Magic is very closely connected with my spiritual practice.
It took me a long time to realize this isn’t true for every magician. A client once approached me to commission a love spell. I asked her what kind of man she wanted to attract.
“My husband,” she said.
I frowned. I asked her why she would need a spell like that.
“He wants to divorce me. I need to make him stay.”
She’s Brazilian. In Brazil there are many magicians who work essentially as hired guns. The onus of moral judgement rests on the client. If someone orders a death spell, the magician doesn’t decide if it’s right or wrong. They’re just a contractor. It’s sort of like pulling the trigger on a gun: the gun performs mechanically, and the person holding it is the one who’s guilty or innocent.
I’m not from Brazil and I’ve never felt good about that particular ethos. To me magic spells are part of my work as a priest: work that should improve lives or enhance the community, not rape people or force them into unhappy marriages.
Many of the scrolls I produce are for clear, practical purposes. Want to make more money? Run into Mr. Right? These are options that traditional magic can easily address.
But sometimes magic goes beyond just the everyday, and becomes something holy in its own right. I’ve merged my magical practice with my devotion. One of the most powerful devotional practices this has given me is conjuration.
To conjure means to make something appear or manifest. In this case, the ceremony is a conjuration of a god or goddess. Over the course of the ceremony the deity appears before the magician and, for a brief moment, the two can become one.
It’s hard to describe what exactly this feels like without the language of mysticism. The bottom drops out. During the conjuration, you lose your sense of self and see the world through Their eyes.
It’s important to understand that this sort of ceremony is a partnership. It’s not the magician making the deity appear. It’s more like revealing a presence that is already there. The deities are always at the edge of our vision (or, for you atheists, buried in our psyche) – but in the right meditative state, they can be brought into clear vision.
I’ve created two scrolls using this sort of practice, the Conjuration of Lugh and the Conjuration of Brighid.
Lugh is my patron deity, the god of heroes. He is a powerful warrior, a skilled master of every art, and the god for anyone who has more than a single focus in life. Brighid is the hearth goddess: a loving and gentle deity, she lives in each home and tends the flame of life. Her brilliant warmth is the fire that burns inside each one of us.
These scrolls can be used as a focus for a shrine. They can be used in communion practices like the Conjuration, or they can simply be hung up to bring the presence of the deity into the home or business. These two scrolls were created by a priest in a state of divine union, and blessed personally by their respective gods.
If you wish to bring the bravery, victory and protection of Lugh into your life, or the healing, inspiration and loving warmth of Brighid, these two very special scrolls are available.
(And, a quick reassurance – the storefront will be up soon!)