Sacrificing Today for Tomorrow

This has been an insane month in many respects. My day job went from being on the slow side to moving at the speed of light and doubling up on the number of calls and readings I’ve done to planning my wedding and a move and then add in the state of affairs in the world around us and this has been a month I will happily say goodbye to.

As I was contemplating what to write about I got a pull to draw a card from my Dark Mirror Oracle deck and had to laugh at what I drew – Today for Tomorrow. The image is of a woman at two stages of her life – Young and Old, holding hands while standing at the top of a flight of stairs. It could also be read as a mother and daughter too, which still fits.

We are constantly in a state of sacrificing one thing for another. As children and young adults we study today instead of playing in hopes that our futures will be successful. As parents we give up things for ourselves so that our children can have more than we did. As adults we trade time spent with loved ones and pursuing our dreams to work stable jobs. Sometimes this sacrificing pays off but other times it doesn’t.

As magicians we also sacrifice things:

  1. Time. To learn, master, and to perfect our understanding of magick and the reasons why we do what we do.
  2. Relationships. Some of us are fortunate enough to have friends and family who accept our chosen path, but many are not so lucky. Being open with their beliefs could cause the end of familial ties and friendships.
  3. Space. The size of most of our libraries and ritual spaces can be considerable.
  4. Ourselves. If you include blood letting in your practice, you also give of yourself directly.

Sometimes what we need to sacrifice ends up paying off, other times it doesn’t and that in and of itself is a lesson, isn’t it? Who we become along the process can be quite eye opening.

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