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Here's to a New Year of Empowerment!

Happy New Year!  I am sharing this pathworking that was written many years ago as a gift of finding your own place of power and resiliency as we enter another year. Last year, in particular was brutal for many leaving them feeling less than empowered by the choices, responses and reactions that were made.  Now, we find ourselves entering into the unknown of what this upcoming year will bring and with that uncertainty is an opportunity to move inwards in reflection as we bolster and strengthen what we wish to to create.

This pathworking is an opportunity to release any challenges you are currently facing and craft within yourself the space of renewal and empowerment. As we move through the year ahead and affirm this action at its start we will be able to move with courage and power in greeting every challenge and joy as more fully the person we are meant to be. 

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Priestessing my Marriage
When I was finishing up my Priestess training with the Nicole Christie lineage, the high Priestess Anyaa Mc Andrew, consistently encouraged us to define how we were going to use our Priestessing skills and selves in the world in a tangible way. Never did I imagine that my marriage would become a vessel for my Priestessing.
Since my ordination I have come to appreciate how wise and prophetic those instructions were, what I didn't know then was that once I left the Priestess training circle I would be bringing my Priestess self everywhere with me, there was no Candise waiting in line at the bank while Priestess of Grace sat under the dark of the moon in circle, Priestess of Grace is a part of me, an archetype that has been awakened and integrated into the very fabric of my being. Wherever I go, she goes. Candise sits in circle under the dark of the moon and Priestess of Grace stands in line, we are One and the same.
I celebrated my five year wedding anniversary on the Winter Solstice of this year. On December 21, 2012, the day when some believed that the world would end, and others believed powerful portals of energy that would rocket us into a new dimension would open up, my Beloved Twin Flame and I committed to seek out Goddess/God in one another, for all of eternity, until we once again merged back into Source energy.


I hadn't realized it at the time, but my vow to spend the rest of my lives seeking out God in my husband was another way that I was bringing the Priestess archetype back into our world. The role of a Priestess is to merge the realms and when I attempt to live in the earthly realm beholding the heavenly realm I am being that Priestess bridge, my marriage wasn't only for my human experience, it was a dedication to the world, it is a part of my Priestess calling, for as I learn to see the Beloved in my husband I hone that ability to find Source in everyone and everything.
In reflecting on the past five years of marriage and in response to a friend's inquiry about how I see God in my husband on the daily I became acutely aware of how often I fall short of my vows and have been recommitting to strengthening them and utilizing tools to do so. As I do this I am reminded of my sacred calling to behold Source in all beings that I come into contact with, this practice, what ancient sages and Masters have called 'transmuting' is one of the more potent ways that I show up as Priestess in the world.
The most inspiring part of my marriage vows for me was when I committed to find God in my husband so that I could better do that for all of humanity, this is a way that I bridge the realm of Love with the realm of duality.
When my husband is in doubt, fear, anger or apathy and I choose to see beyond the behaviour and to feel beyond the energetic imprints being thrown around I can contact the Source of his being, his true essence, this recognition calls forth his most Divine and beautiful self. The more I choose to behold the God in him the easier it is for me to 'transfigure' him and the more apt I am at doing this with the members of my community and even the world at large.
To transfigure is to look into another's eyes until we see the Creator looking back at us, if staring deep into another's eyes in the community isn't available or appropriate I find other, more subtle means to behold Source, I sense for Her, I pray to Her in the other and stick with it until I feel Her enveloping me, the person and the situation. 
To transfigure my husband and the world at large is a choice that I have to make on a moment to moment basis, it is much easier to condemn a Trump and to fear or loathe him than it is to transfigure him. It is easier because I am surrounded by third dimensional energy and the story surrounding him is loaded and bouncing all over society at this time. Yet, if I transfigure those closest to me and make this practice into a habit then the 'bigger' stories become more available for me to transfigure
My marriage, through the eyes of my Priestess self, is much more than the blessed gift to me and my daughters that it is, it is a calling forth of my highest self to learn to love, and to behold Truth despite the appearances to the seeming contrary that come up on a day to day basis. Thus marriage has merged into a mode of Priestessing for me, it is a spot of inspiration and a vortex of opportunity for my power and abilities to strengthen and expand into the world.
As the Gregorian calendar year comes to a close, and my marriage anniversary is celebrated, I will take this as a reminder, that love, when sanctified and offered up to the Goddess, is more than something for my human self to enjoy, it is a call to action and an invitation for the Priestess in me to rise up. Priestessing it seems can be accomplished in every relationship and every situation that I remember my sacred calling in, the be that bridge between the higher and lower realms.
For the year 2018 I am brining a deeper commitment to transfiguration within my marriage and the life that I live, I commit to finding Goddess behind the appearances of this realm so that Her presence can more easily be sensed, tapped into and experienced in the here and now. May this next phase of life usher more of Her into all of our consciousness.
Grace Be With You,
Priestess of Grace,
Candise Soaring Butterfly
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The Yes Magic of New Year’s Resolutions

With the Winter Solstice, the new solar year has begun, followed closely by the turning into a new calendar year. Now is a time of endings that mark new beginnings, and the tradition of New Year’s resolutions.

New Year’s resolutions can be a catalyst for profound, soul-sourced change, drawing on the Path of She practice of yes magic. Yes is the most powerful magical word in our vocabulary. It’s a word that the Universe pays close attention to. Say ‘yes’ and doors of possibilities open. Say ‘yes’ from the depths of soul, and you can transform your life.

Right now, at this very moment, the power of yes magic is at work in your life. Every choice you make and action you take, consciously or unconsciously, is a yes spoken in the language of the material world that weaves the fabric of your everyday existence. This is powerful magic: you are, in effect, spellcrafting your life.

Yes magic is a form of spellcrafting that aligns the potent, twin powers of desire and will through a specific, consciously chosen intention. Desire is what you want, will is your ability to make things happen, and intention is the spark that ignites the magic between them, and sends this magic outward into the listening Universe.

When you make a New Year’s resolution, you’re focusing your will by setting an intention for the coming calendar year. This is a perfect opportunity to use yes magic in service of your personal and spiritual growth for the new year.

Making Your Yes-Magic New Year’s Resolution

1. Heed Your Soul Desire

Yes magic operates in the domain of soul, not surface-level needs and wants. To use yes magic for your New Year’s resolution, you start by turning your awareness inward, and seeking out the soul desires that are reaching for expression in your outer life at this time.

Take out your journal book. With a few full, slow, grounding breaths, settle into your body and empty your mind. Then focus your attention on heeding your desire for profound, transformative change in the new year. 

Start by exploring your existing thoughts about change in the new year. What healing and personal transformation are you hungry for? What are your fears and hopes at this time? What new skills, knowledge, lifestyle enhancements and resources would you like to cultivate?  Why do you want to make these changes in your life?

Then take a few more deep, grounding breaths. Let go of everything you’ve written, and imagine yourself slipping beneath these things you know, and the wants and whys you can readily name. What is beneath these things? What soul-based longings are trying to make their way into your conscious knowing at this turning into the new year?

When your journaling feels complete, put your writing to one side, and let your insights and discoveries percolate inside of you.

2. Connect With Your Will

Yes magic is also about being grounded in your everyday life, and working with the impetus for change that’s already present in your outer environment. Desire turns your awareness inward, seeking out what you want to change. Will’s job is to focus your awareness outward, and to drive change in relation to your existing life circumstances.

Now that you’ve heeded your soul desire for change in the new year, you next turn your attention to your will, and its connection to what’s happening in your life at this moment.

Place your hands on your abdomen, and anchor yourself in your will by tracking the movements of your breath in the rounding and flattening of your belly. Then expand your awareness outward to your greater environment, and the energies and events of your outer life.

Ask yourself: what’s up for me right now, and demanding my attention, positive or negative? What opportunities and challenges am I facing?  What unusual or synchronistic events have come my way? How are these things revealing the personal change that’s ripe for me at the beginning of this new year? 

Answers may come to you immediately, or you may want to let them brew for a day. When this activity feels complete, move on to step 3.

3. Align Your Desire and Will

Yes magic sources its immense, transformative potential from the alignment of the twin powers of desire and will. When you say yes to your soul desire, and fire up your will to make this desire manifest in your outer life, you’re tapping into the deep, foundational roots of spellcrafting magic. It’s like sending up an intense, focused beacon into the listening Universe, and activating its mysteries of manifestation in service of your personal transformation.

Close your eyes, and put one hand each on your heart and belly. With several full, slow breaths, imagine yourself connecting to your heart with its inner knowing of your soul desires, and your belly with its outer knowing of your will. Open to the meeting and mingling of the insights that came to you in your step 1 and 2 activities. Feel these energies come into alignment in the core of your being, with your will primed to service your soul desire.

From this powerful place, ask yourself: what is my intention for 2018? How do I want to heal, grow and transform my life?  Be specific and concrete. Know you can choose to change in big or small ways. What matters is not so much the size of the change, but more the depth of the vision and energies that you’re tapping into when setting your intention for 2018.

Move directly from this activity into step 4.

4. Craft Your New Year’s Resolution

From the insights and information that came to you in the prior steps, craft a specific, yes-magic New Year’s resolution.

Words matter. Your soul, will and the mysteries of the Universe heed the specifics of your intention. Speak in empowering terms, naming what you want to bring into your life, rather than what you want to get rid of. Keep your resolution simple and brief, yet also use words that have power and meaning for you, and that make your soul sing. Make sure there’s an action element to your resolution, something that you’ll do to help manifest your intention. Leave lots of room for the unexpected and the unknown, so the Universe can weave its manifestation magic.

An ideal New Year’s resolution would support and nurture the new direction of your personal and spiritual growth, without being overly directive or goal-oriented. For example, you could set a resolution to develop a new skill, knowledge area or lifestyle choice that would support and enhance your soul’s desire to take your life in a new direction.

Symbolic actions matter.  Design a simple ritual that can charge your New Year’s resolution, and send its message outward into the listening Universe. You can create sacred space, light a candle, and speak your New Year’s resolution out loud three times. You can charge a symbolic object, like a piece of jewelry, an altar item, or a written affirmation that can be a touchstone to your New Year’s resolution yes magic as 2018 unfolds. Or you can come up with your own ritual that speaks to your soul and intention for change.

It doesn’t really matter what you do, as long as it’s symbolically connected to your New Year’s resolution, and anchors your 2018 intention in your soul, body and physical surroundings.  

5. Release Your New Year’s Resolution

With yes magic, like all spellcrafting, you don’t grip tight to your intention. Gather up your presence, commitment and power. Charge your New Year’s resolution through your ritual. Then release your intention, setting it free to work its yes magic, as it will, in your life.

Change will come, but not necessarily change that you can control or choose. The potent alignment of your soul-sourced desire, outer-anchored will, and the mysteries of the Universe will bring you whatever you deeply, truly need to heal and transform your life in keeping with your New Year’s resolution.  

For example, if your resolution is to become a more loving person, this might show up as a big fight with your mother. As counter-intuitive as this may appear, on a deeper level your heart might be blocked because of an unresolved issue with your mother. So the Universe delivers to you what you truly need: a conflict to heal your heart with your mother so you can continue on your chosen path of becoming a more loving person.

Yes magic and your soul have their own timeframes which can manifest change in an instant, or take a long time to unfold. In practice, the work of your soul is all about process, not outcomes. What matters is the depth of your engagement, not the speed of your journey or your destination.

6. Do Your Soul Work

Yes magic isn’t about words. What you do is your true yes, not what you say. Unless your actions back up your New Year’s resolution, nothing is going to happen, or more accurately, something will happen, but it’ll be in alignment with the yes communicated by your actions.

In the coming weeks and months, follow through on your New Year’s resolution by backing your yes words with yes actions. Trust that the challenges and opportunities for change that arrive on your doorstep are your work of soul.  Embrace the negative and positive, the light and shadow, and your beauty and wounding, knowing that all these things are the makings of your personal and spiritual pathwork in 2018.

And remember to look for the unexpected. With your yes-magic New Year’s resolution, you’ve activated powerful manifestation energies, and these energies will reveal themselves in the insights, dreams, issues, challenges and opportunities that come your way. Expect to be surprised, to dig into places that you’d rather avoid, and to be led by mysteries that you don’t fully understand.

Do your spiritual pathwork to the best of your ability, and trust that this is enough. With conscious awareness and commitment to your New Year’s resolution, you can change in profound, transformative ways, and become ever more masterful at the yes magic of spellcrafting the blessed gift that is your life and the living of your soul desire.

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The south point is the base of the circle. In the northern hemisphere it is closest to the equator, but here in the southern hemisphere it’s closest to the South Pole. We think of it as the ground, in which things are planted and where seeds sprout and arise. It’s also a place of compost, death, dark – letting the old fall away and waiting. To see what will be born.


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What Place of Joy: Spiritual Regeneration

Cross-posted at Goddessing From the Heart.

For today's post, I wanted to consider the lighthearted aspects of our journey in Goddess Spirituality. I use Womenrunes on a daily basis, and today I pulled the Sun card, which represents healing and play. We’ve entered the cold and dark season in the Northern Hemisphere, where little sunlight filters through to grace each day. How, then, during the gloomy winter months, do we find our moments of rainbow reflection? What in our busy and over-scheduled lives can provide opportunities to laugh, dance and act silly? And what do we do when it seems no comfort will arrive?

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Recently I had a lengthy discussion with my daughter about cellular memory. If you are not familiar with cellular memory, it is theorized that cells have specific memories and these memories are passed on should a person pass away and their organs donated.

The receiver of these organs may start to have memories from a place or event that they are not familiar with, as well, it is possible that they may have emotions over certain circumstances or during certain events that they have never before experienced.  It is believed that these memories and emotions come from the previous owner of the donated organs.

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We'Moon 2018 La Luna!



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