The Magical Artisan: Exploring the Art of Magic
A journey through the hands of a maker of magical items, discovering not only the secrets of Sacred art, but also the history and preservation of disappearing forms of Artisan work.
Introducing Myself, And This Blog
The path towards what we consider Sacred, towards what we consider Magic, can vary greatly from Pagan to Pagan; for some, big altars make them feel connected and empowered, while others prefer a much simpler, zen-type reminder of their beliefs, or even no altar at all; some Pagans are truly transformed by wearing ritual clothing, while others worship in jeans and a t-shirt, and others don't consider worship a need at all; all of them can be equally true ways to grow as a human being, which I think, in the end, that it's the only important thing.
For me, the path towards Sacredness, towards growth, is creating. Through learning how things are made, from spinning a single thread of yarn to understanding how herbs work together to create a healing medicine, I get closer and closer to Spiritual balance, to inner peace, to my idea of serving Nature and the Spirits that live in it, to mysticism and unity.
My work is my life, and my life is my Spiritual Path. I don't believe in Religion, I have never belonged to any group that's even close to a church/coven, and I really dislike labels, because they always focus more on what is different between us than in what we share. I usually call myself a Witch because it seems to be the most general term, and to make communication with others easier, but what I do, what I really do, is simply Living Connected - connected to myself, to Nature, to the Spirits, to what is visible and to what is invisible.
And, there is never a time when I feel that connection to be stronger than when I am creating. I had a very early vocation, both as a spiritual being and as a creator; painting was the first media I explored because I come from a family of painters; but I also come from a mother who was very interested in the 1970's Spanish UFO scene, so my love for art and the devouring of paranormal-themed magazines were my favourites activities as a child. My two true devotions, Art and Magic, grew together as one inside me.
Today, many (many!) years later, Art and Magic are my profession and my way of life, creating items for worship and devotion. There is no difference if I am embroidering a dress for a doll that will be the centre of an altar, I am chopping wax to recycle it into new candles, or if I am grinding herbs to create a new blend of incense – everything is Sacred, everything is Art, and everything is Magic.
Through this blog, part of that journey into creating will be revealed – through my own work, and through the history of handmade and its relationship with Magic. Only part of this trip can be revealed, not because the other part is secret, but because the other part can only be experienced; with my writing, I would like to wake up the Sacred Creativity of the readers of PaganSquare – because I firmly believe that, when we create, the Divine in us shines, and heals, and restores balance. When we create, we find ourselves; when we share what we create, we find the connection that makes us all One.
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