I was walking through the living room of the condo right after Christmas and my roommate was sitting in front of the television playing one of his video games on XBox. He was playing Skyrim. Just as I got past his chair, I heard a phrase come from the speaker that intrigued me. “Watch the Skies, Traveler.” I asked my roommate why the character used that phrase and he explained that it was a warning. Since the land was known to be inhabited by dragons, the one character was telling the traveler to ‘take heed’or to watch for anything that may cause harm.
I took this thought with me to the woods last Sunday and also this morning. I needed to let the thoughts surrounding this one phrase to sink in. As I pondered this thought on Sunday, I thought about how many times my friends and family have told me as I leave their homes to be careful or take care as I drive or walk. To many, just a pleasantry, but these are also warnings to be on guard against the things that may threaten us.
There are so many things going on around us as of late. It seems that everywhere we turn there is violence and anger and hatred. We like to see ourselves as living in a civilized society. I don’t so much see that anymore. Yes….we are more advanced technologically, but we are no more civilized than our people groups were in prehistoric times. It is still all about survival.
It seems that we as a people have come to annihilate anything or anyone who isn’t just like us. We like to talk about how much more evolved we are, but we will crucify someone on Facebook. The media (social and otherwise) has become just another battlefield. Never have I seen so many people want to disappear from society all together and either live off the grid or whatever would keep the world at bay.
In such a time as this…when people seem to believe less in magick than they ever have…but also long for magick more than they ever have (there is a reason that Harry Potter and television shows like The Magician are as popular as they are. People hunger for the power and strength that seems to come with magick. I find it funny that it is the people that I know who tell me they don’t believe in magick are the ones who come to me asking for spells to be done (but shhhhhhhh, don’t tell anyone I asked for this)
Last night, I got out my scrying mirror. As I stared into the darkened depths before me, I saw an old man. I would have originally been inclined to think it was my own reflection, but this man was as old as the mountains themselves. I could see sadness in his eyes. In one eye I saw desolation and darkness and in the other I saw fire burning out of control…it was in a moment of fear that I looked toward his mouth. Out of his mouth came hope, encouragement, and life.
This morning, in preparation for time in the woods, I gathered my dragon ring, some dragon’s blood incense, my mini cauldron with some charcoal discs, and some Vesta powder. I work with dragon energy every so often, so I am aware of the etiquette and the way to address dragon energy. As I worked inside the circle, I could feel the energy thicken and power coursing through me. As I looked toward the sky, it was if I could feel the air from dragon wings moving around me.
In this instance, dragon energy began to communicate with my spirit. I have long viewed the dragon as a friend and advocate, so there has always been a respect for that energy….never truly a fear. As the smoke from the dragon’s blood wafted toward me, I sprinkled the Vesta powder onto the charcoal. The mini-explosion and sparks was magnificent.
As I meditated on this energy, I envisioned myself walking toward the dragon and climbing on his back…all with his permission. Again, the dragon was not an object or being to be feared but one to partner with and become a force unmatched by any other. It isn’t about taming the dragon, but about utilizing its strength.
As 2016 plunges forward, we witches have to call on the forces around us. We hold tight to the magick around us. We walk in strength and with a magick as old as the universe. In the coming year, don’t forget who you are and don’t let the world make you into something you aren’t.