Saturday, June 28, 2014

saturnian thoughts on sharing magical images

What are the boundaries when it comes to sharing magical work? From sigils to telesmatic images to spells, etc? Where do we draw the line?

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On some level, you could argue that these things are part of the collective storehouse of images, thus nothing we create is really our own. On the other hand, you could argue that sharing your creations allows others to tap into the energy work you've built up and thus, piggy back on your current which could be draining.

Am I making sense?

I'm not talking about this from an artistic copyright sense, I'm looking at this solely from a magical energy sense.

What school of thought do you ascribe to? Do you believe that every creation, be a sigil or an image, is tied back to you and thus sharing them makes them a possible siphon or channel of sorts? Conversely can we feed off of the energy that gets built up through others using them?

Or do you believe that you can cut the cord and be detached from your magical creations? That if you put them out into the universe they were either never really yours to begin with because they belong to the divine and are an expression of the divine or that once they are out there, they become an entity of their own, building up their own energy/life outside of you?

I'm not entirely sure that I'm explaining myself well with these questions.

Let's look at something more simplistic: a tarot deck.

All the images created for a deck like the Thoth deck (I'll use this one cause it's a younger and consciously created deck that you can read about in terms of the spiritual/artistic rhetoric behind it).

Obviously both figures involved in the creation of this deck created it with great intent. They funneled a great deal of energy, thought, and magic/spiritual intuitive working into the deck. The deck is their creation but was meant on some level to be a tool that is an entity in and of itself. At what point did the deck become detached from them, or is it? Has the deck taken on a life of it's own or are we funneling into a current that "feeds" it's originators.

There is an argument that spirits and demi-gods feed off of the energies, offerings, and thoughts of humans. The more we feed them, the stronger they become. Or rather, maybe they were always strong but need us to rekindle them on some level. (I know this argument is vastly more complex and that I'm only touching the tip of the iceberg in terms of ways of looking at it). What I'm getting at though, is this: do we feed our creations from our own energy, thus putting ourselves at risk when we share them or can others feed our creations and thus enable it to grow into something more than what our original creation was?

When or did the creators of the Thoth deck cut the cord from their creation and allow it to be a tool outside of them?

Or more significantly to me, when and how can I cut the cord to my workings, like my sigils for example, to allow them to be a force that works on it's own, without drawing from me? Or can a tool like this be that? Does it need to be awakened by the magician to be of any use?

If that's the case, is there really any power in a pre-made sigil if you don't awaken it yourself? Or, if there is, is that a safe energy to harness? Can a factory produced sigil be powerful without us energizing it? Does the image itself have a innate, collective energy that stems from years of built up history? Arguably they must. Think about any symbol that has become powerful in our world. The cross, the swastika, the star of David or the moon of Islam. Or flags. Or well, pretty much anything that has been collectively accepted and historied into the community's conscience. Is the power in the object itself or the narrative built up around it? At this point I think you can't really divorce one from the other anymore if the symbol has become that deeply embedded.

But what does that mean for younger images? Ones freshly created by individual magicians? If they work from a magical lexicon, building up on such a historical narrative, does said narrative innately infuse them with energy, independent but in collaboration with the magician?

And then here's the biggest kicker? If this is all just the play of the mind and all a spell of our creation, does any of it really matter?


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

wish I could just stay in bed kind of day...

And just so that it's not all sunshine, rainbows and lollipops:

Sometimes blogland can feel inundated with sunny, happy people who never have problems.

Rest assured. I'm not one of them.

In fact I could make you a long list of things that make me rather imperfect. And some days I just want to bury my head in the sand and hide from it all.

The day this was made was one of them. And there will be many more to come, I'm sure!


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

lists, letting go, and manifesting dreams

As you may have gathered by now, I'm a lover of lists. I'm a dreamer and always have a kazillion plans in the works, ideas on the shelf and projects on the go.

But there are times when I have to actually list my lists and then go through them and be realistic. What am I actually going to get done? What really matters? Which dreams do I want to chase and which do I want to let go of?

Honestly, I do this far more often than I care to admit because I tend to overwhelm myself with activity. It's actually been one of the hardest parts of my maternity leave: not being able to do as much as I used to or had planned to.

Inasmuch as I love dreaming, letting go of some of those dreams sort of breaks my heart. Even if letting go means that I might actually get some of my lists done, I still keep inviting my "to dos" in. I am a lover of taking on too much. I'm working on it though.

Because more than anything, I'd like to realize the more important dreams.

I just need to figure out what those might be.

Off to make a new list I go!  :P


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

what can or can't you ask for?

If you could ask for anything, what would you ask for?

What would be the little things? The big things?

Do you think it's ok to ask for the little things? To do workings for the little things? There are days that I would really like to ask the universe (or actively do workings) for a baby who sleeps. I admit it. But I feel like that's wrong, so I don't.


Monday, June 9, 2014

#paganlists: west

Monday Lists:

West: Things that I associate with the West

And my week in review:


Thursday, June 5, 2014

diy elemental symbol notebook

Trying my hand at making a little notebook this morning (this is the trial model for a gift I'd like to give to a witchy friend).

First I carved elemental symbols:

Then I cut, folded and stitched several folders:

You might notice Baby Faye's toes in the background. He was supervising while eating breakfast!

Then, after it was stitched together, I added the symbol stamps:

For the one I'm hoping to gift, I'll use a lighter stamp colour as I don't like that the stamps showed through the pages. Live and learn, right?  Now I have a fun little booklet for my magical note keeping purposes.


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

selling positivity?

How much do you believe the sellers of positive affirmations and positivity?

I have mixed feelings about these positive mantra vendors. Don't get me wrong, I believe in the power of positive thinking and manifesting your will for positive change/actualization, I'm just not sure if someone else can sell that awareness to you.

You know? What do you think?

I could just be feeling a little jaded today!


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

#paganlists : Isis

What are some of the things you associate with Isis? Here are some of the quick things that I associate with her:


Monday, June 2, 2014

this week: may 26 to june 1

As always, as the summer months approach, life starts feeling a little more hectic. Like we rush towards activities while the sun is out and hibernate at home during the long winter months.

We're slowly working on spending more time outside, enjoying the patio/yard. I'm dreaming of gardening projects but accepting that this might not be in the cards this year as Baby Faye is keeping us busy in other areas of life. And let's face it, gardening takes time and energy that I don't feel like I have at this point.

So we're growing lettuce and tomatoes on the balcony. We'll see how they do. Hoping they're low maintenance.

Started reading Dion Fortune's Applied Magic. I'm a bit slow going (all reading is slower these days) but I actually think it's good when it comes to esoteric readings because it gives me more time to mull over an idea.  Right now I'm reading her article "The Occult Way" about the difference between the Mystic's path being one of searching for god in essence (thus, the big guy in the sky kind of deal that prompts us to work on freeing ourselves from the material realm) vs the other path, which seeks god manifest (thus, in you and me, and the idea of experiencing life and mastering the tools that are here for us). It's funny, my immediate reaction to the idea of god manifest when proposed this way, is to shy away from it because it seems to advocate a hedonistic approach to life and I think that the lingering trappings of my Christian upbringing still make me feel a bit guilty about such a lifestyle. But, that's not what she's advocating at all. In fact, in some way, her manifested experience path, seems more challenging (in that it's a less traveled path not because one is actually any harder than the other, just different).  God manifested seems challenging not only because it demands a certain amount of self discipline and work that we only tend to associate with the path of renunciation (god in essence) but also because society doesn't really necessarily value or create space for said work/mastery within a spiritual context.

We create (as a society) space for the mastery of academic or professional knowledge, but not necessarily for esoteric knowledge. If I were to tell friends I was going back for a 2nd masters, this time in Education, they'd all be supportive. But if I were to tell them that I was going to spend a year studying the Tarot, not so much. Especially if I were paying money for it.

Odd isn't it when you think about it?

Why is one type of mastery more socially acceptable? Or valued?

While this is not necessarily where she's going with the article, it has definitely prompted my thoughts along this path. At times it seems odd that my studies along this path have prompted reactions because they require a certain amount of time and discipline that has taken me away from my every day activities and made me less available to friends. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining about this. It is part of my journey and I made the decision to embrace it and reap the challenges and rewards that go along with it. And honestly, the commitments are minor compared to some of those made by others around me.

What I'm curious about is how we create space to master such workings as part of our spiritual engagement, in the face of criticism, backlash, or pressure from the world around us, particularly when we tend to walk the less trodden paths so the world around us doesn't see taking time to work on your esoteric 'masteries' as being a priority.

I suppose, on some level, these questions/answers are dependent on the circles you frequent! Some of my friends totally get it, whereas others, not so much.   :P

I don't have an answer for these musings, just pondering what they mean along the way. I don't really know that there is a uniform answer anyways. As always, these things are on a case by case basis, dependent on the lives we live individually and where we are along the way.