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                  NATURE SPIRIT Connections
    Each plant, animal, rock, and other entity has a spirit
    (consciousness resonance matrix).  These spirits can join
    together, in a hive-mind, as a spirit of an area.  Nature spirits
    include real biological intelligences, are psychically powerful,
    and are much less abstract and controllable than the Elementals
    that many magical people who perform all of their rituals indoors
    are familiar with.  They can be extremely powerful allies.  It is
    possible to sense nature spirits, to determine if they are
    receptive to a ritual planned, and to have them actively
    participate in magical workings if they are.
    Spectacular physical manifestations can happen when working with
    nature spirits in the wild.  I have personally seen actual
    foxfire mark the boundaries of a magic circle at a location that
    was identified as a receptive power spot and attuned to a
    planned ritual the day before.  I have seen more than one site
    attuned for ritual be dry and comfortable, with a round hole in
    the clouds overhead, on days that were cold and rainy at other
    nearby locations.  Birds have joined in rituals, flying around
    the circle when energy was being raised; and insects, birds and
    animals have joined in chants.  In addition, the wind often
    responds to invocations.  Generally, these spectacular
    manifestations happen unexpectedly.   
    With or without such manifestations, nature spirits often will
    channel tremendous amounts of power into the magic being
    performed.  It is suggested that you do not consciously try for
    specific manifestations.  Let Nature channel her power into the
    magic in her own way.  If approached with respect, nature may
    give you many pleasant surprises.
    Spectacular physical manifestations are not a necessary sign of
    success.  If you need a spectacular manifestation and nature
    spirits know this, you will get it.  The best success in magic is
    on the inner planes and more subtle than such manifestations.  
    This success involves beneficial changes in consciousness that
    last and helpful chains of synchronicity.  In addition, working
    with Nature Spirits can also bring a deep sense of partnership
    with Nature, and bring new levels of attunement.
    To get the best results, perform nature spirit attunement
    several hours to several days before the main ritual.  The
    purposes of such attunement are to find suitable power spots and
    to get the help of friendly nature spirits.  This timing gives
    Nature time to gather her children and to prepare to actively
    participate in the main ritual.

    If nature spirits are approached with disrespect by attempting
    to command them rather than listening to them and inviting them
    to work with you, nature spirits may flee, rebel, or attack.  I
    once attended a ritual by some pseudo-Crowleyites who attempted
    to perform the "Ritual of the Barbarous Names" at a power spot in
    a forest and then to extend the circle several hundred yards in
    all directions.   
    While the forest in general had loud insect and frog noises, the
    area at which the ritual took place got quiet immediately when
    the main ritualist declared that all spirits were subject unto
    him.  The vibes from nature could best be characterized as "Oh
    yea, Mother...!"  One participant was quickly possessed by an
    angry spirit and kept repeating "You killed my children, your
    children will never live in peace."  When the priestess stepped
    out of the boundaries of the original circle, she was attacked by
    bees; and bees covered the Book of the Law.  Magicians should
    know better than to attempt to command spirits whose true names
    they do not know!
    To make the most out of working magical ritual in the wild, one
    should find power spots where nature spirits are receptive to the
    ritual planned and approach the spirits with respect, as equals.  
    In my experience, the most effective power spots for working with
    the living intelligences of nature are located in wild areas with
    diverse, active ecologies.   
    When entering a wild area to find a site for a ritual, find a
    place that feels good.  Then do the following, either
    individually or, if in a group, as a guided meditation:
    o Relax, while standing upright, and focus on your breathing.  
      Breathe deep breaths from the diaphragm.  Breathe together if
      in a group.
      - Feel the wind, and let it relax you and awaken your spirit
        within, as your deep breathing takes you into non-ordinary
      - Picture, in your mind's eye, a light inside you.  As you
        breathe, feel the light expand, purify and energize you  - as
        it expands to fill your aura.   
      - Feel yourself glowing, balanced, purified, and full of power.
      - Connect with your inner self (your higher self), and feel
        your intuitive self operating.

    o Feel yourself as:
      - The wind, full of life and intelligence, communicating with
        all round.
      - The Sunlight, warm, alive, channeling the power to
        communicate with nature and energizing all around.
      - Water, emotional, intuitive, refreshing, and connected with
      - The Earth, and note how your physical body is able to wander
        while remaining part of Mother Earth.
    o Focus on your spiritual self, and:
      - Note the light within and feel it as love,  
      - Expand the light and love beyond the immediate aura of your
        body to the surrounding area - where you will go to find a
        power spot and contact nature spirits.
    o Telepathically (by thinking while channeling the love and light
      energy) send out signals to nature spirits to emerge and be
      aware of your presence.   
      - Say why you have come, and invite them to join in sharing,
        mutual celebration, and  the work you intend.
      - Visualize the light and love energy you are channeling
        extending out and merging with the light from distant places.
      - Feel the power of the Earth flowing up through your body and
      - Feel the power from the sky, and channel this power also to
        further energize the carrier signal of light and love for
        communicating with nature.
      - Visualize the light expanding and merging.   
      - Continue to send out telepathic signals.
    o Now go deeper:
      - Close your eyes, sit on the Earth, and feel your connection
        while you channel more light and love.   
      - Continue modulating the light and love with your thoughts -
        inviting receptive spirits to join with you and to make
        themselves known.
      - If in a group, someone should start playing a drum at a rate
        of about one beat per second; and you should listen to the
        drum and let the drum take you deeper.
      - Affirm that you are a nature magician, a medicine person, who
        knows and communicates with nature.  Let this part of
        yourself emerge to full consciousness.  Let the drum and the
        connection to your inner self awaken that part of yourself
        that naturally communicates with other life forms.  Let it
        awaken your telepathic senses.
      - Continue sending telepathic signals to nature.   
      - When you feel ready and an inner urge to begin, open your
        eyes a crack and look around, while continuing to channel
        love and light and telepathically calling for a response.   
      - You may see light coming from certain areas that are
        receptive.  You may get other signals, such as a feeling of
        power or love returning in a certain direction.  Perhaps the
        type of response to this work will be unexpected; follow your
        intuition in interpreting it.
      - You may test your connection by communicating (mentally)
        instructions for signals for yes/no responses (such as light
        getting brighter for less and darker for no) and then
        mentally ask questions and observe the responses.
    o When you have found an areas that seems to be responsive and
      receptive, begin walking to the area, while beaming love
      energy.  Extend your aura to the area and sense the energy.  
    o Before entering a power spot, ask permission to enter.  If the
      response is good, enter; if not, locate another more receptive
    o When entering the power spot, look around.  Perhaps the
      responsive energy will be concentrated around some singularity
      (a bush, a tree, a specific branch, a moss covered rock, or
      other entity that stands out).  Perhaps the energy will be more
      general.  Use your intuition and feedback from the spirits to
      guide your actions.
    o If it feels right, send out a signal that you would like to
      touch the singularity (or the ground) for better communication.  
      If the response is good, approach beaming love energy, and then
      touch or hug the singularity (or the ground).   
    o Treat the spirits as you would other Pagans you meet for the
      first time - be sensitive, open, and listen.
    o Now that you have made contact with spirits that seem
      receptive, deepen the communication:
      - Breathe deep breaths from the diaphragm, and with each
        breath, feel more refreshed.   
      - Now imagine that your spine is the trunk of a tree; and, from
        its base, roots extend deep into the Earth.  Deep into the
        rich moist Earth.   
      - With every breath, feel the roots extending deeper,
      - Feel the energy deep within the Earth and within the waters
        of the Earth.  Feel your roots absorbing nourishment from the
        Earth and from its waters.   
      - Feel the moist, warm energy rising.   
      - Feel it bursting up from the Earth and rising up your spine,
        like sap rises in a tree.   
      - Feel the energy rise to your crown chakra (at the top of your
      - Now imagine that you have branches, branches that sweep up
        and then bend down towards the Earth, like the limbs of a
      - Feel the branches extending and interweaving with your
      - Feel the warm, moist energy of the Earth flowing through your
        branches.  As it flows, feel yourself being purified,
        centered, and connected to the Earth.   
      - Feel the power from the Earth flowing through your branches
        and then down back to the Earth, like a fountain.
      - Note how your branches absorb energy from the air.  Also,
        feel them receiving light (fire) from the sky.   
      - Feel the energy from above penetrating deep through your body
        into the Earth.
      - Feel the warmth of the Earth rising also.   
      - Feel the energy circulating.
    o Notice how your branches intertwine with the branches of energy
      surrounding you.   
      - Feel the energy dancing among your branches and the branches
        around you.
      - Notice how your roots also intertwine with underground energy
      - Feel the energy dancing between your roots and the  
        surrounding energy patterns.  
      - Notice how you and the life around you are rooted in the
        same Earth, breathing the same air, receiving the same fire,
        drinking the same water,  sharing the same underlying
        essence.  You are one with the magical grove.
    o Telepathically mention the time in the past when nature spirits
      and people communicated regularly and the need to establish
      such communication now.  
    o Test your connection by asking questions and observing the
    o Explain to the spirits the purpose of your coming to them and
      the nature of the ritual you plan.   
    o If the spirits you contacted are receptive:
      - Explain to them the details of the ritual and invite them to
        provide ideas.
      - Listen, you may receive suggestions on how to improve the
        ritual.  Such suggestions may come in the form of hunches,
        visions, answers to yes/no questions using pre-arranged
        signals, or in other ways.
      - Explain what type of space is needed and ask what the best
        place to perform the ritual is.  
      - You may see light or get other psychic signals leading you
        to other sites, or you may be at one of them.   
      - You may also ask what the best places for other aspects of
        the planned work are (picnicking, individual vision quests,
      - If preparation of the site is needed (removing briars,
        preparing a fire circle, etc.) ask permission of the spirits
        before proceeding with such action.
      - Before you leave the power spot, tell the spirits you have
        contacted when you plan to return to do the ritual
        (visualizing the associated lunar and solar aspects can help
        with this communication).
      - Invite them to join in the ritual when you return and to
        bring their friends.   
      - Ask if it would be best to return silently, with drums, with
        chanting, or with some other form of approach.
      - You can also ask the spirits to provide guidance for working
        in balance and to provide a teacher to provide further
    o Before you leave the power spot:
      - Thank the spirits,  
      - Channel love energy,  
      - Trigger your memory of the experience, and
      - If it feels right, leave an offering of tobacco, or beer and
        honey poured on the ground (or other suitable material).
    o  Leave in peace and love.
    o Proceed to other sites that were indicated by the spirits,
      doing similar meditations at each site.   
    o If you need something, like a staff, a Maypole, or a wand, you
      can also ask where you can find it and follow the guidance you
      receive (not slavishly, but as you would guidance from another
    o Before leaving the general area in which you found power spots
      and contacted nature spirits:
      - Channel love energy towards the receptive sites you found,
      - Thank the spirits of the land,  
      - Pull back your roots and branches,  
      - Ground any excess energy into the Earth (placing your hands
        on the Earth, breathe in any excess energy, and channel the
        energy down your arms, while visualizing and feeling the
        energy going into the Earth), and  
      - Leave in peace and love.   
    o Naturally, you should leave the area at least as clean, and
      preferably cleaner, than you found it.  
    o If you work with techniques of Wicca or Ceremonial Magic, you
      may find that by casting a circle, calling the Elements, the
      Goddess, the Gods, and the local nature spirits while you are
      at receptive sites, you may be able to greatly increase
    o Through the use of drums and other power raising techniques, it
      is even possible to energize receptive nature spirits.  The
      results can be very interesting.  If with a coven, such circles
      can be done as part of a group attunement to a power spot you
      have located.
    o If you do not get good feelings in response to your explanation
      of the ritual and are unable to come up with a ritual that
      gives good responses, do not try to force a good response.  You
      would only be fooling yourself.   
      - Thank the spirits for their attention.
      - Ask them why they are not receptive (if it feels right and
        they are communicative).
      - Trigger your memory.  
      - Pull back your "roots and branches," return any excess
        energy you feel into the Earth.
     -  If it feels appropriate, leave an offering of tobacco or
        other appropriate material, out of respect for the spirits.
      - Move to a more receptive site.   
    o If it is hard to find a site that is really receptive, you
      - Consider any impressions you got of why the nature spirits
        weren't receptive in the area you were in, and re-think your
        plans for a ritual, as necessary and appropriate.
      - It may also be appropriate to look for another general area
        in which to find a suitable power site that is receptive to
        the work planned.
    It can be very powerful to purify and center yourself and to
    attune to the spirits of the land using the techniques previously
    described for calling nature spirits immediately upon returning
    to the site.   
    Often, individuals may have found small specific power spots to
    which they have a special attunement, where the spirits are
    interested in participating; but where the site is too small, has
    too much vegetation, or is otherwise unsuitable for the main
    ritual.  Individual attunement to the spirits in such areas and
    inviting them to participate in the main ritual can be
    Then approach the main ritual site using the previously arranged
    technique.  You should have the details worked out with the
    spirits of the land.  An exceptionally powerful technique
    involves doing a procession through or past receptive power
    spots, inviting nature spirits to join as you pass each power
    spot, and then moving to the central power spot for the main
    ritual.  If participants are at individual power spots, they can
    join the procession as it passes nearby.
    When consecrating space in the wild, or casting a circle, do not
    set up the perimeter as a barrier to all outside forces; it
    should be a beacon to attract friendly nature spirits, a
    container for holding magical power, and a barrier to spirits
    who it isn't right to be with.   
    One thing that is fun and worthwhile in nature is to bring
    instruments, such as a rattle, a flute and/or a drum, to tune in
    to nature's sounds, and to make music in time to nature's
    sounds.  You may be able to get some very interesting back and
    forth exchanges of music going with selected creatures of the
    wild, and get into an amazing jam session.
    After the work is complete, be sure to thank the spirits for
    their participation.  Libations and other offerings may also be
    left for the spirits during and/or after the ritual.
    Most of this article is an expansion of an article by the author
    titled "Finding a Sacred Grove for Druid Initiation" by Larry
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