Into every life a little rain must fall. Unfortunately, sometimes that little bit of rain becomes a deluge or tsunami. Some of us aren’t exactly chipper little rays of sunshine to begin with, so life’s little stumbles can make things more challenging than they really need to be. I’ve battled functional depression for as long as I can remember and there are few things that I take more refuge and comfort in than my pop culture fandoms. For people like me fandom is a lot more than a fun way to spend your time; it’s an escape from the pressures of the mundane and a protected retreat. It’s the ultimate safe space where you are free to let all your weirdness hang out and just enjoy yourself. The power of pop culture magick is to allow us to literally bottle a bit of that joy and take it with us.
For this spell you will need to choose a favorite fandom or two. There are an amazing number of pop culture fandoms out there, so choosing just one or two to work with can be a bit daunting. Think about what is resonating with you right now. It doesn’t matter if you’ve had a favorite fandom for the past decade - what book, movie, music, tv show, series, comic, manga, etc., really resonates with you right now. What bit of pop culture brings you joy today.
Think of a character, scenario, episode, song, etc., from your chosen fandom that really makes you happy. For example, I’m doing my version of this spell using Firefly, particularly the character of Kaylee. In a cast of misfits and anti-heroes Kaylee stands out as being not only a kick-ass mechanic, but as being genuinely sweet and happy more often than not. I greatly admire her ability to look on the bright side of things and enjoy what she has while she has it - something I’m not great at.
- One candle (in your favorite color) - pure beeswax is best, as the honey in the wax adds a bit of sweetening to the spell. If you choose a large candle you should repeat the incantation each time you burn it. If you cannot burn a candle for whatever reason, choose a tealight or small chime candle that you can carry with you.
- One wearable/carryable object representing your bit of pop culture - if you have something overt like a fandom t-shirt great, if not something as simple as a sigil drawn on a piece of paper will do.
- One small bottle of drinkable liquid - This can be tap water or anything else, just be sure the bottle seals well enough for you to carry it in a pocket without worrying about leakage.
Ground, center, and set your sacred space however you usually do. (If you don’t usually do those things that’s ok too!)
Set your candle on your altar or whatever prepared space you have. Set your wearable object (a leather bracelet for me) and your bottle of liquid next to the candle. If your bit of pop culture has a video or audio form, play it in the background. Meditate for a few minutes on your bit of fandom and what about it brings you joy.
Light your candle (or not) and speak an incantation like the following, with the specifics changed for your fandom and your personal needs:
Light of flame bring me joy, allow me the happiness and good nature of Kaylee.
I will overcome my obstacles with a smile, as she does.
I will enjoy the good that flows into my life, as she does.
I will find solace and comfort in hard times and emerge the stronger for it.
I will shed bitterness and resentment, as she does.
I release negativity and depression.
I find joy in everyday life and dance with joy.
Let the essence of happiness flow into my bracelet and my tonic.
In times of sorrow, stress, anxiety, or fear I will wear my bracelet, sip my tonic, and find happiness.
I embrace joy.
So must it be.
Let the candle burn down, then close your sacred space as you usually do. Carry/wear your charged object and sip your charged liquid when you need a boost. Feel free to repeat the spell as often as necessary.