Cutting The Cords

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We are all linked on an energetic as well as a spiritual level the people we connect with can often influence what we think to how we feel.

Our connections with those around us can make us feel inspired and uplifted although occasionally we find ourselves having to deal with people or relationships where we feel drained.

You might have heard of the spiritual technique of cord cutting, this is where you visualise the other person, seeing the energetic cords that run between you and them then seeing them being cut then you must surround the ends with a healing white light and then send them on their way

It can be a very powerful yet doesn’t have to mean the end of the relationship that exists between you.  It’s more about reclaiming your own power and restoring the energy balance between you.

The modern day approach means that we need to use spiritual practices like cord cutting with other things that can heal or transform whatever situation we find ourselves in. Otherwise, we can visualise cords being cut until the sun goes down and smudge ourselves every day and still find ourselves feeling as we were before.

Here’s some of what you can do.

Try and avoid the urge to go back, if we’re talking about exes, then no checking out face book to see what they are up to and no midnight sexting or answering booty calls.  It can be harder to gently ease away from a relationship that’s passed its sell by date, but sometimes that’s what you need to do.

Try to fill the gap, everything that we do, including our thoughts, actions and habits can be hard to break. Get rid of your bad habits and replace them with ones that inspire you and lift your energy.  Try taking that evening course or find a new hobby this can help you transform or balance a relationship that saps the life out of you.

Focus on yourself, nurture yourself and then put your new found energy into making your life better.  Make an effort to spend time with people who make you feel good for all the right reasons.  Go after your dreams, remember who we connect with can impact on our whole life and what we wish to create.

Sometimes there is a bigger picture that can reveal the people who appear to be dragging us down, have shown up to help us step into our power or move us on to the right path. If someone is rude or aggressive remove yourself from that energy and literally go somewhere else.

By changing our energy and thoughts, we create the positive experiences we want in our life and people that we destined to meet.  Make some changes because that kind of magic can work for you.

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Clearing Your Space

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Did you know that Bells, Chimes, Singing Bowls, are all wonderful tools for clearing living spaces, or any space that you spend any amount of time in.

It’s better to start at the back of your house and ring a bell or play your bowl as you move through your entire space, make sure to include any corners, move clockwise through each room starting and ending at the door.

The vibrations help to break up stagnant energy and lift the general feel of the space. You will be dispersing the negative energy and welcoming in happiness, health and all positive energy.

Clearing with bells and chimes are a personal preference, they leave a crystal clear energy field in a room. The quality of this energy will depend on the size of the bell and clarity of sound the kind of metal used and the energy and culture of the bell maker. The best are always the ones that feel comfortable to you and that you love the sound of.

Hand held chime bars and chime balls come in various sizes and have different pitches. The sound can be made light or very penetrating, depending on how you strike or shake them.

As well as filling the room with sound they can be held in such a way as to direct the sound at a particular area. The tone will sound much clearer and last much longer after a space clearing is complete.

If you need some proof of the effectiveness of space clearing, ring the bell before you start the clearing and again after you are complete. On each occasion, count for the duration of the time it rings it will clearly show that the sound lasts longer after the space clearing.  Bells are also very good at clearing ones aura.

Hold the bell lightly with relaxed hand, ring vigorously, this creates a continual ringing swing your arm to help get the energy flowing.
Then ring gently, hold the bell at the base of the handle and ring it gently with the left hand move the sound out into the room.

Striking the bell gives you more control over the sound it is best to use a wooden stick. You can also use your bell like a singing bowl, just tap the bell and run the wooden stick around the rim.

Singing Bowls – Again begin at the back of your house or space hold the bowl in your hand, while tapping then running the wooden stick clockwise around the rim of the bowl don’t forget to do this in each corner, going counter clockwise beginning and ending at the door.  Carry on and do this in each room until you reach the front door.

Another option is to place the bowl on a soft surface in the centre of each room and gently strike the wooden stick on the rim and drag around the rim if the bowl, again clockwise. Do this 4 times in each room allowing the vibrations to reach every corner of the room.

Once you reach the front door, open the door, allowing the negative energy to leave and welcoming positive energy in. The air will feel light and the vibration of the space will be high, soothing, energizing and balanced.

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The Witches Hat – Lammas

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Lammas: July 31st/Aug 1st/ August 2

This is an Irish Gaelic name for the feast which commemorates the funeral games of Lugh, Celtic god of light, and son of the Sun. In the mythological story of the Wheel of the Year, the Sun God transfers his power into the grain, and is sacrificed when the grain is harvested. So we have a dying, self-sacrificing and resurrecting god of the harvest, who dies for his people so that they may live.

Lammas is a festival celebrating the first fruits of harvest, the fruits of our labours, and seeing the desires that we had at the start of the year unfold so rituals will be centred around this. Lammas is an early Christian festival, “lammas” means loaf mass and represented the first loaves baked from that years crop. These were taken to church and laid on the altar.

It’s a time for bread-making and corn-dollies. Goddesses celebrated around this time include Demeter and Ceres. Trees associated with lammas are Hazel and Gorse and herbs are Sage and Meadowsweet. Colours associated with lammas are golds, yellows and orange for the God and red for the Goddess as mother.

LammasLammas is traditionally first harvest. Look around you and you will see various trees namely Rowan yeilding bright red berries and brambles showing ripening fruits alongwith apple and pear trees. In this day and age when food is mass produced and imported so we get fruits and veg and corn no matter what time of year it is, it is easy to loose touch with the natural cycle of things.

Suggested Activities:

Creating and or decorating ritual items such as a Stang. Walk through the woods to spend some time meditating in beautiful surroundings. Making bread, make a wicker man and put all of your bad habits that you want to be rid of inside him and throw him in the bonfire. Making corn dollies.

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Summer Solstice – Litha

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Litha (Midsummer, Gathering Day, Summer Solstice, Alban Heffyn, Feill-Sheathain)
Incense: Sage, mint, basil, Saint John’s Wort, sunflower, Lavender
Decorations: Dried herbs, potpourri, seashells, summer flowers, and fruits.
Colours: blue, green, and yellow

The Fire Festival of Litha

Midsummer or the Summer Solstice is the most powerful day of the year for the Sun God. Because this Sabbat glorifies the Sun God and the Sun, fire plays a very prominent role in this festival. The element of Fire is the most easily seen and immediately felt element of transformation. It can burn, consume, cook, shed light or purify and balefires still figure prominently at modern Midsummer rites.

Most cultures of the Northern Hemisphere mark Midsummer in some ritualised manner and from time immemorial people have acknowledged the rising of the sun on this day. At Stonehenge, the heelstone marks the midsummer sunrise as seen from the centre of the stone circle.

In ancient times, the Summer Solstice was a fire-festival of great importance when the burning of balefires ritually strengthened the sun. It was often marked with torchlight processions, by flaming tar barrels or by wheels bound with straw, which were set alight and rolled down steep hillsides. The Norse especially loved lengthy processions and would gather together their animals, families and lighted torches and parade through the countryside to the celebration site.

The use of fires, as well as providing magical aid to the sun, were also used to drive out evil and to bring fertility and prosperity to men, crops and herds. Blazing gorse or furze was carried around cattle to prevent disease and misfortune; while people would dance around the balefires or leap through the flames as a purifying or strengthening rite. The Celts would light balefires all over their lands from sunset the night before Midsummer until sunset the next day. Around these flames the festivities would take place.

In Cornwall up to the mid 18th century the number and appearance of fires seen from any given point was used as a form of divination and used to read the future.

Astronomically, it is the longest day of the year, representing the God at full power. Although the hottest days of the summer still lie ahead, from this point onward we enter the waning year, and each day the Sun will recede from the skies a little earlier, until Yule, when the days begin to become longer again.

Agriculturally, the crops are in full growth. They are reaching the pinnacles of maturity and coming closer to the harvest time. Most wild herbs are fully mature by Midsummer and this is the traditional time for gathering magickal and medicinal plants to dry and store for winter use. In Wales, Midsummer is called Gathering Day in honour of this practice.

Magical Aspects

Since this sabbat revolves around the sun, a candle should be lit for the entire day, especially if it is cloudy or raining. The fire represents the sun and is a constant daily reminder of the power of the God. Rituals should be performed at noon, when the sun is highest in the sky. The best rituals to perform on Midsummer are those dealing with masculine issues, masculine energies, or issues dealing with solar influence.

Many pagans choose to make protective amulets, in the week before the Sabbat, which are later empowered over the Midsummer balefire. Some witches choose to bury their protective amulets each Midsummer’s eve and construct new ones. Rue, rowan and basil, tied together in a white or gold cloth, is a good protective trio that can be carried in your pocket year round.

Midsummer is the time to formalize any relationship and couples that have been together a year and a day since the previous Beltane can make their marriage final. This Sabbat is also an excellent time to re-new wedding vows.

Midsummer Incense

Sage, mint, basil, Saint John’s Wort, sunflower, mistletoe (specifically the berries which represent semen), oak, rowan, and fir.

Suggested activities for Litha:

*Rededication to the Lord and Lady

*Divination related to romance and love

*Light a white candle in front of a mirror and say your own Lithia prayer over it, then allow the candle to burn out.

*Float paper boats with blessings on a river/stream to bring luck and love to whatever may find it, or to the land.

*Singing and dancing around a bonfire

*Outdoor picnic feasts

*Create crowns out of flowers

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Shamanism.

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Shamanism and what is it ?
Shamanic healing one of the oldest healing practices, it is essentially an energy-based therapy. Shamans believe that everything has energy and that sometimes, healing needs to be done to bring things or us back into balance. A shaman is an important part of a tribe traditionally known as medicine person, they able to communicate with spirits and power animal spirits guides during their journeying to spirit realms which helps with their own spiritual journeys. A modern day shamanism is very similar they also work with power animals and spirit helpers to seek advice for their clients.

What do they do ?
Shamanic practitioners see health issues as being connected to the loss of energy or power and will work to balance out these issues, often seeking to return the lost energy, remove negativity and return the client to wholeness. Sometimes, the practitioner will bring back advice from the spirit realms or messages for the client to aid them with their healing journey. The client must be willing and ready to make the changes to enable them to achieve a positive and healthier sense of well being.

What happens during healing a session?
During your session, depending on what your there for, the Shaman or healer will get you to relax and ask you to think or a safe place or put you into a meditative state, some healers have been known to use drums, rattles, chimes, chanting and song, as well as sacred smudge, this is a burning of herbs or incense to spiritually cleanse and bless you and the room. Sometimes, the healer / shaman may use other healing tools, such as feathers, as well as a combination of hands on or off healing, similar to that experienced during a Reiki or a spiritual healing session.

Those of you that are interested in knowing a bit more about  the Introduction to Shamanism course, other courses or private readings visit Tracie’s website or blog site.  #Magic and Glitter # shaman # healing # spirit guides # animal guides #