Global Mercury Rite

 As those of you who have read this blog for any amount of time know, I’m a big fan of Jason Miller’s Strategic Sorcery materials.  One of the nice things is that once you’ve signed up for the course, you will get invitations to participate in world-wide rituals, usually focused on some sort of planetary energy.  A few days ago, I received a PDF with instructions for a global Mercury rite to be performed between July 29th and August 1st.  So after getting Hufflespawn  to bed, I read through the ritual and decided to stretch the ol’ magical muscles.

One of the things I really dig about Miller’s rituals are that they’re pretty flexible and can easily be combined with other paths and traditions–or perhaps that’s also a function of OBOD rituals and the two just complement each other nicely.  I tend to set up an OBOD grove initially, then move into Miller’s script for the main event–and of course add herbs and spices as desired!  (‘Cause magic really is like cooking–it’s not your recipe until you fiddle it to your tastes.)

I waited until 9:44 PM, the beginning of the hour of Mercury, on the Day of Mercury, to start the rite.  The Moon was in Capricorn, and waxing/almost full, which should lend a more mature and stabilizing influence to all that Mercury energy flying around.  For offerings I used cinnamon incense, dried Nicotiana sylvestris from last year’s garden, and apple cider.  I set up the circle with eight beeswax candles and my own personal Mercury sigil, in addition the to usual ritual paraphernalia.

A couple of immediate takeaways:

  • Even the most eloquent orators have practiced their art.  I botched reading one section of the rite pretty badly.  I took a deep breath and delivered it again, and woah, there a punch there that I lacked before!  The story about William Jennings Bryan practicing speaking in the woods comes to mind.
  • Sometimes clouded vision produces rainbow or other sights of beauty–but to see clearly you still have to wipe them away and stare into the hard edges of the fire.
  • Steady breeze from the West during the entire ritual.
  • The following phrase floated out of the ether into my brain as I closed down the grove: “Three again, and three times three, As I will so must it be.” Now curious about repetition of 12 in magical practice.  Must go research!
  • Very much inspired to make a set of 100 beads for longer ritual chants.  Most of my rosaries tend to be in sets of 3, 4, 7, or 9.  I’ve consciously avoided multiples of ten since that’s what the Catholics do, but they tend to use repeats of five decands, so I think I’m good.
  • I can still pronounce Latin really easily aloud.  Thank you, Dad.

Definitely another ritual for the every-growing grimoire. I’m looking forward to whatever Mr. Miller chooses to tackle next.

Mediation Mondays: Wednesday Edition

Some of you who also follow me on Twitter have probably noticed that I’m making a concerted effort to meditate daily again. I had dropped off to one or twice a week and have really wanted to be more focused about it, as I know the boost in focus and nwyfre is tangible.

Then one of the folks over at the Strategic Sorcery boards posted a timer app that used various singing bowls as tones. The other neat thing about this little gadget, called the Insight Timer, is that it sets goals and milestones for your practice, and keeps track of them for you. The fact that you can set it to automatically brag about your triumphs to Twitter is a nice extra boost to accountability. There is also a message at the end of your session letting you know how many other people with the app were meditating at the same time as you–for me, it creates a sense of connection, much like the OBOD full moon meditations for peace, to know that other people are doing the same thing as you are all around the world. The final plus: a journal prompt at the end of the meditation that lets you record your thoughts about the session.

Anyway, some Insights (ha!) from the past few days of mediation:

*Meditating with a 4-year-old in the room is hard. Trufax.
*I’m currently better at focusing on a specific image in my mind’s eye than I am at emptying my mind and focusing on breath.
*I worry that the timer is yet another form of external validation. Like blogging isn’t, right?

The goal is to post every Monday about my general experience in the past week. Some weeks will be great, some not so much, but with luck I can see changes in my practice over time.