into the Field

I have been on a book kick lately. I’d say I am in the middle of about 50 books (I haven’t counted but I wouldn’t be surprised) at this point. So many subjects have been so intriguing lately, and I can’t seem to read fast enough. That’s mom life though — anytime I sit down to read, I fall asleep.

Six Ways: Approaches & Entries for Practical Magic by Aidan Wachter has been on my list for a long time, but between moving and lack of time, it kept getting pushed back. I am glad I made space for it this past month. I selected it to be my bath-time reading because to be honest, that’s the best reading time I get these days. I was not disappointed. Wachter’s approach to magic resonated deeply with me and I have already successfully incorporated some of the exercises into my practice.

One of the first things the author instructs us to do is write an intention for our journey through the book. I did this, and tucked it into the back of the pages. It stayed there throughout the duration of my reading, and I forgot about it. More on this later.

One of the ah-hah moments came in Chapter Three when Wachter shares about “Road Openers.” The difference between invocation (calling into) vs. evocation (calling up) made so much sense in the examples provided. While invocation and evocation are used when calling upon spirits, Wachter demonstrates that you can use this when wanting to work with a different point of view, or something that can be useful for trying to reach your end goal. Wachter uses the perception of seeing available options, and I swear it all clicked in my brain. (pgs. 16-20)

I utilized a similar approach during a timeline jump meditation, where the future self is first called up, and then embodied (i.e. evocation, then invocation). I plan on writing a whole blog post about my experience with this meditation, but at the time it really helped to drive home the ideas of this exercise. If this type of working is something that you’re interested in, please go check out Tifani Truelove on Instagram.

Animism was a thread throughout the whole book, and I really enjoyed the authors beginner friendly way to start integrating animism into your daily life. Considering I am writing a fiction book based in animism, it is a concept I love learning more about any way I can.

The rest of the book continued to share ah-hah moments, and I have to say that my practice has begun to grow. Wachter’s noteable instructions on how to enter trance, clear energy and journey into “The Field” (or Otherworld) really helped as I felt I had reached a plateau in my meditation practice. Wacther’s straight forward approach to these practices would benefit any beginner.

Finally, Wachter’s work as a talismanic jeweler helped to reconnect me to my practice of intentional fiber art, and rooting my magic into the material world. While I have used knitting to help me reach a meditative state previously, the author explaining the use of vessels in magic has given me several ideas on how to apply my crafting skills.

ges, and the paper fell in the tub. The words were blurred and lightened from sitting in water, but still visible. It read “I want a fulfilling practice to bring more vision into my life.” I am happy to report that after reading this book I do feel closer to this intention.

All in all, my only regret about this book is that I didn’t pick it up sooner. I plan to dive into Wachter’s book immediately. I also intend to read my way through the “suggested reading” in the back of the book, but given my current reading speed — that’ll take me a while. Pick up this book whether you’re a beginner or even further along in your practice as it will make a valuable addition to your magical library.

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