My husband and I have just finished watching the last Harry Potter film in the quiet of our living room, and as the the reverberations of the excitement fade, the grieving process starts. We have all invested emotions, time, money and even our identities in the Harry Potter novels and franchise and as the last one passes it is hard to imagine what will come along to replace it. Of course, this is on the eve of the newest Twilight release, so there is a strong reminder that an incarnation of magick and mahem will appear on the horizon.
The movie industry goes through phases of embracing fantasy and magic, but as the world becomes more tolerant and less frightened of whether such subjects will taint our souls, there will continue to be a rise in the availability of novels and movies in this genre. What this all says to me is that we, as human beings, crave magic in the same way we crave love and acceptance. It's a part of us that we have yet to fully realize, that is taught out of us at an incredibly young age, and that is overshadowed by electronic stimulation and bombardment. But it's there and I'm quite certain if you are reading this blog you are keenly aware of it.
Many authors and veterans of the new age and pagan genres stress that magic is not in real life what it is depicted to be in the movies. I agree. And I also disagree. If you've ever been in the thick of a spontaneously mystical experience the moment is like no other, indescribable in many ways, and often gone just as quickly as it came. Writers and movie makers are often limited by two things: 1) their lack of that personal experience to shape their description or depiction and 2) the difficulty in taking something so completely abstract and unseeable and putting it into language or the visual.
The mystical world is entirely foreign to most, even those of us that believe, simply because we don't live in a world that supports it and encourages it and we don't have the luxury of walking around tapped into that realm every minute of our mundane lives. But at the same time, the mystical world is not separate from this mundane existence and is entirely tangible and easily misinterpreted as "normal." Energy exchanges happen every second of the day without thought, intention, or awareness. Muscles twinge, headaches plague us, dreams invade our night, but it all gets turned into mineral imbalances, stress, and unresolved emotions. Well, it might just happen to be those things.
As a young college student not yet aware of my own beliefs about the world, I took a geology class. On the first day of the course I sat with a hundred or so other students and listened to the professor give his "we teach evolution and you have to deal with it" speech. As he finished his discussion, emphasizing that just because we would be tested over it didn't mean we had to believe it, he closed with an interesting statement. He said "Just because we are telling you HOW this all happened doesn't mean we are trying to say we know WHY it happened."
So that mineral imbalance just may be what's causing the muscle aches and cramps, but WHY did you get a mineral imbalance in the first place?
Magic, energy, the spiritual, metaphysics . . . they are ever-present in our mundane lives. Some of the things we see in the movies are unfathomably impossible in our tangible existence, but take away the flashy graphics and descriptive language and it no longer seems so out of reach. Magic happens every day. More and more of us find our way to mystical practices on a daily basis. Is this because we are so much different than everyone else? No. We are, in fact, just like all those muggles who walk the mundane straight and narrow. They just haven't caught the magic bug yet, they haven't remembered what they were trained to forget. But we, as human beings, in some form or fashion, need magic in our lives. We crave it with our cellular form, we long for it just as we do that connection to other human beings.
So there is no need to fear that the end of magick has come in the movies. There won't be another Harry Potter, but something else will rise and remind us of who we are and who we want to be. Until then, go forth and make your own magick. Make it real. Prove to yourself that it exists on a daily basis. Build your relationship with magick the way you do with your children, friends, and lovers. If you are fed, clothed, sheltered and loved, magic is the next inherent step.