by Michelle Belanger
The Beacon is present to a limited degree in those who have
already become. It is strong enough for us to recognize one of our
number when we come into contact with him, even if this
recognition is the barest hint of perception.
We may also be known by our distinct auras: deep purple
sometimes shot through with red, surrounded by a nimbus of black
or grey mist. The outer layer often stretches into tendrils that
extend far beyond our physical forms, reaching out and feeding
from those around us. To those who can perceive that level of
reality, we often appear to be a nexus of such tendrils.
The tendrils are varying shades of grey, with a smooth,
rope-like appearance. They are not perceptibly present in
everyone; they can be filaments so fine even the most experienced
seer will have difficulty perceiving them.
We are often noted for our pallor, but more often it is the
intensity of our eyes which gives us away. We tend to be thin with
a powerful and often intimidating presence which wraps about us
like a shroud.
Our hands are often very cold. This is a cold which saps heat
away, and lingers where it has been touched. It is a symptom of
our constant, low-level energy draw. If we consciously channel
energy through our hands, they grow very warm. It is not the
temperature which is important: it is the responsiveness of our
physical bodies to subtle effects that is distinctive.
We are sensitive to strong odors and tastes, as our senses are
often acute. Many of us can hear in a more than normal human
range. Some of this is physical hearing, some may be limited
clairaudience, as our subtle senses extend far beyond our physical
selves. We are almost always much stronger and quicker than we
look, for the body is merely a vessel for a much more powerful
We are sensitive to light and to the excessive heat of the sun.
This is symptomatic of our acute sensitivity to energy. The
radiation of the sun is an overwhelming form of energy which our
systems have trouble assimilating. Many of us burn very easily in
the sun. Almost all of us are made sick by it. When required to be
out in full daylight, we develop headaches, nausea, dizziness. The
light saps us of our strength, leaving us exhausted and drained.
The night is our natural dominion, for in the mythic imagination,
it is the realm of secrets, of magick, and all that the day-lit
We carry ourselves with a proud determination and can seem
arrogant, detached, and cold. We are often of a predatory nature,
and with difficulty avoid using those around us.
To most we seem unapproachable. There is an air about us which
seems somehow to set us apart. Even those ignorant to our true
natures react to this, treating us with respect, attraction or
The unawakened stare then look away from us and are unable to
meet our gaze. They are disturbed by our presence but rarely will
they understand what disturbed them or why. Instinctually, they
The Awakened will know us for what we are, though they may
hesitate to put a name to it. Still, on an unspoken level they
will understand and attempt to define us through the filters of
their individual beliefs and symbol systems.
Children will know us, though rarely do they fear. In their
innocence, they have not yet learned to doubt, and thus are open
to a clear perception of the world around them.
Subtle Body Changes