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Wiccan Shamanism

Wiccan Shamanism

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Published by Priscila Frohmut
Wiccan Shamanism
by Selena Fox (typed by Lewis for P.A.N. 508-795-7628) *** Shamanism exists in tribal cultures around the world and has done so for centuries. Yet, in reading most anthropological texts on Shamanism, there is little, if any reference made to shamanism in Europe. However Shamanism has existed among the peoples of Europe not only in ancient times, but also through the present day. During the Middle Ages, the Old Ways largely disappeared from public view because of persecution.
Wiccan Shamanism
by Selena Fox (typed by Lewis for P.A.N. 508-795-7628) *** Shamanism exists in tribal cultures around the world and has done so for centuries. Yet, in reading most anthropological texts on Shamanism, there is little, if any reference made to shamanism in Europe. However Shamanism has existed among the peoples of Europe not only in ancient times, but also through the present day. During the Middle Ages, the Old Ways largely disappeared from public view because of persecution.

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Wiccan Shamanism
by Selena Fox
(typed by Lewis for P.A.N. 508-795-7628)Shamanism exists in tribal cultures around the world and has done so for centuries. Yet, in reading most anthropological texts on Shamanism, there is little, if any reference made to shamanism in Europe. However Shamanism has existedamong the peoples of Europe not only in ancient times, but also through the presentday. During the Middle Ages, the Old Ways largely disappeared from public view because of persecution. Yet they were not eradicated but took a more undergroundexistence. Today, there are some of us of European ancestry that are bringingShamanic ways rooted in pre-Christian Europe back into the light.Wiccan Shamanism is a term I began using several years ago in an attempt todescribe my own path of magick and spirituality in relation to the other forms of Shamanism on the Planet. Wiccan Shamanism draws on the Old but it is not simplyan attempt re-construction and revival of the Old Ways of tribal Europe. WiccanShamanism blends both the Old and the New to suit the modern times in which welive. Although emphasis is on European symbology and traditions WiccanShamanism is multi-cultural, incorporating ways of other healers and magick workersfrom many places and eras.What follows is a glimpse into Wiccan Shamanism as I know it and practice it.While Jim, Dennis, and others who help with various aspects of CIRCLES work mayshare many of these concepts, I speak here only for myself - for at the heart of thisspiritual approach is the idea that each person must seek their own connection withthe Divine, within their own Self, rather than having me or anyone else do this for them. This is not a path of a leader with followers, but a path where each becomestheir own leader.I call to the Powers of the Four Quarters - to Earth in the North which is theRealm of the Physical Body and Material Plane, to Air in the East which is the Realmof Thoughts and Intellect, to Fire in the South which is the Realm of Will Power andAction, and Water in the West which is the Realm of Emotions and Intuition. MyMedicine Wheel is the Magick Circle which connects the Four Quarters. The sacred places I frequent include a high rock, a crystal clear spring fed pool n a hidden valleyand a circle of stones in a grove of Oak and Birch on a mound.I am a channel between Planet Earth beneath my feet and the Heavens abovemy head. I become the World tree when I Shamanize, linking the transforming Dark of the Underworld with the Awakening Light of the Upperworld.I am the Crystal Light that is at the Center of the Circle and is the fifth ElementSpirit. I seek always to act out of MY own Inner Self which is at the enter of MY being, for my Inner Self in the Balance of all the Elements, of my Female and Malesides, of my Lunar and Solar natures of my intellect and intuition my Inner Self is my
 
doorway into the realm where All is One.I see the Circle of Life from the Center. I watch the Seasons change as theWheel of the Year turns and I celebrate the 8 sabbats. I connect with the dance of  Night and Day, of Fair and Stormy Weathers, of the Waxing and Waning Moon. I seethe cycle of Birth, Growth, Maturity, Death, and Rebirth in all of Nature. I examinethe cycles of my own life and of the lives of those who seek healing aid from me.I am the traveler between the World of Daily Life and the Otherworld which isthe land of Dreams, visions and Spirits. I am a Consciousness Explorer. theOtherworldis as real and as important to me as the Day-to-Day World. I bridge theWorlds rather than seeking to dwell solely in one or the other. I journey into theOtherworld for a reason - to bring back healing and knowledge to apply to Daily Life,helping others, myself and the Planet.I see the Divine in all things. My friends and allies include not only humans but also plants, animals, rocks, winds, waters, fire, stars, and other life forms. Icommune with the Source some call "God" as both Mother Goddess and Father God,for both aspects are necessary for the Unity.The main focus of my Shamanic work is Healing. I was called to this path as ayoung child in dreams and Out-of-Body experiences, but I didn't begin my work untilmy adult years when I started Healing myself. To do this I journeyed alone into thePit of my Shadow Self and came face-to-face with my problems and hang-ups; mydoubts fears, disillusionments, rejections, angers and hurts; with all MY false self images. Words can not begin to express the misery, the utter despair the powerlessness I felt during this time. Yet coming apart was essential; it enabled me to break through the barriers which I had formed and let others form in my psyche thathad kept me from being one with my True Self. In the deepest Darkness, I felt theLight of my own Inner Self beginning to shine through. I focused on the Light andslowly emerged from the Pit, stronger and more integrated than ever before and withthe power to heal others as well as myself. As a result of this transformation process,my life's work became clear. I now help others from their own pits of negativity and become whole again.Yet my work also extends to more than Humankind; it involves bringingHealing to the Planet as a whole. In my communing with the Land, I have heard thecries of the Earth Mother, sorrowing over the self-centered, greedy, intolerant, anddestructive behaviors of many of Her human children, who are polluting the soils,water, and air; who are playing power games with nuclear fire; and who are pollutingthe spiritual atmosphere of the entire world with their narrow-mindedness and hate. Iam deeply concerned about survival -- not of the Planet Herself for all the humans inthe world can not destroy Her even with all their weapons; She is too strong and powerful for that to happen. What I am concerned about is the survival of the humanrace. -- will we annihilate ourselves and many of the life forms around us, or will wewake up in time to see the larger picture, find and implement creative solutions to theworlds problems, and enter a New Age of expanded consciousness?The Balance of Life can be restored on Planet Earth; Harmony can be restored

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