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Fire Dragon Meditation: Meet Your Dragon Spirit Guide

My study of fire has been very… illuminating- pun intended.

Reigniting the flame within, shined a light on everything I didn’t want to see. It exposed shadows I had long suppressed out of fear & sheer denial. It was- for lack of a better word- intense.

But how did I manage to reignite this inner-flame after years of neglecting it?

The answer was simple. Return to my Astral Realm and visit an old friend.

If you work with Dragon Energy, you may already know that a Mon-Tey is your personal draconic guardian and assists in your magick, works with your abilities and offers protection. Each and every soul is born with one and they have been with us through many, many lifetimes. When you first start working with your dragon you can refer to them as Mon-Tey, but when the time is right, you may give them their own name- just be sure to keep this name a secret for it is extremely personal.

So, how do you meet your Mon-Tey?

There are wonderful Dragon Meditations available online which can provide a foundation for your initial connection with them. However, the most spiritually fulfilling interaction I had with my dragon was through a meditation of my own design.

All of my meditations take place within my Astral Realm. Through these meditations, I discover more about my astral landscape and explore various aspects of my psyche through these journeys.

I created a grimoire page dedicated to my Fire Dragon Meditation, and although I don’t wish to share it due to its very personal nature, I did want to offer some tips on creating your own meditation in order to meet your very own Mon-Tey.

  1. Do you have an Astral Realm? Is there a place in your mind that you return to over and over again in meditations? What does it look like? Is it a forest? A valley? A desert?
  2. Tell yourself, you are on a journey to meet your Mon-Tey. Explore further within your Astral Realm in search of your Spirit Dragon. Where does your psyche take you? Look at the landscape around you. What does it look like? Follow your intuition. Where is it taking you?
  3. Take notice of your journey. Is it an arduous trek? Is it a nice, carefree stroll? Do you come across any beings along your way or is it a journey of complete solitude?
  4. You’ve come to your final destination. This is the home of your Spirit Dragon. Where are you? How does this place make you feel?
  5. Where is your Mon-Tey? Are they there to eagerly greet you or do you have to summon them? If so, how do you call out to them?
  6. Finally you see your dragon. Look at their size, shape & color down to the very last detail. How do they interact with you? What is their personality like?
  7. Listen to their wisdom. Do they have any messages or advice for you?
  8. Interact with your dragon. What do you choose to do? Play music? Dance? Laugh? Tell stories? Go for a ride on their back?
  9. Listen to your instincts. Give them the first name that comes to mind. Don’t be surprised if they give you your own draconic name.
  10. Find ways to connect with your Mon-Tey in the physical realm as well. Decorate your altar in their honor. Carry a special talisman dedicated to them. Create a chant to invoke their energy when you need it the most.

Meeting my Mon-Tey reignited my sacred flame. I felt a shift within me immediately. It was an intense mixture of high energy and overwhelming sadness. I felt extremely guilty for neglecting my sacred fire- a fire that needed to be stoked for my sake as well as my Mon-Tey’s.

In this process, I’ve also discovered my personal correspondences with fire. I tend to relate fire energy to the Ego. If the fire is too low, cold depression and low self-esteem soon follows. If the fire is too high, it consumes the mind with selfish & egocentric thoughts.

 And as with any light source, my now thriving flame revealed aspects of my shadow that I had pushed down and pretended didn’t exist. I could no longer hide from them anymore. Fire showed me the truth. And with the help of my Mon-Tey, I have the strength and courage I need to face my shadows head on.

I learned when it comes to Shadow Work, the elements of fire and water work hand in hand. Fire reveals the ugliness while water heals the pain. This next phase in my Elemental Studies will focus on the restorative energies of water and its powers of rebirth.

It’s about to be an emotional ride- and thus begins my work with Water.

Stay tuned.

xoxo

The Snow Orchid Witch

Spring Awakenings: Season of New Beginnings

Spring is coming! Can you feel it?

In Texas, Spring is pretty much a more endurable Summer. However, I have noticed most of the pivotal changes in my life happen in the Spring.

Leases are signed, major decisions are made, new habits are formed, etc. There’s a feeling of transitional newness in the air. It’s exciting yet kinda scary, coming from someone who has a hard time with change.

Last year the change was desperately needed. My body was practically screaming at me for change- to uproot my entire life and dive into the deep end of the unknown. Tired and terrified, I did. And all I can say is, the Spring has my back.

Now that I’m in a much better place, I feel another transition coming. My hibernation period is coming to an end. Being a Cancerian, my inner-crab would love to just hide out in my shell for the rest of my life. No one can hurt me inside these walls.

But I can feel the Spring nudging me once again.

 Lately, I’ve been having reoccurring dreams of lions. The first was unusually threatening with a seemingly harmless stuffed lion whose eyes suddenly began to glow a bright red as he hostilely snarls at me. However, last night the lion was large, pink and glorious, flowing in the wind as if it was made of feathers. I felt at peace as I gazed upon this Lion- there was no more fear.

When I looked at my Moon Chart in my Pagan Bullet Journal, I saw that the moon was transitioning into Leo. Furthermore, Lion symbolism reveals a sense of authority, courage & strength, while feathers indicate new beginnings and an evolution of the soul.

 I think the Spring is telling me to have courage, regain authority of my life, get back out there and take risks so I can move on to my next phase.

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Last Spring my crops were in the process of rotation. The soil within me is no longer barren. Tiny buds are beginning to sprout. The beautiful colors are coming back and I’ve got a Lion inside who walks beside me every step of the way.

What does the Spring mean to you? Let me know!

Blessed Be.

xoxo

The Snow Orchid Witch

The Happy Witch Project: Shining a Light on your Shadow Self

When I started my 28 Days of Self Love challenge, I expected February to be a fun month of self-care practices to help me progress on my path of healing. What I didn’t expect was the emotional rollercoaster I went through.

Focusing on what makes you happy also forces you to acknowledge what makes you unhappy.

I had to face my shadows in ways that really shook me, battling the hissing voices in my head whispering those ugly words-

“You’re not good enough”

 You’re body’s not fit enough”

“You’ve wasted your life.”

Doing all the cute little self-love activities helped take my mind off those voices but they didn’t entirely erase them. Maybe that’s the ugly truth about self-love. It’s not all butterflies & rainbows. Sometimes self-love is the ability to love yourself through the icky grime that rears its ugly head from time to time.

My shadow self was the mean girl I always avoided. She picked at every insecurity, kicked me when I was down, and made me feel like I was unworthy of self-love. She was a bully. She made me feel like giving up on myself was the only option. And that’s what bullies do- isolate & destroy. I had been bullied so much the past couple of years that I began to bully myself.

Everyone has their own shadows. You can’t outrun them. You can’t hide from them. But you also can’t hide within them. There’s only one way to handle shadows- you face them.

Instead of listening to the whispers and accepting them for fact, I asked myself questions.

“Why do I think I’m not good enough? Is it because I’m comparing myself to others who are more successful? Didn’t they have to start somewhere as well?”

“Why am I so hard on my body? Am I really not fit or am I holding myself to an impossible standard of beauty that society has forced upon me?”

“What defines a wasted life? Lack of money? Lack of status? Do those things really matter in the end?”

The answers to these questions were obvious. I learned how to challenge my inner mean girl and put that sheisty bitch in her place!

Now when I hear those whispers stirring, I turn on the spotlight and take a closer look. I guess that’s the thing with shadows- once you’re brave enough to shine a light on them, they disappear.

Blessed Be, happy witches!

xoxo

The Snow Orchid Witch

Once Upon a Time- Create your own Fairy Tale

Ever since I was a little girl, I loved the word- create. Every school assignment that began with that word excited me. It was a chance to express myself through words, stories, drawings, paintings & crafts. As a quiet introverted child, being creative was my only form of self-expression.

I truly love the feeling I get from creating something special, tapping into the artistic part of my brain and exploring the depths of my imagination.

Creativity has always been my saving grace- the one thing I love about myself without any shadow of a doubt. No matter what I see in the mirror, no matter how much money I make, no matter how many friends I have- being creative is the one thing I’m always confident about.

Not to say, what I create is always amazing. It’s simply the act of creation that counts. The happiness it brings. The strange balance of excitement and serenity it gives me.

Creativity is my self-love.

One of the #28DaysofSelfLove activities was to write a fairy tale about yourself beginning with Once Upon a Time. This idea of writing my own fairy tale came to me last year at the lowest time of my life, when I felt like my day-to-day life was destroying me. Like Alice, I wanted an escape from reality and I created my very own Wonderland.

Like most fairytales, my story had the major archetypes- the Evil Queen and her henchmen, a period of trials & tribulations, a knight in shining armor and the inner-strength of the heroine who made it through the dark forest to find her own happily ever after.

I was writing a fairy tale which mirrored my daily life and somehow manifested my fantasy into reality. With the help of my knight in shining armor and a few fairy godmothers, I made it through the woods. Unfortunately, I didn’t defeat the Evil Queen in real life… but I also didn’t let her defeat me either.

If you’re going through something difficult in your life, try this activity out. Create a world where you have the strength to defeat your dragon or outwit the Evil Queen. Make it a poem, a painting, a script- whatever form of expression you feel most comfortable with.

Having trouble getting started? Ask yourself a few of these questions.

Are you a maiden, a princess, a witch, a fairy or other magickal creature?

Where do you live? A castle, a cottage, a tree, etc?

Do you have any magickal powers?

Do you have any magickal friends? Dwarves, elves, nymphs, animals, fairy godmothers, etc?

Have you been cursed? If so, how does it affect your story and how do you overcome it?

How does your fairy tale end and your happily ever after begin?

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The story above is somewhat of a Chapter One in my tale. I hope you enjoy it & I hope this activity offers you the same healing and release it has offered me.

Happy Creating!

Blessed Be.

xoxo

The Snow Orchid Witch

Self Love Potion

In the beginning of 28 Days of Self Love, I wrote about my Self Love Potion which is essentially a fruit smoothie blended with the intent of self-love & sensuality.

Traditionally potions are water or alcohol-based liquids mixed with fruits & herbs in a cauldron to manifest magickal effects for anyone who drinks it.

I love brewing in cauldrons but I don’t limit my magick to the traditional pagan tools. I see no problem with using household appliances to prepare potions & infusions.

In this case, the ordinary blender is our cauldron and a simple fruit smoothie recipe transforms into a magickal potion of self-love.

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INGREDIENTS

Vanilla Almond Milk

Vanilla -Vanilla planifolia-

Vanilla induces feelings of love & stimulates lust.

Almond -Prunus communis-

Almond promotes any spiritual healing needed to forgo the pain of past incidents which have hindered your ability to love yourself.

Spinach- Spinacea oleracea

Spinach is jam-packed with vitamins, antioxidants & minerals for our Divine Temples which makes it a wonderful self-love ingredient. Not to mention it increases our general prosperity. Woohoo!

Strawberries- Fragaria vesca

Strawberries promote a flirty sense of romantic love.

Blueberries- Vaccinium corymbosum

Blueberries provide protection, especially when under psychic attack. Bullies and all-around haters can be poisonous to someone on the path to self-love. Unfortunately, sometimes in life we must come in contact with such poison on a day-to-day basis whether at school or in our work environment. Blueberries help build a protective shield, guarding you from the inside out.

Mangos- Mangifera indica

Mangos also provide protection and increases sexual desire, awakening our inner-sensuality.

Banana- Musa acuminate

Bananas awaken a sense of spiritual love & thanks to its phallic shape, it also stimulates sexual stamina.

Chia Seeds- Salvia hispanica

Chia seeds provide sustenance, good health & protection.

Honey- Apis mellifera

Honey is perfect for all kinds of attraction & passion, as it is the favorite offering for love goddess like Aphrodite and Oshun. It is also used in solar magick to promote self-confidence and a higher self-esteem.

Intent

The last ingredient for this potion is Intent. Without intent, this smoothie is simply a delicious drink filled with healthy vitamins and nutrients.

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SELF LOVE POTION RECIPE

  1. Lay out your ingredients and your blender on your counter to be cleansed and consecrated.
  2. Ground & center yourself, then build your personal power from within, visualizing your solar plexus or your heart chakra beginning to glow brightly.
  3. Once you feel your personal power has reached its peak, push this cleansing energy out of your hands and blast away any negativity from your ingredients. Grasp your blender and visualizing it glowing with this energy. See it in your mind’s eye as a cauldron, boiling and bubbling within the hearth of your heart.
  4. Enchant your fruits and vegetables by running your fingers through or over each ingredient. I like to chant its name in Latin, building up my personal power and connecting with the plants’ special magickal gifts. For example, as I hold the strawberries I repeat “Fragaria vesca”, visualizing a pink or red glow emanating from them, feeling their romantic, loving vibrations.
  5. As you add each ingredient, visualize tossing them in your hearth’s cauldron. Try to imagine the heat of the crackling fire and the sounds of the bubbling brew.
  6. Say a little prayer, chant, affirmation or mantra that speaks of your wish to conjure self love. Visualize yourself looking into the mirror and loving what you see. Imagine going about your day and doing everything with love. See yourself projecting and accepting the divine gift of love.
  7. Finally, push down on the blend button and as the blender loudly mixes the ingredients together, grasp the top of the blender and connect to the electric vibrations literally pulsating in your hands.

Pour the potion into a glass and go to a place that brings you happiness and serenity. Sip the potion slowly, enjoy the flavors. Self-love requires slowing down to truly connect with yourself and enjoy your own company.

Give this Self Love Potion a try or craft one of your own and prepare to feel absolutely & positively- lovely!

Blessed Be, beauties!

xoxo

The Snow Orchid Witch

A Witches Beauty Altar

Ah, the bewitching power of makeup.

As little girls, we remember the feeling of watching our mothers apply their makeup up at their vanities, covered with various lotions and potions to enhance their natural beauty.

The image of a woman at her vanity evokes a very powerful sense of elegance, beauty and sensuality. I conjure up visions of Jean Harlow in her silk robe or Dita Von Teese applying her signature red lipstick.

Most women apply their cosmetics in very a ritualistic manner without even realizing it. Makeup brushes transform into wands and the vanity becomes an Altar of Beauty where we gaze at our reflection with the intention of transformation, self-confidence and of course- self love.

The energy built at this Altar of Beauty sets the tone for the entire day. We’re able connect with our Divine Femininity, creating shimmery pink energy swirls, spinning and twirling around us as we delicately prim & polish.

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Ancient Egyptians understood the alchemy of makeup. Black kohl and other cosmetic minerals were used around the eyes to not only protect themselves from the sun’s glare, eye diseases and insects- but to also ward off evil spirits.

Prehistoric cosmetic palettes, not that far off from those you’d see in Sephora, date as far back as 5000 BC. Hathor, the golden Goddess of Beauty, ruled the world of cosmetics- an art Ancient Egyptians regarded as a sign of holiness.

My Beauty Altar is set up every morning in front of my bedroom window complete with my trusty Rose Quartz, a tealight which sits inside my pink Himalayan salt candle holder and seashells to represent Aphrodite, whom reminds us that every woman is beautiful and worthy of self-love.

I also have an Aphrodite Altar on a large bookshelf in the Feng Shui Relationship Corner of my bedroom, adorned with her various images, rose petals, pink candles, and turtle doves to represent faithful love.

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We are in the second week of my 28 Days of Love project and I’m proud to report a deeper appreciation for all the love in my life. It’s helped me keep my head up through some shadow work, which has become quite dark.

I haven’t had to deal with my negative body image issues for years, because well- for years my body was super thin due to anxiety-related gastrointestinal issues. Now that I’m healthy again, I’ve gained weight in areas I’m not used to.

I’m by no means over-weight but I’ve come to feel incredibly uncomfortable in my own skin. So with my Aphrodite Meditations and Rose Quartz Healing, I’m hoping to change that mindset & appreciate my more womanly hips and thighs, repeating Maya Angelou’s Phenomenal Woman over and over in my head.

Are you participating in 28 Days of Love? If so, what have you been doing to love yourself more? Have you discovered something new about yourself or had to face any shadows along the way?

Leave a reply and let me know!

Blessed Be, lovelies!

xoxo

The Snow Orchid Witch

28 Days of Self Love Calendar

So here it is! My 28 Days of Self Love Calendar.

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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Create your own Self Love Soundtrack. Let the music spark your inner sensual flame.

Craft Self Love Mantras for your Magickal Morning Routine Aphrodite Meditation & Visualization

Make your bedroom a Sensual Sanctuary.

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Find your Self Love Talisman. Mine, of course, is the beautiful Rose Quartz.

Create an Aphrodite Altar & display a picture of yourself that you love.

Study the Goddess Aphrodite

Enchant your Beauty Routine with Makeup Magick Design a Beauty Altar out of your vanity. Light pink candles as you do your makeup. Make an offering to Aphrodite & ask her to bless you with love, beauty and grace.

Craft a Book of Desires & write down anything that awakens your sensuality.

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Try something new with your look. Go outside of the box.

Craft a Self Love Potion

So This Is Love Couple Activities

Write an erotic fantasy starring yourself. Anoint Vanilla oil behind your ears and on your pulse points. DIY Spa Night for some at-home pampering

Put on those sexy high heels & see where they take you.

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Do something, anything that makes you happy!

Enchant your water with Words of Love. Sacral Chakra Meditation Write your life as a fairy tale beginning with Once Upon a Time… Create a Book of Visions or a Vision Board & manifest your desires. Look in your closet for the sexiest piece of clothing you own and knock ‘em dead!

Move your body! Go dancing or simply dance as you clean your home.

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Enjoy an Aphrodite Ritual Bath

Treat yourself to something special today!

Write down all the things you love about yourself.

Join me on my journey & feel free to add your own Self Love Activities to the list. I ‘d love to see what you came up with.

Follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and tag me with the hashtags #28DaysofSelfLove & #yearofmagick.

xoxo

The Snow Orchid Witch