Posted in divine magic, Mother Earth, nature, Shamanism, spiritual skills and techniques, transformation

Magickal Sacrifice

I’ve been aware of the value of sacrifice lately.  Sacrifice is a common element of ceremony and magick.  It’s about giving up energy and is usually part of an exchange.  Sacrifice is only of value when we’re giving up something we care about. 

What might you choose to give up?  When is the right time for you to make a sacrifice?  How would you meaningfully do so? 

We make these exchanges all the time.  We pay money for goods and services, financial payment is a form of sacrifice and a reason I don’t give my services for free anymore, although I’m always happy to discuss what kind of energy exchange a person is prepared to make for what they receive.  There needs to be an exchange of some sort and it needs to be commensurate and valued, otherwise the receiver isn’t going to respect what they gain.  What I do is coming from spirit through me and spirit expects some kind of energy exchange. 

There are many ways we make sacrifices, giving up our time or caring for somebody, whether or not we feel we have a choice. We do have a choice, we could walk away, even when a powerful sense of duty or guilt motivates us.  Sacrifice is chosen but we may believe we don’t have an option when we do. 

One of the ways that sacrifice has become apparent in my life recently is in lightening the load.  By that, I mean reducing material possessions.  This is not always easy, sometimes it’s difficult to let go when giving away books or thinning out the wardrobe.  And what’s the pay off?  It’s provided me with a sense of lightness, space and personal freedom.  It’s felt a bit scary because I’ve removed much of what felt comforting and difficult to part with, but afterwards I appreciated the space and felt less inclined to refill that space with new things.  There’s something really satisfying in weighing up the value of each item in my life.  By value, I don’t mean monetary value, I mean what sparks joy.  A big ‘thank you’ to my soul sister, Emma, who gave me this nugget of wisdom.   

It’s the deliberate action of making sacrifice as a part of some magickal intent that really calls me, the power and transformation that can be invoked.  Sacrifice makes me think of offerings, making gifts to Mother Earth, nature, the elementals or the ancestors at sacred places.  More and more, I leave them energetic gifts.  It used to be little crystals, dried sage or food.  Now, I often materialise an energetic sun or maybe a diamond or heart emanating love.  It means I always have something to give, even when my pockets are empty.  Sometimes, it might be a hair from my head or a prick of blood from my thumb.  It’s the intent, sincerity, love, peace and gratitude that matter.  And I may ask for nothing, perhaps just to pass through a place peacefully and safely.

When it comes to magickal spell-work, the bigger the gesture or sacrifice, the greater the energy we unleash.  The greater the energy, the more we can do with it.  Sacrifice in ceremony may be used for letting go of what no longer serves us and cutting ties.  For this, I might break a sacred tool or object, much as our ancestors broke a precious sword or mirror in two and placed it in the river, lake or bog. 

There are times we are called to give something up, whether it’s something from inside ourselves, of ourselves or something precious to us.  When we do, sometimes we are purposely calling in something new, something we are specifically looking for.  And sometimes, we are releasing and allowing whatever is ready for us to come fill the space we made.  

Be aware, with magickal work, sometimes there’s a backlash, especially when we receive something profound.  We may have an extra price to pay, one that we weren’t expecting.  It may be in the form of making us unwell.  It’s best to take it as a positive, evidence that our request was heard and accepted.  We will get better, as long as our protection is good, we are being challenged as spiritual warriors and energy workers and it’s a part of our growth and maturing as practitioners to be so.  When we seek transformation and empowerment, when we ask to be fast-tracked to higher levels, don’t always expect a free ride.                    

Posted in darkness and light, divine magic, healing, Inspiration

Healing Ceremony Magic

Comfort behaviours were activated last night.

They’ve always been my ways of coping with chronic loneliness.

Chronic loneliness is a hangover from childhood when loneliness was my constant companion.

As a child, I was never alone but always lonely because I didn’t feel seen or heard.

Now, I live in chosen isolation, and it can be awesome.

A place of freedom and empowerment to be me.

I’m not really lonely now, I’m alone and that’s different.  I just came out of a socially awesome time and am noticing the difference now everybody has gone, is all. 
And that’s a teacher.

And I guess I’m processing the end of my thirty-nine year relationship right now, a reason why I wrote about it in my post ‘Letting Go, Stepping Up’

I’m finding the space to look at myself and really see who I am without anybody else defining me.  I guess you could say I’m learning to own myself. 

And I know I can fast-track the emotional fall-out from this process by having a little ceremony and claiming it all, accepting it all. 

If you’re going through some personal stuff right now, would you consider taking a moment to have a little ceremony?  

And in that ceremony claim it all, accept it all, love it all, love yourself and include everything that’s happening in that.  Everything you don’t like, don’t want. 

Make it liked and wanted because it’s yours, it’s you and you don’t get to pick and choose if you’re going to love yourself unconditionally. 

Instead of picking it apart, mulling it over deep into the night, feeling awful and heading for the fridge like I just did, embrace it. 

We go around in circles when we try to understand it intellectually because it’s not intellectual stuff, it’s deep down stuff and has to be embraced at that deep down level.

It’s a shift that takes place inside to get there, to be able to stop trying to make sense of it.

Claiming it, accepting it and loving it is the healing here.  I am reminded of some words from Mary Oliver’s poem, ‘Annunciation’:

“And so it is myself I want to turn in that direction
not as towards a place, but it was a tilting
within myself,
as one turns a mirror to flash the light to where
it isn’t – I was blinded like that – and swam
in what shone at me”

It’s total magic in the biggest sense, in the way that life is magic, everything is magic. 

Your ceremony is anything you want it to be, any words or actions you choose. 

Make it up from your heart.  It can be five minutes or all day.  You may light a candle or smudge yourself or you may not.  You may burn some words in a flame or break something to represent cutting ties, or not. 

Just put your heart into it and allow yourself to be guided.  But at some point, say the words with conviction. 

And this is what to say. Claim all the stuff that’s going on as a part of who you are and send love to it all, even the ‘bad’ stuff or ‘wrong’ stuff (there is no bad or wrong because there are no judgements here). 

Give all your love, give to yourself your unconditional love. 

(Unconditional – unpack that word, it means total acceptance.) 

Accept your stuff and accept yourself.  Completely and totally – now, then step back and watch the magic happen.