I’m in the process, with L, of devising the form and ritual script for the Court of Brigid practical magic working. I’ll post these notes and reflections on the effort in hopes that they might be interesting to others who are developing new occult work. This will also serve as pre-pre-briefing for those few readers who might actually attend the working.
Once again, I’m in deep water. Sez my love to me, “What can we do next” meaning what’s the next step in all this spirit-arte stuff. More specifically “What can we do as a festival rite,” she asks. Well, the next step after convocation rites and gaining allies is to begin to use them in practical work. “Well, let’s do that!” OK…
So I’m designing a rite intended to let a medium-sized group of people (say 20 – 40) participate in the summoning and charging of a small group of spirits, for a set of disparate personal goals. No Prob! Yeah right…
Now, my personal practical work with the spirits has turned out mainly to be non-ritual in nature. While I make the pact-offerings at my shrine in (fairly) regular observances, when I need a service I’ve been addressing my allies internally and informally, usually using a mental voice, occasionally aloud. That doesn’t translate to interesting and engaging festival ritual, So I needed… a gimmick! A hook!
Unsurprisingly, I settled on a kind of talismanic work, sort of. How about a devotional shrine for Brigid? OK, but that doesn’t get us to practical work or spellbinding, and my own talismanic work over the years has often been more about ‘energies’ than about the spirits. This remains experimental. So the physical object that we’ll be using isn’t so much a ‘vehicle for the force it represents’ as they say, but rather a shrine to the spirits that the rite will ask to accomplish the work.
|Blank shrine-card, before applying|
sigils, ogham, etc.