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What #Magic Means to Me

Earlier this month the Kingdom welcomed our newest character, Gwyndelyn the Good Witch. Though she’s always lived in the magical gwyndelyn the good magicKingdom 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.

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DIY Handmade Valentine Gift Ideas

To me, Valentine’s Day is a handmade day. I have always loved snipping away at construction paper hearts and shaking glitter on red and pink doilies. Here’s peek at what I made for Prince Liam this year.

Be Mine Valentine Gifting Packaging

Here’s my Valentine Ideas -Clockwise from Left:

1. Very now on Pinterest – it’s the “I Love You Because…” Frame. This is great for your beau AND the kids!

I LOVE YOU BECAUSE Free Printable Orange

Frame a print out and then use the glass as a dry-erase to write sweet messages all through the year. LOVE this because its sooo important to make a point to say “I Love You” everyday(He also got a few good shirts in that box).

Here’s the FREE PRINTABLE in orange. Click on the image to get the full size view.

 

2. Decorate your sweetheart’s presents with a doily on top.

 

3. Instagram postage stamp message. Printed out the picture from Instagram and cut with scallop edged scissors.

 

4. Color in the designs on the doily – they are very intricate and I never even noticed until this year.

What did you do for your sweet?

Fairy Tale Thursday: The Sweetest Day

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

Princesses Valentines Day

Here’s a little history on the sweetest day of the year.

The early tradition of Valentine’s Day was that it was the date that birds began to choose their mates, only later did the romance extend to the human population. The first reference in print to Valentine’s Day is found in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The parlement of foules [The Parliament of Fowls], circa 1381:

For this was on seynt Volantynys day Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.

[For this was Saint Valentine’s day, when every bird of every kind comes to this place to choose his mate.]

From Phrases UK

Spring is upon us, and that’s when all of God’s little creatures meet up to make their match. I have heard many people say that Valentine’s Day is a single person’s worse nightmare. They believe that this day sets them up to be lonely and bitter. There are countless tv show episodes and movies based on this negative ideal.

Even though I realize the modern economy has blown this very basic holiday into a commercial day of high fructose corn syrup and mass-produced cardboard valentines, I find it still a very intimate day to cherish those you love, whether that’s your sweetheart, your parent, a friend, or your child. Today is a day to breathe love into your heart. Just take five seconds and imagine your inhale filling your chest with love. When you do this, your exhales then bring good to those in your path. And we all know that our universe needs as much LOVE as it can get. So, I want to wish you a HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

 We still have more love to give, check out our Previous Posts on Valentine’s Day

My Princess: Happy Valentine’s Day 2010

Fighting the Some Day My Prince Will Come Mentality 2012

Homemade Vintage Valentine Garland 2012

Just Write For Me: Pencils for Valentine’s Day 2012