.

Older women are generous with praise, often undeserved. They know what it’s like to be unappreciated.

Women get psychic as they age. You never have to confess your sins to a woman over 40.

Once you get past a wrinkle or two, a woman over 40 is far sexier than her younger counterpart.

Older women are forthright and honest. They’ll tell you right off if you are a jerk, if you are acting like one. You don’t ever have to wonder where you stand with her.

Yes, we praise women over 40 for a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately, it’s not reciprocal. For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed, hot woman over 40, there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some 22-year old waitress. Ladies, I apologize.

For all those men who say, ‘Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free? Here’s an update for you…………….

Nowadays 80% of women are against marriage. Why? Because women realize it’s not worth buying an entire pig just to get a little sausage!