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Magic 1 for Priests is an abridgement of the Magic 1 course from GSP 1, and deals primarily with the practical world of working with your own relationships with the Powers, self-examination, magic in ritual, and demonstrating your competency with magical skills.

The primary goal of this course is for students to establish, evaluate and enhance their skills to create and maintain an effective magical practice.

Course Objectives

  1. Students will demonstrate increased knowledge of the use of magic within an ADF context to include: ritual, working with the Powers and serving the community.
  2. Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of and application for magic within their personal practice, and employ self-introspection as a tool for personal magical growth.

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This has been one of those weeks where meditation has felt like I just can’t settle in, so I’ve tried not to force it too much. I’ve done lots of mind-quieting meditations for just a few minutes, and I’ve kept up my daily devotions that I do over my morning cup of tea, but this week has just been too hard to really focus. So I did my meditations by the seat of my pants, and tried not to worry about it too much. Distractions happen, and things will settle back down soon (I hope).

There are several parts of my life that are unraveling at the edges right now, so I’m feeling a bit frantic, and I have several friends and family members who are in need of a lot of support right now.

I’ve actually wished for a sort of Druid prayer or healing or magic circle, where we can go to pray and do magic for each other as we need support. I am feeling like I can’t do all the things that I feel like I need to do right now, without taking a day off work and doing nothing but ritual and magic for a day (and I can’t do that, especially not since I’m already missing a day of work this week for jury duty). Maybe there’s a ritual and healing circle that I can be a part of.  Here’s me looking to be part of some kind of a community again. This is a common thread for me.

Maybe I just need more butt-on-floor time at my altar, and to just let things go.

And maybe I’m just learning the lesson (again) that I can’t do anything to help when bad things happen to people. It’s just very hard to sit by and watch and not be able to help out as friends and family go through hard times.

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A member of my family is going through some particularly unpleasant medical testing today, to help diagnose some troublesome neurological symptoms that he’s been having. He’s a young man, so these kinds of things are unusual, and the end result could be one that’s pretty unpleasant (brain surgery) or extremely unpleasant (not be able to do anything at all).

I’m not really good at asking for help, and my tendency towards agnosticism makes these kinds of times very tough. I don’t really lean much on the “ask the Gods for help” thing, because … well, I don’t know how much help I believe they’ll give. I don’t think they’d WITHHOLD help, exactly, but I don’t have a whole lot of faith in healing magic or prayers.

I do, however, believe that the Gods can help humans to solve problems, so instead of praying for healing for my family member, I’m going to make offerings to Eir to guide the doctors today and tomorrow, that they can do this test as non-invasively and accurately as possible, and to help them make a wise, educated, and compassionate decision about treatment. For some reason framing it that way seems to make more sense than praying for spontaneous healing. I’m also going to keep a candle burning during the part of his test when I’ll have access to, just to focus my energy as best I can.

It’s frustrating to be in a position where I can’t do much of anything. Hopefully my offerings will be appreciated, and he’ll have a good outcome from all of this. It’s putting a lot of strain on my family, for obvious reasons, and good news has been a little thin around his situation lately.

Any prayers, offerings, good thoughts, lit candles, or other expressions of care are appreciated.

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