Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be able to do magic? To have powers that can change things for the better? I have. Many times. How wonderful would it be to solve all your problems and those of the wider world with a spell or two. Good spells only, because I believe that if you do something bad it will come back to you threefold. And I do believe that there are people who can do real magic, whether good or bad magic. I am not talking about pulling bunnies out of hats (illusions) or silly children’s magic stories like Harry P. I am talking about making things happen with rituals, amulets, spells, alchemy or incantations. Sorcery, witchcraft, Vodou (commonly known as voodoo), necromancy (communication with the spirits of the dead), any supernatural power – whatever you call it. Whilst voodoo was and is prevalent in Africa and the Caribbean, witchcraft, mysticism, shamans, paganism and magicians were/are more prevalent in Europe and America. The Native American Shamans/medicine men are famous for their natural powers. In the East we have genies/jinns, magi, snake charmers, oracles and magic carpets.
Faeries, leprechauns, the little folk – there are people who claim to see them. I would like to believe that they do exist. It adds wonder to the world.
A lovely film, an anti-fairy-tale made by George Lucas, Strange Magic, strangely did not become a hit like the other soppy fairy-tales out there. Why? Because it is different. Not the norm. It has a romance between two very opposing characters for one. It is my favourite animated movie for that reason, as well as the great music featured.
One example is the title song Strange Magic, originally by Electric Light Orchestra.
You’re sailing softly through the sun In a broken stone age dawn You fly so high I get a strange magic Oh, what a strange magic Oh, it’s a strange magic Got a strange magic Got a strange magic You’re walking meadows in my mind Making waves across my time Oh no, oh no I get a strange magic Oh, what a strange magic Oh, it’s a strange magic Got a strange magic Got a strange magic Oh, I’m never gonna be the same again Now I’ve seen the way it’s got to end Sweet dream, sweet dream Strange magic Oh, what a strange magic
Medicine men and women were sometimes also persecuted as ‘witches’ and ‘warlocks’ because of their ability to cure disease and maladies with the use of plant materials and spells/incantations. This was actually an original form of homeopathy. Shamans still exist today and do their ‘magic’ in societies which accept them. Religious zealots killed off most of these knowledgeable people in the name of their various gods through the ages during the witch hunts/pogroms and a lot of very important information was thus lost to mankind. Gypsies, genuine fortune tellers and people like the late clairvoyant Edgar Cayce who could do amazing things should be revered, admired, not demonized.
Destructive magic or black magic as it is called, along with any practice/ritual that causes harm to either animal or person is obviously wrong but good magic has a place in our lives. Unfortunately people who do believe in and practice magic are ostracized except within their own circles and that is sad.
The world can do with more good magic. Pure magic and clean spirits. Making the world a better place. Chasing away evil.
Think how much we can save on fossil fuels and environmental pollution if we still had flying carpets…I would love one…
I came across this wonderful movie, fiction but apparently based on a real life story. It is called ExtraOrdinary (2019) and stars unknown, every day Irish people. Rose, the main character has special powers and can talk to spirits. It is really funny and well worth watching. It also makes you think, wonder.
The Quest (2007), Desert God (2014), Pharaoh (2016).
In the above works of Wilbur Smith, South African author, we meet Taita – the slave with very special powers in Ancient Egypt. A series of books which will blow your mind with its beauty, tragedy and wonder. A quote from an interview with the author – ‘The idea for the novels came from the 1988 discovery of the tomb of a previously unrecorded Egyptian queen, who died about 1780BC. The academic who led the dig on the West Bank of the Nile invited Smith to assist in the transcription of precious scrolls found in a hidden niche. Smith used his imagination to expand on the material in the scrolls, written by the eunuch slave Taita about his beloved queen, Lostris, her lover Tanus, and the Pharaoh, whom Lostris had been forced to marry when she was only 14. “As a writer of fiction, primarily, and not as a historian, I have taken liberties,” Smith said. “I’ve added dialogue and built up the characters, but generally speaking the historical background is authentic.
Give a little space to magic in your life. It does not deserve all the bad press it gets. There should be no shame in believing in magic or magick.
A little magic recipe today for good health. Given to us many years ago by a Naturopath.
In a glass bottle with airtight lid, mix the following. The purest powdered natural/organic forms you can find of Cinnamon (4 parts), to 1 part each of ginger, turmeric, cayenne, clove, cumin, rosemary and a quarter part of garlic. Shake it all up and keep in a dark, dry place. Take about half a teaspoon of the mixture in hot water (with a bit of honey if you want) every morning or when you don’t feel well. It really works magic.