The Magickal Life of a Witch, a Shaman, a Mage – A Soul’s Life of Love, Will & Wisdom

Much of leading a life where our spiritual and magickal life is a part of our daily life and living, integrated into our life, is aligning with our true will – Will. The Will of our Higher Self, of the divine within ourselves, or of our Watcher as the tradition that I follow, the Temple of Witchcraft, names it. We begin simply, by tuning into the synchronicities all around, listening and seeing the messages of the divine running throughout the Universe, throughout all things, and yes, within ourselves. 

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This picture that Christopher kindly took of me captures perfectly my feelings about our Temple of Witchcraft Wild Magick of Wales pilgrimage – beyond words amazing. Or, as many of us said on our journey together, simply – “Yay!” This image was taken after our hike of Dinas Emrys, at a lookout point in the Snowdonia mountains of Wales.

As we find that spark of Spirit, of the divine, burning within, we then tune into it more and more … we find those messages in meditation, in journeys, in communicating with the divine in all its forms. We pick up pieces here and there, like treasured gems, on our journey. Gems within ourselves.

We enter the flow of the Universe, tapping into that Web of Life, the web of all creation, the primordial sea of creation. The place where all possibilities exist. We live in the present moment. Not in the future, or in the past, but in the now. Time slows as we are truly present within ourselves, as we stoke the fire of our soul.

Yet, to me, it is not a stagnant thing, a single place or moment in time. It is an ebb and a flow, a back and forth … but the awareness finds us bringing that balance back. Back to that still point in the center, in this moment, in the now. By living more and more in each moment … present, aware, bringing ourselves back to the here, to the now, giving the now our Attention … we play the tune, we play the keys, we fan the flame of our soul. As we play, we begin to sing. As we sing, we begin to dance. We find our path. Joining the dance of our soul as one, complete and whole, celebrating the divine with us and within all things.

Dinas Emrys - August 22 2013 - Wales Pilgrimage

I took this photo from the top of Dinas Emrys in the Snowdonian Mountains of Wales while on our Temple of Witchcraft Wild Magick of Wales pilgrimage. A fortress and historical place of safety over time for the Welsh, and also bearing tales of Myrddin’, or Merlin.

I was inspired today by a quote that I came across, replete with a gorgeous picturesque scene of a mountain behind a crystalline lake. The capitalization of Love and Will in the below quote are mine, as it is the way the quote inspired me, and I will explain later in this post. That quote is:

  “It is Love alone that leads to right action. What brings order in the world is to Love and let Love do what it Will.” – J. Krishnamurti

When you live your life out of the heart space, out of Love then all things somehow fall into place. When I speak of Love, with a capital “L,” I mean unconditional love, not ego based love or personality based love, but a soul level Love. That does not mean that everything becomes easy, but somehow you become easier within life’s changes. You let the waters ebb and flow, and you go with that flow, you do not resist – you enter the flow of the Universe. The waters within become still and you glide across the waters of life, to the mountains of the soul. Well, you may initially resist, we are after all humans in a human body, and that is o.k., but the idea is that you go back to that place of Love.

I call it just in time arrival, or, borrowing from my MBA program, “just in time inventory.” Everything just seems to happen at the right time. You are in the right place, at the right time, doing the right things. It seems like magick. And it is magick.

Merlin's Pool at the base of Dinas Emrys in the Snowdonia Mountains of Wales on the Temple of Witchcraft's Wild Magick of Wales Pilgrimage, August 22, 2013

Merlin’s Pool at the base of Dinas Emrys in the Snowdonia Mountains of Wales on the Temple of Witchcraft’s Wild Magick of Wales Pilgrimage, August 22, 2013

Things that no longer serve flow away with the waters, and things that serve your life and your soul’s purpose are free to enter your life. Those coming into, and yes, also out of your life, bring you lessons. To me, as a soul, we come into this life to glean those lessons – not as a personality self or a body, but as a soul. Those lessons that we do not learn will repeat. It is the magick and poignant beauty of the soul on its journey.

Much of what we do as Witches, as Shamans, as Mages, is to bring change and transformation into our lives to do the Will of our soul. We are creators of change. We are creators of our own lives. We are co-creators of the Universe. Perhaps changes brought us to this path? But be assured, that when we walk down this path, there will be change and transformation in our lives and all around us.

Yes, even the "Mega Sour Cherries", er, um, candies, outside of Harlech Castle in Wales also have their blessings! This was another stop on our Wild Magick of Wales pilgrimage with the Temple of Witchcraft

Yes, even the “Mega Sour Cherries”, er, um, candies, outside of Harlech Castle in Wales also have their blessings! This was another stop on our Wild Magick of Wales pilgrimage with the Temple of Witchcraft

Sometimes major transformation. Destruction and rebirth. The Tower in tarot. Yet, The Tower in the tarot to me is not to be feared – it is to be welcomed as an opportunity for the soul’s growth. All of this serves to burn away the dross so that we may rebirth ourselves as the Phoenix. Without it, we would never change. We would never grow. We would never fulfill our soul’s mission in this lifetime. We would never discover the magick within.

On this path, we become change and naturally bring change into our lives and around us. Sometimes, we may not like it. It may not be what our ego or personality self wants or prefers, or it may be hard things in life like tragedies. But always – yes, I do mean always – there are lessons for us in those changes, in life’s challenges and even in life’s tragedies.

Including gems of Banana Custard and Elderberry Flower ice cream to rival the Mega Sour Cherries of life! This is outside of Harlech Castle, also on the recent Temple of Witchcraft pilgrimage to Wales

Including gems of Banana Custard and Elderberry Flower ice cream to rival the Mega Sour Cherries of life! This is outside of Harlech Castle, also on the recent Temple of Witchcraft pilgrimage to Wales

That is where we find our most beautiful gems of blessing – if we only stop a moment, set aside our personality or ego self and connect in with our divine self, Higher Self or Watcher to see them. You may recognize the blessings right away, even in the midst of the challenging times in life. I do.

Maybe you know these blessings are there generally, but you do not yet know exactly what they are, or what they will look like. Or, maybe you recognize them specifically in the moment, in those moments.

Either way, you may or may not be able to speak of them right away to others. And maybe in those moments there is cause to hearken to the wise teachings from the Witch’s Pyramid – To Be Silent.

Yet, if only just to yourself, for yourself, you know and see the gems there. If you have your eyes open, all of your eyes, you will see the gems of blessings sparkling within and know that you will pick them up and collect them on your way.

Looking for gems by someone who taught me to look for the gems ... Christopher playing in Merlin's pool at the base of Dinas Emrys in Wales on the Temple's Wild Magick of Wales pilgrimage.

Looking for gems by someone who taught me to look for the gems … Christopher playing in Merlin’s pool at the base of Dinas Emrys in Wales on the Temple’s Wild Magick of Wales pilgrimage.

Living your life centered in that space of Love, and aligned with your true Will, placing your Attention, or coming from your place of Intention … that is when you are in the flow of life, the flow of the Universe.

When I say “Attention” and “Intention,” I mean those with capital letters – Attention and Intention that are aligned with your divine will, your true will, your Will – your soul’s purpose in this lifetime, aligned with your Higher Self.

Before every spell, every ritual, even every goal and step in life, when setting my Intention, I align it with my Will and with Love, I give that my Attention. Only in this space are we aligned with the divine within and without and fulfilling our soul’s purpose.

Lantern Magick after a beautiful handfasting in Wales. Letting the sea carry our waves of Intention forward. Letting go, and letting the magick flow. On the Temple of Witchcraft Wild Magick of Wales pilgrimage - August 23, 2013

Lantern Magick after a beautiful handfasting in Wales. Letting the sea carry our waves of Intention forward. Letting go, and letting the magick flow. On the Temple of Witchcraft Wild Magick of Wales pilgrimage – August 23, 2013

If we do something because we want it, or we like it, or we don’t want it, or we don’t like it, or we want something or someone outside of us to fulfill us, that is the ego or personality self. That often comes from a place of lack. Perhaps from a place of lack of love within ourselves or for ourselves that we try to fill through someone or something else. Perhaps we judge ourselves, we accept the judgment of others, we feel we are not worthy, we give our power away. We do not recognize that we are perfect just the way we are, because we are Love. To me, these are attention, intention, love and will in the lower case. We are seeking without, for what we can only find within.

Letting the magick go, letting it happen, placing our Intention, from a place of Love, of release, and of Will. This photo also from the Temple pilgrimage to Wales.

Letting the magick go, letting it happen, placing our Intention, from a place of Love, of release, and of Will. This photo also from the Temple pilgrimage to Wales.

In my experience, this never works and is a path to unhappiness, a lack of self-love – a path to giving away our power and a path of self judgment. When we recognize ourselves as Love, we can seek to make changes and improve our lives, but starting from the space of being spirit-filled,  from the place of Love, Love of self and creation … not from a place of lack.

Of course, Doreen Valiente says it much better than me, in the Charge of the Goddess, and I am confident that a book on your shelf or a short internet search will turn it up in full verse.

On our recent Temple of Witchcraft Wild Magick of Wales pilgrimage, we performed a beautiful and magickal ritual for the Full Moon, overlooking the sea, with the Intention of giving energy and Love back to the spirits of the land and place, expressing our thanks and gratitude for their gifts. In that ritual, one of those in our circle gave a beautiful rendition of the Charge of the Goddess. Fitting with the idea of seeking within versus without; here are Doreen Valiente’s words from that Charge:

View of the Full Moon in Wales where we performed our Full Moon ritual on the Wales pilgrimage. It was my honor to perform the Great Rite (in token), with the Cup, with Steve. What a magickal night!

View of the Full Moon in Wales where we performed our Full Moon ritual on the Wales pilgrimage. It was my honor to perform the Great Rite (in token), with the Cup, with Steve. What a magickal night!

“And thou who thinkest to seek for me, know thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not, unless thou know this mystery: that if that which thou seekest thou findest not within thee, thou wilt never find it without thee.”

sheas first handfasting

“Shea’s first handfasting” as Christopher captioned this one. I was excited to attend and honored to do a reading in my friend Karen Ainsworth and her man Chris’ handfasting the last night we were in Wales.

As I said, when I speak of Love, with a capital “L”, I mean unconditional love, not ego based love or personality based love, but a higher level of Love. The Love of the Higher Self or Watcher, merging within your heart space. As Christopher Penczak often says, unconditional love does not mean unconditional relationships. You can have love and Love for someone, yet that does not mean you have unconditional relationships or that you should have unconditional relationships. Sage advice.

me at Karens handfasting

I had the honor of giving a reading for Karen Ainsworth’s handfasting. It was such a beautiful evening! Our last magickal night in Wales – August 23, 2013 and my very first handfasting.

Some food for thought today. It would be quite nice to pull up a chair and ponder further with a cup of coffee while gazing across the lake at the mountains. Of course, that is possible to do within meditation. After all, anything is possible when you seek within. That is where Wisdom has pulled up its chair, by the lake and the mountains of your soul … and is waiting for you.

Blessed be.

In Love, Will & Wisdom,

Shea

Inspiring seekers to find their own sparkling gems of Spirit within, through teachings, healings and writings on the Edge – Spirit’s Edge. Come to the Edge, where Spirit dwells.

Links of Interest:

Spirit’s Edge: www.spiritsedge.org (will be back up soon after reconstruction!)
Spirit’s Edge: A Seeker’s Salon –http://www.facebook.com/groups/143014982512092/?fref=ts (also includes links to events and classes)
Blog – Thoughts on the Edge: Spirit’s Edge: The Witch’s Croft by Shea Morgan – https://sheamorgan.wordpress.com/
Martha Beck, Inc. – http://marthabeck.com/
don Miguel Ruiz – http://www.miguelruiz.com/
Michael Harner Foundation of Shamanic Studies – www.shamanism.org

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