Q&A: Should I Skip It?
An MCCA beta student sent in this question:
About the crystal and herb assignment – I’m afraid I have an unfair advantage because I’ve been working with both for several years. Should I skip over it? –Sapphire Silverheart
That’s a good question, SS. I struggled with finding an answer that I was satisfied with. Instead, I have a few questions for you. Do you feel fully confident in your knowledge of these elements/crystals/stones/herbs, both their metaphysical properties and mundane uses? Have you spent a few minutes a day, three days a week in meditation, communing with these tools? For an entire month? If you have done all that, you could simply write or copy that information into your MCCA notebook without any additional research and be done with it.
However, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend taking that route, even if you have done all those things before. I would suggest at least making a new page with as much information as you feel necessary, a small file, so-to-speak, for your MCCA notebook. I like to imagine my future descendants inheriting my book (Moon Book, Book of Shadows, Grimoire, or whatever you wish to call it) and the knowledge within. I’d like to pass this knowledge on, so that the future generations I help to create can further heal the world. That approach inspires me to be as thorough as possible in creating my book, not only for myself, but to provide a valuable resource for my family and for the future of Maiden’s Circle Academy.
Of course, that may not work for everyone; I’m what we’ll call a “free-form” academic. While writing each lesson, I’ve become aware that, while I may have been aware of certain concepts for years, I hadn’t logged the information anywhere but in my head. As I’ve gone through my research and work through the lessons, I’ve found that some of the information I thought I remembered was inaccurate or outdated, influenced over the years by other ideas that came into my life and the basic unreliability that is my memory. I have found that writing these lessons helps me to refresh myself on concepts I may have let slide, and, as a result, I have strengthened my overall knowledge of my craft.
In addition, I now always have a resource to go back to that provides information on stones and plants I actually work with and own. You may have a stellar memory, of course, but I am the most scatter-brained person I know. I couldn’t remember off the top of my head, for instance, where any certain herb might grow wild or the historical significance of specific stones. So, I find compiling the information more formally to be a big assist to my future goals, and a fantastic, organized resource to fall back on. In fact, the same thing can be said for almost all the assignments, if we’re taking notes.
Essentially, a large part of this course is creating a record of your own personal path. Some of the lessons are largely academic in order to have information to refer to when you’re too tired to remember clearly; or when you want to explain something to a curious friend and don’t want to mislead them. I’d like to encourage each of you not to assume there are any advantages, as that implies that your focus is more on how the other seekers are doing and less on your own progress. I try to stress that this course is about your personal journey. Some goals of this course are re-learning what you may have forgotten; taking in new information; and forming bonds with yourself, your environment, and with the Goddess in her many forms. I encourage you not to focus on where you are in the course in relation to any other students, and instead to put your energy into making your journey as fulfilling to you as possible—both spiritually and academically.
I encourage you to consider the four key pillars of what is known as The Witch’s Pyramid: To Know. To Dare. To Will. To Be Silent. Seek the knowledge of your craft for you. Look for places you may have grown lax in your practice and work to strengthen them. Rebel against the pride of “I already know that,” and enter your studies as a child under the Divine, with a mind open to learning—and re-learning. Only then can one make progress.
So, should you skip the assignment, SS? Only you can decide that.
Many blessings and with great love,
Lady Morgana Brighid, HP MCCA
Thanks to everyone for the great questions!
Here’s one for you: What do the four pillars of The Witch’s Pyramid mean to you and how can you apply them to your practice?