When It Works Like You’re a Wizard
I spend a lot of my time teaching about how magic works to influence change, and how we should seek small strategic points to effect with magic so that we can reach our goals. That’s because magic doesn’t work like it does in the movies…. except when it does.
I do maintain that we should not bank on weird occurrences, paranormal events, and instant results. We don’t bank on them because they don’t tend to happen with regularity, but they do happen from time to time. I was recently reminded by an old friend that I was reading a book on witchcraft on the bleachers at High School and someone thought I should read the “Spell to Summon The Horned One” out loud – because that’s the kind of goofy thing you do when you are 16. It is the spell spoken by Saladin in the play Le Miracle de Théophile, but The book I was reading attributed it to Basque Witches for summoning the Devil. Its the one that goes:
Bagahi laca bachahé,Lamac cahi achabahé,
Lamac lamec bachalyos,Cabahagi sabalyos,
Lagozatha cabyolas,Samahac et famyolas,
Anyway clouds started to gather after the first line and the sky got errily dark. By the end of the second line it looked like the sky was going to open up. It happened so fast and sudden that another student grabbed the book from my hands and yelled for me to stop. The Clouds did in fact clear up within just a few minutes after that. I had forgotten all about the incident until last night.
But there have been a bunch of things like that over my career: rain happening exactly on cue when summoned, someone falling as you chant against them, weird electrical phenomena, voices that the neighbors and non-magic practicing roomates hear. I am sure you guys have a few stories to share as well, and I invite you to share them in the comments, either here or on FB.
Just remember that these are the occurrences that you celebrate and strive for, but not the ones that you bet your future on.