So you want to do magic? by Sharon Preece

So you want to do magic right? Here are some things to try;

Make someone laugh so hard, that tears roll down their face and their sides hurt. Be there and listen when someone’s world falls apart, hold their hand, if they ask you to. Teach someone to do something that will make their walk in the world easier (without pay that makes it a job). Say something to someone that will make them stand a little taller, feel a little stronger.

See in the dawn and see out the dusk, in the same day. Witness the start of a life and the end of another. Share memories with someone you’ve never met before and someone who knows you well. Share food with friends, that you have made yourself and food with someone who would otherwise go hungry.

Make something with your hands, write something from your heart. Love someone so much, it hurts your heart a little, just thinking about it. Hate something so much, it burns to your very soul. Spend a day doing nothing but thinking about yourself. Spend a day doing nothing but good for others. Run with the crowd, shout and dance with them, but learn to stand alone. Be the voice of reason and the call to arms, a distraction and a motivation.

Sit so still that the birds brave your shadow, dance like the world is watching, until you can’t dance anymore. Sing like you are the only one who dares. Watch the moon wax and wane. Step outside to smell the seasons. Feel the frost bite your fingers, the sun warm you skin. Dance to the tune of thunder, in the summer rain. Listen to the mist turn your shouts to whispers. Soothe your soul, with the morning dew. Witness the turning of the world. Be the shade in the burning sunlight and the looked for light in the lonely darkness.

Don’t do magic. Be magic.

 

(c) Sharon Preece – 27th August 2017

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On Warriors by Rob Preece

On Warriors 1.

Plenty of words have been expanded by pagan authors on being a warrior. Showing courage, following your heart, being empowered. They almost entirely talk about being a warrior as a metaphysical thing, a state of mind. Listening to, channeling, developing your inner warrior. I will not knock this, I’ve talked to plenty who are empowered and have been better able to face the challenges in their life through this. Enough useful words have been written about this already.

However acknowledging the warrior aspect within and actually becoming a warrior are not the same thing. The rites of passage of taking up arms are almost lost to us here in the UK as we are lucky to enjoy the protection of a particularly fine military. Our political leaders long ago sought to channel our warriors into this military, so the way of the warrior has become almost the exclusive preserve of the professional servicemen and women.

Being a warrior however is one of the roles within our tribal past like cunning folk, midwives, shaman and healers (I’m aware these bled into one another). While there where warrior elites which over a thousand years or so have morphed into our “landed gentry” more elite than warrior. Most people needed to know how to defend themselves and their community, often against the warrior elite (it’s a toxic word elite). Also there was usually an obligation to the elite to provide warrior service, to bulk out the combat force.

Battle is a poor place for the untrained, so training in the traditional arms of the community was a rite of passage on the road to adulthood. It also informed a lot of our sports from boxing to football. One of my favourite things about the Morrigan is her favouring of the spear, the weapon of the common folk as opposed to the sword of the elite, even though in the legends she is more than capable amongst the elite.

Training almost definitely started very early, a life of hard physical labour requires a standard of fitness and the games of childhood started the process. Running, grappling, stone throwing then play combat with toy weaponry. At some point the time would arrive for training in earnest. The first rite of passage for the warrior is to formally embark upon their training. Other rites I’ll come to at a later point.

So what can we do? Actually it’s pretty simple but not that easy…..
Take control of what goes in to your body, mainly food and drink but also alcohol and drugs.
Get fit.
Learn first aid.
Take up a martial art.
That should start you off, more to follow.
Opinions, corrections, arguments invited.

Rob

Previously published on the original Call of the Morrigan blog in 2015

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Spiritual abuse is real

Spiritual abuse is real, it’s a real thing in pretty much every spiritual movement or religious community. Why? Because in these places there’s a real intersection of vulnerability and power. People are drawn to seeking when they need help, and those who are willing exploit that vulnerability for their own gain will, very sadly, do so.

One spiritual seeker to another, I’m putting this out there for anyone who needs to see this and hear this, the fruits and lessons of personal experience.

*Anyone can call themselves a priest, a healer, a shaman. Literally anyone. I know when you’re seeking, vulnerable, newly called the array of these folk can be dazzling. It’s so tempting to take up that offer healing, of sanctuary, of soul or power work when you’re feeling confused or vulnerable. I cannot stress enough how important it is to take your time and to be discerning. Kind of like a first date. Do your research. It may sound obvious, but if you can’t find a history for this person, or they have a history of lying, thieving, or exploitation, treat that as a big red flag. Glamour and power can over a lot, don’t fall for it. Hang round the edges for a while. Check in with your own gut and guidance. Trust yourself if you’re hearing a ‘no’.

*The capacity to move energy doesn’t make someone a healer. Unless this capacity is coupled with some serious integrity and grounded experience, what it makes that person is potentially seriously dangerous. Shamanism, tantra, any advanced energy practice can harm as deeply as they heal—the harm doesn’t even have to be intentional. Think toddler running through a crowd with a big knife. Got the picture?

*Be highly suspicious of people (men in particular) who want to access your power for their own gain. These people generally have few to no peers, but possibly some (or many) followers. They love people who support their visions of themselves and their power. They don’t take criticism or conflict well. The classic lines like “The Goddess told me we would work together” or “She told me I can heal you.” I know it sounds cheesy when I say it here, but too many fall for it! Maybe you do want to work with this person, but don’t let these kinds of lines be the only reason you do.

Finally, if you have fallen for it, don’t despair. Betrayal is a classic and common part of spiritual awakening. It can make you or break you. Don’t let it break you, friends.

Here a few places where you can find safe and reliable connection

Coru Cathubodua Priesthood

John Beckett

Morgan Daimler

Lora O’Brien

 

(c) Rebecca Wright – August 2017

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What are we fighting for?

In recent times I have been wrangling somewhat with the question of why The Morrigan called me. I’m 5ft nothing and every inch not a fighter of any kind. I was recently heard bemoaning to a fellow devotee that I want to live my life from a place of peace and compassion and I don’t understand why She has called me.

This morning my Facebook feed is full of news about an Alt-Right rally that took place in Charlottesvile, Virginia in the US. A large group of people marched and shouted Nazi slogans. When a peaceful protest came together in response a man got in a car and drove into those protestors, killing one and injuring many others.

In the shower this morning I realised in a flash that I am called because I want nothing less than a peaceful, compassionate and healthy world, where every living, sentient being has value and can live safely.  The only way I am going to get this is if I fight for it.  This is what I believe I am fighting for, this is what I believe She wants from me.

Now there will be those in Her community who will say they believe the same, and yet there is often racist, sexist, misogynistic and bigoted talk in Her communities. People who say they are Her devoted and yet believe that People of Colour and Trans Folx and anyone else who is Other in some way should not exist.

If the world you are fighting for is not one in which every living, sentient being has value and can live safely in a peaceful, compassionate and healthy world then I think its time you asked yourself why not.

Sometimes in Her communities there can be heard the cry of, why are we fighting each other, why are we fighting amongst ourselves. Well, we will keep fighting amongst ourselves until we are all fighting for the right of every living, sentient being to have value and live safely in a peaceful, compassionate and healthy world.

I don’t want to fight with my fellow devoted. If I have to fight, if I have to be Her warrior in this lifetime, then I want to fight for my right to live a peaceful and compassionate life and for everyone – EVERYONE – to be able to do the same. How about you?

(c) Awen Clement – August 2017

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