SUMMER SOLSTICE 2021 NEWSLETTER
Summer Solstice blessings.
There is much going on here at Mystical Shores, new ideas, new ventures that I am happy to share with you.
Obviously, I have not been teaching any kundalini yoga classes and, truthfully, do not know if in-person classes will be something I do in the future, although I am open to the idea if you know of a studio that might be interested. I am, however, available for private and semi-private zoom classes, this includes meditation-only classes. If this is something that you would be interested in, please email me to discuss.
I am available for one-on-one Zoom/FB Women’s Empowerment Coaching. I am working on a new course entitled “A Woman Empowered”, based on a combination of my Imagine A Woman certification and my own extensive study. This course will be available before the end of the year. It will be a self-paced course, to include .pdf’s, mp’3 and a Monthly virtual meeting with me.
In addition, I will be receiving my Traditional Herbalist certification by mid-summer and will be available for herbal consultations starting Winter ‘21-22. My herbal product line will be coming back with some exciting additions to the line.
In February, I published a book of poetry, which is available in hardcover and kindle. If you have an interest, you can find it here:
It is with great sadness that I let you know that I am no longer using my kundalini yoga spiritual name Devta Kaur, a name that was given to me by Yogi Bhajan. Over the course of the past year, many sexual accusations have been made against Yogi Bhajan, most of which came to light with the publication of a book by one of his victims. An independent organization was hired to investigate and these accusations were found to have merit. While I love Kundalini yoga and meditation, and have faith and belief in the benefits of the practice, which I will continue to do, I cannot, in good conscience, use the name given to me by someone who has betrayed so many. My business and writing name will continue to be Susan Morgaine, with Morgaine as my spiritual name.
Please feel free to email me at MysticalShores@gmail.com and watch MysticalShores.com for further updates.
I am a bit late with the newsletter, so a belated happy new year to you all! May your wishes come true and blessings be yours, along with peace and tolerance for the world in the months that follow.
As you may or may not know by this time, White Wolf Dancing in Norton, MA, where I have been doing the bulk of my classes and workshops has closed.
What this means is that changes are in the works.
Currently, I am teaching Kundalini Yoga at a private studio/venue that is full. If you would like a private class or wish to sponsor Kundalini Yoga classes, please email me at MysticalShores@gmail.com.
The Winter Solstice Red Tent was canceled but I am happy to announce that the Spring Equinox Red Tent, complete with the cacao ceremony that was to be held in December, will still be held. The date will be Sunday, March 24th at 1:30 PM at a private studio in Attleboro. Space is limited and pre-registration IS required, so again, if you are interested in attending, please email me at Mystical Shores@gmail.com.
I am in the process of moving my Goddess workshops to an online format. Hecate has already been posted and I hope to have more included shortly, and the Mother Wound workshop. Plans are in place to start video-taping some Kundalini Yoga classes/workshops and offering them online, as well.
Lastly, I am in the process of beginning the brewing of my herbal and witchy products again; some of these have already been posted on the website (MysticalShores.com). Other offerings include candles, altar clothes, Goddess statues, Goddess posters, etc., with additions to come.
There is definitely an energy shift coming, of what I am unsure, but nevertheless, it is coming. I hope it is a return to civility, kindness and tolerance in general. For each of us individually, we must all find our way to whatever is best for us. Know that you are not lost, but are only on your way – the journey is open before you………
May the Goddess Bless and Guide You,
Susan Morgaine, MysticalShores.com
Greetings and Happy Fall!
Today is Samhain/Halloween, when the veil between the worlds is then. It is a time that is not a time, but one where all things are possible. Take time to remember those whom have passed and to contemplate the year to come.
As I sit here, I look out my window and see the leaves falling like raindrops, reminding me that all things come to an end, and yet, there is always a new beginning, life comes after death, beauty can come from decay. I am already feeling that urge to build a fire in the fireplace and sit, wrapped in a shawl, sipping a cup of hot tea. That personal time is so important to each of us, as self-care is mandatory.
Here at Mystical Shores, things are slowing down for the remainder of the year, as I take some time to myself to focus on things of a more spiritual nature.
I have a private bi-weekly Kundalini Yoga class, which is private and closed to new students.
The Winter Solstice Red Tent is coming up on Sunday, December 22nd from noon-4:00 PM. I am excited to announce that we will be having our first ever cacao ceremony at this Red Tent.
There will be new, and I hope exciting, things coming in the near future with the additional of Online Goddess Courses and a return of my all-natural herbal products, charms and teas; maybe a surprise or two.
Also starting in the new year, I will be taking Women’s Empowerment clients, both online (skype, etc.) and in person for those who are local to me in Southern MA and RI. I hope to also offer Reiki to local clients.
Until next month……….
***The Political is Personal***
This cry, from the mid-1960’s was born of women’s and civil rights fights and protests. It is from an essay by Carol Hanisch, although there are those who say it is a quote from Gloria Steinem.
I try to not infuse/confuse my classes with politics; however, since what I do deals with women, women’s spirituality and women’s empowerment, now seems to be the time to do so.
Women are, once again, in a fight for their lives with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Allegations aside, his behavior during his testimony proves that he is unfit for the highest court in the country, although he fits the mold of the one who nominated him.
Some women, once again, are telling the stories of their treatment at the hands of men, why they waited, why they never told, how it has affected their whole lives, how and why they can never leave it behind them. We have seen and heard the reaction of white men to a woman who has the nerve the accuse one of their own. Even though these women are speaking out and speaking up, they have been and are triggered.
Some women, once again, have chosen to stay silent about their stories, but they have them. We all have them. Their reasoning for remaining silent is theirs, and very individual. They have that right. These women, too, are triggered.
Calls to abuse hotlines have skyrocketed over the past couple of weeks. This is no surprise.
What is still a surprise, to me, is the women who defend Kavanaugh, and those like him. I shouldn’t be surprised. I’ve seen and heard enough from women who refuse to see what patriarchy has done to women, and to men, as well. Internalized misogyny is a thing. Look it up.
The cry was *The Personal is Political*. I tend to look at it as *The Political is Personal*. What passes for politics today is extremely personal, at least to me, and most of the women who are my friends and Sisters. Our experiences, our stories, our lives are out there; the details differ but the experiences are similar. For women of color, my guess is that it is that much worse.
This is the world which women live in. For some, every day of their lives is a trigger for a memory which makes them stop, and cry, and want to die.
This is when our self-care becomes a priority. Do what you need to – speak up or do not speak up. But then, take care of yourself. Write down a list of the things that soothe you, that bring you joy and comfort, and when the time comes that you need that comfort, look at that list and take care of yourself, from taking a long, hot bath, to a cup of tea, to a nap, to meditation. Whatever works for you is what you do. Feel all the things, all the emotions you must and need to feel, but when all is said and done, take care of yourself because sometimes ourselves is all we have. Self-care. Self-nurture. Self-soothe. Wrap yourself in love, hugs and acceptance for all that you have experienced and been through because you are strong and you are a survivor.
May the Goddess bless you and all of us.
As we start our descent into the Dark Half of the Year, I wish you a happy Fall, a Happy Halloweeen, Blessed Samhain and Blessed Calan Gaeaf. This is the time where we start to go within – our homes and ourselves – to prepare for the coming light.
The past couple of weeks have been challenging in many ways. I attended an intensive retreat weekend with the Sisterhood of Avalon, to return to the news, two days later, that my mother had passed away, bringing with it a quick trip to FL and family interaction; one particularly wonderful and one cruel and mean.
That being said, we move forward into the month of October, where I just bought my great-niece the cutest little witch costume for Halloween.
I am honored and excited to bring my Introduction to Kundalini Yoga & Meditation workshop to Neylan’s Blue Moon Studio in Attleboro, MA. It is our hope that this will turn into a 6 week session of Kundalini Yoga, of which Neylan is a big fan.
On Saturday October 6 & 13, there is a two-part Hecate workshop at White Wolf Dance in Norton, MA Part 1 will consist of making our own scrying mirrors, with Part 2 being all about Hecate and using those mirrors. https://www.facebook.com/events/1054669521361716/
The next session of Kundalini Yoga & Meditation at White Wolf Dance will begin on Monday, October 29th. Pre-registration and pre-payment is now required. Please contact me at MysticalShores@gmail.com or call Jamie at White Wolf directly.
Hard to believe it is already September. While I love the summer, I am looking forward to some cooler weather this year (sorry, not so much a fan of pumpkin anything!)
September is a busy month here at Mystical Shores.
We kick off the month on Sunday, September 9th, hosting the Red Tent at the Southeastern MA Pagan Pride Day, held at the Ted William Camp in Lakeville, MA. You can find SEMAPPD’s website here: https://semappd.org/
On Monday, September 10th at 7:00 PM, there will be an introductory workshop to Kundalini Yoga & Meditation, held at White Wolf Dancing in Norton, MA. The workshop will run approxiimately 1 1/2 hours.
The following week on Monday, September 17th, weekly Kundalini Yoga & Meditation classes will resume, also at White Wolf Dancing in Norton, MA. Classes will start at 7:00 PM. This session will run to Monday, October 22nd.
Sunday, September 23rd from noon – 4:00 PM, brings us once again to our regular Red Tent at White Wolf Dancing, this one for Fall Equinox.
A change in the seasons can also bring a change to ourselves. It is always a good idea to look deep inside ourselves and see if there are any changes we might like to work toward. As the Fall breezes come in, it is a great time to change things up, get rid of what we don’t need, both emotionally and materialistically. While traditionally, Spring is the time for cleaning up, I feel that Fall is the time for clearing up. Take some time to think about what is really important and what you need to discard before the darker months ahead. Meditate, and do some journey work and journal your experiences. See where it takes you.
The Kundalini Blessing* card for September is Protection. Know that you are, indeed, in control. You are not a victim of circumstance. Trust your intuition.
(*Kundalini Blessings – Oracle Cards by Gurudarshan Khalsa)
A new deck of cards, Crystal Grid Oracle Cards by Ashley Leavy, shows us “Earth”, which makes perfect sense as the Earth prepares to slow down and get ready for it’s winter’s rest. This card shows us a grid made of amethyst, which is calming, meditative, relaxing stone. Green Aventurine is a healing, harmonizing and comforting stone. There is the combination stone of Azurite with Malachite, which will help to open your Ajna/third eye chakra and helps to strengthen your intution, while also being a cleansing stone. Quartz of all types are wonderful crystals to learn about; specifically, this grid uses Tibetan Quartz, again can be used for healing but also has a strong, earth-centered energy. Jade is used for serenity, tranquility and protection. Lastly, there is Onyx, supportive, protective and strengthening.
Our September Goddess is “Sulis”, a Goddess of Health and Healing. She fits in perfectly with our message of protection and healing. As our days get cooler, remember to take care of yourself. Take the time necessary for self-care and self-nurture. Take the time to listen to your body; it knows what it needs.
Fall Blessings to all of you.
**All fliers designed by Designby79**
This Saturday, August 25th, I will be teaching a 3-hour workshop called “The Mother Wound”. This workshop is based upon my own mother wound and my journey toward healing that wound. The origins of this workshop date back to 2016, when I wrote one blog (different site), and then another because the response to the original post was amazing. I felt honored that so many women reached out and trusted me enough to share their stories. For the past 2 1/2 years, I have toyed with the idea of this workshop and due to my own ongoing issues with my mother, and my own healing journey, I decided that NOW was the time. I will share the blogs here for those who may be interested. The first was written in February, 2016, and the second in May of the same year. I hope it may be of help to some to know that they are not alone.
As I write this, I am sitting in sunny Florida, 2200 miles from my home in cold Massachusetts. For those who would say how lucky I am to be here, instead of there, I would respond with the fact that I wish to go home.
**The Mother Wound**
I’m here to take care of my 83 year old mother, touch base with her doctor and set up services for her with Medicaid, which took me seven months to get her approved for. She is not in good shape physically and it’s my guess that it won’t be long until she is completely immobile. She has a new diagnosis of early dementia and I see the deterioration in her mind and memory. I take my responsibilities very seriously and, so , here I am.
I have always believed in my heart that the mother/daughter bond should be a strong one, so when it is not, it is painful, an experience that I know I am not alone in feeling. Through the years I have always had people who know my mother and then meet me say, “your mother is so wonderful!”. It’s hard not to respond with “yes, but she is not your mother”.
Do I know how awful this sounds to one’s ears? Yes, I most certainly do. However, at best, she was neglectful and had a tendency to abandon me; well, maybe abandon is a harsh word, but that is how I have always seen it. When something happens to you as a child, you see through the eyes of a child and, sometimes, you always see it through the eyes of the child you once were. I was given to my grandmother to raise at birth; to me, she was my mother and when she passed through the veil when I was 6-7, I was devastated and here I am so many years later, still wishing she were here. My mother always told me that my grandmother *took* me; in my heart, I knew better then and had it confirmed recently that she just really wanted to live her own life unencumbered. Upon myd grandmother’s death, I did, finally, go to live with my mother, who was separated from my father. Unbeknownst to me at the time, she was gay (never ever an issue), and we went to live with her partner. If there were time off from school, I was sent away – this aunt and uncle, then to that aunt, and then to the aunt who took me in for every school vacation for the next six years. Apparently this aunt knew exactly what was happening and was quite aware that if I were not with her, I would be alone. I don’t know how my cousins felt about my being plopped into their lives for 4 months each year; I was young enough to never think to ask; I hope it was not too burdensome for them. My mother and her partner traveled, partied, lived their lives. If they had a party, I was to be not seen (after saying hello politely) and definitely not heard. This was my life. I was a quiet, shy, introverted child. I was to never misbehave or speak out of turn. I will not share some of the things that I could as they are personal and extremely painful.
For decades now, I have been a daughter of the Goddess; I so love that phrase. I practice a Goddess based spirituality and honor Her in Her aspects as Maiden, Mother and Crone. While I am now Crone myself and identify with Her in that form, I still revere Her mostly as Mother. As I tend to be fairly introspective normally, this visit to my mother has made me even more so. It has been a difficult visit, which in and of itself is a complete understatement.
My thoughts have run to whether or not I am so drawn to the Goddess as Mother because I have not truly had a mother figure in my life since my grandmother passed.
My observation has been that many adult women have difficult relationships with their mothers and I wonder why that is. Is it because of some weird competition for some mothers? Is there some deeper psychological meaning behind it, or is it that some women just should not have children at all? I am at a loss to define it. I find it doubly difficult because I do not have this type of relationship with my own daughter. We are mother-daughter, but we are also friends.
Through the years, when I have spoken to other women who have damaged relationships with their mothers, some severely, I have always thought of this as “the Mother Wound”. Children, in general, suffer tremendously when they have less-than-perfect relationships with either parent; however, I find that the mother daughter bond, when broken, leaves behind a much deeper hurt, one that is difficult, if not impossible, to overcome later in life. As the girl-child gets older and more fully realizes the damage that has been done, it can leave a resentment and bitterness that will never leave her. If she continues to have some type of relationship with the mother, it often remains difficult. If the adult daughter tries to confront and discuss the past, she may find herself rebuffed or downright disbelieved. I have found this to be true for other women who have shared their stories with me and I know it is true with me; my mother has always been the queen of spin.
The Mother Wound strikes deep, and it strikes hard. Fortunate is the woman who does not let it affect her relations with her own children, if she has them. Lucky is the woman who realizes where the damage comes from and attempts to heal her damaged heart and spirit.
This, I believe, is why I, personally, turn to the Goddess as Mother in times of grief and troubled times, why I go to Her for comfort. Unlike my mother-on-earth, the Goddess is always there for me, for guidance, help and direction. All I need do is open my heart and listen to what she has to say to me. I have never known Her to let me down.
First Force of all Creation, To You I Bow Divine Force Everywhere, To You I Bow Creative Force, Primal Force, To You I Bow Rising Up, Divine Mother, To You I Bow ~~ Nirinjan Kaur, “Adi Shakti”
I have been amazed, honored and humbled by the response that I have received. Women freely came forward to share their own stories, some in detail, some not so much. What is extremely apparent is that I am not alone in carrying this Mother Wound. Many women carry this wound. The question then becomes “how do we heal this wound”?
As I have mentioned previously, I am very introspective; some might say too introspective. To those some, I would say, everyone is different in how they approach life. My introspection comes from a deep need to know, to understand. I have discussed my Mother Wound with a couple of close friends through the years; my husband, whom I assume would prefer not to hear about it anymore, and various therapists throughout my adult life. I am particularly fond of my current therapist and, since I have now returned home, will most likely talk her ear off at our next appointment.
With all of this talking, I do know one thing – it does not necessarily heal the wound. It can, and does, numb the pain for a certain amount of time, but the pain always comes back with any renewed contact or any reminder of what has gone on before.
Some women choose to cut off all contact with her mother; some continue to have some type of relationship, I think, maybe in hopes that things will somehow, someway, improve. My experience tells me it does not improve. Sometimes, it worsens.
However we choose, personally, to deal with it, it just adds to the pain. If you cut off all contact, there is always someone, somewhere, who will tell you that not only are you wrong, but they will tell you in detail *why* you are wrong, as if they have lived through your experiences. Sometimes, even if you do maintain contact, there will be those who think they know your life and your experiences better than you do yourself and this is why you should do x, y or z.
If we choose to maintain contact, the pain will just continue as you both get older. Yes, absolutely, we make our own choices in how we live our lives, what type of person we wish to be and no, we should not let things in our past dictate our present or our future. That being said, for some, maintaining contact while allowing the distant past to fall away, just brings new opportunities for the hurt to be compounded. This has been my personal experience. The things that have been said, done throughout my adult life right up to the present have just added to the hurt, making it even harder to heal from the past. Then there is always the guilt that accompanies and exacerbates the pain. My own mother is now in her early 80’s, with a fairly new dementia diagnosis. Her memory is failing, so having any type of discussion with her about any issues between the two of us would be an exercise in futility. I am sure that when she passes through the veil, the guilt will be just another part of the story that I will have to deal with. Each of us has our own continuing story. Each of us makes the decision that is right for us. No one else has that right.
So, how do we heal? Can we heal? As mentioned, there is therapy, just talking it out. At best, I think that is just a bandaid, if contact is maintained. Having my own children was somewhat healing; for various reasons, I have never told my son many of the stories surrounding my relationship with my mother; I have told my daughter. She reinforces for me that mothers and daughters can have strong, healthy relationships. For me, as I mentioned in the last article, there is my spirituality. The Goddess fills a void left by my living mother. Meditation is a good way of dealing with the pain. As a yoga and meditation teacher, I have found that deep meditation brings out deep, intense feelings. This is not for everyone, as it means going even deeper, which tends to lead to more emotional pain; even with my love of meditation, there have been times I have shied away from this particular journey toward healing. I am also a certified Reiki healer and I have done some extensive chakra work. These also are good self-healing techniques. I would also highly recommend a couple of books by Diane Stein – “All Women Are Healers” and “The Women’s Healing Book”.
The fact is not lost on me, that as I am writing of different techniques for healing ourselves, it is apparent that I have not fully healed. I get that. I may never heal completely, although that will not stop me from trying. This is what I wish for all women – and men, too, that may be carrying this wound from either parent – do your best to heal, know that no matter what has been said to you or done to you, that you are a worthwhile person, and that you are not defined by the Mother Wound that you carry. You define you. Blessings and love on the journey.
It is hard to believe that we are already halfway through the summer. I hope you have all been able to put aside some of your duties and responsibilities and enjoy all the fun that summer has to offer.
Mystical Shores has two workshop offerings this month.
The first is “Prana – Your Breath, Your Life” on Sunday evening, August 19 from 6:00-8:00 PM. You will learn several different Kundalini Yoga breath techniques to benefit your life. Please dress comfortably, bring a yoga mat, a pillow, coverup and water to stay hydrated.
The second offering is “The Mother Wound”, to be held on Saturday, August 25 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. This will be a step on the healing journey for anyone who has been affected by the physical and/or emotional trauma inflicted by their maternal figures. We will connect, talk, cry, bond, journal and meditate our way toward healing. Please dress comfortably, bring a yoga mat or blanket to sit on, a pillow may be helpful, and a journal/pen.
Looking forward to September, there will be an Introductory workshop to Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, beginning regular weekly classes the following week. September will also bring the Mystical Shores Fall Equinox Red Tent. More details to follow in the September Newsletter.
I am also proud and honored to be a part of the Southeastern Mass Pagan Pride Day, where I will have an all day Red Tent on September 9th.
There are also some new offerings in the works – a monthly Women’s Sovereignty Circle and a *Fierce Heart* group – keep an eye on the website for updates.
Our Goddess for August (from Amy Sophia Marashinsky’s The Goddess Oracle) is the Egyptian Goddess Nut, the Goddess of the Night Sky. Nut tells us to keep some mystery in our lives, to not get so locked up in what we *should* do, trying to control every aspect of everything. Loosen up a little bit, explore, find and embrace the mysteries of life.
Our Inner Mermaid tells us to “Make a Wish” (from Doreen Virtue’s Magical Mermaid and Dolphins). Let your deepest wishes come to the surface, imagine them to be true and wait for them to manifest. Life is magic and Magic is Life. Never let your wishes die.
Our August crystal is Moldavite, for cosmic connection and vibration. Use it in conjunction with your wish manifestation and to search the cosmos for mystery, and allow your perception to expand.
Lastly, always remember who and what you are – strong, powerful, courageous, able to deal with any obstacle. Dream big and make those wishes come true.
Mystical Shores will be wrapping up this June for a much-needed summer break, with a trip to FL, which is both duty and, hopefully, pleasure – a trip for thought, contemplation, meditation and self-care.
We are currently in the midst of our 7-week Kundalini Yoga/Meditation Chakra course. Due to some health issues, class has been stalled these past 4 weeks but will continue tomorrow evening, Monday, May 28 (yes, even though it is Memorial Day). We will be picking up with the 3rd chakra.
Coming up on Sunday, June 24th from 12:00 – 4:00 PM is our Summer Solstice Red Tent. While many of the activities are still being formulated, I am exited to announce that, due to the talents of Paul Bagge of While Wolf Dancing, we will be having a labyrinth in the yard behind the Center. Also, for the first time, childcare will be available for an additional donation.
Starting in September, 2018, Mystical Shores will be starting to take personal clients as a Women’s Empowerment Coach. This will be available both in person in Southern MA/RI and via Skype or Facetime. Call me at 508-561-4229 or email me at MysticalShores@gmail.com for questions or to schedule an appointment.
Wishing you all a fun, safe summer, filled with perfect weather!! (Here’s hoping!)
Welcome to April’s Newsletter. Spring is officially here, but not really here in the Northeast where we have been hit with 4 nor’easters in the past month. Snow, rain, wind, thousands without power, but I am hopeful that we are now on the right path toward Spring weather.
I have just finished up the 4-week Kundalini Yoga for Body Acceptance series.
Staring this Monday, 4/2 at 7:00 PM at White Wolf Dancing Holistic Healing and Energy Center in Norton, MA, I will be starting a 7-week series of Kundalini Yoga for the Chakras. This is one of my favorite series to teach.
Also, I am going to be finally taking clients as a Women’s Empowerment Coach. I am also available to run workshops/classes, using the Imagine A Woman poem as our base starting point.
April’s Goddess from Amy Sophia Marchinsky’s Goddess Oracle is NUT.
Reach for me
I am always beyond your grasp
Don’t try to figure me out
for you can’t
I am the ever-present unfathomable unknown
I am the immensity of the star-filled sky
I am beyond human comprehension
In the vastness of my being
I am a mystery
even to myself
As the Egyptian Goddess of the Night Sky, Nut is here to remind you to hold yourself open to the mystery and vastness of your life. Don’t plan every little thing; leave room for mystery, the unknowing future. As you go about your daily life, don’t allow yourself to be so regimented, so stressed, so planned, the the fun, surprise part of life passes you by. Trust yourself, your intuition, to know what you need on this life’s journey.
SAVE THE DATE: June 24th – Summer Solstice Red Tent – more details to follow.
May the Spring breezes bless you and send your their bounty. (Graphic by mysacredcycle.com)