.The days are getting longer, if not warmer, and the Earth will soon burst forth in new life. The God was born at Yule and is growing in his power. The Goddess has been renewed and is the Maiden once more, even if she is still in the Underworld. This is a time of Transformation! But what does that really mean?
I know what you may be thinking: “I’ve been practicing for blah blah number of years; I know ALL about Transformation! I can feel the phases of the moon and the cycles of the seasons way down in ma bones!” But what if you couldn’t? What if you were trying to convey the meaning of Transformation to someone else? What does it really mean in these modern times, when we have houses with heaters and grocery stores around the corner so running out of food may not be a real issue?
From a purely physical perspective, Transformation is the changing of one thing into another thing. But Transformation does not just happen. The water does not turn to ice just because. The flower does not all of a sudden just become a piece of fruit. There has to be a catalyst to begin the process.
I have recently been trying to teach myself crochet, and it occurs to me that this is an act of Transformation. The yarn, through a process of looping, hooking and pulling, becomes a blanket or a scarf or any number of other things. But this does not happen just by willing it so. The catalyst is the moment I make that first slipknot and begin the foundation chain. That is the beginning of the Transformation of that ball of yarn into whatever it is I want to make it into.
So what does that mean for us on a spiritual and magickal level? When we as practitioners decide to do a working, we become the catalyst for our own magick. We begin the process of Transforming whatever it is we want to change. And we all know that once that magick is in motion, we still have to do any physical work that will enhance that Transformation. I may want to weave my magick into a blanket that could be used to comfort a friend in need, but if I don’t actually pick up the yarn and hook, it will just stay a ball of yarn. We make the decision to affect a change in our lives (or in the lives of people we care about, with their consent). But the flip side of that is we can be the catalyst for Transformation in the lives of others, without a magickal boost. By interacting with the people we care about, engaging with the people who may cross our paths at work, and by reaching out to those in need, we may ignite a catalyst that Transforms someone’s life in ways that we can never foresee. Finding the magick in the everyday of our lives allows us help others see the magick in their everyday as well.
High Priestess of SilverLeaf Hollow