Month: September 2016
Modern Cunning Craft
Jeffrey Cerneson has been wandering the crooked paths of sorcery for nearly 30 years. His journey began after a series of personal and spiritual crises following his involvement in the first Gulf War. His wanderings led him from humble beginnings in Anglo-Saxon traditions to the mountains, temples, and hidden doors of the ancient wisdom of the Wu Shaman of China; those Taoist Sorcerers and Sages who have preserved the old sorcery in their secret martial, healing and spiritual arts. He has been trained as a Daoshi; priest, healer and alchemist, by such teachers as Huo Zhi Lian, Tzu Kuo Shih, and Feng Song, and is accounted a disciple of the Tao. From his wanderings in the Far East, he returned to explore the roots of his own blood and ties to the land of his birth. Being of Abenaki heritage, he undertook an apprenticeship in Native American Medicine ways and healing in exchange for the knowledge he brought from China. There he learned singing medicine, the Medicine of the sweat house and the sacred pipe, and the calling of spirits for healing, power, and balance. As he became a primary singer for an Absaroke Wicasa Wakan, his own medicine grew. Along with this growth came an awarenss of the need to return to his European heritage as well. While training in the medicine ways was essential to deeper understanding, it has always been to his own cultural heritage that his heart belonged. Returning to his roots, he began to re-examine the cunning arts of the Northern peoples on his own. With his newly awakened senses, and comparing what he experienced afar with what has been written and passed down, his wisdom potency and insight grew beyond what was possible for him before those wanderings. Perhaps most important to the integration of all that he has learned, he has studied the Old World Witchery of Southern Europe, and the Etruscans through training and initiation with Raven Grimassi, and Stephanie Taylor-Grimassi. He is an initiated member of the Ash, Birch and Willow tradition and as such is a Pharmakeute; a spiritual botanist and also a cunning person of the Greenwood who lives in partnership with the green world as the heart of his life.
We’ve all been to them, been part of them, or even created them. Sometimes a ritual just goes off the rails. The reasons are legion, and the results vary from hilarious to hazardous. How do you avoid it? How do you recover? Come hear our panelists share their own disasters, or ones they’ve witnessed, and discuss how to recover from them, or avoid them entirely.
I have been a very active Magickal force in the Occult world since October 1993. I am tarot card reader, a Usui and Sacred Flame Master-Teacher for 14 years in total, an Isian, a Witch, a practitioner of the Haitian Voudoun religion, and I began Circle Sanctuary MIT (Ministers in Training) taught by Selena Fox and others since Winter 2014, and I am presently learning more about color therapy. I am also studying Umbanda for the past 4 years thorough The Temple of Guaracy of Washington D.C. (in Kensington, MD). I am presently in active ordination studies with the Fellowship of Isis under the tutelege of the late Rev. Deena Hartray Butta, FOI Archbishop of the Lyceum of Eleusis in Chicago before she passed away January 27, 2013. I was the previous Godchild of Papa Max Beauvoir; Hougan Elder, biologist and scientist from Mariani, Haiti from 1996 to 2002. I received my First Degree from Silver Ravenwolf and Diane McDonough on Yule 1994 at Dillsburg, PA and my Second Degree (and Third Degree teaching) from Ecumenicon under Rev. Charles Butler in the middle 1990’s. I have taught classes at Cedar Light Grove in Baltimore, at Ecumenicon for several years, at FOI of Chicago for several years and at at least 7 previous Sacred Spaces.