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Everyday Magic

Everyday magic is all around us.  Visible and invisible, explainable and inexplicable, obvious and mysterious.  And every one of us is an accidental witch, influencing our world with power that we often overlook.  Here are some bits of everyday magic:

Plants, their personalities, what you can do with them, and their growth cycles. Fruit, flowers, seeds, leaves, roots. The elements. The phases of the moon and the sun and the planets.

Eastern and Western astrology. Philosophy. Math. Rhetoric. All the sciences.

Music. Art. Language. Storytelling. Conversation. Writing. Reading. Letters. Poems. Chants. Jokes.

Gatherings. Large groups of people. Parties. Religious meetings. Pick-up games of Ultimate Frisbee. Outdoor concerts.

Silence. Solitude. Sleep. Hot baths. Darkness. Light.

Massage. The laying-on of hands. Surgery. Medicine, homeopathic or allopathic. Sunblock. Everything on your bathroom counter.

The internet. The olive tree outside my window. iPhones. Plumbing. Stem cell research. Mosquito nets.

Candles. Prayers. Offerings. Statues of gods. Incense. Bowing. Closing our energy circuits with clasped palms. Gifts.

What we wear. What fabrics we choose. How we hold ourselves. Tattoos, temporary or otherwise. Jewellry. Precious stones and metals. Colours. White. Black.

Cooking. Baking. Sharing food with people. Dinner parties. Making things by hand and sharing them with others.

Cleaning house. Organizing the closet. Getting rid of some things and acquiring new ones.

Friendship. Tightly-knit communities. Kindness, compassion, and empathy. Supporting one's clan.

Dance.  Tango.  Tracing spells on the floor with your feet.  Hearing the inner workings of someone else's heart with your body.

Taking a chance. Playing it straight. Letting your true feelings show. Owning whomever you are in that moment.

Faith. Hope. Love.


13  Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing.

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profiteth me nothing.

4 Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

8 Love never faileth.

11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

13 And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.