Blackfeather Mystery School uses journeywork and guided meditation as part of our coursework. A collection of recordings including journey drumming tracks are available below to support independent practice. All recordings are hosted on Soundcloud.
Journey Drumming Tracks
These drumming tracks include three intention-setting patterns, the journey drumbeat (200 bpm), and a callback drumbeat at the end.
Chants and Meditations
These chants and meditations are used in Blackfeather Mystery School classes and rituals.
Grounding and Centering Meditation. This Grounding and Centering is used in Blackfeather Mystery School daily practice. It can also be helpful if you are feeling ungrounded or spacey. Click here to listen.
Journey to Blackfeather Temple. Blackfeather Mystery School uses an egregore, or energetic construct, to help all the Magpies, Rooks, Crows and Ravens in the School stay connected. This brief journey to the Blackfeather Temple is intended to be used as part of the Ritual of Study. Click here to listen.
Return to Self Mudra Creation. A mudra is a gesture or shape made with our hands that has spiritual or energetic properties. This exercise develops your Return to Self mudra. Going forward, you can use it at the close of any energy work. It’s also useful for times when you feel out of sorts or out of alignment with yourself. Please find a space where you can move around a little bit. You’ll need space to move your arms as well. Click here to listen.
Elemental Meditation. This guided meditation takes you on a journey to meet the five elements of Witchcraft: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit. You may want to have something available to journal your experiences on – you will be asking the Elemental emissaries you meet some questions. Click here to listen.
Bare Awareness Guided Meditation. To do the Bare Awareness guided meditation, locate a tree or plant you would like to work with. This can be indoors or outdoors. Position yourself directly in front of that tree or plant. Click here to listen.
Meeting the Genius Loci (Video and Audio options). Within magick and spiritwork there is a spirit role we have come to define as the Genius Loci, or the God of the Land. This is an important mantle that spirits sometimes take on as protectors and healers of their territory. This guided exercise is designed to be done outdoors and allows you to exchange energy with the Genius Loci. Click here to listen. Click here to watch the video.
Journey to the Mirror. This guided meditation will take you to the Mirror. Your Mirror is a lens in which to see yourself in many ways. In this meditation, you will be focusing on seeing yourself as the empowered witch you are meant to be. This journey will also reveal a next step toward bringing yourself into better alignment with your Empowered Witch Self. Click here to listen.
Elemental Voice Exercise. A demonstration of Elemental Voice for ritual use. Each Element has a specific way to express their energy vocally. This recording demonstrates each voice type. Click here to listen.
Solitary Shaping Exercise. This recording is for students of Blackfeather Mystery School: The Magpie Training. Learning to inhabit another form through Guising includes using and manipulating energy in order to access and then move that new form. This exercise teaches energy shaping within the body. It also teaches us how to respond to cues about what a particular Guise needs in terms of movement and expression. Find a place to practice where there’s some space around you. You will want to be able to move your arms freely. If you are standing, you will also want to be able to step forward and back without hitting anything. Click here to listen.
Partnered Shaping Exercise. This recording is for students of Blackfeather Mystery School: The Magpie Training. Learning to inhabit another form through Guising includes using and manipulating energy in order to access and then move that new form. Partnered shaping involves light physical contact. Your partner will be physically positioning your arms, and may adjust your stance, or how you’re holding your shoulders. You can stop the exercise at any point simply by opening your eyes or saying “stop.” Find a place for this exercise that offers some space to move. You’ll want to be able to freely move your arms and walk around. Choose who will be partner A and who will be partner B. Click here to listen.
Guising Exercise. This exercise is for students of Blackfeather Mystery School: The Magpie Training. One of the most powerful tools in a spirit worker’s toolbox is shapeshifting – the transformation of the spiritual and energetic bodies into another form. When we Shapeshift, we become something other, something more authentic, or something more than what we are. Shapeshifting safely and effectively takes practice. One way to ‘warm up’ for shapeshifted consciousness is to use an intermediate form: Guising. Find a space where you’ll be free to move around a little bit. You’ll want to be able to take a few steps and move your arms easily without hitting or running into anything. Once you’ve found that space, come to stillness. For this Guise, we are going to connect with the energy of an Elemental – one of the smaller individuated emissaries of the Elemental egregores or gnars. Decide now which Element you would like to work with. This should be an Element you’re comfortable with. Dim the lights in the room you are in so that you can still avoid any potential obstacles but are not subject to bright, glaring light. Click here to listen.
Closing Ritual. This exercise is for students of Blackfeather Mystery School: The Magpie Training. This meditation is for the Closing Ritual, and is a journey to the Mirror to connect with your Empowered Witch Self. Click here to listen.