The Black Heart Pentacle: an Introductory Workshop

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“The Black Heart of Innocence is both a metaphysical concept and a state of being. It exists within us in some form or another, yet a balanced, healthy relationship with it needs to be cultivated. Once realized, the Black Heart is the unfettered connection with everything. I am in the state of innocence when fully connected to the life force. When I am centered, connected to the earth and running energy through my body, I am accessing this state without thinking about it. Connected, we are honest, for there is no need to lie when we can simple be. This tool, this state, this energy, is held in the shape of the heart because the heart is the pump for the life force. The heart feeds all the parts of my body, as the life force feeds all of creation.” (Thorn Coyle, Evolutionary Witchcraft, p. 251)

Join Amoret BriarRose and Boneweaver for an introductory workshop that have created, the Black Heart of Innocence Pentacle!

Trust ★ Presence ★ Authenticity ★ Impact ★ Delight

NOTE: This is an intro workshop for a pentacle created by Bone and Briar, the Black Heart of Innocence Pentacle. This is not a workshop for the Black Heart Feri Tradition. Bone and Amoret are not affiliated with the Black Heart Feri Tradition.

Suggested donation: $15

For further details and up to date event information, please visit the event page on Facebook or register here.

Gathering of the Guardians (Feri)

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Reclaiming Witchcraft has roots in the Feri tradition. Some of our Pentacles overlap and we use a lot of the same energy-shifting practices. Bone and Briar priestesses, Feri initiates and local mentors will be offering a day-long workshop about the Guardians of the Feri tradition that is beginner-friendly.

Feri practitioners and energy-workers alike! Join Amoret BriarRose & Boneweaver on Saturday, May 19th from 9:00am – 9:00pm in Pittsburgh, PA for a day working with the Feri Guardians!

Discussion, chanting, and energy work in community.

Details to come – Save the date!

Suggested donation $15, all are welcome.

For further details and up to date event information, please visit the event page on Facebook.

Cast Yourself

Background, Mundane Magic

My name is Vasalisa and I am a Witch.

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More specifically, I’m a polytheist fusion of Reclaiming and Feri beliefs. I primarily work with Aphrodite, Loki, and Baba Yaga but often call upon (and celebrate) the deities of other pantheons. Many more pockets exist within the word that likely sticks out on this page; a whole collection of worlds with names, descriptions and categories alive within this title that was once kept quiet… but this isn’t a poetic tour through our diversity as a whole. A solid intention serves as the core of this space, just as our Earth’s iron center pulls everything toward it’s molten heat.

In order to paint the full picture of what this blog is about, it seems appropriate to tell the story of how my perception of magic changed with one simple question.

Three years ago, I found my people and my practice. As my Work evolved, so did my mystical toolbox of supplies. I weaved wands out of branches and called in Inspiration. I set up an altar where all of my beautiful gems, images and soul-bits could be on display. I invested in my first Book of Shadows that I *knew* would encapsulate my spirit between those pages.

 

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I remember the day that I brought it home. I could barely wait to fill that book with poems, spells, artifacts and artwork… but it all had to be just right. Clean. Perfect. Just like all the mysterious ones I admired when I was younger. These two were the steel rods that held up my massive expectations:

 

This handmade, living record of the Sanderson Sisters

 

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This gorgeous “how-to” scrapbook of the Owens Women

 

I put a great deal of effort into those first fifteen pages. So many snips of paper were placed neatly around archetypes and explanations in such elegant cursive! Then it came time to record the heavy stuff… My addiction Work. My abandoned child Work. All of the pain and darkness that I desperately wanted to purge from my heart and burn after scrawling. I knew this Work was necessary, but I convinced myself that it needed to be done in a separate spot. How could I possibly follow poetry about connecting to a new deity with my reoccurring dream of defecating in public?

“I have a new journal for my Witch Work, a journal for my 12-Step Work and a journal for my dream Work,” I explained to one of my mentors as we were about to sit down for breakfast. “My new book is for magic only.” She stopped what she was doing in the kitchen and shot me a gaze that I knew meant she was about to slice right through my bullshit.

“Isn’t your whole life magic?” she asked.

And with that one sentence, I was knocked down off of my high-horse. Of course my whole life is magic. If the act of magic is defined as “the art of changing consciousness at will” and I use my will to make choices in my life, then it is the consequences of those choices that shift my perspective (ie: consciousness) so that I can continue to manifest the life that I want for myself and make the world a better place.  It is how I do my part to create change in the living Universe around me. Boom. Magic.

Writing a chant about courage helps me carry out the bold choices I need to make when I feel anxiety. Doing addiction Work helps me recover from destructive habits, which allows me to participate in healthy relationships. Witnessing a friend tenderly reading stories to a sick family member that was cruel to her as a child opens my heart to compassion for others. All of this is magic, and it definitely deserves to be included in that fancy book.

It can be easy to whittle magic down to “what I do in my coven” or “how I feel when I’m at a public ritual,” as if something *special* needs to happen in order for that magical spark to show up. Don’t get me wrong, these formal happenings are special, but truth be told: magic is how we choose to participate in life every single day. It’s how we show up in community as well as how we treat ourselves. Which brings me to the intention of this blog:

VasalisaTheWitch is here in cyber space to reveal how she experiences magic in daily life to her community.

There will be artwork. There will be poetry. There will be stories of synchronicity  realized through everything from divination to conversation. And there will certainly be a full spectrum of emotion unveiled as she travels down the road that cackles and shakes for your reading pleasure.

“Cast yourself. You are the spell.” – T. Thorn Coyle

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