Sea Magic Workshop 2
The weather in Cornwall has been fabulous, we have had constant tropical temperatures and sunshine for over a month now.
This weekend we welcomed a group of four lovely people to our workshop. Two have attended workshops before, one had consulted us in the past for a reading and the other we met for the first time. It’s intriguing to listen to each person relate their life story and spiritual journey. This leads on to discussions of many spiritual subjects and at times these conversations can divert to other subjects. When this happens we gently guide it back to the original theme while at the same time we obtain helpful information about our group members.
It was too warm to light a fire in the hearth, so we lit additional candles on the threshold of the fireplace.
On Saturday I prepared the hearth and for this particular workshop I have the pleasurable task of emptying my sea shell collection from two large glass containers onto the floor to select various types for discussion during my part of the workshop.
I was observed by Clutterbuck who’s ears reacts to the sound of clattering shells and knows work is afoot when the hearth is prepared.
Cassandra decided to take the group back to basics this time after discussions from the previous evening and she explained the ‘four powers of the witch’.
The group was also given an exercise for focussing the mind. This exercise gave us insight on each member of the group in the way they work and their reactions to it.
After this exercise they were each given a Tarot card to study and the opportunity to relate to the group what they see in the card rather than the meanings they may have read in Tarot books. This exercised their powers of observation and once again gave us insight as to their development.
The group members were eager for the Sea Sorcery part of the workshop. We discussed the history of sea witchery, how they utilised the elements in their work as well as the hidden and unpredictable powers of sea spirits.
The group were fascinated by the discussion on shore life and the vast variety of sea shells, their uses around the home, worn by people as adornments and in charms and spells. I passed some of the shells around so each person can feel their energy and the ones that may resonate with them.
I introduced the concept of ‘mermaid’s purses’ ( cases for dogfish eggs) and how they are useful containers for ‘sigil’ spells.
We also discussed the vast subject of pearls. their production and their magical uses.
The group members were inspired to begin their own shell collection after returning home.
On Saturday evening when the group returned to us they were shown by Cassandra how to construct Sigils. These were used by the group for their personal sea spells. They were given a choice between using a flat oyster shell or mermaids purses. We blessed their spells at the hearth and as the sun began its descent we visited Sennen Cove to work by the sea on a beautiful summer evening. Cassandra built a small fire and one of the group collected some sea water.
While Cassandra tended the fire I took the group out to the sea to connect with the sea spirits before our spell work.
Although they are hard work, the workshop was a pleasure to do as well as deeply satisfying. We hope that our group members have taken away with them useful information that will become a part of their spiritual journey along with some wonderful memories of the weekend.
“One of the best workshops I ever had; thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.” G.B.