The Importance of Names

Call it what you will – the soul, the essence, the ego, the Middle Self – but I am a big fan of me. And not only am I a fan of me, but I’m also a fan of the concept of me. There is a Me. There is a self in this body. There is something utterly precious in this limited, mortal sliver of existence bookended by this body’s birth and this body’s death. I don’t know if I or any part of myself is immortal, and frankly I don’t care. What I care about, practically and magically, is this life, this being peeking out of these eyes, using these hands to affect change in this lifetime.

I did magic tonight in the spirit of doing magic on a regular basis, just like my Lady told me to. Half the spell tonight I wrote out beforehand, with the main ritual actions yanked directly from The Goodly Spellbook. (I’ll let you know later if I recommend this volume or not.) I’ll leave the details of tonight’s working to your imagination, partly because I don’t feel like sharing something so personal and partly because I want to keep the energies of the spell focused. Basically I performed a severing spell with the intention of separating the energies of myself and someone else who really needs to be gone, in totality, from my life. This mix of Me and Not Me energies have needed pruning for a good, long while. Though I feel like the Morrígan is neither finished with myself or with this working, what I want to specifically talk about is the impromptu segment of tonight’s activities that started after I’d sat down before my altar, but before I read aloud my prepared spell.

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Do Magic Every Day.

“Do magic every day.”

It’s a fairly simple, straightforward command, don’t you think? Four words etched out in the imperative. DO – there’s my verb. (Curious how other languages I’ve studied often compress “to do” and “to make” into a single verb. To be a do-er is to be a make-er, one who creates and effects change.) DO (CREATE/MAKE/CHANGE) what? MAGIC. Magic, the art, science, and sheer dumb luck of making things happen. “DO MAGIC.” “CREATE CHANGE.” “MAKE YOUR OWN DAMN LUCK.”

A sentence finds completion with a subject (implied to be me) and a verb. Our direct object is intrinsically understood to be tied, irrevocably, to this verb. “Magic” might as well be the noun version of the verb “to do.” But that isn’t the end of this command. DO. MAGIC. How? When? In what manner?

EVERY. Cyclical, steady, reliable, untiring, unceasing. There are no breaks. There are no exceptions. There only is – only can be – the Work. And the Work must be done EVERY – every what?

DAY. Sunup. Sundown. Moonrise. Moonset. Morning to evening, straight on through the night until dawn and back again.





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Happy Blue Moon Eve!

©Nick K, 1/28/10

Tomorrow night our only natural satellite turns full a second time in one month, making it a blue moon. The Farmers’ Almanac has some information on why we call it a blue moon to begin with. Did you know the last blue moon was New Years Eve 2009, and the next blue moon won’t be until July 2015?

The next full moon – a regular full moon, not a blue one – is on September 30. Given its proximity to the Autumnal Equinox, it will be this year’s Harvest Moon, so-called because the light of the full moon allowed farmers to work long into the night, finishing up that season’s harvests. Or something like that.

For magic(k)al practitioners, this is a rare astronomical event that you should consider taking advantage of. One thought that comes to mind is to buy several of those white 7-day candles (I can find them at my local Wal-Mart), bless and consecrate them tomorrow night, and light one overnight during every full moon for the next three years. When one candle has almost burned to the end, use it to light another candle and so keep the flame of one blue moon alive until the next one. You can do the same thing by blessing and consecrating holy moon water (adding salt, quartz, moonstone, jasmine, or any other ingredients that remind you of the moon), storing it in an airtight container, and using a few drops to boost any future lunar spells.

Even if you don’t practice magic, get out there and enjoy this rare astronomical event!