Campfire Stories: “Who was that Old Man?”

by: Dragonheart

I often consider myself one to follow a very different path than most. Maybe because I see things differently. Maybe because I simply think differently. By this I mean more differently than the average differences between people. It is a difference I’ve learned to embrace because of the wonderful things I get to see and experience by following this different path. As someone I consider to be wise once observed to me, “you follow the beat of a different drummer, and you are that drummer.”

I have been a ritual arc team member several times, this year marks my third year in a row. And yes, I do hope to be selected to be on the team for next year. As such a person, spending months marinating in the theme and story for so long allows me time to learn from the story and entities involved before I even reach camp. This means I expect to follow work in camp that may not even relate to the story at all. This year however, I had a deeper experience with the story than I’ve ever had. Probably because I was the author of the specific version of the story we used for camp and then followed through by being on the ritual arc team.

It was fascinating to see what the team members pulled out of the story. Often they were things that I never would have guessed someone would see. I don’t claim to be any sort of accomplished writer, but it was very interesting to me to watch these things drawn out of something I wrote. I am also happy that I was able to accept these things people found without feeling a need to say “that’s not what I intended at all.”

Those who attended camp were introduced to an old man. He appeared three times during the week. He had originally only planned to appear twice. However, his presence was requested for a third time as the magic of camp evolved. He was kind enough to answer that request and speak what needed to be spoken.

He was presented as a character in ritual drama. I wish to make clear that he is more than a character I made up. He is an entity who appeared to me, and decided to remain with me during the lead up to camp and throughout camp. He simply watched things unfold for the most part. He did wish to have his presence be made known but not so much so that he interfered.

For each ritual he did not appear in, he asked me to leave something associated with him somewhere in the ritual space. Each day, I did not know what he wanted to leave until the afternoon of that ritual. That is when it would be communicated to me with just enough time for me to place the object.

The first ritual, he was there to greet everyone.

The second ritual, he left his lanterns on the benches in the middle of the space.

The third ritual, he appeared again at the request of the ritual arc team.

The fourth ritual, he left his hat in a chair with the king’s purple cloak.

The fifth ritual, he left his staff in the stage area behind all the performances.

The sixth ritual, the old man’s guides with their lantern staffs led the procession.

The seventh ritual, he appeared once again to speak, and then to reveal his identity.

No, I did not know his identity prior to the morning of that seventh ritual.

In case anyone is feeling left out, the old man was Quan Yin’s dragon companion in a human guise.

My experience was that this particular dragon wanted to help. However, it was heard that we did not wish to have dragons present for this camp. This dragon took the form of the old man to honor that wish. He also did not wish to be dishonest and chose to reveal himself at the end.

Thank you for allowing the space for that magic to happen. And thank you for allowing me to take that journey with the “Old Man”.

Your friend,

Dragonheart

Jul 22 Comments

TAKE THE MUSIC OF SPIRALHEART’S 2014 CAMP HOME WITH YOU! 
This year all of the amazing, wonderfully unique, music made during the week will be made available at the end of camp for a small donation (suggested $5) to the SPH Scholarship Fund. Just be sure to bring a thumb/jump drive (preferably 8GB or larger) with you to camp. Let Orion know that you’re interested in a copy of the music, and the files will be downloaded to your drive at the end of the week. That’s it. No waiting two or three weeks after you get home for a package in the mail, and no trying to figure out how to download a huge file from some website. Come to camp, take the music home with you. And help send another witch to camp in the process! Don’t forget that 100% of the revenue raised will go straight into the SPH scholarship fund!
See you all soon!Orion and The Spiralheart Media Cell

TAKE THE MUSIC OF SPIRALHEART’S 2014 CAMP HOME WITH YOU! 

This year all of the amazing, wonderfully unique, music made during the week will be made available at the end of camp for a small donation (suggested $5) to the SPH Scholarship Fund. Just be sure to bring a thumb/jump drive (preferably 8GB or larger) with you to camp. Let Orion know that you’re interested in a copy of the music, and the files will be downloaded to your drive at the end of the week. That’s it. No waiting two or three weeks after you get home for a package in the mail, and no trying to figure out how to download a huge file from some website. Come to camp, take the music home with you. And help send another witch to camp in the process! Don’t forget that 100% of the revenue raised will go straight into the SPH scholarship fund!

See you all soon!
Orion and The Spiralheart Media Cell

Jul 08 Comments

Registration for Samhain Workshop 2014

Registration for our 2014 Samhain Workshop is now open! 

In this workshop, we will engage with the magics of desire, death, and liberation so that we may live our lives to the fullest.  We invite Quan Yin and Freyja to share their wisdom with us about life, death, and love. We call on the watery aspects of Quan Yin’s compassionate love for all beings and honor the face of Freyja, mistress of the Hall of Fallen Heroes, with her passionate love for life and the in between ways, to be with us through this time of transition. 

Click through for more info and to access our online registration form!

Jul 03 Comments

Alchemeet Tonight!

Join us tonight at 8pm EST on tinychat.com/spiralheart for our once-a-month pagan meeting-of-minds! Tonight’s discussion will be lead by Orion and will focus on controversial magic, spells that are sometimes even “taboo”. 

Visit our Alchemeet Page for details on how to join if you need a reminder. See you all soon!

Jun 30 Comments

Registration for Spiralheart's Summer Witchcamp ends June 30th!

If you haven’t yet registered for this year’s camp, now is definitely the time! There’s only a week left before registration closes and we will no longer be accepting additional campers. All the gooey details about what your days will be like, what paths will be available, this year’s story and who will be facilitating is available on our Summer Intensive Page at www.spiralheart.org/summer

Hope to see you soon!

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Blessed Litha!

Blessed Litha!

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Alchemeet Announced!

Spiralheart’s Seventh Alchemeet will be hosted Orion, on Monday, June 30th at 8pm EST on tinychat, so block it off on your calendars! Feel free to signal boost, all are welcome

"TALKING TABOO: The Spells We Never Mention"

Abortion. Just the word alone is sometimes enough to create conflict. I, like most Pagans, am pro-choice. I always thought that if I found myself pregnant I would get an abortion without a second thought. Yet when I did find myself in that situation I realized that, for many reasons, I couldn’t do it. My son was born in October and life has been pretty good since. Until, to my shock, I got pregnant again. It was a situation that I (literally) could not afford to be in. This time I needed an abortion. But all the reasons that I hadn’t been able to do so the first time still applied. What could I do? It was the most difficult situation I have ever been in. 

Naturally I turned to magic— only to find that there was no support to be found. No spells readily available, no information, even, on what I could do or what others have done. It seems that even in a relatively progressive culture, such as our own, some things are still considered taboo. Yet what is magic for if not these heavy, tangled, and at times traumatic, life moments? 

Come with an open mind and hear about one witch’s choice to abort, and the magic that helped support them through the process. I recognize that this Alchemeet may be more controversial and incendiary than most— I only offer my personal experience, and encourage everyone to listen to one another, think well of each other, and be willing to question your own beliefs.

Join us for our once-a-month Pagan meeting-of-minds! It should run about an hour, give or take, and is available to anyone who would like to join. Read more about Alchemeet. And remember, we’ve updated our policy regarding the tiny chat password— so check out the Alchemeet Page if you need a reminder!

Jun 20 : 5 notes Comments

ALCHEMEET ANNOUNCED!

Spiralheart’s sixth Alchemeet will be hosted by Helaena on Tuesday, June 10th at 8pm EST on Tinychat, so block it off on your calendars! Feel free to signal boost, all are welcome.

"Aspecting with Helaena"
Aspecting is a paradox among us, fraught with preconceptions, misconceptions, and the potential for danger. In one breath, we revel in it, especially in the ritual setting–the chance to Speak to God; on the other, we fear it, and don’t know what to think when our circle closes its casting. I do not pretend to know all that there is to know about aspecting, but I offer to share my experience and understanding as a long-term vessel and how I came to fill that role; to ask questions about the nature of aspect in its practical and existential capacities; and to open up to your questions, even of the most personal nature, around my working in aspect—both what it’s like while I’m doing it, as well as how I am treated by my fellows before and after. Get something of a sneak peek into one of our Summer Intensive Paths, get to know one of your Facilitators more intimately and come get your feet wet!
Join us for our once-a-month pagan meeting-of-minds! It should run about an hour, give or take, and is available to anyone who would like to join. Read more about Alchemeet.
And remember, we’ve updated our policy regarding the tiny chat password— so check out the Alchemeet Page if you need a reminder!
Jun 04 : 3 notes Comments

Days With Dee: Issue 4: The learning keeps on coming!

Sorry this has been such a lapse from my last entry.  I have been incredibly busy and it has all been witch related!  Now that is exciting!

Starting with Ostara…….I attended a ritual with Solitaries of the Silver Broom where we made Ostara eggs writing our intentions on them.  During the ritual we blessed them and we all took them home where you could either ingest them or bury them.  It depended on the intention of the egg.  To bring it into your life, eat.  To rid yourself of something, bury.  With my other coven, Solitaries of the Chosen Path, we did the same thing.  Difference is that we buried all the eggs we were going to bury together.  We wanted to keep them together because we felt it would amp up the power.  

We also did a wonderful ritual where we raised energy with the praise circle.  This is where we go around the room three times each saying what we like, are grateful for and then love.  My sister was up from Texas and it was amazing to have her part of this.  She is a practicing solitary where she lives. As you go each round of the circle, you can feel the energy building and by the time you get to love, wow, you can just about fly. 

A few weeks after Ostara, I was dedicated into the coven of the Solitaries of the Silver Broom.  I would love to be able to tell you what happened, but I was to keep my eyes closed the whole time.  Now, nothing weird happened, although they tried to psyche me out and tell me that a few people had not survived.  Hee Hee  All I can say is that I felt HIGH energy and definitely folded into the coven.  Feeling safe and secure.  They are a great group of people and I do enjoy working with them.  

Shortly after this, our Elder wanted to do a special Beltane ritual.  He and the High Priestess hold it every year at their house.  Expansive lawn!!  Takes about 5 minutes, or so it seems, to walk to the back of the property.  Anyway, he decided to play a prank on the rest of the coven.  We were to perform a “ritual” and do it badly.  When the acting High Priestess “did things in the wrong order,” he broke etiquette and interrupted them.  Now, he is a stickler for NOT doing that.  Most of the coven who were not in on the joke pretty much freaked out.  After he invoked the God, we broke out into dance with the song Happy.  It was so great.  For a few minutes everyone wasn’t sure what the hell was going on.  They all thought we were taken over by the God.  Pretty much what we were aiming for.  I enjoyed being part of that.  And being a newbie, it was believable that we would “screw” up.  After that we ate and drank and were merry.  Gotta love a good ice luge for shots!  :)

I have been attending classes and varying rituals at the Broom.  Every month they have a Zodiac ritual.  Those are done in silence and pull in the energy of the sign, the totem animal and the God/Goddess that are associated with that sign.  The two women who run these are amazing.  Such good humor and so willing to teach and explain anything you need to know.  What I do love about Solitaries of Silver Broom is that it is a teaching coven.  Yep, learning and learning.  :)

I have been attending a new series of classes given by the Elder in the coven.  It is called Magic, Miracles and Mysticism.  We have been learning about the chakras and how each work.  Now we are onto the archetypes.  Breaking each week down into categories.  Already learned about the four that we all have…Child, Prostitute, Victim/Victimizer and Saboteur.  All have the light to dark sides.  We just worked with the feminine and the masculine archetypes this past week.  I am already picking out these in other people.  I can see that I have the Queen and the Father archetypes in me.  Queen……all the ranges of dark to light.  I can see the Father archetype of taking charge and being that shining light for my kids.  I am so looking forward to learning more and more so that I can apply this knowledge to tarot card readings.  It will enable me to have more insight and give a very informative reading for any client.  

Another thing that I attend fairly often is called the Vortex.  Our Elder channels Source and comes through with amazing insights.  Personally I feel it is a therapy session for two hours and only costs $10……no insurance necessary and a pretty low co-pay if I do say so.  There is a starting topic, but we veer off if we desire to.  It is fun and insightful at the same time.  Lots of laughing always goes on.  I always leave feeling refreshed.  

Solitaries of the Chosen Path is a few people that I met originally from the Broom.  We decided to have our own so that we can focus on different things that we are drawn to.  Mostly working with the new moon and full moon.  Plus it makes it more intense when we are the ones designing and creating our own rituals.  I don’t look at as one or the other, but just like belonging to multiple clubs or a few sporting teams.  Just a different vibe and different levels of expertise.  I am enjoying spreading my spiritual wings and learning to fly on my own.

Now we are planning a Litha and I am looking forward to creating this ritual.  Can we say bonfire???  

It is almost been a full year that I started down this path.  I am truly grateful for all the people from SpiralHeart, Silver Broom and the Chosen Path who have helped me with the molding of my new self.  Without any of you being in place, not sure if I would be so on fire and excited about my life.  I never was a good student.  Pretty much hated school, but now I find myself wanting to dive into learning.  That was not what I saw coming.  So a HUGE thank you to all of the people in my life now and, hopefully, will always be there.

Blessed Be!!!

Dee

Jun 02 : 2 notes Comments

Spiralheart's Samhain Workshop

Each year Spiralheart hosts a Samhain Workshop. Generally offered during the last weekend of October, the Samhain workshop varies from year to year. This year we are privileged to offer the following (click through for full info):

Fire & Water, Bright & Dark: the Magic of Desire, Death, and Liberation
October 10-12, 2014
Pocahontas State Park, near Richmond VA

In this workshop, we will engage with the magics of desire, death, and liberation so that we may live our lives to the fullest.  We invite Quan Yin and Freyja to share their wisdom with us about life, death, and love. We call on the watery aspects of Quan Yin’s compassionate love for all beings and honor the face of Freyja, mistress of the Hall of Fallen Heroes, with her passionate love for life and the in between ways, to be with us through this time of transition. 

May 29 : 1 note Comments