The Wheel of the Year is divided into two equal halves: the Light Half of the Year and the Dark Half of the Year. It is the time from the Spring Equinox (March 21) to the Fall Equinox (September 21) that we experience the Dark Half of the Year. This is a time when death is witnessed in its many beautiful manifestations; from the shedding of leaves from the tree branches above our heads to the hibernation and migration of numerous species of our animal friends. This time of stillness, of rest is required so that the vital energy that sustains life is able to recycle and be stored so that it might be reborn once again come Spring and the Light Time of the Year. My personal practice reflects what is occurring within my environment, which is a clear manifestation of what is happening with the Seasonal Tides of the Earth herself.
The concept is simple; as mystics, occultists, magicians, sorcerers, wizards, witches, or whatever label you prefer for yourself ... we are always seeking. We are always searching for the greater knowledge or the hidden knowledge. It is the foundation for all magickal practice and is the first axiom of The Witch's Pyramid; "To Know" and in order to know anything the individual must find it, comprehend it, and learn it. There is so much for the Witch to learn about ourselves and our personal realities without even considering the shared reality of all humanity and any other realities that might exist beyond.
For me, this idea, the idea that I will never stop being a student,
I have always had a morbid fascination with death. When I was a child I would lay in bed and "pretend" to be dead allowing my mind to explore the possibilities that lay for me beyond the physical life I knew and while I have not yet experienced physical death, well, at least not in my current incarnation, though I know I have had previous (congruent) life experiences on this physical plane of reality and have experienced death in those lives, I have an understanding of death, which was shared with me by my spiritual allies; those non-physical entities that I work with and have worked with during this current incarnation.
Death is a process similar to birth and just as birth takes time, typically forty weeks from conception, death also
I have had a love for keys since I was a child and would collect any that I found abandoned or that no longer had a valid use for its intended purpose. Car keys, house keys, padlock keys ... old rusty keys, newer keys ... any sort of key was a treasure for me. I would eagerly place the key on a silver key ring or chain and keep them in a safe place. I would pretend to use my found keys to open locked doors whether physical or imagined believing that whatever it was secured behind those doors was important and valuable and available to only me since I held the key.