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CloudCatcher 2017 Ritual Day 5

This ritual signifies the end of witch camp, the end of this particular magical working, and time to release each other from this space with the hope of disseminating this magic to the places we call home. I can feel the impulse of tears starting in my temples. Yesterday I felt complete with camp and now I do not. Each day stretched on and somehow the collective days flew by. 

We are in circle in our last ritual. All of those who held parts of this camp are acknowledged. My left hand receives the right hand of the person next to me. I take the left hand of the person to my right, with my right hand. Everyone does the same, linking us together, the energy flowing palm to palm to palm. We chant the same words we did in our opening ritual four days ago, “This heart is a mountain, dream with me . . .this fire inside us feeds the land that dreams of us.” I am being lead around the circle to the right. Two hands, the beginning and end of the spiral, unclasp. I feel the spiral starting. I know the spiral dance, I have done it many times, yet this is the first time I have ever really understood the magic this dance holds. Maybe the reason this particular spiral dance feels so natural is the song. Maybe the reason is the spiral leader, or the pace, or our connection as a whole, or maybe I am finally in the kind of heart space that allows my whole body to listen. 

Everything is in sync. I am effortlessly locking eyes with every person as they pass in front of me. We are moving as one giant snaking spiral. I feel joy and presence as I alternate between singing my heart out and taking in this moment. Even the soft ground feels welcoming as we touch our bare feet to her.

We coil in tighter, circle within circle within circle. I feel certain that this will be the best cone of power yet. The chant builds. The energy builds. The tones come in from in front of and behind me. The energy dips, raises, and grows. I can almost see the cone of power rotating a few meters above our heads. We send threads of energy from this cone off to the next two Reclaiming witch camps. Those threads will be picked-up and used by the next camps to continue the life shaping work that we, as Reclaiming witches, dedicate ourselves to. 

I feel complete in my work in this time in this place. I thought I would feel sad as we said our goodbyes, but I already feel myself returning, this or something better.

 

CloudCatcher 2017 – Muse Craft – Day 4

My heart is cracked open! My being is saturated with music. Music is flowing freely, joyfully, effortlessly. My Muse is here alive and strong! Today is another morning of exquisite connection whilst we improvise and create music together. We are creating a community of music! Alphonsus is a culture weaver. He refers to himself as a culture worker rather than a musician. I’d say he is a talented trickster! Jenneth once again manages to keep us grounded with the beating of her drum whilst lifting us to the heavens with her soaring voice. Jenneth’s discipline as a singer lends strength and passion to her voice. I even pick up a tin whistle and join in. It has been a few years since I played a wind instrument. Making music is creating community. Bittersweet feelings dissolve into joy! I feel deep gratitude to Alphonsus and Jenneth for weaving and holding a beautiful safe space for us to re-discover our voices and the creativity of making music as a community.

We share our experiences of providing the music for the moving evening Camp ritual. Feedback that we received is that the music that we created enhanced people’s experience of the ritual. We did this by helping to create the energetic container for the ritual and weaving the musical magic carpet that lifts us all to a higher plane. It is an interesting dance between surrendering to the ritual and continuing to hold the thread of the music. I find the beginning of the ritual discordant and it took me a while to move from being a player to dropping into the ritual as a participant. It was a challenging journey for some of us and ecstatic for others. By the time I had entered the spiral dance I was fully immersed in the tide,  which peaked as the cone of power was raised.

We bring the magic and music of the Muse Craft path into the final WitchCamp lunch by singing a song that Alphonsus wrote about the bittersweet nature of the end of WitchCamp.

When you’re gone, you’re gone forever

When you return, you’ve never left

When you’re gone, you’re gone forever

When you return, you’ve never left

Go far, stay close!

Go far, stay close!

Musc & lyrics by Alphonsus