Witchcraft in a Noisy World And the sign said, The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls And tenement halls. And whispered in the sounds of silence. -Simon and Garfunkel, The Sound of Silence
Logos We are bombarded, daily, by the Great God Logos-the Word. I listen to Lee Lin Chin or Mary Kostakidas (SBS World News) as they tell of the (edited) events of the day and the events' current implications for humanity.
And that's it, isn't it? The news is all about people: what people do to people; what the weather is doing to people; how people are creating the greenhouse effect; how many people and their homes are affected by fire, flood, famine, drought; or else it's about the economy (another species that is as sick or as healthy as people).
And the news is mostly tragic.
When you hear or read or talk about the news of the world, do you fear? Do you anticipate?
What do you talk about with your family? What do you talk about with your friends or your peers? What do you talk about with your lovers? How often do you agree or disagree? How often do you agree or disagree with each other regarding the opinions of others?
It's important to consider what we say, how we say it, why we say what we do; it's important to consider what we listen to, why we listen to it. It's always personal, you know-our connectedness to the Big Picture. But so often the Big Picture is perceived as recent and not in the context of its foreverness.
We're assaulted by advertising, by investment strategies, by the requirement to assist the economy by consuming, by a seeming world-need to achieve, strive, guard against, impress, gain, be entertained, and to fit in. It all becomes quite deafening.
Logos (words) trigger war and they implore for peace. They can soothe or they can interfere. They can be spoken or written for the sake of being spoken or written. They can manipulate, but they can also educate. I love words, but I deplore too many of them or (often) the ways in which they are used. Ah! But that's not the fault of the words themselves, is it? That blame can be laid at the feet of those who use them without care as to the effect they could have! And it's because of who those people are and the Mythos through which they perceive life that we cannot see eye to eye.
Mythos · The Seen-Real: first world-the day to day, Otherworld · The Unseen-Real: second world (until we're there) · The Seen-Real: second world also (when we're in it)
Mythos is a plethora of many worlds all interconnected. People can (and do) inhabit more than one world: the guy down on the floor of the stock exchange jabbing at the air and yelling can be fully immersed in the Mythos of that world. Then he goes home. He eats a little, then showers and changes into his ritual garments, casts a Circle with his athame, and transports himself into his other world; his other Mythos . . . . and this world is not the same as the first world mentioned above. They overlap, surely, and each affects the other. What is the same is one who walks between them-the one who travels both of them. When this person enters into the Mythos of magic, he or she enters into a world where time, as is generally thought, does not exist.
Mythos can only ever be experienced and understood as a result of that experience. It changes us . . . and words don't matter. Logos can assist us to access the Worlds of Mythos (which is what this book's about), but words themselves can never take you there. You go there because you already co-exist with these worlds, and Logos can act as the mirror into which you peer to seek your own reflection.
The second world-the Mythos of magic (which you will find throughout this book is called draíocht)-is as experiential as the world of the floor of the stock exchange to the man who knows them both, but the traveler who walks the second world journeys from the Seen-Real (the stock exchange) and contemplates the Unseen-Real (the image of the second world), whereby it becomes the Seen-Real (because he's experiencing it).
What happens to us, as a result of traveling between one Mythos and another, is that we change. Not only do we change, but the world (that others think of, perhaps, as the only world in existence) changes also. It's as though we trail filaments of the places through which we travel back into the day to day, affecting it and changing it a little at a time.
Creativity, in all its many guises and expressions, is the result of these journeys into the Unseen-Real and of bridging Mythos to Mythos. Do you ever wonder why so many books that were written in the past and claim to be futuristic, fantasy, or science fiction actually, from the viewpoint of the present, seem prophetic?
This book is essentially about accessing the experience of Mythos.
Mythos is a way of expressing and experiencing forever in...(Continues)