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.
Effects Of Working With Nature Spirits
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
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
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
To Not Do
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
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:
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
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.
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 nature.
The Earth, and note how your physical body is
able to wander while remaining part of Mother Earth.
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.
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 feet.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
A Power Spot
Before entering a power spot, ask permission to enter. If the response
is good, enter; if not, locate another more receptive area.
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.
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).
Treat the spirits as you would other Pagans you meet for the first time
- be sensitive, open, and listen.
Communication With Nature Spirits
Now that you have made contact with spirits that seem receptive, deepen
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 head).
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 surroundings.
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.
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 channels.
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.
Telepathically mention the time in the past
when nature spirits and people communicated regularly and the need to
establish such communication now.
Test your connection by asking questions and
observing the responses.
With Nature Spirits
Explain to the spirits the purpose of your coming to them and the
nature of the ritual you plan.
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
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
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
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
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
Leave in peace and love.
Proceed to other sites that were indicated by
the spirits, doing similar meditations at each site.
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
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),
Leave in peace and love.
Naturally, you should leave the area at least
as clean, and preferably cleaner, than you found it.
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
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
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
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.
If it is hard to find a site that is really
receptive, you should:
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.
To Do When Returning
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 worthwhile.
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
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.
There are other ways of working with nature spirits. This is one
approach. The author thanks Selena Fox for teaching the basic guided
meditation technique for locating and contacting nature spirits at a
tranceworking session sponsored by the Chameleon Club (part of the
Association for Consciousness Exploration) in 1981, Vicky Smith for
editorial review of this article, Isaac Bonewitz for the outline of the
expanded tree meditation, and Carlos Castenada, Black Eagle, Pasha, the
Goddess, the Gods, and various nature spirits for teaching the rest of
the good methods.
Most of this article is an expansion of an
article by the author titled "Finding a Sacred Grove for Druid
Initiation" by Larry Cornett, published in The Druid's Progress and in
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