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« Reply #8: January 28, 2009, 03:46:19 pm »

Thanks, Jenett. Could you elaborate more on how one can use an altar (or another tool) for emergency grounding? I've tried the closed version for the first time recently with another newbie witch and we both got a feeling of getting slightly stoned pretty quickly.

This is one of those "Have to back up about 8 steps to make sure we're on the same page" types of things - something I don't have time to do today (got herb class after work) and may not have energy for before this weekend. A lot of how we use it as a tool depends on other aspects of how, why, when, and where we do circle, which obviously isn't a short explanation!

The more useful shorter version is that there are some other solutions to your problem. Any of them work, but some work better in some situations/for some people than others, in my experience, so try different options.

- Build in a specific grounding meditation at the end of the ritual, after the circle is opened. We have smaller pieces in our standard ritual work (both as part of our circle-uncast and the "The circle is open, but unbroken" bit at the end of ritual that help trigger people to come back, but you can also do a more explicit "Now that we're done with ritual, take a deep breath, feel the ground beneath your feet, etc." grounding exercise.

- Use other physical tools(eating a solid meal, a little salt under the tongue, picking up/holding stones associated with grounding, like hematite) when you're done.

- Hug a tree, or lie down on your back on the floor, arms spread, and let the excess energy flow back out of you and re-anchor yourself in your body.

- Use other methods to make sure you come back fully to your body - for example, go have a conversation about something completely non-magical. Listen to the news rather than to nice trancy music for a bit after you finish. Do your least favorite chore for 10 minutes.
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