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This past Friday was Mabon – the Autumnal Equinox.  It is a time of reaping the harvest of the seeds we’ve sown this year; of being blessed and counting our blessings.  Mabon is the Witch’s Thanksgiving – much like the North American tradition of Turkey Day, the Autumnal Equinox is a time when witches recognize the blessings in their lives and are thankful.

2011 has been a year that has brought me many blessings.  My family is in good health and happy.  My relationship is stable and life-affirming.  My circle of friends has grown to encompass talented authors around the world.

I do find a hard time staying thankful.  Maybe it’s just me, but I have difficulties  seeing past the negative to the positive most days.  What is it about the negative that paralyzes me?

An example of “sympathetic magick” is that of visualization.  To bring about the change you wish to see, you can visualize your goal.  You want to win that soccer game?  Meditate on it and visualize winning it.  Not just an overall “Oh, look we won the game” – in-depth.  See the sun shine.  Feel the warmth (or chill).  Visualize that winning goal-kick, the subsequent happiness of your teammates.  Play the entire scene in your mind so that it happens exactly as you hope.  This is visualization – sympathetic magick.  And it can be used for nearly everything.  Not all ritual needs candles, incense, and a fire-lit cauldron.  Sometimes, you just need an imagination.

When I started publishing my work, I took down my old job at Facebook and put my new job as “Author”.  This is another instance of sympathetic magick.  By already SEEING it as so, I’m willing it into existence.   And who can argue that it isn’t true?  Yes, I’m still working at the old job.  But my books are out there for anyone to buy – 5 ebooks in the ether.  I have professional covers.  I have reviews.  I am an author.

But, that doesn’t mean I’m successful.

As of tonight, I’ve sold 33 books this month.  This number is UP from last month’s 26, but it’s down from July’s 38.  With two days left to go, I can hope I’ll break that 38, but chances aren’t good.

Now, I’m not complaining.  Marathon, not sprint, etc.  But like any true human being, it is disheartening.  And unfortunately, the disheartening stuff messes with my muse big time.  I’m having a hard time focusing on the book I’m working on.

So, I’m going to work on my visualization.  I want to win this game.  And any lil ole Witch worth her salt will tell you – it’s all about visualization.

Cue visualizing.

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I found a GREAT new site in my email box this week –

The Young Witches

Just another place for witches to hang out :)