Archives for September 2009

Twitter Weekly for 2009-09-27

  • I posted 14 photos on Facebook in the album "2009Concert-Sept17th": #
  • Come to "Sorgitzak Samhain w/ Veronica Cummer" Saturday, October 31 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Join Sorgitzak author… #
  • Interested in a workshop with T. Thorn Coyle? Wonder what kind of workshop it might be? Take the survey. We need… #
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  • Come to "Learn Tarot in 3 Sessions with Chuck Boe M.A. " Sunday, November 1 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. November 1st,… #
  • Come to "Twin Cities Pagan Pride" Saturday, October 3 at 3:50 pm until <br />Sunday, October 4 at 6:50 pm. It's the… #
  • Chuck Boe, M.A. is the Tarot reader tonight. He's available between now and 9pm. Stop in and get your cards read! #
  • Attempted robbery, this morning. No one is hurt, but we've discovered that adrenaline really does wake you up better than caffeine! #
  • On a brighter note… Amanda is available for tarot readings, until 5pm. Also new books: Artisson's "Witching Way of the Hollow Hill" #

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Keeping a Book

Writing things down that happen in your coven or in your rituals is not just a useful tool for keeping track of what happened, but can lead to insights that you might have otherwise missed.  Certainly, many of us can relate to the idea of “circle memory,” which is actually a lack thereof.  What happened in circle can quickly become hazy once you’ve stepped out of that frame of mind.  Connections insights, and experiences that were crystal clear at the time may slip away from you, especially the longer you wait to talk about them or record them.

Some groups keep a coven book with ritual details and information about the members, but keeping a private journal for yourself is also a good idea.  Of course, some of us shrug at that idea and go, yeah sure, I’ve tried to do that before and it fell by the wayside after a few weeks or months.  Certainly, that was my feeling and experience in trying to keep a diary over the years.  Yet a ritual journal is not necessarily the same thing, though you can choose to start a journal that encompasses both your spiritual and everyday life experiences.

Keeping a ritual journal can become part of your spiritual path.  Each time, after you’ve done a rite for yourself or attended a group event, you can go home and write down not just what happened, but what you felt and figured out, including any insights and visions.  Over time, this becomes not just a record of your experiences, but a guidebook towards getting a better view of your path–where you are, where you came from, and where you might yet be going.

You can expand on the journal by adding in any dreams that relate to your spiritual journey, divination results, and even important phrases that jump out at you from books, movies, and classes.  Put all together, the puzzle pieces can begin to reveal who you are and why you are here.  They can show you what sort of rituals you might want to create to take you another step onward, to push the envelope just a little bit further.

Despite my failure with various diaries, I’ve somehow managed to keep a regular journal now since 2004 and its filled with not just my circle experiences, messages from the Gods and other spirits, bits and pieces of articles and books in progress, but also poems, stories, and plans for what I wish to accomplish each year.  Looking back at the early books, I can not only see just how far I’ve come, but can find insights that I missed at the time or that simply needed the passage of the years to unfold.  Those scribbled words in black and green ink have proven priceless, not just for my own sense of self-understanding and exploration, but for aid in creating what I wish to send out into the world at large.

© 2009, Veronica Cummer, author of Sorgitzak and Masks of the Muse.

Mastering the Art of Ritual Magick: A Review

This book isn’t so much a guide to ritual magick, but a guide towards building your own workable system of ritual magick. Those who pursue these Arts need to have it work well for them and not every system in every book will do that. Most of the time we end up picking and choosing what we like anyway.

Mastering the Art of Ritual Magick

Mastering the Art of Ritual Magick

Mastering the Art of Ritual Magick doesn’t make you do that. Instead, it puts forth the tools for you to do it for yourself, sort of like giving you the bones and allowing you to flesh out the rest.

Not only that, its one of the few ritual books out there which attempts to bridge the gap between Wicca and Ceremonial Magick. I found enough pagan and Wiccan elements to make bits of it applicable to my own workings, especially the explorations of the four elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water and their associated tools of the Patten (or Dish), the Wand (Staff), the Blade, and the Cup (Chalice).

There are chapters about using breath techniques, trance, gestures and body positions, visualization techniques, and creating a magickal personality–something that Dion Fortune also talked about in her writings. Despite that, this is not a “how-to” book, even though it does have some exercises, as it addresses the why’s and wherefor’s and underlying occult structures rather than giving you a series of guided meditations and the like. It pre-supposes that you already know your way around the world of spirits and magick and are now looking to build upon and deepen your own practice.

The second part of the book deals with a hero’s journey (akin to that which my own hero, Joseph Campbell, talks about) and how it relates to the Tarot and the Tree of Life. I’m not a big Tarot expert so I can’t speak to that, though I found the concept intriguing all the same.

I don’t agree with everything in the book, but that’s part of the point. It gets you thinking about what you do believe and how that fits into your magickal worldview and so your goals and workings. This is, apparently, the first work in a trilogy and I look forward to seeing the rest.

© 2009, Veronica Cummer, author of Sorgitzak and Masks of the Muse.