After a year plus of waves of discord, an ending occurred.
During that time we had tried (belatedly) to come up with procedures for conflict resolution and guidelines for expectations.
We processed and talked for hours and hours. The grief and frustration were palpable.
Our magic had been set aside. Even during our rituals there was an energy leak. The container was cracked.
It was easy at the time to point fingers and let anger fuel the fires of friction..
But in the end there was a resignation. A decision to release what we had created.
I walked away as that decision was being made.
I was not part of the group dissolution ritual.
Instead I cut cords during my own ritual under the night sky and felt the pang of loss coupled with the relief of letting go.
In the following months some relationships were surrendered while others were solidified.
And eventually, at the waning of Summer half of our group came back together to try again.
And we did.
And we have.
Still learning, still growing, still navigating the challenges and joys of human connection.
This time though we had more tools, we knew what to focus on. How to work with conflict. How to show up. How to make decisions.
These are some of the lessons I have to share with you.
I know the gifts that come from practicing magic in a Circle and I know the challenges too.
Tomorrow we gather for Coven Crafting, where you will learn about the foundational pieces of creating a Coven, as well as some practices for keeping your Coven healthy over time.
I want you to have all the magic and as little strife as possible.
Registration closes at midnight tonight.
You can sign up here and I’ll see you tomorrow!
With Love and Blessings,
The spell began its weaving without my words, without my knowledge.
The spell began with the molting of crows and the turning of flowers to seed.
Every Summer Solstice my Coven gathers at the Coast and walks a labyrinth for our ritual.
The center of this labyrinth holds an altar decades in the making.
Some years we bring offerings, others we each just take a moment at the center before making our way back out.
Yesterday’s ritual required an offering.
The morning brought me crow feathers and the spell began. Hours before I gathered these feathers I could feel something within starting to spin and weave.
In the heat of the noon hour I sought the feathers for my offering. Each one standing like a flag from grass from soil, from stone. And on this path the dried heads of flowers, now bulbous and heavy with seed, called to me and made their way into the bundle forming in my hand.
Seeds are story, story is everywhere. As we create release old story, we are creating new ones. In the ever churning tides of life, we are in constant motion of releasing and creating story.
As I walked the labyrinth on the longest day of the year, my feet naked and warmed by the earth, I took in all the offerings all the stories left behind by those that traversed this path before me, I took in the glimpse of my own stories left in stones and shells over the years buried beneath time and growth, and I began to cast out seed stories. Ones I was releasing, ones I am growing.
In the center I left the feathers, an acknowledgement and offering in honor of my own molting, my own growth, my own ever unfolding story.
And the sun watched, and warmed and ignited. And the spell was cast.
As I walked the unwinding path of the Labyrinth, my circle sisters began their drumming and my body danced its way back to join them beneath that fiery Solstice Sun and add my own rhythm to the song we were writing.
This Solstice the theme we all seemed to be carrying was one of release and opening to renewal.
What did this Solstice carry for you? What is the echo it is bringing into today?
Are you looking for your Circle?
I want to help you find it!
Working magic in community offers us endless gifts of knowledge, growth and connection.
It can also bring challenges.
Using my own experience of working in a Coven for 18 years, I have created Coven Crafting, a class designed to help take out some of the challenges of creating and maintaining a magical community.
In this two hour class you will discover:
What Covens can offer
Where you might begin to find people for your Coven
The foundations and considerations you will want to use to create your Magical Circle
Ways to maintain the health of your group over time
You will also have an opportunity to vision your Coven into being.
Join me Saturday, June 25th at 9 am PT. (Replay will be available for all registrants)
Not ready to craft your own coven, but looking for a community to learn adn practice magic with?
The Priestess Path 13 moon, 12 lesson journey begins with a new cohort July 23rd.
Get on the waitlist to not only learn more but have access to early registration!
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Emily Morrison MA, MFT