Pagan Mind



Hello and Welcome to Pagan Mind. This is a later addition but not an afterthought. I am adding this page now because when I was looking at material for an editorial on Psycic or Spirtual art I looked back at some of my collection of new age and pagan magazines, old Witchcrafts and Spheres. This started me thinking about why I started this in the first place, as an expression of my beliefs. So... Last but not least this spawned an editorial page linked back to that. It also ties in to some of my more ritual textiles, necklaces and Talismans that are planned to be sold in a nice piece of kismet.

If you think you have contributions to make to this, be that from any pagan perspective then you can contribute them through E-letters to the editor marked re: Pagan Mind submissions.

Introduction - What is the Pagan Mind?

Well, what is it exactly? It the whole of conciousness, what makes pagans think, or the whole worldview of modern paganism? This is somewhat like defining conciousness in the slippery nature of the concept so we have to begin with the basics.

From that comes the next question – how to approach the topic. My first thought is the conciousness matrix, the connection between spirit and the grey matter containing the mind. The grey matter is the structure, spirit animates it. A basic synopsis of this concept is available on the bookshelf and I am in the process of editing a larger book on the topic. This looks at the connection between body and spirit, between awareness and understanding as part of a whole taking in colour therapy, Chakras and energetic levels of existence. This is a very different way of looking at how the mind works.

But I will realise that this theory is not for everyone. Each person will have their own idea on what this means and how things interact. However, for most pagans there will be a key element, one of spirit that animates us. My conciousness matrix idea is based on this, but it is not the only idea on how this interaction works. To look further to get any unifying concept we must go more basic. And this is intelligence and spirit. Spirit is the animating energy, Intelligence is the directed will to drive it. These make the soul and this is at the very core of the pagan mind. This is not just for incarnates, there are many entities out there not incarnated in spirit out there that are worshipped and worked with day to day by pagans and their life.

So in conclusion perhaps this is where the pagan mind should sit – with the whole idea that the pagan mind is spirit mixed with intelligence to create the driving will behind it. This idea fits into incarnation as well as disincarnated entities that are around. Some may add other elements to their ideas, but this can be seen as the basic theory and definition that we can work with from here on in this page.


General Thoughts

Energy Levels and Use

Something I have been getting more information on in the past few weeks is the forms of light and how to use them. Further details on exactly what they mean and how to use them will be put into a new section Advanced Techniques. Here we are discussing the light levels, rays and how they are seen. As you would know from reading this site I see these things differently, very differently. This understanding has come to me through a process of initiation, what I had access to growing as I got higher in energy levels. This is an introduction to what I have learnt as I have gone up two degrees of the seventh energy level, the Seventh Third and the Seventh Fourth.

During this time I have seen and understood better higher energies. This is something not to play with lightly, but they are very useful when needed. There is information out there on the internet about all of this, of course, all of it different according to how the particular light worker works and their philosophical attitudes. This is how I see it following my transition.

To me, there are twenty one levels all up, divided into three areas. The bottom level of seven is the planetary level, or the one we are on. Here the seven levels are the Seven Chakra Levels. On the Next Level we get the Galactic, with seven corresponding Energy levels. This is not something that most will have contact with unless very lucky or in a different experiences, but it is there and something to be aware of. The Third is the Universal, or the highest level. The Sixth and the Seventh here is the Universal level the light rays come from, we will generally not have much contact at all on the planetary level. This is very high frequency energy, and not something you will likely have contact with at all, even if you are someone like me. You might occasionally meet a galactic being, but rarely beings or energy lower than the two levels filtering through.

We evolve through the levels of being in terms of going up, one after the other. First we evolve through the planetary, through to the galactic and then through to the Universal. We are currently at the planetary level, just transitioned to the fifth from the fourth, with a comfortable range from the fourth to the sixth. Anything else will find it very uncomfortable as a human, though they do exist in terms of the plant and animal kingdom working their way up. A lot of people still caught in the third level sentience will have a lot of problems as they struggle to grow to the 4th at least, which may cause others problems. As we look around we can see the problems this causes around the world, big and small. Be that drugs, crime or the current wave of fanatical 'Isims' that we are seeing they are all manifestations of this that will be with us for a while, perhaps the next century because of the rapid transition from the third to the fourth in the sixties, to the fifth between 2012 and now. This was a very rapid transition, held back by various groups in situ at the top of human incarnation. But we made it, problems and all, which now gives us access to both higher energies and higher evolution.

Which is why perhaps knowledge of the universal aspects of being is coming more and more, and not just from me. It also is coming in from other light workers. Some Galactic level stuff is also coming through, I am not picking up on that. What I am picking up on seems to be a filtered light from the highest universal levels, showing us way markers. These way markers are important as they allow us access to higher energies, which to me is coming through with the shift to higher understanding to progress smoothly. This is the role of the five light levels (corresponding to the Link Levels) come in. They roughly represent this universal light in our evolution, something others call rays. The five light levels that do this are the Black (Disintegration and Destruction), The Red (Universal Life force), Blue (Universal Understanding), the Pink (Universal Awareness, also called divine love) and the Violet (Purest level clarity of light). These are completely separate of the Primal Light, Dark and Shadows. With the three primal higher representations of Crystal white or Platinum (Pure Universal energy), Gold (anima/pure light representation) and Silver (Pure Animus representation) they work to assist us in our awareness.

As you can see from what I have already stated, both about the light levels themselves and why knowledge of them is starting to come through, they are powerful tools that should not be used lightly. Consult either your own tradition, or look at first the beginner, then the advanced techniques before looking at the Higher Level techniques section so you use this properly and not hurt yourself and others, but if you do you will get good results from this.

Akh'Hon Kyhsera Du'Skhall Kre'Mashen Arkhense


 Conciousness, Life and Spirit

Conciousness life and spirit are connected to pagan beliefs. It depends on who you talk to it is about what it means, but all think of it as important. It is a very wide area of discussion and belief both in the Pagan world and out of it. To me as a solo practitioner this spirit is us, who we really are. The spirit combines with a body to create us. This is what we are on.

As stated above life is a combination of spirit and the body. Views may vary on this but the body to me is the vehicle for the soul and like the driver of a car the soul animates the vehicle to move though life. The soul, the spirit is us, not the body that carries it. However, like the controls of the car and the driver work together conciousness is created by the duality of mind and body enabling the soul to use the vehicle of the body.

This duality allows spirit to work with the body and therefore with the world at large, and creates conciousness. This is the interactions that allows the soul to work through the brain as the mind. This makes it very important, perhaps the core to life. It allows us to drive the body through life and navigate our lessons in this life. This makes it all but perhaps the most important part. For this reason it should be understood and treasured as the basic framework of life.

Kyshera Du'Skall Kre'Mashen


The Repeating Interconnected Cycles and their Place in our Lives

In life we know and grow with cycles. This is the glue of life and never stops while life is there. We have day/night cycles, Weekly cycles, lunar cycles, Solar/lunar cycles, the cycle of the year. Each of them has a context and matches changes in energy and lessons as we learn them. These repeated patterns connect us to the natural world of our planet as well as to the higher cycles outside our planet. Day/night connects us to a diurnal cycle, the Lunar and cycle of the seasons to our place in orbit. This in turn leads to greater cycles that we work with in the greater galaxy at large.

Greater cycles represent ourselves in our life in many ways. Our solar system orbits in a larger meta system influencing our climate and weather. The Saros cycle of eclipses representing the interaction between solar and lunar cycles represents the greater influence that the moon has on our tides and gravity. We are not alone as this one planet either I bet. I can bet quite safely that there are many other planets out there with many other incarnation cycles doing the same thing as us, connecting to the whole, learning and growing. We cannot place ourselves as special there. We are one cycle of growth and evolution on one planet with others out there doing the same.

That is our place in life, just one of the parts of the galaxy that has gotten this level of learning. There will be far more out there, far more learning, growing and becoming better. This is a constant upward spiral if we do it right, working and growing, working to create a change for the better. Or at least that is what we should be. The more people work to this, understanding our place, the cycles and how we grow and learn in this is what will matter in the long term, not our posse ions such as the latest I Phone or the latest designer house and clothes. This is what we should be working towards, what we can look at and design our lives around. This is what the cycles allow us to do and for that we should be thankful and pay attention to them far more than modern materialist culture.

Kyshera Du'Skall Kre'Mashen



The Journey of Time – Freewill, Paths and Branches

Time, and our progress in life is like a gnarly old tree. We start at the beginning of our life at birth, the tree a tiny little sappling. As we grow and make decisions, even in childhood we change the future. Our future, other peoples future. The fact that humans have freewill means that we're changing not only our lives but others as we move on. Even as children humans can change peoples lives forever by our decisions, sometimes drastically. A badly placed shove into shallow water might make a sibling, cousin or playmate a paraplegic, for instance. Or a carelessly thrown dart might have unintended consequences.

This just gets more pronounced as adults as we go along in our lives, make bigger decisions and become more aware of them. Therefore by the time we're out of high school we've already got quite a developed young tree. We've made decisions such as who our friends are, what subjects we're studying and what we want to do with our future. Aware or not, we've changed the start of our lives for good or Ill. As we go through adolescence we're meant to learn lessons so we can make more informed decisions later, something not all of us do sadly. Some do not become fully adult, learn to be responsible to ourselves and others. In a way mainstream society encourages this in part, with ideas such as consumerism and gender roles creating conditions that might block lessons. In a way too, the conformity and dependence that today's mass civilizations encourage also hinder this. For most part societal cohesion is a good thing. However, in our current age with the problems of the industrial world coming up on us not so quietly conforming to ideas like consumerism and neo-liberalisim is not such a good idea. These are things all thinking, spiritual people had to think of before in different ages. However, considering the eleventh hour our planet is it's becoming that much more important. Gaia is wounded and needs the help of those who care about her.

With all this in mind in our lives how do we handle the journey of time? Well, it takes extreme awareness. Obviously we are affected by others use of freewill which makes things harder. On some personal levels this can shatter our lives and our paths, or change them dramatically, forking off when we least expect it. Others with more power, for instance the leader of a nation state, can do far worse, changing the path of the nation, and through that entire populations of continents. One example that many may think of is obvious is the malign intent of leaders like Hitler or Stalin. But there is also the not so obvious one of our current world leaders inertia in tackling carbon emissions and climate change, for instance, that is changing the global future. For a long, long time. With this in mind the more responsibility we have, the more we need to be aware and sensitive to the energies and cycles around us. One rash decision, such as breaking someones heart, can affect a life. When you are a boss you affect all of your employees. When you are the leader of a nation state or a so-called 'World Leader' you can affect so much more. So for this reason it stands that you have to be more responsible and aware all the more on the actions. Here the American Indian idea of thinking of what consequences your decisions are seven generations later is especially pertinent.

Many, if not all of us will only deal with the personal level of responsibility, both in magick and mundane matters. Some may have responsible jobs, or be a boss, in which case the heightened awareness and ensuring that you're doing it to the best standard is pertinent. Perhaps the two most important areas that we will have this problem in is our personal conduct as we go through life and our Magick workings. A good ethical and moral code as you walk through life will help you navigate it successfully, the first step towards having the best part possible. Wether you call it karma, Threefold Laws, or laws of return, this will come back on us. This is even more so in magical workings, where this responsibility is amplified. This is the foundation and cornerstone of a good path through time in this world. You cannot do much about others lack of responsibility with freewill (Something I've been hit with hard lately), and sadly sometimes it changes things drastically, or kills entire ways of being. This is why you personally must work to ensure you meet the highest standards yourself as an example in the use of free will.

Which brings us to if you do encounters someone misusing freewill and not doing the right thing, what do you do? Most, if not all systems state that freewill cannot be interfered with. This means that you cannot do anything really impulsive, rash or nasty. A spell binding the harmful consequences of their actions is a possibility if you need to, but be careful of your wording. Here you're mitigating the consequences and protecting yourself. If the damage is already done (and that's what I'm facing) and cannot be undone, perhaps spells working towards a new path are more appropriate as well as protecting the person from further harm. Something I do rather than anything personally harmful is cursing the offender to the laws of return rather than a specific fate, which can then sort out guilt, blame and punishment. It seems as long as humans have freewill we will have this problem of them misusing it. This is why we have problems, why things aren't working as they should be, why we're still stuck in this rut rather than evolving as a species. But enough of us use what we have for good and become fully aware we can change this for the better.

Kyshera Du'skall Kre'Mashen


Pagan Representations of Anima and Animus

Paganism is perhaps the most equal representation of Anima and Animus than first nations beliefs. This is because as time has gone on they have not lost become monotheistic, one sided and lost the ideas that support equal representation of both energies in religion. This means that there is still equal representation of all forces in nature in Pagan belief, including the duality that allows reproduction.

Reproduction is the basis of a lot of these dual representations. In wicca for instance the god and goddess are seen as being in a yearly mating dance or pattern, the god reviving through his son, pattern going through father and son through the seemingly eternal shapeshifitng goddess. This is a very good representation how how Anima and Animus work together in cycles. So is the Celtic roster of deities and how the idea of the sacrificial god is woven through with the threefold goddess – the dark tie to cycles is eternal and stays the same, the tied understanding of light shifts and changes as the light does with the seasons, a pattern that is also seen in Nordic belief most likely for the same reason. It is interesting to note that in both Nordic and Celtic tradition their own women fought and were held in equal regard for men, something that was somehow lost through Romanisaition and subsequent changes. This while somewhat lost showed the female warrior energy just as fierce. Same as the Morrigan, a group of Irish goddesses who decided mens fate in battle – showing the dark power of entropy very strongly.

This is also true in Shamanism where it is very first nation influenced, another pocket of a good representation of Anima energy surviving. This meant that the traditions of the peoples involved came through and influenced a more equal distribution. A Polynesian example of the representation of female destructive power is the fact that Pele is the goddess of volcanoes, a destructive force that erupts in cycles from under the earth destroying all in front of it. For obvious reasons she is revered and respected, with great efforts made to keep her happy. This is only one example of this understanding coming through, many first nation myths have grandmother crone creatrix, and many prophesies to do with these beings. This is a representation of the fact that dark was the first, primal energetic force and light came after. In Aboriginal belief men stole sorcery from the women in many dreaming traditions, adding to dreaming stories such as the one from around Ballina of female anscestral beings being able to call cyclic natural events such as storms in order to bring back male relatives they were annoyed at. These ideas are once again representing the ancient lineage of dark and the power of cycles. And perhaps how afraid men were of it. Indeed, the dual but equal system of the aboriginal dreaming and ceremonies is perhaps the most total representation of how the anima and animus, light and dark work together to create life.

Overall it seems that paganism like indidgenous and first nation beliefs are very represenetative of the wisdom of the cycles, anima and animus. This is because they have retained the wisdom to temper and balance out understanding and the light of animus. This means that they are good templates for understanding this energy, and a good way of thinking of it to balance it out in your total path in life as you go through it. Take the balance in your pagan path and practise it in your life, the way you treat your children, your workmates, your colleagues. Through this you can make a difference and restore the balance between the two energies that has been off for so long.

Kyshera Du'Skall Kre'Mashen



Overarching Anima and Animus, Personal Anima and Animus and their Interactions

This is a subject that has been covered in terms of astrology, in terms of the pagan archetypes, in terms of what it means through the eclipse cycle. What I haven't done yet is covered it about what it means just as itself. This knowledge is important as it is part of the basic building blocks of life, the two primal elements.

To understand this you have to understand the order of creation of what we consider to be the primal planes. They came to being in two phases – The two primal energy planes, then the four elemental planes. The Primal energy planes, light and dark (dark coming before light) are represented in terms of life energy by anima (Dark) and Animus (light). It was their interplay that created the elements and the shadow plane, it is their interplay that creates us today on a smaller scale. Overall, overarching anima created the universe and our world, our personal anima and animus creates us as a part of it.

Overarching anima and animus are the archetypal creations of life. They created the elements, they created the galaxies, they created life. They are elemental forces in themselves, no real personality or creed. Neither do they have the connotations of good and evil we place on them – they are morally neutral. Light can destroy as well as dark, both have their destructive forces when they get out of hand. Think of the yin and yang rather than good versus evil here. In the Christianised west we are so used to thinking light as good and dark as evil we have lost the true meaning, something which the yin/yang philosophy has been able to maintain. Look to this for an idea of exactly how these forces interplay in our universe.

For a more personal effect of these energies as souls we have both in equal portions, we are neither male or female in spirit. It is when we incarnate that we get the imbalance that enables us to function as one major lesson or another, one body or another. This interplay is vital to life, and each one brings a different role. Light brings in shades of grey, inspiration, energy for expansion and a sense of idealism to life. Dark bounds it to cycles so we can use this light energy in ways that create, grow and and help rather than destroy. This is the constant interplay of life we're supposed to learn from but so many don't. They are, once again, as morally neutral. The Yin and Yang comparison apply here too. They are primal forces represented within us, not good and evil. Animus gives us our drive, anima the ability to harness it to useful ends rather than destructive ones.

Wether within us or shaping our greater reality anima and animus are vital forces. They show themselves in the big bang, light matter and dark matter, the cycles of the seasons. They show themselves in us, in the archetypes of deities as described above. They are equal and important parts of nature and how we see and work with it. They are building blocks of life. Something we should respect, shedding the evil and dark connotations to darkness, therefore bringing back a vital part of life that works to bring us closer to the end that we all are heading towards – Higher evolution.

Kyshera Du'Skall Kre'mashen Arkhense


The Wheel of the Seasons and the Changing Energies

This may have been done before but coming into the Spring Solstice this is a good time for a recap as any. Remember I do not celebrate the cross quarter festivals of Beltane, Lithia. Mabon and Samahain so if you do you will have to bear this in mind and adjust accordingly. My path involves the quarter festivals only for my own reasons and this is the basis I come from so this is what I write about with more knowledge. On the others there is a lot of information from books on Paganism, among them The Celtic Druids Year  reviewed this week and Crafting Wiccan Traditions, reviewed previously to work with among others.

For me the wheel of the seasons is about the balance and tipping points, or the high and way points as I've come to think of them. The high points are the high points of energy be they the dark of winter (Winter Solstice) where my ritual year starts, or the high point of light energy (The Summer Solstice). These points are like filling a bucket on unstable ground, eventually you can only have so much and it tips over. This point where there is metaphorically too much, a lack of balance are the solstices. The Metaphorical bucket tips over, the cycle turns and we start going around again, letting the balance come in and the ground start to even out. The middle point between these is the Way points, or balance points where the cycles are in balance. But as with anything in motion this is as brief a monument as the unbalanced fulcrum points and the cycle keeps turning. I celebrate these, as many do in distinct points of time as a way of marking how the year changes, how we interact with it as well as how we interact with the earth as it changes and goes ahead. The exact timing of this will change every year, but it is in a general area of time each year. Of course this is different between the southern and northern hemisphere, the exact opposite due to the tilt in the earth’s axis. That means the seasons are reversed and what is summer in the southern hemisphere is winter in the northern hemisphere and vice versa across the wheel of the seasons, thus the solstices will vary. This is something you should think of when using any pagan website or guidebook. Generally speaking they go along the lines of;

  • June Solstice (20th to 23rd June) – Winter Solstice Southern Hemisphere, Summer Solstice Northern Hemisphere.
  • September Equinox - (19th to 23rd September) – Spring Equinox Southern Hemisphere, Autumn Equinox Northern Hemisphere.
  • December Solstice (20th to 23rd December) – Summer Solstice Southern Hemisphere, Winter Solstice Northern Hemisphere.
  • April Equinox (19th to 23rd April) – Autumn Equinox Southern Hemisphere, Spring Equinox Northern Hemisphere.

Of course from there the cycle goes again. From the way I've written it you can probably tell I live in the southern hemisphere, but reversing this makes it applicable to the northern hemisphere quite easily. Add the cross Quarter festivals in-between, Beltane, Lithia, Mabon and Samahain in order then you can get an idea of how to plan you year around this. However, as stated I only use the main four so I am writing about what I know and use.

Now it comes down to what does this all mean? Well, it means charting the balance of energies through the years, the progress of the cycles as they affect us. This is the cycle of the light and dark, of the secondary elemental energies (Water, earth, fire, air in order of the events). It marks, to use another metaphor where the hourglass is full each sides and where there is roughly equal each side. This will mean different things to different traditions. Wicca and Witchcraft will see the Sacrificial god and the Shape shifting (between her forms of maiden, Mother and Crone) Goddess, Celtic followers the battle between the holly and the oak king, someone like me balancing and shifting of energies like that represented by the yin and yang symbol. Even the religions of the book have some harking back to this, for instance the Christian religious calendar which is very pagan once you think about it.

So, in whatever form you follow this by following it consciously and well and planning your year around it you will get the most benefit. This is something you can do for yourself. Wether through ceremony, festival, books of shadows or Journalling (as outlined week before last) this could be a very good and rewarding thing if done right, not only respecting our earth mother and protector, Gaia, but also for ourselves.

Kyshera Du'Shkall Kre'Mashen


Spring Equinox

The Spring Equinox is a time of balance in motion, a way point on the upswings of energy where the upward motion has bought things into balance. This is a time of balance and reckoning and I've felt it too. For me it seems to be going from the unconscious working it's way towards the surface and nothings going to budge till things emerge with the upcoming lunar eclipse. My cars decided get some expensive repairs exactly when I don't have the cash above everything, else, new course start date and everything waiting for the eclipse to budge. This is a time and place that I don't want to be and I hope it doesn’t get worse before it gets better because it's already pretty bad, This is my reckoning area, twelfth house of the unconscious to the first in the eclipse if it all makes sense in that form. I don't like where I am, that's for sure.

But that is where I am. Some will be having festivals and celebrations, others will be having get together and gatherings. Yet others will wait till the full moon after on the 28th. Either way it is a time that many will mark in their own way. Astrology corner is looked at the astrology of the Equinox last week and will be looking at the astrology of the accompanying lunar eclipse on the 28th this week. This will then go into the rebalancing happening next year no doubt which will still be ongoing. At the moment this is a time of reckoning which we would all be feeling one way or another, and something we ill all have to face

. Look at this point of time and find out what need to reckon in our lives. This is a chance to redirect goals to take full advantage of the upswing, to make ourselves better tuned, better acquainted with it. We can use this to fine-tune or change drastically. Look at this as you do what you will to find what you can change and plan around. Think of this, journal if you can and make plans, set goals (or re-jig goals). Either way, record what you do, what you see because this years other events around the Equinox make it significant.

Overall I also reckon that we are heading from one Saros Cycle to the next, looking at the Pisces/Aries shift. I might be wrong but this feels like a larger turning point so that could be it. There is certainly a lot going on that needs to be looked at, a lit of energies coming up to balance out between Anima and animus. See What happens, huh? That's all we can do at the moment with all these energies colliding.

Kyshera Du'Skall Kre'Mashen


The Journey of Time – Freewill, Paths and Branches

Time, and our progress in life is like a gnarly old tree. We start at the beginning of our life at birth, the tree a tiny little sappling. As we grow and make decisions, even in childhood we change the future. Our future, other peoples future. The fact that humans have freewill means that we're changing not only our lives but others as we move on. Even as children humans can change peoples lives forever by our decisions, sometimes drastically. A badly placed shove into shallow water might make a sibling, cousin or playmate a paraplegic, for instance. Or a carelessly thrown dart might have unintended consequences.

This just gets more pronounced as adults as we go along in our lives, make bigger decisions and become more aware of them. Therefore by the time we're out of high school we've already got quite a developed young tree. We've made decisions such as who our friends are, what subjects we're studying and what we want to do with our future. Aware or not, we've changed the start of our lives for good or Ill. As we go through adolescence we're meant to learn lessons so we can make more informed decisions later, something not all of us do sadly. Some do not become fully adult, learn to be responsible to ourselves and others. In a way mainstream society encourages this in part, with ideas such as consumerism and gender roles creating conditions that might block lessons. In a way too, the conformity and dependence that today's mass civilizations encourage also hinder this. For most part societal cohesion is a good thing. However, in our current age with the problems of the industrial world coming up on us not so quietly conforming to ideas like consumerism and neo-liberalisim is not such a good idea. These are things all thinking, spiritual people had to think of before in different ages. However, considering the eleventh hour our planet is it's becoming that much more important. Gaia is wounded and needs the help of those who care about her.

With all this in mind in our lives how do we handle the journey of time? Well, it takes extreme awareness. Obviously we are affected by others use of freewill which makes things harder. On some personal levels this can shatter our lives and our paths, or change them dramatically, forking off when we least expect it. Others with more power, for instance the leader of a nation state, can do far worse, changing the path of the nation, and through that entire populations of continents. One example that many may think of is obvious is the malign intent of leaders like Hitler or Stalin. But there is also the not so obvious one of our current world leaders inertia in tackling carbon emissions and climate change, for instance, that is changing the global future. For a long, long time. With this in mind the more responsibility we have, the more we need to be aware and sensitive to the energies and cycles around us. One rash decision, such as breaking someones heart, can affect a life. When you are a boss you affect all of your employees. When you are the leader of a nation state or a so-called 'World Leader' you can affect so much more. So for this reason it stands that you have to be more responsible and aware all the more on the actions. Here the American Indian idea of thinking of what consequences your decisions are seven generations later is especially pertinent.

Many, if not all of us will only deal with the personal level of responsibility, both in magick and mundane matters. Some may have responsible jobs, or be a boss, in which case the heightened awareness and ensuring that you're doing it to the best standard is pertinent. Perhaps the two most important areas that we will have this problem in is our personal conduct as we go through life and our Magick workings. A good ethical and moral code as you walk through life will help you navigate it successfully, the first step towards having the best part possible. Wether you call it karma, Threefold Laws, or laws of return, this will come back on us. This is even more so in magical workings, where this responsibility is amplified. This is the foundation and cornerstone of a good path through time in this world. You cannot do much about others lack of responsibility with freewill (Something I've been hit with hard lately), and sadly sometimes it changes things drastically, or kills entire ways of being. This is why you personally must work to ensure you meet the highest standards yourself as an example in the use of free will.

Which brings us to if you do encounters someone misusing freewill and not doing the right thing, what do you do? Most, if not all systems state that freewill cannot be interfered with. This means that you cannot do anything really impulsive, rash or nasty. A spell binding the harmful consequences of their actions is a possibility if you need to, but be careful of your wording. Here you're mitigating the consequences and protecting yourself. If the damage is already done (and that's what I'm facing) and cannot be undone, perhaps spells working towards a new path are more appropriate as well as protecting the person from further harm. Something I do rather than anything personally harmful is cursing the offender to the laws of return rather than a specific fate, which can then sort out guilt, blame and punishment. It seems as long as humans have freewill we will have this problem of them misusing it. This is why we have problems, why things aren't working as they should be, why we're still stuck in this rut rather than evolving as a species. But enough of us use what we have for good and become fully aware we can change this for the better.

Kyshera Du'skall Kre'Mashen


The Dangers of Drug Awakenings

As readers would know I am coming newly into a more public role as a ritual worker and spiritual teacher. While to my surprise I am also combining mainstream coaching and counselling practice into this (More on this later) there are some things coming up in terms of the role psychoactive substances play in awakening. Not only have I seen bad deliberate awakenings, but through this I am being made aware of a phenomenon I would not have thought of, that of accidental, unaware, drug awakenings. In hindsight this happening makes sense and in a way they do worse damage, and are worse to correct, than deliberate negative, or controlling awakenings.

This may not seem the case, after all, if you deliberate go out to harm and control someone isn't it worse? However, once you look at the reasons this all becomes clear. A controlled awakening has a structure, good or bad. When you have a structure you have something to work with, something to heal, something for the person to work with in the meantime. This changes when the awakening is completely accidental and uncontrolled. The original mundane aura and energetic systems cannot deal with this, there is no awareness, guidance or control to guide the person awakening in this manner. This means that the person fragments into parts, sometimes two or three distinct parts, other times many fragments that try to work together without any success and create completely fractured, open psyche where their powers rule themselves.

This can manifest in terms of mainstream psychology as psychosis or as mental illness. This is sad, because it hides the real problem. This is made worse by the fact that an open, fractured aura and energy system means that anything can, and does get through. Astral predators that puff up like leeches on the energies of their hosts, other toxic people, negative entities most people call demons or devils. This can also add to a persons problems with further fragmentation of the energy system. Once again, this can be diagnosed as mental illness, which may alleviate the symptoms but does not take away the problem. In fact, this lack of awareness may make it worse when it breaks though and manifests.


For this reason accidental drug induced awakenings are both difficult to work with for me as a helper and dangerous for the person who has awakened this way. Drugs, especially heavily psychoactive drugs have been used in ritual since they have been discovered. This property has been used as a way of opening up trained individuals in a controlled environment by many cultures in the past safely, but this requires training and understanding of ritual. One of the better known examples is the use of Peyote in Amerindian traditions, where the psychoactive qualities are used to create an altered state conducive to heightening awareness. The key to using psychoactive substances in ritual is understanding, pre-training and a supported ritual. When individuals awake unknowingly they lack this key safety net which means that rather than shaping their energy and awareness they fragment themselves. The effects will be individual and unpredictable, especially if possession or leeching by astral predators is involved.


The type of drug will also determine what damage is done and how. The more the drug affects the mind, the more it opens you up. The harder the drug, the more it opens you up. Ice, apparently is the worst as it affects more of the brain for longer biochemically, but each drug will affect in different ways. Heroin might blow the barrier to the plane of dreams permanently till corrected, as might LSD. The effects, of course, will vary from person to person, as will how to deal with it. If you have gotten into this state, even if you are aware of it, is far better done with help than by yourself, be that a trusted (actually trusted) spirit guide, or preferably an incarnate practitioners help.

Before you ask me accidental drug awakenings, yes of course all of this means that this is by far best avoided. The question is, how? The first answer is don't take drugs. But it is not this simple as people are drawn to different substances for different reasons, to different effects. Someone might be able to tolerate alcohol, for instance, while someone else might not. Same as with any drug. The other problem of course is that often the problem is not noticed until after, often when the affected person is at the point of desperation, rather than before they take them. The key, at this stage is to get help to awaken properly. This is often very hard to do, especially for those with little to no belief in magick and energetic work, but a necessary step. Ensure that you connect with your healer or energy worker, and they are on the level. Trust your intuition and who you are led to. Choose who you connect to to work with, especially if you are vulnerable and coming in for the first time. Do your homework, fell if you are connected to them and if you trust them. If you do work with them, if not, find someone else. Even workers refer people on if that is the case and they do not connect with someone, there is no shame in that. Stay with it, even if it is hard. It will be harder to work from a point that is that low, but you can get back to a state of metaphysical wholeness and health.

Kyshera Du'Skhall Kre'Mashen Arkhense


Maidening the Crone

Increasingly our society today has become addicted to youth. Pagan circles are no exception. Here the manifestation is a phenomenon known as 'Maidening the Crone'. This phenomenon, where the crone is increasingly drawn as a pale, youthful gothic lady instead of an older wise woman, is something I find disturbing. It may be a manifestation of wisdom in a younger form, but more likely than not it is a manifestation of the current trend of worshiping youth. It makes the Crone a beautiful young woman rather than a grandmother, a wise woman who has lived through life to earn her wisdom. No doubt, there are young and wise and old and immature people out there. But for a woman in her middle age and beyond, what does it really say that she's even written out of the cycle of life even to some Pagans?

This may not be new of course. The old idea of the crazy old woman as the witch was one put up for ridicule by many of the earth religions opponents. This may have something to do with it, of course, same as the fact that there are many young women getting into the craft that want an image relevant to them, which their grandmother isn't. However, as a person enmeshed in this I think maidening the crone has gone too far. This is because I in part feel the life cycles, feel how they work. We are young, we pair up, we procreate, we get older and gather wisdom, and eventually pass beyond this life and die physically. This is all part of our manifestation, our life cycle. Being a grandparent, having wrinkles, grey hair growing older, this is all part of it. As such it should be respected. But we don't. We are afraid of it, a fear which to my perception is growing into pagan circles, at least was in the late ninties and early 2000's. Part of this could be the young women coming into the nature religions who feared the aged look as something they didn't want to be associated with. The other part could have been the regular demonisation of the crone making it a very misunderstood and unattractive archetype. This is a very complex issue that is making a very valid and important part of life, passing on a lifetime of knowledge and wisdom not attractive.

We need to understand the reasons to reclaim this part of life. It contains a knowledge, a wisdom that is know among many cultures. Indigenous cultures almost universally honor their elders. Many more European cultures still do. Western cultures have lost this over the last many years, which I fear is the greatest influence. Once we understand why (and I am no expert in this) the reasons for groups and individuals we can start getting past them and accept that aging is a part of life. A process of losing youth, but gaining knowledge and insight that we can pass on to youth. A time that was once honored as village and family elders, teaching the young what was learnt in life. This is a cycle and should be bought back, the elderly found a place where they are respected and valued. That is not a nursing home, that is not a house with a visit once a week to clean and meals on wheels. This is at the centre of a community, a centre of a home, a centre of a family. With the connotations to Paganisim this is especially important. The wise one at the most wise and creative of his or her life that started being one of us back when it was considered the dark arts, the weird (as opposed to wyrd) way of living should be listened to. They are our pioneers in the modern day, and have a lot to teach us. About how to approach things, how to incorporate practise into our lives, how to... Get through the born again Christians who think you're dabbling with the devil.

They are important people and should be listened to. Not only that, in our families, we should listen to the elderly. We can learn a lot about mundane life from the elderly in our family and in our community. Life is the collection of experience, this breeds wisdom, which sometimes makes these people the best counselors through life's difficulties. This enriches our lives, and helps them feel loved, valued, and like they've got a place as they age. It is no coincidence grandparents have a natural affinity with grandchildren. No doubt this has been through the ages. It is the affinity of being able to have the time and patience to sit with a child, take care of them and give them the attention and guidance in life. It is a valuable time and place, this service. It sets up our societies to remember past mistakes, understand the past and work towards a better future. This service is what gives a persons life meaning at the end of the cycle when they are too old to work, or indeed travel around the country in a mobile home. Why don't we bring that back and know the true value of the crone and the wise man, both in the pagan community and beyond?

Kyshera Du'Skall Kre'Mashen


Ritual and Space

Sacred Space

Sacred space is a common point of view and cuts across many other points. This goes across paganism, across spiritualism, across all religions though the forms vary. For the faiths of the book there is a sacred consecrated building. For Buddhists this can vary from the rudest hut in the mountaintop to the greatest temple depending on whose occupying it. For many pagans this will be an area they sanctify and an altar with special tools and significance. Spiritualists consider this their working space, especially mediums. While the ways are varied all have sacred space.

Taking the pagan idea, taking the name of the page, this will most likely be an altar and a working space be you working in a group or solo. This is also basically common among the various forms one way or another. This requires a number of things;

  • A energetically pure space to begin working in and be able to be secured through working rites.
  • A suitable table or surface for an altar with enough room to work and hold all the tools essential for what you are doing.
  • Enough room for all participants to move in.

There is no set formula for this and each person or group will have different versions. Some groups have a backyard, some have a wood, some have a lounge room or a bedroom. Some altars and spaces will be permanent, some will be transitory. Either way they will all require that.

Space clearing is a major part of this as a foundation. This is about ensuring the energetically pure foundation of what you are doing. This is important no matter what you are doing. There are several ways of doing this from smudging, to energetic clearing to permanently having an area energised as sacred space using crystals. This is important and methods to do this will be looked at in another page on the site, Ritual Corner. Nedless to say, there are many way to do this and use the one that works the best for you. For me this is white light cleaning, for other smudging. Look around and work with what is best with you. Likewise, being able to secure your area while you're working is important so energies in the area should be mild enough to be able to secure your ritual site. This is important and ways of doing this will be a part of your ritual often enough and therefore part of your tradition. If you are not you are not you still have several ideas for the way you work. Look around and find what is best for you.

The suitable table is or altar is next. This should have enough space to do what you need but not too big it blocks anything else. This will vary according to your number of participants and rite, but always look at what is appropriate to your needs and space. Obviously a solo practitioner will need less room than a large ritual group. For some they will be lucky enough to have a permanent space, others will not. This will vary, but look at guides such as the one featured last months review of Crafting Wiccan Traditons for guidance on this in relation to the path you follow. This will perhaps be the most individual parts of this, depending on how you work and what you are doing. Take this search up for yourself and decide the best solution for yourself or your group well informed.

The third one is important in terms of practical work space. A Cathedral or major temple is obviously larger for the ceremonies and number of people attending and likewise a ritual space for a large group should be far bigger than for one or two, especially if there is movement in the ritual. Take this as a case by case basis. This is important for the actual working in this space and not stepping out of a consecrated circle. This is an individual thing that will find.

All these three parts of life that you will follow, especially if you work with your own space and define it yourself. Even Spiritualists have this in their own way as do New Age ritualist movements. As you do this you work with space to work with the energies. This is a privilege and a responsibility that you have taken up for yourselves, gaining a time and space for your work. Use this right, you will find a great new world. Use this wrong, you won't work well with the energies and damn yourself instead of helping yourself and others.

Kyshera Du'Skall Kre'Mashen

 The Altar and Ritual Space

We looked at sacred space as a concept last week, now we're looking at what it means specifically as a ritual space as such. This is about altar and space preparation so that your ritual, rite or celebration goes well. This relationship between your Altar and Ritual Space is what we are looking at more closely in this section.

I think I'll start with ritual space. Getting this right is a vital element of working magick. This is important because this preparation means that you can move around and work that much better. The idea here is to have enough room for everybody to move around in the ritual space without getting in each others way or moving out of the defined ritual space. This is important, especially in cases where there is movement and dancing in a ritual to get this space right. Clearing distractions and problems such as tripping hazards, or noting them out and working around them is also a good idea, as is a good placement of an altar. Ideally an Altar should be placed where it is easily accessible but not intruding into a ritual space and hindering movement.

Some might have a permanent altar, others set up at the time for the occasion. This will vary according to your purpose and circumstances. Working outdoors you may not have a permanent altar, or you may be in a defined ritual space with a defined working area. This will obviously affect how you work. However you work getting this relationship right will make your ritual or rite go a lot better. This is also the same with clearing the space pre ritual so you don't have old energies trapped and changing what you're doing or the intent. This was covers last week in Week 33 as to how and why (Ritual Corner), or you may have your own method of doing this. Either way this is a good idea to do this as you're getting your ritual space ready to do this to ensure you're starting with a clean slate.

Then we get to the altar. This for many traditions is an essential part of any rite or ritual. This is a table or flat surface where the tools and items are laid out and ready for use in a set order according to the ritual or rite performed. This is a space that should be well laid out, big enough for all to work at but not too big to be cumbersome. Getting this right can make everything run smoothly. How you lay out will depend on your tradition, your purpose and your group or individual preferences. This is the most personal area of the three, and even groups and solo practitioners of the same tradition will not completely be the same. Of course, your tradition will inform you according to what you are doing but the way you do it will still be different to others, even if only slightly. This is perfectly natural and allowed.

Those lucky enough to have permanent altars are well... Going to just change them seasonally or to their purpose. Here space cleansing regular is recommended. If you set up a the time leave time in advance to do this so that everything is well organised at the time of the rite. Ensure you have everything neatly laid out and ready to go in a way that works for everybody. This just makes things run far smoother and ensures that all can work as planned with your rite or ritual, making it more enjoyable.

And on this point I end with a final note on how important it is to have a harmonious interaction between altar and ritual space, especially with groups. This is not right it can ruin a ritual very quickly. Too small a space can have problems in not being able to move around properly, especially if there is an element of dancing or rapid movement around it. Ensure that your marked ritual space is large enough that people don't leave the ritual area accidentally. Same way as too big an area, or an altar can also be awkward i.e. Shorter people reaching for things. This is something you need to get right. If you do then you can enhance your experience, and that of your group tremendously. You don't it can ruin a ritual. So put the time and effort in and you will find the benefits are worth far more than the effort.

Kyshera Du'Skall Kre'Mashen


Ritual Clothing – Ornate, Simple, Uniform or Skyclad?

There are choices in ritual clothing and how a group (or solo practitioner presents themselves for rituals. All have their pros and cons, all have something to think about especially within a group. This may sound like a minor thing, but sometimes it can become a point of friction and this will mean that a ritual group will not work as well together, or might even break up as a result.

Ornate robes are something that some might prefer. This will vary but a common practise is to have a robe or long dress and cloak. This ornate style of dressing has good and bad qualities to it. Good, it has a lot of room for self expression. Creative people can make their own, others have a lot of room in self expression even if they do buy. The bad is of course the risk of what can be called the pagan fashion parade' where members of your group vie for who can find the fanciest outfit. This can be quite expensive and disenfranchise group members who cannot afford such items, so care is needed to be taken with this. Likewise, this might create a friction between members comparing outfits. But as long as the competition is friendly, and positives are said about this not negatives, then it can be quite then this can be positive for those involved to have self expression. The balance just needs to be struck for this to work.

Another option of course is for you to have your own group robes all the same. This might be good to add a sense of uniformity of thought to your group, take the stress out of the fashion parade and ensure all have what is expected. Here the key is to ensure that it affordable to all group members, easy enough to care for and suitable for use. This including comfort, fabric, available sizing and other considerations If you go down this path do it in consultation with all group members and explain to new ones your choices here. Once again, ensure it is affordable to all group members including future ones, because if not this could be a problem when you have new members joining.

Simple robes are the other option. This is often the same style of robes as the ornate ones but much less ornate. Often simple this could be in a colour or plain. This is a good one for affordability, but it might be a bad one for those who want some self expression in their robes. But if this is what your group chooses then this is a good one to be appropriately dressed in modest style, avoiding the expense of the ornate robes. But this might lead to other problems, so once again the whole notion is one of friendliness and accepting the other rather than any nasty competition on whose got too much decoration or rich colour. Set ground rules on how people talk about each others outfits or perhaps a dress code if you think that this could be a problem.

The last one course is skyclad, or naked. The important thing to note here is about the attitude that one should be naked in. The idea here is that there is inherit dignity in how mother nature, Gaia or whatever you call the creatrix birthed us in and this is how one should present ones self to the creatrix. This is means that if you are going to work skyclad keep several things in mind. First is the groups attitude to each other. This is not about the body beautiful competition, this is about respecting the inherit dignity of the body. If you have a few members that may not be able to maintain this this might not be the best thing. Neither might it be the best thing if you are working where you can be easily overlooked by others who don't share your opinion on this or you might get public nudity complaints and other problems. If you are going to do this ensure that your group members can act maturely and that you have an appropriate spot or else you might get all sorts of problems that ensure your ritual does not go to plan.

Overall, how you work is up to you. This is something that you as an individual, or as a group of individuals altogether, have to work with so ensure all are comfortable with it. I personally don't tend to get dressed up because it is just me and I have my ritual life very much worked into my daily life so I tend to work in street clothes, but others may not choose to do this. Likewise, with a group part of preparing and ensuring all are committed is having some form of special set of clothes. Others may have a safe space to work sky clad and feel it creates an equality and sacredness. This will be up to you and your group how you work. You get this right you will enhance your ritual life and create the what you intend, so get this right you will get the foundation right for everything you do.

Kyshera Du'Skall Kre'Mashen


Group Organisation and Introduction

This may not apply to some, such as solo practitioners such as me, but this will apply to groups no matter what path of paganism they take. Without organisation your group will not work. This is just a given. What organisation and how you work will be heavily dependant on your tradition and how you choose to work as a group within that, but there will be some basic to all. Some of this may seem trivial and administrate, but if you don't do it the group won't function well. No matter what pagan path or tradition you follow this will ensure that your group works together well rather than getting each others roads. In this there is as much to consider as any group – Leadership, finances, rules, the way things work.... All of it. This is not something that can be ignored if you want a well working group, especially long term. The first is the rules, roles and responsibilities. This relates directly to how your group behaves to each other what penalties there are, how this is dealt with.

It also relates to what ritual roles are assigned by what means, be that permanent or rotating. This is something all should decide and agree to follow not just one person. This goes to any ritual equipment, ritual order, rules of behaviour and anything else that could come up including timing and location of rituals and meetings. This also runs to new initiates, how they are bought in and how they are taught and trained. This is about establishing the ground rules for new and future members and an important step. This will obviously bow to your tradition and methods to a great extent so will vary widely but needs to be there so the group has a basis to work with. The next is communication. There must be a common understanding or common language in terms of how you talk about things. Healthy disagreements are by no means undesirable, but basics need to be understood so that all can communicate in a way that all understand each other the same way. This means that this needs to be understood by all of the founding members of the group and any initiates that come in. It might also mean that imitates have to learn the foundations of your group and what they do before entering. The actual mechanics of your group will obliviously vary according to tradition and preferences as a group, but they need to be clear to all, meetings and rituals arranged at clear times, and all know what they are doing and what they are expected to bring. This is important so things work properly. If you don't get this right there could be many problems. Each and every person understanding the rules and if founding members agreeing to them is also important, as well as the ritual basics. Initiates coming in have to be taught properly what their roles are and be bought if found suitable. Not all will will work with an established group, often for no fault of their own and this needs to be established in a way that is communicated well as well if an initiate does not make it. Likewise, when they do they need to be taught the basics of anything that might not be familiar to non-members. Communicate this all well, be on the same page and your group will work. Don't it won't work at all.

Another area that needs to be looked at is finances. These again vary, but taking an idea from a book reviewed this month Crafting Wiccan Traditions a communal treasury for supplies is an idea, as well as meetings for administrative matters not related to rituals. No matter if your group is Wiccan or not this is still a good idea to ensure that what you need is covered in a manner equitable to the group and in a way that the group members can afford. This will vary by so circumstances by group, so this cannot be predicted but is a good thing to negotiate in advance and understood by any new members what their responsibility are here. Perhaps having treasurer trusted elected by the group is advisable to keep track of this as well as regular accounting the group how it is stored and spent. This is not something that can be treated lightly if you want trust in a group, and ensure your treasurer can be trustworthy.

And last but not least keep your group well informed about what you're doing. Ensure they know what they are doing, train any initiates well, and ensure that all know their roles in any ritual. Have as well laid out ritual space as you can, as well prepared people as you can, as much group harmony and agreement as you can and you will have a good group. You don't you will have a bad one.

Kyshera Du'skall Kre'Mashen

Use of Alcohol and other Intoxicants in Rituals

A controversial area that has been around a long time the use of intoxicants in rituals has gone away for a lot of traditions. But for many it was a large feature and for some still is such as the use of Peyote in southern American Indian ceremonies. Examples no longer around include the Baachanites of Rome among others who held drunken rituals to celebrate Bacchus and the gift of wine. A cult of women only there were severe penalties for any man that tried to get in. Even Wicca had at it's inception the use of alcohol as part of rituals though like the more racy components that has been made a more symbolic component of ritual in recent years.

This is something that has lessened in many traditions, mainly due to the rising wowsersim caused by misuse making the responsible use of such things Illegal and unacceptable to the majority. This means that it's not a talked about subject and people won't discuss, shying away from. However the use of Intoxicants is still a viable method of altering senses to reach a trance. Some groups don't shy away from the use but don't talk about it much like Peyote use, others like Rastafarans use of Marijuana is open and Brash. Many other traditions have scaled back to a symbolic use partly because of a sense or responsibility, partly because it is frowned upon. But it is still used in some form in many traditions.

Others still have taken this for their own use as a growth and learning experience. The use of Ecstasy as a party drug is sometimes tempered by groups who use it is controlled conditions to get in touch with themselves in other settings. Others use other intoxicating drugs to give an spiritual, altered states to experience their own inner selves as beings for their own reasons. This is not something to use without understanding or experience, but it is not as bad as some think. The problem is that while there is irresponsible drug abuse, the more responsible use for ritual will be considered on the nose. The wowser and prohibition angle does not help either, making those that use them even responsibly criminals so the subject cannot be discussed many times to dispel the myths. For me, I use ritual wine. I have three lots and I will be showing different times and places. Wiccans have dark wine which I interpret as red as a part of the rituals. I use both red and white myself to represent different parts of the cycle – red for power, white for potential. I will be explaining more about this in ritual corner.

Of course we use drugs all the time in rituals, mundane ones. Coffee with friends for instance, or a tea with friends. Wine with dinner or drinks with friends in many circumstances is also a common bonding ritual among many cultures. Some might recreationally use other currently illegal drugs in settings that helps them bond or relax. The main problems are not the use but a lack of responsibility and misuse. Having a pleasant time with friends over dinner and drinks is one thing, getting drunk and violent is another. Having a joint with friends to relax is one thing, having your habit taking over your life is another. The key here is responsible use rather than abuse. When we educate and others and understand this we will revive the use for what it should be – to enjoy and use substances responsibly rather than abusing them.

Kyshera Du'Skall Kre'Mashen


Sexuality, Spirituality and Ritual

Sexuality has, rather surprisingly for me, come up as part of some of my meditations. This is not in an organised way though. It has come up in an organic way as I balance and reconnect to the self through meditation. This work, at times, brings up physical arousal quite strongly, especially when working with the Base Chakra. This is not something I am completely comfortable with even now, feeling it like that, but it seems to come up on cleansing, centering and especially anchoring energy work that involves the Base Chakra. The uncomfortable feeling that it bought up in me made me think about it, about the link of sexuality and spirituality, the results of which I am writing up here.

At first it felt rather strange. I am normally one to separate spirituality from sexuality. Up until recently the two matters seemed completely separate. Feeling both coming together was at first rather strange and frightening. While this thought still not completely comfortable still it ended up reinforcing something for me. Sexuality is not just physical, arousal and attraction are not just physical. They are the pure connection, the conduit to a persons soul. This soul, this spirit is precious, something to be protected. Which is why I think of sexuality and sexual expression as so private and personal, something to be guarded. This is what threw me, seemingly a rather strange and flippant use of it as a tool. But then again, there is a flipside to that on reflection. And that is.... Well, why would it not come up when connecting to the self? If it is a communication beyond the mere physical, why would it not come up when centering, connecting the body to spirit? So, while rather weird and uncomfortable in a way, it makes sense.

This means that, when you think about it, it reinforces rather than destroys the whole sacred nature of what sexuality is. As a link to the true self, the divine nature in both yourself and others, it should be cared for and protected. At the moment it is coming up for me because I am doing a lot of anchoring, centering and working to create a new connection between spirit and body, often unexpectedly. This is my personal experience, some may have other experiences with it. This fact is also in line with the idea that it is a completely different and personal connection to the self for each person too. This is something that we need to respect in each and every person, respecting their right to sexual dignity. Outside the obvious more criminal dimensions this means well, basically, not giving it away or using it lightly. Not just using it as a tool in the outside world to get what you want, but using it to connect to others at that deeper level.

Some might say this is prudish, or that it stops some people expressing themselves. It might place some restrictions yes, but each person will find their own level. For me this means not showing it to anybody I don't trust, dressing modestly to show that I'm not openly available and considering how and where I talk about it. Even this article was a considered step I was not sure of as a person, talking about my experience in the most general terms. However, I felt it was important to show how if used properly sexuality can be an important part of spiritual practice as a means of communicating energy. The rules are very stringent, of course, as any book which looks at the subject will tell you. Most will state that it should only be done with consent, respect with long term partner. As for my experience with unexpected arousal, it is when I am working with clearing, balancing and centering, and seems to happen when the base chakra is activated. As this is an anchoring point for me as a very much a dual being it seems to come up as a connection between mind and spirit, pure and simple. Which is just an internal expression of what it does outside the self between willing partners. Connecting to each other, communicating at a level deeper than the physical that at it first seems to represent. As such, it should be respected as a vital and important part of the self, but not one to be feared.

Kyshera Du'Skall Kre'Mashen Arkhense



Concepts from Kabbalah in Spiritual Work

This may seem strange, but bear bear with me. Like Sufi, Gnostic and general Christian mystic ideas this has crept into spiritual and even some pagan traditions. So if you are eclectic, looking for another element to add to your toolkit or needing a boost you might find it by researching here. The Keterhic Grid shown in Ritual corner is a good example of this, using Kabbalastic ideas in light work.

It may not be for everybody, but it can have applications at various times and there are correspondences. There are some ovbious ones such as names e.g. The tree of life. You see this in Nordic as well as Kabbalah, and though in a different form it represents the same concept. The energies can be comparable to work with in some cases as well, having seen this transposed both over the body and the chichas and the more European tree of life branches in research. It also looks at energies, how they interact and some very similar spiritual laws and correspondences. I would recommend doing some good research yourself if you are interested as this way you internalise the ideas and work in what resonates with you rather than me explaining it all here, which won't work as well for this.

A good example is over in ritual corner with the Ketheric Grid, one of many healing grids based on the Kabbalah tree of life concept. This could supplement more traditional concepts of crystal and colour correspondences for instance. This is something to look up, think about and work with as you gain information. Don't discount what it can do for you before you look even of you have your own tradition, it may work well as an energetic framework for using the ideas from your tradition. It is after all interpreting the same energetic make up and energetic being we all work with no matter what tradition – Some concepts may serve you well as a useful supplement.

Kyshera Du'Skall Kre'Mashen


 How to Use the Upswing of the Year

Well, we're now past the Spring Equinox and into the period coming up to the Summer Solstice – the strongest part of the year for light energy and expansion. The question is how do we use this?

Well, some may be informed by their traditions and the cross quarter festivals and this is valid if you follow them. This is about following the year at set points to be able to observe if this is how you do this. For me it is a little different, with the year being split between the four Quarter festivals in a pattern of energies. We are now in the highest upswing where light energy, or animus, and fire is strongest here in the southern hemisphire. This is the energy of consumption, really driving to get thighs done through to the Summer Solstice.

In the Northern Hemisphere, of course, it is Autumn, After the Autumn Equinox, the wind down of the year. Here it is a good time to prepare all the comforts of winter, plan and reflect, finishing off all you have not done. This is the wind down of the year and a time to prepare for the new spiritually. Meditate, reflect, make plans and get ready to both celebrate the coming of new renewal at the Winter Solstice but to use it as well.

Working with the Wheel of the Year can enhance your success and your chances of having a successful year. It does this by using the upswings and downswings as we go through the year, working with the dominant energies and how they work. Doing this gives us perspective and growth with the year rather than against it, ensuring we work in harmony with the energies, something which is going to work for us best in the long run.

Kyshera Du'Shkall Kre'Mashen


Archetypes and Creatures


The Energy of the Phoenix

The Phoenix is a creature that is legendary to many cultures. It is a phenomenon that came to us from China and the Middle East. It has now had influence outside mythology to fiction, popularised in offerings such as Harry Potter. It may not be a creature with physical representation in this day and age, but it has a life and energy that is undeniable. It is the energy of falling apart and putting yourself together, it is the energy of working your way up from a fall, it is the energy of regeneration, rebirth and renewal. Recently I have been through this. It is a revolutionary change, I will not deny that. It is a rather strong, nasty revolutionary change. Often when you go through this there will be precipitating event, most commonly a deep loss or trauma. For me it was a deep loss, the life that I was just holding together somehow at such great cost coming down on me. Having to leave everything behind, having to sell up, move and leave everything behind to start again.

This is something that meant I fell apart too. My self concept, who I was, everything I was just went. At once. I went from a homeowner, if in a precarious position, to basically homeless living off others in some form in a week. And I'm still there, still trying to get it together, with three weeks to a month before I can most likely. This crash precipitated the crisis that led to well... Where it started. This self immolation, how much I hated my position, where I was, hated myself for getting there. I was at the bottom and I knew it. Any sense of self, any sense of a life was gone. And while I had made the decision to move on from it, implementing this seemed so far away. Frustration piled on frustration, and I found my life getting worse as a result as I let things go. This was the Self Immolation.

As I got through that, and hit that bottom point I found some part, some sense of self fighting back, and I hit the ash stage. At that ash stage everything is hollow, dead. You're not sure if you're there anymore. It is at that stage that I... Found myself coming back in a new form. This is because it is this point that the shell forms, a protective layer to help you complete the process of falling apart and re-intergrating. Not the same one that I left, but a shell formed around a new self. My entire energy system changed, reformed into something different, and in a way greater. But fragile. I was very much grieving for the old self, the old me. But the Shell was there to protect me from the worst, protect me from who I was. Going back. Then, as I got stronger the shell came loose and as I left to get here, where I was heading to live physically it broke. This is not a pleasant experience either. That gone, the new self has to fend for itself through the trials that are still there. The protective layer is gone, and you are there, a new, baby Phoenix, a new, baby self. This has to grow quickly sometimes, which is quite a challenge. It is a time, this fragile new self forming without the protection of the shell, the egg. I am getting more used to it, stronger now, but only time and experience will make this a complete being. With a new life, new experiences, new ideas.

Overall, from the experiences I had with this energy, I have to say it was not something I want to go through again. It is not fun, not at all. It comes from hurt, a revolution, a thing that nobody wants. Grief, trauma, pain. But it seems that Justice is not perfect in this life and the way it seems to be easier (taking into account the others freewill) is to provide a way out, a bottom, a way to get through, regenerate and become more. Putting the effort in and getting more out in compensation than others would, if you will. New chances, an upward spiral of growth, a new way of doing things and working. All of this comes as compensation, free will not being able to be overidden to provide true justice in a lifetime. However dubious, this is the justice of renewal. Sadly it does not teach people to do things better, not hurt others, not create problems that put people in this position. But it does enable the wronged to live. Which I guess is why it there – to give back what was taken and more. A rocky ride, a wronged ride, but something that is better than nothing at the end of the day I guess.

Kyshera Du'Shkall Kre'Mashen


The Phoenix

Illustration by Martin Jimboy - Corel Draw Clip Art


The Meaning of Trees

Since I moved here to the Central Coast I have found Three types of trees I have bonded with. They are the Norfolk Island Pine, the Paperbark Tree, and the Moreton bay fig. All of the examples are ancient trees, very old. The Moreteon bay fig extends out to the water at the riverfront and is a very special tree, a big, old tree that seems to bridge land and sea at the waterfront the way it's branches spill out across the water. In response to this I looked up the trees, trying to find any meanings as such. The only one that seems to have any real codified meanings was the paperbark trees, which were vitally important to the in indigenous population of Australia for anything from shelter to spiritual rites.

For the Moreteon Bay Figs and the Norfolk Island Pine I could not find any real meaning. So I had to look at what they mean myself and think what the trees mean in my experience, between that and the information. First off, the Paperbark trees. These paperbarks, as mentioned, were important to indigenous people. In tropical Australia it was used to build shelters. It had use in spiritual rites such as funerary rites, with many other uses in-between. For me, the massive old paperbark in the yard of the place I am living in at the moment, is a symbol of continuity. It has been there as long as I remember this place, a family place, so it's continuity. It also sheds it's bark, growing new bark in it's place, which represents shedding the old to create the new. So as a symbol of constancy in regeneration it speaks to me. The bark goes but the trees still remain, which speaks to me at the moment, especially with that message.

Second tree, of course, is the Norfolk Island Pine. There are a few in the places I'm attracted to. These towering giants, evergreens are a symbol of ongoing life like all evergreens. They also get very big, grow to great age and size, and when you touch one you can feel the age and wisdom of the spirit. It is akin to the idea of the pine as an evergreen and symbol of constancy at Yule, accept deeper. This is regeneration and wisdom of the ages, the ageless wisdom. Feeling the spirit is quite inspiring and puts you in touch with the wisdom of ages, the wisdom of where the tree has lived for many, many years. This is quite an experience and akin to seeing the local akahistic record if the tree likes you.

Third tree of course is the Moreteon Bay Fig. This tree, especially the aged giant I had privilege to be in contact with. They are inspiring trees, with their aerial roots, gnarled bark and their feeling of... Life. They, more than any of them, to me seem to represent the ageless wisdom. They, especially the great old one with branches over the water, link the elements. If the spirit likes you, it is a great friend. It showed me a lot, took me up through it's trunk, showing me the wisdom of the land it has occupied for so long. I found a deep spiritual experience that day in communing with the trees ancient spirit, and co-operating with the spirit of these trees to grow if done to mutual benefit.

All of these trees are special, and I've found them inspiring. But, I found one last tree that really resonated. I have been through a lot lately, and this has shown in how I have grow. So when I found a lighting blasted, hollow tree somehow still alive it resonated. In the middle of this tree there is a cavernous area you can sit in, see the sky above you through the hole. This incredible tree spoke to me, something I loved. I will visit it again as I felt safe there. This tree has been through what I have and lived, so it made me feel like I had a chance. Well, I think that's a pretty special link. If you can find a special link to a tree, then you will be doing well to respect the tree and keep it, because it will stand you in good stead for a long time. Find your own meanings and relationships to trees and you will connect far deeply to nature.

Kyshera Du'Skall Kre'Mashen


Landscapes and Wisdom


Reading the Wisdom of the Land

As I sit here, looking at a beautiful sunset from a window, waiting for dinner I think about the land, the landscape. Having recently moved area, and having to learn a new area and land this is particularly pertinent in a way. I have to learn this new land, how to work with it. Already I have noted the difference in dominance of earth to dominance of water. This was confirmed when talking to family members who confirmed the fact that it is wet, with a lot of filled in swamps, a high water table and a lot of water around the area. All the way down to the end of my domain.

I have learnt this through many things. Paying attention, attuned, on the train. Walking around attuned. Walking around taking photos and working out where the fey live, what the area means and how it all works. I have also gone down to Sydney and explored, but more on that later in another article, doing the same thing. As well as reading tourist signs, asking people who know the area, keeping a record of your insights and observations, and watching the changes. Some things will be around. There will be an element predominant. There will be spirits of land and place. There will be fey in areas, often concentrated in areas planted and/or left natural around built up areas.

But so many other things will be different, which you will need to note to work with it as a matter of course. What you don't know well enough you won't work with well, and get poor results. Other things you can do is ask about a places history, the way the land was before it was built up (If you can find out), the spirits that live there, both European and indigenous. All of those will be there and important to work with if you want to be an successful spell worker. Therefore it is important to look at all these things. Meditate on it at home, look at the spirits of the land, respect them. Stay attuned and understand what you work with. Record, take photos. This is a time and place we need to know about to work with, so take this seriously.

Kyshera Du'Skall Kre'Mashen


The Citys Spirit

I am not a fan of the city, or city life in general. So when I have gone in until recently I have not paid attention to the built landscape. But on a trip with a lot less to do I had a chance to look around and think about this. In this case the city is Sydney. Having recently moved from a smaller place I still call it going into town, I guess much because of old habit, which can be odd and confusing, but there it is. So with this is mind I went in and had a look around, walking from Wynyard to Circular Quay and around the rocks. This showed me the fact that there were places in the city that were not dry, sterile even for me.

Obviously, there are the parks. And trees in sidewalks as well as the various flowers and plants around. But there is more than that that makes the city alive. First thing you have to understand is that there are various layers of these city spirits. The first and most important is the spirit of the city. This citywide spirit is a spirit of the place, a spirit of the place that creates the whole feel. Then under them you will get spirits of place, spirits of areas, suburbs parks, Graveyard guardians. Then under that you get the individual building spirits, spirits of anything from homes to public buildings. These will influence the spirits of the buildings, the time and place people work. Under this is Individual thought forms and ghosts, ranging from road spirits, to things tied to different places by strong ties, to thought forms created by many people in one place. All of these add up to a city spirit that is a closed system above the natural land forms.

For most part the land forms and energy are buried underground, moving through the land under the city. It peeks out in parks, gardens and less built up areas. Older buildings built with earth materials such as brick and sandstone, or with foundations that don't cut off the earth will also have a more 'Natural' Feel to them, the original energy coming through here through the building. This is more likey in the historical districts and in older historical buildings, the way modern buildings are built means that they really block off the natural energy of the land with the way that they are constructed. This variation means that some buildings are very, very hard to live in, others have some identity with the earth that makes them bearable. It may be different, but it does have a sprit. A human one. Mostly something for urban Shamans, but all can pick it up.

In Sydney, this was very much a feeling of the convict dislocation, of time and place of the convicts, the founding of the colony at the Rocks. Looking around the old buildings have a grounded spirit the larger buildings miss, and the life of the city is founded on a mixture of them all. As I explore more I will get to know more, get to understand more. At the moment I don't have a big grounding, but I should get more of it with time. Be able to share it with you as well.

Kyshera Du'Skhall Kre'Mashen