Now, I don't want you think this was happening at a rapid speed. Things were going really, really slowly. I'd spend a day searching for information on transmutation circles and have nothing to show for it when I finally walked away from the computer late in the afternoon. It's going to look like progress was made as I write because I'm leaving out the hours and hours of emptiness. And I'm mentioning the going-nowhere part of this story because in my experience the greater the difficult in finding a magickal answer, the more profound the impact. It's like walking around with blinders on and when finally you can see you can't believe how much you missed.
I started a secret board on Pinterest for my information. I made it secret for several reasons: 1.) I didn't want my thoughts to get jumbled until I had a more clear picture. I love Pinterest. I pin things I like. This information is shared with my followers. They pin similar things which is shared with me. When you're looking for ideas and inspiration, sharing is great. When you are focused on one particular thing, sharing isn't as good because stuff that has nothing to do with the subject at hand gets thrown into the mix.
2.) I didn't want negative comments about my board. I realize it is very rare for anyone to make negative comments directly to a person on Pinterest, but I didn't want a egoistical asshole telling me I had things all wrong and then not telling me the 'correct' method. There's a saying in Paganism about when the student is ready the teacher will appear. I have never found this to be true. Instead, when I was ready to learn something new I'd get a lot of losers telling me it couldn't be done. This is why I am not in a coven.
3.) I pinned things that had nothing to do with transmutation circles like crop circles, string art, and hex signs. I am perfectly aware that these things have nothing to do with transmutation magick. I know they may fall into a separate practice. I wasn't trying to blend systems. My focus was transmutation circles. My question was what makes the circle work? I believed I could figure this out by studying circles and symbols in general.
I have a very hands on approach to magick. First I read as much as I can, then I do it. I try to understand before I get started, but I am a very visual learner. I need to see step by step how something works. If I do each step myself, I am much more inclined to remember the process. I printed out some circle designs and started casting spells. Tomorrow, I'll walk through what I did with one design. Today, I'm going to give you the images I first used. I'd like for you to think about what the circles could mean and how you would use them. Do not worry if you come up with something radically different from what I did. That just means you may be more creative than me.