Harvesting For Your Soul

Photo Credit: João Silas of Brazil.
Photo Credit: João Silas of Brazil.

As the Autumn Equinox has come and gone, we now have shifted from the seasons of mostly sowing and planting, to preparing for our major harvest seasons. This harvest is the one that will sustain our families and ourselves through the elongating chilly nights and the coming frigid days. There are pumpkins ( and Pumpkin Spice) everywhere, Trees are turning colors and beginning to shed, and the skies bear the familiar “V” formations of our feathered friends getting ready to head for warmer pastures.

Ah Harvest time!

While, that buzzword of the season usually conjures up mental images of tractor-combines, apple picking, hay bales, and canning, there is another part of the Harvest season few but farmers and homesteaders really remember and think about. See, the harvest season is not only a time for the final fruit and grain crops to be pulled in and stored, but it is a time for reaping, threshing, and culling.

Not only is it time to gather the grain; but it is time to thresh with our flails and tediously winnow the chaff from the grain. It is time to give our feathered and furred livestock that final fattening meal, sharpen our knives,  give thanks and cull our herds. Harvest, the actual process of harvesting, is unyielding, exhausting, and ardent work.

Harvest. It sounds a lot like nitty- gritty of Shadow Work doesn’t it?

When your Spirituality develops past the Puddle stage; when you begin to deal with the deeper levels of archetypes, your Ori( Yoruban term for One’s inner Human Consciousness),  Akashic records, Shadow Self and the like, when your practice becomes about more than personal gain and acquiring power. When the Art of Spellcraft , collecting books, and being part of the latest and greatest trend(s) in the Magickal community no longer do anything for you; then it is time to put in the work of Harvesting in your life.

It is time to take your life and throw it upon your threshing floor. It is time to take up your flail inwardly and beat the chaff aloose. Let the cleansing winds of change and the aeration of your Winnowing Fan remove the chaff and weevils from your inner growth. It is time to slaughter your fattened calves and goats of Shame, Self-pity, martyrdom, Unforgiveness, obnoxious pride ( because you do need some),arrogance, and self-neglect.

Get rid of those things that will tax you and make it hard to survive the lean season. Anything that will drain your energy or resources without a just recompense needs to die. Use what remains to fertilize yourself and prepare for the next sowing season. Record your triumphs, lessons and revelations. Celebrate your growth and accomplishments. Revel in the fact you have made it. Mourn those failures and losses, remember the lessons, acknowledge that pain; actually allow yourself the experience to feel it, then let the feeling go. Know and expect there will be those who don’t make it to your next planting season; it is all well. Those who can not help you sow good seeds, need not be there. Remember the Honored Ones who did help your Work, but have been called to Other Realms. Give them their just portions.

Harvest time is upon us. Enjoy the beauty, but remember and perform the Work.

Come Delight in Sweet Treats and Coloring the Tarot

As you enter the sacred space, you are greeted with a warm and friendly welcome from the temple’s keeper. Soft music drifts through the air along with the delightful aroma of coffee and a sweet treat for the night. You approach the table with pages to choose from, you grab what calls to you and with colors by your side. You go on a colorful journey deep within the mind.

Pages upon pages to choose from
Pages upon pages to choose from Photo by Jackie Burkeen

Adult coloring books have been a new and unexpected rage within  the last few years. They offer a chance to anyone to have access to the inner child you crave to connect with all over again and can be used as another tool for shadow work.  Studies have shown therapeutic effects for anxiety, depression, PTSD, stress and many other conditions that involve overuse of the mind.

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Photo by Jackie Burkeen

This past Tuesday, Pagan Pathways Temple started their first day of a three Tuesday evening event. The coloring of the major and minor arcana while enjoying the delights of sweet treats and refreshing beverages. Upon entering the temple, we were greeted with a very friendly welcome and were quickly directed to the coloring sheets provided and asked to have a seat to enjoy our coloring endeavors. While the event was small since it was the first night it provided an intimate atmosphere which included wonderful conversations to the sound of calming yet enchanting music filling in the air. There was a lot of love, including the sharing of colored pencils.

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Photo by Jackie Burkeen

The results of the coloring journey were wonderful, everyone’s efforts inspired a variety of colorful masterpieces, although the journey has only just begun for they currently have more than enough pages to go around. All waiting to take you on your own incredible journey through the tarot in the form of colorful imagination. The treat that was served for the night was homemade baklava which was to die for with its light and flaky texture with the sweet taste of honey. The treat the was said to be served next week was homemade fudge. The first night of the event has come and gone, but you can still have your chance to come out and play. The event is to also take place again on June 14th and June 21st so don’t miss your chance to come join in on the fun. All with just a simple ten dollar donation towards the temple, you too can come and have a good time with sweets and coloring.

Pagan Pathway Temple is located at 28736 John R Road, Madison Heights in Michigan.

The temple offers more than just coloring, they offer a variety of rituals, classes, get-togethers, or simply having their doors open to just to give a lost soul a safe haven and a place to explore the Pagan path. You can check out their website for their hours and their ever-expanding calendar of events they have to offer to the public. Don’t forget to check out volunteer opportunities to see how you can get involved with the temple.

 

Jackie Burkeen (aka Rosalina Nightshade) has been a practicing witch since 2008 where her journey began with being enchanted by nature’s beauty of Mackinaw Island. She follows her own path which incorporates an eclectic modern taste to traditional witchcraft. Mother of a strong-willed child, two cats and a Guinea pig, she resides in the Michigan downriver area where she lives her dream as a practicing Massage Therapist. You can follow her spiritual journey and other surprises on her blog “Tales of a Backwoods Witch; Adventures of Rosalina Nightshade” and Rosalina Nightshade on Facebook.

The Healer’s Shadow: inner healing through Shadow Work

Jackie Burkeen

When one thinks of the word “healing”, one would assume bright white lights, crystals, Reiki, Angel Touch, anything that involves the category of love and light. While they’re all wonderful tools to help with healing ourselves and others, they’re not the one and only way. Shadow Work is what a magickal practitioner does in order to advance further in their practice. Spells can go wrong when one is not in the right state of mind and intention, especially in the most unconscious level of their psyche. Your shadow harbors those little nit picks you hate about yourself, your inner demons you sought to suppress while presenting to the world what you want to show. The thing about your shadow is it has a habit to creep up and surface when you least expect it.

Gerrit Dou
Old Woman with a Candle – Gerrit Dou

Those who don’t face and embrace their shadow are often consumed by the demons within which can lead a life of playing the victim. Inner healing is a very broad subject, but the most basic way to start is through the use of shadow work. It can be as simple or as complicated as you wish it to be.

A good way to work with your shadow is the use of fear facing methods. Are you afraid to push further in your career? Sit down and make a list of ways to spring up confidence within yourself so you can push your boundaries to advance. A fear of letting go?

Find mundane ways such as cleaning and decluttering your house and infuse the energy of what you want gone with what you throw out. Afraid to fall in love? Open your heart to not only to the ability to love yourself, but others as well.

The truth is, healing starts from within. Looking inward is often a very exciting yet frightful journey we can take. Change is the one thing we all fear the most, but no change can lead to a life of stagnation and unfulfilled dreams. Change takes time and the will to do so, you will get discouraged especially if you’re someone who desires instant gratification. Change can come as quick as a few months or take as long as many years. Your desire is the key for how much you want to advance further in your endeavors to heal yourself.

One thing to know for certain, you can count on your shadow to always be by your side. Even when it cloaks itself in darkness, it will always be there. Embrace your shadow, for it has been by your side in your brightest days and your darkest hours. It harbors your truth, both sides you love and hate. Embrace your shadow, and let your inner healer’s journey begin.

 

Jackie Burkeen (aka Rosalina Nightshade) has been a practicing witch since 2008 where her journey began with being enchanted by nature’s beauty of Mackinaw Island. She follows her own path which incorporates an eclectic modern taste to traditional witchcraft. Mother of a strong willed child, two cats and a Guinea pig, she resides in the Michigan downriver area where she lives her dream as a practicing Massage Therapist. You can follow her spiritual journey and other surprises on her blog “Tales of a Backwoods Witch; Adventures of Rosalina Nightshade” and Rosalina Nightshade on Facebook.