This morning I woke up with a sinus headache. All I wanted to do was lie in bed with an ice pack on my face and whine. It felt like a hundred elephants had decided to tap dance across my face and head. In the kennel next to the bed, though, I could hear a familiar noise….a muffled little whine. Barely audible, but I knew exactly who it was and what it meant. There was a little blue chihuahua who knew that most weekend mornings meant a trip to the pond at the edge of the complex.
Even though I felt like hammered poop, I dragged myself out of bed, fed him, suited him up in his sage green harness and we walked to the pond. He was ecstatic. There was a playfulness in his nature that instantly made me feel better. We sat under the tree and I saw the black and white cat coming from a distance. He was padding softly but I could tell there was an excitement in his step (I had stashed some sardines in a baggie in my pocket before leaving). Oooh I smelled to high heaven, as we say down south, but that cat was sure enjoying himself. The blue chihuahua didn’t want anything to do with those stinky old fish. LOL!!
We got comfortable under our good friend Oak and that spoiled little dog was in my lap before I could blink. He wanted a good dose of Reiki massage. Of course he knows I always bring a few stones and crystals with me for such an occasion. He settled into it and let out a contented grunt. As I am finishing up the massage, I look beside me and black and white cat is actually sitting right next to me, practically leaning against me. I didn’t make any sudden movements, I just breathed in and out calmly. He was purring. I noticed that I was feeling quite a bit better.
Something that has been circling my brain this week is the principle of investing in the magick of others. I feel that Goddess has always given me a heart of compassion and generosity, but there is so much more. I love to surprise friends of mine with gifts of stones and crystals, or if they have a need, trying to find a way to help them meet that need. That lovely, lovely lady showed me this week that it can encompass so much more than that. She gave me a few wonderful visions this week. She showed me a cauldron, filled to overflowing with sparkling magickal swirling liquid. The cauldron was then tipped over and the contents poured all over the courtyard. Wherever the liquid touched, beautiful flowers leapt forward….and as the flowers bloomed, butterflies and fae appeared. This magick reached throughout and even beyond my courtyard. She showed me that it should be the same with me. Whenever I pour magick forth for others, growth happens…not only in me but in them. It allows the elements and all magickal beings to thrive in their lives. All of this because I was willing to empty myself.
Another vision I was given was a vision of two hands closed. There was so very evidently magick inside of those hands, but it was trapped inside. It could not go anywhere or do anything. When those hands were opened, that magick went flying everywhere….covering everything it touched with power. It dawned on me that there is a reason that casting is done with open hands. To release and send the magick forth.
I then thought about a wonderful circle of friends that I have. Each of us has our own special gifts. Some are gifted in potions. Wonderful fragrant cleansing potions. Some are particularly gifted with tarot and shamanic magick. Some are gifted in garden magick and motherly wisdom. Some are gifted in moon magick and energy work. Some are gifted in weather witching and some in animal magick. All of these things are necessary. None is more or less powerful than the other. We all benefit from what the other is capable. We share, we laugh, we love. It is like that ripple effect I spoke of last time. All it takes is one finger to stir the water. That ripple affects everything else it comes in contact with.
I have found that if we keep all the magick and power we have to ourselves that we just become fat, contented witches that never move beyond the confines of our own circle. There is a world out there with a lot of hurt. So many have forgotten how to believe in magick. It is not always about things like world peace. Sometimes it is just letting that magick show so that someone else experiences that sparkle that they had forgotten exists.
A few years ago, there was a woman who I knew from back home. She had become bored and tired of life as she knew it. She was lamenting to me one afternoon close to the Christmas season about how life didn’t hold the magick that it held as a child. Santa Claus had become a thing of the past and there was no fairy dust or anything that she remembered. I told her she was wrong and then the wheels started spinning. Over the next few weeks, I collected all kinds of toys and things from the Dollar store. I got dolls and trains and stuffed animals. I got a potted cedar tree and kept everything stored in my sun porch up until Christmas.
Now, we lived deep in the sticks of the country and I happened to know that this woman would be with her family on Christmas Eve. With her family’s help, I snuck into her house at Midnight and I decorated the front parlor. I put the tree up with all those big lights that we had as kids. I used popcorn for garland and big sparkling ornaments. I put the train set around the base of the tree and the stuffed animals were all over the room with bows around their necks. I decorated the fireplace and piano with greenery. As I left, I gift-wrapped the door and put a sign on it that said, “Do Not Open Until Christmas.” I snuck out of the house and went home to bed.
I got a phone call the next morning really early. She had gotten home and seen the door. There was just enough child in her that she left it alone until Christmas morning. I had to pull on a coat and get over there as quickly as possible. When she opened the door, she started to cry…not sad tears…but the tears of a child who has just gotten that final golden ticket. She ran around the room and had to touch everything. There was never a thought that I did all of that, but she knew that magick had visited her that Christmas and to this day she still believes in that magick. That same day, she made Christmas wonderful for some beautiful children in need. She took all of those toys to the local homeless shelter and let those kids see the magick also.
It doesn’t take something so elaborate, though, to share that magick that flourishes within you. All it takes is seeing the need and putting forth the magickal effort to find a way of meeting that need….whether it is with energy or whatever you can do. It also isn’t about just the needs of people. What about that stray cat that you have seen in the neighborhood? Or that couple that just got a new puppy and don’t know where to begin? Or what about that friend who just hasn’t felt like herself over the past few weeks?
When you feel like it the least is when the Goddess can use you the most. When you are your emptiest is when she can fill you to overflowing. You are the most magickal thing she has ever created. Blessed Be!