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Virgo – Merlin the Hermit; Son of the Mother.

Welcoming in Autumn in 2020 this year has been like the embrace of an old friend. Long awaited and just the right time for the Initiate’s Way book to be unleashed on the world. Merlin the Hermit has been instrumental in this process of guidance in the form of an inner guide, a teacher who stepped forward to lead the way, so that I could choose with confidence this path that I have taken.

You can get your copy of the Initiate’s Way now directly from the publisher! https://mandrake.uk.net/initiates-way/

This book contains full colour plates of the twenty-two magical images which correlate with the Major Arcana of the Tarot. They each tell the archetypical story of the spiritual journey into enlightenment. 

You can, as a solitary practitioner, use this book to learn how to build up magical images and tread each step of this amazing journey for yourself. If you are working within a group, it is a guidebook for creative visualisations during the year, to align with the seasons. One of the group members can lead the others through each stage of the journey. This path takes strength and courage as you become who you are truly meant to be. 

Merlin the Hermit

Merlin the Hermit (Son of the Mother) by Jade M

Basking in sunlight

In a deserted druids grove

I feel alive once more

Acceptance into the circle of Those;

Who walked this earth before us

Who guard the Sacred Groves

Whose powers are limitless

Whose strength is untold

You have my word, my honour and my faith

Thank you Hermit (Merlin) for showing me the way

©Jade Melany 1st Sept 2017

In Tarot usually you will find here a male figure of the wise old man archetype which I attribute to Merlin. The importance of silence and retreat from the physical world for the purpose of meditation is stressed here, and the internal seeking of one’s own being.

In terms of psychology this archetype represents a journey into the underworld or the world of shadows. If you cast a light onto something, it casts a shadow and you cannot ignore it, instead you must retreat further into the silence and reintegrate these parts of yourself before you can progress any further on this journey.

In silence, solitude and retreat is where you can heal yourself, by going within and spending time alone. It is an intensely personal journey and each person is unique by having different life circumstances, but if you do not allow yourself significant time to explore the shadows and avoid doing inner work on yourself, it can manifest in physical and mental illness. The hermit is carrying a staff which is topped with the orphic egg, also being protected by the snake that is climbing up the staff, this is a universal symbol for wisdom.

The chapter for the Initiates Way concerning the Hermit and Numerology is a fantastic contribution written by Richard Abbot.

I have to thank Richard from the bottom of my heart for his numerological readings and the guidance that he gave me because it was priceless, at the outset of the journey of writing the Initiate’s Way.

Richard is Author of ten wonderful books and is a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to be reckoned with. I would highly recommend his services if you every found yourself in need of his counsel.

Skype: richard_abbot. Phone: 07796 307170

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Meeting the Ancestors in the Caves

6th Aug 2020

Drumming Journey.

It took me nearly a day to paint this image. Once I had finished painting it I decided to go for a drum journey and visit the tunnel in the picture to see where it would take me. The image was painted from a photograph I took of one of the entrances in the Valley of the Caves, or Grottes de Saulges in Thorigné-en-Charnie, in France.

Visit the Valley of the Caves and Prehistoric Museum Website.

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There is a prehistoric network of caves that is well documented in the Museum. Previously in the week I had recorded a drum journey outside in preparation for the new moon so that I could listen to this on headphones to do some journeying to explore the caves.

Dragons in the cave!

Journal Entry

6th Aug 2020

I saw a tunnel like the one I have just painted. Followed it in to the sound of the drumming. All of a sudden I was walking through caves of people who were drumming and chanting. There were lots of little fires and people huddles around them in the networks of caves. It was night time. There was a shamans hut that I felt drawn towards. I went in and she was hanging herbs to dry, and other things that I couldn’t quite make out. There was a cauldron bubbling. She had been expecting me! She ushered me to a space with furs and things to sit down on. Then she gave me something to drink. It was some kind of elixir she had prepared from roots and vines.

I drank it and lay down on the furs. It was like a veil was lifted and I could hear many voices that were all talking in different languages. As the ‘medicine’ began to work, the foreign languages began to make sense and I could understand them all. Lots of information ready for me to translate and speak in my world on my return.

The image I saw of the shaman looked like a carved image from the book which I had brought home from the museum. Showing only her eyes, the shape of her head and braided hair with a crosshatched style on the top of her head. Perhaps she was carved to represent some kind of medicine woman?

When I came around from the drumming journey I went in to speak to my mum and she said she had heard me drumming outside. Interesting thing is that I was listening on headphones to the drumming journey and not playing it out loudly on any kind of speakers. Except perhaps the frequency that I was broadcasting on, which my mum had picked up on from inside the house.

If you would like to try the drumming journey for yourself I would be very interested to hear what kind of an experience you have with it.

If you would like to come and join the Initiate’s Way group on facebook to participate in group pathworkings you would be more than welcome.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/initiatesway/

Jade’s new book The Initiate’s Way is available to pre-order from Mandrake of Oxford. Order your copy today.

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Initiate’s Way Workshops Online

During the current climate I decided to start recording some of the individual Pathworkings for the Initiate’s Way on Youtube.

The book is almost ready for publication so if you would like to try these, and see how you manage, please go to the playlist and start from the first episode, and work through the Tarot path workings at your leisure.

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©JadeMelany April 2020