Month: May 2022

Spitfire Corner – Righteous Rage in the face of tragedy

In this episode, I speak to the tragedy of this week. You are entitled to your rage.

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Darkest Blessings,
Ivy

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Unstoppable: Medusa and Frida Kahlo

We all have an innate ability to stop others where they stand. The power lies within our ability to create, define, and choose our paths forward. Our purpose, thoughts, and actions are intertwined with this power and connected with the wisdom of the divine.

Medusa and Frida

Looking closely and then sinking back in my view of their lives, I see that theirs were those where it appeared as if the world was against them. However, their names are still known.  The truth in their stories and power still resonate through time and space.

Created by Karol Bak

Pain to Power

Putting pain to power, Medusa and Frida carry this energetic fortitude of being unstoppable and without boundaries.

Medusa, after her rape and beheading, was still powerful and a force for transformation. Her power was used strategically to protect women from a fate at the hands of men (such as King Polydectes who would force a marriage and rape of Perseus’ mother).

Photo found here.

Frida, while closer to our current time, carries some of this same energy of transformation and wisdom. Her will to be and will to question or push the status quo. Born in 1907, in the Coyoacán burough of Mexico City, Mexico, she suffered from polio as a child and had a horrific accident that left her in a constant state of pain.

Understanding her life and the underlying societal culture of the time, she was nonconforming and found her voice. She owned it and her life. She accepted nothing less than her desires and is still quoted today as an anthem of strength and rootedness beholden by those who are sovereign in the knowledge that their stories, choices, and art are places of wisdom and are powerful.

Photo by Meg Dreyer via Re-Visioning Medusa: from Monster to Divine Wisdom by Glenys Livingstone, Ph.D

The Ripple Effect

Medusa and Frida did not conform to the standard set by the rest of the world but were rooted in self. From this place, it created a ripple effect of wisdom, strength, and sovereignty for those can connect deeply to do the same. Even when the stories of us all are told through the lens of those in power in our lives and societies, the truth is revealed through the depths of intuition and our ability to translate it for ourselves. In fact, they both rise through time and space with the same message:

Those in power fear those that are born with it

Those that have power with others versus power over make the deepest impact

Those with power over will have their names long forgotten except for their atrocities as a reminder of what not to become: a curse upon them even after death.

A Candle & A Key,

Kaycee

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Misunderstood: Medusa Winks

The sky is speaking. Technically, the language of the sky is ever present, sending energetic messages to each of us. From the moment we took our first breath, as an individual apart from our mothers, the universe has guided us through these messages even if we were not aware of them. Sometimes though, these messages are globally felt and cause a wide array of shifting, growing, and transformation.

Photo by Rodolfo Quirós via Pexels

It would be the understatement of the decade to say we are amid a global transformation, but today we all see Medusa wink in the sky as the Lunar eclipse in Scorpio brings a soulful message within us all. It is okay to be misunderstood, we are collectively releasing and surrendering to the message that will help us shed the skin holding us back.

The Demon Star

During this Lunar Eclipse, the sun will be conjunct with Demon Star Algol. It is the Gorgon star and is a system of 3 stars that eclipses as well, causing white light to “wink” or blink in the sky.

This is strong energy.

Art by Bob King

Once we translate the energy through the understanding of the Gorgon Story, then impose the message over our own lives, there is a light shining there. It is that light shining on these darkest parts that Medusa reminds us that the purge is necessary to own our stories. We are not the villains, and neither was she. She winks to remind us that we own the regenerative cycles even if they do not come about in the way we expect.

Releasing Fear

Medusa invites us to release fear. Fear of being seen, fear of taking up space, and the fear of being villainized for utilizing the power we hold when we own our darkest parts. However, it is worthy to note that even then her power was used in a strategic way. We can do the same through evaluating risks as we begin this regenerative cycle individually and collectively.

Found on Pinterest, would love to credit original creator!

Understanding our own rage, that it is sacred, can bring about the changes to our lives that are empowered through holding her gaze and feeling her messages in our veins. We can remove the veil that society has placed upon us to keep hidden the power that comes from connecting with each other and forcing change. So yes, Medusa winks at us this day, to remind us that the power of our story, of herstory, is ours and we can take it back.

Right now.

Sculpture by Luciano Garbato

Connecting with Medusa

Connecting with Medusa under the night sky of the Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio is powerful medicine for the soul. Bring her an offering of the Demon’s Eye Incense and sit with the Black Sacred Candle. It is the beacon that connects us with her. Call to her in your own way and ask her to reveal to you where your power is being held and veiled. For some, the information may come right away. It may seem completely absurd or unbelievably scary – sit with it. Contemplate in your journal how this might look for you and enlist the help of your tribe or a psychologist if navigating some of these things seem to be a bit heavy.

A Candle & A Key, Darkest Blessings,

Kaycee & Ivy

Additional Resources:

Re-Visioning Medusa: from Monster to Divine Wisdom by Glenys Livingstone, Ph.D

More about Algol: https://skyandtelescope.org/astronomy-blogs/behold-algol-star-secret/

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Feature Image Credit: Luciano Garbati

The Gorgon Goddess: A Sacred Candle

This month we are studying Medusa, the Gorgon Goddess portrayed as a terrifying and villainous woman turned demon. As we call to her and create a connection to her energetic force, it may come as quite the surprise how much she is misunderstood. Before we get to the Black Sacred Candle this month, come create the Demon’s Eye Blend that we will use as well!

The Demon’s Eye Blend

What you will need:

  • Dragon’s Blood Resin
  • Myrrh
  • Mugwort
  • Patchouli
  • Red Jasper Chips/Stones
Photo by Kaycee Reeves

Directions:

  1. Place Dragon’s Blood resin, Myrrh, Mugwort, and Patchouli (I used Patchouli essential oil) into a mortar and pestle and grind up.
  2. Use 4 Red Jasper chips to call out to the four directions and place them onto the rim (or lay them on your workspace) of your mortar and pestle.

Activate the Blend:

From the 4 directions, through space and time

With this blend I see all, from the Gorgon Eye

Metis, Maat, Medusa, Athene

All you have been, and all will be seen

Photo by Kaycee Reeves

The Black Sacred Candle

Never created a Black Sacred Candle? We have you covered! Learn how in this free three-part series.

The Black Sacred Candle has multiple parts this month, not to make it more difficult, but to honor the energetic force through her Libyan beginnings and historical forms through the ages and stories. While all the extras are not required, it does serve us to be curious about the nature and meanings of all those extras.

Photo by Kaycee Reeves

What you’ll need:

  • Metallic Markers
  • Demon’s Eye Blend
  • Personal Power Oil or Olive Oil
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Parchment Paper
  • Candle Holder with space for Red Jasper Chips and salt
  • Red Jasper Chips (from your calling the 4 directions above)
  • Salt

Directions

  1. Take a piece of aluminum foil (large enough to wrap your candle in) and place it on your workspace.
  2. Take a piece of non-stick parchment paper (about the same size as your aluminum foil) and place it on top of the aluminum foil. Trick: Fold the edges of the aluminum foil over the top of the edges of the parchment paper to keep it from rolling!
  3. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  4. Go back to your candle and draw the Demon’s Eye Sigil on one side:
Photo by Kaycee Reeves
  • On the other side draw scales, like that of a serpent (and I know you may have other creative ways of doing this – mine looked oddly like mountains, I had good intentions):
Photo by Kaycee Reeves
  • Anoint your candle with your chosen oil.
  • Lightly coat your candle with The Demon’s Eye Blend you created. Caution: Please make sure there are no large chunks of plant material as these can be dangerous or ‘pop’ during candle burning. As always, please abide by all fire safety rules.
Photo by Kaycee Reeves
  • Place your candle onto the parchment/aluminum foil, wrap your candle, and place in the oven.
  • DO NOT LEAVE THE KITCHEN (lesson learned the hard way), turn your candle every 2 minutes (this took me about 12 minutes total).
  • Pour salt into your candle holder and then place the four jasper stones used to call in the four directions for The Demon’s Eye Blend on top of the salt. Then place a bit of The Demon’s Eye Blend between the stones, in the center of the candle holder.
Photo by Kaycee Reeves
  1. After your third time turning your candle in the oven, light the Demon’s Eye Blend that is in your candle holder:
Photo by Kaycee Reeves

Enjoy your magic this month with Medusa by lighting your candle a few minutes each day!

A Candle & A Key, With Darkest Blessings,

Kaycee & Ivy

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Feature Image Credit: Damien Hirst, Cover of British GQ, 2013

Goddess Medusa Overview for May

For the month of May, here at DGC, we’re diving DEEP with the Gorgon Queen herself, Medusa. She was one of 3 Gorgon sisters and a Priestess of Athena. Until Poseidon decided to violate her sovereignty of self and she was “punished” for his transgressions. I, however, don’t believe that to be entirely true. The patriarchy’s narrative is so insidious in the myths of strong, powerful women. Getting to the truth of the matter can be incredibly tricky. I have spent years attempting to unravel the lies we’ve been told.

Medusa Spirit Doll by Silvia’s Spirits Gifted to me by Kaycee Reeves. Photo by me.

Many accept, at face value, that Medusa is Greek. The depiction of her, at the Temple of Hadrian in Syria, says otherwise. Syria was a vital part of the Silk Road. Which means stories were able to travel long distances from their places of origin. We, as modern day practitioners, have to follow clues to discover what’s accurate. Listening to the Goddesses (for me she IS a Goddess) as they tell their stories, brings us closer to what has been obscured by smoke, mirrors, and blatant lies.

What we’re doing this month

Our Monthly Black Sacred Candle
Herbal Blend
Medusa Poppet
Charged Dark Moon Eclipse Cleansing Water
The Demon’s Eye Article
Life of Frida Kahlo
Just what is Of Serpents & Storms?
Medusa Tarot Spread
Anthology

If time allows

Ivy’s Spitfire Corner Episode 2
Anything else Medusa may bring forth. She’s been rather chatty.

We have discovered she enjoys the following songs
O Dark Mother by Abbi Spinner McBride
Bone by Bone by Marya Stark

Please share your stories with us of working with Medusa. Your understanding of her. Anything that feels like it is helping you to stand stronger in your own sovereignty. We are a community and growing together is incredibly important. Your experience may be the missing piece of another’s journey. Or may inspire them to look at things a different way.

Darkest Blessings,
Ivy

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Tiamat Mother Dragon – An Anthology

Tiamat

The primordial essence of Tiamat, based on the timeframe of the stories we have relating to her, occur during the timeframe when patriarchal society was on the rise. The story of Marduk slaying Tiamat as a prime example of the story where the ability to overthrow the power of the feminine was sure to rise one into ‘King’ status. The thing about Tiamat and her lessons is that she is not slain. She simply understood her realm across land, sea, and sky enough to when to sink, swim, or soar. She teaches us the same.

Photo by Luis Zheji via Pexels

Sink, Swim, or Soar

Understanding our inner and outer landscape is helpful when working with Tiamat. She is going to bring the challenges to the surface and make you face them head on. Sometimes that requires sinking in or sitting with the various things that come up during this time. The ability to deeply connect and contemplate the lesson being presented can be a key to opening the vault of opportunities that await us.

Sometimes, we must tread water. That is the lesson: learning how to keep our heads above water is about our ability to persevere during our greatest challenges. And she will absolutely bring those up for us because it is a reminder that we too shall not be slain, just transformed.

To soar is about taking the calculated risks that make us slightly uncomfortable. This is not about fearlessness, it is teaching us to be fearsome. To be emboldened and claim what is rightfully ours. To learn to trust ourselves and our ability to rise to the occasion, children with the blood of dragons in their veins.

Photo by Rok Romih via Pexels

A Call To Tiamat

I call to you Tiamat
Primordial Dragon of Life Giving Waters
She who is fierce and nurturing
Steady upon the waves and the wind
Where we may roam with the wings you gave us
With the fire found in the eyes and hearts of all Witches
Tiamat, I call to you
Goddess of the Sea
I seek upon your wings
The lessons just for me

Correspondences:

Correspondences for Tiamat are a personal journey. I do have some to get you started.

Places: The Ocean, The Milky Way
Stones: Dragons Blood Jasper, Ocean Jasper, Amazonite, Moldavite, Coral, and Shells
Colors: Blue, Green
Creatures: Dragons
Resin: Dragons Blood Resin
Other: Sand, Dirt, Salt Water

My Own Experience with Tiamat, Primordial Mother

A lot of the work I did with Tiamat was done while I was submerged in water. Bath teas and Bath Salts helped to heighten my experiences. She will lead you where you need to go. Even if, at times, it’s frightening. The first time I worked with her, surrounded by water, it really was an initiation. I am used to being surrounded by fire or in meadows. Tiamat though, she is different in many ways, so being surrounded by deep water was new to me.

At first, I desperately tried to swim for the surface. I could sense her amusement as she reminded me that I was safe. It was not done with even a hint of malice. She knew I needed a deep dive to shed myself of situations and ways of being to reach closer to wholeness. Once I had calmed down, she began to speak. Sharing with me the deep wisdom that only the Primordial Goddesses have to bestow. They have watched the world from the beginning. The cycles repeat more often than we can comprehend.

Photo by Francesco Ungaro on Unsplash

A good example of that, is the birth/death/rebirth cycle. In order to grow into what we are meant to become, we shed our skin many times over the course of our journey. She reminds us that our rage is valid. Not only is it valid, it is necessary. Change only comes when we recognize the rage that lives within us all. Injustice will present itself in a myriad of ways. Tapping into the wisdom that is Tiamat helps us to facilitate positive change.

Be warned though, without grounding/centering/releasing you will find yourself walking in rage. Hence our Soothe the Dragon Bath Tea is a lovely way to soothe her and ourselves.

I visited the briny deep with her as my touchstone so many times over the course of April. Each time, I found myself more at ease. Able to sit with her and listen to what I needed to know. Tiamat is a loving mother and a fierce protector. She demands we do the work to better ourselves, even when doing so may cause us to break and mend over and over.

A Candle & A Key, With Darkest Blessings,
Kaycee & Ivy

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