Guided Meditation: The Cauldron

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As Witches and magickal practitioners, most of us understand that the tools we use are just that, tools. They are props to help us focus and create a magickal environment that our subconscious uses to direct our energy and intent. Although, they do hold certain energies within themselves, they are not necessarily needed. The idea is that you have these tools within you. This guided meditation uses items that you create and visualize within your own mind. I wrote this at a time when my meditation group met in a place where we could not use any sort of fire. I wanted to give my group away to do a release ritual without the use of fire and tools. Through this guided meditation they would not only practice visualization, but also understand that one does not always need tools to perform magick.

The Cauldron Guided Meditation

Begin by lighting a candle and some incense. Turn off the lights. Close your eyes, make yourself comfortable and relax. Next begin to prepare for the meditation by breathing in deeply through your nose, filling your belly, hold for a count of three and exhale through your mouth. Do this three times, or until you feel relaxed, centered and open.

Feel the room around you, acknowledge the glow of the candle and scent of incense.
As you breath in, begin to visualize the smoke of the incense circling you, surrounding you.
It begins to create a bubble around you. This bubble will protect your body on your journey.

As you breathe, the smoke now begins to enter your body through your skin.
Where the smoke enters you begin to feel a tingling sensation, that starts to encompass your whole body.
In your mind, look down at your hands, you can see that your spirit self is starting to separate from your body. Allow your conscienceless to leave your physical body and go with your spirit self.
Visualize your spiritual body begin to stand up and walk toward your front door.
Reach for the door knob and open the door.
Upon opening the door you can see that the world outside has changed.
It is not what you normally would see.
Begin to walk through the threshold, taking notice of the new environment.
In the far distance you can see a large metal pot, that resembles a cauldron, sitting next to a tree stump.
There is no one around but you feel that you are being called to this place.
As you begin to walk and investigate further, take notice of any animals, plants or stones that you may come across, they may help you later to determine where you are.

As you approach the tree stump you can see that there is a piece of old parchment, a black feather quill and a few matches sitting on it.
You move closer to look into the cauldron, and see that it is filled with water and that is so dark that it looks endless. You can see your reflection in its mirrored surface.
In an instant your reflection begins to move, involuntary of yourself.
It begins to explain that you are to use the parchment and quill to write down all things that you wish to remove, overcome and let go of in your life.
As you turn back to the tree stump and reach for the paper and quill you already begin to feel lighter and freer than before. Begin writing down all that you wish……..

Once you reach the point that you cannot write down any more, your reflection continues
“ Now fold the paper three times and burn the parchment, allowing these things to burn away.”

You take up and light the matches, the smell of sulfur plums around your hand.
Lighting the folded paper and watching it burn, you can feel all that you wish to be removed is burning away with it. These things will no longer return with you to your physical body.
As the paper burns closer to your fingers, drop the last few remaining paper into the cauldron.
As the burning paper hits the waters surface the air around you begins to fill with a vapor mist that grows into a thick fog.

After a few seconds the fog lifts and you notice that you are back in the room with your physical self sitting in your protective bubble, walk over to your physical self and sit down into yourself, allowing your consciousness to return to your physical body.

Once you feel you are completely back, open your eyes.

Guided Meditation: Visiting the Gods of Egypt

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Although, I do not follow the pantheon of Egyptian antiquity, I have a love for the history, myths and the deities found in ancient Egyptian culture. I wrote this about five years ago for my monthly meditation group.
This guided meditation takes you to Ancient Egypt, where you meet with the Gods and Goddess of your mind. Pay close attention to who they are, there is a reason why your mind has chosen these particular deities. You will also experience a moment of seeing parts of your higher and shadow self. The information you receive may also be valuable.

Visiting the Gods of Egypt Guided Meditation

Begin by lighting a candle and some incense. Turn off the lights. Close your eyes, make yourself comfortable and relax. Next begin to prepare for the meditation by breathing in deeply through your nose, filling your belly, hold for a count of three and exhale through your mouth. Do this three times, or until you feel relaxed, centered and open.

Feel the room around you, acknowledge the glow of the candle and scent of incense.
As you breath in, begin to visualize the smoke of the incense circling you, surrounding you.
It begins to lift you off the ground.
Now floating with every breath, allow your energy to form a bubble around your floating body.
Visualize yourself and the bubble rising higher and higher. As you climb higher you can see the earth below. Take a moment and look at the earth moving below you.
Looking closer you notice that it is turning counter clockwise, and that it seems to be spinning faster and faster, and faster.
In an instant it suddenly stops and reverses to its normal clockwise spin.

You and the bubble begin to slowly sink back to the earth. From the darkness of space to a sunlit sky.
As you pass through the clouds like a feather, the bubble begins to fog up so that you can no longer see.
After a few seconds, you can feel that your bubble has stopped falling and gradually, the fog dissipates.
As the fog clears, a scene is revealed before you of a desert landscape of reddish sand. Nearby, you can see the mighty walls of four temples standing face to face, creating a square courtyard between them.
Your bubble begins to disappear, allowing you to Stand and walk freely.
Begin to head towards the courtyard.
You can feel the heat of the sand beneath your feet, and the hot sun on your body.
Looking down, you notice you are wearing a white linen robe, that blows in the occasional warm breeze.
As you reach the center of the courtyard you can see that there is an obelisk. It is made of your favorite stone, take a few moments to examine it.
Rearing above you, you see that it is covered with hieroglyphs, some seem familiar to you and others are strange and foreign. However, take note of them because they may hold a message for you.

Take a deep breath through your nose and smell the air. There is a light sent a musky wood burning.
Looking for its source, you notice that there is smoke drifting out of one of the temples.
Walking toward the temple; its heady aroma fills your nose. It is the same smell as the one you were burning when you started your journey.

As you approach the entrance of the temple, you can hear the faint humming of what seems like monks praying from inside.

Slowly you enter the temple, the floor beneath you is smooth and polished.
Out of the hot sun you find yourself in a vast chamber with stone columns.
It is quite dark, but along the walls there is bowls of burning oil that emits a flickering light. Here, the air is cool and refreshing, and the smell of incense is complemented by a strong fragrance of flowers.
Spend a few moments exploring the temple chamber.
As you look round, you can see at the far end of the chamber someone kneeling, as if in prayer.

You decide to walk across the hall of columns toward the kneeling person.
Upon approaching the person, you find you have entered a small shrine. Against the back wall is a large statue with its head covered with a black cloth. The statue seems to have a masculine body. Bowls of incense smolder before it and it is flanked by flickering flames.
As if feeling your presence, the kneeling person stands and turns toward you with one hand raised as if to say welcome.
This person appears to be a priest of some sort and you return the gesture out of respect.
He steps forward and says “welcome to the temple of the God”, you look up at the statue and notice that the black cloth is no longer there revealing one of the gods of ancient Egypt.
He has chosen to reveal himself to you.
Take a moment and think about why this particular God has come to you.

Just as you are about to turn and talk to the priest, he vanishes and you are left alone before the statue.
Return your gaze to the God before you.

Looking upon its stone face, it seems as though it is a living entity.
As if its eyes were becoming living eyes.
Gradually, the statue seems to come alive. Slowly, the stone turns to flesh.
Standing in awe, the statue of the god begins to descend toward you, his eyes now full of calmness and peace.

This is now a time to have your questions answered.
Spend some time speaking with the god. He may show you things, give you a symbolic gift or simply offer affection. He may have words of advice for your work to come, or ask you to do something for him in the real world. Let your mind wander freely….

When he has finished, thank him for this time in a way you see fit.
As you are about to say farewell, he touches your shoulder and you find yourself back outside in the courtyard. Now facing one of the other temples.
A slight breeze blows from inside, on the wind you hear your name, as if beckoning you to come inside.

As you approach the threshold of the temple, you can hear faint music coming from deep within.
Upon entering the corridor ahead, you can hear the ringing of strings and the low beat of drums in the air.
Unlike the last temple the wall here is painted and again, it is quite dark, but you can see where you are going by the dim lamplight glimmering on the floor. The entering corridor opens out into a vast room, lined by columns. Ahead of you, at the other end of the chamber, you see a flight of golden steps that lead up to a life-size golden statue of a female.
With anticipation you walk toward the staircase, noticing again that the statue’s face covered with a cloth. She wears a long sheath dress and you can make out the hint of a necklace around her neck, but her feet are bare. Just next to the statue you can see a small group of priestesses playing various instruments. The music is soft, but lively music. Another priestess begins to dance sensuously to the music around the base of the statue. The floor is covered in petals and she dances, they release their rich fragrance.
As you approach the foot of the stairs, you are overcome by the music and begin to dance.
As you dance, cast your inner eye back to your room where your candle stands, imagine that the light of this candle shines onto the statue. Through the light of this candle, you can feel your inner self become one with the statue.
Through the eyes of the statue, you can see yourself dancing through the cloth that covers your head. Reach up to remove it, as you pull it off, you find yourself back in your body looking up at a Goddess.
Seeing now, who this Goddess is, you open yourself up to her energy.
She is a friend to you. Let your mind wander to connect with her. You may have words or questions for her. Take a few moments and spend some time with this Goddess…

After a few minutes, thank her for this audience, and say farewell.

Now, walk back through the temple, bidding farewell to the priestesses. Go out into the courtyard.
This time you are not alone, there is a shrouded figured dressed in black standing before the obelisk. The figure beckons you closer. Feeling a little unsure, but not afraid, you begin to walk toward him. He reaches out holding a papyrus scroll in each hand. His hands are old and writhed with time. Knowing you need to make a choice between the two scrolls, you reach for one.
As you touch the scroll of your choice, the other bursts into blue flames, and the figure disappears. Holding the scroll, you begin to unroll it. Slowly it reveals a painted image of a boat with its bow facing the same direction of the hand you choose. Be it left or right. You know that is the direction of the next temple you are to go to.

In excitement to see what happens next, you walk closer to the directed temple. Upon approach you notice that there are stairs leading down.
A cool breeze rushes up the stone stairs as you begin to descend. The further you go the darker it gets. At the moment you think that it is just to dark too go on, you see a faint light ahead of you and push on. The air is musty and damp.
As you reach the source of light, the stairway opens to a fire light room. Walking through the entrance you can see, you are not alone. Before you, are five figures and they all turn and face you as if they have been waiting for you. They walk toward you and without a word take hold of you and guide you into an adjacent room. Entering the room you can see another figure standing on a platform before an over sized golden scale. You recognize the figure to be as Anubis, the lord of the underworld. Although, you know he is usually associated with death you feel at peace. His dark jackal face is just slightly lit by two tall candles. The five ushers leave you standing before the platform. You recall this scene from before. It is the judgment of your soul, the weighing of your heart.

Anubis turns toward you and you can see his ruby red eyes glow like fire. He steps off the platform, places his hand on your heart and instantly everything turns white.
As if playing on a movie screen you begin to see pictures of your life, he is showing you all the good you have done thus far.

Just as a feeling of pride washes over you, everything turns black and you begin to hear your heart beating slow and steady. Again, images begin to appear this time in the darkness, you are now being shown all that you hide and the bad you have done.

After a few moments the images and the darkness fades back into the room with the scales and you are alone once more.

Looking around in confusion, you can see a white feather floating down as you reach for the feather, a flash of light returns you to the courtyard.
The sun now is setting and you can feel that the temperature has dropped. Knowing now you are to visit all four temples, you proceed to the last.
As you reach the doorway the entrance fills with a thick fog.
With confidence you begin to walk into the fog. Gradually the fog turns into a black void.
After a moment, the darkness begins to clear and once more and you are back in your own reality. Open your eyes when you are ready.

Event: Philadelphia Pagan Pride

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As Children and Youth Programming Coordinator, E. Massey will be conducting workshops and activities at the “acorn” tent for parents and children all day.

http://www.philadelphiapaganpride.org/

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Big blue bunny Workshop for Parents and Children

Based on E. Massey’s tentative book, The Little Witch’s Curriculum, this introductory workshop for parents and their children discusses the difference between imaginary friends and spirit visits. Learn how to incorporate ancestor reverence and working with the dead with children. Ways to celebrate Samhain and the concept of the veil through age-appropriate activities for children. Children will be given an opportunity to create a seasonal craft during the discussions.

Recommended ages: 3-12

Time Duration: apx. 30 min.

Other Activities at the Acorn (Children) Tent

Grandfather Tree Meditation

Children will be given the experience of basic meditation practice and breathing techniques as they visit their own grandfather tree in a simple guided meditation. All children must be accompanied by a responsible person.

Recommended ages: 3-12

Time Duration: 30 min.

The Little White Cloud

revisiting the basics of meditation practice and breathing techniques through a guided meditation that takes them on a ride with a cloud. All children must be accompanied by a responsible person.

Recommended ages: 3-12

Time Duration: 30 min.

Make Your Own Wand

Children will have an opportunity to make their own wand using various provided materials. Information session will run once and children will be able to make their wand through out the day.

Recommended ages: 3-12

Time Duration: informational session: apx. 20 min. Project: all day.

Drum and Dance Party!

Children will enjoy drumming and dancing while learning about raising energy. Instruments will be provided.

Recommended ages: all ages

Time Duration: 30 min.

Make Your Own Bag of Magick

Children will be able to create and learn to empower their very own magickal charm. Materials provided. Information session will run once and children will be able to make their charm through out the day.

Recommended ages: 3-12

Time Duration: informational session: apx. 20 min. Project: all day.

All Day Coloring Pages

Various pagan oriented coloring pages and crayons will be provided through out the day.

Recommended ages: all ages

Time Duration: all day.

 

Birds, Snakes, and Airplanes. PT 1 – When Your spiritual path takes a new direction.

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When re-inventing this blog, I had no idea what direction I wanted for my first posting. There were so many topics I could write about. At the time, I had just returned from my local groups Beltane celebration, where they had conducted two rituals, one for adults and one for children. I thought this might be something I wanted to discuss and expand on, especially because this is where my expertise lies. What a better way to help promote my forthcoming book and classes. But alas, It just didn’t feel right. So I decided to dye my hair instead. I thought maybe the time away from my computer would have helped, but again I had no direction. Then it hit me like an airplane. Direction! A topic I myself and many around me have been experiencing. “What direction has my path led me? ” or more so “what direction am I supposed to go on my path? ” Continue reading

Guided Meditation: Journey to the Spirit World

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A few years ago, I and members of the Moonlit grove, my local group got together around the full moon and held guided meditations sessions. I somehow ended up being the one that organized and supplied the meditations for the night. After running out of options every month, I began to write my own. Since then, they have been sitting in my external hard drive collecting virtual dust. Now that I started this blog, I have a use for them again. Although, they have been updated and reworked from their original development they still hold significance. I remember this guided meditation had been originally written around Samhain. It sends you on a journey to the spirit world, enabling you to communicate and connect with the spirits of the underworld. This may be done at your ancestral altar or somewhere that is comfortable and where you can relax. Choose soft music to play during your mediation to help set the mood. Continue reading

Guided Meditation: Meeting Hekate at the crossroads

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Over the last few months my work with Hekate has gone from the occasional to being a devotee within the Covenant of Hekate. In the past, she had only come when I was about to face a major change in my life. The work was usually minimal, lighting a candle in her honor or some act of thanks for being by my side during the transition. However, things had become a little more intense during the last life changing event, I had begun to see and feel her presence all around me. At the time, I did not understand what it all meant, but I knew that if she was making herself known that strongly it had to be something big. And it was. I had left my job after years, a choice I was on the verge of doing anyhow, but not under the circumstances that it had happened. After everything passed, she once again returned to the shadows. Fast forward one year later, she presented herself in a completely different manner. Leading down paths that I never knew existed, both in the spiritual and the mundane. But that it for another blog post, another day. This guided meditation was written during the very early days of her appearances. It places you at a crossroads, meeting Hekate for the first time. Continue reading