As part of my exploration into my own spiritual connection with the Earth (and by extension the planes I inhabit) I have (loosely) begun a course called Quareia, which I discovered following the CRASSH workshop I attended featuring Josephine McCarthy.
Q is an in depth course into magick (with a formal Western Occultism slant to it). Although I think I may be more naturally inclined to informal folk practices (such as herbalism), I am very drawn to the esotericism and ritual side of things. I’ve looked into different kinds of occultism schools of thought and practice in the past, but a lot of them are very ‘woo’ at best, usually cringey and/or downright pretentious and snobby at worst. Q, however, has this refreshingly straightforward no-bullshit approach too, and is completely free to access.
I am still very early on in the process (it could literally take years to move from Apprentice to Adept, if I ever even get past the first few modules) of exploring Q. It requires a lot of discipline and routine, which I’m not that great at on my own, for various reasons.
Q places a heavy focus on connection to the Earth and listening to nature, as the source of magick. Therefore, there is some relevance here to the things I’m already exploring and interested in. I think that – like gardening – practising magic is a kind of ‘research’ or ‘learning through doing’ that ultimately contributes to my artistic practice in an abstract, ineffable way. Let’s see how that goes…