Last we left off in the NYNY series, I was told to take a break, treat myself to something nice (a bottle of sangria with friends and a new ring), because work had been going on and would continue to go on afterwards. Deb’s most recent prompt revs things back into place and asks what magical rituals I myself need to do or get started on right now to accomplish my goals.
Now, within the past few weeks, there’s been a lot of talk of goals, even going back to before the NYNY project started: namely, there’s the Mercury Retrograde post I made in early December with a list of things I wanted to get done by the time the next Mercury retrograde comes around. Let’s see how we’re doing on those:
- Craft the Bhaiṣajyaguru Cane and other minor projects for Christmas: done.
- Test drive a 5-week cycle of conjurations of the angels of the planets, the elements, and my nativity: in progress. I wasn’t able to get my genius conjuration done on New Year’s Day proper, but I’ve done the conjurations of Tzadqiel of Jupiter and my natal genius on Sunday done. I’ll be getting my conjuration of Kammael of Mars done tonight and Michael of Fire tomorrow, so things look good so far. Plus, I’m taking advantage of the next three fiery conjurations (Kammael of Mars, Michael of Fire, Michael of the Sun) to consecrate a batch of Fiery Wall of Protection oil; stay tuned for a post on my experiment with this later in January.
- Finish crafting and consecrate the Lunar Kamea: done. I wanted to consecrate this last night during the full moon, but inclement weather stifled those plans. I did a mini-conjuration of the angels and spirits of the Moon at my altar to compensate. Since the kamea is powerful just by its construction and by how it was made (entirely on Mondays in lunar hours), this could be considered icing on the cake, but that official mark of angelic approval is nice.
- Consecrate a silver ring for use as an astral vortex talisman: begun. I did a similar thing as the Lunar Kamea project last night with the ring, and am now looking for a kindly friend with a south-facing window to hold onto the kamea and ring for a month while the ring stews in those juicy lights and blessed forces of Luna.
- Make Oil of Abramelin: waiting until 1/22 to actually combine the ingredients together, so that way I can start the process of making the oil at the next new moon on 1/23 for a complete lunar cycle.
- Redo the Gate of Jupiter rite once Jupiter goes direct again: done last Thursday. Quite a fancy thing, and it turns out I really like pinot grigio. A good start, too, to the cycle of conjurations I mentioned above in #2.
- Do the Gate of Mars rite, and maybe work on the other gates as well: not yet begun. Haven’t purchased the other rites yet, waiting on things settling down financially after the holidays for when I spend money on these.
- Consecrate the Tarot cards on my Table of Manifestation to act as talismans for the four elemental kings themselves: in progress, as I conjure the elemental kings in my conjuration cycle (see #2).
- Working to keep my apartment quiet: great success! Turns out I never needed anything more magical than a kind letter, and since then, I’ve become friends with the sweetest and foulest-mouthed old lady downstairs, and I’m not hearing her TV at all hours anymore.
- Start meditating at least one hour a day: working up to it, bit by bit. Combining my morning half-hour meditation plus twenty or so minutes after my nightly Headless Rite. Plus, the Trisagion meditation I mentioned recently is a new trick in my book, too.
All things considered, I’m doing pretty well on those goals. The next time Mercury goes retrograde is on 3/12, so I’ve got plenty of time left.
As for the NYNY goals laid out before, let’s check in on those. Granted that these are much longer-term than the ones above, I’m still making progress on them, bit by bit, and will need a bit more discussion.
- Finish paying off student loans by end of 2012. Before I embarked on this quest to pay off $20K in loans within two years of the first bill coming in, I did a reading for myself and had my excellent tarot-reader sister do a reading as well to see if it was viable: yes indeed! I just need to make sure that I’m not wasting my money on unworthy people (generosity is one of my downfalls, after all). My first loan is paid, and now the rest need to be focused on. I had a little extra cash leftover from the holidays, so I’m putting that towards knocking out the next loan. I’ll be contacting Kammael of Mars (to direct and drive me to finish these loans ASAP) and Tzaphqiel of Saturn (to restrict and cut out any unhealthy or undesirable habits or reasons to spend money otherwise). I already contacted Tzadqiel of Jupiter last week, asking him to help me out in remaining prosperous and financially sound while I get these loans knocked out, and he seemed to go along well with that idea. I’ll talk to the other angels as I come across them in my conjuration cycle, and will make that a repeated point of discussion. So long as I can keep enough money in my checking to make my monthly payments, I’ll be good.
- Work in the astral realms. Performing the Headless Rite in my astral temple is an exercise I’ve sorely needed, since it gives me experience in all sorts of ways. Plus, I’ve learned from my natal genius that I need much more experience in working astrally before I start exploring and stirring shit up, so he’s offered to help and instruct me in how to work in my astral temple as well. I had him over in there to oversee my HR performance, and he gave me a few tips for me to work on. The astral vortex talismanic ring from Fr. RO’s Astral Warrior handbook will take a lunar month to consecrate, but hopefully that will help in forming a more solid link between here and there. Plus, I started keeping a dream journal recently, which is starting to help with my dream recall and maybe, just maybe, clairvoyance (or at least the recognition of synchronicities). As a side note, I’ve noticed that the more I go to my astral temple, the more it kinda…I dunno, like it improves in condition; it looked kinda abandoned and overgrown when I first saw it, but it’s looking slightly cleaner and more well-kept the more I visit it. Interesting.
- Strictness with body and life. Yeah…this is where I’m hitting the most snags. I am cutting back on excessive eating, which is a good start. However, I’m trying to maintain my daily practice, which is wonderful since my normal routine is built around that; however, I also tend to say “fuck it” when the weekend comes. The daily practice needs to stay daily, so I’m going to have to force myself to do this stuff. Regular activity would be nice if it weren’t so damn cold in the winter, but there are random days that the weather is nice and passable for enduring for an hour or so; I’ll take advantage of those days to walk around the neighborhood, or maybe even down to the fancy old town of where I live to get some delish kabobs. I finally got rid of Facebook, OkCupid, webcomics, and a bunch of other distractions. I’m closing the accounts on services I don’t need or use and making myself more free to work (although this sometimes devolves into sitting at the computer talking with friends more). I’ll talk to the angels of Mars and Saturn to talk about discipline, and it’s probably about time I reconsecrate and chat it up with the spirit of that Saturn talisman I made back in September.
And, after all that, there’s still just a little left over from the first prompt on cleaning house:
- Reading each day: yeah, not as much yet. The train ride, dark as it is, inspires me more to sleep from here to DC and back, but I’ll force myself to read more, if not every day. Besides, I’ve got books I need to get through before I donate them. My resolve to read is taken up more by resolve to work on other projects, and pleasure reading is currently taking a backseat to that. Research reading, on the other hand, continues on an as-needed basis.
- Donate shit I don’t want or need or use anymore. I’ve been going through my clothes piece by piece and seeing what’s awful or doesn’t fit and setting them in a pile. Combined with some of the Christmas loot I won’t use, I’ll make a trip at the end of January to a Goodwill or someplace to get rid of all these donatables. No magic needed beyond putting this on my calendar.
- Cooking the stuff I have. In progress; I’m slowly going through the stuff in my pantry. I’m holding myself back from buying actual groceries until I get rid of the bulk of what I have, which I’ve done before and can easily do again (laziness in going to the store is a good thing).
As for Deb’s other suggestions, my life is pretty awesome. I’m single and love it (it’s so much simpler, and you can’t be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with), I have no enemies or troublemakers in my life, my friends are awesome, and projects and crafts are falling into my lap merely by talking with people (more on those as they happen).
So, back to Work for me!