Pop Culture Magick: It begins with "May the Force be with you"
Magick has a wide range, expansive and ever-growing. Magick is in simple words, small acts, and elaborate rituals.
While I played with My Little Pony, and my older brother had a collection of Star Wars figurines, we both crafted our own sense of identity, adventure and power through those objects.
That's the root of pop culture magick: It begins with knowing the traits you want to explore, what sort of exploration you'd like to have.
Long, long ago ... How you have used pop culture magick
Arguably, pop culture magick can begin before birth, when expectant parents decorate the nursery in any theme from their fandom. Have you seen images of baby cribs with Star Wars quotes like Luke Skywalker's "I am a Jedi, like my father before me"?
I also know a fellow whose parents gave him the middle name Jedi.
As a child, you may have left a toy (like my favorite dragon, Spike, from My Little Pony) in a place of honor, entrusting it to guard you through the night.
These are ways we practice the many forms of pop culture magick in our earliest years.
"... Your mind, powerful it is" -- Yoda: Ideas for pop culture magick
When personal, magick is most powerful. Magick belongs in -- and comes firstly from -- our minds.
Take any pop culture franchise (Think: anything you can obsess over, like a world created in any type of media, or any body of work from a scientist, artist, performer, singer). Lego is even game! Give it your spin.
An awfully good article, Pop culture magick: Intro and Prosperity Spell over at Spiral Nature, does a bang-up job illustrating a universe of possibilities.
Examples of using pop culture magick include:
- Invoking Rey to help you find or eliminate the parts to repair your computer, vehicle, or appliance.
- Creating a guided meditation to meet with (and get encouragement from) Hermione if you have a job interview or test and you want to impress others with everything you have learned.
- Weaving lyrics from a My Little Pony song by Pinkie Pie (The Laughter Song to help you through fears, a dark time, or feeling a lack of control, or the Smile Song for uplift and community) into a mantra or prayer.
Picking your pop culture icon, decision one:
What is your world or fandom?
Creating magick is like crafting a piece of art. What do you want on hand in your art studio?
You get to pick a fictional culture populated with icons and ideas for your wizardry. It can be anything: Dr. Who, Sherlock Holmes, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Terminator series, Star Trek, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, and so on.
Example: Star Wars. Loaded with depth, the hero's journey, and more relevant than ever with the recent films.
For ideas on pop culture magick and personas like David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, and Prince, check out The Dreaming Bat's blog.
Picking your pop culture icon, decision two:
What is your goal?
Magick is totes about goals!
Do you remember any New Years Resolutions you have made? Or is something in your life making you uncomfortable?
Return to your goals. Make peace (with yourself and in your world) when you make magick.
Example: I want to live a purposeful life: I do not want to live in fear, but be mindful and able to lead by example. I want my words and actions to have positive impact.
For insights on goals -- how to achieve them and the psychology behind them, check out the motivation section of Psychology Today. And this short blog on using mini-goals to achieve your big goals from Llewelyn may prove useful.
Picking your pop culture icon, decision three:
Who/what can help?
Now that you have a world to draw an icon from, and a goal in mind, you can search your world for an icon to resonate with your intention.
This icon should make you feel in touch with the purpose behind the magick you wish to invoke.
Would you want to be like this icon when you reach your current magickal goal?
How does this icon embody the intentions you want to set in motion?
Would it be possible to make it to your goal without this icon?
Example: Yoda is the archetypal wise, ancient one. He is cognizant and at peace at the time of his passing. He fits my goals.
Does it have to be a sentient being?
You want energy and longevity and the ability to travel. Choose the Millennium Falcon.
How have you seen pop culture magick in action?
Have you seen pop culture figures used in magickal ways?
Please share in the comments below.
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Tabitha Dial is a tarot, tea leaf reader, and creative mentor in Lexington, Kentucky. Like Luna and Hagrid, she has a fondness for magickal creatures, like the dragons and winged beasts she often finds in tea leaf readings (as well as video game characters, like Mario). Her poetry has appeared in articles on SpiralNature.com, in "Arcana: The Tarot Poetry Anthology", and in "Tarot in Culture" Volume Two.