Everyone goes through some phase or another. I know I have. The longest running one was my obsession with Phantom of the Opera that sprang into existence when I was in second grade. I was going to see a stage production of Heidi with a school friend. Her father was taking us. I think they really liked theater and I remember he was playing a recording of the Phantom of the Opera. Like, someone had sat in the audience and recorded it sort of thing. I was enthralled with the music. He told me little bits about it and I remember he mentioned that the actual opera house had a lake beneath it, AND that the theater we were going to had a river beneath it. Looking back on that now, I don’t know if THAT was true but let me tell you, it sent my imagination spinning.
Needless to say, I begged for a tape of the Phantom of the Opera when I got home and I received it. So since roughly 1991 I have been obssessed with anything Phantom of the Opera. I have different recordings, saw the Weber musical, read the original novel, read and watched the HORRID sequeals, love Susan Kay’s version, I know the entire script by heart, etc etc. My prized possessions are music boxes from the San Francisco Music Box company. Every year from middle school I would get one for christmas. I treasure them still. Hell, I LITERALLY just looked at their site and they have them still.
I’m no longer a HUGE fan of it. I mean I like it and will watch it every so often….
But that isn’t the point of this post.
Way to go me for rambling so damn much.
Anyway, PHASES! We have them. I have them. They go in some odd cycles (PotO may come back to me at some point). The one that bothers me and I don’t know if I ever touched on is my spirituality.
My beliefs never go away but my wont to practice is VERY lackluster. Want to know a sure fire way to kick my but into gear and get me actively practicing again? Show me pictures of altars, documentaries that talk about these practices, or movies. Hell! Watching The Craft is a sure as shit way to get me doing SOMETHING.
Speaking of documentaries, I ended falling down the rabbit hole known as youtube and watched a few things from VICE/Broadly about different people and their practices. I enjoyed them to a certain extent and, wouldn’t you know, I have that itch to get things spruced up around here and get back to practicing a little more actively. I was already getting that tingle thanks to the season change but these videos just sent me over the edge much sooner.
It was specifically that last one. I am always fascinated and in awe of the people have gone back to “ancient” practices and brought them to the modern day. It just strikes a cord with me, no matter which pantheon.
There is something else that has always put a damper on my practicing. I’ll cover that, though it will be in another post. My ramblings about Phantom of the Opera has made this post seem a little over full.
I’m a dork.
And given the chance to ramble on about Phantom of the Opera, I can, will, and have gone on for hours.