Mabon Customs — Ravenhawks’ Magazine Magick for Mind Body and Soul

Autumn Equinox, Mea’n Fo’mhair, Mabon Customs and Practices This was a time to celebrate the harvest and to rest, after all, there were only six weeks before the end of the Celtic year. The Celtic New Year also signaled the beginning of winter. The theme of this celebration was sacrificed. Not human sacrifice as has…

Mabon Customs — Ravenhawks’ Magazine Magick for Mind Body and Soul

Autumn Equinox ,Mea’n Fo’mhair, Mabon — Ravenhawks’ Magazine Magick for Mind Body and Soul

Mabon (pronounced MAY-bun, MAY-bone, MAH-boon, or MAH-bawn) is also called Alban Elfed, Harvest Home, 2nd Harvest, Fruit Harvest, Wine Harvest, Feast of Avalon, Equinozio di Autunno (Strega), Cornucopia, or Autumn Equinox this holiday is a ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth and a recognition of the need to share them to secure…

Autumn Equinox ,Mea’n Fo’mhair, Mabon — Ravenhawks’ Magazine Magick for Mind Body and Soul

The Garden as Sacred Space — Ravenhawks’ Magazine Magick for Mind Body and Soul

JULY 18, 2022 BY LAUREL WOODWARD READ TIME: 5 MINS I am a magically minded person who looks at the world with an animist’s perspective as I mindfully acknowledge and honor the lives of the others I encounter, from the large elementals to the tiny devic energies underfoot. 15 more words

The Garden as Sacred Space — Ravenhawks’ Magazine Magick for Mind Body and Soul

Yulia Brodskaya’s Quilled Paper Comp- Colossal Nisha Designs

Kate Mothes

“Phoenix” (2022). All images © Yulia Brodskaya, shared with permission

In Greek mythology, the sacred phoenix, with its characteristically striking plumage in flaming yellow, orange, and red, is known for its ability to resurrect. When the bird’s long life is nearing an end, flames engulf its body, and the being is reborn as a chick in the ashes of its predecessor, giving it the distinction of resilience, regeneration, and immortality. As Yulia Brodskaya began to apply the curled and crimped tendrils of paper to her latest work, she tells Colossal that the firebird portrait “started as a visual representation of a powerful feeling rising from the deep,” adding that “it felt like this portrait has been ‘channelled’ through me.”

Brodskaya captures the subtleties of individual expression and character in her elaborate portraits (previously) and depictions of flora and fauna. Through boldly colored papers that are rolled, folded, and layered, she reveals a flurry of feathers or the contours of a face in intricate detail, like the sense of serene contemplation that permeates “Samurai Dreams.” She wants every piece to send a message, suggesting viewers “pay attention to what emotion or feeling comes up for you in the first moments you see it—until the mind begins to dissect the details and offer loud opinions about why you like or dislike it. That initial quiet voice is the whisper of intuition. That’s the place I create my best work from.”

“Phoenix” (detail)

“Phoenix” (detail)

“Samurai Dreams” (2022)

“Samurai Dreams” (detail)

“Samurai Dreams” (detail)

“Parrots” (2022)

“Parrots” (detail)

“Butterflies” (2021)

“Butterflies” (detail)

Source: https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2022/07/yulia-brodskaya-phoenix/

Weekly Magick of Symbolism BOAT- Nisha Designs- Nishante Divinelove

Magickal properties of a BOAT: As an artist and a textile designer I always design and paint elements based on who they are. And I love painting and designing boats, reading about boats, boat photography, museums of boats, boat stories. Just love its magick it brings to my soul. It has its own beautiful energy. It is a piece of art, classic, stylish, timeless soul. If you see a persons home having a boat painting, or a boat sculpture or handicraft of a boat you will always find a beautiful elegant energy to the home. It has a very beautiful sensual love that it brings to a home and a persons life.

It is interesting to note the energy and magick of a boat versus a ship? Quite a difference there. Boat to me is more personal than ship. Boat is more timeless, classic, historic than a ship. But ship has its own magick and we will talk about that later. But boat is my love. It is my soul boat, my soul vehicle. The magick of a boat to me is discovery, love, journey, destination, adventure, travel, explorer, afterlife, art, dream, sound, passion, forever, elemental of earth, air, fire and water, escape, home, study, reading, intellect, nature, lover, calm, happiness, knowledge, imagination, tales, stories, time, history, mythical creatures, magick, soul.

Litha Blessings — Ravenhawks’ Magazine Magick for Mind Body and Soul- Nisha Designs

Ways to Celebrate Litha  Gathering of magical plants and healing herbs, particularly St John’s wort, vervain, mugwort, mistletoe, ivy, and fern seed. If the weather is warm enough it is a good time for camping, or at least enjoying a carefully prepared bonfire with friends and family.  Make Litha a special celebration honoring both the […]

Litha Blessings — Ravenhawks’ Magazine Magick for Mind Body and Soul

ANIMAL LOVE T-SHIRTS- MAGICK MYSTIC AND NATURE- BONFIRE- Nisha Designs

Magick Mystic and Nature is of a belief that everything is soul. And that which is soul is magickal, mystical and nature. Our art illustrates magick, mystic and nature stories that enhance the well being of our planet. What words we put on our body, the colors, motifs all tell a tale about us and about our environment. Magick Mystic and Nature is an eclectic store designed consciously, thoughtfully, symbolically and magically. These designs nourish and nurture one’s journey through words, colors, symbols and bring intuitive awareness into our elemental, mythical and magical spiritual beings that enhances our planet, protects our planet’s overall well being and they guide us in our day to day lives.

You can look up our store here: https://www.bonfire.com/store/mystic-nature-magick/

If you like to design your own line, or do events, fundraiser campaigns with our art do let me know. You may use our design or we can create it for you. Let me know your concept and we can go from there.

You can buy our T-Shirts here: https://www.bonfire.com/animal-love-25/

If you like any of my designs which are not on the products yet or not the color you want let me know the color and I can put that in our product line for you that you wish to buy, do let me know and I will start a new product line for that.

We just started this new store and we will keep adding more art and designs.

Diverse Games: The Rise of Africa’s Gaming Industry — Medea’s Media — Life & Soul Magazine

Games are a powerful medium for everyone to learn life skills, yet the characterisation in games – a bias towards white male characters – appeals only to a fraction of worldwide gamers. The need for diversity of characters has been the subject of frequent debate around the mainstream gaming industry. While those talks have been… Diverse […]

Diverse Games: The Rise of Africa’s Gaming Industry — Medea’s Media — Life & Soul Magazine

Hand Tufted Custom Rugs- Divine Artisan Carpets- Nisha Designs

These are pile rugs in which the fiber is tufted onto a cloth backing.
These are the fastest to produce and comparatively very cheap.
Any design can be made in hand-tufted style.
The rugs are glued with latex onto a canvas backing for sturdiness
Usage life of 5-7 years
These rugs are very popular in retail stores like Target, Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn etc.

Grams per Square Meter(GSM): For hand-tufted rugs, the quality is measured in weight, unlike hand-knotted rugs, where quality is measured in KPSI. The gsm denotes the density of the tufting.
Pile Height: The length of the pile
Types of yarns used: Various blends of fibers are used to make the rugs, ranging from 100% NL Wool to Indian wool, silk, viscose, jute etc. The price is variable depending on the type of raw material used
Design: Patterns/designs are a vital aspect with regards to the pricing

For more information do contact Nisha Desai at nisha@nishadesigns.com or call 702-622-8321

7 Steps to Connect with Faery- Ravenhawks Magazine Magickal Products

7 Steps to Connect with Faery

Source: https://ravenhawks.net

BY EMILY CARDING READ TIME: 5 MINS
In the Twenty-First Century, the Faery realm is as popular as ever; yet, in our culture of instant gratification and unmoderated media platforms, there are many false paths and illusory pitfalls to distract and misdirect us. How, then, can the true seeker of Faery be sure they are not following some metaphorical (or sometimes literal) Will-o’-the-Wisp into hazardous swampland? Here are the seven steps you need to take to be sure that you are living authentically and in sync with our Faery cousins.

1. Knowledge
Read widely and wisely! Of course books are not the only source of knowledge, but they are a good place to start (and continue—we should never stop learning!), in balance with the more experiential steps to follow. Find recommendations from people you respect and familiarise yourself with traditional folklore and mythology, particularly Irish, Scottish, and Welsh. Any good book on Faery should also have a good bibliography, which you can explore for further reading and deeper exploration. The more varied your reading, the stronger your discernment will be and the less likely you are to be led off the true path into illusion. It’s also important to realise that many faery beings are hostile and/or unpredictable. The more you know, the more prepared you will be.

2. Expand Your Awareness
It can be all too easy to get stuck in our heads and mistake wishful thinking and the untrained imagination for real experience. Therefore, one of the most important steps to true connection with Faery is to expand your energetic awareness outside of your own body and into the world around you. Here is an exercise that is featured in both Faery Craft and my new book, Seeking Faery.

Exercise: Becoming the Faery Tree
This exercise is designed to connect you to the energies of the land and to open up your heart centre to increase sensitivity to the presence and communications of Faery beings. Depending on your physical capabilities, this may be performed standing or sitting, but in either instance you should ideally have your feet bare and on the land outside, in as natural a space as possible, ideally where you won’t be disturbed. Keeping upright and relaxed, with your feet a small distance apart and your hands by your sides, take seven slow deep breaths (in through the nose, hold for three seconds, and slowly out through the mouth), as you allow tension and concerns of the day to melt away.

On your next breath, with your palms at your side facing downwards, imagine your feet slowly turning into tree roots and digging down into the earth beneath you. Feel the strength of the earth and the stability and nourishment that the roots provide you with. Maintain this for seven deep breaths in and out.

Now, for your next seven breaths, maintaining your roots, slowly bring your arms up into a “v” shape and raise your palms to the sky. Imagine that your arms are becoming great branches, reaching for the light of Sun, Moon, and Stars. Maintain both roots and branches for a further seven deep breaths.

Keeping your arms upright in the “v” position, now imagine that your roots are drawing emerald green light up from the earth towards your heart. Breathe it in and draw it up with seven deep breaths. Now imagine that your branches are drawing down the silver light of the heavens into your heart. Draw it down with seven deep breaths. The green and silver light meets in your heart and becomes golden and swirling, opening your heart to the energies of Earth and connecting you to above and below.

For beginners, maintain this as long as you are comfortable and then release the energies back up through your branches and down through your roots, slowly lower your arms and slowly draw your roots back into your feet and become your normal self again. Seven deep breaths to recover. As you become more used to this exercise, you may find you can do shorter or longer versions as you wish.

3. Offerings
As well as expanding your awareness energetically, it is possible to reach out and connect in a more tangible way with appropriate offerings. This not only helps to form an energetic bridge between the worlds but also shows your willingness to collaborate and not simply expect gifts or guidance with no effort on your part. The choice of offering is significant, as is being sure to clean up afterwards. It is a good idea, if possible, to find an outdoor location for your offerings where you instinctively feel your connection with Faery is strong and where you will not be disturbed. Whilst this might be an established sacred site, it can be more powerful to find a personal connection on a less-trod path. Consider the value of the offerings you bring, and the impact on the environment. If leaving food of any kind, be sure to check that it is cleared and not simply left to rot. Very often these offerings will be consumed by animals, which is absolutely fine (faery beings sometimes borrow these physical forms to accept offerings) so long as you make sure they contain nothing toxic to animal life (for example chocolate).

4. Ethics and Honour
You may think that it’s faeries who are usually invisible, but the truth is, they can see right through you, too! If there is any deception or falsehood in your heart, they will sense it and treat you accordingly. Like any magical path, it is of utmost importance to know yourself and establish a strong code of honour and ethics that you abide by in every aspect of your life, not just your work with Faery.

5. Expression
For many, myself included, communication with Faery comes through creative expression. This is a direct communication heart-to-heart or spirit-to-spirit, and these channels must be free and open to receive. Any negative thoughts about your own creativity need to be overcome by simply creating in any way you feel moved to, be it art, dance, poetry. Nobody will judge you, unless you choose to share it with the world, but your soul and your faery allies will thank you.

6. Imagination
When working with Otherworldly beings and forces, the imagination becomes an extra sense through which we can perceive those things which are hidden from our earthly senses. The traps here are clear, and thus it is important to train the imagination through visualisation, meditation, and journey techniques so that it becomes a reliable translator of energies rather than a fanciful self-deception.

7. Grounding
Always come back to this. After any encounter or working with Faery, be sure to ground yourself in your body and the physical world around you. Release the otherworldly energies to their source, feel your feet on the earth, taste good food and drink water. Regularly take time to simply be in Nature, see the wonder that is the world we inhabit, and you will have no need for illusion—you will simply learn to see the magic in deeper truths as you walk the path of Faery in peace, truth and joy.

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Elemental: Pixar’s upcoming movie tells the story of two city-living elements, Ember and Wade — Life & Soul Magazine

The elements – fire, water, earth and air – are the focus of Pixar Animation Studios’ upcoming movie, Elemental. The film journeys alongside two characters, Ember and Wade, a fire elemental and a water elemental live in “a city where fire, water, land, and air-residents all live together”. The fiery young woman, Ember, and the […]

Elemental: Pixar’s upcoming movie tells the story of two city-living elements, Ember and Wade — Life & Soul Magazine