Grounding and Centering

Grounding and Centering

Root yourself in the Earth.

Have you noticed that Pagans and magicians use the word “grounding” to mean two entirely different activities? Sometimes “grounding” is the word we use to mean “releasing excess energy.” We do this at the end of a working to help us return to ordinary consciousness (the term “unwinding” means something very similar). It’s also a good idea to clear our minds before beginning a working, just as you would physically clear your secular work space before starting a project. At other times, we use “grounding” to mean latching on, tapping into the Source of the energy, empowering ourselves like plugging in an appliance before using it. I’d like to focus on this second sort of grounding right now.

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