Also known as the Intuitive approach to wending my way along this years lunar path and building on the story of Strength: Readings from authors that move or intrigue me. If I wanted to mark this last year as a start and stop. I'm compelled to acknowledge that none of us do 'life' alone; and being a chronic book addict... Ahem, I mean to say a lover of good literature, vision, and practice found in books, I must give credit to where credit is due. I'm building on my new reading list for this year with voices that I feel related to my calling.
I've decided to sweep the desk of old materials and build out a new creative space for the work. Removing the reference books and journals, feathers and even pens and journals that made up the Wisdom Daily's of last year is essential, and stocking up on what I'll need in the coming weeks and months for crafting, writing, having fits, and meditation.
I think it's important for me to point out that I need pens and paper, and actual books. I've purchased a few e-publications but it's not the same. The smell of pages old and new, the ability to put stickies with notes, and pen things into a journal makes this work for me. Besides I find that when I rely on everything digital I find that the ease of posting to an app is also easily forgettable, I just clicked and spoke, and moved on without the textural things a person of touch needs for recall. I need the tangible.
A browse through titles I have books that I "want to read" and then those that I "need to read."
For educational pleasure I have Tarot of the Magicians, Oswald Wirth for the alternative and originating perspective on the Tarot Keys.
The Mighty Dead, Christopher Penczak, falls into the pleasure and need of practical and good material. I picked this up late last year as I went to see my dad for surgery. I hadn't anticipated how much of a good time, or how quickly my dad would bounce back from surgery so my Samhain reading bounced back into the shelf as well.
Foundations of The Temple, also by Christopher Penczak I ordered with the Mighty Dead. I think the title is explanatory but for me, aiming at a Ministerial path within the Temple of Witchcraft, understanding how they work with all that they teach and offer made this volume a great reference book.
I also made room for the following titles both in the Want and Need categories:
- Make MAGIC of your LIFE, T. Thorne Coyle is inspiring and practical, it came recommended by a good friend. With all the work that Thorne has done in and for the community, I found myself both humbled and inspired by her magical-activism in support for real transformation. I think it also nods towards my practice. I have loosely scheduled some posts in the future around this impulse, but suffice it to say magick is more than inner-planner experiences and if I am Witch, earth-centered, then the practice of my magic/k should be aligned with action in accord with earth, and community allies.
- Shades of Ritual: Minority Voices in Practice, edited by Crystal Blanton (and to my enjoyment the lovely Luna Pantera on the cover). More on this later, sufficiently influenced by politics, and people in our community in the last 5 years.
- The Big Book of Reiki Symbols, Hosak and Lubek, is a MUST read on my shelf. In spite of the hokey title this book is invaluable, if a bit heady at times it creates connections in information that many Reiki practitioners lack. It is one of the few books on the shelf that is in regards to Reiki that breaks through many of the myths that Takata, Gods bless her for bringing Reiki to the states, made up; More, it explores potentials and realities of the origins of this system of healing.
- The Healing Craft, Janet and Stewart Farrar and Gavin Bone. I've owned this title for at least 5 years and it's a must on the list this year, in line with the healing work, as well as Sacred Therapy, Frankel, for several clients and alternative healing practices and perspectives. In addition you will note The Complete Book of Chakra Healing, by Cyndi Dale; I have started this book. In this volume Cyndi Dale compost a lot of history, information, and energy practice and brings fresh, new perspective to the Human Energy System.
- Weaving Moonlight, Eric Dupree, is as I mentioned in the newsletter is one of the practice books I'm working with this year. There are a few others that came in the mail, which I'll mention in a moment, but if you want to follow along with me in any part of this journey, you can pick up a copy of this book via Eric's website: http://www.erickdupree.com/weaving-moonlight/
- Last on the List is another more academic book, The Black Goddess and The Unseen Real, which I have read is a re-read. The late Peter Paddon, may he dance with the ancestors, mentioned this book in his podcast as an "essential" on visceral magick, and an alternative to many of the "New Age influenced" pop-magick.
It's a big list right? But wait, there's more. As I announced at the end of 2014 that I was going to stop the Daily Tarot musings and move towards writing my material not only did I receive a ton of mail and messages of support, I also got a note from a recent reader and new friend Anne H. with an offer to borrow some books on writing.
Anne sent the following titles down the West coast from Oregon to LA:
- Walking a Sacred Path, Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice, Lauren Artress.
- A Book About Art, Independence and Spirit, If You Want To Write, Brenda Ueland.
- The Healing Art of Storytelling, A Sacred Journey of Personal Discovery, Richard Stone.
- Stephen King, A Memoir of the Craft, "On Writing," which I need to just quote from the dusk jacket... "It start with this: put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down there to write, remind yourself why it isn't in the middle of the room. Life isn't a support-system for art. It's the other way around."
- And finally Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum, Laurence Behrens and Leonard J. Rossen.
I want you to know Anne that your support is awesome through your messages, our back and forth online, and by this gesture of trust and confidence in my process.
I have a mountain of books. I am a happy climber. I've talked many writers in my life, but in the past few months the following things have come to sound true to me.
Make the time and dedicate to the writing. Edit later, write first. Commit to the time and don't let anything short of an emergency get in the way. Write for the pleasure, the journey, the seeking and the finding, not for reward. Turn off the phone, and the internet, and tho I don't watch the television very much, that too. If need be put up a sign for those that forget you asked to not be disturbed.
oh... and play.
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By now I'm turning pages, and taking notes, scribbling down drawings and clicking away in my mornings. I will start with my morning ritual, I will turn to those inspiring authors I have listed, and move into cycle with the Moon. I have committed myself to this intuition and I'm going to follow it.
If you care to share what you're reading and why you were inspired to do so, or what your new projects are this year, your commitments and magick, I'm all ears.
Scott K Smith
ealer. Intuitive. Artist
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