Sometimes the call of our before life and our after life is strong. For me, it is especially so in Autumn. The life I am beyond this human existence sings to us on winds and as leaves fall and clouds dance. Pulls at me to go back, to sing the song of remembrance that will catapult through time and space to inner self. Hiraeth some would refer to this calling, pulling, missing, yearning, wanting. How I miss everything as soon as it ends. The colors of morning my young eye’s once saw, my little girl’s voice now changed forever, my pets long gone, family which have forged into their return before me; I miss them all.
A couple of years ago I took my first Shamanic core training class of Michael Harner’s. It was very helpful to me and basically gave me a map and compass for places I was already journeying. Since taking the class (actually taught by Susan Mokelke) it has been very easy for me to communicate, at least visually with loved ones’ power animal.
In class, it was pressed upon me, that if one’s power animal was sickly then in order to have the person heal, the power animal must be healed first. If the power animal would not heal then a journey should be made to attain a strong, healthy power animal. It was often thought that if the power animal died so to would the person who belonged to that power animal.
I have kept this piece of information to heart. When I come across a loved one unwell, I ask to see their power animal. If it looks strong and healthy, I do nothing more. If it looks in need of a healing, I then offer a healing to my loved one.
Recently though, I had a friend that was fighting several cancers. The cancer was extensive but only newly found. Treatment was optimistic. And she continued to work without complaint. She worked as an elementary school specialist and helped children get the extra resources they needed. When I asked to see her power animal, I saw a very healthy, if not glowingly stork.
At first, I was a little taken aback, because I still associate stocks with bringers of babies. But when I thought about it, I thought that the stork is also inline with communication and calm. My friend worked with younger children, where communication was her strength and she could use a calming presence for all the treatments she was enduring. So, at second thought this was a great fit!
So, the stork was very healthy indeed! My sense was that this stork was a newly arrived power animal to aid her in her fight. And even though, the stork was very healthy, I still gave my friend a healing to help her as I could.
But my friend did not win her battle with cancer. She passed very quickly, within two months.
It was then that I realized the magnificent stork was not there to hep her heal, but to give her comfort and help her to leave this world. And that if a power animal helps to escort souls coming into this world, it could certainly be called to help escort those leaving. Inwhich case, the power animal would look very healthy and not sickly. Because it is their to do its job, help guide their person’s spirit into the next world. So, in the future when the power animal looks very strong and your patient or loved one looks weak and unwell, ask yourself what is the roll and job of this power animal? Or better yet, ask the power animal. Is it generally known to be a psychopomp? or a healer?
A total side note here:
A second power animal that is also a psychopomp is the Bobcat. Known for working with midwives, nurses and pediatric doctors, the Bobcat is an escorting Spirit worker of babies coming into the physical. If you are in the line of work of physically helping babies arrive into this world, then calling on the Bobcat can be helpful, especially in tricky situations.
Many people would take a pause to think of their fish as an actual guardian in their home. Really what are they going to do attack an intruder? Will the intruder turn and run in fear? Will they make such a commotion with their fins that the neighbor will wake to see what the matter is?
Well, yes! no and no. But lets start at the beginning and the magick that is involved with fish in a fish bowl. If you have a bowl and fill it half or 3/4 full of water the rest of the bowl contains air. If you put aquarium dirt and a plant you then have earth. When you have a fish in there you are adding fire. So, already without doing anything else you have the four magickal elements in one small container. It has become (in the hands of a witch) a magickal tool.
I will tell you that I have not fully delved into this magick. But my belief is that it is an easy access to vortexes. What I do know is that such fish bowls clear the air of negativity such a way like sage smudging or incense burning. The movement of the fish through the water, the exchange of air and carbon dioxide all act as an energy exchange.
Additionally, you can add crystals or metal rocks into the bowl that you have programmed for specific magick. A note here, adding a metal piece will add the fifth element in Fung Shui.
What about cats?! You might ask? Not speaking for every cat but my two cats are young and one is especially mischievous. They do love to drink the fish bowl water! But after 8 months of having 5 fish bowls in the house none have been injured by my cats. In fact, the male guppies swim right up to their mouth when the cats drink. I have seen my cat have to spit out the guppies. The other fish have the sense to stay away from their mouths! Also, the plants do give the fish a place to hide and be unseen when they want to be invisible.
The fish I like to add are the ones that do not need a filter. I keep the house warm enough that the fish don’t freeze but if that is a concern in your home then a $0.19 goldfish just might be prefect. The other good fish, in my experience have been, miniature guppies which are only about a 1/2 inch long. Guppies cost about $0.99 to $3.00. And Betta fish are the most elegant of creatures. They can cost anywhere from $4.00 to $40.00 depending on breed, breeder and store. All of these fish are fresh water, air breathing fish. They can all surface for air and will also enjoy eating the occasional insect that swims in.
Goldfish can live to be 20 years old and never stop growing. They are smart and can be gold or white or black or red. They come in many, many breeds and cost will vary depending on breed. They are the messiest, most hardy, best cold water, and longest living of the three types of fish I have listed. Goldfish are said to bring in prosperity and positive energy. Always growing, “gold” in name and contain a wisdom about them are some of their spiritual properties.
The Guppies are in constant motion, smallest brain and live for about 2 years. With these guys you can have several in your bowl (while if you have a goldfish or a betta you should only have one). If you have males and females they will breed and deliver live babies. but they also will eat their young. The guppies are found in different sizes but they are all small. Some are more fancy then others and some are more hardy. The spirit of the guppy is their embracement of life and living it. Not stopping or slowing at an impasse, they will quickly find away to move over, around or under it. They work together yet have a feisty and competitive spirit.
The Bettas will actually sit on the bottom of the bowl and take in many visual cues. They sometimes try to eat flies they see sitting outside their bowl. They have a big enough brian to have a personality of their own. The males, when happy blow bubbles into a fancy bubble net. Those of you that enjoy bubble magick might be very drawn to such creatures. They do not live long about 2 years but are incredibly graceful. The males are warrior spirit attack fish and will seek to destroy any other fish they view as competition (this would include fancy guppies or other males bettas). This spirit can easily be persuaded to guard the emotional bodies in your home if not spiritual ones as well.
I also like to include a snail for clean up work. They have great large snails like the mystery snail. and smaller snails that come with almost any purchased water plant. The fish seem to enjoy their company even the bettas. But the bettas take the most notice of them, it can be fun to watch. If you really like the idea of a magick fish bowl but really don’t want the fish snails would be good. They are made to clean and cleanse their space and will help provide a grounded calm space/room. My only suggestion would be to stick your finger in the water and give it 11, 22, or 33 whirls around every so often to get movement.
So, yes the fishbowl fish will attack an intruder especially if it is a mosquito which all these fish eat. But they can work in conjunction with you to attack negative entities and emotions which would elsewise “sit” around. Any stones which you use can be taken out and recharged by the full moon. These bowls are meditative, beautiful, magickal tools whose magick could lead anywhere.
The fish bowl pictured at the top of the page is my favorite one in the house. It sits on the coffee table and gives a feeling that you are over looking a pond. All other photos are not mine and have been linked to their original website or my best effort.
Well last year was my first year with the Pagan-Blog-Project and it was a wonderful experience. Both in the putting together a short article of important thought (or dribble) but in the reading of wonderful writers and sharers of the craft. I feel that I have grown and matured into my craft in many ways and much and more is because of this blog project. If you are sitting on the fence about whether to join or not please join in!
In the fall of 2011 I joined my first coven and activity sought out any information I could on Witchcraft, Wicca, Traditional Crafting, Shamanic Studies. I always had one foot in the spiritual but this was my first departure from Christian theology. And I was scared. It took a lot of personal strength for me to get around the word “Witch.” But since my first step out onto this path I have met wonderful witches. Wonderful people by any name but they choose the name witch because it is most fitting. And thank the stars for the internet and making this an easys and safe way to communicate and find out more about a subject and find online classes and meet ups and book recommendations.
I want to personally thank Raven, Rider and Luna my first coven mates. For a wonderful witchy crafting experience, that let me really know that I have a talent as well as a heart in this tradition.
GreenHeart Grove a wonderful group of witches with hearts as large as the ocean
And Elayne Lockhart for warm wisdom and lessons and befriending me.
But I guess I really have not said much about me. I am a mother of school aged children, I am the one people ask if I can pick-up their child or look after them, a school/classroom aid (usually). I volunteered in the Navy for 6 wonderful, adventurous years. And for my beliefs: I absolutely believe I am able to connect into the universe to help heal others, to manifest and make real my prayers and hopes as they pertain to me and my. That I help unborn come into being and help the dead into the spirit land. That I have a rich animal totem of all animal forms and that any will come to my aid when in need. That all Totem sprits will leave you if you abuse your power/authority with them to injury others. That our thoughts as well as our deeds are recorded for our history. That time is the greatest mystery. That magick is real and it is Gratitude coupled with intent blended with desire or M=G(i+d). And whether you want to call it luck, miracle, magick, effort or by anyother name it is r e a l. That Trees are awakening again. That each tree and plant have a spirit. I have a great love for Wood Wands. That there are the 3 Shamanic realms of upper world, lower world and middle world (See http://www.shamanicstudies.com). That………….