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The 42 Laws of Maat

Jan. 4th, 2009 | 06:21 pm
posted by: open_ajna in isistemple


Happy New Year!

Posting (and borrowed from) with permission by thehotpinkheat  - thank you priestess sister!

Maat


The 42 Laws of Maat


1. I honor virtue
2. I benefit without conflict
3. I am non-violent
4. I respect the property of others
5. I affirm that all life is sacred
6. I give offerings that are genuine and generous
7. I live in truth
8. I regard all altars as sacred
9. I speak the truth
10. I consume only my fair share
11. I speak words of good intent
12. I relate with understanding
13. I honor animals as sacred
14. I can be trusted
15. I care for the earth
16. I keep my own council
17. I speak positively of others
18. I remain in balance with my emotions
19. I am trustful in my relationships
20. I hold purity in high esteem
21. I spread joy
22. I do the best I can
23. I communicate with compassion
24. I listen to opposing opinions
25. I create harmony
26. I invoke laughter
27. I am open to love in various forms
28. I am forgiving
29. I am kind
30. I act respectfully of others
31. I am non-judgmental
32. I follow my inner guidance
33. I speak without disturbing others
34. I do good
35. I give blessings
36. I keep the waters pure
37. I speak with optimism
38. I praise divinity
39. I am humble
40. I achieve with integrity
41. I advance through my own abilities
42. I embrace the all


* These laws were rewritten and updated
from the ancient texts by 9 Priestesses
of the Temple of Isis (California)
travelling in Egypt from
Nov. 22 to Dec. 22, 1995

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Warmest greetings

Sep. 24th, 2008 | 11:13 pm
posted by: open_ajna in isistemple

Thought I'd re-post my introduction  - why not?

As moderator of this community I've noticed that there have been several new members as of late.  I am glad when people take a moment to introduce themselves.  It definitely feels more community-oriented.  

I encourage everybody to post an introduction - make it as brief or not brief as you wish.  I'd really like to read people's sharings; from your experiences to your outlook to your written rituals (the ones you feel comfortable sharing with others) to rites of passage you have observed... recipes for magickal or celebratory foods and events, ritual baths, etc.

I'll introduce myself.  I am a 30-something in the Hudson Valley region of NY state.  I am a Priestess, initiated in Magdalen mysteries as well as a legally ordained minister in the Order of Melchizedek.  I'm married and have 3 cats.  Last year, I became a mother, to a wonderful Goddess incarnate, whom I birthed in a tub on my patio at home.  She just turned 1 and is teaching me more than anyone has ever before.

I do healing work specializing in vibrational healing, IET, and homeopathy.  I'm also a yoga instructor and I teach yoga classes and prenatal yoga as well as yoga for babies.

Over the years, I have explored various forms of spiritual practices and disciplines.  In my 20's, I was in a neopagan coven for about 7 years and studied shamanic practice.  I've most recently developed myself through my yoga practice and the disciplines associated with Tantric or kundalini yoga, and have the privilege of studying with a teacher in the Dadaji lineage (Sri Lakulish Bhagawan, an incarnation of Shiva).  I've also been on the path of the Priestess, learning about and through my Matrilineal spiritual lineage (ISIS, Anna, Mother Mary, Mary Magdalen) and high alchemical practices associated with this lineage as well through attending Mystery school in my area as well as taking on some studies with Qala Sri'ama Phoenix.  I resonate quite strongly with these studies as I explore myself through them.

Currently I do not have a spiritual identity label and this suits me just fine.  I am more closely resonant with the path of Tantra and spontaneous experience and living Prana, with a special interest on the Goddess path.

Among my many interests, I enjoy baking, writing, playing music and yoga.  Much of my devotion takes the form of food or crafted goods as well as self developed ritual  :).  As such, I will try to share within this community from this level of my experience.

I'm always interested in learning through the shared experiences of others and I enjoy reading people's perspectives on the universe.  I've enjoyed many a conversation about celestial families of lineage, expansion of collective planetary consciousness, the acceleration of planetary energies, the Mayan calendar, Pleiadian consciousness and presence, and so on.  I am not interested in arguing with people about spiritual paths.  I honor that everybody who chooses a spiritual path is striking a resonant chord with the divine indwelling and I have patience that no matter how militant or seemingly intolerant a person's opinions may become at any given time, that a person is exactly where they need to be and I have faith that all paths lead to the same great ocean of Source.  This includes my own ever-evolving ideas and opinions. ;)

When I created the isistemple  LJ community, I was feeling spontaneous inspiration to write devotional poetry and was creating some self-healing rituals that I was receiving clear (channeled) guidance.  Much healing work around relationships and the heart.  It felt like the right time to invite a written community for like-minded people, as I have already made some significant soul connections through LJ that I did not expect.  I also belong to several LJ communities that have broadened my scope of experience and for which I am truly thankful.

It's my hope that isistemple  serves as a virtual temple for Goddess observance, as well as a wellspring of inspiration and a font of community sharing and discussion.  May all blessings shower upon you if you are reading this entry.  May we all experience deep heart healing and expansion and great love.

In peace,
open_ajna 

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telepathic bond with horses!

May. 16th, 2008 | 09:08 pm
posted by: flyingshaman in isistemple

I'm feeling energy quiver in my toes. I'm feeling it race through me. I feel spirals and tendrils of it slipping out my hair, curling around my ears, buzzing around my eyes and pouring out of my fingertips. I want to speak, and when I do, there will be magic. Blue magic, which swirls and stirs in the air. I'm feeling energy, magic, myself-ness curling, shivering, quivering, being in the air, in myself, I am electric.

Where does this electricity come from? I am a horse person. Oh so much. Let me tell you, my friends, I went to this equine (horse) workshop which was absolutely right for me. Totally right and natural for me.

Why was it so right? Because the second, or nearly thereafter, that I stepped out the porch door to go have experience #1, being with the horses (no touching or talking), I felt an IMMEDIATE psychic/telepathic link with one Arabian, Justice. OMG, you guys, I heard ze ask me, "Don't you want to come closer?" I wasn't shaken by this, but rather was like, "oh wow!" And as I drew closer, a few steps at a time (holy shit guys, a horse is talking to me, and I'm hearing it crystal clear like it's the most natural thing in the world and I've been able to do it all my life and just now "realized" it), I began to be hit by giggles. Pure, pure joy just running, racing, turning cartwheels within me.

It was AMAZING, holy fuck, seriously. I've never experienced such utter, pure joy MINDFULLY, as in all in my head but definitely in my body and racing everywhere else (there was no other person in my head, just this connection), with a four legged being. Well, I have with a cat before, actually, but not this words-connection. I think it had to be words to get my attention or something like that, but after that, words weren't needed. It was all this telepathic joy-bond.

So anyway, after that happened, we had this body scan meditation where I felt, "well I certainly don't need this so I'll do my own thing." I was tempted to move away from the group, but something kept me there, a herd mentality or something like that, and I began writing stuff, really important stuff that made total sense to me and filled me with a sense of empowerment. I was silent, no disturbing the other humming beings.

Then, OMGOMGOMGOMG the SECOND exercise was called "give and take" where you get to choose the horse (though in I think all three cases (two other participants, other than me) the horse chose us) and you're in the paddock with them and you walk until they give notice, and eventually they come to you or not. And coming to you is a powerful experience, like giving them the full reins in the relationship, acknowledging the authentic self that is a free spirit, deserving of all the room and space it needs.

Not coming can be just as powerful, as one participant found out - ze found out, after talking with the group leaders in some degree of frustration, that the horse was suffering a respiratory illness and so wasn't feeling well. I know I wouldn't reach out to someone, if I were ill, but might wait for them to, or not, if I didn't feel like I wanted contact - and so ze went back to the horse and began to pet it, which was a huge release for me energetically and emotionally since I'd been watching this interaction and did in fact know what this horse wanted.

Mine though.. I went first, and omg, it was.. wow. I knew that the Arabian who had chosen me would come to me, it was only a matter of time. Ze played around, rolling in the dirt (to which I laughed aloud as it was FUNNY, and I felt the joy of it from zir), eating some grass, trying to engage me. But I wouldn't have any of it.

Instead I simply watched and waited as ze finally came to me, and oh. my. god/dess. it was like shaking hands with myself, with this shining being who had finally decided to just stop playing and be real. Ze was like a puppy in my hands, and we nuzzled and it was just amazing.

I really felt totally at peace there, totally myself, able to move around, and I let the connection play out as long as it would, then left it feeling joyful.

I still hear zir voice in my head, as a guide.

I'm amazed. Absolutely amazed. And yet, it feels right, and totally natural that I would have that sort of connection. Just wow.

*giggles*

ee!

cross posted to my own journal

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Fairy drawing

May. 12th, 2008 | 05:50 pm
posted by: flyingshaman in isistemple

Hi! My name is Aurilion and I'd really love to share some fascinating stuff that's been going on lately for me. I'm 22 and have been drawing fairies for friends and others for a good week or two now, and it's so energizing and filling that (and the fairies want me to keep going!) I wanted to reach out to this community and to see if anyone was interested or open to me drawing their fairies.

My journal is mostly public, and this post may help to answer some questions.
http://aurilion.livejournal.com/156569.html

More recently, if you'd like to see the one that I just drew of myself, tonight, here's that entry.
http://aurilion.livejournal.com/157208.html

The one in between those describes more about how fairy drawing makes me feel, as it is one of the most wonderfully fulfilling processes I've ever been/felt called to do.

I'd really love to draw your fairy, as I consider it an honor and a joy to be a part of someone's life like that. I draw them, then take a picture to send to you.

You can comment on either entry. I'm continually drawing them, so I'd love to have more inspiration. Thank you!

(if this is inappropriate for any reason, just let me know)

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first food ritual

Jan. 24th, 2008 | 10:02 am
posted by: open_ajna in isistemple

 I'm planning on commemorating my daughter's first introduction of foods at either 6 or 7 months, and would like to create a ritual to celebrate this event.

I found this link describing the Annaprashan ceremony, which is a Hindu ritual:
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-traditions/annaprashan.html

And I am interested in weaving in several traditions.  Haven't found a lot of information yet.

Has anyone seen or practiced such an event?  I'd love to hear from you.  Looking for inspiration.

Blessings!

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warm greetings

Dec. 10th, 2007 | 05:51 pm
mood: contemplativecontemplative
posted by: open_ajna in isistemple

Warm greetings from NY (where it is cold).

As moderator of this community I've noticed that there have been several new members as of late.  I am glad when people take a moment to introduce themselves.  It definitely feels more community-oriented.  

I encourage everybody to post an introduction - make it as brief or not brief as you wish.  I'd really like to read people's sharings; from your experiences to your outlook to your written rituals (the ones you feel comfortable sharing with others) to rites of passage you have observed... recipes for magickal or celebratory foods and events, ritual baths, etc.

I'll introduce myself.  I am a 30-something in the Hudson Valley region of NY state.  I am a Priestess, initiated in Magdalen mysteries as well as a legally ordained minister in the Order of Melchizedek.  I'm married and have 4 cats.  I recently became a mother, to a wonderful Goddess incarnate, whom I birthed in a tub on my patio at home.

I do healing work specializing in vibrational healing, IET, and homeopathy.  I'm also a yoga instructor and I teach yoga classes and prenatal yoga.

Over the years, I have explored various forms of spiritual practices and disciplines.  I was in a neopagan coven for about 7 years and studied shamanic practice.  I've most recently developed myself through my yoga practice and the disciplines associated with Tantric or kundalini yoga, and have had the privilege of learning with a couple of gurus within the Dadaji lineage (Sri Lakulish Bhagawan).  I've also been on the path of the Priestess, learning about and through my Matrilineal lineage (ISIS, Anna, Mother Mary, Mary Magdalen) and high alchemical practices associated with this lineage as well through attending Mystery school in my area as well as taking on some studies with Qala Sri'ama Phoenix.  I resonate quite strongly with these studies as I explore myself through them.

Currently I do not have a spiritual identity label and this suits me just fine.  I am more closely resonant with the path of Tantra and spontaneous experience and living Prana, with a special interest on the Goddess path.

Among my many interests, I enjoy baking, writing, playing music and yoga.  Much of my devotion takes the form of food or crafted goods as well as self developed ritual  :).  As such, I will try to share within this community from this level of my experience.

I'm always interested in learning through the shared experiences of others and I enjoy reading people's perspectives on the universe.  I've enjoyed many a conversation about celestial families of lineage, expansion of collective planetary consciousness, the acceleration of planetary energies, the Mayan calendar, Pleiadian consciousness and presence, and so on.  I am not interested in arguing with people about spiritual paths.  I honor that everybody who chooses a spiritual path is striking a resonant chord with the divine indwelling and I have patience that no matter how militant or seemingly intolerant a person's opinions may become at any given time, that a person is exactly where they need to be and I have faith that all paths lead to the same great ocean of Source.  This includes my own ever-evolving ideas and opinions. ;)

When I created the isistempleLJ community, I was feeling spontaneous inspiration to write devotional poetry and was creating some self-healing rituals that I was receiving clear (channeled) guidance.  Much healing work around relationships and the heart.  It felt like the right time to invite a written community for like-minded people, as I have already made some significant soul connections through LJ that I did not expect.  I also belong to several LJ communities that have broadened my scope of experience and for which I am truly thankful.

It's my hope that isistempleserves as a virtual temple for Goddess observance.  May all blessings shower upon you if you are reading this entry.  May we all experience deep heart healing and expansion and great love.

In peace,
open_ajna

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hello

Dec. 6th, 2007 | 09:46 am
mood: contentcontent
posted by: goddess_modest in isistemple

I just joined this community and wanted to say hello.

I am a worshipper of the Mother Goddess and have been for many years. My spiritual journey has taken me through many paths...my foundation and main background is Dianic Witchcraft and Goddess Spirituality. I have studied and have interest in magick, divination, the Orisha (Yemaya calls to me), hoodoo/rootwork, sea witchery, moon magick...to name a few. I have been involved in and facilitated different women's circles and am grateful for all that i have learned in Goddess communities.

Currently I am at a cross-roads in my spiritual path and am finding that connecting with Mother Goddess is becoming a more personal and inward thing for me. Not sure how to explain it...hence the cross-roads. LOL.

Anyway...glad to have found the group!

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Baptism of Light - baby blessing

Nov. 24th, 2007 | 09:15 pm
posted by: open_ajna in isistemple

On November 3, we held a Baptism of Light (Baby Blessing) for Violet Anna.



Dona Ho Lightsey, dear friend and Priestess-sister, officiated the Blessing.  As an ordained minister I look forward to officiating this rite for other families - it is a beautiful ceremony to offer.



We invited our guests to bring a blessing item as a keepsake or token to symbolize themselves for Violet.  My dad and stepmom brought an antique garden stake and they wrote the most beautiful message: "Dear Violet, as you grow may you spend many happy hours in a garden."  (Dad is a big-time gardener.)  A couple of people brought books to give to her - one of the women is a professional storyteller.  Many people gave her angel figures.  Mira gave her an OM pendant with the message "May you hear the sound of OM in all things".  Dona gave her a sandalwood Chinese fan, as she is Chinese and she is a very girly girl who loves girly things like fans.  I gave Violet my chakra bead birthing bracelet, a gift from my stepmother for my birth.  I wore that bracelet for 3 weeks leading up to labor, and while I was in labor that bracelet broke and the beads spilled everywhere!  I spent an hour of my labor re-stringing and re-wiring the bracelet wtih my jewelry tools (a good focusing tactic too).  When I presented the birth bracelet to Violet, I enclosed a piece of her umbilical cord within the locket that was toggled to the birthing bracelet.

Charlie and I presented Violet to everyone and Dona stated our intention that Violet is a child of light and that we desire to encourage and support her and her gifts as she grows.  We asked everyone present to agree to bear witness to her and to act as role models, mentors, supporters of Violet and her special gifts.  Dona then anointed each of Violet's chakras with Frankincense and Myrrh oils.  

As Dona got to Violet's heart chakra, she touched her fingers to Violet's heart center and Violet lit up and expressed an unbridled baby giggle.  The people who were seated on that side of our livingroom were all tickled.

She truly is a blessing and a special light being.  We are enjoying every moment as it unfolds, as she discovers this life and the world around her.  It is my intention to share with her all of the special rites that mark the beautiful wheel of the natural year, rites of passage that honor her as a person and as a womon, and to enjoy and cherish her beautiful light.

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Making Friends

Nov. 14th, 2007 | 12:05 pm
location: my bed
mood: relaxedrelaxed
posted by: candacepoet1 in isistemple

Hi, everyone.  I am a new poster to isistemple, and am looking forward to reading your posts, and sharing mine.  Actually, I have just  posted my first entry, but I have "locked" it to friends only.  Because I publish frequently, and this particular "piece" is part of an already copyrighted book, I cannot leave my entries "unlocked" (everyone can view) because by doing that I can lose my copyright privileges.  So if there's anyone out there who would like to be my friend, and talk about the Ancient Mother,and how important it is -- particularly in these terror-filled days -- to reclaim the Feminine Divine, with its wisdom, compassion, and love.  I like Margaret Starbird's solution of how to reference God. without losing the feminine aspect of the Supreme Being(s) -- she simply spells it GODDE.  It sounds the same, but if you know language at all, you'll immediately recognize the female ending.
    While I am a Goddess-worshipper -- have been for many years, and have a beautiful alter set up for Her in the dining room -- I also believe in balance, in the duality of God and Goddess, Mother Earth and Father Sky, Yin and Yang.  I love how this duality shows in the day and night.
In the daytime, we have light and warmth, attributes of the Feminine, while the Sun is a symbol of the Masculine.  Then at night, we have the opposite -- the Moon Goddess Selene, sailing the dark and chilly nights -- dark and cold being associated with the Male.
  I'm not planning on publishing this, so I'll leave it open to all, and I hope that some of you will want to be my friends.
       Love and Light,  Candace

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birthing temple and altars

Aug. 8th, 2007 | 10:17 am
posted by: open_ajna in isistemple

it has been a while since I've posted here.  I posted photos in my personal LJ but thought I'd post here as well.  These are pictures of birth altars and a birth temple that my husband and I have made here in preparation for our upcoming arrival - baby due sometime in the next week or so and we're having a home birth.

Here is the LJ entry with photos of the ISIS meditation room in my house that is a potential birthing area (we designated several since labor energies are not predictable).

Here are more photos:

birthing temple canopy that my husband assembled over the weekend:

weather permitting, we definitely hope to deliver on the patio in the outdoor tub.


another birthing altar within the house:

this has many items that were gifted or loaned to me at my Blessingway, in addition to items I have:
a bowl of seashells we've collected
a celestite, bloodstone, orange calcite egg, and a piece of stone from Glastonbury
photos and images of Lakshmi, Parvati, ISIS and Osiris, Mother Mary with infant Yeshua (Jesus), 
Bapuji, and a Guardian Angel, as well as a pic of me as a baby
with my mother and grandmother (they both passed away this past year)
a quail egg, and some rose petals from the Blessingway
sage, candles, water from an ISIS priestess circle
a cross and a star
a brass Ganesh and a small jar that my brother made for me (he is a glassblower) which has nesting in its belly a penny with my birth year.

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