So hey Sister #QueensInExile. You know what this time of year is good for? That’s right, sisters! New Year, New You. Oh, it’s a glorious 23 weeks full of prompts for you and your spirit animals to paw through that’s available to you, free of charge. Started this one year but never finished? You know what you could do this year? Finish it. Yeah, do it! Then you can smugly say how much you’ve accomplished already while everyone is crying into their prosecco about their poor life decisions on New Year’s Eve. Think how satisfying it will be to be the subject of all their glitter covered malocchia that night and then you fucking eat their jealous little eyeballs whole and pick your crown off the goddamn ground, sisters.
An Experiment in Radical Magical Transformation
My muse and I have an on-going disagreement of sorts. Well. I do. She is indifferent as usual to my thoughts and feelings. She clomps into my bedroom, heels in hand, cosmo and cheese fries on her breath.
She (poking me hard): Hey. Get up.
Me: What? It’s bedtime and we’re not talking friends —
She: Whatever. I have an idea.
Me: Your ideas are disorderly and often inconvenient. I’m going back to bed.
She: No, you’re not. I’m going to keep poking you in your brain pan until you listen. Are you listening now? Are you listening now? Are you listening now? Are you listening now? Are you listening now? Are you listening —
Me: JESUS CHRIST, I HATE YOU!
She: So it goes like this.
So, you’re supposed to be, like, magicians, occultists, witches in the woods and the kitchen and on the soccer field, right? Workers of wonder. Dream weavers. People who get shit done. Isn’t this the year to make your own luck? You’re feeling especially awful with the nights that never end and run over by the holidaze and you can’t drink joie forever before needing a meeting. So now’s the fucking time. Don’t wait until that stupid glitter ball drops and you’re already making drunk and/or sentimental mistakes, start now. Start now when it’s hardest. Start now when you feel so weighed down with emotions better left to glittery and not so glittery vampires and when you feel like you could sleep forever. Now is the time you need to wake up. Get up, get up! Don’t miss this moment. Create magics great and small, mundane and mystical. Find everything you’ve been looking for, mysteries revealed in every form of divination and song and when you fuck it up, when you are too tired to try, bring each other up from bloodied knees to get back up smiling. You are all made of stars and you have stardust in your veins. Do something about it.
Here is what you’ll do. You’ll write prompts. You’ll explore. You’ll fall down. Sometimes you’ll lay there awhile, finding things under rocks that you never wanted to know. They’ll pull you back, using yarn, glue, cajoling and stern words. You’ll keep sewing yourself into who you’ll want to be and you’ll tell them, sometimes too much, because that’s your way and what’s needed. You’ll find how far you can really fly when you’ve made wings to carry you and be breathless from your accomplishments. Besides your words, you’ll give something made from your hands.
Here is what they’ll do. Form a community of tealight hearths and stories high bonfires. They’ll whisper their stories, spirals of success and failure. You’ll learn from each other, make each other laugh, piss each other off. You’ll get things done together and alone. You’ll be afraid together, so knees up.
Deborah Castellano's book Glamour Magic: The Witchcraft Revolution to Get What You Want
is available for purchase through Amazon
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Her frequently updated catalogue of published work is available on Author Central
She writes about Glamour Magic here at Charmed, I'm Sure
. Her podcast appearances are available here
Her craft shop, The Mermaid & The Crow
specializes in old-world style workshop from 100% local, sustainable sources featuring tempting small batch ritual oils and hand-spun hand-dyed yarn in luxe fibers and more!
In a previous life, Deborah founded the first Neo-Victorian/Steampunk convention, SalonCon
which received rave reviews from con-goers and interviews from the New York Times and MTV.
She resides in New Jersey with her husband, Jow and their cat, Max II. She has a terrible reality television habit she can't shake and likes St. Germain liquor, record players and typewriters.
I, truly, needed this today. Thank you.