Chapter 5: The Seven Wonders of Territory

Week 5 of the Magickal Recovery & Discovery Pilot Program, The Seven Wonders, by Daniel Link


November 30, 2020




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TONIGHT, WE STAND UNDER A FULL MOON, IN THE MUTABLE AIR SIGN OF GEMINI’S TERRITORY - OUR ATTENTION IS FORCED TO MEGA-INFORMATION SHARING - HOW WE COMMUNICATE - EMOTIONALLY, MAGICALLY, CREATIVELY AND PHYSICALLY. ADD THE FORCE OF TONIGHT’S LUNAR ECLIPSE - WE NOW FACE A WIND SHEAR OF NEW INFORMATION BEING DOWNLOADED INTO OUR CONSCIOUSNESS - BOTH PERSONALLY REVEALING AND FUNDAMENTALLY GROUNDBREAKING. (IF NOT, HEARTBREAKING.)


WE ARE, IN FACT, BREAKING NEW GROUND, AND FINDING NEW HEART - BECAUSE AS WE SHIFT THE WAYS WE COMMUNICATE, WE ALSO SHIFT HOW WE RECEIVE NEW INFORMATION, AND PERCEIVE OLD INFORMATION.

SOUL ENLIGHTENING BREAKTHROUGHS, ON TOP OF HEARTBREAKING REALIZATIONS ARE SERIOUS LIFE EVENTS, THAT DEMAND, OUR FULL ATTENTION, CARE, AND DILIGENCE - IN TERMS OF OUR PERSONAL RECOVERY TIME, AND EXTENT OF TRAUMA.

WHEN WE ARE IN THE ACT OF TRANSFORMING THE WAY WE COMMUNICATE OUR THOUGHTS AND EMOTIONS - OUR MAGICKAL ENERGY REQUIRES SPECIAL CARE AND CONSIDERATION, BECAUSE OUR EMOTIONAL/MENTAL ENERGY AND MAGICKAL/CREATIVE ENERGY ARE BRAIDED TIGHTLY TOGETHER.

FOR THIS REASON, IT IS BEST TO STEP AWAY FROM TRADITIONAL FULL MOON SPELL WORK DURING THIS PARTICULAR FULL MOON, AS THE ENERGY IS TOO CHAOTIC, NO MATTER YOUR SIGN. IN FACT, EVEN IF YOU ARE DOING THIS COURSE IN ORDER, BUT ARE WEEKS BEHIND, THE SEVEN WONDERS IS DESIGNED TO FOLLOW, AND ANTICIPATE EMOTIONAL WAXING AND WANING EVENTS, INDUCED BY THE RECOVERY ASPECT OF THE PROGRAM ITSELF.

SO PLEASE, EVEN IF YOU’RE A SEASONED PRACTITIONER, REFRAIN FROM ANY SPELL WORK FOR THE TIME BEING…OTHER THAN THE TASKS OF THE SEVEN WONDERS, ASSIGNED THIS WEEK.

WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE THE EXPLORATION INTO OUR PREVIOUSLY UNKNOWN IDENTITY, AND NEW EMERGING TERRITORY - THAT WHICH WE HAVE BEEN DISCOVERING & RECOVERING ALL ALONG, THROUGH THE PRACTICE OF THE SEVEN WONDERS


FACT, THIS FULL MOON IS ALL ABOUT OPENING NEW DOORWAYS, ALTERING COURSES, (BE IT EMOTIONAL, LIFE CHANGES OR BOTH) …AND LEARNING TO NOTICE, AND TRUST SYNCHRONICITY.







LAST WEEK, IN CHAPTER 4: THE SEVEN WONDERS OF ABUNDANCE, WE RE-EXAMINED OUR ATTITUDES AROUND WITCHCRAFT AND THE DIVINE. SORTING THROUGH OUR SUBTLE PRECONCEPTIONS, THE RESULTING “ATTITUDE LIST” IS A BLACK AND WHITE ACCOUNT OF OUR CORE BELIEFS.

WHEN WE ARE FACED WITH OUR OWN PRECONCEPTIONS, WE BEGIN TO HAVE AN “UNEASY” FEELING THAT PERHAPS WE’VE INVESTED SOME (IF NOT ALL) OF OUR FAITH INTO SOMEONE ELSE’S OPINIONS, EXPERIENCES AND EXPECTATIONS. WHEN WE BEGIN TO QUESTION OUR FOUNDATIONAL BELIEFS, IT DOESN’T TAKE MUCH TIME TO IDENTIFY WHERE THE WEAKNESSES ARE. IF SOMETHING LOOKS AND FEELS TOO FLIMSY, CHANCES ARE, IT’S TIME TO EXAMINE, AND PROBABLY REPLACE IT.

WE ALSO TENDED TO SOME HOUSEHOLD AMENDS, BY NEUTRALIZING RESIDUAL RAGE OUR BELONGINGS MAY HAVE PICKED UP FROM US. AS I SAID AT THE TOP, OUR EMOTIONAL/MENTAL ENERGY AND MAGICKAL/CREATIVE ENERGY ARE BRAIDED TIGHTLY TOGETHER. OBJECTS, IN GENERAL, DO NOT HAVE THE ABILITY TO DEFLECT ANGER…OR ANY STRONG EMOTION FOR THAT MATTER…BUT THEY CAN RETAIN, AND REACT TO, EMOTIONAL ENERGY. ESPECIALLY FROM A WITCH, OR A HIGHLY SENSITIVE/HYPER-ENERGETIC PERSON. WHEN WE AMEND AND ANIMATE THE ENERGY OF THE STICKS AND STONES THAT MAKE UP OUR BELONGINGS AND HOME, OUR TERRITORY BECOMES MORE “LIVABLE” FOR US. MORE THAN THAT, OUR TERRITORY BECOMES A DYNAMIC VOICE, THAT TELLS US HOW WE ARE DOING, HOW WE ARE FEELING, AND HOW WE ARE LIVING.

AS OUR AMENDED TERRITORY BEGINS COMMUNICATING TO US AND THROUGH US, OUR BOUNDARIES START SPEAKING UP, IN SHORT ORDER, BECAUSE… THEY, TOO, HAVE BEEN NEGLECTED, ABUSED AND VIOLATED.

DECIPHERING THE LANGUAGE OF OUR BOUNDARIES… KNOWING WHERE OUR BOUNDARIES “ARE COMING FROM,” FIRST REQUIRES WE KNOW WHERE THEY ARE. THAT IS SOMETHING MOST OF US HAVE A HARD TIME WITH….BECAUSE OUR BOUNDARIES TEND TO MORPH IN PROPORTION AND LOCATION, RIGHT ALONG WITH OUR SENSE OF SAFETY…THEY ARE HARD FOR US TO PINPOINT, BECAUSE WHEN WE MAKE A CALL OUT TO THEM, WE GET AN ECHO EFFECT BACK…”WHERE ARE YOU?” WE YELL…”I’M OVER HERE…I’M OVER HERE…I’M OVER HERE” RETURNS FROM SEVERAL DISORIENTING LOCATIONS.

MANY TIMES, IT’S SIMPLY BECAUSE WE DON’T KNOW WHAT, OR WHO, TO LOOK OUT FOR. AS WE TRAVERSE THE PATH AND TERRITORY OF WITCHCRAFT, WE BECOME MORE AWARE OF THE JOYS AND REWARDS OF A MAGICKAL LIFE. BUT WE ALSO BECOME AWARE THAT THERE ARE THINGS WE NEED TO WATCH OUT FOR.

WHEN I FIRST MOVED TO SANTA FE, I LOVED TAKING LONG WALKS IN THE ARROYO…SAGEBRUSH, HIGH DESERT WILD FLOWERS THAT INSPIRED GEORGIA O’KEEFFE, A CROW I’VE BECOME QUITE ATTACHED TO—ALL AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAIN RANGE, WHICH CHANGES IN MAGNIFICENCE AND BEAUTY WITH THE SHIFTING LIGHT…CINEMATIC SUNRISES, AND AWE-INSPIRING MOON BREAKS…BUT I ALSO KNOW THAT THERE ARE COYOTES, A BREED OF RATTLESNAKES THAT DON’T HAVE RATTLES…MOUNTAIN LIONS, BEARS AND WOLVES…IT’S PART OF LIFE IN THE SOUTHERN ROCKIES, AND SOMETHING WE WHO LIVE HERE, UNDERSTAND AND WATCH OUT FOR.


AS WITCHES, WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND OUR TERRITORY. TONIGHT, WE SHARE TERRITORY WITH THE FULL MOON . BUT NOT ALL CREATURES WHO SHARE THE MOONLIGHT WITH WITCHES ARE SAFE. OUR BOUNDARIES NEED TO BE LOCATED, AND RE-SIZED, BASED ON THE SIZE AND NATURE OF THE THREAT.

CHAPTER 5 LESSON:

LAY OF THE LAND: ENERGY VAMPIRES, DEMENTORS, FALLEN ANGELS, GRAYS & SNAKE OIL

THAT LITERALLY COULD BE A TRAVEL AD DISCLAIMER FOR SANTA FE….ALONG WITH THE WILDLIFE WARNINGS I MENTIONED EARLIER.

THAT BEING SAID, I WAS DRAWN TO SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO LIKE A MAGNET. IN TERMS OF GEOLOGICAL INTERESTS, THIS PART OF THE SOUTHERN ROCKIES ALSO HUGS THE RIM OF A SUPER MASSIVE VOLCANO, WHICH MEANS THERE IS A MASSIVE AMOUNT OF LAVA CHURNING UNDERNEATH US. THIS CREATES MAGNETIC FIELDS, AND MAGNETIC SPIKES, THAT MANY WHO LIVE HERE, CLAIM CREATE VORTEXES IN TIME, SPACE & OTHER DIMENSIONS…



OUR GEOLOGICAL FEATURES ALONE, ARE THE STUFF OF EPIC MOVIES…LITERALLY…EVERYTHING FROM RIO GRANDE, THE LONE RANGER AND SPACE COWBOYS WERE SHOT ON LOCATION, IN AND AROUND SANTA FE.

THE HIGHEST PEAK IN THE SANTA FE MOUNTAINS IS TRUCHAS PEAK, WITH AN ELEVATION OF 13,000 FT. A SUITABLE ALTITUDE FOR THIS AQUARIAN, AN AIR SIGN, WHO ALWAYS WANTED TO LIVE ABOVE THE CLOUDS…IN THE ETHER…WHERE MYSTICS AND MONKS DEVOTE LIFETIMES TO PRAYER AND RITUAL.





CULTURALLY, WE ENJOY A UNIQUE, ECLECTIC DIVERSITY OF PEOPLES, TRADITIONS AND HISTORY. OUR INDIGENOUS, PUEBLO INDIAN POPULATIONS MIGRATED HERE FROM JUST NORTHWEST OF SANTA FE - THEIR ANCESTORS CREATED THE MESA VERDE CLIFF DWELLINGS, SOME OF THE BEST PRESERVED ANCIENT RUINS IN NORTH AMERICA. THEY WERE THE ANAZAI, OR, “THE ANCIENT ONES.”


IF YOU WATCH ANCIENT ALIENS, I'M SURE YOU KNOW ALL ABOUT THIS ALREADY!


WHEN THE SPANISH ARRIVED HERE, (THIRTEEN YEARS BEFORE PLYMOUTH COLONY WAS FOUNDED), THEY BROUGHT CATHOLICISM WITH THEM…AND THE FIRST GOTHIC STYLE CATHEDRAL, WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI, SOON FOLLOWED THAT. SANTA FE IS ONE OF THE OLDEST CITIES IN THE UNITED STATES, HAVING CELEBRATED OUR 400TH BIRTHDAY IN 2010. BUT THIS AREA WAS HOME TO APACHE AND NAVAJO, LONG BEFORE.

SKINWALKERS, OR WEREWOLVES, ARE ALSO PART OF THE TERRITORY, WITH SIGHTINGS AND STORIES STILL EMERGING TODAY, ALONG WITH BIGFOOT ENCOUNTERS.

IN PRESENT DAY SANTA FE, WE ENJOY THE HIGHEST BUDDHIST POPULATION, PER CAPITA, IN THE UNITED STATES…WHICH MAKES PERFECT SENSE TO ME - THE SACRED MOUNTAINS OF TIBET SHARE MANY THINGS IN COMMON WITH THE MOUNTAINS OF NEW MEXICO…ALTITUDE, AND STRANGE PHENOMENON.

ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO, OF COURSE, IS FOREVER LINKED TO UFO’S…AND I DON’T KNOW ANYONE WHO LIVES HERE, WHO DOESN’T HAVE A CLOSE ENCOUNTER STORY…MYSELF INCLUDED.


ON MY WALKS IN THE ARROYO, I CROSS PATHS WITH FOLKS FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE…A NUCLEAR PHYSICIST FROM LOS ALAMOS LABS, (WHERE THE NUCLEAR BOMB WAS FIRST DEVELOPED AND TESTED…) A MIX OF AUTHORS, PAINTERS, AND INDIGENOUS HEALERS.

LIKE SEDONA AND NEW ORLEANS, SANTA FE SCORES HIGH ON THE “WOO-WOO” METER, AND, UNFORTUNATELY, WE NOT ONLY SHARE TERRITORY WITH RATTLESNAKES WITHOUT RATTLES, BUT WE HAVE MORE THAN OUR FAIR SHARE OF SNAKE OIL, CON-ARTISTS, SOCIOPATHS AND GOONS WHO JUST, “DON’T WANT TO BE FOUND.”

SANTA FE ATTRACTS ALL TYPES OF SPIRITUAL SEEKERS, HEALERS, AND PRACTITIONERS. THEREFORE, IT ALSO ATTRACTS THOSE WHO PREY AND FEED ON OUR MAGICKAL ECOSYSTEM. HUCKSTERS, CON-ARTISTS AND SOCIOPATHS DO TREMENDOUS HARM, NOT ONLY TO THOSE THEY PREY ON - HONEST PEOPLE, WHO PUT THEIR FAITH IN SPIRITUAL HEALING & TRUST IN “SPIRITUAL ADVISORS” - BUT THEY CAUSE IMMEASURABLE HARM TO THOSE OF US WHO HAVE LEGITIMATE GIFTS. IN FACT, THESE DARK REALM BEINGS AND ALL- OUT ASSHOLES HAVE SULLIED THE REPUTATION OF THE OCCULT SINCE THE BEGINNING OF HISTORY ITSELF.

KNOWING HOW TO SPOT A RATTLESNAKE THAT DOESN’T HAVE A RATTLE IS TRICKY. KNOWING HOW TO SPOT A VAMPIRE THAT DOESN’T WEAR A CAPE AND HAVE FANGS CAN BE TRICKY, TOO. THE TRICK IS KNOWING WHAT TO LOOK FOR, AND WHERE TO STEP WHEN YOU SEE IT. (HINT: VAMPIRES HATE THE LIGHT OF DAY AND MIRRORS)

WHILE TRICKY, IT WILL BE EASIER THAN YOU THINK. YOU DON’T HAVE TO COME TO SANTA FE TO FIND MAGICKAL MENACES …BECAUSE, THEY HAVE ALREADY FOUND YOU. THEY HAVE OCCUPIED YOUR TERRITORY ALL YOUR LIFE…AND YOU MAY ALREADY HAVE A SENSE OF WHO THEY ARE.

IN FACT, YOU MAY HAVE BECOME SO FAMILIAR, SO COMFORTABLE WITH OCCUPYING THE SAME TERRITORY WITH THEM, THAT YOU LIVE IN A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY…”OH, I KNOW THAT’S A DANGEROUS, VENOMOUS, COLD-HEARTED SNAKE…BUT I’M USED TO HIM…HE’S USED TO ME, I’LL JUST STEP RIGHT OVER HIM.”

LOWERING BOUNDARIES IN THIS WAY, IS THE QUICKEST WAY TO GET A SNAKE BITE AND HOSPITAL VISIT THAT I CAN THINK OF.

WEEKLY TASKS/ASSIGNMENTS & MEDITATION:

DEFENSE AGAINST THE DARK ARTS, FALLEN ANGELS, SEVEN CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, REM MEDITATION

“DEFENSE AGAINST THE DARK ARTS”

SOME OF THE MORE COMMON COMPANIONS ON A WITCH’S TERRITORY, ARE ENERGY VAMPIRES & DEMENTORS. THEIR PRESENCE IS ALWAYS ACCOMPANIED WITH DARK, THUNDEROUS STORM FRONTS AND FOUL WEATHER. AND LIKE COUNT DRACULA HIMSELF, THESE ARE HIGHLY CHARISMATIC, PROVOCATIVE, ENCHANTING, ENGAGING AND DANGEROUSLY PERSUASIVE PEOPLE. WHILE CHARISMATIC, THEY ARE ALSO COMPLETELY OUT OF CONTROL.

ENERGY VAMPIRES INFILTRATE YOUR ENTIRE LIFE - FOR EMPATHS, ENERGY VAMPIRES ARE LIKE JUNK FOOD…WE LITERALLY REACH FOR THE NEXT ENERGY VAMPIRE LIKE A JUNKY REACHES FOR ANOTHER FIX.

AND JUST LIKE DRUG DEALERS…ENERGY VAMPIRES THRIVE IN SHADOWY PLACES AND DARK ALLEYS. ONCE YOU’RE SEDUCED BY THEIR CHARM, THEY LURE YOU BACK, AND SLOWLY BEGIN ADMINISTERING THEIR POISON. ANY ATTEMPT TO EVEN CRACK THE DOOR OPEN, AN ENERGY VAMPIRE WILL RECOIL TO THE POSSIBILITY OF LIGHT. “HOW DARE YOU TRY TO EXPOSE ME TO THE LIGHT OF DAY!” IT’S LIKE A KID WHO ASKS HIS MOM HOW SHE GOT THE BLACK EYE…”NEVER MIND THAT, AND DON’T ASK ME AGAIN.”

THE CODEPENDENT/DYSFUNCTIONAL/DENIAL SYSTEM IS AN ENERGY VAMPIRE’S COFFIN DIRT. THEY MAKE SURE THAT SYSTEM IS IN PLACE EVERYWHERE THEY GO…HOME, WORK, THE HOMES OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS…BECAUSE WITHOUT IT, THEY ARE IN EMINENT DANGER.


THEY ENLIST THE AID OF ENABLERS, WHO ACT AS AN ARMY OF “RENFIELD'S”...MAKING SURE THEIR MASTER’S EVERY WISH, NEED AND TANTRUM IS PACIFIED. THEY COVER ALL THE MIRRORS AND WINDOWS...TO ENSURE THE DENIAL SYSTEM IS NOT BREACHED.

ENERGY VAMPIRES, LIKE OTHER VAMPIRES, ARE USUALLY VICTIMS THEMSELVES…THEIR CONDITION IS INFECTIOUS, AND ALWAYS CAUSED BY ANOTHER ENERGY VAMPIRE. THEIR BREED RANGES IN TACTICS AND SEVERITY, BUT THEIR MOTIVE IS ALWAYS THE SAME: TO FEED ON YOU AND YOUR ENERGY…AND TO MAINTAIN CONTROL…WHICH ULTIMATELY LEADS TO CHAOS.


A “TRUSTED” FAMILY MEMBER CALLS AND GETS YOU OUT OF BED AT 1:30AM, ON A SUNDAY NIGHT, KNOWING YOU ARE HAVING A PARTICULARLY HARD TIME WITH OTHERS IN THE FAMILY, AND WORK …JUST TO TELL YOU HOW “RIDICULOUS, PETTY AND CHILDISH” YOU ARE…AND, OF COURSE, THIS INDIVIDUAL IS THREE SHEETS TO THE WIND, BLITHERING BLATHERING, FUCKED-UP DRUNK, SLURRING WORDS AND NONSENSICAL, DELUSIONAL ATTACKS…WHILE YOU’RE A SOBER ALCOHOLIC.


ANY PROGRESS OR PROMISE FOR FAMILY PEACE FLIES OUT THE WINDOW, LIKE A BAT INTO THE DARKNESS…AND DISAPPEARS.


AND YOUR WORK WEEK IS TOAST BECAUSE OF A LATE, SUNDAY NIGHT ATTACK FROM AN ENERGY VAMPIRE.



YOUR LOW SELF-ESTEEM/PASSIVE-AGGRESSIVE FRIEND SHOWS UP UNANNOUNCED, WITH HIS OUT-OF-CONTROL, RECENTLY-RELEASED FROM REHAB SON, TO CRASH ON YOUR COUCH FOR “A FEW NIGHTS…” BECAUSE YOU’RE SUCH A “GREAT, CALMING, PATIENT AND UNDERSTANDING PERSON AND INFLUENCE.”

ENERGY VAMPIRES SHOW UP IN YOUR LIFE LIKE SELFLESS, HUMANITARIAN ANGELS…THINK ANNIE WILKES IN MISERY, “I’M YOUR NUMBER ONE FAN!” THEY WILL NURSE YOU, DOTE ON AND OBSESS OVER YOU…CREATING THE ILLUSION THAT YOU WOULD BE HELPLESS WITHOUT THEM, BUT IN REALITY, THE ENERGY VAMPIRE IS SYSTEMATICALLY ISOLATING YOU FROM YOUR REAL FRIENDS, WHILE CURBING AND/OR MONITORING YOUR ACTIVITIES - WHICH ADVERSELY IMPACTS YOUR MAGICK AND ABILITIES, NOT TO MENTION YOUR MENTAL HEALTH. SHOWERING YOU WITH PRAISE THE ENTIRE TIME, MIND YOU, UNTIL YOU SUSPECT SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT. WHEN YOU TRY TO WALK AROUND TO EXPLORE, YOU’RE HOBBLED - AND THE TRUE FACE OF THE ENERGY VAMPIRE IS REVEALED.

HERE’S A GOOD CHECKLIST, OF WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR:

ENERGY VAMPIRES BREAK PROMISES.

ENERGY VAMPIRES EXPECT SPECIAL TREATMENT.

ENERGY VAMPIRES DISCOUNT YOUR REALITY.

ENERGY VAMPIRES HOARD YOUR TIME AND SPEND YOUR MONEY.

ENERGY VAMPIRES TRIANGULATE THOSE THEY DEAL WITH.

ENERGY VAMPIRES CREATE DRAMAS.


ENGERY VAMPIRES DON'T WANT HELP, THEY WANT AN AUDIENCE.


ENGERY VAMPIRES DON'T LISTEN - THEY WAIT - FOR AN OPENING, TO DRIECT THE FOCUS AND CONVERSATION BACK TO THEMSELVES. AND THEIR PROBLEMS.

ENERGY VAMPIRES HATE SCHEDULES. (EXCEPT THEIR OWN.)

ENERGY VAMPIRES HATE ORDER.


ENERGY VAMPIRES ARE LONG ON PROBLEMS - SHORT ON SOLUTIONS.

ENERGY VAMPIRES DENY THEY ARE ENERGY VAMPIRES.

DEALING WITH ENERGY VAMPIRES REQUIRES AN UNDERSTANDING OF HOW TO CREATE, INSTALL AND ENFORCE YOUR BOUNDARIES. AGAIN, DEPENDING ON THE SEVERITY, A COMPLETE BANISHMENT MAY NOT BE CALLED FOR.

THAT BEING SAID, PERSONAL BOUNDARIES ARE PERSONAL BOUNDARIES.

PERSONAL BOUNDARIES, DEFINITION:

“PERSONAL,” MEANING NO ONE ELSE’S BUSINESS

AND “BOUNDARIES,” MEANING DO NOT ENTER - OR BACK THE FUCK UP.

HERE ARE TWO STEPS TO PUT BOUNDARIES IN PRACTICE

PERSONAL BOUNDARIES REQUIRE LITTLE TO NO EXPLANATION

PERSONAL BOUNDARIES REQUIRE LITTLE TO NO EXPLANATION

THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ENFORCING YOUR BOUNDARIES AND JUSTIFYING YOUR BOUNDARIES. YOU KNOW YOUR BOUNDARIES ARE LARGE ENOUGH AND WORKING, WHEN THEY ARE RESPECTED. THE SECOND YOU ARE PUT IN THE POSITION OF JUSTIFYING YOUR BOUNDARIES, IT’S TOO LATE…YOU’VE NOT ONLY INVITED THE ENERGY VAMPIRE INTO YOUR HOME, YOU’VE GIVEN IT THE KEYS.

IF YOU SUSPECT YOU ARE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF AN ENERGY VAMPIRE, HERE ARE A FEW TACTICS TO MAKE A DETERMINATION ABOUT THE SIZE AND FORTITUDE OF YOUR BOUNDARIES.

“BLOW THE WHISTLE”

JUST LIKE IT SOUNDS, A SHORT SWIFT BLOW OF A WHISTLE FROM A REFEREE SIGNALS THAT A PLAYER HAS “STEPPED OUT OF BOUNDS,” OR COMMITTED A FOUL. MOST LOW GRADE ENERGY VAMPIRES WILL RESPOND, AND COMPLY. “HEY, IT’S NOT COOL FOR YOU TO….” AND STATE YOUR BOUNDARY. PERIOD.

“MISCHIEF MANAGED.”

IT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO STATE YOUR BOUNDARIES UP FRONT: “I NEED SOME TIME” IS A STRAIGHTFORWARD STATEMENT. IF YOU RECEIVE A HARSH, CONTEMPTUOUS “HOW LONG?” YOU ARE BEING MANIPULATED INTO THE OFFENDER’S DESIGNATED TIME FRAME …WHICH IS OUTRAGEOUS.

COMMUNICATING YOUR BOUNDARIES, CLEARLY AND WITH INTENTION, IS VITALLY IMPORTANT. BUT IF YOU FEEL DEEP STRESS AND ANXIETY BECAUSE OF YOUR INVOLVEMENT WITH AN ENERGY VAMPIRE, THEN YOU MAY HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE THAN TO MAKE SOME ABRUPT CHANGES.

REPEAT OFFENDERS ARE LIKELY PEOPLE WHO ARE VERY CLOSE TO YOU, AND THIS SUGGESTS A SERIOUS CODEPENDENT/TOXIC BEHAVIORAL PATTERN. THERE ARE NO QUICK-FIX SPELLS FOR THIS. AND YOU SHOULD NOT TRY TO WEATHER A DANGEROUS SITUATION LIKE THIS ON YOUR OWN. THERE ARE SUPPORT GROUPS OUT THERE, AND COUNTLESS BOOKS ON CODEPENDENCY. IF YOU SENSE YOU ARE IN REAL DANGER, THEN DO SOMETHING RIGHT AWAY TO GET THE HELP YOU NEED.

“THE DOG WHISTLE”

THERE ARE CASES WHERE BEHAVIOR PATTERNS ARE SERIOUSLY IMPACTING YOUR MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH, AND PREVIOUS ATTEMPTS TO VOICE YOUR BOUNDARIES HAVE FAILED. IT’S TIME YOU BLOW “THE DOG WHISTLE”, WHICH IS THE SILENT TREATMENT. BLOCK NUMBERS, DELETE EMAILS WITHOUT READING, AND COMPLETELY REMOVE YOURSELF FROM ANY AND ALL CONTACT WITH THE OFFENDER. THIS SENDS A SPECIFIC TONE AND FREQUENCY, THAT ONLY ENERGY VAMPIRES CAN HEAR. LOUD AND CLEAR. AND THEY WILL HAVE A VISCERAL, IF NOT VIOLENT RESPONSE TO THIS. THEY WILL BEHAVE LIKE A CORNERED, WILD ANIMAL, BECAUSE YOU’VE CUT OFF THEIR FOOD SOURCE…YOU.

THIS TECHNIQUE IS NEITHER KIND NOR UNKIND. IT’S A CLEAR HALT TO YOUR PARTICIPATION IN TOXIC BEHAVIOR. AGAIN, CONSULTATION WITH A THERAPIST, COUNSELOR OR TRAUMA SPECIALIST IS ADVISED BEFORE TAKING DRASTIC ACTIONS.

REMEMBER THIS, IT’S NOT PEOPLE YOU WANT OUT OF YOUR LIFE, IT’S BEHAVIOR.

“DEMENTORS”

THESE ARE THE WORST BREED OF ENERGY VAMPIRES - BASICALLY SOCIOPATHS, OPPORTUNISTS, CON-ARTISTS, AND EMOTIONALLY IMBALANCED INDIVIDUALS WHO WILL SUCK ALL THE JOY OUT OF THE WORLD, AND THE LIFE FORCE OUT OF YOU. THESE CREATURES GO INTO STALK AND ATTACK MODE WHEN HIT WITH THE SILENT TREATMENT. IF YOU’VE BLOCKED A DEMENTOR’S NUMBER AND MAINTAINED COMPLETE SILENCE…BUT THEY SHOW UP ON YOUR DOORSTEP, EXCESSIVELY RINGING THE DOORBELL, CIRCLING THE HOUSE, POUNDING ON EVERY DOOR - YOU NOW HAVE A TRESPASSER ON YOUR PRIVATE PROPERTY. CALL 911. DO NOT CONFRONT OR ENGAGE WITH THIS DANGEROUS, UNSTABLE DEMENTOR. STAY ON THE PHONE WITH 911 AND WAIT FOR THE POLICE TO ARRIVE.

“PRO-DOUGH-CALL”

PROFESSIONAL WORK ENVIRONMENTS ARE OFTEN RIDDLED WITH, AND RUN BY, VERY SUCCESSFUL, AMBITIOUS ENERGY VAMPIRES WHO ACTUALLY DO NOT INTEND PERSONAL OFFENSE. THE VERY NATURE OF LEADERSHIP DEPENDS ON STRONG WILLED, HIGHLY CREATIVE, MULTI-TASKING INDIVIDUALS TO ENSURE THE SMOOTH FLOW OF OVERALL PRODUCTIVITY, ENERGY, QUALITY, MONEY, TIME AND PEOPLE.

THINK OF A PRODUCTION MANAGER FOR A MULTI-DAY, MULTI-VENUE MUSIC FESTIVAL THAT REQUIRES THE COORDINATION OF HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE, MUSICIANS, STAGE HANDS AND TECHNICIANS. I KNOW PEOPLE WHO DO THIS, AND THEY ARE PERFECTLY LOVELY INDIVIDUALS…BUT THEY ARE ALSO…”A LITTLE EXTRA.” THEY ARE ULTIMATELY VERY MUCH RESPECTED BECAUSE THEIR FOCUS IS ABOUT DOING GOOD WORK. IT’S JUST THAT THEIR SUPER CHARGED, OBNOXIOUS ENERGY FIELDS ARE SOOO INTENSE, THAT “GOOD WORK” FOR THEM EQUALS INDUSTRY STANDARD PROFESSIONALISM TO THE REST OF US.

A QUICK FIX FOR “EXTRA ENERGY, ENERGY VAMPIRES” IS TO ENVISION A VOLUME DIAL ON THE FACE OF “COUNT EXTRA-LA”, AND IMAGINE YOU REACH OUT AND TURN DOWN THE ENERGY VOLUME. IT WORKS!

IF YOU’RE INVOLVED WITH ENERGY VAMPIRES AT WORK, YOU HAVE TO WEIGH YOUR PROFESSIONAL STANDING AND YOUR INCOME, TO DETERMINE THE BEST CALL FOR YOUR HAPPINESS AND PEACE OF MIND - A “PRO-DOUGH-CALL.”

AGAIN, A TOUGH CALL TO MAKE, BECAUSE WHERE YOU WORK, WHAT YOU DO THERE AND WHO YOU DO IT WITH IS ALSO PART OF YOUR TERRITORY. IF HUMAN RESOURCES PROTOCOLS FAIL, AND TOXIC SITUATIONS ESCALATE, THEN CHANGING JOBS IS THE BEST CALL TO MAKE.

“FALLEN ANGELS”

JUST AFTER I LAUNCHED CHAPTER 1, WHERE I ASSIGNED THE “ANGELS AND DEMONS” TASKS - A FRIEND, AND TALENTED WITCH FROM AUSTIN CALLED AND ASKED, “WHAT IF ONE OF MY ANGELS IS ALSO A DEMON?”

AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, NOT ALL ENERGY VAMPIRES ARE OUT TO DELIBERATELY HURT YOU. IN FACT, INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS WILL NATURALLY HAVE UPS AND DOWNS, WITH COMPLICATED DYNAMICS THAT STRETCH AND TANGLE OVER TIME.

NEVERTHELESS, WHEN OUR ANGELS CROSS INTO THE DEMON REALM, THEY BECOME “FALLEN ANGELS.” A TEMPORARY RELAPSE INTO ENERGY VAMPIRISM. HERE AGAIN, WE HAVE TO CLEARLY ORGANIZE OUR BOUNDARIES ACCORDINGLY. BY NOT PARTICIPATING IN CODEPENDENT/DYSFUNCTIONAL BEHAVIOR PATTERNS, YOU BEGIN REMOVING THE ENERGY VAMPIRE’S COFFIN DIRT FROM YOUR TERRITORY.

BOUNDARIES MAY NEED TO BE ADJUSTED TO LIMIT TIME TOGETHER. BUT TIME TENDS TO HEAL, AND DYSFUNCTIONAL COMMUNICATION CAN BE TRANSFORMED INTO LOVING, HEALTHY COMMUNICATION - WHERE THE ENERGY EXCHANGE FEELS LIKE A FULL CIRCUIT - BOTH PARTIES LEAVE CONVERSATIONS FEELING NOURISHED, NOT DEPLETED.

FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SEVEN WONDERS, SIMPLY PUT THE NAME OF YOUR FALLEN ANGEL ON THE OUTSIDE OF YOUR “CIRCLE OF PROTECTION.” REMEMBER, YOU ARE IN MAGICKAL RECOVERY…NOT EVERYONE IN YOUR LIFE IS AN ENERGY VAMPIRE, BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN YOUR INTIMATES WON’T UN-CONSCIOUSLY IMPEDE YOUR HEALING.

BE GENTLE, BUT FIRM.

"SEVEN CLOSE ENCOUNTERS”

WHEN WE INITIATE THE PRACTICE AND TASKS OF THE SEVEN WONDERS, WE BEGIN ENCOUNTERING RAPID-FIRE SYNCHRONICITY. OUR SHADOW WORK IMMEDIATELY CONNECTS US WITH THE GREAT CREATOR - AND THE UNIVERSE SEEMS TO COOPERATE WITH US, BY SWITCHING ON A STRING OF “GOOD LUCK.”

I HINTED AT SYNCHRONICITY IN CHAPTER 3: THE SEVEN WONDERS OF POWER, WHEN I ASSIGNED THE WISHCRAFT TEST.

GRAB YOUR SHADOW PAGES JOURNAL AND NUMBER 1 - 7. TRY TO LIST SEVEN OCCURRENCES OF SYNCHRONICITY YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED RECENTLY. IF ONE OF YOUR WISHCRAFT ITEMS HAS COME INTO BEING, RETURN TO YOUR “CATCHES” COLUMN AND RECORD THE RESULTS THERE.

REMEMBER, TONIGHT’S FULL MOON IS GOING TO ENHANCE THE COMMUNICATION WORK YOU ARE DOING, INCLUDING DELIVERING CHANGES IN YOUR COURSE…NEW JOBS, NEW FRIENDS, AUTHENTIC OPPORTUNITIES ARE RUSHING IN LIKE A WINDSTORM. THE BEST THING TO DO IS THROW OPEN YOUR ARMS, AND FLY WITH IT.

“LEAP, AND THE NET WILL APPEAR…” - JOHN BURROUGHS

“REM MEDITATION”

THE SHADOW DANCE PRACTICE NOT ONLY ALIGNS US WITH OUR SHADOW, BUT STABILIZES AND UNBURDENS OUR NERVOUS SYSTEM. I WANT TO REITERATE THAT OUR BODIES ARE OUR MOST PERFECT MAGICKAL TOOLS, AND ALSO OUR MOST ACCURATE PENDULUMS. CARE FOR OUR BODIES, BUT MORE SPECIFICALLY, OUR NERVOUS SYSTEMS…IS PARAMOUNT.

STRESS WILL IMPACT EVERY ASPECT OF YOUR HEALTH, MAGICK AND QUALITY OF LIFE. IF YOU HAVE BEEN SUBJECTED TO LONG-TERM ABUSE, DUE TO TOXIC BEHAVIOR PATTERNS, TALK THERAPY IS NOT ENOUGH. THERE IS NEUROLOGICAL DAMAGE AND TRAUMA. AGAIN, DEPENDING ON THE LEVEL OF ABUSE, YOU MAY WISH TO CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR, AND CONNECT WITH A TRAUMA SPECIALIST.

NEVERTHELESS, THE FOLLOWING MEDITATION IS SOMETHING I LEARNED FROM MY YOGI, HERE IN SANTA FE, YEARS AGO…AND IT MIRRORS THE EMDR THERAPY.

What Is EMDR Therapy?

“Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a psychotherapy technique that utilizes sensory input, such as eye movements, to help people recover from trauma.

As a therapeutic approach, EMDR is based on several theories of psychotherapy, including concepts of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). EMDR techniques are used to unblock emotional processes that have been stagnated by distress.

By unblocking your emotions, you can (in a sense) reprogram your brain. Then, you can begin to heal from the fear and pain associated with the trauma and emotional distress you have experienced. EMDR can also allow you to gain a new perspective, which can facilitate improved self-esteem and enhance your personal beliefs about your capabilities.1”

SOURCE: VERY WELL MIND, By Katharina Star, PhD

FOR THE REM MEDITATION, YOU WILL NEED TO SIT, IF POSSIBLE, WITH YOUR LEGS CROSSED. GENTLY REACH UP WITH YOUR RIGHT HAND, THEN ARCH YOUR HAND OVER YOUR HEAD TO REST ON YOUR LEFT EAR, AND GENTLY STRETCH YOUR NECK TO THE RIGHT. HOLD THE GENTLE STRETCH FOR 10 DEEP BREATHS, ALLOWING THE LEFT SIDE OF YOUR NECK TO /LET GO OF TENSION. REPEAT ON THE OTHER SIDE.

NEXT, ALLOW YOUR HEAD TO CIRCLE TO THE LEFT, AND A FULL CIRCLE TO THE RIGHT. IF YOU ENCOUNTER ANY STIFFNESS OR MILD PAIN, STOP, AND BREATH INTO THE TIGHTNESS, AND SEE IF THAT FREES UP MOBILITY. OUR NECKS HOLD A LOT OF TENSION, SO DON’T BE SURPRISED IF YOU HEAR SOME CRACKING, OR CAN’T MAKE A FULL REVOLUTION WITH YOUR HEAD…DO THE BEST YOU CAN, AND LISTEN TO YOUR BODY…DON’T FORCE IT.

NEXT, SITTING WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED, BEGIN SHIFTING YOUR EYES RAPIDLY, SIDE TO SIDE. COUNT 7 RIGHT/LEFT SHIFTS. THEN, SHIFT YOUR EYES UP, AS IF YOUR FOCUSSING ON YOUR THIRD EYE, THEN SHIFT AS IF YOU’RE FOCUSING ON YOUR NOSE. COUNT 7 TIMES. NOW REPEAT THIS PROCESS, AND BEGIN BREAKING UP THE RAPID EYE MOVEMENT…LEFT, RIGHT, THIRD EYE, NOSE, RIGHT, THIRD EYE. RIGHT AGAIN, NOSE, LEFT, LEFT, LEFT RIGHT, LEFT. MIX IT UP, AND DO THIS FOR AT LEAST 5 TO TEN MINUTES. KEEP ATTENTION ON YOUR BREATHING AS YOU DO THIS…YOU WANT CALMING, WARMING, STEADY, BUT NATURAL BREATHING WHILE YOU DO THIS PRACTICE.

TRY ADDING THIS EXERCISE TO YOUR NORMAL MEDITATION PRACTICE, AT LEAST 3 TIMES A WEEK.



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Moon Phase Effects on this week's chapter & tasks

Moon Phase: FULL MOON, IN GEMINI, OR THE BEAVER MOON, COUPLES COMMUNICATION, WITH BUILDING NEW BOUNDARIES. THE ECLIPSE MAGNIFIES AND INTENSIFIES THESE ENERGIES.

Magickal Energy Best Practise: Expect shifts in the way communication is received and perceived. Great time for fortifying boundaries. Heightened synchronicity.



recommended magick instructional video


One of my new finds on Instagram, is also one of the most well read, and informative teachers on witchcraft, druidry, and the occult that I've come across in a while. His video lessons are engaging, entertaining, and deeply researched. Even if you're a seasoned practitioner, be sure to follow Clinty...he's GOOD!



"So here is another video on wandlore, this video discusses the idea of gesture. I talk about the drawing of digits with wands and practices that involve the combined use of magick alphabets and signals to make magick all marks in ritual. 😊 I do hope I don’t ramble on too much 😊


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recommended reading

Misery: A Novel

The #1 New York Times bestseller about a famous novelist held hostage in a remote location by his “number one fan.” One of “Stephen King’s best…genuinely scary” (USA TODAY).


Bestselling novelist Paul Sheldon thinks he’s finally free of Misery Chastain. In a controversial career move, he’s just killed off the popular protagonist of his beloved romance series in favor of expanding his creative horizons. But such a change doesn’t come without consequences. After a near-fatal car accident in rural Colorado leaves his body broken, Paul finds himself at the mercy of the terrifying rescuer who’s nursing him back to health—his self-proclaimed number one fan, Annie Wilkes. Annie is very upset over what Paul did to Misery and demands that he find a way to bring her back by writing a new novel—his best yet, and one that’s all for her. After all, Paul has all the time in the world to do so as a prisoner in her isolated house...and Annie has some very persuasive and violent methods to get exactly what she wants...




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Entering the Slipstream of Grace

When I began my journey on the spiritual path I had no idea of the joyous and momentous road to freedom that lay ahead. Or the often arduous and painful, beating and slashing through roads less travelled, I’d have to endure. When I put my hand up for this ride nobody said I could never take it down. When you glimpse the addictive Truth you can never unsee it and the thirst for it grows.

Karma, Dharma and No More Drama

By Paul C Pritchard on UpLift.com



resources

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