I have also been thinking more about Hermes since I attended the phenomenal OSOGD rite for Hermes, Thoth and Mercury and found the following passage. The rite awakened something and has caused some intense dreams:
"Dreams are beyond our unravelling - who can be sure what tale they tell? Not all that men look for comes to pass. Two gates there are that give passage to fleeting dreams; one is made of horn, one of ivory. The dreams that pass through sawn ivory are deceitful, bearing a message that will not be fulfilled; those that come out through polished horn have truth behind them, to be accomplished for men who see them." Homer (Od. 19.562)
|The Key of Life|
Dreams are the knowledge/skill sets, we hope to attain...Some come to fruition, some do not... And I think the pacifier is the ivory horn and the polished horn is the mother's breast. The polished horn is the Great Work. Besides, which one of our skill sets do we use to really differentiate one bulbous head on a handle, from another?
This year, I decided I wanted to find out more about the magick within me that I could not ascribe to just the ceremonial magick I am learning in this lifetime, I wanted to learn why I have such an attraction and affinity to it, perhaps because of some karmic or hereditary association. I did two things different this year. I got a reading from a form of divination that is older than the Tarot so I can frame some of my personal assumptions about my background in a non-CM context. Also, I had an opportunity to experience shamanism within my own ethnicity, which was very empowering because I have always felt it was something deeply rooted in my ancestry, but could never really find information about it, The reading and the shaman experience both led me to the notion that I need to begin to learn more about my ethnic traditions I have found so I can round out myself as a magician and tap into a current of power that has been lying dormant. For now, it is just another dream.