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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 – Elements of Magic Day 2 – Air

Out of all four elements, I’ve always felt the strongest connection to air; maybe it’s because I’m an air sign? I don’t know. I love heights, the feeling of falling and I go to the Dreamland most nights praying for a dream that allows me to fly. Air is a free element, nothing stops it, it can only change direction, and it flows everywhere it can. But what I learned on day 2 of the Elements of Magic path is that a connection to air is all about the mind – it’s a mental element. Thoughts are free to come and go like the wind. They dance in and out with the gentleness of a breeze or the power of a tornado. The can be elusive as the wind, and they can be strong like the wind. On day 2 of CloudCatcher Copper and Jack showed me my mind’s potential.

It was as simple as a guided meditation and visualisation exercise. I’ve always been good at visualisation, and I’ve learned it’s a skill to be able to hold an image in your mind’s eye, but they took me beyond that. As I sat against a wall, falling deeper and deeper into the expanse of my consciousness, I was guided down a forest path. The sun tried it’s hardest to pierce the trees to reach the ground; it painted the wood in light and dark hues. I came to a clearing where there was a table filled delicious looking fresh fruit. I looked at the buffet before me, and I picked up a perfect looking nectarine – this is where the challenge began. “Open your senses,” Copper said in a smooth voice, “What does it feel like, what does it smell like…take a bite”. I don’t think I’ve ever been challenged to use my senses other than sight in a guided meditation before. If I had maybe it just didn’t click…it was the magic of CloudCatcher I guess. It’s firm, almost furry skin; it’s sweet smell, the juiciness of its flesh bursting in my mouth; the smell, feel and taste of that nectarine was as real as me sitting here writing this blog. It’s a funny sensation, realising that you’re in two places at once.

As I continued back along the path wandering into the forest, I stopped at a creek. The cold water ran across my feet, and a breeze blew downstream. “Pick up a rock from the water, feel its weight and edges,” I did as Copper instructed, “Now see the rock transform into a bird.” As I caressed the cold, smooth river stone in my hand, it sprouted feathers, and it grew into a grey pigeon that sat calmly in my hands. Trying not to lose it at the realness of my visualisation, I was amazed at the piece of magic that just happened before my very eyes. Our task with the pigeon was to give it an intention, whisper what you needed it to do and release it out to the universe to do its work. The intention was rather personal, so I hope you don’t mind I keep it to myself – God speed pigeon.

To me, this was the freedom granted by air. Full sensory awareness of my creative thoughts. I guess I will have to do some experimenting to see what I can get up to without a guide. As camp went on, this new awareness of my thoughts proved to be quite an incredible ally.

CloudCatcher 2016 Day 4 – Labyrinth Path

Today was bitter-sweet as it was the last session of the Labyrinth Path- WitchCamp is drawing to a close. At the second night ritual we had drunk a sweet potion, filled with beautiful herbs, which had not been finished. We each took a small amount of it this morning, and poured it out onto the land as an offering of gratitude to the Fae and all spirits of place, before dismantling and closing the Faery Gate.

We removed the threshold first, with love and care, before slowly unravelling the adornments, and dismantling the structural pieces. Many of us kept the pieces of ribbon and twine that had been used for the gate for our ongoing work with our allies. We then changed the path of the labyrinth back to its’ original form- the 7 Path, Minoan Labyrinth.

 “We journey the labyrinth in meditative silence. In this silence we listen to the voice of our soul, the voice of the land.” (Path Intent)

We had the opportunity to walk through the labyrinth individually a last time; I felt slightly melancholy, not wanting to give up this beautiful creation that offered so much, but encouraged by these feelings to work with the power of Labyrinths more often in my practice.  I stopped in the centre of the labyrinth and had a moment with the altar, reflecting on the past for days, and feeling thankful. As I walked the path back out again, I looked to the future- bubbling with excitement for the creation of the next labyrinth, whenever that may be, and for my ongoing relationship with the Fae.

 “We journey the labyrinth in community. Together we forge the path of conscious truth. Together we weave our magic.” (Day 4 Intent)

We then held hands and walked the labyrinth as a whole group, eyes open- seeing each other, in meditative silence; Listening to the voices of our souls and the soul of the land.