Happy New Year and welcome to my blog. As many of you know, writing is a painful process for me. But I’ve decided to take up the challenge of writing in order to express my musings on all the myriad and stormy facets of the Feri Tradition. All musings expressed here are based on my studies with Victor and Cora Anderson, some numbers of years of practice and a wandering mind.
It’s New Year Day and time for new beginnings. Paradoxically, I am thinking of past times spent with Victor and Cora. Through all the years, Victor had one persistent method. After a time, he would always return to the core teachings of Feri, the very basics of this tradition. And we would begin again. No matter how many years you spent with them, we would return to the core. So this year, I plan to do a series on the basic fundamental teachings of Feri.
There is nothing more fundamental to the core of Feri, nothing so necessary to the practice, and nothing so simple to do as Kala. Kala is at once a lifelong practice and a very simple act. Victor taught me that Kala means the light, it is luminescence, pure brightness.
Kala works on the Fetch, to cleanse the complexes that bar the way to our Godself. Once cleansed, then we can truly know ourselves and we are free to act upon our deepest will. A sticky fetch with complexes will cow before the Godself and misdirect the mind. But a fetch free of complexes can work intimately with all three selves.
Magical success hinges upon this. No matter how hard you blow, if you are not Kala all you accomplish is to charge the fetch to run around in circles. In my view, this is where the magic goes awry. The desire you spent either blows itself out or bounces along a course that is damned.
A free and clear fetch is able to shoot your desire straight into the Godself. Victor often said it was “like an insemination.” The desire you spend shoots itself straight and clear into Godself. And “like an insemination,” if done properly, Godself lets you know immediately. This is key to the success for all your spells.
As simple as the Kala Ceremony is, it is not easy. Kala is a purification of the soul, and that can be a painful process. You cannot make Kala the thing within you that you refuse to see. To look in that dark mirror, to cleanse those murky waters takes courage. That is the deeper work, the work of Feri warriors.
I guess I should stop alluding to it and say it outright. Your magic simply will not work if you do not keep Kala. If you are a student, grill your teacher about all s/he knows about it. Study it rigorously, and practice it diligently. If you are an initiate even more so. Bring it so completely into your life that making Kala is as natural as brushing your teeth, or washing your hands.
Yes, there are other reasons a spell might not work, and I might address that in some other post. The point I want to make here is that Kala is the very foundation of your magical success. And that holds true for any of your workings, from a simple spell to the deepest transformation of your being. To neglect Kala is well… magical sabotage.