Archives for March 2014

Beyond Betrayal: Artifacts and Energy Cleansing

by Thraicie Hawkner & Jane Hawkner

How do we as individuals deal with items left behind after a core betrayal by a teacher, leader or by someone else we trusted?

As pagans, many of us are called as healers. One of our greatest concerns is that we fall prey to the instinctive desire to rush the healing process and be “as we were before.”  If you or those close to you are feeling betrayed please do not rush forward to a false healing or some pseudo-spiritual concept of forgiveness. Take time to experience the grief, pain and yes, anger which may come forth. This is not the same as acting out or lashing out due to those responses. It is a time to acknowledge the dangers of the forest we are seeking a way through.

Dealing with those reactions and coming to a true healing is beyond the scope of this article. But we are somewhere in this process when we look around and find stuff staring at us which reminds us of the person, was created by them, or gifted to us by them. This article is all about the practical magic of dealing with the stuff that is left behind; and our intellectual, emotional and spiritual connection to these artifacts.

Many of us own books or music or other physical reminders of someone who has brought pain. The items themselves function as artifacts or even talismans to bring forth events and energies we would prefer to leave behind.  One technique is to physically destroy or discard the item.  We’ll leave it up to you to chose the method you prefer to do this. But if you have valued them in the past, you can also cleanse and cutaway the energetic ties of that item.

It is quite possible for a flawed being to have brought forth creations and gifts which hold wisdom or beauty. These qualities can and do often transcend the being who brought them forth. If we can cleanse the personality or unrelated action of the creator from that which still has value in the creation, then we can rescue something of meaning or value from the entanglement of trauma and remove the taint.

To cut and clear an artifact

Gather these items together:

  • the items in question
  • a suitable size box to put them in or cloth to wrap them in, preferably black in color
  • plenty of salt
  • ribbon, string or cord to tie around the item(s), and
  • cut and clear oil or similar cleansing/clearing oil or wash such as Florida Water or Chinese Wash.

Cast a circle or prepare your working space in the manner of your tradition.

Take three deep cleansing breaths to clear yourself of the distractions of the day and prepare your body to work energy.

Place the items before you on an altar or table and speak to the items.  Yes, aloud. Speak to them about their intrinsic value and purpose. Speak to them about the unfortunate energetic connection or associations that you would like to clear. (i.e. cutting the crap.)

Take the item(s) and place in the center of the cloth or in the box.

With your dominant hand take your cutting tool of choice: Athame, wand, feather, or just your hand. Cut through the air around the item, as if you are cutting a web of rubber bands. Cutting counter-clockwise and away from yourself is preferred. When this web is cut, the energy will snap back from whence it came.

The item is now free of external entanglement.

Next, take the salt and cover the item(s). This will help to draw any remaining “infection” out of the item so it can heal cleanly. Note that some items may react chemically to the salt over time, such as some metals, and you may want to cover with salt to cleanse, then wipe and cover with another thin layer of cloth and put move the salt around this second envelope, then seal the box or wrap the outermost layer of cloth in such a way as to keep the salt contained with the item(s) and take your cord or string and tie it shut securely with three knots.

Now set the item aside in an out-of-the way place for storage (You will set the package aside for an appropriate period of time, often until you forget about it, which may involve a cycle of the moon or of a season or a year. When you come back the item should be cleared and ready for re-integration into your life. If not, it may be time to let it go completely.)

Once you’ve completed this ceremony, take down your circle or close your working space in the manner appropriate to your tradition. But you aren’t done yet. It is equally important to acknowledge the way artifacts affect us and cleanse ourselves of the remnant energies.

Perform a Ritual Cleanse

If you have a bathtub, fill the tub with comfortably warm water and add several drops of cut and clear oil, Chinese Wash, Florida Water, or whatever you use for a complete aura cleanse. Soak in the tub, physically scrub and take a few moments to focus on your breathing. Specifically, when you exhale, release any inappropriate energies that may have attached to your person. When you pull the plug, all the oook (energetic crud) flows down the drain.

If you don’t have a tub, a shower will work just as well, scrub and cleanse your body as usual when cleansing. Then step out of the stream of water andput the oil or wash in your hands, starting at the crown of your head, work your way down, envisioning how the wash is drawing out the ookie energy, when you reach your toes, stand up again and breath, focusing on the exhale as you step under the running water and let the water rinse it all down the drain.

When you’ve dried off, take three deep breaths, bringing in a self blessing. You may want to use your favorite incense or anointing oil to seal your cleanse. Take time to meditate in silence, listen to great music, or drink some water to put a finishing touch on the cleanse and move forward released from entanglement, at least of the artifacts.

Obviously, this technique only works for small portable items, and it only addresses the excess energies of the moment. There may be more work to do. There probably is. But sometimes a little practical magic, like cleansing, is just the thing to shift the energy into a direction you want it to go rather than one you are dragged into.  Blessed be.

T. Thorn Coyle – the Magic of Desire

T. Thorn Coyle – the Magic of Desire

T. Thorn Coyle is a magic worker.

Thorn’s unique body of work has touched the lives of many. Her work reaches people all over the world through spiritual direction, soul readings, vibrant workshops, and online classes.   Author, Teacher and Activist T. Thorn Coyle returns to Minneapolis this May for a powerful weekend intensive. Save $25 when you register by October 3rd. Call 612-872-1292. A 50% deposit will save your place. Call Eye of Horus at 612-872-1292 to reserve your copy of any of her books.

Make Magic of Your life

Make Magic of Your life

Thorn is author of Make Magic of Your Life: Purpose, Passion, and the Power of Desire, as well as Kissing the LimitlessEvolutionary Witchcraft, and Crafting a Daily Practice. She has been called a Master Teacher.

Thorn hosts Elemental Castings podcast, Fiat LVX! video series, has written for Huffington Post and her own blog, Know Thyself, produced several CDs of sacred music, and appeared in many anthologies.

Discover how we all have the capacity for magic.

Magic of Desire Weekend Intensive with T. Thorn Coyle

November 1st & 2nd, (Saturday & Sunday)

Some say the shards of the cosmos were created from desire: a desire to know, a desire to feel, a desire to become something new. Some say that they divided for the sake of Love, to better know Herself. Still others say it was just time for a change.

Are you ready?

What is your soul longing for? What does your heart desire? To manifest the lives we want – lives of service, love, joy, and creativity – we must take the great risk and follow the tugging of desire. Each of us stands at the crossroads of change, large or small. The world needs us to choose our deeper purpose, to align with our divine work, and to step forward. Come, explore the power of desire. Harness this potent energy. Manifest the change you wish to be.

Opening to desire opens the whole world.

This is an experiential workshop. We will talk, sing, and explore energy techniques that open us. We will also do ritual together: and Invocation of Desire. Part of the weekend will be spent exploring these questions: what is desire? What do I love? What am I most drawn to? What do I most fear?

That within you which resists and that which is seeking are both welcome. All parts of you are welcome. Please join us.

Weekend Intensive: Saturday, Nov 1st, 1-9pm & Sunday Nov 2nd 10am-3pm

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Pre-registration Required.

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Please Note: Space is limited. A 50% deposit is required to hold your spot. Pre-register online with credit card or paypal or call 612-872-1292 to pay in full.

About the Instructor

T. Thorn Coyle is a magic worker committed to love, liberation, and justice.

A lifelong activist, Thorn works with Buddhists, Christians, Muslims, Jews, and Atheists on justice issues. She has spoken on homelessness and the death penalty in Catholic churches and led services at Sojourner Truth, the first African American Unitarian congregation in Washington DC. Thorn has presented at the Parliament of the World’s Religions and the National Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans. She speaks at conferences and teaches workshops worldwide, and is a member of Spiritual Directors International and the Interfaith Tent for Justice in Oakland, CA.

She has also produced several CDs of sacred music, and appeared in many anthologies. Head of Solar Cross Temple and Morningstar Mystery School, she lives by the beautiful San Francisco Bay and wishes for a world with adequate non-gendered pronouns.

 

Live at the Eye 2014 Concert Series Launches

Live at the Eye 2014 Concert Series Launches

Eye of Horus is thrilled to announce our concert series, Live at the Eye, for 2014. Expect to see a number of local musicians, but also some exceptional national artists. We’ve hosted individual concert events in the past in the Inner Sanctum and since music is an integral part of spiritual practice, we wanted to expand on the kinds of good vibrations here at the Eye by offering a regular concert series. There are currently five acts confirmed. (Click here to see the full line up.) Although all the acts are unique, you will see themes of myth, nature, and magic expressed to some degree by all of them. The Live at the Eye concert series starts in April with a lineup of performers, so you three for the price of one.

Crow Call, Ellie Bryan and Sister Species Live at the Eye

Friday, April 25th, 6:30-9pm – Click here to Get Tickets

Crow Call is Ellie Bryan and Peter Ruddy, a folk duo from south Minneapolis that combines traditional Folk/Americana genres with minor chords and subtle metal influences. On the 5-string banjo and 12-string acoustic guitar they perform dark originals that draw influences from ancient mythology and personal experiences, alongside old-time traditional songs, blurring the dichotomy of the old and the new; the traditional and the modern. Together they write deep, thought provoking music that transports the listener to personal place, as well as up-tempo traditional songs that transport the listener back in time. Check out their Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/crowcallmpls

Ellie Bryan performs ancient and contemporary folk songs using the Mouth Bow, Appalachian. Mountain Dulcimer, and Banjo. Known as “the first stringed instrument”, the Mouth Bow is creates a distinct and haunting sound by uniting a stick and a string to resemble a hunting bow, which is then strummed while leaning against the jaw. Similar to a jaw harp, the instrument uses the cavity of the mouth as a resonance chamber to change the overtones of the note. Born and raised in South Minneapolis, Ellie Bryan of Crow Call first discovered this instrument in 2010 and began her musical journey by making and playing these bows.

After Crow Call and Ellie Bryan perform their sets, Sister Species will take the stage, or rather the floor, since this is an intimate venue and there isn’t a stage. You can find them on facebook as well, at facebook.com/sisterspecies Sister Species is comprised of:
Abby Kastrul– vocals, guitar
Emily Kastrul– vocals, accordion, piano, pandeiro
Green Bouzard–violin, chorus
Henry Spruth– bass, chorus
Stephen Gregg– percussion, chorus

This alchemical mix of folk musicians will swiftly sweep you off your feet with their sweet harmonies. Sister Species shrewdly blends both classically-trained and self-taught musicians into a swirl of fluid folk and catchy riffs, carried on the haunting, floating, and satisfyingly full harmonies of the Kastrul sisters.

Tickets are just $10 in advance, and $15 at the door. Seating in the Inner Sanctum is limited to 25-35, depending on how many musicians there are. It is an intimate and amazing space to experience the power of music. Click here to reserve your seats to see Crow Call, Ellie Bryan and Sister Species or call the Eye of Horus at 612-872-1292.

Live at the Eye May through September (so far)

Briar Live at the Eye May 16th 2014Briar – May 16th (Friday) 7:00pm-9:00pm

About Briar: Jay has played the Renaissance Festival for over 30 years, and Anita has played there for 18 years. What do they play? English Folk Songs, Murder Ballads. Think British and Irish Folk Music, Jethro Tull, and an Edward Gorey / RenFair attitude. When asked, they don’t say they are a Band. Then what are they? Well, they say they like crows, so maybe they are a Murder of Musicians. Reserve your seats for Briar – Live at the Eye>

Celia Live at the Eye June 6thCelia – June 6th (Friday) 7:00pm-9:00pm

Celia has been described as “A cross between an Earthy Enya, Joan Baez, and Tina Fey.” She dishes up the most delicious concoction of the silly and sacred. With powerful, heart-felt vocals and wacky comedic improvisations, the audience never knows what will happen with Celia on stage. She’s Red-headed Renaissance Woman, Celia is a singer/songwriter, actress, and storyteller who will leave you moved by beauty and enchanted with laughter. Both are equally sacred. Reserve your seats for Celia – Live at the Eye>

Brian Henke Live at the Eye

Brian Henke – July 12th (Saturday) 7:00pm-9:00pm

Brian’s unique guitar style has been called everything from Folk to New Age to Neo-Classical to Pastoral or as Brian likes to call it “a big stewpot of everything, stirred up, simmered and served to taste.” His music appeals to anyone who like their music lyrical, thought provoking and performed with virtuosity. Through it all is an undercurrent of spirituality and mysticism that Brian says is very much apart of the creative process. Reserve your seats for Brian Henke – Live at the Eye>

Murphey's Midnight RoundersMurphey’s Midnight Rounders – September 5th (Friday) 7:00pm-9:00pm

Murphey’s Midnight Rounders is an Acoustic/Americana band with their feet firmly planted in Folk music. Their original material runs the gamut of human emotion while their vocal harmonies have an impact that’s fresh and inspiring.
Brad Murphey has distinguished himself as a versatile songwriter, arranger and guitarist. Along with Murphey is Teresa Frank on vocals and, at times, Mandolin. She also is a percussionist, playing the Bodhran, Congas and Djembe. Bonnie Hanna-Powers brings bright and expressive harmonies, and her lead vocals lend a blues quality to the mix. Reserve your seats for Murphey’s Midnight Rounders – Live at the Eye>

We are still waiting on confirmation for additional performances, so keep in touch! Sign up for our newsletter, like us on facebook, or just book a seat for any of the performances and we’ll be sure to send you notices for future concerts. We consider ourselves blessed to be able to provide a space where artists can share their talents and listeners can ride the sound waves. This is why we created the Inner Sanctum. Please share this article with your social networks, thanks!