Chapter 2: The Seven Wonders of Mythology

Week 2 of the Magickal Recovery & Discovery Pilot Program, The Seven Wonders, by Daniel Link


November 7, 2020




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THIS WEEK, WE RECOVER & DISCOVER THE SEVEN WONDERS OF MYTHOLOGY.



AS WE UNRAVEL THE MYTHS OTHERS HAVE ASSIGNED TO OUR CHARACTER, OUR TRUE, YET UNDISCOVERED SECRET IDENTITY BEGINS TO MATERIALIZE…LIKE WISPS OF SMOKE ABOUT TO TAKE SHAPE, BUT VANISH WITH THE SLIGHTEST BREEZE. WE ASK OURSELVES, “DID I SEE SOMETHING??? OR AM I IMAGINING THINGS???” 


THEN A SELF-IMPOSED CURSE TAKES OVER THE INTERROGATION PROCESS, PROMPTING US UNTIL WE RESEMBLE SMEAGOL IN LORD OF THE RINGS; HAVING A TWO-SIDED CONVERSATION IN A MURKY POOL OF WATER.


NOW THAT THE DEMONS OF OUR OUR SELF-IMPOSED CURSES HAVE BEEN EXPOSED, THEY ARE IN FEAR MODE, TOO.  THEY ARE SCRAMBLING.  THEY ARE MIXING LIES WITH THE TRUTH IN ORDER TO SURVIVE.  THEY KNOW THAT WITHOUT YOUR WILL TO SUPPORT THEM, THEY WILL BE CRITICALLY IMPAIRED, BANISHED AND/OR DIE OF STARVATION.  


BE WARNED HERE: YOUR DEMONS KNOW THEY ARE IN DANGER…THEY WILL STOP AT NOTHING TO DEFEND THEIR FOOD SOURCE: YOU AND YOUR MAGIKCAL ENERGY. 


DO NOT LET THOUGHTS LIKE: “I’M LOSING MY MIND” OR “I’M GOING CRAZY” FLIP YOU THE FUCK OUT.  PRACTICAL WISDOM ASSURES US THAT TRULY CRAZY PEOPLE DO NOT SAY “I KNOW I’M INSANE.” 


BECAUSE THE TRUTH IS THIS: DISCOVERING OUR TRUE IDENTITIES AND FEELINGS CAN BE AS TRAUMATIC AS A CHILD WHO LEARNS HE OR SHE WAS ADOPTED EARLY ON, OR DISCOVERS HIS OR HER TRUE BIRTH FAMILY LATER ON IN LIFE.  CONTRARY EMOTIONS AND SIGNALS CROSS FIRE. “OH MY GOD, ALL THIS TIME I THOUGHT I WAS ALONE.” THAT SENTENCE CARRIES A HEIGHTENED SENSE OF ADVENTUROUS OPTIMISM, BUT ALSO THE WEIGHT OF A PREVIOUSLY UNKNOWN, IF NOT OMINOUS TRUTH.  “DO I REALLY WANT OR NEED TO KNOW THIS?” USUALLY FOLLOWS.


ONE OF THE FIRST MEMORIES I HAVE AS A CHILD, IS STANDING OUT IN OUR BACKYARD, UNDER A GREAT WHITE PINE. ALL VARIETIES OF NORTHERN MISSOURI BIRDS SPRINTED BETWEEN PECKING THE FOREST HILLS’ GROUND COVER, THEN SWEEPING HEIGHTS IN GRACEFUL, SEEMINGLY EFFORTLESS FLIGHT.  IT WAS THE FIRST TIME I EXPERIENCED JEALOUSY.  I HONESTLY BELIEVED THAT I BELONGED IN THE SKY, ABOVE THE CLOUDS, AMOUNG THE STARS.  “IT’S NOT FAIR THAT BIRDS GET TO FLY AND WALK,” I SAID EARNESTLY TO GOD.  IF I HAD WINGS, I REASONED, I COULD SURELY FLY.


SO LIKE ANY 4-5 YEAR OLD, I CONSULTED WITH MY OLDER BROTHER, WHO INSTRUCTED ME ON THE BEST METHOD FOR CATCHING A BIRD. “ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS SPRINKLE SALT ON A BIRD’S TAIL, THEN YOU CAN CATCH HIM.”


SO OFF I WENT, WITH A BOX OF MORTON’S SALT, FLAILING IT EVERYWHERE, AS I CHASED A FICKLE LITTLE ROBIN AROUND THE YARD. HE WAS BEAUTIFUL.  BUT HE WAS ALSO NOT FRIGHTENED AWAY BY THE LITTLE 2-LEGGED HOBBIT FRANTICALLY THROWING SALT IN ALL DIRECTIONS, TRYING TO CATCH HIM.  THE ROBIN WAS LITERALLY TAUNTING ME — LETTING ME GET CLOSE ENOUGH FOR FALSE HOPE, BUT JETTING QUICKLY AND SAFELY OUT OF REACH, AS I LUNGED TO GRAB HIM, TRYING TO DUMP SALT ALL OVER HIS BUTT.  AFTER SEVERAL FRUSTRATING ATTEMPTS,  I COLLAPSED IN A HEAP OF AGGRAVATION AND DESPAIR…”WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME!!!” I BEGGED. 


IN THAT INSTANT, MY FINE FEATHERED FRIEND RETURNED TO THE TOP BRANCH OF A SIMPLE, SHORT SRUB RIGHT NEXT TO MEWELL WITHIN THE LIMITED REACH OF A 5-YEAR-OLD.  I GENTLY REACHED OUT, AND YES…BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THAT ROBIN SURRENDERED TO MY CAPTURE.  ELATED, MY NEXT INSTINCT WAS TO RUN AND GET A KNIVE SO I COULD CUT HIS WINGS…THEN I COULD FINALLY FLY.


BUT AS I LOOKED INTO THE EYES OF THIS SPIRIT ANIMAL, I EXPERIENCED SOMETHING ELSE…MY JEALOUSLY WAS GONE.  AND IN IT’S PLACE, ANOTHER FIRST EMOTION FOR ME…EMPATHY.  I SIMPLY LET GO MY GRIP, AND THE ROBIN RETURNED TO THE SCRUB.  BLINKED GENTLY, AND FLEW AWAY.  


THIS WAS MY FIRST SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE. MY FIRST COMMUNICATION WITH THE DIVINE.



LATER THAT NIGHT, A SONG CAME ON THE RADIO THAT I HAD NEVER HEARD BEFORE: “AQUARIUS,”  BY THE 5TH DIMENSION.  “THIS SONG IS ABOUT YOUR SIGN, DANNY,” MY SITTER EXPLAINED TO ME.


FAST FORWARD TO WHEN I WAS 10. MY MOM WAS DIAGNOSED WITH ADVANCED STAGE COLON CANCER, AND PREPARING ME FOR WHAT WAS TO COME, SHE TOLD ME SHE DID NOT HAVE LONG TO LIVE.  WITH THAT NEWS, I TOOK MY KITE AND RAN UP THE HIGHEST HILL IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD…TO FLY.  AT THE TIME, I WAS ALREADY STRUGGLING IN CATHOLIC SCHOOL, BETWEEN BEING CONSTANTLY BULLIED FOR BEING “A LITTLE FAGGOT SISSY, TO CONTEMPLATING THE RULES OF CATHOLICISM, OR MORE SPECIFICALLY,  HOW I DIDN’T FIT IN THEM.  MY KITE WAS THE ONLY THING THAT BROUGHT ME SOLACE.


JUST AS I LET THE BALL OF STRING UNSPOOL WITH A STRONG CURRENT THAT HEAVED MY KITE TO THE DESIRED ALTITUDE, IT TOOK A NOSEDIVE INTO THE HEAVIEST BRANCHES OF THE TALLEST TREE IN THE WORLD. I TRIED A COUNTER TUG TO PRY IT LOOSE.  THE STRING SNAPPED. MY KITE WAS TANGLED, AND ALL BUT LOST. 

AGAIN, I FELL TO THE GROUND AND EXPERIENCED ANOTHER, NEW COMPLICATED EMOTION—FEAR OF DEATH/FEAR OF TOTAL ALONE-NESS.  I BROKE DOWN IN TEARS, AND FELT FEARS I HAD NEVER KNOWN BEFORE.  IN MY DESPERATION, I LOOKED DIRECTLY UP INTO THE SKY AND SAID, “GOD, IF YOU LOVE ME, PLEASE…PLEASE…I BEG YOU…PLEASE GIVE ME MY KITE BACK.” IN THAT MOMENT, A GUST OF WIND DISLODGED THE ENTANGLED KITE, AND IT DRIFTED LIKE A WHIMSICAL FEATHER TO REST AT MY SIDE.


SO MUCH CAME TO ME IN THAT MOMENT.  SO MUCH WAS CRADLED IN THAT MOMENT.  BUT ONLY ONE THING WAS CRYSTAL CLEAR—MY FEARS WERE GONE.  ANOTHER SIGNIFICANT, SPIRITUAL SIGNAL FROM THE DIVINE - IN MY LANGUAGE…AS AN AQUARIAN. AS AN AIR SIGN.


AS IT TURNS OUT, MY MOM WON HER FIGHT WITH CANCER AND LIVED INTO HER 80’S.  SHE IS ONE OF MY BIGGEST HEROS AND TEACHERS…SHE SAW SOMETHING QUITE DIFFERENT IN HER YOUNGEST SON, AND ENCOURAGED ME TO FOLLOW MY OWN PATH.


BY THE TIME I BEGAN STUDYING GREEK & ROMAN MYTHOLOGY, I DISCOVERED “THE MYTH OF AQUARIUS.”  



PRINCE GANYMEDE WAS THE YOUNGEST SON OF THE KING OF TROY.  HE WOULD NEVER INHERIT THE THRONE, AS HIS OLDEST BROTHER WAS NEXT IN LINE TO BE KING. BUT GANYMEDE WAS CONTENT, WELL-LOVED, AND HE GREW UP ENJOYING THE LUXURIES OF ROYAL LIFE, JUST THE SAME.  


ONE DAY, WHILE TENDING TO HIS FATHER’S HERD ON THE HIGHEST HILL IN TROY, HE WAS SPOTTED BY ZEUS, WHO IMMEDIATELY BECAME ENCHANTED…HERE WAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MORTAL MAN ON EARTH, IN ZEUS’ EYES.  HE IMMEDIATELY TRANSFORMED HIMSELF INTO AN EAGLE, FLEW DOWN AND CARRIED GANYMEDE BACK TO MOUNT OLYMPUS TO BE HIS LOVER.


GANYMEDE WAS MADE IMMORTAL, ETERNALLY YOUNG, AND WAS STATIONED AS THE WATER BEARER TO ZEUS. GANYMEDE ALSO POURED THE WATERS OF ENLIGHTENMENT INTO THE RIVER NILE, AND TO ALL HUMANITY. SO TAKEN WITH HIS BEAUTY, ZEUS PLACED GANYMEDE’S LIKENESS IN THE STARS, AS THE CONSTELLATION “AQUARIUS.” 


FROM THE TIME I LEARNED THE MYTH OF AQUARIUS, I KNEW THAT IF I EVER FELL INTO DOUBT AGAIN, ALL I HAD TO DO WAS LOOK AT THE STARS—THERE WAS THE PROOF OF HOW GOD FELT ABOUT ME—A YOUNG GAY MAN, WHO HE ADORED LIKE A LOVER.  AND VISE VERSA. 

LIKE I SAID, WHEN IT COME’S TO HOW I FEEL ABOUT GOD…IT’S COMPLICATED.

Chapter 2 Tasks

Seven Signs, Seven Sirens, Seven Legends, Seven Masters, Seven Marks of Character, The Legend of You: Create a Totem


“SEVEN SIGNS”

RETURNING TO YOUR ANGELS & DEMONS: TIME TRAVEL LOG, NOW SCAN YOUR LIFE FOR THOSE UNCANNY INCIDENTS WHERE YOU “KNEW” YOU HAD SPECIAL GIFTS. SPEND SOME TIME WITH THIS, BECAUSE IT’S AMAZING HOW SMALL AND SEEMINGLY INCONSEQUENTIAL YOUR SIGNS CAN BE.  THEY WILL RANGE FROM LITTLE THINGS WE ALL EXPERIENCE, NOTICE, BUT BRUSH OFF…A FRIEND YOU HAVEN’T SPOKEN TO IN YEARS CROSSES YOUR MIND.  THEN THE PHONE RINGS, AND IT’S HIM.  


MAYBE YOU ARE ONE OF THOSE FOLKS WHO JUST ALWAYS SEEMS TO HAVE “GOOD LUCK,” AS YOU MANAGE TO EVADE IMMEASURABLE ODDS.  PERHAPS YOU’RE ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO “LIGHTS UP THE ROOM,” AND NEARLY EVERYONE IN YOUR LIFE COMMENTS ON HOW SAFE THEY FEEL CONFIDING IN YOU.  


ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SPECTRUM, MAYBE EVERYONE YOU MEET  IS INTIMIDATED BY YOU.  YOU’RE CONSTANTLY ON GUARD FOR BOTH EXCESSIVELY DEFENSE BEHAVIOR (EVERYONE WALKS ON EGGSHELLS) —AND OVERTLY AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR (COMPETITIVE RAGERS WHO BELITTLE, MANIPULATE AND PULL THE BLAME-AND-SHAME CARD). YOU’RE SUPER FOCUSED.  YOU MANIFEST EFFICIENTLY.  YOU EXCEL AT EVERYTHING YOU TRY.  


THEN THERE ARE THE CRYSTAL VISIONS, GIFTS & INCIDENTS OF DIVINE INTERVENTION.  MANY OF US HAVE PASSED INTO THE OTHER SIDE, ONLY TO RETURN BACK TO LIFE…WITH MEMORIES OF OUR EXPERIENCE INTACT.  MOST OF US PROBABLY HAVE LIVED IN HAUNTED HOUSES OR CROSSED PATHS WITH FRIENDLY OR NOT SO FRIENDLY GHOSTS.  MANY OF US MAKE A LIVING AS HEALERS, TAROT READERS, WITCHCRAFT PRACTITIONERS, ENERGY WORKERS, REKI MASTERS, MEDIUMS AND SO ON. 


IN FACT,  WE BECOME SO ENGAGED WITH OUR CAREERS - USING OUR MAGICK FOR OTHER PEOPLE, THAT WE EXHAUST OUR GUIDES AND LOSE TOUCH WITH OUR INNER GUIDANCE. WE BECOME IDENTIFIED AS A TRADITIONAL, PROFESSIONAL TAROT READER, AND “MISS” THE SIGN OF HOW OUR MUSIC PLAYLIST “SHUFFLED” THAT DAY.  


WHEN I WENT FROM “ASPIRING SINGER SONGWRITER” TO “MR. HOT SHIT PROFESSIONAL CAREER SINGER SONGWRITER” —WITCHCRAFT EVAPORATED AND MY INSPIRED MUSIC TRANSFIGURED INTO COMPETITIVE “CAREER CRAFT.”  MY LIFE BECAME A VORTEX OF “NEVER ENOUGH.”  THERE I WAS…FOCUSED ON AN “AUDIENCE” I “HAD TO PLEASE” EVERY MOMENT OF MY “LIFE.”


LIST & WRITE OUT SEVEN SIGNS & STORIES FROM YOUR LIFE. ALLOW YOURSELF 30 MINUTES AND BE AS DETAILED AS YOU CAN. EVEN IF IT’S A VAGUE MEMORY, IN BROKEN PIECES (AND SENTENCES), JOT DOWN EVERY DETAIL THAT COMES TO YOU.  

“SEVEN SIRENS”

ONCE AGAIN, SCANNING YOUR ENTIRE LIFE, LIST SEVEN OF YOUR ALL TIME FAVORITE SONGS.  BE SURE TO INCLUDE SONGS THAT YOU LOVED WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG.  

“SEVEN LEGENDS”

LIST SEVEN LEGENDARY STORIES THAT SPEAK TO YOUR BELOVED SHADOW.  INCLUDE TV SHOWS, MOVIES, BOOKS, COMICS, FICTION & NON-FICTION OR ANCIENT MYTHS.  MY LIST INCLUDES EVERYTHING FROM BEWITCHED, TO HARRY POTTER, TO THE MYTH OF AQUARIUS.  THESE ARE YOUR PERSONAL LEGENDS…STORIES THAT CAPTURED YOUR INTEREST & YOUR “I-MAGICK-NATION.”

“SEVEN MASTERS”

THIS IS ACTUALLY A VERY EASY, YET VERY TELLING INDICATOR OF YOUR TRUE “GIFT-SET,” NOT TO MENTION UN-EXCAVATED CHARACTER TRAITS THAT YOU MAY BE READY TO EXPLORE A LITTLE MORE CLOSLY.  


LIST 7 MASTERS YOU LOVE AND ADMIRE, ALIVE OR DEAD.  MY LIST INCLUDES TOM PETTY, GENE KELLY, SAMUAL CLEMENS, ALBERT EINSTEIN, AND OF COURSE, GANYMEDE. INCREASE THE CREATIVE ENERGY BY GLUEING IMAGES & PICTURES ALONGSIDE YOUR LIST.  YOU CAN DO THIS TASK IN THE BACK OF YOUR SHADOW PAGES JOURNAL. IT MAY SEEM A LITTLE 8TH GRADE-ISH AND DUMB…I REALIZE THAT…HOWEVER,  LIGHT “CRAFT WORK” BRINGS LIGHT TO OUR WITCHCRAFT PRACTICE.  SOMETIMES THE MOST DELICATE, BEAUTIFUL MAGICK HAPPENS IN THE MOST MUNDANE MOMENTS.  

“SEVEN MARKS OF CHARACTER”

LIST SEVEN CHARACTER TRAITS YOU LIKE IN YOURSELF, AND WANT TO CULTIVATE.  NOT CHARACTER TRAITS AS IN “PRINCE CHARMING,” BUT CHARACTER TRAITS AS IN PRINCE.  ALLOW SOME FREEDOM & CREATIVE PLAY TO FULLY INHABIT THESE TRAITS AS YOU WRITE.  

AGAIN, WE BECOME SO CONDITIONED INTO PLAYING THE “GOOD WITCH,” WHO RADIATES LOVE, PATIENCE AND COMPASSION… WHO MANIFESTS FROM A BALL OF SHIMMERING LIGHT - WHILE WE IGNORE THE TRUTH OF OUR SECRET CHARACTER…WHO WANTS TO DROP A FUCKING HOUSE ON EVERYONE BECAUSE WE’VE OVEREXTENDED OURSELVES.  SAYING “NO THANKS” TO A FAMILY GATHERING SHOULD NOT FEEL LIKE A COVERT MILITARY OPERATION…WHERE IT LITERALLY TAKES DAYS FOR US TO “COME UP WITH THE TRUTH.”  TOO OFTEN WE SURRENDER OUR TRUE CHARACTER IN ATTEMPTS TO MAINTAIN OUR CHARACTERS’ GOOD STANDING WITH OUR INTIMATES.   



“THE LEGEND OF YOU: CREATE YOUR TOTEM”

CREATE A TOTEM THAT REPRESENTS YOU, AS YOUR FULLY REALIZED, PERFECT WITCH.  THE MEDIUM YOU USE TO DO THIS DOESN’T MATTER, AS LONG AS IT SOMETHING THAT INVOLVES YOUR CREATIVE GIFT OF CHOICE.  FASHON A TOTEM USING CORN HUSKS, WAX OR BITS OF COLORED CLOTH.


DRAW, PAINT, SCULPT…OR JUST TEAR OUT IMAGES FROM MAGAZINES AND MAKE A COLLAGE.  


WRITE A STORY, POEM OR A SONG.


IN FACT, I’LL SHARE SOMETHING I CAME UP WITH, THAT CAPTURES MY TRUTH, IN TERMS OF BEING A WITCH:


I AM WISDOM, THROUGH PRAYERFULNESS

I AM INTUITIVE, THROUGH TRUST

I AM THOUGHFUL, IN PRESENCE

I AM COURAGEOUS, THROUGH FREEDOM

I AM HUMBLE, BEFORE THE DIVINE


I AM WITCH.

IN ADDITION TO THE TASKS AND SPELL WORK OF THIS WEEK, DON’T FORGET TO CONTINUE WITH YOUR SHADOW WORK: THE BASIC TOOLS - DAILY SHADOW PAGES, 1 SHADOW DANCE A WEEK, AND I ONE HOUR VISION QUEST.  

DIGITAL WITCHBOX


ALTAR BOY from Daniel's 2005 release COLOR OF RAIN

Music & Lyrics by Daniel Link


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featuring Pat Mastelotto on Percussion





Patrick Lee Mastelotto (born September 10, 1955) is an American rock drummer and record producer who has worked with Mr. Mister, King Crimson, XTC, and The Rembrandts, among others. For King Crimson, he initially formed part of the "Double Trio" lineup of 1994-1997, joining Bill Bruford on drums.


Mastelotto contributed brillant artistry to Daniel's 2005 release COLOR OF RAIN, on the stand out tracks "ALTAR BOY" & "BRUCE WAYNE."





Moon Phase Effects on this week's chapter & tasks

Moon Phase: Last Quarter (waning)

Magickal Energy Best Practise: Study, Divination, Reflection & Banishment work


references

THE ARTIST'S WAY by Julia Cameron

THE MYTH OF AQUARIUS by Wikipedia

AQUARIUS song by THE 5TH DIMENSION

PAT MASTELOTTO by WIKIPEDIA


recommended music

STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN by Led Zeppelin

WITCHCRAFT by Frank Sinatra

RHIANNON by Fleetwood Mac

YOUR SEVEN SIRENS PLAYLIST!


recommended reading

GRIMM'S FAIRY TALES




Video production, Selfie-art, Photography & Graphic Design copyright 2020 by Daniel Link

except Color of Rain photos by Skip Hunt & Pat Mastelotto photo Copyright © 2017 Anil Prasad. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution, No Derivatives license.

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