Today I have a guest post up over on Nimue Brown’s ever-inspiring blog, Druid Life — Steampunk Meditation for Self-Transformation, a blending of Victorian-era esoterica and glibly modern steampunkishness inspired in part by the ancient Three Cauldrons of Poesy. Here’s an excerpt:
What are the Triple Springs? Although the recovered manuscripts are far from complete and I have been unable to find any single, conclusive description of the Triple Springs among the documents as yet, my impression is that these “centers of energetic rotation” are similar to what we might now call “chakras.” This concept of there being energy centers in the body is found in many different spiritual traditions, including the chakras of Hindu metaphysics, the dantian (also known as the Three Cinnabar Fields) of Taoism, and the Three Cauldrons of Poesy described in ancient Celtic poetry. Descriptions of the Triple Springs elsewhere in the collected manuscripts of M. Collwaters suggests an alignment which places the lowest Spring just below the navel, the middle Spring in line with the heart in the center of the chest, and the highest Spring on the brow or crown of the head.
The meditation (and yes, it works) is my latest contribution to the anarchic, silly, and in no way secretive Secret Order of Steampunk Druids, which coalesced sometime back in 2012 between sips of tea and chap hop battles.
Looking for more on Steampunk Druidry? Here’s a collection of previous posts that I’ve been able to cobble together:
- The Gears of Chance: Steampunk Magic, by Alison Leigh Lilly
- Steampunk and Cultural Appropriation, by Alison Leigh Lilly
- Faith, Fern & Compass Podcast‘s Episode 210 – Steampunk Magic
- Steampunk Druids, by Nimue Brown
- Steampunk Druidry for Social Revolution, by Nimue Brown
- Culture and fiction, by Nimue Brown
- Steampunk Frog Familiar, by Alison Leigh Lilly
- A place to stand, by Nimue Brown
- Steampunk Druid Priestess? by Anna Jeanine
If you have a post you’d like to contribute to this illustrious and growing body of work, let us know!
Also, on a more personal note, people living in the UK make me feel lazy. Here I am, sitting at the computer still in my bathrobe sipping my morning tea, while Nimue has already been up for hours and is probably just settling down to her evening tea!
Photo Credit: “Steampunk Worlds Fair” by Anna Fischer (CC) [source]