Welcome to the Strategic Sorcery Blog Hop! This hop features members of Jason Miller’s Strategic Sorcery Course past and present. We are sharing our thoughts on Planetary Magic and Influence this month! Be sure to click on “Previous” and “Next” to go to the next blog in line. You may also click on “Master List” to see the entire lineup. I hope you enjoy the various posts and find value for your own practice!
When The Moon Hits Your Eyes
Planetary magic is based on the idea that planets have influence over our lives, that we can harness that power, or at least nudge it to increase probabilities of success. Assuming this is true, wouldn’t you like to know how to work the system in your favor?
There are many different traditions of magic complete with their own ideas of what planets are important, what each planet represents, how you should approach the planet, in what hour and on what days. I think there’s enough magic in the world to scrap a lot of complicated tables of correspondence. Look to the skies with your own eyes. What planets are above the horizon? Do you see Jupiter? What about Mars and Venus? Great! Dial them up! Jason points this out in his course, and he goes on to suggest you can call on multiple planetary powers at once.
I can hear you. The Gods hear you. Angels and spirits of all guises too. You don’t know what twinkling lights are planets or stars. Take a deep breath. Take your phone out of your pocket. Grab the Google Sky Map App. Get any star identifying sky mapping application. You can find countless sites online to help. Alas the secrets are revealed! Behold, the light I see is Mercury shining back at me! Now you know.
The Moon is my favorite ally in the planetary magic batting order. Old silver eye has captured the imagination of mankind since the first of our kind looked up into the night. The Moon moves across the night in a gentle rhythm of waxing and waning, sharing gentle light, while locked in a dance with the tides of the seas. It’s been associated with the unconscious, dreams, mystery, revelry, secrets, intuition, love, psychic abilities, time, water, travel, and magic. The Moon is tied to werewolf legends when it’s full, and crossroad offerings when it’s dark and new. Folklore has followed the Moon through time and culture. There is little doubt the Moon has a grand influence on our imagination.
Ye Old Heathen Moon
You can look at the Moon and see just a rock reflecting the Sun’s light. You can also eat food out of a plain white can with one word on the label: Meat. Would you call on the Moon’s influence in your life? I wouldn’t just call a number in the phone book and say, “Hey human, bring me that circle bread with cattle milk hardened yet melted and cover it in some tomato paste.” That’s not the best strategy to get a pizza. Get more specific to get better results.
In Heathen lore, the Moon is known as the God Mani. We don’t know a lot about the worship of Mani or if he had any cults devoted to him. Much of Mani’s lore is lost to time; however, I would be surprised if there wasn’t a fascination with the Moon and all of Mani’s mysteries in ancient times just as they are today. The passing of centuries has not dulled Mani’s seductive mystery.
Mani shows up in the lore in few spots. We get hints at what the Heathens of old may have thought about the Moon without knowing much beyond basic facts.
Mani’s role as a time keeper is stated in Vafthruthnir’s Sayings:
“Tell me a second, if inspiration serves you,
Vafthruthnir, and you know:
how the moon faring over men,
and also how the sun, came into being?”
“The father of the moon
is named “Mundilfari.”
He is the father of the sun as well.
They turn the heavens every day and tally time.”
“Tell me a third, Vafthruthnir, for they say
you are wise, and that you know:
How did day that fares over men, the night,
and the moons come into being?”
“Delling he is called who is father of day.
Night was born of Norvi. The Regin
shaped the new and waning moons
for men to tally time.”
— Poetic Edda, Chisholm Translation
Mani is known by various titles stated in the Lay of Alvis:
“Tell me Alvis, for I think, dwarf,
that you know the origin of all beings:
what is the moon called, which is seen
by the sons of men, in each of the worlds?”
“Men call it “Moon”, but it is called “Fiery”
among the Gods. In Hel they call it “Turning Wheel”.
Ettins call it “Speed”, dwarves call it “Shining”,
but elves call it “year reckoner”.
— Poetic Edda, Chisholm Translation
Mani is also mentioned in Havamal Stanza 137 as protection against hate:
I give you rede Loddfafnir, heed it well!
You will use it, if you learn it,
it will get you good if you understand it.
When you drink ale, call on the main of the earth,
for earth is good against ale, but fire against diseases.
Oak is good against costiveness, grain against wizardry
bearded rye against feuds. They say the moon is good
against hate. Alum use for rabies and runes against evil.
The earth draws off floods.
— Poetic Edda, Chisholm Translation
There are a few mentions in the Prose Edda that echo the above. The lore also says the Sun (Sunna) and Moon (Mani) are being chased by wolves that will one day consume them at Ragnarok. Mani is chased by Hati (Hate). Rudolf Simek has said, “Máni is apparently a gigantic being in a myth of which we otherwise know nothing”.
Mani remains unhindered by the lack of written records. The Moon is still in our skies shining and inspiring witches, mystics, and scientists alike. We can start with what we know in the lore, and work our way forward to discover Mani’s magic and wisdom.
Seek The Mysteries of the Moon
We know Mani is a time keeper. Mani is an illuminator of mysteries and inspiration as the Full Moon. Mani is a shield against hate at all times, but he may be strongest when cloaked in darkness as the New Moon. Mani may also serve as a guide whenever you see his light. History suggests people would bang pots and pans during an eclipse, believing the Moon was being consumed by the wolf, in an attempt to drive the wolf away. A lunar eclipse would be a good time to shout away negativity, bad vibes, spiritual attacks, and reverse suspected curses. Make a lot of racket while you’re at it.
I call on Mani as a Gatekeeper in ritual for guidance and protection. Mani knows the ways of trance, shape-shifting, visions, illusions, and ecstasy. Mani shines down and inspires the Witches revelry. Mani can help you face your fears and know your darker side.
There is no set tradition to work with Mani within Heathenry. Meditate on the Moon and what it means to you. Gaze at the light of the Moon, allow it to seduce you into a trance. Call on Mani. Ask him what gifts he brings, and what offerings he expects in return. Even the reflections of the Moon’s light can serve as a road into mystery and trance. Look at the centuries of folklore and stories concerning the moon. What themes come up over and over again?
Stand under the full moon. Offer incense and watch the smoke curl into the night. Call Mani to accept your offering:
Mani, you who guards against hate and malice, great traveler of the night skies, illuminating mysteries and secrets, keeping time as you have since the day you took your place above the worlds, I call to you. Great Mani, you who knows all secrets born in the shadows, who knows the tides of the seas, inspiration of mankind, accept this offering.
Use these words or create your own. Pay attention to what appears in your mind. Listen for what Mani is telling you. Be warned that his messages and influence can come in the guise of what you fear deep in your own mind. Daily meditation practice can prepare you to hear the proper signal when it comes.
You have Mani’s attention. Now what? Ask for his help in revealing secret knowledge, guiding you into trance, exploring your subconscious, inducing lucid dreams, releasing fears, protection from negative influence and curses, strengthening intuition, and unlocking powers of the mind. Ask Mani to bless and consecrate your tools, an oil, a powder, pendants, amulets and talismans.
Mani has influence over the tides which ties his mysteries to those of water. Mani is seen and known by names in all the worlds held within the Tree. Do you wish to travel to one of those places in trance? Call on Mani by his title in that world.
Mani connects you to your ancestors and the Mighty Dead. Choose any moment in the mists of time and there you will find the same Moon you see today. That Moon has looked down on every man, woman, and child from the greatest to the smallest of lives. Mani is a bridge to those who came before. Call on Mani to help you in divination, to connect to spirits of the dead, gain visions to communicate, and dispel/create illusions in your own mind or the mind of others.
Would you yet know more?
That’s A Wrap!
I hope you’ve been inspired to explore the Moon’s mystery. Thank you for visiting and taking time to read my thoughts! Remember, you may click on “Previous” and “Next” to follow the lineup in the hop. You may also click “Master List” to get the whole order at once.