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Spring Equinox Ceremony 2021

Saturday 2oth March 2021

It had been on my mind for a little while to go to Castlerigg, feeling the pull of the stones and the call of something deeper. A physical journey and a spiritual journey that I needed to make. I knew I needed to walk barefoot around the stones and offer prayers for those who have departed this life over the last few months, ask for blessings for them from my Ancestors, and send healing to all those in need, including for our our Mother Earth.

When I arrived there were folks milling around, someone was playing guitar, and the atmosphere was light and joyful. A very welcoming relief after the stifled darkness of the winter months. I unpacked the few things that I had brought with me. A candle, my rattle, charcoal discs and incense that I had specially prepared that morning for use during the ritual, and some crystal skulls loaned to me by a very dear friend.

Once I had set up my altar in the sanctuary, I lit my candle and incense, I took off my shoes and socks and walked barefoot on the blessed earth for the first time this year. With my rattle in hand I walked around the outside of the circle. One shake of the rattle for every two steps I took. The rhythm became almost trancelike as I walked, and becoming more and more grounded with each step I took.

I could feel my footsteps like a pulse sounding down into the earth, reaching out to stir and awaken the sleeping dragon beneath.

After three rounds of walking I sat down and plugged me earphones in, wrapped myself in the blanket I had brought with me, because even though the sun was shining there was an icy chill to the breeze, and settled down to listen to a recording of drumming by Sandra Ingerman on my phone.

Almost instantly there appeared in the space surrounding me the hull of a large boat. There were lots of people in the boat and they all seemed to know that it was time for a very important journey.

This was a crossing from the earth plane to that of the realm of the dead. I felt so honoured to be allowed to witness the journey. I had so many emotions in that moment tears began to stream from my eyes. I felt the boat moving and rising, travelling towards the west as we moved through the veil to the otherworld. There are no words to describe just how beautiful it felt to be a companion to those who were crossing over to begin their new journey. Humbled, and in awe of experiencing the gateway open and the souls to be received with love.

Time ceased to exist in that moment as one by one the passengers alighted from the boat. When everyone had left the boat and moved off to their new destination, I felt the boat rise again and made the return journey back to the sanctuary space, in the circle within the circle.

The whole journey lasted about fifteen minutes, but it felt to me like an endless moment, without beginning or end.

What was really nice, was afterwards two lovely ladies enquired as to what I was doing and asked me lots of questions about the ceremony and the ritual items that I had brought with me.

It was an honour to share and I feel so blessed to have witnessed this beautiful ceremony.

©Jade Melany 2021

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Spirit of the Forest; Guardian of the Otherworld.

The process of birthing this image has taken many twists and turns. Looking through magical journals I saw an entry about a path working that I had done for the Empress using the Thoth Tarot deck many many years ago. When I had gone to sleep that night I dreamed of barefoot walking through a frosty woodland, and coming across a stag in the woods.

Many years passed after this encounter and then I saw a stag again in a dream. Appearing to me as the archetypical figure of the spirit of the woods, and I often see him now during mediations and journeying with my drum.

He is a guardian of the otherworld, a doorkeeper standing sentry to greet those who seek to enter.

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Initiate’s Way book released 2020.

After much blood, sweat and tears the Initiate’s Way book has finally made it to print. It really has been a groundbreaking momentous journey for me while writing this book, and to see it in its final printed format was one of the most emotional moments of my life.

The 22 pathworkings included in the book preceded the imagery and are the result of many years of studying, meditating and inner seeking. The magickal images I painted after doing the inner workings, which can serve as a focal point as I guide you step by step through the process of the whole journey. 

Creative Visualisation.

Using creative visualisation you can discover your own innate wisdom. You will learn simple breathing techniques, and how to bring the magical images to life within your imagination. You create your own healing sanctuary, awaken the god and the goddess, and bring forth your own inner teacher or guide. This book will teach you how to work internally with each of the twenty-two magical archetypes, so that you can perform spiritual alchemy on yourself and bring change into your life. 

Every conscious step you take into the Initiate’s Way is signposted by these magical images and as you take time to study, meditate with, and explore each of them in turn you will become your true and authentic self. 

The Art of Temperance by Jade M

This book contains full colour plates of the twenty-two magical images which correlate with 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 can serve as a guidebook for creative visualisations during the year, to align with the seasons. If you work in a group or coven, 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. 

I have worked with lots of people over the years using the material presented here, in small groups, and with the turn of events this year, it felt like it was time for the creation to take on a life of its own. The groundwork was there. The 22 parts of the journey road tested by myself, and others, and the feedback from those participating convinced me that this could be a useful tool for anyone who wanted to begin to use their creative imagination to make positive and lasting changes. 

When I first started out writing this book it was for a number of reasons. It was a learning experience for me and as I was travelling the inner realms myself and journalling, it occurred to me that this was not just the product of my own imagination. That I had tapped into a source, a stream of wisdom that I could share with others in the hope that they too could share the path and access these inner resources. Along the way I met inner teachers, archetypes, gods and goddesses and entered a magickal world that became more real to me with every journey. It also felt like something I was ‘meant’ to do, That there had been preparation in past lives which I started to recall while participating in the pathworkings myself.

Spiritual Alchemy

My understanding of spiritual alchemy is that it is a practical journey that you can embark upon, and that the gold is the enlightenment experience of reaching that place within, where innate knowledge erupts like a fountain. To attain that it was necessary to create the spaces in which to do the work. So after using the pathworkings myself for a few years I led small groups through the experiences, so we could share and learn from each other.

Essentially you are setting out on a mythical journey but it all takes place in your imagination using creative visualiation. I studied hypnotherapy in 2016 which really helped me to craft these into tools with purpose. Doing this inner work myself helped me to create a foundation upon which I could set future goals upon, reflect and categorise experiences and learn from them rather than repeating the same mistakes. 

If you are ready to find out who you really are then this book is for YOU.

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