CLASS IX: WATER III

HARMONY | INTEGRATION | COMPLETION | CELEBRATION

And so concludes our journey with the Elemental of Water and the Path of Love with our final class of 2023!

WATER III is a culmination of the Elemental Fusion Level 1 Water Motif and draws inspiration from the 3 of Cups Tarot card.

According to the Rider Waite Tarot: The meaning behind the Three of Cups represents a period of happiness and quality time. A celebratory sence of completion.

The Thoth Tarot refers to it as the card of ABUNDANCE. It denotes fulfillment, joy, fertile exchange, gratitude, well-being, spiritual love and an overflowing heart.

MUSIC TRACK: Seeds Dream by Subaqueous

PREP FOR THIS CLASS:

Please come prepared with your oil of Jasmine and blue candle to be ready for our deepening into the realm of Water + rosemary smudge, yoga mat, blocks, something to tie around your waist and hydration of choice.

HOMEWORK:

– Practice the Water Diamond mudra meditation for 5 minutes before your dance practice.

– Set a few minutes aside to utilize the shadow work study guide shared below.

– Take a jasmine salt bath and meditate on the water temples in your heart, womb and third eye.

– Practice the Water III motif along with me at least once per day.

THE PATH OF LOVE

Hermetic witchcraft requires  the Witch to walk the path of love in equal measure to those of Truth, Power & Sovereighty. Loving and respecting yourself is the most important prerequisite for successful magiclal work. Whatever you feel about yourself deep down in your subconscious is exactly what your magic will reinforce. Therefore, the work of elemental water magic and rebalancing the emotional body is to ensure that you feel your sacred place within the greatness of Divine Love. 

This is where healing our shadow comes into the picture:

 In Jungian Depth psychology, the Shadow is The unconscious rejected aspect of personality (both light & dark) that need to be integrated to begin the process of becoming your true self.

Shadows are the parts of self that are unhealed, disowned, denied, separated, judged, cast out, rejected. The parts of us that we deem to be imperfect, flawed, un-loveable, problems needing to be hidden from others for fear of being cast out, hurt or not loved. 
 
At one level, it is just unconscious material that needs to be brought to the light of awareness.
 

     The feminine way is to embrace everything, to call everything home to be loved into wholeness. The feminine knows that love is the most powerful healing energy and catalyst for transformation. Our inability to love ourselves or to receive love from others is the source of all illness. Our difficulties with love often result from early childhood experiences or perceptions of betrayal, abandonment, humiliation or rejection, which lead to feelings of unworthiness, unlovability, shame and guilt. These deep seated shadow feelings result in a sense of separation from self, from one’s own body and spirit and from other people. While this perceived separation may at first be our psyches effort to defend itself from fear, isolation and pain, it eventually becomes the source of continual feelings of separation, alienation and anxiety. 

Here me say this – – – there is nothing that needs to change about you, except your ability to open more to love. Changing your job, your relationship, your location, changes nothing. Love is the only variable that needs to be changed.

Shadow/Negredo: From the point of view of Alchemy the negredo is that which keeps us in the gravity and density that holds our frequency down, commonly known as separation by a million names, shadow/wounding/reaction, fear/lack of love… Whatever you want to call it. It is what moves us out of a peaceful, joyful, centered awareness.

By exploring this, we can bring the light of awareness to this alchemical negredo:

SHADOW WORK PRACTICE:

Smudge the space, light 2 candles and set them in front of you like pillars to represent a gateway of transformation. A threshold of conscious loving illumination & metamorphosis.

Practice Earth Elemental Tree Mediation.

1) Make a large square on a piece of paper. On one side of the square, put the word #1 DENYING or AVOIDING, on the other side – #2 COMPROMISING #3 HARSHLY JUDGING #4 WHAT I AM MOST AFRAID OF, and #5 in the center… WHAT I DON’T LOVE ABOUT MYSELF.

2) Now fill in words on each side that say what you are in denial of or avoiding, what you are compromising, what you are harshly judging, what you are afraid of, and what you still don’t love in the self. Give yourself only three minutes.. Write without thinking or mental effort… Just let your subconscious mind fill in the blanks.

3) When finished, circle the most intense and limiting quality on each side of the square.
These things show you exactly where you hold your frequency down and love out.

4) Bring to your awareness any one of the patterns you have circled.

5) Ask the pattern what its GIFT was . What it has taught you. Who you are now, that you would not have been if you had not worked with that shadow, that pattern of limitation. This is an important step, as nothing wants to actually dissolve unless it has been acknowledged, thanked and blessed in its release.

6) With that done. State from the center of your being, what pattern you are choosing to leave behind on this side of the initiatory gateway. Name the shadow you are here to complete as a soul, to embrace and bring it to wholeness in this NOW moment.

Making a clear laser like statement of what you are consciously choosing to step into on the other side of that initiatory gateway. Claim it!

7) Potentize the effects of this process by becoming active in it –  Anoint yourself with oil of Jasmine and invite the Water Diamond Mudra meditation in to serve as a practice for elemental deepening and integration. Allow any mytho-poetic metaphor to emerge in your awareness right now that can assist you in holding space to transmute, through love, the shadow spoken for self and the collective One. Complete the clearing of the negredo of this shadow with” I love my shadow as I Love my light.”

8) Now, take the time to choose to love yourself as you are, with, not in spite of the contraction or shadow that arises.
And if you are willing, genuinely embrace yourself just like that in this moment! For it is in embracing the shadow in your love, that allows it to alchemically dissolve in Divine Grace. It is cosmic law that anything of lesser vibration than Divine Love, dissolves in the higher frequency that unconditional Love is, if you so choose it in full conscious awareness.

Will you choose to love your shadow as whole heartedly as you love your light? If the answer is in this moment yes, then so choose and so state that to the self right now. Witness yourself in that choice! (saying: I love my shadow as I love my light.)

TREAT YOURSELF

Offer yourself a personal reward for taking the time to practice these essential workings.

CLOSING THE WATER GATE:

Face West in the posture of water and say:

Guardians of the West!

“Essence of Water, Undine & Niksa!

I am grateful for your lessons of daring to Love and of Acceptance.

COntinue to nurture my heart and Great Work along the Path of Love.

I release you now to your fair and fluid realms.”

See the blue girder recede through the gateway as you draw the banishing pentagram to close the gate begining at the right point, moving left and continue through the star until you reach the right point once again. Draw a circle around it counter clockwise (widdershins). Kiss the tips of your fingers forming your natural athame and thrust any remaining energy out through the gate. Bow and say “Hail & Farewell.”

~ Blessed Be ~