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Imbolc • Emotional Habits & Emotional Maturity ✦ [Silver Chalice Wiccan 'Zine]
February 02, 2019
Table of Contents
Energy Fields & Astrology -- February Energies
New Article - Emotional Habits & Emotional Maturity
Sabbats & Esbats & Other Wiccan Rituals - Imbolc
Quotes - on Staying True, Evolving, & Interconnection
Editor's NoteMerry Meet!
Welcome back to the Silver Chalice! It might seem soon to be receiving this email — for 2019 we've decided to send out this 'Zine in alignment with the Sabbats, so rest assured the next 'Zine will be coming out in mid-March (not every few weeks!).
As Winter starts to consider wrapping up (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), the forward motion of the year is upon us. Today is Imbolc, Bridgid's Day, and this Sabbat is the "official start date" of the online course A Year & A Day: 53 Weeks to Becoming a Wiccan. If you've been thinking about joining this widely acclaimed Wicca school, now is the best time because you can take the course in sync with the Sabbats and the seasons. (Click here to learn more & enrol.)
It came to my awareness recently how, umm, insufficiently this course might be described on its webpage. While students of course learn all the foundations of Wicca (which, theoretically, you could learn in a book — or, at least, a small library of Wiccan books… if they wrote to you every week with encouragement to continue 😉 ), this course offers more about the spiritual side of Wicca, and hands-on, practical exercises to increase your ability to channel energy, work magick, meditate, create shields, and just a ton of information.
Which is why we've dubbed it, as one student hailed it, "the ultimate Wiccan skill-building course" — because when you do the exercises, you find yourself becoming more grounded, self-aware, energetically empowered, strongly connected to the Divine, among the dozens of benefits the students have written to share that they’ve seen in their lives.
And if you don't know - students who pay the full price of the course ($70/month) receive:
We’re also in process of arranging live Q&A webinars!
The Scientific Power of IntentionAside from the Wicca school, I want to share with you some of what I've learned about the power of Intention. Most significantly, the work of Lynne McTaggart.
As you might recall, I went to a conference last year that featured Gregg Braden, Lynne McTaggart, Bruce Lipton, and others. And while I've studied their work for many years, to actually meet them and participate in an intensive 7-day event with 3000 other light workers has been life-changing.
I was so inspired, I no sooner returned home than I signed on to take an online course with Lynne. If you haven't heard of Lynne McTaggart, she has written about the zero-point field, the power of intention, and many other seemingly supernatural things, all based on reputable studies at the cutting edge of science. This isn't a new-agey belief; it's science-backed proof that human consciousness can — and does — affect change in the physical world.
After I think 2 decades of studies in concert with renowned scientists on the power of intention, she wrote her latest book, called The Power of Eight: Harnessing the Miraculous Energies of a Small Group to Heal Others, Your Life, and the World. It details what they’ve been able to prove as effective in manifesting our desires.
As a hard-nosed journalist, Lynne still shies away from the metaphysical implications of what she’s studying. But the thing she says intrigues her most is what she calls the rebound effect: the fact that when we do intentions for other people, we find our own lives improving as well!
Here's a quote from the book:
"The rebound effect on participants mirrored the intention itself. If they prayed for peace, their lives became more peaceful. if they tried to heal someone else, they experienced a healing in their own lives. focusing on healing someone else brings on a mirrored healing."
Since I read the book and took an online class (and now I’m participating in her year-long masterclass), I've been engaged in several "power of eight" groups through online video call, and the energy on these calls is fascinating. Really, truly, life-changing. During the calls each person puts forth an intention, and we take turns focusing on and visualising that intention becoming a reality. It's like a souped-up version of visualization, because there are other people also calling forth that version of reality.
Energy Fields & Astrology:
After the 2 eclipses in January, the primary energies of this month are beginnings and activation. That might seem obvious, with the sabbat Imbolc/Bridgid, the Chinese New Year on Tuesday February 5th, and the coming of Spring (in the Northern Hemisphere), but it's more than that.
According to Chani Nicholas:
"The new moon in Aquarius arrives on February 4th at 1:04 PM PT. This new moon is situated in a sweet cosmic spot. In a sextile to Jupiter, this new moon is encouraging, supportive of our efforts, and a perfect new beginning for us to work with in any way we need to. The first new moon after eclipse season, we are free and clear to get on with our own agenda.
This is an excellent time to start taking action on our goals and desires. Also, if you feel friction or conflict with your loved ones, now is the time to re-consider relationships, stay grounded in your Truth and use this time to observe what's been happening and create new patterns. Friction can cause a spark and a new creation or a new way of being, so focus on the positive aspects of your experience.
You may feel some old energy come up around self-deprecation and unfulfilled dreams. This is a month where you are supported with activating your dreams and reconnecting with your passions. It's also a great opportunity to forgive (yourself or others) and move forward.
With all this energy moving around, activating you and giving you a boost on your path, it might be emotional turbulent at times. Stay steady with practices that support you, and remember to take time for self-care. You may feel overwhelmed with the options at hand, especially later in the month after the full moon, so consider taking time to reflect on your priorities and ensure you are in alignment and on a path you want to be on.
New Moon this month: Monday February 4th @ 1:03pm PST, 4:03pm EST, 9:03PM GMT
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Wicca Students Speak Out:
"This is a great foundation for anyone beginning their journey in the Wiccan ways. The lessons were very information packed, and the fact that they come once a week keep you on track and keep you interested on your ultimate goal. It was a very well put together course.
I'm really hoping that there is a second year course that is offered. I would take it in a heartbeat if it was an extension of the material that was presented in the first course.
Utmost thanks and appreciation to Erin for the time and effort it took in creating and presenting such an informative an interactive course. It truly is a life changing experience."
- Steve Townsend, Westerville
"Your course has brought an awareness that resonates very strongly with me. I have a relationship with the Divine, a reverence, that I didn't have before. I have more room for others' beliefs, however, I'm open about my own convictions about how Love and Power (not force) can move mountains. The message isn't new, and is carried on many winds, but I feel that I'm part of the current, and can help the Divine by being a conduit of that love, without being preachy or self-righteousness.
I believe the Path you have set forth with your course has given me hope, and a way to find and express that Love and Hope to others.
I will continue to go through the course following the lessons, although I'm working full time and going to school, as well as I'm a single mom (with a beautiful daughter who watches me carefully). I'm looking forward to your more advanced courses when they come along."
- E.W., USA
2019 class starting now. Click here to learn more about A Year & A Day: 53 Weeks to Becoming a Wiccan
Every emotion you feel creates a habit, so that the more you feel something, the more you will continue to feel that same thing.
There is one point that must be clear: emotions are not evil, or bad, or
wrong of themselves. They are information and energy. The energy is the part you feel as pleasant or unpleasant; it is this which can be transformed and released. The information is vital, though, and needs to be accessed.
On a primitive level, we believe the information is about other people and events: "this must be bad, because I feel so bad," or "she must be mean, because I feel so hurt," etc. If you have been divorced from your emotional compass as a child, you will need to learn this first. These are steps to emotional maturity, and you can’t really skip ahead.
There are 2 basic stimuli: pleasure and pain. We can also call them comfort and discomfort, love and fear. (Although technically the latter is our emotional response to the two stimuli—we love what is pleasurable and fear what is painful.)
Sabbats, Esbats, & Other Wiccan Rituals:
Astrologically speaking, Imbolc occurs at 15° of Aquarius, and it marks the beginning of Spring and a new agrarian cycle.
Movement tips toward expansion, even if it's not very visible yet — requiring us to trust, and to stay alert to subtle signs.
This is the season of great inspiration. As the Energy of the Earth begins to increase and move forward, we're motivated to move forward and create as well.
Imbolc is another Fire festival, especially in honour of the Goddess Brighid's eternal flame and the returning Sun. Candles and lights are a big part of most Imbolc celebrations.
Purification has always been a big part of this celebration as well. The very act of cleansing yourself, your home, and your ritual tools will lift the weight of the dark season from you.
With Brighid being the Goddess of smithcraft and all crafts, poetry, and healing, these are good focal points for Imbolc rituals. Her association with holy wells also make any water rituals or magick appropriate.
Imbolc is a time of youthful exuberance, fresh starts, and creation. The Intentions set at Yule are growing, some still underground, unseen, some sending their first tender shoots out into the physical world. This is why we celebrate Dedication and Initiation on this Sabbat — it's the first manifestation of our lives as Wiccans.
Imbolc expresses the Energy of something new wanting to be born. And we are, each of us, the gateway — the Creatrix/Creator, the artist, the mother of this new creation.
This information about Imbolc is from parts of the ten pages of Lesson #52, "Imbolc: The First Spring Sabbat" in A Year & A Day: 53 Weeks to Becoming a Wiccan.
"Thoughts are global: we
are leaky buckets, sending and receiving thoughts every moment. Your messages are being heard... and replied to! Your thoughts, even when you think you're not thinking, are highly contagious."
"In order to change skins, evolve into new cycles, I feel one has to learn to discard. If one changes internally, one should not continue to live with the same objects. They reflect one's mind and psyche of yesterday. I throw away what has no dynamic, living use."
The boy and his heart had become friends, and neither was capable now of betraying the other.
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
If you've lost focus, just sit down and be still. Take the idea and rock it to and fro. Keep some of it and throw some away, and it will renew itself. You need do no more.
- Clarissa Pinkola Estes
One of the lessons that I grew up
with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don't invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.
- Michelle Obama
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