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Chakra Assessment #Domagick Day 28

It’s the last day of the current Domagick challenge. In the end, I would have to say that my chakras are  in better condition now than they were a month ago. I discovered a major blockage in my heart chakra earlier in February, and I managed to clear that away.

However, I have noticed a tendency for my chakras to slow down over the course of each week. This is natural, I suppose. We all get tired and need to refresh and balance ourselves. I’ve found that brief, daily attunements keep things  in alignment until my weekly rebalancing. Without them I am sluggish and have a hard time collecting my thoughts at work. If nothing else, this challenge has reinforced how important frequent psychic hygiene is—and given me a couple of technique to use to maintain mine.

For the last day of the challenge, I decided to move through the salutations of Ptah meditative/breathing positions. Afterward, I felt clear-headed and ready to tackle the rest of the afternoon. My Lenormand pair for the day was SHIP + FISH, which I read as “discovering wealth” or “discovering value.” And, yes, I certainly have discovered physical valuein my chakra work this month. It has helped body’s energy as well as my mood, both of which make dreary winter afternoons easier to take.

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Asafoetida: Love and Femininity #Domagick Day 27

As the month comes to a close, it’s time to reflect back on my work with the daemoness Asafoetida. I found it challenging in a couple of ways, and not because she has a “dubious” historical background.

At first I found the concept of self-love difficult, and had to concentrate on sending loving kindness out towards others more than I did on sending it towards myself. However, as the month progressed, I became more comfortable with the time spent on the self-care routine of the daily chakra maintenance. I already participate in this sort of psychic hygiene, but I know now that I need to engage in at least a like cleansing every day since my surgery.

Secondly, I second-guessed everything that I sensed about Asafoetida, worrying it was too stereotypical feminine. From the first, the color that I sensed for her was light pink. I smelled rose petals whenever I meditated on her for any length of time. Was this how she manifested for me legitimately, or was I dredging up Barbie-like brain chatter simply because she is the daemon of feminine attributes? I still sensed what I sensed, but I doubted it, and that doubt got in the way of our communication. I will have to approach her again at another time and re-assess.

Nonetheless, the practice of chanting the warrior syllables or moving through the Salutations of Ptah everyday has made me feel better, mentally and physically. I “sense” my chakras run better afterwards too, which is the point, of course. On the other hand, being able to improve my mood when I start feeling the afternoon blues has helped my self-esteem, even if I am not always 100% successful. Today I ran through both the warrior syllables and the salutations, and my mind feels like I have taken a refreshing nap.

My card of the day was the 2 of cups, which I read as starting a new relationship. I believe that I am starting a new relationship with how I will be handling my psychic hygiene from here on out.

Roundup #Domagick Day 26

Three days left of this Domagick challenge. This one has been a mixed bag for me. For one, I didn’t blog on the weekends. I needed the time off, which means I broke the official rules. Besides that, I didn’t complete the divination prompts that I originally to use throughout the month. They simply stopped inspiring me about half way through. Divination remains a cornerstone of my practice, of course, though I continue to rove from deck to deck like a wandering oracle.

Secondly, I stopped focusing on specific chakras part way through this Domagick challenge, and choose to instead focus on my overall energy “flow” each day. Did I have blockages? This is a highly subjective, of course. Regardless, attempting to cleanse my chakras through both visualization, sound, and movement made me feel better. When I wanted to take a mid-afternoon nap, I often turned to that practice instead, and it perked me back up.

I have found chanting the warrior syllables and putting my body through the positions I call the Salutations to Ptah the most helpful in this regard. I’ll keep using those as part of my regular psychic hygiene. Alternating those with my other cleansing techniques with stop me from getting bored. I like to keep things interesting

Today I fell back on my experience as shamanic practitioner and burnt white sage to cleanse myself and my office. In my mind, the smoke only does part of the work, and I called on both prayer and visualization to cleanse me today as well. I will return to the routine of the Domagick challenge tomorrow.

Everybody’s Working For the Weekend #Domagick Day 23

Everybody’s working for the weekend… or at least my office hours have rolled over into Saturday and Sunday a lot lately. That why I’m not blogging again this weekend. In fact, I decided to take it easy in terms of my actual Domagick work too and I carried out my full chakra cleansing this morning instead. I chanted the five warrior syllables for about twenty minutes while visualizing and physically moving Reiki energy through the trunk of my body. The morning had simply dragged up until that point, but afterwards I felt positively spritely. I’ll keep tuning my energy centers over the weekend using the meditation / breathing positions I call the Salutations of the Ptah. My daily Lenormand cards seem to indicate this is the way to go. When asked how I should care for my chakras this weekend, I pulled BOUQUET + CROSS, or a dutiful reward. After a long week of work, that is certainly what a couple days off from blogging will feel like.

Demons and Gender: Asafoetida #domagick day 22

I played with watercolors yesterday to burn off some stress. I considered painting something for Asafoetida, but became hung up on how I would capture her presence. It is difficult to picture her, as I would say that my strongest impression of her has been scent. I tend to smell flowers for a short time after working with her no matter what incense I use. I often “see” impressions of the color pink, but in both cases those could be my interpretation of what a daemoness of feminine attributes should be like. Gender isn’t as easily put in a box than that, and I didn’t want to box in Asafoetida in either.  I don’t want to make assumptions. Perhaps I will grow to know her better over time. Today’s Lenormand cards (BIRDS + STORK = Improving communication) imply that I will.

I certainly haven’t connected with her as well as some other daemons, but I haven’t connected with this Domagick challenge as well as others either. The daily blogging feels like a grind, like collecting 30 of the same thing in Warcraft. But I continued my pursuit of “leveling up” and worked the breathing / meditation positions of Ptah today. Again, it evened out my mood and my energy until my full cleansing on the weekend.)

 

Divination to #Domagick Day 20

I laughed out loud when I pulled my Lenormand pair for today. I drew HOUSE + FOX, which I read as suspicion of caution over traditions. If I’d been drinking coffee, it would have shot out of my nose. Let’s just say that tradition has been the buzz word in my part of the Pagan community this week. (Of course, it means nothing else to anyone else.)

When I asked my deck how I could focus on my own self-care and chakra-work, I came up with ANCHOR + BOUQUET. The first thing that came to mind was ‘rewarding routine,’ but these cards can also imply stability in your social circle, or routine time with friends and family. My normal family schedule will be out of whack tonight, so I am going to yesterday’s meditation and breathing positions again.

I prefer doing divination at the beginning of my Domagick work. That way I can adapt my daily practice for whatever the cards say, using them as a prompt. It’s not that I think my fate is set in stone, but I hate doing the exact same thing every day. I need a little variation.

Domagick Day 19

I took time off from the Domagick challenge over the weekend and concentrated on family and work, in that order. I won’t complete the criteria in the traditional sense, but I will have my sanity, so that’s okay. Today I got straight back into it with a Lenormand reading. It said the week ahead will be especially trying, so I should focus on self-care. Instinctively I went into a set of meditation / breathing positions I call the Salutations to Ptah. I picked them up as part of my seminary work last year, and use them to clear and balance myself before spell-work. I wanted something physical I could lean into today and just do, that I could focus on without any accompanying visualization. I needed practice rooted in my bones. I felt much better after: clear-headed and more optimistic.

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Back to Five Warrior Syllables #domagick 15

I fell into bad habits again today and sat down at my desk before I sat down on my meditation cushion. I broke off after only a couple of hours work, however, and that made the difference. More imporantly, I switched up the order of my practice today and started with my card reading. I pulled two Lenormand pairs for the recent prompts on how to open my heart chakra. They inspired me to return to a technique I haven’t used for months: chanting the five warrior syllables.

Day 14: Show Kindness by (KEY + BOUQUET) opening up to compliments and rewards. This Lenormand pair gave me quite a bit to think about today during the Loving Kindness meditation that followed. If I shrug off someone’s compliment, am I denying both of us a kindness?

Day 15: Connect to (SNAKE + SUN) my desire to be happy. This Lenormand pair says it’s okay to look on the bright side and to even treat yourself once in a while. Today I decided to treat myself by depending purely on physical practice and skipping the “energetic” side of chakra balancing. While I did check in with what my body felt like on the physical level, I did not move through my body energetically afterward to see how each chakra was doing. I simply chanted the five warrior syllables of Bon Buddhism over and over and over until my mind and body felt free and clear, trusting that the technique itself worked as well as it always has for me. Frankly, this is the best day I have had yet in this challenge.

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The second of my valentine gifts. Not as cute as the last, but just as adorable to someone who writes horror!