Each plant, animal, rock, or 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 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.
Some 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
site attuned for ritual be dry and comfortable, with
a round hole in the clouds overhead, on days that were
at other locations. Birds have joined in rituals, flying
around the circle when energy is being raised; and insects,
and animals have also joined in chants. In addition,
the wind may respond to invocations. Generally these
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 pleasant surprises.
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 plane and more subtle than such manifestations.
This success involves beneficial transformations in consciousness
that last and helpful chains of synchronicity in your life.
In addition, working with Nature Spirits can also bring a deep
sense of partnership with Nature, and bring new levels of attunement.
Nature spirit attunement to find suitable power spots and
to get the help of friendly nature spirits that are performed
several hours to several days before the main ritual get the
best results. This gives Nature time to gather her children
and to prepare to actively participate in the main ritual.
What Not To Do
nature spirits are approached with disrespect, by attempting
to command 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-Crowlyites 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.
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!
Calling Nature Spirits
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 ecologies.
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 non-ordinary
in your mind's eye a light inside you. As you breathe, feel
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
The Sunlight, warm, alive, channeling the power to communicate
with nature and energizing all around.
Water, emotional, intuitive, refreshing and connected with
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
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
Feel the power from the sky, and channel this power also to
further energize the carrier signal of light and love for communicating
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.
modulating the light and love with your thoughts – inviting
receptive spirits to join with you and make themselves known.
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 telepathic
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 interpreting
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.
Entering a Power Spot
Before entering a power spot, ask permission to enter. If the
response is good, enter; if not, locate another more receptive
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
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, 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.
Deepening Communication with Nature Spirits
Now that you have made contact with spirits that seem receptive,
deepen the communication:
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
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.
Now feel the energy rising. Feel the moist, warm energy rising.
Feel it bursting up from the Earth and rising up your spine,
like sap rises in a tree.
Now imagine that you have branches, branches that sweep up
and then bend down towards the Earth, like the limbs of a willow.
Feel the branches extending and interweaving with your surroundings.
Feel the warm, moist energy of the Earth flowing through
As it flows, feel your mind 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 and
energy fields of your surroundings.
Notice how your roots also intertwine.
Feel the energy dancing between you and your surroundings.
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
Working 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,
or answers to yes/no questions using pre-arranged signals,
or in other ways.
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.
Before you leave the power spot, tell the spirit 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
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 further guidance.
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 material).
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 ones hands
on the Earth, breathing in any excess energy and channeling
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 they are communicative).
Trigger your memory.
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
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.
What 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 technique
described for calling nature spirits immediately upon returning
to the site.
Then approach the site ritually using the previously arranged
technique. You should have the details worked out with the
Spirits of the land. A procession through or past receptive
power spots, inviting nature spirits to join and proceeding
to the central power spot for the main ritual, can be especially
Be sure to invoke the nature spirits, to ask them for their
help during the ritual, and to thank them at the end.
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
fourth exchanges of music going with selected creatures of
the wild, and get into an amazing jam session.
There are other ways of working with nature spirits. This
is one approach. The author thanks Selena Fox for teaching
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, Isaac Bonewits for the outline of
the expanded tree
meditation, and Carlos Castaneda, Black Eagle, Pasha, the
Goddess, the Gods, and various nature spirits for teaching
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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