Chapter 3: The Seven Wonders of Power

Week 3 of the Magickal Recovery & Discovery Pilot Program, The Seven Wonders, by Daniel Link


November 14, 2020






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THIS WEEK'S CHAPTER COINCIDES WITH THE NEW MOON PHASE…AS WE BEGIN TO ALIGN OUR MAGICKAL ENERGY WORK WITH THE NATURAL CYCLES OF THE MOON, WE WILL BEGIN TO SENSE THE EBB AND FLOW OF OUR NATURAL ENERGY FIELD - IN RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MOON PHASES & CYCLES.


TONIGHT IS THE NEW MOON, OR IN WITCHCRAFT TRADITIONS, DARK MOON - WE NOW FACE THE DARK SIDE - OF THE MOON - AND THE DARKER SIDE OF OUR VULNERABILITIES. AND IN THE TOTAL DARKNESS, IN THE ABSENCE OF LIGHT, EVEN OUR SHADOW VANISHES.


IT IS WHEN WE ARE IN THE DARKEST OF PLACES, WE CAN BE ASSURED OF TWO THINGS:

  1. IT’S ALWAYS DARKEST BEFORE DAWN.

  2. OUR SHADOW DOES NOT LEAVE US, IT RETURNS TO US…IT RETREATS TO OUR BODIES - FULLY. COMPLETELY. WE, IN FACT, BECOME FORTIFIED, SECURED, REINFORCED & REASSURED, BY OUR BELOVED SHADOW. WE BECOME HYPER AWARE, HYPER INTUITIVE, MAYBE EVEN HYPER ACTIVE…LITERALLY AND MAGICKALLY. OTHERS AMONG US WILL BE AS CALM AND QUIET AS A WINDLESS SEA…WATERY RESOLUTION. A SHIMMERING OCEAN OF STARS THAT EXTENDS INTO AN ENDLESS HORIZON - THE MIRROR REFLECTION OF HEAVEN ITSELF.

DARK MOON IS THE PROMISE OF A NEW MOON CYCLE…THREE NIGHTS FROM TONIGHT, THE NEW WITCHES MOON WILL HANG IN THE SKY, GROWING LARGER & MORE LUMINOUS EACH NIGHT, LIKE A SLIVER OF LIGHT FROM BEHIND A DOOR THAT IS SLOWLY OPENING, GLEAMING AND ARCHING WIDER - UNTIL THE MOON IS FULL AGAIN. AND AS IT WAXES BACK INTO VIEW, SO WILL OUR SHADOW…EXTENDING SLOWLY AND SURELY FROM OUR FEET…FAITHFULLY POINTING THE DIRECTION OF TRUE LIGHT, AND WHERE YOU STAND AGAINST THE CONTRAST OF DARKNESS.

JUST BECAUSE THERE IS AN ABSENCE OF LIGHT, DOES NOT MEAN THERE IS AN ABSENCE OF FORM AND FORTITUDE. THIS IS WHAT OUR BELOVED SHADOW TELLS US…”I HAVEN’T LEFT YOUR SIDE, ALL THAT I AM IS NOW INSIDE YOU. AND WILL ALWAYS BE.”

LAST WEEK, IN CHAPTER 2: THE SEVEN WONDERS OF MYTHOLOGY, WE BEGAN EXCAVATING THE MYTHS AND STORIES OTHERS HAVE ASSIGNED TO OUR CHARACTER, IN ORDER TO DETECT OUR TRUE IDENTITY AND SECRET MAGICKAL ORIGIN STORY. THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF OUR LIVES, WE DETERMINE OUR OWN PERSONAL ETHICS, IDEAS & BELIEFS BASED ON PERSONAL EXPERIENCES, AND THE EXPERIENCES OF OTHERS. IT’S PERFECTLY NATURAL TO CONSIDER TAKING ON OTHER’S OPINIONS, AND TO AGREE TO ACCEPT THEM AS TRUTH. BUT IF WE TAKE ON THE TRUTH FROM TOO MANY OTHER PEOPLE, OUR TRUTH BECOMES LOST IN THE CROWD. UNTIL IT RESEMBLES A LEARY, IF NOT RISKY STRANGER, WE DODGE TO AVOID.

AS MYSTICS, HEALERS, PSYCHICS, EMPATHS AND WITCHES, WE CAN BECOME TONE-DEAF TO THE SIGNS THAT POINT US TO OUR TRUE, SECRET IDENTITY. ESPECIALLY IF WE WERE RAISED IN AN ENVIRONMENT THAT DISCOURAGED, OR FROWNED UPON THE OCCULT. IF OUR GIFTS ARE NOT ACKNOWLEDGED AS PROMISING, THEY CAN NEVER BE DEVELOPED INTO THE PROMISE OF THEIR FULL POTENTIAL.

BUT OUR PROMISING GIFTS DON’T VANISH. THEY WAIT…IN A HIDING PLACE A LITTLE MORE FORMIDABLE THAN A MOONLESS NIGHT- A PLACE RIDDLED WITH CONTRARY AND APPOSING EMOTIONS - A PLACE AS BLACK AND OMINOUS AS THE DARK MOON - YOUR WITCHCRAFT IS HIDING IN THE CLOSET.




THE BROOM CLOSET”

THE CLOSET. IN MY EXPERIENCE, THERE’S NOT A MORE CONTRARY CONCEPT THAT TRIGGERS TWO OPPOSING FORCES SO THOROUGHLY. SO FREQUENTLY. AND SO RELIABLY. AS CHILDREN, WE SPEND HUGE CHUNKS OF TIME PLAYING IN THEM…ONLY TO SWITCH TO COMPLETE TERROR OF THAT EXACT SAME CLOSET COME BEDTIME. “THERE’S A MONSTER IN THERE! CLOSE THE DOOR!!! CLOSE THE DOOR!!!!”


AS ADULTS, OUR REASONING ALTERS, BUT THE CONTRADICTIONS CONTINUE…WE AVOID CLEANING THEM OUT. ANY NORMAL HOUSE SETTLING NOISE IS IGNORED, UNLESS IT SEEMS TO BE COMING FROM THE CLOSET…WHICH INDUCES A FAINT WAVE OF GOOSEBUMPS. AND YET, THE MINUTE A SEVERE STORM WARNING ISSUES, WE WIND UP IN THE SAME CLOSET WE FEAR & AVOID.

CLOSETS ARE PLACES OF IMMENSE POWER. THEY KEEP OUR BELONGINGS SAFE AND PROTECTED FROM THE ELEMENTS. THEY KEEP OUR PERSONAL THINGS OUT OF THE SIGHT AND REACH OF OTHERS. WE THROW SHIT WE DON’T WANT TO SEE IN THEM. CLOSETS ARE PRIVATE. AND CLOSET DOORS USUALLY REMAIN IN THE CLOSED POSITION FOR THAT VERY REASON.

IT’S NO COINCIDENCE THAT PEOPLE WITH ALTERNATIVE SEXUAL PREFERENCES & GENDER IDENTIFICATIONS ARE SAID TO BE “IN THE CLOSET.” IT TAKES A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF COURAGE TO CRACK THE DOOR OPEN, LET ALONE, STEP COMPLETELY OUT.

ON THE OTHER HAND, WE MAY VERY WELL KNOW WHAT LURKS IN THAT CLOSET, TO THE POINT OUR FEAR HAS CONVINCED US THAT THE MONSTER INSIDE WILL BLAST THE DOOR OPEN AND SUCK US INTO THE GATES OF HELL…AND WE ARE GRASPING TO OUR HEADBOARD IN SHEER HORROR- LIKE CAROL ANNE IN POLTERGEIST!

THE TRAUMA AND FEAR OF OPENING OUR CLOSET FROM THE OUTSIDE CAN DRIVE US TO OUTRIGHT DENIAL - “WHAT CLOSET? WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT??? - THERE ARE NO CLOSETS IN MY ROOM - IN MY HOUSE - IN MY LIFE, PERIOD.”

I’M IN NO WAY ADVOCATING THAT ANYONE “COME OUT OF THE CLOSET”- BE IT YOUR SEXUAL PREFERENCES, OR TO ANNOUNCE TO EVERYONE ON FACEBOOK THAT YOU ARE NOW IDENTIFYING AS A “WITCH.” THAT IS A HIGHLY PERSONAL CHOICE THAT REQUIRES MUCH THOUGHT AND PREPARATION. WHAT I AM SUGGESTING IS THAT, INSTEAD, YOU WALK IN THE CLOSET- TAKE A LOOK AROUND, AND ALLOW YOURSELF TO SEE - AND PLAY WITH WHAT’S THERE.

CLOSETS HAVE ALWAYS FIGURED INTO GHOST STORIES & TALES OF WITCHES, BECAUSE THEY CAN, IN FACT, OPEN AND/OR SUPPORT PORTALS TO THE OTHER SIDE. AS A WITCH, THE PORTAL YOU DECIDE TO CONNECT WITH IS YOUR CALL. THINK OF IT AS OPENING YOUR BROWSER - ONCE YOU CONNECT WITH THE WORLD WIDE WEB, THE WEBSITE CONTENT YOU WISH TO ACCESS IS DETERMINED & DIRECTED BY YOU - YOUR INTERESTS - YOUR NEEDS.

IN THE “BROOM CLOSET” OF YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS, YOU’LL FIND ALL THOSE GIFTS THAT WERE TOO FRAGILE TO COME OUT. YOU’LL BE SAFE TO WHISPER SECRETS WITH YOUR SHADOW…AND YOUR SHADOW WILL FEEL FREE TO SHARE MAGICKAL SECRETS AS WELL. “YOU KNOW, I’VE ALWAYS BEEN AWARE OF MY EMPATHIC ABILITIES…BUT I SECRETLY WISH I COULD BE A TAROT READER. THEN YOUR SHADOW TAKES THE LEAD, AND WHEN YOU ALLOW YOURSELF TO FOLLOW…YOU ENTER I-MAGICK-NATION…YOU’RE VISUALIZING…YOUR SENDING A SIGNAL…

A FEW DAYS LATER, A GOOD FRIEND SHOWS UP WITH A GIFT BAG. IN IT-A NEW DECK OF TAROT CARDS.

AGAIN, UNLOCKING OUR TRUE POTENTIAL CAN BE EXHILARATING, IF NOT STRAIGHT UP MAGICKAL. BUT IT IS ALSO EXHAUSTING, OFTEN FRUSTRATING AND IT REQUIRES A STEADY FLOW OF PATIENCE - BECAUSE THE FAITHFUL EMOTION THAT IS GOING TO BE NIPPING YOUR ANKLES ALONG THE ENTIRE WAY - IS ANGER.


“SHADOW RAGES”

ANGER. WE ALL EXPERIENCE IT. AND I’M SURE EVERYONE HAS MET AND GOTTEN TO KNOW ANGER’S CHARMING TWIN, FEAR. BOTH HIGHLY DRAMATIC AND EQUALLY DREADFUL TO BE AROUND. AND YET WE ARE FAR MORE HOSPITABLE, COMPASSIONATE AND SYMPATHETIC WITH FEAR, BECAUSE DEEP DOWN, FEAR MEANS WELL, AND HOLDS SOME FUNDAMENTAL TRUTH AND DEVOUT LOYALTY TO US. SEEING THROUGH FEAR’S KNEE JERK REACTIONS TAKES PATIENCE AND SKILL - BUT WE USUALLY SURRENDER TO THE EXPLORATION OF OUR FEAR - WHILE WE DISCOUNT, DISMISS AND DEVALUE OUR ANGER.

IN FACT, UPON ARRIVING IN ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, I WAS INFORMED THAT ANGER IS THE CULPRIT THAT TRIGGERS ALL ALCOHOLIC RELAPSE - ANGER IS OUR ENEMY AND MUST BE UPROOTED PERMANENTLY.

WELL THAT PISSED ME OFF.

FIRST OF ALL - EVEN THOUGH I MAINTAIN A RELATIVELY EVEN KEEL IN MOST OF LIFE’S “PIE IN THE FACE” SCENARIOS - IF I AM MOVED TO ESCALATE IN DEFENSE, MY ANGER FUELS ME - IN A FIERCE WALL OF FIRE. IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE HERE, AA ALSO MAKES CLEAR THAT “WE ARE NOT SAINTS. FAR FROM IT. WE CLAIM SPIRITUAL PROGRESS, NOT SPIRITUAL PERFECTION.”

I COMMITTED MYSELF GO TO ANY LENGTHS TO MAINTAIN MY SOBRIETY AND I FIGURED THESE SOBER FOLKS MUST KNOW BETTER THAN I- BECAUSE IN ALL HONESTY - ANGER WAS ALWAYS JUST BELOW THE SURFACE OF MY CRUMBLING FACADE. THE REAL PROBLEM - SO MANY OF US FACE - WHETHER WE ARE PROBLEM DRINKERS OR NOT - IS THAT WE STUFF ANGER. WE AVOID ANGER. WE TALK OURSELVES OUT OF ANGER. WE LET OTHERS TALK US OUT OF ANGER. WE DENY ANGER. WE MEDICATE ANGER.

WE DO EVERYTHING BUT LISTEN TO IT.

SHAME AND GUILT PLAY HARD AGAINST OUR ANGER, AND THAT’S UNDERSTANDABLE - ANGER IS NEITHER PLEASANT, NOR ATTRACTIVE. IT’S BLUNT. ABRASIVE. RAGEFUL. BUT LIKE FEAR, ANGER’S TWIN - OUR ANGER IS HONEST - AND FIERCELY LOYAL TO US.

IN THE ARTIST’S WAY, JULIA CAMERON BROUGHT THIS TRUTH TO LIGHT - WHICH WAS ESPECIALLY LIFE-SAVING FOR ME, LARGELY IN PART BECAUSE SHE OUTED HERSELF AS A LONGTIME MEMBER OF AA. HERE WAS SOMEONE WILLING TO FACE ANGER, HONESTLY. NOT CIPHER IT OFF AS A CHARACTER DEFECT - RATHER - LISTEN TO ANGER FOR WHAT IT IS - ONE OF OUR BEST, CLOSEST FRIENDS.

WHEN WE ACT OUT IN ANGER - WE ARE VENTING TO A DEAF AUDIENCE. ANGER DOESN’T WANT TO BE IGNORED. ANGER DOESN’T WANT TO BE CALMED OR PATRONIZED. ANGER DOESN’T WANT TO BE TALKED DOWN TO, OR WALKED AWAY FROM. AND ANGER REALLY DOESN’T WANT ANOTHER FUCKING DRINK. BECAUSE THOSE THINGS ONLY MAKE ANGER ANGRIER.

THE ONLY WAY TO STOP ANGER’S RELENTLESS ATTACKS IS TO LISTEN TO WHAT ANGER IS TELLING YOU…AND ACT ON IT - ANGER IS MEANT TO BE ACTED ON - NOT ACTED OUT. BECAUSE MY ANGER REALLY WAS SCREAMING “I’M SO FUCKING PISSED BECAUSE I CAN’T CONTROL MY DRINKING!” THAT ANGER NEUTRALIZED BECAUSE I TOOK A STRAIGHTFORWARD, HARDCORE, NO BULLSHIT ACTION STEP - BY WALKING INTO AA.

ANGER RANGES IN PROPORTION, AND CAN SOMETIMES BE JUDGED AS CHILDISH NONSENSE. WE SURRENDER TO COMPROMISE - OR TAKE THE HIGH ROAD, BECAUSE LITTLE THINGS ARE NOT WORTH LOSING SLEEP OVER. IF YOU HAVE A SPOUSE, KIDS OR ROOM MATES - THIS IS WHERE THE HIGH ROAD CAN LEAD TO SLIPPERY TERRAIN. IF YOUR PRIVACY AND BOUNDARIES ARE FULLY RESPECTED WHILE YOU’RE WORKING - BUT YOUR SHADOWS PAGES SESSIONS, OR MEDITATION RITUALS ARE NOT. WE HOLD OUR TONGUES. (AND OUR TEMPERS) UNTIL OUR SACRED TIME MOVES TO THE BACK BURNER - AND OUR TEMPERS BLOW LIKE A PRESSURE COOKER LEFT UNATTENDED. AND NO ONE AROUND YOU KNOWS WHAT THEY DID WRONG.

THEY DIDN’T DO ANYTHING WRONG. YOUR ANGER IS ALWAYS IN OPPOSITE PROPORTION TO YOUR DIGNITY, YOUR SELF RESPECT. ANGER HITS YOU IN THE GUT - EVEN THE RED FLAGS YOUR OLD PAL ANGER USES TO JOLT YOUR ATTENTION HIT YOU IN THE GUT. YOUR LOGIC WILL ATTEMPT TO REASON YOU AWAY FROM ANGER - AND YOUR HEART WILL WAX WITH ROMANTIC NOTIONS THAT CREATE A TEMPORARY MIRAGE OF “ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL.” WHEN THE HONEST, CLEAR AND CLEAN ACTION IS TO SIMPLY SAY “I NEED THIS TIME FOR MYSELF. I’LL BE FREE AT ___,” AND COMMUNICATE CLEARLY WHEN YOU ARE AVAILABLE. ANGER IS THEREBY RESPECTED, ACTED ON, AND TAKEN OFF RED ALERT.

LEARNING TO WORK WITH YOUR ANGER IS TOUGH. IT’S NOT FOR THE LIGHT HEARTED…ALTHOUGH LISTENING AND ACTING ON YOUR ANGER WILL YIELD LASTING LIGHTNESS OF HEART. REALLY, YOUR ANGER IS ACTUALLY YOUR CLOSEST, MOST PROTECTIVE TOUGH-LOVE FRIEND. IT’S TIME TO EXTEND SOME SYMPATHY, AND LEND AN EAR, THAT ONLY A BEST FRIEND CAN OFFER.

THEN BRACE YOURSELF FOR THE INFLOW OF MAGICK AND TRANSFORMATION THAT FOLLOWS - THE POWER YOUR ANGER HAS SAVED AND STRENGTHENED, WILL NOW RETURN BACK TO YOU.

AS THE MOON RETURNS TO US, WE DRAW OUR POWER BACK.

WE ARE NOT EXERCISING ANGER, WE ARE ALCHEMISING ANGER FOR THE FUEL IT IS MEANT TO BE.


Chapter 3 Tasks & Spell Work

Seven Shadow Rages, Seven Calls to Action, Seven Sympathies, Practical Magick: Seven Simple Things, Broom Closet Magick, Wishcraft: Casting & Receiving


“SEVEN SHADOW RAGES”

MAKE A LIST NUMBERED 1 - 7. NEXT TO EACH, WRITE: “I’M FUCKING PISSED OFF BECAUSE…” AND WRITE OUT 7 THINGS YOU’RE CURRENTLY (OR SECRETLY) ANGRY ABOUT. THIS LIST WILL RANGE FROM OBVIOUS SOURCES - THE PANDEMIC, THE ENVIRONMENT, CAN’T WORK, CAN’T TRAVEL, CAN’T SEE MY FAMILY OR I’M FUCKING TRAPPED WITH ALL OF THEM. THESE THINGS ARE HUGE AND BEYOND OUR INFLUENCE OF CONTROL.

OTHER SHADOW RAGES MAY BE MORE PERSONAL AND PRIVATE. THOSE MILD, BUT ALWAYS PRESENT ANNOYANCES. “I’M FUCKING PISSED BECAUSE JACOB IS DOING SPELL WORK EVERY DAY AND NIGHT AND BRAGGING ABOUT IT ALL OVER SOCIAL MEDIA, AND I AM SICK OF READING ABOUT IT AND HAVING IT RUBBED IN MY FACE.”

ALL OF US HAVE WAAAAYYYYY MORE SHADOW RAGES THAN THESE FIRST SEVEN. BUT WORKING WITH OUR RAGE REQUIRERS A DELICATE, PRACTICED HAND. MORE THAN 5, BUT LESS THAN 10 IS REALLY THE BEST WAY TO BATCH SHADOW RAGE WORK, AND ALL THE TASKS OF THE SEVEN WONDERS. BECAUSE THIS IS A TOOL, LIKE ALL OTHERS I’M OFFERING HERE, YOU CAN PRACTICE ALL OF YOUR LIFE.

“SEVEN CALLS TO ACTION”

LOOKING AT YOUR SEVEN SHADOW RAGES, NOW INTUIT THE MESSAGES, AND IMPLEMENT A PRACTICAL ACTION STEP.

AS EXAMPLE, “I’M FUCKING PISSED BECAUSE THE PANDEMIC AND COUNTRY ARE OUT OF FUCKING CONTROL.” CLEARLY, THE MESSAGE HERE IS THAT I’M UNHAPPY ABOUT THE PREVIOUS ELECTION RESULTS, THE PRACTICAL ACTION STEP: VOTE.

“I’M FUCKING PISSED BECAUSE JACOB IS DOING SPELL WORK EVERY DAY AND NIGHT AND BRAGGING ABOUT IT ALL OVER SOCIAL MEDIA, AND I AM SICK OF READING ABOUT IT AND HAVING IT RUBBED IN MY FACE.” THE MESSAGE & ACTION HERE: SPEND LESS TIME ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND MORE TIME AT THE CAULDRON.

“SEVEN SYMPATHIES”

AMONG YOUR LIST OF RAGES, THERE WILL BE THINGS YOU HONESTLY CAN’T CHANGE, AND HAVE TO ACCEPT. IN THESE CASES, THE ACTION STEP IS SYMPATHY. PULLING FROM THOSE ITEMS IN YOUR SEVEN SHADOW RAGES THAT ARE BEYOND YOUR CONTROL, SIMPLY GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO CRY. SERIOUSLY. YOU’RE HURT, A GOOD PRIVATE CRY GOES A LONG WAY - ESPECIALLY IF YOU’VE JUDGED A SHADOW RAGE AS TOO CHILDISH TO EXPLORE OR NOTICE.

THIS IS NOT AN EXERCISE TO FORM A HABIT OF EGOCENTRIC SELF-PITY, SITTING AROUND FEELING SORRY FOR OURSELVES. OUR EGOS, IN FACT, CAN SOMETIMES WORK OVERTIME… IN REVERSE…TELLING US “YOUR PITIFUL PROBLEMS AREN’T WORTH ANYONE ELSE’S TIME - THEREFORE NOT WORTH MY TIME.” ACTUALLY, THOUGHTS LIKE THIS, WILL MAKE US DEPRESSED.

SYMPATHY IS COMFORTING, NOURISHING, ROOTED IN EMPATHY, THAT ACKNOWLEDGES LOSS.

GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK, GO AHEAD ANY CRY A LITTLE.

“PRACTICAL MAGICK: SEVEN SIMPLE THINGS”

AN OVERBURDENED WITCH IS AN INEFFECTIVE, UNHAPPY WITCH. WHEN WE FEEL THE WEIGHT AND PRESSURE OF THE OUTSIDE WORLD CLOSING IN, DESPITE ALL OF OUR MEDITATIONS, PROTECTION SPELLS, AND EMPTY CALLS TO OUR GUIDES…WE SENSE WE ARE LOSING ALL CONTROL - OF OURSELVES, AND OUR MAGICK.

THIS IS WHERE ANOTHER 12-STEP MANTRA COMES INTO PLAY: “EASY DOES IT.” IN OTHER WORDS, “TAKING IT EASY ON OURSELVES, WE WILL ACCOMPLISH THINGS.” BUT HERE’S THE CATCH - TO QUOTE NIKE, “JUST DO IT.”

MAKE A LIST OF 7 SIMPLE, EVERYDAY HOUSEHOLD THINGS YOU CAN ACHIEVE. DOING CHORES, SHOWERING, WASHING DISHES - THESE LITTLE CUES SEND A SIGNAL TO YOUR BELOVED SHADOW THAT YOU CARE FOR IT. AND YOUR SHADOW WILL INSPIRE YOU WITH QUIET, CREATIVE SOLUTIONS AS YOU GO. HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU COME UP WITH A GREAT SPELL, A PROBLEM’S SOLUTION, OR A CREATIVE PROJECT WHILE PULLING WEEDS? SIMPLE, MINDLESS CHORES ARE ACTUALLY SIGNALS OF SELF CARE, WHILE ALSO INDUCING SELF RESPECT…BECAUSE ACHIEVING SMALL, DOABLE THINGS ARE STILL, INDEED, ACCOMPLISHMENTS.

HERE’S MY SAMPLE LIST - FEEL FREE TO BORROW ANY OR ALL OF IT, IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE STARTING.

  1. MAKE MY BED EVERY MORNING.

  2. GET A NEW TOOTHBRUSH THIS WEEK.

  3. CLEAN OUT THE FRIDGE, AND STOCK IT WITH HEALTHIER FOOD.

  4. CHECK ON MY ELDERLY NEIGHBOR.

  5. ORDER SOMETHING ONLINE FROM A LOCAL SHOP, TO SHOW COMMUNITY SUPPORT.

  6. GET DRESSED TODAY. EVEN THOUGH I’M NOT LEAVING THE HOUSE.

  7. (THIS ONE IS MANDATORY -I’LL EXPLAIN IN A SEC) CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSET! THROW OUT EVERY SINGLE PIECE OF LOW SELF-WORTH “MUGGLE WEAR” AND DONATE TO THE LOCAL HOMELESS SHELTER. THIS HOUSEHOLD CLEARING PRACTICE IS HIGHLY RESPONSIVE AND ENERGETIC - IT CLEARS OUT OLD ENERGY AND MAKES ROOM FOR NEW ENERGY (AND NEW ITEMS!) MORE APPROPRIATE FOR YOUR NEW, EMERGING IDENTITY.


“BROOM CLOSET MAGICK”

EVERY WITCH I KNOW HAS AN INCREDIBLE BROOM CLOSET - A SECRET NOOK OR SPECIAL PLACE THAT HOUSES MAGICKAL TOOLS, HERBS, RITUAL ARTIFACTS, AMAZING BOOKS AND SERVES AS A PLACE OF CEREMONY AND RITUAL.

IDENTIFY EITHER AN OVERSTUFFED JUNK CLOSET, NOOK, OR SPARE ROOM. IF NONE OF THAT IS FEASIBLE, THEN A SPECIAL PLACE ON A BOOKSHELF WILL WORK GREAT. OR SECTION OFF A SMALL SPACE IN ANOTHER ROOM WITH A SHEET, SCREEN, OR CURTAINS. A SPECIAL, PRIVATE SPACE FOR YOU, YOUR BELOVED SHADOW AND YOUR WITCHCRAFT.

I’M SITTING IN MY GARAGE AS I’M WRITING THIS, BECAUSE IT’S MY “BROOM CLOSET.” IN FACT, I CHRISTENED IT “THE SPINNING PITCH FORK,” BECAUSE I FOUND AN OLD PITCH FORK AND SUSPENDED IT FROM THE CEILING. WHILE MY SANTA FE MOUNTAIN COTTAGE IS SPINNING WITH MAGICKAL ENERGY…”THE SPINNING PITCH FORK” (MY GARAGE) IS REALLY WHERE I FEEL THE ENERGY OF MY MAN-WITCHERY. (I’M MORE A PITCHFORK WITCH ANYWAY, NOT MUCH OF A BROOM JOCKEY.)


OUR BROOM CLOSETS SHOULD FEEL SAFE, PRIVATE, EXCITING AND PERSONAL. WE NEED THE RETREAT OF OUR CLOSETS…FOR MAGICKAL WORK, PLAY AND PROTECTION.

IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A BROOM CLOSET, BUT HAVEN’T PEEKED INSIDE FOR AWHILE…NOW’S THE TIME.

EASY DOES IT, BUT DO IT.

“WISHCRAFT: CASTING & RECEIVING”

HOW DOES THAT SAYING GO…? “FAITH WITHOUT WORKS…”

WHY GO TO THE TROUBLE OF CASTING AN ELABORATE, MULITI-DAY, SUPER COMPLICATED SPELL, IF YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW TO CATCH THE DESIRED RESULTS?

SAME GOES FOR A SIMPLE PRAYER.

I’M NOT GOING TO ELABORATE ANY FURTHER ON THIS LAST BIT OF MAGICK. THIS IS A TEST - A PRACTICE IN FUNDAMENTAL SPELL WORK.

TO PREPARE, ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS RAISE AND FOCUS, ALL YOUR SKEPTICISM…ONCE THERE, FOCUS AND DIRECT IT BACK ONTO, AND INTO, THE HEART OF YOUR SKEPTICISM.

ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE CIRCLING MAGICK, JUST STARTING, HAVE BEEN OFF AND ON FOR YEARS OR LOST SOMEWHERE IN-BETWEEN.

DIVIDE A PAGE IN YOU SHADOW PAGES JOURNAL, INTO THREE VERTICAL SECTIONS.

NAME THE FIRST SECTION, “SEVEN WISHES CAST” THEN NUMBER 1-7 AND MAKE SEVEN WISHES. AS FAST AS YOU CAN.

NAME THE MIDDLE SECTION “SEVEN CATCHES”. EACH TIME A WISH MANIFESTS, LIST THE CATCH RESULTS HERE. BE SPECIFIC ABOUT THE CIRCUMSTANCES, AND BE OPEN TO, AND AWARE OF, ALL “SYNCHRONICITY.” IT MAY TAKE MINUTES, A FEW DAYS, OR A FEW MONTHS. IF IT’S A BIG WISH THAT TAKES YEARS, WHEN YOU CIRCLE BACK AND SEE THIS LIST - YOU ARE SERIOUSLY GONNA SHIT YOUR PANTS. AND SEE YOUR POWER. JUST REMEMBER, YOUR WISHES ARE FOR YOU, AND YOU ALONE. THEY SHOULD NOT INVOLVE SPECIFIC RESULTS, OR INFLUENCE SOMEONE ELSE’S DESTINY.

NAME THE THIRD SECTION “THE MISSES.” IT’S STARTLING HOW FAST THIS LIST WILL POPULATE. TO QUOTE JULIA CAMERON, “IN MY EXPERIENCE, MORE PEOPLE FEAR THAT THERE ACTUALLY MIGHT BE A GOD, INSTEAD OF BEING AFRAID THAT THERE ISN’T ONE.” LET ALONE LISTENING, AND WORKING WITH YOU.

SHEER CREATIVE ENERGY IS ULTRA-CHARGED - ALMOST FRENETIC IN IT’S INTENSITY, WHILE BEING BLATANTLY, CONTRARILY SUBTLE AAAALLLLLLL AT THE SAME TIME.

SOMETHING BIG COMES OUR WAY, BUT IN AN EVERYDAY, NON- DRAMATIC WAY. AND WHAT I HAVE DONE MORE TIMES THAN I CARE TO ADMIT, IS DISMISS IT AS…”NOT THE WAY IT WAS SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN.”

OR, TREAT IT LIKE I NEVER WANTED IT TO BEGIN WITH, AND SHOO IT AWAY.

KEEP TRACK OF THIS UNTIL THE END OF THE SEVEN WONDERS.


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 & VISION QUEST OFFERINGS


WORSHIP ME from Daniel's 2012 release BOOK OF SHADOWS

Music & Lyrics by Daniel Link


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FEATURING JONO MANSON ON GUITAR & SECOND VOCAL



In a career that spans over five decades—beginning with his first all-original band in 1968, formed with those same adolescent rock n’ roll play pals—Jono may have not scaled the heights of The Fab Four, but his legacy is assured. The singer-songwriter, producer, and tastemaker has become something of a roots rock icon. Back in the 1980s and 1990s, he was a key figure in NYC’s Nightingale Bar scene, the venue that kickstarted the careers of Blues Traveler, Spin Doctors, and Joan Osborne, among so many others.


His 10th solo album, Silver Moon, brims with the exuberant musicality of someone whose fire burns bright after many lifetimes in the music industry. The 13-song album is unmistakably Jono, winding through reflective Americana, gritty R&B, raunchy rock n’ roll, and elements of pop, like a night of music at Nightingale. It’s an invigorating album from an artist who helped define an era, and it features superstar friends such as Warren Haynes, Joan Osborne, Eric Schenkman, and many more.


Jono produced Daniel's 2012 release BOOK OF SHADOWS.

VISIT JONOMANSON.COM



Moon Phase Effects on this week's chapter & tasks

Moon Phase: Dark Moon - New Witches Moon

Magickal Energy Best Practise: New Beginnings, Energy Work, Feng shui, Spells, Attraction, Manifest, Focus


references

THE ARTIST'S WAY by Julia Cameron

THE TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS



recommended music videos

CLEANIN' OUT MY CLOSET by Eminem

HOME AGAIN TO YOU by Jono Manson

THE GREAT BEYOND by REM

ONE OF US by JOAN OSBORNE

GYPSY by Fleetwood Mac





recommended reading

MAGIC LESSONS The Prequel to Practical Magic, Novel by Alice Hoffman


In an unforgettable novel that traces a centuries-old curse to its source, beloved author Alice Hoffman unveils the story of Maria Owens, accused of witchcraft in Salem, and matriarch of a line of the amazing Owens women and men featured in Practical Magic and The Rules of Magic.Where does the story of the Owens bloodline begin?


With Maria Owens, in the 1600s, when she’s abandoned in a snowy field in rural England as a baby. Under the care of Hannah Owens, Maria learns about the “Unnamed Arts.” Hannah recognizes that Maria has a gift and she teaches the girl all she knows. It is here that she learns her first important lesson: Always love someone who will love you back.






very special thanks to JILLIAN BRASCH



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

Jono Manson photo Copyright: © Marc Millman Photography 2019

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