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July 4th, 2012

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04:28 pm - Further musings on the Court of Sif rite
I bought the book Trance-portation by Diana Paxson. I also bought Seidr, the Gate is Open by Katie Gerrard. I'm reading Seidr to get further ideas for the Court of Sif rite. It's a really good book and I already see much that can be used for the Order of Raven and Falcon (an order dedicated to Odin and Freyja) further down the road.

Couple things that are now obvious to me regarding the Court of Sif is that I will need to have a drummer. Drumming will be invaluable in helping to achieve the desired mental states. According to Harner 4 beats per second is ideal, but I've been to Seidh working where a slow heartbeat kind of rythm was used. What I would like is the 4 beats per second used throughout most of the rite, but switching to a slow heartbeat when the participants are actually interacting with the different spirits. Any drummer volunteers?

Secondly there should be vardlokkurs sung. These are songs to attract spirits traditionally used in Seidh work. For this rite I figure I will simply have people do toning with the intent of attracting the courtiers of Sif to the area so we can converse. During the toning I will be singing other parts.
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Date:July 5th, 2012 05:30 am (UTC)
I am not sure why some people think that rapid drumming is good for trancing. The shamanic workshops I had attended before had a someone slower pace (1x per second, to approximate 60 bpm heart rate) and only used the faster drumming as a cue to start to come out of the journey. When I'm in a journey where they used the faster drumming, I generally go nowhere.
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Date:July 5th, 2012 12:23 pm (UTC)
Apparently 4 beats per second has some sort of brain sync thing.

But yeah, I find it too fast too.
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Date:August 9th, 2012 03:09 am (UTC)
I will have my drum, if you'd still like to have drumming :) I will do my very best to stay grounded if you'd like me to do that part.
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Date:August 10th, 2012 12:35 pm (UTC)
I appreciate the offer! However I wouldn't want you to miss out on the working part of the ritual.

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