Old Magic is different to New Magic. The Ancient Celts did not count the days – only the nights. Perhaps that reflected their belief in unseen energies; their worlds of fairies and elementals were not a side fancy.
Before Christianity, they knew that – to quote the Sun-Uranus in Gemini poet W. B. Yeats “there is another world, but it is in this one.”
The Solstices and Equinoxes that always began with the Sun at Zero degrees of a Cardinal Sign were not celebrations. They were portals. And, if you can swing it, they probably still are. If you’ve been spinning around the place in the last 12 hours, wondering if you’re having a psychotic break/existential crisis or a magical initiation, it’s perfectly normal. A la this old post, days like this can make you jittery. You can’t ritual or affirm it away: just leave room in your head for the insights.
Solstices – particularly the one at Zero degrees of Capricorn – are when the veils between worlds are thin and flimsy. If you get into a trance state, lucid dream or are even just strangely skittish, you make connections between divided parts of your soul and psyche that would impossible at any other time.
You know it’s Old Magic when you’re in awe and aware of the need to not share your realizations. New Magic is fabulous and draws brilliantly off contemporary psychology and self-development, often blending that with esoteric knowledge as expounded by people like Gerald Gardner or Dion Fortune.
Old Magic still feels dangerous, like finding an alien machine humming away in the basement. Nobody writes about it or if they did, they and their words were burned. It’s sensed and channeled through the natural world or familiars and dreams.
And this Solstice is stronger than usual as it is in the shadow of an Eclipse, the ruler of Capricorn is aligned with underworldly Pluto and Mars is near Witch Queen Hecate in Scorpio.
Image: Nosego – Time Keeper