The Spell of Making

I have been rereading one of my favorite books on the subject of crafting a ritual. The book is Blacksun’s  Spell of Making. It is a wonderful book on ritual construction that gives you a very pragmatic approach to creating the basic structure or form of any ritual regardless of your religion. I recommend it as a worthwhile read for anyone who is interested in the subject. It is the inspiration for this post.

In the beginning of the book it gives an example ritual that Blacksun calls the Spell of Making. One line in the example ritual always strikes a chord in my heart:

“The balance between your air, your fire, your water, and your earth is the key to the fifth element: the element of spirit. Keep the balance and your spirit will grow. The altar of the spirit element is in the center of the circle. You are the center of the circle; you are the altar of the spirit. To grow in spirituality, keep the wheel turning and keep it balanced” -Blacksun

We are our own temple. We are Sacred.  And in us all – even if you do not know it – is an altar where we make the magic that we fill the world with. When was the last time you looked  another human in the eyes or connected with them? When was the last time you looked yourself in the eyes and had a conversation with yourself? I think it is very important to remember to tend to this temple and the altar within yourself just as you would tend to any external altar. Do the same things that you would do to tend any external temple and apply them to yourself. Take time to treat yourself as sacred. Do the things that make you happy in your soul.  Also, and I think its just as important, remember that no one can enter your temple or place anything on your altar without your express permission.  Just make sure to invite people in to share that which is divinity and the sacredness that is you.

It has been my personal experience that Pagans (and humanity in general) focus on the external world because it is simpler. There is always something about the introspective process that I think makes people hesitant. Sometimes we are even wary of any connection (or even the potential of one) with another human being.

“There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” – Carl Gustav Jung

Don’t be hesitant, wary, or afraid. Dare to get to know your inner self. If you do not find something you love, you can always change it.  But I am willing to bet that you will be better off for knowing it. I think it is always better to know than to not know, even if it hurts because that gives us the opportunity to grow.

Remember “all things which have been thought, given energy, and made meaningful by your emotions are of value to neither yourself nor anyone else if not made real. But remember, what you make real, you are responsible for.” (Blacksun)

About Adrian Monogue

(Ash) is a second generation and second degree witch who was raised in a coven who grew up in the Atlanta area of Georgia. He practices a form of syncretic Paganism that draws on practices are based on Alchemy, Astrology, Eastern Philosophy, Jungian Psychology, Kabbalah, Science, Shamanism, and Wicca.

  • Johdar

    Wow!  You have an actual physical copy of this book?  It has been out of print for many years and my copy is on a CD that I purchased from the Aquarian Tabernacle Church in Index, WA several years back.  (And I am guessing you might not have gotten it from Amazon since I was just there looking at asking prices!)

    And I must say that Blacksun is an amazing teacher.  I have taken several workshops that he has presented and know more than several people who have gotten their training from him.

    • Adrian Hawkins

      Hey Johdar! I have had in my possesion three of the physical copies, and 1 signed by the author himself. I found the signed copy used on amazon for 10.00 

  • Vivianna Ravenstone

    It’s funny that I should find this today; I was remarking to a friend- just yesterday- about the power that came from going inward, with intention from Hallows to Yule.  I was sharing with her how I did that last year and how much I missed that “me centered time.”  I gues you just gave me permission to not wait until Hallows! ;-)

    I find that inner journeys take a bit of time so starting one and hoping that after X amount of time you’ll know A, B & C is likely unrealistic. 

    I have also found that what you find is often difficult to measure, or even articulate.  I think there is a reason for that- much of what you find is meant for you!  The need to present measurements, use examples or to use words only pops up when trying to share your truth with someone outside of yourself (and perhaps trying to share before you are ready to share).  Sometimes, when you try to share something from these inner journeys, you are sharing something that is “truth” for you with someone else for whom this truth may not apply.  Does that make any sense?  :) 

    What I am trying to say is that one of the sweetest aspects of going within is finding whatever you find and holding your ‘newly found gem’ just for you.  This new found truth is like a secret treasure meant only for you!  (I can see parallels between this and the witches’ pyramid.)  You do not need words to express what is known- you just know what you know.  Spend time with it, grow with it.  Look at it from multiple angles like a child looks with curiosity and amazement at a crystal or kaleidoscope.

    As you understanding of this truth deepens, an additional joyful aspect *may* emerge.  With time, when you don’t rush it or put any thought/energy/intention into it at all, a situation will arise involving another person who would benefit from what you have realized from an inner journey.  If you ever need to articulate what you have learned in that circumstance, it’s funny how the words will just flow and come easily to you!  Suddenly, communication/articulation flows effortlessly!

    I’ll be keeping an eye out for this book!!

    • Adrian Hawkins

      It makes sense, but I also often talk to myself. I puzzle things out in my brain with symbols and language – especially language. Words are my forte especially Skaldcraft so I tend to see things in words, even my dreams.

  • HRM

    This is a title that desperately calls to be reprinted. Perhaps someday we will see a new edition.

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