Priestess Grove: Blossoming on the Spiral Path

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Practicing Priestess Principles

Living in the mystery, it's the juiciest part of being a Priestess, it's the allure to Scorpio soul's like mine, and it's also the most challenging part of my human journey, that and having no control, though it feels like the two go hand in hand.


The more I try to control the more I try to solve the mystery and the less mystery there is the more an illusion of control seems possible.


The balance between my own wisdom and responsibility to learn and grow while surrendering to the unknown and accepting the mystery as divine and perfect is a tight rope that I have been walking since embarking on my Priestess path. That tight rope has become an illuminated laser beam of focus for me of late.


Being early early pregnant two months after a miscarriage I began my pregnancy with hope and light and tried not to compare it too much to my previous pregnancy, however 5.5 weeks in things began to take a turn. I began to feel off and I began to spot. Because of the intensity of my last loss and the toll it took on me physically and the fact that I have a child at home to take care of I decided to take precautions I normally wouldn't take, meaning, I entered the world of Western medicine to be monitored.


This has been a wildly stressful and rich learning experience for me over the past two weeks. I have worked to fully receive the suggestions offered to me by the doctors and nurses while also stopping to see how those clinical suggestions sit in my body.


This step into the world of Western medicine triggered the part within myself that hungers for control, for a formula that will explain life and all of her ins and outs. Once I began to receive numbers and stats my egoic mind embarked upon a mathematical scavenger hunt for answers and guarantees.I have had regular bloodwork done and checked my phone compulsively as I awaited the results being posted online. I have researched numbers for lengths and heartbeats I knew nothing about and read chatroom after chatroom after chatroom, at the end of each day I was ready to become a certified Google doctor, as you can guess I began to drive myself batty.


Each day was a day of disaster turned to hope, blood in the toilet but then positive results posted online, a heartbeat but then informed that it is low, a positive story online followed by 10 terrifying ones. Texts from my women that lifted me up and texts from my women that brought grief up from deep within me, around and around I spun on my web of uncertainty.


One night, as I sat trying to distract myself from fretting and seeking for a way to ease my discomfort externally I remembered a book that I had read when I was pregnant with my daughter. I don't remember the title of it, but I do remember one specific part that discussed how our ancestors used to view pregnancy. In many cultures women wouldn't consider themselves pregnant until they felt the first movement, the quickening as it were. That meant that for approximately 16 plus weeks women sat in complete mystery. They knew that their moontime had ceased, they knew that life had the potential to spring forth from within them, but they didn't know if it would.


This knowledge infused me with strength. Here I was, a 21st century Priestess going in and out of clinical doors, pouring over numbers, searching bright white computer screens trying to figure out a mystery far too vast for any woman, man or child to solve. I wanted to skip from mystery to certainty, because I had an outcome that I desired and if I wasn't going to get what I wanted, I wanted to get it over and done with now.


I was stomping my scared little feet at the Great Mother in futility.


As of late I've had more up and downs in this first blooming of pregnancy, it was just yesterday that I went from dread to elation when a heartbeat was found (elation) only to be told hours later how low it is compared to statistical averages (dread). My doctor finally admitted at the end of the phone what so many of them forget to share "we really can't know what is going to happen, we will just have to wait and see." With this news I left behind the inspiration of my ancestors and jumped right back into the world of online seeking and fretting sure, that unlike this university certified doctor, my google certificate could unlock the mystery and bring hope back into my life. By the end of an afternoon of going deeper and deeper into cyberspace to find my peace only to find, once again, that what I was filled with instead was a vast sense of powerlessness I finally listened to my gut. This was not working, this was not my path.


I sent a message to one of my guru's, Shivani Howe, and received some sage medicine to utilize these next few weeks as I wait to see how things unfold.


Here is what she wrote me: "When the mind gets unsettled, we come into right action, surrender but with intention by directing it to mantra of the divine. Gayatri mantra would be best at this time I feel. By bringing the mind to a single point of light, directing our fears, concerns, and need to control into this action (chanting), you use the force to divine will... " She also suggested : "Watch how much anxiety and fear is behind each and every action... then if there is fear fuelling the fear... do the opposite action. This takes discipline and ruthless honesty with one self... but is really important."


I breathed this suggestion in and knew that this was not only a suggestion for this pregnancy, it was a suggestion for my life. This lesson is a big piece of my path that I have not truly surrendered, too easily do I turn to myself and other humans when fear comes nipping at my feet and too often do I wait far longer than I should to go to the true Source of comfort, wisdom and understanding, the Source within myself.


I do not believe that tragic circumstances are orchestrated by the Goddess to teach us life lessons, that is not the concept of the Goddess that I know to be true. I heard a woman once say "Goddess didn't make this but Goddess can use this." That's what I see to be true today, for whatever reason my soul has chosen to walk through these circumstances and the Goddess is able, from within me, to use these times to strengthen my resolve and my faith. Paradoxically, in the face of potentially loosing what I want most I have the opportunity to gain what I need most, a stronger connection with the Source within me.


Long ago, when my Priestess training first began, Priestess Aquarius was preparing me to create my first ritual. I was so nervous and I resisted it with all of my might, I kept stalling and as I did she gently guided me and helped me to build my courage. In one of our apprenticeship sessions she shared about how she approached ceremony and ritual. "First I research the subject or time of year I am celebrating, I gather all of the information that I need to prepare a ceremony, then, when I've gathered what I need I let go of the mind and I move into my intuition."


That principle is what I am keeping with me today. My brain knows all of the facts that it needs, more facts than I need actually. Now it is time for me to drop the oars, to lie back in the boat, hands on womb, drumming music playing as I encourage my baby's heart to beat, beat, beat, and to flow in the direction of the Great Mother's tide. Like my ancestors I will wait to see if the potential for life blooms from within me and as a Priestess I will honour the As Above So Below mysteries. I will fill myself with truth, light, love and deep drum beats, not to change an outcome, but to support one and to know that I have given all of the love that I have to the soul that is with me today and I will continue to give love to this soul for as long as it needs and chooses to be with me.


Priestessing for others, presenting ceremony, offering psychic insights, sharing energy healing and writing articles are magical and fulfilling parts of my Priestess path, but to put the principles of the Priestess path to work during the mysterious lengths of my journey is a whole other aspect of Prietessing, it is a deeper, more disciplined journey of trust and faith that I enfold myself in as I wander through the dark curve of this portion on the spiral path.


As I walk through the darkened forests I hope to meet some of you, the mothers, the healers, the sages, walking along side me, shroud in dark mystery, trusting, intuiting and moving to the beat of the drum of the Great Mother's heart calling us forward and pulling us deeper and deeper into Her womb. As we return to our Mother, as we return to the mystery, we shall eventually re-emerge stronger, wholer, full of grace and surrender and a part of the new world, the world of the feminine, the world of surrender and grace, the world of the Goddess.


Grace Be With You,

Priestess of Grace,

Candise Soaring Butterfly


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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 :


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