Now that I have completed the Sorcery section of my training and am preparing myself to move on towards Shamanism, I figured it would be a good time to reflect on the Sorcery experience as a whole.
I can understand why Carroll wanted beginners to start with Sorcery. It’s a very mechanical, physical approach to magick. Since we are all so bound to the physical, it gives the beginner a great place to start, and something tangible to work with. That tangibility helps to connect us with our intent the way we are most connected to our reality.
The only complaint I have about the Sorcery part of the training, is the part that makes it so great for beginners: the tangibility. The problem I find with it being so tangible, is that others can see what you’re doing as well. Curious fingers can get in and stir around in your workings. While there may not be any malice involved, just pure curiosity, there is something immediately sacred about the objects that are constructed. At least in my experience, when someone messes with a fetish or enchantment it feels like they are far too deep inside your personal space.
Don’t get me wrong, I understand that anything physical has that potential, it was just a bit of an abrupt wakeup the first time I walked into the kitchen and someone was handling Socrates. Part of that stems from knowing that people have no idea what they’re touching, and I really don’t want to be the one that has to explain it to them.
Luckily, my new home will have a lot more private place for me to display my creations while keeping them out of harm’s way. Good thing I’m almost done with the renovations. Only two weeks until we move!