Posts Tagged: Magic

Everyday Superpowers

Having a weird name: You know not to trust anyone who goes "Oh, that's too hard! Let's give you a nickname!" when you insist otherwise. They keep getting your name wrong, even when you sign your work emails in RED BOLD CAPITALS. But when you will steal their lunch, or fancy pens, or soul, they will have no name to accuse. “[Mangled version of your name] did it!” they’ll cry, after you’ve left the scene. “There’s no one here by that name,” the universe will answer, and you will laugh, the universe chuckling along with you.

Disorganization: You know where everything is in your room, while most people can barely find [...]


August Horoscopes from Galactic Rabbit

Dear late-summer bunnies,

Here is a rabbity poem from Alison Stine!

Imagine what it is like for me to want you, to wait. Harbinger, rabbit of the world, red eye flashing as if to warn: the power that is coming will make no sound.

I hope all of you are staying hydrated, listening for power and dancing under every full moon this season. Me? I am thumping at the chance to share a small piece of poetry with each and every one of you. I hope these meditations find you full-hearted, soft, open, and ready for anything.

-Your Most Galactic Rabbit

Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18): Dear [...]


Bill Murray and Me

The first time I met Bill Murray, I was 18 years old and wearing a miserable brown ensemble.

The garments belonged to my mother, and for unknown reasons I had filched them to add to my own wardrobe in New York: a chocolate, polyester blouse, light-washed jeans, and mahogany, backless loafers in the style of re-imagined Mary Janes. I had just moved to the city for college and the independent film I interned for consisted of a tidy editorial crew (Editor, Assistant Editor, and me.) Rather than cool clothes, I outfitted myself with that spirited, blind alacrity only youth affords. I was thrilled to work on a real film—in the [...]


Interview with a Pagan Clergyman

Brian is a 29-year-old clergyman at the Summerland Grove Pagan Church, in Memphis, TN. This is the first in a series of interviews with people who are professionally religious. 

What's your faith background and how did your belief system develop?

I discovered paganism when I was 13 years old, watching a Discovery Channel show called Weird Religions. Being a teenager, I was drawn to Wicca and magic and polytheism, and I’d been reading mythology for 5 or 6 years at that point; it was fascinating to see that people were practicing these ancient religions today.

Before that, I hadn’t been raised particularly religious. But my parents [...]


13 SpoOOoky Witchcraft And Magic Museums To Visit

Thematic tourism can be great (it also can be exploitative, which is not so great). Since it's October, the witchiest, most magical month, we've rounded up 13 of the hocus-y pocus-y museums around the world.

1. Museum of Witchcraft, Cornwall, UK Cornwall is the mother of all witchcraft museums, which we mention by way of asking: who wants to go on a field trip? The museum's website notes that important events in its history have fallen on Samhain and Hallowe'en. Their Twitter feed is bananas and delightful and the reason that I follow Cornish Folklore. Also the museum was founded by a [...]


Why I Have To Be So "Rude"

"Rude" is the #1 song in America; “Rude” is a strong contender for the worst song I have ever heard. For the lucky uninitiated, I can only explain “Rude” like this: it’s the aural equivalent of a man listening to reggae for the first time in his racecar bed, slowly fucking the hole in a Kidz Bop CD.

Here, take a dip, the water's absolutely disgusting!

Ostensibly, the success of Magic!’s “Rude” can at least partially be explained by the history of American top 40's irregular dabbles in reggae, which have tended to appear in the form of one-offs rather than any tangible wave: “I Can See Clearly Now” in [...]


The Disgustingly Good Black Bean Brownies

I used to read a lot of fairy tales, and one of my old favorites is the Brother’s Grimm story The Mouse, The Bird and The Sausage. In it, the three title characters form a partnership: the mouse brings the water, the bird fetches firewood, and the sausage cooks dinner. But then they decide to shake things up, and that’s where the trouble begins.

The Disgustingly Good Black Bean Brownies get off to a rough start; at first, they smell like dinner, pureed. But, as more ingredients fall into your food processor, the smell softens, and then sweetens. Finally, when the tray is ready to slide into the [...]


September Horoscopes From Galactic Rabbit

Dear Star Bunnies,

Thank you for your patience and your readership. I am honored to write these star-meditations for you. Each month I take a deep retreat into my bunny-shaped third eye and lure the words for you. This time, more than any other so far, I have felt a love knot in the sky. What I mean is: a circle cast that invokes each planet. The chant? Move or be moved. I believe in our collective power, our ability to change the world as it changes us. Welcome the new season, sweet ones, as it welcomes you.

Yours, Galactic Rabbit


MNEK, "Magic" (Coldplay Cover)

"Magic" is more palatable a song than Coldplay's released in a long time; the excellent Alunageorge remix poked it with a glittery wand until it jumped a little, and this straightforward, soulful, lovely MNEK cover could be a single in its own right: it's like blackout curtains drawn in a hotel room over a bed that you never want to leave.


A Day in the Life of The Dopeass Tea Wizard

In the land of plenty: that is where The Dopeass Tea Wizard lives. Among bushels of green leaves, he homesteads in a hut that is best described as Burning Man chic. He loves his fucking kettle. It's electric—he does not fuck with the old-fashioned kind anymore, not since he installed electricity with the help of Lorna, the mythical forest sprite he visits with occasionally. Electric kettles with superior settings for varying hotness of water let the tea wizard make his magic.

Just let The Dopeass Tea Wizard make his magic. Do not disturb.

The Dopeass Tea Wizard lives a mostly simple life. Wake up, flip kettle switch, summon golden, ruby-encrusted [...]