Sea Enchantment Workshop December 2020

Cassandra and I do not usually provide workshops in the winter, but due to Covid restrictions, we postponed them until later this year.
We were in the village hall during the afternoon, to maintain social distancing, however it resulted in a ‘chilly experience’ for all concerned. The village hall committee will not heat the venue at the moment, as they are concerned that any warmth will breed bacteria. 
Cassandra spoke about methods of divination and the use of magical squares and sigils.
I explained the history of sea witchery,Cornish legends of mermaids, working with the moon, the tides and utilising various objects from the shore for magical work.
After speaking about the origin and uses of Mermaids Purses, I guided the group through a process of drawing their spell sigils, that can be done in various ways. 

When writing out spells, the letters can be stacked one on top of the other which creates an interesting formation, alternatively one can draw symbols with full focus and intent to achieve their desire.

As the afternoon had been rather cold, we were a little concerned about the group and our evening at the beach as the temperature would drop further. 
We found a sheltered area between the rocks on Sennen beach and Cassandra created a glowing fire. 

 

After blessing their spells with the elements, I took our three students to the sea. At low tide, we walked a fair distance and as we approached, the sea roared and one wave hurtled towards us surrounding our feet. We sang an evocative chant to call the spirits that had real potency.
It was extremely dark, so much so that Karyl, one of our students, had unknowingly stepped into an area of sand that had the consistency of muddy ‘quicksand’ which caused her to lose her balance. Fortunately she wore waterproof trousers and the sea spirits were eager to take the spell and other items she offered from her hand as she fell.
Paul, her attentive husband helped her up and we were relieved to discover she had not injured herself. We were about to bury the two other spells within the sand, when a wave rushed towards us again and filled the hole we had made, so we moved further back to create another. The sea spirits were extremely playful on this occasion!
When the work was done, we returned to the fire that Cassandra had tended and we shared libations of Cornish mead and saffron buns. 

We were alone on the beach except for one light from a night fisherman in the distance. Cassandra and I were pleasantly surprised that the night air was still and we felt much warmer on the beach that evening than we had during the afternoon! 

While Cassandra, Karyl, Paul and Phil were conversing I returned to the sea to give to offer a special libation to the spirits. 

We were pleased that the Sea Enchantment and Divination winter workshop was a success as well as being lively and eventful! 
You are welcome to join us and discover how the spirits will connect and interact with you too! It would be a memorable experience!
Feedback:
“This workshop was superb. Learning about the spirits of the sea and how to work with them. Being shown by Laetitia her sea shells and their abilities. Being guided with doing a sea spell with a mermaid sea purse. Then in the evening going to a beach and building a fire and being guided with your sea spell. Found the whole experience really interesting. Can’t wait to go to a beach and start looking for sea shells seaweed etc. And start doing more work with the sea. Learnt so much. Cassandra and Laetitia are excellent in what they do with their workshops. Awesome day.” P.O.
“We had a wonderful workshop with these two women yesterday. Cassandra and Laetitia are Village Wisewomen by profession, healers, and “followers of the old ways. Thank you, Laetitia and Cassandra, for a wonderful Sea Magic workshop. No matter how long we study and follow the natural path of spirituality, you have the amazing ability to give us our next step. We are filled with respect for the sea and her magical creatures and we are filled with appreciation for you.” K.H.S. P.S.

The Old Ways – Craft of the Cunning Folk Workshop September 2020

It has certainly been a challenging year for all and the situation concerning Covid 19 has affected many events and community work. Cassandra and I decided to postpone our workshops held throughout the summer until later this year and fortunately our understanding clients were able to alter their schedules too.
Workshops at present need to be carried out while maintaining a social distance. At the moment we host them at our Village Hall as Cassandra’s cottage is far too small for this requirement.
Although the village hall does not have the same ambiance as the cottage, the local residents have done an impressive job of giving the rooms a thorough cleanse. There are certain guidelines that need to be adhered to of cleaning the areas before and after use.
Our September workshop was our first one this year and we were fortunate to have only two clients to try out these changes and test the new way of working. The kitchen within the hall is not in use, so we were unable to offer the refreshments we would usually provide while at the cottage.
Cassandra began the afternoon session by discussing all aspects of the Cunning Craft and working as a Wisewoman. At times her ‘train of thought can meander into other areas and I am able to bring this to her attention and steer the discussion back to the original subject. We were asked by the village hall committee to keep the doors and windows open to ventilate the area. During the afternoon we were visited by four Red Admiral butterflies which was a pleasant distraction!
Our clients had a different views on various aspects of the Old Craft as one is in the process of  training within a magical group and the other is a healing practitioner with a keen interest in the land and folklore which produced fascinating discussion.  We had a short break to enjoy the sunshine outside and then set up the table for our practical work.
My work includes the construction of charms, therefore creating a Witch Bottle spell would utilise the same Correspondences when researching the correct ingredients to place within the bottles.
We have seen a variety of bottles and jars personally chosen by clients for each workshop and on this occasion our ladies had chosen huge receptacles! They gave a lot of individual thought concerning the ingredients by studying the Correspondence table provided. When they were satisfied with their choices and had gathered all they required, the construction work began.

We guided them through the first stage of their bottle/jar spell and after the workshop they take them home and complete them by adding their personal DNA to it before filling the bottle/jar with liquid. When our afternoon session had come to an end it took us quite a while to clean any surfaces we had used before leaving the premises.
After a two hour dinner break our clients visited the cottage conservatory to bless their jars and then we transported our two ladies to a ‘place of power’ and gave them guidance in energizing their spells. We experienced a stunning sunset that evening and immediately after our energy raising, a murder of crows flew overhead. We sat quietly for a while enjoying the feeling of the energy raised and the stillness of the air around us as the sun descended on the horizon.
We returned to the cottage and spent time in Cassandra’s conservatory where we were able to maintain social distance and enjoyed a glass of Cornish mead with saffron cake, while discussing the day and answering any questions they had.
It was a successful workshop, even though there were some aspects of it that were quite different to the workshops we are accustomed to. We look forward to our next one!
Feedback:
“‘A very informative workshop. Cassandra and Laetitia shared their working knowledge and were very welcoming. A good format to the day.” N.G.
“I attended the course Folklore and found it a really interesting. The new measures in place for covid do not take anything away from the experience and all was done really well. It was a wonderful day full of interesting experiences and I felt I learned a lot. I left in the evening feeling inspired to try new ideas at home.” S.L.