Pashmina Cone of Power

Pashmina Cone of Power November 6, 2012


 

It is always easy to tell others what to do, and in the
process neglect yourself. Today was not one of those days! For the past several
months, as I have mentioned in my recent blogs I have found that it has been
hard to be magical. These last few months were particularly rough as I had just
come out of a wonderful magical period, but everything waxes and wanes now doesn’t
it?
I had set my intent this week to start doing my daily
magical and meditation practices. I have been successful so far, but of course
it is only Tuesday. Yesterday I was able to do a guided meditation, and some
spiritual work in the garden, today I planted some more seeds, and spent time
in the ritual room. The wonderful thing about today is it was not any ritual
that I had planned, or been taught. It was a free flowing ritual, set before my
still standing Samhain altar of bones, wings, and other dead things. As I came
into the ritual room I felt that overwhelming feeling of blockage. I lit some
sage and smudged, but didn’t feel it was good enough. I grabbed a very large
piece of black tourmaline known to release blockages, and sat down.
In the usually way I grounded and swayed with the background
music I put on to drown out any unwanted noises. I held the tourmaline to my
stomach, which has been feeling particularly uneasy for the past few days. I am
sure that I ate some gluten along the way and that was the main problem. There
is nothing like wanting to do ritual, but your body just wants the opposite.
Things still felt a little odd to me, and I felt like there needed to be
something more.
Several months ago, there was a blog or two on Pagan women
veiling, this created a fuss in many circles, some were for it and others were
against it. Many veil types were compared to the Islamic style, and the modesty
that came with it. Some were against it as nudity is a form of freedom to them.
I will admit that I was one of the ones against it. As I further my studies of
Avalon, I have had many meditations about the Priestesses of Avalon, and many
times they are veiled, not in a form of restriction, but in a beautiful way. I
have been feeling the need and want to veil during ritual, and I have rejected it
over and over again. HOW COULD I VEIL? IT IS ABSURD!!! It makes no sense to me,
I have in the past tried to support the veiling movement, though against it
internally at the time, I tried comparing it to a hooded robe, but veiling is
NOT a hooded robe now is it? Today though something interesting and magical
happened.
As I sat there rhythmically breathing and holding the black tourmaline,
I thought of veiling. To my right was a Pashmina scarf that was just lying
there, and another more square scarf as well. I took a moment and laid out the
square scarf, I then sat in the center clutching my tourmaline. I took the Pashmina
scarf and draped it over my head. It didn’t feel strange or restricting at all.
I took a moment and tried a few different ways. At last I decided to just drape
it slightly over my head and face the way you would see a image of the Catholic
Mary. The sides of the scarf folded in towards my face, and it created a darkness,
but also it was containing my energy. I took a moment to invoke Reiki, and then
pulled the scarf to the side, and laid down, it was now covering my body. I
used the Reiki and Tourmaline to balance my body and spirit, with great care
taken to focus on the solar plexus (upset stomach) and the 3rd eye, where I was
really feeling the block. About 20 minutes went by. (well I don’t know for sure
as I don’t keep an eye on the time in ritual, so I am guessing here) I felt
wonderful and ready for a meditation. I sat back up and readjusted the scarf
around my head, again slightly covering my head and face and let it flow down
my sides, there was a small slit in the center, and the sides of the scarf hit
the ground. It was much like a triangle. As I sat in that cone of Pashmina
scarf I swayed into a light trance. I had THE best meditation I have had in
over 6 months, and the way I feel now after is that of rejuvenation, and
resurgence!
I am astounded by the effects veiling had for me in this
meditation/healing session. Being so against it for so long, and then finally succumbing
to the urge has reminded me that the ways of magic will continue to out shine
the ways of our society. There was nothing stifling about it, in fact I felt
more at peace and free to be open and relaxed in my little Pashmina cone of
power. The fine fabric contained my energy and created a vortex of swirling
magical energy around me. This is something that I will be practicing in my
personal practice more often, as well as trying to figure out a way to incorporate
into my ceremonial magic rituals.
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