Trusting your magic

I was in a conversation recently about trusting your own magic, and if/when/how to do that. It’s an interesting consideration.

What is your magic? Where is the enchantment in your life? It could be in your cooking, or in your ability to soothe others by listening to them. You may have magical green fingers for making plants grow. Or your magic could be more overtly woo-woo with premonitions, visions, conversations with the non-human, intuition and so forth. Simply identifying what there is about you that has magic in it – on whatever terms you want to use the word – is powerful.

Do you use that magic much? Do you trust it? Do you let it lead you? How real is it to you? What happens when you share it?

By its very nature, magic can be fragile, ephemeral stuff. Hard to trust that if the people around you have no room for magic in their lives. There are people who will try to disenchant you, and many of them will think they are doing you a favour with that. To trust your own magic and protect it if the people around you have no room for it, is hard.

As is the issue with so many things, going it alone is challenging. Being part of a community is sustaining. It’s easier to have some magical resilience if the people around you at least accept the role of magic in your life. It’s easier to feel magical if there are people who affirm your sense of enchantment. It’s easier to explore things if you have people to share ideas with or who can listen to your experiences. Magicians (like poets and mad scientists) are so often portrayed as lone figures, but in practice, to keep going as a magician (poet, mad scientist) it really helps not to be alone.

At its heart, having room for magic is just having room for wonder and possibility. You don’t need anything more than that. But how often do people simply shut wonder and possibility down?

About Nimue Brown

Druid, author, dreamer, folk enthusiast, parent, wife to the most amazing artist -Tom Brown. Drinker of coffee, maker of puddings. Exploring life as a Pagan, seeking good and meaningful ways to be, struggling with mental health issues and worried about many things. View all posts by Nimue Brown

2 responses to “Trusting your magic

  • Milly

    Such poignant words. I think my magic lies in soothing people; by listening, tending their needs, cooking… But I always felt like it wasn’t “real” magic because I didn’t hear from otherworldly beings or have the ability to call the weather to order or have memorized all the names the goddess goes by in all her guises. I felt like I was failing. Unmagical. Uneducated. Despite efforts to memorize these things. Others made me feel like I wasn’t really trying. Wasn’t “really” a “realwitch”. Clearly just pretending or messing about with something I didn’t understand.
    Until recently when i realised the ability I have to make a difference. The more I put of myself/concentration/feeling into it the more I was able to help. Magic. Particularly with cooking with intent.
    I have also had people endlessly try to disenchant me, same as many others in our circles. It is so disheartening, depressing…how can so many people live without magic and try to suppress it in others so needlessly!?

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