Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Secret Witchcraft: Magical Scent Sachets

This post falls more under the general witchcraft subject than anything particularly heathen. Out of disappointment with some recently purchased scent sachets for clothing and closets, I decided to make some of my own today and was very happy with how they turned out. My intentions were entirely practical until I started putting them together and realized that I had plenty of herbs and materials on hand to give them a bit of a magical kick. When I completed them I thought about sharing my experience in a post, particularly for those who are not out of the broom closet or prefer their own practices to be kept to a minimum level of awareness in regards to others.

Photo: istockphoto.com/Monika Adamczyk

These sachets are very simple to make and can be combined with a great many items for almost any purpose on the magical spectrum, from healing to cursing, with little chance that anyone would suspect they are anything other than a practical item. I will share the instructions for two of the ones I made, one for healing and another for love.

Healing Lavender Scent Sachet

Lavender Essential Oil
Paper Envelope or Fabric bag
Lavender Loose Herbs
Any Loose Herbs for Healing
Small Amethyst
Small Quartz Point

Take a small portion of uncooked white rice and add ten-twenty drops of essential oil. ( whatever amount you are comfortable with the intensity of the scent). Mix and let air dry, particularly if using a paper sachet so as not to stain the paper. Charge stones per your personal technique. (Amethyst for healing and quartz to collect and dispel pain and negative energy). When rice had dried, combine all items into envelope or pouch and seal the sachet. Shake to add energy and mix all ingredients. Done.

Love and Attraction Scent Sachet

Rose Essential Oil
Paper Envelope or Fabric Pouch
Dried Rose Petals
Love Herbal Blends
Small Quartz Point
Small Stone Associated with Love

Take a small portion of uncooked white rice and add ten-twenty drops of essential oil. ( whatever amount you are comfortable with the intensity of the scent). Mix and let air dry, particularly if using a paper sachet so as not to stain the paper. Charge stones per your personal technique. (Quartz stone charged to attract love and the qualities you wish for in a lover, other stones you associate with love charged similarly) When rice had dried, combine all items into envelope or pouch and seal the sachet. Shake to add energy and mix all ingredients. Done.

Tips and Tricks

  • Much like a charm bag, these sachets can be used for almost any magical purpose, depending on your choice in herbs, stones, and scents and their correspondences.
  • Like pretty stuffs? Using printed scrapbook paper or fabric to make your sachets. There are loads of very simple diys for folding envelopes, making fabric bags, and making sachets to be found on pinterest and many other craft blogs. Even the most helpless crafter can pull this off.
  • You can personalize sachets to even more specific purposes or intents by adding other items such as sigils, bindrunes, symbols, talismans, etc.
  • Make deity specific sachets to help you connect to your chosen divinity. Simply use items and scents that correspond to them or even things that symbolize them for you personally. 
  • At your own discretion: Giving scent sachets as "gifts" could be an easy way to bring less than benevolent energy into the possession of that special "frenemy" without their notice. 
  • Want someone to do the work for you? I found this free printable version of rose and lavender sachet envelopes on The Sassaby Blog that I think are beautiful.  Download and Print HERE for free!
  • For fabric sachets, be sure to use fabrics that breathe such as cotton or muslin so the scent can escape easily. 

Hope you enjoy this post, and let me know what you think or if you have any comments.

In Frith


Sunday, July 6, 2014

A Simple Vanir Blot

The Blot, or more correctly punctuated blót, was a common Germanic ceremony in sacrifice to the gods. It is one of the most well known religious rituals of the Germanic people and was well documented within the surviving literary works of the Norse people. The world blót is an interesting one in the linguistic sense, and scholars are often debating about its origin and meaning. It is believed to be derived from the Proto-Germanic "blotan" which means to sacrifice or worship. Alternative theories connect it to other roots with meanings such as blood, flame, bubble, murmur, etc.

By Rebecca Radcliff (Hljod.Huskona on Flickr.) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The components of a blot were really quite simple, though their performance was time consuming. The first step was the sacrifice, usually of an animal. There is also some minor evidence pointing to a possibility of human sacrifices involved in blot, particularly around the area of Old Uppsala, once an important holy city in Sweden. The most common sacrifices were of cattle and swine, and in some cases of horses. All these animals were associated with the gods and considered fitting offerings to them.

After the animal was sacrificed, the ceremony continued with the sprinkling of blood. Accounts vary, but common objects to be sprinkled and in turn consecrated by the blood were idols of the gods, altars, shrines, and the people present as well. The Germanic people believed that blood contained much of a person's life force, energy, and sacred power and as such to be sprinkled with blood transferred that power to whatever it touched.

After this was completed, the animal was cooked and the blot continued with feasting and drinking into the night. The consumption of mead, beer, and other alchoholic beverages was also a holy act that was ritualized. Drink was offered to the gods foremost, and then the cups were shared among those present. This is similar in nature to what modern folks would call a toast, with drinks being offered to the gods as well as important individuals, rulers, and ancestors of those present.

The common prayer given to the Vanir during the blot was the phrase, til árs ok friðar, or "for good seasons and frith." This phrase speaks directly to the god Freyr who was heavily connected to the idea of ars (good seasons or year) and frith (a social concept of peace, abundance, and communal pleasure).

The following is a simple blot anyone can perform to the Vanir, and can be adapted to fit nearly any god or a tribe of them.

Simple Blot to the Vanir Gods

What you will need...

  • A sacred space ( this could be an altar to the gods or even a simple rock within a chosen grove ) 
  • Images or idols of the gods or objects representing them
  • An offering bowl
  • A chalice, cup, or drinking horn ( you may wish to use a single vessel or set aside one specifically for the gods)
  • cooked meat, preferably pork ( you will be eating this )
  • wine, mead, beer, or juice 
  • rain or sun water (either is fitting to the Vanir) and a vessel to hold it

Begin by setting up the altar or sacred space. Keep the drink and food to the side for now. If you wish you may clear the space or hallow the area using your own personal techniques. 

Call on the presence of the gods. You can do this simply by hailing them. It can be as simple as this.

Hail the Vanir!
Hail Freyja and Freyr! Hail Njord and Nerthus! Hail (insert any other Vanir you wish to offer to)
I welcome you!

Take the vessel of water and begin sprinkling the altar and those present. As you sprinkle and consecrate, you may wish to speak of the blessings of the gods. 

Mighty Vanir, keepers of rain and sun, bless this holy space!
May we all enjoy peace and good seasons, gods and men alike!
May our lives be full of peace and pleasure!
May we find happiness with ourselves and our kin! 
Hail the Vanir! 

Place the food and beverage on the altar. You may wish to place the gods portion in the bowl and use another for yourself, or simply use the same container. Pour the beverage into the cup. 

The gods bless us with abundance
With them we share the fruits of our labor
Feast with us and enjoy our company
drink with us and share our blessings
From you all good things come
To you all good things return
Hail the Vanir! Hail (insert god or goddess honored)

The food and drink are to be shared among those present. If one is alone, simply drink yourself and offer the first portions to the gods. As you drink you may wish to use the old prayer,

Til árs ok friðar


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Pop Culture Paganism: Myth and Fiction are =/=, but does it matter? Yes and No.

I want this post to be very measured, and to make certain that my own thoughts about the validity or value of Pop Culture Paganism are not used as an assault or attack on those who practice it. So I start this post by saying that the opinions and thoughts contained here will reflect my own thoughts on the topic, and are in no way intended to be taken as a form of judgment against anyone and their own beliefs and practices.
King Arthur of Britain by Howard Pyle 1903 (Public Domain)
Man, Myth, or Fictional Character? We can quibble...

It is entirely possible to hold your own beliefs on what has value while acknowledging that what has no value to you may be the bread and butter for someone else. My views on Pop Culture Paganism are similar to my views on mainstream Christianity in this way, yet one cannot help but see the vast distance between the values that they transmit within our culture.

 I feel that every person in entitled by human rights to hold their own beliefs about the divine and the spiritual, and practice them accordingly, so long as such beliefs and practices are causing no harm to others or impeding the rights of others to do the same. This can be a slippery slope when it comes to mainstream Christian practice, as these beliefs can and have led to the justification of many human rights abuses such as the denial of marriage equality or abortion rights for women, or the continued inequality faced by people of color, the disabled, LBGT individuals,women, and the poor.

 I have seen none of these abuses in regards to the pop culture pagan community, and in fact have seen much more support from them in regards to issues of social justice. So in this way I feel on a personal level that the pop culture pagan movement is a beneficial place in terms of their treatment of human rights and the values that they possess in the more general social sense. I see a great deal of humanist compassion in the Pop Culture Pagan movement that most definitely speaks positively to me.

In terms of belief, I think the main problem I have with Pop Culture Paganism is the belief that something created as admitted fiction is being viewed as a real living entity of the divine. I just can't get past it. The main argument I hear in regards to the validity of pop culture paganism is the idea that all myths were stories created by a single human being at some point in history. Why, some ask, can't the same experience occur here in the postmodern age?

To me that question is a vast oversimplification of the creation and evolution of the mythic oral traditions from which many pantheons of gods have sprung. The claim that the gods and their myths sprung whole from a singular human mind is quite a romantic notion, yet like most romantic notions it falls flat in the face of reality. It is also a projection of the modern mind's experience of story (the linear, textual progression from start to finish) onto the complex circular, holistic rhythms and evolution of story as they are experienced in ancient, oral cultures.

In short,my qualm with Pop Culture Paganism has little to do with the belief aspect and more about the way that some use it to devalue ancient mythic traditions by asserting that a centuries old myth developed and evolved over hundreds and in some cases thousands of years is somehow equal in value to a work of fiction, film, or media created by a single modern mind. You simply cannot compare the shared gnosis of millions of people throughout ages to the imagination of one creative mind working admitted fiction and a few loyal followers who happen to believe that the work may speak on a deeper truth. This is true even without the fact of the wealth of other types of cultural information that many myths can translate, such as knowledge of historical events, the growth of a society, the changes in language and its growth, etc. To compare modern fiction to cultural myths spanning centuries is simply a false analogy that IMO devalues oral cultures and oversimplifies their world in a very Classical, Eurocentric manner. Ancient myths represent entire cultures, their shared history, and even their persecutions. The same depth of meaning cannot and should not be attached to a modern work of fiction. It has its own meaning of course, but that meaning is unequal to that of myths passed down through the ages.

Are pop culture pagans simply witnessing the birth of modern mythic traditions? Are they the disciples of new myths that will grow in truth and power in the centuries to come? It is entirely possible, though in my opinion unlikely given that these works are admitted by their creators as fictional works in the historical record rather than transmitted as truth in an oral culture. Even so, I support pop culture paganism as a new turn in spiritual expression and have no issues supporting those who feel it is the right path for them and find value in it. No one can predict how religion and spirituality will evolve in the future, and I think the spirit of exploration and questioning accepted truths is always the wisest path to take. I support Pop Culture Pagans just as I support any tradition that thinks out side of the box and explores new avenues of divinity.

The only thing I cannot support is the equalizing of modern fiction to longstanding well developed cultural mythos. They simply do not at the current time hold the same value, regardless of how one equates them. Not because one is somehow better than the other, but rather because they have little in common outside of the fact that they are stories. They do not hold the same functions or the same types of information. They do not represent the same amount of time and knowing, nor the same amount of influences from mass amounts of human consciousness. They are not comparable, and to do so is a false analogy and a flaw in logical, rational thought.

Please be aware that my opinion is my own, and does not confer any sort of judgment on those who practice Pop Culture Paganism. My disagreement on the argument given above simply stems from a place of concern and perhaps a bit of OCD from someone who places an intense value on the artistic expression and culture in general. Modern works of fiction may at some point transition into myth and cultural truth, but until history makes that a certainty let's leave both alone and stop comparing them. Let both ancient myth and modern creative works stand on their own. Because neither phenomena begs justification, and both have value in their own right, albeit the differences which make them incomparable.

In Frith


For more study on how print changed storytelling and culture, David Finkelstein's "An Introduction to Book History" is a great start. You can find it on Amazon at this link Amazon Link: An Intro to Book History

For more about the differences between oral traditions and western literacy and the way comparison denigrates oral culture, See Nathalie Piquemal's "From Native North American Oral Traditions
to Western Literacy: Storytelling in Education," which can be found in the Alberta Journal of Educational Research, Volume 49, p. 113

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Vanir 101: Basic Symbols of Freyja

Hi everyone! This weeks post will be a continuation of the Vanir 101 series I started with the Basic Symbols of Freyr post. I will eventually try and post one of these for all the Vanir deities on a monthly basis, perhaps more often. In this post I will look at some of the basic symbols of the Vanir Goddess Freyja. In entirely unrelated news, I wanted to let everyone know that I will be on vacation for the next three weeks beginning Weds, so it will be a about that long before another post is up. Hope you enjoy the post!

Symbols of Freyja

The Brisings Necklace (Brisingamen)

Brisingamen is the quintessential symbol of the goddess Freyja. The necklace was created by four dwarven brothers, and believed to contain magical powers of regeneration and fertility. These four dwarves may have been connected to the four directions, and the necklace itself symbolic of earth and its creative power. Freyja paid for this necklace by agreeing to sleep with each brother for a single night. Some amulets have been found in archaeological digs (see picture) that are believed to depict Freyja wearing her magical necklace or in some cases surrounded by it. Freyja is often recognized in Viking and Norse art by the appearance of her necklace as can be seen in the examples above. It was also deeply connected with her in the lore, so much so that Thor once borrowed it to disguise himself as Freyja in order to kill the giant Thrymr, who had stolen his mighty hammer. In the same myth Freyja also becomes enraged at the idea of wedding a giant, so much so that Brisingamen burst and Asgard itself was shaken, perhaps indicating the gravity of her necklace's great power. 

The Cat

Cats are often symbolic Freyja as she has two animal companions, male cats, who are said to pull her chariot. This comes from the story of Baldur's death, in which she comes to his funeral in her chariot pulled by them. As a goddess of sex and fertility, the connection with cats is obviously a reflection of the independent and highly procreative reputation of the animal. They are a good fit with the equally creative goddess of sex and sensuality. It is also worth noting that cats have a longstanding association with witchcraft and sorcery in Europe, and Freyja herself is the mistress of Seidhr, a great magical tradition. Her power was so great that Odin himself was taught the art by her. Some even believe that the great medieval fear of cats and witches familiars may be linked with the lore of this powerful goddess of magic, sex, and sorcery and her own animal companions. 

The Falcon

Freyja is also associated with falcons, due to her possession of a falcon cloak which enabled her to travel freely between the realms. This may or may not be connected with the ability to shapeshift herself and others that is evident in some of her lore, such as the Lay of Hyndla. In many cultures throughout history, the falcon has been a symbol of great vision, transformation, and the transmission of information between higher and lower levels of reality, or people in general on a more mundane level. In European cultures, falconry was also an art most associated with the noble classes, in fact at one time the possession of a falcon and its quality were seen as a symbol of a person's wealth and power. This connection may mark Freyja as a noble woman, a theory supported by her name (meaning Lady) and used to denote the female head of household, as well as her title of Vanadis (Dis of the Vanir). 

Amber and Gold

Freyja is connected to both amber and gold by the story of her marriage to the figure called Odr (fury, ecstasy, muse). It is told within the lore that her husband travels frequently and is often absent. Because of this Freyja is filled with sorrow for him and decided to set out to find him. She is said to have traveled among many different people, and gone by a variety of names, which is why she is often called the many-named goddess. As she traveled, she shed tears of red gold that fell upon the land and sea, transforming into gold and amber. This is used to explain the existence of both materials in the natural world. It is important to not that "red-gold" is a common substance seen throughout Norse myth, often connected with foresight and divine knowledge. Many modern day followers of Freyja choose to wear bits of amber in honor of the goddess. 

Hope you enjoyed this post, and enjoy the next few weeks as well. 

In Frith

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Book Release, Readings, and More!

It's been hectic lately but I wanted to share some new things of mine, and some changes her on the site. There are some new writings on the Vanir gods that I have published both on my own and through another site that I want to share with everyone so you know where to find them.

The first news is that I have published a new ebook on Amazon called Lore of the Vanir, a brief overview of the Vanir Gods. You can find it here at Amazon: Lore of the Vanir

Lore of the Vanir is basically a section of a larger work in progress that I decided to release on its own. It is a basic overview of the lore and attributes of the Vanir gods as individuals, as well as what I call the wights of the Vanir, which are non-Vanir beings closely related to them. There is also a section regarding questionable connections, with short overviews of some more obscure Germanic figures that some believe may be earlier forgotten Vanir deities. At the end is a couple pages of terms that I felt were important to define due to their connection to the Vanir. The book is only 99 cents to buy and free to anyone who is a prime member through the lending library. I would love it if you could leave a review for me if you happen to purchase it. 

Here is a list of the Deities and Wights I discuss within the book (minus questionable ones discussed briefly). 
  • Njord
  • Nerthus
  • Freyja
  • Freyr
  • Gerd
  • Kvasir
  • Gullveig
  • Skadi
  • Odr
  • Ottar
  • Skirnir
  • Byggvir and Beyla
  • Gullinbursti
  • Hildisvini
I decided to go ahead and publish this as a small ebook because I have had it gathering dust for awhile now and there is so little information about the Vanir available to the public. It will be expanded into a larger work I am also working on but that will be something that happen perhaps in a year or two. At the current time I am putting the finishing touches on the Vanir Glyphs book, which will be available both as an ebook as well as a hard copy. 

Another new development is that I have now set up a new page here on site where you can order readings with the Vanir glyphs. I have been doing some free readings for awhile and have had very positive feedback and interest from others who would like their own readings. Because of the positive response I have made readings available for very modest fees. The page at the top that says Readings by Cena is where you can find all the in-depth info and purchase a reading. Its $10.00 dollars for an in depth reading, $5 for relationships, and only 99 cents for a single question readings. 

And before I start feeling like a salesman, I also have some new writings that you can access for free through the publisher Cinnabarys. The links to these articles can be found in the newly revised page up top entitled Original Works or through these links.

An Exploration of Vanatru  in this article I discuss the more functional side of defining what Vanatru is.
I talk about polytheism and the many types of it that can be included in Vanic practice, as well as the sometimes strained relationship between Vanatru in practice and reconstructionism. I also try to explain in my own words why people may be drawn to work with the Vanir and what it means essentially, simply to work with and learn from the Vanir divine. 

Meeting the Vanir: A Primer of Major Vanir Deities in this article I explore five major deities of the Vanir and their basic lore, as well as more modern attributes and minor upg about their symbols and relevance. Gullveig, Njord, Nerthus, Freyr, and Freyja are the five main gods discussed in this article. 

I hope you enjoy the articles and will be very grateful to all who might pick up the ebook or stop by for a reading. Please feel free to leave any questions or thoughts for me in the comments section.

In Frith

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Retractions, Lessons, and Changing Perspectives: Lokeans

       Once upon a time I wrote a rather shitty post about Tumblr Lokeans. I decided today to remove it from the blog because in the year since I wrote it some of my perspective has changed, and I want my blog to reflect that. I also removed it because since I wrote it I have harbored some guilt and shame over how it might have contributed to negative opinions about Loki worship in general. There was some initial backlash against the post, but to be honest it was minor and I really haven't heard anything about it since about a month after it was published. I am not removing it because people were angry with it, or expressed disdain against the post. I am removing it because my own perspective has changed, and also because I felt that some of what I implied was outright hurtful to some, though that was never the intention.
My inner voice every time I thought about the Lokean post for the last year...

     Looking back, I can see that much of that post was motivated not by any rational sentiments, but rather a period of strife between myself and a few individuals online, as well as some personal events that were going on in my life at the time it was published. At the time I felt that the post was fair and made some good points, and I still agree with SOME of what I wrote. However there was an element or tone of disdain behind the writing itself which was quite obvious to me when I revisited and reread the post today before I made the decision to cut it from my blog. It could have been much more neutral and much more honestly written, and for that I apologize as well as for anyone whose feelings were hurt by my generalizations about Tumblr Lokeans.
    Since then I have made an effort to branch out and try to understand some of the Lokeans I know much better than I did at that time. As a result of this my perspective has shifted. Part of this is a result of my concerns about social justice in general, and how that increased awareness had made me aware not only of discrimination in general but also subtle hints of it that often coincide with the derogatory remarks made against and about Lokeans in the heathen community. Those who know me well know that I consider myself a humanist first and foremost, am a liberal, and I support any and all in the fight against inequality. There are so many who are vocal about fighting racism within heathenry now, yet I do not see the same outrage when it comes to sexism, transphobia, and other types of discrimination based on sexual preference and gender identity that I do in comparison to racism. I have made a commitment to make my blogs and social media profiles a safe space for EVERYONE, and I feel as if that post is no longer in line with that purpose and my own sacred ideals about compassion and human dignity. Therefore, it was time for that post to go.
     I am sure there are those who will not care about this apology or what I have to say, and I accept that. Some of the insinuations I made about Tumblr Lokeans in the post were very gross and if the places were reversed I would have no trouble telling myself to Fuck off. Everyone has a right to their own feelings and I totally respect that. I just want the people who read this blog and those who have been around me for awhile to know that I am sorry for what was written and am trying to move forward with a changed and less ignorant perspective. Most of all I want people to know that my blog is a safe space for anyone regardless of sex, skin color, gender identity, size, etc.

     Am I retracting everything I ever said regarding Lokeans and Loki worship? NO. It is still an issue that I am not one hundred percent comfortable with and nor do I really think I understand well enough to say this is ultimately what I think or feel. I still have issues with some aspects of it and a very small minority of folks out there who I feel are not the most sincere. But there are always going to be a few of those individuals, regardless of what god they are worshipping, be it Loki or Freyja or Zeus for that matter. In the past year I have met many more Lokeans and have found that on the whole they are some of the most knowledgeable and sincere individuals out there working in the heathen community.  I really don't know if I can ever truly get behind the idea of Pop Culture Paganism however. I plan on writing more about that topic in the near future but for now I simply wanted to make the retraction of the post public, tell my readers why, and most of all apologize to anyone who might have been hurt by my words last summer.

In Frith

Monday, May 12, 2014

Earth Magic: Trees as Magical Allies Part 2

In Part 1 of this series I explored the idea of trees as magical companions and spoke briefly about some simple ways to connect with them and form some sort of relationship to these natural beings. In this part I will explore connecting with them as sources of energy and talk about a simple healing ritual I have used with my own sacred tree that has worked well for me in the past.

Trees as Energy Sources: Subtle yet Potent

Trees, and plants in general, are in my mind very powerful vehicles for the flow of energy in nature. Particularly the energy of earth. They are some of the few living beings in nature that have access to both the external and internal energies of the earth, and as such are often symbolic of the cyclical flow of nature between life and death. Trees have access to both the creative and destructive aspects of earth. 

The energy of earth is often viewed as much more subtle than that of the other elements, given that it is a quiet process, we cannot feel the energy of earth as we can that of air when a strong gust blows, or fire when it kisses our fingertips with warmth and pain. We feel the earth move only during an earth quake, and in modern life contact with the mud and dirt is usually discouraged, unless one has a penchant for gardening. As a result of this, I have always felt that the energy of earth seems more subtle and hard to sense for people in the postmodern era. 

As a result of this, I feel that for magical and spiritual purposes the energy of the earth is quite underutilized compared to other elements. On a personal level, I have found that connecting with the earth through trees has given me a large and nearly untapped source of neutral energy that can be utilized for almost any purpose, and with minimal effort. 

Simple ways to Pull Energy through Trees

Let's assume you have some sort of relationship with a tree now on a spiritual level. I want to be sure and state here that before using any natural object as an energy source, you should ask for permission. It is advisable as well to leave some sort of gift or give offering before pulling energy from them.

  • Touch is the simplest way to pull energy (and sense it as well) when working with trees to pull earth energy. Using the receptive hand is advisable. Simply laying hands on a tree is a wonderful way to get a feeling of its energy and begin to sense the subtle flow inside it.
  • Another simple way to pull energy is using a grounding technique, such as a tree meditation, while sitting or standing with your back to a tree. Doing so in direct contact with the tree can make the process much easier and enhance your ability to focus and feel that subtle enery coming from the ground. 
  • You can connect to a sacred tree even while away by keeping a small wand or stick made from fallen bits of the tree itself. It can then be used as a way to access that connection even when you cannot access the physical tree itself.
  • Simply sitting under a tree can be a good way to connect with it and pull energy, and is definitely much more discreet for those with nosy neighbors or family members. 
  • It is easy to find meditations for pulling energy from trees or grounding, a simple google search should suffice. Most simply incorporate breath and visualizations. Simply use breath and your senses to make yourself as a tree. Visualize yourself growing roots and limbs and spreading your roots into the earth. From there you can easily pull energy through your "roots" from the earth, or through your "leaves" from the sun. 
Simple Tree Healing Exercise

I created this exercise one evening after I wrenched my back out of place. It came to me as I was walking like a very old person around the yard in an attempt to keep my back from stiffening up and taking me out of commission. This is something I deal with every few months as I have degenerated discs in my back and neck. The exercise was born out of desperation, yet I was pretty shocked at how well it worked for me. I now do this every time I have back issues and the results have been pretty amazing in my own opinion. 

I would recommend this exercise for any sort of physical healing, particularly sprains and strains or broken bones, any healing that focuses on creating balance, strength, and endurance in the regenerative sense. It could also be used on an emotional level to heal any "brokeness" or need for strength and balance in ones life. It is very simple and takes little preparation. 

1. Lay hands on the tree to connect. Do this until you can feel its energy and will. Take a few moments to tell the tree what has happened and ask if it willing to assist you. If you feel the answer is yes, continue. I have yet to be refused by a tree myself, they have always seemed very helpful in my experience, with a very gentle energy. 

2. Think of a simple chant to focus on. Make sure it expresses your desired intent. For example, when I use this for my back, I would make a chant that goes something like this. 

Lend me your balance, lend me your strength
Heal my back, so I may stand straight.

3. Replay the chant in your mind or aloud if you can. While doing so, walk beneath the leaves of the tree in a clockwise motion. Make three whole circuits around the base of the tree in this fashion as you chant. 

4. When you have completed three circles, thank the tree and give a small offering if you wish. It is done. 

I hoped you have enjoyed this series and hope to expand on it again in the months to come. Please feel free to leave your questions or comments below.

In Frith