A Creative Life is a Magical One.

 

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A clear February night. I gaze up at the stars. I don’t know many constellations, but I can pick out Orion and his belt, bright pinpricks of light staring down at me.

A summer afternoon. I sit out on my patio, curled up in a chair, a notebook in my lap. The dog sits in the grass, perhaps gnawing on a stick. Birds chirp in the trees. I bring out my Tarot deck, whisper questions to the goddess and god, seek answers in the form of the beautifully illustrated cards.

An autumn day. A leaf breaks free of a branch, caught in the wind, spirals down toward the earth. I’m reminded of a childhood superstition–that if you could catch a freshly falling leaf before it touches the ground, your wish would be granted. I still believe. In faeries. In wishes. In the power of belief.

A creative life is a magical one. Stories whisper from the ether. Brushstrokes reveal hidden worlds. Songs draw emotions out of us. Plays and films and TV shows and books transport us to other worlds.

I am learning that one of the most important things we can do with our lives is to embrace and celebrate the magic. We don’t even have to call it magic. Call it any other name. Beauty. Wonder. Joy. Spirit.

Let’s make space for it to speak.

Magic Exists Nora Roberts Quote

TENDING THE CREATIVE FLAME

This week was a hodgepodge of writing tasks. I made some changes to my author website, finished revisions on chapter two of Spellfire’s Kiss, and wrote 1,375 words in Spun Gold. I also got a revise and resubmit for a short story, so I switched gears and dug deeper into the story. I feel like it’s much stronger, but I need to do a read-through and polish it before I send it back to the editor.

TENDING THE HEARTH FLAME

In hearth and home, I’m redecorating our living room with some unique art I found on Etsy. We’re really wanting to revamp this space, so we’re taking it one element at a time until it’s where we want it to be.

TENDING THE SACRED FLAME

I want to find a way to incorporate my magical practice into my everyday life. So far, lots of walks in nature and pausing to enjoy the beauty around me. Sunset walks with Leo have yielded some majestic views, and the cardinals have been flitting merrily through the yet bare trees. I’d like to bring some daily meditations into my life, along with getting back to work on my book of shadows.

What about you? How do you celebrate the magic of the everyday?

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11 thoughts on “A Creative Life is a Magical One.

  1. ruichan says:

    I call it luck, not magic. Though I don’t aways realize how lucky we can be, when I do stop to ponder, I can see it: my life may not be perfect but I have a loving husband and we have 2 lovely healthy baby girls; we also have jobs and a roof over our heads, so the rest is comfort. Don’t get me wrong, I loooove my comfort and I’m longing to move to better home (this one has humidity problems), but sometimes it feels good remembering it’s not a given and we’re lucky enough having only humidity issues.

    In my creative work, I take time to enjoy nature while writing haiku, as its basis is the observation of the world – mostly the natural world.
    And I guess being able to write itself is lucky.

    Anyways, well done on editing and writing some more, and thanks for another ispirational post.

    • Denise D. Young says:

      Yes. I try to act from a place of gratitude, and remembering how lucky we are is a key part of that. I teach students who are from other parts of the world where things like safety, shelter, etc., are not a given. So, I know how fortunate I am to be in a place that is safe, where I’ve had access to an education, where I have so many wonderful things. Just being able to go for a walk with my dog, or sit outside on a warm summer day, those things are gifts, and I’m lucky to have them. Thanks for that reminder!

      Like you, my husband and I are looking to move someday, hopefully to a house in the country. Our townhouse is lovely, and we’re slowly making it our own, but we both would like to have some space of our own–mostly, I want a yard, and my husband wants woods where he can create some hiking trails/walking paths.

      Thanks! Good luck with your writing this week!

  2. Madeline Mora-Summonte says:

    Sometimes I find the structure of routine keeps me from seeing the magic all around me. I’m making more of an effort to peer around those walls, those sharp angles, the ones that keep me on track and look for the light a little more often. 🙂

    • Denise D. Young says:

      Madeline, I think it’s honestly a balancing act–and a matter of creating a routine that makes space for magic, however small at first. Walking my dog is part of my daily routine, and I try to make it a magical part, although there are days when the weather is terrible or the dog is getting up to mischief and I don’t feel very grounded or centered or in touch with the magic around me. I’m trying to create a routine where I can experience the magic of the world daily. Journaling. Writing/storytelling. Reading. Drinking tea and coffee. Spending time in nature. Creating in other ways. Basically, living, laughing, and creating. It is, like all things, a work in progress. Good luck! 🙂

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