By Sister Kali
Sister Kali is a Spirit-Worker, Feri Initiate, Witch, Root-Worker, Reader, Spiritual Counselor, Presenter, Writer, and Artist.
In this challenging time of the outbreak of Covid-19, the disease caused by the Novel Corona Virus, folx are often seeking means and ways to protect themselves and to ease their concerns. Having worked in Public Health as a health educator, first and foremost, Wash Your Hands!
People have been asking me, not for public health advice, but, for magical and spiritual approaches. There are neither magic spells, candle workings, sigils, nor herbal remedies that will protect from Covid-19. This does not mean there are no places for such practices, for such magical and spiritual applications work wonders as support services.
During stressful times, magical and spiritual techniques work well in addressing mental, emotional, and spiritual complexities that may arise. Let's review some options that may be easily incorporated into your daily routine while sheltered in place.
Meditation is one of the simplest things to do, yet yields maximum results. Meditation brings us, and most importantly our minds, into focus, into the moment right here and now.
Incense is an ancient device used throughout the history of humanity for effecting and affecting environments. Incense helps to cleanse and calm a space.
**Do Not Burn Incense if You are Experiencing Respiratory Issues**
There are two types of incense that I find helpful.
Lavender & Cedar
Lavender produces a lighter smoke and is great for providing balance and promoting a peaceful home through its enticing aroma. Lavender lightens a space and creates a calming atmosphere that facilitates restfulness and deeper sleep.
Cedar disperses stagnant and negative energies and attracts positive influences. Cedar smoke purifies and cleanses while emitting a pleasant scent. Cedar is believed to revive the spirit and to help with fatigue and listlessness.
If you are unable to burn incense, lavender and cedar essential oils may be used. Essential oils can be used with a diffuser; with a few drops on top of a candle; and with a cotton ball, allowing one to inhale the properties of the oils.
Lavender essential oils can lift the spirits, lighten depression, and ease anxiety. Lavender is known to have a calming and soothing effect on the brain.
Candles are a lovely way to de-stress ones self and ones space. Use any candle you prefer. Candles emit a soothing light. A white or light blue candle may be used to promote a peaceful home. These colors offer a softer, cooling effect.
Focus on the candle and meditate or pray for what you wish to manifest in your space. You might focus on creating a calm, peaceful, and loving home; a productive work space; or overall positive and healing energies for any space you inhabit.
With social distancing and sheltering in place, now is a good time to read a book.
THE FEAR BOOK by Cheri Huber is a brilliant look at how we do fear. Huber presents principles of Zen Buddhism that help guide one away from a fear based perspective of life.
For fiction reading, a personal favorite of mine is THE EARTHSEA TRIOLGY by Ursula K. Le Guin. The author tells a lovely story of coming into ones own fullness of self.
OF WATER AND THE SPIRIT by Malidoma Patrice Somé is a brilliant autobiographical tale of the early life of a present-day African Shaman living between two worlds - western culture and his original tribal culture.
Guard Inya recommends THE DRAGONRIDERS OF PERN series by Anne McCaffrey as excellent and engrossing fiction with subtle, uplifting messages of perseverance and rising above the doubts of others.
However you decide to spend your time in isolation or quarantine, remember to take some time each day to check in with yourself and unwind.
As part of Novice Sister Gwenn N Dowtte's Novice Project, we offer this blessing of the color GREY:
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As part of Novice Sister Gwenn N Dowtte's Novice Project, we offer this blessing of the color BROWN:
Does a bear shit in the woods? Well I sure hope so! A brown bear drops its brown poop at the base of a brown tree. This fertilizes the tree, so it can grow big and strong and sprout leaves and fruits, which the brown bear eats, which is then digested into… poop! And the cycle continues. Brown is the basis for the cycle of life!
Bears and trees, the most natural signs of strength we know! Though brown is also the color of deserts, dry brush, and ashes… it is the basis of life. It is the start and end. It is the cycle. Hidden within the stoic brown trunk of a forest tree springs moisture and life! Without the strength of a tree’s roots, there would be no leaves, no flowers, no other colors in the world! And so we honor the color Brown for providing us with life, with nourishment, with beauty.
As part of Novice Sister Gwenn N Dowtte's Novice Project, we offer this blessing of the color BLACK:
In the shadows, in the darkness, lurking behind in mystery. Black represents all things spooky, and odd, and scary.
Black is the color of darkness, of everything combined together yet nothing visible. Black represents the end, the final destination, death.
Every day we are alive is a blessing, but only because we know we will not live forever. Life is precious because it can disappear into the darkness at any moment.
Through the AIDS crisis in the 80’s… through Don’t Ask Don’t Tell in the 90’s… through the tragic death of Matthew Shepard in the early 2000’s… the queer community has a long history of death and darkness.
We fight every day for our right to exist and feel safe from the darkness that others try to force upon us. We fight for our very survival.
But in the darkest of times, we remind ourselves that as a community, we survived the AIDS crisis; We overcame Don’t Ask Don’t Tell; We rallied our strength after Matthew Shepard.
And in the face of continued oppression, we stand together in the fight to preserve marriage equality; We stand together in opposition of the Transgender Military ban; We stand together to fight for the right to use the bathroom in public.
Because we are strong, our community is strong, and we will not be kept down!
As part of Novice Sister Gwenn N Dowtte's Novice Project, we offer this blessing of the color WHITE:
A blank, clean slate
Start over fresh
It can be great
A lack of color
Yet the total sum
An empty vessel
Yet the basis of all
White face reflection
White veil starting new
A great brightness
Shines upon us all
A blank, clean slate
Start over fresh
It can be great
As part of Novice Sister Gwenn N Dowtte's Novice Project, we offer the following blessing of the color PINK:
We blow bubbles in our gum!
We’re just so full of JOY!
Rejoice in pink, for pink is the color of fun, party, silliness, and joy!
Rejoice in pink, for pink pussy hats are a symbol of the resistance!
Rejoice in pink, for we’re all pink on the inside!
Through our rose colored glasses, we can see the best of the world around us.
We can see a world of freedom, of welcoming, of love!
We will never be anything but loud. We will continue our pussy riot until our voices are heard!
Hit the town
Let’s go party!
As part of Novice Sister Gwenn N Dowtte's Novice Project, we offer this blessing of the color PURPLE:
Purple is a rich and vibrant color, with deep layers hidden within its folds. It is the color of royalty, because it embodies depth and power.
Purple represents the bisexual and genderqueer concept of “both”. Lighter shades of purple represent androgyny. These all represent the merging of blue and pink. It is not surprising that purple is used in so many flags within our queer community, for it reminds us that we can all mix together and be beautiful!
Purple represents Spirit! The spirit of the queer community runs through us all. It lifts us up in times of struggle, and it cheers us on through celebrations. There is a richness to purple, a depth, a power. The same can be said of our community! We are diverse! We are the combination of so many different things! We are a beautiful tapestry of all the many who have found a home with us!
We honor the depth and richness of our community when we think of purple.
As part of Novice Sister Gwenn N Dowtte's Novice Project, we offer the following blessing of BLUE:
Blue is the color of emptiness, of blood being ready for oxygenation.
Blue is the color of calmness, of relaxation after a long day.
Blue is the color of coldness, of winter ice covering a pond.
Blue is the color of maleness, of masculinity.
Blue is the color of serenity, of the ocean on a calm afternoon.
Blue is the color of a reset, of the sky on a bright beautiful day.
Blue is the chance for a new start.
As part of Novice Sister Gwenn N Dowtte's Novice Project, we offer this blessing of the color Green:
As if from another world,
Lime green brings us joy!
Brand new life, start fresh!
Go! Says nature in the spring.
With shades of Kelly.
Though light green is pale
It represents the spectrum
Of beautiful hues
The earth is rich and full of life!
Nature surrounds us in its gentle embrace.
The fresh blooms on every tree,
Every plant brings smiles to our faces
As they bring their joy into our lives.
As part of Novice Sister Gwenn N Dowtte's Novice Project, we offer this blessing for the color Yellow:
Who's that sun shining in the sky?
It's me! It's me!
I said who's that sun shining in the sky?
It's me! It's me!
Uh huh! Uh huh! Uh huh! Uh huh! Uh huh!
Yellow Yellow Yellow!
Yellow is just all the fun!
Yellow Yellow Yellow!
We are crisp! We are fresh! We put urine to the test.
Does it run clear? Brightly colored? Will it flush with all the rest?
Full of life! Harmony! Throw some citrus in as well.
We shine brightness on the world, lots of glitter you can tell.
Warm as day! We are gay! In the best possible way!
Our neutrality of gender can’t compare!
And so we celebrate this color
Like there is no other
Yellow - is the color of happiness!