Our third Moon Circle session focuses on the Solar Plexus and the Germanic/Heathen deity Sunna.
Solar Plexus- Manipura
Element: Fire with Air.
Concerns: will, power, energy, self esteem, transformation, laughter, anger
Health and wellness issues: adrenal issues, anorexia/bulimia, anxiety, cirrhosis, codependency, diabetes, digestive issues, fear of rejection, indecisiveness, self image, ulcers
Herbs: calendula, carnation, chamomile, cinnamon, dandelion, ginger, helichrysum, juniper, lemon balm, marigold, milk thistle, Rosemary, sunflower, turmeric
Fragrances: amber, citrus, Florida Water, helichrysum, lemongrass
Sound: musical note E, seed sound RAM
Planets: Sun, Mars
Tree of Life Sephirot: Hod, Netzach
Tarot: The Sun, The Tower, Suit of Wands, Threes
Stones: amber, calcite (gold and honey), citrine, malachite, tiger’s eye, topaz
Animals: bear, lion, ram
Other deities: Shakti in her Solar Plexus chakra aspect called Lakini, Aine, Agni, Amaterasu, Apollo, Athena, Beaivi, Belenos, Brigid, Helios, Vishnu as Rudra, Lugh, Mithra, Pele, Ra, Saule, Sekhmet, Shamash, Sol, Sulis, Surya, Unelanuhi, Vulcan
Homework is “pick your level.”
|| This month we study the solar plexus chakra. We discuss personal power and will
Deep Listening Questions:
“Explorations of power can be difficult, yet we have chosen a path that deals with power. Many witches are uncomfortable with power yet it is a fundamental part of our tradition. Our paths are the paths to power. Our worship rituals direct and raise energy. Our magick is balanced with a certain power and our magick is the way we commune; we pray with the universe. […] We are active and empowered participants in creation.”
Christopher Penczak, The Living Temple of Witchcraft
What is power? Does power make you feel uncomfortable? What makes you feel empowered? (I.e. God(s)? Goddess? Nature? Universe? Higher power? Humanism?)
“There are two kinds of power. One is power over, which is always destructive, and the other is power from within, which is a transcendent and creative power.”
Starhawk, Dreaming the Dark
Do you think that “power over” is always destructive? Why do you think these distinctions are important to Goddess oriented feminist witches like Starhawk? Starhawk later mentions a third kind of power: “power-with,” pertaining to social power or influence among equals. When do you see “power-with” dynamics in your life?
“When we are in unhealthy fear, it is rooted in the ego, for the ego is what creates the illusion of being in control. The fear of the ego is that it will end, either through literal death or loss of self-identity, ego death. The ego doesn’t always serve our highest good. It often creates stagnant situations where rather than being forced to grow and shed an aspect of the ego, we keep our consciousness contracted in fear and retain the ego in its contracted form. We must identify, through introspective practices, the ego so that we transcend it and get it working for us.”
Christopher Penczak The Living Temple of Witchcraft
Do you feel that your ego gets in the way of your spiritual journey? If so, when do you notice your ego? What introspective practices have you tried to identify and transcend your ego?
||Videos/Exercices (Choose Two)
||All the above PLUS Choose an article/video or two on our deity and pantheon of the month
Sunna and Other Solar Goddeses
||All the above PLUS
||Mix and match your own combo from above and/or select another working that interests you related to this month’s theme.