It’s hard to believe the Solstice ritual is finally tomorrow. I’ve been working and planning for this for months, and I still don’t entirely feel ready. But… then I just think on the Tarot reading I did the other day, and accept that I’m really the only thing that can get in the way of this ritual’s success… and if I just commit to ensuring the event being fun for everyone is the first priority… then the rest of the magick will just run its course naturally.

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Still, I had a dozen little things to get wrapped up today, of which the last minutes of this day (and my magickally-focused-time-off-from-work week) were fast running out…

Semi-little things, like the cords Jenny and I braided to hold the brush and I-Ching coins which will hang around the necks of Archangels Michael and Uriel. The brush is something I’ve had for a very long time but never had anything important enough to use it on before now. The coins are from yesterday’s visit to Turning Wheel and leather cord is from Jo-Ann Fabrics. The colors are gold, silver, and slate gray (almost black) which seemed quite appropriate for this ritual.

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With twenty four hours to go before they meet their fiery fate, I unpacked the damp sheets of flash paper and set them out on sheets of paper towels, then folded them up and packed them away. I picked out twenty four sheets in total, which based on the RSVPs I’ve seen for the event as of this evening, will not be enough for everyone only if I’m lucky. And if by the grace of the gods that somehow happens, I can always cut some in half…

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But, the main project that I’ve been itching to finally tackle that I got to, is the padded case for my sacred weapons, specifically so that I have a way to safely transport them, but also (less specifically) because is a little “boss” to have a cool case to carry your gear to events in. Kinda like the billiards shark who brings his own cue stick to the pool hall. Anyway…

Now this wooden case was actually a gift to me from my neighbor (and fellow M.I.C.A. student) across the hall when I was still in school. It’d been one of two of his oil paint kits, but he’d moved out of the studio and was doing all digital work now (as I would also transition to one day) and didn’t need them anymore. The paints and brushes were long rotated out into my own stash, but the boxes were still cool so I kept them for the course of like five different moves, and now many years later, I finally have an excellent use for one of them. And I have even bigger plans for refinishing and painting the exterior to serves as a portable altar on one side, and a ouija board on the other, but that’s certainly not happening today…

So anyway, I started by using the lovely Gingher shears to cut out the pieces of batting (which my wife had left over from one of her old pillow-making tears) and fitting them to the various sections of the box.

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Then I began the painstaking process of using an exacto knife to carve out sections of the batting to fit my sacred weapons, and while this process probably should have taken me even longer, I’d “Tetris-ed” this all out in my head many, many times before today (and certainly did some measurements before today as well) so I pretty much knew where everything was supposed to fit before I even started. That being said, there was still plenty of trial and error to it, and I made multiple passes on many of the cuts before I had the sizes right (enough), and still, nothing is perfect…

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It may not be the prettiest, but it keeps my pretties safe, so I think it works for my purposes, at least for now, certainly. I may want to redo this all again one day, perhaps with a different color batting, but as this was basically the final task on my to-do list for the ritual prep, I think I’m now basically “covered”.

Saturday is going to be a long day, so I went through my checklist and checked it twice to make sure I have everything I need for tomorrow. It’s now all packed and staged by the front door, so tomorrow I won’t have to worry about a thing and can just grab the stuff and head out the door and make our way down to the Lodge. Rehearsals first, them Mass, then it’s go time.

And again yeah, it was another day of chakra exercising yoga and again hitting the four stages of Resh. I’d like to finish Maya’s sixth and seventh exercises to round out the week fully, but with the ritual tomorrow there literally seems like there will be no time to work it in…

Plus, I am really not tired right now, but I need to get some sleep so I can be rested and ready to take on tomorrow at full capacity. It’s going to go great.

By the bonds of this Fraternity, our will be done – so mote it be!

 

Friday 6/17/16-

Sun: Gemini-

Moon: Sagittarius-

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