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Office Magick

20130725_135532The Priestess

I work in an office setting and over the years I have tried to be creative in the ways I could enhance my learning, practice my craft and offer devotion while at work. Since setting up an overtly Wiccan altar on my desk is not an option, I‘ve devised discreet ways in which I could have the important components of my belief system visible yet indiscernible to any who are not on the same wave length.

I spend most of my day on the computer and at one point for many years my boss and I shared the same office space. She did not particularly care for music of any kind and I have music running through my veins. Additionally, there would often be (distracting) meetings and phone calls that I had no choice in listening to. My solution was a set of headphones and an arsenal of CD’s. Now these weren’t just any CD’s, but rather were a variety of pagan music artists, active meditations and pathworkings or instructional audio. Having had five children under five, I consider myself an adept at the art of multitasking and selective listening. This fulfilled my wanting to experience sound (vibration) that would be spiritually supportive and believe it or not, also is great practice for partitioned focus- something good magickal practice often requires.

My eldest daughter is an artist of spiritual and mystical paintings. So whenever I was able I had either a small picture or photo of her work on my desk. Notecards and greeting cards from a new age and wiccan store filled in at creating small pockets of visual focus on my desk. She gave a me a painting of an Egyptian Priestess (she had a vision that it had been me in a previous lifetime) for my birthday and it graces my wall as reminder of the pantheon I frequently work with.

A small book of Rumi’s poems is my daily morning read before I start work. It is small in size, large in inspiration and fits nicely in my desk drawer. Some years I have purchased “quote bank” desk calendars or something similar that I used as a quick meditation tool each morning to start my day and keep track of appointments and meetings.

I weave a bit of color magick into my day in the selection of the color of the clothes I am wearing or in the colors of the highlighters, pens or folders I use in my work. In honor of the elements, I have elemental related items placed on my desk or window in their appropriate corners. A feather (found on a lunchtime walk) sits in the East- a small Lava Lamp sits in the South- a Desk Fountain  sits in the West and a small pine cone (another lunch walk find) sits in the North.

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To celebrate the seasons and the Sabbats, a small vase of flowers, pine cones picked up from a walk, seashells or dollar store snowmen sit on my desk tucked into the corner, but in eyesight. I use oils as my perfume of choice and the small roll on vials of Egyptian Musk, Dragon’s Blood, Frankincense, Nag Champa or Tunisian Myrrh fit in my desk drawer and offer brief excursions into the feelings of this ritual or that working as needed, in addition to their calming, purifying and balancing attributes.

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Lunchtime offers opportunity to walk and get outdoors to commune with the Sun and nature. A 15 min. walk can rejuvenate and cleanse the buildup from closed off indoor spaces nicely and can become a meditation to center your breathing and your connection to earth and sky. I also find souvenirs along the way to bring back into my office space; remember the pine cones and feather on my desk! I usually use my lunch time to write, read or prep for workshops or ritual and doing so outside when weather permits enhancing the creative flow.

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I work in an office setting and over the years I have tried to be creative in the ways I could enhance my learning, practice my craft and offer devotion while at work.  Since setting up an overtly Wiccan altar on my desk is not an option, I ‘ve devised discreet ways in which I could have the important components of my belief system visible yet indiscernible to any who are not on the same wave length.

I spend most of my day on the computer and at one point for many years my boss and I shared the same office space.  She did not particularly care for music of any kind and I have music running through my veins.  Additionally, there would often be (distracting) meetings and phone calls that I had no choice in listening to.  My solution was a set of headphones and an arsenal of CD’s.  Now these weren’t just any CD’s, but rather were a variety of pagan music artists, active meditations and pathworkings or instructional audio.  Having had five children under five, I consider myself an adept at the art of multitasking and selective listening.  This fulfilled my wanting to experience sound (vibration) that would be spiritually supportive and believe it or not, also is great practice for partitioned focus- something good magickal practice often requires.

My eldest daughter is an artist of spiritual and mystical paintings.  So whenever I was able I had either a small picture or photo of her work on my desk.  Notecards and greeting cards from a new age and wiccan store filled in at creating small pockets of visual focus on my desk.  She gave a me a painting of an Egyptian Priestess (she had a vision that it had been me in a previous lifetime) for my birthday and it graces my wall as reminder of the pantheon I frequently work with.

A small book of Rumi’s poems is my daily morning read before I start work.  It is small in size, large in inspiration and fits nicely in my desk drawer.  Some years I have purchased “quote bank” desk calendars or something similar that I used as a quick meditation tool each morning to start my day and keep track of appointments and meetings.

I weave a bit of color magick into my day in the selection of the color of the clothes I am wearing or in the colors of the highlighters, pens or folders I use in my work.  In honor of the elements, I have elemental related items placed on my desk or window in their appropriate corners.  A feather (found on a lunchtime walk) sits in the East- a small Lava Lamp sits in the South- a Sea Shell sits in the West and a small pinecone (another lunch walk find) sits in the North.

To celebrate the seasons and the Sabbats, a small vase of flowers, pinecones picked up from a walk, seashells or dollar store snowmen sit on my desk tucked into the corner, but in eyesight.  I use oils as my perfume of choice and the small roll on vials of Egyptian Musk, Dragon’s Blood, Frankincense, Nag Champa or Tunisian Myrrh fit in my desk drawer and offer brief excursions into the feelings of this ritual or that working as needed, in addition to their calming, purifying and balancing attributes.

Lunchtime offers opportunity to walk and get outdoors to commune with the Sun and nature.  A 15 min. walk can rejuvenate and cleanse the buildup from closed off indoor spaces nicely and can become a meditation to center your breathing and your connection to earth and sky.  I also find souvenirs along the way to bring back into my office space; remember the pinecones and feather on my desk! I usually use my lunch time to write, read or prep for workshops or ritual and doing so outside when weather permits enhancing the creative flow.

For several years, I was fortunate enough to offer a weekly lunchtime meditation for some co-workers and myself.  Everyone looked forward to it and I enjoyed the feeling of service, connection and the creative aspects of setting up visually beautiful settings to begin each meditation. You would be surprised at how many people might be on board with setting some time aside for this practice.

There have been special occasions when I was doing a specific working and I would bring in a small crystal to anchor the energy or a sigil drawn on a small index card discreetly placed under folders or my keyboard.  These largely went unnoticed or simply received the comment of “how beautiful”.

I think part of what makes our path so rich in diversity and style is the freedom to be creative. The sensibilities and responsiveness to be able to problem solve and work magick that is effective but can still remain within the confines of where you are able to perform it and what you have to work with.  The beauty is held in the ability to empower ordinary objects with the vision and responsiveness of the finest magickal tool. I think these are some of the things that make the pagan path flexible, sustainable and something that can truly be as interwoven into the 24/7 365 days mantra.

Here’s to the creativity of the God and Goddess that courses through all of us!

“The Priestess”

Artist: Caitlin Fennelly

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The Moon is Full today in the astrological sign of Aquarius as the Sun enters the astrological sign of Leo. Want to know more about the dynamics of these energies? And, how the poem below relates?

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Sun roars
And shakes its
Heavy mane
Standing watch
Across brilliance
Of Sky light.

Echoes of low rumbling
Are made by
Man’s beating of
Heavy wing.

Mind soars
Ablaze with
Lion’s fire-filled breath.

Sun filled Lion sits
Regally surveying
All of his lands
As the gentle
Hand of One
Who knows all
Lovingly strokes
His flaming mane.

Take a look at today’s post for the Temple of the Moon project available at 3:30 today (the planetary hour of the Moon). 

The Temple of the Moon

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set forth these words

as the moon shine Full bright

The Crab holds the deep waters

of intuition and lens of clear sight

That all who read may learn, explore

and grow

In the ways of spell working

and the seeds of desire they wish to grow.

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Painting: John William Waterhouse

There is some debate over what the definition of Operative Magick is and the tag lines of Practical,  High and Low Magick associated with its definition.  Moreover, the term High and Low does not denote that level of effectiveness or potency, but rather the nature of the working and more specifically the energies and entities that are involved in the process.

High Magick is work done with the specific intent of achieving a spiritual, mystical goal. Ceremonial Magick, followers of the Order of the Golden Dawn and Qabalistic Magick are all work with the formality and formularies of  High Ritual. The work is done in a ritualistic manner; always with  a circle of art being cast, the energies of the quarters called and a statement to the seen and unseen regarding the intent. The work is formal, structured and well planned in accord with the desired results.

Operative (or Low) Magick includes Folk Magick, spell work and those workings that look more to effect the mundane world using the tools and energies of the mundane in concert with the spiritual to bring about a desired result. These are the practical workings that we do on a daily basis in accord with our life or communities needs. Those who were the pagans of  agricultural society and  lived in the lowlands worked from dusk to dawn, had little if any time or need for elaborate ceremonies; therefore the practice of operative magick was straightforward and to the point with little fanfare. Feathers, stones, herbs, flowers and other natural items were the ingredients used to work magick to ensure a good crops, fertility in marriage or protection from those  who would do harm.  These needs have transformed to some degree in modern society, but the underlying premise is still the same. That of improving or safeguarding those things we need.

Operative magick makes use of very simple and concrete tools, making use of what is available whether magickal or not and then employing the natural laws and principles of cause and effect to accomplish the working.

Spell work is perhaps the most commonly known form of operative magick.  The overlays and enhancements of astrology, herbs, candles, colors, crystals, oils and a litany of by products of the natural world support the working and engage the caster in a physical and energetic way.

A common time for operative magick to be employed is at one of the phases of the lunar cycle- New- Full of Dark.  Most often operative magick is not included as part of a Sabbat celebration, but need may dictate otherwise and the celebration and communion with the Deity(ies) of association are called to witness and aid with the working. The spell found at the beginning of this writing was written for the Full Moon in Cancer and was part of a working of operative magick to reveal the deeper meanings of an article I had written to all who read it. Using the Moon’s energies in the sign of Cancer was an additional bolster to the intent of the working as most people engage with written and creative offerings from an emotional heart centered space.  Additionally, I used a sea blue candle for the working and drew from my own emotional and intuitive responses to craft a spell and symbolic working that would be successful.

For the magickal worker who maintains the belief that their path is one of 24/7 365 days a year and is part of the fibers of their own life’s existence, operative magick is a daily routine.  We cast spells as we cook. Carefully preparing and choosing the finest ingredients to produce pleasure and nourishment for ourselves and those we love cooking.  Sitting and writing that special sentiment in a birthday card or sharing condolences intended to comfort are crafts of spell work. Prayers offered up for a loved one’s health and the even the simple gesture of a hug and kiss accompanied by words of “have a good day” are spells cast.   These and more are done transparently and largely unknowingly as we move through our daily routines.

To read more about Spell Work and other forms of operative magick, please check out:

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Out shooting (camera pics) with my husband tonight and we stopped to catch the sunset. I wanted to post this picture of the First Quarter Moon as a side note to the postings on Temple of the Moon.  Going out and seeing the moon perfectly poised and balanced in the midst of a darkening blue sky was the icing on the cake for Day Eight’s posting about balance and refining.

Milky crescent waxing bright

Creamy brilliance in darkening night

Heralding evening and rest to unfold

Mysteries deep and future’s stories untold

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Sunset was beautiful too!!

Sky Opens

Clouds Shift

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The Artist sweeps brush wide and long

Color blends, fuses and merges

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Deepened hue drains

Into darkness’ hungry mouth

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The Earth shook and a
Thunderous bellow shattered
The foundations of its making.

Magick streamed from shattered stone
Rising upwards
Carrying fragments of
Star matter and life
Into the Other realm.

The Lion roared and fires
Rose from tendrils of sharp breath
Animal and Man quivered from
The low rumbling of quickening.

Magick etched its spark of light
In cave and den, in home and dwelling
It coursed through sending shivers
Through spine and awakened mind.

Eagle soared and serpent coiled
Under piercing gaze as wings
Beat heavily scattering all that
Had been writ in stone and hand.

Magick swelled untamed and tempered
By guard of emotional wall and words
Of terrifying and great power
The vaults of wisdom cracked open
And what lay hidden was brought to
Light once more.

The Great winds came
And turned to star dust
All that had been falsely claimed.

And, man rose from the
Center of gale storm’s core
Free of what had bound his will
Great magick now released
Held in flesh and bone.

We are all witnesses to a point of great transition within the magickal and spiritual communities. The streams of magickal outpouring are evolving and changing just as the definition of what magick is and is not has evolved. No longer are the mysteries of the practice held in reserve for the select few. No longer is access to groups, groves, lodges and the pagan community at large hidden in the shadows, down the dark alleys and kept only for a select few.

We are seeing a new wave of seekers on a path that is ripe with the legacy that has carried it to this pivotal point and we are standing at the brink of what will either carry us into a new way of expression or the proverbial multiple steps backwards. It all depends on what we are willing to co-create and the steps taken to unify what is abundant, but still scattered in focus and intent.

We hear a lot about religious tolerance and the coming together of different ways of thinking in search of common ground. I’ve never cared much for the word “tolerance”. It always had the feel of someone who made a choice because they were coerced or pressured into it. Historically, we have seen tolerance in action and know of the often deeper divide that has occurred from the force of that pressure. I prefer the word “acceptance’ because it embraces a spirit of completely opening to the possibilities of joining forces and doing so willfully.

I believe we are at the crossroads ready to step into the next form that magickal practice will take based upon the acceptance of what great potential lay in that action. There is implied courage needed to move ahead and time is escalating for the changes that are needed to take effect. Divisiveness and elitist ideology are giving way to varied streams of magick and spiritual practice meeting on common ground in celebration of their shared resources, combined strengths and acknowledgement of their individual weaknesses. Now, the caution here is that there is a delicate balance between holding firmly to what has worked before and over diluting it with incompatible or less viable energies in the effort to expand. Expansion requires a slow and steady process of gradually adding something more to the mix, allowing it to settle and form its own natural paths of connection to what exists and then increasing once again or standing newly refined where you are.

I use the word nascent here as a calling to what the future may hold and what the new legacy will be that is left by our children and their children’s children as the generations of magick workers moves ahead. How will the world and life as we know it become re-enchanted with the core essence of a deeper magick that permeates every action, word and thought that is issued. And, what impact will this have on the multiple layers of life and beings that inhabit our world as we reach beyond and connect with those other worlds that coexist in the greater cosmos.

I have intentionally left this brief writing open-ended and vague. I believe there are no clear answers, paths or directives that should be followed. Structure is only as viable as the flexibility and longevity of the means and matter with which it was constructed. I believe it will take a unique blend of body, soul and spirit that is both flexible and strong to birth this new magick. One of the definitions of the word “Nascent” in chemistry as applied to hydrogen is:

                                  (Hydrogen that is) Freshly generated in a reactive form.

I like this definition and the image it brings to mind of the individual re-acting to its natural state of being and becoming something more.

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Monday marks the New Moon in the astrological sign of Cancer.  There are many ways to honor the cycles of lunar phase; some being formal ritual (Esbat) and others being simple meditation or sitting under the light of the Full Moon and breathing in the energy and beauty of its force.  For most, the Full Moon is the easiest to connect with given the visual presentation that graces a night sky if weather is clear. The phases of New and Dark Moon are not visible in presentation and connecting to these energies requires a fully open and responsive sense of awareness and being able to feel what cannot be seen yet is potent, viable and present nonetheless.

The New Moon is an excellent time to begin workings that require the energy of the initial flow needed for beginnings.  One of the correlates would be the energy of the sunrise or dawn.  A new day is a beginning that is packed full with the potential to become whatever you desire most by the time it reaches the fullness of mid-day.  So too, the lunar cycle of the New Moon offers the opportunity to harness the energy of expansion towards the fullest expression of what you wish to bring into manifestation at the Full Moon.

Additionally, this New  Moon is in the astrological sign of Cancer, whose planetary ruler is the Moon and offers specific opportunity to begin workings that involve the depths of your emotional or intuitive self. Cancer is of the Cardinal Modality, which is also the energy of beginnings and the outpourings of what is needed to catalyze the stage of initiation towards stability. Putting all of this energy of new beginnings, outpourings of expansive flow and the addition of opportunity to plummet the depths of emotion and heart offers maximum support to any workings involving emotional investment, transformation and change.  Work to deepen relationships, strengthen home life and family interactions, connect more deeply to your feminine polarity and nurturing yourself and others are some of the magick you can work during this time.

If you would like to learn more about the energy of the Moon and its cycle through a lunar month, please join me in the Temple of the Moon.  The journey begins with this upcoming  New Moon in Cancer on July 8.2013.

Click Here to check it out:

The Temple of the Moon

Resource:  The Esoteric Tymes

 

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