Today was simple and clean. The energies of the talismans are in good forward motion. I’ll be experimenting with the beeswax soon in a double boiling technique with another talisman to see what the process is like, and how easy or hard it will be to coat them when the Challenge comes to a close.
Day 21: Purification Explanation, the Value of Practice and Memorization, and Empowerment -30 Days of Magic Talisman Challenge
I have not found that I have gone very far into the purification work I do prior to the empowerment work.
Generally speaking, if I have not had a shower yet I will take one. My usual routine during any shower is to set aside some time for cleansing, purification, uncrossing, and shield work. I like the flow of Water in the work, given I am physically cleaning myself anyhow. Given how madcap my scheduling can be, having a few dedicated minutes in the shower lends to a good time to do this work. After hailing and thanking the Gods and spirits of Water, and Water Itself. I will staðagaldr Ansuz to purify myself within as I am cleaning my body. I recently incorporated a new step between staðagaldring Ansuz and Gebo: I ground with Midgarð, and work on shielding. I then staðagaldr Gebo to bring myself into awareness, centering myself, and finishing up the grounding and shielding work.
After the shower I will go over to the Runes’ altar, thank the Sons and Daughters of Muspelheim, hail the Gods and spirits of Fire and Fire Itself, then light Their candle, and ask Fire to bless and cleanse me. I take special care when doing this to bring the warmth from the top of my head down to my feet, taking special care to bring it to my lips. I do this so that when I say the names of the Runes, I do so well and am careful, knowing that my words, especially now, should be mindful, and spoken with clear intent for the empowerment work. I will then staðagaldr Ansuz once more to bring myself clarity and cleansing, then Gebo for centering, and grounding in the work before me.
Then I make the prayers to Rúnatýr and the Runevaettir, and begin the empowerment work with Them. Keep in mind that a lot, if not all of this is part of my everyday routine now. It may sound long and exhaustive, but a lot of the prep work is already done, making it so that when I kneel to do the work it goes well even when I am being quick about it. With the memorization of the prayers I no longer have to think overlong about how to formulate the prayers, but to make them in the proper mindset, focused on the work at hand. With the memorization of the ritual actions I have the same result. This works quite well for me, to the point that I will probably follow this formula in the future since I spend a good deal more time on the actual empowerment now than I do worrying about the ritual actions themselves.
The empowerment work went well. There was no Internet in the train stations or on the train, so these entries are a bit late. I noticed something that was present and now has gone away: the talismans gave off this odd sensation for the last week as I would trace the talisman. Now, the talismans feel slightly warmer, lacking a better term, when the empowerment is done, and the odd, almost discomforting feeling is entirely absent prior to coming back on the train.
When I arrived home, after unpacking, I gave an offering of blood and beer, again, Killian’s Irish Red, to Rúnatýr and the Runevaettir. The ‘feel’ of each talisman is expanding, to where when I started I could only feel the energy of the talismans when I hovered my hand right over it, now I can feel it a few inches away. Progress is going well.
As with yesterday today was simple and straightforward. The work is going well and is moving steadily forward. Packing up the talismans tonight and we’ll be on the train home tomorrow. It’s been a good weekend, and I am looking forward to heading home.
The empowerment work was simple, straightforward, and is going well. Tonight’s rite was quick, but the regularity of it is instilling in me a discipline that I want to continue.
The talismans survived the trip well and I have just worked with them after a 13 hour train ride. Still as connective as ever; the train ride has done nothing to diminish their energies. It is progressing well. I know solidly now which of the talismans I will be giving up, and I am oddly comfortable with it.
So the Internet decided it did not want to work while I was up yesterday and much of today, so I am happy to be able to post today. The daily empowerment work was done, and both talismans are chugging right along. I still find it cool how I can feel the energy shift forward each time I do this working. It’s sometimes subtle, and sometimes very present, especially with every ‘full day’ the talismans turn.
I think one of the dangers that can come up when working like this, especially in sharing this work, is that people will look at others’ work and go “I’m not doing enough” or “My talisman doesn’t have as many cool/interesting/powerful things as part of it.” Each person has their own relationship with the Gods, Ancestors, and spirits. Each person may need to do more or less work, up front, to do the work for the talisman. For instance, not all of the work I do with the talisman is up front. In addition to the every day work, I do a weekly offering of alcohol and blood, and regularly change out the water offerings I give.
Each talisman might require more or less work depending on the talisman and what it is supposed to do. If I was doing a single Rune amulet, for Ansuz I might galdr Its name everyday and once a week sing It a song or spend a half hour doing a mantra of its Name. There’s a wide range of things one can do, and really, the limits are between oneself and the Gods, Ancestors, and spirits involved with the talisman.