High Priestess Mish Daya Mystique Lee-Price

Mystique Mish – The Wayfinder


Who We Are is What We Wish To Be and if we can't be who and what we wish to be, We have the ability within in to change it.

We have the freedom within ourselves to be unburdened by the constraints and conditioning forced upon us by our up-bringing and the designated Cultural and Religious dogma of the Society we are born into. The Society which then, tries to enslave us and force us to conform to that which is “Normal”.

When we are born, we are born into a family unit and then, as we grow older, introduced into our community, tribe or clan. We are schooled and educated into how we are expected to “act” according to our gender and Cultural and Religious background. We are then, assimilated into the Society which governs us and expected to tow the line and follow the rules and laws of the land.

If we rebel or wander from the Social constraints we are ostracized, victimised and criminalised and we are branded not normal, abnormal, anti-social, malcontents, outcasts and non-conformists.

Many of us who have been labeled find ourselves brutalised, imprisoned or institutionalised like McMurphy the central character from “One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest” and worse some of us are murdered.

This is the Reality that we live in. Man's inhumanity to man.

… but then, again, What is Reality?

Reality is the conjectured state of things as they actually exist, rather than as they may appear or might be imagined The more we learn about reality, the less we understand it.

S. Michael Houdmann  states- “Some people would say that there is no true reality, only perceptions and opinions. Others would argue that there must be some absolute reality or truth.


When approaching the topic of Transformation however, I always like to refer back to and quote Eugene Ionesco who once said: “There is no such thing as unreality there are only  different forms of Reality.

In his article “The 7 Steps to Alchemical Transformation” Joseph D. Dismore; Lord Helel bin Saqar, High Priest of Ordo Sacerdotalvs Templi presented a guide to Physical, Psychological and Spiritual Transformation.

This article, by no means, is meant to distracted from Joseph's well researched and written work, but rather extend, elaborate and collaborate his findings from a personal experience level.

Long before my friend, Joseph had wrote and published his article, I had been seeking a means of transformation. I had a very traumatic and unhappy childhood growing up sensing that something was not quite right and knowing as I reached adulthood that who I was, was not the person I wanted to be.

For but a promised that I made to my dearly departed mother I would of taken steps to remedy the situation. I will not go into detail here but if you wish to know more about who I was and who I am now you can find this information on my About Mystique Mish web page.

Way back in 2003, when Lord Helel bin Saqar and his darling wife, High Priestess, Mistress Bloodmoon became my friends (it was I, in passing, who played “cupid” and brought them together), we, with our partners, owned and administered a Yahoo Forum Group know as “The Cosmic Cauldron”, where we discussed many interesting topics such as Transformation.

Within the forum, we discussed topics like Reincarnation, Past Lives, Metamorphoses; Shape-Shifting and Transformation among other notable topics of interest. In private text conversations and emails, Joseph and I discussed my theory that Schizophrenia, if not drug induced, was a Spiritual affliction affecting the souls of novices and untrained Shamans who had journeyed unprepared to another realm of existence and who had came back not quite intact.

In the same vain we discussed, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, or simply Jekyll & Hyde, written by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson that was first published in 1886.

Stevenson had long been intrigued by the idea of how personalities can affect a human and how to incorporate the interplay of good and evil into a story. While still a teenager, he developed a script for a play about Deacon Brodie, about the doctor (Jekyll) who had created a potion that divided the two sides of a man's character--the good in him from the bad--allowing a man to transform between the two. Hyde was the manifestation of Jekyll's evil side. 

We also, discussed one of my favourite movies of all time, Altered States.

I'm a man in search of his true self. How archetypically American can you get? Everybody's looking for his true self. We're all trying to fulfil ourselves, understand ourselves, get a hold on ourselves, explore ourselves, expand ourselves. Ever since we've dispensed with God, we've got nothing but ourselves. From the novel Altered States by Paddy Chayevsky
Eddie Jessup (William Hurt) is a psycho-physiologist who in 1967 is probing his own altered states of consciousness in an isolation tank, first in New York and then at Harvard. His assistant, Arthur Rosenberg, wires him to EEG and EKG equipment and tape records his accounts of what he is seeing, feeling, and experiencing. His wife Emily, an anthropologist, and Dr. Parrish, a colleague, are concerned about Eddie's obsessive desire to locate in his inner space-time "the first self" and ultimate truth.

Jessup travels to Mexico where he takes part in a sacred mushroom ceremony performed by primitive Indians. The drug intensifies his journey backwards into time. He returns to Harvard and uses the mushroom potion in conjunction with his tank experiments. He hallucinates into a primitive stage of human development. Jessup then brings his ape being into the present and goes on a rampage, killing a security guard and escaping to the zoo grounds in Boston. Realizing his sanity has snapped, Jessup reprograms his love for Emily and defuses his animal self.

Source: Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat Film Review


Edward Jessup is a university professor of abnormal psychology who, while studying schizophrenia, begins to think that "our other states of consciousness are as real as our waking states."  Jessup begins experimenting with sensory deprivation using a flotation tank, aided by two like-minded researchers, Parrish and Rosenberg. At a faculty party he meets fellow "wonder kid" Emily and the two eventually marry.

When Edward hears of a Mexican tribe that experiences shared illusion states, he travels to Mexico to participate in what is apparently an AyahuascaCeremony. During the walk into the bush his guide states that the indigenous tribe they are meeting works with Amanita muscaria which they are collecting for next year's ceremonies. An indigenous elder is seen with Banisteriopsis caapi root in his hand prior to cutting Jessup's hand, adding blood to the mixture he is preparing. Immediately after consumption Edward experiences bizarre, intense imagery. He returns to the U.S. with a tincture and begins taking it orally before each session in the flotation tank where he experiences a series of increasingly drastic psychological and physical transformations.

Edward's mind experiments cause him to experience actual, physical biological devolution. At one stage he emerges from the isolation tank as a feral and curiously small-statured, light-skinned Primitive Man. The rest of the team becomes highly concerned about the experiments, but Edward is adamant about continuing. In a subsequent experiment he is regressed into a mostly amorphous mass of conscious, primordial matter.

It is only the physical intervention of his wife Emily which brings him back from this latter, shocking transformation in which he seems poised on the brink of becoming a non-physical form of proto-consciousness and possibly disappearing from our version of reality altogether.
Edward begins to experience episodes of involuntary spontaneous temporary partial devolution, outside of the isolation tank and without the intake of additional doses of the hallucinogenic tincture. His early reaction is more one of fascination than concern, but as his priorities gradually change due to Emily's determination to keep from losing him, he finally begins to act like someone who values his humanity


Unlike the modern fiction in books and movies, Metamorphoses; Shap-shifting; Transformation, no mention of drugs in Ancient Myths or Folklore being used except for the Norsemen/ Viking Beserkers who would chew some kind of nut or drink some brewed potion and then, dressing as Wolves (hence Lycanthropy) or eve Bear fur would launch themselves into battle psychologically becoming the animal worse skin they adorned.

In Mythology:

In Greek mythology, shape-shifting is often a punishment from the gods to humans who crossed them. Zeus transformed Lycaon into a wolf (hence Lycanthropy) as a punishment for killing his children, in some versions of the myth.

Athena transformed Arachne into a spider for challenging her as a weaver and/or weaving a tapestry that insulted the gods.

Artemis transformed Actaeon into a stag for spying on her bathing, and he was later devoured by his own hunting dogs.

Io was a priestess of Hera in Argos, a nymph who was raped by Zeus, who changed her into a heifer to escape detection. Her mistress Hera set ever-watchful Argus Panoptes to guard her, but Hermes was sent to distract the guardian and slay him. Heifer Io was loosed to roam the world, stung by a maddening gadfly sent by Hera, and wandered to Egypt, thus placing her descendant Belus in Egypt; his sons Cadmus and Danaus would thus "return" to mainland Greece.

Circe transformed all intruders to her island into various beasts, including wild pigs.

In Nathaniel Hawthorne'sTanglewood Tales, "she changes every human being into the brute, beast, or fowl whom he happens most to resemble." There have been numerous episodes in which the sorceress with her potions changed men and women into wild animals. She is also said to have transformed the nymph Scylla into a multi-headed sea monster, out of jealousy over the merman Glaucus.

In ancient Greece there was the incident of the dog's theft of gold, guardian of a temple of Zeus is located in Crete. In this myth, the architect of the theft was actually Pandareus, who gave the boy with the commitment that it hid the divine eyes. Hermes came with the clear intent to recover the sacred animal, but Tantalus swore falsely. The huge dog wasRhea, a female Titan, transformed by the god Hephaestus.

In Norse mythology, Svipdagr angered Odin, who turned him into a dragon.
In Norse mythology, however, both Odin and Loki taunt each other with having taken the form of females in the Lokasenna. The ultimate proof of this was that they had given birth and had nursed their offspring. It is unknown what myths, if any, lie behind the charges against Odin, but myths documented in the 13th century have Loki taking the form of a mare to bear Odin's steed which was the fastest horse ever to exist, and a she-wolf to bear Fenrir


The Metamorphoses, (Latin: Metamorphoseon libri: "Books of Transformations") is a poem by the Roman author Ovid dating from around A . D . 8, tells many of the ancient myths and legends of Greece, Rome, and the Near East. All the stories have a common theme of change, or metamorphosis, hence the name of the work. Characters in each of the tales undergo some sort of transformation into other forms, including animals, plants, and stars. The changes usually come either as a reward for obeying or helping the gods or as a punishment for disobeying or challenging them. Comprising fifteen books and over 250 myths, the poem chronicles the history of the world from its creation to the deification of Julius Caesar within a loose mythico-historical framework.

Apart from this, the uses of shape-shifting, transformation, and metamorphosis in fiction ... In Greek mythology, Zeus disguised himself as Artemis in order to get close enough toCallisto; so that she could not escape when he attempted to rape her. More innocently, Vertumnus could not woo Pomona in his own shape. Taking the form of an old woman, Vertumnus, was able to gain access to her orchard and persuade her to marry him.


In Folklore and Folk-Tales:

In the Finnish tale The Magic Bird, three young sorceresses attempt to murder a man who keeps reviving. His revenge is to turn them into three black mares and have them harnessed to heavy loads until he is satisfied.

In the tale of the Laidley Wyrm, an English legend from Northumbria around the thirteenth century, Margaret of Bamburgh was transformed into a dragon by a witch. Her brother eventually restored her to human form with a kiss. By doing so, the curse rebounded at the witch, who was then transformed into a frog.

In Child ballad 35, Allison Gross, the title witch turned a man into a wyrm for refusing to be her lover. This is a motif found in many legends and folktales.[8]
In the German tale The Frog's Bridegroom by Gustav Jungbauer, the third of three sons of a farmer, Hansl, was forced to marry a frog, which eventually turned out to be a beautiful nude woman transformed by a spell.

In some variants of the fairy tales, both The Frog Prince or more commonly The Frog Princess and Beast, of Beauty and the Beast, were transformed as a form of punishment for some transgression.

In the most famous Lithuanian folk tale Eagle the Queen of Serpents, Egle irreversibly transforms her children and herself into trees as a punishment for betrayal while her husband is able to reversibly morph into a serpent at will.

In the Indian fable: The Dog Bride from Folklore of the Santal Parganas by Cecil Henry Bompas a shepherd of buffaloes fell in love with a bitch that had the power to return a woman, when she bathed.

In East of the Sun and West of the Moon, the hero was transformed into a bear by his wicked stepmother, who wished to force him to marry her daughter.

In the forests of France's famous creature half orc and half-god: Le Maître de Forêt, was famous for having the power to change humans into animals.
In the Italian tale The Prince who married a Frog, a princess is transformed by a magician into a frog because of her vanity and rudeness. Only the love and compassion of a handsome prince will restore her to her human form.

Some giants abducted humans to reduce them to slavery. In the famous Irish legend of Prince Diarmuid, the giant of the forest of Black Beech was holding captive three women. For a given to maintain its appearance, but the other two, turned for fun in a dog and a horse.
In The Marmot Queen by Italo Calvino, a Spanish queen is turned into a rodent by the Morgan le Fay.

In a Turin Italian tale by Guido Gozzano: The Mare of the Necromancer, the Princess of Corelandia was turned into a horse by the baron necromancer for refusing to marry him. Only love and intelligence of a nice guy named Candido save the princess from the spell.
The Neapolitan tale written by Giambattista Basile: The Deer in The Wood describes the transformation of Princess Desiderata into a doe. Envy and jealousy of a fairy who saw his unrequited love, because of the beauty of the noble lady, she decided to take revenge on changing it into a deer. Here, too, will always be the prince to save his beloved princess from the evil spell.

From a Croatian book tales Sixty Folk-Tales from Exclusively Slavonic Sources by A. H. Wratislaw There is a fable entitled: The she-wolf. In this tale a huge she-wolf which controlled a mill had a habit of returning woman from time to time, taking off the skin. One day a man saw it, and stole his fur he married her.

Shape-shifting abilities, founded in mythology, folklore and fantasy fiction, is the ability of an entity to physically transform into another being or form. This is usually achieved through an inherent faculty of a mythological creature, divine intervention, or the use of magic spells or talismans.

The concept has been present since antiquity, and may indeed be common in all cultures. It is present in the oldest forms of totemism and shamanism, as well as the oldest extant literature and epic poems, including works such as the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Iliad, when the shape-shifting is usually induced by the act of a deity. The idea persisted through the Middle Ages, where the agency causing shape-shifting is usually a sorcerer or witch; and into the

modern period. It remains a common trope in modern fantasy, children's literature, and works of popular culture.
The most common form of shape-shifting myths is that of therianthropy, which is the transformation of a human being into an animal (and, conversely, of an animal into human form). Legends allow for transformations into plants and objects, and the assumption of another human countenance (e.g. fair to


A persistent theme in Celtic myth tales was that of metamorphosis, the ability to change from one form to the next. There is also an element of transmigration in the tales, and one persistent theme is the god or hero who takes the form of one animal after another.

For example, the druid Finntan survived for a great stretch of time by taking the form of many animals until he was able to relate the ancient history of Ireland to St. Patrick. This may be an allusion to reincarnation, or simply an implication that Finntan absorbed all of the knowledge of the natural world.”

Source: Magical Metamorphosis by Jennifer Emick -

Mythology, fairy tales, and legends contain many tales of humans and deities assuming the bodies of animals temporarily. Zeus, for instance, changed himself into a swan in order to seduce Leda. Merlin instructed the young King Arthur in the art of shape-shifting, teaching him to take on the forms of a badger, hawk, and bird.

Shape-shifting means changing your form into something else — an animal or another human being — for a particular purpose. Shamans often shape-shift in order to acquire the powers of an animal during a journey. Witches might choose to shape-shift in order to explore, gain knowledge, or see things from a different perspective, or for healing purposes, or to conceal their true identities.

When you shape-shift, you don't actually turn into an animal; you experience its energy as strongly as you can so you become like the animal. If you wish to practice this art, begin by meeting your power animal or totem during meditation. Ask permission to enter it briefly, to learn what it can teach you. Envision yourself entering into the animal's body and becoming one with it. Try to see the world through the animal's eyes. Feel yourself existing within its form; sense the

world as the animal does. You may wish to actually move about in a manner that's characteristic of the animal. When you've learned what you sought to learn, thank the animal and return to your usual human form.

Some people like to don animal masks or costumes as part of their shape-shifting practices. Others enjoy observing animals in their wild habitat. As you watch birds and animals in nature, try to communicate with them and listen to what they “say” to you. If you keep your heart and mind open, you can learn a great deal from the animal kingdom that will help you — and them — in the practice of magick and the process of evolution.

Source: Shape-shifting by Skye Alexander -

Although there is a great deal of Mythico-Historical documentation on the internet, there is unfortunately, NOT any ancient transcripts of Ritual Rites or Sacred documents to support the premises of Transformation.

It wasn't until four years ago and after I had fulfilled the promise I had made to my mother to sire heirs and carry on the family name and when, my darling friend and ex-partner severed the matrimonial umbilical-cord did I find my self free to pursue in earnest my long desire to transform myself from Male to Female.

As a Goddess Worshipper, my only regret is that I did not do it much earlier when I was younger.

While my friend Joseph continued his academic pursuits over the years I took a more leisurely approach and a completely different path of research to the point of even experimenting on myself by taking and drinking Natural plant hallucinogens and eventually starting Hormone Replacement Therapy.

In that time also, I experimented with self-hypnosis and researched and studied as many of the books I could find on the ancient I-Ching.

Many modern practitioners and Westerners consider the I-Ching as the oldest and most respected “Oracle” book, when in fact it is more than that. Several 19th century Occultists and Metaphysists who studied the I-Ching literally accepted the book by its English translation: “The Book of Change”

"In its present form it can be traced back at least 3000 years and even at that time it was considered venerable. The Book of Change draws its basic philosophy from the ancient Chinese faith known as Tao. The word “tao” is most usually translated as “way” - as in the Christian expression “I am the Way, the Truth, the Life” - but No English word proves a really satisfactory equivalent and even in Chinese it is susceptible of a variety of meaning. Indeed, as one Chinese inscription puts it: “the tao that can be put into words is not Everlasting Tao.”
To the Taoist sage the World is not made up of discrete particles of Time and Space, everything is part of everything else and Reality consists of ceaseless Change.

Source: “The Occult Connection” - Orbis Publishing Limited, London 1984.

Reading various books of Taoism and documented instruction from Occultists of the Theosophical Society and rigorously analysing the deeper meaning of the symbolism of the I-Ching and through self-hypnosis and deep meditation, I am transforming myself faster than the Hormone replacement and usual trans-gendering allows. Coupled with the inspirational guide of Joseph's “The 7 Steps to Alchemical Transformation” I have found that it is totally possible to transform oneself.

Cogito Ergo Sum - “I Think therefore I am.”

The Philosophical proposition of Rene Descartes meaning of the later phrase is that thinking about one's existence proves in and of itself – that “I” exist to do the thinking, or as Descartes explains: “We cannot doubt of an existence while we doubt we cease to exist.

Physical, Psychological and Spiritual Change is an ability we ALL can Obtain and Utilize.


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