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CloudCatcher 2017 – Muse Craft – post WitchCamp reflections

Since I have arrived home from CloudCatcher WitchCamp all I have wanted to do is sing and make music! I have dusted off and shined up my beloved flute that has been with me since I was 13. I danced around the house to the amusement of my cats, playing my flute for the first time in a few years. My flute and 2 tin whistles now sit out on my kitchen bench so whenever I feel like it I can pick one up and have a play. I have been working out the tunes of the chants that I have learned on my piano and to my surprise, writing the music down for a few of them.

I have been researching chants for the Spiral Dance ritual to be held in Mullumbimby on Friday 21 April 2017. I am listening to many chants on Reclaiming CDs. They are a great resource for anyone creating a ritual or wanting to experience a sliver of Reclaiming magic.

The intention of the Spiral Dance ritual is

We gather as community to honour our ancestors and cycles of life and death

The Spiral Dance ritual was a great night! The magic and community of CloudCatcher continued on the southern side of the caldera in Mullumbimby. Many new and old friends brought the magic of CloudCatcher WitchCamp with them. We honoured our Beloved Dead at the altar and by reading out their names during the ritual. We journeyed to the Otherworld /Underworld /Land of Youth. We sang a beautiful chant and danced the Spiral Dance. Afterwards, we feasted on chai and cake. There was a strong atmosphere of peace, calm and deep connection after the ritual. The chant was created by Ravyn Stanfield.

We are the kiss between Earth and heaven

We are the song between sky and ground

Sing for your life and for the world we’re making

Nothing is lost that can’t be found

I am doing fitness training for a long distance walk that I’m doing over winter solstice. I’m outside every day walking in the bush or around the village where I live. Every cell in my body is zinging with the music,  songs and chants from WitchCamp. One of my favourites to sing as I walk within the Caldera is this powerful song from one of the CloudCatcher rituals of the Mountain. I think it was created by the CloudCatcher teaching team including Alphonsus. When I sing this song whilst walking on the Land, She hears me. The energy from CloudCatcher WitchCamp ripples down the mountainsides and through the valleys of the Caldera. The Land is energised and activated when we acknowledge Her, pay respect to Her, honour Her and sing to Her.

This heart is a mountain

Dream with me, dream with me

This mountain is a heart,

Dream with me, dream with me,

This fire inside, Feeds this land that dreams of us

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

CloudCatcher 2017 – Elements of Magic day 4 – Water

Where I live on the Gold Coast water has such a special, almost spiritual significance. I know it sounds funny to say, but a lot of Gold Coaster’s lives revolve around the ocean. Summer days with family and friends playing in the ocean, meditative walks along the shoreline, and the surfers who are out there every morning riding the waves. Water is the element of emotion, change and psychic power.

On the last day of CloudCatcher emotions were running high, I had just been through some of the most transformational experiences of my life, and I didn’t want it to end. After so much intense group work I had found that everyone in the Elements of Magic path had all begun to connect on such a beautiful level. There had to be some empathic connection between us because everyone seemed to be emotional that day. My upbringing was in the cliché macho world so flowing with emotion is something of a struggle for me. I’ve never been the type to express myself, especially when it comes to emotions – but CloudCatcher had changed all that. After our ritual a few nights ago in which we made contact with our ancestors and used the powers of fire and water to reshape ourselves, I don’t think I have ever cried so hard. I don’t know why I cried, I don’t know what triggered me but after that experience, I just had to let it out, and that was ok. CloudCatcher was the kind of place where I could let my emotions go and feel safe and supported. I tapped into something that night, a repressed emotion I had never dealt with and had to be let go. It was refreshing, to say the least.

I felt so empowered to own my emotions and let them guide me. In the past, I’ve read research on similar topics, but Jack explained how water is programmable with intentions. It carries energy and so can be a powerful conduit in magic. Our bodies are more than 75% water, so I’ve begun to understand how our emotional state affects our physical state.

In my last blog, I mentioned the chalices we had been crafting. Well, day 4 was the day they were completed, and we the beautiful burned looking cups were now ready for magic. We went off on a small hike up the mountain to fill our chalices with rainwater, walking single file through the forest I let my consciousness sink to the right frame of the work we were about to do. We filled our chalices and walked back down the mountain to a clearing to perform our blessing. Our blessing was our own – I blessed my water to hold the power of flow within me, I wanted to keep this newfound empowerment long after CloudCatcher finished – my emotions are holy and should be treated as such.

I will never forget my time at CloudCatcher, and I imagine this won’t be my last. I learned about parts of myself I never knew were there and learned new skills I couldn’t wait to take into the world with me. At CloudCatcher I reconnected with the earth, learned the power of my creative mind, was inspired and empowered and I felt more in flow with my emotions than ever.