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Try the Doors

TryDoorsMore about my recovery from falling down the hole: Phoenix Rebirth at http://stardrenched.com/2014/02/05/phoenix-resurrection/

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Long term trauma, shamanism, bodhisattvas. Alice down the rabbit hole sees a tiny door. Hear me when I say, “You will triumph.”

If trauma is the door to shamanism, can long-term trauma make you a bodhisattva?

Yes, I made a joke. But not entirely.

What doors do you neglect?

What door is in front of you right this second?

If it is inaccessibly small, like the wee door Alice found after tumbling down the rabbit hole, search for a way through it.

No matter what’s happening, I urge you, do what you can, even if that is simply holding on for dear life, despite hopelessness. Holding on is a door.

If you try many doors, you will get through enough of them, and you will triumph. Hear those word: You will triumph.

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Pagan Arrogance?

There is immense spiritual arrogance in mainstream religion. Embraced by the reassuring comfort of a religion endorsed by millions, mainstream adherents can easily think they know the one true way. That same comfortable situation can cause their clergy to disdain alternative priesthood.

But enormous spiritual arrogance can happen almost as easily when you’re in an alternative religion or have your own unique spiritual path.

For example, developing psychic gifts can be so powerful and freeing that it might seem no one else could possibly have such an extreme or stunningly beautiful experience. That can be a jumping off point for feeling superior to others. I’ve seen a lot of people talk down to friends and otherwise become pompous after developing otherworldly talents.

When I was younger, I fell prey to it myself. Youthful arrogance!

Now I feel differently. And while I’m not proposing to be a perfect role model, it helps us when we tell each other what attitudes have worked for us. So here’s one:

I give what I call shamanic treatments. In other words, I send you a healing and empowerment of your body and of your spirit.

I do not give shamanic treatments from the perspective of “I am so much better than everybody else, me on high, deigning to send you blessing.”

Instead. I know treatments are not something I do, but something that comes through me. I do not know why the Gods chose me for this. After all, I am just me, not somebody superior to others.

Also, during a treatment, hard work regarding my own spiritual growth might be required. This helps keep me from thinking I’m better than other people. In other words, being willing to face one’s faults can mitigate arrogance.

It is also useful to recognize if you are lacking self confidence or self esteem, because when we do not have a healthy ego, we might overcompensate with unhealthy ego.

It is sad when seekers fall for counselors, teachers, or other guides whose message is, “I’m better than you. But if you let me dominate you, I’ll teach you how to be superior to everyone else.”

Of course, it’s not worded that overtly. Instead, you might see sly attempts to make other guides appear mediocre, through remarks like, “They do not have any real power, come to me for the real thing.”

An arrogant practitioner, perhaps without even realizing it, might also make a sales pitch that subtly caters to poor self-worth. For example, their words might imply you’re pitiful and damaged, needing the help of a superior being.

As a young shaman, I did feel superior to my clients, in some ways. That pomposity was isolating. It kept me from receiving the endless blessings I now receive from my clients.

Lucky for me, I was always somewhat aware that my clients are my peers and amazing fellow seekers. Luckier still, now that I recognize that camaraderie better, I get as much from them as they do from me.

Arrogance can be subtle, making it difficult to spot not just in others but also in ourselves. Example: having shrunken your swollen head to a fair degree can make you miss your remaining way-too-big hat size.

But if we pray or affirm, “May I recognize my arrogance. May it be replaced with self-worth,” and we continue self-examination, as well as working on self-worth, we can lessen our haughtiness.

I adore alternative spiritual communities. Our loving, new approaches can shift the cosmos. If we each look inside for our own arrogance, and not fall for marketing that caters to our insecurities, we can make a better world.

For more info about my shamanic treatments, go here.

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Pastoral Counseling—Pagan Style

Update: This class has been rescheduled with a new time: It will start March 31 and meet 3:00 EST Tuesdays. Scroll down for schedule details.

Pastoral Counseling—Pagan Style
A Teleseminar in Shamanic Counseling Skills

This is not training in psychic-reading. It is far beyond. Learn universal principles that anyone can use to counsel.

As a professional psychic, raised by a Sicilian witch, I’ll share what I’ve learned, including techniques only spoken of among pros.

FeatherSquareSMaybe people confide in you and, without any training, you know how to respond. Or you’re trained in psychology. Or you read tarot—with or without training in it —or you priest(ess) a coven. Or you have another reason that this class is relevant. Come join other concerned, caring people for support and community!

This unique seminar is of special interest to healers. Click here to enroll.

Learn the techniques, strengths, and limits of the witch as spiritual advisor, as well as rituals and meditations to heal friends and clients, and to help them follow their star.

We’ll discuss Shamanic counseling methods to guide people through life’s everyday challenges, as well as secrets shamans use to heal alcoholism, heartbreak, and trauma.

You’ll discover how to:
* Practice traditional shamanic counseling, as opposed to a psychologically or Christian-based mode.
* Gain confidence in your priesthood, innate powers, and wisdom.
* Be the high caliber spiritual guide that people want to go to.
* Express the hope and inspiration of your inner Goddess or God.
* Better apply your existing tools to help friends and clients.
* Reap self-fulfillment, joy, spiritual depth, and self-healing by serving others.

Suited to all levels of experience: accessible to newbies, yet adepts experience depth.

Pastoral Counseling, Pagan Style is a training unto itself; it also serves as one of the electives needed before advanced Third Road training.

Nuts ‘n’ Bolts
* Enrollment limited to 16 participants.
* Class meets by group phone call. Participate simply by dialing the phone.
* We meet seven consecutive Tuesdays for one hour, from 3:00 to 4:00 EST, starting Tues March 31. Reserve Tuesday, May 19, same time, for a makeup class in case I’m unavailable for one of the planned sessions.
* Tuition is $250. You might also pay long-distance charges to call the event’s number (a U.S. area code), depending on your long-distance plan. Charges would appear on your phone bill.
* To enroll, click here.
* or if you’ve taken this teleseminar, you can repeat it at half price: $125.
* Upon receipt of payment, your place is reserved, and event phone number, etc is emailed to you. Refunds unavailable.

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Francesca De Grandis, 2013

For more info, or to discuss scholarship, partial scholarship, payment plan, or a trade, call 814-337-2490. I’ll talk as long as you need by phone, but don’t email me.

Lynn Andrews, author of Medicine Woman: “Francesca De Grandis has given us an inspirational bridge between ancient wisdom and our current life.”

Patricia Sullivan, Director of Clinical Services for U.C.S.F. AIDS Health Project: “Training with Francesca has had a significant impact on my work as a therapist, teacher, and administrator working within the HIV epidemic.”

Cathy: “Francesca, Thanks for the spiritual counseling and support. I’ve gone to many different “spiritual advisors” and gotten lots of junk. Everything I got from you was pure quality and I truly appreciate it. Looking forward to another session, Cathy”

I’m guessing it’s been about four years since I’ve taught this. It may be another four years before I teach it again, so grab this opportunity. Click here to enroll.

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Giveaway Blanket

Update on the post below: Someone claimed the Graven Images deck. But I’ll keep posting giveaway blankets, each with a Tarot, Lenormand, or other divination deck, whenever I have time to photograph a deck, til all the decks are spoken for. So the next few months, watch both my sites’ blogs for the giveaways: new blogs appear at http://stardrenched.com , and at http://www.outlawbunny.com/blog/

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Welcome! Here’s the second item on my giveaway blanket:

If you missed my previous post: I was gifted a lot of Tarot, Lenormand, and other divination decks, and am giving away a handful of decks that don’t suit me.

The first deck was claimed, so now the deck on the blanket is the Graven Images Oracle. It’s in excellent condition, unboxed, and has an instruction booklet. I suspect the deck’s been used only a little.

I didn’t check whether all the cards are there, though I imagine they are. But then, I’m happy to read with an incomplete set, because it makes the deck unique.

It’s a wonderful deck, so I’m not sure why it’s not right for me. Someone’s going to love working with it.

The following photo shows a few cards, the cards’ back, and the book:

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BTW, if you do a Google search, using “Graven Images Oracle” as the parameters, you can learn more about the deck, to better help you decide if this is a deck for you.

I want to spread the bounty by only giving one deck per person.

Do you want this deck? Here are instructions:

1) In the comment field below, write the name of the deck: Graven Images Oracle
2) Email me a postal address (U. S. non-military address only) to which I can ship the deck. I will pay for shipping; I really want this to be a complete giveaway.
3) Include your phone number in the email, in case I have trouble shipping. My email address is outlawbunny at outlawbunny.com
4) Put “Graven Images Oracle” in the subject field of the email.

Important: First person to do all four steps of the instructions receives the deck. If someone’s already written the name of the deck in a comment field, it’s not necessarily too late for you. Often, people will do part one of the instructions, then forget to do the rest.

I’ll update this post to let everyone know when the deck’s been claimed.

I’ll blog more “blankets,” each with a deck, whenever I have the chance to photograph a deck and write a description of it. So the next few months, stay tuned to both my sites’ blogs for the giveaways: this site’s new blogs always appear at http://stardrenched.com , and my other site’s blogs at http://www.outlawbunny.com/blog/

Heh, if you claim a deck, you do me a favor, by helping me spread the bounty that was given me. Otherwise, I’d be like a miserable miserly Dragon, selfishly coiled around decks I would never use. Ooh, must insert word play: When we are selfish we actually lose the self, heh, heh, heh. Blessed be!

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Brigid Ritual, 2015

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Brigid Ritual, 2015

Fellow Mystic Traveler,

Please join me for a Sabbat ritual on Monday, February 2, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM EST.

Goddess Brigid brings renewal, inspiration, and healing. She also blesses us by Her sheer presence: I find myself stunned by Her beauty and wondrousness—in a way that makes me revel in all creation, including myself. I hope you will join me in visiting with Her.

During the rite, you’ll also receive guidance about how you, in your own way, can best serve all our relations.

The event is a group phone call. Free and open to all. (You might pay long-distance charges, depending on your long-distance plan. If so, they appear on your phone bill. The event is a U.S. area code.)

No experience needed.

To participate, call 1-712-775-7000. When prompted, enter 1095248#. Dial three to five minutes before 2:00; it can take a bit to connect, and latecomers are not allowed.

Mark your calendar. Let’s be renewed for the New Year.

In starlit fellowship, Francesca De Grandis
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DIY Luxury

Look at my new bag for one of my Lenormand decks! I have to share it with you, because I am so happy with it. It’s my first lavish pouch:

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Constructing it was an act of self-love: beauty’s important to me spiritually, and this bag tickles my eyes.

In addition, I wanted something that made me feel “posh,” as a mega-abundance ritual. Every time I see the bag, I feel quite the Grande Dame.

I used the process of creating the bag’s design to conjure self-love and abundance, which envelop me whenever I draw my deck from the bag.

Here’s how I made it:

I started with one of those cheap muslin bags, the sort you put bath herbs in. I replaced its drawstring with something sturdier and pretty.

Then I covered the bag with lace. If you’re like me—not a great seamstress—don’t worry, I don’t think it matters much. Anyone who’d look that closely and critically at your stitches is probably too stuck up for you to risk showing them your precious mystical possessions, anyway.

The cream lace was stained—I’m big at upcycling—so I painted it with Lumiere paint from Jacquard.

Kathleen, recognize the lavender lace? It’s that fabulous stuff you passed onto me, I’ve hungered for a way to use it til now.

The last step was bejeweling the bag. I stitched the ornamentation on. The vintage style brass findings were purchased from http://vintagejewelrysupplies.com.

As I said, this is my first lavish bag for cards. I tend to store a deck in a wooden box and/or simple bag, or just wrap a Tarot deck in an old silk cloth. I’ve found those are great containers for divination cards, over the 30 years I’ve been a professional reader. Simple is good! But I’ve made a few pouches that are “fahncy.” :-) I want my life to balance simplicity and extravagance. This week, I felt compelled to make something more elaborate and opulent looking than what I’ve made before, because luxury can feed the soul. Now I’m fed!

When constructing the pouch, I played around with ideas to make it even more ornate, but nothing I tried looked right. But someday…

Photos of other bags:

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If this post inspires you to make your own bag, or find your own way to balance simplicity with extravagance, or use creativity as ritual, please tell me about it. Hearing about your journey is a blessing.

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Santa’s Unconditional Love

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Yule may be over, but Santa’s always looking for ways to bring you happiness—the whole holiday season and the whole year.

Here is a simple quick ritual to let in unconditional love any time of the year.

First, an explanation: I think Santa is awesome. For example, last year one of my jobs as his Yule elf was being a snow faerie—I had a blast painting snowflakes! (Click here for more about that job.)

Another example: my above painting shows something cool Santa did with some of the snowflakes I made. He does it not just for his elves, but for you and everyone. Unconditional love.

Ritual: Spend about 60 seconds with your head raised to the sky, whether it’s snowing or not, while God’s love tumbles down and kisses you. Or take 60 seconds to meditate on the painting, to let in unconditional love.

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Upcoming Shamanic Event

I Have Your Back:
A Three-Month Direct Spiritual Transmission,

starting January 12, 2015

I’d planned on no three-month group transmission for a year. But previous recipients reported wonderful results and wanted more ASAP. I’m immensely thrilled by their desire for everything life can give. On your life journey, you deserve quality support every step. Each leg of your journey is different. My treatments adapts, moment to moment. For example, sometimes you need dramatic transformation, other times you need nurturing peace. It’s about your unique spiritual and physical essence as it manifests in the moment.

BearSquareSHere is what happens during the transmission: You receive continual support, for three months. The transmission shapes itself to your physical, spiritual, and emotional needs. Your body, soul, and circumstances receive constant blessings.

It is easy to receive this transmission. You don’t have to attend an event or do any work. Just sign up, and I do the work for you!

Even if you’re a shaman yourself, you deserve someone who has your back—a constant ally.

No experience needed. But adepts are deeply impacted.

I send you this spiritual transmission five days a week, every week for three months! This is big, big, big! Whether you’ve already made significant changes for the better, or are only beginning to improve your life, you’re capable of big shifts right now.

You have dreams,
and may have means,
but work I do
will help you too.
I give an extra boost that helps
you soar, survive,
then soar some more
despite huge flights you’ve had—or not—before.

FeatherSquareSUtter peace, compassion, and empowerment permeate every atom of existence, and are available for you.

Pay securely with PayPal.

Option 1) Choose three easy, automatic monthly payments of $150. Your total cost: $450. Payments appear on the credit card associated with your PayPal account. This option is available if you have a PayPal account. Use the Subscribe button.




Option 2) Pay all up front to save $100. Your total cost: $350. You do not need a PayPal account. Use the Pay Now button.




Either payment choice constitutes enormous savings. Talk advantage of this special event. Imagine having shamanic support tailored to you throughout the week for three months!

Upon receipt of payment, I email you confirmation of registration.

Francesca De Grandis, 2013

Francesca De Grandis, 2013

If you need more info, can’t afford payment, or need reduced payment, phone me. 814.337.2490. I do not discuss this work by email. No refunds.

Again, it starts January 12.

A direct spiritual transmission does not substitute for medical care by a physician, psychiatric counseling, or other therapeutic treatment. Participants are personally responsible for the consequences of their voluntary participation. This spiritual treatment is extraordinarily effective, but may not work for some individuals.

Do this now. I can only accept twenty people into this empowerment process. Whatever’s bubbling up for you, no matter how many things, this shamanic work will meet, greet, and magic it all.

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Gratitude

It would not be a Faerie Thanksgiving unless there was some out and out mysticism to stoke the embers of our fey souls.Gratitude

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My generous Gods, thank you.

The colors in outer space
always take my breath away;
they sing to my fey soul.

The colors in outer space
are my palette (and palate).
With it, I can paint
the entire cosmos,
all my cells,
and my cherished Gods.

May my paintings and poems be honest.
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