While we stop and rest up from the build-up, enjoyment, and let-down after such an amazing event, it is impossible not to think about CTCW next year.
The theme next year will be stillness, quiet, waiting, preserving. Starwolf suggested the beautiful image of Crystallization of Form, as when water cools and ice shows the form we do not see when it is moving.
I think about the pictures of Dr. Emoto’s water crystals exposed to different words, and how in stillness comes clarity.
The outside world has been heating up, and we could use some “holding space” to calm and keep what’s precious to us. Coming, as I am, straight from the conference, I am overflowing with how precious everyone there is to me, and how you all replenish my inner springs of hope as well as knowledge.
We will take a few breaths, then start looking for the site and date for next year, and we’ll let you know as soon as we can! Thank you all for your support.
November 18th is Occult Day! (It’s also Fool around with a Guy with a Mustache Day, hence the image of Dr. Strange)
The history, origin, and the founder of the Occult Day are unknown. There is no mention about the year at which the celebration had first occurred. However, Occult has been existing in every culture, religion, and tradition. It refers to everything that is taking place beyond the normal human’s perspective. It includes the magic, alchemy, astrology, spiritualism, extra-sensory perception, religion, and divination. Occult refers to the “knowledge of the hidden.” It sometimes gives the meaning as the knowledge that “is meant only for certain people” or “must be kept hidden.” (Happydays-365)
Most often occultist is the study of a deeper spiritual reality that extends beyond the pure reason and the physical sciences. Occult is the life beyond the natural world for the normal people. Almost every culture and religion has the practice of occult. The Day is the perfect time to get involved with your inner self in a spiritual form.”
For goodness sakes, working most of the apps on my phone are ‘occult’ to me! Occult seems to simply be the stuff you don’t know. We seem satisfied to let someone else understand and handle our plumbing, electricity, health care and politics (etc. etc.) so we can study what we want to study. I want to study the mind-body connect, how to manifest a better life, heal with energy, communicate with plants, animals and other beings…. The folks who come to CTCW ARE more likely to understand things some folks consider “occult”, mysteries impossible to fathom. But the first step is to simply start. We may or may not understand the mysteries of sports, fashion, sitcoms or other “common knowledge”.
How do you decide what hidden things, things you don’t know, that you’ll put effort into learning? Have a happy Occult Day, and if you missed the conference this year, I hope you make it next year!
with Rebecca Oubouzar
Life is beyond demanding, and “wine-and-bubble-bath” method of self-care is a booming business. But all the STUFF is still lurking outside your candle-lit soaking sanctuary. How do we handle it? How do we do so mindfully, without burning ourselves out? How do we do it when we’re overwhelmed, exhausted, depressed? Let’s find out together. (This class will include guided meditation.)
Somatic Prayer with Sean Donahue
What is your body’s deepest prayer? Shifting, focusing, and building sensation and emotion lie at the heart of my magic(k)al practice. It is our Wild Self, our Somatic Self, that can engage most profoundly with the Divine and the Infinite to create “change in conformity with Will,” Drawing on the insights of Wilhelm Reich and Victor Anderson and my own lived experience, I will outline my approach to working with embodied sensation in partnering with the living world for individual and collective healing and transformation. 90 minutes
Crafting Magickal & Conjure Oils with Jean Hacker In this workshop we will learn how to craft magickal and conjure oils. We will learn what are the best carrier oils, how to pick ingredients such as herbs, roots, essential oils and curios. How to charge and work with the oils. We will make and take a conjure oil.