A Light in the Darkness
Darkness.. The Void… The Abyss..The Absence of Light… For many of us whose personal and community spirituality encompasses the use of magickal practice as part of our worship – there is a “Light” time of the year and a “Dark” time of the year. Whether your path walk celebrates this time as running from Samhain to Beltane, Imbolc to Lughnasadh or anywhere in between – if your particular practice includes acknowledging the duality aspect of existence – you will be observing a Dark period of energy work.
Dealing with Darkness can evoke all manner of concerns. The unseen, deeper currents of the vast vibrating energetic sea that we all swim in can pull and tug at places within our own personal “Inner-scape” that trigger various levels of intensity in our inherent “fight or flight” impulses. Many feel that is a black mirror into which they do not wish to peer. Moreover, many really should not – if their personalities are particularly fragile or otherwise hyper-sensitively wired. Nevertheless, with a grounded and reverent approach – this can be the time of truly embracing our own individual Great Work.
It is my belief that magick is not some historical relic that can be harnessed into a “one size fits all” practice. To me, magick is a living essence and our diversity in how we each practice it shows its myriad beautiful faces. Birthed in the unknown antiquity of the universe, magick reflects change and evolution. While maintaining its birthright, magick adapts to the nuances of mundane time, place, person, and purpose.
Masculine or Feminine, Lunar or Underworld, Dark Hunter or Veiled Crone - whatever faces or aspects you are most familiar and comfortable with – the Dark Time encompasses and goes beyond them all. Who would willingly choose to face, embrace, and pull in the lessons from our less than admirable aspects? Who wants to stand – open and completely vulnerable – and allow the very tangible pain of having our outmoded definition of our selves be torn down and reborn newer, stronger and, paradoxically for this time of year, “lighter”? In the path that our collective walks, it is part of our responsibility as a Druid.
It takes no small amount of courage and an ability to accept that even with the best of intentions – we all screw up - repeatedly. We hurt people. With what we think might be the most casual of actions or words – we sometimes unintentionally rend the very fabric of another person’s personal perspective of reality. When we choose to face and step through the portals of painful experiences and potentially the past life baggage that we all carry – what we emerge as impacts everyone around us. As we grow, evolve and expand we touch something in each person who interacts with us and a spark is planted that may <or may not> begin to reach out. It is a reaffirmation of our connection and it is based on how we choose to engage ourselves in our Lives. Most of us hold that we are – in essence – light. It is an expression of the balance of our reality that our greatest life/light work comes from our dreams in the dark.
- Eíbhlean of GryphonSong