There are always people ready to scream that, “You Are Doing Paganism Wrong!” They know better than you and you should listen to them. After all, they say so. They say so very affirmatively and quite loudly, They can mansplain this to you if you need and they will use big, academic-sounding words, and they will cite sources.
One thing upon which all of those people agree at the moment is that Public Acts of Magic Are Wrong.
So, I’m just an old woman who’s been doing magic for, oh, about forty years or so. And what I’ve learned, in my unenlightened, dumb, Second Wave Feminist, foolish old woman way is that magic is what works. And magic is like water. It will flow where it will flow — not necessarily where it SHOULD flow, according to all your laws, and theories, and pronouncements.
One very public act of magic is showing up to vote. (Your vote is secret, but the fact that you voted is public information — as someone recently had to explain to the moron in the White House.) And, in my unenlightened, dumb, Second Wave Feminist, foolish old woman way, what I’ve learned is that, when enough of us vote, the magic works.
And as Witches, we know that our own landbase matters. (Try doing sex magic for your landbase and remaining separate from it. I don’t think it can be done.) The magic you do by voting for your county council, or town board of directors, or local board of education, or county sheriff is often MORE powerful than any magic you can do to influence a Presidential Election. Yet, too many of us ignore our local, landbase-centered elections and only get excited about the big, national elections that the glamour-casters on national TV talk about.
This time, let’s change that.
Let’s show up and do public magic (ignore all those voices yelling at you from all those people who think they are the only ones who get to say how Paganism works) by voting in the midterm elections on Tuesday, Nov. 6th. Doing real magic can take a bit of preparation — determining the phase of the Moon, gathering the right candles and incense, casting a circle, really grounding, So does this real magic. But the phase of the Moon doesn’t matter and you can do this without candles or incense. (Or, with them, if you like! I usually light a candle to Columbia before I go to vote.) Go on-line and find out who the candidates are, what referendum questions are on the ballot, where you need to go, and which magical supplies (an ID) you need, and then show up and do magic.
Vote for your Senator, Congress person, and all of the local offices.
Do it to piss off the Patriarchy — and all of those people who know so much better than the rest of us how magic works.
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