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Magick in the “witchy” sense is the Art & Science of harnessing and manipulating internal and external energies in order to create change. This change may be in ourselves, those around us, our environment, or even our world. How does this relate to art? Well, if you have ever been moved by a painting, a song, a poem, a film, or a photograph you have experienced exactly what I’m talking about.

Films, photographs, paintings, et al. have the ability to change our moods, evoke strong emotions, bring back memories, remind us of our dreams, inspire us…and even change our minds. These pieces are brought about by artists who tap into a source of energy deep within them to craft and create these images, words, and sounds. In doing so, they hope their creations will touch the lives of others…but, the act of creating their works undoubtedly creates change within the artist themselves.

The intent to express oneself can often be compulsory – it MUST be done. This unpredictable drive from within to make ones voice be heard is, at least in my experience, impossible to ignore. While in the midst of creating, we aren’t always sure what it is that needs to be expressed until the work is finished, we take a step back and examine the finished product. I personally feel as if a weight has been lifted when I finish a piece (whether it be a painting, a photograph, a spell, or a ritual). I have been transformed simply by getting it all out…whatever “it” happens to be.

If a piece moves someone other than those who create it? Well, that’s the best kind of magick.

I found a quote from a writer that pretty much sums up all that I’ve been rambling on about:

I believe that magic is art, and that art, whether that be music, writing, sculpture, or any other form, is literally magic. Art is, like magic, the science of manipulating symbols, words or images, to achieve changes in consciousness… Indeed to cast a spell is simply to spell, to manipulate words, to change peoples consciousness, and this is why I believe that an artist or writer is the closest thing in the contemporary world to a shaman.” Alan Moore

I agree with him wholeheartedly. Now, go forth and make some Magick:

CREATE ALL THE THINGS!!!

Weave the Web You Want to Live #WednesdayWisdom #pagan

As the weather grows cooler, little critters try to find warmer places to hang out. Among these critters is our friend the Spider. This is evident in the many posts I’ve seen on social media by friends who haven’t been all that keen on the intrusion from their new house guests.

I’m here today to tell you that Spider could be trying to tell you something, and that perhaps it would be wise to figure out what. 😉

So, let’s start with what Spider represents in the spiritual realm. Spider is a Messenger, a Wisdom Keeper, a Dream-catcher, the Guardian of Ancient Languages & Alphabets, a powerfully creative female force, and a symbol of Balance & Infinite Possibilities.

If you see her it is time to take stock of the choices in your life. You may want to ask yourself how your choices have been affecting your life so far? Are things in your life out of whack..or in balance? How have your choices affected the lives of those around you? Are there any choices that you need to make in order to improve your life, and/or the lives of others? What do you want to create in your life, and what do you need to do to make things come to fruition?

She could be telling you that you need to be a little more patient in achieving your goals…or with others. It could be time to get creative as a solution to your problems…or to just express yourself in a creative way. Spider entering your life can also be a signal to explore your “shadow self”. Alternatively – especially this time of year- as the veil between the worlds is thinning it could be time to explore the web of your family tree and connect with & honor your Ancestors.

Basically, if you see her…especially if she’s designing one of her wondrous webs, take a peek at the metaphorical blue print that is your life and see if you want to make any design changes. Weave the life you want to live…You are the architect after all, change or don’t change things as you see fit. 🙂

Give Spider the respect she deserves…even E.B. White understood the importance of Spider. Anyone who has ever read, or watched Charlotte’s Web knows that Charlotte’s weaving and advice changed – and saved – the life of Wilbur. They formed a bond and their relationship was beneficial for both of them. If you’re lucky, you’ll have a few Charlotte’s in your life. 🙂

Weave the Web You Want to Live