Sometimes the different paths we are on, either mundane or magickal, meet up, converge. We may not realize it at the time, thinking that we are keeping our “lives” separate. But then there is one defining moment. A sudden “aha” when we realize we are in the midst of the Convergence of Mundane and Magickal. For me, today was just such a day.
Today was the day that I had my orientation for the UC Master Gardner program for my county. I had been wanting to become a part of this program for years. However, I worked full time and the classes usually ran during the day. After I retired last year I began to check into the program. I now had the time to devote to it and was eager to learn as well as give back to my community.
So, where does the mundane and magickal convergence come in? If you’ve been reading my blogs you know that I am an active gardener, herbalist and Garden Witch, (thank you Ellen Dugan – the original Garden Witch for coining that term), for many years. But silly me hadn’t quite put the two together yet. I was keeping my path to become a Master Gardner and my path as a Witch separate.
Identifying the Convergence of Mundane and Magickal
As I was sitting in that auditorium, listening to the information about the program I became even more excited. THIS is what I’ve been waiting for. Not only do I get to learn more about plants, gardening, preservation, cultivation etc., I’ll be able to give back to my community. Part of this program involves many hours of volunteer service. Teaching classes, working in the office to answer questions, and manning booths at Farmer’s Markets are just some of the ways we get to work with the community. I was practically giddy!
While scheduling my interview I had all sorts of ideas whirling about in my brain. I could teach classes on growing culinary herbs (medicinal stuff is tricky territory with the general public.) There were others there from my town – we could collaborate and start a community garden. I could branch off and show school children the benefits of gardening and harvesting by the lunar cycles… Aha! We have achieved convergence!
When you have been practicing as long as I have you would think I’d have spotted the intersection of these two paths long ago. But no. Stubborn me was trying to keep the separation of the two. Why? Old habits I think. But the more you practice your Craft, the more likely you are to find that there is a lot of bleed-over, if not down-right convergence, of the mundane and magickal. Leading a truly magickal life means that there is little or no difference between the mundane and magickal. They continually converge, continually intersect or meld- sometimes not too gently – into each other. And you know what? That is a kind of magick unto itself.
Voyaging along the Converged Paths
Now that I have removed my head from sphincter and can now see properly, I realize just how many convergences, how many intersections I have come to in my lifetime. I can clearly see how many fused roads I am currently traveling. But now that I grasp that the mundane and magickal are united, will I do anything different? Yes. Yes I will. Gone are the days of ever worrying over keeping things separate for fear of being “outed” or not being “normal”. That train derailed years ago – I just tried to ignore it. My paths – nearly all of them – are never separate. The magick is me. It is there in everything I say, everything I do, my every thought.
So what is next? The fantasy of separate lives has disappeared, replaced by a new “knowing” of the united. The convergence of mundane and magickal is complete. My voyage, my journey, from now on is with the understanding that I travel the converged paths. Neither wholly mundane or magickal, but together. In perfect harmony and completely and indubitably Me.