…or magick, if you prefer.
I am writing this as a reaction to Hecate’s post regarding some comments she’s gotten on the fabulous Calendar post of hers. There is also a fantastic Elemental Castings podcast where T. Thorne Coyle interviews Jason Pitz-Waters… that touches on this and is inspiring me to rant.
While this may not help make my rantings any clearer at the very least it provides the careful reader with something resembling context.
It works like this, at least for me it does…
“If you harm none, do what you Will.”
Note the capital ‘W’, it’s important. It relates to the concept of True Will, which while not intimately or commonly associated with Witchcraft, is one worth looking at. Especially since whoever introduced The Rede ™ into modern Witchcraft probably had seen some mention of it in Crowley’s works or had read up on Thelema…
“It is defined at times as a person’s grand destiny in life and at other times as a moment to moment path of action that operates in perfect harmony with Nature. This Will does not spring from conscious intent, but from the interplay between the deepest Self and the entire Universe.” ~ from the Wikipedia entry on True Will (accessed 10:17pm 12/30/3008)
As a modern Witch, whatever your Tradition, you have to deal with The Rede, either as a requirement of your practice, or as an outside Not-so-bad-idea but nowhere near the core of your practice ~ that is automatically associated by others with what you do. The thing is that this idea of True Will becomes important when your Circles and prayers and invocations start to align you with the Universe.
Not that this is to be seen as a process that ends. We, like the Universe, are in a state of change, growth, evolution. Unfolding like a thousand-fold lotus of enlightenment on the waters of intuition.
So we chase after this True Will, this Higher Self. We practice and study magic, or magick…
“What is a Magical Operation? It may be defined as any event in nature which is brought to pass by Will. We must not exclude potato-growing or banking from our definition.” ~ A.C. or” Evil Uncle Al” in Magic in Theory and Practice
So anything we do, from the most ornate and moving of rituals, to the simplest of every day tasks are magick… if we let them be so, magick and holy.
Holy, because just as we and the Universe are constantly growing and changing, so to are the Gods. Mercury is the God of Bike Messengers, Fax Machines, and Cell Phones. Freya and Aphrodite are rocking the house in clubs across this planet!
Holy because the divine is everywhere and the Gods are a part of every atom and cell of creation. Some Deities are more…fully present?…accurately reflected?… not quite sure how to say this but by an example.
Aphrodite, for example, is present in all the world. But where there is love, and passion, and beauty She is more fully present or more accurately reflected there. That part of Her which is a part of all Creation is more …there in those moments and things which reflect Her essential nature.
Every atom, every cell, all of Creation is holy and sacred and of the Gods, if we let it be so!
… I’m ranting. again… as I reread this I think this is one of those spiritual things that makes perfect sense to me at this stage of my growth, but is, just out of reach of explainability unless you’re right there with the person you are trying to explain it too.
I remember when my dear friend PK (the ceremonial Magickian, Chef, and Great Geek Bear of the Moutain) had tried, as part of my request to help me learn the more ceremonial / formal Magickal side of things, to explain some of the above to me…
PK~”Any act is a magickal act, picking up a glass of water and moving from one table to the next, is a magickal act…”
Pax~(blink, blink) “uhm, ok, but that doesn’t sound very magickal?!? So what was that book of essays by Regardie again, and is his writing any easier to slog through than Fortunes???”
I’m either growing, or falling off my rocker, at least life isn’t dull!
Peace and a Happy New Years!