Wednesday was a weird day and a busy one. The internet decided to go on strike for some reason, every time I tried to do anything. The pond pump needed cleaning at my son’s home, and so did the fountain pump and gunged-up pond filter.That took us half the day… but then Nick came back to mine and played with Ani while I cleaned the aquarium’s filters and did a water change… then we tackled the really rough job of the day. We bathed the dog. Attempting the impossible seemed apt for Nick’s re-birthday…
It took two of us. (It also took me a couple of hours solid cleaning to set the bathroom to rights, clear up the splashes, hair and wet tail splats…) And, if that wasn’t enough, we wrestled her into position (several times over), so I could trim her claws.
By the time all was done, it was after ten o’clock at night and I still hadn’t had breakfast. I hadn’t started writing either. But, luckily, there is something to share that needs no research…
It isn’t often that you meet in stranger circumstances than those in which I met Gary. Continents apart… he in the US and me in the UK, I read an article on his website and, as we were both from the same area of northern England, and both students of the same esoteric school, I left a comment and we exchanged emails.
Then, while Gary was in the process of moving to Europe, I met a young man on one of the forums where I was teaching. He too was in the US. Of all the millions of people I could have met online, it turned out that I had come across Gary’s son, a young man of a similar age to my own sons. That gave us something else in common, and for the past twelve years or so, we have been good friends.
The internet is a godsend for staying in touch with people across the world, but it is no replacement for being face to face with friends. We have stayed in contact, but in all that time, we only met the once, briefly, and that was five years ago now.
Tomorrow, that will change and, with any luck at all, we will spend the weekend showing Gary a few of the places Stuart and I wrote about in The Initiate ... it will be good to revisit some of the places we haven’t seen in a while and bring a fresh pair of eyes to them.
I may be able to introduce Gary to my son too… he was ‘there’ for us exactly nine years ago, when I emailed him to tell him that Nick had been stabbed and was not expected to live. I knew Gary well enough by then that the ‘brave face’ could slip and I was grateful for that. The care and support we received from so many friends and strangers, was all that carried us through that nightmare.
That’s what friends are for… to ‘be there’ for the rough times, the good times, and the bits in between… but you do usually get to meet them first!
The Mystical Hexagram: The Seven Inner Stars of Power
G. Michael Vasey and Sue Vincent
The Mystical Hexagram is a new and innovative way to work with this ancient symbol. Through personal revelations and exercises, the reader can experience the many layers of this new and insightful work.
The Mystical Hexagram takes a look at the Hexagram as a symbol but perhaps looking at it in a deeper and different way to how many have looked at it in the past.
The Hexagram is a symbol that unifies different occult methods including working with the Tree of Life, alchemy and Elemental Magic. The book explores this idea working in what we hope is some new thought and yet still leaves significant room for self exploration of the symbol.
The book includes a complete set of powerful meditations and visualizations closely related to the Hexagram.
Extract of Amazon review for the first edition.
“…in addition a set of simple and progressive exercises that one can perform to deeper their personal connection and understanding of this symbol that has for many become a representation of the Great Work itself. It is also a template for guide for students as well, in that it is a working example of how to undertake this kind of reflective work for oneself – work essential to progressing on the Path of Return. In this way, The Mystical Hexagram is not only to be read, but studied and even imitated so that its deeper lessens can become one’s own.” Mark Stavish, The Institute for Hermetic Studies.