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February Exercise - Heart Chalice Meditation

HEART CHALICE MEDITATION (basic version)
(as given to me by Wilow Zachubi, Reclaiming Priestess Extraordinaire!)

Fire Exercise: Iron Pentacle

I am adding the Iron Pentacle to the list of fire exercises.

Sex - Pride - Self - Power - Passion

Mediatate on each vertice imagining it being inscribed by the gods on your body as an earth invoking pentacle. (Hint: Pride is your right foot.)

References:

Fire Exercises

There are four fire exercises assigned:

  • Chakra Blooming
  • Cyclic Chakra Breathing (2 types)
  • Emerald Heart Technique
  • Pranayama or Yoga Breathing (various types)

The Fire Exercises document either describes the techniques or provides pointers to where additional information is available.

Forty Day Practice - Begins By Beltane

If you have not begun your forty day practice yet, you must begin by Beltane, May 1st.

If you miss a day, just extend your practice by a day. If you miss 10 days -- extend ten days. Do not allow a missed practice to be an excuse to stop.

If you have not posted any summations or insights, you need to begin posting immediately.

Stop making excuses. Just do it.

January Readings

The January reading assignments are now available on the resource page of the portal. I have included copyrighted material. Please do not share these without my permission. The article on the classic three vows is a draft and will become the intro to a collection of articles on vocation.

We will discuss some of these issues this upcoming weekend.

Katrina

Optional: Earth Challenge

Take the Touch The Earth Quiz!
Touch The Earth Quiz!

This is only for folks who think the earth exercises are too namby-pamby.
http://www.proteuscoven.org/proteus/Touch.htm

Spring Readings

I suggest you purchase Wendy Palmer's book. The other two you should either borrow from your local library or get a copy of the reading from someone (like me for example).

  • The Intuitive Body by Wendy Palmer, Introduction & Part 1: "The Body - Establishing our Ground" (Chps 1-5), pps 1-52
  • The Spell of the Sensuous by David Abram, Chapter 1: "The Ecology of Magic", pps 3-29
  • Art is a Way of Knowing by Pat B.

Spring: Air Exercises

Pick any two of the following. Try each for a week, then use the one that resonates regularly for a month. At the end of the month, try one of the remaining two for a week, then keep doing the air practice that works for you as long as it feels helpful.

The Cleansing of the Vessel

From by Francesca De Grandis, pps 240-242, modified by Katrina Messenger...

Steps

  1. Place a white candle (tea light or votive) in front of you and optionally light frankincense.
  2. Contemplate happiness, joy, contentment and satisfaction -- bring all of this to the front of your awareness.
  3. Imagine the Goddess is there with you, filled with love for you. She is as kind and loving as you could imagine, without judgement or blame -- and she wants to heal you. Again bring this to the front of your awareness.
  4. Focus on the issues and problems you have been facing within your life. Really get in touch with your fears, angers and other blocks to your essential flow. Bring these forward in your awareness.
  5. Keeping all of the above forward in your awareness and recite the following prayer.
Kindest Mother:
I show you these wounds
that I have suffered.
Though I did not cause these wounds,
in my pain I have hurt myself further
and perhaps hurt others.
I am ready now to be cleansed of all these things
that pain and bind me.
Cleanse and heal me
so that I am a vessel not of pain
but of love.
Cleanse and heal me
so that I can be filled
with the passionate caring
that you feel for Dian-y-glas
Cleanse and heal me
so that I can drink in such love
as You and my God feel for each other,
a love that echoes all of creation.
And now guide me,
showing me a new way,
a path of love and healthy abundance.

[Now light the candle.]
So mote it be.

I usually feel the lighting of the candle within my crown chakra. I literally feel the candle as it is burning down in my physical and subtle bodies -- slowly burning from my crown to the soles of my feet. It feels sooooo good, like I am being purified through the flames. Your mileage may vary ... of course.

Water Exercise: Heart Chalice Meditation

You may remember this old favorite from last February.

Goal: To fill up your heart and life with the blessings of the Goddess. Try doing it every day for at least a week.

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