A Rainy Moonday!

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Woke up to a rainy day today! I love it! The Goddess has watered my beautiful gardens once again! Besides nuturing my flowers, herbs and trees She has done a lovely spring cleaning of the outdoors. Everything sparkles! I look outside and see all this sparkly clean freshness and it brings my thoughts to how clean is everything inside.

By inside I mean in my home and also within myself. Yes, it’s spring cleaning time! I am reminded of the way my mother cleaned everything inside and out scouring and polishing and changing linens (we lived up north and had summer and winter draperies and such) until things literally shone they were so clean!

Today, was a beginning for me. As I chatted on the phone with a friend I thoroughly cleaned my refrigerator until it sparkled! There is nothing worse that eating food from a dirty refrigerator! I went grocery shopping and placed all I bought within and felt a great satisfaction at a job well done.

I love my home and I want it to be beautiful so as I clean everything up this spring I set my intention for all kinds of good things. I choose to bring love, good health, joy, laughter, prosperity and all the abundance the universe has to offer. I choose for my home to be my palace. I am a Queen, after all! My home needs to reflect all that I want to bring into my life and into my family’s life. I want my home to be a major part of the magick that I live daily!

That brings me too, well myself! What do I look like on the inside? Have I walked my path, my talk and created a beautiful interior! Am I reflecting the Goddess and living like a true Queen, with honor and dignity.  Am I really seeing my hands as the Goddess’s hands and am I ser1ving Her with every ounce of my being? Who is this Queen and does she shine and sparkle?  Am I loving and compassionate? Am I living with wisdom? How can I freshen myself?

One of the ways I daily freshen myself is by beginning my day with a daily devotion. This includes a prayer at my altar, lighting a candle, making an incense offering, and taking time to listen, to meditate. I have asked Goddess how I can serve Her today. What would She have me do, say, etc.  Throughout my day I take mini-moments with the Goddess, checking in to listen and to talk to Her. I am observant and aware so I don’t miss any messages She might have for me.

Now I have to say that I am not perfect but this really makes a difference in my day! Keeping connected to Goddess helps me to stay fresh and sparkly!  It helps me to have true joy in my life! I am connected to my source and ever growing more a part of Her and the Universe. I, with Her help, am ever becoming one with Her. As a Queen and as Her priestess this is an integral part of my walk!

And, you know what, it also helps to go dance in the rain!  This is something I love doing! I go out in my garden and dance my heart out to my Goddess and this is another offering! Talk about spring cleaning yourself! After this I feel fresh and clean and yes, sparkly! Try it sometime! Go dancing in the rain and make that your prayer and your magick!

Bright Blessings and may you sparkle!

Donna aka Lady Isis Rose

Life Is All About Learning!

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It’s a beautiful Saturday Morning and I just finished listening to a short video on how to be a business Goddess. This video is a continuation of a process of learning that I have been on since the Winter Solstice. I am learning so much!  As I set up my business Authentic-Goddess I have been on this amazing journey of learning how to market myself and my business, of what women who are beautiful and mature Goddesses want and need in their lives, and of how many opportunities there are out there.
I have also been listening to some awesome speakers being interviewed by the owner of WISH (Women’s International Summit for Health). Here’s the link: (http://www.wishsummit.com). Women like Carol Look, Marianne Williamson, Maya Angelou… Other speakers like Jim Robbins, too. These are all people who are at the top of their fields. They are life coaches, business coaches, spiritual practitioners and experts on The Laws of Attraction. They are counselors and psychologists, authors, etc. These people are all people that I am listening to and learning from.
It’s amazing how much I have learned in this short space of time, and exciting, too. I know that there is so much more to learn and that I will ride this exciting journey to a very successful business. A business where I can be of service to all you beautiful Goddesses 35 and up. This is my desire: that I can encourage you to empower yourselves, that I can show you How To Be The Queen Of Your Life, and How To Live Your Life Like A Queen, and How To Embrace The Power Of The Queen Goddess! As we do this we will live and grow and enjoy a life that is wholly engaged! We Will live joyful lives where we continue to learn and grow every day. Where we embrace all the world has to offer us and then turn around and share that with others! Opportunity abounds and we only have to learn about it and grab onto it!
So keep looking for more about Being The Queen Of Your Life  at .http://www.authentic-goddess.com/my-blogs.html. I will share opportunities for learning and living life beautifully. I will inform about my workshops and I hope to be able to make those available online in the future. In the meantime my current flyer is up for my first Queen workshop. Click on My Current Workshop Flyer.

Check out my website for workshop info, newsletter and to keep up with my goings on at:

http://www.authentic-goddess.com.html

I hope to see you there.

Bright Blessings, Donna

Celebrating Life ~ Perfect At Springtime And Any Other Time

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Our circle celebrated the Spring Equinox (Ostara) last night. We also had a birthday to celebrate. One of our ladies is an Ostara baby and so, as we do for all of our ladies, we have a Birthday Blessing ritual and celebrated her life.  At this ritual we offer her spiritual gifts, just like the faerie godmothers did for Sleeping Beauty.  Of course, we did not have someone who offered her anything negative as we were all invited! So she won’t be sleeping for 100 years! LOL

 We also had a birthday cake (actually two) for her and some beautiful gifts which she loved!  As we celebrated Spring and its beauty we also celebrated Nakoomis and her beauty. We all bring things of beauty into this world that we use to affect others. In Enchanted Rose Moon Circle we like to recognize this. It’s so important to celebrate our loved ones, to celebrate their passages just the way we celebrate the coming of the seasons and their passing also.

 Rites of passages have almost become a thing of the past.  I for one really have missed that!  I have made it my business and my circle’s business to honor those passages in my life and in the lives of my loved ones and my ladies (of course they are loved ones, too)!  When we honor people they come to know how important they are to us and to the world.  There is no need for them to guess at our feelings or to guess at their worth. This builds self esteem and helps them to feel valuable.

 In Paganism, Wicca, and Witchcraft there is a beautiful place for these rites of passages.  Within our circles we can celebrate each person and their growth and passages. I would love to see that in our world at large.  What would change if we showed each other how valuable we are? How would our world change and grow!  How would people treat each other if they felt appreciated?

 Spring is a wonderful time to plant the seeds of celebrating life and the people you love.  What can we celebrate for each person? Well, there’s birth and birthdays (of course), the becoming a young woman or young man, the passage into adulthood, hand-fasting and or marriage, births of children (I know I said that already), various accomplishments, menopause for women and men?, Queenhood (the time between Mother and Crone, Croning and Sagehood, and yes even death (is death not a part of life?). Can you think of any other life celebrations? I challenge all of us to begin celebrating the lives of ourselves and others! 

 At this time of rebirth and renewal we can be joyful about life for many reasons, not the least of which is that we are alive and can celebrate everything about being on our beautiful planet!

 I also want to say while we celebrate our lives let us be mindful of the suffering of those in Japan and in other parts of the world where disasters have struck. Let us help where we can and certainly send our good thought, prayers, and energy out for their safety, healing, comfort, and peace!  We have become a global world in that we can easily reach out to others on our planet via the web. Because of this I believe we have an obligation to act where and how we can.

I leave you with these action words whether it be for honoring people through rites of passage and celebrating their lives or for helping others across the world:

 GO, BE, DO!!!

Your Goddess Glamour

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I love this. I did this as a workshop last Spring at a High Tea in my Goddess Garden. The ladies all loved it! I thought I’d post it as my Friday blog because with Spring here we all want to look, feel, and be our best. Enjoy!!!

YOUR ‘GODDESS’ GLAMOUR

Spring – a time of rebirth.

What better time to re-invent ourselves to our best self.

As this season is associated with blossoming we can set our intentions to bring into blossom our most beautiful  and Goddess-like self.

No matter what our beliefs and paths, we all carry the spark of the divine within

As we are females the Goddess or Goddesses of old comes readily to mind when I think about showing forth my best and most beautiful self. The positive aspect of being Diva is also a picture of a woman that is gorgeous and powerful; talented and creative.

We women fulfill many roles. We are daughters, wives, mothers, lovers, friends, sisters. We are caregivers, doctors, nurses, teachers, nurturers, and administrators. I could go on and on but I think you get the picture.

In order to be accomplished and succeed in these roles we use different tools. Some of the tools we use are outward, such as education and training; other tools are tools that we develop within ourselves, such as dignity, good character, etc.

Today I want to talk about a tool that is familiar to all of us but not quite in the way we might first imagine. That tool is Glamour. The dictionary defines Glamour as: the quality of fascinating, alluring, or attracting, esp. by a combination of charm and good looks. 2. excitement, adventure, and unusual activity (the glamour of being an explorer). 3. magic or enchantment; spell, witchery. 4. suggestive or full of glamour; glamorous.

Today I’d like to speak about glamour as being all of these, especially when pertaining to ourselves as women and Goddesses. Have you ever seen someone who just seemed to sparkle? Have there been days when you know you look your best, feel your best and that people really notice you? What did that look and feel like?

All of us can be glamorous, we are all beautiful women created by the divine source of the universe. We carry that same divine spark within us. The ability to really sparkle is also within each of us. Remember, Goddess does not make junk. She sees each of us as Her beautiful and amazing daughters.

How can we let out that divine spark; that glamorous sparkle that seems so like magic? How do we shine forth our best selves for ourselves and others?

1. First and most important, maintain a vibrant connection to the Divine, however you see Her/Him.

2. Know Yourself – Yes this takes time and work

3.  Love Yourself – Warts and all

4. Change that negative self talk to positive self-love

5. Decide what face you want to show to the world (remember Your best self) how does your best self look, hold herself, walk, talk, dress, treat others. (You only need to please yourself).

6. Create a picture of that Goddess-self in your minds eye. You can also make a collage, choosing images that reflect that sparkle you want to put forth.

7. Feed yourself – that means fill yourself with good and positive thoughts, words, actions. Use affirmations, they really do help!

8. Treat yourself like the Goddess you are! Nurture and take care of yourself!

    When we see ourselves and treat ourselves like Goddesses we are like sparkling beings in this world. We, in fact, work the magic of creating ourselves with Goddess’ help and in doing so we honor Her with our lives. I call this living a magical life!

    Affirmations:

    “I am an amazing daughter of Goddess/God. I walk in beauty and shine like the stars that sparkle above.”

    “I radiate love and beauty each and every day.”

    “I feel beautiful and fully at my best today and everyday.”

    “I am Goddess, thou art Goddess.”

    Another Beautiful Morning In South Florida!

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    Another Beautiful Morning in South Florida

     As I woke up this morning I already new this was going to be a beautiful day. I did what I always do which is step outside, in my garden, to greet the day. With daylight savings time here, it was still dark but the beginnings of sunrise were in the sky. Rose colored streaks glowed and light began to shimmer in the morning sky. I wasn’t the only one waking up there was the song of several birds all chiming in at once. The day was beginning!

     I walked back inside and put up my coffee. While waiting for the coffee to brew I went back out to my garden to enjoy the sights and sounds of morning. I see signs of Spring all around me, yes, even in my Florida garden. So many plants are beginning to bloom and I know soon my garden will be a riot of color and scents. The Spring Equinox, or what we pagans call Ostara, will soon be here! We will be celebrating life’s new beginning and rebirth. The land is surely showing that right now for us. (For those up north still braving the cold know that Spring is around the corner for you, too!).

     I stroll around my garden sending energy to all the plants, herbs, and trees, I observe the signs of their growth. What is in bud and what is in blossom. I do a little weeding here, a little trimming and pruning there tending to those that need care. And then, I go back in for my coffee!

     With coffee in hand I begin my devotions. I thank Goddess for this brand new day. I light my candles and an incense offering and connect in my own way with my Goddesses and with the Universe. Then, of course, back to the garden.

     While out there I am reminded of a world that has changed drastically over the past few days and before that as well. There has been flooding and earthquakes and tsunamis. As if this is not enough, consequently, there have been meltdowns (partial or otherwise) at the nuclear energy facilities in Japan. I read, just yesterday, that another consequence of all this is that the earth has shifted on its axis! I feel like we live in a world gone mad!

     What do we do in these times when disaster is at every turn? We keep on living! I am not saying ignore what is happening but we must continue to live our lives. We can give aid where we can. We can pray, perform rituals, work magick, send healing energy, etc. But we really have to continue to live. If we were to stop living our lives we do no good to or for anyone. This has been a wake up call for us that at any time our lives can change drastically yet we must continue to live! Let us learn and grow and support each other on this journey while we continue to live!

     I have been working at my altar for healing, peace, comfort, protection and anything else I can think of for the people affected by the disaster in Japan. I have been asking my Goddesses and the major Goddess of Japan, Amaterasu, for their help and if I have missed anything I ask them to take care of that, too! And yet, I am continuing to go on with my life. I am enjoying this beautiful spring morning even while praying for Japan and our beloved planet. I continue to work on my business, Authentic-Goddess. I continue to research for my book. I continue to lead my coven and to take care of myself, my pets, my home, and my garden. Life is going on and I continue to live it!

     I started this blog not quite sure where it was headed and I conclude it with a challenge for myself and for all of you out there. Live life, live it beautifully, enjoy it all the while being mindful of what is happening around our planet. Give aid where you can, shelter where you can, pray, work magick, ritualize, whatever it is that you do but Live! And, be thankful for everything! Live in gratitude for what you have and even for what you don’t have. Enjoy your family, friends, other people around you and be grateful! Thank Goddess and God, or just God, or Buddha, or Allah, or Mary, or Jesus! Just be thankful!

     As I end this blog I do so with tears coming down my face because I am so thankful to the Lady and the Lord for all the beauty and goodness I have! I am so touched by all that is going on in the world and I wish with all my heart that things will get better for all of us on this planet particularly for the people of Japan and for all people who are suffering the disasters that have recently happened. May life improve greatly for all! May there be peace, comfort, healing, love, and protection for those who need it so desperately!!! So Mote It Be!

     Blessed Be

    A Ritual to Juno and for all Women!

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    Juno, Queen of Heaven

    I promised you all a ritual to Juno! Juno is the Queen of Heaven of the Roman pantheon of gods. She is also a Goddess of Women and it is in that area that the following ritual is. Earlier in the week it was the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day so this ritual is so appropriate!
    All you need is a peacock blue or white candle, incense of your choice, and three peacock feathers.

    Light your incense and encircle your sacred space with it.

    Simply create sacred space as you normally do or create space with this simple circle casting starting at the east, then south, then west, then north and back to center:

    “By the air that is Her sweet breathe, By the fire that is Her Passionate will, By the water that is Her loving emotions, By the earth that is Her beautiful body, and By the spirit which connects all, I cast this sacred circle! May the blessings of Juno be upon my sacred space and on this Her child!”

    Light your peacock blue or white candle

    Take your peacock feathers and place around your candle.

    Invoke Juno
    “Heya Juno, Hail to the Queen of Heaven. I call out to you from within and without to grace my sacred space with your royal presence!
    Goddess that rules over women and Goddesses honor me with your magickal energy. Share with me your wisdom and let me feel your presence within my circle and within my body, mind and spirit!
    I honor you and welcome you to my circle!

    Now settle into your breathe and feel Her presence. Listen for Her teaching and guidance. Juno comes into this modern world and is there for us as modern women just as She was there for women in ancient times. After listening to Her for a while ask Her your questions if you have any and listen again!

    After the meditation ask Juno to bless and protect you and all women in your own words. Then thank Her (again in your own words) and open your circle.

    You can use this to do so begin at the north, then west, then south, then east and back to the center:

    “By the earth that is Her beautiful body, by the water that is Her loving emotions, by the fire of Her passionate spirit, by the air that is Her sweet breathe, and by the spirit that connects all things , I open this sacred circle! May I always stand in the presence of Juno!” 

     Leave the peacock feathers on your altar as an offering to Her.

    Enjoy! And remember to journal your experiences.

    Junonalia

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    The Junonalia

     On this day, in ancient times, Romans observed the Festival Junonalia. This festival honored Juno, Queen of Heaven, of their gods. This festival was celebrated by the matrons of Rome. There were processions in which statues of Juno were carried through the streets and ending at the temple of Juno. There was dancing and merriment. I am sure there was wonderful feasting also, as the Romans were known for their feasts.

     As Juno has been a great part of my life recently I honor Her today in all I do. At devotions today I lit a beautiful rose incense for Her. My altar was cleaned and lit up with candles and my prayers were to Juno. This Goddess of women has become a major part of my life! At dinner tonight I will honor Her for all the gifts She brings to my life. My day will be filled with Juno and Her joy!

     Earlier this month was another festival called The Matonalia. This festival, also celebrated by the matrons of Rome, was the anniversary of the foundation of the temple of Juno. Women and girls brought their prayers to Juno and brought Her generous offerings of flowers and flowering plants for it was said She delighted in them.

     They worshipped Juno in Her aspect of Juno Lucina. Juno Lucina is a Goddess of childbirth and the first light a child sees. In this aspect, women would go to Juno when they wanted to conceive. They would also go to Her for their birthing and for the health of their children.

     Just imagine this festival… When women gather there are always great goings on. We know how to have a fun time together. Imagine the gossip, the food, the music, the hilarity. Imagine the baudiness and the storytelling, all in honor of this Queen of Heaven. Can you just see it?! Think of these women in their finest made of beautiful materials, imagine their jewelry. Imagine the colors and the scents.

     Now, lets take this into modern times and think of how we can honor Juno (or other Goddesses of your choosing). For Juno, I love honoring Her as Goddess of Light. And so, I do light my altar up with lots of candles. In my next blog I will post a modern day ritual that I will create to this royal Queen of Heaven. So look for more on Friday….!