As the weekened progressed
we were to work our way around ‘the limbs’
of an elemental pentagram.
Two sites from the region
were given over to each element.
In the first we would consider the element in question
with the help of a conducive environment and our core text.
In the second we would construct and walk our pentagrams,
again in a conducive environment,
whilst examining notions of our magical self
in relation to the element and its inner psychology.
Late Saturday afternoon and early Sunday morning,
we considered and worked with the element of fire.
We were back with the witches, again,
on the blasted heath.
I’m not sure whether or not our heath had been blasted
but it had certainly been scorched…
The witches really represent past, present, and future,
for our soon-to-be-king, Macbeth.
He was Glamis and is now also Cawdor, although
at the moment he is unaware of the promotion,
and he is promised King…
The crux of the matter is really
one of free-will or determinism.
Would he have got the crown
without seizing it
and what difference would that have made?
The rest of the ‘prophecy’ may still have held
but brought about by different circumstances…
That fire, or desire, could actually be a weakness
is not always fully grasped.
Just ask Falstaff!