You know the one where one person lies down in the center of the group and everyone else puts two fingers of each hand beneath them then begins to chant “Light as a feather, stiff as a board”, while lifting the prone volunteer into the air.
We played it at slumber parties. A LOT!
It was silly and a little creepy and totally magical and it rarely ever worked. When it did the lift was subtle. There were no levitating peers at these events, although in days after we might recount the game with a little more “lift” than it actually had.
Little did I know that this simple party game was really a window into the realm of magic. Real magic. It certainly seemed rather magical at the time, especially when it worked. But it wasn’t until I was much older and deep in my craft that I began to realize the correlation between this mind over matter “trick” and the way I use my mind in magical workings.
Our consciousness is powerful. It can take us places we never thought possible, can shift our body functions, can tap into the energy in the world around us and can even let us receive messages from that energy.
I remember when I heard magic described as “the ability to change consciousness at will” and thinking this felt a little more mundane than what I had thought Witchery was all about.
Yet over time I discovered that changing my consciousness at will meant I was interacting with the world around me in a different way and in turn the world was interacting with me differently too!
This is why meditation and visualization are at the heart of my witchcraft. (The elements take a close second, but more on that in a minute).
Yes the tools and tarot cards, the herbs and crystals are all amazing too!
Yet at the end of the day these are all just things I use to amplify or channel my thoughts, energy, intention.
My body is home to my mind and it is in and of itself an embodiment of the elements. As the well known chant goes:
Earth my body
Water my blood
Air my breath
And Fire my spirit
We even find threads of the elements in our slumber party game, light as a feather (air), stiff as a board (earth).
Imagination- Using your imagination can help you deepen your ability to vision, to shift consciousness, to receive.
Choose an object- as an example let’s use a lemon
Close your eyes and imagine every facet of a lemon, the details of it’s skin, the texture the smell, the taste (think lemon zest)
Then imagine cutting it open
Envision and maybe even “feel” the fruit, the intensity of the scent, the sourness of the taste.
When you are done, release the image and try another.
This may seem easy, or maybe even not magical at all, but I assure you that this type of work can assist you in your other visionings and deepening your meditative and journey workings.
(I learned a similar exercise early on in my studies. Although I can’t say for certain, I think it was an exercise done with an apple and that it may have been in a book by Starhawk.)
The Wheel is Turning
Fall is making itself known here, in the cool and foggy mornings and evenings, while the Summer is clinging to the final days of her reign, during the daytime hours.
As autumn arrives, so too does the second harvest.
The Equinox is weeks away, but the promise drifts in the air.
It’s never too early to begin your equinox/fall celebration planning.
In the final installment of our FREE seasonal guidesheets, Erin and I offer you some ideas for celebrating the Autumn time.
Grab your guidesheets today!
And finally my friends, the 3rd annual Season of the Witch Virtual Conference is coming your way, October 7th and 8th.
We have 10 presentations, over 13 hours of content, giveaways and of course a whole lot of magic!
This year I am excited to get to teach you all about the elements in the class You are Elemental!
I am just pulling together a few last minute details, but as soon as I do registration will be open.
So keep your eyes on your inbox, for a full lineup, schedule and registration alert. (You will want to take advantage of early bird pricing)!
Emily Morrison MA, MFT