Entries by Brandy Williams

Secrets of Magic No 37: Be present

Many spiritual disciplines teach us that living in the present is a source of great calm and peace. Much of our emotional misery stems from focusing on the past or anticipating the future. When we bring our awareness to this exact place, this exact moment, we can leave behind the pain of the past and […]

Secrets of Magic No 36: Build a calm space

Tension is more than physical, it is also an emotional state. We carry clouds of anxiety and depression around with us. Learning to release emotional tension and live in peace and happiness is a major goal for many religions, therapies, and philosophies. One of the real secrets of magic is learning how to manage the […]

Secrets of Magic No 35: Breathe deeply

Breathing is so automatic that many of us never think about it. We can fall into bad breathing habits, sitting slumped, breathing shallowly, breathing through our mouths. Tension pools at the solar plexus, tightening our breathing. Deep breathing brings oxygen into the body. Taking a big breath and letting it out helps to release tension. […]

Secrets of Magic No 34: Relax

We can get so tense about achieving exactly the result we want that we get in our own way. The first step in using magic effectively is to learn to relax. This is very easy to say but sometimes hard to do! Many of us work at jobs that stress our bodies. Office workers sit […]

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A walk among redwoods

Everywhere I look there are trees. One forest. Saplings growing from a common trunk. Roots twined like fingers, like lovers, like family standing together long enough to know everything any of them knows. Tall enough to deny sunlight the floor. A silence that beats on the ears. A silence so loud you can hear the […]

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Prayer to Hekate

Hail to you, Hekate, Goddess of the crossroads, Kouroutophe, nursemaid to the child, Granter of victory in contest, Mistress of the pharmakon. Hekate Brimo, garlanded in snakes, Lift your torches for me in my time And guide me safely to the place of my kin.

Secrets of Magic No 33: Saturn sets limits

Saturn is the last planet the ancients could see. The next planet from the sun after Jupiter, Saturn too is a gas giant, one surrounded with spectacular rings, photographed by the spacecraft Cassini-Huygens during its exploratory mission beginning in 2004 and ending in 2017. As the slowest and farthest planet known to the ancients, Saturn […]