Requested, #357: “When is a monster not a monster?” “When you love it.” - Demon!Finn (Prompt from here.)
Author Note: So this is a Demon!Finn AU type story. It was inspired somewhat by the way the TV show Charmed was explained. This is my first AU style story and I hope it flows well. It’s really long, like 6000 words long.
There will be a Part Two. And it will have a lot more Demon!Finn, and a lot more…intimacy. ;)
Arms wide open, I stand alone. I’m no hero, and I’m not made of stone. Right or wrong, I can hardly tell. I’m on the wrong side of heaven, and the righteous side of hell.
When you met Finn, he had been the definition of a total sweetheart. You’d been at a bar/restaurant with friends, at the bar part, of course. While waiting to order your drink, you’d been smashed into by some random. Finn had been the one to steady you on your feet and ask if you were OK. That had led to chit-chat, then to a conversation, and on to your group sitting with his group to enjoy the night.
He’d been practically bashful when he asked you out on your first date, and equally adorable throughout the occasion.
As you got to know Finn, you found him entirely endearing and enjoyed listening to him tell stories of his life in Ireland and his travels for wrestling. When you spoke about your own life, his gaze never left your face, and he always had questions to ask of you. There was a gentleness to him, from his voice to his eyes to his smile. He made you feel safe, supported, wanted.
The months passed easily, with the two of you seeing each other with every opportunity. Finn traveled for work, but on average, you were together most nights of the week. It alternated between your place and his.
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.
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
Homework: Write a spell based off of a tv show, movie, or
book that you really connect with.