You Have to Believe We Are Magic...
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Author: Lola Stardust
Posted: August 3rd. 2014
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If you tell people “I have magic powers” most likely they will either think you are delusional or you need your meds upped. What people don't realize is that we all have magic in us. It is just a matter of finding it and releasing it. From the time I was a child, I always felt magical. I didn't quite understand what it was I was feeling, but I knew something was up. I felt I could tell things when they were about to happen...a talent all women have; it’s called intuition, and it is powerful magic indeed. If we, as women, listened to our gut feeling 100 percent of the time, that would really clear up a lot of problems we have faced in our lifetimes. But, of course, we often second-guess ourselves. Why is that?
I believe it was ingrained in our systems to doubt ourselves as women… as mothers, as wives, as friends, as daughters. We can blame the fashion mags and the way we think society wants us to act and look, and yes... a lot of that is true, but did you know that back in the 3rd and 4th centuries women were only celebrated after they died?
I am reading this book called Women in the Ancient World by Jenifer Neils. She studies the roles of women dating all the way back to Neolithic period by taking a look at the artifacts that were found from that time on until the Hellenistic/Roman periods. We get to see beautiful pictures of adorned boxes and caskets all engraved with a tale of who the particular woman was, whether she was a wife, a queen, a mother. And these artifacts have their names carved on them. This is unusual in itself due to the fact that in, let’s say, Classical Athens, it was not considered proper for women to be spoken of in public. But in death, they were praised with their names inscribed upon their caskets and these ornate items celebrating them.
Now I could go on about this, but there is so much more in this book to learn and discuss and this would be a whole essay within itself. I just wanted to use this as an example of the earliest themes of sexism known to man ... and woman. No wonder we were so often a hot mess!!
But I digress...women have had the strength to release their magic all along. We are powerful creatures. We just need the confidence… and the Craft. This is why being a Witch suits me. It enables me to be the magical woman I have always been, and feel proud of it!! I can see why a lot of strong, feminist type women become Witches.
I don't consider myself a feminist really. I consider myself an equal. I do praise my husband for what he does for our family, just like he praises me for what I bring to the table. I believe men have magic in them too, and I feel social expectations hold them back from letting that magic release itself. This is why I love when I meet male Witches. I would think it might be harder for a male Witch to “come out of the broom closet” than it would be for a female Witch. But again, I could be wrong. I only know what it’s like for me, being a woman, being a mother, being a wife, being a daughter...being a Witch.
So, was I magical before I became a Witch? Was I always a Witch and just didn't know it yet? A friend of mine recently told me “you don't become a witch, you are born one”. I like that. For me personally, yes, I feel I always have been a Witch. I am just now truly embracing it. I am appreciating what I know has always been there: my magic. My intuitiveness. My “witchy ways”. Sometimes I want to climb the tallest mountain and yell “I am Witch; hear me cackle!” (Just a little Witch humor for your day.)
Once I decided to embrace my inner magic, things began to happen. My foresight has become stronger. The dreams I have at night are more vivid (I do dream interpretations, so this is a huge factor in my life.) . I feel I can truly see people for what and who they really are. I also react to negative situations differently. I actually have a faith in something for once: myself! To have that confidence and faith in oneself is amazing! At least for me it is, coming from such insecurities and doubts. My inner magic empowers me, strengthens my resolve, and most of all, I am proud of myself for the first time in 40-something years.
The key to releasing your magic is to be honest with yourself and with others. The Gods and Goddesses (or whichever Deity you request assistance of) do not recognize lies. It is a hard thing to do, being 110 percent honest with yourself, but the pay-off and rewards are worth it. I believe Witchcraft is almost like self-help in ways. It enables me to focus on my strengths, even my weaknesses… the light and the dark within me, the Yin and the Yang, the male and the female.
Share your magical stories with others of the same like-mindedness. The support you will receive is very helpful, indeed. I share mine with my coven and we have amazing discussions regarding our magic, our Craft, etc. I like to blog about mine and research it. I am also starting my Book of Shadows in which I will add my magical moments so I can reference back to them.
Embrace your inner Witch. Let her come out and play. Let him show you the magic within. Become one with your Witch. You won't regret it. I don't.
Women in the Ancient World by Jenifer Neils
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