Magic Hourglass

Happy Winterfest, Yule, Solstice, Christmas, Saturnalia, Kwanzaa, Chanukah, etc., etc., etc. No new episode of the Placebo Magick Podcast this lunar quarter as Peasant-Lord Durmak's mouth is stuffed with cookies, but we do have a Spell of the Week to help you fall asleep and improve your visualization skills:

Close your eyes and relax. Keeping your eyes closed, try to see the color purple. Look around and notice any purple anywhere in your field of vision that it appears, even slightly. It could be a band, a spot, or a cloud of purple, perhaps only for a moment. (If you can't see any purple after a minute or two, find the closest thing and move on.)

Next, repeat the process with blue. Continue with green, yellow, orange, red, pink, silver, and lavender.

This color wheel of nine colors represents the Enneagram system of nine personality types. We'll cover the Enneagram in a future episode, but for now, understand that each color represents one facet of the best of what humanity has to offer:

  • Purple (3): adaptability, achievement
  • Blue (4): creativity, expressiveness
  • Green (5): perception, knowledge
  • Yellow/Gold (6): loyalty, trustworthiness
  • Orange (7): spontaneity, enthusiasm
  • Red (8): assertiveness, decisiveness
  • Pink (9): receptivity, restfulness
  • White/Silver (1): idealism, purposefulness
  • Lavender (2): helpfulness, empathy

Why start with purple? Only because it seems to be the easiest color to see with your eyes closed.

It's important to stay calm and relaxed as you do this exercise, and to be open to seeing each color in any possible shape. If you're having trouble seeing the color, try imagining a sheet of construction paper of that color while saying its name before trying again.

By performing this exercise over time, it will become easier and easier to see colors at will. Feel the comfort provided by each facet of your humanity in turn.

I (Peasant-Lord Durmak) believe that exercises like this help to shift your brain into a dreaming-like mode. It's very similar to cloudgazing. It has helped me to fall asleep without fail.

Remember, magick is a metaphor, and metaphor is magickal!

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