The Cone of Power is
one of the methods of working magic, and refers to a technique for
focusing energy within a magickal circle. The circle acts as both
lens and container for the energy of an individual or group, creating
a "cone" shape before being released for particular purpose.
The cone is the shape
of energy perceived by those sensitive to the energic currents.
Churches also make use of this shape to direct energy heavenwards,
with steeples situated over the altar, the nexus of energy raised
by the congregation, concentrated by the priest and released. The
witches' hat and magician's hat are reminders of the shape of this
Most often, the Path
of Dance and Path of Chant, two of the Eight Paths of the Craft,
are used to "raise the cone of power". However, Paths
of Meditation, Trance, Cords and the Great Rite, or combinations
of any of the paths can also be used.
The basic energy is that
of the human body, increased and channeled in accordance with Will.
THE CONE OF POWER
In wiccan ritual, a whirling
dance, starting slowly and building to a faster and faster movement,
is accompanied by chant. The first "cone" in a circle
is often at the commencement of the magickal work section of a circle
It brings together the
energies of the participants, bringing them into resonance, before
the "work". A single practitioner of the art can raise
this cone alone, though dance techniques other than a ring dance
are used, especially ones which include rhythmic breathing such
as the 2 x 4 and 4 x 4 patterns. The whirling dervish technique
with the head thrown back is sometimes used.
Mechanics of the procedure
might look something like this:
@#149; Center (at
balance point of energy in body)
@#149; Ground (to object or to the earth at the center of the
physical space you are whirling around)
@#149; Increase energy within your body
@#149; Focus (on purpose of work)
@#149; Direct (to place of sending, setting up resonance)
@#149; Release (at peak of cone)
@#149; Ground (residual energy)
@#149; Center (re-establish personal balance)
Two practitioners can
make use of polarity theory to more readily raise energy. This theory
holds that energy moves from positive to negative (imagine filling
a cauldron), so two people facing each other cycle energy within
their own bodies, and then cycle energy between them.
Three practitioners form
a pattern reminiscent of triskel designs in celtic art. As you add
each person, the pattern will change and needs to be taken into
account by the main person focusing the energy. If all are focusing
the energy, clear agreement about how and when it is to be focused
and released gets crucial.
This is the trickiest
part of raising the cone, requiring a sense of timing and an awareness
of the level of energies. The "drop" or release is called
when the energy peaks, and before it falls back
Like raising sexual tension
and releasing it, the cone may plateau and drop slightly in energy
before climbing to a higher peak. An inexperienced person may not
know this or the group may only be able to raise a limited cone
at first. Your mileage may vary.