Archive for Women and Magic

The Veil is Thin

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 26, 2012 by ericasodos
 
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The mysterious holiday of Halloween is fast approaching. Halloween is also known as Feast of the Dead, the Witches New Year or Samhain. Samhain originated in Ireland and Scotland and literally means Summer’s End. The traditional Samhain festival lasted for several days and was marked by much celebration and ritual including people and their livestock walking through bonfires in a cleansing ritual.
The changing seasons and the upcoming holidays (Samhain, All Soul’s Day, Dia de los Muertos) fill me with wonder about the mysteries of life and death.  It is believed that this is the time of the year where the veil between the different worlds is the thinnest…. a time when anything is possible… a time when we can communicate with both the living and the dead and get a glimpse into the unknown. Communicating with ancestors and loved ones is easy at this time. October/November provides a constant source of mystery and intrigue that beckons us to journey beyond the comfort of our five senses and into the realm of the shadow.
Both in ancient times and modern Samhain would mark the beginning of a whole new cycle, in dark silences whisperings of new beginnings….. the stirring of seeds below the ground. Why not use this time to deepen magic in your own life? Yes, dressing up and eating candy are all part of the celebration at this time of the year but I encourage you to also explore mystery….. explore magic and you might just find yourself thouroughly enchanted!
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Magical Ideas to Bring Some Enchantment to Your All Hallows Eve Celebration
 
Make a large bonfire and as you jump over the flames make wishes for your upcoming year.
 
Light a candle and set it in your window to help guide the Spirits home.
 
Fill a dark bowl with water and look inside and see if you can find messages and answers to questions or look inside a burning flame and let the shapes 
speak to you.
 
Bob for Apples.  This is an ancient Samhain tradition… whoever was the first to get the apple was believed would be the next to marry.
 
Cook a meal of the foods of  your ancestors..and set a place at the table for those who have passed on.
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What is Enchantment?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on July 15, 2012 by ericasodos

Occasionally I am asked, “What is a Magical Enchantress”. Well, a Magical Enchantress is one who creates Magical Enchantment…. Okay, but what is that? I thought it would be interesting to discuss enchantment here in my blog and I do so with the hopes of inspiring in you a more enchanted life.

The dictionary defines enchantment as a feeling of great liking for something wonderful and unusual, enthrallment, fascination, captivation, a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment, a psychological state induced by a magical incantation, spell, trance, mental state or condition, being controlled by passion or the supernatural,captivation, – the state of being intensely interested (as by awe or terror).

Yes! I agree with all that and more!  So this is what I mean by enchantment— The ability to take my audiences into a trance like state where they deeply believe, perceive and experience outside of what they have previously believed, where they are suspended in another dimension and the “reality police” have no authority, to inspire and move people so they can think bigger, feel better and create that which they aspire to create, to entertain, amuse and amaze so that there is nothing else but the present moment and the potential magic that lies within it.

Is this Enchantment?

Is this Enchantment?

This is why last week when I was performing in New Mexico aka The Land of Enchantment… I did indeed feel enchanted…. I felt enchanted by the light reflecting upon the Sandia mountains at dusk… the color was surreal, trance like, I literally forgot anything but the awe at how everything looked reflected in that light, I was enchanted swimming at night under the Moon- this made me feel bigger, better, perhaps it was performing for appreciative and believing audiences or the gifts I received from new friends- all this helping me feel as if the “reality police” do not exist and anything is possible.

Is this Enchantment?

This… my friends is my magical wish for you—- As Summer continues and the Sun burns brightly may you see, feel and think completely outside of your box and find yourself in new enchanting realities that satisfy and nourish the deepest part of you!

Happy July and Let’s Get Enchanted!

A Wand of Her Own

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 23, 2012 by ericasodos

I am a magicianne, which is a term for a female magician.  There are many super talented, well-known and successful female magicians but because we are still in the extreme minority you rarely ever hear this term.

Famous magician Dorothy Dietrich sawing celebrity Robert Klein in half.

When I attended Jeff Mcbride’s Magic and Mystery School in Las Vegas I was told that men perform magic, women are magic… if this is the case then why is my profession so male dominated?

The reason is: Power

The definition of power:  the ability to act or do, to produce an effect; control, authority or influence over others, physical might, strength, mental or moral efficacy.

The definition of magic:  using supernatural powers to influence events, sorcery, the practice of illusory tricks; any mysterious or extraordinary quality, power or influence, possessing mysterious powers, use of charms or spells believed to have supernatural power over natural forces.

As can be seen by the above textbook definitions… the very nature of magic IS power and hence a magician is a person that exerts power…. The power to levitate, know what is going to happen, to manipulate and transform ordinary objects by a very thought….

In essence a magician is playing the part of God… all powerful all-knowing….

And like all positions and jobs in our society that are associated with power— magic is male dominated.

Other reasons (that I entirely do NOT agree with) that get tossed around as to why this is the case:

–Women are not interested in magic  (Without role models or books that even try to speak to women.  How can we be?)

–Boys turn to magic to impress girls but girls do not need to impress boys (Really? I find this odd)

–Magic is geeky and girls don’t like geeky things (I beg to differ)

–Magic is about gimmicks, science and mechanical things which do not interest girls (Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!)

Here is a list of just some of the inventions of women:

Washing machine Margaret Colvin 1871

Windshield wiper Mary Anderson 1903

Zigzag sewing machine Helen Blanchard 1873

The Square-bottomed Paper Bag Margaret Knight 1870

Battery container Nancy Perkins 1986

Beehive Thiphena Hornbrook 1861

Canister vacuum Nancy Perkins 1987

Car heater Margaret Wilcox 1893

Circular saw Tabitha Babbit 1812

Refrigerator Florence Parpart 1914

Dishwasher Josephine Cochran 1872

Electric hot water heater Ida Forbes 1917

Elevated railway Mary Walton 1881

Engine muffler El Dorado Jones 1917

One of the branches of magic where women are in the biggest minority is the branch of magic known as mentalism.. aka mind reading.  It is very interesting because most professional psychics and intuitives are women, yet in the branch of magic which most resembles psychics, women are most rare.  Personally, I find this fascinating and I would love to hear any thoughts you may have on this subject.  Can it be the memory of the persecution of witches and anyone suspected of practicing magic?

Women in Magic.  No, it’s not because we are not geeks.  It is not because we aren’t scientifically inclined.  Magic is Power.  Women are Magic.  Women are reclaiming power and thus becoming more and more visible and prevalent in magic and mind reading and science and government and…….