What Magic Is and Isn’t

What Magic Is and Isn’t

My trusty 11 year old wand

I live a very magical life and I am so deeply grateful for it. A magical life is a wonderful and wonder-filled existence. It’s a life of delight, of gratitude, of beauty and of power. A magical life is a life of growth and joy, of surprise and rhyme. Of rhythm.

What it is not is an easy life. A painless life. A secure life. A smooth life. A magical life is not a small life, or a predictable life, or an acceptable life. And as I already said, it is not an easy life.

I say this because when people think of “magic”, sometimes they think of it as an instant, process-less, lazy path. As in, you snap your fingers and boom! There you have it. Which is actually true, but do you have any idea of how much work is going on unseen, beyond the veil, underneath the surface in order to make the snapping of the fingers a powerful spell that makes shit happen? Unless you are a seasoned witch, no you don’t, so let me tell you.

Our human meatsuits need polarity to make sense of the universe and life. Day and night, male and female, good and evil, these are all helpful constructs to navigate life. They are also illusions, as we are all one, and the unity of everything is the ultimate reality – but this truth is not helpful when we’re trying to get the grocery shopping done, raise the children or run the businesses, because our human brains would be in a constant state of awe and implosion at the beauty of infinite love and that is not a very functional state from a meatsuit perspective. So, we use polarity as markers for navigating our human existence.

And to be a powerful witch, you need to surf paradox on the daily: get to know, accept, and inhabit all the polarities within you: your “good” and your “evil”, your “male” and your “female”, your “analytical” and your “creative”, your “conscious” and “unconscious”, your “victim” and your “perpetrator” – and these are all in quotes because the boundaries between them are not and have never been all that clear. In fact, I would argue that a whole lot of our current disease as a species stems from trying to hold these false dichotomies. So integrating them in your whole system – your body, your mind, your soul, your spirit, your emotions, your thoughts, etc. is what will give you access to magic that is transformative and a snap.

Again, do you have any idea how much work that is? First of all, the tools, methods, and practices that help us do that have been ridiculed, banned, persecuted and shamed for a few thousand years (because they work and if we all have access to Deep Power it makes it harder for a few to hoard other kinds of power). So this wisdom is not super easy to access. Second of all, once you have an in to the knowledge and wisdom of the Old Ways, you need to actually walk the fucking Path. Do you have any idea what it will take for you to face your deepest fears, to accept the most disgusting and shameful aspects of yourself, to release your closest held traumas, to truly understand that your pain is the world’s pain and that the Earth’s healing is also your own? 

Let me give you a taste, at least from my experience: a shitton of crying, of dancing in the rain, of writing, of hugging my friends, of feeling uncomfortable so much and so often as I speak the truth that no one wanted to hear but had to be spoken, days of loneliness, weeks of loneliness, months of loneliness, years of loneliness until they transmuted into solitude, physical pain, fear, fear, fear – and doing it anyway, fasting, spending several nights in the woods alone not talking to anyone, journaling, hours upon hours of meditation, trance work, energy healing…and that’s just what’s at the top of my head.

So when folks are like “OMG!!! You are so lucky!!! Your life is so amazing!!! You do all the fun things!!! You get the parking spot in front of the venue every time!!!!” and so on, they have no idea the kind of work it takes to clearly and righteously own your power.

And also: I don’t believe I would be as powerful a witch as I am if I wasn’t also an activist. Because like I mentioned, the power comes from integrating the poles, the extremes. And I can’t claim my own power without looking at the context. My own focused attention and agency and practice can only go so far if I don’t address the system that wants to exploit me until it disposes of me. I am not immune to all of the isms just because I “think positive”, or cast spells. So when some folks out there tell you that you “create your own reality” and can “think your way into the life of your dreams”, (while I 100% believe that they are correct), if they are not also telling you that the system is rotten and toxic and needs to be transformed you can tell them to shove their crystal and green smoothie because these are not witches that are walking their own path of integration. And as such are not in a position to tell you shit.

So, when I say I WORK magic, it’s because it’s work. The most joyful, fulfilling, beautiful, powerful and enjoyable work humans get to do, but work nonetheless. I strongly suggest you consider working magic if you don’t already, because as humans, work is unavoidable. Please don’t buy the story that work is a bad thing. It’s been a bad thing for many of us because we work in exploitative and abusive systems, but actual magical work is the path of liberation. May you find it and walk it in grace. So mote it be.

 

50 reasons why I work magic

50 reasons why I work magic

With my card of the day and some tools of the trade.

Why do I work magic? Well, there are literally countless reasons, but let’s start with 50, off the top of my head, in no particular order:

  1. I work magic because the world doesn’t make sense.
  2. I work magic because it helps me make sense of the world.
  3. I work magic because it is a balm for my soul.
  4. I work magic because it makes me happy.
  5. I work magic because I find laughter in it.
  6. I work magic because it’s more real than reality.
  7. I work magic because it helps me heal.
  8. I work magic because it gets me laid. 🙂
  9. I work magic because it makes me money.
  10. I work magic because it opens my heart.
  11. I work magic because it transforms my life.
  12. I work magic because it finds a way out of no way.
  13. I work magic because it keeps me safe.
  14. I work magic because it makes me powerful.
  15. I work magic because it changes things.
  16. I work magic because it’s all we have.
  17. I work magic because it’s the best thing ever.
  18. I work magic because it relaxes my muscles.
  19. I work magic because it makes me creative.
  20. I work magic because I want to forgive.
  21. I work magic because I want to grow.
  22. I work magic because I want to learn.
  23. I work magic because I want to be a good leader.
  24. I work magic because I need compassion.
  25. I work magic because I crave connection.
  26. I work magic because I live for meaning.
  27. I work magic because it keeps me healthy.
  28. I work magic because it keeps me hopeful.
  29. I work magic because it helps my loved ones.
  30. I work magic because that’s how I remember the Goddess is on my side.
  31. I work magic because it’s how we’re gonna change the world.
  32. I work magic because it works like magic.
  33. I work magic because it’s how we heal.
  34. I work magic because it’s one of the highlights of being alive.
  35. I work magic because I like making shit happen.
  36. I work magic because I wanna get on the side of Divinity.
  37. I work magic because my Ancestors demand it.
  38. I work magic because my Descendants expect it.
  39. I work magic because I can’t afford not to.
  40. I work magic because I like the feeling of it.
  41. I work magic because I like the results of it.
  42. I work magic because I like the ritual of it.
  43. I work magic because life is too hard without it.
  44. I work magic because it’s the fun way.
  45. I work magic because I trust it.
  46. I work magic because it is my duty.
  47. I work magic because it is my privilege.
  48. I work magic because it is my path.
  49. I work magic because I’m a Witch!
  50. I work magic because it works.

Why do you work magic? Or, how do you do it if you don’t?

Tarot 101: you doing you, not “predicting the future”

Tarot 101: you doing you, not “predicting the future”

For those of you not lucky enough to have been immersed in the beauty and magic of the Tarot since you can remember, here is a brief introduction to this powerful tool for spiritual growth and transformation.

The Tarot is a deck of 78 cards used for divination. By divination, I mean a way of accessing your inner divine, of revealing to your conscious mind the aspects of your subconscious and unconscious self that have not been made fully evident yet. We are complex and multilayered beings, and the Tarot is just one mechanism to seek alignment amongst all aspects of ourselves. I prefer the definition of divination that says it is “to be inspired by a god” than the one that claims it is “to foresee, to foretell, to predict, to prophesy”… although very often the Tarot predicts with uncanny accuracy what is yet to come – because a part of you already knew and allowed it to reveal its knowledge through the cards.

Back to the cards: there are 78 of them, 22 in the major arcana and the rest in the minor arcana which is divided in 4 elements: pentacles, swords, wands, and cups. These cards are like individual letters that together form words, and then sentences and paragraphs, with their meaning shifting depending on how they are relating to each other.

It’s called “reading” the Tarot for a reason, the Tarot is an ancient (OK, maybe like 700 years, but that’s ancient enough) tool, and the entire 78 card “alphabet” represent some of the major and deepest symbols of human experience.

  • Cups: water, emotions, the west, relationships, connections, love.
  • Wands: fire, passion, the south, energy, enthusiasm, inspiration.
  • Pentacles: earth, work, the north, material plane, finances, money.
  • Swords: air, thoughts, the east, intellect, ideas, plans.

Each of these suits have cards numbered 1 to 10, each with a meaning that could have books written about (and many have been, by all means study this amazing tool), and 4 Court Cards: Princess or Page, Prince or Knight, King, and Queen.

And, the major arcana has 22 cards that are a metaphorical journey through life, touching on the main big fat issues for humanity represented symbolically: love, fear, power, risk-taking, courage, fertility, spirituality, wholeness, temptation, addiction, balance, change, transformation, adventure, introspection, patience, wisdom, Mystery, beauty, abundance, action, determination, tradition, authority, surrender, justice, joy, kindness, hope, faith…you get the idea. All the Big Ones.

The querent comes to the tarot with an issue, question, or concern, the reader uses whatever systems suits them to “randomize” the choosing of the cards, perfectly aware that nothing is random and there are no accidents. Then, the “randomly” chosen cards are placed in a pattern out of many to choose from, or made up by the reader according to their own internal guidance system and intuition for divination.

At this point the reader begins, well, reading – that is, interpreting each individual card for its own meaning, in relationship to each other, and also to the their spot on the spread, and the querent’s mouth drops open because they can’t believe how accurately the interpretation of the cards fits their current situation or how precisely the reader is verbalizing their feelings, when in reality they just showed up with a willingness to learn and grow and be helped and that is exactly what happened in the session.

It is really a nifty little witchy tool, if you’re curious by all means hit me up for a reading at https://brujalunasol.com/tarot/

See you soon!

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