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Soul Healing – my own and others – Priestessing Death

So, I decided to go back, back to the beginning, to take my own power and stretch my wings, expand my capabilities.
New training courses, both taken and created, inform my chrysalis. I know where I want to go, and I am walking the path towards it. Last week has seen several meetings that made me feel like I can, I am good enough, smart enough, brave enough.
I joined the revolution and we are stepping onto the barricades. Hiding our light is no longer an option, we need to shine into the world. We have been called by the highest power I know: Goddess, and we all answered that call at one point in time. Love is the key..says She. Love of all existences. That is the mystery and the secret of a happy, fulfilled life. How will it manifest? Watch this space.

All that I know and all that I love will be offered with gratitude and reverence for Her presence in my life. It has always been thus and She has never steered me wrong, and even supplied the abundance needed to create it. Who am I to question why She chose me? I am certainly not Her only choice, but I showed up when I was called 15 years ago and I still show up each new day. Maybe that is why She has always provided me with what I need to walk Her beauty way, forging connections and shining Her love into the world. The tag line for this endeavour is: in the Lady we trust. Lady of Lake Bala, Gwraig Annwn, Wise Woman of the Otherworld, Midwife of Souls, Threshold Keeper of liminal places, Swynwraig – Magic woman.

Now I return to my passion, the care of the dying, serving as their Advocate and Psychopomp as they move through and beyond the threshold. What we do, we do for love. Unconditional, powerful, miraculous, transforming love.


The Oracle of Avalon – the Quickening of Ancient Seeds

On Monday, 4th of January, a a number of Priestesses of Avalon came together in Goddess House, Glastonbury, to activate and manifest the first Oracle of Avalon in modern times. This idea had once again been visioned by Kathy Jones, who for me represents the main vessel of the Lady in the world at present. Of course, all Priestesses of Avalon are trained to be a vessel for Her here and now, but the connection between the Lady and the woman who first returned Her back into Her rightful place here in Avalon is unique and powerful. The most powerful I have ever witnessed and Monday was no exception. I had the privilege to be one of the first adorants who came before the Lady to hear the answer to their question. I can put my hand on my heart and swear I have not experienced anything like it before, and I doubt I will experience the same ever again.

The call went out and the seekers came. We, who came to serve the Oracle, were taking seekers through a thorough elemental blessing, where they were ritually cleansed and given the opportunity to examine their heart and find the question that needed to be answered.

When I was given the opportunity to visit the Oracle, I was ecstatic and a little apprehensive. I had no need to worry.
The connection to the Lady was electric, She looked deep into my eyes and She saw all of me: heart, mind, spirit, soul – and then She mirrored it back to me, so that I could see myself as She saw me.
Pure love! Pure, never-ending love for me. The eyes of the vessel glittered, I was unable to break the eye contact, it was like I was magnetised. She wanted me to know me, in all my glory. The words She spoke were exquisite, thinking about them now as I sit here tears once again fill my eyes. So much admiration, appreciation, praise and high esteem for me and my gifts, my service to Her, has never been made so clear to me. Her eyes beamed the meaning of Her words as if to underline the truth of them. All my self doubt, my fear of not being enough, of not being seen, heard, witnessed – my low self esteem, she took it all and transformed it into belief. Belief that She sees all I try to do for Her, for Her community, in Her name and because of Her. For a while now She has been saying to me “I see everything, I know everything and all is me.” It has been a help when I have wavered in my own commitment, and to be so seen, heard and witnessed by such a powerful divine being is humbling, awe inspiring, and healing. Such bone deep healing of old wounds! I don’t recall having ever felt so loved, so clear and so well. She took away all the pain and suffering, from my entry into my mother’s womb to this day. She cleared all doubt and fear, She took the shadow that has haunted me for so long, the feeling of having been abandoned and neglected by the very people who were meant to be my closest allies, my staunchest support, my most loving companions. She took that burden off my shoulders and freed me.

I can only recommend to everyone to come and visit the Oracle of Avalon, which is happening another 7 times this year, and I wish all who come the experience I have had. Three days on, I am still walking in a world that only exists in love. She makes me want to be the best version of myself, to be aware not to slip back into poor behaviour patterns, to completely embrace and allow myself to be in the moment, but also continue to work towards a better future for us all, where Goddess is in every word that I speak and every action I take.

Our dates for your diary:

Thursday March 21st Goddess House – Nolava,Brighde,Rhiannon
Friday 3rd May Goddess House 
Monday 17th June Goddess House 
Saturday 27th July Goddess House 
Thursday 19th September Goddess House
Friday 1st November Goddess House 
Friday 20th December Goddess House 

Blessed Be

Ps. In my next post I will talk about the moment I was clad in Her cloak and mask to become Her vessel.

Death and Memory….

Who is afraid of the Mari Lwyd? Not me!!! As you can see from the photos below.

Our visit to Anglesey a week ago was a treat for a busy Priestess, I have had very little time off this year from my service here in Avalon/Glastonbury, to the many visitors who come to the Goddess Temple. Today I found myself writing to a client “Sometimes No is the way to go” and then realized that Cerridwen was sending me a personal message through a different channel.
The last year has been difficult for so many people, the cosmic confluences were intense, and astrologically speaking this was the year of alchemical transformation, as Jupiter travelled through Scorpio. Today Jupiter moves into Sagittarius, my own star sign,  and our ruling planet, it brings with it purpose and meaning, faith, optimism, belief, abundance, luck and generosity. Phewww, we made it and it is going upwards from here, much needed after the tough times we have faced and braved.
In the last few weeks many souls have left the planet, either self elected or through illness. It has been a hard time for us Priestesses here in Avalon, we have held so many people in their grief and suffering and continue to do so. As a recalled Death Priestess, something that was reaffirmed when I recently stood in the Hypogeum in Malta and was welcomed as such by the spirits there, I often get asked for advice on moving on the souls that are in a state of shock, or confusion, by their manner of departing their vessel. It’s the life I chose but there is a necessity for self care that I don’t often apply to myself, which worries friends and loved ones. We Avalonians talk a lot of letting go of unhelpful behaviour patterns, and we must walk our talk, so for the last few days I have declined any requests for appointments or meetings. A healer must be a clear channel and when we are exhausted, depleted, unwell, it is the moment for a self prescribed time out, without feeling that we have let people down, or are self indulgent.

So, whilst we travelled up to Anglesey from Glastonbury, to meet up with a bunch of awesome druids from the Anglesey Druid Order, of which both I and the beloved are members, I took real time to look around and appreciate the beauty of the autumnal landscape of Wales. It was divine, in the very sense of the word: of or like a god(dess). The trees are a riot of russet, gold, deep emerald green, just perfect before the falling. “We can learn a lot from the trees” is one of the main tenets of the Cerridwen Priestess training. The trees are a brilliant example on how to rest gracefully, and determinedly.
This is the time of death and decay in nature, a time to rest, a time to take stock of your life and let go of things, situations, people that just don’t nourish you, don’t inspire you towards your best Self, guide and support you towards your soul purpose and subsequent inner peace. There is no blame or shame in letting go if you do so with grace and gratitude. Death of a friendship, of a realtionship, of a person, an animal companion, is hard but if we fight it and get overwhelmed by grief, it does not serve us or them. Instead, at this time of the veils thinning, we remember the loves of our lives, past and present, and we honour them by speaking their name, singing their soul song once again and telling people we know now of their essence, of what we loved about them. When they are remembered in such a way, whether they are Goddesses, people, animals… they carry on living. In the memory of my ancestors, especially Maria, my beloved mother, do I celebrate at this time my love and life. Bendithion Calan Gaef i bawb.

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Who’s afraid of the Dark?

Re-empowering the Dark Feminine

Dark Bad – Light Good

What is the darkness about? Typically, growing up in western culture, we have fallen into associating darkness with something negative. However, in the cultures that still have traces of Celtism in their traditions: Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Darkness can be a gift. They speak of a radiant black, the darkness of the womb, a darkness that is fecund, generative, full of life. Living still far more in the arms of the earth they realise the value of that darkness, which we need for life to germinate, darkness of loamy soil, darkness of ink that writes the words of wisdoms on the pages of creation. We close our eyes to concentrate, to sleep, to dream, the darkness rests our eyes and bodies, helps them regenerate lost energy.
It is a darkness that is purity in the Ottoman culture, in the indo European root language the word black means gleaming, so there is that light in this darkness, soft radiant black. I would like you to become aware of how many associations with darkness or black are negative in our culture?

I challenge you to start uncoupling those associations because it is a kind of interiorized racism that also includes the dark deities that every major cultural stream has developed. The goddess Tara has a dark incarnation, Kali the Destroyer is well known to most of us here, here is the Dark Madonna, whose veneration has grown exponentially over the last 20 years.  There is the dark feminine that we as women long for. It is a longing for a wholeness because as a civilisation we have become obsessed with the light, as if there is no darkness, no night in which we rest and dream, because that is something to be afraid of. We banish the night by artificially extending our days with electric light, computer screens, TVs that get bigger and bigger, are on constantly, and of course our smart phone screens that also get larger with every new generation. These screens emit a blue light that has now been linked with the increasing complaints of sleeplessness. The brain is deceived into believing that it is daylight and refuses to rest. The best thing you can do for yourself is not to have any type of screen in your bedroom, but I won’t even ask how many of us have a TV there.

Longing for darkness

When I talk about the longing for darkness, I am really talking about a longing for transformation. In mediaeval alchemy, which the psychologist Carl Gustav Jung studied a great deal, the first stage of the alchemical process is the negredo, the darkening, the blackening. It is a stage of transformation, and one many of us are longing for. A good fruitful darkness. In our western tradition, since the 80s, the image of the Black Madonna, her archetype, has increasingly been rediscovered and been transferred back into our collective consciousness. In mainstream Catholicism she has been venerated, and millions of people have visited the sites where statues of her have been placed centuries ago. Yes, many people talk of this depiction of the Madonna being based on Isis but that is actually a fallacy. Isis, as not many people may know, has a dark sister, Nephtys. It is Her image I believe this black Madonna has been based on. Interestingly, although I have always loved reading about Egyptian deities, it is only recently that Nephtys has come into my awareness. In last year’s goddess conference I spoke about four dark goddesses that I have worked with in my life, to a much larger audience than anyone expected, especially me. Since then it is almost as if these dark goddesses have put the spotlight on me as a channel for their circle, as new Dark Ones contact me on a regular basis, most recently Nephtys. I feel sometimes like I have a dark bright beacon above my head “dark goddesses” land here.

Whether you look at the dark Madonna in Poland, or Italy, or Monserrat in the Catalan region, or Black Sara of the Iberian gypsies of which my abuelo was a devote, or the coal black Madonna in Switzerland. The black Madonnas are not about ethnicity, although that is part of their identity, it is more than that, it is the principle of light and dark in the universe, back to this idea what we need for wholeness, balance.IMG_20180529_114534

Dea: Wise Woman Taltos

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Dorina (Dea) is a creative Mystic, Channel, Priestess and Temple Dancer currently living in the UK. She is the co-founder of The Temple of Sacred Arts Mystery school.
Her lineage of Taltos (shaman) and medicine woman, set her on the healer’s path from an early age and led her to pursue her passion for healing with herbs through the study of medicinal and ritual herbalism. Her specific interest is in herbs traditionally used for initiation and spiritual growth, as well as promoting self awareness and feminine healing.
She has been working with Ancient Egyptian Goddess
wisdom since 2009, when she initiated as a Priestess in Philae. She enjoys continuing work with the ancient Egyptian Goddesses ever since.
Magical and ritual herbs
At the conference I will introduce you to some of my favourite ritual herbs and we will discuss the plants medicinal and magical properties, proper and safe use in a ritual setting, explore indigenous traditions and also stories of each herb.
I am looking forward to taking part and sharing my experience with you all.

Bee Helygen – Swynwraig

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From early childhood I have been in contact with the spirits of plant and tree. As a four year old I regularly left the house to climb a tree and gaze at the full moon, much to the disgruntlement of my father, who had to retrieve me at 4 am in the morning. My grandfather, a gitano, would take us into the woods at night, because it was after dark that the forest came to life. He made us sit still, all four of us, to observe the animals, the trees and the Others. Speaking to a tree when times are tough is second nature to me. Tree spirit wisdom is a healing comfort and guidance in my life. Early on in my life I was to meet the woman who taught me to heal with my hands and later, with my aura; first myself and then others. She guided me when my Sight came in at age 14, after the shock of my mother’s sudden death, and kept me from thinking I was going mad. My beloved mother was a faye being for whom life on this planet was just too much, but she left us in good hands with Weini, a wise woman, who knew much and had a remarkable following in our village. I remember people turning up on the back doorstep of our house, consultations in the kitchen with covert exchanges of ‘things’. I can’t remember ever having been to a doctor when I was young but I remember, with a shudder, the brown bottle with thick bitter liquid that came out every time one of us was poorly. None of my siblings or myself ever pretended to be ill to skip school.
As a healer in Goddess House I use some of that knowledge to help the people who wish to heal their body and spirit. We believe that dis-ease comes from the soul, and manifests in the body, and it is there that we must look for answers to help. Using tree discs, cards, crystals and the elements; sounding and toning for detection of imbalances in the body’s flow of energy and to scry for obstacles and blockages, I can find the physical manifestation of the emotional pain and soul disconnection. I can assist on your path towards healing yourself.  Even if the seeker is not aware of the root of their dis-ease, it can be detected with intuition and soul-to-soul bond.

Bee Helygen
Priestess of Avalon and Cerridwen
Swynwraig – Wise Woman (Wales) at Goddess House Glastonbury
Ovate at OBOD
Awenydd (Inspirer) at ADO
Crystal Healer, Bach Flower Practitioner, Meditation Teacher, Path Working, Counselling