Archive for March, 2010

The Great Work

From Wikipedia:

The Great Work (Latin: Magnum opus) is a term which originated in medieval European alchemy which refers to the successful completion of the transmutation of base matter into gold or the creation of the philosopher’s stone. It has subsequently been used as a metaphor for spiritual transformation in the Hermetic tradition. It originally had four stages:

nigredo (-putrefactio), blackening(-putrefaction): corruption, dissolution, individuation, see also Suns in alchemy – Sol Niger
albedo, whitening: purification, burnout of impurity; the moon, female
citrinitas, yellowing: spiritualisation, enlightenment; the sun, male;
rubedo, reddening: unification of man with god, unification of the limited with the unlimited.
After the 15th century, many writers tended to compress citrinitas into rubedo and consider only three stages.

However, it is in citrinitas that the Chemical Wedding takes place, generating the Philosophical Mercury without which the Philosopher’s Stone, triumph of the Work, could never be accomplished.

Within Thelema, the Great Work is generally defined as those spiritual practices leading to the mystical union of the Self and the All.

The Great Work is the uniting of opposites. It may mean the uniting of the soul with God, of the microcosm with the macrocosm, of the female with the male, of the ego with the non-ego.~Aleister Crowley

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Each person this Great Work will be in a different form.

My own Great Work is fused within my daily life, not to be separated but integrated fully and beautifully.

I compare the Great Work to alchemy of the spirit and soul.  Each of us goes through several transformative processes in our lives that lead us through much growth and to a place where our growth can best be suited.

The Alchemy of my Spirit has led me to Sacred Mists where I have undergone so much growth and change I am scarcely the same person I was when I stumbled upon the doorstep.

I have cast off the illusions of who I thought I was, who I wanted to be and discovered who I am.  I have discovered my place in the web of this life and what my Great Work revolves around the Coven I found in Sacred Mists.  I have  a deep calling and desire to teach and bring magick and the spirit of Wicca to people who are seeking it.

In order to continue this, I must continue to push myself sprititually beyond my comfort zones of working online but involving myself with the local communities and shoppes.

Over the last 8 years I have spent at Sacred Mists I have developed and rediscovered the magick of the natural world, of myself and a great confidence in myself that runs deeper than physical but to my very core.

My Great Work is simply to continue to grow and interact with those who seek.  To continue working with Sacred Mists to grow the programs to the next Progressive levels carrying the Tradition, the School, the Circle and the Coven forward.

My calling to the Goddess is deep.  This is where my spirit belongs.  My passion for life is ever-expanding.

Today, I will take this to the next step by working on the Degree Programs, enhancing them.  I will make more time to write out my thoughts.  I will share my thoughts, my passion and my magick with those around me.

Today I smile and the world smiles with me, the Goddess is Alive in me and Magick is afoot.

Posted on 25 March '10 by , under Growth, Life, Sacred Mists, Spirituality, Training, Wicca. 4 Comments.

Where does the time go?

I have two different drafted entries started on differing subjects.  Time simply seems to fly by so fast that I can barely catch my breath.

Must do’s today:
Lunch with a friend
Ordering & Work, Work, Work
Write

While it might not seem like a big list to most it involves a whole lot of differing steps.

today I feel pretty good in general and am wearing *gasp* pink.  I think I look cute in clothing that actually fits.  I tend to wear things that are too big for me to hide behind it.  This generally makes me look even fatter.  Whatever it’s a good day and I will leave this short entry at that.

Posted on 19 March '10 by , under Growth, Life. No Comments.

Ego vs. Confidence

Something I have noticed recently is the growing trend of enlarged ego’s.  In part I believe this to be a side effect of social media and everything being accessible.

It is easy for me to ‘friend’  this or that famous person and “Interact” with them. Further to that end is that there will always be people who like to drop names and toot their own horns.

While some degree of this is acceptable, to me it seems superfluous and egotistical when all you do is toot your own horn, when all you do is Me, Me look at Me.  Perhaps I am the odd bird out.  I don’t want to confuse self-worth and confidence with the growing look at me culture that seems to be cropping up.

I feel it is vital to a healthy life and magical practice that you have confidence in yourself and your abilities in the spiritual realms; however, when is it too much?

How do you walk the tight rope of confidence vs. ego?

For me personally, I live and practice my path every single day.  I am a real person with real feelings and real goals.  Sure I know some people, sure I have worked with some people but they are not who I am.  Absolutely they taught me wonderful things, absolutely I will always remember the interactions and will thrive on future interactions.  These interactions do impact and shape my path because I allow it and desire it to be so.  These interactions are not the whole of my path.

What are my goals?  Continue training and working at Sacred Mists.  Continue training and interacting in public events.  I live my path as I see it to be and it is always growing.

This is turning into a ramble and before it gets too far lost I had better stop 🙂

Posted on 18 March '10 by , under Growth, Life, Spirituality, Training. No Comments.

Today’s distraction brought to you by the Letter R and the element of Water (IE Rain)

It’s very gray here today as it has been raining pretty much all day since about midnight.

There is something about the rain that puts me in the most serene mood. I woke up grouchy and meh but sitting here listening to the rain and watching it come down outside my sliding glass doors (which are open) has me very well relaxed and at peace.

Sure I get frustrated and irritated at some things but all in all I am feeling quite lovely today. I have a luscious candle left over from last Litha (delightful yellow color with a lemon cream scent with a subtle hint of vanilla) to boost the “light” of the house and my mood.

Anyway I have passed my 8 year anniversary with Sacred Mists (last weekend) and have a great many things to be thankful for.

My journey through these halls has not always been an easy one. I have stumbled, fallen, been battered and beaten at times. I simply refuse to give up by pushing myself forward and up off the ground when i find myself knocked over. The lessons have been wonderful and difficult. I have made many wonderful friends over the years and let go of many friends as well as they moved on and decided to not stay in touch.

I am thankful for their part in my path, for the light and trouble both they brought me.

Rain falls upon the earth and enlivens the world around it. I can hear the birds chirping in wonderful spring happiness not far. Their song is one of renewal and light. The breeze rustles through the leaves of the trees whispering in my ear “we live, celebrate life with us”.

Today I honor my path. Today I honor the Goddess. Today I honor you. Today I honor Lady Raven. Today I honor me.

With joy in my heart and the blessings of life renewing I celebrate my path as a Priestess of Sacred Mists.

This to me is the ultimate joy and calling. I am nearly ready in my spirit and heart for the next step of this journey. What will it bring? I don’t know. Change is coming. It’s beautiful. I embrace it.

Enough babbling. Back to the song of the birds.

Posted on 12 March '10 by , under Training. 1 Comment.