New Year, New You: That Which Has Been Put Off For Too Long

Let’s face it, Charmers, the critical component to success or failure in your goals is your ability to do shit you don’t want to do.  I can promise you that your goals are crammed chock full of glistening gems that you would rather claw your own eyes out than address.  If you liked addressing these things, your goals wouldn’t be goals, they would be called Items I Am Already Doing No Problem-o.

What have I been putting off?  I’m proud to say that, in all honesty, there’s not much left.  I’ve dealt with my fear of returning to the underworld.  I’ve started working on practical magics.  I’ve even dealt with most of the meatspace relationship issues that I’ve been (uncharacteristically) letting fester.  As I sit here and thing about things, that really only leaves one:  putting out my shingle as a professional ritual specialist. 

Long-time readers will recall that I’ve talked about this a few times.  I feel strongly called to serve the community in several ways, and feel that I have particular talents in other areas as well.

1) Rites of Passage.  This is the strongest calling by far.  Too many people lack access to solid groups and traditions to help mark their transitions.  Dedications, initiations, whatever.  I have already performed my first wedding

2) Protection Spells and House Cleaning.  I have relatively little experience with most forms of practical magic, but when it comes to shielding and protection I am not afraid to say that I am a badass.  I performed my first ghost-banishing about a decade ago.  I have helped mediate between some friends of mine and the genus loci of their ancestral land.  When the clueless amateur drug-dealers who lived in the apartment below Aradia and I got into fight where someone drew steel, the bullet went harmlessly into their floor instead of up into our apartment, us, or our cats (you may be tempted to call that a failure of our wards, but no amount of magic could completely shelter the building from their level of stupidity).

3) Divination and Consultation.  Tarot, astrology, natal genius/demon work.  I’ve still got a lot to learn about the latter two, of course, and I’ve only done public readings a few times.  But it’s valuable work and it can be immensely rewarding.

4) Spells, Charms, and Enchantments.  People have needs.  I’m a magician.  Whether it’s designing and/or participating in rites for fellow practitioners, or doing it all for the “mundane” …  I can help.  This, however, is where we really start to drift away from the calling into the “that would be fun!”  Designing and aiding in magical rituals for less or otherwise experienced practitioners falls into the same category as the rites of passage, but the rest … well, there’s a little bit of greed and ambition there, too.

5) Teas, Potions, and Homebrew.  Because they’re fun, and because when I really go at it, I’m pretty damn good… even if most of my close personal friends are actually even better.  Fortunately, back in Sunrise Indiana, I won’t be competing with them.

6) Mask Making.  I make sacred masks.  I need to make more of them.  I can’t keep them all in the first place, and the use of magical masks is a practice I wish to encourage in neo-Pagan witchcraft—that means gifting and selling them.

That’s a long list of services for a beginner.  And how does one build a clientele?  How does one make sure one’s clientele doesn’t reach a point where it conflicts with other obligations—chiefly school, in my case, but also friends and family?  And how does one advertise when one wishes, out of concern for one’s academic professionalism, to keep a certain distance of plausible deniability between ones public identity and a blog such as this?

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3 responses to “New Year, New You: That Which Has Been Put Off For Too Long

  1. Sounds like you've worked through a lot of things! Building a clientele will be challenging, especially with public identity issue concerns, but there's definitely a lot of people in the blogosphere who have managed to negotiate that successfully so it's possible!

  2. I would put it out there via word of mouth first in circles you know will not see a contradiction between source citing academia and source citing thoughtful magicianry.Or advertise under your magical name and an email solely used for that. Your masks and teas and potions and charms would be quite marketable and I'm assuming would be fairly easy to put out on a consignment basis or on etsy or somesuch thing.The potions might be problematic if they are alcohol tinctures as these are rarely legal to mail. Divination, warding, consultation, and rite of passage stuff I see you as being particularly good at doing.

    I do see some problems with doing cleansing/banishing work for hire. I did my first major cleansing of a (moderately) dirty house (for someone I was not living with) in almost a decade today. Some warding and charm work too. It was for good friends/family and it needed it but I'm really tired now. I can't imagine doing that for someone as part of a transaction or doing it more than a few times a year. To me, banishing work tends to connect one emotionally with the beneficiaries of said work and generally requires some maintenance commitment on the part of the tenants of said home or a regular visitor in preventing re-infestation of nasty crap if it got bad enough to need a full cleaning before. Perhaps this is because I don't generally banish per se so much as persuade unpleasant things,people and energies to go elsewhere or to let go. Your mileage will vary based on your method. In any case after cleaning there is stuff to maintain: not fighting in a newly cleansed house, providing wights and brownies and the folks outside offerings(and deciding if this is appropriate to the household) ,not channeling without a spotter unless you really know what you are doing,refreshing water and flower charms, putting the pennies back after cleaning etc… I can come back again if you accidentally sweep the salt into the house after a clearing or immediately invite all the folk in the neighborhood in instead of specifying which ones you would like to honor indoors or out but really this doesn't seem like the best idea as after 5 or 6 times I have the following attitude: you clearly need to learn the consequences of your actions and I'll let natural consequences follow unless someone is really in over their head. Unfortunately some people are unwilling to learn about common sense until they are slapped by it.

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