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Ground, Center & Shield: Tools for an Elder Apprentice

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by P.S., A.N., an Elder Apprentice

Ground, Center and Shield as Magical Tools

I came to the study of magic late, as I started two weeks after my 60th birthday, and thus I take up some tools that are entirely new to me, while I am given new names or new purposes for others tools that I have wielded for many years. “Ground, Center, and Shield”: that precise combination of words was new. But I had studied Aikido, where the rubric “Relax Completely, Weight Underside, Keep One Point, Extend Ki” was a guide to both that martial art and to how to move through daily life with strength and peace. Zen meditation seemed to have similar concepts with its emphasis on Hara, that is the Tan Tien at center of my body as the key to developing an imperturbable dynamic centering of my mind and body. However, when I began to Ground, Center and Shield, regardless of the similarities with practices from other paths I have walked, I was doing these three basic preparatory acts as bits of magic that prepared me to practice further magic. When I allowed “Ground, Center and Shield” to become magical tools to enlarge and protect my daily life, the very fact that I was using these magical tools as part of my mundane life sets an intent that my entire life is to be experienced as a magical act.

Why do I Ground, Center and Shield?

For me what is unique to magic is that it is a conscious and reciprocal dialog between myself in ‘all my parts’ and the innumerable conscious beings who inhabit our multilayered and multifaceted Universe. When I perform magic, the goal is not simply changing my own consciousness; I am asking the participation of other personalities — asking members of a conscious universe to respond and to take action, that is to change themselves at my request and bidding. Yet these beings, even the seeming simplest and benign, have a personality. They have their own agency and will, their own desires, and their own agendas. They may have needs, flaws and weakness that I am not aware of; they are not human, and I do not yet speak their native languages.

Additionally the magical relationship is reciprocal, and those I contact are free to respond or not. They may have significantly more power than me, and there is no reason to assume, especially on a first meeting, that their response will be helpful, truthful, or friendly. They are fully entitled and capable of asking that I change in response to our interaction. Their ways of asking could be gentle, beautiful, affirming or safe, or they could be ferocious, terrifying, completely inscrutable or dangerous. I will be the only one who can decide if their request is in my interest, appropriate to accept, or if it is not. I may be asked questions of incredible value, or offered life-changing opportunities, but the offer may be made or the question asked only once and never again. Furthermore, I cannot enter the magical world using my mundane thoughts and feelings. Unless I can listen fully, see clearly and feel intensely I will simply miss what I came for, be unable to accomplish my magical goal, and be unable to bring back any treasures into my own world.

Given that I am entering into a foreign, enticing and exciting, yet possibly dangerous place, I had better start any magic as well prepared as possible. I need to have a strong foundation; I need to know in my body, mind and heart why I am entering these realms; I need to know my boundaries, what and where they are. And I want to have all this while being alert, flexible and accepting of coming wonders, joy, and love to be found in meeting and working with the enumerable conscious others who inhabit our worlds. For me Ground, Center and Shield is the necessary preparatory magic that allows all this to happen.

What do these three magical acts accomplish?

Ground – I develop connection with the Earth as the foundation of my being and source of limitless Mana. Grounding allows me connect with the Earth, as she becomes my dynamically flexible and firm foundation. At the same time I can release my thoughts, fears, and even my hopes into her infinite depths thus clearing me for the magic to come. The Earth’s ground of infinite potential cradles me in her strength and stability.

Center – Being firmly and flexibly rooted in the womb of the ground, I can open myself to the conscious energies that surround me. In that awareness I concentrate them to focus my awareness of myself. I understand why I am about to enter on the action at hand. There is so much Mana, no limit to it, and as I concentrate it in my center I begin to convert that potential into will and prepare to mobilize for action and witness, able to receive and give, from a place of quiet and calm alertness.

Shield – From the feeling of self-knowledge contracted in my center, I expand and reach out my consciousness so that I am able to be aware and to meet the Others’ consciousness. Sensing and setting the boundaries of my body and consciousness in the magical realm I can meet the Other with confidence. I can speak and move with power, and I can listen and receive while alert, open, and safe.

How do I Ground, Center, and Shield?

Here are the basic techniques I use in my practices. The rituals emerged from my teacher’s guidance, instruction from books especially Hawai’ian Mysticism and T. Thorn Coyle’s Evolutionary Witchcraft, and my own intuition.

I prefer to do my magical work standing so these suggestions are described as being performed while standing up. They can also be done while sitting:

Ground – Stand with your feet shoulder width apart in a relaxed but upright posture, arms held in any position that is comfortable. Your legs become strong roots growing into the earth. Feel them growing through the soil, into bedrock. Feel these roots extending down through the Earth’s many layers. Your roots reach the Earth’s center, her core furnace of infinite energy and power, a churning spectrum of all colors. Feel the Earth’s power become yours as fiery sap rises and enters your legs and energizes your entire body with a comfortable but powerful glow, starting in your legs, then flowing to hips, torso arms and head.

The Earth will gladly accept any fears, tensions, doubts or worries, what ever it is that you need to release. She has so much Mana and willingly takes that which you release as a your gift to her. The flow, both upward and downwards, between your body and the Earth core becomes a cycle and it is complete. Your strong foundation comes from the Earth’s core of infinite Mana – Stand with strength, stability, flexibility, power, and love.

Center – Just above your head you see, and feel a golden globe of energy. It is about the size of a softball or small melon. It is bright, it might feel warm, or perhaps not, but the brightness is strong and comfortable as is your sense of that sphere’s power. Begin to slowly lower the sphere of light, down the back of your skull and down your spine. As you lower the Globe, it passes behind each Chakra and it energizes each one, the Eye of Your True Vision, the Throat of Your True Speech, The Heart of Your Beauty, The Core of Your True Will, passing The Center of Your True Strength just below your navel,  you bring the  Gold Sphere to rest in nest of your pelvis just above The Root of Your Being. Let the Sphere rest. Perhaps you tighten the muscles of your pelvic floor just a bit to let the Globe rest in its perfect place with its glow and warmth in your center.

Shield – Let the Gold Sphere expand. Feel it grow, as fast or a slow as you need it to. As the Globe grows; its energy surrounds your body. How big does the Sphere need to be? A few feet around or as large as the solar system? What do you need? What color is it now? What color do you need it to be?

In your Sphere you are able to receive and give freely. You are safe. Your awareness is wide and relaxed; eyes soft, ears relaxed, nose open, body alert but soft, you know your will see what you need to need to see, hear what you need hear, smell what  you need to smell, and feel what you need to feel without any strain or false focus.

You are ready.


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Current Transits: January 22 – February 24, 2015

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By Barry Kerr

Sun moved into Aquarius on Jan 20

Aquarius’s spiritual intention is to teach us how to remain true to our unique vision while working as a team with others, collectively. Our inner Aquarius/Uranus knows, intuitively, that the authority of the status quo is temporary to the understandings of our limited senses, changing as consciousness evolves. Thus, we strive for the “ideal”, often feeling rejected or weary when the world doesn’t “get it”. We know, in our hearts, that we are all in this together, as equals.

Through Aquarius, we learn objectivity, equality, group participation and serving humanitarian causes. We learn to relate to others as whole individuals, not just their functions, recognizing

them as special, just like us.  We learn to share our intuitive and unconventional ideas with others and encourage them to do the same. This further taming of our ego creates friendships, camaraderie and “belonging”. We begin to experience the oneness of humanity as an extension of self.  The Lego Movie, deceptively childish-sounding, but very adult and metaphysical, illustrates this Aquarius/Leo polarity excellently. “Everything is awesome!”

Saturn in Sagittarius

Saturn has progressed forward into Sagittarius for the next two years or so. Saturn’s demand for realism and accountability will be aimed at our beliefs, therefore expect some major realistic turns in religion and science. Are the ways you are living, in the name of realism, actually aligned with your beliefs? Are you limiting what practical by limiting your beliefs?

Inner Planets

Mercury will be retrograde (backward) in Aquarius from Jan 21 to Feb 12. This will keep your mind questioning group endeavors and innovative changes in your life. That’s good, for now. Meanwhile, Venus and Mars advance into Pisces, bringing soulfulness to your relationships and desires. In late February, as Venus and Mars merge on the cusp of Pisces/Aries, romantic passion could evolve into mystical bliss.

New Moon on Feb 18

The moon and sun, joined right on the cusp of Pisces, and nearby Neptune will call to your spiritual heart; your longing for divine oneness. With Saturn squaring (90 degrees) this in Sagittarius, this longing may seem to conflict with your duty to reality, but you will “know” otherwise.  Under this New Moon, set your intention by the next Full Moon to experience the reality of the oneness of your soul with another. Venus and Mars will certainly be doing their part.

Good Aquarian activities into February

To align your energy with Aquarius, think outside the box. Question the status quo and invite future vision. Share your visions and gifts with friends, colleagues and networks. Notice who sees and appreciates your unique expression and align yourself with theirs, as equals, in mutual support. Quit groups when you don’t feel synergy happening. Make collaboration, teamwork, and unity your mantras.

Good Aquarian questions to ask yourself into February.

To heal and evolve your Aquarian self, pay attention to how well you do in groups. Do you strive to understand the group or do you insist on getting your own way? Can you follow your own heart and still work with a team, or do you do what’s expected in order to feel you belong? Do you treat others as whole and special or do you only see them as serving a particular function? Do you honor your intuition? Are you open to creating win/win situations? In a world that falls short of your ideals, can you still feel your loving connection to humanity and know you have a place?


Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 33 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology readings and coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information.

Karmic Patterns in the Aura

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by Jeremy Anacker

The human aura is like a balloon of energy that exists around the physical body. There are many dimensions to know about as you pursue knowledge and a direct intuitive knowing of this compelling phenomenon. Naturally this leads one into a process of healing and awakening that can result in greater peace and spiritual freedom. On your journey you will run across many ideas about how to heal. I have found it very helpful to use a very simple way to frame healing work under one principle of consciousness. One of my favorites is to think of harmful blocks or objects in the energy field as heavy and unhelpful mental agreements made at some earlier point in life and then practiced repeatedly over time. The restricted thought energy then accumulates in one’s energy body. For example, an early event in childhood can help a young person to decide that she is unsafe and that it is of utmost importance to say NO to various life adventures. From this point, the years go on as she says no to joining various clubs such as the girl scouts, soccer, swimming or maybe even doing things as simple as going on bike rides around the block. As she goes into adult life, she might end up feeling unfulfilled. She may have worked hard at her career, an area in her life where she felt safe; however, because she never truly went beyond her comfort zone she might not have been able to find a soulmate connection or to have stimulating and positive friendships. At this point her heart may feel heavy with a lack of life experiences. It often takes a bit of sophistication to see that a thinking pattern around an unhealthy style of seeking safety coupled with the idea of wanting more has been strongly developed. As she gains a sense of healthy desire and has little insight on what to do about it there is a dark energy block in the heart center. An energy healer such as myself can be of assistance in providing relief of the limited energy by clearing it out or removing any blocks, but still the perception that she is not safe is very well practiced over a long period of time. Because an uplifting style of adventure energy has not been developed in her field she doesn’t attract good growth opportunities from the universe. In this type of situation I might try to help this person identify the early life event and then look for the limited thinking that resulted. From there, a strategy and a set of thought redirection techniques can be put into place and applied until benefits reveal themselves. She may also have to change some her life patterns and begin to take more risks. The risks might include joining a volleyball club or spiritual community, or taking up various activities such as social dancing or even public speaking. In such a situation, in order to maximize her life progress and establish the new set of life routines, an ongoing coaching process can also be of great benefit.

There are occasions where a heavy energy pattern is noticed and it needs to be addressed as a set of past life agreements. The way the conditioned perceptions play out in this scenario are as vast as anything that is put together in one’s own lifetime.

Reflect on the following: A man suddenly realizes that for his whole life, horses seem to feel unsettled around him. They tend to shift uneasily and back away, neigh uncomfortably or do some other unsettled style of behavior. This man is intuitive and good natured enough to find the need to sit down and reflect on how this might be happening. He closes his eyes and somehow he sees himself in an earlier time in history as a very large and burly blacksmith. Images of horses and memories of his cruel treatment of them flood his mind. At this point, the man feels extremely mournful and regretful about these long list of events. He now understands that horses do not trust him. It is like they can smell the memories of the previous life and the mean spirit of these earlier times on him in this current incarnation.

What does he do now? Well, it helps to understand that he has an aura that emanates vibrations out into the environment and ultimately into the universe. In many ways life is responding to this energy signature which is patterned around thoughts, perceptions and agreements that the individual has made on some profoundly deep level of his eternal being. The unhelpful bundles of energy in his aura can also be seen as a piece of his overall karma and now he can clear the areas of trouble with various intentional techniques. I also have found it very useful to emphasize the use of a well placed and meaningful moment of mournful regret so as to completely clear the energy. This is a radically effective way to clear many things such as any residual rationalization of harmful acts, the conscience of the soul, the unhealthy patterns of guilt based thinking or the shame that can come up as one faces such a past. As a last step I suggest that the individual find a way to deliberately amend this karma by contributing somehow to the well being of one or more of these truly majestic and beautiful beings. He could do any number of actions such as commit to the practice of being deliberately kind to all animals, pray for well being of all horses, donate money to a related cause or even to adopt a horse and give it a good life in an open field with a caring facility. I know that the example here is a true one as the man experienced a major change as he was suddenly able to go up to any horse and they would show that they felt safe and comfortable in his presence.

What do you do now that you have this information? Now you are aware that the life you have and the events in it are a part of your Karmic destiny. While it is great to read up on the topic of past lives and to pick up various techniques and clear it also really helps to have various forms of dynamic dialogue with others. Reflecting on and owning this awareness with others in an intentional community accelerates the growth into greater awareness. Group energy can serve as a boost for the intuition and inspiration that it takes to make beneficial changes in yourself. Also be prepared to know from your own authority that the many life situations that you experience are your perfect teacher and that you are always getting assistance from the universe for your journey into awakening and self discovery.


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