Mulengro - Greed

I've been participating in a book club reading the book Witchcraft Theory and Practice by Ly de Angeles.  Thus far there has been a great deal of introspection.  Understanding my own motives and my own responsibility for what I bring into the world.

I thought it might be interesting to do a few blog posts around the seven faces of mulengro and see how they play out not only in the magical world but also the mundane.

Mulengro is the name of an entity that is like an alien barb; one that has become an out-of-control arrow that pierces generation upon generation with its poison. It feeds on its own likeness and people are its hosts.  - Ly de Angeles - Witchcraft Theory and Practice pg 29

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synonyms:avarice, cupidity, acquisitiveness, covetousness, rapacity; materialism, mercenariness; rarepleonexia; informalmoney-grubbing.

So what does that mean?  When I think of greed, I think of people taking more than they are entitled to.  Or people who take more from a pot where there is little to go around without thinking of the rest of those in need.  The bigger picture if you will.  If we break down the definition however, it really doesn't mean taking more than one's share.  It means an intense and selfish desire for something.

So how does that relate to magic?  I think this may be related to those who do all they can to take, take, take from the energy and give nothing in return.  Those who never toss anything back into the pot.  I noticed in the reading that one of the antonyms is temperance.  Temperance is one of the five virtues of Hecate.  When I first started reading about the virtues, being from the United States, I only associated temperance with abstaining from alcohol thanks to the Temperance Movement, which led to prohibition.

Seeing this now in this context helps me move a bit further into my understanding that temperance, the opposite of greed, is more associated with generosity and not to keeping away or abstaining from something.  As part of my role as Torchbearer with the Covenant of Hekate, my goal is to do what I can to embody the five virtues.  In understanding how that role works towards my complete understand of Witchcraft, I know that because I am doing what I can to display temperance, greed is no where in my path.  As part of my gift back I have a few community service projects that I work on.  I do both local work with animals and of course my online work with several groups as well.  

So what do you think about greed as it relates to witchcraft.  I can see how in the mundane, greed can be the downfall of a civilization.  What about in the magical world?


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