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Thanatos – O Death

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“Thanatos” by William Briar created with modified stock art from Pixabay.

While I did spend time with my Lenormand deck today and even completed my Month of Spreads reading, I spent far more time contemplating my Death Daemonic card of the day: Thanatos. In Greek mythology, he is the personification if death, but rarely appears in any stories. When he does appear, he can occasionally be outwitted—a good thing, since Death was originally meant to be feared by both god and mortal alike in the Greek mindset. Over time, however, Thanatos became associated with gentle passing.

When depicted in art, it is typically with his twin brother Hypnos, better known as Sleep. Thanatos is sometimes shown as winged and bearing an inverted torch, symbolized life snuffed out. He carries a sword at his side. Other symbols include butterflies and poppies.

An Orphic hymn to death begins:

“Hear me, O Death, whose empire unconfin’d
extends to mortal tribes of ev’ry kind.
On thee, the portion of our time depends,
whose absence lengthens life, whose presence ends.”

Not the similarity to “O Death,” a traditional American folk song. Jen Titus made this track famous through its association with the show Supernatural, where it became the theme song for the character Death. It also featured in the video game “Until Dawn.”

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Eurynomous: Talking with Death

eurynomous sigil demons daemons demonolatru daemonolatry deathIt feels like the weekend threw my routine off. Everything’s a little out of step today. I spent much longer with the nine Daemonic Divinities than I do normally today: almost two hours. I wanted to speak at length with Eurynomous, both through the Lenormand and with art. From what I read, it looks like this will be the first of many conversations, although his choice of topics sometimes perplexes me. I know there will be a point. There always is.

This evening I’m attending a short workshop with my brother. The class is being taught by one of our friends, and I’m looking forward to it for that reason alone. Still, the timing feels especially auspicious. Tonight, I’ll learn how to better connect with my ancestors, right in the midst of my sitting down each day with my deceased grandfather. With any luck, I’ll be able to put what I learn into practice right away!

A #pastel #painting of the #demon #Sitri with a #star in her hands. #domagick

The Star of Hope

DOMAGICK CHALLENGE DAY 25

Since I found it successful yesterday, I started my work with a Tarot reading again today. This time, I asked Sitri if a specific endeavor would reawaken my passion for writing. She responded with the Star. This card is a symbol of hope for me. It also represents the goals we strive to attain, and that we need to keep our spirits up when they seem beyond our reach. The Star means inspiration, rejuvenation, and a new burst of energy. If felt extremely comforted by her answer.

I created a picture for Sitri in thanks. Pastels are a new medium for me—and a challenging one. I is difficult for me to depict the kind of detail I want with them. Even so, this is the first piece I have felt truly happy with in as long as I can remember. I wanted to capture the joy I felt dancing with her yesterday as well as the meaning of the card I’d turned over today, the Star. I think I did that.

While I drew, I repeated Sitri’s enn in my mind. I may or may not get around to working with the Five Warrior Syllables today. The rest of my day is slated as family time, and I mean to enjoy it thoroughly. May the Star of Hope light your way!

A portrait of #Sitri, a #demon of #passion, #domagick

Portrait of Passion: The Demoness Sitri

DOMAGICK CHALLENGE DAY 20

Insomnia plagued me last night, and since I need to get some writing done tonight I decided to take it easy on the Domagick front today. I concentrated on connecting with the demon Sitri through art, getting my first impressions of her down in watercolor and ink portrait. I typically use watercolor pencils rather than watercolors proper and found these demanded I worked much more quickly. Because I could erase them either, the paints also demanded I commit to any line I made immediately since I couldn’t take it back. That was somehow constrictive and freeing at the same time. I’m not entirely happy with the piece but then again I never am. I am pleased with the look on Sitri’s face, though. I think I managed to capture the expression of a demon of passion very well.

One of my personal interpretations of Satan, who represents the fifth element. #satan #domagick

Satan as the Fifth Element #domagick

DOMAGICK CHALLENGE DAY 10

My entry today will be extremely short as the majority of my practice will occur too late in the day for me to write about it until tomorrow. After dinner, I will be attending the first part of the Five Warrior Syllables workshop, and that’s where I’m focusing the majority of my energy. I may have to play catch-up all weekend, if not right a huge entry on Monday with very brief ones in between.

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Pencil crayon and ink drawing of the Egyptian jackal god, Anubis. #domagick #jackal #anubis #egyptian

Anubis – The Holy Jackal #domagick

DOMAGICK CHALLENGE DAY NINE

Last night’s sound healing class was as fantastic as the first. I found it easier to open up this time around than I did previously, possibly due to having met each of the participants once before, but more likely because we spent a portion of the evening sharing: song, stories, and tea. I was in a good mood when I left—and intrigued but a new idea. We’d talked about how the word ‘holy’ connects to the concept of ‘wholeness;’ in some traditions, healers do not consider their patients broken at all. It’s certainly something to ponder in regards to my personal domagick challenge.

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Photograph of a candle taken as part of the Wordpress #developingyoureye challenge.

Come Into the Light #domagick

DOMAGICK CHALLENGE DAY SEVEN

I continued today with the five warrior syllables but did not feel any tingling in my third eye. This might have been because I vibrated the syllables in front of my partner, which made me feel somewhat self-conscious. He didn’t care what I was doing, yet I remained aware someone else was in the room who wasn’t taking part in my spiritual practice. This continues to be a problem with having downsized our apartment; we pay less rent, but I also have far less space within which to work. So far, I can’t see any way around it except moving my practice from place to place so I can be alone. With my fibromyalgia, I find this sometimes tires me out so much that I then don’t want to practice magick at all. I know I will find a solution, but one just hasn’t come to me yet.

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With a Song in My Heart, I Look Fear in the Face #domagick

In the past, many people have said, “music hath charms to soothe the savage beast.” That’s because they got the quote by Congreve wrong. I understand why, too. The phrase “savage breast” brings such strange images to mind nowadays. Maybe the public chose to go with the sentence which made more sense to them, quote be damned. After all, what parent hasn’t tried a lullaby at least once when their child started crying for no reason?

In our infancy, we are at our most primal—driven entirely by our needs without thought for what society says we should want. Those worries come later, when we learn how to be civilized. Sadly, the better we become at fulfilling others, the worse we tend to be at fulfilling ourselves. If we’re taught to fret about the opinions of others too early, we might not even remember the goals and desires we left behind. This leads some of us to search outside ourselves for missing pieces that aren’t really gone at all, only suppressed and ignored. I believe music has the power to lure the angry and wounded parts of us back into the light for healing.

Previously on my blog, I talked about a novel that scared me so much that I couldn’t finish writing it, and how my fear blocked me from nearly any writing fiction afterward. Since posting how I’d decided it’s time to tackle the project again, I’ve had nightmares frequently. Some are truly awful, others merely nonsensical, but a good deal of them feature labyrinth symbolism I can’t ignore. The book is obviously weighing on my mind although I haven’t started it yet.

demon daemon MalphasBut I didn’t want to go in unprepared. First, I wanted to work with the daemon Malphas to build myself a place of safety and creativity in which to write. The old books magicians are supposed to care about say he can strengthen our defenses. The grimoires also depict Malphas as a giant, humanoid raven. Considering that makes Malphas look like the long lost, twin brother of my novel’s monster, I figured I could face a fear or two when I contacted him.

Few people know that ravens are our largest songbirds. Of course, their love songs sound a little like gargling rocks, but so do mine on most days. That’s why I chose to invoke Malphas with song this week. I sang his enn whenever I invited him into my circle, occasionally adding the beat of my rattle as a counterpoint.

It was difficult for me to open up that way. I know each spirit-song was meant to be a conversation between me and the Divine, but I remained keenly aware of the size of our new apartment. My family sat just down the hall every time I worked with Malphas, and I was certain they could hear me crooning and cawing away. It was nerve-wracking until the rites gained momentum. Then it was just… me and Spirit. I didn’t care who heard.

I hope that I will feel the same way throughout March. To support the work that I will be doing on the novel, I’ll be integrating sound into my life in the following ways during the #domagick challenge:

EVERY DAY – I will write my novel for one hour, without planning anything in advance, using a soundtrack I created for inspiration. I will not judge or even looking back at the work until the end of the month.

EVERY DAY – I plan to make some new art, even if all I do is photograph or draw something I love. If possible, I will listen to upbeat music while I work.

EVERY DAY – At minimum, I will sing the enns of the daemons I’m working with and run their energy through my chakras. This month I’ve chosen Salleos (for love), Ose (for self-understanding), Sitri (for a passionate life), and Crocell (to soften hard emotions).

EVERY WEDNESDAY – I am attending a sound healing class here in my city.

MARCH 10 to 12 – I am attending a workshop on the how to use the 5 Warrior Syllables.

In short, I aim to use music and sound as a method of lessening my anxiety and improving my confidence level throughout March. Whenever I feel particularly stressed, I hope to use vibration as the reset switch for my mood. If nothing else, I am learning two new sound-based techniques that I can add to my shamanic practice and Reiki repertoire.

Wish me luck. Now get out there and #domagick!