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Spellcrafting: Spells & Rituals

October, 2018

Charge of the Dark Goddess

(Ceerridwen from The Goddess Oracle by Amy Sophia Marashinsky)

Merry meet!

Most pagans are familiar with the Charge of the Goddess – a traditional one by Doreen Valiente as adapted by Starhawk, “Listen to the words of the Great Mother, Who of old was called emis, Astarte, Dione …” There are other versions as well.

I was almost a decade into my practice before I came across the Charge of the Dark Goddess. I was intrigued. I had never seen it used in ritual or mentioned in the books I read. Several Internet searches yielded numerous versions on numerous websites. As we move deeper into the dark half of the year, it seems like a natural time to share them with you … perhaps inspiring you to write your own. There are five below, copied without editing them.

The Dark Goddess is the Crone, the wise woman and the warrior, the protector and the destroyer, stern yet compassionate. She is the time before birth and the time after death. She is the dark moon and the patroness of witches.

According to the hecatescauldron.com, Her animal totems are those which live below the earth such as snakes, serpents, dragons; bird of the night which are the owls; ravens, crows and horses.”

Some pagans may be apprehensive about working with the energy that comes from the dark, but to be whole, we need to embrace the power of the Dark Mother who rules the night and the deep mysteries it holds. May these charges lead you to her.

 

 

(Hecate from The Goddess Oracle by Amy Sophia Marashinsky)

Version I

Author unknown

Listen to the words of the Dark Mother, who of old was called Hecate, Nuit, Morrigan, Banba, Erda, Macha, Mother Night, Sekhmet, and many other names:

Whenever you seek wisdom, at the time of the Darkening Moon, come together in love and trust and learn of Me, who am the Wisest of Crones.

Ye who search the mysteries of the Earth, the secrets of Air and Darkness, of Blood and Fire, the silence of the uttermost stars, come unto Me, and I shall whisper to you in the depths of midnight.

Ye shall approach Me in silence, and as a sign that ye are free from fear, your breast you shall bare to my blade, for fear has no place in my mysteries, and that which you seek of Me will destroy you if you fear it.

For I am the dolmen arch beyond which stretch the mysteries of infinity. I am the silence before birth and after death. I am the clouded mirror in which you scry your own soul. I am mist in the twilight, the vast and starry sky of midnight, shadows on the Moon.

All things come to Me in the end, and yet I am the beginning of all. I meet you at the crossroads, I lead you through the darkness, my hand you grasp in the passage between the worlds. To those that toy with Me am I an instrument of self-destruction, yet to the true seeker do I bring knowledge beyond mortal comprehension.

Of you shall I demand the utter truth of all that you are, and in return shall I give you all that you may be, all that I am. For my wisdom is beyond the Ages, and knowledge of my Secrets is power over self, over fear, over death. Nor do I demand aught of you which you cannot give. For I am the Mother of Mysteries, and as you know Me, so shall you learn to know yourself.

 

 

Version II

Shayla is credited with writing this according to one website

The Dark Goddess speaks to us,

through the mouths of Lilith, Kali, Tiamet, Hekate, Nix,

the Black Madonna, Nemesis and Morgaine.

I am the Darkness behind and beneath the shadows.

I am the absence of air that awaits

at the bottom of every breath.

I am the Ending before Life begins again,

the Decay that fertilizes the Living.

I am the Bottomless Pit,

the never-ending struggle to reclaim that which is denied.

I am the Key that unlocks every Door.

I am the Glory of Discovery,

for I am that which is hidden, secluded and forbidden

Come to me at the Dark Moon

and see that which can not be seen,

face the terror that is yours alone.

Swim to me through the blackest oceans

to the center of your greatest fears

the Dark God and I will keep you safe.

Scream to us in terror,

and yours will be the Power to Forbear.

Think of me when you feel pleasure,

and I will intensify it,

until the time when I may have the greatest pleasure

of meeting you at the Crossroads Between the Worlds.

 

 

(Black Goddess By Marcy LaBella)

Version III

One source credited this as written by Tiger Eye

Wisdom and empowerment are the gifts

of the Dark Goddess of Transformation.

She is known to us as Kali, Hecate, Cerridwen,

Lilith, Persephone, Fata, Morgana, Ereshkigal,

Arianhrod, Durga, Inanna, Tiamat,

and by a million, million other names.

Hear me child, and know Me for who I am.

I have been with you since you were born, and I will

stay with you until you return to Me at the final dusk.

I am the passionate and seductive lover

who inspires the poet to dream.

I am the One who calls to you at the end of your journey.

After the day is done, My children find

their blessed rest in my embrace.

I am the womb from which all things are born.

I am the shadowy, still tomb; all things must come to

and bare their breasts to die and be reborn to the Whole.

I am the Sorceress that will not be ruled,

the Weaver of Time, the Teacher of Mysteries.

I snip the threads that bring my children home to me.

I slit the throats of the cruel and drink the blood

of the heartless. Swallow your fear and come to me,

and you will discover true beauty, strength, and courage.

I am the fury which rips the flesh from injustice.

I am the glowing forge that transforms your inner demons

into tools of power. Open yourself to my embrace and overcome.

I am the glinting sword that protects you from harm.

I am the crucible in which all the aspects of yourself

merge together in a rainbow of union.

I am the velvet depths of the night sky,

the swirling mists of midnight, shrouded in mystery.

I am the chrysalis in which you will face that which terrifies you

and from which you will blossom forth, vibrant and renewed.

Seek me at the crossroads, and you shall be transformed,

for once you look upon my face, there is no return.

I am the fire that kisses the shackles away.

I am the cauldron in which all opposites grow

to know each other in Truth.

I am the web which connects all things.

I am the Healer of all wounds,

the Warrior who rights all wrongs in their Time.

I make the weak strong.

I make the arrogant humble.

I raise up the oppressed and empower the disenfranchised.

I am Justice tempered with Mercy.

Most importantly, child, I am you. I am part of you,

and I am within you.

Seek me within and without, and you will be strong.

Know me.

Venture into the dark so that you may awaken

to Balance, Illumination, and Wholeness.

Take my Love with you everywhere and

find the Power within to be who you wish.

 

 

(Dark Goddess by Lynn Richardson)

Version IV

Author unknown

I who am the Mother darksome and divine,

Queen of the Underworld,

Rider of the midnight sky,

Keeper of the secrets of darkness,

I call upon your soul to descend and come unto me.

Come into my warm womb of darkness,

where I will hold you tight

as you grow and become filled

with the very essence of life,

and the knowledge of my love.

For in my love I would torment your dreams,

I’d send demons to drive you mad,

if you hold not within yourself the strength

and the courage to stand before me.

To face me with all fetters gone

and allow yourself to fall,

into the dark abyss.

The abyss that holds your deepest fears,

that goes over the thinnest edge,

down into the arms of possible insanity.

For the abyss is but a mirror.

Face the mirror,

face me,

and all the power of creation is yours,

the keys to your wildest dreams,

tickets to the stars and beyond!

Anything you can imagine.

It’s all yours,

if you’ll but fall.

I am the Goddess of the three faces

standing at the crossroads seeing past, present and future,

seeing lightness,

darkness and balance

All of this do I see,

All of this do I hold for thee.

 

 


(Samhain Dark Goddess By Mary Alice)

Version V

Author unknown

I who am the Mother darksome and divine,

Queen of the Underworld,

Rider of the midnight sky,

Keeper of the secrets of darkness,

I call upon your soul to descend and come unto me.

Come into my warm womb of darkness,

where I will hold you tight

as you grow and become filled

with the very essence of life,

and the knowledge of my love.

For in my love I would torment your dreams,

I’d send demons to drive you mad,

if you hold not within yourself the strength

and the courage to stand before me.

To face me with all fetters gone

and allow yourself to fall,

into the dark abyss.

The abyss that holds your deepest fears,

that goes over the thinnest edge,

down into the arms of possible insanity.

For the abyss is but a mirror.

Face the mirror,

face me,

and all the power of creation is yours,

the keys to your wildest dreams,

tickets to the stars and beyond!

Anything you can imagine.

It’s all yours,

if you’ll but fall.

I am the Goddess of the three faces

standing at the crossroads seeing past, present and future,

seeing lightness,

darkness and balance

All of this do I see,

All of this do I hold for thee.

Merry part. And merry meet again.

***

About the Author:

Lynn Woike was 50 – divorced and living on her own for the first time – before she consciously began practicing as a self taught solitary witch. She draws on an eclectic mix of old ways she has studied – from her Sicilian and Germanic heritage to Zen and astrology, the fae, Buddhism, Celtic, the Kabbalah, Norse and Native American – pulling from each as she is guided. She practices yoga, reads Tarot and uses Reiki. From the time she was little, she has loved stories, making her job as the editor of two monthly newspapers seem less than the work it is because of the stories she gets to tell. She lives with her large white cat, Pyewacket, in central Connecticut. You can follow her boards on Pinterest, and write to her at woikelynn at gmail dot com.

The Bad Witch’s Guide

September, 2018

The Bad Witch’s Guide Autumn Equinox

I have always enjoyed the light around this time of year. The beginning of mists at sunset and dawn. The first tinges of frost and the spider webs like diamond nets over the leaves that were beginning to turn. The dead summer grass rattling in a wind with a distinctly crisp edge.

The light and dark are in perfect balance. The Veil between this world and others is thin

Mabon has his name attached to this festival and I like that. I like Mabon in general. I like a seeker. I also like balance so equinoxes feel really good for me. It is neither thing, light and dark, hopeful and guarded, plenty and want. Perhaps that is why Pryderi, Rhiannon’s sacred son is often associated with Mabon for this reason.

Pryderi (or Prederin) is born of a Goddess (like Mabon). He enters the forest, the world between. His manners are rough and he insults a great King, Arawn. King Arawn switches places with him and during his quest into Awen learns to “dwell with desire” but to not act on it. He learns great self-control and in so doing wins a great battle. In learning mercy and abstinence (not sleeping with another’s wife) becomes a Great Leader. It is a great lesson. To not give into lust or vengeance, even you can “get away with it”.

Of course I love the food and while apples and pork are more Samhain for me, Mabon is full of cobnuts (fresh hazelnut), damsons, wild game like pheasant and venison and this year’s lamb tend to be fresh seasonal and excellent. In fact Mabon is the peak of vegetable harvest, from the last of the fresh garden herbs to runner beans and early potatoes. The sea also is full of wonders, oysters and mackerel, sardines and sea bass are plump and delicious.

It is pickling season. From Yule onions (the ones you break out with your cold cuts) to some kimchi because the cabbages are amazing this year, preserving your own food is fun and relatively simple. Part of me wonders if Mabon isn’t a pickling party that got out of hand so marvellously they did it every year! That is the light in the dark; planning the plenty in a time of ice and snow. It is in the wine and vinegar, the syrups and treats, the medicine and the merriment.

The dark is something else. The dark is in the journey work, the intoxication*, the self-exploration and releasing of our leaves to feed our next year’s growth. This is not ancestor work or work with the dead. This is honouring our deaths. All of the people we have been that are no longer. It is letting go of all we have been carrying, good and bad, at least for a while.

Many traditional wiccan rites around this time of year feel like hollow reflections of Lughnasadh or Samhain. Yet this is as powerful as midsummer or Yule to me. A time of beginnings and endings, of big and small changes. It is the bloom of mushrooms, the food of the Gods after all. *While I don’t condone their use it is an ancient part of ritual practice. It is a time of sacrifice and plenty.

Ritual

What you will need:

A fire (or safe heat source)

A large pan or cauldron.

A sterilised bottle or jar

Elderberries

Caraway seeds (a pinch)

White rose petals (13)

Elder leaves (13)

Water

Sugar (to make a syrup)

A sieve or strainer

If you are using freshly picked seasonal berries you will need to double what you would be using for dried and make sure they are well washed and dried.

Heat your water and add your sugar. When up to a simmer, bless your pot or cauldron with a seven pointed star. Make sure your sugar is dissolved.

Add your leaves one at a time with the following charm.

Dark mother, Matrona,

Modron

Sweet Moon:

I call you

I evoke

For your healing and protection,

The Birch, the Rowan, the Ash, the Alder, the Willow, the Hawthorn, the Oak, the Holly, the Hazel, the Vine, the Ivy, the Reed, and the Elder Moons.”

Add the elderberries and stir it gently in a figure of eight pattern.

Add your caraway seeds and then a rose petal at a time saying the following

Light mother, Matrona,

Modron

Bitter Goddess:

I call you

I evoke your healing and protection.

By blood and thorn, by your magick and power

The charm is made by seed and flower.”

Remove the cauldron from the heat and let it sit for about five minutes before you carefully strain it, mashing the berries a little to get as much juice as you can and bottle it and seal it.

This syrup is good for flus, and colds it can also be used as a blood substitute or made into a tea to replace wine in most other rituals.

SpellCrafting: Spells & Rituals

May, 2018

Dandelions


Merry meet.

I think the very first spell I ever did involved a dandelion. I can see myself as a young child, picking dandelions with the dried puffy seed ball, making a wish, and blowing them onto the wind. I would watch as they danced on the wind like whimsical little fairies.

Someone later told me if I got all the seeds off with one breath, my wish would come true.

Magic doesn’t need to be any more complicated than that. Just as simple as tossing a coin into a wishing well and the first star spell, “Starlight, star bright / First star I see tonight / I wish I may, I wish I might / Have this wish I wish tonight.”

As I got older, I came to know how much adults with lawns hated the intense yellow flowers atop long stems, swaying in the breeze, and didn’t appreciate my spreading the seeds to make even more weeds. But I saw something special about them as they opened and closed with the light. I saw little suns looking up to the big sun in the sky, later equating it to male God energy. Then, when the plant went to seed, I saw it as the silvery full moon, or feminine energy which I later equated to feminine energy I came to call Goddess. The dandelion illustrated how both male and female vibrations coexist.

As I got older, my wishes turned into dreams, and the abundance seeds floating off meant an abundance of chances that my desires would take root. I also, without really thinking about what I was doing, would blow on them to release what I no longer wanted, giving it back to nature to absorb and transform. It was like blowing a kiss goodbye to something.

Now I see dandelions as containing the elements: the seeds are air, the flowers are the sun, the liquid in the stems as water, and both the green leaves and the moon I associate with north and the earth. Eat them (flowers, leaves, roots) and you will literally be taking the plant’s magic into yourself.

This is the perfect time of year to be doing dandelion spells. Where I live, they have burst into full bloom this past week. They’re a powerful little plant; their name means “lion’s tooth,” thanks to their yellow “mane” and their jagged “tooth” shaped leaves.

Look for that first seed head and let it carry your wishes, landing and planting, growing and prospering in the coming summer months.

If you wish, add a chant:

Dandelion, carry my wishes for me / Grant all that I wish for, so mote it be”

One spell I saw called for picking four seed heads, speaking your wish out loud to each of the four directions and then blowing a dandelion head in each direction, assuring they reach to the whole universe around you. Their proliferation helps in spreading possibilities and success.

You could also blow on the seeds to send a message to someone or someplace.

If you’d like, aim to blow all the seeds off an individual dandelion in one breath as an extra bit of good fortune.

Offering other ways they can be used in magic, Mackenzie Sage Wright wrote in “Lessons in Magical herbalism: Dandelion” for Exemplore April 4, 2018, “Dandelion tea is said to aid psychic visions and astral projection. The steam of the tea can be used to conjure spirits.”

Merry part. And merry meet again.

***

About the Author:

Lynn Woike was 50 – divorced and living on her own for the first time – before she consciously began practicing as a self taught solitary witch. She draws on an eclectic mix of old ways she has studied – from her Sicilian and Germanic heritage to Zen and astrology, the fae, Buddhism, Celtic, the Kabbalah, Norse and Native American – pulling from each as she is guided. She practices yoga, reads Tarot and uses Reiki. From the time she was little, she has loved stories, making her job as the editor of two monthly newspapers seem less than the work it is because of the stories she gets to tell. She lives with her large white cat, Pyewacket, in central Connecticut. You can follow her boards on Pinterest, and write to her at woikelynn at gmail dot com.

 

NATURE ALCHEMY ~ Journey through Spirit in the Natural World

January, 2013

DRUM CHANT

~ Gift of Spirit Dance ~

“Everything in the Universe has rhythm. Everything dances.”

 Maya Angelou, internationally acclaimed American author and poet

 

As eagle magnificently soars through the heavenly realm, so a creative cosmic rhythm embraces life. This is the unified heartbeat of all life. Resonating with this pulsating, divine dance is Drum Chant. The sacredness of drums has been physically and spiritually expressed since the beginning of time. As the world’s oldest and most universal musical instrument, its basic design has remained virtually unchanged for thousands of years. Although Drum is not typically considered a natural being by the modern masses, its essence is composed of nature’s corporeal and related spiritual components. Indigenous nations, and intuitive modern man, have always honored Drum as a living being, whose organic and sacred essence sings in harmony with the core of Mother Earth, and the celestial of the Spheres. Dating back to 6000 BC, many ancient societies used Drum’s powerful percussive voice for social communication between state and community. As early as 1500 BC up to the present day, military and political actions have relied on drumming to motivate, organize, sound proclamations and commands, and send signals, etc.

Native cultures traditionally evoked Drum’s mystical chanting power to enrich tribal councils and pow-wows, manifest shamanic distinction, use as a trance path to enrich and heal soul journeys, and enhance other ritualized and religious customs. Much of this spiritual practice continues to be honored and performed in modern sacred ceremony. Drum’s collective voice is the most primordial tribal world beat into the heart and rhythm of life-forces pulsating throughout the Universe.

Recently, an expanded psychological interest in the benefits of drumming as a valuable tool for personal and public expression, recreation, and support, as well as to help stimulate inspiration towards intentions and aspirations, has been growing within healthcare systems, prisons, and therapeutic practices. This ancient art has come full-circle, and is increasingly used as an individual and community pathway to spiritual, emotional, and physical integration and well-being. Drum Chant offers the Gift of Spirit Dance. As we commune on a deep level with ourselves and all beings through its voice, it lifts us ever-upwards into the divine dance of cosmic unity.

 

~ DRUM POWER MESSAGE ~

I am Spirit of Drum,

And we are the Voice of One.

I call you from far away –

From the heart of Sacred Earth.

Hear me calling you…calling you…

The Beat of One.

Into the depths of Mother Earth,

Mingling with Father Sky,

Your Spirit flying high!

Hear me, O Daughter – Hear me, O Son.

Drum Chant, Spirit Dance,

As we become a part of One.

 

~ DRUM ELEMENTS AND SYMBOLOGY ~

Through the physical and spiritual realms of the Five Kingdoms in Nature:

Celestial, Elemental, Fauna, Flora, and Mineral

Grandfather Wisdom – the sacred elder archetype Timekeeper, who intuitively knows the internal rhythms of natural life. Grandfather Wisdom walks the Earth in perfect time. His divine knowledge can teach us about our own internal “clock”, which resonates with the universal life-pulse in all things. This is the sacred return to living in natural time. Here is where our ageless souls, our Infinite Selves, eternally dwell. As we endeavor to consciously reconnect to Nature’s wisdom, and attune to this magickal expanse of life’s organic movement, a mystical blessing of holistic liberation can be experienced, and our true heart within beats in synch with the flow of creation. This is the Gift of Drum Chant, where our spirit has the inherent opportunity to dance amidst the eternal, unified, and wondrous realm of the cosmos. “How can we know the dancer from the dance?” So serendipitously questions William Butler Yeats, Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature. There is no distinction between them when we flow with Drum’s Spirit into the timeless grace of celestial space! The ancient, mystical Mayans were the most advanced time wizards to honor Mother Earth. Spiritual guide Jose Arguelles, the original messenger of the Mayan Prophecy of 2012 and internationally acclaimed author of The Mayan Factor, clarified the significance of their wisdom, sharing visionary insight regarding “natural time” versus “artificial mechanical time”. We are now being called by Grandfather Wisdom, as the ancient Mayan prophesied, to comprehend and experience that We are Time! It is in our very blood. Let us graciously and joyfully accept the cosmic invitation from our wise Grandfather Timekeeper to remember that natural time cycles are living within our sacred bodies in harmony with Nature’s daily rhythms and seasonal cycles. And…The Beat Goes On – O Yea!

Earth Beat – the energetic life-pulse of Mother Earth, our sentient, living planet. Humans have been drumming on something, including our own bodies, since the dawn of man. This primal, elemental act is embedded deep within. It is an instinctive, fundamental part of our connection with earth, and the vast cosmos. Earth Beat is the sacred movement of all life. It makes the ant walk, the plant grow, and the sun flame. Its source is not at the minute sub-atomic level, as atoms also dance to this universal beat. Rather, its source is the primary mystery of the essential core of life: the transcendent quantum consciousness of Divine Creation. Drum Chant is an entrancing path that can initiate flow with Earth Beat’s intrinsic unity. Through the beat of Drum, we sing with the voice of One, where we can consciously dance to this infinitely shared rhythm. As Joseph Campbell, prolific American author, teacher, mythologist and philosopher perceived, “The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the Universe, to match your nature with Nature.” This is the Gift of Spirit Dance – a journey to “follow your bliss” into the natural realm – a re-awakening to the pure magick of creation’s flow. If we allow ourselves to harmonize with this internal tempo, we can find a pathway to make space for our innate timing sensibilities to manifest, wisely moving us through the natural unfoldment of life, grounded by our embracing union with Earth Beat.

Nature’s Sacred Bodies – compose the constructed essence of authentic, traditional drums. Until the late 1950’s, the exclusive use of Nature’s Sacred Bodies were almost always used to construct drums. Earth’s symbolic totems were deeply honored by the indigenous peoples who trapped the animals and procured materials from natural resources, crafting drums for a multitude of purposes within their community. Rawhide skins used for the drum heads included: goat, elk, steer, deer, moose, horse, buffalo, bear, fish, and alligator stretched on natural-hewn frames created from wood, metal, or stone native to the land. These sacred elemental beings – animals, botanical, and minerals – live in complete harmony with life. And it is from them and their gifts, when we join in Spirit Dance, that we feel their primal divine connection as it flows to and through us, in the instinctive movement with the infinite celestial clock of “non-time”. The wise and ancient Hopi Indians sublimely declared, “To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak.” And the heart speaks in the language of Nature. Our deep, instinctive spirituality can guide us to honor Drum as a liberating universal path, uniting us with the eternally conscious body and soul of cosmic life. We sing with the Voice of One with the beat of Drum.

Saguaro Cactus – (Carnegiea Gigantea) – a tree-size cactus found in the desert areas of Mexico, Arizona, and California. This majestic Grandfather of the plant world can live to be 300 years old, reaching to a towering 70 feet tall! But its growing process is slow – about one inch a year – and night-blooming flowers and fruit only begin producing at the ripe old age of about 120 years. Thus, Saguaro shows us the value and integrity of patient intention within the essence of earthly time. Embracing the growing process of worldly experience can help us reach the blossoming heights of fruition of our own personal power. This is the Earth Walk. Grandfather Saguaro walks the path of sacred ancient wisdom and dignity with stamina and purpose – the heart of Drum Chant – the constant, grounded tempo of earth’s pulse. This is a vital place of inner strength and life-force, available to us all, and, like Saguaro Cactus, we can sustain this power over long periods of time. It is indeed serendipitous to note the auspicious truth that the heartbeat of Drum Chant gifts us with the sacred dichotomy of being mutually grounded and liberated simultaneously! As we endeavor to make friends with patience, this allows the wisdom of the ages flowing through Drum Chant’s sacred heritage to breathe into our psyche. This is a deep connection, where we unite with our ancestral legacy in harmony with those souls who honored Mother Earth’s natural rhythms. With patience, we can be guided into the freedom of cosmic timelessness – the infinite space of no-time – dancing with the Spirit of our Soul. As Stacey Charter, cancer survivor and notable quote-master of life affirmation, divines, “Life is about timing…the unreachable becomes reachable, the unavailable becomes available, the unattainable becomes attainable. Have patience, it’s all about timing.” Let us go in the direction of our, but with patience. Give yourself time, Dear Souls! Time can be our ally. It can guide us, step-by-step, to our true journey home.

Tiger Iron – a member of the Quartz family from Australia and South Africa, formed in a striking blend of earth colors: silvery black Hematite and Red Jasper with iridescent banding often including Yellow Jasper or Golden Tiger Eye. Tiger Iron is used in spiritual circles to enhance grounding, balancing, clarity, and creativity. As a powerful lower sacral and root chakra stone, it is deeply connected to the earth element, raising life-force energy to center the self, thus strengthening physical vitality and emotional integrity with motivational confidence and willpower. Since the root chakra harmonizes with the heartbeat of Mother Earth, Tiger Iron is a journey stone resonating with world beat tribal music composed of drum, chant, and dance. These are some of the most natural, primal physical expressions of self in the sacred act of letting go and letting Spirit flow. An ancient West African proverb intuits, “The rhythm is in your blood.” Blood is the vital life-giving power pulsing through our veins. It is the stream of Earth’s powerful essence coursing through our bodies, manifesting and sharing dynamic energy. Drum Chant’s gift of Spirit Dance is the divine counterpart to this physical bloodline. As we let ourselves flow “into the mystic” of the cosmic body encompassing all life, a rising, intimate joy and harmony can occur in perfect balance with the Universal Heartbeat. Aaaaaaaahhhhhh…It Is So…Let It Flow!

 

~ CELEBRATION THROUGH SACRED CEREMONY ~

Moving through the spiritual energy of our own totem Drum Chant within, we can be blessed with the precious Gift of Spirit Dance in conscious awareness to all life. Here, within the realm of Divine Time, our True Self eternally dwells.

A personal ceremony can be performed to enhance the manifestation and integration with Drum’s all-embracing gift. This can be a private celebration between yourself and Drum Spirit, or you can invite others to join. It can be as ritualized as you desire, or naturally free-flowing, and include anything you want to say or any object(s) that intuitively feels in harmony with the act of thanksgiving for Drum’s blessing.

A powerful place to hold the celebration would be outside in a naturally wild area among Nature’s Sacred Bodies of animal, botanical, and mineral, but location is not of prime importance. If you do not have access to this environment, any contact outside is within their auric presence, and would be helpful. If the celebration is held indoors, being in room with a window is encouraged to enhance the presence of natural elements, but if this is not possible, symbolically facing a natural area would be beneficial. Even if this locality is hidden or at a great distance, emanations from Drum Chant’s spiritual essence are not obscured, as they flow freely throughout the Universe.

As a sample list, any of the following ideas below could be included in your celebration, and verbalized during a Blessings of Intention for Spirit Dance affirmation ceremony (see below). Also, any of these offerings may be created and integrated into your ritual either physically and/or symbolically in Spirit.

  1. Begin with a personal intention of Spirit Dance to enhance any general or specific aspect of your life.
  2. Lighting an earth-colored candle to personify Grandfather Wisdom, the Timekeeper, who can guide you to restore your “natural time” in harmony with Mother Nature.
  3. Feeling the vital pulse of Earth Beat with your body, sharing with you the inner knowledge of life’s natural rhythms.
  4. Honoring Nature’s Sacred Bodies – the animals, botanicals, and minerals – who dwell purely within the heartbeat of Mother Earth.
  5. A drop of the majestic Saguaro Cactus flower essence on your tongue to help align vertically to the virtues of a higher order for personal growth.
  6. Holding the gemstone Tiger Iron, or other stone resonating unity with Earth’s energetic rhythmic core. Other gemstones associated with the Root Chakra which can enhance this grounding primal heartbeat include Hematite, Tan Jasper, Obsidian, Clear Quartz, Smoky Quartz, Epidote, Bismuth, Fluorite, and Black Tourmaline.
  7. Intentional blessings for the Gift of Spirit Dance. A simple statement in the form of a heart-felt declaration can attract and summon the heights of magick and power through the fundamental, positive act of intention. By the sincere act of a clear and pure desire, a personalized blessing can call upon the spiritual forces of unity within life – the source of your Infinite Self. You can use any of the following Blessings of Intention affirmations as a guideline to be included into your own personal declaration towards inner harmony and integration with the energies of Heaven and Earth. Written as non-denominational statements, these intentional blessings can be practiced by any single person, or unstructured/organized group, as their own personal form of prayer, charm, chant, invocation, or medicine, etc.
  8. A devotional affirmation of praise, honor, and thanksgiving, as suggested in Dream Song to Drum Chant (see below). This act of appreciation is enhanced with the powerful personal statement “I Am”, and especially when said aloud, can invoke the creative energies of manifestation radiating throughout the Universe, calling upon Drum’s Great Spirit to be infused into your life.  All or part of the Dream Song passages can be included in this holy prayer of purpose and gratitude. Each affirmation is a personal journey to summon and embrace a wide range of natural spiritual influences, ancient mythology, and alchemical life-force energies from Native American, Deity, Celtic, Shaman, Indigenous, Pagan, and Wiccan cultures.

 

~ BLESSINGS OF INTENTION FOR SPIRIT DANCE ~

  1. With this enlightening candle, blessed by Drum Spirit, I follow Grandfather Wisdom, the sacred elder Timekeeper, who guides me to dance Nature’s rhythmic Spirit time sparking within my heart and soul.
  2. With the natural pulse of Earth Beat, blessed by Drum Spirit, I am guided to move with the Divine Dance of Spirit within, to follow my bliss in pure harmony with my heart and soul.
  3. With Nature’s Sacred Bodies of animal, botanical, and mineral, blessed by Drum Spirit, I dance with their souls to the eternal cosmic beat of all life dwelling within my heart and soul.
  4. With the noble flower essence of Grandfather Saguaro Cactus, I feel the healing aura of wisdom, patience, and personal power, gifted to me by my sacred ancestors of Earth Time, growing in my heart and soul.
  5. With earth-iridescent Tiger Iron, or other resonating gemstone, blessed by Drum Spirit, I feel my Root Chakra unite with the bloodline of Mother Earth’s blessed heartbeat, grounding me to unity and joy balancing my heart and soul.

 

~ DREAM SONG TO DRUM CHANT ~

Rising from the depths of Source,

I dance in Spirit with the beat of Drum.

Heart beat, Earth beat,

Beat as One.

 Earth Mother moves through my blood,

And I am grounded to fly, rising up and soaring high.

Drum Chant, Spirit Dance

Beat as One.

We dance, we chant,

We move as One.

I am the Song of my Soul.

Heart beat, Earth beat,

We are One.

And the Beat…Goes…On…

Thank You, O Drum Chant, for your Gift of Spirit Dance

 

 

 

 

~ From Heaven Sweet Nature Springs ~

 

BRIGHT BLESSINGS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

References:

http://netowne.com

http://www.13moon.com

http://www.indians.org

http://www.completedcircledrums.com

http://www.madehow.com

http://www.healingcrystals.com

http://www.crystalsandjewelry.com

http://en.wikipedia.org

The Mayan Factor, by Jose Arguelles

Power of Flowers, by Isha Lerner