Oops! #Domagick #Divination Challenge Days 15 – 30

Oops! I thought I had posted the remainder of March’s Domagick Divination challenge readings, but it seems that I didn’t. I am extremely late in doing so, as you can see. The next one is nearly ready to begin. Anyway, here they are. As with the rest, I chose the type of divination to use based on dice roll. I also changed from reading a single card to triplets on the eighteenth day due to switch things up a little.

15 – Druid Animal Oracle – Goose
16 – Lenormand Triplet
17 – Druid Animal Oracle – Horse and Cat
18 – Druid Animal Oracle Triplet
19 – Ogham Triplet
20 – Lenormand Triplet
21 – Druid Animal Oracle Triplet
22 – Rune Triplet
23 – Rune Triplet
24 – Ogham Triplet
25 – Daemonic Sigils Triplet
26 – Rune Triplet
27 – Rune Triplet
28 – Lenormand Triplet
29 – Druid Animal Oracle Triplet
30 – Daemonic Sigils Triplet

Although I have not been posting recently on Instagram due to sheer business, I continue to read daily – mostly Lenormand. I was gifted with the Vintage Shadow Lenormand Deck, and am greatly enjoying it elegant silhouette and clean lines. It shuffles beautifully too, much like a playing card deck, which is what I prefer. I highly recommend it for these things alone. I’m also getting straight forward, no nonsense readings out of the deck, which I love. The Vintage Shadow Lenormand Deck is a big hit so far, and I greatly recommend it!

Chance Rules the Domagick Divination Challenge

It’s been forever since posted here. I got distracted with the Spring Novelrama. Even though I didn’t hit the 25000-word goal, I managed to finally get my latest Dalliance novella running in the direction I wanted. My thanks go out to my patient friends, family, and editor. Without you all, I would still be writing in circles.

My painting has taken a backseat these last few weeks, with my pace slowing considerably. I am still pushing forward on my oracle deck project, but have only finished two cards this week: Amducious and Unsere. My rendition of Rosier is nearly finished as too but needs accents. Once he is complete, I will have six more to finish to fill out the basic sixteen card set.

Despite this, I have to continue to prioritize writing over art this month and finish my Dalliance novella. I have to complete the rough draft and get it to my editor by May 1st. I’m about halfway there now, but my schedule for the weeks ahead is busy enough to pose a challenge. I know I can do it, but eep!

Whether I like it or not, I won’t get the deck done in time for the April Domagick challenge, starting today. That means I must rely on another form of divination instead. But how to choose which one? To keep things interesting, I have decided to let a roll of the dice decide which system I’ll use each day. Depending on what number the die lands on, that’s what I’ll end up reading.

  1. Tarot
  2. Druid Animal Oracle
  3. Lenormand
  4. Daemonic Sigils
  5. Runes
  6. Ogham

Today I rolled a four, so I pulled a single Daemonic sigil for daily guidance, using my basic sixteen Dukante-based set. The result was Verrine Reversed, indicating imbalance and illness. Indeed, I pulled this card after a shift of work rather than at the beginning of the day and was feeling rundown. It advises me to refresh myself and watch my energy. My guard is down.

As with all my daily divination work, I will be posting these results daily on social media (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter), with a weekly update here on the weekend. The goal of this month’s challenge is to actually change our life based on the divinatory work we do each day, so I will close this off to go take a break and meditate! Have a good one!

February 2019 Domagick Roundup

Now that last month’s Domagick meditation challenge is in my review mirror, it’s time to round that work up into one place for easy review. On paper, it is scattered across several different notebooks and many pieces of loose art paper, so its good to have in one spot. Digitally, it’s at least all organized for myself and my readers. Continue reading February 2019 Domagick Roundup

Broken Resolutions and Pacts

After I briefly mentioned broken resolutions in my last blog entry, I’ve had a couple of questions. What should a person do if they break a New Year’s resolution after requesting as spirit’s help with it? How should they fix the situation?

First off, I didn’t want to be the excuse someone used for giving up on their goal. There can be many reasons for giving up on a resolution, both good and bad. You can make plans that are too lofty, and then understand you should’ve started smaller, or you can pick up a hobby and then figure out it isn’t really for you. You can realize pursuing the resolution is not in your best interest. This is different than derailing your diet with extra dessert, skipping a gym day (or four), or falling off the wagon in Dry January. When this happens, you can apologize to the Divine appropriately and then continue on towards your goal.

On the other hand, there are situations when people give up altogether on a resolution for all the wrong reasons: sheer laziness, lack of willpower, unwillingness to look at your issues, etc. In short, it isn’t the Divine’s problem when this happens. It’s yours for as long as you want to hold onto it, unresolved. Hopefully, you realized that achieving your goal would still take some type of effort or output on your part, and that it wouldn’t merely occur with the wave of the spirit’s hand. Significant changes require preparation and adjustment – and frequently many steps to accomplish. Even winning the lottery would require purchasing a ticket as well as long-term plans what to do with the money and how to manage it successfully. All desired changes must be initiated in the mundane world for the spirits to have anything to aid. What the spirit does is provide opportunities to augment and assist this change. As Above, so Below. The spirit plays a part, but you must be ready to do yours.

In the case of a broken resolution where you have asked assistance, the best course is to make an apology, promise not to continue your poor behavior, and get back on track. If you’ve decided not to pursue that resolution in the long run, an apology is still the best course of action, as well as thanking the Divine for the help they provided so far. Remember – this relationship matters to you. Be polite. Consider, too, how much your commitments mean to you and how you would like to be known to the Divine. You’ve involved another party, and how you appear to them is crucial. I cannot count the number of frustrated practitioners who come to me, lamenting the fact that Spirit has gone quiet for them. They rarely want to contemplate what they might have done to offend them. While it is true that we can never fully comprehend the scruples and morals of spirits, we can perhaps best define patrons, mentors, and guides as those who have chosen to help us better ourselves. It behooves us to maintain good relationships with them, even if that means we must occasionally account for our own poor behavior.

If you have bargained with the spirit, however, promising them something for their efforts, then they are owed more than an apology. In effect, you have entered a contract with another party and failed to uphold your side. That means you still owe the spirit what they are due, even if you do not want to pursue the resolution any further again. Besides fulfilling the terms of the contract, consider how you want to be seen by the spirit. Ponder what they like. While we can draw on lore and peer gnosis for advice, we must ultimately look to our relationship partners themselves for guidance in these situations. What does the spirit in question need to make it right?

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My work in the Inner Demons Challenge continues this week as I use divination to dig deeper into the personal issues plaguing the two main characters of my next paranormal romance novella. I’m slowly building a character profile based on the prompts provided and the cards drawn in response. So far, I’ve learned my female lead is impulsive and charismatic, the type that would leave without looking – but probably have a slew of friends jumping after her. She tends to minutia and fails where tact is key. Her confidence and courage can occasionally come off as bravado or arrogance. My male lead is well off and possibly older than she is. He’s usually generous with both his wealth and his affections but is currently so worried that his world will fall apart that he is blocking his natural creative and nurturing energies. I’m still unsure how these two fit together and, more importantly, how they fit with the Daemon at the center of my next Dalliances with Demons story. She’s teasing me, speaking in whispers and throwing me flashes of the tale, all disconnected…

Here are my individual posts about these characters for the past week, from Instagram:

Her – How have your inner demons affected you?
Him – How have your inner demons affected you?
Her – Where in your life do your demons and shadow sides show up?
Him – Where in your life do your demons and shadow sides show up?

Have a good week!

What’s in store for 2019?

At the point when many people have already broken their New Year’s resolutions, I’m finally ready to discuss mine! Like another magician mentioned, it can be more useful to map out a list of goals for the year ahead, which I prefer to do. That way I can track my progress towards those goals while still cutting myself some slack when I need to switch gears or have a break.

My Tarot card for this year is the Chariot, representing direction, willpower, and balanced forces. That’s a perfect representation of what I have in mind for 2019. Although I accomplished quite a bit in 2018, I often felt as if I was fulfilling other people’s agendas or acting in a support role while others chased their dreams. There’s a time and place for that, but I’m glad that chapter’s coming to a close and I can focus on forging my own destiny this year. With that in mind, I’ll be limiting the number of challenges I participate in to those that genuinely interest me and support the work I already plan to be doing at that time. I feel I’ll grow faster as a magician and blogger if I stop shoehorning my practice into challenge criteria or my posts into what I can share publicly. You’ll find weekly updates here on Fridays from now on – or as close as I can get, barring disasters.

This month, I’m working through the Inner Demon Challenge on Instagram, hosted by purefield.healing. It’s rare to find anyone other than a Daemonolater who looks at daemons in a positive light, much less views them a way to improve your life, so I had to give this shadow-work challenge a try. While in keeping my personal analysis private, I am posting the results for the characters of my next Dalliances with Demons novel. As with Altar of Belphegore, I excavate this story a little more each day, sweeping away debris to get closer and closer to the core ideas. So far, I’ve discovered this much:

Her – What inner demons is she battling?
Him – What inner demons is he battling?
Her – Where these inner demons come from?
Him – Where these inner demons come from?

No one else is using the challenge to explore fiction this way, but I need to follow my own path for a while, even if that means going alone. From these efforts, I hope to produce three more books this year, most likely two pieces of fiction and one nonfiction. I always hate to name titles and topics because that locks me into what I have to write, so I’ve scheduled working blocks into my calendar just as I have in years before. It may seem like a woeful amount of output compared some authors – but this is also the year where I need to stop comparing. Again, I need to follow my own path this year no matter where it takes me.

Part of that is working through The Artist’s Way, which I’m starting officially on Sunday, January 6. I’ve started the morning pages back on Christmas Day, and I’m finding them both challenging and freeing. This process will take at least twelve weeks, but apparently morning pages are a habit you can keep for life if you dedicate yourself to them. We’ll see!

May you reach all of your goals in 2019!

June 2018 #Domagick Summary

Happy July! All in all, I had a successful and productive June. Once again, the Domagick challenge reminded me to be specific when crafting my magick. Sigils with vague statements of will behind them weren’t nearly as effective for me as ones where I literally spelled out exactly how I wanted my will to manifest. This makes sense, of course, but isn’t as easy to do as it sounds. Sigils created by spelling out statements of will on a magickal square can be hard to focus on, if not down right ugly. I prefer a certain simplicity in the symbols I use and producing this can sometimes seem near impossible if the statement behind them is too complicated. When that happens, I often switch the freeform method of creating my sigils. Switching back and forth was definitely necessary this month to produce the enchantments I wanted day to day.

For those that weren’t following me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr while this site was down, here is a summary of all my Domagick posts for June:

Continue reading June 2018 #Domagick Summary

Odin – A Sigil and Enn

Today I’ll share something a little different: an enn and sigil gained through an Ascension with the Daemonic. As I recently talked about in my article about an alternate Rite to Eurynomous, there can be many types of Daemonolaters, including Norse ones. I’ve spent over twenty years working with Odin now—or Odhinn, as I prefer. The All Father goes by many names walks in many guises. He was the first divine intelligence that came looking for me… and he is the one that have never truly went away.

It can be said that Odhinn embodies one side of the Death daemonic. To gain the wisdom of the runes, he hung as if dead for nine days on the great tree Yggdrasil, pierced by his own spear, forbidding any of the other gods to help him. Finally, on the ninth day, the runes spoke to him from the well of Urd that lay of the bottom of the tree, and Odhinn let out a cry of triumph. In completing thise ritual, the god saisthat he was “given to Odin, myself to myself,” a sacrifice that helped him gain the wisdom of the cosmos.

Because of this, Yggdrasil is sometimes known as the “Odin’s Gallow’s tree.” I believe the sigil here reflects a noose. I find it curious, too, how the sigil for the All Father reflects that of Satan, who is also the All.

Hail Odhinn!

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PS: The similarity in some enns that have to do with the dead just makes my brain twitch! I love analyzing these things!

 

Thank you, Belphegor and Halphas!

Although I won’t go into details here, I created this image today to show my gratitude towards #Belphegor and Halphas. I began praying and making offerings to both a couple of days ago, and they have both responded already. I am incredibly thankful for their blessings. Naamah and Atem.
These are the combined #sigils of the demons #Belphegor and #Halphas, painted digitally.#digitalpainting #painting #digitalart
These are the combined sigils of the demons Belphegor and Halphas, painted digitally.

Vapula Back to School Charm

Domagick Day 1

Today starts the June Domagick challenge. To begin, I took a wooden disk and inscribed it with the sigil of the demon Vapula, who aids in the absorption of knowledge, areas of expertise, and creative business endeavors. I will work with her daily over the next two months, in conjunction with the other spirits I’ll connect with, as part of my back to school enchantment project. I plan to charge the disk every day through at least one of two methods: daily focused meditation and/or walking with the disk on my key ring.

I’ll back up my enchantment through mundane art practice and back to school tasks that I will note here. For example, I visited my doctor today and made arrangements to give myself my weekly injections starting in September rather than visiting his office and missing classes. I also announced on my personal Facebook that I’ve registered and enrolled in next semester’s classes, thus preparing my social circle for the change.

By chipping away at these tasks little by little, I’ll go back to school prepared without feeling rushed. I’ve been a stay-at-home parent and author for twenty years now, so the entire process demands a good deal of adaptation and flexibility on my part.