Spell Bound

I stopped in at a local bookshop to see if they would be interested in carrying the Crone book. The owner took one look at the cover and said, “Yes.” So I pulled out a copy of Legacy. “I’ll take them both,” he said. “You know, since Trump got elected many folks are coming in and looking for books on spirituality. Especially books on casting spells.”

Aha. I quickly mentioned that neither of these books are about spell casting. And I thought to myself that if people are casting spells directed at the current leaders in our country, then the Bards of ancient Ireland were more effective in casting satire and causing boils on the faces of ancient kings engaged in bad behavior. But who knows. Perhaps spells against this administration are working. And that’s a scary thought given what’s happening in our country right now. This could be worse?

I believe absolutely in the power of prayer. And at some level, spells are intended for a similar power. To change things. But our ancestresses knew the difference between ‘power over’ and ‘power with’ and for me, that fundamental difference is key. Is this about divine will or my will? Is this about my good or the universal common good? Is this about joining my spiritual energy with the cosmic energies and harmonies already present in the Universe or is it about hoping to bend those energies to my specific and limited human agenda? 

The ancestors knew that we are but one thread in the great cosmic web of all life. One thread in a weaving of even greater harmony. My prayers are about feeding that harmony and trusting that inherent cosmic wisdom, that unlimited and universal power. My prayers will not be spell bound.

Judith – judith@stonefires.com

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