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Witch & Popcorn

June, 2019

Logan’s Run

Bright Blessings, film lovers!

I don’t know about you, but I love sci fi from the 1970’s. The more simplified special effects, and the groovy take on “futuristic style” dazzles the eye! The music, and costumes, and the theatrical style acting is more dramatic, and more fun in my opinion than the modern realistic films. In sci fi, I want a new reality, not one I feel could happen today in my world.

I watched Logan’s Run for this reason, and just for enjoyment. It delivers, but I also realized, there are some magical truths in it!

Here is the trailer you can watch!

It’s an MGM film released in 1976, and stars Michael York, Peter Ustinov, and Jenny Agutter.

The movie follows Logan 5, played by Michael York. He is an enforcement officer, called a “Sandman”, who is tasked with killing people who try to escape, aka “Runners”. What they are running from is “Rejuvenation”. They are told it is rebirth at age 30 so nobody grows old. Their society has been moved underground, and to maintain balance and steady numbers, life is controlled. When a child is born, somebody has to go.

The people are lied to about this and told they will be reborn with a new body- aka a new baby. They live a life of enjoyment, comfort, and excess, never have to suffer, and this is all designed so they do not question the system. Not everybody is so eager to believe all they are told, and a small rebellion operates. Runners are caught and executed.

Unfortunately, Logan 5 is selected by his own establishment to “Run” undercover, and tasked with finding a place called “Sanctuary”. He’s supposed to come back and report everything, but as he learns the truth, he is changed forever.

He and Jessica, played by Jenny Agutter, who is part of the rebellion, decide to do this together. Jenny can see Logan 5 is different, and she believes he can do what nobody else has been able to do before. They makes it past the city gates to the outside, and meet the sole human living outside of the society, played by Peter Ustinov. Logan decides that instead of staying there and living his days happily with Jessica and his new friend, he MUST go back and tell the others!

I won’t provide spoilers, but let’s just say not everybody is eager to listen to Logan 5.

This is a great film to watch and a reminder of some great truths.

  1. Perception does not equal reality.
  2. Question EVERYTHING, and find out the truth for yourself!
  3. This is not going to be easy. Do it anyways.
  4. Know who you can trust, even if they are new people. People give their intentions away easily, and long-term friendships might have to go when you change for the better.
  5. When you learn a truth, sometimes the people closest to you turn against you.
  6. The truth might change us, but it might take a bigger wake up to help others change as well.
  7. Sometimes, just being alive in enough, but sometimes, it’s just not enough when higher good has to be accommodated.
  8. Fear of death itself can stop us from truly living.
  9. It is best to do what is natural to you than to do what other people tell you ought to be natural to you. No ifs, ands, or buts.
  10. In the end, it is sometimes best to risk everything if it is false security to achieve true freedom.

Don’t take my word for it what a great film this is. Watch it for yourself.

Happy Film Watching, and

Blessed Be!

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About the Author:

Saoirse is a recovered Catholic.  I was called to the Old Ways at age 11, but I thought I was just fascinated with folklore. At age 19, I was called again, but I thought I was just a history buff, and could not explain the soul yearnings I got when I saw images of the Standing Stones in the Motherland. At age 29, I crossed over into New Age studies, and finally Wicca a couple years later. My name is Saoirse, pronounced like (Sare) and (Shah) Gaelic for freedom. The gods I serve are Odin and Nerthus. I speak with Freyja , Norder, and Thunor as well. The Bawon has been with me since I was a small child, and Rangda has been with me since the days I was still Catholic. I received my 0 and 1 Degree in an Eclectic Wiccan tradition, and my Elder is Lord Shadow. We practice in Columbus, Ohio. I am currently focusing more on my personal growth, and working towards a Second and Third Degree with Shadow. I received a writing degree from Otterbein University back in 2000. I have written arts columns for the s Council in Westerville. I give private tarot readings and can be reached through my Facebook page Tarot with Saoirse. You can, also, join me on my Youtube Channel.

Witch & Popcorn

November, 2018

Just in time for Halloween and the love of all thinks spooky, Netflix released a dazzling supernatural horror from Spain called Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil. Watch the trailer here at this link below:

While the film is a very good watch, beyond that, it’s based on an old folktale, which in one form or another, has been around for thousands of years. The story is told many ways, but basically, a cunning Blacksmith is screwed over by the devil upon making a pact- and the Blacksmith figures out how to stick it to the old devil, and get out of the pact.

Set in 1800’s Basque region of Spain, the tale unfolds about the mysterious Blacksmith named Patxi. The village folk speak horrors about him, telling their children stories about him as if he’s a child eating boogie man. He doesn’t do much to dispel these rumors, as he has his property barricaded off, and he attacks anybody who comes near. The townsfolk say the devil lives there.

But the story is deeper than that. He had struck a deal with the devil to get home to see his wife during the war, only to discover things were not as they left them. Heart wrenching tragedy follows, and despite the fact the devil was dishonest on his end of the bargain, he sends a demon to collect Patxi’s soul.

Hilariously, the demon is no match for the bitter blacksmith, and all hell breaks loose both on earth, and later IN hell, as the mighty blacksmith seeks revenge and justice from the devil, himself.

This is one of the best made modern takes on an ancient tale I’ve seen in quite a while. Everything about this is a feast for the senses. The grisly, grimy Blacksmith’s squalid home is a stark contrast from the splendor of hell. The morbidly shabby hutlike shacks the townsfolk live in are offset by the magnificence of the forest. The children are filthy, skinny, and bruised and bloodied. In contrast to this, the beautifully animalistic demon is a yummy shade of licorice red, and covered in glitter! Crippling age is offset with youthful innocence. The use of severe extremes and striking contrasts provide extra shock, and communicate the level of misery the characters in the film are crushed under.

Beyond all of this, the film communicates the ignorance of uneducated society, and how bored small-minded people demonize the innocent. The old Pagan superstitions and Christian extremism combine with this ignorance to create a town of people easily controlled by the denizens of hell, and the voice of the so-called saving god is unheard.

A lesson is taught in this film through the fatal mistakes of Patxi. He was judged as a horrible human being, but he was actually a beautiful soul whose momentary lapse in judgement lead to the one event that he never forgave himself for. The village folk took this a step further and branded him untouchable for life. In the end, he is the only person from his town who has the strength to protect life.

Another lesson is one that Pagans speak of quite often. We reject the concept of beings that are all good or all evil. The demon sent to collect Patxi’s soul winds up defying hell and helping to save the day. Many of my Pagan kin say one man’s angel is another’s demon, and even demons can do things that help people.

I won’t add any more spoilers. Watch it for yourself. You don’t want to miss this wonderful film.

Happy viewing!

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About the Author:

Saoirse is a recovered Catholic.  I was called to the Old Ways at age 11, but I thought I was just fascinated with folklore. At age 19, I was called again, but I thought I was just a history buff, and could not explain the soul yearnings I got when I saw images of the Standing Stones in the Motherland. At age 29, I crossed over into New Age studies, and finally Wicca a couple years later. My name is Saoirse, pronounced like (Sare) and (Shah) Gaelic for freedom. The gods I serve are Odin and Nerthus. I speak with Freyja , Norder, and Thunor as well. The Bawon has been with me since I was a small child, and Rangda has been with me since the days I was still Catholic. I received my 0 and 1 Degree in an Eclectic Wiccan tradition, and my Elder is Lord Shadow. We practice in Columbus, Ohio. I am currently focusing more on my personal growth, and working towards a Second and Third Degree with Shadow. I received a writing degree from Otterbein University back in 2000. I have written arts columns for the s Council in Westerville. I give private tarot readings and can be reached through my Facebook page Tarot with Saoirse. You can, also, join me on my Youtube Channel.