Our materialistic society devalues the spiritual, but
how often do those of us who strive to be spiritual devalue material things?
After all we do need to have shelter, food and
enough money to keep body and soul together.
For me it is important to have a balance between the material concerns of the body and
the spiritual needs of the soul.
As my spiritual journey progressed I found
I could pray and ask for assistance with
spiritual matters, but realized that I was embarrassed to ask for help with material
matters. Why would God be interested in helping me meet my grocery or dentist's bills?
Shouldn't I be focusing on more exalted, less mundane issues?
This reticence is not shared by traditional cultures.
We are probably aware
of the great devotion that Catholics in Mexico have for the Virgin of Guadelupe,
the Tibetans for the Green Tara. Hindus pray to Ganesha, the lord and destroyer
of obstacles. Because these traditional cultures do not have such a strong division
between spiritual and material, devotees show no compunction in praying for all sorts
Another distinction that is less hard and fast in
traditional cultures is between
religion and magic. Even modern scholars have had a difficult time distinguishing
between these two types of spiritual practice. All too often the only difference has
been that our culture's beliefs are perceived as religious, true and virtuous, while
other cultures or lower class beliefs in our own culture are viewed as false,
superstitious and magical.
What I find fascinating about the traditional
mix of spiritual and mundane,
religion and magic, is that it works! I practice a combination of
astrological magic using
and New Orleans style hoodoo, the folk magic of the American South.
I use traditional (pre-1700) electional astrology to
choose auspicious times and create
an astrological talisman at that time. As part of the creation of the talisman
I burn an appropriate colored candle (e.g., green for money, white for blessings
or purple for wisdom) burn incense and pray. Usually I will say a Psalm and I
particularly like the 23rd Psalm (The Lord is my Shepherd...).
Over the course of time I can see a clear
difference between the periods when
I had created a talisman or did daily prayer and when I did nothing. For example,
when I created my Moon Talisman for
Attracting Clients & Money
and asked God for help I received it and the hits on my
web site, phone calls and clients increased.
While I had been advised frequently to pray, until
I actually tried it I was
skeptical that God really wanted to help me. What I eventually realized was
that I prayed, not for His sake, but for mine. I prayed to open myself to
His grace and to let Him into my life. What I have always tried to remember,
however, is to ask that my requests be answered, "If it be thy will".
Whatever our spiritual beliefs, we can all benefit
from prayer or meditation
by allowing a space in our ego-centered lives for the Divine, however we may
conceive of it. Turning away from the ego, surprisingly enough, turns out to
be the best way to truly satisfy its needs as the bounty of God moving in our
lives provides for both our spiritual and our material needs.
If you are interested in discussing and learning about
Renaissance Astrology, particulary Astrological Magic,
the construction of Astrological Talismans and
the magical use of Electional Astrology , you may wish to
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devoted to traditional (pre-1700) astrology.
For those that desire to delve deeper into Astrology and magick
I offer an Astrological Magic Web Course which
teaches students the theory and practice of the Renaissance astrological magick of
Cornelius Agrippa, Marsilio Ficino
Please e-mail me if you
have further questions regarding astrological magick or the web course.