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Lesson 18: Pop Culture Witchcraft

By: Helper Faye

Live class date and time: 2/02/2017 at 8:30pm CST

Disclaimer: This will be about using pop culture in your witchcraft practice, not as a religion. I know we have some members who worship pop culture gods, I do not however and know very little about it, so I’m going to just talk about how to use pop culture in your actual practice. (manifestation.)

So what is pop culture magick?

Pop culture magick can take many forms: using the lyrics of a song as a spell, using sigils from tv shows or books, using tools from movies and so on. Pop cultures is, for the lot of us, part of our everyday lives, so it’s easy to incorporate into our magical lives as well. It can help with focusing or describing things. It can help to give power to a spell. You can use pop culture to drawn power from different characters or channel them. I’ll go into some more detail on that in a moment.

Why should I use Pop Culture in magick?

Well like most magickal practices, they come from cultural ties and where you’re from. In today’s modern day world, it’s very easy to use pop culture because frankly, it IS a part of your culture. Most people watch tv or get online multiple times everyday. It’s become a part of our life style and a witch can easily utilize that in his or her practice.

How do I incorporate Pop Culture into my Practice?

There are endless ways to use pop culture in your magickal practice. Like I said, I’m going to stay away from Pop Culture Deities as I know very little about them and stick mostly to how you can use pop culture to help in your witchcraft and your magickal practices.

We can start with manifestation.

Pop culture can help you focus and imagine things a lot easier because you have something to go by. This is especially helpful for those who are teaching themselves witchcraft or are solitary witches. For example, I’ve never seen a real life witch use a wand before because I am a solitary practitioner. However, I have seen the Harry Potter movies, so what I do is I use the wand movements from the books and movies in my own practice so I don’t feel like I’m just waving about a stick. Harry Potter can actually be used a lot in pop culture magick. If you’re having trouble connecting or “seeing” your astral familiar, you can use your wand or imagine your familiar as you would a patronus. Some people even call their familiars a patronus because it’s easier for them to connect with that term.

Another example is a shielding spell. For most people, they imagine a sphere surrounding them that bounces away negative energy or so on. For me, that’s really hard to imagine and form around myself. But I figured out an easy way to help myself envision a bubble around me. In the TV show Steven Universe, Steven has the ability to manifest a shield from his gem, but also a bubble around himself to keep him safe. If I’m needing shielding on a particular day. I sit down for a moment, I imagine that there is a gem in me that creates this bubble around me like Steven’s does, and I haven’t had any problems since manifesting a protective shield.

Spells and curses can be amped up with pop culture ties as well. Emoji spells and curses can be created and charged with reblogs. You can use spells or curses from popular TV shows like Charmed or Witches of Eastend that are already written for you. I like to use lyrics from songs and music as a spell in itself. For example if I’m wanting to bring myself power or ask the spirits or gods to guide me on my journey, I might sing the song “Steady as a Beating Drum” from the movie Pocahontas. If I’m doing a strength spell or a spell to keep people from hurting me, I’ll sing “stronger than you” from Steven Universe. Music has always been a really powerful tool in magick and can be used in substitute for a spell.

In addition to spells from pop culture, you can use words or phrases as well in your practice and spells. Again, Harry Potter is a good example. If you’re doing a spell to unlock information or unlock someone’s heart, you could use “Alohamora” in your spell. Also, if you work with Mantra’s, phrases from various movies and books can be used as mantras. A mantra I use a lot comes from the new Star Wars movie: Rogue One. Anytime I feel drained or I need energy or protection, I take a deep breath, close my eyes and say, “I am one with the force, the force is with me.” I repeat it until I feel like it’s helped. If you’re feeling particularly depressed or maybe you have someone who is sick. You can use the doctor who quote, “everybody lives, for once everybody lives.” Or “I have been and always will be an optimist. Hope of far flung hopes and dreamer of impossible dreams.” This can also be used in a spell to create happiness. Even using the phrase, “I can do zat” from Star Trek’s Chekov, may sound silly, but can give you the boost of confidence you need to complete something.

Sigils and symbols can also come from pop culture. If you believe in demons and want to keep them away from you, you can use the anti-demon possession tattoo from Supernatural as a sigil. Really any sigil or symbol from Supernatural can be used. Also if you read the book or watch the movies/tv show of the Shadowhunters series: the City of Bones, you can use the symbols from that as their various meanings. I’ll post an example of those in the reply to voice.

Pop culture magick is incredibly inclusive and can be done in so many ways.

Having a hard time making a book of shadows? Make or buy one that looks like the one from Charmed.

Can’t have an altar because you’re in the broomcloset or you just don’t have enough room? Make an altar in a video game.

If you have a hard time connecting with any tarot decks and meanings, you can easily make your own tarot cards with images of movie characters that help you remember meanings. I made my own pop culture tarot deck with artwork I found on Pinterest and Tumbr.

Tools can also be something you incorporate from pop culture. I myself have never really been able to find a wand I like or feel comfortable using until I went to Universal. I found a beautiful and very well made Sirius Black wand from Harry Potter. Its made out of fine material and has a heavy rod in the center of it to give it a good weight. I find that the metal in the center helps me channel my energy when casting a spell, and imagining I’m a witch from Harry Potter makes me feel less ridiculous waving it around. 😃`

that’s about it! I’ll open it up to questions now and here’s your homework!

Homework: Write a spell based off of a tv show, movie, or book that you really connect with.

A dream within a dream. Ravens and boys and here and now. Adam has always been quick to wake up, fast to pull himself up from the bed and ready to function within minutes. It doesn’t mean that he has ever been good at it. Most of his mornings are spent in numb automation, a guaranteed feelingless start for the day that anyways demands repression beyond his capacity. Start the day numb, end the day numb. Adam doesn’t know when he’s awake and when he’s not. A dream within a dream.

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Doctor & River Apreacion Day. April 19th - The Saddest Moment

If there is one thing that Moffat can truly claim his legacy, it’s timey-wimey love stories which show the value of time, and love and how cruel the fates can be when given the chance. And they are. As long as love has a beginning and an end there can’t be a happy ever after.

When the Doctor meets River for the first time in the Library, he has no idea that it’s the last adventure she’d have with him. And the first time she meets him, she is bound to kill the love of her life. No wonder they hate goodbyes and if fate had her way, they’d never be able to say theirs. Of course, it’s not like them to  obey the rules of time and space, so the two people who hate endings like no one else, do find a way to say farewell.

River: It’s hard to leave when you haven’t said goodbye.
The Doctor: Then tell me, because I don’t know - how do I say it?
River: There’s only one way I’d accept. If you ever loved me, say it like you’re going to come back.

However, instead of using the only time they’d have to give their story a proper ending, they don’t and she asks him to make a promise instead. One he doesn’t know how to keep, but he makes it nonetheless. To her. Because it doesn’t matter. He is the hoper of far-flung hopes and dreamer of impossible dreams and if she wants to believe they’ll meet again, no matter the odds, then he wants to give her a reason to do so.

They know their story is meant to be endless, they are meant to travel the stars for all eternity and have rendezvous at all the ends of the universe. At every single one of them. He knows and she knows they can’t go on. Even after the last chapter, the last paragraph, sentence, word and letter of their story is said and written and staring back at them, they simply refuse to close the book and acknowledge the full stop at the end of the page. 

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For the past year or so, people from all over the world have been contributing their impossible dreams to hitRECord. Our worldwide community of artists has been rallying around those people and encouraging them to pursue those dreams. And now, we’ve made three different videos about three of these dreamers. This is the first one. It’s based on Scorch’s impossible dream of becoming a mom.

This “Impossible Dream" collaboration was inspired by a movie I’m in called “The Walk,” coming to theaters on September 30th. It’s a true story about Philippe Petit. His impossible dream was to hang a high wire between the two towers of the World Trade Center and walk across it. And, in 1974, with the help of his co-conspirators, he achieved this dream.

Philippe Petit couldn’t have fulfilled his dream all by himself, and as you’ll see in our three “Impossible Dream" short films, the support and encouragement of other people can help to make the impossible possible.

Thanks again <3

J

NASA Rant: I need to clear something up…

Over the last 24 hours I’ve listened to a coast guard officer (and best selling author… you’d see his books in Barnes & Noble) blast NASA for not doing anything anymore and a close friend (who teaches in college) laugh off a show I was listening to about Mars colonization as being a massive amount of speculation.

Europe’s accomplishments recently with Rosetta capturing a comet were incredible and it is undoubtedly a tier one mission. Even NASA would have trouble doing it.

However, just because NASA didn’t do everything before everyone else (they weren’t the first in space, nor to land on Venus - both of these were the Soviet Union’s accomplishments) doesn’t mean they’re slacking.

Something I find crazy is how few people realize how close we are to getting to Mars. Our technology is on the cusp already. The picture above is the landing site of a NASA robot, the Mars Curiosity Rover, in Gale Crater on Mars.

They’re orbiting Saturn and Titan. They’re exploring the asteroid belt. They’re chasing Pluto.

NASA is the only space agency in the world to have landed humans on the Moon and to have left the solar system and ventured into interstellar space.

One of the most successful aspects of the space shuttle program was how much excellent PR it generated. In reality the space shuttle program was a retreat from the Moon, back towards Low Earth Orbit, barely in space at all. It was a complicated, inefficient and dangerous spaceship. It’s cancellation was only a matter of time.

NASA is the only space agency preparing to venture into deep space with astronauts. In fact, the spaceship they’ll be riding in launches for the first time in about three weeks.

NASA is more active now then it’s ever been. It’s issues aren’t internal, they’re related to politics and the people who control their funding.

The plan to launch astronauts to Mars would likely be much sooner if we didn’t have to worry about Mars and Earth lining up. They orbit around the Solar system at different speeds and until the 2030’s they’ll basically be on opposite sides of the Sun from each other.

It makes me sad how little people realize NASA does and how much it’s contributed to society (CAT scans and MRI machines… tumor killing LEDs and vehicle safety technology etc.). Relative to other government programs, it’s the most successful government agency that’s EVER BEEN CREATED.

Did you know that for every $1.00 in taxes you pay out to NASA funding, you GET $3.60 back?

This is the difference between us dreamers and people like my friend, laughing at the idea of going to Mars.

Dreamers, and NASA especially do the impossible.

We make the dreams of yesterday ACTUALLY HAPPEN.

Okay let me back up and talk about something more basic: human nature.

Which part of human nature is more powerful, curiosity or altruism? Have you ever met a completely selfless and perfectly charitable person? If you have, have you met as many of them as you’ve met people who showed curiosity?

The problem with saying something like, “We shouldn’t be going to space when we’ve got problems on Earth.” is that you’re taking the most powerful aspect of human nature, our curiosity, and throwing it out the window. This should be the key to advancing our civilization.

For all the fundraisers put on for multiple sclerosis research (there were LOTS), NONE of them resulted in the development of the MRI machine.

The distilled form of human curiosity, NASA, did.

I’m of COURSE not advocating for defunding medical research. I’m specifically highlighting the value in NASA funding.

Yes, it’s a shame that we don’t have a currently active NASA space ship to carry astronauts to space, but do you know what we’re doing in the meantime?

NASA is conducting the most successful diplomatic missions with Russia. While most of the U.S. government won’t even SPEAK to the Russian government without demands being met, nevertheless doing business with them… NASA astronauts are currently working with Russian cosmonauts (both high ranking government employees and representatives) to keep each other alive while conducting experiments for the benefit of the entire world.

Back to the NASA space ship we don’t have yet, it’s being fucking built. This isn’t easy! It’s the most advanced, sophisticated and capable space ship ever built. IT’S A SPACE SHIP. TO GO TO MARS. We’re in the phase called “research and development” and at the end of it no less! FFS, have some patience! Space ships aren’t easy to make.

Muhammad Ali could appreciate exactly the value of this “research and development”. One of his most popular quotes comes to mind:

“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses - behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.”

Do you know what happens after “research and development”? We shake the Earth and everyone wonders how such things as we do are possible. Crowds faint and people cry tears of joy as if their messiah were descending from the sky, but us dreamers: we know how it happened.

It’s really so tiring to have to listen to people trash NASA. If you teach college students or if you’re a military leader and best selling fucking author, you’d better come ready to talk with an educated opinion. If you don’t know what you’re talking about:

Sit down and shut the fuck up.

Sorry guys, rant over

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I want to share this story of Buttercup, an artist from Germany whose impossible dream is to travel to New Zealand. Now, a lot of people dream of traveling, and in this day and age taking a trip from Germany to New Zealand is totally doable. However, for Buttercup there’s an extra hurdle - she has Asperger’s Syndrome. And now, with the support and encouragement of the hitRECord community, she is well on her way in making her impossible dream come true.

Over the past year or so, people from all over the world have been contributing their impossible dreams to hitRECord. Our worldwide community of artists has been rallying around those people and encouraging them to pursue those dreams. And now, we’ve made three different videos about three of these dreamers. This is the second one.

This “Impossible Dream" collaboration was inspired by a movie I’m in called “The Walk,” coming to theaters on September 30th. It’s a true story about Philippe Petit. His impossible dream was to hang a high wire between the two towers of the World Trade Center and walk across it. And, in 1974, with the help of his co-conspirators, he achieved this dream.

Philippe Petit couldn’t have fulfilled his dream all by himself, and as you’ll see in our three “Impossible Dream" short films, the support and encouragement of other people can help to make the impossible possible.

Thanks again <3

J

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I started thinking about this after I saw a few posts where people wonder if the events of The Day of the Doctor contradict those that transpired in The end of Time, and then thettasigma sent me an ask, so here’s this post. Hope you like it.

First of all, let me make my usual clarification: it’s okay if you didn’t like The Day of the Doctor, it’s okay not to like things, it’s okay to criticize the shows we watch, just don’t send hate to those who did, don’t try to tell them what they should think, what they can or can’t like, because that’s never, ever okay. I did like TDOTD, and I think it’s one of Steven Moffat’s best episodes so far. It captures the essence of the Doctor and the companions, and it even manages to give secondary characters some beautiful development. I have written about The Day of the Doctor here and here.

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