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June 1st, 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!

***

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
.

 

Book Review: Love Magic: Over 250 Spells and Potions for Getting It, Keeping It, and Making It Last

 

 

by Lilith Dorsey

Published by Weiser Books, 2016

Paperback; $12.15 at Amazon

This connection between magic and eroticism is an obvious one. They both encompass absolutely every sense. We lose and find ourselves in magic and love, if we are lucky.”

So begins the introduction to this 275-page book, which seems especially appropriate for Beltane.

The first chapter presents spells for self-love and happiness.

These are the root of your magical success,” she wrote in the introduction.

That is followed by chapters on romantic, marriage, fertility, universal love and erotic adventures. As diverse as situations can be, so are the magical traditions from which the spells are drawn.

There are spells and potions for finding love, keeping love, and healing yourself so that you are ready for love. The book includes rituals for invoking goddesses of love and for love gone bad. There are even recipes for foods such as Simply Sensual Flower Fudge and Oshum Seduction Salsa, because, she writes, “Seduction is best begun at the table.”

Dorsey distinguishes between spells for a general dose of universal love and those intended to connect specific individuals, and provides spells and formulas for each. She also stresses the importance of ritual cleansing – such as baths, smudging and using magical floor washes –as “one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your home.”

Along with cleansing spells, she recommends divination and healing work, regardless of the problem, and offers a variety of each.

In addition, she discusses the ethics of love magic, and provides information about sacred botanicals and crystals, and ends with six chapters from the Book of Psalms and some recommended reading.

Dorsey is a spiritual practitioner and has been a professional psychic for more than 20 years. She is also an anthropologist, which prompted her to include historical spells. Magically, she is dedicated “to many different spiritual traditions, including Santeria, which is more properly known as La Regla Lucumi. In that religious tradition, I have been deemed, through divination, to be a daughter of the goddess (Orisha) Oshun,” she writes. Shun’s domain, Dorsey adds, includes love and marriage. “She is intimately acquainted with all facets of love.”

Dorsey wrote the book to share her knowledge and experience.

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In his latest book, Michael H. Hughes brings together activism and magic as tools for the resistance.

What I’ve discovered doing research for this book is witchcraft, in particular magic, has always been the tool of oppressed people. When you are out of other means of getting something done, you still do what you have to do, and in many cases that involves magic,” he said.

Enslaved Africans used hoodoo and root work. Voodoo was instrumental in the uprising against Haiti’s white class. In medieval Europe, there were poppets and wax figures used against royalty.

The more you dig into the history of magic used as a tool against oppression, the more emerges. There’s even a book that just came out serendipitously for my research, I must say, called ‘Magic as a Political Crime in Medieval and Early Modern England: A History of Sorcery and Treason (International Library of Historical Studies).’ about how magic was used against the ruling class or how the ruling class sometimes used it to persecute people, to accuse them falsely as in the witch persecutions,” Hughes said.

In the introduction to his book that is due coming out September 8, in advance of the midterm elections, he states, “We are living in a time of great turmoil at the edge of history. A time in which liberal, democratic values and ideas that have withstood wars and despots are under attack by rising tides of nationalism and racial supremacy; in which the industrial model of our society is crumbling, and with it the patriarchal, hierarchical structure that has kept it in place. An era in which our very existence as a species is imperiled by a warming planet, overpopulation, and our unquenchable desire for material goods.”

For those who don’t wish to give up and are willing to advocate for change, this book can serve as a toolkit to manifest equality and peace. It contains spells, rituals and historical examples to help readers put their magic to work to make the world a better place.

Magic, Hughes explained, is “innate in us. It wants to express itself.”

What Hughes found when he stripped away erroneous history and dogma were folk traditions and indigenous traditions he considers the roots of magic – the basic techniques that are universal. Those include sympathetic magic and elemental associations. For instance, he noted, traditions all over the world consider fire a creator and a destroyer. Everywhere people work with the four directions. Magic words, chants, song and dance are used in every culture.

I was just working on a chapter on talisman and amulets. I was looking into how they evolved and where they came from. It’s so fascinating to think that Africans from the Congo are brought to this continent and they meet Native Americans who were using medicine pouches that there’s no difference between the Congolese bags that they wore around their necks, even to the same natural items that they would have in their bags,” he said in early March as he was putting in long hours to get the finished manuscript to his publisher.

Ancient Egyptians wrote on papyrus they rolled up and put in a little tube that they wore around their necks. Observant adult Jews put on tefillin, small black leather boxes holding parchment inscribed with verses from the Torah. Catholics are given the scapular to wear.

So even if a lot of these don’t come from the same roots, they’re universal. For me, it seems to argue for the fact it works. It’s effective magic. When you carry around items symbolic, important, protective or powerful on your body, then, for whatever reason, as humans we like to do that. So if you don’t believe in magic, then you have to assume it’s somehow part of our psychological makeup or something like that. But if you believe in magic like I do, then the ubiquity of all these kinds of traditions seem to indicate that it probably works; that’s why people do it.”

When people think of magic they think of spells, and when they think of spells, they think of witches. But magic does not belong to one group or one culture. It underlies all spiritual traditions and systems. In it’s most basic sense, Hughes defines magic as the use of directed consciousness to effect change in the world.

What I’m trying to do with this book is be clear this is just magic. It’s not witchcraft, it’s not traditional witchcraft, it’s not Druidry, it’s not indigenous tradition, it’s not chaos magic, it’s not post-modern magic, it’s just magic. And as such, I try to create these rituals so that they can be plug and play, which is what I think the success of the Trump binding spell,” he said.

The Spell to Bind Donald Trump and All Those Who Abet Him led to this book.

Originally I was going to write a book on magic, theoretical and practical magic before this Trump spell took off and had a life of its own and dragged me along with it,” Hughes said.

At the time he crafted the binding spell used for the first time February 24, 2017 , Hughes said, “I really thought, ‘This is just going to be some small thing that I publish [on Medium] and a few people, maybe the pagan community, they’ll argue about it,’ which they did. But wow, it really just blew up beyond anything I could have imagined. The whole thing has been a really surreal experience.”

Within days, it went viral.

A couple of stories that blow my mind,” he said. “One is I was going to do the ritual. I had about 30 or 40 people who were going to gather to do it and the night of it I went to pick up some wine and beer for afterward and I walk into some random liquor store in Baltimore and the woman, probably in her 20s, said, ‘Do you want your receipt?’ I said, ‘Yeah, yeah I’m hoping to write this off. I’m cursing Donald Trump tonight.’ And without batting an eye she said, “Oh, do you have the unflattering photo?” I just stared at her. She said, ‘Me and my friends are doing it later tonight.’

I was dumbfounded. I knew it was circulating pretty wildly. The entire week after I published it, I was on the phone all day. People calling, reporters emailing. I did so many interviews it was ridiculous. As the ritual got closer, I realized how big it was getting, I started getting calls from TV reporters [wanting to film the ritual]. I didn’t want reporters, especially at the first time. You never know how they’re going to portray it. I didn’t want it to be really intrusive … but they were so insistent on filming it, I said, ‘Oh, I hear there are going to be people at Trump Tower doing it.’ I just made that up.’”

When the film crews showed up at Trump Tower in New York City, there were 20 witches outside. More were in front of his tower in Chicago.

It happened and I had no idea. I really just pulled that out of thin air thinking, ‘Well, maybe there’ll be some people there doing it’ and sure enough they showed up and did the ritual.”

The witches weren’t the only ones. Thousands upon thousands of occultists and magicians took part. Even Christians and Buddhists – many tweaking it to use their way in their tradition – performed the ritual. Many had never never performed a ritual in their lives. It became the largest and longest continuing magical working in history.

Did it work? Well, Trump’s initial travel ban was rescinded, the repeal of the Affordable Care Act was halted, Robert Mueller’s noose has tightened and no wall is being built. However, the tax bill passing, the threat of war and the assault on the environment show there is still much work to be done. Each month, members of the magic resistance continue to perform the ritual. Hughes also offered a daily version as well.

I realized that the fundamental Christians were going to freak out, even Evangelicals, but I was really surprised at some of the vehemence from the pagan community. I guess I should have known better, but I was still a little surprised by the number of witches who said it was awful and I was destroying the reputation of witchcraft. First of all, I’m not a witch. I don’t identify as a witch. But obviously this became witches versus Trump and no matter how many times I … [said] ‘This is magic. I’m a magician, I’m not a witch.’ It just went right over their heads.”

The magic resistance that galvanized around the binding spell is committed to using spells, rituals, prayer, divination and other techniques to resist or impede dangerous or oppressive political movements, politicians, and actions. This, Hughes states in the introduction to his book, includes “authoritarianism, white supremacy, racism, misogyny, xenophobia, environmental destruction, attacks on marginalized populations, as well as other harmful ideologies. It can be viewed as a magical form of self-defense, or defense of others. But it is not just about resistance. This movement also uses magical practices to promote progressive, inclusive, liberating, and empowering political, environmental, economic, and social causes.”

The book gives readers ideas for altars, meditations, community organizing, self care and more. and provides spells for racial justice, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, environmentalism, immigration, refugee support and nonviolence.

The magic in this book can be broadly adapted to many traditions, and is meant to serve as a foundation for experimentation and incorporation into other progressive and inclusive causes,” he said.

One of the spells Hughes offers is “Hands Off Laws Off: Hecate Invocation” to protect women’s reproductive rights, women’s health clinics and their staff. Meant to only be done at night, its components include a red candle, bay leaves, myrrh, a representation of the lawmaker or organization, a call to Hecate, and a chant ending with “Hands off/Laws off.”

His “Healing the Earth (Microcosm Ritual)” uses a pot of earth, a green candle, stones or crystals, feathers, an edible herb plant, a small representation of an animal, a prayer, and optional tarot cards of the moon and the sun. It has people caring for a plant as a representation of caring for the entire earth – and the magic can he “hidden in plain sight.”

The “thoughts and prayers” offered by politicians inspired a spell called, “We Shall Form a Circle to Protect Our Children” that uses a white candle and a piece of rose quartz.

These, like the others, are based on standard magical elements, directional attunement, ancestor communications, calls to a spirit, astrological influences. They are not part of any one particular tradition and can be modified to align with anyone’s practice.

I always felt like the world was a magical place,” Hughes said. “My thinking has always been sort of magical, even before I understood the magic in theory, as a kid, I would draw something to manifest it or just little sort of ritualistic things I would do in my life even before I knew that was practical magic. It was actually in my early 20s when I really started immersing myself in reading magic and occultism.”

You don’t have to understand how magic works or even believe in magic for the social justice spells Hughes provides to work, as long as they are done sincerely, with full commitment and energy. After all, people who play lucky lottery numbers, pray for healing, throw a coin into a well or leave flowers at the grave of a loved one are all practicing magic.

As the introduction on the yet-to-be-published book states, “If you’ve ever felt disillusioned or burned out because of the slow progress of social change, this magical work can nurture and support you, sharpening your focus and resolve for a more sustained, long-term activism.”

For more about Michael H. Hughes, his earlier trilogy and his blog, visit his website.

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About the Author:

Lynn Woike was 50 – divorced and living on her own for the first time – before she consciously began practicing as a self taught solitary witch. She draws on an eclectic mix of old ways she has studied – from her Sicilian and Germanic heritage to Zen and astrology, the fae, Buddhism, Celtic, the Kabbalah, Norse and Native American – pulling from each as she is guided. She practices yoga, reads Tarot and uses Reiki. From the time she was little, she has loved stories, making her job as the editor of two monthly newspapers seem less than the work it is because of the stories she gets to tell. She lives with her large white cat, Pyewacket, in central Connecticut. You can follow her boards on Pinterest, and write to her at woikelynn at gmail dot com.

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Book Review
Here, There, Everywhere
A Clarification of Reality
by Just Plain Bill

Here, There, Everywhere is a book written by Bill Holtry a.k.a. Just Plain Bill. Just Plain Bill grew up in Central Pennsylvania on an Amish farm. His Pap mentored him throughout his life and taught Just Plain Bill the values that are passed down to us inside Here, There, and Everywhere. These values are family, love, honor, trust and peace. If you enjoy this review, make sure to check out my interview with Just Plain Bill in this issue of PaganPagesOrg. In the interview, Just Plain Bill shares his website where you can purchase Here, There, and Everywhere, and you can learn more about Just Plain Bill!

Here,
There, and Everywhere is written in the form of automatic writing.
Just Plain Bill touches on that subject within the first chapter or
two. He also answers my questions about it in his interview. This is
a neat way to write a book and I was impressed by all the lessons
that he has learned over the years. It is a blessing that he took the
time to compile all these lessons to share the values of family,
love, honor, trust and peace with the readers of Here, There, and
Everywhere.

This
book is comprised of more than 50 chapters. Chapters isn’t the best
way to describe it. Stories, lessons, values, lives. Those would be
better ways to describe these “chapters”. Each chapter is
teaching us something new. It is teaching us about someone who walked
on this planet. It is about their life, their story, the lessons they
learned, and the values that we should all know: family, love, honor,
trust, and peace.

Each
chapter/story starts the same way. Just Plain Bill steps through the
“door” and into the Everywhere. From there each chapter/story is
different. Sometimes the scene is two stumps in a forest, high in a
tree, a stream, or a cliff. Other times there is no scene at all.
Just Plain Bill is just relaying the message/story to us.

I
spent time going over and over this book. Normally I can pick out a
favorite part, a favorite scene, or a paragraph that I want to read
over and over again. With Here, There, and Everywhere that was
difficult to do. I loved this book so much.

I’ve
read this book more than once and I am always learning something new
or a new fact is jumping out at me. I’ve also been able to see the
stories differently depending on how my mood is for that day.

One
of the spirits that stick with me from the book is Pap. He only
appears a few times throughout the book, but with each visit you can
feel his love that he has for Just Plain Bill. Along with the love
and admiration that Just Plain Bill has for Pap.

While
reading this book, I could not help but wonder if I knew some of
these Spirits in a past life. Was I in any of these stories that are
being shared?

Here, There, and Everywhere is on my list as a must read. It’s more than just a fun read. Here, There and Everywhere challenges you to think and see the world differently. It also encourages you to use those values of family, love, honor, trust and peace.

Here, There, and Everywhere: A Clarification of Reality on Amazon

Inspiration
from the Elf Mounds

*An Excerpt from A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors by Mabh Savage

So,
what winds whisper from the elf mounds; what wind breathes from
beneath the hollow hills where fairies dwell and myths were born? In
other words, how many of us today still feel inspired by the tales of
ancient Celtic warriors and wise folk? Which parts of our lives do
these stories creep into the most? What do our ancestors still truly
have a hand in? What is the meat
of modern Celtic influence?

Well
a quick “Google” search on the word “Celt” will find you
brewing techniques that are based on Celtic history; BBC Wales has a
site dedicated to the history of the Iron Age Celts and the word CELT
is used as an acronym by organisations in fields ranging from
teaching to audio compression! Let’s take a look at the images
section now: maps of the Celtic migration across Europe; knot work;
helmets; warriors fighting in great battles; beards, shields and
swords; jewelry,
sandals and musical instruments.

Take
a look around when you’re out and about and see how many tattoos
you see that incorporate Celtic knot work, and how many sterling
silver Celtic crosses you can see in the windows of jewelers.
When the paths were resurfaced outside a new housing estate near
where I live, there were some elder trees, ancient and gnarled, that
were untouched even though they were growing right out of the
pavement that otherwise was completely dug out and overhauled. If the
trees were left untouched for superstitious reasons (oh how I wish I
could talk to the people who did that stretch of road!) those
superstitions almost certainly stem from the Celtic reverence for
certain trees.

This
seems to be carried into the names of local establishments. Without
traveling
more than a couple of miles in any direction, I can visit Copper
Beech Nursery; Hollybush Children’s Centre; Holly Bush Farm
Conservation Centre; Beech Medical Centre. My own doctor is housed
within the Hawthorn Medical Centre! These names show how the
importance we still place upon trees, which almost certainly stems
from our Celtic ancestors. The druidic reverence for certain trees
led Robert Graves to create the Celtic Tree Calendar which, somewhat
unfortunately, has become used as an actual “Celtic Calendar” for
some people- it has no real basis in Celtic timekeeping or astrology,
but it does, again, show how deeply we are influenced by accounts of
Celtic society and how much we want to recreate aspects of that in
our modern lives.

Sir
Terry Pratchett, an incredibly popular British author, created the
“Lords and Ladies”, elves that while being beautiful are fierce,
ruthless and inhuman. There are similarities here of course to the
Fae, who are often described as incredibly beautiful and powerful,
yet they too are not quite human. They also can possess great
cruelty, as in the story of the death of Cían, Lugh’s father, who
is stoned to death in hatred by a rival family until all that is left
is a “poor miserable, broken heap” (Gregory,
Lady Augusta. Gods and Fighting Men: The story of the Tuatha de
Danaan and of the Fianna of Ireland, arranged and put into English.
1905
).

Terry also created the Nac Mac Feegle, who actually live inside the burial mounds of kings, harking back to the tales that the fairies will take you under the hollow hills to their home. In these tales, often the protagonist finds what they believe is their heart’s desire but returns a hundred years later, to find everyone they love is dead and gone. In one of Terry Pratchett’s stories, this would probably be because the Nac Mac Feegle had drunk them under a tiny table! Pratchett himself implies in his introduction to “The Folklore of Discworld” that tales and superstitions should not be forgotten as they are part of the history of who we are and how we got here.

Any homage to these ancient
tales is a great example of the way Celtic culture still inspires
modern artists and writers. Through their modern art, they will
inspire others to go seek out these ancient tales for themselves. We
see the same stories being used over and over in a thousand different
ways, keeping them alive to pass down to our children and future
descendants.

If you enjoyed this, Mabh’s
books are available on Amazon
and at all good bookstores.

A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors on Amazon

***

About
the Author:

Mabh
Savage
 is
a Pagan author, poet and musician, as well as a freelance journalist.

She
is the author of A
Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors
& Pagan
Portals – Celtic Witchcraft: Modern Witchcraft Meets Celtic Ways
.

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