outside lies magic

Rowan magic

Rowan has been my closest plant ally since my journey started last year September. This is the journey i talked on my blog about a few posts earlier.

She is a protective tree. The tree of fairies and witches. The tree of feeling who you are in your core and standing with that sense of self even if outside forces want to tell you you are crazy for thinking doing and believing what you believe in. You get immune for these kinds of false beliefs that others try to impose on you. I have been soft as jelly for all of my life, and have let these ideas and opinions others had of me guide me. That made me stray me far far from my soul path for the better part of my life. It made me ill and it brought me to my knees literally. Only when everything fell away, (everything fell apart around me) i started to realize i had let this happen. And that realization was the beginning of finding my way back, in which process i am still walking every day.  So very early i started to wear a magic oil i made from Rowan in a glass vial around my neck, and i have been wearing it every day, 24 hours a day since. And anyone who knows my journey from the past year knows the truth about Rowan magic.

They write about her she is a protective tree. The protection she provides is from the inside out. It is not like a circle of energy that creates a bubble to protect you or anything of that sort, because its not coming from the outside. The protective magic lies in the fact that she helps you to stand stronger in who you are and what you believe to be true, this way any negative things that are being thrown at you from the outside can’t get inside you nor shake your truth anymore..

This is how she protects, this is her grand magic!! 

A lot of people think that rowan berries are poisonous, but that would be only the case if you would eat a lot of the raw. And there aren’t many people who could do that as they taste very bitter in a raw state. eating a few raw berries hasn’t dramatically hurt anyone. But it doesn’t really matter people think they are poisonous, that leaves that much more for us who love to work with them and for the birds, who love them even more.

Today i gathered rowan berries to make a tincture, a new magic oil and a typical Rowan berry jelly out of them.The last one, the jelly will be my 1st time. I used one of the many and very simple recipes online. I roughly used this one in particular.

Here i made a straining system to let the juices come down on it own during the night. Its a reversed stool. 

Tincture made with the freshly picked berries from today. This tincture will be full of Vitamin A and C. Its a tincture that can be used in many situations, its very versatile. Pneumonia and urinary track related  issues are just a few of them.

Sirius is the best dueler.  Practical spellwork, quick thinking, using his wand like an extension of his arm– it’s instinctive.  He might have to do some research if he’s writing an essay on the incantation, but it’s a rare spell that Sirius Black can’t perform on his first go

James is the Transfiguration nut.  He’s all about the theory (he’d be a physicist if he lived in the muggle world) because he can make connections and reason through even the highest level work.  There are some days in NEWT Transfiguration where his questions make McGonagall wonder if she’s teaching the class or he is

Remus falls somewhere between the two with his expertise in Defense Against the Dark Arts, balancing the practical and theoretical with something entirely his own– an inner strength to face even the most horrifying and gruesome possibilities with steel forged from a lifetime of transforming into a monster

Peter’s brilliance lies outside magical prowess.  He excels at Care of Magical Creatures (and Herbology to a lesser extent) because there’s something tangible there for him to work with.  His artistic abilities dovetail into innate understanding of structure and anatomy tl;dr his bowtruckle diagrams kick ass

Snape is the one who masters the nuances of potion making.  He has the instincts to see a potion as a sum of complexly related ingredients working together to produce an intended effect, and he can figure out how to manipulate or dismantle the network to bend it to his own purposes

Lily, with her flair for Charms, is the closest of any of them to match Sirius’s dueling.  Her wit and charisma, which charm people so easily, translate nicely into an ability to persuade objects to magically change their nature at the drop of a hat– or a flick of her wand

Book 37: Outside Lies Magic, by John R. Stilgoe

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I had high hopes for this book, but was somewhat disappointed.

Stilgoe encourages readers to take their observations of surroundings to a deeper level, to ask why? questions, and to challenge conventional thought. He teaches a course on his methodology at Harvard every year so this book may be his lesson plan:

Start examining the architecture that we take for granted – such as the wire fence that we walk by everyday or the wooden poles that support our electrical, telephone, and cable wires. Then, delve into why they were built the way they are. He shows that a whole history can be revealed by asking a series of questions. It’s his version of an archaeological dig.

He wants us to escape the “structured learning and structured entertainment” by reading his carefully laid out book – a bit ironic, no?

I appreciate what Stilgoe tries to do. It is thought-provoking, and I wanted to like this book so much, especially since it was highly recommended by Youngme Moon's Different–an eyeopener.

This didn’t meet my expectations. I didn’t like his writing style, which I found awkward. And, I would have appreciated more specific examples.

Still, this is a quick, easy read. It’s the same length as a Harlequin Presents romance novel, perhaps even shorter.