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Crone’s Corner

April, 2019

Pagan Woman

I have often
contemplated my role as a Pagan woman and have recently begun
evaluating my life’s journey as I have evolved into each aspect of
the Divine Feminine. I continue on my Spiritual Path in search of
pure knowledge and understanding while recognizing that my journey
will travel through each aspect of the Divine Feminine in its turn
and each aspect has a lesson for my soul to embrace in order for my
Spiritual evolution to be successful. Since recognizing that I am a
Pagan, I have grown to fully know myself in this journey and I have
finally come to the realization that my role in the Pagan community
is one of deep commitment toward affecting positive change, not only
in myself, but in other members of my community as well. I am able
to define myself now as a Pagan woman without reservation and with
great pride.

At the age of 20, at
the very beginning of my Spiritual journey, I nurtured the role of
the Maiden. I set out on my path with the same sweet, pure, and
virginal characteristics of the Maiden ingrained in my heart. I
pondered this aspect for a time and I began to revel in the knowing
that the Maiden is not only a physical manifestation in my life.
Instead, I realized the duality of the Maiden as She represents the
beginning of my Spiritual journey as a Pagan woman. The Maiden
embraces in me that which is innocently truthful and wonderfully
kind. The Maiden is the aspect of my journey where small seeds of
inspiration, tolerance, and respect for all paths are planted and
where those seeds await growth and nurturing in the next turn in the
road of my journey to the Mother aspect. The Maiden is virginal in
Her naïve and innocent perspective, always striving to gain
knowledge and understanding, just as I was in the infancy of my
Spiritual Path. Upon this realization, I have placed the Maiden in
perspective and I can embrace who I am in that role and how I was
able to continue to nurture the Maiden as I evolved from Maiden to
Mother and how I can reach back in my Path and touch the Maiden for
reaffirmation of the seeds that I have already sown.

In my early to
mid-thirties I began to realize that my Spiritual evolution had
somehow matured. The Maiden, still ever present, was releasing Her
hold and allowing me to gravitate to the gentle awaiting arms of the
Mother. The Mother aspect called to me and I was beginning to heed
Her call. I noticed a small shift in my perceptions as they
gravitated from pure innocence to keen awareness of the world around
me and its inhabitants. I began to embrace and welcome questions
regarding my Spirituality and I realized that sitting in quiet
contemplation lends itself to keen personal insight. The Mother,
ever nurturing and guiding, emerged in the path before me strong,
protective, and filled with inspiration and encouragement. I began
to see the seeds of inspiration, tolerance, and respect that I
planted as a Maiden come to fruition as the Mother aspect began to
emerge within my soul and tend the garden planted by the Maiden. I
realized that the presence of the Mother in my Spiritual journey has
served to guide me to a place of tolerance, respect, and acceptance
of other individuals who travel vastly divergent Spiritual traditions
than my own. Despite the differences in Spirituality, the Mother has
tempered my insolence and She has given me a new perspective on
patience and love. The Mother has shielded me from my own personal
turmoil and when I would have otherwise turned from my soul’s work
on this journey, the Mother aspect patiently guided my return to the
path that I must travel. The Mother aspect has taught me patience
and the virtues of allowing my soul to evolve in its own way along my
journey. The Mother aspect has helped me to shield the Maiden from
the harsh world around me in order to preserve the innocence of that
aspect of my soul in order that I may continue to plant seeds of
inspiration, tolerance, and respect for my continued travels in the
journey ahead of me.

Finally, I am
approaching the Crone in my Spiritual path. She awaits me, seemingly
dark and foreboding, yet with arms wide open and ready to embrace me
as I grow to recognize that which is in my highest and best good.
For the completion of my evolution, I long to fully reach the aspect
of the Crone and to come full circle in my own journey. I know that
it is in this complete turn of the wheel that I will learn the most
precious lesson of all; to nurture the Maiden, to love the Mother and
to embrace the Crone. In the Crone, I am seeking to find the wisdom
to recall the innocence of the Maiden in order that I will always
approach others with kindness and tolerance. In the Crone, I am
seeking to find the wisdom to recall the nurturing of the Mother in
order that I will always be able to defend a newcomer on their Path
against the harshness of others. In the Crone, I am seeking to find
the wisdom of experience and the temperance of that wisdom for the
greater good of all.

The culmination of
recognizing, incorporating, and embracing the Maiden, the Mother, and
the Crone aspects of the Divine Feminine into my life is my soul’s
Spiritual journey in its totality. To encompass in my life, as one
being, one soul, all three aspects of the Divine Feminine and to
recognize that at any given moment I am comprised of all three of
these aspects has been my life’s work. The beauty of being a Pagan
woman is in recognizing that I am capable of evolving from Maiden to
Mother then Crone and at any given moment, I am guided by them all.

Pagan Woman

A sliver of silver in the darkened sky,
Winter is coming, everything must die.
Then growing to fullness and lighting the way,
Hope springs eternal on the Solstice day.

Starting as Maiden, growing from Mother to Crone,
Pagan woman standing proud, strong and alone.
In a cycle of the moon She realizes Her full power,
Skyclad in Her ritual at the midnight hour.

Strong and fierce in Her love of the night,
Yet gentle and loving with all of Her might.
The role that She embraces in a circular universe,
Is a complex Path that only She can traverse.

Birthing children and tending fields,
Growing abundant crops reaping fertile yields,
She nurtures the masses then calls us home,
Pagan Woman is Maiden, Mother, and Crone.

***

About the Author:

Shirley Lenhard has been a practicing Witch and a
Pagan since 1983 and lives in New England with her husband. She is
employed full time in the legal field and has her Masters Degree in
Psychology from the University of South Florida. Shirley looks
forward to living her best possible life by giving back to the Pagan
Community and has created the Facebook group “Pagan
Plannertarium
” where she provides a safe home for fellow pagans
to have discussions about their path and to get free planner stickers
and layouts. Shirley is a past writer for Llewellyn Publishing and
The Peace Paper.

Gael Song

March, 2019

Druidry as a Path of Enlightenment

I’ve
seen a number of articles debating this topic, and I very much want
to say that my own solitary druid path has been nothing but a
path to enlightenment! An email from an acquaintance recently said
how she was interested in druidry but didn’t know how to integrate
it into her life. Well, my own path is the easiest thing in the world
to integrate into anyone’s life because it’s so simple. I
went to a school to learn energy healing 23 years ago and since then,
I’ve done two half-hour meditations a day. The first one, in the
morning, is when I pick crises happening across the world from the
daily news to hold in the light. It has utterly amazed me how
many of these I have deep inner resonance with. I finally decided
that all the dark happenings across the global stage are old fear
archetypes being brought up for healing by the universe, that
everyone could benefit by helping heal them as they come
along. This small morning meditation has moved me forward by leaps
and bounds and healed old inner darkness in my soul I’d never have
remembered otherwise.

And
the second meditation I do is in the evening, when I take all
negative personal experiences of that one day, find the fear behind
each event, and heal these in love. This, too, has been utterly
miraculous in teaching me how we all create our own outer
‘realities’ and how these can be changed in the blink of an eye
with inner healing. It’s the tiny diamond core, the drop of
sparkling light in the middle of the four lobes of the heart, I use
for healing. This light has a highly creative essence, and it creates
all the fear and love beliefs surrounding it into our own little
worlds. But the best part is that even ancient cosmic fears can be
transmuted in seconds. I simply imagine my fears moving into the
dazzling light there and watch as they melt, transmute, back into
light, verbally releasing my contract to believe in that fear at the
same time. And that fear is gone forever from my world and will not
be created into it again. This, too, has become startlingly obvious
as I moved along. My outer world became far more gentle, more joyful,
simpler, and especially peaceful, so much so that the wonder
and hope of complete freedom from fear drew me along my path as
nothing else could, freedom from fear not just for myself, but for
everyone on earth. This is what gives my heart wings (sparkly
lilac ones to be exact) quivering in excitement!

But
let’s get back to enlightenment. As I kept healing inner fears, I
saw different colors of light move down into my aura. Each color
stayed around me for 2-3 weeks, and then moved out below. It was if I
was climbing a rainbow ladder of light, always moving up. And I was.
This is enlightenment 101, as simple as can be! In this very
uncomplicated way, I’ve moved up through 363 planes of light over
23 years. And I’m radically different from the person I was
when I began this journey. These planes sorted themselves into 7
worlds or heavens with initiations between each level, first earth,
then water, air, then fire, cherub, and bone, and finally diamond,
which I can feel approaching but have not yet endured. Each level has
its own challenges and gifts to the spirit. The soul level and water
initiation taught me that I am not responsible for others and can
only change myself, that I create my own reality and I alone am
responsible for what happens in my life. I let go of a truckload
of responsibility for others I’d carried since I was a young child,
and the need to change others according to my own wants, too (which
I’m sure my family greatly appreciated!). The third heaven, the
spirit realms, taught me not to rush too much, to thoroughly enjoy
the sacredness of life, to talk with butterflies and trees and
rivers. It brought the whole world alive for me the way it had been
when I was a young child. Even now, most of my inner knowings come
from talking with nature, not from books or people or social media.
All forms of life became sacred to me at that third heaven stage of
life, to be nurtured and held in love. Then the fourth level, the
logos sun, brought up persistent blockages on virtually everything I
wanted to do in life, until I learned to back off and wait for the
universe to direct me, instead. It taught me to surrender my personal
desires to the will of the universe, divine will. Now, I just live a
simple life in my home. I don’t go looking for things to do or try
to make impressions on anyone. Whatever is needed will come to me as
surely as sunrise. And miraculous surprises show up at the
consignment store and in chance encounters in the neighborhood all
the time. It’s so freeing to take care only of my own small
tasks every day and let the universe take care of everything else! It
has left me time to paint and sew, garden and walk with my dog by the
sea, and make stained glass and all the fun projects I love so much.
Then the fifth level brought me into repeated hostile encounters with
women in authority, the pain of which taught me that loving kindness
is the most important thing in the entire world. I try to hold
it in my heart in every moment, and I do not accept aggression or
abusive actions in any of my relationships anymore, none at all.
Having been abused as a young child, I’d accepted being pushed
around far too often before that. How very glad I was to leave it all
behind! Then the sixth level led me through the writing of my
trilogy, a lot of extremely complicated details about light
structures in the seventh heaven that I had to sort out and simplify
to put into the druid lessons of my trilogy, a whole lot of work, a
webbing of detail that took long years to work my way through. But I
learned never to make anything over complicated again! Not to rush,
either. Wordy complicated anything simply turns me off these days,
and I’m very glad for this simple straight-forward
lifestyle. And the seventh heaven has meant adding all 23 years of
inner knowings into those druid lessons of my trilogy, all those ray
colors for healing, all those light structures with their Celtic
regents and the many cosmic cycles they overlight. I am happy to
embody these knowings and be able to teach and write about them, to
understand the structure of the inner planes so thoroughly. It’s my
piece to pass along to the world, and there is a deep sense of
completion in my work. And everyone has their own divinity to
embody along this way to give back to the world in the end, too. And
then, my guides say, the diamond initiation, not too far off in the
future, will bring in my true love and world service years, the
crystal castle of my deep heart.

But
it’s not all easy, I should add. Some of the fears, during the
initiation phases especially, are quite intense. One becomes a
spiritual warrior along the way. But I’ve been led so very
carefully by my druid guides, and the inner empowerment has grown so
gradually and steadily, blended in with tending roses and lilies and
fashioning Celtic clothing to my heart’s content, that it’s been
as much fun and stretching into new talents as anything else. The
druid path is of the Goddess after all, Her spiritual stream
on earth. Of course She blends it with an earth-centered,
fun-filled life! After facing so many fears along the way, it takes a
great deal to pull me out of center any more, too, a calm core of
being that’s been built along the way. There are life magics that
are withheld until the core wound is faced and healed during the
diamond initiation, too, things hoped for but not realized until the
very end of one’s path. So, one must be prepared to wait a long
time for some things. I’ve been substituting chocolate kisses for
real ones for a good many years now. But that, too, is as it should
be, isn’t it? For it’s that promise of true love magic which will
pull me through my diamond initiation into the dazzling diamond core
of my being in the end. May everyone step into their own
shimmering dreams-come-true as soon as possible. Enlightenment,
Celtic style!

***

About
the Author:

Jill Rose Frew, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, energy healer, workshop leader, and author. She will be opening a school teaching light healing and the Celtic path of enlightenment in 2019. For information, please see www.CelticHeaven.com

Guardians of the Celtic Way: The Path to Arthurian Fulfillment on Amazon

Blood in the Spring

March, 2019

The
woman at the door is trying to push a pamphlet into my hand. I deftly
avoid this and politely ask her what it’s about.

‘It’s
your personal invitation to the memorial of Jesus Christ’s death.’

Genuinely,
for a brief moment, I think ‘Gosh, an anti-Christian group!’ Then
I remember Easter, and that it starts with a dead body.

I’ve
always found Easter a bit morbid. Yes, I know the main celebration is
about Jesus coming back to life, but we take a bank holiday to
celebrate a good man being mocked, spat on, tortured and crucified.
Whether you believe in Jesus or not, the story can’t help but make
you wince; the crown of thorns, the cross; dying believing his father
had forsaken him. Grim stuff.

Christians
believe that Jesus died for them, for their sins, but if you read
Matthew 27 Jesus doesn’t sound very happy about dying at all. At
the end he rails against it, and shouts that his God has abandoned
him. Of course, he still goes on to be resurrected, along with
several other holy people who are unnamed by Matthew.

I
think about the story, and wonder if there is a historical equivalent
for Pagans. Certainly for witches like myself, we don’t need to
look too far into the past at all to find persecution. As early as
the 15th century, ‘witches’ were being tortured and executed
(murdered) because of the threat to honest, god-fearing folk. Today,
the equivalent is found in Africa, with people regularly being
murdered in horrific ways for the crime of Black Magic. Compounding
this, there are witch doctors in Africa who believe they need
specific ingredients for their craft, and this has recently led to
the murder of an albino woman, as her body parts were required for
muti, a kind of traditional medicine. On the one hand we have people
who want to burn the witches; on the other we have the odd ‘witch’
making it worse for everyone through murder and mayhem.

So
many traditions and religions that purport to be peaceful and
compassionate have a history that is tainted with blood, gore and
betrayal. Many Pagans are quick to decry Christianity for this,
shouting about the crusades, the Spanish Inquisition and war after
war after war. But it’s a sad truth that our own paths are not
exactly as tidy and clean as we might wish. The difference with
Paganism is we are fighting a battle against a few individuals who
are immoral. The media, of course, tends to pick up on these few who
behave appallingly and say, ‘This is Paganism’. Which of course,
turns those ‘God Fearing Christians’ (and others) right back
against us. Ok, they can’t take us to the stake like in the 15th
Century but they can make life awkward for us; no-one wants to
experience bigotry in their day to day life and it can really hurt.

In
March 2015, ‘White Witch’ Redvers Barnard was jailed for 22 years
for various acts of child abuse; a terrifying story of a monstrous
man. Not one paper reported it without highlighting the fact that he
was a Pagan or a Witch. The Pagan community being what it is, this
person was actually known to some of my friends. You may think they
would stand by him, or give him the support of his community, as we
have seen happen in the Catholic community in similar cases. But no;
as soon as it was clear he was guilty, he was condemned by all. As he
should be. He tried to use his self-made title of white witch to
prove his innocence, but by being proven guilty despite being a
‘white witch’, he not only smeared the entire Pagan community,
but the title of Witch, white or otherwise.

On
any religious or spiritual path, it’s vital to have the awareness
that there may be those walking a similar path who are not what you
would consider good people. We must be self-aware enough to realise
that whether we are Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu or any
one of the myriad Pagan paths, that does not automatically make us
moral or good or even, and this is very important, correct!

It’s
up to each of us to keep our own morals in check; to ensure that we
are behaving according to our values. If our values veer away from
those of our chosen religion (think of a devout catholic who wants an
abortion), then perhaps it is time for a change. Or perhaps, we
simply accept that religion doesn’t dictate morals.

Jesus
may have died for his followers’ sins, but I think he would have
been appalled at the nature of the ‘sin’ performed in the name of
religion since his demise. To me, it seems he died for nothing, until
the day when we can all, each and every one of us, accept the
responsibilities for our own actions.

I
avoid the pamphlet the well-meaning lady is trying to force into my
hand, and I wish her a blessed Easter, but advise that I won’t be
attending the memorial of Jesus’ death. I’d much rather celebrate
my life right now, and living it as well as I know how.

*Originally published on the Moon books blog.

***

About
the Author:

Mabh
Savage
 is
a Pagan author, poet and musician, as well as a freelance journalist.

She is the author of A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors and Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways.

A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors on Amazon

Pagan Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways on Amazon

Book Review – Besom, Stang & Sword: A Guide to Traditional Witchcraft, the Six-Fold Path & the Hidden Landscape by Christopher Orapello and Tara Love Maguire

February, 2019

Book
Review

Besom,
Stang & Sword

A Guide to Traditional Witchcraft, the Six-Fold Path & the Hidden Landscape

by Christopher Orapello and Tara Love Maguire

*A
Special Opportunity:

Christopher
and Tara will be teaching at Delmarva Pagan Pride Day on April 28th.

Location:
The Green in front of Legislative hall in Dover Delaware

Info: FB page- https://www.facebook.com/groups/DelmarvaPaganPrideFestival/

There
is a stirring within the community of those who identify as witches
as what was old has been lovingly and carefully made new again by
those who stand at the gates of modern witchcraft. Besom, Stang and
Sword is a guide of practice that evolved from the reweaving of
Traditional Witchcraft and adding just enough of the evolved form of
that practice to create something unique, new and highly relevant to
our times.

The
authors have done due diligence in both the scholarly rationale and
the grassroots approach to the practice of witchcraft and its newer
derivative form of Wicca. What emerged was the creation of their own
path called the Blacktree Tradition…..
a modern, nonreligious form of traditional witchcraft that is rooted
in each witch’s specific region. Instead of deities, it deals with
the spirits of the land and the ancestors-no gods, many spirits…

Chapter
1
jumps
right into the discussion of what Traditional Witchcraft is at its
roots. As the authors state there are many types of practice that
have presented themselves forged from the essential of a practice
that is steeped in cultural practices such as Shamanism, Seidr and
Hoodoo and magickal traditions, such as Victor and Cora Anderson Feri
and Cultus Sabbati. All of the usual topics related to a pagan path
and in particular, that of witchcraft are given attention and
perspective that pulls together some of the more disjointed pieces of
a puzzle that is complex, rich and deep. The Devil and the negative
connotation that has come to be associated with those practitioners
of the craft is addressed and the reality of this beings energy as
being neither good nor evil, but a necessary component in the natural
order of a practice rooted in the land. Blacktree calls to the Devil
as the Witch Lord, the Lord of the Paths and is considered the
embodiment of nature itself. This is a perspective that takes us
beyond the semantics and associations accumulated around these that
prevent us from seeing beyond and more broadly as to the deeper
meanings.

You
will find within each chapter the basics of teachings that form a
solid foundation for stepping onto the path of the witch. Spell work,
Diviniation, the Sabbats, Lunations, Hedgewitchery and more complete
this instruction. Each chapter rich with theory and magickal
technique. For those who are familiar with a Wiccan or other path
that is similar to the principals of witchcraft, you will see the
variances in application and tools that are of prominence in
traditional witchcraft that have often take a side place of
importance more recently.

The
title of the book, Besom, Stang and Sword give reference to these
three tools being those closely related to the natural world. This is
further evidenced in the premise of Traditional Witchcraft and its
roots being tied to the earth and at a time when many of the
manufactured ritual items that adorn our altars and work were not
available. Use of the Besom and Stang takes us back to those cultural
roots of witchcraft and making use of and empowering all that we were
given from the land itself. We are also introduced to some
lesser-known tools, their purpose and how they may be used or
created.

The
author’s statement in the introduction nicely sums up the treasures
and value of this book..

..Our
perspective anchors itself with one foot firmly planted in the
lessons of the past and the other stepping into the boldest future,
while staying focused on the natural evolution of the craft…

I
would highly recommend this book as a required read for those new to
the craft and more importantly those who consider themselves seasoned
and working witches. My gratitude to Christopher and Tara for being
able to in such an articulate and grounded way call forth the best of
what was and the vision of a practice that evolves and grows in an
organic and natural way that we have long forgotten the simplicity,
complexity and beauty of.

For More Information about Blacktree Coven:https://www.infinite-beyond.com/blacktree-coven/

Besom, Stang & Sword: A Guide to Traditional Witchcraft, the Six-Fold Path & the Hidden Landscape on Amazon

***

About
the Author:

Robin
Fennelly is a Wiccan High Priestess, teacher, poet and author.

She
is the author of (click on book titles for more information):

The
Inner Chamber Volume One on Amazon

It’s
Written in the Stars

Astrology

The
Inner Chamber, Vol. Two

poetry
of the Spheres (Volume 2) on Amazon

Qabalah

The
Inner Chamber, Vol. Three

Awakening
the Paths on Amazon

Qabalah

A
Year With Gaia on Amazon

The
Eternal Cord

Temple
of the Sun and Moon on Amazon

Luminous
Devotions

The
Magickal Pen Volume One (Volume 1) on Amazon

A
Collection of Esoteric Writings

The
Elemental Year on Amazon

Aligning
the Parts of SELF

The
Enchanted Gate on Amazon

Musings
on the Magick of the Natural World

Sleeping
with the Goddess on Amazon

Nights
of Devotion

A
Weekly Reflection on Amazon

Musings
for the Year

Her
books are available on Amazon
 or
on this website
 and
her Blogs
 can
be found at
Robin
Fennelly
 

Follow
Robin
 on
Instagram & Facebook.

MagickalArts

January, 2019

The
Wiccan Path

Happy
New Year Everyone! This year, 2019 is a number “3” year (add
2+0+1+9=12/ 1+2 =3); a year of change and creation. Three is the
number of trinity’s harmony. From the relationship and
collaboration of two a third is created; the totality of its sum of
parts. This may take the form of fulfilling and creating what you
desire most, creating a new passion fueled by a latent wish, putting
into action what you’ve been yearning to do as you create the
product of those efforts.

In
keeping with this creative approach I am revisiting and sharing the
online course I wrote in 2014, to serve as the stimulus for those
interested in Wicca and earth-centered practices and creating a path
of their own. Please enjoy this excerpt and many blessings for a
fabulous New “creational” Year!!

Excerpted
from
“A Year and A Day on the Wiccan Path”…..

The
Wiccan Path is one of initiatory experience. Each step taken upon
this path leads towards greater understanding of your own Divine
nature, which in turn brings a greater understanding of the natural
world and the Divinity that exists around you. By definition,
initiation is an act that sets in motion some course of events. In
the case of a spiritual pursuit, initiation opens the seeker to
embracing their spiritual nature as a support and foundation to their
mundane nature. The spiritual path of a Wiccan (Witch) is one filled
with the beauty of the natural world and the mystery of the world
within each of us. The path leads to the subtle realms of the astral
– the far reaches of the cosmos – and the shadows that lay hidden
and buried within each of us. We practice the Craft of the Wise,
which in ancient times was the gifts of the healers and the seers
whose ability to see far and wide and enter so completely into
alliance with the physical natural world was depended upon to ensure
viable crops, healthy livestock, fertility and a sustainable life for
those in whom the wise lived. In ancient times the knowledge was
carefully passed in the style of oral tradition, the mysteries given
ear to ear hand to hand. Although many of those traditions, rituals
and wise ways are lost to the modern practitioner of Wicca, many of
the core principles remain, having evolved just as we as a people
have evolved, become modernized and have at our fingertips ways of
communicating large volumes of information. The information provided
in this course of study barely scratches the surface of what is a
uniquely complex and diverse spiritual path and that to a large
degree can only superficially claim its heritage in the ancient
practices of which we truly know so little. Wicca is rooted in the
experiential, and is a way of life that is not limited by lack of
sacred space, tools or financial resources. From the Wiccan
perspective, all of the natural world is sacred space and the
greatest tool of working is our physical nature holding the pure
essence of each individual’s Divine spirit that is priceless in

Ritual
and Celebration

Wiccans
use ancient and modern ceremonies, rituals and shamanic practices to
attune themselves to the natural rhythms of nature, the world, and
the universe as a way to commune with this divine force. In
particular, the lives and daily activities of the ancient peoples
were very much dependent upon and intertwined with the position of
the sun and the agricultural cycles that were dependent upon movement
throughout the year. The Witch’s Wheel of the Year is a reflection
of those needs. The calling forth of the Light of the newly birthed
Sun at the time of the Winter Solstice ensured that there would be a
new cycle of planting, sowing and reaping the much needed harvest for
continued life.

The
Sabbats (Solar Celebrations) of the Wiccan year are eight in number.
Four correspond to the astronomical transitions of the equinoxes and
the solstices. These are the Vernal (Ostara) and Autumnal Equinoxes
(Mabon) and the Winter (Yule) and Summer (Litha) Solstices. The other
Four, or cross quarter days are those that mark the time between the
equinoxes and solstices. These were the dates of celebration of the
progression through the changing of the seasons and the preparations
for the times of transit from one season to the next. These are
Samhain (the Witch’s New Year) – Imbolc (February 1) – Beltaine
(May 1st) and Lammas (August 1st).

There
are many overlays that are associated with these Sabbats, the most
prominent being the cycle of the God and Goddess as they move through
the stages of birth- fertility- harvest and death. In this way, the
physical world and the Divine world were mirror reflections and the
offering of devotion and celebration of one ensured the continuation
of the other.

Deity

The
God, Lugh and The Goddess, Brighid

Depending
upon one’s point of view, Wicca can be considered a monotheistic,
duotheistic, polytheistic, henotheistic religion.


Wicca
is 
monotheistic (belief
in a single deity): Some Wiccans recognize a single supreme being,
sometimes called “The All” or “The One.” The Goddess and God
are viewed as the female and male aspects of this single deity.


Wicca is
 duotheistic (belief
in two deities; a.k.a. rarely as bitheistic): Wiccans often worship a
female Goddess and a male God, often called the Lady and Lord.


Wicca is 
polytheistic (belief
in many deities): Many Wiccans recognize the existence of many
ancient Gods and Goddesses, including but certainly not limited to:
Aphrodite, Artemis, Briget, Diana, Dionysius, Fergus, Hecate, Isis,
Pan, Thor, etc.


Wicca is 
henotheistic (belief
in a single main deity among many): Many Wiccans view the many
ancient deities as being aspects of the Lady and Lord, and view the
latter as the male and female aspects of “The One.”

(excerpted from: http://www.religioustolerance.org)

There
is no right or wrong to any of the beliefs above. The underlying
principle is that of polarity and the belief that there is both the
masculine and feminine Divine principle within all living beings.
This approach to deity supports the belief in the immanence of the
Divine. That the qualities of Deity exist within all of life, and
that through acknowledgement and embracing of this inherent
birthright, that Divinity may become transcendent in nature.

The
Natural World

WICCA
is considered a nature-based religion. The environment and those
things that comprise the manifest world including animals, plants,
minerals are considered sacred and part of the Divine web of
interconnectedness. Many Wiccans are involved in environmental
activities and feel it a natural part of their spiritual practice to
recycle and live lightly on Mother Earth. The use and knowledge of
herbs and their medicinal properties is often undertaken gladly as a
study of practice and it is not unusual to find many Wiccans
attracted to professions where healing modalities can be performed.
Animals are considered companions and treated with the same care,
love and respect

that
would be afforded another human. Human and animal rights,
environmental issues and preservation of our natural resources are
all a focus of those following a Wiccan Path of spirituality.

The
Cosmos

The
ancients were limited to what could be seen with the naked eye or
what mystical inferences could be gathered from what was overtly
presented and the myths that were created as result. Structures were
built in accord with the movement of the sun (Stonehenge and the
Great Pyramid) that aligned with specific seasonal events and
astrology had its beginnings in predicting certain outcomes and
points of focus based on what could be observed in the heavens.

The
scientific breakthroughs showing the similarities in or own physical
constitution and that of the geology of our planet, as well as the
stars and planets links us to our own stellar nature and the desire
for access to weaving that universal magick of that starseed into all
of our endeavors. According to scientist, Carl Sagan, the carbon,
nitrogen and oxygen atoms in our bodies, as well as atoms of all
other heavy elements, were created in previous generations of stars
over 4.5 billion years ago.

One
of the things that has not changed is that of the celebration and
worship of the Moon and her energies and attributions within a Wiccan
practice. The lunar tides are seen as the domain of the Goddess and
the feminine energies. The planets and the magick woven with their
energies extend the reach of practical magick into the realms of
space and time continuum. And, the increasing awareness of our place
within the vastness of the Cosmos provides a richly layered
perspective for those of the Craft.

***

About
the Author:

Robin
Fennelly
 is
a Wiccan High Priestess, teacher, poet and author.

She
is the author of (click on book titles for more information):

The
Inner Chamber Volume One on Amazon

It’s
Written in the Stars

Astrology

The
Inner Chamber, Vol. Two

poetry
of the Spheres (Volume 2) on Amazon

Qabalah

The
Inner Chamber, Vol. Three

Awakening
the Paths on Amazon

Qabalah

A
Year With Gaia on Amazon

The
Eternal Cord

Temple
of the Sun and Moon on Amazon

Luminous
Devotions

The
Magickal Pen Volume One (Volume 1) on Amazon

A
Collection of Esoteric Writings

The
Elemental Year on Amazon

Aligning
the Parts of SELF

The
Enchanted Gate on Amazon

Musings
on the Magick of the Natural World

Sleeping
with the Goddess on Amazon

Nights
of Devotion

A
Weekly Reflection on Amazon

Musings
for the Year

Her
books are available on 
Amazon or
on this
website and
her 
Blogs can
be found at
Robin
Fennelly
 

Follow
Robin
 on
Instagram & Facebook.

Finding Your Own Way

December, 2018

Chapter 8

The Shamanistic Path

I add this section for those who are interested in the spiritualistic or shamanistic aspect of meditation. This is simply an introduction to the world of the shaman. For those who wish to delve further, I would advise finding a reliable teacher to help them. In the last twenty years, there has been a widening of interest in the healing and spiritual practices of our ancestors and many have found a pathway back to a more earth-centred method of teaching and healing.

As always, trust your own instincts. Find out as much as you can before becoming too closely involved with any particular individual. We all go through challenging times, – but if this person is not handling the important aspects of their lives very well, then perhaps they are not for you.

If they care more about money than the work they are doing, then they are most likely not the right person to teach you. If they take on too many students, then they may not be able to give the support needed. Many shamans offer healing and counseling. If you are interested in learning from someone, then this may be a good way to find out if your paths are compatible. Even a good shaman may not be suited to you personally. Be prepared to take the time needed to find a way forward. A good friend who is a powerful shaman told me that the teacher will find you when you are ready. We work on ourselves and the universe guides us to where we need to be. I am always suspicious of weekend courses which promise to turn someone into an instant healer /shaman/counsellor with a nice shiny certificate.

What we know of the early religious practices of mankind is based largely on cave paintings and a few archaeological discoveries. Most anthropologists base their conjectures loosely on the tribal cultures which still existed in remote places up until quite recently, – before becoming overrun by modern society.

It is widely believed that shamans have existed as a separate class for at least 30,000 years.

It is my own belief that many men who were unsuited to hunting became shamans. In many ways, their initiation was as tough as that of the warriors in many cultures. Often they were buried for several days to symbolise a journey to the underworld.

Those with minor disabilities which would have made them unfit for hunting were able to help their tribe by performing rituals for success and journeying inward to help find the best places to hunt for game. They would then be on hand to protect the camp during the hunt and use divination to resolve any disputes. Contacting the ancestors may have been an important part of their duties and healing diseases by the use of herbs, and in serious cases, ‘soul retrieval’

In soul retrieval, the shaman enters the underworld to find the lost soul of a tribal member. The afflicted may have a mental illness or a fever or be near death.

The shaman must be confident and courageous, or he too may become lost in the vast realms of the underworld and perhaps never return.

I would find this idea quaint, – apart from having witnessed the effects on what could easily be called “loss of soul” on a good friend. He became lost during a badly constructed ritual for past life journeying which was popular in the 1970’s. Something rather nasty returned in his stead.

It took most of the night to evict the ‘entity’ and return this young man and he was never quite the same again. I am aware of the theory of disassociated personality complexes, but it is hard to call them that when they read minds and try to tear your throat out. This is why it is best to get a teacher before tackling more advanced work. Always set your boundaries and your intent. Use whatever help is available to you and meditate in a safe and a sane way. Take things slowly and easily.

My own ideas on how early shamanism was structured, are based more on my own experiences than on the little that is known of early man. Because a group of people may live a nomadic lifestyle or exist in buildings suited to their locality, made of straw and mud, – it hardly proves that their culture has not advanced in 30.000 years.

In 1980, I went to see a small collection of artifacts, taken from Newgrange, Ireland, which were on display in a private library in Dublin. I went with a friend, who I will call Susan. We were invited to go there by the leader of a Rosicrucian group we were involved in. All we were told was to look for an item listed as a ceremonial mace head and see what connection we could make with the object. It was an egg-shaped stone with spiral patterns and a hole through it, large enough to fill a man’s hand.

As I gazed at the object, I found myself back in Newgrange, sometime around the building of the passage tomb. A young man dressed in furs sat in front of a fire using the object to grind something in a bowl. He had a clubbed foot. When I commented on it, he laughed and told me it was why he was chosen to be a shaman. When I compared notes with Susan, it turned out that we had shared the same experience. Our accounts of the vision matched perfectly. Oddly, I forgot about this experience for many years until the memory came back to me one day. I wrote the poem below to remind myself of the journey.

Trance is a powerful tool for spiritual exploration.

It can be triggered by many methods.

Hypnotism is the least trustworthy and most dangerous method.

Wounded Heart

Do only fools and cripples live in longing for the light?

Are wounded hearts the only ones who venture deep into the dark to draw aside the veil?

They, who wander aimlessly in woods and fields, to search for wisdom long before the dawn,

Have pity for the poets and the artists who have felt this sense of exile since the day that they were born.

A simple, egg-shaped stone, small enough to fit inside my palm, became the key.

I gazed upon the spirals on this artifact and little did I realise the tale it had to tell.

My friend and I transported back in space and time to when it last was used.

At Newgrange barrow, we both stood, amazed, astounded and bemused.

The shaman sat before a fire, with robes of fur, and mischief in his eyes.

Grinding herbs with stone and bowl, our sudden apparitions seemed to cause him no surprise.

It happened forty, and five thousand years ago, I scarce remember all he had to say.

But one thing stood so clearly in my mind, it stayed with me until this very day.

He seemed quite young for one so wise, with a boyish face and long dark hair,

But, when I gazed upon his crippled foot, he quickly picked up on my stare.

I commented upon the injury at which he saw me glance,

He laughed as if I was a clumsy child, and asked how else would he have had his chance?

The wounded walk the lonely path, and fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

The blind can see the things which normally are hidden by the light, – their vision knows no end.

The beggar and the vagabond have riches that a king will never know.

And when the journey has no maps or charts, the child within us knows which way to go.

***

About the Author:

Patrick W Kavanagh, Featuring the inspirational art of Bill Oliver

Writer, poet, Patrick W Kavanagh was born in Dublin and now lives and works in Lincolnshire in a small rural town. Patrick became fascinated by the strange abilities of the human mind from watching his mother give psychic readings using tea-leaves and playing cards. With a lifelong interest in metaphysics and parapsychology, he has given tarot and spirit readings for over 40 years. He travels to many events with his wife Tina, exploring the power of shamanic drumming to heal, and induce therapeutic trance states. They also hold a regular drumming circle in the picturesque Lincolnshire Wolds.

By Patrick W Kavanagh available at most retailers:

Finding Your Own Way: Personal Meditations for Mastery and Self-knowledge on Amazon

Book Review: Shamanic Qabalah – A Mystical Path to Uniting The Tree of Life and the Great Work by Daniel Moler

December, 2018

Book Review

Shamanic Qabalah

A Mystical Path to Uniting The Tree of Life and the Great Work

by Daniel Moler

 

 

Author, Daniel Moler’s book brings together two subjects that have long held my interest; a shamanic perspective and Qabalistic studies. The latter is an area of study that has been my passion and work for many years now, the former one that I have long been acquainted with and know many well-respected practitioners.

With that being said, I was intrigued as to how the author would approach the Tree of Life and its application to shamanic work. The sheer weight and history of Qabalah, in this book used in its Hermetic form, has been a daunting study for many. This, largely because of the more traditional approaches used in its exploration. I am happy to see that there are now a variety of spiritual paths and practices that are using the overlay of the Tree’s knowledge and thus engaging more students and seekers of its mystery teachings.

Mr. Moler makes use of an impressive bibliography of trusted and reputable sources of Qabalistic studies and then weaves the Shamanic approach of delving more deeply in the work of the Soul and roots of transformative processes aligned with those practices.

Part One is aptly entitled “The Great Work”. This semantic evocative of something out of the ordinary and initiatory in experience. Daniel dives right into the work of the world enticing us towards materialism and chaos that is moving us further away from the path of the mystic and the explorations of what that actually means for modern seekers. This section covers “everything that is wrong with society today”, what the truth of initiation can reveal and heal and how illumination can awake even the deepest sleeper.

Part Two offers the basics of what Qabalah is, how its symbology as the Tree of Life affects all planes of existence and spiritual practice and how the components of the Tree are defined and work together to provide a universal Whole. Chapter Five within this section focuses on Malkuth, the sephira of the Earth and Greater Earth Plane and becomes the natural starting point of alignment with a very earth based Shamanic perspective.

Chapter Six diverges back into a more traditional Judaic approach to Qabalistic study in looking at the “Topography of the Inner Worlds” and the journey of Adam Kadmon, the Perfected Man that embodies all of the wisdom of the Tree. A reference to the Hebrew letters assigned to the paths and the descent of man via the emanation of Yahweh and the sacred Hebrew names of creation gives the reader another vision of the Tree.

Part Three ties everything together with plenty of practical experiential and a further breaking down of the Tree incorporating the Triangles, Four Worlds and specific paths. Having read the Qabalistic referenced based books of the bibliography and having first hand teachings from some of the authors, I would say this book made good use of the author’s expertise in Shamanic work and the information presented regarding the Tree of Life.

My only criticism would be in the amount of diverse ways of presenting the Tree that were incorporated-Judaic- Hermetic and a more modern approach of fusion. I would have appreciated a more consistent approach throughout and more of the overlays of the Shamanic application that I believe would have provided more focus. Overall, a very well written book and kudos to Mr. Moler for making more bite-size an enduring and often challenging course of study.

Shamanic Qabalah: A Mystical Path to Uniting the Tree of Life & the Great Work on Amazon

***

About the Author:

Robin Fennelly is a Wiccan High Priestess, teacher, poet and author.

She is the author of (click on book titles for more information):

 

The Inner Chamber Volume One on Amazon

It’s Written in the Stars

Astrology

 

The Inner Chamber, Vol. Two

poetry of the Spheres (Volume 2) on Amazon

Qabalah

 

The Inner Chamber, Vol. Three

Awakening the Paths on Amazon

Qabalah

 

A Year With Gaia on Amazon

The Eternal Cord

 

Temple of the Sun and Moon on Amazon

Luminous Devotions

 

The Magickal Pen Volume One (Volume 1) on Amazon

A Collection of Esoteric Writings

 

The Elemental Year on Amazon

Aligning the Parts of SELF

 

The Enchanted Gate on Amazon

Musings on the Magick of the Natural World

 

Sleeping with the Goddess on Amazon

Nights of Devotion

 

A Weekly Reflection on Amazon

Musings for the Year

 

Her books are available on Amazon or on this website and her Blogs can be found atRobin Fennelly 

 

Follow Robin on Instagram & Facebook.

Dreaming: An Essential Skill

November, 2018

 

In “Dreaming of Cupcakes: A Food Addict’s Shamanic Journey into Healing,” I wrote a lot about my personal connection with my Dreamer. What follows is a sample from the book that is relevant to this article’s theme:

It was by practicing and studying shamanism that I learned to hear and identify the true voice of my own spirit, also called “Dreamer” or “Higher Self.” Through journeys, I met this luminous being and got to know her more intimately throughout the years. At first, I found it hard to believe that there was a part of me that could never be broken, hurt, screwed up, or depressed. I had the tendency to see her at first as something other than me–the way I saw Jesus or Mary as enlightened prophets. Her benevolence, beauty, and compassion bowled me over time and time again. You see, shamanic cultures have always known that there is a part of our beings that is pure spirit and they trained people to tap into the wisdom of the dreamer within. Our Dreamers know what our life purpose is in this lifetime and are the only ones who can guide us perfectly on our journey in order to accomplish our purpose.

At first, I had a lot of resistance to the idea that there is a part of me who absolutely knows what I am meant to be doing, how to do it, and how to accomplish it. I would follow my ego’s idea of what I should be doing and totally neglect to consult with my Dreamer to see if this plan of mine was even worthwhile. I learned the hard way that refusing to go in the direction that my Dreamer was sending me in was counterproductive and often painful. When I didn’t listen, I had a lot of messes to clean up in my life that took energy away from living my dreams.

Winnie the Pooh famously said: “Doing nothing leads to doing something.” Contrary to what most people believe, dreaming is not an idle activity. Whether we realize it or not, we are living in a spiritual soup of energy containing many layers of experience and knowing that we can access if we are able to quiet our inner worlds to listen. Dreaming is a vital practice for our time. The world we’ve created collectively as humans is in chaos. If dreaming unconsciously is how we created this mess, dreaming consciously–aware of the impact our thoughts, feelings, and actions are having on the dreaming matrix–is what will begin to turn around the reality we’ve created. The solutions to these problems are not outside of ourselves where we normally look to resolve issues: they are inside of us, accessed through our ever-present connection with the spiritual matrix of life.

While shamanic dreaming might sound like a New Age fad to some, this practice is, in fact, ancient and known to shamanic practitioners throughout the world. To give you a flavor of what this practice is about, I offer an Incan perspective by Alberto Villoldo on dreaming from his article “How Shamans Dream the World into Being”:

Whether you realize it or not, we are all dreaming the world into being. What we’re engaging in is not the sleeping dream we’re familiar with, but the waking dream we craft with our eyes open. When we’re unaware that we all share the power to co-create reality with the help of the Universe itself, that power slips away from us and our dream turns into a nightmare. We begin to feel we’re the victims of an unknown and frightening creation that we’re unable to influence or change. Events seem to control us and trap us. The only way to end this dreadful reality is to awaken to the fact that it, too, is a dream, and recognize our ability to write a better story, one that the Universe will work with us to manifest. The nature of the cosmos is such that whatever dream you have about yourself and the world will become reality. As soon as you awaken to your power to dream, you begin to flex the muscles of your courage. Then you can dream bravely: letting go of your limiting beliefs and pushing past your fears. You can begin to create truly original dreams that germinate in your soul and bear fruit in your life.

What Villoldo describes here takes practice; just like any other skill, we must re-learn dreaming by putting our attention on it again. We live in a busy outer world. We inadvertently train the natural ability to dream out of our children when we tell them they don’t have time to dream, play, or rest. We keep them overscheduled and overtired in a continuous stream of doing so that there is no time for being. If we want to find the treasures hidden in our inner worlds, we must slow down, quiet ourselves and really listen deeply with our whole beings. This is why the world’s spiritual systems have built in practices that train reflection into our harried lives. Introspection takes us into the heart of dreaming. These reflective practices are the things people do every day to consciously interact with the spiritual aspect of life in order to learn more about the sacredness of living and their place within the Dream of Life. In order to connect with the spiritual aspect of the world around us, spiritual practices are embedded into daily living so they become habits as natural as brushing our teeth every day. Practicing spiritual hygiene is just as important as that of the physical variety.

Many spiritually-minded folks I’ve talked to feel they simply get sucked into mainstream reality unless they practice connecting to Great Spirit/God/Creator/Goddess/Allah/Yahweh on a daily basis. These folks set aside part of their day to tune into themselves. These intuitive practices that lead us straight into the healing arms of our Dreamers can include: singing spiritual music (i.e. chanting), meditation, contemplative practices (i.e. walking labyrinths and journaling), working with totem animals and spirit guides, drum journeys, prayer sessions and vigils, studying and discussing spiritual texts and teachings, playing instruments (i.e. drums, rattles, church organs), spiritual dances (i.e. Powwow and Sufi dances), working with archteypes presented in dreams to derive personal spiritual meaning, interpreting omens in nature, ceremony, ritual, rites of passage, pilgrimages, vision quests, and making spiritual art–to name a few.

What spiritual practices do you already do on a daily basis? How do you use the information intuited from these sessions to take action to change your waking dreams? What is not working in your life? Take those problems into your contemplative practices to see what solutions your Dreamer can show you. Consider trying some of these other practices listed in this article to see if they work better for you. For example, some people do their best introspective work when they are moving their bodies, in which case sacred dance or walking ceremonies like labyrinths might be a better fit. Most importantly, when you need motivation, remember the intent behind the practices stated so eloquently by Villoldo:

Courageous dreaming allows you to create from the source, the quantum soup of the Universe where everything exists in a latent or potential state. What science is now discovering describes what the ancient wisdomkeepers of the Americas have long known. These shamans, known as the Earthkeepers, say that we are dreaming the world into being through the very act of witnessing it. Scientists believe that we are only able to do this in the very small, subatomic world. Shamans understand that we also dream the larger world that we experience with our senses. Like the Aborigines, the Earthkeepers live in a world where the dreamtime has not been pushed into the domain of sleep like it has for us. They know that all of creation arises from, and returns to, this dreamtime. The dreamtime, the creative matrix, does not exist in a place outside of us. Rather, it infuses all matter and energy, connecting every creature, every rock, every star, and every ray of light or bit of cosmic dust. The power to dream is the power to participate in creation itself. For the Earthkeepers, dreaming reality is not only an ability but a duty, one we must perform with grace and love so that our grandchildren will inherit a world where they can live in peace and abundance.

Dreaming of Cupcakes: A Food Addict’S Shamanic Journey into Healing on Amazon

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About the Author:

Jennifer Engrácio has been a student of shamanism since 2005. Jennifer is a certified teacher who has worked with children in many different education settings since 2001. She is a certified shamanic coach, reiki master, and lomilomi practitioner; in addition, she runs Spiral Dance Shamanics. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, she now lives in Calgary, Canada with her life partner.

Engrácio participated in self-publishing three books that are now available:

The Magic Circle: Shamanic Ceremonies for the Child and the Child Within”

Women’s Power Stories: Honouring the Feminine Principle of Life”

Dreaming of Cupcakes: A Food Addict’s Shamanic Journey into Healing

For more information go to: www.spiraldanceshamanics.com

Book Review – Of Witchcraft and Whimsy: A Beginner’s Guide to Basic Witchcraft by Rose Orriculum

November, 2018

Book Review

Of Witchcraft and Whimsy: A Beginner’s Guide to Basic Witchcraft

by Rose Orriculum

 

 

Of Witchcraft and Whimsy: A Beginner’s Guide to Basic Witchcraft is a great book written by Rose Orriculum. It is tagged as a beginner’s guide to witchcraft, however, after reading it, I feel that anyone could enjoy the contents of this book regardless of where they are on their magical path.

The book begins with a chapter on the “basics”. This tends to be the run of the mill basics but Rose is honest and open. She makes it a point to let you know that witchcraft is not a certain way. She makes it feel open and inviting. This would be a great read for someone who is on the fence about joining the magical community.

One of my favorite chapters is Potions. This chapter is about infusing your hot chocolate, coffee, & teas. Rose makes magic so simple that you can incorporate potions into your daily life.

The book goes into detail regarding the seasons and how you can celebrate them. One of my personal favorites from her collection is how you can use a snowman as a poppet. What a grand idea. Especially since it would allow families to do the act together.

At the back Of Witchcraft and Whimsy, Rose has included many of her own spells, glamours, bindings and curses.

Rose Orriculum has such a way with words and spells. I enjoy her work and cannot wait to see what else she comes up with. To learn more about her, check out my interview with her in this issue!

 

Of Witchcraft and Whimsy: A Beginner’s Guide to Basic Witchcraft on Amazon

Book Review: The Book of Ceremony – Shamanic Wisdom for Invoking the Sacred in Everyday Life by Sandra Ingerman

November, 2018

Book Review:

The Book of Ceremony

Shamanic Wisdom for Invoking the Sacred in Everyday Life

by Sandra Ingerman

Although I do not follow a Shamanic path, I have long been a fan of Sandra Ingerman’s work and fold much of her teachings into the practice and teachings I offer to my coven mates and students. I particularly enjoyed this book as a reader friendly and generic template for incorporating ceremony into any practice.

The Book of Ceremony by Sandra Ingerman reminds us that our focus is often distracted as we attempt to recreate or analyze ancient teachings and wisdom and that the most important piece in ceremony is our intention and desire to affect change. The approach to ceremony that Sandra uses guides the reader towards healthy expressions of emotions that could otherwise become more negative energy feeding situations in which we feel helpless.

The book is divided into four parts beginning with the basics of what is considered a “ceremony”; moving to specific types of ceremony; work to create balance within ourselves and the energy that moves through us and concluding with practical application of ceremony and creating your own definition of what these actions enable within your practice.

One of the key points brought to light early in the book is the difference between the terms of “Ritual” and “Ceremony”. The author uses her perspective of ritual being more repetitive in nature, whereas a ceremony is designed for specific outcome and at a specific time. I don’t fully agree with this definition as I believe that the two overlap in a myriad of ways, however, I believe this to be a good starting point for those exploring the use of “sacred action” filled with intention and hoping to create something new from what is acted upon.

The sections throughout the book, cover all of the information anyone would need to begin crafting ceremony and weaving it into their specific practice. Altars, tools, music, preparation of yourself, seeking Spirit guides, ancestors and more are presented in a useable way and offer both background and reasoning behind the selection offered.

I especially liked reading the section, “Turning Points and Rites of Passage”. It is richly illustrated with actual ceremonies that have been created and executed that were powerful examples of what can be accomplished in sharing the gifts of ceremony as a working tool.

All in all, this is an excellent book to begin the process of aligning yourself more deeply with your inner wisdom and intention-filled practice in honoring the sacred in the work you undertake. To quote Sandra…

In shamanic teachings, every spiritual and sacred act we perform is a ceremony. When we recognize the sacredness of each moment, miracles happen.”

The Book of Ceremony: Shamanic Wisdom for Invoking the Sacred in Everyday Life on Amazon

***

About the Author:

Robin Fennelly is a Wiccan High Priestess, teacher, poet and author.

She is the author of (click on book titles for more information):

 

The Inner Chamber Volume One on Amazon

It’s Written in the Stars

Astrology

 

The Inner Chamber, Vol. Two

poetry of the Spheres (Volume 2) on Amazon

Qabalah

 

The Inner Chamber, Vol. Three

Awakening the Paths on Amazon

Qabalah

 

A Year With Gaia on Amazon

The Eternal Cord

 

Temple of the Sun and Moon on Amazon

Luminous Devotions

 

The Magickal Pen Volume One (Volume 1) on Amazon

A Collection of Esoteric Writings

 

The Elemental Year on Amazon

Aligning the Parts of SELF

 

The Enchanted Gate on Amazon

Musings on the Magick of the Natural World

 

Sleeping with the Goddess on Amazon

Nights of Devotion

 

A Weekly Reflection on Amazon

Musings for the Year

 

Her books are available on Amazon or on this website and her Blogs can be found atRobin Fennelly 

 

Follow Robin on Instagram & Facebook.

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