A Link Between Power and
by Lexa Olick
Over recent years, we have seen great strides in digital technology.
Whatever new device comes out, it is only a matter of time before its
newer incarnations become capable of taking photos. It wasn't long ago
when a phone was a just phone and an iPod just carried music. Now,
everything seems to double as a camera.
These digital cameras are capable of storing thousands of images; some
people take advantage of that feature and these pictures never see the
light of day. They sit inside the memory cards and may even be erased
to make more room for new photos.
Because the technology is at our fingertips, we tend to take
photographs on a whim. Whatever spontaneous moment arises, we are there
to capture it. We can keep these magical moments frozen in time
forever, as well as smaller moments, such snapping a quick shot of our
reflection in the mirror.
For the most part, subject matter is still important. We continue to
use photography as art, to preserve memories, and to remember our loved
ones. However, now that we have the ability to take a photograph of
anything at any time, we have a collection of photos that will likely
never make it inside a frame.
When photography was introduced, it was most notable for portrait art.
However, in some places of the world, people were not only the subject
of portrait art—they themselves would also become a magical object. In
the beginning, photography was seen as a type of sympathetic magic; to
take a person's photo was to steal a part of them. It was equated to
taking nail clippings, hair, blood, or other personal possessions to
strengthen a curse against a victim. Possessing a photograph of an
enemy became a powerful tool.
The most common myth surrounding photography was that a photograph
stole a person's soul. In the 19th century, the Indians of the North
American Plains used the term "shadow catcher" to identify a
photographer. They thought that photographs captured the shadows;
therefore, it trapped their souls within the image. They believed it
gave the photographers power over the subject in the photo.
Of course, realistic representations of humans were feared from the
beginning. In the legend of Daedalus, an inventor from ancient Greek
mythology, Daedalus was the first person to render realistic images. He
sculpted his statues with opened eyes, outstretched arms, and feet
stepping forward. He was the first to make a sculpture that represented
movement, while other sculptors formed figures with hanging arms, legs
fixed together, and lowered eyelids. It was said that many believed
that his stone statues were living beings that had to be secured or
else they would run away.
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1. Your new book is Witchy
Crafts. What inspired you to write a book about
crafting, let alone
crafts geared toward a "witchy" audience?
There are surprisingly not a lot of
witchy crafts out there. If you're lucky enough to find some, they're
usually in the realm of candles, incense, or smudge wands. Those are
great projects; once you learn how to make them, you'll be making them
for the rest of your life! They are extremely useful. However, once you
learn the basic crafts, your fingers are itching to create more. In Witchy Crafts, the reader learns
how to take everyday crafts and alter them to suit their lifestyle.
sixty projects included in the book span various art techniques and
implement various magical items and knowledge. Does a reader need to be
particularly crafty or witchy to use the book?
Absolutely not. The introductory chapters
include instructions on basic craft techniques, such as crocheting,
sculpting, sewing, painting, and drying herbs. If someone is not
particularly crafty, they can always refer to the beginning chapters
for help. As for witchy, it does help but it is not mandatory. Someone
who is Wiccan will appreciate the use of a Woven Tarot Bag or a Magic
Wand. However, the crafts are not so far into the realm of magic that
they couldn't be used by everyone. Many people enjoy burning candles,
even if it's not for a ritual purpose and the Woven Tarot Bag can be
used as a pouch. If someone is not witchy, they might be interested in
the history behind the craft projects. In Part 1 of Witchy Crafts, I
explain how different craft projects relate to each month of the year.
Overall, it's a very informative book that's not just about craft
3. Do the
craft projects include any magical imbuement, such as correspondences
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Weave a Magical Web of Support
by Sandra Kynes
Magical correspondences are generally thought of as
simple correlations among the elements, directions, seasons, and colors
that are frequently used in ritual. What exactly are correspondences?
Why do we use them? And how can we use them more effectively? Sandra
Kynes, author of Llewellyn's Complete Book of Correspondences,
5 Reasons Route 66 Is Haunted
by Richard Southall
Route 66 is a 2,448-mile roadway that connects Illinois
to California; along with its many twists and turns come stories of
ghosts, hauntings, and other paranormal activity. Why does this road,
one of great history and legend, inspire paranormal activity? Richard
Southall, author of Haunted Route 66, provides five reasons.
The Cardinal Cross: Evolutionary Seeds of Change
by Deva Green
The Cardinal Cross is important to understand in
evolutionary astrology. From an evolutionary perspective, the cardinal
cross reflects the need to implement change and forward momentum in our
lives. Evolutionary astrologer Deva Green explains the specific
evolutionary intentions of the cardinal cross in the natal chart—in
other words, why the Soul has picked the specific cardinal archetypes
The Book of Shadows Tarot, Volume 1: As Above
by Barbara Moore
In 2008, Lo Scarabeo asked Tarot expert Barbara Moore to
create a pair of decks called The Book of Shadows Tarot.
After considerable thought and planning, the Book of Shadows
Tarot, Volume I: As Above was born. This is the story of its