The Viel, Vessel & Web hosted by Fio Santika

I got my ass to an amazing weekend workshop by the lovely Fio Santika last week. Advertised as below:

The Viel, Vessel & Web: Two Days of Possession, Oracular Trance & Spellcraft

This two-day intensive explores the Witch as the Seer, the Vessel and the Caster of Spells. Together we will delve deeply beyond the Veil to acquire the Gift of Sacred Sight and ignite the Seer within. We will cleanse, clear and align Self with All-Self and become the Holy Vessel to the Hidden, Mysterious and Mighty Potencies – to draw down/in the Gods and Spirits and to allow for direct interface and intimacy with the human community. We will also reclaim the sorcery inherent in our Craft and learn tried and true techniques for successful and ecstatic spellcraft – to wilfully and willingly weave with the strands of the Web and work with the Will of God Herself to attain to Desire, fulfil Necessity and affect Change.

In order to attend this intensive you must have a foundational magical practice that is alive to you and a conscious and tended relationship with your Spirits.

Look, I’ve not got a lot to share other than this is brilliant and if you get a chance to attend one of these weekends you should. Fio teaches all over the globe.

We don’t do a lot of possessory work in modern witchcraft. It’s certainly highly frowned on by many, especially in the Pagan community. Packed into the weekend were techniques I’d never otherwise have had the chance to try, possessory experiences I’d never had the chance to experience and some serious eye opening along my own path…

I can’t thank Fio enough for giving me the opportunity to attend. I will be revisiting these techniques for many years to come, no doubt.

There’s More Than a Little Joy to be Found Amongst the Flowers

Curled on a low bench seat beneath a fig tree on a warm afternoon I knew immediately that it was going to be a lovely day. We gathered to celebrate the second day of Anthesteria. Libations and wine flowed freely, food and words passed around between old friends and new.

Lovely was not the definition. It was superb. I’ve never left a gathering of magical types so very happy. Arms had been thrown open, we had been allowed to be as vulnerable as one can be with strangers (and no doubt the wine helped), we had danced and sung, cast and divined.*

At the end this little group felt more like community than any I’d dealt with before. Of course, hours after we talked of potential future rites and gatherings, they handed me a tarot deck. And how easily it flowed there under the fig, in Dionysus’ grove.

Io Evohe!

I see good things ahead. Many good things.

It’s funny how sometimes you find what you’ve been seeking where you least expect it.

*And maybe lit someone on fire 😛

Link: In Praise of the Body

Article 1 – A review of what sounds to be a truly horrendous book and a discussion of witch as body:

The witch-as-body is also the body-as-witch, the raw experience of the poor, the Necromancer cradling a skull and crying, the tired single-mother sipping coffee in mis-matched pajamas.  Herein is the secret that cannot be learned, cannot be understood, cannot be comprehended or dissected.” 

Article 2 – In praise of the Body which is a lovely short form response:

“Throw away your pre-conceived ideas about slimness and muscle tone, and learn to appreciate bodies as people. Throw away the pre-packaged concepts of beauty imposed by the kyriarchy, and learn to look at bodies the way an artist would: as compositions of line and tone and form, of light and shadow.”

Article Link: God, Goddess, and Other: Fertility faiths and queer identities

Article: http://www.spiralnature.com/spirituality/paganism/god-goddess-other.html

I’m somewhat torn between really liking this article and wanting to slap the author upside the head. The article is coming from a really wonderfully thoughtful and sweet place. It is also incredibly respectful of the religion it writes about – being Wicca. Their points on inclusiveness and working towards making spaces more inclusive are well thought out and worth reading.

The head slap drive comes from yet another member of the LGBTQ community, of yet another minority community, being oblivious to the fact that the ‘majority’ have needs too, and that they have the right to create spaces that fulfil their needs as much as we do (I’m in under the Q if you’re desperate to know). That means that, yes, they DO have the right to cis-female or male only spaces.

Everyone has the need for safe and focussed spaces. Being cis-gendered doesn’t magically remove that need. This goes both ways. We need safe and focussed spaces, and so do they. We need safe exclusive spaces, and so do they. They have as much right to those spaces as we do.