No Favour To Return

This is probably not helpful, because I’m much younger than you and not part of any community to speak of but: I have been quietly following you since I made a tumblr to follow people with because I was in a cult in my teens and something no one ever talks about is the ANGER and the HURT and the way that it just KEEPS GOING even as I keep going– the way that it so overtly breaks you and so subtly continues to break even years later– but you. You talk about it. And that– that is a light for me. Not because of ‘it gets better’ or anything hopefully trite like that, but because it /doesn’t/, you just live with it better and worse and your writing sets it out so plain– trauma is trauma, and even in the older pagan/polytheist circles I’ve found, no one likes to just face up to the scars. You do, though, and write it so well– I don’t know. It helps, and I can’t say that I can return the favour at all– but it helps. So. Thank you. I am sorry you hurt so much.

That was a message sent to my Tumblr blog quite some time ago. I never answered it publicly there because I didn’t want to expose the sender to undue harassment.

Continue reading “No Favour To Return”

Do Magick December ’18: Talismans Masterpost

The work completed in August paid off and I’m still here. As the year ended with more pots to cook than I have stove burners available some obligations would have to be fulfilled as sparingly as possible. I had wanted to get back into the DoMagick game, but didn’t want to stir up more trouble.

The December 2018 challenge is about as straightforward as it gets: Talismans.

I decided to buck my normal tendency to overcomplicate matters and make the most basic type of modern talisman using two things found in any grocery store: Paper and glue. What follows is the masterpost of entries for the December 2018 DoMagick Challenge.

Continue reading “Do Magick December ’18: Talismans Masterpost”

Do Magick December ’18: Day 30 + 1 – Task Completed

Technically, yesterday was the 30th day of my DoMagick Challenge regarding talismans. But yesterday ended on a strange pivot that effectively removed a third of the day from public review, so I took advantage of the New Year’s Day holiday to take some deliberate actions with some deliberate observations that I could report on.

I went to work.

Continue reading “Do Magick December ’18: Day 30 + 1 – Task Completed”

Do Magick December ’18: Day 29 – Home Work

I tried to be lazy! I really, really did! *whining intensifies* But I was up at sunrise anyway. It’s (not at all) funny how the time-management seal has exposed many more interconnected problems and deficiencies I have regarding something so simple and buzzwordy as “time management”.

Well, that’s why it’s called “Work”, right?

Continue reading “Do Magick December ’18: Day 29 – Home Work”

Do Magick December ’18: Day 26 – Disappointment

According to my much revised schedule, I should have had at least four sigils entered into the mini-book and much more dramatic effects to report by now. Instead I have three sigils entered, and I find myself consciously bucking the most active of them.

I’m still marking the effort as a success even though there are four more days left to observe and record.

Continue reading “Do Magick December ’18: Day 26 – Disappointment”

Do Magick December ’18: Day 25 – Limitations

I took some time before the work day actually began to retrieve and open the mini-book to the red time management seal. I read and spoke the latin words written in it as solemnly and softly as I could in the office. I then put the mini-book back in my wallet and began the day with purpose and vigor.

So of course, the day went to shit.

Continue reading “Do Magick December ’18: Day 25 – Limitations”

Do Magick December ’18: Day 24 – Time Enough?

Of the three things that were on my To Do list this morning (not counting coffee), the first one fell flat because I realized that it is a calendar sensitive task that can only be worked and completed on a Saturday. The second took longer to do than I had anticipated. And the third will have to wait until the second one is completed.

Continue reading “Do Magick December ’18: Day 24 – Time Enough?”

Do Magick December ’18: Day 23 – An Idle Day

The problem with “Set & Observe” operations is that observing can be boring to do, boring to ponder, and even more boring to report. And yet, that is my report for the day as the passive sigils didn’t have anything to overtly influence. As I don’t “do” Christmas, today has been more of an extended weekend than anything else. The day passed quietly and peacefully, which is the gift I have been needing for months if not years.

Continue reading “Do Magick December ’18: Day 23 – An Idle Day”