Years ago, I bought an office tool I thought I’d use once in awhile for random creative projects, but it turned out to be a critical component of my spiritual practice.
This simple object has improved my ability to learn and retain new things, including chakra colors and tones, Qabala spheres, basic grounding/centering/shielding, chakra cleansing meditations, and more.
What’s more, it helps me learn new stuff without having to add any additional time to my already-packed schedule.
A few days ago, I was reading a newly-published book on Tarot. I just about threw my e-reader across the room as I read a detailed explanation about how binary gender depictions on Tarot cards are important because masculine vs. feminine energy is a thing and the cards need to show that and we should just stop getting worked up about the gender binary because it’s, like, valid on a spiritual level.
Those of us involved in mystery traditions are routinely compelled to examine our inner landscapes and confront our own bullshit, in the name of making ourselves better humans and better magical practitioners. We call this “self-work” or “shadow-work.”
But it’s easier to talk about how important those concepts are than to actually do them. Over the years, I’ve had good success with talk therapy and journaling, but something always seemed missing. Despite these intellectual approaches, I still struggle to let go of hurts and anger sometimes, which can be deeply distracting from other things I’d prefer to focus on, like magical work.
Like many practitioners (and people living with anxiety disorder), I recognize the importance of mindfulness in working with our less-pleasant emotions. I have an almost-daily meditation practice, which has been really helpful, but I also wanted a physical component to my mindfulness practice, which is why I keep being drawn to yoga classes.
Every year, the Sacred Space Conference serves up top-notch esoteric and occult workshops and ritual, and 2020 is no exception. This year’s conference will be special, however, because it’s joining forces with the Between the Worlds (BTW) Conference, only held every few years. The last time the two conferences merged was 2015.
What I love about Sacred Space and BTW is that I get to geek out in both intellectual and experiential ways about magick with a wide array of people, and learn from teachers with a wide array of perspectives and backgrounds. There’s plenty of opportunity to chat with practitioners from all over the world, too. And when the two conferences merge, the main rituals and gala are particularly grand.
Many magickal practitioners are turned off by Hermetic Qabala because, at first glance, it appears to be a deeply patriarchal and hierarchal tool with strong Abrahamic underpinnings: something both familiar and often repellant to those of us brought up in conservative, Abrahamic faiths. Today, we seek tools and traditions that are egalitarian, inclusive, and empowering – why bother studying this dusty, complicated, old magical tool?
In my work with the Tree, however, I’ve found that both the glyph and its associated imagery and energy flows are decidedly queer.