Art, Nature, & the Human Soul

Posts by Sarai Ora

Poem: The Caves

Posted on February 23, 2020

Feb 23  /// Pisces New Moon Poem   There are no boundaries here.  The tide rises to permeate these caves and I welcome the drowning, like mountain honey on a starved tongue. Salted ocean is a cold and wet woman, awake to the billions of stars in her waters. She: an expanse, cosmic and unknowable, charged with the holding of things, people, memory. I breathe her in like a ship resigned to wreckage and revealed treasure. There are no boundaries with Her. When the cave is full I can see through time, like the cuckoo who eats by the sun but calls out in the night, everything is attainable. Below, I see the distant glow of Atlantis. High above, I see Her hellbent on…

Winter Magic and the Elemental Spirit of Ice 

Posted on January 15, 2020

Ten inches fell in 24 hours. Ten inches that weigh down the cedar trees, coat the mossy earth, and bury the dead. Even the hemlocks look heavy, more than they used to.    Curiously, in Western culture we celebrate the birth of a new year just ten days into this season of darkness and survival. I wondered about this from a young age dabbling in astrology. My elder sister is a solstice-portal Aries, making her birthday one of welcoming spring and a new, warm world.  She, like many other Aries folks, lives her life like each day is a fresh start and an exciting new challenge. That springtime energy is echoed in the depths of winter with December 31st; New Year’s Eve resolutions and…

Ascension Portals, the Cosmic Chakras of the Goddess

Posted on November 24, 2019

Reflections on a Ritual Meditation experience    I felt the wells of energy in my being today. The root well released first; something unknown cleared away as I relaxed, as I felt safe.    I’m home now in a windstorm with autumn scented candles burning in the window. And I felt all of myself. Something released within my hips, my thighs and back. I felt a relief and relaxation wash over me, lighting something up from the tips to depths of my being.   As I gazed at the passing clouds and felt the warmth of the candles on my cheeks, everything cleared away. I felt the path of the sacral open, then the way to the solar plexus, which opened up my heart,…

Poem: a wild hymn

Posted on November 23, 2019

a wild hymn    Their footprints gather around the stone.    The ancient birthburial ground.  The place hidden among the lindens.     It’s as if I can see them here, women in the woodland; knelt in prayer, anointed, weaving, drumming through the centuries.    Maybe                I’ve been here before.  Maybe                this is from some other time,                              some other body.  Maybe                here I made my plea                              to the woman in the linden tree      …

Passion Path Ritual for Sagittarius Season 2019

Posted on November 21, 2019

Winter is beginning to bite at the forests. This morning, I watched as the sun lifted the fog from the valley, and revealed the glitter of the first frost. That was the indication I needed that it was time, right there in the haze of sunrise, to read the Tarot for Sagittarius season.  Typically I draw and place cards on intuition, and this was no different. It was easy to connect with the Archer. I saw in my mind’s eye a hunter pressed against a birch tree and hidden by ferns, his breath a cloud in the cold air, waiting for the moment to strike. I drew a simple two card spread for the Archer: 9 of Cups and The World.  The Archer Sagittarius…

I Met Arianrhod in the Pisces Full Moon

Posted on September 14, 2019

Two weeks ago, I began my schooling in druidry through the British Druid Order. The decision had been on my mind for a long while, tempting me further with every gust of wind through the trees overhead. After a year of sitting with it as a desire, I figured it was genuine and enrolled. Being of a Goddess-oriented persuasion, though, I think what held me off from beginning the druid path earlier was my desire to have a close connection with a God or Goddess while walking the path. My altar is already quite full. I’m a polytheist and, though I’ve worked with and worshiped the Divine in other pantheons, the Kemetic god/desses are where I’ve settled. I kept wondering to myself how on…

Lessons in Eternity from Japanese Kami

Posted on September 5, 2019

A divine life-force energy permeates the natural world. In some cultures this is called chi, others prana or awen; in ancient Japan, that energy was given definition with kami. The indigenous faith of Japan, Shinto, is not unlike other shamanic traditions found among human cultures. Expression of faith typically takes the form of showing honor and reverence for ancestors as familial and individual guardians, as well as showing deep respect for the abundance of kami, or gods, that occupy the islands. Modern paganism typically tries to fit kami into the concept of the pantheon that has been defined by classical studies rather than a spiritual experience. Kami are often described by scholars as having been derived by nature. I would argue that kami are…

The Unexpected Alleys on the Divine Path

Posted on August 23, 2019

My plans for pilgrimage have crumbled. I’ve booked a trip to somewhere other than I had planned – again. In six weeks, I’ll be boarding a plane bound for the United Kingdom. I’ve never been to Europe nor the British Isles, and the opportunity to go has come about through a complicated web of fates at work. It’s interesting to me that I have been journaling and planning for a visit to the United Kingdom in 2019 for years, but was unable to make it happen myself. The plan was to apply for graduate school in Scotland, spend as much of the year as possible in the Highlands, and return home. Unfortunately, other things worked against me that made this dream, this goal, crumble…