Once the darkness is embraced
the MUSICIAN plays a tune.
Can you stand to see Its face?
If so, then trace this Rune
October 26th is All Musics Day! All Musics Day is ruled by the Musician symbol, which indicates a change that is within your power to make. Playing music creates subtle redirections in the flow of “reality,” and is a power available to everyone.
On the Day of All Musics, make a special instrument of some kind. It can be as simple or complicated as you like:
- A flute carved from a sunflower stalk?
- A shaker made with tin can filled with dry beans?
- Two Spell Sticks that sound pleasant when whacked together?
- Comb with wax paper kazoo?
The choices are limitless! (It’s also acceptable to use a special or sacred instrument passed down from an ancestor, but making your own is strongly encouraged.)
Once you have your instrument, use your Spell Stick to trace the Musician symbol on it. Then, make a tune! Create a pattern of sound, and then play it for someone, preferably in public. In Ancient Quatria, on All Musics Day, the streets were filled with the sound of homemade instruments all day long.
The Quatrians used the same word for music and magic: wa’ata, which paleolinguists believe may derive from an older root meaning “Moving Thingness (2).” The word in Ancient Quatrian for either “magician” or “musician” was wa’taja (pl. watajan); however, prior to the Pantarctican invasion, a number of descriptors were employed depending on location to describe those who had the power of wa’ata.
The ability of musicians to alter emotional states and to enter “Ritual Space” was seen as inseparable from the ability of other watajan. Cursing one’s enemies could involve ritually hexing them with malevolent spirits, or it could involve composing a song-cycle describing their downfall. Conversely, certain healers could, by performing specially written songs, rid one of illness with as much efficacy as others who used herbal remedies. (3)…
The symbol clearly illustrates a strythis, a musical instrument which combined a monochord with a sistrum. The strythis is also depicted in Ancient Quatrian cave art; truly, this is an ancient instrument. The oldest such depiction can be found next to the famous parietal figure called the “Theriomorphic Summoner” (4).
We’d all love to hear your music, so share your tune on social media and tag it #13LiminalNights #AllMusicsDay!
To learn more about all of the 13 Liminal Nights, click here.