Day 197: Elementals, King Paralda

Today we head out to meet the sylph king, Paralda, with the goal of learning what energies the sylphs offer to our life and magic – as well as in which ways they may be hindering it. It is best to try this practice in the location near your home where the sylphs reside. Light…

Day 196: Elementals, Sylph Offerings

The task for today is to visit the location revealed in our mediations yesterday, in order to give an offering to the Sylphs. When you first arrive at the place of the sylphs, sit on the ground and close your eyes.  Imagine the sylphs gathering behind plants, stones, trees, or buildings.  Open your eyes and…

Day 195: The Elemental Spirits, Sylphs and Fairies

I’m just going to come right out and say it: I hate the post-victorian idea of Fairies. When people talk about fairies, I imagine musicians being abducted to play at a party for one-hundred years before being turned out into the world unaware of their predicament; or I see young men being abducted in the…

Day 194: Becoming Earth

To begin, light a green taper candle and sit down facing the north.  Place the bowl of earth in front of you and the candle behind that.  With your middle finger, dab a drop of earth oil at the base of your spine and at the crown of your head, at the levels of the…

Day 193: Earth Incense and Oil

Earth Incense One handful of powdered sandalwood 1/4 handful of dried patchouli 2 teaspoons mandrake 2 teaspoons storax 6 drops lilac essential oil 4 drops patchouli essential oil Vegetable glycerin Place your powdered sandalwood in a medium-sized bowl.  Stir in about 2 tablespoons of glycerin one at a time and then mix with a metal…

Day 192: Contemplating Earth

Using another guided meditation, our goal today is to experience the spiritual energies of earth. Get yourself into a comfortable sitting position, with a straight back, and follow along. Close your eyes and take three deep, slow breaths.  Now allow your breathing to become rhythmic and natural.  After a few moments, imagine that a twisting…

Day 191: Earth, the Power to Resonate

Interestingly, the ‘inward’ expression of Earth explored here appears more active than the ‘paradoxically passive’ power of Silence. This fact is couched in some talk about the mystical qualities of earth and such, but I’d say the more likely reality is that Roderick had a framework and then realised that he couldn’t have one corner…

Day 190: Earth, The Power to Be Silent

Being silent is discussed here as the “outward” or active expression of the element of Earth – a notion which sets us onto an exploration of Paradox. To our minds, Silence is perceived as a receptive quality, which stands in opposition to what we would imagine as active – a word which calls to mind…

Day 189: Holding Earth

Go out into a natural setting where you will be able to lie down on the earth undisturbed.  (If this is not possible, find a spot in your home where you will be able to lie down on a solid floor.)  Once you identify the location where you will practice this exercise, form a simple…

Day 188: The Element of Earth

Roderick spends a good part of today’s lesson talking about the fact that the Earth is often portrayed as a mother or goddess. He gives examples of this in European cultures but asserts that this is evident around the world. I’m resisting the urge to comment on his references. As an energetic principle, the Element…

Day 187: Becoming Water

This one didn’t work so well for me. I’m not sure what it is about these “becoming” exercises but I just don’t seem to be able to get the knack of it. The Air exercise was the closest but I think it’s largely because of the incense smoke. And I think that’s where the problem…

Day 186: Water Incense and Oil

Water Incense Burn this incense any time that you want to bring about the energies of the element of water, which include:  intuition, dreams, visions, cycles, peace, compassion, understanding, spirituality, and women’s mysteries. What You’ll Need: One handful of powdered sandalwood 4 tablespoons myrrh (preferably powdered) 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest 1/2 teaspoon poppyseed 10 drops…