Energy cords are an intermediate step in creating energetic structures and a stepping stone to more advanced spirit-based magick.
A lot of us had played with energy balls before yesterday’s lesson. It’s one of those concepts that is so natural, that when I’m working with students, it’s not uncommon to hear, “I used to do that when I was a kid – I just didn’t know it could be used for anything.” Energy cords, while very similar, are a step farther down that path.
To create an energy cord, you project energy with your hands in much the same way that you do when you create energy balls, only instead of confining the energy to a sphere, you continue adding to it and form it into a long rope or cord. This process adds visualization to the mix as you aren’t relying solely on the energy in your hands, but also the cord that’s collecting as you add more to it.
An energy cord can be used as an alternative way of casting a Circle. You simply create the cord and use it like a rope, laying it around the circumference of your Circle and connecting the ends to define your sacred space. Various practitioners are quick to point out that a Circle is actually a sphere of energy that extends both above and below the caster – and for those who embrace that particular concept, they’re correct. [Editor's Note: You do not need to use the sphere concept in your own work. Other than the two dimensional shape of a circle - which is very useful for symbolic reasons - the sphere concept is completely optional. Like all tools, if you continue to progress along your path, you'll outgrow the need to use a Circle altogether, so the philosophical arguments regarding "2D Circle" vs. "3D Circle" have always seemed somewhat irrelevant to me.]
Variations On A Theme
Much like energy balls, different forms of energy can be infused in a cord. For instance, you could create a cord filled with the Element of Air and use it to lay the outline of your circle – then create additional cords, one for each Element, to complete the Elemental Circle.
In much the same way that you create an energy cord, you can form them and braid them together. When I braided cords in this manner, I typically use three strands. The basic rule of thumb is: One is an anomaly. Two is a coincidence. Three is a pattern. In magick, we seek to establish a pattern in our working, a template that we can empower through the concept of “As below, so above.” That’s the primary reason why I braid three strands of energy into a single cord.
This may seem like a concept that has limited application, but it’s a stepping stone to tomorrow’s lesson on creating thought forms, something we’ll look at again in Week Twenty-Nine.
This lesson is from Week Thirteen: Simple Spirit Magick. The week’s focus includes: