Positive feedback is always welcome. As I develop my notions about modern Pagan spirit arte I am especially thankful to those of my friends and colleagues who actually do the work and especially who tell me about it. Today I received a nice note about some results that I fell like sharing.
This woman is a long-time ADF member who has done much of my Nine Moons work as well as some of the ADF in-house training. In this email she refers to a small rite of offering and openness-to-contact that I worked as the final piece for the Pagan Fires seminar. It was very simple and general, aimed at calling all those of the Three Kindreds who cared to answer. We intended to go past simply honoring the spirits to asking them to show themselves and converse, and we got several good responses. This is the only written example, so I’ll just print it…
I leave out the name of her spirit-contact, as that’s not mine to share. Otherwise a few edits for summary.
… would just like to update you on some cool things that have happened in my own spiritual work and then also for the grove, since PF.
So first thing was the meditation you led that evening to make contact. I had kind of an intent, as part of the WG (Warriors’ Guild of ADF) StudyProgram to meet and work with a spirit that reflects that particular interest (could be animal, ancestor, god, whatever). I went in with that intent ...
The spirit that appeared was a man wearing mostly plain clothing from whatever ancient era I don't know, and a cloth cap. I had seen him before at a similar rite at some other festival or another, and assumed it was Lugh because ....I can't remember why. Although it never really felt like Lugh (could be from the court of Lugh though? Hmmm). He said his name was (***)I'm spelling it phonetically because it's in Gaelic....(***) Anyway, this is also the same energy I feel with me sometimes when I'm running or working out or whatever, so with a few questions and some later work...yeah, (mission accomplished). Woot!
We also (as a grove) do a members-only trance journey once in a while. It's so far once a quarter. Anyway, we used your 9 'categories' of nature spirits as a starter, and then went on a journey through each of the elements. Almost everyone there had VERY powerful experiences, receiving guides and insight from all 9 areas. I got a whole bunch of goodness, and two specific beings with names. (My first response post-wake up..."Great...more spirits...." :) )
Then, we honored the 9 elements in our Beltane rite. Typically we've honored nature spirits in general there (as a bookend for Samhain where we honor ancestors) and it's of course themed toward your general totem animals and such. This year I invoked and made offering to spirits of all nine elements. I wish I could remember what I said. There was a last minute kind of switcheroo, and I kind of made it up on the spot. I might be able to reconstruct it, in case you want to add it to something in the future.
Anyway, that's all. See you next weekend, and have a good day!
Very cool to see a duile summoning used in a group rite like that. Very cool to have these ideas percolating out there. Next step remains employing this stuff for more real-world outcomes, but there’s still plenty of development to do as well. May they make a strong brew!