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Journey down a shamanic path that embraces the ecstatic, the wild, the gnostic, the transformative, and the visionary. Expanding on principles touched on in his book By Land, Sky & Sea: Three Realms of Shamanic Witchcraft, Gede Parma walks you through an apprenticeship designed to ground and orient you on the path of the Shamanic Craft.

Discover the meaning of ecstasy. Encounter the three realms. Learn sha- manic techniques and rituals that will give you a more primal, ...

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Overview

Journey down a shamanic path that embraces the ecstatic, the wild, the gnostic, the transformative, and the visionary. Expanding on principles touched on in his book By Land, Sky & Sea: Three Realms of Shamanic Witchcraft, Gede Parma walks you through an apprenticeship designed to ground and orient you on the path of the Shamanic Craft.

Discover the meaning of ecstasy. Encounter the three realms. Learn sha- manic techniques and rituals that will give you a more primal, authentic experience of Witchcraft, including:

—Drawing Down the Gods

—Working with Spirit Allies Trance and Moving Between the Worlds

—Ecstatic Spellcraft Healing and Soul Retrieval

—Seership and Divination

Praise:

“Smart, thought-provoking and useful . . . A worthy contribution to the continuing growth and evolution of shamanic Wicca by a passionate and poetic member of the next generation.”—Phyllis W. Curott, author of Witch Crafting: A Spiritual Guide to Making Magic


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738732992
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 6/8/2012
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gede Parma (Fio) is a Witch and Priest. He is an initiate of the WildWood and Anderean traditions of contemporary and traditional Witchcraft and has spent most of his life in Australia. Gede is also an Anderson Faery Witch and a Reclaiming teacher and loves to sing, play and dare with the Spirits. He is an ecofeminist, a devotee of Kali Maa and dedicated to Persephone, an activist, vegan and queer non-gender attached wonder-being; call him a her, a ze, a pudding. His books include Ecstatic Witchcraft, By Land, Sky & Sea and Spirited. Gede lives in Bali, teaches internationally and is enthused by radical revelation of the Divine upon the Living Earth. His website is www.gedeparma.com

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii

Preface xv

Introduction 1

This Book's Context and Orientation 4

A Note on the Magickal Worldview of Infinite Possibility 7

Chapter 1 The Meaning of Ecstasy 11

Love as Divine Fire 13

The Rite of Divine Fire 15

Dionysos and Siwa 15

A Note on the Conjoining of Siwa and Dionysos 23

A Ritual of Reverence and Contemplation 25

Chapter 2 Cosmology and the Spiral Soul 29

The Spiral or Triple Soul and the Three Worlds 31

The Three Realms Alignment 35

Between the Worlds…In All the Worlds 43

The Elemental Pathways of Sacred Manifestation and Gnosis 44

East of Where? 47

A Shamanic Rite of Casting the Circle and Invoking the Elements 49

Chapter Three: Deity and Drawing Down 53

The Gods Amongst Us 54

Why Are the Gods Important? 56

The Nature and Philosophy of the Hidden Potencies and Why to Honour Them Pf We Are Equal 58

Deity versus Divine 61

Working with the Gods as a Shamanic Witch 61

A Note on Formalising an Allyship with Deity 65

Drawing Down the Gods-Trance Possession 65

The Spiritual and Shamanic Significance of Drawing Down 66

Drawing Down as Holy Communion 70

The Crescent-Crowned Goddess's "Three Times Three" Method of Drawing Down the Gods 72

A Note on Gender 85 A Concluding Point 86

Chapter 4 Spirit Allies 89

Forging an Allyship with a Spirit Being 91

Sharing Prayer 93

The Beloved Dead 94

The Waters of Reparation Ritual 97

Animal Totems and Familiars 99

Totem Pathworking (Animal, Plant, or Mineral) 104

The Difference Between a Familiar and a Totem 107

The Importance of Spirits of Place 109

Ritual of Acknowledgement 113

Walking with the Spirits 113

Chapter 5 Moving Between the Worlds 115

Trance as Foundation 120

The Veil and How to Work With It 121

The Veil's Ripple 122

A Technique for Finding the Veil and Moving Through It 122

What to Do When You Are on the Other Side 123

Pathworkings 126

The World Tree Pathworking 127

The Power of the Directions 128

Upon the Great Bird: The Mount of the Gods 132

The Road to the Underworld 134

The Well of Memory and the Sisters of Wyrd 135

Chapter 6 Ecstatic Spellcraft 141

Spellcraft as Empowerment and Liberation 142

Sorcery 144

Spellcraft as Determination to Manifest Through the Elements 146

Elemental Pathway of Manifestation: A Spell 148

The Law of Three, Karma, and Spellcraft 150

The Goddess Who Is All Guides Our Magick 153

What Spells Reveal about the Nature of Things 154

The Greater Good 157

The Shamanic Spellcasting 160

The Success of Spellcraft 166

Chapter 7 Healing with the Power 169

The Laying-On of Hands 170

The Energetic Bodies and Centres 171

Working with the Spirits: Techniques for Deity or Ally Aid 175

The Restoration of Wholeness 177

Whole Self-Whole Earth 179

The Rite of Self-Blessing 180

A Shamanic Craft Healing 181

Shamanic Soul Retrieval 188

Self Soul-Retrieval 194

Chapter Eight: Oracular Seership and Divination 199

Seeking the Vision 200

The Rite of Cleansing and Opening the Eye 204

The Mythic Reality 207

What Is Divination? 209

The Technique of Shamanic Divination 210

Just Knowing and the Deep Well 215

The Nature of Time 216

Chapter Nine: The Soul Story/The Mythic Life 219

The Deep Well 221

My Soul Story 224

Living Myth / Mythic Life 225

Appendix: Shamanic Craft Terminology 229

Shamanic Craft Principles 231

Bibliography 233

Index 231

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  • Posted July 23, 2012

    Gede Parma is a gifted mystic, shaman, witch and author. He is

    Gede Parma is a gifted mystic, shaman, witch and author. He is a poet, who uses his gifts to see truths and bring them to us in a magical bypass of our critical intellect. And he is the teacher you may have been waiting for. ...


    The book is intended for mature individuals who are experienced in their spiritual path. It is intended for deepening one's experience. First read these words from the book: "Many of the topics withing these pages are deeply confrontative and can be dangerous. To read on is to acknowledge Witchcraft as a true wisdom tradition abiding only by the precept of TOTAL FREEDOM EQUALS TOTAL RESPONSIBILITY. I shall leave the ethics to the deeper selves of all of you." ...


    If you don't understand the above paragraph, you are not ready. RESPONSIBILITY IS KEY. And maturity. That said the actual review follows. ...


    "Ecstatic Witchcraft" brings a new vision of what mysticism, witchcraft, or shamanism can be. Gede Parma brings to mind sayings of avatars and seers of old who spoke, "You may have heard it said..., but I say..." In other words his insights are fresh. They may surprise. But, you may be inspired to read parts of this book, if not the whole book, over and over. And you may be inspired to learn some of the experiential practices he offers. I recommend the experiential over the intellectual pursuit of continuous reading of a subject. Try the practices he describes. ...


    The author takes us through an explanation of ecstasy in the shamanic sense. Lifted out of one's ordinary perception of reality and slipped into a new perception of non-ordinary reality. Finding there new truths or a new connection with the divine by whatever name or names you may call the living energy universe. He spins out the cosmology of his vision and brings us a new understanding of the Triple Soul and an understanding of how to align and balance our separate selves. He gives us technologies to help us access these aspects of self. We learn of the relationship of these worlds of our soul with the World Tree shared by shamanic paths the world over. ...


    One of my favorite teachings is the concept of God Herself. It is a liberating idea. The author suggests we say it aloud. "God Herself!" It removes the gender bias of the Goddess. Yet we all know that God has no gender in reality. When we say "God Herself" we elevate the Goddess and remove the patriarchal bias of he/she. This is one of the many concepts Gede Parma explores which, alone, makes the book worth purchasing. ...


    Another powerful teaching explores spellcraft, responsibility and Maslow's hierarchy of needs. He explores intention and passion and the connection with the elements. Wow. I was given a vision past theology of any sort and into a technology that connects us with our power and with the other teachings combined, an alignment with the divine. If your remember Heinlein's term "Grok", you will grok things that may have evaded you in the past. ...


    I can't recommend this book more highly to any of the following seekers: Mystics of EVERY religious persuasion, Students of Mysticism, Witches, Wizards, and other Students of Magic, Seekers of Gnosis, Energy Healers and people interested in learning the power of healing practice, anyone who wants to open their mind to a new vision of the Divine and Divine Reality, Poets and Writers and Artists. And the open minded, mature individual. ...

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