This blog is called Journey Again because that is my maiden name. Jernigan=Journey Again. True to my name I have found myself perusing many paths in life, many journeys. Currently, I am a part of a Mystery School where I have been initiated as a Priestess of the Grove. A Priestess is a woman who serves the spiritual needs of her community and may lead others in sacred rites. She becomes a vessel who holds sacred space for others. There are women who initiate as Priestesses in many different religions, spiritual societies and cults. I speak only for myself and no one else.
In the Red Moon Mystery School, one of the ways in which we access answers to questions we have is through a practice called Shamanic Journeying. Sandra Ingerman gives a clear description, “Shamanic journeying is the inner art of traveling to the invisible worlds beyond ordinary reality in order to retrieve information for change in any area of our lives, from spirituality and health to work and relationships.”
For the last seven months, since the start of 2020, I have immersed myself in the process of journeying. This year has so far proved transformative. I liken it to a snake shedding its skin. I am so grateful that it is now I have entered the grove because I feel supported through all of the intense change.
I was lucky enough to have my birth chart once read by a well known astrologer, John Sandbach, who happened to also be a teacher of mine. I learned I am a Scorpio Sun, Pisces Moon, Scorpio Rising. Triple water, double Scorpio. Water represents the emotions and Scorpio is the sign of sex, death and rebirth. Shamanic work was always in my chart and I knew I was more plugged in and intuitive than most people; but this work requires knowledge you only gain through time and experience. It also requires confidence in oneself; confidence I didn’t attain until becoming a mother in 2015.
My first journey was long ago in the year 2000. I was studying Shamanistic Healing with a teacher by the name of Daniel Baxley in Kansas City. That very first journey I met the spirit birds who have worked to assist me my whole life. It was a glimpse into the future, and a psychic anchor to keep me from straying too far from my purpose.
For many years after studying with Daniel I convinced myself that the work of the Priestess or Shaman was a responsibility far beyond anything I wanted to take on. To be fair, I was in my early twenties and nowhere near experienced enough to embody the role. I heard my inner voice saying that it wasn’t yet the time. All these years later, I realize that the community I’m in service to can be as small as my own family and friends, and that it need not be some large scale operation that both intimidates and sucks the life energy from me. My journey as a Priestess is as unique as I am.
My name before being married was Leanne Michelle Jernigan.
Leanne =gracious dweller by the wood
Michelle=close to God
Jernigan=Journey Again and iron born
Gracious dweller by the wood, close to God and iron born, she journeys.