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Magic of the Elder & Elderberry

Magic of the Elder and Elderberry

(Sambucus nigra/Canadensis)

A small deciduous tree (or shrub) that grows in woods, hedgerows and on waste ground the trunk is quite often crooked and low lying with rugged bark.  It has dark green leaves that have quite an unpleasant smell but the flowers that appear in early summer are pretty and fragrant with large flat bunches of white flowers that ripen into berries that are green at first and then a dark purple colour by early autumn.

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Govan and the Fairy Horse

In the court of the royal dún was found one morning a strange stallion, known to none. He was a well-made beast, and beautiful, but strangely-marked, white with red ears, like the cattle of the sidhe. But he laid back his ears and bared his teeth, if any dared approach him.

Only for young Govan, of all the king's warriors, would he stand still.

So Govan mounted the horse, saying, Take me where you will.

The gates were opened, and they left the dún. To a green hill the strange horse bore him, and as they approached it, the hill opened, and they entered.

Govan found himself in a high and mighty hall, filled with fair people in many-colored clothing, and in the high seat a lordly woman, fairest of them all.

Welcome, son of Gawan, she said, so he dismounted and stood before her.

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Witch Craft: Change of Season Salve

 Your body knows the seasons are changing  before your mind does. Your bones feel the slight chill that hints to the coming of fall can the wind on your skin is colder. As your mind turns to warmer thoughts of bonfires and feasts, the best way to prepare for the coming of autumn and harvest high holidays, is to ramp up the sacred self-care until your skin is actually smoother and much  softer then silk. But, why pay so much for tiny jars full of chemicals when you can whip up a yummy blend of healing herbs and restorative essential oils that is far cheaper, healthier and imbued with your personal magic? What you’ll need:

stainless steel saucepan

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Domino Luck Spell

The beauty of pop culture magick is that inspiration can come from anywhere.  Any movie you watch, book you read, or gif you scroll past can end up giving you the perfect magickal mechanism for your next spell.  Just yesterday I was watching Deadpool 2 and though to myself, “Wow, Domino would be awesome to work with in a luck spell.”  So I did.

For those of you who have not enjoyed the absurd awesomeness that is Deadpool 2 or read the comics, let me introduce you to Domino.  She is a kick-ass mutant with the power to alter probability to work in her favor and against her opponents.  Basically, she’s lucky.  Very lucky.  That luck allows her to always be in the right place at the right time and for virtually every situation to work out in her favor.  Who better to work with in a luck spell?

There are two important things that pop culture magick can add to a working: 1) personal connection, and 2) added power.  For many people our connection to our favorite pop culture stories and characters is far stronger than our connection to ancient myths or centuries old practices.  Our personal energies are already deeply entwined with our favorite media, so using it in magick links that magick to us even more deeply.  Further, pop culture is something we live immersed in every day.  By adding it to a spell we bring the resonance of that spell into the currents of our everyday lives, so the magicky doesn’t have as far to go to be effective.  It also taps into the vast energetic reserve of fandoms and links that energy to our intent.  Pop culture magick helps our workings to resonate more deeply with our personal energies, allows for greater energetic efficiency, and adds power.

For this spell I chose to modify an existing sweetening spell that I already do each week.  Sweetening spells are part of the Hoodoo and Southern conjure traditions, designed to bring ease, good fortune, and lessen obstacles in a given situation.  For my original spell I would, each Sunday:

  • Put a small jar of honey (used exclusively for this weekly spell) on my altar
  • Take a small taste of the honey and say, “As this honey is sweet, so shall the world be sweet to me.”
  • Light a yellow or gold chime candle and place it on the lid of the honey jar and let it burn until naturally extinguished.


Altering my traditional spell into a pop culture spell was just a matter of changing my incantation and adding a simulacrum of Domino in the form of a Funko Pop figure.  My new incantation is, “Domino, Lady of Luck, bring me good fortune.  Guide me to make good choices and to be in the right place at the right time.  Eliminate all obstacles in my path.  As probability is sweet to you, so shall it be sweet to me.”  The rest of the spell is unchanged.

A few simple alterations and additions can turn just about any traditional spell into pop culture magick.  By adding pop culture that is personally meaningful you can strengthen your connection to a spell as well as adding power.  Always be open to the possibility of magickal inspiration and you will find what you need. 

More information on Domino
http://deadpool.wikia.com/wiki/Domino
https://www.bustle.com/p/in-the-deadpool-comics-domino-had-entirely-different-relationship-with-wade-9102254

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And So, September

We've had an interesting first day of September here on the eastern plains of New Mexico. From a bright and sunny morning to a dust storm cum rainstorm to an ominous sky just now. Those are the worst as they can produce mud. I've never seen one, but I read an old newspaper story about one. Folks said it coated their windows.

I've been thinking a lot about my inconsistencies with blogging and journaling. I used to be very dedicated to both. I guess as the seasons and years have passed, I've changed. I want to get back to it so this is my attempt. 

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    Deborah, I hear you on the storm of negativity. Love that whirling dervish image. And here too, nothing but good so far. Some of
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    I have experienced the month of August as a storm of negativity from ungoing vehicle problems that seem to be a mystery to several

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Reflections of August

Reflections of August

A tumultuous month, but one of growth. As September begins, the fire inside that was being whipped in the wind, will now begin to glow brighter and brighter. It will be needed for the inevitable Winter after the Fall.

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    Excellent post! I think when it comes to worship and religious practice there's usually two different approaches, which are the p
Photographing Sacred Objects: The Right Way to Do It

Sacred objects—hallows, sacra, call them what you will—constitute a category of being all of their own.

When interacting with them, always remember: These are not mere “things.” They must be treated as if they were persons.

There's an etiquette to photographing such beings, and here it is:

Ask first.

Most sacred objects, especially those that are recipients of cult, have someone who tends them and cares for them. Before photographing,You need to ask the hallow's keeper for permission.

This person will be able to tell you whether or not photography is permitted.

Bear in mind that, even if photography is usually (or sometimes) acceptable, the object may not wish to be photographed at this time, or (possibly) by you. The keeper has an ongoing relationship with the hallow, is sensitive to its moods, and will be able to tell you.

When in doubt, take no photograph.

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