And so I may now humbly introduce myself to the world…
Jaina Bee, Priest/ess of the Eternal Now in CAYA Coven's Wildflower Tradition, dedicated to Kuan Yin, Ganesh, and Hermes
When the new CAYA website is up, my complete bio will be posted, with more background on this choice of title, and also my personal code of ethics. Stay tuned!
Meanwhile, I've had a book sitting on my desk for weeks, waiting to be reviewed so that I may honestly complete my list of requirements for this honor of ordination.
For my final book in the required reading series, I chose yet another shamanic-flavored one. Animal Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small by Ted Andrews was on more than one Priest/ess's recommended list. The most apparently helpful feature of this book is the extensive dictionaries of animal totems for birds, insects, reptiles and mammals. This informative reference alone is worth having within reach, however there is much more to appreciate about Ted's book. Sections on fetishes, reading omens, meditations and rites offer a great starting point for exploring one's connection with the magickal opportunities offered by our animal friends. The tones of respect, reverence, and delight fill this book with glowing inspiration.
Some bits I marked for further considerations and explorations:
"You must develop your own dictionary.… you must learn the dialect that is best for you."
"Many have difficulty reconciling predation with anything other than cruelty…" (there's much more to this quote, and I recommend looking this up!)
"For any relationship to work, there must be three elements: silence, respect, and sharing."
"By asking a favor, you are honoring that person and giving respect for what he or she can do."
The four common kinds of wing structures
Feather and Fetish Pot exercise
"[Pigeons] are the only bird that can drink by sucking up water into their beaks. This reflects that ability to draw on the energies of home, no matter how distant."
|Presenting the Ordains of Hive 14 (photo by Val)|