Priestess Grove: Blossoming on the Spiral Path

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Candise

Candise

Candise is an ordained Priestess, a professional psychic channel, writer, workshop, ceremony and ritual facilitator and an energy worker.
She is a Priestess of Grace who works with the Butterfly Spirit which is her totem.
Candise practices a faith that she has named 'Lunar Mysticism'. In mysticism we acknowledge One Source and recognize all else as human hypnotism. In Lunar spirituality we embrace duality and marry it, forming non-duality. It is through the practice of Lunar Mysticism that Candise utilizes ritual as a tool to see beyond the hypnotic suggestion of this realm.
Priestess' have practiced the art of marrying the energies from this Earth realm and the Higher realms together for many moons now.
Mystics endeavour to find Source behind the suggestions of illusion.
Thus the Lunar Mystic approach to life is to marry the Truth of perfection with the human experience. This is the path that Candise Priestess', the Spiral Path of Grace, the path of the Feminine Mystic.
Her services are offered both in person and via distance, one on one or in group settings, depending on what it is that you are in need of. You can find her services at : priestessofgrace.wordpress.com

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The Pregnant Pause after Imbolc
Imbolc has always been one of the cross quarter dates that easily falls under the radar for me, many years I don't realize that it has occured until it has passed and I often have an internal "bad Priestess" cheeky moment when this happens.
 
While the date is elusive and ephemeral for me most years, the time in between Imbolc and the Spring Equinox is not, in fact, it is the sensation of being in this liminal space between winter's end and spring's beginning that usually alerts me to the fact that I have missed the actual sacred day itself.
 
I believe that the time between Imbolc and the Spring Equinox is one of the most important phases on the Wheel of the Year for all of us as a whole. Speaking from my own experience, I have observed and sat each year with the discomfort of waiting, of containing and of consciously allowing light, life and extreme energy to grow within me until the time is ripe and ready for it's entrance into our realm, The discomfort comes from being born into a patriarchal structure that was created during the industrial revolution that has imprinted a conditioned response within me to produce and consume, so much so that the moment I feel an inner stirring my unconscious response is to farm that inner stirring out into the manifested reality, to prostitute it and bleed it dry before it has even had a chance to come to maturation and then to consume some other form of inspiration in hopes of receiving another inner stirring to farm out into the masses.  
 
Years went by where I would do this, become inspired, farm the inspiration out prematurely and then go seeking all over again, it wasn't until I began to work with the Wheel of the Year in a conscious way that I started to notice what was happening, it was then that I began to dive deeper into the practice and discomfort of waiting.
 
Imbolc is a time when the spark of life and inspiration is ignited within the cave of winter's hibernation. It is a head's up that the great rebirthing of spring is just around the corner. The purpose of this time is to both ensure that the slumber, regeneration and wisdom upgrade that has been occurring in winter's hibernation is fully completed by the time spring comes around, (any inner teachings or upgrades that have been happening need to be prepared to come to conclusion relatively soon) as well as an ignition of illumination and understanding around what it is that we are about to incarnate into in the spring. This time is akin to when we stand on the precipice of the fourth dimension with our guides and angels reviewing the blueprint we have laid out before coming back to earth, it is an exciting and exhilarating time of potential and one that is not meant to be rushed, the more time I spend allowing the potency of this time to expand and build the more powerful and free and complete my rebirths on the equinox feel.
 
Two years ago I was pregnant and due on the spring equinox, I had a completely embodied experience of living the Wheel of the Year as the time from Imbolc until my birthing was so full, ripe and tempting to want to rush along. As any woman who has been pregnant knows, those last weeks of pregnancy feel like a lifetime, the weight of the baby, the stretching of the skin, the expansion of the belly, it feels as though you've been pushed beyond the threshold of everything you once were and into a new being who ceases to be comfortable and has forgotten or perhaps given up hope that the birth will ever occur, it seems as though life will remain in this stretched to capacity and uncomfortable state forever. In a world that offers so many medical interventions it is not uncommon for a woman to be tempted to rush the end of pregnancy along with a little artificial aid to speed the process. In my case I had gestational diabetes and for better or worse I trusted the OB's suggestion that I receive a c-section two weeks before my daughter's due date (which was the spring equinox), this decision may have saved my life (the medical details are irrelevant to this article) and it landed my daughter in the NICU, the necessity and/or choice to rush her process into the world was not without consequence.
 
As with pregnancy and with our internal birthing into a new consciousness, following Mother Nature's lead is in our highest good. I remind myself of this as I sit here, bubbling with passion and idea's sprouting up, a sense of restlessness setting in and enthused sparks igniting within my spirit that these idea's and this restlessness is a reminder to stop and to come back to my body and to rise up in consciousness, the voices that chide me for not doing something more at this time of year are down in the basement now, because I have travelled this Wheel many times, I can recognize this familiar discomfort and I can remind myself of the power in sovereignty in waiting. 
 
Imbolc is just that for me, a sacred moment of waiting, a pregnant pause, a deep breath before bursting into the bright, hot light of manifested reality, I do not need to know how this energy will form when it is birthed, nor do I need to control it's process, I need only surrender to it. Imbolc happens when the sun is in the revolutionary sign of Aquarius and ends in the mystical sign of Pisces, this is about a revolution around how I experience inspiration as well as a mystically potent opportunity to be a vessel that ushers in Heaven to Earth, the highest calling a Priestess can own.
 
So, here I sit, fountain gurgling in the background, toddler napping upstairs, nachos waiting to be warmed when I open my eating window, dreaming of the ability to consciously time travel through my life, wondering if I will ever get on stage again, hoping that age will never have the power to steal my dreams away from me and remembering, thanks to this great sacred pause, to expand my greatest desires, to go so far out in my imaginings that truly anything is possible. 
 
Because of the Wheel of the Year I am reborn annually, I am not subject to the laws of aging in the ways that the patriarchal machine would subject me, and I am not subject to the conditioning of said structure either, I am reminded of this as I sit and wait instead of rush and do.
 
May this sacred waiting bless you as deeply as it has blessed me and may we all be gifted with a healthy and fat manifestation baby on our great rebirthing this spring.
 
Grace Be With You,
Priestess of Grace,
Candise Soaring Butterfly 
 
 

 

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Why we honour the Goddess in our Home.

When I became a priestess nobody in the family that I had grown up in were surprised to hear about it. For time immemorial I have been considered the eccentric, the odd duck, the one that just refused to fit in in our sleepy bible belt of a town that I grew up in, and consequentially moved back to four years ago.

 

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    Lovely story and bless your way with your daughters.
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    I cannot believe I didn't see this comment until now, thank you so much, your work has moved me beyond words and your encouragemen
Radiant Love Activations from the Lionsgate Portal

The last time that I really took note of the Lionsgate Portal was in 2015 when the gateway formed a perfect 888 in numerology, in fact, that was the first time that I had ever connected to the Lionsgate Portal. I suspect my lack of connection with this particular energetic portal is due to it's high Leo and sun frequency. I only have Leo in the 11th house of my astrological chart and other than that I have no Leo influence in my chart at all, in fact, throughout my 12 planets I have only one fire sign in total. Because of this lack of fire in my energetic make-up it has taken a good long while for the element of fire and I to develop a relationship and an even longer while for me to become comfortable in the lessons and energy of the summer season.

 

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    I am touched by the beauty of this

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Cosmic Activism

When I was in training to become a priestess, the priestess guiding me told me that although the world had once required us priestesses to seclude ourselves in temples, to focus solely on our devotion to the Goddess and adding that light to the world, that we had evolved into a space and time where we were called to be among the masses. No longer were we to be sequestered away from the world. This transition brought both blessings - freedom to explore many experiences in the world while maintaining one's commitment to being a priestess, and challenges - more energy and drama to sift through as we endeavoured to sustain and raise our priestess consciousness. 

 

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Holy Darkness

The words dark and shadow are not synonymous, in fact when they are used interchangeably all manners of unintentional shaming, oppression and labelling falls upon women, the Divine Feminine and all persons born with skin darker than lily white.

 

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    Absolutely love this
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    Thank you!

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Thanks Be to the Blood

I love my moon time, I love everything about it. 

 

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Priestessing my Marriage
When I was finishing up my Priestess training with the Nicole Christie lineage, the high Priestess Anyaa Mc Andrew, consistently encouraged us to define how we were going to use our Priestessing skills and selves in the world in a tangible way. Never did I imagine that my marriage would become a vessel for my Priestessing.
 
Since my ordination I have come to appreciate how wise and prophetic those instructions were, what I didn't know then was that once I left the Priestess training circle I would be bringing my Priestess self everywhere with me, there was no Candise waiting in line at the bank while Priestess of Grace sat under the dark of the moon in circle, Priestess of Grace is a part of me, an archetype that has been awakened and integrated into the very fabric of my being. Wherever I go, she goes. Candise sits in circle under the dark of the moon and Priestess of Grace stands in line, we are One and the same.
 
I celebrated my five year wedding anniversary on the Winter Solstice of this year. On December 21, 2012, the day when some believed that the world would end, and others believed powerful portals of energy that would rocket us into a new dimension would open up, my Beloved Twin Flame and I committed to seek out Goddess/God in one another, for all of eternity, until we once again merged back into Source energy.
 

 

I hadn't realized it at the time, but my vow to spend the rest of my lives seeking out God in my husband was another way that I was bringing the Priestess archetype back into our world. The role of a Priestess is to merge the realms and when I attempt to live in the earthly realm beholding the heavenly realm I am being that Priestess bridge, my marriage wasn't only for my human experience, it was a dedication to the world, it is a part of my Priestess calling, for as I learn to see the Beloved in my husband I hone that ability to find Source in everyone and everything.
 
In reflecting on the past five years of marriage and in response to a friend's inquiry about how I see God in my husband on the daily I became acutely aware of how often I fall short of my vows and have been recommitting to strengthening them and utilizing tools to do so. As I do this I am reminded of my sacred calling to behold Source in all beings that I come into contact with, this practice, what ancient sages and Masters have called 'transmuting' is one of the more potent ways that I show up as Priestess in the world.
 
The most inspiring part of my marriage vows for me was when I committed to find God in my husband so that I could better do that for all of humanity, this is a way that I bridge the realm of Love with the realm of duality.
 
When my husband is in doubt, fear, anger or apathy and I choose to see beyond the behaviour and to feel beyond the energetic imprints being thrown around I can contact the Source of his being, his true essence, this recognition calls forth his most Divine and beautiful self. The more I choose to behold the God in him the easier it is for me to 'transfigure' him and the more apt I am at doing this with the members of my community and even the world at large.
 
To transfigure is to look into another's eyes until we see the Creator looking back at us, if staring deep into another's eyes in the community isn't available or appropriate I find other, more subtle means to behold Source, I sense for Her, I pray to Her in the other and stick with it until I feel Her enveloping me, the person and the situation. 
 
To transfigure my husband and the world at large is a choice that I have to make on a moment to moment basis, it is much easier to condemn a Trump and to fear or loathe him than it is to transfigure him. It is easier because I am surrounded by third dimensional energy and the story surrounding him is loaded and bouncing all over society at this time. Yet, if I transfigure those closest to me and make this practice into a habit then the 'bigger' stories become more available for me to transfigure
 
My marriage, through the eyes of my Priestess self, is much more than the blessed gift to me and my daughters that it is, it is a calling forth of my highest self to learn to love, and to behold Truth despite the appearances to the seeming contrary that come up on a day to day basis. Thus marriage has merged into a mode of Priestessing for me, it is a spot of inspiration and a vortex of opportunity for my power and abilities to strengthen and expand into the world.
 
As the Gregorian calendar year comes to a close, and my marriage anniversary is celebrated, I will take this as a reminder, that love, when sanctified and offered up to the Goddess, is more than something for my human self to enjoy, it is a call to action and an invitation for the Priestess in me to rise up. Priestessing it seems can be accomplished in every relationship and every situation that I remember my sacred calling in, the be that bridge between the higher and lower realms.
 
For the year 2018 I am brining a deeper commitment to transfiguration within my marriage and the life that I live, I commit to finding Goddess behind the appearances of this realm so that Her presence can more easily be sensed, tapped into and experienced in the here and now. May this next phase of life usher more of Her into all of our consciousness.
 
Grace Be With You,
Priestess of Grace,
Candise Soaring Butterfly
 
 
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