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About Meditation

 

 Meditations

 

Some Notes on Meditation

     The most frequently asked question I get on meditation is "What am I doing wrong?" Chances are, you're not doing anything wrong. Just remember that meditation takes a lot of practice, some more for others. Just remember to keep practicing daily. Practice makes perfect!

     Sitting is the ideal position for meditation, especially for those who tend to fall asleep during this practice.  I prefer to lay down as I'm good about not falling asleep and it makes me more comfortable.  Sit in a straight-backed chair, supporting your lower back with a pillow if necessary.  Your chin should be level with the floor, eyes closed, back straight, hands resting on your knees, palms up and fingers relaxed. 

      Select your time and place for meditation with care.  Light should be subdued; candlelight is excellent.  Burn white or blue candles if you wish.  A bit of incense is fine too, but too much smoke can (obviously) cause problems during deep breathing. 

     Immediately after each meditation, record all images, thoughts and sensations in your journal.

     When working long, visualization-like meditations, have someone read it out to you or record it on tape.  Most people are not ok with recording their own voices but after I listened to mine a few times, I was comfortable with it but this may not apply to most people.

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Meditation Warnings

     There are a few things you want to look out for when you're meditating, especially if going to group meditations.
In basic meditation, there shouldn't be any goal that you're striving for. Try not to concentrate on that or think during your meditation about what it is you think you're achieving. Don't worry about "going into trance" unless you want to spend hours in some kind of visualization, or hypnosis. Those are the type of meditations for trance, not that I'm against them at all but that isn't needed for basic, everyday meditation (in my opinion). Sometimes you may just want to sit for 5-10 minutes, which is great. There are many different methods and ideas on how to practice meditation but it all depends on what works best for you.
  As for group and/or visualization meditations, you really must be careful. A lot of the people getting into "metaphysical" meditation don't really know that there are a few dangers around it. If you ever get a meditation tape, make sure to listen to it first, especially if it includes someone walking you through a visualization. As for group meditations, always be sure to ask what will be included in the meditation, if they don't warn you first. I say this because say you have a fear of water or large open spaces. Many "metaphysical" meditations include these two aspects a lot and if someone in control of what your mind is seeing doesn't know this, it can be a very traumatic experience for you.
  One thing I dislike about meditation/astral projection, etc. tapes is that you never know if that tape is really influencing you in a bad way. You always have to be careful of subliminal messages. I admit, I sometimes like these tapes as well, for listening to my own voice makes me uncomfortable. I like to listen through the tape first (being sure there is no negative imaging) and get it from a name I trust (Llewellyn, Inner Worlds Music, everyone has their own). It also is nice to just make your own tapes and maybe get a friend to do the speaking. But for basic meditation, just music works great for me. Remember in meditation, you don't always have to be achieving some kind of magickal feat. Just sitting and listening to your breath can be very beneficial.

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The Tree of Life

     This is the meditation I generally use for grounding and centering by Starhawk (The Spiral Dance).

  This is one of the most important meditations, which is practiced individually, as well as in the group.  In solitary practice, begin by sitting or standing erect, and breathing deeply and rhythmically.

  (Record and play this back to yourself or memorize it.)

  "And as we (you) breathe, remember to sit erect, and as your spine straightens, feel the energy rising... (pause).

  "Now imagine that your spine is the trunk of a tree... and from its base roots extend deep into the earth... into the center of the earth Herself... (pause).

  "And you can draw up power from the earth, with each breath... feel the energy rising... like sap rising through a tree trunk...

  "And feel the power rise up your spine... feel yourself becoming more alive... with each breath...

  "And from the crown of your head, you have branches that sweep up and back down to touch the earth... and feel the power burst from the crown of your head... and feel it sweep through the branches until it touches the earth again... making a circle... a circuit... returning to its source...

  (In a group:) "And breathing deeply, feel how all our branches intertwine... and the power weaves through them... and dances among them, like the wind... feel it moving..." (long pause).

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Earthing Power

Another grounding technique from Starhawk's The Spiral Dance.

     Also called grounding, earthing power is one of the basic techniques of magic.  Power must be earth ever time it is raised.  Otherwise, the force we feel as vitalizing energy degenerates into nervous tension and irritability. 

  "Now sink to the ground and relax.  Place your palms flat on the ground, or lie flat.  Let the power sink through you into the earth."  (Even is you are meeting in a penthouse fifteen floors above the earth, visualize the energy flowing down to the actual ground.)  "Relax, and let the force flow through you... let it flow deep into the earth... where it will be cleansed and renewed.  Relax and let yourself drift peacefully."

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Salt-Water Purification

     This is one of the basic individual meditations that should be practiced regularly.  During periods of high anxiety or depression or when undertaking heavy responsibilities, it is helpful to practice this daily.

  Fill a cup with water.  (Use your ritual chalice, if you have one).  With your athame (or other implement), add three mounds of salt, and stir counterclockwise.  

  Sit with the cup in your lap.  Let your fears, worries, doubts, hatreds, and disappointments surface in your mind.  See them as a muddy stream, which flows out of you as you breathe and is dissolved by the salt water in the cup.  Allow yourself time to feel deeply cleansed.

  Now hold the cup.  Breathe deeply, and feel yourself drawing up power from the earth (as in the Tree of Life exercise).  Let the power flow into the salt water, until you can visualize it glowing with light.

  Sip the water.  As you feel it on your tongue, know that you have taken in the power of cleansing, of healing.  Fear and unhappiness have become transformed into the power of change.

  Empty the leftover water into a running stream.  (Alas, in these decadent times the nearest stream is usually running out of the kitchen faucet and down the drain).  

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Air Meditation

     Face East.  Ground and center.  Breathe deep, and be conscious of the air as it flows in and out of your lungs.  Feel is as the breath of the Goddess, and take in the life force, the inspiration, or the universe.  Let your own breath merge with the winds, the clouds, the great currents that sweep over land and ocean with the turning of the earth.  Say, "Hail, Arida, Bright Lady of the Air!"

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Athame or Sword Meditation

     Ground and center.  Hold your athame of sword in your strongest hand.  Breathe deeply and take in the power of Air, the power of the mind.  The power of this tool is that of discrimination, of drawing lines, setting limits, making choices, and carrying them out.  Remember choices you have made and carried through in spite of difficulties.  Feel the power of your mind to influence others and the strength or your responsibility not to misuse that power.  You have the force to act ethically, in accord with what you believe is right.  Let the power of your intelligence, your knowledge, your moral courage, flow into your tool.

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Fire Meditation

     Face South.  Ground and center.  Be conscious of the electric spark within each nerve as pulses jump from synapse to synapse.  Be aware of the combustion within each cell, as food burns to release energy.  Let your own fire become one with candle flame, bonfire, hearth fire, lightning, starlight, and sunlight, one with the bright spirit of the Goddess.  Say, "Hail, Tana, Goddess of Fire!"

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Wand Meditation

     Ground and center.  Hold your wand in your strongest hand.  Breathe deeply, and feel the power of Fire, of energy.  Be aware of yourself as a channel of energy.  You can change spirit into matter, idea to reality, concept into form.  Feel your own power to create, to do, to be an agent of change.  Be in touch with your will - your power to do what you must, to set a goal and work toward it.  Let your will flow into your wand.

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Water Meditation

     Face West.  Ground and center.  Feel the blood flowing through the rivers of your veins, the liquid tides within each cell of your body.  You are fluid, one drop congealed out of the primal ocean that is the womb of the Great Mother.  Find the calm pools of tranquility within you, the rivers of feeling, the tides of power.  Sink deep into the well of the inner mind, below consciousness. Say, "Hail, Tiamat, Serpent of the Watery Abyss!"

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Cup Meditation

     Ground and center.  Hold your cup cradled in both hands.  Breathe deep, and feel the power of Water, of feeling and emotion.  Be in touch with the flow of your own emotions:  love, anger, sorrow, joy.  The cup is the symbol of nurturing, the overflowing breast of the Goddess that nourishes all life.  Be aware of how you are nurtured, of how you nurture others.  The power to feel is the power to be human, to be real, to be whole.  Let the strength of your emotions flood the cup.

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Earth Meditation

     Face North.  Ground and center.  Feel your bones, your skeleton, the solidity of your body.  Be aware of your flesh, of all that can be touched and felt.  Feel the pull of gravity, your own weight, your attraction to the earth that is the body of the Goddess.  You are a natural feature, a moving mountain.  Merge with all that comes from the earth:  grass, trees, grains, fruits, flowers, beasts, metals, and precious stones.  Return to dust, to compost, to mud.  Say, "Hail, Belili, Mother of Mountains!"

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Pentacle Meditation - The Five Stages of Life

     Ground and center.  Hold your pentacle in both hands.  Breathe deep, and feel the power of earth, of the body.  The pentacle is your own body, four limbs and head.  It is the five senses, both inner and outer.  Be in touch with your own power to see, to hear, to smell, to taste, to touch.  The pentacle is the four elements plus the fifth - the essence.  And it is the five stages of life, each an aspect of the Goddess:

     1. Birth:  the beginning, the time of coming into being

     2. Initiation:  adolescence, the time of individuation

     3. Love:  the time of union with another, of full adulthood, sexuality,    responsibility

     4. Repose:  the time of advancing age, of reflection, integration, wisdom

     5. Death:  the time of ending, or letting go, of moving on toward rebirth.

     Look at your pentacle, or draw one on a sheet of paper.  Label the five stations, going clockwise around the points, and experience each stage in turn, as it occurs interlocking lines and reflect on their meanings.  Love is linked to Birth and Death.  Death is linked to Love and Initiation.

     In the Goidelic tree alphabet, each of the five stages was symbolized by a tree, whose name began with one of the five vowels:

     A:  Birth - ailm, silver fur

     O:  Initiation - onn, gorse or furze

     U:  Love - ura, heather

     E:  Repose - eadha, the aspen

     I:   Death - idho, the yew

     Chant the sounds of the vowels and feel the power of each stage in turn.  Touch your pentacle to your body, and let the life force of your own flesh flow into it.

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Waxing Moon Meditation

     Ground and center.  Visualize a silver crescent moon, curving to the right.  She is the power of beginning, of growth and generation.  She is wild and untamed, like ideas and plans before they are tempered by reality.  She is the blank page, the unplowed field.  Feel your own hidden possibilities and latent potentials; your power to begin and grow.  See her as a silver-haired girl running freely through the forest under the slim moon.  She is Virgin, eternally unpenetrated, belonging to no one but herself.  Call her name "Nimue!" and feel her power within you.

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Full Moon Meditation

     Ground and center, and visualize a round full moon.  She is the Mother, the power of fruition and of all aspects of creativity.  She nourishes what the New Moon has begun.  See her open arms, her full breasts, her womb burgeoning with life.  Feel your own power to nurture, to give, to make manifest what is possible.  She is the sexual woman; her pleasure in union is the moving force that sustains all life.  Feel the power in your own pleasure, in orgasm.  Her color is the red of blood, which is life.  Call her name "Mari!" and feel your own ability to love.

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Waning Moon Meditation

     Ground and center.  Visualize a waning crescent, curving to the left, surrounded by a black sky.  She is the Old Woman, the Crone who has passed menopause, the power of ending, of death.  All things must end to fulfill their beginnings.  The grain that was planted must be cut down.  The blank page must be destroyed, for the work to be written.  Life feeds on death - death leads on to life, and in that knowledge lies wisdom.  The Crone is the Wise Woman, infinitely old.  Feel your own age, the wisdom of evolution stored in every cell of your body.  Know your own power to end, to lose as well as gain, to destroy what is stagnant and decayed.  See the Crone cloaked in black under the waning moon; call her name "Anu!" and feel her power in your own death.

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The Double Spiral

     Ground and center.  Visualize a double spiral.  When you see it clearly, let it grow until you stand within it, and follow it inward, moving counterclockwise.  It becomes a maze of high, clipped hedges, then a labyrinth of stone walls; its winding turns are the passageway to a hidden secret.  As you move through the spiral, the world dissolves, form dissolves, until you are in the hidden heart where birth and death are one.  The center of the spiral shines; it is the North Star, and the arms of the spiral are the Milky Way, a myriad of stars slowly revolving around the still center point.  You are in Spiral Castle, at the back of the North Wind.  Explore it in your imagination.  See who you meet, what you learn.  You are in the womb of the Goddess, floating free.  Now feel yourself pushed and squeezed, moving out through the spiral, which is now the passage of rebirth.  Move clockwise through the double spiral of your DNA.  Now it becomes a whirlwind - fly with it.  Let it become the twining tendril of a plant - a crystal - a shell - an orbiting electron.  Time is a spiral - the cycles endlessly repeating, you always moving.  Know the spiral as the underlying form of all energy.  As you emerge, let it return to its small, abstract, symbolic form.  Thank it, and let it disappear.

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Protective Filter

     Ground and center.  Visualize yourself surrounded by a net of glowing white light.  See it as a semi porous energy field.  Any force that hits this barrier is transmuted into pure creative energy.  Whatever anger or hostility is sent to you, it only feeds your own power.  Take in that power; absorb it; glow with it.  Maintain the filter around yourself as you go through the day.

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Maiden Meditation

     Sit in a comfortable position with your feet flat on the floor and your hands in your lap.  Close your eyes and visualize a white light coming into position over the top of your head.  See it coming down over you until you are completely surrounded by the light.  Breathe it in with slow, even breaths.  Feel your body relaxing, beginning with your toes and working up to your jaw and head muscles.  It may take more time to relax the muscles of the shoulders, neck, and head than the rest of the body.

     Now see yourself standing beside a well.  The stone walls of the well are moss-covered and worn.  Take all the problems in your life that are bothering you (that includes people) and drop them into the well.  Then turn and walk away down a little path that leads through a grove of trees.

     In a short time you come to a very high cliff at the end of the path.  Set into the wall is an iron-bound oak door.  The door is narrow and tall with a peak at the top.  A huge brass ring hands near one edge of the door.  You pull on the ring, and the door slowly comes open.

     Inside is a wide tunnel winding away into the darkness, its curved rood illuminated for a space by two torches which hand in iron holders on either side of the door.  As you step inside and take down one of the torches, the door slowly closes behind you.

     Although the tunnel ahead is dark, the light of the torch clearly illuminates your way.  You are protected.  You set off down the tunnel, thinking of the Maiden.  The tunnel begins to gently curve, first one way, then the other.  There are smaller side tunnels but you feel no desire to explore them.  You realize that you have at last entered the true labyrinth.

     In the distance you hear the wild barking of dogs.  You remind yourself that you are completely protected and have nothing to fear.  Ahead of you are faint reflections of light, the sound of voices and footsteps.  You go on, holding your torch high.

     The sound of barking comes closer.  Around a bend of the labyrinth comes a group of white-clad men and women, torches in their hands.  Leading them is a tall, muscular woman dressed in a short white robe.  Her hair is tied back, and at Her shoulder hang a bow and quiver of arrows.  Hunting boots are on Her shapely feet.  On Her right wrist an owl perches, its large, dark eyes peering at you.  A pack of lean hounds jump around you, licking your hands and barking.

     The Maiden stops before you.  You gaze into Her eyes, taking in their color and the color of Her hair, Her skin.  She beckons to you, then turns and leads Her followers back down the tunnel, deeper still into the labyrinth.  One of the companions links arms with you and urges you forward.  Together you follow the Maiden.

     Soon the twisting tunnel widens into a circular room.  In the center a spring bubbles up in a fountain set inside a wide, shallow bowl in the floor.  A series of benches are placed along the curving walls.  You and the group of companions all set your torches in holders in the walls.  As you do this, you notice that the smooth, white walls are covered with bright murals and elaborate carvings.

     You walk slowly around the circular room, looking at the murals of forests and animals, dancing people, and ritual scenes.  The scenes and designs seem to touch something deep within you, as if you should understand a deeper mystical meaning behind them.

     Soon one of the companions touches your arm and smiles.  The companion points toward the Maiden who stands beside the central bowl of water.  When you stand before Her, the Maiden smiles gently and asks if you have questions.  The two of you talk for a time.  She tells you that some of the answers will come later in dreams and in other ways.

     Finally, She points to the spring and asks if you are prepared for initiation.  If so, you slide quickly out of your clothes and step into the shallow basin.  The Maiden picks up a pitcher and dips up the water.  Slowly She pours pitcher after pitcher of sparkling water over you as She and Her companions sing and chant.  When She is finished, She blesses you and with a kiss on the forehead.  You feel your third eye begin to pulse and become active.

     After you are again dressed, the companions and the Maiden lead you quickly back up the twisting tunnel.  The journey back is much shorter than the journey inward.  As you approach the door, the group dashes back down the tunnel laughing and calling farewells.  You replace your torch in its holder, push against the door, and find yourself outside.

     You take three deep, slow breaths and find yourself again in your chair in your present life surroundings.  Sit quietly for a few moments to absorb what you experienced.  If you like, make notes of your journey.

     Be aware for the next few weeks, for messages and answers to questions may come from very unlikely places and people.  Look at everything logically, though.  Never take extreme answers at face value.  Spirit never demands extreme or unethical action.

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Mother Meditation

     Sit in a comfortable position with your feet flat on the floor and your hands in your lap.  Close your eyes and visualize a white light coming into position over the top of your head.  See it coming down over you until you are completely surrounded by the light.  Breathe it in with slow, even breaths.  Feel your body relaxing, beginning with your toes and working up to your jaw and head muscles.  It may take more time to relax the muscles of the shoulders, neck, and head than the rest of the body.

     Now see yourself standing beside a well.  The stone walls of the well are moss-covered and worn.  Take all the problems in your life that are bothering you (that includes people) and drop them into the well.  Then turn and walk away down a little path that leads through a grove of trees.

     In a short time you come to a very high cliff at the end of the path.  Set into the wall is an iron-bound oak door.  The door is narrow and tall with a peak at the top.  A huge brass ring hands near one edge of the door.  You pull on the ring, and the door slowly comes open.

     Inside is a wide tunnel winding away into the darkness, its curved rood illuminated for a space by two torches which hand in iron holders on either side of the door.  As you step inside and take down one of the torches, the door slowly closes behind you.

     The light of your torch illuminates the path before you, although the tunnel ahead is dark.  You remember that you are protected; nothing can harm you.  You set off down the tunnel which begins to gently curve, first one way, then the other.  The small side tunnels do not interest you.  Your goal is the Maiden's fountain, somewhere ahead in the labyrinth.

     Before long you hear the eager whine and short barks of the hounds.  Turning a corner, you find yourself in the circular white room.  Flaming torches hand in brackets along the brightly-colored murals.  The fountain in its shallow bowl in the center of the room bubbles softly.

     The Maiden rises from a bench at the far side of the room.  She smiles and beckons to you, then turns quickly and leads the way into another dark tunnel, the hounds running ahead of Her.  You follow, your torch casting a circle of light around you.

     The tunnel begins an intricate series of twists and turns, with more and more side tunnels.  It has become a true maze, a revealing pattern of the intricacies of your inner mind.

     You begin to see the flicker of strange images out of the corner of your eye.  These are the "ghosts" of your past, of both this life and other lives, events or people with whom you still have things to resolve.  If you feel any threat coming from these apparitions, call to the Maiden and She will protect you.

     If any of these "ghosts" presses close and demands your attention, and if you feel able to confront the past, stop and try to communicate.  The Maiden will wait for you.  If you are not able to understand the problem that remains between you and this past image, simply ask forgiveness and give your blessing.  Later dreams or events may clarify this.

     The Maiden leads you deeper still into the twisting labyrinth.  Soon you hear the sounds of drums and tambourines and the clash of a sistrum up ahead.  A light flashes.  The Maiden turns a corner, and you find yourself in a huge red-walled chamber.  The ceiling is far above you.  Around the walls are ornate benches of crystal, and in the center is another fountain.  This fountain is set in a waist-high bowl with steps leading up to it on three sides.  Its water is a deep, rich red color.

     Scarlet-clad men and women dance around the fountain.  They weave a line of rhythm and music as they circle around you.  When you turn to watch them, you see the Maiden disappear back into the tunnel.  You turn again to the fountain and, for the first time, see a woman at the far end of the cavern.  With smiles and music, the dancers whirl away toward the mysterious woman.  You follow.

     The Mother sits on a magnificent carnelian throne, Her long hair loose over Her shoulders.  Her blood-red gown flows over Her full breasts and pregnant belly.  Across Her lap sprawls a cat, its green eyes watching you.  The Mother smiles and holds our Her hands in welcome.  As you move toward the throne, the dancers give a loud shout and go to sit on the benches, talking quietly among themselves.

     At the Mother's feet is a padded bench.  You sit on its velvet softness and look up into Her loving eyes.  She reaches down one ring-adorned hand and caresses your face, your hair.  When She speaks, Her voice is soft and full of compassion.  You listen intently as She talks to you.  You are free to ask questions.  The Mother may or may not answer them at this time, depending upon your being open and willing to listen.

     After a time, the Mother touches your breast over your heart, then holds out Her hand to one of the dancers.  They bring Her an elaborate chalice filled with water from the fountain.  She holds it to your lips with a smile, and you drink.  She explains the personal significance of this magickal drink, for its purpose changes as you change.

     You find the Maiden once again at your side.  As you stand to leave, the Mother holds out Her arms and hugs you.  Then you turn and follow the Maiden back up the twisting tunnel.  The journey back is much shorter than the journey inward.

     As you approach the door, the Maiden smiles and says farewell.  You replace your torch in its holder and push against the door.  Once more you find yourself outside.

     You take three deep, slow breaths and find yourself again in your chair in your present life surroundings.  Sit quietly for a few moments to absorb what you experienced.  If you like, make notes of your journey.

     Be aware for the next few weeks, for messages and answers to questions may come from very unlikely places and people.  Look at everything logically, though.  Never take extreme answers at face value.  Spirit never demands extreme or unethical action.

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Crone Meditation

     Sit in a comfortable position with your feet flat on the floor and your hands in your lap.  Close your eyes and visualize a white light coming into position over the top of your head.  See it coming down over you until you are completely surrounded by the light.  Breathe it in with slow, even breaths.  Feel your body relaxing, beginning with your toes and working up to your jaw and head muscles.  It may take more time to relax the muscles of the shoulders, neck, and head than the rest of the body.

     Now see yourself standing beside a well.  The stone walls of the well are moss-covered and worn.  Take all the problems in your life that are bothering you (that includes people) and drop them into the well.  Then turn and walk away down a little path that leads through a grove of trees.

     In a short time you come to a very high cliff at the end of the path.  Set into the wall is an iron-bound oak door.  The door is narrow and tall with a peak at the top.  A huge brass ring hands near one edge of the door.  You pull on the ring, and the door slowly comes open.

     Inside is a wide tunnel winding away into the darkness, its curved rood illuminated for a space by two torches which hand in iron holders on either side of the door.  As you step inside and take down one of the torches, the door slowly closes behind you.

     The light of your torch illuminates the path before you, although the tunnel ahead is dark.  You remember that you are protected; nothing can harm you.  You set off down the tunnel which begins to gently curve, first one way, then the other.  The small side tunnels do not interest you.  Your goal is the Mother's chamber beyond the Maiden's fountain, somewhere ahead in the labyrinth.

     Before long you turn a corner and find yourself in the torch-lit white-walled room with the Maiden's fountain bubbling in its shallow bowl in the center.  The Maiden stands near the entrance to another dark tunnel, Her hounds gathering at Her feet.  She beckons to you, then turns and leads the way into the tunnel, the hounds running before you.  You follow, your torch casting a circle of light around you.

     You recognize the intricate twists and turns, the increase of side-tunnels, as the way to the Mother's chamber.  If you see any "ghosts" from your past lives here, you may stop and communicate with them.  If, however, you feel any threat coming from these apparitions, call to the Maiden and She will protect you.

    The Maiden leads you deeper still into the twisting labyrinth.  Soon you find yourself in the lighted, red-walled chamber with its crystal benches.  The central fountain sounds like tiny bells as it falls into its bowl.  The Maiden goes straight to the carnelian throne, where the Mother waits.  On the back of the throne perches a white owl, its dark eyes staring at you.

     In a soft voice, the Mother tells you to follow the owl.  She gestures to the wall behind the throne.  As you step past Her, you see a narrow opening outlined in crystal and amethyst points.  She smiles encouragingly as you move toward the black tunnel.  The owl leaves its perch and flies ahead of you, its white plumage glowing in the darkness.

     You squeeze through the narrow opening.  The tunnel is so narrow you can reach to each side and touch the crystal-studded walls.  Without warning, your torch goes out, and you stand in complete darkness.  Then you see the delicate flicker of light across the crystal walls.  You squeeze around a corner and find yourself in a black-walled cave.  The walls and ceiling are cloaked in deep shadows.  The only light comes from an ornate lamp set on the low stone wall around a central pool.  Just beyond the pool is a huge cauldron.  The owl perches on the cauldron rim and looks at you.

     You walk to the pool and lay your extinguished torch on the rocky floor.  Gazing down into the still black waters of the pool, you may see scenes in the water - scenes from the past, the present, or the future.  Do not be discouraged if nothing is revealed during this visit.  Sometimes it takes more than one journey to this pool before one can see backward and forward through time.

     Beyond the cauldron, you see a movement, and a black-robed figure steps forward.  A hood covers the head and shadows the face.  Two long gray braids hang down across the breast.  You stand silent for a few moments, gazing at this powerful figure.  You feel no menace coming from the figure, only concern and deep love.

     Then leathery hands are raised and the hood dropped back to reveal an older woman, the Crone, the Dark Mother.  Although She is aged, She is very beautiful.  Her eyes are filled with timeless wisdom.  She holds out Her hands and you go to stand directly before Her, gazing into those wise eyes.

     The Crone gestures for you to sit beside Her at the edge of the pool.  She asks if you have any questions about karmic patterns in your life.  You may ask Her about any present event or person and how they fit in from other lifetimes.  You may also ask about the future and how it is tied to the past.  Confirmation and revelation of past lives is also within the realm of the Dark Mother.  The Crone will give you the information She knows you will use in a positive way.  She may, at times, refuse to answer until a later time.  You can hide nothing from the all-seeing, all-knowing Dark Mother.

     When you finished your conversation, the Crone asks if you are ready for rebirth.  This can bring drastic changes, so think carefully before you decide.  If you answer yes, She takes your arm and leads you to the far side of the huge cauldron where there are steps leading up to it.  You climb the steps and stand looking down into its black interior.  An inky, bubbling liquid fills the cauldron.  The Crone speaks encouraging words in Her soft voice as you stand there.  Finally, you leap into the cauldron and fall down into its blackness.

     The cauldron experience is intensely personal.  There is no single experience, therefore no way to describe it.  You will, however, feel healing and strengthening taking place within your body, mind, and soul.  You may even see or experience past lives.  At last you feel the Crone's hands touch you, and you are lifted up again to stand at the top of the steps.  Although you have been immersed in liquid, you are completely dry.  The Dark Mother helps you down the steps and guides you to a black marble bench at the shadowed back of the cave.  Both of you sit there while the Crone continues to instruct you and answer questions.

     The Dark Mother takes a silver chalice from the floor near Her feet and holds it while you drink.  The liquid is such a dark purple that it is almost black.  It fills you with warmth, with hope, with renewal.  The Crone gently touches the center of your forehead, your heart, and your belly.  Where She has touched, there is a deep, intense feeling of warmth and energy.  She presses into your hand a special symbol.  This symbol may be entirely spiritual or may actually come to you in the physical at a later date.

     The Dark Mother leans forward and kisses your cheek.  Instantly, you are whirled away in a vortex of bright lights and melodic sounds.  When the whirling stops, you find yourself once again at the exit door of the labyrinth.  You push against it and go outside.

     You take three deep, slow breaths and find yourself again in your chair in your present life surroundings.  Sit quietly for a few moments to absorb what you experienced.  If you life, make notes of your journey.

     Be aware for the next few weeks, for messages and answers to questions may come from very unlikely places and people.  Look at everything logically, though.  Never take extreme answers at face value.  Spirit never demands extreme or unethical action.

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Past Lives Meditation

     Be seated either before the altar where this is done as part of a ritual (dark moon esbat) or at a table that can be used for this meditation.

     Light a black candle (votive, pillar, or stick) in its holder, using the center altar candle, and say:

     This candle glows to light the path into Darkness.

     Place the candle in front of the propped-up black mirror (you may want to drum or shake a gourd rattle against the palm of your hand is you chant).

     I call upon the Dark and the Past; the Ancient of Days in the Realm of Repast.  Unleash to my sight the paths I have roamed; and show me the forms of lives I have known.

     Look past the candle into the mirror to gaze into your own eyes.

     Continue to shake the gourd and chant the rhyme, without really listening to it or paying attention to the motion; focus on the mirror and watch as the face changes into those of past lives.

     Do not be surprised to see faces of the opposite sex or even of beings not guessed at or known.  The soul's journey encompasses the Universe, and where one has resided may be other than Earth.  In some cases you may even see a progression of lives into other life forms of Earth.  Not all lives need be considered from the past, as some may be yet to come, or are on other planes; the location of the past depends upon one's location on the spiral at any give moment.

     When done, if still shaking the gourd, stop and say:

     The memories of past and future are shown; the faces of me in Time are now knows.  Blessings I give to the Veiled One of Night; for through this mask am I given the Sight.

     Cover the mirror with a black cloth and snuff the candle.  Proceed with the Esbat ritual or take some refreshment and move back into a normal routine.

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Meditation of Knowing

Have at hand a black candle, a black mirror, incense, and a drum or gourd rattle.

Light a black candle in its holder and say:

     this candle glows to light the path into darkness.

Place the candle in front of the mirror and light an incense that appeals to you as a night scent.  Place it in front of the candle.  Drum or shake a gourd rattle against the palm of your hand as you chant:

     I seek the name of one who bids me ill;

     Whose heart toward me is malice filled.

     No chastisement do I make,

     But free myself for my own sake.

Chant until you are looking beyond the image in the mirror.  Let the candlelight and incense work to help words come into your mind that describe the feelings that person causes in yourself (there could be quite a few).  Now look into the person with your mind's eye and let words come that describe the person.

Images of the person may now start to come into focus in the mirror.  Each image will have some characteristic that is the same, and this is the point of recognition of what defines that person in relation to yourself.  Find the words that match your feelings with the dominant characteristic of the person; try several combinations until you have a name that defines the person and focuses on your awareness of that person.

Now you know, or ken, who the person is, and you can feel the peace and serenity of that knowledge; that person will no longer be able to raise emotional distress in you because you know that person's name.

To clear the mirror, life the incense before the mirror and blow air across the burner so the smoke is blown into the mirror, and say:

     The image is seen, the name is known,

     No more do I need this view in my home.

     Swirl the smoke of incense tonight,

     Banish the image of (descriptive name) from my sight!

Snuff the black candle and cover the mirror with a black cloth.

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