Small Magics: If You Do Them, then You Know They Don’t Really Exist

When I was a young girl in the Dominican Republic, I used to spend a lot of time at the house of the mother of one of my big brother’s former girlfriends. I was fascinated by the woman and by some of the things in her home. One day, I asked my brother’s girlfriend about the sage leaves and holey stones hanging over the front door, about the statue of an angel facing one wall, about the pennies scattered around the house (which I wasn’t allow to pick up), about the jar full of papers swimming in thick honey…

I wasn’t surprised by the actual things—my mother had an altar where she made offerings to saints and to la Virgen de la Altagracia, but she kept everything in one spot—I was curious about the placement. “Why are your mom’s altar things all over the house?” I said.

“Mami likes to surround herself with small magics,” she began to explain.

Her mother walked in shaking her head and sucking her teeth. “Small magics? What nonsense. If you do magic, you know small magics don’t exist.” She began pointing at different things around the house: a bottle, a stick, a rock, a baby shoe, a red ribbon, a bunch of seeds… “I got all these,” she said, “from people who are good to me. I’m good to them back. There is power in caring for others. When you wrap yourself in the good that touches your life nothing bad can touch you.” She spread her arms. “This is not small magic; it’s huge magic spread all over.”

That happened a long time ago. My brother ended the relationship with the Santera’s daughter, and I didn’t see much of them after that. But the day of the small magics stayed in my heart… it shaped much of what I grew up to do. I’m a child of eclecticism. I believe in collecting all the good things people are willing to share. I wrap myself in their goodness, and trust that their good nature will help keep the undesirable away.  

I spell with love, Nature and self… if you walk around my living space, you will see a world of huge magics formed by symbols that might look small to unknowing eyes:

Charms that celebrate the power of words, and a frog that reminds me to always smile…
Memories and inspiration created by artistic friends from around the world…
A besom crafted by one of the most loving souls I have ever met…
Dark sparklies from a chic Gothic lady with spunk…
A dream catcher in a bottle, and bookish gifts from a boy with a heart of gold…
My writing view, with character…
A recently decapitated skeleton who refuses to lose his head…
Happy in purple from my ever gleeful crow goddess who specializes in happy dances…
I clad my Self and my Space in HUGE happy magics. What about you, my Wicked Luvs?

56 comments:

  1. I love it. So Beautiful. My mom and husband always make fun of me because I can't put anything out that doesn't have some type of meaning to me. It has to speak to me, or it doesn't belong. If there's no story, there's no need for it.

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    1. Nothing more wonderful than the things we can look at and smile (or cry a bit) because they take us to a place/person we love.

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  2. My magics are behind a door (at least until grandchildren have grown enough to not want to play with them ;) ).

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    1. I totally understand. Some of my big magics can't leave the bedroom. If they did, the Little Princess will probably take them and make necklaces for her dolls. LOL!

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  3. This is truly a magical environment Ms Wicked, you treasure the real gifts, books, art, craft, trinkets of memories and love, prompts of precious moments. I love the story here the 'big picture' of small magic :) I know I keep all my precious links to wonderful people and friends from far flung lands throughout my home, and shells, rocks, even scraps of paper that embrace and Incase some chunk of time, contentment, link to another human I cherish.

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    1. Oh! the wonderful bits of scraps... they are the best.

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  4. I, too have magicks at every turn all around me.My serious altars, where the intense business of life is attended to, are located in my workroom which doubles as my sacred space. But, there are charms, and gatherings of candles, and cow-riding Skeletons, and Dragons, and bits of energy evoking treasure everywhere I look in our home. The common denominator of ALL of these is Love. Love brought all these magicks to me, Love keeps them. They stir the love within me, and help me send it out to those in my heart.

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    1. The best magic in life is that which reminds us of our strengths, methinks. So you, my dear Lori, have the miracle of being reminded all the time.

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  5. You have inspired me to get busy with my neglected housework! Such a warm, welcoming home you have my dear!
    Mine are not far from me in my living spaces. I cannot part with a bead or a ribbon from all the beautiful pieces I have from creative hearts. Cards are in an envelope inside my special Book! The kind words inside remind me that this planet has Many! wonderful humans xoxo. Recently my older grandson asked me ( he reads beyond his age ) "Nana, what kind of witch are you? " ( spotting my Debra Blake books) What ever Kind I need to be." I smiled and we hugged.
    Thank you for a peek into your comfy home and very interesting journey! xoDebi

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    1. Yay! for inspiration. Send some right back to me, today, I'm not in the mood for cleaning!

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  6. What a beautifully magical space your friends and loved ones have helped you create, definitely Huge magic :)

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  7. I truly adore the story of little magics, it's surprising how things can shape our lives, and stay with us throughout.
    There are so many wonderful things to be seen in your home. I think your skeleton's head suits him better just where it is :)

    Enjoy your weekend :)

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    1. My Piano Man and you share views when it come to the skeleton--decapitation suits him. ;-D

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  8. I have areas where things collect and then I also tend to tuck small things here and there. When we moved things got shuffled around and organized into display shelves but the simple accumulations still happen. But I think how lucky for you to be in the right place at the right time for such an enormous wisdom. Not small magics, one enormous magic. I like that.

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    1. I've been--and still are--very lucky. The universe has sent many wise people my way, and it has blessed me with the good sense to listen... most of the time. ;-)

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  9. But I'm dying to know what the suspended sage and stones, the pennies, and the papers in honey were for. I love hearing tales of superstition. I ask my Egyptian husband to tell me about superstitions here so I can write about them and he says only the women do those things, in secret, and he doesn't know anything. Boring...

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    1. The sage is to bless anyone crossing the threshold with wisdom, the stones to empower the women in the house (holey stones are a symbol of the Goddess), the pennies for prosperity, and the papers in honey usually have names and phrases written on them--wishing the life is sweet for them.

      Both women and men, in the Dominican Republic, practice Santería (and love talking about it). There are secrets that aren't shared, but the roots of the beliefs are always open to anyone looking and wanting to dance the magic. ;-)

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    2. P.S. I think you might like AlmaMia Cienfuegos tales. Lots and lots of Caribbean yumminess...

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  10. I've always done "small magics" even when I was a child. It wasn't a surprise to anyone that I'm a Witch lol. I dedicate all of my bath, body and beauty products to Freyja. I have 2 make up bags, one for everyday stuff and another that I use the make up in spells or when I want a boost from the Sexy Valkyrie. I even use different colored lighters for my candle magic. There are so many little things that I can't even begin to explain them all lol but thankfully I my family understands and accepts me to the point where they don't even ask/judge/anything when they see something not quite ordinary.

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    1. Nothing like a wild "boots from the Sexy Valkyrie."

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  11. I am so with you. I have been the same way most of my life and I find much of what comes to me, comes from the hearts of others and just glancing at them brings a smile to my face. I am living in a temporary situation and most of my "material" items are stashed in boxes, and my "magical" little items are still all around me. Today I was blessed with a gift certificate to get my hair done! After, I was looking around at the little day spa and saw a wooden bead necklace in one of my favorite colors (in a for sale jewelry display) . The stylist took it down and handed it to me. Now that is pure love and pure magic! Big hugs for a beautiful magical post Magaly! You are awesome!

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    1. I bet that necklace will always put a smile on your face. ;-)

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  12. It's these things that make a home, not the decorator touches that are artificial impositions. How lovely your home is and how happy AlmaMia looks on that typewriter.

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    1. Whenever I look at your AlmaMia doll, I think of spices and friends with good taste. ;-D

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  13. Symbols serve to help me make sense of things I can't explain in words. These symbols remind me of the mystical and that there is more than just the everyday things in life and that I am more than an everywoman. Magics.
    Home would just be four walls without the magical.

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    1. What lovely words to end your comment with, Rubye. I'm right with you, "Home would just be four walls without the magical." And people are rarely happy existing within four walls.

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  14. This is one of my favorite posts of yours. ^_^
    Thank you for sharing what was shared with you as a child. <3
    It's like you ever so slightly adjusted my vision, and now everything around my home looks a little different now... looks better. Like all of my tiny magics suddenly grew and laughed aloud to remind me they're not tiny at all. ^_^ Thanks Magaly!

    XOXO

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    1. I am so glad you like it. And to think that these words made you see something wonderful that was already there makes me smile like a happy lunatic!

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  15. That. was so swee! That was a beautiful story! Your little magicks are amazing!!

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  16. I also believe in surrounding myself with trinkets gifted by people I love, and things I have found in random places. But more for the psychological aspects - memories evoking emotions and focusing one's intentions and hopes.

    As always it's fascinating, and completely foreign to me, to read about your magic life. I wonder how you would feel visiting Sweden, where no-one believes. Would you find magic here as well?

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    1. I think it's all about perspective, my Ms Misantropia. The "psychological aspects" of the goodies around your house that make you smile (or cry sometimes) are the same kind of things I call "huge magics." We call it different things, but in the end they touch us in the same way.

      If I visited Sweden, I'm sure I would see the magic in the things that make people smile, the things that remind them to keep on keeping on, on the things that sparkle... most likely everywhere. ;-)

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  17. Beautiful! And such truth in it. No such thing as small magics indeed. =)

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  18. This is definately a heart post. I love how you have taken a childhood experience and had it blossom into a life style of magic. What I once considered "my little messes" have suddenly taken on a whole different and important part of the circle of magic and love here at Casa de Cuckoo. I love my gifties from others and will from here on out think of where I put them as even more sacred. Oma Linda

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    1. Speaking of gifties, I have a package that should have been at your house weeks ago. I'm terrible about going to the post office. Perhaps, the small magics within are just waiting for the right moment... or maybe I'm just lazy, lol!

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  19. This post made me smile. My set up may seem helter skelter to eyes that don't know, but my heart knows exactly why some things are where they are.

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    1. And your heart is the one that needs to know.

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  20. This post made me happy :) I have small magics hidden in plain sight all through my house. You just have to know what you are looking at :)

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    1. Then do a happy dance! Isn't wonderful when we read someone else's words and we nod and tell ourselves, yep, I know exactly what you mean.

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  21. I love the way that stray moments - a few words, or a seemingly small gesture - can affect our lives so profoundly and shape the person we become.

    I'm doing an enormous cull of belongings at the moment, in preparation for a future house move, and as I've been coming across things, I've found myself assessing my emotional reaction to them. If there's any kind of bad energy attached, they're going. Only the huge happy magics are staying.

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    1. I bet the process is creating a dance of memories inside your heart...

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  22. I suppose I have something like that. My altar was deconstructed eons ago and has never made it back to it's former glory. Except on All Hallow's and Winter Solstice when it gets a treatment. Instead, I have stuff sort of.....everywhere. I find it easier to concentrate on large spaces.

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    1. Most of my ceremonial altar resides in grenade box, a hatbox and a pink box... but even looking at the containers puts a warm feeling in my heart.

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  23. I loved this post. There are little alters that are big magic everywhere in my cottage. But, only people who know me well would know that's what they are.

    Blessings,

    Victoria

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  24. Greetings! Long time lurker of your fantastic blog here. I wanted to let you know that I've nominated your blog for a couple awards.You can find the post here: http://witchywords.blogspot.com/2014/02/awards-abc-and-sunshine.html

    As always, looking forward to your next post!
    -Marietta

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    1. Thank you, Marietta. Lurk away, I dare you.

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  25. Magaly, I love this post so much! I am exactly like you and so many of the others that have commented on this wonderful post ;o) It's like my happy table, that I showed, where I paint. These precious items make a "house", a very magical, wonderful, happy "home" ;o) There is no beige in our home! LOL! Big Hugs ;o)

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    1. I bet your painting table is an eternal party!

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  26. This is a wonderful thought! :) I shall start placing good things around me more!

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    1. I think you already do. I remember that gorgeous blanket, and all the gifts your hubby gives you, and the painted rocks... Yep, many things. ;-)

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  27. This is such a beautiful post, my Magaly. I share in Mami's wisdom, so preciously accepted by you, to always surround ourselves with bits of love and care, in order to be engulfed in the true magic of life. The energy of those, or what, completes us. You are a wise and beautiful witch, my friend. Mina

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    1. Wisdom and beauty seems to be contagious. Why do you think I love being around you so much? ;-)

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