Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Links and Link Cutting
While we were in the womb the first link, the umbilical cord, was formed. At birth that first cord is cut, and we become an independent life. As children we have other links, such as those to our parents and our parents to us. As we develop the links are broken or cut and new links form. As we grow into adults our links with our parents evolve into a basic heart link. As we form relationships new links form, and if they are heart links they are almost always healthy. Heart links make us more caring and give us a feeling of connection.
Some kinds of links are not as healthy. In most people there is often a tangled mess of links weighing them down, hindering them from life. Links to our hands and feet prevent us from acting of our free will. Links to the back, knees elbows, and navel are some of the links that remain from over protective or manipulative parents. There are links from lovers past and present, If these are heart links they are good but most are there to control or manipulate us. We can and do form links to the people we fear or dislike most either by accident or in misplaced efforts to control them. Remember that all links go both ways. Negative links are draining on us and can hold us back from our potential. Link cutting is a powerful and transformational ritual in which we dispose of all negative or unnecessary links.
Every time we do spell craft or send a thought form we are connected to the work by a link. It is through this link that magical returns travel, be they good or ill. These links can be formed purposefully to weave fate.
A blood link is permanent and cannot be cut. Blood links cannot be created without your knowledge and consent. They are used for some handfasting rites and for initiation into the lineage of certain traditions of the Craft. The blood link, or red thread, connects a witch to the ancestors, gods, and mighty dead of the tradition.
The Rite of Link Cutting
You will need: The black handled knife, salt and water, a besom. You must be skyclad. It is best to do this ritual with a partner, who can assist you with hard-to-reach links, and act as a second set of eyes for any lingering links.
To begin cast a lay the compass and cast a circle. Sit quietly and breathe deeply. Sense your etheric body. Feel and/or see the links in your energy field. Some links may be heavy cables, others may be as fine as spider webbing.
When you are open to sensing the links, you may begin by taking up the athame and dragging it like a razor just over the surface of your skin. Imagine you are shaving away the links. When the athame gets too full of psychic sludge, simply shake it off and rinse it in the salt water.
You may find that certain links are too thick to cut through cleanly. These will require you to pull them out by the root, just as you would pull a stubborn garden weed. If after pulling a deep link you feel a psychic tear in your energy field, simply cleanse the area with salt water. This will patch up any holes in your aura left by links.
Link cutting can be stressful and emotional work. Remember, each of these links is there for a reason! Some of them may have been draining you for years. You may feel a great catharsis after cutting a particularly deep link. This is another reason it is best to perform this ritual with a trusted partner. They may be able to help you through your potential emotional upheaval.
The final link to be cut is the one leading out of the mouth and down into the digestive tract. This link is kept for last as it is a very painful and exhausting link to remove. Gagging and nausea are common side effects.
After you have completed the business of link cutting you will notice that the circle you are in is filled with psychic sludge that you have cast off. Take up the broom and sweep up the sludge. You will notice that, remarkably, the sludge does not adhere to the besom. Sweep it right through the boundaries of the circle and though your home out the back door. Toss the salt water after it. Return to the ritual area and take the circle down. Rest. The ritual is complete.
Note: After this ritual you will want to do immediate blade care on your athame, as the salt water can damage the blade.