Practical Magick

The Descent of Inanna – Understanding the Dark Goddess Ereshkigal

The Descent of Inanna – Understanding the Dark Goddess Ereshkigal
Ereshkigal is the true essence of a Dark Goddess. From the moment she enters Irkalla, the Underworld, she embraces the realm and her role as Queen and Goddess of the Law. In spiritual terms, she embodies the shadow self; what psychoanalyst Jung described as the undesirable parts of our consciousness – the things we deem as evil, inferior, or unacceptable. 

Oya, Queen of the Cemetery

Oya, Queen of the Cemetery
As Queen of the Cemetery, Oya guards the gate between the living and the dead. She does not live in the cemetery; think of her role here as a kind of ‘day job’. She stands at the gates, ensuring the boundaries between birth, death, and rebirth are respected, and that every soul is accounted for. As she is the Goddess of Wind, it is said the first breath of life we take and the last breath we give belong to Oya. 

How to Use Candle Magick to Manifest Your Desires

How to Use Candle Magick to Manifest Your Desires

Candles are an easy and magickal way of unifying your power of intention with the metaphysical energy to manifest your desires.The candle acts as a physical representation of the energy you are placing towards your goal. Burning the candle releases that energy into the universe, aiding you towards your ultimate manifestation.

The Sensual Splendor of the Goddess Aphrodite

The Sensual Splendor of the Goddess Aphrodite
Her influence isn’t just about the carnal acts, but the entire experience. The romance of holding another’s hand, of couch cuddling and hot chocolate; the sweet taste of another’s mouth, the smell of perfume and pheromones. The feeling that swells in us when we are inspired by art, our infatuation with a beautiful song or affecting novel, the light and shadow playing across your skin as you watch the sun set… All these experiences are Aphrodite’s gifts.

Relationships as Spiritual Lessons

Relationships as Spiritual Lessons
I had a tendency to get caught up with dudes and guys, instructing them in the basics of being a civilized companion.  Like no, it’s not appropriate to make fart jokes on a first, second, or hundredth date. Yes, it is rude to ask me out to dinner and then expect me to pay. No, it’s not okay to ask me a question and then check your phone will I’m talking. Yes, foreplay actually IS a real thing, and no, it’s only boring if you’re doing it wrong.

Expecting the Norm

Expecting the Norm
One day during a deep meditation, I saw how much of myself I was hiding from the world, and my own consciousness. And why was I doing that – to make others more comfortable? To get more clients, or a better chance at getting published? Was I seriously sacrificing my own comfort level, happiness, and growth to supply people with what they were expecting to see?

Sowing the Wild Seeds of Your Heart

Sowing the Wild Seeds of Your Heart
Our hearts are the soil of our soul, and whatsoever we plant in our hearts takes root. It grows, nourished by our thoughts, actions, and our beliefs. Many times in our lives we inadvertently plant negative seeds in the soil of our hearts.

Yemaya, Mother Goddess of All

Yemaya, Mother Goddess of All
Yemaya is the personification of a mother’s love, and represents the ideal of divine motherhood. Gentle, nurturing, and protective, she is the unconditional, all-encompassing love that a parent has for their child.  She appears in our lives as the loving, nurturing mother who listens to our troubles, soothes our sorrows, and guides us to becoming whole and complete.