Earlier this month the Kingdom welcomed our newest character, Gwyndelyn the Good Witch. Though she’s always lived in the magical Kingdom of Azuria, she’s only recently shared herself to The World. Along with her introduction our theme this month is magic, and I understand that’s not something that everyone can grasp. So, I’d like to explain what magic means to me personally.
Through years of submerging myself in literary themes of Fairy Tales, ancient myths and legends, and modern fantasy novels I see that magic has been greatly misrepresented into something evil and scary. The one character that always pops up in magic tales is the Witch. The Witch character is often portrayed as a very scary and evil being who wishes ill on others. I was extremely fearful of this character and remember Maleficent, Ursula, and Cruella de Vil as terrifying images in my childhood.
During my most recent trip to Europe I became very interested in the Roman Empire’s suffocation of Northern/Middle Europe. The old pagan and earthen religions were near extinction as the Empire stretched it’s powerful hand.Knowledge was violently crushed through history as each new reigning power destroyed the wisdom of the one before. It is believed during this time, woman’s respected role was stifled and the ancient wisdom of healer, or Witch, as it was called, was twisted into something to be feared. Fear of magic only grew as the years went on. Isn’t it painful to think of the knowledge we’ve lost in every destructive war?
All of those aforementioned characters use magic in an evil way, supporting the long time belief that magic is evil. Instead, I like the think of Cinderella’s sweet Godmother, the Great Lion King Aslan, Gandalf, and Luke Skywalker who use their magic for GOOD. That is what magic is in it’s unaltered state. Magic is goodness. And if magic is goodness, then we all have it inside us. (I suppose even the most nasty people do.)
Okay, but what is magic to me? I know you want me to say it’s casting spells by adding eye of newt to steamy cauldrons like you’ve read in books. But to me, magic is the ability to create. Magic is changing your mind to make things better. Magic is the gift of choice we have in free-will. Magic is self-care and compassion for others. Magic is being open to new experiences and learning. Magic is setting a different course and brightening our world. You can’t argue that we all have those characteristics in us already!
And as for the spells… if “Witches” use spells to make things happen. Why can’t we? To me, a magic spell can be as little as a positive affirmation and a switch in mindset. It’s all mindfulness. Speak aloud or in your mind what you want to happen. We are what we believe ourselves to be.
If you have an important job offer that lands you an interview… cast a magic spell by eating a proper breakfast, dressing the part, saying self-empowering thoughts aloud before you leave the house, and believing you deserve the job. Then release and let doubt go- knowing what will be will be. If you do this before and believe the whole way through the interview it will come across to everyone.
That’s powerful stuff! It’s no wonder magic has been feared by those in high ranking power positions. You can see why the early rulers wouldn’t want regular people thinking they could do anything if they just believed.
Magic works in my everyday life when I change my perspective whether when waiting for my coffee at the cafe or sitting in horrible traffic. If I’m feeling annoyed and antsy to get on with my day, I make a simple mindset change and the whole experience softens magically. I encourage you to try it. (Does it work every time? No. Some days there’s something bothering me and I can’t find the positive of a situation. Daily I strive to be more understanding.)
Remember, magic is something you do. Magic will not work if you do not make it happen. I don’t want you to think that you can’t just wish for something and it magically appears – well maybe you can sometimes, I’ve had it happen. But that story is for another time.
Look at Cinderella’s story. She may have had a Fairy Godmother help her, but if she stayed focused on the negative of her situation she would have never gotten into that carriage. Certainly a choice that changed her life completely! Remember, magic offers a choice. You may have all the good things you dream of laid out in front of you… and if you don’t jump… what good are they?
I hope this will give you a new perspective on what magic means so you may start finding it in your daily life. I’d love to hear how magic works for you.