November 2010


The children ate their supper without a fuss. We managed to dodge TV/movie watching by making cakes out of Play-Doh, we gave them baths, read stories and put them to bed. In short, a perfect evening!

How has everyone been feeling with the element of Earth? Any comments, revelations, quirky anecdotes?

Now that we felt the strength and solidity of Earth, it is time to feel light as a feather and fly. This week, we are exploring Air.

Air is the element of inspiration and communication. It is associated with mental processes and learning, philosophy and intellectual pursuits. It is the element of the mind. Here are few correspondences associated with Air:

Cardinal point: East

Color: Yellow

Archangel: Gabriel (the messenger)

Tools and associations: feathers, censor and incense, some associate blades to air (others ascribe them to Fire), divination tools, birds

It is customary to place incense in the Eastern quarter to represent air. Magical uses for Air (like last week, see if you can come up with a few before looking up the answers):

The use of breath is a big one, that I use regularly. Breathing itself has a calming, relaxing effect and is crucial in entering into a meditative state. Breath can also be used to bless objects and to direct energy. Air is used to speak words of Power and to perform incantations. It is used in mantras to achieve a meditative state or to go into trance. Because Air is the element of inspiration and of communication, it is the element associated with art of divination. Whether it be Tarot or scrying or channeling, Air is the element called upon in these practices.

This week’s assignment is as follows:

1) Become Air this week. Feel what it is like to be light as a feather and to tumble in the wind. Focus on your intuition and creativity and see what it feels like to live in that space. Try to communicate more, seek out others and truly feel the interaction.

2) Look around you and experience this element. Note down every example of Air that you can see in your surroundings. Describe what it looks like, feels like, sound, smells and tastes like.

3) Write down 5 practical uses that we have for Air. Try to find more magical uses for Air than the ones listed above.

4) Embody Air through a choreography of your own making.

5) List 5 Christian associations with the use of Air. This can be passages in the Bible, Christian practices or myths associated with Saints. I’m curious to see how many we can come up with. I encourage you to post these examples. I’m sure there are many!

May Air bless you with Divine inspiration. Enjoy the flight!

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We visited a dear friend yesterday. She just returned from a trip where she explored mystical sites with a group of spiritually inclined people. Her stories led me to a reflection on what a teacher or ‘guru’ should be like. It is so easy for someone to proclaim yourself a guru, especially if you have the technical skills to access a different realm. I was pondering all this on the way home and it came to me what a teacher should be (and what he should not). A teacher does not tell you who or what you should be (no matter which ascended master they talk to). He doesn’t tell you what your problems are. Essentially, the main job of a teacher is to make sure that you won’t need him at all. A teacher does not tell you what to learn and what to believe. A true teacher provides experiences by which you may learn your own lessons.  Everyone has the wisdom to learn and the ability to connect to the Divine. A teacher is merely an intermediary through which you may realize that it is so.

So, here we go: experience #2. (If you are not done exercise #1, no worries. Take your time)

The next 4 weeks will be dedicated to elemental explorations. These are exercises that I have adapted from my teacher Scarlet at Crescent Moon School. I have also seen these in various books, so they are a cornerstone of energy work.

Energy comes in various forms, and none are more basic than the Elements. Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit are the building blocks of our reality and so it is important to know the different textures of these energies. So these exercises will aim at really interacting with the different elements. First element: Earth.

Earth is assigned to the North quarter. It is the essence of stability and physical strength. It is found in different forms: earth, stones, gemstones, crystals, salt, sand, plants and trees. Here are a few associations found with Earth:

Archangel: Raphael

Ritual tools: pentacle disk, drums and percussion instruments

Altar representation: salt, plant, stones, herbs

Color: green, brown

Magical uses: Typically, I would ask everyone to come up with some magical uses. You would be surprised at how many you could come up with. I encourage you to give it a try before you go and peek at the examples.

The most obvious use of Earth is for grounding. All magic starts with that. There is an example in the book and we will definitely come back to it. Grounding is a way of connecting to the earth so as to feel solid and strong. You are essentially rooting yourself into the ground becoming an extension of the rich earth that supports us. We’ll get back to that… Otherwise, Earth is mostly used for purification purposes. Salt is the main agent of Earth purification. Its crystalline structure lends itself well to trapping and negating energy. Salt can be used to cleanse objects (earth can too, but salt tends to leave objects a little cleaner…), cast circles, purify a house and purify your own energy field (bath salts, right?) Herbs and plants can be used for healing (please don’t play with plants you don’t know!), for cleansing (sage is the reference for all types of fumigation), for making incenses… Can you think of other examples?

Now for the experience part:

This week pay attention to the element of Earth. Look at the different forms it takes in the world around you. Touch it, feel it, smell it, taste it. Write down all your observations. How do you describe Earth? How does it make you feel? Is it a familiar feeling or do you feel that you are getting ‘down to earth’ for the first time?

This week, your task is to become Earth. Walk like Earth, talk like Earth, think like Earth. Another part of the assignment (it is not optional) is to make up a dance that represents Earth. How would Earth move? Feel this element within your very body and let it teach you the secrets of Earth.

So to sum it up, you should journal:

  • the different forms of Earth you see
  • describe the attributes of Earth (smell, taste, touch, sound, how it makes you feel and what are its inherent qualities)
  • Find 5 practical uses and 5 magical uses for Earth
  • Become Earth
  • Earth Dance

The space is open for discussions, if you like. I don’t want to go into too much detail, because that would deprive you of a valuable experience. But I am open for questions and I will come back to Earth at the end of the week. Once we will have covered all the elements, we will have gone through the core of what energy work really is about. The rest is just technique. So delve into it and enjoy the ride!

OK. I surrender. Let’s do some magic!

Step 1: Re-read my last post to make sure you understand the terms of this agreement!… (yes, I am paranoid)

Step 2: I ask a little favor in return of these exercises. Some of these will probably end up in a future book. I may want to include some comments, stories and feedback in the book, along with the exercises. It will always be anonymous, of course. If you do not wish your experiences used as an example, please let me know. You can notify me by email (adelinastclair@hotmail.com) or by posting a comment. I will definitely respect your wishes.

Step 3: Get yourself a little notebook where you can journal your experiences. This is mandatory. It is a way for you to monitor your learning and to really sit down and take the time to reflect on what is happening. Don’t skip the writing part. It is an essential part of the learning process.

The goal of these exercises is of course to develop your senses and to learn to use energy and weave magic. They will primarily work on building skills (although not always directly; you will see what I mean) But there is another goal that is even more important. These exercises will give you experiences that you will be able to use as tangible proof that there is something out there that we do not see. Throughout my studies, I underwent various exercises that became the building blocks of my faith in the unseen. And once I believed that such things existed, working energy became as easy as breathing.

So here it is: Exercise #1

This is an exercise of soul searching. Journal the following questions:

  • Why do you want to study magic?
  • How do you define magic?
  • How do you define Energy?
  • Peruse your own life journey. Jot down the instances when you came into contact with something you could not explain, when you felt a presence, had an intuition or connected to something bigger than yourself. It could be an event, a dream, a conversation. Write down as many as you can recall. These are your building blocks, the moments of proof that you can connect to that other world. Try to see if there are patterns, what circumstances bring them up, if they happened a long time ago (ex. when you were younger) or if they are recent, and if they demonstrate a particular ability that you have.

I’ll let you ponder that. I’m curious to see how your world will change once you start asking these questions and letting your sight open a little bit. Don’t be shy to post your reflections. Have a great week!

 

Hello everybody!

I’m getting increasing demands from people who would like me to teach them about energy work and magic. There is nothing that would make my life more complete than to dedicate myself to the Craft and to serve as Priestess to my Lord and Lady. It is really what I feel called to do. I have taught before and I would like to share these stories briefly.

One day, a friend and colleague mentioned her affinities for the ‘supernatural’. She noticed my books and started asking questions and we got to talking. She asked me teach her some things and I agreed. She had a knack for it, no doubt. She felt the energy and she was confident about it from the very start. As time went on, she started canceling our meetings and we started seeing less of her. She became withdrawn in general and it became very difficult to reach out to her at all. The truth is that she had a whole bunch of things going on in her private life, deep emotional things that she had never been dealt with and that were coming out to haunt her. It wasn’t the energy work that made her unwell, but I think it added just enough energetic movement to throw her off balance.

A little while later, another friend asked me to teach her how to do rituals. I had become a little wary of teaching because I knew the effects it could have. I made an agreement with her that I would teach her what she wanted to know, but that I would wait for her to ask me and that I needed her to tell me when she had enough information. This teaching method worked really well, because she would come and ask her questions, we would do some exercises and then she would go home and ponder things over for as long as she needed to. She let the magic work in her until she sensed that she was OK to learn more.

It became apparent to me that to study the Craft, you have to be ready for it. You have to be solid enough and conscious enough of yourself to detect if things are going wrong. You have to be honest with yourself and stop when you feel that something is not quite right or when you have had enough. I took a break from my studies at one point because emotionally and psychologically it was just too much to handle. And I trust myself to read the signs that I need to stop dabbling with energy.

Now, how can I do this with people that I don’t know and who live miles away? It is a real ethical concern for me, because I take magic and teaching seriously. Does anyone out there have ideas on how to solve this dilemma?

 

I have been fortunate in my life to have access to teachers and to a safe space where I could learn and grow. This kind of puts me in a position where I feel I should give back to others who are not so fortunate. My proposition is this: I could post exercises on this blog for those of you who would like to follow a certain curriculum in magic and energy work. It is always better to have a teacher in person, but for those of you who do not have that option, I offer these exercises and a place to share your experiences with others. The deal is this: If at any time, you feel weird, tired, irritable, if old ghosts come and haunt you or you feel destabilized, YOU STOP!!!! And please, stay on track and don’t bite off more than you can chew or it will bite you right back! The exercises that I intend to post are very basic and grounded. You’ve got to learn to walk before you learn to run, OK?

Can someone out there ease my conscience and tell me that they understand the implications of this ‘contract’. How do you all feel about this format? Is this what you are looking for?

Enough doom and gloom. I would be honored to share my humble knowledge if it can be of service. If you have specific topics you would like to learn about, please do not hesitate to post them.

Blessings!