October Magic

“We can think of ritual as the container we weave in which we can be carried away by magic and ecstasy.”

—Starhawk and Valentine, The Twelve Wild Swans

My dad holding one of my nephews at my Grandma’s memorial ceremony

Our ritual recording for this week is available here.

The theme of the ritual is claiming our magic. In the audio I not only share about our rune of the week, but also some quotes and resources around the word magic as well as about creating strong ritual “baskets” that carry us when we need them to. I also share some personal reflections about creating a family memorial ceremony for my grandma who died last week.

Our card for the week from Womanrunes was The Witch’s Hat, rune of magic, spells, and enchantment. How perfect is this rune for this time of year? Exquisitely perfect! It made me laugh when it turned up because I could not have chosen a better one myself. It is so very connected to the themes of our October Magic kit in our October newsletter too!

What IS your magic? What are you afraid of? What wants to ripple through you and out your fingertips? What are you naming and claiming and dancing with and sharing with others? That pointed hat is YOURS!

I’ve shared the following quote in past lessons, but I re-visited it in the audio for this week and so I’m including it here as well, in case you missed it before. It is about magic and an alternative to the popular definition of magic as “the art of transforming consciousness at will.”

David Abram in The Spell of the Sensuous explains an embodied, earthy type of magic:22791704_1986418064903739_2257069927297123568_o

In keeping with the popular view of shamanism as a tool for personal transcendence, the most sophisticated definition of “magic” that now circulates through the American counterculture is “the ability or power to alter one’s consciousness at will.” There is no mention made of any reason for altering one’s state of consciousness. Yet in tribal cultures that which we call “magic” takes all of its meaning from the fact that, in an indigenous and oral context, humans experience their own intelligence as simply one form of awareness among many others. 

The traditional magician cultivates an ability to shift out of his or her common state of consciousness precisely in order to make contact with other species on their own terms. Only by temporarily shedding the accepted perceptual logic of his or her culture can the shaman hope to enter into a rapport with the multiple nonhuman sensibilities that animate the local landscape. It is this, we might say, that defines a shaman: the ability to readily slip out of the perceptual boundaries that demarcate his or her particular culture-boundaries reinforced by social customs, taboos, and, most important, the common speech or language-in order to make contact with, and learn from, the other powers in the land. Shamanic magic is precisely this heightened receptivity to the meaningful solicitations–songs, cries, and gestures–of the larger, more-than-human field…

I find that the experience of listening both within and without and then stepping out of oneself to connect deeply with the world around is magic. This is what I mean, I believe, when I reference, as I often do, everyday magic.22499341_1985494764996069_6060706210616543568_o

And, in the book The Twelve Wild Swans, Starhawk and Valentine  write:

“Everyone can do the life-changing, world-renewing work of magic…the Dalai Lama said, ‘It’s not enough to pray and meditate; you must act if you want to see results.’ We are called to offer real service to others, to the Goddess. That service may take many forms: mopping the floor after the party, priestessing rituals, healing, planning, teaching, carrying the heavy cauldron from the car, sitting with a dying friend, writing up the minutes for a neighborhood meeting, organizing a protest to protect a sacred place from development, writing letters to Congress, training others in nonviolent civil disobedience, growing food, or changing the baby’s diapers. All of these can be life-changing, world-renewing acts of magic…”

And now, dear Circle, the rattle passes to you…

What are your life-changing, world renewing acts of magic?

May you take time to cultivate your magic and to create meaningful ceremonies that weave a strong and supple basket to carry you to magical shores.

(If you’re not a member of the Creative Spirit Circle yet, we welcome you to join us! It is free and fabulous!)

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