Initiation into the Craft

Pagan, Wiccan

One hears a lot about about initiations and degrees when it comes to the Craft so I would like to clarify a few things. One may ask..is this all about getting certificates and getting so many lessons under one’s belt? No. For some people tradition is very important and I would be the last one to deny anyone their personal form of worship and ancestral connection. And in some traditions where lineage is important, certificates create authenticity of such. But from a spiritual point of view, Initiation (or as our coven often refers to it…”Allignment”) is a TRANSFORMATION. It is a metamorphosis by which an individual shucks off the garbage forced upon it by others and society as truth and reaches inward and upward to attain personal and cosmic revelation. In many traditions (including Spiral Sojourn’s) the individual passes through each direction/Element while learning lessons, completing assignments/challenges at each and finally arriving in Spirit. If done properly, the High Priestess and/or High Priest is your guide…not the person controlling the outcomes. The gods themselves intervene…literally.
If you feel yourself being called to initiation..you will know and feel the hunger to evolve. Self Initiation is like teaching yourself to read…not impossible but very challenging. The coven/spiritual family provides wisdom and a safe place to grow…but again, it is not for everyone and that is ok.
Becoming a priestess/priest is not the end goal…it is but another beginning. Blessed be to your all on your paths!

~Lady Embersprite

Undines’ H20 Magick

Healing, Magick, Pagan, Wiccan
Water is the element of the the Feminine Unconsciousness…the realm of emotions, healing, memory, dreams, purification, the Womb of potential and the mirror of our soul.  It correlates to the direction of the West and our physical body is mostly fashioned of it.  It is ever-changing like the tides…growing and shifting.  It is Yin…passive…receptive…deep and for many frightening.  Mermaids sound cutesy and loving because they can be…but their dark-side as the seductive sirens leading men down to the their watery graves is also just as valid.  EVERYTHING has duality…including ourselves.  During your personal initiation into the mysteries you encounter what you NEED to see…for some its lovely and others disturbing…it all depends on the lessons one needs to learn this time around.
*Purification Spell*
Materials needed: Yourself and a shower, bath, stream, pond, ocean
1. Get naked (if possible- swimsuit if necessary). If in bathroom taking shower or bath, a white candle burning and nice oils/salts in tub, and/or favorite incense burning. But all you NEED is yourself and WATER.
2. Call on the undines…the elementals of water to assist you. Believe and relax and know this WILL work. Ask them to cleanse whatever needs to be cleansed…your body from illness, your heart, your mind, your aura or whatever you feel you need.
3. Chant or sing (they love song) “Creatures of the Sea, Cleanse My _______ ( fill in blank with Body, Heart, Mind, etc.) So Mote it Be.”  Keep repeating at least three times.
3. Step in and feel the caress of the water…breath in the humid air…stop and focus on how the water FEELS.  It moves around you and is animated…changes form just as your are changing and healing from its touch.  Close your eyes and imagine the water glowing white, blue or purple and the light flowing into you..into the top of your head…your limbs…iinto all your chakra centers and out again.  As the light of the water flows out it is carrying anything harmful in you away…sickness, doubt, fear, hurt and replacing it with peace, love, contentment, and comfort.  Do this until you feel “lighter” and clean…truly clean of the garbage that clung to you and let it flow down the drain and out to the fishes in the wild…let it go. If you cry, urinate, throw up its all right…LET IT GO.
Quickie Purification Spell
Take a glass of clean water and say chant above envisualizing the water glowing with white light. When it seems to be “pulsing”,  drink it and feel it cleansing you.  When you urinate next time imagine all the impurities flowing out of your body-they are no more.
Magick doesn’t always have to be complicated…you invoke the powers without, evoke the powers within and envisualize…KNOW it is working.

CONNECTION

Pagan, Shamanism, Spiritual, Wiccan

The true meaning of life is Connection. Humans are so busy trying to control the planet rather than simply be a part of it. Completion and fulfillment is simply found in connection. Nothing is an island unto itself…not even an island.

Depression and mental illness is at an all-time high due to lack of connection between people and within individuals. We need connection to thrive, learn and evolve. We need connection with the Divine and Spirit the way a plant needs sunlight and water to grow. We need connection with other living beings the way a plant needs soil to be grounded and nourished. On a cellular to macrocosmic level-the Universe is all about CONNECTION.

And how can we reconnect you may ask? First, reach out and be kind to others in a selfless way. A kind word, unexpected call, smile, hug, act of charity, etc. all provide quick and easy ways to reconnect with other human beings and open up spiritual receivers for divine communication and blessing. Acts of kindness are spiritual red flags to the Universe that you are ready to bless others and be blessed yourself. Secondly, let go of the garbage. Jealousy, resentment, fear, hatred are all self-imposed blocks. Righteous anger is not a block unless it becomes one of the previous mentioned and a focal point. Forgiveness of self and others is key in ascending and connecting to the Great Spirit within and without. And finally, feed your Soul. Create, meditate, listen to music, immerse yourself in nature and beauty, and be grateful in the present without grasping at the past or obsessing about the future.

Be thankful and blessed!

~Lady E

Spiral Sojourn’s Meaning

Pagan, Spiritual, Wiccan

The Spiral is the symbol of the Eternal Goddess…always changing and moving forward. A sphere/circle is the most perfect form found in nature…it is eternal with no beginning and no end.
We see homage being paid to the spiral mark of the Goddess throughout nature…the rings made by a pebble dropped into a pond, the spiral of an animal’s horn, the swirl found within a nautilus shell, the design on a sunflower’s face, the rings of growth in a tree, the whorls of our own fingerprints, the helix of our DNA, whirlpools, tornadoes, and the very galaxies.
Energy moves in spirals. The study of physics shows us how sound, light, and radiation all moves in waves (spirals viewed from a flat plane.) Everything in our physical, mental, and spiritual realms of existence functions in the spiral of waxing and waning energy: the moon cycles, the seasons, menstrual cycles, the power of nations, the economy, our personal energy levels, and our lives/deaths in the cycle of reincarnation.
We are all on a journey of the Soul, a shamanic quest of Spirit. Each birth is a death of the old patterns, and each death a portal to new opportunity. We cannot always be active…it is in being quiet and not speaking…that act of passivity which enables us to “listen”, learn, and grow. As fellow travelers, shamans, witches, medicine women, seekers, teachers, and priestesses we have chosen this time and place within the spiral of our evolution to “sojourn” with each other in the sanctuary of this sacred space and group. A sojourn is a temporary stay or visit. It often has the connotation of a brief yet refreshing stop along a journey.
Each incarnation is a sojourn of the soul…a learning experience sending us further up the spiral of awakening. This group, this circle, this coven is but a rest stop along the way. Many will stop by and be refreshed then move on to share what they have gained as a few remain to ensure that the “Spiral Sojourn” remains a sanctuary for future generations. So let it be written, so let it be done.

~Lady E

“No one should ever envy another person’s talent for they are called “gifts” for a reason. Each gift is

given by the Great Spirit reflecting a unique attribute of the Creator her/himself. In sharing a gift all

humanity benefits especially the individual acting as a conduit for that particular gift. That being said,

this leaves no room for pride or false humility. True humility is not denying one’s talent but embracing

and sharing it. Remembering the Source of all talent is a safeguard against arrogance and conceit.”

Gifts are Best When Shared

Pagan, Spiritual