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By Waterwitch, May 12 2016 11:54AM

You can call for a power animal to help you with any aspect of your life, and they bring you a gift of energy to assist you with that situation. This is a done by taking a shamanic journey, or visualisation journey, the purpose being to call upon energetic assistance from the animal spirit realm to help you in whatever way you need it.

To give you some examples, you could call upon a power animal to;

• help you heal in some way, eg from birth trauma, grief, abuse etc

• strengthen you if you suffer from eg. fear, anxiety, lack of confidence

• help you maintain strong positive energy dynamics/boundaries with those around you eg. partner, parents, children, work colleagues, friends etc

• support you through difficult or challenging life circumstances/transitions eg. leaving a relationship, moving house, changing job, having a baby

• help you to conceive

• help you sleep

• give you more energy

• help you child's eczema (you dont need your children's permission as they are still held within your energy field until puberty)

• help your child's behavioural issues/learning difficulties.

Really, the possibilities are endless.

Doing a Power Animal Retrieval is very easy to do yourself, so here's how you do it.......

Get into a quiet space/sacred space//meditation (if you find it hard to get a minutes peace to yourself, you can do this in the bath, or when you go to bed, though you may fall asleep doing it if you're very tired!).

OR you can play a shamanic drumming CD/you tube vid (best listened to through headphones), which can help you to journey if you find your mind wandering in unhelpful ways during a silent journey. (I will post good shamanic journeying links at the end).

Close your eyes and make the intention to journey to the lower world to find a power animal (eg. a power animal to help you maintain good boundaries). Repeat this intention 3 times, then imagine yourself at a tree that you know, holding the intention in your heart, then visualise yourself going down into the ground. This may be through the roots of the tree, or a hole may open up nearby, or even a spiral staircase or a cave. travel down into the earth, to the lower world, where the animal spirits hang out. when the tunnel comes out into some sort of landscape, repeat the intention and see what comes. Many different animals may come to you, but your power animal will show itself to you 3 times. Maybe a claw first, then a wing, then maybe an eye. It may show its whole self to you in a pose that shows you what it's power is. Once it has shown part or all of itself to you 3 times, you can ask it if it is your power animal, and if so, ask it what gifts or attributes it brings to help you.

You can take as much time as you like to hang out with and get to know your power animal. You can ask it questions and it may take you on a journey and show you things. When you are ready to 'come home', draw the power animal to you and breathe its energy into your heart, thanking it for its help. Let its energy move through you and settle in, then when you are ready, return back the way you came, back up the tunnel to the tree where you started.

Know that this power animal will come to your aid whenever you call it, or to keep it close by you could wear a badge of it, embroider it onto a scarf or hat, or just scribble it onto a bit of paper and put it into your pocket.

Whatever animal you get will be appropriate to the purpose that you called it for.

Happy journeying



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You Tube Video; a great explanation of Shamanic Journeying; Sandra Ingerman: Experiencing the Shamanic Journey


You Tube Video; This is a 7 (ish) minute journey; Journey to the Heart of the World, with Sandra Ingerman...


You Tube video of a talk by Sandra Ingerman, where she explains really well what Shamanic practice is all about....



You Tube video which gives a really good explanation of Shamanic Journeying, as well as a 15-20 minute drumming sequence to journey to.


You Tube video; this is a 30 minute long drumming sequence....


You Tube video; this is an hour long drumming sequence if you really wanna go the distance....


Recommended book and CD......

The Beginner's Guide to Shamanic Journeying by Sandra Ingreman

Recommended CD........

Shamanic Meditations: Guided Journeys for Insight, Vision and Healing by Sandra Ingerman

Recommended book......

The Way of the Shaman by Michael Harner

By Waterwitch, Feb 26 2016 07:02PM

I live on a boat, which got washed away from its mooring in Yorkshire, along with about 8 other boats, during the Boxing Day floods, when the River Aire breeched into the canal navigation, just downstream from Leeds. And so we have been temporarily re-located until sufficient safety and maintenance works have been done on the canal length, so that we can return to our mooring.

You may be wondering what this has to do with disposable sanitary products .... Well read on and you will find out ....

So yesterday, we went to go and clean up our mooring, in preparation for returning after the Boxing Day flooding dramas.

While my Other Half shovelled sludge and mud, I did a litter pick up and down the mooring.

It is a sad looking state of affairs, as the whole length of the canal and river has litter caught in all of the trees and bushes at the level the flood waters reached.

And I would estimate that between 50 and 75%of this rubbish is made up of disposable sanitary towels.

So I'd just like to let you know, that much of this disposable necessity ends up in our country's rivers and becks.

And so now I would like to make an appeal to those of you who care about how your waste is disposed of, what happens to it, and where it ends up .....

Please, please consider changing your menstrual habits to using re-usable, washable Cloth Sanitary Protection (CSP).

There are a number of reasons to do this .....

- Firstly, as already mentioned, the Earth would be a much cleaner and tidier place for this change in habit.

- Secondly, cloth pads feel so much nicer in your most intimate parts. Your Lady Garden will thank you for the change. Imagine cotton velour (which feels like velvet), rather than that dry paper towel feel, getting creased up in your creases, and sticky strips getting caught in your pubic hair or rumpling up in your knickers. Cloth pads are luxurious to wear when you may be feeling sensitive and delicate.

- And that's not to mention the very toxic chemicals that are used to bleach the cotton used in most menstrual products, or that are actually contained within mainstream menstrual pads and tampons.

Your menstrual health is seriously compromised by these toxins being absorbed into your body, through your vagina, leading to all sorts of gynaecological problems.

Many women have reported a big reduction in menstrual cramping, pain and other difficult menstual symptoms when changing over to cloth.

- There is a long term economic argument for switching to cloth too. Although your initial outlay to buy cloth pads will be more expensive than buying disposable, over your life time, you will definitely save money, as you do not need to lay out every month for the duration of your bleeding years.

Or you can make your own pads out of whatever materials you have lying around. There are lots of good patterns on the Internet. A quick search will bring up lots to choose from, if you're feeling crafty !

- And finally, possibly the most important reason to change over to cloth - I think there is a revolutionary head shift that many women are making right now, of changing this pattern of believing and accepting that our blood is rubbish, that it is waste to be ashamed of, and secretively disposed of down the toilet or in the bin. This idea that we have been given by our culture that our blood is dirty or tainted, that it needs sanitising and hiding. That to be a bleeding woman is a shameful or taboo thing.

When we treat ourselves to Cloth Pads, we start to re-programme these very negative ideas about womanhood and our bodies. We start to celebrate and honour our blood and our wombs. And let me tell you, when you start to honour your blood and your womb, amazing changes start to take place. We start to tune in to our menstrual cycles more. We start to understand that this is a monthly rhythm of energy highs and energy lows. The powerful creative energy at ovulation, the deeply transformative and healing power of bleeding time; a time to rest and release.

When we start tuning in to this aspect of our female body rhythms, we stop trying to live up to the masculine expectations of our culture to just take a painkiller and carry on as normal through our period, to work, work, work, or roller skate down the beachfront promenade.

Our bodies respond by reducing mood swings, discomforts, aches and pains. Menstrual health improves by shifting our attitude towards our own bodies and blood.

We start tuning in to the intuitive, instinctive parts of our feminine nature, because when we bleed, we are actually in our time of greatest power, wisdom and insight, if we can re-programme our way of thinking about menstruation, and start honouring our bodies, rhythms, and acknowledge our needs to rest and be gentle with ourselves.

We can then harness powerfully creative and transformative energy.

And this is why our patriarchal culture has shamed menstruation for so long, has encouraged us to hide it and repress it with synthetic hormones, with what is nothing more than a medical attack on women and their bodies. To disempower us, control and modify us, and divorce us from our true power as women.

So I encourage you to make friends with your blood. For many women, the though of re-usable washable pads and tampons gets them all squeamish and grossed out by the thought of their own blood. This is a powerful patriarchal programme to make women hate themselves, their bodies and their bleeding.

Isn't it time to start re-claiming our power ? Time to start loving ourselves, our bodies, our wombs, our blood, and our Mother Earth ?

There are many ways to honour yourself and your bleeding time, and I will put some links at the bottom for you to peruse, if any of what I have said resonates with you.

Many thanks for reading this, and I wish you and your wombs well in this Man's World. I invite you to carve out your own niche within it, and if enough women can shift this very old mysoginy in ourselves, then we will be making big changes in our outer world too.


Waterwitch, 25 Feb 2016.

P.S. My favourite CSP maker is Honour Your Flow, but there are many other women out there making re-usable cloth pads, often work-at-home-mums, trying to make a living doing something that they believe in. Please support these women with your business instead of giving your money to big multi-national corporations who are quite happy to poison you to make a profit.

P.P.S It is also worth noting that in America, the FDA have decided to classify cloth pads as medical devices, thus requiring exhorbitant licencing fees, and removing the homestead handmaking of women's menstrual pads from women, and placing it back into the hands of multi-national corporations, so that they don't lose out on any profit from women who are realising the poisonous nature of mainstream mentstrual products.


"In Ancient Times, Women would regularly and ritually Sit In Circle with one another. At important times of life such as the Rites of Passage of Menarche, Motherhood and Menopause, we would gather to Celebrate our Sisters’ transition from one stage of life into the next, passing on the Women’s Wisdoms and Teachings that would help them on this next part of their journey .

And each month, in Alignment with the Cycles of the Moon, the Women would Gather Together to Bleed. We would leave the tribe, going to the Moon Lodge, the Red Tent, or Kiva, to honour our MoonTime, and give the original Blood Sacrifice back to Mother Earth. Acknowledging this as a time to Rest and Dream, to Release and Heal, to be Creative and Release the Wild Woman from deep inside, the Primal Woman, whose Gift of Blood is the Gift of Life.

This is the time when a Woman is in her Greatest Power, and is at her most Magically Potent. During this time, the Women would Divine Great Wisdom for the benefit of the people, Immersing Ourselves Deeply into the Great Mystery, Connecting Intimately with the Divine Feminine within and without, Nurturing and Strengthening our Relationship with our Ancestors in the Spirit World as well as with Nature and Her Children, the Rocks and Plants, Animals and Elements.

In many parts of the world, these Traditions have been Forgotten, Wiped Out hundreds or even thousands of years ago by those who feared the Power of Women Gathered in Sisterhood, by those whose authority felt threatened by these Female Bodies and Souls who revered a Higher Authority than any mortal, by those who wished to silence the Goddess and Her Daughters.

And so the Women were Persecuted, Mutilated, Tortured and Murdered. Forced to give up the Old Ways of Wombyn. Gatherings Forbidden and Disbanded, Wisdom and Knowledge Obliterated and Forgotten. Sisters turned against one another in Fear and Betrayal. Womankind

Dis-empowered and Stripped of her Magical Beauty and Primal Power. Replaced with Shame and Guilt, Secretive and Scared of Humiliation and Disapproval we learned to Hide our Natural Rhythms, Twisting our Power into Poison.

However, these Ancient Ways and Wisdoms CANNOT be forever erased, because they are Contained Within the very Fabric of the Universe, Encoded Within the DNA of our Cells, Within the Karmic and Energetic Patterns of our Ancestral Matriarchal Bloodlines. It does not take much to begin to Re-activate this Innate Wisdom that Resides Deep within All Women, Within our Wombspaces and Within our Hearts. The Goddess is Re-Awakening, and she is Calling to Her Daughters to Gather Once More.

Firstly we need to Remember the simple Power of Gathering Together in Circle. Next we need to Remember and Honour the True Nature of the Gifts of our Wombspaces and Celebrate the Natural Rhythms of our Bodies. And then we need to Use These Gifts and Rhythms for Healing Ourselves, Our Ancestors and Our World, as well as to Create the World of Our Dreams. This is the True Power and Nature of Woman.

When Women Consciously Focus the Potent Magical Energy of our Wombspaces, we Harness the Creative Force of the Universe. The Creative Seeding Energy of Ovulation and the Releasing and Healing Energy of Bleeding are Profound Tools for Personal, Ancestral and Collective Healing, as well as Assisting in the Evolution of Human Spiritual Consciousness.

The Red Tent Movement is a Global Movement of Autonomous Women dedicated to Remembering and Re-establishing these Old Traditions of the Sacred Feminine, of Resurrecting our Rituals of Power and Beauty, of Re-claiming our Rites over our Own Bodies, and to once again Stand Strong in our Own Power, to Celebrate our Female Form and BloodTide Rhythms, United in Love, Honour and Respect for One Another and Most Importantly for Ourselves. "

Waterwitch, 2012

"In Native American culture, if you wanted to destroy a village, you simply destroyed the Moon Lodge, the place of wisdom. So the fastest way of rebuilding our global village is to re-instate the tradition of the Moon Lodge" Tanishka (Operation: Red Tent)


To find out more about honouring your Blood Tides on a personal level, or collectively with other women through the Red Tent Movement (also known as Red Tents and Temples, Red Moon Medicine Movement, Moon Lodges, and Sisterhood Circles), as well as how to re-connect to your true womb power, check out these internet links on You Tube....

Operation: Red Tent (7 part series)


Menstruation - Red Tent Revival Interview


RED MOON medicine movement


Ix Chel Wisdom: Introduction to Ix Chel (14 videos)


Womb Shaman - Part 1 (3 part series)


Honor Your Sacred Time


There are also many Red Tent Facebook groups that you can join to be a part of the online Sisterhood movement;

Red Tent Yorkshire

Red Tent Temple Movement UK

Women's Red Tents and Temples Worldwide

You can also join a local Red Tent group, or even better, set up your own with your own Special Circle of Sisters.

Books of Women's Wisdom to check out......

The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant.

Kissing the Hag-The Dark Goddess and the Unacceptable Nature of Women, by Emma Restal-Orr.

The Wise Wound, by Penelope Shyttle and Peter Redgrove.

The 13 Original Clan Mothers, by Jamie Sams.

When the Drummers were Women, by Layne Redmond.

By guest, Feb 13 2016 06:32PM

I was inspired to write this post after being asked what my thoughts were in regards to the claim that white people who have dreadlocks have culturally appropriated this hairstyle from black people, and as such it is offensive to them. This is my take on it ...

I am South African by birth, and although I moved to the Uk when very small, I have been back to South Africa many times in my life. I have many family members who live out there.

There is nowhere on earth that I know of that racism and white privilege is more obvious and in such constantly culturally clashing contrast, between white and black people, as in South Africa.

The last time I went, I had dreadlocks, and I can't tell you what a different experience it was to be a white person, backpacking on all the forms of transport that only black people use.

My white privileged family told me firstly that there wasn't even a train system running anymore. Wrong. But only back people use it. I was told I would get raped and murdered and that I would deserve it (by my grandmother of all people). But I went anyway. White South Africans live in a lot of fear. Probably because deep down they know they have a big karmic debt to pay off.

Normally, a white person in South Africa will be met with a wary and mistrustful response at best, and a hateful response or complete non-acknowledgement at worst, by black people (strangers) when out and about, but especially if they are in what would be considered black areas.

As I walked through Johannesburg train station, the only white face in the whole place, I was looked at with curiosity by many, and as a group of Rastafarians walked past me, their dreadlocks worn with pride, I was met with big friendly grins, and a loud " Eh !! Rrrrrrasta !!!!"

Shouted at me and warm nods of acknowledgement.

This happened time and time again in my travels through South Africa. And it wasn't only the Rastas that acknowledged me this way. African tribal people also noticed and acknowledged this difference between me and other white South Africans, based solely on the fact that I had dreads. I tried on several occasions to explain that I wasn't a Rasta, that I was actually a Pagan, and that my hairstyle was, more than anything, a practical choice. but no-one seemed interested in my explanations at the differences between us. More than anything, they saw it as a sign of solidarity.

They knew that it was a symbol of anti-establishmentarianism, and it didn't matter that I was white. I was no longer just a white oppressor. I was resisting the oppression along with them. I was moving beyond the powerfully programmed cultural fear that white people in South Africa have of black people, to travel among them, sharing stories and experiences on the way.

White people in South Africa do not dread their hair. I saw two other whites with dreads in the whole time I was there, even at a big new year hippy festival.

And I felt A LOT safer travelling in South Africa with my hair dreaded than all the times I have travelled there with normal hair. I had been subtley accepted. Because of my hair. And only my hair.

So which black people are right then ? African Americans, who claim that whites who dreadlock their hair are appropriating their cultural style, and are therefore offended due to the history of white oppression of black people ? Or are the Africans right? Just the Rastas ? African Rastas or Jamaican Rastas ? What about the Ethiopians, where Rastafarianism originates ? Has anyone asked them ? Is this a racial issue, a religious or a cultural issue ? Which people have the right to claim dreadlocks as their cultural property ? Or is it really a sub-cultural thing ? In which case, its not a racial thing at all, but a cultural thing. In which case, why are black people who are not Rasta's getting involved in the arguement ? Is it just another way of claiming racism where it doesnt really exist ?

The Rastas in South Africa appreciated me and my dreads because they felt like we understood each other on a deeper level. On a political level AND a spiritual level. That we were on the same side. That we wore our hair like a badge that told the world whose camp we stood in.

My family couldn't understand why random strangers were warmly shouting "Eh !! Rasta !!" At me and grinning and waving on regular trips out. A completely different reaction to the one that they would ever get as white people in South Africa. They were completely baffled and mystified by it.

So there is a little bit of personal real life experience rather than just postulating politically correct cultural theory at each other.

On a completely different tangent, I would say that dreadlocking hair is equally as culturally practised by travelling people of various different ethnic and cultural backgrounds as it is by those of African origin.

And this was the main reason I chose to dreadlock my hair. For the practical reason that I would not have to wash it everyday.

I'll tell you what privalege is : having unlimited amounts of hot and cold running water to wash your hair with every day. Unlimited amounts of power for your hairdryers, curling tongs and straighteners !! When I bought my boat, and started carrying every drop of water I used, from a tap half a mile away, I soon decided that I was not prepared to spend that amount of time and energy on 5 litres of water to wash my hair every day to look vaguely presentable to the rest of the world.

12 volt electrical systems will not support the power hungry electrical gadgets of the hair styling world !!

Carrying all your water and living off-grid on solar power does not support modern hairstyling !!

So I dreaded it.

This made sense to me not only on a practical level, but also an ecological one. Think of how much water I have saved by washing my hair every 3 months or so, instead of every day, for the last 13 years. doing a rough calculation, that comes to nearly 24,000 litres of water. thats quite a lot, isnt it ? And thats not including not having a bath or shower every day, but washing out of a bowl for 13 years. apart from birthdays and mothers days now, cos i do actually have a bath with hot and cold running water. I just dont use it. Cant break the habit now !

And Think of how much power I have saved by not hair drying and styling every day for 13 years. (Dont have a way of quantifying that one for you, I'm afraid !! Its also gonna be a bloody lot ).

My carbon eco-footprint is grinning with smugness at all that, let me tell you !

Travellers have dreads because it is by far the most practical and sensible hair to have. We also don't have toasters, electric kettles or all the other ridiculous power hungry gadgets you house dwellers think are so essential. So tell me again about privalege ? When you have carried every drop of water you use for a mile, for a year, then you can tell me I can't have dreads, how about that as a challenge ?!

And if you think about it, this practical reason probably has a lot of roots in African dread locking culture. Very little hot and cold running water there. Even less plug sockets. I fear this really is a First world argument. It has been over intellectualised and over politicised by those who have an axe to grind, by those African Americans who in comparison to their African brothers and sisters, are also living a life of privalege. They may well be poor, and the targets of cultural racism. But they probably have running water and power, yes ? It's all relative, isn't it ?

The other reason I have kept my dreads is that when my hair is 'normal', it is pitifully thin, doesn't do anything vaguely pretty, won't stay in any kind of style I ever try to put it in, and basically looks shit.

I have hated my hair for my entire life. It is a running joke in my family that mine, my mothers and my grandmothers hair is so thin it just won't do anything. Since having dreads, it does interesting things, it stays where I put it. I can do loads of funky things with it. It has kinks and curls instead of being deadpan flat, boring and looking like somebody has scalped me ! I like the way I look with them. It is a personal vanity thing. And also a confidence thing. They make me feel more powerful. Not over anyone else, or to their detriment. Just powerful within myself. Somebody once said I looked like Medusa. I like that. Head full of snakes. Snake hair. Powerful.

I also like my dreads because I am lazy, and I like being able to 'do' my hair in about 10 seconds, instead of the laborious and time consuming waste of an hour or so that used to be the daily ritual of hair washing, drying and styling that I used to go through every day. To be honest I have much better things to do with that hour.

And I would be lying if I didn't admit that it was also a political choice. A fuck you to established expectations of presentation. A symbol of my resistance, rebellion and non-conformity. A conscious act of political and cultural resistance.

And in this sense, I stand alongside my African brothers and sisters. I am not in conflict with them. I wish to take nothing from them. I acknowledge all they have had taken from them. Believe me, you dont know racial guilt until your own family have had black maids, gardeners etc. But I really don't think arguing about hair is going to solve those injustices.

The white oppressors have oppressed us all. In varying degrees, yes. And in various different ways. But we are all fucking oppressed. Unless you are in that 1%, you are repressed and controlled in most aspects of your life.

To me, dreading my hair is just breaking another link in the chain that ties me down to a system that exploits me.

It is a claim to freedom. Why should only black people have the right to cast off their shackles via their hair. I want to chant down Babylon just as much as any Rasta. I am a witch. A woman. A healer. I am also persecuted and prejudiced against, by Old White Men, as my kind have been for centuries, nay, millennia.

And in this sense, it connects me to the final reason that I have dreads. It connects me to and reminds me of my wild self. It is an expression of that untamed and primal self. The self that does not want to be styled and manicured. Presentable and acceptable. The self that wants to feel free and unshackled, liberated to express myself and my body in a creative and personal way. In an ancient and instinctive way, in a wild and shocking way.

This is probably why I have tattoos and piercings as well. There is something undeniably ancient about marking yourself in an individuated manner. And a yearning for a simpler less complicated life. More basic. Reaching back in time to ground myself in a reality that is not so crammed full of information and images. That is not so hyper-real. but that is really real. If left to my own devices, I probably would have ended up witching in a cave, with no mirrors or sense of what my hair was up to. What would it look like ? Dreadlocks ! But I live in the modern world, and my other half dragged me kicking and screaming into the 21st century, and thrust running water upon me. Very glad for it now I have kids, I can tell you !

And there is something in there as well around Rites of Passage. I have always chosen to mark myself, tattoo, pierced or dreads, at transition points in my life. I dreaded my hair when I became a traveller. A boat person. I cut them all off and immediately re-started a new set of dreads when I became a mother. This was not a conscious Rite of Passage choice at the time, but I can see with hindsight that this was a powerful synchronicity.

And finally, I believe in autonomy. As a spiritual principle. I don't believe that anyone can tell me how I should or shouldn't have my hair, my body, my clothes, my lifestyle. It is my life to choose how I live. The Creator gave me that blessing. No one else can lay claim to it. And I extend that to everyone else in the world. I do not believe it is any of my business to tell anyone else what they should or should not be doing.

I don't think that The Creator has the slightest interest in how I have my hair. Which tells me that it is not remotely important. It is an issue of ego and nothing else. And as such it is immaterial.