I’m not going anywhere. At least not soon, and not unless I’m carried out. I’ve just been wondering where I might point my omnivorous intellectual appetite next in the world of metaphysical inquiry. There is still some unfinished business in that area: I have to get back to my study and practice of geomancy, which was showing reasonably good results until I discovered John Michael Greer’s book and realized just how much I still have to learn. I also need to figure out a way to get better acquainted with my crystal ball since I get too much reflection to be able to gaze into it effectively. But those are just technicalities; what I’m curious about is the “next big thing.”
I came at this stuff back-end-to. I began with serious study of the Hermetic qabala/kabbalah/cabala back in 1971 and became deeply immersed in its intricacies before I encountered its esoteric step-children, astrology and tarot. So in a sense I had “nowhere to go but down” (you can disregard that lame Tree of Life pun). I tried path-working (as in “scrying in the astral”) but I need rather large blocks of time to get much out of it, and it discourages normal human interaction. I’ve poked around in mythology, but it seems so “19th Century,” not a living and breathing thing at all. I’ve experimented with lithomancy as well. (I’ve been talking to author Tony Willis about runes, maybe I should go there?) What I’m not especially interested in is psychic adventuring in the form of mediumship or channeling; I’ve had enough exposure to the Lower Astral to know it’s not a place one wanders around to satisfy idle curiosity. I have yet to turn my attention to crystals and herbs, outside of a short-lived fling with Bach flower essences a great many years ago, but doubt I’ll go far down that path. Conventional religion, no matter how “charismatic,” is an absolute non-starter. I’ve considered teaching tarot and astrology in a face-to-face setting, and even tried to get study groups going in the past that went nowhere, but the one recent prospect I was offered garnered little interest locally.
What I have in my sights right now is Neopaganism in the form of modern druidry, and possibly the less religious aspects of Wicca. I’ve always had a great fondness for Scott Cunningham’s books, and have a certain affinity for ritual methods based on my rudimentary practice of ceremonial magic some time ago. What I’m seriously lacking is a community within which to explore these unfamiliar avenues. I’m not normally one to seek hand-holding, but encouragement from like-minded practitioners would nudge me along the path. “Group-think” is not what I’m after, since the “hive-mind” notion is a really deadening one that discourages individual advancement in favor of lock-step regimentation. (I’m thinking here of the movie Hot Fuzz, where Timothy Dalton leads a group of fanatics in chanting “The Greater Good” over and over.) I’ve examined opportunities via Meet-up, but the venues are just too far away to be practical. So for the moment I guess I’ll stay on “simmer” and hope that something breaks that will bring on a “full boil.” Relocation may be the only way to make it happen.