Last night I got the chance to finish my lamp for Conjuration Five – Sorcery Illumination. My original vision for the piece came out fairly well as a finished project. My only real complaint is that watercolor is a very unforgiving medium. Unlike acrylic paints, you can’t just throw some of your base color over the top and try again; with watercolor you are pretty much stuck with whatever happens. That being said, the cracking on the egg portion came out well, and the base is acceptable. Before I painted, I anointed the bottom of the item with a bit of blood, so all I need to do now is some deep meditation to really get the thing going.
I guess the rest of the Illumination portion of the training is to work with the effect that is generated and use it to help achieve my goal. As for the rest of my training, my biggest hangup right now is figuring out exactly what I want to do for my Sorcery Invocation. I have done little disguise experiments before, and I will say that the experience can be profound. If you change the way you dress, walk, and talk, people will have such a different view of you it’s amazing. I’ve been accused of being in one of the bands at a rock concert and I’ve even been vehemently accused of being a professional wrestler. Assuming different roles in situations where I have a good chance of being anonymous has been something of a sick little hobby for longer than I care to admit. The fun part about it, is it’s terrifyingly effective. Most people would never guess that you are any different in daily life than you are at the moment you meet them, so as long as you come off as who you want to be in those first moments of contact, you have altered your reality and theirs.