and now the magic begins


Pairings: Tom Hiddleston x Reader

Style: One-Shot

Warnings: Some language and explicit sexual content. But overall, just pure fluff. :) 

Word Count: 1,370

Summary: You’ve got some explicit rules for watching Marvel movies with Tom, specifically ones that he’s in. But he has other plans.

A/N: Fun fluff that popped into my head while watching the Avengers a few days ago. Enjoy ;) (Not my gif!)

Originally posted by hiddelstonwife

“What are the rules?” You ask, shoving a handful of popcorn in your mouth as you plopped on the couch.

“Darling, I hardly think this is necessary.” Tom argued, dimming the lights from across the room. 

 “Ah, ah. Rules, Hiddleston.”

 Tom sighed. “No quoting the movie during the movie. No explaining how a scene was made during the movie. No watching of Y/N’s face during my favorite scenes to gauge a reaction.” 

 “Aaandddd…?” You sung out, reaching for another handful of popcorn. 

 “No talking during the movie.” Tom grumbled, finally getting comfortable next to you on the couch. You grinned. 

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“Now, a formula to transform my beauty into ugliness. Change my queenly raiment to a peddler’s cloak. Mummy dust, to make me old. To shroud my clothes, the black of night. To age my voice, an old hag’s cackle. To whiten my hair, a scream of fright. A blast of wind to fan my hate. A thunderbolt to mix it well. Now, begin thy magic spell.”

- ̗̀ 02/04/2017  ̖́-

Everyone needs inspiration/motivation! Therefore, I made a list of my favourite inspirational quotes! Please like/reblog if you love them as much as I do! 

  • “I think, therefore I am. (Cogito, ergo sum.)” —René Descartes

  • “Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.” —B. F. Skinner

  • “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”
    —Albert Einstein

  • “The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as long as we live.” —Mortimer Adler

  • “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” —Abraham Lincoln

  • “The journey is the reward.” —Chinese Proverb

  • “Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” —Goethe

  • “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” —Will Rogers

  • “Learning is like rowing upstream, not to advance is to drop back.”
    —Chinese Proverb

  • “Be a student as long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life.” —Henry L. Doherty

  • “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh

  • “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

Spooky AUs

- Imagine your otp slaying zombies together, their backs are together and they slaughter all of them, at the end while they are covered in blood, they embrace and don’t let each other go.

- Imagine one of them being a vampire and the other one is a human who is prone to getting hurt and the vampire stresses out because HOW! DID! YOU! HURT! YOURSELF! AGAIN!

- Imagine one of them is a ghost who started off haunting the other but once they got to know each other they liked one another and now there is a full out prank war going on.

- A magic user begins to fall for a human and the human is totally oblivious to the fact that they are dating a magic user, even when all the signs are right in their face. The magic user confesses that they are a magic user and the human just says that they thought that the magic user was just really into DnD and didn’t want to question it.

- A werewolf finds a human who is strolling in the woods late at night, and just before the werewolf goes to attack the human, the human then starts to beat box and the werewolf is too intrigued to attack them.

I think we adults should also visualize before sleep that an angel is going to come and make our lives more beautiful the next day.
We, adults, need more fairy tale work in our lives than children do.
Just imagine how beautiful the next morning will turn out to be when we are ready to start each day on a new journey with a beautiful smile dissolving all the unpleasantness.
We will be able to have all the good changes and such a wonderful state of bliss.
Now let the magic begin
—  rasica-p 
Queen Grimhilde’s Glamour Jar For Intimidating Looks

You can carry this with you for whenever you need to have that “intimidating look,” ex.) walking down a dark street late at night. 

What you’re gonna need: 

  • A jar, particularly a smaller one
  • Storm water 
  • A thunderstorm 
  • Black glitter
  • Cayenne pepper 
  • Green food coloring 
  • A wine glass (for theatrical effect) 

Collect the storm water in whatever container is convenient, then pour it into the wine glass. Add the cayenne pepper, food coloring, and black glitter. Hold the glass and visualize the image you wish to project. Go outside and recite the following while holding the glass:

“I cast this spell on this stormy night, 

fill this glass with a ghoul’s fright! 

May my appearance turn them all away, 

keep those that wish to cause me ill at bay. 

A thunderbolt, to mix it well. Now begin thy magic spell!” 

Produce your best evil, witchy cackle, then pour the mixture into the jar. Just pull it out & shake whenever you need to feel intimidating. 

13lizardsinatrenchcoat  asked:

How does magic work in phangs? Is it carefully calculated like alchemy in Full Metal Alchemist? More spiritual/about the individual person like Tamora Pierce's writing? Potions and spells like in Harry Potter? I've written 2k of this stupid fic and Ursula needs to make shit happen and idk how your version of magic works please help meeeeeeeee

Magic use in Phangs has two schools, one being “naturally gifted” which isn’t really all that common in humans anymore for reasons, and the other being “I spent 50 years studying this, god I hope it works”

Nathan is a magical creature (he’s a werewolf, not a lycanthrope, which is brought on by being bitten by someone infected by a magical virus which was caused by a curse that went awry several centuries ago and now it’s a Thing) but his magical abilities begin and end with his shapeshifting into a wolf and unlike the lycanthropes, not going mad every full moon.

Vampires have a bit of a tempestuous relationship with magic, and while Vlad has mastered some small natural magic (cause what else was he going to do during that 100 year span of nothing to do) it skitters under his skin and he doesn’t like to use it. He prefers to get all Tesla up in here and built a death ray instead.

Ursula is naturally gifted with magic and draws on her own strength of will to make things happen, and the natural energies of others, if they will allow it. So a little more Pierce than Potter.


’ She’s a female! And all females is poison! ’
’ They’re full of wicked wiles! ’
’ What are wicked wiles? ’
’ Now what are you, and who are you doin’ here? ’
’ You’re Sleepy! ’
’ How’d you guess? ’
’ You mean he/she can’t talk? ’
’ Speak! Let me see thy face. ’
’ Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all? ’
’ Lips red as the rose. Hair black as ebony. Skin white as snow. ’
’ The huntsman has brought me proof. ’
’ ‘Tis the heart of a pig you hold in your hand. ’
’ The heart of a pig! Then I’ve been tricked! ’
’ Find some secluded glade where she can pick wildflowers. ’
’ And there, my faithful huntsman, you will kill her! ’
’ Silence! You know the penalty if you fail. ’
’ But to make doubly sure you do not fail, bring back her heart in this. ’
’ I beg of Your Highness, forgive me. ’
’ I can’t. I can’t do it! Forgive me. ’
’ Why, I don’t understand. ’
’ She’s mad! Jealous of you! She’ll stop at nothing! ’
’ Now, quick, child, run! Run away, hide! ’
’  In the woods, anywhere! Never come back! Now go! Go! Run! Run! Hide! ’
’ I’m awfully sorry. I didn’t mean to frighten you. ’
’ But you don’t know what I’ve been through. ’
’ I was afraid. I’m so ashamed of the fuss I made. ’
’ What a cute little chair. ’
’ Oh, dear! I wonder if the children are. ’
’ I said, how do you do? ’
’ Shh! Not so loud. You’ll wake her up. ’
’ A fine bunch of water lilies you turned out to be. ’
’ I’d like to see anybody make me wash, if I didn’t wanna. ’
’ Now, a formula to transform my beauty into ugliness. ’
’ A blast of wind to fan my hate. ’
’ Now, begin thy magic spell. ’
’ But wait! There may be an antidote. ’
’ There may be an antidote. Nothing must be overlooked. ’
’ It’s apple pies that make the menfolks’ mouths water. ’
’ Yes, but wait till you taste one, dearie. ’
’ Like to try one, hm? Go on. Go on, have a bite. ’
’ I’ll share a secret with you. ’
’ This is no ordinary apple, it’s a magic wishing apple. ’
’ One bite, and all your dreams will come true. ’
’ Now, make a wish, and take a bite. ’
’ Oh, I feel strange. ’
’ Her breath will still. Her blood congeal. ’
’ Now I’ll be fairest in the land! ’
’ But, where will you sleep? ’
’ No! No! I mean we’ll be comfortable, won’t we? ’
’ I’d like to dance and tap my feet. ’
’ Now, I’m warnin’ ya. Don’t let nobody or nothin’ in the house. ’
’ Thirsty? Have a drink! ’
’ Dip the apple in the brew. Let the Sleeping Death seep through. ’
’ Look! On the skin! The symbol of what lies within. ’
’ Have a bite? ’
’ Want to know a secret? Promise not to tell? ’
’ We are standing by a wishing well. ’
’ Your wish will soon come true. ’
’ Why, the whole place is clean. ’
’ They ain’t stole. They’re hid in the cupboard. ’
’ My cup’s been washed. Sugar’s gone. ’
’ Don’t touch that, you fools! Might be poison. ’
’ See? It’s witch’s brew. ’
’ I couldn’t help it. I can’t tell. When you gotta, you gotta. ’
’ Please don’t send me away. If you do, she’ll kill me. ’
’ She knows everything. She’s full of black magic! ’
’ She can even make herself invisible. Pfft! Might be in this room right now! ’
’ Next thing you know, she’ll be tyin’ your beards up in pink ribbons. ’
’ If you let me stay, I’ll keep house for you. ’
’ I’ll wash and sew and sweep and cook. ’
’ Uh, can you make dapple lumplings? ’
’ We’ll clean the house and surprise them. ’
’ Yes! We, we gotta save her! ’
’ Don’t be afraid. We’re right behind you. ’
’ Oh, it’s adorable! Just like a doll’s house. ’
’ Supper’s not quite ready. You’ll just have time to wash. ’
’ I’ll fix ya! I’ll crush your bones! ’
’ And now, a special sort of death… for one so fair. ’
Haha, yeah, soooo not dead. (Spoilers ahead)

See this guy? Yeah, this son of a biscuit ripped my heart out back in 2014, and I still haven’t recovered. 

Alright, so in the wake of this tragedy, I have looked up some facts on his ‘death’ out of pure interest, as I have always been interested in the whole, “Tadashi survived the fire/explosion,” ordeal.

And my friends, I was not disappointed.

Basic Facts

Okay so the first problem we’re given is that Tadashi supposedly ‘died’ without his body being found. Like, NO remains whatsoever. However, if we’re to believe that the building was searched looking for both Callaghan and Tadashi, neither of their remains being found, especially with technology like Baymax’s scanner, then the movie is WRONG.

So let’s assume there was no body. I’ll explain this a bit more later. For now, though, science, work your magic and explain this.

Bone, to begin with, is stronger (In most instances) than concrete. And the materials below the building are some sort of tile material, which is softer and more breakable than concrete. BUT THEY DIDN’T BREAK. It’s reasonable to believe that the bones of this marshmallow would’ve cracked, but certainly weren’t smashed completely and beyond analyzing. 

Secondly, The force of the explosion (Or shockwave) wouldn’t have been able to disintegrate him, as the building was still standing. Simple logic, really!

Thirdly, the fire couldn’t have melted his remains, definitely not bones, in that instance. The heat that could be able to melt his bones would be around 1381 degrees celsius, or 2517.8 degrees fahrenheit. The heat of flame is around  585 degrees celsius (1,100 degrees fahrenheit) SO yeah, quite the bit of a gap there. 

What’s more, Tadashi’s body couldn’t have been burned beyond recognition and analyzing in the fire. According to Butler Funeral Homes, the process of cremation to ash takes around 2 to 2 ½ hours. And on top of that, when we hear Hiro yelling for his brother in that scene, amongst your own tears of agony, you can also hear sirens.

For the life of me, I couldn’t find how long it took to put out fires. I looked, but it seems that this is all pretty relative. But we’re going to to assume that the size of the exposition center is around the size of an average high school gym, which is 110 by 80 feet long,or 8,800 square feet, we can assume that the fire would take about 4 times the length of an average house to burn down. That’s 8 minutes, so it would proportionally take around 32 minutes (to be generous) for the exposition center to burn and actually collapse.

But we know that the firefighters were already there just moments after the fire started. The fire should be extinguished in a short time after that, (10-20 minutes, maybe) at least compared to other incidents, but certainly doesn’t add to a whopping 2 ½ hours that it would take to burn Tadashi beyond recognition.

With the timing of the firefighters (again, assumed) and the fact that no body was found going against the scientific purposes, the whole thing just doesn’t sit right.

(Minds being blown across the internet)

Originally posted by dj066rapunz3l

So, no body? Then he’s not dead. I will admit, the blow would have a high probability of being fatal. However, there would’ve been some remains, as we can assume the fire was put out soon after he ran in. 

To further back this up, let’s start early: The funeral. The funeral we see doesn’t include much footage pertaining to the funeral itself, only managing to include 6 seconds of the movie. We can, however, pull some clues from that.

Notice that the spacing between the stones on the left are very small, hinting that this could be a memorial rather than a funeral. We don’t see a casket or anything, and while it could be because people are blocking it, it would be safe to assume that this wasn’t a burial.

Also, notice that Callaghan’s remains were also never found, as he was alive. Tadashi was in there for a shorter amount of time, yes, but they both experienced the explosion. Now let’s also assume that if Tadashi’s remains were found, people may have suspicions about Callaghan’s not being there in the building, yet the whole thing seems like a thing of the past to the characters.

So from that, we can assume that Tadashi’s remains were also not found. The characters would have believed that they both were disintegrated, right? But if Tadashi had actually been disintegrated, than the explosion and circumstances would have to had been a lot different. So, how about looking in the subject of lore?


So, as some fans of the movie know, there originally was a comic series detailing the events of Big Hero 6. While the movie was far off from the source material, we can safely say they used many of the characters. So, when I say they will use another character from the comic, will you believe it? In the original, there’s a fellow hero that joins the group in their adventures.

See this guy? He was named Sunfire. Fitting, no? And I’m aware that many fans have heard this before, but I’m also gonna bring in a bit more information for you fellow nerds. 

This guy got his firebending abilities from an atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, with the comic being based in Japan. Explosion, huh? Sound familiar? Yes, I’m aware that an atomic bomb and the explosion depicted in the film are very different, but we can say for a fact (Obviously) that an atomic bomb is based off of nuclear energy. In the movie, we never get a clear factor to depict what started the fire. Hiro initially blames Callaghan, but it’s never proven.

What we can speculate is that the fire somehow originated from nuclear energy based off of how many prototypes and inventions there were where the explosion started.  And on what we know about the scientific side of it, there was no body, a character named Sunfire whose powers are based off of the element, from a nuclear explosion no less, and they say a body was never found?

Also, people would argue that nuclear energy could have destroyed Tadashi, but I think that’s not true. Essentially, Hiro’s face is intact from being a short distance away from the building, so there may’ve been only a small amount of radiation, just enough to effect the older Hamada.

Originally posted by gifheaven

I digress.

What We’re Given

Okay, so I’ve proven my point from science to lore, what else can I say? Well, there is one first hand source for this.

Baymax himself.

Alright, Baymax is a robot with high-tech scanning abilities. And based on what we know about robots, they’re not exactly keen in the realm of sarcasm and rhetorics. We can see this throughout the movie, especially when Hiro has to explain metaphors and sayings to him, which is a running gag throughout the film. There’s one point where I feel like we can say for certain that Baymax is the one who knows of Tadashi’s living.

Okay, so the phrase, “Tadashi is here,” is something we Big Hero 6 fans know well. And I will admit, Baymax saying “Tadashi is here,” after Hiro yells in the garage is referring to the videos. But what we’ve all been overlooking is how Baymax actually says that phrase twice. He utters it after he’s done recharging, a little while after he acknowledges Tadashi’s hat on the bed.

Hiro simply responds with, “They say he’s still here as long as we remember him,” or something of the sort. However, we don’t see Baymax displaying the video to him or anything like that, so what if he knows Tadashi’s out there, still? Perhaps even closeby? He can’t have meant it rhetorically. He’s a robot. 

Originally posted by disneymufossils


One thing that bugged me the most is the fact that everyone in the movie assumed that the microbots were destroyed in the explosion, including Hiro, who friggin’ created them. He would surely know the boundaries and limits of his creation.

This only leads me further into the idea that no remains were found. The characters seemed to assume that if the explosion was strong enough to wipe Tadashi and Callaghan off the face of the earth, they were strong enough to destroy the microbots. But this is false, clearly. This brings us to think that Tadashi disappeared for different reasons.

Hiro is clearly astonished when he finds that the microbots could be replicated, holding up almost perfectly in order to keep Callaghan alive. This doesn’t mean that the microbots are stronger than Hiro thought, but that the explosion was weaker than what it took to completely destroy Tadashi.

To Wrap Things Up

So, yeah. He’s not dead. Tadashi is alive, ya’ll. He might come back as a superhero/villain, or whatever! Continue writing your fanfictions, drawing fan-art, and speculate about what happened. WIth the series coming ever closer, I’d keep an eye out for any hints about his whereabouts. I’ll be looking for it, and I’ll be quick to blog about it. Also, comment about your theories and what I missed! I’d love to read them!!

Thanks, guys!

Originally posted by hamadalust

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.

All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.

—  (attributed to) Goethe

anonymous asked:

What's stronger - the heart of the cards or Wrestlemania?

If you wanted to combine the two, I suppose the wrestlers would be the monsters? They would be controlled by the duelists. They would have to think heavily about friendship before drawing the card they need to win.

Marik: “It’s over, Pharaoh! Witness my final attack as I end this shadow game! Roman Reigns, send his pitiful John Cena to the graveyard! SUPERMAN PUNCH!”

*Roman Reigns launches himself into the air and plummets downward, his fist pulled back.*

Yugi (thinking): “Oh no! My John Cena won’t be able to withstand his attack! Wait, my face down card! Joey gave it to me in case this happened!”

Yugi: “Marik! Your Roman Reigns is mighty, but strength means nothing if his punch misses the target! I activate my trap card, "You Can’t See Me!”

Marik: What?! No!

Yugi: By playing this card, my John Cena hypnotically waves his hand in front of his face! By losing eye contact with his target, your Roman Reigns is no longer able to locate him!“

*Reigns’ descent halts, and he just floats back to his starting location, landing on his feet.*

Marik: "Grr! You may have bought yourself some time, but stalling won’t save you from the shadows!”

Yugi: “Marik, I don’t need time! I’m going to draw the card I need to defeat you, RIGHT NOW!”

Yugi (thinking): “Joey, Tea, Tristan, I need you help more than ever! Please, let me draw the card you gave me!”

*Yugi draws a card and plays it without looking at it.“

Yugi: "Behold! I play the ritual card "Chicago Crowd!”

Marik: Not that card! That means he’s going to summon..!“

*The crowd in the arena starts chanting C.M PUNK, C.M PUNK!”

Yugi: “Yes! By playing this ritual card, and sacrificing John Cena, I summon my almighty C.M Punk! Go! Attack his Roman Reigns with Go To Sleep!”

*C.M Punk rushes at Reigns, picks him up, and delivers the Go To Sleep. Reigns explodes into shards.“

Yugi: Your Roman Reigns has been destroyed!”

*Marik’s expression of anger changes to one of malicious eagerness.*

Marik: “Ah ha ha ha! You fool! I’ve been manipulating you since the beginning! Now is the beginning of your end, Pharaoh! I play the magic card "Brass Ring!”

*A large brass ring appears in the air above C.M Punk. He jumps up, trying to grab it fruitlessly.*

Yugi: “Oh no!”

Marik: “ Oh yes! Your C.M. Punk is too distracted by trying to grab that brass ring to focus on anything else, reducing his attack points by half! And that’s not all! I summon the monster "Ryback!”

*Marik plays a card, and Ryback materializes in the ring.“

Marik: "I’m not done! I now play the magic card "Folding Table” and equip it to my Ryback!“

*A table appears, and Ryback takes hold of it.*

Yugi: "This can’t be! He was expecting me to play C.M Punk all this time?!”

Marik: “That’s right, and as I destroy him, I will also destroy what’s left of your life points! Say goodbye to your friends, Pharaoh, and get ready to spend the rest of eternity in the Shadow Realm! AH HA HA HA HA HA!”

*To Be Continued*

My Sun and Stars

Khal Drogo

Prequel to “Moon of My Life”

Fandom: Game of Thrones

Request: “Hello, sweet heart ! Nice to meet you ! Can I request something ? A prequel from “Moon of My Life” like maybe the day of their wedding or having their first baby ? Thanks ! <3″

Word count: 375

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anonymous asked:

Where does magic come from? Like, how to you make it real?

Hey there and oh wow, is this ever a big question, I really hope I can give you what you’re searching for because there are about as many different answers for this question as there are people in the world so, keep in mind that this is just my opinion. <3

                                              SHORT ANSWER:

               Magick is NOT this, as cool as that would be…

Originally posted by realmaradyer

                                     Magick is more like this      

Originally posted by halfprincesshalfgoddess

                                      and also sometimes like this

Originally posted by thevioletprincess

LONG ANSWER: H’okay so, the world is surrounded by energy and as humans, we are not only made up of that energy but, we also run on energy. We know this thanks to Science, yay science. So, with the belief and knowledge that energy is everything and makes up everyone, we can then begin understanding energy manipulation. 

 Now, Magic/Magick/Magik/Majick/Majik (whatever spelling you prefer) is the act of using / manipulating energy for certain purposes, it’s kinda just like prayer. Magick isn’t sparks flying from the wands in Harry Potter or watching things change suddenly before your eyes like Cinderella, it’s intention, hope, focus and following your gut feelings (intuition) to achieve the outcome(s) you want. It takes hard work and dedication just like anything else. With Magick, you will have some people who get really involved and have an entire room that serves as an altar/sacred space and then you’ll have people who have very few tools and it is what works best for them! Some will practice daily while others will practice rarely. There is no right or wrong in magick, not in my eyes. Energy can never be wrong and energy can never disappear, energy will only ever change form.

Magick is finding the connection between yourself and the universe, it is trusting in yourself and manifesting your goals and desires from your inner world into your outer one. Magick, to me, does more for real desires that will better our lives over the things that our egos want. For example, wanting more wealth and abundance in life because you want more nice things and performing only one spell won’t actually work for that. Magick requires energy balance. Instead, putting focus into spells/practice/ritual/work asking for opportunities that will bring abundance and success would be much more beneficial. Do you see the difference? Magick isn’t just hoping for something, it’s not a quick fix. Magick is letting your pride down enough to ask for help from the energy around you, in ALL forms, physical and spiritual while preparing to take responsibility during the course of action. Magick is self-empowerment and personal power and it becomes real the moment you believe in yourself.

I hope this could help you understand more, take care and blessed be!  

some coffee shop au’s for you to consider...
  • New barista. Notices customer staring at them. Notices the customer is also extremely attractive. Notices the next day that the customer is making cups of coffee and serving them?
    The customer is apparently the owner of the shop.
    And is still staring. (and is still extremely attractive)

  • Customer frequents the café for a quiet place to read and study. Customer is well aware of the very good looking barista behind the counter.
    Good looking barista is very well aware of the equally adorable customer. Barista decides that one day they will spend their break with customer. Queue the coffee scented sexual tension.

  • Both are frequent customers and exchange witty remarks in the morning (an interaction they both secretly look forward too).
    One day the café is immeasurably busy. Customer A has grabbed the last two chairs and is currently using one as a leg rest (a position Customer B frequently teases them about).
    Customer B walks in and sees Customer A. Customer A smirks. Customer B simply walks over and wordlessly lifts up Customer A’s legs, sits down and places them back on their lap, orders both of their usual’s and then starts working on their laptop as if nothing has happened. Customer A is shell-shocked. Customer A is also very slightly aroused.

  • New barista’s taught the ropes by another, more experienced barista. Eventuates in lots of ‘accidental’ touching, and lingering looks. Both are so obviously attracted to one another even the customers tease them about it. People start assuming they are a couple.
    Then, one day, they are accidentally locked in the store cupboard…..

  • New barista. Frequent, notoriously flirty customer sees staggeringly adorable barista working behind the counter.
    Naturally, customer flirts at barista.
    Barista remains (seemingly) unperturbed and brushes away their advances with some witty banter.
    Customer ups the efforts with their cheesy one-liners and pick up lines (now including props and magic tricks), and barista begins to look forward to their visits. 

  • (Alternatively) New customer. Frequent, notoriously flirty barista sees staggeringly adorable customer working away at their table.
    Naturally, barista flirts at customer when they order their coffee.
    Customer remains (seemingly) unperturbed and brushes away their advances with some witty banter.
    Barista ups the efforts with their cheesy one liners and pick up lines, and begins making hearts in their coffee, writing charming messages on their cup when they order to go, and customer begins to look forward to going to the café. 

  • Customer A comes to the coffee shop to work and write. Customer B notices Customer A and takes an interest.
    Customer A has also been sneaking glances at Customer B, who is quite frankly a specimen of a human being.
    Customer A comes in one day to find their usual order waiting at their usual table, only milk is missing.
    Customer B is trying very hard not to laugh.
    Customer A decides two can play at that game and orders a decaffeinated version of B’s usual and sends it to their table in retaliation.
    After that, every day Customer A arrives to find their usual order but without one certain ingredient. Sugar, milk, coffee, chocolate, caramel etc. One day they arrive to find their usual order, perfect in every way sitting on the table, but this time, the missing ingredient is their chair.
    And the only other available seat? Right next to Customer B

  • Frequent customer comes to study as home is so noisy. Barista notices customer and one day leaves a cheeky message on their bill. Customer writes a cheekier message back on the receipt, and the two exchange conversation like this every day, and learn about the other, despite never talking in person, until one day, one of them finally plucks  up the courage to talk to the other….
let the season of the witch begin!

It’s time to get spoopy other magickal practitioners! October is the month where a lot of new practitioners begin their practice in to the occult, and the veil is also at its lowest point allowing much more spiritual interaction with the other planes of existences. Because of all this I make it a special point to focus on October, and to send out a lot of original content during this time. So I hope that you will come share the season of the witch with me, so that we can learn from each other, and advance our magickal practices. Come now my friends, and let the season of the witch begin!

Mindfulness in Magic and Spirituality

Mindfulness is a subject that is both complex and simple. Trying to explain it often leads to long, over-worded conversations, thereby removing the inherent spirit of the practice. It is a concept that can be hard to grasp, and even harder to do. I will try to give a clear and simple explanation of mindfulness before exploring how it is a wonderful tool for enhancing magic, as well as spiritual and emotional well-being.

Mindfulness is the practice of being completely present in the moment. It is noticing, observing, feeling, and being aware. While being mindful, you release judgement. Mindfulness is doing one thing at a time. One moment for one action. One moment for one thought.

Here is an example of practicing mindfulness: While taking a shower, you feel the water on your skin. You take note of the temperature, the sensation. You watch the steam as it dances in the air. You breathe in the scent of the soap, maybe taste it as a drop sneaks into your mouth. The taste is neither good nor bad. It simply Is. Your thoughts will inevitably begin to run away. Maybe you think of all the tasks you have to do for the day. Now, in your mindful state, you take notice of the fact your mind has wandered, and gently bring yourself back to being present in the sensations and act of showering, without judgement.

Exercises in mindfulness are varied, but always place importance on noticing your breath and noticing any physical sensations. Mindfulness can be practiced with meditation (such as focusing on breathing), visualization (such as imagining floating in a peaceful pond), or by performing an action (such as mindful eating).

Why is Mindfulness Relevant to Witchcraft, Magic, and Spiritual Practice?
Mindfulness is useful in regard to magic because it will increase your awareness. You will notice things about yourself that are quiet and subtle. You will be able to experience nature, energy, divine, and magical experiences purely, without judgement. You will be able to navigate through life without being clogged with negative energy - learning to accept unsavory emotions and experiences without being swept away in them.

Mindfulness will bring you in touch with your body. As a host to our mind and spirit, the body is equally important for magical efficacy. Our bodies are our home and our connection with this earth. Our bodies relay information to our mind and spirit through physical sensations such scent, taste, and intuitive sensations to energy around us. They are our vessel for experiencing the physical world. Without it, magic cannot be performed. I ask you now: Can you feel tension in your body? Are your shoulders tight? Your jaw clenched? Do you feel your body touching the surface you are rested on? Do you feel the gravity holding you to the earth? Are there any sensations such as pain or discomfort?

Mindfulness will bring you in touch with your emotions. One thing mindfulness teaches you very quickly is that you are not your emotions. Your emotions are a phenomenon that gives you very important information about you, others, and your experiences - they are not You. You may feel anger, but You are not Anger. Anger is an emotion giving You information about a situation. It may not feel pleasant, but anger is neither good nor bad. It is simply an emotion and nothing more. I ask you now: What emotion do you feel in this moment? Where do you feel this emotion? Is it in your throat, your stomach, your fingers? When you allow yourself to stop and notice your emotions, where they live, and what they feel like you gain insight into yourself. You will surprise yourself with how hard it is to identify your emotions sometimes. And in becoming familiar with the body sensations associated with discrete emotions allow you further mastery of self-awareness.

Mindfulness frees you from judgement. How many times have you performed a spell and immediately began to take inventory of every mistake you made? Glumness about perceived failures in energy work, visualization, divination, astral work, and interacting with the divine are things all witches can relate to. Skepticism and self-doubt may rampage through your mind. Using mindfulness to manage self-judgement is effective. I invite you now: When practicing magic or contacting your deities, if you begin to fret - simply notice your self-judgement. Acknowledge it. Then gently bring your attention back to the task at hand, without judging your judgement.

Ideas for Use of Mindfulness in Magic and Spiritual practice:

  • If you worship deities, try to practice mindfulness in their presence. Put down the divination tools, resist the urge to communicate, and simply Be. This may seem counter-intuitive or uncomfortable, but that’s okay. Notice the thoughts, emotions, sensations, and phenomenon come and go without holding on to any of it. Do not become swept away in expectation or personal desires. Perhaps you will experience something new when approaching your deities in this way. Maybe they will come through in a new way, as you are now quiet in mind and body.
  • Being in tune with nature is imperative to most magical paths. Try to take a walk while being mindful. If you cannot walk, or go outside, for whatever reason, follow the trail of your seat, to the floor, to the foundation, right down to the earth. The earth’s solid prescene always there. All things are connected to the earth. Notice how gravity holds you down. Notice how your feet support you, your spine keeps you aloft. Outside, or through a window, feel the cold, whipping winds. Feel the hot, blazing sun. It is neither good nor bad. It simply Is. Notice the animals, vehicles, and weather come and go. Hear. Smell. Taste. What emotions come up for you? Simply notice them, just as you notice the clouds floating in the sky and the breeze on your skin.
  • Use visualization to cleanse yourself or ground yourself. You can find guided mindfulness practices on youtube that are helpful in this aspect.
  • When you have an intent for a spell, use mindfulness to help you better understand it. This will help you manifest it. For example, if your intent is to manifest “safety”, meditate on “safety”. What, if anything, does safety taste like? What does it sound like? When you feel safe, where do you feel it in your body? What color is the feeling of safety?

TL;DR Mindfulness is useful in regards to magic because it will increase your awareness. You will notice things about the yourself that are quiet and subtle. You will be able to experience nature, energy, divine, and magical experiences purely, without judgement. You will be able to navigate through life without being clogged with negative energy - learning to accept unsavory emotions and experiences without being swept away in them.

A simple internet search will yield tons and tons more about mindfulness and offer simple guided exercises en masse.