Day 72 – Yule: The Mortal and the Immortal

In the spiritual realm, there is neither mortal nor immortal. There is only this constant, unnamable, unformed energy that is always ready to assume a new form. It may become a human being, a planet, an animal, a rock or anything else that is ready to come into existence. Roderick presents us with a peculiar…

Day 71 – Yule: Finding Shadow

Today, Roderick has us complete a visualisation exercise which brings us face to face with a “shadow mask”. We are instructed to teleport through the word for the negative ┬átrait into a room (mine looked suspiciously like a victorian office or some kind of smoking room – the kind of place you’d expect to find…

Day 70 – Banishing Winter Shadows

Since the theme of Yule focuses on the return of the sun, light, joy, and life, Witches use this tide to engage in practices aimed at dispelling darkness, in the form of shadows, from their lives. In the Witch’s world, /shadows/ refer to aspects of your life experience that you have not fully explored or…

Day 69 – The Meaning of Yule

From out of the deepest, darkest night of the year comes a “new born” sun, full of promise for days of greater light and warmth. It is this event that symbolically reminds us that light comes out of our darkness, the chaos of our lives, the heartbreak and then pain we sometimes endure. Yule is…

Day 68 – Yule

Today, Roderick introduces us to the celebration of Yule and -in so doing- has illustrated some trends which I find incredibly frustrating about “historically inspired” spiritual traditions. In more recent years, we have definitely seen a rise in more thorough, honest, and impressive research in the realm of occult publications; unfortunately, this seems to be…

Day 67 – Samhain: Graveside Observance

Find out the location of your nearest graveyard and go visit it. Bring a stick of incense with you… or some other small token – such as fruit or a loaf of bread – for an offering. Once you are at the graveyard, take some time to wander through the gravestones. Open all your senses…

Day 66 – Samhain Meditation

Samhain is a magical energy tide that unites your personal spiritual process, your individual energy system, with the universal. Each of the sabbats offers us opportunities to shift our consciousness from personal concerns to those that are universal, collective and archetypal. They offer us the chance to move from an ordinary to a mythic mindset….

Day 65 – Samhain: Funeral Arrangements

This was a really weird day. Make time today to discuss your death arrangements (funeral, burial, cremation, etc.) with a spouse, friend, or family member. Then take practical action: complete your will, write your eulogy, and plan the funeral arrangements in practical terms. So, I was alone all day and the weather has been miserable…

Day 64 – Samhain Incense and Oil

Today’s exercise is exactly the sort of thing I enjoy doing. Given the lockdown -and my location- I had some trouble hunting down a few of the ingredients (like powdered acorns and cedar wood) but I opted to press ahead with the exercise and make do with what I had. This flies in the face…

Day 63 – Day of Silence and Review

The second of our monthly “silent days” and, not going to lie, this was a total failure. Scrambled out of bed before sunrise and prepped to leave the house because I was meeting my brother to record drums for a project. This wasn’t such an issue, and I managed to enjoy a quiet coffee while…

Day 62 – Devotional Day: Honouring Cerridwen

Table of Correspondences: Cerridwen Symbols: The cauldron, the old woman, hearth fire, the moon Tools: The cauldron, the broom Magical Essences/Herbs: Sandalwood, sage, henbane, hemp Direction: Cerridwen is aligned with the north She Rules: Wisdom, longevity. knowledge, the occult, shape-shifting Animal Symbols: Sow, greyhound, otter, hawk, hen Sacred Foods: “Greal”, corn Magical Stones: Moonstone Roderick…

Day 61 – Contemplative Day: Learning About Power

Meditative Question: What is power? Symbolic Colour: Red Symbolic Direction: South It appears that I’ve been in a bit of a mood lately, and this mood seems to take a good deal of joy out of exercises such as this. In all honestly, today felt like a chore and my ability to hold Roderick’s writing…