Friday, August 8, 2008

Do you Believe in Magic?

Happy Friday to everyone! Today’s blog is going to be short. My son’s 11th birthday is today and I’ve been getting ready for it instead of writing my blog. LOL. I know what was I thinking, right, picking my son over the blog? Well, I can assure you I haven’t been thinking much, but rather running around, doing a lot of housework and making plans. I did squeeze in a little writing yesterday, but the muse wasn’t chatting about the blog. :-( She rarely chats about what I want or need her to chat about.

Well, when I first read this week’s topic the lyrics to “Do You Believe In Magic” kept running through my head. I realize I can be a bit flighty at times and just one word can put strange thoughts into my head—or rather lyrics as the case may be in this instance.

“Do you believe in magic in a young girl's heart
How the music can free her, whenever it starts”
The song was written by John Sebastian for his group, The Lovin’ Spoonful.

“And it's magic, if the music is groovy
It makes you feel happy like an old-time movie”
And while the song isn’t speaking of magic, but rather the power of music to invoke happiness and freedom to both the maker and listener, it was still on repeat in my head after reading Sierra’s blog.

“I'll tell you about the magic, and it'll free your soul
But it's like trying to tell a stranger 'bout rock and roll.”
Okay, okay, I know, that’s enough of the lyrics. But, seriously, do you believe in magic? I do. Not the abracadabra type magic though. I need proof before I’m buying that. But I think it would be awesomely cool if we had a Merlin that could do that? Or ????? (insert name for me please) in Harry Potter that could. Please don’t stone me for this confession….*whispers to you all* I have never seen Harry Potter or read the books. YIKES! *ducks rotten tomato thrown at my head*

What I do believe in is the systematic practice of witchcraft like any Christian would practice their religion. Do I believe they can invoke spirits to do their bidding? Probably. Quite likely. But, once again, I see it relative to a Christian praying for assistance.

To you Witches and Christian’s please understand that I mean no offense to any of you. And if you’re insulted by my analogy, I apologize, but this is my thoughts on it. I know very little about witchcraft—mostly only how pop culture has shown it in television shows like Charmed, which I loved by the way…The Power of Three!!!—and a lot about Christianity because I grew up in the church and most of my family consider themselves Christians. I’ve written a book where the main character is a witch and she has the abracadabra type powers. She also mixes potions. But, that’s only imagination, all in my head, just fluff so to speak, and not an ounce of it is real.

So, really, if you want to stone me, please do so because I know so little about magic and witchcraft. And after you get through stoning me, tell me about magic and/or witchcraft because while I may not know much, the topic truly interests me.

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend. For me tonight, I’ll have a house full of boys celebrating my son’s 11th birthday. YIKES! *ducks large amounts of testosterone*

7 deadly screams:

staci said...

Poor Gracen. All that ducking is going to give you whiplash or something. Just so you know, now I have that song in my head too. Good post. I don't know if I believe in magic or not, but I've never been around it so who knows?

Alessandra said...

Gracen to continue with your theme of an old man with flowing white beard (Merlin) the Harry Potter equivalent would be Professor Dumbledore. No ducking from thrown vegetables necessary; most parents only become aware if their kids are interested. I have none so I have no excuse for having read all the Potter books and seen the movies except that I love anything to do with magic (loved "Charmed" too BTW).

No personal experience so haven't a clue if it does exist but would like to believe that in some form it does.

So in the meantime I have to just continue to enjoy the magic in novels, film and music ;)

Great weekend Gracen and don't forget earplugs for tonight! Happy Birthday to B.

Gracen Miller said...

Staci, I'm so sorry I put that song in your head. I had hoped after writing my blog it would leave...NOPE. It's still there on repeat. "Do you believe in magic..." That's all I'm hearing before I shut it down fast. But before I know it, it's repeating again. *throws hands in the air* I'm just about ready to give into the madness. :-)

Alessandra, ah...thanks for saving me on Professor Dumbledore. My son was really young when the first one came out, he wasn't interested and I didn't know if it would be okay for him to watch or not. He's just read the first book and enjoyed it and now is asking if we can rent the movies. So, I'm sure soon I will have some Harry Potter knowledge and can join the rest of modern civilization.

Hopefully I'll survive tonight. >;-) My hubby said he was staying hidden in the bedroom all night. WIMP! LOL

Thanks for the comments ladies. I hope both of you have a GREAT weekend!

Pheebles said...

I haven't read any of the HP books after book one. I have seen all the movies so far, though. My youngest daughter has the same birthday as Harry Potter and is about the same age as he is, so she has been very avidly involved in that whole universe for many years.

It made deciding what to buy her for her birthday easy. Not sure what we will do now that there will be no new HP books released!

I believe in magic in much the same way you do.

DawnM said...

Like Alessandra I have no kids and therefore no excuse for reading HP.But hey, I'm a fantasy addict and weird like that. Paranormal magic versus supernatural/spiritual magic. Don't believe in either really. Although it's interesting that all cultures seem to have a tradition of either belief in magic or fables of magic users. Which makes one wonder if either there's some truth in it somewhere or it satisfies a deep seated need of human nature to explain the world around. And where it can't be explained a theory of magic arises.

Cathy said...

As a huge paranormal romance fan, I am totally open to the possibility that magical places and people are out there. Especially the idea that people are gifted with paranormal abilities that can't be explained as anything but a bit of magic.

Julie K. Trevelyan said...

Heck yeah, I believe in magic. After all, isn't love a little bit of magic? :)

No, really--I agree that "magic," as it tends to be construed in our society, is exactly the same thing as prayer. All differences in spiritual beliefs are simply the exterior trappings. When you get down to it, we're all just asking for things to happen that we aren't sure of how to bring about ourselves--therefore, we pray, cast spells, wish really hard, or whatever. And when it works, we are thrilled.

Anyway, hope the testosterone-laden b-day party went okay!