Going around disguised as a witch. Not with a pointed hat. Not with a broom between the thighs. No. Of course not. Except maybe on Halloween. And even…
But in everyday life, feeling provided with powers that take a dip in the irrational. Being convinced that fate can manipulated like clay longing to be sculpted. Buying books that contain the word “key” and flapping about to the butterfly effect.
Cultivating the occult to gain control of the uncontrollable. Praying before red or white candles on the Sabbath. You know… just in case. Just as in church, but near a tree, at night, muttering “blessed be”, naked, an amulet around the neck.
Throwing fast balls at the Universe. Weaving karma with the wool of good intentions and some sweet grass intertwined. Avoiding ladders and broken mirrors but seeking black cats. Lathering with essential oil and mystery. Slinging a spell at the one who flees a fling. And seeing him mock it or totally freak the fuddle duddle out.
Blaming the full moon for our tides of madness. Putting on airs of synchronicity. Coinciding that there are no coincidences. Yelling “It’s a sign!” at the sight of a bird of ill omen. Turning to the stars to dictate our day. Reading crystal balls, Ouija boards, or Tarot cards. Swinging a pendulum to reset the inner clock.
Yes, most women feel they have some kind of gift. Some have guardian angels; others have posters of fairies atop unicorns. They’re often concocting potions, elixirs and household remedies. They’ve been filling their book of shadows since the dawn of time, despite getting burned by the scientists, the skeptics and the heretics. Whether they are a crazy old warted shrew or a teenager in search of a Twilight hero, they all have one rallying cry: Yes Wiccan!!
They like to believe in the unseen, to use positive or wishful thinking. Lacking physical strength, they turn to psychic forces to calm their angst of the unknown and the seemingly invincible. They focus pocus to be part of their surroundings, to be in communion with the earth and the hereafter.
The superstitious ones do not believe in accidental motivation and fate. They feel compelled to play with destiny by placing it in an external world. Esotericism is the mirror of our fears, our doubts and our history.
Tell me what your rituals and spells are and I’ll tell you what you’re scared of.
It would be a pity that modern civilization made us leave the fields of dreams, spiritualism, intuitive thoughts and interiority in favor of superficial and material contingencies.
Embracing our inner Sybil, guessing the zigs and zags and twists of life at the bottom of a cup of tea, listening to our intuition to decide what to expect (or wear) on coming events. All techniques for a girl to get self-confidant.
In short, taking all aspects of a woman that the dominant culture sees as signs of weakness, such as instinct, menstrual cycles, emotional sensitivity, and use them as tools to understand, communicate with the inexplicable…
… and discover that it works…
Exit with the nasal laugh of Margaret Hamilton in The Wizard of Oz.