||[Jul. 25th, 2006|01:29 am]
So, FD was fun. Was extremely fun actually, although it was quite different from last year.
Basically as soon as I got there, with my head spinning slightly (strange, I was feeling quite centred on the way in, but then my mind emptied and refused to be in a state that would fill easily again), there was a fire dancing workshop. Before I got to the venue, I wasn't sure if I'd want to do a poi workshop again, as I'd learnt a lot over the last year, but when I got there, I just went straight for it. I'm bloody glad I did, too.
Fran, the guy directing the workshop, told us a lot more about the idea of fire dancing and its use in magic. He told us that it was a very useful tool for cleansing. The idea is that the fire will sever the links to the people you wish to cleanse yourself of. If the practitioner visualises those links as lines coming from their body, then if someone was really good at firedancing (not just with poi but with the staff) they wash their entire body with fire (I'm thinking in terms of the pencak silat demonstration last year - they talked about building a relationship with their swords with 'body-washing' where they ran the blunt side of their swords all over their body, so they were used to their sword being everywhere) they could really cleanse themselves.
I reckon I'm probably good enough, when sober, to at least attempt fire (even though Neil did fire within hours after his first lesson with firestaff :D ), so I'm seriously considering using it as a cleansing ceremony... probably at Lunasa.
Anyway, there were other good workshops on... like working with spider, and the talk by Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone (that was an amazing talk, they really are good speakers, although they need more time than just 45 minutes), and the Eejit's Guide to Voodoo. Later on, I kinda wished I'd swapped Eejit's Guide for the "working with essences" workshop, although I'm quite sure I'd have made the speaker uncomfortable (I know him a bit, and he never seems to be particularly around me... heh heh heh). Still... it was an excellent day, and kept going to workshops until they stopped, I just didn't have time for a break.
The cool thing is, I got to know some people a bit better, and I got to learn new poi moves (I'm now well on my way to learning the backwards weave, which I could never manage before) and just generally have fun. 'twas a good time.