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Cloudcatcher 2019 – Elements Pathway – Day 4

It’s our last day here at Witchcamp and we open the Elements of Magic with a check in and I am feeling not yet ready to go home, I am feeling I am unfinished and so I am finding it hard to comprehend that in a few hours I will be driving witches home returning to the outside world but excited to see what comes of the rest of the day.

Ritual space is cast and all of the Elements tribe were able to contribute to creating ritual space today, I can really feel the power coming from my new friends. As each speak words of power, I feel the magick swirling, arising from their breath, flowing in and out of my body.

Today with all of the elemental beings present in ritual space, we were invited to let go of our clay being and recreate something else, for me this was truly difficult. I have to say I am a little bit of a perfectionist, not much of a creative and had spent so much time on my being (pictured on Day 1 blog) that I was not ready to let it go but pushing all of those feeling aside I did surrender it to the water along with the inner pieces that were not yet finished. Whilst my being was in the water along with everyone else’s, creating magick that I did not yet comprehend. We were guided in trance to visit the place of power, I can’t tell you what I saw because I went way off track to a vision of gifting Kahuna as a priestess in sacred space, whilst not travelling with my friends, the vision was perfect, as it always is, the message has been received.

Once the trance was complete were invited to retrieve our creative being and craft something new, I felt connected to the seed pod and so decided not to recreate but rather mold slightly different to include the lessons from entire Elements pathway. To take this to a deeper level we all created Bliss Balls made of compost, clay and seeds… so basically my seedpod was perfect!!! The invitation was to take our seed bliss ball home and plant in a pot, water it and care for it and create ‘new’ in the physical world.

The session closed with a final ritual conducted by the members of the elements class which I can’t share but it was incredibly powerful and for me was the final piece in the puzzle, my shift in energy that allowed the final cracking opening that was needed before returning home. My desire for the safety of my mans’ arms wrapping around me, to surrender to the support of the person who knows me best, for me to go home and integrate the lessons from camp, from this core class and from all of the witches I had connected with shifting into allowing tears to be released through the praise of the special people in my life. I was ready! Ready to take this journey home, beyond the ritual space, home to the body!

Thank you for sharing in my journey, thank you for the facilitators that guided this process Jack and Jarrah. I cannot recommend both of these Witches and their teachings enough, they are honestly both incredibly giving with their time and knowledge and offered a gentle place to land but also challenged me in all of the right ways. Blessings and Thank you.

Cloudcatcher 2018 – Wild Mystics Path – Day 4

This animal body is buzzing and jumping. This animal body is ready to begin.

I am so excited for path today. I’ve been predicting a day of wildness where we go out on the land and get covered in mud and make animal noises. But as we sit on the concrete outside the ritual hall in the centre of camp, Julie and Jarrah explain that this is where we are having path today. Instead of running away to pristine nature, we are going to be working in this place, seeing it as sacred. It feels challenging and part of me is disappointed, but I can also see the rightness of doing this.

We place our rocks and sweetness down on the bricks, then begin a trance to connect into some of the less ‘natural’ objects and plants in the space. As we walk around, Jarrah talks about the clever apes who figured out how to shape and cook clay bricks. The clever apes who enjoyed beauty and brought trees like jacarandas to new parts of the world. Who made windows out of glass, who figured out how to grow wheat to grind into flour to make the pancakes we ate for breakfast that are giving us fuel. It feels edgy, but is done so gently that I feel a softening within me, opening to a new way of thinking.

The idea is offered that everything is part of nature, including human-made objects- because their components all come from nature originally, but also because humans are part of nature. We are nature creating itself.

We are invited to connect with a human-made object, a human-made being, and to try to see this being as sacred. The first thing I see is a large, bright orange plastic traffic cone. I feel very resistant to it and have to force myself to walk over to it. As I kneel in front of it, touching it gently, I begin crying. It feels painful and wrong. I don’t feel able to connect with this traffic cone being, but I get the sense that it is enough for now just to be trying.

We gather together to talk about our experiences. Everyone else has apparently had beautiful mystical encounters with their human-made beings. I can see that I have a long way to go to truly see everything as sacred.

Each day we have been asking the earth ‘how can I look after you today?’, a beautiful practise offered by Julie. Today the answer I receive is crystal clear- sing to the human-made objects in this place. I use a chant I often sing out in nature, though it is much easier to sing to tree ferns and mushrooms than cement and rubbish bins. Again this feels edgy, and my heart is not in it, but it is still important. This reverence and willingness feels like something the earth needs from us, no matter how challenging or unglamorous.

We have time to say goodbye to the land, and make bee motels to take this magic out into the world. Our path ends with humour and joy. It is raining, and the drain pipe above us begins overflowing, creating a waterfall right above where we placed our rocks and sweet offerings. As we each pick up our rock, we have to step under this. Some of us dash in quickly, others linger under the torrent of water. For me, it felt like I was finally connecting to the magic of this human-constructed environment. The water falling on my head reminded me of being in the waterfall yesterday, yet I was standing on cement, surrounded by buildings, but still deeply in a magical state.

Although this day was challenging, I am glad of it. My cup had been filled to overflowing the previous day, and it was time to be of service to this place. I leave path with curiosity about how I will take this work out into the world. It is one thing to feel magic and connection in a waterfall, but can I do it in my shower? It is easy to beam out luminous love light in a forest, but can I do it in a city?

This animal body is re-membering. This animal body is re-wilding. This animal body is saying yes.