I attended a fabulous workshop with Orion Foxwood last night, where he talked late into the night about southern conjure and rootwork. Lots of awesome, inspiring, useful stuff. But the thing that I’ve been thinking about the most today was when he said that the more a magic worker does magic, the healthier he or she is. Just be aware that the toucher is always touched, so when you do magic, make sure it’s worth your ass. (That’s probably pretty close to a direct quote, there. Orion is awesome to listen to.)
Today I stepped away from the computer for a while and went for a walk in the spiderwebby woods, then took a cleansing bath with sea salt and Florida water. (And that wasn’t just to get the traces of web off my arms, although I admit it was a nice side benefit.) As I keep mentioning in the podcast, it’s been a busy summer, and this was a particularly busy week. Most of that was good-busy, but even good-busy can eventually drive me nuts and make me forget what exactly I’m doing all of this busy-ness for. In particular, I’ve been working so hard lately to write about magic, that I realized I needed to take a day off to do some magic and recharge my batteries.
And, you know, I keep thinking about those spiderwebs. Not so much the ones I walked through, but the ones I saw everywhere I looked, sometimes two or three in the same tree. Most of those spiderwebs were new – not frayed by the rain we had earlier this week, or torn by captured insects trying to get free. They were perfect, ready and waiting to serve their purpose and do the thing they were so exquisitely built to do. Can we, too, make ourselves new each day, in order to serve our purpose?