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March - witches, money & protest
Witchcraft Act repealed in 1951 replaced by Fraudulent Mediums Act, simultaneously implying a lack of magic in the world. Assumed names, anonymity. For much of history witch, healer, midwife potentially fatal.
Resistance group WITCH 70's, offshoot of radical feminists.
April - witches becoming animals, shape shifting, on the edge of things, Isobel Gowdie trial Auldearn 1662
Circe
Dec 05, 2020 12:11AM
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May - Magic in the land
Ley lines, Wandlebury, places, sacred sites, ancient ruins, the ordinary
June - midsummer and light magic
Pagan celebration, lengthening evenings, solstice 24 June, mugwort, wormwood, absinthe
A spell to store up light
July - fortune telling and divination
I-ching
Dec 05, 2020 12:17AM
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Claire
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Fairies - at Moniack Mhor on a writing retreat, a forest walk, where she might encounter something, humorously descriptive tho nothing magical happens, despite the willingness, just damp, insect bites.
From Scottish folklore, Angus, Bride, Beira (cruel queen of winter), Angus prince of summer borrows 3 Aug days bringing them to Feb to rescue Bride (Bridget)
Fairy belief history, attitudes, climate change, imagination
Dec 03, 2020 03:22AM
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Claire
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Jan - smelling weather - the embodiment of sensing weather change, mole (senses home) and rat (senses snow) and Pan (greek god) in The Wind in the Willows, the knife and broom spell, women accused of being witches, Agnes Sampson and the North Berwick witch trials 1590 after King James V1 & Anne of Denmark subject to vicious sea storms. No evidence, the beginning of a period of paranoia and hysteria. Full moon ritual.
Dec 03, 2020 02:03AM
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Claire
Claire is on page 211 of 391
Dec - Midwinter & magic in the dark - the festive season, solstice = sun stops, bringing the light inside as days shorten, soothing the soul. Food gifts, mincemeat as magic, summer's goodness bottled into sweet potency. Turning towards introspection, winter a time of healing, hibernation. Noticing (mindfulness), wild swimming (cold treatment), finding hope in the darkest part of the year
Dec 03, 2020 01:56AM
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Claire
Claire is on page 211 of 391
Nov - sex magic - more of a literature review in search of something authentic only to be found wanting, though she finds plenty related to extreme behaviours, motivated by a desire to break taboos of a repressive social order rather than the pursuit of pleasure, often with a disregard for the humanity of others, films a full of tropes and stereotypes, though she loved the Buffy series, fortunately times are changing
Dec 03, 2020 01:51AM
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Claire
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October - Samhain, the thin veil, connecting with ancestors, or not, house presences, ever the pragmatist, guising makes a comeback, reciting something, a 'turn' in exchange for good luck, fooling for apples, end of harvest, force-fire or need-fire, shift of seasons, the time of the dead, the Cailleach, waiting not pretending, making an altar, how they can shock people, no rules. Blessing, cleaning.
Dec 02, 2020 12:38AM
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Redefining magic, creating ritual, foraging in an urban environment and not taking it all too seriously.
September - foraging, the old hospital orchards, the threat of luxury apts encroaching on a local community tradition, witches butter, a recipe for pineappleweed herbal soda.
The casual, engaging style such a pleasure.
What a privilege of the 21st century to nonchalantly refer to one's pastime as witchcraft
Dec 01, 2020 08:16AM
A Spell in the Wild: A Year (and six centuries) of Magic


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