W is for What Works

I am eclectic. That’s a dirty word in a lot of circles these days, but to me the word speaks of practicality. I try to pick the simplest path, to organize and get results, whether it’s with my planner or with my magic.

For that reason, I believe in what works. I’ve said this before, but that means I pray to the gods who answer (even the ‘pop culture’ ones) and I do the magic that works (even if it’s a chaote’s mishmash of techniques) and that which gives no results gets no attention.

This is an unpopular opinion in a magical and religious culture that seems to believe that nothing is worth having if it the process of getting it doesn’t make you miserable. I don’t understand this, to be honest. Why would I choose to focus on things that are hard, that require hours of my time every day, that make me unhappy and produce the same results?

I know some people want a specific thing which is difficult, and that makes sense to me. What I’m talking about is the idea that sacrifices must be painful and deitywork must be an ordeal. Sure, Odin gives me a hard time when I need it, but there are plenty of times when I want something, I fall back on an old, familiar practice or spell, and it works. There’s nothing wrong with what works.

4 thoughts on “W is for What Works

  1. I feel exactly the same way, at least for me.. I go with what works and I think it’s good to keep one’s mind open to try new things, explore other pathways, and usually for me that tends to be more simplified.

  2. The theme of misery for its own sake being granted merit is extremely unhealthy and unproductive. I don’t understand why people want to be seen as martyrs and sacrifices, when many of those who have given all for something specific and dear to their heart tend to downplay or leave unacknowledged the loss in light of what they’ve gained.

    If you full know that something can be bought for a penny and you go out of your way to spend a dollar, that’s poor stewardship of your energy, in my opinion.

    To me, understanding the mechanics behind your processes and the why to your worship and practice so that you can better adapt them to your life and available resources shows a level of wisdom and cleverness that makes stronger work.

  3. When it comes to my religious path, I wonder if I’ve internalized the Christian idea of the ‘narrow path’ – that religion should be hard work or it’s not worthwhile. Interesting idea to ponder.

    When it comes to magic, though, like you, I tend to go with what works. For me that often means hoodoo or things based on it. I struggle with concepts of cultural appropriation there, but somehow it doesn’t stop me going back to something that I know works. That’s just too valuable. I tend not to talk about my work and eclecticism there, though, fearing recriminations.

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