The Ecstatic Path, Serving Community, and False Ego
A few thoughts, May Day, 2012
The occult shop I worked in during the 80s had lockers out back, behind the building. Our customers would buy candles, which we would dress (for example, anoint with magical oils), bless, and then burn in the lockers. Some customers requested prosperity blessings, some asked for healing, some for other things.
It was such an odd priesthood by some standards, if not utterly dismissed and invalidated. The bunch of grungy lockers with wax dripping all over them was part of something many would consider hokey, outright ridiculous. But it was the real deal—powerful magic, and of service to community.
Priesthood (ministry, call it what you will) takes many sincere forms. Some have more prestige than others. But whether one receives a lot of acclaim or none at all, the Gods know when the heart is filled with juicy desire to serve. And this desire fuels our joy constantly. And the Gods bless such a heart. And the Gods know when, instead, the heart is heavily burdened, made sad by a self-deceiving ego-drive to be at the top of the heap. And the Gods bless this heart, too.
There is no heap. There is only the joyous dance of life and the chance to serve within it. May all we humans learn at deeper and deeper levels to dive into life fully, not mistaking titles and pomp for ecstasy and caring. And may we always know that ecstasy and caring go hand in hand, like lovers.
With its recent relaunch, this site is now split between three servers. (I know there are other options, it’s a long and grassroots story.)
http://www.stardrenched.com is mostly for the site’s blog, events announcements, and new additions to the site’s Grimoire.
Clicking anywhere on the above nav bar, except blog, brings you to the site’s original domain. Among other things, it has all Grimoire entries prior to 2012.
Way back, there wasn’t space for everything (this site is ancient), so some side pages got put on feri.com
I recently announced the “revitalized site” as “launched” but it’ll take months, maybe years, to polish the new look, finish updating text, etc.
I continue to blog at my other site. Two blogs with two separate RRS feeds. Welcome, old visitors and new!