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The Chariot Priestess: Power in Self, Power Together Day 2

I am still amazed by the strength and efficiency of magic. No sooner had I stepped onto the priestessing path that significant shifts started to occur, in both the inner and the outer world. I fell into situations where I could priestess and use those tools we are learning and discussed in path to aid in healing and facilitation for friends old and new. I was given the opportunity to lead trance. In the evening ritual, I felt immensely honoured to be asked to aspect one of the four dwarves. Those dwarves sure worked some fierce raw elemental magic for healing for themselves and for others! They taught me that there is so much healing that can be done in the service of the gods, the earth, and our friends. And there are 1001 ways to do it.

I really love how we are drumming and chanting together every morning in the beginning of path. Even on the second day, I could feel a shift in energy, strengthening the connections between our group, learning to work together without words. I was also very pleased to discover we are running the iron and then the pearl pentacle together everyday as it really helps me to do work with and about community.  As someone wise once said, you can’t love others unless you first love yourself. Coming from that centered place makes working on difficult topics such as conflict resolution and facilitation a whole lot easier and more effective. In my opinion sustaining a healthy happy community (ie peace-tessing…heehee) is a vital part of priestessing, the grunt work sometimes, but a labour of love.  I paraphrase our lovely Gede who said (in much more eloquent words than this): we often say the problem with community is the people, but the real problem is how we view the problem. We must remember that conflict can also be a powerful vehicle for creative change. These ideas reminded me that facilitation is not about trying to fix the problem, but helping those involved to be able to see the situation from another angle, to help reform healthy connections between those in conflict. May we all excel at this important work. Blessed Be!

The Chariot Priestess: Power in Self, Power Together Day 1

Before coming to Cloud Catcher Witch Camp 2013, I knew exactly what path I wanted to do, needed to do, made sense to do. I have been concentrating on self-love in my personal practice for the last 6 months so the inner path, Bower of the Blazing Heart, seemed a perfect fit. Freyja, love, Freyja, love. Simple as pie, right? I sat content with this plan for months. I told friends that I would be doing this path in all confidence. Then a few days prior to camp, small seeds of doubt were planted from an unknown source. The outer path, The Chariot Priestess, seemed to give small tugs, small pokes. Why, I didn’t know, I just felt it. It made me nervous.

When I got to camp, I was really unsure what to do. My decision was made during the opening ritual, when the lovely teachers led us through trance and poised the question: What do you really desire? Then I knew. Self-love, of course, but that was too easy an answer for me. The secret desire of my heart, that which I dared not even hope for, was the chance to share my love for connection with all living things, for my spirituality, for the power of magic. To priestess. And so I took a deep breath, swallowed my fear, and stepped onto the third path.