30 Days of Magic – Day 30: Keeping the Way Open

Today is the last day of my 30 days challenge. It’s been fun, but challenging to say the least. More importantly, it’s helped remind me of the quote from Donald Tyson, that also happens to be the tagline for my blog: “Magic is seldom spectacular because it seldom needs to be.”

It would be easy for me to let this experiment end as quickly as it started since I no longer need daily inspiration or motivation to practice magic. So, today I cast a spell to keep the sense of magic and wonder I’ve cultivated over the past 30 days going forward.
I cast my circle and lit a small purple candle at the foot of my Ganesh statue. I chanted his mantra until I felt the energy build to its apex. I threw open my arms and said:
“Opener of ways, bless my magic.
Let my path to magic be clear.
Let me be reminded of the magic and opportunity in my life each day.”
I visualized the circle exploding into a million tiny sparkles of light and spiraling out into the Universe to do my work.

 

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30 Days of Magic – Day 29: Ganesh and the Kala Rite

Not necessarily about magic, but close enough to count I think. As I’ve stated before, I’ve recently started studying the Feri Tradition pretty seriously. One of my struggles has been incorporating my new practices with those I have done for years.

In the morning, I’d do my Feri practice starting with the Kala rite. I’ve posted about this before, so rather than go back over it, I invite you to take a look at that post first. In the evening, I’d set aside time to chant and work with Ganesh. Again, I’ve posted about my work with Ganesh previously, so check that out too. Lately, though, I’ve only been keeping up with the Feri portion of my practice, which has made me feel a little guilty. So, I sat down today to finally figure out how to fit the practices together.

Ganesh is a road-opener God; the remover of Obstacles. He rides the mouse, not only because it demonstrates his ability to defy the constraints of reality, but because on a mouse, he can get to the deepest, darkest corners of the world to clear a path through life’s obstacles. This is exactly what Kala does.

With Kala, you put all your complexes or the things that don’t serve you into a cup of water. Then, using your personal energy or that of your Patron/Matron, you transform the water into a potion that removes these complexes to open the way for you.

Do you see the connection? The answer to fitting the practices together is so obvious; I can’t believe I missed it. So today, I lit the candle on my altar. I poured my glass of water and put the energy from the constraints I’m facing into the glass. Then, I chanted one of Ganesh’s mantras until I felt his presence. I offered him the water to him and felt him transform the water into the potion of healing. I finished my daily practice and ended with a prayer to Ganesh to keep my way open.

I’m not sure that my practice is authentically Feri, but as the late Valerie Walker once said about the tradition, “If you don’t like the lore, go out and make your own!”

30 Days of Magic – Day 10: Creating Opportunities

I have worked in training and development for over a decade. Teaching people new skills, developing their talent, and helping them move forward in their careers is my passion. When I accepted my current position, it was because the company didn’t have a training and development department. Instead, they asked each department manager to train their own staff. When I was hired, the plan was for me to start with one department and slowly branch out to others. Sadly, during my time spent with our contact center, I became a pivotal member of the team and subsequently have had little time to dedicate to other departments.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the impact I have on the contact center team, but this wasn’t what I signed up for. I’ve made small moves and have been successful at getting into other departments to train their employees, but I keep getting pulled back to the contact center. Things came to a head today when I was asked to have a team of contact center employees report to me. This would permanently change my career path, and I know I wouldn’t be happy in the role.
I wandered to the third floor, which is currently under construction, and ducked into the restroom. I glanced down at the Ganesh tattoo on my forearm and began to pray. I expressed my gratitude for the success I have had so far but asked him to open the door for what I truly wanted to do. I asked for an opportunity to show my skills to the decision makers of the company in hopes that they would opt to use me in other departments.
I headed back to my desk and got lost in work. As I was packing up for the day, my phone rang. It was a program manager for the safety department of our parent company. She told that there was a safety training initiative and needed someone to lead the training session for our company. She said she already cleared it with my boss and that I would need to work at our corporate headquarters for a few days to learn the material. Afterward, I would begin training our entire organization, including the decision makers.
I floated out of the office and was on a high the entire drive home. Though prayer isn’t magic in the traditional sense, my plea to Ganesh did help me to co-create my reality. I think the best magic is magic aimed at creating an opportunity, rather than simply manifesting the desired outcome. I’m so excited for the opportunity I was able to (co)create today.