Follow Your Star
Look for hope and guidance from your inner star. Sit comfortably, close your eyes and bring your left forefinger to touch the centre of your forehead, just above your eyes. Take a few deep breaths and focus on the warmth of your finger on your forehead. In that spot visualize a bright star radiating energy – you may experience this as a warm, tingling sensation. Focus on your inner star for about five minutes. Allow it to fill you with renewed hope and purpose.
If you speak specific guidance, ask your question silently while focusing on your star. The answer may come immediately in the form of words or images or it may come later.
Each year, with the onset of Winter, flocks of birds from the Northern hemisphere fly long distances to warmer territories in the South. Birds navigate their way by following internal compasses comprising tiny grains of a mineral called magnetite, stored in their brains. During rest stops they recalibrate their inner compasses using the positions of the stars to account for the fact that magnetic north lies 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometres) from the North Pole. When rest stops are too short, birds can get disorientated. In a similar way we possess a sense of inner knowing that helps us to find our way in life. But, unless we allow ourselves daily periods of time alone in which to tune into this inner knowing and recalibrate it against changing circumstances, we, like migrating birds, can lose our way.
Consult the Oracle
Within each of us lies an oracle to whom we can turn for guidance. Imagine entering a dimly lit room. Your oracle – a wise woman – sits at the other side of a table. You approach her and describe your dilemma. She asks you to pick three magick cards out of her fanned out deck and lay them face-down on the table. Smiling, she begins to turn the cards over, revealing images and words that reflect on your situation. As she does so the room becomes brighter and you realize what it is that you need to do next. You thank your oracle and leave.
When we are finding our way, it helps to know the nature of the experience we are seeking – our true north or spiritual purpose. Thinking that our purpose lies in a particular goal, such as a certain relationship or job, we may feel lost when that option is thwarted. However, when we realize that what we are seeking is a profound experience, such as deep connection or creative fulfilment, rather than something predefined, we can seek alternative ways to live out our purpose. Meditating on the North Star can help to clarify the experiences we are seeking. As you gaze at the star, ask “What fulfilment am I looking for ?” and let the answers come to you.
Ask for Spiritual Guidance
Some people believe that we each have a number of spirit guides – angelic beings from the spiritual realm – to whom we can turn for guidance. To contact your spirit guides, address them directly, asking your question aloud, in your head, or in writing – whichever feels most natural. Remain open to the answer- it may come at any time, whether spontaneously, out of a chance conversation, or perhaps revealing itself in a book you happen to pick up.
Questions of Destiny
When we make a choice, is there a sense in which we are also chosen by our destiny? What is destiny, if not the choices we make? Meditate on this question, as on a Japanese koan – that is a paradoxical question.
A Ball Of Light
Although we often experience intuitive wisdom, we frequently ignore its directives in order to follow reason, our own worldly impulses, or other people’s ideas. Whenever you hear the quiet voice of intuition, pay attention to its advice. If rational logic conflicts with your intuition, imagine a ball of light moving from your heart and filling your mind with truth, indicating the right course of action for you.
Although this is known as Elijah the Prophet Water, it has little to do with the biblical prophet.
In Russian tradition, Elijah is syncretized to the thunder spirit, Perun. His feast days are July 20th and July 30th, known as “thunder days.” Rain falling on these days is believed to have tremendous therapeutic and magickal value. Bottle it, refrigerate it and reserve for magickal emergency. Elijah the Prophet Water protects against the Evil Eye, general serious illness, and malevolent magick.