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Wiccan Voices
Featuring: Anne Ellis

Visualization, creating a mental picture, seeing an aura, imagining something, "seeing in your mind", are easy enough tasks for some people, but they can be practically impossible for others.

"Create the Circle - through your visualization - &#133as you say this, visualize a greenish mist rising…" Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner, Scott Cunningham, p. 119

"Imagine a ball of white light in the Heart Chakra and when this is clear in your head, imagine sending a beam of green light from the Heart Chakra into the spinning triangle." From Tradition-wide Crystal Web Attunement - Correllian Tradition website, www.correllian.com

"Visualize yourself standing in a place that is special…" The Celtic Shaman, John Matthews, p. 71

"…look at the tree's aura, the glowing light that envelops the tree. What colour is it? Does the aura look like the tree is content or is there something bothering the tree?" Green Witchcraft, Balancing Light and Shadow, Ann Moura, p. 183

All of these are examples of Vision in common spells and ritual work. Does this mean those without this visual talent have no capacity for spell work or ritual? No, absolutely not. It simply means their talent lies within a different sensory organ.

In my coven, a couple of members have a lot of difficulty seeing the energy we are working with. They are more tactile and when we cast a circle, they do not see a white line, or purple sphere, instead they feel the energy which is creating the scared space.

When we call the Goddess and God, they do not see an actual person walk into the circle, but sense a presence, the hair on their arms raises and the skin prickles on the back of their necks, and they feel The Divine presence.

I can't see auras, but I can feel them. If I were to pass my hands over a person's aura, I might feel bubbles, tingles and imbalances in their energy. Occasionally colours or shifts in the light accompany those sensations, but not all the time. I am more tactile and I have had to learn to trust those sensations because they are different from the norm of vision.

Each of our senses is uniquely suited to pick up subtle shifts in energy. This helps us to know our magic is working. Most people tend to have one sense which is stronger and more developed than another.

For instance, when calling the Goddess and God to a circle a person whose sense of smell is dominant may smell roses or lilies when the Goddess enters; perhaps incense when the God arrives. Two people for whom smell is their primary sense may experience different aromas. This points to the extremely personal nature of the event.

Neither is wrong; both are unique.

Yet again, a person who is extremely auditory, might hear a rustle in the trees, bird song, or a mighty rush of wind when the Divine Comes to them.

Taste is not a commonly used sense in magical working, but those doing Energy Work (such as Reiki) may find they salivate more, as the energy flows.

A simple way to determine what one's primary sense is; think of something, which affects all the sensory organs: the beach for example. What is the first thought, when one thinks of the beach?

The smell of the salty air?
The gritty sand underfoot?
The sound of the waves, crashing?
The blue-green water, the tan sand, and brightly clothed people?
The cold water as it cascades while swimming?

Whichever thought comes foremost to one's mind, that sense is likely one's primary sense and they will find more success working with that sense than struggling with another.

Once a person has discovered which of their senses are more in-tune with magical energy they can shift the ways in which they cast spells. They can alter spells to suit their personal senses. This makes the working of a spell easier and more enjoyable. In magical working, vision takes all five senses.

An accomplished RuneCaster, Spiritualist/Medium, Consultant Herbalist, freelance writer, and 10-year practising Eclectic Witch, Reverend Anne Fairmoon Ellis is also a certified Reflexologist and Reiki Master/Teacher, and as an ordained First Degree Priestess/Mentor in the Correllian Tradition, is also the Shrinekeeper for The Raven's Moon Shrine in North Vancouver, B.C.

Her current delightful priority is working as a Domestic Engineer for a vivacious two-year-old. You are also invited to visit Anne's website.

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