Everything I do is founded on my belief that we can change ourselves and, through ourselves, the world.
This involves an essential journey of crisis. It means confronting who you are, and who you wish (or fear) you might become.
Having this held up to us can provoke powerful change. And for that, ceremony is one of the greatest tools we have.
Making Magic Accessible
As you know, I feel a need to be more active as a priest, to work with the people on the street and in the community, and to help them.
I feel called to do that through the practice of magic.
New Orleans is founded on magic. People of all backgrounds rely on it to guide their careers, their relationships and their success. I don’t know if magic has some supernatural power, if mystical forces adjust reality. But magic absolutely has a strong and positive effect on the recipient, helping them change their perspective, their beliefs and their actions.
This can turn entire lives around.
But consulting a magician can be expensive. Our time comes at a premium, and the work we do is intense. Unfortunately, this means the people who need help the most have the hardest time affording it.
I’d like to change that.
The Salon of Magic
A salon is an open exhibition in a private home. Twice per week, I want to hold a salon where I craft spells for every person who visits. This would be done in the style of a street clinic, supported by free-will donations instead of set fees, and open to anyone. My credo: No one is turned away.
It would work something like this:
- Doors are open at set times each week. Walk-ins welcome.
- No fee is solicited. Put a donation in the hat, of whatever amount you feel is right.
- A portion of the proceeds will be given as charity, a portion goes to me and a portion is used to buy offerings for the spirits who power the spells.
- There are some requests I’ll turn down (such as curses), but I’ll have an alternative I can offer you (such as a justice spell).
- The salon will be promoted by flyers and word of mouth in disadvantaged neighborhoods.
The power of magic ritual to change lives continues to humble me, and I feel deeply called to do this work.
After discussing this with close friends, I feel the idea is viable and could have a positive impact. Now I turn it over to you, my readers, to get your reaction. Is this needed? Will it make a difference? How can I make it more effective?
If the idea seems strong, I expect to start a Kickstarter campaign to help launch it. Please, leave a comment and tell me what you think.