I was a little disappointed with that last post, http://camylleon.wordpress.com/2012/04/13/layers-of-magick-a-theory-in-process/. Not because I didn’t like what I wrote, but because it just didn’t get the readers most of my posts do. (I think I’m a little overly sensitive about this, but that’s another story altogether!)This could be due to one of two things (among many)…either no one’s interested in this topic…or…no one reads this blog on Fridays. Which is possible. I’ve never gotten much traffic on Fridays, so I probably shouldn’t be that surprised.
So I vented about that on Twitter, and got some interesting, and immediate, feedback, which ranged from “read it, loved it,” to “I’m confused.” Which means that of those people who did read it, I must not have expressed my point well enough.
So much for being a writer. Hmph.
As requested, I’m going to try to illustrate my points with personal anecdotes. It seems the easiest way for me to explain myself…especially since I am the first to admit I don’t necessarily understand the reasons behind these things…I just know they are.
Going back to the good old days of the store and even before that, when I was making jewelry. One of the reasons I got into stone lore was because I was working with semi-precious stones and people would ask me what this or that stone was supposed to be good for. I will admit now that I’m not sure I believed any of it. I loved stones. I always have. I preferred the look and feel of natural stones to plastic, glass, lead crystal, or metal. Knowing the properties of stones and crystals simply enhanced my sales. Nothing more. Pretty mercenary, eh? Yep. Snake oil.
I wasn’t comfortable with snake oil sales, ever, but I convinced myself that if they believed it, that was their problem. And, after all, if they believed it, it might actually do what I had told them it would so it all worked out one way or the other in the end, no harm no foul. I was careful; I never told anyone that the jewelry would do anything like cure cancer, for instance. However, in the beginning, when I was not very knowledgeable about the legendary uses, I admit I made it up on more than one occasion. But it was always logical. You can often surmise a basic stone use just off of the color of the rock. Blue for healing, for instance. It was later in my studies that I was able to suggest smoky quartz or lepidolite for depression (they both contain lithium, giving them a semi-scientific reason for the benefit as well as the legendary one). Or that tiger’s eye is supposed to work with the “self” or “sacral” chakra but be warned…it has a tendency to make you deal with things you might not want to. See, I’ve learned a few things since those beginning days.
That doesn’t mean I believed it, even after I began learning it. I didn’t believe in the “power of gemstones” for ages after opening the store, even though I would never have admitted that to any of my customers. It wasn’t until we’d ordered pounds and pounds of stones and I encountered Selenite that I trulybelieved.
And I believed because I felt it. Selenite has an amazing effect on me. To call it my happy rock would be an understatement. It makes me giddy. Makes me feel like I could run a marathon. Probably has the same effect on me as a super double big gulp of Jolt cola. Seriously. Don’t believe me? Ask Mousie.
And this is the point I was trying to make. I had no faith in Selenite, I had no belief. I really had no preconceived notion of what its effects would be (it’s not something I ever made jewelry out of or had sold before, so I’d had no cause to study it or commit its effects to memory). But I felt it. I know there is a physical vibration to selenite. I have absolutely no doubt of its effects and how I would use it in spell work if I felt the need.
At the botanica, I learned about Florida Water for the first time. Those of you with a purely Wiccan, suburban, middle class Caucasian back ground probably have never heard of it…or if you have, you probably don’t think the stuff is useful. Let’s face it, it’s mostly alcohol and perfumes…smells flowery and citric, very pleasant actually. But of what use is it?
Now I understand. During a pendulum reading, I encountered a fairly malignant spirit. It left me goosey, spastic, eyes dilated, breathing shallow, and basically panicking. If you’ve ever had anything on your back like that, you know what I’m talking about.
Splash of Florida Water across the back of the neck…and it was all gone.
There was no way I could have “focused” my will in that moment. None. It wasn’tme that got rid of that yuck; it was the Florida Water. Without me, without my intent, it has a certain vibration. As the stones do. As the herbs do. As the incense does.
And that is my point. That without us these things have purposes. Without our intent, they can affect us. Without our belief they can affect us.
We all know how powerful our intent can be. That focusing our Will can bring amazing things into our lives. Now imagine what could be done by combining that will with one or two ingredients that have the same focus as the work we’re trying to attempt. Layers.
I think that in the push/pull “battle” between “high magick” and “low magick” we’ve lost a truth. That there really is no difference between the two. Magic is magic. Most of the time, we need no more than our Will or our Gods to work these feats…but sometimes they help. Sometimes when we’re in a dark place and cannot focus. Sometimes when the panic is twisting our hearts too much to concentrate. Sometimes when we’re tired or hurting or sick. Sometimes when there’s something attacking or on our heads. Sometimes they can be useful and we should not dismiss these things as “not necessary” or “just props.”
The right blend of incense might help bring you money with a minimum of focus; which is helpful when you’re panic-stricken about your bills. The right oil might protect your doorstep, which might help if you live in the “wrong neighborhood” and are losing sleep from fear.
This is what I’m saying. We should give our “props” some “props.” For myself, I know that I will use whatever is available, whatever will help, whenever it is necessary. Because I have proven to myself that these things often work when I don’t believe itat all.
And I’m hoping this makes sense this time…;-)