Waking to the pounding rain on the tin roof is quite indicative of the inner work which for me is creating silent introspection surrendering to the void. The early morning mist is making it difficult to gauge the time, dark clouds are overhead which adds to the touching of the quiet places within that have been hidden in the ‘normal world’ outside this sacred container. The air is thick with the scent of last nights’ ritual, the dank smell of the Dark Goddess is close, as I close my eyes I can feel her energy behind me… and so the day begins.
Today as we gathered in our sacred temple space for Elements of Magic I feel the Allies gathering around me, my lineage close and I feel called to express the calling in the Grandmothers and Grandfathers, our ancestors, land and spirit ancestors to be our guide during today’s exploration. Casting our circle, feeling the waves of the energy swirling around and we were asked to consider the element of Earth and how it weaves magick in the world through animals, people who work earth with their hands, those who do not have the motivation of financial gain and empire building, roles in the patriarchy and the complexities of the many layers of living Earthside. This led into discussions around capitalism, separation of self and elements, disassociation of diversity, shame, guilt, acts of courage and abundance. Reflection is an understated pathway to personal truth and I always love to dive into the stories I tell myself and see what’s really simmering under the surface of the everyday façade. For me this again raised the grief I feel when I disconnect from my body, shifting into the logical brain, the analytical side of my psyche, distrusting my innate knowledge when it is most required, so I send my body compassion and empathy.
We were then paired up to complete an eye gazing exercise, I cannot even tell you the details of the process we went through as I was absolutely transported into universal energies, lifted from my body, almost felt like I dived into my new friends’ eyes like a deep pool or ocean of stars. I saw them as stardust where I fell into this play and floating in the stratosphere. At first, I felt their emotions as I can feel it in my own being, but the feeling was such a sense of something much bigger than our human existence, like all of my questions were answered with my cells in my body opening to their innate remembering. It was quite profound.
The element of Earth was farewelled, and Fire was coaxed into circle, in this moment as Earth shifted back, fire drew forth and my creative fire was ignited, my advocate entered my being fully, my womb shuddered, my sensual-self entered the room and I was reminded deeply of my own power.
As with Fire being drawn into the space, it was time to move the body!! Jack and Jarrah took us through a number of exercises including primping and preening our own energy fields in preparation for the deeper work of fire which was moving into the dominating and surrendering energy. I personally fell into the child when my partners energy tried to dominate mine it reminded me of a time in my teenage years when I felt smothered, dominated and denied. When I was able to reassure that place in my younger self – I was able to move into deep joy. The invitation then was to really feel your group/partners energy through an expression of yes / no energy without moving. I loved this energy exercise and understood how my embodiment of the invitation or denial affected others.
This flowed into a group discussion around energy in various places/locations and then how hierarchy and societal power plays can deeply effect our personal energetics. It was then an introspective piece to question your own feelings around choice, empowerment and agency (collective), leadership / service or power with and energy exchange scenarios rather than the power over. It was time to drop deeper and reflect on ‘What is your power? How do you wield it? And finally do you value power?’. Our facilitators pointed out that the core power of Witch is CHOICE.
‘Cone of power’ was then introduced with energy raising practices, showing us the energetic power that can be raised by intention and movement, where the energy is directed and how it can feel in the center of the cone.
The circle was closed with all leaving feel energised and powered up with the support of fire!!!