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week 2. Waning and Washing

CHARACTER STYLING + SHAPESHIFTING + GLAMOURS

Charisma Magic


homework - week 2.

Run through the list of archetypes below. Draw on the power of the eclipse to ruthlessly evaluate which archetypes are your "round-table servitors." These are the archetypes that do not change over time. They've always been with you, serving you in one way or another. 

We all share the following key archetypes: the child, the victim, the prostitute, and the saboteur. Choose eight more from the list and write them each down on a tiny piece of paper. Crumple up the papers and "charge" them in a vessel on your altar or in a sacred space in front of a prayer candle.


Journal Prompt: Over the course of this week, notice how these archetypes show up in your daily thoughts. Notice how they move, how they speak, how they react in your daily life. Notice who is driving the wagon, how, and why that serves the whole of you. During your morning reflections, journal about how you might practice loving and accepting yourself in a unique way that day.


Draw on the power of the eclipse for discipline. Draw on the power of the pregnant pause for wisdom. Continue to say your daily "greatest sorcerer's self" mantra. but explore saying or singing it while integrating the techniques and character styles we cover in weeks one and two.

You are officially dared to share your Mantra recitations via facebook live in the group!

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Week 1 - Lesson 1.

Archetypes

shapeshifting 101

You are not who you think you are. Our "round-table" of archetypes share the reigns, driving the oxen of our physical body across the wild frontier of life. The road is long and not one key archetype can drive the whole way. We get tired, bored, or simply aren't qualified to drive for long. Archetypes must work as a team to balance the load. When we deliberately observe and inhabit our archetypes, they are exalted and brought into balance.

When we give our broken, missing, and dangerous archetypes a platform for expression, they are less likely to create out of turn. For instance, when we cast a magic spell, if we are unconsciously rejecting a part of ourself that deeply needs to be expressed, that archetype's creation is likely to dominate our spell.

If you are getting "bad" results in magic, its likely that one of your key archetypes needs compassion and a constructive platform for expression.


According to Caroline Myss we move through life with twelve primary archetypes. Four of the twelve are common among everyone: 

Child, Victim, Saboteur, and Prostitute.


Knights of the round table

Now you'll choose 8 more. As we review the list, the ones most true will stand out on the page, stand out in my voice. Consider that while some may seem negative, we are the ones who decide what negative really means. For instance, the saboteur has it's royal place at our round table and serves us all in both positive and negative ways, much like the child.

An Abridged list of Archetypes

Actor
Anarchist
Bureaucrat
Caregiver
Companion
Crone
Detective
Diplomat
Dreamer
Fool
God
Healer
Historian
Knight
Magician
Matriarch
Muse
Networker
Patriarch
Poet
Priest
Prophet
Puck
Rebel
Revolutonary
Sadist
Scholar
Seductress
Servant
Sidekick
Storyteller
Thief
Tyrant
Visionary
Wizard

Addict
Artist
Beggar
Child
Coward
Crook
Dictator
Disciple
Eternal
Gala
Goddess
Herlad
Innovator
Liberator
Martyr
Midas
Mystic
Nun
Pilgrim
Politician
Prince
Prostitute
Puppet
Redeemer
Robot
Sage
Scout
Seeker
Settler
Slave
Student
Tramp
Vampire
Warrior
Zombie

Alchemist
Avenger
Bully
Clown
Craftsperson
Damsel
Dilettante
Diva
Boy/Girl Evangelist
Gambler
Gossip
Hermit
Judge
Lover
Masochist
Monk
Nature Boy/Girl
Olympian
Pioneer
Predator
Princess
Provocateur
Puritan
Rescuer
Saboteur
Samaritan
Scribe
Seer
Shaman
Spoiler
Teacher
Trickster
Victim
Witch

Click here for a detailed description of over 70 archetypes, including most of those in the above list.


  • What events or personal characteristics led me to choose this archetype?
  • How long has this archetypal pattern been a part of my life?
  • What role has this archetype played for me?
  • Which prominent people have interacted with the aspect of my nature supported by this archetype? (For instance, if it’s the Teacher archetype, think of the people who have played important roles in your own education or inspired you to be a teacher to others.)
  • What relationship might it have to my personal unfinished business – to those people I haven’t forgiven, or to events in the past that I can’t let go of? And might this archetype now help me in healing those situations?
  • What myths, fairy tales, or spiritual stories do I associate with this archetype?
  • Has this archetype appeared in my dreams?
  • Does thinking of this archetype make me feel empowered or disempowered?

You should also look for spiritual resonance in your archetypes. Ask yourself:

  • What impact has this archetype had on my spirituality?
  • What have I learned about my own shadow aspect through this archetype?
  • Has it caused me to block or forgo change that needs to happen?
  • What immediate guidance might this archetype have to offer me in the present moment?

After questioning each prospective archetype, weed out those that are not genuinely part of your round table, and then return to the list to select replacements. Continue this process until you have eight additional archetypes that you feel confident play a major role in your life. Combined with the four common survival archetypes, you now have your 12 round table archetypes.

 

Week 1 - Lesson 2.

copycats

mimicking the moon

Our non-dual reality begs a conversation between the vast and varied characters that color our lives. These characters infiltrate our subconscious mind, absconding our psyche in dream states and unconscious reactions.

Careful observation and mimicry of archetypal expression helps to bring our subconscious desires into the light of consciousness. As we grow more keen to identifying the key vocal and posture expressions of the characters in our lives, we gain a better understanding of how these spirits influence our subconscious. How do they tell their stories?

We discover patterns in their inflections, vulnerability in their dissonant tones, the authenticity of their vocal and physical posturing. We discover the subtle dramas of each teacher, offering lessons in charisma.

Start by mimicking archetypes that have "nothing" to do with your round table.

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Week 2 - lesson 2-A.

Funk Master archetype

sexual cheese & spiritual chocolate

Time to pretend! Time to channel. You are no longer you. You are an empty vessel. You don't have to worry about anyone judging you because you are no longer you. Some of the most powerful performers, wizards, and vocalists in the world fake it till they make it.

Even Beyoncé uses this technique - she's actually Sasha on stage. The great Lamas of Tibet encourage inhabiting the spirit of an enlightened being as a first step to becoming enlightened. So this is kinda like, "What Would Jesus Do?" except we're going cheese-balls and fiddlesticks with the art of "Hamming it Up."


You are now a Bee Gees Brother

Sing out a "Hee, Hee." Keep it soft, breathy, light. Give it that silky, Velveeta cheese disco charm. Run through the vowels (long and soft) and feel that sweet spot tickle your fancy. Keep it real cheesy. Explore descending in pitch, starting soft and high moving down to loud and low. Notice how the play of cheesy channeling mitigates the tension of hitting those high notes.

Watch Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon play to this style on SNL. 


the world just got really nasty

Let out a bewildered "EEEEW!" Give it a more pronounced swing, like you're really offended. Now try it Bee Gees style.

 

You're now in the mood to make love and you've got a gold tooth and bed of roses to prove it. Go down, real low down, slow and soft. Let out an "OOOH" and an "Ahhh".  Keep it Velvety. Keep it Velveeta.


You're now a bag of popcorn

Make your voice raspy. So raspy that it grates on a single pop, one or two at a time, kinda like the ghost from the movie, The Ring. Now speed it up, moving from the nasty low, up to the cheesy high, "eee-hee." Explore starting a phrase with this rasp to heighten the nastiness of the funk. Explore singing, "I'm gunna love you right." using the Popcorn technique.


Spiritual Chocolate

Think of a thing that needs to change in the world. Sing, "We got to..." and end everything you say with a breathy "ah", like an Evangelist preacher. "We got to cast some Magic Spells... AH!"

Add emphasis to the verb in volume, pitch, duration, and diction. If the phrase is particularly long, explore racing through the first portion until you reach the verb. "We got to summon up the spirit of the ever loving Holy rollin' lightning lover and CAST some Spells... Ah!" Then add a subtle pregnant pause before finishing out the sentence slowly, deliberately, with spiritual chocolate conviction..ah. "We got to summon up the spirit of the ever loving Holy rollin' lightning lover and CAST some spells... Ah... (pause) so we can save (Pause) our blessed sacred heart..Ah!"

Try it while squinting an eye or shaking your head subtly with passion. Notice how adding strategic pause draws emphasis to the words, like a tease and release.

Now you have the key components of the Sexual Cheese archetype!

Think of a unique magical gift that you, as yourself, possess or hope to possess. "I've got the power..." Sing that sentence with sexual cheese and spiritual chocolate. Start the phrase with the raspy pop-corn voice. Add particular emphasis to the verbs. Swing that pitch up to emphasize that power...ah. Then bring down to a delicious ending. Throw in a run for extra jazzy flavor.

When you sing it again and again to a point where you're really having fun with it, capture that genie in a bottle. Pull out your voice-memo app on your phone (or any recording device) and record yourself singing your power phrase in the Sexual Cheese and Spiritual Chocolate Style. If you are inspired, share it to the Incantations Facebook group so everyone can be inspired by how silly and playful you are as you claim your power.

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More exploration in archetypes


Week 2 - Lesson 2-B

Drama Queen Archetype

The presence & the poise

Notice three presence hallmarks of the drama-queen, performer extraordinaire, Eartha Kitt.

  1. Repetition: Ms. Kitt repeats several words, several times. Focusing on the beginning of the phrase, "I think..." or the question, "For what!?" This adds drama and is a common hypnosis element that is a hallmark of charisma.
  2. Pacing: A natural charismatic varies their pacing. Notice how Eartha Kitt varies her speech in the beginning of the video from quick and repetitive to staggered towards the end. When she makes her final case, the instinctively injects space and pregnant pauses around her point. The variation draws the viewers' attention to the point with the added drama and creates a sense of true conviction.
  3. Eye Contact: Charisma like being possessed by conviction. In this case, Ms. Kitt presents as highly charismatic due to her eye contact patterns. She looks up, back, all around, as if she is surrounded by unseen entities that are part of her posse. At one point she looks back and up and repeats a phrase as if talking to an angel in the corner.

1. repetition practice

Take a few breaths and write a few sentences about something you want to change in the world or within yourself.  Make it something you care about deeply. It could be your family, a lover, your emotional state of being, your community... make it something important. Write down a question that relates to the subject.

Mimic Eartha Kitt. Read the question aloud and repeat it a few times, pretending to be a drama queen, like Eartha.  Read your sentences aloud and add, "I think..." to the beginning of each point. Consider repeating the most important word for change.

2. Pacing practice

Now rehearse making your point using the repetition practice but add in variance of pacing. Explore asking the question quickly. Explore asking it slowly. Explore making your first points about it very quickly with a slightly louder volume and finally, draw all the attention to your final, most important point by pausing just before you say the phrase slowly, clearly, deliberately and maybe even quietly... as if you had so much attention from everyone in the room that you don't need to yell.

3. EYE contact

Rehearse your monolog using pacing and repetition, this time adding eye patterns that support your conviction. Imagine you have a posse of angels all around you. They are there to support whatever idea or point you want to make. You can be as sassy or conceited as you want because your angels have 100% faith in whatever you have to say. Look all around at them as though they are like your "yes men", egging you on to make a charismatic point to your audience. Over dramatize this effort. Feel free to look behind you and repeat a sentence to the angels like Eartha does in the video. 

4. Physical Possession

Rehearse your monolog using all the techniques above. Now add in a subtle melody or pitch that feels appropriate to your level of conviction. Keep focused on the message more than any performance. Only add melody or pitch if you feel it adds to telling the story.

Let yourself really feel your conviction. As you do, let yourself be moved to make gestures if it feels appropriate. You might flail your fists or wiggle your neck, or throw your head back.  Your leg might start to wiggle.  


Consider recording yourself to capture some of the things you may be doing unconsciously. When we are truly possessed by the spirit of our conviction, we may not realize some of the things we do physically. Recording ourselves helps us become aware of our innate charismatic traits. Remember, you are NOT performing for the camera. You are making a point!

 

Week 2 - Lesson 3.

Enchantment styles

your clearest channel for the medium

What a boring world it would be if we all charmed the heavens in the same way? Our choirs would all sound beige. Consider that your perspective, your angle, your style, is the most conductive medium for electric connection you could hope for. 


“Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous half possession. That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him.” 
― Ralph Waldo EmersonSelf-Reliance

Oh blessed imitation! While a large portion of this course will focus on mimicry and imitation, our ultimate end is supreme reverence for the divine beast within. Shamelessly releasing this beast in vulnerable sound will consecrate our truest will in a marriage with our true nature. Here, we'll explore a handful of enchantment styles. As we review each style, notice the sensations in your body. Let yourself be moved by the style that is most haunting to your soul.

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Week 2 - Lesson 3-a

The vocalist


embellished melodies, flourished accents, styling of the ages

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 Examples: Ella Fitzgerald, Mike Patton, Grace Slick, Leon Redbone, Bessie Smith

The vocalist is a master of their inherent instrument. Rich melodic prowess, intricate embellishments, flourished accents and timeless styling of the ages are all hallmarks of the vocalist's enchantment style. They spend much of their magic crafting time drilling pitch and refining technique, inducing rich states of hypnosis in the kaleidoscopic charm of tone, refracting holographic around the skull.

This enchantment technique is particularly effective when working with individuals with PTSD, autism or Aspergers or people who are easily over-stimulated. Hypnotic repetition provides a grounding framework that calms an over-active nervous system. If you're enchantment style is the performer, focus intently on training, drilling, recording and editing your own vocals and consider private coaching.


Week 2 - Lesson 3-B

The Performer


Possessed by charisma, potent with conviction

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Examples: Axel Rose, Madonna, David Bowie, Prince, Eartha Kitt

The Performer has a clear understanding of the power of their conviction. They mean what they say. Importance is placed on being moved by their spirit, riled to the heavens. Communicating the heart of the message is more important than the quality of the sound. They fill their space with presence and pizazz. Endurance training is a primary focus, supporting wild, unabashed spirits as they are channeled to connect.

This enchantment style powerfully captivates large crowds and diverse parties. The power of the Performer's stage presence ensnares dulled-senses and easily distracted audiences. Great for festivals, bacchanals and protest rallies. The performer is keenly aware of the space they do not inhabit. They master the art of the tease.

There are two types of performers to review:

  • Poised - These Performers work with choreography often. They build on their pregnant pauses and engage the crowds head on with calculated movements and strategic connection and tease. Think, Madonna's hand gestures, Eartha Kitt's eye contact, Bowie's stoic gaze.
  • Impassioned - These Performers get so caught up in the spirit of their conviction, they refuse to control the demon's effects on their body. You can tell these performers by their uncivilized flailing and involuntary bodily reactions. See Elvis' rogue leg, Axel Rose's undulation, Prince's head shakes.

If you're most inspired by this performance style, train your endurance by singing while riding bikes, treading water or hiking. Instructing vinyasa yoga classes will train your voice to maintain composure in odd positions. For more in-depth performance art training, consider private coaching.


Week 2 - Lesson 3-C

The Storyteller


poetic journeys, reflective ballads, articulate discourse

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Examples: Salt-N-Peppa, Leonard Cohen, Fairport Convention, Mc Frontalot, Lilly Allen

Storytellers draw attention to the story over themselves as performers, focusing on phrasing and inflection and character accents. Stories almost always enchant via conflict, analogies and sensory engagement. Lyrics paint sensual experiences in theatric poetry. This is the oldest form of vocal enchantment. For thousands of years, the Hindu and Indus cultures passed down their sacred Vedic stories in song before the ballads were documented in Sanskrit. Ballads are a hallmark of American folk music, bypassing illiteracy and informing slaves and immigrants of their family histories. Now, the hip-hop movement builds on Storytelling more than any other genre. Wit and poetic prowess are essential to powerful storytelling.

Storytelling is a prime enchantment for education and attentive audiences with a keen ear for cadence and flow. Listening rooms, speak-easies, hip-hop jams, class rooms, and campfires are appropriate venues for the Storyteller. Folks most inspired by this performance style should focus on phrasing, freestyle poetry, arrangement and songwriting skills. For more in-depth Storytelling training, consider private coaching.


Week 2 - Lesson 3-D

The Musician


Strategic dissonance, Precise theory, Percussive diction

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Examples: Rahzel, Andrew Bird, Azam Ali, Sting, Ruben Van Rompaey, Cab Calloway

The Musician builds on the vast and varied sounds that emanate from the face and body. Indian Bol singers capture the sounds of the tabla in phrases like "Tickety" and "Rim" to mimic the sound of the drums. Beat Boxers mimic 808 kits, record scratches, and DJ effects to embellish their enchantments. Ultimate the sounds emanating from the Musician occur as inhuman.  There is yet another type of Musician in the context of vocal chaos magic.

The alternate vocal Musician builds on music theory to convey a cultural style that may traditionally be conveyed by actual musical instruments. We see this in jazz singers who mimic complex sax melodies with vocal "skat, du-dat" sounds. East Indian vocalists use embellishments to mimic the Sitar and other instruments. Most Indian music is modal, with a single melodic line and no harmonic parts. The modes are called raga, and each raga is a complicated framework of melodic rules.

This highly hypnotic enchantment often relays as inhuman. It's best employed to enhance meditations and yogic practices and fascinate communion with elements. Witnessing a Vocal Musician's call-and-response with an actual musician is awesome. Classic Go-Go form: entice crowd engagement by calling vocal embellishments and inviting the crowd to repeat in unison, a la Cab Calloway.

Week 2 - Lesson 4

ego glamors

Character acting your archetypes

Choose one archetype. Consider the subtle ways this archetype shows up in your way of being. How do they dress? How do they walk? How high do they hold their head? How do they breath? What would their mantra be?

Take a moment to consider how other people in your life might inhabit the archetype. Notice the subtle habits.


Amplify the subtle queues.

  1. Recite: repeat the archetype's mantra again and again until you actually feel it resonating true within your bones. 
  2. Sing and Pace: now that you feel it in your bones, let yourself be moved by that conviction, adding melody and the pace to amplify the conviction behind the mantra so that you feel it even more truly in your bones. If the melody and pacing feels inauthentic or distracting, either change it up or remove it until you get to a place where you feel the mantra to be deeply true for this archetype within. Play with volume as you go!
  3. Poise: explore physical movements that embody the archetype as you recite the mantra. What are the eyes doing? What are the finger tips doing? What are the shoulders and back doing? What parts of the body lead the walk? The dance? What tells the story best within your body? Consider costume as well. (Consider this: No child wants to be a child. Remember that some archetypes do not express themselves the way we perceive them.)

Again, this experiment is not a performance. It is about inhabiting the glamour of the archetype enough to tell the story. The story is the glamor. The more you allow yourself to be moved by the authentic expression of the archetype, the more glamor you learn. Allow the archetype to teach you.