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Gut Hunches, Mouse Dreams, and Pinkie Sense
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It’s been a while since I’ve sat down and thought about topics you guys might like to hear about or would find interesting. Well, that and I’ve been a little busy with my post-college life (finding a job and finally getting my driver’s license) . However, this one blossomed out of a few recent experiences. Yeah, I bet you’re probably wondering, “Okay, that’s a pretty random assortment of concepts for one title, Luna. What are you on about this time?” Well, it’s actually pretty simple: intuition.
As always, I’ve been reading Ellen Dugan’s work again (if it’s not already obvious, I’m a huge fan of her work) . This time her book “Natural Witchery: Intuitive, Personal and Practical Magick.” In the first chapter, she has a short little assessment to roughly measure current psychic ability. For some of you, particularly those of you new to Paganism and the many paths and disciplines associated with it, this may come across a bit strangely. And, originally for me, it felt weird to think of psychism (the discipline of developing one’s psychic abilities) as being a possible part of Wicca, Witchcraft and the spiritual path I chose. But in looking into psychism, I began to learn how our intuitions and possible psychic abilities stem from information we receive on different levels on consciousness. For those of us who practice magick (and maybe even for some who don’t) , this becomes important in developing visualization and in working with the energies around us. Through our psychic abilities, we can more readily sense energy and it becomes easier to work with.
Anyways, when I took the assessment in Ms. Dugan’s book (and I tend to revisit it every time I read through “Natural Witchery”) , I noticed one area of the five she discussed that I stood out in: intuitive knowing. Ms. Dugan called it prophetic knowing in her book, but I think many of us recognize it as a 'gut hunch'. You don’t know how you know something, but you just know it, and it may turn out to be right. Interested, I began to remember all the times I had these gut hunches that later turned out to be correct, and I began to experiment and develop this ability even more, as well as notice intuition in other people (including when it turned out to be correct) , as well as the way it was recently (well, not that recently, but within the last two years) portrayed in entertainment.
Let’s start with my little experiments, these gut hunches. Like many families, my parents and I enjoy watching certain reality TV shows, particularly those related to dance and music. One of our favorites happens to be Dancing with the Stars, which just aired its all-star season this last autumn. Anyways, on the results shows where they would announce who would be eliminated that week, I tried something. A few moments before the results were announced, I’d close my eyes, quiet my mind and ask the question, “Who is it?” mentally. Then I’d wait. Usually (but not all the time; intuition isn’t always perfect) , I’d get an answer in the form of a thought, the thought of the name of the contestant about to get eliminated. And, nine times out of ten (roughly) , I’d be right.
For example, I still remember the final night of the show when they were about to announce the winner. I had been putting in a ton of votes for Shawn Johnson, but when it came down to her and Melissa Rycroft for the mirror ball trophy, I went through the same procedure. Almost immediately, I got the feeling that Melissa had won and Shawn had come in second. I waited… and then Tom Bergeron announced, “Now they have won two. Melissa and Tony!!” It was kinda cool to think about it afterwards, knowing that my intuition was growing.
Okay, enough of my gut hunches and onto the mouse dreams. A couple months back, my mom mentioned these strange dreams she was having involving mice. Mom is really scared of mice, and ordinarily I would’ve overlooked the dreams if she hadn’t mentioned one thing. As she, Dad and I were talking about them, she said that she usually got these dreams whenever we were about to get mice in the house and that she was almost certain we either had a mouse or were about to have one. Intrigued, I asked her a little more about it, and she said she might be psychic when it comes to mice. I told her it might just be her intuition, primarily because I know the topic of psychic abilities might not go over well with Dad, even if it wasn’t about me. While he wasn’t about to buy into psychic dreams, he was willing to acknowledge intuition and gut feelings. And, wouldn’t you know, a few days later we found mouse dropping in the silverware drawer. I think I’ll be paying attention to Mom’s mouse dreams more often.
There’s one last intuition-related story I want to mention, and it’s related to a TV show I love watching. Have any of you seen or heard of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic? Now, while I’m not going to go into the show in depth or why members of the Pagan community might enjoy it (that’s for another possible essay, wink wink) , there is one episode I want to mention in regards to intuition. The episode is “Feeling Pinkie Keen, ” the fifteenth episode of season one of the show, which aired back in 2010. My friend (who got me interested in the show) calls this the "episode that makes atheists mad".
In the episode, Pinkie Pie tells Twilight Sparkle (better known as Twilight) about something she calls her “Pinkie sense.” In short, whenever Pinkie has a certain twitch in her body, it means something is about to happen. Most notably, a twitchy tail means that something is about to fall. Twilight, being skeptical, is hesitant to acknowledge her friend’s ability, claiming that it makes no sense to her. She tries to study it, either to make sense of Pinkie’s pinkie sense or to prove her false. After a number of different incidents (most of which end with her getting injured in normal cartoon fashion) , she finally comes to acknowledge Pinkie’s ability for what it is and for its accuracy. Along with this, Pinkie Pie has displayed this ability outside of this episode, particularly in season two.
Now I’ve watched this episode over and over, and I’ve come to realize something. What Pinkie Pie calls her Pinkie sense may in fact be a form of intuitive knowing. The fact that not only is she accurate (if her tail twitches, something’s bound to fall, usually onto Twilight’s head) but also that she has catalogued all her various twitches and what they mean hints at Pinkie being more in tune with her intuition, something I think many of us can relate to. Perhaps the reason Twilight couldn’t understand Pinkie’s ability at first might be that she was (and still is) more focused on conscious affairs and efforts, particularly in terms of unicorn magic (as opposed to Pinkie, who’s merely a regular Earth pony—yeah, it makes more sense if you watch the show) . And as such, the Pinkie sense didn’t fit in with what she saw as the normal paradigm of life.
So why have I been talking about all this? What’s so important about intuition that required me to write an entire essay about it (at about 1 am, no less) ? Well, as I’ve been working more and more with magick, I’m realizing how important my intuition and other psychic abilities are becoming and how this is impacting my own work and decisions. It’s helping me to see past those barriers that used to keep me from sensing the magick in my life and is helping to make my life clearer. Not to mention how handy intuition can be in dangerous situations. If you’ve ever had that gut feeling that something might be wrong, followed it, and then found out later that you were right, you probably know what I’m talking about. There are a number of benefits and reasons that stem from developing your intuition and other psychic abilities, but I think Ellen Dugan states it best: “the more you develop you psychic abilities, the clearer your own magickal path can become.”
Dugan, Ellen. Natural Witchery: Intuitive, Personal and Practical Magick. Llewellyn Publications: Woodbury, MN. 2007
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Created by Lauren Faust. Season 1, Episode 15, "Feeling Pinkie Keen." First aired February 11, 2011.
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