City Living HedgeWitchery with the Little Witch
Samhain has passed now, and the slowness and internalisation of the dark half of the year has truly started to settle in. The mists, fog and cloudy days are upon us. Candle light and incense smoke drift me off to sleep as the pitter-patter of rain against the window taps out a beautiful bedtime lullaby. Upon waking to the call of a single crow, all I want to do is stay in cosy bed, and share tea with my ancestors and the spirits and enjoy reminiscing about the past year, and plan for the year to come. Ultimately this helps us plan our next courses of action in the following year.
Personally I like to spend some time around November, in the lull between Samhain and Yule (probably two of the most frantic holidays for me), scrying back to events that really had impact on my life. Sometimes these can be times that were filled with overwhelmingly radiant moments of laughter, joy and support that made me feel completely nourished and supported by the universe, or they could be moments where wiser and older perspective or presence were vitally needed. Often, going back to these moments in meditative inner scrying and either just being present or stepping into the vision and counselling yourself, can lead to bursts of profound and deep healing.
Most recently, I’ve had a journey wherein I scried back to a time in my life, where because of circumstances and certain relationships, I felt completely isolated and alone, to the point where the loneliness had manifested into physical symptoms of pain, lethargy and coldness. I was seeing myself curled up in the fetal position, on the couch in the tiny studio living room (which was actually my bed and bedroom) in the one bedroom apartment I shared with the closest friend I had at the time. I was quietly sobbing, wishing myself out of this isolation, praying for someone to come comfort me. No one ever came, and I cried myself to sleep. Got up the next morning, put on a brave face and continued with my life, suppressing it all.
I stepped into the vision, and sat down next to my younger self, counselling me, and spending time with myself. When I came out of the meditation, I felt an overwhelming sense of ease and peace, as if a huge weight had been lifted from me.
A scrying session, need not be like this for you, it may be lighter (hell it may be darker), but the point is that it’s about journeying back and being mindful of your experiences and history. I suggest giving it a few goes (sometimes it doesn’t always work), and see how it works for you.
Inner Scrying Meditation
- You’ll need to be comfortable and relaxed, undisturbed and quiet for about 20-40 minutes.
- Settle into a position where you can experience the deepest relaxation possible, but not so much that you fall asleep.
- You can use an obsidian mirror, a glass of water with some drops of dye to darken it filled to the brim, a cup of elderberry rob, or any other dark reflective surface as a focus. Make sure the focus is placed in such a way that it is not reflecting anything that will draw your attention, such as your own reflection or a scene behind you. The role of the mirror is to soften your focus on ‘things’ and allow your mind to let go.
- Once you’re comfortable, and undisturbed, begin gazing at the mirror and noticing your breathing. After a while, your focus should start to soften, and you may even close your eyes. Be mindful of your thoughts and notice what springs to mind. If you start to focus on any one thought, let go of it and bring your attention back to the blankness in the mirror.
- After a while, when you feel you have the hang of this, decide to yourself that you want to go back to a particularly memorable place in your memory. Notice all you senses tuning into that moment. What things did you see? What things did you hear? Smell? Touch? Taste? Feel?
- Stay in this moment as long as you feel comfortable.
- When you’re done, decide to come back into the present room. Open your eyes if they are closed, and place the mirror down. Take a few moments to note any changes in how you feel. Maybe jot down some notes or thoughts.
It takes practice. So don’t be too hard on yourself or disappointed if nothing happens the first time. With practice you’ll notice you can start to interact with the memory, stepping into it and changing things should you wish.
Give it a go, and let us know how it works for you!
By Kristin Walker from Wildthorne and Bone