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#Sherriceisms – Make Your Own Holidays!

#Sherriceisms – I have rules!

Do you celebrate holidays that are different than those mandated by the Gregorian calendar? I do. In fact, I celebrate solstices, equinoxes, Kwanzaa, full moons, new moons, birthdays, and personal, family, and friend accomplishments. Here are the top 10 reasons why and I’d love to hear about your personal holidays in the comments field.

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1.Nature celebrations are an exchange. I give honor to the great I am within me for the creation and I get wisdom and healing in return.

2. My ancestors celebrated this way before religions existed.

3. I can celebrate solo or with a crowd.

4. I see the fruit of my efforts year after year.

5. No drama because I don’t spend a bunch of money on these celebrations. I light candles, meditate, chant, play games, and/or have fellowship with others. No gifts required unless that’s what we agree to do.

6. I create the rituals. There’s no authority telling me what to do so it’s genuine, unique, and authentic. And if I decide not to celebrate, no one asks me a million questions and calls me Scrooge.

7. I don’t get sick. Since most of the celebration food is my own, plant based, and sugar free, I feel alive after the celebration.

8. Because I want to.

9. Because I like to be different than others. Groupthink makes me nervous.

10. It feels good to me. I attend other holiday celebrations to be with my family. Truth is, I enjoy my family, yet the whole fabricated event to bring us together doesn’t feel good to me. I like to do what feels good.

Butterfly Wisdom

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I just love butterflies. This beautiful flying insect is the quintessential representation of freedom, intelligence, and mysticism. Whenever a see a butterfly, no matter what’s going on in my life at that moment, I smile and it’s all better.

Let’s observe the symbiotic relationship of two specific butterflies to toxic plants and predators – the Monarch and Pipevine Swallowtail. Blessed with digestive enzymes customized to their specific needs, these butterflies can consume toxic plants without getting sick or dying so that they are undesirable to those who prey upon them. The Viceroy butterfly doesn’t have this capability however it can change it’s color to match the Monarch’s to trick the predators who try to eat them. The Red-Spotted Purple butterfly has this same ability however it mimics the Pipevine Swallowtail. Isn’t nature brilliant? Who knew something so small could be so smart?

If the butterfly creator is the same as the human creator, I wonder what food we consume that attracts or detracts certain people into our lives. What energy are we emitting through our perspectives? What atmosphere are we creating in our homes and work spaces? When generational love or bondage is reflected in our auras? All of these aspects of our lives affect who comes, who goes, and who stays. I encourage you to kick back with a cup of hot, steamy, lemon balm tea and reflect on what you and these butterflies have in common.

Love and light!

 

Magnificient Mugwort!

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Mugwort is the universal herb for protection and prophecy in the dream world.  It’s a visionary herb, so it’s often used for divination and ritual practices. While it’s great for infusions, some people mix it with damiana and mullein for smoking blends. I’ve even burned it along with or in place of sage when we sit by the fire outside at night for protection and clearing. It’s a nice herb to burn for meditation practice, as well.  Magnificient mugwort also relaxes the uterus to bring on late menstural cycles. This herb is an abortifacient so don’t consume it if you’re expecting a bundle of joy.

White Candle Meditation

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There are many versions of white candle meditations and I wanted to share one that will help you learn to keep your focus and hold the vision to manifest your hopes and dreams. Mastering this technique is not the only way to do this work so if you have others feel free to share with us in the COMMENTS below.

What You’ll Need

  • 1 white candle
  • 1 candle snuffer
  • 1 lighter or match
  • Sage or Reiki energy
  • Quiet space (for at least 30 minutes)
  • Shawl or blanket in case it gets cold

What You’ll Do

  • Use your sage or Reiki energy to cleanse the candle and yourself of the energy of the manufacturer, maker, store personnel, and store visitors.
  • Place your hands on the candle and set your intention for what you’d like to focus on for this meditation.
  • Light a white candle.
  • Sit in easy pose, lotus position, or straight up in a chair right in front of the candle.
  • Focus on the candle flame for as long as your can.
  • As you’re led, close your eyes and visualize the candle flame in your mind.
  • Hold that vision for as long as possible. If the vision fades away, either try to recall it or open your eyes and focus on the candle again.
  • Do this work for 20-30 minutes each day for as long as you’re led. If you’re led to go beyond the 20-30- minute timeframe, feel free to do so.
  • Journal about your experiences as you continue this practice.

New Moon Wish

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Just as the ocean’s tides are affected by the moon, so are our moon cycles. When our bodies are in tune with the natural rhythms of nature, we bleed with the new moon and ovulate with the full moon. Since most women bled at the same time in indigenous cultures, they often gathered in a common hut or tent to bleed together. This was a powerful time of rest, pampering, creativity, and high magic in many cultures. Women in the moon hut or red tent would partake in activities such as grooming and massaging one another, writing music, reflecting on nature, lucid dreaming, visioning, doll and cake making to honor their goddess of choice, intention setting, and a variety of other rituals during this time.

In this modern day and age, there are lights everywhere. These artificial luminaries are a blessing because they allow us to extend our day beyond the sunlight. At the same time, they are a curse because they through off our body’s natural rhythms. This is the reason women bleed at different times of the month outside of the new moon. So our goal is to get back to the practices of old to make us even better in the new. One such practice is setting intentions. Since the moon is not visible when it’s new, the darkness prevails. Spiritually speaking, this is the best time of the month to plant the seeds of your intention. Throughout the month, you can water them and watch them grow. The seeds are our intentions for our lives and our prayers, affirmations, spiritual practice, and action are the four things that help bring one’s vision into fruition.

So how do you set you intentions during the new moon? Follow the steps below.

  • Get a sheet of paper and a writing utensil.
  • Write your name and date on the paper.
  • Relax and take some deep breaths for one – five minutes.
  • Ask yourself, “What’s my intention for this new moon?”
  • Write down up to ten intentions.
  • Speak each intention out loud and say Ase’ at the end of each intention.
  • Say a closing prayer over your intentions.
  • Keep them in a safe and revisit them accordingly as needed.

Here are some quick rules of thumb.

  • Only write down those intentions that feel right with your spirit.
  • Don’t expect overnight manifestations.
  • Don’t try to do new moon intentions for other people. Focus on YOU.
  • Do not throw the intensions away or burn them until they manifest.

Creating a Sacred Womb Space

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Give thanks.

As women, we take on so many responsibilities that we often forget to take some time for ourselves. There are many ways for us to physically take time for ourselves including going to the gym or fitness studio, hair salon, nail salon, or the mall. Those of us who love nature might go on a hike or  walk in the park/woods. Today, I’d like to encourage you to create a sacred space right in your own home.

Here are a few items you might include.

  • Feathers
  • Candles
  • Crystals
  • Incense
  • Crystal chalice for water or other beverage offerings
  • Pictures of ancestors
  • Statues
  • Tarot or oracle cards
  • Singing bowls
  • Sacred geometry pictures and figures
  • Orgone crystals and generators
  • Chimes
  • Flowers
  • Personal or family artifacts
  • Sage bundle
  • Cockle shells
  • Crystal wands
  • Crystal balls
  • Pentacles
  • Bells
  • Gongs
  • Tuning forks
  • Herbs
  • Whatever you’re led to place on the altar
  • Plants

Be sure to cleanse and bless the items on your altar and keep this space clean and sacred.

Love and light.

First Moon Celebrations

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Give thanks.

Do you remember your first moon? Maybe it was all you thought it would be or maybe it a nightmare. No matter what the experience may have been, I’m willing to bet that most of you didn’t have a celebration or any training (outside of etiquette classes or a debutante ball, etc.) related to it. In our culture, we celebrate birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, and events of that nature, but rarely do we celebrate first moons.

Since I am the mother of three boys, I’ve discussed their coming of age celebrations with their father, yet I felt it was important for my nieces and cousins to have first moon celebrations. In fact, I’ve already started planning. I was surfing the web when I happened upon the party favors in the picture above. These awesome favors are sold by Menarche Parties R Us. In addition to favors, they sell educational games to play at first moon celebrations and a few other products. While I found this site to be refreshing, I wondered how my niece’s/cousin’s girlfriends and their mothers would  handle receiving this invitation in the mail. Hmmmmm. The fact that I had to even ponder on this question let me know that we have some work to do in our society.

So, where do we start? I’d like to pose that idea that we consider building traditions in our families that help us get to the point where receiving an invitation like the one above in the mail is common place and something we look forward to. Before we can do this, we have to educate ourselves and other elders who are raising the next generation of wonderful women. Here are a few resources to help us start. I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences. Love and light.

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