|Homework: You’ve been working with the Two powers meditation for 13 weeks now. How has this meditation felt to you? Do you do this meditation as your daily meditation, or as part of daily rituals? Can you describe how it feels? What parts of the meditation move you the most? The least? Does one power or the other seem stronger? Many people will come to feel that one of these powers is masculine and one is feminine. In your Dedicant Notebook, write a short paragraph on how the Sky Power is masculine and the Earth Power is feminine. Now, write another short paragraph about how the Sky Power is feminine and the Earth Power is masculine. Can you make both arguments? Which one convinces you more? Is either worth arguing? The Sky Power is sometimes described as “ordering” and the Earth Power is sometimes described as “chaotic”. Do you feel this is an accurate description of the Powers? If you have chosen a hearth culture, how does the mythology of that culture embrace the Two Powers? Can you write a chant or a prayer about the way the cosmos looks when we’re in ritual? Try writing one and using it as a meditation aid, and write down your results.
How has this meditation felt to you? I’m using The Two Powers Induction by Rev. Jeffrey Wyndham (Ian Corrigan). The script can be found on the ADF Website and an audio clip can be found on YouTube. I like it a lot as I can easily imagine my body becoming a tree.
Do you do this meditation as your daily meditation, or as part of daily rituals? I do this meditation as part of my daily meditations. During rituals, I tend to prefer music only to meditate. The guided meditation of the Two Powers is excellent to ground ourselves and I usually do it in the evenings, when I’m back from work.
Can you describe how it feels? I feel strongly connected to the Land, the Sky and the Sea. The Two Powers are really about the Earth and the Sky, but I can easily associate the Land, the Sky and the Sea to it. When Ian talks about “roots reaching and growing into the earth, down through soil and stone… deepening and spreading… reaching to touch the waters under the Earth… the Earth current…” I not only imagine the Earth (Land) but also the Sea beneath it. To me, the roots go further in the Earth and reach the realm of the Sea.
What parts of the meditation move you the most/the least? I prefer the part with the roots growing into the Earth. I don’t dislike any part of it thinking about it, but I would maybe like to do my own version, with the Three Powers of Sky, Land and Sea…
Does one power or the other seem stronger? Not really. Both powers have their strong and weak parts, like everything which is living.
Write a short paragraph on how the Sky Power is masculine and the Earth Power is feminine: In French, we are used to add gender to nouns. The sky is masculine (le ciel) and The Earth is feminine (la Terre). It is very easy to me to associate these two powers with a masculine and a feminine energy. The same goes with the masculine sun (le soleil) and the feminine moon (la lune), the masculine Day (le jour) and the feminine night (la nuit). The Sky is, to me, the strong masculine power of the bright daylight time, with the energy of the sun glowing and shinning. The Earth is the strong feminine power of the dark soil, with the energy of the fertile and ever growing nature.
The Sky Power is sometimes described as “ordering” and the Earth Power is sometimes described as “chaotic”. Do you feel this is an accurate description of the Powers? Absolutely! The Sky power is regulated with exact rotations, and time. The sun, the moon and the stars are visible in the Sky and have scientifically calculated motions. We can know when they will be at which time of the year. The clouds are chaotic though! The Earth Power is chaotic. Everything grows in a way that it is often impossible to predict. Grass and plants even grows where asphalt was installed. Nature is very strong and will be invasive if she wants to!
If you have chosen a hearth culture, how does the mythology of that culture embrace the Two Powers? The Celts lived in a cosmos made from the Sky, the Land and the Sea. As indicated above, the Two Powers can easily be embraced in the Celtic culture as the Sky, the Land (Earth) and the Sea (below the Land).
Can you write a chant or a prayer about the way the cosmos looks when we’re in ritual? Here is an excerpt of my ritual, during the Opening of the Gates:
Let the Fire open as a gate
Let the Well open as a gate
And let the Tree connect all the Realms
As you walks with me in all ways
May the gate to the Upper World be open
May the gate to the Underworld be open
May the gate to the Otherworld be open
Now, Lord of Ways
Join your magick with mine
And let the gates be opened
Open as a road
To my voice and to the spirits!
I am now in the Center
On the Realm of the Land
Home of the Nature Spirits
And I feel connected to the Sky
Home of the Goddesses
Home of the Gods
And Feel connected to the Sea
Home of the Ancestors
I am a Sacred Pillar
I am a Living Tree
Connecting all the Worlds
Fairies, Deities and Ancestors