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CTP journals, week 14

Liturgy

I feel like I actually made some progress this week! I added brief home shrine offerings to my morning routine, to a different being each day (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays for the Vodou spirits I follow, Thursdays for the ancestors, Fridays for the nature spirits. Sundays are for cleansing my shrines. The days are loosely based on Vodou tradition). I didn't use any set words - I wanted to keep it simple, so I just spoke what was on my mind. The offerings were chosen to be appropriate to the beings in question - rum, sweets and perfume for the lwa, tea for my ancestors and hazelnuts for the nature spirits.

Today I did a pre-High Day cleansing ritual. I physically cleaned all my shrines, placed my Grainne statue and my Grannos candle on my main shrine in preparation for my Decanoxtes Granni ritual on Wednesday, cast a circle using a ritual from my BDO studies, and performed a cleansing charm I wrote on the Priestess of Avalon training last year. (note to self: attach text) I will probably stick to COoR for my actual High Day ritual, but I did enjoy working magick in a circle again, as I did in my early days as a Pagan; maybe just a nostalgic thing, but it felt good. I'm glad none of the groups I belong to are prescriptive about what we do in our private practices - I find it very enriching to be able to draw on a variety of options.

Trance

I've continued to meditate on the Awen each morning, which is my longest period of consistent meditation for a while, and I'm quite proud of it! It means I start the day in a more mindful state, and I've noticed that if something happens to unsettle me during the day, I calm down more quickly as well.

During the week, I had the opportunity to participate in a free taster session for TRE. It was a great experience - I felt I released a lot of tension through the exercises, and my posture was noticeably better for the rest of the day. During the relaxation at the end, I was definitely in a trancelike state. The effects were very similar to a good yoga practice, but the exercises put less strain on my joints. I also found the tremors the exercises produce very reminiscent of the sensations I experienced during a rebirthing session at the Glastonbury Goddess Conference two years ago. In that session I had a very intense encounter with Bodua, my patron goddess, and I felt her taking a watchful interest in the more intense parts of the TRE session as well. The exercises are designed to be quick to learn so that people can do them at home, so I think I will experiment with using them consciously to induce trance.

Finally, I participated in a trance journey for the Reclaiming Elements of Magic class. It involved travelling to our Place of Power. I have a few of those that I've established for different purposes over the years, and this time I found myself in an underground dwelling that I've used as a safe space/home base since my very earliest days as a Pagan. Once there, we were directed to go to each of the four cardinal points in turn and see what we found there. Reclaiming uses the standard Wiccan elemental associations with the directions, and I have my own that differ from those. I found that my own associations were asserting themselves above what the voice in the recording was saying, so I allowed that to happen and just focused on the drum beat that was behind the voice. It seemed to work well. I might try to repeat the exercise with one of my outdoor trance places and see how that changes it.

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CTP journals, week 13

Liturgy

Again, a week of just keeping up with my devotional routine. I'm still ill, so I haven't been working out; instead, I've been using my Bodua devotionals to dedicate my healing to Her. I feel like that's been helping.

Trance

Yesterday and today I felt well enough to resume meditating on my Awen symbol. I started my Druidry playlist and sat in front of the image with my cup of tea. I'm finding it a very calming and centering exercise.

Oddly, when I closed my eyes towards the end of the meditation yesterday, instead of the expected afterimage of the Awen I got an image of a Thor's Hammer in a Celtic knotwork style. Thor was my patron when I was Asatru, but I don't know why my subconscious should serve up that image now. His cognate Taranis is one of the Gaulish deities I honour, but he hasn't seemed to actively seek my attention since my very early days in ADF. Something to monitor, I guess. It was not repeated in this morning's meditation.

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