Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Month of Witches and Magick- What I Learned About Transmutation Circles Day 14

Today it will look like I've gone completely off subject. I promise, I'm still talking about transmutation circles. Today I'm talking about how I would make one my own based on what I already know. I really like geometry but I have a limited knowledge of the subject. How I best understand and use it relates to fiber arts, mainly quilting. So I'm going to show you a spell book, um, geometry, er, quilt book, well, you'll see.
Drafting for the Creative Quilter by Sally Collins. I bought this book because the cover is beautiful. I see mandalas and magick shapes here.
Fly page. There's a quilt block in the center, but what do you think of the lines around it? Doesn't it look like a spell in the works? There's a lot of things surrounding quilt making that is never seen in the final quilt. Nobody ever sees the pages of drawn blocks as you worked out placement. No one ever sees the ton of fabric piled on the work table as the quilter figures out what fabric goes together and if there is enough for the project. No one sees the quilter awake at 2 am stitching madly because that's the only time she can sew without interruption. When I see my quilts, I always think of what was going on in my life while I was making it. What I consider my best quilt is the one I made for my aunt- when I was at my last semester of college and my father had a heart attack and emergency triple bypass surgery. That quilt saved me from buckling under stress. It would have been very different if I had started it during a peaceful time.
This book has lovely geometric designs on most pages. This looks like a protective star to me.
This quilt is called Winding Ways. I have made one Winding Ways block in my life and it required such precise sewing that I never attempted another. Sometimes this quilt is called Wheels of Mystery. I think you could get lost in it. I believe it would be a very protective quilt as any presence which tried to attack you in your sleep might not ever find its way out of the design.
Here's a picture showing how to draw Winding Ways. It is based on 9 circles. That hints at Goddess magick, doesn't it?
How many Witches know each point of a star is 72 degrees apart? Maybe if we were better at math we'd be better spell casters.
This drawing says home, fortune, and power to me.
A section showing how adding or erasing lines changes the block. Would it be better to cast a spell using lines you had to erase? Would that be a banishing or a progressive of natural energies?
Star of the Magi block. How did they come up with this name? How much more magick does it have when we understand how to draw it? What would happen if you started drawing this block during an auspicious time, say on your birthday or during a full moon or even if you sat by a window under a bright starry sky? What kind of magick happens when quilt blocks are drawn in circles?


Jeanne said...

Quilt blocks are synonymous with hex signs in my book. I've always loved both but have never been good at quilting. There are so many hidden messages in quilt patterns.

FreeDragon said...

Quilts are another type of magick where there are many, many possibilities only known to the select few. I'm starting to think transmutation circles really can be simple things but the skill level of the practitioner ups the ante. A quilt is simply a covering for the bed. A beautiful quilt is only made out of very complex emotions- love, a wanting for beauty, the need to create, an appreciation of art. I can make really simple quilts just for warmth. Or I can make very complex pieced quilts. In a complex quilt, warmth is not the issue. I think transmutation circles are not just about magick, but the certain flavor and skills of the person using it. I think even if I studied this carefully and did everything just right my transmutation circles wouldn't look like anyone else's. And they shouldn't. They should reflect myself and why I needed the working. Imagine trying to start a queen sized quilt and you've never sewn a stitch. It would be overwhelming. You might not understand why fabric needed to be washed or ironed. It would be really frustrating when the quilt didn't look right even though you followed directions carefully. It would only be after making several quilts, after years of practice, after sewing and ripping out and resewing that you could see quilts with a more refined eye. Then you would understand at a glance how things were done and why they were done that way.