Creation as Prayer

astrology, Jewelry, Mundane Magic, Updates
Custom prayer beads for Medusa

There is nothing that lights me up more than my Work as an intuitive jeweler. It’s a niche field, but one that holds a special place in my witchy heart and spiritual practice.

A few years ago, I opened my soul to the possibility of making jewelry my official occupation. I found such joy and thrill from sitting at my desk for hours at a time cranking out earrings, bracelets, necklaces and more to be sold at markets, in stores and online. The demand was high and I did my best to keep up… However, this initial approach caused me to injure my hands, revealing to me that mass production was not in the cards for my future. This set off an array of emotions and choices that I have more or less dealt with: physical craftsmanship is not meant to be a part of my daily life at this time.

Yet…. I am still creating for those who continue to reach out to me and the final products have been following a very specific pattern:

Commissioned prayer beads for Brigid

My clients are often spiritual people committed to Work with an array of Deities. Many shops online do not offer the devotional pieces that fit their specific needs, which is where my services become useful. I create customized prayer beads made of the gems that energetically suit the Entity, intentional elements from nature (often bones, seeds, acorns, etc.) and whatever else they feel is important to their spiritual commitment.

This process has become much more intimate than my previous work as a mass producer of jewelry artistry. I often light candles, ask Them for insight after the project is underway and receive messages through my process of creating each piece. These messages apply to me as the maker, but more so they are intended to be translated and relayed to my clients. Every message is intentionally incorporated into each piece which then becomes a potential bridge to an avenue of personal Work between my clients and their Guides.

Commissioned prayer beads for Hecate

After recently finishing my most recent commission, I have realized the importance of serving as a Creatrix of beauty that holds personalized Messages from the Divine. This source of support is vital lifeline (sometimes metaphorically, sometimes literally) for my clients who are doing their best to authentically navigate life’s challenges during these dark times. I am honored to use my gifts to co-facilitate clarity, hope and purpose to those in need of my services.

I am not sure of what’s to come of this work. What I do know is this:

I have prayed for Guidance.
In return, I am inspired to create custom jewelry.
These devotional pieces invoke Prayer.

Prayer that initiates more Prayer:
A beautiful cycle that completes the circuit
of community, purpose and divine connection.

My greatest challenge is a combination of pacing and pricing: both contributing to the sustainability of this Work. I am only able to take on a few pieces per year, which sometimes take months to become fully ready for my clients. I choose to vulnerably approach these challenges with humility and right-sized Pride: Bringing these pieces to into Being means that they must nourish every One of us involved in the process. Until full clarity has been achieved in this arena, I will continue to price each piece on a case-by-case basis.

I come to these realizations during a very astrologically fitting time of the year:

I am also reopening my list of commissioned devotional jewelry. If you are interested in scheduling a consult with me (and willing to wait months for your sacred gift) please:

Contact me and select “commissions” from the drop-down menu
★ Share your vision of what is needed in a few sentences
★ List physical elements that you would like to have incorporated into your devotional piece
★ Reveal which Deity or Intention that will be incorporated into this magic

I will reply to your messages in the order that they are received and do my best to keep up with the traffic of inquiries. I will also give you a pricing estimate as well as a general timeline that may very depending on the needs of each project.

Thank you Taurus III for your insight and potency. I am humbled. I am grateful. I am willing to continue opening myself to the Unknown and devoting my efforts to midwifing the magic that the World needs into Being.

Aurora the Astrologer

astrology, Updates

“Astrology is just a finger pointing at reality.”

Steven Forrest

Some things take time –  a lesson from The Stars that has been giving me a sharp poking as of late. I believe that this Truth is a gift from Saturn (ie: the One who shapes realities) for two reasons:

The first, is that while I have been a student of astrology for over five years (fifteen if you count reading horoscopes with my afternoon snack) I still do not feel like an expert. However, Time can be a powerful ally that shapes the novice of any craft into a master; and years of working with the tarot has proven this to me.

I have read countless books about putting astrology into practice, completed workbooks on the subject, participated in a mentor ship with professional astrologer Teri Parsley Starnes of Starsdance Astrology, earned a certification through Astrology University, performed chart readings for close friends, engaged in spell Work based on transits and co-facilitated Reclaiming-style workshops on the magic of Astrology.

It is true to say that while it may not feel like it, Time has allowed all of those experiences over the last half-decade to mold me into an experienced Astrologer. Those years count, and I would not be where I am now without that patience and dedication.

The second truth is that while much time has passed, achieving my dream of becoming a full-time professional astrologer is not an over-night process. Time has standards for evolution: and it’s the hours of the day that serve as laps around the pool of Substance. These cycles are necessary to the manifestation of that dream if I am willing to fully commit myself to it.

So far, I have spent my time in 2019: starting a business plan, setting intentions, reading new books, preparing for media updates, researching strategies, seeking advice from other freelance professionals, learning the appropriate computer programs and practicing reading Natal Charts as often as I can.

While I usually have great luck generating positive results with just a few hours of time, this year has already proven that becoming a successful business owner requires more effort. More long-term stamina. More laps in that pool… supported and guided by Time.

You may notice some website changes in the coming months. You may also read posts about my progress. You will certainly be updated when I am ready to offer Astrology readings, more collaborative workshops on Astrology Magic and other things that I cannot be aware of yet that only Time can reveal.

I am dedicated to becoming an honest, accurate, compassionate Messenger of the Stars. Until then, I will allow the reminder above from Saturn that some things take time to ground and comfort me as I engage in this Work.

Good thing inspiration is free of charge and ever-available whenever darkness surrounds me…


Naming Transformation

Mundane Magic, Updates

I have changed. Four and a half years of deeply personal, magical work has crested to become a wave of change that I cannot reverse. It signifies both an end and a beginning. In my tradition, we call it: Initiation.

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What is it?

Initiation is a sacred contract with the Universe: a declaration that one is willing to sacrifice their comfort and perception of the worlds as they know them. These things are handed over to carefully chosen initiators and The Powers That Be in exchange for deep Wisdom and a customized journey to one’s own source of Personal Power. This is done so that these witches can be reborn and give back what is needed in the world in their own unique, authentic way. It is done knowing that this evolutionary Work is never finished and serves as a commitment to being challenged to change over and over again in this lifetime and the next.

In the Reclaiming tradition, initiation is not a requirement. Many witches who attend our rituals and have their own daily practices are not initiated; contentment can be found in maintaining one’s own spiritual hygiene through Reclaiming’s Principles of Unity and connecting with others in our communities. It is not a badge of honor that shows superiority or a “deeper dedication” to Reclaiming, but a personal choice that one makes on their own if they feel Called to it.

Why I chose Initiation:

My desire for initiation came in the form of a wish: to love myself and be proud of my life. It arose during a time where I felt lost… where the choices I was making were unhealthy and everything felt disastrously unmanageable. I could not have fully understood what I was in for at the time when I asked to be initiated. All that I Knew was that deep transformation was necessary and that Reclaiming witchcraft was the way that I felt it needed to happen so that my Soul could be truly revived.

Choosing initiators:

My experience of choosing initiators was a two-fold task of vulnerability. First, I needed to find the witches that possess the qualities that I aspired to have within myself. Then, I had to ask them for their consent and help in shifting my energy so that I could become empowered and, in turn, a spiritual leader.

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I chose two bold, powerful people who still intrigue, bewilder and deeply move me.

Independently, they are two enchanting women who call themselves witches: an oracular rose within a patch of briar and a weaver of bones that reveals deep Truth. Together, they are a facilitation team that compassionately revealed to me What Must Be Done. I admired their integrity, active resistance to codependency, ability to be fully present with others and balance of self-care with community service.

They began as my guides. Now, they are my family and I am eternally grateful.

Doing the Work:

Transformation requires a willingness to grow: and growth is often painful.

In order to shift my energy toward that of a priestess, my initiators gave me challenges to address problematic behavior, ignite awareness through first-hand experiences and directly confront my fears . Some challenges required repetition to incorporate magical Will power into my daily habits. Others challenged me to break out of my comfort zone. For me, this Work meant investigating the root of my wounds, choosing which relationships to nourish and serving my communities with humility.

What made this process so unique for me was that I was not always directly told to do these things. I was just told to cast a circle every day for a month, shovel snow for my neighbors without being asked, and make very conscious choices about physical intimacy. It was performing these tasks of growth that allowed for experimentation with support and coming to my own realizations about why they were so necessary in my Becoming.

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The contract for initiation is at least one year and a day. For some (myself included) it takes much longer. A revolution-from-within does not come with it’s own egg timer: time, trust and commitment eventually reveal when a priestess is ready to become initiated.

Initiation Day:

Initiation rituals are secret Workings and vary per line of witches. What I will say about this very special day that happened on the 4th of August, 2018 is that: I felt completely supported. I was fully present. The transformative energy was incredibly potent, yet tender the entire day. And I will never, ever forget it.

This experience was a Rite of Passage that signified the end of my life as I knew it. It was also the birth of a priestess with a new legacy riddled with it’s own challenges to be experienced and fulfilled. This transition becomes official when this priestess accepts her new name and says goodbye to the old one that no longer suits her or her Work.

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It is with great pride and honor that I reveal:

Vasalisa is dead,
and
Aurora has been born.

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The other side:

In the weeks after my initiation into the Bone and Briar line, I can say that things feel very different. I am in the process of reassessing what still feels important in my life. I am also realigning my priorities and discovering how I may best be of service in all of my communities. I don’t have clear answers about a lot of these things so far, but one thing that I can say for sure is that nothing feels certain…. which is intimidating, confusing, thrilling, and empowering.

My Work now:

Vasalisa ventured into the darkness to find her light. It was that brave adventure which caused her to become the light: bringing the dawn, with it’s brightness and magnificent color, back to the place where she once lived. I can’t say that I fully understand the magnitude of what it means to Be the light, but I know that Aurora is here to stay for now and very excited to meet you.

New Links

Updates

You can now find VasalisaTheWitch on Facebook! Daily updates include: photos of my newest jewelry creations, intuitive collage artwork, concept photography featuring the Rider Waite tarot deck and opportunities to connect with witches from all over the world.

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Community is a collective spell of our diversity shaping reality.. and the world-wide web has made this magic oh so convenient. I look forward to connecting with all of you.

Stay tuned for the launch of my Etsy shop!