In honor of the spring, I'm happy to present a guest post from WildCat Magic!
Sometimes dreams die, and we must recover the creative energy bound up in our regrets in order to nourish the seeds of new priorities. Read about a new magical tool to do this below.
Magical Practice: Look - Feel - Turn - Rise!
Where have you buried your bitter disappointments, failed attempts, missed opportunities, might-have-beens, lost hopes, broken dreams, unfulfilled desires, rejected gifts, unrequited loves, and half-mourned relationships? We are all mortals, dear ones, and all have shadows in our past. In order to release the creative power bound up in our regrets, we must dig deep into these dark and dirty places. We must have courage to see our failures for what they are, feel the pain of their consequences, and let the emotion turn (as emotions always do), in order to rise up again and create something new. Tomorrow is indeed another day!
This magical process -- Look, Feel, Turn, Rise -- is a powerful tool I encourage you to try, and repeat as often as you need to, "a thousand times," to free up your power to create!
To begin the process, find a mirror you choose to use as a magical tool (or you can use an astral mirror in your imagination), light a candle, and place a second unlit candle nearby. Listen to the recorded trance journey to visit Persephone, Demeter, and your ancestors, who also suffered disappointment in their lives, and may wish to aid you in rising again. Travel to a sacred place to meet them, look into the mirror, and have the courage to face the truth of the ending of a dream.
Allow yourself to feel as much of the emotions that arise as you are willing to feel at this time. Acknowledge your pain and validate it as a proportional response to your loss. Persephone and Demeter and your other Allies, both human and Divine, are here to witness and support you.
When you feel the emotion shift, light the second candle. All is not lost! While the consequences of our choices are real, it is our attachment to outcomes that causes us to suffer when things don't work out the way we had hoped they would. Let go... this dream may be dying, but the future is still full of possibilities... Feel the love in your heart that is your creative life force, your own Divine Spirit that is always connected to the Wild, True Love of the gods. You have much left to create out of LOVE. Feel your sap rising!
Celebrate your rebirth! Listen to an inspiring song, dance, and sing along. Reach out to your community and be open to seeing new possibilities to co-create. You may enjoy this song, (re)created as a chant by Amy and Swan for the recent Reclaiming LA Ostara ritual: Rise Up!
It is Spring, and the soil is ready for new seeds to sprout -- it is time to rise up and recreate ourselves, one more time!
Here's an inspiring quote to get you started on the process ...
It is official. I did not get the life I wanted... Sometimes [our dream and our destiny] are one and the same, and sometimes they're not. Often our dreams are just a path to our destinies. .. While you [have your] head down, sweating, cursing, stressing, furiously working with broken tools [to build your dream], ... [Love] is busy building your destiny. And there is as much beauty in your destiny as there was in your dream. Let go and believe that whatever it is, it will be beautiful.
Love and Magic,
WildCat has been teaching magic for many years, working with a variety of goddesses and gods. Trained as a Witch in the Feri and Reclaiming traditions, she is true to her WildCat name, drilling for spiritual experience in the places between charted territories, and her practice and teaching draw upon a number of traditions. She loves the consciousness she has developed and the ecstasy she has felt practicing magic. She gets a kick out of sharing her experience and co-creating new and powerful transformational magic in each class. For her, magic is an important ethical act as well as exciting -- "what we do between the worlds changes us and all the worlds!" Check out WildCat's current offerings on her website:www.wildcatmagic.org, and sign up for her monthly newsletter.