Renewal

Preparing for Renewal with Cerridwen

Some of the work contained here originally appeared on Revelations of a Witch and permission granted to use.

Before we dive into the cauldron with Cerridwen, she warned me there were gates to pass through to reach her. The keys to the gates made their way to me through dream time meetings with this Goddess. These keys are to gates that are owned, not by Cerridwen, but by each of us. They are heavily guarded by energetic forces that we possess: fear, disconnection, and uncertainty. I am going to share how we get past these gatekeepers of our own creation in preparation for the reclamation of your Witch’s Spark with Cerridwen.

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Between Habit and Intention

The spirit of renewal and the Witch’s Spark is a type of soul doctrine, between the Witch and the Universe, whereby the Witch is guided purposefully forward into the next season. What lives between habit and intention is the difference between kindling the spark of renewal within and fanning the flames to clear the path before us. Just as a spark and a flame are connected in essence, the three keys to the gates leading to the Witch’s Spark are too. All three keys have three additional aspects that they work on and will remove the gatekeepers of disconnection, uncertainty, and fear.

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Key #1 ~ Movement

Movement removes the gatekeeper of disconnection. There are different kinds of movement here and they are associated with three aspects:

  • The Body
  • The Mind
  • The Magic

The equation is connecting all three. This key has taught me that if I cannot connect with my own self/body, how am I connecting with others or with my magic? (Hint: not well!). Moving the body outdoors for a change of scenery, moving the body physically if able, or even moving (safely) within proximity to others allows us to experience this world as it is, pick up on energetic shifts, and feel into the body deeply. We can find where we are holding stress, fear, anxiety, and other sources of friction. This can be the connection to the mind. How can we transform and transcend this friction into a spark that guides and connects us to our purpose- to our intention? How can we use this energy and intention to fan the flames of renewal in our magic?

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Key #2 ~ Meditation

Meditation removes the gatekeeper of uncertainty. Meditation allows a deeper discipline that reinforces connection. There are many types or subsections of meditation, from mindfulness to shamanic journeys, but here again we are looking to connect the three aspects:

  • The Body
  • The Mind
  • The Magic

Through meditation we can tap into our ability to control the monkey mind and enhance our ability to focus. Meditation is a key that opens the gate to deeper connections with the body (including the ability to heal), the ability to deeply focus the mind, and transform our magic through connecting with energy at a causal level versus effect level. When we utilize this key, we are signaling that we are ready to fan the flames of our purpose, passion, and magic.

Key #3 ~ Magic

Magic is the final key to the final gate, and it removes the gatekeeper of fear. Once again, we can view this key through three aspects:

  • The Body
  • The Mind
  • The Magic

We each have an ability, a unique magic that sets us apart from everyone else. This key beckons to us to re-member – to put back together that which has been forgotten or hidden away. The magic of our sexuality and sensuality is only one example of magic that lies within the body. The ability to connect with plants for healing is another.

The magic of the mind is the ability to transmute or change our perception, our consciousness, and deeply think about how we are using our magic.

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Are we using it only defensively? Are we only doing magic that is habitual? How are we practicing the actual magic or witchcraft? Is it a practice or is it only when we need something? The magic (of magic) is that the only boundaries are the ones we place upon it. The moment we signal that we are leaving habit, that we are intentionally re-membering that which is unique to us, the inner Witch’s Spark is set ablaze. Renewal has begun and her Doctrine of the Season is signed.

May your spark light up the sky when you rise from the Cauldron,

Kaycee

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Renewal: The Inner Spark

With Imbolc fast approaching and my commitment to magic and traditions that are full-hearted, I have been deeply invested in identifying where I feel connections. Imbolc speaks to the return of the spark, the beginning of the necessary cycle that brings forth a season of renewal and the abundance of Spring. It is the movement happening deep within the soil and so it goes with inner aspirations, those little seeds that have been planted within us, that are us, waiting for us to pay attention.

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What Lies Beneath

Many of us have been thinking about our goals, our next season, planning, and preparing for it. Some of us have even encountered a bit of resistance or wonder where our drive to accomplish these goals has gone. This is the time to check in again. Check in with those deeply hidden seeds, to make sure that the resistance isn’t caused by the tension of conditioning and what it is that we are truly seeking. What lies beneath is an evolutionary function, one that initiates us into not just understanding what we want, but also the journey of belonging fully as we are.

In Mother Night: Myths, Stories, and Teachings for Learning to See in the Dark (2010), Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D., discusses this idea of the journey. Of how we are disconnected from our gifts (usually as children) through stories like that of Erlkönig, where a father traveling with his son, cannot see that this being is coming for his son. The son is fearful. He warns his father that this monstrosity is coming for him, but the father does not see it. The father does not see it because the monster has already stolen the dreams and ideas and unique gifts from him, the same that the Erlkönig will do to his son. This rends the son lifeless to himself.  This monster is our conditioning. It can leave us lifeless unto ourselves, deeply unseeing of what it is we truly desire or our own gifts.

Goethe, Erlkoenig – lied di Schubert, ill. 1821 di J. H. Ramberg

It is here that I ask, what am I renewing that I have hidden from world so it could not be taken? What am I fascinated by? What is it that society says serves no purpose or has no inherent value, that I have pushed to the side?

Can you feel it yet?

That tension?

It is this tension, between our conditioned selves to be busy with things society tells us holds value and what we deeply want to be involved in for ourselves, that can lead to resistance. When the loss of drive towards some of our goals appears, it could be this tension. This is also involved in our feelings of belonging, feeling as if we have lost our magic, our purpose, or our passion. The renewal is required and just as the earth has begun her process, so do we.

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A Witch’s Renewal – Journal Prompts to Cultivate Awareness

Below are some thoughtful prompts for things that you may want to renew or bring back into your awareness. Look for the threads that may weave together into a specific idea or follow a pattern.

  1. What is one thing that I want to do (or have done) that I know will bring me a better sense of self, of wellness, or of wholeness and belonging?
  2. If money (and time) were no issue, what is something that I would spend more time doing?
  3. If there was no need to be perfect and no chance of failure, what is one thing I would love to try out?
  4. If I could do anything, anything at all, what would it be today? (Money and time are not factors)
    1. What might I have to give up or move around to create the space for this thing?
  5. What do the answers to 1-4 have in common with each other (besides me of course)?
  6. What is your definition of success?
When we realize full-hearted and authentic is the way to go ~ Photo via Pixabay

Reflections

There are so many clues that come bubbling up from underneath the surface with the answers we give to the journal prompts. More than ever, the responses I get have to do with connecting: connecting with ourselves, connecting with others, connecting with art, and connecting back to spaces, places, or the Earth. When we look at the goals we have given ourselves or our definitions of success, there is a good chance that some of us stop in our tracks.

Sometimes is here that we realize our goals don’t match our fascinations or our gifts as much as they meet a conditioned definition of what success “should” look like…

Or the amount of productivity or busyness that it takes to meet that definition.

This is where we can go beyond, where the journey begins again and again, where our renewal starts. We begin to clear the way for own authentic spark to cultivate the seeds of our next season.

A candle and a key,

Kaycee

You can also now find Dark Goddesses Collective on Facebook and Instagram!

Pssst…speaking of connecting, we are trying so hard to contain ourselves about our community that will be launching this year! Stay Tuned!

We believe that it is important to empower each other by connecting in a way that provokes and encourages knowledge of self, of sovereignty, and that which builds intuition.

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Calling to Cerridwen: January 2022 Black Sacred Candle

Cerridwen, Keeper of the Cauldron of Rebirth, is a Chthonic and shapeshifting Goddess from the Celtic/Welsh regions. She has arrived in Dark Goddesses Collective to allow us entry into her Cauldron, full of inspiration, regeneration, and the deepest knowing that she can bestow upon us this month. We will be using Ivy’s new incense, Cerridwen’s Cauldron Incense, as the correspondences for this month’s Black Sacred Candle.

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Incense and infographic created by Ivy Laine

Correspondences

  • Oak (I used Oak Essence)
  • Mugwort
  • Juniper (or other Evergreen)
  • Sage
  • Myrrh
  • Personal Oil (or Olive Oil) to tie us to it

Oak is truly a sacred tree. In stories, it is said to be a part of the triad that created our word “oath”, as in Oak, Ash, and Thorn (Hawthorn). We are asking at the edge of her cauldron, to fulfill our oaths to self, the natural requirement to transformation and transcendence.

In addition to being a sacred tree to Cerridwen, I chose to use the essence form of Oak to call to the transformation that Cerridwen can provide.

An essence is what we are requesting to be reduced to once we enter from this liminal space of being at the edge. We use the evergreen or Juniper as the ability to remain green or retain the fire element, a spark of soul, from which we rebuild. And of course, the amazing cleansing, banishing, protecting (and world-walking) trio that are Sage, Mugwort, and Myrrh.

Photo by Kaycee Reeves

Additional Items for creating your BSC:

  • Aluminum foil (we will be using the oven to get the candle warm so items will stick)
  • Non-stick parchment paper

Directions

  1. Take a piece of aluminum foil (large enough to wrap your candle in) and place it on your workspace.
  2. Take a piece of non-stick parchment paper (about the same size as your aluminum foil) and place it on top of the aluminum foil. Trick: Fold the edges of the aluminum foil over the top of the edges of the parchment paper to keep it from rolling!
  3. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  4. Anoint your candle with your chosen oil.
  5. Lightly coat your candle with the Cerridwen’s Cauldron Incense you created. Caution: Please make sure there are no large chunks of plant material as these can be dangerous or ‘pop’ during candle burning. As always, please abide by all fire safety rules.
  6. Place your candle onto the parchment/aluminum foil, wrap your candle, and place in the oven.
  7. DO NOT LEAVE THE KITCHEN (lesson learned the hard way), turn your candle every 2 minutes (this took me about 12 minutes total).

Tip: Use markers to add additional intention to your candle as you see fit, you can see mine has a cauldron with a flame rising from it. It is the fire of knowledge and of inspiration.

Photos by Kaycee Reeves

A candle and a key, With Darkest Gratitude,

Kaycee & Ivy

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