Magic: Playing a Long Game, Part 1

This story begins on Winter Solstice of 2010. For the first time in almost 400 years (the last one in 1638), there was to be a total lunar eclipse on the same night as the solstice. At the time, every aspect of my life seemed to be in a funk. Depressed, unemployed, and with Canadian immigration plans stalled, hitting the reset button seemed to be the best way to help get life out of the ditch. I...

A Year of Ceremonial Magic: Month Ten

The month of October continued to be a busy time for me. I have faithfully continued to perform my daily rituals: the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, The Banishing Ritual of the Hexagram, The Middle Pillar Ritual, the Circulation of the Body of Light, and the Tarot Contemplation Ritual. Now that I've been practicing these rituals daily for almost an entire year, everything is committed...

A Year of Ceremonial Magic: Month Nine

September proved to be a busy and creative time. I completed the remaining ritual tools, worked with the Cups suit in my tarot deck, and continued to perform my daily rituals. Last month, I grew bored with going over the Major Arcana over and over again. I felt like I had gleaned what I could of their wisdom for awhile. Feeling a little burnt out, I turned my attention to the Minor Arcana,...

A Year of Ceremonial Magic: Month Eight

August has been a whirlwind of activity. My kitchen island has been taken over by my tool creation projects. I voraciously read Modern Magic any chance I got, and I continued to perform daily rituals.       The first project I completed was to create my Elemental Tablets. I went to the local craft store and purchased squares of wood (pine), high-pigment acrylic paints, brushes and...

A Year of Ceremonial Magic: Month Seven

At the last half of the year, I find myself very behind in my reading. I am still only about a third of the way through chapter five. Now that school is over, I can catch up on my reading and other projects. I finally completed my ritual book project - it came out wonderfully! I chose beautiful, antique-looking end papers and bound my book in black hard-back. It has all my daily rituals in it,...