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Room on the Broom

Bright Blessings, film lovers!

If you are like me- you love a good cartoon.

Well, this was just too cute to resist. Room on the Broom is a short cartoon film based on the children’s book with the same title, written by Julia Donaldson. It was originally released by BBC One in 2012, then again in 2013.

Voiced by some of Britain’s most famous stars, including Gillian Anderson, Timothy Spall, and David Walliams, the film is inspiring, heartwarming, and fun. More than this, it teaches a lesson to all people, not just magical practitioners should heed.

Here is a trailer to watch:

 

 

The story begins with a red headed witch, and her orange cat. The cat is as happy as a lark- just him and his witch. They fly around on the broom, and enjoy life together- just the two of them- and that’s JUST how the cat likes it.

One day, the witch and cat are flying on her broom, when her hat flies off. They land, and look everywhere- but cannot find the hat. All the sudden out of nowhere comes a cute dog. (I am not sure if the author intended for the dog to be cute, but ALL dogs are cute, as far as I am concerned.) The dog found the witches hat, and gives it back to her. It’s alone, and sad and asks, “Is there room on the broom for a dog like me?”

Now, all of us who have cats know what the cat said. “NO!” but the witch had a big heart and said “Yes!”

So, away the witch, her new dog, and a very annoyed cat flew.

Until her hairbow fell off…after that, her wand fell also…and by that time, she had acquired a bird and a frog, both of whom the cat did not want along…but the witch said “YES!” there was room on the broom.

Well…the broom got crowded, and broke, sending them all tumbling from the sky- and the worst thing you can think of happened- a dragon took off chasing after the witch- and the cat needed help from the dog, bird, and frog to save the day.

In the end, the witch found a solution to the broken broom, and proved the cat was wrong- there WAS room on the broom all along!

The fact is, when somebody comes along and asks to be taken in- do your best to do so unless there are red flags. Without this, we are all up the creek without a paddle. And I do mean that. I cannot tell you how many times people who I share life with helped me, and without it, I would have been finished. This is part of being human. None of us can survive this life alone, and we need each other. Sometimes, we have to reach out and help first, before we are helped in return. Do it as often as you can.

Never assume you can handle everything all on your own. To say this film reminds us of strength in numbers is an understatement. Like we do for others, others will do for us, and together, we can do the most in the best way possible.

The heathen concept of a gift for a gift comes to mind here. Meditating on that, I don’t mean to say we have to make sure we get exactly as much as we receive at all. What I mean is in general in life, we give and we accept. We have to do both. Generosity as well as gracious, thankful receiving need to be balanced. The witch knows this, and the cat learns it.

Another important lesson comes last of all from the wise witch. Don’t assume you can’t find ways to be more resourceful, and don’t assume you cannot find ways to improve things. The cat literally thought they just did not have enough to go around to share, but they did. They just needed to adapt. And let me tell you- the new way was much better.

I won’t spoil the fun for you. Watch this 30 minute film, and see for yourself.

Blessed viewing.

Blessed Be!

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About the Author:

Saoirse is a practicing witch, and initiated Wiccan of an Eclectic Tradition.

A recovered Catholic, she was raised to believe in heaven and hell, that there is only one god, and only one way to believe. As she approached her late 20’s, little things started to show her this was all wrong. She was most inspired by the saying “God is too big to fit into one religion” and after a heated exchange with the then associate pastor of the last Xtian church she attended, she finally realized she was in no way Xtian, and decided to move on to see where she could find her spiritual home.

Her homecoming to her Path was after many years of being called to The Old Ways and the Goddess, and happened in Phoenix, Arizona. She really did rise from her own ashes!

Upon returning to Ohio, she thought Chaos Magic was the answer, and soon discovered it was actually Wicca. She was blessed with a marvelous mentor, Lord Shadow, and started a Magical Discussion Group at local Metaphysical Shop Fly By Night. The group was later dubbed A Gathering of Paths. For a few years, this group met, discussed, did rituals, fellowship, and volunteering together, and even marched as a Pagan group with members of other groups at the local gay Pride Parade for eight years.

All the while, she continued studying with her mentor, and is still studying for Third Degree, making it to Second Degree thus far.

She is a gifted tarot reader, spellworker, teacher, and was even a resident Witch at a Westerville place dubbed The Parlor for a time.

Aside from her magical practice, she is a crocheter, beader, painter, and a good cook. She has been a clown and children’s entertainer, a Nursing Home Activities Professional, a Cavern Tour Guide, a Retail Cashier, and a reader in local shops. Her college degree is a BA in English Writing. She tried her hand at both singing and playing bagpipes, and…well…let’s just say her gifts lie elsewhere! She loves gardening, reading, antiques, time with friends and soul kin, and lots and lots of glorious color bedecking her small home!

On the encouragement of a loved one several years back, she searched for a publication to write for, and is right at home at PaganPagesOrg.

She is currently residing in Central Ohio with her husband, and furbabies.

Saoirse can be contacted at [email protected].